Paulo Avelino Covers Garage Magazine April 2012 Issue

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Paulo Avelino Covers Garage Magazine April 2012 Issue


"The Next Big Star" Paulo Avelino is the ultimate summer fantasy on the cover of Garage Magazine April 2012 issue.

Aside from Paulo, other topics inside this issue include “Eat More to Lose More!,” “Brasil, Brasil: Travel to the Land of Beauty and History,” “Rehydrate, Revitalize, Revive Your Skin and Hear” plus feature on Channing Tatum, Lana del Rey and Ken Stern.

Garage Magazine April 2012 issue is now available at all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.


JM De Guzman to Play Pedro Calungsod in a Movie

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JM De Guzman to Play Pedro Calungsod in a Movie


Pedro Calungsod, the second Pinoy canonized by the Vatican as a Saint, will have his life turned into a movie. And to whom the much-coveted role goes to? No other than the Kapamilya young actor JM de Guzman.

JM, who can't express his joy and excitement enough, said: “Yeah, tuloy na! Wala pang exact date na mag-i-start, pero ang sabi sa akin, ang target date is October. Another big opportunity kasi first leading role ko sa movie, so excited!

Kung may mga kailangan akong gawin, gagawin ko for the role. Paghahandaan ko talaga ito nang mabuting-mabuti, ire-research ko siya.” the Angelito Batang Ama star added.

‘E-Boy,’ Down on its Last Two Weeks

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‘E-Boy,’ Down on its Last Two Weeks


ABS-CBN’s top-rating Primetime Bida family drama series “E-Boy” has truly captured everybody’s heart as it keeps TV viewers thrilled with the exciting adventures of its lead character E-Boy played by Bugoy CariƱo.

Since it started airing on January 2012, “E-Boy” got everybody hooked not only because of the groundbreaking computer animation effects used on the series, but also because of the values and lessons that E-Boy (Bugoy) and Miyo (Deydey Amansec) imparted the whole family every night on primetime TV.

Meanwhile, as “E-Boy” goes down on its last two weeks, the plot continues to thicken with the revelation of the new robot that Gabriel (Ariel Rivera) had created. Is the new robot going to be a friend or a foe? Will Gabriel’s family ever be complete with Miguel’s (Jomari Yllana) persistence to win Ria’s (Agot Isidro) heart? Can E-Boy and Miyo successfully save their Papa Gabriel?

“E-Boy” is a part of ABS-CBN’s “Bida Best Kid” campaign launched recently that aims to empower children by encouraging them to become who they want to be and the best that they can be. It doesn’t only entertain and educate its young viewers with its values-oriented, child-friendly programs, but supports their dreams and aspirations as well.

Don’t miss final two weeks of “E-Boy” weeknights after “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida. For more updates log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

It’s Earth Hour 24/7 at the Kapuso Network

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It’s Earth Hour 24/7 at the Kapuso Network


Tonight, between 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, the islands of the Philippines are set to go dark – all in the name of saving energy and keeping the planet green.

This, in a nutshell, is what Earth Hour is all about.

Every year, GMA Network aligns with WWF Philippines to help celebrate this global event. The lights of the Network’s headquarters in Quezon City go off during the annual Switch Off event. In 2011, GMA 7 had an expanded participation, so to speak, as its originating stations in various provinces also had their lights turned off for 60 minutes in commemoration of Earth Hour.

GMA’s commitment to be a green corporate citizen extends beyond its Earth Hour activities. In fact, it can be said that efficiently utilizing energy is a way of life in the Kapuso Network. Atty Felipe L Gozon, GMA Network Chairman and CEO, says that energy conservation is both a sound business decision and a corporate responsibility. “We implement activities and strategies to save energy and ensure cost efficiency – which is the goal of business organizations, especially those that are heavy power users, like a broadcast station. But more than that, we also want to do our share in nurturing a healthy planet because that is the right thing to do,” emphasizes Gozon.

In 2011, the Kapuso Network was even awarded the EcoBonus Award by Switch Asia under its Green Philippines Islands of Sustainability (GPIoS).

GMA Network’s energy conservation efforts have resulted in P1 million savings in electricity consumption. The Network’s specific efforts in relation to energy conservation include installation of Variable Speed drives for motors and pumps; replacement of halogen bulbs with LED lamps; replacement of mercury vapour lamps with CFL (compact flourescent lamps); replacement of 2X18 watts FL fixtures with 1X18 watts; installation of energy saving devices; displaying of energy saving reminder stickers; and, installation of timers for facade lights and spotlights.

GMA’s CSR activities focusing on the environment are all under the platform Kapuso ng Kalikasan.

Cinema One Brings Award-Winning ‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank’ to Boracay

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Cinema One Brings Award-Winning ‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank’ to Boracay



In the tradition of bringing blockbuster films to the country’s summer party capital, no. 1 cable channel Cinema One proudly holds “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank” screening in White House Beach Resort, Station 1, Boracay on March 31 (Saturday), 6p.m.

