Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mo Twister Sends Bong Revilla, Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada Fierce Christmas Greetings

Mo Twister Sends Bong Revilla, Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada Fierce Christmas Greetings

Mo Twister (Mohan Gumatay in real life) posted the fiercest, bravest and most controversial Christmas messages intended for three detained Philippines Senators namely Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada who are all facing plunder charges over the alleged pork barrel scam.
On his Twitter account @dhmotwister he wrote:

The Most Talented Pinoy is Set to Unveil this Sunday on "Bet Ng Bayan" Grand Finals

The Most Talented Pinoy is Set to Unveil this Sunday on "Bet Ng Bayan" Grand Finals

The long wait is over! The newest TV sensation will be finally known when the biggest, grandest, all-Pinoy reality talent search on TV "Bet Ng Bayan" airs its grand showdown of pure Pinoy talents this Sunday, December 28.

After months of searching and showcasing Filipino homegrown talents all over the country, it’s going to be the battle of the best this Sunday on Bet ng Bayan grand finals showdown hosted by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Kapuso prime leading man Happening at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, viewers will definitely witness spectacular performances from the contestants representing Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and Mega Manila.

Judges Maestro Louie Ocampo, Pop Diva Kuh Ledesma, and Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha will determine who will be hailed as Bet sa Kantahan, Bet sa Sayawan, and Bet sa Kakaibang Talento.

Bet sa Kantahan finalists will battle it out for the grand finals. Will the Pangasinan power belter Renz Robosa take the spot, or will the overpowering love of the Visayan chanteuse, Hannah Precillas, for her late mother lead her to be the winner? Kierulf King Raboy of Mindanao will also attempt to be the next Bet sa Kantahan to finally prove that he still got what it takes to be a star after winning Pop Star Kids years ago.

But of course, no one should miss the soothing voice of the Mega Manila muse, All set to fire up the dance floor would be the finalists of Bet sa Sayawan. Representing Luzon is UNEP Dance Club, whose members are scholars of the University of North Eastern University. They will leave us in awe with their precise choreography and energetic performance. Exhibiting Visayan talent is the Don Juan
group, who could make the audience groove with them through their funky masterpiece. Mindanao’s pride, D’Gemini, will do what it takes to be known for their passion in dancing. Meanwhile, A’s Crew won’t let anything stop them in making Mega Manila proud with the performance they have in store.

Moreover, Bet sa Kakaibang Talento contestants are ready to prove their unique skills. Will Luzon's bet Jason Sobremonte amaze the judges? Is Master of Pain Gerard Caingoy from the Visayas ready with his new stunts? The show will certainly heat up with Jomar Abjelina's fire dance from Mindanao while Techno Jazz from Manila wows 

Catch who will be the nation's bet on Bet Ng Bayan Grand Finals Showdown this Sunday, 9:40 p.m. after Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho on GMA. #BetNgBayan

40th MMFF 2014 Winners: The Underdogs Beat Fan Favorites

40th MMFF 2014 Winners: The Underdogs Beat Fan Favorites 

I bet you will fully agree with me when I say that this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has the most decent, deserving list of winners since I don't know when. Unlike in the past years where the 3 best films depend solely on the movie's commercial success, in the 40th edition of the annual Christmas Film Festival (surprise, surprise) the awards went to the rightful recipients.

MMFF 2014 Winners - Main Category:

Best Film: ‘Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo’
2nd Best Film: ‘English Only, Please’
3rd Best Film: ‘Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles’
Best Actress: Jennylyn Mercado ‘English Only, Please’
Best Actor: Derek Ramsey, ‘English Only, Please’
Best Director: Dan Villegas, ‘English Only, Please’
Best Supporting Actress: Lotlot De Leon, Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles
Best Supporting Actor: Joey Marquez, Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles
Best Child Performer: Ryzza Mae Dizon, My Big Bossing
Best Original Story: ‘English Only, Please’
Best Screenplay: ‘English Only, Please’
Best Editing: Marya Ignacio, English Only, Please
Best Cinematography: Carlo Mendoza, Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
Best Float: Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
Youth Choice Award: Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
Best Festival Sound Engineering: Wild Sound, Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo
Best Musical Score: Von De Guzman, Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo
Best Original Theme Song: Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo
Best Make Up: Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2
Best Visual Effects: Mothership Inc., Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2
Best Production Design: Ericson Navarro, Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2

Gat Puno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: ‘Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo’ 
FPJ Memorial Award for Film Excellence: ‘Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo’

MMFF 2014 Winners - New Wave Category:

New Wave Special Jury Prize (shorts): "Kalaw" by Asia Pacific Institute
New Wave Best Actor: Allen Dizon for "Maratabat"
New Wave Best Supporting Actor: Kristopher King for "Maratabat"
New Wave Best Supporting Actress: Gloria Sevilla for "Mother's Maiden Name"
New Wave Best Actress: Zsa Zsa Padilla for "Mother's Maiden Name"
New Wave Best Director: Jason Paul Laxamana for "Magkakabaung"
New Wave Special Jury Prize: "Mother's Maiden Name"
New Wave Best Picture: "Magkakabaung" by Jason Paul Laxamana

Celebrity Face of the Night: Nadine Lustre

2014's News-Worthy Issues, Personalities Reveal Tonight in TV5's "Lima Para sa 2014"

2014's News-Worthy Issues, Personalities Reveal Tonight in TV5's "Lima Para sa 2014"

Tonight, December 27 at 10 p.m, the Kapatid Network is all set to give viewers a special look back on 2014 by putting the spotlight once again on the most news-worthy issues and personalities who have shook the country, and the entire world, in their own respective ways through its special comprehensive year-ender report, "Lima Para sa 2014".

