Saturday, February 18, 2012

GMA-7 Programs Rule Both Daytime and Primetime Based on AGB Household and People Ratings

GMA-7 Programs Rule Both Daytime and Primetime Based on AGB Household and People Ratings

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from February 14 to 16, 2012 among Mega Manila households (People Ratings):

February 14, Tuesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 11%
2. Chef Boy Lagro Kusina Master (GMA-7) - 7.1%
3. The Good Daughter (GMA-7) - 6.9%
4. Kokak (GMA-7) - 6.7%
5. Broken Vow (GMA-7) - 6%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: D' Sisters Nuns of the Above (GMA-7) - 5.8%
7. Love You (GMA-7) - 4.8%
8. Sinetanghali: Transformers (GMA-7) - 4.5%
9. Detective Conan (GMA-7) / Knock Out (GMA-7) - 4.4%
10. Tom and Jerry (GMA-7) - 4.3%

1. Biritera (GMA-7) - 15.9%
2. My Beloved (GMA-7) - 14.9%
3. Legacy (GMA-7) - 13.4%
4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 12.5%
5. Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) - 11.2%
6. E-Boy (ABS-CBN) - 10.3%
7. Budoy (ABS-CBN) - 10.1%
8. Dongyi (GMA-7) - 9.6%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.8%
10. Pinoy Big Brother Unlinight (ABS-CBN) - 8.2%

February 15, Wednesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 11.6%
2. Kokak (GMA-7) - 7.5%
3. Chef Boy Lagro Kusina Master (GMA-7) / The Good Daughter (GMA-7) - 7%
4. Broken Vow (GMA-7) - 6%
5. Love You (GMA-7) - 4.8%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Tubusin Mo Ng Bala Ang Puso Ko (GMA-7) - 4.7%
7. Sinetanghali: Lara Croft Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life (GMA-7) - 4%
8. Knock Out (GMA-7) - 3.6%
9. Detective Conan (GMA-7) / Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters- 3.5%
10. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Haba-Baba-Doo! Puti-Puti-Poo! (ABS-CBN) - 3.4%

1. My Beloved (GMA-7) - 14.6%
2. Biritera (GMA-7) / Legacy (GMA-7) - 13.8%
3. Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) - 12.4%
4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 11%
5. E-Boy (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
6. Dongyi (GMA-7) - 10.6%
7. Budoy (ABS-CBN) - 10.1%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9.1%
9. Pinoy Big Brother Unlinight (ABS-CBN) - 8.2%
10. Alice Bungisngis and Her Wonder Walis (GMA-7) - 6.2%

February 16, Thursday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 10.9%
2. Broken Vow (GMA-7) - 7.8%
3. The Good Daughter (GMA-7) - 7.7%
4. Kokak (GMA-7) - 7.2%
5. Chef Boy Lagro Kusina Master (GMA-7) - 7.1%
6. Love You (GMA-7) - 6.3%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko (GMA-7) / Sinetanghali: Rush Hour 3 (TV5) - 4.8%
8. Angelito Batang Ama (ABS-CBN) - 4.6%
9. Pinoy Big Brother Unliday (ABS-CBN) - 4.3%
10. Knock Out (GMA-7) - 4.2%

1. Biritera (GMA-7) - 15.4%
2. My Beloved (GMA-7) - 14.6%
3. Legacy (GMA-7) - 13.8%
4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 13.4%
5. Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) - 12.2%
6. Budoy (ABS-CBN) - 11.5%
7. Dongyi (GMA-7) - 11.4%
8. E-Boy (ABS-CBN) - 11%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 10.2%
10. Pinoy Big Brother Unlinight (ABS-CBN) - 8.3%

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from February 13 to 16, 2012 among Mega Manila households (Household Ratings):

February 13, Monday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 29.3%
2. Chef Boy Lagro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) - 19.3%
3. Broken Vow (GMA-7) - 18.6%
4. Kokak (GMA-7) - 18.4%
5. The Good Daughter (GMA-7) - 18.3%
6. Love You (GMA-7) - 15.7%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: Victor Meneses Dugong Kriminal (GMA-7) - 14.6%
8. Knock Out (GMA-7) / Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin (ABS-CBN) - 11.9%
9. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (GMA-7) - 10.4%
10. Pinoy Big Brother Unliday (ABS-CBN) - 10.2%

1. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 34.5%
2. Biritera (GMA-7) - 30.4%
3. My Beloved (GMA-7) - 30.3%
4. Legacy (GMA-7) - 25.6%
5. Alice Bungisngis and Her Wonder Walis (GMA-7) - 22.4%
6. Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) - 22%
7. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 21.2%
8. Budoy (ABS-CBN) - 20.5%
9. E-Boy (ABS-CBN) - 19.3%
10. Dongyi (GMA-7) - 18.5%

February 14, Tuesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 27.4%
2. Chef Boy Lagro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) - 18.4%
3. Kokak (GMA-7) - 17%
4. The Good Daughter (GMA-7) - 16.5%
5. Kapuso Movie Festival: D' Sisters Nuns of the Above (GMA-7) - 14.6%
6. Broken Vow (GMA-7) - 14.1%
7. Knock Out (GMA-7) / Love You (GMA-7) - 12%
8. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (GMA-7) - 11.5%
9. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 11.1%
10. Bleach (GMA-7) - 10.1%

1. Biritera (GMA-7) - 29.8%
2. My Beloved (GMA-7) - 27.6%
3. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 26.7%
4. Legacy (GMA-7) - 24.9%
5. Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) - 21.6%
6. E-Boy (ABS-CBN) - 19.9%
7. Budoy (ABS-CBN) - 19.5%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 18.4%
9. Dongyi (GMA-7) - 18.1%
10. Pinoy Big Brother Unlinight (ABS-CBN) - 17.2%

February 15, Wednesday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 28.1%
2. Kokak (GMA-7) - 18%
3. Chef Boy Lagro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) - 17.1%
4. The Good Daughter (GMA-7) - 16.3%
5. Broken Vow (GMA-7) - 13.9%
6. Kapuso Movie Festival: Tubusin Mo Ng Bala Ang Puso Ko (GMA-7) - 12.5%
7. Knock Out (GMA-7) / Love You (GMA-7) - 10.8%
8. Detective Conan (GMA-7) - 9.3%
9. Bleach (GMA-7) - 9.2%
10. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (GMA-7) - 9%

1. Biritera (GMA-7) - 27.7%
2. My Beloved (GMA-7) - 27.5%
3. Legacy (GMA-7) - 25.7%
4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) / Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) - 23.4%
5. E-Boy (ABS-CBN) - 20.6%
6. Dongyi (GMA-7) - 19.9%
7. Budoy (ABS-CBN) - 19.5%
8. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 19.1%
9. Pinoy Big Brother Unlinight (ABS-CBN) - 16.8%
10. Alice Bungisngis and Her Wonder Walis (GMA-7) - 13.8%

