Saturday, June 15, 2013

Angel Locsin, Toni Gonzaga and Bea Alonzo Far Established Stars than Shaina Magdayao and Enchong Dee?

Angel Locsin, Toni Gonzaga and Bea Alonzo Far Established Stars than Shaina Magdayao and Enchong Dee?

Star Cinema's 20th anniversary movie offering titled "Four Sisters and a Wedding" proved that award-winning actress Angel Locsin and Blockbuster Queens Bea Alonzo and Toni Gonzaga are far bigger and important stars than Shaina Magdayao and Enchong Dee.

The movie's poster obviously shows a much bigger billing of Angel, Bea and Toni than that of Shaina and Enchong - a reflection of how much you achieve as far as your career is concern in local showbiz industry.


Is James Yap also planning to join showbiz?

Reports have it that the famous cager will join Ryan Agoncillo,  Anjo Yllana and Paolo Ballesteros in TV5's latest comedy sitcom "Desperate Husbands".

Written and directed by Jose Javier Reyes, "Desperate Husbands" air July on TV5.


Robin Padilla and Alden Richards will lead the cast of MMFF 2013 potential movie entry "10,000 Hours".

Inspired by the true life story of Senator Ping Lacson, the movie will be helmed by Joyce Bernal

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Father's Day Celebration in Wansapanataym Tonight

Father's Day Celebration in Wansapanataym Tonight

ABS-CBN’s Wansapanataym celebrates Father’s Day tonight, with a special episode topbilled by JB Agustin.

In the Doggy Daddy Doggy episode, JB will portray the role of Ian Mark, a young boy who was solely raised by his father. Because of his father’s busy schedule, Ian Mark feels that he is not important to him anymore. On the day of his birthday, Ian Mark wishes for his dad to be locked up in their home so he can spend more time with him. Will Ian Mark realize his father’s huge sacrifices when his dad’s spirit gets transferred to a puppy’s body?

Also featured in the episode are Chokoleit, Jake Roxas and Pinky Marquez. It is written by Cris Lim and directed by Erick Salud.

Wansapanataym airs Saturdays after Kapamilya: Deal or No Deal on ABS-CBN.

One Direction ‘Our Moment’ Fragrance Short Film

One Direction ‘Our Moment’ Fragrance Short Film

Catch here One Direction Fragrance “Our Moment” short film video.

Find out more about the new One Direction fragrance, 'Our Moment' here:

Toni Gonzaga Shows Off Cooking Skills in “Kuwentong Kusina, Kuwentong Buhay”

Toni Gonzaga Shows Off Cooking Skills in “Kuwentong Kusina, Kuwentong Buhay”

Inspiring real-life stories alongside mouth-watering dishes will be served in ABS-CBN’s newest weekly cooking reality show “Kuwentong Kusina, Kuwentong Buhay” beginning Sunday (June 23).

Hosted by the ultimate multimedia star Toni Gonzaga, the show will feature inspiring stories from featured letter senders. Together with a guest Kapamilya star or celebrity chef, Toni will prepare special recipes from San Miguel Pure Foods for the featured letter sender’s whole family.

“Kuwentong Kusina, Kuwentong Buhay” fulfills not only the wish of one lucky Kapamilya weekly but will also grant the longtime dream of Toni to showcase her cooking skills. Not too many people know that Toni took a culinary arts course before plunging full-time into showbiz.

The program will also feature different culinary spots in the country, with Kapamilya stars and celebrity chefs preparing the cuisine specialties of their respective hometowns with Toni.

San Miguel Pure Foods Co. Inc. is one of the country’s leading food companies, known for great tasting, quality food products that are part of Filipino life. Dedicated to nourishing and nurturing families since 1950, San Miguel Pure Foods fortifies its goal in establishing strong family bonds through “Kuwentong Kusina, Kuwentong Buhay.”

Don’t miss “Kuwentong Kusina, Kuwentong Buhay”every Sunday, 9 AM on ABS-CBN.

"Sunday All Stars" vs. "ASAP 18" this Sunday: What to Expect in the New Musical-Variety Showdown

"Sunday All Stars" vs. "ASAP 18" this Sunday: What to Expect in the New Musical-Variety Showdown

Beginning June 16, prepare for an all-out fun Sunday afternoon for the whole family as the brightest and hottest Kapuso stars unite for the launch of the newest and most exciting musical-variety program dubbed as SUNDAY ALL STARS.

This upcoming spectacle will infuse a new level of fun noontime TV experience to Filipino viewers.

We always associate Sundays with fun and that’s what SAS promises to give the viewers – all-out-fun and excitement,” said GMA Network’s Officer-in-Charge for Entertainment TV Lilybeth Rasonable.

Sunday noon can truly be fun! There’s the enjoyment of watching world-class performances conceptualized by the artists themselves plus the excitement of seeing your favorite stars engage in games and be real, competitive and creative,” added GMA’s Vice President for Entertainment TV Marivin T. Arayata.

With the format of the new program, the cast members of Sunday All Stars will have the unique opportunity to further bond with one another. There will be 4 celebrity teams, with each team headed by a Kapuso artist, who will participate in a showdown via production numbersevery week. During its first month on air, Christian Bautista, Jolina Magdangal, Mark Bautista and Jennylyn Mercado will lead the teams.

