Friday, September 19, 2014

Marian Rivera Prenuptial Photo

The Most Beautiful Bride. When we called her soon after the TV proposal to ask if she could do our dream shoot--her in couture wedding creations by top Filipino designers, looking every inch a glamorous Old Hollywood superstar, evoking the romance and luxury of the golden age of cinema.

Photography by Pat Dy. Hair by Jay Wee. Makeup by Denise Ochoa. Styling by Margaux Salazar. Jewelry by Bulgari. Shot on location at the beautiful Abbey of the Lady of Monserrat.

Krizette Chu Associate editor, Manila Bulletin Lifestyle

Viral Video: Vice Ganda Hair Dance Featuring Angeline Quinto

What's new with Vice Ganda? It's the hair dance!

The hair dance which Vice Ganda, together with comedians MC and Lassy, created during their recent trip-slash-concert in Paris, is fast getting the newest dance craze. The video which was uploaded on YouTube two days ago already raked a total of 19,500 hits.

Watch the Hair Dance in Paris with the Unkabogagble Vice Ganda, Team Vice and a special participation of Angeline Quinto:

Source: Vice Ganda on YouTube

Enchong Dee Victimized by Illegal Recruiter

Ipaglaban Mo Press Release
This Saturday, September 30, Enchong Dee plays a young man named Rolly who gets swindled by an illegal recruiter in “Ipaglaban Mo.”

Rolly has been dreaming of a better future so he goes to Manila with his friends Doboy (Lemuel Pelayo) and Joey (Bryan Homecilla) to seek better work opportunities. They feel lucky when they meet a recruiter, who promises to give them a job overseas. Unaware of what the recruiter is up to, they borrow money to pay for the placement fee, and then find out that there is no job waiting for them abroad.

Will Rolly and his friends recover their money from the illegal recruiter? What penalties will the court impose on illegal recruiters?

Also joining the cast in this week’s episode titled “Paano Na Ang Pangarap” are Maria Isabel Lopez, Lito Pimentel, Shey Bustamante, Nico Antonio, and Paolo Serrano.

Meanwhile, “Ipaglaban Mo” has helped more and more Filipinos since it started offering free legal advice sessions with hosts Atty. Jose Sison and Jopet Sison.  Those who need legal consultation may visit the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Tulong Center along Eugenio Lopez Drive in Diliman, Quezon City (near audience entrance) every Wednesday, from 10am to 12nn.

Don’t miss “Ipaglaban Mo,” the drama anthology that empowers Filipinos with knowledge of their legal rights and obligations, this Saturday after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN. 

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

Half-Filipino Hunks and Top Models Topbill TV5's 'Juan Direction Islanders'

Beginning Monday, TV5 will introduce a trio of half-Filipino hunks - Mr. World- Philippines 2014 and top male supermodel John Spainhour, American Ninja Warrior Finalist Shane Daniels, and Cosmopolitan Centerfold hunk Wil Dasovich, who will surely add spice to your TV viewing every night in a new TV show called "Juan Direction Islanders".
Count on an even ‘spicier’ and more entertaining weeknight primetime programming from TV5 as its newest offering via the 2-week primetime special entitled “Juan Direction Islanders”, finally makes its way to the television spotlight starting this Monday, September 22 at 7:30PM.


Set in the paradise-like islands of Masbate, the new special offering of TV5 will be introducing new faces to the fold, led by some of the most popular and sought-after half-Pinoy personalities who have recently made headlines left and right because of their to-die-for physique and Adonis-like bodies.
While viewers will surely have their eyes glued to the screens with the welcome entry of these new half-Pinoy hunks, they will most definitely be left wondering what will come to be of the Juan Direction hunks the country has already come to know and love. Are John, Shane and Wil the new ‘Juan Direction’? Or are they just special guests in this new much-awaited misadventure?

All these questions will be answered, and even more surprises will soon be unveiled, when the nation’s guilty pleasure that is ‘Juan Direction’ returns with a bang, during the premiere of the all-new, 2-week primetime special “Juan Direction Islanders”, on September 22, at 7:30PM only on TV5.

Miss World Philippines 2014 Candidates

The 26 official candidates of Miss World Philippines 2014 were presented to media on Wednesday, September 17, at the Eclipse Bar of Solaire Resort & Casino in Pasay City.

