Friday, March 6, 2015

"Daniel Padilla is still a virgin....I think." - Karla Estrada

"Daniel Padilla is still a virgin....I think." - Karla Estrada 

I would like to think, yes.” Karla Estrada promptly said when asked about whether she believes if her famous celebrity son Daniel Padilla is still untouched...sexually.

During last Wednesday's presscon for ABS-CBN upcoming reality game show "Your Face Sounds Familiar" where she starred as one of the celebrity contestants, Karla shared her thoughts on the “virginity status” of the Kapamilya Teen King.

Sinasabi ko ang totoo na, ‘Ang panandaliang kaligayahan ay habang buhay na pagsisisihan mo. So lagi kang mag-iingat. ‘Ma, ano ba yan?’ Tapos tatakbo na ‘yan. Ayaw niya yung ganung usapan. But I know my son very well, hindi siya santo. Pero ako sinasabi ko he is very conservative,” she shared.

So how does the "Is Daniel Padilla Virgin?" started?

In his cute bed scene with rumored girlfriend Kathryn Bernardo in their blockbuster post-Valentine movie "Crazy Beautiful You" (still showing in cinemas nationwide), Daniel, who portrayed the role of Kiko Alcantara, an illegitimate son of the mayor (Gabby Concepcion) living selflessly for his siblings and tasked to take care of and tame the wild child that is Jackie (portrayed by Kathryn), had this one-liner that she said to Jackie - "Jackie may aaminin ako sa'yo. First time ko kase to," that put curiosity (or should I say, malice?) to the minds of his followers and even entertainment writers.

Your thoughts?

ASAP’s Biggest Stars Featured on METRO Magazine Three-Cover Special Issue this March 2015

ASAP’s Biggest Stars Featured on METRO Magazine Three-Cover Special Issue this March 2015

METRO Magazine,ABS-CBN Publishing Press Release

After its phenomenal 2-part 20th anniversary show at SM Mall of Asia Arena, fans of the long running variety show "ASAP" can look forward to another special treat as Metro magazine brings together ASAP’s prominent names for a special tribute in celebration of ASAP’s 20th anniversary.

As the leading authority in fashion, Metro packs its big fashion issue with a star-studded three-cover special for March. Featuring a string of Kapamilya royalty, ASAP stars are all glammed up for a summer showdown to kick off the sunny season.


Sarah Geronimo, Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Bamboo, Billy Crawford, KC Concepcion, Kim Chiu, Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano, Xian Lim, Maja Salvador, Gerald Anderson, Janella Salvador, Julia Barretto, Alex Gonzaga, Luis Manzano, Enchong Dee, Sam Concepcion, Shaina Magdayao, and Jericho Rosales are all looking fashionably fierce on the cover in time for summer.

Metro also features the best trends for Spring/Summer 2015 including a guide to the hottest places, must-see art exhibitions, and read worthy books. Metro also gives a sneak peek into the charmed lives of two fashion-savvy Filipinas who are making a statement in London and Kuala Lumpur.

Read all these and more in #ASAP20MetroMarch available at newsstands today!

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Philippines' Most Prestigious Companies Compete at the 13th Philippine Quill Awards

Philippines' Most Prestigious Companies Compete at the 13th Philippine Quill Awards

Some of the nation’s biggest corporations, agencies, and schools are going head to head this year for the highest honors at the 13th Philippine Quill Awards, the country’s most prestigious and comprehensive awards in business communication.

After much anticipation, the IABC Philippines recently announced the frontrunners for the Top Awards as well as the nominees for Company, Agency, and School of the Year, heading to the awarding ceremony on March 9 at the Grand Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Ortigas Center, Quezon City.

Poised to take home the Top Award in the Communication Management division, which includes strategic communication planning and execution of internal, external, and integrated programs, are ABS-CBN Corporation (Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na), Holcim Philippines (The Holcim Philippines Employee Communication Program), Manila Water Company (The Manila Water Scoopers: Cultivating Journalists in Our Corporate Midst), Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (Metrobank Group Helping Hands Relief and Rehabilitation Response for Yolanda Survivors), and TV5 Network, Inc. (Radyo5 Taxi Squad: Todo Radyo Serbisyo).

The contenders for Top Award in the Communication Skills division, which covers technical skills such as writing, design, and multimedia production showcased in marketing and communication campaigns, are Shell Companies in the Philippines (Get Fuel, Earn Points with Shell and SM Advantage Card), Shell Companies in the Philippines (Shell Centennial Campaign), Shell Philippines Exploration (Shell Powering Progress Together-Asia), Smart Communications, Inc. (Paskong Pasasalamat), and TV5 Network, Inc. (Rescue5 Activity Book for Visayas).

Aiming to be the first Top Awardee in the Communication Training and Education division, which recognizes the mentorship and education role of consultants and senior communicators are the Communication Research Department, UP College of Mass Communication (Be Aware: You are at Risk Communication Conference) and Shell Companies in the Philippines (Customer & You Training Camp).

This new division was introduced in the 2013 Quill alongside Communication Research Management division, which focuses on the role of research and measurement in strategic communication work.

