Saturday, April 16, 2016

TV5 News Quiz Show 'Barangay Utakan' Creates More Buzz on its Second Season

TV5’s Barangay Utakan, the first and only “barangayan” quiz show brings sizzle to your summer on its second season.  A fun-filled and exciting take on the Pinoy community spirit, this innovative news quiz show on Philippine television aims to showcase “Pinoy bayanihan’’ in the country’s different barangays - communities rather than just individuals compete for a variety of prizes and collectively try to outsmart the competition by answering questions drawn from current  news and public events. 

The participating teams also get the chance to perform challenging tasks and what makes the show more exciting is the fact that it does not require “talino’’ from the players, they just need “diskarte.”

Barangay Utakan’s unique format that makes it endearing for Filipino viewers has led to copycat versions by other TV stations but nothing beats the original - offering viewers the country’s leading broadcast trio of  internet celebrity and academician Ramon Bautista; Politics for Beginners host, satirist Jun “Bayaw” Sabayton; and newsman and Palanca awardee Lourd de Veyra. They and their female co-hosts:  Bea Benedicto and Nikki Veron make up for a truly stimulating and mind-expanding evening.

Aside from the constant support that it has been getting from the viewers, the Kapatid network also owes the success of this ground breaking show to the brain behind it, its director RA Rivera. “We want to offer something unique, informative, innovative and entertaining to our fellow Filipinos especially the masses. Our goal is to capture their hearts by feeding minds with information and putting emphasis on the essence of nationalism and teamwork,” the director shared. Rivera also stressed that the second season of the show will still continue to keep on pushing sports to be one the driving forces in transforming communities.

Don’t miss the fun, catch Barangay Utakan Season 2 (Sundays, 9 PM) on TV5 and visit its facebook page for more updates:

Watch 'Harapan ng Bise: The ABS-CBN Vice Presidential Debate' Livestream on Sunday, April 17

Vice presidential candidates are set to face the nation anew in ABS-CBN’s “Harapan ng Bise” debate to help voters choose the candidate who carries the best platform for the Filipino family, including those overseas.

The debate, which will air live worldwide via TFC and ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) Sunday (April 17), 5:30 PM, Manila time will allow Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Chiz Escudero, Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative. Leni Robredo, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to talk about their platforms and stand on important issues. Sens. Gringo Honasan and Bongbong Marcos were also invited but could not make it to the debate due to a scheduling conflict.

In “Harapan ng Bise,” the vice presidential candidates will go through several rounds of debate on the most urgent national concerns based on a Pulse Asia survey, test each other’s opinions, and will be grilled by panelists composed of broadcast journalist Tina Monzon-Palma and political analysts Edna Co and Julio Teehankee.

Viewers, meanwhile, will also get to ask the vice presidential candidates questions via social media correspondent Gretchen Ho.

“Harapan ng Bise: The ABS-CBN Vice Presidential Debate” is part of ABS-CBN’s “Ipanalo Ang Pamilyang Pilipino” election campaign that encourages Filipinos to use their vote and uphold the interest and welfare of their families.

Through the debate, ABS-CBN aims to educate the public about the character and platform of the candidates to help voters make an informed choice for the elections. As in the past “Halalan” campaigns, ABS-CBN had organized fora and “Harapan” debates among presidential, vice-presidential, and senatorial candidates. 

This year, ANC let senatorial candidates present their platforms and views in “Headstart with Karen Davila” and featured different party-list organizations in “Beyond Politics with Lynda Jumilla. DZMM, meanwhile, was the first to complete interviews with the candidates for the presidential, vice presidential, and senatorial races through its “Ikaw na Ba ang Para sa Pamilyang Pilipino” interview series anchored by Karen, Vic De Leon-Lima, Gerry Baja, and Anthony Taberna.

Don’t miss “Harapan ng Bise: The ABS-CBN Vice Presidential Debate” this Sunday (April 17), 5:30 p.m. Manila time on TFC and ANC across all platforms worldwide.  “Harapan ng Bise will also be streamed live on TFC and ANC via IPTV and, and will be available after on VOD under the Current Affairs category.

You can also join TFC’s call this election period for a country we all deserve.  Post your selfie against a backdrop or a scenario you want improved, upload in your social media and use the hash tag #Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH
For more information, visit 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Julia Montes Spotted Stealing Kiss from Sam Milby

Kara, Julia Montes' character in Kapamilya Gold series “Doble Kara” confronted and clashed with her twin sister Sara (also Julia Montes) amid the latter’s continuous efforts to lure the former’s beau Sebastian (played by Sam Milby).

In an attempt to win Sebastian’s heart, Sara stole a kiss from him and confessed her true feelings for him. However, Kara witnessed the incident and expressed her rage over Sara’s persistence in seducing her boyfriend, which led to a brawl between the two.

