Saturday, November 8, 2014

Demie Fresco The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 Blind Audition Video

Demie Fresco, a 16-year-old singer from Sultan Kudarat made coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo and turn for her when she performed "Ikaw" during the blind auditions of the second season of "The Voice of the Philippines" aired on Saturday, November 8.

Lea Salonga: "Technically you have the tools na. Medyo nabibigatan lang ako ng konti sa vibrato mo, sa umpisa. But it's not to say na hindi ka talented. You have something very special." "Your voice, ang lakas. Parang nagwo-workout."

Bamboo: "It took me a while cause, iniintay ko lang 'yung kwento. How you're going to finish the whole song. If you want to progress on my team, that's something you got to have."

Her chosen coach Sarah said: "Gusto ko kung paano mo ginawang simple lang, hindi mo in-over sing, at ang ganda ng akyat ng mga high notes mo, hindi parang nahihirapan."

Jolina Magdangal Returns to ASAP Stage

Jolina Magdangal, the ’90s multimedia idol, makes a grand return as a Kapamilya this Sunday, November 9, in the longest-running Sunday musical variety show "ASAP".
Jolina is set to perform the medley of her top hits together with the brightest Kapamilya stars Juris Fernandez, Richard Poon and Piolo Pascual. As one of the superstars of her generation, Jolina is credited with a string of chart topping hits, unforgettable box office movies, and her very own line of accessories, which include the famous JOLINA doll.

The powerful line-up of top caliber musical performances continues with the collaboration of The Voice coaches Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo in a smashing duet. Also watch out for the awesome performance of the OPM and Rap Icon Gloc 9 together with Paolo Valenciano.

Prepare for the exciting surprise of the international actress and star of Blood Ransom, Anne Curtis, as she fires up the ASAP stage with a jaw-dropping production number.

Join the ASAP Kapamilyas too as they send messages of hope with a special Yolanda Commemoration with Zsazsa Padilla, Erik Santos, Yeng Constantino, Princess Velasco and Tutti Caringal.

Aside from exciting concert treats, get ready for the Comedy Royalty and OPM’s newest star Ai Ai De las Alas as she celebrates her birthday with the launch of her most exciting album.

Meanwhile, feel the love this Sunday with “Relax it’s just Pag-Ibig” stars Inigo Pascual, Sofia Andres, and Julian Estrada plus throwback treats from the Kapamilya’s biggest kiddie and teen stars - Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo together with Julia Baretto, Janella Salvador, Jerome Ponce, Marlo Mortel, Maris Rascal, Loisa Andalio, Joshua Garcia, Miles Ocampo, CJ Navato, Jairus Aquino, Alexa Ilacad, Clarence Delgado, Nhickzy Calma, Mutya Orquia, Xyriel Manabat, and Andrea Brillantes.

Also watch out for the show-stopping birthday treats with the awesome supahdance performces from Enchong Dee, Shina Magdayao, and Nash Aguas as ASAP’s Gimme 5 Gang launches their first debut album. Groove to the beat as Supahdance goes West with Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Shaina Magdayao, Rayver Cruz, Nikki Gil, Jane Oineza, Myrtle Sarrosa, and Bangs Garcia. Plus watchout for the must-see supahdance treat from Ina Raymundo and Jayson Zamora.

Don’t forget to witness the exciting battle of Karaoke King Luis Manzano and Karaoke Queen Alex Gonzaga as ASAP Karaokey gets bigger and more exciting together with Karaoke Maestro Marcelito Pomoy as they face off with their very first Karaoke challenger.

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

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

Visit to hang-out live with stars at ASAP Chill-Out. Also join the fun at “ASAP 19′s” official social networking accounts at and, and know the latest happenings in “ASAP 19” by tweeting the hashtag #ASAPStandout.

Sandara Park Breaks Down During 2NE1 "AON: All Or Nothing” Concert

2NE1 member Sandara Park reportedly broke down in tears during the K-Pop group's most recent world tour, "AON: All Or Nothing.”

On her official Instagram account, Sandara related the story behind her emotional photo.

After the show when I came down from the stage, the staff who worked so hard told me I did a great job,” Sandara wrote. “Because I had some mixed feelings, I cried without realizing how I looked.. But!! No matter how scary my dreadlocked hair was, no one from HI-TECH comforted me..T.T Later I will come back with the innocent long hair! We will see HI-TECH T.T ㅋㅋㅋ

2NE1’s “All or Nothing” tour included stops in the Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and Macau.

Cinema One Originals Festival 2014 Opens November 9 at Trinoma Cinema

The 2014 Cinema One Originals will be presenting 10 Full-Length competition films, Short films, the Best of Asian Cinema, and Restored Classics on its 10th year anniversary this 2014.

On its opening day this Saturday, November 9, at Trinoma Cinema 7, filmmaker Elwood Perez will unveil his latest opus entitled “Esoterika: Maynila”. The new work is Direk Elwood’s 51st feature since he began in the industry in the 1970s, and his first since he was honored by Cinema One Originals with a tribute in 2013.

“Esoterika: Maynila” is written by Direk Elwood and book author/columnist Jessica Zafra. The story is about a restaurant worker named Mario who transforms himself into a literary artist. In the cast are, among others, Ronnie Liang, Boots Anson Roa, Vince Tañada, Carlos Celdran, Snooky Serna, Lance Raymundo, Jon Hall, and Cecile Guidote Alvarez. The director says that his new film draws from his youth and personal experiences.

