December 30, 2016

Watch: ABS-CBN 2016 Yearender Special and New Year 2017 Countdown Coverage

ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current affairs, the country’s largest multimedia news organization, looks back on 2016’s biggest stories and newsmakers in “Usapang Bayan: The 2016 ABS-CBN News Yearender” on Saturday (December 31) at 10:30 PM, with Bernadette Sembrano-Aguinaldo and Atom Araullo and welcomes the new year with a special countdown coverage at 11:30pm.

The year-end special recounts the first six months of the Duterte Administration, its war on drugs that made headlines here and abroad, and the Supreme Court’s controversial decision to allow the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel will also air “Usapang Bayan: The 2016 ABS-CBN News Yearender” on January 1 at 1pm, January 2 at 8pm, and on January 3, at 10:30pm.

DZMM also aired its own yearend report, “2016 Taon ng Pagbabago,” last December 29, hosted by “S.R.O.” anchors Alvin Elchico and Doris Bigornia.

After the special, the ABS-CBN News team switches to the live coverage of the New Year’s Countdown festivities in various points in the metropolis including Resorts World, Eastwood City, Luneta Park, and other areas in and around Metro Manila.

Catch the celebrations in any of the ABS-CBN News platforms including ANC,, DZMM TeleRadyo, and on TV Patrol Weekend on ABS-CBN as the country welcomes 2017.

Don’t miss “Usapang Bayan: The 2016 ABS-CBN News Yearender” anchored by Bernadette Sembrano-Aguinaldo and Atom Araullo on ABS-CBN this Saturday (December 31) right after “Failon Ngayon” at 10:30pm followed by ABS-CBN News’ live coverage of New Year’s Eve festivities across the country with Adrian Ayalin and Pia Gutierrez at 11:30pm with updates on ANC, DZMM Teleradyo, ABS-CBN, and

How ABS-CBN Teleseryes are Called in Other Countries

As much as Filipinos watch out for the latest Asianovela hits from Korea, China, Taiwan, or Japan, foreign viewers abroad also look forward to ABS-CBN dramas from the Philippines that air on their local TV stations. No one may have coined it yet, but we can say there is also a "Filipinovela" craze among non-Filipino viewers who are big fans of our local teleseryes.
If Korea has its Lee Min Ho, the Philippines has Jericho Rosales, whose dramas such as "Pangako Sa 'Yo" and "Dahil May Isang Ikaw" are among the most sold worldwide.  Ever wondered how ABS-CBN dramas such as "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," "Tubig at Langis," "Dugong Buhay," "Sana Bukas Pa ang Kahapon" and "Lobo" are called in foreign countries?
Check them out in the video below:

ABS-CBN dramas are distributed in different parts of the world through the company's international syndication business led by ABS-CBN International Distribution.
ABS-CBN International Distribution has been recognized in the global arena as a reliable foreign content provider. It has been a premier source of high quality Filipino programming in over 50 territories all over the world and has sold over 30,000 hours of content worldwide. Living up to this recognition, ABS-CBN International Distribution commits to add to its line-up of high-caliber programs and movies with cast and storylines that appeal to various cultures.
For more information, visit ABS-CBN International Distribution's official website at
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Coca-Cola Pays Tribute to Those Who Brings Us the Merriest Christmas - Our #TagaHatidPasko

The holiday season is often marked with its trademark rush – people hustling through their shopping lists trying to complete it before Christmas Eve and passengers crowding bus stations, airports, and other terminals to get home in time for noche buena. But it's not the same for everyone, as every Christmas season, thousands of people work tirelessly just to make sure that everyone else can celebrate and feel the yuletide spirit.

This year, Coca-Cola paid tribute to people more popularly known as "Tagahatid Pasko", highlighting how their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice has made it possible for everyone to have the merriest celebrations this season. All throughout December, the Company gave gifts and surprises to over 15,000 Tagahatid Pasko around the country as their way of thanking the various unsung heroes of Christmas who tirelessly work to bring a merry season for everyone else.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, several Tagahatid Pasko were surprised by Christmas carolers and associates with ice-cold bottles of Coca-Cola at their workplaces. Over 15,000 Santa packs filled with food items and special gifts greeted the unsung heroes of Christmas who were still in their workplaces.

