Saturday, March 11, 2017

Watch: GEOSTORM Trailer Wrecks Havoc on Global Climate

Today the world will be taken by storm.
Check out the new official teaser trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures' new epic thriller Geostorm in the video below:

Directed by Dean Devlin, Geostorm stars Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia, Katheryn Winnick, and Jim Sturgess.

In the film, after an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything...and everyone along with it.

Opening across the Philippines on October 19, Geostorm is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Be Summer Ready with WATSONS #MakeYourSummer Treats + Win a Trip for 4 in 4 Summer Wonders Destination

Summer is definitely here! And when I say summer, I mean fun, adventure under the sun..the scorching heat of the sun. But who cares, so long as I'm with a bunch of friends who, like me, worship the sea, sun, and sand, no one can stop us from conquering, enjoying the sunny days.

You might ask, how come I am not afraid of skin darkening, wrinkles and disease as a result of too much exposure to direct sunlight? Well, there’s no holding you back now. Especially now that Watsons is set to bring us a sexy, colorful, sun-proof summer with its latest campaign called "Make Your Summer".

Watsons’ “Make Your Summer” campaign wants us to stop hiding and create the perfect summer according to our rules. With all the products available in stores, Watsons surely has something for all the fun activities we’ve got planned so we’re free to do whatever we want without any worries.

Make your summer sexy and flaunt your bikini body for everyone to see with our safe and effective slimming products.

Make your summer colorful and be fashion forward with all the vivid hair colors we have - fromfabulous browns, fantastic blondes, to fiery reds.

Make your summer sun-proof and be confident to go anywhere! There’s no more need for covering up and hiding from the sun because at Watsons, we know that it’s important to get protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. That’s why we have all the sun-proof tools you need for a safe and awesome summer. Defend your skin from burning and sun damage with amazing sunscreens like:

Nivea, Vaseline, Banana Boat, Beach Hut, Solstice, Biore, Sunplay, Belo, Neutrogena, Cetaphil,Celeteque, Kojie San, Hawaiian Tropic, Dermplus, Ponds, and Olay.

Make your summer more exciting with this super exclusive treat for all our SM Advantage Card Members. Get a chance to explore the wonders of the Philippine islands with getaways for four to Batanes, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, and Palawan. Just buy our participating products and for every PHP500 single-receipt purchase, you get 1 e-raffle entry. So, go to any Watsons store or The SM Store Beauty Section now and get summer ready as the promo is from February 23 – April 26, 2017.

And if you’re not yet a SMAC member, now’s a great time to join. The new “MEMBERS GET MORE”program makes shopping more rewarding than ever before. Time to get MORE POINTS, MORESAVINGS, and MORE VALUE!

Isn’t it so exciting? So get out, have fun and make your summer perfect with Watsons!

(Performance Videos) Noven Belleza Wins Tawag Ng Tanghalan Grand Finals on It's Showtime

Noven Belleza, a rice farmer from Negros Occidental emerged as a winner in Tawag Ng Tanghalan Grand Finals held Saturday, March 11, at Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.

Noven bested 5 other equally powerful vocals namely Sam Mangubat, Froilan Canlas, Pauline Agupitan, Marielle Montellano, and Carlmalone Montecido.

He won P2-million, House and lot, Negosyo package, Star Music contract, Family vacation package, Musical instrument package, among others.

Noven endeared himself to viewers of "Tawag ng Tanghalan," not just for the sincerity in the way he performs, but also for his dogged determination to pull his family out of poverty.

He said that his family only lives off a weekly income of P1,000, and that he sacrificed his own education so that his younger siblings can get decent schooling.

"Minsan naiinggit din ako sa mga ka-edad ko dahil sila libro iyong hawak, ako, kalabaw at pang-araro," he told the show. "Pero kailanman ay hindi ko ikakahiya ang pinanggalingan ko kasi dito ako naging matibay."

"Tawag ng Tanghalan" is the first nationwide talent search that Noven has joined.

Check out his #TNTAngHuLingTapatan performances below:

Meet the 6 Grand Finalists of Tawag ng Tanghalan Froilan, Sam, Marielle, Pauline, Noven and Carlmalone

After more than a yearlong search, the rebooted "Tawag ng Tanghalan" has finally found its grand finalists. 

Get to know each one of them more below:
Pauline Agupitan

A teen with a booming voice, Pauline hails from Lipa City, Batangas. At 15, she is the youngest among the finalists. Despite her age, she has already joined a number of local amateur singing contests. She was part of 2011's "Pilipinas Got Talent" and TV5's "Talentadong Pinoy Kids," and auditioned for "The Voice Kids."

Born in underprivileged conditions, she joined "Tawag ng Tanghalan" with the hope of providing a new home for her family.