The movie creatively chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers who’s seeking for exposure in international filmfests. Then, they get Eugene Domingo as their lead actress to do poverty porn. More than its box office success, film’s concept has undoubtedly touched Filipinos’ humor.

The lead star of “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank” Eugene recently took home the coveted People’s Choice award in the 6th Asian Film Awards held in Hongkong.

Prior to this victory, the movie was nominated in the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival for Best First Feature and Cinema Fairbindet awards, as well as in Vancouver International Film Festival for the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema.

The film has also been invited to some international filmfests such as the Hawaii International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Udine Far East Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival.

“Ang Babae Sa Septic” also received good reviews from some renowned film critics. In a review by Asia News Network’s Yasminka Lee she said “Ang Babae is brilliant because it is a commentary on this obsession for poverty porn by being humorous and thought-provoking at the same time.”

The event will be hosted by the hilarious John Lapuz and talented Cai Cortez. Beachgoers of all ages will definitely enjoy as it also offers fun summer games and sizzling entertainment by fire dancers and the Patikeros.

Gracing the beach and booze event are celebrity beach hotties Jake Cuenca and Megan Young with the equally hot live performance of rock sensation Callalily, whose vocalist is “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank” lead actor Kean Cipriano, and party music from DJ Mars Miranda.

Cinema One is available on SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide. For more information logon to http://www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel.

Jiro Manio Leaves Rehab, Graduates in High School

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Jiro Manio Leaves Rehab, Graduates in High School


On Thursday, March 29 former multi-awarded child star Jiro Manio receives triple blessings.

Firstly, he leaves Home Care - a rehabilitation center where he stayed for almost a year for use of illegal drugs.

Secondly, he graduated from high school at RESPCI (Rizal Experimental Station and Pilot School of Cottage Industries) in Pasig City. Not just that, he also received a special award as Most Inspiring Student.

In his interview with ABS-CBNnews, Jiro said he gave credit to God for surviving this dark chapter in his young life, thanked those who stood by him during his time in rehab and gave a message to the youth.

Nakatapos ako ng high school dahil sa tiyaga, haba ng pasensya, pagpapasalamat sa Diyos, sa pamilya at mga kaibigan na sumusuporta parin sa ’kin sa kabila ng pagpasok ko sa rehab. Nandoon pa rin sila at hindi nila ko iniwan sa ere.” Jiro said during the baccalaureate mass for his graduation. He also added, “,Sa mga kabataan, unahin nila ‘yung pagiging maka-Diyos nila, ‘yung kanilang mga kaibigan, ‘yung kanilang mga kagustuhan, at higit sa lahat ‘yung pagmamahal sa sariling pamilya, ‘yung galing sa puso na pag-ibig.

Show Stopping Performances in Party Pilipinas ‘GUDTYM’

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Show Stopping Performances in Party Pilipinas ‘GUDTYM’


The summer vibe never ends as Party Pilipinas All Stars and the Sun gives you Gudtym this Sunday, April 1.

Take the “kilig-trip” down lovestruck lane with every girls’ favourite eye candy, The Keso Boys, as they serenade you with classic love hits. Sing along with Aljur, Steven, Jake, Kristoffer, MM, MJ, Derrick and Elmo.

The temperature is about to get even hotter as these ladies flaunt their summer bodies on the dance floor. Make way for Bianca, Michelle, Rochelle, Chloe, Gwen, Sarah and Heart!

Treat yourself with show-stopping performances from GenNext together with Xlr8 and Decibelles together with Down to Mars. Meanwhile, experience summer lovin, JulieMo style.

Dancing is more fun in Party Pilipinas and they’re bringing the excitement across the region. It’s the Cebuanos turn to shine this Sunday as they groove with Mark Herras, Kris Bernal and the rest of the Sayaw Pilipinas crew.

Don’t miss as the youth of today goes TGIS of yesterday in Dance Combi. Reminisce with Julie Anne, Elmo, Jake, Bea, Alden, Louise, Ken, Yassi, Kristoffer, Joyce, Aljur, Kris, Mark, Jennylyn, plus special guests from the original cast of TGIS.

Vox continues to bring in more unique twists and surprises. Ever heard of VOX: Laglagan Edition? Find out this Sunday with Kyla, Rachelle, Jonalyn, French, Maricris, Aicelle, Julieanne and Jaya. And get ready for an OPM gudtym with Ogie, Janno, Jay R, Mark, Gian, Frank, Kris and Dingdong.



Sit back, relax and bask under the Party Pilipinas sun with your favourite Kapuso stars this Sunday, April 1 at 12nn on GMA.

Sarah Geronimo Turns from a Popstar to a Rock Star this Sunday

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Sarah Geronimo Turns from a Popstar to a Rock Star this Sunday


Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo fiercely turns into a rock star princess this Sunday (April 1) in her top-rating musical variety show “Sarah G. Live.”

