Friday, December 29, 2017

Daniel Padilla and Angelica Panganiban Win Best Actor and Actress at FAMAS 2017

Here are the winners in the 65th annual FAMAS awards held Thursday, December 28, at Philippine Social Science Center Auditorium, Quezon City.

Best Picture - "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Actor - Daniel Padilla, "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Actress - Angelica Panganiban, "The Unmarried Wife"
Best Director - Olivia M. Lamasan, "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Supporting Actress - Liza Diño, "Ringgo"
Best Supporting Actor - Ricky Davao, "Iadya Mo Kami"
Best Production Design - Shari Marie Montiague, "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Sound Design - Aurel Claro Bilbao, "Everything About Her"
Best Screenplay - Vanessa Valdez, "The Unmarried Wife"
Best Editing - Beng Bandong, "Vince & Kath & James"

Special Awards:
German Moreno Youth Achievement Award - Maine Mendoza and Ivan Dorschner
FPJ Memorial Award - Dingdong Dantes
Lifetime Achievement Award - Susan Roces and Amalia Fuentes
Arturo M. Padua Memorial Award - Ronald King Constantino
Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award - Dolly Ann Carvajal
Outstanding Producer - Donna Sanchez

Thursday, December 28, 2017

(Trailer) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. Watch the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse trailer now at

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that's the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Coming soon to Philippine cinemas, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

“Pitch Perfect 3” Soundtrack Out Now, Boasts All-New Mix of Mash-ups

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.

Featuring a cappella mash-ups and medleys from the upcoming Universal Pictures' film, the soundtrack from UMe/Republic is now available on all formats. Pitch Perfect 3 hits Philippine cinemas nationwide on Monday, January 08, 2018.

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson headline the returning cast of Pitch Perfect 3, the follow-up to summer 2015's blockbuster hit that took the honor of highest-grossing live-action movie-musical opening of all time and a #1 soundtrack debut. The eagerly awaited next chapter is led by series producers Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman & Elizabeth Banks of Brownstone Productions. The film is directed by Trish Sie (Step Up All In).

Combined, the albums for Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 have sold more than 4 million worldwide. The hit single, "Cups" has sold more than 4.6 million downloads, received 751 million streams and has been viewed more than 376 million times worldwide on VEVO.

Album producers include Julianne Jordan, Julia Michels, and Harvey Mason Jr., with Jordan and Michels serving as executive music producers on the film. Alana Da Fonseca (Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), serves as one of the movie's vocal arrangers/producers, along with Ed Boyer (The Sing Off) and Deke Sharon (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella co-founder).

NBC's The Voice Top-12 Artists and the stars of Pitch Perfect 3 debuted the first-ever full-length music video in the history of The Voice during the November 21 episode, highlighting the signature styles of each vocalist. Pitch Perfect's franchise building song "Cups" and George Michael's "Freedom! '90," the anthem of this January's Pitch Perfect 3, are seamlessly mashed-up in the video. Find the full-length music video on YouTube.


Universal Fanfare – The Bellas
Toxic – The Bellas
Sit Still, Look Pretty – The New Barden Bellas
Riff Off – The Bellas, Evermoist, Saddle Up, Young Sparrow and DJ Drago Nutz, & Soldiers
You Got It – Young Sparrow and DJ Dragon Nutz
Ex's And Oh's – Saddle Up
How A Heart Unbreaks – Evermoist
Cheap Thrills – The Bellas
I Don't Like It, I Love It – The Bellas
Cake By The Ocean – The Bellas
Freedom! '90 – Beca & The Bellas
Soy Yo – Bomba Estéreo
Boom Boom – Iggy Azalea feat. Zedd
Tribe – Kim Viera
Score Suite from Pitch Perfect 3
Silent Night – Hana Mae Lee featuring 80Fitz*
Baby, It's Cold Outside – Kelley Jakle & Shelley Regner*
Feliz Navidad – Chrissie Fit*
Freedom! '90 x Cups – The Bellas & The Voice Season 13 Top 12 Contestants*

*Bonus Tracks

Pitch Perfect 3 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Nick Jonas’ “Home,” an OST of “Ferdinand” Scores Golden Globes 2018 Nomination

Set in Spain, the delightful movie "Ferdinand" tells the remarkable story of a gentle bull, voiced by John Cena, a gentle giant who prefers flowers to fighting and has no desire to face off against matadors in the bullring. It follows Ferdinand as he embarks on a thrilling, dangerous and fun-filled journey to find love, acceptance and a real home. 'Home' is also the title of the new song from Jonas, about the place where people (and bulls) can relax and be themselves.
From the award-winning Blue Sky Studios, "Ferdinand" was directed by Carlos Saldanha. Based on the classic 1936 children's book of the same name, by author Munro Leaf and illustrator Robert Lawson, the film also stars Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon as the voice of Lupe the goat.