Joining them are some of the network’s best performing artists, GMA young stars and Kapuso Primetime stars.

Christian Bautista’s team is composed of Glaiza de Castro, Bea Binene, Jay R, AicelleSantos, Kristoffer Martin, Winwyn Marquez, Julian Trono and Solenn Heussaff, together with the MNVRS.

The team led by Jolina Magdangal is composed of Aljur Abrenica, Kris Bernal, Alden Richards, Louise delos Reyes, Enzo Pineda, Jonalyn Viray, Kris Lawrence, Diva Montelaba, and Sam Pinto, together with the Addlib dance crew.

Mark Bautista’s team is composed of Rachelle Ann Go, Barbie Forteza, Derrick Monasterio, Mark Herras, Rochelle Pangilinan,  Frencheska Farr, Rita de Guzman, Denise Barbacena and Kylie Padilla, together with the Mxmvmnt.

Lastly, the team led by Jennylyn Mercado is composed of Andrea Torres, Max Collins, Rocco Nacino, Maricris Garcia, Ruru Madrid, Sef Cadayona, Yassi Pressman and JulieAnne San Jose, together with the Sexbomb dancers.

Also on hand to present the intense scenes behind the showdown are three of GMA’s most standout beauties: Heart Evangelista, Carla Abellana and Lovi Poe.

Janine Gutierrez will also provide the fans with an all-access pass for the most intimate and revealing happenings backstage and during each team’s meetings and rehearsals.

And the show’s “big four” Ogie Alcasid, Janno Gibbs, Jaya and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid will judge who among the four groups gave the best performance for the week. Home viewers will also get the chance to vote for the best performers via SMS and online voting.

Directed by Rommel Gacho, Sunday All Stars will definitely bring fun and excitement every Sunday afternoon through its world-class performers, ground-breaking concepts, and inventive production numbers.

Sunday All Stars premieres this Sunday June 16 on GMA Sunday Grande.

Meanwhile, “ASAP 18” continues its unstoppable reign and supremacy in giving TV viewers world-class performances this Sunday (June 16) as international singing sensation Charice makes a grand return in ABS-CBN’s longest-running variety show with a mind-blowing production number.

Charice returns to ASAP 18 this Sunday for an unstoppable royal celebration

Aside from Charice’s return, showbiz royalties will also glitter-up “ASAP 18” with non-stop surprises including the special performance of Star Cinema’s 20th anniversary offering “4 Sisters and A Wedding” lead stars Angel Locsin and Bea Alonzo; and the grand launch of ABS-CBN’s newest Primetime Bida teleserye “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala” to be lead by the Queen of Pinoy Soap Opera Judy Ann Santos together with the powerhouse cast KC Concepcion, Sam Milby, John Estrada, Tirso Cruz III, Mylene Dizon, Susan Africa, Matet de Leon, Joseph Marco, Empress, Bryan Termulo, and Coney Reyes.

Love and romance are set to fill the centerstage with the special production number of three of the most in demand Kapamilya love teams - Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes and Enrique Gil, and Kim Chiu and Xian Lim. It will be followed by a powerful vocal act from “Pilipinas Got Talent 4” grand winner Roel Manlangit.

Meanwhile, daddies all over the world will surely be in for a treat as Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano together with his children Paolo and Kiana, and Concert King Martin Nievera together with his son Robin, offer a heart-warming Father’s Day gift this Sunday.

Watch out for another splendid musical treat with the hair-raising musical spectacle of Lani Misalucha, Billy Crawford, and the band Parking Five together with ASAP mainstays Toni Gonzaga, Bamboo, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, Angeline Quinto, ASAP Sessionistas, and ZsaZsa Padilla; and the romantic serenade of Sam Milby, Jericho Rosales, and Piolo Pascual.

Get ready for the hottest and breath-taking dance moves in another jaw-dropping Supahdance showcase prepared by Vina Morales, Maja Salvador, Karylle, Nikki Gil, Iya Villania, Sam Concepcion, Rayver Cruz, and “Pilipinas Got Talent 4” finalists Zilent Overload and Intensity Breakers.

Join the biggest Kapamilya stars in another royal celebration in the country’s longest-running, award-winning variety show, “ASAP 18” 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, ‘like’, follow @ASAPOFFICIAL on Twitter, and know the latest happenings in “ASAP 18” by tweeting the hashtag #ASAPRoyalty.

Even Wonder Why Filipinos Love Teleseryes? CheChe Lazaro Probes

Even Wonder Why Filipinos Love Teleseryes? CheChe Lazaro Probes

Broadcast journalist Cheche Lazaro looks into the enduring fondness of Filipinos for television drama series or teleseryes then and now in another special episode of the documentary “Cheche Lazaro Presents” titled “Si Ser Chief, Si Maya at Ang Teleserye” that airs this Sunday (June 16).

One of the teleseryes that has captured the hearts of viewers is “Be Careful With My Heart.” The series, whose story revolves around a widower and businessman “Richard Lim” or “Ser Chief” and nanny-turned-flight attendant Maya dela Rosa (Jodi Sta. Maria), remains a top-rater since it premiered in July 2012. Ser Chief and Maya’s love story and charming chemistry have captivated audiences, while scenes of the kilig-serye have consistently trended on social media.