Universities and colleges all over the nation are also gunning for prizes in the Philippine Student Quill Awards, the junior version of the Quill that honors outstanding communication work by students. Nominees for Top Award include two from Bataan Peninsula State University (Pusod: The Guilds Literary Folio 2013-2014; The Guilds Advocacies: Magazine 2014 and three from Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Cyberrape; Rainbow X; Tahan Na).

The Top Award is given to entries with the highest score among Excellence Awardees per division. Organizations, agencies, and schools with the most Excellence Awards are also awarded with Company, Agency, and School of the Year.

The nominees for Company of the Year are ABS-CBN Corporation, Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), Shell Companies in the Philippines, Smart Communications, Inc., and Unilever Philippines, Inc. Battling to be Agency of the Year are DM9 Jayme-SyFu, Ogilvy Public Relations Manila, PTFJ AD Consult, Strategic Works, Inc., and Studio 5 Designs, Inc.

Vying for School of the Year, on the other hand are Angelicum College, Bataan Peninsula State University , Colegio de San Juan de Letran, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, and University of Santo Tomas.

IABC Philippines president Kane Errol Choa shared that the nominees represent the best of the field this year, which has once again risen in number compared to the previous year. There was a 59 percent increase in the number of Quill entries, and a 31 percent increase in the Student Quill.

“The competition is getting tougher every year, not only because there are more participants but because the quality of the entries has also improved. We at the IABC Philippines see this as an indication that more organizations are taking communication more seriously as a business strategy. It’s a victory for our group,” he said.

IABC Philippines is the first chapter outside North America of the international IABC, a global network of around 15,500 business communicators in 80 countries. The IABC presents the Gold Quill Awards, considered as the global standard in business communication.

Belle Tiongco, the chair of this year’s Philippine Quill Awards Committee, said awardees this year can expect a grand ceremony, with the help of Gold sponsors ABS-CBN Corporation, Holcim Philippines, Inc., PRU Life UK; Silver sponsors San Miguel Brewery, Inc. and San Miguel Corporation; and Bronze sponsors BA Securities, Inc., Enchanted Kingdom, Inc., Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Pag-IBIG Fund, Social Security System (SSS), and TeaM Energy Corporation.

Also showing support are media intelligence partner iSentia, media partners adobo magazine, ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), BusinessMirror, BusinessWorld, Manila Bulletin, Rappler, and The Philippines Star, and official tabulator Reyes Tacandong & Co.

“More than a competition, the Quill Awards is an opportunity for companies to come together and celebrate our shared successes in the field of business communication. We have prepared a nice gathering and we hope more organizations join us next year,” she said.

Filipino Music Service Portal App SPINNR Wins “Best Mobile Music App” at 2015 Global Mobile Awards

Filipino Music Service Portal App SPINNR Wins “Best Mobile Music App” at 2015 Global Mobile Awards

SPINNR, a music service introduced by wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), was named the “Best Mobile Music App” by the prestigious GSMA telecoms industry association at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The app, which kick-started the music streaming revolution in the Philippines, won at the GSMA’s 20th Global Mobile Awards which is dubbed the “Oscars” of the mobile industry. SPINNR was recognized among other nominees like Samsung’s Milk Music, Universal Music’s The Kleek, Bharti Airtel’s Wynk, and the Radio Sawa app.

Launched in 2013, SPINNR is the only music app that combines premium ad-free streaming with song purchases and free radio service, all for as low as P2.50 a day and with no data charges. Unlike other digital music stores, SPINNR lets Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular subscribers pay for music downloads or streaming conveniently, through prepaid load deductions or charging to their postpaid bill – no credit cards or special accounts needed.

SPINNR received judges’ praise for being a multiplatform app with “a proven track record in driving subscriptions in the Philippines, thanks to a bite-sized revenue model with carrier billing in a low credit card user base environment.”

SPINNR is part of the PLDT Group’s suite of content services that have spurred the growth of mobile Internet revenues by 63% to P8.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014. Mobile Internet usage increased by 167% to 48,329 Terabytes year-on-year.

“Our warmest congratulations to all the winners of the 20th Global Mobile Awards,” said GSMA chief executive officer John Hoffman. “Our winners are in the esteemed company of the mobile innovators, pioneers, and leaders that have won these coveted awards over the last two decades, many of whom have been game-changers in transforming the way that the world communicates.”

The GSMA is a renowned global association of mobile operators, device makers, software companies, equipment providers, and Internet companies. This year’s Global Mobile Awards received more than 800 “high-caliber” entries, judged by more than 300 independent experts, analysts, journalists, and academics.

 Smart innovation and product development head Mellissa Limcaoco

We are happy that our homegrown SPINNR app has been recognized as the top mobile music app in the world. Just a few years ago, Filipinos were not very familiar about the concept of music streaming. By giving users the total music experience through streaming, exclusive merchandise, and the hottest music events, SPINNR has revolutionized the way Filipinos enjoy and experience music through their mobile phones,” said Mellissa Limcaoco, head of Smart’s innovation and product development group.

Having established partnerships with the biggest music labels – Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and Universal Records – SPINNR owns the exclusive rights to use and distribute in the country their entire library of digital content which includes millions of local and international hits spanning different genres. Sometimes, SPINNR even releases singles and albums a week before they become available in physical stores.

The brand is present in the biggest concerts such as Taylor Swift’s Red Tour, and offers exclusive promos, merchandise, and meet-and-greet opportunities to its users. By promoting paid music services and artist interaction, SPINNR joins the fight against music piracy and protects the artists’ right to earn from their craft.  