We join Ferdinand as he sets off on an adventure looking for somewhere he can call home. He comes across an idyllic farm, befriends the kind farmer and his little girl, Nina, and finds happiness and peace in the flower-filled countryside. But Ferdinand is torn apart from his adoptive family after he's mistaken for a vicious beast and he ends up in a bull training camp, the last place he wants to be! Developing a friendship with a quirky and hilarious 'calming' goat called Lupe (Kate McKinnon) Ferdinand has one goal - to get back home to Nina's farm.
It is a theme that resonates strongly with Nick Jonas who wrote and performed the song 'Home' for the film. He collaborated with acclaimed musician Justin Tranter and songwriter/producer, Nick Monson. According to Carlos Saldanha, 'Home' captures the spirit of Ferdinand. "I wanted a song to reflect the lightness and the power of the film, and I wanted it to feel emotional and fun, just like the movie. Nick wrote brand new lyrics and a brand new melody for us and it was perfect. 'Home' plays in the film at a very empowering moment for Ferdinand, when he finds a place where he's accepted. The song is wonderful and reflects the idea that home is a place where your heart is and where you can be your true self."

Jonas shares that, "I've used the word 'home' in songs before but this was the first time that I really sat and thought about what it meant to me, what I was saying with that word and the significance of that message. For me, it's all about my family. Any time I think about the moments of my life that are really hectic and insane, I think about home. If I look back at the 12 or 13 years of my career so far, it is family that has been the constant in my life. So I wrote this song about my family and the importance of that grounding factor in life. That is what home is all about."

"I think the beauty of Ferdinand as a whole, is that it is highly relatable, no matter what your journey in life is all about, or what your circumstances are. It is about acceptance and it definitely relates to me. I went to regular school in my early life, when I was seven, eight and nine years old. At the same time, I was also doing Broadway shows in New York City. So during my school hours, I was spending time with other kids who didn't share the same interests as me. But when I was working, I'd be around adults who loved musical theatre and telling stories and singing and dancing. That was where I felt more accepted than when I was around kids my own age," concludes Jonas.

"Ferdinand" opens January 8 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Matt Damon’s “Downsizing” Thinks Big for its New Poster

Matt Damon is meant for something bigger in the new poster for Paramount Pictures' new quirky comedy Downsizing directed by two-time Oscar-winner Alexander Payne.

Check out the poster below and watch Downsizing in Philippine cinemas January 24.

Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world. With the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha for a new downsized community, taking the irreversible leap that will trigger life-changing adventures when they become small.

Directed by Alexander Payne from a screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor, Downsizing stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig.

Downsizing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

ABS-CBN News Ushers in 2018 with #Ganap2017 and “Paglayang Minamahal: The 2017 ABS-CBN News Yearender” Specials

Before the curtain closes for 2017, ABS-CBN News looks back at the biggest stories, issues, and newsmakers in the year with the"#GANAP2017" DZMM Yearend report airing on DZMM TeleRadyo on December 29 and the "Paglayang Minamahal" special documentary on Marawi airing on ABS-CBN on December 31.

Anchored by Vic De Leon Lima and Zen Hernandez, "#GANAP2017" counts down the ten hot news topics this year that Filipinos tuned into for updates and information. This includes hard news such as the government's war on drugs, the Marawi crisis and other terror attacks, disasters, and changes in the economy and new laws that affect the society, as well as entertainment and sports news that aroused the interest and inspired Filipinos.

On December 31st, meanwhile, Jeff Canoy, Raphael Bosano, and Kori Quintos zero in on the the heroic stories from Marawi in as they take on 2017's biggest news story in "Paglayang Minamahal: The 2017 ABS-CBN News Yearender." 