“Be Careful With My Heart” has changed the habits of viewers in the country and has also touched viewers abroad through The Filipino Channel. The show’s appeal cuts across ages, gender, social classes and race. In fact, Malaysia’s first commercial TV station, TV 3 has reportedly expressed a strong interest in acquiring the series.

But before “Be Careful With My Heart,” other Kapamilya programs have already made a buzz in the international scene, particulary in Malaysia where “Magkaribal,” “Prinsesa ng Banyera,” “Dahil May Isang Ikaw,” “Impostor,” “Imortal,” “Budoy,” “Iisa Pa Lamang,” and “Mara Clara” have been aired. Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales’ “Pangako Sa’yo,” meanwhile, became a hit in Cambodia.

Aside from Malaysia and Cambodia, some Kapamilya teleseryes were also aired in other Asian countries such as Brunei, Myanmar, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Korea at Taiwan.

What is it with teleseryes that keeps viewers glued? What do these programs reflect about the entertainment industry and society as a whole?

Don’t miss “Cheche Lazaro Presents: Si Ser Chief, Si Maya at Ang Teleserye” on ABS-CBN this Sunday (June 16), 10:15AM with replays at 11:30PM.

Video: Ina Kapatid Anak Finale Episode

Video: Ina Kapatid Anak Finale Episode

After almost 9 months, ABS-CBN’s no. 1 family drama series “Ina Kapatid Anak” concludes on Friday, June 14.

Three generations caught in conflict finally find peace, as the cycle turns and daughters become mothers at the conclusion of the series dubbed "Ang Teleserye ng Pamilyang Pilipino."

In the final episode of "Ina, Kapatid, Anak", once-warring members of the same family are seen finally united as they welcome the next generation in their kin.

A year since a plot for revenge threatened to take her life, Theresa (Cherry Pie Picache) happily witnesses the twins she had born as a surrogate mother building families of their own.

Once driven apart by bitter rivalry, sisters Celyn (Kim Chiu) and Margaux (Maja Salvador) together welcome their own babies with their respective husbands, Liam (Xian Lim) and Ethan (Enchong Dee).

The christening of the children, who were born on the same day, sees the gathering of friends and family, who despite their past differences, have finally forgiven each other.

Celyn and Margaux's biological mother Beatrice (Janice de Belen), who has reconciled with her half-sister Theresa, is seen at the side of her husband Julio (Ariel Rivera) after a series of conflicts cost them their marriage.

Theresa's father, Zach (Ronaldo Valdez), likewise forms an amicable relationship with Yolanda (Pilar Pilapil), the mother of his daughter, and whose husband, Lucas (Eddie Gutierrez), now repents for his wrongdoings behind bars.

Theresa and her daughters, however, continue to mourn the death of Diego (Alex Medina), her son with Mio (John Regala) who was accidentally killed by his own father out of rage.

A year has passed since Mio was killed by Julio in order to save his family, who the former had kidnapped to exact revenge on Theresa -- the woman he thought had left him and their son without any feeling of regret.
Celyn and Margaux, with their husbands Liam and Ethan, build their own family, as seen in the final episode of 'Ina, Kapatid, Anak' aired June 15

Over time and as the dust settles, Celyn and Margaux finally realize their dream of having a complete family.

"Ngayon magsisimula kami ng bagong buhay, ng isang bagong paglalakbay bilang mga bagong ina," the sisters are heard saying in the series' final scenes.

"Bilang magkapatid, natupad namin ang pangarap namin -- ang isang buo at masayang pamilya. At para sa mga anak namin, pinapangako namin na matatapos na ang hidwaan sa pamilya namin.

"Haharapain namin itong bagong yugto ng buhay namin na puno ng pag-asa, pagmamahal, at nang may takot sa Diyos, at kasama ang mga taong pinakamahalaga sa amin, ang aming pamilya," they say.

Watch "Ina Kapatid Anak" finale episode below:

Video: TheABSCBNNews on YouTube 

Steve Irwin Daughter is Dead Rumor

Steve Irwin Daughter is Dead Rumor

Bindi Irwin, Steve Irwin's daughter is reportedly dead. But totally not true. She is  in fact, is alive and well.

A rumor about “Steve Irwin’s daughter dies” set the Internet ablaze on Thursday, but it was all apparently because of a strange mix-up in key search terms, UPI reported on June 14.

News that the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s daughter, Bindi Irwin, 14, had died went viral. Fans of the popular youngster, who lives in Australia with her mother, Terri Irwin, and her younger brother, Robert Clarence Irwin, were immediately grief-stricken as news of her death spread.

But it wasn’t so. Internet search terms that stated “Steve Irwin’s daughter dies” simply weren’t true. And even as the “Steve Irwin’s daughter dies” searches were going viral, Bindi Irwin herself was happily tweeting away, including posting a photo of a beach and a video of a trip she took to Hong Kong.

So how exactly did the Internet decide that “Steve Irwin’s daughter dies?”

The Bindi death rumor was a problem with trending searches on the Internet. In this case, Bindi’s name turned up in searches as people searched on the keyword phrase "Steve Irwin's daughter.” At the same time, the phrase got tangled up in a phrase about the death of Steve Irwin.

As a result, the Internet created the phrase “Steve Irwin’s daughter dies,” and it went viral as more and more distraught fans continued to search and click.

