Ogie Alcasid Resigns from "Sunday All Stars"; To be Replaced by Joey de Leon and Pops Fernandez

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Ogie Alcasid Resigns from "Sunday All Stars"; To be Replaced by Joey de Leon and Pops Fernandez


Starting tomorrow, July 7, Ogie Alcasid will no longer be part of Kapuso Sunday musical-variety show "Sunday All Stars" after he decided not to renew his GMA-7 contract. 

Well, my contract ended June 30, so right now, I am jobless. I mean, I’m relaxing lang, nagre-relax lang ako ngayon.” Ogie said at the sidelight of Bench 25th anniversary photo exhibit at Bench Tower, Bonifacio Global City on Friday, July 5.

Is he transferring to TV5?

Si Leo Dominguez is the one talking [with TV5]. We will announce our decision in two weeks,” he said.

On Sunday, as confirmed with GMA-7 insider, Ogie will be temporarily (or maybe permanent) replaced by Joey de Leon as one of the Big Four coaches/judges. 

Also, joining the Big Four this Sunday is Pops Fernandez. Why? Is Ogie's wife Regine Velasquez also leaving the show?


Daniel Padilla, Toni Gonzaga and Vice Ganda, the Faces of “M.O.R. 101.9 For Life! Manila” Radio Station

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Daniel Padilla, Toni Gonzaga and Vice Ganda, the Faces of “M.O.R. 101.9 For Life! Manila” Radio Station
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ABS-CBN will bring MORe music, MORe fun, and MORe stars when it launches its MORe powerful FM radio station, “M.O.R. 101.9 For Life! Manila” this Monday (July 8) with three of Kapamilya network’s biggest names namely, Daniel Padilla, Toni Gonzaga, and Vice Ganda.

Vice, Toni and Daniel, whose distinct personalities somehow describe the new image of the station - fierce, fun, and young, will sing the official station jingle of “MOR Manila 101.9.

Vice himself is excited for the ‘unkabogable’ big change that is about to happen on FM radio with the grand launch of “M.O.R. 101.9 For Life!”

We–me, Toni and Daniel–are really glad to be part of ‘MOR 101.9’ and thankful for the chance to sing its jingle,” said Vice. “We are excited for the exclusive offerings that they have for the listeners, one of which is that all of my upcoming songs will be first played on ‘MOR 101.9 For Life!

Meanwhile, watch out for the special TV launch of “M.O.R. 101.9 For Life!” in “ASAP 18″ this Sunday (July 7), featuring the introduction of new DJs and a special production number from Yeng Constantino, Aiza Seguerra, Angeline Quinto, Juris, and Jovit Baldivino.

 


Don’t miss the grand launch of “M.O.R. 101.9 For Life!” this Monday, beginning 5am and discover what is MORe fun and MORe exciting FM radio.

For more updates about “M.O.R. 101.9 For Life!” visit www.facebook.com/mor1019 and follow @MOR1019 on Twitter.


Shin Soo-Ji Pitch Must Watch Amazing Video

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Shin Soo-Ji Pitch Must Watch Amazing Video


Shin Soo-ji, a rhythmic gymnast from Korea performed an amazing ceremonial first pitch ala-Cirque du Soleil  during a game between the Doosan Bears and Samsung Lions in Seoul, South Korea.

Shin Soo-ji rotated her whole body on one leg and threw an amazing pitch. Watch below:



“That Winter, The Wind Blows” Premiers Monday Night on ABS-CBN

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“That Winter, The Wind Blows” Premiers Monday Night on ABS-CBN


Asia’s most beautiful love story of 2013 will finally be told to Filipino audience as ABS-CBN premieres the top-caliber drama “That Winter, The Wind Blows,” topbilled by Asian superstars Jo In Sung and Song Hye Kyo , beginning Monday (July 8) in ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida.

Jo In Sung, who was first seen by Filipinos in his sensational role as Paolo  in “Memories of Bali,” returns on Philippine television after eight years as bad boy Xander and teams up with one of Korea’s most beautiful and certified Hallyu star of her generation, Song Hye Kyo as the blind heiress Yonna, in this heartwarming love story based from the Japanese drama “I Don’t Need Love.”

Follow the story of Xander, a playboy and gambler who lives a meaningless life after he was abandoned by his mother under a tree when he was a baby. He will be caught up in a messy deal with a gambling lord and in order to pay his debts, he will be left with no other choice but to pretend to be the long lost brother of a blind heiress Yonna who happened to have the exact name as him.

Xander will take advantage of Yonna’s blindness and will hide the truth that her biological brother is already dead.  But it won't be easy for Xander to carry out his devious plan as Yonna gives him a hard time to win her trust because she believes that Xander is only after the family’s fortune. Little did Xander expect that his plan to extort money from the unknowing blind woman will take a sudden twist as he ends up falling in love with her.

How will Xander fight for a love that started wth a lie? How can he show Yonna his feelings if she sees him as a brother? Can Yonna accept Xander after his deceitful schemes?

 


Pre-sold in most Asian countries prior its airing, “That Winter The Wind Blows,” when originally broadcasted in Korea early this year, was the most talked about series by netizens all over Asia. It was cinematically directed by 2013 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Director Kim Kyu-tae and aired in Korea in the first quarter of 2013. The production team used state of the art high-definition cameras for the filming, and each frame underwent tedious post-production process to ensure the best quality of the drama. Just this year, the series was recognized with the Silver Award for Best Foreign TV Series in the 2013 Shanghai Television Festival.

Don’t miss the premiere of “That Winter, The Wind Blows” this Monday (July 8) after “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala” on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida.


Claudine Barretto to Fans: "I'm back!"

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Claudine Barretto to Fans: "I'm back!"


After a controversy-plagued two-year hiatus from showbiz, Claudine Barretto is finally coming back.

The 33-year-old actress invited ABS-CBN News to the birthday party of her daughter, Sabina, held Saturday afternoon at Blue Water Day Spa in Quezon City, where she made the announcement.

"Nag-pe-prepare na ako. Puspusan na ang pagpe-prepare. Actually mga one week palang ako nakakapag-prepare. I'm very excited. I'm very, very excited," she told ABS-CBN News and other members of the press.

Barretto confirmed an earlier report that she is set to star in two films - one under Viva Films, where she is under contract, and the other, a project involving Star Cinema - the film production outfit of ABS-CBN, where she was an exclusive talent for 17 years, before she signed with GMA-7 in 2009.

"Hindi ko alam kung ano ang mauuna [sa dalawang pelikula], magmi-meeting palang kami. Mag-mi-mieet palang kami hopefully this week, and doon ko malalaman," she said.

"So now finally, sa lahat ng mga Claudinians, malapit na malapit na po. Magpapa-kundisyon lang, dahil medyo maraming pinagdaanan, pero eto na. Eto na rin. Malapit na malapit na," she said.

Barretto's last film, a co-production of Viva Films and GMA Films, "In Your Eyes," was released in 2010. - ABS-CBNNews.com


“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” Trailer Released

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“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” Trailer Released


Sony Pictures Animation has shared the second trailer for the 3D adventure comedy “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” the much anticipated sequel to the 2009 animated hit “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

Check the trailer below:



The comedy sequel picks up where the original left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood's genius is finally being recognized as he's invited by his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chester's right-hand-gal - and one of his greatest inventions - is Barb, a highly evolved orangutan with a human brain, who is also devious, manipulative and likes to wear lipstick.

It's always been Flint's dream to be recognized as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine - which turns water into food - is still operating and is now creating mutant food beasts. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Flint and his friends must embark on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world - again!

Opening across the Philippines in Oct. 9, 2013, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.


Robin Dude Returns to TV5 this July

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Robin Dude Returns to TV5 this July


The tandem of Akihiro Blanco and Chanel Morales returns this Sunday as the adventures of Robin Dude continue on Istorifik: Pidol’s Kwetong Fantastik for the month of July on TV5.

