Saturday, January 2, 2016

Maine Mendoza Beats Kathryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre and Liza Soberano in 2015 Covergirl of the Year Award

Maine Mendoza Beats Kathryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre and Liza Soberano in 2015 Covergirl of the Year Award
 

Maine Mendoza emerged as this year’s winner of Starmometer.com annual “Covergirl of the Year” poll as voted by netizens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The winning magazine cover is from MEG Magazine November 2015 issue.
 
Maine bested 7 other finalists in the poll which was opened last December 28, 2015 and concluded at 12:00 noon of December 31, 2015. She garnered a total of 345,430 votes and led the race on Twitter and Instagram.
 
Her runners-up include Nadine Lustre who got 307,136 votes.
 
In third place is Kathryn Bernardo who garnered the most number of votes on Facebook with 114,732 nods. Her Sense & Style cover garnered a total of 245,738 votes.
 
Rounding off the Top 8 are Kim Chiu (#4), Liza Soberano (#5), Julia Barretto (#6), Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (#7) and Jennylyn Mercado (#8).

 

Miss Philippines Leren Bautista Wins Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015

Miss Philippines Leren Bautista Wins Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015
 
 
Philippines' winning streak in the international beauty competition continues after the country's representative to the 2015 Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International Leren Bautista was crowned this year's winner in the coronation night held in Putrajaya Marriott Hotel and Spa Grand Ballroom, Malaysia on December 31.
 
Full List of Winners:
 
Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015 -  Philippines, Leren Bautista
Miss Tourism Metropolitan International -  Uganda
Miss Tourism Global International - Lithuania
Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan International - Iceland
Dream Girl of the Year International -  India
 
TOP 12
Belarus
Bolivia
Mongolia
China
Portugal
Malaysia
Dominican Republic
 
 
 
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
Miss KL Sogo Trendsetter - Philippines
Miss Tropicana Lifestyle - Iceland
Miss Joyful KLIA - Uganda
Miss Gitell Wellness - India
Most Creative Selfie - Bosnia & Herzegovina
Miss IDCC Congeniality - Mongolia
Miss Focus Point Dazzling - Iceland
 
Leren is the latest Filipino beauty queen to win an international title for the country this year after Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Globe 2015 Ann Lorraine Colis, and Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong.
 

Moe Ibrahim of Bintan Lagoon Resort Named Executive of the Year by Singapore Business Review MEA

Moe Ibrahim of Bintan Lagoon Resort Named Executive of the Year by Singapore Business Review MEA
 
 
Moe Ibrahim, President Director of Bintan Lagoon Resort, was the recipient of the Executive of the Year – Resort category in the inaugural Singapore Business Review Management Excellence Awards  (MEA) held recently. Organized by the Charlton Media Group, a leading business information group with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines, the Awards are aimed at honoring the Republic's most outstanding business leaders.
 
With a distinguished background in finance and winning accolades along the way, Mr. Ibrahim specializes in turning around distressed operations into successful business entities. Through his investment fund, he acquired Bintan Lagoon Resort, a 470-room beach and golf resort in Bintan, Indonesia, and transformed it into one of the most profitable operations and recognized brands in Bintan today.
 
He is deeply involved in the day-to-day running of the Resort and is instrumental in bringing fresh changes. In June this year, the Resort was rebranded with a new logo that celebrates the massive offerings of the Resort and its key characteristics of ‘hip’, ‘modern’, ‘vibrant’, ‘social’ and ‘fun’. The food & beverage outlets have been upgraded with new concepts, menus and entertainment. To make it more family friendly, the Leisure Centre has added a Jungle Gym for children, Power Gym for adults and new recreational equipment. Monthly guest activities and events are organized to keep guests engaged. Moe Ibrahim is a firm believer in nurturing the talents of employees to develop a strong customer centric service.
 
 
 
 
We are in the business of making lasting memories. It’s all about the people. A strong and social team is the foundation of a successful business and my goal in the coming year is to empower and build the confidence of each employee at BLR to take charge and ownership of everything that they do. As an entrepreneur, I feel it is important for the team to be invested in their work. It brings a sense of pride in their daily tasks. Happiness is contagious. If my team is happy, it will spread through the resort and the guests will have a great time. Bintan Lagoon Resort is working towards the goal of being a ‘true’ resort,” remarked Moe Ibrahim.
 
He added, “I am very honored to receive this award and dedicate it to my awesome staff of over 500. Bintan Lagoon Resort is undergoing a major transformation with exciting new developments in the pipeline. Guests can expect positive changes and an extraordinary experience at Bintan Lagoon Resort. The spirit of hospitality is very much alive here.”
 
In addition to this recent award, Mr. Ibrahim was also hailed as an “Accidental Hotelier” in the October 2015 edition of Hospitality Asia.
 
A permanent resident of Singapore, he is an American national of Egyptian origin.
 
 
About Bintan Lagoon Resort
 
Sprawled over 300 hectares of beachfront gardens in the tropical paradise of Bintan, Bintan Lagoon Resort is the premier lifestyle destination for leisure, golf and corporate meetings & incentives with its own ferry terminal. Bintan Lagoon Resort boasts 470 contemporary rooms, suites and villas complemented by an impressive range of 12 dining options, nine function rooms and a dedicated MICE  (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) Centre. For leisure, two world-renowned 18-hole golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Ian Baker-Finch and a slew of over 50 land and sea activities including spa treatments are available.
 
 

Read: Open Letter for Cathy Garcia-Molina for Allegedly Cursing, Humiliating, Abusing Bit Players on 'Forevermore' Set

Read: Open Letter for Cathy Garcia-Molina for Allegedly Cursing, Humiliating, Abusing Bit Players on 'Forevermore' Set
 
 
Hearing about a director shouting, cursing on the set of either movie or TV production is not new in the entertainment industry. Others relate it to the stress of creating a quality product for the viewers, some say it is the director's way of pushing hard his actor to act based on what is required.
 