With the whole world already raring to welcome the upcoming new year with much enthusiasm and excitement in just a matter of days now, TV5 first gives viewers a look back on 2014 by putting the spotlight on the most unforgettable controversies, issues and personalities who made the headlines and kept people from all walks of life abuzz.

From the thousands of news items that, in one way or another, caught our attention this 2014, TV5's credible team behind the Network's regular documentary program "Kaya" will only select and feature the top 5 news story arcs and top 5 newsmakers who were really responsible in shaking not only the country, buy also the entire world, in the past 365 days.

Ultimately, "Lima Para sa 2015"  serves to review and appraise what the previous year has contributed to the Filipinos' collective history, refreshing everyone's memories in the hope of learning from the past and empowering Filipinos by developing the capacity to rise from the previous year's problems and issues. 

To find out which particular headlines and who among the world's most infamous and well-loved personalities alike made the 'list' of TV5's special year-ender coverage, be sure to not miss the premiere of "Lima Para sa 2014" happening tonight (Saturday),December 27 at 10:00PM, only on TV5.

Day 2 MMFF 2014 Box-Office Results: Top 4 Movies Announced

Day 2 MMFF 2014 Box-Office Results: Top 4 Movies Announced

The Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino announced on Fridaythat the eight Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) movie entries have grossed at least P182 million on the festival's second day run. 

Tolentino also revealed the top four films in the box-office race as of December 26 are (in no particular order: 

The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin (Vice Ganda, Bimby Aquino-Yap and Richard Yap)
My Big Bossing (Vic Sotto, Ryza Mae Dizon and Marian Rivera)
Feng Shui (Kris Aquino and Coco Martin)
Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles (Dingdong Dantes, Isabelle Daza)

Intergalactic Aliens Attack Earth in "Pixels"

Intergalactic Aliens Attack Earth in "Pixels"

What will happen when arcade game characters PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede®, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders attack the earth?
In the upcoming action-packed cartoon  movie “Pixels,” intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, and so they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.  Michelle Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist.

Directed by Chris Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the original short film of the same name by Patrick Jean.  The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert.

Opening across the Philippines in May 2015, “Pixels” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Must Watch: Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes Cinematic Prenuptial Video

Must Watch: Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes Cinematic Prenuptial Video

2015 is not just about celebrity wedding proposals, the battle between prenuptial videos is also evident making it one of the much-anticipated event in the local showbiz industry.

Have you seen Yeng Constantino and Yan Asuncion's heartwarming music video/prenuptial video? Click HERE.

How about Chito Miranda and Neri Naig's wedding proposal/prenuptial/save the date/onsite wedding film? View HERE.

There's Joross Gamboa and Katz Saga and Amy Perez and Carlo Castillo save the date and onsite wedding videos.

Also, John Prats and Isabel Oli's wedding proposal and Miriam Quiambao and Ardy Roberto's onsite wedding photo.

The top-trending prenuptial and onsite wedding video. Check out HERE.

And on Christmas day, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera released their much-awaited prenuptial video that best describe their love for each other. Watch below:

Marian and Dingdong's cinematic prenuptial video which was shot in Porac in Pampanga already garnered a total of more than 207,000 hits in less than 24 hours.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Vice Ganda's Lolo Gonzalo Dies on Christmas Day

Vice Ganda's Lolo Gonzalo Dies on Christmas Day

Less than a week after he revealed the worsening health condition of his grandfather, Vice Ganda, on his twitter account, announced that Lolo Gonzalo passed away on Christmas day. He was 93.

During his recent guesting on "The Buzz," Vice said Lolo Gonzalo was rushed to the hospital early this month and in critical condition.

He is still not okay. Ganun pa rin, tulog. Hindi naman siya comatose pero sine-sedate kasi restless dahil ang dami ng nakasaksak na tubo sa kanya. Nakatali na nga siya, 'yung kamay niya kasi ikot ng ikot tapos tinatanggal yung mga apparatus,” he said.

He further said, “Pagkatapos niyang i-dialysis. Pinatawag niya kami lahat. Sabi nung doktor, ‘Hirap na 'yung matanda. Sobrang sakit kasi ng dialysis. Hindi na nagre-respond. Nagfe-fail na dirediretso yung organs.’ Tapos nagdasal kami sa loob ng kwarto, kinausap ko na kasi nag-iiyakan na lahat sa kwarto.”

