KC Concepcion Covers Cosmopolitan Magazine Mexico

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KC Concepcion Covers Cosmopolitan Magazine Mexico


Did you know that aside from being the Pinay celebrity to grace the most number of local fashion and lifestyle magazine covers, KC Concepcion also gone as far as gracing the cover of the Mexican edition of women’s magazine Cosmopolitan.

During the airing of "Kris TV" on Friday where she showed to viewers her brand-new Taguig condominium, Kris Aquino was surprised to see KC's cover of Cosmopolitan Mexico that the latter revealed was released two or three years ago.




Aside from the her international magazine cover, KC was also named one of "The 25 Sexiest International Actresses You Haven't Heard Of" by the pop culture international website Complex.com.

AGB TV Ratings July 10 - 17: 'Be Careful with My Heart' Maintains its Place in GMA-7 Dominated Top 10 Daytime Race

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AGB TV Ratings July 10 - 17: 'Be Careful with My Heart' Maintains its Place in GMA-7 Dominated Top 10 Daytime Race


Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from July 10 to 17, 2012 among Mega Manila households (Household Ratings):

July 10, Tuesday

Daytime:
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 23.8%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 16.3%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 14.9%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 14.7%
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 14.4%
Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 13.1%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 13%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Ang Agimat (GMA-7) – 11.5%
One Piece (GMA-7) – 11.4%
Fairytail (GMA-7) – 9.8%

Primetime:
Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 28.2%
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 26.4%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 24.1%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 24%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 21.1%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 20.9%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 20.7%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 19.9%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 19.4%
My Daddy Dearest (GMA-7) – 14.8%

July 11, Wednesday

Daytime:
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 23.9%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 18.3%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 16.4%
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 16.3%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Aringkingking (GMA-7) / Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 15.9%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 13.6%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 13.3%
Salamat Tito Dolphy (ABS-CBN) – 11.2%
One Piece (GMA-7) – 10%
Kris TV (ABS-CBN) – 9.3%

Primetime:
Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 28.1%
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 26.1%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 24.3%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 24.2%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 23.1%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 22.6%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 22.1%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 19.8%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 19.6%
My Daddy Dearest (GMA-7) – 13.3%

July 12, Thursday

Daytime
:
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 24.1%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 19%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 16.2%
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 15%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 13.8%
Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 13.7%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 13.5%
Kapuso Movie Festival: ‘D Sisters (GMA-7) – 12.8%
One Piece (GMA-7) – 11%
Fairytail (GMA-7) – 9.8%

Primetime:
Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 30.4%
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 26.5%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 24.3%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 23.6%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 23.4%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 22.8%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 22%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 20.5%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 20.1%
My Daddy Dearest (GMA-7) – 13.9%

July 13, Friday

Daytime:
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 22.1%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 16.7%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 15.6%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) / Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 14.4%
Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 13%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 12.8%
One Piece (GMA-7) – 11.8%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Pandoy Ang Alalay ng Panday (GMA-7) – 11.6%
Fairy Tail (GMA-7) – 10.2%
Mundo Man Ay Magunaw (ABS-CBN) – 9.5%

Primetime:
Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 26.3%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 24.2%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 23.4%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 22.9%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 22.8%
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 22.5%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 21.2%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 20.2%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 19.4%
Bubble Gang (GMA-7) – 18.2%

July 14, Saturday

Daytime:
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 26.7%
Startalk TX (GMA-7) – 15.5%
24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) – 13.9%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Ano Ba Yan (GMA-7) – 12.5%
Wish Ko Lang! (GMA-7) – 11.5%
SOCO (ABS-CBN) – 10.3%
Maynila (GMA-7) – 10.2%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 9.8%
Sabado Sineplex: The World Is Not Enough (TV5) – 9.2%
Failon Ngayon (ABS-CBN) – 9%

Primetime:
MMK 20 Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) – 27.4%
Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7) – 22.1%
Kapuso Movie Night: The Protector (GMA-7) – 20.3%
Wansapanataym: Batang Chalk (ABS-CBN) – 19.3%
Imbestigador (GMA-7) –18.4%
The X Factor Philippines (ABS-CBN) – 16.7%
TV Patrol 25 Weekend (ABS-CBN) – 14.7%
Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) – 14.6%
Manny Many Prizes (GMA-7) – 14.4%
Tunay Na Buhay (GMA-7) – 13.2%

July 15, Sunday

Daytime:
Salamat Dolphy (GMA-7) – 16.3%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Abrakadabra (GMA-7) – 14.9%
ASAP 2012 (ABS-CBN) – 11.7%
Party Pilipinas (GMA-7) – 11.6%
Showbiz Central (GMA-7) – 11%
Together Forever (GMA-7) – 10.6%
The Buzz (ABS-CBN) – 10.2%
Doraemon Adventures (GMA-7) – 8.7%
AHA! (GMA-7) – 8.1%
Bakugan Gundalian Invaders (GMA-7) – 8%

Primetime:
Rated K (ABS-CBN) – 18.1%
The X Factor Philippines (ABS-CBN) – 17.5%
TV Patrol 25 Weekend (ABS-CBN) – 16.2%
Gandang Gabi Vice (ABS-CBN) – 16.1%
Tweets For My Sweet (GMA-7) / Kap’s Amazing Stories (GMA-7) / Sarah G Live (ABS-CBN) – 14.9%
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (TV5) – 14.8%
Pinoy Adventures (GMA-7) – 14.6%
Goin’ Bulilit (ABS-CBN) – 14.5%
24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) / Ibilib: The Wonders of Horus (GMA-7) – 14.3%
Pare & Pare (GMA-7) – 13.2%

July 16, Monday

Daytime:
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 21.8%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 16.8%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 15.5%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 14.9%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 14.8%
Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) / Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 14%
Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) – 12.2%
One Piece (GMA-7) – 11.2%
Hunter X Hunter (GMA-7) – 10.8%
Inuyasha (GMA-7) / Face To Face (TV5) – 9.8%

Primetime:
Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 25.8%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 24.3%
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 24.2%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 22.1%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 21.9%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 21.8%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 21.5%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 19.5%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 18.1%
My Daddy Dearest (GMA-7) – 15.3%

July 17, Tuesday

Daytime:
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 21.2%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 17.3%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 16.6%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 16.2%
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 14.8%
One Piece (GMA-7) – 14.4%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 13.3%
Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) – 13.1%
Hunter X Hunter (GMA-7) – 12.4%
Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 12.2%

Primetime:
Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 26.4%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 25.8%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 24%
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 23.9%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 22.8%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 22.2%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 20.8%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 19.4%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 18.7%
My Daddy Dearest (GMA-7) – 12.7%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

Grace Lee Turns Kapatid, Joins TV5's 'News5'

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Grace Lee Turns Kapatid, Joins TV5's 'News5'


Grace Lee signs contract with TV5. The lifestyle and entertainment TV host recently joined TV5’s roster of dedicated presenters under its news and information arm, News5.

She will soon be part of the network’s weekday morning show, Good Morning Club, and be a co-anchor on AksyonTV’s daily primetime newscast Andar ng mga Balita alongside seasoned host Martin Andanar.

On Lee’s move to TV5, News5 head Luchi Cruz Valdes said, “Together with TV5, Grace can explore other opportunities to develop her journalistic interests. She is a valuable addition to our growing pool of news professionals dedicated to serving the public interest.”

Lee is shown in the photo with Valdes (extreme left), TV5 president and CEO Atty. Ray C. Espinosa (second from left) and her manager Arnold Vegafria (extreme right).

Jessa Zaragoza ‘Pag Wala Na Ang Ulan’ Music Video and Lyrics

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Jessa Zaragoza ‘Pag Wala Na Ang Ulan’ Music Video and Lyrics


Here is the music video for Jessa Zaragoza's latest song ‘Pag Wala Na Ang Ulan’ from her latest album of the same title, out now at all record bars nationwide.