In a previous episode, Pauline was praised by Batangas 6th district Rep. Vilma Santos who told her: "Malaking malaking karangalan po na dala po ni Pauline ang pangalan ng Luzon, pangalan ng Batangas, at especially ng lungsod ng Lipa." 

On Friday, in an effort to clinch a grand finals spot, she earned a standing ovation from the judges for her hair-raising rendition of "Unchained Melody." 

Noven Belleza 

A rice farmer from Negros Occidental, Noven endeared himself to viewers of "Tawag ng Tanghalan," not just for the sincerity in the way he performs, but also for his dogged determination to pull his family out of poverty.

He said that his family only lives off a weekly income of P1,000, and that he sacrificed his own education so that his younger siblings can get decent schooling.

"Minsan naiinggit din ako sa mga ka-edad ko dahil sila libro iyong hawak, ako, kalabaw at pang-araro," he told the show. "Pero kailanman ay hindi ko ikakahiya ang pinanggalingan ko kasi dito ako naging matibay."

"Tawag ng Tanghalan" is the first nationwide talent search that Noven has joined.

Froilan Canlas

Froilan is a lot of things: a caring son to his single mother, a music teacher, and an instructor who teaches volleyball to impoverished kids along with his charity group.

But perhaps most notably, he's an artist who likes to put his own stamp on OPM classics. Take for example his cover of "Anak," which earned him a near-perfect score from the judges and a place in the grand finals. He added syncopated drumbeats and flute sounds to the already folk-ish rhythm, and even took the vocal notes higher to make his performance stand out.

His penchant for experimentation has made the Camarines Sur native a firm favorite to win the singing contest.

Carlmalone Montecido 

Being born blind did not stop Carlmalone from pursuing his dream to become a singer. He first tested the waters of nationwide singing contests when he joined "Pilipinas Got Talent" and finished in the semifinals.

In "Tawag ng Tanghalan," his wide vocal range allowed him to surprise judges with performances such as the one that helped him to clinch a place in the finals. Ditching his balladeer persona, he unleashed a gravelly voice he hadn't previously shown when he covered Freddie Aguilar's "Estudyante Blues."

He aims to become an inspiration to people with similar physical disabilities.

Sam Mangubat

Prior to joining "Tawag ng Tanghalan," Sam was already a YouTube celebrity of sorts, uploading song covers as part of an online duo called "Sam & Jun." But he quickly became a darling of the singing contest thanks to his boyish charms and impressive showmanship.

He earned his place in the finals with his concert-worthy performance of Sarah Geronimo's "Kilometro" that had most of the studio audience singing along and the judges fawning.

As of writing, his YouTube channel, boosted by his stint on "It's Showtime," has more than nine million views combined.

Marielle Montellano

Marielle, 17, is the second youngest among the finalists. She squeezed into the finals after scoring a tie with Agupitan on Friday's episode of the singing contest, where she performed a pitch-perfect cover of "Himala."

Back in 2010, Marielle figured in a motorcycle accident with her father and fractured her skull. She has repeatedly expressed her gratitude that she managed to survive the crash, and is determined to make the most out of her "second life."

Friday, March 10, 2017

Daniel Padilla, James Reid, Enrique Gil and Alden Richards: Who Among These Hot Male Actors Got the Swag?

Celebrities have different styles, and people usually get inspired by the way they dress up. These stars love to play with clothes, and they normally share their #OOTDs on Instagram for the fans to see. 

As the years go by, these trending stars are becoming a fashion inspiration for the young generation who also love to play dress up. Check out our list of male celebrities sporting their personal styles. Who do you think among these charming male stars got the swag?

1. James Reid

2. Enrique Gil
Enrique Gil

3. Daniel Padilla
Daniel Padilla

4. Alden Richards
Alden Richards

Ylona Garcia Becomes the First Gen Z Actress to Grace A Solo Cover of MEGA Magazine

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It’s time to celebrate everyone! The Philippines’ best fashion magazine MEGA has finally released their much-anticipated March 2017 cover of the 15-year-old Fil-Aussie actress Ylona Garcia.

In it's featured article MEGA wrote: 

Ah, to be young… Just as we get comfortable with the overruling Millennials, the new set of future greats are ready and raring to burst into the scene. Say hello, Gen Z. With an electric undercurrent and a fired up potential, let’s get familiar with them through the perfect front to the movement, rising superstar Ylona Garcia (@ylonagarcia). You waited, you played along and now here it finally is. This cover is exclusively available for download on Magzter.”

“While some of us look at youth wistfully with fond nostalgia, there throbs a buzzing energy from those who are actually living out their youth. A reminder of what once was for most, the youth reminds us of that give-it-your-all, fall-hard-and-hit-a-ditch period of time that made us go bonkers. After all, this was the time we ran ourselves to the ground, sabs hesitations and safety nets. Or as the kids these days call it, #YOLO.