As the rift of the twins got worse, Sebastian made an effort to patch things up between Kara and Sara but they refused to reconcile.

How will the twins’ feud affect their family? How can Kara protect her relationship with Sebastian? Will Sara fulfill her plans of getting even with her twin sister?

Don’t miss the exciting scenes in “Doble Kara,” Mondays to Fridays, after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

KrisTV to be Replaced with 'Magandang Buhay' by Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros, and Jolina Magdangal

Starting Monday, April 25 at 7:30, a new morning habit is about to unfold on national TV as ABS-CBN airs the much-awaited team-up of three of the most entertaining celebrity moms Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros, and Jolina Magdangal in the new morning show that will replace "Kris TV".

A trailer for the new morning talk-show entitled "Magandang Buhay" was released on Wednesday featuring the show's special guests Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo.

Watch below:

(Video) Pia Wurtzbach Admits Exclusively Dating Doctor Mike Vershavski

On Thursday, during her live guesting on Tonight With Boy Abunda, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach finally admits, for the first time, that she is dating exclusively the hottest doctor in the the world, Mikhail Vershavski, better known as Doctor Mike.

Watch Pia's big revelations below:

Watch: Nonito Donaire Jr. Life Story on MMK

“MMK” presents the inspiring life story of “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr., who overcame bullying to become a world boxing champion, this Saturday (April 16) on ABS-CBN.

Nonito’s childhood was mostly miserable. Aside from always getting mocked at school because of his small stature, he also got beaten up by his grandfather whenever he would do something wrong.

Soon enough, his father brought him, together with his other siblings, to the US, but the bullying worsened because people hit him at school.

At age 11, he started training for boxing only because of his father’s encouragement, until he became a professional boxer at 18. But he then quit boxing when he discovered that his father was having an illicit affair, only to go back to it upon his mother’s request.

Nonito (Sam Concepcion) reunited with his father until another serious disagreement arose between them, when his father expressed his disapproval of Nonito’s relationship with Rachel.

Joining this “MMK” episode are Kyle Banzon, Ian De Leon, Mickey Ferriols, Claire Ruiz, Ken Anderson, Harvey Bautista, Mitch Naco, Gigi Locsin, Ces Aldaba, Niña Dolino, and Josh Ford. The episode is directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and written by Benson Logronio “MMK” is led by business unit head Malou Santos.

Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK,” every Saturday ON ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

(Video) Alden Richards Surprises Cebuana Lhuillier Clients, Their Reactions are Unbelievable

Three loyal Cebuana Lhuillier remittance clients got the biggest surprise of their lives as the country’s leading microfinancial solutions provider released once again a set of heart-warming TV commercials, this time featuring its newest brand ambassador, ‘Pambansang Bae’ Alden Richards.

Anchored on Cebuana Lhuillier’s new tagline, “Kaibigan, Ka-Cebuana”, the three TV commercials related the real-life stories of three Cebuana Lhuillier remittance clients - Suzette, a breadwinner who has not celebrated her birthday in 23 years; Oliver, a father who has missed numerous Christmas celebrations to provide for his wife and child; and Florencia, a wife who never had a wedding nor a romantic marriage proposal.

Alden Richards Cebuana Lhuillier Remittance TVC - Marriage Proposal

Alden Richards Cebuana Lhuillier Remittance TVC - Birthday Celebration

Alden Richards Cebuana Lhuillier Remittance TVC - Christmas Eve

Richards, who was recently launched as the latest celebrity endorser of Cebuana Lhuillier, personally greeted and delivered the surprise to the unsuspecting clients while they were transacting inside a Cebuana Lhuillier branch. The emotional reunions of each client with their respective families were also captured as they were treated to a mini celebration of the occasion they missed while working away from their families.

The commercials end with the line, “Alagang binibigay mo, ibabalik namin sayo.”

We’ve always given each client’s money remittance more value than just a mere business transaction. We know that each peso is a product of long hours of hard work and incomparable sacrifices our clients give for their families. This time, Cebuana Lhuillier would like to reward these unsung heroes with their much-deserved care and recognition,” Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier said.

With the official hashtag #AldenCebuanaTVC, the newest Cebuana Lhuillier commercials peaked at number 2 on the Twitter trending list during the day of its official launch last April 10. It gathered a total of 182,500 tweets. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Dive In to 7 Days of Summer-to-Remember with ASUS ZenFone Go Smartphones

Get ready to make an even bigger splash anytime, anywhere you go this season,
with these two hot-shot variants of ASUS’ budget-friendly smartphone:
the new
ZenFone Go 4.5 and the ZenFone Go 5!

This scorching season, whether it is roughing it up for an outdoor adventure, or simply having a relaxing time at home, ASUS Philippines gives your more than enough reasons to enjoy the summer season without the worry of overspending and cutting down on the fun, with its two summer-ready ZenFone Go variants: starting with the existing ZenFone Go 5 (ZC500TG), and it latest smartphone offering, the new ZenFone Go 4.5 (ZB452KG)!

