Saturday, August 16, 2014

'Talentadong Pinoy 2014' Hosted by Robin Padilla Videos

After "Wowowee," where he met his wife Mariel Rodriguez, Robin Padilla returns to hosting via TV5's “Talentadong Pinoy 2014,” which will premiere on Saturday, August 16 at 7pm.

Robin will be joined by Mariel and comedienne Tuesday Vargas in the biggest, most exciting version yet of the original and longest running talent show in Philippine television. 
Watch Robin, Mariel and Tuesday talked all about Talentadong Pinoy 2014 on these videos taken during the show's press conference held Monday night at Annabel's restaurant in Quezon City:

Beginning tonight, Talentadong Pinoy 2014 will be making Saturday nights an awesome presentation of unique Pinoy talents.

Talentadong Pinoy 2014 also brings back the formidable red curtain which gives power to the judges to cut a performance short if it does not elicit their approval. This time around, however, Robin is empowered to save one contestant each week if he strongly believes in the performer’s talent even when the judges have collectively voted to bring the red curtain down on him or her.

Finally, long time Talentadong Pinoy followers will once again be able to see raw, original and one-of-a-kind talents of Filipinos every week. True to its tradition, the show will not just feature the dancing and singing talents of the contestants but will also give opportunity to individuals who want to share their unique skills that define their individuality.

Talentadong Pinoy 2014 will air every Saturday at KSA 7:45pm, UAE 8:45pm, PST 7:45pm, EST 10:45pm, Guam (Sun) 12:45pm with replays every Sunday at KSA 2:30pm, UAE 3:30pm, PST 3:30pm, EST 6:30pm, Guam (Tues) 5:30pm starting August 16 on Kapatid TV5.

Kapamilya Comedian Attempts to Commit Suicide

Manila, Philippines - Kapamilya comedian and "Banana Nite" mainstay Jobert Austria reportedly attempted to commit suicide at around 1pm on Saturday afternoon by trying to jump off the top of Sogo Hotel in Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. 

According to dzMM radio host Ahwel Paz, the comedian wanted to end his life after receiving a text message, which allegedly contained death threats.

Austria, who request to see Banana Nite director Edgar "Bobot" Mortiz and other family members after the incident, is now calm inside his hotel room.

TV5 Grants Exclusive Rights to Air Interview with President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday Night

The Kapatid Network will air first and exclusive a television special featuring an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with President Benigno Aquino III this Sunday night (August 17) at 10:00pm. 

The President will set the record straight on some of the most controversial issues that have been hounding his office as he exclusively sits down with TV5’s resident legal analyst Atty. Mel Sta. Maria in a rare tell-all interview set to air this Sunday, August 17, at 10:00PM on TV5.

For the very first time, PNoy officially speaks up about his new position on pushing for a charter change, discussing which specific provisions in the Constitution he seeks to be amended in light of his recent and highly-publicized disagreements with the Supreme Court. In the TV5 special interview, PNoy also touches on the possibility of running for a second term and shares the various reasons why he might be considering to do so.

Be sure to tune in to TV5 this Sunday, August 17, at 10:00PM as President Benigno Aquino III addresses various issues involving his administration in this special exclusive interview with TV5’s very own Atty. Mel Sta. Maria. 

Musicians, Celebrities, Bloggers and Chocolate Lovers Invade 'RediscoveReese’s Throwback Fair' at SM MOA

Local Pro-surfer Luke Landrigan with his son who are big Reese’s fans 
were spotted enjoying at the RediscoveReese’s Throwback Festival

Manila, Philippines – On August 2, Global chocolate brand Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups invaded SM Mall of Asia Music Hall with its signature orange color on August 2 with  its “Rediscover Reese’s Throwback Fair”. Mall goers and Reese’s fans enjoyed the various Reese’s themed fair game booths, fun activities and mini-concert.  

A trip down memory lane revealed the rich history of the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Everyone enjoyed learning fascinating trivia about the Reese’s brand through six fascinating Reese’s brand themed fair booths. Take the Reese’s game challenged attendees to complete a word task by jumping as high as they can to get the Reese’s logo. Reese’s Re-word Mash, an all-time favorite Word Mash game, challenged the consumers to mix and match words to discover a secret message.

PH Azkals Player Phil Younghusband and model Kelly Misa, both self-confessed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups fans, 
attend the RedicoveReese’s Throwback Festival

A fair won’t be complete without a ball-throwing booth, and Reese’s version, Knock Out a Reese’s Cup, became one of the instant favorites. People who went to the Reese’s Shoot that Cup booth got a chance to immerse themselves in the tantalizing sweet and salty flavor of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Where there’s a fair, there’s always a Pop the Balloon booth. Kids and parents enjoyed popping Reese’s themed balloons at the Reese’s Pop A Nut Bar while learning the key ingredients of Reese’s. One of the most popular booths was the Reese’s Trick Art where people snapped photos of themselves with the oversized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Reese’s Nut Bar. After the attendees completed the Reese’s trail each of them got free Reese’s brand gift packs and special merchandise.

