Saturday, September 6, 2014

MEGA Magazine September 2014 Photos Compiled: Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Barretto, Erich Gonzales and Maja Salvador

Manila, Philippines - MEGA, the Philippines' best fashion magazine, celebrates its 256th issue with the launch of its thickest and Biggest Fashion issue yet this September 2014 featuring four of the local showbiz industry's most sought-after actresses and fashion trendsetters - Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Barretto, Erich Gonzales and Maja Salvador.

Photographed by ace lensman Mark Nicdao, the four Kapamilya leading ladies were shown posing in scenic Mattanu Private Game Reserve in Northern Cape, South Africa.

Check out some of their photos below:

Meanwhile, watch #SmartMakingMEGA in South Africa documentary video below:

PBB Season 6 To Air Very Soon; ABS-CBN Announces Audition

With the undeniable huge success of its All In Edition, the sixth season of Pinoy Big Brother is coming sooner than you think as announced by ABS-CBN just 15 days after Daniel Matsunaga was named the Big Winner.

In a post on its official Twitter page, "Pinoy Big Brother" made the announcement on Friday that the Kapamilya network is gearing towards its sixth season, "We're coming back and it's sooner than you think!" it said.

Are you excited with the announcement of Pinoy Big Brother Season 6?

Audition dates and venues to be announced soon!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Richard Gomez to Test Pinay Beauty Queens Wit and Poise on September 7 Episode of TV5's 'Quiet Please! Bawal ang Maingay'

A new batch of celebrity players will be taking on the various challenges of ‘Master Silencer’ Richard Gomez in the next episode of TV5’s much talked-about game show, the one-of-a-kind “Quiet Please! Bawal ang Maingay”, airing this Sunday, September 7 at 8:00PM.

This time around, ‘Beauty’ goes head-to-head against ‘Wit’ as some of the country’s fiercest beauty queens – Ariella Arida (Ms. Universe 2013 3rdRunner-Up), Mutya Datul (Miss Supranational 2013) and Bianca Manalo(Ms. Universe- Philippines 2009) – try to outlast some of the country’s loudest and most popular comedians – John “Sweet” Lapus, Tuesday Vargas and Bayani Agbayani.

Can “Team Beauty” still display their poise and maintain their grace under pressure as they go through round-after-round of timed challenges? Will the known restless behavior and loud personalities of each member of “Team Witty” backfire on them as they attempt to accomplish the craziest tasks without setting off the giant ‘noise-meter’? In the end, which team will be able to best the other and advance to the daunting jackpot round and win it all?

See for yourself if you can also accomplish some of the most deceivingly simple tasks of this unique game show as TV5 premieres yet another thrilling celebrity episode of “Quiet Please! Bawal ang Maingay” this Sunday, September 7 at 8:00PM.

Ella Cruz and Bang Garcia's Horrifying Experience Features in MMK this Saturday

ABS-CBN's "Maalaala Mo Kaya" will feature this Saturday (September 6) the horrifying experience of a girl named Leng (to be played by Ella Cruz and later on by Bangs Garcia) who was raped by her own father at the young age of 13. "Strong Parental Guidance" (SPG) is encouraged for young viewers who will watch this episode.

What will a sexually abused child think of her mother who does not believe her at all? Is a normal life possible for someone who had such a traumatic experience? Will she ever trust her family and believe in love again?

Joining Ella and Bangs in the upcoming "MMK" episode are Alex Castro, Jestoni Alarcon, Daisy Reyes, Veyda Innoval, Laiza Comia, Kazumi Porquez, Shane Hermogenes, Tanya Gomez, and Baby Red. It is directed by Mae Cruz and written by Denise O'Hara 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 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 #MMKTheFighter.

KathNiel, Gary V. and Sam Milby to Perform in TFC's OKGo! Auckland 2014 and OK Go! Sydney 2014 Events This Septemnber

TFC Press Statement

Manila, Philippines
– Following the successes of the “One Kapamilya Go (OK Go!)” celebrations in the United States of America (U.S.A.), Canada, Europe and Japan, premier network The Filipino Channel (TFC) brings the network’s most-anticipated entertainment spectacle via “OK Go! Sydney and Auckland 2014” to the Victory Convention Centre, Freemans Bay, Auckland, New Zealand on September 26 and to the Rosehill Racecourse, James Ruse Drive, Rosehill, New South Wales on September 28.

