Saturday, August 4, 2012

Artista Academy Top 16 Photos

Artista Academy Top 16 Photos

From more than 13,000 hopefuls who showed up at its one-time audition at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, finally, the identities of Top 16 students of the country's biggest and most inventive talent search called "Artista Academy" were revealed on Saturday, August 4.

The Artista Academy Top 16 finalists are:

Akihiro Blanco (Pasig)
Alberto Bruno (Marikina)
Benjo Leoncio (Cebu)
Brent Manzano (Quezon City)
Chanel Morales (Bacolod)
Chris Leonardo (Laguna)
Jon Orlando (Quezon City)
Julia Quisumbing (Makati)
Malak So Shdifat (Manila)
Mark Neumann (Quezon City)
Marvelous Alejo (Valenzuela)
Nicole Estrada (Pasig)
Shaira Mae (Las Piñas City)
Sophie Albert (Mandaluyong)
Stephanie Rowe (Pampanga)
Vin Abrenica (Pampanga)

Even though only two will walk away with the coveted Best Actor and Best Actress awards and will take home P10-million each, these 16 finalists, consisting of eight male and eight female between the ages of 16 and 21, are already winners as they are now a certified talents of the Kapatid network.

Each of the 16 finalists will get a full scholarship at Wilma Galvante’s Asian Academy of Television Arts (AATA) where they will train under the tutelage of such industry luminaries as multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan, music master Louie Ocampo and dance guru Georcelle Dapat-Sy of G Force.

Aside from honing their acting, singing and dancing, Artista Academy also covers personality development, image-building and English proficiency.

Check out the photos of Artista Academy Top0 16 Students below:

Hosted by Cesar Montano and Marvin Agustin with Live Exam critics actresses Lorna Tolentino and Gelli De Belen, and TV5 Talent Center Head and TV and Film Director Mac Alejandre, “Artista Academy” airs Monday to Saturday after “Wil Time Bigtime” on TV5.

Protege Top 20 to be Revealed this Sunday

Protege Top 20 to be Revealed this Sunday

The search for the next big Kapuso stars officially begins as Protégé makes its highly-anticipated and star-studded premiere on Philippine television this Sunday, August 5. The first live gala night happens after IBilib on GMA’s Sunday Grande block.

After several months of its intensive nationwide hunt, Protégé will finally unveil the coveted Top 20 aspirants who will go head-to-head in the weekly elimination nights and outdo each other in hopes of winning over the judges’ and the viewers’ votes.

This competition is touted to be the grandest artista search this year as five celebrity mentors are tapped to train, supervise, and educate the Top 20 protégés in every rehearsal, workshop, weekly tests and trainings.

The mentors who were sent out to different parts of the country to find their four (2 boys and 2 girls) protégés include acclaimed actor and TV director Ricky Davao (Northern and Central Luzon), seasoned actress and TV director Gina Alajar (Southern Luzon), drama and action film legend Phillip Salvador (Mindanao), multimedia icon Jolina Magdangal (Visayas), and multi-awarded actor Roderick Paulate (Mega Manila).

Two winners will be proclaimed at the finals night — one male protégé and one female protégé. At stake are 12 million pesos worth of cash prizes and a management contract with GMA 7.

As expected, the four esteemed judges - well-respected talent manager/director Bert de Leon, multi-awarded drama actress Cherie Gil, entertainment guru Joey de Leon, and GMA Network Films President Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar - will grill the Top 20 protégés armed with their hard-hitting yet motivational critiques.

All geared up to lend support and boost the spirit of the aspirants are Gala Presenter Dingdong Dantes and Journey Host Carla Abellana.

Witness the bracing drama as Protégé reveals the Top 20 during its first gala night this Sunday, 8:30pm on GMA.

Sarah Geronimo Joins "The Reunion" Boys Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil, Kean Cipriano and Xian Lim

Sarah Geronimo Joins "The Reunion" Boys Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil, Kean Cipriano and Xian Lim

Sarah Geronimo takes everyone in an ultimate barkada experience this Sunday, August 5, as she bonds with "The Reunion" boys Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil, Kean Cipriano and Xian Lim in her solo musical variety show "Sarah G. Live!