Top Style Blogger David Guison and Celebrity Stylist and Showbiz Royalty Alyanna Martinez 
posing for the cameras at the RediscoveReese’s Throwback Festival 

Fans also had the opportunity to try Reese’s infused offerings from Mrs. Fields Cookies and other vendors. 

Through the Reese’s Happy Hour and fun activity trail, lucky attendees took home packs of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Nut Bars. 

Long queues on all booths during the RediscoveReese’s Throwback Festival at SM MOA Music Hall. 
People enjoyed free games, surprises and goodies from Reese’s 

Reese’s gave out free Reese’s chocolates during the Reese’s Happy Hour 

Self-confessed Reese’s lovers like celebrity stylist and showbiz royalty Alyanna Martinez, Air Asia Volleyball Team athlete Melissa Gohing, local pro-surfer Luke Landrigan, top blogger David Guison and top beauty blogger and model Kelly Misa and Philippine Azkals Hottie Phil Younghusband attended the fair to indulge their love of the chocolate brand and to interact with fellow Reese’s fans.   

To complement indulgent addiction for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, top local bands Itchyworms and Never The Strangers regaled guests with their biggest hits, capping off the fun and unforgettable fair that made everyone rediscover the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter cups.

Top local band Itchyworms played their infectious hits

Up and coming band Never The Strangers seranaded the crowd with their catchy tunes 

The ecstatic crowd watching Itchyworms perform at the RediscoveReese’s Throwback Festival

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, created and named after Harry Burnette Reese, is a chocolate coated peanut butter snack coated in rich milk chocolate.  In the Philippines, it comes in two-cup and one-cup packs. 

Reese’s Nut Bar is the latest offering of the brand for consumers who are always on the go. The chocolate bar is infused with creamy peanut center, topped with rich caramel and loaded with whole roasted peanuts, all coated in chocolate.  

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Reese’s Nut Bar will be available in all leading supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide beginning August 2014.  Two-cup 34g version and Reese’s Nut Bar are priced at PhP 35 (Suggested Retail Price), while one-cup 17g is PhP 19.

About The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has approximately 13,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company, which has more than 80 brands around the world that drive over $7.1 billion in annual revenues, includes such iconic brand names as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. Hershey is focused on growing its presence in key international markets while continuing to build its competitive advantage in North America. Additionally, Hershey is poised to expand its portfolio into categories beyond confectionery, finding new ways to bring goodness to people everywhere. 

Reese’s Brand Manager Cathy Castro with Reese’s Marketing Head Michelle Villaroel 
joined by Hershey’s Asia South General Manager Matt Andersen

At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For 120 years, Hershey has been committed to good business by operating fairly, ethically and sustainably to make a positive impact on society.  This means contributing to a better life for its employees, consumers, communities, and, ultimately, creating a bright future for children in need.  This commitment is exemplified by Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company's founder and administered by Hershey Trust Company. The children who attend the school receive education, housing, and medical care — thriving as direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company's success.

From Villain in 'The Winter Soldier," Frank Grillo Stars as Grieving Father on 'The Purge: Anarchy'

He made an indelible mark in Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as villain Brock Rumlow. Now, actor Frank Grillo leads the cast of Universal Pictures' “The Purge: Anarchy,” the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the North American box-office.

“The Purge: Anarchy” follows an unlikely group of five citizens who, over the course of the night, find out just how far they will go to protect themselves and, ultimately, each other, as they fight to survive a night fraught with impossible decisions. The story begins with a haunted loner, Leo (Grillo), a sergeant who has suffered the loss of his son prior to tonight. Arming himself with enough guns and body armor to make it until dawn, he is a man possessed...and one clearly going out on a vigilante mission of vengeance against those responsible for his loss.

Prior to casting, filmmakers were clear that this wouldn’t be a genre piece that sacrifices character development. Therefore, it was important to spend the first 20 minutes of “The Purge: Anarchy” providing audiences with an intimate look into each character’s situation. Says director James DeMonaco: “I said, ‘If we’re going to do this, let’s get to know these people.’ I figured, if we don’t care about them up front, we’re not going to care about who lives or dies. I don’t want sacrificial lambs who could be randomly killed on this night.

DeMonaco had previously worked with Frank Grillo on the miniseries “The Kill Point,” so casting the actor as the gritty and resourceful Leo was a goal. Grillo fit the mold and then some. Offers DeMonaco: “I’ve loved Frank’s work for years, and I’ve followed his career since `The Kill Point.' As soon as I came up with the character, I said, ‘It has to be Frank.’ Frank is a tough guy in real life, and we wanted to have an actor who didn’t have to pretend to be tough.”

Producer Brad Fuller agrees with the director, laughing: “If I had to go out on Purge night, I’d want to be with Frank Grillo. I know I would make it because he would get me through it.”