Akihiro plays Hiro, a young man who grew up in the slums, and was given a magical bow and arrow that transforms him to the masked hero, Robin Dude. Hiro is enamored by the beauty of Marian (Chanel Morales), a young student whom she saved from danger in his past adventure.

The two meet the family of Dr. Magno (Lloyd Samartino) and his two children Trevor (AJ Muhlach) and Jana (Marvelous Alejo). But danger lurks nearby, as Gecko (Lucky Mercado), a human-turned-gecko, is endangering people in Pasong Makipot. One of the people that Robin Dude will save from danger is Jana, who is thankful and smitten for the young hero.

Catch Robin Dude in Istorifik Pidol’s Kuwentong Fanstatik this Sunday, at 6:30pm, on TV5.


Paolo Onesa - The Voice of the Philippines Blind Audition Video

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Paolo Onesa - The Voice of the Philippines Blind Audition Video


The "The Voice of the Philippines" blind audition video of Paolo Onesa from Team Bamboo will be posted here soon. For the meantime, watch some of Paolo's video below performing his rendition of famous singer's hit songs.

Love on Top - Beyonce:



Crazy - Andrew Garcia:



Magkayakap sa Dilim - Rico J. Puno:



Julia Montes to Enrique Gil: "He's my doctor love."

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Julia Montes to Enrique Gil: "He's my doctor love."

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Teleserye Sweetheart Julia Montes and Next Ultimate Leading Man Enrique Gil are both excited in their upcoming primetime drama series “Muling Buksan Ang Puso,” which will premiere on Monday (July 8).

In their “SIR-tified” exclusive interview in “Showbiz Inside Report” that will air this Saturday (July 6), Julia and Enrique shared that their new teleserye drew them even closer, to the point that they became each other’s confidants.

Quen (Enrique) feels like he’s ‘doctor love.’ But in fairness, his love advices were a big help to me nowadays,” said Julia.

In the same interview, Enrique revealed that if there is something that he would change about Julia it is his leading lady’s lack of trust to other people. “I want her to open up some more,” he said.

Aside from Julia and Enrique, “SIR” will also feature touching life stories of Jake Cuenca and showbiz couple Richard Poon and Maricar Reyes.

Join Janice de Belen, Carmina Villarroel, Joey Marquez and Ogie Diaz in the no.1 showbiz talk show “Showbiz Inside Report” this Saturday after “It’s Showtime” in ABS-CBN. For more updates, log-on to www.abs-cbn.com, follow @SIRTVOfficial on Twitter, or like the Facebook fanpage www.facebook.com/ShowbizInsideReport.AbsCbn.


"The Mistress" Back-to-Back this Sunday

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"The Mistress" Back-to-Back this Sunday


The movie that commemorated the 10th anniversary of the onscreen loveteam of Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz returns to showcase both the chemistry and the talents of these two acclaimed favorites of the Philippine entertainment industry in the romantic melodrama film “The Mistress” as it airs on Cinema One on Sunday (July 14).

“The Mistress” tells the story of Sari (Bea Alonzo), who works as a suit maker to provide for her family. One day, while in a bookstore, she meets JD (John Lloyd Cruz), a hotshot with daddy issues whose father is cheating on JD’s mother. He also happens to be the hired architect for the renovation of the shop that she works in, and the two begin to develop a fond attraction for each other. However, what JD doesn’t know is that Sari is the secret mistress of a rich benefactor who, strangely enough, has the same family name as JD.

Of her challenges in taking on the role of Sari, Bea says, “By far, this is the bravest that I had to be for a movie because there were a lot of things I had to do that I never did for television or for film. It was tough.”

The role of JD similarly posed a different kind of challenge for John Lloyd. “My personal relationship with the character was very instrumental,” he said, adding, “my character is coming from somewhere severe. He has a very deep, wounded soul and there’s a lot that he wants to prove - also a lot that he wants to run away from.”

Also delivering commended performances for their roles in “The Mistress” were veteran actors Ronaldo Valdez and Hilda Koronel who had been in hiatus for 6 years and just came back to the country from the US to do the project .

In his review of the film, Philip Cu-Unjieng praised “The Mistress”, saying, “It’s the texture of the screenplay and the sympathetic depth of the characters that make it such an absorbing film.”

Catch Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz in what is one of their most successful films to date, “The Mistress”, as it airs on Sunday (July 14), 8:00 p.m. on the Blockbuster Sundays movie block of the Philippines’ number one cable channel, Cinema One (SkyCable channel 56). For updates about the program schedule, follow @cinema_one on Twitter and by like its official Facebook page www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel.


Caption This: Karylle "Belat" Photo with Dingdong Dantes

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Caption This: Karylle "Belat" Photo with Dingdong Dantes



What can you say about this photo of Karylle doing the belat sign with Dingdong Dantes' Bench Underwear billboard as background?


Rocco Nacino Replaces JM de Guzman as "Pedro Calungsod Batang Martir"

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Rocco Nacino Replaces JM de Guzman as "Pedro Calungsod Batang Martir"


Kapamilya actor JM de Guzman will be replaced by Kapuso actor Rocco Nacino in the title role of Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 movie entry "Pedro Calungsod Batang Martir".

Days after JM's dad Roniel de Guzman announced the withdrawal of his son in the project due to serious health reasons(read related story HERE),  writer-director Francis Villacorta revealed that after considering several actors like Coco Martin, Dominic Roco, Paulo Avelino, Alden Richards, Kristoffer Martin, and Enchong Dee as possible replacement, they chose Rocco based on his physical traits.

"Pinoy looks, tama lang ang height, can act, and nakatulong din sa weight ng decision yung pag-portray niya ng Pedro Calungsod in television last year." Villacorta said.

An official entry to the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry, “San Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir” tells the life story Pedro Calungsod, the mission assistant who hails from the Visayas, and now the second Filipino saint who was martyred in the name of the Christian faith. 


Vice Ganda Stars as 'Tikbalang Queen'

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Vice Ganda Stars as 'Tikbalang Queen'


Vice Ganda made his debut appearance in "Juan dela Cruz" Friday as the glamorous and fast-talking "queen" of half-human, half-horse creatures known in Philippine folklore as the "tikbalang."

In the July 5 episode of the ABS-CBN primetime series, the 37-year-old comedian as Santana leads creatures of her kind in a quest for revenge on fairies, who sealed them off to rot in a dense forest.

With a portal to the realm of fairies opened, Santana wastes no time to plot their first steps for vengeance: kidnap Mira (Shaina Magdayao), the well-loved princess of their rivals.



Meanwhile, in the human world, Juan (Coco Martin) starts work on unleashing the holy whip as a new weapon formed by the steel cross, or "bakal na krus."

In an earlier interview, Vice Ganda said that a fight between his character and that of his real-life best friend, Martin, will likely be seen in future episodes of "Juan dela Cruz."

Vice Ganda is the latest star to make a guest appearance as a pivotal character in the series, after the likes of Gretchen Barretto, Jhong HIlario, Bugoy Carino, Epi Quizon, Ella Cruz and Jane Oineza.

The top-rating series airs weeknights after "TV Patrol," during ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block.


Instant Mommy (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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Instant Mommy (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry


Eugene Domingo is paired with Japanese actor Yuki Matsuzaki in Cinemalaya 2013 movie entry "Instant Mommy," written and directed by Leo Abaya.

Eugene had to learn Japanese for her role in the light comedy-drama Instant Mommy. She is cast as Bechayda, a wardrobe mistress in TV commercials, who pretends to be pregnant to keep her Japanese fiancé. The comedienne even shot a birthing scene for a crucial sequence in the movie.

Hollywood-based Japanese actor Yuki Matsuzaki plays Kaeru San, a 40-something Japanese businessman who is the love interest of Bechayda. He was previously seen in period films such as The Last Samurai (2003) and Letters From Iwo Jima (2006).

