Saturday, July 9, 2016

Watch Pinoy Rock Music Icons Collaborate with International Star in #SmartMusicLive Free Concert on July 14 at the Big Dome

To celebrate and break even more barriers when it comes to going digital, SMART COMMUNICATIONS presents to its subscribers a free concert called #SmartMusicLive set on July 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum featuring some of the country's most exciting artists. 

A collaboration of Pinoy rock music icons and international recording stars
Smart Music Live will feature a coming together of who's who in the world of music such as Pinoy rock superstars Crwn, Up Dharma Down, Nathan Sykes, Autotelic, Aegis and Ely Buendia and British singer songwriter Nathan Sykes.
"Smart Music Live is just the tip of the iceberg because there's an entire roster of international acts to witness and experience in the coming months if you're a Smart subscriber. This July 14 music fusion signals a series of live concerts, up close and personal experiences because we know that music is one of the pillars of digital entertainment alongside videos, movies, TV serials and gaming - all of these and more are now part of the digital habit of our consumers," said Kat Luna-Abelarde, FVP and Head of Wireless Consumer Operations for Smart.

Crwn is a music producer, composer and beatmaker who has collaborated with Filipino artists like singer Jess Connelly. On the other hand, Up Dharma Down is a Filipino band which was featured by Time magazine in 2007. The group describes its sound as its own, based on elements from different genres. With Armi Millare as lead singer, Up Dharma Down's music is enjoyed by music lovers of all ages.

Nathan Sykes may be known for being part of the British boyband The Wanted but he is now a solo artist and songwriter with a top single "Kiss Me Quick" to his credit while Autotelic is a homegrown Filipino group popular for its dance rock tunes.

Who doesn't know Aegis and Ely Buendia? Aegis, with sister Juliet and Mercy on vocals, has inspired the hit musical Rak of Aegis. The group's songs, including "Halik," "Luha" and BasangBasa Sa Ulan," are Filipino sentimental favorites. Ely Buendia, formerly lead vocalist of the band Eraserheads, is considered one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation. 

Hurry! Claim your free tickets now 

Smart Postpaid and Smart Bro subscribers only need to show their statement of account to get two (2) patron tickets while Smart Prepaid and Smart Bro Prepaid users need to load up Php100 to get a pair of tickets. 

Ticket distribution starts today, July 9 at the following Smart stores: SM Mall of Asia, Gateway Mall, SM North EDSA, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Magnolia and Festival Mall.

This is Your Time: Join the ROCK THE RUNWAY Fashion for a Cause Model Search Now!

Come July 28, 2016, Thursday, from 6pm-10pm at the historic landmark Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, fashion meets passion for excellence in design and child care services when the Philippines’ top avant-garde fashion designer, Rocky Gathercole, unveils a collection he has prepared for his first ever benefit fashion show for ABS-CBN Foundation International’s award-winning Bantay Bata (Child Watch) Program.  The much awaited show is Rock the Runway, presented by Lifestyle Network in cooperation with For The Stars Fashion House.

And there’s bigger and more good news: the show is open to all qualified individuals to take part as models of Rocky Gathercole and they can apply NOW!  The best part: it is Gathercole who will personally choose who will wear his designs for his July 28 Rock the Runway show!

Yes, this is the time and chance of aspiring models to help children under the Bantay Bata program – Asia’s model for child care services which is now on its 19th year – and at the same time have the distinct honor of wearing the much coveted creations of Gathercole – the international fashion world’s celebrated designer for the biggest stars in the planet: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Toni Braxton, Paris Hilton, among others. He is also now the official designer of country superstar Carrie Underwood.

To join this historic show as a Gathercole model, applicant must be: 16-25 years old; at least 5’7 in height for females and 6’ for males.  Email your profile photos to  DEADLINE to apply is July 16, 2016, Pacific.

Tickets are now on sale for Rock the Runway.  There are four ticket levels.  Those who are able to purchase the ALL OUT and PREFERRED tickets get access to Lifestyle Network’s exciting style stations, hors d’ouevres, drinks and premium viewing spots or seats at the venue.  Purchase your tickets now at

NSFW Trailer: CAMP SAWI Starring Arci Munoz, Andi Eigenmann, Yassi Pressman and Bela Padilla

Viva Entertainment has released the teasers for heartbreak movie "Camp Sawi" starring Arci Munoz, Andi Eigenmann, Yassi Pressman, Bela Padilla and Sam Milby.