So relax, fans. You’ll be happy to hear that “Steve Irwin’s daughter dies” is nothing but a rumor.

As for Steve Irwin, his death is not a viral rumor. The Crocodile Hunter died in a freak accident when he was stabbed in the chest by a stingray barb in September 2006. -

Friday, June 14, 2013

"Misibis Bay" Trailer - Ritz Azul's Boldest TV Project to Date

"Misibis Bay" Trailer - Ritz Azul's Boldest TV Project to Date

TV5 has just released the trailer for it’s upcoming sexy revenge drama titled "Misibis Bay" that will only run for 6 weeks beginning July.

Shoot in the beautiful tropical hideaway in Misibis Bay in Bacacay, Albay, the much-anticipated primetime drama is topbilled by Kapatid Princess Ritz Azul.

Joining her are Christopher de Leon, Vivian Velez, Andrea del Rosario, Megan Young, Vin Abrenica, Daniel Matsunaga, Lucky Mark Mercado, Victor Silayan, Malak So Shdifat, Luke Jickain and Ms. Boots Anson Roa.

Watch the trailer here:

Video: TV5Philippines on YouTube

Gabby Lopez, ABS-CBN Employees Officially Charge by QC Court with Libel Case Filed by GMA-7

Gabby Lopez, ABS-CBN Employees Officially Charge by QC Court with Libel Case Filed by GMA-7

Steve Dailisan of GMA News TV's noontime newscast "Balitanghali" reported on Friday, June 14, that 13 recent and previous employees of ABS-CBN including its Chairman Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III were officially charged by Quezon City court  in relation to the libel case filed against them by GMA Network.

Watch the video below:

Video: gmanews on YouTube

A Terrifying Accident Happened on the Set of "Toda Max"

A Terrifying Accident Happened on the Set of "Toda Max" 

A terrifying accident might take place on this week’s episode of “Toda Max” as ‘Tay Mac (Al Tantay) deals with the construction of his new house.

‘Tay Mac had hired a friend of his to help him put up a safe and sturdy house. In this Saturday’s episode, Engineer Manoy (Eddie Garcia), a contractor, brings in two of his workers, Bruce (Manuel Chua) and Cholo (Jommy Teotico), to help him complete the job.

With money from Engineer Manoy, Bruce and Cholo are asked to buy the remaining materials needed to complete the construction - but the two are tempted to use the money for other things.

Will Engineer Manoy find out about his workers’ other plans? If he doesn’t, what will happen to ‘Tay Mac’s house?

Tune in to “Toda Max” this Saturday (June 15) to see how things play out, airing after “Maalaala Mo Kaya” on ABS-CBN Channel 2.

Alden Richards Debut Album a Resounding Success

Alden Richards Debut Album a Resounding Success

GMA young leading man Alden Richards admits that his debut album under Universal Records speaks a lot about him. The album, which includes his cover of memorable hits – Shamrock’s Haplos, Rey Valera’s Naaalala Ka, Itwchyworm’s Akin Ka Na Lang, among others, is a testament to Alden’s young romantic side.

The album was launched at the Trinoma Activity Center, where his fans tropped and proved that indeed Alden is one of the most bankable stars of the Kapuso Network.

I really am very thankful that people went out to support me,” says the Kapuso star. “I have given everything I have for this project.”

Thankfully, Alden’s album zoomed to the top of the Astrovision/Astroplus music charts after only a week after its release.

Alden expressed gratitude towards Universal Records bosses for the opportunity – General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, Operations Director Peter Chan, and producer Ito Rapadas, who made sure that Alden’s voice in tip-top shape for the recording.

The album’s debut single Haplos instantly rose to the top of the MyMusicStore charts and is now a part of the series Mundo Mo’y Akin as its love theme.

Alden also has an original song in the album – the romantic Sa Aking Tabi by Vince Katindoy, composer of Ngiti.

Alden Richards album is now available at all record bars nationwide.

Track List:

1. Haplos
2. Naalala Ka
3. Cant Find The Reason
4. ‘Di Na Mababawi
5. Sa Aking Tabi
6. Akin Ka Na Lang
7. Everytime I See you

Ritz Azul and Daniel Matsunaga Spotted in Misibis Bay

Ritz Azul and Daniel Matsunaga Spotted in Misibis Bay

Watch for TV5 Princess Ritz Azul and Kapatid hunk actor Daniel Matsunaga, as they make primetime viewing even hotter this July with the premiere of TV5’s one of a kind, 6-week mini-series, Misibis Bay.

Set in the luxury island playground in Albay, Misibis Bay will definitely leave viewers in awe with its grand production, stellar cast and engaging story of a girl who dreams big and perseveres amidst all odds, to get what she deserves.

Leading the cast of Misibis Bay is TV5 Princess Ritz Azul, who will play the role of Maita Ramirez, a slum girl who only dreams of providing a comfortable life for her ailing grandmother. Follow her story as she turns her life around from a story of misery to great success. Joining Ritz is Kapatid hunk actor Daniel Matsunaga, who will play the role of Andrew, the eldest son of Anthony Cadiz (Christopher de Leon) and the most focused and business-minded of the Cadiz brothers.

How did Maita and Andrew cross each other’s paths? Will Maita be able to seek out a better life for her grandmother and the real love that she deserves? Find out on the newest mini-series that is sure to set primetime on fire, Misibis Bay premiering this July, on TV5.

