Saturday, November 19, 2016

KONG: SKULL ISLAND Unleashes Rip-Roaring Adventure in New Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have just released the official final trailer for "Kong: Skull Island" which may be viewed athttps://youtu.be/C9GbY9gRslg.

"Kong: Skull Island" reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The Kings of Summer"). 

In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they're crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong. 

"Kong: Skull Island" stars Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers," "Thor: The Dark World"), Samuel L. Jackson ("The Hateful Eight," "Avengers: Age of Ultron"), Oscar winner Brie Larson ("Room," "Trainwreck"), John Goodman ("Transformers: Age of Extinction," "Argo") and John C. Reilly ("Guardians of the Galaxy," "Step Brothers"). The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing ("Police Story: Lockdown"), Corey Hawkins ("Straight Outta Compton"), Jason Mitchell ("Straight Outta Compton"), John Ortiz ("Steve Jobs"), Thomas Mann ("Beautiful Creatures"), Shea Whigham ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Toby Kebbell ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") and Eugene Cordero ("The Kings of Summer").

Vogt-Roberts is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly. "Kong: Skull Island" is produced by Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni with Mary Parent. The executive producers are Eric McLeod and Alex Garcia. 

To fully immerse audiences in the mysterious Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his cast and filmmaking team filmed across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii – where filming commenced on October 2015 – on Australia's Gold Coast, and finally in Vietnam, where filming will took place across multiple locations, some of which have never before been seen on film. 

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, "Kong: Skull Island." The film will be released in the Philippines in 2D, 3D in select theatres, and IMAX beginning March 9, 2017, from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.



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Friday, November 18, 2016

MMFF 2016 Disqualifies Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, Vic Sotto, and ALDUB


From the initial 27 movies shortlisted for the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) this year, the 8 official entries which will be screened from December 25, 2016 until January 7, 2017 have finally been revealed during the press conference held at the Club Filipino in Greenhills on Friday, November 18.

The MMFF Executive Committee decided to implement major changes in the mechanics of the annual film festival, among which is the merging of mainstream and indie films into a single category. In the past, MMFF is dedicating a special section of Independent Films to the annual festival. Producers are also asked to submit finished films for consideration.

With these changes, bigtime personalities and MMFF's favorites visibly earned a shocking "snub" in this year's competition. Among them includes the Vic Sotto-starrer entitled 'Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers' featuring much-awaited movie comeback of phenomenal tandem of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza and the Star Cinema-produced movie of Vice Ganda and Coco Martin entitled 'Super Parental Guardians'. Both Vic and Vice Ganda have earned the topgrossing films in the past couple of years.

The following are the 8 official entries of MMFF 2016:

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: Forever is Not Enough
Cast: Eugene Domingo and Jericho Rosales with Joel Torre, Agot Isidro, Cai Cortez, Kean Cipriano, and Khalil Ramos.
Director: Marlon Rivera 

Die Beautiful
Cast: Paolo Ballesteros, Luis Alandy, Gladys Reyes, Albie Casino, Lou Veloso, Inah De Belen, IC Mendoza, and Christian Bables
Director: Jun Robles Lana

Kabisera
Cast: Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao, Perla Bautista, Ces Quesada, JC de Vera, Jason Abalos, Victor Neri, RJ Agustin, Ronwaldo Martin, and Kiko Matos
Directors: Real Florido and Arturo "Boy" San Agustin

Oro
Cast: Joem Bascon
Director: Alvin Yapan

Saving Sally
Cast: Rhian Ramos, Enzo Marcos, and TJ Trinidad

Seklusyon
Cast: Dominic Roque, Hashtag member Ronnie Alonte, volleyball prayer John Vic de Guzman, and model JR Versales, Neil Ryan Sese, Lou Veloso, Elora Espao, Phoebe Walker, and Rhed Bustamante
Director: Erik Matti

Sunday Beauty Queen
Director: Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez

Vince, Kath and James
Cast: Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, and Ronnie Alonte
Director: Theodore "Ted" Boborol

Entries that failed to make the final cut:

Across the Crescent Moon
Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers
Extra Service
Fallen Not Forgotten
Higanti
Hiwaga: Ang Paglalakbay sa Liwanag ng Buhay
Kita Kita
Lady Fish
Mang Kepweng Returns
Mano Po 7: Chinoy
Moonlight Over Baler
Nothing But the Bests
Pusit
Super Parental Guardians (previously known as Pak Ganern, Go!)
Swipe
Tatlong Bibe
Tokhang
Triptiko
1-2-3

Enchong Dee Releases 10th Anniversary Album Called EDM (Enchong Dee Moves)


After launching his musical career with a platinum-selling self-titled debut album, Enchong Dee is back with his most personal project to date via his second album "EDM (Enchong Dee Moves)" released by Star Music.

