Saturday, February 4, 2017

Watch: Uncut, Uncovered FIFTY SHADES DARKER

Universal Pictures' eagerly anticipated romantic thriller Fifty Shades Darker has been approved for exhibition by the Movie & Television Rating and Classification Board (MTRCB) with a rating of R-18 which means the movie is strictly for 18 years of age and above. 

The sequel to the 2015 blockbuster love story Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker was approved in its original US version – WITHOUT cuts, blurs and blacked-out parts. 

The MTRCB justified its R-18 classification due to the following contents in the film: 

  • Prolonged and realistic depiction of sexual activity and aberrational sexual behavior;
  • Scenes involving bondage and dominance, sadism and masochism
  • Nudity (breast, butt and public hair exposures and
  • Strong and / or sexual language.

Meanwhile, advance ticket-selling has started for the film – fans can now buy their tickets and be among the first to see Fifty Shades Darker in cinemas.  
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015's blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new installment invites you to slip into something a shade darker.

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian's past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

(Watch the new TV spot Christian's Past Won't Let Go at

Also returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar® winner Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson.
Fifty Shades Darker is directed by James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the book by James.

The film features the song "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" performed by international superstars Zayn | Taylor Swift. The official soundtrack album arrives in stores and via online partners soon.

Opening across the Philippines on Wednesday, February 8, Fifty Shades Darker is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Every Dog Happens for a Reason in A DOG'S PURPOSE

Told from a dog's perspective, Universal Pictures' feel-good movie A Dog's Purpose shares the heartwarming and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Frozen's Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

Over the course of five decades, a single voice-that of an indefatigable dog-takes us along a riveting and uplifting path that speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever loved an animal. Although he is reincarnated in the bodies of multiple canines through the years, it is his unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan that carries and inspires one dog throughout his journey to find a true purpose for his boy.

In 1962, eight-year-old Ethan Montgomery (Bryce Gheisar) and his mother (Juliet Rylance) rescue a Golden Retriever puppy they discover suffering inside a hot car. Despite the reservations of Ethan's father (Luke Kirby), the family adopts the pup they name Bailey, and the friendship of a lifetime ensues.

Bailey is wholly the responsibility of Ethan – who feeds, walks and trains his puppy, as well as teaches him unforgettable tricks along the way. As Ethan becomes a teenager (KJ Apa) , he finds his first romantic love in the charming and caring Hannah (Tomorrowland's Britt Robertson), while remaining inseparable with his faithful Bailey.

Fresh off of a football career-ending injury and a devastating breakup with Hannah, Ethan heads to college to begin his next chapter. Unable to bring Bailey with him, he has to leave his trusty companion at home. While away at school, the aging Bailey becomes sick, and Ethan makes it to the veterinarian just in time for their final goodbye. Ethan is inconsolable.
Just as we think that is the end of their bond...Bailey is reborn in the body of Ellie, a German Shepherd K-9 first responder with the Chicago Police Department. Indeed, no one is more surprised at this turn of events than the wiggly puppy who knows he is still Ethan's best friend. The audience next meets reincarnations of Bailey as a Corgi named Tino, then an Australian Shepherd/St. Bernard mix named Buddy.

Though Bailey is unsure why his soul keeps returning again and again for new adventures, he will discover that the purpose of his many lifetimes is more crucial to his boy than he could have ever imagined.

Joining the talented cast of A Dog's Purpose are Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton as Ethan and Hannah as adults; John Ortiz as Carlos, Ellie's police officer owner; Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Maya, Tino's human; Pooch Hall as Al, Maya's love interest; and Nicole Laplaca and Primo Allon as Wendi and Victor, Buddy's neglectful owners, whose carelessness will ultimately lead our hero home.

Director Lasse Hallstrom, A Dog's Purpose is adapted for the screen by Cameron & Cathryn Michon (Muffin Top: A Love Story) and Audrey Wells (Shall We Dance) and Maya Forbes (Infinitely Polar Bear) & Wally Wolodarsky (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days).


Opening across the Philippines on March 1st, A Dog's Purpose is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Defending Champs All Set for UAAP Season 79 Volleyball Tournament, Live at S+A

Eight universities are set to battle once again for the UAAP Season '79 Volleyball Tournament championship title, with the games commencing on February 4 and airing live on S + A via TFC's various platforms in key countries worldwide.


Volleyball fans are anticipating how the last season's champions, Women's Division champion De La Salle Lady Spikers (DLSU) and Men's division champs Ateneo Blue Spikers, will defend their title from the other teams who are gearing up to make the steal.