The complete list of candidates:

1. Lorraine Kendrickson
2. Cyra Guilalas
3. Alexa Kirby
4. Priscilla Kimberley dela Cruz
5. Gazini Christiana Ganados
6. Kristine Angeli Estoque
7. Rachel Louise Peters
8. Rachelle Emmylou Carandang
9. Ranielah Marie Oval
10. Grace Ann Bautista
11. Moriel Olea
12. Christine Balaguer
13. Kimberly Anne Sarreal
14. Nicole Donesa
15. Theresa Regli
16. Ina Dominica Guerrero
17. Kimberly Pajares
18. Ruffa Nava
19. Valerie Weignmann
20. Nelda Ibe
21. Jean Marie Feliciano
22. Abegail Galisim
23. Frances Ruth Constantino
24. Carina Jennah Aguilar
25. Eliza Johanna Cruz
26. Jahziel Pernia

Miss World Philippines 2014 coronation night will take place on October 12 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. 

This year's winner will represent the Philippines in the Miss World 2014 pageant scheduled on December 14 in London.

Meryl Streep 'Into the Woods' Movie Poster

 Columbia Pictures Press Release

“Be Careful What You Wish For,” admonishes the teaser poster for Disney's highly anticipated fantasy adventure “Into the Woods” from director Rob Marshall.

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall.

The principal cast is led by Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine, Baranski and Johnny Depp.
Also starring are Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Frances de la Tour, Simon Russell Beale, Richard Glover, Joanna Riding, Annette Crosbie.

Opening across the Philippines on January 21, 2015, “Into the Woods” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

Alden Richards is Jose Rizal in 'Ilustrado'

After a quite number of award-winning actors who played Dr. Jose P. Rizal in previous biography movies and TV specials, Kapuso actor Alden Richards is set to prove he also fit the bill as the country's national hero in GMA News TV docu-drama series entitled "Ilustrado."

This is something new for me.  Kasi first time ko pong gagawa ng isang project na meron akong ipu-portray na isang national hero. Mahirap po. Hindi biro pero excited ako for this project and I've never been so hands-on in any of my projects, ngayon lang for Ilustrado. Kung nag-e-effort ako before sa soaps ko, doble effort for this," Alden said of the series which will revolve around Rizal’s sacrifices in the name of freedom and sovereignty for the Philippines.

So how did Alden prepare for the role?

"The production team gave me a few pointers kung ano ang puwede kong pag-aralan. Binigyan nila ako ng CDs, ng documentaries about Rizal, movies before like Cesar Montano's Jose Rizal. Pinanood ko 'yun. I did a lot of workshops with Kylie, with our director, with my acting coach. Andami eh, it's very different from doing a soap na you're going to create your own character." he said.

Alden said the role is different from any role he has had in the past.

"The difference between Ilustrado and other soaps or primetime teleserye is kapag soap, you create something different, you create on your own. In doing this bayani serye, mayroong basis from history. You create it in line with what was listed in history. Hindi puwedeng ikaw lang 'to kasi Jose Rizal 'to eh. It's still 70 percent Jose Rizal, 30 percent of Alden." 

"Ilustrado" also stars Kylie Padilla as Leonor Rivera, Solenn Heussaff and Ms. Jaclyn Jose.
Slated to air starting October on GMA Telebabad timeslot, Ilustrado is being handled by the same team that worked on the historical series, Katipunan.

Jake Cuenca Leaves Showbiz, Stars in His Last MMK Episode with Returning Actor Angelo Ilagan

Before he temporarily leaves Philippines showbiz for a one-month intensive acting workshop in New York, Jake Cuenca will star in the upcoming episode of ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” this Saturday (September 20).

Jake will give life to the character of Igge, a good-hearted son who took on the role of father to his half-siblings after their mother died.

What will Igge do when, after all his sacrifices, his siblings decide to leave him?

Also part of the “MMK” episode are John Manalo, Louise Abuel, Meg Imperial, Angelo Ilagan, Assunta de Rossi, Christopher Roxas, Juan Rodrigo, Lui Villaruz, Yna Estrada, Angeli Gonzales, and Junjun Quintana. It is under the direction of Nuel Naval and 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 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 #MMKBrothersLove.