"EDM," which Enchong says is his gift to his fans for his 10th anniversary in showbiz, also marks Enchong's foray into electronic dance music.

"I want to give out a part of me to my audience that they can take home or drive around with. It's also a gift for the continuous support my fans gave me for the past decade. This album is really personal, more than any of my projects," said Enchong.

The album contains ten tracks, including carrier singles "Telenobela" and "'Di Ko Alam," as well as "Hopia," Enchong's personal composition.

"'Hopia' was inspired by a friend while we were driving, and I finished writing it in 30 minutes. There are so many love hopefuls, and this is for them – a tribute to people who constantly wish for a trusting, caring, and loving relationship with someone they like. So I wrote it for them," he explained.

The album is mainly composed of love songs, such as the fun-laced "Oo Gusto Kita," "Crush," "Sa Huli," as well as the tender and pleading "Hanggang Dito Na Lang."

However, Enchong also encourages listeners to get up and dance with the song "Tara Pagpawisan."

Completing the track list are "Crush (Theo Remix)," which features a rap part by Hashtags member and "PBB 737" Teen Big Winner Jimboy Martin, and "Hopia (Theo Remix" featuring Bebe Riz BFe Wbh.

"EMD (Enchong Dee Moves)," produced by Rox Santos, can now be streamed on Spotify and is now available at all record bars nationwide for only P199. Digital tracks can also be downloaded via online music stores such as ABS-CBN Store, iTunes, Mymusicstore.com.ph, Amazon.com, OneMusic.ph, and Starmusic.ph.

For more information, visit Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music's official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starrecordsphil, Twitter.com/starrecordsph and Instagram.com/Starmusicph.


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SOCO Celebrates 11 Years of Bringing Justice to Filipino Families


dont-miss-the-anniversary-episodes-of-soco-scene-of-the-crime-operativesFor Filipinos, the safety and security of their loved ones is a top priority. When these are compromised because of the evil doings of other people, expect them to do their best to bring justice to their family members.

For 11 years, the ABS-CBN current affairs program "SOCO: Scene of the Crime Operatives" has taken part in seeking and attaining justice for Filipinos families. Through bringing to life the stories behind the crimes, the show has helped parents, daughters, sons, wives, husbands, and relatives move on, while also educating the general public on how to prevent crime from happening to their own loved ones.

Leading the way in this crusade for justice is SOCO anchor Gus Abelgas, an icon in crime news reporting in the Philippines.

"Crimes happen 24/7, walang oras na pinipili. At first, we just did this to inform the public, but as time went on, people eventually started coming to me in the program, asking for help, and I find out that they are cold cases, so I said, why not?" said Abelgas, who also shared that the program has helped convict several criminals.

"The legacy of "SOCO" is having these criminals confess to us, giving the courts evidence to pursue the closure of these cold cases and bring justice to those who deserve it," he said.

In the program's anniversary month this November, Abelgas uses his decades of experience to present four stories of crime that will open the eyes and mind of Filipinos to the threats and dangers in the society.

This Saturday (November 19), the program tackles a bus hostage situation in 2011, wherein policeman SPO1 Eduard Santiago risked his life to avert the crisis and save the innocent. On November 26, "SOCO" revisits a 2002 jewelry shop heist that was perpetuated by 13 suspects who claimed to be part of military, and which ended in a bloody shootout.


The program also featured the 1999 explosion in a dance event in Albay that took the lives of many people, and the case of a 8-year-old girl that was raped in the cemetery, earlier this month.


A first of its kind TV program based on real-life police investigation, "SOCO" has also proven to be able to evolve with the changing demands and tastes of the viewers. It's current docu-drama format was an instant hit when it first came out years ago, and it has forced competing programs to adjust.  Its consistent high rating on its timeslot and the numerous awards it has received are also indication of the support and appreciation of Filipinos for the long-running show.

Abelgas credits the program's longevity to the passion of the people working behind-the-scenes. Together with him, they also hold a series of crime prevention seminars in the hope of helping Filipinos protect their families; and "SOCOFEST," where they share their experiences and knowledge to mass communication students.

"Each individual on the "SOCO" team strives to dig through the details of each case that we tackle, exerting our collective efforts to try and help these grieving and hurting families stand up and pursue justice in the memory of their lost loved ones. We tell the story of the crime and we make sure that, in the service of the Filipino family, we will ensure that we will not tire of this crusade," Abelgas said.

