April 8, 2017

ABS-CBN Brings Back THE BIBLE and MMK Classics this Lenten Season

ABS-CBN presents a special lineup of programs that will strengthen the Filipino faith and ties of Filipino families this Holy Week season.

The Emmy-Awarded miniseries “The Bible,” which tackles the story of how God created the Earth and narrates some of the momentous moments in Jesus’ life will air from Maundy Thursday till Black Saturday at 7:30pm.

“MMK” also brings back three touching and inspiring stories about sacrifice, love, and strength. Relive the story of young boy Jose (Bugoy Carino) who stood as a parent to his seven siblings this Maundy Thursday. Get touched once more by the heart-warming story of Courageous Catie (Miel Espinoza), the little girl who became viral after her mother created a Facebook page about her rare illness on Good Friday. Finally, be inspired with the journey of Juan (Zanjoe Marudo), a father who single-handedly raised his two kids inside a cave this Black Saturday.

Children can also enjoy and enrich their minds with episodes from the acclaimed animated bible series “Superbook,” while the whole family or barkada can bond while watching Star Cinema films like “She’s Dating the Gangster,” Everything About Her,” and several foreign films.

Don’t miss all these shows this Holy Week on ABS-CBN. For more information, about ABS-CBN’s Holy Week program schedule, log on to ABS-CBN.com

TFCU Brings Talk Series to Manila, Ties Up with ABS-CBN University for 1st International Event

Gauging from the vibe and the reaction of the nearly 200 young Filipinos at the heart of ABS-CBN compound on March 27, one would think that a rock concert was in progress.   In truth, ABS-CBN University and TFC, ABS-CBN’s global media network, just launched its first Philippine leg for TFCU Talks entitled “Make Your Mark” at the iconic Dolphy Theater in Quezon City.

TFCU is TFC’s outreach to Filipino college and university students worldwide, primarily through a series of interactive exchange of ideas and discourses. Launched only in November last year, its TFCU Talks through its “Dare to Dream (San Francisco) and “Breaking the Mold” (Los Angeles) events, has since been creating a buzz for successfully gathering young Filipinos who are positively impacting their hometowns in North America and the world: 

  • Season Four winner of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race in 2013, Lanai Tabura  
  • Founder of the successful crowdfunded Passion Planner, Angelia Trinidad
  • Singer-musician-songwriter-recording-artist AJ Rafael
  • Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of mydiveo.com Roslynn Cobarrubias and
  • Celebrity chef Charleen Caabay of Food Network's “Chopped”

This time, TFCU Talks’ first international event brought together three Filipinos who also made their mark at a young age: adventure journalist Garrett Gee, digital marketer Jonathan Joson and computer engineer and innovator Aisa Mijeno.

ABS-CBN Managing Director for North America Olivia Finina de Jesus said that it’s about time the company takes heed of the rising influence of the next generation of Filipinos. She said: “I think it’s a good time to be Filipino in America because the world is taking notice of Filipino talent in various fields such as business and technology, fashion, food and entertainment.  Through TFCU Talks themed events, ‘Dare to Dream’ and ‘Breaking the Mold,’ we aim to inspire young Filipino Americans to be part of the movement of Filipino millennials who dare to pursue big dreams and ultimately succeed, because of their depth of talent, confidence and passion.

De Jesus added: “Filipino millennials back in the Philippines are also achievers in their own right, so we hope to share the TFCU Talks experience with them and spark that passion by giving them the inspiration so they will be able to turn their dreams into tangible projects and eventually effect meaningful change.”

Conquering the digital world

Leading the lineup of remarkable young Filipinos in TFCU Talks in Manila is tech entrepreneur and adventure journalist Gee of the social media sensation, The Bucket List Family. Gee is a Filipino American who created an app and sold it to Snapchat, earning his millions before reaching the age of 30.

With 54 million dollars in savings, it would have been easy for Gee to cruise through life. But instead, he advised, “Don’t get comfortable. Comfort never was happiness. You can get comfortable for a little bit. That’s when life stops.”  He adds, “None of this (success) is going to matter if I can’t take this situation and make something special of it.” 

He currently travels the world full-time with his young family of four on a shoestring budget, not even touching his pot money, visiting, and most importantly, promoting local communities.   During the talk, Gee also proudly revealed his upcoming project with ABS-CBN International, “Discovering Routes” a digital travel and reality series.  He added, “And the great thing about this project is that I’ll get to go back to the Philippines!” 

