Tuesday, June 27, 2017

40th Gawad Urian 2017 Nominees - Charo Santos, Ai Ai de las Alas, Khalil Ramos, Paolo Ballesteros and John Lloyd Cruz

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino has announced the nominees for the country’s much-awaited film award recognition, the 40th Gawad Urian, happening on July 20 at ABS-CBN’s Studio 10 and will be airing live on Cinema One.

Leading this year’s list is the film “Women of the Weeping River” produced by Southern Lantern Studios, Haut Lesmains and TBA, with 12 nominations including best picture and best direction for Sheron Dayoc. “Paglipay,” produced by Milagros Ong How, follows with 11 nominations. “Ma’ Rosa,” from Centerstage Productions and Solar Pictures, “Pamilya Ordinaryo” produced by Found Films, Quantum Films and Cinemalaya Foundation, and “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” produced by Cinema One Originals and Sine Olivia Pilipinas, all have 9 nominations.

This year’s Natatanging Gawad Urian award will go to the Star for all Seasons - Vilma Santos - who won the most number of acting awards, a total of 8 best actress nods, from the esteemed body in the past years.

Aside from “Women of the Weeping River,” the nominees for Best Film include “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” “Paglipay,” “Ma’ Rosa,”, “Pamilya Ordinaryo,” and “Baboy Halas” from Origane Films, Timewrap, Oya Film Productions, Alchemy of Vision, Lights Productions and Three Six-Zero Industries.

The nominees for Best Actress are Charo Santos (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Laila Ulao (Women of the Weeping River), Jaclyn Jose (Ma’ Rosa), Cherry Pie Picache (Pauwi Na), Ai Ai de las Alas (Area), Elizabeth Oropesa (MRS), Irma Adlawan (ORO), Hasmine Kilip (Pamilya Ordinaryo), Angeli Bayani (Ned’s Project), and Nora Aunor (Hinulid).

Khalil Ramos (2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten), Tommy Abuel (Dagsin), Bembol Roco (Pauwi Na), Garry Cabalic (Paglipay), Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful), Ronwaldo Martin (Pamilya Ordinaryo), and Pepe Smith (Singing in Graveyards) are the Best Actor nominees.

Aside from Dayoc, nominated for Best Direction are Lav Diaz (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Brillante Mendoza (Ma’ Rosa), Eduardo Roy, Jr. (Pamilya Ordinaryo), Zig Madamba Dulay (Paglipay), Bagane Fiola (Baboy Halas), Paolo Villaluna (Pauwi Na), Avid Liongoren (Saving Sally), and Lemuel Lorca (Ned’s Project).

For Best Supporting Actor, the nominees include John Lloyd Cruz (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Nonie Buencamino (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Taha Daranda (Women of the Weeping River), Christian Bables (Die Beautiful), Jess Mendoza (Hinulid), and Julio Diaz (Ma’ Rosa).

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress are Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon), Barbie Forteza (Tuos), Sharifa Pearlsia Ali-Dans (Women of the Weeping River), Anna Luna (Paglipay), Joan Dela Cruz (Pagligay), Lui Manansala (Ned’s Project), Lotlot de Leon (MRS), Janine Gutierrez (Dagsin), Ma. Zimadar Caranay-Raper (Women of the Weeping River) and Meryll Soriano (Pauwi Na).

Other categories in this annual film recognition include Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Sound, Best Short Film and Best Documentary.

This year marks Gawad Urian’s 40th year in the industry. Since its first ever awarding ceremony held in 1977, it has become one of the most prestigious and most respected film awards in the country.

The nominees and winners are chosen by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino composed of reputable pillars in Philippine cinema led by its President Rolando Tolentino together with members Grace Javier Alfonso, Butch Francisco, Mario Hernando, Bienvenido Lumbera, Miguel Rapatan, Benilda  Santos, Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, Tito Genova Valiente and Lito Zulueta.

Catch the 40th Gawad Urian on Cinema One (SkyCable ch. 56, Destiny Cable Digital Channel 56, and Destiny Analog Ch. 37) on July 20 at 9PM.

To see full list of nominees, visit www.cinemaone.ph or the official website of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (www.manunuri.com). For other updates, like Cinema One’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel).

"Flatliners" Movie Poster and Trailer - Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna and James Norton

You haven’t lived until you’ve died,” or so proclaims the intriguing tagline in the teaser poster of Columbia Pictures new suspense thriller FLATLINERS that’s just been released by the studio.  The film stars Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna and James Norton.

Check out the trailer below:

In the film, five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

Flatliners is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, from a screenplay by Ben Ripley, story by Peter Filardi.

Showing in Philippine cinemas soon, Flatliners is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Joem Bascon's Functional Training and NCAA MVP Johnvic De Guzman's Passion for Volleyball on "Sports U"

Kapamilya hunk Joem Bascon shares the wonders of Functional Training while volleyball star Johnvic De Guzman shows his passion for volleyball this Thursday (June 29) on “Sports U” on ABS-CBN. 

