Saturday, July 14, 2012

MYX VJ Search 2012 Winners: Michelle Ng, Mike Mariano and K.A. Antonio

MYX VJ Search 2012 Winners: Michelle Ng, Mike Mariano and K.A. Antonio

A Singaporean, a sports lover and a band vocalist are these year's MYX VJ Search winners.

MYX, the country's No.1 music channel, proudly named the Singaporean-but-Pinoy-by-heart Michelle Ng, sports lover and future commentator Mike Mariano and a pre-school teacher-host-makeup artist-band vocalist K.A. Antonio as its newest music video ambassadors in the MYX VJ Search 2012 finals held Saturday, July 14, at Red Box in Eastwood Mall, Quezon City.

This historic announcement which was aired live via streaming on website was hosted by VJ Chino and VJ Iya. With performances by acoustic sweetheart Sabrina and hit Pinoy rock group Rocksteddy.

Now on its sixth year, the MYX VJ Search has produced well-loved hosts like sophomore VJs Chino Lui Pio, Bianca Roque and Janine Ramirez, and freshman Robin Nievera. Senior VJs Luis Manzano, Nikki Gil and Iya Villania are now well-recognized as hosts and are busy hosting more than one show on MYX and ABS-CBN.

Always tune-in to MYX (SkyCable Channel 23) for the hottest news on this year's MYX VJ Search.

Sarah Geronimo Pays Tribute to Dolphy this Sunday

Sarah Geronimo Pays Tribute to Dolphy this Sunday

Popstar Sarah Geronimo pays a heartwarming tribute to the one and only King of Comedy Dolphy this Sunday, July 15, in her solo musical variety show “Sarah G. Live!”

Aside the tribute for the Comedy King, watch out for the hair-raising vocal act as Sarah shares the concert stage with Christian Bautista, Yeng Constantino, Jimmy Marquez, and Erik Santos; followed by the smash up dance number of the “Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4” Big 4 Myrtle, Karen, Roy and the twins Joj and Jai. Meanwhile, Rockoustic heartthrob Sam Milby pays Sarah a visit this Sunday in “SGL” as her guest co-host. In her ‘Sige Go’ segment, the Popstar is going to bond with a Popster who shares the same name, age, and birthday like hers. Still with Sarah in the upcoming episode are her resident dance royalty Gab Valenciano, co-host Luis Manzano, musical director Louie Ocampo, choreographer Georcelle Dapat-Sy, G-Force, and director Erick Salud.

Don’t miss the continuing month-long birthday celebration of Sarah on the trending and top Sunday primetime show of ABS-CBN, “Sarah G. Live!” 8:15pm, after “Rated K.”

Mom Suing Justin Bieber for Damaging Her Ear

Mom Suing Justin Bieber for Damaging Her Ear

Stacey Betts, a mom from Wilsonville, Oregon, reportedly sues Justin Bieber for $9.2 million after she claimed that the teen heartthrob's loud music and screaming fans at concert severely damaged her ear.

In the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Oregon on Tuesday, July 10, Betts said she took her daughter to Bieber's July 14, 2010 concert at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon when she suffered severe hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis – which is abnormally acute hearing — in both ears after the sounds during the said show exceeded safe decibel levels.

The courts papers claim the injury occurred when Bieber climbed into a heart-shaped gondola that pulled him over the crowd.

The complaint states: “Mr. Bieber created a wave like effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena. Then enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick and upward motion, whereas I was struck with a sound blast.

Due to their negligance (sic) and my subsequent inability to protect myself, my quality of life has been permanently reduced in addition to the injury.”

The suit names Bieber, along with his record company, Island Def Jam Records; the concert promoter, AEG Worldwide; and the venue owner, Vulcan Sports Entertainment. Bieber and the co-defendants were “negligent” in failing to provide safe decibel levels, Betts’ complaint says.

Charlie Sheen Quits Twitter After a Year of Entertaining Tweets

Charlie Sheen Quits Twitter After a Year of Entertaining Tweets

After joining Twitter on March 2011, Charlie Sheen decided to quit the social networking site.

Earlier today, Sheen informed his 8 million followers his decision through a final tweet message “reach for the stars everyone. dogspeed cadre. c out

Aside from that, Sheen also expresses his desire to seat as the next American Idol judge after Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez quit the reality singing show.

When asked about the possibility of appearing on American Idol, Charlie says, "If the numbers move the needle AND 'Idol' matches 20 per cent of my weekly salary for Autism Speaks, JDRF, and the Boys and Girls Club ... then the hell with it. As we say, pour the smoke"

Friday, July 13, 2012

Annabelle Rama Gone Wild in Dolphy's Wake, Attacks Reporter with a Mic Stand

Annabelle Rama Gone Wild in Dolphy's Wake, Attacks Reporter with a Mic Stand

Controversial showbiz star and talent manager Annabelle Rama once again find a new enemy in the person of showbiz reporter-columnist Chito Alcid.

In a live news report by Bandila on Friday, July 13, Boy Abunda, who is covering the wake of the late King of Comedy Dolphy at the Heritage Park in Taguig City, showed a video of Rama making a violent scene at the wake attacking Alcid with a mic stand while husband Eddie Gutierrez and starmaker German Moreno trying to stop and pull her away from the scene.

In an interview, Alcid said Rama is furious of her because of several articles he wrote about her in the past.

"Nagagalit sya sa akin dahil sa mga isinusulat ko tungkol sa kanya sa dyaryo at sa Facebook. Pero bakit dito pa sa burol ni Dolphy na di naman nya nirespeto." Alcid said in the interview.