DLSU Lady Spikers are now putting extra hard work to their training after losing several key players. Three of their star players -- Ara GalangMika Reyes and Cyd Demecillo -- have already graduated and played their final game last season. Meantime, one of the team's key players, Eli Soyud, has moved to a different team.


Although the team lost several players, DLSU Lady Spiker's Kim Dy said in her interview with ABS-CBN Sports that they do not let pressure cloud their vision Dy says: "Defending the crown serves as a challenge for us.  Will give all in our performance so we can in the game."


On the other hand, last season's runner-up,Ateneo Lady Eagles are also training hard for this season. They started training December last year, where they engaged in friendly matches in Thailand. After the Christmas break, they immediately flew to Japan for another set of friendly matches.


The Lady Eagles is not taking these trainings lightly, especially after star player Alyssa Valdez, and key players Amy Ahomiro and Mae Tajima have all graduated last season.


The rival teams' trainings will be put into test as they go on a head-on match for the first time in this season on March 4, with the volleyball fans anticipating a match similar to their intense championship game last season.


Aside from the Lady Eagles, DLSU Lady Spikers should also watch out for Adamson Lady FalconsFar Eastern University Lady Tamaraws (FEU), National University Lady Bulldogs (NU), University of the East Lady Warriors (UE), University of the Philippines Lady Maroons (UP), and University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses (UST) who are all gearing up for the most coveted title.

Meantime, the men's tournament championAteneo Blue Spikers are up to defend their back-to-back season championship title, most especially from their closest rival NU Bulldogs


The two teams have been battling for the championship title for the past three consecutive seasons, with the first meet-up favoring NU Bulldogs.


With NU Bulldogs waiting on the wings to steal the championship title, the Ateneo Blue Spikers should also lookout for the strong plays fromAdamson FalconsDLSU Green SpikersFEU TamarawsUE Red WarriorsUP Fighting Maroons, and UST Growling Tigers this season.


Catch the opening games of UAAP Season '79 Volleyball Tournament on February 4, where, NU Lady Bulldogs will go against UE Lady Warriors for the first match at the women's division; and Ateneo Lady Eagles' head-on fight against UST Tigresses for the second match.


Meantime for the men's division, NU Bulldogs is up against UE Red Warriors for the first game; while it is Ateneo Blue Spikers versus UST Growling Tigers for the second match.


Don't miss the UAAP Season '79 Volleyball Tournament matches, airing live via S + A and which will also be streamed live via Meantime, subscribers of TFC's IPTV and online service ( can watch it via Video on Demand (VOD), under the Sports and Action category and under the Sports category respectively.


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Angeline Quinto's Love Emotions Compiled in Her Latest Album @LOVEANGELINEQUINTO

A self-confessed hopeless romantic, Angeline Quinto could be an expert already when it comes to the matters of the heart. And in her latest album titled @LoveAngelineQuinto, she, without a doubt, easily reflects the multiple emotions she has gone through and is going through in life and love.

All the songs in the album tackle about love. I think I’ve experienced all the situations in love and relationships. For instance, I was in love with someone even if I knew he didn’t love me back or nagpakita naman sa ‘kin na gusto ako but after several months, hindi na. Pero ‘pag nagkikita kami sa ABS bumabalik (yung feelings ko), hahaha! Ganun. Pero naka-get-over naman ako. That’s why I’m also dedicating the album to myself,” quipped the Kapamilya singer.

Ang sarap kayang ma-in-love,” she said further, admitting that some of her past relationships were with non-showbiz guys. “Mahilig talaga akong magmahal ng sobra pero hindi ko alam sa kanila (laughs). It’s the best feeling in the world when you’re in love. That’s why it’s so easy for me to compose a song about love.

The 10-track album features mostly originals including one of her compositions Para Bang Para Lang, which she dedicates to her adoptive mom. “It’s my way of thanking Mama Bob for all the 27 years of loving me and treating me like her own daughter. I’m so lucky for having her in my life.”

Completing the track list are At Ang Hirap (composed by Yeng Constantino, which chronicles the struggles of coping with a fresh break-up); Paano Ba Ang Huwag Kang Mahalin narrates the pain of letting go; Di Na Tayo, another Yeng composition; Parang Tayo Pero Hindi (Angeline’s duet with Michael Pangilinan); Para Bang Para Lang acoustic remix; Awit ng Pag-ibig and Ang Pag-ibig Ko’y Ikaw are both declarations of love; and the covers of Jeremiah’s Nanghihinayang and the sweeping ballad Kailangan Kita.