February 16, Thursday

1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 26.1%
2. The Good Daughter (GMA-7) - 18.1%
3. Broken Vow (GMA-7) - 18%
4. Chef Boy Lagro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) - 17.6%
5. Kokak (GMA-7) - 17.5%
6. Love You (GMA-7) - 13.7%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko (GMA-7) - 12.1%
8. Knock Out (GMA-7) - 11.6%
9. Angelito Batang Ama (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
10. Bleach (GMA-7) - 10.6%

1. Biritera (GMA-7) - 30%
2. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 27.9%
3. My Beloved (GMA-7) - 27.7%
4. Legacy (GMA-7) - 26.6%
5. Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) / Dongyi (GMA-7) - 22.6%
6. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 20.9%
7. Budoy (ABS-CBN) - 20.6%
8. E-Boy (ABS-CBN) - 20.3%
9. Alice Bungisngis and Her Wonder Walis (GMA-7) - 17.5%
10. Pinoy Big Brother Unlinight (ABS-CBN) - 16.3%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

Secrets of Sarah Geronimo and Mommy Divine Unraveled in ‘Showbiz Inside Report’

The compelling life story of the power mother-and-daughter tandem of showbiz, Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo and her Mommy Divine was unraveled in the latest episode of ABS-CBN's newest entertainment talkshow "Showbiz Inside Report."

Themed, "Sa Ngalan ng Ina, Sa Ngalan ng Anak," "SIR" through its hosts Janice de Belen, Carmina Villaroel, Joey Marquez, and Ogie Diaz uncovered the tales of love and sacrifice involving the Pop Royalty and her mom. Interesting questions were answered like: How was Sarah's childhood? How did Mommy Divine raise her kids? What are the most important values they never compromise? Are there still dreams that Sarah and Mommy Divine want to achieve?

Meanwhile, "SIR" remained on top in its timeslot as it won the ratings game with 8.4% national TV rating compared to the 7.3% garnered by GMA's "Startalk," based on Kantar Media.

Never miss this compelling story with in-depth discussions in another must-see episode of ABS-CBN's latest showbiz-oriented talkshow, "Showbiz Inside Report" this Saturday (February 18) at 2:30pm, after "It's Showtime." For more updates, log-on at, follow @SIRTVOfficial on Twitter and 'like' their Facebook fanpage

Empress Shuck Celebrates Happier Birthday Because of ‘Mundo Man ay Magunaw’

Empress Shuck Celebrates Happier Birthday Because of ‘Mundo Man ay Magunaw’

ABS-CBN's Empress of Drama, Empress Shuck is grateful for all the blessings she has received on her birthday, which include her newest Kapamilya Gold drama series"Mundo Man ay Magunaw."

The young actress said that she is thrilled over the positive feedback about the show which she co-stars with Eula Valdes, Nikki Gil, and Ejay Falcon. Empress said, "I'm happy to know that the public really watch us and follow the story everyday. They should never miss the next episodes because Sheryl (Empress) will finally get close with Olivia (Eula) and will start a friendship with Jenny (Nikki)."

Meanwhile, as the plot thickens in "Mundo Man ay Magunaw," Doña Alicia (Tessie Tomas) gets more furious towards Olivia. The matriarch's anger will further inflict her granddaughter Jenny. Watch out next week as to how Olivia grabs a chance to be with her long lost first born. What will Doña Alicia do to take back Jenny? Will Sheryl help Olivia to hide Jenny? Will the truth about Sheryl's identity finally come out?

Don't miss the heart pounding turn of events in "Mundo Man ay Magunaw," weekdays at 2:30 pm, after "It's Showtime" on ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold. For more updates, log on to, follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter, or 'like their Facebook fan page

‘Pilipinas News’ Changes Late-Night Newscast Landscape in the Philippines

‘Pilipinas News’ Changes Late-Night Newscast Landscape Starting Monday on TV5

Recognizing that compelling stories are no longer confined to traditional sources, NEWS5 introduces a new kind of late-night newscast that presents news from all platforms bannered by Paolo Bediones, Cherie Mercado and Jove Francisco starting Monday (February 20) at 11pm on TV5.

Pilipinas News (P-News) gives a full and balanced account of all that’s happening in and around the country today. The national late-night newscast will report on solutions and ask questions instead of solely delivering issues and problems. As Filipinos grow tired and weary of bad news and political deadlock, P-News will aim to deliver untold stories of citizens finding ways to change their lives and impact on the lives of others.

NEWS5, the fastest growing and most aggressive news organization in the Philippines, is geared up to present to the late-night viewing public all the news that defined the day. Led by its anchors who don’t just read but also gather news - Paolo, Cherie and Jove - Pilipinas News banners the current events gathered by its anchors and more than 50 reportorial teams that are deployed across the country. The late-night newscast also takes a look at the gripping stories that highlight NEWS5 Imbestigasyon, the public affairs block of the organization.

Aimed at keeping the public safe through information and action, Pilipinas News also presents stories that wrap up a day’s work at RESCUE5, the very first specialized and trained news organization-based group of emergency response teams that roam around the roads of Metro Manila to gather stories and at the same time respond to victims of road mishaps or any calamities as the need arises. Paolo, whose almost two decade-TV career involves a lot of extreme challenges and in-depth stories of survival, gives face to RESCUE5.

As host of CNN Konek (airs Monday-Friday, 9:45pm on news channel Aksyon TV), Cherie has been adept with international views that could one way or another affect global Filipinos. On P-News, Cherie gives a round-up on the world scene through NEWS5’s existing partnership with the world’s number one cable news provider

With the advent of technology, the local social media landscape in itself is growing influence from tech-savvy Filipino netizens. Jove, whose 15-year media portfolio includes assignments covering the health, politics and social media beats, is in charge of delivering online contents from (online news portal of TV5), influential blogs, sites and the social media.

Keep yourself abreast with the latest news from all fronts on Pilipinas News, airing weeknights at 11pm after NEWS5 Imbestigasyon block on TV5.

‘The Firm’ - AXN's First Original Series to Premiere this Sunday

New series "The Firm" will be simulcast across Sony Pictures Television's global network of channels including AXN in Asia!

AXN viewers in Asia will be able to enjoy the two-hour premiere of The Firm on February 19 (Sunday) at 9.50PM, on the same day it airs across 126 million households on SPT channels globally in Asia, Latin America, Central Europe, Iberia, Italy, Africa, Russia and the Baltics.

An AXN original series based on John Grisham's bestselling novel, the TV reincarnation picks up ten years after the movie of the same name starring Tom Cruise. Hot shot lawyer, Mitch McDeere, brought down a Memphis law firm fronting the Chicago mob. Mitch and his family attempt to reclaim their lives by moving to Washington DC to start their own firm after leaving the Federal Witness Protection Program. However, the past has a way of catching up with them.

