Saturday, April 12, 2014

Meteor Garden Pinoy Version: Daniel Padilla, James Reid, Enrique Gil, Sam Concepcion and Kathryn Bernardo

Meteor Garden Pinoy Version: Daniel Padilla, James Reid, Enrique Gil, Sam Concepcion and Kathryn Bernardo


If Kathryn Bernardo portrays the role of Pinay Shan Cai in the Philippine version of hit Taiwan series "Meteor Garden," who do you think best fit the role of her Dao Ming Si?

James Reid?

Sam Concepcion?

Enrique Gil?

Daniel Padilla?

Watch below:


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Live Stream: Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 Vindication Boxing Fight (Video)

Live Stream: Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 Vindication Boxing Fight (Video)


Philippine boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO) face off for the second time with American boxer Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) for their rematch this April 13 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Watch below:



Pacquiao vs. Bradley Weigh-in Results:

Manny Pacquiao: 145 lbs
Timothy Bradley: 145.5 lbs

Undercard Weigh-in Results:

Raymundo Beltran: 134.5 lbs
Arash Usmanee: 135 lbs

Khabib Allakhverdiev: 139.5 lbs
Jessie Vargas: 140 lbs

Bryan Vasquez: 130 lbs
Jose Felix Jr:. 130 lbs

Adrian Perez: 130 lbs
Oscar Valdez: 129 lbs

Pubilo Pena: 162 lbs
Esquiva Falcao: 161 lbs

Joe McCreedy: 173 lbs
Seanie Monaghan: 175 lbs

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Lea Salonga Face-Off with Anne Curtis on ASAP's "Best of the Best" Episode

Lea Salonga Face-Off with Anne Curtis on ASAP's "Best of the Best" Episode


After the historical airing of its 1000th episode last week, the country’s longest-running and award-winning musical variety show will give TV viewers an early Holy Week treat through its ‘best of the best’ episode this Sunday (April 13) to be led by Lea Salonga and Anne Curtis.

Joining them in their jaw-dropping concert spectacle are Jim Paredes and Buboy Garovillo of APO Hiking Society, and international singer John Ford Coley.

Prepare for world-class vocal performances from Martin Nievera, ZsaZsa Padilla, Sarah Geronimo, Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga, Vina Morales, Lani Misalucha, Bamboo, Charice and Gary Valenciano.

Fall in love with special treats from box-office love teams ‘Kimxi’ with Kim Chiu and Xian Lim, and ‘Kathniel’ with Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

Get ready for fun-filled performances from teen stars Julia Barretto, Janella Salvador, Ella Cruz, Andrea Brillantes, Nathaniel Britt, Liza Soberano, Yves Flores, Alex Diaz, Kristel Fulgar, Ingrid Dela Paz, Bugoy Cariño, Brenna Peñaflor, and Nash Aguas, Jon Lucas, John Immanuel Bermundo, Grae Fernandez, and Henry Arquiza of Gimme 5.

Groove to the beat with the breathtaking Supahdance showcase of KC Concepcion, Sam Milby, Cristine Reyes, Enrique Gil, Gerald Anderson, Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao, Iya Villania, John Prats, Enchong Dy, Sam Concepcion, Gab Valenciano, with Universal Motion Dancers’ Marco Mckinley, James and Jim Salas, Maneuvers’ Jon Supan, Joshua and Jason Zamora, and Streetboys’ Jhong Hilario, Danilo Barrios, and Vhong Navarro; and a special Supahdance showdown between Jeron Teng, Jeric Teng, and Arnold Van Opstal.

Meanwhile, witness powerful song numbers from ‘ASAP HD’ with Morissette, Klarisse, and Angeline, Jed Madela, Erik Santos, Yeng Constantino, Radha, Janice, Tutti Caringal, and the ASAP Sessionistas.

Don’t miss the country’s longest-running, award-winning variety show, “ASAP 19,” this Sunday, 12:15nn, on ABS-CBN.

For viewers who want to purchase ASAP official merchandise, simply visit the ABS-CBN Store located at the ground floor of ELJ building in Quezon City, or visit ABSCBNstore.shopinas.com and MyRegalo.com.

Visit ASAP.abs-cbn.com to hang-out live with stars at ASAP Chill-Out. Also join the fun at “ASAP 19′s” official social networking accounts at Facebook.com/asapofficial and Twitter.com/ASAPOFFICIAL, and know the latest happenings in “ASAP 19” by tweeting the hashtag #ASAPRefresh.

Win P8,000 Just By Liking this Facebook Link #WranglerSunChaser

Win P8,000 Just By Liking this Facebook Link #WranglerSunChaser 


With Wrangler's Sun Chaser Challenge, you can have the chance to be the best adventurer you could be. Joining is easy.  Every week, Wrangler will challenge you to conquer new territory and share your adventures on Instagram using the hashtag #WranglerSunChaser and hola! you might be rewarded as the week’s best adventurer with P8,000 worth of cash vouchers. One lucky winner will also get to win the regional finale prize of a 5-day trip to a destination of choice. 

“Wrangler Sun Chaser Challenge” is a month long event that aims to bring out your adventurous spirit, urge you to leave all daily banalities behind and chase new horizons. Live across 9 countries in the Asia Pacific region, from April 14 – May 11, this is a true regional hunt for the ultimate adventurer among Wrangler 's dedicated fans. 

Every challenge is closely linked to Wrangler’s core product propositions –  its 7 Icons heritage which was built for the rider, makes every piece of Wrangler attire what it is today; the Denim Spa series that pampers the girl on the go; Keep Cool with COOLMAX® technology to keep you fresh under the hot sweltering summer sun. Each product was engineered to support you on the open road, so we’re challenging you to explore and be creative. 

So whether you long dream of travelling the country's top destination spots or travelling as far as South East Asia, Europe, or the US, Wrangler will help you make that dream a reality. #WranglerSunChaser

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Half Pinay Malaya Watson Leaves American Idol 13

Half Pinay Malaya Watson Leaves American Idol 13


Malaya Watson has been eliminated on American Idol 13 live elimination night on April 10 (Friday in Manila).

The 16-year-old half-Pinay singer ended up in the bottom 2 together with CJ Harris but eventually bowed out of the show after getting the lowest votes.