TV5 Brings Wattpad Bestselling Novels to Life Beginning September 22

For the first time on Philippine television, some of the most popular stories loved and shared by the world’s largest community of readers and writers on Wattpad will be featured in a series of TV adaptations that will air on TV5 beginning September 22.  In the daily primetime mini-series “Wattpad Presents”, TV5 brings to life the characters in the widely read love stories shared by up and coming authors whose novels have gained a huge following of readers and fans on Wattpad

Wattpad started in 2006 and has established a dynamic and interactive community of readers and writers from around the world. It has a community of 35 million readers, 5 million of which are Philippine users who spent close to one billion minutes immersed in Wattpad’s free stories in the previous month alone. Wattpad has become so popular in the country that a number of budding Filipino writers have grown their own fan-base of readers, while some of their stories have already been bought by major film outfits and have become blockbuster hits.

With TV5’s Wattpad Presents, Wattpad fans need not pay for movie tickets as they will be able to watch their favorite love stories for free as they unfold in week-long mini-series that will air daily on the Kapatid Network’s primetime block.  For its initial offering, TV5’s Wattpad Presents shows “My Tag Boyfriend” –  the story of Wattpad author Maevelanne which already has 15.2 million reads – featuring the first TV pair-up of TV5 princess Jasmine Curtis Smith and Sam Concepcion. 

Jasmine portrays the role of Sitti Sandoval, a self-confessed Facebook addict who mistakenly tagged campus heartthrob Kaizer Buenavista (Sam Concepcion) in one of her Facebook posts. What follows is a series of funny but “kilig” encounters that will lead to a romantic twist. “My Tag Boyfriend” airs daily for a week starting on September 22.

For its second offering, Wattpad Presents brings the story of “Mr Popular Meets Ms Nobody” to television where Artista Academy scholar Mark Neumann plays the famous role of Kyle Shin-Woo, the perfect guy who falls head over heels in love with an ordinary girl named Chelsea Torres, to be played by Shaira Mae dela Cruz. Watch and find out how author Pinkyjhewelii got 11.9M followers hooked with the magic of love between Mr Popular Kyle and Ms Nobody Chelsea. 

“Mr Popular Meets Ms Nobody” begins airing on September 29. For its third instalment, Wattpad Presents showcases author Maxinejiji’s touching story of “Poser” which has almost 400k followers and readers who fell in love with the fictional characters of Brix Torres and Jammy Ocampo. Artista Academy scholars Akihiro Blanco and Chanel Morales will both give life to these well-loved characters and show how it is to fall in love beyond pretences. “Poser” is the Wattpad Presents feature for the week of October 6.

Lastly, Wattpad Presents also offers the modern-age Cinderella story of Wattpad entitled “Almost a Cinderella Story”, written by Soju and with over 500,000 reads on Wattpad. 

Fall in love with the modern yet hilarious twist to the well-loved fairytale as Carl Guerra’s character, Alden, goes in search of his Cinderella, Ekang, portrayed by Eula Caballero. “Almost a Cinderella Story” begins airing on October 13.

Stay tuned and fall in love every night as Wattpad Presents brings the most touching and compelling TV adaptations of huge Wattpad hits, most of which are now printed books published through LIB Creatives Publishing. Find out why these stories have become a craze in the Wattpad community and get to know their bigger-than-life characters, who will be portrayed by TV5’s line-up of fresh and up-and-coming stars.  

Wattpad Presents will air Monday to Friday at 7PM starting on September 22, only on TV5.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sarah Geronimo 'Kilometro' Music Video

Sarah Geronimo released a lyric video for her new single "Kilometro" under Viva Records. Check out below:

Composed by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana, "Kilometro" is part of Sarah's upcoming album "Perfectly Imperfect" which will be release worldwide soon by Viva Vicor Music.

Jodi Sta Maria, from Dramatic Actress to Medical Expert

ABS-CBN Press Release
Thirty two-year-old actress Jodi Sta. Maria is determined to finish college and become a doctor to serve as an inspiration to her son.

I want to set a good example for my son. I don’t want to be in a situation where I will force him to go to school, and then he will tell me, ‘But you didn’t even finish school,’” Jodi shares in “Tapatan Ni Tunying airing this Thursday (September 18).

Jodi stopped schooling before she reached her fourth year in high school. She finished her secondary education when she was 28 and pursued medical biology at De La Salle University-Dasmarinas.

I want to be a doctor. I went to college but haven’t finished my course yet. I don’t know how to divide my time. But, I will return to school eventually,” she tells.

Will Jodi take a break from showbiz when she decides to continue her studies?

Meanwhile, the “Maria Leonora Teresa” star once again dispels rumors that she has split from her boyfriend, Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla and insists that their relationship is going strong.

