Saturday, August 27, 2016

BARCELONA: A LOVE UNTOLD Full Movie Trailer - Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo

Star Cinema, during the #DolceAmoreTheMostBeautifulFinale on Friday, has released the official full movie trailer of the most-anticipated movie comeback of the toprating tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla entitled “Barcelona: A Love Untold”.

Under the direction of award-winning director Olivia Lamasan, “Barcelona: A Love Untold” is set to open in cinemas worldwide on September 14, 2016.

Maris Racal and Loisa Andalio Promise a Lifetime of Besties

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Pinoy Big Brother teen stars Maris Racal and Loisa Andalio are pursuing their showbiz dreams and are discovering that having a friend by your side is the best way to go at it.

Maris Racal and Loisa Andalio are the new trending duo in the limelight. The two teenage girls are fast growing into two of the industry’s cutest sweethearts. Both PBB discoveries now called together Team #LoiRis have struck up an unbelievably close friendship as they find their place outside the PBB House.

We really are best friends,” the two gals chorus sincerely. Maris says, “Even when we were in PBB up to now, we are still close.” Loisa echoes, “I really treasure our friendship.

Maris and Loisa cut in on each other in interviews, excited to complete the thought of what the other is trying to say. They listen intently to each other and practically finish each other’s sentences. That’s how close they are!

Maris is Mariestella C. Racal. The young lady who turns 19 this September grew up in Davao del Norte and graduated high school from St. Mary’s College in Tagum City. Maris relates, “I am the 5th of 6 siblings. In the family, there are 4 girls and 2 boys. We are all musically-inclined. All of us sing in the family. My mom and my dad taught me about art, how to sing, how to dance, how to perform.”

Josefina Loisa F. Andalio goes by Loisa. The 17-year old beauty is from Parañaque. “Doon na po ako lumaki. Pangatlo ako sa magkakapatid. There are four of us — two boys and two girls. Before PBB, I belonged to an all-girl, sing-and-dance group called 3G.”

While the two girls share a strong bond almost like sisterhood, they have differences that only serve to complement their personalities. Loisa is your street-smart, foxy beauty while Maris is your southern gal. Loisa grew up in Metro Manila and was exposed to showbiz as she took workshops at ABS-CBN as early as 10 years old. Maris, on the other hand, is more reserved but would get tapped to perform in school.

Both are like regular teenagers, really. Maris enjoys cookies and milk. Loisa likes fried chicken and popcorn. Maris is always dressed-up. Her style is conservative but sophisticated. Loisa’s signature look would be sneakers, jogger pants, sunnies, a hoody and a top-knot hairstyle.

Loisa confides Maris’ showbiz crush is Gerald Anderson. To which Maris dreamily acknowledges, “We have the same handler (ni Gerald) so I think that’s a sign that we are meant to be.” Maris divulges that Loisa’s crush is young heartthrob Khalil Ramos. Loisa shares, “I wasn’t doing showbiz yet and he was in Pilipinas Got Talent. I would tweet Khalil to show my support as a fan back then. Now that I’m in showbiz, feeling ko alam nyang ako ‘yung tweet nang tweet dati. Kasi may mga fans na nag-take ng screenshots!” Their revelations are peppered with girlish teasing and teenage screams from the two young stars. Both of them couldn’t contain their kilig as they imagine their crushes during the interview.

How did you two become friends, we ask. “Because of PBB. We were given a secret task,” relates Loisa. “It was the second week off PBB. Dun na kami naging close ni Loisa,” confirms Maris. What was their first meeting like? Loisa confides, “Nakita ko talaga na makakasundo ko si Maris.” As for Maris, she says of Loisa: “Sobrang cute, chubby, maputi, ‘yung sosyal na girl. Baka ‘di niya ako pansinin. The following day, she started kidding with me. Mali ‘yung judgment ko sa kanya. Doon na kami nagkasundo. We have similarities. Pareho kaming kalog. We have the same sense of humor. But our personalities are really opposites.”


Life for both was a little different before they entered ABS-CBN’s reality show Pinoy Big Brother. Maris has this to say of that fateful day she went to the PBB audition in Davao. “I came from school that day. It was hell week — the Saturday after exams. I was exhausted. It was my mom who saw the billboard for the auditions. And she asked me to go.”

Maris relates she was so tired and didn’t even think of auditioning. “I consider it a miracle. My ate asked me to go. “Maris, pagbigyan mo na si Mama. Kasi naka ilang auditions ka nang di mo napuntahan.” My brother made me bring a guitar. Hindi ako nag-effort. ‘Di ako nagkulot. I was just in normal clothes — the normal me. Mahaba ‘yung pila. Pinagpaguran talaga yun. Walang connections, as in. Wala talagang someone from PBB ‘yung tumulong.”

