Saturday, September 10, 2016

Comedy Actress Joy Viado is Dead


Well-known comedy actress Joy Viado has passed away at exactly 8:55 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 at Quezon City General Hospital due to heart attack, ABS-CBN News reports. 

She was 51.

Joy last made headlines back in 2015 when she broke down as she appealed for help to save her foot from amputation due to diabetes complications.

Joy have done quite a number of TV shows and movies including roles in box office hits like "Sisterakas," "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy," "Who’s That Girl?", "Da Possessed," and "The Trial".  

Friday, September 9, 2016

(Video) Hashtags McCoy De Leon, Paulo Angeles and Ronnie Alonte Admit They're No Longer a Virgin


Three of Hashtags most popular and controversial members McCoy De Leon (21), Paulo Angeles (18) and Ronnie Alonte (19) admits they're no longer a virgin during their a recent interview with Boy Abunda on TWBA.

Watch below:



They also answered questions related to the status of their relationships with Elisse Joson and Maris Calma, Heaven Peralejo and Sue Ramirez.

Did Ronnie court Sue?



McCoy, how do you rate Maris and Elisse in terms of closeness to your heart?



gffh


Dennis Trillo Wins Asian Star Prize of the Seoul International Drama Awards


Dennis Trillo adds another entry to his list of awards as he is the first Filipino recipient of the Asian Star Prize in this year's Seoul International Drama Awards. 

Dennis, together with his his manager Popoy Caritativo, flew to Seoul to personally accept the award. Check out his acceptance speech below:



Dennis was also photographed with Korea's famous actors such as Descendants of the Sun lead star Song Joong-ki.

Jollibee Releases a Heartwarming #KwentongJollibee Video for Grandparent's Day Titled 'Kahera'


Jollibee, the country’s number one fast food chain, produces another made-for-digital material that pays tribute to the never-ending love and support grandparents shower their apos.

In the span of 150 seconds, “Kahera” shows the story of a young restaurant cashier’s seemingly awkward encounters with an elderly customer. The older woman never fails to comment on the young cashier’s every move; from her crooked nameplate to the way she speaks, no details seem to escape the older woman’s scrutiny. The video concludes with a touching revelation that sometimes, one does not need to look far for guidance and love.

Inspired by real-life experiences of Jollibee customers, the Kwentong Jollibee campaign recounts the many heartwarming stories of Filipinos, whose special moments are made more memorable by this well-loved Pinoy brand.

“Kahera” is the latest addition to the roster of relatable stories in the Kwentong Jollibee series. Previous video releases include “Almusal,” “Tagpuan,” “Jabee,” “Mama’s Girl” for Mother’s Day, and “Entrance Exam” for Father’s Day, which illustrated a variety of truly Pinoy experiences involving the ones that matter the most: loved ones, good food, and consistently thoughtful signature Alagang Jollibee.




We are very excited to share the newest addition to our Kwentong Jollibee series,” said Francis Flores, Jollibee Global Chief Marketing Officer. “It’s definitely a delight to discover how Jollibee has actually touched the lives of Pinoys all over the world in more ways than one. The stories we have shared so far shows the enduring relationship that Pinoys have with their favorite fast-food chain and we are more than happy to unearth more of these as we go along.”

With over four million views and over a hundred thousand shares, "Kahera" achieved viral status just 24 hours after being uploaded on Facebook.

Watch “Kahera” below and remember to give your lolos and lolas a tight hug this Grandparents’ Day and thank them for always being there to cheer you on no matter what.

For more of Jollibee’s Kwentong Jollibee series, visit Jollibee Philippines Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines or their official YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/jollibeedigital1.

Tricia Centenera Drops Hint that Gab Valenciano is a Womanizer


A week ago, a trusted source of Inside Showbiz Weekly disclosed that Tricia Centenera and Gab Valenciano are splitting up. It was revealed that Gab asked for a divorce after almost two years of marriage with the model and fashion personality.

Reports say that infidelity is the main reason of the couple’s marriage breakdown. There are several names circulating inside and outside the industry of showbiz who allegedly have had an affair with Gab. 

Tricia’s cryptic twitter post appears to be a hint that her husband had several affairs:



COLLATERAL BEAUTY Trailer Summons Death, Time, Love


The first trailer of New Line Cinema's inspiring and emotional drama “Collateral Beauty” has just been released and may be viewed below:



From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, “Collateral Beauty” is a thought-provoking drama that explores how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and death interlock in a life fully lived.

When a successful New York ad executive suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways.

“Collateral Beauty” features an all-star cast, including Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore with Oscar winners Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren.

David Frankel (“Dear Diary,” “Marley & Me,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) directs from a screenplay written by Allan Loeb (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” “21”). The film is produced by Bard Dorros (“Triple 9”), Michael Sugar (Oscar-nominated Best Picture “Spotlight”), Allan Loeb, Anthony Bregman (“Foxcatcher”), and Kevin Frakes (“John Wick”). Serving as executive producers are Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Michael Bederman, Peter Cron, and Bruce Berman.

Frankel’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Maryse Alberti (“Creed”), production designer Beth Mickle (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”), editor Andrew Marcus (“American Ultra”) and costume designer Leah Katznelson (“How to Be Single”). The music is composed by Theodore Shapiro (“Trumbo”).

