Saturday, May 7, 2016

ABS-CBN Releases Statement on Its Decision to Air the Anti-Duterte Ad

The Kapamilya network, on Friday, has released an official statement related to its decision to broadcast the controversial anti-Duterte TV ad which uses children to question the capability, morale value of Presidential bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

"The controversial political advertisement being talked about in social media, which aired on ABS-CBN, was produced and paid for by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. Prior to the airing, ABS-CBN's ethics committee reviewed the content of the material, which complies with the requirements of pertinent election laws.

By airing the said commercial, ABS-CBN is being consistent with COMELEC guidelines, which prohibit radio or television stations to discriminate in the sale of air time against any political party or candidate. We are duty bound to air a legitimate ad."

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Friday, May 6, 2016

VP Candidate Alan Peter Cayetano Files Preliminary Injunction Against ABS-CBN and its Top Executives

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday, May 7, secured a temporary restraining order on the airing of political advertisements against presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate on ABS-CBN.

Cayetano filed a petition for preliminary injunction against ABS-CBN Corporation and its top executives before the Regional Trial Court of Taguig City. The respondents are ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, Augusto Almeda-Lopez, Carlo L. Katigbak, Socorro Vidanes, and August Benitez.

Cayetano sought the TRO a day after ABS-CBN began airing the anti-Duterte ad paid for by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, which showed clips of Duterte cursing, uttering his controversial rape remark, and saying he is ready to kill. In between these clips, various children criticize Duterte for his behavior.

In his petition, which ultimately seeks a permanent injunction on the ad, Cayetano asked the court to issue a 72-day TRO on the airing of the ad.

Once the initial TRO lapses, he wants a 20-day TRO "enjoining and restraining respondents and all persons acting on their behalf or under their direction from airing or continuing to air negative political advertisements aimed to discredit" him and Duterte.

The vice presidential candidate said the Duterte camp first learned about the existence of the ad – initially uploaded on Youtube – on April 27, and the network's plan to air it.

He said that same day, Duterte through his lawyer, wrote ABS-CBN "a formal notice and demand to ban/or discontinue the broadcast of said negative advertisement on television and radio to prevent further abuse and exploitation of children and in the higher interest of preserving moral and ethical standards."

The senator said other media groups reportedly rejected the ad "for being contrary to the ethical code of the broadcasting industry."

He added that he and Duterte were "not given the right to reply to the negative ads," and that it would be impossible for the tandem to produce and air an ad to counter them as the last day to campaign is on Saturday, May 7.

Cayetano said the political advertisements "will undoubtedly cause irreparable damage and will work injustice" to their tandem and "the voting public."

He said that "even a cursory viewing of the subject advertisement would show the intention to injure the reputation, credit, and virtue" of their tandem "and expose them to public hatred, discredit, contempt, and ridicule without even giving them the right to reply."

In an interview with Rappler on Friday, Cayetano explained: "We want to do things legally. We want to take the legal course of action."

"It is most unfair to allow a negative ad two-3 days before the election and then to approve that ad and then not approve legitimate ads on our end. It will create irreparable damage to a candidate. If that is the case, if the networks and some political elites and economic elites can get together and destroy the candidacy of one candidate," he added. –

TV5 Prohibits Airing of Anti-Duterte Political Ad Using Children

TV5 releases a statement in line with the controversy of TV networks airing Anti-Duterte Political advertisement. To quote:

"TV5 Network would like to correct speculations that it was among the broadcast stations that aired the negative political advertisement against Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The particular political advertisement was not aired by TV5 because there were certain requirements that were not complied with. The decision not to air is brought about due to this reason. TV5 does not, in any way, discriminate against or favor any political candidate or party."

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Join the World's Celebration of 'The Angry Birds Movie' Red's Carpet Day on May 7

To celebrate the imminent release of Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation’s 3D CG-animated comedy “The Angry Birds Movie,” Sony Pictures will host 41 “Red’s Carpet” premiere events in 343countries around the world on Saturday, May 7.

Countries as wide-ranging as the U.S., U.K., Spain, South Africa, Philippines and Australia, destinations as remote as Montenegro and Nigeria, and many more will each do their share as the red carpet spans the globe. The film’s English-language stars, including Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader, as well as the film’s musical star Blake Shelton, will celebrate at the official World Premiere in Los Angeles, California.

In the Philippines, the Red's Carpet premiere will take place in SM Megamall and is expected to be attended by celebrities and fans of the game.