Instant Mommy also stars Luis Alandy as the ex-boyfriend of Eugene’s character and Rico J. Puno as the father of Eugene’s character.




"Instant Mommy" will be shown from July 26 to August 4, 2013 in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival New Breed category.


Sana Dati (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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Sana Dati (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry


Sana Dati is a love story about bittersweet compromises and real- life decisions starring Lovi Poe, Paulo Avelino, TJ Trinidad and Benjamin Alves.

Lovi Poe stars in this film as Andrea Gonzaga, a woman who has accepted her fate by agreeing to marry a man whom she does not love. But a few hours before her wedding to TJ Trinidad’s character, someone arrives to remind her of the true love she once had and lost. 

Andrea is interviewed by a videographer named Dennis (Paulo Avelino) for their wedding videos. As they spend time together, Andrea is strangely reminded of the one person she truly loved but nobody in her family knows about: a man named Andrew Cesario (Benjamin Alves).




This film is the third part of Jerrold Tarog's “camera trilogy” after Confessional (2007) and Mangatyanan (2009). Showing from July 26 to August 4, 2013 in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival Directors Showcase category.


The Diplomat Hotel (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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The Diplomat Hotel (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry


Gretchen Barretto portrays a disgraced reporter in The Diplomat Hotel, which is set in the infamous haunted hotel of the same name in Baguio.

Writer-director Christopher Ad. Castillo says his film tackles the “horror of the human psyche.”

Direk Chris, the son of the late filmmaker Celso Ad. Castillo, says that Gretchen had to shoot a lot of difficult scenes for this movie. Her character wants to do a documentary on the faith healer-cum-cult leader (played by Joel Torre) who used to own the hotel.

The director also points out that his film also happens to be a commentary about mass media. He points out that in this industry, “people are quickly dispensable.”

Direk Chris says that there are limited prosthetics and special effects used in the film but there are violent moments that will be shown onscreen. He assures, however, that his movie is a horror film that “tells you there is evil in this world and that evil is all consuming and will draw blood—lots of blood.” 




Written and directed by Christopher Ad. Castillo, The Diplomat Hotel also stars Joel Torre, Art Acuña, Mon Confiado, Nico Antonio, and Sarah Gaugler.

The Diplomat Hotel is showing in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas from July 26 to August 4, 2013 as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival New Breed category.


Ekstra (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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Ekstra (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry



Ekstra (The Bit Player) is a socio-realist drama-comedy film, which follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan played by Vilma Santos as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation on the marginalized laborers like her.

Santos insisted that she should do her physical scenes herself. Zig Dulay, one of the writers, revealed: “Challenging yung mga ginawa niya [Ate Vi], to the point na na-deglamorized siya. May eksena na kailangan siyang sampalin. Totoong siya yung nasampal…ayaw niyang magpa-double kasi gusto raw niya ma-try talaga.

According to Direk Jeffrey Jeturian, they shot the film with Ate Vi for twelve days in a span of two months.  




Some of the biggest names in showbiz agreed to be part of this Cinemalaya entry. Marian Rivera is paired with Piolo Pascual in a fictional teleserye. Cherie Gil portrays the kontrabida who beats up Loida’s character and even tortures her by burning her skin using lighted cigarettes. Richard Yap also has a cameo role as the star of another teleserye where Loida serves as a bit player.

Ekstra (The Bit Player) is showing in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas from July 26 to August 4, 2013 as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival Directors Showcase category.


Nuwebe (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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Nuwebe (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry


Inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history, “Nuwebe” follows the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father. Her story is complex. Krista refuses to see herself as a victim. With an almost documentary style, “Nuwebe” follows Krista’s story as she demonstrates a level of resilience uncommon for her age. Her mother, on the other hand, is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.

Director Joseph Israel Laban got the idea for his movie after doing a documentary for GMA News TV's Front Row. He served as the managing producer of the said project, which featured the youngest mother in the Philippines who got pregnant at the tender age of nine and gave birth when she was ten years old.

GMA-7 child star Barbara Miguel is cast as Krista, the young girl who was raped by her own father. She even shot a birthing scene for this movie.

Jake Cuenca is cast as her abusive father named Moises while Nadine Samonte plays Dolores, the mother who is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.

Moises is incarcerated when a rape case is filed against him. Dolores initially could not believe that her pre-teen daughter is conceiving and that her husband abused their own daughter.

In fact, the parents brought the young girl to a folk healer named Loleng (played by Anita Linda). Direk Joseph Laban explains, “Lumapit sina Jake Cuenca at Nadine Samonte kay Anita Linda kasi si Nadine hindi naniniwala na buntis ang anak niya. Akala niya minamaligno lang kaya pinatingnan nila kay Loleng.”




"Nuwebe" will be shown in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas from July 26 to August 4, 2013 as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival Directors Showcase category.


Quick Change (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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Quick Change (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry


Written and directed by Eduardo Roy Jr., starring Mimi Juareza, Migs Cuaderno, Jun Jun Quintana, Francine Garcia, Felipe Martinez, and Natasha Yumi, "Quick Change" tells the story of Dorina (Juarez) who believes she is a lady incarcerated inside a male body.  She’s got herself a flourishing career, albeit in an illegal cosmetic surgery business.  She is a mother figure to Hero, her eight year old nephew (Cuaderno).  She acts as a devoted wife to Uno.  Between her job and her family, Dorina feels that she is one lucky woman. Until Uno falls in love with another tranny (transvestite) who happens to be a fellow performer in the Amazing Theater Philippines..

Eduardo Roy Jr. got the idea for his film while attending the wake of a transgender who died because of a collagen procedure gone wrong.




"Quick Change" will be shown in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas from July 26 to August 4, 2013 as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival Directors Showcase category.


Transit (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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Transit (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry


Writer-director Hannah Espia reveals that she got the idea for her Cinemalaya 2013 movie entry "Transit" starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Mercedes Cabral, Irma Adlawan, Ping Medina, and Marc Justine Alvarez,  after talking to an OFW who was bringing home his child from Israel. In 2009, the Israeli government enacted a law that would deport the children of migrant workers if they did not fulfill certain criteria. Both Israeli and migrant workers rallied against the law that would separate parents from their children.

The film depicts the inter-connected lives of OFWs who struggle to prevent their children from being deported to the Philippines.

Lead star Jasmine Curtis Smith spent several days in Israel to shoot the film Transit. She had to be fluent in Hebrew since her character Yael was raised in Israel. Irma Adlawan portrays her mother Susan, an OFW who has been working in Israel for more than 10 years.

Ping Medina is cast as Moises, a single dad working as a caregiver in Herzliya, Israel. He decides to hide his son Joshua (Marc Justine Alvarez) from immigration police by making him stay inside the house.

One of the highlights of the movie is the recreation of a Bar Mitzvah, a Jewish rite of passage to adulthood.   




"Transit" will be shown in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas from July 26 to August 4, 2013 as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival New Breed category.


Amor y Muerte (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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Amor y Muerte (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry


Set in the late 16th century, Amor y Muerte (Spanish for Love and Death) is an erotic period drama starring Markki Stroem and Althea Vega.

Markki, who gained fame as a singer in Pilipinas Got Talent, is cast as Diego de Saavedra, a young Spanish officer. His character is smitten by the beauty of Amor Salonga (Althea) that he takes her to be his wife.

Amor is a sensuous young woman. She makes noises while making love, has no qualms about giving and receiving pleasure, reflecting the carefree attitude of the native woman who has yet to be tainted by Christian notions about sin and pleasure, guilt and sex.

When Amor and Diego have sex, she makes loud noises that are heard all over their poblacion. The town friar, Fray Santiago (played by Kuya Manzano), is so scandalized that he tells Diego to silence his wife.