SPINNR is available as a free downloadable app on Android phones and iPhones, and can be accessed by other internet-capable gadgets like tablets, laptops, and desktops via Users can log in using their Smart, Talk ‘N Text, or Sun Cellular account or their Facebook account.

The GSMA award is the latest commendation for the rapidly growing music service. Last year, SPINNR won the Best Content Service recognition from the Asia Communication Awards, and was named by the Boston consulting group JANA as the top music streaming app used by Filipinos.

This is also not the first time for Smart to win at the Global Mobile Awards. Last year, the company’s disaster preparedness and emergency response program called SafePH was named “Best Use of Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations.” The GSMA cited Smart specifically for its quick network restoration and emergency response efforts in the aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Alex Gonzaga Steals Matteo Guidicelli from Sarah Geronimo

Alex Gonzaga Steals Matteo Guidicelli from Sarah Geronimo 

Alex Gonzaga caught in a sulutan issue with Sarah Geronimo?

The "Inday Bote" lead star finally talked about the rumored feud with the "The Voice of the Philippines" coach causing the Popsters to hit him online.

The rumor started when news about Alex having sweet moments off-cam with Sarah's real-life boyfriend Matteo Guidicelli on the set of ABS-CBN's upcoming fantasy series "Inday Bote" surfaced. But instead of keeping her silence, Alex, during the TV series' press conference on Wednesday decided to clarify the reports and clear her side on issue.

"Wala kaming misunderstanding kasi si Sarah and si Mommy Divine ay dati ko ng kaibigan; ganoon din si Matteo. Until now, magkaibigan pa din kami." Alex said, adding "I think happy naman si Sarah."

But is it true that she's being bashed by the singer's followers on social media sites?
"Alam niyo wala namang nanggaganun sa akin, promise. May mga nagti-tweet sa akin, 'inaaway daw po kayo ng Popsters?' Sinagot ko na wala talaga," she clarified.

Julia Barretto Debut 18 Roses and 19 Candles Revealed, "Just Julia, Beautiful at 18" Airs on ABS-CBN

Julia Barretto Debut 18 Roses and 19 Candles Revealed, "Just Julia, Beautiful at 18" Airs on ABS-CBN

Kapamilya teen actress Julia Barretto, who will turn 18 on March 10, excitedly shared the details of her much-awaited debut party called "Just Julia, Beautiful at 18" with a special TV coverage to be aired on March 29 on ABS-CBN.

For her white, gray and silver-themed party at the posh Makati Shangri-La Hotel, the debutante will be wearing a Michael Cinco gown. 

Her hair will be done by John Valle, while Lala Flores will do her makeup. Julia also enlisted the services of celebrity stylist Liz Uy.

Participating in the traditional 19 candles ceremony are: Dani Barretto, Claudia Barretto, Patita Tumpalan, Erich Gonzales, Alora Sasam, Natalia Ortega, Nicole Barretto, Cris Navarro, Marissa Kalaw, Pokwang, RB Chanco, Lala Flores, Denise Heredia, Coy Barretto, Ella Pangilinan, Liz Uy, Janella Salvador, Liza Soberano and Maja Salvador.

For the 18 roses portion, participating are Dennis Padilla, Matteo Guidicelli, Rayver Cruz, Enchong Dee, Khalil Ramos, Robi Domingo, Sam Concepcion, Dominic Roque, Leon Barretto, Mark Barretto,
John Barretto, Cholo Barretto, Jason Soong, Mark Soong, Miguel Barretto, John Sweet Lapus, Enrique Gil and Inigo Pascual.

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“PBB Season 6” and “PBB Teen Edition 6” Fast Track Audition Rules, Requirements and Schedule

“PBB Season 6” and “PBB Teen Edition 6” Fast Track Audition Rules, Requirements and Schedule

Philippine TV's phenomenal reality show “Pinoy Big Brother” marks its 10th anniversary by looking for new housemates for its new season in the auditions on Friday and Saturday (March 6 and 7) at the Araneta Coliseum.

Young people with talent and the inclination and fortitude for stardom may not have to wait too long just to get a foot in the door to the auditions of Pinoy Big Brother Season 6 and Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 6.

Thanks to ABS-CBNmobile, PBB aspirants just need to have an ABS-CBNmobile SIM to get on the Fast Track Lane for the PBB auditions.

It’s so easy to register. Beginning March 3, ABS-CBNmobile subscribers can pre-register or pre-book an audition schedule for the Araneta Auditions by following these instructions.

For Pinoy Big Brother Season 6, text the following to 2131:



PBB ARANETA REG Ana Sy/20/F/1 Don St. QC

For Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 6, text the following to 2131:




There is a P1 charge per text. Only the first 2,000 texters for each PBB edition will be accommodated, i.e., 2,000 for Season 6 and 2,000 for Teen Edition 6. These lucky texters will receive a confirmation message and will be notified within 24 hours of their audition schedule. 

The “PBB” auditions will be held at the Red Gate Entrance of the coliseum for hopefuls aged 18 to 35 years old on Friday, and for teens aged 13 to 17 years old on Saturday. Make sure to come early as only the first 10,000 auditionees will be accommodated. Auditionees should bring a birth certificate or a valid ID.