Catch "SOCO: Scene of the Crime Operatives" hosted by Gus Abelgas every Saturday after "Ipaglaban Mo" on ABS-CBN. You may also watch it on www.iwantv.com.ph

Follow "SOCOtv" on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the show.


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Oscar-Winner Robert Zemecjis Takes the Helm for ALLIED


From Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis, the innovative director behind Forrest Gump, Cast Away and Flight, comes Allied, at once a mesmerizing espionage thriller, sweeping war drama and passionate romance between two assassins who may be fated soulmates or deadly enemies – or both. 

In a sumptuous, visually evocative production that roams from Casablanca to London's Blitz days to German-occupied France, Zemeckis creates the kind of grand tale that flourished in Golden Hollywood – full of mystery, thrills and romantic heat – yet told with all the richly immersive power of 21st Century cinema. 

For secret World War II operatives Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard), the key to survival is never being truly known by anyone. They are experts in deception, play-acting, second-guessing and assassination. When they accidentally fall for each other in the middle of an extraordinarily risky mission, their one hope is to leave all the double-dealing behind – but instead, suspicion and danger become the core of their wartime marriage as husband-and-wife are pitted against each other in an escalating, potentially lethal test of loyalty, identity and love…with global consequences. 


Zemeckis's long and varied career has been marked by both visual innovations and cultural influence, with films ranging from the seminal Back To The Future series to the comic special-effects fantasy Death Becomes Her to the historical adventures of Forrest Gump to the recent The Walk, which recreated the extraordinary tightrope journey between New York's former World Trade Center towers. But Zemeckis has equally been associated with films that are about the raw power of storytelling as in Cast Away, the story of one shipwrecked man reckoning with his life, or Flight, which excavated a heroic pilot's inner battle with alcoholism. 

And yet, for all the wide span of stories Zemeckis has explored, he'd yet to tackle the genre of the period romance. Nor had he brought his visual style to the evocative landscapes of WWII -- and both called to him as a filmmaker. He was drawn to Allied at once as an absorbing mystery, a web of deception, a fresh look at survival in WWII and a love story of unusual depth and power that becomes about lasting honor. Above all, he saw a film full of visual potential that could match the story's themes. 

Says Zemeckis: "The screenplay had a sweeping, epic, romantic feel. The thing I most love to do as a director is to move audiences -- and when you have a story as powerful as this one, and with so many emotional twists and turns, you have immense opportunities to do that. This type of story is perfect for a filmmaker like myself because I like to make audiences really feel and use all the tools as my disposal to do that." 

Zemeckis saw the story as one that asks questions we all ask of loved ones – Do I really know you? Can I trust you completely? Will you betray me? How far would you go to save what we have? -- but these same questions take on a deadly, mounting ferocity within the high-wire world of WWII spies. 

"Allied is absolutely a story of betrayal and that's the universal theme of this film: how we react when we start to think someone we love isn't who they say they are," Zemeckis comments. "It's something that happens in life, but in the realm of Max and Marianne, you have two people already pretending to be someone else from the get-go and the truth is elusive to them. So how do you establish trust? And how can you even talk to your loved one if you believe the enemy is listening in on you?" 

"I especially loved how the screenplay really evoked the feeling of war-torn London," Zemeckis says. "London was being bombed nightly but despite that, the people carried on with the life of the city. That was even their slogan: carry on. So that was something I wanted to capture in this: a world where the machinery of war is always there in the background – and sometimes in the foreground – yet people are living with a kind of total abandon because they realize that life could end at any moment. There was a kind of fatalistic quality both to the way people behaved and the way that London looked in that time. That really interested me – and that's what I wanted to created both in the atmosphere of the film and its design. It's a world where people are trying to defy death at every turn, including Max and Marianne, whose love develops in danger and cannot escape it even when they marry." 

Opening across the Philippines on November 23, Allied is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

This Holiday Season, SMART Gives Away Bigger, Better Data Packages to its Subscribers


In a move to empower subscribers with an awesome and rewarding digital lifestyle, Smart Communications is showering subscribers with bigger data allocation and perks this season.

This Christmas, SMART offers its subscribers a more convenient and rewarding ways to enjoy digital services at their fingertips, turning their phones into a wallet they can use to purchase load, shop online, book an Uber, or subscribe to the latest hit series – among a list of endless possibilities.


