Saturday, February 13, 2016

'Everything About Her' Beaks into Mainstream Middle East and Europe via TFC@theMovies



After creating a stir in Philippine cinema for bringing a powerful ensemble of film thespians for the first time in a movie that crosses genres, "Everything About Her" generated new excitement for the Filipino community, members of the press and online denizens in the recent virtual press conference held three-way among the ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe and Manila offices.

Like a literary oxymoron, "Everything About Her," combined two genres to present a twisted plot about an alphawoman named Vivian (played byVilma Santos) diagnosed with a terminal disease.  She hires a private nurse Jaica (played by Angel Locsin) who she eventually gives the almost impossible task of bringing home his estranged son Albert, played by Xian Lim.

The press conference revealed more welcome contrasts as director Bb. Joyce Bernal admitted that the most challenging part for her while doing the film was the fact that she is aNora Aunor fan and she directed what the industry experts call her arch rival, the Star for All Seasons.  

"Noong ime-meet ko na siya (Santos), sabi ko kaya ko ba ito? Mabait si Ate Vi.  Pero the moment na sinabi kong kaya ko ito, nahirapan ako.  Iyong proseso madali pero iyong before or after, hirap na hirap ako.  Nakakasira ng bait si Ate Vi.  Isa po siyang actress na kailangang paghandaan. (When I met her, I asked myself can I do this?  Ate Vi was kind. But the moment I said I can do this, I fell short.  The process was easy but I had a hard time with the before and after.  I went crazy.   Ate Vi is one actress that one needs to prepare for."  

The online press conference, the second for ABS-CBN Europe, Middle East and Africa, also welcomedKapamilya Heartthrob Xian Lim to face the FilCom and the members of the press who were delighted to see Lim in dramatic movie on his own (outside his famous KimXi love team) and deliver against two seasoned actresses.  

According to Kai Rodriguez, ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe and Africa Managing Director, Lim and Santos and Locsin's performances are proof that the Philippines is not just rich in culture but also in talent and TFC has the avenues, such as the mainstream screenings, to bring this to the fore.  

"TFC is bent on bringing the Filipino talent to the world stage.  We are happy that Filipino communities and members of the media help us in sharing the good news on the Filipino's greatness or 'galing ng Filipino,'" Rodriguez shares.

In the film, critics are saying that Lim truly delivered as an actor.  Lim admitted: "Naranasan ko na mabigyan ng oras ang characterization at pagi-imerse with the direction of Direk Joyce. Ang pinaka-importante is what the people don't see. Iyong script, given na iyan.  Lalo na iyong mga experiences na binibigay ni Vilma Santos, that's priceless.  Hindi lahat ng artista hindi makakatanggap ng ganoon. (I gave time to internalizing and immersing under the direction of Direk Joyce.  What's most important is what people don't see.  The script is given.  But what's priceless is things like the advice of Vilma Santos.  Not all artists get to have that."

Lim adds that he can relate to Albert "Mga 80 to 90% of his character. Noong binabasa ko iyong script, may mga instances na sinasabi ko ako ito eh.  (About 80 to 90% of his character.  When I was reading the script, there were instances that I tell myself that this is me).

Most overseas Filipinos could also relate to the story as well as it narrates the story of a mother and son estranged not only by physical distance but also by their personal differences.  Bernal shares that what is most important is that despite everything, people try to go beyond their differences and move on.

Anne Lora Santos of The Filipino Times said "Everything About Her" is a finely made movie that teaches OFs like her, a lesson. "It is the right combination of comedy and drama. It is a movie that will remind you of what's important in life and it should defy pride and ego and achieve love and forgiveness."

Bernal confirms that this was the lesson she wanted to impart. "You try to forgive every day.  Kung puwedeng po sana mag-forgive po kaagad.  Huwag mag-create ng pain or sakit na iyong hindi ka nakaugapay.  Ang gusto ko sana ay kung may nanakit sa inyo, o nakagawa ng kasalanan sa inyo - try to forgive agad-agad.  We try to have a good relationship with our friends and co-workers but we find it hard to have an easy relationship with family, Bernal ends.  (You try to forgive every day.  Forgive when you can, as soon as you can.  Don't create pain and wallow in pain.  I wish that you forgive the people who hurt you or have caused you pain)."


Adelina Duenas of Albayanon UK said that this lesson is her greatest take away from the movie.  "We are only in our borrowed time in this earth so we should do the best for others and learn to accept mistakes and be ready to forgive."

Nikko Tolentino of Planet Philippines agrees and says I've learned that forgiveness is an important theme that people take for granted."  Tolentino adds that he is excited to see the first on-screen collaboration of Locsin and Santos.  "I'm looking forward for the great interaction of the Star for All Seasons, the box office royalty and the Kapamilya Heartthrob," Tolentino ends.


Turning the press con from a mid-day revelry into an entertaining exchange was Lim who reenacted his dance scene with Locsin, much to the delight of the members of the press and Filipino community.  

"Everything About Her" is extended in Vue Cinemas in Shepherd's Bush in the United Kingdom on February 13, 14 and 16 and select cinemas in the Middle East until February 17.   