Meanwhile, the Indian film “The Lunchbox” will be shown at 5PM, a little ahead of “Esoterika: Manila,” also on November 9 at Trinoma Cinema 7 as a prelude to the C1 Originals opening night. “The Lunchbox” is a tale of friendship between a middle-age office worker and a young wife that was forged because of a misdelivered lunchbox. The topic is inspired by the real dabawallas (lunchbox delivery men) of Mumbai, India.

“The Lunchbox” has received 22 awards from international film festivals, including the Grand Golden Rail (Critics’ Week Viewers Choice) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.

The festival runs from November 9-18 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Fairview Terraces and Greenhills Dolby Atmos.  

For the schedule of screenings of all the films, refer to the Cinema One Originals and Cinema One Channel Facebook pages, log on to (for Ayala cinemas) or call tel. 722-4496/ 722-4532/7224501 (for Greenhills Dolby Atmos).

Korean-American Actor Daniel Henney is Tadashi in 'Big Hero 6'

 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International PR

Korean-American actor Daniel Henney (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) lends his voice to Tadashi Hamada, the big brother of lead character, Hiro (Ryan Potter), in Walt Disney Animation Studios' comedy adventure “Big Hero 6.”

Tadashi is a good guy. He just is. He actually developed, built and programmed a state-of-the-art nursebot - a Healthcare Companion named Baymax that will likely help millions worldwide. But it’s his role as big brother that makes Tadashi truly special. Every kid needs a guy like Tadashi looking out for him, and Hiro knows just how lucky he is to have him in his life.

Tadashi is Hiro’s strength,” says Daniel Henney, who voices the big brother. “They lost their parents years ago, so Tadashi is a father figure, and in many ways, the heartbeat of their family.

But, adds Henney, Tadashi is smart enough to know how to redirect a kid like Hiro. “Sometimes you have to manipulate the situation a little to get people to see it your way,” he says. “Instead of telling Hiro what to do with his life, Tadashi tricks him into figuring out for himself what’s good for him.”

As far as brothers go, these two have it down, says director Chris Williams. “I have a brother, so I knowsomething about these kind of relationships. You make fun of your little brother - have fun at his expense. But at the same time, there’s this incredible bond and love. If anybody else tries to mess with your brother, you can’t let that happen.




“Big Hero 6” is an original action-comedy-adventure about a robotics prodigy and a plus-sized inflatable robot, who develop a special bond on a quest to solve an unsettling mystery.

When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his brilliant fellow nerds: adrenaline junkie GoGo Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Daniel Henney recentlybooked a regular role in the ABC pilot “Agatha,” opposite Bojana Novakovic. Earlier this year, he recurred on JJ Abrams’ NBC one-hour series “Revolution,” and was also seen in a guest-starring role on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Henney is perhaps best known for playing Agent Zero in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” directed by Gavin Hood for Fox. He also had a supporting role in “The Last Stand” for Lionsgate opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. Henney was a series regular last season on the A&E one-hour pilot “Occult” with Josh Lucas. He also recurred on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” and was a series regular on CBS’ “Three Rivers.”

Opening across the Philippines on November 06, “Big Hero 6” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

KathNiel vs. JaDine: Who is your Favorite Halloween Pair?

Teen Queen and King Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla (KathNiel) and Wattpad Royalties James Reid and Nadine Lustre (JaDine) spiced up their respective celebrations of Halloween by turning into different characters.

Kathryn dressed up as Batgirl, while Daniel is unrecognizable in an old man’s mask and full black gear during their Star Magic “One Magical Night” event in Canada.

Meanwhile, Nadine celebrated her 21st birthday last Oct. 31 with a Victorian Goth-themed Halloween party, where she dressed as Count Dracula’s wife while James, her escort, came in as Edward Scissorhands.

Who charm and scare your the most, KathNiel or JaDine?

SpongeBob Movie Poster and Trailer

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies has released the full international movie trailer of the much-awaited comedy adventure SpongeBob movie.

“Making Waves in Our World.” That's the tagline of the new poster art of the comedy adventure “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water” which has just been released, along with a brand-new trailer. Check out below:

In the film, SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet. The film is a production of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

Based on the series “SpongeBob Squarepants” created by Stephen Hillenburg, “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water” Directed by Paul Tibbitt and the writers are Stephen Hillenburg, Paul Tibbitt, Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger.

The cast features Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence and Douglas Lawrence.

Opening across the Philippines in April 2015, “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water” will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

The Kapamilya Network Wins Bigtime at the 2014 Catholic Mass Media Awards

ABS-CBN Corporation bagged a total of 15 accolades at the recently held 36th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for its socially relevant and values-laden programs and special projects.

ABS-CBN took home nine recognitions for the television category that include Best Station ID for “Masayang Muli ang Kuwento ng Summer,” Best TV Special for “Yolanda,” Best Public Service Program for “Failon Ngayon,” Best Children and Youth Program for “Matanglawin,” Best Drama Series for “Be Careful With My Heart,” and Best Talk Show for ABS-CBN News Channel’s (ANC) “Up Close and Personal: A Korina Sanchez Interview.”


ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management which developed the awarded “Masayang Muli Ang Kuwento ng Pasko,” received a special citation in the Best TV Ad-Public Service category for conceptualizing and producing the promotional material “After The Storm.”

The Kapamilya network was again recognized for another station ID, its 2013 Christmas Station ID “Magkasama Tayo sa Kuwento ng Pagbangon” for Best Music Video.  Produced by ABS-CBN Corporation subsidiary Star Recording Inc., the song paid tribute to the Filipino’s unity and unwavering spirit of hope in times of calamities.

