April 21, 2017

Charo Santos-Concio Wins Acting Award in 17th Canary Islands Film Festival


Charo Santos-Concio was given the Special Mention honor in acting at the 17th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, held in the Canary Islands for outstanding performance in her comeback film “Ang Babaeng Humayo”. 

This piece of good news is always welcome! I am grateful to have been considered worthy of a special mention.” the Kapamilya lady executive said.

She recounted that her director Lav Diaz had forwarded an e-mail to her. “The festival head said that the jury was torn, so they made an exception for the first time in the acting category and decided to give this special recognition.”

She asserted: “My thanks to the jury and again thanks to Direk Lav for the trust!

Richard Gutierrez Faces P38.6M Tax Evasion Case


On Friday, April 21, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a P38-million tax evasion case before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Richard Gutierrez and his production company, R Gutz Production Corp.

The BIR said that the actor and his production company, where he sits as president, allegedly under-declared P39.6 million in sales in 2012, R Gutz also failed to file an annual income tax return and two quarterly value added tax returns during the same year.

As a consequence of their acts and omissions, R Gutz and its president, Richard Gutierrez, were assessed an estimated aggregate deficiency tax liability for taxable year 2012 in the total amount of P38.57 million,” BIR in a statement.

Richard and his company declared P311,111 in sales in 2012. However, their clients said they bought a total of P39.9 million from the entertainment firm during the same period, based on a list of purchases.

BIR said that it has sent the actor the result of its findings in September 2014, January 2017, and March 2017 but the agency said it did not receive any response

Korean Superstar Lee Min-ho Starts Mandatory Military Enlistment


Lee Min-ho is set to begin his mandatory military service in May, according to his agency on Tuesday.

Lee Min-ho’s enlistment date was confirmed today. He will begin service on May 12 at Gangnam-gu office as a public service officer,” MYM Entertainment said. “He’ll spend his time preparing for the service until May.

The Korean Superstar will be assigned to a noncombat position due to an injury sustained from a 2006 car accident with actor Jung Il-woo.


#WalangPasok Long Weekend Holiday from April 27 - May 1, 2017 in Metro Manila


Malacañang on Friday, April 21, ordered the suspension of work in Metro Manila starting April 27 to April 29 in time for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Pasay City.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea made the declaration by authority of President Rodrigo Duterte through Memorandum Circular No 18.




The memorandum said all government offices in the cities of Manila, Makati and Pasay would have non-working holiday on April 27, Thursday. However, all government and private offices in Metro Manila would have a non-working holiday on April 28, Friday.

Suspension of work on April 29, Saturday, it said, was left to the discretion of the affected local government units (LGUs) and employers.

Classes in public and private schools on all levels in Metro Manila are also suspended on April 28 while suspension of classes in the cities of Pasay, Makati and Manila on April 27 will be left to the discretion of their school heads.

Malacañang earlier said that April 27 to 28 would be non-working holidays but later corrected that it would only be non-working days on the said dates.

The Asean Summit and Related meetings will be held from April 26-29 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. Leaders of the nine other member-states of the Asean and diplomats are expected to attend the summit.

May 1 is declared as Legal Holiday in celebration of Labor Day.

April 20, 2017

TV Ratings: "The Voice Teens" Beats GMA-7's "Tsuperhero," 37.9% vs. 15.1%


Viewers nationwide watched the first batch of teen artists impress the four superstar coaches of “The Voice Teens” as its blind auditions kicked off on a high note, recording a national TV rating of 37.9%, according to Kantar Media.

The program’s pilot episode made “The Voice Teens” the most watched program across urban and rural homes nationwide and beat its rival program “Tsuperhero,” which only garnered 15.1%.

It also sent netizens abuzz as they posted their comments online while watching the show, sending the episode’s official hashtag #TheVoice Teens to the top of the list of the trending topics on Twitter in the country and worldwide.