Rama, meanwhile, expressed her sentiments on Alcid through her official Twitter account (@annabellerama2). To quote:

1) Nasira ang gabi ko. nawalan ako ng ganang kumain
2) nakita ko yung baklang duwag, fake na reporter sa dining
3) Sinundan nya ako sa cr at hinarap nya ako, akala ng gago na yan na natatakot ako sa kanya.
4) Kaya ko sya hinampas ang yabang kase dahil marami syang kasama. Duwag matapang ka lang sa facebook at twitter.
5) Ito ang tandaan mong hayop ka, wag mong pakialaman ang mga anak ko dahil wala silang kasalanan sa iyo.
6) Pati ako tinitira mo
7) Reminder lang, baka nakalimutan mo 2 years ago, nasa dusit hotel ka ni rape mo ang janitor sa cr ng hotel
8) Nagkagulo dahil nagreklamo ang 18yrs old na janitor sa hotel security, nagkataon naman na nasa coffee shop ako at may meeting
9) ginamit mo ang pangalan ko at sinAbi mo empleyado kita, bigla akong nilapitan ng security
10) kasama ko raw ikukulong nila dadalhin sa police makati dahil ni rape mo ang 18yr old janitor
11) Nagmamakaawa ka sa akin kahit di kita kilala at di ka naman sikat na reporter tinubos pa rin kita.
12) Ito pa ang igaganti mo sa akin? Tirahin buong pamilya ko? Dahil kumampi ka sa idol mong balyena?
13) Hndi ka man lang kinampihan habang natumba ka sa sahig.
14) Piliin mo ang kalabanin mo.
15) To Zsa Zsa and the Quizon family, I am so sorry for what had happened at the dining area of the Heritage. I was provoked by a fake reporter

Photo by MJ Felipe

AGB TV Ratings July 6 - 9: 'Kahit Puso'y Masugatan' Pilot Episode Fails to Enter the Top 10 Primetime Program

AGB TV Ratings July 6 - 9: 'Kahit Puso'y Masugatan' Pilot Episode Fails to Enter the Top 10 Primetime Program

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from July 6 to 9, 2012 among Mega Manila households (Household Ratings):

July 6, Friday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 24.6%
Hiram Na Puso (GMA-7) – 20.7%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka (GMA-7) – 16.5%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 16.4%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 15%
Chef Boy Lagro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 14.3%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Dunkin’ Donato (GMA-7) – 10.3%
One Piece (GMA-7) – 10.2%
Fairy Tail (GMA-7) – 9.8%
Face To Face (TV5) / Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo (ABS-CBN) – 9.3%

Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 29%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) / Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 24%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 22.3%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 22%
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 21.3%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 20.6%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 19.5%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 19.2%
Bubble Gang (GMA-7) – 16.5%
Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4 (ABS-CBN) – 13.4%

July 7, Saturday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 29.5%
Startalk TX (GMA-7) – 12.4%
24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) – 12.1%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Project S (GMA-7) – 11.6%
Wish Ko Lang! (GMA-7) – 10.8%
Lorenzo’s Time One More Time (ABS-CBN) – 10.5%
It’s Showtime (ABS-CBN) – 9.6%
Untold Story (TV5) – 9.4%
Ben 10 Alien Force (TV5) – 9.1%
Maynila (GMA-7) – 9%

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7) – 25.4%
Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4 (ABS-CBN) – 21.9%
MMK 20 Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) / Kapuso Movie Night: New Police Story (GMA-7) – 19.7%
The X Factor Philippines (ABS-CBN) – 18.9%
Imbestigador (GMA-7) –15.1%
Wansapanataym (ABS-CBN) – 12.8%
Manny Many Prizes (GMA-7) – 11.1%
Wil Time Bigtime (TV5) – 10.9%
Talentadong Pinoy Kids (TV5) – 9.8%
Just For Laughs Gags (GMA-7) – 7.9%

July 8, Sunday

All Or Nothing: Donaire vs Mathebula (ABS-CBN) – 21.2%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Temptation Island (GMA-7) – 18%
ASAP 2012 (ABS-CBN) – 13.3%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Desparadas 2 (GMA-7) – 12.8%
Party Pilipinas (GMA-7) – 12%
The Buzz (ABS-CBN) – 10.6%
AHA! (GMA-7) – 9.7%
Doraemon Adventures (GMA-7) – 9.4%
Together Forever (GMA-7) – 9.3%
Luv U (ABS-CBN) – 9.1%

Kap’s Amazing Stories (GMA-7) – 19.2%
Rated K (ABS-CBN) – 18.4%
The X Factor Philippines (ABS-CBN) – 17.7%
Ibilib: The Wonders of Horus (GMA-7) – 17.6%
Gandang Gabi Vice (ABS-CBN) – 16.4%
Tweets For My Sweet (GMA-7) – 16%
Pinoy Adventures (GMA-7) – 14.1%
Goin’ Bulilit (ABS-CBN) / Sarah G Live (ABS-CBN) – 14%
Pare & Pare (GMA-7) – 13.9%
TV Patrol 25 Weekend (ABS-CBN) – 13.8%

July 9, Monday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 24.6%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 17.7%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 16.3%
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 15.8%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 15%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 14.1%
Chef Boy Lagro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 13.5%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Enteng Kabisote 3 (GMA-7) – 11.6%
One Piece (GMA-7) – 10.8%
Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo (ABS-CBN) – 10.2%

Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 30.2%
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 25.8%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 24.9%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 24.5%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 23.5%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 21.2%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 21%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 20.6%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 18.8%
My Daddy Dearest (GMA-7) – 14.6%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler Resign from American Idol, To Be Replaced by Adam Lambert

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler Resign from American Idol, To Be Replaced by Adam Lambert

After two season, Steven Tyler has officially leaves his seat as American Idol judge to concentrate once again on his first love - music.

''After some long ... hard ... thoughts ... I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit.

''I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I'm back — but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I've got two fists in the air and I'm kicking the door open with my band.''

''The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass — the ultimate in auditory takeover. On Nov. 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars. 'Idol' was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it... Now it's time to bring rock back.'' the Aerosmith singer said in a statement.

Meanwhile, during her guesting on the Today Show this morning to promote her new movie Ice Age: Continental Drift, Jennifer Lopez also expressed her plan to leave the show saying, “I’m thinking is time for me to leave American Idol.”

You know, I signed on to ‘American Idol’ to do one year, and … I wound up doing the two years. And now it’s like, ‘OK, do we continue on this journey?’ I’ve loved it so much. I enjoy the show so much. I enjoy just the whole process of the show and the whole thing. So it’s a tough decision either way. But I have to say that there are so many other things that I do, and that I put on hold for that. At the end of the day, whichever way, it’s a heartbreaking decision if I’m going to have to go.” she further said.

Recently, persistent rumors about American Idol 8th season runner-up Adam Lambert joining the show as judge surface. Is he the one to replace Steven Tyler? Do you like to see Adam seat as AI judge?

Dolphy Eulogy "Salamat, Tito Dolphy" Video

Dolphy Eulogy "Salamat, Tito Dolphy" Video

Watch here the "Salamat, Tito Dolphy" eulogy held on July 11 at the Dolphy Theater in ABS-CBN compound.

Check out some of the photos taken during the "Salamat, Tito Dolphy" Eulogy HERE.