We may have faced problems through the years, but those are part of the learning process. We’ve learned from our mistakes,” Jodi says in the episode.

Don’t miss “Tapatan ni Tunying” this Thursday (September 18) at 5PM on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold. For updates, follow @TNTunying on Twitter and Instagram, or like its Facebook page

Jane Oineza and Jeron Teng Reveal "MU" Relationship

PBB All In 3rd Big Placer Jane Oineza celebrated her 18th birthday on Sunday, September 14, with no other than her rumored boyfriend as escort.

Jane also revealed the reason why she decided to have the DLSU Green Archers star player as her escort, “Wala na rin ako maisip na ibang escort kundi siya.”

This prompted Jeron to ask her if this meant that he was just her last choice to which, she immediately replied: “Ibig sabihin ikaw lang 'yung option. Ikaw lang! Special day kasi ito for me.”

Meanwhile, Jeron said he is honored that Jane chose him to be his escort during her debut.

Siyempre super happy ako. Nung sinabi nga niya sa akin hindi ako naniwala. Sabi ko ‘Hindi joke yan ah?’ Akala ko niloloko lang niya ako. Pero super happy ako,” he said.
When asked by the entertainment press whether they already have a mutual understanding.
Sa akin meron, hindi ko alam sa kanya,” Jeron said.

Jeron, however, made it clear that they are not yet a couple.

Sa amin na lang siguro 'yun. I won’t deny kung kami na, open na open naman ako about my feelings for her. Super special siya and super proud ako sa lahat ng na-achieve niya. I’m just happy for her and I’ll just be here for her,” he said.

ABS-CBN Named TV Station of The Year at 2014 SKAL Tourism Personality Awards

ABS-CBN was named the TV Station of the Year at this year’s SKAL Tourism Personality Awards, where the network’s top executives were also honored for their contributions to the promotion of Philippine tourism internationally and locally.

The TV station is known for highlighting the country’s culture, people, and destinations on its various media platforms, news and entertainment programs, station IDs, magazines, environmental arm Bantay Kalikasan, and geo-social travel website Choose Philippines.

ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio, meanwhile,  was proclaimed the Woman Achiever for Tourism and International Understanding, while ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation chairman Gina Lopez was recognized in the Environment and Agri-tourism category.

Queen of All Media Kris Aquino was hailed as the Travel Show Host of the Year for featuring popular and undiscovered tourist spots with her guests in “Kris TV,” which also received the Travel Show of the Year award.

The SKAL Makati chapter is a member of SKAL International, a worldwide association of travel and tourism professional promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism Industry. First founded in Paris in 1932, SKAL International has over 25,000 members in 500 tourism clubs in 85 nations.

TV5 and Radyo5 Davao Team Up To Promote Health and Wellness via Several Month-Long Activities

TV5 Press Release

TV5 continues to lead the way in delivering active and relevant public service through its various CSR efforts and programs that ultimately aim to promote health and wellness among Filipinos.

Most recently, TV5 and Radyo5 in Davao joined forces anew to launch a whole slew of month-long activities in the region that combined fitness, health, and fun, which is the Kapatid Network’s simple way of ‘giving back’ to the community.  More importantly, these CSR activities also reflect the Network’s belief that a healthier, more productive and more efficient citizenry will translate to a more progressive community.

Such activities included “Zumba Saturdays” wherein Davaoeños of all ages were able to participate in the country’s latest easy-and-safe exercise craze. This activity, which was in partnership with Rotary 2000, had more than 200 participants, with families and groups of friends making this their weekly bonding and fitness activity. 

The Kapatid Network and Radyo5 Davao once again partnered with Rotary 2000 for a blood-letting activity in support of the Philippine National Red Cross’ drive to increase the dwindling platelet supply for dengue victims. The network proudly served as the blood-letting activity’s main organizer as well as its critical partner for information dissemination. 

Hand-in-hand this time with the Davao Doctor’s Hospital, TV5 and Radyo5 Davao also organized the “Operation Bukol and OB Screening” program with a number of surgeons, OB gynecologists and other specialists.  The program is aimed at addressing cancer prevention through early detection.  More than just the usual consultations, the doctors on call also conducted pre-natal screenings and free operations to remove cysts, mass and tumors. 


Meanwhile, for the month of September, TV5 and Radyo5 Davao are all set to take their ‘give back’ initiative even further by also spearheading a city-wide feeding program for children in various barangays in Davao. This activity is also meant to encourage children to drink milk for healthier bodies and sharper minds. 