As a result, Diego forbids Amor from moaning and even slaps her to keep her quiet. He covers Amor’s mouth with a pillow during intercourse, to prevent her from making noises, which almost chokes the woman to death.

In time, Amor becomes indifferent to sex until her passion is reignited when she engages in an extramarital affair with Apitong (played by Adrian Sebastian).

Althea shot a lot of love scenes for this sexy drama movie. She shot her love scene with Markki Stroem for 47 minutes while she shot her love scene with Adrian Sebastian for 36 minutes.

Amor and Apitong even shot one of their lovemaking scenes while bathing at a waterfall. The illicit affair between the two natives results in a bloody and explosive ending for Amor y Muerte. 




Directed by Ces Evangelista, "Amor y Muerte" will be shown in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas from July 26 to August 4, 2013 as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival Directors Showcase category.


Rekorder (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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Rekorder (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry


Mikhail Red, the son of veteran filmmaker Raymond Red, incorporates different forms of the digital medium and “found footage” for his full-length entry titled Rekorder. It features shifting perspectives from the handheld video camera of the main character to cell phone video from bystanders, to laptop webcam shots, to the various internet viral videos that will be shown as part of the film’s story, and even shots from security surveillance.

Ronnie Quizon is the lead character who makes a living by illegally recording movies in present day Manila. He routinely smuggles a digital camcorder into cinemahouses as a movie pirate. One night, he records something else and he gets into trouble when the footage goes viral. He becomes the target of a cat-and-mouse chase in Manila that ends with a climactic scene.

Ronnie’s character is a cameraman-turned-movie pirate who seeks redemption. His job is in jeopardy because more and more people are downloading movies from the Internet instead of buying fake DVDs. Earl Ignacio is cast as his employer.

Belinda Mariano, one of the stars of kiddie gag show Goin' Bulilit, is cast as the daughter of Ronnie Quizon's character.




The movie also stars Suzette Ranillo, Earl Ignacio, Mike Lloren, and Joe Gruta. Under the direction of Mikhail Red.

"Rekored" will be shown in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas from July 26 to August 4, 2013 as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival Directors Showcase category.


Babagwa (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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Babagwa (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry


Written and directed by Jason Paul Laxamana, featuring an ensemble cast of veteran actors that include Alex Vincent Medina, Joey Paras, Alma Concepcion and Kiko Matos, Babagwa (international title: The Spider's Lair) is about the web of lies that people create in order to trick unsuspecting victims. An Internet scammer named Greg (Alex Medina) uses a fake Facebook account to trick people into depositing money into his bank account.

Assuming the persona of a fictional guy named Bam (played by Kiko Matos), Greg flirts with a filthy rich woman whom he meets online. In time, Greg falls in love with Daisy (played by Alma Concepcion). Will Greg push through with his scam or will he admit his true feelings for Daisy?

Writer-director Jason Paul Laxamana says that he got the idea for the movie when one of his friends became the victim of an online scam. He explains that “babagwa” is the Kapampangan word for spider since the characters are seemingly caught in the web of the situation. “Alex has a moral dilemma kung susunod siya sa feelings niya or kung ipapakilala niya ang tunay niyang pagkatao kay Daisy,” says Direk Jason. The cast members speak mainly in Kapampangan since the film is set in Angeles, Pampanga.




"Babagwa (The Spider's Lair)" will be shown in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas from July 26 to August 4, 2013 as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival New Breed category.


The Liars (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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The Liars (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry


Directed by Gil Portes, The Liars is a story of a journalist (played by Alessandra de Rossi) whose expose of the truth results in life-changing consequences to a baseball team of poor boys from Smokey Mountain.

It is told from the point of view of Dante (played by John Michael), whose family and identity were taken away from him in the town’s quest for the Little League World Series title. On the other hand, journalist Eloisa Avelino (Alessandra) is torn between exposing the truth and covering up to protect the country’s honor.

When Eloisa publishes her investigation about the over-aged and non-resident players, the team is immediately stripped of their championship title. Their instant fame and promising future vanishes, leaving a team of innocent boys to suffer the consequences of personal shame and national disgrace that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

The Liars is inspired by a real-life sports scandal that took place in 1992. A baseball team from Zamboanga was crowned the champion of the 46th Little League World Series. However, Filipino journalists revealed the team had used ineligible players who did not meet either age or residency requirements. As a result, the team was stripped of its title.

Direk Gil Portes says his movie is a fictional story loosely based on the said sports scandal. He says about his film: “Ang utak dito ay ang coach [played by Arnold Reyes] and the manager [played by Cris Villanueva]. They want mature players…better players kaya kumuha sila ng mga players na mas matanda. Ang requirement kasi between 10-12 years old pero itong mga players na ito, mga 14 years old na ito. They want to win at all cost.”




"The Liars" will be shown in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas from July 26 to August 4, 2013 as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival Directors Showcase category.


Purok 7 (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry

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Purok 7 (Trailer) - Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entry


Purok 7 is a countryside dramedy (drama-comedy) that follows 14-year-old Diana and her younger brother who live by themselves after their mother went abroad and their father lived with another woman.

Shot in Tarlac, the film features the lighter side of country lifestyle as the main characters take advantage of the fun and thrills of the town festival to take hold of their sweet childhood.

Krystel Valentino and Migs Cuaderno portray the siblings whose lives change drastically because of the choice of their father (played by Arnold Reyes).  




Also in the cast are Angeli Bayani, Julian Trono, Jean Judith Javier, Carlon Matobato, Olive Nieto, Karen Haniel, Max Celada, Aaron Ching, and Sheenly Gener.

"Purok 7" will be shown in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas from July 26 to August 4, 2013 as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival New Breed category.


Coco Martin Calls ABS-CBN Reporter "Aswang"

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Coco Martin Calls ABS-CBN Reporter "Aswang"


Choco Martin, the now famous kaloka-like of actor Coco Martin called ABS-CBN reporter Doris Bigornia an "aswang" on Friday morning while Bigornia was delivering her traffic report live from Quiapo, Manila.

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Coco Martin is currently seen playing the titular character in the top-rating ABS-CBN primetime series "Juan dela Cruz," which story revolves around slaying  a vampire-like mythical creature in Filipino folklore called aswang.


Apl.de.ap to Sarah Geronimo: "She's sneaky!"

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Apl.de.ap to Sarah Geronimo: "She's sneaky!"


Allan "apl.de.ap" Pineda describes his fellow "The Voice of the Philippines" coach Sarah Geronimo particularly "sneaky."

The 38-year-old member of The Black Eyed Peas said he did not expect the 24-year-old singer to possess certain qualities she's become known for on the hit reality talent search so far.

"She's the sneaky one, because she's well spoken, very nice and she relates to the people, and I like that. It's just great," Pineda told reporters at the sidelines of a press conference held Thursday announcing his partnership with fast-food chain Red Ribbon.

Aside from Pineda and Geronimo, sitting as coaches are Tony award-winner Lea Salonga and Pinoy rock icon Bamboo Manalac.

Asked which among his fellow coaches he is closest to, the Filipino-American rapper said, "I would say Lea, because we have that friendly competition and I love it."

Pineda is also impressed with the recruits of Manalac so far, saying, in jest, "Baka may mata sa likod si Bamboo, kasi ang mga pinipili niya anggaganda!"

For his part, Pineda said he is particularly proud of the aspect of the show that promotes Filipino talent to a wide audience.

"It's great. So many talented Pinoys, and it's so hard, because my team, they're all amazing. And now that I have to pair them up and kind of... not lose them, but it's a competition," he said.

Pineda is referring to the Battle Rounds phase of the program, wherein artists from the same team are pitted against each other to trim down the number of members per group.