On both days, the coliseum’s Green Gate Entrance will also serve as venue for auditions for “It’s Showtime’s” “Mini Me” segment (open to nine-year-old kids or younger, solo or group) and “That’s My Tomboy” (open to participants 18 years old and up), as well as the second season of “The Voice Kids” Season 2 (open to kids aged seven to 13).

Moreover, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” will hold a story gathering for those who want to share their life stories, while Star Magic will look for new talents with potential.

ABS-CBN’s Grand Kapamilya Audition Caravan will also be conducted in other parts of the country, such as Pacific Mall Mandaue in Cebu (March 13 and 14), Pacific Mall Lucena in Lucena City (March 20 and 21), Robinsons Place Santiago in Isabela (March 28 and 29), KCC Mall in General Santos City (April 17 and 18), and Abreeza Mall in Davao (April 24 and 25).

Richard Yap Reveals Past Relationship with Keana Reeves

Richard Yap Reveals Past Relationship with Keana Reeves

Shocking revelation!

Kapamilya actor Richard Yap reveals his funny side and his past relationship with sexy comedy actress Keana Reeves.

In the next episode of ABS-CBN hit weekend comedy show “Home Sweetie Home” Richard and Keanna play former lovers, Richard Dy and Tita Ems. Richard Dy, a plastic surgeon visits Brgy. Puruntong and meets his former fiancé, Tita Ems who used to be his maid. Tita Ems turns hopeful that Richard wants to get her back and their love story including what went wrong in their journey is unraveled. What is the reason behind Richard’s visit? Does he really want to get Tita Ems back in his life? 

Find out this Saturday (March 7) on “Home Sweetie Home”, 6p.m.

Catch the Kapamilya comedy shows and make weekends complete, as “Banana Split: Extra Scoop” airs on Saturdays after “The Voice of the Philippines”, “Banana Nite” airs weekdays after “Bandila”, “LUV U” airs Sunday after “ASAP 19”, ang “Goin’ Bulilit” airs Sundays after “TV Patrol Weekend”. 

Isabelle Daza's Acting Prowess Put To Test in March 7 Episode of MMK

Isabelle Daza's Acting Prowess Put To Test in March 7 Episode of MMK 

Newest Kapamilya recruit Isabelle Daza will star in her very first episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” this Saturday.

Isabelle will play the role of Miles Ocampo's sister whose relationship is put to the test as they battle for their parents’ attention. Their lives, however, takes a turn when one of them is diagnosed with a kidney failure.

Joining Isabelle are Belle Mariano, Althea Guanzon, Snooky Serna, Allan Paule, Ryan Ramos, John Servilla, Raquel Montesa, Nathan Lopez and Bea Basa.

The episode is directed by Jerry Lopez-Sineneng and written by Ruel Montañez.

Sharlto Copley, from Maleficent to Bringing "Chappie" the Robot to Life

Sharlto Copley, from Maleficent to Bringing "Chappie" the Robot to Life

Sony Pictures Releasing International Press Release

This film raises questions – when would a robot be considered human?” asks South African actor Sharlto Copley (“Maleficent”), who plays the titular character in Columbia Pictures' futuristic thriller “Chappie.”

“Is it because they can paint, or like a certain kind of music?,” Copley continues. “For humans, it would probably be if the machine had feelings – if we were connecting with a machine in the way that we connect with people. I think that’s what would make most people call a machine ‘alive’ – if it experiences emotions in the same way as us.

In the film, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force in the future. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

Chappie is a police droid called Scout who is given consciousness by artificial intelligence. Copley performed the role on camera, performing in each scene opposite the other characters. Not only did this allow Chappie to feel like a very real and authentic character, but it helped the other actors to bring their characters out to the fullest. Later, in post-production, director Neill Blomkamp worked with the wizards at the VFX facility Image Engine to bring Chappie to fruition, painting the robot Chappie over Copley’s performance and creating the robot from Copley’s movements. The way that Copley emoted in his scenes informed everything about the robot – from the way Chappie moves, or sits, or holds his head... even Chappie’s ears.

In many films with CG characters, the filmmakers sometimes choose to film the scene with only the live-action actors as they perform against only a single point. That was never going to happen on Chappie. “There was never going to be a world where we filmed with a tennis ball on the end of a C stand,” says producer Simon Kinberg. “It was always going to be real and in the moment.

Sharlto’s performance is the thing that brings Chappie to life,” Kinberg continues. “He is so human and sad, touching and vulnerable. You feel it in his body language and voice – everything takes its cue from Sharl. The way the robot’s eyes move, the way its ears move, and certainly the way its body moves – all of that is dictated by Sharlto’s performance.

Kinberg also says that having Copley performing the scenes helped all of the actors. “For the other actors, when you’re interacting with a real person, it all feels more real, human, textured and grounded,” he explains.

Copley says that in some ways, the role was like any other. “Neill said, ‘You just play the role, and we put the robot on top,’” the actor explains. “The film should work with me in the grey suit – you should still be able to watch the film and be moved by it.

Copley notes that Chappie is unlike any role he’s ever played before. “It was quite interesting for me, movement wise,” he says. “I had to be very aware of every mannerism. The essence of Chappie is in how he moves and how he reacts – and not necessarily what he’s saying.