Loisa’s story is a little different but just as interesting. “I was 10 years old when I had workshops at Star Magic. My aunt really wanted me to be in showbiz and gusto ko din. Nag-workshop ako para mahasa din ‘yung talent ko in acting, singing, dancing. Every time nagko-commute lang kami ng mom ko. Every time dumadaan ako sa PBB house, sinasabi ko na papasok ako doon balang araw. May ganon talaga akong dream.”

According to Maris, “Growing up, hindi ako ma-TV na tao. Nanunuod ako ng series, ng Koreanovelas, chick flicks on Star Movies. In school, I would be asked to sing the responsorial psalm — sing in mass, sing intermission numbers. I also did cover songs on Soundcloud.” For Loisa, it was the plugs for the talent workshop on TV that she would see growing up. “My aunt would encourage me to audition, to enroll. My Tita was the one who paid for my workshop fees.

Both share that up until the last minute, they didn’t know if they were going to make it to PBB. Loisa shares her thoughts when news became official. “Ito na ‘yun. Magiging part na ako ng PBB. Sobrang kaba at saya. Kaba kasi mahihiwalay ka sa family mo. Saya dahil natupad ang dream mo na makapasok.” Loisa describes her excitement, “Eto na papasok na kami sa bahay ni Kuya. Sobrang iba ‘yung feeling. Parang gusto mo nang umuwi pero pagpasok ko ng PBB… wow, ang ganda, ang saya.

Maris, on the other hand, had this realization when she got word she was joining PBB: “When I found out, I was amazed with myself because nakaya ko lahat ng stages ng audition. Nakaya ko ‘yun. I felt so proud of myself.” She admits even then she had apprehensions. “Sabi ko ito na ‘yung last day of anonymity ko. Hindi pa ako kilala ngayon pero bukas makikilala na ako ng lahat ng tao. Natuwa ako dun.” Maris remembers her point of no return. “Around early April, my classmates were enrolling for college already. I was nervous because I was torn between college and PBB. Amazing talaga because the same day that I got into PBB was the same day natanggap ako sa university. PBB! PBB talaga yung naisip ko kasi it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. ‘Yung school it will always be there.

Everyone who follows the reality TV show knows Pinoy Big Brother can be life changing. As for Maris, she shares, “I didn’t have time to say goodbye to my parents. I cried to my ate. I had so many doubts about myself. What if ‘di ko kaya? Kasi make or break ang PBB, eh. It’s either you’ll be loved by many or hated by many. ‘Yun ‘yung worry ko. What if I become one of those housemates who would be hated by all and my life would be miserable.

Form her end, Loisa confesses, “Wala sa isip ko ‘yun if people will hate me. Wala sa isip ko ‘yung baka i-bash ako. Wala talaga. Gusto ko lang ‘yung experience. Kasi sa PBB, walang magulang. Doon ko nalabas ang sarili ko. ‘Yung ako talaga na wala ‘yung parents ko or ‘di ko kausap ‘yung kapatid ko and ibang tao. Buti nalang talaga ‘di ko naisip na baka i-hate ako ng mga tao, i-judge nila ako. So doon ako naging komportable.

Loisa shares this as the best life lesson she learned from PBB: “It really helped me open up to my family. My parents were not exactly in the best terms then.” Maris would echo this by saying, “Kuya of PBB helped us with our problems in life, helped us deal with our family. Kuya heard us talking about our lives.”

Now, the two girls are carving a name for themselves outside the PBB house. Maris dreams of bagging the female lead role in a war drama ala Descendants of the Sun where she is the heroine who saves lives. She also wishes for Loisa to be a female action star, especially when her friend approaches her twenties.

On the other hand, Loisa dreams of being cast for a mermaid role. She relates she was cast as a mermaid for the soap remake of Dyesebel on ABS-CBN while gleefully reminiscing memories of wearing a mermaid’s tail while in the water. For Maris, Loisa envisions a tomboy role in a rom-com to contrast her friends’ natural lady-like manners.

The friends have dream leading men, of course. Loisa reveals Maris would be perfect with Iñigo Pascual for a love team. Maris dreams of a duet with the young actor. For Loisa working with Daniel Padilla would be a dream come true. Her crush on him aside, Loisa admits she see him as a good actor and would love to work with the heartthrob.

