January 7, 2017

Actor Christian Vasquez Busted for Possessing Drugs

ABS-CBN's hit legal drama "Ipaglaban Mo" tackles the story of a family man who is busted for supposedly selling and delivering drugs this Saturday (January 7).

In this timely episode, Julio (Christian Vasquez) is caught for possessing a substantial amount of drugs after ten police officers raided his house in the presence of his wife and children. Out of fear from the police, he signs the papers declaring that he owns the said illegal drugs. He, however, takes the battle to court afterwards, knowing that he is innocent and what the police did to him was wrong.

Will Julio be able to prove that he is not guilty of the crime?

Don't miss the "Busted" episode of "Ipaglaban Mo," directed by Roderick Lindayag this Saturday (January 7) after "It's Showtime" on ABS-CBN. For more updates follow the show's social media accounts www.Twitter.com/IpaglabanMoCh2, www.Instagram.com/IpaglabanmoABSCBN, and www.Facebook.com/IpaglabanMoABSCBN.

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THE GREATEST LOVE Sets Online World Ablaze with Sylvia Sanchez' Intense Confrontation with Her Children

The online world was set ablaze as netizens witnessed the intense confrontation of Gloria and her children in ABS-CBN series "The Greatest Love," which landed a spot on the list of trending topics on Twitter last Thursday (Jan 5).

The episode's official hashtag #TGLBloodWar garnered thousands of tweets from netizens, who shared their reactions and praised the cast.

"This scene is crazy! This is truly explosive," said @SuperRayveeGaga.

@JetMonticello shared, "Their acting was so heavy! They are all so good."

Even TFC subscriber @tracy_erickson expressed how excited he was for the episode. "I can't wait to watch #TGLBloodWar. This show keeps my TFC subscription alive," he quipped.

Aside from netizens, viewers nationwide also showed their support for the Kapamilya series as it scored a national TV rating of 17% last Thursday versus "Sa Piling ni Nanay's" 12.6%.

Meanwhile, this Monday (Jan 9), Gloria is set to face another chapter of her life as she is about to reveal to her children that her days are already numbered.

Will Gloria be able to put her family back together before it is too late? Will they be able to forgive each other?

Don't miss the extraordinary story of a woman's unconditional, uncompromising, all-encompassing love for her children in "The Greatest Love" after "Doble Kara" on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, likewww.facebook.com/thegreatestlovetv. Catch on the program's past episodes via iWant TV or via skyondemand.com.phfor Sky subscribers.

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January 5, 2017

Tito Sotto Files Senate Resolution Against Indie Films' Inclusion to MMFF

Former comedian and now Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III has filed a Senate resolution creating a separate film festival for independent films as against the annual Christmas film festival or better known as the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) which should feature only high quality, child-friendly standard of films.

Watch Your Fave Kapamilya Child Stars Transform into Music Icons in YOUR FACE SOUNDS FAMILIAR KIDS

A new face of cuteness is set to conquer TV as the cutest celebrity kids undergo cute transformations in "Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids," which starts on January 7 (Saturday) on ABS-CBN.
Led by Billy Crawfowrd, the show will feature eight of ABS-CBN's brightest and most talented child stars as they give out spectacular performances and transform into local and international music icons.
Watch out for the weekly transformations of "Dance Sweetheart" AC Bonifacio, "Bibong Child Wonder" Alonzo Muhlach, "Breakout Child Star" Awra Briguela, "Big Shot Belter" Elha Nympha, "Musikerong Charmer" Justin Alva, "Young Diva ng Masa" Lyca Gairanod, "Talented Cutie" Sam Shoaf, and "Daytime Princess" Xia Vigor.
Adding fun and excitement to this season are jurors Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano, Megastar Sharon Cuneta, and Multiplatinum Singer and Songwriter Ogie Alcasid.
Just like in the past seasons, the celerity kids will perform weekly without elimination and will undergo acting, dance, and vocal training with full make-up transformation to closely match the look of the icon they will impersonate.
In every episode, the celebrity kid who will get the most number of points will take home the cash prize, half of which will be given to their chosen charity.
For two seasons, "Your Face Sounds Familiar" captured viewers with its unique and entertaining content. Named as grand winners were Melai Cantiveros in season one and Denise Laurel in season two.
Don't miss the premiere of "Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids" on January 7 on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For program updates, like www.facebook.com/yourfaceph, or follow @YourFacePH on Twitter and Instagram.
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MMFF 2016 Box Office Official Rankings: Die Beautiful, Seklusyon, VKJ and Saving Sally

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2016 executive committee has released the official rankings of the eight entries in terms of box-office gross showing Die Beautiful ruling the Metro Manila theaters while Vince & Kath & James dominating provincial ticket sales.

