Saturday, June 11, 2016

GMA Kapuso Milyonaryo 2016 to Give Away Millions of Cash Prizes to More Than 750 Kapuso Viewers


GMA's Kapuso Milyonaryo 2016 (KM2016) will be giving away the most number of prizes to more winners, with over 750 Kapuso viewers from different parts of the country to be chosen as lucky winners.  Now on its 5th year, the promo continues to have a positive impact in the lives of Filipinos nationwide.

 

Exciting grand prizes await thirteen (13) winners who will receive P1 million cash, while there will be one (1) winner each of a house and lot, and a brand new car, and five (5) winners of brand new scooters. 

 

More prizes will be given away throughout the duration of the promo with seven (7) weekly winners of P7,000 cash, two (2) surprise winners of P1 million, one (1) surprise winner each of P500,000, P300,000 and P150,000, and three (3) daily winners of  P1,000, and nine (9) daily winners of home appliances.   All prizes are tax-free.

 

To join, simply enclose a proof-of-purchase from any participating brand and include your complete contact details in a white envelope. 

 

Entries may be submitted to drop boxes located in participating Mercury Drugstore outlets and all GMA stations nationwide. Submission of entries is from May 22 to July 16, 2016.

 

You can also try your luck anytime, anywhere with the new and improved Kapuso Milyonaryo mobile app which features a new gameplay and a new look.

 

Winning is easy and players could end up being one of five (5) daily winners of cell phone load, and may win even bigger prizes by sending proof of purchase entries with their mobile promo code.  Seven (7) weekly winners of P3,000, one (1) weekly winner of P10,000, and one (1) grand winner of P300,000 await lucky winners of the mobile app promo.

 

The app will be available for download on Google Play Store for Android devices and App Store for iOS devices starting June 14. The promo period will run until August 8.

 

From the past eight seasons, the network promo has produced ninety-one (91) millionaires, seven (7) house and lot winners, fourteen (14) winners of brand new vehicles, and almost 1,500 winners of cash prizes.

 

Kapuso Milyonaryo 2016 participating sponsors are ZONROX BLEACH, PORKSAVOR® ALL-IN-ONE SEASONING MIX, MILO®, DEL FABRIC SOFTENER, BEAR BRAND STERILIZED, TANG, NESCAFE, EDEN, OREO, SUNSILK, CREAM SILK, GREEN CROSS MOISTURIZING GERM-PROTECTION BAR SOAP, and FUNKY POTATO SNACKS.

 

For more details, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/GMAKapusoMilyonaryo, or visit the website www.gmanetwork.com/kapusomilyonaryo. 


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The Voice 2nd Runner-up Christina Grimmie was Shot Dead


Team Adam Levine's bet for The Voice 2014 Christina Grimmie is dead. 

Christina, who placed 2nd runner-up was shot dead during the post-concert meet and greet in Orlando, Florida on June 11, 2016. 



Celebrities Share Their Masterpieces in Lifestyle Network's Design+Story


Throughout the history of time, artists have shaped the human story with the power of their music, monuments, and fashion. Mozart. Frida Kahlo. Alfred Hitchcock. Coco Chanel. Just by their names, they evoke their own magic. And just as it is intended, each generation has its destined movers. Lifestyle Network puts ours on a grand world stage beginning this week as it premieres an original television series where artists will inspire creativity, provoke thought, and reveal how every design tells a story. Marvel at how it takes dozens of hands to create a single handbag. Discover how the mighty desire of one young woman was all it took to disrupt and innovate Fashion Week. Catch all this and more on Design+Story, broadcasting its maiden episode on June 12, airing Sundays at 7:30pm Pacific.

 

Lifestyle Network's Design+Story (read as "design story") thoughtfully presents the magical and inspired journeys of artists, presented side-by-side in a collaborative narrative of their beginnings, inspiration, and craft. Each episode delivers a story of the powerful common denominators of humanity between artists of different media.

 

"When we think about what inspires us most, we think of works of art," said Lifestyle Network channel head Aileen Paredes. "The power that a song can have to define the summer of 1999, the mark of one's coming of age stamped by intricately designed undergarments, and even the way that a movie can give a memory an endless lifetime – they shape us and change us. We are delighted to bring you the artists of Design+Story whose breakthroughs will inspire audiences to pursue their passions and make every day a masterpiece."