This month, MEGA encapsulate and recreate the ease and earnestness of youth, with flashes of searing hyper brights, remixed florals and a forthright downtown cool girl vibe. Fashion, beauty and features take heed from the young’uns as the pages get filled with everything that is new, now and next. 

Stepping up as the voice of the Gen Z, Ylona reveals a sense of refinement and wisdom that is well beyond her years. The youngest (so far) to front the cover, she bears the flag of the future and waves it proud as if saying, the future has come.It is forthright to realize that not only are the kids alright but that the future is in good hands. We taught them well, now we let them lead the way. 
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TechnoMarine Cruise Collection Helps Liza Soberano Keep Trackof Time, Recharge and Live Deeper this Summer

The summer season is truly one of the most awaited times of the year in this our tropical isles. It is when we can finally hit the beach, frolic in the sun and sand, and at last get away from it all.

For Liza Soberano, undoubtedly one of the hottest and most bankable young stars today, she has always loved summer and the sea – who can forget her 18 th birthday party held last year in Talisay, Batangas, with its fun beach boho theme? And there, too, was the time she went on a memorable beach trip with her family, taking the opportunity to bond and catch-up with her younger siblings, away from the spotlight and cameras.

Indeed, there’s no denying that Liza keeps quite a full calendar and has never been as busy, with her numerous magazine shoots, product endorsements, plus the filming of her latest movie success, My Ex and Whys, that has excited her fans once again. And while Liza remains as of yet mum regarding her vacation plans this summer, what with her many commitments including doing promotional rounds with screen partner Enrique Gil, it is definitely time for her to take a breather.

Helping Liza keep track of time, recharge and live deeper is her TechnoMarine watch. Possessing an edgy yet elegant style with precision Swiss movement, TechnoMarine watches easily suit Liza’s lifestyle and personality, and is sure to keep her in step and in time this sizzling summer season.

And for this summer, there’s the Cruise collection with its vibrant style. Crafted for any adventure by land or sea, the TechnoMarine Cruise collection comes with interchangeable covers and straps of silicone or pure stainless steel with gold tone. With a personality all its own, its distinctive and charismatic design is a perfect fusion of fun and active luxury.

With TechnoMarine’s combination of Swiss craftsmanship, sophistication and originality, Liza can easily stay in vogue and make waves wherever she goes – be it in the studio, on the road, or for some fun under the sun!

Founded in 1997, TechnoMarine successfully merges the art of horological innovation with spirited design. Technomarine is available at TechnoMarine Megamall, TechnoMarine Greenbelt, TechoMarine Trinoma, Technomarine Cebu, MyDiamond Megamall, and Rafael Jewellry Shangri-La Plaza.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

TFC Supports IPAGLABAN MO on its Continuous Effort to Educate Filipino on Their Legal Rights

The ABS-CBN legal drama “Ipaglaban Mo” continues the tradition of dramatizing real-life cases and imparting valuable knowledge on the legal rights of Filipino viewers, through its timely episodes airing outside the Philippines via The Filipino Channel (TFC).

 Long-time host Atty. Jose Sison attests to the program’s longevity and says: “‘Ipaglaban Mo’ has lasted for three years since it resumed airing. It has been airing before for almost ten years. I feel that the show will still last and will continue to be appreciated by lots of people because it imparts basic knowledge of the law and important lessons in life.”

Since “Ipaglaban Mo” premiered on ABS-CBN in 2014, the show has consistently drawn viewers and has been winning in its timeslot.

 For instance, its March 3 episode entitled “Mental” is at the top 10 of the weekend shows with the most audience share, based on the March 3 to March 5 data by Kantar Media, a local audience viewership measurement company.

The episode tackled the case of a nurse (Ejay Falcon) who took advantage of his mentally ill patient (Isabelle Daza).

Overseas, the legal drama is also part of the top tier – the Top 20 most watched shows on TFC online (

Through its compelling dramatization of timely and relevant cases, the show also continues to generate positive feedback especially from netizens who share their thoughts and learnings about the episodes.


After watching an episode that featured a perverted employer forcing his gardener to sexually abuse his house help, twitter user @MissyNicolei says: “Rape is not a joke. #IMAbuso”.  She said that the victim deserves justice.

After watching the episode that tackled the case of a family man who was framed by the police for possessing illegal drugs, @chinitooongaaa commented, “…unethical behavior of some public servers. Let’s not violate human rights for personal interests ONLY. #IMBuyBust #Unprofessionalism,” Meantime, @atekztersOJD14 says “: “Aminin man natin o hindi, ito ang nangyayari sa ngayon (Whether we admit it or not, this is what’s happening now #IMBuybust”.