MMFF 2014 Box-Office Results Day 1: Praybeyt Benjamin and My Big Bossing Lead the Race

MMFF 2014 Box-Office Results Day 1: Praybeyt Benjamin and My Big Bossing Lead the Race

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, on Christmas Day, released an estimated turnout of the first day of the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Ang opening natin noong nakaraang taon ay P128 million. Ngayon po as of 3 p.m. ang tingin namin ay mahihigitan. Itong crowd kasi ngayon hindi alam na maaga ang bukas, may dadagsa pa. Ang tingin namin ay baka mahigitan pa ng 10 percent yung kinita noong nakaraang film festival.” Chairman Tolentino said in an interview.

As of 3pm, Vice Ganda and Bimby Aquino-Yap's "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin" is leading the box office race followed by Vic Sotto and Ryza Mae Dizon's "My Big Bossing’s Adventures" and "Feng Shui 2" starring Kris Aquino and Coco Martin neck-and-neck on second and third spots.

Occupying the fourth spot is Dingdong Dantes' "Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles" followed by Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay starrer "English Only, Please," Robin Padilla topbilled historical movie "Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo," "Shake, Rattle and Roll XV," and "Magnum Muslim .357".

President Noynoy Aquino, Kris Aquino and James Yap Watch "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin" at SM Megamall

President Noynoy Aquino, Kris Aquino and James Yap Watch "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin" at SM Megamall

President Noynoy Aquino, Kris Aquino and James Yap Watch "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin" at SM Megamall
President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III took some time off from his busy schedule to celebrate Christmas day with sister Kris Aquino and niece Bimby Aquino-Yap watching the latter's MMFF 2014 movie “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin”.

On Thursday, along with Kris, his three other sisters, nieces and nephews, PNoy watched “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin” at SM Megamall to show his support for his youngest sister's son.

The block screening was also attended by Vice Ganda, Richard Yap and his wife Melody, comedian’s Pooh and Pokwang, Coco Martin, Erich Gonzales and Bimby’s father James Yap and girlfriend Michella Cazzola.

Check out some of the photos from the "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin" block screening taken from @ericjohnsalut Instagram account.
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

KC Concepcion and Paulo Avelino Reveal Each Other's Christmas Gifts

KC Concepcion and Paulo Avelino Reveal Each Other's Christmas Gifts

Even wonder what KC Concepcion and Paulo Avelino gave each other this Christmas?

The answer: Love.

Rumored real-life sweetheart KC Concepcion and Paulo Avelino will soon star, for the first time, in one TV project that solidify their alleged relationship.

ABS-CBN extends the celebration of the Christmas season until 2015 as it continues to share important family values and life lessons through the hit Kapamilya Christmas TV special “Give Love on Christmas.” The award-winning couple will star in the third and last featured story titled “Exchange Gift.”

In “Give Love on Christmas Presents Exchange Gift,” which will air on January 5 (Monday), KC and Paulo will give life to the characters of Anna and Christian, a married couple who drifted apart because of misunderstandings and unresolved issues. But despite their problems, Christian and Anna will be forced to pretend that they have a happy family for the sake of their only child.

How will Christian and Anna explain to their son that their once perfect family is now broken? Will the couple still be able to forgive each other, settle their differences, and fulfill the vows they made on their wedding day?

“Give Love on Christmas Presents Exchange Gift” also features Melai Cantiveros, Jason Francisco, Miguel Vergara, Cheska IΓ±igo, Lauren Burgos, and Jim Paredes. It is directed by Manny Palo.

“Give Love on Christmas” is composed of three stories that revolve around family, relationships, and love. These include Paulo and KC’s “Exchange Gift,” Eddie Garcia, Aiko Melendez, Dimples Romana, Carlo Aquino, and Louise Abuel’s “The Gift Giver,” and Gerald Anderson and Maja Salvador’s “The Gift of Life,” which premiered on Monday (December 22).

It is a Christmas special produced by 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 beginning of “Give Love on Christmas Presents Exchange Gift” on January 5, before “It’s Showtime” in ABS-CBN Prime-Tanghali. For more information about “Give Love on Christmas,” visit the show’s official social networking sites and

Viewers may also catch up on full episodes and past episodes of “Give Love On Christmas” through ABS-CBNmobile. 

For more information, please go to

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Kevin Alas Strongly Denied Relationship with Vice Ganda, Revealed Vice Offered Kim Lo a Trip Abroad

Kevin Alas Strongly Denied Relationship with Vice Ganda, Revealed Vice Offered Kim Lo a Trip Abroad

The camp of PBA star Kevin Lo vehemently denied the cager's romantic connection with Vice Ganda, moreso, a sexual relationship with the blockbuster comedy star.

"Kevin swears, never syang nahawakan man lang ni Vice. Alam mo kung sinong in-offeran ni Vice na ipapasyal sa ibang bansa? ‘Yung kagi-guest lang na player ng UST, si Kim Lo. Siyempre, rejected ang lola mo. Yaman-yamanang full-blooded Chinese kasi si Kim Lo eh." someone close to Kevin clarified.