Hosted by DJ Jhai Ho of "Pangako Sa `Yo," MOR and abs-cbn.com's "Hotspots," the press conference plus the complete listing of theatrical screenings of "Everything About Her" can be seen on emea.kapamilya.com


Catch Cinema One's Valentine Treat feat. Piolo Pascual and Sarah Geronimo



On Sunday, February 14, you have a date with Cinema One's Sunday Blockbusters as it treats you to the premiere TV screening of multi-million blockbuster hit "The Breakup Playlist", produced by Star Cinema  and Viva Films.

 

This romantic drama film starring Piolo Pascual  and Sarah Geronimo  is written by blockbuster maker Antonette Jadaone and directed by her real beau Dan Villegas.  They gave to life characters of law student Trixie (Geronimo) and musician Gino (Pascual), whose paths cross because of their love for music.  The two collaborate in a song and sparks fly for them and develop feelings for each other which eventually work for and against them.

 


The film was shown in just 180 cinemas nationwide but bested other international films on its first day opening gross with Php 15 million. The movie ruled the box-office chart taking the first spot over Hollywood movies. Due to positive reviews from the viewers, it was shown in more than 200 cinemas nationwide on its second day.


Catch this Valentine treat from Cinema One this Sunday at 8pmonly the country's number cable channel.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Watch: ABS-CBN Valentine 2016 Station ID 'Feb-Ibig Wins'


ABS-CBN has released the station's Valentine Station ID 2016 called “Feb-ibig Wins.”

The video features stars from various romantic teleseryes and shows that including Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Jodi Sta. Maria and Ian Veneracion of “Pangako Sa ‘Yo”; Matteo Guidicelli and Enrique Gil of “Dolce Amore”; the stars of “Pasion de Amor”; Kim Chiu and Xian Lim of “The Story of Us”; Robi Domingo and Alex Gonzaga of “Dance Kids” each of them answering the question: “What is Love?”

Watch below:


Look: The Truth Behind Martin del Rosario's Photo Scandal


During the recent #GMAThanksgivingParty2016 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City, Martin del Rosario admitted to some members of the press that he is indeed the guy in the recent viral scandal photo. The unsuspecting guy who looked exactly like him was caught on cam while inside a toilet room wearing nothing but a sando.

Well, mukha ko ‘yan… sando ko ‘yan, alam ko. Una, hindi ko alam kung sino yung kumuha or hindi ko maalala yung moment na ‘yan. Hindi ko alam kong sino yung mga kasama ko nung kinuha ‘yan. Hindi ko alam kung totoo tuloy. Ibig sabihin, pinagdudahan ko yung picture mismo,” he said.

Pero kita ko yung sarili ko, e. Pero may nakita akong mga blur-blur, pero hindi ko na tuloy sure, since hindi ko matandaan yung moment na ‘yan. Kung edited ba siya or ano. Inusisa ulit namin siya tungkol sa kabuuan ng larawan. Kung ako man ‘yan, siguro hindi ako naging maingat, e. Hindi ko rin naman alam na nakunan ako. Siguro normal lang naman na… wala naman akong ginagawa diyan. Siguro naglalakad lang ako na talagang walang ano [brief], tapos nakunan ako. Tapos, I learned my lesson, dapat mag-ingat ako next time,” he added.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Watch 'Pangako Sa 'Yo' Finale Episode


Top-rating ABS-CBN primetime series “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” airs its finale episode tomorrow night (February 12) after a week of non-stop revelations. The lives of Yna (Kathryn Bernardo), Angelo (Daniel Padilla), Amor (Jodi Sta. Maria), and Eduardo (Ian Veneracion) are about to see major changes after having found out that Claudia (Angelica Panganiban) has been pretending to have amnesia, and that she is responsible for the deaths of David (Diego Loyzaga), Diego (Bernard Palanca), and Caloy (Joem Bascon). 

Will Angelo be able to accept Simon (Alex Medina) as his father? Will Amor and Eduardo finally realize their dream of having a whole family?

“Pangako Sa ‘Yo” continues to captivate viewers nationwide as its episode yesterday (February 10) recorded a national TV rating of 42.1%, or 26 points higher than its rival program “That’s My Amboy” on GMA, which only got 15.4%. “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” earlier hit its all-time high national TV rating of 42.7% last Tuesday (Feb 9). Don’t miss the finale of “Pangako Sa ’Yo,” tomorrow (February 12) after “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

ASUS ZenPad C + ZenPower Special Bundle Promo Extended Until February 20


Make the most out of the ASUS ZenPad C (Z170CG) experience with a special promo bundle that combines the luxury of extensive, high-value entertainment and lasting power. 

Until February 20, this exciting deal throws in a free ZenPower – a 10,050 mAh credit card-sized powerbank – for every purchase of the ZenPad C (for as low as P5,995.00), ultimately inviting users to indulge and relax for as long as they want, wherever and whenever.

According to ASUS Philippines Marketing Manager Jamie Zaldivar, the ZenPad C + ZenPower bundle expertly addresses an entertainment-driven age where users seek out quality experiences that allow them to take their time enjoying many of their favorite things. “With communication and entertainment devices constantly in use by a mobile market, the need for gadgets to remain powered up is a key concern for many users,” she says. “Paired with the ZenPower, the ZenPad C presents an idyllic opportunity for its users to take pleasure in the added benefit of extended hours on their tablets – enabling them to truly unwind at their own pace, in their own time.”