Warning: Not Safe For Work (NSFW) due to some foul languages!

May gusto ka bang sabihin sa kanya? Sabihin mo na. Pakikinggan ka namin dito sa ‪#‎CampSawi‬.

Naka MOVE ON ka na ba? Weh? Don't worry, tutulungan ka namin dito sa ‪#‎CampSawi‬.

May TRUE LOVE pa ba talaga? Alamin sa ‪#‎CampSawi‬.

Namimiss mo na ba siya? Huwag kang mag-alala. Tutulungan ka naming makalimot dito sa ‪#‎CampSawi‬.

Reader's Digest Trusted Brands 2016: Recognizing the Most Trusted Brands, Services and Personalities by Filipino Consumers

For Filipinos, the issue of choice has always been matter of trust. From the brands we put in our shopping carts to the services we rely on, Filipino consumers have a strong sense of brand familiarity – and that belief weighs heavily on the decision-making process.

Reader’s Digest (RD), one of the longest-running and most read print publications in the world, once again puts the spotlight on the companies we believe in at the RD Trusted Brands 2016 Awards ceremony held June 30, 2016 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig.

The Trusted Brands Survey, identifies the brands and services Filipinos trust, above all others. It also honors the country’s most trusted TV news Presenter, Radio News Presenter, Entertainment/Variety Show Presenter and Sports Personality.

Trust is an emotion that fuels our decision whether we are conscious of it or not. It is that intangible quality that conveys reliability and integrity. Whether it is a product or service, trust is what reassures us that we are making the right choice.

For the past 18 years, we have been surveying the people of Philippines and consumers in major markets across Asia, about which brands they depend on, believe in and that they expect to provide premium value and exceptional service,” notes Walter Beyleveldt, Reader’s Digest Managing Director, Asia Pacific.

Every survey we ask thousands of people – both our readers and a representative sample of consumers in each market – to tell us which brands they consider worthy of their support, custom, and their trust. Not only have we learnt which brands consumers follow, we have discovered a lot about what trust means and how it wins the hearts of people across Asia.”

Being included in this prestigious list is a huge endorsement and one the winners should be very proud of,” he added.


Beyleveldt and Ms. Sheron White, RD Group Advertising & Retail Sales Director, Asia Pacific flew in from Australia to personally award the trophies to the winners.

Renowned motivational speaker and business influencer, Ms. Anna Esperanza  served as keynote speaker.


Trust is a key component in the relationship between brands and their customers.

It is built on – and it builds – loyalty. And loyal customers, as any successful brand knows, are key to getting – and remaining – in competitive times.

Trust is hard won – it is usually built up over many years. Trust goes hand-in-hand with a good reputation and delivery of customers’ expectations. It emerges out of the very best consumer experiences, and is achieved only by truly understanding your customers.

Trust is an emotion that fuels our decisions whether we are conscious of it or not--an intangible quality that signals reliability and integrity. Whether it is a product or service, trust is what reassures us that we are making the right choice,” said White.

A trusted brand has both international appeal but also upholds a strong local connection. It has individual relevance for all its consumers, just about anywhere and in any culture,” she added.

The Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand mark has become a recognizable symbol globally. And we are honored to announce the winners of the latest survey, who will now be able to use this badge of recognition for 2016 to help consumers make the right choices.

For the 2016 Trusted Brand Survey, Readers Digest commissioned global market research company CATALYST.  Approximately 8,000 individuals were selected across 5 of Asia’s key markets such as the Philippines, HongKong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

The survey covers 44 categories of products and services across a wide range of industries.

Around 1000 respondents were surveyed in the Philippines.  Half were subscribers to Reader's Digest, while the remainder were selected to reflect the demographics of the general population.

The final ranking in each product category were obtained by multiplying the total number of votes for a brand with its average score for six qualitative characteristics. For statistical accuracy and to ensure results were compiled in an objective manner using proven methodology, the data was weighted to reflect the population distribution of participants.

Platinum Trusted Brand Awards were given to brands that performed exceptionally, winning their category with a score that vastly outpolled their nearest competitor.