On the occasion of TFC’s 20th anniversary and our decade of presence and service in Australia, we are bringing TFC’s biggest event brand for the global Filipino, ‘One Kapamilya Go!’,” said ABS-CBN Asia Pacific Managing Director Ailene Averion.

Averion added: “As we celebrate these historic milestones, holding ‘OKGo!’ in Australia for the first time is our way of thanking Filipinos here for ten years of dynamic partnership that helped animate the local Filipino community.  At the same time, this ground-breaking ‘OKGo!’ is a promise of more exciting things to come from TFC in serving our Kapamilyas in the region.  This is one big, fun party.  We will enjoy this shared milestone together, celebrate the Kapamilya spirit and experience a true, world-class showcase of the ‘Galing ng Filipino.’

OK Go! Sydney 2014

Ready to raise the energy level in the ‘Land Down Under’ for “OK Go! Sydney 2014” are Kapamilya stars Tart Carlos and Vivieka Ravanes also known as Doris and Sabel, of the hit Philippine TV kilig-serye “Be Careful With My Heart” who will provide stand-up comedy and vocal performances for the Filipino-Australians; “The Voice of the Philippines” season one runner-up Klarisse De Guzman who is set to perform with her powerful vocal chops; Princess of Primetime and lead star of Philippine movie blockbuster, “She’s Dating the Gangster,”  Kathryn Bernardo who will showcase her talent this time in the music department; Kapamilya heartthrob and hunk Sam Milby who will also serenade the audience with his acoustic performances; and TFC’s 20th anniversary ambassador and powerhouse performer Mr. Pure Energy, Gary Valenciano who will rock the stage with his performances of his classics and his tribute song to Pinoys all over the world and TFC’s 20th anniversary theme song, “Galing ng Filipino.”

Joining the rousing entertainment are 2012 and 2013 TFCKat winners from Australia, Sean Hutton and Giselle Hernandez who will be opening the “OK Go! Sydney” event with their winning performances during their stints in the competition.

OKGo! Auckland 2014

Ready to set fireworks in “OK Go! Auckland 2014” are singer-comedienne Cacai Bautista who will combine comedy and music in her numbers, Bernardo and her love team and on-screen partner in “She’s Dating the Gangster,” Daniel Padilla who will deliver kilig performances, de Guzman who will reprise her “The Voice” winning performance and Valenciano who will share his world-class performance of his music hits and TFC’s 20th anniversary theme.

Take pride, banner your ‘Galing’ as a Filipino, and join the momentous “OK Go! Auckland 2014” on September 26, Friday and “OK Go! Sydney 2014” on September 28, Sunday.   

For ticket prices and more updates, call 1800 ABS CBN (1800 227 226), visit our Facebook pages, and or follow @KapamilyaTFC on twitter and instagram.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

James Reid and Nadine Lustre "My App Boyfie" Soon on ABS-CBN

After the unexpected multi-million peso box-office earnings of their maiden movie team-up entitled "Diary Ng Panget" prompting Star Cinema and Viva Films to co-produced their second successful movie "Talk Back and You're Dead," ABS-CBN is now set to earn big on the JaDine (James Reid and Nadine Lustre) team-up, this time via a TV romantic-comedy series called "My App #Boyfie".

Several days after they signed an exclusive contract with the Kapamilya network, James and Nadine, in a teaser released by ABS-CBN on Thursday, revealed their next team-up project "My App #Boyfie" written by bestselling love guru Noringai.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

'Trenderas' Isabelle de Leon, Katrina ‘Suklay Diva’ Velarde and Lara Maigue Serenade Fans at Pasig Public Market

 TV5 Press Statement

The 3 up-and-coming stars of TV5's newest musical-comedy-drama program, "Trenderas", recently headlined the Kapatid Network's Palengke Tour in Pasig City.
After capturing the audience’s attention with their exceptional vocal prowess in various prestigious events such as the 2014 Ad Summit and the annual PBA Leo Awards, among many others, the three young and up-and-coming stars of TV5’s newest musical-drama-comedy series, “Trenderas”, surely made quite the impact when they headlined TV5's palengke tour in Pasig Public Market on Sunday.

