Saturday, December 20, 2014

KathNiel Confess Love in the December 2014 Issue of Bench/Mark Magazine

KathNiel Confess Love in the December 2014 Issue of Bench/Mark Magazine


Kapamilya Teen Queen and King Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla are the featured cover stars in the latest issue of Bench quarterly publication "Bench/mark".

On the December 2014 issue of Bench/mark where the word "love" prominently shows on the cover, the hottest loveteam were photographed by sought-after lensman Mark Nicdao.

On Instagram, Bench founder Ben Chan @bcbench shared a look inside the magazine where both Kathryn and Daniel wearing Bench apparels.


Taylor Swift, Julie Anne San Jose Win Artists of the Year in the 1st Spinnr Hitlist Award

Taylor Swift, Julie Anne San Jose Win Artists of the Year in the 1st Spinnr Hitlist Award 

 Spinnr Press Release

Music downloads have not been only successful in fighting CD piracy, they have also spawned an alternate world that empowers us to enjoy the soundtracks of our lives at the touch of our mobile phones.

Smart Communication’s homegrown music app, SPINNR, saw this vision a year ago. Several recognitions later and a couple of Fly-Off promos to international concerts granted to subscribers, Spinnr has decided it’s time to bestow recognition to the movers and shakers of this space. Last December 17, SPINNR did just that, launching the first ever Spinnr Hitlist Awards at The Valkyrie Nightclub, The Fort, Taguig City.


Below are the winners of 1st Spinnr Hitlist Awards:

Spinnr Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift

Spinnr Song of the Year: All Of Me by John Legend

Spinnr Album of The Year: Big Hero 6 OST

Spinnr Best Indie Artist of 2014: Julie Ann San Jose

Spinnr OPM Artist of 2014: Nikki Gil (Babalikan Mo Rin Ako)


The digital downloading and streaming of songs have taken up a part of the music-loving market and it’s growing. This is where the Spinnr Hitlist is coming from - to recognize the kind of music that the public thrives on getting via digital downloading and streaming. With the Spinnr Hitlist Awards, we are also pushing the boundaries by bestowing appreciation of which songs, artists and albums performed well digitally. To us, this is a tangible representation of the Smart Life, which is the concretization of our Live More campaign over at Smart,” said Lucille Tang, Spinnr product manager.

Spinnr, just one-year-old, has become the first and only homegrown music app that has shaped music lifestyles for most Filipino music lovers. We are extremely delighted to have piloted giving out recognition to the music industry via Spinnr. Spinnr Hitlist Awards is now the first local music app to honor the best in OPM and international acts through the digital platform.”

During the awarding ceremonies, SPINNR also awarded its subscribers with 100 gifts of Christmas. The gifts are collector’s items and premium artists merchandise.

Xyriel Manabat is Rochelle, a Progeria-stricken Teenager in MMK

Xyriel Manabat is Rochelle, a Progeria-stricken Teenager in MMK


Xyriel Manabat portrays the role of Rochelle, a Progeria-stricken teenager who, despite her ailment, lives a normal life on ABS-CBN’s Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) tonight at 7:15.

At five years old, Rochelle’s body was overtaken by Progeria, a rare genetic condition that causes a child’s body to show signs of aging. She was told by her doctor that she could expect to live only up to 15 years old. As the sad truth settles in Rochelle’s mind, she decides to live her short life to the fullest and experience things normal people experience - including falling in love.

Will love keep Rochelle’s high hopes to live, or will it cause her more pain?

Also starring in the episode are Paul Salas, Aiko Melendez, Dang Cruz, Maggie dela Riva, Ian de Leon, Eva Darren, Crispin Pineda, Paolo Angeles, Ishmael Claverio, Carlo Lacana, Andrei Garcia, and JM Ibañez as Angeline. It is directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar and written by Mary Rose Colindres and Arah Jell Badayos.

MMK is led by business unit head Malou Santos and creative manager Mel Mendoza-del Rosario.

MMK airs Saturdays after Home Sweetie Home.

Aiko Melendez' Ex-Husband Aims Gun at Anti-drug Operatives, Lands in Jail

Aiko Melendez' Ex-Husband Aims Gun at Anti-drug Operatives, Lands in Jail

Photo Outtake: TV5, News5

Luke Jickain, once married with actress Aiko Melendez, is facing charges of direct assault and alarm and scandal after he was arrested for aiming a gun at anti-drug operatives who tried to pacify him and a man while they were engaged in a fistfight over a parking lot altercation early Friday in Pasay City.

The incident started when the celebrity chef and model and Rommel David fight over who should occupy a vacant parking lot in a restaurant along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City. While the two were fighting, anti-drug operatives of the Pasay police who were passing by saw Jickain and David and tried to pacify the them.

Instead, Jickain pointed his .38-caliber pistol at the operatives. It was then that the two men were taken to the precinct by the police.

Kathryn Bernardo Faces Life's Biggest Regrets

Kathryn Bernardo Faces Life's Biggest Regrets 


If there is one thing she regrets the most, it could be the pain she caused her family.

Iris (played by Kapamilya Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo) faces one of her biggest regrets in the last two weeks of her “Wansapanataym” special “Puppy ko si Papi.” 

In the episode this Sunday (December 21), Iris begins to feel guilty for all the pain she has caused her Papi Douglas (Dominic Ochoa), especially now that he may transform into a dog permanently. Will Iris finally discover the mistake she needs to correct in order to bring her Papi Douglas back into a human being? What will she do when her father accepts his fate and decides to leave them for good? 

Also part of “Wansapanataym Presents Puppy ko si Papi” are Khalil Ramos, Marlann Flores, Chienna Filomena, Apollo Abraham, John Steven de Guzman, 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,” “Juan dela Cruz,” and “Ikaw Lamang.” 

Don’t miss the last two weeks of Kathryn’s “Wansapanataym” special this Sunday, 6:45PM, after “Goin’ Bulilit” on ABS-CBN. 

For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter. Viewers may also catch up on full episodes and past episodes of “Wansapanataym” through ABS-CBNmobile. For more information, please go to www.abscbnmobile.com.

Friday, December 19, 2014

TV5's Most Romantic WATTPAD Stories Now Available on Viewstream app

TV5's Most Romantic WATTPAD Stories Now Available on Viewstream app


Stuck in traffic? Worry no more! Make the most out of Metrowide traffic this Holiday "rush" Season by watching the most romantic, top-rating  modern romance series TV5’s Wattpad Presents via streaming on the Viewstream app, for only P15/story.

