Saturday, April 29, 2017

ABS-CBN Wins 16 Awards including Best TV Station, Best TV News Program, Best Primetime Show at the 3rd Platinum Stallion Media Awards


ABS-CBN, the country’s leading media and entertainment company, hauled a total of 16 awards including recognitions for ABS-CBN as Best TV Station, “TV Patrol,” and “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” at Trinity University of Asia’s 3RD Platinum Stallion Media Awards.
 

“TV Patrol,” the most watched newscast in the country, was named as Best News Program, while seasoned journalists Ted Failon and Karen Davila won Best Male News Anchor and Best Female AM Broadcast Journalist, respectively.

“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” the country’s most watched TV program, which is extended until January 2018, was hailed as Best Primetime Program.
 

Other awards that ABS-CBN took home were Best Educational Program (“Matanglawin”), Citation for Best Radio Public Affairs Program (DZMM “Usapang de Campanilla”), Citation for Best Public Affairs Program Host (Boy Abunda), Best Noontime Show (“It’s Showtime”), Best Variety Show (“ASAP”), Best Morning Show (“Magandang Buhay”), Best Talk Show Host (Vice Ganda), Best Film Actress (Julia Barretto), Best Child Film Actor (Awra Briguela), Best Male TV Personality (Ian Veneracion), and Citation for Youth Character Model of the Year (Coco Martin).


Trinity University of Asia’s Platinum Stallion Media Awards aims to honor the contributions of individuals and groups in shaping the media industry in the Philippines.

Winners were chosen by the university’s students, alumni, faculty, staff, and stakeholders.

John Lloyd and the Magic Squad Surprise Pinoys Nationwide with Magic Moments


Magic Crackers has again turned the daily grind into unforgettable moments for thousands of unsuspecting Filipinos nationwide through the 4th wave of its Jack ‘n Jill Magic Moments campaign.

With the brand’s endorser, John Lloyd Cruz, the Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers team brought delight to the hearts of many as they surprised crowds and gave away special gift packs & cash prized to chosen lucky winners!

Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers also intensified its Magic Moments campaign with the help of the Magic Squad, a group of young, lively and energetic performers who entertained different crowds all around the Philippines by performing their signature flash mob performance to the tune of Aegis’ “Basang Basa Sa Ulan”..

The Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers team visited University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City, University of Batangas in Batangas City, Jose Rizal University in Mandaluyong City, Our Lady of Fatima College in Antipolo City, GT Tower in Makati City, Boulevard in Dumaguete City, McKinley Bus Terminal in Taguig and the Robinson's Galleria Movieworld in Pasig City.

With the Magic Squad and John Lloyd Cruz popping out from different venues around the country to bring Magic Moments, who knows what we can expect from the next wave of Magic Moments? Be on the lookout for more surprises only from Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers!



The Magic Squad does their “Basang Basa sa Ulan” flash mob performance at the McKinley Bus Terminal in Makati City. 



John Lloyd Cruz takes a selfie with the crowd of Our Lady of Fatima, Antipolo City.

 
These University of Batangas students flash magical smiles after receiving their prizes.

ANC Wins Big at the 15th Gawad Tanglaw, New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards


ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, brings pride to the country after winning in the prestigious New York Festivals while also dominating the news categories in the academe-based 15th Gawad Tanglaw Awards this year, further stamping it’s  mark as the gold standard in Philippine news.

ABS-CBN Integrated News & Current Affairs head Ging Reyes accepted the Bronze Medal for the ANC documentary “Warmer,” which won a Bronze Medal in the climate change and sustainability category in this year’s New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards, a day after ANC’s six trophy-haul in Gawad Tanglaw last April 25.

 


The country’s first 24/7 English language news channel garnered recognitions including Best Public Affairs Program for “Beyond Politics” hosted by Lynda Jumilla-Abalos, Best Business Program for “On the Money” hosted by Edric Mendoza and Salve Duplito,“Business Nightly,” anchored by Cathy Yang, internationally-acclaimed documentary series “Mukha” (Best Documentary Program), while Best Sports Program went to “Hardball,” hosted by Boyet Sison and Bill Velasco.

