Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lea Salonga to Join May 11 Global Protest Against Chinese Intrusion at Scarborough Shoal

Lea Salonga to Join May 11 Global Protest Against Chinese Intrusion at Scarborough Shoal

Pinay Brodway star Lea Salonga together with former President Fidel V. Ramos, former Civil Service commissioner Karina David and civil society leader Leah Navarro were among the noted personalities who have signified their support to the planned multi-country protest against the alleged Chinese encroachment on Philippine territory.

In a report by, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros and other organizers of a multi-country protest against Chinese encroachment on Philippine territory are vowing to gather tens of thousands on May 11 in Manila alone.

Other Filipino groups in the United States, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, Thailand, South Africa, Germany and the United Arab Emirates have also committed support for the synchronized protest against Chinese incursions in Panatag, also called Scarborough Shoal, just off Zambales province.

The US Pinoys for Good Governance said in the face of such intransigence, Filipinos around the world - estimates vary from 8 to 10 million - should show they will not stand for the brazen incursions in areas clearly within the Philippines's UN-designated 200-mile exclusive economic zone.

Earlier, President Benigno Aquino III and Department of Foreign Affairs officials had reached out to other members of ASEAN, warning them that if they don't speak up against China on this issue, they could be the next victim of such incursions.

Fellow ASEAN member Vietnam, the only one so far strongly in support of Manila's tack, has had run-ins with China in the past.

William Balfour, Killer of Jennifer Hudson's Family Gets His Verdict

William Balfour, Killer of Jennifer Hudson's Family Gets His Verdict

Jennifer Hudson can now sigh in relief and her beloved family - her mother, brother and newphew - rest in peace after William Balfour, their alleged killer, gets his verdict three years after the horrific murder.

TMZ reports:

William Balfour – the man accused of murdering Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew back in 2008 - has been found GUILTY.

The verdict was handed down moments ago after two days of deliberations.

Jennifer Hudson was present in court when the verdict was read.

27-year-old Balfour stands convicted of the triple murder after allegedly flying into a blind and jealous rage over a balloon gift for Julia Hudson, Balfour's ex and Jennifer's sister.

Prosecutors say Balfour thought the gift was from Julia's new boyfriend and he snapped.

He faces life in prison."

Piolo Pascual Will Take Your Breath Away in His New Movie

Piolo Pascual Will Take Your Breath Away in His New Movie

The quintessential leading man, the ultimate heartthrob, award-winning actor, the one and the only Piolo Pascual!

Piolo Pascual is indeed the most successful actor of his generation. Sino nga bang artistang babae ang hindi nangangarap na makapareha si Piolo Pascual? Sino nga ba ang hindi kinikilig kapag nakikita ang aktor? Kabi-kabila ang awards mapa sa pelikula man o sa recording. Tunay ngang nag-iisa at walang katulad si Piolo!

Milyun-milyong tagahanga na nga ang nag-aabang na muling mapanood si Piolo sa big screen. After all, it's been a while since Piolo was seen in a movie. Kaya eto na at mapapanood na nga nating lahat muli si Piolo sa biggest and most exciting movie of the season, ang "Every Breath You Take"!

On its 19th Anniversary, Star Cinema proudly brings back the Piolo Pascual in a new movie that boasts of a new genre! Yes, "Every Breath You Take" is so special! It deviates from the usual feel-good romance-comedy movies of the past. "Every Breath You Take" presents a new take in telling a love story as it introduces the "comedy-romance" genre! Meaning, higit pa sa pagpapa-kilig ang ihahandog ng pelikula kundi ang pag-kiliti sa ating lahat para tumawa! Laugh and love ang feel ng pelikula! Comedy-Romance is the new romance-comedy! Sounds super exciting di ba?

This is also the first time that we're going to see Piolo in this kind of role. 'Yung hindi lang nagpapakilig kundi magpapatawa din! It's not like Piolo will do slapstick comedy, but it's more of situational ang comedic attack ng pelikula at karakter n'ya. Piolo plays Leo in "Every Breath You Take", a career-driven playboy who believes that love will never be a priority for him. Leo lives for no one. He always gets what he wants. Linggo-linggo kung magpalit ng girlfriend! And love is the one thing he doesn't want! Bagay na bagay nga ang role ni Piolo sa kanya, hindi lamang physically kundi siguradong gugulatin n'ya tayo sa kanyang husay sa pagganap sa isang kakaibang role! At hindi lang 'yan, being the award-winning singer that he is, Piolo also sings the theme song of "Every Breath You Take", isang kanta na pinasikat ng very popular band na The Police back in the 80's!

Piolo is undoubtedly the prime star of Star Magic, ABS-CBN's talent management arm, because he is bankable, extremely popular and very talented! Piolo is Star Magic's pride! As Star Magic celebrates its 20th year, they couldn't help but be exceptionally proud to have Piolo in their fold!

Totoo nga na parang isang malaking selebrasyon at regalo ang "Every Breath U Take" para sa ating lahat. Isang maganda at di malilimutang handog para sa isang espesyal na okasyon!

Piolo stars with the equally exciting prime talent of Star Magic, Angelica Panganiban! Their team-up is truly something we should all look forward to!

Directed by Mae Cruz, "Every Breath You Take" also stars Carlos Agassi, Frenchie Dy, Janus del Prado, Ketchup Eusebio, Smokey Manaloto, Joross Gamboa, Ryan Bang, Wendy Valdez, Ryan Eigenmann, Cacai Bautista, Regine Angeles and Nova Villa. The movie will hold its grand red carpet premiere on May 15 (Tuesday), 6PM at the SM Megamall Cinema 9.

For more of "Every Breath You Take", we can all visit the website or or

Indeed, "Every Breath You Take" is the biggest and most exciting comedy-romance movie of the season! So we should all not dare miss it!

Kapamilya Stars Celebrate Mother’s Day on ‘ASAP 2012′ this Sunday

Kapamilya Stars Celebrate Mother’s Day on ‘ASAP 2012′ this Sunday

"ASAP 2012" is all set to pay tribute to all moms in the world this Sunday (May 13) as it celebrates Mother's Day with some of the biggest names in showbiz industry.

Loving mothers will surely enjoy their day even more with the surprise treats from the lead stars of Star Cinema's 19th anniversary offering, "Every Breath You Take" Piolo Pascual and Angelica Panganiban; a taste of the "Kitchen Musical" album with ASAP Asian pride Karylle and Christian Bautista; the heart-melting serenade from Xian Lim with his first album "So It's You;" and the festival of Filipina beauty with the Ms. Philippines Earth candidates.

Along with the festivities of Mother's Day, another celebration is set to happen as "ASAP 2012″ throws a special birthday bash for "Walang Hanggan" star Paulo Avelino who will perform with Kapamilya leading ladies KC Concepcion, Kim Chiu, and Julia Montes.

ASAP Kapamilya makes their mommas proud as mainstays GarLinky Valenciano, ZsaZsa Padilla, Gerald Anderson, Karylle, and Zia Quizon lead the celebration with a toast for all moms; Angeline Quinto and Bamboo prepare for a never-before-seen-and-heard collaboration; and as Martin Nievera, Vina Morales, Arnel Pineda, Jed Madela, Erik Santos, Nikki Gil, Juris, and ASAP Pinoy Champs wow everyone with another set of world-class performances.

