Saturday, November 9, 2013

Miss Universe 2013 Top 16: Starmometer's Fearless Forecast

Miss Universe 2013 Top 16: Starmometer's Fearless Forecast

Unlike this year’s Miss World pageant where Philippines' very own Megan Young was a clear stand out from beginning to end of the pageant, there’s no absolute front-runner in the Miss Universe 2013. Pageant enthusiasts around the world have mixed predictions on who the winner could be. Even Starmometer’s pick is quite unique.

In making its predictions list, Starmometer give weight to sash factor. They are USA, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, India, Brazil, Philippines (the new member of the group!), Mexico and of course, the host candidate, Russia. But since the site is not a fan of Mexico’s figure and Russia lacks charisma, both countries were both remove from the list.

Another thing to consider is the buzz factor or the candidates who are talk of the town. Philippines, Czech Republic, Russia and Israel belong to this category, but then again, Russia was excluded on the list.

Among the Big 4 pageants, Miss Universe seemed to give weight to supermodel-type of beauties and those who have good catwalk skills during the preliminary competition usually make it to the semi-finals. So this is why Starmometer gave big points to Bolivia, Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Brazil, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.

Lastly, never underestimate charisma and the x-factor. These are the candidates who have the power to mesmerize the audience with their beauty. Spain, Poland, Ukraine and Turkey top this category.

Check out the Miss Universe 2013 Top 16 according to HERE.

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Solenn Heussaff Teaches Tito Boy Abunda How To French Kiss

Solenn Heussaff Teaches Tito Boy Abunda How To French Kiss

Singer/actress/host/model/make-up artist Solenn Heussaff made a rare appearance on ABS-CBN when she took the "Ihaw Na!" hot seat on the late-night gag show "Banana Nite" in its episode aired Friday, November 8.

Solenn Heussaff faced Boy Abunda impersonator Jayson Gainza, who asked the Kapuso star topics ranging from her other profession as a make-up artist, her love life, how she started in showbiz and her Pinoy roots. She even teaches Tito Boy some French words and, yes, even French kissing.

Solenn is currently promoting the romantic-comedy film "Status: It's Complicated," where she co-stars with Kapamilya actors Jake Cuenca, Paulo Avelino, Maja Salvador and Eugene Domingo.

Watch the video below:

Video: TheABSCBNNews on YouTube

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Ariella Arida Captures the Attention of Russian Superstar Emin

Ariella Arida Captures the Attention of Russian Superstar Emin 

Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida wowed Russian superstar Emin during the practice for the beauty pageant's finale where he is set to serenades 89 beautiful ladies from around the globe.

“People of the Philippines can be proud because they don’t just have a beautiful girl, but they have a beautiful actress,” he said.

Emin said he is thrilled to be able to perform during the coronation night that Russia will be hosting for the very first time and beamed to an estimated one billion audience around the world.

The girls are absolutely fantastic. They’re smart, they’re educated, some of them are musicians, they’ve read many books, they’ve seen many movies, they know many languages. So it’s not just about beauty,” he said.

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Philippine TV Ratings October 25 - 28: "Juan dela Cruz" Ends on Top; "Honesto" New Primetime Leader Nationwide

Philippine TV Ratings October 25 - 28: "Juan dela Cruz" Ends on Top; "Honesto" New Primetime Leader Nationwide

Here are the Top 10 Daytime and Primetime programs from October 25 to 28, 2013 among Kantar Media-TNS Total Philippines Household Ratings  (Urban & Rural):

October 25, Friday

Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) - 18.6% 
It’s Showtime (ABS-CBN) – 18.2%
Galema: Anak Ni Zuma (ABS-CBN) - 14.8% 
 The Love Story Of Kang Chi (ABS-CBN) - 14.7%
 Kapamilya Blockbusters’ Whitehouse (ABS-CBN) /  Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 13.3% 
Minute To Win It (ABS-CBN) - 12.7% 
Mga Basang Sisiw (GMA-7) - 12.5% 
Hiwaga (ABS-CBN) - 11.4% 
Wish Upon A Star (ABS-CBN) – 10.7%
The Ryzza Mae Show (GMA-7) – 10.2%

Juan Dela Cruz (ABS-CBN) – 38.3% 
TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) / Got To Believe (ABS-CBN) – 29.8% 
Annaliza (ABS-CBN) – 25.6% 
Maria Mercedes (ABS-CBN) – 18% 
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 16.3% 
Genesis (GMA-7) - 12.6% 
Prinsesa Ng Buhay Ko (GMA-7) – 12% 
Kahit Nasaan Ka Man (GMA-7) – 11.7% 
Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin (ABS-CBN) – 11.3%
Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas (GMA-7) – 9.1%  

October 26, Saturday

TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) – 20.2%
It’s Showtime (ABS-CBN) – 19.6%
Sabado Specials: Shake Rattle And Roll XIV The Invasion (ABS-CBN) - 15.5%
Eat Bulaga (GMA-7) – 12.1%
Pororo (GMA-7) – 11.9%
Failon Ngayon (ABS-CBN) / 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) – 11.8%
Angry Birds Toons (GMA-7) – 11.6%
Paddle Pop Begins (GMA-7) – 10.9%
Super Book (GMA-7) – 9.9%
Be Careful With My Heart Rewind (ABS-CBN) – 9%

MMK: Ang Tahanan Mo – Cake (ABS-CBN) – 30.1%
Wansapanataym: Moomoo Knows Best (ABS-CBN) - 29.3%
Bet On Your Baby (ABS-CBN) – 27.7%
One Day Isang Araw (GMA-7) – 16.4%
Vampire Ang Daddy Ko (GMA-7) – 16.2%
Celebrity Bluff (GMA-7) – 13.4%
Magpakailanman (GMA-7) – 13.3%
SOCO (ABS-CBN) – 13.1%
I Dare You (ABS-CBN) – 9.6%
Laban Ng Lahi Tapatan Ng Tapang Johnreil Casimero vs. Felipe (GMA-7) - 9%