“Executive Class,” hosted by David Celdran, was also tied with “Cityscape,” hosted by Marie Lozano for the Best Lifestyle Program award. “Greenliving,” anchored by Paolo Abrera also won Best Educational Program.

ANC launched its new lineup of programs early this year headlined by the new morning show “Early Edition,” primetime regional news program “The Bureau,” and the daily sports newscast “Gametime,” to provide viewers with the latest news and relevant information throughout the day.

Gawad Tanglaw is one of the longest running academe based award-giving bodies that aims to honor exemplary work in film and television, putting premium on values and progressive thought.

ANC has been a partner and the go-to news source of the country’s business leaders and decision-makers for more than two decades.  For more information, visit news.abs-cbn.com/anc, or follow ANC on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ANCalerts) and Twitter (@ANCalerts)

Judy Ann Santos Returns to ABS-CBN via New Season of BET ON YOUR BABY


Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo returns to television this May as ABS-CBN brings back the cutest game show on Philippine television, “Bet On Your Baby,” for another exciting and cuteness-filled season.

I’m so excited to be working on TV again. I was gone for more than a year so it feels good to do a show again that is close to you heart. I hope one of your kids can join us in the Baby Dome,” said Juday.

The Queen of Drama, who is also the queen of her family with the addition of newborn daughter Luna, also teased audiences of new program elements to watch out for.

One of these is her newest sidekick, the digital mascot named Piggy Bangs. All throughout the episode, Juday and the little prince and princesses who will be playing will be interacting with Piggy.
All kid contestants will also be automatically part of the Baby Club which gives them exclusive perks and access to the program.

For its pilot week, five celebrity babies with their mommies and daddies will compete. The game starts off with them playing one by one in the game round where the kids will face mini challenges inside the baby dome. One parent must place his or her bet as to how far his or her child can go in accomplishing a particular challenge. If the parent gets it correctly, they win P10,000. If not, they still get a consolation of P5,000.

The elimination happens in the second round called “Watcha Makulit.” The first family to get the correct answer advances to the jackpot around.

In the final stretch of the show, mommy, daddy, and baby get three chances to find and smash the piggy bank that contains P1 million.

“Bet on Your Baby” has changed a lot of lives and has been an inspiring show for Filipino families for almost two years since it premiered in 2013. The show named a total of 11 kid millionaires or called Babynaryos. Because of its grand prizes, exciting games, and the moving stories of the contestants, “Bet on Your Baby” has been a well-loved show in the Kapamilya network.

Don’t miss the return of the cutest game show on PH TV, “Bet On Your Baby,” this May on ABS-CBN.

Friday, April 28, 2017

At WATSONS, Get as Much Savings with its "Members Get More" Campaign Using Your SM Advantage Card



Shopping for the best beauty and health products just got even more exciting and satisfying as WATSONS, Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, today launched its “Members Get More” campaign where members get more savings, more points and more value in more than 500 Watsons stores nationwide.

Members Get More gives shoppers more reasons to come back to Watsons by giving more rewards and exclusive privileges to card-bearing customers.


MORE POINTS, MORE SAVINGS, MORE VALUE

Cardholders who shop at Watsons will be entitled to “members only” promotions that allow them to earn more reward points, which they can also use to pay for their next purchases.

Members can also enjoy more discounts, as they can choose from hundreds of products on member price.

They can also get exclusive freebies and easily join eRaffle promotions exclusive to members such as the recent Make Your Summer Promo where members get a chance to win a trip for four to any of 5 local summer destinations. Members will also be the first to be notified of upcoming deals and offers and can receive invites to exclusive events.