In Grillo, producer Jason Blum knew DeMonaco had the right guy in mind: “James was passionate about having someone who felt very heroic, but also felt like an everyman; that’s what Frank does best. He feels like he could be your friend, but he also feels like he’s beyond your reach in terms of how heroic he is. That’s the character that he plays in this movie: the underdog who you think is quite a cynical guy but actually has a huge heart.”

Grillo describes coming on board the speculative thriller: “I was heading to L.A. for a trip, and James [DeMonaco] called me and said he was working on a sequel to `The Purge.' He described it to me before I’d even read the screenplay, and it sounded like an old Western…like `The Outlaw Josey Wales.' I thought it was interesting and provocative, and after he sent me the script, I was sold.”

While the first film was told from the point of view of the wealthy Sandin family living in the suburbs, DeMonaco focused “The Purge: Anarchy” on the side of the disenfranchised, those whom were targeted in the annual Purge. Grillo was particularly drawn to this idea. He shares: “In this film, you truly get to see what The Purge is and why it exists. It makes you scratch your head about where our society is in terms of violence and prejudice and what we must deal with on a daily basis.”

Opening across the Philippines on August 27, 2014, “The Purge: Anarchy″ is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

PUP's Floramante Sir John Don King Howard Ponce III Intelligence Put to the Test in ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’

21-year-old instructor and PUP honor student Floramante Sir John Don King Howard Ponce III will try his luck to become the sixth millionaire in TV5’s ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ this Sunday (August 17).

Known by his friends as Howie, the contestant graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sta. Mesa where he took up his Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. Being quite an achiever since he was young, Howie did not inform anyone when he auditioned for the game show due to his fear of failure. It’s also the same reason why he almost backed out from the game when TV5 informed him that he’ll be facing game master Bossing Vic Sotto.

Will Howie bring home the grand prize and become the show’s next millionaire? Find out this Sunday on ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’, 7:00PM before ‘Quiet Please! Bawal Ang Maingay’ on TV5. 

A 'Pure Love' Story Like No Other: Alex Gonzaga, Joseph Marco, Yen Santos, and Arjo Atayde

The lead stars of ABS-CBN's top rating primetime series "Pure Love" Alex Gonzaga, Joseph Marco, Yen Santos, and Arjo Atayde just formed a love quadrangle that hooked the TV viewers on to their TV screens.
From the endearing love triangle of Diane (Alex), Ysabel (Yen), and Dave (Joseph), the excitement level went up a notch now that Raymond (Arjo) is interested to get to know Ysabel even more. TV viewers, especially the women, are further delighted with the romantic charm of Joseph and Arjo as the love interests of Diane at Ysabel.

Now that Diane–through Ysabel's body–gained the trust of Raymond, will she find out the real motive of her fiancĂ© against their family and business interests?

"Pure Love" is a local adaptation of the well-loved 2011 Korean TV series which highlights true love and the strong ties that bind a Filipino family. It tells the story of Diane and Ysabel and how an accident intertwined their lives. In her state of coma, Diane discovered through the mysterious "Scheduler" that she was not destined to die yet. Instead, she would be given a second chance at life, that is, after completing a special task –to gather three "pure" teardrops shed out of pure love by three people outside her family within the next 40 days. To help her accomplish her task, Scheduler gives Diane the chance to inhabit the body of Ysabel.

Directed by Veronica Velasco, "Pure Love" also features Matt Evans, Arron Villaflor, Yam Concepcion, and Anna Luna, a neophyte among the cast. Completing the cast are Sunshine Cruz, John Arcilla, Ana Capri, Bart Guingona, Dante Ponce, and Shey Bustamante.

Don't miss primetime's newest sensation, "Pure Love," weeknights at 5:50PM, before "TV Patrol" on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida. For more updates, log on to, follow @PureLovePH on Twitter, and "like" the show's official Facebook page at

Disneytoon's “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Tag as the Hottest Animation Picture of the Year

From the beginning, Disneytoon's "Planes: Fire & Rescue" was destined to break new ground. "Not only is it the biggest visual effects movie we've ever done here at Disneytoon Studios," says producer Ferrell Barron, "nobody had ever really attempted to do an animated movie featuring fire of this magnitude before - the size, scope, scale and frequency of smoke and fire in this is really extraordinary. So the first thing we had to do is dig into the effects side of the film, because it was so important that we get fire right. It had to be real."

John Patton was tapped as the effects animation lead for the film. "Out of 1224 total shots in the film, more than half feature some kind of effect: fire, smoke, water. And 'fire' is in the title of the film - it's a key element in the story - we had to make sure we nailed it."

So the team studied the science of fire through online research, books and talking to a host of firefighters. Says Patton, "We referenced a lot of live-action fire footage to understand how it looks from different distances and with varying intensity. A lot of variables - the fuel source, weather, size - affect how a fire looks."

Filmmakers decided to build a library of smoke and fire, creating more than 80 effects with more than 800 frames each that could be selected by effects artists and adjusted to fit the needs of the scene. They were able to select and dial up or down accompanying smoke, too. "The idea was to create and shoot fire from various distances with differing details," says Patton. "Each one can be very time-consuming, so rather than reinvent the wheel every time, we created a library of options that could be used to populate a scene with a number of unique fire effects."