Platinum award winners included Baby Company (Baby Store); SM Supermalls (Shopping Center); ABSCBN (TV Network); Century Tuna (Canned Tuna); Monterey (Frozen Meat) Magnolia (Fresh/Frozen Poultry); Carrier (Air Conditioner); Uratex (Mattress); Boysen (Paint); Pilot (Pen); Executive Optical (Eye Center) and PLDT Home (Landline Phone Service).

Gold Trusted Brand Awards were given to brands that scored significantly higher than their rivals.

The Gold award winners are Healthway (Ambulatory Medical Services); Condura (Air Conditioner); PLDT Home DSL (Broadband Services); San Marino Corned Tuna (Canned Tuna); Baguio Oil (Cooking Oil); Citibank (Credit Card Issuing Bank); Asian Eye Institute (Eye Center); Ideal Vision (Eye Center); Medicard (Health Card); Acer (Personal Computer); Camella Homes (Property Developer); DMCI Homes (Property Developer); Condura (Refrigerator); GMA7 (TV Network); Panda (Pen); Sharp (Washing Machine) and Whirlpool (Washing Machine) to name a few.

Asia Trusted Brand Awards were given to a brand that wins Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand award in the same category for at least three countries surveyed.

Recipients of the Trusted Brand awards will receive given a Trophy and will be allowed to use the globally recognized Trusted Brand Logo in their marketing collaterals and merchandising materials.


Another highlight of the night was the special awards given to the countries most trusted personalities. 

For the sixth consecutive year, Jessica Soho was named Most Trusted TV News Presenter. Mike Enriquez on the other hand was chosen as Most Trusted Radio Presenter. Toni Gonzaga won Most Trusted Entertainment/ Variety Show Presenter, while Filipino boxing champ and now Senator Manny Pacquiao is still the Philippines Most Trusted Sports Personality.


There are awards and there are awards, and the Reader’s Digest Survey, is in itself a trusted award. This is a result of a survey conducted among its readers and not an award that you can apply for,” says Enriquez.

They just write you one day to inform you that you have been chosen, and being named most Trusted Radio Presenter is definitely quite an honor.”

Comedian and Former GoBingo Host Arnell Ignacio Appointed as PAGCOR Head

After Kat De Castro as Department of Tourism Undersecretary and Jimmy Bondoc as PAGCOR  Entertainment Head (the same post vacated by Boy Abunda's partner Bong Quintana), President Rodrigo Duterte appointed comedian and former GoBingo host Arnell Ignacio as Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation  (PAGCOR) Head.

He may not have the experience but how about the delicadeza? Agree?

De Castro, Bondoc and Ignacio were among the celebrities who campaigned for President Duterte during the campaign.

Look: Nadine Lustre Auditions for PBB

Did you know that Nadine Lustre was initially aspired to enter showbiz through ABS-CBN reality show "Pinoy Big Brother" but failed to make the cut?

Nadine revealed that she auditioned for "Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash" in 2010, the same reality show won by her real-life boyfriend James Reid. She already said that she's already signed as Viva artist when she received a call from PBB production

Her audition video has been making the rounds on Instagram after it was reposted by the actress' mother, Myraquel, on Friday.

#Repost @jadinepublicist_ with @repostapp ・・・ TRIVIA: See how destiny worked for James and Nadine. 😍 A 16-year old Nadine Lustre auditioned for PBB Teen Clash 2010 when James was declared Big Winner. PBB called Nadine for final call back but couldn't make it since she's already under artist contract with VIVA. That time when PBB opened opportunities for Nadine, VIVA's shaping her already as the lead singer of Pop Girls and VAA's next important star. But destiny didn't stop there for James and Nadine.. After series of joint workshop last 2012, leading lady stint with James for Alam Nya Ba last 2013, finally DNP tied their strings as official love team last 2014. 2016 - Look at where they are today. ❤️ James and Nadine's love story seems like the epitome of the so-called destiny. It has been orchestrated since 2010. ❤️ #JaDine #NadineLustre #JamesReid #TeamReal
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

(Full Trailer) HOW TO BE YOURS - Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson Get Steamy in Movie Trailer

Former lovers Bea Anderson and Gerald Anderson fall in love anew in the first teaser of their upcoming Star Cinema movie "How To Be Yours".

