Saturday, August 3, 2013

ABS-CBN vs. GMA-7 vs. TV5 in Forbes Philippines 50 Richest for 2013 List

ABS-CBN vs. GMA-7 vs. TV5 in Forbes Philippines 50 Richest for 2013 List

Forbes Magazine released its list of Philippines 50 richest for 2013 which included the three broadcasting industry leaders.

Lopez Holdings' Oscar Lopez and his family ranked 22nd with $675 million - which already roped in the fortune of his nephew Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, Chairman of ABS-CBN, who used to be listed separately.

Meanwhile, all three major owners of GMA Network Inc. made it to the list.

Gilberto Duavit  and his family ranked 37th with $244 million; Menardo Jimenez, who owns almost one-third of the company, landed the 38th spot with $223 million; Atty. Felipe Gozon and his family were at the 41st spot with a net worth of $200 million.

Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP), Chairman of TV5, Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), Meralco, Smart Communications, among others, completed the list with a net worth of  $105 million - which, according to Forbes, was based on assets which are “publicly known.”

Jayne Mansfield's Car Movie Trailer Starring Kevin Bacon and Robert Duvall

Jayne Mansfield's Car Movie Trailer Starring Kevin Bacon and Robert Duvall

Jayne Mansfield's Car starring Robert Patrick, Frances O'Connor, Kevin Bacon, Robert Stevenson and Tippi Hedren under the direction of Billy Bob Thornton is expected to be one of the best movies of the year.

The movie which some have touted as being along the similar tone as his award winning movie "Sling Blade" features a storyline focusing on the family and culture clash seen in the late 1960s. It focuses on two family units, and allow readers to see the sharp contrast between lives in the era. One family is from Alabama and the other is from England - their lives cross over after the death of their matriarch.

Watch the trailer below:

FIBA Asia 2013 Winners: Gilas Wins Against Jordan, Battles Today Against Taiwan

FIBA Asia 2013 Winners: Gilas Wins Against Jordan, Battles Today Against Taiwan

Gilas Pilipinas vs. Jordan

Gilas Pilipinas bucked another slow start and relied on a stirring third quarter to pull away from Jordan, 77-71, and notch their second consecutive victory in the 27th FIBA Asia Men's Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday.

Four players scored in double figures, led by Jeff Chan's 17 points, as Gilas seized the lead in Group A with a 2-0 record while handing Jordan its second loss of the tournament.

"We're still not happy," Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes said after the game. "We can be happy on August 11. Today, we are fooling ourselves if we allow ourselves to be happy."

"There is a lot of room for improvement, but our theme is to keep on getting better every day," he added.

Gilas trailed at halftime, 33-38, and were down by as much as 11 points in the opening quarter as Jordan's Mohammad Hadrab torched them for 10 points in the opening frame.

"You cannot print what I told them (the players) at halftime," said Reyes. "We just did a couple of adjustments on defense, and on offense, I told them to see the floor a little better and anticipate the defensive tendency of the other team."

Boosted by a rabid MOA Arena crowd, Gilas responded to Reyes' instructions in spectacular fashion, as they outscored Jordan 24-9 in the third frame.

Back-to-back triples by Ranidel de Ocampo and Chan sparked Gilas in the third period, before Jason Castro took over.

"The Blur" gave Jordan fits with his quickness, as he repeatedly got into the teeth of their defense and pressured the opposing point guards on both ends of the floor.

"Castro struggled at the start, that's why I pulled him out early, but when he settled down, I brought him back in and we saw his real game," said Reyes.

Castro said their defense was the key to the third quarter run.

"We were not communicating on defense. So 'yun ang naging key namin sa second half -- every player, nag-uusap sa loob," he said.

By the time Japeth Aguilar drained back-to-back jumpers, Gilas had built a double-digit lead, 53-42, in the third frame, and would enter the final period with a 57-47 lead.

Jordan's naturalized player Jimmy Baxter, who was cuffed by Gabe Norwood for most of the contest, tried to take control in the final period as he brought his squad to within six points, 59-65, with still 5:36 to go in the game.

But Chan drained another triple, then Castro blew by his defender for a lay-up as Gilas led by double-digits anew, 70-59.

Jordan threatened for the last time after Hadrab scored five straight points to make it 64-70 with two minutes remaining, but Jimmy Alapag drilled a cold-blooded triple for Gilas.

Though Jordan continued to attack the basket in the final minutes of the game, they found little success and Gary David and Castro proved to be steady at the line as they iced the game for the Philippines.

Though he still sees room for improvement in his squad, Reyes says the Gilas that played against Jordan was a better team than the one that struggled to put away Saudi Arabia the night before.

"I felt we were better tonight than we were last night, and hopefully we will be better tomorrow," he said.

Gilas will take on Chinese-Taipei in a highly-anticipated showdown tomorrow at 8:30 pm at the MOA Arena, while Jordan faces Saudi Arabia in a must-win game.

Win or lose against Chinese Taipei, Gilas Pilipinas will move into the 2nd round.