"This is our way of expressing our gratitude to the people who help us make Christmas happen in our own homes – be it the grocery clerk who makes sure the shelves are well-stocked, or the gift-wrapping teams who work until midnight at department stores, or the toll booth operator who works overtime just so everyone can come home in time for Christmas. To all of you, thank you!" said Stephan Czypionka, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Marketing.

One of the Tagahatid Pasko is Carla Dominique Diego, who works in the gift-wrapping section of a leading department store. Since the onset of the Christmas season, she has been working longer hours in order to accommodate all the customers. "Pag Christmas season, napakarami po talagang nagpapagift-wrap. Nakakalungkot lang isipin na hindi ko man lang naaasikaso yung mga regalo para sa family ko dahil busy ako sa pagbabalot ng mga regalo ng ibang tao," she said. 


Wait staff are also one of those who tirelessly work overtime during the Christmas season to allow others to celebrate the festivities with their loved-ones and friends. Jerico Gonzales, who works the night-shift at a restaurant, says that the holiday rush makes its more challenging for them. "May mga guests akona bumabalik-balik, at naiisip koang saya nilasana ganyandin nararanasan ko ngayonPaskong-pasko, di ko manlangnakakasama ang pamilya ko," he said.

24-year-old Red Cross volunteer and Tagahatid Pasko Brenda Paule recalls joining her team in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda to bring the spirit of Christmas to typhoon survivors and other relief workers.

"Sharing the joy of Christmas is more than gifts; it's about being there for others. There is no joy like seeing the smile on the face of others because of something that you have done. And that for me is the priceless reward of what we do," a misty-eyed Paule said.

For the past four years, Paule has spent her noche buena in the streets, ready to respond to any untoward incident that may arise.

The Coca-Cola Christmas campaign did not stop with giving out Santa sacks, celebrities also joined the celebration by being this year's Tagahatid Pasko during the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 Parade by giving out ice-cold bottles of Coca-Cola. While a Christmas Concert, top-billed by the country's best musicians and most popular love-teams, together with Coca-Cola Ambassadors James Reid, Nadine LustreEnchong Dee, Ylona Garcia and Bailey May, serenaded and performed for over 300 unsung heroes of Christmas from partner companies earlier this month.

Together with Coca-Cola in thanking all our TagahatidPasko this year are partner organizations Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Rotary Club Philippines, Shakey's Pizza, McDonald's, Grab, iFlix, Robinsons Mall, Jollibee, Zomato, 5by20 Women Artisans of Tondo, 7-Eleven, Shell, Select, Mini Stop, Metro Manila Development Authority, Djarn Manpower, Sentinel, Tropical Hut Pasay City, the Philippine National Police, and VXI.

To see how Coca-Cola paid tribute to our #TagaHatidPasko, check out the video on their official Facebook page. 

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December 29, 2016

(Full List) MMFF 2016 Awards Winners


Best Picture: Sunday Beauty Queen
Best Actress: Irma Adlawan (Oro)
Best Actor: Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful)
Best Supporting Actress: Phoebe Walker (Seklusyon)
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bables (Die Beautiful)
Best Director: Erik Matti (Seklusyon)
Best Screenplay: Seklusyon
Best Editing: Sunday Beauty Queen
Best Cinematography: Seklusyon
Best Production Design: Seklusyon
Best Original Theme Song: Dominus Miserere (Seklusyon)
Best Musical Score: Saving Sally
Best Design: Seklusyon
Children's Choice: Saving Sally, Sunday Beauty Queen and Vince, Kath and James
People's Choice: Die Beautiful
Special Jury Prize: Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon)
Best Ensemble Cast: Oro
Best Float: Die Beautiful

FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence: Oro
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: Sunday Beauty Queen


Best Short Film: EJK by Bor Ocampo
Best Short Film Director: Jarell Detention (Mga Bituin sa Siyudad)
Best Short Film Screenplay: Mitatang
Short Film Special Jury Prize: Manila Scream by Roque Lee and Blair Camilo

Female Star of the Night: Rhian Ramos
Male Star of the Night: Ronnie Alonte

December 27, 2016

Star Cinema's Unusual Kind of Love Triangle: Joshua Garcia, Julia Barretto and Ronnie Alonte

This Christmas, get kilig, learn life lessons, and understand millennials better with Star Cinema’s MMFF 2016 entry, Vince and Kath and James.