Quantifying our value

For the youngest recipient of the Young Market Masters Award (YMMA), Joson stated that young Filipinos and people in general have to set a bar at a certain point and find a mentor.  He summed all his valuable life lessons in five tips: 1. make mistakes; 2. create value; 3. measure everything; and 4. take control.

However, at the end of the day, the Google Philippines Industry Manager for Performance Marketing said that all these won’t mean anything if you don’t show your worth.  “It doesn’t matter how good you think you are. It is how you create value for other people, whether it’s a company or the country or the world. You are there to create things. You are there to make things better and that’s how you progress in any career you choose.

Practical solutions 

Computer engineer and team lead of the inventors of the SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting Technology) Lamp, Mijeno, knows too well the responsibility that comes with being female in male-dominated industries. She dispelled myths about succeeding in a male-dominated society and said, “The misconception is pursuing your passion. What you need to learn is what you’re good at. When you’re good at something, you tend to love it.” Mijeno’s passion was recognized by no less than former US President Barrack Obama at the 2016 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila.

“Make Your Mark” in Manila was co-presented by ABS-CBN University and TFCU as part of their mission to serve Filipinos through experiences that inspire them to become better versions of themselves.  ABS-CBN University Head Gabriel Orendain advised students: “Learn ways of doing things better - this is why ABS-CBN University is in partnership with TFCU to bring the TFCU Talks to Manila.

Orendain shared: Each person in this company started exactly where you are now - students with a passion for life, learning, adventure, people and the desire to make a possible impact in the lives of other people in different communities. It doesn’t matter who you are and where you are and what you believe in. Follow your dreams and dedicate your life to a mission bigger than yourself.

TFCU Talks in Manila brought inspiration to college and post-graduate students, some elected by their universities and colleges, as well as administrative officers, faculty members, student organization representatives and publications staff of the Philippines’ Top 100 schools (http://www.4icu.org/ph) such as Ateneo de Manila University, CEU, Philippine Women’s University, University of Asia and the Pacific, University of the East, and University of the Philippines in Diliman.

Also in attendance are selected high-performing students from the Eugenio Lopez Jr. Center for Media Arts Senior High School at St. Dominic College of Asia (SDCOA).  Heeding the advice of the speakers, Alyssa dela Pena of SDCOA followed her heart right there smack at the event and boldly asked for a hug from rock-star speaker Gee who gamely consented. Meantime, Centro Escolar University (CEU) student Airee Palma was lucky enough to be called on stage to try making a SALt lamp herself.

Providing an equally stirring performance to cap the event was Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan.


Watch out for the full version of TFCU Talks in Manila on facebook and TFC digital properties.  Filipinos in North America can catch the next TFCU Talks on April 22 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.  

For more information on TFCU Talks, visit facebook.com/TFCUniversity

Connect with fellow global Filipinos and visit facebook.com/KapamilyaTFC or follow us on Twitter and IG.

April 3, 2017

Five Types of Destination Races Around the World including SKYATHON Boracay Beach Run

Lifestyles of people around the world have indeed evolved as people have come to combine leisure with health and fitness in recent years. In fact, destination runs are now regularly organized worldwide.

If you’re looking to tick some places around the world off your bucket list, you can start with any of these.


Photo from the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon Facebook page

The Wine Country Half Marathon would definitely suit racers who love to raise and drink a glass of wine. The marathon that is held in wine regions in the States including Santa Barbara, Virginia, and Oregon, among others, also offers a scenic view of vineyards for racers with a wine tasting session and music festival at the end of the marathon.

Photo from the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon Facebook page

For more information, click here: http://destinationraces.com/


Photo from the Great Ocean Road Run Fest website (greatoceanroadrunfest.comd.au)

In the land down under, racers who want a view of the gorgeous beaches in Victoria, Australia are in for a treat with the Great Ocean Road Running Festival that happens in a picture perfect coastal highway. The marathon also offers a variety of race categories including a Kids Gallop (1.5km) that is perfect for the family.

For more information, click here: http://www.greatoceanroadmarathon.com.au/


Photo from Disneyland Paris website (run.disneylandparis.com)

A Euro dream vacation gets an upgrade thanks to Disneyland Paris’ – Val d d’ Europe Half Marathon Weekend. Families and friends can participate in the race while channeling their favorite Disney characters. Plus, they can also experience a world-class Disney entertainment and take home special Disney finisher medals for a magical day of running in the happiest place on earth.