Meantime, the “Kapatiran” episode that featured a fraternity leader who drugged and raped one of his new recruits taught netizens to be more discerning when it comes to the company they keep.

Some of the netizens’ reactions included one from @HelloThereMark: “Kaya dapat pinipili ang mga kaibigang sinasamahan. Learn to say no, sometimes (We should really choose our friends. Learn to say no sometimes). #IMKapatiran,” Another from @ItsLigayaJoy said: “We youngsters should listen to our parents…sometimes they know what’s best for us.”

“Ipaglaban Mo” has also received several awards – one is from the 2016 PMPC Star Awards for TV where it won the Best Drama Anthology, while another is Best Public Affairs Program from the 2nd Alta Media Icon Awards.

Don’t miss the coming episodes of the award-winning and longest-running legal drama TV show “Ipaglaban Mo,” which can be seen outside the Philippines via TFC. Catch up episodes are available via TFC online ( and TFC IPTV.

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

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Bachelorette Weekend Turns Deadly in ROUGH NIGHT Movie Trailer

The first trailer from Columbia Pictures' new comedy Rough Night, starring Scarlett Johansson, has arrived online and may be viewed at

In Rough Night, an edgy R-rated comedy, five best friends from college (played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to figure out what to do,their night takes some hilariously unexpected turns, ultimately bringing them closer together when it matters most.

Directed by Lucia Aniello and written by Aniello & Paul W. Downs.

Opening soon across the Philippines, Rough Night is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia Prove that Great Burger Experiences Start with Delicious Aroma of JOLLIBBEE YUM BURGER

The mouth-watering aroma of perfectly-seasoned, consistently cooked, and high-quality ingredients is indeed the start of the best dining experience.

Young stars Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia – the newest members of the Jollibee family – both agree that there is only one fast-food burger that meets the langhap-sarap criterion: the Jollibee Yum Burger.

"The Yum Burger is uniquely delicious and Pinoy," said the 19-year-old actress. "Isang langhap mo pa lang, alam mong masarap agad ang matitikman mo."

Joshua could not agree more. "I love that the Yum Burger is made with 100% pure beef," he shared. "You can easily smell why it's the best. Amoy pa lang, ang sarap na."

These discerning, no-compromise (at least, when it comes to their burgers) young celebs attest to their love for the Jollibee Yum Burger in a TV commercial (TVC) which started airing on March 5, 2017.

The new TVC amusingly mirrors elements from a classic Jollibee 60-second commercial from the 1980s, from visuals to the use of music. The 2017 version pays homage to this hit vintage ad, celebrating how Jollibee has been home to the best in langhap and best in sarap for decades, pleasing not only foreigners but even today's millennials. Watch below:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

PBB Big Winners MayMay Entrata and Kisses Delavin: Whose Showbiz Career Will Fly?

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After the worldwide trending #PBBTheBigNight finale episode last Sunday, March 5, lucky big four Maymay Entrata, Kisses Delavin, Yong Muhajil, and Edward Barber will take another step in their career. 

MayMay Entrata and Kisses Delavin are two of the most-anticipated young stars who will probably make it big this year. MayMay is the Big Winner of the reality show, while Kisses placed second, the two are known to be best friends inside the house. 

Kisses is a first year student in De La Salle University taking up BS Accountancy, she was born in Quezon City but grew up in Masbate. 

Maymay, on the other hand, is the opposite of Kisses, she joined PBB with the hopes of having a better life after the competition to get her mother and brother who are currently in Japan. 

Even though the two have differences, they were able to understand each other inside the PBB house. But the big question is, who among them will make a huge mark in the entertainment industry?

Drive-Thru at JOLLIBEE and Drive Home a Brand-New HONDA BR-V

Imagine going on that road trip with family and friends, enjoying your favorite meals while behind the wheel of a brand-new SUV. 

This can now be a reality with Jollibee’s Scratch2Win promo!

Jollibee Drive-Thru customers are in for a pleasant surprise as they get a chance to win their favorite langhap-sarap treats and drive home a brand new Honda BR-V. 

The promo which runs from February until April 30, aims to bring a little more joy on the road by treating Drive-Thru customers to an exciting pool of prizes. With a minimum P200 single receipt purchase, customers will be given a scratch card where they can win Jollibee favorites like Yum Burger, Jolly Spaghetti, Peach Mango Pie, free drink upgrades, or one of five brand new Honda BR-V SUVs! 

So whether you’re thinking of bringing home treats or just hungry for your Jollibee favourites while in traffic, head on to any of Jollibee’s 265 Drive-Thru stores across the country. Hurry and drive-thru now to enjoy your Jollibee fix and get more chances of winning your dream car!

