Angelicopter - The Transformation

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Angelicopter - The Transformation


DJ-Host-Courtside reporter Angelicopter (Angelika Schmeing-Cruz in real-life), who got discovered when she phoned-in DJ Mo Twister on his morning radio show to say that she rewards her husband with her signature helicopter moves when the latter does something nice for her, is now also making a name for herself in showbusiness.

Angelicopter is one of the castaways in the ongoing GMA-7 reality show Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Showdown where she is tagged as "Ang Palaban" partnering with "Ang Pasaway" Jackie Forster making them the "Island Divas".

But long before this TV show, Angelicopter becomes the body behind Belo Medical Group's Breast Augmentation procedure.

As everyone may know, Angelicopter doesn't have that big "thing" before but it looks greatly enhanced now - courtesy of Belo.

See her transformation below:

THEN



NOW



And yes, she is already married to a lucky guy named John Cruz and they're blessed with one kid. Truly, one hot momma!

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Sarah Geronimo Reveals "Won’t Last A Day Without You" Reflects Her True Love Story

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Sarah Geronimo Reveals "Won’t Last A Day Without You" Reflects Her True Love Story


Due to the overwhelming success in the box-office of the movies "Praybeyt Benjamin" and "No Other Woman" which were both co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films - the same producers of her upcoming movie "Won’t Last A Day Without You", Sarah Geronimo admitted that she recently experiencing sleepless night due to pressure.

To be honest yeah, sobra,” Sarah revealed, adding “On a positive note naman, mas na-cha-challenge kami na pagbutihan pa lalo ‘yung trabaho namin kami ni Gerald [Anderson]. Sana lang talaga mag-last siya sa puso ng mga moviegoers.”

"Won’t Last A Day Without You" is a follow-up to Sarah and Gerald's hit movie "Catch Me…I’m In Love" which raked P130 million box-office receipt.

However, Sarah clarifies that "Won’t Last A Day Without You" is not a sequel to "Catch Me…I’m In Love."

It has a different story. Relatable talaga ‘yung character ko since marami rin sa ating kababaihan na napagdaanan natin ‘yung bitterness kapag naha-heart broken tayo. Ang laking tulong ng naging experience. Ewan ko kung bakit parang laging sumasakto ‘yung characters natin. May mga konting similarities.” she explained.

In the movie, Sarah plays the role of Heidee, a disc jockey (DJ) who brushes away her feelings towards Andrew (Gerald) because of so many heartbreaks she experienced in the past.

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Mariah Yeater Still Claims Justin Bieber Impregnated Her

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Mariah Yeater Still Claims Justin Bieber Impregnated Her


Mariah Yeater granted the U.S. news magazine show The Insider an interview where she once again push her claims that Justin Bieber is the father of her child.

In her interview, Yeater says she has evidence that Bieber impregnated her in October 2010 during a 30-second sexual encounter inside a restroom after the young popstar's performance at the Los Angeles Staples Center.

In her interview Yeater stated:

I have provided evidence to my attorneys and it will show in court to prove that my allegations are true. He immediately took a liking to me. We got to talking…and then…he asked me would you mind if we could go somewhere and be alone? He went from cute and gushy to more aggressive.”

However, Bieber, who had a paternity test on November 18 to disprove Yeater's claim that he is the father of her four-month-old son, still pledge his innocence on this allegations and calls Yeater “crazy.”


Watch Mariah Yeater’s interview from The Insider below:



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SEA Games Medals Tally 2011 – PHL Now Has 20 Golds, Indonesia Still in the Lead with 124 Gold Medals

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SEA Games Medals Tally 2011 – PHL Now Has 20 Golds, Indonesia Still in the Lead with 124 Gold Medals


On the 9th day of the ongoing 26th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Palembang, Indonesia, the Philippine delegates remained on the 6th place overall with 20 golds, 36 silver and 50 bronze medals.


26th SEA Games Medal Tally
(As of November 19, 2011 10:30 a.m.)


Arroyo Arrested for Electoral Sabotage

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Arroyo Arrested for Electoral Sabotage

Police Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel shows the warrant of arrest for electoral sabotage served on former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday inside her room at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig. (Photo by Rem Zamora for abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Former President and now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been served a warrant of arrest at her hospital bed in St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City on Saturday, November 19 at around 3:30 p.m., for electoral sabotage, which carries a life sentence.

Her husband, former first gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, several family members and friends of the Arroyos were in the room during the Congresswoman's fingerprints and mugshots booking procedure.

The booking was facilitated by Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel who said that Arroyo's documents will be sent to Camp Crame in Quezon City for processing. He also said the mugshots will be released on the court's discretion.

"She's now under hospital arrest," Coronel added.

Arrest warrants were also served to Andal Sr. and former election officer Lintang Bedol.

On Friday, the Commission on Elections filed electoral sabotage charges at the Pasay City regional trial court against Arroyo, former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr., and former election supervisor Lintang Bedol for the alleged massive cheating in the Maguindanao polls in 2007.

Based on Republic Act No. 6646, electoral sabotage constitutes altering of votes during an election, tampering numbers on "large scale or in substantial numbers."

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‘ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards’ Winners to be Announced this Sunday on ASAP Rocks

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‘ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards’ Winners to be Announced this Sunday on ASAP Rocks


Experience the best pre-Christmas celebration in “ASAP Rocks” this Sunday, November 20, as the top-rating musical variety show of ABS-CBN assures another ‘Pop-nalo’ episode with your favorite Kapamilya stars.

Expect three hours of continuous entertainment from the all-star casts of Primetime Bida drama series ‘Maria La Del Barrio,’ ‘Budoy,’ ‘Nasaan Ka Elisa?,’ and ‘My Binondo Girl;’ Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson of the upcoming early Christmas offering of Star Cinema and Viva Film, “Won’t Last A Day Without You;” and from the exciting results of the much awaited “ASAP Pop Viewers’ Choice Awards 2011.”

Get ready to receive the best Holiday treats as the Kapamiya Network unravels its newest Primetime Bida teleserye, “Ikaw ay Pag-ibig’ topbilled child wonders Xyriel Manabat, Louise Abuel, Mutya Orquia with Dimples Romana, Alfred Vargas, Bembol Roco, Mark Gil, Paulo Avelino, Yen Santos, and Gerald Pesigan.

Meanwhile, a string of world-class production numbers will be showcased by Gary Valenciano, Zsa-Zsa Padilla, Christian Bautista, Toni Gonzaga, KC Conception, Karylle, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, Sam Milby, Robin Nievera, ASAP Pinoy Champs, and Boys R Boys.