The full list of countries set for Red’s Carpet Day includes Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Luxemburg, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

We’re thrilled to be rolling out Red’s carpet across the entire globe, all on the same day. The movie has been translated into 42 languages and dubbed by some of the funniest comedy stars in the world, so it’s exciting that audiences of all ages in every country will be able to enjoy the film. No matter where you live, you’ll be able to get into the spirit on a local level with fun events,” said John Cohen, producer of “The Angry Birds Movie.”

A few days later, on Tuesday, May 10, the movie’s all-star international voice actors will participate in an exciting and colorful photo call celebrating the opening of the Cannes Film Festival. On hand will be English-language voice actor Josh Gad (Chuck, in his first animated film since “Frozen”) as well as Omar Sy (“The Intouchables,” “Inferno,” and the voice of Red in France), international TV personality Raya Abirached (who voices Matilda in the Middle East), popular comedian and actor Maccio Capatonda (who voices Red in Italy), comedian Timur Rodriguez (who voices Chuck in Russia) and producer John Cohen.


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), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) 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 Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, as well as Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder, screenplay by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

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

Look: KC Concepcion Introduces Boyfriend Aly Borromeo to Sharon Cuneta

It appears things are getting serious between actress-host KC Concepcion and Aly Borromeo, the former captain of the Philippine Azkals.

The two were spotted together at an intimate home party held in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Concepcion's parents, Sharon Cuneta and senatorial candidate Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan.

Rumors about KC's new beau began when she was spotted at one of the football games of Aly last month. She has since admitted to dating the athlete, describing him as one of the few "good guys" left.

KC has been linked with a number of men following his much-publicized split with actor Piolo Pascual. She was rumored to have dated Paulo Avelino, as well as basketball player Chandler Parsons, among others. - ABS-CBNNews

'Just The 3 of Us' Showing in Malaysia on May 8 at the Federal Cinema in KL

The Filipino Channel (TFC) is set to unfold its theatrical offering in Malaysia starting with Star Cinema’s “Just the Three of Us,” with no less than highly acclaimed Kapamilya actor John Lloyd Cruz leading the screenings on May 8 in Kuala Lumpur.

ABS-CBN Managing Director for Asia Pacific Ailene Averion said that the launch of TFC@theMovies in the country is TFC’s answer to the kababayans’ clamor for more homegrown content. 

Averion shares: “When you are detached or away from the homeland, you seek for avenues that will let you experience how it is to be back home all over again.  One of TFC’s answer to this clamor is TFC@theMovies and its offering of films, some of which try to capture their experiences, bring out the best in every Filipino and most importantly, impart valuable lessons.” 

“Just The Three of Us” which will be screened simultaneously during the first two weeks of May, right after its Philippine screening, brings together three box office royalties in one movie: Blockbuster Director Cathy Garcia Molina, John Lloyd and Jennylyn Mercado in a modern day romantic comedy (romcom).

Scoring first after first, “Just The Three Of Us” continues to mark milestones by being the banner offering of TFC in Malaysia. 

Just The Three Of Us which starts screening in the Philippines on May 4 and in Malaysia the same week, is directed by Cathy Garcia Molina, the director behind the highly successful movie hits such as the iconic “One More Chance and sequel “A Second Chance,” also starring John Lloyd and perennial love team Bea Alonzo. 

John Lloyd on the other hand currently holds the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Phenomenal Star for 2015 title because of the record-breaking results of “A Second Chance.” 

While this is the nth time Direk Cathy and John Lloyd are collaborating, it is Jennylyn’s first movie under Star Cinema. 

Jennylyn herself is a Box Office royalty as she has won back-to-back awards at the 2014 and 2015 MMFF for “English Only Please” and “Walang Forever.”  She was also hailed as part of the Breakthrough Box Office Indie Film in the 2015 Box Office Awards.

Together, they tell the story of Uno (John Lloyd) and CJ (Mercado) who are complete strangers and opposites thrown into a situation that brings them together, albeit, forcibly.  They are both equipped to handle their jobs as airline employees.  Uno is an organized pilot who plans his life well and is considered a success.  However,he only comes home to an empty nest.  Meanwhile, being a flight stewardess is CJ’s dream so while she is a ground crew, she puts her heart to it.  What happens next is not entirely part of Uno’s plans nor of CJ’s dreams.