The stellar cast includes Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers). Lucas is cast as Mitch McDeere, the role originally made famous by Cruise, with Lewis playing McDeere's receptionist, Tammy Hemphill (previously played by Holly Hunter in the film). Canadian cast members include Molly Parker (Deadwood) as McDeere's wife, Abby, and Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica) as his brother, Ray, and Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Alex Clark, the firm's managing partner.

Showrunner Lukas Reiter, a former prosecutor who has worked on The Practice and Boston Legal, was the one who first sought out John Grisham in the hopes of scripting a sequel and eventually got him on board as executive producer. On what to expect from the new Mitch, Reiter teased, "What made Mitch Mcdeere so special is his ability to find the hidden solution long after the average person believes there is no way out…There's a great amount of fun to be had watching Josh Lucas find those solutions."

Shot on location in Canada, The Firm will keep viewers on the edge of their seats and fans of Grisham can anticipate the same kinds of drama and thriller feel that made the book and the 1993 film adaptation so original!
The Firm premieres on Feb 19, 2012 Sundays at 9.55pm (PH). First and Exclusively on AXN.

Lee Min Ho’s Character in ‘City Hunter’ will Fall into the Hands of the Woman He Loves

To fulfill his mission, Johnny Lee is taking the law into his own hands but as the action-packed story heats up this week, his life will fall into the hands of the very woman he loves in "City Hunter."

His plan to abduct Seo will not go as he envisioned and so Johnny has to make an emergency escape. Nana runs after him and fires one bullet that will change the course of Johnny's mission. Is this the end for Johnny and his goal to avenge his father? Will Nana finally find out about Johnny's other identity as a trained assassin?

Don't miss "City Hunter," weekday nights after "Pinoy Big Brother Unlinight" in ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Three Big Shows to Premiere on TV5 this Monday, February 20

Three Big Shows to Premiere on TV5 this Monday, February 20

TV5 further strengthens its primetime block with the premiere of 3 new programs.

The much awaited mini-serye Nandito Ako, starring international singing sensation David Archuleta alongside TV5’s primetime princesses Jasmine Curtis Smith and Eula Caballero, will finally have its debut this Monday.

Nandito Ako tells the story of young love, its joys and pains as related by the endearing characters of Josh (David Archuleta), Anya (Jasmine Curtis Smith) and Holly (Eula Caballero). Josh Bradley is an international singer who holds his final leg of concerts in the Philippines. This venture is also a quest to find his real identity. He will meet Holly through one of the promotional activities of his concert. The innocent hearts will brew romance and will soon learn the ways of love. But love has its twists and turns and they’ll soon uncover realities that will change their hearts and minds. Anya, a boyish and carefree lass, is Holly’s best friend. With a twist of fate, will Josh fall for Anya instead?

The highly anticipated mini-serye will air this Monday, February 20, after Wil Time Big Time and back-to-back with Valiente.

Another primetime treat awaits Kapatid viewers because every night exciting Tagalized Hollywood movies will be shown in Super Sine Prime after Valiente. Super Sine Prime’s movie schedule this week includes “Blade 2” on Monday, “I am Legend” on Tuesday, “300” on Wednesday, “Blade Trinity” on Thursday, and “Die Hard 4” on Friday.

To cap off TV5’s primetime offering is a rundown of the day’s hottest news. Join Paolo Bediones and Cherry Mercado in Pilipinas News, which also premieres this February 20.

ABS-CBN’s New Comedy Series ‘Luv U’ to Jazz Up the Love Month Starting this Sunday

ABS-CBN’s New Comedy Series ‘Luv U’ to Jazz Up the Love Month Starting this Sunday

The newest barkada of comedy series “Luv U” is now ready to spread laughter and romance as the program premieres this Sunday, February 19, after “ASAP Rocks” on ABS-CBN.

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

Follow the hilarious and exciting high school story on “Luv U.” For more updates, logon to

The Vow Wins Pinoy Hearts, Grosses P34-M in 7 Days

The Vow Wins Pinoy Hearts, Grosses P34-M in 7 Days

Columbia Pictures’ touching romantic drama “The Vow” stole the hearts of Filipino audiences as it grossed an outstanding P34.08-million nationwide in its first seven days of release (February 10-16) and on only 61 screens.

This was announced today by Vic Cabrera, managing director of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. which distributed the film.

Attracting a predominantly date-market, “The Vow’s” successful box-office performance benefited from a pre-Valentine and Friday opening – an irresistible formula for the film’s target audience.

Our decision to launch the film on the same date as its U.S. bow has paid off,” said Cabrera. “We’ve always believed that `The Vow’ is a special love story that Filipinos can relate to, given our fondness for sentimental, romantic movies. Add to this the unmistakable screen chemistry of stars Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, and you have a clear crowd-pleaser.”

In North America, “The Vow” made it to the altar at No. 1 with a sweet $41.7 million gross, outperforming “Safe House” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” It’s the biggest opening for Screen Gems (a unit of Sony Pictures) whose previous record-holder, “Dear John,” is also a romance tearjerker that starred Tatum.

Back in the Philippines, Trinoma posted the highest box-office receipts for “The Vow” at P2.79-M, followed closely by SM Mall of Asia (P2.21-M), Greenbelt 3 (P1.66-M), Glorietta 4 (P1.60-M), Power Plant (P1.45-M), SM North EDSA (P1.37-M), SM Megamall (P1.35-M), Ayala Cebu (P1.21-M), Gateway Cineplex (P1.07-M) and Alabang Town Center (P1.06-M).

Rounding out the Top 20 cinemas are Robinsons Ermita (P1.05-M), Greehills Cinema (P 917,490), Newport City (P 914,345), SM Cebu (P 901,280), Shang Cineplex (P 848,402), SM San Lazaro (P 785,797), SM Manila (P 752,793), Robinsons Galleria (P 733,666), Eastwood Cinema (P 706,372) and SM Baguio (P 588,714).

In “The Vow,” Paige (McAdams) and Leo (Tatum) are a young married couple, madly in love and living fulfilling lives as artists in Chicago. One snowy night, the two fall victim to a car accident. Leo survives intact, but a head trauma erases Paige’s entire memory of her relationship with her husband. When she comes out of her coma, Leo is a stranger to her. Suddenly Leo finds himself in the painful position of rebooting the relationship he’s waited his whole life for, and win his wife’s love all over again.

Still showing across the Philippines, “The Vow” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

8th USTv Students’ Choice Awards – 2012 Winners Announced

8th USTv Students’ Choice Awards – 2012 Winners Announced

Here are the winners of the 8th USTv Awards in the awarding ceremony held Thursday night, February 16, 2012, at the UST Medicine Auditorium.