Also watch out for the surprise numbers of Yael Yuzon, Julia Montes, Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby, and Matteo Guidicelli while a ‘pop-bulous’ birthday celebration is in store for Enchong Dee, Shaina Magdayao, and Angeline Quinto. World-class hip-hop champions are off for a grand dance showdown with Supahdance sensations Maja Salvador, Kim Chiu, Enrique Gil, Robi Domingo, John Prats, Rayver Cruz, Gab Valenciano, Empress, Jessy Mendiola, Bugoy Carino, Happy Feet, XB Gensan, and G-Force.

Don’t dare miss the “Pop-Nalo” episode of “ASAP Rocks” this Sunday, 12:15nn on ABS-CBN. For updates, photos and to hang out live with the stars at ASAP Chill-Out, simply visit http://asap.abs-cbn.com/, follow @ASAPOFFICIAL on Twitter, or ‘like’ http://facebook.com/asapofficial.

Richard Gutierrez Hosts "Manny Many Prizes" Live from SM MOA this Saturday

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Richard Gutierrez Hosts "Manny Many Prizes" Live from SM MOA this Saturday


After the successful debut of Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Showdown, Richard Gutierrez unveils a lighter, less serious side of him as he hosts this week’s episode of the Kapuso game show Manny Many Prizes.

Richard brings his expertise in hosting into this special episode of MMP that will air live from San Miguel By the Bay, SM Mall of Asia on Saturday, November 19.

The episode will serve as a prelude to the much-awaited return of its main host Manny Pacquiao following his victory against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Together with resident co-hosts Paolo Contis, Rhian Ramos, Gladys Guevarra, Pekto, Onyok Velasco, and Moymoy Palaboy, Richard leads the show as it continues to bring fun and excitement to deserving Pinoys.

And even home viewers can have the chance to win cash prizes just by watching the show!

Adding star power to the evening are the Survivor castaways, the Top 6 Protégé contestants, and Ms. World 2011 First Princess Gwendoline Ruais.

Be sure to watch this episode of Manny Many Prizes on Saturday after 24 Oras on GMA Sabado Star Power.

Super 12 Kiddie Cooks Delight Entertainment Press

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Super 12 Kiddie Cooks Delight Entertainment Press


The Super 12 kiddie cooks of the “Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition” were introduced to the public last Wednesday, November 16, via a “Meet and Eat” event where they also prepared dishes for the entertainment press.

Acee, Bianca, Caitlin, Emman, Iain, Jobim, Kyle, Mika, Miko, Patrick, Philip, and Tricia worked expertly around the Treston International College kitchen while preparing appetizers and desserts such as prawn bruschetta, fried shrimp and squid triangles, floating island with vanilla sauce, and poached pear and cream cheese cups.

The kiddie cooks were also thrilled to mingle and answer questions from the press in a press conference with host Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and the three chef-judges Chef Ferns, Chef Lau, and Chef Jayps.




Judging the kids’ creations will even get more difficult for Judy Ann, who said that the kids have acquired skills which they will apply in the upcoming cook-offs.

The challenges will get tougher and the competition stiffer. They have become so skillful with all the techniques they learned in the program,” she said.

The Super 12’s cooking showdown kicks off this Saturday, November 19, as they conceive wow-worthy recipes made with shellfish in another Invention Test.

This Sunday, November 20, meanwhile, the 12 kiddie cooks will be divided into two competing groups and prepare a full meal consisting of an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert for Treston International College students and employees, who will serve as their judges.

Watch “Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition” this Saturday, November 19, after “Wansapanataym” and this Sunday, November 20, after “Goin’ Bulilit” on ABS-CBN.

Julie Anne San Jose, Sandara Park and Veronica Pedrosa are on the Worldwide List ‘Top 10 Women to Watch’

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Youtube sensation and Kapuso tween star Julie Anne San Jose makes it on the worldwide list in Women Leaders’ Top 10 Women to Watch.




Who would forget that charming little girl who grew up to be a fine lady. It’s no other than Youtube sensation Julie Anne San Jose, who captured the hearts of millions with her covered songs - her rendition of Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass is the bomb! Recently, she was awarded as the Best Teen Female Performer during the 24th Aliw Awards. People say that she is the perfect role model for young girls everywhere and we couldn’t agree more. Hands down, she’s the winner. Julie Anne is a fast-rising star who is ready to take over Manila and the rest of the world by storm in the world of male-dominated rap genre.

Women to watch from other countries are American politician Gabrielle Giffords, Japanese virtual popstar Hatsune Miku, Indonesian CEO Karen Agustiawan, Taiwanese popstar Ella Chen, Malaysian professional squash player Nicol David, Korean popstar Dara (Sandara Park) of 2NE1, Indian chocolate artisan Mayavee Khandelwal and UK singer Birdy.




Another pinay on the list is former ABS-CBN journalist and CNN Anchor Veronica Pedrosa.




When you look at the 10 personalities in this list, it’s apparent that women are making a buzz as they make waves in making our world a better place,” says Arc Media Global Director Frank Mercado. “It’s clear to see that more and more women are achieving significant success.

The Top 10 Women to Watch are selected by the Women Leaders’ Centre in collaboration with Arc Media Global, based on several important criteria: positive bottom line organisational impact, global influence on women equality and unique contribution to contemporary society.

There’s no doubt about it. Women everywhere are vital players in each and every society. When it comes to leadership, sports, entertainment, business, and politics, women now have the authority and power to nurture and shape different industries. They are the top innovators, movers, and shakers of this century. Women have broken new ground in diverse areas of expertise – therefore making them the visions of a new generation.

The list was gathered in light of the forthcoming Women Leaders conference in Manila, Philippines. Women at the Top 2012 is the best avenue for women to share their stories and inspirations. This conference aims to highlight the progress in the lives of women around the world. This conference is all about breaking boundaries and barriers, and fostering relationship among the women leaders of today. Women Leaders applaud women from all over the world for liberating the female gender identity.

Putting Veronica and Julie Anne on the list is a no-brainer. Pinays are always on top of the list because of their huge contribution to fields where men are dominant actors.

The conference will be composed of some of the world’s top business women, women leaders, entrepreneurs, and women who accomplished the fields of information technology, beauty, fashion, music, the arts, sport, science and government. The exchange of ideas will put its center of attention on what women want in terms of a holistic lifestyle as they increasingly achieve and progress towards positions of power, wealth and influence. Women at the Top 2012 actively seeks topnotch visionaries and jet-setters from different countries and from a broad array of fields and business sectors.

For more information, please visit www.ArcMediaGlobal.com/Womyn or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/WATT_Asia

TV5 Recieves 3, ABS-CBN and GMA-7 Each Get 2 Nominations at the 16th Asian Television Awards

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TV5 Recieves 3, ABS-CBN and GMA-7 Each Get 2 Nominations at the 16th Asian Television Awards


Philippine TV once again got the nod and recognitions of international TV critiques as TV5 got 3 nominations while ABS-CBN and GMA-7 each received two from the 16th Asian Television Awards.