Dance to the beat and fall in love with the breathtaking smash-up dance number of Enchong and Enrique; followed by a romantic serenade of Xian and Kean.

Meanwhile, watch out for Sarah's first ever cheerleading experience in her 'Sige Go' segment. Still with the Popstar 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 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.

AGB TV Ratings July 30 - August 1: '24 Oras' Beats 'Walang Hanggan'

AGB TV Ratings July 30 - August 1: '24 Oras' Beats 'Walang Hanggan'

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from July 30 to August 1, 2012 among Mega Manila households (Household Ratings):

July 30, Monday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 27.5%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 20.2%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 20%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 18.2%
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 16.4%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 16.3%
Inuyasha (GMA-7) / One Piece (GMA-7) – 14.2%
Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 14.1%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Minsan Ko Lang Sasabihin (GMA-7) – 13.4%
Pokemon (GMA-7) – 12.6%

Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 26.9%
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 26.8%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 24.8%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 24.2%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 23.5%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 22.9%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 21.9%
Inside Protégé (GMA-7) – 19.9%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 19.7%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 18.5%

July 31, Tuesday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 24.7%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 20.1%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 18.9%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 18.8%
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 18.3%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 16.5%
Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 15%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Hari ng Yabang (GMA-7) – 13%
One Piece (GMA-7) – 11.4%
Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo (ABS-CBN) – 10.9%

24 Oras (GMA-7) – 27.2%
Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 25.7%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 25.3%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 23.3%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) / One True Love (GMA-7) – 22.7%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 21.7%
Inside Protégé (GMA-7) – 20.3%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 19%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 18.9%
My Daddy Dearest (GMA-7) – 15.7%

August 1, Wednesday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 26.4%
Faithfully (GMA-7) – 21.9%
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) – 20.2%
Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka? (GMA-7) – 19.9%
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa (GMA-7) – 19.3%
It Started With A Kiss 2 (GMA-7) – 15.6%
Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (GMA-7) – 14.2%
Two Wives (ABS-CBN) – 12.6%
Unang Hirit (GMA-7) – 12%
One Piece (GMA-7) / Kapuso Movie Festival: Mukhang Bungo Da Coconut Nut (GMA-7) – 11.3%

Walang Hanggan (ABS-CBN) – 27.8%
Makapiling Kang Muli (GMA-7) – 26%
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 25.6%
Luna Blanca (GMA-7) – 24.1%
One True Love (GMA-7) – 23.7%
Princess And I (ABS-CBN) – 20.5%
Inside Protégé (GMA-7) – 20.2%
TV Patrol 25 (ABS-CBN) – 20%
Lie To Me (GMA-7) – 19.6%
Lorenzo’s Time (ABS-CBN) – 19.1%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

15-Year-Old Student Jhaypee Laganas Wins P1-Million Jackpot in ‘It’s Showtime’

15-Year-Old Student Jhaypee Laganas Wins P1-Million Jackpot in ‘It’s Showtime’

Jhaypee Laganas, a 15-year old high school student became the first teen to bag the P1 million jackpot prize in ABS-CBN’s noontime show “It’s Showtime.”

Jhaypee said he did not go to school on Friday, August 3, to try his luck in the Kapamilya program’s “Arte Mo” game, which looked for magicians for contestants. “This is the answer to my prayers. I would always tell the Lord that I was willing to wait for an opportunity so I can help my family get by,” said Jhaypee, who also teaches kids the Bible using magic. He also said he wants to use his total jackpot prize of P1,010,000 to pay for his sick grandfather’s medical bills and his and his brother’s schooling. The “Showtime Goodtime” segment is the jackpot round for the winner of the noontime show’s “Arte Mo” game. The contestant needs to get the “It’s” ball from a raffle barrel in order to advance to the next letter in the word “Showtime.” If the contestant advances to the letter E without getting two “X” balls, he wins the P1 million prize.