Best Full Animated Program:
Spongebob Squarepants (ABS-CBN)

Best Foreign Soap Opera:
My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (ABS-CBN)

Best Documentary Program:
I-Witness (GMA)

Best Magazine Show:
Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA)

Best Game Show:
Who Wants to be a Millionaire (TV5)

Best Reality Show:
Showtime (ABS-CBN 2)

Best Educational Program:
Matanglawin (ABS-CBN)

Best Local Music Video:
Walang Natira (Gloc 9 feat. Sheng Belmonte)

Best Local Video Artist:
Sarah Geronimo

Best Gag Show:
Bubble Gang (GMA 7)

Best Variety Show:
Eat Bulaga (GMA 7)

Best Talk Variety Program:
Gandang Gabi Vice (ABS-CBN)

Best Value Laden Theme/Storyline TV Advertisement:
Lucky Me (Tunay na Lalaki)

Best Sports Show:
Sports Unlimited (ABS-CBN)

Best Male News and Current Affairs Host:
Anthony Taberna (ABS-CBN 2)

Best Female News and Current Affairs Host:
Jessica Soho (GMA News TV)

Best Public Affairs Talk Show:
The Bottomline with Boy Abunda (ABS-CBN)

Best Local News and Current Affairs Program:
24 Oras (GMA 7)

Best Public Service Program:
Wish Ko Lang (GMA 7)

Best Music Channel:

Best Entertainment News Program:
The Buzz (ABS-CBN)

Best Reality TV Program:
Showtime (ABS-CBN)

Best Daily Local Soap Opera:
100 Days to Heaven (ABS-CBN)

Best Drama Program:
Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN)

Best Situational Comedy:
Pepito Manoloto (GMA 7)

Best Daily Local Soap Opera:
100 Days to Heaven (ABS-CBN 2)

Special Citation on a Catholic Program:
100 Days to Heaven (ABS-CBN 2)

Best Supporting Actress in a Daily Local Soap Opera:
Jodi Sta. Maria for “100 Days to Heaven” (ABS-CBN 2)

Best Supporting Actor in a Daily Local Soap Opera:
Jhong Hilario for “Mara Clara” (ABS-CBN 2)

Best Actress in a Daily Local Soap Opera:
Xyriel Manabat for “100 Days to Heaven” (ABS-CBN)

Best Actor in a Daily Local Soap Opera:
Coco Martin for “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” (ABS-CBN)

Special Citation Catholic Program:
Banal (ABS-CBN)

The USTv Students’ Choice Awards is an annual awarding ceremony that recognizes excellence and Christian values in local television programs and personalities. Awards are based on students’ preferences survey that accounts for Catholic and humanist values.

“This Means War” Based on Personal Account of Writer Marcus Gautesen

“This Means War” Based on Personal Account of Writer Marcus Gautesen

At the heels of the most unforgettable and most action-packed films “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “X-Men: First Class” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” comes “This Means War” - the latest romantic-action comedy making hilarious waves screening after screening starring Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine.

Recent (and all) screenings of “This Means War” yielded outstanding scores, which revealed that it plays to men, women, singles, and couples.

Collaborated by filmdom’s most creative talents, director McG, scribes Simon Kinberg and Timothy Dowling and producers Will Smith, Robert Simonds and James Lassiter – “This Means War” is an original story by Marcus Gautesen based on his personal experience. While attending Putney School in Vermont, Marcus was living with his best friend in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City’s Little Italy. Both unemployed, they decided to move into one bedroom and rent out the other. A beautiful French woman took the second room, and the guy’s friendship quickly went south as they repeatedly submarined each other’s attempts to win her over – it was war.

Hence, “This Means War” came about involving childhood friends and CIA agents/partners FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy). Inseparable since childhood, Tuck and FDR’s friendship suddenly goes from best to worst as they fall for the same woman, Lauren (Witherspoon). They are the world’s top spies who’ve been partners and best friends for many years. FDR and Tuck decide they’re both going to date Lauren and see which one she chooses. As each begins to fall for Lauren, they get increasingly competitive and employ their spy tactics and techniques to sabotage each other. Lauren, who just wanted to find the right guy, has no idea that FDR and Tuck are waging war for her love.

Director Mc (Joseph McGinty Nichol) shares on making “This Means War,” “I approach filmmaking with a great sense of what I want to accomplish, but also a great effort to stay fluid. I come from the world of music where you go into the studio to write a song, and you have to stay fluid. I haven’t had the opportunity to be that loose with a film, to be that artistic. That's the irony: because it's comedy you think the artistry is not at the highest level. I would say to the contrary: you have to be working to your absolutely sharpest instincts. I wanted the action to be on point and I wanted the romance to be sexy and welcoming, but I also wanted the comedy to be sharp.”

A must-see post-Valentine’s date movie –“This Means War” opens in Philippine cinemas (nationwide) on February 22 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Win a BlackBerry Smartphones and Experience BlackBerry Messenger Now!

Win a BlackBerry Smartphones and Experience BlackBerry Messenger Now!

BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), the rich and unique messaging platform for BlackBerry® users, is now more accessible than ever. For as low as PHP 99 per month, BlackBerry users can stay constantly in touch with their colleagues, friends, and loved ones, and enjoy unlimited BBM messages, photo-sharing, and group chats anytime. Other fun perks of BBM include adding contacts by swapping PINs and scanning barcodes, sharing multimedia, expressing yourself with profile photos and status messages, and knowing when your messages have been delivered and read.

If you are not a BlackBerry user just yet, you can get started on the road to experiencing BBM by participating in two exciting activities that will give you the chance to win BlackBerry smartphones and other amazing prizes.

BBMPhotoMe Contest

Get your creative juices flowing and join the BBMPhotoMe contest running from February 15 - 28, 2012 at the BlackBerry Pilipinas Facebook Fan Page ( Visit the contest tab and upload an original photo of yourself with the BBM speech bubble, demonstrating the contest theme “Show How BBM™ Lets You Express Yourself.”

Rally your friends to join the BlackBerry Pilipinas Facebook community to support you during the two week voting period from February 29 to March 11, 2012. All photos will be judged according to the following criteria: Online Votes 20%, Creativity: 30%; Originality: 30% and Relevancy to the Theme 20%. The 6 entries that garner the highest percentage will be declared winners.