Meanwhile, KC, Iza Calzado and Cristine Reyes are going to rock the dance floor as they prepare for a showdown; followed by an astonishing dance showcase from John Prats, Empress, Rayver Cruz, Iya Villiania, and Maja Salvador for Supahdance.

Don't miss 2012 Gawad Tanglaw Best Musical Variety Show, "ASAP 2012" this Sunday, 12:15 noon, on ABS-CBN. For updates, photos and to hang out live with the stars at ASAPChill-Out, simply visit, follow @ASAPOFFICIAL on Twitter, or 'like'

Party Pilipinas ‘ILAW’, a Mother's Day Presentation this Sunday

Party Pilipinas ‘ILAW’, a Mother's Day Presentation this Sunday

This Sunday (May 13), the number one concert party on television brings you a special Mother's Day presentation with "Party Pilipinas ILAW".

Ilaw, an absolute symbol for mothers, also signals the return of Asia's Songbird Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid as she is back on the show in time for Mother's Day.

"All Stars" will surely set the concert stage ablaze as Regine performs with Ogie Alcasid, Janno Gibbs, Jaya, JayR, Rachelle Ann Go, Jennylyn Mercado, Solenn Heussaff, and Mark Bautista. The Songbird is also ready to reunite with fellow diva's La Diva, and style icon Jolina Magdangal in a special performance.

This week's spotlight is also on three Kapuso princesses – Jennylyn Mercado, Kris Bernal, and Julie Anne San Jose – as they celebrate their birthdays. Jennylyn embarks on a new performance challenge; Kris figures in an exciting dance prod; and debutante Julie Anne will surely sparkle in a number saying she's all grown up now.

The most talked about girls – Sarah Lahbati, Frencheska Farr, Winwyn Marquez, Yassi Pressman, Diva Montelaba, Mayton Eugenio, Yssa Alvarez, and Hannah Flores, collectively known as "GirlSquad", are all set to give another catchy sing-dance routine.

"Rap Acoustic" exudes a bright vibe with Elmo and Frank Magalona, Sarah, Frencheska, Lirah Bermudez, Jay Perillo, Kristoffer Martin, and YouTube sensation Mickey Bustos.

Listen to OPM songs that tackle just about every single emotion a young heart feels on "Love Party Pilipinas" topbilled by Kapuso leading ladies Jennylyn Mercado, Carla Abellana, Lovi Poe, and Heart Evangelista.
"Party Pilipinas Ilaw" is also shinning some light on the dancefloor! See all the new moves on "Sayaw Pilipinas" with Mark Herras, Sef Cadayona, Steven Silva, Rocco Nacino, Enzo Pineda, Julian Trono and the whole crew; plus see the first live performance of new RNB-Hiphop act Kenjhons with his chart topping song "Matinik".

"Sexy Hataw" girls Rochelle Pangilinan, Aira Bermudez, Pauleen Luna, Sheena Halili, Chariz Solomon, Vaness Del Moral, and Winwyn Marquez fire up the dance floor in a sizzling production number. Feel like singing along and dancing to some sweet music? Then watch out for fresh combinations on "Dance Duets".

The cast of "Biritera" — Glaiza De Castro, Rich Asuncion, Barbara Miguel, and Rose Ann Magan are also joining the summer fun.

Hosted by Richard Gutierrez, Raymond Gutierrez, KC Montero, Geoff Eigenmann, Heart Evangelista, Maxene Magalona, Isabelle Daza, and Tim Yap, catch "Party Pilipinas Ilaw" this Sunday, May 13 only on GMA-7.

Sharon Cuneta Leads Women Empowerment in TV5’s Mega Afternoon Block Starting May 14

Sharon Cuneta Leads Women Empowerment in TV5’s Mega Afternoon Block Starting May 14

May is women empowerment month on TV5 as it celebrates Mother’s Day with a brand new afternoon block starting May 14.

Fulfilling afternoons begin with a special treat for the hardworking homemakers. Sine Tanghali is a two hour screening of Tagalized Hollywood movies followed by award winning Koreanovelas and for her first show as a Kapatid, Sharon opens her arms again to ordinary people in Sharon: Kasama mo Kapatid.

With gripping plots and exciting twists, Koreanovelas without a doubt are hit among Filipinos. On Monday, three of the biggest dramas in Korea are set to captivate televiewers in different stories of family, friendship, love and betrayal.

White Lies is a story of Cheska and Jeremy, a young couple who is about to get married. When the Cheska got pregnant, Jeremy suddenly leaves her for a richer woman. The riveting story of a young mother begins as she bravely faces every challenge thrown at her for her child.

Love You A Thousand Times, a young couple, Harold and Sandra, has been trying to conceive a child but unsuccessful. To her desperation, Sandra hires a surrogate mother, a plan unbeknownst to Harold. In a twist of fate, Eunice, the surrogate mother falls in love with the Harold’s brother, Carlo. The real drama begins with this turn of events.

Pink Lipstick highlights the story of deception and betrayal. Andrea discovers that her husband, Aldwin, has an affair with her bestfriend Marivic. Adding to the shocking revelation, their adopted daughter is actually their lovechild. Now, she plans to take revenge and her once normal life is changed forever.

After 30 years of blockbuster movies, chart-topping music albums, sold-out concerts and top-rating TV programs, Megastar Sharon Cuneta embarks on another milestone in her widely-followed showbiz career as she begins her first project on her new home, TV5—the daily talk show “Sharon: Kasama mo, Kapatid.”

With her genuine heart that often brings out the most inspiring stories out of common people, the Megastar is poised to inject feel-good stories to the show’s viewers. But aside from heartfelt narratives and engaging conversations, the show will infuse laughter and tears—both evoked by joy and strong emotion—from the highly entertaining mix of real-life stories and life celebrations.

The Mega afternoon block begins on Monday, May 14 with Sine Tanghali at 12:45pm, followed by White Lies at 2:45pm, Love You A Thousand Times at 3:15pm and Pink Lipstick at 3:45pm. Celebrate life with real stories from real lives in Sharon: Kasama Mo Kapatid at 4:30pm only on TV5.

Born to Love You - Full Movie Trailer

Born to Love You - Full Movie Trailer

Star Cinema has released the full trailer of its upcoming romantic comedy movie titled “Born to Love You.”

Co-produced by CineMedia, “Born To Love You” features the first movie team-up of multi-awarded actor Coco Martin and Star Power winner Angeline Quinto in her first movie acting project.

Also starring in the movie are veteran actors Albert Martinez and Eula Valdez.

Directed by Jerome Pabocan, “Born to Love You” is scheduled to hit theaters nationwide on May 30, 2012.

Born to Love You - Trailer:

Click HERE to see "Born to Love You" Publicity Photos

Reel Time Presents ‘Limang Maria’ – A Mother’s Day Special

Reel Time Presents ‘Limang Maria’ – A Mother’s Day Special

A touching Mother’s Day special is airing this Sunday evening on GMA News TV.