Producer Jonathan Manalo said: “This kind of songs is very relatable because we all know that most Filipinos are hopeless romantic.”
@LoveAngelineQuinto, under Star Music, is available at all record bars nationwide for P299. It can also be streamed via Apple Music and Spotify.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

750 New HIV and AIDS Cases Reported in December 2016

About 750 new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases were reported among Philippine residents in December 2016, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

Based on the latest HIV and Aids Registry of the Philippines (Harp) report of the DOH, a total of 750 new HIV cases were reported, including 72 full-blown Aids cases and 37 deaths.

The report indicated that majority of the new HIV cases were male with 721, while females numbered to 29, including three pregnant women.

Majority of the new cases were transmitted sexually with 734 (97.8 percent), including the 649 (88 percent) coming from the male-having-sex-with-male (MSM) sector.

Homosexual contact had the highest number of new cases with 408, followed by bisexual contact with 241, and heterosexual contact with 85.

The remaining 16 individuals had acquired HIV via injecting drug use (IDU).

Among the youth sector, a total of 221 individuals aged 15-24 years old acquired HIV in December last year, including 219 infected through sexual contact, and two through IDU needle sharing.

To note, the DOH is looking at making condoms more accessible to the youth in a bid to counter the surge in HIV cases among the said sector.

The regions with the most number of reported cases were the National Capital Region (NCR) with 267 cases; Calabarzon with 136 cases; Central Luzon with 74 cases; Central Visayas with 59 cases; and Davao Region with 46 cases.

Among overseas Filipino workers, the DOH said that 53 cases were reported and that all came from sexual transmission, including 25 homosexual contact, 19 bisexual contact, and nine heterosexual contact.

For the entire 2016, there were a total of 9,264 HIV cases, including 1,113 Aids cases, and 439 deaths.

And since 1984, there are already 39,622 HIV cases recorded in the Philippines, including 3,665 Aids cases, and 1,969 deaths.

Source: SunStar Philippines
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao Join the Cast of Hollywood Movie RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER

Popular cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao and her sister Ashley were fortunate to be included in the sixth and final installment of the movie “Resident Evil.”

In the film, the Gosiengfiao sisters play zombies out to infect Alice (Milla Jovovich) and her team, who are the only remaining survivors of the undead apocalypse.

Both Alodia and Ashley flew to South Africa last year to shoot their scenes and experienced first-hand how it is to made up as zombies, complete with authentic costumes.

Ashley and Alodia Gosiengfiao (3rd and 4th in front row) join Milla Jovovich (4th in back row) and fans during production of 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' in South Africa. 

“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” opens today, February 1 in theaters nationwide.

Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga Break-up Confirmed

Whatever happened to "forever"?

Model-turned-actor and former PBB Big Winner Daniel Matsunaga and Kapamilya actress Erich Gonzales have parted ways, reports said.

Reports about their separation started after netizens noticed Erich's move to delete all her photos with Daniel on her Instagram account.  Comments were also disabled on her Instagram account after it was flooded with questions about the status of her relationship.

To give their concerned fans the real status of their relationship, Daniel revealed that they were indeed going through “some rough path.” Watch the video below:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

(Video) LEGO BATMAN Star Will Arnett Greets Filipino Fans, "Kumusta Philippines"

Comedian Will Arnett who voices The Dark Knight in Warner Animation Group's The LEGO Batman Movie took time to greet Filipino fans as he invited them to watch the new comedy adventure.

"Kumusta, Philippines!," says Arnett at the start of the video, and after introducing himself, deadpans "I have to say that never in my life that I'd ever dreamed I'd be starring in my own Batman film."

Check out the video at and watch the film when it opens in Philippine cinemas on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (the Hangover films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (Superbad) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV's Daredevil) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter films) as Alfred.

The LEGO® Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, who worked together on The LEGO Movie.
The LEGO Batman Movie is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The Vengeful Ghost Comes at You in RINGS Payoff Poster

The main poster for Paramount Pictures' suspense thriller Rings, has just been released – showing the malevolent female ghost emerging from the haunted TV set. The ominous tagline "Evil is Reborn" hints at a new beginning.

Rings is a new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman (Matilda Lutz) becomes worried about her boyfriend (Alex Roe) when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a "movie within the movie" that no one has ever seen before…

Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall), Rings stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden and Bonnie Morgan.

Opening across the Philippines on February 22, Rings is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Miss Universe Ratings: ABS-CBN's Telecast of Miss Universe 2016 Coronation is the Most Watch Nationwide

More Filipinos nationwide tuned in to ABS-CBN to watch the most beautiful women from all over the world compete in the 65th Miss Universe pageant, as the Kapamilya network’s live telecast and special coverage of the fared well in national TV ratings.