Amidst the hustle and bustle on a typical early Saturday morning in the perennially busy Pasig Public Market, buyers, vendors and passers-by could not help but be captivated by the charm and impressive voices of Isabelle de Leon, Katrina ‘Suklay Diva’ Velarde and Lara Maigue as the talented trio gave the crowd a taste of what is to be expected in the already much-anticipated beginning of “Trenderas”, which is set to finally premiere on September 13 at 9:00pm.


The PasigueƱos who gathered in the event widely enjoyed the sneak peek of “Trenderas”, seeing how they could easily relate to the unique and aspirational plot of the show. “Trenderas” chronicles the exciting journey of Isabelle, Katrina and Lara, who play the role of three best friends who make ends meet by selling trinkets on the street while at the same time sharing their collective dream of one day becoming professional singers. The program closely follows their inspiring transformation from seemingly ordinary ‘tinderas’ to the country’s newest trending stars.

Another remarkable event highlight was when the audience was treated to a free mini-concert of sorts with the three young stars performing for the first time in public the official and original catchy theme song of “Trenderas”. Aside from these and very much in-theme with the program’s plot, the 3 girls also judged an entertaining singing competition featuring select vendors from the Pasig Public Market, who were rewarded with grocery items and various TV5 premium items as prizes for their much-applauded fifteen seconds of fame on stage.

Also joining in on the Saturday morning fun were the two other recently-launched weekend shows of the Kapatid Network, beginning with “Quiet Please! Bawal ang Maingay” (Sundays at 8:00PM), where select audience members participated in a fun game, and “Talentadong Pinoy 2014” (Saturdays at 7:00PM), with the first-ever Ultimate Talentado Joshua “Yoyo Tricker” Davis performing alongside Talentadong Pinoy 2014 stand-outs “Synchro Mover” and “Probinsyano Pupeteer”, to the delight of the whole crowd.


Be sure to be on the lookout for the country’s newest trending sensations, with Isabelle, Katrina and Lara all set to soon invade the rest of the country as they continue to headline TV5’s nationwide palengke tour this month, kicking-off on September 6 in Commonwealth Market, followed by September 13 in Divisoria market, and finally on September 21 in Capiz Bacolod Market.

Kapamilya Top Execs and Brightest Stars Get Iced for a Cause

 ABS-CBN Press Statement

Manila, Philippines - ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III and President and CEO Charo Santos Concio showed their support for the worldwide campaign for raising awareness and research funds for the neurological disorder Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease by accepting the ice bucket challenge.

Lopez accepted the nomination of “TV Patrol” news anchor Noli de Castro and IBM Philippines general manager Mariels Almeda Winhoffer and agreed to get doused with a pail of iced water.  Concio, meanwhile, took the cause after being nominated by “Balitang Global” host and news reporter Doris Bigornia and entertainment reporter Gretchen Fullido.

Lopez passed on the dare to GMA 7’s Felipe “Henry” Gozon and TV 5’s Manny Pangilinan, while Concio challenged Philippine senator Grace Poe Llamanzares and actress Dawn Zulueta.

Among the Kapamilya celebrities who also joined the popular social media sensation were Lea Salonga, Kris Aquino, Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Angel Locsin, Luis Manzano, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Vhong Navarro, Billy Crawford, Coleen Garcia, Paulo Avelino, Nadine Lustre, James Reid, Darla Sauler, among others.

News personalities de Castro, Ted Failon Korina Sanchez, Karen Davila, Bernadette Sembrano, Anthony Taberna, Bigornia, Mario Dumaual, Ginger Conejero, Fullido, TJ Manotoc, Pinky Webb, Ron Cruz, and Paolo Abrera also took the challenge.

Introduced by Washington-based ALS Association, the ice bucket challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of iced water poured on them, and then challenging others to do the same.  Challenged individuals will have to comply within 24 hours or forfeit by donating money.  However, some of the Kapamilya personalities opted to both donate to ALS Association and comply with the challenge.

According to, the campaign has raised more than $100 million (over P4.3 billion) of donations as of August 29, 2014. (Kane Errol Choa, OIC, Integrated Corporate Communications, ABS-CBN Corporation).

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares Explains Reasons Behind PHL High Tax Contributions on "Face The People"

TV5 Press Statement

Hard-hitting public servant, BIR Commissioner Kim Henares will answer issues thrown to her by taxpayers in Friday’s (September 5) episode of TV5’s social reality talk show Face The People.