The four coaches already have one artist on their respective teams – the four-chair turner and teen wonder of Makati, Mikko Estrada (coach Sarah); the astig singing beauty of Pampanga, Isabela Vinzon (coach Bamboo), another four-chair turner and the chicharon charmer of Sampaloc, Patrick Corporal (coach Lea), and the mega fan of Cavite, Zyra Peralta (coach Sharon).

Don’t miss the teen artists who will give inspiration and share their extraordinary talent in “The Voice Teens” every Saturday, 7:15 PM and Sunday, 7 PM. It also features the team-up of award-winning hosts Luis Manzano and Toni Gonzaga.

Angel Locsin and Douglas Nierras to Seat as "I Can Do That" Special Judge this Weekend


Their special performances will be evaluated and scored by special judges – actress Angel Locsin and choreographer Douglas Nierras.

Joining forces for an explosive LED poi dancing performance are Gab Valenciano, Cristine Reyes, Daniel Matsunaga, and Arci Munoz, who have all been named weekly winners and admittedly feel pressured to win again.

Pokwang, Wacky Kiray, Sue Ramirez, and JC Santos, meanwhile, show their love for Filipino culture as they perform various Filipino folk dances. Will Pokwang and Kiray finally win this time?

Whose performance will impress Angel, Douglas, and the viewers?

Find out in “I Can Do That” this Saturday and Sunday, 9:45PM on ABS-CBN. 

FAST & FURIOUS 8 Breaks PH Box-Office Record with P110-M Opening Gross


Universal Pictures' Fast & Furious 8 smashed global box office records, earning $532.5 -million 
worldwide to set a new high-water mark for an opening weekend.

(Watch the new Fast & Furious 8 spot at http://youtu.be/3PmVGHemFvI.)

The action thriller debuted with $432.3 million internationally after bowing in 63 foreign markets; and a solid $100.2-million in North America.

In the Philippines, the Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson blockbuster opened at No.1 with a two-day weekend gross of P110-million. Said figure towers as the biggest weekend ever for the Fast & Furious franchise, surpassing the P98-M bow of 2015's Fast & Furious 7.

The ode to fast cars and family opened in the Philippines last Saturday, April 15, with an unstoppable P56-M and new record as the highest opening day for a Fast & Furious movie (beating 7's P48-M first-day gross).

Saturday's receipts was also the biggest opening day of the year so far, as well the best first day gross for a Universal Pictures title in history.

Fast & Furious 8 features a returning all-star cast, as well as a star-studded array of newcomers to this world – Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

Now playing across the Philippines, Fast & Furious 8 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Don't Let The TRANGKASEASON Hits You! Here Are Ways to Protect Your Family from the Dreaded Flu


Flu or "trangkaso" in a local dialect is an illness that is well known to all. Everyone seems to have been through it at one time or another; yet no one is immune despite having been infected as the virus comes in various forms. Moreover, one cannot underestimate the flu virus as influenza can kill you; in many instances, Filipinos regard the onset of the infection as a simple fever yet it not attended to on time, that case of "lagnat" caused by the virus could be debilitating and even fatal.

In the Philippines, influenza is considered as a leading cause of morbidity. According to the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control of the Department of Health, one out of 100 Filipinos gets sick of influenza are young children as well as adults aged 50 or above whose vaccination against flu is strongly recommended based on health studies both here and abroad.

With the advent of the flu season, protecting yourself and your loved ones against the threat of influenza takes on a special urgency. This is the objective of the Trangkaseason public health information campaign.

Trangkaseason Flu Awareness Campain aims to generate a high level of people's awareness on the threat of flu and provide the public with the needed information on how to prepare and to protect themselves and their families from this deadly disease.

Studies have shown that the single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to getba flu shot or to get vaccinated every year. The flu seasons comes yearly from June to November with a virus that can change from season to season and because of this, it os vital to maintain an annual vaccination schedule to keep oneself fully protected. This is truth to the saying that "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure". This is close to the truth about flu, as the cost of hospitalization could run into the tens of thousands of pesos, without even counting the wasted days and personal suffering that influenza can cause.