Who’s More Deserving: Liza Soberano or Nadine Lustre for 2017 Nickelodeon’s KCA Pinoy Star

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Two famous Kapamilya leading actresses Nadine Lustre and Liza Soberano are battling for Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards in Favorite Pinoy Star Category together with Janella Salvador and Janine Gutierrez. Liza and Nadine’s fans are on fire voting and tweeting for their idols. They have been tirelessly tweeting and posting photos with the hashtag #KCAPinoyStar followed by the names of #NadineLustre and #LizaSoberano since the poll started.

Meanwhile, the fans of Nadine are currently doing a witty act online. The phrase SleeplessNights For Nadine is on the trending list of Twitter. This means that Nadine’s fans are doing a non-stop voting and tweeting order for her to win. That’s love guys!

Nadine Lustre

On the other hand, Liza posted a photo of her reaction if she will win the said award, and she even put up a game for her fans to caption her photo. The funniest and most creative caption will have a nickelodeon goodie bag.

Liza Soberano

The voting ends March 6 (U.S Time) and the winners will be announced on March 13 at 11:30 a.m on Nickelodeon. 

You can vote for them on Nickelodeon’s official website, click here to vote.

Join Cream-O Flix Festival Happening March 11 at the Quezon City Memorial Circle and Bring Home Exciting Goodies

Creamoholics and their families, friends and barkadas are in for a unique bonding experience as Cream-O gathers them for an afternoon of outdoor movie watching and munching on their favorite cookie treats.

Bringing Creamoholics together through the love of movies and eating cookies, the Cream-O Flix Fest will be held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday, March 11, 2017, starting at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Family Movie Marathon

The Cream-O Flix Fest promises to keep the whole family entertained throughout the exciting afternoon with three movies in a row. Kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy watching “Minions” while the teens can sing to “Pitch Perfect 1”. Capping-off Cream-O’s first-ever outdoor movie marathon event is well-loved romantic-comedy “50 First Dates”.

More than watching the family-oriented flicks, Creamoholics can indulge in munching on Cream-O cookies and even in making their own personalized Cream-O cookies in “Cream-Ofied Creations”. 

Personalize your Cream-O

The activity encourages Creamoholics to jazz-up their Cream-O cookies in four easy steps: choose, dip, sprinkle and drizzle. 

First they can choose their favorite Cream-O variant (Vanilla, Choco Fudge, Deluxe, Crinkles, Chocolate Chip, Cookies ‘n Cream and Choco ‘n Berries) and dip it in rich chocolate (milk, dark or white), peanut butter or whipped cream. They can add extra color, texture and flavor to their creations with a wide variety of toppings and even drizzle on some delicious chocolate, caramel or strawberry syrup.

Other activities to look forward to include:

“Unlock the Popcorn Stash”
“Guess the Movie” Trivia Game
“I Love Cream-O” Photobooth where Creamoholics can personalize the experience by putting up their names. 

There will also be pocket games, live acoustic band performances and raffles in between the movies.

Prizes to be given away include Robinsons Gift Certificates and Fujifilm Instax mini cameras.

Get the latest from Cream-O on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at /creamoholicsph. Official hashtags: #HappinessofCreamOholics #CreamOFlixFest 

Dan Stevens is a Prince Transformed by a Curse in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Attaining global stardom and acclaim for his performance as the dashing Matthew Crawley in the Golden Globe®-winning drama Downton Abbey, Dan Stevens now stars in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, opposite Emma Watson’s Belle.

The British thespian plays the Beast, a spoiled and arrogant Prince transformed by the curse of an enchantress.  

Of particular importance to the filmmakers was determining the fine line between man and beast, as there are moments when rage overwhelms the character and makes him more beastly, yet there are other times when he is quite gentle.

“[Director] Bill Condon and I spent a lot of time talking about how we could add some nuances to my character to make him more dimensional than the Beast from the animated film,” says Stevens. “It was quite interesting, trying to find those little human beats that would make him less animalistic and more a human trapped inside this creature.

Says Condon, “I’m a big fan of Dan’s…he’s got this amazing range. Taking this part on was taking on a lot more than just playing a role because of all the incredibly complicated technical things he had to face and the trust he had to place in everyone around him that all that work he did would shine through in the end. It takes a certain kind of character to be willing to do that.”

Stevens also had several profound discussions with Watson as to the mindset of their characters and the balance between good and evil and masculinity and femininity. He explains, “I was very keen on trying to calibrate the Beast according to the Belle that she wanted to be and to play, and we ultimately ended up realizing that this tale is not so much about beauty and ugliness but about the beauty and the beast that live in all of us and learning to live with that balance.”

The role is an incredibly challenging one, as Dan has to bring the Beast to life even though he is represented on screen digitally,” adds producer David Hoberman. “The Beast is a fully-digital character created through performance and facial capture technology, and Dan is able to beautifully convey both the Beast’s humanity as well as his beastliness.