The 1:27 trailer shows Niño (Anderson), a career-focused sales agent who doesn't seem all that interested in entering a relationship, walking along Binondo when he sees Anj (Alonzo), dressed in a red, body-hugging Chinese dress. 

As most romantic films go, it was love at first sight. The clip then jumps to a scene where the two exchange kilig-sprinkled banter, exuding chemistry that left fans clamoring for them to rekindle their short-lived romance more than six years ago.

Watch here:

Kean Cipriano Killed, Removed from 'Dolce Amore'

Kean Cipriano, who plays Binggoy, the brother of lead character Tenten (Enrique Gil), thanked his "Dolce Amore" family for an "amazing ride" after his character was killed off in the show's Tuesday episode.

"My #DolceAmore ride has been amazing! My love and respect to all the people I've worked with for the past couple of months. From the production to our Directors to the actors... You guys are a BLESSING! I will miss the set! I will miss my new found friends! #Binggoy," he wrote in the caption of one of his Instagram photos with the entire cast.

President Duterte Orders No Arrest, No Detention of Tanim Bala Victim

This is one very good news I can't help not to share. What former President Noynoy Aquino failed to put in action for the longest time, President Rodrigo Duterte did in a snap. Good job, Mr. President.
As reported by ABS-CBN News, the alleged bullet-planting scheme in Philippine airports may now be a thing of the past after President Rodrigo Duterte prohibited authorities from arresting passengers for bullets in their luggage.

Senior Superintendent Mao Aplasca, new director of the police Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup), said Thursday that travelers would not be detained or charged in court if an ammunition is confiscated from them, as per Duterte's order.

Passengers in possession of ammunition will instead undergo immediate profiling to clear them of links to any terrorist or criminal group, and of criminal intention in carrying the bullet.

They would be allowed to immediately board their flight provided that no firearm is confiscated together with the ammunition, Aplasca added.

"Laglag-bala modus operandi is a thing of the past and we assure the public that they no longer worry that they will miss their flight or get arrested at our airport for possession of an ammunition," he said.

The "tanim bala" scam allegedly involves airport personnel who plant bullets in unsuspecting passengers' luggage. Once the passengers are apprehended, scammers reportedly ask for money in exchange for their release and record-free passports.

Even before the presidential campaign, Duterte said if he were the country's president, he will have the perpetrators of the scam swallow bullets.

He had also urged President Benigno Aquino III to personally address the matter as this has caused embarrassment for the country.

Aplasca said the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and the transportation department will form a joint team that will conduct regular security planning for airports.

Avsegroup is the main unit that maintains security in more than 80 airports across the country.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Angel Locsin Look-alike Jennie Gabriel Wins 'Tawag ng Tanghalan'

Jennie Gabriel (or Jennie Escalada), the famous impersonator of Angel Locsin, is now the defending champion of It's Showtime's hit segment "Tawag ng Tanghalan" after beating Ronald Rosalita on Tuesday, July 5.

Jennie impersonates Angel Locsin. Sends "Mahal ko pa s'ya" message to Luis Manzano:

Daily winner Jennie Gabriel and Ronald Rosalita battle for the defending champion title. Watch below:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte Named 5 Police Generals Protecting Drug Lords

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech at the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Tuesday, July 5, revealed the names of five police generals who are allegedly protectors of drug syndicates.

Duterte named former Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy director general Marcelo Garbo, Jr., former director of the Police Regional Office 7 Bernardo Diaz, Edgardo Tinio, a former director of the Quezon City Police District Office and Joel Pagdilao, a former director of the National Capital Region Police Office and Vicente Loot, a newly elected mayor of Daangbantayan town in Cebu.

"As [of] this time, I order them relieved from their assignments and report to the director general [Ronald dela Rosa]," Duterte said.

Duterte said police officers who are involved in illegal drugs have committed treason, pointing out that their education was paid for government funds.

"All along, tayong mga mamayan thought we are being protected by the police," Duterte said.

"Ito yung mga tao who were given the honor to join the academies of our country, be it the PNP or PMA at the expense of the public and [made] a career there. Masakit pakinggan kasi ginastusan mo, pinag-aral mo, pati medyas at sapatos, gastos mo, tapos you commit, by any language, it is treason," he added.