“Just The Three of Us” will be screened May 8 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Federal Cinema at no. 15 Lengkok Raja Laut, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.  Joining John Lloyd is My Only Radio for Life (MOR) 101.9 DJ Cha Cha.

The nearest station to the venue is at the Mr10 Chow Kit station.

Tickets are at RM 35 for the movie screening and RM 65 for the movie with a Meet and Greet pass.  For tickets, call 011-2980-5438 and Federal Cinema at 404 32231

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(Trailer) Love Me Tomorrow - Piolo Pascual, Dawn Zulueta and Coleen Garcia

Star Cinema has released the first teaser of upcoming romantic drama "Love Me Tomorrow" featuring the love triangle between Dawn Zulueta, Piolo Pascual and Coleen Garcia.

In the movie, Piolo plays a fun-loving man while Dawn plays an older woman who finds herself falling in love to a younger man. Coleen, on the other hand, plays a young socialite in a no-label “connection” with Piolo's character. 

Check out the trailer below:

John Lloyd Cruz and Cathy Garcia Molina to Appear in 'Just The Three of Us' Europe and Middle East Screenings

2015 was a breakthrough year for ABS-CBN in Europe as it broke into the continent’s mainstream film circuit via the iconic Cathy Garcia Molina movie “A Second Chance.”  In 2005, the John Lloyd Cruz-starrer “Dubai” became the second movie to be screened in mainstream Middle East after the movie “Milan.”

John Lloyd Cruz and Direk Cathy will once again play key roles in TFC in Europe and Middle East’s theatrical service as the network brings “Just The Three Of Us,” ABS-CBN’s movie outfit and distribution company Star Cinema’s first movie to bring together the industry’s blockbuster icons in one movie: Direk Cathy, John Lloyd plus Jennylyn Mercado, screening in the Gulf Region starting May 5 and in Europe May 7 and 8.

The 2015 Guillermo Mendoza Foundation Awards Phenomenal Actor is proud to be part of this milestone.  During the recently held virtual press con held among Filipino communities and members of the press in Middle East and Europe, John Lloyd shared: “Hindi ko nga napansin na apat na pelikula ang lumabas (since 2015).  Especially sa panahon ngayon, especially sa Kapamilya network, talagang global ang reach.  Malaking bagay na maraming sumusuporta maraming tumutulong sa mga Pinoy communities partikular sa ibang bansa, at dahil lahat iyan sa TFC.

“Just The Three Of Us” is not the first opportunity Direk Cathy and John Lloyd are working together but it is Jennylyn, 2015 MMFF Best Actress and Breakthrough Box Office Indie Film awardee’s first time not only to work in a Star Cinema movie but also with John Lloyd and Direk Cathy.


Just The Three Of Us’ press conference is also Jennylyn’s first TFC event and the award-winning actress was exuberant.

Working with John Lloyd also had its great perks for her.  “Marami akong natutunan sa kanya.  May side pala siyang nakakatawa at bentang-benta siya sa akin.”

Just The Three Of Us is about two completely opposite individuals who are thrown together in an uncanny opportunity for love. 

John Lloyd says the differences in personalities is key in the movie. “Well sa akin that’s the real essence of love.  That’s the strongest attraction,” the award-winning actor said. 

Direk Cathy told the Filipino community and members of the press that this is not you’re your usual romance comedy.  “Iniimbitahin po namin kayong i-try ang bagong putahe na ito na ino-offer namin sa inyo.  We have made a lot of rom coms before but I think this one is different.  There is something more than just rom com in this film.  I hope you watch it so you know what I mean.

The press conference did not only tackle the movie and the performances but also possibilities in terms of the career of the actors.  The press conference turned light when the Filipino community asked the possibility of Jennylyn moving to ABS-CBN to which Jennylyn answered ‘Hindi pa.” John Lloyd did a rejoinder and emphasized the “pa” much to the audience’s amusement.

Just The Three of Us screens May 5 in the Gulf Region, May 7 in Germany, May 7 and 8 in France, United Kingdom, Scotland, Italy, Malta, Austria and Spain. 

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Zsa Zsa Padilla and Conrad Onglao Breakup - The Reason Behind: 'Masakit magsalita. He looks down on people!'

Given their more than two year relationship that seemed altar-bound, singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla and architect Conrad Onglao left many scratching their heads when the two decided to call off their engagement.

In his column on the Philippine Star published Thursday, entertainment editor Ricky Lo attempted to shed light on the split and learned that it may have been caused by Onglao's attitude towards celebrities and showbiz in general.