To create a realistic looking Beast in a real-world environment while maintaining Dan Stevens’ performance, a combination of physical performance capture and MOVA facial capture technology was used. For the physical performance capture portions, scenes of the Beast with the live-action cast members were filmed on practical sets with Stevens wearing stilts and a prosthetics muscle suit with a gray bodysuit on top. Scenes of the Beast with the animated household staff were filmed with Stevens wearing a fractal gray bodysuit with visual effects indicators. And despite the restraining attire, the actor is able to convey a complex range of emotions, which was crucial, as the Beast is the romantic lead and the emotional center of the story.  

Says Bill Condon, “Dan brings such warmth and nuance to the character and was able to evoke all of the pain and the humanity that was still there and give a powerful performance, which is told predominantly through his eyes and voice. It was really quite astonishing.”

Emma Watson Captures Our Heart as Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Known to global audiences as the spunky and smart wizard Hermione in the Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson is now poised to be fondly remembered as Belle, the shrewd villager who yearns for adventure, in the live-action retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

For over a decade, the British actress has charmed audiences playing the quick-witted and tenacious Hogwarts student in the Potter films and in films including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah and The Bling Ring. In addition, she has a highly-visible role as a human rights activist and global goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, something which has become her life’s calling.  

Of all the female characters in all the Disney films, she has always been drawn to – and most identifies with – Belle.  

I have loved ‘Beauty and the Beast’ since I was four years old,” she says. “I remember Belle as this feisty young woman who spoke her mind and had these ambitions and was incredibly independent and wanted to see the world. And she had this relationship with the Beast where they were just toe to toe and that, to me, just seemed like such a terrific dynamic and interesting kind of relationship that I’d never seen before in a fairy tale.

Prior to 1991, most female characters in animated films were viewed as passive and somewhat one-dimensional, but Belle broke the mold. She is interested in literature, has thoughts of her own and is not easily intimidated, and quickly became an empowered role model for girls around the world and the first contemporary feminist heroine in an animated film. “Belle is someone who doesn’t really care about becoming a princess,” says director Bill Condon. “She’s more interested in seeing the world and figuring out who she is than in finding a man and getting married.

Not only does Belle herself love reading, but she also loves sharing her passion for books. Says Condon, “We all know how intelligent and worldly and sophisticated Emma is, and while that doesn’t describe Belle, it is what Belle aspires to be, and it is the innate intelligence that Emma brings to the role that is such a crucial element when you’re doing a live-action film.”

Culinary Experts Sandy Daza, Boy Logro and Rosebud Benitez Reveal the Creamiest, Most Delicious Halo-Halo in the Philippines

Leave it to chefs to know what’s really good and delicious. 

When it comes to Filipinos’ beloved halo-halo, Chefs Sandy Daza, Boy Logro and Rosebud Benitez can agree on one thing: they love Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo

The three celebrated chefs had the special opportunity to taste the popular and well-loved Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo which is known for its creamy sarap goodness. 

The verdict? Expert-approved. 

The ‘secret’ is in the creamy milk made especially for Mang Inasal. It’s not too sweet and definitely not bland too. It has the right level of creaminess which deliciously brings together all the ingredients so each spoonful of halo-halo just hits the spot.

Watch this video to find out more about Chefs Sandy, Boy and Rosebud’s Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo experience: 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Summer Hairstyles to Try According to Liza Soberano, Erich Gonzales, Julia Barretto, Isabelle Daza and Anne Curtis

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It takes guts for someone to get a short haircut, and it can be a really difficult decision to make for every girl out there. But life is too short to have a boring, long flat hair right?

As the cliche goes, ‘short hair, don’t care!’ That’s why some brave souls are trying out this timeless hairstyle whether they are broken heart broken or not. Make this compilation of different celebrities with short hairstyle your inspiration for your next haircut!

Who says that there are styling limitations when your hair is short? These bright stars prove that there are no styling limitations with short hair. Time to choose your fave!

1. Erich Gonzales

Erich Gonzales

2. Liza Soberano

Liza Soberano

3. Julia Barretto

Julia Barretto

4. Isabelle Daza

Isabelle Daza

5. Anne Curtis

Anne Curtis

Get Ready for the New Trailer of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

Anyone can save the galaxy once. Obviously.

In anticipation of the earthbound release of Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on April 26 in the Philippines, Marvel Studios has unveiled the action-adventure’s new trailer! 

Take a look at your favorite intergalactic misfits saving the galaxy a second time in the video below:

Along with the new trailer, Marvel has also launched a new Guardians poster which may be seen below.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn. The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord;  Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax; Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket; Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot; Michael Rooker as Yondu; Karen Gillan as Nebula; and Sean Gunn as Kraglin.  New cast members include Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell.