The scores:

GILAS PILIPINAS 77 - Chan 17, Castro 16, De Ocampo 11, DOuthit 11, Norwood 8, Aguilar 6, Alapag 3, Tenorio 3, David 2, Fonacier 0, Fajardo 0, Pingris 0

JORDAN 71 - Hadrab 19, Baxter 14, Al-Sous 13, Hussein 9, Abdeen 6, Abu Ruqayah 3, Alhamarshsh 3, Abuqoura 2, Zaghab 2, Alnajjar 0, ALfaraj 0

Quarter-scoring: 16-20, 33-38, 57-47, 77-71

Gilas Pilipians vs. Taiwan

Gilas Pilipinas and Taiwan have both advanced to the second round of the 27th FIBA Asia Men’s Championship, but an explosive clash can still be expected tonight when the two undefeated squads face off at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Both the Philippines and Taiwan are toting 2-0 records after beating Group A opponents Saudi Arabia and Jordan in the first two days of the tournament.

“I’m still not happy,” Gilas coach Chot Reyes said after their win against Jordan last night. “We can be happy on August 11. I think we are fooling ourselves if we allow ourselves to get happy. There is still a lot of room for improvement.”

“Our theme is to just keep getting better every game. In the pre-game, I reminded the players that this isn’t a sprint, this is a long, drawn out race,” he added.

Reyes said he has seen progress from the national team from their first game of the tournament, a win over Saudi Arabia.

“I felt we were better tonight (Friday) than we were last night (Thursday). Hopefully we will be better tomorrow,” he said.

The game between Gilas Pilipinas and Taiwan has been highly anticipated by Filipino fans since last May, when the national team pulled out of the Jones Cup, an invitational tournament, which was hosted by Taiwan.

This was due to the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman in Philippine waters last May, triggering a diplomatic row that affected even Gilas Pilipinas.

While Taiwan coach Hsu Chin-Che said he is excited for tonight’s showdown, he insists that it is “just a game.”

The Philippines-Taiwan game tips off at 8:30 pm.

At 5:45 pm, title favorites Iran and China face off for the first time in a Group C showdown.

Iran is unbeaten so far, routing Malaysia and Korea in their first two games. China has a 1-1 record, having drubbed Malaysia yesterday after losing to Korea in their tournament opener.

“Every team comes to win a championship, and they really come to fight. Us too, we come to fight and to win the game,” said Iran star Hamed Haddadi, who torched Korea for 30 points last night.

Source: ABS-CBNNews Sports

Misibis Bay Watch N Win Promo - Join Now!

Misibis Bay Watch N Win Promo - Join Now!

Do you want to win a free stay at luxurious private tropical beach hideaway "Misibis Bay" in Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay?

Then join TV5's "Misibis Bay Watch N Win Promo!"

Simply like TV5's official Facebook page and answer the question below using  the hashtag #ifiwereinMisibisBay

Kung bibigyan ka ng chance na makapunta nasa Misibis Bay, ano-ano ang iyong gagawin at sino ang iyong isasama? 

And of course, don't forget to watch the remaining few episodes of TV5's fast-paced revenge-family drama series "Misibis Bay" weeknights at 8 p.m. on TV5.

Sarah Geronimo Fulfills Dreams for Daddy Delfin Geronimo

Sarah Geronimo Fulfills Dreams for Daddy Delfin Geronimo

Popstar Royalty and “The Voice of the Philippines” coach Sarah Geronimo recently treated the FM listeners and online audience of “MOR 101.9 For Life!” as she shared exclusive inside stories about her latest album “Expressions,” where the song ‘You’ve Got A Friend,’ her duet with her Daddy Delfin, is part of.

According to Sarah, who visited DJ China Paps’ musical variety afternoon show “Happy Happy Hapon,” making her dad part of the album was a dream come true for her.

My daddy passed on to me his dream of becoming a singer. It has been my dream for my father to have his voice featured in a CD. And now, we’ve just created one lifetime memory,” said Sarah.

Like what she did in her newest music compilation that highlights original Filipino compositions, Sarah told the listeners of “MOR 101.9 For Life” about her plan to showcase more OPM in her next concert.

I frequently sing covers of songs, but having our own music is really different. My goal for my next concert is to sing more of my original song,” she expressed.

Continue to enjoy MORe music, MORe fun, and MORe stars in the hottest FM radio station in Mega Manila “MOR 101.9 For Life!” and watch the free live streaming at For more updates about “M.O.R. 101.9 For Life!” visit and follow @MOR1019 on Twitter.

ABS-CBN 60th Anniversary Station ID Video “Kwento Natin Ito”

ABS-CBN 60th Anniversary Station ID Video “Kwento Natin Ito”

ASAP 18” is set to share the touching stories of Filipino families this Sunday (August 4) in the grand launch of ABS-CBN’s highly-anticipated station ID for the 60th anniversary of Philippine television. The celebration will be led by mother and daughter ZsaZsa Padilla and Zia Quizon, who sang the SID theme song titled “Kwento Natin Ito.”

Aside from the station ID, ABS-CBN’s anniversary campaign ‘KwentoSerye’ will also be launched in “ASAP 18” featuring touching stories that serve as an inspiration for the Kapamilya network.

Witness tales of love, hope, and dreams on the ASAP center stage in the back-to-back-to-back birthday celebrations of Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano, Kapamilya heartthrob Xian Lim, and Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo, who will launch her newest album ‘Expressions.’

Get ready to be blown away with the special concert treat of Kapamilya teen sensation Daniel Padilla.

Reminisce fun ‘barkada’ stories in the ‘90s throwback production number of “Raketeros” lead stars Herbert Bautista, Dennis Padilla, and Andrew E, together with their director Randy Santiago; and the must-watch surprise of former “Ang TV” kids John Prats, Gio Alvarez, Marc Solis, Thou Reyes, Jan Marini Alano, and Lindsay Custodio.