But not every fire in the film comes from the library. Patton estimates that half of the fire in the film was custom designed. "If it was something that needed very specific art direction from the director—a specific look, motion or timing to the fire - we did a custom simulation."

Filmmakers also had to be aware of the level of light each fire might emit, taking into consideration the time of day and the scope of the fire. Says Patton, "In the Augerin Canyon sequence with a massive blaze, we had to be careful about having everything go completely red or orange. We wanted it to be threatening, but not overpower the action."

The climactic sequence included a 571-frame shot, according to Patton. "Dusty flies through what we like to call an effects extravaganza - water, smoke and atmospherics like smoke and embers - and ends up in the valley that's entirely ablaze. That was a big challenge for the team, but it all came together: the lighting, the flight, the camera composition and the effects - I think everybody is proud of that shot."

"Planes: Fire & Rescue" is a new adventure-comedy about a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. 

When world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper 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 air tanker Dipper, 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 in 3D and 2D cinemas, "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Nanjing 2014 Opening Ceremony Airs Saturday on TV5

A simple and elegant Opening Ceremony will welcome the participants of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, happening at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center and to be telecast on August 16 at 8:30pm on TV5, the official Philippine Olympic Network.

The Opening Ceremony is expected to be a 90-minute program that will feature nearly 5,000 performers showcasing the 'China Dream'.  "Our interpretation of the 'China Dream' is that special moment when everyone's dreams come together [as one]. I told the performers that you should live your own dreams during the Opening Ceremony and that you will be showcasing your talents and looking ahead to your own futures," Chen Weiya, director of the Opening Ceremony, shared.

Highlights of the Opening Ceremony include the 500 professional dancers from the Nanjing Art Institute who will perform creative dances and the 120 stuntmen from the Tagou Martial Art School who will do some sensational aerial stunts. The ceremony will also introduce to the worldwide audience a virtual TV innovation with high-tech lighting and projection that will transform the stadium into a colorful fantasy space.

The second summer Youth Olympic Games gathers the talented young athletes aged 15 to 18 years old from around the world. This year's edition will feature 3,500 athletes. Among them, seven young Filipinos will represent the country:  archer Gabriel Luis Moreno, who will be the flag bearer; Bianca Gotuaco also for archery; Ava Verdeflor for gymnastics; runner Zion Nelson who will be competing in the 400m dash; swimmer Roxanne Yu; Celdon Arellano for shooting; and triathlete Vicky Deldio.

TV5, the Philippine Olympic network, will give a comprehensive coverage of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in the next twelve days, featuring the athletes competing in 28 events. Viewers can also view the exciting sports action on AksyonTV and HYPER, the 24/7 sports channel. Nanjing 2014 will also be brought to homes and mobile devices with the help of PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and CignalTV.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Vina Morales Battle Against Desiree de Valle for the Custody of Raikko Mateo

Vina Morales (Dra. Caren) plays a loving adoptive mother to Luis (Raikko Mateo), a child born with polio, in “Ipaglaban Mo” this Saturday (August 16).

Due to poverty, Luis’ biological mother Lisa (Desiree de Valle) left him at Dra. Caren’s clinic after giving birth upon learning about his health condition.

However, when Luis turned five, Lisa returned to reclaim her son. But Dra. Caren could not just let Luis out of her life since she had treated him as her own son.

Who between Dra. Caren and Lisa, the adoptive and the biological mother, has the right for the custody of Luis?

Also joining the cast in this week’s episode titled “Ako Ang Iyong Ina,” directed by Claudio Sanchez-Mariscal IV, are Tutti Caringal, Carla Martinez, and Johnny Revilla.

Don’t miss “Ipaglaban Mo,” the drama anthology that empowers Filipinos with knowledge of their legal rights and obligations, hosted by Atty. Jose Sison and Jopet Sison, this Saturday (August 16) after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN.

For more updates follow @IpaglabanMo2 on Twitter, @IpaglabanmoABSCBN on Instagram, and like the Facebook page

Richard Gomez' TV5 Game Show 'Quiet Please! Bawal ang Maingay' Earns Positive Ratings and Feedbacks

Seasoned actor and game show host Richard Gomez definitely made a lot of ‘noise’ in his much-anticipated return to television as the host of TV5’s new comedy game show offering, “Quiet Please! Bawal ang Maingay”, which premiered last Sunday night, August 10.

The special pilot episode – featuring popular celebrity players like Derek Ramsay, Alice Dixson and Goma’s closest pals Joey Marquez and Anjo Yllana –  posted very favorable viewership ratings for the Kapatid Network, with the new program’s debut noticeably eclipsing the ratings usually garnered by the TV5 programs which previously aired on the same timeslot. 