His friend also provided a copy of a text message sent by Kevin: "May group chat kasi kami yung tropa. Ako, Woody, Borgy, Garvo, Vice, Bernard, Dave, Marcelo. Nag-voice message kami tapos si Bimby ang sumasagot. Tapos yun niloloko ko si Bimby. Si Gabo nga nagre-reply din. Sabi ko nga sa group bakit di man lang si Gabo yung natandaan ni Bimby. Ako yung natandaan ni Bimby."

The source also said that the family of the former Letran player, particularly his mom, is very much affected on the issue.

Vice Ganda, in his interview with "Aquino & Abunda Tonight" on December 22, explained his relationship with Kevin as something not romantic.

"Hindi ko nga s'ya boyfriend. Nakakahiya talaga. Iyon nga 'yung hint. Kapag nakikita n'yong lumalabas kami, 'pag nakikita n'yong gumigimik kasama ko, hindi iyon ang boyfriend ko, kasi ang boyfriend ko hindi ko nilalabas." Vice Ganda said.

The rumor about Vice Ganda and Kevin's romance started when Bimby Yap, Vice's co-star in the MMFF 2014 movie entry "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin," accidentally referred to the cager as the comedian's boyfriend in a live interview on "The Buzz" on Sunday, December 21.

Watch below:

Kathryn Bernardo "You Don't Know Me" Official Music Video Finally Out!

Kathryn Bernardo "You Don't Know Me" Official Music Video Finally Out!

Star Music finally released the official music video of "You Don't Know Me," the carrier single of Kathryn Bernardo's self-titled debut album.

Watch below:

Music Video: Daniel Padilla Sings "Pangako Sa 'Yo" Official Theme Song

Music Video: Daniel Padilla Sings "Pangako Sa 'Yo" Official Theme Song

Star Music has released the music video of the official theme song of upcoming remake of ABS-CBN's most-successful teleserye of all time titled "Pangako Sa 'Yo" as performed by the series' male lead star Daniel Padilla.

Watch below:

Columbia Pictures Brings the Broadway Classic "Annie" to Cinemas Worldwide

Columbia Pictures Brings the Broadway Classic "Annie" to Cinemas Worldwide

Columbia Pictures Press Release

From Will Gluck, the director of the acclaimed comedy “Easy A,” comes the new, contemporary vision of the Broadway classic with Columbia Pictures’ comedy “Annie” starring Oscar-honorees Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx.

Director, writer and producer Will Gluck says that in approaching a new vision for Annie - the classic show that won seven Tony Awards on Broadway and went on to become a heartfelt movie classic for 1980s kids who are now parents themselves - he was excited by the chance to work on a film that captures the magic of family.

"When we were filming, my daughter was the exact same age as Annie - 10 years old," he says. "I wanted to be a part of a movie that I could share with my family. I wanted to be part of a movie that would make everybody happy. This is a movie that puts a smile on your face at the beginning and keeps it there all day."

Working with a classic is no easy task, but it's one that Gluck, along with the producers, approached with equal parts respect and excitement. "Annie has never gone out of style," Gluck says. "At the end of the day, it's about finding family - which is the only thing that any of us want. Annie thinks that if she finds her parents, that's what 'family' means and she'll be happy. On the other side of that coin, you have Will Stacks, who doesn't believe that he needs family - he believes he's fulfilled by work and money. So these two people are going on parallel paths, thinking they know the path to happiness. They realize that their happiness is not what they thought it was - it's actually in each other."

Gluck says that's a story that would resonate in any generation. "That's why the songs and story still entertain as much as ever. We had a chance to make a great version of it that would appeal to today's kids and their parents."

In their vision for the film, Gluck and the producers wanted to put an updated, contemporary spin on the classic Broadway classic. Rather than set the film in the 1930s, "Annie" is set in the present day and the heroine is a 2014 kid in every possible way. For starters, Annie is a foster kid, not an orphan. She rides bikes through the city, knowing all the best routes to get through traffic. "This little girl is savvy," says producer Caleeb Pinkett. "She understands the way the world works, because she's street smart. She had to learn that way in order to survive."

As for the man who takes Annie in, he's no longer a Depression-era industrialist who got rich through war bucks - instead, he's Will Stacks, the head of a cell phone company. "Stacks is worth $4.7 billion," Gluck explains. "He's created the largest cellular network in the world. But all he cares about is work, work, work. And as he's running for mayor, that's all New Yorkers see about him. He's desperate to make a connection to the voters, so he takes Annie in as part of this cynical PR ploy - but the last thing he expected is to make a connection to one person in particular who can't even vote for him, because she's only 10 years old."

So the filmmakers have put a thoroughly contemporary spin on these characters - and in so doing, they cast the roles with bright, all-star company of actors, including Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz. "Working with people like Jamie and Cameron and Bobby and Rose is just one more way that we made the movie feel like it's happening right now," says Gluck. "Of course, the most important thing to us was their incredible comedy chops and their ability to connect emotionally, but the fact that, collectively, the cast reflects where we are today - that was a huge part of the way we wanted the movie to look."

Academy Award® nominee QuvenzhanΓ© Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around.