Theirs is a relatively fresh-faced love triangle, with Julia Barretto in her first rom com role and starring with two up and coming actors, Joshua Garcia and Ronnie Alonte. 

This Christmas, Star Cinema comes out with its romantic comedy Vince and Kath and James or VKJ, which is also an entry to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival directed by Theodore Boborol. The film is based on Vince and Kath (James character was added in the film version), an online series written by Jenny Ruth Almocera. “Nabuo ‘yung kwento through text messages. When you read the book, it’s just literally text messages. So with the movie, we’re going to bring it to life, as well as the characters,” explains Julia Barretto who plays the female lead, Kath.

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(Trailer) EXTRA SERVICE Jessy Mendiola, Arci Munoz and Coleen Garcia

Star Cinema and Skylight Films officially unveiled the full trailer of its 2017 opening salvo entitled “Extra Service.”

This comedy movie stars Coleen Garcia, Arci Munoz and Jessy Mendiola. Joining them are Enzo Pineda, Ejay Falcon, Vin Abrenica, and Carmi Martin.

Watch "Extra Service" full trailer below: 

Directed by Chris Martinez, "Extra Service" opens in cinemas on January 11, 2017.

Matthew McConaughey Bursts with Optimism as Koala Showman in SING

Oscar Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey provides the voice of the optimistic koala Buster Moon who is determined to save his struggling theater despite dwindling audiences, in Universal Pictures and Illumination's Sing.

While anyone else would have faced reality and switched careers, Buster has an unrelenting drive to succeed, by any means necessary. Well-intentioned, he does have a habit of stretching the truth, which usually widens the hole into which he's digging himself. Nonetheless, he has an irresistible charm because his passion and optimism are utterly contagious.

For the role of Buster Moon, director Garth Jennings found one name immediately came to mind: Matthew McConaughey, whose career has spanned roles ranging from the deeply dramatic Interstellar and Dallas Buyers Club to the absurdly humorous Dazed and Confused. "Matthew realized quite quickly that in order for his character to work, his optimism had to be infectious," Jennings states. "He had a way of making Buster incredibly endearing and incredibly relatable."

"At the very beginning of the movie, you meet Buster Moon as a six-year-old koala," Jennings discusses. "He is taken to the theater for the first time by his father, and it completely blows his mind. This experience has a transformative effect, and he grows up desperate to be part of the theater world. We then meet present-day Buster, and he owns the theater that he fell in love with." 

As Jennings and Illumination founder Chris Meledandri developed and shaped the character of Buster Moon, each inevitably found himself inspired by this showman who—through sheer force of will—was attempting to accomplish the nearly impossible. Armed solely with a singular passion to imagine and execute an event that would truly connect with audiences, young and old, Buster is the ultimate creator. 

Sing stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life's ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition. 

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family's felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. 

Each arrives under Buster's marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn't the only thing that is in need of saving.

Opening across the Philippines on January 04, 2017, Sing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #SingMovie

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Zoe Zaldana Captures the Heart of Ben Affleck in LIVE BY NIGHT

Known to global audiences as Gamora and Uhura in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek franchises, respectively, Zoe Saldana now portrays the exotic Graciela in Warner Bros. Pictures' new gangster film Live by Night.

Directed by Ben Affleck, Live by Night tells the story of Joe Coughlin (Affleck), a WWI vet who's a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe's not all bad, though; in fact, he's not really bad enough for the life he's chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again - in business and in love.

Joe signs on with the Italian mob and is dispatched to Tampa, Florida where he almost immediately encounters Graciela. He is instantly intrigued, even more so when he learns that she and her brother control something integral to the success of the rum business: molasses.

Saldana's Graciela is a Cuban living in Ybor, a multi-ethnic, multi-racial community of hardworking immigrants, known for the production of cigars. "Joe's been working with barbaric, violent criminals his whole life, so there's an integrity to the people, Graciela's people, that Joe finds appealing," she suggests. "And Graciela is unlike other women he's known. She's educated, she's traveled and studied music and art. She's very cultured and also very smart when it comes to her family's business."