"Sunday All Stars" Competing Teams: Tweet Hearts, Instagang, Tropang Trending and Ligang iLike

"Sunday All Stars" Competing Teams: Tweet Hearts, Instagang, Tropang Trending and Ligang iLike

Are you team Tweet Hearts?

Or pro-Instagang?

Will you root for Tropang Trending?

Or joining Ligang iLike?

Who will win the weekly battle? Find out starting this Sunday on GMA-7's newest Sunday afternoon musical variety-game show "Sunday All Stars".

'My Husband's Lover' Wins Against Competition in AGB Urban Luzon and Mega Manila TV Ratings

'My Husband's Lover' Wins Against Competition in AGB Urban Luzon and Mega Manila TV Ratings

Once again, here's an indisputable proof that love caters to anyone. Love is all about that wonderful feelings of two people sharing the same level of emotions regardless of gender, color, religion status in life. That is what GMA-7 successfully brings to Pinoy TV households through its newest primetime series "My Husband's Lover".

"My Husband's Lover" helps open widely the eyes of Pinoy televiewers to this unconventional kind of love...making them maturely realize, accept and value without judgement that this kind of love exists.

One valid proof is that despite its sensitive topic, more Pinoy televiewers have opted to witness the pilot episode of what is said to be GMA’s most provocative drama series yet starring Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana and newest Kapuso actor Tom Rodriguez

According to data from the industry’s widely trusted ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, the highly-dramatic and intriguing series posted a high TV ratings of 20.5% as against to 16.6% of ABS-CBN’s “Apoy sa Dagat”.

Meanwhile, in Mega Manila, “My Husband’s Lover” posted an even bigger margin with 22.2% against “Apoy sa Dagat’”s 15.9%.

Catch My Husband’s Lover, Monday to Friday after “Mundo Mo’y Akin” on GMA Telebabad.

The Voice of the Philippines Will Finally be Heard Starting this Saturday

The Voice of the Philippines Will Finally be Heard Starting this Saturday

The long wait is over and the country’s best voices will finally be heard as ABS-CBN premieres the most anticipated singing-reality competition on Philippine television, “The Voice of the Philippines,” this coming Saturday (June 15).

The show, hosted by ultimate multimedia star Toni Gonzaga, kicks off the competition with its talked about and unique Blind Auditions wherein coaches Apl de Ap, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Ms. Lea Salonga will select the artists they want to mentor just by listening to the aspirant’s singing voice. Each coach must pick 12 artists for their respective teams who will advance to the next rounds of competition - the Battle Rounds and the Live Shows.

When ABS-CBN said in early 2013 that it was going to bring the local adaptation of the worldwide hit format, the announcement was met with high expectations. This is because the Philippines is known for producing excellent singers, with most Filipinos fond of either singing at KTV bars or joining singing competitions. Even Philibert Braat, international consultant for franchise owner TALPA, acknowledged this. “The world knows that Filipinos are the best singers in the world so I think the country really deserves ‘The Voice of the Philippines.’ With the lineup of coaches that the show has, it’s going to be of international standards,” said Braat.

Filipinos across the globe have expressed excitement for “The Voice of the Philippines” especially in the online world where the show is being constantly talked about on various social networking sites and where fans are already rooting for their respective coaches. The show’s primer “Mic Test: The Voice of the Philippines Primer” also made it to the top trending topics on micro-blogging site Twitter when it aired last Sunday (June 9).

Fans will be surely raving more once they watch the pilot telecast this Saturday (June 15) when the coaches get to hear the voices of the aspirants. Some of those to watch for include a rakista dad who wants to change his life, a fresh college graduate with a talent for singing, a former band vocalist who wants to step into spotlight, a Fil-Am working student who wants to pursue a recording career, plus a balut vendor, a taxi driver, and a belt vendor who all have temporarily set their jobs aside to become singers.

Who among them will motivate the coaches to push the red button and accept them? Who among the coaches will complete the team lineup first? Who among the artists made coach Sarah Geronimo cry?

“The Voice” is a unique singing competition where auditions are based solely on vocal ability. It first started in Netherlands in 2010 and in a span of three years, has been localized in more than 40 countries worldwide including the more popular US version where Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Shakira, and Usher sat in the iconic red swiveling chairs as celebrity coaches. It is open to artists aged 16 and above with pure singing talent and with or without professional experience.

Also joining host Toni as “V reporters” of the “The Voice of the Philippines” are Robi Domingo and Alex Gonzaga who will give the various updates and sidelights of the show.

Don’t miss “The Voice of the Philippines” premiering this Saturday (June 15), 9 PM, and on Sunday (June 16), 8:15 PM on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to, like the show’s Facebook page, follow @thevoiceabscbn on Twitter, and follow abscbnthevoice on Instagram. Tweet your thoughts about its pilot telecast using the hashtag #TheVoiceofthePhilippines.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Six Hunk Actors and Two Lovely Young Ladies Sign Contract with ABS-CBN

Six Hunk Actors and  Two Lovely Young Ladies Sign Contract with ABS-CBN

This not just about the job but it is also about having a home and doing something worthwhile,” announced ultimate heartthrob Piolo Pascual, during his renewal of contract with ABS-CBN recently. Piolo was one of eight stars who renewed their contract with the network.