Join “ASAP 18” as it welcomes the newest Kapamilya star JC de Vera together with some of the country’s hottest actors including Gerald Anderson, Enrique Gil, and Sam Milby. It will be followed by the launch of Sam Concepcion’s latest album; and the breathtaking dance numbers of Kapamilya teen stars Julia Barretto, Janella Salvador, Jane Oineza, Jerome Ponce, Nash Aguas, and Khalil Ramos; and “Goin’ Bulilit” kids Bugoy Cariño, Brenna Garcia, Belle Mariano, Bea Basa, Joshen Bernardo, and Miguel de Guzman.

Meanwhile, watch out for the mind-blowing ASAP Supahdance showdown prepared by Iza Calzado, Pokwang, Luis Manzano, Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao, Julia Montes, Kathryn Bernardo, Empress, Arron Villaflor, Rayver Cruz, and KC Concepcion.

Fall in love with the most romantic stories in the world-class musical act of Martin Nievera, Vina Morales, Bamboo, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, and Toni Gonzaga; and the sweetest vocal performances of ASAP Sessionistas and ASAP Covers memebers Aiza Seguerra, Paolo Valenciano, and Yeng Constantino with OPM music icon Rico Blanco.

Don’t miss the grand launch of ABS-CBN’s 60th anniversary station ID and listen to the heart-felt stories in the country’s longest-running, award-winning variety show, “ASAP 18” this Sunday, 12 noon, on ABS-CBN. For updates, photos and to hang out live with the stars at ASAP Chill-Out, visit, ‘like’, follow @ASAPOFFICIAL on Twitter, and know the latest happenings in “ASAP 18” by tweeting the hashtag #ASAPKwento.

Maja Salvador and Paul Soriano's Multi-Awarded Movie Airs on Cinema One this Sunday

Maja Salvador and Paul Soriano's Multi-Awarded Movie Airs on Cinema One this Sunday

Director Paul Soriano’s highly-acclaimed and multi-awarded independent film “Thelma” airs on Cinema One this Sunday (August 4), bringing back to the screen what still stands as one of Maja Salvador’s breakthrough roles to date.

Thelma (Maja Salvador) is a small-town girl who discovers that she has a gift for speed. Born to a poor family in the farming business, her journey into adulthood is surrounded by dealing with school, house chores, and giving time to her more academically-gifted sister Hannah (Eliza Pineda).

On the way to school, the two sisters usually decide to take a shorter route, crossing a highway of speeding vehicles. In such cases, Thelma would usually take the lead and sprint ahead, but on one day where she refuses to go to school, Hannah is left to cross the road alone and, without her sister’s leadership, gets hit by a fast-moving car.

Driven by guilt, Thelma is pushed to bring out her full potential in what she’s good at in order to further support her now injured family. With the trauma of the accident, Thelma chooses to run - not away from what happened, but towards what she is supposed to do.

Playing the role of Thelma, Director Paul Soriano gave much praise to Maja Salvador in this film, saying, “For me, she was the best actress here. She carried the movie from start to finish. There’s no other person to play the role of Thelma but Maja Salvador.” Maja took home two Best Actress trophies from the 35th Gawad Urian Awards and the Luna Awards for her role in “Thelma”.

Don’t miss out on “Thelma” as it airs at 8:00 p.m. this Sunday (August 4) on the Blockbuster Sundays movie block of Cinema One (SkyCable channel 56), the country’s number one cable channel. For updates about the program schedule, follow @cinema_one on Twitter and like its official Facebook page

Cross of Jesus Found Inside a Coffin in Turkey?

Cross of Jesus Found Inside a Coffin in Turkey?

A piece of biblical history is reportedly found at an archaeological dig in Turkey.

Archaeologists discovered a piece of the cross inside a coffin in a small province of Turkey which they believer Jesus Christ was crucified on.

The piece of rock, which was taken to a laboratory to be examined, has encrypted crosses on each side.

"Panata sa Bayan: The GMA News and Public Affairs Anthem" Music Video Released

"Panata sa Bayan: The GMA News and Public Affairs Anthem" Music Video Released

Continuing its goal to empower the public through its unrelenting commitment to render Serbisyong Totoo, GMA News and Public Affairs launched yesterday the latest version of its Sa Bayan music video.

This year’s theme Katotohanan ang Magpapasulong sa Bayan not only seeks to inspire and encourage Filipinos to be one with GMA News in its pledge to deliver its; it also aims to remind Filipinos from all over the world of their role in nation building.

This year’s music video shows how GMA News and Public Affairs empowers viewers through Serbisyong Totoo. By fulfilling our, we encourage people to become better individuals at home, at work, wherever they may be, so that ultimately, they become better citizens who are more involved in helping the nation move forward. In effect, we become one in delivering Serbisyong Totoo,” says GMA Network’s SVP for News and Public Affairs Marissa Flores.

The music video features the various anchors and reporters of GMA News led by its pillars - Mel Tiangco, Mike Enriquez, Arnold Clavio, Vicky Morales, Howie Severino and Jessica Soho.

Through the effective storytelling of internationally-recognized director Mark Meily, this year’s is regarded as “pure visual poetry.” 

The musical montage presents the grittiness of the reporters’ everyday battleground - the field, juxtaposed with the strong yet heartfelt music of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. The launch of also coincided with the world-renowned singing group’s 50th anniversary.