RICHER DIGITAL LIFESTYLE WITH MORE DATA

Smart subscribers may now experience a worry-free digital lifestyle with GIGA PLANS, the telco’s best-ever postpaid data offers with 10 times more data than its previous plans, a free app and unlimited texts to all networks.

Giga Plans is the perfect match for the latest handsets on the market, as these gadgets are best experienced with the biggest data plans available to consumers.

Data under Smart Postpaid’s Giga Plans will definitely provide a richer digital lifestyle for our Smart users. And since we are doing network improvements all over the country, digital services under Smart is just bound to get even better,” said Kathy Carag, Head of Smart’s Mobile Marketing.




Furthermore, with the new line-only Giga Plans, Smart users can do everything with twice as much data as handset plans – from binge-watching movies on iflix, keeping Waze running on out of town trips, and even post as many photos and videos on Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.

If Smart Postpaid has Giga Plans, Smart Bro’s New Postpaid Plans have also been upgraded to offer more data for sharing online connectivity across gadgets, or with friends, anytime and anywhere. Smart Infinity, Smart’s premium postpaid brand, will also be rolling up data plans of up to 60GB allocation for members.

To monitor subscribers’ consumption of data and other services, Smart has boosted the My Smart app, a mobile and desktop platform that allows each user to manage their accounts conveniently. On this app, people are able to check their billing, their data usage and subscribe to different data promos. Prepaid users are also able to use the service to monitor their load, purchase additional credit and register to promos.


ALL ABOUT #SMARTLOVE

Smart subscribers can also enjoy #SmartLove Christmas Giveaway promo for a chance to win holiday getaways,

Uber and Airbnb vouchers, free data and more exciting prizes by simply participating at key events all over the country.




Smart has also partnered with ABS-CBN for iWantTV, which will pave the way for millions of Smart users to access their favorite hit TV series, shows and programs anytime and anywhere using their prepaid load or charged to their postpaid bill. Soon, iWantTV will be part of the offers under Giga Plans.


PAYMENT SOLUTION FOR THE SHOPPING SEASON

Smart recently introduced exclusive prepaid load and online shopping discounts through PayMaya, the country’s leading digital payments mobile app that allows users to get an instant virtual prepaid MasterCard that they can use for digital purchases.




By downloading the PayMaya app on their Android or iOS phones and registering with their Smart, TNT, or Sun mobile number, subscribers will be able to instantly get a virtual prepaid Smart MasterCard, which they can load up and use in millions of online merchants and digital services worldwide that accept MasterCard.

Smart subscribers who download the PayMaya app and use their virtual prepaid Smart MasterCard can also get as much as 10% discount on Smart prepaid load when they buy in-app, as well as enjoy exciting perks and discounts from Zalora, Jollibee, and many other big brands soon.



SMART WORLD FOR FILIPINO TRAVELERS


Smart is also beefing up its lineup of roaming services to suit the diverse needs of today’s travelers.

With Smart Chat Abroad, Smart Prepaid subscribers now have another option when communicating back home.




Smart Chat Abroad is a data roaming service that allows subscribers to use six popular chat messaging apps - Facebook Messenger, Viber, Telegram, WeChat, Line, and WhatsApp - while travelling in over 130 countries. The service comes at a fixed rate of only P150 per day.

If you need bigger data while traveling, the telco will soon be making available the Smart World Travel WiFi, a Pocket WiFi which Smart and non-Smart subscribers can rent to enjoy mobile data in 130 countries starting at P399 per day.




Stay updated on the Smart’s awesome products and services by following its official accounts on Facebook www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications, Twitter and Instagram @LiveSmart.

The New JOLLIBEE ROCKY ROAD OVERLOAD SUNDAE, Heavenly Addicting!


Creamy vanilla ice cream overloaded with mini marshmallows, crushed peanuts and drizzled in luscious chocolate coating =  JOLLIBEE ROCKY ROAD OVERLOAD SUNDAE

Jollibee, the country’s number one fast-food brand, is giving its classic Jollibee Sundae a new twist - topped with a generous drizzle of chocolate fudge, sweet mini marshmallows, and crushed peanuts for an indulgent, flavor-packed treat!

The Rocky Road Overload Sundae is the latest in Jollibee’s line of desserts, which includes this year’s unique modern Pinoy treats, the Banana Langka Sundae and Halo-Halo Sundae.

Perfect for sweet-toothed adventurers on the look-out for something new yet familiar, the Rocky Road Overload Sundae delivers all the right textures that complement the creamy vanilla soft-serve-it’s the perfect base for the indulgent chocolate fudge, the fluffy and soft marshmallows and the crunchy of the peanuts.