On top of this, “Quiet Please!” was also a big hit among the netizens, majority of whom expressed their delight in seeing Goma back in his usual element of hosting game shows. A lot more were also entertained with the program’s never-before-seen and exciting concept, where the featured contestants must accomplish a series of timed challenges - of all shapes and sizes - as quietly as possible. Viewers likewise enjoyed the unique tag-team combination of Goma with his co-host K Brosas, whose quick wit and outrageous commentary perfectly complemented Goma’s signature style of laid-back hosting.

With the resounding success of the TV5’s newest comedy game show program during its official debut, viewers can expect more exciting times ahead that will definitely make them join in on the “Quiet Please! Bawal ang Maingay” fever.


Tune in this Sunday, August 17 at 8:00PM as ‘Master Silencer’ Richard Gomez welcomes a new and sexy batch of celebrity players that includes Luke Jickain, Antonio Aquitania and Jomari Yllana who will go head-to-head against Petra Halimuyak, CJ Jaravata and Dianne Medina in even more exciting challenges that only “Quiet Please! Bawal ang Maingay” can deliver.

Celebrities Join the #MakeUpTransformation, See the Results

Ryan Agoncillo as Daniel Padilla

It's the "in" thing, indeed.

While some women depend on make-up to enhance their look and boost their confidence, others use the power of science and technology to correct their imperfections.

And now, there's a new trend that will (somehow) make you look like your favorite local and hollywood stars -  the Make-up Transformation thingy. And even your favorite celebrities join this latest online bandwagon. Here are some of them:

Chico Garcia as Jeremy Renner

Gino Quillamor as Ryan Reynolds

  Rico Robles as Rez Cortez

Bodjie Cruz as Loki

Bogart the Explorer as Brad Pitt

IC Mendoza as her mom Dolly Ann Carvajal

John "Sweet" Lapuz as Jet Pangan

 Aiza Seguerra as Arnold Clavio

Erwann Heussaff as Bogart The Explorer

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Live Stream: Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes Wedding Announcement #TheRoyalAnnouncement

As announced, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera's #TheRoyalWedding will take place at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City on December 30, 2014.

Watch the #TheRoyalAnnouncement of the Kapuso Priemtime King and Queen about their wedding happening now at the 17th floor of GMA Network Building:

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It's a Success: Dingdong Dantes' Marriage Proposal Earns Marian Rivera's Dance Show High Ratings

On Saturday, after he first proposed to Marian Rivera at the Butterfly Pavilion in Macau 2 years ago, Dingdong Dantes knelt down and professed his love for her on national TV.

The wedding proposal happened during the live airing of GMA-7's primetime dance show Marian last August 9.

The Kapuso actor admitted that he wanted to propose again to Marian because he wanted "to do it right this time." Watch HERE.

How did Marian fare based on TV ratings?

Based on overnight data recorded by Nielsen TV Audience Measurement in National Urban Philippines last August 9, Marian scored a 22.8 percent household rating.  as against ABS-CBN’s Home Sweetie Home which registered 17.9%, Wansapanataym with 21.4% and TV5’s Tropa Mo Ko Nice Di Ba?!  with 4.7%. In Mega Manila, Marian garnered 27.1 percent over Home Sweetie Home and Wansapanataym’s 13.1% and 14.4%, respectively, and 5% of Tropa Mo Ko Nice Di Ba?!. 

However, according to data from Kantar Media, the musical dance show of GMA-7 emerged as the No. 4 most-watched program last August 9. Marian registered ratings of 19.5% in Urban and Rural households nationwide. The Top 3 shows that day were Maalaala Mo Kaya with 28%, Wansapanataym with 26% and Home Sweetie Home with 20.4%. 

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Alfie Lorenzo and Mother Lily Monteverde Confrontation at "Somebody To Love" Presscon

Showbiz columnist and controversial talent manager Alfie Lorenzo and Regal Films matriarch Lily Monteverde were caught in a tension gripped shouting match moments before the press conference for the romantic-comedy film "Somebody To Love" at the Mezzanine of Imperial Palace Suites,  Thursday afternoon, August 14.

The two former allies had a verbal spat in the presence of entertainment press present during the event.

The confrontation was reportedly triggered when Tito Alfie called the movie's director Jose Javier Reyes "malas" (unlucky) right infront of the movie's producer Mother Lily.

The commotion ended when security came to escort Tito Alfie out of the venue, which is owned by Mothey Lily.