To remind us how Filipinos exhibit their finest and shining moments in the darkest days, the three journalists will tell the story of a soldier who put everything second, including his own life, to save others; a mother who was held hostage for five months but never gave up hope for her children; an evacuee who lost her child to the squalor of the evacuation center; and brave stories of soldiers that gave up their lives to free Marawi as told by those who lived.

More than the accounts of the war, the documentary also shows the herculean task now upon the Maranaos as they pick up the pieces and start rebuilding the city that was reduced to rubble when the military pursued the Maute forces.

After revisiting the year's top stories, ABS-CBN News heads directly to a multiplatform coverage of the country's celebration to welcome 2018. There will be a New Year countdown dubbed "Salubong 2018" on Channel 2 on Sunday (December 31) at 11:30pm anchored by Adrian Ayalin and Pia Gutierrez. Meanwhile, on DZMM, Noel Alamar and Jeff Hernandez will also be on board from 10 pm to 1 am to be one with Kapamilyas in ushering the new year, followed Carl Balita and Stargazer from 1 pm to 4 am on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo.

Viewers can also catch updates on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel while netizens may also get breaking news and information on or by following @ABSCBNNews, @DZMMTeleRadyo, and @ANCalerts on Facebook and Twitter. 

Don't miss "#GANAP2017" anchored by Vic De Leon Lima and Zen Hernandez on Friday (December 29) after "TV Patrol" on DZMM TeleRadyo, and "Paglayang Minamahal: The 2017 ABS-CBN News Yearender" anchored by Jeff Canoy, Raphael Bosano, and Quintos on Sunday's Best (December 31) after "Gandang Gabi Vice" at 10:30pm on ABS-CBN. Tune into ABS-CBN News' coverage of New Year's Eve festivities across the country on ABS-CBN, ANC, DZMM Radyo 630, DZMM TeleRadyo, and Watch online via or

Monday, December 25, 2017

Oprah Winfrey to Receive Cecil B. de Mille Award at 75th Annual Golden Globe® Awards

Acclaimed actress, producer, television star and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey will be honored with the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Monday, 8 January, 2018, hosted by Seth Meyers. The 2018 Golden Globe Awards will air at 9A.M. LIVE from the US on Blue Ant Entertainment. The news was exclusively announced by 2012 Cecil B. de Mille Award recipient Morgan Freeman during the airing of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's (HFPA) "Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special".

Meher Tatna, President of the HFPA stated, "The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to announce Oprah Winfrey as the recipient of the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille Award.  As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today. For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards."

Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. de Mille Award is given annually to a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. Honorees over the decades include Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Lucille Ball, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Sidney Poitier, Sophia Loren, Steven Spielberg, and many more.

For 25 years, Winfrey was host of the award-winning talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show." As Chairman and CEO, she's guiding her successful cable network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, is the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine, and oversees Harpo Films.

Winfrey is a Golden Globe Award-nominated actress for her role in "The Color Purple," earned critical acclaim in "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and produced and acted in the Academy Award-winning film "Selma."  Winfrey starred in the Emmy-nominated HBO Films "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and will portray "Mrs. Which" in Disney's "Wrinkle in Time" film adaptation from director Ava DuVernay releasing in March 2018.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa as they celebrate the school's seventh graduating class. Winfrey established the school in 2007 to provide education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world.

Produced by dick clark productions in association with the HFPA, the Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 236 countries worldwide and are one of the few awards ceremonies to include both motion picture and television achievements.

Meher Tatna is President of the HFPA. Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions; Mike Mahan, President of dick clark productions; and Barry Adelman, Executive VP of Television of dick clark productions, will serve as executive producers.

For the latest news, exclusive content and more of the Golden Globes follow RTL CBS Entertainment on Facebook at, @RTLCBSEntertainment on Instagram, and @RTLCBSEntertain on Twitter.

Coco Martin Debuts as Director via MMFF Entry “Ang Panday”

Coco Martin will be wearing various hats in his latest action-adventure film "Ang Panday", which is also one of the entries at the 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), that will screen outside the Philippines via TFC@theMovies starting December 28.

"Ang Panday" is not only an iconic character inPinoy pop culture but it is also arguably one of most beloved Pinoy comic book heroes of all time as it embodies the ideals of truth and justice as well as the triumph of good over evil.

It should be noted that this is the very first full-length mainstream movie that Martin directed, produced, and starred on all at the same time.

