Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sykes Bags the Grand Champion Title at 2015 BPO Classics Tournament

Sykes Bags the Grand Champion Title at 2015 BPO Classics Tournaments

Sykes Asia, Inc. (SYKES) once again reaffirms its winning tradition proving that it is the home of the champions after bagging the Grand Champion title in the 2015 BPO Classics Tournaments (Basketball – Recreational Division) where one of its players emerged as this year’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Mike Henderson, Senior Vice President for Regional Operations (APAC) and Dean Van Ormer, Vice President and Country Manager (Philippines) welcomed the players as they presented to SYKES their trophies during a courtesy call. Dean expressed the company’s appreciation for their efforts. According to Dean, “SYKES can’t thank you enough. You represented our company well and we take pride in what you have achieved. “

Led by Geoff Que, the co-captain of the team, the players in return mentioned how they value the assistance they got from SYKES during the Philippines’ biggest BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) sports lifestyle tournament. He said, “It is really incredible. Each of us has been playing for various tournaments but it is a different feeling when you are playing and carrying the brand of your company. We are just so happy because we know that from the very start, we have the support of SYKES and its top management, like Mike and Dean”.

Meanwhile, SYKESer Alfredo Fulay, stood out during the basketball tournament where he was hailed as this year’s MVP (Recreational Division).  When he was asked what inspired him to consistently deliver those shots and assists, he said that it was primarily because he knew he has the trust of his teammates.

Aside from bagging the Grand Champion title for the Basketball Game – Recreational Division, another SYKES basketball team also placed as Semi-Finalist for the Competitive Division. Moreover, volleyball team players of SYKES made sure they created a mark in this year’s tournament by being a Finalist in the Men’s Volleyball Division after an intense game with their competitor.

Apart from winning those recognitions, all the players from the three teams agree that this tournament was a good activity to show other companies the strong sense of camaraderie SYKES has among its employees. The players are also looking forward to the next tournament where they can compete and carry again the name of SYKES.

And as part of SYKES’ advocacy of promoting work-life balance in the company, Dean further reiterates the management’s commitment of supporting its employees especially in their future activities like this.

SYKES made history in the business industry in 1997 when it established its operations in the Philippines which now grew with more 13,000 employees. To learn more about SYKES, please visit Like and follow SYKES on Facebook (Sykes Asia), Twitter (sykes_asia) and Instagram (sykes_philippines).

Friday, January 29, 2016

ABS-CBN Honors Pia Wurtzbach in Grand Homecoming Show Airing This Sunday

ABS-CBN Honors Pia Wurtzbach in Grand Homecoming Show Airing This Sunday

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach finally had her victory walk as she relived her winning moment before her countrymen during the homecoming tribute mounted by ABS-CBN at the Araneta Coliseum.

Wearing her blue Albert Andrada evening gown, Pia took the jam-packed crowd back to her winning moment in Las Vegas as she graciously walked on stage with the coveted crown on her head as if she had just won Miss Universe. 

What made the moment even more special was that she shared the stage with Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran. 

It was indeed a tribute fit for a queen. Aside from Margie, past Binibining Pilipinas winners Miriam Quiambao, Nina Ricci Alagao, Bianca Manalo, Venus Raj and Ariella Arida also congratulated Pia.

Pia was also serenaded by two of the country's sought after leading men, Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby, and sat down with the King of Talk Boy Abunda for a one-on-one interview where she answered questions such as her plans on pushing her advocacies, being friends with other Miss Universe contestants, talking to President Aquino for the first time after she won, thoughts on the LGBT community, and how it felt to be back home again.

Other performers that night include Erik Santos, Yeng Constantino, Gerphil Flores, and Jed Madela.
Watch the full tribute dubbed as "Welcome Home Miss Universe: The Grand Homecoming of Pia Wurtzbach" this Sunday (January 31) night on ABS-CBN's Sunday's Best.

Former Man of Steel Brandon Routh Returns in '400 Days'

Former Man of Steel Brandon Routh Returns in '400 Days'

Brandon Routh soared into the media limelight when cast as "The Man of Steel" in director Bryan Singer's highly anticipated revival of the original superhero film franchise Superman Returns. 

After joining the CW series Arrow as DC Comics superhero The Atom, Brandon will next spin off the character into the upcoming series Legends of Tomorrow, also for the CW. In 2013, Routh voiced David "Hesh" Walker in the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts and appeared in the CBS comedy series Partners, from the creators ofWill & Grace. Also in 2012, Brandon starred in Crooked Arrows, as the coach of a Native American lacrosse team playing in a prep school league tournament.

In the new sci-thriller film "400 Days," Routh plays Theo, one of four astronauts (with Dane Cook, Ben Feldman and Lotz) who are on a simulated space mission, kept underground, to explore the effects of being isolated for a long period of time. 