Special citations were also given to “Honesto” and “My Little Juan” in the Best Drama Series category.


ABS-CBN’s flagship AM station DZMM also brought home honors for “Pasada Sais Trenta” (Best News Commentary) and emergency preparedness program “Red Alert” (Best Educational Program).  “Sa Kabukiran,” which teaches farming and other gems in agriculture, won a special citation in the Best Educational Program category.

ABS-CBN movie production and distribution unit Star Cinema’s international film “Alagwa,” staring Jericho Rosales and Bugoy Cariño, was awarded the Student’s Choice for Best Film.

Organized by the Archdiocese of Manila, the CMMA is awarded to media products, whether in television, radio, film, music, advertising, and press, which enhance the total human development of the Filipino audience through the competent and professional use of mass media techniques and which promote the Christian values.

Most of the award-winning shows of ABS-CBN can also be seen and heard worldwide across all of The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) platforms: Internet Protocol television or IPTV, satellite, cable, mobile, and official online service,  DZMM 630 audio channel is available in the U.S. via the satellite platform.  For more updates, visit or follow @KapamilyaTFC on twitter and Instagram.

The Voice of The Philippines Finalist Darryl Shy Releases Self-Titled Folk-Pop Debut Album

Star Records PR

“The Voice of the Philippines Season 1” finalist Darryl Shy introduces his type of folk-pop music via his self-titled, five-track debut album under Star Records.

From his trending and powerful performance last year of the Asin classic “Balita” in “The Voice,” Darryl will once again enchant listeners with his unique folk-pop, soulful rendition of four timeless hits including OPM favorites “Ang Pag-Ibig Kong Ito” and “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako;” and international classics “Desperado” by Eagles and “Danny's Song” by Kenny Loggins. The debut album of Darryl, who is now Star Records’ exclusive contract artist, also features an original track titled “Home” composed by Piero Vergara, and the instrumental versions of “Desperado” and “Ang Pag-Ibig Kong Ito.”

Darryl’s debut album is now available in record bars nationwide for only P199. The tracks can also be downloaded via iTunes,,, and

For more information about Star Records, visit its Facebook fan page at or follow @starrecordsph on Twitter.

StarTalk Celebrates 19th Anniversary on November 8 and 15

The country's longest-running celebrity talk show celebrates its 19th year in the industry!

As it marks its 19th year, StarTalk offers a two-episode treat this November 8 and 15.

For the first part, a rara face-off between the daughters of the late Fernando Poe Jr. Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares and award-winning actress Lovi Poe exhange heartwarming banter as Ricky Lo tries to discover unknown facts about them.

Lolit Solis grills Comedy Concert Queen Ai Ai delas Alas in So-List.

After 10 years after she last appeared in GMA's youth-oriented program Clique, Iya Villania returns as a Kapuso artist anew. Expect a warm welcome by StarTalk as she talks about her expectations with her comeback.

Meanwhile, serious political stuff is given a flavorful twist as StarTalk introduces Karina Karay-Karay as she infuses wit and humor in her reportage in the segment aptly titled The Adventures of Karina Karay-Karay.

Celebrate with StarTalk with even more showbiz news and issues this Saturday, November 8, at 3PM only on GMA-7.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Chot Reyes Life Documentary Airs this Saturday on TV5

"Kuwentong Gilas" shines the spotlight on the life of Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes when the special sports documentary returns with a new episode this Saturday, November 8, airing at 4:30PM on TV5.

Narrated by Freddie Webb, Kuwentong Gilas has been sharing with Kapatid viewers and die-hard basketball fans the story behind the lives of the Gilas Pilipinas players, with previous episodes giving some rare peeks into the lives of Gary David, Paul Lee and Marc Pingris.

For the first part of its two-episode Chot Reyes special this Saturday, Kuwentong Gilas delves into the beginnings of the Gilas head coach's love affair with the game of basketball, along with the revelations on his rivalry-turned-friendship with Tim Cone during their younger days. The episode will also show why coach Chot chose to forego entering the PBA despite his status as one of the best collegiate point guards of his time.

Produced by Sports 5, theKuwentong Gilas documentary has been very successful in teaching the value of hard work, sacrifice and generosity. It was one of the most-followed TV5 series this 2014 as Gilas Pilipinas prepared for the FIBA World Cup in Spain and the Asian Games in South Korea.

Sports5 is the production division of TV5 that continues to blaze the trail in Philippine sports television.

Kathryn Bernardo Teaches Valuable Life Lessons in Newest TV Series

Kapamilya Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo is excited to share with TV viewers, especially her fellow teenagers, the valuable life lessons in the newest "Wansapanataym" special titled 'Puppy ko si Papi' which will begin this Sunday (November 9).

"I am very happy that I was given a chance again to star in 'Wansapanataym' and become an instrument to teach the audience good values. I'm sure that many viewers of my age will be able to relate to my character, Iris, who misunderstood her father's over-protectiveness," said Kathryn who last appeared in "Wansapanataym" in 2011.

"In 'Puppy Ko si Papi,' viewers will surely learn the importance of our parents' guidance, and how important it is for us as children to obey them," the Teen Queen added.

Also part of "Wansapanataym Presents Puppy ko si Papi" are Dominic Ochoa, Marlann Flores, Khalil Ramos, and John Lapus. It is written by Yam Tanangco Domingo and directed by Don Cuaresma.