October 27, Sunday

TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) – 17.7%
Kapuso Movie Festival: Looney Tunes Back In Action (GMA-7) - 13.4%
Pinoy Pride XXII: The Revenge (ABS-CBN) – 13.3%
ASAP 18 (ABS-CBN) – 12.4%
Luv U (ABS-CBN) – 12%
24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) – 11.1%
GMA Blockbusters:  The Cat (GMA-7) – 9.8%
Super Book (GMA-7) / Aha! (GMA-7) – 9.3%
Paddle Pop Begins (GMA-7) – 8.9%
Buzz Ng Bayan (ABS-CBN) – 8.8%

Rated K: Handa Ka Na Ba? (ABS-CBN) / Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento (GMA-7) – 22.3%
Goin’ Bulilit (ABS-CBN) – 21.6%
Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7) – 19.5%
Kap’s Amazing Stories (GMA-7) – 17.9%
Star Cinema Originals: Segunda Mano (ABS-CBN) 17.8%
Gandang Gabi Vice (ABS-CBN) / Imbestigador (GMA-7) – 13.3%
Wow! Mali Pa Rin (TV5) – 7.3%
Sunday Night Box Office Miss Supranational 2013 (GMA-7) - 6.5%
Sunday's Best: Twilight (ABS-CBN) - 4.6%
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (TV5) - 4.3%

October 28, Monday

Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN) - 18.6% 
It’s Showtime (ABS-CBN) – 15.6%
Minute To Win It (ABS-CBN) - 14.9%
Kapamilya Blockbusters: Ang Tanging Ina Mo Last Na To (ABS-CBN) - 14.6%
Galema: Anak Ni Zuma (ABS-CBN) - 14.4% 
 The Love Story Of Kang Chi (ABS-CBN) - 12.5%
Mga Basang Sisiw (GMA-7) - 11.8% 
One Piece (GMA-7) / Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) – 11.6% 
Wish Upon A Star (ABS-CBN) – 11%
10. Pokemon (GMA-7) – 10.9%

Honesto (ABS-CBN) – 30.5% 
Got To Believe (ABS-CBN) – 28% 
TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 25.8%
Annaliza (ABS-CBN) - 21.8% 
Maria Mercedes (ABS-CBN) – 19% 
24 Oras (GMA-7) – 14.7% 
Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin (ABS-CBN) – 13.4%
Prinsesa Ng Buhay Ko (GMA-7) – 10.9%
Genesis (GMA-7) – 10.5% 
Kahit Nasaan Ka Man (GMA-7) – 10.1%  

Source: Kantar Media/TNS

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Is This Guy Rufa Mae Quinto's Newest Boyfriend?

Is This Guy Rufa Mae Quinto's Newest Boyfriend?

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“Robocop” Second Trailer Released

“Robocop” Second Trailer Released

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures have revealed the second trailer for highly anticipated action thriller “RoboCop”. View below:

In “RoboCop,” the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology.  Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it's meant billions for OmniCorp's bottom line.  Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it.  

When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees its chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer.  OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.  

“RoboCop” is directed by Jose Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.  The screenplay is by Joshua Zetumer, based on the 1987 motion picture written by Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner.  The film is produced by Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Bill Carraro and Roger Birnbaum serving as executive producers.

Opening across the Philippines in February 2014, “RoboCop” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads.  Like us at and join our fan contests.

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TV5 "Tulong Kapatid" Live Telethon for Typhoon Yolanda Victims Starting Sunday Night

TV5 "Tulong Kapatid" Live Telethon for Typhoon Yolanda Victims Starting Sunday Night

In an effort to extend help and financial assistance to the thousands of Filipinos who have been displaced by super typhoon Yolanda, TV5 will conduct a live fundraising telethon tomorrow, November 10, starting at 9:00pm.

The Tulong Kapatid telethon will air from 9pm to 1am beginning with the live airing of The Mega and the Songwriter, with hosts Sharon Cuneta and Ogie Alcasid giving live musical performances to encourage people to "request and donate".  The live telethon will resume on Monday, November 11, during Good Morning Club from 5:30-8:00am.

Fellow Kapatid talents will be manning over 30 phone lines to accept pledges and donations via trunkline 689-3355.

Cash and check donations may also be sent to Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc through the following accounts:

Bank of the Philippine Islands
Ayala Avenue, SGV Branch
Account Name: Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

(PESO) PHP ACCOUNT NO: 1443-0533-32
(DOLLAR) USD ACCOUNT NO: 1444-0214-85

Banco De Oro
Makati Avenue, Ayala Branch
Account Name: Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

(PESO) PHP Account No.: 00- 5310-41016-4
(DOLLAR) USD Account No.: 10-5310-46264-4


 PHP ACCOUNT NO: 0757138018
 *USD (3rd CCY Remittance) Account No.: 0757138026

Fort Burgos Circle Branch
Account Name: Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

PHP NO: 264-3-264821763

Partner's Name: Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

Username / beneficiary:

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Live Streaming Miss Universe 2013 Coronation Night (Video)

Live Streaming Miss Universe 2013 Coronation Night (Video)

The much-awaited Miss Universe 2013 coronation night is happening at 1:00am, November 10, Sunday (Manila time).

The most beautiful woman in the Universe this year will be crowned live from  from the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.

Watch the Live Streaming HERE.

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TV5 Scores High on Social Media

TV5 Scores High on Social Media

A recent study identifies TV5 as the leading broadcast network in the Philippines in terms of social media engagement.

A leading publication, Adobo Magazine, in an article cited Hong Kong-based research firm Ci-8 Social Media Research whose research showed that TV5 was substantially boosted by its high level of Facebook fan engagement, giving the network a social media Share of Voice (SOV) of 45% compared to GMA’s 35% and ABS-CBN’s 20%.

The article credited TV5’s high SOV ranking to the network’s Facebook mentions which “contributed 26% of mentions on its own page, while GMA and ABS-CBN’s share came in at just 2% or under on this score.” The Ci-8 research results also cited the notable gender balance in TV5’s social media audience compared to the predominantly male-skewed GMA and the largely female ABS-CBN audiences. To date, TV5’s Facebook page has a total of almost 1.7 M fans, a feat for the young network which only started its Facebook page in 2010.