Provincial theaters

1. "Vince & Kath & James"
2. "Seklusyon"
3. "Die Beautiful"
4. "Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2"
5. "Saving Sally"
6. "Sunday Beauty Queen"
7. "Oro"
8. "Kabisera"

Metro Manila theaters

1. "Die Beautiful"
2. "Seklusyon"
3. "Vince & Kath and James"
4. "Saving Sally"
5. "Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2"
6. "Sunday Beauty Queen"
7. "Oro"
8. "Kabisera"

However, the official figures - for both Metro Manila and provincial theaters - were not released by the filmfest's executive committee.

The eight entries are still currently screening in selected cinemas, as per the request of the MMFF executive committee. It has been given the approval of theater owners to remain in cinemas until Saturday, January 7.

SUPER PARENTAL GUARDIANS Breaks Box-Office Records with P600-M Gross Earnings

Vice Ganda and Coco Martin's second movie team-up entitled "The Super Parental Guardians," continues to rule the box office with nearly P590.1 million in ticket sales as of January 3 according to a report released by Star Cinema.

The movie currently holds the title of the highest grossing local film of all time, trailed only by another Vice Ganda effort, the 2015 smash hit "Beauty and the Bestie."

It also scored the biggest opening day gross for a Filipino film with P75 million, and was the only film last year to cross the P500 million threshold.

Directed by Joyce Bernal, the movie also features performances from child actors Awra Briguela and Simon "Onyok" Pineda. The movie is now in its 5th week in cinemas nationwide.

VINCE & KATH & JAMES Rakes P100-M Box-Office Gross

"Vince & Kath & James," Star Cinema's entry to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), has earned more than P100 million as of January 3.

Starring Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, and Ronnie Alonte, the romantic comedy was the top-grossing entry in provincial theaters since the filmfest began last Christmas day, according to the MMFF executive committee. It is also the third-highest earner based on Metro Manila ticket sales.

"Vince & Kath & James" centers on the three title characters and how their love triangle develops and tangles through text messaging and social media. It has received fairly positive reviews from local critics, with some comparing Garcia, who plays a shy, geeky, college student named Vince who harbors a crush on Kath, to veteran actor John Lloyd Cruz.

Under the direction of  Theodore Boborl, "Vince & Kath & James," is still showing in theaters nationwide.

January 3, 2017

Vic Sotto's Daughter Paulina Weds Jed Llanes on New Year's Day

Paulina Sotto, the youngest daughter of comedian/host Vic Sotto to Angela Luz, tied the knot with long-term boyfriend, Jed Llanes, on New Year's Day.

The couple, who got engaged February of last year, exchanged wedding vows at Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club in Batangas.

Present during the wedding were Vic accompanied by his wife Luna. His other children, Danica, Oyo and Vico, were also present at the event.

Danica and Oyo are Vic's kids with ex-wife Dina Bonnevie, while Vico and Paulina are his children with Coney Reyes and Angela Luz, respectively.

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January 2, 2017

SING Earns Golden Globes Best Animated Motion Picture, Original Song Nominations

Sing, the new musical comedy from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, is up for two major honors at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards happening on January 10, 2017.

The critically acclaimed and box-office smash film is vying for Best Motion Picture - Animated and Best Original Song with Stevie Wonder's "Faith."

Watch the lyric music video of "Faith" at http://youtu.be/q6MblFLHi1E.

Reacting to the double nominations, Illumination founder and Sing producer Chris Meledandri said, "From Santa Monica to Paris, the entire Illumination team is overjoyed. On behalf of my producing partner Janet Healy and our exceptionally talented writer director Garth Jennings as well as everyone at Illumination Mac Guff and our partners at Universal, I want to thank the HFPA for recognizing the work of all of the artists who created SING as well as the legend Stevie Wonder for giving us 'Faith.'"

Just like Pharrell Williams' "Happy" from Illumination's Despicable Me 2, "Faith," performed by Wonder featuring Ariana Grande, is as powerful as it is infectious. Produced by multiple Grammy Award-winning producers Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco, the film's end title song is synonymous with never giving up. Tedder discusses its import: "There's an uplift and inclusion to this song that bridges generations. With Ariana's range and Stevie's vocals, 'Faith' is the perfect song to give the audience as they take the messages of Sing with them."

Sing stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal - some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life's ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family's felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

Each arrives under Buster's marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn't the only thing that is in need of saving.

Opening across the Philippines on January 04, 2017, Sing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #SingMovie

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TFC Unveils Largest Filipino Content Selection And New, Improved, World-Class Viewing Experience Online

First the GOOD news: now, just armed with internet or mobile data connection, anyone can watch the most expansive selection of original Filipino television programs, movies and exclusive specials - live or on demand - anywhere, anytime, using a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or any mobile device of your choice.