We've been hearing stories about the late Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernael, etc and the way they worked in production. Actors may say it helped them become a good actors, but there are people who called it sign of disrespect, maltreatment, verbal abuse 
 
Say, in the case of freelance actress Rossellyn Domingo, who played a bit role  as Celia, one of the villagers in La Presa, in ABS-CBN defunct hit primetime series "Forevermore" that launched the LizQuen (Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil) loveteam to full stardom.
 
Domingo, in a letter sent to ABS-CBN Channel Head Cory Vidanes detailed how Cathy Garcia-Molina mistreated bit players on set including her boyfriend Alvin D. Campomanes, an academic and a professor, who ended up substituting for one of the bit actor who failed to show up on the first day of taping.
 
She further said that after placing a follow-up on the status of their complaint, one ABS-CBN bosses only said that the blockbuster director was really known for cursing in the set and that this was her way of coping with the high-stress environment that goes into the production.
 
Check out her open letter to Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina below:

Isang Open Letter kay Direk Cathy Garcia Molina
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Nanood po ako ng Walang Forever at nakita ko kayo nang ilang segundo sa umpisa ng pelikula. Naroon pa rin pala ang sama ng loob ko sa inyo na ayaw ko nang dalhin pa sa 2016. Hinintay ko po talagang matapos ang “A Second Chance” bago ko kayo sulatan para makaiwas sa kontrobersya, baka kasi sabihin niyo, paninira lamang ito para maapektuhan ang kita ng inyong bagong pelikula.
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Nakasama niyo po ako sa Forevermore. Gumanap ako bilang Celia na asawa ni Makoy na naninirahan sa La Presa. Noong nagkita tayo sa La Presa, kinilig ako. Sa wakas, sabi ko, makakatrabaho ko na rin ang direktor ng One More Chance. Tatlong buwan na akong nag-eekstra sa mga teleserye noon at masasabi ko na ang Forevermore ang biggest project na nakuha ko. Bata pa lamang ako, hilig ko na ang pag-arte. Nakailang theater acting workshop ako bago ko sinubukan na umekstra sa telebisyon. Mahal kong talaga ang pag-arte kaya hangga’t kaya kong isingit (mayroon kaming travel agency), pinipilit kong tumanggap ng mga papel na gagampanan sa mga teleserye. Nagsimula ako bilang bahagi ng mga crowd. Hindi nagtagal, naglilinya na rin ako.
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Sa Forevermore ako unang nagkaroon ng pangalan. Ako si Celia. Tuwang-tuwa ako noon dahil sa oportunidad na nabuksan sa akin. Sayang at ilang araw lang akong nanatili sa La Presa. Hindi kasi kaya ng sikmura ko ang pagmumura niyo sa mga ekstra. Sagad sa buto. Napakasakit para sa akin na mura-murahin niyo nang pauli-ulit ang boyfriend ko sa harap ng maraming tao. Nakatatak sa alaala ko ang mga ngisi at tawanan ng mga staff at cameramen niyo kapag nagpapakawala kayo ng mga mura. Hindi niyo alam kung gaanong iginagalang ng napakaraming tao ang “ekstrang” minura-mura at ipinahiya ninyo.
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Sabi ng mga nakakakilala sa inyo, wala raw personalan, stressed ka lang, ganoon talaga. Unawain ka na lang. Ayon nga sa isang boss niyo sa ABS-CBN na sumagot sa amin sa email, “you are known for cursing in the set” at iyon raw ang paraan niyo ng pag-cope sa stress ng inyong trabaho. Ganoon ba talaga ‘pag stressed? Dapat kang maging insensitive sa damdamin ng ibang tao para guminhawa ang pakiramdam mo?
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Ako na ang naglakas-loob na gumawa ng open letter dahil alam kong may kasalanan rin ako sa nangyari. Hindi sana ako pumayag na sumalang siya sa ilang eksena bilang substitute ng dapat ay kapareha ko. Pero pwede bang sumama kayo na humingi ng paumanhin para mapayapa na ang aming isip at loob? Marahil alam niyo na noon na may na-offend kayong tao pero wala lang kayong pakialam dahil kayo si Direk Cathy G. O baka sakali, hindi lang kayo aware sa bigat ng inyong nagawa, kahit isang taon na kaming nagfa-follow up sa ABS-CBN at ilang beses na ring napangakuan na paghaharap-harapin tayo.
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Narito po ang buong complaint na ipinadala namin noong Oktubre 2014. Sana sa pamamagitan nito, maunawaan niyo ang tindi at bigat ng gaspang ng ugali na ipinakita niyo. Bilang isang edukadong tao (pareho kayong UP graduate ng boyfriend ko, doon na rin siya nagtuturo ngayon) naniniwala akong malalaman niyo ang tama at mabuting gawin para iwasto ang inyong maling nagawa.
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Sana magkita na po tayo soon para makapagpatawaran tayo… sa tamang panahon.
——
October 22, 2014
Ma. Socorro V. Vidanes
Head, Broadcast
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.
Quezon City
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Dear Ms. Vidanes:
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Good day. I am Alvin D. Campomanes, a historian and educator. I am a product of Paref Southridge School and the University of the Philippines (UP), where I graduated cum laude in 2008. Currently, I am a faculty member of the Department of History of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) and the Department of General Education of Enderun Colleges. I have taught history in Miriam College High School, Assumption College and San Beda College Alabang. Among the young historians, I am one of those who are often invited by leading networks for interviews during historical commemorations. For ABS-CBN, I have granted interviews on Dateline Philippines (ANC) and Umagang kay Ganda. I was also one of the resource persons in the documentary Ninoy sa Puso ng Pinoy (2011).
I write this letter to protest the indignities that I have suffered as a talent in a location shooting of Forevermore from October 6-7, 2014.
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My girlfriend, who has a background in theater, was recruited for that television soap by a talent coordinator named John Leonardo. I accompanied her to Baguio City. However, her talent manager, who was supposed to be her partner, failed to arrive in the set. John, perhaps out of desperation and fear that he will be reprimanded by his superiors for failing in his responsibility, took me in as a substitute. He was fully aware that I am an academic, that I had no previous acting experience. Although I was very reluctant, I yielded to his request because he said that it will be finished in a day; that I was only needed for two sequences. I made it clear to him that I intend to return to my hotel room as soon as possible because I had a lot of paperwork to finish. He agreed. My girlfriend and I played the roles of “Celia” and “Makoy” respectively. John did not even bother to introduce us to the directors.
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On the first taping day, October 6, director Cathy Garcia Molina led the prayer before we started our work. The prayerful director said that the soap is meant to “entertain” and “teach values” to its viewers. I recoil when I remember how her behavior toward bit players and those who work behind the camera so brazenly contradicted her pious pronouncements. Her hypocrisy was disconcerting to watch. She was servile to Luz Fernandez, courteous to Joe Gruta, solicitous to Liza Soberano, and friendly to Joey Marquez and Irma Adlawan. Liza committed a lot of mistakes in delivering simple lines, but the director shielded her from criticism. She never uttered anything that could embarrass the young actress. This sensitiveness to the feelings of others however, was selective; it was only for stars and veteran actors.
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The “Romantic Comedy Queen” instructs talents by shouting, insulting, and spitting all sorts of curses. She is a character straight out of the Noli. She is subservient to the wealthy and the powerful like Capitan Tiago, despotic like Padre Damaso and despicably pretentious like Padre Salvi and Doña Victorina. In a rehearsal take on the morning of the first day, she shouted at my girlfriend three times: “Sarah! Sarah! Sarah! Ikaw! Anong pangalan mo?!” There was a delay in her reaction because her character’s name was Celia, not Sarah. But a queen like Cathy cannot admit her mistake. I experienced the same treatment before sundown. My girlfriend and I both remember that Cathy said “putang ina” to her once on that day.
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Work resumed after dinner. It was already past ten in the evening. I was already disoriented. I was thinking of all the teaching-related tasks that I need to accomplish before I return to Manila the next day. I found the director’s instructions vague and I misunderstood some of them.
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I was verbally abused.“Putang ina! Ang hirap turuan!” “’Kinang ina!”“Pakshet ka, Makoy!”At that point, I remember Joey Marquez spared me from further humiliation by coaching me on how to position my body for that particular scene. I believe he was uncomfortable seeing me endure all those hurtful remarks, aware as he was that his daughter Winwyn was my student in San Beda. As a matter of prudence, I struggled to maintain my composure. I did not want to engage a woman who is almost as old as my parents in a shouting match. I am the better person. I was raised well by my parents. I was formed well by my teachers. I am an educator. I had the moral ascendancy.
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While we were inside the van on our way to the hotel on the first night, I heard one of the young talents ask John if she can leave the next day because she needed to attend an orientation for new Jollibee employees. He refused. He so arrogantly told the young lady that he will just “write an excuse letter saying she has a taping for ABS-CBN.” Who is this man to prevent her from attending an orientation for a regular job? What authority does he have to write an excuse letter for her? He is not her guardian! I also remember one instance when I was repelled by the vulgarity of this man. I was there beside him when he said this to a talent, a woman in her early 20s: “Sinong jowa mo, yung tomboy? Bakit? Nagjojowa ka ng tomboy? Gusto mo ba yun, pinepenggay ka? Pero naranasan mo na magpatusok ng titi sa lalaki?” The woman, although violated, forced to smile. He said these nasty things in front of the younger sisters of the woman, who were both teenagers.