Sadyang hindi kayang ipaliwanag ang sakripisyong kayang gawin ng isang Ina: nasa hukay ang kanyang isang paa at may responsibilidad na habang-buhay na kailangang tupdin. Tunay na nag-uumapaw ang kanyang pagmamahal para sa pamilya. Ayon nga sa isang makata na si Robert Browning, sa pagiging ina nagsisimula at nagtatapos ang pagmamahal. Sabi pa nga ng ilan, ito ay isang sukatan ng pagiging isang ganap na babae. Pero ano ang kahihinatnan ng mga babaeng nabuntis nang maaga pero hindi pa handang maging isang ganap na ina?

Si Michelle Abrasaldo ay limang buwan nang buntis. Siya ang panganay sa limang magkakapatid na babae, at siya ang nakasaksi sa lahat ng sakripisyo ng kanilang yumaong ina sa loob ng maraming taon. May malungkot man siyang nakaraan, siya ay umaasang magbabago ito sa pagdating ng kanyang isisilang na anghel. Hindi na bago sa kanya ang pagkakaroon ng sanggol. Sa katunayan nga, mas nauna pa ang kanyang mga nakababatang kapatid na magbuntis at magkaroon ng anak. Ang mga anghel na ito ang nagbibigay daw sa kanila ng kaligayahan. Dalawa sa kanila ang naging ina sa murang edad.

Si Emily, ang bunso sa magkakapatid, ay naging ina sa edad na dise-sais. Tumigil sa pag-aaral, nakaasa siya sa kanyang kinakasama at kasalukuyang buntis din. Si Armen naman, dise-syete anyos nang malaman niyang siya ay nagdadalantao. Buong araw, wala siyang ibang ginagawa kundi alagaan ang kanyang limang-buwang anak na lalaki.

Ang Limang Maria ay istorya ng limang magkakapatid na babae: tatlo sa kanila ang buntis, isang hindi sapat ang kakayahan upang maitaguyod ang kanyang tatlong anak, at isang naninindigang hindi matulad sa kanyang mga kapatid. Subaybayan ang kanilang kwento sa Reel Time, GMA News TV sa Araw ng mga Ina ngayong Mayo 13, Linggo, sa ganap na 8:45 ng gabi.

Jennylyn Mercado Celebrates Birthday with Luis Manzano in ‘Showbiz Central’ this Sunday

Jennylyn Mercado Celebrates Birthday with Luis Manzano in ‘Showbiz Central’ this Sunday

This Sunday (May 13), celebrate showbiz news at its finest as Showbiz Central marks its 5th anniversary with only the juiciest bytes of real-time entertainment gossips from your favorite local stars and celebrities.

Following the explosive line-up of the most controversial headlines last week, the program prepares an explosive presentation for this episode as the four talk show hosts – Pia Guanio, Raymond Gutierrez, John “Sweet” Lapus, and Jennylyn Mercado – bring a different and exciting show like no other to all televiewers who constantly support Showbiz Central’s five lucky years on air.

Leading the anniversary presentation is the special birthday celebration of SC’s ravishing host, Jennylyn Mercado, who will share the most intimate details of her life and her phenomenal journey to stardom. Big revelations on Jennylyn’s career and lovelife will be exposed as her showbiz beau Luis Manzano grants a rare and live appearance on the program.

Kapuso hunk actor Richard Gutierrez will join the celebration as he gives exclusive details about his new “inspiration”. Will Richard confirm the rumors about the identity of his present non-showbiz girlfriend?

After the successful premiere night and screening of GMA Films’ The Road in the United States, teen heartthrob Alden Richards will share to Showbiz Central his personal video diary of his first travel in Hollywood. Watch the exclusive video of Alden’s unforgettable US trip and his experiences on the red carpet premiere of The Road.

Meanwhile, Primetime Queen Marian Rivera celebrates her 5 years in the industry as she shares her unforgettable brush to stardom after bagging the role of Marimar that catapulted her as one the today’s biggest and bankable stars.

Catch the Part 2 anniversary special of Showbiz Central, this Sunday, May 13 right after Reel Love presents Tween Hearts only here on GMA.

Justin Bieber Releases Mother’s Day Tribute Song ‘Turn to You’

Justin Bieber Releases Mother’s Day Tribute Song ‘Turn to You’

Justin Bieber has released his newest song - a charity track titled “Turn to You,” his tribute to his mother Pattie Mallette and a charity track to save a closing women’s center.

"Turn to You" is now available for download in iTunes - Proceeds from the track will benefit the Bethesda Centre, a women’s shelter in Ontario (Canada) that provided aid to Justin’s mother during her pregnancy. The facility is in danger of closing if it doesn’t raise $1.5 million by May 31 and the Bieber comes to the rescue in time for Mother’s Day.

Listen here:

You worked two jobs
To keep a roof up over our heads
You chose life for me
No you never gave up
I admire you for the strength you instilled in me

You were so young
You were just my age when you had me
Mom, you were so brave
There was nothing that would stop or get in our way
And I know you will always be there for me

So when you're lost and you're tired
When you're broken in two
Let my love take you higher
Cause I still turn to you

It was '94
The year that everything started to change
From before, You had to be a woman
You were forced to change your ways
To change your ways noypistuff

Then you found the Lord
You gave your life to Him
And you could not ignore
The love he had for you
And I wanted more of your heart

So when you're lost and you're tired
When you're broken in two
Let my love take you higher
Cause I still turn to you

I don't know what I'd if you left me
So please don't go away
Everything that you are is who I am
Who I am today

So when you're lost and you're tired
When you're broken in two
Let my love take you higher
Cause I still turn to you

Cause I, I turn to you

Barbie Magazine Arrives in the Philippines

Barbie Magazine Arrives in the Philippines

Barbie finally arrived in the Philippines through "Barbie Magazine", under ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc.

The maiden issue will be released this month, dubbed as the Fun 1st Issue. ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc., the home of nationwide-praised magazines such as “The Buzz”, “K Magazine”, “Chalk” and many others, brought out the BARBIE Magazine to cater and inspire the minds and creativity of young Filipino girls.

With its first issue, BARBIE Magazine will share fun facts about Barbie and introduce its readers, may be young and young-at-heart, to the most important people in Barbie’s life – her sisters and friends.

Issue no. 1 will also feature a short story about Barbie’s love for fashion and another about Barbie’s journey to become a great band singer. Wall Posters, Stickers, Puzzles, Spot-the-Difference, and Mazes are also packed inside the magazine that will tickle the imagination of young readers. This will also encourage young girls to use their creativity.

Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by American toy-company Mattel, Inc. and launched the very first Barbie doll on March 9, 1959. For over 50 years, Barbie has inspired girls all over the world to be as fabulous as they can be. Driven by the goal of bringing dreams closer to young girls, Mattel, Inc. continuously produced Barbie dolls.

BARBIE Magazine, like the Barbie dolls, aims to inspire young girls to never stop dreaming and dream as big as they can. The maiden issue will surely guarantee a fun-packed read with Barbie, her sisters and her friends.

‘The Avengers Magazine: The Official Movie Special’ Released

‘The Avengers Magazine: The Official Movie Special’ Released

ABS-CBN Publishing Inc., together with Marvel, proudly launches The Avengers Magazine, a special collector’s issue that revolves around the film by Joss Whedon, and its ensemble cast and characters.