Opening across the Philippines on January 21, 2015, “Annie” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Philippines Biggest Artista Search Kicks-off on New Year's Eve at QC Memorial Circle

Philippines Biggest Artista Search Kicks-off on New Year's Eve at QC Memorial Circle 

TV5, Quezon City Government Press Release

TV5 and the Quezon City Government call for aspiring artistas to audition in the 'New Year Artista Search' which will happen at 'Happy sa 2015: The Philippine New Year Countdown' this coming December 31st at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

The Kapatid Network continues to share ‘happy good vibes’ this 2015 as it opens its doors to those who want to bare their dreams and enter stardom through a grand artista search happening at their New Year event, Happy sa 2015: The Philippine New Year Countdown.

If you think you have what it takes to become TV5’s next biggest artista, come and head to the Quezon Memorial Circle on December 31st and prepare a one minute performance of your best talent (sing, dance, rap, beat box, act, play musical instruments, or any extraordinary performances) for the auditions. Registration starts at 10:00AM.

Come in your most impressive outfits and don’t forget to bring a valid ID. Lucky artista hopefuls will have a chance to be part of the Happy sa 2015 New Year Countdown main event in the evening.

The grand artista search is just one of the many things to watch out for in the country’s biggest and most spectacular New Year countdown. Live band shows, street performances and an LGBT parade will be held simultaneously along with the auditions. There will also be a series of on-ground games and activations, and lots of prizes to be given away.

In the evening, a star-studded New Year special concert will be hosted by Ogie Alcasid, Gelli de Belen, Alice Dixson, and Derek Ramsay, featuring live performances from the hottest and most popular Kapatid talents and other special guests including Wendell Ramos, Empoy, Tuesday Vargas, Alwyn Uytingco, Martin Escudero, Katrina “Suklay Diva” Velarde, Tom Taus, Akihiro Blanco, Chris Leonardo, Alberto Bruno, Marvelous Alejo, Chadleen, Talentadong Pinoy 2014 Ultimate Talentado Neil and other Hall of Famers, Philippine All Stars, Ritz Azul, Mark Neumann, Isabelle De Leon, Carl Guevarra, Gab Valenciano, Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Ms. Kuh Ledesma.

This will conclude with the country’s longest and brightest New Year pyro-musical display and a spectacular 3D mapping show at the very heart of Quezon City – the iconic pylon at the center of the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Happy sa 2015: The Philippine New Year Countdown will be telecast at 10:30PM, live and exclusive on TV5 and made possible with the network’s partnership with the Quezon City Government.

#Throwback2014, The GMA News and Public Affairs Yearend Special Airs December 27

#Throwback2014, The GMA News and Public Affairs Yearend Special Airs December 27

 GMA News and Public Affairs Press Release

Ilang araw na lang, papasok na ang taong 2015. Pero bago tayo mag-fast forward at mag-goodbye sa taong 2014, balikan ang newsmakers at noisemakers na nagtrending, umani ng maraming likes at comments hindi lang sa social media kundi maging sa publiko.

Nasaksihan ngayong taon kung paano nakatulong ang Closed Circuit Television o CCTV cameras sa pagresolba ng iba’t ibang krimen sa bansa. Maraming netizen ang nagngitngit nang malaman ang sinapit ng 11-buwang gulang na batang ginahasa at pinatay sa San Juan City. Ginamit ding ebidensya ang CCTV sa mga kaso ng pambubugbog sa aktor na si Vhong Navarro at sa hazing victim na si Guillo Servando.

Nagimbal naman ang marami sa mga aksidente na nangyari ngayong 2014. Kasama riyan ang bus na nalaglag sa bangin, mga eroplang bumagsak, at iba pang mga insidenteng nakakuha ng maraming comments sa social media. Sa pamamagitan pa rin ng mga post sa social media sites, nalaman natin ang kondisyon ng mga kababayan nating nasalanta ng mga bagyong Glenda, Mario at Ruby.

Ang pinoy politics ngayong taon, puno ng mga isyu at kontrobersya. Nagpatuloy ang imbestigasyon sa mga umano’y sangkot sa pork barrel scam.  At maging ang Disbursement Acceleration Program o DAP ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino, naging mainit na usapin.  Nandyan din ang mga akusasyong korapsyon sa ilan pang matataas na opisyal ng bansa.

Panatiko ring sinubaybayan ng marami ang mga maiinit na kaganapan sa sports lalo na’t muli na namang naitaas ang bandila ng Pilipinas sa  larangan ng boxing, archery, figure skating at basketball.

2014 ang taon din ng showbiz wedding proposals. Kanya-kanyang gimik ang mga sikat sa pag-pop ng magic question na “Will you marry me?”. Nanguna na rito ang Kapuso Royal couple na sina Dingdong Dantes at Marian Rivera. Sinundan ito ng isa pang power couple na sina Senador Chiz Escudero at Kapuso Actress Heart Evangelista.

Lahat ng iyan at iba pang maiinit na trending na kaganapan, abangan sa #Throwback 2014, the GMA News and Public Affairs Yearend Special, ngayong Sabado na, 8:30 pm, pagkatapos ng Magpakailanman, sa GMA 7.