Nash Aguas to Reveal Crushes this Sunday

Nash Aguas to Reveal Crushes this Sunday

There’s news going around on campus that Marj’s (Mika dela Cruz) face is drawn on the wall of the boys’ bathroom. Curiously, the picture has initials on it, signed “T.B.” - possibly revealing that certain someone who has a hidden liking for her in Sunday’s (August 4) episode of “LUV U”.

The graffiti drawing shows Marj without her glasses on. Those who have seen her without them on know how pretty her face really is. Apparently, “T.B.” has seen her not wearing her glasses—but who exactly is “T.B.”?


In the meantime, Benj (Nash Aguas) and Lexi (Alexa Ilacad) are still hung up on the recently concluded fire alarm incident, when Benj saved Lexi from her phobia of fire. Already a hero in Lexi’s eyes, Benj still has other things to confess to her, and he needs to gather up the guts to tell her quickly before she finds out from another source.

Catch all the things to be revealed in Sunday’s (August 4) episode of “LUV U” airing on ABS-CBN Channel 2 after “ASAP 18”.

Man Crawls Off Plane Suffers Physical and Emotional Distress

Man Crawls Off Plane Suffers Physical and Emotional Distress

A 40-year old disabled man named D. Baraaka Kanaan is suing Delta Air Lines after reportedly being forced to crawl on and off flights, ABC News reported.

Kanaan decided to file a legal suit after suffering from physical and extreme emotional suffering as a result of two separate incidents of questionable treatments - first on July 27, 2012 on his initial flight from Maui, Hawaii to Nantucket, Massachusetts. Then two days later when he returned to Hawaii from Massachusetts.

Kanaan claims that he called the airline weeks in advance and they told him that he would need an aisle chair to get him to his seat and a lift to get on the plane. After crawling off the plane upon his arrival in Nantucket as other passengers watched, he was assured that they would have the proper equipment to help him onto the plane. Instead, according to the Daily Mail, a Delta attendant offered to put a piece of cardboard down so Kanaan would not ruin his clothes. To add insult to injury, the airline gave the former college professor a $100 voucher and 25,000 of Delta’s SkyMiles. Kanaan refused the offer and pressed on with his lawsuit.

The Air Carrier Access Act requires airlines and airports to “provide boarding assistance to individuals with disabilities by using ramps, mechanical lifts, or other suitable devices where level-entry boarding by loading bridge or mobile lounge is not available.” This applies to any airplane with a seating capacity of 31 or more passengers. -

127 Yard Sale: The Biggest Sale in History Begins August 8

127 Yard Sale: The Biggest Sale in History Begins August 8

The 26th annual “World's Longest Yard Sale” begins Thursday and lasts through Sunday. The event stretches from Gadsden to 5 miles north of Addison, Mich., covering 690 miles.

The sale, also known as the U.S. 127 Corridor Sale, began in 1987 and always starts on the first Thursday in August.

The idea behind the sale was to get travelers off the interstate system and onto back roads. Its route runs from Michigan to Chattanooga, Tenn., then switches to the Lookout Mountain Parkway and continues to Gadsden.

There are hundreds of attractions in the towns and communities along the route: riverboats, railroads, fishing, hiking, art, music, historic sites and more.

National publications, such as Reader's Digest, National Geographic and Southern Living, have featured the annual sale. It has been deemed affordable and family-friendly.

Thousands of shoppers trek through north Alabama looking for bargains and treasures. The event's motto is “I Drove, I Stopped, I Shopped 'til I Dropped.”

Vendors typically set up by 8 a.m. and operate until evening. Shoppers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen.

The sale begins in Gadsden on Noccalula Road near Noccalula Falls, and traffic may be bumper-to-bumper along portions of the route or at peak travel times. Shoppers may have to keep a lookout for “no parking or trespassing” requests.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Talentadong Pinoy Battle Royale: a Clash of Philippines' Finest Talents Set on August 18

 Talentadong Pinoy Battle Royale: a Clash of Philippines' Finest Talents Set on August 18

Seven of the finest Filipino talents from the Philippines and all over the world will battle for the chance to be the fourth Talentadong Pinoy Ultimate Talentado.  Sor, Laserman, Rina Forbes, Larvae, Spyro Marco, Noctunal and Haina Udin will showcase their amazing talents Battle Royale style LIVE at the Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City on August 18.

Hailing from Iligan City, Davao, Sor Apao started singing as early as she is 4 years old. Admittedly shy and timid, she shares that she becomes a different person once she starts belting notes on stage. Besides her amazing talent in singing, her determination to reach her dreams pushed her to join again in this year’s season of Talentadong Pinoy.

Laserman, or JB Dela Cruz in real life, has been a fan of illusionist David Copperfield since he was 8 years old. He lived an ordinary life supporting his family and working hard as their breadwinner. However, he realized that the magic cannot be outgrown and that it is his true passion. As a founder of a volunteer group for sick and poor kids, JB joined Talentadong Pinoy to be able to share more magic to the lives of these children.

Rina Forbes considers being one of the Hall of Famers as her biggest achievement. With music as her passion, the young Rina joined church choirs and studied various lyric sheets to train her voice. People began recognizing her talents and soon, she was given opportunities to sing outside the country. Rina dedicates all her performances to God as a way of thanking Him for all His blessings.