Who wouldn't want to feel the love, be loved and share the love this most romantic time of the year? We all are. And to further ignite the love in you, TV's adaptations of popular love stories on the Wattpad site, is now made available right on your mobile phone via  the Viewstream app. You can now witness these love stories come to life,  without commercial breaks for only P15/story. 

Some of the featured stories are:

My Tag Boyfriend, starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Sam Concepcion



Mr.  Popular Meets Ms. Nobody, starring Mark Neumann and Shaira Mae Dela Cruz



DyepNi, starring Alwyn Uytingco and Jennica Gracia



Almost a Cinderella Story, starring Eula Caballero and Carl Guevara



And you need not to use your credit card to pay. All you have to do ist use your Smart Prepaid load or charge to your Smart Postpaid bill.

To learn more, visit http://smart.com.ph/viewstream

The Most Intense 2014-2015 PBA Philippine Cup Semis Airs on TV5

The Most Intense 2014-2015 PBA Philippine Cup Semis Airs on TV5

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), TV5 Press Release
 
A new Philippine Cup champion will be crowned with four teams contending in the prestigious conference that crowns the best All-Filipino squad.

The first semifinals series tips off on Thursday between the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters against the Alaska Aces. On Friday, top-seeded San Miguel Beermen collide with rival Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.

 (2) Rain or Shine Elasto Painters vs (3) Alaska Aces
The E-Painters are raring to make it back to the Philippine Cup Finals once again. Coach Yeng Guiao has been brilliant in utilizing his players this season and finding gems such as rookie Jericho Cruz  and unheralded Jonathan Uyloan. He has also relied on Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Gabe Norwood, Jeff Chan, Beau Belga and Paul Lee to lead the team. One thing going for them is their desire to win a Philippine Cup title for coach Yeng.

Calvin Abueva has been brilliant for the Alaska Aces in this conference. He has found his groove in averaging double figures in points and rebounds. Eric Menk and Vic Manuel have been steady frontcourt contributors for the team while JV Casio & Dondon Hontiveros have exploded at the right time in their elimination games, and now coach Alex Compton is hoping they can do the same for the Semis series.

(1) San Miguel Beermen vs (4) Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters
Defense has been the key in the Beermen’s campaign this conference as they have limited their opponent to below 80 points, with the league’s reigning MVP Junemar Fajardo dominating the paint and staying consistent this conference. The Beermen has found a gem in their trade for Jeric Fortuna has been floor-spacing outside threat they have been longing to partner with Fajardo.  Unclear what this sentence is trying to say. Please rephrase.

Hoping to reclaim the title they won in 2013, the Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters have been shooting the lights out from 3-point territory with Jayson Castro, Larry Fonacier and Jimmy Alapag as gunners. Inside presence has also been made more evident by brusque operators Rob Reyes, Harvey Carey and Kelly Williams, with rookies Matt Rosser and Kevin Alas making their own impact as well.

Who will gain the upper hand in each of the series to book a seat to the Finals?

Catch the LIVE action only on TV5 starting at 7PM on weekdays and 5PM on Sundays for the duration of the 2014-2015 Philippine Cup Semifinal round. Live streaming and EXCLUSIVE interviews can be seen on Sports5.ph. Radio listeners nationwide can also follow the action on Radyo5 NewsFM  (92.3 NEWSFM Manila, 101.9 NEWSFM Cebu, 101.9 NEWSFM Davao, 102.3 NEWSFM Bacolod and 97.5 NEWSFM General Santos.)

The Voice of the Philippines: Battle Rounds Get Even More Exciting with "Power To Steal" at Play

The Voice of the Philippines: Battle Rounds Get Even More Exciting with "Power To Steal" at Play 

 The Filipino Channel (TFC), The Voice of the Philippines Press Release

The coaches of the top-rating and twitter-trending singing reality show in the Philippines, ABS-CBN’s “The Voice of the Philippines” Season Two airing on The Filipino Channel (TFC) worldwide, have begun to trim down their teams in the ‘Battle Rounds’ and raise even higher stakes with the coaches’ power to ‘steal’ at play.

The teams of the four superstar coaches Lea Salonga, Bamboo, Sarah Geronimo, and Apl de ap delivered surprising and promising performances that left the worldwide audience in awe.  The ‘Battle Rounds’ pitted two artists from the same team that went head to head to win a spot in the next round of the competition which is the ‘Knockout Rounds.’  The losing contestant, however, will still have a chance to move on to the next round if the other coaches use their power to ‘steal.’

First to battle were young balladeer Timmy Pavino and the singing chemist Philippe Go from Team Lea who sang “Forevermore” popularized by Side A.  Although the other three coaches thought of Go to move on, Salonga saw potential from the young balladeer Pavino and chose him to move on to the next round of the competition.  Next battle pairing for the team of the Broadway Diva was the happy-go-lucky-guy from Cebu Humfrey Nicasio versus Salonga’s namesake and power belter, Leah Patricio.  Both sang the duet, “Forever” by Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez.  Patricio’s vocal control and power emerged victorious making her the second member of Team Lea to move on.  

Virtual artist Karl Tanhueco and former 90’s singer/actor Nino Alejandro let out their inner rock souls as they battled it out on stage, nailing “We Built This City” by Starship.  Alejandro was chosen by Salonga to move on because of his experience as a performer.  Cebu charmer Jem Cubil and former Star Magic artist Thara Jordana, on the other hand, delivered a romantic battle with the duet performance of “No Air”
by Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks.  Salonga said she was more swayed with the conviction that Cubil showed and chose him over Jordana.  Another showdown from Team Lea was the battle between the singing nurse of Dasmariñas, Cavite Emil Sinagpulo and guitarist-turned-vocalist Mic Llave who both sang “More Than Words” by Extreme. 
At the end of their performance, Llave was chosen by Salonga to move on to the ‘Knockout Rounds’ because of the unique and raspy quality of his voice.