BlackBerry Pilipinas is giving away the following prizes to the best entries per contest theme:

1st Place Prize (1 winner). A BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone
2nd Place Prize (3 winners). A BlackBerry® Curve™ 9300 smartphone
3rd Place Prize (2 winners). A BlackBerry® Curve™ 8520 smartphone

Dare To Do More: The Ultimate BBM Challenge @ Trinoma

BlackBerry smartphones, exclusive premiums, and other fun prizes are also up for grabs at the Dare To Do More: The Ultimate BBM Challenge happening on February 18, Saturday, at the Activity Center of Trinoma, Quezon City. Gather your whole barkada, have fun at the experiential booths, and purchase the latest BlackBerry smartphones in the Philippines today. Discover just why BBM is the ultimate messaging platform by participating in the BBM tournament from 1-4pm. Prove your mastery of BBM and advance to the finals from 6-8pm, which will pit your BBM skills with trailblazers and a mystery celebrity BBM user.

The BBM event in Trinoma officially kick starts the BBM mall tours in Metro Manila. Like, follow @BlackBerryPH on Twitter, and visit for the latest information and updates on BlackBerry in the Philippines.

Shooting Two Adam Sandlers Together for ‘Jack and Jill’

Shooting Two Adam Sandlers Together for ‘Jack and Jill’

To handle technical challenges of filming Adam Sandler opposite himself playing the titular twins “Jack and Jill,” the filmmakers turned first to director of photography Dean Cundey, the cinematographer who shot “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “The Parent Trap,” “Back to the Future,” and “Jurassic Park.”

When an actor plays two characters in the frame at the same time, there are a lot of tricky things that occur – tricky, because the process usually requires you to do a shot with one character in the frame and then repeat the shot with the other character also in the same frame,” Cundey explains. “Sometimes, it’s a fairly simple process, as simple as a split. In those shots, the camera doesn’t move. In those, you film it twice, with the actor playing one character on one side of the frame, and then again, playing the other character on the other side of the frame. Then you go into the computer and put them together, almost like you’re taking two photographs and cutting them in the middle and pasting them down.

From those simple shots, the process can get increasingly complicated. “We’ll move the camera, have them touch each other, hand each other objects – it’s a great way to keep the audience engaged,” Cundey continues.

Cundey describes a typical shot: “We’d shoot Adam as Jack. Then he’d go and get made up as Jill; we’d relight the set and we’d have to make sure that the lighting was right for where Adam would be standing as Jill. Adam would come in and we’d give him a little ear bud, so he could hear his performance as Jack, which he’d just done. We had a monitor set up so he could see what Jack was doing. Dan DeLeeuw, the visual effects supervisor, would make sure that the shots were going to work. The motion control technicians made sure we were getting the exact camera movement over and over again. Finally, the on-set compositor could put it together as we did it – show us how it’s going together so we could evaluate it and judge it. It was a very team-heavy process.”

We used a computer-controlled camera – the computer is programmed to do the exact same move multiple times,” says DeLeeuw. “We could shoot once for Jack and do the same move again with Jill.” A good example, he notes, is the scene in which Al Pacino falls for Jill at a basketball game. “Not only do you have Jack and Jill, but the basketball players and the crowd behind them. As the setting gets bigger, so does the difficulty.”

It fell to DeLeeuw to create the illusion that Adam Sandler really does have a twin sister. “These effects took a lot of planning, right from the storyboard stage – but it’s also a comedy, so we all had to stay on our toes,” he says. “For many shots, we’d shoot Adam with a body double for Jill – the double would wear a green hood over his head, which we could remove later and replace with Adam, as Jill.”

Cundey explains how he worked in tandem with DeLeeuw: “The on-set process is the gathering of the pieces of the puzzle – the mosaic that is later put together by the compositors and post-production team. I had to make sure that the pieces are the right pieces – as the audience gets more and more sophisticated, you can’t do anything simply. You have to give them the pieces so they can do something interesting and unique.”

Cundey says that the production had a great asset in Adam Sandler. “As we got through the process, Adam learned more and more about how to do what we wanted to do, and he was a fast learner,” says Cundey. “The great thing about Adam and his creative process is that every new shot is an invention. We’d rehearse a shot and have a very good idea of what we wanted to do, but everything was subject to rehearsal and seeing how it played. The coolest thing about this production was being able to think on your feet – there’d be a new idea, and it would be up to [director] Dennis [Dugan], me, and the assistant director to figure out how we were going to do it.

Opening across the Philippines on February 22, “Jack and Jill” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Sarah G. Live - Promotional Photos

Sarah G. Live - Promotional Photos

Youngest Filipino pop royalty Sarah Geronimo is all set to conquer the stage as a true total concert performer with very own live solo musical variety show, “Sarah G. Live.”

Witness a braver, bolder, and fiercer Sarah every Sunday night with her incomparable world-class concert performances that will prove that she is the biggest superstar of her generation. Aside from showcasing her singing prowess, Sarah will also share in the show real life experiences and never-before-seen ‘Sarah G. moments.’

From being the 15-year old singing champion of “Star for a Night,” Sarah truly had come a long way with all her achievements as a recording artist, concert performer, actress, host, and even product endorser.

Now, the princess redefines the popstar with a weekly concert on TV that everyone will surely be talking about. Sarah will be joined in by co-host Luis Manzano, musical director Louie Ocampo, choreographer Georcelle Dapat-Sy, and director Erick Salud. “Sarah G. Live” also features G Force and Gab Valenciano as dance performers and a special guest co-host every week.

See some “Sarah G. Live” promotional photos below:

Prepare for the grandest live concert experience every Sunday night, “Sarah G. Live,” starting February 26, after “Rated K.” For more updates, log on to or follow @SGLiveOFFICIAL on Twitter or like SarahGLiveOFFICIAL on Facebook.

Jade Lopez and Danielle Castaño Cover FHM Magazine February 2012 Issue

Jade Lopez and Danielle Castaño Cover FHM Magazine February 2012 Issue

Binibining Pilipinas - World 2008 Danielle Castaño and former Starstruck Batch 1 Avenger Jade Lopez make their sexy and daring debuts and, yes, they both bare all in the February 2012 issue of FHM Philippines Magazine.

FHM Philippines February 2012 issue is now available in all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

Anne Curtis is a Rebellious Sister - Kris Aquino

Anne Curtis is a Rebellious Sister - Kris Aquino

During the story conference of ABS-CBN's highly-anticipated drama series “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” last February 2 at the 9501 Restaurant in ABS-CBN, Kris Aquino revealed that Anne Curtis, her sister in the series, will play as a rebellious and free-spirited younger sister who will fall in-love with Robin Padilla and will cause a rift between them two.

Anne and I will represent lahat ng emotions na nararamdaman ng kababaihan when it comes to being in love. Excited ako also kasi we get to see the dynamics kung anong relationship ng magkapatid. In every family, we all have different characters so makikita n’yo how two women will relate to each other. Yung isa responsible, de numero, yun yung character ko,” Kris told the press.

Aside from Kris, Anne and Robin, the series also stars Richard Yap.

Directed by Joyce Bernal, "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw" is scheduled to premiere on second quarter of 2012.