For more information, click here: http://run.disneylandparis.com/news/bookings-now-open


Photo from the Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon website (kauaimarathon.com)

Eyeing on a trip to the picturesque island of Hawaii? The annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon allows racers to see the magnificent view of the island’s natural wonders from its beaches to its volcanic peaks. Adding fun to the race are hula dancers and Hawaiian musicians for a certified Luau entertainment.

For more information, click here: http://www.thekauaimarathon.com/


For family and friends who have plans to hit Boracay this summer, a thrilling run on the powdery white sands of the island is what the annual SKYATHON beach run offers.

Photo from SKYATHON’S Facebook page

Organized by SKY Cable and RunRio, SKYATHON lets runners become heroes for Boracay by allowing them to take part in the coral reef planting a few days ahead before the run since coral reef rehabilitation is an advocacy that SKYATHON staunchly supports. In fact, part of the proceeds of SKYATHON will go to the Coral REEFurbishment Project of the Boracay Foundation to help restore Boracay’s damaged coral reefs and maintain the island’s pristine beauty.

Photo from SKYATHON’S website (skyathon.com)

SKYATHON will happen on April 22 at the Epic Beach Front (station 2). Aspiring runners can choose from a 3K (P500), 5K (P600), and 10K (P800) beach run. Online registration is open until April 10. For more information, visit www.skyathon.com and www.runrio.com/skaython-2017.

An Afternoon of Food Park Challenge with Kapuso Actor Mikael Daez

Kapuso actor Mikael Daez is happy and overwhelmed that despite his tight schedule with GMA afternoon prime's toprating series Legally Blind opposite Janine Gutierrez, his mother network let him take a day off to meet with some entertainment and food bloggers for an afternoon of Food Park Challenge at Markina Food Carnival in Marikina City. 

The challenge is for the bloggers to buy a sumptuous food available for purchase at MFC that can impress the taste buds of Mikael - for a budget of only Php500. Bloggers we're paired in two and have a chance to win the heart of Mikael through the food that they serve. As we all know, Mikael is also hosting the Midnight Express - a segment in GMA late night newscast "Saksi" which featurs different and a unique food recipe for the viewers. So the challenge is a little difficult to obtain.

At the sidelight of the event, Mikael revealed that he is currently shooting a GMA NewsTV production entitled "Alex and Amie", a graphic theme show which will air this year. 

Check out some photos below taken during the event:

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Julie Anne San Jose Wins Bigtime in the 12th International Song Contest: The Global Sound

Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose received a Silver Award equivalent to Second Place for her song Tidal Wave in the 12th International Song Contest: The Global Sound after getting a total of 500 points.

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The Gold Award, however, was awarded to the group Temple Sour from Peru after getting a total of 501 points for their song ‘Te Gusto (I Like You).

Some of this years contestants include Danish Pop band Lukas Graham, Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ L and South Korean ballad duo Davichi.

Gabbi Garcia Covers Preview Magazine, New TV Project to Air in 10 Countries

She is Golden. At her Prime. And very much ready for Stardom!

Kapuso young actress Gabbi Garcia headlines the April issue of premiere fashion magazine Preview.

The Encantadia star is also busy doing her latest TV commercial for an international shampoo brand as part of her role as its Asia Ambassador. 

Gabbi will be featured in a series of TV commercial and print campaigns which will be released in 10 countries including the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.

For this project, Gabbi recently traveled to Australia where she was able to worked with an internationally known personalities in advertising such as award-winning photographer and filmmaker Olivier Staub, Sydney-based Hollywood stylist Ellie Goodman, celebrity hair stylist Ken Arthur, and Pinoy make-up artist Robbie PiƱera.

Alden Richards Receives Gold Record Award for the Album 'Say It Again'

Alden Richards was awarded Gold Record status for his sophomore album under GMA Records entitled "Say It Again".

"Akalain mo 'yun? Thank you so much siyempre kay Lord, I offer this award para sa lahat ng naniniwala at sumusuporta sa akin at kay Maine. Thank you so much para po sa inyo 'to!" he said after accepting the award from GMA Records A&R Manager Mr. Kedy Sanchez last Sunday on "Sunday Pinasaya"

Kapuso Stars Take a Day Off for GMA Artist Center Grand Fans Day

Last March 23, Kapuso celebrities took a break from their usual routine, even skipping taping schedules to make time for GMA Artist Center Grand Fans Day held at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan.