Heartened with his continuous projects and warm support from the fans, Piolo is planning a concert before the end of 2013 to mark his 15th anniversary in entertainment this year.

Piolo’s “Apoy sa Dagat” co-star Diether Ocampo, who has been with ABS-CBN since 1995, was also present to renew his ties with the network.

This event is very symbolic. I can’t even count how long I’ve been in showbusiness anymore and I am very thankful to the people behind my career,” said Diether.

The other male artists who also signed again with Kapamilya network were Carlo Aquino, Zanjoe Marudo, Jason Gainza and Jason Abalos.

Overwhelmed with the warm welcome he felt in returning as Kapamilya, award-winning actor Carlo Aquino thanked ABS-CBN for his projects including “Annaliza,” where he plays a kontrabida character.

ABS-CBN and Star Magic know how to take care of their talents so in return, I will continue to give my best in making people laugh and also making them cry in my shows,” said Jason Gainza who is a mainstay of “Banana Split” and “Ina, Kapatid, Anak.”

Rising stars Julia Barretto and “Annaliza” lead star Andrea Brillantes also formalized their commitment with the network.

Gladdened to see young stars choosing to stay with ABS-CBN, Diether imparted some of the lessons he learned in the industry. He addressed newbies Julia and Andrea and told them, “What’s very important in this business is humility and of course, learn to value people who appreciate you and even those who go against you and criticize you.”

Jason Abalos, meanwhile, confirmed at the event that he will be joining the cast of the remake of the Mexican telenovela “Maria Mercedes” with Jessy Mendiola and Jake Cuenca.

“Cofradia,” a 1953 film that starred Gloria Romero, will have a TV remake to be topbilled by Julia.

Present at the contract-signing were ABS-CBN CEO and president Charo Santos-Concio, broadcast head Cory Vidanes, TV production head Laurenti Dyogi, TV production business unit head Ruel Bayani and Star Magic consultant Johnny Manahan.

Jose Benjamin Benjo Benaldo Speaks About Violence Issue with Wife Daiana Menezez

Jose Benjamin Benjo Benaldo Speaks About Violence Issue with Wife Daiana Menezez

In a statement sent to media today, outgoing Cagayan de Oro Congressman Jose Benjamin “Benjo” Benaldo released a statement addressing the sexual, emotional and physical abused being thrown at him in relation to his wife Daiana Menezez' controversial Instgram and Twitter posts last weekend (read related story HERE).

Read the statement below:

I am responding to the issues that have recently come out.

I am speaking with the consent of my partner.

Like any couple, Daiana and I encounter problems. We try to resolve them privately.

I have apologized to her and she has accepted.

On behalf of Daiana's actions on social media, we seek the understanding of everyone regarding her posts on her advocacies seeking help and support.

I believe that any woman, any foreigner who might be facing a situation worse than ours must find an avenue for the redress of her grievances in our country.

Daiana and I got married civilly in Las Vegas. Since then, we have been preparing for the big religious ceremony as we previously announced.

Today, Daiana and I have settled our differences.

We are together out of love. We fought because of love.

She has forgiven me because she truly loves me. I am truly blessed.

We thank our friends & relatives for their patience and support. We thank everyone for respecting our privacy.” 

300: Rise Of An Empire - Full Trailer

300: Rise Of An Empire - Full Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have released the trailer for the new action adventure “300: Rise of an Empire,” the prequel to the 2006 blockbuster, “300.” Watch below:

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel “Xerxes,” and told in the breathtaking visual style of “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield - on the sea - as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

The film stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemesia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.

The film is directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel “Xerxes,” by Frank Miller.

Opening across the Philippines in March 2014, “300: Rise of an Empire” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Is Kiefer Ravena Gay? The Truth Revealed

Is Kiefer Ravena Gay? The Truth Revealed

Ateneo Blue Eagles basketball player and star of Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) league Kiefer Ravena goes on a one-on-one interview with Boy Abunda this Saturday (June 15) in “The Bottomline.”

In the episode this Saturday, Kiefer will answer criticisms about his skills as a team player and rumors about his masculinity. Did Kiefer learn or inherit his playing talent from his father Bong Ravena who was a known PBA player? How serious does their team prepare for their games against their ultimate rival the De La Salle Green Archers? Amid different speculations by the public, how does Kiefer deal with rumors that are questioning his sexuality?

Don’t miss the 2013 USTv Awards Best Public Affairs Talk Show “The Bottomline With Boy Abunda” this Saturday, 11:30 pm, after “Banana Split.” For more updates, just log on at or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

Xian Lim, Enrique Gil, Kean Cipriano and Enchong Dee Reunite this Sunday on Cinema One

Xian Lim, Enrique Gil, Kean Cipriano and Enchong Dee Reunite this Sunday on Cinema One

Take a trip down memory lane as Star Cinema’s romantic comedy “The Reunion” airs this Sunday (June 16) on the Blockbuster Sundays movie block of Cinema One.

With a cast made up of today’s hottest talents, “The Reunion” stars Enchong Dee, Xian Lim, Enrique Gil and Kean Cipriano, together with Julia Montes, Cristine Reyes, Jessy Mendiola, Megan Young and Bangs Garcia.