The Rocky Road Overload Sundae is just among the numerous flavor and product innovations that Jollibee introduced this year,” said Kay Segismundo, Jollibee Marketing Manager for Complementary Products. “This specialty dessert is definitely the perfect, most indulgent way to end a Jollibee meal, or to enjoy a morning, afternoon, or evening break. Overload with sarap and saya with this premium sweet treat at an affordable price!

The new Rocky Road Overload Sundae is available now in all Jollibee stores nationwide for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions, for only P35.00*! 

Head over to the nearest Jollibee and treat yourself to an overload of toppings and flavor!

* Prices may vary across different locations

(Movie Trailer) GHOST IN THE SHELL featuring Scarlett Johansson


Following a grand launch party in Tokyo in which stars Scarlett Johansson, "Beat" Takeshi Kitano, and director Rupert Sanders joined fans and influencers from across the globe, the first trailer of Paramount Pictures' Ghost in the Shell is now online and may be viewed athttps://youtu.be/RXisBZsdxvM.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed Japanese Anime property, Ghost in the Shell follows Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9 devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists. Directed by Rupert Sanders. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, "Beat" Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, and Kaori Momoi.

Opening across the Philippines on March 29, 2017, Ghost in the Shell is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.



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Lucasfilms Releases the First Star Wars Standalone Film Called ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Lucasfilm presents "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the first in a new series of Star Wars standalone films set in the universe fans know and love, but featuring new characters and storylines.

When Lucasfilm president and Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy first sat down with George Lucas as he outlined his plans to continue with the Star Wars saga and to make Episodes VII, VIII and IX, he also revealed another ambition: "George decided he was going to make more saga films, but he said he felt there was also an opportunity to tell more stories inside the universe," explains Kennedy, "and to make films not related to the Luke Skywalker story."

And so was born the idea of creating films that would complement the new saga films, but also allow Kennedy and the Lucasfilm team to explore the universe and experiment with different styles and different ways of telling stories.

"Rogue One" tells the story of a group of unlikely heroes, who in a time of conflict band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.



"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is directed by Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla," "Monsters") and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Cinderella") and Simon Emanuel ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1&2"). Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll ("Pirates of the Caribbean"), who shares a long history with the Star Wars films, is executive producer alongside Jason McGatlin (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, "The War of the Worlds"). 

Academy® and BAFTA Award nominee Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything") heads up the cast and stars opposite Diego Luna ("Milk," "Elysium"). Joining them are Ben Mendelsohn ("The Dark Knight Rises"), Mads Mikkelsen ("Doctor Strange"), Alan Tudyk ("Frozen," "I Robot"), Riz Ahmed ("Jason Bourne") and Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland"). The film also welcomes two of China's biggest stars, Donnie Yen ("Ip Man," "Blade II") and Jiang Wen ("Let the Bullets Fly," "The Sun Also Rises").

To create the distinctive and contemporary look of the film, Edwards chose revered cinematographer Greig Fraser ("Zero Dark Thirty") who teams with Academy Award®–winning special effects supervisor Neil Corbould ("Black Hawk Down"). Star Wars veteran Doug Chiang (Star Wars Episodes I and II, "Forrest Gump") and Neil Lamont (supervising art director on The Force Awakens and the "Harry Potter" film series) join forces as production designers, and Neal Scanlan ("Prometheus") returns as creature effects supervisor having recently won a BAFTA for his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Additional key crew include costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor on The Force Awakens and the "Harry Potter" film series) and Glyn Dillon (The Force Awakens and "Kingsman: The Secret Service" costume concept artist), as well as stunt coordinator Rob Inch (The Force Awakens, "World War Z").

Opening across the Philippines on December 15, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. 



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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Daniel Matsunaga and Erich Gonzales Wedding Airs November 16 on ABS-CBN's Hit Series BE MY LADY


Watch the much awaited wedding of Phil (Daniel Matsunaga) at Pinang (Erich Gonzales) in ABS-CBN’s top-rating daytime series “Be My Lady” will air on Thursday, November 17.

After the long courtship and Phil’s countless efforts to win Pinang’s heart, the two finally tie the knot.




In today’s episode, viewers already had a glimpse of Pinang in her wedding gown and her unique bridal ride. What will be their promise to each other? What other kilig moment should you watch out for? 

You are invited to witness the union of Phil and Pinang tomorrow (November 17) in “Be My Lady” on ABS-CBN. 

For updates, follow @bemyladyabscbn on Twitter and Instagram or like www.facebook.com/bemyladyabscbn on Facebook.