With the new ZenFone Go 4.5 and the existing crowd-favorite ZenFone Go 5, this new line-up of the ASUS ZenFone Go smartphones really invites users to take a break from their daily regular grind, change to their flip-flops, and ignite the wanderlust they have always had from within,” explains ASUS Philippines Smartphone Product Manager Lenny Lin.

These ZenFone Go variants come in six premium, sleek colors, and are perfect for those who are looking for a great-value smartphone that can ultimately keep up with their lifestyles, and make sure that they get the most out of this season, anytime and anywhere they plan to go.

Summer is definitely the time of the year when a lot of Filipinos want to enjoy and have fun, and with this line-up of ASUS ZenFone Go offerings, users can expect an all-around, daily smartphone that they can use to match their unique lifestyles. To get everyone’s summer spirits up and at them, we have prepared a special campaign which we have dubbed as the “7 Days Of Summer with the Zenfone Go” that shows just exactly how each variant of the ZenFone Go will be the perfect centerpiece to have an even more incredible and stylish summer,” adds Lin.  So sit back, relax and have fun as we give you a quick tour on how you can enjoy your 7 Days Of Summer with the Zenfone Go.


Monday: Go forth and have an organized, fun-filled week ahead

This summer, why not make it a point to have ‘manic Mondays’ become a thing of the past, and have a well-planned out schedule for the entire week? To be at the top of your game all week-long, we deem it best to get your hands on the ASUS ZenFone Go, each packed with a powerful processor that makes it an incredible smartphone for multi-tasking day-in and day-out. Go for the ZB452KG for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad Core Processor, or choose the ZC500TG if you are after a handy smartphone that packs a Quad Core Processor. Because at the end of the day, this much is true – while there are those who believe in having fun in spontaneity, nothing really beats a nifty, user-friendly organizer and to-do list in your smartphone that helps you ease through your week’s plethora of activities.


Tuesday: Go out and about, and reconnect with your network of old pals
With the summer season clearly in full-swing, there is absolutely no excuse anymore for you not to have a little get-together with friends. Just for today, temporarily say goodbye to those diet plans for your beach body, and lose yourself in endless conversations and laughter over a hearty lunch. But of course, no reunion would be complete without the blow-by-blow updates on social media: switching among Snapchat for goofy videos, food flatlays in Instagram, and groupfies in Facebook. Bottom line is, for these occasions, no doubt that you would want to have the ZenFone Go with you, what its fast social connectivity, all thanks to its reliable Android Lollipop 5.1 OS. As an added bonus, you will be delighted to hear that the just-released ZB452KG makes use of the brand-new ASUS ZenUI, giving users a new launcher, more features, and improved security functions.


Wednesday: Go take a backseat at home with a movie marathon

For those who just cannot bear the rising temperature outdoors, here’s an easy-peasy antidote to beat the heat: go for a staycation instead, and stream your all-time favorite films in your ZenFone Go, right at the comfort of your own home. With the ZenFone Go, there is absolutely no more need to experience long queues and purchase overpriced tickets, as watching videos here will give you the vibe of a personal movie theatre. Enjoy edge-of-your-seat action what with the ZenFone Go 4.5’s bright and clear 4.5-inch FWVGA touch-screen display. While thrilling movies can definitely be watched at the palm of your hands with the ZenFone Go 5.0’s superb 5-inch HD IPS display with vibrant colors and crisp image output. Now, who says hump days have to be so expensive and complicated, huh?


Thursday: Just Go for it to keep the romance burning

February may have come and gone, but that does not mean you can forget about warming up your love life too, right? Keep things interesting beyond those cheesy sweet nothings by surprising your partner with a random chat message, perhaps via an invitation for a mid-week afternoon picnic date at the park. Have an intimate set-up, spruce it up with designs that set the mood even more, and don’t forget about your date’s favorite bottle of wine to top it all off. And while you’re at it, do have the ZenFone Go be on full-display as well to ante up your red-hot OOTD, perfect to complement that sleek look you are going for. Because if you’re really going all-out to impress your date a whole lot more, then might as well showcase the ZenFone Go’s premium metallic design – which is in fact, the only smartphone at this price range out there to have a premium finish like this.


Friday: Go and hit the open road for a stress-free getaway

With the weekend just around the corner, nothing else quite says ‘summer’ than a road trip with your fellow adventurous souls. As everyone knows, summer is basically the perfect time to escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, heading over to a place that gives a vibe of a whole new world. And while this is easier said than done, heading to that destination in the best route possible using reliable, real-time GPS tracking mobile apps such as Waze and Google Maps can go a long way – quite literally. And another crucial travel tip: for the road warriors looking to get away, a handy smartphone that packs a mean battery capacity just like the ZenFone Go – what with its 2,070 mAh battery capacity and all – can be your ultimate savior, wherever your next summer itinerary may take you!


