Saturday, August 17, 2013

Radha vs. Marissa Saroca (Video) The Voice of the Philippines Battle Rounds

Radha vs. Marissa Saroca (Video) The Voice of the Philippines Battle Rounds

Watch below the battle performance of former "Kulay" lead vocalist Radha Tinsay and Filipina-Australian singer Marissa Saroca of Team Lea Salonga in The Voice of the Philippines Battle Rounds competition on Saturday, August 17.

Their performance of Aretha Franklin's hit song Respect, considered to be the best battle ever, received standing ovation from coaches, Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo and the 4 guest coaches Joey Ayala, Gary Valenciano, Gerard Salonga and Arnel Pineda - a first in the show.

Result: Lea gave Radha the chance redeem her singing career and to join the live show next week.

Thrillathon: Resorts World Manila's 105 Days of Non-Stop Events, Shows and Pulse-Pounding Parties

Thrillathon: Resorts World Manila's 105 Days of Non-Stop Events, Shows and Pulse-Pounding Parties

One hundred and five days.

That’s how long Resorts World Manila will be celebrating its anniversary and that’s how long you will be thrilled. Be ready for a mix of exciting events and surprises prepared for the foodies, concertgoers, movie fans, bookworms, shopaholics, photo hobbyists, jetsetters, toy enthusiasts, gamers, sportsmen and everyone to enjoy!

After the successful showcased of remarkable performances from the Queen and King of Soul, Jaya and Janno Gibbs on August 2, Angeline Quinto and Jay Durias on August 10, Erik Santos and True Faith on August 16 at the Newport Mall Plaza, the free Thrillapalooza shows continues in the coming weeks with Wally Bayola and Jose Manalo on August 23 and Markki Stroem and Princess Velasco on August 30. The extravaganza of great music will extend to September and October with your favorite bands and celebrities including The Dawn, Side A, Parokya Ni Edgar, Yeng Constantino, Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Bautista, Rachel Ann Go, Paulo Avelino, Enrique Gil, Aljur Abrenica and Kim Chiu.

While waiting for the concerts to begin, guests can have their photos taken at the Say Thrill Photo Booth. This is not your regular photo booth as RWM uses a Van De Graaff generator for a truly hair-raising photo experience. Share your photos on Twitter and Instagram tagging Resorts World Manila for a chance to win awesome prizes when picked as the Photo of the Week. The picture-taking continues when you play Celebrity Dunk Tank with your favorite celebrities and FHM models at the Newport Mall Plaza.

For those in love with our ultra-posh seats at Manila’s only 24-hour weekend movie house, we’re giving everyone a 40% discount on your movie tickets at the Newport Cinemas. Get the limited passes for the PhP125 Movie Blowout now available at!

Shopaholics can indulge on great finds as Newport Mall holds a week-long sale from August 26 to September 1.  Foodies, on the other hand, can catch our pastry masters from Café Maxims as they collaborate with ace photographer Raymond Isaac at the Chocolate Festival. This will be followed by a delightful chocolate sale at the Newport Mall, which offers big discounts on exquisite chocolate products.

Jetsetters can avail great deals at the Ready Set Travel event from September 20-22. The expo rounds up the best airline, hotel, resort, travel, fashion, and luggage deals all in one location.

While in anticipation for your actual travels, be transported to Germany for an Oktoberfest celebration unlike any other! This absolutely fun fair will be complete with German dishes, beers priced affordably at PhP20, and the highly anticipated billiards, darts, and beer pong competitions. Winners get the chance to win up to PhP1 million per event!

For the whole family, a Halloween Mystic Carnival with fortune telling booths, toy displays for kids of all ages, and an exclusive preview of the TV cult hit The Walking Dead’s Season 4 will open in time for the Halloween. A Trick or Thrill event with acrobats, buskers, party favors, candies, face painting will complete the family’s thrilling adventure on October 27.

Are you ready to experience a whole new brand of thrill that cannot be felt anywhere else? We’re sure no one’s going to be left out as we offer thrills for each and everyone. Happy Thrillathon and Happy Anniversary Resorts World Manila!

Visit or call the Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (632) 908-8833 for the complete line up of events and promos for Resorts World Manila’s Thrillathon.


Resorts World Manila (RWM) is the first one-stop, nonstop entertainment and tourism destination in the Philippines that features exciting recreational thrills, outstanding performances, unique events, and a wide range of lifestyle and leisure options. Conveniently located across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, RWM is an instant gateway to world-class Philippine hospitality.

The premier integrated lifestyle hub is home to three superb hotel brands: the all-suite luxury Maxims Hotel; the five-star brand Marriott Hotel Manila; and Remington Hotel which offers superb accommodations for great value. RWM is also home to the world’s finest culinary traditions.

RWM also serves as the home of Newport Mall which features high-fashion and international luxury brands. Experience a unique viewing experience at Newport Cinemas with stadium seating and ultramodern cinema technology. Watch majestic performances at the 1,500-seater Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT), which boasts of state-of-the-art light and sound technology, or relax with 24/7 live entertainment at Bar 360, located at the ground floor gaming area.

Spend an entire day with the family and enjoy the many attractions offered by GameZoo amusement center such as multi-dimensional virtual rides, arcade games, a soft play area for toddlers, and exciting activities for kids of all ages.

Become a Resorts World Manila member for free and enjoy exclusive access to perks and privileges and the hottest events.

Resorts World Manila - Nothing Compares.