Party with the ‘unkabogable’ barkada of Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, ‘Kuya’ Kim Atienza, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Vice Ganda, Teddy Corpuz, Jugs Jugueta, Jhong Hilario, Ryan Bang, Coleen Garcia, Eric ‘Eruption’ Tai, and Baby Joy in “It’s Showtime” weekdays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m on ABS-CBN.

Stevie Wonder Divorce Filed Officially

Stevie Wonder Divorce Filed Officially

Stevie Wonder (Stevland Morris in real life) wanted to officially get out of his marriage with (ex) wife Millard Morris after he filed a divorce on August 3 citing irreconcilable differences.

The estranged couple who separated on October 2009, got married in September 2001. The second marriage for Wonder who was previously married to Motown singer Syreeta Wright from 1970 to 1972.

The divorce papers, which he signed using two fingerprints, states that the singer was asking for joint custody of their two children, 10-year-old Kailand and seven-year-old Mandla.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Andi Eigenmann Replaces KC Concepcion in Anne Curtis - Derek Ramsay Movie "Nothing Compares to You"

Andi Eigenmann Replaces KC Concepcion in Anne Curtis - Derek Ramsay Movie "Nothing Compares to You"

It was reported here in Showbiznest that KC Concepcion revealed that she is no longer part of upcoming Anne Curtis and Derek Ramsay movie "Nothing Compares to You" - a follow-up to the blockbuster film "No Other Woman" (read related article HERE).

But early this week, Viva's Supervising Producer June Rufino announces that Concepcion will be replaced by an equally talented actress and another Viva Artist Center's talent Andi Eigenmann.

Viva regrets that KC is no longer in the cast of the studio’s follow-up to the blockbuster ‘No Other Woman’. As such it is also the follow-up to the Anne Curtis-Derek Ramsay tandem which was successfully launched in that film,” Rufino said in a statement.

“Nothing Compares” is another love-triangle story. Anne and Derek play an engaged couple and Andi the other woman who rocks their romance. The script is being tweaked to factor in the age difference between KC and Andi.

The movie is set in the world of high society, with Anne and Andi playing young women who belong to one big group of friends from the upper class. It also presents an entertaining and insightful look at how romances – and scandals – play out in the contemporary world dominated by social media.

The screenplay by award-winning veteran Mel del Rosario is said to be peppered with memorable confrontation scenes and spicy quotable quotes that made the earlier film a word-of-mouth blockbuster and a hot conversation piece among viewers. Under the direction of TV veteran Nuel Naval, “Nothing Compares” will have even more of the classic glossy Viva look that marked “No Other Woman”.

“Nothing Compares To You” is scheduled to hit theaters nationwide in October.

“Maalaala Mo Kaya Classics” to Air on TFC Starting August 4

“Maalaala Mo Kaya Classics” to Air on TFC Starting August 4

This month, ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC) will draw the curtain for memorable and award-winning episodes of drama anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya” with English subtitles.

On Saturday, August 4, TFC will air “Basket,” which stars Judy Ann Santos and character actress Caridad Sanchez. Here, Santos portrays the role of a young lady who turns her back on her bleak past to pursue a rich man. The episode won the Catholic Mass Media Awards for Best Drama, and the Kapisanan ng Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) Golden Dove Awards Best Drama Program in 2011.

“Basket” also earned a slot as a finalist at the Magnolia Award for Best Film for TV during the 9th Shanghai Television Festival in China in 2002.

On August 11, TFC will air “Salamin,” which earned Gretchen Barretto her first acting award for television. In the episode, Barretto portrays the role of a woman who wanted a better life.

Barretto will be featured once again on TFC on August 18 through the episode “Larawan,” an episode about a teacher who falls for men in uniform – one a soldier and the other, a priest.