Those who can’t get enough of the high grossing film, The Avengers, will have a huge dose of their favorite superheroes with this official movie special magazine.

Packed with more information, trivia, and exciting features on the film shown last April 2012, the full colored magazine will keep the entertainment alive for hours.

Get to know the amazing team of superheroes composed of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Nick Fury.

Read on an exclusive 22-page comic strip which is as action-packed and thrilling as the movie. Learn more about the team members by answering puzzles and other trivia about them. Experience the Avengers action yourself with a special back-to-back poster, too!

Spend some exciting time with the most popular and unbeatable superheroes now.

The Avengers Magazine is a special one-time issue of ABS-CBN Publishing Inc. It is available at P150 in major bookstores and newsstands nationwide.

Chalk Magazine Goes to Hong Kong with Enchong Dee

Chalk Magazine Goes to Hong Kong with Enchong Dee

Summer and music are the highlights of Chalk Magazine May 2012 issue. On the cover of the number one campus magazine of the Philippines is Enchong Dee, clad in board shorts and striped tees as he sailed away in Hong Kong.

The venue of the shoot is in a cruise ship, amidst strong currents and chilly air. Enchong didn’t seem to mind wearing nautical themed summer clothing despite the cold; he made the most out of the location even though he was freezing.

Enchong definitely pulled out the summer-happy May cover of Chalk. Stylist Sidney said that Enchong is a pro; very easy to work with and he knows how to work the camera. Find out more about the behind the scenes of the shoot and his exclusive interview on “The Boy Who Could”, a special on Enchong Dee’s life, career and dreams. In this special, the Maria La Del Barrio hottie also shares his thoughts on his dream girl, Julia Montes.

Also inside is the Music Special where artists raise the flag of OPM. Read about Bamboo Manalac, Zia Quizon, Fil-Brit Reality TV star Charlie Green, YouTube sensations Krissy and Ericka and more! Saab Magalona will also give us a primer on dating a musician and Chalk will take us to the exhilarating Music Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

And if you are looking for the perfect summer ensemble, take beauty inspiration from music’s latest muses, Adele, Ke$ha and Katy Perry. Get all these and more in Chalk’s May issue, available now on newsstands. For more updates, follow CHALK on twitter (@chalkmagazine) and like us on facebook www.facebook/chalkmagazine.

American Idol 2012 Finals: Joshua Ledet vs Jessica Sanchez

American Idol 2012 Finals: Joshua Ledet vs Jessica Sanchez

Who do you think will be named this season's American Idol Champ?

Will it be Joshua Ledet, an American singer from from Westlake, Louisiana?

Mexican-Filipina-American Jessica Sanchez from San Diego, California?

Or, 21-year-old Phillip Phillips from Leesburg, Georgia?

I bet, your guess is as good as mine. But only if we shell out our full support and VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

In next week's Top 3 Homecoming Performance night, the Final 3 will perform 3 songs each - Jimmy Iovine’s choice, judges’ choice and their own personal choice.

And as the Top 3 prepare to return to their hometowns, here’s what they’re looking forward to:

Joshua: “Performing at the Burton Coliseum. I’m excited to see it filled with my friends and family!

Jessica: “I’m excited to see my friends and family and I want to visit Eastlake Middle School. I love my fans in San Diego so much. I want to give them all kisses!

Phillip: “There are so many things I am looking forward to – seeing my family, jamming out with the guys, chicken and cheese nachos and homemade chicken pot pie!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim to Continue their Romance in “Ina, Kapatid, Anak"

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim to Continue their Romance in “Ina, Kapatid, Anak"

After the undeniable success of their team-up in the defunct ABS-CBN series "My Binondo Girl," heartthrob Xian Lim is set to reunite with young actress Kim Chiu in upcoming Kapamilya primetime soap "Ina, Kapatid, Anak."

Aside from the phenomenal tandem of Kim and Xian, the experimental tandem of Enchong Dee and Maja Salvador and Rayver Cruz will join them in this drama series to be directed by Don Cuaresma and Jojo Saguin.

Charice Celebrates 20th Birthday

Charice Celebrates 20th Birthday

"Happy Birthday to me." Charice, who turns 20 today, May 10, greeted herself on Twitter.

The international singing sensation is now here in Manila not just to celebrate her birthday with family and fans but also to prepare for her stint as one of the judges in ABS-CBN's version of hit talent show "The X Factor Philippines."

Alma Moreno to Run for Senator in 2013 Election

Alma Moreno to Run for Senator in 2013 Election

Parañaque City Councilor Alma Moreno (Vanessa Moreno Lacsamana-Salic in real life), the current National President of the Philippine Councilors League, is persistent to get a senatorial seat in next year's national election.

In a recent interview Alma (or Ness in some of her friends) gave a hint on her next political plans, "Hintayin nyo nalang. Basta baligtarin nyo yung pangalan ko na NESS (SENN)."

And on Friday, May 11, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, President of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) political party, announces that they are eyeing the actress-politician to be one of their possible senatorial bets in the 2013 midterm elections as they believe she could be a strong candidate for the party.

But right after the news came out, netizens immediately posted their disbelief in this decision made by Lakas-CMD.

User aljon unciano ‏(@aljonatkins07) said:

Alma Moreno for Senator?! For God's sake, stop dreaming for that position. I don't think she's qualified enough."

While Dexter Salazar ‏(@iamDexterific) and Ria Pascua (@coco_luigave) gave Alma an unsolicited advice:

Alma Moreno, Senator agad?! Db pwedeng Barangay Tanod muna hija?"

Alma Moreno should take a hint from Twitter or she'll just waste her time, money and energy."

But, as expected, some made a witty joke out of this news:

Jeni A ‏(@naeinej):

Claudine Barretto-kickboxer, Pacquiao-Preacher. Alma Moreno for Senator? God. Help. Us."

itchan concepcion (@i_amitchan):

Alma Moreno, sng senado ay hindi stage for Lovli-ness. ano 'to, Tangga na lang ang labanan? NKKLK"

Misterhubs ‏(@Misterhubs):

Alma Moreno is trending. Time to play the Alma Moreno blooper reel:

#1. Martin Nievera to Alma: "Come again?" Alma: "Yes, I'll come again!"

#2. Reporter: "Ilang movies na nagawa mo?" Alma Moreno: "Ang hirap naman nyan..." Reporter: "Estimate lang, more or less?" Alma: "More!"

Cedie ‏ (@muntingprinsipe):

Alma Moreno for Senator? Please kill me now."

How about you? Will you vote for Loveli-Ness to become Philippines' Loveli-SENN-ator?

“PBB Teen Edition 4 Uber 2012 Weekend” Premieres this Saturday

“PBB Teen Edition 4 Uber 2012 Weekend” Premieres this Saturday

Nonstop fun, excitement, and surprises are in store for Uberkadas with the launch of “Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4 Uber 2012 Weekend” this Saturday (May 12), 4 p.m. on ABS-CBN.

Aside from new gimmicks and updates, fans will also be given the chance to bond with hosts Bianca Gonzalez, John Prats and Robi Domingo in the live audience in front of the Big Brother House every Saturday.