What drew you to "400 Days"?
I had never really done a sci-fi thriller or a thriller of any sort, and I was kind of intrigued by the process. I'm not a huge fan of scary movies, horror movies, but I do like thrillers. I also like the whole idea, the concept of space simulation. And I'd never done astronaut stuff either.

How would you do if you had to be sequestered away?
I'd like to think that I'd do OK. Now, with a 3-year-old son, maybe not so well, just because I'd be very worried about him not seeing me. ... That would definitely make a journey like that much more challenging. But prior to having a kid, I'd like to think that I had the mental fortitude to do it, and I like those challenges. I don't know — a lot of it would depend on the people that you're with, too. It would make a big difference about how your time goes, the people that you're trapped with.

This is writer/director Matt Osterman's second film. How was it working with him?
Matt is great, very passionate about his projects. He's the writer/director, he came up with this concept and he really has a lot of passion he brought to the set, always coming up with new ideas. [He] was very collaborative working with all of us, because there are a lot of what might be red herrings in the movie and he had to explain all them to us sometimes because it's such a head trip. There are things happening that I didn't even realize. ... And sometimes you don't get it until you see the finished product. The film looks great and he had a great ability to communicate with the all cast and crew. And we're both from the Midwest. He's from Minnesota, I'm from Iowa. It was awesome to have a Midwest teamup.

You co-star with Dane Cook. How do you think he did in a more dramatic role?
It was the first time I'd met Dane and didn't know what to expect. He's a very nice guy, very down to earth. His stage presence is definitely more of a persona he puts on. He's certainly funny in person, but maybe because he doesn't want to be the guy cracking jokes all the time. But, he certainly is very witty and very collaborative. He's a producer on the film, and he helped to make the world the way that it is, very welcoming to me and we had a good time. And I think he did really great job, had a nice, grounded performance. We have a couple heated moments in the movie where our characters get upset with each other, and it was great. He did a fantastic job. I think he has great ability and will continue to do more, I hope.
Released by Captive Cinema, "400 Days" is showing nationwide on February 3, 2016.

Japan's Infamous Suicide 'Forest' Arrives in the Philippines on February 17

Japan's Infamous Suicide 'Forest' Arrives in the Philippines on February 17 

Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of Columbia Pictures' new supernatural thriller "The Forest."
In the film, a young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer), journeys to the Aokigahara Forest in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to "stay on the path." Determined to discover the truth about her sister's fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara at every turn will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself.

Aokigahara is a forest that lies at the base of Mount Fuji, less than 100 miles west of Tokyo. Locally, it is also known under the name of Jukai ("Sea of Trees") because of its very high density of trees.
It is a unique forest in many ways; there is barely any wildlife in here, thus it is very quiet, making it a popular destination among locals. However, this quietness hides a more macabre side of it as the Aokigahara is the number one suicide spot for Japanese.
Its quietness has attracted people to consider it haunted, and there are plenty of Japanese who would not dare to enter the forest. This resulted in even more myths surrounding Aokigahara.
But even if you are not attracted to ghost stories, the truth is, the place has a special feeling to it.

When you enter it, there are signs in both Japanese and English preventing people against suicide. One sign at the entrance reads: "Your life is something precious that was given to you by your parents" while another one states "Meditate on your parents, siblings and your children once more. Do not be troubled alone." The exact number of suicides committed here in a year is unknown as the police discontinued publishing this data. The last time it was made public was in 2003, when 105 confirmed suicides took place.
However, it is believed that annually more people die here, but their corpses are never found in the thick forest.
It is hard to make a profile of the average person who commits suicide in the forest, but they are usually males between 40 and 50 years, and the biggest month for suicides is March, possibly because March is the end of the fiscal year in Japan. So many people come from all over Japan to end their stressful lives here as they feel it's is the perfect location in which to breathe their last.
It is baffling why there is such a high rate in the country but it has something to do with the Japanese psyche and that many Japanese men feel rejected when retrenched. Some of them had held important positions in their respective companies, including that of chief executive officers.
Unable to face their families and loved ones, they perhaps, in the manner of the samurai warriors of the past, felt that suicide is one way to atone for their failures.
The Aokigahara has not always attracted hundreds of people wishing to end their lives. While there is some evidence that suggests that as far as the 19th century, it was a place where Japanese carried their elders to die of starvation (a practice called ubasute), it became popular after the 1960's when a novel by famed author Seichō Matsumoto was published. In this novel called "Tower of Waves", a couple commit suicide in the Aokigahara forest. Another book from 1993, "The Complete Manual of Suicide" by Wataru Tsurumi added to the fuel and increased suicide rates. The author described the Aokigahara as the perfect place to commit suicide and even described which parts of the forests are less circulated so the bodies cannot be found later on.
An annual body sweep is organized before the holiday season in which the found dead bodies are removed and, where possible, identified. (
Opening across the Philippines on February 17, 2016, "The Forest" is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