O bakit ba ganito
Lagi nalang ika'y may tampo
Pero sa halik ko lang
Limot mo na ang ating tampuhan
Ano nga ba ang dahilan
Kapag nagmahal
Tiyak masasaktan
Hahayaan nalang bang may ganyan

Pag wala na ang ulan
At hanap ang lambing at yakap mo
Narito ang puso kong nagmamahal
Sana'y di na muling masaktan

Araw-araw ay miss kita
Kahit laging kasama ka
Meron tampuhan at batian
Di na nasanay pero ok lang
Ganito pala ang magmahal
May unawaan at may bigayan
Sana'y lagi tayong ganyan

Pag wala na ang ulan
At hanap ang lambing at yakap mo
Narito ang puso kong nagmamahal
Sana'y di na muling

Pag wala na ang ulan
At hanap ang lambing at yakap mo
Narito ang puso kong nagmamahal
Sana'y di na muling...masaktan

Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson "Babe Night" this Sunday

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Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson "Babe Night" this Sunday


Popstar Sarah Geronimo will be treated to a momentous birthday bash this Sunday, July 22, in “Sarah G. Live!” as Drama Prince and close friend Gerald Anderson graces the “SGL” centerstage as her guest co-host for the very first time.

Aside from Gerald, also joining Sarah’s month-long birthday celebration is Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano who is going to set the energy level higher in an unforgettable world-class production number. The said episode is set to raise the bar higher as the Popstar pays a ‘King of Pop tribute’ to her no. 1 idol, Michael Jackson. 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.” For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.comor follow @SGLiveOFFICIAL on Twitter and like SarahGLiveOFFICIAL on Facebook.

Vilma Santos Golden Showbiz Anniversary Celebration this Sunday in ‘ASAP 2012′

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Vilma Santos Golden Showbiz Anniversary Celebration this Sunday in ‘ASAP 2012′


ASAP 2012” will throw a grand golden celebration this Sunday, July 22, for the 50th showbiz anniversary of the Stars for All Seasons Vilma Santos with a string of world-class production numbers to be led by Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Piolo Pascual, Vina Morales, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, Angeline Quinto, Jed Madela, and Yeng Constantino.

Relive the 50 golden years of the Star for All Seasons through the show-stopping performances prepared by the ASAP Kapamilya including the must-see surprise from Billy Crawford, Nikki Gil, Karylle, “Aryana” love team Ella Cruz and Paul Salas, and “Lorenzo’s Time” lead stars Zaijan Jaranilla and Belle Mariano. Also watch out for the special production number of Vilma’s “The Healing” co-stars Kim Chiu and Pokwang together with John Prats, Empress, Sam Concepcion, Bugoy Cariño, and Chokoleit; followed by the breath-taking dance showdown of Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao and Cristine Reyes.

Get ready to sing and dance with the back-to-back birthday bash of Diether Ocampo with Sam Milby and Jovit Baldivino; and Rayver Cruz with the Supahdancers Iya Villania, Saicy Aguila, and Beth Dazo. Don’t miss the newest soundtrack of phenomenal TV drama “Walang Hanggan;” and introduction of the newest ASAP boy group.

Experience acoustic as its best as Bamboo, Aiza Seguerra, Juris, Richard Poon, JM de Guzman, and Paolo Valenciano treat everyone with another hair-raising vocal act.

Meanwhile, Gerald Anderson, Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil, and Bangs Garcia are going to set the dancefloor on fire with their hottest dance moves.

Don’t miss the Star for All Seasons’ golden anniversary in 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 ASAP Chill-Out, simply visit http://asap.abs-cbn.com/, follow @ASAPOFFICIAL on Twitter, or ‘like’ http://facebook.com/asapofficial.

Party Pilipinas Supreme This Sunday, July 22

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Party Pilipinas Supreme This Sunday, July 22


Get ready a supreme afternoon party with Party Pilipinas SUPREME this Sunday, July 22.

Party with Kapuso's Mega Drama Stars, Ultimate Hunks, Generation Super, Superior Actor and Premiere Actress and many more.

Watch Party Pilipinas SUPREME teaser here:




Don’t miss the biggest event happening this Sunday, July 22, together with Kapuso's brightest and hottest stars only on GMA-7.

Jessica Sanchez: "Deandre Brackensick is my boyfriend."

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Jessica Sanchez: "Deandre Brackensick is my boyfriend."


Jessica Sanchez and Deandre Brackensick are dating....officially.

This news was revealed by the young sweet couple on July 19 via Ustream

Deandre. He’s my boyfriend,” said the 17-year-old American Idol Season 11 runner-up referring to her fellow AI finalist Deandre Brackensick.

Pinky Webb Investigates Incest Case Involving Minors in ‘XXX’

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Pinky Webb Investigates Incest Case Involving Minors in ‘XXX’


XXX” anchor Pinky Webb rescues a 16-year-old girl whose own dad has been raping her for more than four years from the time she was in the province until now when she is working as a household help in Manila.

This Monday, July 23, Pinky exposes the plight of the helpless minor who now works in the city to be far away from her father in Bicol. Her nightmare continues as her dad would travel to Manila.

Worse, Pinky finds out that the dad would also rape his very own 12-year-old daughter in the absence of his 16-year-old daughter. While Pinky seeks justice for the sexually abused minors, her co-anchors Anthony Taberna and Julius Babao look at two fraud cases.

Anthony probes on the complaint of a company tricked by an online travel agency that offered very affordable vacation packages. They paid the down payment of almost P50,000. When the agency hadreschedule the trip, the company opted to have a refund. They followed it up for days and weeks until they realize that the whole deal was a scam.

Meanwhile, Julius looks into the case of a woman who could not use a taxi franchise that she bought and paid for a year ago. Julius later finds out that business transaction was invalid as it turns out that the franchise bought was not under the name of the seller. Find out how the seller-cum-fixer gets caught and confronted.

Don’t miss “XXX” this Monday, July 23, after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN. Watch it ealier on DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable ch 26) the same day at 9:15 p.m.

TV5 Airs Exclusive Coverage of London 2012 Olympics

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TV5 Airs Exclusive Coverage of London 2012 Olympics


Sports5, the sports arm of TV5, will showcase the London 2012 Olympics as the event’s exclusive Philippine free TV broadcaster.

The whole world will witness the best athletes from 147 participating countries as they vie for the much coveted gold, silver and bronze positions. The English capital will host a series of historic events that are sure to be awe-inspiring and memorable.

The highly-anticipated Opening will air on TV5 live on July 28, Saturday, at 3:30 AM (Manila time). Swimming, diving and basketball will be featured on TV5, while audiences can watch sporting events like volleyball, gymnastics, tennis, badminton, among others on AksyonTV. AKTV, the first all-sports channel on free TV, will also provide the most comprehensive primetime coverage of the 2012 London Olympics. AKTV Center special reports will keep viewers up to date of the latest medal standings.

Kapatid sportsman Derek Ramsay and Lia Cruz are slated to lead the Sports5 delegation to London to deliver the most significant highlights of all sporting events in the Olympics, particularly the standings of the Philippines’ own Olympic contingent.

Colorado Shooting in Dark Knight Rises Premiere (Video)

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Colorado Shooting in Dark Knight Rises Premiere (Video)


A cellphone video of that fateful premiere night of “The Dark Knight Rises” in a theater in Aurora, Colorado on Friday, July 20, where a horrific shooting incident happened that caused the lives of at least 14 people and wounded another 50 is now up on YouTube.

Suspected gunman-killer 24-year-old Neuroscience Phd Candidate James Holmes, reportedly holding 3 guns and wearing a bulletproof vest, allegedly opened fire inside theater, shot in the air first then at the people watching new Batman movie. The shooting incident lasted for 10 minutes according to eyewitnesses.

