Saturday, September 13, 2014

Manny Pacquiao Partners with Solenn Heussaff in 'MP Sports Science' Beginning this Sunday on GMA-7

On Sunday night, September 14, GMA Network gives an all-new meaning to sports with its newest Sunday Night Box Office (SNBO) infotainment show called "MP featuring Sport Science".

MP featuring Sport Science marks the comeback of Pambansang Kamao and world-class boxing champion Manny Pacquiao on Philippine TV who will be co-hosting with Kapuso TV host/actress Solenn Heussaff.

"MP featuring Sport Science" will feature some athletic Kapuso stars who will share the trainings they undertake in preparation for their competitions in the show’s Celebrity Sports segment, encouraging everyone to stay fit and healthy.
The show also set to present various episodes from Fox Sports Net’s program, Sport Science, showing an in-depth analysis of the sports legends’ capabilities by measuring, testing, and comparing their strengths to machines and animals with the help of doctors and experts.

Kapuso viewers will certainly have something to look forward to as each episode contains different thrilling sports segments, which will feature new mind-blowing discoveries.

On its pilot episode this Sunday, Pacman and Solenn will be joined by Rocco Nacino who will feature on its Celebrity Sport segment his Jujitsu training.

The Philippine Volcano weighs in on their strength. Who among its member is strong enough to break a stack of six hollow blocks using a sledgehammer?

Sport expert and veteran columnist Quinito Henson, meanwhile, will share his commentaries on Pacman's previous bouts leading to him becoming the first and only 8-division world boxing champion.

The show also features the measurement and analysis of Pacman’s aptitude in boxing that makes him a world-class champion with the help of resident sport scientist Martin Antonio.

Watch the video below:

Catch the amazing sports discoveries in MP featuring Sport Science with host Manny Pacquiao airing twice a month starting this Sunday after Sa Puso Ni Dok only on GMA-7.

ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2014 Teaser Video

On Friday, September 12, ABS-CBN officially ushers the Christmas season after it released a teaser video of its much-awaited annual Christmas Station ID.

The 7-second video features a line from the popular Pinoy Christmas carol "ang babait ninyo, thank you."

Check out the video below:

Eraserheads, Kooky Chua Ogie Alcasid Join "Trenderas" Special 1-Hour Pilot Night on September 13

Tonight at 9:00PM, in the special 1-hour pilot episode of TV5's newest family drama-comedy-musical series "Trenderas," viewers will be treated to an all-out musical spectacle featuring the music of OPM icons Eraserheads, Apo Hiking Society, Aegis, Dulce, Kuh Ledesma and Itchyworms.

TV5 guarantees to give viewers a free concert experience like they have never felt before with the Kapatid Network’s newest offering, “Trenderas”, poised to unleash one unforgettable musical number after another – featuring all-time favorite hits of several OPM icons, led by the critically-acclaimed rock band, Eraserheads, as well as other popular songs from the APO Hiking Society, Aegis, and from many other local music legends.

“Trenderas” will also have viewers’ throwback feelings in full throttle as they watch former Eraserheads member, Raimund Marasigan, perform front and center once again, this time with the talented trio of the musical-drama-comedy program’s up-and-coming stars in Isabelle de Leon (as Isabelle), Katrina ‘Suklay Diva’ Velarde (as Diva) and Lara Maigue (as Lara).

In the program, Raimund will be playing the very special guest role as one of the head judges of the fictional nationwide singing competition, “The Next Pinoy Pop Icon”, where hundreds of hopefuls have auditioned, including the characters played by the three aforementioned girls. OPM pillars and award-winning singer-songwriters Kooky Chua and TV5’s very own Ogie Alcasid will also be joining forces with Raimund as the competition’s formidable judges.

The special 1-hour pilot telecast of “Trenderas” will be pulling out all the stops in treating viewers to a one-of-a-kind musical spectacle, which will be highlighted by fresh takes by the various cast members of well-loved OPM songs such as “Minsan” (originally by the Eraserheads), “Saan Na Nga Ba Ang Barkada” (Apo Hiking Society), “Luha” (Aegis), “Beer” (Itchyworms), “Ako Ang Nagwagi” (Dulce), and “Dito Ba” (Kuh Ledesma).

With all these and more in store for the grand premiere of TV5’s newest program, be sure not to miss out on all the comedy, drama and music during the special 1-hour pilot telecast of “Trenderas” on Saturday, September 13 at 9:00PM, only on TV5.

Smart Talk ’N Text Offers PISONet, The Most Affordable Mobile Data Service

Manila, Philippines - A breakthrough mobile data platform developed by Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the undisputed leader in mobile, will soon enable its subscribers to access the Internet on their mobile phones for as low as P1, the most affordable mobile Internet service to date.

Dubbed “PisoNet,” Smart’s new mobile Internet offer will be initially available to Talk ’N Text (TNT) subscribers and shall allow access to all apps and websites on mobile phones for only P1 per 10 minutes, with the exception of video streaming sites and file-sharing activities.

Set to be rolled out this month, the service is much more affordable than the standard P5 per 15-minute charging rate for mobile Internet.

Now, one peso is all you need to access the Internet. PisoNet thus brings the many benefits of the Internet to more Filipinos nationwide, especially those who are accessing the Internet for the first time using their phones,” said Charles A. Lim, EVP and Head of the Wireless Consumer Division at Smart.

With this upcoming service, the user is not limited to specific sites or apps.  They can thus access the mobile apps and sites that are most relevant to them at a more affordable price,” Lim added.

PisoNet is thus expected to surpass Smart’s growth momentum in mobile data, which has been growing at a 73% rate from last year’s figures, as more Filipinos gain access to the Internet via their mobile phones.