The star-studded event brought together over thirty artists trained and honed by the talent management arm of the Kapuso network - GMA Artist Center (GMAAC).

Fans from different parts of the country, as far as Leyte, came to see their favorite stars up close.

See a few unforgettable moments from the gathering here:


More Explosive Revelations in the Last 3 Weeks Episodes of THE GREATEST LOVE

Gloria’s (Sylvia Sanchez) story of love for her children and sacrifices to keep her family intact in “The Greatest Love” touched and left valuable lessons to viewers nationwide.

Her character showed the strength and the unconditional love of parents for their children, proving that there is no greater love than a mother’s love.

The series also became an avenue to shed light about Alzheimer’s disease and its effect to filial relationships. But Gloria and her children Amanda (Dimples Romana), Andrei (Matt Evans), Paeng (Aaron Villaflor), Lizelle (Andi Eigenmann), and grandson Z (Joshua Garcia) proved that everyone can rise from such adversity when there is love and hope in everyone’s hearts.

With the unwavering support of viewers, Sylvia Sanchez, the series’ lead star, is grateful to everyone who follows the journey of her character Gloria.

I will never forget the love and respect as a person and as an artist the viewers made me feel,” said Sylvia.

I am sad that we are parting ways. But I am happy because the show will end well and people like it,” she added.

Sylvia also said that the touching story strengthened her relationship with her own family and changed her perception on love. “Family is the most important thing in the world. Also, no one can keep apart two people who are destined for each other,” she said.

Viewers nationwide tuned in to the heart-wrenching scenes of “The Greatest Love,” which consistently wins the ratings game every afternoon. It hit an all-time high national TV rating of 20.4%, according to data from Kantar Media. The series is also a regular trending topic online.

Meanwhile, the series became an avenue to teach viewers about Alzheimer’s disease as it organized the forum “Remembering Our Greatest Love: An Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Forum” with the help of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association of the Philippines (ADAP).

It airs its finale on April 21 (Friday), serving up more explosive revelations set to surprise viewers.

Watch out for the extraordinary story of a woman’s unconditional, uncompromising, all-encompassing love for her children in “The Greatest Love” after “The Better Half” 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 orviaskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

Watch: Daniel Padilla "Gigil Kiss" with Kathryn Bernardo on ASAP Stage

Daniel Padilla serenaded his reel and real-life loveteam Kathryn Bernardo with his latest song “Reyna Ng Puso Ko” as they performed a sweet number on “ASAP” to promote their movie "Can't Help Falling In Love".

At the end of their performance, Daniel sealed their number with a kiss on Kathryn’s neck. Watch below:

"Can't Help Falling In Love" will open in cinemas nationwide on April 15, 2017.

Watch: Half-Naked JC Santos Pole Dancing with Cristine Reyes in "I Can Do That"

Although they failed to beat Team ArSue - Arci Munoz and Sue Ramirez - Cheerdancing act that made them the Week 4 winner of ABS-CBN artista reality-talent competition "I Can Do That," JC Santos and Cristine Reyes, Team JCTine, took to the social media by storm with their steamy pole dancing routine set to Aegis' "Sinta" last weekend.

In Saturday's episode of the show, which features celebrities trying to emulate difficult-looking acts, a half-naked-extra-hot JC drews shrieks as he and partner Cristine showcased their toned and flexible bodies as they worked their way around the pole

The two learned from dancer Lea Carla Santos, also known as Luningning. Watch below:

JC and Cristine - Pole Dancing Act

Sue and Arci - Cheer Dancing Act with CCP Bob Cats

#SmartMusicLive Gives Away Free Pre-Event Access and VIP Tickets to FIFTH HARMONY 7/27 Tour in Manila on April 5 at MOA Arena

April might just be one of this year's busiest months as SMART has so much surprises waiting for you! 

First on the list is another concert that will sweep your feet away as #SmartMusicLive brings you Fifth Harmony!

The summer music scene continues to come to life with Smart Music Live's Fifth Harmony concert event on April 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

And Smart subscribers are once again the priority viewers to experience Fifth Harmony's music like never before via the group's "7/27 Tour."

Hot off the heels of Shawn Mendes' "Illuminate" tour recently, Smart subscribers can enjoy next the American girl group's hit singles like "Miss Movin' On," "Boss," Slegehammer," "Worth It" and "Work From Home." 