What’s the best thing about your friendship? Loisa is quick to reply, “Minsan lang kami ganito. Usually, chill lang kami. Sa showbiz, si Maris ‘yung talagang pinaka-close ko. As in. Bihira ka lang makahanap ng totoong kaibigan sa industry.”

Maris says, “What makes our friendship unique is we had a bond before we became showbiz stars. And then when we joined showbiz, our friendship became more solid. The challenges to our friendship happened on PBB. Ilang beses na-test but we stuck to each other. Now that we are out of PBB, we got even closer and we are helping each other’s careers. A lot find us adorable; a lot of LoiRis fans like us. This is why we have photoshoots like this, why we have interviews as friends. A lot of projects are coming our way because of our partnership.

When we ask them if there’s a competition in their friendship, the two young ladies are quick to answer “We support each other in this journey.” They note that there’s no rivalry between them and that they are honest in pointing out each other’s weaknesses. “Ako I tell Maris, “Uy Maris ayusin mo ‘yan, hindi dapat ganyan. Tapos hindi sya na-ooffend. Sinasabi ko lang ‘yung makakabuti para sa kanya,” Loisa frankly exclaims. “Ako naman, parati kong pinapanuod si Loisa kapag sumasayaw sya sa ASAP. Tapos sinasabi ko sakanya na “Loisa next time ayusin mo ‘yung projection mo,” says Maris.

What are the things you love most about each other? Maris animatedly replies “Love ko si Loisa kasi parang nakatingin lang ako sa salamin kapag kaharap ko sya. Kilalang-kilala namin ang isat-isa. Mahal ko sya kasi sa mundo ng showbiz, mahirap makahanap ng isang Loisa. Nag-iisa lang sya.” Emotions pour in when it’s Loisa’s turn to answer, “Naiiyak ako wait lang! Love ko si Maris kasi lagi syang andyan para sa akin. ‘Yung hindi ko na-oopen up sa family ko, sakanya ko nasasabi. Para syang si mama mag-advice, alam nya talaga ‘kung ano ‘yung ikakabuti ko,”

The growing friendship of the newest showbiz sweethearts makes them even more remarkable for the people. The LoiRis team up can definitely be considered as BFF goals – with your BFF right by your side, no showbiz dream can be too small, right?

Text by Rione Palacios, Photography by Yukie Sarto of Studio 100, Art Direction by Mina Cruzada,BTS by Josef Castro and Macky Arquilla

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It's James Reid and Nadine Lustre Kapamilya Day this Sunday #ASAPGoNaGoSunday

“ASAP” takes part in the much awaited celebration of JaDine World Day as “Till I Met You” stars James Reid and Nadine Lustre join the party this Sunday (August 28).

Aside from Team Real spreading kilig all over the globe, “ASAPinoy” honors the music of Jim Paredes to be led my Tribute Master Gary Valenciano with OPM icons Buboy Garovillo, Mitch Valdez, and Nanette Inventor, plus Kapamilya performers Piolo Pascual, Kean Cipriano, Bradley Holmes, Richard Poon, Sitti, Nina, Kyle, Edray, and Vina Morales.

Experience a taste of Barcelona as Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo of the upcoming romantic movie “Barcelona: A Love Untold” share the “ASAP” stage.

Join an all-out dance showdown with Gerald Anderson, Rayver Cruz, Vin Abrenica, Sarah Lahbati and Kim Chiu plus Kapamilya dance idols Joshua Garcia, Jerome Ponce, and Loisa Andalio.

Take on the #AfterPhotoshootChallenge with Andrea, Kyline, Nash, AC of Lucky Aces, Nikko, Ronnie, Sue, and Nhikzy and party with your favorite Kapamilya heartthrobs Inigo Pascual and Diego Loyzaga.

Also, don’t miss the most talked about ASAP segments with old-time classics on “ASAP Birit Queens” and OPM hugot songs on “ASAP Soul Sessions”.

Meanwhile, get inspired on “ASAP LSS” with Yeng Constantino, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, Nina, Jay Durias, and Jolina Magdangal and a special concert treat from Jason Dy.

Don’t miss “ASAP” this Sunday (August 28), 12:15nn, on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up via or for Sky subscribers. Don’t forget to share your thoughts this Sunday using the official hashtag #ASAPGoNaGoSunday.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Uncover 'The Secret Life of Pets' with McDonald's Happy Meal

Furry friends from The Secret Life of Pets movie have taken their adventure to McDonald's! Discover their secret trickswith the McDonald's Secret Life of Pets Happy Meal,available in all stores nationwide starting August 20.