PisoNet will be delivered through a pioneering mobile internet platform which enables Smart’s mobile phone data network to efficiently manage and shape the flow of Internet data traffic. As a result, network resources are used more efficiently to deliver the internet services that people want.

This platform unmatched by any other country in the world is a technical breakthrough that enables us to offer very affordable Internet ‘sachets’ sustainably,” Lim explained. “This means we can keep offering best-value mobile Internet products for as low as ‘piso’.

This enables Smart to offer data services in “sachets” without sacrificing consumer experience, allowing subscribers to pay only for the Internet services that they need on an “always on” basis.

The same platform also powers PowerApp, the telco’s suite of mobile Internet packages that allows subscribers to access Internet bundles - such as Social, Photo, Email, Chat, and individual apps—for as low as P5 per day.


This is the Holy Grail for Internet advocates who want to bridge the digital divide while sustaining quality of service. And we’ve taken one big stab at it, using this groundbreaking platform targeted at one of the largest prepaid markets in the world,” explained Dennis Mendiola, co-founder of Smart subsidiary Chikka, which developed the platform.

Globally, telecommunications companies face the challenge of connecting “the next 5 billion users” who are largely prepaid mobile phone users with limited budgets for mobile internet usage.

Telcos around the world until now just offer data packages akin to ‘eat-all-you-can’ buffets at a premium price with little regard for efficient use of data resources. Our platform allows Smart to offer data at much higher level of efficiency, thus making it possible for us to offer much more affordable prices,” added Mendiola.

PisoNet will soon be initially available to TNT subscribers, who only need to simply text PISONET to 5555 to enjoy the offer.  PowerApp, meanwhile, offers various packages that can be availed of by Smart and TNT prepaid and postpaid subscribers. To know more, visit

Pinoy Boxers Triumph in 'Pinoy Pride 27: Duel in Dubai'

 TFC Press Release

Filipino fighting machines, Genesis “Azukal” Servania, “King” Arthur Villanueva, and Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista, triumphed over their Latino counterparts in the recently concluded slugfest, “Pinoy Pride 27: Duel in Dubai” in the Dubai World Trade Center on Friday (Dubai time), made possible by the joint forces of premier network The Filipino Channel (TFC), ABS-CBN Sports channel Sports+Action, and ALA Promotions International.

In the main event, the undefeated 23-year old Servania knocked down his Mexican opponent, Jose “Matador” Cabrera, retaining his WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title.  Servania proved to be an aggressive fighting machine as he threw combination after combination to put down his opponent.  At the end of the ninth round, Cabrera’s corner man called the match to a stop due to a cut under the boxer’s left eye that resulted to Servania’s victory.  Servania’s technical knock-out win places his record to 25 wins with no defeats, 11 of which came from his knock-out successes.  Servania beamed: “He (Cabrera) was tough but thank God I prevailed.  Thank you to all who supported and prayed for me.  To all the Filipinos in Dubai and back in the Philippines, para sa inyo po ang tagumpay na ito! (This victory is for all of you!)”


Villanueva, meanwhile, also gave his unyielding punches to score a winning split decision over Nicaraguan boxing beast, Henry “El Crespo” Maldonado, securing him the IBF International Jr. Bantamweight title.  Villanueva may have been careless after being knocked down during the second round but his determination and the support from screaming Filipino fans during the match made him tougher and made him throw even firmer punches that earned him the majority nod from the judges.  The final score revealed 117-110, 116-113 in favor of Villanueva and 114-113 for Maldonado.  Villanueva now stands with a still unbeaten record of 26 wins with 14 knockouts.  Villanueva dedicated his victory to all his supporters, especially the overseas Filipinos who watched him triumph over his adversary.  He said: “Sobra-sobra ang pasasalamat ko sa mga Pinoy na nanood ng laban.  Sobrang pinalakas ang loob ko ng mga cheers ng mga kababayan natin. (I’m very thankful to all the Filipinos who watched the fight.  Their cheers really pushed me to fight even harder.)”

The crowd favorite Bautista, also ran away with a majority technical decision win over Mexican boxer, Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez with scores of 68-65, 67-65, and 66-66 in the non-title bout.  The crowd saw a fierce and aggressive duel as both fighters wanted to knock each other down.  Bautista saw the opportunity during the fifth round and was able to take down his foe.  But on the seventh round, the battle was brought to a halt due to a head clash that opened a huge cut in Bautista’s left eyelid.  The seasoned fighter, whose win served as his second Super Featherweight comeback, now holds a record of 36 wins, three losses with 26 knockouts.

A total of 4,000 avid boxing fans, mostly Filipinos, were in attendance to witness the historical event in Dubai including the Philippine Consul General, Frank Cimafranca and other dignitaries and celebrities.  Tickets were sold out and the organizers had to turn down hundreds.


ALA Promotions International President and CEO Michael Aldeguer shared his excitement over the successful run of the first Pinoy Pride series abroad and expressed his overwhelming gratitude to Filipinos who were present during the event.  He said: “This is only the first of many boxing events for ALA International in collaboration with ABS-CBN Sports+Action and TFC.  With the success of Duel in Dubai, we will continue to bring in and showcase the talents of our Filipino fighters to the world, where there are Filipinos.”

ABS-CBN Middle East Managing Director Edgardo Garcia affirms this and says that the Pinoy Pride series’ thrust is actually consistent with TFC’s mantra for its 20th anniversary – ‘Galing ng Filipino.’  Garcia said: “This year, we bring forth our mission of being the Filipino’s indispensable companion overseas by highlighting values such as resilience (tatag ng loob) and pride (dangal) and proving to the world that the Filipino embodies these values.  Our Filipino fighters definitely showcased their skills during the fight and proved themselves as personifications of these values.