New Line Cinema presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Anonymous Content/an Overbrook Entertainment Production, a PalmStar Media and Likely Story Production: “Collateral Beauty.” It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Opening across the Philippines on January 8, 2017, “Collateral Beauty” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

JaDine #MakingMEGAGreeceWithJadine Reached the Highest Number of eMag Downloads in Less Than a Day



The Philippines’ Best Fashion magazine MEGA surprised everyone on Monday midnight when the magazine’s much-anticipated covers with James Reid and Nadine Lustre were released!

Loyal supporters of the sensational love team went crazy over their high fashion magazine covers photographed in Greece that garnered thousands of downloads few hours after its release on global digital magazine newsstand, Magzter.

Nadine is looking drop-dead gorgeous on her solo MEGA cover shot in Santorini - a romantic city in Greece which is said to be one of the actress’ dream travel destinations. James, on the other hand, made all the girls drool with his MEGA Man cover in which he wears an unzipped dapper and deep-red outfit.

Not only that! The real-life couple made September feels like Valentine’s with their cover together photographed in the picturesque city of Athens. They don’t just make each and everyone of us feel extremely kilig in ’Til I Met You,’ but they also give us goosebumps with their Making MEGA in Greece big fashion issue, out now exclusively available at National Bookstore nationwide!

(Music Video) Ellie Goulding 'Still Falling For You' - Bridget Jones' Baby OST


Ellie Goulding has released the music video for incredible new single “Still Falling For You,” a song written for the upcoming soundtrack to Universal Pictures' “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”

The video, directed by Emil Nava, features clips from the film. Watch below:



Since launching just a week ago, ‘Still Falling For You’ is dominating airwaves at home and globally, with a swell of support from UK radio, a track-of-the-day on Radio 1, over 3 million streams on Spotify and a straight shot to the iTunes top 5. Since the release of her third studio album ‘Delirium’ which featured the record-breaking ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and monster singles ‘On My Mind’ and ‘Army’, Goulding has been enjoying a year of knockout live performances in stadiums and festivals the world over including slots at Glastonbury, Coachella and Lollapalooza. To date, Ellie holds three UK #1 singles, over 30 million worldwide sales and Brit Awards for Best Female Solo Artist and Critics Choice.

“Bridget Jones’s Baby,” a Working Title production released by Universal Pictures, will open in the Philippines on September 14.

Directed by Sharon Maguire (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Renee Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

The much-anticipated third installment of the Bridget Jones’s franchise welcomes fellow Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson to the cast. Longtime collaborators Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films produce alongside Debra Hayward.

“Bridget Jones' Baby” is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona Treat Fans with Musical Treat Live at Starmall Alabang on September 11


The tandem of Sam (Janella Salvador) and Kevin (Elmo Magalona) are set to take their on screen chemistry live and up close as they give a musical treat and thank their fans in their upcoming album tour this Sunday (September 11) at Starmall Alabang at 5pm.

Listen to their heartfelt tunes as the lead stars of “Born for You” serenade the crowd with songs that viewers have heard and have brought kilig in the series. Fans can also listen to the songs that Sam and Kevin performed in the series such as “Pangarap Lang,” “You’ll Be Safe Here,” and the series’ official theme song “Born for You,” which are all available on Spotify.

Meanwhile, the scenes get more intense as Cathy (Vina Morales) discovers the truth about the song “Born for You” and is now ready to expose Marge (Ayen Laurel) and her lies. With revelations set to come their way, Sam and Kevin’s relationship is threatened to be cut short with Marge taking extreme measures to save her and his son’s career.

How will Sam and Kevin fight for their love? Will the red string that binds them together be broken?

Don’t miss the teleserye that proves destiny exists, “Born for You” weeknights after “Till I Met You” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable 167). 

For the Intense, Bold Athlete in You, Rehydrate, Replenish and Refuel with GATORADE FIERCE


Intensity has taken on a new look.

The world’s number one sports drink recently unleashed Gatorade Fierce - its latest product line-up composed of an exciting new flavor, Green Apple, bundled with the popular Tropical Fruit and Grape flavors.

Fierce continues to pack the scientifically proven hydration benefits of Gatorade,” Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration Tony Atayde said. “The Fierce range is specially designed for intense athletes who know and love Gatorade but are looking for a bold, more intense flavor.

Gatorade Fierce was earlier launched in the US with NBA star Paul George. For its local debut, PBA’s very own The Beast, Alaska Aces’ Calvin Abueva joins Gatorade’s growing roster of top caliber athletes and sports superstars. The former San Sebastian Stag and PBA Rookie of the Year is known for his all-around intensity on court which helped Alaska finish with the best cumulative record during the 2012-2013 season.

Atayde added, “Proper hydration is a fundamental part of winning and staying on top of your game. Our Gatorade Fierce line is an integral part of bringing a wide variety of flavor options to athletes all over the country that know, to rehydrate, replenish and refuel, NOTHING beats Gatorade.”

Visit the official Gatorade Facebook page for updates and information.

ASUS ZenFone 3, ZenBook 3, and Versatile Transformer 3 Series Arrive in the Philippines


The long wait is finally over as ASUS finally released in the Philippines the complete line-up of the Zenfone 3 family, ZenBook 3 and Transformer 3 Series which are considered the newest premium product innovations from ASUS.