Perhaps what sets Graciela apart from the women in Joe's past is what she really wants out of life. "I don't think Graciela woke up in Cuba and said to herself, 'I want to date gangsters, I want to live on the dark side,'" Saldana adds. "I think she wants a full life with a good man, a home, children. The more time she spends with Joe, the more she realizes that she could have all that with this man. She sees who he really is, who he could be, if he could wash away all the bad that he does at night by doing good during the day. She sees his redemption."

Affleck states, "Zoe was amazing. She was able to convey all the strength and confidence and elusiveness of the character that draw Joe in, but it's Graciela's expectations of him that give him something to strive for, which Zoe played so quietly yet powerfully."

Producer Jennifer Todd concurs, "We were lucky to get Zoe because she has all these beautiful qualities, a lightness and grace, that suit Graciela so well, and she already speaks Spanish, but she applied an exquisite Cuban accent to her dialogue."

Opening across the Philippines on January 18, 2017, Live By Night is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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December 26, 2016

Daniel Padilla Named 2016 Cover Guy of the Year

Just days after his on and off screen partner Kathryn Bernardo snatched back her Cover Girl of the Year title from Maine Mendoza, Daniel Padilla followed suit and won this year's "Cover Guy of the Year" title.

The King of Hearts topped all social media platforms, garnering 1,450,363 votes on Facebook, 36,330 nods on Twitter, and 190,085 likes on Instagram with a total of 1,676,778 votes.

Meanwhile, the "Till I Met You" star and this year's "Sexiest Man of the Year" winner - James Reid - settled for second place with a total of 1,186,507 votes.

Rounding off the Top 5 spots are Tommy Esguerra (#3 with 193,781 votes), Alden Richards (#4 with 101,979 votes), and Enrique Gil (#5 with 35,499 votes).

MMFF 2016 Day 1 Gross Result: Vince and Kath and James, Die Beautiful, Seklusyon in The Lead

Star Cinema's romantic movie "Vince and Kath and James" starring Joshua Garcia, Julia Barretto, and Ronnie Alonte leads this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) according to the unofficial first day box-office earnings of the 8 official movie entries on December 25, Christmas Day.

In second place is the internationally-acclaimed movie "Die Beautiful" starring Paolo Ballesteros. Followed by the horror movie "Seklusyon" topbilled by Hashtag member Ronnie Alonte and Kapamilya actor Dominic Roque.

Taking the fourth spot is the second installment of the hit comedy movie "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" starring Eugene Domingo, Jericho Rosales, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, Khalil Ramos, and Joel Torre.

No update yet as to the ranking of the four remaining movies "Kabisera" starring Nora Aunor, "Saving Sally" by Rhian Ramos, Mercedes Cabral's "Oro" and "Sunday Beauty Queen" featuring an ensemble of real-life Hong Kong OFWs.

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December 25, 2016

10 Finalists for Most Beautiful Women in the Philippines 2016 Announced


The 10 Most Beautiful Women in the Philippines had been announced. But who will reign supreme? Who could be the fairest of them all? The answer depends on your vote.

Voting is now open in the online ballot for the finals of “100 Most Beautiful Women in the Philippines for 2016”.


1. Choose a maximum of three celebrities from among the 10 finalists.
2. Cache will be cleared after every 3 hours so you can cast your vote(s) again when it happens after every 3 hours.
3. Deadline of voting is 12:00 noon of December 31, 2016. Final results (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Online Ballot combined) will be revealed right after.


You can also vote via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Click the links below the photo of a finalist to be directed to the corresponding social media page. Here are the values of each task:


1 like = 1 vote
1 comment = 1 vote
1 share = 2 votes


1 favorite = 2 votes
1 retweet = 2 votes


1 like = 3 votes
1 comment = 1 vote

For the social media poll, voting will also end at 12:00 noon of December 31, 2016.