During AI's Top 8 performance night on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), Malaya performed a Chaka Khan's hit "Through the Fire" as the finalists sang songs from the 1980s.

Watch below:


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TV5 Princesses Sophie Albert, Danielle Lee and Chanel Morales for Sense & Style Magazine Cover

TV5 Princesses Sophie Albert, Danielle Lee and Chanel Morales for Sense & Style Magazine Cover


TV5 Princesses Danielle Lee, Sophie Albert, and Chanel Morales graced the cover of Sense & Style Magazine April 2014 issue.

Danielle, Sophie, and Chanel together with Stephanie Rowe and Valeen Montenegro will soon be  seen on the Philippine version of the hit international series "Pretty Little Liars" airing soon on TV5.

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Solenn Heussaff Causes Mall Disturbance (Video) #SolennEscapades

Solenn Heussaff Causes Mall Disturbance (Video) #SolennEscapades


Solenn Heussaff shocks mall goers when she suddenly appeared wearing a sexy red leather armor.....in her quest to get ePins. 

Let Solenn teach you how you can get anything what you want within arm's reach. Watch the video below:


#SolennEscapades

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Solaire Elevates "Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2: Vindication" Live Boxing Fight Viewing

Solaire Elevates "Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2: Vindication" Live Boxing Fight Viewing


Solaire Resort and Casino brings another ultimate viewing experience this Sunday as it airs live the much-anticipated "Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2: Vindication" boxing fight at the Solaire Grand Ballroom on April 13, 2014 (Sunday), 9:00 AM.

With actual ring set-up, high-definition stadium screens, live commentators, live ring girls, live barker, free-flowing food and drinks, Solaire airs the fight straight from MGM Las Vagas for the title fight of the WBO Welterweight Championship between Pinoy boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and American boxer Timothy Bradley. 

To join, you may buy your tickets now at the Solaire Concierge and Ticket World (www.ticketworld.com.ph). For more information, please call (+632) 888.8888.

#SolaireVindictation

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Anne Curtis Faces Tax Evasion Case?

Anne Curtis Faces Tax Evasion Case?


Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares has confirmed that the agency's legal and enforcement officials met with Anne Curtis on Thursday, April 10.

According to the Commissioner, Anne unexpectedly showed up at the main office of the BIR in Quezon City to discuss the letter of authority (LOA) issued against the Kapamilya actress by the National Investigation Division.

According to reports, Anne is allegedly facing a tax fraud investigation after record shows that Anne was number 50 in the list of top individual taxpayers for 2012, paying a total of P19.1 million in income tax.

The BIR explained that Anne’s payment covered purely income for self employment and practice of profession using BIR income tax form number 1701.

Aside from her show business, Anne is also generating huge income as a popular endorser of a wide range of consumer products.

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“It’s Showtime” Lenten Special Features 5 Inspiring Real-Life Stories of Former Contestants

 “It’s Showtime” Lenten Special Features 5 Inspiring Real-Life Stories of Former Contestants


The hosts of the country’s number one noontime show “It’s Showtime” will venture into acting once again to inspire viewers in its Holy Week drama special that airs this Monday until Wednesday (April 14-16).

On Monday, catch the life story of “Stars on 45” grand champion Haydee Manosca, to be portrayed by Karylle, and second runner-up Charlie Fry, to be portrayed by Billy Crawford.

Vice Ganda, meanwhile, will showcase his dramatic chops on Tuesday to bring to life what “Stars on 45” wildcard finalist Reuben Quilantang had to go through before taking the limelight on the “Showtime” stage.

For the first time ever, Coleen Garcia will depict a lesbian in the life story of “That’s My Tomboy” finalist Chucks Ledbetter on Wednesday. This will be followed by the inspiring tale of Vhong Navarro “Kalokalike” Mark Tyler Dela Cruz. The character will be played by Vhong himself, who remarked that he didn’t expect he would find it hard to interpret and act out his Kalokalike’s life experiences.

Also featured in the drama special are hosts Jhong Hilario, Kuya Kim Atienza, Teddy Corpuz, Jugs Jugueta, Ryan Bang, and Eruption, and some of the industry’s most veteran actors and actresses as special guests in roles that are sure to touch viewers’ hearts.

Don’t miss “It’s Showtime’s” Holy Week Special, 12:30 PM this Monday to Wednesday (April 14-16) on ABS-CBN. For updates on the program, follow @ItsShowtimena on Twitter, @ItsShowtimeOfficial_IG on Instagram, or like www.facebook.com/itsShowtimena. For more exclusive photos and videos, visit “It’s Showtime’s” official website itsshowtime.abs-cbn.com.

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GMA-7 and ABS-CBN Win at the 2014 New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards

GMA-7 and ABS-CBN Win at the 2014 New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards


Philippine TV was once again gain international recognition.

In the recently concluded 2014 New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards in Las Vegas, GMA Network and ABS-CBN were selected among the top winners from thousands of entries received from over 50 countries

GMA Network clinched seven world medals which include one gold, three silver, three bronze medals and four finalist certificates. 

ABS-CBN, on the other hand, bagged silver medal, a bronze medal and three finalist certificates.

GMA Network:

Tunay na Buhay: "Mga Sanggol at Langaw (Infants Among Flies)" - Gold World Medal
Tropang Potchi: "Talaandig Tribe" - Silver World Medal
Reel Time: “Silang Wala sa Mapa” - Silver World Medal
Brigada: “Gintong Krudo at Sipa ng Pag-asa” - Silver World
News TV Quick Response Team  - Bronze World Medal
Front Row: “Lusong Dunong” - Bronze World Medal
GMA News “Dapat Tama” advocacy campaign - Bronze World Medal
GMA News “Photographs of Typhoon Pablo” - Finalist Certificate
I-Witness: “Ganito Tayo Noong Martial Law” -  Finalist Certificate
GMA News & Public Affairs’ election project Camera Juan - Finalist Certificate
GMA Program Support Department’s advocacy campaign Diploma - Finalist Certificate


ABS-CBN:

Agosto Beinte-Uno: Ang Pagpatay kay Ninoy Aquino - Silver World Medal
Failon Ngayon: "Tagas ng Minahan" - Bronze World Medal
Matanglawin: Elephants -  Finalist Certificate
"Sprout" promotional plug - Finalist Certificate
Agosto Beinte-Uno: Ang Pagpatay Kay Ninoy Aquino - Finalist Certificate

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Sam Concepcion Admits Unfortunate Encounter with Anne Curtis: "Yes, it did happen."