Here are TV5 shows nominated at 16th Asian Television Awards:

Best General Entertainment:
Talentadong Pinoy

Best Comedy Programme:
Lokomoko

Best Theme Song:
Boy Christopher Ramos’ rendition of “Ito Ang Buhay Ko” for the drama antology Star Confessions


Here are ABS-CBN shows nominated at 16th Asian Television Awards:

Best Talk Show:
The Bottomline with Boy Abunda

Best Supporting Actress:
Angel Aquino (Magkaribal)


Here are GMA-7 shows nominated at 16th Asian Television Awards:

Best General Entertainment:
Mind Master

Best Comedy Performance by an Actor:
Michael V. for Pepito Manaloto


This year's Asian Television Awards will happen on December 8, 2011 in Singapore.

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"Emotional People’s Needs Will Shape Future of Media. - Gabby Lopez

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"Emotional People’s Needs Will Shape Future of Media. - Gabby Lopez


ABS-CBN chairman and CEO Eugenio Lopez III yesterday said the future of media is unknown, but assured that ABS-CBN will remain true to its motto of being “in the service of the Filipino.

I believe it is an honor and privilege to work for a company that puts public service at its center. For me, working at ABS-CBN is not a job. It is a calling,” said Lopez at the closing of his speech at the 22nd Philippine Ad Congress session on the “Future of TV, Future of Media.”

In his speech, Lopez said technology can change the way people consume media but not the human nature to crave for recognition, affirmation, connection, and the inspiration to be the best that they can be.

The future of media would be shaped by people’s needs which at its core is emotional,” he said.

As an example, Lopez said ABS-CBN’s teleseryes can now reach every Filipino in the world via cable, satellite, and Internet protocol TV and even catch up on missed episodes via iWanTV, but it is ABS-CBN’s content that truly lifts the spirits that reflect the people’s joys, pains, values, passions, and dreams.

We all have relatives abroad. Maybe many of them have told you how Filipino dramas on TFC soothe away the pain of hard work and isolation in strange lands,” he said.

Lopez said the huge investments that the company made in technologies would not have succeeded if Filipinos were not burning with patriotism and yearning for redemption.

He cited various examples such as the Pinoy Big Brother being a phenomenal TV hit and the first local TV program to have 26 cameras rolling 24/7 and live streaming on cable TV; Imortal as the country’s first webisodes of a TV series; Boto Mo i-Patrol Mo as the first citizen’s election vigilance campaign using technology; and TFC to be the first to hold a Global Townhall with President Benigno Aquino III in North America.

At present, Lopez said the company is currently in test broadcast for Digital Terrestial Television or DTT that will give clear digital signals and additional channels to people who can’t afford pay TV.

We will invest in enabling technologies, but we will continue leveraging our ability to connect to the emotion,” he said. “In this age of gadgets, we believe that the right buttons to press are those in the hearts of the people.

Lopez said that in the next ad congress, delegates will be talking about media revolutions caused by technologies that are not even viable today, but assured that ABS-CBN will remain “in the service of the Filipino.”

Over many years, we were able to maintain a meaningful relationship with the Filipino audience, being the media company that connects our countrymen all over the globe through all kinds of media platforms,” he said.

Lopez, who leads the country’s largest multimedia conglomerate that is turning 60 next year, told the Ad Congress delegates that he has been in the media business over 25 years and that is all he ever wanted to do.

That is all I am ever going to do. I feel like that NBA player who marvels at getting paid for something he would do for free,” said Lopez, who was applauded by the attending delegates.

Lopez was one of the three media network chairmen who spoke about the future of the media. ABS-CBN anchor Korina Sanchez also appeared in the session, moderating the question and answer portion with the chairman of another network.

Manny V. Pangilinan’s Speech Well Applauded at the 22nd Philippine Ad Congress

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Manny V. Pangilinan’s Speech Well Applauded at the 22nd Philippine Ad Congress


TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) gave a lively “rockstar” speech at the 22nd Philippine Advertising Congress, which was highlighted by the historic moment of having the three chairmen of the country’s three leading networks on the same stage at the same time.

The presence of the three network chiefs onstage was the event’s showstopper as the delegates hastened to capture the rare moment on camera, but it was the speech given by MVP that drew the most applause and cheers from the enthusiastic audience. With “Change the Game” as the AdCon22 battlecry, MVP was able to expound on the event’s theme by sharing the game-changing innovations being ushered by his multimedia conglomerate (which includes TV5, PLDT, Smart, Cignal Digital Cable, among others) - and he did so in a very candid and engaging manner, to the delight of the audience.

MVP’s speech centered on the three key messages of consumer empowerment, the empowerment of content generators, and how advertising “could adjust to the realities of future media as you see it”.

The Twitterverse was also very much alive with tweets from impressed delegates and viewers (those who watched the event’s TV and online coverage) during MVP’s speech. As the TV5 chairman talked about the impending “digital tsunami” and how he wants to greet it with “d2 na me”, eager tweeters couldn’t help but be amazed at how such a genius could be so “humble and innovative”.

Twitter user @veg2go commented “Kudos to the Big 3 for inspiring us but personally dig MVP’s. Candid and straight jabs. #AdCon22 #MVP” while @iamrainramos said “I love MVP and the way he answers the questions thrown by his colleagues. TV5 should be proud. They’re in good hands. #AdCon22”.

Clearly, MVP was able to connect with the young generation as he gave an example of how a typical youth today would rely so much on digital technology and the Internet in his day-to-day life. He gave a highly informative and enlightening speech, and it made it all the more evident why all businesses he handles eventually become No.1.

GMA Network Stays In Tune with the Beat of Technology Drum

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GMA Network Stays In Tune with the Beat of Technology Drum


Today’s leading Philippine multimedia conglomerate GMA Network, Inc. (GMA) stays in tune with the beat of the technology drum.

This is according to GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon in his address on the “The Future of Television” delivered to around 4,000 participants at the 22nd Philippine Advertising Congress held at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) in Camarines Sur.

Gozon said that television giant GMA has gone to great lengths to intermarry new and traditional media in its broadcast operations. Beyond sign-off schedule, GMA had found means to hook up with its audience. The connection is now 24/7.

He explained, “the new mission of media in the digital age is to engage viewers and make them active participants.” For instance, GMA’s online citizen journalism YouScoop has helped the Network deliver the news “as it happens, when it happens.”

But amid heightened subscription to evolving media such as digital and mobile, Gozon said that “television will still be the medium to beat for many years to come.” He said that television, the most pervasive and most ubiquitous of all media, is critical in people empowerment through information.