Relive the biggest and grandest boxing match of the year, “Pinoy Pride 27: Duel in Dubai” via TFC’s male channel, BRO channel on Saturday, September 13 (4:30 a.m. Pacific time, 2:30 p.m. Riyadh time, 1:30 P.M. Milan time, and 9:30 p.m. Sydney time or Australian Eastern Standard Time/AEST) with replays on Monday, September 15 (9:00 a.m. Riyadh time, 8:00 A.M. Milan time, 4:00 p.m. Sydney time or AEST, and 11:00 PM on Sunday, September 14, Pacific time).

Boxing fans may also catch the historical Duel in Dubai via TFC’s internet protocol service (IPTV) and official online service,

Connect with fellow global Filipinos, visit or follow @KapamilyaTFC on twitter and Instagram for more updates.

TV5 Offers an All-New Karunungan and Entertaining Programs Entitled 'Demolition Job,' 'History,' and 'Unang Tikim'

Late night programming will surely be made even more intriguing, educational, and ultimately, entertaining with the much-anticipated new seasons of the News & Information programs, “Demolition Job” and “History”, and the premiere of the all-new program, “Unang Tikim”, all happening this week only on TV5!

Viewers will first open their minds with a brand-new season of “Demolition Job”, every Monday nights at 10:30PM, where Paolo Bediones continues to reveal the actual truth behind misconceptions, and openly demolish commonly known facts. Join him in this enlightening journey as only he dares to debunk and shed light on some of the world’s long-held beliefs and assumptions.


Meanwhile, TV5 brings ‘Karunungan’ to even greater heights with the premiere of the exciting new weekly offering “Unang Tikim” on Tuesday at 10:30PM. Prepare yourselves for a gastronomic experience like no other, as one of the country’s most sought after host-Chefs, Jeremy Favia, shares his most experimental and challenging recipes yet, all set to excite your senses and fulfil your wildest culinary dreams.

This will definitely not be your ordinary cooking show because the program will put to the test, not only the taste buds but also the viewers’ intense tolerance towards gross, exotic but ridiculously delicious food. Chef Jeremy Favia shows us how to cook exotic dishes ranging from insects, rodents to snakes, while ultimately making you forget the ‘gross’ and just focus on the ‘delicious’. Along with these recipes is a hefty dose of trivia about the several main exotic ingredients – from origin, to local preparation to health benefits. Adding more excitement to this new program are some foreigners who will share this unique culinary experience with Chef Jeremy and dare to take on his various challenges.

And finally, Lourd de Veyra returns with a bang as an all-new season of the widely-followed “History: Tsismis Noon, Kasaysayan Ngayon” premieres on Wednesday at 10:30PM. This season, the program will be highlighting stories of love – both lost and found – within the pages of our history. And in true Lourd fashion, he will be tackling topics that old history books and history teachers never discussed before, bringing to light several unsettled controversies, unsolved mysteries and fascinating minutiae of Philippine history in an engaging, accessible way.

Be sure not to miss this unique educational, exciting and entertainingexperience that will be delivered by the trio of the Kapatid Network’s newest programs this week, beginning with “Demolition Job” (Mondays), followed by the all-new “Unang Tikim” (Tuesdays), and finally by “History” (Wednesdays) every 10:30PM only on TV5.

Eraserheads 'Sabado' Music Video

Eraserheads, the biggest, most successful iconic local band, after more than a decade, surprised everyone with their reunion project - a special CD containing two new songs titled "Sabado" and "1995" - in time with the launch of their cover on Esquire magazine on September 5 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City.

And just a couple of days following that momentous night, the music video for |Sabado" has been released.

Directed by Erik Matti, it packs numerous tried-and-true story arcs of teen movies in mere four minutes, from partying till sunrise to a lot of unrequited longing featuring numerous indie stars and the ever sexy Sunshine Cruz. Watch the video below:

Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz Star in Film Adaptation of Broadway Classic Musical 'Annie'

Columbia Pictures Press Release

Columbia Pictures has just launched the new poster for its upcoming family comedy, "Annie," which is based on the Broadway classic musical that has delighted audiences for generations. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Cameron Diaz.

Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale), makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around.

Produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z, “Annie” was penned by Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna and directed by Will Gluck.

Opening soon across the Philippines on January 8, 2015, “Annie” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Karylle Decides to Change Her STATUS Anew

Status Salon Press Release

These days, Karylle dabbles into almost everything – singing, hosting, acting, writing, musical theater, songwriting.

She is seen on TV almost everyday hosting the ABS-CBN noontime show “It’s Showtime.” She is also currently promoting her newest album “K,” under PolyEast Records.

She also makes sure that she performs onstage every now and then, Just recently, Karylle was one of the performers of the 45th anniversary show of the Cultural Center of the Phillippines “Musikal,” a historic coming together of more than 200 local theater performers in the country. She reprised her Sita role from last year’s “Rama Hari” revival.

With everything that keeps Karylle busy, the singer-actress-TV host is thankful that STATUS Salon has chosen her to be their first celebrity endorser.

I really am grateful to STATUS that they gave me their full trust and confidence to be their first celebrity endorser,” says Karylle. “It feels great that I was warmly welcomed by everyone, and I now have STATUS to take care of my hair.”

She adds, “with all my engagements, na siyempre kailangan ayusin yung buhok ko, sometimes it takes a toll on my hair, so ngayon I’m happy na kasi STATUS is there na.”