"The Voice of the Philippines" airs Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. and Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on ABS-CBN. - abs-cbnnews.com




“The Smurfs 2” Adventures Happen in Paris

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“The Smurfs 2” Adventures Happen in Paris


In Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation’s 2011 hit “The Smurfs,” the world’s favorite three-apple-high heroes proved that fifty years of success in every medium is no accident. The film was truly a global phenomenon, going on to take in over $560 million. And now, with “The Smurfs 2,” our little heroes are seeking to make films that translate across all geographical boundaries and cultures.

Where the first film saw our adorable blue friends taking a bite out of the Big Apple, “The Smurfs 2” sees them showing off their cosmopolitan appeal with a new adventure that takes them to the City of Light – Paris, France!

As the film begins, Smurfette is in the Smurf village, surrounded by her brothers and Papa, but still feeling somewhat alone. After all, she hasn’t quite come to terms with her origins. As everyone knows, Smurfette was created by Gargamel as part of one of his evil schemes – but Papa used love and a magic spell to turn her into a True Blue Smurf. That was all a long time ago, but still… she’s not quite sure about it all.

She starts to ask herself some questions: where does she come from, does she fit in,” says Katy Perry, who voices Smurfette. “In a way, it’s like she’s becoming a teenager, asking the same kinds of questions we all go through when we come of age. She’s really trying to figure out if she’s a real Smurf. She was created by Gargamel, so there’s a bit of naughtiness that’s been subdued for a long, long time. But it’s not about where you came from or who created you; it’s what you choose to be and where you want to go in life.”

In a way, she thinks of Gargamel as her ‘birth father,’ if you will, and Papa as the man who raised her and nurtured her. So that’s the question – is it nature or nurture?” says director Raja Gosnell. “Is she the child of the parent who birthed her – sort of – or the child of the Smurf who raised her?

These questions come to the fore when Gargamel plots yet another evil scheme to capture the Smurfs. “Gargamel has, in essence, created Smurfette’s ‘brother and sister’ – the Naughties, Hackus and Vexy,” explains producer Jordan Kerner. “They are just like Smurfette, created from a lump of clay. Gargamel wants to turn them into True Blue Smurfs, but only because then he can capture their essence – in fact, if he can find the magic spell that turned Smurfette True Blue, then he could make countless Smurfs and squeeze the essence out of them to become the most powerful wizard the world has ever seen.

And the only way Gargamel can get that spell is to smurf-nap Smurfette and bring her to Paris. “If there weren’t a bad guy, there would be no need for heroes,” says Gosnell. “So what better bad guy is there than Gargamel? He’s sinister, but goofy. He’s capable of doing dark things, but you just know he’s going to mess it up. It’s so much fun to watch him plot… and plan… and flounder. Amazingly enough, I find myself rooting for Gargamel at times – he’s just so driven and passionate about what he does, and it’s so amusing to watch things go bad for him.”

The job of kidnapping Smurfette is one he tasks to Hackus and Vexy. Since they aren’t True Blue Smurfs, Hackus and Vexy aren’t Smurfs at all: in fact, they’re decidedly naughty, so that’s why Gargamel dubs them: the Naughties. And there’s nothing a Naughty like Vexy would rather do than kidnap her ‘sister,’ Smurfette. “Vexy’s not really bad – she’s misguided,” says Gosnell. “Gargamel is the only parent she’s ever known, so of course all she’s ever learned from him has been less-than-good. She sets out to manipulate Smurfette, to trick her into feeling like she’s bonding with the Naughties, like she’s part of the family. But a funny thing happens along the way and Vexy’s plan has some unintended consequences.”

When word reaches the Village that Smurfette has been kidnapped, Papa doesn’t hesitate, forming a plan to bring her back with the help of the best Smurfs for the job: Gutsy, Brainy, and Hefty. But, of course, a “clumsy” snafu ensures that Papa gets stuck with a “B” team – namely, Vanity, Clumsy, and Grouchy. (As Passive-Aggressive Smurf puts it, “I’m sure narcissism, ineptitude, and pessimism will be just as helpful. Good luck with that.”) That’s OK – Papa’s got one more trick up his sleeve: he’ll call on his old friends, the Winslows, for help once more. Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays return for another adventure with the Smurfs as Patrick and Grace Winslow.




Opening across the Philippines on August 07, “The Smurfs 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.


Lee Min Ho Arrives in Manila (Photos) for "My Everything” Concert on Saturday

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Lee Min Ho Arrives in Manila (Photos) for "My Everything” Concert on Saturday 


Korean Superstar Lee Min Ho is back in the country for a one-night concert called “My Everything” Tour at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on July 6, Saturday.


Photo: benchtm on IG

Lee Min Ho, best known in the Philippines for his role as Gu Jun-pyo in the hit series “Boys Over Flowers,” first visited Manila in November 2012 for a “meet-and-greet” event organized by famous local clothing brand Bench.


Rescue 5's Book on Disaster Preparedness Launched

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Rescue 5's Book on Disaster Preparedness Launched

Almost 600 Grades 2 and 3 students of San Vicente Elementary School in Angono, Rizal 
receive the Rescue 5 activity book on disaster preparedness. 
In photo are News5 Public Service Head Sherryl Yao, Rescue 5 host Paolo Bediones, 
recruit Manu Sandejas, and technical rescuer Charlie Gil.


Kids enjoyed their activity books, but did so while learning something that could save their lives. Almost 600 Grades 2 and 3 students of San Vicente Elementary School in Angono, Rizal received the Rescue 5 activity books on disaster preparedness during its launch last Friday, June 28, in time for the National Disaster Consciousness Month this July. Along with the activity books, the Rescue 5 team also distributed 72-hour survival kits (backpacks containing a whistle, flashlight, crayons, notebook, pencil, clay and ready-to-eat snacks) to the students.

Almost 600 Grades 2 and 3 students of San Vicente Elementary School in Angono, Rizal receive the Rescue 5 activity book on disaster preparedness. In photo are News5 Public Service Head Sherryl Yao, Rescue 5 host Paolo Bediones, recruit Manu Sandejas, and technical rescuer Charlie Gil.

Ten-year old Jhon Romulo “Jhon-Jhon” Vasquez, a Grade 3 student at San Vicente Elementary School, recalls how their house was submerged in floodwater during the onslaught of Habagat, in August of last year. “The floodwater kept rising,” Jhon-Jhon says. “My family and I were forced to climb our rooftop, and were able to save only a few of our belongings.” Most of Jhon-Jhon’s schoolmates were also heavily affected by the Habagat flooding, especially since their town is located near Laguna de Bay.


Students of San Vicente Elementary School in Angono, Rizal eagerly color 
their activity books that educate them about disaster preparedness.


The schoolchildren excitedly answered their activity books, while Rescue 5 recruits Manu Sandejas and Shawn Yao guided them. Rescue 5 host Paolo Bediones also conducted a disaster preparedness demo which includes making an improvised flotation device, and doing the “drop, cover, and hold on,” during an earthquake.

We came up with the Rescue 5 activity book to motivate kids to learn about disaster preparedness,” says News5 Public Service Head Sherryl Yao. “By coloring and answering the different activities like puzzles and mazes, they can easily remember what to do during floods, fires, and earthquakes. It also makes the learning more fun and enjoyable.”

Ventriloquist WanLu and Marvin the Magician also performed to add more fun to the program.

The Rescue 5 activity book has passed the review of the Department of Education (DepEd). According to DepEd Bureau of Elementary Education Director Marilyn Dimaano, “this material (activity book) will help create awareness on disaster preparedness among our pupils.”


“Gravity” Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney Opens 70th Venice Festival

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“Gravity” Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney Opens 70th Venice Festival


Gravity,” the new, much-awaited film directed by Alfonso Cuarón (“Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men”), starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is the opening film (Out of Competition) of the 70th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 – September 7, 2013). The Festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.

The world premiere of “Gravity” will be screened in 3D on August 28th in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony.

Cuarón's history with the festival dates back to 2001, when his film “Y tu mamá también” won the Golden Osella for Best Screenplay (by Carlos and Alfonso Cuarón) and the Marcello Mastroiani Award (Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna). Alberto Barbera was also the director of the Festival that year.