With television consumption rate in the Philippines increasing from 97% in 2007 to 98% in 2011 according to global media research company Synovate, television remains the most effective platform to deliver news and entertainment. In fact, it is the cheapest form of entertainment for 94% of households in the country.

Gozon emphasized that television’s continued success is driven by quality content – a non-negotiable in the television business and the key dimension that defines the daily drill in the Kapuso Network.

Guided by the mantra of delivering only quality program content and unrelenting Serbisyong Totoo, GMA raised the bar of programming with trailblazing programs such as Amaya, Munting Heredera and flagship newscast 24 Oras, among others, on primetime.

The self-imposed standard of delivering quality content also resulted into another alternative local all-news channel from GMA – GMA News TV (GNTV), now the number one news channel in the country.

Gozon said that GMA will continue to reinvent television, and turn the challenges stemming from digitization into opportunities. He said that GMA will “continue to harness new technologies not only to keep consumers watching the GMA programs, but have them stay through commercials in between.”

Gozon is credited with steering GMA towards being the number one television station in the country today in both ratings and profits and is consistently listed as among BizNews Asia’s Power 100 from 2003 to 2010. Last year, he earned the distinction of being the only Filipino to be selected as a member of the Advisory Board for the Asian Television Awards.

Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ Banners Released

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Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ Banners Released



A couple of banners has just been unveiled for “Marvel’s The Avengers”!

Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers” - the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in Philippine theaters on May 2012.

‘Angelito: Batang Ama – Ang Pagbibinata’ Marathon this Sunday

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‘Angelito: Batang Ama – Ang Pagbibinata’ Marathon this Sunday


ABS-CBN will air a special pilot week marathon of its latest afternoon drama series “Angelito: Batang Ama” titled “Angelito: Batang Ama – Ang Pagbibinata” this Sunday, November 20, from 10:15 AM after “Matanglawin. “

Audiences have warmly received the program topbilled by the New Prince of Drama JM de Guzman, which tells the story of young father confronting problems of early teenage pregnancy. The series performed very well during its pilot week by earning an average national TV rating of 12.9% on its first day of airing.

JM is overwhelmed with the positive response and good feedback received for his portrayal of the lead character in the TV series. He said, “I’m very happy with how the viewers received the show and I am very thankful for their support. I am excited for the coming weeks and see how the audience will react to our fast-paced storytelling. There are really a lot of things to watch out for in this show.”

Watch “Angelito Batang Ama,” Mondays to Fridays, 3:30 PM after “Helena’s Promise” on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold. Follow @Batang_Ama on Twitter, AngelitoBatangAma on Facebook and YouTube. Tweet your thoughts, comments, and suggestions using the hashtag #AngelitoBatangAma.

Coco Martin Talks About Working with Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta in ‘Walang Hanggan’

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Coco Martin Talks About Working with Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta in ‘Walang Hanggan’


Coco Martin considers his newest ABS-CBN teleserye "Walang Hanggan" as his best birthday ever.

In an interview, Coco, who turned 30 last November 1, said, “Ang birthday wish ko sana dire-diretso lang yung mga blessing tsaka mga proyekto na dumarating sa akin. Siyempre gusto ko din na yung family ko laging maayos.

"Walang Hanggan" which is said to be a TV adaptation of the 1991 box office hit, Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit, will be topbilled by Coco together with the movie's original lead stars Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.

Asked how he feels about working with Richard and Dawn for the first time, Coco revealed, “Inspired ito sa Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit. Nung bata ako isa yun sa mga pelikulang pinanood ko. Hanggang ngayon kapag pinapalabas siya sa TV, talagang pinapanood ko pa rin.

Siyempre makakasama ko si Richard Gomez, tapos yung dati pa niyang pelikula yung soap na gagawin namin, so napre-pressure ako. Sana mapanindigan ko ulit at magawa ko ng tama yung role ko.”

"Walang Hanggan" also stars this generation's newest batch of big young stars Julia Montes, Melissa Ricks, Paulo Avelino. With veteran actors Susan Roces, Joem Bascon, and Rita Avila.

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"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" Red Carpet Screening at Glorietta 4 Cinema, a Huge Success

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"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" Red Carpet Screening at Glorietta 4 Cinema, a Huge Success


Glorietta cinema and Mellow 94.7 FM radio sponsored a hugely successful red carpet Philippine gala premiere of the highly anticipated worldwide phenomenon "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" last night, November 17, at Glorietta 4 Cinema 3.

In the movie, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by a marriage, honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of a child… which brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

With more of the romance, passion, intrigue and action that made "Twilight," "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" worldwide blockbusters, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1," based on Stephanie Meyer’s bestselling book series, begins the conclusion of the tale of vampire love, boundless friendship, acceptance, and finding your true self.

Watch "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" in Ayala Malls Cinemas: Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Market! Market!, Marquee Mall at Angeles Pampanga, Ayala Center Cebu and Abreeza Davao.

Login to www.sureseats.com for schedule and advance online ticket reservation.

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Carmina Villaroel Denies Leaving GMA-7

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Carmina Villaroel Denies Leaving GMA-7


Carmina Villaroel downplayed rumors she will be leaving GMA network.

Although Carmina admitted that she and her manager Dolor Guevarra are talking with other network executives for offers, she hasn't decided on the possible transfer...yet.

Carmina said she is overwhelmed and thankful with the offers and recognitions she is getting right now with other networks, but it is hard to leave his current home studio where she did numerous hosting and acting stints.

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Sharon Cuneta Transfers to TV5, How True?

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Sharon Cuneta Transfers to TV5, How True?


Visibly absent in ABS-CBN 2011 Christmas station ID, Sharon Cuneta's rumored network transfer gets even more clearer.

For the past weeks, numerous blogs, showbiz and social networking sites, and several broadsheets and tabloids are writing about their speculations of the Megastar's transfer to TV5.

According to rumor, Sharon will do a talk show ala Oprah with the Kapatid Network. That she will try a daily primetime soap. And now, rumor has it that Sharon, is set to ink the deal with TV5 next week.

How true? Any counter-offer from the Kapamilya network?

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Manny Pacquiao Loses His Pound-for-Pound Title to Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

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Manny Pacquiao Loses His Pound-for-Pound Title to Floyd Mayweather, Jr.


Manny Pacquiao lost his pound-for-pound title to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in the recent rankings released by two sports media outfits - ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

As posted in their websites on November 14 and November 17, Pacquiao has dropped to 2nd place while Floyd Mayweather, Jr. moved up to top place.