Barangay LS 97.1 is Best FM Radio Station of the Year

Barangay LS 97.1 is Best FM Radio Station of the Year

Barangay LS 97.1 TugStugan Na! won as the Best FM Radio Station in the 2012 Yahoo! OMG! Awards. The flagship FM Radio Station of GMA Network bested four other finalists in the category in a star-studded gala held in the Mall Of Asia Arena last July 6. Barangay LS 97.1 is the first recipient of the award among twenty six FM stations in Mega Manila and over a hundred radio stations nationwide.

The Yahoo! OMG! Awards is the first of its kind purple carpet event that recognizes the most searched entertainment personalities and celebrities online. The selection of nominees was based on how they often trend in the Yahoo! Philippines search engine. The winners were those who got the highest votes in the online poll and thru text messaging.

In a news article released by the site, Barangay LS 97.1 got the fourth highest text votes – only behind the top two nominees in the Love Team of the Year category and the top nominee in the Fan Club of the Year category. In the online poll, the station cornered 38% of the total online votes cast in the Best FM Radio Station category at the close of June 28 after a month-long voting period.

Barangay LS 97.1 TugStugan Na! is a consistent favorite among listeners from all ages and social demographics. The station brings and all-hit music format spiced up with crazy fun features, interesting stories and live interaction via phone calls, text messages and social media.

The daily programs are dished out by Papa Jepoy, Papa Bodjie, Mama Cy, Papa Dudut, Ate Liza, Chikotita, Papa Tolits, Mama Belle, Papa Baldo, Papa Kiko, Papa Obet and Papa Dan. Among the highest rating programs of the station are Barangay Love Stories, Talk To Papa, and Wanted Sweetheart.

ABS-CBN Re-Airs Dolphy's Heartwarming “MMK” Episode this Saturday, July 14

ABS-CBN Re-Airs Dolphy's Heartwarming “MMK” Episode this Saturday, July 14

ABS-CBN pays tribute to the one and only Dolphy as it re-airs this Saturday, July 14, the heartwarming heavy family drama episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” featuring the late King of Comedy.

In the story, Dolphy gave life to the character of Abel, a father who was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. After spending 40 years in jail, Abel spent his freedom trying to reunite his family.

Together with Dolphy in the “MMK” episode were Epi Quizon, Marita Zobel, Roxanne Guinoo, Eric Fructuso, John Arcilla, Nash Aguas, and Makisig Morales. It was written by Ruel Montañez and Arah Jell Badayos, and directed by Jeffrey Jeturian.

Celebrate Dolphy’s life and remember his greatness as an actor through his heavy family drama episode in the longest running drama anthology in Asia, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK), this Saturday night, after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN.

Myrtle Sarrosa, Karen Reyes, Jai & Joj Agpangan Grace ‘Banana Split’

Myrtle Sarrosa, Karen Reyes, Jai & Joj Agpangan Grace ‘Banana Split’

PBB Teens Big Winner Myrtle Sarrosa with Karen Reyes, Joj and Jai Agpangan will join the cast of Banana Split this Saturday, July 14, in scripting out funny and witty lines that will make everyone laugh hard.

The dancing talent of the big four girls will be tested as they portray energetic cheer leaders with Sunshine, Saicy and Aiko on the comedy show’s opening number. Fresh from their biggest stint yet, Kuya’s girls are ready with their cheer leading outfit and pompoms to show their dancing prowess after being watched by everyone via Pinoy Big Brother.

Meanwhile, Angelica Panganiban, John Prats and Zanjoe Marudo will be put on the hot seat in their “Hot Issue” segment. Spoofs with sizzling issues today will also be featured; the rumfus of a talent manager and a former actress, and the retirement of a famous Filipino basketball legend.

Also, get your ears ready as the gang sings the theme songs of famous teleseryes “Walang Hanggan”, “Lorenzo’s Time” and many others with a funny twist.

The Banana Split family will also highlight a special tribute for the one and only “Comedy King” Dolphy at the end of the show.

All of these and many more in another fun and exciting episode of “Banana Split” this Saturday, July 14, after “TODA Max” only here on ABS-CBN.

Mayor Alfredo Lim Strikes Back at ex-President Joseph Estrada

Mayor Alfredo Lim Strikes Back at ex-President Joseph Estrada

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim is ready to strike back at the criticisms made by former President Joseph Estrada, who recently confirmed his plan to run as Mayor of Manila in 2013.

This Saturday, July 14, Lim bravely takes the hot seat in “The Bottomline With Boy Abunda” as he answers the accusations thrown at him by Erap regarding the alleged irregularities happening in the Manila City Hall.

Is Mayor Lim ready for the possible rivalry between him and the former Philippine President?

Despite being recognized as Philippines’ own ‘Dirty Harry,’ what is Mayor Lim’s greatest fear?

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.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Angelica Panganiban Finally Tells Her Side of the Story

Angelica Panganiban Finally Tells Her Side of the Story

From the cute, chubby child actress turned into the beautiful, alluring icon in the Philippine entertainment industry, Angelica Panganiban’s life is no secret to the public eye. Aside from her acting achievements, her personal life has also become public property. On top of her personal relationships, the public was also a witness to her struggle with weight. From shedding off her baby fats to gaining a few pounds again then losing it and finally, maintaining a body that’s just perfect for her, we can all relate to her story.

Finally after her seven-year break-up with carbs, Angelica confesses that she has restored her relationship with her all-time favorite rice and pasta dishes. What’s her discovery? CarbTrim!

Yes, nagkabalikan na kami… ng kanin and all the carbs that I love! Because of CarbTrim, I am able to enjoy eating while managing my weight,” Angelica gleefully shared.

Introduced as the new endorser for CarbTrim, Angelica knows that she does not have to worry about eating the food she has always loved to eat. “We are happy to have Angelica as part of the CarbTrim family. She best embodies what we stand for – food enjoyment without the worries of weight gain. She has a strong story to tell as we all know how she has struggled with her physique. But thanks to CarbTrim, she is able to maintain her weight without giving up on the food that she loves like rice and pasta dishes,” said Unilab Consumer Health Assistant Vice President, Arnie Apolista.

Angelica relates her personal struggle: “I was 15 or 16 when I first noticed that I had to do something about my weight and naturally, the first thing that I cut off from my diet is rice, pasta and meals that are carbohydrate heavy. Lahat ng masarap pinagbawal ko sa sarili ko. I did get thin then pero struggle talaga dahil nahihilo ako and more importantly, masakit sa akin since I love my carbs. But now, thanks to CarbTrim, carbs are blocked from my body kaya I can enjoy my food without worrying about gaining weight.”