Karylle, who frequents Quezon City, San Juan, Eastwood and Ortigas areas, also notes that it is good that there is always a STATUS Salon near her always.

STATUS has branches in Tomas Morato, Katipunan, Eastwood San Juan, Robinson’s Galleria plus STATUS Premiere Salon in Acropolis, Makati, and Banawe.

We really are happy that Karylle is already part of the STATUS Salon family,” says Robina Ko, one of the owners of the salon chain. “Karylle is so beautiful inside and out, and people look up to her because of her intelligence, good heart, and beauty kaya perfect talaga siya for STATUS.”

Roseann Ko, the other owner of STATUS, also adds that, “the launch of Karylle as our endorser also signals our foray into franchising, so it’s really a big step for all of us, and we are thankful that we have Karylle.”

For franchising inquiries, please contact Mr. Paul Vicencio at 0915-8770219.

Cine Totoo Documentary Film Festival 2014 Screening Schedule

Cine Totoo is the 1st Philippine International Documentary Film Festival presented by GMA News TV Channel 11. Eleven documentaries will be screened in competition from September 24-30 in SM Megamall, SM Manila, and Trinoma Cinemas. 

Below is the complete screening schedule for the Philippine section finalists.

 1. “Agbalbalitok” (The Gold Prospector) ni Ferdinand Balanag
Trinoma – Sept. 25 (Thurs) 6:30PM
SM City Manila – Sept. 27 (Sat) 6:30PM
SM Megamall – Sept. 28 (Sun) 8:45PM

2. “A Journey to Haifa” ni Nawruz Paguidopon
Trinoma – Sept. 24 (Wed) 9:15PM
SM City Manila – Sept. 26 (Fri) 8:45PM
SM Megamall – Sept. 28 (Sun) 6:30PM

3. "Ang Gitaristang Hindi Marunong Magskala" ni Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez
SM City Manila – Sept. 25 (Thurs) 6:30PM
SM Megamall – Sept. 26 (Fri) 6:30PM
Trinoma – Sept. 28 (Sun) 8:45PM

4. “Ang Walang Kapagurang Paglalakbay ng Pulang Maleta” ni Richard Legaspi
SM Megamall – Sept. 25 (Thurs) 6:30PM
Trinoma – Sept. 27 (Sat) 6:30PM
SM City Manila – Sept. 28 (Sun) 8:45PM

5. “Gusto Nang Umuwi ni Joy” ni Jan Tristan Pandy
SM City Manila – Sept. 24 (Wed) 6:30PM
Trinoma – Sept. 26 (Fri) 8:45PM
SM Megamall – Sept. 29 (Mon) 6:30PM

6. "Kung Giunsa Pagbuhat ang Binisayang Chopsuey" (How to Make a Visayan Chopsuey) ni Charliebebs Gohetia
SM City Manila – Sept. 24 (Wed) 8:45PM
SM Megamall – Sept. 27 (Sat) 6:30PM
Trinoma – Sept. 29 (Mon) 6:30PM

7. “Komikero Chronicles” ni Keith Sicat
Trinoma – Sept.25 (Thurs) 8:45PM
SM Megamall – Sept. 27 (Sat) 8:45PM
SM City Manila – Sept. 28 (Sun) 6:30PM

8. “Mananayaw” ni Rafael Froilan
SM Megamall – Sept. 24 (Wed) 6:30PM
SM City Manila – Sept. 25 (Thurs) 8:45PM
Trinoma – Sept. 26 (Fri) 6:30PM

9. “Marciano” ni Ivy Rose Universe Baldoza
SM Megamall – Sept. 25 (Thurs) 8:45PM
SM City Manila – Sept. 26 (Fri) 6:30PM
Trinoma – Sept. 28 (Sun) 6:30PM

10. "Migkahi e si Amey te, Uli ki pad" (Father Said, 'Let's Return Home') ni Nef Luczon
SM Megamall – Sept. 24 (Wed) 8:45PM
Trinoma – Sept. 27 (Sat) 8:45PM
SM City Manila – Sept. 29 (Mon) 6:30PM

11. “Walang Rape sa Bontok” ni Carla Samantha Ocampo
Trinoma – Sept. 24 (Wed) 6:30PM
SM Megamall – Sept. 26 (Fri) 8:45PM
SM City Manila – Sept. 27 (Sat) 8:45PM

For more information about the 11 Cine Totoo Documentary Film Festival entries, click HERE.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Video: Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla Join 'Be Careful With My Heart'

KathNiel, Philippines' most popular loveteam of this time, is set to join the country's longest running and most-successful daytime drama "Be Careful With My Heart".
Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla will be featured in an upcoming episode about the love story of one of its senior characters.

Apparently set in the '50s, the episode will focus on the past of Manang Fe, the elderly head maid of the Lim family portrayed by Gloria Sevilla.

In recent episodes of "Be Careful With My Heart," Manang Fe has reconnected with her first love, Anastacio, via Facebook, and has sought the advice of Maya (Jodi Sta. Maria) on how to go about forming a relationship anew.

In the first teaser of the episode dedicated to Manang Fe's love story, Bernardo is seen as the young Fe, while Padilla portrays the young Anastacio. Actress Pamu Pamorada is also featured.

"You can never forget your first love," the 15-second teaser says.

Watch below:

The air date of the episode has yet to be announced.

"Be Careful With My Heart," which celebrated its second anniversary in July, airs weekdays at 11:45 a.m. during ABS-CBN's Prime-Tanghali block.

