Saturday, February 11, 2012

Philippine Azkals and Philippine Football Federation Renew Ties with ABS-CBN

Philippine Azkals and Philippine Football Federation Renew Ties with ABS-CBN

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and the Philippine Azkals recently renewed their contract with ABS-CBN, which gives ABS-CBN the exclusive right to broadcast all the local matches of the Azkals and other football events of the PFF for the next four years.

ABS-CBN will also exclusively air all the international matches of the Azkals beginning 2013. ABS-CBN Vice President for Sports Peter Musngi said he is happy that ABS-CBN Sports is extending its relationship with the PFF and the Azkals as the partnership will greatly benefit the sport in the country and give the Azkals the exposure they deserve. PFF President Mariano Araneta and Azkals team manager Dan Palami, meanwhile, expressed delight over the renewal of their contract with ABS-CBN, which started in 2010, as the network has not only made possible a boost in the exposure of the Azkals in the country but also in the international scene. Palami said that through ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel, the team has enjoyed an increased global following, with Fil-foreigners even expressing interest in joining the Azkals after seeing them on the channel. Also present in the contract signing were ABS-CBN Chairman and CEO Gabby Lopez, ABS-CBN Chief Finance Officer Rolando Valdueza and PFF legal counsel Atty. Ed Gastanes.

Universal Records Dominates MYX Music Awards 2012 Nominations

Universal Records Dominates MYX Music Awards 2012 Nominations

Justify FullUniversal Records dominated the 2012 MYX Music Awards with 23 nominations from 18 categories.

Parokya ni Edgar, enjoys seven nods for Favorite Music Video, Song (Pangarap Lang Kita), Artist, Group, Collaboration (One Hit Combo with Gloc9), and MYX Live Performance, plus Guest Appearance for JM De Guzman for Pangarap Lang Kita.

Christian Bautista, on the other hand, earned five nominations (Favorite Artist, Male Artist, Remake for Love Moves In Mysterious Ways, Media Soundtrack for I Am Already King, and Guest Appearance for Alodia Gosiengfiao for All That’s Left), while Sam Concepcion got 3 (Favorite Male Artist, Remake for Forever Young, and Celebrity VJ).

Sponge Cola (Favorite Group, Mellow Video) and Kamikazee (Favorite Collaboration and Rock Video) have two nominations each.

JayR is nominated for Favorite Urban Video for Connection with Chelo and Q-York.

Universal Records lords it over the Favorite K-Pop Video Category with 2NE1’s Lonely, Super Junior’s Mr. Simple, Big Bang’s Tonight.

There are 3 ways to vote: via MYXph, Facebook and Twitter.


Just click here, select your favorites per category and click VOTE!

Click on the MYX Music Awards app on the upper left side of the MYX Philippines official fan page Select your favorites per category and click VOTE!

Tweet your votes Follow the format “#mma2012 I am voting for for .”to cast your vote over Twitter.



It’s ‘V Day’ in ASAP 2012 this Sunday

It’s ‘V Day’ in ASAP 2012 this Sunday

“ASAP 2012” continues to spread the love this Sunday, February 12, as its fills the hearts of viewers with a massive dose of love, romance, and passion as ASAP stars celebrate Valentine’s Day “up close and personal” for the first time!

Feel the love on its purest form as Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano leads the whole ASAP Kapamilya for one heartfelt and inspiring number, while Pop Royalty Sarah Geronimo’s road to superstardom continues as she conquers the ASAP stage once more with another exhilarating concert performance in ‘SOS.’

Sing your heart’s desires with Angeline Quinto on “Angeline on Q”; and the sweetest serenades from Martin Nievera, ZsaZsa Padilla, Vina Morales, Christian Bautista, Jericho Rosales, KC Concepcion, Nikki Gil, Yeng Constantino, Jovit Baldivino, Bryan Termulo, and ASAP Sessionistas. Double the rock with Next Gen Rock Idol Bamboo and Pinoy Pride Arnel Pineda sharing ultimate concert power for one rousing performance!

To make the ‘V Day’ sweeter, the lead stars of the official Valentine movie of the Philippines “Unofficially Yours” John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin presents a memorable production number that sill surely cheer up everybody’s hearts. Meanwhile young superstar and Pinay Master Chef Judy Anne Santos wafts a special surprise together with the finalists of the “Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition.” Plus “ASAP 2012″ fans will surely swoon over ASAP dream valentinos John Lloyd, Jericho Rosales, Gerald Anderson, Billy Crawford, Luis Manzano, and Piolo Pascual.