Sarah Geronimo and Big Bang’s T.O.P. Fans Day on August 22 - Check Out How You Could Join

Sarah Geronimo and Big Bang’s T.O.P. Fans Day on August 22 - Check Out How You Could Join

The biggest event of the year is happening on August 22, 2013 as Kakao brings together Philippine pop princess Sarah Geronimo and Big Bang’s T.O.P. in the much-anticipated #KakaoTalkPH Lucky Fans Night!

Kakao is holding a contest wherein 20 lucky fans can win two tickets to the exclusive meet-and-greet with the two KakaoTalk brand ambassadors!

To get a chance to meet and hang out with Sarah G. and T.O.P., first step is to download KakaoTalk. For Sarah’s fans, search and add SarahG, and for T.O.P.’s fans, search and add TOPinPH.  Next step is to leave a message why you should be chosen to attend the exclusive fan meet!  Then follow @KakaoTalkPH on Twitter and tweet how excited you are with the #KakaoTalkPH Lucky Fans Night!

The contest runs from August 15 to August 19, midnight. Entries must be sent to the SarahG and TOPinPH accounts to be considered valid. Winners will be announced on August 20 through KakaoTalk’s official Facebook (, Twitter (, Google Plus ( and Instagram (KakaoTalkPH) accounts.

About Kakao Corp.

Kakao Corporation is the provider of KakaoTalk, a mobile messaging application and global mobile social platform based in South Korea. Since the launch of its app in 2010, Kakao has solidified its position as a leader in the mobile industry, expanding its service beyond messaging to a social platform encompassing games, digital contents, marketing, commerce and more. KakaoTalk currently has more than 100 million registered users from 230 countries, and as many as 5.2 billion messages are delivered every day in form of text, photos, video and voice. As a global, cross-platform application, it is available in 13 languages, on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Bada OS. Kakao’s mission is to build a symbiotic mobile ecosystem at the global scale, offering a mobile social platform that provides win-win solutions for users and third-party partners alike. For more information, visit


Ramon Bautista Reveals Secret to a Lightning Fast Internet Connection 24/7 for only P80

Ramon Bautista Reveals Secret to a Lightning Fast Internet Connection 24/7 for only P80

I love to travel. It teaches me to live an adventure and makes my knowledge and experience of different cultures rich. 

But traveling also puts me in a very discomfort situation of not doing other things closest to my heart - and that is blogging.

Wherever I go, I always make sure to stay online and connected. Providing my followers the latest happenings in showbiz is a commitment I should never fail.

But seldom do I find a place where internet is accessible 24/7. Connecting to hotel's wired connection is highly expensive while wi-fi access provides an unimaginable slow connection.

That's why I am so glad learning about SMART's most affordable and cost-effective BIG UNLI SURF 80 service.

BIG UNLISURF 80 can let you enjoy an unlimited internet access to any site through any phone for 7 days for only P80 with Opera Mini. Just text SURF to 211 and, voila! you’re connected to the world - with SMART's lightning fast internet connection for 7 days.

Check out how Ramon Bautista enjoys sharing with the world in a flash via Smart’s TV commercial for Big Unlisurf 80:

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Thalia to Jessy Mendiola: "Thank you and good luck."

Thalia to Jessy Mendiola: "Thank you and good luck."

Mexican superstar Thalia gave a personalized message to Maria Mercedes star Jessy Mendiola.

Thalia's message was shown to advertisers during the recent ABS-CBN trade event wherein she wished Kapamilya actress Jessy Mendiola good luck in reprising her iconic role for the upcoming Pinoy adaptation of hit '90s telenovela Maria Mercedes.

"Thank you to Jessy. All the luck in the world. You’re going to make an amazing job. All the production and all the cast, good luck in Maria Mercedes," said Thalia via a taped Skype interview for the current affairs show Tapatan ni Tunying.

Jessy is the third actress to play a "Maria" role among Thalia's so-called Maria-seryes on Philippine television. Carla Abellana was GMA-7's choice to topbill its remake of Rosalinda while Erich Gonzales starred in the Philippine version of Maria la del Barrio.

Marian Rivera also reprised a Thalia role when she was chosen to play the title character in GMA-7's remake of Marimar.

Jessy is the only one who received a personalized message from Mexican superstar Thalia

"Sobrang laki ng pasasalamat ko at napakaswerte ko na mapili bilang si Maria Mercedes. Napakabait at napakaganda ni Thalia at sobra rin akong nagpapasalamat na ibinigay niya sa akin ang basbas niya. Mas lalo pa akong na-inspire na paghusayan ang pagganap ko bilang Maria Mercedes,” Jessy was quoted as saying in a release sent by ABS-CBN's corporate communications department.

Before the surprise video was shown at the trade launch, Jessy first sizzled the stage as she performed the theme song of Maria Mercedes, which she also sang and recorded, for the very first time together with her leading men Jake Cuenca and Jason Abalos.

ABS-CBN also gave advertisers a glimpse of what to expect from the show by premiering the full trailer of Maria Mercedes directed by Chito Roño.

Aside from Jessy, the Philippine version of Maria Mercedes also stars Jake Cuenca and Jason Abalos. Vina Morales stars as Magnolia, the mother of Maria Mercedes in this series.

263 Arrested Gang Sweep Caught on Violent Video

263 Arrested Gang Sweep Caught on Violent Video

263 Arrested Gang Sweep Known to be Members of Mara Salvatrucha  

A nationwide sweep by federal agents targeting the violent MS-13 street gang has resulted in hundreds of arrests, including 263 gang members, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced Friday.

Those arrested in the July and early August sweep include suspects wanted on murder, assault, sexual assault, robbery and kidnapping charges, among other offenses, ICE said in a news release.