The highly anticipated ZenFone 3 series has become a global sensation after its debut at Computex this year,” said ASUS CEO Jerry Shen during the launch at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza on August 14. “We deeply appreciate the loyalty and continued support from all our dealers, media partners and consumers in the Philippines.” he added.

 

The top-of- the-range ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the ultimate expression of the ASUS smartphone technology, with an invisible antenna design that combines premium aesthetics with exceptional performance.

The ZenFone 3 Ultra is a smartphone for multimedia lovers featuring TV-grade image processing to deliver an incredible viewing experience; the ZenFone 3 is beautifully-designed all-round smartphone with scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with 2.5D contoured edges.

The ZenFone 3 Laser features a 13MP camera with a Sony IMX214 sensor and color correction with an ultra-fast 0.03-second laser auto-focus, and is ideal for photography enthusiasts.

The ZenFone 3 Max features a large capacity 4100mAh battery that gives users up to 30 days of standby time, and can also be used as a power bank to charge other devices.

The ZenBook 3 is a premium, prestigious laptop with unprecedented performance, featuring an ultra-thin 11.9mm profile and an Intel® Core™ i7 processor.

The Transformer 3 Pro is the world’s most versatile PC that delivers extreme performance, whereas Transformer 3 redefines 2-in- 1 PC computing with ultimate mobility. Both feature unrivaled expandability, with a range of accessories that includes the ASUS Universal Dock, ASUS Audio Pod, the VR/4K UHD-ready ROG XG Station 2 and ASUS Pen.


Tanghalang Pilipino Presents Pinoy Adaptation of William Shakespeare's PANGARAP SA ISANG GABI NG GITNANG TAG-ARAW


Tanghalang Pilipino ushers in its second production for the 30th season Transformance with the enchanting Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw.

Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Rolando Tinio’s Filipino translation, follows one of Shakespeare’s most popular works. The comedy centers on the events surrounding the marriage of Duke Theseus of Athens to the Amazon queen Hippolyta, and follows the stories of a band of fairies, a troupe of players and an Athenian love triangle between Hermia, her lover Lysander and suitor Demetrius.

In this unique adaptation by Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, the audience will experience the powerful juxtaposition of two worlds—Athens, the home of the powers-that- be, rigid and structured, vis-à-vis the home of enchanting creatures, the forest, a place where unbridled passions run free.

Watch Pangarap and experience a story of virtual love, rejection, and emotional transformation,” invites Nanding Josef, Artistic Director of Tanghalang Pilipino.

The cast includes Philippine theater’s most brilliant stars like Audie Gemora (Oberon), Liesl Batucan (Titanya), Jackie Lou Blanco (Hipolita), Skyzx Labastilla (Hipolita), Teroy Guzman (Teseo), Rafa Siguion-Reyna (Tisbe, Flute, and Ada), and the Tanghalang Pilipino Actor’s Company.

Notable members of the artistic staff include Rody Vera (Dramaturg), Toym Imao (Set Designer), John Batalla (Lights Designer), TJ Ramos (Sound Designer), and James Reyes (Costume Designer).

Tanghalang Pilipino is the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Established in 1987, it has successfully produced more than 200 shows locally and internationally.

Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw runs at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on these dates and times:

September 30, 2016 (Friday) – 8PM
October 1, 2016 (Saturday) – 3PM & 8PM
October 2, 2016 (Sunday) – 3PM
October 7, 2016 (Friday) – 8PM
October 8, 2016 (Saturday) – 3PM & 8PM
October 9, 2016 (Sunday) – 3PM
October 14, 2016 (Friday) – 8PM
October 15, 2016 (Saturday) – 3PM & 8PM
October 16, 2016 (Sunday) – 3PM

For more information, contact Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation, Inc. at (02) 832-1125 loc. 1620/1621 or at Direct line: (02) 822 6920

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

(Video) Battle of the Topless James Reid and JC Santos


Are you guys ready for this? Hold your breath as Cosmopolitan Magazine released the mashup video or Till I Met You lead actors James Reid and JC Santos in their topless glory.


ABS-CBN Reveal Angel Locsin is Darna 2017


After all the guessing and waiting, ABS-CBN revealed that Angel Locsin will remain the first and only choice to portray the role of iconic Pinay Superheroine Darna.

When ABS-CBN acquired the rights to the creations of Mars Ravelo, the role of Darna was immediately assumed set for Angel. However, before the project could commence, the award-winning Kapamilya actress suffered back injuries that jeopardized her dream of flying again as Darna. Thus, preparations had to be stopped, as her health was far more important.

With Angel seemingly out of the picture, various celebrities, such as Nadine Lustre, Maja Salvador, Kim Chiu, Liza Soberano, Jessy Mendiola, and even Pia Wurtzbach, were speculated to take over the role. The release of Erik Matti’s teaser trailer for Darna heightened the excitement of identifying the name of the ‘new’ Darna. However, audiences were still hoping that Angel would remain as Darna.

Given her faith and determination, Angel continued her therapy and healing. The actress did not give up her dream. Apparently, ABS-CBN executives could not imagine any other actress worthier than Locsin to swallow the stone and to soar in the sky as Darna. Thus, they waited until Angel was fully healed and given clearance for the movie role.

With the decision of Angel as Darna, the rest of the cast comprising Darna’s nemesis and sidekick Ding will be another point of interest.

Darna is set for theatrical release sometime next year.