Sam Concepcion Admits Unfortunate Encounter with Anne Curtis: "Yes, it did happen.


Sam Concepcion finally speaks about his controversial encounter with Anne Curtis, the older sister of his rumored girlfriend, Jasmine, during Vice Ganda's birthday party at 71 Gramercy in Century City Mall, Makati City (read related post HERE).

Speaking with reporters shortly after a press conference for his new endorsement, Chef's Noodles, at Robinson's Magnolia in Quezon City, Sam confirmed the incident saying, "We did see each other and we did talk. Of course, I understand where she's coming from. I understand what she's saying. I understand that... kasi katulad din, gano'n, if I had a little sister, siyempre I will look out for my sister. Siyempre all of that has valid reasons."

Anne, was allegedly drunk at the party when he attacked and told Sam "Why are you here? Who invited you? You are not classy enough to be here!" Reports also insisted that Anne also asked Sam: "Ba't mo niloloko ang kapatid ko?"

Asked if he was surprised when Anne approached him at the party, the 21-year-old actor-singer said, "Siyempre, opo, it was a surprise. Wala naman po sa aming ini-expect na... It was a surprise."

"But 'yun nga, she has her reasons, whatever reason. Siyempre, family po 'yun ni Jasmine, e, so maiintindihan ko po. And I really respect her. I respect Anne, I respect her family," he said.

Sam was also asked if he felt he was "humiliated" by Anne, as alleged in the report, and whether the actress seemed drunk when she spoke with him.

"Hindi ko alam. Kasi minsan mahirap... malilito ka na rin sa mga nangyayari. Tsaka sa daming lumalabas... So totoo lang po, I'm really overwhelmed by all of this," he said.

"Ako po kasi, I'm very understanding of people," he added, when asked if how he felt when Anne talked to him. "Parang wala rin kasi akong space to feel that way (humiliated) kasi I'm really doing it for Jas. And siyempre I will go through whatever for her."

Asked if he has already spoken with Anne after the incident, Sam said he reached out to the "Dyesebel" star to clarify things.

"Siyempre, as the guy - I'm the one courting Jas, ako 'yung nanliligaw, 'di ba - whatever the situation, it's always the guy who has to make an effort. Iyon talaga 'yung stand ko, so siyempre, like I said, gagawin ko naman po lahat for Jasmine."

"The important part is we're okay. Okay po kami ni Anne, ni Jasmine," Concepcion said, adding he remains in good terms with Jasmine's other family members, including mom Carmencita.

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Dismissed: Deniece Cornejo Rape Case Against Vhong Navarro Junks by DOJ

Dismissed: Deniece Cornejo Rape Case Against Vhong Navarro Junks by DOJ


The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday, April 10, dismissed the rape complaint filed by Deniece Cornejo against Vhong Navarro.

The DOJ, in a 42-page resolution dated April 4, 2014, said it was very difficult to comprehend how Vhong could have raped Deniece, noting that there was not even a single scratch on the model.

The panel noted that Deniece’s claim that she was pinned down on the bed by Vhong, who then removed his shorts, demonstrates physical improbability.

The DOJ further said that Deniece was unable to provide a logical story and therefore the panel found no probable cause to indict Vhong for the crime of rape.

Aside from the dismissal of the rape complaint, the DOJ has also found probable cause to charge Cornejo, Cedric Lee, Bernice Lee, Simeon Raz, Fedinand Guerrero, Jose Paolo Calma and Jeff Fernandez for the crimes of serious illegal detention and grave coercion. 

The resolution states that on January 22 up to the wee hours of January 23, the group of Cedric deprived Vhong of his liberty, which is a primary element of the crime of serious illegal detention. The case is now filed before the Taguig Regional Trial Court.

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Celebrity Dance Battle Cycle 2 Contestants Showdown Starts April 12 on TV5

Celebrity Dance Battle Cycle 2 Contestants Showdown Starts April 12 on TV5


TV5’s Celebrity Dance Battle is giving our Kapatid viewers another reason to stay home on a Saturday night as it introduces the new batch of celebrities who will join its Cycle 2 Edition.

After providing an exciting line up of celebrities who competed during Cycle 1 where PBA Star Gary ‘El Granada’ David reigned as the ‘Cycle 1 Champion,’ Celebrity Dance Battle is once again introducing a new set of interesting personalities who will surely be loved by the viewers.

Leading the batch is sexy actress Iwa Moto who is returning to show business by dancing her way to the dance floor of Celebrity Dance Battle. Iwa Moto will prove Kapatid viewers that she is still every inch of a dance vixen.   Meanwhile, radio and TV host/personality Shalala is out to show and surprise everyone that he too can compete in a dance battle showdown. Fil-Brit model and Juan Direction member, Brian Wilson on the other hand will definitely make every girl scream in excitement as he does his moves on the dance floor. Lastly, comebacking 80s star, Tina Paner will prove that aside from being a versatile actress and singer, she can still make waves on the floor.

For the coming weeks, Iwa Moto, Shalala, Brian Wilson and Tina Paner will try to get the nod and approval of Celebrity Dance Battle judges composed of Dance Guru Douglas Nierras, Dancing Queen Edna Ledesma, Dance Diva G. Toengi and America’s Next Top Model Runner-up Allison Harvard. Who among these four celebrities will become the Cycle 2 Champion? 

Hosted by THE one and only Dance Goddess of Philippine television, Ms. Lucy Torres-Gomez together with the Semerad twins, Anthony and David, Celebrity Dance Battle airs on TV5 every Saturday, 7:45pm.

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Sharlene San Pedro, Jairus Aquino, and Francis Magundayao Love Triangle Ends this Saturday

Sharlene San Pedro, Jairus Aquino, and Francis Magundayao Love Triangle Ends this Saturday


Kapamilya teen stars Sharlene San Pedro, Jairus Aquino, and Francis Magundayao will double up the fun and romance this Saturday (April 12) in the last episode of their “Wansapanataym” special, ‘Si Lulu at Si Lily Liit.’