“Be Careful With My Heart” Wins Best Drama Series in the 2014 Face of the Year Award in Vietnam

“Be Careful With My Heart” Wins Best Drama Series in the 2014 Face of the Year Award in Vietnam

Barely a month after airing its finale episode, ABS-CBN's breakthrough daily morning drama series “Be Careful With My Heart” starring Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria continue to receive praises here and abroad.

On Monday, December 22, “Be Careful With My Heart” was awarded Best Foreign Drama Series at the Face of the Year Award 2014 of Today TV, one of the largest Vietnamese television networks that airs Filipino dramas. The winners were determined through public votes.

ABS-CBN’s romantic comedy series, known in Vietnam as TrΓ‘i Tim BΓ© Bỏng, is a certified phenomenon that its lead stars Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap, popularly known among viewers as sweethearts Maya and Ser Chief, earned the most number of votes from Vietnamese viewers among other international nominees. Jodi was hailed the Best Foreign Actress, while Richard was named Best Foreign Actor. Both Jodi and Richard graced the event to receive their awards.

Prior to its recognition in Vietnam, “Be Careful With My Heart” became a finalist in the Telenovelas category at the 2013 New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Movie Trailer “Stars Versus Me” Starring Maris Racal and Manolo Pedrosa

Movie Trailer “Stars Versus Me” Starring Maris Racal and Manolo Pedrosa

Former “Pinoy Big Brother: All In” housemates Maris Racal and Manolo Pedrosa topbilled the newest romantic teen movie “Star Versus Me.”

Check out the trailer below:

Based on the bestselling book of the same title, the movie is under the direction of Joven Tan and produced by Tandem Entertainment.

American Idol Season 14 Top 24 Revealed in a Promotional Video

American Idol Season 14 Top 24 Revealed in a Promotional Video

Exactly 15 days before its Season 14 premiere, FOX has officially revealed the Top 24 of American Idol Season 14 in a promotional video on YouTube.

Watch below:

Don’t miss the Season 14 premiere on January 7, 2015 with host Ryan Seacrest, and featuring judges Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban, along with in-house mentor Scott Borchetta.

TV5 Airs the Biggest and Grandest 2015 New Year Countdown

TV5 Airs the Biggest and Grandest 2015 New Year Countdown

TV5 and the Quezon City Government recently signed a memorandum-of-understanding sealing both parties' commitment to bringing the biggest and grandest New Year event in the country.

In photo are (L-R) Quezon City Administrator Aldrin Cuna, TV5 President and CEO Emmanuel C. Lorenzana, Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista, and TV5 Chief Entertainment Content Officer Wilma V. Galvante.

TV5 President and CEO Emmanuel C. Lorenzana and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista shake hands as they present the signed memorandum-of-understanding which sealed the partnership between TV5 and the Quezon City local government on bringing "Happy sa 2015: The Philippine New Year Countdown" on December 31 at the historic Quezon Memorial Circle.

In the City's flag-raising ceremony, Bautista announced the QC Government's partnership with TV5 in bringing what is expected to be the grandest of all new year celebrations in the country. The event came from the vision of TV5 Chairman and industry leader Manny V. Pangilinan to have a Philippine counterpart of world-famous New Year celebrations in Times Square, New York; The Eye in London, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, The Opera House in Sydney, and all other popular New Year events all over the world.

In his response to the address of Mayor Bautista, Lorenzana shared that the project was inspired by the vision of TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan to have a Philippine version of iconic New Year celebrations seen around the world. 

"'Happy sa 2015: The Philippine New Year Countdown' is our gift to the Filipino people. As we bring light and feel-good programs to our audiences this 2015, we have committed to start the year right with happiness, positivity and optimism. It's really going to be a happy 2015 with the Happy Network," said Lorenzana.

The TV5 President and CEO also thanked the Quezon City Government for partnering with the network in bringing the most spectacular New Year event to the Filipino people.

Meanwhile, the honorable Mayor lauded TV5 for partnering with "the City of Stars", saying that the event goes with his government's advocacy of minimizing New Year-related accidents and emergencies. 

"We are glad to have partnered with TV5 in this endeavor. We encourage every Filipino, especially our very own citizens to join us at the Quezon Memorial Circle to celebrate and welcome the new year as a community," said Bautista.

Festivities begin at 10AM, in Quezon Memorial Circle where TV5 will hold an artista search for the next big Kapatid talent. Live band shows, street performances, and an LGBT Parade will be held simultaneously. In the evening, a star-studded New Year Special Concert will be hosted by Ogie Alcasid, Alice Dixson, and Derek Ramsay, featuring live performances from the hottest and most popular Kapatid talents and other special guests. This will conclude with the country's longest and brightest New Year pyromusical display and 3D lights show in the very heart of Quezon City - the iconic Pylon at the center of the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Photos: MMFF 2014 Parade of Stars Floats

Photos: MMFF 2014 Parade of Stars Floats

Photos: MJ de Leon of

Here are the floats of the seven entries in the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2014 as shown during the Parade of Stars FLoats events on Tuesday, December 23.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Video: Kris Aquino Tours Coco Martin's House

Video: Kris Aquino Tours Coco Martin's House

For the first time, Coco Martin let her fans take a peek into his newly-built mansion.