Host Dyan Castillejo will find out how the “Pusong Ligaw” star is able to stay fit and healthy despite a busy work schedule. Meanwhile, Johnvic, the NCAA Season 92 most valuable player who is also an upcoming actor, will also open up about the challenges of being selected as team captain of the Philippine national team for the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.  

Also get a chance to see the “Summer On Ice” event at SM Mall of Asia that aims to discover the next great Filipino figure skater like Olympian Michael Martinez. 

Catch all these on “Sports U” this Thursday (June 29) after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable Ch. 167), and on Saturday (July 1), 6:30am on S+A. You may also view it via streaming on www.iwantv.com.ph and www.skyondemand.com.ph. 

Follow their Facebook page at http://facebook.com/SportsUtv and official Twitter account (@SportsUTV) for more updates.

ABS-CBN News Journos Share the Stories from Marawi on ANC's "Mukha"

ABS-CBN news reporters Chiara Zambrano and Jeff Canoy will tell the story of the people of Marawi, who are caught in the middle of an armed conflict in a special episode of the award-winning documentary series “MUKHA” tomorrow (June 28), 6:30pm on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Deployed in Marawi to cover the on-going war, Chiara and Jeff were able to talk to the city’s residents, who have lost a sense of safety and security in their very own homes; as well as the uniformed men, who are bravely risking their lives to defend the land.

These are the stories of hope of our fellow Filipinos, amid the uncertainty of survival, after more than a month since the attack of the Maute terror group.

“Mukha” is a world-class TV production of DocuCentral, the documentary arm of ABS-CBN. It won a Silver Dolphin at the 7th Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards in 2016 and was a finalist in this year’s New York Festivals.

Catch this special episode of “Mukha” on Marawi entitled “Di Ka Pasisiil (Never Will be Conquered)” with narration by Chiara Zambrano and Jeff Canoy tomorrow, Wednesday (June 28), 6:30 p.m. on ANC.  It can also be viewed online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. For updates on the program, follow @MukhaTV on Twitter and Facebook.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Bellas Go To War in First "Pitch Perfect 3" Trailer

Universal Pictures has just released the first trailer for the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 3, the upcoming sequel that reunites the Barden Bellas post-graduation.

Watch the trailer at:

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Pitch Perfect 3 stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, John Lithgow, John Michael Higgins, and Elizabeth Banks.

Opening in Philippine cinemas in 2018, Pitch Perfect 3 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Experts Talk How the Most Terrifying Pinoy Exorcism Movie "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" is Made

From the makers of much talked-about horror movie "Seklusyon" from the recent Metro Manila Festival (MMFF), comes another psychological thriller with a familiar theme of idolatry as a form of evil and the mystery of faith overpowering the demons that lurks within us.

But unlike any other exorcism-terror movie, "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" banks on the versatility of its cast, a well-written script, an effective cinematography and sound scoring making it the much-anticipated movie of this time.

Watch this exclusive interview with "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" cast composed of Sarah Lahbati, Shy Carlos and Julian Trono, director Katsi Flores, and producer Erik Matti.

"Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" is showing in theaters nationwide on June 28, 2017 under Viva Films and Kamikaze Production.

Spider-Man Comes Home to Marvel Cinematic Universe in Fun-Filled Action-Adventure

Peter Parker strives to join the Avengers as the most popular character in comic book history takes his rightful place as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Columbia Pictures' new action-adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming (in Philippine cinemas Thursday, July 6.)

Marvel's crown jewel, Spider-Man made a cameo debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War last summer; the overwhelming positive reaction by both the critics and fans to the new vision for the character has whetted the appetite as now, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios team for this new adventure.

Embraced all over the world, Spider-Man now comes home in a film with a fresh, fun tone and new take, produced by Marvel Studios, that brings the Peter Parker of the comic books to the screen alongside MCU heroes for the first time.

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. His moment has arrived as he is challenged to become the hero he is meant to be.

For producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, bringing the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an original way that film audiences have never seen before was a top priority. "Over the past 15 years, we have built the Marvel Cinematic Universe with so many characters and movies, and now we have the opportunity to introduce Peter Parker and the Spider-Man franchise into that universe for the first time," says Feige. "It's exciting because that's how he truly was in the comics, from the very beginning – he didn't enter the comics as the only hero; he entered a world in which Tony Stark, Captain America and the Avengers all were there. And now, for the first time, we get that in an entire film, which makes it fresh and new."

Producer Amy Pascal speaks to the unprecedented collaboration. "This movie is a product of Sony and Marvel working closely together," says Pascal. "It's a Sony movie and a Marvel production. Everyone came together and decided if we can put Spider-Man back in the MCU, which he always was a part of in the comics, everybody wins – and the biggest winner is the fans, as they finally get to see what they've been waiting a long time to see."