 
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Known as the ultimate entertainment tablet, the ZenPad C truly promises and delivers luxury on your terms with an impressive 7-inch IPS display and DTS-HD Premium Sound, which result in stunning brightness and image clarity for all your favorite shows, films, and videos. Thin and light at just 8.4mm thick and 265g and boasting a sleek yet simple design, it also allows users to enjoy every feature in style, and on the go. Packed with 16GB of storage expandable up to 128GB, users get to enjoy adding a wide plethora of entertainment options to their devices, giving them the pleasure of great choices and variety.

Completing the attractive offering are the ZenPad C’s handy call and text functions, which guarantee impressive connectivity. The Dual-SIM tablet features 3G capabilities, ideal for social media messaging, social media apps and web browsing. “

The ZenPad C has enjoyed good reviews from local tech experts and users who have hailed the tablet for achieving the perfect combination of high value and affordability in terms of design, experience, and features.

 

Availability and Pricing

ASUS ZenPad C is now available in all authorized re-sellers nationwide for as low as P 5,995.00.

TV5 Launches Election 2016 Coverage Project 'Bilang Pilipino, Ano’ng Say Mo?'

Guest Speakers Architect Paulo Alcarazen, Urban Planner Karima Palafox 
with TV5 President and CEO Emmanuel C. Lorenzana


As the election campaign period begins, TV5’s 2016 election coverage goes into high gear with the launch of Bilang Pilipino, Ano’ng Say Mo?. This engagement with Filipino voters on today’s election issues brings the country’s leading media giants: TV5, PLDT, Voyager, Meralco and Smart together in a nation-wide drive to educate Filipino voters on the policies and concerns that are important to know as they go to the polls on May 9, 2016.

To kick-off “Bilang Pilipino, Ano’ng Say Mo?”, a symposium was conducted last February 05 at TV5 Studio 4 in Reliance, Mandaluyong City which drew a crowd of  opinion makers, social media influencers, and Bilang Pilipino partner employees. It was a remarkable event that made #BilangPilipino one of the top trending topics on Twitter that day. Focus of the discussion was on Metro Manila’s worsening traffic problem that was thoroughly discussed by well-known UP Professor and Architect Paulo Alcarazen and Urban Planner Karima Palafox. The two experts traced the root causes of traffic congestion in the metropolis and other urban centers in the country as well as its impact in the lives of Filipinos and its possible solutions. Highlighted was the need for long-term solutions that the next Philippine President has to embark on to address the threat of urban gridlock that will make Metro Manila “uninhabitable” within four years according to some observers.

Despite the fact that it will definitely take years for the nation to solve the traffic issues, Palafox emphasized that now is the best time for the Philippine government to find ways on how to encourage motorists to get out of their cars when it’s possible for them to walk; fix the imbalances in the cities through affordable housing projects and the like; and for every Filipino to choose the common good – follow traffic rules and regulations and embrace the streets with equanimity. Likewise, Architect Paulo Alcarazen stressed that there is a need for inclusive mobility to solve traffic issues – cleaning and clearing are the first steps; reducing garbage and blockages in cities like Metro Manila; and creating more rails than roads.

Through Bilang Pilipino, TV5 joins the nation in its quest for better and more effective governance starting in educating and equipping Filipino voters with everything they need to know about the upcoming national elections. 

Get the latest updates on Bilang Pilipino campaign and Bilang Pilipino, ano’ng say mo? project. Visit http://bilangpilipino.com/ or follow TV5’s Bilang Pilipino on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BilangPilipino and Twitter: https://twitter.com/BilangPilipino

(Trailer) Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good and Evil


Check out the full trailer of the funniest, scariest gay movie of the year "Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good and Evil".

Starring John Lapus, Kean Cipriano and Alex Medina. With Chokoleit, Mich Liggayu, Alessandra de Rossi, Bekimon, Nico Antonio, Francine Garcia, Ruby Ruiz, Negi Negra, Kiray Celis, Odette Khan, the bachelors of 1:43 (Yuki Sakamoto, Anjo Resurreccion, Gold Aquino, and Yheen Valero), and many more.




Directed by Lemuel Lorca, "Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good and Evil" is showing in cinemas on April 2016.

Casey Affleck Becomes the Accidental Hero in 'The Finest Hours'


Academy Award® nominee Casey Affleck ("Interstellar," "Oceans 13") stars in Disney's daring sea rescue tale "The Finest Hours" as Raymond Sybert, the mid-level crew member aboard the ill-fated Pendleton who suddenly becomes the man to whom everyone looks for guidance.

A heroic action-thriller, "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, the film transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. The film also stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Eric Bana.

"The story really spoke to me about heroism and leadership," Affleck says. "These men were in a terrifying situation, yet they figured out a way to work together, ultimately bringing out the best in one another to accomplish the unthinkable."

He continues, "This was a really compelling situation for Ray right off the bat because he's an engineer who doesn't ordinarily interact with the rest of the crew. He never goes on deck and he certainly doesn't have to make decisions that affect the lives of anyone else, but he's a thoughtful guy who knows his way around a ship. He brings knowledge and experience to this emotionally-heightened situation, which comes in handy when the men begin to panic and fight with one another."