In 2006, Cuarón's “Children of Men” won the Golden Osella for Best Cinematography, honoring Emmanuel Lubezki, who is also the Director of Photography on “Gravity.” And in 2007, “Gravity's” co-writer Jonás Cuarón premiered his directorial debut “Año Uña” during Critics' Week in Venice.

“Gravity,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. In the film, Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.


“Gravity” will be released in the Philippines in October 3, 2013 in 3D and 2D and distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.



Kapamilya Comedy Stars Bring Fun and Laughter in SM Skydome this Saturday

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Kapamilya Comedy Stars Bring Fun and Laughter in SM Skydome this Saturday


Stars of ABS-CBN’s various comedy programs like “Toda Max,” “Luv U,” “Banana Split” and “Goin’ Bulilit” will grace the SM Skydome this Saturday for a day of laughter.

A day for laughs is just around the corner as the “Bida Kapamilya Caravan Day” kicks off this Saturday (July 6) with favorite Kapamilya comedy artists Zanjoe Marudo, Angel Locsin, John Pratts, Jayson Gainza, Melai Cantiveros, Ryan Bang, Kean Cipriano, Myrtle Sarrosa, Paul Salas, the casts of “Goin’ Bulilit” and “LUV U” and many more! These favorite fun personalities are set to make the weekend twice as happy with hilarious performances and games that the audience are sure to enjoy. Catch it this Saturday (July 6) at 4:00 p.m. to be held in the SM Skydome in SM North Edsa.


Eugene Domingo and Iza Calzado Woman to Woman Kiss Photo

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Eugene Domingo and Iza Calzado Kissing Scene Photo


Less than a week after the incestuous woman to woman kiss between cousins Georgina Wilson and Isabelle Daza surfaced online (check out the said photo HERE), another W2W kissing scene is about to become the feast of netizens eyes - this time it is between good actors Eugene Domingo and Iza Calzado.

But contrary to Isabelle and Georgina's reason for doing so, Uge and Iza's kissing scene is just part of their upcoming indie film “Kuwentong Barbero” (Barbers Tales).


Imee Hart is Rayver Cruz New Girlfriend

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Imee Hart is Rayver Cruz New Girlfriend


18-year-old Filipina-German Beauty Queen wannabe  Imee Hart (Imelda Schweighart) is the current girlfriend of Kapamilya actor Rayver Cruz.




A Viva talent, former "Wil Time, Bigtime" co-host and star of TV5's defunct weekend teen show “Bagets: Just Got Lucky”, Imee was one of the candidates in 2013 Binibining Pilipinas Pageant in April but unfortunately failed to earn even a semi-finalist slot.


Sol Aragones Finally Reveals Reason Why She Left ABS-CBN

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Sol Aragones Finally Reveals Reason Why She Left ABS-CBN


Former ABS-CBN news reporter Sol Aragones is set to take the spotlight in “The Bottomline With Boy Abunda” this Saturday (July 6) not as a journalist but as the congresswoman-elect of the third district of Laguna.

Why did she choose to leave her life as a reporter to become a politician? Despite her lack of money, experience, and connection, what factor became Sol’s advantage against her opponent to win in the recent elections?

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, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.


Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid and Baby Nate Open up Their Home in Sarap Diva this Saturday

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Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid and Baby Nate Open up Their Home in Sarap Diva this Saturday


This Saturday in Sarap Diva, Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid opens up her own home for all her loyal fans and viewers.

Wake up to an amazing morning with Regine as she prepares her husband’s favorite breakfast dish. Expect only the funniest banter between her and Ogie Alcasid.




One of her closest friends, actress/equestrienne/mother Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski will also be joining them.




Meanwhile, if you’ve ever wondered how the Songbird and the Songwriter’s home looks like from the inside, then it’s going to be your lucky day as they tour the viewers around their living and dining rooms, show their memorabilia, take their viewers to their “magic” room, and hangout at Baby Nate’s bedroom.

Nate will also be an integral part of the show, regaling his parents, Mikee and the viewers with his sweet antics.




Ogie will also give the viewers a few tips on how to create music straight from their own home recording studio.

All these and more in Sarap Diva, this Saturday on GMA.


9th Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entries: Your Guide to this Year's Cinemalaya Film Festival

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9th Cinemalaya 2013 Movie Entries: Your Guide to this Year's Cinemalaya Film Festival


The much-awaited star-studded 9th edition of Cinemalaya Film Festival is scheduled to take place from July 26 to August 4, 2013 in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas.


NEW BREED Category


Babagwa (The Spider’s Lair) 


Written and Directed by: Jason Paul Laxamana
Cast:  Alex Vincent Medina, Joey Paras, Alma ConcepcionKiko Matos

Babagwa (international title: The Spider's Lair) is about the web of lies that people create in order to trick unsuspecting victims. An Internet scammer named Greg (Alex Medina) uses a fake Facebook account to trick people into depositing money into his bank account. 

Assuming the persona of a fictional guy named Bam (played by Kiko Matos), Greg flirts with a filthy rich woman whom he meets online. In time, Greg falls in love with Daisy (played by Alma Concepcion). Will Greg push through with his scam or will he admit his true feelings for Daisy?

Writer-director Jason Paul Laxamana says that he got the idea for the movie when one of his friends became the victim of an online scam. He explains that “babagwa” is the Kapampangan word for spider since the characters are seemingly caught in the web of the situation. “Alex has a moral dilemma kung susunod siya sa feelings niya or kung ipapakilala niya ang tunay niyang pagkatao kay Daisy,” says Direk Jason. The cast members speak mainly in Kapampangan since the film is set in Angeles, Pampanga.


David F.
Directed by:  Emmanuel “Manny” Palo
Written by:  Liza Magtoto and Emmanuel “Manny” Palo
Cast:  Quester Hannah, Sid Lucero, Art Acuña, Eula Valdes, Rocky Salumbides, Jess Mendoza, Mariella Castillo, Mitch Valdez, Dax Martin, and Will Devaughn

David F. weaves three stories that take a look at the situation of African-Americans in the Philippines: from soldiers in the Philippine-American War (1899-1902) to the modern-day Amboys in the former Clark Airfield.

This three-part movie hinges upon David Fagen (played by Quester Hannah), an African-American soldier who lived during the 1900s. The first segment is set in 1901, when David Fagen shifted his loyalties from the Americans to Filipinos during the Philippine-American War. Director Manny Palo explains, "Lumipat siya sa side ni Emilio Aguinaldo kasi nakakaranas silang discrimination and they were still treated as slaves." 

Sid Lucero and Art Acuña are cast as two Filipinos who will do anything to get the $600 reward money for capturing Fagen while Eula Valdes plays the Filipina who married Fagen. 

Another thread of the film takes a look at the life of a Filipina during the Japanese occupation whose son turns out to be black-skinned. This segment stars Rocky Salumbides as a guerrilla fighting against the Japanese. 

Set in Angeles, Pampanga, the final segment depicts the situation of children of Filipinas and American soldiers who used to be reside in the former military base. Dax Martin plays the gay impersonator trying to find his African-American soldier father who abandoned them. Mitch Valdez is cast as a prostitute in this segment while Will Devaughn plays a Fil-Am whose life changes because of his father. 


Debosyon 


Written and directed by: Alvin Yapan 
Cast:  Paulo Avelino and Mara Lopez

Paulo Avelino had to do a lot of physical scenes for Debosyon. He endured long hours underneath the scorching sun to shoot the procession scene wherein he climbed up the andas, the silver dome used to protect the image of Ina, Our Lady of Peñafrancia. 

He was strapped in a harness so he could shoot a scene wherein he falls off a tree. Paulo also ran repeatedly through a forest while barefoot!  