In the Secret Life of Pets movie, Max's life is turned upside down when his owner brings home a stray dog named Duke. Both dogs go on an adventure in the streets of New York and find themselves in different kinds of crazy antics. The movie will show in cinemas starting August 24. 

Collect all eight Secret Life of Pets Happy Meal toys, each featuring a playful pet from the movie:

1. Max - A Terrier with a strong emotional attachment to his owner, Katie. Wind him up to see him flip over.
2. Duke - An adopted mutt who becomes Max' new brother. Move his leg to hear him laugh and howl.
3. Gidget - A bubbly Pomeranian with a crush on herdog neighbor, Max. Wind her up to watch her head bob up and down.
4. Sweet Pea - A parakeet who enjoys flying and being outdoors. Press him down on a surface to lift his wings.
5. Buddy - A long black Dachshund who likes getting a massage from a kitchen mixer. Pull and release to stretch his body.
6. Snowball - An abandoned rabbit who becomes the leader of 'The Flushed Pets.' Press his bunny tail to change his eyes from cute to cunning.
7. Chloe - A blue tabby cat who loves food and cat treats. Press the button on her back to hear her purr.
8. Croc - A member of 'The Flushed Pets.' Push himalong a surface for his mouth to snap open and closed.

Bring home your favorite Secret Life of Pets movie character with every Happy Meal! Customers can choose from theChicken McDo4pc Chicken McNuggets, Burger McDoMcSpaghettiand Cheesy Eggdesal during breakfast hours, with Orange Drink and Fries or Corn.

Share your family's bonding moments with the Secret Life of Pets Happy Meal toys on the official Facebook page, or by tagging @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #McDoHappyMeal.

(Photos) James Reid for Fujifilm Media Launch

On Friday, August 26, FUJIFILM officially welcomes its newest family member James Reid and the brand ambassador for digital camera and instax.

Check out the photos taken during the grand media launch held at Luxent Hotel in Quezon City:

Maine Mendoza and Kris Aquino Team Up in a Sure Hit Movie to Beat Vice Ganda and Coco Martin

Now that her career is allegedly being managed by the same team who handles the career of Marian Rivera and Maine Mendoza, reports have it that Kris Aquino is set to star in a Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2016 movie with phenomenal actress Maine Mendoza. If this pushes through, the said movie will compete against the movie entry of her bestfriend Vice Ganda and her former Feng Shui leading man Coco Martin.

There are speculations that Kris Aquino is moving back to GMA Network and reports say that her transfer will kick off with a TV show.

The Queen of All Media is still mum about the issue but she has recently posted a message to her followers to respect her decision. 

The issue about Kris’ network transfer started few weeks ago when she revealed that she had a meeting with Antonio and Mike Tuviera of (TAPE Inc.) and APT Entertainment.

TAPE Inc. is the producer of the Philippines’ longest-running noontime variety show on GMA 7 “Eat Bulaga.” They also handle one of today’s biggest stars, Maine Mendoza. APT Entertainment, on the other hand, co-produces weekend show “Sunday Pinasaya” hosted by Kris’ former bestfriend, Ai-Ai delas Alas.

Kris is also known for being an ALDUB fan. She proudly posted on Instagram that she watched the phenomenal loveteam’s newest movie, “Imagine You and Me.”Even before the AlDub phenomenon, Kris has always been an idol of Maine.

JaDine, ALDUB, KathNiel Cover MEGA Magazine Special 'Making MEGA' Issue

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After Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza's #MEGANationWithAldub in Morocco and #MakingMEGA in Greece with James Reid and Nadine Lustre, the Philippines’ Best Fashion Magazine, MEGA is set to feature another local entertainment's blockbuster love team for its special "MakingMEGA" issue.

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, best known for their monicker KathNiel, are set to appear on the cover of MEGA Magazine #CelebrateMEGAWithKathNiel 25th anniversary issue.

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CHOOSE PHILIPPINES AWARDS to Honor the Country’s Best Destination, Dish and Accommodation

After five years of discovering, sharing, and exploring the Philippines, ABS-CBN’s travel website Choose Philippines marks 2016 with a special celebration that aims to honor the country that inspired people to eat, explore, and share meaningful experiences via the Choose Philippines Awards.

Netizens from all over the country and around the world can start submitting their nominations for different awards after its launch on “It’s Showtime” on Saturday (August 27) through its website, Submission of nominations will end on September 24.

Honoring the best of what the Philippines has to offer, Choose Philippines Awards will collect nominations for three major categories – Best Destination, Best Dish, and Best Accommodation.