As Dondie (Paul Salas) locks up Lily (Sharlene) in his home, Lulu (also portrayed by Sharlene) joins forces with Harvey (Jairus) and Adrian (Francis) to help her in saving her twin sister. Will Dondie finally set Lily free when he realizes how important her family and friends are to her? In the end, will sisters Lulu and Lily, and brothers Harvey and Adrian learn to accept and forgive each other despite their differences? Also starring in ‘Si Lulu at Si Lily Liit’ are Desiree del Valle, Assunta de Rossi, John Lapus, Ron Morales, John Medina, JB Agustin, at Nikki Bagaporo. It was written by Noreen Capili and directed by Manny Palo. 

Don’t miss the last episode of Sharlene, Jairus, and Francis’ month-long special in the 2014 Gandingan Awards’ Best Development-Oriented Children’s Program, “Wansapanataym” this Saturday, 6:45pm, after “Bet On Your Baby” in ABS-CBN. 

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Judy Ann-Santos New Hairstyle Hit Among Working Moms

Judy Ann-Santos New Hairstyle Hit Among Working Moms


Judy Ann-Santos Agoncillo, who hosts the country’s cutest game show “Bet On Your Baby,” made the move of giving everyone a surprise by putting on a new hairdo when her game show started last year.

This change was something that gained a lot of praise for Judy Ann - especially among mothers on social media - as it was able to show her unfading charm. A lot of women followed after her and bravely had their locks cut to copy her look.

This summer, Judy Ann’s hairstyle definitely fits the season, as it is fresh and practically for working moms like herself and she missed having her hair as short as it was ten years ago.

In an Instagram post, Judy Ann also showed her short hair with her good friend Sarah Geronimo who also cut her hair just recently.

This Saturday (April 12), summer goes into the Baby Dome as well, where “Bet On Your Baby” brings in baby Rhi-rhi Ancheta, the daughter of a businessman from Mandaluyong; baby Gian Bulaon, the son of a househusband from Tondo; and baby Jillian Hansen, whose father is an fisherman based in America.

Will one of these babies follow in the footsteps of Leroi Alba who was able to take home the P1 million jackpot prize two Saturdays ago?

Catch “Bet On Your Baby,” airing on Saturdays on ABS-CBN. For updates, visit and like “Bet On Your Baby” on Facebook (www.facebook.com/betonyourbabyph ) and follow @betonyourbabyph on Twitter or betonyourbabyphilippines on Instagram. For comments on the show, don’t forget to use the hashtag #BetOnYourBabyPH.

Matteo Guidicelli Shares Videos of Why He Caught Sarah Geronimo's Attention

Matteo Guidicelli Shares Videos of Why He Caught Sarah Geronimo's Attention



Matteo Guidicelli, in Mentos Mix Thrillogy webisodes, shows what could possibly made Sarah Geronimo fall in love with him.
 
Watch below:

Matteo Guidicelli as “The Italian Lover”


Matteo Guidicelli as “The Boy Next Door”



Matteo Guidicelli as “Action Star”



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Stars of TV5’s “Tropa Mo Ko Unli” All Set to Invade Abu Dhabi and Dubai Live This Weekend

Stars of TV5’s “Tropa Mo Ko Unli” All Set to Invade Abu Dhabi and Dubai Live This Weekend


The crazy-fun main cast of TV5's weekly comedy and gag program, Tropa Mo Ko Unli, will be holding two grand shows for their Abu Dhabi and Dubai-based fans tomorrow, April 11, and on Saturday, April 12.  

Overseas Filipinos based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be in for a special treat as some of their favorite TV5 stars will be performing in two grand shows this April 11 (at the Al Jaheli Theatre, Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel, Abu Dhabi, beginning 6:30pm) and on April 12 (at the Boracay Club, Asiana Hotel, Dubai, beginning 7:00pm).

These two special shows, which will be free for admission for all current Orbit Showtime (OSN) subscribers, will be led by the main cast of TV5’s weekly comedy and gag program, Tropa Mo Ko Unli, with Ogie Alcasid, Gelli de Belen, Alwyn Uytingco, Wendell Ramos, Ritz Azul, Valeen Montenegro, Edgar Allan Guzman, and Empoy, together with the show’s guest, Iwa Motto. In addition, the shows will also be free for admission for those who will sign-up for an OSN subscription in the venue proper.

Both shows are part of TV5 International’s way of thanking and celebrating with the Filipino viewers based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, after it was recently recognized as the second most watched Pinoy channel in the Middle East and North Africa, in just a matter of 3 years.

Aside from this, the main cast of Tropa Mo Ko Unli is also set to tape some segments in the various must-see places in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which will eventually be aired in the program’s special summer episodes.

Tropa Mo Ko Unli airs every Saturday at 7:30pm, only on TV5.


Earth To Echo: Will You Believe Their Story?

Earth To Echo: Will You Believe Their Story?



After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever.

Showing on July 2014 in Philippine theaters, “Earth To Echo” is released and distributed by Captive Cinema.

Disney's “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Posters

Disney's “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Posters


The teaser posters for Disney's 3D animated comedy-adventure “Planes: Fires & Rescue” have just been launched online. Both one-sheets carry the tagline, “When Others Fly Out, Heroes Fly In.”
The sequel to last year's box-office hit “Planes” (grossing more than $200 million worldwide), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire.

When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. 




Opening across the Philippines on August 20, 2014, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


Aljur Abrenica Stages an Impromptu Concert to Raise Cancer Awareness

Aljur Abrenica Stages an Impromptu Concert to Raise Cancer Awareness


Weeks after celebrating his birthday with the scholars of World Vision, Kapuso actor Aljur Abrenica has once again proven that he is more than just a hunk with a handsome face. He also has a big heart, one that is willing to help people in any way that he can when he wowed the bystanders of Eastwood City Walk 2 with an impromptu musical number rendered to raise Cancer awareness.

The unexpected performance happened in Eastwood. While Aljur was rehearsing for a corporate gig, an ongoing event called Musikaramay caught his eye. Organized by a band called Climax, Musikaramay gathers musicians from all walks of life to perform for a worthy cause. That day Musikaramay was raising funds for kids with cancer. Without hesitation, Aljur took the stage and performed two songs by the band Maroon 5.