"Mahirap po pala (It was hard)", Martin mused when asked about his directing debut. Despite the challenges and not having the benefit of formal training in film direction, the Prince of Philippine TV Series used his experience in doing independent films, mainstream films, and TV series on working on the film.

Martin started his career as an actor in indie movies, most notably in the films of Brillante Mendoza, and crossed over to mainstream as he transitioned to television, appearing in a consistent string of ABS-CBN's top-rating primetime teleseryes as well as to movies under a mammoth film outfit.

"Pangarap ko po talaga maging direktor (I have always dreamed of becoming a director)" he shares. "Kapag gusto mo ang ginagawa mo kahit gaano kahirap ine-enjoy mo 'yong bawat moment nang ginagawa mo (When you love what you do, despite the challenges, you will enjoy every moment of it)."

Aside from directing the film under his real nameRodel Nacianceno, he was also the one who developed the story of the film with Joel Mercado, which is the very first live-action film adaptation of Ang Panday – the beloved character created by writer Carlo J. Caparas and artist Steve Gan, that was made popular by the late Action King Fernando Poe Jr..

His active involvement as creative consultant of FPJ's Ang Probinsyano greatly forged his skill as a storyteller.

In this 2017 epic comeback of the iconic Pinoysuperhero, Martin plays Flavio III – the grandson of the original Panday. His life suddenly turns upside down when he realizes that his bloodline is destined to save humanity from the evil doings of Panday's immortal evil nemesis Lizardo (Jake Cuenca), who comes back from the world of darkness to once again bring havoc to the human race.

With Flavio III not knowing that his bloodline is the only one capable of destroying Lizardo, he will have to scour different worlds to be able to gain the trust of the mythical power of the legendary sword. And like the original beloved hero, Flavio III gets to meet various characters that will help him become the rightful heir to the revered name Ang Panday.

Conceptualizing the story, Martin had in mind his viewers, especially the younger generation to whom he wanted to introduce the legacy of the late Action King Fernando Poe Jr.

"Sobrang iniba ko po siya, kasi gusto ko ma-appreciate siya ang mga kabataan ngayon at siyempre ng henerasyon ng mga tatay", he states. "Kasi ang dami ng versions ng 'Ang Panday', so ginawa ko parang karugtong siya ng kuwento. Kaya 'yong Flavio na ginampanan ni FPJ, ako 'yong apo niya, 'yon ang bagong kuwento ng 'Ang Panday'."

Witness how Flavio III will fulfill his destiny as he transforms from a simple, Tondo-born (an area in Manila known for its bustling community)  man to the greatest Filipino hero of all time who will save his family and community from the clutches of the most terrifying evil man has ever known.


"Ang Panday" also stars Philippine Senator Lito LapidEddie GarciaMichael de MesaGloria RomeroJacklyn JoseDimples RomanaJeric RavalJaime FabregasJulio DiazMariel De LeonAwra BriguelaDennis PadillaCarmi MartinAlbert MartinezAgot Isidro, Ms. International 2017 Kylie VerzosaMccoy De LeonElisse Joson, and Jhong Hilario among many others. Meantime, teaming up for the first time for this film are CCM Film Productions, Star Cinema, and Viva Films.

Martin as Flavio III will once again stand up for what is good and just as he valiantly champions the plight of the poor and the oppressed in the movie "Ang Panday", which will screen outside the Philippines via TFC@theMovies on the following dates and countries: Middle East on December 28; Barcelona, Spain on January 7 and Madrid, Spain on January 14; Greece on January 7; Australia and New Zealand on January 11; U.S. and Canada on January 12; United Kingdom on January 13 and 14; Austria on January 13 and 14; Italy on January 14; Hong Kong on January 21, and soon in other countries.

For more updates about the film, visit TFC's Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fill Your Life with #Cloud9Moments this Holiday Season

Each day is composed of special moments that make life worth living. But in a world full of distractions, people tend to fast forward in life and forget the value of living in the moment.

Getting caught up in their busy lives, people often miss big opportunities and ignore beautiful experiences that unfold in the present. To encourage people to celebrate special moments as they happen, Jack 'n Jill Cloud 9 continues its #Cloud9Moments campaign.

Through its campaign, Jack 'n Jill Cloud 9 inspires people to recognize and celebrate everyday special moments as they can inspire both big and small changes in your life. These spontaneous moments, such as the most heartfelt reunions or the best quick weekend getaways, are #Cloud9Moments that are best shared and enjoyed with Cloud 9's delicious chocolate-coated bars.