On August 25, TFC will air “Abo,” where Roderick Paulate takes the center stage. His endearing performance earned him his first Asian TV Awards for Best Drama Performance By An Actor in 1996.

The four episodes may be watched by viewers of TFC across the globe at these times: 11 a.m. (Milan), 12:45 p.m. (Saudi), 7:30 p.m. (Japan), 8:30 p.m. (Sydney).

In the Pacific Time zone, the episodes will be aired at 3:20 p.m. on August 5, 12, 19 and 26.

For more information, visit

GMA Station ID 2012 Behind-the Scene Photos

GMA Station ID 2012 Behind-the Scene Photos

Check out below some of GMA-7 Station ID 2012 behind-the-scene photos taken from the shoot:

Watch out for the premiere telecast of GMA-7's new station ID on Monday, August 6, before 24 Oras.

For more BTS photos and videos, visit

Maja Salvador - Matteo Guidicelli Breakup Confirmed

Maja Salvador - Matteo Guidicelli Breakup Confirmed

One month after the rumored uncoupling of Kapamilya real-life sweethearts Maja Salvador and Matteo Guidicelli surfaced, the sad news was given a confirmation by Maja herself during her guesting this morning on "KrisTV".

Maja admitted in her interview with Kris Aquino on Friday, August 3, the she and Matteo already decided to part ways....temporarily.

Maja, however, despise the rumor that a third-party is the reason for their break-up.

"Wala namang third party, parang nag-decide lang kami na i-end muna ang relationship kasi may priorities kaming dapat unahin like siya yung career niya at pagiging triathlete niya siyempre yung oras mo sobrang mahahati sa lahat tapos ako din naman sa trabaho, yung taping namin so minsan mahirap yung hindi laging nagkikita hindi mabalance yung oras sa isa't isa," the young actress said.

Ouch! Sad.

Paulo Avelino and Julia Montes Rape Scene in ‘Walang Hanggan’ Gets Mix Reactions Online

Paulo Avelino and Julia Montes Rape Scene in ‘Walang Hanggan’ Gets Mix Reactions Online

Paulo Avelino and Julia Montes‘ controversial rape scene in the phenomenal TV drama “Walang Hanggan” recently reigned not only in national TV ratings but also in the popular microblogging site Twitter.

According to the latest data of Kantar Media last Wednesday, August 1, the said episode ranked first in the country’s overall top 20 programs, as it garnered 38.7% national TV rating, compared to its rival program in GMA “Makapiling Kang Muli” which only got 16.7%. The said episode was also a hot topic in several social networking sites, particularly on Twitter where Julia and Paulo’s characters ‘Nathan’ and ‘Katerina’ made it on the microblogging site’s top trending topics. Meanwhile, the plot of “Walang Hanggan” intensifies even more now that Katerina was able to escape from the hands of her brother, Tomas (Joem Bascon).

Will Daniel (Coco Martin) be able to save Katerina from the evil plans of Nathan, Tomas, and Johanna (Melissa Ricks)? Now that Marco (Richard Gomez) and Emily’s (Dawn Zulueta) wedding is getting near, what will Jean/Black Lily (Eula Valdes) do to stop them?

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, ‘like’, or follow @walanghanggan_ on Twitter.

Bestfriends Robert Capron and Zachary Gordon are Back in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days"

Bestfriends Robert Capron and Zachary Gordon are Back in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days"

Wimpy kid Greg Heffley’s best friend Rowley has given friendship a cool and solid splash since appearing in author Greg Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series and movies.

Typifying an epitome of an ideal best friend in today’s crazy-cut hub of growing teens, Rowley played by Robert Capron in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies is back the 3rd time in “Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.” Rowley, a parent-abiding teen leads his best friend Greg Heffley with their other friends out of trouble in and out of school. The very dependable and charming Rowley takes in all the fun with a wise twist to keep out of the punishment radar from parents and school authorities alike.

In the movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days,” the filmmakers and writers based the story from Kinney’s third and fourth books – The Last Straw and Dog Days.