Among those charged are 158 members and associates of MS-13, with 105 others allegedly belonging to other gangs. Authorities arrested 84 non-gang members wanted on criminal charges and 14 people on immigration violations as part of the same sweep, according to the federal agency.

Special agents with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit also seized 28 firearms, 10 kilograms of marijuana, 123 grams of cocaine, over 770 grams of heroin and about $22,400 in cash.

Agency officials describe MS-13 - also known by the name Mara Salvatrucha - as “one of the most dangerous transnational criminal gangs in the world today.”

Salvadoran immigrants fleeing that nation’s civil war started MS-13 some years ago in Los Angeles.

Mara Salvatrucha (commonly abbreviated as MS, Mara, and MS-13) is a transnational criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles and has spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Austrialia, and Central America.

Since then, the group has grown to about 10,000 members - most of them Central and South American immigrants - operating in largely independent chapters across 42 states, according to the FBI. Authorities allege MS-13 members engage in various criminal activities, including drug trafficking, murder, rape, robbery and other crimes.

And MS-13 extends well beyond the United States, which is why many efforts to combat it have spanned borders.

In 2005, for instance, a two-day operation involving more than 6,400 government agents in the United States, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico led to 660 arrests. Some 237 of those arrests were in El Salvador, with 73 in the United States.

And last October, President Barack Obama’s administration named the organization a transnational criminal enterprise, with the goal of freezing millions of dollars in profits from drug and sex trafficking operations. - CNN

"Sunday All Stars" Prepares Exhilarating Showdown this Sunday

"Sunday All Stars" Prepares Exhilarating Showdown this Sunday

You’re in for a rollercoaster ride of emotions in this week’s episode of GMA 7’s Sunday All Stars as the competitive artists tackle their preferred choice of Emosyon.

According to judge Joey de Leon, last week’s best team performance award came down to a choice between Aljur Abrenica’s Ligang iLike and Sef Cadayona’s Tweethearts. In the end, Aljur and his team took the win, and the proud leader also shared the Best Performer award with Sef.

Also, the two seriously talented Best Performers will open the emotion-laden show.

After receiving rather lackluster comments from the judges last week, Tropang Trending promises to rise again, choosing “happiness” as the overall theme. Will Rachelle Ann Go be able to claim her first victory, along with her team?

Instagang also gained little favor from the judges. This time though, the group will show its feistier side with the theme “anger.” Team leader Winwyn Marquez will push Instagang into becoming more competitive this time around.

Tweethearts chose the emotion “gratitude.” How will team leader Sef show his team members’ talents while also proving that they are more than just the novelty performers that they have been known for? Sef has a few surprise guests up his sleeve, guaranteeing a different touch this week.
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As for Ligang iLike, “hunger” will be the driving force behind the performance. Will Aljur be able to prove that he is not just a one-win wonder?

Judges Janno Gibbs and Jaya will be joined by Kuh Ledesma and Joey. Kuh and Jonalyn Viray will also regale us with the much-loved anthems from My Husband’s Lover.

“ASAP 18” the Only Philippine TV Show to Reach 1 Million Followes on Twitter

“ASAP 18” the Only Philippine TV Show to Reach 1 Million Followes on Twitter

Philippines’ no.1 and longest-running musical variety show “ASAP 18” recently made history after its official account @ASAPOFFICIAL reached more than one million followers on Twitter. “ASAP 18” is the only TV show in the country that has the biggest following in the popular social media site worldwide.

In celebration of its newest milestone, “ASAP 18” is set to throw a grand showcase of talent, artistry and surprises this Sunday (August 18) to thank all the TV viewers here and abroad who unfailingly make the show’s world-class segments top trending topics online.

Viewers will be treated with a grand farewell treat by “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala” lead stars to be led by Pinoy Soap Opera Queen Judy Ann Santos and her co-stars KC Concepcion and Sam Milby. It will be followed by the show-stopping production number of the Comedy Concert Queen Ai Ai delas Alas.

Hearts will surely melt in the romantic serenade prepared by some of today’s hottest leading men Sam, Jericho Rosales, JC de Vera, and Paulo Avelino; and the fun rocking number by the OPM band, Banda Ni Kleggy together with the lead star of the blockbuster movie “Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?” Kim Chiu.

Meanwhile, discover in the special segment of Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano ‘With Love Gary V.’ the endearing story of Youtube sensation Cherry Alejandrino, who is better known now as ‘elevator girl.’

Groove to the beat with the must-watch smash up dance number of Kapamilya leading lady Nikki Gil together with teen stars Julia Barretto, Khalil Ramos, Jane Oineza, Nash Aguas, Jairus Aquino, Francis Magundayao, and Ella Cruz; and the breath-taking Supahdance showcase prepared by Shaina Magdayao, John Prats, and Rayver Cruz.

Also, watch out for the awaited reunion of former Freestyle vocalists Top Suzara and Jinky Vidal together with ASAP Covers Aiza Seguerra, Zia Quizon, Paolo Valenciano, and Yeng Constantino; and the hair-raising musical spectacle of Martin Nievera, ZsaZsa Padilla, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, KZ Tandingan, and the ASAP Sessionistas.

Join the grandest celebration of the whole ASAP Kapamilya 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 #ASAP1inAMillion.

Meet Your New Aero-Mazing Pals in Disney's "Planes" Movie Magazine

Meet Your New Aero-Mazing Pals in Disney's "Planes" Movie Magazine

With the launch of Disney’s brand new animated film “Planes” comes ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc.’s special treat to serve as every kid’s companion as they turn their sights up to the world of the newest animated star Dusty Crophopper and his fleet of aero-mazing pals in the official movie magazine “Planes”, which is now zooming through to bookstores and newsstands nationwide.