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We were told that we have to go back to finish a sequence. That night, despite my exhaustion, I had difficulty sleeping because of the questions that assailed my mind. The question that troubled me most was this: had the production staff known that I am an academic, would they have treated us with respect? But they did not have to know my background before they respect us.
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We barely had four hours of sleep but we woke up very early. I asked myself if I can still continue in that kind of exploitative environment. I steeled myself. I did not want to cause inconvenience to the actors, who had been very good to us. Out of concern for the program, I decided to stay to finish what I have started. But things did not get better on the second day, October 7.
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Before the taping started, the director huddled with the main actors to give them instructions. Our talent coordinator reminded us not to join them unless we are told to do so. He never allowed us to mingle with them. Suddenly, I heard the director was looking for me so I raised my hand. Obviously irked, she said: “Makoy! Nasan ka ba Makoy, san ka ba lagi nagpupunta?! Artista kita, ‘di ba!” My girlfriend defended me by saying the truth, that the talent coordinator always separated us from the main actors. “Bakit niyo pinapahiwalay, eh mga artista ko ‘tong mga ‘to?” I found her statement ridiculous because she rests and eats with the actors and she never looked for us! We never joined the actors in their tent or their table.
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In another scene, I stood where the assistant director told me to stand. But I accidentally blocked a fellow actor. The director screamed: “sapaw ka, Makoy, ano ba!” The assistant director quickly recognized his mistake, admitted he was the one who placed me there. He instructed me to move a bit to the left so I will not block the view of the actor who was supposed to deliver a punchline. It should be emphasized, for the sake of comparison, that this assistant director we knew as “Sir Barry” did more work than Cathy, most of the time, under the scorching heat of the sun. But he was always patient in teaching actors where to stand, how to react, what to say. He always answered our questions. He never swore. He never degraded any one of us.
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The taping dragged on until the afternoon of the second day. In the story, my character was leaving to seek better opportunities abroad. We were shooting a parting scene. I was saying goodbye to my wife and son and to the people of our village. As with the first day, I committed mistakes in blocking. I was denigrated again by the director. I remember her shouting the following: “Makoy! Nasaan ang camera mo!” “Tang ina!”and “Alam mo, ikaw, inutil ka.” I saw how people in the production staff grinned and laughed at me. The director did not tell them to stop. I was no star like Liza Soberano. My girlfriend tried to coach me, but a woman named Ms. Jeng said “Celia, nagbibigay ng instructions kay Makoy, wag kang makisali.” It was the first time that I was shamed in front of people. I finished that scene despite the mental and emotional anguish.
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I kept on asking John if there are still sequences to be shot on that day. I reminded him of our agreement. Instead of being grateful that I stayed for another day, he told me this: “Ang kulit-kulit mo! Galit na galit si direk sa ‘yo.” I answered him politely: “Alam mo namang hindi ko linya ito, first time kong umarte sa telebisyon.” He immediately retorted with a rudeness that I will remember for a long time: “Ay nako! kahit na!” We approached Jeng to ask if I can leave because I have an early class the next morning. This woman frowned and told us “dapat nag-usap muna kayong dalawa bago kayo dumiretso sa ‘kin!” She turned her back and walked away. It was then that I realized how much pain bit players got through when they negotiate the whims of power dispensers in location shooting. The blatant contrast of how stars are treated like royalty while bit players are abused to the hilt is enough to enrage anyone.
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Hours passed. It was already dark and I was still in the set, waiting for an advice. I noticed that even those in the production staff were unaware if we still have scenes for that day. Why? Because they were working without a script! I was very tensed because of the uncertainties. We were told to return to the hotel. Had I been informed earlier, I would have left in the afternoon. But John was nowhere to be found. I felt betrayed.
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When we arrived at the hotel, I received a call from him: “Ay, ano nga uling pangalan mo? Alvin! May isang sequence pa raw na ishu-shoot sa umaga, pwede bang umabsent ka na lang sa trabaho mo?” I was shaking with anger. I told him that I have already given him two days when what we agreed on was only one day. He even had the temerity and the gall to ask me to be absent in my class and pay the amount that I will lose from my absence! I was incensed by this man’s callousness. I am a conscientious teacher and no amount of money can blind me. He met his match because I am a talent that cannot be bought. Perhaps it was the first time that he encountered talents that cannot be fooled by promises of fame and money. We decided to leave Baguio that night. My girlfriend also dropped her role. I still attended my class in the morning.
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In the ABS-CBN website, we can read the core values that the company holds sacred: meritocracy, excellence, teamwork, teaching and learning, honesty, integrity and respect, and service orientation. Under honesty, integrity and respect, it is stated that ABS-CBN employees “possess an unshakeable belief in one’s self-worth and dignity”; that “they never undermine others for their own gain”; that “they consistently treat others respectfully and fairly”. This makes me cringe because I have met people who had made a mockery of these core values.
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When I related to my friends who work for news programs of ABS-CBN what I had experienced, they all replied that “it is just the way things are”. They all say that it is the “culture” in the local television and film industry. One of my friends even told me that maybe it was just a case of culture shock because in the academe, people conduct themselves very politely.
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But this is not the culture that ABS-CBN is so proud about. Consider this passage in the network’s website:
For us in ABS-CBN, our core values serve as our anchor and guidepost. They keep us grounded and remind us of the things that matter more than ratings, revenues, and profits. They guide us in our decision-making and direct our choices and actions.
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Our core values, with clearly articulated behavioral indicators, define what the ABS-CBN culture is and what kind of people would thrive in our organization.”(emphasis mine)
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Following Weber, eminent anthropologist Clifford Geertz (1973, 5) defined culture as the “webs of significance that man himself has spun”. Culture is man-made. It is not fixed. It is not constant. It can be changed. If we are aware that in this prevailing system nameless and voiceless people are being oppressed, then we as moral individuals are obliged to correct this system! If it is possible for power wielders to respect the rich and the famous, why is it so hard to do this for the lowly and the marginalized? These bit role players are also the ones who patronize the television soaps and movies that the big networks are producing.
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We are so used to television networks exposing corruption in government. But there is also much to be exposed in the rotten system of talent recruitment for television and film. For example, do networks really know how much are the talents being paid for long hours of work? In a system devoid of transparency, bit players cannot even know how many middle men are taking cuts from their pittance.
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Let this outcry be a challenge to the integrity of ABS-CBN. I am calling on the network to prove to all of us that your core values are more important than “ratings, revenues, and profits.” I demand disciplinary action on Cathy Garcia Molina, Jeng and John Leonardo. If justice will not be served, if this plea will not be heeded, then it only means that your company condones the uncivil behavior of your people because they bring in “ratings, revenues and profits”. In her opening prayer, Cathy claimed that it was impossible for her not to get mad and offend people. However, she also said that she is confident that at the end of the day, everything will be okay, because we are a family. Is this how you treat a kapamilya? We never experienced verbal abuse in our homes! I also demand an apology from the little gods that have offended me.
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I am aware that through this complaint, I am articulating the silent rage of all the extras and behind-the-camera workers who had been abused and dehumanized. I know I am not alone in this battle. For my part, I have resolved to act and set an example. If I fail, at least, it is not for lack of trying. While we were on our way to Manila, I could still hear the voice of Cathy Garcia Molina inside my ears, mocking me, berating me. I want you to know that up to this day, I am still being haunted by the thought that I was not able to defend myself. The emotional and mental torture is terrific.
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I do not ask for mercy. I demand justice.
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“The only thing required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
– Edmund Burke
“There are no tyrants where there are no slaves.”
– Jose Rizal
“Maitim man o maputi ang kulay ng balat, lahat ng tao’y magkakapantay, mangyaring ang isa’y higtan sa dunong, sa yaman, sa ganda, ngunit hindi mahihigitan sa pagkatao.”
– Emilio Jacinto
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Sincerely yours,
Alvin D. Campomanes
 