CarbTrim’s active natural ingredient, Phase 2 White Kidney Bean Extract is clinically proven to block up to 66% of the carbs in one’s food intake and turns them into fiber. This fiber then is excreted by the body as waste,” adds Unilab Medical Affairs Therapeutic Category Head, Dra. Lourdes Genuinio.

CarbTrim is the first carb-blocking beverage in iced tea format. It contains Phase 2 White Kidney Bean Extract, an all-natural, effective ingredient that blocks the absorption of carbs in the body. CarbTrim is available in Apple and Lemon flavors, retailing at P144 per box of 6 sachets and P24 per sachet. CarbTrim is available in major supermarkets and drugstores nationwide.

CarbTrim Senior Product Manager Kris Mariano and Product Manager Darwyn Somera
with CarbTrim endorser Angelica Panganiban

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Julie Anne San Jose "I'll Be There" Music Video Hits Bigtime on YouTube

Julie Anne San Jose "I'll Be There" Music Video Hits Bigtime on YouTube

While riding high on the success of her youth-oriented series, Together Forever, Kapuso pop superstar and internet musical sensation Julie Anne San Jose continues her hot streak after her recent music video has gone viral with thousands of views in just two days.

Julie Anne’s music video for “I’ll Be There”, the upcoming single from her self titled album Julie Anne San Jose, is continuously gaining popularity after logging over 42 thousand views within 48 hours. Fans and supporters are obviously thrilled and her MTV, which premiered Sunday night, July 8, has been receiving an incredible amount of attention and positive reviews. The music video is directed by Mark Reyes.

GMA Films President Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar couldn’t be any happier and proud of Julie Anne’s rise to worldwide fame, “Julie Anne has once again proven her virality online. Her previous video on YouTube has so far garnered close to 15 million views and now we’re looking at thousands of views on her new music video, which was uploaded just the other night. She truly is a singing sensation not just on TV and but also on the worldwide stage offered by the internet.”

Director Mark, on the other hand, believes that the 18-year-old pop superstar is the next big music sensation to dominate the album charts and airwaves, “Julie Anne is this generation’s multi-media artist to watch out for. She is not only a singer, but a true musical prodigy. She is a promising songwriter / composer and a skilled instrumentalist on guitar, keyboard and even on drums. With her upcoming album and fast rising music video internet hit, I am sure that GMA has found its very own “angel of music.”

Julie Anne’s screen partner Tween star Elmo Magalona also expressed his excitement over the success of her music video and immediately posted a message on his Twitter yesterday, “Great news to start the week.” Julie Anne and Elmo will topbill the teen romance movie “Just One Summer” which will be shown in nationwide theaters this August.

Meanwhile, Julie Anne is regularly seen every Sunday in the musical variety show Party Pilipinas on GMA-7.

Watch "I'll Be There" Music Video HERE.

Tom Hardy is Bane, Batman’s Nemesis in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Tom Hardy is Bane, Batman’s Nemesis in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

In Warner Bros.’ new action-thriller “The Dark Knight Rises” – the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy – the threat to Batman/Bruce Wayne comes in the form of a merciless, masked villain named Bane, who makes his presence known to the citizens of Gotham with an explosive display of power.

While the Scarecrow was a madman and the Joker an anarchist, “Bane is a terrorist in both his mentality and his actions,” says actor Tom Hardy, who plays Batman’s new arch-nemesis. “He is physically intimidating and he’s also very intelligent, which makes him even more dangerous.”

Nolan relates, “In deciding on who the next villain would be, it was imperative that it was someone completely different from the Joker - that he be a brute force. The physical component of what Bruce Wayne does as Batman is of extraordinary importance, and we had not truly challenged that in the first two films. I really wanted to see Batman meet his match physically, as well as intellectually. Bane is raw strength with a fanatical devotion to duty, and that combination makes him unstoppable.”

This is the first time it appears highly unlikely that Batman will come out on top in a physical altercation,” allows Christian Bale who plays the superhero. “He has been dormant for years, so he’s in a weakened condition to begin with, and Bane is not only incredibly strong but ruthless in terms of his sheer militancy and the ideology that drives him.”

Bane, however, has no such compunctions. Everything he does is a means to an end. Hardy attests, “Bane has come to do a job and has no feelings of remorse or shame about the death and destruction he’s causing. There is nothing ambiguous about Bane. He is clearly a villain…just a horrible piece of work.”

Bane is infamous among Batman comic fans for the terrible harm he inflicts on the Caped Crusader. Having recently worked with Hardy on “Inception,” Nolan knew he could project an extreme physical and psychological threat despite having to act from behind a mask. “When you’re creating a monstrous presence like Bane in a movie, you could concentrate just on the physical or you could focus on the more psychological aspects. With Tom, I knew I would get the whole package. He is such an incredible actor; he was able to depict this beast of a man who has exceptional fighting skills, but also able to convey the soul of someone who is damaged inside as well as out. Tom is the kind of actor who relished the challenge of having to generate an entire performance with most of his face covered up. What he is able to do with just his eyes is truly amazing.”

Hardy states that the mask was not a deterrent when given an opportunity to rejoin the director, especially on a Dark Knight film. “Chris called me up and said there was a role I might be good for, but he wasn’t sure I’d be interested because I’d have to wear a mask for several months. He wouldn’t tell me anything else about the character, except that he was a very bad guy. I said, ‘Let me get this straight: you want me to come and work with you, travel around the world, have a stunt team and all the weapons I could possibly want to play with, and all I have to do is wear a mask?’ He answered, ‘Yeah, pretty much…’ And I said, ‘I’m in!’”

Unlike Batman, Bane does not wear a mask to conceal his identity, but to anesthetize himself against excruciating pain, resulting from injuries he suffered long ago. Countering Nolan’s concerns, Hardy says, “I didn’t feel limited by the mask. What’s cool about it is, as soon as you put it on, you become the character.”

The actor adds that his portrayal of Bane entailed creating a contradiction between the voice and the body. “He is florid in his speech, but has the physicality of a gorilla. So while he is quite articulate, we also wanted to establish a very imposing presence.”

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, July 19 in IMAX, 2D and regular theaters, “The Dark Knight Rises” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Willie Revillame Files for Leave in ‘Wil Time Bigtime’; Marvin Agustin Pinch-Hit as Host

Willie Revillame Files for Leave in ‘Wil Time Bigtime’; Marvin Agustin Pinch-Hit as Host

Wil Time Bigtime host Willie Revillame, with lost voice and not feeling well, and mourning for the demise of King of Comedy Dolphy, filed a leave from his show. Willie, however, personally chose an able host in Marvin Agustin to pinch-hit for him.