Watch below:


Overwhelmed by the actor’s spontaneous act of kindness, Climax recently posted a photo of Aljur’s good deed on Musikaramay’s official Instagram account.



Aljur Abrenica didn’t hesitate to jam with us last Thursday at Eastwood. He was just at the event beside us when he saw us playing for a cause. He explained how moved he was by the advocacy. Thanks for sharing your talent and time to kids with cancer. God blessyou, bro!” At their official Facebook account, Musikaramay organizers described Aljur as “unselfish, accommodating, and very down to earth.” Musikaramay posted on its official Instagram account.

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Rescue5 Named Most Appreciated TV Network Rescue Group in the Country by PPSOSG

Rescue5 Named Most Appreciated TV Network Rescue Group in the Country by PPSOSG
 

Being a trailblazer in the broadcast industry, Rescue5 is once again recognized for its practice of cause journalism and its exceptional contribution to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM).

The Rescue5 team, led by TV5 Public Service Head Sherryl Yao and News5 Anchor Paolo Bediones, received an award for Most Appreciated TV Network Rescue Group in the Country from the Philippine Public Safety and Order Support Group (PPSOSG).  The awarding was held at Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo recently.

PPSOSG is a non-government public safety training organization composed of volunteers from the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other groups that actively cooperate and take part in the successful conduct of various activities of different public safety and order and law enforcement agencies of the government.

The organization cited Rescue5 for its “successful and effective delivery of lifesaving programs combining media and emergency medical first responder services, setting an example worth emulating by other groups both in the same and other industries.”

Rescue5 is the pioneer in the Philippines, and as cited by international news agency CNN, probably the first in the world, in equipping news reporters and cameramen with lifesaving skills, allowing them to deliver not only news but also crucial assistance during emergencies and disasters.

This Holy Week, Rescue5 promotes safe road travel through Aksyon sa Kalsada. The team will set up 24-hour first aid stations at the Araneta Bus Terminal from April 14 (Holy Monday) to April 17 (Maundy Thursday), and in Shell Balagtas at the North Luzon Expressway on April 16 (Holy Wednesday).

Aside from emergency medical assistance, free drinking water, calls and electronic device charging services will also be available with the help of Maynilad, Smart Communications and One Meralco Foundation.

Road safety plugs currently air on TV5, its news channel Aksyon TV, and Radyo5 92.3 News FM, Rescue5 shows motorists and travellers relevant tips to a safe journey to their destinations.

The team will also conduct a sticker campaign to remind motorists to call its hotline number 922-5155 in case of emergency.


Is Andi Eigenmann and Tom Taus in a Relationship?

Is Andi Eigenmann and Tom Taus in a Relationship?


Days after Andi Eigenmann posted this message on her Instagram account:







and this:

Which others thought her on-and-off relationship with Jake Estrada finally laid to rest. 

Another message comes days after, insinuating that she's ready to move on and fall in love again.



And now....is Andi Eigenmann in a new relationship with former child star Tom Taus?



Joey Marquez and Empress Reveal May-December Love Affair this Saturday

Joey Marquez and Empress Reveal May-December Love Affair this Saturday


Young actress Empress and seasoned actor Joey Marquez will team up this Saturday (April 12) to portray the roles of lovers, Jhenny and Ernesto in ABS-CBN's "Maalaala Mo Kaya."

Despite her family's dismay over her May-December love affair with Ernesto, Jhenny takes the risk of continuing her relationship with the middle-aged bus driver, who promises to love her no matter what.

What will Jenny do once she finds out that the man she loves is taking advantage of her for her money?

Also featured in "MMK" are Ynez Veneracion, Snooky Serna, Carla Guevara, Paco Evangelista, Louise Bernardo and Simon Ibarra. It is directed by Nuel C. Naval, written by Nikki Bunquin and Arah Jell Badayos, and researched by “A” Marjorie Anne Maño.



“MMK” is led by business unit head Malou Santos, production manager Roda Dela Cerna, and executive producers Cathy San Pablo and Niña Laureano Daynata.

Don’t miss Asia’s longest-running drama anthology, “MMK” this Saturday after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to MMK.abs-cbn.com, follow @MMKOfficial on Twitter, like Facebook.com/MMKOfficial.

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The Masters Tournament 2014 Airs on FOX Sports from April 8 to 14

The Masters Tournament 2014 Airs on FOX Sports from April 8 to 14


Join 2005 US Open winner, Michael Campbell, with Jay Sajamark, a veteran PGA Tour commentator and presenter and Tim Low, a Singaporean golf professional, in FOX Sports’ comprehensive coverage of The Masters Tournament (popularly known as the Augusta Masters), totaling more than 28 hours of LIVE and special programming, starting on 8th April and ending on 14th April.

Last year, golf fans witnessed Adam Scott taking his first win at a major at The Masters with a sudden-death playoff victory against Ángel Cabrera. This year, FOX Sports’ stellar coverage of the Masters begins with a look back at the past and present legends of the tournament, like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo, who have all made their mark here, followed by the LIVE coverage of the Par 3 contest, and 4 days of the tournament proper, to complete a majestic 7 days of golf in April.

In addition to catching the action on FOX Sports and in high-definition on FOX Sports Plus HD, fans
are also able to catch highlights of each day’s play on the 24/7 sports news channel, FOX Sports With the complete coverage of the 2014 Masters Tournament on FOX Sports, this year’s tournament looks set to be an even bigger treat for golf fans all over Asia.



Fox Sports is on channel 31 on Sky and Destiny Cable and channel 48 on Cignal TV and in over 200
local cable operators nationwide. For high definition viewing, Fox Sports Plus HD is on channel 176 on Sky and channel 121 on Cignal TV. Full telecast schedule is available via tv.foxsportsasia.com.


Luis Manzano Shares How He Shower Angel with Love for Only P99 a Week

Luis Manzano Shares How He Shower Angel with Love for Only P99 a Week


In case you think being in love and staying romantic at the same time can cost you a lot, think again.

Just like Luis Manzano, you too can shower your special someone with tender loving care for as low as P99 all week long.

How?
Mobile services leader Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) gives you all the right reasons not to worry about expressing your love uninterrupted the entire week: from texting, calling, and even making him notice you through Facebook updates - with its new offering for prepaid subscribers: the Smart Prepaid All-In 99.