Despite all the bullying and ridicule they received, the members of contortionist group Larvae remained positive and taught themselves all the things they know about acrobatics and contortionism. Because of their incredible talent, they got a college scholarship and continue to make their families proud until today.

Marco, even though born from New York, USA, never lost the Filipino values taught by his parents. His interest to play the Chinese yo-yo started when he saw one at a trip to Disneyworld. Bullied as a child, he started regaining his confidence as he performs his self-taught yo-yo tricks. When they went back to the Philippines, his lola witnessed his incredible talent as a yo-yo player and encouraged him to audition for Talentadong Pinoy.

While mixing traditional Filipino dances with Hip-Hop made Nocturnal stand-out from other hip-hop dance groups, their determination and discipline as a team brought them to the Talentadong Pinoy Battle Royale rounds. The group would even sell “bote-dyaryo” to earn money so they can commute to practices and competition – proving to everyone that winning the championship means everything for the group.

The first winner of Talentadong Pinoy Middle East, Haina Udin, shared that she is willing to leave her life in Qatar if she bags the title from Talentadong Pinoy Battle Royale. She believes that winning the title would open more opportunities for her singing career. She once joined and won the World Championships of  Performing Arts (WCOPA).

Who will be this season’s Ultimate Talentado? Witness the clash of the finest Filipino talents at Talentadong Pinoy Battle Royale on August 18 – LIVE at the Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City.

Funny Elevator Girl Video Goes Viral

Funny Elevator Girl Video Goes Viral

The video of Cheridel Alejandrino, the perky elevator girl of SM City Olongapo, is currently earning high hits on the net after it was posted by a certain Dave Pronto on the video-sharing site YouTube.

The video shows Alejandrino patiently informing the passengers of establishments found at a specific floor. She is also seen greeting every elevator passenger, even singing at one point.

Watch the video below:

Sam Concepcion "Infinite" Album Tracklist, Audio Preview

Sam Concepcion "Infinite" Album Tracklist, Audio Preview

Singer-dancer-actor Sam Concepcion has spent 10 years in the industry to perfect his craft as a performer. Now, after almost a decade, Sam is all set to showcase his versatility in his latest album Infinite, produced by Universal Records.

The album is a preview of the many things I do as a performer,” says Sam. “In this album, you’ll see me dabble in different genres.

Infinite will have its Grand Launch this August 10, Saturday, 5 p.m., Robinson’s Magnolia.

Sam adds that he is also thankful that he was given the chance to collaborate with the most prolific recording artists in the country – Billy Crawford, Christian Bautista, JayR, among others.

The album’s single No Limitations, composed by Billy Crawford, is an upbeat tune that highlights Sam’s versatility as a vocalist. The song topped the charts for five straight weeks. The futuristic music video, directed by Jake Soriano, will premiere soon on MYX and also features the beautiful Solenn Heusaff.

Christian penned the song Love, Love, Love for Sam. Sam and Christian were both discovered STAGES when they worked together 10 years ago in the musical The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Rescue You, previously recorded as a Christian-Sam duet, is now a solo song rendered by Sam.    

JayR and Sam performed a duet in the album – I’m The One, where both of them showcased their R&B influences.

Sam also records his version of Mahal Na Mahal Kita, an OPM ditty given a more contemporary feel.

Singapore-based composed Tat Tong contributed There’s No Me (Without You).

Sam gives a welcome surprise in the inclusion of modern-anthemic song Di Ka Nag-iisa, a collaboration with up and coming band Runmanila.

Infinite also includes bonus tracks Panalangin and Kontrabida – both songs are lifted from Sam’s landmark projects last year (the movie IdoBidooBidoo and the 2012 PhilPop, where Sam’s entry won 2nd place).

Infinite Tracklist:

1. No Limitations
2. I'm The One
3. She Drives Me Crazy
4. Mahal Na Mahal
5. Di Ka Nag-iisa
6. Rescue You
7. There's No Me (Without You)
8. Love, Love, Love
9. Panalangin
10. Kontrabida

Infinite Album Preview (Audio):

Follow Sam Concepcion:

Twitter: @sam_concepcion
Instagram: @sam_concepcion

FIBA Asia 2013 Schedule Dates and Venues

FIBA Asia 2013 Schedule Dates and Venues

27th FIBA Asia Championship Preliminary Round game schedules and venues:

August 2, 2013, SM Mall of Asia Arena

11:00 a.m. - China vs Malaysia (Group C)
1:15 p.m. - Chinese Taipei vs Saudi Arabia (Group A)
3:30 p.m. - Japan vs Hong Kong (Group B)
5:45 p.m. - South Korea vs Iran (Group C)
8:15 p.m. - Philippines vs Jordan (Group A)
10:30 p.m. - Thailand vs India (Group D)

August 2, 2013, Ninoy Aquino Stadium

6:00 p.m. - Bahrain vs Kazakhstan (Group D)

August 3, 2013, SM Mall of Asia Arena

11:00 a.m. - Malaysia vs South Korea (Group C)
1:15 p.m. - India vs Kazakhstan (Group D)
3:30 p.m. - Hong Kong vs Qatar (Group B)
5:45 p.m. - Iran vs China (Group C)
8:15 p.m. - Philippines vs Chinese Taipei (Group A)
10:30 p.m. - Saudi Arabia vs Jordan (Group A)

August 3, 2013, Ninoy Aquino Stadium

6:00 p.m. - Bahrain vs Thailand (Group D)

The FIBA Asia Championship 2013 is aired live at AKTV and TV5, with replays on HYPER Channel 53.