New 'Spider-Man' Movie to be Released in IMAX Theaters Worldwide

New 'Spider-Man' Movie to be Released in IMAX Theaters Worldwide

Spider-Man, one of the world's most beloved superheroes, will once again come to IMAX® Theatres for a network-wide event run when the film is released in theaters on its new worldwide date on July 7, 2017, it was announced today by Josh Greenstein, president of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, and Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.
As the movie, which Sony Pictures Entertainment is teaming with Marvel Studios to produce, enters wide release, it will also be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format. The highly anticipated next installment in the $4 billion franchise, which will star Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, will be directed by Jon Watts and produced by Feige and Amy Pascal.
Commenting on the announcement, Greenstein said, "There's so much about Spider-Man – including the web-slinging action – that lends itself perfectly to the IMAX screen. We are confident that audiences everywhere around the world will want to see it in IMAX."
Feige said: "Time and time again IMAX delivers super-hero sized movie going experiences to fans. With the anticipation for Spider-Man climbing, we are excited that IMAX has committed early to this extended release plan -- it will be a great way for audiences around the world to experience such a big event film."
Foster said, "IMAX's long-standing relationship with Marvel and Sony first began with Spider-Man in 2002, establishing the ultimate way for fans to be transported into the world of their favorite characters like Peter Parker. By re-teaming with our friends at Sony and Marvel on the newest Spider-Man reboot, we are excited to deliver audiences what they're asking for: a must-see cinematic adventure – in IMAX."
The IMAX® 3D release of the Spider-Man film 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.

ABS-CBN Appoints Cory Vidanes as COO of Broadcast

ABS-CBN Appoints Cory Vidanes as COO of Broadcast

ABS-CBN Corporation announced the appointment of Cory Vidanes as its chief operating officer (COO) of broadcast, effective February 1, 2016.
Vidanes will continue to lead and oversee the total channel programming, artist development, on-air operations, events management, and overall revenue and profit delivery of Channel 2. Together with the Content Development Council headed by chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio, Vidanes will manage the development of new concepts for Channel 2 and the ABS-CBN TVplus channels Yey, CineMo, and Knowledge Channel.
She has been instrumental in making Channel 2 the most watched TV network in the country in 2015. Under her leadership, Channel 2 dominated the primetime block whole year round with shows such as "The Voice Kids," "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," "Nathaniel," "Pangako Sa 'Yo," and "Maalaala Mo Kaya."
Vidanes' leadership is also marked by her commitment to public service. She has spearheaded the preparation and execution of the network's relief operations and donation drives for victims of natural disasters, including the successful "Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na" campaign's T-shirt fundraising and benefit concerts for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
She is a recipient of the CEO Excel Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines in 2014 and was named one of People Asia magazine's "People of the Year" in 2013 for her vital role in ABS-CBN's achievements.
She began her career in television with BBC-2 in 1982. She joined ABS-CBN in 1986 as associate producer and was later appointed to various positions in the company – executive producer, assistant production manager, production manager, production director, head of TV production, Channel 2 head, head of broadcast, and finally, head of free TV.
Vidanes completed an Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School in 2014. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication Arts.

UAAP Season 78 Volleyball Tournament Airs Worldwide Beginning January 31 on ABS-CBN Sports+Action

UAAP Season 78 Volleyball Tournament Airs Worldwide Beginning January 31 on ABS-CBN Sports+Action

After the FEU Tamaraw'sdefinitive and historical victory last December at the basketball championship beating UST Growling Tigers, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines' (UAAP) officially opens the much-awaitedSeason '78 volleyball tournament to be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN Sports+Action worldwide beginning Sunday, January 31.

Unlike in previous years when only women's volleyball matches were aired, this time the men's tournament likewise gets ample coverage for Season '78.

Kicking off the new volleyball season is the men's game 1 match-up between defending champion Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles versus the UST Growling Tiger.

On the women's side, this year's UAAP host school the UP Lady Maroons will tangle withthe UE Lady Warriors in Game 1to be followed by the explosive Game 2 clash pitting the two-time defending championsAteneo Lady Eagles against the NU Lady Bulldogs.

Last Season '77, the Ateneo men's volleyballteam repulsed the NU Bulldogs to grab its very first championship, while the Ateneo Lady Eagles captured its second consecutive crown by edging archrival De La Salle Lady Spikers in the finals. Will Ateneo continue its dominance of the volleyball tournament this year?