Even though he would never be seen on film, Copley wore two pieces of costume attire to help get the character right. “I wore a chest plate, to keep my back and chest proportions the same as Chappie’s,” he notes. This allowed Copley to know what spaces he could fit in and how the robot would sit or stand in certain positions. In this way, when an actor grabs Chappie’s shoulder or chest, the actor’s hands are in the right place when Copley is replaced by Chappie in the computer.

But the chest plate wasn’t all. “I wore a grey suit with tracking markers for the animators. It was skin tight, and skin tight clothing is not gangster,” he says. Needing something that would help him feel like a gangster, Copley added a pair of shorts and a belt. “During the gangster scenes I would loosen my belt and drop the shorts half way down my backside. That was my trick, to transform from grey suit man into gangster Chappie. It helped create the right kind of gangster movements.”

Copley says that the unconventional style of shooting and animating the film was a great benefit. “Animators will tell you there’s a huge difference between animating something from scratch and working with what an actor has already done,” he says. “It’s a lot easier for them to create a moving character if the base performance is already there. Obviously, it’s also a lot better for the other actors to have a grey suit actor actually on set that they can interact with.”

Chappie’s animators are incredible,” concludes Copley. “They’ve managed to capture and translate every nuance of my performance. In addition, they had the challenge of trying to translate my facial movements onto Chappie, who has almost no face. They did an incredible job. I feel like they elevated what I gave them together we created some kind of unique being.”

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, March 05 in IMAX and 2D cinemas, “Chappie” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Avengers Unite with Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision in "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

Avengers Unite with Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision in "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

Marvel Studios Press Release
The Age of Ultron draws near as Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble once more in a brand new movie poster (see above).

The original Avengers unite with newcomers Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision in the new poster for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," in Philippine theaters April 22.

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers.

Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Philippine cinemas on April 22, 2015.

"Biyahe ni Drew Arellano" Month-Long 2nd Anniversary Special this March on GMA News TV

"Biyahe ni Drew Arellano" Month-Long 2nd Anniversary Special this March on GMA News TV

Biyahe ni Drew, GMA News TV Press Release
This March, "Biyahe ni Drew" dares all biyaheros to leave their comfort zone, review their travel bucket lists and TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT! Professional traveller and most recent DOT’s Tourism Star awardee Drew Arellano goes to four scenic and memorable locations to celebrate Biyahe ni Drew’s 2nd anniversary.

March 6: Siargao

To kick off this month-long anniversary celebration, Drew goes surfs up on the famous Cloud 9 of Siargao. Here, he discovers that the famous surfing destination has a lot more to offer than barrelling waves. It also features unique rock formations where daredevils can cliff dive. In Magpupungko Beach, there are natural pools where one can leisurely swim. There are also dune buggy and crocodile hunting tours for those looking for an extra rush of adrenaline.

March 13: Bukidnon
Drew tries cowboy livin’ among the cattle herders of Bukidnon as he heads to Northern Mindanao for a taste of something different. Here, Drew finds out that there’s a lot more to raising cattle than meets the eye. Aside from visiting famous landmarks in Bukidnon, the self-confessed caffeine lover also discovers the secrets to creating the full-bodied flavour of the famous Monk’s Blend coffee.

March 20: Livin’ Large in Palawan
As dream destinations go, the private islands in Palawan probably top many travellers’ bucket lists. This year, Drew gets to experience the “good life” as he lives it up in secluded, exclusive hideaways in Palawan for Biyahe ni Drew’s special feature. This is the kind of trip that one would do in a heartbeat if money was no object. Travelling via private sea plane, island hopping via private yacht, having a staff of 30 at your beck and call and “owning” an island for a few days... certainly a trip of a lifetime.

March 27: Hokkaido, Japan
Drew escapes the Philippines’ summer heat by cooling off in Hokkaido, Japan for a “winter wonderland” special. For the first time in Biyahe ni Drew, Drew goes to Niseko, the most famous ski resort in Japan, known for its light powder snow where he tests his skiing/snowboarding skills.

Biyahe ni Drew’s 2nd anniversary specials will air from March 6 to 28, 8pm on GMA News TV!

Jam Sebastian of Jamich is Dead

Jam Sebastian of Jamich is Dead

This is indeed a sad day for Jamich fanatics.

Jam Febastian Sebastian, after months of battling lung cancer, joined his Creator at exactly 10:30am on Wednesday, March 4.

He was 28.

Hi mom Maricar, on Facebook, announced the sad news:

Followed by a touching parting message by his other half Paolinne Liggayu on Instagram:

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Must Watch: TV5's Airs Jinri Park's Trapeze Stunt Challenge in ‘Extreme Series: Kaya Mo Ba ‘To?’

Must Watch: TV5's Airs Jinri Park's Trapeze Stunt Challenge in ‘Extreme Series: Kaya Mo Ba ‘To?’

On Wednesday, March 4, TV5 will air the death-defying trapeze stunt challenge of sexy vixen Jinri Park with hunk Kapatid actor Derek Ramsay in the celebrity challenge segment of “Extreme Series Kaya Mo Ba ‘To?”