More viewers watched the ‘most beautiful day in the universe’  in the Kapamilya network as the coverage hit a national TV rating of 27.4%, or ten points higher than GMA’s telecast, which only registered 17%, according to data from Kantar Media.

Viewers in Mega Manila and Metro Manila also followed the journey of Miss Universe-Philippines Maxine Medina, who made it to the top 6, on ABS-CBN. The Kapamilya network recorded a TV rating of 28.2% versus GMA’s 23.7% in Mega Manila, while it hit 30.8% versus GMA’s 19.4% in Metro Manila.

After the pageant and coronation of the newest Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere of France, Gretchen Fullido pumped up the pageant fans as she immediately gave a recap of the competition event at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in the news program “News Patrol,” which got a national TV rating of 20.2%, compared to GMAs 17.2%.

Right after “News Patrol,” Dyan Castillejo kept viewers in the loop in a live coverage of the first press conference of the newly hailed Miss Universe on DZMM TeleRadyo.

Since the announcement of the Philippines as this year’s host of the Miss Universe competition, ABS-CBN has brought to Filipinos, who are known to be the best pageant fans in the country, the latest news and the most comprehensive coverage of the competition.

Aside from the regular features in news programs such as “TV Patrol” and “Bandila,” made a microsite to deliver to fans the most recent happenings in the pageant, including the preparation of Maxine, as well as the 86 candidates of Miss Universe.

ABS-CBN partnered with Solar Entertainment, LCS Group, and the Miss Universe Organization to become an official network partner of the 65th Miss Universe pageant to bring the annual event to a wider audience.

ABS-CBN has been the home of Miss Universe on Philippine television since 2010, the year when the country once again entered the top 5 with Venus Raj. Viewers also watch on ABS-CBN the journey of other Miss Philippine-Universes namely Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Janine Tugonon, Ariella Arida, Mary Jean Lastimosa, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach in its broadcast via satellite from the United States (2010, 2012, 2014, 2015), Brazil (2011), and Russia (2013).

Don’t miss the replay of the 65th Miss Universe pageant on Sunday (February 5) in Sunday’s Best.

John Lloyd Cruz and Ces Oreña-Drilon Named People of the Year 2016 by PeopleAsia

ABS-CBN news anchor and broadcast journalist Ces Oreña-Drilon and Kapamilya TV and film superstar John Lloyd Cruz were among the awardees in PeopleAsia magazine’s People of the Year 2016 Awards Night, held recently at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Ces, who currently co-anchors “Bandila” on ABS-CBN, was cited for over three decades of work in broadcast journalism, noting her courageous coverage of stories even in “the most dangerous places in the country” and during critical events in recent history. PeopleAsia magazine described the digital-savvy journalist as “a legend in her own right” and called her the “new voice of truth and reason in the internet’s sea of misinformation.”

Ces also won Volvo’s Ironmark Award, a special recognition given to an individual who has shown strength amidst challenges and continues to be the benchmark of advancement and innovation in his or her field.

John Lloyd, meanwhile, was recognized by PeopleAsia for his laudable acting in his recent films, including the two internationally-acclaimed Lav Diaz films, “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis” and “Ang Babaeng Humayo.” The versatile actor, whom PeopleAsia referred to as “Philippine cinema’s favorite leading man,” also won Best Actor in last year’s Gawad Urian Awards and became the first Southeast Asian to receive the Star Asia Award at the 2016 New York Asian Film Festival for his powerful portrayal in “Honor Thy Father.

Ces and John Lloyd are featured in PeopleAsia magazine’s December 2016-January 2017 issue, with fellow awardees Dr. Andrew Tan, Celia Diaz Laurel, Christopher de Leon, Tony Tuviera, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Dr. Preciosa Soliven, Edgar “Injap” Sia II, Dr. Henry Lim Alice Eduardo, Dr. Z Teo, Kylie Versoza, and Hidilyn Diaz.

The People of the Year Awards, an annual tradition that began 12 years ago, aims to recognize and honor “exceptional men and women whose achievements not only encourage but empower,” according to PeopleAsia publisher, president, and CEO Babe Romualdez during the awarding ceremony.

Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil Tackle Second Chances MY EX AND WHYS

After the successful TV series "Dolce Amore,"Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil's love team more popularly known as LizQuen will make a comeback on the big screen in the upcoming Star Cinema film "My Ex and Whys," which will soon screen in key countries worldwide via TFC@theMovies

Followers in and outside the Philippines have witnessed how the two Kapamilya stars evolved as actors in their recent TV series. Before the series, they were first paired in the film "She's the One" in 2013, with Bea Alonzo and Dingdong Dantes. Their first lead film was "Just the Way You Are" in 2015 which was immediately followed the same year by another film, "Everyday I Love You." 