"Putting Spider-Man in the MCU is the best thing in the world for me as a storyteller," says director Jon Watts, who takes the helm of Spider-Man: Homecoming. "Not only did they take care of the origin story and heavy lifting in Captain America: Civil War – which they did so economically and beautifully – we also didn't have to spend any time explaining why this 16-year-old kid would come up with the idea of becoming a superhero. He's grown up in the MCU; when Peter Parker was eight years old, he saw Tony Stark say 'I am Iron Man' on TV. So the idea of this being a world where superheroes exist means that we don't have to spend any time addressing any of these issues. We just get right into the fun of it."

Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Experience the Best Filipino Home Cooking Straight FROM HELEN'S KITCHEN on July 1 at COLOURS on Cignaltv

The IdeaFirst Company is proud to present a food show that is just overflowing with love and joy...FROM HELEN'S KITCHEN!

In this special TV series airing on COLOURS on CignalTV starting July 1, Saturday 8pm, viewers will now get a chance to see Tita Helen Gamboa-Sotto create dishes that will go beyond the average comfort food. She will share recipes passed on from generations of her family, plus those that she herself has concocted that have been tried and tested by her loved ones.

For a lot of people, cooking is not just a chore but a commitment to create meals with love and passion. One such person is Tita Helen. Known by her friends as the ultimate Queen of the Kitchen, every recipe she dishes out for her family and friends is thought of and cared for. This is how she shows her love.

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And this caring for food, family and friends is what viewers will get to see as we take a peek and get a special taste of life…FROM HELEN’S KITCHEN.

Q&A with Helen Gamboa-Sotto:

How her new cooking show 'From Helen's Kitchen' was conceptualized

Helen Gamboa's Passion for Cooking Came from Her Mom

Eat's Bulaga! Dabarkads most favorite among her recipes

Directed by Bibeth Orteza, Written by Paolo Bustamante, Executive Produced by Jen Mauricio for The IdeaFirst Company, FROM HELEN'S KITCHEN premiers July 1, Saturday 8pm on COLOURS on CignalTV.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

(Teaser Poster) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Universal Pictures has just launched the teaser poster for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster hit, Jurassic World.

The poster sports the tagline, "Life finds a way."

Directed by J.A. Bayona (Mama, The Impossible), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in the Philippines in June 2018 and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Toby Jones, James Cromwell, BD Wong, and Rafe Spall.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Sports, Rom-Com, and Heroic Animes Jumpstart HERO TV this June

Hero TV brings in slice-of-life sports series "Haikyuu! Season 3," light teen romance "Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu – Purezza," and more adventures of the wandering swordsman in "Samurai X OVA 3: Shin Kyoto-Hen" to perk up the anime cable channel this June.

The battle between Karasuno Koko versus Shiratorizawa Gakuen Kok begins in "Haikyuu! Season 3." This time, the stakes are higher, and the odds are much more difficult. Which volleyball team will reign supreme in this nerve cracking battle?

Meanwhile, the story of young love continues in "Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu – Purezza," where Yuuto still conceals his dear friend Haruka's manga and anime hobby. However, when Yuuto's other female friend starts to feel attracted towards him and leads to a feeling of jealousy, war among friends begins.

Kenshin Himura continues his quest of stopping the evil Makoto Shishio and his plot to take over Japan in "Samurai X OVA 3: Shin Kyoto-Hen." Told from the perspective of teenage kunoichi Misao Makimachi, the third "Samurai X OVA" installment is an alternate retelling of the Kyoto Arc Chronicles.

Hero TV is the only 24-hour Filipino-dubbed anime cable channel, home to international anime hits. The channel also provides the best localized anime experience of adventure and self-discovery through local productions such as My Hero Nation, I-Animate, Comics On Cam, Hero We Go and Hero In Tunes.

Catch "Samurai X OVA 3: Shin Kyoto-Hen" in Hero Theatrixx on Sunday (June 25), "Haikyuu! Season 3" starting June 26, and "Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu – Purezza" starting June 29.

Catch Hero TV on SKYcable Channel 44. For updates, visit and like Hero TV on Facebook Catch "Samurai X OVA 3: Shin Kyoto-Hen" in Hero Theatrixx on Sunday (June 25), "Haikyuu! Season 3" starting June 26, and "Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu – Purezza" starting June 29. Catch Hero TV on SKYcable Channel 44. For updates, visit and like Hero TV on Facebook facebook.com/myheronation and follow the channel on Instagram @herotvofficial and Twitter @myHEROnation.

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ABS-CBN Foundation Europe to Hold Telethon on June 25 for London Grenfell Tower Fire Victims

ABS-CBN Foundation Europe CIO joins public and private support for the victims of the massive fire that hit the 24-storey residential London Grenfell Tower in West London on June 14, by organizing the eight-hour "Operation Sagip Telethon: A Bayanihan For the Victims of the London Grenfell Tower Fire" on June 25 starting at 1 p.m., London time.  