His character Mando is a Bicolano devotee of Ina, the virgin of Peñafrancia. Mando is a farmer who is praying that his rice fields will be spared from pests. When he is injured, he is nursed back to health by a mysterious lady named Salome (played by Mara Lopez) who lives at the foot of Mount Mayon. Mara has a daring scene in the film wherein she goes nude while taking a bath in the waterfalls.

Mando invites Salome to come with him to the plains, but she refuses, saying a secret prohibits her from leaving the forest. 

Writer-director Alvin Yapan was born and raised in Pili, Camarines Sur. While studying in Ateneo de Naga, he observed the religious fervor that sweeps the province. “Each September, humihinto ang lahat para sa pista ng Peñafrancia. Gusto ko ipakita kung kalalim ang devotion ng mga Bicolano para kay Ina. Gusto ko rin macapture ang energy na yun sa pelikula na ito.” 

Around 100 extras were cast in the scene that recreates the procession held every September in honor of Ina.

According to Direk Alvin, he made Debosyon as his way of helping raise funds for the Peñafrancia Shrine in Naga, which badly needs repairs.


Instant Mommy 
Written and directed by: Leo Abaya
Cast:  Eugene Domingo, Rico J. Puno, Luis Alandy, Archie Alemania, Shamaine Buencamino-Centenera, Tuesday Vargas, Matt Evans, Alchris Galura, and Yuki Matsuzaki 

Eugene Domingo had to learn Japanese for her role in the light comedy-drama Instant Mommy. She is cast as Bechayda, a wardrobe mistress in TV commercials, who pretends to be pregnant to keep her Japanese fiancé. The comedienne even shot a birthing scene for a crucial sequence in the movie. 

Hollywood-based actor Yuki Matsuzaki plays Kaeru San, a 40-something Japanese businessman who is the love interest of Bechayda. He was previously seen in period films such as The Last Samurai (2003) and Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). 

Instant Mommy also stars Luis Alandy as the ex-boyfriend of Eugene’s character and Rico J. Puno as the father of Eugene’s character.


Nuwebe 


Written and directed by:  Joseph Israel Laban
Cast:  Nadine Samonte, Jake Cuenca, Anita Linda, Manny Castañeda, Mikael Liwag, and Barbara Miguel

Director Joseph Israel Laban got the idea for his movie after doing a documentary for GMA News TV's Front Row. He served as the managing producer of the said project, which featured the youngest mother in the Philippines who got pregnant at the tender age of nine and gave birth when she was ten years old. 

GMA-7 child star Barbara Miguel is cast as Krista, the young girl who was raped by her own father. She even shot a birthing scene for this movie. 

Jake Cuenca is cast as her abusive father named Moises while Nadine Samonte plays Dolores, the mother who is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.

Moises is incarcerated when a rape case is filed against him. Dolores initially could not believe that her pre-teen daughter is conceiving and that her husband abused their own daughter.

In fact, the parents brought the young girl to a folk healer named Loleng (played by Anita Linda). Direk Joseph Laban explains, “Lumapit sina Jake Cuenca at Nadine Samonte kay Anita Linda kasi si Nadine hindi naniniwala na buntis ang anak niya. Akala niya minamaligno lang kaya pinatingnan nila kay Loleng.”


Purok 7 


Written and directed by:  Carlo Obispo
Cast:  Arnold Reyes, Angeli Bayani, Julian Trono, Migs Cuaderno, Krystel Valentino, Jean Judith Javier, Carlon Matobato, Olive Nieto, Karen Haniel, Max Celada, Aaron Ching, and Sheenly Gener

Purok 7 is a countryside dramedy (drama-comedy) that follows 14-year-old Diana and her younger brother who live by themselves after their mother went abroad and their father lived with another woman. 

Shot in Tarlac, the film features the lighter side of country lifestyle as the main characters take advantage of the fun and thrills of the town festival to take hold of their sweet childhood.

Krystel Valentino and Migs Cuaderno portray the siblings whose lives change drastically because of the choice of their father (played by Arnold Reyes). 

Carlo Obispo based the characters of his film on actual people he grew up with in Purok Siyete in Tarlac. “Maraming events dito na based sa personal experiences ko and based on people close to me,” says the writer-director. 


Quick Change 


Written and directed by: Eduardo Roy Jr.
Cast: Mimi Juareza, Migs Cuaderno, Jun Jun Quintana, Francine Garcia, Felipe Martinez, Natasha Yumi

Eduardo Roy Jr. got the idea for his film while attending the wake of a transgender who died because of a collagen procedure gone wrong.

The lead character Dorina is a transvestite (played by Mimi Juareza) who has a flourishing career running an illegal cosmetic surgery business. She is a mother figure to Hero, her eight-year-old nephew (played by Migs Cuaderno).

She gets an eye-opener about the dangers of this trade when she visits Mamu (played by Felipe Martinez) who is incarcerated for killing a transgender because of an illegal cosmetic procedure.

Dorina becomes upset when she finds out that her boyfriend (played by Jun Jun Quintana) falls in love with another tranny who happens to be a fellow performer in the Amazing Theater Philippines.


Rekorder 


Directed by:  Mikhail Red
Written by:  Mikhail Red and Ian Victoriano
Cast:  Ronnie Quizon, Suzette Ranillo, Earl Ignacio, Mike Lloren, Joe Gruta, and Belinda Mariano

Mikhail Red, the son of veteran filmmaker Raymond Red, incorporates different forms of the digital medium and “found footage” for his full-length entry titled Rekorder. It features shifting perspectives from the handheld video camera of the main character to cell phone video from bystanders, to laptop webcam shots, to the various internet viral videos that will be shown as part of the film’s story, and even shots from security surveillance.

Ronnie Quizon is the lead character who makes a living by illegally recording movies in present day Manila. He routinely smuggles a digital camcorder into cinemahouses as a movie pirate. One night, he records something else and he gets into trouble when the footage goes viral. He becomes the target of a cat-and-mouse chase in Manila that ends with a climactic scene. 

Ronnie’s character is a cameraman-turned-movie pirate who seeks redemption. His job is in jeopardy because more and more people are downloading movies from the Internet instead of buying fake DVDs. Earl Ignacio is cast as his employer. 

Belinda Mariano, one of the stars of kiddie gag show Goin' Bulilit, is cast as the daughter of Ronnie Quizon's character.


The Diplomat Hotel 


Written and directed by Christopher Ad. Castillo
Cast: Gretchen Barretto, Joel Torre, Art Acuña, Mon Confiado, Nico Antonio, Sarah Gaugler   

Gretchen Barretto portrays a disgraced reporter in The Diplomat Hotel, which is set in the infamous haunted hotel of the same name in Baguio. 

Writer-director Christopher Ad. Castillo says his film tackles the “horror of the human psyche.” 

Direk Chris, the son of the late filmmaker Celso Ad. Castillo, says that Gretchen had to shoot a lot of difficult scenes for this movie. Her character wants to do a documentary on the faith healer-cum-cult leader (played by Joel Torre) who used to own the hotel. 

The director also points out that his film also happens to be a commentary about mass media. He points out that in this industry, “people are quickly dispensable.”

When PEP.ph asked if they had actual encounters with ghosts or supernatural beings while shooting, Direk Chris narrated: “We had a rule on the set not to talk about anything that would happen out of the ordinary while the shoot was ongoing. But as soon as we were done, crew members told me of some unexplainable things that happened to them which they could not explain.

“One of our drivers saw a little boy standing outside and looking at the hotel at 2 am. There were no kids on the set and the area is sealed off and gates locked at night but one of the legends is that of kids walking around the hotel grounds. 

“Our soundman heard someone sniffing him over the shoulder as he crouched inside an empty room but he could not move or say anything since we were in the middle of a take.

“My assistant director talked to a production assistant at 4am but that production assistant was not even on the set at that time.

“Sarah Gaugler [who is cast as a makeup artist in the film] said she saw some shadows on the wall when she was all alone by herself preparing for her scene but there were no elements of direction or people as to where those shadows would come from.