Appreciate life's sweet experiences while indulging in a bite of the crunchy peanut and soft nougat coated in rich milk and creamy white chocolate with Cloud 9 Classic and White. Everyone can also savor the double chocolate treat of Cloud 9 Choco Fudge, or satisfy their sweet tooth with a chewy bar of Cloud 9 Overload, filled with luscious caramel and peanuts coated in milk chocolate.

Jack 'n Jill Cloud 9 continues to accompany Filipinos throughout each wonderful journey to discover new and inspiring #Cloud9Moments by spreading positivity through its TV commercial, rolling out events and activities, and incorporating the help of personalities to reinforce the fresh message of living in the now.

Indeed, countless feel-good moments happen when you stop and live in the present. Are you ready to fill your life with #Cloud9Moments? Enjoy life's special moments with Cloud 9.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

ABS-CBN 2018 New Shows Unveiled

New and returning loveteams and captivating stories of love and family will add color to ABS-CBN's programming in 2018, as revealed during the network's "Just Love: The ABS-CBN Trade Event" on November 28.

Leading the Kapamilya network's new offerings is "Bagani," which marks the TV comeback of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, with Sofia Andres, Matteo Guidicelli, and Makisig Morales.

Filipino talent will once again take center stage as "Pilipinas Got Talent" returns for another season, with Vice Ganda, Freddie Garcia, Robin Padilla, and Angel Locsin as judges, and Billy Crawford and Toni Gonzaga as hosts.

Erich Gonzales, Enchong Dee, and Ejay Falcon, meanwhile, reunite and prove their acting chops in upcoming series "The Blood Sisters."

Love will be the binding force in "No Ordinary Love," which stars Ultimate Heartthrob Piolo Pascual, with Arci Muñoz and JC De Vera. The series also marks the television debut of Alessandra De Rossi and Empoy or AlEmpoy.

Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap will once again spread kilig vibes to viewers via their new series "Sana Dalawa ang Puso," which also stars Robin.

Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo, on the other hand, will show the joy and struggles in relationships in "Playhouse."

The trade event, held at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent, was attended by hundreds of advertisers. It featured performances by the biggest Kapamilya stars, including the "It's Showtime" family who danced to disco tunes in their 80s-inspired dance number, the cast of "Bagani" led by LizQuen, and "La Luna Sangre" stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla who gave a wolves-and-vampires routine.

Jollibee Pays Tribute to OFWs this Christmas with Tearjerking #KwentongJollibee Video

Christmas is the most anticipated celebration for Filipinos. Even before the month of December begins,carols fill the air, decors are put up, gifts wrapped, and balikbayan boxes start to arrive from overseas. It's a scene all too familiar for a lot of Filipinos - loved ones who are working abroad send a boxful of gifts and goodies to make their presence felt on Christmas as they celebrate the season away from their families.

The latest #KwentongJollibee "Pamaskoputs the spotlight on what most OFW families have on their wish list - to be able to celebrate Christmas together.

"For nearly four decades now, Jollibee has been a part of Filipinos' lives here in the country and has been bringing a taste of home for our kababayans abroad," said Francis Flores, Jollibee's Global Brand chief marketing officer and Jollibee Philippines marketing head. "In this short film on the journey of OFW families, #KwentongJollibeeshares with everyone the true meaning of the holidays - more than the material things, it is about sharing our time, love, and joy with our families."

Stemming from the well-received #KwentongJollibee"Apo," "Pamaskohighlights the plight and sacrifices of Filipino migrant workers in order to give their children and extended families a better life in the country - even if it means being away from each other. 

The feature film hits close to home for a lot of Filipinos who have loved ones working overseas - the story of joy despite the hardships, finding comfort in enjoying the taste of home abroad with Jollibee, and hiding the pain and longing by shipping balikbayan boxes on Christmas. 

On the other hand, the longing and yearning of the children to be with their parents, especially on Christmas, is also amplified in this latest#KwentongJollibee. While kids are grateful for all the gifts that they are showered with, their only wish through the years remain the same - that they get to celebrate Christmas with their parents, as one whole family.

Directed by Ianco dela Cruz and produced in partnership with Philippine Airlines, "Pamasko" continues the heartwarming and inspiring stories of Filipinos, as Jollibee pays tribute to families and their selfless love for their families.