Sarah is going to rock the night out with two of the best rock icons Bamboo and Arnel Pineda in a remarkable and mind-blowing rock concert experience; while the cast of the upcoming summer movie “Moron 5 and The Crying Lady” shares lots of fun and laughter with the Pop Princess.

Watch out for another ‘Sarah Loves You’ segment where the Popstar expresses her deepest gratitude to her fans and grants another Popster’s wish; as Filipino international singer Billy Crawford joins the fun and excitement as Sarah’s guest co-host this Sunday.

Together with Sarah in the upcoming episode are resident dance royalty Gab Valenciano, her regular co-host Luis Manzano, musical director Louie Ocampo, choreographer Georcelle Dapat-Sy, G-Force, and director Erick Salud.



Don’t miss the trending and top weekend primetime show of ABS-CBN, “Sarah G. Live,” Sunday night, after “Rated K.” For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @SGLiveOFFICIAL on Twitter and like SarahGLiveOFFICIAL on Facebook.

Katrina Halili Can Now Sigh in Relief: "Yes, I'm the father!" - Kris Lawrence

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Katrina Halili Can Now Sigh in Relief: "Yes, I'm the father!" - Kris Lawrence


In a joint exclusive interview with Funfare and Startalk last week, Katrina Halili confirmed that she is three months pregnant (due to give birth in September) and named her boyfriend, Fil-Am singer Kris Lawrence, as the father.

Kris, who belongs to Arnold Vegafria’s stable of talents, has remained mum, begging off from reacting to the Funfare/Startalk scoop - until today, that is.

In an exclusive interview with Funfare, Kris admitted that, yes, Katrina was right.

I’m the father of the baby,” said Kris, “and I’m ready and willing to support Katrina and our baby.

Although Katrina’s pregnancy was “not planned,” Kris echoed Katrina’s reaction when she learned about “the good news” last February.

Sobrang happy,” said Kris who also confirmed that he and Katrina have been going steady since 2008 but broke up for a while last year. “She said she wanted to concentrate on her career and I let her. Soon, we got back together again.”

Asked if he’s ready to be a father, Kris, who at 28 is two years Katrina’s senior, said, “Yes, I am. I know how to change diapers and prepare the feeding bottles because I’ve done that to help my relatives and friends babysit back in the States.”

The sweethearts met in 2008 during Katrina’s US concert tour in which Kris, who had just won the ABS-CBN talent search Star in a Million, was a guest performer.

We clicked at once,” recalled Kris who never left Katrina during the “hidden video” crisis (she lost the court case, sigh!!!). “I’ve met her family and she has met my family. I guess we know each other very well.”

Like Katrina, Kris said that they haven’t really discussed marriage yet.

It’s something that shouldn’t be rushed,” Kris explained. “As of now, we’re focusing on Katrina’s condition. We make sure that she’s safe.”

In the Startalk/Funfare interview, Katrina mentioned what her father had told her — “Just because ‘something like that happened’ doesn’t mean that you have to rush into marriage.

As long as she can, Katrina will remain in the cast of the GMA soap My Beloved in which she plays kontrabida, co-starring with Dingdong Dantes and his girlfriend Marian Rivera. Since her tummy is fast growing, she may have to wear less sexy clothes but promised to get back in shape after giving birth. Katrina was twice voted Sexiest Woman in the World by FHM magazine.

When My Beloved ends, Katrina said she will stay with her folks in Palawan and return to Manila in time to give birth — “The natural way,” she said.

In a light vein, Kris said, “My family is excited about the baby because it’s their first apo. My mom has been teasing me when I would give her an apo, so here it comes.”

Kris has a younger sister. They were both born and raised in California.

I’m looking forward to the day when my child is big enough to play football with me,” he added.

Since he shares a house with good friend and relative Jay-R, also a US-bred singer, near where Katrina lives in New Manila, Quezon City, Kris can easily check on Katrina regularly. He’s on alert for whatever she needs, at her beck and call.

Asked if they’re planning to live together as a couple, Kris said, “No. Anyway, magkalapit lang naman ang tirahan namin.”

Source: FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo

‘The Princess and I’ Premieres April 16 on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida

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‘The Princess and I’ Premieres April 16 on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida


ABS-CBN’s newest and and biggest Primetime teleserye “The Princess and I” will finally premiere this April 16 (Monday) topbilled by its royal cast award-winning actor and actress Albert Martinez and Gretchen Barreto; the three ‘Prince Charming of Primetime’ Enrique Gil, Khalil Ramos and Daniel Padilla;’ and the newest ‘Princess of Primetime’ Kathryn Bernardo.