Media observers have noted a significant relationship between online audiences and a TV network’s popularity. According to a separate Nielsen Pinoy Netizen Study (based on National Urban data from Q3 2012), there has been a 45% growth in the number of potential 3-screen users since the last quarter of 2010, driven by increased Internet usage among ABC households, Teens and 20-29 year olds. The same study also discovered that 10M Filipinos now go online to share or consume media content, a fact that is most favorable to TV5 in line with the network’s dedicated efforts to synergize all media platforms to address the needs of the growing population of multi-screen users.

TV5 as the country’s foremost champion of digital broadcasting has come up with some notable achievements in this field – including the award-winning Traffic Navigator, News5Everywhere, Interaksyon app, Pinoy Hoops app, Kristn app, and Balut radio. The network will also soon launch another groundbreaking application that will revolutionize the way Filipinos watch television: the TV5 App which introduces the Philippines’ first Second Screen Experience that will provide Filipinos with exclusive supplementary content on their mobile devices while they watch TV5’s shows. Going into beta this month, the TV5 app also has a chat function where communities of TV5 viewers can interact in real-time and discuss currently airing episodes thus further boosting the Pinoy’s social media habit.

Typhoon Yolanda PAGASA Weather Update November 9: Almost 140 Dead

Typhoon Yolanda PAGASA Weather Update November 9: Almost 140 Dead

Here is the latest PAGASA weather advisory on Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) issued at: 6:00am, November 9, 2013. 

Typhoon Yolanda has weakened while traversing the West Philippine Sea. 

Location of Center: (as of 6:00 p.m.) 
405 km west of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro 
12.4°N, 117.3°E  

Maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph

Forecast to move West Northwest at 35 kph

Forecast Positions/Outlook: 
Saturday afternoon at 760 km West Northwest of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Storm Warning Signal:

Signal No. 2 (winds of >60 to 100 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours)
Extreme Northern Palawan
Calamian Group of Islands

Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds may be expected in at least 36 hours)
Occidental Mindoro
Lubang Island
Oriental Mindoro
Northern Palawan including Puerto Princesa City
Cuyo Island
Northern Aklan
Boracay Island
Northern Antique

Reuters reports that at least 140 people may have died in Tacloban according to a senior government official.

Bodies were lying in the streets, according to an initial report from an aviation officer in the central city of Tacloban, said Captain John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Yolanda, possibly the strongest storm ever to hit land, was barrelling out of the Philippines after having flattened houses, triggered landslides and floods and knocked out power and communications across a number of islands.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Miss Universe 2013 Webisode Feature on Miss Philippines Ariella Arida

Miss Universe 2013 Webisode Feature on Miss Philippines Ariella Arida

Catch here the Miss Universe 2013 webisode called "On The Scene with Janine" featuring this year's candidates during last last Tuesday's preliminary evening gown competition.

On this episode, Miss Philippines 2012 Janine Tugonon gets to interview Miss Dominican Republic, Miss South Africa and Philippines' bet Ariella Arida

Video: OfficialMissUniverse on YouTube

Vice Ganda Posts Funny Napoles Tweets

Vice Ganda Posts Funny Napoles Tweets

Vice Ganda, in his official Twitter account, mocked Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged mastermind of a P10-billion pork barrel scam, after the latter's appearance at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the scam, by posting one-liner jokes against the businesswoman for not telling the truth.

Check out Vice Ganda funny Napoles tweets below:

Hey StarCinema totoo bang pumirma na si Napoles sa inyo ng kontrata para iremake ang My Amnesia Girl? Hala nanakawan pa si ToniG ng role!"
Napoles Wedding- Priest: Janet do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband? Janet: Di ko po alam!"

"Elevator Girl: hi Sir/Ma'am anung floor po tayo? Napoles: Di ko po alam!"

"Simsimi: Maganda ka ba? Janet: Di ko po alam!"

"Bimbi: Whats siksik Napoles? Janet: Di ko po alam!"

"AngelLocsin: What's the #2 anti dandruff shampoo in the world? Janet: Di ko po alam!"

"Korina: Handa na ba kayo? Janet: Di ko po alam!"

"Baha Men: Who let the dogs out? Janet: di ko po alam!"

"ViceGanda: Saan gawa ang tocino mo? Janet: Di ko po alam!"

"Napoles during communion- Priest: Body of Christ. Janet: Di ko po alam!"

"Ylvis: What does the fox say? Janet: Di ko po alam!"

"Billy: Wazzzzup Madlang People? Janet: Di ko po alam?"

"LuisManzano: Is it a deal or no deal? Janet: Di ko po alam!"

"Senate: Last question! Naka ilang "Di ko po alam!" ka na? Janet: Di ko po alam!"
Globe has released their DiKoPoAlam Unli Promo today. Janet was the first to avail. Now promo is no longer available."
ViceGanda: I want Napoles on GGV! Ma'amCharo: No! Mas bagay sya sa Maalaala Mo Kaya!"
Hoy Janet tutal wala ka naman palang maalala wag na wag kong makikitang nagpopost ka ng entry ng #ThrowBackThursday sa instagram ha!"

Toni Gonzaga Joins ‘Goin’ Bulilit’

Toni Gonzaga Joins ‘Goin’ Bulilit’

Well-loved comedienne Toni Gonzaga was seen to have been comfortable around kids in the recent taping of Goin’ Bulilit.

Could it be that she is ready to tie the knot and start a family with long-time boyfriend Paul Soriano? This weekend, she ushers in a different kind of cheer to kick off the Christmas season as she guest stars in Goin’ Bulilit for this Sunday’s (November 10) episode.

As December fast approaches, it’s almost time for people to start buying gifts for their loved ones - and to get the Christmas shopping started, the kids will be heading to a Christmas bazaar. They’ll be bringing with them tons of laughter there, showing the adorable and hilarious things that can happen. On this Sunday’s show, Toni will be helping the kids wrap things up.

Meanwhile, other things are also on the way for the teens of “LUV U,” as Benj (Nash Aguas) finally decides to court one of the girls and Shirley (Sharlene San Pedro) tries to discover who Drake (Jairus Aquino) has a crush on.

Don’t miss out on “Goin’ Bulilit” and “LUV U” this Sunday (Nov 10) on ABS-CBN. Catch “Goin’ Bulilit” after “TV Patrol Weekend” and “LUV U” after “ASAP 18”. Also keep your eyes peeled for “Toda Max” as it airs back-to-back with “Banana Split: Extra Scoop” after “I Dare You” on Saturdays.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" Promotional Photos

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" Promotional Photos

20th Century Fox has just released "X-Men: Days of Future Past" high-resolution photos. 