“The Reunion” tells the story of four young men who were friends in high school. Several years after graduating, they decide to meet again, reuniting them on a journey to find the true meaning of love and happiness.

The film is also backed up by a soundtrack with songs by the influential OPM band Eraserheads, with some character references made in tribute to their favorite hits such as “Julie Tearjerky”, “Tindahan ni Aling Nena”, and “Alapaap”.

Don’t miss “The Reunion” as it airs this Sunday (June 16) at 8:00 p.m. on Cinema One (SkyCable Channel 56), the Philippines’ number one cable channel. For updated about the program schedule, follow @cinema_one on Twitter and by like its official Facebook page

‘Man of Steel’ Earns P69.52-M on Day 1, Breaking All First-Day PHL Box-Office Records

‘Man of Steel’ Earns P69.52-M on Day 1, Breaking All First-Day PHL Box-Office Records

The new, origin film of Superman flew off to a blockbuster start yesterday as “Man of Steel” surpassed the industry’s all-time opening day record with a nationwide gross of a monumental P69.52-M.

“Man of Steel’s” phenomenal debut bested the opening day record previously established only last April by “Iron Man 3” at P62.9-million.

This was announced today by Francis Soliven, general manager of Warner Bros. (F.E.), Inc. which distributed the film. “This is a day of reckoning for Superman,” added Soliven. “He’s a larger-than-life character beloved by millions of Filipinos, and this was proven today. Fans and families welcomed him back overwhelmingly as evidenced by the long lines, the ubiquitous Superman shirts everywhere, and the cheers at the end of screenings.”

Dominating the over all box-office with a 94 percent share, “Man of Steel” also posted the biggest opening day gross ever for Warner Bros. whose previous best first-day performer was “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” at P28.3-million.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes the epic action-adventure “Man of Steel,” under the direction of Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”).

In the film, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

The film stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El, four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams, Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon, Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner, Oscar® nominee Diane Lane, Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe.

Now playing in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular theaters in the Philippines, “Man of Steel” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Matteo Guidicelli is Gay According to Online Fan

Matteo Guidicelli is Gay According to Online Fan 

Is Matteo Guidicelli gay? Reason why he broke up with Kapamilya young actress Jessy Mendiola who recently posted an intriguing message on her Twitter account @JessyMendiola which reads "The truth always comes out. No matter how hard you hide it, it finds a way to be uncovered. One way, or another. Goodnight."

Guidicelli's Instagram follower (or should I say basher) @jvthelover23, through a series of messages, accused the Cebuano actor of being bisexual and has broken up with Mendiola through phone making him questioned even more the his true sexuality.

Basher vs Matteo Guidicelli Instagram

The annoyed Kapamilya actor in return asked for the phone number of his online basher and challenged him for a meet-up so they could settle the issue in peace (or in a much physical-violent ways?).

Photoshop Gone Wrong: Beyonce Minus the Curves

Photoshop Gone Wrong: Beyonce Minus the Curves 

What do you think of this Beyoncé PR photo for her upcoming “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” where she is seen wearing a colorful Roberto Cavalli gown with elongated and spidery legs and extremely skinny body?

Another photoshopped gone wrong.

Daniel Padilla Reacts to Kathryn Bernardo and Dean Geyer Sweet Photos Online

Daniel Padilla Reacts to Kathryn Bernardo and Dean Geyer Sweet Photos Online

Young Kapamilya star Kathryn Bernardo and “Glee” star Dean Geyer was photographed extra sweet while whispering to each other during the Coca-Cola event in Trinoma Mall on Saturday, June 8.

The said photos which immediately became viral online caught the attention of netizens even Kathryn's constant love team Daniel Padilla.

Asked if he got jealous when he saw the picture, Daniel replied: “Okay lang 'yun. Buti na lang umalis na siya. Biro lang. Okay lang 'yun.”

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, Kathryn quickly urged fans not to speculate and put malice to the picture.

Ang daming kumalat na pictures. May tinatanong lang siya noon. Hindi ko actually matandaan kung ano ang pinag-uusapan basta nasaktohan lang nila na napicture-an,” she explained.

GMA Network is Most Awarded TV Network at 2013 UA&P Tambuli Awards

GMA Network is Most Awarded TV Network at 2013 UA&P Tambuli Awards

(L-R): Aileen Young, Activations Manager of GMPI; Kai Palileo-Cruz, Product Development Manager of GMPI; Lizelle G. Maralag, President and COO of GMPI; Jon Lara, Product Development Manager of GMPI; Joselito Ortega, Chairman and CEO of Havas Media Ortega

GMA Network through its sales and marketing arm, GMA Marketing and Productions, Inc. (GMPI), emerged as the most awarded broadcast company at the 2013 University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) Tambuli Awards: 7th Asia-Pacific IMC Effectiveness and Values Awards.

GMPI brought home four recognitions including a Gold award for its highly praised Christmas short film Hating Kapatid under the Family Oriented Brand category. 

Created in partnership with Columbia Foods International for So Lucky Soda Crackers, Hating Kapatid effectively depicts the spirit of giving during the holidays through a story of two boys, who took turns wearing a worn down pair of shoes. Widely commended for its inspiring and heartwarming content, it previously won a Bronze Award at the 2012 Araw Values Awards and also gained international recognition with another Bronze Award at the prestigious Busan International Advertising Festival (Ad Stars) during the same year.