The original story book for Filipino kids "Wansapanataym" is under the production of Dreamscape Entertainment Television, the group that created top-rating TV masterpieces such as "Walang Hanggan," "Ina Kapatid Anak," and "Juan dela Cruz."

Don't miss the first episode of Kathryn's "Wansapanataym" special this Sunday, 6:45PM, after "Goin' Bulilit" on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

Lucasfilm Announces Release Date of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm have announced today, following the completion of principal photography, that Star Wars: Episode VII is now officially titled "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

The film stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Smart to Offer the Most Affordable iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on November 14

Smart, the wireless services leader and the Philippines' biggest network, announced it will offer the biggest advancement in iPhone history -  iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus  - beginning on Friday, November 14, 2014.

Customers can pre-order iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus beginning on Friday, November 7, 2014 at

The iPhone 6 (16GB) is being offered starting at Smart Postpaid Plan 999, with P800 monthly cash-out or a total of P1,799 per month. 

The iPhone 6 Plus (16GB), meanwhile, is also available starting at Plan 999 with P1,050 cash-out every month, or P2,049 per month.

Both iPhone offers come with FREE all-net texts, all-net calls plus consumable data every month which can be used for video and music streaming, file uploads, and downloads, and chatting.

Smart also offers big-time treatment for Postpaid Subscribers:

Private Driver Just For You

Feel free to check out the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from November 14 to 16. Smart will take care of your ride to and from selected Smart Stores in Metro Manila for FREE!  You only have to download the Uber app on your phone, book a ride, and enter the promo code: SMARTIPHONE6 and your ride will be on us!

Choose Your Own Mobile Number

New Smart Postpaid subscribers have the exclusive privilege of choosing a customized phone number from a particular number series, provided that the number is still available. This offer is available for a limited time and on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be enjoyed when you sign up at any Smart Store nationwide.

Wipe Out Your Current Contract

Locked in to your current Postpaid Contract? SMART Postpaid subscribers now have the option to Wipe Out their current contract and upgrade to an iPhone handset in their new contract for a discount. Plus! Get a FREE 1-year handset insurance for subscribers availing iPhone 6 or 6 Plus for Plan 800 and up. For more details visit: 

Free Movies on your iPhone 6

All subscribers of the Smart iPhone 6 will get FREE 3 Movie vouchers through the smartphone app, Blink. Subscribers can also buy more movies by texting BLINK 60 (catalog movies), BLINK 99 (latest movies) or BLINK 250 (unlimited TV series) to 3161. To enjoy these exciting video content, users only need to download the BLINK app from the App Store.

For more information please visit For more information on iPhone, please visit:


Daniel Padilla's Mom Karla Estrada Fails to Impress The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 Coaches

Former actress-singer and now best known as Daniel Padilla's stage mother Karla Estrada failed to bring her charm on The Voice of the Philippines stage when coaches, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo and Lea Salonga didn't turn their chairs when she tried out for a spot in the competition during the show's Blind Audition.

According to reports, Lea failed to recognize Karla and was even quoted in saying to her shortly after the her blind audition: "I know you! I know you! What's your name?" which put Karla into a state of surprise.

Karla, in one of her interviews, said that she joined the blind auditions of ABS-CBN hit singing competition for the "experience" and was long acknowledged the coaches decision.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Watch: Fast & Furious 7 Trailer

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Universal Pictures has started the engine for “Fast & Furious 7” with today's big reveal of the action-thriller's first trailer which may be watch below:

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of “Fast & Furious 7.”

James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.

Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.

“Fast & Furious 7” opens across the Philippines on April 04, 2015 and will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Kapamilya Stars Salute Modern Day Heroes with Performances Par Excellence in “Galing ng Filipino”

From afar, the Star Performing Arts Centre boasts of state-of-the-art architecture designed by the famed Artec consultants of New York while its Star Theatre beams of modern lighting, full sound system and high-definition video which in the words of music icon Tony Benett, makes it the “finest theatre” in the world.  On October 25, the renowned center became the perfect venue of premier network The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) own showcase of world-class performances fitting of modern day heroes – "Galing ng Filipino: A TFC 20 Celebration."

“Galing ng Filipino: A TFC 20 Celebration” is part of TFC’s 20th Anniversary celebrations which herald the greatness of the Filipino in every aspect of their lives.  According to Ailene Averion, ABS-CBN Asia Pacific managing director, the event hoped to forge ahead with the greatness of the Filipinos by raising the bar as well in terms of performances outside the Philippines and at places which only hosts the world’s best such as the much raved about Star Theater.  She said: “’Galing ng Filipino’ the event is the first time we have moved to this kind of world-class venue in Singapore.  We asked the artists to challenge themselves as entertainers and provide unparalleled performance fitting of the venue and most of all, of our beloved kababayans, and they delivered.  I am proud to see our own Filipino talents shine with the same kind of set-up as those who have performed here and even beyond.  The Filipino artist is truly great.”

One by one, Kapamilya stars led by TFC’s 20th Anniversary Ambassador Gary Valenciano paid tribute to the diligent and dauntless overseas Filipinos in Singapore, dubbed “mga Bagong Bayani” who continue to toil for their loved ones and make their country proud.  Kicking off the celebrations on a high note is the powerful rendition of comedienne-singer Giselle Sanchez of the John Fogerty composition “Proud Mary,” a song that heralded the vocal prowess of every singer who dared perform the iconic tune.  Sanchez earned the audience’s cheers when she went Original Pilipino Music (OPM) with the song “Hoy Lumapit Ka” and called on a male audience to join her in song.  Shifting to the international scene, Sanchez exited with the Broadway hit “Mamma Mia.”