Choose Philippines Awards is only one of the ways ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company, is promoting and supporting Philippine tourism. The network, now rapidly transitioning into an agile digital company, also regularly features the country’s must-see destinations on multiple media platforms – on its magazines, TV shows, films, and other digital platforms and services. ABS-CBN, through its Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation’s Ecotourism Projects, also offers packages that support the livelihood of locals and protect and maintain the natural ecosystems of the tourist sites.

The most-loved tourist spots that leave a lasting impression on travelers are recognized in the Best Destination category, with sub-categories Heritage Sites, Water Forms, Islands and Beaches, Mountains and Volcanoes, and Recreational Spots.

Choose Philippines also acknowledges the local gastronomic treats that best represent the uniquely Filipino taste in Best Dish’s Poultry, Beef, Pork, Vegetable, Seafood, Fusion, Native Exotic Delicacy, and Panghimagas sub-categories.

Accommodations that excel in service, hospitality, comfort, accessibility and aesthetics and double as a home away from home are also honored in the Best Accommodation’s Family, Solo Traveler, Couple, and Barkada sub-categories.

All the nominations that will be received by the site will then be shortlisted by the country’s top travel bloggers, lifestyle experts, and industry leaders.

The final 5 nominees for each category will be announced on October 10, when the voting for the Choose Philippines Awards will also begin.

Finally, the winners will be decided based on votes cast by netizens on the Choose Philippines Awards website and will be honored in a ceremony in November.

ABS-CBN digital content publishing head Richard Reynante and Choose Philippines editor-in-chief James Tana.

Aside from the major categories, Choose Philippines will also present special awards. There is Best Pinoy Advocate, which will go to the country’s most admirable locals, individual or group, who brought honor to the country; Best Pinoy at Heart, which will go to an individual or group of foreigners who have shown remarkable affinity towards the Philippines, its people, and all things Pinoy; and Best Festival, which will honor the most exciting, unforgettable, and meaningful Filipino festival.

Not to be missed is the Best Photo Contest, which will honor netizens who will send their nominations for different categories. All they have to do is upload a beautiful photo of their nomination on for a chance to win special prizes as well as the opportunity to accept the Best Photo award onstage.

Celebrate the people, places, and dishes that gave you memorable adventures and moments by submitting your nominations for the Choose Philippines Awards on beginning August 27 (Saturday).

Kim Chiu Turns Beauty Queen this Saturday on ‘MMK’

Kim Chiu returns to “MMK” to play the role of a young woman who had to join beauty pageants in order to support herself and her family this Saturday (August 27).

Jeany was an incoming college student when her mother Maria’s eatery burned down leaving them with no source of income. One of her professors then suggested that she try joining pageants since these have monetary prizes that she can save for her education. With Maria’s blessing, she began her journey into the pageant world.

Jeany was doing very well in her pageant career until she learned some secrets that changed the whole game.


Joining this “MMK” episode are Sylvia Sanchez, Jong Cuenco, Johan Santos, and Lassy Marquez. The episode is directed by Dado Lumibao and written by Jaymar Santos Castro and Arah Jell Badayos. “MMK” is led by business unit head Malou Santos.

Join “MMK” as it celebrates its 25th anniversary by visiting Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK,” every Saturday ON ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).

Thursday, August 25, 2016

(Photos) Jack Reid is the Face of Folded &Hung Disney Campaign

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Trending dance heartthrob Jack Reid just landed his first official campaign for local fashion label Folded & Hung. James Reid’s younger brother who has been causing a buzz lately because of his entry to showbiz is now the face of Folded & Hung’s newest line.

Wearing the latest trends featuring the Disney Collection, fans will be giddy upon the sight of their new teen idol sporting shirts, jackets, pullovers — even bags and caps — with the famous cartoon character Mickey Mouse.

Check out the hot emerging star in this series of official photos from Folded & Hung. We even caught his gorgeous sister Lauren Reid lending her support to Jack at the Folded & Hung photoshoot.

The collection comes out in stores on September 9. To all the Jack Reid and Folded & Hung fans, don’t walk, run!

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Cory Vidanes Honored as ‘Media Personality of the Year’ by SKAL Int’l Tourism Personality Awards

ABS-CBN chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes was named “Media Personality of the Year” by the SKAL International Tourism Personality Awards for her contribution in creating a positive impact on the tourism industry through excellent content on television, film, and other platforms of the country’s leading media and entertainment company.

Vidanes was honored along with other business leaders at the SKAL International Tourism Awards held Wednesday night at the New World Hotel in Makati.