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Meet Christian Bautista's Girlfriend Kat Ramnani

Christian Bautista reveals he is now in a relationship with Kat Ramnani. A BA in Marketing and Communications graduate at Santa Clara University, a private Jesuit university in Silicon Valley, California. She also worked for Google, Facebook and Apple.

A photo posted by Kat Ram (@katramnani) on

A photo posted by Kat Ram (@katramnani) on

A photo posted by Kat Ram (@katramnani) on

A photo posted by Kat Ram (@katramnani) on

In an exclusive interview with GMA at the Preview Ball 2016 in Whitespace Makati, Christian described his girlfriend as “very intelligent, very driven, and very beautiful.”

Kat and Christian have been seeing each other for about less than a year. With both of them being self-proclaimed foodies, their dates were said to have lots of great great food.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Joey Mead's Husband Ian King is Now a Queen Named Angelina Mead King

Move over BB Gandanghari and Caitlyn Jenner. Angelina Mead King has just arrived!

After Rustom Padilla and Bruce Jenner who came out as transwomen named BB Gandanghari and Caitlyn Jenner, car enthusiast and motel heir Ian King comes out as Angelina Mead King. But unlike Rustom and Bruce, Ian is very much into his marriage with model/VJ/host Joey Mead whom he calls "my rock and my number one supporter!"

And they even "twinning" in one of their recent photos together.

A photo posted by Angelina Mead King (@hailtothe_queen_) on

Angelina first came out through an intriguing post on Instagram @hailtothe_queen_ wearing a purple haired woman wearing a dress with the caption, "Sometimes the king is a woman," that people got so intrigued who Angelina Mead King was.

"Since people were already asking, we just decided to come out with it." Angelina, who decided to set the Instagram account @hailtothe_queen_ to public.

On Saturday, Angelina posted a photo of her and wife Joey with caption “We're so happy to be free,”

A photo posted by Angelina Mead King (@hailtothe_queen_) on

Angelina’s family has also been supportive of his transition into a woman. His brother Atticus (Iza Calzado's ex-boyfriend) posted a photo captioned, "Here's a pic with my former kuya who is now my ate. Meet my 'new' sister Angie."

In an interview with close friend Tim Yap, Angelina said: "It was a secret that I've kept for quite some time. I'm glad it's now out, so I don't have to explain myself anymore."

"What's a dream, I couldn't sleep from being so happy! Thank you to everyone for the love and support. You can't imagine what kind of weight has been lifted off my heart. I am excited to see you all soon" she wrote on Facebook.

Her wife Joey, meanwhile, said: "I fought hard–tooth and nail, blood sweat and tears for this relationship. Somehow it all breaks away. For what's life without w little bit of bizarreness?"

Jennylyn Mercado Renews Contract with GMA-7

Is she moving to Kapamilya or will remain Kapuso? Maybe freelance? Well, the guessing game is over as Jennylyn Mercado renewed her contract with the Kapuso network on Monday, July 4.

I feel so blessed and wala naman akong plano mag-stay sa iba. This is my home. GMA is my home," Jennylyn said. 

She signed the contract in the presence of GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon, President and COO Gilberto Duavit, Jr., CFO Felipe S. Yalong, VP for Entertainment Marivin Arayata, SVP for Entertainment Lilybeth Rasonable, VP for Drama Redgie Magno, AVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Films President Annette Gozon-Abrogar, and SVP for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara.

Q&A with Anne Hathaway for 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'

Anne Hathaway returns as Mirana, the mild-mannered, kind White Queen, and the beautiful younger sister to the spiteful Red Queen, in Disney's fantasy adventure “Alice Through the Looking Glass” in Philippine cinemas July 6th.

In the film, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).

Question: We get to see the backstory of the divide between the sister queens. Was it fun to go back in time and play that younger character with Helena Bonham-Carter (as the Red Queen)?
Anne Hathaway: It was fun to learn that she’s not perfect. I think she’s sort of lovely in the first one but a bit oppressively good so it’s nice to know that, like everyone, she’s got a past and she has regrets and she feels shame, she feels guilt and that you forgive her these things so I actually was really thrilled that we were trying to see what the emotions were about this character who looks so fantastical but then feels so believable.