'Magpahanggang Wakas' to Replace 'Born For You' on September 19


The first full trailer for ABS-CBN's upcoming sexy-drama primetime series ''Magpahanggang Wakas'' starring Jericho Rosales and Arci Muñoz has revealed the upcoming primetime series' major plot points.

Watch below:



For one, the three-minute clip reveals that Aryann (Arci Muñoz) was being sexually abused by his father. It also showed Waldo (Jericho Rosales) accidentally killing Aryann's father as he tried to protect her.

This led to Waldo being jailed for murder. And to make matters worse, it turned out that the jail warden is the brother of Aryann's father. This prompted Aryann to turn to prostitution to "help" Waldo.

Fast forward and Waldo has been freed from prison. The jail warden, however, hunted him down and shot him in the chest. Waldo's body rolled off a cliff and was thought to have died despite no one finding his body.

It broke Aryann, who believes that Waldo is still alive. But after a few years, she began to slowly accept Waldo's death. She moved on and found a job in Manila with the help of Juancho (John Estrada), a big shot businessman who once hired her as a prostitute.

As fate have it, Aryann and Waldo, somehow, met again. But not after Aryann accepted Juancho's proposal to be his wife.

Directed by FM Reyes, "Magpahanggang Wakas" will begin airing on September 19, replacing the teen romance series "Born for You."

James Reid and Nadine Lustre MEGA Magazine September 2016 Cover Photos


A collision of epic proportions unlike any other, two of the biggest and brightest forces in the local show business plane, James Reid and Nadine Lustre come together for a moment of a lifetime as they discover the old world glory of Athens and the precious gem that is Santorini. Unprecedented and unparalleled, we trace their love story from the very beginning and follow it to the present, all while navigating the winding paths of modern-day Greece to chase stories, new chapters and to the young lover's delight, the Santorini sunset.

 

Big, bright and bold, flip through this month's issue of MEGA Magazine for everything you need in fashion, beauty, lifestyle and yes, even love.

MEGA is available exclusively in National Book Store starting September 7. You can also purchase the e-mag here: http://goo.gl/O9h7lp

#MakingMEGAGreeceWithJadine #MakingMEGAWithJadine #NadineLustre #JamesReid

Simon Cowell Sends Message to Pinoy Viewers, Lebron James Snubs Manila


Former "American Idol" judge and record producer Simon Cowell shared his excitement over ABS-CBN's upcoming talent search "Pinoy Boyband Superstar" which is set to debut this September 10.

Check out video below:

A video posted by Lui Andrada (@luiandrada) on


"Pinoy Boyband Superstar" is adapted from "La Banda (The Band)," a singing competition series created by Cowell and produced by Ricky Martin.

Hosted by Billy Crawford, "Pinoy Boyband Superstar" will feature Vice Ganda, Yeng Constantino, Sandara Park and Aga Muhlach as judges.


Meanwhile, LeBron James supposed third visit to Manila on September 8 and 9, has been cancelled by Nike.

Due to logistical challenges, Nike has made the difficult decision to cancel the Manila portion of LeBron James' Asia tour.

"We apologize to all the fans in the Philippines, and will look to re-schedule the tour in the future," 


The famous NBA player was scheduled to hold a "Battle the Doubt Bootcamp," a one-day basketball camp featuring professional Nike coaches and athletes, with players from selected schools and teams from different barangays taking part.

Ylona Garcia Launches 'MY NAME IS YLONA GARCIA' Album


She dreamed big! Now, it's all become a reality. Ylona Garcia is now a certified recording artist.

Former "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Ylona Garcia who is now a certified recording artist.

 


On Wednesday, the 14-year-old former "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate launched her debut album "My Name Is Ylona Garcia" under Star Music.

Tracks included in the album are:

My Name Is Ylona Garcia
Don't Say Goodbye
Win The Fight
Each Day
Not You Bae
Fly Tonight
Stop The Bully
Stop Think
Dahan Dahan Dahan Lang

Angel Locsin Named MTV Australia Sexiest Woman in the World 2016


Hold your breath Jessy Mendiola, Angel Locsin was named Sexiest Woman in the World by MTV Australia.

On Instagram, the Kapamilya award-winning actress expressed her gratitude to MTV Australia after taking the eight spot in its list of "Sexiest Nationalities in the World".


A photo posted by Angel Locsin (@therealangellocsin) on


Angel was recognized alongside with Amal Clooney, Adriana Lima, Margot Robbie, Sofia Vergara, Leonardo Dicaprio, Kim Kardashian, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Watson Zayn Malik and Rihanna.

Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston Separation Announced


Team #HiddleSwift no more!

Barely three months after they went public with their romance, Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston reportedly decided to part ways.

"It was an amicable split," sources say.

The 26 year-old popstar and the 35 year-old Thor actor were first seen getting flirty at the Met Gala in New York in May. At that time, the singer was still dating famous DJ Calvin Harris.

A month after, Taylor and Tom went public about their romance on June 15 when photos of the couple frolicking on the beach in Rhode Island hit the internet. What followed was a whirlwind romance: Within weeks, the pair met each other's parents, celebrated July 4th together at Taylor's annual star-studded bash and jet set around the world, enjoying PDA-filled trips to Italy, New York, L.A. and more. - People.com

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Eat Bulaga! Kalyeserye Finale (Recap)

Dumating na ang Tamang Panahon para sa pamamaalam.