Noel Orsal of reports:

Nagsimula ang mainit na pagtatalo ng movie producer at ng columnist nang dumating ang huli sa venue at hinahanap ang direktor ng Somebody To Love na si Jose Javier Reyes. Nang lumapit si Alfie sa table nina Lolit Solis at PEP contributor Jojo Gabinete, sinabi ni Lolit kay Alfie: “O, Tito Alfie, nandito ka, baka hindi dumating si Direk Joey?” Sagot ni Alfie: “Alin, yung direktor nilang malas?” Nasa kalapit na table lamang si Mother Lily, at nang marinig ang sinabi ni Alfie ay sinabihan niya ito ng: “This is my place, don’t do that!” Dagdag pa ng movie porducer, “Bakit mo ba sinasabing malas-malas?” Pasigaw namang sagot ni Alfie: “Bakit, ano mo ba yung direktor?!” Bahagyang galit na binalikan ni Mother Lily si Alfie: “So what? That’s my decision to get the director.” Sabat naman ni Alfie: “Malas talaga siya!” Muling pagsita ni Mother Lily: “You have no right to say that here! Bakit ka nagsasabi nang ganun? "Last time, sinabi mo rin ‘yan sa akin, tiniis ko na lang. You have no right!” Ang tinutukoy ni Mother Lily ay ang pagkikita nina Alfie at Direk Joey sa pocket press conference na inihanda ng Regal para sa Somebody To Love actress na si Iza Calzado noong nakaraang linggo.

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Nagsimula ang mainit na pagtatalo ng producer na si Mother Lily Monteverde at ng columnist na si Alfie Lorenzo nang dumating ang huli sa venue at hinahanap ang direktor ng Somebody To Love na si Jose Javier Reyes.

Nang lumapit si Alfie sa table nina Lolit Solis at PEP contributor Jojo Gabinete, sinabi ni Lolit kay Alfie: “O, Tito Alfie, nandito ka, baka hindi dumating si Direk Joey?

Sagot ni Alfie: “Alin, yung direktor nilang malas?

Nasa kalapit na table lamang si Mother Lily, at nang marinig ang sinabi ni Alfie ay sinabihan niya ito ng: “This is my place, don’t do that! Bakit mo ba sinasabing malas-malas?

Pasigaw namang sagot ni Alfie: “Bakit, ano mo ba yung direktor?!

Bahagyang galit na binalikan ni Mother Lily si Alfie: “So what? That’s my decision to get the director. You have no right to say that here! Bakit ka nagsasabi nang ganun? "Last time, sinabi mo rin ‘yan sa akin, tiniis ko na lang. You have no right! You have no right to curse me on my place!

Sagot ni Alfie: “I’m not cursing you. I’m cursing your f***ing director.”

Buwelta ni Mother Lily: “That’s none of your business!

Sa kalagitnaan ng kanilang pagtatalo, naging masyado nang personal ang mga atake ni Alfie kay Mother Lily. Umabot pa sa punto kung saan pati ang entertainment reporters na nasa loob ng venue ay nadamay at tinawag ni Alfie ng “pulubi” nang humingi ng paumanhin si Mother Lily sa mga ito. 
Sabi ni Alfie: “Bakit ka magso-sorry? Pulubi ang mga kaharap mo!

Dahil dito, mas lalong hindi nagpatinag si Mother Lily na sagutin ang entertainment columnist. Agad na depensa ni Mother Lily, “Anong pulubi ang sinasabi mo? Hindi sila mga pulubi, they are nice people. This is the first time this happened here. Hindi ako takot sa ’yo! Yang sinasabi mo na pulubi sila, hindi sila pulubi! “How dare you say that to entertainment writers, Alfie? Mas mataas pa sila sa level ko. They made my movies successful!

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Celine Dion Cancels Manila Concert Due To Her Health and Husband's Ailing Condition

Manila, Philippines - Celine Dion has cancelled her scheduled world tour including the one in Manila, Philippines on November 29, saying she needs to focus on her health, her husband's recovery from a cancerous tumor and raising their three young children.

"I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband's healing, and to do so, it's important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children. I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support." the singer said in a statement.

Rene Angelil, her husband, had a cancerous tumor removed in December, while she, also hasn't recovered from an illness that inflamed her throat muscles that forced her to cancel some of her previous scheduled performances.

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Solenn Heussaff Shares Ways to Achieve So Much Online with Less

Should you think celebrity living is all but extravagance, luxury and spending money...think again.

"It Girl" Solenn Heussaff, proves that being a well-known model, actress, TV host, recording star, fashion designer, painter, professional make-up artist, and product endorser will stop her from fulfilling her other passion - baking.

Beyond making it as a hobby, Solenn, finds baking as an easy, enjoyable way to earn extra money that she uses to treat her girl friends for an ultimate fun night out and out of the town vacation. Yes, you can have a taste of Solenn's savory, and scrumptious cupcakes and pastries as she sells them at food fair everywhere.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Who is Lyca Gairanod Before ‘The Voice Kids’ Reveals on ‘MMK’ this Saturday

Lyca Gairanod, the first grand champion of “The Voice Kids Philippines” will share her touching life story in ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” this Saturday (August 16).

In preparation for the episode where she will be portraying herself, Lyca underwent an acting workshop under the supervision of “MMK” director Nuel Naval and veteran actress Malou de Guzman.

“In ‘MMK,’ viewers will see my life before I joined ‘The Voice Kids’,” said the nine-year-old singing champion, who was called the “Little Superstar” during the competition.

Crying on cue was not so hard because Direk Nuel and Ms. Malou were there to guide me,” shared Lyca about how Naval and De Guzman helped her in her dramatic scenes.