One of Lo's sources claimed that Padilla might have gotten "fed up" with Onglao's "hurtful" words aimed at those working at the entertainment industry. The source added that Padilla might have been surprised about Onglao's attitude given how "gentle" Dolphy was.

"Maybe she got fed up with Conrad’s attitude, especially towards showbiz people whom he looked down on. Masakit daw magsalita si Conrad. You know naman how sensitive Zsa Zsa is. Nasanay kay Dolphy who was very gentle," the source was quoted to have said.

According to Lo, Onglao did not know that Padilla was an actress when the two first met through veteran actress Sharon Cuneta. He also claimed that Onglao was uncomfortable with the attention of being in a relationship with a celebrity.

Another source of Lo said that it was Padilla who pulled the plug on the relationship and that her marriage was originally scheduled for June. "And then they moved it to December this year," the source said.

"And then the break-up. They were so in love. At least that was how they seemed to me so I'm sad for Zsa Zsa, I'm sad for Conrad. I really thought that they would end happily ever after together. I thought that he has found his ‘forever," the source added.

Padilla and Onglao's split was confirmed on Tuesday by her daughter, Karylle. The "It's Showtime" host has refused to reveal more details about the break-up, but had asked for prayers for her mother.

"Siyempre kapag may malungkot na balita naman talaga eh hindi ako plastik para sabihing 'di ako nalulungkot, totoo naman nalulungkot ako. I'm just thankful dahil ngayong araw na ito ay ang dami kong na-receive na support, messages, consoling para sa mama ko. So thank you," she said.

According to Lo, he tried to get the side of Onglao on the split but his friends said that the architect did not want to speak and was "feeling low and very sad." - ABS-CBNNews

Cinema One Mother's Day Presents 'Mater Dolorosa' on May 8 at 10PM

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the number one cable channel in the country brings top caliber films perfect for family movie marathon at home.

Catch the award-winning Cinema One Originals film, “Mater Dolorosa” this Sunday, 10pm on Mother’s Day Special. Directed by Adolfo Alix Jr., the film revolves around the story of a mother, played by Gina Alajar, as she faces the greatest test when she takes over her husband’s crime empire while trying to keep her family intact. The film will premiere on Mother’s Day, May 8 at 10PM.

Written by Jerry Gracio, “Mater Dolorosa” is an edgy family drama that portrays a mother’s love and protection for her family. “Mater Dolorosa” is the first Cinema One Originals title made available on iTunes.

The cast also includes Carlo Aquino, Alessandra de Rossi, Cogie Domingo, Felix Roco, Anita Linda, Bembol Roco, Rosanna Roces, Evelyn Vargas, Menggie Cobarrubias, Jason Abalos, Mercedes Cabral, Alwyn Uytingco, Kristofer King, Jess Mendoza, and Philip Salvador.

Among “Mater Dolorosa’s” recognitions were the 2013 Gawad Urian Best Director for Adolfo Alix Jr., the 2013 Golden Screen Awards Best Actress award for Gina Alajar, and the 2013 Star Awards for Movies Best Supporting Actor for Carlo Aquino.

Other Cinema One’s featured films on Mother’s Day are “Remember Me, Mama,” “Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita,” “May Nagmamahal Sayo,” “Ang Tanging Ina,” “Foster Child,” “A Mother’s Story,” and “One More Try.”

Cinema One is on Skycable and Destiny digital channel 56, Destiny Cable Analog 37 and in over 500 cable operators nationwide. For more information and updates, like Cinema1channel on Facebook      (

ABS-CBN's Decision to Air the Anti-Duterte Ad, Tama or Mali?

While both GMA-7 and TV5 are also airing the controversial 20-million pesos worth of anti-Duterte advertisement, it is quite surprising that netizens, mostly supporters of the Davao City Mayor, focus on hitting hard ABS-CBN calling the Kapamilya network bias by taking the side of former DILG secretary and Daang Matuwid presidential bet Mar Roxas.

The ad which uses children to ruin the image of what people say the next President of the Philippines - Rodrigo Duterte - is said to be funded by VP-bet Antonio Trillanes III.

Check out the anti-Duterte campaign below:

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Nora Aunor Returns to Kapamilya via MMK Mother's Day Presentation

The one and only Superstar Nora Aunor is making a comeback to “MMK” this Saturday (May 7) to pay tribute to mothers in an inspiring story of hope and sacrifice.