Early this year, Fifth Harmony expressed excitement over the tour as it marks the first time the group will perform in Asia. Manila is the third stop for 2017. "Asia, hope you're ready for the #727Tour! This is going to be our first ever Asian tour so let's have some fun," posted the girls via Fifth Harmony's official Twitter account back in January.

For Smart music fans, pre-events and VIP tickets are exclusively up for grabs. Just visit Facebook.com/SmartCommuncations to know how.

This event is made possible via MCA Music and Music Management International (MMI) Live.

Over 3,500 Pirated DVDs Surrendered to ABS-CBN from Dragon Mart, Red Carpet Express and Other Stores in Toronto, Canada

ABS-CBN representatives, with the presence of TorontoPolice Service officers, received yesterday a total of 3,590 pirated DVDs of copyrighted ABS-CBN movies surrendered by Dragon Mart, Tina Shop and Unit 16B of Dragon Centre and Red Carpet Express of Oriental Centre in Toronto, Canada.

This development followed the successful enforcement effort by ABS-CBN earlier this month that resulted in the confiscation of hundreds of pirated DVDs of ABS-CBN content from six stores in Montreal and Toronto.
"By now, I think pirates are aware that we are dead serious in implementing the zero tolerance policy of ABS-CBN COO Raffy Lopez when it comes to our anti-piracy efforts," saidABS-CBN Canada Country Manager Jun Del Rosario.  "We will not let any scammer or pirate compromise the quality of our content, our distribution platforms and viewing experience, and our brand so that they can enrich themselves illegally. We will protect our property and aggressively pursue these criminals.

ABS-CBN AVP & Head of Global Anti-Piracy Elisha Lawrence added: "We are very pleased with the excellent results. We will continue our scorched earth enforcement in Canada against the piracy of ABS-CBN's content."

"ABS-CBN is not prepared to tolerate the infringement of its intellectual property rights in Canada, and we are hopeful that the message is now loud and clear to all businesses that this illegal activity cannot continue," said David Lipkus, counsel for ABS-CBN.

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'The Conjuring' Child Star Joey King Grows Up IN STYLE

Joey King is one of the leading teen actresses in the world today having been, at 17, in the business for over a decade. She has starred in such blockbusters as The Conjuring, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Dark Knight Rises and White House Down. Now, she plays the granddaughter of Michael Caine's character in New Line Cinema's a fun and fast-paced comedy Going in Style.

In the film, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Albert, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Adding to Joe's (Caine) resolve to rob a bank is the fact that his family relies on him to help keep a roof over their heads. Says Caine, "He has a granddaughter named Brooklyn (King) whom he adores, and her mom is a single mother who works very hard but it's not enough. Joe is just trying to make the payments and keep it all going. But now the bank is going to foreclose on the house and they have to be out in 20 days."

In the role of 14-year-old Brooklyn, director Zach Braff cast Joey King, then 16. "The part was written younger, and for a boy, but I thought it would be interesting to see the relationship of a grandfather trying to keep up with an energetic, teenage girl, so Ted Melfi rewrote it for Joey," Braff says. "I first met Joey on Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful, and I thought, 'This little girl is something special.' Then I cast her in Wish I Was Here. She's a phenomenal actress." 

"Joe and Brooklyn have a great, loving connection," says King. "They're more like best friends than grandfather and granddaughter, and are always having discussions. It's such a sweet rapport. He's proud of how smart she is and he's always looking toward her future, and she really brings out his fun and youthful side. Plus, they're protective of each other."

King is currently in South Africa in production on Netflix's feature The Kissing Booth, and is attached as the title character in Catherine Hardwicke's Stargirl, based on the bestselling young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli. She will also be seen starring as a wayward, pot-smoking runaway in Smartass, and alongside James Franco, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, and Megan Fox in Franco's indie dramedy Zeroville.

Opening across the Philippines on April 6, 2017Going in Style is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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LAST CHANCE! Book Your Long-Deserved Staycations for Only PHP 100 at TravelBook.ph

Travelbook.ph, the leading local hotel booking website in the Philippines, presents the last batch of hotels for their extended Super Summer Sale where travelers can score more than 50% off on selected establishments including a special stay for only PHP 100.00.
Book the following accommodations in advance from March 31 to April 6, 2017 through the TravelBook.ph website or mobile app to avail of the special rates!




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