Driven by the Filipino tradition of community spirit or bayanihan, ABS-CBN Europe Foundation is making a call for donations not only in United Kingdom (UK) but from all over Europe, for the residents affected by the fire, via the hotline +44 (0) 2072444520
Joining "Operation Sagip Telethon" in this spirit of Filipino community are ABS-CBN Europe and Middle East Bureau Chief Danny Buenafe from the ABS-CBN Europe office at Earl's Court Road; and hosts ABS-CBN TV and radio personalities top billed by Rose Eclarinal, and Jasmine Romeroplus artists Klarisse de Guzman, Noven Belleza, Jason Dy and DJ Jai Ho from the ABS-CBN headquarters in Quezon City.  ABS-CBN Europe correspondents will also deliver live reports from key points in U.K.

"Operation Sagip Telethon: A Bayanihan For the Victims of the London Grenfell Tower Fire" is making the call for donations up to 9 p.m. London time.  The telethon will be streamed via TFC online (www.TFC.tv) and TFC IPTV(in Europe), with live updates from facebook.com/TFCEurope

According to Luis Bariuan, Trustee of ABS-CBN Foundation Europe"We are widely known for our unique culture and at its core is the quintessential Filipino trait of bayanihan which inspires us to come together as one community with one goal in mind.  We are rekindling that spirit of bayanihan by making a call for donations to support residents affected by the London Grenfell Tower fire".

However, Bariuan says the community spirit does not stop there.  "In bringing life to bayanihan, we transcend barriers.  As this tragedy faces us, we hope to bring the needed help to both victims and survivors, including their families, with the support we may be able to inspire through the telethon".

The Philippine Embassy in London expresses gratitude to Filipinos who have so far volunteered at the reception centres and drop-off locations for donations.  The official statement from the Philippine Embassy shares: "We thank the Filipino communities in London and beyond for their generosity with their time and resources and their genuine concern as they volunteered and donated".

To date, the United Kingdom Metropolitan Police reports death toll is at 79.  Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy says the death toll may still rise.  

As of this writing, The Philippine Embassy in London reports that nine Filipino families have been accounted for.  

Some of these Filipinos include: 
• Elpidio Bonifacio who was in critical condition
• a 7-month old baby girl who suffered suffocation and is now in a stable condition
• Nida Mangoba who escaped the fire together with her husband and their son
• and Clarita Cabides Ghavimi who was saved by a Croatian who also lives in the same tower. 

One Filipina, Ligaya Moore, is presumed to have died in the fire after having remained missing since June 14.

The Philippine Embassy is pursuing search operations in rest centres and drop-off locations for donations, and hospitals to determine the total number of survivors and fatalities.  The diplomatic post has requested for the official list of tenants of the tower from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

While it has yet to ascertain the total number of Filipinos affected, Consul General Senen Mangalilein an interview with ABS-CBN.com, assures: "As always, the embassy is ready to give assistance to them".  These include assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs in providing new passports and other vital documents.

The Grenfell Tower in London is a residential tower built in the 1970's.   According to a report from Buenafe, the tower is home to many Filipinos because they were recipients of council housing flats extended by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to all low-income migrant families during the '70s.

To extend your donations for the victims of the London Grenfell Tower fire, you can call 
+44 (0) 2072444520 (call charges may apply).  You may also deposit through the ABS-CBN Foundation Europe CIO account:

Barclays Bank 
Sort Code 207898 
Account No.13619834

For more details about the "Operation Sagip Telethon: A Bayanihan For the Victims of the London Grenfell Tower Fire," you can call +44 739 287 0779(With additional reports from the Philippine Embassy in LondonABS-CBNEurope and Middle East Bureau Chief Danny Buenafe,and abs-cbn.com.  Photos courtesy of abs-cbn.com and Danny Buenafe).

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"Maki-Jam with SKYdirect" Event with Marlo Mortel Invades Baguio City

The rainy season has officially begun in the City of Pines, but it did not stop SKY to bring its "Maki-JAM with SKYdirect" event to Baguio last June 2 to 4. Fans of "Umagang Kay Ganda" host Marlo Mortel trooped the Atrium of SM City Baguio to see their idol face-to-face.

Marlo charmed his fans with his a heartfelt serenade. His fans traveled from neighboring provinces in the north just to get a glimpse of their favorite morning show heartthrob.

The event did not only bring Marlo closer to his fans, but it also highlighted SKY's affordable direct-to-home (DTH) TV service among the crowd. With SKYdirect, SKY's exclusive and top-rated content are now within reach in Baguio City. Residents from far-flung barangays can enjoy a diverse channel lineup, including the High Definition feed of ABS-CBN on Channel 2, exclusively on SKYdirect. Catch more of Marlo Mortel on Umagang Kay Ganda on ABS-CBN HD.