According to director Craig Gillespie, "The interesting dynamic on the Pendleton is that when it sunk, all the officers aboard died. They were all on the bow of the ship so there was really no clear command of who should actually be in charge, so Sybert becomes a reluctant hero, the antihero. He does not like authority, and the dichotomy here is that when the situation happens he has to step up and rally the crew, becoming, in essence, the person that he detests."

He continues, "Ray has always avoided that by working down below in the bowels of the boat and not having to take on the onus of the authority and the weight of having to carry that responsibility. That's the struggle that we found so interesting, and Casey really did a beautiful job working through that, becoming a leader for the men and having to do that to save all of their lives."

The stern of the Pendleton where the engine and the control stations were located is able to temporarily remain afloat due to the air in the ship's ballast tanks, but the engine room still begins to flood. And while the ship was equipped with lifeboats, it was too dangerous to try launching them in the turbulent water, as the colossal waves would crush the wooden boats. Sybert assembles his men and together they create a manual tiller by attaching chains to the existing rudder and guide the ship to a nearby shoal where they run aground and plan to wait out the storm. Eventually a fisherman spots the Pendleton off the coast of Chatham, reporting it to the local Coast Guard station.

"Ray is forced to rise up out of the engine room and go topside on the ship, but to also rise to a position of authority," says producer Jim Whitaker, "and what Casey is able to show us is that once he's chosen to take the mantel and assume leadership of the men, he really is strong, and the colors of that are really interesting for him."

Concludes Casey Affleck, "It's a real story about real people and what they are capable of doing, and how saving their own lives and the lives of others helps them to understand and appreciate their own strengths."




Opening across the Philippines on March 02, "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 and use the hashtag #FinestHoursPH.


ABS-CBN Star Kargo Launches Service in Greater Toronto



ABS-CBN Star Kargo, 
a Kapamilya service of TFC that is a one-stop shop for door-to-door shipments from the U.S. to the Philippines, has expanded its coverage by launching on January 16 in Ontario, Canada to serve the Greater Toronto Area.
 

"Star Kargo Canada was conceived with the fast-growing Filipino Canadian community in mind," said Ray Olano, ABS-CBN North America head of sales and distribution. "There are over 70,000 Filipino Canadian households and many of them have benefited from using our products and services like TFC and myRemit.  Thousands have also been engaged by our TFC Events.  Adding Star Kargo to our list of offerings in Canada means our customers here can enjoy the same quality, reliability and trustworthy service that ABS-CBN and TFC have been known for." 

To kick off its service, Star Kargo Canadaannounced its two drop off locations under Authorized Agent MCA Cash & Cargo Inc.: 6-3500 Pharmacy Ave. Scarborough ON, M1W2T6 and 1445 Courtneypark Drive East, Mississauga ON, L5T2E3.  Pick up of boxes may also be requested. 

To celebrate its launch, Star Kargo Canada is offering a Special Introductory Price of $5.00 CAD off per box until February 29, 2016. 

To learn more about ABS-CBN Star Kargo Canada, call 416.495.7007 or visithttp://www.star-kargo.ca

Penélope Cruz Turns into a Sexy Police Officer in 'Zoolander 2'


Penélope Cruz has proven herself to be one of the most versatile actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters, and becoming the first actress from Spain to be nominated and win for an Oscar.

Her versatility comes to the fore anew as she tries slapstick comedy with Paramount Pictures' hilarious sequel, "Zoolander 2" in which she stars with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig.




In the film, not long after their fashion comeback in Rome, Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and Hansel (Wilson) are approached by Valentina Valencia (Cruz), a beautiful Special Agent with Interpol's Global Fashion Division who recruits them to help solve an investigation surrounding an alarming list of murdered pop stars. All the murders have one glaring characteristic in common that could crack the case— a selfie at the time of their death with that look... Zoolander's signature look BLUE STEEL. Believing there is only one person capable of interpreting that look, Valentina and her partner look to Derek to help infiltrate the world of high fashion and crack the case.

"Valentina is incredibly beautiful, a sexy Latin fashion police agent, who oozes sexuality but is all business. She just wants to figure out who's killing these pop stars," explains Stiller who also co-wrote and directed the film.

Throughout the writing process, Stiller had only one actress in mind for the role of the intelligent and super-sexy investigator, the incomparable Penélope Cruz. "From the beginning it was always Penélope. While we were writing, I loved imagining her saying the lines with her accent. She was one of the first people I called and she said yes very quickly. I was so happy because I couldn't imagine anyone else doing it."

"I got a call from Ben and when he mentioned Zoolander I asked him if he was serious because I loved the first movie so much," recalls Cruz. "I was really excited that he wanted to make me part of this."

Cruz was drawn to the surprising complexity of Valentina. "I like this character because she has many colors and many faces. She's the smart and efficient one but there is also something a little bit off in her. From the beginning I had to find where exactly that note is off and how she has to be a weirdo in a parallel way to Derek," recalls Cruz.