Marvin, who is a respected actor, entrepreneur-restaurateur, cleared all his previously-set engagements to respond to Willie’s request. Marvin started hosting Wil Time Bigtime yesterday, July 11, and will continue doing so until tomorrow, July 13.

I really enjoyed my first night hosting Wil Time Bigtime,” says Marvin. “Kaya naman pala masayang-masaya si Kuya Wil sa show niya dahil nakakapagpaligaya ka na, nakakatulong ka pa kaya I’m looking forward to doing this till tomorrow.”

After his hosting stint in Wil Time, Marvin is all set to host TV5’s biggest artista search Artista Academy, which airs soon.

Marian Rivera Learns "Yum, Yum, Yum" Cooking Techniques from Chef Boy Logro

Marian Rivera Learns "Yum, Yum, Yum" Cooking Techniques from Chef Boy Logro

Even though Primetime Queen Marian Rivera is busy with her showbiz commitments, her desire to enroll in a culinary school continues.

During a set visit on Tweets for my Sweet, Marian admits that for now her schedule does not permit enrolling in a culinary school. She’s thankful that she is working with Chef Boy Logro who serves as her mentor in cooking.

Katulad nga niyan na busy ako, si Chef may binigay na magazines na may mga recipes niya. Sabi niya itry mo yan, kapag nalito daw ako tawagan ko daw siya. Tapos kapag inaral ko na, binibigyan niya ako ng assignments para naman patuloy akong matuto sa pagluluto.” Marian shares.

Meanwhile, Tito Panch (Chef Boy Logro), the younger brother of Meg and Adele’s dad will visit Same Same Café. He will tell them that he didn’t pursue his plans of going to Mexico because of an illegal employer.

Will Tito Panch be the answer to Meg’s question about her long lost mom?

Find out on Tweets for my Sweet every Sunday before 24 Oras Weekend on GMA.

Chito Roño Reunites with Vilma Santos in ‘The Healing’

Chito Roño Reunites with Vilma Santos in ‘The Healing’

After a decade, highly acclaimed Filipino writer, film producer and award-winning master director Chito S. Roño teams up once again with Philippine Cinema’s Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos for Star Cinema’s newest suspense-horror offering titled, “The Healing,” that is set to hit theaters on July 25.

The power tandem of Direk Chito and Ate Vi is back on the silverscreen after ten years since they made the “Dekada 70” in 2002. They also teamed up in 1998 via another serious drama “Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?”

This year, the two movie stalwarts join forces once more to offer the moviegoers with another unforgettable masterpiece - Ate Vi’s first-ever horror movie–that is set to introduce a new brand of Pinoy horror in Philippine cinema through “The Healing,” which features a story about the Filipino tradition of going to faith healers for guidance and treatment of ailments.

Direk Chito and Vilma’s reunion project makes the Star for All Season proud of another milestone happening in her golden anniversary in the entertainment industry. “I’ve been asking Chito for so long for something this and I’m so glad that it’s finally happening. With the undeniable top caliber of Star Cinema, Direk Chito, and our award-wining cast, how can I go wrong!” she remarked.

With Direk Chito at the helm, Star Cinema gathered an all-star highly acclaimed powerhouse cast to star with Ate Vi, including Kim Chiu, Janice de Belen, Mark Gil, Martin del Rosario, Allan Paule, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez, Ces Quesada, Ynez Veneracion, Simon Ibarra, Abi Bautista, Joel Torre, Chinggoy Alonso, Mon Confiado, Carmi Martin and Pokwang.

“The Healing” opens in cinemas nationwide on July 25, 2012.

The Healing - Trailer:

Nicki Minaj Manila Concert Photos and Videos

Nicki Minaj Manila Concert Photos and Videos

Around 20,000 fans gather at the SM Mall of Asia Arena last night, July 11, to see Nicki Minaj perform for the first time in Manila for her one-night concert called "Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Tour Live in Manila".

As expected, the 29-year old singer performed her hits including “Starships” and “Super Bass.”

People seem warm and welcoming they are so sweet and warm and funny. Everyone is really nice,” Minaj said during a brief presscon right before the concert.

I have to tell you, I will never forget you. You will be forever in my heart.” she added.

Check some photos and videos below:

Photo credit: Glenn Michael Tan, Philippine Concerts website
Video Source: lorafreeti on YouTube

Slater Young for Smart C+ Commercial

Slater Young for Smart C+ Commercial

What makes Smart C+ smart? Let's C and hear it straight from the smart Slater Young - his first TV commercial ever.

At least 'di awkward.

Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera Had a Heated Argument in ‘The X Factor Philippines’

Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera Had a Heated Argument in ‘The X Factor Philippines’

Tension heated up in the country’s biggest musical event of the year, “The X Factor Philippines” last Saturday, July 7, after judge-mentors Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano got into a small debate whether to put through an auditionee or not.

After Allen Sta. Maria of Cabanatuan City performed her piece, Gary and fellow judge Charice instantly voted yes while Martin said no. Gary argued that the young girl has strong potential and her voice quality is current with what teenagers nowadays listen to but Martin remained unconvinced and thought that her performance fell short. In the end, Pilita Corrales casted the deciding vote and sided with Gary and Charice. Martin was dismayed and argued with the judges once more while Allen went backstage and rejoiced with her family. The task of spotting the ‘x factor’ is indeed getting tougher week by week. A single vote from the judge-mentors can make or break the chances of the country’s next singing superstar.

Don’t miss the country’s biggest and grandest musical event of the year, “The X Factor Philippines,” with KC Concepcion as host, every Saturday, after “MMK,” and every Sunday, after “Sarah G Live” on ABS-CBN. Follow the show’s official Twitter account at @thexfactorphil and tweet your thoughts and reactions using the hashtag #XFactorPH.

Comic-Con Death of 53 Year-old Twilight Fan, How Did it Happen?

Comic-Con Death of 53 Year-old Twilight Fan, How Did it Happen?

Summit Entertainment was saddened after a 53-year-old Twilight fan who spent the last two days waiting in line for the Comic-Con panel was killed on Tuesday when she tried to cross the street to keep her place.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Gisela Gagliardi was trying to cross the street despite the red light on Tuesday morning to keep her place in the line of hundreds of Twilight fans at the Comic-Con in San Diego. The Twilight event is happening in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center in California.

Unfortunately, she was hit by a passing Subaru Outback and tragically died in an instant.