At Watsons, we want to make our shoppers special. So we make sure they enjoy perks of being a loyal customer every time they visit our stores. With the Members Get More program, they can get more savings, more points and even get exclusive prices simply by using their SM Advantage Card (SMAC),” says Watsons Marketing Director Viki Encarnacion.

Also included in the Watsons loyalty program are SM Prestige and BDO Rewards card.




LOOK FOR THE GREEN MEMBER TAG

SMAC members and other participating cardholders can get even more savings when buying items at “members only” price. All they have to do is choose from the hundreds of items which are specially marked with a Green Member Tag.

For those who are not yet SM Advantage card members, they can avail of the SMAC membership at any Watsons store nationwide to start enjoying the Members Get More program.


SM ADVANTAGE CARD

Since SM Advantage’s inception in 2002, it has redefined the meaning of shopping by rewarding more than 9 million of our members not just with points they can earn and redeem but also exclusive perks and discounts they can enjoy.




Going beyond the mall experience, SM Advantage has become part of its members’ daily lives. From simply paying their phone bills, to gassing up their cars, to booking their accommodations on their next travel destinations and just recently, through pawning, and money transfers- giving our members more reasons to be rewarded.

GSM Premium Gin Elevated Cocktail Experience Mix with Arts at the Recent "Art in the Park" in Makati City


GSM Premium Gin brought elevated cocktail experience and the arts together at the recent Art in the Park held at the Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village in Makati City. Art in the Park is a gathering of a diverse group of artists and art enthusiasts with the mission of making visual arts accessible to everyone.

 


While art aficionados enjoyed GSM Premium Gin’s handcrafted cocktails, they also contributed in producing a unique art installation wherein returned cocktail cups were recycled and turned into an instant art work that formed a rendition of the iconic Ginebra San Miguel logo of National Artist Fernando Amorsolo. In addition to the art installation, visitors modernized a stencil artwork of the St. Michael the Archangel logo by adding dashes of colors.

GSM Premium Gin is about elevating taste by making people experience the finer things in life. Our presence here at Art in the Park signifies that our brand appreciates art not just as a form of expression, but as a medium that can be purposeful. Through Art in the Park, we help grow local talent which is just the beginning of the greater things in store for the brand and for the art community,” said GSM Premium Gin Assistant Brand Manager Giselle Villanueva.

 


The Instagram-worthy GSM Premium Gin Cart was likewise an attraction in itself. Inspired by the 183 years of heritage and history of Ginebra San Miguel, the gin cart is also highlighted by the iconic logo of Amorsolo etched on its wooden finish. The full-service mobile bar offered visitors Ginebra San Miguel Premium Gin in expertly crafted cocktails such as the refreshing Calamansi Surprise, Sweet Lemony Martini and Mango Paradise, plus the classic Gin and Tonic, prepared by Ginebra San Miguel’s world-class mixologists.

GSM Premium Gin is an exquisite blend of botanical extracts and juniper berries, splashed with a tang of delectable citrus and blended with high quality alcohol. GSM Premium Gin is a consistent Gold Quality Label awardee of the Monde Selection International Institute for Quality Selections.

 


For more on GSM Premium Gin and its handcrafted cocktail mixes, visit www.facebook.com/GSMPremiumGin or www.gsmpremiumspirits.com.ph.

Ginebra San Miguel Inc. (GSMI), a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, is the producer of the world’s no. 1 selling gin Ginebra San Miguel, and other quality liquor products including GSM Premium Gin, GSM Blue, GSM Blue Flavors Mojito, GSM Blue Flavors Brown Coffee, Antonov Vodka, Vino Kulafu, and Primera Light Brandy.

BPCI, PLDT, Smart and Voyager Innovations Launch the Historic Binibining Pilipinas Fan Voting


The Binibining Pilipinas fever heats up as PLDT, Smart, and Voyager Innovations power the SMS and digital fan voting of the pageant, where the winner of the text votes will secure a slot in the Top 15. This twist is an exciting first in the pageant’s 54-year history.