Saturday: Go all out to amp up the pool-side entertainment

Hosting pool-side parties and summer cook-outs with success is a lot easier than most people think. For these summer social occasions, the trick is to just make sure you have the right ingredients on hand: tanning beds for the girls who want to sunbathe all afternoon-long, a variety of free-flowing food and drinks for the boys, and of course, the right kind of entertainment for everyone in the form of your ZenFone Go blasting your group’s favorite summer anthems – all incredibly loud and clear, amidst all the party brouhahas. So remember, whether it is in your own backyard, a fancy indoor pool, or a summer resort’s beach-side jacuzzi, a whole lot of Spotify and Soundcloud played using your ZenFone Go can definitely do wonders once everyone gets in their summer groove.

ABS-CBN TFC Airs Worldwide the Coronation of the 53rd Bb. Pilipinas on April 17

ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC) is setting the stage for the worldwide airing of the 53rd Binibining Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night happening on April 17 at the Araneta Center in Quezon City and which will be beamed across the premier network’s platforms worldwide.

After homegrown Kapamilya Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach won the most-coveted crown in the universe in December, the anticipation is highest for the next Filipina beauty and brains who will represent the country in this year’s Miss Universe pageant, usually held in December.

Forty beautiful and bright candidates who emerged from rigorous trainings in January and representing the 14 regions of the country will compete for the Philippines’ much-coveted crown of the Binibining Pilipinas in the pageant dubbed "Celebration. The Best Party Ever."


This year’s exciting roster is composed of local pageant winners, graduates from top schools of the country, artists, sports and fashion enthusiasts, and working professionals who are trying to create names of their own in their respective fields.

The ladies will vie for the following titles: Miss Universe Philippines; Binibining Pilipinas - International; Binibining Pilipinas - Intercontinental; Binibining Pilipinas - Supranational; Binibining Pilipinas -Grand International and Binibining Pilipinas – Globe.

The standards are higher and the pressure is even greater as Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach is set to come home to crown the next title holder.

Aside from Pia, her fellow 2016 winners have also made their own marks in their respective titles: Anne Colis won the Miss Globe 2015 title; Parul Shah bagged Miss Grand International 2015 3rd Runner-up; Christy McGarry won Miss Intercontinental 2015 1st Runner-up; Rogelie Catacutan bested other hopefuls as Miss Supranational 2015 semifinalist; and Janicel Lubina made to the Top 10 of the Miss International pageant, and was awarded Best Dresser.

The 53rd Binibining Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night: Celebration. The Best Part Ever” will be hosted by Xian Lim and KC Concepcion, with former Binibining Pilipinas winners Kris Tiffany Janson, Bianca Guidotti and Laura Lehmann.

See who among the forty candidates will own the stage at the 53rd Binibining Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night airing live via TFC’s Internet Protocol Televisions (IPTV) and online platform ( for only USD 4.95 (with 24-hour VOD access) and via delayed telecast on TFC’s satellite and cable platforms.  TFC IPTV and Premium and Plus subscribers can also relive the moments of the “Celebration. The Best Party Ever” within seven days after the pageant.

For more information, visit TFC’s facebook pages worldwide.

Fastfood Meals Made Even Faster, Easier to Enjoy with Jollibee #8-7000

Now, ordering your langhap-sarap meals and having it delivered fresh, fast and right at your doorstep anywhere in the country just got easier.

Jollibee introduces one nationwide hotline number, #8-7000, to make ordering your favorite langhap-sarap treats more convenient for Filipinos – be it in Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao. It is the first fast-food chain to have a centralized hotline number for nationwide express delivery, as a service to millions of people who have made Jollibee number one in their hearts.

"To ensure that we meet the satisfaction levels of customers, we continuously introduce innovations to the delivery business.  What we wanted was to have one national hotline that customers can easily remember and call," said Jollibee Vice-President and National Business Channels Head Manjie Yap.

The hashtag hotline is bound to trend nationwide, as three of today's hottest celebrities - Sarah Geronimo, Elmo Magalona, and JK Labajo - star in the latest TVC that showcases the convenience and ease of having the #8-7000 number in a hip, music-video type commercial.

The Jollibee Express Delivery hotline is made possible through the newly launched PLDT #MyNumber solution. With this service, Filipinos simply have to dial the hashtag sign (#) followed by the digits, 87000, to satisfy their Jollibee craving anytime and anywhere they are. 

With over 300 delivery stores throughout the country, getting that Jollibee fix just became easier with only one number to call. The hotline number can be reached through PLDT's nationwide network, as well as Smart, TNT, and Sun Cellular networks.