Some witnesses said Garliardi tried to stop after she realized that the Subaru Outback was not slowing down. However, she tripped and the SUV ran into her. She was bleeding profusely.

It’s interesting to note that two years ago, a young man stabbed another with a pen while fighting for seats in the convention center’s Hall H. A few years prior, a beam collapsed in Hall H, injuring several fans including editor-in-chief.

PBB Teen Big 4 Myrtle, Karen, Roy and Twins Jai and Joj Now Ready to Shine

PBB Teen Big 4 Myrtle, Karen, Roy and Twins Jai and Joj Now Ready to Shine

Myrtle Sarrosa, Karen Reyes, Roy Requejo and Jaj & Joi Agpangan are the Big 4 of PBB Teen Edition 4. After spending 91 days inside kuya’s house, the last housemates standing are now ready to take the showbiz splash.

Get to know more about them.

TEEN BIG WINNER: Myrtle Sarrosa

Real Name: Myrtle Abigail Porlucas Sarrosa
Origin: Iloilo City
Birthdate: December 7, 1994
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Student, Sangguniang Kabataan President
Religion: Christian
Hobbies: Cosplaying, watching anime and wrestling
Favorite Color: Black, white and red
Favorite Food: Patatim, caldereta and beef steak
Favorite Show: High School of the Dead, Death Note and WWE RAW
Favorite Actor: Gerald Anderson, Daniel Padilla and Matt Dalas
Favorite Actress: Cristine Reyes, Kim Chui and Alodia Gosiengfiao
Favorite Singer: Katy Perry, 4minute and Boyce Avenue

Bukod sa pagkakapanalo sa cosplay competitions, Myrtle takes pride in getting into the University of the Philippines in the Visayas. “Only one out of 10 students gets the chance to go to school here. Not even my High School Valedictorian or anyone in my batch in high school was able to acquire such privilege to go to this University.”

Myrtle is also a big football fan as her city is considered the football capital of the Philippines. As Sangguniang Kabataan Municipal Federation President of Barotac Nuevo, Province of Iloilo, gusto ni Myrtle mas mapalaganap pa ang vision ng kanilang bayan sa sport na ito through her joining PBB.


Real Name: Karen Mae Reyes
Origin: Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
Birthdate: October 17, 1996
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Student
Religion: Roman Catholic
Hobbies: Dancing, playing volleyball
Favorite Color: Blue, black and brown
Favorite Food: Lasagna, sinigang na baboy, lechong kawali
Favorite Show: Walang Hanggan, Mara Clara, Magkaribal
Favorite Actor: JM deG uzman, Coco Martin , John Lloyd Cruz
Favorite Actress: Angel Locsin, Julia Montes, Anne Curtis
Favorite Singer: Silent Sanctuary, The Script, Maddi Jane, Adele

Medyo sensitive si Karen pagdating sa usapin tungkol sa kanyang ama dahil pumanaw ito sa isang away trapiko. Ulila man sa kanyang ama ay masayahing bata pa din si Karen at nahahawa ang mga tao sa kanyang paligid sa kanyang cheerful disposition. Magaling din na dancer si Karen at member ng dance group ng kanilang eskwelahan.


Real Name: Roy Dela Cerna Requejo
Origin: Naga City
Birthdate: August 28, 1994
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Construction worker
Religion: Roman Catholic
Hobbies: Playing basketball, watching anime
Favorite Color: Red and black
Favorite Food: Fried chicken
Favorite Show: E-boy
Favorite Actor: John Lloyd Cruz
Favorite Actress: Kim Chiu
Favorite Singer: Parokya Ni Edgar

Sanay sa simpleng pamumuhay si Roy at walang takot na hinaharap ang mga pagsubok na kaniyang hinaharap. Pamilya ang inspirasyon niya sa pagsali sa Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition at sinabing mamimiss niya ang kaniyang talong kapatid habang siya ay namamalagi sa loob ng Bahay ni Kuya. Idolo niya ang dancer-actor na si Vhong Navarro at siya raw ang pipiliin niyang maka-swap ng buhay kahit na pansamantala lamang. Medyo mahiyain si Roy, pero alam naman niyang madali niyang mapakikisamahan ang mga makakasama sa loob ng Bahay.


Real Name: Jyra May G. Agpangan
Origin: Bacolod City
Birthdate: September 3, 1995
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Student
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: Watching TV, reading pocketbooks
Favorite Color: Blue, purple and red
Favorite Food:Pizza, burger, fries
Favorite Show: Vampire Diaries, Jane by Design, Dahil sa Pag-ibig
Favorite Actor: Nick Jonas, Rafael Rosell, Stefan Salvatore
Favorite Actress: Kristen Belle, Denise Laurel, Nina Dobrev
Favorite Singer: Krissy and Erika, Jonas Brothers, FM static

Katulad ng kaniyang twin sister na si Joj, very bubbly rin si Jai. Binanggit niya na participating in bonding activities with her family and friends ang isa sa kaniyang mga paboritong gawin. Dancer, school pep squad at theatre guild member si Jai and these activities are a perfect fit to her personality. Very sociable din si Jai. “Hindi ako namimili ng taong pakikisamahan,” she says proudly. “May kadaldalan di ako, kaya madali akong maging kaibigan.” Ayaw lang ni Jai ang mga taong hypocrites, demanding, at masakit magsalita.

Real Name: Joj Martin G Agpangan
Origin: Bacolod City
Birthdate: September 3, 1995
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Student
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: Watching TV, reading pocketbooks
Favorite Color: Hot pink, purple and blue
Favorite Food: Chopsuey, boneless bangus, inasal na manok, chicken fillet, sinigang
Favorite Show: Vampire diaries, City Hunter, Dahil sa Pag-Ibig
Favorite Actor: Jake Cuenca, Robi Domingo, Enchong Dee, Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil
Favorite Actress: Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes, Nina Dobrev
Favorite Singer: Madie Jane, The Script, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Secondhand
Serenade, FM Static

Kasamang pumasok ni Joj ang kaniyang identical twin sister na si Jai sa loob ng PBB House this season. Ito ang unang pagkakataon na may twins na naging Official Housemates. President ng kanilang school drama guild at isa ring member ng pep squad si Joj at ito na rin siguro ang nag-enhance sa natural charm at bubbliness ng dalagita. Maraming favorite celebrities si Joj, but if given the chance, she would love to swap lives with Anne Curtis. “Carry niya talaga ang lahat,” sabi ni Joj. “She does everything with confidence talaga!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

GMA-7 Statement on the Death of Dolphy

GMA-7 Statement on the Death of Dolphy

Buong pusong nakikiramay ang GMA Network sa pamilya ni G. Rodolfo Quizon Sr.