Support your favorite universities and catch the exciting volleyball games LIVE worldwide on ABS-CBN Sports+Action and available on TFC's satellite and internet protocol television (IPTV) platforms.  Fans of the collegiate tournament can also watch the games via livestream on TFC's official online service,

The UAAP Season '78 men and women's volleyball tournament will air beginning this Sunday, January 31 and will take on the Wednesday-Saturday-Sunday schedule (Tuesday-Friday-Saturday, Pacific time) during its regular run until February 28. 

Livestream matches and schedules can also be seen via

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Watch: Newlywed Cristine Reyes and Ali Khatibi Share Wedding Video

Watch: Newlywed Cristine Reyes and Ali Khatibi Share Wedding Video

A day after Kapamilya actress Cristine Reyes and athlete-upcoming showbiz star Ali Khatibi tied the knot at Balesin Island in Quezon province on Wednesday, the newly-wed shared their wedding video on NicePrintChannel YouTube account.

Watch below:

Broken-hearted Angelica Panganiban Decides to Quit Showbiz

Broken-hearted Angelica Panganiban Decides to Quit Showbiz

Angelica Panganiban is supposedly mulling to quit showbiz due to depression after she and John Lloyd Cruz reportedly called it quits.

Speaking on his DZMM show “Mismo” on Wednesday, Jobert Sucaldito said the "Pangako Sa 'Yo" actress is supposedly planning to leave for the United States and stay there for good.

Depressed na depressed daw siya to the point na gusto na niya mag-quit sa showbiz at doon siya manirahan sa America with her family. ‘Di ba na-meet naman niya 'yung father niya? Parang gusto na daw niya mag-quit sa showbiz,” he said.

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML Named Smartphone of the Year

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML Named Smartphone of the Year

The World’s 1st 4GB RAM smartphone is now available with free ZenPower 10,050mAh Powerbank

ASUS Philippines just recently announced that since July 2014 to December 2015, the company has sold more than 1,000,000 ZenFones. With the success of the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML as the best smartphone of the year hailed by the Philippine’s top bloggers, ASUS celebrates this achievement through giving back to users with bundling free ASUS ZenPower 10,050mAh Powerbank and a chance to win Flip Cover Deluxe covers.

Smartphone on the year

The Philippine’s top tech bloggers have awarded the ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML as the smartphone of the year. Bestowed by Yugatech, Unbox, Gadget Pilipinas, Jam Online, AdoboTech and DR on the Go, the ZenFone 2’s incredible performance to value ratio proves that it is a smartphone to beat until now because of its unbeatable camera, unique 4GB RAM and price.

Still the only 4GB RAM in its segment 

Launched May 2015 the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML is still the only smartphone with 4GB RAM that is under 25,000 pesos. Beating the competition against flagship smartphones that costs as high as 36,995. With the PC-grade performance of Intel Z3580 2.3Ghz Quad-Core processor and 4GB RAM, the combination delivers unprecedented performance among smartphones today.

Free gift and giving back to fans

As ASUS celebrates this milestone, buyers who avail a 64GB ZenFone 2 ZE551ML worth Php14,995 will get a free ASUS ZenPower 10,050mAh powerbank worth Php795. On top of this ZenTalk (ASUS Fans) has the chance to win a ZenFone Deluxe Flip Cover when they visit All they have to do is share why they love the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML and tag 3 friends to get a chance to win a ZenFone 2 Deluxe Flip Cover. Chosen as Finalist in Prix Jeunesse International 2016 Chosen as Finalist in Prix Jeunesse International 2016

TV5's weekend primetime show "" topbilled by Ms. Boots Anson - Rodrigo in the title role was selected as one of the finalists among the 400 children's TV programs around the globe in the prestigious Prix Jeunesse International 2016 in Munich, Germany.

The good news was announced on Facebook by award-winning  director Perci Intalan of The Idea First Company, the production team behind the show.

Considered as the "Oscars of Children's Television," Prix Jeunesse International aims to promote quality in television for the young worldwide.

SMART Brings Another First! Hosts the First Facebook Live ‘Virtual Party’ in the Philippines

SMART Brings Another First! Hosts the First Facebook Live ‘Virtual Party’ in the Philippines

Amidst the frenzy of revelers at the much celebrated Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo over the weekend, unrivaled mobile services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) broke new ground as it became the first brand to pilot Facebook Live in the Philippines.

The latest feature of the world’s biggest social networking site, Facebook Live allows users to broadcast live video content as a new way to engage followers. For a more shared experience, Facebook Live also allows viewers to post their comments and interact with each other in real time.

The feature was first introduced for use by US celebrities last August, and was then rolled out for verified accounts of public figures, news sites, brands and other users just last month.