Raymart Santiago - Claudine Barretto Feud: The Truth, Full Details Bared

Raymart Santiago - Claudine Barretto Feud: The Truth, Full Details Bared

Philippine showbiz's 'teen king and queen' Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo are both excited with the premiere this August of their romantic-comedy TV series "Got To Believe." As an advance treat to everyone who have been clamoring for their love team's TV comeback, ABS-CBN's trending talk show "Showbiz Inside Report" will  share this Saturday (August 3) a 'SIR-tified' exclusive feature on "Got To Believe" and its famous lead stars. What can the viewers expect from the highly anticipated teleserye of KathNiel? As the country's hottest teen love team, do they still feel pressured with their careers each time they launch a new project? 

Meanwhile, "SIR" will also shed light on the controversial feud between showbiz couple Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago; and tell the success story of award-winning rapper Abra. 

Don't miss the trending showbiz talk show of ABS-CBN, “Showbiz Inside Report,” this Saturday, after “It’s Showtime.” For more updates, log-on at, follow @SIRTVOfficial on Twitter, or like the Facebook fanpage 

Logan Lerman Meets Half-Brother Douglas Smith in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”

Logan Lerman Meets Half-Brother Douglas Smith in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”

Logan Lerman reprises the titular role as the teen demigod son of Poseidon prophesied to save the world of the gods’ children sired with humans in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.”

Produced by Chris Columbus whose successful string of blockbusters includes the “Harry Potter” films, “Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief,”  “Fantastic Four,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Surfer,” “Night at the Museum” and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” the latest adventure of Percy Jackson adapted from Rick Riordan’s 2nd book from the best selling series “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” finds Percy at waters’ ends dealing with shocking family revelations, saving his best friend Grover from a cyclops and battling fellow demigods to ultimately stop the evil Kronos from wreaking havoc to their world.

In “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” the Oracle further complicates Percy’s sense of self and duty, says Lerman, when it tells him he “is either going to destroy Olympus or save it.  He’s not sure if he can rise to the occasion.”   Percy has a lot at stake, according to Freudenthal.  “He’s trying to save Camp Half-Blood and prove himself as a hero.  He’s grown distant from his father, who is not really responding to his requests for help.  Percy embarks upon his ‘odyssey’ for two reasons: to save his home, and to ascertain if he is indeed a hero.”

On his journey to battle demigod Luke (played by Jake Abel) and retrieve the Golden Fleece, Percy discovers he has a half-brother, Tyson (Douglas Smith), who is a Cyclops.  “Tyson is a sweet, teenage Cyclops,” says director Thor Freudenthal.  “Cyclopes are viewed as monsters, but everything about Tyson is the opposite of that.”
Tyson is a warrior, of sorts,” says Douglas Smith, who plays the one-eyed teen.  “He’s a really soulful, salt of the earth Cyclops.  Tyson is one of those people who seem overly simple but he’s actually got a deep wisdom.  It comes in handy in the quest because he’s got a variety of skills that only Cyclopes have.  He’s a good guy, and identifies more with the Half-Bloods than with the other Cyclopes, who like to eat demigods.  Tyson looks like a villain, but he has a heart of gold and that can be very confusing when people meet him.  And it’s confusing for him, too.”

Like Percy, Tyson is a son of Poseidon, but while Percy’s mother is human, Tyson’s mother was a sea nymph.  Smith describes the sibling relationship: “Percy and Tyson are half-brothers, but Tyson doesn’t like to harp on that.  Percy doesn’t expect to have a brother show up at camp, he doesn’t expect to bring him along on the journey, and he does not expect to be won over by Tyson’s optimism and point of view, which is fresh and filled with wonder.  Ultimately, Percy realizes that Poseidon is looking out for him, because he sent Tyson to Percy.”

Initially, the filmmakers planned to give Smith a prosthetic eye, but they decided to create the eye mostly through visual effects.  The prosthetic shrank in size from a full facemask to a small forehead application that created the effect of a single brow, which Smith only had to sport when Tyson wears sunglasses.  And, as in the book, an application of magical mist creates the illusion of Tyson having two eyes; for those scenes, Smith wears only his own visage.  

Douglas Smith is best known for his starring role as Ben Henrickson on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Big Love,” starring Bill Paxton and Jeanne Tripplehorn. He also starred in the indie film “Remember the Daze,” opposite Amber Heard, Leighton Meester and Lyndsy Fonseca, He recently starred in the independent “The Boy Who Smells Like Fish,” opposite Zoë Kravitz and was recently seen in Brandon Cronenberg’s “Antiviral.”

“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (3D and 2D) opens August 7 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Naughties Vexy and Hackus are Out to Trick Smurfette in “The Smurfs 2”

Naughties Vexy and Hackus are Out to Trick Smurfette in “The Smurfs 2”

Bad wizard Gargamel has created the Naughties – Vexy and Hackus -- and all he needs is Papa’s secret magic spell to turn his Naughties into ‘real Smurfs’ and have unlimited Smurf essence, in Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation's magical sequel, “The Smurfs 2.”

When it comes to destroying the Smurfs, you can see Gargamel’s train of thought: if you can’t beat ‘em, make ‘em. After all, he did it before: take clay and just add wizardry. “Smurfette started as a lump of clay that Gargamel dropped into his cauldron and brought to life, so that she could infiltrate Smurf Village. But Papa Smurf saw the good in her, and used a magic spell to turn her into a True Blue Smurf,” says director Raja Gosnell.