Despite the absurdity of some of the scenarios and circumstances, Penélope approached the character with extreme focus and heft, which complemented Derek's light-hearted and dim-witted nature. "Penélope took it very seriously and really cared about Valentina's backstory and where she was coming from. She consistently asked herself what would Valentina be thinking in this scene and how does she relate to Derek? I loved that, because in a movie with an absurd tone, the more the actor takes it seriously, the more the audience can invest in the reality of the movie," comments Stiller.




For Penélope Cruz's Valentina, the comedy of her character was found in the unintentional inherent sexiness of the serious Interpol agent. Whether it's a corset worn underneath her clothes in case she happens to have to power-swim off a remote island, or a skin-tight fire-engine red moto suit that perfectly matches her red motorcycle, Valentina is always dressed for whatever the investigation calls for and looks good while doing it.

The different outfits give Valentina the classic spy look with a sexy edge, taking advantage of Penélope's natural beauty and ability to wear clothes extremely well. "With Penélope's character we wanted to play up the whole '60's Italian Sophia Loren and Bridgette Bardot iconic images of sexy and beautiful Italian women, while playing up the comedy of a character who doesn't know she's so sexy. It was really fun to find the balance between Valentina being quite serious and quite seriously fantastic, and Penélope is so stunning and wears clothes so well," says costume designer Leesa Evans.

"These characters take themselves too seriously which is important for the rhythm and comedy of this film because everything is outrageous. But what Leesa has created is so unique and special. Some of the looks are so over the top they almost hurt your eyes, there is so much beauty in every piece she's created," concludes Cruz.

Opening across the Philippines on February  24, 2016, "Zoolander 2" is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

VP Contender Gringo Honasan Aims for Equality, Better Lives for Filipinos


United Nationalist Alliance Vice Presidential candidate Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II hits the campaign trail today with the battle cry “Patas ang Laban,” and armed with almost 40 years of experience both as part of the military and as a member of the Philippine Senate.

His platform of government complements UNA standard-bearer VP Jejomar Binay’s “Gaganda ang Buhay” that when combined means EQUALITY leads to BETTER LIVES.

Senator Honasan is an advocate Pro-Poor Governance & Ideology by integrating poverty reduction, respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms to allow people to live with dignity.

The key to progress is to adopt economic and social policies that are responsive to the people’s needs, while holding decision makers accountable to the people and make them adhere to the rule of Law,” he said of his platform of government.

We need to harness our natural resources to ensure sustainable development, maximize the potential of an empowered citizenry, and the economic impact of the business sector, to attain the liberalization of the less fortunate citizens from poverty and unconscionable inequality,” Senator Honasan added.

Senator Honasan has fought for a lot of different causes throughout his life - 17 years as a soldier, 7 years as a rebel and 21 years as a Senator, but the one thing that has remained constant is his guiding principle for God, Country and Family.

As a solider, Senator Honasan  gallantly fought for democracy earning him a number of medals, awards, decorations and commendations for gallantry in action including three Distinguished Conduct Stars, Gold Cross medals and Wounded Personnel Medals sustained in combat. In 1985, he was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men given by the Philippine Jaycees.

In 1986, Honasan was one of the young leaders who broke away from the martial law government and led his troops to ignite the EDSA revolution. 

In 1995, Senator Honasan ran for office as the first truly independent candidate in Philippine political history to win a Senate seat.  He was re-elected in 2001, 2007 and recently in 2013.


Achievements And Accomplishments


He is principal author and co-author of, among others, the Clean Air Act of 1999, Clean Water Act, the National Security Policy, Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2009, the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms Law (CARPER). He is shepherding the Freedom of Information Act which he now refers to as the POGI Bill – People’s Ownership of Government Information Act, the National Mapping and Resource Authority Law and the Land Use Act.

Senator Honasan has proposed a Mini-Marshall Plan for Mindanao to help jumpstart economic development, peace and order, and political unity. The proposal will also help end centuries of armed

To date, he has sponsored over 200 Medical-Dental-Surgical Missions in depressed areas of the country, serving at least 20,000 indigent patients.

He is a prime mover of the National Security Strategy Framework which seeks to define the country’s national security and strategy in the light of internal and external security threats and the consequent National Peace Policy.

Sponsored the computer education scholarship of 3,000 students thru the Sulong Dunong sa Kaunlaran program and the college scholarship of 106 out-of-school youths.

Under the Gregorio B. Honasan Peace and Development Foundation, he regularly distributes relief assistance to calamity-hit areas in the country.

Served thousands of constituents requesting for claims for PVAO, SSS and AFP/PNP claims and refund of teachers’ loans through his Public Service Program aired over RMN-DZXL and DZRH-Radyo Natin and Gringo Honasan Reports aired over RPN-9 and PTV-4.

This election is not about me. It is about you, your future and the future of the country. This may be the last time I will stand on a national platform to speak to the Filipino people. And my message to those who were born during that time and those who were not yet born, is this: ‘When the Filipino people get together with their soldiers under moral leadership, change is possible, that the systemic changes and the re-engineering of our society and our government that is required for real reforms can actually happen—we did it 30 years ago, I believe we can do it again. All we need to do is to make rational, intelligent, informed decisions based on facts, not on popularity or perception before we cast our vote.’