For interested donors and partners of TV5 and Radyo5 Davao’s upcoming CSR initiatives, please contact TV5 Davao’s Public Service Desk Coordinator, Sally Sanglay, via +63908-886-0442.

'Cine Totoo: Philippine International Documentary Film Festival' To Be Screened in Theaters on September 24 to 30

GMA News TV launches the inaugural edition of "CINE TOTOO: Philippine International Documentary Film Festival" in theaters this September 24 to 30.  Audiences will be treated to an impressive line-up of documentaries, produced by 11 independent filmmakers from all over the country.

Carla Ocampo’s documentary “Walang Rape sa Bontok” tackles thestory of two Filipinas who were both victims of sexual abuse as they search for a utopia where women can live without being sexually violated.

Rafael Froilan’s “Mananayaw” documents the remarkable perseverance and passion of this generation of Filipino male ballet dancers as they take the center stage.

In “Gitaristang Hindi Marunong Mag-skala,” Sigfried Barros-Sanchez tells the story of Nitoy Adriano–former lead guitarist of The Jerks and probably one of the most underrated yet talented lead guitarists in the Philippines.

Richard Legaspi’s “Ang Walang Kapagurang Paglalakbay ng Pulang Maleta” is an experimental documentary that showcases the remarkable stories of inspiration in a close-knit Filipino community in the town of Biella, Italy.

In “Gusto Nang Umuwi ni Joy,” Jan Tristan Pandy presents an intimate look into the life of an undocumented Filipina in the UK as she tries to secure legal status so she can finally return home to visit her family.

Ferdinand Balanag’s “Agbalbalitok” tells the harrowing tale of ordinary Filipinos working in a perilous, rundown small scale gold mine in Benguet.

 “A Journey to Haifa” is a personal documentary that follows openly gay filmmaker Nawruz Paguidopon as he joins his family on a journey to Haifa, Israel for a conservative religious pilgrimage.

Charliebebs Gohetia’s “Kung Giunsa Pagbuhat ang Bisayang Chopsuey” follows the struggles of a team of Tchoukball players in Davao City as they prepare for a tournament abroad.

Nef Luczon’s “Migkahi E Si Amey Te, ‘Uli Ki Pad’” shows how a tribal community in Bukidnon addresses the issue of succession after the death of their chieftain.

In “Marciano”, Ivy Universe Baldoza builds a compelling portrait of a gay OFW who lived in Paris for 25 years and died there alone. The narrative is built around found stories of relatives, acquaintances and even strangers – and everything that happened in Marciano’s life is soon forged together by collective memory.
Keith Sicat’s “Komikero Chronicles” charts the evolution of the art of Filipino komiks, and showcases how this art form that was once belittled and taken for granted has given Filipinos of all ages a legacy they can be proud of.

“We are excited to share the films of this talented batch of filmmakers. They each offer a unique and interesting insight into the contemporary Filipino experience,” says CINE TOTOO Festival Director Joseph Israel Laban.

The 11 documentaries will be screened in competition from September 24 – September 30 in SM Megamall, SM Manila, and Trinoma Cinemas. See screening schedule below:


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

CINE TOTOO is a special project of GMA News TV Channel 11. For updates about CINE TOTOO, follow the festival's  Facebook ( and Twitter ( accounts.

'Dracula Untold' Opens in Philippine Theaters on October 15

Columbia Pictures Press Release
Almost an entire century after the world’s cinematic introduction to Dracula placed audiences under his haunting spell, the studio that pioneered the genre reawakens one of legend’s most captivating figures in an action-adventure that heralds a pulse-pounding rebirth of the age of monsters.

Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series) transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold, the origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula.

The year is 1462, and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, and his beloved and brave wife, Mirena (Sarah Gadon of The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Together, they have brokered peace for their country and ensured its people are well-protected, especially from the powerful Ottoman Empire - an ever-expanding scourge that has its sights on global domination.

But when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper of Captain America: The First Avenger) demands 1,000 of Wallachia’s boys - including Vlad’s own son, Ingeras (Art Parkinson of HBO’s Game of Thrones) - be torn from their parents’ homes and forced to become child soldiers in his army, Vlad must decide: do the same as his father before him and give up his son to the sultan, or seek the help of a monster to defeat the Turks but ultimately doom his soul to a life of servitude.