"Kalyeserye," the phenomenal segment of the longest-running noontime show Eat Bulaga! finally reached its end last Saturday, Sept. 3.

The final episode featured the "The Explorer" sisters as they departed for the US. Lola Nidora then entrusted her most precious granddaughter "Maine" to "Alden" while they are away.

The phenomenal love team of Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards, who already play themselves in the comedy series, arranged a surprise despedida party for the two grandmas.

The despedida party featured emotional throwback of scenes and stills, which are some of the most remarkable moments in the series.

The show, which started off with Lola Nidora's objections over Alden's pursuance of then "Yaya Dub," ended up earning Lola Nidora's trust and approval.

The outrageously hilarious show that gave birth to the extraordinary characters Lola Nidora, Lola Tinidora and Lola Tidora played by the comedic trio of Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Paolo Ballesteros, collectively known as JoWaPao, inevitably made some audiences emotional with their final episode. But though the show has ended, the grandmas promised that they shall return.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

(Photo) James Reid Making MEGA in Greece September 2016 Issue


Re(i)d alert: It's finally here. James Reid's first MEGA cover is out!

Beat the punishing sun and snake through the narrow Greek alleyways with James Reid as he navigates through one of fall's top trends in Santorini. Bright, bold and brave, James Reid peels excessive layers to reveal a young man shaped by life's circumstances and yes, love.

This is James Reid and fall fashion in full disclosure.

MEGA Man is available exclusively in National Book Store beginning September 7.

#MakingMEGAGreeceWithJadine #MakingMEGAWithJadine #JamesReid

Nadine Lustre Making MEGA in Greece Cover Photo


Dreams do come true for Nadine Lustre! The 'lioness-hearted' superstar fronts the cover of Mega Magazine's big fashion issue this September 2016 photographed in her dream travel destination, Greece.

Sweeping landscapes of sun-draped white walls and blue domes, expansive views of the glassy Aegean sea and memories of a warm welcome beckons as MEGA present to you the Big Fashion Issue.
A story of emergence that could rival that of the mythical gods and goddesses of ancient Greece, Nadine breezes through the snaking island of Santorini in a selection of fall-ready numbers in Hellenic blue and white. Opening up about an uncertain past, Nadine steps into a thriving present with grounded principles as she looks on to a future that is brighter than ever before.
Big, bright and bols, flip through this month's issue for everything you need in fashion, beauty, lifestyle and yes, maybe even love. 

MEGA is available exclusively in National Book Store beginning September 7.

#MakingMEGAGreeceWithJadine #MakingMEGAWithJadine #NadineLustre

Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza Had Their First Fight Immediately After Admitting their Relationship


Alongside with the news that Eat Bulaga! Kalyeserye where the phenomenal ALDUB loveteam started will be ending very soon, the news about Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza taking their romance from reel to real also surfaced.

True to the saying that good things come #SaTamangPanahon Alden and Maine during the #AlDub59thWeeksary episode on Eat Bulaga on September 1, Thursday, surprised their fans as she finally gave her sweet yes to him after months of courtship.






Could Alden and Maine's relationship be another screen romance come to life that is set to make ALDUB followers fall even more head over heels with the love team? But how come they were caught fighting already?

On Sunday's first anniversary episode of Sunday Pinasaya, Alden and Maine who both play the roles of DJs giving love advice to a caller suffering from a heartache, gave an opposing solution to a couple's love problem to the point where one can perceive that they are already arguing about their real-life's relationship problem. Alden can even heard saying, "matagal na kami!" which Maine responded with, "'di nila alam na kami sa totoong buhay."




There were reports also that the couple were not in speaking terms during their magazine shoot in Morocco. So is this relationship really for real or just a fancy showbiz make believe?

Monday, September 5, 2016

TV Ratings: ABS-CBN Leads 14 Points vs. GMA-7 in the Most Watched TV Programs in August 2016


ABS-CBN Corporation, the country’s largest media and entertainment company, produced the ten most watched programs in the entire Philippines in August, resulting to a national audience share of 47 percent or 14 points higher than GMA’s 33 percent, according to multinational audience measurement provider Kantar Media.

On the top of the list is the Coco Martin-led primetime hit “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” with an average national TV rating of 41.2%. The show captivates viewers with its timely and action-packed narrative that not only encourages people to be vigilant but also imparts good Filipino values.

It was followed by “The Voice Kids” (39.4%), which concluded its third season with young artist Joshua finally reaching his dream,and “Dolce Amore” (34.5%) ending a very high note with its worldwide trending ‘most beautiful’ finale.

The return of James Reid and Nadine Lustre to primetime via “Till I Met You”  debuted strongly on the seventh spot with 28.5%.

Other Kapamilya shows in the top ten are “Wansapanataym” (34.1%), “TV Patrol” (32.7%), “MMK” (31.8%), “Home Sweetie Home” (28.2%), “Goin Bulilit” (27.2%) and “TV Patrol Weekend” (22.4%)

 
TOP 15 PROGRAMS IN AUGUST 2016 (NATIONAL URBAN AND RURAL HOMES)



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 2,000 homes based in urban areas that represent only 57% of the Philippine TV viewing population.

ABS-CBN also hit a whopping national audience share of 50% in primetime or 19-points higher than GMA’s 31%. 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.