From the same favorite universe of Lightning McQueen and his pals in “Cars”, a new high-flying adventure comes about in “Planes” with Dusty Crophopper, a vehicle in the sky who has a dream of becoming an air racer. In the official movie magazine, get the chance to know more about who Dusty is, along with his companions - the retired fighter plane Skipper, the ever-helpful Sparky, the old taskmaster Leadbottom, the fuel truck Chug, and the place’s top-notch mechanic Dottie. All these come along with action-packed comics and tons of games and puzzles that are sure to keep kids’ imaginations flying sky high.

Aside from that, the official movie magazine of “Planes” finally reveals the trick behind making that perfect paper airplane that flies way, way high. Special “Planes” playing cards also come with the magazine - perfect to share and trade among friends and fellow fans.

With all these amazing activities, “Planes” magazine is surely a collector’s treasure.

The official movie magazine will be launched along with an exclusive movie premiere night for the screening of Disney’s newest animated film, “Planes”, which will be held on August 20 at SM Megamall in partnership with Eagle Broadcasting Corporation’s Net25 Channel and with Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

Disney’s “Planes” is an official movie magazine published by ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc., available at P150 in all major bookstores and in newsstands nationwide.

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson Look for Googliness in “The Internship”

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson Look for Googliness in “The Internship” 

Starring comedic duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, “The Internship” is a hilarious tale about two guys at the peak of their powers of salesmanship, who dare to dream against all odds.  They turn sales into an art form, and must now work that magic in a high-tech universe.

In this new world order, Billy and Nick learn that if you want a place at the table, then you have to work harder, reinvent yourself, and develop new skills at the speed of fiber optics transmissions.  Ignoring the naysayers and following their gut, Billy and Nick turn Google on its head by bringing their game to this center of the digital universe.

I think the comedy in this movie comes out of relatable situations,” Vaughn adds. “There's authenticity to Billy and Nick’s journey, in that they initially go through some tough things, which is happening to a lot of people.” Director and producer Shawn Levy echoes Vaughn’s observations on the relatability of the film’s premise. “I think this movie is astonishingly relevant,” states Levy. “There is a generation that feels it must reinvent itself. So how do you do that in order to write a next chapter?
One way of reinventing yourself is to pursue non-traditional career paths. Job seekers and employers are increasingly embracing “returnships” – return-to-work programs and internships for older professionals.  So, in some ways, Billy and Nick are part of a “Returnship.”  They are refreshing – and reapplying—their skill sets and learning new technologies, to rocket themselves back into the workplace in a big, big way.

The movie is an uplifting story with humor and idealism.  “The optimism that comes from the film’s message is that maybe there's something each generation can learn from the other.  It's a huge part of why the film is not just funny, but also timely, aspirational and hopeful,” says Vaughn.

Vaughn’s Billy McMahon is high-energy, razor-sharp, and verbally-dexterous.  When he loses the only vocation he has ever known, Billy searches the online job listings and inadvertently discovers the solution to his career conundrum –Google. “Billy gets an idea, that Google's a place where there are a lot of possibilities; it feels like a phenomenal place to work, where there are nap pods, Ping-Pong, volleyball courts and lots of places to eat – for free,” states Vaughn.

With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Billy “takes a swing for something that's far reaching or far out, but also seems like an exciting place to work,” says Vaughn.  “Billy and Nick wonder, why not take a chance at the best place to work that is filled with the most opportunities?”  Billy and Nick choose wisely.  In January 2013, Fortune magazine declared Google the best place to work, for the third time since 2007.  Google has maintained a longstanding reputation as a cool, fun and magical place to work.  Its employees love the company’s culture, mission statement and perks.  “For Billy and Nick, going to Google is like entering into the chocolate factory or traveling to Oz,” Vaughn says.

Instead of using their masterful salesmanship for personal gain, Billy and Nick use it as a way to unify the team, and more importantly, as a means to thrive at Google.  “What our characters bring is that ability, as salesmen, to connect with people,” says Wilson.  “And, do it in a genuine way.”  As underdogs in the competition, the team faces an uphill climb, but nothing that a little guts, grit and Googliness can’t handle.  “Googliness is a willingness to take chances, roll the dice, think outside the box, and be open to inspiration,” says Wilson.  “It’s a quality that everyone aspires to.”
“The Internship” lifts the curtain on Google’s innovative wizardry, offering a rare glimpse into its dynamic, trailblazing and high-tech culture.  “When I visited Google, that's when the project got exciting,” recalls Levy.  “It’s a tech company but every day they commit themselves to trying to make the world a better place.  There is a genuine altruism to its culture that is inspiring, and I wanted to depict that.

“The Internship” opens August 14 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

The Evolution of Filipino Language Probes in CheChe Lazaro Presents

The Evolution of Filipino Language Probes in CheChe Lazaro Presents

In celebration of the national language, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas issued new P20 bills in 2010 with the citation, “Filipino as the National Language 1935,” which was allegedly imprecise.

English and Spanish were the official languages throughout the country in 1935, the year when President Manuel Quezon first professed the need for a national language. Two years later, President Quezon declared and proclaimed a national language based on Tagalog, which was called Pilipino in 1959, and Filipino in 1973 and 1987 to pacify non-Tagalogs.

Seventy six years since the Philippines adopted a national language, the Filipino language is still a subject of so much disagreement. The language of business is still English while discussions about the national language always end in an impasse. The debate over the recent proposal of the Commission on the Filipino Language to change the spelling of the country’s name from Pilipinas to Filipinas is just one of the interesting sidelights of language “politics.”