The Kamp Kawayan team led by Bamboo also delivered powerful performances during the ‘Battle Rounds.’  First to battle in his team was proud lesbian and band vocalist Rita Martinez versus the back-up singer and proud mom Suy Galvez who performed Gloria Jones’ “Tainted Love.”  Martinez won the battle but Galvez, who thought her dreams were about to end, got stolen by Coach Apl to be part of his team.  Freelance singer Ramonne Rodriguez and former Mojofly vocalist Lougee Basabas also gave Bamboo a run for his money after the two ladies performed the Bee Gees’ hit “To Love Somebody.”  Basabas triumphed over Rodriguez and moved on to the next round of the reality show.  

Another battle pairing from Team Bamboo was between two soulful and emotional singers, OPM lover Rence Lee Rapanot and song-writer Casper Blancaflor.  The two sang Radiohead’s hit, “Creep” which gave all four coaches goose bumps.  In the end, Rapanot was chosen to move on but Blancaflor was moved to tears when she got stolen by Salonga.  Another epic battle, deemed as one of the best in the history of “The Voice of the Philippines,” was the clash between rocker chicks, Tanya Ileto-Diaz and Shairah Cervancia who both sang Yano’s popular OPM rock song, “Banal Na Aso.” Both rockers nailed the performance and were given standing ovations from the coaches but Bamboo chose Diaz to move on to the next round.  The three other coaches, however, did not miss the chance to push their red buttons to steal Cervancia because of her performance.  In the end, Cervancia chose to be part of Geronimo’s team.  

The team of the Popstar Royalty also delivered soulful performances worthy of the spots for the ‘Knockout Rounds.’  Wakeboarder singer Daniel Ombao and modern-day telegram singer Jason Dy both serenaded the audience with their performance of “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men.  Dy won over Ombao and is now moving on to the next stage of the competition.  Another pairing from Team Sarah was between the soulful singers and belter, Monique Lualhati and Shaira Opsimar who sang a sultry rendition of “Lady Marmalade” popularized by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Maya, and Pink.  Lualhati emerged victorious over Opsimar.  Another soulful battle in Geronimo’s team was between one-man-band Elmerjun Hilario versus reggae soul singer Kokoi Baldo.  Both singers tackled on Mr.Big’s “To Be With You” and sang it soulfully.  Baldo triumphed over Hilario but fate turned for the latter as Coaches Bamboo, Salonga, and Apl turning for the one-man-band-artist.  Hilario, who was crying when the three coaches pushed their buttons, eventually chose Bamboo as his newest coach.

Daughter of a school administrator in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao Demie Fresco was also chosen to move on to the next round beating power belter Rosalyn Navarro after their strong performance of “Tell Him” by Barbara Streisand and Celine Dion.   A battle of two different genres clashed when OFW rocker and daddy Douglas Dagal versus French-Filipina singer and 2013 TFCKat Winner for Europe Vanessa Monot performed “As” by Mary J. Blige and George Michael.  Despite the flavorful harmony played by the two, Dagal was chosen to move on to the ‘Knockout Rounds.’


Team Apl also started the ‘Battle Rounds’ on a high note with former Rivermaya vocalist Jason Fernandez and daddy-rocker Bradley Holmes fighting over a spot for the ‘Knockout Rounds.’  Both rockers sang Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything For Love,” but it was Holmes who emerged victorious.  Fernandez, meantime was surprised by Geronimo when she pushed her red button to steal the vocalist.  The two ‘Marks’ of Team Apl also went head-to-head in the battles.  Engineering student Mark Avila battled with the young crooner Mark Cando with the song, “This I Promise You” by N’Sync but it was the latter who triumphed the battle and will continue on in the next stage.  The two ‘konteseras’ of Team Apl also battled it out on stage.  Mecerdita Quiachon and Maki Cao both sang Chaka Khan’s “Through The Fire” but it was Cao’s resonating voice that secured her a spot to the ‘Knockout Rounds.’  Last to battle for Team Apl were singing policewoman Janet Cadayona and former recording artist Arnee Hildago.  Both mothers sang Basil Valdez’ “Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo.” 
PO3 Cadayona won the battle but Hidalgo, who at first was doubtful about the song because of her range, impressed Bamboo and prompted him to push his chair, making Hidalgo the last ‘steal’ of team Kamp Kawayan.  

Find out who else will battle it out on stage and who will complete the ‘steal’ slots of Salonga and Apl in the continuation of the ‘Battle Rounds’ of “The Voice of the Philippines” Season Two on December 20 and 21, Saturday and Sunday (December 21 and 22, Australian Daylight Savings Time or ADST and New Zealand Daylight Savings Time or NZDT; December 20 and 22, Guam time) on TFC worldwide. Viewers worldwide can also watch the continuation of the ‘Battle Rounds’ via livestream or after its Philippine airing on TFC’s official online service, TFC.tv and via its video-on-demand or VOD (Internet Protocol television or IPTV) service available in the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

For more updates, visit www.facebook.com/KapamilyaTFC or follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.

Dell Unveils Newest Top of the Line, New-Generation Monitors

Dell Unveils Newest Top of the Line, New-Generation Monitors

Article: RM Marcelo
On December 12, Dell unveils its new-generation monitors during its year-end media gathering event at Hyve, The Fort. The new monitor line-up includes the world's first type of 5k monitor UP2715K, the industry's first type of 34-inch curved-screen monitor U3415W, the all-new Ultra HD 4K monitor P2715Q and the new UltraSharp monitor U2515H. These new-generation monitors represent Dell's most cutting-edge technologies in ultra high-definition, ultra wide-angle curved screen, high performance commercial Ultra HD 4K screen, and ultra sharp screen, bringing the highest picture quality and superb usability to customers.

"We are excited to announce Dell new monitor line-up in sizes and price points that will be compelling to customers seeking for higher resolutions," said Jasmon Ching, S&P Brand Marketing Manager, Dell South Asia. "Today's announcement reinforces how Dell has led in product innovation by making the latest monitor technologies available to everyone, regardless to their usage or budget."







The industry's first type of 5K-resolution monitor UP2715K is the latest flagship product of the UltraSharp series known for its uncompromising performance and visual experience. This monitor is designed mainly for the color-based and high resolution imaging industries and game software developers. UP2715K uses a 27-inch 16:9 ultra-HD 5K screen panel and its screen resolution reaches 5120 x 2880 (higher than 14 million pixels) or seven times better than ordinary full-HD monitors. Dell UP2715K has 12-digit hardware 3D LUT and supports the company's Premier Color Technology. It can display 1.07 billion colors, boasting an accurate color reduction degree.