Q: What kind of relationship did you have with Helena while filming? Did you discuss the scene together?
Anne: I think Helena is one of my favorite people on the planet. I think the world is better because she is on it. She’s so inventive and fresh, literally all the definitions of fresh. She’s got a wonderfully fresh mouth and she’s fearless and vulnerable and open and friendly and I admire her so much so it was really exciting for me to have more scenes with her this time around. Yes, I got to work with an incredible actor but also because I got to talk to her between scenes which I love. I think we had a really nice time crafting a sisterly relationship together and trying to find something that felt true to us and that people would understand.

Q: Can you talk a little bit about the wild costumes in the film?
Anne: I wore no trousers. I loved it, actually. I thought that Colleen Atwood’s costume probably created my character. I had certain ideas about who she was and as soon as I put on the dress, it was like “Oh, she’s there.” I also started to think about the relationship between her and Helena and I thought if you have a family member who has a very large personality, has a lot of emotions, you compensate by taking up less space. I thought here’s somebody who is literally turning herself into almost weightlessness and yet it is still so ornamented so I just thought it was very rich and very airy for my airhead character.

Q: What was your initiation to Lewis Carroll’s books and what do you appreciate more now that you’ve looked closer through these movies?
Anne: I first read “Alice in Wonderland” when I was 19 and in college so I think being nineteen and fairly dramatic I focused so much on how well Lewis Carroll described madness, just the idea that you see the world just a little bit off and I remember feeling very connected to that at that time. And, as you feel when you encounter people who champion that way of living, I felt a kinship and at home and was very pleased with it.

Q: You have been in some family-oriented films like “The Princess Diaries” films. Now that you are a young mom, do you think “This is something that my son can watch”?
Anne: You give me a lot of credit as a mom. When I was seventeen years old, I thought “My kids are gonna watch this someday.” I didn’t think about that when I did `The Princess Diaries' and I got questions about being a role model. It never occurred to me that actors should be role models for a multitude of reasons but, that’s not what I’m interested in so I don’t make films for that reason. If they happen to work out that way sure, I’m thrilled.

I’ve now been in a lot of films where you can have a date night in a theater with your family or you can sit down on the couch in sweat pants and become a human amoeba and just chill out together and feel warm and connected and I’m proud of that in my body of work are stories that allow families to experience them together. I can’t say that I’m going to continue to make them because I have a child now. I just will hopefully continue to make them because I respond to them and seek challenges as an actress.

Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures. Like us on Facebook, WaltDisneyStudiosPH; follow us on Twitter, @disney_phil; follow us on Instagram, @disney.phH and #AliceThroughTheLookingGlassPH.

Look: Jodi Sta Maria Brand New Ash Blonde Hair

Look, Ma! Jodi Sta. Maria has colored her hair blonde!

In an Instagram post, "The Achy Breaky Hearts" star’s hairstylist Alex Carbonell said the actress just quietly went to his salon and told him what color she likes for her hair. "'I want to go silver blonde, Alex!' And so I did what I had to do: enlightened her hair twice, then toned it with lightest ash blonde, then finally deposited the silver ash blonde,” Carbonell said. 

Check out Jodi's brand new look below:

Rhian Ramos Plays Vilma Santos in the TV Remake of SINUGALING MONG PUSO

Rhian Ramos returns to drama as she breathes new life to the character of Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos in the TV adaptation of the 1992 film Sinungaling Mong Puso. 

The new Kapuso offering will air this July on GMA as part of the Network’s top-rating afternoon block, and worldwide on its flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV. 

We are all honored to be a part of this show dahil alam namin na talagang [because we all know that it is truly an] acting piece siya para sa aming lahat [for all of us]. It requires everyone to give it their all. As actors and as lovers of our craft, it's really an honor for us to receive a project like this,” says Rhian. 

She will play the role of Clara, a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage prompting her to enter into a relationship with a younger man. 

Kiko Estrada, one of the Network’s up-and-coming young actors, will play the role of Clara’s younger lover originally portrayed by Aga Muhlach. Meanwhile, Rafael Rosell will take on the character of Clara’s husband first played by Gabby Concepcion. 

Also part of the show are Jazz Ocampo, Glydel Mercado, Stephanie Sol, Gab de Leon, Gee Canlas, JC Tiuseco, Michael de Mesa, Sherilyn Reyes and Cheska Diaz. 