Vlad journeys to Broken Tooth Mountain, where he encounters a foul demon (Charles Dance of Game of Thrones) and enters into a Faustian bargain - one that gives the prince the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star and enough power to crush his enemies. However, he will be inflicted with an insatiable thirst to drink human blood.

If by the end of three days Vlad manages to resist, he will return to his former self, and perhaps in that time manage to save his people. Though should he drink, he will be forced to dwell in the darkness for the rest of his days, feeding only on the blood of humans…and destroying all that he holds dear.

In his feature-film directorial debut, Gary Shore helms the action-adventure Dracula Untold from a screenplay written by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless (Gods of Egypt).

Joining director Shore behind the screen is a top-notch crew of filmmakers, led by producer Michael de Luca (Captain Phillips, upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey), cinematographer John Schwartzman (The Amazing Spider-Man, upcoming Jurassic World), editor Richard Pearson (Maleficent, Iron Man 2), production designer Francois Audouy (The Wolverine, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Academy Award®-winning costume designer Ngila Dickson (Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) and composer Ramin Djawadi (Pacific Rim).

Dracula Untold is executive produced by Alissa Phillips (Moneyball), Joe Caracciolo, Jr. (The Wolverine), Thomas Tull (Godzilla) and Jon Jashni (Pacific Rim).

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

6th PMPC Star Awards for Music 2014 Winners: Daniel Padilla, Jonalyn Viray, Maja Salvador, Sarah Geronimo

The winners in this year's Star Awards for Music were revealed on Sunday, September 14 by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC). They are:

Album of the Year:
Liham at Lihim by Gloc-9

Song of the Year:
“Help Me Get Over” by Jonalyn Viray

Male Recording Artist of the Year:
Gary Valenciano

Female Recording Artist of the Year:
Sarah Geronimo

Pop Album of the Year:
Expressions by Sarah Geronimo

Male Pop Artist of the Year:
Daniel Padilla (I Heart You)

Female Pop Artist of the Year:
Angeline Quinto (Higher Love)

New Male Recording Artist of the Year:
(Tie) Richard Yap and Herbert C

New Female Recording Artist of the Year:
Marion Aunor

Album Cover of the Year:
Hulog Ka ng Langit by Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

R&B Album of the Year:
Spread The Love by Kris Lawrence

R&B Artist of the Year:
Kris Lawrence

Novelty Song of the Year:
Cha Cha Dabarkads (Dabarkads D’Album / Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Ryzza Mae Dizon)

Novelty Album of the Year:
Vice Ganda

Novelty Artist of the Year:
Vice Ganda

Compilation Album of the Year:
The Erik Santos Collection

Revival Album of the Year:
The Nightingale Returns by Lani Misalucha

Dance Album of the Year:
Believe by Maja Salvador

Acoustic Album of the Year:
Acoustic Noel by Noel Cabangon

Male Acoustic Artist of the Year:
Noel Cabangon

Female Acoustic Artist of the Year:
Zia Quizon (A Little Bit of Lovi)

Rap Album of the Year:
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Rap Artist of the Year:

Rock Album of the Year:
Ultra Blessed by Spongecola

Rock Artist of the Year: Spongecola

Concert of the Year:
Arise: Gary V 3.0

Male Concert Performer of the Year:
Gary Valenciano (Arise: Gary V 3.0)

Female Concert Performer of the Year:
Lea Salonga (Playlist)

Music Video of the Year:
The Prayer, Loboc Children’s Choir

Duo/Group Artist of the Year:
The Angelos

Sharp Calculators Opens Its Search for 10 Outstanding Young Mathematicians


Sharp Calculators, in partnership with Mathematics Trainers Guild, Philippines (MTG) and Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), launched the search for Ten Outstanding Young Mathematicians on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Makati Shangri la Hotel.

Partnering with two of the biggest Mathematics organizations in the country, Mathematics Trainers Guild, Philippines (MTG) and Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), the SHARP Minds Program sponsored Mathematics activities and programs in member schools with the goal of recognizing the sharpest math minds and transforming the pedagogy of mathematics teaching in the Philippines.

This year, Sharp Calculators furthers its advocacy by partnering with more educational institutions such as the Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR), Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), Mathematics Trainers’ Guild Philippines (MTG), Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP), Philippine Council of Mathematics Educators, Inc. (MathTEd)as it launches the very first search for the TEN OUSTANDING YOUNG MATHEMATICIANS (TOYM) from National Capital Region.