Dell was the first to unveil 34" curved monitor, goundbreaking for its optimal union of innovative design and brilliant resolution. The U3415W is the Perfect display for both gamers and game developers. The Dell UltraSharp34" Monitor features an ultra-wide 21:9 screen with the cinematic clarity and sharpness of WQHD 3440x1440 resolution so gamers will see everything being thrown their way and developers have the ultimate canvas for enhanced productivity and creativity.  The curved display and wide field of view work together to give gamers a competitive edge, requiring less eye movement when compared to a flat panel display and enabling players to take advantage of their peripheral vision when the competition heats up.

Dell 4K monitor offers extraordinary detail at an affordable price for the mainstream market. Dell Ultra HD P2715Q is the latest monitor technology masterpiece for the mainstream market. With a gorgeous 3840 x 2160 resolution and more than 8 million pixels, this 27-inch 4K monitor provide extraordinary details and pixel-perfect clarity for the creative eye with four times the resolution of full-HD. Responding to color quality and resolution needs of creative people, this monitor boasts a wide color coverage of 99% sRGB, allowing users to experience natural and consistent colors whether they're editing vibrant images from a camera. With the extraordinary clarity and high pixel density on the 27-inch monitor, colors look even more defined onscreen. The P2715Q monitor is equipped with ultra-wide viewing angles and a refresh rate of 60Hz, allowing users who spend long hours designing, editing and creating visual contents to bring their vision to life and manipulate even the smallest color details of their image with incredible clarity-all at the price they can afford.

Dell U2515H offers borderless viewing experience. Dell UltraSharp 25 inches monitor is loaded with premium features for an exceptional viewing experience, without the premium price tag. Users can enjoy phenomenal clarity of a 16:9 screen with 2560x1440 QHD resolution and ultra-wide viewing angle with U2515H. To help boost productivity, the UltraSharp 25 can easily be pivoted 90 degrees clockwise r counter-clockwise placing the thinnest edges side by side for an enhanced screen experience with a multi-monitor set up.


Pricing and Availability

All Dell monitors are already available in the market and ready for order with the following prices:

Dell UltraSharp 27 UP2715K Ultra HD 5K Monitor price stars from $2,499.00

Dell UltraSharp 34 U3415W Curved Monitor price starts from $1,199.00

Dell UltraSharp 25 U2515H Monitor price starts from $479.00

Dell P2715Q Ultra HD 4K Monitor price starts from $699.00

Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Opens No. 1 in the Philippines

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Opens No. 1 in the Philippines

Warner Bros. Pictures Press Release

The Philippines bade farewell to Middle-earth with a heartfelt send-off as “The Battle of the Five Armies” – the final film in “The Hobbit” trilogy -- hauled a stunning P72-million opening gross at the nationwide box-office in only three days.

This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines which locally distributed the film.

“Battle” debuted on Friday, Dec. 12 which meant it had only a three-day opening weekend, yet the film managed to overcome this setback and still captured 65 percent of the market for a No.1 bow.
The Peter Jackson-directed saga also established several records, among them the Biggest Opening Day for a Warner Bros. film this year (ahead of “Godzilla”), Biggest Opening Day and Biggest 3-Day-Weekend for a “Hobbit” or “Lord of the Rings” franchise film.

The fantastic opening in the Philippines reflected the film's phenomenal debut at the foreign box office this weekend, picking up a massive $117.6 million in 38 foreign territories, including such major markets as Japan, Russia and Mexico. It opens in the U.S. on Dec. 17 yet.

Among the notable territories, Germany accounted for $19.5 million, the United Kingdom contributed $15.2 million, France added $14.5 million, and Russia amassed $13.4 million, ranking as the biggest Warner Bros. opening ever in the country.

 






Back in the Philippines, “Battle” reeled off in 296 screens, with SM Mall of Asia garnering for the highest receipts at P3.92-M, followed by SM North EDSA (P3.35-M) and SM Megamall (P3.26-M).
Trinoma clinched the fourth slot with P2.56-M, followed by SM Cebu (P2.21-M), Glorietta 4 (P2-M), SM Aura (P1.75-M), Bonifacio High Street (P1.63-M), Greenbelt 3 (P1.61-M) and Ayala Cebu (P1.59-M).

The 11th to 20th places are occupied by Power Plant (P1.49-M), Gateway (P1.45-M), SM Southmall (P1.34-M), Shang Cineplex (P1.30-M), Alabang Town Center (P1.28-M), SM Clark (P1.23-M), Eastwood (P1.06-M), Theatremall (P1.03-M), Gaisano Davao (P1.01-M) and Newport (P 981,180).
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

As he succumbs to dragon-sickness, the King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifices friendship and honor in his search for the legendary Arkenstone. Unable to help Thorin see reason, Bilbo is driven to make a desperate and dangerous choice, not knowing that even greater perils lie ahead. An ancient enemy has returned to Middle-earth. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide - unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies go to war.

Now playing across the Philippines in theaters and IMAX®, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

After Kathryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre Undergone a Noselift

After Kathryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre Undergone a Noselift


Do you still recall when former PBB Housemate Jane Oineza accidentally (or not) revealed that her bestfriend and Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo undergone surgical beauty enhancement particularly a noselift to achieve a picture-perfect nose? (Read full report HERE). 




This time, another famous Kapamilya stars is rumored to have her nose undergone medical procedure.

Nadine Lustre, who participated in the “Wrecking Bowl” interview of ABS-CBN where she had to pick questions from a bowl, vehemently denied that she had cosmetic surgery.

Retoke daw 'yung ilong ko? Parang hindi ko matandaan na nagpagawa ako ng ilong,” she said.

Yahoo! Releases 2014 Most Searched Pinay Celebrities

Yahoo! Releases 2014 Most Searched Pinay Celebrities


Even wonder who among the top female celebrities dominated this year's most-searched personalities in the Philippines? 

Here they are:

1. Ellen Adarna
2. Marian Rivera
3. KC Concepcion
4. Angel Locsin
5. Angelica Panganiban
6. Roxanne Guinoo
7. Kathryn Bernardo
8. Alice Dixson
9. Anne Curtis
10. Miss World-Philippines Valerie Weigmann

Kapamilya Network Shares Ways to Say #KapamilyaThankYou this Christmas

Kapamilya Network Shares Ways to Say #KapamilyaThankYou this Christmas

ABS-CBN Press Release
ABS-CBN spreads the season of thanksgiving and heartfelt gratitude this Christmas as it recently launched different ways of saying ‘thank you’ as part of ABS-CBN’s 2014 Christmas campaign “Thank You ang Babait Ninyo.”