ABS-CBN, Ugat Foundation and TFC Launch Bayaning Pilipino Awards in South Korea and North America


ABS-CBN Corporation, UGAT Foundation and The Filipino Channel (TFC) take the search for modern-day heroes to even greater heights as they launch the Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Global Bayaning Pilipino Awards in new regions and open the search to the younger generation of Filipinos.

Inspired by a Filipina domestic helper who died saving her ward in Hong Kong in 1994, the Bayaning Pilipino Awards was envisioned by ABS-CBN Corporation Chairman Emeritus Eugenio "Kapitan" Lopez Jr. and then propagated by Ugat Foundation.

Since then, it has evolved into a recognition for ordinary Filipinos performing extraordinary acts in Asia to North America, with the support of TFC, for the searches outside the homeland.

Believing that heroism runs in the Filipino blood wherever they are in the world, Bayaning Pilipino continues its search for notable Filipino organizations (Global Bayaning Pilipino) who have mounted a project that has been fulfilled, anchoring on the Filipino's sense of bayanihan spiritand have made a measurable impact in a community in the Philippines.

Knowing that Filipinos can start young, the search has been extended, this time to the new generation via Bayaning Kabataang Pilipino which looks for Filipino youth heroes who have organized these kinds of community projects while exemplifying Filipino values, promoting our culture and heritage, encouraging participation, focusing on service, and transcending regionalism.
Another notable development is the launch of the Bayaning Pilipino Awards in South Korea where Filipinos and organizations can nominate an individual of Filipino ancestry, with active community membership and who exemplifies the values of service, industry, dedication to public service and positivity.

Let us etch their stories of heroism. Share their stories. For complete information, visit bayaningpilipinoawards.com 


Nominations can also be sent here and at facebook.com (search for GAWAD GENY LOPEZ BAYANING PILIPINO AWARDS) or via bayaningpilipinoawards@yahoo.com


Billy Crawford Arrested, Detained in Hong Kong Because of Coleen Garcia


Was he arrested, detained in Hong Kong and later deported to Manila?

International recording star and Kapamilya actor/host Billy Crawford, during the press conference of his latest international reality series called "The Ultimate Brocation" which will be shown on cable channel Kix starting December 14, clarified earlier reports that he was arrested and had to spend a night detained at a police station in Hong Kong after punching a man who groped his girlfriend Coleen Garcia during a Halloween party held at a bar in Hong Kong's Harbour City last October 31.

He was quoted saying:
 
"I had to protect Coleen. Kababaeng tao, ayaw ko naman mabastos siya. Pero hindi ako nakipagaway, hindi ako nanuntok, hindi ako nasuntok. But was a verbal altercation between someone there and me dahil nabastos si Coleen.

"Hindi po ako nakulong. Kasi kung nakulong ako, hindi ako makakabalik sa Pilipinas. I'd be deported to the United States kase I'm an American citizen.
 
"Good thing, iyong medyo shungang tao na nambastos kay Coleen ay ginawa niya sa harapan ng pulis. So nakita ng pulis.
 
"The thing about the Hong Kong police is that they're very, very strict. Kahit iyong pinakamaliit na magsigawan kayo sa street, puwede kang i-question or i-hold for statements.

"As in masuwerte na lang kami and the police were there, and sila iyong nag-handle ng situation, which was the proper way of doing it. And if it's done in another country, you have to abide and respect the rules of that country so we were just complying."

A Totally Different Charo Santos on the Cover of Rogue Magazine November 2016 Issue


Rough. Bold. Fierce....yet Classy. That's Charo Santos on the cover of Rogue Magazine for its Cinema issue this November.

The Kapamilya lady executive returns on the big through Lav Diaz's "Ang Babaeng Humayo", which won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.



Rogue Magazine November 2016 issue out now on magazine stands nationwide.

Maine Mendoza is Pregnant




After Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza surprised everyone with their unexpected wedding in Kalyeserye last October 22, the couple once again made the fans go crazy after announcing that they are expecting. You read it right, Mr. and Mrs. Faulkerson are expecting a baby after a year of officially tying the knot (according to the story).


In an episode of Kalyeserye on Monday, November 14, it was revealed that Maine is pregnant. There was a segment in the show where Maine was holding a pregnancy test kit with two visible lines which indicates a positive result.





When Meng shows the PT kit, her husband Alden and the Lolas couldn’t contain their excitement.





The next day, the couple proudly publicized the ultrasound photo of their first baby.