Watch the video Jollibee Philippines channel and find out what Christmas has in store for an OFW family this year.

Robi Domingo Unveils Japan’s Hidden Christians on ANC’s “Keeping The Faith”

Robi Domingo, one of the country's finest television hosts, is taking a step outside his comfort zone as he anchors the three-part "Keeping the Faith" documentary about Japan's hidden Christians on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Known for his playful and wacky style as host of various entertainment and reality programs in ABS-CBN, Robi gets to showcase his serious side and versatility in "Keeping the Faith," which airs on the country's leading English all-news cable channel on December 14, 28, and January 11 at 8pm.

In this three-part travelogue, Robi tells the story of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the name of God. He gets to visit to the ancient sites where the original Christians congregated to pray and worship and get to know about the Kakure Kirishitans (Hidden Christians) who went underground to practice their religion in secret.

Robi, who also hosted the "Lakwatsero" travel documentaries on ABS-CBN before, said this project came at the right time in his life. "After everything that happened in my life this year, I really needed to hold on to God. It is in this trip that I became closer to Him," he said.

He added his experience learning about the lives of Christians in their nine-day shoot reminded him of the movie "Eat Pray Love," which is about faith in your God and in oneself. 

"I really felt it was impossible to do that documentary in nine days but the team is so good and there's this power which made that all happen. There were instances that a shoot wouldn't push through because of the weather, or snow wouldn't fall in the mountains, but there was divine intervention that happened," he shared.

Overall, the "Pinoy Big Brother" alumnus said his experience doing the documentary taught him that the more you go out of your comfort zone, the more you get to know about yourself. "You get to be immersed in different situations wherein you would not just question yourself, not just your life, but everyone's existence. It's not right to compare your life to another man's life, and your place to another man's place, but it all boils down to that 'Wow' feeling that everything became possible because of this one being who created everything," he explained.

Working with Robi in this documentary is producer Kelvin Paulino, who is also behind the award-winning "Mukha" series of ANC. Kelvin said people should watch out as Robi takes on a role as a true influencer for the youth starting in this documentary.

"We tapped him in this project as a gateway for possible partnerships in the future where we can hopefully engage the younger market in more relevant conversations. There were a few adjustments in the beginning of production but Robi easily found his voice in telling this different story," he said.

On the documentary, Kelvin added it will be interesting for viewers to see the many similarities to our own experience as Filipinos in the evangelization of the Spanish centuries back. 

Robi added the documentary will also appeal to travel bugs and millennials because of the scenic places and great food in Japan that they will showcase in the documentary. "Filipinos love to travel, especially the millennials. If they watch the docu they will have a feel that they are travelling with me in that whole experience." 

The host shared viewers can also expect some "hugot" comments while he explores the beautiful places in Japan, as well as hole-in-the-wall restaurants with their secret menu which people would like to check out when they visit the country.

Don't miss Keeping the Faith: The Story of Japan's Hidden Christians which will airs on ANC's Documentary Hour, on December 14, December 28, and January 11 at 8 pm on ANC and ANC HD. Watch online via and For updates, follow @ANCalerts on Facebook and Twitter.

(Trailer) “The Nutcracker and The Four Realms” feat. Mackenzie Foy, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley

Watch the first trailer for Walt Disney Pictures' new fantasy adventure The Nutcracker and the Four Realms which has just been launched at

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, Disney's new holiday feature film "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is directed by Lasse Hallström and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale.

TFC's “Citizen Pinoy” and myREMIT Bag Back-to-Back Wins at the Migration Advocacy and Media Awards

Inspired by the goal to honor media platforms and content which have become instruments for putting forth issues and solutions on migration, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) honored ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC) for the 6th consecutive year since the launch of the Migration Advocacy and Media Awards (MAM), with this year's ceremonies awarding the premier network on December 18 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila, Philippines.

CFO, the lead agency tasked to oversee the welfare of migrant Filipinos, bestowed back-to-back awards on TFC at the MAM Awards this year held right after the National Forum on MigrationBest Advertisement for myREMIT's "Papa's Boy" and Best in TV Journalism for "Citizen Pinoy".  The MAM awards is a recognition bestowed during the celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos, to underscore the work and importance of various platforms that tackle issues, propose solutions and help alleviate the conditions of OFs in general.