Manolo Pedrosa MMK Episode Airs this Saturday

MMK Press Release
Former “Pinoy Big Brother All In” housemate Manolo Pedrosa marks his acting debut on ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” this Saturday (September 13) as he portrays the character of Hiro Mallari, a teenage boy whose life turned upside down when he lost his one true love, Michelle Ann “Mitch” Bonzo, to be played by Janella Salvador, in a tragic accident.

Mitch was one of the seven Bulacan State University students who died after they were swept away in the Madlum River during a school field trip in Bulacan.

To star in ‘MMK’ is such a huge blessing for a newcomer like me. Of course, I still have a lot of things to learn in terms of acting but I’ll definitely do my best to give justice to the role, especially since Hiro also inspires others who have lost their loved ones,” said Manolo after his acting workshop last Tuesday (September 9).

Also part of the upcoming episode are Lollie Mara, Pinky Amador, Paul Salas, CJ Navato, Raquel Montessa, Yves Flores, and Trina Legaspi. It is directed by Nuel Naval and written by 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 #HiroMitchLoveStoryOnMMK.

TV5 Brings Wattpad Popular Books to Life via Kapatid Mini-Series

Shown in the picture are (L-R), Jenny Bigcas author of ‘Dyepni;’ Jeraldine Layson who wrote ‘Game of Love;’ Anjanette Bernales, author of ‘My Tag Boyfriend;’ Mr Segundo Matias, General Manager of Life is Beautiful Printing Corp; TV5’s Chief Entertainment Content Officer, Ms Wilma Galvante; Maxine Lat Calibuso, who wrote of ‘Poser;’ and Pinky Jhewelii, author of ‘Mr Popular Meets Ms Nobody.’

TV5, represented by Chief Entertainment Content Officer Wilma V. Galvante (third from right) recently inked a partnership with Life is Beautiful Printing Corp, represented by General Manager Segundo Matias (center), a publishing house which owns the right to the most-read and well-loved stories from online writing community.  This arrangement has made it possible for the Kapatid network to bring to television some of these popular stories that have been making the rounds online and are now certified best-selling pocketbooks, via a mini-series that will soon air on the network’s weeknight primetime block.

TV5 talents like Jasmine Curtis Smith, Eula Caballero, Chanel Morales, Shaira Mae, Mark Neumann, Akihiro Blanco and among others will top bill this daily mini-series.

Ejay Falcon Marries Meg Imperial and Jeff Gaitan this Saturday

ABS-CBN Press Release

Hunk actor Ejay Falcon plays a man married to two women in “Ipaglaban Mo” this Saturday (September 13) as the hit legal drama anthology tackles bigamy.

Jigger’s (Ejay) first wife Lala (Meg Imperial) was the breadwinner of their family. She worked abroad for five years to pay gratitude to her uncle and aunt, who took care of her and her siblings when their parents died.

Lala thought her husband understands the situation, but little did she know that Jigger was unsatisfied with their nine-year marriage because of their long distance relationship.

When she returned to the country, Lala was welcomed with the shocking news that Jigger was already living with his second wife. Did Jigger commit a crime when he decided to marry another woman? How did the court decide on the case?

Also joining the cast in this week’s episode titled “Kasal Ka Sa Akin,” directed by Mikey Del Rosario, are Jeff Gaitan, Crispin Medina, Debraliz Borres, Karen Reyes, and Alora Sasam.

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 after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN. For more updates follow @IpaglabanMo2 on Twitter, @IpaglabanmoABSCBN on Instagram, and like the Facebook page

“It’s Showtime” Goes to Toronto on September 20 and Edmonton, Canada on September 21

It may have been back to school for students and the September or autumnal equinox of North America is just around the corner, but don’t count out summer completely just yet in the country.  The heat from ABS-CBN TFC’s summer event series continues to sizzle with back-to-back live presentations of “It’s Showtime” on September 20 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto and September 21 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.

The most watched noontime show in the Philippines and globally on TFC, which brought to worldwide consciousness the hilarious, wackiest, undeniably entertaining and distinctly Filipino-flavored contests like Kalokalike, Mini Me, I Am Pogay,That’s My Tomboy, and PINASikat, is bringing the party team to fans in Canada for a guaranteed laugh-a-minute and variety extravaganza.

Coming to Canada to entertain the “madlang people” are the immensely popular Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Karylle, Vhong Navarro, Billy Crawford, Kuya Kim Atienza, Teddy Corpuz, Jugs Jugueta, Jhong Hilario, Ryan Bang, Coleen Garcia and Eric Tai.


The tightly knit cast of “It’s Showtime” before and behind cameras has become beloved to millions of followers.  What began as a search for the country’s most entertaining acts a few years ago turned out to be a hit variety program that launched a thousand trends for Filipinos here and abroad. 

The show has, in its own way, established itself as its own brand of entertainment thriving on spontaneity and animated conversations. It is more fun in “It’s Showtime” as it keeps churning out popular catchphrases and gimmicks, draws people and barangays or townsfolk together to showcase their talents, and finds thrill and joy in the most mundane situations.

The September 20 show is brought to Toronto in partnership with Great Smile Denture Clinic while the September 21 show is brought to Edmonton in partnership with 3J Event Services.  TFC and Philippine Airlines are presenting sponsors of both shows in association with Megaworld and Belo Medical Group.
As the show’s theme song goes, “This is your show, this is your time, Magpasikat na, It’s Showtime.”  For ticket information, please call @ Toronto: 416-4319444
@ Edmonton: 780-9387373 or visit

Hero TV Air Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, Heaven’s Memo Pad, My Hero Nation this September

This September, Hero TV is giving anime fans a real treat as it brings two new offerings to Philippine television.