The latest high-quality images released worldwide features exciting and dangerous times in the lives of the mutants where they must face the past for the future of mankind and mutants. 

James McAvoy, who reprises his role as young Professor X in the film shares that the star-studded film is going to be the biggest, most epic X-Men to be made. "“I think it’s the second biggest production Fox have ever embarked upon, behind Avatar. So they’re definitely going for it.

Helmed by Bryan Singer, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” stars newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman,  along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore. 

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” will open on May 22, 2014 in Philippine cinemas nationwide. 

A Heart Melting Tale of Two Sisters Features in “Frozen”

A Heart Melting Tale of Two Sisters Features in “Frozen”

In Walt Disney Animation Studios' “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

“Frozen” features the voices of Kristen Bell as Anna, Idina Menzel as Elsa, Jonathan Groff as mountain man Kristoff, and Josh Gad as the lovable snowman Olaf.  

The voice cast also includes Santino Fontana as Hans, a handsome royal who catches Anna’s eye, Alan Tudyk as the Duke of Weselton, Chris Williams as Oaken, and Ciarán Hinds as Pabbie.  

We wanted the movie to be both timely and timeless,” says director Jennifer Lee. “We were going for something contemporary that everyone would understand and we realized that fear is so often the very thing that gives us a negative outlook, that threatens our relationships. Every single scene, in its own way, supports our themes of family and love, and real love versus fear. And it’s fear that drives Elsa.”

Elsa’s inability to handle her power to create snow and ice is revealed when she and Anna are playing as children. Elsa’s magic delights young Anna - the girls build a snowman they name Olaf and play amidst wild slopes of snow inside their home. But the magic gets out of Elsa’s control and injures Anna. Elsa lives each day thereafter in fear she’ll hurt Anna again, and as a result, avoids the one person she loves most. “Anna, who has no memory of the event, grows up trying to reach out to Elsa,” says director Chris Buck.  

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and husband and writing partner Robert Lopez, who worked hand-in-hand with the directors and story team, were struck by the image of Anna getting shut out by her sister. “What could get you more on that girl’s side than seeing doors slam in her face all throughout her childhood?” asks Anderson-Lopez.  

We needed to tap into Anna’s emotions,” continues Anderson-Lopez. “We needed to understand her and show what’s missing from the world of this goofy, optimistic young woman. That moment in the film when we see the two sisters on either side of the closed door is one of the most revealing moments in the movie.”

The filmmakers realized that the morning of Elsa’s coronation would represent a new beginning for Anna. The story team wanted to introduce the now-grown-up Anna with a song, but it proved to be a tall order. “This particular song was a tough nut to crack, because it had to do a lot of things,” says Anderson-Lopez. “It had to introduce Anna as an optimistic, active person, but also as someone with a need to be filled over the course of the movie.”  

The solution - and title of the song, “For the First Time in Forever” - came from a story-room conversation when someone said the words ‘for the first time in forever’ as part of a story point, catching the ear of president of Walt Disney Music Chris Montan. “I said, ‘That’s it! That’s Anna’s song!’” says Montan. “It was just one of those moments. ‘For the first time in forever, I'm going to be free. I might meet somebody. I might live my life.’ It was really exciting.”  

The song ultimately illustrates Anna’s desire for connection, while showcasing just how far apart she is from big sister Elsa. The story of broken family bonds takes a turn when Anna confronts Elsa, inadvertently setting free her sister’s stifled emotions and sparking a wintry outburst that reveals to everyone Elsa’s long-kept secret. Elsa flees Arendelle, leaving a cold and icy kingdom in her wake - and finding the freedom she’s craved.  

The realization of Elsa’s long-kept secret inspires Anna to take drastic measures to make things right. Her journey to find Elsa leads her to seek assistance from Kristoff, a rugged mountain man who’d rather not join the adventure. Kristoff and Anna face fierce weather, wolves - and a strangely familiar snowman named Olaf, who takes them - and the audience - by surprise. “When Elsa flees Arendelle,” says Lee, “she starts playing with the very magic she’s been hiding for so long. The snowman she creates comes from memories of the happy times she shared with Anna when they were young. Olaf represents that pure innocence and childhood joy. The minute we imbued him with that, he just took off. He’s funny in a way that children are funny. He’s completely unaffected by the world. He’s the one character who isn’t struggling with fear versus love. He is love.

According to producer Peter Del Vecho, Olaf exemplifies the real beauty of “Frozen.” “It’s chock full of left turns. Though it has everything that audiences will expect from a Disney film - it’s fun and full of heart - it also takes you in unexpected directions. That’s what I love about this movie.”

Opening across the Philippines in 3D and 2D on November 27, “Frozen” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

The 700 Club Asia Celebrates the Spirit of Giving with “Buti Na Lang May Pasko”

The 700 Club Asia Celebrates the Spirit of Giving with “Buti Na Lang May Pasko”

Celebrate the Christmas spirit of giving as The 700 Club Asia features “Buti Na Lang May Pasko” special live episodes from November 11-15 at 11:00 p.m. on GMA News TV. The special live TV series is aimed at raising P15-M to help support the projects and outreach of the CBN Asia Family of Ministries which include The 700 Club Asia, Superbook, CBN Asia Prayer Center, Operation Blessing, and the Asian Center for Missions.

This is the perfect opportunity for people who want to help our kababayans who have lost loved ones, lost their homes and are almost losing hope after the fierce battle in Zamboanga, the flashfloods in Zambales and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked Bohol and Cebu,” says Peter Kairuz, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBN Asia and host of The 700 Club Asia.

Kairuz explained that the theme “Buti Na Lang May Pasko” is an appropriate reminder to everyone, especially to the calamity victims, that with the birth of Jesus Christ, there is always hope and deliverance.

The 700 Club Asia's live broadcasts generate massive support from Filipinos here and abroad who unselfishly help and share their blessings with our less fortunate kababayans. 

LET YOUR GIVING SPIRIT SHINE!  Be a part of the “Buti Na Lang May Pasko” live TV special and help us bring hope and an early Christmas cheer to our kababayans in need.