10 FINALISTS (in alphabetical order):



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FWD Life Philippines Infuses Financial Education to Pinoy Millennials via PISO TALES Stories on Wattpad


FWD Life, the country’s fastest-growing insurance company, has teamed-up with Wattpad the largest online storytelling community in order to impart financial life lessons to millennials via its “Piso Tales” advocacy campaign. 


FWD Life Philippines’ Head of Marketing Roche Vandenberghe believes that the “Piso Tales” advocacy is the best way to instill financial literacy to young people.

At FWD, Piso Tales is truly close to our heart. As a company which aims to encourage Filipinos to live life without hesitation, we are delighted to breathe life to this advocacy campaign. We clearly recognize the potential of the country’s millennial market and, through this advocacy, we are reaching out to a huge segment that has been, thus far, quite underserved in terms of financial education. Our partnership with Wattpad is premised on the idea that financial literacy need not be boring. And the Piso Tales campaign is entirely aligned with our vision to change the way people feel about insurance,” she said.


Wattpad Business Operations and Strategy Lead Chris Stefanyk describes the partnership with FWD Life unique and exciting.

FWD Life’s Piso Tales campaign will empower a new generation of Filipinos to take control of their finances to prepare for their and their loved one’s future. FWD has been an exciting partner for us because even before we started discussing with them they really understand that in today’s world you really need to be reaching and communicating to teens with a very authentic voice. The Piso Tales advocacy is very unique in the sense that top Filipino Wattpad writers deliver unique content and impart financial literacy in a very unique way. We are very excited about this opportunity and we are excited to see the results in the coming weeks and we are looking forward to future programs and partnership with FWD Life Philippines,” he said.

Adspark Business Director Miki Yukiho can relate to the campaign because he’s a father and he would like to instill financial life lessons to his 10-year-old daugther in a way that she’ll understand.

Financial literacy is very important specially when you’re a father, I am a father and I try to impart that on my daughter and it’s so hard to explain what insurance is about. You’ll explain a savings account to your daughter, boring di ba? So through this fantastic content and partnership of course with FWD and the authors I think we bridged that gap and made it easier to reach the target market, the millennials.”

"Piso Tales" features three stories infused with nuggets of financial education from the three well-known Wattpad authors which are currently getting a widespread attention among Wattpad online readers.

1. Detour


Author: Gandang Sora (“Miss No. 1 in My Heart”)

Teaser: Joy was born into a rich family. She’s gotten used to getting what she wants. It never crossed her mind that her parents would cut her allowance in half. To make matters worse, they send the most annoying guy on earth to look after her while on vacation with her friends. This unexpected detour leads to many lessons on love and life. Little did Joy know, the path she didn’t want to take is actually the adventure she was looking for.

Read the full story here:

2. BTW, It’s Love


Author: ABCastueras (“Stop! In The Name of Love”)

Teaser: What if kung gipit ka na nga sa mga bayarin mo – malalaman mo pang ‘yung taong pinagsasabihan mo lahat ng kinaiinisan mong bagay sa Boss mo eh…ang Boss mo pala?

Naku, patay! Magiging jobless ka na rin ba!?

Pa’no nangyari ‘yun? Well…

Breakout from fear of living your life today. Join Hannah and Edward in discovering how to live and love the way they want it in a lovable story of determination, commitment, and trust.

3. My Fangirl Dream


Author: Blue_Maiden (“The Four Bad Boys and Me”)

Teaser: Pagod nang maging normal na fangirl si Aryesa. Ayaw na niyang maging team bahay na lang palagi sa mga concert at events ng favorite K-pop group niya. Kaya gumawa siya ng way para makapunta sa Korea at manuod ng concert ng BTS.

Makakamit ba niya ang kanyang fangirl dream o magiging team bahay na lang siya forever?

For updates on “Piso Tales,” like FWD Life Philippines on Facebook at

Kathryn Bernardo Wins 2016 Covergirl of the Year Title


After Maine Mendoza snagged the coveted title from her last year, the title “Covergirl of the Year” is back to Kathryn Bernardo this year after raking a whopping 3,262,973 total combined votes on social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The one week poll became a tight race between Kathryn and “Till I Met You” star Nadine Lustre who received  a total of 3,088,939 votes. Despite topping the Instagram poll with 405,287 votes against Kathryn’s 368,117 votes, the Queen of Hearts still emerged as a winner by virtue of 24,661 Twitter votes and 2,870,195 votes on Facebook.