Party at your fingertips

For its pilot Facebook Live video, Smart broadcasted a 20-minute segment of the Love Dance, one of the biggest electronic dance music celebrations at the Dinagyang Festival last January 22.

The live video came as a regular notification to the followers of Smart’s official account on Facebook. Upon clicking the notification, they were directed to the live video, which featured the rousing beats of Smart ambassadors and party staples DJ Ace Ramos and MC Pao.

Viewers from all over the county streamed in and posted their reactions – mostly in awe of the new feature and thrilled to be able to join the celebrations virtually on their mobile devices: “Ang sarap pumasok sa screen at maki-party (If only I could enter the screen and join the party)!,” commented user Jaylord Ambe. “This is amazing!,” user Jr Florentino chimed in.

Viewers from all over the country got to share the Dinagyang Festival experience via Smart's pilot Live Video on its Facebook page.

The next day, Smart once again tapped Facebook Live to broadcast the set of Smart Ambassador Inno Naguit at the Dinagyang Invasion, another major electronic dance music celebration, eliciting positive responses from viewers who got to share the festival experience despite being miles away.

Each Facebook Live video was automatically published on Smart’s Facebook page, which was later viewed and shared by the thousands of followers.

Forefront of mobile technology

Smart has always been at the forefront of mobile innovations in the country, and we are very honored and thrilled to be the first brand to launch Facebook Live in the Philippines, which promises another awesome Smart Life experience for Facebook users,” said Kathy Carag, Smart Brand Head.

This new feature not only stretches the capabilities of Facebook, but also opens great possibilities for us to enrich the mobile lifestyle of our subscribers, who can now tune in to witness significant events and share the experience with others in real time – all with just a few taps on their smartphone,” she added.

History of innovations

Smart’s launch of Facebook Live follows a string of mobile innovations and product offers which Smart introduced to keep Filipinos abreast with the latest technologies, enriching their digital lifestyle.

Smart recently pioneered the ‘Shared Data’ scheme which allowed postpaid and prepaid subscribers to share data volume conveniently with their loved ones so as to keep them connected online, with access to the widest breadth of digital content – from music and videos to games and more – on their mobile devices.

Last year, Smart led the way for Southeast Asia’s first Smart LTE Multicast of a live event through the use of the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS).  After pioneering and launching the use of LTE in the Philippines in 2012, Smart also conducted the country’s first trial of LTE-Advanced in 2013, joining only a handful of carriers around the world with such capability.

Smart offers fast and reliable broadband services via its nation-widest network, which is backed by the country’s most extensive fiber optic footprint that spans over 100,000 kilometers.

Award-winning Movie 'Heneral Luna' Breaks DVD Sales Record

Award-winning Movie 'Heneral Luna' Breaks DVD Sales Record

Heneral Luna continues to break records as it sets a new sales landmark for its DVD release. According to home-video distributor Magnavision Inc., the highly acclaimed historical epic has now sold over 7,000 copies in less than a month, making it the best-selling DVD of any historical Filipino film ever released in the market. It is also the fastest-selling DVD of any Filipino title currently in release.

Fans of Jerrold Tarog’s critical and box office hit have clamored relentlessly for an official DVD. As a response to the public’s overwhelming support, the film’s producer, Artikulo Uno Productions, released the home-video format last December 18, 2015 just a few weeks after Heneral Luna ended its unprecedented nine-week theatrical run.

During its launch, the cast led by John Arcilla, Mon Confiado, Archie Alemania, Alex Medina, Junjun Quintana and Epy Quizon attended a series of meet-and-greet mall tours to personally thank the fans for their unwavering interest and support. Arcilla, who gained critical acclaim both in the Philippines and in America for his remarkable portrayal of Gen. Antonio Luna, reminded the public, particularly its young audience to always keep the spirit of the film alive. 

“I hope that the story of [Antonio] Luna will go beyond the movie house, beyond the DVD. Our love for our country, which was awakened by the film should continue to live on and be part of our daily lives,” Arcilla shared. “Bayan bago sarili,” he added.

The Heneral Luna DVD features English subtitles, and bonus features like the music video for the official theme song "Hanggang Wala Nang Bukas" by Ebe Dancel, a 20-minute featurette on the Making of Heneral Luna, and "Ilustrado Problems" a special featurette with a comic take on our favorite Ilustrados from the cast of Heneral Luna.