For more information please visit Visit and like our Facebook page to receive the latest information on how you could be a part of “Buti Na Lang May Pasko.” 

Wonder Woman Role Goes to Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko

Wonder Woman Role Goes to Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko

Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is reportedly in talks to try on the Wonder Woman costume for the Man Of Steel sequel.

Access Hollywood reports that the Russian beauty and Jaimie Alexander, who portrays Lady Sif in the new Thor sequel, are frontrunners for the role of the comic book heroine.

The Superman sequel looks set to be quite a superhero fest - Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman, and reports suggest the Caped Crusader's comic book sidekick Nightwing will also make an appearance. -

27th PMPC Star Awards for Television 2013 Nominees

27th PMPC Star Awards for Television 2013 Nominees

The Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) has released the nominees for this year's Star Awards for Television. They are:


Aksyon TV
GMA News TV 
NET 25
Studio 23


Apoy Sa Dagat (ABS-CBN 2)
Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala (ABS-CBN 2)
Ina, Kapatid, Anak (ABS-CBN 2)
Indio (GMA-7)
Juan Dela Cruz (ABS-CBN 2)
My Husband's Lover (GMA-7)
Pahiram Ng Sandali (GMA-7)


Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN 2)
Dugong Buhay (ABS-CBN 2)
Kakambal Ni Eliana (GMA-7)
Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo (ABS-CBN 2)
May Isang Pangarap (ABS-CBN 2)
Mga Basang Sisiw (GMA-7)
My Little Juan (ABS-CBN 2)


Carla Abellana (My Husband's Lover / GMA-7)
Janice De Belen (Ina, Kapatid, Anak / ABS-CBN 2)
Jodi Sta. Maria (Be Careful With My Heart / ABS-CBN 2)
Judy Ann Santos (Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala / ABS-CBN 2)
Kim Chiu (Ina, Kapatid, Anak / ABS-CBN 2)
Maja Salvador (Ina, Kapatid, Anak / ABS-CBN 2)
Marian Rivera (Temptation of Wife / GMA-7)
Nora Aunor (Never Say Goodbye / TV5)


Bong Revilla, Jr. (Indio / GMA-7)
Coco Martin (Juan Dela Cruz / ABS-CBN 2)
Dennis Trillo (My Husband's Lover/ GMA-7)
John Lloyd Cruz (A Beautiful Affair/ ABS-CBN 2)
Piolo Pascual (Apoy Sa Dagat / ABS-CBN 2)
Richard Yap (Be Careful With My Heart / ABS-CBN 2)
Tom Rodriguez (My Husband's Lover/ GMA-7)


Amy Austria (Lorenzo's Time / ABS-CBN 2)
Angel Aquino (Apoy Sa Dagat / ABS-CBN 2)
Gina Pareno (Juan Dela Cruz / ABS-CBN 2)
Glydel Mercado (My Husband's Lover / GMA-7)
KC Concepcion (Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala / ABS-CBN 2)
Susan Roces (Walang Hanggan / ABS-CBN 2)
Sylvia Sanchez (Be Careful With My Heart / ABS-CBN 2)


Arjo Atayde (Dugong Buhay / ABS-CBN 2)
Arron Villaflor (Juan Dela Cruz / ABS-CBN 2)
Carlo Aquino (Annaliza / ABS-CBN 2)
Pen Medina (Bayan Ko / GMA News TV)
Roi Vinzon (My Husband's Lover / GMA-7)
Ronaldo Valdez (Ina, Kapatid, Anak / ABS-CBN 2)
Tirso Cruz III (Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala / ABS-CBN 2)


Magpakailanman (GMA-7)
Maynila (GMA-7)
Untold Stories (TV5)
Wagas (GMA News TV)


Aiai Delas Alas (MMK “Kulungan” / ABS-CBN 2)
Boots Anson Roa (MMK “Kamison” /ABS-CBN 2)
Iza Calzado (MMK “Ilog” / ABS-CBN 2)
Jane Oineza (MMK “Bimpo” / ABS-CBN 2)
Krystal Reyes (Magpakailanman “Batang Ina: The Tintin Ng Story” / GMA-7)
Nikki Gil (MMK “Ilog” / ABS-CBN 2)
Nora Aunor (Untold Stories “Tukso Ng Pag-Ibig” / TV5)


Baron Geisler (Untold Stories “Walang Hadlang Ang Bukas” / TV5)
BJ Forbes (MMK “Bulaklak” / ABS-CBN 2)
Carlo Aquino (MMK “Pulang Laso” / ABS-CBN 2)
Joem Bascon / MMK “Pulang Laso” / ABS-CBN 2)
Keempee de Leon (Magpakailanman "AngTatay Kong Beki: The Ruben Marasigan Story” / GMA-7)
Romnick Sarmenta / MMK “Rosaryo” / ABS-CBN 2)
Zaijian Jaranilla / MMK “Rosaryo” /ABS-CBN 2)


Andrea Brillantes (Annaliza / ABS-CBN 2)
Izzy Canillo (My Little Juan / ABS-CBN 2)
JB Agustin (Little Champ/ ABS-CBN 2)
Jillian Ward (Home Sweet Home / GMA-7)
Louise Abuel (Juan Dela Cruz / ABS-CBN 2)
Xyriel Manabat (Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw / ABS-CBN 2)
Zaijan Jaranilla (Lorenzo's Time /ABS-CBN 2)


Akihiro Blanco (Istorifik :Pidols Kwentong Fantastik Presents  Robin Dude / TV5)
JB Agustin (Little Champ / ABS-CBN 2)
Jerome Ponce (Be Careful With My Heart / ABS-CBN 2)
Junjun Quintana (Liwanag Sa Dapithapon / GMA News TV)
Mikoy Morales (TeenGen / GMA-7)
Ruru Madrid (Maynila: Faith In Love / GMA-7)
Vin Abrenica (Never Say Goodbye / TV5)


Aaliyah Belmoro (Goin’ Bulilit / ABS-CBN 2)
Ashley Sarmiento (Goin’ Bulilit /ABS-CBN 2)
Giana Revilla (TeenGen / GMA-7)
Janella Salvador (Be Careful With My Heart / ABS-CBN 2)
Liza Soberano (Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo / ABS-CBN 2)
Sophie Albert (Never Say Goodbye / TV5)
Thea Tolentino (TeenGen / GMA-7)