The audience was then treated to another level of performance as “Galing ng Filipino” drew the curtains for Hollywood Performing Arts Hall of Famer Jed Madela.  Every heart melted with his powerful version of “Pusong Bato” from the teleserye “Juan dela Cruz” and “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin” from the drama series with the same title.  Moving the audience to their feet was a grand 50s medley of “Great Pretender,” “Only You,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “Diana,” and “One Way Ticket” with an interesting twist – a Voltes 5 theme in the end.

From world-class performers to another, “Galing ng Filipino” rolled out the red carpet at the venue which could house about 2,000, for the “Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs” who proved that her talent is incomparable with her rendition of the TFC’s top-rating program “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon.”     Proving that she truly is music royalty, Quinto rocked the song “Queen of the Night” by the late Whitney Houston.  The crowd went wild as Quinto performed the iconic OPM rock hit “Halik.”  Sanchez joined Quinto for a duet “Put Your Heads on My Shoulder” which left everyone nostalgic.

Setting the venue on fire was the entry of Total Performer Gary V who delighted the audience with his iconic hits “Di Bale Na Lang” and “Shout For Joy.”  Tears seemingly flooded the venue as Gary V performed “How Did You Know” and a medley of the greatest teleserye themes of all time.  Joining Gary V for a powerhouse duet was Madela who sang Chicago’s “Hard Habit To Break” and the performance indeed left audience with a case of last song syndrome.  What began with a high note, ended with the same level of performance as Mr. Pure Energy Gary V performed “Galing ng Filipino,” TFC’s 20th Anniversary theme which the audience whole-heartedly sang along with because of its lyrics that spoke of the Filipino’s ability to overcome adversity through innate values, in the hope of emerging winners in their own journeys in life.

“Galing ng Filipino: A TFC 20 Celebration” was presented by Western Union and Cebu Pacific, in partnership with Hello Asia, Jollibee Padala, Camella Homes, Philippine Airlines, Pag-IBIG fund, RCBC Telemoney, Metro Remittance (Singapore) Pte.Ltd., Academy of Rock, Megaworld, GoldMed, and Philippine National Bank (PNB) Singapore Branch. 

Connect with fellow global Filipinos.  Visit or follow @KapamilyaTFC on twitter and Instagram.

Real-life Sweethearts KC Concepcion - Paulo Avelino and Maja Salvador - Gerald Anderson to Star in a TV Series

Who wouldn't want to experience love this Christmas? No one does. Not just a time for giving, Christmas also is the time of the year where love fills the air..

This upcoming Christmas season will be made extra kilig special as your favorite real-life sweethearts KC Concepcion and Paulo Avelino, Maja Salvador and Gerald Anderson will be paired for the first time in ABS-CBN's Christmas special offering.

Leo Dominguez, Paulo's manager, posted a photo of the actor together with KC on his Instagram account taken during the show's photo shoot on Tuesday.

Paulo Avelino and KC Concepcion soon,” his caption said.

Meanwhile, Maja posted a photo in her Instagram account where she is seen forming the word "love" with Gerald.

On the caption, she hinted at the title of their show where she said, “The Gift of Life #soon

Are you guys excited?

Philippine TV Ratings: The Kapamilya Network Dominates Top 10 Shows in October

Source: Kantar Media Philippines
ABS-CBN once again swept the list of the Philippines' 10 most watched TV shows in October, according to Kantar Media, with a number of programs tying in ratings, putting the total at 13., Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo return as 'The Voice of the Philippines' coaches. The talent search ranked as the second most watched TV show in the Philippines in October. ABS-CBN

Ranking first was the Coco Martin and Kim Chiu-starrer "Ikaw Lamang," which concluded on October 24, with an average nationwide rating of 29.7% for the month.

Tying in second place with 28.3% were "The Voice of the Philippines" and "Hawak Kamay." The talent search debuted its second season on October 26, while the primetime series is now down to its last three weeks.

Also in the top five, in order, were ABS-CBN's flagship newscast "TV Patrol" (28.2%), the fantasy anthology "Wansapanataym" (27.4%), and the weekend sitcom "Home Sweetie Home" (26.7%).

"Forevermore," which premiered on Primetime Bida last October 27, averaged a national TV rating of 26.6% to rank sixth. It was followed by the drama anthology "Maalaala Mo Kaya," having registered 25.9%.

Three Kapamilya programs tied for eighth. Garnering 23.6% for the month were the Alex Gonzaga-starrer "Pure Love," which will conclude on November 14; the comedy show "Mga Kwento ni Marc Logan"; and Korina Sanchez's lifestyle program "Rated K."

Another primetime series that figured in the top 10 was "Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon," which aired its finale last October 10. It got an average of 22.9% in ratings, good enough for ninth. "Goin' Bulilit" trailed closely at 10th with 22.1%.

The strong performance of ABS-CBN's weekend and primetime programs bolstered its lead versus competing stations. The Kapamilya network registered an overall audience share of 44% in October, while GMA-7 and TV5 only got 35% and 7%, respectively.

Multicultural Asian-American Entertainment Network Myx TV Now Available on Time Warner Cable Channel 1454

Myx TV, the only English-language multicultural Asian American entertainment network in the United States, announced today its launch on Time Warner Cable throughout Southern California.