Ricky Davao, who previously helmed top-rating afternoon shows such as Sisid, Mga Basang Sisiw, and Dading, will direct the new GMA afternoon drama.

TV Ratings: ABS-CBN's Viewership Surge to 47% in June 2016

ABS-CBN Corporation’s TV and Studio business continues to be unrivaled as recent ratings data from Kantar Media shows the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company still draws more television viewers than any other media network in the country.

ABS-CBN’s national audience share increased to 47% in June based on the data provided by Kantar Media, making ABS-CBN still the most-watched network on TV while it also pioneered viewing of content online with video-on-demand services on for Kapamilyas living abroad and iWant TV locally. GMA is a distant second with a 32% audience share for the same month.

Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population, while the other ratings data supplier AGB Nielsen reportedly has only 2,000 homes based solely in urban areas that represent only 57% of the Philippine TV viewing population.

ABS-CBN’s primetime block obtained a 49% average audience share that is 18 percentage points higher than rival GMA’s 31% average audience share during the same time block. The primetime block is the most important part of the day when most Filipinos watch TV and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investment in to reach more consumers effectively.

Still topping the list of most watched primetime programs during the previous month is “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” with an average national TV rating of 42.2%, followed by “The Voice Kids,” with 36.8%, and “Dolce Amore” with 33.7%. The 3-punch combo of the Kapamilya network is joined in the Top 5 most viewed programs in May 2016 by the longest-running drama anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (33.5%) and “Wansapanataym” (31.1%). Recently concluded show “The Story of Us” finished the month with a 19.8% average rating, good for a top 10 finish of all the primetime offerings of the company.

Aside from that, special coverages from ABS-CBN also performed well in June, according to Kantar Media. The recent Inauguration Day coverage, dubbed “Ang Panunumpa: Pangako ng Pagbabago” earned more viewers than its counterpart with GMA, “Panata sa Pagbabago: A GMA News TV Special,” garnering an 18.8% score compared to the 13.4%. Meanwhile, its recent NBA Finals coverage, “NBA sa ABS-CBN,” recorded a 22.6% rating thanks to basketball fanatics tuning in to the games.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN continues to lead the way in addressing the change in Filipinos’ viewing habit, wherein more and more Filipinos are consuming content online, by boosting the offerings of iWant TV. Primetime favorites such as “Dolce Amore” and “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” as well as afternoon drama shows “Tubig at Langis” and “Doble Kara” are among the shows people can catch up to on the company’s video-on-demand offering.

The high viewership of ABS-CBN content in both television and online indicates that many Filipinos are consuming ABS-CBN content on multiple screens, which is in tune with the company’s goal of making content accessible to every Filipino anytime and anywhere through its new digital platforms, including overseas with the TFC subscribers as well as those on-the-go with ABSCBNmobile.

In other areas, ABS-CBN also proved supreme over GMA. The Kapamilya network established a huge lead in Visayas where they received a 57% rating while the rival network only had a 24%. In Mindanao, ABS-CBN garnered a 57% rating as opposed to GMA’s 26%. For the whole of Luzon, the Kapamilya network still won the battle against their rivals, 41% to 36%.

ABS-CBN Corporation, which began as a broadcasting network, has evolved through the years to become the leading media and entertainment company in the land that is rapidly evolving into an agile digital company. It has gone beyond radio and television to also become the leader in the local music, film, cable TV, and publishing industries and is also the pioneer of digital television in the country. ABS-CBN has also ventured to other businesses including telecommunication services, money remittance, cargo forwarding, TV shopping services, theme park development, among others, showing that it has become more than a broadcasting network through the years.

The company reported a 25% surge in its net income in 2015 to earn P2.55 billion, higher than 2014’s P2 billion.

Kantar Media is a leading television (TV) audience measurement provider with capabilities in gathering TV viewing data in both digital and analog platforms. It is a multinational market research group that specializes in audience measurement in more than 80 countries, has 26 TV networks, ad agencies, and pan-regional networks subscribing to its ratings services.
Among its local current subscribers are ABS-CBN, Peoples Television Network Inc., The Huddle Room Media Inc., JRA Advertising (J. Romero and Associates), 720 Consumer Connect, Viva Communications Inc., Manprom, Solar Entertainment Corporation, Starcom, Havas Media Ortega, and Media Agency groups IPG Mediabrands (Touch BPN, UM), Dentsu Aegis Network (Dentsu, Mediaforce, Carat), Omnicom Media Group (OMD, PHD and M2M) as well as Group M (Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, and Maxus).