Malungkot man ang kanyang paglisan, ang buhay ni Dolphy ay nagsisilbing inspirasyon sa buong showbiz industry.

Lubos ang aming pasasalamat sa Hari ng Komedya sa bawat ngiti, halakhak at saya dulot ng kanyang walang kapagurang pagganap sa entablado man, pelikula o telebisyon. Siguradong mas masaya ang langit ngayong nandoon na siya.

Ang kanyang pamana ay mananatili sa puso ng bawat Pilipino sa buong mundo.

Dolphy in Casket Photo Gets Viral

Dolphy in Casket Photo Gets Viral

The King of Comedy's remains is now at the Dolphy Theater in ABS-CBN compound. Friends and fans will have the chance to see Dolphy for the last time as the viewing will be made open to the public starting 9 o'clock tonight.

But earlier this afternoon, ABS-CBN News FB account posted several photos of Dolphy, taken during the special coverage of ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), lying in his bronze casket . Intentional or not, the photo which started to gain negative reactions from their online followers, was removed immediately.

Check out the photos below (out of respect, this writer decided to cover the photo of the late Dolphy):

Dolphy's remains now being brought to ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater

The King of Comedy lying peacefully in his casket

Dolphy's friends, colleagues, and ABS-CBN employees pay last respects at the Dolphy Theater

TV5 Statement on the Death of Dolphy

TV5's Statement on the Death of Dolphy

The Management and Staff of TV5 join the whole nation in mourning the passing of our most cherished colleague and one of showbiz’ most revered icons, Dolphy.

For us in TV5, Mang Dolphy forever lives as the symbol of the indomitable joyful spirit of the Filipino.

May the legacy of his laughter sustain us through our trials and triumphs as a people."

ABS-CBN Statement on the Death of Dolphy

ABS-CBN's Statement on the Death of Dolphy

ABS-CBN mourns the passing of Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr., known to all as “Dolphy”, the one and only King of Filipino Comedy.

Remembered as John Puruntong, Kevin Cosme and Pidol among many other names, he remains the symbol of every Juan de la Cruz who loves his children and can make light of life’s trials.

From being a peanut and “butong pakwan” vendor in a movie house to becoming one of the country’s biggest stars, many knew that Dolphy stayed humble and approachable. That is why his life, not just his roles, has been an inspiration to millions.

Dolphy’s first starring TV role was in Buhay Artista produced by ABS-CBN in the 1960s. He became a close and true friend of ABS-CBN’s Chairman Emeritus Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr. He would later on become a Kapamilya for more than 40 years.

Today, everyone at ABS-CBN joins his family and the whole nation in remembering his great life and career. Most of his works were huge box office successes, many were award-winning and all are now immortal in the hearts of Filipinos.

We will miss “Tito Dolphy”, an idol, a friend, and already a legend even while he lived.

–Bong Osorio, Head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications

Hunger Games Finale 'Mockingjay' To Be Shown as 2-Part Movie

Hunger Games Finale 'Mockingjay' To Be Shown as 2-Part Movie

Lionsgate announced Tuesday, July 10, that the final installment of Suzanne Collins' best-selling series, "Mockingjay," will be split into two movies, with Part 1 to be released November 21, 2014, followed by Part 2 on November 20, 2015.

Talk of a two-part finale (reminiscent of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" approaches) began long before "The Hunger Games" ever bowed in theaters, though producer Nina Jacobson told MTV News during the film's red-carpet premiere that the split was far from a foregone conclusion and would be based on the first film's reception.

"Hopefully, people love this movie enough to demand the next one," she said. "Go make that one. Figure out what to do from there."

Audiences obviously embraced the dystopian tale of teenager Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and her fight for survival against 23 other children in the titular televised death match; the movie has grossed more than $400 billion domestically. The question now is: How and where will the third novel be split?

Collins' "Mockingjay," released August 2010, follows heroine Katniss and her fellow District 12 victor Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson) as they fight in an uprising to usurp the capricious Capitol and its head, President Snow.

Earlier this week, Lionsgate announced that Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman would join the cast as Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, a pivotal role that appears in both "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay." The series' second film, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," is slated to begin production in the fall with new director Francis Lawrence at the helm. The movie will hit theaters November 23, 2013.

- Source

Kantar TV Ratings July 9: ‘Be Careful with My Heart’ Pilot Episode Beats ‘Eat Bulaga’

Kantar TV Ratings July 9: ‘Be Careful with My Heart’ Pilot Episode Beats ‘Eat Bulaga’

Kantar Media National TV Ratings shows that the pilot episode of ABS-CBN primetanghali newest romantic-drama series “Be Careful with My Heart” rates higher than GMA-7's noontime show “Eat Bulaga!”.

Here are the Top 20 programs and comparative TV ratings (Urban + Rural) nationwide on Monday, July 9, 2012 according to Kantar Media:


Kape’t Pandasal (0.3%) / Ako Ang Simula (Replay) (0.9%) vs. Tunay Na Buhay (Replay) (1.1%)
Umagang Kay Ganda (4.9%) vs. Unang Hirit (4.0%)
Kris Tv (6.1%) vs. Hunter X Hunter (5.9%) / Pokemon (6.2%) / Inuyasha (7.3%)
Dinosaur King (5.4%) vs. Fairy Tail (7.3%)
Gashbell (5.7%) / Yu-Gi-Oh! 5d’s (5.8%) vs. One Piece (7.8%)
Two Wives (8.5%) vs. Cooking With The Stars (6.0%) / Kapuso Movie Festival (8.3%)
Be Careful With My Heart (15.2%) vs. Chef Boy Logro Kusina Master (8.8%)
It’s Showtime (12.5%) vs. Eat… Bulaga! (14.7%)
Mundo Man Ay Magunaw (16.7%) vs. Hindi Ka Na Mag-Iisa (9.8%)
Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo (17.4%) vs. Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (9.8%)
City Hunter Returns (10.5%) vs. Faithfully (11.6%)
Precious Hearts Romances Presents Hiyas (11.8%) vs. It Started With A Kiss 2 (8.7%)