Nora will play Yolly, a mother who will do anything and everything for her children, four of whom have disorders.

Yolly and husband Nicky (Joel Torre) dream of having children of their own and build a family. Unfortunately, their genes turn out to be incompatible. Their first child is diagnosed with down syndrome, while their second and third children have cerebral palsy.

Despite this, the couple will love their kids with all their hearts. Their fourth child is normal and their fifth has cerebral palsy as well.

Yolly is then left with the responsibility of solely taking care of their children when Nick works abroad to provide for the family financially.

Just when Yolly has fully accepted her fate as a mother of children with disabilities, her first, second, and third children, die one by one.

How will Yolly find the will to continue living despite losing her kids?

The Superstar’s Mother’s Day special is her fourth “MMK” episode. She previously starred in “Lot 8 Blk 13” in 1991, in “Retaso” where she first teamed up with Joel Torre in 1997, and “Lubid” in 2002.

Joining this “MMK” episode are Angeli Bayani, Junjun Quintana, Gloria Sevilla, John Vincent Sevilla, Dentrix Ponce, Amy Nobleza, Chunza Lili, Patrick Sugui, John Michael Gacayan, Celine Lim, Faye Alhambra, Tony Manalo, Suzette Ranillo, Kristel Fulgar, Marithez Samson, Eliza Pineda, Ana Deo, Mike Austria, and Gem Ramos. The episode is directed by Raz De La Torre and written by Akeem Del Rosario. “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).

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

'Captain America: Civil War' Now Becomes the Highest Grossing Opening Weekend Movie of All-Time

 Box-office records fell as Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" opened to a historic P362-million in its first five days nationwide, capturing the crown for the Biggest Opening Weekend of All-Time (surpassing the P339.8-M of Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" last year).

This was announced today by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios which distributed the film through Columbia Pictures.

Arriving in 623 screens, the battle royale between Team Cap and Team Iron Man was met with unanimously positive reactions from fans and movie critics. They singled out the film's alternating serious and light tone, compelling story, well-defined characters who each gets to shine, and successful introductions of Black Panther and the new Spider-Man into the Avengers assembly.

Other notable records that got shattered by "Civil War" are: 

– Biggest Thursday of All-Time at P52.23-M (beating "Avengers: Age of Ultron's" P50.1-M) 

– Biggest Non-Holiday Friday of All-Time at P57.21-M (besting "Avengers: Age of Ultron's P51.8-M)

– Biggest Saturday of All-Time at P87.88-M (surpassing "Batman v Superman's P86.7-M)

– Biggest Sunday of All-Time at P94.36-M (breaking "Avengers: Age of Ultron's P83.3-M) and

– Biggest Single Day of All-Time, first with Saturday's P87.9-M, then with Sunday's P94.4-M, (smashing "Batman v Superman's P86.7-M).

The sensational Philippine opening of "Captain America: Civil War" contributed to the massive $200.2 million gross of the film in its first weekend of international release. 

Among the most significant contributors were Korea with $28.9-M, Mexico with $20.6-M, the United Kingdom with $20.5-M, Brazil with $12.3-M, Australia with $10.9-M and the Philippines with $7.5-M. It opens in the US on May 6 yet, when it is expected to make nearly $200 million.

Back in the Philippines, the three highest-grossing cinemas are SM North EDSA with P15.96-M, SM Megamall with P15.81-M and SM Mall of Asia with P14.97-M.

Joining the Top Ten theaters are Trinoma (P11.88-M), Glorietta 4 (P8.31-M), SM Southmall (P6.23-M), Eastwood (P6.03-M), SM Cebu (P5.80-M), Alabang Town Center (P5.76-M) and Gateway (P5.42-M).

The Top Twenty consists of Greenhills Promenade (P5,338,700), Market! Market! (P5,338,700), Power Plant (P5.28-M), SM Aura (P5.23-M), Bonifacio High Street (P4.79-M), SM Clark (P4.63-M), Ayala Cebu (P4.47-M), SM Fairview (P4.41-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P4.34-M) and Greenbelt 3 (P4.31-M).

Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl. 

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. 

Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" is distributed by Walt Disney Studios through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Marvel, namely, (FB) MarvelPhilippines, (Twitter) @marvelstudiosph and (Instagram) @marvelphilippines and use the hashtags #choosewisely, #teamcap, #teamironman.