Check out the video below:

Summer 2015 Made Extra Exciting with BUM Black Summer Campaign Feat. Showbiz' Trendiest Young Stars

Summer 2015 Made Extra Exciting with BUM Black Summer Campaign Feat. Showbiz' Trendiest Young Stars

BUM, the country's leading teen apparel, is set to make this summer the most interesting, exciting season of the year with the launch of its "Black Summer Collection" putting together this country's hippiest, trendiest teen stars in the entertainment industry - Kapamilya stars Jane Oineza, Ella Cruz nd Nash Aguas and Kapuso Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali to represent the brand.

After BUM’s successful campaign on "Unleash Your RealiTee" comes another unconventional attempt to provide an alternative inspiration for today’s youth in clothing - the Black Summer Collection.   Contrary to the usual choice of hues for tropical summer setting - floral designs, neon or pastels are the most likely preference for getups. BUM takes on a different route and still aligned to its thrust of motivating the Filipino youth to be ‘stylish’, ‘adventurous’, ‘liberating’, and ‘tactful’ at the same time.
Black Summer Collection offers a unique blend of designs and hues matched with its overarching black theme. It creates varied physical and psychological effects for its intended market - the Filipino youth. Black is being capitalized by BUM because it reflects and communicates - glamour, sophistication, and exclusivity altogether.


This March, BUM’s Black Summer Collection debunks the idea of black as conventional, conservative and serious since it is presented in a youthful manner with a refreshing twist in fashion sensibility.

Black Summer Collection is available in all of BUM’s boutiques and leading department stores nationwide.  

For more information about BUM’s Black Summer, visit or follow us “@officialbumph” on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

ABS-CBN Earns 4 Entries in the Prestigious New York Festivals 2015

ABS-CBN Earns 4 Entries in the Prestigious New York Festivals 2015

ABS-CBN Corporation was once again recognized at the prestigious New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Films 2015 with four entries making it as finalists in different categories.

“Yolanda (Haiyan)” was named finalist in the festival’s Cinematography category, while “Spratlys: Mga Isla ng Kalayaan (Islands of Freedom),” Chiara Zambrano’s documentary about different countries’ insights into the geopolitical issues surrounding the dispute over the islands, in the National/International Affairs category.

Also shortlisted in the festival are “Wrath of Haiyan,” morning news magazine program “Umagang Kay Ganda’s” coverage of Typhoon Yolanda in the Best Coverage of Breaking News Category, as well as ABS-CBN’s “Compassion and Empathy for our Fellow Man” campaign in the News Promotion category.

Last year, ABS-CBN won a silver world medal in Graphic Design: Promotion/Open & ID category for “Agosto Beinte-Uno (August 21),” its documentary on the assassination of former Senator Ninoy Aquino, while “Failon Ngayon” bagged a bronze world medal in the Current Affairs category for its episode “Tagas ng Minahan,” which probed the environmental hazards caused by mining spills.

New York Festival’s World’s Best Television & Films competition honors programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries.  All finalists will be awarded with a finalist certificate and entries, which will be promoted to Gold, Silver or Bronze awardees.  Winners will be announced during the awarding ceremony to be held in April in Las Vegas.

All finalists were also seen worldwide via The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) various platforms: Internet Protocol television or IPTV, satellite, cable, mobile, and its official online service,  “Yolanda (Haiyan);” “Spratlys: Mga Isla ng Kalayaan (Islands of Freedom);” Agosto Beinte-Uno (August 21);” and Failon Ngayon’s” Tagas ng Minahan; can still be seen worldwide via TFC’s IPTV and online platforms.

Radyo5 92.3 NewsFM Boosts Daily Morning Radio Programs with New, Exciting and Informative Segments

Radyo5 92.3 NewsFM Boosts Daily Morning Radio Programs with New, Exciting and Informative Segments 

Radyo5, the country's undisputed no. 1 FM radio station among motorists, is about to further strengthen its dominance in the early morning block by introducing new, exciting, and informative segments for two of its widely-followed programs, "Orly Mercado, All Ready" and "Punto Asintado".

Having firmly established itself as the most preferred radio station among motorists and commuters in the past year, Radyo5 92.3 NewsFM, beginning this week, introduces new morning program segments beginning with “Orly Mercado, All Ready” (weekdays at 6:00AM) which will kick off the day in high gear by taking its signature news, information and public service offerings to even greater heights with the introduction of two new segments. “Palengke Watch” (every Monday and Thursday) allows listeners from all walks of life to be closely updated with latest prices of goods and other items from several wet and dry markets across the metro. The monitoring, reporting and comparing of prices of various necessities will most especially be close to the hearts of housewives who will now be guided on how to properly manage their  weekly budgets. 

The same radio program likewise beefs up its public service campaign with a new weekly segment (every Monday and Thursday) that puts the much-needed spotlight on medical and social cases faced by ordinary folk. The segment will serve as the perfect venue for the less privileged to ask for assistance while, at the same time, allowing more fortunate individuals and generous donors to help those in need of immediate support. Interested parties may reach these hotlines for more information (0922)-833-13-52 or (0921)-980-89-27.

Another morning favorite on Radyo5, “Punto Asintado” (weekdays at 8:00AM), featuring the team-up of seasoned and award-winning News5 anchors Erwin Tulfo and techie guru Martin Andanar, will surely shake up and perk up your day with the much-anticipated return of the popular “Love Hurts” segment. A certified hit among the program’s young listeners, the segment is a witty love advice portion based on real-life situations shared by letter senders, wherein both Erwin and Martin give their candid take and personal insights on the various issues faced by lovelorn listeners. 