In observance of the annual Buwan ng Wika, “Cheche Lazaro Presents: Ang Wika Ko” takes an incisive look at the language that was envisioned to unify a nation of more than 7,100 islands and more than 170 living languages. At the heart of the two-hour documentary is the question: Has the Filipino truly transformed into a Philippine national language?

Drawing from her own experience as a broadcast journalist whose first investigative show “Probe” shifted from English to Filipino, Cheche Lazaro traces the bumpy journey of the national language with the help of experts and academicians who talk about the use — and misuse — of Filipino as well as the influences and different schools of thought behind the language debate.

Singer Noel Cabangon, rapper Gloc 9, and Bekimon, the face of gay lingo, enrich the discussion with their own views about language and preference for Filipino in communicating and reaching out to their audience.

At the core of every culture, language is both a rallying point and a tool to help people understand human experience and behavior. It is supposed to inspire and promote communication and tolerance, if not unity, amongst people.

How successful is Filipino in reaching these goals? What must Filipinos do to enrich the national language? A timely critique, the documentary tries to answer these questions and more.

“Ang Wika Ko” is every Filipino’s business. Don’t miss “Cheche Lazaro Presents: Ang Wika Ko” this Sunday (Agosto 18), after “Gandang Gabi Vice” on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best.

Entertainment Press Writers Race Against M.O.R. 101.9 DJ in “Minute To Win It”

Entertainment Press Writers Race Against  M.O.R. 101.9 DJ in “Minute To Win It”

Instead of beating deadlines, entertainment press reporters Glen Sibonga and Demai Granali raced against time to outdo their opposing team in ABS-CBN’s top-rating game show “Minute to Win It” this week.

Glen, a columnist for tabloid “Ang Bagong Tiktik” and a contributor for, and his partner Demai, one of’s section editors, experienced firsthand the nerve-fraying mood in the studio while playing the show’s challenges.

The press duo gamely dueled against M.O.R. 101.9 DJ’s Popoy and Eva Ronda in the first part of the game show’s Head to Head Challenge where they aimed to score four points first. Glen and Demai, however, lost to the DJs and failed to play for the P1 million jackpot prize.

Demai, on a blog post on, wrote about her ”Minute to Win It” experience and said that what looked deceptively easy on TV was actually harder to do in real life and in the actual game. Not even a healthy amount of preparation and practice will determine the outcome of the game, she said.

“We think it’s so simple when we watch it on TV, but once you’re inside the 60-minute circle, it’s different. What other contestants say is true – nervousness, excitement, enjoyment, desire to win, and everything else get muddled when you’re playing the game. And the conditions—the cheering crowd, dancing lights—make it even harder for you to concentrate,” she wrote.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed every minute of the game. It was as if I was a child again,” Demai added.

Glen, for his part, described it as a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience and an instant bonding moment with his partner Demai.

It was a great privilege for me to join. Even if we lost, I felt that I was still a winner because I knew I could go through the challenges and share the experience with my family in the studio,” he said.

Watch “Minute to Win It” from Mondays to Fridays at 11AM on ABS-CBN. For updates on the program, visit and follow @Minute2WinItPH on Twitter.

"Anak Ko Yan" the First Parent-Kid Reality Show on TV Airs August 26 on GMA-7

"Anak Ko Yan" the First Parent-Kid Reality Show on TV Airs August 26 on GMA-7

 “Behind the success of every child is a proud parent” – this is what GMA Network wants to showcase in its newest reality talent search Anak Ko Yan. Hosted by multitalented actress Jennylyn Mercado, Anak Ko Yan will be featuring kids from 7 – 17 years old who will show their talent in singing or dancing. Versatile performer Rochelle Pangilinan will serve as the show’s dance coach while Asia’s Diva Dulce will serve as the voice coach.

What makes this different from other reality-talent searches is that their parents will also be highlighted. The show will feature the relationship between the child and the parent, how they will overcome all the struggles and challenges, how the parents interact with one another and how they prepare their kids in every performance.

Anak Ko Yan will air from Monday to Friday and the 13 parent-child participants will battle it out daily.
The parent-child tandems are the following:

Metro Manila:

Edrick-Mommy Edith tandem, ang bonggang bida and proud mama

Monica-Mommy Fatima tandem, the hataw princess and kembot queen

AJ-Mommy Ariadni tandem, the wonder boy and super mom

 Dranrie-Mommy Rochie tandem, the girl next door and mommy terror

 Anikka-Mommy Jinky tandem, ms. sossy and mommy sexy

 Josh-Mommy Sandra tandem, ang rebelde at ang dominante

 James-Mommy Gina tandem, the heartthrob and the survivor

  North Luzon:

Danicia-Mommy Liana tandem, the beauty and the stage mommy
Tricia-Mommy Jensen tandem, the k-pop cutie and mrs. trendy


JenJen-Daddy Allan tandem, the little morena and boss tisoy

 Naomi-Mommy Jasmin tandem, ang gwapa at ang probinsyana

 Sean-Mommy Flor tandem, si taba at si mommy pangga


Johnny-Mommy Janet tandem, the rockstar kiddie and mommy sweetie

Directed by Albert Langitan, this newest reality talent series will definitely infuse a new level of morning TV experience to Filipino viewers as it shows the power of parent-child tandem in overcoming the unimaginable.

Anak Ko Yan premieres August 26 right after With A Smile only on GMA 7.