 

On June 12, the season debuts with award-winning filmmaker Benito Bautista (The Gift of Barong, Mumbai Love, Boundary, Harana) and multi-awarded island reggae and island pop recording artist Roman De Peralta of Kolohe Kai. Bautista and his films have received numerous international awards and grants. His film,Boundary, was the NETPAC Best Film winner at the 2011 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, Grand Jury Award for Best Feature winner at the2012 Guam International Film Festival, and won him a nomination for Best Director at the 2012 Gawad Urian Awards. His films are referred to in the Filipino American cultural diaspora, as part of Stanford University's program for International Cultural Education. His work has been shown in theatres around the world and on PBS. "It is my sincere hope that somehow, my films inspire the next generation to take pride in our heritage and to not hold back in creating or doing something extraordinary," said Bautista.

 

De Peralta began writing music at fifteen and lyrics quickly became his mighty sword. After winning a statewide talent show, he and his friends recorded an all-original album that won them two Na Hoku Hanohano award nominations. His music not only took over the radio and island reggae music charts, but also won him a worldwide following of fans from the islands of Hawaii to the far reaches of New Zealand and Australia. "My goal as a songwriter is to bottle up good vibes and aloha into songs so that when others hear it, they feel happy. A brush of good music brings peace to our minds and joy to our hearts," wrote De Peralta.

 

Join Benito Bautista and Roman De Peralta of Kolohe Kai this Sunday and see what happens when the worlds of cinema and reggae collide. Catch the all new series on Lifestyle Network. Check local listings for channel availability.


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Talk N' Text Big Reveal: New Logo, Theme Song, 30 Million Subscribers and New Brand Ambassadors Join ALDUB


Talk N' Text (TNT), the country’s largest prepaid mainstream mobile brand under Smart Communications, has a bunch of good reasons to feel proud and celebrate this time of the year.

30 millions subscribers

Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head Kat Luna-Abelarde announced on Wednesday during a "big reveal" event at Books and Borders Cafe in Tomas Morato, QC that TNT has now over 30 million subscribers and "is poised to grow even bigger with a refreshed brand that caters to the needs of the Pinoy Generation Z, the largest chunk of our population today."


New brand logo and Brand ambassadors

With its growing number of subscribers, TNT now donned a younger app-inspired look perfect  and by welcoming new set of ambassadors called the  "TNT Tropa" who are joining the likes of Robin Padilla, Jericho Rosales, Marian Rivera and phenomenal love team Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.



The TNT Tropa is composed of April, Brent, Kelly, Ian and Renzo and they represents the classic Pinoy barkada with different personalities and quirks – but just blend with each other effortlessly and are a bunch of fun when they come together.


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Through a series of engaging videos, the TNT Tropa is set to show how young Pinoys can make their bonding more enjoyable and memorable with TNT at the center of their connections.




Catchy, Relevant and Fun Theme Song

With TNT reinforcing its new battlecry ‘It’s a Tropa Thing!,’ a catchy song written and performed
by award-winning duo Thyro and Yumi along with hit Pinoy rapper Quest was also unveiled during the event. Check out below:





Following the launch of the TNT Tropa, the brand is gearing up for tropa-perfect offers that will give
loyal and new TNT subscribers more reasons to bond and celebrate moments together through budget-friendly calls, texts, their favorite apps or over treats.

To stay updated with TNT’s offers and treats that suit every tropa, follow the TNT Tropa on TNT officialaccounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TalkNText) and Twitter (@TalkNText).

Thursday, June 9, 2016

(Photos) KathNiel Arrives in Barcelona


King and Queen of Hearts Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo arrived in Barcelona to shoot some scenes for their upcoming movie "Barcelona" under the direction of Olivia M. Lamasan.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

James Reid Competes with Xian Lim in the Top Spot of '100 Sexiest Men in the Philippines 2016' Poll


Kapamilya actors James Reid and Xian Lim take early lead in the semi-finals of the annual “100 Sexiest Men in the Philippines 2016” poll by famous entertainment blog starmometer.com

As of 10:00pm of June 8, Xian takes the number one slot with 22.57% of the votes. Following closely in second place is James Reid with 12.76% of the votes.

Rounding off the Top 5 are Joseph Marco (#3), Robi Domingo (#4) and Piolo Pascual (#5).

Here are the 22 semifinalists vying for the Final 5 slots in the “100 Sexiest Men in the Philippines 2016” poll:

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Who is your final 5? Vote below:



You can vote once every day until this poll ends on midnight of June 10, 2016. 

The 5 celebrities with the highest votes come Friday night will advance to the final round. They will vie for your votes via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Online Poll beginning on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The finals will be concluded after midnight of June 19, 2016. We will announce this year’s winner on June 20, 2016.

Joem Bascon Rapes His Sister-in-Law


Joem Bascon takes on the role of a husband who rapes the sister of his wife on the latest episode of ABS-CBN’s hit legal drama “Ipaglaban Mo” this Saturday (June 11).