One of which is the Kapamilya Thank You Facebook application where netizens can create a personalized video with pictures and special messages for the people they want to thank this Yuletide season.

To send personalized greetings for your loved ones, just visit ABS-CBN’s official Facebook fan page Facebook.com/ABSCBNNetwork and look for the ‘Kapamilya Thank You’ tab.

Meanwhile, Kapamilya viewers can also show their love and appreciation to their families and friends by giving them Kapamilya Thank You shirts and Kapamilya Thank You cards.

To purchase Kapamilya Thank You cards, which cost P50 with two cards per pack, visit the ABS-CBN Store located on the ground floor of ELJ building in Quezon City, or visit www.abs-cbnstore.com. It is also available at National Bookstore branches in Quezon Avenue, SM North EDSA, and Trinoma, and select ABS-CBN Regional stations.

The Kapamilya Thank You shirts, on the other hand, can be bought at the ABS-CBN Store for P250. It is available in colors white, red, blue, and green.

Part of the proceeds from the Kapamilya Thank You shirts at cards sold will go to ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc.

For more information about ABS-CBN’s 2014 Christmas campaign, visit the official website at www.kapamilyathankyou.com.

Ellen Adarna and Gwen Zamora Kissing Photo Goes Viral

Ellen Adarna and Gwen Zamora Kissing Photo Goes Viral


Sexy stars Ellen Adarna and Gwen Zamoraon, on their Instagram accounts @maria.elena.adarna and @gwenzamora, shared a photo showing them kissing each other on the lips.

The two, who worked together in GMA-7's primetime series "Indio" last year and the longest comedy show "Bubble Gang" for three years until Adarna transferred to ABS-CBN, captioned the photo as "It's a girly affair with Monica belluci 😜. @gwenzamora" and "And thats the type of LOVE thats going on @speakeasymakati with my sister in LAW @maria.elena.adarna 😛 (I LOVE YOU)".

Within hours, the photo got over 7,600 likes, with comments ranging from apparent delight to curiosity as to their sexual preferences.



Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno Meets Luchi Cruz-Valdes This Friday Night on TV5

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno Meets Luchi Cruz-Valdes This Friday Night on TV5


Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno finally speaks on some of the most pressing issues she is currently involved in.

With several matters and questions still left unanswered in the midst of the perceived controversial power struggle between the Judiciary and Executive branches of the Philippine government, the woman caught in the crossfire, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, finally takes the hotseat in this rare sit-down interview with News5 Head Luchi Cruz-Valdes, which airs exclusively on TV5 tonight, December 19, at 10:45PM.           

Never one to back down when asked to speak her mind, the Chief Justice sets the record straight on some of the most pressing issues our country currently faces and also those being thrown at her by political parties and the public alike. The special interview likewise puts the spotlight on Chief Justice Sereno and her candid thoughts about the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s declaration of the unconstitutionality of the DAP a few months back – including the fleeting news about the President’s sudden inkling for a charter-change and the alleged movement for the removal of the Judiciary Development Fund, among many others. 
 
All these and more will finally be answered in this exclusive television special entitled “One-on-One with the Chief Justice”, featuring the rare sit-down interview of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno with News5’s very own Luchi Cruz-Valdes, airing tonight at 10:45pm only on TV5.

"Feng Shui" To Be Shown in 4D Theater on December 25

"Feng Shui" To Be Shown in 4D Theater on December 25


Kris Aquino announced, during the live episode of her daily morning show "Kris TV" on Wednesday, that her upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)  movie entry "Feng Shui" will have a special 4D screening.

Kris said that SM Mall of Asia will debut on Christmas Day its 4D theater with "Feng Shui" as its first-ever film offering.

"So imagine na nagugulat ka at natatakot ka, gagalaw ang chair at may usok effect. Tapos 'pag humihiyaw, nag-re-reverb. Tapos pag lalabas 'yung mga multo biglang may pag-alog! Gaganunin ka!" she said.
"4D" is a term used for a movie experience that combines a film with physical effects that are synchronized with scenes depicted onscreen. Common effects simulated are rain, wind, smoke and vibration.

Watch FENG SHUI full TRAILER HERE
"Feng Shui," the continuation of the 2004 box-office hit of the same title, also stars Coco Martin, Carmi Martin, Ian Veneracion, Joonee Gamboa and Cherry Pie Picache.

Pinoys Preferred Kind of TV Shows, TV Network Revealed

Pinoys Preferred Kind of TV Shows, TV Network Revealed


Have you ever wondered how many hours Filipinos spend watching television? Or how many households prefer free-to-air TV over cable channels? Kantar Media, one of the country’s leading television audience measurement providers, shares some facts to help us get to know the Filipino TV viewers better.

Watching television has always been one of Filipinos’ favorite pastimes. According to Kantar Media, the highest rating TV programs for the third quarter of 2014 were game shows (21.65%) and primetime soap operas (17.68%). These figures reflect what Filipinos watch but what else do we know about Filipino television viewing? Kantar Media present some facts to help us get to know the Filipino TV viewer better.

Time Talk
According to Kantar Media, Filipinos spend an average of three (3) hours per day or almost a fifth of their waking hours watching TV. This year, Filipinos watched an extra hour, recording up to four (4) hours a day in front of their TV sets compared to the previous year. Moreover, Kantar Media studies showed that most Filipinos watch TV programs during the primetime slot, from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM.

Rural VS Urban
Although bulk of TV viewership can be attributed to urban areas, for the first nine (9) months of 2014, Filipinos in rural communities registered 38% of the total TV viewing in the country. Almost 35 million Filipinos in rural areas tuned into their televisions during this period, data from Kantar Media revealed.

Breaking Gender and Age Stereotypes

Most sports TV programs feature male athletes. Contrary to popular belief that men significantly dominate sports viewing, Kantar Media data clarifies that 46% of the audiences of sports channels are in fact women. Kantar Media recently released a study on Filipino viewership of FIBA, FIFA and UFC, three major global sporting events of 2014. According to its findings, Women comprised 46% of Filipinos who watched the FIBA Basketball World Cup, and 40.8% of those who watched the FIFA World Cup this year.