Julia Barretto's Debut Teleserye Called Racist by Viewers

Julia Barretto's Debut Teleserye Called Racist by Viewers

Julia Barretto revealed true reason why ABS-CBN management decided not to push through with her supposed launching TV project titled "Cofradia" - a TV remake of the 1953 Gloria Romero hit movie.

The 16-year-old Star Magic talent, during her launch as the newest endorser of a teen beauty product, explained that Confradia is already replaced with a new teleserye with a fresh, original concept due to the negative comments that the remake got from viewers. “Madami po kasing nagreklamo about racism,” Julia said.

ABS-CBN and Dreamscape, they really listened sa audience, sa viewers, and everybody so they decided… na gawin na lang "Mira Bella" with an original story.” she further explained.

“Thor: The Dark World” Opens in IMAX 3D Theaters Nationwide on October 30

“Thor: The Dark World” Opens in IMAX 3D Theaters Nationwide on October 30

IMAX Corporation and Marvel Entertainment, a division of The Walt Disney Company, today announced that Marvel's “Thor: The Dark World,” starring Chris Hemsworth, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released into IMAX® 3D theatres internationally (including the Philippines) beginning October 30.

Chris Hemsworth has played Thor, the god of Thunder in two highly successful Marvel films, 2011's “Thor” and 2012's “Marvel's The Avengers,” which collectively grossed nearly $2 billion at the global box office. In this latest adventure, Academy Award® winners Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins will also reprise their roles, as will Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander and Rene Russo. Alan Taylor (TV's “Game of Thrones”) will direct from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat, and a screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

"Like all the dynamic Marvel characters, Thor has developed a massive global following, and we look forward to moviegoers experiencing this highly anticipated next chapter in IMAX 3D," said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. "We're excited to continue to build on our flourishing partnership with Marvel and Disney with this iconic property."

"All the nine realms will be stunningly displayed when `Thor: The Dark World' arrives in IMAX 3D," said Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Exhibition Sales and Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. "We continue to have great success with IMAX and are thrilled to once again work with them to bring the Marvel Universe to life in this premium format."

The IMAX release of Marvel's “Thor: The Dark World” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Marvel's “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the nine realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's “Thor” and “Marvel's The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos ... but an ancient race, led by the vengeful Malekith, returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Steven Seagal Talks About His Latest Movie “Maximum Conviction”

Steven Seagal Talks About His Latest Movie “Maximum Conviction”

Steven Seagal is  promoting his latest action film, Maximum Conviction, where he stars along with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin as ex-Black Ops agents defending a secret government prison from a small army of mercenaries, led by Michael Pare, trying to extract one of the inmates against their will. Maximum Conviction is one Seagal's better action films in recent years,

You haven’t done too many team ups with other action stars before Maximum Conviction. I was wondering how this came together.

Well, somebody said just take a look at this script, and this story, and I liked it. They said Steve [Austin] wants to do it, and I met him and liked him, and thought that we could be a good kind of team together. That’s sort of how it turned out. We had good chemistry together, and I thought it worked out great.
Had other opportunities to work in similar team up projects arrived at your doorstep before this?

You know, they did offer me Expendables and stuff like this. I’m sure that there have been offers in the past, and some I would make and some I wouldn’t make.

In this film, Tom Steele doesn’t put a lot of faith in the government, and I’ve noticed that that’s a recurring theme in a lot of your movies. Are you still passionate about that? Is that an issue for you.

I have faith in the military, you know I have faith in special forces, I have faith in our police departments, but it depends on… You say, “the government.” It depends on what the regime is, who’s in power at the time.

You’ve done so many action movies of so many different stripes. Do you have any favorite action sequences or fight scenes from any of your films that you feel is you at your best?

Gosh, it’s probably a few. I did like the action [in] Marked for Death, some of the sequences in that. Then in Out for Justice, the bar scene. Those are the scenes that pop to mind right now.
What makes a good action sequence in your eyes?

Well to me it’s something that’s realistic, that is not contrived, and is not kind of p*ssy, and something that people haven’t seen over and over again, you know?

You haven’t directed a film since Fire Down Below. What would it take to get you back in the director’s chair again? Or have you lost interest?

No, I haven’t been directing, and what would it take? […] If I had a great story and an offer to direct it, I would direct it.

"Maximum Conviction" is showing on August 14. nationwide. Relased and distributed by CrystalSky Multimedia.

Taylor Lautner Fast Talk Interview with Boy Abunda (Video)

Taylor Lautner Fast Talk Interview with Boy Abunda (Video)

Catch here the fast talk interview of Hollywood sensation and Bench newest global ambassador Taylor Lautner with King of Talk Boy Abunda on ABS-CBN late newscast "Bandila" on Friday, August 16.

Catch Taylor Lautner on August 17 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena for his much-awaited grand fans day and a meet-and-greet with fans at the Glorietta Activity Center on August 18 at 3 p.m.

Friday, August 16, 2013

GMA Network Receives 2 Emmy Awards 2013 Nominations

GMA Network Receives 2 Emmy Awards 2013 Nominations

GMA Network's News and Current Affairs has received two International Emmy Awards nominations.

GMA's "I-Witness - Alkansiya" (Piggy Bank), about a boy in remote Eastern Samar who earns a measly living catching fish, collecting seashells and diving for sea cucumbers, were nominated in the Current Affairs Category. It will compete with "Banaz: An Honour Killing" (Britain), "Jornal Nacional" (Brazil) and "ZDFzoom - The Fukushima Lie" (Germany) .