The first that hit the air earlier this month is the popular theatrical OVA “Code Geass: Akito the Exiled,” which traces the story of a young man named Akito who receives the power of absolute dominance over any person. Will he be able to use this to restore peace, or will he let its tempting power devour humanity altogether? Catch “Code Geass: Akito the Exiled” it also on September 21 at 12:00am, with replays at 12:00pm and 8:00pm.

Also hitting local TV this month is the anime series “Heaven’s Memo Pad”. It is about Narumi Fujishima, who isn’t the typical high school boy. He’s actually a loner, and he never fits in; but after meeting a reclusive girl named Alice, he suddenly finds himself battling gangs, thieves, murderers, and drug lords. What could be the reason behind all this? Find out as “Heaven’s Memo Pad” takes off on September 16 at 8:00pm, with replays at 8:00am and 2:00pm and 8:00am. “Heaven’s Memo Pad” airs Mondays through Fridays.

September also presents a whole new fifth season for “My Hero Nation”. Hosts Myrtle, Mikoy and Kakki will be coming back as ready as ever to give viewers their weekly dose of exciting anime updates.

The channel will also be bringing back the Philippine anime fan’s favorite shows, with its returning titles this month. Among these are “Detective Loki”, “Gintama: Season 5″, “Karneval”, “Shiki”, “Major 1″, “Yakitate Japan”, “Yuigoh Zexal”, “Power Rangers Samurai”, “Ceres Celestial Legend”, and “Working!!: Season 2″.

Also watch out for a collaboration of epic proportion this month as the Hero Face Off 2014 is set to take over this September 21.

Don’t miss out on all the new and exciting things on Hero TV (SkyCable channel 44) this September. For updates, visit Hero TV’s official website ( and Facebook page (

Watch, Sing, Laugh and Fall in Love with TV5's Weekly Musical Program 'Trenderas'

TV5 Press Release

TV5 is once again at the forefront of offering viewers a more exciting and a different kind of entertainment with the much-awaited debut of its new program, the musical-drama-comedy “Trenderas”, which takes center stage during its special 1-hour pilot telecast on Saturday, September 13 at 9:00PM.

The Kapatid Network takes the viewers’ strong interest and relatability to aspirational underdog stories to even greater heights by introducing this one-of-a-kind weekly spectacle, highlighted by musical numbers that embody friendship, ambition and dreams. Moreover, the viewing experience of “Trenderas” will most definitely be made even more unique and exciting as the program captures the raw emotions in all these songs, with the lyrics becoming the dialogue of the various characters.  With this, viewers will definitely find themselves wanting to sing along with the characters as they express their emotions thru the lyrics of various popular and well-loved songs.

 “Trenderas” will be top-billed by the Kapatid Network’s newest up-and-coming stars in the talented trio of Isabelle de Leon (as Isabelle), Katrina ‘Suklay Diva’ Velarde (as Diva), and Lara Maigue (as Lara) - who play the role of three best friends who make ends meet by selling trinkets on the street. While they are very unique in their own respective ways from each other, it is ultimately their shared passion for music and their dream of one day becoming professional singers that keep them strong despite their daily struggles in life.

The program will chronicle their roller-coaster of a journey towards their ultimate dream as they transform from ordinary ‘tinderas’ to the country’s newest trending sensations - which all begins when a candid video by a random pedestrian capturing the girls’ unique musical performance in the marketplace goes viral.

The dynamics in the program are further made intriguing with the underlying subplot mainly involving Dingdong Avanzado (as Julio), Ara Mina (as Diane) and Tina Paner (as Veronica), which as it unfolds, will definitely add to the drama in the musical. 

“Trenderas” is also set to capture the hearts of the viewers with the entrance of hunk stars Carl Guevarra (as EJ) and Edward Mendez (as Benjo), whose interactions with Isabelle and Lara, and Katrina respectively, are eventually poised to bring viewers their weekly dose of ‘kilig’.

Meanwhile, sassy and outrageous comediennes K Brosas (as Katy), Cacai Bautista (as Miley) and Kitkat (as Lady) collectively play the role of the notorious “Tres Malditas”, the trio of vendor-villains who will do anything they can just to hinder Isabelle, Katrina and Lara from reaching their dream. Rounding up the cast also are veteran television stars Francine Prieto (as Viveka) and Rez Cortez (as Mother Pearl).

And finally, playing a very special guest role in the musical program, and marking her return to the television spotlight is the country’s one-and-only Superstar, Nora Aunor (as Celestina Cruz), who portrays the character of a famous singer who will ultimately serve as the mentor and inspiration of the three “Trenderas” girls.

And with even more surprises to come, be sure not to miss the grand entrance of the country’s newest trending sensations, as “Trenderas” premieres with a special 1-hour pilot episode packed with all-out musical scenes - featuring  some of the all-time favorite hits of the Eraserheads, Ogie Alcasid, Apo Hiking Society, Itchyworms, Aegis and many more - on September 13 at 9:00PM, and every Saturday at 9:30- 10:00pm thereafter, only on TV5.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Free Yourself From Dry, Sensitive Skin and Fully Embrace Life with GSK Physiogel® Free In My Skin Movement

Manila, Philippines - To be free is the right of every modern woman. The freedom to make her own decisions and pursue her dreams and passion.

But that freedom should begin from within, from loving oneself and liberating it from insecurities. Being free is being comfortable in one’s own skin. Unfortunately dry, sensitive skin may cause emotional struggles and self-doubt, making them miss out on life’s many opportunities each day.

Physiogel®, the number-one most prescribed moisturizer by dermatologists, empowers every Filipina to fully participate in life with the launch of the Free In My Skin Movement.