Aside from primetime, ABS-CBN also ruled other time blocks nationwide that include the morning block (6AM to 12NN) with 41% vs GMA’s 35%; noontime block (12NN to 3PM) with 45% vs GMA’s 33%; and afternoon block (3PM to 6PM) with 48% vs GMA’s 32%.

ABS-CBN also dominated in other areas like Total Luzon where ABS-CBN averaged 41% vs GMA’s 36%, Total Visayas with ABS-CBN’s 57% vs GMA’s 24%, Total Mindanao with ABS-CBN’s 60% vs GMA’s 26%, Total Balance Luzon with ABS-CBN’s 49% vs GMA’s 34%, and Metro Manila with ABS-CBN’s 37% vs GMA’s 33%.

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.

ABS-CBN 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.

 

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The Making of JC SANTOS, Primetime TV's Newest Heartthrob



For JC Santos, landing a major role in the newest James Reid and Nadine Lustre's toprating primetime series titled "Till I Met You" can only mean he ain’t no third wheel.


READY FOR PRIMETIME GLORY

JC Santos is the real deal. He has movie star looks, a killer body, charm in spades, and an acting resume that can impress any talent agent. And now, he has taken primetime TV by storm via his breakthrough role in the much-talked about soap Till I Met You, which stars the ultra-popular love team of James Reid and Nadine Lustre.


THE REAL JC


John Carlo Abrugar Santos goes by JC. It’s not only his nickname now, it’s become his screen name. “I am the only one in the whole clan na nakaisip na gusto kong mag-theater. I want acting as a career. Bata pa lang daw ako, kumakanta na ako kung saan-saan. Tapos, nag perform ako for some reason.”

The 27-year old actor from Pampanga comes from a small family. “Dalawa lang kami. I have a 22-year old sister who’s graduating as an architect. My dad is a seaman. My mom is an OFW based in Las Vegas. Laking OFW ako. My mom left when I was 15. Lumaki ako na seaman na ‘yung dad ko. Umuuwi siya every three months. Ganon ko sila nakasama.



 

Being a natural storyteller, no doubt a skill brought about by his passion for the performing arts, JC shares how he got bitten by the acting bug. “Sa school ko siya nakuha and na-discover ko siya when I tried - this is so funny - Ah, pwede akong umarte when I tried pretending, lying. I lied tapos napaniwala ko sila. Of course, ‘di ko na siya tinuloy-tuloy pero syempre I discovered I was really good at pretending.”

While studying in his hometown in Angeles City, JC recounts, “I met Sir Tony Mabesa. He was the resident director at that time. I was doing plays like ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and the musical ‘The Fantastics.’ I asked Sir Tony after two productions if I could apply for the theater course in UP.”

JC would erupt in almost self-conscious chuckles mid-way through his story. “I was 16 years old. I did all of this through text. That was so unprofessional. I texted the founder of Dulaang UP that I wanted to do theater. He didn’t reply so I dismissed the idea. The next day, however, he handed me an envelope with a recommendation for UP Diliman.” This started the ball rolling for the aspiring actor.


THE ROAD TO TILL I MET YOU

His role as Ali in ‘Till I Met You’ sees him in a love triangle with Basti and Iris, which are played by James Reid and Nadine Lustre respectively. But what makes JC’s character even more controversial is the fact that it’s a gay role. The coming-of-age and coming-out-of-the-closet dimensions of JC’s character are no small challenge to the actor. Good thing JC earned his stripes in theater via acting stints in New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore. “Nakatulong siya sa akin. As an actor, I realized that pareho lang ang acting ng Pilipinas at abroad. Meron lang silang guidelines. Meron silang instructions on how to do this role. ‘Yung stints ko abroad ang nag-prepare sa akin.”



 

Referring to his acting jobs at Universal Studios in Singapore and Disneyland in Hong Kong, JC remembers, “Working in a theme park, it’s really good money. It’s not a bad job. But doing it for 5 days a week. 3 to 4 times a day… there was this one time, 8 months into the job - it was a Thursday afternoon and I was singing. While singing, I was thinking of lunch. Shucks, paano ko nagagawa ‘to? Ibig sabihin nito, machine na ako. Okay, this is not healthy anymore.

He would close this topic with a reflection that would be so telling of the path he took that led him right in the middle of a giant production from ABS-CBN and Dreamscape Productions. “I have this pattern. It still happens up to now. Every 2 years, I shift gears. I change destinations. Whether it’s a place or my career. But every 2 years. I was in Pampanga for 2 years, then 2 years in UP, 2 years in Singapore for Universal Studios, 2 years in HongKong for Disney. After that, the next year, I studied musical theater in New York. Then I went back here. I tried to break it. I told myself to break the pattern. So this is the next phase for me. This break.”

NOT YOUR AVERAGE LEADING MAN

I went back to the Philippines and decided I really want to be an actor, a full-time actor, a working actor. And I want to perform whether it’s theater or film or television. I want to perform for my fellow Filipinos.” We ask him how he got this major role in this primetime soap, and again JC weaves a story full of suspense. “One ordinary day, pinatawag ako sa ABS-CBN. Marami kami. In-open sa amin ‘yung character. They were open about it. They told us it was a gay role. Ito ‘yung mangyayari. Sa Greece. Kasama mo si James and Nadine. Nilapat sa amin ‘yung character.”