Placing 3rd is last year’s winner Maine Mendoza who got a total of 254,923 votes. Rounding off the Top 8 are “Dolce Amore” star Liza Soberano (#4), Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo (#5), “Magpahanggang Wakas” star Arci Muñoz (#6), Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach (#7) and Kapuso star Jennylyn Mercado (#8).

The final results on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were screengrabbed at exactly 12:00PM of December 23, 2016 and were posted on Starmometer’s Facebook page (@starmometer) for everyone’s reference.

Here is the complete tally of 2016 Covergirl of the Year:

Rank Finalists Facebook Twitter Instagram TOTAL
1 Kathryn Bernardo – MEGA November 2016 2,870,195 24,661 368,117 3,262,973
2 Nadine Lustre – MEGA September 2016 2,664,748 18,904 405,287 3,088,939
3 Maine Mendoza – MEGA October 2016 181,194 18,701 55,028 254,923
4 Liza Soberano – MEGA January 2016 36,845 3,136 8,572 48,553
5 Sarah Geronimo – MEGA June 2016 37,895 1,372 1,696 40,963
8 Arci Muñoz – Preview August 2016 9,937 100 894 10,931
7 Pia Wurtzbach – Cosmopolitan April 2016 3,987 69 899 4,955
6 Jennylyn Mercado – Preview April 2016 3,101 365 936 4,402

ABS-CBN to Broadcast Live the 65th Miss Universe Coronation Night

ABS-CBN formally inked the deal with Solar Entertainment last Thursday (December 22) to become an official network partner of the 65th annual Miss Universe pageant. The country’s leading media and entertainment company will air the highly-anticipated pageant live via satellite from the SM Mall of Asia Arena on January 30, 2017 from 8 AM to 11 AM with a replay on February 5 on Sunday’s Best.

Present in the contract signing were ABS-CBN chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes, Solar Entertainment president and CEO Wilson Tieng, ABS-CBN head of integrated acquisitions and international sales and distribution Evelyn Raymundo, Solar Entertainment vice-president for networks operations, marketing & branding Tessa Alviz, and ABS-CBN finance head of broadcast and integrated news and current affairs Catherine Lopez.

I’m very happy because it’s been weeks of hard work to get everybody together, and now finally we have ABS-CBN on board,” said Tieng.

We’re very happy to be part of this with Solar and the other networks to bring to our Kapamilyas the Miss Universe on January 30. So abangan po ninyo,” said Vidanes.

The coming Miss Universe marks the return of the prestigious beauty pageant in the Philippines since it was held in the Manila in 1994, which was aired on ABS-CBN.

ABS-CBN has been the home of the Miss Universe on Philippine television since 2010, the year Philippines’ bet Venus Raj paved the way for the country’s re-entry to the top five. The network was also there to show the whole country how the other Miss Universe-Philippines like Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Janine Tugonon, Ariella Arida, Mary Jean Lastimosa, and reigning Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach used their beauty, wisdom, and poise in competing for the coveted crown through its via satellite broadcast of the pageant from the United States (2010, 2012, 2014, 2015), Brazil (2011), and Russia (2013).

Aside from ABS-CBN’s free-to-air TV channel, the “Miss Universe” pageant can also be seen on digital television via ABS-CBN TVplus.

Solar Entertainment, the biggest content provider and channel operator in Southeast Asia, the official broadcast partner of the 65th Miss Universe takes pride in collaborating with ABS-CBN, the country’s media giant and other free TV networks in the country, in the hope of delivering the optimum broadcast quality coverage for this momentous event, showcasing the wonders and beauty of the Philippines to the world, and giving our fellow Filipinos the ultimate Miss Universe experience. ETC, Solar Entertainment’s home-grown female channel in free TV and cable, dubbed as the new home of Miss Universe, is the front line channel of the network for this prestigious event coverage, available in SkyCable Channel 16.

Don’t miss the 65th annual Miss Universe live via satellite on ABS-CBN, 8AM, this January 30 with a replay on Sunday’s Best on February 5.




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