This year is extra-ordinary–from the beauties to the show – and is even more exciting because we are letting people vote for their candidate of choice through technology, a first in the pageant’s 54 years,” said Stella Marquez-Araneta, chair of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI).
To vote for your favorite contestant, simply text BB and send to 2929022. Votes will be counted from today, April 26, until 9:00pm of April 30 during the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 coronation night.

Aside from text voting, you can also help pick this year’s Miss Photogenic by participating in the online voting on the official website of Binibining Pilipinas (www.bbpilipinas.com/vote).

 


As we saw during the country’s hosting of the 65th Miss Universe pageant last January, pageant competitions have become more digital like never before. We’re glad that Binibining Pilipinas 2017 will be putting the power of digital into the hands of millions of Filipino fans this time. We all therefore will be given the chance to vote for our bets, powered by the combined digital technologies of Smart and Voyager,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of PLDT, Smart, and Voyager Innovations.

Don’t miss the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Grand Coronation Night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 30, 9:00pm, with delayed telecast on ABS-CBN.

Hottest Online Dancing Loveteam Julian Trono and Ella Cruz Gear Up for Upcoming Movie and TV Series #JulianElla


Julian Trono and Ella Cruz are each known for their dance covers on YouTube which are currently garnering millions of views. Ella’s biggest video hit is her version of Fifth Harmony’s “Work It” which has reached the 6 million mark. 

For Julian, his “Fetty Dance Craze” has more than 4 million views. Their first collaboration video, “Versace on the Floor,” which was released last February, has garnered over 3 million views. 

But aside from dancing, these young talents are recording artists, too! Ella’s single “Tamis” and Julian’s “Balang Araw” did very well in various music charts right after being released by Viva Records.

But it was when Julian appeared on Ella’s music video for “Tamis” last year that the two started to grab everyone’s attention. Their body language created such chemistry that prompted Viva to launch them as a dancing love team with the moniker “JulianElla.” And since January while fronting for the mall shows of several OPM artists, the tandem started to draw huge crowds of shrieking young fans which eventually grew as a fan base. Recently, they unleashed their first duet “Tumalon” which sealed their career as the new love team on the block. 






And now the time has come. Julian and Ella are slated to star in a movie and an upcoming TV series, not as support to other love teams, but as the lead stars themselves! 

In fact, the Viva Artists Agency talents have started pre-production work on their launching movie with the working title “Fanboy/Fangirl.” In this lighthearted romance-comedy, Julian will take on the role of a wannabe actor and Ella will portray a Korenovela dubber who will help Julian’s character improve his acting skills in order to land the breaks he has been chasing after. The movie promises to be a feel-good youth pop piece in the mold of “Diary Ng Panget,” the blockbuster from Ella and Julian’s home studio, Viva Films.






Speaking of “Diary Ng Panget” which was adapted from a Wattpad hit, Ella and Julian’s other major project is a TV series based on another Wattpad-hit-turned-bestselling-book-series, “Break The Cassanova’s Heart.” The weekly series will air on network TV in the third quarter of the year.

We’re so blessed with all these opportunities,” says Julian. “Sunod-sunod ang mga projects. We’re super thankful to Viva.” Ella shares the sentiments and adds that they are both very excited and nervous at the same time. “Nakaka-tense din. Big challenge for me and Julian to prove ourselves. For sure we’ll give our all para hindi kami mapahiya sa mga fans and supporters namin.”

Check out the music video for Julianella‘s recently-released single called “Tumalon”:



For the latest updates on JulianElla, like their official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JulianElla

(Trailer) DEAR OTHER SELF - Xian Lim, Joseph Marco and Jodi Sta. Maria


Star Cinema has released the official trailer of their upcoming romantic comedy movie “Dear Other Self.

Watch below:



“Dear Other Self” stars Xian Lim, Joseph Marco, and Jodi Sta. Maria. It tells of the story of a woman who finds herself caught in a dilemma if she will stay at work or pursue her passion for travelling. 