The recent movement in the rankings was brought about by Pacquiao's latest fight with Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez on November 13. As ESPN's Dan Rafael noted:

Pacquiao looked confused at times and lacked snap on his punches in a less-than-stellar outing. It just wasn't the kind of performance we have come to expect from Pacquiao, especially in light of the fact that Marquez had been wiped out by Mayweather in 2009 in his only other welterweight fight."

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix wrote:

The inconclusive outcome undercut [Manny's] standing in SI.com's pound-for-pound ratings.

Bob Arum says a fourth Marquez fight should (and could) be next, but most fans would rather see a showdown between the fighters who rank 1-2 [Floyd Mayweather, Jr. - Manny Pacquiao) on virtually every pound-for-pound list."


However, The Ring Magazine Pound for Pound list known as the official list of the current pound for pound professional boxing rankings, has still Manny Pacquiao at no. 1.

Here’s the Top 10 rankings according to The Ring:

1. Manny Pacquiao 54-3-2 (38 KO) Welterweight
WBO Welterweight Champion, WBO Super Champion,
WBC Emeritus Champion, WBC Diamond Champion

2. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 42-0 (26 KO) Welterweight
WBC Welterweight Champion, WBC Emeritus Champion

3. Sergio Gabriel Martínez 48-2-2 (27 KO) Middleweight
The Ring Middleweight Champion, WBC Diamond Champion

4. Nonito Donaire 27-1 (18 KO) Bantamweight
WBO Bantamweight Champion

5. Juan Manuel Márquez 53-6-1 (39 KO) Lightweight
Unified WBA and Super WBO Lightweight Champion, The Ring Lightweight Champion

6. Wladimir Klitschko 56-3 (49 KO) Heavyweight
Unified WBA, Super WBO and IBF Heavyweight Champion, The Ring Heavyweight Champion

7. Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 83-3-1 (45 KO) Flyweight
WBC Flyweight Champion, The Ring Flyweight Champion

8. Timothy Bradley 28-0-0-1 (12 KO) Junior welterweight
WBC (in recess) and WBO Junior welterweight Champion

9. Giovani Segura 28-1-1 (24 KO)

10. Andre Ward 24-0 (13 KO)
Super middleweight, Super WBA Super middleweight Champion

The “Pound for pound” rankings were developed by boxing writers during the era of Sugar Ray Robinson to rank the world’s greatest fighters irrespective of their weight division.

The nature of these rankings is subjective and raises an interesting question: How do you compensate for differences in size, power and historical time periods when evaluating boxers?

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher End Their Marriage

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Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher End Their Marriage


Demi Moore has split from Ashton Kutcher.

The 49-year-old actress - who has three daughters with first husband Bruce Willis - says it is "with great sadness and a heavy heart" she has decided to end her six-year marriage to the Two and a Half Men actor, who was accused of cheating on her in September.

Demi said in a statement: "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton.

"As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life.
"This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation."

Demi and Ashton's marriage was rocked when 22-year-old Sara Leal claimed that the actor had sex with her at a San Diego hotel room in September.

Neither of them commented on Sara's allegations directly and were believed to be trying to resolve the problems in their relationship before Demi made her announcement on November 17.

Ashton, on the other hand, has admitted being wed is "difficult" and paid tribute to his spouse.

He tweeted: "I will forever cherish the time I spend with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and light, AK."

- Bang

Bradley Cooper Named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

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Bradley Cooper Named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive


36, year-old Hangover star Bradley Cooper has been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.

Cooper admits he is shocked because he doesn't think he always looks great.

"I think it's really cool that a guy who doesn't look like a model can have this. I think I'm a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying." he told the magazine.

Although he is delighted to be named the Sexiest Man Alive, Cooper insists his mother Gloria will be more proud of his win than him.

"The first thing I thought was, 'My mother is going to be so happy.' " he said.

Other famous hunks to make the top ten of People's poll include Liam Hemsworth, who is dating Miley Cyrus; The Wire star Idris Elba; actor Chris Evans; Jennifer Aniston's man Justin Theroux; and Ryan Gosling.

Bradley took the title from last year's winner Ryan Reynolds, who did not make the top ten this year.

People magazine will publish its full list of the 100 Sexiest Men Alive in their next issue which hits newsstands today, November 18.

Claudine Barretto and Dennis Trillo, Together Again

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Claudine Barretto and Dennis Trillo, Together Again


Dramatic actors Claudine Barretto and Dennis Trillo seem to have enjoyed their previous stint in GMA-7’s “Spooky Nights”. This Saturday, November 19, they return to the show for its next hardcore horror feature titled “Kalaro”.

With Munting Heredera child stars Mona Louise Rey and Migs Cuaderno, “Kalaro” presents a story about a father who wants to win the approval of his son after his marriage breaks up. Further complicating things between them are two ghosts wanting to take them to the after life by causing their death.

While his wife is on a vacation abroad, Chris (Dennis) finally has a chance to bond with his son, Clark (Migs). However, it seems that only Chris enjoys their current setup because the boy hates him and his new home – a unit on the sixth floor of a strange condominium.

Clark is bored because, aside from the fact that he is staying with his dad, there seems to be no other kids on the sixth floor. Thus, he gets excited and happy when he meets Ena (Mona), a girl who lives in the unit beside theirs. Instantly, the two kids become playmates.

Meanwhile, Chris started experiencing weird things in his condo unit ever since he met Ena’s mother, Lara (Claudine). He has also been seeing horrifying visions – like Clark becoming a corpse and the water in the bathtub turns to blood.

Await this scary and heartbreaking story presented by Director Uro Q. Dela Cruz and Headwriter Senedy Que.

Catch “Spooky Nights Presents: Kalaro” this Saturday, November 19, after Manny Many Prizes on GMA-7.

Gerald Anderson Supports Budoy’s Advocacy

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Gerald Anderson Supports Budoy’s Advocacy


Gerald Anderson is in full support in helping the mentally challenged patients just like his character in “Budoy.”

Similar to his character in the top-rating Primetime Bida family drama series “Budoy,” Gerald Anderson is in full support in helping the mentally challenged patients through the charity basketball tournament he organized which was participated by his fellow Kapamilya stars from Star Magic and ASAP Rocks.

Because of the tourney’s success, the drama prince is hopeful that his friends and fans will continue to support him in his future charity projects. Meanwhile, watch out for one explosive happening in Budoy’s life that will change everyone’s life.

Under the direction of Ruel S. Bayani and Tots Sanchez-Mariscal, don’t miss “Budoy,” weeknights on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to www.budoy.tv, follow @budoy_tv on Twitter, and ‘like’ www.facebook.com/budoy.tv.

Barbie Forteza Loses Her Memory

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Barbie Forteza Loses Her Memory


Witness how two people can go from being best friends to bitter rivals as Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin, GMA-7's afternoon drama, continues this week.