Watch the video here:


The Bourne Legacy Trailer Featuring Pinoy Actors Talking in Tagalog

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The Bourne Legacy Trailer Featuring Pinoy Actors Talking in Tagalog


The Bourne Legacy has released another trailer called "Rooptop Rescue" showing some scenes shot in Manila and Pinoy actors talking in Tagalog.

Watch the trailer here:




Meanwhile, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino revealed that the said movie which most part were shot in the Philippines, will have its Asian premiere in the Philippines on August 5, 2012.

“We will be screening the movie ahead of the US release. 'The Bourne Legacy' will be shown on August 5, 7 pm in Resorts World Manila. This will be the first premiere, the Asian premiere of The Bourne Legacy,” Tolentino said in his interview with ABS-CBN AM radio station dzMM.

The Bourne Legacy which star Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Joan Allen, Albert Finney and Edward Norton will be shown in US theaters on August 10, 2012.

Selena Gomez s Birthday with Justin Bieber

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Selena Gomez s Birthday with Justin Bieber


Justin Bieber graced the grand finals of Australia’s Got Talent on Wednesday July 18. Check out the video below:





The 18-year-old phenomenal singer is also scheduled to celebrate his girlfriend Selena Gomez' 20th birthday this Sunday.

Video: yoogotpranked on YouTube

“Hindi Ordinaryong Tsismis TV (H.O.T. TV)” Replaces Showbiz Central Beginning August 5 on GMA-7

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“Hindi Ordinaryong Tsismis TV (H.O.T. TV)” Replaces Showbiz Central Beginning August 5 on GMA-7


Beginning August 5, GMA Network will air its new showbiz-magazine program H.O.T. TV, which stands for “Hindi Ordinaryong Tsismis TV,” replacing the showbiz-oriented talk show Showbiz Central.

H.O.T. TV will be hosted by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Protégé mentor and veteran comedian-host Roderick Paulate, and two of the current Showbiz Central hosts Raymond Gutierrez and Jennylyn Mercado.

The new show’s format is different from Showbiz Central’s in that it will feature not only showbiz-related news but also human interest stories and extraordinary feats of ordinary people.

Matagal po akong hindi nakagagawa ng ganitong show at I’m very excited na magawa itong H.O.T. TV. Magugustuhan niyo po to. Hindi ito yung karaniwan na lagi niyo nalang napapanood na tsismisan nalang nang tsismisan, no, may laman po ito. Siyempre pag sumali po ako gusto ko ay may maibibigay kami sa inyo, may matututunan din kayo at may mga bago kayong malalaman,” said Roderick.

Raymond Gutierrez, on the other hand, said that this is a new thing for him as a long-time host of a showbiz program since the new program covers a wider range of topics/subjects to be featured, not just entertainment.

Kakaiba ‘to dahil hindi lang puro showbiz ang pag-uusapan namin, of course meron pa rin kaming entertainment news, aside from that lahat rin ng uso pag-uusapan dito,” he said.

H.O.T. TV premieres August 5 after Together Forever on GMA-7.

Daniel Padilla Covers Star Studio Magazine August 2012 Issue

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Daniel Padilla Covers Star Studio Magazine August 2012 Issue


It’s a back-to-back superstar special for StarStudio August 2012 issue with two exclusives: hot young teen idol Daniel Padilla, who poses for his first magazine cover, and the first magazine shoot of Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and eight-month-old son Nathaniel James Alcasid.

Twenty-five pages are devoted to everything Daniel, from his family history to his sudden rise as one of the most popular teen stars today. The seventeen-year-old’s successful team-up with screen partner Kathryn Bernardo is also part of the special Daniel Padilla package.

Regine sits down for her first interview and magazine shoot since giving birth to Nate. The Songbird shares the intimate story of her pregnancy and birth, how she and Ogie are raising Nate, and her own plans for a showbiz comeback.

Side by side with these two exclusives is an all-access pass to ABS-CBN’s primetime bloc and its stars. Go behind the scenes of your favorite shows and get to know their stars. Witness the fashion face-off of Gretchen Barretto and Dawn Zulueta, and find out what the Kapamilya network’s primetime leading men Gabby Concepcion, Richard Gomez, Dominic Roque, Kahlil Ramos, Enrique Gil and Zaijian Jaranilla have been up to on the sets of their top-rating shows.

Also in this issue are snaps from the birthday party of controversial star Ruffa Gutierrez, hosted by beauty guru Dr. Vicki Belo last June 30 and Maja Salvador’s victory party after winning the URIAN Best Actress award for the indie flick “Thelma”.

Not to be outdone, the stars of the upcoming Star Cinema coming-of-age film The Reunion namely Enchong Dee, Xian Lim, Enrique Gil and Kean Cipriano are featured in a special supplement.

StarStudio magazine’s August 2012 issue is now available in bookstores and newsstands nationwide.

Robin Padilla vs April Boy Regino Showdown

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Robin Padilla vs April Boy Regino Showdown


Robin Padilla has proven that he can also be good in singing via his 2002 movie “Videoke King” and more than just a hot-pack action star. But this time, his singing prowess will again be tested as he faces April Boy Regino in a song-and-dance showdown on “TODA Max”.

Different from his robust and redoubtable image in ‘Beverly Gils’, Tol (Robin) will show his artistic side as he and his son Ron-ron (Izzy Canillo) join the school’s ‘Father and Son program’.

But Boogie (April Boy Regino) and his son (Bugoy Carino) will do whatever it takes to defeat their arch-nemesis in this competition – Tol and Ron-ron. With this, Ron-ron will do everything to outrank his competitors but he will accidentally find out that his father really didn’t want to join the competition.

Will the father and son tandem of Tol and Ron-ron push through with the competition? Will they ever come to terms with their tightest competitors Boogie and Bugoy? Don’t miss this riotous episode of “TODA Max” this Saturday, July 21, 2012, after X Factor Philippines, only on ABS-CBN.

Ayala Cinemas in “Full Force” Support of the 8th Cinemalaya 2012 Run

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Ayala Cinemas in “Full Force” Support of the 8th Cinemalaya 2012 Run


Ayala Malls Cinemas hosts for the 2nd time the country’s Cinemalaya on its 8th year in developing and promoting Filipino independent films. Cinemalaya’s simultaneous screening at the CCP Theater and at Ayala Cinemas’ Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma will run from July 21 to July 29.

Competing in the category of New Breed Films are “Intoy Syokoy Ng Kalye Marino” directed by Lemuel C. Lorca, “Requeime!” by Loy Arcenas, “Oros” by Paul Sta. Ana, “Ang Katiwala (The Caretaker)” by Aloy Adlawan, “Santa Nina” by Emmanuel Quindo Palo, “Aparisyon” by Vincent Sandoval, “Diablo” by Mes De Guzman, “Mga Dayo (Resident Aliens) by Julius Sotomayor Cena, “The Animals” by Gino M. Santos and “Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There)” by Marie Jamora.

In Director’s Showcase Films category, entries include “Kamera Obskura” by Raymond Red, “Bwakaw” by Jun Robles Lana, “Posas” (Shackled) by Lawrence Fajardo, “Kalayaan (Wildlife)” by Adolfo B. Alix, Jr. and “Mga Mumunting Lihim (Those Little Secrets)” by Jose Javier Reyes.

Included in Short Feature films are “As He Sleeps” by Sheron Dayoc, “Balintuna (Irony)” by Emmanuel Escalona Jr., “Bohe Sons of the Waves” by Nadjoua Bansil, “Pasahero (Passenger)” by Mario “Max” Celada, “Victor” by Jarell M. Serencio, “Ang Paghihintay Sa Bulong (Waiting to Whisper) by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo, “Manenaya (Waiting)” by Richard Legaspi, “Ruweda (Wheel)” by Hannah Espia, “Sarong Adlaw (one Day) by Marianito Dio, Jr. and “Ulian (Senility)” by Chuck Gutierrez.