Known as one of the fearless women in the government today, BIR Commissioner Henares asserts that taxes are collected so that public services are delivered. The public servant also explained that she’s just doing her job as stated in the laws of the country: “Huwag ako ang sisihin niyo kundi yung mga congressmen at mga senador na gumagawa ng batas na ito” added Henares.

However, TV and radio personality Benj Felipe asserts that the middle class should not be taxed heavily: “Bakit kaming mga uring manggagawa ang dapat magdusa sa pagbabayad ng buwis kung hindi ninyo kayang habulin ang mayayamang nasa itaas at yung mga nasa ibaba”.

Small-time entrepreneurs Merly Castro (who owns a shop of imported second-hand goods/ “ukay-ukay”) and Janet Hidalgo (who owns a small sari-sari store) were also emotional to face the internal revenue chief. Lamenting how their minute earnings are the only what gets them through life, the women asked: “May mga anak kaming pinapaaral at kakarampot lang ang kinikita ng aming mga mister bilang construction worker. Paano na ang kinabukasan namin?

Check out the teaser below:

Will Henares hear the pleas of the people or will she stand by the law and her principles? Find out on Face The People, 10:15AM on TV5!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Daniel Padilla 'Simpleng Tulad Mo' Music Video featuring Kathryn Bernardo

Star Music has released the music video for Daniel Padilla's "Simpleng Tulad Mo".

An official entry to this year’s “Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs,” the music video created by students Polytechnic University of the Philippines also features Daniel's perennial partner Kathryn Bernardo.

Check out the music video below:

To watch the official music video of the remaning 14 finalists, click this LINK.

Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014 finals night will happen on September 28, Sunday, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Tickets to the “Himig Handog” finals night are now available at the Ticketnet. For more details, visit or call 911-5555.

Star Magic Ball 2014 Kapamilya Leading Ladies: The Gowns, Glitter and Glam

Several days after the most in-demand Kapamilya heartthrobs show off what to expect from them in the upcoming 8th Star Magic Ball (check out HERE), Kapamilya leading ladies take their turn and reveal few details on who they'll be wearing in the much-anticipated annual Star Magic Ball.

Happening this Saturday, September 6 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, with the theme Hollywood Glam: Black, White, and Silver, the 8th Star Magic Ball, for the first time, will have a special telecast and live coverage to be aired through SkyCable pay-per-view and online live streaming through iWantTV.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Himig Handog Love Songs 2014 Releases Music Videos, Finals Night Set on September 28 at the Big Dome

ABS-CBN Press Statement

Manila, Philippines - Here is the official music videos of the 15 song finalists of this year’s “Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs” as released by Star Music.

Aside from the “Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs” CD, the 15 song finalists are also featured in music videos created by the students from some of the country’s most prestigious universities, including University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo De Manila University, DLSU-College of Saint Benilde, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Far Eastern University, Adamson University, University of the East, San Beda College-Alabang, San Sebastian College, Mapua Institute of Technology, MINT (Meridian International) College, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, St. Paul University, and Miriam College.

Words and music by Jungee Marcelo
Interpreted by Marion Aunor featuring Rizza Cabrera and Seed Bunye
Music video by Mapua Institute of Technology

Words and music by Melchora Mabilog
Interpreted by Janella Salvador
Music video by San Beda College Alabang

Words and music by Francis Kiko Salazar
Interpreted by Morissette Amon
Music video by Colegio de San Juan de Letran

Words and music by Raizo Chabeldin and Biv de Vera
Interpreted by Jovit Baldivino
Music video by Far Eastern University

Words and music by Edwin Marollano
Interpreted by KZ Tandingan
Music video by San Sebastian College-Recoletos

Words and music by Jude Gitamondoc
Interpreted by Jed Madela
Music video by University of Santo Tomas

Words and music by Nica del Rosario
Interpreted by Juris
Music video by De La Salle-College of St. Benilde

Words and music by David Dimaguila
Interpreted by Ebe Dancel and Abra
Music video by University of the East

Words and music by Rolando Azor
Interpreted by Bugoy Drilon
Music video by St. Paul University Manila

Words and music by Hazel Faith Dela Cruz
Interpreted by Hazel Faith Dela Cruz
Music video by Adamson University