Three sisters, Daisy (Meryll Soriano), Lani (Sunshine Garcia) and Flora (Anna Luna) have their romantic lives intertwined because of one man named Abner (Joem Bascon). Abner, who was Flora’s ex-boyfriend, currently lives with his common-law wife Lani while Daisy is a widow with a seven-year old son Pakoy (Jahren Dave Estorque).

One night, Abner visited Daisy in her home waking her and her son from their sleep. After welcoming him inside, Abner suddenly pointed a knife at Daisy and shoved Pakoy away. With Pakoy watching, Abner undressed Daisy and raped her. After the deed, he  threatened to kill both of them if they tell anyone about what happened.

 

How long can Daisy keep her silence? Will this incident bring the sisters closer or will it tear them apart?

Don’t miss the “Bayaw” episode of “Ipaglaban Mo,” directed by Ludwig Peralta this Saturday (June 11) after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up via iwantv.com.ph orskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For updates, follow @IpaglabanmoABSCBN on Instagram, @IpaglabanMoCh2 on Twitter, or like www.facebook.com/IpaglabanMoABSCBN on Facebook.

Angelica Panganiban Joins ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’

 
Don’t miss the award-winning actress and the “Hugot Queen” herself Angelica Panganiban as she returns to primetime and join the cast of the country’s number one primetime series, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”

Cardo (Coco Martin) is set for another mission as he faces the case of illegal drug trade, which involves the woman Martha, played by Angelica. Aside from Martha, Analyn, played by Kapamilya actress Nikki Valdez, will also bring havoc and add danger in the life of Police Officer Dalisay.

Meanwhile, another surprise awaits viewers as some scenes of the upcoming episodes of the action-series were shot in Hong Kong, adding more thrill in the evening viewing habit of fans.

What kind of threat will the new characters bring to Cardo? Are they really Cardo’s enemies?

Watch out for the action-packed scenes in the number one teleserye, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” weeknights on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable Ch 167).

WATSONS MANdated, 50% Off Deal and Celebrity Patrons #WatsonsMen


Gone are the days when Vanity is synonymous to Good Looks and Beauty to Pricey. When pampering is limited to a few who can afford it. When Shopping is to Women. And men? They are only expected to improve the quality of life of their families and deprived themselves of grooming essentials that they thought it is nothing but a woman thing.

Now, as women cry for power and equality, men too is raking a fair share of grooming essentials available in the market today. That's why WATSONS, Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, put “MANdated,” a grooming and hygiene sections dedicated to male shoppers.



The male shopping behavior is such that they don’t go around the store to explore or shop. They directly go to the area where they can get what they want. They want a quick and easy shopping experience,” explains Karen Fabres, Watsons Group Marketing Manager.
 
Male shoppers who don't have the luxury of time to scour around numerous aisles to look for products that will step up their grooming-maintenance regimen like facial wash, shaver and shaving cream, deodorant, cologne and hairstyling products can now go directly to this section and gather them in an instant. 

Not just that, in celebration of its 175th anniversary this June, Watson's launched “Men’s Grooming” Campaign offering discounts of up to 50% on selected grooming essentials to its loyal male customers until June 22, 2016. Participating products include:

  • Nivea Men Whitening Acne Oil Control Facial Scrub 50G
  • Safeguard Men Sports Energy 2 in 1 Hair + Body Wash 400 ML
  • Gillette Mach 3 with Nano – Thin Blades Razor

Watsons also carries a wide range of items such as Ponds Men, Axe, Old Spice, Vaseline Men, Master, Adidas, Rexona, Nivea, Safeguard and Gillette. There are also available Watsons Label products stamped with the reliable Watsons name, such as twin and triple blades; extra comfort cotton disposables, five-blade razors with cartridges; men shaving gel; men shaving foam; nose pore strips; deep cleansing facial wash, oil control facial wash; and water gloss hair setting lotion.


And guess who I bumped in to during my recent visit at Watsons Podium branch?  RX93.1 and "The Morning Rush" DJ Gino Quillamor, celebrity model/endorser Victor Basa, Kapamilya young actor Patrick Sugui and actor turned fashion blogger AJ Dee doing their shopping.




For updates on the newest products and latest promos, like Watsons Philippines official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WatsonsPH.

100 Sexiest Men in the Philippines 2016 Semifinals Round - Who Will Earn the Top 5 Slots?


The semi-finals round of “100 Sexiest Men in the Philippines 2016” is now on!

The Top 22 sexy men vying for the final 5 slots are:

Atom Araullo
Christian Bautista
Daniel Padilla
Dominic Roque
Elmo Magalona
Enrique Gil
James Reid
Jason Dy
JC de Vera
Joseph Marco
Kiefer Ravena
Matteo Guidicelli
Michael Pangilinan
Paulo Avelino
Piolo Pascual
Richard Yap
Robi Domingo
Robin Padilla
Sandro Marcos
Tom Esconde
Xian Lim
Zanjoe Marudo

Who is your final 5? Vote for 5 celebrities below that you want to see in the final round:


You can vote once every day until this poll ends on midnight of June 10, 2016. 