Go ahead and make that hotline bling, dial #8-7000 and enjoy your Jollibee favorites anytime, anywhere.

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Kris Aquino Goes Back to Work After 1 Month After Leaving Showbiz 'For Good'

Fresh from a three-week vacation in Hawaii with her sons Joshua and Bimby, Kris Aquino has returned in time for an endorsement shoot.
Sharing pictures from the photo shoot on Tuesday, the Queen of All Media said, "It felt wonderful to be back in front of the camera again."

Early last month, Kris decided to leave ABS-CBN because of her health concerns brought by too much stress. However, she also hinted that she will still return to showbiz in the future.
"I just said I will rest. You know, one can rest for just three months! My ate was telling me, 'You know, you can come back. You're not leaving na you're a nobody. You can still come back," she said in an interview with Yes! magazine's editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon.
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Carrot Man Jeyrick Sigmaton Turns Fashion Model-Endorser

Internet sensation Jeyrick Sigmaton aka the "Carrot Man" from Mountain Province continuous to be embrace the celebrity  spotlight very well as he becomes the new face of fashion brand Boardwalk.

On the official Instagram page of Boardwalk PH on Wednesday, Sigmaton was seen wearing a hoodie with sleeves adorned with tiny carrots, suggesting that the local clothing brand has designed a line based on his moniker.

Sigmaton went viral after a netizen posted his photos on Facebook while working as a carrot longshoreman up North.

After 1 Month of Airing, 'Game Ng Bayan' Bids TV Goodbye

ABS-CBN's daily late afternoon game show "Game ng Bayan" hosted by Robin Padilla and Alex Gonzaga is set to air its final episode on Friday, April 15.

ABS-CBN Corporate Communications Head Kane Ochoa, on Wednesday, released a statement announcing the end of the 1 month old show.

We thank the hosts Robin Padilla, Alex Gonzaga, MJ Lastimosa, Eric Nicolas, and Negi, the whole production staff and crew, the various barangays that participated in the game, and most importantly, the viewers for their support to the program."

"During its limited run, 'Game ng Bayan' brought fun and entertainment to Kapamilyas around the world and enabled residents in participating barangays to provide the resources they need in their communities by working together in time-bound challenges in the show."

"ABS-CBN, however, will continue to develop programs that will not only give viewers an enjoyable viewing experience but will also bring joy and cheers to barangays across the country."

"In the meantime, Robin Padilla will focus on 'Pilipinas Got Talent,' which has started its semi-final rounds. Alex, MJ, Eric, and Negi, meanwhile, will also attend to other projects."

The conclusion of "Game ng Bayan" will pave the way for ABS-CBN's newest superhero series "My Super D," which will air before "TV Patrol" starting Monday, April 18, while "We Will Survive" starring Pokwang and  Melai Cantiveros moves to an earlier timeslot.

(Music Video) 'Friends' by Blake Shelton - 'Angry Birds' Movie OST

Atlantic Records has announced its release of "The Angry Birds Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" due everywhere on Friday, May 6th. The Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment 3D animated comedy "The Angry Birds Movie" arrives in theatres across the Philippines on May 11th.

"The Angry Birds Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" is available now for pre-order (, with all pre-orders accompanied by an instant grat download of the soundtrack's lead single, "Friends," by Blake Shelton. The track – available now on the iTunes Store, Spotify and other DSPs – is accompanied by a brand new music video which may be viewed now at

"The Angry Birds Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" also includes such tracks as a brand new rendition of "I Will Survive" by global pop sensation Demi Lovato, international pop star Charli XCX's "Explode," Steve Aoki's "Fight," and "Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My)," from superstar Norwegian DJ Matoma (see attached tracklisting). "Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My)" will be available as an individual download and instant grat with all album pre-orders beginning Friday, April 22nd. The album also features music from the cast of The Angry Birds Movie – Peter Dinklage and The Hatchlings.

"The Angry Birds Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" further features an array of classic songs like Scorpions' "Rock You Like A Hurricane," and Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up," in addition to worldwide hit from Imagine Dragons' "On Top Of The World."

The soundtrack also features an "Angry Birds Movie Score Medley" by the film's GRAMMY® Award-winning score composer Heitor Pereira ("Minions," "Despicable Me 2"). In addition, Atlantic will release Pereira's "The Angry Birds Movie (Original Motion Picture Score)" on Friday, May 13th.
In the 3D animated comedy "The Angry Birds Movie," we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry.
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Bill Hader (Trainwreck, Inside Out), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), as well as Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), Sean Penn (Milk), Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Hannibal Buress (Daddy's Home, Broad City), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Sisters), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Billy Eichner ("Billy on the Street"), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and country music superstar Blake Shelton, who co-writes and performs the original song "Friends."