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Stephen Chow’s Chinese Blockbuster Movie 'The Mermaid' Showing Exclusively at Megaworld Cinemas


The Mermaid is currently making waves as China's biggest blockbuster to date with box office salessurpassing the half billion dollar mark. Iis the first movie to ever do so in mainland China and in Hong Kong, and has even outperformed Hollywood heavy weights like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Furious 7, Avatar and Jurassic World.


On May 11 - 18, this monumental film is coming exclusively to Megaworld Lifestyle Mallwhich will screen the film in Mandarin with English subtitles across the cinemas of Newport Mall, Lucky Chinatown and Uptown Mall.


The Mermaid is a genre cross over with elements of drama, comedy, romance and fantasy with a heavy dose of special effects. In the film, newcomer actress Jelly Lin Yun plays a mermaid sent to seduce and assassinate a rich businessman played by Chinese star Deng Chao whose development project puts her habitat and her people at risk.


Directed and written by iconic Hong Kong star Stephen Chow, who also worked behind and in front of the camera for other blockbusters like Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, the Mermaid employs Chow's winning formula of mixing riotous comedy with heartwarming charm.


Apart from its mass appeal, The Mermaid also features asocial commentary that highlights important issues facing the environment and Chinese politics that even Filipinos will find relatable.


Tickets to The Mermaid will be available at Megaworld Cinema ticketing booths and at, which is Megaworld Lifestyle Malls newly launched online ticketing network.


Don't miss this record breaking movie exclusively at Megaworld Cinemas. For more information, contactplease contact the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Concierge at 709-9888709-08880917-8380111 or visit

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(Music Video) X Ambassadors 'Unsteady' - 'Me Before You' OST

The music video for the remix of "Unsteady" by the band X Ambassadors, which includes clips from the upcoming romantic film "Me Before You," has just been unveiled and may be viewed at

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' "Me Before You" is based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes. 

The romantic drama stars Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones") and Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games" series), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut. 

Oftentimes you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go…

Louisa "Lou" Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge. 

Taking a job at the local "castle," she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up. That is until Lou determines to show him that life is worth living. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for, and find their lives—and hearts—changing in ways neither one could have imagined.

Thea Sharrock directs from a screenplay by Jojo Moyes and Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber ("The Fault in Our Stars"), based on the book by Moyes. 

"Me Before You" is a presentation of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). Set for release across the Philippines on June 15, 2016, it will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

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John Lloyd Cruz Congratulates James Reid and Nadine Lustre During their Movies' Simultaneous Premiere Screening

John Lloyd Cruz Congratulates James Reid and Nadine Lustre During their Movies' Simultaneous Premiere Screening

Despite their individual movie's rivalry in the box-office, John Lloyd Cruz, male lead star of Star Cinema's romantic comedy movie "Just the 3 of Us" opposite Jennylyn Mercado, proves he's embracing the competiton lightly when he sent "This Time" lead stars James Reid and Nadine Lustre a congratulatory message during their separate premiere screenings on Tuesday night.

"Just the 3 of Us" holds its World Celebrity Premiere at Trinona Mall Cinema while the Viva Films-produced movie had a very succeesful-jampacked advanced screening at SM Megamall Cinema.

Both movies open in cinemas nationwide today, May 4.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

(Photos) 'This Time' Premiere Night - James Reid and Nadine Lustre

(Photos) 'This Time' Premiere Night - James Reid and Nadine Lustre

Here are some photos taken during the star-studded, jampacked premiere night of the much-anticipated kilig movie of the year, "This Time" featuring the blockbuster tandem of James Reid and Nadine Lustre. 

"This Time," under the direction of Nuel Naval for Viva Films is showing nationwide starting May 4, 2016.

Richard Yap, Jodi Sta Maria and Ian Veneracion Love Triangle in a Star Cinema Romantic Movie

Richard Yap, Jodi Sta Maria and Ian Veneracion Love Triangle in a Star Cinema Romantic Movie

She used to be the sweet, loving Maya dela Rosa to Richard Yap in the phenomenal daily morning series "Be Careful with My Heart". And the fierce but soft-hearted Amor Powers to Ian Veneracion in Kapamilya toprating primetime series "Pangako Sa 'Yo".

But what will happen if Jodi Sta. Maria is joined by both of these gorgeous men in one movie project?

As announced by Kapamilya network on Tuesday, May 3, Jodi will be torn between Richard and Ian in a soon-to-be-released romantic movie under Star Cinema.

The movie will be helmed by blockbuster director Antoinette Jadaone.