The show won’t work without our avid Uber supporters, so the weekend program is an opportunity for us to make them feel they are an important part of the show,” John remarked.

The hosts and happy mascot Eps will temporarily ease the tension of the looming eviction night with the fans’ favorite segments “Uber Acting” and “Teens Try This at Home.” Since the program’s debut, it has always dominated the trending topics list on Twitter for introducing the wacky side of the hosts and spoofing the teen housemates.

We goof around and laugh at each other and ourselves. It’s what it makes the show really enjoyable,” said Bianca, who believes co-host John is the major factor to the show’s fun element.

Meanwhile, “Uber Weekend” will also gather the top participants in “Teen Housemates Look Alike” who were presented during the weekday show. The contest, which seeks ordinary people who look like the teen housemates, will continue until the end of the season and winners will be given tickets to the Big Night.

Apart from entertaining the public, Bianca, John and Robi will also determine the public’s judgment on who should be booted from the PBB House and will share their own take and insight on the housemates’ behavior as the hosts themselves experienced living inside the house.

We can relate to what they’re doing or saying because we were once in their shoes, like when they miss their family or deal with all the backstabbing,” revealed Robi.

Get to watch Uber’s trademark segments “Boy Perstaym” featuring PBB Unlimited Third Big Placer Joseph Biggel and “Punto ni Paco” with PBB Unlimited Fourth Big Placer Paco Evangelista, who remarks on the most controversial issues happening inside the PBB house.

Don’t miss the premiere of “PBB Teen Edition 4 Uber 2012 Weekend” with Bianca, John and Robi this Saturday (May 12), 4 p.m. after “Showbiz Inside Report” on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow @OfficialPBB4 at Twitter and like

Tony Dezuniga, Pinoy Illustrator of DC and Marvel Comics, is Dead

Tony Dezuniga, Pinoy Illustrator of DC and Marvel Comics, is Dead

Tony DeZuniga, the first Filipino artist whose work was accepted by an American Publishers Marvel and DC Comics is now dead. He was 71 years old.

DeZuniga or "Mang Tony" to his friends and followers is the co-creator of famous fiction characters "Jonah Hex," a disfigured Western anti-hero and "Black Orchid," a bullet-proof superheroine. He was also responsible in drawing prominent Marvel characters like "X-Men" and "Spider-Man."

a Los Angeles based illustrator also became an instrument to help Filipino artists like Alfredo Alcala, Alex Niño, Nestor Redondo, and Gerry Talaoc penetrate the international comics scene in the 70s.

David Cook and Jennifer Lopez Perform on American Idol Top 4 Results Show

David Cook and Jennifer Lopez Perform on American Idol Top 4 Results Show

American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook is back on Idol stage and performed his self-released song “The Last Song I’ll Write For You” on the American Idol Season 11 Top 4 results show.

Watch below:

Meantime, on a pre-taped video, AI judge Jennifer Lopez performed her hit song with Pitbull, "Dance Again." And yes, with her boytoy Casper Smart (such a cutie!).

Videos: Boom Fiyahlver on YouTube

American Idol Season 11 Top 3 Named

American Idol Season 11 Top 3 Named

After Hollie Cavanagh's elimination, the official American Idol Top 3 and still in the running to become this season's American Idol champ are:

Jessica Sanchez
Joshua Ledet
Phillip Phillips

Will Jessica repeat the fate of Pinay Jasmine Trias in American Idol Season 3? I freakin' hope not. VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

American Idol 11 Top 4 Results: Jessica Sanchez is...

American Idol 11 Top 4 Results: Jessica Sanchez is...


Joining Jessica in the Top 3 is Joshua Ledet (Shocker!!!)


Phillip Phillips
Hollie Cavanagh


Hollie Cavanagh

Grace Lee - President Noynoy Aquino Breakup Rumor Surfaced

Grace Lee - President Noynoy Aquino Breakup Rumor Surfaced

They were last seen together in Sergio Mendez' concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on April 24 sharing sweet whispers and glances in the presence of Aquino sisters Ballsy Cruz, Viel Dee and Pinky Abellada. But now, everything seems to be a little bit different. President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III was seen going out alone, without the presence of any girl, moreso, his beloved (?) Grace Lee.

Is it true that First Girlfriend and TV-Radio personality Grace Lee and President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III already called it quits (despite the fact that they have not yet publicly admitted their relationship)?

The rumor first came out in a news article titled "P-Noy alone again?" written by Aurea Calica and posted on Philippine Star on Wednesday, May 9. Then TV Patrol reporter Marie Lozano seconded the news in her TV Patrol segment that same night saying the President, during his trip in Negros Occidental on Saturday, May 5, dropped a very intriguing statement "Dalawa ho ang bumihag sa puso natin noon dito, e. Baka ho sa pangatlo suwertehin na ako." Followed by: "Noong nakaraang kampanya na nandito ako, sinabi ko sa inyo na maraming magagandang babae dito sa Pangasinan. Pero ngayon, mas dumami pa ang magagandang binibini," in his Pangasinan trip on May 7, which could be treated as indirect confirmation to the news.

When asked about the rumor, Lee, who is known to be so open about his affair with Aquino, has only this to say:

With regards to the headline, I think you should ask him, not me.

"I was hurt with a lot of articles that were written about me, which are lies and just vicious, ’no.

"So, after that, I just stopped reading newspapers."

Your thoughts?

Jessica Sanchez Agrees to Sing the Philippine National Anthem in Pacquiao Fight

American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez expressed her desire to sing "Lupang Hinirang" in a future fight of Pinoy boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.

The 16-year-old Filipina-Mexican-American heard of Pacquiao's invitation for her sing the Philippine national anthem on his next fight after Timothy Bradley that in return she said she would be honored to do it.

“I would love to, it would be an honor. Hopefully after the competition, I can do that.” Jessica said in an interview with GMA-7 on Thursday.

Paulo Avelino and Julia Montes are Celebrity Players in ‘Kapamilya Deal or No Deal’ this Saturday

Paulo Avelino and Julia Montes are Celebrity Players in ‘Kapamilya Deal or No Deal’ this Saturday

“Walang Hanggan” stars Paulo Avelino and Julia Montes try their luck in “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal” this Saturday.

Daniel is not the only person who wants to see Nathan and Katerina fall apart and get bankrupt, but also the Banker of the hit game show “Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal.” This Saturday (May 12), “Banker Daniel” purposely lowers his bank offers to taunt celebrity players, Julia Montes and Paulo Avelino who plays Nathan and Katerina in the leading primetime show, “Walang Hanggan.”

Julia was obviously feeling pressured as she is close to bursting into tears while playing. “I think I’m going to cry, I do not know what will happen. Playing this game is more difficult than taping for a teleserye,” Julia stated. Paulo, however, kept his cool all throughout the game despite Banker’s non-generous offers. Will they choose to open the right briefcases? How will they win the P2 million when the Banker already hates Nathan?

Don’t miss “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal,” hosted by Luis Manzano, this Saturday (May 12), after “TV Patrol Weekend” on ABS-CBN.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jennifer Holliday on Jessica Sanchez's Rendition of "And I Am Telling You": "Wish Jessica was my daughter!"