Similarly, while cartoons are traditionally characterized as children’s programs, 53% of their Filipino TV audience are aged 20 years old and above. This proves that indeed there is an inner child in everyone.

Affluent Class households and Free-to-Air TV

Of the 200,000 ABC1 Individuals watching television, 162,000 watch free-to-air TV. This figure translates to about 81% of upper and upper-middle class households who do not rely solely on channels offered by cable providers. These household watched local drama TV programs the most, with a collective rating of 8.1% (among the top 20 programs of the same genre).

Lights, Camera, Advertisers!
Even with the additional competition from digital media in the past few years, TV ad spending shows no sign of decline. Just in the third quarter of 2014, TV ad spend reached P78 billion, about P3 billion more than the previous quarter. Detergents and laundry products were the top advertisements, followed by corporate advertising and milk powder, respectively.

Despite the boom of the internet, tablets, and smart phones, Filipinos still turn to television for news and entertainment. “Television is still the most stable and influential medium in the country,” Gabriel Buluran, Kantar Media Philippines General Manager said. “With 80.5% penetration in households across  the country, the television isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.”

Google Releases 2014 Most Searched Pinoy Celebrities

Google Releases 2014 Most Searched Pinoy Celebrities

 
"It's Showtime" host and actor Vhong Navarro, caught by controversy early this year after he was allegedly beaten up in a condominium unit in Taguig City by businessman Cedric Lee, was the most popular celebrity on Google in the Philippines in 2014.
 
Cedric, however, lead this year's Newsmaker list. Also included in the list are Deniece Cornejo and Roxanne Cabanero, who both accused Vhong of rape

Others who topped the list of Male and Female celebrities this year are "Diary ng Panget" stars James Reid and Nadine Lustre who both made headlines after starring in two blockbuster films this year.

Below is the complete list of the most popular Male and Female Celebrities and Newsmakers on Google in the Philippines this year:

Male Celebrities

1. Vhong Navarro
2. Robin Williams
3. Paolo Bediones
4. James Reid
5. Kim Soo-hyun
6. Mark Gil
7. Jerry Yan
8. Tado Jimenez
9. Andrew Garfield
10. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Female Celebrities

1. Jennifer Lawrence
2. Nadine Lustre
3. Renée Zellweger
4. Kristel Moreno
5. Krista Miller
6. Michelle Rodriguez
7. Joan Rivers
8. Barbie Hsu
9. Idina Menzel
10. Jun Ji-hyun

Newsmakers

1. Cedric Lee
2. Darren Espanto
3. Deniece Cornejo
4. Paul George
5. Helena Belmonte
6. Bryan Gahol
7. Michael Christian Martinez
8. Natalia Poklonskaya
9. Michelle Ann Bonzo
10. Roxanne Cabanero

Video: Ghost Spotted at Chito Miranda and Neri Naig Wedding

Video: Ghost Spotted at Chito Miranda and Neri Naig Wedding


While newlywed Chito Miranda and Neri Naig decided to keep mum on this report, speculations about the ghost sighting during their December 13 Tagaytay wedding continue to get a fair chuck of attention online.
 
One of the wedding photos of Chito and Neri sparked online buzz as it included what netizens think is a ghostly figure. Others thought the so-called ghost could be one of the couple's real guests.

Check out the video below:



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kris Aquino Takes Josh's Medicine, Ends Up Killing Herself

Kris Aquino Takes Josh's Medicine, Ends Up Killing Herself


Kris Aquino, on Sunday night, almost killed herself after mistakenly took the medicine of her son Joshua that has ibuprofen, which she is allergic to.

In her official Instagram account @aquinokristinabernadette, the Queen of All Media said she took the medicine supposedly for her headache and body aches.

"I woke up with a severe allergic reaction. I took Kuya Josh's medicine by mistake last night for my headache and body aches and it had ibuprofen which I'm allergic to. Now in bed, groggy na from my Benadryl shot. Thank you for the house call Doc Aye. Bed rest today," she wrote.

In another post, Kris posted another photo showing her with a swollen face which she calls "pang horror". She also told her follower to take extra precautions when taking medicines.

"Posted what happened (dedma na that my pic from this morning looks pang horror talaga) to warn that we can all get severe allergic reactions when we mix up medicines that look alike.

Soon as I’m healthy, will put all our meds in individual Ziploc bags with clear labels. I wasn’t careful because of over fatigue. But thank God I’m responding to my antihistamines.

Thank you for all your get well soon messages
."








On Tuesday morning, Kris returned on TV for a live episode of her daily morning show "Kris TV".

"Deadma bells sa allergy na matindi. Ayaw ko na nga eh, kung pwede lang ihiga ito. Kung alam niyo lang I am floating sa dami ng antihistamine sa katawan ko," Kris said, adding that the swelling from the allergic reaction, according to her doctor, will subside after five days.

Good News One Directioners! 1D World Store Opens at Mega Fashion Hall on December 20

Good News One Directioners! 1D World Store Opens at Mega Fashion Hall on December 20


Just in time for the most awaited two-night concert in 2015, Music Management International (MMI) Live unveils the Philippine debut of the 1D WORLD pop-up store at the 5th Level, Mega Fashion Hall of the SM Megamall on December 20, 2014.

Originally, opening of 1D World store was scheduled on December 16 but due to persistent 1D Filipino fans request to open on a weekend, unveiling will happen on December 20, Saturday from 11:00 am.

The 1D World pop-up stores have opened in cities all over the world, offering everything fans of Louis, Niall, Liam, Zayn and Harry could ever want. The store will carry all kinds of imported One Direction merchandise such as T-shirts, posters, phone cases, caps, calendars, life-size cardboard stand-ups of all band members and The original 1D World debuted in Australia, with thousands of young fans lining up hours in advance, chanting and singing their favorite One Direction tunes. The Philippine store will open after the sensational success internationally in London, Barcelona, New York and Toronto among others.




One Direction has reached international boy band acclaim - selling more than 12 million records and consistently maintaining a spot in the Billboard Top 100, with songs such as “Live While We’re Young” and “What Makes You Beautiful.”

One Direction – counting Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan - was recently awarded at the 2014 American Music Awards as “Artist of the Year” and “Favorite Band/Group/Duo.”