Now, after a year of skipping the silver screen, the love team is back and will star in a light but relatable film which will show how their characters they will portray will be engaged what in the words of Gil, is a "more mature relationship" compared with their previous characters.

Describing their roles, Enrique first talked about his character Gio: "I play a playboy who will try to prove he has changed.

On the other hand, Liza will portray Gio's ex-girlfriend Cali.  "My character is very modern – a blogger – who is hesitant to fall in love again. She is afraid to get hurt all over again," Liza says.

Enrique teased that the audiences will surely relate with their characters, especially since most of the scenes in the film are based on stories of real people.

In the story "My Ex and Whys," Cali, the blogger dreams of being a social media influencer. The popularity of her blog skyrockets after her exchange of messages with social media user @DahilListBoy goes viral. She grabs the opportunity and meets him, only to find out that he's her ex-boyfriend Gio who has once broken her heart and who is reaching out to win back her heart on purpose. 

To have a better understanding of the film's story, Liza shares their tactic. "We asked guys about different situations in relationships and why men cheat" she relates.

The film started to grind last year, and some of the scenes were shot in the popular tourist spots in South Korea. This film is under the supervision of the box office director Cathy Garcia-Molina who was behind popular films like "One More Chance," "A Very Special Love," and "My Amnesia Girl" to name a few.

Also starring in the film are Joey Marquez, Ara Mina, Arlene Muhlach, Dominic Roque, Ryan Bang, Neil Coleta, Cai Cortez, and Hyubs Azarcon. 

As Gio tries to prove to Cali that he's a changed man, can Cali open her heart again to love and give her old flame a second chance? Find out the answers in the film "My Ex and Whys," which will soon screen in key countries worldwide via TFC@theMovies: February 16 inUAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman; February 17 in the U.S. and Canada; February 18 and 19 United Kingdom; February 19 Vienna in Austria; Milan and Rome in Italy, Malta; Madrid and Barcelona in Spain; February 23 in Papua New Guinea and February 24 in Saipan; and March 5in Hong Kong.

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Dayanara Torres Shocked Maxine Medina Failed to Enter Miss Universe Top 3

Dayanara Torres, Miss Universe 1993 and former actress in the Philippines, was shocked Maxine Medina did not enter the Top 3 spots of the 65th edition of Miss Universe pageant held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines on Monday, January 30.

The Puerto Rican beauty queen was one the six world-renowned personalities who sat as telecast judges of the beauty competition.

According to Dayanara, the Pinay beauty queen was such a beautiful, sweet, natural and real candidate, a qualities she was looking for in a Miss Universe.

"I'm in shock too!" she told the press at the sidelight of the afterparty at Okada Manila.

"She was incredible, and very beautiful, and sweet, and one of the things we were looking for. She wasn't robotic, with a tough attitude, because we want somebody very much natural, and real. And she was that," she said.

Miss France Iris Mittenaere was crowned Miss Universe 2016 beating other 85 candidates from around the universe.

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Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes to Maxine Medina: "She lacks the characteristic of a beauty queen!"

Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes who served as one of the judges in the recently concluded Miss Universe 2016 pageant held at SM MOA Arena in Pasay, Philippines said Philippines representative Maxine Medina lacked the characteristic to make her stand out among the other 85 candidates.

"She's beautiful, I think she's very classy also. But you know, even though she was home, and she had the crowd supporting her, I think she was lacking something," Lopes said at the red carpet before the pageant's afterparty at Okada Manila.

The first Miss Universe from Angola and a former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Desertification said she could not pinpoint exactly what Maxine lacked, but whatever it was, Miss France Iris Mittenaere had it.

"I don't know exactly, but there was something missing. And I believe Miss France had what we're looking for," she said.

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ABS-CBN’S Anti-Piracy Head Elisa Lawrence to Speal at Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Executive Roundtable in San Franciso ON March 9

Consero, which brings senior executives together to build relationships and gain insights through uniquely intimate networking and learning opportunities by way of conferences, announced recently that it is holding its "Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Executive Roundtable" on March 9, 2017 at the historic five-star Fairmont San Francisco atop Nob Hill.

Among the Faculty Members of said conference is Elisha Lawrence, ABS-CBN International Assistant Vice President for Global Anti-Piracy & Content Security.