Check out Ayala Cinemas’ Cinemalaya schedule at www.sureseats.com and book your tickets in advance at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma.

GMA Regional TV and City Government of Batangas Partners for the Sublian Festival 2012

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GMA Regional TV and City Government of Batangas Partners for the Sublian Festival 2012


For the second year in a row, leading broadcast station GMA Network inked an agreement with the city government of Batangas to be one of its partners for this year's Sublian Festival.

The Kapuso Network is set to showcase some of its biggest artists in the Kapuso Night happening on July 20 at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum bannered by Dingdong Dantes and Heart Evangelista. On July 23, the cast of Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa led by Sid Lucero will spread cheers among Kapuson fans in Batangas via the Kapuso Parada at Sublian sa Kalye.

Above photo shows (From left): Senior Program Manager for GMA Regional Entertainment TV Jocelyn B. Bautista, Regional TV Sales and Marketing Officer for South Luzon Karla A. Canlas, AVP for Sales and Marketing of GMA Regional TV Oliver Victor B. Amoroso, Batangas City Mayor Hon. Vilma A. Dimacuha, Special Assistant to the Mayor Atty. Victor Reginald A. Dimacuha, and Batangas City Tourism Officer and Vice Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee Eduardo Borbon, formalizing the agreement after the MOA signing held at the Batangas City Mayor’s office last July 12, 2012.

Kiray Celis Talks Why She's Still Single: "Love is Stressful!"

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Kiray Celis Talks Why She's Still Single: "Love is Stressful!"


Many fans ask about teen star, Kiray Celis’ love life but she shares that her main priority right now is her studies and career, not having a boyfriend. But she cleared out that she is not a bitter boy-hater unlike Whitney, her character in the hit teen series “LUV U”.

I just don’t want to be stressed”, said the 17-year old “LUV U” star. When asked about her relationship with her on-screen partner Igi Boy Flores, the teen comedienne said, “Actually, we always joke around about how cute we are together but the truth is, we are just like siblings.”

“LUV U” fans, on the other hand believe otherwise as Rocky (Igi Boy) and Whitney are gradually becoming closer even if they are fighting everyday and even if Whitney often spits out her “I hate boys!” line.

Meanwhile, a half-Filipino guy will visit Lamberto Uy Villarama University and he will instantly fall in love with Whitney. With this, she will feel very beautiful and superior over the rest of the girls in her school.

Will Rocky feel jealous of the new guy in Whitney’s life? Will this guy change Whitney’s beliefs about boys? Join the “LUV U” gang with guest Ivan Dorschner this Sunday, July 22, after ASAP 2012, on ABS-CBN.

SOCO Gets High in Ratings in New Timeslot

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SOCO Gets High in Ratings in New Timeslot


ABS-CBN’s premier crime investigation program “SOCO: Scene of the Crime Operatives” anchored by Gus Abelgas debuted strongly on its new, earlier timeslot as it succeeded as one of the most-watched TV programs last weekend.

“SOCO” scored a national TV rating of 13.6% against its rival program “Wish Ko Lang” with only 9.2% last Saturday (July 14), based on Kantar Media’s data that covers urban and rural areas across the country. It also ranked ninth in the overall top programs with its episode that featured a religious sect founded and headed by a brutal and manipulative leader who punished and even raped his followers.

Besides “SOCO,” programs from ABS-CBN’s newly launched news and current affairs weekend block “Failon Ngayon” (13.6%) and “TV Patrol Weekend” (21.1%) also ruled the national TV ratings game and beat rival programs on GMA.

This Saturday (July 21), Gus will probe the rape-murder case of an 18-year old female killed in the fields of Camiling, Tarlac that points to her boyfriend and uncle as the primary suspects.

Initial investigations reveal that victim Mary Cris was drowned in an irrigation canal and was possibly raped based on a piece of male underwear and a pair of slippers left in the crime scene. Who between the two suspects will the physical and forensic evidence incriminate as the killer?

Watch Gus’ full report in “SOCO: Scene of the Crime Operatives” this Saturday (July 21) after “Showbiz Inside Report” on ABS-CBN. For updates on the program, like www.facebook.com /Abs-Cbn-SOCO.

Bea Alonzo, Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes and Kim Chiu Cover METRO Magazine August 2012 Issue

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Bea Alonzo, Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes and Kim Chiu Cover METRO Magazine August 2012 Issue


Kapamilya's hottest primetime actresses Bea Alonzo, Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes and Kim Chiu are the glamorous covers girls of METRO Magazine for its August 2012 issue.

This issue dubbed as "The Celebrity Issue" also features "20 of the Most Beautiful Women Meet 20 Star Designers" and many more.

Metro Magazine August 2012 issue is now available at all magazine stands and selected bookstores nationwide.

Cinemalaya 2012: A Quick Guide to the 8th Cinemalaya Movie Entries

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Cinemalaya 2012: A Quick Guide to the 8th Cinemalaya Movie Entries


Cinemalaya is getting bigger and bigger. One big proof is the numerous mainstream stars who stars in this year’s competition - the likes of Judy Ann Santos, Iza Calzado, Janice de Belen, Zanjoe Marudo, Dennis Trillo, Jodi Sta. Maria, Coco Martin, Ms. Dawn Zulueta and even foreign actors like Thai actor Ananda Everingham and Japanese actress Kiki Sugino.

To help you decide what to watch and not (but I'm hoping we all support the Philippine movie industry by watching all the entries - expensive, time consuming but I bet its all worthy of our time and pocket), here's a quick guide on what to expect in this year's Cinemalaya movie entries:


NEW BREED CATEGORY

Ang Katiwala (The Caretaker)

Stars: Dennis Trillo, Althea Vega, Ronnie Lazaro
Writer-Director: Aloy Adlawan


Ruben (Dennis Trillo) loses his job as a carpenter in a small town in Quezon where he lives with his wife Edna (Althea Vega) and their 10-year old son, Budoy (Miggs Cuaderno). Desperate to make ends meet, he accepts a job as a caretaker of an abandoned property inQuezon City. Ruben soon finds out that the previous owner of the house is an important figure in the country’s history. When he is interviewed by a TV reporter about this historical figure, Ruben feels embarrassed that he knows nothing about him.

Ruben soon starts reading up to get to know more about the life of this person, his accomplishments and what he has done for the people. Ruben’s fascination about the person’s life and his inevitable hero-worship irks the only friend he has in the sprawling compound, the night-shift security guard, Gimo (Ronnie Lazaro), who jokes that Ruben is slowly being possessed by the soul of his new hero.

Writer-director Aloy Adlawan specifically wrote the script with Dennis Trillo in mind. They previously worked together on the GMA-7 teleserye Magdusa Ka (2008), where Direk Aloy served as head writer.


Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There)

Stars: Dawn Zulueta, Dominic Roco, Felix Roco, Buboy Garovillo
Director: Marietta “Marie” Jamora
Writers: Marie Jamora, Ramon De Veyra


Twenty-year old Gibson Bonifacio (Dominic Roco) returns to Manila for the holidays, his first visit home in three years.

He's been studying abroad, and his homecoming is a mix of anxiety and excitement. While the holidays are always festive in the Philippines (home of the world's longest Christmas season), for his family, it is always tinged with sadness, marking as it does yet another anniversary of the accidental death of his identical twin brother Jamie (Felix Roco). The event after which, Gibson stopped speaking entirely. This year, a full decade has passed, and yet there are still everyday reminders of their loss, since a carbon copy of the son that has died is the son who survives.

Gibson comes home to a fractured family, tensions roiling under the surface covered by the tablecloth-gleam of Christmas cheer. Amidst the subculture of Manila’s overlooked upper middle class youth, Gibson searches for genuine connection. As his childhood best friend reaches out to him, and, as he finds a possible romance in a young woman, Gibson reconsiders and redefines his relationship with his family, with himself, even with his dead brother: the only person he talks to.