Words and music by Sarah Jane Gandia
Interpreted by Jessa Zaragoza
Music video by Meridian International College

Words and music by Joven Tan
Interpreted by Michael Pangilinan
Music video by University of the Philippines

Words and music by Joel Mendoza
Interpreted by Angeline Quinto
Music video by Ateneo de Manila University

Words and music by Eric de Leon
Interpreted by Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz
Music video by Miriam College

Words and music by MJ Magno
Interpreted by Daniel Padilla
Music video by Polytechnic University of the Philippines

The highly anticipated finals night of the country’s biggest multimedia songwriting competition, “Himig Handog Pinoy Pop (P-Pop) Love Songs 2014,” will happen on September 28 (Sunday) at the Araneta Coliseum. 

Kapamilya stars Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Robi Domingo, and Alex Gonzaga will host the event.

Just like its previous runs, “Himig Handog” will be giving away special awards aside from the grand prize. Fans can still continue voting for their favorite song entries and interpreters in various platforms such as MOR 101.9 for “MOR’s Choice” by texting MORHHSONG<1 15="" to=""> to 2331, for ‘Online Choice for Favorite Interpreter,” for “TFC Choice,” via Starstudio Magazine’s September issue for “Starstudio’s Choice;” and through the “Himig Handog” album itself for “Star Records Listeners’ Choice.” The CD is now available on all record stores nationwide for only P299. It can also be downloaded per track for P25.00 each. 

Tickets to the “Himig Handog” finals night are now available at the Ticketnet. For more details, visit or call 911-5555. For more information about “Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs” and complete voting mechanics for the special awards, visit, like Star Records’ Facebook fanpage at or follow @starrecordsph on Twitter.

Inigo Pascual Releases Young Photos of Parents Piolo Pascual and Donnabelle Lazaro

Piolo Pascual Inigo
Piolo Pascual's equally good-looking son Inigo Pascual revealed what some of his dad's followers has been long searching for.

On his official Instagram account @iminigopascual, the 16 year-old Los Angeles-based son of Philippines showbiz' Ultimate Heartthrob posted a photo collage of young Pascual and his mom Donnabelle Lazaro with the caption "My parents when they were younger. So who do I look more like?" putting an end to the mystery behind the very lucky girl.

Inigo, currently staying in the US with his mom is starting to make his own name in the entertainment industry. Piolo revealed in an interview that his son is set to join a US boy band aside from a series of dancing stints as posted on his YouTube account.   

Inigo also stars in his first indie movie project produced by his dad Piolo entitled "Relaks, It's Just Pag-Ibig" showing soon in theaters nationwide.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Shrek, Princess Fiona and Donkey Arrive in Manila for 'Shrek The Musical'

Manila, Philippines - Everyone’s favorite big green Ogre and his funny friends are on their way to Manila! 

'Shrek The Musical' with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori, will play the Meralco Theatre for four weeks only, September 19 - October 12, 2014. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketworld at 891-9999 or

The hit Broadway and West End musical Shrek is a slightly fractured fairytale that’s big on laughs with a tender heart at it’s core. Audiences will delight in joining Shrek, the unlikely hero, and his wisecracking loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful, albeit slightly neurotic, Princess Fiona from her tower guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add to the mix Lord Farquaad, a bad guy with a short temper, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a cookie with an attitude and you’ve got a must see musical comedy for the whole family – Shrek the Musical.

The world of fairy tales collides and is turned upside down in an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance. Featuring all new songs, as well as the popular Shrek anthem, "I’m a Believer," Shrek, the Musical brings the well-loved characters to life in a hilarious and spectacular production based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Oscar-winning Dreamworks animated film which opened on Broadway in December 2008 and was followed by a revamped production in London’s West End in 2011. 'Shrek The Musical' was initiated when Sam Mendes, a big fan of the first Shrek film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg around the time the second film was in production.

Get your tickets now to 'Shrek The Musical', the must see family musical comedy of the year!

Mark Gil is Dead

Mark Gil passed away at around 8 in the morning today, September 1, 24 days before his 53rd birthday.

Raphael Joseph De Mesa in real life, the veteran actor died of cirrhosis or advance liver disease.

Gil was last seen playing Maja Salvador's estranged father is ABS-CBN toprating primetime series "The Legal Wife."