This journey of Alden and Maine in their popular show Kalyeserye - where they started their onscreen love story a year ago - continuously inspires the people. It may not be true, but the fans live with the story and hope that it becomes a reality before they know it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

JONA: QUEEN OF THE NIGHT Concert Happening November 25 at the Kia Theater


Less than a year after being welcomed into her new home ABS-CBN, power belter Jona has already achieved several milestones in her career: recording the theme song of a Kapamilya teleserye (“We Will Survive”), interpreting a song in the Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2016 competition, and performing alongside the Birit Queens of “ASAP.”

Jona’s blessings just keep on coming. Recently, she formally became a Kapamilya after signing a contract with Star Music and Star Magic. The signing was also attended by Star Music head Roxy Liquigan, Star Music audio content head Jonathan Manalo, her Star Magic handler Love Capulong, and co-manager Arlene Meyer.
 
At the moment, Jona is busy recording her first album for the label that her fans will soon enjoy.

I’m very happy. I’m more inspired to do my work here in ABS-CBN. It’s like everything has finally begun,” said Jona about her contract signing.

And for the first time as a Kapamilya, Jona will be staging her first solo concert titled “Queen of the Night: Jona” that will be held on November 25 at the Kia Theater.

Join her as she rocks the stage and perform breathtaking numbers with special guests Jed Madela, Daryl Ong, and Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

“Queen of the Night: Jona” will be under the musical direction of Soc Mina and under the stage direction of Marvin Caldito. The choreography is led by Joe Abuda of dance crew The Addlib.

Tickets can be purchased for P2,970 (VIP), P2,120 (Orchestra A), P1,910 (Orchestra B), P1,060 (Loge), at P640 (Balcony) at Ticketnet outlets. You may also call 911-5555 or visit ticketnet.com.ph.

“Queen of the Night: Jona” is produced by Star Events, Big Eyes Events & Productions, and Creative Media Entertainment, and co-sponsored by PLDT HOME.

Supermoon - Amazing Photos Around the World































China Supermoon
A jet plane flies across the moon seen from Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years will be lighting up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)






A "supermoon" rises behind small sculptures standing on the roof of a tower in the Forbidden City in Beijing on November 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI





Supermoon New York
The supermoon appears near the Statue of Liberty, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in New York. Monday's supermoon, a phenomenon that happens when the moon makes a close pass at the earth, is the closest to earth since 1948. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)






Thailand Supermoon
The moon rises over the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years lights up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)





A "supermoon" is seen past the dome of the Prime Minister's Office complex in Putrajaya on November 14, 2016.






Supermoon Toronto
The supermoon sets behind the CN tower in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years lights up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon is known as the supermoon. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)



Supermoon California
The moon rises behind a neon sign in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. Monday morning's supermoon will be the closet a full moon has been to the Earth since Jan. 26, 1948. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)



Supermoon Dallas
The moon rises behind Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas, Sunday evening, Nov. 13, 2016. On Monday the supermoon will be the closest full moon to earth since 1948, and it won't be as close again until 2034. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP) 



The moon rises over the Arch in St. Louis, as seen from the Compton Hill Water Tower on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. On Monday, Earthlings will be treated to a so-called supermoon - the closest full moon of the year. Monday's supermoon will be extra super - it will be the closest the moon comes to us in almost 69 years. And it won't happen again for another 18 years. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)



Hong Kong Supermoon
The moon rises over Victoria Habour in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years lights up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon known as the supermoon will reach its most luminescent in North America before dawn on Monday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)





A "supermoon" is seen rising beyond a ferris wheel in Hong Kong on November 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Taiwan Supermoon
A "supermoon" rises next to the Taipei 101 building, a 508-meter high skyscraper, in Taipei on November 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH





Supermoon Washington D.C.
A supermoon rises over the Statue of Freedom on the Capitol dome in Washington, DC November 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS





Sydney Supermoon
The "supermoon" rises over the sails of the Sydney Opera House on November 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST





Manila Supermoon
The "supermoon" is seen partially obscured by clouds over Manila on November 14, 2016. AFP


Meet Alex Gonzaga's New Boyfriend Mikee Morada (Video)


Who is this guy Alex Gonzaga was seen dating during the birthday celebration of Dreamscape head Deo Endrinal last Saturday?

Is he Alex's newest boyfriend?

Those were the questions of the actress’ followers after she posted an intriguing photo on Instagram on Sunday.

The picture shows her with her supposed special someone, along with her sister Toni and brother-in-law Paul, and comedian Vice Ganda.

Using the hashtag “This is It,” Alex captioned her post with: “Not a third or fifth wheel anymore.”