Lyca, a small kid with big dreams from Tanza, Cavite, gained popularity for her heartfelt, amazing performances in “The Voice Kids” and humble background as a daughter of a fisherman. She would also sometimes help her mother scavenge for junk to sell.

Joining Lyca in her acting debut are Malou, Ronnie Lazaro, EJ Jallorina, Kokoy de Santos, Amy Nobleza, Jahren Estorque, Ian Galliguez, Marney Lapuz, Pepe Herrera, and Che Ramos. The episode is written by Benson Logronio and Arah Jell Badayos. “MMK” is led by business unit head Malou Santos and creative manager Mel Mendoza-del Rosario.

Capturing the hearts of Filipino viewers all over the world for the past 23 years, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” has legions of fans from different generations who cried, laughed, fell in love, and got inspired through the real-life narratives of the show’s letter-senders.


Don’t miss Lyca’s acting debut in the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK,” every Saturday, 8pm, after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN. 

For more updates, log on to, follow @MMKOfficial on Twitter, and “like” Tweet your thoughts about this Saturday’s episode by using the hashtag #MMKLyca.

Chito Miranda - Neri Naig Prenuptial Wedding Photos

Manila, Philippines - Controversial couple Chito Miranda and Neri Naig shared on their individual social media accounts earlier this week some of their prenuptial wedding photos.

One photo, taken by niceprintphoto, showing the couple kissing, surrounded by colorful paper windmills with the caption: "Two lives, two hearts joined together in friendship united forever in love."

Others shots show the couple gamely posing outdoors despite the rain, with Naig explaining: "We had so much fun kahit binabagyo ang shoot. We LOVED everything."

No official wedding date has been announced as of yet, but the Parokya ni Edgar frontman said the event has already been planned out.

In an earlier interview, he was quoted in saying: "Ako ever since planado ko na 'yon talaga. Siyempre when you are in a relationship, you always want to think na this would be it. So yeah there's a plan."

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Sweetest, Most Admired Celebrity Couple Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez Sign TV5 Contract

 Shown in the photo are (L-R) Mariel Rodriguez, TV5 President and CEO Noel Lorenzana, Robin Padilla, 
TV5 Chief Entertainment Content Officer Wilma Galvante 
and TV5 Chief Financial Officer Anna Bengzon 

TV5 officially welcomed celebrity couple Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez to the network’s growing pool of talents in a contract signing held at the TV5 Media Center in Reliance, Mandaluyong recently. 

In the presence of TV5’s top executives, Robin and Mariel  inked their contract to be the host and co-host of  Talentadong Pinoy 2014, the original and longest running talent show of its kind in the Philippines. 

Talentadong Pinoy 2014 makes its most anticipated return this Saturday, August 16, at 7:00PM on TV5.

Vhong Navarro Fires Back at His Enemies

Vhong Navarro’s character, Oca, is ready to get even with his enemies in the continuation of his “Wansapanataym” special with Carmina Villarroel and Louise Abuel.

In “Nato de Coco” this Saturday and Sunday (August 16 and 17), Oca will do everything to protect his family from the evil plans of Keith (Epy Quizon), whom he suspects is the one who sabotaged their basketball championship game. What will Oca do to keep Keith away from his wife and son? 

Will Nato (Louise) be able to prove that his father Oca did not sell their game for money? 

Also featured in “Nato de Coco” are Ella Cruz, Joshua Dionisio, and Yogo Singh. 

It is written by Noreen Capili and directed by Lino Cayetano. Produced by Dreamscape Entertainment Television, the original storybook for Filipino kids, “Wansapanataym,” is ABS-CBN’s longest-running and most-awarded fantasy-drama anthology. 

Don’t miss the continuation of “Wansapanataym Presents Nato de Coco” on its new schedule this Saturday at 7:15PM, and Sunday at 7PM on ABS-CBN. 

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Smart 5G (LTE-A) Wireless Technology Set to Deliver the Fastest, Most Advanced Mobile Connectivity in the Country

Manila, Philippines - Two years after it pioneered the deployment of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G technology in the country, wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) announced that 5G wireless technology LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), is now running in the Philippines’ largest and strongest network.

Smart switched on LTE-A at the Smart Jump Center in Mandaluyong City recently, setting the next phase of mobile communication technology beyond 4G LTE standards.

LTE-A, also referred to as ‘5G’ by reports on leading global mobile operators AT&T and T-Mobile, delivers data from between 100 megabits per second (mbps) to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), or ten times faster than 3G services and more than twice as fast as 4G services.

By firing up LTE-A technology on its network, Smart joins only a handful of carriers around the world with an LTE-A network, along with leading mobile operators in South Korea, United States, Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong.

Even as our 3G and 4G networks continue to be unrivaled, Smart becomes the first operator to leap into the future and put the Philippines at par with the world’s most advanced countries in terms of mobile communications technology,” said Orlando B. Vea, founder and Chief Wireless Advisor of Smart.