The Free In My Skin Movement embodied by model, TV host and entrepreneur Patti Grandidge, seeks to bring together and honor women who overcame their insecurities and became the best version of themselves.

Patti, one of the country’s freshest and most beautiful faces, admitted that she used to be like one of every two Filipinas who suffered from dry and sensitive skin.

We used to travel a lot when I was younger and getting exposed to different climates took a toll on my skin, making it sensitive, itchy, red and dry. This made me quite insecure, and in the business I am in, it is always about first impressions,” she said.

Patti knew that if she wanted to be in control of her life and achieve her goals, she had to overcome her insecurities, starting with her skin.

Unlike ordinary moisturizers I used before, Physiogel® made my skin less sensitive and dry. My skin became so much softer, smoother and definitely healthier.”

Patti said she understands how insecurities can be restraining and wants every Filipina to be free from dry, sensitive skin and to confidently reveal their true selves. Just like she did.

It’s amazing how one simple change in my skincare has renewed my confidence,” she enthused. 

One of the best feelings is when you feel confident, and have control of your life, like I can do anything! And with Physiogel®, anything.

With Physiogel®, Patti was able to free herself from skin worries such as dryness and irritation, so she can fulfill the demands of her multi-hyphenated career of being a TV host, model, entrepreneur and loving wife all with equal zest and success.

With Physiogel, I became free from dry and sensitive skin – to get going, to get out there and just be who I really am. So, now I truly believe in the power of having good skin. It gave me the power to feel empowered, to feel free. I became free in my skin. And this is why I have been rallying for this movement to reach out to so many women out there,” declares the Free in My Skin embodiment.



The Free in My Skin Movement aims to empower women to fully embrace and participate in life by freeing them from dry and sensitive skin, because having dry and sensitive skin can serve as a hindrance for women to fully function to their best abilities.

This movement also aims to honor smart, strong, sensitive women who have faced their insecurities (physically and emotionally) and are now embracing and living life to the fullest.

The Free in My Skin movement is not just about creating a nurturing community of smart, strong and sensitive women, but is also as a way of honoring these women who didn’t let their dry-skin insecurities prevent them from being the best versions of themselves,” says General Manager of GSK Consumer Healthcare, Mr. Jeoffrey Yulo.

As Patti Grandidge says, “As the embodiment of this movement, I am encouraging women to join me in honoring the smart, strong and sensitive women our lives who have all been a source of inspiration. Think of three smart, strong & sensitive women you know and you are proud of and tag them on your Facebook post as how you can see mine on screen: I honor these women who have inspired me to be #FreeInMySkin: @kpams808 @macheremachere @bebettes. Cheers to these three smart, strong & sensitive women in my life! Who are yours? #NowPayItForward #PhysiogelPH.

Now all my three honorees have to do is to pay it forward by honoring three women in their lives and so forth. We want every woman in our lives to be part of this movement. I am Free In My skin to do just about And I really think this is one of the many things we can do to reach out to more women who already are and who want to be free in their skin.




Physiogel® is the only skincare product that has the patented advanced Physiogel BioMimic Technology® that works naturally with your skin to make it less sensitive and dry. Like a jigsaw puzzle, your skin's natural lipid layers form a matrix, helping to lock the moisture within. This allows Physiogel® to repair dehydrated skin, rehydrate the essential barriers and also revitalize the skin - keeping it healthy from within. Physiogel® is free from perfumes, preservatives or colorants.

For skin that is less sensitive and dry, experience the difference with Physiogel®, the most recommended moisturizer brand by dermatologists in the Philippines.

For more information, visit or

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner Play Parents to Ed Oxenbould in 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'

Columbia Pictures Press Release

Walt Disney Pictures presents the new family comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” inspired by the 1972 children’s classic by Judith Viorst.

The film follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life - a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom, dad, brother and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

It’s a fun family film that’s in the vein of the John Hughes movies,” says director Miguel Arteta. “Alexander thinks his family's too busy to notice how terrible his day has been, and his wish for them to have an equally bad day so that they can understand what it's like actually comes true.

Steve Carell (“Crazy, Stupid Love”) and Jennifer Garner (“Juno”) star as Alexander’s upbeat parents. The veteran performers are joined in the film by a trio of young talent that includes 16-year-old Dylan Minnette (TV’s “Lost,” “Prisoners”) as Alexander’s older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorsey (“Moneyball”) as sister Emily; and 12-year-old Australian native Ed Oxenbould, who makes his big-screen feature debut as the film’s title character, Alexander. Twins Zoey and Elise Vargas (“The Neighbors,” “True Blood”) portray baby brother Trevor.

Emmy® winner (and Golden Globe® nominee) Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) also joins the cast, along with Jennifer Coolidge (“American Pie,” “Legally Blonde”) and Bella Thorne (“Shake It Up!”).


The big-screen adaptation of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” represents a collaboration of some of the greatest creative minds in family entertainment today. The film is produced by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum,” “Date Night,” “Real Steel”), Emmy® nominee and CEO of The Jim Henson Company Lisa Henson and 21 Laps Entertainment President Dan Levine. It’s executive produced by industry veteran Philip Steuer (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Oz The Great and Powerful,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” trilogy) and Jason Lust.

Arteta’s key filmmaking team includes cinematographer Terry Stacey (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”), two-time Oscar®-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“The Blind Side”), and two artists with whom he has previously collaborated: Oscar®-nominated film editor Pamela L. Martin (“The Fighter”) and veteran costume designer Nancy Steiner (“Little Miss Sunshine”).

Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 15, 2014, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

'Dracula Untold' Movie Trailer, Promotional Poster

Columbia Pictures Press Release

The main trailer for the epic action adventure "Dracula Untold" starring Luke Evans (“Fast and Furious 6,” “Immortals”), has just been released by Universal Pictures, along with three brand new images.