Directed by Veronica Velasco, the film openS in cinemas nationwide starting May 17, 2017.

(Movie Trailer) OUR MIGHTY YAYA - Aiai delas Alas, Megan Young and Sofia Andres


The Comedy Queen Aiai delas Alas is back......bigtime!

Just 10 days after the official trailer of her newest comedy movie "Our Mighty Yaya" was released, it already reached over 1.5 million views on the Facebook page of Regal Entertainment Inc.

Watch the trailer below:



Our Mighty Yaya, which stars Ai-ai Delas Alas, Megan Young and Zoren Legaspi, among others, is Regal’s Mother’s Day offering.

Directed by Jose Javier Reyes, the comedy film will hit theaters beginning May 10, 2017.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Miho Nishida and Tommy Esguerra Confirm Break Up


Celebrity couple whose love story started inside the Pinoy Big Brother House Miho Nishida and Tommy Esguerra or ToMiho have broken up.




The two, according to ABS-CBN talent arm Star Magic, ended their 1 year relationship, but did not give the reason for the breakup. 

"Both parties remain friends but have agreed to spend time apart. Miho and Tommy ask for your continuous support for their individual careers. Thank you," the statement read.

ToMiho officially became a couple in December 2015 when he asked her to be his girlfriend on an episode of "It's Showtime."

He said at the time: "Miho, maski sandali pa lang tayong magkasama, pakiramdam ko habangbuhay na kitang kilala. Ikaw ang nagpapaganda ng araw ko. Dahil sa iyo, nababaliw ako....Napakahalaga mo sa akin at hindi kita pababayaan Miho."

Tommy even introduced Miho to his family in California in January last year.

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Duterte Renews GMA-7 Franchise for 25 Years, Plans to Block ABS-CBN's Franchise Renewal


President Rodrigo Duterte, on April 21, has signed Republic Act (RA) No. 10925 last April 21, which grants the renewal of franchise of Republic Broadcasting System, Inc., which is now known as GMA Network for 25 years.

The law also requires the Kapuso Network to provide free public service time to the government in relaying important public announcements and warnings.

The free public service time should be equivalent of 10% of all its ad time.

The RA 10925 reads: "The franchise shall be subject to amendment, alteration, or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines when the public interest requires and shall not be interpreted as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.

"The grantee, its successors or assignees shall comply with the applicable labor standards under existing labor laws, rules and regulations and such other issuance as may be promulgated by the Department of Labor and Employment, taking into consideration the nature and peculiarities of the broadcast industry."

Meanwhile, Duterte said he would block the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise and accused the Kapamilya network of "swindling" for supposedly not airing his political ad that was already paid during the campaign period last year.

Asked if he would block the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise, he said: "Yes."

"If ganoon ka kaano, you're engaged in swindling for all we know ilang kompanya dito na hindi n'yo pinalabas. If you operate, ABS-CBN, tapos manloloko lang kayo ng tao, mag-swindling kayo, I have to stop you, 'di ba?" he told reporters in an ambush interview in MalacaƱang.

The franchise has been there for 25 years. The law said it's okay, only if you adhere to journalistic standards," he said.

ABS-CBN's franchise will expire on March 30, 2020.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

(Promo) Win a Trip to Watch the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 21

 
RTL CBS Entertainment and Monster RX 931 invite all music fans for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience to catch the 2017 Billboard Music Awards live in Las Vegas. 




Tune in to Monster RX 93.1 from 6:00AM – 10:00AM from April 24 to April 28, 2017, and wait for the DJ’s cue to call and take your shot at this exciting promo. Put your music knowledge to the test as you answer trivia questions posted on Monster’s Facebook page about the Billboard Music Awards and RTL CBS Entertainment.

Winners selected each day become qualifiers for the final raffle to be drawn and announced on May 3, 2017. The lucky winner and a friend will go on a four-day, three-night all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to catch the hottest music acts perform live at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017. 