Alden Richards Named 2015 Cover Guy of the Year, Beats James Reid, Xian Lim and Enrique Gil

Alden Richards Named 2015 Cover Guy of the Year, Beats James Reid, Xian Lim and Enrique Gil


Alden Richards was voted the winner of Starmometer.com's annual “Cover Guy of the Year” online poll. His winning magazine cover photo is from MEGA Man November 2015 issue.

Alden raked a total of 159,366 combined Facebook, Twitter and Instagram votes from fans.
This year’s runner up is James Reid's Candy Magazine cover photo which earned a total of 138,354 votes.

In third place is Enrique Gil whose Metro cover garnered 23,775 nods. Placing fourth is “Sexiest Man in the Philippines for 2015” winner Xian Lim whose sizzling Garage cover got 16,838 votes.


Rank Celebrity Facebook Twitter Instagram TOTAL
1 Alden Richards 40,638 15,505 103,223 159,366
3 James Reid 45,953 6,653 85,748 138,354
2 Enrique Gil 17,848 965 4,962 23,775
4 Xian Lim 14,382 585 1,871 16,838

'The Finest Hours' Tells a Story of the Greatest Boat Rescue in US History

'The Finest Hours' Tells a Story of the Greatest Boat Rescue in US History
 
 
A heroic action-thriller, Disney's “The Finest Hours” is based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history in the U.S. Presented in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, the film transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale.