‘UnOfficially Yours’ Theme Song and Other Hit Soundtracks, Compiled in One Album

‘UnOfficially Yours’ Theme Song and Other Hit Soundtracks, Compiled in One Album

Take home the love and sing-along with the heartwarming original soundtrack of the latest hit movie "Unofficially Yours" topbilled by John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin. The song “If You Asked Me To” performed by Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto can be enjoyed in album “OPM Number 1s: Volume 3” released by Star Records.

The compilation also features 18 other well loved movie and teleserye theme songs including "I Won't Last a Day Without You" by Sarah Geronimo from the film of the same title; "Kaba" by Sam Milby from the movie "My Cactus Heart;" "Saan Darating ang Umaga" by Angeline from the drama series "Budoy;" "Dahil Sa'yo" by Juris Fernandez from "E-Boy;" "Sino Ako" by Regine Velasquez from "My Binondo Girl;" and "Ikaw Lamang" by Martin Nievera from the series "Nasaan Ka Elisa?"

Comepleting the third edition of "OPM Number 1s" are the hit soundtracks sang by Yeng Constantino ("Growing Up"); Liezel Garcia ("Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin" and "Gisingin ang Puso"); Bryan Termulo ("Pagdating ng Panahon"); K-La Rivera ("I'm Feeling Sexy Tonight"); Jovit Baldivino ("Ika'y Mahal Pa Rin"); Toni Gonzaga ("Pinoy Ako"); Juris ("Now That You're Gone"); Angeline Quinto ("Patuloy ang Pangarap" and "Sana Ngayon Lang Ang Kahapon") and Erik Santos ("Sapagkat ang Diyos ay Pag-ibig" and "Pagbigyang Muli").

Relive the unforgettable scenes of some of the country's best movies and drama series and feel the magic of love over and over again through Star Records' “OPM Number 1s Vol. 3,” which is now available on several record bars nationwide. Songs can also be carried on digital music players via

TV5’s Launches Its Newest Comedy Gameshow “Toink! Sino ang Tama?”

TV5’s Launches Its Newest Comedy Gameshow “Toink! Sino ang Tama?”

TV5 will definitely make Sunday afternoon more fun and exciting as it introduces its newest comedy game show with a very unique Pinoy flair – “Toink! Sino ang Tama?” airing every Sunday afternoon.

“Toink! Sino ang Tama?” is a TV5 co-production venture with KB Entertainment and hosted by Kapatid primetime princess Alex Gonzaga and basketball star player/TV host Chris Tiu.

The funny duo of Gene Padilla and Pretty Trizsa will provide man-on-the-street (MOS) insights as they scout the streets for random interviewees who could possibly provide the correct answers.

Two studio contestants will each have a celebrity contestant as partner as they go through the three exciting rounds of “Toink! Sino ang Tama?” – the “Sino ang Toink?” round wherein contestants guess who among the three MOS volunteers gave the correct answer, the “Toink! Sino ang Tama?” round which is similar to the first but contestants need to guess who gave the wrong answer instead, and the “Toink! Master!” round wherein contestants will have to choose one MOS and guess whether he or she gave the right or wrong answer.

The pair with the highest points will proceed to the jackpot round wherein they will be given an MOS anser and they will need to guess what the question is.

Directed by Kitchie Benedicto, “Toink! Sino ang Tama?” promises to be a source of laughter and great fun that will surely entice viewers to make it their new Sunday afternoon TV habit. Don’t miss this hilarious comedy game show every Sunday from 2:00-2:30pm on TV5.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Regine Velasquez vs. Angeline Quinto vs. Kyla Showdown at Mr. & Mrs. A Valentine's Concert

Regine Velasquez vs. Angeline Quinto vs. Kyla Showdown at Mr. & Mrs. A Valentine's Concert

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Kyla and Angeline Quinto performed Regine's classic hits during the Mr. & Mrs. A Valentine concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on February 14.

Watch below:

Video: ajdrosario on YouTube

Unofficially Yours Earns P18.5-M on It's First Day of Showing

Unofficially Yours Earns P18.5-M on It's First Day of Showing

It's official! John Lloyd Cruz and Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina did it again.

According to Star Cinema publicist Roxy Liquigan, John Lloyd and Angel Locsin's latest Valentine romantic-comedy movie offering "Unofficially Yours" raked an official first day earnings of P18.5-million - enough to conclude that the movie is surely a blockbuster hit.

And may I say, "Congratulations!"

DZMM ‘Takbo Para sa Karunungan’ Year 2 Set on March 11

DZMM ‘Takbo Para sa Karunungan’ Year 2 Set on March 11

DZMM is mounting the second annual “DZMM Takbo Para sa Karunungan,” a fun run that will benefit scholars from Sendong-hit Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, on March 11, 6 a.m. at the Quirino Grandstand.

Interested participants may opt to join in the 3 km, 5 km, 10 km and 21 km race categories.

Continuing last year’s advocacy for education, the event will be for the benefit of 25 students from Cagayan de Oro and 25 more from Iligan who were robbed of their chance to study when Sendong devastated their cities. It will also raise funds for the continued scholarship of the 25 Ondoy victims who were chosen as beneficiaries of last year’s run.

DZMM started organizing such an event in 1999, when it launched the “DZMM Takbo Para sa Kalikasan”. The run, which was annually held until 2010, was in support of several campaigns for the environment such as the continued rehabilitation of the La Mesa watershed and the Pasig Rehabilitation Project through ABS-CBN Foundation’s “Bantay Kalikasan”.

Registration fees for this year’s “DZMM Takbo Para sa Karunungan” are at Php 300, Php 350, Php 400 and Php 500.

The event will prove to be enjoyable because apart from contributing to a good cause, the participants will also have a great time watching a set of performances. Moreover, plaques will be awarded to government agencies and non-government organizations with largest contingents, while cash prizes and trophies will be given to the top winners of the 3 km, 5km, 10km, and 21 km races.

To register, visit or call the secretariat at 4152272 local 5674, 5641, 5632, 5603 and 5638.

Alden Richards for F&H Summer Campaign 2012

Alden Richards for F&H Summer Campaign 2012

GMA-7's most in-demand teen heartthrob Alden Richards proves he is not just a pretty face who can act - he also has a body who can give his rivals a run for their money.

The 19-year-old former Ginoong Sta. Rosa and Ginoong Laguna titleholder is the newest male endorser of famous local clothing brand Folded & Hung (F&H) where he bares his top (and his bulge). Check the photos below:

(Click photos to enlarge)

Avril Lavigne Manila Concert at the Araneta Tonight, Somedaydream to Perform as Front Act

Avril Lavigne Manila Concert at the Araneta Tonight, Somedaydream to Perform as Front Act

Canadian punk princess Avril Lavigne is back!