In the latest film, school’s out and Greg is looking forward to enjoying the best summer of all time. But when his dad decides that some father-son bonding is in order, Greg must do everything he can to keep him from ruining his vacation. So he hatches a plan along with Rowley to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club – but even that fails to keep Greg away from the season’s dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong.

Robert Capron again brings his signature charm to the role of Rowley. “He walked in and he was Rowley,” producer Brad Simpson remembers of Capron’s audition for the first picture. “He has a huge heart, is excited about life and the world, and has some of the same qualities that Rowley has.”

Meanwhile, check out these safety tips from Rowley on how to deal with adults to save yourself from the ordeals of being grounded.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days” will open in local (Philippines) cinemas on August 15 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Queeneerich Rehman Shines in Miss World 2012 Competition in China

Queeneerich Rehman Shines in Miss World 2012 Competition in China

Miss World Philippines 2012 Queneerich Rehman sashays in a stunning Michael Cinco creation and continues to rack in online votes via her official Facebook page.

After being shortlisted in the Talent and Top Model Competition, Queneerich Rehman continues to shine in the 62nd Miss World Pageant being held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. Her extraordinary beatboxing skills wowed the audience, earning her a standing ovation. Aside from her hip and rock-chick side as shown during the Talent Competition, Quenee also displayed her majestic poise in the Top Model Competition. She was also included in the top 40 semi finalists in the Beach Beauty competition.

Quenee’s continued stellar performance in the pageant gives Filipinos hope that she will win the highly-coveted Miss World crown. In the coming days, she is set to compete in two more pageant competitions: Sports and Fitness and Beauty with a Purpose. Pinoys can help boost Quenee’s place in the pageant by liking her official Facebook account. At stake is the Multimedia Award, which will earn her points that contribute to her overall score. She currently lags behind Thailand and Nepal in this category. With the entire Philippines behind her, Quenee will surely bag this special award.

TV5 will air the Miss World Pageant on August 18 at 5:30PM.

Photos: website

Sneak Peek: James Bond 007 “Skyfall” Trailer

Sneak Peek: James Bond 007 “Skyfall” Trailer

Just days after the spectacular appearance of Agent 007 with the Queen at the London Olympics opening ceremonies, fans are treated again with the arrival of a new trailer for “Skyfall,” the 23rd James Bond adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time.

Watch the trailer below:

Daniel Craig once again stars as the British super spy, his third Bond movie in a row coming off “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale.”

Joining Craig in the cast are Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw and Bérénice Marlohe.

In “Skyfall,” James Bond’s loyalty to M (Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

“Skyfall,” from Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition”).

Opening across the Philippines in October 31, 2012, “Skyfall” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games. Like us at and join our fan contests.

Rumored Couple Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati Explore Bukidnon

Rumored Couple Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati Explore Bukidnon

An exhilarating adventure is best experienced with someone special.

And Pinoy Adventures – now on its new timeslot every Saturday night after 24 Oras Weekend – prepares to do just this as program host Richard Gutierrez explores the scenic province of Bukidnon together with Makapiling Kang Muli leading lady Sarah Lahbati.

The adventurous Kapuso couple falls in love with their first extreme sport together – the luge! They get to ride a small coasting sled along a steep and winding luge track. Who gets to the finish line first?

They also find themselves in a whirlwind romance with the dune buggy. The ride brings them to a high point with a panoramic view of the verdant mountains of Bukidnon. But as the adventure continues, find out how they will survive when the buggy gets stuck!

To cap their extreme Bukidnon adventure, Richard and Sarah get tight as they ride the Anicycle, a bicycle ride 100-feet above the ground over a single tightrope. Will this two-wheeled trip on air have the sporty pair rolling in the deep or will it have a sweet ending?

Catch all these in Pinoy Adventures, now airing every Saturday evening at 6 pm.

Following Pinoy Adventures is local television’s pioneering wish-granting show Wish Ko Lang at 6.45pm. Multi-awarded news magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, in turn, airs after Wish Ko Lang at 7.45pm on GMA 7’s Sabado Star Power sa Gabi.