The BETTER news: not only do you get to watch excellent news, entertainment and exclusive content; you get to watch these with excellent video quality, faster download speeds, and other viewer-friendly features that can help you share your account for remote group watching with friends and family, discover new content, or catch up on favorite programming on your preferred device.

The BEST news?  If you are from the following countries below, you’ll be one of the first to try the brand new TFC online experience! PLUS you can also avail of limited-time regional offers.

(EUROPE) Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bouvet Island, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Southern and Antarctic Islands, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia (formerly Yugoslavia), Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine.

(MIDDLE EAST) Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and United Emirates;

(ASIA PACIFIC) Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, American Samoa, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Maldives, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

What is this bearer of the holiday season’s joyful news to anyone interested in Filipino content?

It is the new and improved TFC online (www.tfc.tv) from ABS-CBN, the world’s leading Filipino-owned information and entertainment multimedia conglomerate.

Today, www.TFC.tv has become the dream Filipino TV you want -- all in one place.

For those who think that TFC just offers programs from the Philippines that can be viewed online or on smart or mobile gadgets, think again! TFC online is much more than that.  Here are some exciting features to expect (Free with a Premium subscription):
  • Hundreds of new and classic Filipino movies that include the latest blockbusters and exclusive offerings like FPJ’s classic movie collection
  • Latest news from 18 different regions around the Philippines delivered in major dialects like Tagalog, Kapampangan, Ilocano, Bisaya, and Chavacano.
  • All the current, most talked about shows with English Subtitles from the ABS-CBN Kapamilya Network
  • A complete library of binge-worthy teleserye classics like On the Wings of Love, Forevermore, 100 Days to Heaven, Pangako Sa ‘Yo, Walang Hanggan, and many more.
  • Lifestyle content for the modern Filipino on topics like wellness, home, travel, fashion, food, such as Hollywood Newsfeed, Explore Asia, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, Sandy Daza’s Food Prints, and many more.
  • Live or Archived Sports Events like the UAAP, 24 Hour Live News, PPV Boxing fights
  • Live Events and Specials like celebrity press conferences, concerts, and more
  • Offline viewing of personalized library of favorite shows using the new TFC.tv app
  • Now, customers can share their premium account with up to THREE (3) other family and friends and all watch at the same time!

Whether you are at home or on-the-go, never miss watching your favorite Filipino content on any connected device. The redesigned TFC online is your ideal viewing destination around the world for anything Filipino.

For more information about the new TFC online and our limited-time offers, visit www.TFC.tv.

Nadine Lustre Wins 2016 Most Beautiful Woman in the Philippines Title


Nadine Lustre emerged as the winner of “100 Most Beautiful Women in the Philippines for 2016” by virtue of 7,224,638 votes she received on Facebook, 95,898 votes on Twitter, 1,575,959 votes on Instagram and 74,182 votes in our online ballot during the finals which started last December 20, 2016 and ended January 1, 2017.

The “Till I Met You Star” garnered a grand total of 8,970,677 votes beating her closest rival and “2016 Covergirl of the Year” winner Kathryn Bernardo who received 8,438,477 votes. Rounding off the Top 5 are Janella Salvador (#3), Kim Chiu (#4), and Elisse Joson (#5).

This is Nadine’s first time to be hailed the “fairest in the land” and she’s only the 4th Pinay to top the poll after 11 years. Angel Locsin bagged the title 8 times, from 2006 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2015. Kim Chiu won the poll in 2011 while Dawn Zulueta ruled our 2012 edition. 


Special Awards:
The Most Beautiful on Facebook: Kathryn Bernardo
The Most Beautiful on Twitter: Nadine Lustre
The Most Beautiful on Instagram: Nadine Lustre
The Most Beautiful in Online Ballot: Kim Chiu
Best Newcomer: Elisse Joson for debuting at no. 5


Here are the final results of our Top 10 poll (tabulated 12 midnight of January 1, 2017):

Rank Finalists Facebook Twitter Instagram Online Ballot TOTAL
1 Nadine Lustre 7,224,638 95,898 1,575,959 74,182 8,970,677
2 Kathryn Bernardo 7,375,948 67,500 971,909 23,120 8,438,477
3 Janella Salvador 140,717 6,790 63,412 5,957 216,876
4 Kim Chiu 99,327 1884 3298 98416 202,925
5 Elisse Joson 117,589 7154 22074 8062 154,879
6 Angel Locsin 119,746 1,468 14,710 5,670 141,594
7 Maine Mendoza 69,233 26,684 36,806 6716 139,439
8 Liza Soberano 78373 7,858 34,620 9632 130,483
9 Lauren Reid 19,408 6,524 19,179 11149 56,260
10 Anne Curtis 9,801 1,098 4,267 4,788 19,954




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