He was survived by his wife and children including actors Andi Eigenmann, Gabby Eigenmann and Sid Lucero.

ABS-CBN Named Company of The Year at the 2014 International Business Awards in Paris, France

After winning at the Asia Pacific Stevie Awards, ABS-CBN Corporation won the Gold Stevie Award in the Company of the Year – Media & Entertainment category at the 11th Annual International Business Awards. The awards night will be held in Paris, France on October 10.

Because of this win, ABS-CBN, carrying the name of the Philippines, will compete in the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies in the Media & Entertainment category. It will be competing against the silver and the bronze Stevie winners from the UK and the US in the said category. The company that will garner the most number of votes will win a People’s Choice Stevie Award.

To vote for the only Philippine media company in the running, just go to, click the Media & Entertainment category, and choose ABS-CBN Corporation. Voting ends on September 12.

The International Business Awards (IBAs) is the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2014 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories including the Philippines.

The Gold Stevie Award recognized ABS-CBN’s business achievements in the past year for its supremacy in terms of TV ratings and box office sales for Star Cinema movies, increase in revenue, groundbreaking business ventures such as ABS-CBNmobile, theme park Kidzania Manila, and TV home shopping channel O Shopping, its public service initiatives such as the “Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na” campaign and relief and rehabilitation efforts for the victims of disasters, and the success of its Philippine TV’s 60th anniversary celebration.

More than 3,500 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Company of the Year, Website of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.
Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 250 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August.

Last May, ABS-CBN bagged a Grand Stevie Award at the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and was the only Filipino company to receive the highest honor given to five companies in the region. It also won a Gold Stevie Award in the Services Company of the Year category, while ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio won a Gold Stevie in the Woman of the Year for all Asia-Pacific nations (except Australia and South Korea) category.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ABS-CBN Releases New Shows for 3Q 2014: Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita, Nathaniel and Forevermore

The Kapamilya network, on its “Kapamilya: All Out” trade concert for advertisers on Thursday, August 28 gave a sneak peek of its new set of upcoming programs showcasing its new talents and fresh stories - something that you have never watched before.

Among the must-watch shows announced were ABS-CBN’s original reality show “I Do,” hosted by Judy Ann Santos. The show had its Twitter-trending #IDoJourneyBegins pilot episode on Saturday night, August 30.

Another show to watch-out for it the drama series “Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita (NKNKK).”

“NKNKK” will star Vina Morales, Denise Laurel, and “Pinoy Big Brother: All In” ex-housemates Jane Oineza, Joshua Garcia, and Loisa Andalio.

The pairing of Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano will also get its first boob tube break on “Forevermore.” Watch the trailer HERE.

“Nathaniel,” a new child-centric series will also premiere on the Kapamilya network which will introduce a still-unnamed new young actor. The show will also feature “The Voice Kids” champ Lyca Gairanod along with Gerald Anderson, Shaina Magdayao, Pokwang, Benjie Paras, Jairus Aquino, Sharlene San Pedro, Jayson Gainza, and “PBB” twins Fourth and Fifth Pagotan.

TFC Worldwide Welcomes 9 "I Do" Couples this Sunday, August 31

Manila, Philippines - Nine couples are about to face a whole new chapter that will change their lives forever. But before they take the big plunge to married life, the couples will embark on a journey that will test their relationships and discover new things about their significant others.  Will it be an “I Do” or an “I Don’t” for the couples?  Join them as they march down the aisle of challenges in the newest reali-serye “I Do,” which premiered on August 30, Saturday (August 31, Sunday in the U.S. [Eastern Time], Australia or Australian Eastern Standard Time [AEST], New Zealand or New Zealand Eastern Standard Time [NZST], and Guam) on The Filipino Channel (TFC) worldwide.

Throughout the competition, the couples will be tested and guided by host Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, along with other council members: life coach Pia Acevedo and psychologist and marriage counselor Dr. Julian Montano.  Co-host Jason Gainza will be joining Santos-Agoncillo in giving out the challenges.

Santos-Agoncillo, who is a well-respected and multi-awarded actress and who has been married for five years to husband Ryan Agoncillo and has two kids, said she will give advice to the couples based on her personal experiences as a wife and a mother.  She revealed: “The most challenging thing I do in the show is giving the couples pieces of advice that they can live by.  When I accepted to be on this show, I didn’t really know what I was getting in to.  I was just excited because it’s an original concept.  Along the way, I became sort of a life coach.  It just feels great to be a part of a couple’s journey to getting married.”