With TOYM Awards, Sharp Calculators aims to foster the academic excellence of the Filipino Youth in Math as we recognize their extraordinary math skills to motivate them further in becoming the future think tanks of this country. We also hope to raise the status of mathematics in society — to stimulate the interest of the students, the academic and the general public to the significance of Math in the development of the society,” said Collins International Trading Corporation’s Assistant Vice President Mr. Lucero Ong.

Notable Filipino mathematicians such as Raymundo Favila, Casimiro del Rosario, Gregorio Y. Zara, Amador Muriel, Tito A. Mijares and Jose A. Marasigan have all been recognized for their contributions to diverse fields of physics, astronomy, biophysics and biotechnology. Who knows maybe the next great Mathematician would be among our TOYM awardees,” Mr. Ong added.

The search is open to all public and private high school students in the National Capital Region who have completed at least two years of high school. They must be Filipino citizens, either naturalized or born. The nominee must be among the Top 3 students in math as certified by the school principal and the award will be based primarily on the nominee’s performance on national and international competitions.

A recommendation from School principal / Mathematics head with supporting documents will be the basis of judging. For students who are chosen to the top 20, each involvement on activities included in the recommendation of the principal/math head or other recognized authority will be reviewed and assessed by judges/co-presenters. The said recommendations will be the basis of the judges’ questions for the panel interview.

The Deliberation/ Final interview of finalist will be conducted by representatives from Department of Education NCR, DOST-SEI, MTG Philippines, MSP, MathTed

The TOYM awardees will be the first batch of Sharp Calculators’ Youth Ambassadors that will inspire and encourage the Filipino youth to strive and achieve academic excellence through school tours and mathematics symposiums. They will be receiving plaque of excellence, cash prizes and gifts from Sharp Calculators and sponsors.

The deadline for nominations will be on January 5, 2015, with the awarding ceremonies scheduled on February 2015.

Nomination kits are now available at selected National Book Store Branches in National Capital Region or can be downloaded through For more information please contact Sharp Calculators at 681-6161/646-2867 and look for Ms. Mary Rose Rocha or Ms. Clara Camille Ocampo.


1. Open to all public and private high school students in the National Capital Region who have completed at least two years of high school. They must be Filipino citizen either naturalized or born.

2. Nominee must be among the Top 3 students in math as certified by the school principal.

3. The award will be based primarily on the nominee’s performance on national and international competition. These competitions must be recognized by the Department of Education or Department of Science and Technology.

4. Presentations or publications of original work in mathematics are desirable.

5. Students who contribute to the promotion of Mathematics and show leadership skills are desirable. Good moral character will be considered

Lucero Ong AVP Collins, Ruby Cristobal Div Chief Science and Technology Manpower Educ Research and Promotion-DOST and Julie Lim Vice President Collins Internationl Inc (distributor of Sharp Calculators) 2 (1)


Performance in Mathematics Competition – 75%
Research and Publications in Mathematics – 10%
Leadership and Promotion of Mathematics – 15%
TOTAL of 100%

In details:

a. Performance in Mathematics Competitions 75%

Nominee’s performance on international, national and regional mathematics competitions that are recognized by the Department of Education and Department of Science and Technology.

b. Research and Publications in Mathematics 10%

c. Leadership and Involvement in Promotion of Mathematics

A recommendation from School principal / Mathematics head with supporting documents will be the basis of judging. For students who are chosen to the top 20, each involvement on activities included in the recommendation of the principal/math head or other recognized authority will be reviewed and assessed by judges/co-presenters. The said recommendations will be one of the bases of the judges’ questions for the panel interview


The screening procedure is summarized in the diagram below. All nominees will undergo a pre-screening process by pre-screening committee. On the basis of a nominee’s performance in mathematics competitions and their research and publications, 20 nominees will be selected for an interview by a panel of judges. Interview questions may be based on the nominee’s involvement in activities that promote mathematics, as indicated in (1) the recommendation from the school principal/mathematics head, (2) the nominee’s essay, and (3) other information submitted. 

Sharp Calculators Press Release

Children's Classic Story 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' Now Disney Comedy Film

Walt Disney Press Release

Walt Disney Pictures expands the 32-page children's classic book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst into a family comedy starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.

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.

Inspired by Viorst’s sons Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” was published in 1972. With more than 2 million copies in print, it became an ALA Notable Children’s Book and won a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children’s Book Award and distinction as a Reading Rainbow book.