Heneral Luna DVD is available nationwide in Magnavision, Astroplus, Odyssey, SM Stores and other leading record stores. The DVD and other official Heneral Luna merchandise are also available online via

'The 5th Wave' Dominates Hollywood Box-Office Records in the Philippines

'The 5th Wave' Dominates Hollywood Box-Office Records in the Philippines

Columbia Pictures’ alien invasion action-thriller “The 5th Wave” took Philippine cinemas by storm, bowing at No.1 with a nationwide five-day opening weekend gross of P51.6-M (Jan. 20 to 24, 2016). This was announced today by a spokesman of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

The film adaptation of Rick Yancey’s young adult novel gave lead star Chloe Grace Moretz her biggest opening in the country. She previously headlined past smash hits “If I Stay,” “Carrie” and “Let Me In.”

Yancey’s book was published in 2013 to critical and popular acclaim, with over 20 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list. In “The 5th Wave,” four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.

Trinoma took the biggest share of box-office gross with P1.83-M, closely followed by SM Mall of Asia (P1.80-M) and SM Megamall (P1.59-M).

In the elite Top Ten cinemas are SM North Edsa (P1.33-M), Glorietta 4 (P1.17-M), Greenbelt 3 (P1.14-M), Gaisano Davao (P910,152), Gateway Cineplex (P849,922), Greenhills Promenade (P 844,992) and Ayala Cebu (P 826,602).

Posting huge receipts are Alabang Town Center (P 823,989), Eastwood (P 736,683), Robinsons Magnolia (P 735,291), Market! Market! (P 732,913), Harbor Point (P 727,600), SM Aura (P 724,218), Powerplant (P 721,477), Robinsons Tacloban (P 680,680), Robinsons Ermita (P 661,799) and SM Clark (P 651,350).

Also contributing impressive sales are Shang Cineplex (P 633,582), SM Cebu (P 629,790), Bonifacio High Street (P 625,048), Newport City (P 597,537), SM Fairview (P 593,940), Centrio Mall Cagayan (P 548,672), Robinsons Galleria (P 537,300), Sta. Lucia East (P 530,280), SM Baguio (P 529,659) and SM Manila (P 528,896).

Columbia Pictures presents in association with LStar Capital a Material/GK Films Production, “The 5th Wave.” Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, and Liev Schreiber. Directed by J Blakeson. Produced by Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Matthew Plouffe, and Lynn Harris. Screenplay by Susannah Grant and Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner. Based on the novel by Rick Yancey.

Now showing across the Philippines, “The 5th Wave” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Kathryn Bernardo Flaunts Skin on Metro Magazine February 2016 Issue

Kathryn Bernardo Flaunts Skin on Metro Magazine February 2016 Issue

She's sexy and she knows it.

Kathryn Bernardo dares to bare on the cover of Metro Magazine February 2016. Out now in leading bookstores nationwide.

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Sony Pictures Releases 'Blade Runner' Sequel in Philippine Cinemas

Sony Pictures Releases 'Blade Runner' Sequel in Philippine Cinemas

Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute Alcon Entertainment’s follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece “Blade Runner” in all overseas territories (including the Philippines) in all media; with Warner Bros. Pictures distributing in North America and Canada through its output agreement with Alcon, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Denis Villeneuve is directing the film starring Ryan Gosling (“The Big Short”) and Harrison Ford (“Star Wars”) who is reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to “Blade Runner” in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce.

The film marks Villenueve’s third collaboration with 13-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins, who will serve as cinematographer, following Alcon’s “Prisoners” and the hit drug-trafficking drama “Sicario,” which brought Deakins his latest Oscar nomination.

Principal photography on Villenueve’s new “Blade Runner” film is scheduled to begin in July 2016.

States Kosove and Johnson: “We are excited to work with Tom Rothman, Michael Lynton and then entire Sony team on this very special project as well as maintaining our important and long-standing relationship with our domestic partner Warner Bros. Pictures.”

States Tom Rothman: “At Sony, we have made a strong commitment to the international marketplace. We know of few projects with greater international potential than the long dreamed of sequel to `Blade Runner,' especially given the all-star creative team Andrew and Broderick have assembled. We are deeply grateful to everyone at Alcon, Denis and Ridley for entrusting us with such a gift. Working on a `Blade Runner' film also fulfills a long-time personal ambition, as I deeply love and admire the original.”

Among its many distinctions, “Blade Runner” has been singled out as one of the greatest movies of all time by innumerable polls and media outlets, and overwhelmingly as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications.

Released in 1982 by Warner Bros. Pictures, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and was directed by Ridley Scott, following his landmark film, “Alien.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction) and is now regarded by media and cineastes as one of the greatest movies of all time and the defining vision of the cyberpunk genre.

In 1993, “Blade Runner” was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.

The “Blade Runner” sequel will be distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Angel Locsin and Luis Manzano Break Up Anew

Angel Locsin and Luis Manzano Break Up Anew

For the second time, well-loved celebrity couple Angel Locsin and Luis Manzano have decided to call it quits. But no third party was reportedly involved in the separation.