For just PHP99, Smart Prepaid All-In 99 provides an unbeatable combination of unlimited texts to all
networks; 100 minutes of calls to Smart, Sun and Talk ‘N Text; mobile data of up to 80 MB; and unlimited access to the popular social networking site, Facebook – all valid for seven days.

With more than enough ways to communicate with your loved ones from Monday to Sunday, there’s just no way you’ll be out of touch – and all for an effective rate of only PHP14 a day.

With Smart Prepaid All-In 99, our subscribers will no longer have to ponder and key in codes on a daily basis because all their concerns – from calls and texts to mobile internet and Facebook – are now covered for one whole week,” said Joel Lumanlan, Smart Prepaid business head.

It’s a one-size-fits-all promo for all prepaid subscribers so they may go through the rest of week without worrying a thing about staying in touch with their social circles,” he added.

With Smart Prepaid All-In 99, you may easily text all your friends for days on end to plan the next outing, and make the mandatory ‘good morning’ and ‘good night’ calls to your special someone each day of the week.

You also conveniently stay in the loop with your contacts on Twitter, Instagram, Line or Viber using the 80 MB data allocation, or use it to search for stuff on Google and Yahoo, or just access your favorite websites.

And with unlimited Facebook access for the whole week, you will not miss out the latest happenings on your newsfeed – be it a birthday notice for a buddy, a hilarious meme or a viral online video.

The Smart Prepaid All-In 99 covers all the communication needs of our socially-engaged prepaid
subscribers at an incredibly low price, allowing them to get the most value for their money,
” said Evelyn Jimenez, Prepaid Marketing Group Head.

To enjoy Smart Prepaid All-In 99, Smart Prepaid subscribers may simply text ALL IN99 to 2827.

For more information, please visit smart.com.ph or follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/SMARTCares).

Jared Leto's Award-Winning Film "Dallas Buyers Club" Arrives in the Philippines

Jared Leto's Award-Winning Film "Dallas Buyers Club" Arrives in the Philippines


After a six-year break—during which he wrote and directed a documentary (2012’s Artifact) and toured the world with his band (30 Seconds to Mars) - Jared Leto dug deep to portray Rayon, a transgendered woman battling AIDS and drug addiction, in Dallas Buyers Club. The film’s star, Matthew McConaughey, wasn’t the only one to completely transform himself for his role. From his first audition, Leto became Rayon, dropping to 116 pounds, spending weeks perfecting her voice, and never coming out of character throughout filming. His heart-wrenching performance has won for Oscar this year and over critics. His two decades of work as an actor have encompassed a host of
intense and transformative performances. These have included his portrayals in Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, alongside Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans; Steve James’ Prefontaine, as real-life athlete Steve Prefontaine; J.P.

Schaefer’s Chapter 27, for which he was voted the Audience Award at the 2007 Zurich Film Festival; David Fincher’s Fight Club, with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, and Panic Room, with Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker; Mary Harron’s American Psycho, opposite Christian Bale.

How did you initially get involved with this film?

I hadn’t made a film in five or six years and came across this script—or maybe I should say this script was put in front of me. I kind of blew it off a few times, and then someone convinced me to take a look. I thought the character (of Rayon) was amazing. And what a great team of people—I wanted to be a part of it.

Was Rayon based on an amalgamation of anyone?

She’s a fictional character, and I’m really grateful that she was. I had an enormous amount of freedom to create, to imagine, to experiment and not have some of the parameters that come along with representing or portraying a real-life person. My journey began by meeting with transgendered people, trading stories, learning what it’s like to transition, learning what it’s like to tell your parents who you really are, reflecting on how you overcome great obstacles and challenges. That was essential. And, of course, there was a whole series of other things, the voice.

Yes, I heard about that, the voice.

The voice was really important to key into the character. There was the dialect, but also other things, like the octave. Then there’s the walk and the body’s center and the weight. And, of course, the emotional condition and circumstances. So already there’s a lot there, and that’s one of the reasons I was so excited for the part and felt so compelled to play it, because of that unique set of challenges.
What you envisioned for Rayon varied slightly from what director Jean-Marc Vallee had in mind. What fed that confidence going into your first meeting with him?

I didn’t really audition for the role, but I set up a Skype meeting. I decided that it would be good to use it as an opportunity to see what I had to offer. So we connected via Skype, and I grabbed some lipstick and put that on. I could see his reaction—he was very shocked. I started to unbutton my thick winter jacket and I had a little furry pink sweater underneath, and I pulled it down off my shoulder and proceeded to flirt with him for 20 minutes. I woke up the next day and had the official offer for the part. So that’s one way a lady gets a job, I guess. It was a great experiment. I’m not so sure, but maybe Jean-Marc may have seen Rayon more as a drag queen or someone who enjoys pushing a gender envelope or dressing up in women’s clothing, but to me, it was clear that this was a person who wanted to live life as a woman. I think that key distinction was very important to make early on.

One of the more emotional scenes is when Rayon goes to visit her father. It’s tremendously powerful for the audience. What was the filming of it like?

Well, it was a really intense scene to film. It was the very first time that I had worn men’s clothing because I was always in women’s clothing (throughout the shoot). It felt like I was in drag in that scene. I felt very vulnerable wearing that oversized, borrowed suit and to not have on any of my armor—you know, my wig, my makeup, my lipstick and heels. And here I was going to say goodbye to my father and to tell him that I forgive him. So I remember doing the first take, and it was just not working, and I was beginning to panic. All of a sudden, the scene became extremely important. I remember taking a moment, and a deep breath, and some magic happened. I think the second take
was when the scene came to life. The director came over with tears in his eyes, and you could hear other people crying on set. It became clear that whatever we were doing was working.

How do you find balance between the acclaim and just being proud of the work?

I love performance and actors and acting and music and art, and when I turn a corner in the Museum of Modern Art, I want to have my mind blown. I want things to win; I want this to succeed. When I see a movie, I want it to move me. I want it to affect my life. So I think when a performance does work, it’s incredible because some of the time it doesn’t work. Most of the time it doesn’t work. You make these little movies, these independent movies, and they don’t turn out as you had hoped or wished they would. So when they do, it’s important to celebrate it. Not just the actors, but for you or whoever else. We all want to discover something and to celebrate it, you know? I’m super proud of and very excited to be a part of this insanity.