Watch the trailer below:

“Dracula Untold” is the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the film which co-stars Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Charles Dance.


Opening across the Philippines on October 15, 2014, “Dracula Untold” will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

DOH and PPS Recommend Paracetamol Calpol® to Help Fight Dengue Fever

GlaxoSmithKline, makers of doctor-recommended (Paracetamol) Calpol®, partners with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) for effective dengue fever management with “Aksyon Laban sa Dengue”.


Do you know that the most dangerous animal bite in the world is also the most common and often go unnoticed?

Caused by the deadliest insect in the world, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, dengue is the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne disease in the world and is more rampant in countries with tropical climates like the Philippines.

Dengue affects more children than adults, with kids one to nine years old as the most vulnerable victims because of their predilection to mosquito bites. In some regions, dengue has reached epidemic proportions.


GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and maker of doctor-recommended Paracetamol Calpol, joins forces with the Department of Health and the Philippine Pediatric Society in spearheading a campaign called “Aksyon Laban sa Dengue: A Dengue Fever Awareness and Education Program” as well as a Barangay Caravan that will bring dengue fever awareness efforts to the grassroots level.

The World Health Organization has recommended Paracetamol as the preferred and only recommended analgesic treatment for Dengue Fever. Aspirin or ibuprofen is not advised as these drugs may aggravate bleeding.


Calpol®, a product of GSK, contains Paracetamol specially designed to offer effective relief from the discomforts of pain and fever among children. Calpol® also has the broad suitability associated with standard paracetamol so you can be assured that it won’t harm your child when used as directed.

Dengue is a worldwide health issue. Based on WHO records, there have been 100 million dengue cases recorded and 5 percent resulted in death,” points out Department of Health Undersecretary Dr. Eric Tayag.

Last year, the DOH recorded 204,906 dengue cases resulting in 660 deaths while in 2014, there have been 24,900 cases which have resulted in 100 deaths,” Dr. Tayag added.

Dengue continues to spread due to globalization, urbanization, climate change, increasing population, pollution problems, inadequate mosquito control and lack of community support to fight this disease.

But the truth is, dengue can be prevented and stopped. The important thing is to know the facts about the disease,” said Dr. Tayag.


Dengue is serious and potentially fatal. Quick and accurate detection is needed to arrest this disease.

Dengue is a clever and cunning disease,” declares Dr. Sally Gatchalian, secretary of the Philippine Pediatric Society. “It can disguise itself as other diseases. So, during the rainy season, which is when we usually see an increase of dengue cases, it is important to be on the lookout for fever that is at least of two days duration”.


Aside from fever, other signs and symptoms of dengue include headaches, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, muscle and joint aches, rashes, and bleeding manifestations. If any of these symptoms are present, the patient must seek their doctor’s advice immediately.

While there is no specific medicine to cure Dengue, we can, however, alleviate the pain felt by the child by at least managing their fever, like giving them Paracetamol Calpol which provides soothing fever relief you can rely on,” says Jeofrey Yulo, GM of GSK consumer health care. “When a child has fever, they feel weaker and lack the energy to enjoy life. So when fever strikes, it’s like they are putting their life on hold. In these times, you need a reliable partner to help provide a feeling of ginhawa that your sick child needs.


Eliminating dengue must be a community effort. One such remarkable initiative is the partnership of the DOH, the PPS and GlaxoSmithKline, maker of doctor-recommended Paracetamol Calpol which targets selected barangays within Metro Manila with identified high cases of dengue incidence.

The DOH will initially be facilitating the training of health practitioners to discuss new dengue incidence and disease trends as well as updates on its prevention and treatment guidelines. The PPS health committee will then cascade these dengue modules based on DOH guidelines with the selected barangays. On its part, GSK will be bringing doctors to these areas to lead the Dengue information campaign to help Filipinos protect their families and loved ones from this deadly menace.


You can protect your loved ones by knowing more about this debilitating disease, its prevention and management. At the onset of dengue-related symptoms immediately seek the advice of your family physician. In cases of fever, (paracetamol) Calpol® is the Filipino mom’s partner in providing effective , soothing fever relief that is suitable for children.” adds Yulo. “And because nothing works faster on fever than the Paracetamol in Calpol®, you are assured of your child going back to his normal, playful self again”.

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor. For more information about (Paracetamol) Calpol®, and its Dengue campaign, visit or like their Facebook page at

REMEMBER: Paracetamol is recommended by the World Health Organization as first-line treatment for dengue fever.

Doctor-recommended (Paracetamol) Calpol®, is a mom’s trusted and caring partner in providing effective fever relief for children and well-tolerated when used as directed.

“Aksyon Laban sa Dengue” caravan is set to visit barangays within Metro Manila identified with high cases of dengue incidence.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera's Wedding Sponsors

Royal Couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera met the first group of their principal sponsors last September 7 at The Goose Station in Bonifacio Global City to ask for their blessing. 

The long list includes:

Floresfida Gonzalez, Wilma Galvante, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Maria Joycelyn Rustia, Ma. Margarita Gonzalez, Celia Rodriguez, Joyce Bernal, Maria Luisa Henson, Lolit Solis, Antonio P. Tuviera, Eduardo Gonzalez, Joel Anthony Rustia, Mac Alejandre, Ogie Alcasid, German Moreno, Mark Reyes, Randy Ortiz, Perry Lansigan, and Jose Francisco Gonzalez.

Check out the photos below:

Watch the full video of this special occasion shot by Nice Print Photography:




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