In an interview with MJ Felipe aired Wednesday night on Bandila, Luis confirmed that their relationship is recently facing another trial as a result of  a huge fight that happened right after they returned from their recent US trip.

People got puzzled and started to speculate that something is wrong with the couple when Angel got emotional after watching the heartfelt performance and inspiring love story of Power Duo during the recent episode of "Pilipinas Got Talent" prompting Luis to comfort her. Luis even told Angel "I love you."

Angel and Luis first became a couple in July 2007, but separated two years later - a separated initiated by Luis. They confirmed their first break-up in October of 2009, four months after their actual separation.

The two reunited and decided to give their relationship another try in February 2014.

Look: Atom Araullo Kisses Pia Wurtzbach

Look: Atom Araullo Kisses Pia Wurtzbach

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and ABS-CBN News’ Atom Araullo finally came face to face for the first time since their pairing caught the fascination of netizens and TV viewers.

The "Piatom" love team began when Pia granted an interview on "Umagang Kay Ganda" after she won the international pageant. The two were teased by Atom's co-hosts upon learning that Wurtzbach was not seeing anyone.

During Pia’s Kapamilya homecoming on Wednesday, Atom was among those who interviewed her. They talked about Pia’s advocacies, how her life has changed since winning the pageant and if she has any regrets in life.

Araullo also asked the beauty queen about love.

Watch Araullo's full interview with Wurtzbach on "Umagang Kay Ganda" on Thursday, January 28. -

'Everything About Her' Earned P15-Million on Opening Day, 10 Quotable Quotes Listed

'Everything About Her' Earned P15-Million on Opening Day, 10 Quotable Quotes Listed

Star Cinema announced on late Wednesday night announced that its first movie offering this 2016 entitled "Everything About Her" starring Angel Locsin, Xian Lim, and Vilma Santos earned a whopping P15-million on its opening day.

Meanwhile, here are 10 of some unforgettable lines from the movie that can either make you laugh, cry or even gushes with "kilig":

1. "Ano nga bang makakapagsabi na ikaw ay isang tagumpay?" - Vivian

2. "In the end, you alone have to decide who you are." - Vivian

3. "Sariling buhay mo ito. 'Wag kang umasa dahil papatayin ka ng pag-asa." - Vivian

4. "'Wag mo nang hanapin si 'nanay,' ayaw magpahanap nun." - Jaica

5. "Ang family hindi dapat gumi-give up dahil kayo ang first line of defense." - Jaica

6. "Alam mo kung ano'ng mahihigitan ng chandelier na ito? Ikaw anak." - Vivian

7. "Sabi ko sa sarili ko, gagawin ko para sa'yo lahat anak." - Vivian

8. Vivian: "May gusto ka ba sa anak ko?"
Jaica: "Ay wala po, takot ko lang sa inyo. Pero aaminin ko, crush ko sya."
Vivian: "Then crush that feeling!"

9. "I hate you for letting me feel this hate about you." - Albert

10. "Pag-alis ko gusto ko na manatili yang mga ngiting yan sa inyo. Dahil 'yang mga ngiting yan ang katunayan na I did good in this world." - Vivian

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

(Photos) Cristine Reyes and Ali Khatibi Wedding Photos

(Photos) Cristine Reyes and Ali Khatibi Wedding Photos

Kapamilya actress Cristine Reyes and her long-time partner Ali Khatibi, the father of of her 1 year-old daughter Amarah tied the knot via an intimate wedding at Balesin Island on Wednesday, January 27 with only few friends and family members present during the occasion.

Check out some wedding photos below:

Look: Pia Wurtzbach Returns to ABS-CBN #MissUMostBeautifulKapamilyaDay

Look: Pia Wurtzbach Returns to ABS-CBN #MissUMostBeautifulKapamilyaDay

The most beautiful day in the universe happens in the Philippines today as Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach returns to her true home ABS-CBN.

Check out some photos taken during Pia's Kapamilya homecoming:

Tune in to Kapamilya station for a full-load #MissUMostBeautifulKapamilyaDay updates from sunrise to sunset this Wednesday, January 27.

Avail a Special-Priced Valentine's Day Weekend at Bintan Lagoon Resort and Enjoy a Lifetime of Love and Happiness

Avail a Special-Priced Valentine's Day Weekend at Bintan Lagoon Resort and Enjoy a Lifetime of Love and Happiness

Make it an exceptional Valentine’s Day weekend with a stay over at the Bintan Lagoon Resort, a short ferry ride away from Singapore. Perched on 310 hectares of verdant greenery with its own private beach front, the Resort provides intimate moments to connect. From romantic moonlit strolls under starry skies to capturing the sunset over cocktails at Nelayan, the chic beachfront restaurant, cherish the memories of an island in the sun.