Despite growing up together, a tragedy forced cousins Katherine (Barbie Forteza) and Clarissa (Joyce Ching) to lead separate lives and assume different identities.

Katherine - with no memory of who she was--now works as a helper in the Fuentebella mansion. Clarissa, on the other hand, continues to take advantage of the situation by posing as Katherine.

On Monday, Clarissa is consumed by jealousy when Charles (Joshua Dionisio) keeps showering Katherine with attention at a party. To get even, Clarissa plots to humiliate Katherine unaware that her plans will eventually backfire.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Ferdinand (Gardo Versoza) forces Katherine and Clarissa to stay in one room - hoping to appease the rivalry between the two. Clarissa, meanwhile, remains at odds with Jepoy (Kristoffer Martin), who still feels as though his best friend is committing a huge mistake for faking her identity.

When will the truth about Clarissa's real identity be revealed? Will jealousy and greed continue to get the best of her? Will Katherine's memory even return, or will she remain as the submissive servant that she is now?

Follow the many twists and turns in Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin weekdays after Kokak on GMA Afternoon Prime.

Solenn Heussaff Ginebra San Miguel 2012 Calendar Girl Photos

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Solenn Heussaff Ginebra San Miguel 2012 Calendar Girl Photos


Kapuso's "It" girl Solenn Heussaff is Ginebra San Miguel’s 2012 Calendar Girl.

The French-Filipina singer/actress/model was launched by Ginebra San Miguel as their newest calendar girl during the press conference at the Cocoon Boutique Hotel last November 14.

Asked why she agreed to posed sexy for calendar, Solenn said, “Ako, I really go for everything…I’ll do it as long as it’s artsy and classy.”

Ginebra San Miguel VP for Marketing Nelson Elises revealed why they chose Solenn to be the face and body of their 2012 calendar, “She’s our unanimous choice. She’s beauty and brains, has many talents and people from all walks of life can relate with her. She’s like our flagsip Ginebra San Miguel, a product that remains relevant and is still patronized by our core market.

Check some of her Ginebra San Miguel 2012 Calendar Girl photos below:


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Pinoy Big Brother House Update: 3Gs and Power Strangers Enter PBB House

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Pinoy Big Brother House Update: 3Gs and Power Strangers Enter PBB House


Big Brother brought in a new batch of six potential housemates – the sultry 3G’s into the “looban” for “PBB UnliNight” and the wacky Power Strangers into the industrial house for “PBB UnliDay.”

For their first task, the 3G’s composed of Pretty Miss Perfect, Sexy Single Mommy, and Independent Woman should charm their way into being official housemates.

To help them succeed, Kuya assigned Slater, the first housemate to be nominated for eviction, to convince his fellow male housemates to accept the 3G’s as official housemates and in exchange, choose one current female housemate to be evicted.

Will Slater finally succeed in this new challenge or back out and face forced eviction?

The “PBB UnliDay” housemates will also welcome this week the Power Strangers namely Astiging Kengkoy, Pilyong Rakitero, and Poging Petics. What will their special tasks be?

Meanwhile, four “PBB UnliDay” housemates faced punishment for violating some of the PBB house rules.

Seiichi was forced to communicate with his housemates using a puppet for failing to use his lapel microphone at one instance, while Pamu was made to strap herself onto a gurney due to oversleeping and ignoring three wake-up calls.

For using hand signals, Unad and Lordwin were required to wear two jackets conjoined back-to-back.

Watch “Pinoy Big Brother UnliNight” with Toni Gonzaga weeknights after “My Binondo Girl” in Primetime Bida and “Pinoy Big Brother UnliDay” with Bianca Gonzalez weekdays before “Reputasyon” in Kapamilya Gold. Also stay tuned to “PBB Unlimited Updates” with Robi Domingo during “Kapamilya Blockbusters” and “100 Days to Heaven” on ABS-CBN.

Get to know more about the housemates by visiting pinoybigbrother.com. For the program’s updates, follow his Secretary on Twitter at @OfficialPBB4 or like www.facebook.com/OfficialPinoyBigBrother.

Miss World 2011 First Princess Gwendolyn Ruais Lauded by President Noynoy

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Miss World 2011 First Princess Gwendolyn Ruais Lauded by President Noynoy


Miss World 2011 first runner-up Gwendolyn Ruais was congratulated by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Through Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, PNoy sent a congratulatory message to Gwendolyn Ruais.

Miss Philippines-World Gwendoline Ruais placed first-runner up at the 2011 Miss World Pageant held in London, United Kingdom. We extend our congratulations to Miss Philippines for once again proving that we Filipinos are capable of competing against the best and the brightest on the world stage,” Lacierda said in a statement.

Kardashian Boycott Launched To Remove Kardashian on Television

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Kardashian Boycott Launched To Remove Kardashian on Television


It seems Kim Kardashian's move to divorce Kris Humphries not only sent the media buzzing but also caused some people to become fed up with the family's public exploits.

A petition has been launched online calling for the E! Entertainment network, which airs "Keep Up With The Kardashians" and other shows based on the close clan, to be removed from the airwaves.

"In a grass roots effort, we have collected [thousands of] signatures for a petition asking E! Entertainment to remove the Kardashian suite of shows from their programming," petition organizer Cyndy Snider said in a statement to Yahoo! "We feel that these shows are mostly staged and place an emphasis on vanity, greed, promiscuity, vulgarity and over-the-top conspicuous consumption."

The petition, called "No More Kardashian" is available on gopetition.com and at press time has over 75,000 signatures. There's also a Facebook page dedicated to the cause with over 44,000 fans at the time of this writing.

"'Keeping up with the Kardashians' is just not viewing that we the public, would like to see from your network. Enough is enough," the preamble to the petition states.

Read further news HERE.

China Bus Crash Killed 2 Adults and 18 Kindergarten Students

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China Bus Crash Killed 2 Adults and 18 Kindergarten Students


An overloaded school minibus collided with a truck on a road in the Yulinzi township in Northwest China's Gansu province on Wednesday, November 16, killing at least 18 kindergarten children and 2 adults on their way to school, local authorities said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The school bus was design to carry nine people only, according to a witness quoted by China National Radio.

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

‘PS I Love You’ Returns as TV5 Primetime Dramaserye

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The love story that charmed fans in the ‘80s returns not on the silverscreen but on TV.

PS I Love You, the movie that further pinned Gabby Concepcion and Sharon Cuneta to stardom, is given new life as it premieres as TV5’s newest primetime dramaserye on November 21.

TV5’s PS I Love You is a sequel to the original ‘80s movie. Mark (Gabby Concepcion) and Kristine (now portrayed by Dina Bonnevie) didn’t have a happy ending to their love story after all, and they now live separate lives with families of their own. What they thought was their greatest love was left behind. But as fate would have it, their paths would cross again and the memories they wish to bury resurface.