The book has a wonderful following,” says Miguel Arteta, who directed the big-screen adaptation. “So many people grew up with it in the ’70s, remember it fondly, and now, as parents, are reading it to their kids. It resonates with people because it makes it okay to admit that sometimes things aren’t going to go your way.”

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is the first live-action film adaptation of the beloved children’s classic. Filmmakers knew Alexander’s day would have to get much worse than the original 32-page picture book. “How do you take a short picture book and make it into a full feature film?” asks producer Lisa Henson. “The idea for the film adaptation was to use the story in the book as the first act of the movie. The second two acts of the film had to be a completely original storyline set during a second day that is even worse than Alexander’s first terrible, horrible, very bad day.

Enter Rob Lieber, a graduate of NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts film program, who had adapted children’s and young adult books like “Septimus Heap” and “Jeremy Cabbage” into feature scripts. “What everybody loves about the book is that it is about a kid who seems to have a dark cloud over him,” says the screenwriter. “He feels like he can do no right and everything’s going wrong. I think most of us have felt the same way some days, so I really identified with Alexander. He was having a bad day and his family couldn’t understand what he was going through. That was the spark for the rest of the film’s story.

Filmmakers, while keeping the spirit of the book, opened up the bad-day potential to the rest of the family. “We wanted this to be a family movie that parents would enjoy as much as their kids,” says producer Dan Levine. “So each of the other family members - the brother, sister, parents, even the baby - endure their own special disasters for the day.”

I have four kids myself and we’ve had lots of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days,” adds producer Shawn Levy. “We wanted to make a movie that’s ultimately funny and sweet in the way that a family can unite around a catastrophic 24 hours.

There’s a sense of safety when it comes to family,” says Arteta, “though it’s easy to lose track of that sometimes when everyone is wrapped up in their own lives.

Arteta treats the film’s disasters with his signature independent moviemaking style - infusing a blend of irreverent humor and enough heart to keep viewers invested in the characters’ off-road adventures. “There’s something very madcap, hectic and delicious about day two in the movie when everybody is having a terrible day at the same time,” he says. “Every family can relate to that feeling of chaos.”

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

Ai Ai delas Alas and 20-year-old Boyfriend Gerald Sibayan Went Public With Their Relationship

After two failed marriages, Ai Ai delas Alas again declares, "I'm inlove."

Some people might disapprove and find her new relationship oddly disgusting,  but the 50-year-old comedy queen proudly went public with her 20-year-old boyfriend named Gerald Sibayan during the 48th birthday celebration of "Tanging Ina" director Wenn Deramas on Saturday, September 13.

Ai Ai describes Gerald, who is part of De la Salle University Badminton team, as "Napakabait, napaka-maalalahanin, napaka-gentleman. At saka okey na sa mas bata, kesa naman sa may asawa. O, ‘di ba, naninira ng pamilya! Ayoko nung matanda na may asawa. Saka hiwalay, ‘tapos may mga anak pa! Napakakumplikado! 

"Pakikisamahan mo pa yung anak. Pakikisamahan mo pa yung nanay ng anak. Tapos ipagsa-shopping mo yung tatay. Ipagsa-shopping mo rin yung nanay." Biro pa niya, “At least, yung ngayon, isang team lang! National pa, ‘di ba?" she added.

Asked if they're planning to get married soon, the comedy queen said, "Ay, hindi! Waley, waley. Ayaw, ayaw!"

Columbia Pictures Releases 'The Equalizer' Extended Movie Trailer

Columbia Pictures Press Statement

Columbia Pictures has just released a five-minute extended clip from its upcoming action thriller “The Equalizer”. Check out below:

From Antoine Fuqua, director of “Training Day” and “Olympus Has Fallen” comes “The Equalizer” starring Denzel Washington.

In the film, Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him to lead a quiet life in peace. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

Based on the television series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim, “The Equalizer” also stars Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo. Film is written by Richard Wenk.

Opening across the Philippines in October 01, “The Equalizer” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Photos: Jane Oineza Celebrates Post-18th Birthday Party Amidst Typhoon Luis

Despite the heavy rains and strong winds brought about by typhoon Luis, Pinoy Big Brother All In 3rd Big Winner and BUM Equipment endorser Jane Oineza, whose birthday falls on July 22, staged a grand post-debut party on Sunday night at Fernwood Gardens in Quezon City.

Check out some of the photos below (courtesy of Stanley Briz @stanleybriz):





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