I have dedicated most of my life to my country, yet for a few times, history has placed me as an enemy of the government and the people I have sworn to protect. History may be written by the victors, but it is up to us to carve out our own legacy, and my accomplishments are proof of what I have done for our country.”

I have stood in the grounds of Malacanang Palace three times in my life in full combat gear without an invitation except the invitation from my conscience, but after 42 years, now, I know exactly what to do.”

Gringo Honasan – for Equality, for Progress, for Vice President.

Monday, February 8, 2016

(Video) Daniel Padilla Ghost Singer During Pangako Sa 'Yo Farewell Tribute on ASAP


The whole cast of 'Pangako Sa'Yo' appeared on ASAP stage on Sunday to give a farewell performance for their fans. 

Leading the pack are the lead stars and Asia's emerging love team Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. Aside from the undeniable romantic gesture of the two, what caught my attention is the voice used behind Daniel Padilla's singing. It's not his! I hear Khalil Ramos singing.

Despite releasing 6 top-selling albums, why used somebody else's voice when singing?



PGT 5 Audition Video: Amazing Pyra, a Fire Dancer from Antipolo City


Amazing Pyra, a fire dancer from Antipolo City earned a standing ovation from the four "Pilipinas Got Talent" judges speechless with his explosive dance routine using fire and pyrotechnics.

Watch below:


PGT 5 Audition Video: Yoyoy Villame Impersonator from Bohol


Daniel Bautista, a barangay kagawad from Bohol wowed the judges of "Pilipinas Got Talent" with his impressive impersonation of novelty singer Yoyoy Villame on Sunday, February 7.




Freddie Garcia: "Bravo, Daniel. Matagal ko nang hinahanap 'yan."

Angel Locsin: "Ginawa mo siya ng grabe ang energy niyo. Tapos enjoy na enjoy kayo sa ginagawa niyo kaya ako, bilang manonood, nag-enjoy din po ako."

Vice Ganda: "Meron ho kayong magandang talent sa novelty singing kaya bet na bet ko."

PGT 5 Audition Video: DM-X Comvaleñoz of Compostela Valley


DM-X Comvaleñoz, a group of hip hop dancers from Compostela Valley, showed off their dance skills to the tune of Limp Bizkit's "Rollin" which gave them four nods from the judges of "Pilipinas Got Talent" Season 5 on Sunday, February 7.




Robin Padilla: "Bravo! Ako'y bihirang napapabilib ng tumatambling, kasi madalas sa tumatambling, mali ang bagsak. Pero kayo, tama lahat ang bagsak niyo."

Vice Ganda: "Nakakaloka. Hindi kayo pang-PGT. Pang PGH, Pilipinas Got Hayop sa Talent!"

Angel Locsin: "Ako, natutuwa ako sa inyo kasi ang dami kong nakitang bago, na ang ganda ganda niyong binigay. Nagulat talaga ako. At bihira ako mapatayo ah, at tumayo ako kanina para sa inyo."

Freddie Garcia: "Grabe 'yung energy niyo ah, grabe. (It's the) first time I saw such energy."

PGT 5 Audition Video: Yolanda Survivors ESSU Campus Dance Troupe


The Eastern Samar State University-Salcedo Campus Dance Troupe performed an Avatar-inspired dance routine, complete with blue body paint on Sunday's edition of the 5th season of "Pilipinas Got Talent" to help their family, and to rebuild their school wrecked by typhoon Yolanda..




Despite their good cause and touching back story they  failed to get the needed count of "yes" from the 4 judges to advance to the next stage of the competition. Despite that, they were able to received P100,000 each from judges Vice Ganda and Angel Locsin.
 

Super Bowl 50 Video: Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Coldplay Super Bowl Halftime Show


In a very special participation number, former Super Bowl half time performers Beyonce and Bruno Mars joined Coldplay in the Super Bowl 50 Halftime show on Sunday, February 7 (Monday in Manila) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The show which was sponsored by Pepsi featured a musical celebration of past, present and future. The audience also participated in the performance showing America’s multi-cultural heritage while the three delightedly performed on stage.



Watch below:




Super Bowl 50 Video: Lady Gaga Sings 'Star Spangled-Banner'


She killed it!

Lady Gaga rendered a heartfelt, masterclass performance of the US National Anthem “Star Spangled-Banner” at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7 (Monday in Manila).


Look: John Lloyd Cruz and Jennylyn Mercado First Movie Team Up


Spotted: Kapamilya blockbuster actor John Lloyd Cruz and Kapuso back-to-back MMFF best actress awardee Jennylyn Mercado and controversial blockbuster director Cathy Garcia-Molina join forces in the next Star Cinema movie.

Are you guys excited?
 

Look: James Reid and Nadine Lustre Bench Summer Campaign Billboard Photos


James Reid and Nadine Lustre join famous local clothing line Bench for their 2016 summer campaign.

On their personal Instagram accounts, both James and Nadine posted their respective photos that will soon be seen in the billboards along EDSA Guadalupe.

Check out below:


A photo posted by Nadine Lustre (@nadzlustre) on

A photo posted by @bcbench on

Barbie Forteza Receives Certificate of Appreciation from PCMC


Known for being an active advocate of 'Adopt-A-Room' project, Kapuso star Barbie Forteza chose to spent her 18th birthday celebration with the kids of the Philippine Children's Medical Center in Quezon City.