“The Princess and I” opens the fairytale story of the Kingdom of Yangdon led by King Anand (Albert), where behind all the King’s wealth, power and title, is a saddening empty space in his heart that is yet-to-be filled by his long-lost daughter Princess Mikay (Kathryn), who will grow up in an unfortunate life not knowing of her real identity.

As Gretchen fiercely returns on television after her outstanding performance in the hit teleserye “Magkaribal,” she is now on her way to make a new trend as she takes on the role of a Yangdon royalty named Ashi Behati who greatly aspires to be the Queen of Yangdon.

The newest royal masterpiece will surely reign on every Kapamilya’s heart with its grand preparation from its remarkable plot, to its marvelous costumes, up to its memorable scenes taken at the Kingdom of Bhutan.





Joining the royal cast are some of the respected names in the industry Dominic Ochoa, Yayo Aguila, Precious Lara Quigaman, Nina Dolino and Sharmaine Suarez. It is directed by Dado Lumibao.

Don’t miss the grandest opening of the once-upon-a-time fairytale “The Princess and I” on April 16 (Monday) on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida. For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

Daniel Padilla Teams Up with Bea Binene in a Project

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Daniel Padilla Teams Up with Bea Binene in a Project


Kapamilya teen cutie Daniel Padilla pairs with Kapuso tweenstar Bea Binene as the newest endorsers of clothing brand BUM.

Daniel, together with other Kapamilya stars Dino Imperial and Empress Schuck, are the featured hot stars for BUM’s Dare to Evolve campaign.

See some of the BTS photos here:

Photos: BNLMAG

American Idol 11 - Top 8 Named

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American Idol 11 - Top 8 Named


One Asian contender ends his American Idol journey. But another Asian remains. Who do you think goes home and who stays as part of American Idol Top 8?


ELIMINATED:

Heejun Han



TOP 8 (in no particular order):

Elise Testone
Phillip Phillips
Colton Dixon
Joshua Ledet
Jessica Sanchez
Deandre Brackensick

Angel Locsin and Anne Curtis Feud Makes Anne Quit ASAP 2012

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Angel Locsin and Anne Curtis Feud Makes Anne Quit ASAP 2012


Is there a brewing rivalry between Angel Locsin and Anne Curtis?

The 2012 Star Awards for Movies Best Actress is reportedly in silent war with the newest blockbuster queen making the latter decided to leave ASAP 2012.

The rumor started when Angel got the best actress award Star Awards where one is also one of the nominees for her 2011 blockbuster movie "No Other Woman". Anne also came public recently about her intention to be paired with John Lloyd [Cruz, Angel's leading man in blockbuster hit "Unofficially Yours"] but the ABS-CBN film outfit favors Angel to be John Lloyd's leading lady.

But Anne is prompt to deny the rumor and explains why she quit ASAP 2012.

"I said naman and I must admit naman na it was a well-deserved award for Angel.

"And I watched the film. It's a superb film kaya deserving talaga siya...

"It was well-deserved kaya walang hard feelings.Ano ba 'yan, kaibigan ko si Angel kaya I was happy for her," Anne explains.

Anne also said that she even congratulated Angel right after she received the award.

"Sabi ko, 'Congratulations Gel. It was a well-deserved award kaya walang hard feelings.'" Anne narrates.

As to her decision to leave ASAP 2012, Anne explains, "Tapos na ako sa dance number.

"Hindi, kasi yun na lang ang free day ko. So, pinili ko na lang na ayoko nang gumising ng 9:00 a.m. every day. Ibigay na lang sa akin yung Sunday." she said.

So there, good thing all's well between Anne and Angel, period.

Binibining Pilipinas 2012: Ayelee Marie Dasalla, the Next Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj?

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Binibining Pilipinas 2012: Ayelee Marie Dasalla, the Next Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj?


From a field of 100 hopefuls and 30 finalists, Ayelee Marie Dasalla, a former Miss Bataan 2011 1st runner-up, is among the top contender who could win one of this year's much coveted titles and crowns and will have the chance to represent our country in top beauty pageants abroad.

Many are not aware that the fair-skinned lady nurse from Mariveles, Bataan was a kidnap victim. According to Dasalla, she was kidnapped three years ago inside the subdivision where her family lives and held captive for 24 hours. She was only released after her parents paid the P1M ransom.

Dasalla also shared that she used to weigh more than 200 lbs. when she was in high school in the US and sometimes called Miss Piggy by her classmates. Who would have thought that the big fat girl in high school now looks like a real beauty queen,

Will Ayelee Marie Dasalla be proclaimed this year's big winner and will continue Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj’s winning streak? Let's hope so.

Isabel Oli and Chino Trinidad, Together?

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Isabel Oli and Chino Trinidad, Together?


Gear up for an active Sunday as GMA News TV premieres its latest sports and fitness show suited for both sports buffs and active lifestyle enthusiasts: Sports Pilipinas.