International subscribers to Kantar Media include Turner Broadcasting System Asia, NBCU Global Networks Asia Pte Ltd, Google Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Home Box Office (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Scripps Networks Interactive (Asia) Pte. Ltd., MTV Asia, Fox International Channels, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd, CSM Media Research (China), AETN All Asia Networks Pte Ltd, Celestial Tiger Entertainment and Sony Pictures International.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Let's Help Save the Life of Former Actor Dick Israel

Afterr recovering from stroke in 2010, former character actor Dick Israel is in dire need of financial support. 

In a Facebook post by Ikwento Mo Kay Delio, the actor's house was burned down and he is seeking for medical and financial support to survive. 

 "Dick Israel isa sa hinangaan natin artista. kontrabida at komedyante. Noong dekada 80's. Matapos magkasakit nadamay naman sa sunog ang kanyang tinitirahan. Sana may mag paabot sa kanya ng tulong sa mga naka sama nya sa industriya. Kailangan nya ng damit, gamot at pagkain. Please share . Sana makatulong tayo kay Idol Dick Israel nasunugan po sya , sa mga gusto po tumulong, address nya po ay #144 Evangelista st. Bagong Barrio Caloocan city" 

(Video) Making MEGA with KathNiel, ALDUB, and JaDine

Here is the preview of the much-awaited #MakingMEGA edition featuring 3 of the most-loved love teams in Philippine showbiz - with KathNiel, ALDUB, and JaDine. 

Watch below:

SMART Offes #SmartGigaSurf 50 with 1GB Data, 300MB Video Streaming, Pasadata Feature for Only P50

SMART Communications, the leading mobile services provider in the Philippines, is changing the way Filipinos enjoy their smartphones as it unveils GigaSurf50, the country's first 1GB data offer at P50.

Valid for three days, GigaSurf50 also comes with an additional 300MB for streaming on sites YouTube, iflix and more, empowering subscribers to ride the digital wave and enjoy more data, video and music right at their fingertips. 

To enjoy this latest offer, simply text GIGA50 to 9999.

Bigger and better digital lifestyle
"With the country's first 1GB offer at only P50, Smart is truly changing the way Filipinos enjoy their mobile phones for a much bigger, better and richer digital lifestyle," said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head.

"This huge data offer allows you to go bigger on your passions – whether you are an info junkie who likes to surf all the time, a social media butterfly with constant updates on Facebook, SnapchatInstagram and Twitter, or a music and video buff who likes streaming on sites like YouTube and iflix, among many others."

Pasadata with GigaSurf50
GigaSurf50 is also big enough for subscribers to share with others through Pasadata, Smart's innovative feature that lets subscribers pass on a chunk of their data to friends and loved ones. To share part of your GigaSurf50, simply text PASADATA <Recipient #> <Amount>MB and send to 808.

With GigaSurf50, you can go beyond your usual mobile Internet activities, from speaking your mind on the latest trending topic on Facebook and Twitter, watching the latest viral videos on YouTube, and binge-watching your favorite movies and series on iflix.

GigaSurf50 also lets you record more of your day's best moments on Snapchat and Instagram, share more of your latest musings on your personal blogs, and connect more withyour groups on Messenger, Viber and Whatsapp, among many others.

Bridging gaps and breaking barriers 
GigaSurf50 follows a string of awesome products and services that Smart launched since it refreshed its brand last June 13 to show a stronger commitment in empowering Filipinos to live a digital life without barriers.

Smart recently launched its P1,288 Prepaid Smartphone kit to offer the most value-packed big-screen smartphone in the country today, meant to break barriers for many Filipinos to own a smartphone. 
Smart also recently unveiled its Smartlife app, a breakthrough digital discovery portal that lets subscribers enjoy exclusive daily perks, movies, music and games at their fingertips.

Network boost nationwide
All these new products go hand in hand with Smart's rapid LTE deployment and network expansion to deliver faster, more reliable and affordable Internet services throughout the country.
To keep updated with Smart's biggest offers, follow its official accounts on Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram(@LiveSmart). 




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