Lawrence will be part of the roundtable on "Optimizing The Structure Of Your Team: What Does Success Look Like"?  The talk will attempt to address the following:

  • Where does Brand Protection sit within your organization?
  • How do you emulate culture held in a corporate office to those in disparate locations? How do you maintain consistency?
  • How are you working cross-functionally with other departments to increase awareness and compliance to reduce risk of brand abuse proactively?
  • How are you making a business case for budget and buy-in with your senior leadership? What metrics do you find most useful to demonstrate ROI?

Joining Lawrence at the roundtable are Andrew Love, Head of Brand Security, Global Investigations & Legal Enforcement of Specialized Bicycle Components, and Q VanBenschoten, Vice President of Compliance & Risk of Intertek.

ABS-CBN produces hundreds of daily television shows, news shows and films for its numerous television stations and for international distribution to the Filipino community living in over 100 countries. Lawrence has over 25 years of experience as in-house Intellectual Property counsel creating and implementing anti-piracy/anti-counterfeiting strategies to mitigate risk and significantly increase sales in the US and globally for leading Fortune 500 organizations such as Levi Strauss, Twentieth Century Fox and Adobe Systems. She also has experience prosecuting criminal cases as a District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and a law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA.

Other topics of the conference are:
  • Heading Off Brand Abuse Before, During & After A Trademark Infringement
  • China in Macro: Challenges & Successes
  • All Along The Watchtower: Protecting Your Global Supply Chains
  • Protecting Your Brand Against New & Evolving Threats

Aside from ABS-CBN International, participants of the executive roundtable include representatives from the following companies: Fitbit, Inc., eBay Inc., Tiffany & Co., Western Digital, Procter & Gamble, Fossil Group, Inc., Specialized Bicycle Components, Adobe, Vans, VF Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Google Inc., Speck Products, Element Case, Silicon Valley Bank, AMD, SunPower Corporation, Levi Strauiss & Co., adidas Group, GoPro Inc., UL LLC, lululemon athletica, Qualcomm, and The HD Lee Company.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Ogie Alcasid Signs an Exclusive Contract with ABS-CBN

Ogie Alcasid is now officially a Kapamilya.

The singer-songwriter posted a photo collage on Instagram showing him formally signing a contract with ABS-CBN ABS-CBN executives led by ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak and chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes on Monday, January 30, 2017.
Ogie is currently one of the judges of "Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids," as well as "Tawag ng Tanghalan" on "It's Showtime."

Famous Pinoy Actors, Singers, Hearthtrobs and Fashion Blogger Discover the Perfect Selfie Phone VIVO V5 PLUS

Here’s exciting news for a nation of selfie lovers: Vivo V5 Plus, the Perfect Selfie Phone from top five premium global brand 1 Vivo, finally arrives in the Philippines.

The Vivo V5 Plus, which is equipped with the world’s first 20-megapixel dual front camera and boasts the most advanced selfie technology to date, has won the hearts of not a few local celebrities.

These selfie-loving stars have set the Instagram world abuzz with their stunning selfies, taken with the Vivo V5 Plus perfect selfie phone.

Among the celebrities who enjoy taking perfect selfies with VIVO V5 PLUS are:

Pop-rock singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino posted a selfie with the caption: “Enjoying my selfie moment with the bokeh effect. Gusto niyo rin ba nito?

"My Hair Lady" lead actress Loisa Andalio, are particularly thrilled about the phone’s ‘bokeh’ effect - the on-the- spot photography filter that beautifully blurs backgrounds while keeping the selfie in focus crystal clear. “I’ll keep using the bokeh effect for my selfies. Ang ganda ng effect ‘di ba?” Loisa enthused.

Former Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Second Big Placer Maris Racal also took delight in the Vivo V5 Plus’ selfie technology by posting a selfie and captioning it with, “I’m amazed. The bokeh effect is so perfect. Let’s all have perfect selfie moments!

Actress Sue Ramirez, raved over the phone’s bokeh effect and its dual front camera: “How perfect is this bokeh for your selfies? Super perfect. I’m happy that Vivo V5 Plus, the world’s first 20MP dual front camera, is finally here.”

FHM’s current “sexiest woman” Jessy Mendiola said she is in love with the new V5 Plus and its bokeh mode. Her caption even had a reminder for all her followers, “Focus on what’s important . . . Ang perfect talaga ng pagka-focus ng selfie especially because may 20MP dual front camera siya.”

Actor-dancer Enchong Dee also expressed his amazement over the V5 Plus’ bokeh effect, and the dual front camera. In a caption for his selfie, he said, “Nakakaaliw talaga itong bokeh effect ng Vivo V5 Plus! Ang lupet ng 20-megapixel dual front camera niya. Ang linaw! Lagi na talaga akong magse-selfie!