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'This Time' Graded A by CEB; B Rating for 'Just the 3 of Us'

'This Time' Graded A by CEB; B Rating for 'Just the 3 of Us'

'This Time,' featuring the hit tandem of real-life couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre was graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB). Meaning, the Viva-produced movie is entitled to a 100% tax rebate.

Meanwhile, Star Cinema's romantic-comedy movie "Just the 3 of Us" topbilled by blockbuster stars John Lloyd Cruz and Jennylyn Mercado will get 50% tax rebate as it awarded B rating by CEB.

Both movies are showing in theaters nationwide starting tomorrow, May 4.

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Look: The Best, Craziest Election Memes featuring Rodrigo Duterte and Mar Roxas

Look: The Best, Craziest Election Memes featuring Rodrigo Duterte and Mar Roxas

Excuse me Dutertads and RoRo followers. These photos are not in anyway a representation of whether I will vote for any of these two nor a disregard to their image as the next qualified top leader of this country. This is just for fun and no offense, mudslinging, bashing should occur after this post. Tawa tawa din pag may time. 

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Sharon Cuneta to Replace Sarah Geronimo as 'The Voice Kids' Coach

It is confirmed! Veteran actress-singer Sharon Cuneta will replace Sarah Gernomino, who earlier announced that she will not be returning as a coach and mentor in the reality-singing competition "The Voice" as she wants to concentrate on "ASAP" and hone her talents as an artist.

Sharon, who is now busy helping her husband Kiko Pangilinan in the campaign trail said she is thrilled to join fellow coaches Lea Salonga and Bamboo.

"Sobrang excited ako. I will be part of 'The Voice Kids' with, of course, Bamboo and Lea Salonga," she told ABS-CBN News.

In Celebration of 'World Asthma Day' on May 3, GSK Dare Ask 'ASTHMAlaya Ka Ba Talaga?'

According to the Global Asthma Report, an estimated 300 million people worldwide are affected by asthma.¹ In the Philippines, approximately 11 Million or 1 out 10 Filipinos are suffering from this debilitating disease.² This incurable disease burdens patients with a sense of imprisonment and constant restraint preventing them to live their lives to the fullest. 

Fact: In the Philippines, 1 out of 10 Filipinos are suffering from asthma.


Asthma is a recurring inflammatory disorder in the airways of breathing, which undergoes variable expiratory flow and reversible bronchoconstrictions. In people with asthma, the airways are chronically inflamed. Certain triggers can make the inflammation worse and cause a narrowing of the airways”, shares Dr. Melvin Pasay, a pulmonologist and Medical Affairs Manager of GSK.

Common symptoms include constant wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing often late at night or early in the morning. Asthma can be triggered by dust, changes in weather (often cold), animals (pet hair in particular), exercise, tobacco smoke and stress.

The cause of asthma is unknown. However as shared by Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Inc. (PSAAI) President, Dr. Carmela Kasala, several predisposing factors to consider include genetic history (personal history or first degree relative) with asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema; weight and smoking history. “While there is also no known cure for asthma, this serious chronic disease can be controlled and effectively treated. By establishing a strong partnership between a patient and his doctor, results showed that asthma can be controlled” shares Dr. Kasala.

Fact: There is no known cure for asthma but it can be controlled and treated.


In the Asia Pacific, including the Philippines, a study showed that activity limitation caused by asthma has been quite prevalent. A mean of 44.7% of respondents reported that normal physical activity was compromised, and 37.9% believed that their choice of job or career was limited. A total of 52.7% of respondents said that sports and recreation were affected, and 37.6% believed their lifestyle was restricted while almost 50% reported sleep disturbances.³

A lot of asthma patients have resigned and became ‘prisoners’ to their condition. Many seem to have created imaginary cages and locking themselves up with lifestyle restrictions. They are assuming that frequent symptoms, exacerbations and lifestyle limitations are inevitable consequences of having asthma - unaware that their condition can be controlled,” observes Dr. Pasay.

Fact: Asthma patients can still live life to the fullest.


What is alarming is that 98 percent of Filipino asthma patients remain uncontrolled or only partly controlled.⁴

This means that asthma patients will only use medication when they have attacks believing that as long as there are no attacks they will be okay. As such, they believe that it is enough that they have available medicines to be taken on an as-needed basis,” shares Dr. Sylvia Yang, World Asthma Day committee chair of Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP).