On Sunday, the "That's My Amboy" star received a 'Certificate of Appreciation from Philippine Children's Medical Center that says:

"In grateful appreciation for reaching out and giving hope to patients of Philippine Children's Medical Center through Adopt A Room project and during her 18th birthday program."

Sunday, February 7, 2016

'Lip Sync Battle Philippines' Airs on GMA-7 this February


The local TV version of "Lip Sync Battle," the hit American musical reality competition produced by Viacom will air every Saturday night starting late this month on GMA-7. To be hosted by Michael V. and Iya Villania.

Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the Pinoy version will feature famous Kapuso celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights in the Philippines.




The original U.S. series is hosted by two-time Grammy award winner, LL Cool J with Chrissy Teigen as color commentator, and has featured an array of A-list musical combatants such as Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Iggy Azalea, Justin Bieber, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Legend and John Krasinski. Their performances have been well-received, with several of the clips going viral on social media. Anne Hathaway’s “Wrecking Ball” clip alone garnered over 17 million views to date on YouTube.

In Asia, local formats of Lip Sync Battle also airs in Indonesia, China, and Vietnam.

Alden Richards to Release 3rd Studio Album under GMA Records


Moments after receiving his triple platinum award for his second studio album 'Wish I May' and a platinum award for his single of the same title, Alden Richards, as announced by GMA Artist Center, is already busy preparing for his next and third  album under GMA Records.


A photo posted by GMA Records (@gmarecords) on


A photo posted on GMA Records Instagram  account, shows the phenomenal Kapuso actor meeting with the executives of his record label.



Watch: Beyonce Formation (Clean) and Formation (Dirty) Music Videos


Prior to her much-awaited Super Bowl 50 performance, Beyonce released her new single titled “Formation” with music videos in two flavors - Clean and Dirty.

Formation (Clean)



Formation (Dirty)


Look: Was it Jennifer Lopez or Her Doppelganger?


Without makeup on, “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez appeared in a dubsmash video with her boyfriend Casper Smart.

It took me several times before I could probably realized that it was really her in the vid. She looks.....ok.

Watch the video below:

A video posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc) on

TV Ratings: ‘Pangako Sa ‘Yo’ and ‘Ang Probinsyano’ Surpassed 40% Mark, ‘Its Showtime’ Continue to Beat ‘Eat Bulaga’


According to the latest report released by Kantar Media/TNS covering Urban and Rural Household TV ratings nationwide, ABS-CBN's primetime shows “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” and “Pangako Sa’Yo” surpassed the 40% marks with 45.2% and 40.3% respectively on February 4.

Meanwhile, Kapamilya pre-noontime series “Be My Lady” continue to dominated its timeslot with 17.6% ratings against rival show The Ryzza Mae Show which earned 9.1% TV ratings.

“It’s Showtime” continue to lead the noontime slot with 18.2% vs. rival show “Eat…Bulaga!” with only 15.1%.




Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson Continue Boosting their Career as Supermodels, Pose in Valentino Shopping Windows in Rome


Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson continue boosting their career as supermodels.

The actors, who attended the premier of “Zoolander 2” in Rome on Saturday night, along with colleagues Will Ferrell and Justin Theroux, posed in the shopping windows of Valentino flagship on Sunday afternoon. The Roman-based fashion house collaborated with the movie’s costume designer Leesa Evans on a range of outfits for the comedy.

Stiller sported a military green suit embellished with butterflies, as well as a camouflage shirt, while Wilson opted for a more casual look, including beige pants, a lime green leather bomber jacket and a shirt showing a tropical pattern. He finished the look with black sunglasses and a grey beanie.

While Stiller struck mannequin-like poses, Wilson pulled moves inspired by martial arts comedy movies.

The duo already made an incursion in the fashion industry last March, when they hit the runway of the Valentino women’s fashion show at Paris Fashion Week as the film’s male supermodel characters.
In Paramount Pictures' eagerly anticipated comedy sequel “Zoolander 2,” male models Derek (Stiller) and Hansel (Wilson) were enjoying the wonders of the `Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too,' and Mugatu (Ferrell) was behind bars. An unforeseen catastrophe strikes the Center and forces the duo into seclusion, living off the grid. Fifteen age-defying years later we find a still shamed Derek and Hansel leading isolated, separate lives, shut-out from the rest of the world.

 


When each receives a special invitation to star in a major world fashion event in the ancient and mysterious city of Rome, they are unable to deny the allure of returning to their former glory and make their way back to civilization. Upon arrival, Derek and Hansel meet the bizarre and eccentric designers that are behind the new fashion empire. The two rapidly realize the fashion world they once knew has drastically changed, thrusting them awkwardly and literally back into the spotlight.

While they struggle to find relevance in this strange new world of blogging, vlogging, and anti-fashion fashion, they are recruited to help stop a calculated and deadly plot that if not stopped, would destroy forever the hopes for fashion to return to its revered and glorious status. Only Derek and Hansel have the power to SAVE FASHION.