The final 5 will vie for your votes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Online Poll beginning on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Jeepney TV Presents 'Ryan Ryan Musikahan' Special with Morisette Amon, Bituin Escalante and Darren Espanto


At a time when our nation braces for a fresh start with its new set of leaders, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and the country’s most seasoned artists rouse nationalistic fervor through inspiring and heart-rending songs in “Para sa Bayan: A Ryan Ryan Musikahan.”

Guest performers for the much-anticipated original Jeepney TV special are headlined by John Arcilla, acclaimed lead star of “Heneral Luna” and an accomplished stage actor, power-belter Bituin Escalante, rising diva Morisette Amon, and young singing sensation Darren Espanto.

Joining them are former band frontman and now solo artist Ebe Dancel, master guitarist LJ Manzano Te, the Ryan Cayabyan Singers,  and actor-poet Juan Miguel Severo who created an original spoken word work to be performed alongside the Maestro just for this special.

The special is the fourth in a series of revival specials of “Ryan Ryan Musikahan,” one of Philippine TV’s most awarded and most revered programs.  It will be under the helm of iconic TV director, Johnny Manahan.

“Para sa Bayan: A Ryan Ryan Musikahan” will premiere exclusively on Sky Pay-Per-View beginning June 11 and will be up until June 30, in time for the 118th year commemoration of Philippine Independence. The special is an original production of Jeepney TV, the no. 1 local variety cable channel and home of timeless TV programs that bridge generations of Filipino viewers.

To subscribe to a three-day access to “Para sa Bayan: A Ryan Ryan Musikahan” for only P199, visitmysky.com.ph/ryanryanmusikahanparasabayan or text SUBSCRIBE9-digit account number to 23662 or call (02) 3810000. The musical comes with a bonus content of “Ryan Ryan Musikahan: Piyano at Gitara” and behind-the-scenes feature of the “Para sa Bayan: Ryan Ryan Musikahan.”

Jeepney TV is a Filipino cable television network owned and operated by Creative Programs, Inc., a subsidiary of the media and entertainment company ABS-CBN Corporation.  It is the only local variety cable channel that offers the most extensive and well preserved archived programs that bridge generations of Filipino viewers by bringing back good memories and celebrating the best of Pinoy pop culture.

Jeepney TV is available on SkyCable channel 9, Destiny Cable Analog 41 and Digital 9. For updates, like Jeepney TV on Facebook (facebook.com/JeepneyTV).

Enchong Dee and Robi Domingo Join 'Knowledge Channel' on It's Mission to Uplift Filipinos from Poverty with 2 New Shows


In 1999, Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) started to revolutionize education in the Philippines by introducing learning resources aligned with the country’s basic education curriculum. It has become part of the learning journey of more than five million Filipino students that significantly enhanced their academic performance.

As Knowledge Channel celebrates its 17th anniversary, the all-educational channel launches two new shows titled “MathDali” and “AgriCOOLture” hosted by Kapamilya stars Robi Domingo and Enchong Dee to continue its mission of uplifting the lives of Filipinos from poverty through education.

“MathDali” aims to help Filipino students overcome their fear of learning math. The show features Kuya Robi (Robi Domingo), a math enthusiast who helps Igi Boy Flores, Vic Robinson III, and twins Joj and Jai Agpangan learn to love math and master the subject in their fun adventures.

Every episode shows a math concept through real-life situations that will allow students to have a positive mindset in learning math in new and exciting ways. The show is also inspired by the positive norms, key strategies, and classroom approaches by math education reformists Jo Boaler, Cathy Humphreys, and Ruth Parker and incorporating principles of Carol Dweck’s growth mindset.

Meanwhile, the Knowledge Channel-Landbank produced show “AgriCOOLture,” features Enchong Dee exploring the potential of ‘agri-preneurship’ through aquaculture, crop production, and poultry.

The six-episode series based on the Department of Education’s (DepEd) curriculum for Grade 9 Technology and Livelihood Education, showcases how students can learn fish farming, the proper handling of fish equipment and water management from the experts, selecting and raising a stock, and yielding good crops from the experts.

“AgriCOOLture” intends to make students realize that agriculture is a flourishing sector that can widely contribute to the country’s economy and uplift the lives of many Filipinos. As a program produced by Knowledge Channel in partnership with Landbank, the show is also an example of how an organization can partner with Knowledge Channel Foundation to promote an advocacy to the younger generation.