"To date, we already visited major cities in Northern and Southern Luzon and shared the good news on SKYdirect's enriching content. We will not stop there as we will reach out to other regions and empower more Filipinos with access to SKYdirect offerings," said Ed Patron, SKY's Regional Business Head during an interview.

The event was a double treat for the audience as VJ Ai dela Cruz of the Philippines' No. 1 music channel MYX also showcased her singing talent. This was quite a surprise for VJ Ai's fans who were just used to seeing their idol as a music video jock and news anchor for 24/7 news channel ANC.

SKYdirect offers a wide channel lineup with exclusive channels catering to every family member that include ABS-CBN HD, the sports channel S+A, ANC, Cinema One, MYX, Lifestyle, Jeepney TV, DZMM TeleRadyo, ABS-CBN Regional Channel, Yey, Cinemo and TAG. Top-rating cable channels Cartoon Network HD, HBO HD, Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner TV HD, RTL-CBS Entertainment, TLC, AXN HD, and History HD are also available on SKYdirect.

Subscribing to SKYdirect is even more affordable since kits are now priced at P2,699 from the original price of P2,990. SKYdirect prepaid plans are available nationwide at Plan 99, Plan 250, and Plan 450. Postpaid plans are available in Plan 250 and Plan 450 variants.

Joel Angeles, Rodel Store, Houston Solution, Sacley Satellite TV, Bawa-an Market Stall and JP Satellite TV are among the stores in Baguio and Benguet areas where customers can apply for a SKYdirect subscription. For more information, visit mysky.com.ph/skydirect, or text 23668 to order, or call (074) 442 4841 to subscribe.

SKY Cable Corporation is the first to introduce cable television to Filipinos in 1990. Since then, it has been a frontrunner in technology and cable TV content by being the first to design a highly customized viewing experience among subscribers, and offering the most number of HD channels. Aside from pay TV brand SKYdirect, SKY's other offerings include SKYcable, One SKY Premium (unlimited internet all-in bundles), One SKY Lite (internet all-in bundles with data allowance), SKYmobi (mobile internet), and SKY On Demand (video-on-demand).

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Friday, June 23, 2017

A New Kind of Demon Revealed in Exorcism-Terror Movie "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz", Opens June 28 in Ph Cinemas

Do you believe in Ghost? Exorcism? or the Devil?

Are those just a creation of our minds? Are they real? Or just a product of our imagination?

Will you agree with me when I say that all of us have already experienced the devil in some ways or another?

Yes, all of us have already encountered the demon. Some of them are within our reach, belongs to our network, inside our clans, maybe...we ourselves are demons in some forms.

"Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz," the maiden offering of Kamikazee Pictures, a joint venture between VIVA Films and Erik Matti's Reality Entertainment, veers away from the usual "exorcism-terror" we see on both local and Hollywood-produced movie where the possessed speaks in a devilish form, vomiting green lava, with scratches all over the body, accompanied with hair-raising sound scoring and creepy on-shoot location.

In this movie, Katski Flores (Director), Erik Matti (Writer/Producer), and Charlene Sawit-Esguerra (Screenplay), perfectly put in place every single element that comprised an effective horror movie - script, acting, cinematography, sounds and pecial effects. The tension, thrill, terror we expect from this genre are evident, but in a situation you wouldn't expect them to happen

The producer also don't give much gist about the film's narrative on its trailer, contrary to other movies where the plot and the scary scenes were already a give-away and nothing you could expect more in the entire movie. So better be prepared to get stunned, shocked, horrified when watching it on cinemas on June 28.

"Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz," tells the story of Ruth (Sarah Lahbati), a reclusive police officer who moves into the hometown of a seemingly innocent young girl that is Leah (Shy Carlos). Ruth is still reeling from the death of her younger brother when she witnesses Leah jump out of a balcony. Gabriel (Julian Trono), Leah’s childhood friend, begs Ruth for help, prompting the latter to join the investigation.
Naturally, there are suspicions as to why Leah committed such act. Blame is put on two people. One is Rosario, a loyal maid to the Dela Cruz household who loves Leah as her own. She has a strong belief in superstitions. The other is Sister Eloiza, a school guidance counselor who once belonged to a cult but became a confidant to Leah.

As Leah’s odd behavior escalates, so does the friction between her parents Oscar and Marite. Oscar is a kind and loving father, but a domineering husband, while Marite has been an object of rumors in their small town.

Holding a secret that should be a big help to the investigation is Father Lucas (Jim Paredes), the local parish priest, but something is keeping him mum about it. The investigation takes a darker turn when Leah’s possession is revealed and sinister connections between the people closest to her come bubbling to the surface.

Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah dela Cruz" veers away from the norm. Don't expect the obvious plot we see in both local and Hollywood "exorcism" flicks. But be prepared to get stunned. Make sure you are emotionally, mentally capable before watching this film.