Writer-director Marie Jamora praised Dawn Zulueta for her outstanding portrayal of Gibson’s mother, Esme. She described Dawn by saying, “Ang galing niya kasi almost all the work has been done. Her interpretation of the character…she brought something na parang I didn’t imagine while writing I was writing the script. She brought another layer so super okay na experience to work with her.”

Direk Marie, who has been a commercial and music video director for the last 10 years, describes Ang Nawawala as a “coming-of-age love story.” In the film, Gibson develops a budding romance with Enid (played by Annicka Dolonius, half-sister of Sanya Smith).

This entry makes use of Original Pinoy Music and features songs and performances of Sandwich, Pedicab, Itchyworms, and Ebe Dancel, among others.


Aparisyon

Stars: Jodi Sta. Maria, Mylene Dizon, Raquel Villavicencio, Fides Cuyugan-Asensio
Director: Vincent Sandoval
Writers: Vincent Sandoval, Jerry Gracio, Raquel Villavicencio


Aparisyon is a film about contemplative nuns who must grapple with an act of violence in the months leading to the declaration of Martial Law in 1972.

Sister Lourdes (Jodi Sta. Maria) is a new member of the Adoration Monastery, which is under the leadership of Mother Superior Ruth (Fides Cuyugan-Asensio). Sister Lourdes becomes close to Sister Remy (Mylene Dizon) whohas to deal with the fact that her activist brother has been snatched away. Raquel Villavicencio is also cast as Sister Vera, who is Mother Ruth’s aide and confidante.

According to Direk Vince, Aparisyon “focuses on the lives of these cloistered nuns, who are walled in by the monastery and insulated from the rest of the world. But the world outside makes itself felt indelibly and even brutally.”

Did he deliberately choose to make the film to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law? Direk Vince pointed out: “It's incidental at best as I didn't set out to do an advocacy film. Although I do feel it is important that we don't have historical amnesia, especially since I belong to the generation after Martial Law.


Diablo

Stars: Ama Quiambao, Carlo Aquino, Arnold Reyes, Althea Vega, Roeder Camañag
Writer-Director: Mes de Guzman

Diablo revolves around Lusing (played by Ama Quiambao), mother to five grown up sons who have distinct characters and professions of their own. The first born is Ronaldo (Jose Escobedo), an elementary school teacher assigned in a remote village. He is followed by Fernando (Fredie dela Cruz), an army lieutenant, while the third child, Alberto (Roeder Camañag), lives in the city trying to manage a fledging business. He is succeeded by Ruben (Arnold Reyes), a farmer who tills the two-hectare rice field owned by the family, part of the few properties left by Lusing’s late husband. Her youngest is Oscar (Carlo Aquino), a deep thinker who chose to be a nomadic hermit. Oscar is in pursuit of enlightenment. He travels to search for the “illuminating radiance” he witnessed as a child while flying a kite in their rice field. He wears a white missionary gown and goes around the village and up the hills carrying a lamp.


Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino

Stars: JM de Guzman, LJ Reyes, Joross Gamboa, Arnold Reyes
Director: Lemuel Lorca
Writer: Jerry Gracio


Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino is a unique love story set in the "tahungan" (tahong) in Kalye Marino in Sangley Point, Cavite City from its glorious past during the American regime to its current condition today.

JM de Guzman, who plays the title character, suffered from muscle cramps after diving again and again for his scenes as a diver harvesting tahong (green bay mussels).

Anim na oras si JM sa dagat. Mag-hapon kami sa dagat kasi meron kaming mga scenes sa ilalim ng tubig. Sabay pa kaming pinulikat niyan pagkaahon namin sa tubig…ang sakit!” narrates director Lemuel Lorca.

LJ Reyes, whose character is called Doray Langaw, is a babaeng hamog. The term refers to a woman who has sex with fishermen in exchange for money or fish that she can sell in the market.

In an interview with PEP.ph, LJ admitted that she felt nervous about accepting the role of a prostitute. She revealed, “Kay JM isa [ang love scene], pero marami akong love scenes kasi yung character ko, may pagka-pokpok.”

Portraying Intoy’s barkada are Joross Gamboa as Bertong Baka, Arnold Reyes as Boyet Bagol, and Kenneth Salva as Yeyeng Tikol.

Direk Lem praised his cast members for not being squeamish about swimming in the dirty water of Sangley Point. “si Richard Quan, si JM de Guzman, si Joross, sila yung lumulubog sa tubig…lumulubog sila sa mga madudumi.

I’m so surprised that the actors, lahat sila walang karekla-reklamo. Siguro dahil nakikita nila nakalubog din ako sa tubig…they’re such troopers.”

Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino, with a screenplay written by Jerry Gracio, is faithful to the short story of Eros Atalia of the same title. It won first prize in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2006.


Mga Dayo (Resident Aliens)

Stars: Sue Prado, Janela Carera, Olga Natividad
Writer-Director: Julius Sotomayor Cena

Mga Dayo (Resident Aliens) is the first Cinemalaya entry to be shot entirely out of the Philippines. In this film, a photographer named Alex (Sue Prado) is getting into a fixed marriage to obtain a permanent resident card while a journalist named Miriam (Janela Carera) is waiting for her green card. Another major character, a housekeeper named Ella (Olga Natividad), is torn between keeping her 88-year-old mother's residency on Guam or sending her back home to the Philippines.

Set against a classic migration story of Thanksgiving, Mga Dayo hopes to represent a few of millions of Filipino immigrant experiences in America.

According to writer-director Julius Sotomayor Cena, all three stories are based on real events but the characters are fictional. He points out that the common thread that ties the three characters together is their green cards and their migration issues.

The scenes were mostly shot at Bayview and Oceanview Hotel in Tumon, Guam.


Oros

Stars: Kristoffer King, Kristoffer Martin, Tanya Gomez
Director: Paul Sta. Ana
Writers: Paul Sta. Ana, Obet Villela

In Manila, Philippines, an unidentified cadaver or a “spot” is found. In order to generate income from an unidentified body, the funeral parlor owner sells the body to Makoy (Kristoffer King), a kasero in a saklaan, who takes interest in the “spot.” Makoy and his reluctant younger brother, Abet (Kristoffer Martin) then stage a three-week long fake wake which holds the illegal saklaan. The sakla personnel deals with everyone involved, including Linda (Tanya Gomez), the homeowner, as they agree upon a fictional story that will “legitimize” the wake.

As the fake wake commences, gamblers earn their keeps through various games of chance (tong-its, bingo and sakla). Prolonging the wake provides a venue to generate income: impoverished families are able to generate income from the illegal operation.

Oros is a story about people who find the means to live by exploiting the dead.

Writer-director Paul Sta. Ana explains the role of Kristoffer King in the movie. “Ang kasero ang kumukuha ng unclaimed body sa isang funeraria. Bumili si Makoy ng unclaimed body para pagkakitaan at magamit sa saklaan. Kasi ang patay siya ang nagiging lisensiya para magkaroon ng saklaan, pag walang patay, walang saklaan.

Para kumita sila, nagse setup sila ng fake wake kunsaan hindi kamag-anak ng patay ang may-ari ng bahay.”

Makoy wants his younger brother to be a kasero like him but Abet (Kristoffer Martin) wants to put up a business like a carinderia.


REquieme!

Stars: Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Rez Cortez
Director: Loy Arcenas
Writers: Loy Arcenas, Rody Vera

Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino topbills Loy Arcenas’ REquieme! This is a black comedy about a transvestite, three deaths, two wakes, a funeral and a provincial town of gossipers eager to claim relations with a notorious murderer. Rex Cortez is cast as Budoy, the husband of Shamaine’s character.