Showing on May 7 in Philippine theaters, "Dallas Buyers Club" is released and distributed by Captiv Cinema.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Luigi D'Avola, Vieo Lopez and Gianna Llanes Named Newest MYX VJs

Luigi D'Avola, Vieo Lopez and Gianna Llanes Named Newest MYX VJs


MYX, on Tuesday, presented to some members of the press its newest batch of VJs namely Luigi D'Avola, Vieo Lopez and Gianna Llanes.

During the finals held at the City Golf Plaza in Pasig City, the three new MYX VJs beat nine other finalists and are now officially part of the MYX family.

I didn't expect to cry I'm sorry. Thank you so much. I just want to thank everyone from MYX. You guys have been so kind and it's been so nice working with you. To get to work with you after [the VJ search] is a dream come true,” Luigi said.

I was not expecting this. They can expect me to really, really work hard and really give them the best performance. Thank you so much to everybody who supported me. They always brighten up my day. I didn't expect it. I'm really happy so thank you,” Gianna said.

I really, really want this. There are no words talaga to express everything I feel about this. Alam ko lang na gusto ko ipakita sa kanila na hindi ako 'yung tipong kapag sinabihan na ‘now is not yet the time,’ hindi na ako magta-try,” Vieo said.


Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador Reconciliation Video Report

Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador Reconciliation Video Report


Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador finally reconcile.

Sincere?
Gimmick? 

Watch the video report below by “Buzz ng Bayan” aired on Sunday, April 6:


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Lies and Deceptions Bared in "Obsession" Finale this Thursday

Lies and Deceptions Bared in "Obsession" Finale this Thursday


 Dr. Ramon Mendoza (Marvin Agustin) pays the price of his insane desire for his muse, Bernadette (Bianca King/Neri Naig) as TV5’s psycho-drama series, Obsession ends this Thursday (April 10). Lies and deceptions will be exposed in the last week as Ramon’s scheming mother, Regina (Elizabeth Oropesa) succumbs to police authorities. Regina asks for Bernadette’s forgiveness and tells her that she only meant to protect her son. A DNA test also reveals that the man (with Ramon’s face) in their custody is actually James (Martin Escudero), operated and tortured by the real Ramon when the crazy doctor exchanged their faces. Now that his secret is out in the open, Ramon is on the run, plotting his revenge against Bernadette and her loved ones. 

Will Bernadette finally escape from Ramon’s clutches? 



Don’t missed the much-awaited finale of Obsession this Thursday, 8PM on TV5.


Philippines Favorite Timeless Movie Theme Songs Compiled in Star Records "20th Year Commemorative Album"

Philippines Favorite Timeless Movie Theme Songs Compiled in Star Records "20th Year Commemorative Album"


Get swept over by a wave of nostalgia with the unforgettable blockbuster classics of Star Cinema through its 20th year commemorative album filled with timeless theme songs that touched the hearts of Filipino moviegoers worldwide over the past two decades.

Titled “20,” the latest album from Star Records is a two-disc package composed of 31 romantic hits that celebrates the country’s biggest film outfit’s 20 years of bringing life, love, and hope on the big screen. Its carrier single is Lani Misalucha’s “Starting Over Again,” the theme song from the box-office movie of the same title starring Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga.

Take a music trip down memory lane and sing along to Sharon Cuneta’s “Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin” (Madrasta) and “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana” (Kung Ako Na Lang Sana); Gary Valenciano’s “Kailangan Kita” (Kailangan Kita), “Ikaw Lamang” (Dubai), “How Did You Know” (All My Life), and “Where Do I Begin” (In the Name of Love); and Sarah Geronimo’s “Fallin” (Catch Me… I’m in Love) and “Something New in My Life” (In My Life).

Play the “20″ album and reconnect with Star Cinema’s iconic couples, Popoy and Basha through Erik Santos’ “I’ll Never Go” (One More Chance); Jed and Angie through Yeng Constantino’s “Hawak Kamay” (Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo) and “Habambuhay” (Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo); and Mr. and Mrs. Miggy and Laida Montenegro through Sarah’s “A Very Special Love” and “You Changed my Life in a Moment.”

Also included in “20″ are Piolo’s “The Gift” (Milan) and “Don’t Give Up On Us” (Don’t Give Up on Us); Angeline Quinto’s “I’ll Just Fall in Love Again” (Born To Love You), “You’re My Home” (Way Back Home), and “Without You” (One More Try); Juris’ “Now That You’re Gone” (No Other Woman) and “I Love You, Goodbye” (I Love You, Goodbye); Sam Milby’s “Chasing Cars” (The Mistress) and “And I Love You So” (And I Love You So); and Erik Santos’ “Miss You Like Crazy” (Miss You Like Crazy) and “You Are My Song” (A Moment in Time).

Completing the tracklist are Richard Yap’s “Don’t Know What To Do, Don’t Know What To Say” (She’s The One); Carol Banawa’s “Bakit ‘Di Totohanin” (Bakit ‘Di Totohanin); Side A’s “Got To Believe In Magic” (Got 2 Believe); Joey Albert’s “Tell Me” (A Love Story); Bugoy Drilon’s “Paano Na Kaya?” (Paano Na Kaya?) and Erik and Angeline’s “If You Asked Me To” (Unofficially Yours).

Star Cinema’s “20: The 20th Year Commemorative Album” is now available in record bars nationwide for only P250. The tracks can also be downloaded via iTunes, www.amazon.com, www.mymusicstore.com.ph and www.starmusic.ph.

For more information visit Star Records’ Facebook page at Facebook.com/starrecordsphil or follow @starrecordsph on Twitter.

Benjamin Alves Opted to Celebrate Birthday with Disabled People from Tahanang Walang Hagdanan


Benjamin Alves Opted to Celebrate Birthday with Disabled People from Tahanang Walang Hagdanan


Kapuso actor Benjamin Alves held his birthday celebration with people with disabilities at the Tahanang Walang Hagdanan Inc last March 27, 2014. 

Check out some photos below:





 


Facility tour, games, song number, gift giving, basketball exhibition game with people with disabilities and wheel chair donation were some of the things that Benjamin did on his birthday charity event.