Also a must-see this Sunday is the grand birthday bash for “ASAP 2012” and Star Magic’s main man, Director Johnny Manahan! Witness the star-studded celebration to be led by Star Magic’s brightest stars including Diether Ocampo, Bea Alonzo, Piolo Pascual, Jodi Sta Maria, and Angelica Panganiban.

Meanwhile, hold on to your seats as ASAP Supahdance delivers another hair raising performance with Maja Salvador, John Prats, Rayver Cruz, Iya Villiania, Bugoy Carino, Xyriel Manabat, Erich Gonzales, Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil, Sam Concepcion, Empress, Shaina Magdayao, and Kim Chiu.

Watch out also for the much awaited reunion that everyone is waiting for many years as it will happen once more right on the ASAP centerstage!

Spend your weekend with your loved ones and watch 2011 PMPC Star Awards Best Musical Variety Show and Golden Screen Awards 2011’s Outstanding Musical Program, “ASAP 2012” this Sunday, 1pm, on ABS-CBN.

For updates, photos and to hang out live with the stars at ASAP Chill-Out, simply visit, follow @ASAPOFFICIAL on Twitter, or ‘like’

Robin Padilla, Vhong Navarro, Pokwang and Angel Locsin's Friendship Strengthened via ‘TODA Max’

Robin Padilla, Vhong Navarro, Pokwang and Angel Locsin's Friendship Strengthened via ‘TODA Max’

A few months after ABS-CBN’s flagship sitcom "TODA Max" was launched, it didn’t only become no. 1 in the ratings game, it has also strengthened the friendship of action superstar Robin Padilla, hailed comedy prince Vhong Navarro, seasoned comedienne Pokwang and drama princess Angel Locsin.

The four said that in the few months of working together, they have already created countless memories to cherish. Their characters in the sitcom may sometimes have a hard time settling their differences, but their real camaraderie tells otherwise. They really enjoy the company of each other.

Besides their harmonious working relationship, they are also proud of each others’ achievements. Vhong is a now noontime show host of “It’s Showtime.” Robin also embarks on a new teleserye entitled “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” with Queen of All Media Kris Aquino and Anne Curtis, while Angel is launching her new movie “Unofficially Yours” and Pokwang recently starred in acclaimed films.

Of course, we’re very happy. We’re thankful to ABS-CBN for letting us explore not only comedy, but also drama and other TV genres,” Robin said.

Vhong, on the other hand, didn’t expect that besides starring in top-rating “TODA Max,” he’ll also be given a chance to host the Kapamilya network’s new big project “It’s Showtime.” He considers this blessing another dream come true.

My dream is only to become dancer. To become host of a noontime show is something I never thought of,” he said.

As Angel’s relationship with the athlete she’s dating goes strong, her bonding with co-stars in “TODA Max” also gets tighter. She said that the sitcom paved way to reveal her funny side.

For Pokwang, if she has her recently built mansion, she also has Beverly Gil’s as her second home, as her co-stars and the members of the production team are like a family.

Meanwhile, in its new season, “TODA Max” will make more people happy, as it intensifies its comedy offering.

“TODA Max” also remains undisputed in its timeslot. According to the data from Kantar Media last Saturday (February 4), it got 13.2 % TV rating, which is higher than the 11.5% and 3.6% of the competing stations’ public service programs.

Catch “TODA Max,” after “Maalaala Mo Kaya” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, logon to

Award-Winning Film ‘The Descendants’ Intros George Clooney on Parenting

Award-Winning Film ‘The Descendants’ Intros George Clooney on Parenting

Much recognized for his global humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry, George Clooney delves into untapped psyche as he takes on parenting in “The Descendants” with naturally gifted young actresses Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller.

Directed by Alexander Payne best known for his work in “Sideways,” “The Descendants” is a man’s tumultuous awakening that might be awkward, comical and sometimes absurd, but nevertheless changes his concept of love, fatherhood and what it truly takes to be a man.

George Clooney stars as Matt King, a privileged Honolulu attorney from a landowning family who is compelled to reevaluate his marriage and life, while his wife lies comatose in a hospital bed following a boating accident. His mischievous daughters don’t trust him, his imperiled wife has been cheating on him and his broke cousins see him and the land trust he controls as a piggy bank. To add insult to injury, he’s surrounded by a lush, fertile, awe-inspiring landscape that defies his inner turmoil.

Hemmings created Matt to reflect a distinct subset of the Hawaiian populace, a generation who trace their births back to the intermarriages of white missionaries and landowners with native Hawaiian royalty and their wealth back to the spoils of the colonial Hawaiian plantation system. As Matt explains, his great-great-grandmother was Princess Margaret Ke’alohilani, one of the last direct descendants of King Kamehameha, who fell in love with her haole (Hawaiian for white or foreign) banker, Edward King, leading to Matt’s current life as a Honolulu lawyer with deep, tangled roots in the islands. Like many Hawaiians, he is a hapa-haole, or half-white, who has never quite come to terms with his cultural identity.