With LTE-A, a 10MB file takes less than a second to download, YouTube videos no longer have to buffer, and video calls are almost lag-free. But beyond speed, LTE-A’s main feature is also its capability to allocate more network resources to users when the need arises. Smart started testing LTE-A across the country in August last year, delivering results of more than 100Mbps in Makati City, in Boracay, and in Davao City during the Kadayawan Festival.


Ramon Isberto, Public Affairs head for Smart and its parent company the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), said that the recent development is part of the company’s multi-pronged approach in addressing the various needs for internet and data services in the market.

The PLDT Group’s strategy has always been to create solutions that address the varying needs of all segments of our customers, to bring fixed, wireless and mobile broadband services where they really matter. They may be delivered at different speeds and volumes, using a variety of technologies, and meant to respond to a wide range of needs of the market – but all of it is aimed at bringing the benefits of the internet to every Filipino,”

This strategy meant deploying a combination of Fiber-to-the-Home, Next Generation Network, Time-Division Duplex LTE, Frequency-Division Duplex LTE and vDSL to bring internet to every Filipino home, and 3G, 4G, and 5G or LTE-A for mobile subscribers, according to Isberto.

We are able to deliver all these high-bandwidth services and applications on the strength of our transmission backbone network, which is the most extensive and most resilient in the country. Aside from allowing us to commit to speed, our unmatched network resources give us the edge in terms of efficiency and reliability,

Smart’s nationwide coverage is backed by PLDT’s fiber optic cable connection which has now reached nearly 90,000 kilometers, or more than four times than competition. To further strengthen this domestic fiber optic network (DFON), PLDT also set up third legs in its fiber loops in key areas nationwide, the latest of which is the Bohol DFON project that provided redundant links between the Visayas and Mindanao.

‘Moon of Desire’ Explosive Finale Happening on August 15

An epic battle for love is about to happen in the intense finale of “Moon of Desire” this Friday (August 15) on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold.
There’s no stopping Jeff (JC De Vera) from defying all odds just to save Ayla (Meg Imperial) from becoming Ulric’s (Jason Abalos) bride. On the night of the wedding, Jeff attacks Ulric and takes Ayla away with him.

Tension arises and Ayla uncovers the powers of the ancient necklaces, which will reach their full power when the full moon comes. Will Ayla emerge victorious in her battle against the evil wolf pack? Will she and Jeff finally live a peaceful life together?

As afternoon television’s most desirable series exits, a promising future begins for today’s newest desirable stars.

Both Meg Imperial and JC De Vera are now certified Kapamilya lead stars and have proven their worth as legitimate drama actors.

Ellen Adarna, on the other hand, further sealed her status as the country’s newest “pantasya ng bayan.”

“Moon of Desire” also catapulted the romantic and naughty loveteam of Franco Daza and Beauty Gonzalez dubbed as TiNola (combined character names Tilda and Nolan) and launched Dominic Roque and Miko Raval as Philippine TV’s newest hunk actors to watch out for.

Don’t miss the last episode of “Moon of Desire” this Friday (August 15) after “It’s Showtime,” on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold. For updates, like the show’s official Facebook page on, follow @moonofdesire on Twitter and follow @moonofdesireofficial on Instagram.

Gilas Pilipinas FIBA World Cup 2015 Games Airs Live on TV5

TV5 announces the live airing of Gilas Pilipinas games for the 2014 FIBA World Cup later this month as they received the rights for LIVE FREE TV  coverage of the much-awaited world basketball tournament.
Come August 30, the Philippines will be sharing the world basketball stage in the much-awaited FIBA World Cup in Spain after a 40-year absence in the prestigious international basketball tournament, and TV5 stands at the forefront of rallying for the national team by bringing the EXCLUSIVE LIVE free-TV airing of all the Gilas Pilipinas games to millions of Filipino fans across the country.
Every Filipino can share the spirit of national pride as we all collectively witness the remarkable journey of our national team as they play the best games of their lives and fight to bring honor to our country.
But before Gilas Pilipinas heads into the biggest tournament in the world, the team will be playing tune-up games in Europe against the best international teams of Angola, Australia, Ukraine, Egypt, and France – dubbed "Gilas Pilipinas vs The World." The series of games will be EXCLUSIVELY seen on TV5.
And to help you learn more about Gilas Pilipinas and the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Sports5 will be giving updates and interviews via the FIBA World Cup Primer from August 25 to 29 at 7:30PM.
Finally, the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain officially opens on August 30 with TV5 as the ONLY Free TV channel with LIVE coverage of Gilas Pilipinas games, starting with Croatia at 6:30pm, followed by the Gilas Pilipinas game agains Greece on September 1 at 2:00am, and versus Argentina at 11:30pm, also on September 1. Puerto Rico is the team's opponent on September 3 at 7:30pm, while the game against Senegal caps off the preliminary round on September 4 at 8:00pm.
All these will be brought to every Filipino home by Sports5, the same winning team that brought the 27th FIBA Asia Championship last August 2013.




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