Digital cable customers of Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles, San Diego, Desert Cities, CA and Yuma, AZ, can now tune to channel 1454 for acclaimed, buzzed-about original series that push the cultural envelope and shine a light on the quirks of pop culture and relationships. Whether it’s a docu-series examining the unexplored depths of Asian American culture like “I’m Asian American And…,” or a cutthroat reality competition series set against the backdrop of a thriving subculture like “Call to Cosplay,” or “Eat Your Words,” Myx TV delivers original programming that entertains and keeps viewers tuning in for more.

California has the largest Asian American population in the U.S. and our availability on Time Warner Cable in Southern California will increase our viewership beyond the Asian American community, to anyone interested in compelling, original entertainment with a multicultural twist,” said Miguel Santos, Myx TV general manager.

For more information on Myx TV, visit To gain access on Time Warner Cable, call 1-888-TW-CABLE (1-888-892-2253) or visit

About Myx TV®:

Myx TV is the only English language multicultural Asian American entertainment network in the United States. Broadcast in over 15 million households, the network is available in both linear and digital platforms, offering both live and on demand content. Myx TV's award-winning programming includes reality shows, live music performances, game shows, movies, and music videos. To find out more, visit

Watch: The History of 'Minions' Revealed in Video

The "Minions" are back! And this time they are featured in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming comedy adventure titled after them.

The story of “Minions” begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters - from T. rex to Napoleon - the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he - alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob - ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.

Check out the video below:

Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s that still permeates our culture today, “Minions” is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.

Opening across the Philippines on July 2015, “Minions” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 Blind Audition Gone Wrong

Did The Voice of the Philippines coaches Lea Salonga, Bamboo, Sarah Geronimo and made the wrong decision of not turning their chairs for aspirant Katherine dela Cruz?

Fil-am singer Katherine dela Cruz, who once played Kim in Miss Saigon (the same venue where Lea established her name as one of the world's greatest theater actress), failed to make it to the next round of ABS-CBN singing competition The Voice of the Philippines.

Wrong choice of song? 

Watch her Blind Audition video and you decide:

Sharon Cuneta's Mom Elaine Cuneta is Dead

Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta, the mother of veteran singer-actress Sharon Cuneta passed away on Wednesday, October 5, as announced on Twitter by her granddaughter KC Concepcion. She was 79.

Accompanied with the above photo, KC tweeted, "Hi. I just lost the love of my life today. My Mita [Elaine] will forever be the BEST GRANDMA EVER. She will forever be with me. I love you, my Mita."

She later tweeted, "My grandma will forever be my inspiration. She loved life, gave us all beautiful adventures. She knew me more than I knew myself. #SuperLola,"

Elaine, as revealed by KC, has been hospitalized for nearly two months and was set to undergo surgery today, November 6. 

In a statement released by the family, it was revealed that Elaine died due to internal bleeding and complications arising from abdominal surgery at 2:05 p.m. after seven weeks in intensive care.
Elaine is a former beauty queen, singer, and actress, starring in films such as "Bondying" in the '50s. She had two children, Chet and Sharon, with former Pasay City Mayor Pablo Cuneta, whom she married in 1993 after years of living together. She is also the sister of actress Helen Gamboa-Sotto.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Amazing Race Philippines 2 Bids Team Blondies Tina and Avy Wells Goodbye

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Blonde sisters Tina and Avy Wells were fourth to be eliminated from The Amazing Race Philippines 2.

In last Saturday's episode, the 8 remaining racers had to surf at Ganaden's Nook by the Sea in San Fernando in order to get the route info that will lead them to the fourth pit stop location. Team Dating Couple Matthew Edwards and Phoebe Walker, still first in the race, were only seconds ahead of second-placer team Magkapatid Jet and Yna Cruz who met them at the race mat. The Dating Couple won another PHP 200,000.00 from Shell V Power Nitro+. Team Mag-ama AJ and Jody Saliba advanced to the third slot, followed by Chefs Roch Hernandez and Eji Estillore, and Nerds Vincent Yu and Ed Manguan.

Meanwhile, team Sexy Besties RR Enriquez and Jeck Maierhofer became the only all-female team in the competition after making it to the 6th spot. They were followed by teamMr. Pogi Kelvin Engles and John Paul Duray who miraculously leaped to the 7th spot, thus eliminating the blondes from the race.

Despite finishing last, Tina and Avy won the hearts of millions of netizens due to their impressive performance despite being left out of alliances formed by other teams.

"Nung first leg pa lang, the other teams were ganging up on us. We never really allied with the other teams, which was fine by us because Avy and I figured that in the end, it will still be every team for themselves," Tina noted during an interview

This week, viewers can look forward to the much-awaited meltdown of first-placers Dating Couple Matthew and Phoebe. Will this affect their standing in the race? Will other racers be able to overtake them from what seems to be a leg-after-leg win? Another team to watch out for is the father and son tandem of 52-year-old AJ Saliba and his 21-year-old son Jody who jumped over to the 3rd spot after starting out in the 5th place for the past legs. Will their performance improve now that the race takes them to the Ilocos region?  

Don't miss the biggest reality show on Philippine TV! Powered by Rexona and sponsored by PLDT Home Telpad, Summit Natural Drinking Water, Kia Motors, RCD Royal Homes, Shell V Power Nitro+, and Resorts World Manila, The Amazine Race Philippines Season 2 airs daily at 9:00PM, exclusively on TV5.