Shamaine, who bagged the Best Supporting Actress trophy last year for the Cinemalaya entry Niño, is reunited with Direk Loy for this project. She is now cast as Swanie, a woman who wants to claim the body of Adolf Payapa. This man supposedly killed an international fashion designer named Vidal Valere in the United States.

Direk Loy revealed that REquieme! is inspired by Gina Apostol’s short story titled Cunanan’s Wake.

Apostol’s work of fiction re-imagines the death of Fil-American Andrew Cunanan, who allegedly shot and killed Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997.

Another incident that inspired REquieme! happened to Rody Vera’s friend who wanted to bury someone. However, the friend was unable to do so because of bureaucracy or “red tape.”


Sta. Niña

Stars: Coco Martin, Angel Aquino, Alessandra de Rossi, Anita Linda
Director: Emmanuel “Manny” Palo
Writers: Emmanuel “Manny” Palo, Liza Magtoto

Sta. Niña is a fictional story of a girl whose body was preserved in lahar, prompting people to believe that she can produce miracles.

Writer-director Emmanuel “Manny” Palo explained, “Namatay yung bata before matabunan ng lahar ang Bacolor in 1995. During the evacuation, yung mag-asawa iniwan nila yung bangkay kasi they cannot bring it to the relocation area. Matatabunan yung bahay nila ng lahar. Gusto nila na ilibing properly yung bata. After 10 years, mahuhukay siya and yung katawan ng batawas still intact.

Coco Martin portrays Pol Mungkal, a father who is campaigning to have his daughter recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church. His wife Madel is portrayed by Alessandra de Rossi.

Coco admitted that he couldn’t sleep when he read the script of Sta. Niña. The ABS-CBN actor was then busy taping for the teleserye Walang Hanggan but Coco wanted to do this film even when it meant that he would have to carry a heavy cross and shoot a crucifixion scene.

Direk Manny says about Coco: “Nagpasan siya talaga ng krus sa kalye ng San Fernando [in Pampanga]. Tumagal ng maghapon ang eksena na crucifixion scene at inabot siya ng isang oras na nakasabit sa krus.”

Another big scene in the film is the rally led by Pol wherein townsfolk marched from Bacolor, Pampanga to Manila in order to show their support for his cause.


The Animals

Stars: Albie Casiño, Patrick Sugui, Dawn Balagot, John Wayne Sace
Writer-Director: Gino Santos


Set in an affluent, upper middle class village in the suburbs, The Animals chronicles a day in the life of Jake (Albie Casiño), Trina (Dawn Balagot), and Alex (Patrick Sugui, former Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash Of 2010 housemate), who go through the musings that every kid in high school has to deal with. All Jake wants to do is have a good time, Alex just wants to fit in, and Trina simply wants more. A very vivid picture is painted of life in high school after the final bell rings, as well as a different side of the Philippines, and what is happening to its privileged children.

Writer-director Gino Santos, the 22-year-old filmmaker who used to organize parties in high school, admits his film has elements of “drugs, alcohol, and rape but the film focuses on the characters.”

Albie Casiño is cast as a fun-loving boy named Jake. Direk Gino says about his character: “Sabi ni Albie sa ‘kin never pa siya nag take-off ng shirt in front of a camera. Tapos he has a make-out scene so that would be a first also.”

Dawn Balagot portrays a beautiful and smart student named Trina while former Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010 housemate Patrick Sugui is cast as her younger brother named Alex.

Direk Gino says Alex is the “bad boy” in the story. “Patrick’s character is the type of teenager who doesn’t know where he’s going. He’s like a lost kid so that’s why he goes with the wrong crowd and makes the wrong decisions.

John Wayne Sace is cast as Alex’s close friend who is also part of the same fraternity.


DIRECTOR’S SHOWCASE CATEGORY

Bwakaw

Stars: Eddie Garcia, Rez Cortez, Gardo Versoza, Soxy Topacio, Armida Siguion-Reyna
Writer-Director: Jun Lana


Bwakaw is a drama-comedy about growing old, and everyone’s fear of growing old alone.

Rene (Eddie Garcia) is a gay man who came out of the closet at age 70. Ailing in his twilight years, he thinks it is now too late for love, even companionship, and that all there is to look forward to is death.

He has made a will, bequeathing his few possessions to his even fewer friends. Everything is packed and labeled, ready for distribution.

Nowadays the only companion Rene has is Bwakaw, a stray dog that hangs around his house and follows him wherever he goes. Rene feeds him, but refuses to show him affection.

As Rene waits for the day of his death, he gets the surprise of his life when it is Bwakaw who suddenly falls ill. In his struggle to get Bwakaw cured, Rene finds comfort in the most unlikely person: Sol (Rez Cortez), a tricycle driver who helps him bring Bwakaw to the vet and befriends him.

Buoyed by Sol’s friendship, Rene starts living and discovering simple joys. The 75-year-old man finally learns to live life without fear because of man’s best friend.


Kalayaan (Wildlife)

Stars: Thai actor Ananda Everingham,Japanese actress Kiki Sugino, Zanjoe Marudo, Luis Alandy
Director: Adolfo Alix Jr.

Writer-director Adolfo Alix Jr. was inspired to do the film Kalayaan when he chanced upon an article discussing how different countries are claiming the Spratly islands. He also read about the military installations put up by the Philippines in the islands being claimed by other countries such as China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

He tapped Thai actor Ananda Everingham to play the lead role of a soldier named Julian Macaraeg. Ananda, who is best known for the 2004 horror film Shutter, brings life to a man who must copewith loneliness as he is stationed in the remote island. The actor shot the film in Palawan for 10 days.

Due to time constraints and security reasons, Direk Adolf decided to shoot in mainland Palawan instead of shooting in the Spratlys. “We had to re-create the installation based on the photographs that we gathered. We found similar landscapes in Cowrie and Luli island so we built our set there.”

Soldiers were stationed in the Spratlys for three months but the military shortened the duty to one month. Based on Direk Adolf’s research, this is reportedly because most of the soldiers suffered anxiety and low morale.

“[The soldiers] have transistor radios, TV and DVD players. They use two-way radios in order to communicate with their main base.”

Despite these forms of communication, there are soldiers who have difficulties dealing with the long period of isolation. In fact, Direk Adolf revealed: “In most of my interviews, the soldiers often mention their own mermaid stories.”

Japanese actress Kiki Sugino plays the mermaid in one of the crucial scenes of the movie. Direk Adolf revealed that they had to bring their own generator in the mangroves where they shot this scene.

Zanjoe Marudo plays Lucio, the bratty and loudmouthed soldier who has been assigned in the Spratly a couple of times. Luis Alandy portrays Eric, a newly assigned soldier in the island.

Direk Adolf says that his movie aims to focus on the real victims of this situation: “the Filipino soldier who doesn’t even know what their real purpose is in guarding those islands.”


Kamera Obskura

Stars: Pen Medina, Joel Torre
Writer-Director: Raymond Red

Kamera Obskura can be described as “a fictitious Filipino black-and-white silent expressionist film supposedly found recently by our film archivists and historians.”

In this experimental film-within-a-film, Pen Medina portrays a prisoner locked away in a dark chamber for over two decades. He only sees the reality of the world outside through a small hole in his cell, which projects an image of the city on his wall. He watches people passing by, projected like an inverted movie. As he yearns to rejoin society, he eventually chips away on the hole until it is big enough for him to escape through.

Direk Raymond points out: “Since 1983, I’ve been thinking of giving homage to silent cinema. ‘Yon yung wala tayo sa Philippines since ang sama ng film preservation natin at wala tayong awareness.

Ever since, meron akong fascination for cinema heritage and film history. In fact, 1990s ko pa pinaplano ito pero ngayon lang natuloy.”

Direk Raymond already worked on a short film with a similar theme that was released in 2006.

Si Pen Medina na rin ang actor ko noon na nakakulong [in his short film titled Mistulang Kamera Obskura]. Sinali ko yung short film na iyon sa Imahe Nasyon [an omnibus film comprised of 20 short films created by 20 filmmakers].”