Limited number of tickets to One Direction second night performance, March 22 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, are still available. Visit #MMILive or for more ticket information, please go to: SM Tickets, www.smtickets.com, or call (+632) 470-2222.

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Dell Philippines Reinforces "Powering the Possible Youth Learning Commitment" to CHAP and CJFI

Dell Philippines Reinforces "Powering the Possible Youth Learning Commitment" to CHAP and CJFI


On Friday, December 12, Dell announces an additional Giving grant to ChildHope Asia Philippines, Inc. (CHAP) and Children's Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) under the Dell Powering the Possible Youth Learning program. Dell donated more than 10 million pesos to these organizations to help them expand their computer literacy project outreach to more than 5,000 underserved youth across the nation.

"Children are our future, and access to technology and education is critical to ensure their success in a connected world," said Richard Teo, president, Dell Philippines. "We look forward to continuing to partner with ChildHope Asia and Children's Joy to bring cheer to their lives and those the wider community."



CHAP, a leading advocate for street children, helps poverty-stricken children become more responsible by providing educational opportunities outside a traditional school setting. The Dell Youth Learning grant is the third grant awarded to CHAP. The organization will use the funds to continue its Mobile Education Van program to reach and assist 500 street children and out-of-school youth in Metro Manila. CHAP will also extend its program to include the second phase of Financial Education, which is a Vocational/Technical Service Skills Training and Alternative Learning System (ALS) for Basic Education to select street children.

Children's Joy foundation has been a recipient of Dell grant and technology solutions for almost a decade and this organization plans to expand its program scope to reach more youth and children across the country. From two facilities equipped with computer e-labs in Quezon City and Davao City last year, CJFI is adding five more facilities in Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna, Cebu and General Santos City.




Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Powering the Possible is Dell’s commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. Dell works with nonprofits to address pressing social issues by donating a combination of Dell technologies and solutions, funding, expertise and volunteer support. In 2012, Dell team members volunteered more than 700,000 hours in their communities and contributed an estimated $32 million through employee match and rewards programs. Learn more at www.dell.com/communities. Follow Dell on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dell4Good. #poweringthepossible 

Be One of the First to Greet Pope Francis in Manila via TV5's www.DearPopeFrancis.ph

Be One of the First to Greet Pope Francis in Manila via TV5's www.DearPopeFrancis.ph
 

TV5 is pleased to share the good news that through the Kapatid's new website, www.DearPopeFrancis.ph, millions of Filipinos from all walks of life will now be able to take part in the Papal Visit in a very unique way.

Through the website's one-of-a-kind set-up, millions of Filipinos from all walks of life who are eagerly anticipating what is undeniably the country’s most historic event in 2015 will be able to proclaim their love to Pope Francis through personal messages and welcome greetings, among others even before he sets foot in Manila next month with this week’s launch of www.DearPopeFrancis.ph. An equally remarkable feature is the ‘Prayer Wall’, where netizens' personal intentions and petitions for the Pope will be displayed and generated via inspirational postcards on the website. In addition, a section where users can also personally share stories of mercy and compassion will be incorporated to further highlight the Pope’s legacy.

Internet-savvy individuals can also be part of this one-of-a-kind movement in preparation for the Papal visit by simply posting their messages and prayers on their respective social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) while using the campaign’s official hashtag, #DearPopeFrancis. The website will also include an aggregate function that automatically tracks, collates and displays all social media posts and responses that mention #DearPopeFrancis.

On top of all of these, users will have access to in-depth news articles, insightful editorial content, and exclusive photos and footage on anything and everything about Pope Francis — from interesting factoids to his itinerary, among many others. The website will also provide free livestreaming features that will allow viewers to closely follow the Pope as he leads several activities all over the country.
 
With the launch of www.DearPopeFrancis.ph, TV5 stands at the forefront of bringing Filipinos closer to Pope Francis by letting them openly express their love and warm welcome to the Holy Father.  This and the network's extensive coverage of the papal visit will definitely make this historic event more memorable and meaningful for all Kapatids here and around the world.

The Filipino Channel (TFC) to Donates $2 to ABS-CBN Foundation for Every New Subscription

The Filipino Channel (TFC) to Donates $2 to ABS-CBN Foundation For Every New Subscription


TFC to donate $2 to ABS-CBN Foundation feeding program and share the music of the TFC 20th Anniversary Commemorative Album for every new subscription


As part of its year-long 20th anniversary celebrations and in keeping with the holiday tradition, the premier network in the world, The Filipino Channel (TFC), is sharing the gift of giving with its pledge for donations to the ABS-CBN Foundation feeding program for new subscriptions and is thanking new subscribers via the gift of the TFC 20th Anniversary Commemorative Album.

TFC, launched in 1994, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with the theme “Galing ng Filipino, ituloy mo” or “Forging Ahead with the greatness of the Filipino.” 

The Commemorative Album, a limited edition four-disc collection, features “Dalawang Dekada ng Tagumpay, Galing at Pagasa,” containing TFC’s 20th Anniversary theme and MTV “Galing ng Filipino” plus a videoke version, behind-the-scenes and an audio-visual presentation on the journey that the network took along with the Filipinos it serves as they lead their lives outside the homeland; “Kuwento Natin ‘To: A Toast to the Best Years of Our Lives,” all of TFC’s station IDs all throughout its history of serving Filipinos such as “Switch on the Philippines” (a version was then sung by the Ang TV Kids), “At Home Ka sa TFC” sung by Martin Nievera, “Isang Dugo, Isang Lahi, Isang Musika” sung by Lea Salonga, “Lipad ng Pangarap” sung by Gary V, “Dahil Tayo’y Filipino” sung by by Charice Pempengco and “Tayo Ang TFC” sung by Jed Madela; “Panahon ng Pagsasama –sama, ABS-CBN’s Best Summer and Christmas SIDs; and “Ang Himig ng Buhay Mo;” select 20 TFC soundtracks from the most memorable teleseryes seen across the globe via TFC: “May Bukas Pa,” “Ikaw Ang Pangarap,” “Sana Maulit Muli,” Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan,” Muling Buksan Ang Puso,” “Ngayon at Kailanman,” “Please Be Careful With My Heart,” “Mula Sa Puso,” “Sana’y Wala ng Wakas,” “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo,” “Maging Sino Ka Man,” “Nag-iisang Bituin,” Saan Darating Ang Umaga,” “Tayong Dalawa,” “Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin,” “Pangako Sa ‘Yo,” “Ikaw Lamang,” “Sabihin Mo Sa Akin,” “Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos,” and “Tanging Yaman.”