The tension, thrill, terror we expect from this genre are evident, but in a situation you wouldn't expect them to happen. Such an effective way to execute a horror scene. Kudos to Direk Katski Flores."

Cast and Characters Description:

Ruth (Sarah Lahbati) is a reclusive police officer reeling from the death of her younger brother when she witnesses Leah jump from her balcony. After Gabriel, Leah’s childhood friend begs for her help, she joins the investigation and pieces together the tangled web of evil lies and secrets kept by those around the young girl.

Leah (Shy Carlos) is a seemingly innocent young girl from a small quiet town. But all of this is brought into question when she begins to act in strange and unexplainable ways, causing harm to those around her. She grows fearful and helpless as the events around her get out of hand until finally, the devil takes over her.

Gabriel (Julian Trono) is a lighthearted, charming teen who likes to cheer people up. He is childhood friends with Leah and has deep affections for her. But when he finds out about Leah’s dark secret, he takes it hard and it breaks him completely.

Rosario is a loyal maid to the Dela Cruz household. She loves Leah like her own daughter but her dark, troubled past catches up to her, leading to very dire consequences.

Marite is Leah’s mother. She blames Rosario’s superstitions and her husband Oscar’s shortcomings for what happened to Leah. But what she doesn’t realize is that she too contributed to the maelstrom leading to Leah’s possession.

Oscar is a kind and loving father to Leah but a domineering husband to Marite. His frustrations with his wife are born out of rumours he has heard about her which he eventually finds out are all true.

From the creators of the blockbuster movie, Seklusyon, “Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz” is the first offering of the new film outfit Kamikaze Pictures, a joint venture between Viva Films and Erik Matti’s Reality Entertainment.

Graded B by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB), the movie opens in cinemas nationwide on June 28, 2017.

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Reaches Out to Marawi Evacuees

In times of need and distress, Filipinos can always lean on a “Kapamilya” for help.

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya – Operation Sagip recently brought relief and comfort to evacuees from Marawi City who were displaced from their homes due to the ongoing armed conflict. As of June 10, the group has already distributed food packs containing rice and canned goods to over 10,509 families or 52,545 individuals, who are now staying in Balo-I, Matungao, Pantar, Pantao Ragat in Lanao Del Norte, Iligan City, Cagayan De Oro City, and Misamis Oriental.

The distribution was made possible with the help of the ABS-CBN Regional Network Group in Mindanao, ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs Team, City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) of Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, and Marawi, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) of Lanao del Sur, Provincial Police Office of Misamis Oriental, Iligan City, and Cagayan de Oro, local Red Cross staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. North Mindanao staff.


Meanwhile, 1,000 displaced students enrolled in Lanao Del Norte also received new school bags and school supplies from Operation Sagip’s “Gusto Kong Mag-Aral” campaign. The project has been going around the Philippines to bring hope and inspiration to young Filipinos in areas suffering from poverty and calamities. So far, “Gusto Kong Mag-Aral” has already distributed 82,292 bags in 33 provinces.

Aside from distribution of relief packs and school bags, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya is also looking into conducting rehabilitation projects in Marawi once the situation gets better, including the construction of classrooms for the children and youth.


Meanwhile, the group is still accepting assistance from those who would want to help the people in Marawi. Donations in kind can be brought to the Operation Sagip Warehouse at #13 Examiner St. West Triangle, Quezon City. Cash donations can be deposited to official ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya bank accounts listed on the foundation’s website www.abs-cbnfoundation.com. Details are also on the official Facebook page (@ABSCBNFoundationKapamilya).

Operation Sagip is the emergency humanitarian assistance program of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. It provides food and non-food relief to affected communities of disasters, as well as engage in rehabilitation and disaster risk reduction projects.

Cinema One Originals' Riotous Comedy Film “Slumber Party” Opens in SM Cinemas for Cine Lokal’s Pride Month Celebration

Relive the misadventures of three gay BFFs on their crazy sleepover fun in the 2012 Cinema One Originals riotous comedy film “Slumber Party” as it hits Cine Lokal in selected SM Cinemas nationwide starting June 23, 2017.

The humorous flick is among the featured presentation of Cine Lokal in support to the LGBT Pride Month celebration this June. Cine Lokal is a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with SM Cinema aiming to give filmmakers a venue to showcase more entertaining yet relevant titles to the mainstream audience.

Set in 2010, the movie is about long-time friends on a sleepover vigil to watch a much-awaited international beauty pageant, and who are about to be challenged with their greatest adventure yet.

Markki Stroem, RK Bagatsing, Archie Alemania, Sef Cadayona and Nino Muhlach star in this feel-good film written and directed by Emmanuel Dela Cruz.