Regular visits and consultations with doctors likewise became less as children grew up and had lesser asthma attacks. Most are relying on peers, family and even online resources to provide limited information and possibly, sub-optimal treatment for their condition.  This makes patients underestimate their condition leading to poor asthma control.

Cost of treatment is also a main consideration for compliance, but the truth is uncontrolled asthma can lead to higher odds of hospitalization and emergency room visits and become more expensive due to direct medical cost  like hospitalization or medications and indirect cost like time lost from work, overall productivity or even premature death.

Fact: 98 percent of Filipino asthma patients continue to lack proper treatment.


In celebration of World Asthma Day, an annual event organized by the "Global Initiative for Asthma” (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world, GSK Philippines unveils ASTHMAlaya Ka Ba Talaga? campaign, a disease awareness initiative that also seeks to encourage asthma patients, to be more proactive in consulting their doctors on how they can achieve asthma control.

So how do you know if you need asthma control? It’s easy, if you are an asthma patient who experiences daytime asthma symptoms (coughing or wheezing) more than twice a week, wakes up at night due to asthma, uses an asthma reliever more than twice a week or have any activity limitations due to asthma, you may have uncontrolled asthma and need to immediately consult your doctor.

The celebration was participated by advocates from Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) and the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Inc. (PSAAI) who are one with the advocacy of furthering awareness and urgency among patients to consult their doctors for proper asthma control.

As Dr. Pasay profoundly put it, “Our message is clear; “You don’t have to serve a life sentence of limitations because of Asthma, be in control and be ASTHMALAYA!

For more updates, visit, or for more in-depth information, you can check out GSK’s website.

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GSK is one of the world’s leading, research-based pharmaceutical companies with the mission to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. At the core of GSK’s business model is the use of knowledge and development of intellectual property. We create value by researching; manufacturing and making available products that improve people’s health and well-being. A healthier society enables people to live life to the fullest, allowing them and their communities to prosper. A sustained flow of innovative products enables our business to grow and replenish our value to patients and consumers.

Iglesia Ni Cristo Will Not Vote for Rodrigo Duterte

In a statement released on Monday, May 2, influential religious group Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) vehemently denied the report that they endorses the candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Could this video be the reason why INC changed their mind?

INC spokesperson Edwil Zabala confirmed that the alleged endorsement letter with signature of INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo is fraudulent and they are set to press charges against the person who released them on social media.

The moment we identify the person/s responsible for this fraudulent ‘letter’ containing the forged signature of Brother Eduardo Manalo, we will charge them in court,” Zabala told

The document, dated May 2, 2016 and marked with the INC logo, is an alleged endorsement of Duterte by the INC executive minister.

Nakita natin na mabuting ehemplo, may takot sa Diyos, at bukal ng pag-asa ng ating mga kababayan si Rodrigo Duterte,” the letter said.

Inaasahan ko ang inyong pagtalima sa hindi mapapasubaliang kautusang ito, bilang bahagi ng inyong tungkuling huwag biguin ang aral at utos ng ating Panginoon,” it added.

Zabala said the members should be the first to know if the INC leadership has announced its choices for the May elections.

He said the actual announcement will be “very near the (election) day itself.

All five presidential candidates—Duterte, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, Senator Grace Poe and former secretary Mar Roxas—have visited the INC headquarters on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, supposedly to get the support of the influential religious sect.

President Benigno Aquino III on Monday visited Manalo, purportedly to thank the INC for supporting the administration.

(Video) The Sweetest, Bravest Fast Talk with James Reid and Nadine Lustre on Tonight with Boy Abunda

Revelations. Revelations. Revelations. Love! Love! Love!

In case you thought you already know everything about the real-life relationship of James Reid and Nadine Lustre, you are wrong!

In the latest episode of ABS-CBN late-night entertainment talk show "Tonight with Boy Abunda," the "This Time" lead stars open up more about their "what ifs" "in case" and what have you. 

Check out this video below and fall inlove even more with your favorite JaDine:

Monday, May 2, 2016

(Photos) The Promise of Forever - Ritz Azul, Paulo Avelino and Ejay Falcon

ABS-CBN and Dreamscape announce its upcoming romantic drama series entitled "The Promise of Forever" starring the newest Kapamilya actress Ritz Azul and Kapamilya actors Paulo Avelino and Ejay Falcon.

Under the direction of "Nathaniel" director Darnel Villaflor and award-winning independent filmmaker Hannah Espia of "Transit" fame, "The Promise of Forever" premieres soon on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.





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