The quadrivalent influenza vaccine is available now! Get flu vaccinated this April to prepare yourself for the June to November flu peak season or during the wet season.

Flu vaccination is available at your family doctor or health center and there are government facilities or programs that provide them for free to indigent families. Consult your doctor or seek medical advice on how you can protect yourself and your family members in this coming flu season.

April 19, 2017

BRILLANTE MENDOZA PRESENTS: PAGTATAPOS Premieres April 22 on TV5


In celebration of graduation month, award-winning director Brillante Mendoza takes us back to our grad-waiting phase through the last episode of his film-made-for-television Brillante Mendoza Presents: Pagtatapos - which will be aired on TV5 this April 22, 2017, 9:30pm.

Brillante Mendoza Presents: Pagtatapos features the story of a 4th year folk dance student from the high school for the arts in Los Baños.It depicts how a troubled young girl goes through life as she faces her personal struggles concerning her studies, her family and her recurring visions of Maria Makiling.

More than just a story of teenage survival, "Pagtatapos" is a serious appeal to parents and families to take heed of the unspoken needs of their children. It raises awareness on a serious issue of youth suicide and how the family plays an important part in helping someone get through struggles such as these.




This is yet another brave television masterpiece by the award winning director, Brillante Mendoza. "Pagtatapos" beautifully depicts a story about making the right choice by choosing life. This made for television film is a reflection of TV5's strong commitment to be the TV network that provides differentiated entertainment. Catch Brillante Mendoza Presents: Pagtatapos on Saturday, April 22 9:30PM.

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April 18, 2017

Rodrigo Duterte, Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey Top TIME Magazine 100 Most Influential People Poll for 2017


After consistently leading the survey that started in the last week of March, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte officially claimed the top spot in TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people poll for 2017. 

Duterte received 5 percent of “Yes” votes ahead of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, richest man in the world Bill Gates and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the survey. The four all got 3 percent of "Yes" votes.

In the Entertainment category, actress-TV host Oprah Winfrey and other Hollywood celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson, James Corden, Viola Davis, Emma Stone, John Legend and Ryan Reynolds are at the top of the heap after garnering two percent of "Yes" votes.

At close one percent are Kanye West, Melissa McCarthy, RuPaul, Kim Kardashian West and Drake.

Though given a zero percent rating, Selena Gomez, Fan Bingbing, Alec Baldwin, Ryan Gosling, Ashley Graham, Gigi Hadid, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato are also on the roster.

The TIME 100 is the US-based magazine’s annual list of the most influential people in the world. It features a number of leading artists, politicians, lawmakers, scientists and leaders in technology and business. Although TIME's editors will choose the final list of honorees, readers can share their choices with as well through an online poll.

This year's official TIME 100 list will be revealed on April 20.

Kris Aquino and Michelle Yeoh Lead the Cast of Hollywood Movie "Crazy Rich Asians"


Kris Aquino is currently in Los Angeles, California to meet her agent Chris Lee and probably to seal the deal for Hollywood film entitled "Crazy Rich Asians" based on bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan.

In an Instagram post on April 13, Kris said she is “fan girling” for being followed by international bestselling author Kevin Kwan, who is behind some of her favorite books which include “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Crazy Rich Asians”.

She also said that “Crazy Rich Asians,” which follows the intersecting stories of heir apparent Nick Young and his cousins Eddie Cheng and Astrid Leong, a Singapore society darling, also known as “The Goddess,” will soon become “a major motion picture from Warner Brothers”  hinting what Hollywood project she is going to sign up for.




Under the direction of  Jon M. Chu, director of Hollywood flicks “Step Up 2: The Streets,” “Step Up 3D,” “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” and Hasbro franchises “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Jem and the Holograms,” "Crazy Rich Asians" also features Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Sonoya Mizuno and Constance Wu in the cast.


April 16, 2017

KathNiel's "Can't Help Falling In Love" Earns P33-M on Opening Day


The blockbuster tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla have broken their own record when their latest romantic-comedy movie "Can't Help Falling in Love" registered a gross of P33 million on its opening day which is P10 million more than the first day gross of their last movie "Barcelona A Love Untold."