Ma. Regina Galias, interim officer in charge of CFO shared: "Media has become a very strong force in society right now. Prevalent is the discussion on truth in news and our communities and society need truth about what's happening outside the country about our kababayans (fellowmen) abroad.  So we're happy that through the MAM awards we are able to locate and find out about the advocacies of media outside the Philippines – to really share the good news of what's happening outside and not only bad news about OFs. Let's change the narrative of migration".
Galias shared that both entries affected her on different levels: "I am especially fond of stories about how Filipinos, like health workers, are able to help other nationalities and contribute to other countries; and how people like Atty. Gurfinkel, who may not be Filipino by blood, are willing to help Filipinos through their own advocacies", Galias ended.
"Papa's Boy" is myREMIT, TFC's remittance brand's first award under the CFO's MAM Awards.  The campaign's TV commercial is entitled as such because it talks about how a father is ready to make sacrifices for his son.  It shows how overseas Filipinos especially take that extra sacrifice, both physical and psychological, just to earn for his family's keep.  In the commercial, a father is seen leaving the family, his child only in his elementary years. The reunion after a decade is heartbreaking, with the father reversing roles with his already grown son, now guiding him through as the physically stronger one.

Business Unit Head for Remittance Raymond Abogwas proud of the achievement and more so on the message that the TVC was able to share: "
We are so humbled and honoured as this award recognizes the solemn and sacred sacrifices of our overseas Filipinos and their loved ones". 

TFC won its first Best Advertisement award in 2012 for "Bida ang Pasko On Duty", a tribute to OFs who reported for work during Christmas, a time when most are with families; a second in 2013 also for "Isang Katuparan ng Pangarap", also a merchandising plug that shows how dreams are fulfilled albeit with sacrifices; and in 2014 for "Graduation: Full of Gratitude", a merchandising plug that showed how children paid homage to their OF parents in tearful video.

Meantime, TFC also won for Best TV Program for its sixth consecutive year for "Citizen Pinoy".  Hosted by celebrated migration lawyer Atty.Michael Gurfinkel, the show which aids Filipinos in need of legal support through dramatization and advice, won its first Best TV Program award in 2011.

Receiving the award personally this year was "Citizen Pinoy" host and crusader Atty. Michael Gurfinkel 
"Each time, I am really humbled and honored by the award because of what it represents – a recognition of what the overseas Filipinos are and the sacrifices they have made including leaving their families behind.  To help them out is truly rewarding humbling".
Apart from the fulfillment, the award is as Gurfinkel added, an inspiration to do more: "I feel a continued sense of responsibility to my audience of providing updates on immigration news, procedures and policies and how to go about legalizing their status.  Before Citizen Pinoy, people would typically rely on gossip, myths etc. and they would get advice from people who didn't know anything and these Filipinos get themselves in deeper trouble. So, our continuing obligation is to provide information, updates and pagasa (hope).

Meantime, the Best Advertisement Award was received for Business Unit Head Raymond Abog byEric Martin Santos, former Marketing Head for myREMIT and now Segment Business Unit Head for Asia Pacific for ABS-CBN Asia Pacific.  Santos received the award along with Francis Bryan Lua,producer of "Papa's Boy".  The TVC was directed by Charlie Bebs Gohetia.

"Citizen Pinoy can be seen Sundays at 6:15 p.m. Pacific time with replays Mondays, 4:30 a.m. Pacific time.  It can also be seen in Europe, Asia and Australia.

For the complete list of winners, visit

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GMA Network Opens 2018 with GMA ONE Online Exclusives feat. Atom Araullo, Gabbi Garcia and Joseph Morong