Jennifer Holliday on Jessica Sanchez's Rendition of "And I Am Telling You": Wish Jessica was my daughter!"

Jennifer Holliday, the original singer of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" praises Jessica Sanchez on her soulful rendition of the said song in American Idol.

Holliday, who originally played "Effie" in the hit Broadway musical "Dreamgirls" and earned a Grammy award for "And I Am Telling You" expressed her admiration to Jessica via her personal Twitter account on Thursday.

Wish Jessica was my daughter!..When I was 16 I also sang like Jessica does, they used to tell me that I had an "Old Soul"!:) She was AMAZING!"

Holliday also said while watching Jessica performed and later encouraged her fans and friends to vote for her "little soul angel."

Jessica's rendition of the song earned her her fourth standing ovation in the competition from judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

JC de Vera Covers Total Fitness Magazine May 2012 Issue

JC de Vera Covers Total Fitness Magazine May 2012 Issue

Kapatid actor JC de Vera is the cover guy of Total Fitness magazine on its May 2012 issue.

Aside from JC, Total Fitness also features articles about "Top 4 Health Mistakes Erased!," "Boost Your Emotional Health," "Foods the Fight Odor," "Fun Activities for Summer," etc.

Total Fitness Magazine is now available at all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.
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Jillian Ward, Mona Louise Rey, Barbie Forteza, Bea Binena, Bianca King and Heart Evangelista Topbill GMA-7's Newest Telefantasya "Luna Blanca"

Jillian Ward, Mona Louise Rey, Barbie Forteza, Bea Binena, Bianca King and Heart Evangelista Topbill GMA-7's Newest Telefantasya "Luna Blanca"

Two of GMA Network’s talented and lovable child stars – Jillian Ward and Mona Louise Rey – are all set to captivate the hearts of Filipino viewers as they headline the upcoming drama series Luna Blanca.

This Kapuso offering, which is another creation of the Entertainment TV Group, is the first primetime bet of the network for the second quarter of 2012. With an all-star cast and top-notch production values, Luna Blanca will premiere on May 21 replacing Biritera on GMA Telebabad.

Luna Blanca is a multi-generation drama that will feature three generations with a different lineup of actors to topbill each generation’s tale.

Jillian and Mona will lead the cast members of the Luna Blanca’s young generation and their characters in the second generation will be played by teen stars Barbie Forteza and Bea Binene. For the third generation, the adult characters of Luna and Blanca will be portrayed by Heart Evangelista and Bianca King, respectively.

Luna Blanca is a sequel to the Kapuso Network’s previous telefantasya, Luna Mystika.

Jillian will play the role of Luna while Mona portrays the character of Blanca. The twin sisters are born with completely different features; Luna is of dark completion while Blanca is fair-skinned. Making Luna even more unusual is her mystical twin shadow.

Joining Jillian and Mona some of today’s biggest names in drama including Raymart Santiago, Camille Prats, Chynna Ortaleza, Dante Rivero, Marissa Delgado, Karen delos Reyes, Mercedes Cabral, Buboy Villar, and Arkin Magalona.

Under the direction of Dominic Zapata, the spellbinding saga of Luna Blanca begins May 21, 2012 on GMA Telebabad.

TV5 Releases Statement on MTRCB’s Decision to Suspend "T3"

TV5 Releases Statement on MTRCB’s Decision to Suspend "T3"

TV5 deeply disagrees and questions MTRCB’s decision to suspend its daily afternoon public service program “T3,” one day after the Kapatid network put the Tulfo Brothers Erwin, Ben and Raffy on a 1-week suspension.

Here is the official statement sent by TV5 to Showbiznest:

News5 is deeply concerned by the MTRCB decision to place its Public Service program T3 under preventive suspension.

We believe that this oversteps the mandate of the MTRCB, and sets it on a path could threaten the independence and freedom of the broadcast industry.

Self-regulatory mechanisms internal to the organization and instituted within the industry and to which TV5 subscribes were in place, enforced, and ultimately effective in disciplining programs host Ben, Raffy, and Erwin Tulfo.

MTRCB’s action of placing T3 under preventive suspension raises the question of what else, other than the disciplining of the anchors, the government aims to achieve. The Tulfos have been sanctioned. What else is there for government to resolve? A preventive suspension suggests that the continued broadcast of the program would constitute a danger to the viewing public.

There is no such danger. T3 was conceptualized, produced, and ultimately classified as news and public service program. For MTRCB to even consider or suggest by its actions that T3 has suddenly lost all its purpose and value, or worse, poses a danger to the public such that it warrants censorship, sets a dangerous tone and could potentially lead to a dangerous precedent for all news programs.”

Tropang Potchi’s Summer Getaway this Saturday on GMA-7

Tropang Potchi’s Summer Getaway this Saturday on GMA-7

The Santacruzan is one of the most popular and most anticipated festivals throughout the Philippines. And for their summer episode this Saturday, May 12, the Tropang Potchi is all set to join the festivity!

Same as the previous year, Bianca is again chosen to be this year’s Reyna Elena. However, on the day of the Santacruzan, things heat up a bit. The Hermana Mayor suddenly replaced Bianca for a famous actress, Lexi Fernandez. This incident left Bianca hurt and disappointed.

Feeling hurt, the Tropang Potchi will try to ease and comfort Bianca through Julian’s fun adventure stories about their summer getaway in Batangas. It is packed with exciting and thrilling adventures such as Aqua Glide, Couch surfing, Sailing, Sumo Surfing, Zipline, Wall Climbing, and Giant Waterslides!

Will Bianca feel good after hearing Julian’s summer adventure stories? Will she finally accept the fact that she was replaced as Reyna Elena?

Find out in Tropang Potchi this Saturday, May 12, 9am on GMA 7.

The Showbiz Boxing Events: Albie Casino vs Andi Eigenmann and Mon Tulfo vs Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto on ‘Showbiz Inside Report’

The Showbiz Boxing Events: Albie Casino vs Andi Eigenmann and Mon Tulfo vs Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto on ‘Showbiz Inside Report’

ABS-CBN’s top-rating Saturday entertainment talk show “Showbiz Inside Report” continues to level up the TV viewers’ weekend showbiz experience with another in-depth look on the hottest news and the people behind two of the most talked about brawls in showbiz today–broadcaster Mon Tulfo and showbiz couple Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago, and former sweethearts Andi Eigenmann and Albie Casiño.

Join Carmina Villaroel, Janice de Belen, Joey Marquez, and Ogie Diaz this Saturday (May 12) as they get to know the real persona of the said controversial personalities through the inside stories shared by their family and the other people closest to their hearts. Unravel the truth about the controversies in “Showbiz Inside Report” every Saturday at 2:30pm, after “It’s Showtime.”

For more updates, log-on at, follow @SIRTVOfficial on Twitter and ‘like’ their Facebook fanpage

John Cusack Plays Edgar Allan Poe in “The Raven”

John Cusack Plays Edgar Allan Poe in “The Raven”

Acclaimed actor John Cusack portrays Edgar Allan Poe, one of literature's most fascinating authors, in Intrepid Pictures' new stylish, gothic thriller “The Raven.” The film will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma) starting May 23.