Hosted by GMA senior sports correspondent Chino Trinidad and Kapuso star Isabel Oli, Sports Pilipinas premieres this Sunday, March 25, and promises to give viewers a weekly dose of the latest news from the world of sports, in-depth interviews with sports personalities, as well as trends and helpful tips for a healthy lifestyle

Chino Trinidad has become a household name when it comes to sports reportage. His career in the sports industry has spanned almost two decades–with his early days as a radio reporter and eventually TV sports commentator, Trinidad was also the former commissioner of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

Actress Isabel Oli joins Chino as co-host of Sports Pilipinas. Isabel may seem like a heroine in distress in some GMA-7 shows but in real life, Isabel is capable of taking care of herself. She keeps a very active and healthy lifestyle through regular visits to the gym , pilates and scuba diving.

For its pilot telecast this Sunday, Sports Pilipinas will feature an exclusive one-on-one interview with world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao who talks about his upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley, the real score about his reported retirement and his resurgence of faith as a man of God.

Sports Pilipinas will also feature street basketball and take you on a tour around the metro to check out affordable sports activities that will give anyone on a tight budget, more bang for their buck. Badminton, swimming, biking, and even zip lining – all these for under P100!

Catch all these and more in the pilot episode of Sports Pilipinas this Sunday, 9:30 am, on GMA News TV.

Jessica Sanchez Remains, Heejun Han Leaves American Idol 11

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Jessica Sanchez Remains, Heejun Han Leaves American Idol 11


One Asian contender ends his American Idol journey. But another Asian remains. Who do you think goes home and who stays as part of American Idol Top 8?

The lowest gathered votes based on last night's performances will be on the Bottom 3 and will no longer have the chance to continue their "Idol" journey.


SAFE:

Elise Testone
Phillip Phillips
Colton Dixon
Joshua Ledet
Jessica Sanchez
Deandre Brackensick


BOTTOM 3:

Hollie Cavanagh
Heejun Han
Skylar Laine


ELIMINATED:

Heejun Han

‘Wansapanataym’ Teaches Toni Gonzaga a Lesson

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‘Wansapanataym’ Teaches Toni Gonzaga a Lesson


Ultimate multimedia star Toni Gonzaga reveals that her month-long “Wansapanataym” special became a big learning experience for her as she portrayed different roles every week.

Toni became a witch, an extraordinary weather girl and a man-turned-into-a-woman in the month-long special of “Wansapanataym.”

In the last episode entitled “IncrediBelle” this Saturday (March 26), Toni will give life to the character of Belle, a foster girl longing for the love of her adoptive family who accidentally became a superhero. As she discovers her super powers, Belle starts to demand attention, not only from her family, but from other people as well. Can Belle fight her own desires when she puts her family’s life at risk?

Together with Toni in the episode are Isabel Rivas, Christopher Roxas, Kristel Moreno and Bettina Carlos. It is written by Joel Mercado and directed by Erick Salud.

“Wansapanataym” is part of ABS-CBN’s “Bida Best Kid” campaign launched recently that aims to empower children by encouraging them to become who they want to be and the best that they can be. It doesn’t only entertain and educate its young viewers with its values-oriented, child-friendly programs, but supports their dreams and aspirations as well.

Don’t miss Toni’s last week in the month-long special of “Wansapanataym” this Saturday, after “Kapamilya: Deal or No Deal” on ABS-CBN. For more updates log-on to www.abs-cbn.com, follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter, or ‘like’ http://www.facebook.com/Wansapanataym.tv.

Jessica Sanchez - Sweet Dreams (American Idol Performance Video)

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Jessica Sanchez - Sweet Dreams (American Idol Performance Video)


Jessica Sanchez, the 16-year-old American Idol Season 11 top contender performs "Sweet Dreams," a song performed by her own idol Beyonce.

Watch the video below:




Randy Jackson
: I say it all the time, but stars are truly born.

Jennifer Lopez: That was a beautiful rendition of the song. If I was Beyonce, I would slow that one down.

Steven Tyler: Great performance, beautiful dress. You did it again tonight.

American Idol Season 11 - Top 9 Performance Night (Videos)

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American Idol Season 11 - Top 9 Performance Night (Videos)


The remaining 9 American Idol hopefuls take the centerstage to perform the songs of their own idols as mentored by Stevie Nicks.

Watch the American Idol 11 Top 9 performances below (click on their names to watch their performances):

Colton Dixon – Everything

Joshua Ledet – Without You

Elise Testone – Whole Lotta Love

Heejun Han – Song For You

Jessica Sanchez – Sweet Dreams

Phillip Phillips – Still Rainin'

Deandre Brackensick – Sometimes I Cry

Skylar Laine – Gunpowder and Lead

Hollie Cavanagh – Jesus Take the Wheel

GMA-7 Airs MTV EXIT Presents Jason Mraz this Saturday, March 31

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GMA-7 Airs MTV EXIT Presents Jason Mraz this Saturday, March 31


Filipino fans of international singer-songwriter and anti-trafficking advocate, Jason Mraz, are in for a real treat as GMA Network airs the MTV EXIT Presents Jason Mraz special on Saturday, March 31 at 11:30 PM.