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Opening across the Philippine on April 26, 2017, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

Walt Disney Pictures Reveals First-Look of MARY POPPINS RETURNS Movie

Walt Disney Pictures has revealed the first look at Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the beloved 1964 musical classic that starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. 

Based on the Mary Poppins stories by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins Returns comes from a screenplay by Life of Pi scribe David Magee, with Oscar-winning Chicago and Into the Woods director Rob Marshall at the helm.

The film stars Emily Blunt in the title role, with Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep.

Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Meryl Streep).

Opening across the Philippines in 2018, Mary Poppins Returns is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

Ryan Agoncillo and Vic Sotto Join Jessica Soho, Mike Enriquez, and Ryan Agoncillo in Reader’s Digest ‘Most Trusted’ Personalities 2017

For the nth time, Kapuso’s most respected news personalities Jessica Soho and Mike Enriquez are named “Most Trusted TV Presenters” in the latest issue of Reader’s Digest elevating them to the Hall Of Fame.

Joining them in the elite list of “Most Trusted” honor roll are Vic Sotto, Toni Gonzaga, and Manny Pacquiao. 

The biggest surprise in this year's Trusted Personality Award in the Philippines is the inclusion of Ryan Agoncillo who is touted as Most “Trusted Dabarkad.”

This has to be the most special (award) to date, because Miss Jessica, and Sir Mike were my bosses when I was still in public affairs. I think I was just 19 or 20 back then and I really look up to them,” Ryan told THE STANDARD in an interview after receiving the award.

The fact that it was from Readers Digest, a magazine I grew up reading, and to be able to share the stage with my former mentors, it really means a lot. It’s not just an award that takes into account what you have accomplished on TV, but more importantly because it means you were voted by the readers because they TRUST you,” he added.

Sa ingay ngayon where everyone with a cellphone basically has an opinion, masarap ang pakiramdam na maihilera sa boses na talagang pinagkakatiwalaan like Sir Mike and Miss Jessica. It really feels good to be sharing the same title with them.

The accompanying story in the latest issue of Reader's Digest noted how Ryan began his career at age 15 as a commercial model, appearing on billboards and magazine covers and TV commercials before venturing into television and movies, in the process winning awards?

Hosting is my job,” Ryan told Reader's Digest. “The running, photography and motor sports are my hobbies, but my life will always be my kids.”

Ryan should also get “An Ideal Family Man” award, as his wife, Judy Ann Santos and their kids (Johanna Louis, nicknamed Yohan; Juana Luisa, nicknamed Luna; and Juan Luis, nicknamed Lucho) would attest.

In order to raise our children well, we have to be the people we want them to be, so thank you Readers Digest for validating our efforts in trying to raise people with integrity.”

Now on its 19th year, the Trusted Brands Survey has become a benchmark in the industry for recognizing the brands and services Filipinos trust, above all others. It also honors the country’s most trusted personalities with the TV news Presenter, Radio News Presenter, and Entertainment/Variety Show Presenter category.

This year the RDTB awards added six more categories, to reflect the changes in the market and recognize the new brands that have made an impact on the consumers buying habits. Among the new categories added to the Trusted Brands awards are Bakery/Pastry Shop; Dog Food; Remittance Center; Pawn shop; Coffee Shop/ Café; and Optical Shop.

For nearly two decades, we have been surveying consumers in major markets across Asia such as the Philippines, to ask them about the brands they believe and expect to provide premium value and exceptional service,” notes Ms. Sheron White, Group Retail and Advertising Sales Director Reader’s Digest Asia Pacific.

These respondents are not only composed of Readers Digest subscribers but also of random consumers and we rely on their answers as to which brands deserve their loyalty, support and most importantly their trust. Not only have we learned which brands consumers follow, but more importantly how important trust is in the hearts of people across Asia.”

As such, being included in this prestigious list is a huge endorsement and one the winners should be very proud of,” Sheron added.


While certain brands sign famous celebrities to create a buzz about their products, the recipients of the Trusted Brand awards have gotten the endorsement of the most important people of all - their loyal consumers.

Much like loyalty, trust is something not easily measured by trends or likes on social media. Brands have to work for it for many years and goes hand-in-hand with a good reputation and delivery of customers’ expectations. It emerges out of the very best consumer experiences, and is achieved only by truly understanding your customers and not by mentions and hashtags.

Trust is that emotion that helps us in making our final decisions whether we are conscious of it or not - it is that intangible quality that we associate with reliability and integrity. Whether it is a product or service, trust is what reassures us that we are making the right choice,” said Sheron.

The Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand mark has become a trusted recognizable symbol globally. And we are honored to announce the winners of the latest survey, who will now be able to use this badge of recognition for 2016 to help consumers make the right choices.

Platinum Trusted Brand Awards were given to brands that performed exceptionally, winning their category with a score that vastly outpolled their nearest competitor.