Global TFCKat Winners Impress Kapamilya Stars in ABS-CBN and TFC 'Galing ng Filipino’ Shows

For a second time in a row, The Filipino Channel (TFC) provides the stage for overseas Filipinos (OFs) who could be the next generation of stars to shine as it draws the curtain for the 2013 TFCkat winners from around the world as they make their rounds in ABS-CBN and TFC shows.  TFCkat, the premier Filipino network in the world's first global talent search, aims to showcase the Filipino talent and affirm our pride and honor through the performing arts.  

According to ABS-CBN North America Managing Director Olivia Finina de Jesus,"TFC as the network that exists for OFs, has always been there to accompany them in their journey overseas, connect them with family or herald their achievements.  This year, this mission takes on more meaning as we are celebrating TFC's 20th anniversary.  With the theme 'Galing ng Filipino (Forge Ahead with the Greatness of the Filipino)' we hope to bring forth more of these milestones in more avenues.  

According to ABS-CBN Europe and Middle East Managing Director Edgardo Garcia, "TFCkat has actually been providing the stage to showcase the Filipino talent since its launch in 2012."  Garcia adds:  "This year, the competition runs parallel with our celebration of two decades of TFC and our anniversary theme.  'Galing ng Filipino' speaks of the Filipino's brilliance which we have witnessed so far and how TFC as a network always shares this with the world through our platforms." 

ABS-CBN Asia Pacific Managing DirectorAilene Averion adds "The Philippines abounds with Filipino talents from singers to dancers and TFCkat is the perfect platform that provides the venue to showcase these talents."   She adds," when we were searching the world for great Filipino talents, we did not only find the best in each region but also a range of voices that are as varied as the cultures of their second homes."


Across genres, the TFCkat winners truly shine.  North America winner, 22 year-oldKatherine dela Cruz can belt out OPM hits as much as she can perform Broadway hits from her favorites such as Lea Salonga.  Dela Cruz may be the youngest in the batch but what she lacks in age, she makes up for her vocal prowess.   The California resident says she wants to inspire people with her music and TFCkat plays a huge role in her dreams.  Another winner from North America is 26 year-old Jenessa Escabarte.  
Escabarte started singing since age 10 and her vocal depth proves this.  Like dela Cruz, she names Salonga as one of her influences.  Half-Filipino, half-French Vanessa Monot can easily catch attention with her towering height and European features.   In her finals performance at the momentous "2014 London Barrio Fiesta," Monot proved she is more than a pretty face as she wowed the judges with her raspy voice reminiscent of female alternative artists.  Nearby in the Middle East, 26 year-old Ana Blaza from the United Arab Emirates dabbles in the same type of genre.  Blaza may just stand at five feet more or less but this singer has a towering voice that stands out in any crowd, including the "ASAP Live in Dubai" where she earned the champion notch.  She calls herself simple but this adjective far describes how she performs on stage.

From the top of the world to the Land Down Under, the Filipino talents abound.  Giselle Hernandez, TFCkat winner from Australia has been singing professionally before she entered TFCKat.  When this 24 year-old holds the microphone and performs on stage, this musical advantage becomes obvious.  On the other hand, Charlie Catbagan, started late in high school and if not for the prodding of a friend.  But when this 26 year-old performs covers of his favorite artists like Brian Mc Knight, it seems as if he has been singing all his life.  

In their homecoming to the Philippines, theTFCkat winners similarly wowed not just the hosts of widely followed programs in the motherland but also performers themselves, including TFC's 20th anniversary AmbassadorGary Valenciano.  During their first stop at "Ready Get MOR," the six winners engaged in a gab and song fest with hosts DJs Toni, Chikki Boom Boom and Pappi Charlz.  Moving on to DZMM Teleradyo, the winners performed OPM and pop hits at "Sakto" hosted by Marc Logan and Amy "Tiyang Amy" Perez.  The group also became part of the celebration of Tiyang Amy birthday as they were asked to perform a birthday song for the celebrator.  Later in the visit, some of the TFCkat winners performed on TFC's first online chat program "Kapamilya Love Chat" hosted by DJ Cha Cha.  

As a highlight of their tour of the ABS-CBN studios, the TFCkat winners performed 'samples' or a showcase of their talent, a term made popular by the variety hit "It's Showtime."  In one of the segments of the show hosted by Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, and Billy Crawford, the winners were challenged to copy the performance of one of the group contestants who performed the song "Somewhere," revived by Angeline Quinto for "Ikaw Lamang."

As the highlight of the tour, Gary V visited the TFCkat winners during their recording of the anniversary theme "Galing ng Filipino."  During the visit, the Total Performer shared his precious time, mentoring the winners to increase their chances of making it big in the industry.  To complete their experience, the TFCkat winners were also given the chance to give back when they recently visited the Children's Village in Calamba, Laguna (Luzon Island).

Across regions and across avenues, TFC continues to put the spotlight on great Filipino talents through platforms such as TFCkat.  Get to know more of the TFCkat winners.   Watch them on "TFCKat: The Journey to the Philippines" this November on TFC worldwide.   Watch more of their worldwide appearances on TFC's official online service and via TFC's video-on-demand service in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.  
Connect with fellow global Filipinos, or follow @KapamilyaTFC on twitter and instagram.

Anne Hathaway Joins a Team of Explorers on an 'Interstellar' Journey

Anne Hathaway ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Les Miserables") reunites with director Christopher Nolan in Warner Bros. Pictures' futuristic thriller "Interstellar."