As an added treat, the program has launched a special contest for its letter senders whose stories are featured on the show. Every day until March 30, “Punto Asintado” will be giving away gift certificates (redeemable in select restaurants in Metro Manila) to the lucky listener whose letter will be read on-air. Interested participants may simply send their letters to or by sending the same through a private message to the official Facebook page of “Punto Asintado”.  

With these new segments giving listeners an even more dynamic, relevant and revitalized radio experience, Radyo5 92.3 News5 will definitely be the talk and news radio station in the FM band that you would want to tune in to every weekday to start your day right.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bong Revilla Released from Jail, Visits Jolo Revilla in the Hospital

Bong Revilla Released from Jail, Visits Jolo Revilla in the Hospital

Jailed Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. was seen visiting son, Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center on Tuesday after the Sandiganbayan First Division allowed his request for temporary release to see hi son.

Although he is now in stable condition, Jolo, who allegedly committed suicide on Saturday morning (READ FULL STORY HERE), is still suffering from internal bleeding despite a total of 700 cc of blood extracted from him.
Showbiznest earlier learned that Jolo was hit hard by his father’s imprisonment due to the pork barrel scam.

Tagalized Version of Hit Asian Films To Be Shown Exclusively on SM "SineAsia" Theater

Tagalized Version of Hit Asian Films To Be Shown Exclusively on SM "SineAsia" Theater

SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SMLEI) and Viva International Pictures Press Release

SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SMLEI) and Viva International Pictures announces the release of blockbuster Asian films in Philippine Theater via SM Cinema's "SineAsia Theater" - the first Asian tagalized theatre in the country.

Last month, Mr. Edgar C. Tejerero (SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.) and Mr. Vic Del Rosario (Viva Entertainment Inc.) officially signed a contract for the creation of this theater and on March 3, 2015, Sine Asia Theater was officially opened to the public with famous Korean actor Lee Min Ho’s GANGNAME BLUES as the official grand attraction for the theater’s grand launch. Earning a total of $ 7.6 Million in its first week, this highly-anticipated Korean flick is expected to reap more sales as it will open in 13 Asian countries including the Philippines.

The theater have an exterior that will show the authenticity of the oriental flicks to be played on the big-screen. It is also dedicated to the viewing of never-before-seen, premiere and commercial Asian films.

The films to be featured in the cinema will be “tagalized” for audience to have easier viewing plus the Filipino family will be provide different movie platforms that are exclusively SM Cinema and Walter Mart Cinemas.

Other films lined-up for SineAsia are:







Presenting the best of Asian Cinema has to offer, Viva International Pictures provide films to show exclusive Asian tagalized films from the biggest studtios in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand & Taiwan such as CJ Entertainment, Showbox,TOEI Company LTD, 9ers Entertainment, Showgate, Megavision Pictures, EDKO Films Ltd., Wada Lote, Sahamongkol, TOHO, Kadokowa Pictures TBS and Star Alliance.

SMLEI reinvents one dedicated theater in 8 of its SM Cinema branches to make way for SineAsia Theater. Among the chosen malls are SM Megamall, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Fairview, SM Ilo-ilo, SM Bacoor, SM Cebu, SM Manila, and SM North Edsa.

Depending on the demand for these Asian movies are, SMEI is prepared to extend the theatres to all branches nationwide.

Radyo5 92.3 NewsFM Launches "Gimme5" Campaign Catering to Metro Motorists

Radyo5 92.3 NewsFM Launches "Gimme5" Campaign Catering to Metro Motorists

From March 5 to 6, Radyo5 Radyo5 92.3 NewsFM will be holding an on-ground contest for motorists of both public and private vehicles as part of its special campaign called "Gimme5" giving motorists a much-needed break from the everyday hustle and bustle on the road.

This exciting “Gimme5” contest invites motorists to head to select terminal stations, depending on the clues to be given by Radyo5’s anchors, and personally show up where the Radyo5 team is located.  Motorists are encouraged to be within the Magallanes and Guadalupe areas on March 5 and within the Pasay-Taft and Alabang areas on March 6 and tune in to Radyo5 to get clues and contest mechanics from the Radyo5 anchors.
Motorists of public and private vehicles alike should be all ears while tuning in to Radyo5 on the said dates from morning until evening to find out the specific criteria personally set by Radyo5 anchors, which will be announced within the first 30 minutes of each program. Lucky drivers who will successfully meet the criteria set by the Radyo5 anchors during their respective airtimes will get to take home gift packs on the spot, which contains a Radyo5 polo shirt, sun shade, stickers, and Talk ‘N Text SIM cards with free load.

The “Gimme5” campaign will run concurrently with Radyo5 92.3 NewsFM’s programs throughout the day, beginning with “All Ready, Orly Mercado” (at 6:00AM), followed by “Punto Asintado” (at 8:00AM), Bitag Live! (at 10:00AM), Aksyon Solusyon (at 11:00AM), “Relasyon” (at 12:00NN), “Wanted Sa Radyo” (at 2:00PM), and finally, “Cristy Ferminute” (at 4:00PM).