Banana Nite (ABS-CBN 2)
Banana Split: Extra Scoop (ABS-CBN 2)
Bubble Gang (GMA-7)
Gag U (Studio 23)
Goin’ Bulilit (ABS-CBN 2)
Lokomoko U (TV5)


Pepito Manoloto (GMA-7)
Toda Max (ABS CBN 2)
Vampire Ang Daddy Ko (GMA-7)


Jayson Gainza (Banana Nite / ABS-CBN 2)
Michael V (Bubble Gang / GMA-7)
Ogie Alcasid (Bubble Gang / GMA-7)
Pooh (Banana Split: Extra Scoop / ABS-CBN 2)
Robin Padilla (Toda Max / ABS-CBN 2)
Vhong Navarro (Toda Max / ABS-CBN 2)
Vic Sotto (Vampire Ang Daddy Ko / GMA-7)


Alex Gonzaga (Banana Nite / ABS-CBN 2)
Angel Locsin (Toda Max / ABS-CBN 2)
Angelica Panganiban (Banana Split: Extra Scoop / ABS-CBN 2)
Manilyn Reynes (Pepito Manoloto / GMA-7
Pokwang (Toda Max / ABS-CBN 2)
Rufa Mae Quinto (Bubble Gang / GMA-7)
Ryzza Mae Dizon (Vampire Ang Daddy Ko / GMA-7)


Party Pilipinas (GMA-7)
Sarah G. Live! (ABS-CBN 2)
Sessions On 25th Street (NET 25)
Sunday All Stars (GMA-7)
Walang Tulugan With The Master Showman (GMA-7)


It’s Showtime (ABS-CBN 2)
WilTime Big Time (TV5)
Wowowillie (TV5)


Anne Curtis (It’s Showtime / ABS-CBN 2)
Julia Clarete (Eat Bulaga! / GMA-7)
Karylle (It’s Showtime / ABS CBN 2)
Mariel Rodriguez (Wowowillie / TV5)
Pauleen Luna (Eat Bulaga! / GMA-7)
Sarah Geronimo (Sarah G Live! / ABS-CBN 2)
Toni Gonzaga (ASAP 18 / ABS-CBN 2)


Allan K (Eat Bulaga! / GMA-7)
Billy Crawford (It’s Showtime / ABS-CBN 2)
Luis Manzano (ASAP 18 / ABS-CBN 2)
Piolo Pascual (ASAP 18 / ABS-CBN 2)
Vhong Navarro (It’s Showtime / ABS-CBN 2)
Vic Sotto (Eat Bulaga! / GMA-7)
Vice Ganda (It’s Showtime / ABS-CBN 2)


Buhay OFW (Aksyon TV)
Failon Ngayon (ABS-CBN 2)
Imbestigador (GMA 7)
Pinoy True Stories: Bistado (ABS-CBN 2)
Rescue (GMA-7)
Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7)
XXX: Exklusibong Explosibong Exposé (ABS-CBN 2)


Arnold Clavio (Rescue / GMA-7)
Julius Babao, Pinky Webb, Anthony Taberna (XXX: Exklusibong Explosibong Exposé (ABS-CBN 2)
Julius Babao (Pinoy True Stories: Bistado / ABS-CBN 2)
Karen Davila (Pinoy True Stories:  Engkuwentro / ABS-CBN 2)        
Mike Enriquez (Imbestigador / GMA-7)
Ted Failon (Failon Ngayon / ABS-CBN 2)
Vicky Morales (Wish Ko Lang / GMA-7)


Istorifik: Pidols Kwentong Fantastik (TV5)
One Day, Isang Araw (GMA-7)
Pidol's Wonderland (TV5)
Third Eye (TV5)
Wansapanataym (ABS-CBN 2)


Boracay Bodies (TV5)
Extra Challenge (GMA-7)
Karenderia Wars (TV5)
Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break (GMA-7)


Dingdong Dantes, Jennylyn Mercado, Carla Abellana, Maxene Magalona (Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break / GMA-7)
Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo (Master Chef Pinoy Edition / ABS-CBN 2)
Marian Rivera, Richard Gutierrez, Boobay (Extra Challenge / GMA-7)
Marvin Agustin (Karinderia Wars / TV5)
Phoemela Baranda (Boracay Bodies / TV5)


Celebrity Bluff (GMA-7)
Game ‘N Go (TV5)
Jeepney Jackpot, Pera O Para (TV5)
Manny Many Prizes (GMA-7)
Ready, Set, Laban (GMA-7)
Show Up: Ang Bagong Game Show Ng Bayan (NBN 4)


Edu Manzano, Joey de Leon, Arnell Ignacio, Gelli de Belen, Shalani Soledad-Romulo, Daniel Matsunaga, Monika Sta. Maria, Jeffrey Espiritu (Game ‘N Go / TV5)
Eugene Domingo, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola (Celebrity Bluff / GMA-7)
Luis Manzano (Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal / ABS-CBN 2)
Manny Paquiao, Rhian Ramos, Isabelle Daza, GladysGuevarra, Paolo Contis, Benjie Paras, Onyok Velasco, Mike "Pekto" Nacua, John Feir, Moymoy Palaboy, Via Antonio (Manny Many Prizes / GMA-7)
Mr. Fu, Valeen Montenegro, Saida Diola, Alison Andres (Jeepney Jackpot, Pera O Para / TV5)
Ogie Alcasid (Ready, Set, Laban / GMA-7)
Vic Sotto (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire / TV5)

Continue reading HERE.

Typhoon Yolanda Damages the Philippines (Photos)

Typhoon Yolanda Damages the Philippines (Photos)

Huge waves caused by the winds brought by super Typhoon Yolanda battered seawalls and caused boats to overturn. However, rescuers wasted no time in aiding unlucky seafarers stranded on vessels.

In other areas, Filipinos helped each other take houses to safer areas, much as they did in decades past. However, instead of nipa huts, they transported homes made of metal and wood.

As Yolanda, said to be one of the world’s strongest typhoons, continues to whip the country, Filipinos pledged they would survive and carry on.

Weather bureau PAGASA said Yolanda made landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Samar at 4:40 a.m.