Celebrities chose to highlight another feature of the Vivo V5 Plus: the face beauty mode 6.0, which removes blemishes and enhances skin tone.

Be My Lady actress Erich Gonzales gushed, “The face beauty feature in my new Vivo V5 Plus is love!” She likewise declared that the Vivo V5 Plus makes the art of selfie-taking hassle-free. “Selfie is so easy! Wow, just look at this perfect selfie.”

The face beauty feature of Vivo V5 Plus also caught the attention of teen star Andrea Brillantes who averred that the Vivo V5 Plus fulfilled her “selfie goals”. Her Instagram caption said, “The selfie game will always be on point, thanks to my V5 Plus dual front camera and its face beauty feature!

Meanwhile, actress and model Jane Oineza marveled at the phone’s selfie soft light feature, which enables users to take photos even in poor lighting conditions. She said in her post, “Omg at Vivo V5 Plus! I just love the softlight feature.” In another post, she mentioned the bokeh effect, saying the feature makes taking selfies easier regardless of the background.

Likewise, actress Miles Ocampo said the selfie soft light is her favorite. “I’ll have the perfect selfie anytime because of the selfie softlight feature.

Finally, lifestyle and fashion blogger Verniece Enciso expressed her excitement about the arrival of the perfect selfie phone. “Glad I finally have the perfect selfie phone, Vivo V5 Plus, the world’s first 20-megapixel dual front camera!

No doubt the Vivo V5 Plus - the Perfect Selfie Phone - rocked the social media world right after its launch in the Philippines.

Raring to have your own perfect selfies? Go get a Vivo V5 Plus now!

For inquiries about Vivo V5 Plus, visit the Vivo website at, or check out their Facebook (, Instagram ( and Twitter ( accounts. 

(Video) Maxene Medina Q&A Miss Universe 2016 Top 6

Maxene Medina, Philippines bet to the 65th edition of Miss Universe beauty pageant, was unable to get a back-to-back victory for her home country - the Philippines, when she failed to impress the judges during the Top 6 Question and Answer round of the competition.

Host Steve Harvey asked: "What is the most significant change you've seen in the world in the last 10 years?" in which she promptly replied with: "In the last 10 years of being here in the world, I saw all the people bringing in one event like this in Miss Universe. It's something big to us that we are one. As one nation, we are all together. Thank you. Maraming salamat po."

Although she decided last minute to use an interpreter, audiences were surprised when she answered in English despite her interpreter translated the question to Filipino.

Watch below:

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France Iris Mittenaere Wins Miss Universe 2016 Title

Beauty, grace, confidence, intelligence. These are the qualities that made Miss France Iris Mittenaere wins the coveted 65th Miss Universe crown.

First Runner-up: Haiti - Raquel Pelissier
Second Runner-up: Colombia - Andrea Tovar

Kenya - Mary Were
Philippines - Maxine Medina
Thailand - Chalita Suansane

USA - Deshauna Barber 
Mexico - Kristal Silva 
Canada - Siera Bearchell

TOP 13
Indonesia - Kezia Warouw
Peru - Valeria Piazza
Panama - Keity Drennan
Brazil - Raissa Santana

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65th Miss Universe 2016 Top 3: Maxine Medina is Out After Her Failed Q&A

Here are the 65th Miss Universe Final 3 gorgeous, confident, intellect ladies who are still in the running to become Pia Wurtzbach's successor. They are determined based on their responses during the Top 6 Question and Answer round.

France - Iris Mittenaere
Colombia - Andrea Tovar
Haiti - Raquel Pelissier

65th Miss Universe 2016 Top 6: Maxine Medina Conquers Made it Halfway to the Crown

Here are the Top 6 semi-finalists of the 65th Miss Universe competition as announced during the coronation night on January 30 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines (in order of announcement):

France - Iris Mittenaere
Kenya - Mary Were
Colombia - Andrea Tovar
Philippines - Maxine Medina
Thailand - Chalita Suansane
Haiti - Raquel Pelissier

65th Miss Universe 2016 Top 9: Miss Philippines Maxine Medina Stays in the Competition

Here are the Top 9 semi-finalists in the 65th Miss Universe competition as announced during the coronation night on January 30 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines (in order of announcement):

USA - Deshauna Barber
Thailand - Chalita Suansane
France - Iris Mittenaere
Mexico - Kristal Silva
Kenya - Mary Were
Colombia - Andrea Tovar
Canada - Siera Bearchell
Haiti - Raquel Pelissier
Philippines - Maxine Medina

65th Miss Universe 2016 Top 13: Philippines and Colombia are In!