Participants must have a valid U.S. Visa and Philippine Passport valid for the next six months.





The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will air first and exclusive, and live from the U.S., on RTL CBS Entertainment on May 22, 8:00 AM.

Follow https://www.facebook.com/RTLCBSEntertainment/ and https://www.facebook.com/rx931/ for more details.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo Named 2016 Box-Office King and Queen


Your favorite Kapamilya stars bagged the major awards at the 48th Box-Office Entertainment Awards given by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation. 

Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo were named Box Office Queen and King, respectively, for their movie "Barcelona: A Love Untold."

Coco Martin and Vice Ganda, meanwhile, were named the Phenomenal Stars of Philippine Cinema for their 2016 movie "The Super Parental Guardians."

Here is the complete list of winners:

Phenomenal Stars of Philippine Cinema – Vice Ganda and Coco Martin for "The Super Parental Guardians"
Box Office King – Daniel Padilla for "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Box Office Queen – Kathryn Bernardo for "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Film Actor of the Year – Dingdong Dantes for "The Unmarried Wife"
Film Actress of the Year – Vilma Santos for "Everything About Her"

TV Actor of the Year – Jericho Rosales for "Magpahanggang Wakas"
TV Actress of the Year – Kim Chiu for "The Story of Us"
Prince of Philippine Movies – Alden Richards
Princess of Philippine Movies – Maine Mendoza
Prince of Philippine Television – James Reid
Princess of Philippine Television – Nadine Lustre
Most Popular Loveteam of the Year – Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano
Most Promising Loveteam of the Year – McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson
TV Supporting Actor of the Year – Arjo Atayde
TV Supporting Actress of the Year – Susan Roces
Most Promising Movie Actor of the Year – Joshua Garcia
Most Promising Movie Actress of the Year – Julia Barretto
Most Promising TV Actor of the Year – Joseph Marco
Most Promising TV Actress of the Year – Yassi Pressman
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor in A Single Program – Coco Martin

Male Concert Performers of the Year – Martin Nievera and Erik Santos
Female Concert Performers of the Year – Regine Velasquez and Angeline Quinto
Male Recording Artist of the Year – Alden Richards
Female Recording Artist of the Year – Sarah Geronimo
Most Promising Male Singer/Performer of the Year – Bailey May
Most Promising Female Singer/Performer of the Year – Ylona Garcia
Most Popular Recording/Performing Group - Hashtags
Most Promising Recording/Performing Group – That's My Bae
Breakthrough Child Star of Movies & TV – McNeal "Awra" Briguela
Most Popular Male Child Performer – Simon "Onyok" Pineda
Most Popular Female Child Performer – Xia Vigor

All-Time Favorite Actor – Ian Veneracion
All-Time Favorite Actress – Jodi Sta. Maria
Comedy Actor of the Year – Vic Sotto
Comedy Actress of the Year – Angelica Panganiban
Male TV Host of the Year – Luis Manzano
Female TV Host of the Year – Toni Gonzaga-Soriano

Most Popular Film Producer/Production – Star Cinema
Most Popular Screenwriter – Olivia Lamasan and Carmi Raymundo
Most Popular Film Director – Bb. Joyce Bernal
Most Popular TV Program (News & Public Affairs) – 24 Oras
Most Popular TV Program Primetime Drama – FPJ's Ang Probinsyano
Most Popular TV Program Daytime Drama – Greatest Love
Most Popular TV Program - Talent Search/Reality/Talk/Game – The Voice Kids Season 3
Most Popular TV Program - Musical Variety/Noontime & Primetime – ASAP
Bert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award – Ogie Alcasid

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dengue Vaccine DENGXAVIA Now Available Over-the-Counter at WATSONS, Vaccination Locations and Schedules Released


Fact: Dengue is one of the major health issues in the country, with the virus affecting kids more than adults.