Opening across the Philippines on May 11, "Angry Birds" is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Star Wars' Adam Driver Appears in Supernatural Thriller 'Midnight Special'

Most recently seen as Kylo Ren in J.J. Abrams' global blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Adam Driver now appears in Warner Bros. Pictures' supernatural thriller "Midnight Special."

In the film, a father (Michael Shannon), goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy's special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government.

As the FBI starts to closes in on something for which there is no precedent, they enlist the help of NSA agent Sevier, a bright, instinctual, backpack-toting analyst with a couple days' worth of beard, played by Adam Driver. He's not quite government-issue but that doesn't mean Sevier is any less focused on the job. He just takes a different approach.

"Sevier was probably bored right before he got this case and he's not used to being in the field," Driver suggests. "Plus, the circumstances are so 'out-there' that he's actually excited and interested in being there and trying to figure it all out. Being a part of that corporate structure and dealing with all the protocol and the cases, I think there would be so much room for cynicism but, instead, Sevier seems genuinely curious. That's what I liked about him when I read the script."

Director-writer Jeff Nichols credits the actor with helping to make Sevier both credible and individual. "Adam worked out details that I hadn't written or that maybe I'd only started to scratch the surface of. Sevier is very much an analog guy in a digital age, so he has this ridiculous recorder that he puts in front of subjects despite the fact that there are people sitting behind him typing every word into a Macintosh. He's writing on legal pads. He uses dry-erase boards and sticky notes. But I like that he's a tactile thinker, and Adam helped me to bring that out in a way that didn't feel silly but rather human."

Driver even took him by surprise, Nichols relates: "In one of our first scenes, he comes in with his backpack and throws it down, and his knee hits the table. The backpack falls over and then he has to hunt for his pencil and paper and sort things out. I thought at the time, 'Should I cut?' Then I realized he was doing it on purpose. It helps to give his character those qualities we discussed, and also makes him likeable, which is important."

Additionally, notes producer Sarah Green, "Adam brings a little lightness to a heavy situation because he makes Sevier so charming and earnest."

But Sevier really shines when he's alone with his research. It's there, poring over transcripts of figures and coordinates Alton seemed to pull out of the air, that the agent finally sees patterns emerge. And he's astonished by what he discovers.

"Midnight Special" will be shown starting April 20 exclusively at Cinema 2000 group of theaters, namely Century City, Commercenter, Eastwood, Festival Mall and Shang Cineplex. The film is distributed in the Philipines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SMART Now Offers the Fastest Internet Service in the Philippines, the Smart LTE Advanced

Smart Communications (Smart), the wireless subsidiary of telco giant PLDT, has begun to roll out the country's first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service which can provide significantly higher data speeds than existing LTE services using a capability called "carrier aggregation."


Initially deployed in BoracayAklan, one of the country's leading tourist destinations, Smart's LTE-A service there has posted speeds of up to 250 Mbps.


"With the introduction of our LTE-Advanced service, the next stage of development of 4th generation of mobile technology, Smart is again at the technology forefront, setting the bar higher for mobile service experience," said Joachim Horn, PLDT and Smart chief technology and information advisor.


Smart joins the short list of operators around the world that have tested and rolled out the technology, which is also referred to as 4.5G. This list includes Optus in Australia, Sprint in the US, and Turkcell in Turkey, among others.


"Combined with our other network improvement initiatives for both our mobile and fixed line networks, the introduction of LTE-A will help boost internet services in the country and enable more Filipinos to enjoy and benefit from the fast-growing range of digital services that PLDT and Smart offer," he said.


"We are also planning ahead, in anticipation of future advances in technology. Our current investments in network facilities are already being done in a way that will enable us to be ready for 5G when it arrives sometime in 2020. For this purpose, we are working closely with NTT DoCoMo, which is one of the global pace-setters in the development of 5G," Horn added.


A much wider highway


Carrier aggregation refers to the ability of LTE-A to combine two or more radio frequency bands in order to deliver bigger bandwidth and faster data speeds to mobile users.


"This is like being able to put together two or more separate highways in order to create a wider highway through which vehicular traffic can flow more freely and at a much faster rate," Horn said.


"Wireless technologies being a shared resource, the actual customer experience is typically less than the peak speeds being registered during tests.  But, carrier aggregation on LTE-A, by combining the capacities of two or more frequency bands, will enable Smart to deliver to subscribers with LTE-A devices consistently higher speeds than is possible using LTE.  In Boracay, we have combined three frequencies, which is a first in the country," he explained.


For Smart subscribers using LTE-A capable devices, this translates into superior experiences when using various data services, particularly bandwidth-heavy services like video- and audio-streaming, and gaming.


Currently, the LTE-A capable devices include the Samsung Galaxy S7and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.  Other handset manufacturers are expected to introduce their own LTE-A devices soon.