Mae Cruz-Alviar, the film's director, describes "Can't Help Falling in Love" as a return to the rom-com roots for KathNiel. It sees the pair portray strangers who suddenly find themselves somehow married to one another.

The movie is now showing in over 300 cinemas nationwide.

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"Tunog Natin: Songs From Home" by Avida Bags Two Silver Anvil Awards


Tunog Natin: Songs From Home, an advocacy campaign for Original Pilipino Music (OPM) by Avida Land in collaboration with Insight 360 Consultancy Services, Inc., won two major awards at the 52nd Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal held last March 10 at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Tunog Natin: Songs From Home featured promising and established OPM artists, Jim Paredes—also the campaign's creative consultant—, Bloomfields, Davey Langit, Moira Dela Torre, Thor Dulay, Markki Stroem, Princess Velasco, Johnoy Danao, Jason Fernandez and Jaq Dionisio.




The compilation album, launched in a concert in 2015, is composed of ten tracks—one original composition (Home is Here) and nine brilliant covers of classic Filipino songs (Tuloy Pa Rin Ako, Next In Line, Tuwing Umuulan, Hawak Kamay, Kaleidoscope World, With a Smile, Pinoy Ako, Cool Ka Lang, and Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika). Songs were arranged by Jonathan Arnold Ong of Sonic State Studio, while Takayuki Sakamoto and Angel Jose Resurrection were the production managers of the album.

Pinoy Actor Dave Bautista Back as Drax in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2


For Fil-Am actor Dave Bautista (Spectre, upcoming Blade Runner 2049), returning to the Guardians fold in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a chance to reprise a character he truly enjoys playing.

"What I really love about Drax is he's not what you'd expect from reading the comics," Bautista says. "Everybody was expecting one thing, and we gave them another. It makes it more interesting. It's easy just to be the big guy who's always growling at people and intimidating people. We've seen it a million times. But when you get the same guy who looks the same way but just says the most ridiculous things that make you laugh, it makes him more interesting."

Continuing, he adds, "And he's also got that side to him that's just all heart. He's still heartbroken over the loss of his family. And I love that dynamic, man. I love playing with that. It's challenging. It makes it's interesting. It makes the character loveable and it makes people connect to him."

In the movie, Drax develops a friendship with a new character, Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff. Describing their relationship, Bautista says, "It's hard to think that Drax would have some innocence to him but he really does, and it comes out in this film. That's in the connection he has with Mantis. There's a lot of innocence in both characters. They're almost like two kids who find each other and become playmates. They just connect on a certain level that they can't connect with anybody else. They're both suffering from some pain and learning new things and new feelings, new experiences. They're going through that together and that's where the connection is."

The opportunity to work with Chris Pratt again was a plus for Bautista. "On a personal level, I think everybody involved on this film will agree that we just love him," Bautista says. "He's just such a good dude; a good, kind-hearted person. I can't say enough good things about him. He is what you see. There's nothing superficial or pretentious about Chris. He's just got a great energy about him and he's a very positive person. And that all trickles down. When you get number one coming to set who's always in a good mood, it's hard to be that guy who is in the bad mood or complaining."

Working with director James Gunn once again proves to be a positive experience for the actor. "It's great because the writer is there and the director is there, all in one person," says Bautista.

He adds, "Drax is the vehicle for James Gunn's twisted, witty sense of humor. I love when I'm shooting and delivering stuff that I can hear James off in the distance laughing because I know that it is what he wanted. That it is what he was expecting out of the dialogue that he wrote. That in itself makes me feel really good because I love giving him what he wants."

Bautista is confident that audiences will connect to the film on a personal level. As he says, "The first film was more about people coming together for the greater good. And I think this film is more about relationships with people. It is the story of a family. Your family doesn't always have to be blood family. They can be chosen family. So I think this is more of a relationship film, and everyone can relate to that."

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 Philippines on April 26, 2017, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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