Fact: In 2015, there were over 200,000 dengue cases in the country, with around 1,000 cases resulting in death.

Myth: People have the misconception that once a person has suffered dengue fever before, it will not be able to recur.

Myth: There is no specific drug or vaccine to protect against dengue fever. 

Medical science had a significant milestone late in 2015 when the world's first-ever dengue vaccine was approved for human use. It took almost two decades of research to formulate DENGXAVIA, the dengue vaccine manufactured by French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Pasteur.

When the vaccine was approved, the Philipines became the first country in Asia to use the vaccine. In 2016, the Department of Health (DOH) rolled out a government-sponsored vaccination program against dengue for public school students in the National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, and CALABARZON, areas that recorded the highest number of cases. 

And now, WATSONS, an international health care and beauty care chain, will be the first retailer to conduct a vaccination program against dengue in 108 of their stores. 

Dengvaxia comes in three doses, given at six-month intervals and doctors will be present in select Watsons stores to administer the vaccine.

Watsons's three-part series of dengue vaccinations will be on:

BATCH 1: April 30 (first shot); October 29 (second); April 29, 2018 (third).

BATCH 2: May 14, (first shot); November 12 (second); and May 13, 2018 (third).  

For the list of participating Watsons stores, click HERE

Watsons health business director Danilo Chiong clarified that the vaccine is only available in the listed Watsons stores that will participate in the vaccination schedules. He explained the vaccine would be administered on site and only by their doctor on the set dates because the vaccines have "specific handling and cold chain storage requirements." In short, you cannot buy the vaccine, and take it your doctor.
 
The vaccine would be administered on listed Watsons stores by their doctor on the set dates because the vaccines have "specific handling and cold chain storage requirements." You cannot buy the vaccine, and take it your doctor.  

While the vaccine is already available in private hospitals, Watsons offers the vaccine at P4,000 per dose for a total of P12,000 for the complete cycle. Our research indicates Watsons rate per dose is lower than those sold in hospitals, but Chiong could not confirm, pointing out that the company "is not aware of how much doctors,  hospitals, and clinics are charging for the vaccine."

"We are offering the best price possible for our customers," he says, adding that Watsons partnered with BDO so patients can use their credit card to pay by installment with no interest.



Dengvaxia can be administered to patients ages 9 to 45. Patients who have had dengue in the past can still get the vaccine, explains Dr. Rontgene Solante, a medical expert on infectious diseases, to Inquirer. However, the DOH advises that the vaccine is not for pregnant or breastfeeding women, and individial who have a weakend immune system or are sick at the time of the vaccination. It's also not recommended for invidiuals who are allergic to the ingredients, so you have to check with your family physician first beforehand.

Recipients of the vaccine will be reminded every six months of their next dosage. Each vaccine costs P4,000 or a total of P12,000 for the full cycle.

Dr. Solante explains how the vaccine works when you've been bitten by a mosquito that carries dengue. "If you get bitten [by a mosquito], you won’t get the symptoms - headache, fever, decrease in platelet count and abdominal pain. If you have a mild type of dengue, the fever will disappear in three or four days. The platelet count will not be too low. [The vaccine] can prevent severe dengue or thrombocytopenia, the lowest platelet count of under 50,000.” The vaccine could also lower the chance of transmission, or infect other people.

The vaccine contains inactivated components of dengue virus. When it is administered to an individual, he can exhibit symptoms (as mentioned above) so the body can produce antibodies to protect you against it. According to the DOH, it's normal to experience these symptoms after getting the vaccine: headache, muscle pain, pain, redness, itching, or swelling at the injection site, feeling unwell and weak, and fever. 