For every new subscription, TFC will donate USD $2 to the ABS-CBN Foundation Feeding program under each subscriber’s name.  In return, TFC will gift subscribers the limited edition TFC 20th Anniversary Commemorative Album.

Bantay Kalusugan (Nutrition Watch) is a Supplemental Feeding Project under Bantay Bata (Child Watch) that was designed to directly address malnutrition among 6-12 year old school children.  It is also a venue for expanding advocacy on nutrition, children’s rights, proper parenting skills, community mobilization, and linkages building.

Interested parties can visit www.facebook.com/KapamilyaTFC or follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.

Trailer: "Mad Max: Fury Road" Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron

Trailer: "Mad Max: Fury Road" Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron


Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow have just released the official theatrical teaser trailer for George Miller's highly anticipated "Mad Max: Fury Road".

Watch below:


Haunted by his turbulent past, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron).

They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” - the fourth in the franchise’s history - stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster,” “Prometheus”) as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max”, “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz (“Divergent”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid.




They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior. The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard and Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.

Opening across the Philippines in 2D and 3D theaters on May 2015, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Gloc-9, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Sam Concepcion Win Bigtime at Awit Awards 2014

Gloc-9, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Sam Concepcion Win Bigtime at Awit Awards 2014


Universal Records nabbed numerous commendations from the recently-concluded 2014 Awit Awards, held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World, with Gloc-9 winning most of the major awards – Album of the year for “Lihim at Liham,” Song of the Year for “Magda,” Best Rap Recording, and Best Collaboration.

Asia’s Songbird received two awards for Best Inspirational Song for “Nathaniel,” and Best Christmas Recording for “Hele Ni Inay.” These songs are part of the album “Hulong Ka Ng Langit,” which won Best Album Packaging Award.



Sam Concepcion won Best Dance Recording for the carrier single of his “Infinite” album – “No Limitations.”

PhilPop entries also made it to this year’s roster of winners – “Papel” and “Pansamantagal” won  Novelty, and World Music Recording of the Year, respectively.

Here is the list of Universal Records winners from the 27th Awit Awards:

Best Collaboration

Song Title: Magda
Artist: Gloc 9 feat. Rico Blacno
Record Label: Universal Records Inc

Album of the Year

Song Title: Liham at Lihim
Artist: Gloc 9
Record Label: Universal Records, Inc

Song of the Year

Song Title: Magda
Artist: Gloc 9 feat. Rico Blanco
Record Label: Universal Records Inc

Best Dance Recording

Song Title: No Limitations
Artist: Sam Concepcion
Record Label: Universal Records, Inc

Best Inspirational/Religious Recording

Song Title: Nathaniel
Artist: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid
Record Label: Universal Records, Inc

Best Christmas Recording

Song Title: Hele Ni Inay
Artist: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid
Record Label: Universal Records, Inc

Best Rap Recording

Song Title: Magda
Artist: Gloc 9
Record Label: Universal Records, Inc

Best Musical Arrangement

Song Title: Hele Ni Inay
Artist: Homer Flores
Record Label: Universal Records, Inc

Best Album Package

Album Title: Hulog Ka Ng Langit
Artists: Jay Saturnino D. Lumboy & Anne Kate Piñero (Graphic Desigers); Jay Saturnino D. Lumboy (Album Concept); Mark Nicdao (Photography)
Record Label: Universal Records, Inc.

Best World Music Recording

Song Title: Pansamantagal
Artist: Sitti Navarro & Julianne Tarroja
Record Label: Universal Records, Inc

Best Novelty Recording

Song Title: Papel
Artist: Joey Ayala & Gloc 9 feat. Denise Barbacena
Record Label: Universal Records, Inc.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Neil "Never Exit in Life" Garcia of Davao Wins Talentadong Pinoy 2014 Grand Title

Neil "Never Exit in Life" Garcia of Davao Wins Talentadong Pinoy 2014 Grand Title
  

Neil Rey Garcia, a beatboxer from Davao, was named the Ultimate Talentado during the talent competition's grand finals dubbed as "The Mighty Revolution" held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila on Wednesday, December 10, and aired on Saturday night on TV5.
                                               
Taletadong Pinoy 2014 culminated with a bang in the much-anticipated Grand Finals Night last Saturday at the Newport Performaing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, where Davaoeño Hall of Famer Neil Rey Garcia emerged as the Ultimate Talentado who bagged the much coveted P1M cash prize.

Popularly known as “Neil”, which stands for “Never Exit in Life”, the young Davaoeño was able to single-handedly beat six other Talentadong Pinoy 2014 grand finalists in a one-night-only showdown of talents and skills. During the night’s battle, the whole crowd inside Newport Performing Arts Theater went wild when Neil claimed the stage and showcased his remarkable beatboxing talent in a perfectly executed performance that highlighted his capacity to produce eight distinct sounds and blend them well into an impressive danceable ensemble.

Neil’s awesome performance that night earned not just a standing ovation from the crowd but, most importantly, the vital votes from the panel of distinguished talent scouts, comprised of Ms. Pilita Corrales, Jaya, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Richard Gutierrez, Cherie Gil, Gelli de Belen and Charice.

Talentadong Pinoy 2014 Grand Finals Night became more unforgettable as Jaya, Chadleen, Zendee Rose and Chadleen rendered special performances to the delight of the viewers.



Hosted by Robin Padilla, with Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla and Tuesday Vargas as co-hosts, Talentadong Pinoy 2014 is the original and longest-running talent show of its kind on Philippine television.

Jericho Rosales' Son Santino Rosales Celebrates 14th Birthday (Photos)

Jericho Rosales' Son Santino Rosales Celebrates 14th Birthday (Photos)


Santino Rosales, Jericho Rosales' son to Kai Palomares, recently celebrated his 14th birthday.

In her Instagram post last December 11, Kai shared a picture of the birthday boy with Echo and some friends during the celebration.

Check out  some of the picture’s from Santino’s birthday celebration:


A photo posted by @kai_pal on
A photo posted by @kai_pal on
A photo posted by @kai_pal on


Do you agree if I say that Santino, with his good looks and charm, can easily penetrate showbiz and give Piolo Pascual's son Inigo a run for his money?

VIRAL!

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