Smart ran several tests of LTE-A in 2013 – in Boracay during the Geeks on a Beach startup conference; in Davao City during the Kadayawanfestival; and in Makati City.  The introduction of LTE-A capable devices since then has opened the door for its roll-out.


A broader effort


Horn explained that LTE-A is the "cutting edge" of a broader effort to improve the cellular and mobile internet services of Smart and Sun subscribers.


In a network integration program started last year, for example, Smart and Sun have been synergizing their networks to improve the coverage and quality of service for the subscribers of both brands using 2G, 3G and LTE capable devices.


"For example, where it makes technical and marketing sense, we equip a single cell site – either of Smart or Sun – so that this can serve the subscribers of both brands," Jorn said.


As a result of this program, depending on the area, the effective coverage for Smart and Sun subscribers increases by anywhere from 50% to 100%.The program is expected to be completed by end-2016 or early 2017.  This was part of PLDT's P43-billion capital expenditure program (capex) in 2015 and will be funded by the 2016 capex budget which has been set at the same level.


In this program, specific attention is being given to enhancing 3G/HSPA/HSPA+ coverage and capacity because about 90% of Smart and Sun subscribers who go online use 3G handsets.


"Improving our 3G data service thus delivers immediate benefits to the largest number of people in our subscriber base. At the same time, we have been expanding the coverage of our LTE network because the number of subscribers using LTE phones is steadily rising," Horn said.


"And now, we have also begun to deploy LTE-A. The pace of this deployment will be driven by several factors, including the rate at which subscribers start using LTE-A capable devices," he added.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ritz Azul Transfers to ABS-CBN

After Arci Munoz and Alex Gonzaga, another TV5 Princess is moving to Kapamilya network to brighten her career even further.

On Tuesday morning, reports about Ritz Azul, a homegrown Kapatid star, leaving TV5 in favor of a 2-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN surfaced putting excitement to her loyal supporters. 

The sexy actress was welcomed by top ABS-CBN excutives including ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak and ABS-CBN COO Cory Vidanes

A product of TV5 reality-talent search 'Star Factor,' Ritz topbilled numerous TV5 primetimes series such as Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak, Glamorosa, Kidlat and Misibis Bay.

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(Video) James Reid Spotted with Ex-Girlfriend Ericka Villongco's Sister at Paradise Music Festival

Okay, the recent Paradise International Music Festival at Aseana Open Grounds in Paranaque featuring Whiz Khalifa and Kanye West was a huge success. Spotted at the event are a number of huge Pinoy celebrities from entertainment and fashion industries. As expected, the festival also gave birth to some controversies, one of which is the unexpected sightings of James Reid and ex-girlfriend Ericka Villongco's sister Krissy.

Netizens immediately reacted to the photo posted on Instagram by their common friend Debbie Then  showing James in an intimate scenes with Ericka's sister while Nadine is also in the same venue. The of Magic 89.9 DJ and host has since became the subject of tirade online.

Check out the video below:

Earlier that night, JaDine fans were put on a high heaven upon learning that James was seen dating Nadine at the festival. Their excitement was immediately interrupted when another photo showing James, in a series of photos posted by fans online, enjoying the festival with Krissy.

So where was Nadine when James and Ericka are partying?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg Partners with SMART to Change the Lives of Filipinos for the Better

PLDT Chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California to discuss ways of further strengthening their partnership to introduce the incredible value of the Internet to more Filipinos, and ultimately change their lives for the better.

Through a strategic partnership with Facebook, Smart was the first telco in Southeast Asia to roll out Free Basics,  a groundbreaking  service that aims to make mobile Internet available to two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected and uplift their lives by offering access to online sources and services without data charges. The service is now available to more than 30 countries.

MEETING OF MINDS: Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg with PLDT-Smart Chair and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan with the PLDT-Smart Leadership team led by Wireless Consumer Operations Head Katrina Luna-Abelarde (second from left); PLDT Home Operations Head Oscar A. Reyes, Jr. (third) and EVP and Consumer Business Head at PLDT and Smart Ariel P. Fermin (seventh) at the new Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park in California.trengthening our partnership to introduce the value of the Internet to more Filipinos

Since its debut in the Philippines in March last year, millions of users on the Smart network have enjoyed Free Basics, which allows them to get in touch with their loved ones, search information, learn from educational sites, seek jobs, and check the news and weather, among many others, without additional cost – effectively breaking down barriers for many Filipinos to appreciate the real-life benefits of mobile Internet.

Building on the success of Free Basics in the Philippines, Smart and Facebook subsequently introduced Free Facebook Toggle and Free Instagram, leading to a surge in the number of online users, who are now more empowered than ever to live the ‘Smart Life’ with access to meaningful innovations and the widest breadth of digital content at their fingertips.