Millennials are in for a wonderful surprise this 2018 as GMA Network unveils three online exclusive shows bannered by Atom Araullo, Gabbi Garcia, and Joseph Morong.
Beginning January 1, netizens will be able to watch GMA ONE Online Exclusives on GMA's Youtube channel ( featuring not just one, but three shows: "Adulting with Atom Araullo", "#Goals with Gabbi Garcia", and "Fact or Fake with Joseph Morong". 
In "Adulting with Atom Araullo", the new GMA Public Affairs host joins millennials in their journey towards adulthood. Atom gives netizens a peek at his everyday struggles as he faces the responsibilities of being on his own, and living on a budget. And yes, Atom also shares tips on love: how does one go through courtship and online dating?
"We hope to talk about the different challenges we face as we enter the adult world," says Atom in an interview. "Nobody teaches us these kinds of things. Sometimes we're lucky to have friends or family to help us get into it painlessly but for the most part, nangangapa tayo sa ganiyan. Everything from finding your own place, budgeting your money, making career decisions, personal relationships, or taxes, things like these. I feel like a lot of people can relate to these challenges," he added. 
Meanwhile, get inspired by Millennial It Girl Gabbi Garcia's videos as she shares her personal objectives in "#Goals with Gabbi Garcia". A show that will definitely tickle the fancy of the kikays out there, "#Goals with Gabbi Garcia" sees Gabbi exploring her goals in beauty, style, makeup, travel, and music.
"We're in a new age now where millennials appreciate digital content, they're really into social media," says Gabbi. "The show is very relatable to the youth because in #Goals, we will talk about makeup tutorials, new trends, how a typical teenager lives her life".
Kapuso reporter Joseph Morong, on the other hand, debunks false news items in"Fact or Fake with Joseph Morong". As more news sources are available online, Joseph will try to help millennials spot fake news.
"Fact or Fake' goes back to one of the tenets of journalism which is fact-checking," Joseph explains. "In the program, we're going to define what fake news is as opposed to mistakes, misinformation, and disinformation. Bottom line is, we want to emphasize that in our society where there's an overflow of information, it is important to be discerning."

Don't miss GMA ONE Online Exclusives: "Adulting with Atom Araullo", "#Goals with Gabbi Garcia", and "Fact or Fake with Joseph Morong" starting January 1, via GMA Network's official YouTube account ( with new episodes uploaded every Monday at 5 p.m.

Ces Orena-Drilon Resigns from Bandila, Takes On New Roles as ABS-CBN Lifestyle Content Head

Award-winning broadcast journalist Ces Orena-Drilon is ready to open a new chapter in her career in media with her appointment as content acquisition head of the ABS-CBN lifestyle ecosystem Group as she bid goodbye to "Bandila" viewers Thursday (December 21).

Known for her courageous reporting as a reporter of ABS-CBN and her insightful interviews and inspired storytelling as one of the network's most trusted news anchors, Ces now oversees all lifestyle-related content sourcing, acquisition, and development as ABS-CBN pushes further into the digital space and further into creating more local programming.

In her new assignment, Ces is in the forefront of building the lifestyle content of ABS-CBN as the country's leading media and entertainment company transitions into an agile digital company.  

Never to shy away from a challenge, the social media-savvy anchor is excited to put into use more than three decades of experience in news media to lead the Kapamilya media and entertainment company in finding and producing lifestyle stories for different audiences.

"It is invigorating to be in the middle of the changes happening in the entire media industry. The way people consume content nowadays is digital. Feedback is so instantaneous and measurement is very clear. As the content head of the lifestyle ecosystem, I get to play a role in addressing the needs of different lifestyle markets, taking in consideration the continuous evolution of technology and communication," explained Ces.

With her new role in ABS-CBN, Ces is stepping down as one of the anchors of the late night newscast "Bandila," which began in 2006 with her as one of its original anchors.

ABS-CBN head of integrated news Ging Reyes, meanwhile, stated her full support for Ces in her new endeavor. ABS-CBN's news chief has been instrumental in this shift in her career after appointing her as News Lifestyle Ecosystem head last year.

"I am very happy that she is evolving. Her journalistic skills and her mastery of storytelling that she developed through the years working in the field and as an anchor will surely come in handy as she leads in building up the lifestyle content of ABS-CBN in line with the company's digital thrust," she shared. 

Ging also thanked the multi-awarded journalist for her contributions to ABS-CBN News since she began as a business reporter for "The World Tonight" to becoming part of various INCA programs including "Pipol," "The Correspondents," "I Survived," "Krusada," and "Bandila" on ABS-CBN and "Business Nightly," "Pointblank," "Get Real," and "The Rundown" on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

"No one can question the passion and excellence Ces has shown throughout her career here in ABS-CBN. She never backed down from any assignment. She did not quit even after being kidnapped while pursuing a story. She will be missed in the field but she will continue to play a big role beyond news in her new capacity," she said.

Ces was awarded by the KBP with the  "Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year" in 2010. In 2017, she was among People Asia's "People of the Year," where she was recognized for setting "high standards, provided industry benchmarks or pushed the envelope in innovative ideas and programs."




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