Knowledge Channel president and executive director Rina Lopez Bautista
Knowledge Channel president and executive director Rina Lopez Bautista
“Our two new programs are an embodiment of Knowledge Channel’s commitment to create engaging educational content that will really boost the learning performance of Filipino students in school. We want to provide them with an opportunity to learn using multimedia tools to have an enriching academic journey,” Rina Lopez-Bautista, Knowledge Channel president and executive director said.

Throughout the years, Knowledge Channel remained true to its commitment in creating more fun educational content that fuses the power of media and technology. Its library now boasts of programs on Early Childhood Development, K to 12, and Alternative Learning that can be accessed using multimedia platforms–cable (SKYcable), direct-to-home (SKYdirect), digital TV (ABS-CBN TVplus), online (kchonline.ph), and video-on-demand (Knowledge Channel On-Demand). In fact, it is the first and only TV and online educational media tandem primarily focused on the Philippines’ basic education curriculum.

Apart from producing educational shows, Knowledge Channel is also providing educators programs and workshops that harness their competencies in helping students meet or exceed academic standards. It offers a flagship teacher training program called Learning Effectively through Enhanced Pedagogies (LEEP). It is also a part of the consortium that provides a 12-module course, Superintendents Leadership Program (SLP) for schools division superintendents (SDSs) and assistant schools division superintendents (ASDs) so that they may attain the required level of competency to effectively manage their respective division. To date, Knowledge Channel has trained more than 5,000 teachers and principals from more than 1,500 school nationwide.

Join Knowledge Channel as it celebrates its 17th anniversary by watching “MathDali” beginning on June 14 and “AgriCOOLture” starting on July 19.

“MathDali” will air under the Mathematics curriculum block for Grade 4 on Knowledge Channel every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:00AM and 1:20PM. Meanwhile, “AgriCOOLture” will air every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11:40AM and 4:00PM. Knowledge Channel is aired on SKYcable, SKYdirect, Destiny Cable, and ABS-CBN TVplus.

Anne Curtis, Dennis Trillo and Paolo Ballesteros Love Triangle in 'Bakit Lahat ng Guwapo May Boyfriend?!'


Kapamilya actress Anne Curtis and Kapuso stars Dennis Trillo and Paolo Ballesteros team-up in upcoming comedy movie "Bakit Lahat ng Guwapo May Boyfriend?!"
Under the direction of Jun Lana, "Bakit Lahat ng Guwapo May Boyfriend?!" is under the production of The Idea First Company for Viva Films.

Monday, June 6, 2016

#GwapoAlert: Donny Pangilinan, Son of Maricel Laxa and Anthony Pangilinan

 
From a normal looking young kid, Donny Pangilinan, son of celebrity couple Maricel Laxa and Anthony Pangilinan has grown in to a, wow!, goodlooking guy.


Now at 18, Donny, donning a modelesque figure plus wit and undeniable charm, can easily fit in showbusiness giving Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil, James Reid and Alden Richards a tight fight.

 


During his recent guesting on "Magandang Buhay" with his mom Maricel Laxa, Donny revealed his showbiz crushes as Liza Soberano, Julia Barretto and Kathryn Bernardo. 


Look: Sharon Cuneta Has Lost 50 Pounds, What's Her Secret?



With showbiz commitments coming her way left and right, Sharon Cuneta is keeping her promise to lose more weight. 

Aside from her stint at "The Voice Kids Philippines" new coach which made its debut two weekends ago, she is also gearing up for her movie comeback.

On Monday, Sharon announced on Facebook that she has now lost almost 50 lbs. -- and is still hoping to further shed pounds.



'Tawag ng Tanghalan' Q2 Semi-Finalists Performs Audition Songs in Week-Long Semi-Finals Showdown


The latest semifinalists of “Tawag ng Tanghalan” are set to clash in the Quarter Two semifinals week-long showdown of the original Pinoy singing competition starting on Monday (June 6) on the Kapamilya noontime show “It’s Showtime.”

Don’t miss the “Fab Biritera of Olongapo” Phoebe Salvatierra and the returning contender, the “Big Sister Belter of Batangas” Pauline Agupitan, as they represent Luzon and showcase their singing prowess to win a spot in the grand finals.

The region of Visayas is also well represented as the “Rockboy-calista of Cebu” Christofer Mendrez; the “Endearing Balladeer of Boracay” Andrey Magada; and the “Singing Voice Actress of Cebu” Marielle Montellano do what it takes to win and make their provinces proud.










Will the next grand finalist be from Luzon? Or will the Visayan contenders avenge their region?