The dramaserye takes off from Mark and Kristine’s supposed wedding day, where the latter doesn’t show up. Mark finds out later that Kristine accepted the marriage proposal of a wealthy businessman.

Mark tries to move on from his sad fate and works his way to become a billionaire investment banker. Kristine, on the other hand, is happily married with two kids, but her picture-perfect life crumbles upon the death of her husband. As their businesses dwindle and their family stands on the brink of bankruptcy, Kristine’s daughter Andrea (Alex Gonzaga) steps up to save their remaining livelihood. Despite the tremendous responsibility she has to bear for her family, she derives motivation and inspiration from Jason (Kean Cipriano), a struggling musician who loves her with all his heart.

Upon the advice of their relatives, Andrea decides to sell their company to an investor who would be interested in resuscitating the business. Unknown to Andrea, the man interested in buying their company is Mark, an old flame of her mother and her one great love.

This starts another chapter in the lives of Mark and Kristine. As love blossoms between their children – Mark’s son Paul (AJ Muhlach) and Kristine’s other daughter Candice (Nadine Lustre) – they move heaven and earth to keep them apart. However, Paul and Candice struggle to fight for the love despite all odds.

Completing the cast of PS I Love You are Candy Pangilinan, Cheska Inigo, Michael Flores, Say Alonzo, Jaycee Parker, Melissa Mendez, Nikki Bacolod, Al Chris Galura, Sarah Polvereni and Cogie Domingo, with the special participation of Lloyd Samartino.

Directed by Robert Quebral and Elaine Lozano, PS I Love You is co-produced by TV5 and Viva TV. It airs Monday to Friday after Glamorosa starting November 21 on TV5.

UST Releases Statement on the Anne Curtis vs GMA-7 Staff USTv Incident

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UST Releases Statement on the Anne Curtis vs GMA-7 Staff USTv Incident


After Kapamilya actress Anne Curtis expressed her sentiments on Twitter (read related news HERE) and the official statements released by both ABS-CBN (read HERE) and GMA-7 (read HERE) related to the USTv incidents where Anne was allegedly prevented by GMA-7 staff to perform or even greeted the Thomasians during the 2011 USTv Awards Kick-off party due to schedule issue, organizers of the USTv Students’ Choice Awards finally released a statement clarifying the conflict in the performance schedules between Anne Curtis and the Kapuso stars.

Here is the official statement sent by the Office of the Secretary General of the University of Santo Tomas (UST):

The University of Santo Tomas, together with all its students, deeply appreciate the enthusiastic participation of the television networks during the 8th USTv Students’ Choice Awards Kick Off Party held on 10 November 2011 at the Plaza Mayor of the university. We especially thank the celebrities from different television networks who generously took time out of their hectic schedules to join the Kick Off Party.

The event featured a program with a pre-determined sequence aimed at giving all the celebrities in attendance ample time to meet or to perform before the Thomasian audience. Since the TV networks normally cannot declare the exact number of talents who would be able to come,last minute adjustments were inevitable, subject, however, to mutual agreement of the concerned parties.

We regret any misunderstanding or confusion that may have occurred unintentionally and caused inconvenience to some. We pray and hope that all parties can move on and continue with our common commitment of promoting positive values in the mass media. After all, it is for this that the USTv Students’ Choice Awards came into being.
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL
University of Santo Tomas

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Vilma Santos, Coco Martin and Jake Cuenca Join "100 Days to Heaven: A Heavenly Finale" this Friday

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Is it “mission accomplished” for Madam Anna?



ABS-CBN’s top-rating Primetime Bida drama series “100 Days to Heaven” was once again the talk of the town as it recently trended worldwide on Twitter with the non-stop intense scenes and revelations on its last week dubbed as “100 Days to Heaven: A Heavenly Finale.”

Aside from following the happenings in the lives of Madam Anna Manalastas (Coney Reyes/Xyriel Manabat) and daughter Sophia (Jodi Sta. Maria), loyal viewers are hooked in the finale week to watch out for the guest appearance of some of the biggest Kapamilya stars which recently included Jake Cuenca as the young ‘Tagasundo,’ Coco Martin as the young ‘Tagabantay,’ and Governor Vilma Santos as ‘Tagabantay.’




When asked about her guesting, Santos said nothing but praises for the show. She said, “We all know that many people are watching the show that’s why I consider it a great honor to be a part of it, plus the fact that I got to work with my good friend, Coney Reyes.”

The Star for All Seasons also shared that like all the loyal viewers of “100 Days to Heaven,” she was also deeply touched with Madam Anna’s journey. “I salute the program for all the good values it presents. It has taught viewers the importance of being good to others and that it is never too late to change for the better and ask for forgiveness from those we have offended,” Santos said.

Meanwhile, the whole cast and production team of “100 Days to Heaven” are thankful for the public’s full support to show which aired for six months. On her Twitter account, Reyes constantly expresses her gratitude to the show’s followers. She tweeted, “We hope that everyone will be a part of our journey from the beginning to end. Thank you very much for all the support!

After all her efforts, is it really ‘mission accomplished’ for Anna? Was she really able to correct all that she had done wrong? Will the gates of heaven open for her or will she be brought into the clutches of hell?

Don’t dare miss the final judgment on “100 Days to Heaven: A Heavenly Finale,” weeknights after “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to www.100daystoheaven.tv, follow @100daystoheaven on Twitter, and ‘like’ www.facebook.com/100Days2Heaven.

TV5's 2 International Channels Expand Reach, Now in Europe

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TV5's 2 International Channels Expand Reach, Now in Europe


Justify FullOrbit Showtime Network (OSN) and TV2MORO recently launched Filipino Plus, a pay TV entertainment package for the Filipino community in Europe, offering premium and exclusive content from the Philippines.

The launch of Filipino Plus is part of our continuing commitment to be the total entertainment, news and sports source for the growing Filipino community in Europe,” said Emad Morcos, Vice-President, OSN.

Filipino Plus is a TV entertainment package of eight channels which includes TV5’s international channels, Kapatid TV5 and Aksyon TV International. The channels feature content that is widely anticipated by Filipinos across the continent. Kapatid TV5 is headlined by Willie Revillame’s Wil Time Bigtime and Filipina superstar Nora Aunor’s Sa Ngalan Ng Ina. Aksyon TV is a news and sports channel and is the official worldwide broadcaster of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) games.

Subscribers to the service will receive all eight channels providing maximum value for the varied premium content on offer. “We are happy and excited to welcome Filipino Plus to our homes here in Europe” said Romulo Salvador, a community leader based in Rome, Italy. “This will surely bring joy and hope to us and our kabayans across the region and soothe their longing for their loved ones back in the Philippines” he added.