When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe’s darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe’s love (Alice Eve) becomes the next target.

Cusack talks about “The Raven” in the following interview:

Q: What made you want to be part of this film and play Edgar Allan Poe?

John Cusack: I really liked James McTeigue. He’s a great director and had a really good vision. People have wanted to do a story about Poe for a long time, but biopics are tough. You can only do so many things with time and have to flash forward or backward. His creative life was so vast, that we thought we could put Poe as a character in his own stories.

The conceit of the story was smart and it allowed us to explore more of his works in a piece of fiction. This is Poe’s version of going mad and other themes he had, but it is also true to the source because he was a great master writer, a master of the English language, and a master poet. He also invented the detective genre, he was the godfather of goth, he wrote satire, and he also did burlesque. The movie got to show all of his sides.

Q: What kind of research did you do to prepare for the role? Was it difficult for you to find personal information?
Cusack: There were no telephones back then, so everyone communicated with letters. The great thing about researching him was that there are so many of his letters, which were incredibly revealing. That’s where you can see that there were very human parts of him and also a side that was at war with the world. He had all of these feelings of despair and loneliness, and a lot of passion.

I read many of the biographies and really liked Peter Ackroyd’s short biography Poe: A Life Cut Short. I immersed myself in Poe’s books, reading all of his stories to really get into him. What I respond to most in his works is when he is writing about that twilight space between waking and dreaming, and life and death. He’s always exploring that twilight space, where he’s attracted to these almost godlike female figures in his life. There is this eternal love mixed with death being in the room.

Q: Was there anything you found particularly interesting or surprising while doing your research?
Cusack: I wasn’t aware that he was conscious of his fame, but he was actually very famous when he was alive. I also didn’t know that he went to West Point and held a swimming record. I didn’t know to the extent that he was at war and competitive with other writers. I knew about his melancholy and sorrow, but I didn’t know about his brittleness and spitefulness. He really did feel like the world was his stage and he must conquer it. He said once that he wouldn’t put up with anyone he could put down. It has been said that he didn’t say one good word about another English writer, living or dead.

He really liked women and liked being adored by women. I think he felt competitive and threatened by men, because he didn’t really have many male friends. Many of the women in his life had died. His mother died in his arms of tuberculosis and he sort of found a step mother in a woman that was a friend of his. She died of tuberculosis too and he married his cousin who also died of tuberculosis. So it was really like he was taking his sorrow and turning it into all of these stories and creativity. When you play someone who is like an icon like this, it can get two dimensional after a while. You think of him as the sad Halloween guy, but when you research the life, you see that he’s writing satire and burlesque and science fiction. He had such a wild and crazy imagination. He was out there.

Q: Do you think The Raven will inspire people to give Edgar Allan Poe’s stories a try after watching the movie?

Cusack: I hope so. If it makes people want to read his stories again, that would be pretty cool. If they read his stories, they will be able to see what we were trying to do.

Q: Seeing as you were friends with Hunter S. Thompson, I was wondering if you thought about Hunter when playing this role? It seemed like you kind of channeled his manic energy in this.

Cusack: I knew Hunter really well and I can see Hunter in Poe. If you read the The Imp of the Perverse, you can see how much it influenced Hunter right there. There is the confessional aspect, with the embracing of the abyss and being drawn almost magnetically to it. There is also the courage to confront your demons in some ways.

Q: What was your fascination with Poe and why do you relate to him?

Cusack: It’s an interesting headspace and he’s an interesting character. We’re all sort of attracted to the abyss. Around Halloween, doesn’t everyone get into the supernatural, ghouls, and the underworld? It’s not something I want to stay in, but it’s a fun place to visit once in a while.
There are not many writers who try to think about what their worst nightmare is. Most people want to wake up and get away from it, but some want to go deeper. He just had this interesting mind and wanted to embrace the nightmare. His romance with the abyss makes him courageous, tragic, and sympathetic. We all have a bit of that in us and I thought it was fun to do for a limited time.

Michael de Mesa Gives ‘Pointers’ to Son Geoff Eigenmann

Michael de Mesa Gives ‘Pointers’ to Son Geoff Eigenmann

For the first time, veteran actor Michael de Mesa and son Geoff Eigenmann are going to work together in a television series. Their upcoming project, entitled Kasalanan Ba Ang Ibigin Ka?, will air weekday afternoons beginning June 4 on GMA-7.

During the story conference held early this week at the GMA Network Center, de Mesa was asked by reporters from which parent did Geoff get his acting skills: from him or from ex-wife Gina Alajar.

Siyempre sa akin,” he quips. “Joke lang. Pareho naman.”

Michael de Mesa has been in the industry for close to two decades now, starting his showbiz career at the age of 15. Sure, he has gained not just popularity but also respect from everyone in the industry because of his professionalism. Does he share his “trade secret” to his sons who are following in his footsteps?

Yes. Tuwing napapanood ko siya tapos ‘pag nagkikita at nagkakausap kami binibigyan ko naman siya ng pointers.”

He feels proud that within just a short span of time, Geoff and Ryan have improved so much in their craft.

I’m really proud of my boys: Ryan, Goeff and AJ - although si AJ hindi na niya pinagpatuloy ang pag-aartista. With Ryan and Geoff, malaking malaki ang improvement nila kasi seryoso sila e. Hindi sila pa-petiks petiks in how they treat their job. They love their work. Yun naman ang lagi kong pinapaalala sa kanila e: to be serious with their work and to love their craft. So kailangan dun naka-focus e. And I’m happy naman na ganun naman ang mga boys ko. Very serious sila sa craft nila.”

Asked if Geoff also gives him pointers in acting, “Si Geoff magbibigay ng pointers sa akin? Subukan lang niya,” jokes de Mesa.

OK lang naman e. As an actor, I’m open. For example, kung magkaeksena kami ni Geoff, at kung meron siyang kailangan sa akin na hindi niya siguro nakukuha, then he’s free to tell me. I mean, collaboration naman ‘yan e. I won’t take it against him, hindi ko pepersonalan kasi it’s part of the job naman e.”

Not all celebrity families get a fair share of the spotlight, but for the Eigenmann’s the opportunities never cease to come by.

We all feel very blessed. Lahat kami nagpapasalamat sa Diyos kasi binibigyan kami ng work and also dahil magkakasama kami, which also adds to the fun,” says de Mesa.

He also recalled that the only TV series where most of the Eigenmanns have worked together in was ‘Cebu.’

Pero hindi talaga kumpleto kasi yung mga bata hindi pa sila artista noon, it was more the seniors, kami. Pero yung lahat talaga, including the younger generation wala pa.”

Geoff Eigenmann Excited to Work with Dad Michael de Mesa in New GMA-7 Afternoon Series "Kasalanan Ba Ang Ibigin Ka?"

Geoff Eigenmann Excited to Work with Dad Michael de Mesa in New GMA-7 Afternoon Series "Kasalanan Ba Ang Ibigin Ka?"

Kapuso heartthrob Geoff Eigenmann says he’s excited to work with his dad Michael de Mesa in GMA’s new afternoon drama program Kasalanan Ba Ang Ibigin Ka?, which is scheduled to air its first episode on June 4.