Clooney has established himself as one of today’s leading men, but the chance to play a husband and father in “The Descendants” is a notable departure from his usual roles. This is a man at his lowest point, who has failed to pay attention to the people who matter most: his wife and daughters. Now he is reaping the consequences. But it is also a portrait of a man who is learning and growing. “George is right for the part and he’s a terrific actor,” says Payne about his leading man. “He is a real pro and knows filmmaking inside and out. I couldn’t be more positive about him. He has spent most of his adult life on a film or TV set and he just loves it; that’s where he feels very comfortable and it shows. He is so at home.”

“I think it’s a coming of age film but the guy who’s coming of age is a 50 year old guy. He’s woken up to the fact that all of these betrayals that he feels – from his wife, to his children not really being great kids, to the fact that he has to handle all of these land issues, to the fact that he’s the only adult in terms of his family and his cousin – he’s as responsible as anyone else for being there. Then it comes down to forgiving yourself. That was a big part of the film, watching this quiet man,” Clooney says of his character.

George has never played a father before,” adds co-producer George Parra. “He’s always the powerful, positive, leading guy. This time he has to take care of the kids. He has to feed them and deal with their moods and their crying and their absurdities and he doesn’t know how to do that.”

Clooney on the other hand lavishly comments on the screenplay (written by Jim Rash, Nat Faxon and Alexander Payne) and how it helped him prepare to be Matt King. “I wish I could say I got there 10 days beforehand. I wish I could say I hung out with all these descendants. But the truth is the screenplay did everything I needed. I did some research, I met with the people. I did some of that stuff. People work many different ways. I’m that actor that says ‘Today we go to work and this is what we’re gonna do’ and I leave that at the soundstage or the location when I’m done. And I go about the rest of my life. I have an on and off switch. Where the director helps is with the question, ‘At what level do you want this played?’ Because this is a tricky film to pitch. Pieces of it are almost slapstick funny: running down the street trying to have a dorky run, hiding behind a hedge and popping your head up, that kind of stuff. Then there’s stuff that’s very delicate and very careful and finding how to get there quietly, finding how to get there without much, without seeing the machinery working. A good screenplay does that and a good director does that,” Clooney shares.

“The Descendants” opens February 15 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

‘Luv U’ Replaces 'Growing Up' on February 19

‘Luv U’ Replaces 'Growing Up' on February 19

With the success of “TODA Max” as the country’s no. 1 sitcom and “Goin’ Bulilit,” which is now on its seventh year, ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Comedy proudly presents its newest member “Luv U,” the comedy series that is sure to spice up the weekends of the youth.

Featured in “Luv U” are the talented former Bulilits who are now tweeners like Miles Ocampo, Angeli Gonzales, Kiray Celis, CJ Navato and Igi Boy Flores. The program also introduces young heartthrob Marco Gumabao.

I’m really honored to be part of Kapamilya Comedy’s ‘Luv U.’ This is my first ever project, so I’ll do my best,” Marco said.

Also jazzing up the stellar cast of “Luv U” are veteran comedians Joy Viado and Smokey Manaloto, together with sizzling hot babe Bangs Garcia. They are sure to give color to the lives of the six tweeners.

“LUV U” is the story of three young girls Camille (Miles), Whitney (Kiray) and April (Angeli), who just transferred to Lamberto Uy Villarama University, or Luv U to finish High School there, where they will also experience about the highs and lows of young love.

It all started when they caught the attention of JB (Marco), Boom (CJ) and Rocky (Igiboy) on their very first day at Luv U. And despite the strict warning of their grandma Lola Paula (Joy), Camille and her cousins continue to pursue the path to teen romance. With all the courtships and attempts on their first kiss, the six teen students will learn a very valuable lesson in life—that you cannot get all straight A’s in love.

In an interview, Miles said she’s ready for the new role and excited for the project because she herself enjoys high school life.

“The program will really make us laugh, but it will also teach a lot of lessons. Young people out there can really relate with this.” Miles said.

Miles added that she’s indebted to Goin’ Bulilit, where she started doing comedy. “Direk Bobot Mortiz didn’t only train us to be good actors, he also instilled in us values that can be helpful in our careers.”

Meanwhile, besides Miles, Kiray, CJ and Igiboy of “LUV U,” and most talked about teen stars Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes, a lot of talented child stars are yet to be honed by “Goin’ Bulilit” and will be part of future Kapamilya shows.

Follow the hilarious and exciting high school story on “Luv U,” which premieres on February 19 (Sunday), after “ASAP Rocks” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, logon to




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