Meanwhile, as the Quarter Three of the competition approaches, viewers are in for a huge treat as “Tawag ng Tanghalan” cooks three big surprises, which will surely heat up the singing battle even more.

Don’t miss the talented Pinoy singers as they battle for supremacy in “Tawag ng Tanghalan” in the noontime variety show “It’s Showtime,” Mondays to Saturdays in ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).  For more information, log-on to TawagNgTanghalan.abs-cbn.com/livestream and follow “Tawag ng Tanghalan” on Facebook (facebook.com/TawagNgTanghalan), Twitter (@TNTABSCBN), and Instagram (@TawagNgTanghalan).

(Video) Rufa Mae Quinto and Trev Magallanes Love Story


Soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Trev and Rufa Mae Quinto-Magallanes shared with "Magandang Buhay" hosts Melai Cantiveros, Jolina Magdangal and Karla Estrada their love story - from Facetime to their first meeting, first date, down to their engagement on February 5 in San Francisco, California. Watch below:


SMART Powers ToyCon 2016 + Pop Life FanXperience at SMX Convention Center on June 10 - 12


Pulling out all the stops in supporting the passions of Filipinos, unrivaled mobile services provider Smart Communications is powering the much anticipated ToyCon 2016 + Pop Life FanXperience, dishing out awesome prizes for subscribers headed  to the biggest toy convention and pop culture event in the country.

Happening at the SMX Convention Center on June 10 to 12, ToyCon 2016 features a grand showcase of toys, games, movies, cosplay, anime, and collectibles, as well  as special segments with celebrities, comic artists and creative directors from iconic TV show and films.

 
Snag free tickets, limited edition toys

If you are a Smart subscriber, you can get a chance to win ToyCon 2016 tickets by posting a photo of you dressing up as your favorite character, or by sharing a screenshot or photo of your favorite video game or toy with the hashtag #SmartTOYCON.

At the event, be sure to drop by the Smart Zone, where you can instantly register for a chance to win exciting prizes such as Smart Bro Pocket WiFis, limited edition jackets, toys and gaming gears. You can also purchase a Smart SIM, load or subscribe to a new Smart Postpaid Plan for a chance to snag these exciting prizes.

To get instant photo-souvenirs, you and your friends can get inside Smart’s larger-than-life toy boxes of iconic shows like Game of Thrones, Lego and X-Men, and use #SmartTOYCON for your Instagram posts.

 
Hodor, Superman, Twilight wolves

A pop culture haven, the three-day event will be graced by Hollywood actors including Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones); Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman); Daniel Logan (Star Wars); Bronson Pelletier and Kiowa Gordon (Twilight); Thai heartthrob Maurio Maurer; and R&B artist Frankie J, among others.

ToyCon 2016 will also feature a 25-foot Voltes V statue, a Stan Lee Excelsior exhibit, and themed zones from the biggest entertainment brands like Marvel, DC, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead Cartoon Network, Capcom, Namco and DOTA, among many others.

 
Ultimate fan experience with Big Bytes 50

For the ultimate fan experience at the event, be sure to load up with Smart Big Bytes 50, which now lets you enjoy 2x data with 700MB for your dose of surfing, and access to top apps like Facebook, Instagram, Viber and Twitter, plus additional 600MB for streaming your favorite videos on YouTube and iflix – valid for three days for only P50. Just text BIG 50 to 9999.

For more of Smart promos that let you live out your passions, follow its official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications), Twitter and Instagram (@SmartLife).

'The Conjuring 2' Holds Midnight Screening on June 9, 12:01AM


As a treat to horror fans, Warner Bros. has announced that the year's most eagerly awaited horror thriller “The Conjuring 2” will have special midnight screenings on Thursday morning, June 9 at 12:01AM in selected theaters at regular admission prices.

“Fans of the horror genre are one of the most appreciative and expressive moviegoers out there, and holding midnight screenings for `The Conjuring 2' is our way of enhancing their movie-watching experience,” says Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

The movie has been rated R-13 with no cuts (only patrons 13 years old and above will be admitted).
The participating theaters (in alphabetical order) are: Abreeza Davao, Alabang Town Center, Century, CommerCenter, Eastwood, Evia, Fisher Mall, Gaisano Davao, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Newport, Power Plant, SM Aura, SM Clark, SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Pampanga, StarMall Alabang, StarMall EDSA, StarMall San Jose, Trinoma, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa and Vista Mall Taguig. (Please check your favorite theaters for updates, if they're not on this list as of presstime).

New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “The Conjuring 2,” with James Wan once again at the helm following the record-breaking success of “The Conjuring,” brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.