Opening across the Philippines on February 24, 2016, “Zoolander 2” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

(Video) Lucky Aces Wins Dance Kids Grand Finals


Online sensation dance duo "Lucky Aces" composed of Reyond "Lucky" Ancheta and Andree Camille "AC" Bonifacio were named the first ever grand champion of ABS-CBN dance reality competition "Dance Kids" on Sunday, February 7.

The Filipino-Canadian dancers beat dubstep specialist Dhao Mac Macasipot (29.62%) and dance sport duo Step Kids (27.69%) after getting 42.69% of viewers' votes. They won P2-million, 2 house and lot, a trip with the family to Hong Kong Disneyland, a shopping spree worth P300,000, and a Star Magic contract.




For their final performance, Lucky Aces performed with hip hop group A-Team, Enrique Gil and Georcelle Dapat-Sy.




Lucky Aces was known for their awesome dance routines that earned thousands of hits on YouTube. They also graced The Ellen deGeneres show twice and even joined Ariana Grande during one of her recent concerts in the US.


How The Vamps and Spinnr Made Me Feel a Decade Younger


Never I imagined that my recent birthday will allow me to explore a new wonder that I never thought I would ever enjoy.

Although I am not a sure fan of popular sounds, I also would like to believe that classical, jazz music interest me more. Maybe it's our Lolo, who used to sing a traditional and slow romantic songs for his grandchildren when we were a child back in our town up North, who influenced us to appreciate music that way.

My love for music have changed immediately after watching the recent #3logyinmanila concert featuring British pop rock band The Vamps, American Boy group The Tide and American pop band Before You Exit at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, January 30 - several days after celebrating my birthday.

I was hesitant at first to see the show. At my age, I would like to think that these artists are totally out of my league. Their screaming fans would surely irritate my senses. But since I trusted SPINNR so much with the type of artist they support, I gladly went to see what these artist could offer - and voila! I was dancing and singing and taking photos and videos all night to document this awesome experience. I felt like I was 10 years younger. Screaming like I am 19 again. Jumping like as if no one is watching. It felt good. Really good.

To give you a glimpse of what I am talking about, watch these videos below:











PGT 5 Audition Video: GenSan Contortionists Breathtaking Performance


GenSan Contortionists, an all-male contortionist group from General Santos City demonstrated their incredible flexibility on Saturday's episode of the 5th season of "Pilipinas Got Talent" leaving the 4 judges and televiewers in awe.




Vice Ganda: "Napakagaling niyo naman. Hindi ko ma-wari kung ano bang pagkain o hangin ang mayroon sa GenSan at napakahuhusay ng talento diyan."

Angel Locsin: "Sinira talaga nila 'yung araw ko. Pero ang ganda ng pagkasira dahil hindi ko talaga ine-expect sa inyo iyon. Ang ganda po ng pinakita ninyo."
Freddie Garcia and Robin Padilla: "You guys are incredible."

PGT 5 Audition Video: Simpson Tribe Contemporary Jazz Performance


Nothing extra-ordinary but a young family of dancers called "Simpson Tribe" was still able to get the nod of 4 judges with their touching dance performance on ''Pilipinas Got Talent" aired Saturday night, February 6.

The "Simpson Tribe" is composed of dad Joseph Simpson and his children Asia Rose, Genesis Rain, Ramiah Ruth and Josiah.




Robin Padilla: "Ikaw ang anyo ng isang perpektong tatay. Napakaganda po nung inyong presentasyon ano, dahil po sa simple at makahulugang pamamaraan, naramdaman namin pag-ibig niyo sa isa't isa at ang mga talento ng mga batang ito. Mahusay po."

Vice Ganda: "Ang ganda. Napaka-inspiring, napaka-symbolic. Napaka-swerte ng mga batang ito dahil hindi lahat ng anak ngayon ay nabibigyan ng pagkakataong makalaro at makasayaw ang kanilang mga pamilya, ang kanilang mga tatay, lalo na."

Freddie Garcia: "Your performance is definitely heartwarming. It's amazing how you can teach your kids how to dance."

Angel Locsin: "Ako po ay kinilabutan doon sa moment na pumasok si Josiah. Kitang-kita 'yung happiness saka 'yung bonding ng pamilya ninyo. Ako'y natutuwa at nakaharap ko ang isang mabuting ama sa kanyang mga anak. Ako po ay na-touch doon."

PGT 5 Audition Video: FA Flow Circle Tron-Inspired Dance Routines


FA Flow Circle from Cebu impressed the viewers and judges of ''Pilipinas Got Talent'' with their carefully coordinated light suit futuristic dance routine that earned them the 4 "yes" from judges.




Angel Locsin: "Ang ganda ganda naman ng pinakita niyo, sobra naman 'yan. Wala akong masabi, ang ganda. Sobrang aliw na aliw talaga ako."

Robin Padilla: "Mahirap 'yung ginawa niyo, kasi habang sumasayaw kayo, kino-control niyo 'yung ilaw 'di ba? Bilib ako dahil napagsabay-sabay ninyo 'yung mga bagay na mahirap ipagsabay sabay."

Freddie Garcia: "Ako, it's a big wow. Ang galing galing talaga ninyo."

Vice Ganda: "Sa performance lang, okay, wala akong question doon. Okay sa akin."
 

VIRAL!

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