Don’t miss this special Cine Lokal program presentation by FDCP and SM Cinema. Make your way to the “Slumber Party” from June 23-29 at SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, SM Bacoor, SM Iloilo and SM Cebu with the following schedule:  1:00PM 3:30PM, 6:00PM, and 8:30PM. Like Cinema One on Facebook at facebook.com/Cinema1channel for more updates.

Kim Atienza Turns K-Pop Anew in the Special "Busan" Episode of "Matanglawin" this Sunday

Kim Atienza returns to the land of Koreanovelas and KPop as he goes back to Busan this Sunday (June 25), 9:45am on “Matanglawin” on ABS-CBN. 

Kuya Kim explores South Korea’s famous scenic temples and various street food and visit the Dragon Temple, which serves as home to mini-monks, female Buddha, and golden pigs that bring good fortune to those who wish on them. The award-winning educational program host will also go to Seomyeon, the “beauty  street” of Busan and the Busan’s Diorama World, where he gets a glimpse of the famous landmarks all over the world. 

Find out how the Trivia King and Philippine Gong Yoo look-a-like has once again savored the diverse culture of the Land of the Morning Calm, South Korea this Sunday (June 25), 9:45am on “Matanglawin” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. 

You may also watch online on iwantv.com.ph, or skyondemand.com.ph. For updates on the show, follow “Matanglawin” on Facebook and Twitter (@MatanglawinTV).

Meet the Splashy, High-Energy "Kinky Boots" Angels

A splashy, high-energy, drag queen-centric musical like Kinky Boots deserves Angels that are no less than professional dancers who can gracefully bust a move and kick up the show notches higher in, what else but, high-heeled boots.

Presented by Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group together with Metrobank Card Corporation, Kinky Boots is Cyndi Lauper’s Tony and Grammy Award winning BEST MUSICAL whose plot revolves around a struggling shoe factory Charlie Price inherited from his father. As Charlie seeks ways to save the factory, he met the fabulous entertainer and drag queen Lola, along with her squad of six drag dancers known as the “Angels,” who helped him breathe new life to the business.

Much of the color, glitter, and glamour of Kinky Boots can be attributed to the dazzling performances of the Angels, which will be portrayed by AddLib dancer Mark Pineda, freelance singer and actor Gerhard Krysstopher, and G-Force dancers Ritz Beltran, Jazztin Cacayan, Michael Jahnke, and Jorge Jahnke.

Mark may have had experiences as a theater actor, but training as one of the Angels still proved to be challenging. He shares, “Even though I've had a little training in jazz, coming from a street dance background, I found the dancing style to be really challenging. It felt weird at first but I made it through after a couple of practices. Not to mention, dancing in heels?!

Gerhard, meanwhile, said that being cast as an Angel allowed him to discover new training routines both as a dancer and an actor. Like Mark, what he particularly found challenging was dancing in heels. “It’s my first full-on drag role, too,” he quips, adding that “our dancing for this production also entails storytelling more than just choreography. The dancing, as much as it is a spectacle, also provides meaning and showcases the many symbols the show carries and would like to share with the audience.”

Having the highly-skilled G-Force dancers on board is likewise a definite advantage, and it’s exciting to see the flavor each of them will bring onstage.

Ritz, who’s trained as a jazz and hip-hop dancer, was part of the Ateneo Dance Club and has been dancing since he was 14. A versatile dancer - who had formal trainings in jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip-hop styles of dancing - Jazztin became a teacher and a choreographer at the young age of 16.

Brothers Michael and Jorge make up the famous G-Force Asian Twins, who are known for their intense and fierce dance moves; Michael was a member of the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe while Jorge was a member of the FEU Cheering Squad.  

More than the interesting plot of Kinky Boots, its incredibly entertaining, awe-inspiring dance performances also make it a high-heeled hit that will surely make the audience feel like dancing even beyond the end of the show.

Tickets are now available at Ticketworld at 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Houseboys Find Justice for Gay Employer’s Death in "Ipaglaban Mo"

Three houseboys seek justice for their gay employer who was murdered by his lover this Saturday (June 24) in ABS-CBN’s hit legal drama “Ipaglaban Mo.”

Oliver (Michael De Mesa) is known to be a good employer to his three houseboys Benjo (Angelo Ilagan), Jepoy (Jomari Angeles), and Nonong (Paulo Angeles). Amidst controversies and people’s claims that they only extort money from Oliver, Nejo, Jepoy, and Nonong respect and do no not take advantage of the kindness of their boss.

All of them live a peaceful life, until Oliver meets his boyfriend Dominic (Junjun Quintana). At first, they support their relationship but later on, they see how Dominic is just using Oliver.

What will the boys do to protect Oliver? What events will occur that will lead to Oliver’s murder?


Don’t miss the “Houseboys” episode of “Ipaglaban Mo,” directed by Ram Tolentino this Saturday (June 24) after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN with a replay every Wednesday on DZMM TeleRadyo and DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.