James Wan is a master of paranoia, of playing on such universal fears as being in the dark, being alone and, in the case of “The Conjuring 2,” being overtaken by the unknown. “Everybody has fears,” he says. “My job is to tie into the collective subconscious and into our greatest fears, in this case it’s the unexplainable—demons, possession, haunting. These are things that really happened, that really happen, and that makes them that much more terrifying. For me, as a filmmaker, it’s a really creative genre. You can kind of do anything…so long as it scares the hell out of the audience!

Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up In the Air”) and Patrick Wilson, star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

The film follows the phenomenal worldwide reception of Wan’s “The Conjuring,” which marked the largest opening ever for an original horror movie. It went on to make more than $319 million worldwide and still remains the second highest grossing original horror movie of all time, second only to “The Exorcist.”

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, June 09, “The Conjuring 2” is a New Line Cinema presentation and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. 

'Me Before You' OST Features Famous English 'Hugot' Love Songs


The music in New Line Cinema's sentimental romance “Me Before You” was carefully interspersed with the film’s score, created by composer Craig Armstrong, to evoke the romantic and provocative sensibilities of the story.

Among the popular songs that can be heard on the soundtrack are Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph,” “Unsteady (Erich Lee Gravity Remix)” from X Ambassadors, “Till The End” from Jessie Ware, and Imagine Dragons’ “Not Today.”

Craig’s music and the songs we were able to find have a huge impact in the film,” director Thea Sharrock says. “They really resonate with what’s happening between [the lead characters] Louisa and Will at every turn and every stage of their relationship.

Meanwhile, Interscope Records through MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) has released the soundtrack to “Me Before You” and is now available to download/stream via digital stores. The CD will be available for only Php 459.00 at Astroplus/Astrovision stores starting June 10.

The soundtrack also features songs from The 1975, Jack Garratt, Cloves, Max Jury and HOLYCHILD. 

“Me Before You” Tracklisting:

Max Jury “Numb”
HOLYCHILD “Happy With Me”
X Ambassadors “Unsteady” (Erich Lee Gravity Remix)
Jessie Ware “Till The End”
The 1975 “The Sound”
Jack Garratt “Surprise Yourself”
Cloves “Don’t Forget About Me”
Ed Sheeran “Photograph”
Imagine Dragons “Not Today”

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.

In the film, 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.

Set for release across the Philippines on June 15, “Me Before You” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Like or Dislike: 'Achy Breaky Hearts' Movie Poster



What do you think of the movie poster of Star Cinema's latest offering, the romantic comedy movie entitled "Achy Breaky Hearts" featuring the love triangle between Ian Veneracion, Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap.


Directed by blockbuster 'hugot' director Antoinette Jadaone, "Achy Breaky Hearts" opens in cinema's natiowide on June 29, 2016.

Miss USA 2016 Winner is Deshauna Barber of District of Columbia



Her undoubted wit, intelligence and strong personality made her snatch this year's Miss USA crown!

Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old army officer and IT analyst from District of Columbia, wins Miss USA 2016 title on Sunday, June 5.

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim, Enchong Dee and Angelica Panganiban's Weddings Marathon this June


Families nationwide are cordially invited to watch together three wedding-themed Star Cinema movies for the entire month of June for free on SKYcable Prepaid and SKYdirect.
SKY vows to shower families with non-stop laughter and love with hit rom-com movies "Bride for Rent" starring Kim Chiu and Xian Lim, "Here Comes the Bride" top billed by Angelica Panganiban and Eugene Domingo, and "Four Sisters and a Wedding" featuring Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, Shaina Magdayao and Enchong Dee.  The movie marathon will screen back-to-back for free to SKY prepaid subscribers with load.
The free movie screening is available to SKYcable prepaid subscribers in Metro Manila, CAMANAVA/Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, San Jose del Monte Bulacan, Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, and Iloilo. Meanwhile, SKYdirect subscribers can catch all three movies anywhere in the country since signal is transmitted via satellite.
To avail of the free movie marathon, SKYcable prepaid and SKYdirect subscribers should simply have load balance within June. SKYcable prepaid and SKYdirect load may be purchased at SKYZones and SKY business centers, SM Store, Save More, SM Hypermart, Waltermart, Alfamart, Cebuana Lhuillier, Touch Pay (Mini Stop), ULoad, Bayad Center, 7-eleven and ECPAY outlets, Load Central partners (Netopia, USSC, MLhuillier, 1Bro and SST Laptop) and at Load Xtreme.
Don't miss the chance to enjoy a free movie marathon at home with three heartfelt and funny stories on Filipino weddings this June only on SKY.
To apply as a SKY subscriber, text APPLY <space> NAME to 23662 to become a SKYcable Prepaid subscriber or send a message to 23668 to become a SKYdirect subscriber.