Like all of you, I share and support your advocacy in promoting tourism through excellent content in television, film, print, digital and all our other platforms,” she said. “In ABS-CBN, the core of being in service of the Filipino people is to be trusted. In many ways, we share the same vision of SKAL International – to be a trusted Voice in travel and tourism.”

The SKAL International Tourism Personality Awards honors individuals for their accomplishments that help boost the country’s tourism industry. The awards are handed out by different chapters of SKAL International, a group of travel and tourism professionals that was established in 1932 that aims to promote global tourism and friendship.

With Vidanes at the helm, ABS-CBN traveled to different places in the country to shoot its teleseryes and movies. Recognizing that Filipinos fall in love not only with stories but also the scenic destinations featured in them, ABS-CBN has brought viewers to the Benguet province for “Forevermore,” Puerto Princesa, Palawan for “The Story of Us,” Albay, Bicol for “We Will Survive,” Batanes for “You’re My Boss,” Bukidnon and Cagayan De Oro for “Forever and a Day,” among many others, serving as the backdrop to its hit love stories.

She added that the ABS-CBN Regional group actively featured local fiestas all year round, connecting Filipinos here and abroad to their home provinces and enticing tourists to join the celebrations and fun in the Philippines.

Vidanes also said ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Incorporated also offers eco-tourism packages that enable Filipinos to enjoy breathtaking views while supporting livelihood projects as well as protecting and maintaining natural ecosystems spread across the country.

Among the packages offered are surf and skimboard camps in Sorsogon and Leyte, ziplining and caving in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, river cruises in Buhatan, Sorsogon and Iwahig, Palawan, an eco-village in Sohoton Caves, and agritourism communities in Samar, Leyte, Iba, Zambales, Lobo, Batangas, Antipolo, Guimaras, and Mindoro, and more.

The company also has travel website called Choose Philipines, a comprehensive guide that provides information about Philippine travel and exploration, which allows Filipino families to create, capture, and share their meaningful experiences.

Through Choose Philippines and The Filipino Channel, we make global Filipinos proud of their country and want to come home. We excite people from other countries to discover and share our treasures. We want them to make our country and our countrymen part of their story and this story shared to the rest of the world,” she said.

Vidanes was recently named as one of the Most Influential Filipina Women in the World by the Filipina Women’s Network. She was also a recipient of the CEO Excel Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines in 2014 and was named one of People Asia magazine’s “People of the Year” in 2013.

As ABS-CBN transitions to a digital company, with its content not only broadcast on television, but also streamed online through news sites like ABS-CBN News online and mobile apps like iWantv,, and Sky on Demand, the company remains committed to support Philippine tourism. Its popular tourism website has also launched the “Choose Philippines Awards” which recognize people, destinations, and even food that have added meaning to the experience of various locales in the country.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pia Wurtzbach to Host Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 5

From Georgina Wilson in Cycle 3, another well-established Pinay was chose to host the 5th cycle of Asia's Next Top Model. 

On its official Facebook page, ANTM confirmed that the reining Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach will be hosting the show's 5th cycle.

Cinema '76 and Cinema One Honor Lilia Cuntapay with a Fundraising Screening of 'Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay'

The film industry lost one of its screen legends with the recent passing of Lilia Cuntapay. Known for her numerous roles in several horror films, Cuntapay passed away on August 20 due to a spinal cord illness. This was weeks after the screen veteran appealed for aid to help fund some of her medical expenses. 
To honor Cuntapay, Cinema One Originals and Cinema '76 is scheduling four special fundraising screenings of the film "Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay." To be held from Thursday August 25 thru Sunday August 28, following are the details of the screenings at Cinema '76: Thursday, August 25 (8:00pm), Friday, August 26 (8:30pm), Saturday, August 27 (7:30pm), and Sunday, August 28 (5:00pm)
On Thursday (August 25), the film's director Antoinette Jadaone together with some cast members and crew of the film will be at the screening to pay tribute to their beloved leading lady. All proceeds of the benefit screening will go directly to Cuntapay's family to help cover her funeral cost and consequent expenses.
"Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay" was a finalist at the 2011 Cinema One Originals. Cuntapay won her first and last Best Actress award for the said film.
Cinema '76 is also screening the films of acclaimed directors Jun Lana and Perci Intalan ("Bwakaw", "Dementia", "Barbers' Tales", and "Anino Sa Likod ng Buwan") starting Friday, August 26.
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Kakai Bautista in Search for Her Boyfriend-Leading Man, Join Now!

From playing perennial sidekick or loyal best friend in assorted TV shows and movies, singer-comedian Catherine "Kakai" Bautista finally takes on the role of lead actress in a romantic comedy film, to be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lemuel Lorca.