Meanwhile in the News Category, GMA-7's daily newscast "24 Oras" (24 Hours) reports on Typhoon Pablo will compete against Brazilian TV Globo's "Jornal Nacional" for its coverage of the deadly January 2012 collapse of three buildings in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Romania's "ProTV News" for its reports on a massive snowstorm that buried the country and Britain's Channel 4 News for its broadcasts on the battle for the Syrian city of Homs where Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin of the U.S. and French photographer Remi Ochlik were both killed while covering the fight.

The international winners will be announced in New York on October. 1 as part of the ceremony presenting the News and Documentary Emmy Awards to their American counterparts.

Michael V. in Critical Condition; John Lloyd Cruz to Star in the Movie "Pyramid Scam"

Michael V. in Critical Condition; John Lloyd Cruz to Star in the Movie "Pyramid Scam"

As confirmed by Erik Matti, director of the highly-acclaimed crime thriller movie "On The Job," his next masterpiece will be titled "Pyramid Scam" with no less than the box office king John Lloyd Cruz in the lead role.

"My next project is pyramid scam. I think there's... I don't know [if] I could say it. It's a husband and wife story, the wife is the victim. I'm working with John Lloyd Cruz on this one," Matti said.


Ace comedian Michael V. is currently in critical condition at Saint Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City due to dengue.

His friends in showbiz, through their Instagram accounts, asked blood donors with B+ type of blood platelets to help the comedian get well soon.

Hi guys, our dear friend Bitoy is in need of blood. If you are type B+ please go to st Luke’s QC. Please we need your help.” Regine Velasquez-Alcasid posted on his IG.

Ogie also posted “our brother needs a male donor of B+ type of blood platelets. Pls go to st Luke’s qc. Ty much.” 


Heart Evangelista, Alessandra de Rossi, Dominic Roco and Sid Lucero to star in GMA-7's upcoming afternoon soap "Bayarang Puso" under the direction of Maryo J. de los Reyes

Katrina Halili, Isabel Oli, Ana Capri, and Ms Celia Rodriguez complete the cast.


Kris Aquino, Ai Ai delas Alas, Vina Morales, Claudine Barretto and Sunshine Cruz comprises the list of showbiz personalities who are all members of the "9262" club or the Republic Act that promotes Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004.
Read further news HERE.

"Misibis Bay" Set to Reveal the Biggest Truth on Finale Episode this Monday

"Misibis Bay" Set to Reveal the Biggest Truth on Finale Episode this Monday

The mystery remains unsolved on TV5’s sexy drama mini-series Misibis Bay. Expect the hottest scenes and the biggest revelation that will surely shock the viewers this Monday, August 19. Witness the rising conflict between Miranda (Vivian Velez) and Maita (Ritz Azul) and the intriguing love triangle of Andrew (Daniel Matsunaga), Lara (Megan Young) and Bernard (Victory Silayan).

Find out the person behind all the killings and commotions in Misibis Bay. Whose lives  will come to an end? Who will reconcile? And who will live happily ever after?

Don’t miss the exciting scenes on Misibis Bay finale this Monday, August 19, 8:00PM. Meanwhile, catch the “Best of Misibis Bay” which will feature some of the interesting scenes, bloopers, interviews and behind the scenes of Misibis Bay that has never been aired on primetime TV from August 20 to 30, 8:00PM on TV5.

Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards Lend Voices to Bravo and Echo in “Disney's Planes”

Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards Lend Voices to Bravo and Echo in “Disney's Planes”

"Top Gun" stars Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards are voicing fighter jets named Bravo and Echo in "Disney's Planes," the "Cars" spinoff from Disney Animation. The two F-18s are called upon to help out Dusty (Dane Cook), a crop-dusting single-prop who signs up for a high-flying rally around the world.

"When you think of movies with planes, 'Top Gun' usually comes up, so it is fun to be part of this," Edwards says. "Our naval aviators are some of the best pilots in the world, and Val and I were lucky enough to get to play them twice."

Armed with stellar instincts, incredible aerial abilities and outstanding service records, Bravo and Echo are two of the Jolly Wrenches’ top troops. These fighter jets happen to be avid air-racing fans, too, with a special affinity for our hero Dusty, who’s adopted their Jolly Wrenches insignia. And as far as the racers are concerned, it doesn’t hurt to have a couple soldiers nearby should any plane falter under the immense pressure of the world’s most rigorous rally.

Dusty gets lost in the air space of an aircraft carrier that Bravo and Echo are patrolling,” says Edwards. “So we escort him back to the carrier to make sure he’s safe. I know if I were ever in trouble, I’d want these guys to have my back.”

Anthony and I were such great rivals in ‘Top Gun,’ we always had so much fun on set,” says Kilmer. “And I've always thought so highly of Anthony, especially with his success on ‘ER.’ So it was really great to find out that we would both being working together on ‘Disney’s Planes.’

Edwards is probably best known as Dr. Mark Greene on the hit series “ER.” For his portrayal of the overworked, but dedicated emergency room doctor, Edwards received four Emmy® nominations, won three Screen Actors Guild Awards®, and won a Golden Globe® Award. Edwards made his return to series television in 2013 with ABC’s adventure-drama “Zero Hour.”

Edwards has starred in more than 20 features, including his memorable turn as Goose in the blockbuster feature “Top Gun.” Other feature film credits include David Fincher’s “Zodiac,” “Flipped” and “The Client.” He will be seen on the big screen in Michael Polish’s “Big Sur,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Meanwhile, Kilmer is one of the most prolific actors of his generation. From his more recent work as a career military officer in David Mamet’s “Spartan,” back through his work with Oliver Stone in “The Doors” and Michael Mann in “Heat,” to his early work in “Top Gun,” Kilmer has worked with many of film’s most respected directors and actors. He adds to that impressive list two new films: Millennium’s “Bad Lieutenant,” with Nicolas Cage and directed by Werner Herzog; and “Streets of Blood,” with Sharon Stone and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Kilmer recently completed principal photography on the new Francis Ford Coppola movie “Twixt Now and Sunrise.”