Filipino Plus is delivered via IPTV, a convenient and hassle-free way of enjoying TV services. Only requiring a broadband connection and the supplied Filipino Plus IPTV set top box, Filipino subscribers can instantly enjoy their favourite shows anytime and anywhere across Europe. Through TV2MORO’s expertise in IPTV technology, Filipino Plus subscribers are assured of an uninterrupted and buffering-free viewing experience.

Our goal is to deliver quality Filipino TV services through IPTV to Filipino homes who wish to be in touch with their Filipino heritage. We aim to deliver the best content through the best format to Filipino households in the region,” said Elie Kawkabani, CEO of TV2MORO.

Filipino Plus will be available via Filipino dealers in Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernesey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the Vatican City.

James McAvoy is Voice of Santa Claus' Son in “Arthur Christmas”

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Santa’s my dad!,” exclaims British actor James McAvoy who provides the voice to the title role of Arthur, Santa Claus' youngest son, in Sony Pictures Animation Studios' new, 3D family comedy “Arthur Christmas.”

Arthur believes in Christmas, and not just because he’s been born into the family business,” says McAvoy. “He believes it in his soul – there’s nobody else in the world who cares about Christmas more than Arthur.”

“Arthur Christmas” at last reveals the incredible, never-before-seen answer to every child's question: “So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero: Santa’s youngest son, Arthur. When this amazing operation misses one child out of hundreds of millions, the least capable Claus embarks on a hilarious, exciting rogue mission against the clock to deliver the last present before Christmas morning dawns.

Despite living in a world devoted year-round to the business of Christmas, Arthur LOVES everything to do with the season. He is especially passionate about what Santa – who he adores as both dad and figurehead – means to children, whose identities sometimes get lost in the huge logistics of the operation. Trouble is, in the ultra-efficient, high-tech delivery operation of Christmas, Santa’s youngest son is a spare part. Allergic to snow and suffering from a fear of heights, reindeer, and high-speed travel, Arthur isn’t exactly a natural Claus. The family loves him – but has never quite known what to do with him. And although Arthur’s office in the Letters Department is a chaotic mess of snow globes and pictures of Santa, it’s a magical little corner where Arthur alone revels in the joy of it all.

Arthur reads every single letter that comes to the North Pole, because he believes that every child deserves to receive a present at Christmastime,” says McAvoy. “You know, he’s relegated to the mailroom, because he’s caused a lot of accidents at the North Pole, but it’s just perfect for him – he gets to read these letters about the importance and the essence of Christmas, every second of every day.”

Arthur cannot bear the idea of a kid waking up on Christmas morning and finding out that Santa didn’t come,” says co-screenwriter Sarah Smith. “Arthur sees the world through that kid’s eyes – it would be the end of the world.”

Arthur is a fanboy and a workhorse for Christmas,” McAvoy continues. “He wouldn’t want to do anything else – he lives for Christmas. It’s exciting to play somebody that fulfilled because you get to keep increasing the energy, as the character tries to maintain that fulfillment.”

The movie is really funny and very clever,” McAvoy concludes. “It’s ingenious, inventive, irreverent, different, and funny – I suppose that’s what drew all of us to do it.”

Opening across the Philippines in December, “Arthur Christmas” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.sonypictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.

Sneak Peek: “Jack and Jill ”

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Columbia Pictures presents the new comedy “Jack and Jill” starring Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes and Al Pacino.

In the film, Jack (Sandler) was living an almost perfect life, with the exception of one, annoying constant - his twin sister Jill (also played by Sandler). Every year he has to tolerate a Thanksgiving visit from his smothering sister, who doesn’t take long to turn his life upside down. As the weekend intrusion starts stretching into a month, the siblings fight, tease, and bicker in the way only twins can. When it becomes clear Jill is never leaving, Jack sets into motion several schemes that he hopes will return Jill to where he loves her most – the other side of the country.
Director Dennis Dugan re-teams with Sandler for the eighth time on “Jack and Jill.” “What I found interesting was that somewhere partway through the production I thought of Adam as playing Jack, but I thought of Jill as if she were her own person. Adam didn’t walk around off-camera acting like Jill, but after a while, it was as if Jill was a woman we hired who happened to look remarkably like Adam!

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Jack and Jill” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.

Get Into the Circle of Life of “The Lion King 3D”

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Set against the breathtaking natural beauty, mysticism and diversity of the African landscape, captured and stylized by a team of top artistic talents, Disney’s 32nd full-length animated film “The Lion King” is a uniquely entertaining coming-of-age allegory based on an original story that has since joined the ranks of classic fairy tales and literary favorites. And now, the popular classic is in 3D for the first time ever.

‘The Lion King’ is essentially a love story between a father and son,” says producer Don Hahn. “It’s about that moment in life when you realize that your father is going to pass on to you his wisdom and knowledge. The Circle of Life. Someday we all become adults. The baton will be passed on to us and we’re going to have to grow up.”

An original story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music set the stage for “The Lion King,” a Disney classic that follows the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can’t wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba’s exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa.

Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the Circle of Life. The all-star vocal talents - including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Ernie Sabella, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Robert Guillaume, Cheech Marin and Moira Kelly - plus the rip-roaring comedy and uplifting messages of courage, loyalty and hope make this a timeless tale for all ages.




According to co-director Roger Allers, “The real heart and emotional underpinning of the whole story is the father-son relationship. At one point in the film, Simba steps into his father’s paw print and we see this image of his little paw in an enormous print. It is very symbolic. When his father is taken away from him too soon, he feels unworthy and inadequate. My favorite part of the film is when his father returns in ghost form and tells him that his spirit lives on in his son.”

Co-director Rob Minkoff adds: “We set out to do something very different from the things that had been done before. ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’ were all basically love stories, and this one is more about the relationship between a father and a son. It is just as crucial and interesting in its own way, but a real different subject and a change of pace from other Disney films.”

Recalls actor Nathan Lane, who provides the voice of Timon, “They showed us two clips from the movie and I thought to myself, ‘Well, not only is this good, there’s something very special about this.’ Obviously, there’s something in [the film] that touches people - it’s why it was hugely successful and why it stays with people. [The filmmakers] worked for a long time to get the story right and that’s why these films work and why they’re considered classics.”

Matthew Broderick (voice of Simba) remembers the first time he saw the film with an audience. “There’s nothing like sitting with a real audience,” he says. “I thought, ‘Wow, these children will take their children [someday].’ I could tell I was part of ‘Snow White.’ It felt like we were part of those movies that seem to live years and years through generations.”




Opening across the Philippines in December 2011, “The Lion King 3D” is distributed locally by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

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