It's a break that's been waiting to happen. With her extraordinary acting ability, a knack for making people laugh, amazing hosting skills, and a mesmerizing singing voice, Kakai Bautista's time to shine has come. The much-awaited film will be produced by Insight 360 Films in partnership with Manco Productions Inc. and iPR PLUS Consulting Group.

"Kakai is the next big thing in Philippine comedy," Cahilig says of the multi-talented artist who started honing her singing and acting talents in theatre until finally, her impressive performance in a play caught the attention of industry bigwigs. She then worked her way through simple but noteworthy supporting roles in TV and film productions, engaging the hearts—and funny bones—of viewers. 

"Kakai has always been a bright star," Cahilig enthusiastically asserts. "I believe now is the time for her light to start shining the brightest."

On her part, Kakai Bautista is raring to give the project her best shot. "I'm elated and ecstatic about working on this flick. Sobrang saya ko and as always, I promise to give my all to this role," she enthuses.

Meantime, the producers of the film are looking for the perfect leading man for Kakai.

Baka Siya Na

"Baka siya na pala ang the one ko, 'di ba? After all the heartache, baka siya na pala ang magpapasaya ng puso ko.Kung sino ka man, I'm very open to being more than friends, more than best friends—alam niyo 'yancharot!" Kakai relates.

"Kidding aside, mabigat ang role ng leading man ko sa pelikula kaya kailangan bongga umakting," she adds.

According to Kakai, while having her first starring role in a film is a dream-come-true, she cannot help but feel a bit pressured by the demands of her role, which she says is a very unique character. 

"Hindi basta-basta pagpapatawa ang gagawin ko dito. Level up na Kakai ang mapapanood niyo dito—just the right mix of funny and madrama," she says. 

She also feels that working with an award-winning director is a challenge, but she is willing to take this challenge on.

"Excited talaga ako to work with Direk Lem. I'm very happy na for my first movie, award-winning ang director ko. 'Yun nga lang, and'yan ang pressure to be the best. But I'm ready," Kakai adds. 

For now, the search is on for Kakai's male lead. 

"The role is open to newbies and big stars. We want to find the best male lead for the movie and for Kakai," iPR president and veteran publicist Hanzel Villafuerte says. He adds that this film may even be a big break in showbiz for the chosen leading man. 

Aspirants must be in their late 20s to mid-30s, with a matinee idol or serious type vibe, and a remarkably fit body. Interested applicants may send their profile and demo reel to

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Liza Soberano - The Chainsmokers - Charlie Puth Love Triangle: How Did It All Started

Liza Soberano, has caught the eye of many famous international celebrities, and just last week, it was Charlie Puth who got smitten with her irresistible beauty. The American singer-songwriter sent an invite to the "Dolce Amore" actress over Twitter to attend his " Nine Track Mind Tour" concert held at the Kia Theater, which, as we all know by now, she declined.

New developments, however, have arisen since this apparent "attraction" when American DJ duo The Chainsmokers sent out a tweet last night declaring a love triangle with the singer.

But how'd they even hear about Liza? Let's backtrack a bit, shall we?

Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers performed in Manila on Friday, August 19, and were interviewed exclusively by During the said interview, the DJs were questioned about attractive Filipinas, aaand the hottie they name-dropped was none other than Ms. Soberano herself:

"I just read about some hot girl. People kept on tweeting us to invite to the show. She's an actress, I think."

"What's her name? She's like a hot chick. I saw Charlie Puth invited her [via Twitter]."

"Yes... That's the person [Liza]."

Seriously, Liza, you are the QUEEN. -

Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera Unite for DARNA

Kapamilya award-winning actress Angel Locsin and Kapuso primetime queen Marian Rivera exchanged messages after the former posted a caricature of them as the iconic comics character Darna on Instagram over the weekend.

"Look @therealmarian nakita ko lang sa tag photos ko," Angel wrote in the caption.

In the comment section, Marian reacted to Angel's post by writing: "awww cute."

Angel played Darna in a television series back in 2005, while Marian starred in the 2009 series both of GMA-7.

A photo posted by Angel Locsin (@therealangellocsin) on

(Video) Tokyo 2020 Olympics Preview at Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony

A Prime Minister dressed-up as Super Mario.
Robots assisting athletes.
A distinctive skyline.
Word-class stadiums.
Man-made meteorites replacing the traditional fireworks.

These and many more are what Japan wanted us to expect barely 4 years from now when the next Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

During the closing ceremony of Rio 2016 Olympics, Japan's Olympic committee decided to show a preview of the upcoming Olympics featuring Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed-up as Mario of the famous Super Mario games originated in Japan, Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Pac-Man, the Shibuya Crossing, Japanese athletes, among others.