On Monday, Coco joined Kris Aquino on her morning show "KrisTV" where they tour house that prominently features a different art mostly designed by the country's National Artists. Check out below:

Sharon Cuneta Leaves Showbiz to Run as Pasay City Mayor Next Election

Sharon Cuneta Leaves Showbiz to Run as Pasay City Mayor Next Election

After leaving ABS-CBN in favor of TV5...and recently, putting everyone in awe when she decided to cut short her 1-billion peso Kapatid contract, Sharon Cuneta is reportedly set to leave showbiz for good to run for public office in the coming election.

Rumors about Sharon's political plans surfaced after her uncle, Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III said he is thinking of encouraging the Megastar to run for the same post once held by her father Pablo in Pasay City.

Do you think Sharon will make a good actress turned politician? 

Would you vote for her?

Alex Gonzaga Caused Vice Ganda and Toni Gonzaga to Fight

Alex Gonzaga Caused Vice Ganda and Toni Gonzaga to Fight

Vice Ganda, in December 21 episode of "Gandang Gabi, Vice" revealed that Alex Gonzaga put him and Toni Gonzaga to a petty fight.

According to the Unkabogable Comedy actor he and Toni had a misunderstanding because of a comment he shared to her sister Alex.

May ginawa itong si Alex na kabalbalan kaya 'di kame nagkibuan ni Toni noong Christmas special. Nagkatampuhan po kame ni Toni dahil kay Alex. 'Di po kame nagpansinan ni Toni. Nagtataka ako kung bakit hinde ako pinansin ni Toni ,yun pala siniraan ako ni Alex,Vice started to share, adding

At nagsumbong pa si Toni kay Paul (Soriano, Toni's boyfriend) at kay Mommy Pinty. Sabi niya, ‘Mommy, sabi ni Vice, waley na daw ako dahil daw nandiyan na si Alex.’ Nagdamdam. So hindi ako kinikibo. 'Yun pala ang dahilan,” the comedian shared.

Talking to Alex, Vice asked his "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin" co-star to share why her sister did not talk to him during the taping of the ABS-CBN Christmas special two weeks ago.

Sabi kasi sa akin ni Vice, ‘Alam mo ang ate mo, nung pumunta ka dito, parang big star siya. Pero nung dumating ka, nawala siya because you are a lot funnier. Ang ate mo dapat magdrama na 'yan next year.’ So sinabi ko sa kanya.” Alex recalled.

Vice, on the other hand, denied saying those things. “Hindi naman 'yun ang sinabi ko. Ang sinabi ko, ‘Alam mo (Alex) nakakatawa ka talaga. Toni is such a big star. Sobrang nakakatawa si Toni. Pero nung dumating ka, nakakatawa ka rin pala. Kaya siguro feeling ko 'yung ate mo, sa next movie niya maghe-heavy drama na lang para mag-give way sa 'yo,’” he clarified.

According to the comedian, he truly loves the Gonzaga sisters and is glad to be given the chance to get to know Alex more via the movie.

Dati kaya kita mahal kasi kapatid ka ni Toni. Ngayon kahit hindi ka na kapatid ni Toni, mahal pa rin kita kasi nakilala ko na si Alex Gonzaga,” he told Alex.

Top 5 Teleserye of 2014 Enumerates: Kapamilya vs. Kapuso

Top 5 Teleserye of 2014 Enumerates: Kapamilya vs. Kapuso

The year 2014 may be described as a remarkable year for Philippine teleserye, having been a year of new faces, bold thematic pursuits, and interesting social references. 

Why were these soap operas notable?

Boldness is of course a necessary quality, particularly in a genre that closely follows conventions and time-tested modes. In this day and age, the teleserye has a lot of elbow room in reinventing thematic concerns, and some of this year’s teleseryes attempted to transcend trivial pursuits, particularly in discussing social issues and taboos, like infidelity.
There’s also the presentation of the “new”- as in new love teams, or new story treatments. Although newness is always disputable, the teleserye may be considered as offering newness by way of its being a platform for, say, an interesting pair that could establish successful fandoms, or establishing new viewing behavior. Newness may also be innovation, pushing the possibilities of the teleserye to go beyond its being a teleserye. For instance, some teleseryes of 2014 were able to grow into brands that reflected, of course, significant network interests.
The teleserye, however, is still a dynamic television genre that continues to reinvent itself - and this is where I would like to start the revaluation of these notable ones of 2014, for their absorbing acting, remarkable script, and distinct concept and production. They characterized the teleserye as a genre coming unto itself after 15 years, offering gripping and sensible narratives, despite the strong pull of market demands; intelligent approaches to even the typical soap figures and tropes; and astute refraction of current social affairs, an aspect of the teleserye only visible to the discerning eye.