 

In his mind, JC had apprehensions about the role. “Actually, tinanggihan ko pa. Kinausap ko pa ‘yung manager ko. Kuya Andoy, it’s another gay role.” JC sought the advice of Andoy Ranay, the known actor and director who has taken the reins of his career now. JC says, “Pinag-isipan namin. Na-convince ako ni Direk Andoy to do it kasi bida naman ‘yung role and kung ano man, before that, laging ang mga roles ko sa ABS-CBN, laging nang-aaway ng bida. The usual maamong mukha but is the villain.

JC relates that at this point, “Gusto ko kahit awayin ko lang si James Reid, masaya na ako. Okay na ako dun. So I auditioned. I went to the set on the second day tapos I met Direk Antonette Jadaone, and then I saw the script. The lines were about a boy coming out of the closet. He’s trying to say to his best friend that he’s gay. So ako, ‘Hala, paano ito?’”

After his audition, JC shares, “I went home. Tuloy-tuloy ako sa aking araw. ’Di ko na siya iniisip.” This all changed when, “One night, I was watching Rak Of Aegis. Direk Andoy texted me. ‘Urgent. Labas ka ng teatro ngayon din. Tawagan kita.’ The next thing he knew, it was “JC, 9am pullout ka tomorrow. 9am call time mo tomorrow sa ABS-CBN for the teaser shoot of ‘Till I Met You.’ Ganun na. That was 10pm tapos 9am the following day, teaser shoot na. So, natanggap na ako? Ah, okay. Bida! With JaDine. Kaming tatlo.


NEWBIE ON MAINSTREAM TV

His role in one of today’s most-anticipated soaps means working with one of the country’s biggest love teams and showbiz’s best directors. JC confesses, “Of course, there is pressure. I am working with award-winning directors like Direk Tonette Jadaone and Direk Dan Villegas. And I am working with JaDine. Naging successful na ‘yung show nila dati, eh. Ako ‘yung papasok. It’s make or break for me. Kung walang chemistry, patay. Pressure is there. This is work. I need to work — work extra hard.



 

The serious actor in JC also comes out. He confesses he is pushing himself “para makapasok, para maka-level naman ako sa kanila. And, sanay sila sa television. Sanay sila sa screen. Andun pa ako sa acting with my body [in theater]. Dapat acting with your eyes. I am still learning. We are still getting to know each other. Ngayon, may extra pressure sa akin. Exciting din siya at the same time kasi I am really excited to work. I want to prove something to them kasi bago ako. They will ask, ‘what have I got to offer?’ I need to prove my worth, prove something.”

JC further admits, “It has been great. Sobra. Wala akong masasabi with Direk Tonette, with James and Nadine, with Andoy. What I love about Direk Tonette is the motivation side of it. Before we go to a scene, she’s going to talk to you. Naisapuso mo na yung script tapos ikikwento niya sa ’yo the other side na nakikita niya visually na makakatulong din sa character. And that’s amazing. That’s very collaborative. It’s art. That’s creating. That’s what I love about Direk Tonette and Direk Andoy. They put an art to creating.”


ENTERING JADINE TERRITORY

JC answers the inevitable question. “What I love about JaDine? When we started, the first scenes na shoot namin with Nadine were all montage. That time, on-the-spot direction siya. I did not expect Nadine to be that giving as an actress. Kasi nga first time namin magkakilala. We didn’t even have a workshop for this.

It turns out his initial notion of the lovely young actress’ personality and skills were on the dot. “First day namin magkikita. Sa eksena, nung nagbigay ako, binalik niya sa akin.” JC’s assessment of Nadine is this: “Wow, this person is very generous. And acts well. She acts really well. Our chemistry was very good.” In the end, JC was able to assure himself, “Ah, so madali nalang pala ang trabaho ko kasi nagtutulungan kami.

JC has nothing but good words for Nadine’s partner, James Reid. “The same thing goes with James. Especially, nung andun kami sa Greece,” relates JC who was able to hang out with James off-cam.

Our first scene was in the trailer of the soap. Nung binuhat niya ako sa airport, nung nagyakap kami.” JC reflects that he found the simple and down-to-earth ways of the two were very refreshing despite their astounding popularity. “Wala akong problema sa dalawa. Kahit on and off cam, happy ako sa kanila. I love them. Sabi ko nga sana ganito katrabaho ang stars parati.



 

Eto pa yung favorite ko working with them. We get to experiment - like sa scene na ‘to, try ko ‘to. Sa ibang scene, ibang attack naman. Naglalaro kami. It makes it real. Nagiging organic. Kasi gusto namin what we’re doing. We are enjoying and then it started to be play. It seemed like we weren’t working.

On his being caught in a love triangle with the JaDine love team who has legions of followers, JC has this to say: “Lagi ko kasi naririnig na lahat ng mga third wheels nila ay merong natatanggap. Nilabas nila ‘yung teaser and ang daming na curious. Everybody on social media was telling me, ‘Welcome to JaDine land.’ Wala pa akong natanggap na negative. Hanggang ngayon, JaDine fans actually love the character. Unang scenes ng trailer kaming dalawa ni Nadine tapos magiging sila. Wala akong natanggap na anything negative. They are very supportive. And they are actually smart fans. They really analyzed the trailer.

As for what this LGBT theme soap is doing to foster progressive thinking among TV viewers, JC admits, “It’s going to be new. It’s shocking. It’s something new that ABS-CBN is telling the world. They’re in for a really good story that they will enjoy. It’s going to be a great rollercoaster ride. It is a rom-com with quirky characters. Samahan mo pa ang humor ni Direk Tonette.”