After her highly-successful concerts in the country in 2005 and 2008, Lavigne is set to reunite with her Pinoy fans in a one-night concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum tonight as part of her Black Star World Tour.

Expect her to sing some of her hits which include "Sk8r Boi," "Girlfriend," "When You're Gone," "My Happy Ending," "The Best Damn Thing," "He Wasn't," "Fall To Pieces," "Complicated," etc.

Pinoy hit synthpop Somedaydream will be Lavigne's opening act.

Kate Upton is Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit Issue Cover Girl

Kate Upton is Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit Issue Cover Girl

Victoria’s Secret and Guess endorser Kate Upton has been named as Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit Issue cover model.

The news was revealed by the 19-year-old model herself during her guesting at The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, February 14.

Watch the video below:

Video: xmascleanlove on YouTube

Unofficially Yours Rated B by CEB

Unofficially Yours Rated B by CEB

Unofficially Yours, Star Cinema's Valentine offering starring John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin, has been graded B by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB).

In the film, Lloydie plays the role of Macky Galvez, a dentist who believes that love between two people still require commitment and promises to make it grow. He will fall in love with Cez, played by Angel, who thought otherwise.

Directed by the blockbuster director Cathy Garcia Molina, Unofficially Yours also stars Bobot Mortiz, Edgar Allan Guzman, K Brosas and Tetchie Agbayani.

The movie is showing now in more than 100 theaters nationwide.

TV5’s 1st Quarter Surge Brings More More More!

TV5’s 1st Quarter Surge Brings More More More!

Justify FullTV5 paints the town red with its surge of exciting new programs that offer more entertainment, more heart-warming drama, more amusement, more laughter, more information, more public service, more reality, more prizes and more habit-forming fun that will definitely make viewers want to come back for more!

There’s more to see on TV5 now that the Kapatid Network beefs up its programming grid with a notable lineup of new primetime, afternoon, morning and weekend offerings.

Good Morning Club

Start the day right with the latest news and amusing features from the fun morning barkada of Good Morning Club, hosted by Paolo Bediones, Cheryl Cosim, Martin Andanar, Amy Perez, Chiqui Roa-Puno, Tintin Bersola-Babao, Lucky Mercado, Pat Fernandez, Makata Tawanan, Shalala and April “Congrats” Gustillo. Good Morning Club airs weekdays at 5:00am-7:30am on TV5 with simulcast on Aksyon TV.


TV5 goes all-out on primetime with back-to-back drama series that are bound to get viewers hooked every night. The Pinoy classic Valiente makes its grand comeback with a powerhouse cast led by JC De Vera, Oyo Sotto, Nadine Samonte, Nina Jose, Gina Alajar, Mark Gil, Jaclyn Jose and the original Valiente himself, Michael De Mesa.

Nandito Ako

International singing sensation David Archuleta of American Idol becomes a certified Kapatid as he topbills the network’s second mini-serye offering Nandito Ako, with TV5’s homegrown primetime princesses Jasmine Curtis Smith and Eula Caballero, along with Gelli De Belen, Aiko Melendez, G Tongi, Alwyn Uytingco, Ana Capri, Ana Feleo, Joseph Bitangcol, RS Francisco, David Bianco, Byron Ortile and Ms. Perla Bautista.

Valiente and Nandito Ako air back-to-back on TV5’s Primetime Panalo from Monday to Friday.

Felina Prinsesa ng Mga Pusa

TV5 makes its grand venture into weekday afternoon drama with the back-to-back airing of two must-see dramaseryes, Felina and Isang Dakot na Luha. Felina features TV5 primetime princess Arci Muñoz in the title role as a kind-hearted lass whose only wish is for people to love and accept her despite her cat-like appearance. Leandro Muñoz, Ahron Villena, Carla Humphries, Pilita Corales, Bing Loyzaga, Angel Jacob, Bearwin Meily, Epi Quizon, Mura and Jestoni Alarcon complete the cast of Felina.

Isang Dakot na Luha

Isang Dakot na Luha presents a tear-jerking drama that is sure to touch the hearts of viewers of every age. Portraying the endearing and remarkable characters of Isang Dakot na Luha are Alice Dixson, Jay Manalo, Glydel Mercado, Danita Paner, Lianne Valentin, Junyka Santarin, Daria Ramirez, Jenny Miller, Elvis Gutierrez, Edgar Allan Guzman and Karel Marquez.
The two new afternoon dramaseryes both premiere this February 27, with Felina airing at 3:00pm and Isang Dakot na Luha following at 3:30pm.

Toink! Sino ang Tama?

Sundays become even more packed with excitement with three new programs offering more prizes, suspense and belly-aching laughter. Hosted by Alex Gonzaga and Chris Tiu, comedy gameshow Toink! Sino ang Tama? airs at 2:00pm every Sunday.

Kapitan Awesome

At 2:30pm (starting on February 20), viewers will surely enjoy a hilarious take on the superhero myth with the premiere of Kapitan Awesome, featuring Martin Escudero, Empoy, Andrew E., Alwyn Uytingco, Aki Torio, Alchris Galura, Stephanie Sol, Shy Carlos and Morisette Amon.

The Biggest Game Show in the World Asia

Airing on Sundays at 9:00pm, The Biggest Game Show in the World Asia is the grandest reality game show wherein a team of 30 Filipino contestants battle it out with contestants from three other Asian countries in a series of physical and mental challenges that will test their strength, endurance and teamwork. Hosted by Richard Gomez and Joey De Leon, The Biggest Game Show in the World Asia features the drama and determination of the Philippine contingent as they compete against Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.


NEWS5 provides in-depth documentaries through Insider, the newest late-night public affairs show which offers behind-the-scene glimpses of how some of the country’s most interesting institutions operate. Airing Thursdays at 10:15pm on TV5 with producer’s cut airing at 7:30pm on AksyonTV, Insider features stories told by the news organization’s roster of news anchors and hosts, led by NEWS5 chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes, news production head Patrick Paez, anchors and hosts Erwin Tulfo, Cheryl Cosim, Paolo Bediones, Raffy Tulfo, Cherie Mercado, Martin Andanar, Lourd De Veyra and Atty. Mike Templo.

Pilipinas News

Recognizing that compelling stories are no longer confined to traditional sources, NEWS5 introduces a new kind of late-night newscast that presents news from all platforms. Anchored by Paolo Bediones, Cherie Mercado and Jove Francisco, Pilipinas News airs weeknights at 11pm starting this February 20.