Yolanda was packing maximum sustained winds of 235 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 275 kph.

Atom Araullo Braves Typhoon Yolanda Video

Atom Araullo Braves Typhoon Yolanda Video

Watch how ABS-CBN news reporter Atom Araullo braves super typhoon Yolanda as it wreak havoc the province of Tacloban on Friday morning just to deliver the news - right on time, from where it actually happens.

Be The First to Own iPhone5s and iPhone5c Only From SMART

Be The First to Own iPhone5s and iPhone5c Only From SMART

iPhone 5

Smart announced it will offer iPhone 5s, the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, and iPhone 5c, the most colorful iPhone yet, to customers beginning November 15, 2013. iPhone 5c is available at P1,499/mo. while iPhone 5s at P1,799/mo.

Launching its online reservation and service application page (, Smart revealed today that it is offering its widest range of postpaid plans for the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c – giving subscribers flexible options to easily own the latest iPhones with the country’s most advanced mobile service network and widest LTE coverage.

“Our subscribers have been keenly anticipating our iPhone plans. The good news is we’re offering a wide range of choices so they can select the plan that will best suit their lifestyle and let them experience the full capabilities of their phone – whether they need fast web browsing, extensive multimedia streaming or frequent use of data-driven applications.” said Kathy Carag, head of Smart’s postpaid business group.

The iPhone 5s (16GB, 32GB, 64GB) and iPhone 5c (16GB, 32GB) will be offered under Smart Postpaid’s Freedom Plan, All-In Plans 500, 800, 1200, 1800 and 2500; iPhone Plans 999 and 2499; and UnliData Plans 1500, 2000 and 3000. Subscribers can enjoy premium perks and services when they avail of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c with Smart Infinity Plans 3500, 5000 and 8000.

Subscribers can get any color of the iPhone 5c (16 GB) for only P1,499 a month with the iPhone Plan 999 (P999 monthly service fee plus P500 device amortization via credit card). iPhone Plan 999 already comes with 40 free call minutes, 100 free SMS and unlimited data connection.

For those who need more free voice and text credits, the iPhone 5c (16 GB) can be availed with an UnliData Plan 1500 with a P2,500 cash-out. The UnliData Plan 1500 comes with unlimited data connection plus 60 free all-net minutes and 120 free all-net SMS.

Meanwhile, those interested in the iPhone 5s can get the 16GB model for only P1,799 a month with the iPhone Plan 999 (P999 monthly service fee plus P800 device amortization via credit card).

The iPhone 5s (16GB) is also available at UnliData Plan 2000 with a P2,500 cash-out. UnliData Plan 2000 comes with unlimited data connection plus 150 free all-net minutes and 200 free all-net SMS.

For Smart Infinity subscribers, the iPhone 5s (16GB) at Plan 5000 comes with 2 VIP tickets to Wicked or PhP14,000 worth of gift certificates. Plan 8000 subscribers meanwhile get both the iPhone 5s (32GB) and iPhone 5C (16GB).

We are very excited to offer the most forward-thinking and the most-colorful iPhones to our subscribers. With Smart’s flexible postpaid plan selections and unbeatable LTE-powered network, we’re committed to bringing the best iPhone experience to Filipinos who want superior network service in order to get the most from their devices,” added Carag.

Carag said that exclusive offers await those who will subscribe to Smart’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c packages on November 15th. She added that existing Smart Postpaid subscribers who wish to subscribe to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c package but are still under contract may opt for Smart’s WipeOut program where they can upgrade to an iPhone without waiting for their active contract to expire.

The complete Smart Prepaid and Smart Postpaid pricing details for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are as follows (click image to enlarge):


Postpaid plans (except Freedom Plan with no lock-out period) are subject to 24-month contract.

*Freedom Plan subscription comes with free 250mb data for the first 12 months.

Customers can sign-up starting today at For information on iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c packages for Smart Infinity, please visit For more information on iPhone, please visit:

For new subscribers, here’s an infographic on how you can get the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c (click image to enlarge):

Infographic - Smart New Subscribers

On the other hand, if you’re an existing Smart postpaid subscriber and would like to get the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c via retention plan, click here:

Infographic - Smart Retention Subscribers

For more information please visit

Megan Young Narrates Near Death Experience in Haiti (Video)

Megan Young Narrates Near Death Experience in Haiti (Video)

An emotional Megan Young recalled the collapse of an orphanage in Haiti she visited along with Miss World chairperson Julia Morley on October 31, 2013.

The incident took place at a Port Au Prince orphanage. According to the Miss World website, some 20 children crowded around the newly-crowned Miss World during the visit on the second floor of the building, before the floor they were standing gave way. The fall left Morley and one of the children, Jonathan, with fractures on the hip and leg, respectively.

The 23-year-old beauty queen, in a video posted on the pageant's official website Thursday, referred to the accident as a "traumatic experience."

Things didn't go exactly as planned today. The team, everyone involved, the kids, we ended up in a traumatic experience. The orphanage that we went to wasn't stable enough for us.

"We went up the stairs, and within seconds, the platform just fell. We fell down, the whole Miss World team, me, the kids that I was with.

"And this is the reason why we do this. This is the reason why we have Beauty with a Purpose. It's to help these kids, and it's to make them feel comfort, that they're loved, and that [they are important].

"At one moment, you're greeting these kids, you're all happy, they're happyAnd then the next second, you're falling down and y. ou don't even know what to do, you're all in shock.

"I think this is even more realization for people. I mean, this is where they live. This is what they go through everyday. And imagine if we hadn't been there to help them, or to realize the state of their home, that it wasn't that safe.

"I think it's more of a reason for us to reach out and to help them in what they need. It's not just here in Haiti, it's all over the world - whether it be in the Philippines or any other place. These kids need attention, and they need that help."

Matteo Guidicelli Experiences Life of Para-Athletes in ‘I Dare You’

Matteo Guidicelli Experiences Life of Para-Athletes in ‘I Dare You’

Viewers will get to see a different Matteo Guidicelli in an inspiring and action-packed episode of “I Dare You” this Saturday (November 9) where he gets to experience the life of an athlete with disability.