JC continues, “First time for ABS-CBN to do this. And very, very brave. I am very lucky to be part of this. I am such a lucky person. Lahat ng nangyayari first time. First time nilang gagawin. Tapos JaDine ang gagawa. Ang tapang din nila. Nakaka-inspire. It’s a brave step. Ang ganda. That’s all I can say. I am very grateful but the pressure is on. We just got back from Greece. Hinihintay pa namin ‘yung reactions ng tao - kung ano ang mangyayari. Hindi ko pa siya gamay. But I am ready for it.

As for what his followers will see of him in the soap besides his pretty face and mean acting chops, he declares, “You are going to see the fun, the funny side of JC. The other side. The quick-witted, light-hearted, kind, loving JC. Kasi ‘di ko pa to napapakita.”

With everything happening at breakneck speed, the newcomer has this to say to his followers: “Thank you for the support. Sana ma-meet ko sila. I want to meet them eventually. I am overwhelmed by the supporters. I want to thank them in person. I am very grateful. Kasi kung wala din sila, di rin ako mapupunta dito. It’s them - from social media to television. ‘Di pa pinapalabas, meron nang mga fans  - dahil sa kanila. I am very grateful for that.”

To say the week-long premiere had televiewers’ tongues wagging is an understatement. In ‘Till I Met You,’ we see in JC a serious actor on the rise. Whether he is onscreen with JaDine or off-duty as regular guy, we see a JC Santos that can more than hold his own.

KC Concepcion Sister Wins Miss Earth Sweden 2016 Title



Cloie Syquia Skarne, KC Concepcion’s half-sister to father Gabby Concepcion and former actress Jenny Syquia, was crowned Miss Earth Sweden 2016 on Sunday August 28 (August 29 Manila time) at the Miss Universe Sweden competition.

The 22-year-old model-beauty queen is Sweden’s representative to the upcoming Miss Earth competition in October.

 


After the pageant, Cloie immediately took to Instagram to thank everyone for the love and support all throughout her journey to the crown.
I’m MISS EARTH SWEDEN 2016! Thank you to those who have supported me and believed in me. I would not have been who I am today without you,”


KC Concepcion also posted a sweet message for her baby sister on Twitter.
Her childhood dream has finally come true! Congratulations to my sister = MISS EARTH Sweden!”’

According to reports, Cloie is currently in the Philippines to undergo training for Miss Earth pageant. Meanwhile, Ida Ovmar was hailed as Miss Universe Sweden announced the Miss Universe pageant host and Miss Earth Sweden 2014, Frida Fornander.


BRIDGET JONES'S BABY - A Comedy Movie Pregnant with Possibilities


On 28 February 1995, a small, unassuming column by then-unknown author Helen Fielding appeared in the British newspaper The Independent. It was written from the point of view of a single young woman by the name of Bridget Jones (age: 32, weight: nine stone, three pounds) who lived and worked in London. The columns quickly gained popularity, and as Bridget became a household name, in rolled offers for her creator. Within 10 years of Fielding's first words on her appearing, Bridget Jones had found herself in two international best-selling books and two global box-office hits.

Watch the featurette "A Look Inside Bridget Jones's Baby" at http://youtu.be/EEc8cxUcYzU

Now, Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world's favorite singleton in Universal Pictures' romantic comedy "Bridget Jones's Baby."

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones's (Zellweger) "happily ever after" hasn't quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father.

Fielding never set out to create a role model, and yet in our heroine she crafted someone who had been overlooked by popular culture. This was a woman who, in spite of her independence, was not afraid to reveal her flaws and insecurities.

Save the author, no one knows Jones better than the performer who's embodied her all these years. "Bridget is eternally optimistic, self-effacing and finds humour whenever facing adversity," reflects Renée Zellweger. "Tenacious and determined, she will not be defeated. She's perfectly imperfect, and that's what people relate to in her."

At the heart of our protagonist's quandary is her fear of ending up alone; that translates into independence at a cost. "One of the reasons the first film worked was not just because of the comedy but because people identified with Bridget's fear of loneliness," says Sharon Maguire, who bookends the trilogy with her directorial work on this chapter. "It's a universal fear, and one that's still a prominent theme in the character's journey. This is an integral point of access for the audience to empathise with Bridget. The universal undercurrent is that everyone is afraid of being lonely."

When Bridget was imagined, singletons around the globe realised they were not alone with conflicting aspirations and insecurities. Calorie obsessing, the rules of makeup and shaving, conflicts of the heart and mind, nothing was hidden. "I'm having a Bridget moment" became part of the vernacular, along with "F**kwittage" and "wanton sex goddess." Bridget optimised a new breed of woman.

When audiences first met Bridget she was 32 years old, and in "Edge of Reason," she was 34. In "Bridget Jones's Baby," she celebrates her 43rd birthday. Despite her success, in the new story, Bridget maintains that wonderful awkwardness that has made her so appealing. "Everybody's hoped for something and been disappointed. The way that Bridget manages to persevere - despite circumstances that might bring her down - inspires people," says Zellweger. "She's suffering the same things we all do and, especially in her private moments, you're able to connect to her."

Opening across the Philippines on September 14, "Bridget Jones' Baby" is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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