Game ‘N Go

If you think TV5 has already poured all its new shows this month, you’d be surprised because there’s more to come in March! The Kapatid Network introduces weekday noontime show Game ‘N Go, which offers the most fun games and amazing prizes that will make viewers and audiences across the nation clamour for more.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition Philippines

The most awaited Philippine premiere of the world-renowned reality show franchise finally happens this March 26. Extreme Makeover Home Edition Philippines begins to build hopes and dreams of deserving Filipinos whose life stories are bound to touch viewers’ hearts. Hosted by Paolo Bediones, Extreme Makeover Home Edition Philippines builds homes and lives with the help of a dedicated design team comprised of Tessa Prieto-Valdez, Divine Lee, Tristan Jovellana, Marilen Montenegro and Joby Belmonte.


Also this March, TV5 proudly presents one of its most awaited programs featuring Megastar Sharon Cuneta. There’s more to come and there are more, more, more reasons to tune in to TV5 where TV viewing gets more thrilling, more exciting and all the more fun!

9 New York Festival Finalists for GMA News and Public Affairs

9 New York Festival Finalists for GMA News and Public Affairs

Justify FullGMA News and Public Affairs, the country’s most trusted news organization, proves its world class calibre again with a total of nine nominations–five coming from the leading news channel GMA News TV and four from GMA-7–in the highly prestigious 2012 New York Festivals.

Less than a year after its launch, GMA News TV makes a definitive statement with five of its documentaries achieving finalist status at the NYF.

News TV’s docudrama Pluma: Si Rizal, Ang Dakilang Manunulat (Rizal, The Great Writer), a historic piece that traces the evolution of Rizal’s writings, was chosen as finalist in the History and Society category.

Front Row and Reel Time, News TV’s groundbreaking weekend documentaries, received two nominations each. Front Row’s Bente Dos (Twenty-Two), narrates the life of a family in Manila’s slums, with 22 children. Front Row’s Yaman Sa Basura (Child Urban Miners) tells the story of twin boys risking life and limb while working in an urban mine. Reel Time’s Lusong (Live to Dive) shows father and son divers racing to earn enough over a summer to send the boy to school, while Tira (Infected) relates cases of young teens who suffer from sexually transmitted diseases.

GMA-7 nominees include the public affairs special Report Card. Bannered by GMA News pillar Mike Enriquez and Kapuso leading man Dingdong Dantes, the special examines why the country’s educational system still struggles to make the grade.

Getting the nod in the Nature and Wildlife category is Born to be Wild’s The Born Expeditions Finale. In this episode, the Born team documents Thai environmentalists’ efforts to propagate a giant freshwater stingray locally known as prakaben while another group embarks on an African expedition to see the great white shark.

Completing the list are two episodes of the country’s most awarded documentary program I-Witness. Gintong Putik takes Peabody Award-winning documentarist Kara David back to the town of Paracale in Camarines Norte where she meets a young boy burrowing for gold in the middle of a rice field. Fellow Peabody Award winner Jay Taruc features the harrowing account of burn victims in the second I-Witness entry dubbed Lapnos (Burn).

These nine finalists may be promoted to Gold, Silver or Bronze during the current judging process,” says Rose Anderson, Executive Director of the New York Festivals.

The 2012 New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards received entries from over 40 countries. It is dedicated to both the television and film industries and encourages next generation story-tellers to break new ground.

This year’s awards ceremony is scheduled on April 17 at The NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Coco Martin Stars as a Boxer in ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’

Coco Martin Stars as a Boxer in ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’

Award-winning actor Coco Martin stars in “Maalaala Mo Kaya” this Saturday, February 18, where he portrays the role of Ramon, an underground boxer who grew up as a battered child.

At the time when Ramon has decided to change his way of living, unfortunate events will force him to commit crimes which will enrage his family. Together with Coco in the episode are Jodi Sta. Maria, Philip Nolasco, BJ Forbes, Celine Lim, Veyda Innoval, Michael Roy Jornales, Carlos Morales, Levi Ignacio, Andrei Garcia, Aleck Bovick, and Mike Lloren.

It was researched by Alex Martin, written by Benson Logronio and directed by Dado Lumibao.

Don’t miss another remarkable TV master piece this Saturday in the longest running drama anthology of Asia, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK), after “Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to, follow MMKOfficial on Twitter, and “like”

Jonah Hill, From Comedian to Oscar-Nominee with “Moneyball”

Jonah Hill, From Comedian to Oscar-Nominee with “Moneyball”

Moments after the Academy Award nominations were announced several weeks ago in Beverly Hills, “Moneyball” star Jonah Hill still seemed stunned upon learning of his Oscar nomination.

I saw it on TV and started freaking out,” Hill admitted. “My mom was the first to call and then [producer] Scott Rudin shortly after that. This whole thing… it doesn’t feel real yet.”

Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor, Columbia Pictures’ sports-oriented film “Moneyball” is based on the true story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) – once a would-be baseball superstar who, stung by the failure to live up to expectations on the field, turned his fiercely competitive nature to management.

Billy Beane’s radical revamping of his team, the Oakland A’s, was a collaborative effort, one that relied on his recruitment of a team of economic analysts who replaced baseball’s hunches and gut instincts with a fresh skew towards science. To capture the essence of the math brains who changed American sports, the screenwriters created a character: Peter Brand.

As played by Jonah Hill, Brand is an Ivy League economist turned unlikely baseball analyst – a guy who in any other field might be among the best and brightest, but in baseball has been relegated to outsider status. It is Brand who keys Beane into one of the main insights behind the “moneyball” concept: that the value of a baseball player isn’t something you can see or sense, but something you find lurking in the numbers. When Beane hires Brand away from the Cleveland Indians with the intention to put his stats-based approach front and center for the A’s – no matter the fallout — he sets the two men on a collision course with baseball orthodoxy.

Peter Brand is an outsider,” says director Bennett Miller. “He’s an Ivy League kid with a degree in economics and a perspective on the game that nobody in baseball could possibly have had. Billy plucks Pete from a cubicle in Cleveland and weaponizes him.”

Best known for his comedic performances, Hill welcomed the chance to sink his teeth into a subtle, dramatic performance. He approached the character as a baseball interloper driven by a true love of the game, and a man who grows on the job. “Peter Brand is the kind of guy who really should be a billionaire on Wall Street, except that he loves baseball,” observes Hill. “Because of his background, he judges players in a different way than the system supports. He’s all about the facts. He realizes it’s not about how a guy throws, how fast he runs or what he looks like. It’s about how often he gets on base.

Yet what seems perfectly logical to Brand, comes across at first to the rest of the baseball world as a threat to a grand tradition. “It’s a natural reaction,” notes Hill. “Any time you try to change the way things are done, people from the previous generations are going to be upset, especially if you’re saying what they’re doing is unproductive. You can understand why they think ‘who is this kid using a computer to tell me who the players should be?’”

While Beane and Brand couldn’t be more divergent personalities, Hill says one attitude unites them. “For both men, it’s them versus the world,” Hill explains. “These are two guys with their backs against the wall who find the guts to fight for what they believe in.

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Moneyball” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.




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