Directed by Craig Gillespie, “The Finest Hours” stars Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films); Academy Award®-nominee Casey Affleck (“Interstellar”); Ben Foster (“3:10 to Yuma”); Holliday Grainger (“Cinderella”); John Ortiz (“Silver Linings Playbook”); and Eric Bana (“Lone Survivor”).

Produced by Jim Whitaker (“Cinderella Man”) and Dorothy Aufiero (“The Fighter”), the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver (“8 Mile”) and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson (“The Fighter”) based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. Doug Merrifield (the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) serves as executive producer.

On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on anything caught in its destructive path, including two 500-foot oil tankers. The SS Pendleton and SS Fort Mercer, bound for Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine, respectively, were both ripped in half, trapping their crews inside. For the senior officer aboard the stern of the Pendleton, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck), he quickly realizes that it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and encourage them to work together to keep the ship afloat for as long as possible.

The U.S. Coast Guard Station in Chatham, Massachusetts was busy helping local fishermen protect their boats from the storm when they received word that the damaged ships were adrift in nearby waters. Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana), the recently-appointed station chief, immediately dispatches the CG 36500 lifeboat under the command of Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) to search for survivors.

Webber and his crew of three men on board the 36-foot motorized, wooden lifeboat, set off on the perilous mission with bleak prospects at best, and before they even clear the harbor, the boat’s windshield and compass are destroyed. Yet the men persevere, and despite hurricane-force winds, 70-foot waves, frigid temperatures and zero visibility, miraculously locate the Pendleton and rescue 32 of its 33 men in the midst of the turbulent storm.

Facing the worst of Mother Nature, they head back into the belly of the beast, returning a total of 36 men home on their battered 12-seat lifeboat.
 



Opening across the Philippines on January 27, 2016, “The Finest Hours” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Disney in the Philippines, namely, (FB) WaltDisneyStudiosPH, (Twitter) @disneystudiosph and (Instagram) @waltdisneystudiosph.
 

Solenn Heussaff Marries Nico Bolzico in South America

Solenn Heussaff Marries Nico Bolzico in South America
 
 
This is indeed heartbreaking for the guys but a good news for those who believes in forever!
 
Kapuso actress/host/singer/model-endorser Solenn Heussaff got married to Argentinian partner of over four years, Nico Bolzico, in the latter’s hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 29, 2015.


 
 
Those who flew in to South America to witness their very private lakeside wedding were Solenn's parents, brother Erwan and celebrity friends Anne Curtis, Georgina Wilson and Isabelle Daza.
 
 
A photo posted by @solennheussaff on

A photo posted by @solennheussaff on

(Videos) Alden Richards 24th Birthday Celebration ‪#‎ALDUBHappyBAEdayALDEN‬

(Videos) Alden Richards 24th Birthday Celebration ‪#‎ALDUBHappyBAEdayALDEN 
 
 
On Saturday, January 2, his Dabarkads family threw a surprise birthday party for Pambansang Bae Alden Richards that made him became overly sentimental.
 
Present during the celebration were the entire Eat Bulaga! family, the 3 Lolas (Nidora, Tidora and Tinidora), his elementary and high school friends and teachers and Daddy Bae who sang for the first time on national TV.
 
His better half Maine Mendoza also performed a special song number for the birthday boy. She even baked a cake she called MaineBow Cake for Alden.
 
Check out the videos below:
 
 

Maine Mendoza performed a very special song number (not a dubsmash) for her other half - the birthday boy Alden Richards. #ALDUBHappyBAEdayALDEN Maine Mendoza Maine Mendoza Maine Mendoza Maine Mendoza Alden Richards Alden Richards (ALDENatics) Alden Richards (EP)
Posted by Showbiznest on Saturday, January 2, 2016



Alden Richards received a very special, tagos-buto, uber-kilig birthday wish from his better half Maine Mendoza. #ALDUBHappyBAEdayALDEN Maine Mendoza Maine Mendoza Maine Mendoza Alden Richards Alden Richards (EP)
Posted by Showbiznest on Saturday, January 2, 2016



Here comes the #mainedish.Maine Mendoza prepares MaineBow Cake for birthday boy Alden Richards. #ALDUBHappyBAEdayALDEN Maine Mendoza Maine Mendoza Maine Mendoza Maine Mendoza Alden Richards Alden Richards (EP) Aldub-Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza/yaya Dub
Posted by Showbiznest on Saturday, January 2, 2016



"Never pa po akong naka-experience ng ganitong klase ng birthday celebration. Salamat po." - the ever grounded, thankful birthday boy Alden Richards expressed during his Eat Bulaga celebration on Saturday, January 2. #ALDUBHappyBAEdayALDEN Maine Mendoza Maine Mendoza Maine Mendoza Maine Mendoza Alden Richards Alden Richards (ALDENatics) Alden Richards (EP)
Posted by Showbiznest on Saturday, January 2, 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Movie Posters

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Movie Posters




Paramount Pictures has just rolled out three new teaser posters for director Michael Bay's action-thriller "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." The one-sheets proudly display their unmistakable patriotic theme.

Based on the non-fiction book by Michtell Zuckoff, the film tells the story of the six members of the security team that fought to defend the Americans stationed at the embassy in Benghazi when it came under attack.




John Krasinski leads a cast that includes James Badge Dale ("Iron Man 3"), Max Martini ("Pacific Rim"), Pablo Schreiber ("Orange Is the New Black"), and David Denman ("The Office"). The screenplay was penned by The Strain author/writer Chuck Hogan.

"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" opens across the Philippines on January 27, 2016 and is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Daniel Padilla Shares 2016 New Year's Resolution

Daniel Padilla Shares 2016 New Year's Resolution

Source: ABS-CBNNews

Kapamilya young actor Daniel Padilla shared his new year's resolution for 2016, highlighting his desire to become a better person.