The veteran director believes the now is the perfect time for his obra.

There’s a transition now to digital; mawawala na ang film--yung celluloid cinema. Kaya nagkataon ganun na ang thinking ng mga filmmakers ngayon: paying tribute to cinema heritage and history.”


Posas

Stars: Nico Antonio, Bangs Garcia, Art Acuña, Jake Macapagal, Nor Domingo
Director: Lawrence Fajardo
Writer: Zig Carlo Dulay


To prepare for his role in Posas, singer-actor Nico Antonio actually took instructions from a real-life snatcher on how to steal a cellphone.

His character Jestoni “Jess” Biag is a notorious snatcher victimizing people in bustling streets aroundQuiapoChurch. As a routine, he steals wallets, gadgets and jewelries, which he will trade for a meager amount of peso - enough for him to survive and to support his family.

The film shows how Jess is captured by the police for snatching a cellphone of a call center agent, Ma. Grace Rosuello (Bangs Garcia). It’s his first time to undergo investigation. And as he goes in the process from Barangay Hall Clinic, Police Station to the Fiscal’s Office, viewers will witness how human rights violation bluntly executes, and how culture of corruption deviously perpetuates in this chain of institutions.

PO1 Damian (played by Nor Domingo) chased Jess as he ran along the streets of Manila. According to co-producer Atty. Joji Alonso, they had to reshoot the snatching scene of the film because it was very difficult shooting in Quiapo.

Former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Wendy Valdez is cast as Idang, the girlfriend of Jess the snatcher.

One of the most-talked about scene in the movie is the torture scene of Nico’s character.
Nico Antonio endured waterboarding, a form of torture wherein water is repeatedly poured over someone's face, when his character is caught by the police. The actor temporarily developed a phobia of water because of this traumatic experience.


Mga Mumunting Lihim (Those Little Secrets)

Stars: Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro, Janice de Belen, Judy Ann Santos
Writer-Director: Jose Javier Reyes


In Mga Mumunting Lihim, Iza Calzado, Judy Ann Santos, Agot Isidro, and Janice de Belen bring life to the women whose bonds of friendship are tested when they discover secrets about each other.

Mariel (Judy Ann) and Carla (Iza) have been close friends since high school. When they grow up, Carla becomes a successful advertising executive while Mariel is a married woman who is actually jealous of Carla.

They meet Olive (Janice de Belen) and Sandra (Agot Isidro) who eventually become part of their barkada.

Judy Ann describes the movie by saying, “Pinapakita nito yung relationship ng magkakaibigan, paano na build at paano muntik magkawatak-watak dahil sa isang makabuluhang journal.

In lieu of the meek characters that she portrayed in the past, Judy Ann accepted this role, which she describes as a “slight kontrabida.”

Mariel (Judy Ann) is afflicted with a terminal disease and when she died, her friends got to read her diary containing her darkest secrets.

Iza says about her character Carla: “I am ambitious and career driven. Ako yung type ng babae na matibay sa lahat ng bagay pero sa isang punto sa buhay ko, nagkaroon ako ng vulnerability na nag-trigger for me to become cold and cut off.”

Direk Joey admitted that Mga Mumunting Lihim is a very personal film for him. “It’s a movie about friendship. It’s about the death of a friend. I’m dedicating it to one of my best friends, Don Escudero (the director/production designer died of colon cancer in July 2011).”


The 8th Cinemalaya will open on July 20 until 29, 2012 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and selected Ayala cinemas in Greenbelt Makati City and TriNoma in Quezon City.

Box Office Results: Dark Knight Rises Earns $25 Million Days Before its Showing

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Box Office Results: Dark Knight Rises Earns $25 Million Days Before its Showing


Christopher Nolan's conclusion to the "Batman" trilogy opens Thursday worldwide but pre-release sales is so big that the movie states no trouble besting the $158.4 million opening of The Dark Knight to score the best domestic debut of all time for a 2D pic and the biggest opening of all time for a non-3D title.

From Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, Dark Knight Rises has already racked up $25 million in advance ticket sales, one of the best numbers of all time and underscoring the keen interest in the film, which returns Christian Bale in the title role. Newcomers to Nolan's blockbuster franchise include villain Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway and Marion Cottilard. Returning alongside Bale are Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Liam Neeson, who starred in Batman Begins, also is featured.

Earlier this summer, Disney and Marvel's The Avengers posted the biggest three-day opening of all time at the domestic box office when grossing $207.4 million. The No. 2 opening of all time belongs to Warners' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which grossed $169.2 million.

Both those films had the advantage of being released in 3D; roughly $35 million of the opening weekend gross for Avengers came from the 3D upcharge.

There are several factors that could prevent Dark Knight Rises from reaching the level of Avengers, even though some think it could. One is the fact that Dark Knight Rises isn't being released in 3D. Another is the film's lengthy running time of two hours, 43 minutes.

On the flip side, Dark Knight Rises is getting the widest Imax release of all time, or 330 theaters. Nolan is a big fan of Imax, and shot more than an hour of the film with Imax cameras. Insiders expect Imax grosses for Dark Knight Rises to eclipse the record-breaking $15.3 million earned by Avengers.

Dark Knight Rises will have a massive footprint overall. By Friday morning, the pic will be playing in roughly 4,400 locations nationwide, virtually on par with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which enjoyed the widest release of all time with a theater count of 4,468.

Dark Knight earned $18.4 million in midnight grosses, while Avengers grossed $18.7 million.

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Gloc-9 New Album ‘MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata’ Out Now!

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Gloc-9 New Album ‘MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata’ Out Now!


Premiere rapper Gloc-9 is mighty proud of his forthcoming release MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata, his first under Universal Records.

I have worked very hard for this album,” says Gloc-9. “Before, I would record albums for about two months. For MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata, it took me around six months.

He adds that he is ultimately satisfied with the album, which includes collaborations with some of the biggest names in the industry – Chito Miranda, Bamboo, Ebe Dancel, Jay Durias, Billy Crawford, Maychelle Baay of Moonstar 88, among others.

I have always been fond of stories of other people,” adds the rapper. “This album contains various stories from people from all walks of life.

Gloc-9 admits being super proud of the album’s single Sirena, which talks about the story of a responsible gay man. The song also features Ebe Dancel.

I think this is the first time that a song about a gay man is presented in a first person’s point of view,” explains Gloc-9. “I worked very hard on this song for it not to be offending to anyone.”

The music video of Sirena also boasts of Boy Abunda’s participation.

The rapper also adds that MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata marks a new chapter in his career as this is his first release under Universal Records, where he joins its elite roster of artists like Gary Valenciano, Jose Mari Chan, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Parokya Ni Edgar, Christian Bautista, Kamikazee, Sam Concepcion, among others.

I am very thankful that Universal welcomed me into their stable,” concludes Gloc-9. “I am looking forward to doing more projects with my new label.”

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MKNM (Mga Kwento ng Makata) Tracklist:

1. Balak ni Syke
2. Apatnapungbara feat. Ian Tayao
3. Silup feat. Denise Barbacena
4. Alalay ng hari feat. Allan Mitchell Silonga
5. Sirena feat. Ebe Dancel
6. Hindi mo nadinig feat. Jay Durias
7. Sino (interlude)
8. Salarin feat. Bamboo Manalac
9. Inday feat. Cathy Go
10. Bakit hindi feat. Billy Crawford
11. Malakas (interlude)
12. Pison feat. Chito Miranda
13. Thankful feat. Maychelle Baay of Moonstar88 & Bambu

Bonus Tracks:

14. Hari ng tondo feat. Denise Barbacena
15. Kung tama Siya feat. Jaq Dionisio of Kissjane

Rapper Pitbull Trip to Kodiak Alaska Promo Video

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Rapper Pitbull Trip to Kodiak Alaska Promo Video


Pitbull will soon fly to a remote place in Alaska after some pranksters invaded a Facebook poll by Walmart which encouraged its parishioners to "like" the Walmart store they want Pitbull to visit.