This follows from Jason Mraz’s visit to the Philippines last year who made a special appearance at the MTV EXIT Live in Manila concert held at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds to join 25,000 fans on the fight against human trafficking and exploitation.

Jason Mraz shared a compelling message at the concert to encourage fans in the Philippines to join him in the MTV EXIT anti-trafficking movement to end modern-day slavery. “If we truly want to have world peace, we have to end human trafficking,” said Jason Mraz during his presentation.

In this moving half-hour special, Jason Mraz revealed the real-life stories of Filipinos affected by this horrific crime. He made a special visit to the Visayan Forum Foundation and learns about their campaign, which has saved over 70,000 girls from human trafficking worldwide since 2001. He is moved by the stories of many of the girls rescued as enslaved children before being saved by the shelter, and is given hope by their brave plight as survivors to speak out and try to put an end to human exploitation.

Jason Mraz accounts his emotional journey during his presentation, after realizing that millions of people around the world are still victims of modern day slavery. With this newfound awareness, Jason addresses to 25,000 fans at the MTV EXIT Live in Manila concert using his musical gift to find ways to further spread the awareness of this critical social issue worldwide.




In Asia-Pacific, MTV EXIT is produced in partnership with USAID, AusAID and ASEAN.

For more details about human trafficking and exploitation in Asia, visit www.mtvexit.org or follow MTV EXIT on the following social media platforms: Twitter @mtvexit and www.facebook.com/mtvexit.

“JASON MRAZ SPECIAL” airs this Saturday, March 31 from 11:30pm – 12mn pre-empting “JUST FOR LAUGHS GAGS” in GMA.

ABS-CBN Holy Week Programs to Inspire Filipinos

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ABS-CBN Holy Week Programs to Inspire Filipinos


Reflect and be inspired this Holy Week as ABS-CBN airs some of its heartwarming specials, dramas and Star Cinema movies, and best documentaries beginning on Maundy Thursday (April 25) until Good Friday (April 26).

Begin the solemn journey by catching the “Mga Kuwento Sa Lupang Pangako,” which was produced by Jesuit Communications Foundation. This special features two documentaries “Sa Mga Yapak Ni Hesus,” and “Ang Makabagong Disipilo” that were both shot in Israel.

“Sa Mga Yapak Ni Hesus” follows a group of Filipino pilgrims who come to experience the Holy Land, with the help of their pilgrimage master Manila Archbishop Chito Tagle. Instead of dwelling on the passion and death of a vanquished Christ, Tagle leads them to a deeper understanding of the triumph and joy of the risen Christ, and the impact on their futures. This special will be narrated by veteran broadcast journalist Cheche Lazaro. “Sa Mga Yapak Ni Hesus” airs Maundy Thursday (April 5), 12p.m.

“Ang Makabagong Disipulo” is an up-close and personal look at Fr. Luis Antonio “Chito” Tagle, the newly installed Archbishop of Manila. This documentary, hosted by ABS-CBN anchor Bernadette Sembrano-Aguinaldo, takes a deeper look into this remarkable man on a mission. It begins as Fr. Chito is about to make his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land a few weeks before his installation. It follows him on this bittersweet journey, fraught with apprehensions and anxieties, and it watches how he comes to Jesus in the very land that He was born in and died. “Ang Makabagong Disipulo” airs Good Friday (April 6), 5p.m.




ABS-CBN will also air some of Catholic Church’s significant observations this Lenten Season such as the “Lenten Recollection” on April 5, 3:30 p.m., “Celebration of the Lord’s Supper” on April 5, 1:30p.m. On Good Friday, join the country in hearing Jesus’ “7 Last Words” at 3p.m. that will be followed by the “Veneration of the Cross” at 4p.m. Also, welcome Easter with a pure heart by participating in the televised “Easter Vigil” which will air on Black Saturday at 11:30p.m.




Meanwhile, among the “Maalaala Mo Kaya” episodes to be aired this Lenten season are “Krus” on April 5, 7p.m., “Tsinelas” starring late actor AJ Perez on April 6, 7p.m. and “Traysikel” on April 7, 7 p.m.

Korina Sanchez’s miracle-themed episodes aired on “Rated K” will be aired on April 5 and 6 at 6p.m., and “Kwento ng Buhay Ko” episode, a finalist in New York Festival, on April 7, 6p.m.

Krusada” and “Patrol ng Pilipino” documentaries will also be aired. Tina Monzon-Palma delivers compelling stories of people who faced and overcame adversity through faith and prayers on April 5, 10:30p.m., while Abner Mercado will show us the sad condition of elderly prisoners by introducing us to three inmates from the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW).