In an interview with Star Cinema, the young heartthrob said he is no longer asking for material things given his many blessings this year.

"Every year sinusubukan nating maging mas mabuting tao. 'Yon lang naman ang goal. Basta make peace not war," he said.

The 20-year-old also expressed his gratitude for all his achievements in 2015.

Some of his notable projects are the phenomenal remake of TV series "Pangako Sa 'Yo," the blockbuster movie "Crazy Beautiful You," and his sold-out concert "Most Wanted."

The actor also emphasized that he learned many things in 2015.

"Masaya naman ang 2015 ko at saka marami akong natutunan ngayong taon. Sa susunod na taon, mas marami pa akong matututunan," he said.

'The K-Pop Star and I' Airs on TV5 from December 28 - January 1

'The K-Pop Star and I' Airs on TV5 from December 28 - January 1


On the special New Year week presentation of the toprating weekly series "Wattpad Presents," the bestselling romantic-comedy novel by J.P. Adrian titled “The K-Pop Star and I” is set to make Pinoy TV viewers renew their love for everything K-Pop.

“The K-Pop Star and I” tells the story of a popular K-Pop star (Akihiro Blanco) who comes to the Philippines for a mission. He meets his personal assistant Joy (Inah Estrada) who will help him get to the places he needs to go in the country.

The Korean idol will soon find himself falling for Joy and vice versa. But will their feelings for each other thrive in spite of cultural differences and language barrier?

Find out on Wattpad Presents “The K-Pop Star and I” from December 28 to January 1, 2015 (Monday to Friday) at 9:00pm on TV5.

Jennylyn Mercado on Back-to-Back MMFF Best Actress Awards: 'Mas mabuti na dedma na lang!'

Jennylyn Mercado on Back-to-Back MMFF Best Actress Awards: 'Mas mabuti na dedma na lang!'


For two consecutive years, Jennylyn Mercado was named the Best Actress of the controversial Metro Manila Film Festival.

On Sunday night, the Kapuso actress at a loss for words when asked about her thoughts after winning her second Best Actress trophy for the movie "Walang Forever."

Last year, Jennylyn won the same award for "English Only Please," which was also directed by Dan Villegas.

Happy ako, I feel so blessed. Nanginginig pa rin ako hanggang ngayon. Hindi ko pa rin alam ang sasabihin ko.

Ayaw ko mag-expect kasi kapag hindi na-meet, mas mahirap. Mas mabuti na dedma na lang ‘di ba? Pero thank you Lord. Thank you Lord. Sobrang gandang Christmas gift para sa akin. Itong taong ito talaga napakaraming blessing,” she said.

In her acceptance speech, the actress thanked Villegas for including her again in his film, and her son, Jazz, for serving as an inspiration.

"Maraming, maraming salamat po Atty. Joji (Alonso), Quantum Films. Maraming salamat po sa pagkuha sa akin taun-taon. Maraming salamat po direk Dan Villegas sa walang sawang pagtulak sa akin. Para po sa ating lahat ito. Para po sa aking inspirasyong si Jazz, sa nanay ko at sa lanat ng bumubuo ng 'Walang Forever.' Napakagandang Christmas gift po nito. Lord, thank you," she said.

TV5's 2016 New Year Countdown Happening at Quezon Memorial Circle on December 31

TV5's 2016 New Year Countdown Happening at Quezon Memorial Circle on December 31


TV5 gathers all the brightest Kapatid stars in the country's biggest New Year countdown to welcome 2016 happening at Quezon Memorial Circle starting 10:30PM on December 31 until early January 1, 2016. The show will be telecast live on TV5.



Bagong taon, bagong saya! Kita-kits tayo sa December 31 sa QC Memorial Circle para sa 2016 New Year Countdown ng TV5 at Quezon City Government. Mapanood mo yan LIVE 10:30PM dito lang sa TV5!
Posted by TV5 on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

'Honor Thy Father' Pulled Out of Some Metro Manila Cinemas

'Honor Thy Father' Pulled Out of Some Metro Manila Cinemas

Source: Rappler

Following the release of the 8 Metro Manila Film Festival entries on Friday, December 25, some films have already been pulled out of cinemas, according to Nilalang director Pedring Lopez and co-producer Wesley Villarica.

On Saturday, December 26, Rappler spoke to Lopez and Villarica about the issue through Facebook chat.

"In less than a day [of screening] we started getting pulled out of a few cinemas, and when today's screening started, from 36 theaters in Manila and 7 provincial theatres we were down to less than 20 [in total]," said Villarica.

He added that the MMFF committee has not explained why their movies were being pulled out, and the same happened to Honor Thy Father: "As far as we all know, it was Honor Thy Father and Nilalang who got the most theaters canceled."

On Facebook, Honor Thy Father writer Michiko Yamamoto said that the movie was pulled out of 10 theaters after the first day of the festival.

Lopez and Villarica said that most theaters were filled with two of the bigger productions among the 8 entries: My Bebe Love and Beauty and the Bestie.

Later in the interview, Lopez said, "We expected the two big movies to really dominate the box-office but all our cinemas [are screening] either [the] AlDub or Vice [Ganda] movie. Even direk (director) Erik Matti's movie has the same problem, and now disqualified pa [sila] (it's disqualified too)."

My Bebe Love stars the popular tandem of Alden Richards and Maine "Yaya Dub" Mendoza, also known as AlDub. Among the film's producers are Antonio P Tuviera Entertainment and GMA Films, a subsidiary of GMA Network.

On the other hand, Beauty and the Bestie stars Coco Martin and Vice Ganda, was produced by ABS-CBN Films, and distributed by its subsidiary, Star Cinema. Both are under ABS-CBN Corporation.

Both GMA and ABS-CBN are the biggest media companies in the Philippines.

"My friends and I were supposed to book the whole director's club [cinema] today in SM Aura to watch the film but when I woke up today it was already replaced by AlDub," shared Villarica.

Lopez said his friends were supposed to watch on December 26 as well, but they found that the film was already pulled out. "I feel lang [that] the MMFF should at least protect the small indie [productions]," he added.

Villarica also said that their film should have at least gotten 3 days of screening, especially given that the bigger productions were being screened at more cinemas.