In creating the Smurf-like characters called the Naughties, producer Jordan Kerner went the extra mile to make sure that Vexy and Hackus would fit squarely into the Smurfs universe. “Every step of the way on the Smurfs movies, we work very closely with Peyo’s daughter Veronique Culliford and Smurfs historian Tom Cosijn to make sure we are getting it right – in script development, production, all the way through the release of the films. And that went double as we created the Naughties,” he says. “The neutral color gray was their desire, as Peyo didn’t want the Smurfs ever associated with any particular human color. Peyo created this world – as we expanded what he built, we felt a duty to respect and honor what came before.”

Vexy is the sister that Smurfette never had - until now. But unlike Smurfette, she’s not as nice; she’s determined to be Naughty and do Gargamel’s bidding. It’s not easy having a dad like Gargamel – Vexy has grown up to be tough, devious, and very persistent in bringing Smurfette to the naughty side… but when she meets Smurfette, it turns out that Vexy may not be as Naughty as she thinks.

Vexy is smart and mischievous and has lots of attitude. Attitude to spare,” says Gosnell. “And she really does want to please her father.”

Christina Ricci infuses the voice of Vexy with sarcasm and sauciness. Ricci says that Vexy and Hackus are just looking for the same thing any child needs. “They don’t have a family and love,” she says. “They’re not really bad – they’re just lonely kids. When they kidnap Smurfette, that’s just their way to try to get their ‘father’s’ love. But at the same time, I like that I got to play naughty.”

In a strange way, voice work gives you so much freedom as an actor,” says Ricci. “As you work on one line, and the quality of your voice, and fine-tuning single syllables, over and over, you can dissect and pick apart and change little things and make it your own. It’s amazing to me how much fun that is.

Of course, Vexy is just one-half of Gargamel’s dastardly plan. “Vexy is the brains of the operation,” says Kerner. “And her brother, Hackus, is the unbridled enthusiasm and brawn.”

Hackus is a lovable, sweet, hyperactive loose cannon easily influenced by his Naughty sister, Vexy. He’s a bit berserk, sweet to the core, a cyclone of energy, and is a Naughty of few words - very few, in fact.

Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” JB Smoove is the voice behind the misbehaving Hackus.

Describing his character, he says, “He’s like an experiment gone wrong. Hackus loves to have fun and loves being naughty. Vexy and Hackus play tricks on Azrael, they play tricks on Gargamel, they play tricks on each other. He’s enthusiastic, happy, playful, curious, fun, and overwhelming. He’s Hackus. Hackus Hackus Hackus!

Opening across the Philippines on August 07 in 3D, 2D and regular theaters, “The Smurfs 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. 

Philippines 16 Hottest Models List

Philippines 16 Hottest Models List lists down the hottest male models in the country today. Get to know them more from their names, how long they’ve been modelling, and what they love about denim. it’s time to know who they are. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

"Get Like Me" Music Video - Nelly feat. Nicki Minaj and Pharrell

"Get Like Me" Music Video - Nelly feat. Nicki Minaj and Pharrell

Here is the official music video for Nelly‘s “Get Like Me,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Pharrell off of his upcoming album "M.O." which is set for end of 2013 release.

Kathryn Bernardo Preview Magazine August 2013 Cover

Kathryn Bernardo Preview Magazine August 2013 Cover

"Got To Believe" female lead star and Philippine showbiz' Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo is the cover star of Preview Magazine on its August 2013 issue.

Photographed by Paolo Pineda, styled by Liz Uy and makeup by Lala Flores, Kathryn graces Preview's cover wearing local designer Joey Samson's 10th anniversary collection. 

Aside from Kathryn, this issue also feature "Fitness Programs Made Just For You," "Glasses are the New Fashion Statement," "How to Wear Hot Hues in the Office," "Top 10 Designers + Nina Garcia in Manila," and many more!

Preview Magazine August 2013 issue is now available at all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

Daniel Padilla Chalk Magazine August 2013 Cover

Daniel Padilla Chalk Magazine August 2013 Cover

"Got To Believe" male lead star and Philippine showbiz' Teen King Daniel Padilla is the cover star of Chalk Magazine 13th anniversary issue this August.

Chalk magazine is back with another issue and a whole new look, featuring none other than the boy everyone can’t get enough of - Daniel Padilla.  16 pages are dedicated to Daniel and his story of showbiz success - plus, even his on-and-off-cam sweetheart Kathryn Bernardo gives readers a chance to look into what she has to say about one of the country’s hottest teen stars.

In an issue that’s filled with  a collection of coming-of-age insight and tales to serve as the perfect go-to manual for every student, Chalk’s new look is perfect for refreshing and reenergizing the way students go about campus lives.  In the magazine’s “Live” section, the gorgeous Jessy Mendiola shows how she’s much more than a pretty face by tackling issues on standing up to bullies, while one of the country’s best storytellers, Atom Araullo, gives a glimpse into the life of a reporter.

The discovery of personal style is one among many things tackled this August in Chalk, as Karen Pamintuan, host of the Lifestyle Network’s show “Listed” gives her tips on finding the kind of fashion that is entirely one’s own. The magazine’s “Look” section also gives the lowdown on achieving that “Great Gatsby” kind of look.