'#InternetForAll, No longer a dream for the Philippines but a reality!' - Manny V. Pangilinan


This is my dream. That every Filipino has access to the internet. So we can bridge economic, educational, even cultural gaps within our society.

For years, PLDT and Smart have pursued this dream. With recent developments, we are yet another step closer to providing faster, more reliable and affordable internet services.

The 700 MHz band combined with other frequencies now give us more bandwdith to serve more people and their growing data needs. We shall step up the roll out of our 4G/LTE mobile service by deploying this on 700 MHz along with other frequency bands this year. To support this effort, we are holding talks with device manufacturers to make affordable 4G/LTE devices operating on 700 MHz available as early as possible.

A lot of work needs to be done. But the needed resources are being mobilized and this project is underway. We ask for you patience and understanding as we pursue this mission to bring the internet to every Filipino.

Soon, #InternetForAll will no longer be a dream, but a reality.

- Manuel V. Pangilinan
Chairman and CEO
PLDT and Smart Communications

(Movie Trailer) Achy Breaky Hearts - Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap and Ian Veneracion


Star Cinema has released the full movie trailer of the much-anticipated romantic comedy movie entitled "Achy Breaky Hearts" featuring the love triangle between Ian Veneracion, Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap.

Gist:

Chinggay (Jodi Sta. Maria), a jewelry shop manager, is one of the single women in their 30’s who feels the pressure to find love. She goes out on dates with men but none of them seem to make the cut. You may blame her high standards but the pain from her previous relationship could also be affecting her judgment on men. Now, her love life is suffering a drought for seven years.

Everything changes when suddenly, two men are interested to be with her. Ryan (Ian Veneracion) and Frank (Richard Yap).

Chinggay finds herself torn between two kinds of love. Will she choose one over the other? Or will she realize that the love that she needs won’t come from either?

Trailer:



Richard and Jodi's  loveteam called JoChard was first introduced via ABS-CBN's defunct longest-running morning series "Be Careful with My Heart" while Ian and Jodi's JodIan loveteam crossed-over from the primetime series "Pangako Sa 'Yo" to MMFF 2015 movie "All You Need is Pag-ibig".

Directed by blockbuster 'hugot' director Antoinette Jadaone, "Achy Breaky Hearts" opens in cinema's natiowide on June 29, 2016.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

James Reid Castigates Fans Who Voted for Nadine Lustre in FHM 100 Sexiest Woman 2016 Poll


James Reid, who previously expressed that he does not like her real-life girlfriend Nadine Lustre posing for sexy photo shoots, took to Twitter to react to the latest online poll for the "FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2016," which shows Nadine Lustre in the top spot.

Using his personal account @JayeHanash on Sunday, the Kapamilya hottest actor shared a screenshot of the poll and used an angry emoji.





Watch Nadine Lustre's journey to become FHM Sexiest Woman for 2016:


(Video) Alex Gonzaga Sings 'Tatlong Bibe' to Toni Gonzaga's Baby Bump


Alex Gonzaga drew laughs on social media as she shared a video of herself singing to the baby bump of her older sister, Toni Gonzaga-Soriano.

In a video uploaded on Instagram on Thursday, Alex is seen singing the popular song "Tatlong Bibe" to the pregnant belly of her sister, who is visibly annoyed.

Explaining Toni's reaction, Alex wrote: "Pregnancy hormone ng ate, masungit. Akala niya in-invent ko lang 'yung song, eh."

She said she could not wait to sing "Tatlong Bibe" when the baby comes out. Watch here:


Esquire Honors Fatherhood with Jennylyn Mercado and Son Alex Jazz this June 2016


This month, ESQUIRE honors the most enduring, surprising, and maddening profession known to man: fatherhood, in all its complexities and beyond its biological obligations. 

Silver-screen bombshell and man of the house Jennylyn Mercado graces this month's issue where she talked about the breakout role she plays off-screen: that of single parent to her seven-year-old son Jazz, which she fulfills while nurturing her own growth in the industry.



Aside, Esquire also take a look into what it means to be “Dad” through the personal stories of four fathers: Clinton Palanca talks about 21st century fatherhood and the myth of the modern family; Adel Tamano finds purpose in Santi, his son with special needs; Jon-jon Rufino is overjoyed with twins born to him by a surrogate; and Peejo Pillar shares his experiences as an adoptive father.

Miguel Syjuco details the personal and political aftermath of his literary successes; mixed-martial arts fighter brandon Vera recounts how he’s rolled with the punches on the way to the top; and sports commentator Mikee Carrion and his (totally real) little boy show us how to lounge in luxury, with a fiction intermission by Sarge Lacuesta.

Read all these and more in the June 2016 issue of ESQUIRE. A Digital Edition is available at http://bit.ly/esquirephapple.


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