For more updates, follow @IpaglabanMoCh2 on Twitter, @ipaglabanmoABSCBN on Instagram, or like www.facebook.com/IpaglabanMoABSCBN.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mister Donut Gives Away Free Boxes of Bigger Bavarian Donuts, Drip Coffee and Ube Donut to Select Metro Manila Offices

Mister Donut truly knows how to bring back the kid in us and to reward us after a long-week of hard work in a fun, easy way!

Isn't is a delight to get a surprise treat, no matter how big or small, from someone you least expect to say, "Enjoy, you earned it!"

Starting June 19, Mister Donut will let working individuals enjoy the simplest of moments by visiting select offices in Metro Manila to give away FREE:

  • Boxes of the bigger Mister Donut Bavarian donuts
  • Drip Coffee Sachets
  • Ube Donut Coupons which they can claim at any Mister Donut shops within Metro Manila or during the launch of Mister Donut "Unbox the Fun" campaign on June 23.

Here are some of the first few office employess who already unbox the Mister Donut fun:

(Trailer) Olaf's Frozen Adventure

The all-new featurette will open in PH theatres in front of Disney/Pixar's “Coco” beginning November 22.

Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) and Pixar Animation Studios are teaming up this holiday season when WDAS’ new featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature film “Coco” on Nov. 22, 2017. 
Watch the new trailer for the featurette here at https://youtu.be/hb8WDATVB6A.

“I’m thrilled that Disney Animation’s featurette ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ will be coming to theaters in November with Pixar’s ‘Coco,’” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “It’s a perfect pairing – they’re both beautiful, heartfelt films about families and how people carry traditions forward. I can’t wait for audiences to get to see both of these terrific projects together on the big screen.”

Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen, including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff). Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), with original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (“Between the Lines”), “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be in theaters for a limited time beginning Nov. 22.

Stevie and I were deeply honored to be entrusted by John [Lasseter] to create an all-new story with these characters we love,” said Deters. “We’re thrilled to have our film play on the big screen with ‘Coco’ during the holidays.”

We loved getting in the recording booth with these incredible actors who know their characters inside and out,” added Wermers-Skelton. “We can’t wait for audiences to see the featurette, enjoy their performances, and hear the incredible new songs written by Elyssa and Kate.”

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” celebrates characters who won over audiences worldwide when “Frozen” first hit the big screen in 2013. Earning more than $1.27 billion globally, the film won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). Slated for November 2019, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ untitled feature-length follow-up to the hit film reunites filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho with the Grammy®- and Oscar®-winning songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

The New and Improved Shell V-Power Offers Exactly What Every Morotists Need: Power, Performance and Efficiency

Becoming the best version of ourselves is an everyday journey, which requires hard work and perseverance. In order to get to where we want ourselves to be, it is therefore important that we make the best decisions every single day. This includes our personal choices for products and services that affect our performance while we work our way towards our goals. While we are confronted with so many options in the market, we should only choose nothing but the best. 

Pilipinas Shell understands this need of Filipino drivers. To better equip them on the road, Pilipinas Shell continues to develop better, if not the best fuel formulations so far. Working with the best teams available, such as its roster of 170 fuels scientists across their five fuels technology centers, Shell continues to churn out innovative products to help meet the constantly evolving needs of its customers and their vehicles. 

Every driver has his or her own priorities when it comes to the choice of fuel. Some value power and performance, while some value efficiency. With the continuously changing driving conditions in the country, the needs of drivers continue to evolve as well. Wouldn't it be great to have a premium fuel that offers performance but also formulated for efficiency? 

 Celebrities Jericho Rosales, Yassi Pressman and "The Voice PH" coach Bamboo spotted during the launch of the new and improved Shell V-Power at the SMX Convention Center

The new Shell V-Power offers exactly that. After over five years of tireless work by R&D experts, Shell unveils brand new formulations for its premium Shell V-Power fuels. Shell V-Power is the only fuel co-engineered with and recommended by the iconic Formula 1 race team, Scuderia Ferrari. Shell's most advanced Shell V-Power fuels are now formulated with its proprietary DYNAFLEX Technology. It comes in three variants: Shell V-Power Gasoline, Shell V-Power Racing and Shell V-Power Diesel. 

Shell V-Power Racing and Shell V-Power Gasoline fuels target two key factors that can impact engine efficiency and performance - namely friction and deposits. The new Shell V-Power Diesel is designed to help restore up to 100% of your engine's performance by removing deposits from fuel injectors. 

"We are constantly faced with the challenge to keep up with the rapid evolution of vehicle technology and the changing needs of out customers," says Anthony Lawrence Yam, Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Retail. "We understand their desire to give their vehicles the best which, in turn, may also help them perform at their best as well. This is why we have spent over half a decade of research and development to produce our best-ever fuel, the new Shell V-Power."




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