Pangilinan recently took part in a series of engagements with Silicon Valley leaders and partners, which comes amid the PLDT Group’s rapid transformation as the country’s leading digital company, in line with its thrust to use technology in introducing meaningful changes in the life of Filipinos.

MTV Movie Awards 2016 Winners Leaked

One day before it airs on April 10, the full list of winners for the MTV Movie Awards 2016 have leaked online.

The pre-taped show was held at the Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank on Saturday, April 9 (Sunday, April 10 in the Philippines). It is set to air at 8 pm ET on April 10 (April 11 in the Philippines) on MTV in the US.

Here is the full list of winners:

Movie of the Year
    Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Jurassic World
    WINNER: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Straight Outta Compton

True Story
    Steve Jobs
    WINNER: Straight Outta Compton
    The Big Short
    The Revenant

    WINNER: Amy
    Cartel Land
    He Named Me Malala
    The Hunting Ground
    The Wolfpack
    What Happened, Miss Simone?

Best Female Performance
    Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
    Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect 2
    WINNER: Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
    Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
    Morena Baccarin, Deadpool

Best Male Performance
    Chris Pratt, Jurassic World
    WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
    Matt Damon, The Martian
    Michael B. Jordan, Creed
    Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
    Will Smith, Concussion

Breakthrough Performance

    Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
    Brie Larson, Room
    WINNER: Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
    John Boyega, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    O’Shea Jackson Jr, Straight Outta Compton

Best Comedic Performance
    Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
    Kevin Hart, Ride Along 2
    Melissa McCarthy, Spy
    Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect 2
    WINNER: Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
    Will Ferrell, Get Hard

Best Action Performance
    WINNER: Chris Pratt, Jurassic World
    Dwayne Johnson, San Andreas
    Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
    John Boyega, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
    Vin Diesel, Furious 7

Best Hero
    Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
    Chris Evans, Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Dwayne Johnson, San Andreas
    WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
    Paul Rudd, Ant-Man

Best Villain
    WINNER: Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Ed Skrein, Deadpool
    Hugh Keays-Byrne, Mad Max: Fury Road
    James Spader, Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Samuel L. Jackson, Kingsman: The Secret Service
    Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Best Virtual Performance
    WINNER: Amy Poehler, Inside Out
    Andy Serkis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Jack Black, Kung Fu Panda 3
    James Spader, Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Lupita Nyong’o, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Seth MacFarlane, Ted 2

Ensemble Cast
    Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Furious 7
    WINNER: Pitch Perfect 2
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

Best Kiss
    Amy Schumer & Bill Hader, Trainwreck
    Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey
    Leslie Mann & Chris Hemsworth, Vacation
    Margot Robbie & Will Smith, Focus
    Morena Baccarin & Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
    WINNER: Rebel Wilson & Adam DeVine, Pitch Perfect 2

Best Fight
    WINNER: Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein), Deadpool
    Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) vs. The Bear, The Revenant
    Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) vs. Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), Mad Max: Fury Road
    Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) vs. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Rey (Daisy Ridley) vs. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) vs. Lia (Nargis Fakhri), Spy

MTV Generation Award: Will Smith

Comedic Genius Award: Melissa McCarthy

Tom Esconde and Olivia Medina Named Century Tuna Superbods 2016

Tom Esconde and Olivia Medina were declared the winners of Century Tuna Superbods 2016 on Sunday, April 10 at the Palace Pool Club in Taguig.

Runner-up winners:

Clint Bondad and Ambra Gutierrez - 1st runner-up
Ali Khatibi and Chet Abella - 2nd runner-up

Special Awards:
Shawn Stansbury and Ambra Gutierrez - Beach Bodies
Pio Luz and Kaara Tan - People’s Choice
Clint Bondad and Ambra Gutierrez - Fittest Individual
Clint Bondad and Chet Abella - Belo Beautiful Skin
Clint Bondad and Olivia Medina - Stylish Superbod of the Night
Tom Esconde and Natalia LaLonde - Most Photogenic
Ameen Sardouk and Chet Abella - Runway Superbod of the Night
Andrew Aurellano and Cassie Umali - Superbods challenge winners

(Photos) James Reid and Nadine Lustre TLC Moment Behind the Camera

Real-life sweethearts James Reid and Nadine Lustre were caught by paparazzi in tender loving care moment behind the camera, out of the public least that's what they thought. 

So who said now that they're in a "fake-made-for-public" relationship?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Manny Pacquiao Beats Timothy Bradley; Announces Retirement

Saranggani Congressman and Senatorial bet Manny Pacquiao wins against American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision, 116-110, in their 3rd rubber fight Saturday night (Sunday, April 10 in Manila) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

But shortly after his crowd-pleasing victory, Pacquiao also announced his retirement as he opted to concentrate on his family, fulfill his mission in helping his Filipino people when elected in the Senate next month. 

"My heart is 50-50. But I love my family, I honor my family, my kids. Right now, my decision is to retire." he said in an interview.

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