Star Cinema will also present its inspiring flicks such as “Dubai” on April 5, 10a.m., “I’ll Be There” on April 5, 10:30p.m., “Ang Tanging Yaman,” April 6, 10a.m., “Sa’yo Lamang,” April 6, 8:30p.m., “Paano Kita Iibigin,” April 7, 10a.m., and “Till My Heartache Ends” on April 7, 8:30p.m.

Tune in to ABS-CBN and have a fruitful journey this Holy Week. For more information, logon to http://twitter.com/abscbndotcom.

HIV Positive Wanggo Gallaga Faces Boy Abunda

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HIV Positive Wanggo Gallaga Faces Boy Abunda


Last February, an alarming number of 274 HIV and AIDS cases have been reported by the Department of Health.

As a contribution for the campaign against HIV and AIDS, lifestyle writer and HIV positive Wanggo Gallaga sits face to face with Boy Abunda to share not only his life’s story but his life’s lessons as well this Saturday (March 31) on “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda.”

Unravel the story, the sentiments and regrets behind the brave face of Wanggo. What was his most painful experience after announcing that he is HIV positive? Do people with this sickness still have the right to fall in love? Now that HIV remains to be incurable, does he believe that his life is worth living?

Don’t miss the ‘Ani ng Dangal 2012′ awardee “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda” this Saturday, 11:30 pm, after “Banana Split” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

Ashton Kutcher - Rihanna Affair Denied

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Ashton Kutcher - Rihanna Affair Denied


Rihanna has addressed recent rumors of a possible romance between her and Ashton Kutcher, saying she is "happy" and "single."

The website TMZ had on March 21 posted photos of a vehicle stopped by what was described as the "Two and a Half Men" actor's "swanky L.A. house." The outlet said Rihanna was inside the SUV and that she didn't leave the home until "roughly 4 a.m." The post was later removed. Kutcher, who split from wife Demi Moore last year, has not commented.

A reporter for the UK TV station ITN asked Rihanna at a recent press conference: "Things are clearly going brilliantly in your career. I just wondered if you are as happy in your private life and will we be seeing a certain Mr. Ashton Kutcher perhaps making a trip over here?"

"How disappointing was that question?" Rihanna replied, as seen in a video posted on Metro UK's website on Wednesday, March 28. "I'm happy and I'm single, if that's what you're really asking."

The press conference was aimed at promoting the movie "Battleship," which marks Rihanna's movie debut. The film also stars Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Taylor Kitsch. The film is based on the classic game by Hasbro. Rihanna plays Raikes, a weapons specialist in the sci-fi thriller, which is set for release on May 18. Rihanna previously dated fellow R&B star Chris Brown. Hepleaded guilty to attacking Rihanna in February 2009 and was ordered to complete domestic violence courses and was put on probation.

The two appear to have put the incident behind them, as they collaborated on two records recently. Rihanna said on Ryan Seacrest's his KIIS-FM radio show: "One for my fans. One for his fans, and that way our fans can come together," Rihanna said. "There shouldn't be a divide. You know? It's music, and it's innocent."

Watch Rihanna talked about her love life at the UK press conference for "Battleship" and a trailer for the movie below:



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Slater Young and Three Other Big Four PBB Housemates Named

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Slater Young and Three Other Big Four PBB Housemates Named


Divine Maitland-Smith, the first and only lesbian housemate (so far) from Cebu, was named the latest evictee in PBB House.

That makes Slater, Paco, Biggel and Pamu declared as the PBB Unlimited Big 4 in the eviction night happened on Wednesday, March 28, infront of Kuya's house.






Here's the official percentage tally of votes:

1. Slater - 49.51%
2. Paco - 16.91%
3. Biggel - 15.56%
4. Pamu - 12.51%
5. Divine - 5.51%

Who do you think deserves to win? Find out in the much-anticipated “PBB Unlimited: Big Night at the Grandstand” this Saturday, March 31, live from the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

Toni Gonzaga Covers Meg Magazine April 2012 Issue

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Toni Gonzaga Covers Meg Magazine April 2012 Issue


Toni Gonzaga is on the cover of the full-packed "Getaway Issue" of Meg Magazine this April 2012.

On this issue, Meg features worthwhile topics like "Travel Now! Your Guide to LA, NY, Tokyo, Rome and Hawaii," "Budget Trips: Vietnam and Cambodia," "285+ Fashion & Beauty Picks," "6 Ways to Style Your Hair for the Beach," and many more.

Meg Magazine April 2012 issue is now available at all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

KC Concepcion Covers Yes! Magazine April 2012 Issue

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KC Concepcion Covers Yes! Magazine April 2012 Issue


KC Concepcion and her stylish yet very Pinoy styled new condominium unit are the featured stories in the April 2012 issue of Yes! Magazine.

Aside from KC, this 12th anniversary issue of Yes! also features interesting stories about "Kris and James: To Have Loves and Lost," "Grace Lee - The Woman Who Charmed the President," and many, many more!