“Personally I also saw a shadow enter a room and I looked closely to see if someone would come out but no one did.”

Direk Chris says that there are limited prosthetics and special effects used in the film but there are violent moments that will be shown onscreen. He assures, however, that his movie is a horror film that “tells you there is evil in this world and that evil is all consuming and will draw blood—lots of blood.”   


Transit 


Directed by: Hannah Espia
Written by: Hannah Espia and Gian Abrahan
Cast:  Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Mercedes Cabral, Irma Adlawan, Ping Medina, and Marc Justine Alvarez

Writer-director Hannah Espia reveals that she got the idea for Transit after talking to an OFW who was bringing home his child from Israel. In 2009, the Israeli government enacted a law that would deport the children of migrant workers if they did not fulfill certain criteria. Both Israeli and migrant workers rallied against the law that would separate parents from their children.

The film depicts the inter-connected lives of OFWs who struggle to prevent their children from being deported to the Philippines. 

Lead star Jasmine Curtis Smith spent several days in Israel to shoot the film Transit. She had to be fluent in Hebrew since her character Yael was raised in Israel. Irma Adlawan portrays her mother Susan, an OFW who has been working in Israel for more than 10 years.

Ping Medina is cast as Moises, a single dad working as a caregiver in Herzliya, Israel. He decides to hide his son Joshua (Marc Justine Alvarez) from immigration police by making him stay inside the house.

One of the highlights of the movie is the recreation of a Bar Mitzvah, a Jewish rite of passage to adulthood. 


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Amor y Muerte (Love and Death) 


Directed by: Ces Evangelista
Written by: Jerry Gracio
Cast: Althea Vega, Markki Stroem, Adrian Sebastian, Ama Quiambao, Kuya Manzano 

Set in the late 16th century, Amor y Muerte (Spanish for Love and Death) is an erotic period drama starring Markki Stroem and Althea Vega. 

Markki, who gained fame as a singer in Pilipinas Got Talent, is cast as Diego de Saavedra, a young Spanish officer. His character is smitten by the beauty of Amor Salonga (Althea) that he takes her to be his wife.

Amor is a sensuous young woman. She makes noises while making love, has no qualms about giving and receiving pleasure, reflecting the carefree attitude of the native woman who has yet to be tainted by Christian notions about sin and pleasure, guilt and sex.

When Amor and Diego have sex, she makes loud noises that are heard all over their poblacion. The town friar, Fray Santiago (played by Kuya Manzano), is so scandalized that he tells Diego to silence his wife.

As a result, Diego forbids Amor from moaning and even slaps her to keep her quiet. He covers Amor’s mouth with a pillow during intercourse, to prevent her from making noises, which almost chokes the woman to death. 

In time, Amor becomes indifferent to sex until her passion is reignited when she engages in an extramarital affair with Apitong (played by Adrian Sebastian).  

Althea shot a lot of love scenes for this sexy drama movie. She shot her love scene with Markki Stroem for 47 minutes while she shot her love scene with Adrian Sebastian for 36 minutes. 

Amor and Apitong even shot one of their lovemaking scenes while bathing at a waterfall. The illicit affair between the two natives results in a bloody and explosive ending for Amor y Muerte. 


Ekstra (The Bit Player)


Directed by:  Jeffrey Jeturian
Written by:  Jeffrey Jeturian, Antoinette Jadaone, and Zig Dulay
Cast: Vilma Santos-Recto, Marlon Rivera and Vincent de Jesus with the special participation of Piolo Pascual, Cherie Gil, Cherry Pie Picache, Richard Yap, and Marian Rivera

Ekstra (The Bit Player) is a socio-realist drama-comedy film, which follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan (Vilma Santos-Recto) as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation on the marginalized laborers like her.

Batangas Governor Vilma Santos insisted that she should do her physical scenes herself. Zig Dulay, one of the writers, revealed: “Challenging yung mga ginawa niya [Ate Vi], to the point na na-deglamorized siya. May eksena na kailangan siyang sampalin. Totoong siya yung nasampal…ayaw niyang magpa-double kasi gusto raw niya ma-try talaga.”

Some of the biggest names in showbiz agreed to be part of this Cinemalaya entry. Marian Rivera is paired with Piolo Pascual in a fictional teleserye. Cherie Gil portrays the kontrabida who beats up Loida’s character and even tortures her by burning her skin using lighted cigarettes. Richard Yap also has a cameo role as the star of another teleserye where Loida serves as a bit player.

According to Direk Jeffrey Jeturian, they shot the film with Ate Vi for twelve days in a span of two months.  


Porno 
Directed by:  Adolfo Alix Jr. 
Written by:  Ralston Jover
Cast: Angel Aquino, Carlo Aquino, and Yul Servo

Angel Aquino agreed to play a transgender for the movie Porno, which tackles the pornography industry of the Philippines. 

Her character named Alessandra underwent a sex operation in the past. Even though she gained a new body, she can still feel the stigma of her past identity.

Director Adolfo Alix Jr. shows the inter-connected lives of three people who are trying to find “the ultimate joy in their empty lives.” His entry has three segments featuring three persons who are all addicted to pornography.

Carlo Aquino is cast as Alecks, a teenager who works in the porn industry. Carlo says about his character: “Sa Recto, may mga motels, di ba? May mga nilalagay daw sila na mga hidden cameras doon. Tapos, yung mga ibini-video doon, idina-dub ko—yun yung role ko.”

Meanwhile, Yul Servo is cast as Xander, an assassin who loves watching porn.


Sana Dati 


Written and directed by:  Jerrold Tarog 
Cast: Lovi Poe, Paulo Avelino, TJ Trinidad, Benjamin Alves

Sana Dati is a love story about bittersweet compromises and real- life decisions.  

Lovi Poe stars in this film as Andrea Gonzaga, a woman who has accepted her fate by agreeing to marry a man whom she does not love. But a few hours before her wedding to TJ Trinidad’s character, someone arrives to remind her of the true love she once had and lost. 

Andrea is interviewed by a videographer named Dennis (Paulo Avelino) for their wedding videos. As they spend time together, Andrea is strangely reminded of the one person she truly loved but nobody in her family knows about: a man named Andrew Cesario (Benjamin Alves). 

This film is the third part of Jerrold Tarog's “camera trilogy” after Confessional (2007) and Mangatyanan (2009).


The Liars 



Directed by Gil Portes
Written by Senedy Que 
Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Arnold Reyes, Sue Prado, Cris Villanueva, Benjie Felipe, John Michael  

The Liars is the story of a journalist (played by Alessandra de Rossi) whose expose of the truth results in life-changing consequences to a baseball team of poor boys from Smokey Mountain.

It is told from the point of view of Dante (played by John Michael), whose family and identity were taken away from him in the town’s quest for the Little League World Series title. On the other hand, journalist Eloisa Avelino (Alessandra) is torn between exposing the truth and covering up to protect the country’s honor. 

When Eloisa publishes her investigation about the over-aged and non-resident players, the team is immediately stripped of their championship title. Their instant fame and promising future vanishes, leaving a team of innocent boys to suffer the consequences of personal shame and national disgrace that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. 

The Liars is inspired by a real-life sports scandal that took place in 1992. A baseball team from Zamboanga was crowned the champion of the 46th Little League World Series. However, Filipino journalists revealed the team had used ineligible players who did not meet either age or residency requirements. As a result, the team was stripped of its title. 

Direk Gil Portes says his movie is a fictional story loosely based on the said sports scandal. He says about his film: “Ang utak dito ay ang coach [played by Arnold Reyes] and the manager [played by Cris Villanueva]. They want mature players…better players kaya kumuha sila ng mga players na mas matanda. Ang requirement kasi between 10-12 years old pero itong mga players na ito, mga 14 years old na ito. They want to win at all cost.”


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