Top 5 Teleserye of 2014

5. Honesto (ABS-CBN)
Cast: Paulo Avelino and Raikko Mateo
Airing Period: October 2013 - March 2014

Honesto may be deemed allegorical, considering that the current administration’s all-out campaign against corruption climaxed this year with several Blue Ribbon Committee hearings in the Senate, the real teleseryes of the day. To begin with, the title was already suggestive, and to personify honesty by way of a Pinnochio-like child-character, that of Rikko Matteo, was an astute way of projecting this political clamor for good governance. In an understated, ironic manner, the soap allegorized how the reign of greed decimated a utopic town where honor is valued and lies are difficult to keep, as moments of dishonesty manifest by way of swelling noses. Matteo’s Honesto, the child who could not lie, embodied what Filipino society wanted to recover at this sorry point where everyone was to be held suspect for lying — in real, and reel life. In the soap, lying was clearly identified as the path to corruption, and honesty, though such a lonely word, was the only way to redemption. 

4. Rhodora X (GMA-7)
Cast: Jennylyn Mercado and Yasmin Kurdi
Airing Period:  January 2014 - May 2014

Rhodora X is Jennylyn Mercado’s piece de resistance. In this teleserye, she played the character of Rhodora, who was suffering from dissociative identity disorder, a result of her violent experience in a kidnapping episode. Aside from her main or host character, she had two other selves here - the alter egos Roxanne, and Rowena, pegged to be 8 years old. The part of her which is Roxanne - scheming and cunning -0 developed hatred for her sister, Angela, played by the underrated Yasmien Kurdi. Rhodora-as-Roxanne competed with Angela for their mother’s love, and for Mark Herras’ Joaquin, their love interest.
I find the concept very interesting and Mercado, in interviews, said that it was very challenging to be embodying these conflicting selves. The internal dynamics heightened the external conflicts, and this ploy, I think, made the soap opera this year’s boldest.

3. The Legal Wife (ABS-CBN)
Cast: Angel Locsin, Jericho Rosales, JC de Vera and Maja Salvador
Airing Period: January 2014 - June 2014

The Legal Wife is by far, this year’s fiercest teleserye. It was the return soap of Angel Locsin, who here played Monica, the legal wife to Jericho Rosales’s Adrian. It was fierce in providing a new perspective on infidelity in Philippine culture, presenting a deconstructed male macho figure, and a resonant image of the other woman. The configuration of the bida and kontrabida here was examined as merely an artifice to the moral issue (for the patriarchy) of keeping the family. 

The soap was a dramatic showcase of confrontations that easily trended in social media, but these confrontations, though filled with the choicest hysterics, only attempted to subtly expose what was usually kept under wraps: the gravitas of a woman’s position in fighting for one’s love in the context of the Filipino, middle/upper-class family, and keeping one’s self respect and dignity in an oppressive patriarchal environment.

2. Got To Believe (ABS-CBN)
Cast: Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla
Airing Period: August 2013 - March 2014

Got To Believe is the “next-level” soap of the Kathryn Bernardo-Daniel Padilla tandem. After storming television with their chemistry in Princess and I, it was a good network move to immediately star them in a very interesting and glossy romantic-comedy teleserye. Padilla’s character here, Joaquin, was a sickly teenage brat bored by his life under the care of his overbearing mother. Some may say it’s already an old, old story, as Bernardo’s Chichay played here the maid who was surrogate mother, and eventually, love interest to Joaquin. The virtue of the soap, however, was characterization, and the two’s personae were explored well, with depth and dimension. 

The two were also gifted with contrasting worlds that helped characterize them - Joaquin was housed in an almost antiseptic and suffocating mansion where the queen was his mother Juliana, played scintillatingly by Carmina Villaroel, where his father Jaime, played by Ian Veneracion, was simply subservient. The gypsy-like Chichay’s world meanwhile was a world of carnivalesque play - a perya, maintained by her parents Betchay, played by Manilyn Reynes, and Chito, played by Benjie Paras. The soap’s laudable production design heightened the contrast, and for me, gave a fresh take on the rich boy-poor girl modes that typify Pinoy soap operas.

1. Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon (ABS-CBN)
Cast: Bea Alonzo, Paulo Avelino and Maricar Reyes
Airing Period: June 2014 - October 2014

Sana’y Bukas Pa ang Kahapon leads this year’s most notable teleseryes. It is the story of Rose Buenavista and Emmanuel Romero, both played by Bea Alonzo. Rose, a curiously looking naive lady, is heir to a chocolate empire, who suddenly found herself embroiled in the murder of her father, the story’s main pivot. Emmanuel defended her, and eventually, the two got involved in a car mishap that claimed the life of the lawyer. Rose survived and for a while pretended to be Emmanuel, after a successful plastic surgery. With plans to avenge her fate, she began to investigate her being framed and plotted to bring down those who took over her family’s chocolate business - her suspects to the crime.
This teleserye is Alonzo’s best so far, and she has matured in terms of acting alongside her equally talented leading man Paulo Avelino, who played the role of Rose’s erstwhile chocolatier husband Patrick Salvador. The most revealing performance, however, came from Maricar Reyes, who played Sasha, Patrick's highly insecure second wife. Her character’s pathos upped the ante and lent her real versatility, making her tragic end rather heroic.




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