Known as a very active triathlete, the actor got the challenge of a lifetime when he went through a series of real-life tasks without one of his legs. “I Dare You” even challenged Matteo to undergo triathlon training as a part of a relay triathlon team with Bidang Kapamilya Al Gutierrez, an amputee. Matteo was even pushed to his limits after his supposed teammate, actress Aubrey Miles quit from the challenge, and was thus forced to carry the burden of being both the team’s runner and swimmer. Matteo had to train hard to compete in a real triathlon against seasoned triathletes, all while juggling around his tapings. Matteo and Al showed the usual dedication and hardwork required of athletes, but were they able to finish the race? 

Watch “I Dare You Season 2” with John Prats, Deniesse Aguilar, Robi Domingo, and Melai Cantiveros Saturday night (Nov 9) after “Maalaala Mo Kaya.” 

For updates, like or follow @IDareYouS2 on Twitter and @idareyouofficial on Instagram.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Miss Universe 2013 Hosts, Judges Announced

Miss Universe 2013 Hosts, Judges Announced

Rock icon Steven Tyler and Russian supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna are among the members of the live telecast board of judges for Miss Universe 2013 finals this November 9 in Moscow, Russia.

The Miss Universe Organization announced the roster of celebrities and experts who will judge the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® Competition, airing Saturday, Nov. 9 on NBC (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) from Crocus City Hall in Moscow.

The panel of judges includes:

Steven Tyler (American), Aerosmith’s front man and lead singer

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa (Japanese), Acclaimed chef proprietor of Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants

Tara Lipinski (American), Gold medal figure skater and 2014 Winter Olympics figure skating analyst for NBC Olympics’ multi-platform coverage

Carol Alt (American), TV personality, star of Fox News Channel’s ‘A HEALTHY YOU AND CAROL ALT’, international supermodel, actress, author, entrepreneur and raw-food enthusiast

Anne Vyalitsyna (Russian), Supermodel, actress, philanthropist and mentor on Oxygen’s upcoming season of “The Face” with nine consecutive appearances in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

Farouk Shami (Palestinean-American), Founder of Farouk Systems, Inc. makers of CHI and presenting hair care sponsor of the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® Competition

Italo Fontana (Italian), Pioneering designer of U-BOAT Watches

Philip Kirkorov (Russian), iconic Russian pop-star

In addition to his judging duties, Steven Tyler will take the stage for a special performance. Tyler and the celebrity judges join an exciting broadcast that includes performances by Grammy-nominated band Panic! At The Disco and international recording artist EMIN.

As previously announced, Thomas Roberts, anchor of (“MSNBC Live”) and Melanie Brown, best known to audiences as Mel B (“America’s Got Talent”), will co-host the pageant. Jeannie Mai, recognized for her fashion segments on NBC’s “Today,” will serve as commentator.

Throughout the MISS UNIVERSE Competition, contestants representing 86 countries will compete in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The telecast concludes with Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo crowning her successor.

Italian swimwear and lingerie designer Yamamay will unveil their official Miss Universe collection during the worldwide telecast by featuring a one-of-a-kind emerald, ruby and diamond swimsuit valued at one million dollars. The new Miss Universe will be photographed in the million dollar suit the day after the event.

Fans can vote their favorite contestant into the semifinals through the Miss Universe Fan Vote sponsored by High 5 Games. Voting will take place now through November 8 by logging on to or

Meanwhile, the judges for the preliminary competition (they will determine who among the 86 contestants will enter the Top 16) are Irina Agalarov, Jose Sariego, Corinne Nicolas, David Perozzi, Elena Semikina, Alicia Quarles and Gabriel Rivera. - Miss Universe Press Release

Arnold Clavio Releases Apology on Rude Interview with Napoles Lawyer; "Unang Hirit" Summons by MTRCB

Arnold Clavio Releases Apology on Rude Interview with Napoles Lawyer; "Unang Hirit" Summons by MTRCB

Arnold Clavio, during the Wednesday episode of Unang Hirit, asked for understanding for his recent interview with lawyer Atty. Alfredo Villamor, a day after the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) set a hearing with GMA-7' morning program's management to tackle the "alarming language and scenes" in its November 5 telecast where Clavio's phone interview with Villamor on the phone regarding businesswoman Janet Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the controversial P10-billion pork barrel scam  was tagged as "rude" and "impatient" by televiewers.

Mga Kapuso, sa mga nakapanuod po sa naging interview ko nung Martes, ang tanging intensyon po lamang tulad po ninyo ay makakuha ng impormasyon mula kay Atty. Alfredo Villamor patungkol po sa pagpunta ni Misis Janet Lim-Napoles sa Senado.

Sa ngayon, siya lamang ang kilala naming natitirang abogado ni Janet Lim-Napoles kaya siya lamang po ang kinausap namin na umaasang makakakuha ng impormasyon tungkol sa nasabing Senate hearing.

"Sa sidhi kong malaman niyo ang balita, inaamin ko po na lumagpas ako sa aking limitasyon at humihingi ako ng unawa kung may nasabi man akong na wala sa lugar. Maraming salamat po."

According to MTRCB Chairperson Atty. Eugenio Villareal, "Unang Hirit" is under the jurisdiction of the MTRCB as it is registered as a public affairs program, which was given a "Parental Guidance" (PG) rating.

Villareal explained that the supposedly "alarming" interview will be tackled in the November 11 hearing in relation to "community standards."

Now, 'yung segment na ito na onscreen conversation with a lawyer, per their own records ay public affairs. Eh naka-embed 'yan doon sa programang 'yun. Certainly, may posibilidad always na may mga batang manonood na baka mapulot ito at cause of concern para sa atin 'yan.

"Kailangang may respeto kahit kanino man. Dahil nga ang binigay na rating dito ay PG, ibig sabihin niyan, alam nating may batang manonood. At 'yung ibibigay nating ehemplo sa kanila sa... ay kung paano tayo nakikipag-usap sa nagiging guest o nai-interview.

And we're here actually to help dahil magandang pag-usapan na ito dahil ang segment ay nasa kalagitnaan ng public affairs program. Paano natin maso-solve? At pa'no maiiwasan? At sinong responsable? Kaya nga nagpatawag kami ng isang conference kung saan maaring ilahad ang nangyari, pa'no ma-prevent, at best practices,"




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