Platinum award winners included ABS-CBN and GMA Network (TV Network); Boysen (Paint); Carrier(Air Conditioner); Century Tuna (Canned Tuna); Executive Optical (Optical Shop) Magnolia Chicken (Fresh/ Frozen Poultry); Monterey (Fresh/ Frozen Meat); Pilot (Pen); PLDT Home (Landline Phone Services); SM Supermalls (Shopping Center/Mall); Uratex (Mattress); Mercury Drug (Drug Store/ Pharmacy) LBC Express (Airfreight/ Courier)

Gold Trusted Brand Awards were given to brands that scored significantly higher than their rivals.
The Gold award winners include; Acer (Personal Computer); Asian Eye Institute (Eye Center); BDO(Bank); Baguio Oil (Cooking Oil); Bounty Fresh Chicken (Fresh/ Frozen Poultry); Camella Homes (Property Developer); Citibank (Credit Card Issuing Bank); Citibank    (Personal Loans); Condura (Air Conditioner); Condura (Refrigerator); Goldilocks (Pastry/ Bakeshop); Insular Life (Life Insurance); Healthway(Ambulatory/ Multi-specialty Clinic); Ideal Vision (Optical Shop); Hi-Precision (Ambulatory/ Multi-specialty Clinic); LBC Express (Remittance Center); Manulife (Investment Fund Company); Panda(Pen); PLDT Home DSL (Broadband Services); San Marino Corned Tuna (Canned Tuna); Sharp (Washing Machine) and Whirlpool (Washing Machine).

Recipients of the Trusted Brand awards were given a Trophy and will be allowed to use the globally recognized Trusted Brand Logo in their marketing collaterals and merchandising materials.

10 Reasons Why Maine Mendoza is the Most Famous Kapuso Actress

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It’s the perfect time to appreciate Maine Mendoza, not only because of the buzz she and Alden Richards are making with their newest TV series Destined to be Yours, but also because March is the young actress’ birthday month.

Several people see Maine as a neophyte and has yet to learn so many things in showbiz - or as the old Filipino saying goes, “Marami pang bigas na kakainin.” But for her loyal supporters, Maine has always been and will always be a queen. Shockingly, not everyone is aware of the fact that this former nobody is now an eye candy for millions of people all around the world.

If you are one of the few who have yet to believe her unique charm, below are ten reasons why this young star is so deserving to be in the limelight. But if you are a solid believer of Maine’s magic, let us all enjoy this list and bask in her glory.

1.) She is absolutely carefree

Let’s admit that we are all conscious of so many things in our lives, most especially when it comes to our looks. But not this girl right here. She doesn’t care if she looks ugly or unappealing with her various wacky faces, or sometime taong grasa look. Whether or not she’s aware of her existing beauty, she JUST. REALLY. DOESN’T. CARE.

2.) She is naturally funny

Maine Mendoza

One of the most apparent reasons why she has reached the stardom is her exceptional humor. Most celebrities confessed to Inside Showbiz that comedy is one of the most challenging genres, but Maine is absolutely nailing it.

3.) She loves her job

JoWaPao and Maine

She started in Kalyeserye, right? Come on! We all know how the guys in Eat Bulaga! work hard just to give the people a good show every single day—and Maine is one of the most hard working members of the family. She and Alden gave the longest-running noontime show a mind-blowing popularity worldwide when the AlDub love team was formed. Since then, our Maine girl never stops workin’.

4.) Her cool taste in music

Lifehouse Concert Maine Mendoza

Coldplay and Lifehouse are among the bands she adores. Maine’s taste in music makes her unique. She is an old soul and not a typical millennial who follows music trends and goes with what’s cool just to blend in. Truly one of a kind.

5.) She’s not baduy at all

Fashion department, check! Just by looking at her travel photos alone, everyone of us will surely agree that Maine has a classy taste. LV, Chanel, Gucci, you name it! She is meticulous with brands and she chooses her outfits wisely.

6.) She values her personal life

Mendoza Siblings

It’s evident that Maine draws a line between work and her personal life. You will notice that Maine spends time with family and friends in between her ridiculously hectic schedule. She will go out of her way just to give herself a well-deserved QT with the fambam.

7.) #BodyGoals

Maine Mendoza Bikini

She’s not afraid to flaunt it, guys. Let her bikini photos do the talking.

8.) She’s mysterious

Maine Mendoza

Her poetries are killing the fans. She is profound and full of emotions. There are times where Maine would express random feelings through her poems, and they always leave the fans puzzled. What we see on television is just probably the tip of the iceberg.

9.) Her exceptional love for the fans

Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards

Maine knows how to give back. She never fails to express how grateful she is for all the support she’s getting from the hardcore fans. *Raise your hands*

10.) She takes good care of Alden Richards

Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards

That alone is an enough explanation.

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