Monday, March 2, 2015

PBB737 Audition Dates, Venue and Requirements Announced

PBB737 Audition Dates, Venue and Requirements Announced

The country's most famous "Kuya" from Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) announced, during last weekend's grand finale night of The Voice of the Philippines, the return of one of the most successful reality shows in Philippine TV - the 6th season of Pinoy Big Brother.

For complete details audition schedules, venues and news updates, like the official #PBB737 Facebook page

Winners of the 10th Annual Soompi Awards 2014 Announced via Myx TV

Winners of the 10th Annual Soompi Awards 2014 Announced via Myx TV

After gathering more than 23 million votes from 139 participating countries from December 23, 2014 - January 6, 2015, the winners of the 10th Annual Soompi Awards 2014 were revealed via Myx TV of February 20 in the U.S.

Myx TV, the country's only English-language multicultural Asian American entertainment network, is getting significant press on Korea's major news websites like News Korea, CCTV News, Data News, IIgan Today and Acrofan following the airing of the awards show.  Soompi, an English-language website promoting Korean pop culture, is one of the world's largest internet international communities for K-pop.  Founded in 1998 by Korean American web developer Susan Kang, it was acquired by Seoul-based IT venture company Enswers, Inc, and has launched Soompi France in 2011 and Soompi Spanish in 2012.

Below are the winners for the Soompi Awards 2014, Music categories are:

The winners for the TV/Drama Awards are:

Robot-Centric Action-Thriller “Chappie” to be Released in IMAX, 2D Cinemas on March 5

Robot-Centric Action-Thriller “Chappie” to be Released in IMAX, 2D Cinemas on March 5

Sony Pictures Releasing International Press Release

IMAX Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC announced recently that the futuristic action-thriller “Chappie,” the third feature film from visionary director Neill Blomkamp (“District 9,” “Elysium”), will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released into IMAX® theatres in the Philippines on March 5, 2015.  It will also open in 2D cinemas nationwide on the same date.

Written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, “Chappie” tells the original story of a precocious robot named Chappie, the first robot with the ability to think and feel for itself. The film stars Sharlto Copley (“Maleficent,” “District 9”), Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”), with Academy Award® nominee Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman. Blomkamp produced the film along with Simon Kinberg. Ben Waisbren served as executive producer.

"With his previous films `District 9' and `Elysium,' Neill Blomkamp has proven himself to be a talented filmmaker with a unique voice, and we're thrilled to continue our partnership with him and Sony Pictures Entertainment to release Chappie in IMAX theatres worldwide," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.

The IMAX® release of “Chappie” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

In Columbia Pictures' “Chappie,” crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force in the near future. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

Opening across the Philippines on March 5 in IMAX and 2D cinemas, “Chappie is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

KathNiel Fan Threatens to Throw Boiling Cooking Oil in Nadine Lustre's Face

KathNiel Fan Threatens to Throw Boiling Cooking Oil in Nadine Lustre's Face

What to do when a self-proclaimed KathNiel (Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla) fan threatens to hurt Nadine Lustre by throwing boiling cooking oil in  his face. And she even called the "Para Sa Hopeless Romantic" lead actress "garapata diputa".

This certain Laysa Esmael is scary. Fans of both famous loveteams are getting wild and online bashing is getting out hand already. As expected, JaDiners strike back. Here's what they have to say to her.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jason Dy Grand Winner of The Voice of the Philippines Season 2

Jason Dy Grand Winner of The Voice of the Philippines Season 2

"Haranista heartthrob" Jason Dy of Team Sarah Geronimo join the league of Mitoy Yonting from Team Lea Salonga on Seaon 1 and The Voice Kids grand champ Lyca Gairanod when he named the season 2 grand winner of The Voice of the Philippines on Sunday night, March 1.

Jason won a house and lot from Camella Homes, a P1-million business package from Brother Philippines, a shopping spree and a tour package from Jag, a brand new Ford Fiesta, a musical instrument package, an MCA Universal recording contract, and 2 million pesos from Systema Toothpaste.

The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 - Final Results:

Second Placer: Alisah Bonaobra (47.05%)

Bottom 2: Rence Rapanot (18.02%) and Lea Patricio (19.17%)

Check out Jason's The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 journey below:

Top 12 Battle Cry: Jason Dy

The Live Shows "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Jason and Monique

The Live Shows "Back at One"

The Live Shows "Kahit Kailan"

The Live Shows "O.M.G"

Grand Finals Performance Night "Wrecking Ball" duet with Charice

Grand Finals Performance Night (Solo Performance) "With You"

#VoicePH2Finale Results Night: Alisah, Jason, Rence and Leah Back-to-Back Performance

#VoicePH2Finale Results Night: Alisah, Jason, Rence and Leah Back-to-Back Performance

For the last time, before you make that final decision to vote, check out Alisah Bonaobra, Jason Dy, Rence Rapanot and Leah Patricio's back-to-back-to-back performances and see you deserve to win The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 title.

Rence Rapanot "Tayo'y Mga Pinoy"

Leah Patricio "Run To You"

Jason Dy "Angels Brought Me Here"

Alisah Bonaobra "Go The Distance"

To vote for your favorite grand finalist, text VOICE and send to 2331 for ABS-CBN Mobile, Globe, TM, Sun 231 - Smart, TNT.




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