Here are the Top 13 semi-finalists of the 65th Miss Universe competition as announced during the coronation night on January 30 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines (in order of announcement):

Kenya - Mary Were
Indonesia - Kezia Warouw
USA - Deshauna Barber
Mexico - Kristal Silva
Peru - Valeria Piazza
Panama - Keity Drennan
Colombia - Andrea Tovar
Philippines - Maxine Medina
Canada - Siera Bearchell
Brazil - Raissa Santana
France - Iris Mittenaere
Haiti - Raquel Pelissier
Thailand - Chalita Suansane (chosen from over 100M+ votes)

TV Remake of Award-Winning Film PINULOT KA LANG SA LUPA Airs on GMA-7

The Ishmael Bernal masterpiece makes a big comeback with a modernized version that tackles the life struggles of two women intertwined by lost love.

Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa features an ensemble of talented Kapuso actors headlined by Julie Anne San Jose as Santina, Benjamin Alves as Ephraim, Martin del Rosario as Kiko and LJ Reyes as Angeli.

With equally important roles are Ara Mina as Mariz and Ms Jean Garcia as Diony.

Joining them are Victor Neri as Cesar, Allan Paule as Hector, Geleen Eugenio as Yoleng, Janna Dominguez as Chona, Lharby Policarpio as Boggs.

Julie Anne is Santina, an orphaned girl who was forced to work hard after her aunt’s death. Later on, she will work in one of the restaurants of Diony played by Ms. Jean Garcia. Due to her kindness, Diony will send her to school and treat her as her own daughter.

LJ, on the other hand, is Angeli. She is homeless and is longing for a mother’s love. Diony will adopt Angeli and she will eventually help her in running the business.

As Santina and Angeli’s worlds collide through Diony, the two will also vie for Ephraim’s love (Benjamin Alves). Ephraim is Diony’s son who blamed her for the death of his sister. At first, Angeli will see Ephraim as a competition but after an incident, she will fall secretly and obsessively in love with him. Ara Mina as Mariz, is Angeli's neglectful mother. Angeli is a product of rape that's why Mariz hates her daughter and left her with Diony.

Meanwhile, Santina and Ephraim are childhood best friends. Their friendship will eventually blossom into a romantic relationship. Known for getting everything she wants, Angeli will stop at nothing stop from getting not only Diony’s attention but also Ephraim’s love. But Santina is also willing to fight for herself and for the people she loves. In the end, who will get the love that she’s been hoping for? Santina or Angeli? And how are they supposed to fight for it when they’re just both pinulot lang sa lupa?

Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa is under helm of award-winning actress and director Gina Alajar together with second unit director Aya Topacio.

Behind this engrossing drama is the creative team composed of Creative Director Roy Iglesias; Creative Block Head Jake Tordesillas; Creative Consultant Aloy Adlawan;  Headwriter Marlon Miguel; Writers John Kenneth de Leon, Maria Priscilla Hidalgo; Brainstormers Kenneth Angelo Enriquez, Gilda Olvidado-Marcelino, Roda Sulit Marino; Concept Creator Gilda Olvidado-Marcelino.

The program is another original creation of the GMA Drama group under the supervision of Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV Lilybeth G. Rasonable; Vice President for Drama Redgie Acuña-Magno; Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; Program Manager Ali Nokom Dedicatoria and Executive Producer Jocelyn Arino.

Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa airs Monday to Friday, 4:15 P.M. after Hahamakin Ang Lahat on GMA Afternoon Prime.

Get the latest updates about Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa from the official Facebook page of GMA Drama, Twitter account @GMADrama and the GMA Network website

Sunday, January 29, 2017

SMART Celebrates Miss Universe in the Philippines, Gives Away Free 100 MB #SmartMissU

Smart Communications, Inc. celebrates the 65th Miss Universe in the Philippines by giving away FREE 100MB for subscribers who will register to Giga Surf 50, All Out Surf 50, or UCT 50 within January 28 to January 31, 2017. The 100MB will be automatically sent to availing customers and will be valid for 2 days from the time the 100MB was credited. The FREE datawill be credited from January 30 – February 3, 2017. 

Smart supports the Miss Universe pageant by featuring behind-the-scenes and highlights of the side events and the all-importantPreliminary Competition held last Thursday, January 26. Exclusive photos, images, and interviews are available in Smart's Facebook Page (, Twitter (@LiveSmart), and Instagram (@LiveSmart) channels. 

Smart will also stream live the Finals & Coronation on January 30, Monday, beginning 8:00AM via Smartlife(

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