Other recent projects include “Déjà Vu,” an action-thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films for Touchstone Pictures in which Kilmer stars with Denzel Washington and Jim Caviezel; and “Kiss, Kiss Bang, Bang,” written and directed by Shane Black, and co-starring Robert Downey Jr.

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, “Planes” takes off in Philippine theaters in 3D on Aug. 21, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select cinemas.

Talentadong Pinoy's Biggest and Star-Studded Final Battle Airs Sunday on TV5

Talentadong Pinoy's Biggest and Star-Studded Final Battle Airs Sunday on TV5 

The finale of TV5’s hit talent competition, Talentadong Pinoy Worldwide, will definitely end on a high note as the biggest and brightest stars in showbiz grace the “battle to end all battles” this Sunday, August 18 at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Aside from the amazing talent acts of the seven Hall of Famers vying for the Ultimate Talentado title, Talentadong Pinoy Host Ryan Agoncillo will have a special dance performance with The Manuevers. It can be recalled that Ryan promised this special number during his birthday celebration last April. Now, Ryan will not only fulfil his birthday promise but also his vow to end Talentadong Pinoy with a bang. 

The elegant Lucy Torres-Gomez will also take center stage with a surprise number.

For the first time ever, Kapatid stars Derek Ramsay, Aga Muhlach, and the one and only Megastar, Ms. Sharon Cuneta will come together at the Talentadong Pinoy stage to be its celebrity talent scouts. Edu De Leon, Joey de Leon, John Lapus, Direk Joey Reyes and Ms. Judy Ann Santos will join the three in giving entertaining and inspiring quips to the seven finalists.

Sor Apao, Laserman, Rina Forbes, the contortionist group Larvae, Haina Udin, Spyro Marco and the Nocturnal Dance Company will battle for supremacy for the 4th Ultimate Talentado title. The winner will receive one (1) million pesos cash and a house and lot.

Talentadong Pinoy Worlwide: The Battle Royale will air LIVE this Sunday, 7:00pm on TV5.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Back in "Kick-Ass 2"

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Back in "Kick-Ass 2"

By the end of the sequel, Kick-Ass has to become the action hero we knew he was from day one. For this chapter, Taylor-Johnson once again showed great dedication in getting into serious shape.  Indeed, he worked out religiously and maintained an appropriately strict diet throughout production.

Jeff Wadlow appreciated how Taylor-Johnson looked at the production as a whole and did not simply focus on his own appearance.  Sums the director: “Aaron was figuring out when we were going to shoot those scenes so that he would look how he needed to, and it would be a contrast to the way he looked in the beginning of the film.  It was so impressive because, again, he was always thinking about the story; he wasn’t thinking about how he looked on screen.  He was thinking, ‘How can I serve this story and help the audience understand this journey?’

Since there’s been talk of it again, will there finally be a Kick-Ass sequel?

It’s pretty much set to go, this Fall.  I think now Chloe [Grace Moretz] and Chris [Mintz-Plasse] are on board.  I’m certainly set up to do it.  Jeff Wadlow is to direct.  Yeah, I think it’s going to happen.

Have you gotten to see a script yet?

Yeah, I have.

Will it be a hard R, as far as the rating goes?

Oh, yeah!  It keeps the standard, from the first film.

Are you surprised at how much people have been asking for a sequel to that film, really since the release of the first one?

Yeah, and I think that’s why Matthew Vaughn has got his name all over this one, as well.  The only way he was ever going to make a sequel was if it could be anywhere close to the first one, and keep that class and that quality, and just maintain something original and new and refreshing.  And this script delivers all of that, right now.  I’m excited to get back in the suit.
Have you heard the recent talk about American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis vying on Twitter to do the screenplay adaptation for 50 Shades of Grey, and that he said he’d love to have a real actor, like you or Ryan Gosling for the male lead, with someone like David Cronenberg directing? Is it surreal to know that you have a certain level of visibility now that someone like Bret Easton Ellis respects your work and is thinking about you in that role?

You can only be very grateful.  It’s great when talented people in the world, in the same business, can see your work and compliment you on what you’re doing and take a strong interest in the movements in your career.  It is very great to see that.  At least it keeps the studio heads thinking, as well.  Maybe it makes you a bit more bankable.  I don’t know.


"Kick-Ass 2" is still showing in theaters nationwide. Released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corporation.

Sam Concepcion’s Infinite Album Sold-out During Launch

Sam Concepcion’s Infinite Album Sold-out During Launch

Sam Concepcion’s Infinite album launch proved how loved Sam is by his fans, Samsters. During the launch last August 10, Robinson’s Magnolia, the young recording artist performed songs from the album to a sold-out crowd, estimating to around 500 people.

I am so thankful to all my Samsters for being at the launch, full-force. I love them so much,” says Sam. “I’ve worked so hard for this album, so I really hope people will enjoy it.”

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, Kris Lawrence, Marcus Davis, 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:

No Limitations
I'm The One
She Drives Me Crazy
Mahal Na Mahal
Di Ka Nag-iisa
Rescue You
There's No Me (Without You)
Love, Love, Love

Follow Sam Concepcion:

Twitter: @sam_concepcion
Instagram: @sam_concepcion




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