Priced at S$160 per Deluxe Room per night, the BLR Valentine’s Day package comprises a hearty buffet breakfast for two. For an extra special weekend, upgrade to the plush Forest Suite at S$120 per room night. The package also provides free access to a host of recreational activities such as an archery session, admission to the new Powerhouse Gym, tennis, billiard/snooker, badminton, volleyball/beach volleyball, board games at Leisure Centre and dart games at The Terrace. Couples can also join the Valentine’s Night party at Silk Night Club on Saturday, 13th February without a cover charge.

Cozy up for a romantic dinner at the Nelayan Beachfront Bar & Seafood Dining at S$ 98 per person.  For a truly private time away from others, go for a candlelit dinner under the stars on the beach or by the spectacular hole number 12 on the golf course. (Price on request)


·       Two nights’ accommodation minimum in a Deluxe Room
·       Minimum two persons (Twin-sharing) only
·       For local bookings only
·       Not applicable with other promotions, offers and discounts.
·       February 13 - 15 only
·       Book on/before February 12
·       Subject to availability
·       No cancellation or changes are allowed once booking is confirmed
·       Rates are Net prices

To book, email or call +65 6750 2280 and quote the "Valentine's Day" package. 

Switch and Save with Watsons Label and Win an Unbelievable Gifts in 'Switcher's Surprise' Campaign

Switch and Save with Watsons Label and Win an Unbelievable Gifts in 'Switcher's Surprise' Campaign

Do you believe in "luck"? 

Some may say yes. Others may thought blessings come to those who work hard. And there are who just SWITH to WATSONS Generic to SAVE so they could earn extra bill for other things that matter. But little did they know that by doing so they could also win an unbelievable surprise of a lifetime like the latest gadgets, brand-new home appliances, an all-expense-paid shopping extravaganza, a trip to dream destination or a new car!

On Tuesday, Mrs. Ester Blanco, who was buying a Watsons Generics Vitamin C at Watson's Mall of Asia branch, got the biggest surprise when actress Lorna Tolentino suddenly appeared in front of her with a gift voucher saying she won a 4D/3N HongKong Trip for 2. She switched, got big saving and will now fly to HK for free, amazing!

A photo posted by Jeng Bauto (@showbiznest) on

Aside from Mrs. Blanco, other lucky shoppers who were spotted buying the Watson's label products and went home big winners are Julie and her baby who won a 3D/2N Boracay Trip for 2 as awarded by Kapuso star Iya Villania, and a lucky soon-to-be-married couple who just bought a Watson's wet wipes and won a flatscreen LCD TV.

Here's a tip: You too can have the chance to win those "Switcher's Surprise" prizes. Just do your shopping at Watson's SM Mall of Asia anytime on Thursday, January 28. During a designated hour of the day, shoppers who will pick up specially marked Watson's Label products instantly get the prize. A most coveted-prize will be personally handed by celebrity endorsers Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Patty Laurel-Filart and Christian Bautista.

At Watson's, you get more value from your hard-earned money on affordable products from personal care items, beauty essentials, and medicines with as much as 80% savings without compromising on quality.

In addition to "Switcher's Surprise," Watson's also has the Watson's Buy 2 Take 1 Promo on selected Watson's Label Products from January 22 to March 2016.

 not just you get a whole lot of savings on quality label products, you also
#SwitchYourSurprise #SwitchAndSave

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Anne Curtis Airs Statement on Erwan Heussaff and Jasmine Curtis-Smith Romance

Anne Curtis Airs Statement on Erwan Heussaff and Jasmine Curtis-Smith Romance

To end speculations involving her, her relationship with boyfriend Erwan Heussaff and younger sister Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Anne Curtis took to social media what really transpired between them on Sunday that prompted her to post an intriguing "angry break-up" post on Facebook.

"This is the only time I will comment on this issue. So please STOP saying awful things about my sister and boyfriend," Anne wrote on Twitter.

Anne also clarified that the video that was wrongly screencapped was just an inside joke. She also called the rumor as a non-issue and that netizens just reacted maliciously to the post.

"Hey all, this is getting out of hand. It was all an inside joke between my boyfriend, my sister, myself and everyone at the party. My private account was wrongly screencapped and this is becoming ridiculous. We took down posts because so many people reacted maliciously to them automatically and we didn’t want all of this to happen. Case in point. Nothing happened, we are all fine.

"I’m lucky that Erwan treats Jasmine like his own sister. He has known her since she was 13. So please STOP. It deeply saddens me that such viciousness is being thrown at the people I love. DON’T perverse their relationship. I mean, seriously. This is a non-issue," she wrote on Twitter. 




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