"[Because] we were given nga only 40 plus cinemas compared to the big studios who got more than 60 to 70, then this morning Vice's movie is already [at] 150 plus. Its crazy. Not everybody wants to go out on Christmas day and line up for a movie," said Villarica.

Lopez also said that you don't get to choose which cinemas your movies will screen at – they had to draw lots. "Some cinemas, I was told, we were only given 2 screenings, nung gabi pinalitan na kami (at night, we got switched out)."

When asked what they had to say to the MMFF committee in light of the issue, Villarica responded, "We would like to appeal to the MMFF committee to help support local cinema by ensuring that all entries get ample screening time, and that we believe that we can offer the viewing public an alternative movie that can honestly be at par with international productions. One day is not a gauge of how many people would want to see the movie."

Maine Mendoza Questions Her Own Best Supporting Actress Award

Maine Mendoza Questions Her Own Best Supporting Actress Award



She could have just accepted the award as it was given to her without her buying or begging for it, but instead, Maine Mendoza asked the same question people are throwing at the organizers of 41st Metro Manila Film Festival since last night, "Bakit ako?"

Immediately after learning that she won the Best Actress plum in the ongoing 41st edition of the annual festival, Maine posted on her personal Twitter account her reaction to the award reflecting how she behave in such a situation where non-believers could pull another online attack towards her.

Instead of bragging about this new achievement, she asked "Bakit ako (why me)?" followed by expressing how she appreciated the recognition given to her the MMFF committee by saying, "Maraming salamat po."





If you're as phenomenal and as huge as Maine with large following who would dare fight to protect you from bashers, how can you be this grounded, and cool and classy?


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Maine Mendoza Reacts to Her MMFF Best Supporting Actress Award

Maine Mendoza Reacts to Her MMFF Best Supporting Actress Award


Immediately after the announcement, the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Maine Mendoza, all the way from Japan where she and her family are spending the Holiday break, expressed on Twitter @mainedcm her reaction to this new blessing:






MMFF 2015 Awards Winners: Jennylyn Mercado Maine Mendoza, Jericho Rosales, Walang Forever

MMFF 2015 Awards Winners: Jennylyn Mercado Maine Mendoza, Jericho Rosales, Walang Forever


Here are the big winners of the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Gabi ng Parangal as announced during the star-studded awarding ceremony at the Kia Theater in Cubao, Quezon City.

MAINSTREAM CATEGORY:

Best Picture: Walang Forever

2nd Best Picture: Buy Now, Die Later

3rd Best Picture: My Bebe Love

Best Director: Erik Matti, Honor Thy Father

Best Actress: Jennylyn Mercado, Walang Forever

Best Actor: Jericho Rosales, Walang Forever

Best Supporting Actress: Maine Mendoza, My Bebe Love

Best Supporting Actor: Tirso Cruz III, Honor Thy Father

Best Child Performer: Krystal Brimner, Honor Thy Father

Best Screenplay: Walang Forever

Best Original Story: Walang Forever

Best Cinematography: Nilalang

Best Editing: Nilalang

Best Production Design: Buy Now Die Later

Best Visual Effects: Nilalang

Best Festival Make Up Artist: Ryan Panaligan and Ericka Racela, Honor Thy Father

Best Original Theme Song: Honor Thy Father

Best Musical Score: Jessie Lazaten, Nilalang

Best  Sound: Ditoy Aguila, Nilalang

Best Festival Float: Buy Now, Die Later

Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence:  Walang Forever

Male Celebrity of the Night: Jennylyn Mercado

Male Celebrity of the Night: Cesar Montano


NEW WAVE CATEGORY

New Wave Full Length Best Picture: ARI: My Life with a King

New Wave Full Length Special Jury Prize: Toto

New Wave Full Length Best Director: John Paul Su, Toto

New Wave Full Length Best Actors: JM De Guzman, Tandem tie with Francisco Quinto, ARI: My Life with a King

New Wave Full Length Best Screenplay: My Life With a King

New Wave Full-Length Category Best Supporting Actress: Bibet Orteza, Toto

New Wave Full-Length Category Best Supporting Actor:  Thou Reyes, Toto

New Wave Animation Best Picture: Buttons

New Wave Animation Special Jury Prize: Little Lights

Best Animation Film: Momento

Short Film Special Jury Prize: Daisy

Best Short Film: Mumu

Watch: Friend of Ariadna Gutierrez Says Miss Philippines is Better than Miss Colombia

Watch: Friend of Ariadna Gutierrez Says Miss Philippines is Better than Miss Colombia 


Lauren Giraldo, a beauty pageant blogger and a personal friend of Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez shared a backstage video taken during the Miss Universe pageant. She was stunned with Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach that she rooted for her to win Miss Universe 2015 crown. 

Watch below:



Miss Universe 2015 Backstage PassA Pageant Blogger and a personal friend of Miss Colombia Lauren Giraldo shared this video.WATCH!
Posted by GANDANG FILIPINA on Friday, December 25, 2015

Watch: Kakai Bautista and Ahron Villena Scandal Video

Watch: Kakai Bautista and Ahron Villena Scandal Video


This is so scandalous! At least for those bitter who really can't still find the right words to describe the bossoming relationship of singer/comedienne/endorser and now full-time girlfriend Kakai Bautista to young actor Ahron Villena.

The two, who admitted to have been exclusively dating for months now, released a video showing Kakai laying in bed singing "Sorry" by Justin Bieber while the topless Ahron standing, dancing so sexy ala Magic Mike. This must be true love!


A video posted by Jeng Bauto (@showbiznest) on


And I must say, dapat ding i-dethrone si Pia at ipatong kay Kakai ang korona! Yes, oh yes, mamatay na daw ang inggetera! 




Watch: Darna 2016 Movie Trailer

Watch: Darna 2016 Movie Trailer


Forgive me, I was just so excited that I took an amateur video shot of the first cinema trailer of the much-anticipated movie version of Pinay superheroine "Darna".

Fans of Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Pokwang, Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Derek Ramsay and Kris Aquino were able to get the chance to be the first to see the teaser trailer for the action-packed, superhero movie "Darna".