You can follow Benjamin Alves on Twitter: @benjaminalves7 and on Instagram: @benjaminalves. And for more updates on your favorite kapuso stars, follow GMA Artist Center on Twitter: @artistcenter and Instagram: @artistcenter.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kapamilya Websites iWantTV, ABS-CBNNews.com Win in 6th Digital Filipino Web Awards

Kapamilya Websites iWantTV, ABS-CBNNews.com Win in 6th Digital Filipino Web Awards


ABS-CBNnews.com and iWantTV have recently won top honors during the 6th DigitalFilipino Web Awards, outshining some of the best websites and video-on-demand providers in the country.

ABS-CBNnews.com won in the Broadcast News Category while iWantTV came out on top in the Video-On-Demand Category.

The DigitalFilipino Awards is based on certain criteria such as search engine competitiveness, website traffic stickiness, technical performance, and social media engagement. DigitalFilipino.com – a community dedicated to e-commerce, internet research, and blogging – scanned local websites in 50 to 100 categories to determine the winners. No nominations or votes were required or solicited.

DigitalFilipino.com owner Janette Toral says this year’s awards recognize the changes with the way websites are being perceived now and how it’s valued. She says high quality and relevant content that can be easily shared through social media were given importance in this year’s awards.

It was a second win for ABS-CBNnews.com, which, in 2011, bagged an award for the Television News category in what was then called Digital Filipino Search Profile Index Web Awards.

For Toral, iWantTV illustrates the strategic integration of broadcast and mobile which contributed to its success.

I think branding it made a big difference with iWantTV and sticking with it through the years,” says Toral. “Celebrities promoting it after every episode gave a strong recall. You have shown how it should be done. It has to be fully integrated in a television network’s programming and strengthened with mobile to make it more engaging to loyal followers.

iWantTV is now available as an app through ABS-CBNmobile, a pioneering service that combines broadcasting and mobile telephony. This app is exclusively available to ABS-CBNmobile subscribers.

Toral adds: “The future of video-on-demand is very promising. It can pave the way for the creation of exclusive content or empower indie content creators to use your platform as a medium for releasing their work. Who knows, maybe iWantTV may also become a game publishing platform in the future.”



Carlo Katigbak, President of ABS-CBN Convergence Inc., which offers ABS-CBNmobile, says ABS-CBNmobile hopes to make video-on-demand easily available to more Filipinos now that smartphones are becoming more popular.

We believe that the innovation that we offer will shape how Filipinos use their mobile phones. It’s not just about texting and calling anymore. It’s also about watching their favorite shows and enjoying premium content using their smartphones,” says Katigbak.

Anna Rodriguez, head of ABS-CBN’s News Digital Media, believes the awards reflect hard work and a keen understanding of how to deliver content.

We are very honoured to have these awards, and we thank DigitalFilipino for recognizing our efforts in providing the content that our clients need and want,” says Rodriguez.

The 6th DigitalFilipino Web Awards were held at the Amphitheater of the Ateneo Graduate of School of Business in Makati. Elaine Uy, ABS-CBN’s Digital Media Division Head of Operations, and (designation) Ralph Menorca accepted the awards on behalf of ABS-CBN.

Michael Christian Martinez Brings Home Gold Medal Award from Figure Skating Competition in Slovenia

Michael Christian Martinez Brings Home Gold Medal Award from Figure Skating Competition in Slovenia


Homegrown Olympian Michael Christian Martinez bagged the gold in the recently held Triglav Trophy International Figure Skating Competition in Jesenice, Slovenia. The 18-year old Martinez finished the free skate finals in the Senior Men’s category with a score of 195.13 points, besting Japan, United Kingdom, Korea, Austria and Norway.

I thank God for this blessing, another gold medal in the senior event. I’m very happy I made it to first place,” Martinez said on his Facebook page.

With the Triglav Trophy, Martinez now has three gold medals in the senior level which includes the recent Skate Helena in Serbia and the Crystal Skate in 2012 in Romania.

Filipino American Samantha Cabiles finished 6th in the Junior Ladies’ category out of 21 skaters with a score of 100.04 points. 

The Philippine Skating Union (PhSU), which is a member of the International Skating Union (ISU) named  Martinez and Cabiles as the country’s representatives to the Triglav Trophy.

Every year since 1992, the Triglav Trophy gathers over 100 of the best young figure skaters from all over the world. The competition is hosted in Jesenice ice hall Podmežakla and has its roots in 1992.  

Martinez took up figure skating when he was eight, inspired by skaters spinning and jumping while shopping with his mother at SM Southmall. He began training in 2010 in the United States and since then his lifelong dream has been to win an Olympic medal. Martinez has garnered over 190 medals and trophies from various international and local competitions.

Cabiles, who was born in Hawaii and is now based in Michigan started skating since she was 11. Of Filipino decent, Cabiles also competes in the Philippine Nationals and recently ranked second in the2013 Philippine National Figure Skating Championships held at SM Mall of Asia every year. Cabiles also placed 10th in the Junior category of the recent Dragon Trophy competition in Ljubjana, Slovenia in February 2014. She trains in Toronto, Canada.  Due to her high and powerful jumps, she earned the moniker, “The Skating Gazelle”.

SM has been the primary supporter of the PhSU since the latter was established in 2005. SM also provides a venue for the events of PhSU for the promotion of ice skating in the Philippines. PhSU received accreditation from the ISU in 2006, coinciding with the opening of the SM Mall of Asia skating rink that year.  In turn, PhSU, as the sole governing body for Figure and Speed Skating provides SM and its ice skating rinks with marketing tools such as local and international skating events and its network of skating athletes.

Through the years, SM and the PhSU have conducted several figure skating competitions that have given birth to international champions such as Martinez.

The PhSU is the governing body in the country for figure skating and speed skating. It is a member of the ISU which is the exclusive international sports federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The ISU administers speed and figure skating throughout the world. It is composed of a number of national organizations called ISU members who administer ISU sports at the national level.

The excellence demonstrated by skaters especially during competitions is a mark of quality that the SM Skating Rink can provide with its world-class venue and facilities. Property conglomerate SM Prime Holdings, Inc. operates skating rinks through SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. at the SM Mega Fashion Hall in Mandaluyong, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, and SM Southmall in Las Pinas.

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