In the film, with our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

Hathaway is mindful of Nolan's focus on the human stakes in even the most heroic endeavor. "From the beginning of time, the reach to expand our world or move our civilization forward has always involved great sacrifice by a handful of individuals, who put the greater good over any risk to themselves. This film really celebrates those who are brave enough to do that."

"I got so emotional reading it," continues Hathaway who plays biologist Amelia Brand, part of the team of astronauts that also includes Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, Wes Bentley as Doyle and David Gyasi as Romilly.

"The family dynamics for all the characters, the stakes for all the characters, are enormous," Hathaway continues. "I think just about everybody has to make some kind of major sacrifice in order to go on this journey. I think this film really celebrates those that are brave enough to do that. I'm so floored by humanity's capacity to put others before ourselves."

"Anne is an extraordinary talent who can really lose herself in a character," Nolan observes. "She has cerebral qualities and an interest in science, so it was natural to see her as Brand, a character who views the world through a scientific lens. But, at the same time, Anne's underlying warmth and the layered performance she brought to the role reveal this character to be a whole person beyond just being a scientist."

Hathaway admits that she was "blown away" by the film's evocation of space, but was primarily drawn in by the emotional journey the characters take. "The concepts behind this film can keep you awake at night, but the story is also a beautiful meditation on love," she says. "If you look at the human race from an evolutionary standpoint, you have to factor in love as a key part of the equation, and how this idea is woven into Brand's experience of this mission felt very moving and truthful to me. I think it's a brave and extraordinary thing that Chris has done in weaving the persistence of love into the DNA of this big adventure in space."

Anne Hathaway most recently reprised the voice of Jewel, an independent, high-flying blue macaw in Carlos Saldanha's animated film "Rio 2," which also features voices from Jamie Foxx and Jesse Eisenberg.

In 2012, she starred as "Fantine" in Tom Hooper's screen adaptation of musical phenomenon "Les Misérables," opposite Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried. Hathaway's performance garnered Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG, and BAFTA awards for lead actress. Earlier that year, Hathaway starred as the ultimate femme fatale "Catwoman" alongside Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." The film was Nolan's third and final chapter in the franchise and was both a critical triumph and a smash box office hit.

In 2008, Hathaway starred in Jonathan Demme's critically acclaimed "Rachel Getting Married," for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit Award, and a SAG Award in the "Best Actress" category. The National Board of Review, the Chicago Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association all named Hathaway "Best Actress" for her performance in the film.

Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 6, "Interstellar" is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. "Interstellar" is available in four formats: IMAX 70mm Film (at IMAX SM Mall of Asia), 35mm Film (at Glorietta 4, Sta. Lucia East and Trinoma), IMAX Digital (at SM Aura Premiere, SM Cebu, SM Clark, SM Lanang, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA and SM Southmall) and Digital 2D (most theatres nationwide).

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Exciting Twists, Unexpected Events Await 8 Remaining Teams of The Amazing Race Philippines S2

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After the most historic pit stop exit and other scenes between the competing teams, the second season of the Amazing Race Philippines remains unstoppable in conquering the primetime TV. 

Now that racers is down to 8, the show gets even more exciting with the unexpected revelations from the clashing racers. While the viewers and fans, witnessed a lot of collaboration between teams during the first three legs, the upcoming episodes of the race will prove to be more exciting. Teams are showing competitiveness each leg since at the end of the race the number one team will win 2 house and lot packages from RCD Royal Homes, 2 Kia sportages, and 2Million pesos courtesy of PLDT Home Telpad. 

Don't miss the biggest reality show on Philippine TV! Powered by Rexona and sponsored by PLDT Home Telpad, Summit Natural Drinking water, Kia Motors, RCD Royal Homes, Shell and Resorts World Manila. 

Catch the show daily at 9PM exclusively on TV5. 

Alex Gonzaga Toughens Up After Life-Changing Experiwnces

"Pure Love" stars Alex Gonzaga, Yen Santos, Joseph Marco, and Arjo Atayde will show TV viewers the value of family and true friends in the last episodes of ABS-CBN's top-rating primetime drama series which airs its finale on November 14 (Friday).


In the last two weeks of the series, Diane's (Alex) strength will be put to the test as she struggles to get the last "pure love tear" she needs to wake up from her coma before the deadline set by Scheduler (Matt Evans).


Will Diane still continue to fight for her life and get the chance to return to her family, or will she decide to give everything up? What if she finds out that she shares a deeper connection with  Ysabel (Yen), the owner of the body she inhabits?


A local adaptation of the well-loved 2011 Korean TV series, "Pure Love" highlights the value of true love and the strong ties that bind a Filipino family.


Continue to discover the real value of love and family in the last two weeks of "Pure Love," weeknights before "TV Patrol" on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida. For more updates, log on to, follow @PureLovePH on Twitter, and "like" the show's official Facebook page

After 19 Years, Ogie Alcasid Returns to ASAP

It was indeed a TV moment no one ever thought could possibly happen!

On Sunday, after 19 years, award-winning singer/songwriter Ogie Alcasid appeared on the "ASAP" stage to perform his greatest hits with Gary Valenciano in the "I Love OPM" segment of the long-running TV concert program.

According to Ogie, he considers it an opportunity to be able to sing on the "ASAP" stage again almost two decades since his last appearance on the show. 

"Matagal na akong hindi lumalabas dito. Actually it's been almost 19 years. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, ABS-CBN. What an honor," he said.

Ogie, before transferring to TV5, co-hosted ASAP' competing shows over at GMA-7 such as SOP, Party Pilipinas, and Sunday All Stars.




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