You might be wondering if its Nadine Lustre who was doing the voice over or Angel Locsin running, flying, saving the world, or Liza Soberano behind that hood and cape. Maja Salvador Maybe?

Is your guess as good as mine? Let's wait and see.

For now, check out the teaser trailer of "Darna" below:

Elmo Magalona's First Kapamilya Project to Air this Sunday, December 27

Elmo Magalona's First Kapamilya Project to Air this Sunday, December 27


Newly-transferred Kapamilya actor Elmo Magalona will be joining Janella Salvador in the special Christmas presentation of "Wansapanataym Presents: Si Maganda at ang Chauvinist Baboy".

The story revolves around Carlos and Anna,  a volunteers in a relief operation for typhoon victims. Due to their service and kind heart, Santa Claus appoints his two fairies to be the godparents of their newly-born son Jessie (Elmo). To assure their godchild has a bright future, the fairies grant Jessie intelligence, good looks and irresistible appeal.

 


As Jessie becomes a full-grown man, he gets much attention from people, especially from girls, due to his charm and wit. However, the praises get into his head and he becomes overly confident of himself. With this, Irene (Janella), a girl that adores Jessie so much and the two fairies’ favorite letter sender, gets disappointed with him.

Through a magic eyeglasses, Irene sees that Jessie’s heart is in the form of a pig, which is a reflection of his character. With the powers of the fairies, Irene wishes Jessie to become a pig to stop him from hurting girls’ feelings and to learn his lesson. The spell breaks if someone loves and accepts him despite being a pig.

Can Jessie find someone who will truly love him even if he is under the spell? Will he learn his lesson?

Joining the cast of “Wansapanataym Presents: Si Maganda at ang Chauvinist Pig” are Ramon Christopher, Christian Vasquez, Cheska Iñigo, Malou Canzana, Mutya Orquia, Myel de Leon, and Leo Rialp. It is under the direction of Onat Diaz and is written by Mari Lamasan.

Don’t miss the lessons shared in “Wansapanataym Presents: Si Maganda at ang Chauvinist Pig” this Sunday (December 27). 

For more information about the program, visit the official social networking site of Dreamscape Entertainment Television sa Facebook.com/DreamscapePH, Twitter.com/DreamscapePH, at Instagram.com/DreamscapePH.

Biggest News Stories of 2015 Airs on ABS-CBN this Sunday, Is ALDUB Included?

Biggest News Stories of 2015 Airs on ABS-CBN this Sunday, Is ALDUB Included?


What were the country’s proudest moments and most devastating failures in 2015? The most talked about? The biggest newsmakers in the fields of politics, religion, business and entertainment industry?

Find out as three of ABS-CBN’s most credible anchors review the year’s biggest stories and analyze their consequences in a special yearend documentary that airs this Sunday (December 27), 10:15PM.

In “#2015Yearender,” Alvin Elchico, Bernadette Sembrano, and Atom Araullo present the stories that jolted the nation and the world, including the Papal visit, the Mamasapano clash, the historic fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.

They will also give an insider’s view of the news, letting viewers into the process of how journalists gathered and made sense out of these news developments and controversies.

What are the lessons that need to be learned as the country faces another year?

Don’t miss “2015Yearender,” anchored by Alvin, Bernadette, and Atom this Sunday, December 27, 20:15PM on ABS-CBN Sunday’s Best.

ABS-CBN Reporters Attack in Marawi City, Kapamilya Network Releases Statement

ABS-CBN Reporters Attack in Marawi City, Kapamilya Network Releases Statement


ABS-CBN News condemns in the strongest terms the attack Saturday on our News team by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Bangolo, Marawi City. 

The 3-man News team composed of reporter Ronnie Enderes, cameraman Emilito Balansag, and driver Gary Montecillo was traveling back to Iligan from Ramain, Lanao del Sur where they covered the bombing of a tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

According to our news team, the gunmen riding in two motorcycles started following them from Marawi City. One assailant fired at the driver’s side, hitting the door and narrowly missing Montecillo. Another fired at the front passenger’s side, the bullet grazing the lower portion of the door.

We are relieved that Ronnie, Emilito, and Gary are safe and unharmed. We are also grateful to the Philippine Army’s 103rd Brigade for providing temporary refuge to our News team.

We urge the authorities to investigate this ambush and bring the perpetrators to justice soonest, even as we vow to continue with our duties as journalists.

MMFF Committee Vehemently Denies ALDUB Fans Claim of Ticket Swapping

MMFF Committee Vehemently Denies ALDUB Fans Claim of Ticket Swapping


The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Committee vehemently denied the accusations made by ALDUB fans of "ticket swapping" incidents in some SM Malls Cinemas during the first day of the 41st edition of the annual film festival.

The organizers of the festival calls the claim as "baseless issue that will only sideline the true intent and purpose of the festival.

"The Metro Manila Film Festival, after looking into the ticket swapping issue, strongly denies the existence of such and is enjoining all the stakeholders of the festival to be responsible in expressing their sentiments especially on social media," a statement posted on Facebook read.

After one ALDUB fan named Monica Mapalo posted on Twitter her claim that her ticket for "My Bebe Love" was being "swapped" with a ticket of "Beauty and the Bestie," Jose Javier Reyes, the director of "My Bebe Love," immediately responded to the accusation and took to Twitter to "confirm" incidents of "ticket swapping". He wrote:





"The objective of the MMFF is to promote the local film industry and this baseless issue will only sideline the true intent and purpose of the festival. Let’s continue supporting all the entries of the MMFF 2015," the statement added.

Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza Break MMFF All-Time Box-Office Records

Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza Break MMFF All-Time Box-Office Records


Despite the bad reviews and alleged large incidents of ticket swapping, "My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore," the much-anticipated first big screen team up of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza shook the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) records as it posted gross earnings of 60,462,169.57 pesos on its opening day.

Over 33 million pesos from Metro Manila and over 27 million pesos from different provinces were recorded based on initial reports received by GMA Films.

My Bebe Love's gross of almost PHP 60.5 million is also the biggest opening day gross for all Filipino films to date.  


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