Meanwhile, two of GMA’s Kapuso Mine-Sine offerings, Aruga and Gustin respectively won a Silver and a Bronze Award in two separate categories. Aruga, a story about an inspiring relationship between a mother with a hearing impairment and her son, won in the Family Oriented Brand category. On the other hand, Gustin, based on the real-life story of a poor young boy who surrendered a bag filled with money to its owner, was recognized in the Advocacy category. Aruga was jointly produced with Unilab for Ceelin while Gustin was created together with Peerless Products Manufacturing Corporation for Champion Laundry Detergent.

The Kapuso Network also won a Bronze Award for its widely anticipated Christmas Short Films campaign in the Integrated Branded Content and Entertainment category. Over the last 7 years, GMA makes it a yearly tradition to touch and inspire Kapuso viewers through various relevant and inspirational short films, and this award certainly serves as a validation of such efforts. 

Aside from gaining these recognitions, GMPI’s marketing campaigns have also generated much online buzz as seen in the thousands of page views, as well as positive feedback on various social media networks by both netizens and industry experts.

We thank our advertiser clients and agencies for continuously supporting GMPI,” said GMA Marketing and Productions President and COO Lizelle G. Maralag. “These awards inspire us to create even more values-oriented advertising materials, while imparting the message that selling products and promoting positive values can be done at the same time.

Established in 2005, the UA&P Tambuli Awards seeks to recognize excellent campaigns, materials and executions that not only communicate the brand’s message and objectives but also promote good values among different audiences.

Mega Pinoy Pride Ball 2013 Photos

Mega Pinoy Pride Ball 2013 Photos

Photos: officialtimyap, maxenemagalona, whianwamos on IG

Melissa McCarthy Joins Sandra Bullock in “The Heat”

Melissa McCarthy Joins Sandra Bullock in “The Heat”

FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) – the Fed – and Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) – the Fuzz – couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. 

At the helm of “The Heat” is Paul Feig, the movie takes a look at the odd couple pairing of two law enforcement officials who, to their everlasting shock, slowly find themselves on the same page. The Ashburn-Mullins dynamic is akin to that eternal physics problem about an irresistible force meeting an immovable object.  Only, here, it’s hard to tell who is which. Ashburn is ambitious, talented, brainy, and possesses Sherlock Holmes-like powers of deduction and intuition.  She’s always the smartest person in the room, and isn’t shy about letting everyone know it.  Mullins grew up on the streets of Boston, and has a shoot-from-the-hip (and mouth) style of dealing with crime and its perpetrators.  She’s the “yang” to Ashburn’s “yin.”

To cast Mullins, Feig looked no further than his Bridesmaids breakout star, Melissa McCarthy.  “On Bridesmaids, Melissa became my hero,” he says.  “So, about 15 pages into reading THE HEAT, the idea of casting her just snapped into my head.  The script, which was already hilarious, got ten times funnier when I read it while imagining Melissa as Mullins.  “Melissa will commit to a role so hardcore it will shock you,” Feig continues.  “It’s hard to realize that it’s Melissa inside that character.” 

The tightly-wrapped Ashburn isn’t Mullins’ only headache. She’s also dealing with her out-of-control family.  After arresting her own brother (played by starring cast member Michael Rapaport) for dealing drugs, Mullins is ostracized by the other members of her clan, including her mom, dad, four brothers, and for good measure, her brothers’ girlfriends.  Says Feig:  “Mullins arrested her brother and threw him in jail, in order to save him – sort of a forced rehab. But to the rest of her family, this is an unforgivable betrayal, and she’s a traitor.  It’s a very tight-knit family, but they have a very interesting way of showing it.”

I’ve been beating people up for two months; it’s very cathartic,” joked Melissa McCarthy during the production of THE HEAT. The chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy was evident from the first table read.  “When we read the script [together] for the first time, Melissa and I would make the same faces, simultaneously,” Bullock recalls.  “Our rhythms are different, but we worked so well together, they began to click.  We made so many connections; it’s something I never thought I would have on this level.

The strength of the Bullock-McCarthy dynamic, evident even then, inspired additional script fine-tuning.  “By the end of that first read, it was obvious that Sandy and Melissa really inhabited these characters, and that it was up to Katie Dippold and me to take all that magic and get it into the script – and really let the women fly,” says Feig.

For screenwriter Dippold, the process was liberating. “Sandy and Melissa took what was on the page and made it funnier than I thought it could ever be,” she says.  A particular favorite came during a Mullins’ tirade against her captain (played by Tom Wilson) – accusing him of lacking a set of testes – when he refuses her demand to boot Ashburn from the case.  “Melissa really ran with the one scripted line, ‘Have you seen the captain’s balls?’ and turned it into something spectacular.”

“The Heat” opens June 27 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. Releases New “300: Rise of an Empire” Poster

 Warner Bros. Releases New “300: Rise of an Empire” Poster

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have unleashed the new one-sheet art for the new action adventure “300: Rise of an Empire,” the prequel to the 2006 blockbuster, “300.”

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel “Xerxes,” and told in the breathtaking visual style of “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield - on the sea - as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

The film stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemesia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.

The film is directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel “Xerxes,” by Frank Miller.

Opening across the Philippines in March 2014, “300: Rise of an Empire” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. 




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