Impossible is Equally Possible for Liam Neeson in “Taken 2”

Impossible is Equally Possible for Liam Neeson in “Taken 2”

2008's hit action-thriller “Taken” took the multi-faceted actor Liam Neeson’s career in a new milieu as a relatable action hero. The role of Bryan Mills, the embittered former CIA man forcing his way into a dark sex cartel to save his kidnapped daughter, became iconic, resonating with audiences all over the globe.

Back for more carnage, Neeson reprises the role of Bryan Mills in “Taken 2” shot in Istanbul which also stars Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace. “Taken 2” reunites Neeson with his co-stars Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace, who play Bryan's estranged wife and his precious daughter. “Bryan's a total superhero,” says Janssen, weighing in on what made audiences connect with the first film. “Taken really came at a time when people needed that in their lives, because it's about family and protecting your family. He's a very American hero.”

In this latest action-packed reel set against the backdrop of Istanbul, Mills is being followed by the Albanian goons determined to exact revenge on him and his family. In the lead to exact revenge on Mills is Murad (Rade Sherbedgia) who is the father of the kidnapper that Mills killed in the first movie. With Mills and his wife taken, Kim (Maggie Grace) is left to save her parents.

Without giving away too much of the movie- Neeson teases that in the movie, “I’m able to, in a very covert way, instruct her to find out where I am being held because a sack’s been put over my head and I’m in the middle of a dungeon. It’s highly impossible yet equally possible,” says Neeson from an interview with Empire magazine.

“Taken 2” opens nationwide in the Phils. on October 4 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Taken 2 - Trailer:

Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton vs Abigail Ramos of Mexico on "Laban ng Lahi: Bagyo sa Mexico 3" this Sunday on GMA-7

Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton vs Abigail Ramos of Mexico on "Laban ng Lahi: Bagyo sa Mexico 3" this Sunday on GMA-7

Coming off her impressive victory against Yolanda Segura of Mexico last May, Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton, the first Filipino-American boxer to win the Women's WBO Super Bantamweight and IBA Super Bantamweight titles, returns to Yucatan, Mexico for her fight against Abigail “Pinguita” Ramos.

GMA Network brings the third instalment of The Hurricane’s Laban ng Lahi series titled “Bagyo sa Mexico 3 – Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton v Abigail “Pinguita” Ramos” this Sunday, August 5, 11 AM to 12 NN before Party Pilipinas.

This is the third time that the two-time world boxing champion sets foot in the Mexican territory, who gave her the nickname “Yucatan Princess” as she already has a strong following among Mexican boxing fans.

Julaton was initially scheduled to fight another Mexican boxer, Magali Rodriguez but the latter suddenly lost touch with Orion Sports.

She simply disappeared on us,” said Orion Sports President Allan Tremblay. “She left us hanging a week and half before the fight. Fortunately, we were able to secure Abigail Ramos who was in training for another fight and jumped at the chance to fight Ana. These things happen in boxing and you just have to deal with them.

The fight marks Ramos’ entry in the professional boxing arena after setting a record of 3 wins, 3 losses and 2 knockouts as an amateur compared to Julaton’s 10 wins including 1 knockout, 3 losses, and 1 draw.

Tremblay, however, said that Julaton should not take her opponent lightly despite her young career.

The 32-year old pride of the Philippines is set to bring her years of experience to this battle, being one of the fastest fighters in history to become a world champion after only seven professional fights.

This is still a major fight for me,” she said. “Ramos has nothing to lose and will bring it all, and I have to be prepared accordingly. A loss would derail my long standing dream of fighting in the Philippines in front of my own people and I simply cannot let that happen. Making adjustments for a last minute change of opponent is a challenge in itself but I will be ready.”

The fight will also air live via Super Radyo DZBB 594khz at 11:45 AM on Saturday, August 4 anchored by Orly Trinidad at Manny Vargas.




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