Aryana (22.1%) vs. My Daddy Dearest (9.0%)
TV Patrol (30.5%) / Princess And I (37.3%) vs. 24 Oras (16.6%) vs. Wil Time Bigtime (7.0%)
Walang Hanggan (40.2%) vs. Luna Blanca (14.4%)
Lorenzo’s Time (25.2%) vs. Makapiling Kang Muli (12.4%) vs. Runaway (3.8%)
Kahit Puso’y Masugatan (10.9%) vs. One True Love (10.9%) / Lie To Me (8.7%) vs. Super Sine Prime (5.4%)
Bandila (4.1%) vs. Saksi Liga Ng Katotohanan (4.1%) vs. Pilipinas News (1.4%)
XXX (Exklusibong Explosibong Expose) (2.2%) vs. I-Witness The GMA Documentaries (3.0%) / Chuno The Slave Hunter (1.8%) vs. Wanted (0.9%) / Juicy! (0.4%)
Cge Tv In Da Loop (0.6%) vs. Just For Laughs Gags (1.2%) / The Medyo Latenight Show With Jojo A. (0.1%)

Source: Kantar Media

Gina Alajar Might Ruin Friendship with Roderick Paulate for Protégé

Gina Alajar Might Ruin Friendship with Roderick Paulate for Protégé

TV Director and Protégé mentor Gina Alajar is feeling nervous now that GMA’s competition for the big artista break, “Protégé” is about to begin – but not because of the competition per se, but because she will be competing with fellow mentor and long-time friend Roderick Paulate.

Gina and Roderick began in show business almost at the same time and since their first project, they have become “siblings” in the industry.

Roderick calls me Ate Oreng because yun yung character name ko dun sa unang movie na pinagsamahan namin, and I call him Bong. So dun palang makikita na natin na secret code namin yun diba, tapos ngayon nandito kami para mag-compete sa isa’t isa at para mag-mentor sa mga bagong mga mag-aartista,” said Gina.

In a separate interview with Roderick, the veteran actor and comedian said that when the role of being one of the mentors of the search was offered to him, he hesitated since he knew that mentoring is a challenging job plus the fact that he will be competing with his fellow veteran actors.

Mentoring is a difficult job. It’s so easy to be mentored pero yung magtuturo ka mas mahirap yun. You need to devote so much effort and time, mejo ninerbiyos ako ng konti pero natuwa rin ako kasi mga kaibigan ko sa industriya ang kasama ko sa pagme-mentor,” he said.

Gina and Roderick’s friendship began decades ago when both actors were yet child stars.

Si Roderick kasabayan kong mag-artista yan e — 5 years old siya, 8 years old naman ako tapos halos dito lang sa industriyang ito gumagalaw ang buhay namin,” Gina recalled.

Gina added that she’s anxious about the fact that anything could happen on the show and the mentors themselves might come into conflict with one another.

Mahirap kasi hindi ko alam kung magkakaroon ng lamat ang mga friendship na ito e. May kanya-kanyang style, may kanya-kanyang ideas yan e, at itong lahat ng mga mentors na ito walang kinatatakutan, they say what they say – kesyo masaktan ka – yun lang yung kinakatakot ko dun. Like ako, baka meron akong masabi na biglang ma-offend ang kahit isa sa kanila. Si Philip pa naman pikon yan (laughs). Pikon yan talaga. Pero maaring kimkimin niya yung galit niya sa akin, pero I think hindi maiiwasan yun e.

Kaya nakakaba, mas nakakakaba yung labanan ng mga mentors kaysa sa labanan ng mga proteges kasi dun sa mga mentors yun yung magkakaroon ng feedback sa isa’t isa, baka magkaroon lang kami ng mga conflict – hopefully not – pero hindi maiiwasan, sa palagay ko hindi maiiwasan,” explained Gina.

Only time could tell if Gina’s “predictions” are correct but one thing is for sure: it’s going to be a battle worth watching.

Protégé officially begins on July 23, Monday, with the daily, 30-minute update dubbed “Inside Protégé” which will be hosted by Jennylyn Mercado and aired on GMA-7’s primetime block.

The first gala night will be on August 5, Sunday, which will be held at Studio 7 of the GMA Network Studios and hosted by Dingdong Dantes and Carla Abellana.

Apart from the mentors, four judges will also give their critiques of each protégé’s performance during the weekly gala. The judges are Joey de Leon, Director Bert de Leon, Cherie Gil and GMA top honcho Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar.

Erik Santos to Stage ‘Greatest Theme Songs’ Concert

Erik Santos to Stage ‘Greatest Theme Songs’ Concert

Prince of Pop Erik Santos stands out among his contemporaries because of his ability to convey a whole array of emotions through his songs, making him the most sought-after interpreter of theme songs.

He has breathed life to around 30 movie and TV themes– May Bukas Pa, Now That I Have You, Miss You Like Crazy, If You Asked Me To, Lupa, It Might Be You, Maging Sino Ka Man, Say You’ll Never Go, I’ll Never Go, among others. This is a feat achieved only by the Prince of Pop, who seems to be John Lloyd Cruz’s lucky charm because most of his hit movies had Erik as the singer of the theme. And with such achievements he has become the most requested interpreter of Teleserye and movie theme songs.

Erik, aside from being a prolific singer, is also an accomplished concert performer with numerous hit concerts to his name. He had sold-out concerts at the Music Museum, Meralco Theater, Aliw Theater, and Araneta Coliseum.

This August 30 and 31 at the Meralco Theater, Erik highlights his love of singing theme songs and performing via the major concert The Greatest Theme Songs. In the concert, experience the power of Erik’s voice as he celebrates the magic of cinema and music through impressive production numbers and sincere singing.

I am excited with the concept of this concert,” says Erik. “I have always been fascinated by great Theme Songs, be it movies, theater or teleseryes, so I am really happy that I was given this project.

The concert will feature, aside from Erik’s live performance of his previously-recorded theme songs, the Prince of Pop’s favorite songs lifted from the big and small screens.

It will be a night of good music and memorable moments,” adds Erik. “It will be a trip down memory lane, but I assure you, everything you’ll see onstage will be somewhat new. It is an exciting show.” Joining him in the concert are all female Classical Crossover Pop Trio Opera Belles and OPM legendary Icons Basil Valdez, Vina Morales and Gary Valenciano.

As a recording artist, Erik still remains to be one of the most bankable singers of his generation winning the 2012 Tambayan 101.9 Song of the Year award for his single Kulang Ako Kung Wala Ka, part of his latest album Awit Para Sa’yo.

This event is presented by Qualibet and Record Breaker Events in cooperation with Zenea Slimming and Body Sculpting and a production of Cornerstone Concerts. For tickets to The Greatest Theme Songs, please call SM Tickets at 470-2222 and Ticketworld at 891-9999.




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