This is the first time that Geoff and Michael will be working together in a television series. The last time they were together was in the film First Day High.

Pero iba ‘yun e, eto halos araw araw kaming magkasama or every other day, and iba kasi I’m sure kasi tututukan ako niyan.”

Asked whether he feels pressured by the fact that he will be working alongside his father who is very well an established actor in the industry, he says that he sees working with a family member an advantage rather than a hindrance.

Actually ako, ‘pag may nakakasama akong family member sa work, I don’t really feel the pressure, I feel more relaxed kasi siyempre kilala mo na yung tao. In this new project ang kasama ko tatay ko who has seen me since the time I was in diapers. Mas kumportable ako kasi alam kong tutulungan nila ako.”

He (de Mesa) found out first that we will be working on this project first than I did. The moment I found out, I was really happy. Maganda kasi ang istorya and in this one, mag-ama rin kami. It is something to really look forward to.”

In Kasalanan Ba Ang Ibigin Ka?, Geoff will team up once again with Jackie Rice as his leading lady. Jackie and Geoff recently starred in an episode of GMA’s Spooky Nights.

Geoff says that he’s comfortable working with Jackie because they have a good chemistry on and off-screen.

Yun din ang hinahanap ko, ‘pag may nakakapartner ako sa isang project yung mararamdaman mong may chemistry talaga kayo so when you do the scenes hindi na kayo kinakabahan pa and you feel all the emotions.”

In the soap’s story, Geoff’s character will fall in love with Jackie’s. However, the two will eventually split and before long Jackie will fall in love with a much older – and more matured – divorced man (Michael de Mesa). But what is unknown to her is that Michael is the father of her ex. In the end father and son turn into rivals, besting each other to win Jackie’s heart.

Apart from his new afternoon soap, Geoff also stars in the primetime series Legacy. Does he get enough time to rest?

May time na halos magsasabay ang taping nito with Legacy pero OK lang kasi anyway Legacy is almost finished and hindi naman ako yung lead dun so may days na off ako, nakakapahinga pa naman din ako.”

Despite his hectic taping schedule, Geoff makes sure he has time for girlfriend Carla Abellana.

Yeah! Nagkikita pa rin naman kami pero these past few weeks mejo hindi, siguro mga three to four times palang kami nagkasama kasi ‘coz she started taping also. Pero OK naman, phone call is fine.”

Geoff will start taping for his new soap next week, but he’s not complaining.

I’m very happy kasi maski hindi makapahinga dahil tuloy tuloy ang work, ok lang naman sa akin ‘yun. I’d rather have it that way than may break e para hindi masira ang momentum.”

First-Look: Trailer of Ben Affleck's “Argo”

First-Look: Trailer of Ben Affleck's “Argo”

Take your first look below at the trailer of Ben Affleck's new dramatic thriller “Argo” from Warner Bros.

Based on true events, “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Good Will Hunting”) directs and stars in the film, which is being produced by Academy Award® winner George Clooney (“Syriana”), Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov (“Good Night, and Good Luck.”) and Affleck.

On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

“Argo” also stars Oscar® winner Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Bryan Cranston (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) and John Goodman (“You Don’t Know Jack”). The main cast also includes Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, and Taylor Schilling.

Affleck is directing the film from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a selection from Master in Disguise by Antonio Mendez. David Klawans, Chris Brigham, Graham King, Tim Headington, Chay Carter and Nina Wolarsky are serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Rodrigo Prieto (“Brokeback Mountain”), production designer Sharon Seymour (“The Town”); Oscar®-nominated editor William Goldenberg (“Seabiscuit,” “The Insider”); and Oscar®-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”).

Filming on “Argo” is being accomplished in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Istanbul.

Slated for release in the Philippines in October 2012, “Argo” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Jessica Sanchez - And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going (American Idol Top 4 Performance Video)

Jessica Sanchez - And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going (American Idol Top 4 Performance Video)

Jessica Sanchez performed "And I Am Telling You I’m Not Goingy" on American Idol Season 11 Top 4.

And another standing ovation from the three judges. Woohoo!!!

Goosebumps! Goosebumps! Goosebumps!

Randy Jackson
: You are in it to really win it. You are phenomenal.

Jennifer Lopez: It seems like a race to the finish here.

Steven Tyler: Another winning performance. Just over the top.

Let's help save Jessica from elimination. In the US, you can vote for Jessica Sanchez by calling 1-866-IDOLS-04 or 08 (1-866-436-5704, 1-866-436-5708) or Text “VOTE” to 5704 or 5708.

Fans from the Philippines and other territories outside US:

Using Magic Jack, NetTalk phones:

If you have Magic Jack or NetTalk phones in Pinas, you can vote for Jessica by dialing the toll free number that will be assigned to her after the American Idol show. Check the American Idol website or Jessica Sanchez facebook to find out the toll free number she got for that episode. You have 2 chances to vote: 10am-12noon and 1pm-3pm on Thursday Manila time. If you get busy tone (try at least twice to be sure) on the first time slot, that means your Magic Jack or NetTalk phone has a West Coast number, so trying dialing on the second time slot (1-3pm). You can vote as many times as you want via dial method. If you get a busy tone, it means the voting is closed.

Using Skype:

You can also try dialing from your computer using Skype for free. If you got busy tone on the first time slot, try the second time slot. If you have Skype app on your smartphones, that should work too.

On Facebook:

On your facebook account, click on the following link today, Thursday, around 11am to 3pm Philippine time to cast your vote:

Jessica Sanchez - Steal Away (American Idol Top 4 Performance Video)

Jessica Sanchez - Steal Away (American Idol Top 4 Performance Video)

Jessica Sanchez performed Etta James's "Steal Away" on American Idol Season 11 Top 4.

Randy Jackson
: I love the whole vibe of that. That girl right there can sing the phonebook.

Jennifer Lopez: I’m happy to see that the growl was there from the very beginning. You're one of the best.

Steven Tyler: You just nailed that.

Let's help save Jessica from elimination. In the US, you can vote for Jessica Sanchez by calling 1-866-IDOLS-04 or 08 (1-866-436-5704, 1-866-436-5708) or Text “VOTE” to 5704 or 5708.

Fans from the Philippines and other territories outside US:

Using Magic Jack, NetTalk phones:

If you have Magic Jack or NetTalk phones in Pinas, you can vote for Jessica by dialing the toll free number that will be assigned to her after the American Idol show. Check the American Idol website or Jessica Sanchez facebook to find out the toll free number she got for that episode. You have 2 chances to vote: 10am-12noon and 1pm-3pm on Thursday Manila time. If you get busy tone (try at least twice to be sure) on the first time slot, that means your Magic Jack or NetTalk phone has a West Coast number, so trying dialing on the second time slot (1-3pm). You can vote as many times as you want via dial method. If you get a busy tone, it means the voting is closed.

Using Skype:

You can also try dialing from your computer using Skype for free. If you got busy tone on the first time slot, try the second time slot. If you have Skype app on your smartphones, that should work too.

On Facebook:

On your facebook account, click on the following link today, Thursday, around 11am to 3pm Philippine time to cast your vote:




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