Watch the video here:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Team Up in 'A STAR IS BORN'

Award-winning music superstar Lady Gaga has been set to star opposite four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper," "American Hustle," "Silver Linings Playbook") in a remake of the iconic musical drama "A Star is Born." The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. The film will also be helmed by Cooper, who will be making his directorial debut.

Lady Gaga's role in "A Star is Born" will mark her first lead in a feature film. In addition, she will compose new songs for the film, which she will also perform.

"A Star is Born" is being produced by Billy Gerber and Jon Peters; together with Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips, under their Joint Effort Productions banner. Basil Iwanyk is serving as executive producer.

In making the announcement, Silverman stated, "For those of us lucky enough to watch him work as an actor and producer, it has been clear that Bradley would make this transition to director. We are honored that he is doing it, here, at his home - Warner Bros. - and with Lady Gaga as a collaborator and co-star. The world is in for a treat as these great artists craft an all new vision of 'A Star is Born.'"

A singular talent, Lady Gaga earned an Oscar nomination earlier this year for her moving song "Til it Happens to You," from the documentary "The Hunting Ground." Among her many music honors, she has also won six Grammy Awards and earned another nine Grammy nominations. Her multi-platinum hits range from "Bad Romance," "Poker Face" and "Just Dance" to the chart-topping anthem "Born This Way." In 2014, she proved her crossover appeal with "Cheek to Cheek," partnering with the legendary Tony Bennett on a duet album of standards, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart. On the acting front, Lady Gaga starred in the 2015-16 season of FX's hit series "American Horror Story," earning widespread acclaim and winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Made for Television Movie. She had earlier been seen in the Robert Rodriguez films "Machete Kills" and "Sin City: A Dame to Die For."

"A Star is Born" will be distributed worldwide, including the Philippines, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

From 'Fear The Walking Dead,' Daniel Zovatto Heats Up 'DON'T BREATHE

Up-and-coming young actor Daniel Zovatto ("It Follows," TV's "Fear the Walking Dead") stars in Columbia Pictures' new horror-thriller "Don't Breathe" as Money, one of a trio of teens who break into the house of a blind man they suspect has plenty of money hidden away. But their plan goes dangerously wrong when their intended victim turns out to be more frightening than they ever anticipated.

Produced by Sam Raimi (the "Spider-Man" trilogy), "Don't Breathe" also stars Jane Levy ("Evil Dead"), Dylan Minnette ("Goosebumps") and Stephen Lang ("Avatar"). Fede Alvarez ("Evil Dead") directs from a script co-written with Rodo Sayagues ("Evil Dead").

Zovatto's character, Money, is the mpulsive, street-savvy boyfriend of Rocky, played by Jane Levy. Money is the connection between the streets and Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Rocky. Says Zovatto, "Basically, he is the alpha, the muscle of the group. But he's not one-dimensional. There's a lot more to him than just a gangster or a street kid. He has a lot of layers."

It is Money's street contact who tips him off to a retired army vet rumored to have a six-figure cash settlement stashed somewhere in his home. Money convinces his friends that this is the score to catapult them out of their crumbling city into a sunnier life in California.

"There's not much money around in his neighborhood," Zovatto says. "This seems like a pretty sure thing. But he also enjoys the adrenaline rush of these jobs."

Alvarez cast the actor on the basis of his performance in the breakout indie horror film "It Follows." "He is an actor that can take a role from the page and make it his own," says the director. "The take he brought into the room when we were casting the role was completely different from what everybody else was doing."

Like a typical hustler, Money lives in the moment. "He's just pure energy and anarchy," Alvarez observes. "He knows what he wants and he gets it. Money has a better idea of who he is than Alex, who is still a bit confused about what he wants to do."

Zovatto says the "Don't Breathe" shoot was the most fun he has ever had at work. "Because Fede both wrote and directed, he knows all the ins and the outs of the story and the characters, which is really cool. At the same time he let us discover our own characters with his guidance. He's a really passionate guy and I love passionate people."

Opening across the Philippines on August 31, "Don't Breathe" is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Fierce, Wild, Bold Arci Munoz In Photos You've Never Seen Before

Warning: Photos contain graphics NSFW. 

Camp Sawi lead actress Arci Munoz is featured as the wild, free, fierce and bold Mona Munoz in Pulp online music magazine. 

Arci is the vocalist of Pinoy rock band Philia. 

 Check out photos below: 




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