While many of her followers have already assumed that the unnamed man in the photo is Alex’s boyfriend, the actress has yet to directly admit if they are indeed in a relationship.

However, in an article posted at starcinema.abs-cbn.com, the full identity of the guy was revealed.

Watch the video below to know who this guy Alex is dating now:


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Kris Aquino Hits Back at President Rodrigo Duterte


Kris Aquino’s supposed first sit down interview with President Rodrigo Duterte last November 11  at the National Micro, Small, and Medium Entrepreneurs’ (MSME) Summit 2016 in Davao City didn’t push through when he cancelled at the last minute saying he had a migraine.

WATCH FULL REPORT: KRIS AQUINO SNUBBED BY DUTERTE



The former Kapamilya star who transferred to PTV4 and TV5 after her supposed transfer to GMA Network was allegedly blocked by a high profile Kapuso executive, was touched when the netizens lauded her decision to push through with the event and go on with her interview with the businessmen present at the event.

“Humble & realistic enough to admit it was an epic snub- but learning so much from @beyonce. #Lemonade 🍋#GoNegosyo2016AngatLahat (P.S. To all of you: my family, friends, and compassionate netizens- group hug tayo? Thank you for showing me love & appreciation. ❤️),” she wrote on Instagram as a caption to the photo that says "If life gives you lemon, make lemonade."




Kris admitted that upon learning the president couldn’t make it, she asked for advice from her brother, former president Noynoy Aquino.

Nagtanong po ako sa Kuya ko kung dapat kong ituloy, tumawag po ako at sinabi ko ‘Noy, I’m alone’ sabi ko sa kanya, ‘What do I do?’ sabi niya ‘You made a commitment, nandiyan ka for Go Negosyo, nandiyan ka because you believed in the Philippine economy at nandiyan ka because you want everybody to be included in the growth of our economy.’”

Ganoon po ang nangyayari talaga sa trabaho namin minsan ‘yung co-star mo nagkakasakit,” she added.

Kris also asked for President Rodrigo for a chance.

Hindi ko rin po alam kung dahil sa mga sitwasyon na nangyari sa ngayong linggo kaya ini-snob ako pero President Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day mamahalin mo rin ako,” she said.

Sarah Geronimo Wins Best Asian Performance Award at 2016 Classic Rock Awards


PopStar Princess Sarah Geronimo brought pride to the Philippines after winning the Best Asian Performance award during the 2016 Classic Rock Awards in Tokyo, Japan on November 11.

Sarah who personally accepted the award also performed a rock version of Freddie Aguilar’s “Anak” on the award’s night.

Sarah Geronimo performs rock version of 'Anak' at 2016 Classic Rock Awards 



Here is the list of Classic Rock Roll Of Honor 2016 winners:

The Showmen: Cheap Trick Best
New Band: The Struts
Classic Songwriter: Richie Sambora
Band Of The Year: Jeff Lynne's ELO
Reissue Of The Year: Queen - The Studio Collection
Asian Performance: Slot Machine Japan Next Generation: Band-Maid
Asian Performance: Sarah Geronimo
The V.I.P: Katsuya Kobayashi
Eastern Breakthrough Male Band: One Ok Rock
The Asian Icon: Yoshiki
Album Of The Year: Def Leppard – Def Leppard
The Icon: Jeff Beck

Look: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie Poster Spotlights Iconic Dance Scene


The new teaser poster for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” has arrived, revealing Belle and the cursed Prince waltzing in the dark.  Check out the poster below and watch the film when it opens in the Philippines on March 15, 2017.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. 

“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. 

 


The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame De Garderobe, the wardrobe; Hattie Morahan as Agathe, the enchantress; Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts. 

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky and Bill Condon.

Eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.

“Beauty and the Beast” will be 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.ph and use the hashtag #BeOurGuestPH.

Pinoy Boyband Superstar Second Elimination Results November 13 - Miko Juarez


Will it be Ryan Cesena, Henz Villaraiz, Mark Oblea and Miko Juarez who will leave the competition tonight?

First, watch their performance here:



THE RESULTS

Safe:  Joao Constancia, Niel Murillo, Tony Labrusca, Russel Reyes, Ford Valencia, Allen Cecilio and Tristan Ramirez

Bottom 4: Ryan Cesena, Henz Villaraiz, Mark Oblea and Miko Juarez

Eliminated: Miko Juarez
 
The official result will be revealed tonight after James, Henz, Mark and Miko perform individually to earn the public and judges votes.

Who do you think will be eliminated and who will make to the next round of the competition?

VIRAL!

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