Yes! Magazine April 2012 issue is now available at all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

Bianca King to Leave Acting to Pursue Career in TV Ads Directing

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Bianca King to Leave Acting to Pursue Career in TV Ads Directing


She could be considered as one of Kapuso's most prized leading ladies but Bianca King might leave the limelight soon.

Bianca had just finished her degree in Digital Filmmaking yet she's already being tapped by a local production house to be one of their in-house directors.

Bianca has yet to make her decision on the offer, which came this month, as they are still undergoing "initial talks."

"Sinabi nila na interested sila sa akin. Sinabi ko rin sa kanila ang gusto ko. Pero inaantay pa nilang matapos ang [TV series] 'Broken Vow' para makapag-work ako sa kanila," the actress related in an interview which PEP posted on March 19.

In her interview with "Showbiz Central" last Sunday, Bianca said that she was asked by said outfit to direct TV ads. More, she enthused that veteran actress and director Gina Alajar is her "peg."

It seems Bianca is leaning towards accepting the directorial offer, especially since she has no show lined up yet after "Broken Vow."

"At least, parang hindi ako idle, 'di ba? Kaya do'n ko siya matututukan... na lagi akong may ginagawa," she said in the same online interview.

Even when she was still a filmmaking student, Bianca had already helmed music videos for local artists, namely Hale's "Bahay Kubo," Frencheska Farr's "Today I'll See the Sun," and Somedaydream's "Hey Daydreamer."

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Assembling “The Avengers” – The Superhero Team Up of a Lifetime!

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Assembling “The Avengers” – The Superhero Team Up of a Lifetime!


With the successful launching of the “Iron Man” franchise in 2008, the first hints for what would be Marvel’s most ambitious new franchise to date began to surface - bringing together its beloved characters in one film for “Marvel's The Avengers,” the holy grail of the Marvel Universe.

The idea for “Marvel's The Avengers” first surfaced during the production of “Iron Man” when producer Kevin Feige had a notion that S.H.I.E.L.D. could be part of both “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

We started looking at the list of characters in the Marvel Universe that hadn’t been taken by other studios: Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow,” says Feige. “And I thought, ‘Isn’t that interesting; all of these characters happen to form one of the most popular comic book series - ‘The Avengers.’

When the idea of a Nick Fury cameo started coming up, we called Sam Jackson and he thought it was a cool idea,” continues Feige. “It was his enthusiasm about it that led us to shoot that end credit scene and what he says to Tony Stark in the scene, ‘You’re part of a bigger universe, you just don’t know it yet.’ The line was also Marvel telling that to the audience as well.”




The producer adds, “Audiences loved the cameo and the buzz about Nick Fury began. We did it again two months later on the ‘Incredible Hulk’ and the reaction once again told us ‘The Avengers’ is going to work. Our plan then became to build it one Super Hero at a time because it was really important that we introduced all of the characters first in their own franchises before putting them together in ‘The Avengers.’ We also hired filmmakers on ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’ who were open to the idea that they were playing in a shared sandbox.”

“The Avengers” was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first published in September 1963. “The Avengers” team originally consisted of Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp. Captain America joined the team in Issue #4 after being revived from being trapped in a block of ice. For Stan Lee, seeing so many of his characters continue to grow in popularity is a testament to the Marvel Universe he helped create over the last 50 years. “I’d like to think that one of the reasons that Marvel characters have been so successful is when we created them, we tried to give them interesting personalities and personal problems so people would still be interested in them even if they didn’t have superpowers,” explains Stan Lee. “In other words we tried to make our heroes and heroines three-dimensional, interesting people.

Lee continues, “Sometimes people make the mistake of just concentrating on the super power while the real person beneath the costume gets ignored. That’s when those particular stories don’t do as well. Every character in ‘The Avengers,’ is flawed in some way and has a dynamic, interesting, personal story in addition to them saving the world.”

While Lee’s and Jack Kirby’s colorful characters have thrilled Marvel readers for decades, one challenge for filmmakers was that they would still be editing and releasing both “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” during the pre-production and production schedule of “The Avengers.”

We had to have a lot of confidence in the direction we were heading, but two of the four characters had not been introduced to audiences yet and it was a bit of a leap of faith,” says Kevin Feige. “A big part of the puzzle was introducing both ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’ in self-contained origin stories with very distinctive beginnings and endings that segued nicely into the storyline for ‘The Avengers.’”





The plan worked to perfection for the filmmakers as both “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” were summer box office hits and fueled the fire for bringing “The Avengers” to the big screen.

(“Marvel’s The Avengers” will assemble in the Philippines on April 25 2012. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
Marvel's “Spider-Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” animated series are now aired over ABS CBN, comprising an hour of early programming on Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:30am. ABS-CBN previously aired Marvel's “The Avengers” and “X-Men” animated series.)

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