As we all know now, over 70,000 internet users decided to send the rapper to the most remote Walmart in the world in Kodiak, Alaska. But Pitbull isn’t backing out of the deal.





I heard that a place called Kodiak, Alaska, has the most Facebook likes due to someone who thinks that they were playing a prank. Well, you’ve got to understand that I’ll go anywhere in the world for my fans.” Pibull said on Twitter.

Boy Abunda Tackles the Benefits and Dangers of Stem Cell Theraphy this Saturday on 'The Bottomline'

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Boy Abunda Tackles the Benefits and Dangers of Stem Cell Theraphy this Saturday on 'The Bottomline'


Asia’s King of Talk Boy Abunda recently flew to Germany for the stem cell therapy of his mother, Nanay Lesing.

This Saturday, July 21, in “The Bottomline With Boy Abunda,” Boy will tackle the benefits and dangers of the fast rising medical breakthrough. With the expertise of National Kidney and Transplant Institute urologist Dr. Dante Dator, discover the reason why a lot of people, including political figures and showbiz personalities, want to undergo the treatment. What is the process of stem cell therapy? How effective is it? Is the stem cell therapy the most effective cure for serious illnesses such as HIV and cancer?

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

Alden Richards Met an Accident on One True Love Taping

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Alden Richards Met an Accident on One True Love Taping


Filipino viewers are continuously addicted with GMA Network’s drama series, One True Love, after the program’s impressive ratings performance on the weeknight primetime race.

According to the most widely recognized ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, One True Love kept its lead in TV ratings in Mega Manila which comprises 59.5 percent of total television households nationwide.

Based on average overnight household data recorded in viewer-rich Mega Manila from July 9 to 13, it remains matchless with 39.4 share points, versus its counterpart program which posted 33.3 points.

One True Love not only dominated its timeslot with high numbers but also became one of the most popular and well loved dramas of the Kapuso Network. The series, which premiered last June 11, quickly propelled lead stars Alden Richards and Louise delos Reyes to stardom.

Alden as Tisoy and Louise as Elize are fast becoming household names as viewers get hooked to their characters and love story in the series. They recently put their professionalism to the test when they had to execute an underwater scene.

Alden revealed he refused to have a stunt double and he even sustained bruises on his right ankle after the shoot. Louise, on the other hand, shared she overcame her fear of water after these crucial water scenes. Under the helm of Andoy Ranay, One True Love also stars Jean Garcia, Raymond Bagatsing, Agot Isidro together with Bembol Roco, Caridad Sanchez, Benjie Paras, Carlene Aguilar, Tiya Pusit, Wynwyn Marquez and Lucho Ayala.

One True Love airs weeknights after Makapiling Kang Muli on GMA Telebabad. Get the latest updates about One True Love from its official facebook page www.facebook.com/GMAOneTrueLove, twitter account @GMAOneTrueLove and the GMA Network website www.GMANetwork.com.

TV5 Turns Over Prizes of Kapatid New Year Pabuenas to Lucky Winners

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TV5 Turns Over Prizes of Kapatid New Year Pabuenas to Lucky Winners


TV5, the country’s fastest-growing network, recently turned over prizes from its Kapatid New Year Pabuenas (KNYP) promo to five lucky winners. The awarding ceremony was held recently at the TV5 Corporate office in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

From over one million raffle entries, Oscar Relatorres Jr., Alberto Angeles, Yolanda Patdu and Hiltom Yao were drawn as winners of Php 500,000 each, while Beltran Adams Laping was the sole winner of Php 1,000,000.

KNYP was TV5’s first-ever network promo and ran from January-February 2012. The grand raffle draw was held last March 10. This promo was carried out in partnership with SM Hypermarket, SM Supermarket and SaveMore. Sponsors also included Bear Brand Busog Lusog Family Cereal Drink, Maggi Magic Sarap, Nescafé 3in1 and Nestea Iced Tea.

Stay tuned to the Kapatid Network for more fun and exciting prizes!

Bubble Gang Pays Tribute to the King of Comedy Dolphy this Friday

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Bubble Gang Pays Tribute to the King of Comedy Dolphy this Friday


GMA’s longest running gag show Bubble Gang pays respect to the King of Comedy this Friday, July 20. The program shows different segments that encapsulate the share of Dolphy in the field of comedy. Ogie Alcasid, Michael V, Rufa Mae Quinto, Antonio Aquitania, Maureen Larrazabal, Boy 2 Quizon, Diego, Moymoy Palaboy, Myka Flores, Jackie Rice, Gwen Zamora, Ellen Adarna and Sam Pinto unite for this special episode.

Also, joining the cast is Matutina who was part of the John and Marsha series.

Don’t miss the tribute to the Comedy King on Bubble Gang this Friday after Lie to Me on GMA 7.

Dawn Zulueta Declines Kissing Scenes with Richard Gomez in 'Walang Hanggan'

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Dawn Zulueta Declines Kissing Scenes with Richard Gomez in 'Walang Hanggan'


Dawn Zulueta recently revealed that she refused to do kissing scenes with onscreen partner Richard Gomez in the phenomenal TV drama “Walang Hanggan,” as a sign of respect to her husband, Davao del Norte Rep. Anton Lagdameo Jr.

According to Dawn, eventhough her husband does not forbid her, it is her initiative not to do the intimate scenes. “I want to consider Anton’s feelings. It’s bad enough that everyone is clamoring to have two ex-es together and I feel that it’s disrespectful to my husband if I still do the kissing scenes.

Meanwhile, the plot continues to thicken in “Walang Hanggan” now that Marco (Richard) and Emily (Dawn) are already engaged. Can Johanna (Melissa Ricks) still stop her father’s plan to get married? What will the mysterious Jean/Black Lily (Eula Valdes) do now that Marco is going to marry the woman that her cousin Jane (Rita Avila) was most jealous of? Will Marco and Emily surpass all the trials that are going to hinder their happiness?

Don’t miss the explosive revelations of “Walang Hanggan,” weeknights, after “Princess and I” on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida. For more updates, log-on to http://walanghanggan.abs-cbn.com/, ‘like’ http://facebook.com/abs.walanghanggan, or follow @walanghanggan_ on Twitter.

METRO Magazine is the First Philippine Fashion Magazine on Android

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METRO Magazine is the First Philippine Fashion Magazine on Android


Metro Magazine, the premier fashion magazine in the Philippines from ABS CBN Publishing, marks yet another first as it launches its Android edition this month! It is the first Philippine fashion magazine available on the Android market!

The Metro Android edition is loaded with special features including behind-the-scenes photos, celebrity interviews and testimonials - features that are both unique and exclusive to the digital Android version. It takes full advantage of devices that support Android with their ease of use and excellent screen resolution to enhance the readers’ Metro experience.

To get a copy of Metro on the Android market, use any Android supported device, go to the Android market or Google Store and search for our Metro magazine. As an added benefit, the Metro app will support all screen sizes to ensure that anyone with an Android device can now enjoy Metro on their handhelds and tablets!

Currently a free download, the Metro Android edition features this month’s Style issue which highlights the secrets of style and our editors’ picks of the best stores, Manila’s trendsetters and this season’s latest and absolute must-have fashion apparels and accessories.

On the inside pages, you’ll find extensive fashion spreads of the lovely Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski embracing the classic luxe of Prada. Furthermore, in line with the ultimate Style theme, our editors spotlight chic new looks with special attention on tailored black jackets, rock and roll lace and languid suits of the season.

Celebrate with us on our monumental achievement in bringing to our readers Metro digital to the Android market and be one of the firsts to enjoy the nation’s first fashion magazine on Android!

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