The nine couples will live in three houses inside the “I Do” village, but the women will sleep separately from the men.  Santos-Agoncillo shared that the program made her realize that the strength of a relationship does not depend on how long a couple has been together.   She said: “What’s important to me is that viewers will get inspiration from the show.  We made this program to inspire people not to jump into certain situations.  Lahat ng bagay ngayon dapat pinag-iisipan ng mabuti.
(Everything should be well-thought-out).”

In the program, the couples will be tested through cycles, with a theme each week and sessions based on real-life marriage and relationship situations.  Each week, the council will decide which couple leaves the “I Do” village.

Acevedo shared: “My favorite part about being part of the council is when the contestants ask for help and admit their weaknesses as a couple.  It is not about the show anymore.  I admire them because they let their vulnerability show.  I hope viewers learn from that and face their own barriers when it comes to love.”

Montano, meanwhile, shared that he is amazed by the production staff for conceptualizing creative activities which have started using professional counseling.  He said: “I learned a lot not just about delivering the topics and lines, but also in seeing the couples.  My one big learning in my experience is focusing on ethical responsibilities.  There should always be balance.  We open up their emotions and make them realize something.  My responsibility is to see to it that we bring them closure.”

The pilot of “I Do” unveiled the love stories of the nine couples, who are composed of the following: business partners who have become a romantic couple, a Korean-Pinay pair who showcase a fusion of their cultures, an engaged couple ready to settle, high-school sweethearts who have a long romantic history, a couple struggling to confront their haunting past, a couple who have been together for just three months, neighbors who have become lovers, a couple with a 19-year age gap, and a young pair who are already parents.

In the end, the winning couple will bring home P1 million, house and lot, and their dream grand wedding.

Whose love story is about to get a happy ending? Do not miss the much-anticipated love-filled reali-serye, “I Do” premiering on August 31, Sunday in the U.S. [Eastern Time], Australia or Australian Eastern Standard Time [AEST], New Zealand or New Zealand Eastern Standard Time [NZST]) on The Filipino Channel (TFC) worldwide.  Catch the couples’ journey to a possible ‘happy ever after’ via TFC’s official online service, right after its Philippine airing, and revisit each episode on TFC’s video-on-demand service via its internet protocol television (IPTV) service available in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

For more updates, connect with fellow global Filipinos and visit or follow @KapamilyaTFC on twitter and instagram.

Toni Gonzaga Faced Tons of Rejections Before Making It Big in PHL Showbiz

Toni Gonzaga recalls the struggles and difficulties she has been through to get to what she is right now - one of Philippine showbiz' most important stars.

The Ultimate Multimedia Star, in her interview with Anthony Taberna in August 28 episode of “Tapatan ni Tunying,” said she banks on her talent and personality to stand out in the overly competitive world of showbiz.

Toni started auditioning for entertainment projects since age nine. She was a “singing sensation” in her hometown in Taytay, Rizal, sweeping grand prizes in barangay competitions.Yet it took her eight years to get her lucky break - a soft drink commercial with Piolo Pascual.

She said, “Every rejection became my motivation. Mahusay din ‘yung support system ko, ‘yung mommy’t daddy ko, na [nagsabing] ‘O sige, susuportahan ka namin sa pangarap mo.’

Talagang lahat pinasok ko. Kumanta ako sa mga hotel lounge, nag-talent, talagang all around,” the box office actress relates. “Kumbaga sa kasambahay, luto, linis, laba, yaya. Kaya kong lahat. Para ‘pag tinanong ako ‘pag nago-audition ako nu’n, ‘Ano’ng kaya mong gawin?’ Ang isasagot ko, ‘Lahat po.’” she added.

Eventually, Toni became an in-demand host and recording artist. She also proved her acting mettle especially in the movies. 

She has landed major roles in Star Cinema's “D' Anothers,”  “You Are The One,” “You Got Me,” “My Big Love,” “My Only U,” “Ang Tanging Pamilya,” “My Amnesia Girl,” “Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi,” “This Guy's In Love With You Mare,” “Four Sisters and A Wedding,” and “Starting Over Again.”




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