The “Love” section of the magazine, on the other hand, tells the inspiring stories of eight college girls who redefine beauty, with thirteen new good habits to start, and ten rules of college dating according to the guys on campus.  Don’t miss out on Chalk magazine’s thirteenth anniversary issue, jam-packed with all the coming-of-age essentials and so much more. Chalk’s August 2013 Anniversary Special is available at all favorite magazine stands now. It’s also up for download in the iTunes App Store. For more details, follow Chalk magazine on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Esquire Magazine August 2013 Covers: Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre

Esquire Magazine August 2013 Covers: Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre

What can you say of Esquire Magazine August 2013 3-fold covers featuring "On The Job" lead stars Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson and Joel Torre?


Radyo 5 Taxi Squad Motorcade and Investiture Conquer Davao this August

Radyo 5 Taxi Squad Motorcade and Investiture Conquer Davao this August

Radyo 5 Taxi Squad will come speeding in again in Davao this August, as there will be a Motorcade and Investiture at the Davao Almendras Gym on August 3, touching on how citizen journalism has headed to this part of the country, with taxi drivers becoming volunteers.

The news motorcade will have Raffy Tulfo and  Nina Taduran from the famous Wanted sa Radyo daily afternoon show on 92.3NewsFM Manila, Robert Teo, Mike Pasco, and Gem Avancena from Radyo 101.9 Davao as well as Radyo 5 Taxi Squad Members and PLDT Call All.  There will also be an inspiring Good Deed-Recognition of Radyo 5 Taxi Squad members by Ms. Nina Taduran, and a much-awaited Investiture Ceremony with Raffy Tulfo. 

Another milestone in TV5’s brand of journalism, Radyo 5 Taxi Squad represents one of the biggest and fastest growing volunteer forces in the country, again showing the station’s commitment to cause journalism beyond news, and is action-oriented.   Last year, interested Davaoeno cab drivers were asked to sign up and be part of the station’s citizen journalism unit.  Applicants who were interested in the Taxi Squad could avail of free services including haircuts, medical check-ups, and snacks. 

Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? Earns P10-Million on Opening Day

Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? Earns P10-Million on Opening Day

According to a report released by  Star Cinema Adprom Mico del Rosario on Instagram, the latest Kim Chiu - Xian Lim romantic comedy movie "Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?" earned P10-million on its opening day on Wednesday, July 31.

Based from the best-selling book of Ramon Bautista and helmed by the blockbuster director Joyce Bernal, the movie, which is part of Star Cinema's 20th anniversary celebration,  is still open in theaters nationwide.

FIBA Asia 2013 Title Belongs to Smart Gilas Pilipinas

FIBA Asia 2013 Title Belongs to Smart Gilas Pilipinas

Philippines will be hosting the 27th FIBA Asia Basketball Championship, which serves as qualifier to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, beginning Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Gilas Pilipinas has hometown advantage. Can they win the country’s 5th FIBA Asia title?

For the first time in 40 years, the Philippines will serve as host for the FIBA Asia Basketball Tournament after hosting rights was pulled out from Lebanon citing the Syrian civil war and security concerns in the Middle East in general.

The Philippines is tied with Iran and Lebanon for having the most wins in the FIBA Asia Championship – four. If Gilas Pilipinas wins this year, the country will be on top of the leaderboard not to mention that it will represent the Asian continent in the 2014 FIBA World Cup to be held in Spain.

The 2013 FIBA Asia Tournament is happening on August 1 to 11, 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Watch it live on TV5 and Baskeball TV.

Coleen Garcia Talks About Involvement in Billy Crawford and Nikki Gil Break-up

Coleen Garcia Talks About Involvement in Billy Crawford and Nikki Gil Break-up

Coleen Garcia distanced herself from the recent breakup of  “It’s Showtime” co-host Billy Crawford and ex-girlfriend Nikki Gil after being accused as the "third party" in the former couple's four-year long relationship.

Ang masasabi ko lang, there’s nothing going on between me and Billy. I’m close to him but I’m close to everybody in 'Showtime.' Huwag sanang bigyan ng kulay 'yun saka wala akong kinalaman sa breakup nila. I think that’s a very sensitive topic so ayoko talagang makisawsaw dun,” she said in an interview posted at entertainment website

The young actress-host shared Billy has already apologized to her since her name is being dragged into the issue.

Well, he apologized na nasama ako dito, so 'yun lang naman. He texted, ‘Sorry ha na nasama ka sa isyu na ito.’ Sabi ko, ‘It’s okay, I understand naman kasi showbiz nga.’ I have thought about it. Siguro kasi ako lang ang single sa 'Showtime,'” she said.

Coleen said she is not anymore surprised that issues like this exist.

I thought about it, showbiz is full of rumors. Siguro I’m not surprised. People want to know certain answers and they will not get it from me, kasi wala talaga akong alam diyan. It’s part of it, it’s part of the job na rumors come and go,” she said.

She further said that she will not let this kind of intrigues affect her as long as she knows the truth and she is not stepping on someone. -

Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera Movie in the Works

Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera Movie in the Works

TV Patrol reported that Regal Matriarch Lily Monteverde is now planning two bring together two of the country's most followed stars - Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin and Kapuso primetime queen Marian Rivera - in one gigantic movie.

Can this be true now that Marian has an ill-feelings with Mother Lily after the latter announced that the Kapuso star turned-down an offer to collaborate with Judy Ann Santos in a supposed MMFF 2013 movie?

Who do you think will benefit best in this team-up? Marian or Angel?




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