Based on the clinical trials Sanofi Pasteur conducted in several countries, including the Philipines, the vaccine helps reduce the risk of hospitalization by 80 percent, and lessens the possibility of developing a more severe form of the disease (internal bleeding for example) by 93 percent. According to a study by the University of the Philippines National Institute of Health (UP-NIH), the vaccine is expected to reduce dengue cases in the country by over 24 percent in a span of five years.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two-thirds of the 400 million people who are infected by dengue fever worldwide are in Asia. As of February 2017, the vaccine has been approved in 14 countries where dengue is endemic, including Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines.

The Philippines has the seventh highest number of dengue cases worldwide, says Dr. Solante. “This vaccine is important in places where dengue is highly endemic, like the Philippines. DOH can’t afford to vaccinate everyone, so we need the help of the private sector. In other countries, vaccination is an important health program. Prevention reflects the health of a community. " he said.

Fresh Kapamilya Faces Conquers Daily TV Afternoon Prime with Newest Drama Series PUSONG LiGAW


ABS-CBN premieres a powerful story about love and ambition in “Pusong Ligaw” which will be seen nationwide via ABS-CBN and outside the Philippines via TFC.  The teleserye’s pilot episode will also be streamed via TFC online (TFC.tv) in key countries worldwide, simulcast with its Philippine airing on ABS-CBN.

Produced by Star Creatives, “Pusong Ligaw” is led by a fresh ensemble of talents viewers will surely watch out for:Diego Loyzaga, Sofia Andres, Enzo Pineda, Beauty Gonzales, Bianca King, Joem Bascon, and Raymond Bagatsing.




Taking the lead for the first time as a love team are Loyzaga and Andres, who first worked together in the defunct 2014 hit series “Forevermore.”

It is really my dream to be a part of this. I feel that all my hard work since the time I started doing VTRs with my mom is finally paying off. It still feels surreal but I’m super thankful for this,” said Andres.

On the other hand, Loyzaga said, “I have been waiting so long for this. I’m so happy that I’m right here and we have already started taping. It is my pleasure to be working with such amazing artists.”

The show also marks Gonzales’ biggest break in her career since she became leading lady to Zanjoe Marudo in 2014 for “Dream Dad,” followed by another TV series “Ningning” in 2015, and portrayed very effective supporting roles in various Star Cinema films.

“I have mixed emotions. I’m super thankful but nervous at the same time. I’m ready to take the challenge. This is also a chance to show viewers a Beauty they have never seen before,” said Beauty.

Meantime, newest Kapamilyas Pineda and King star in their first ABS-CBN teleserye via this romantic drama, while Bagatsing also stages his return to the Kapamilya Network.

Beyond the fresh faces and new combinations, Star Creatives, tells of another unforgettable tale to its viewers, following the top-rating hit series “Princess and I,” “Got 2 Believe,” “Forevermore,” “Dolce Amore,” and “A Love to Last.”

“Pusong Ligaw” tells the story of best friends Tessa (Gonzales), a striving fashion designer, and Marga (King), a quick-witted beauty queen who both dream of becoming big in their respective careers. They promise to stick together until they both succeed, but that is until Marga betrays Tessa and sleeps with her boyfriend Caloy (Bascon).

To mend her broken heart, Tessa transfers to Manila where she gives birth to Rafael, her child with Caloy. She singlehandedly raises the boy and tries her best to make ends meet for the two of them. Until fate once again tests her when Rafael is stolen from her by an unknown woman. Just when she is about to give up, she encounters Jaime (Bagatsing) who eventually helps her cope with her struggles. The two then falls in love and adopt a son they named Rafa (Pineda).

Little does Tessa know that her real son Rafael is in the care of the Policarpio family, and is about to pursue his studies in Manila as Potpot (Loyzaga). Here, he meets Vida (Andres), the daughter of Marga who chooses to disobey her to pursue her dream of becoming a famous fashion designer like her idol Tessa, who is now known in the fashion industry as Terry Laurel.

Once their paths cross again, will Tessa and Marga be able to rekindle their friendship? How will the past affect the lives of Potpot, Vida, and Rafa? Who will choose the road to love and who will take the road of hatred and revenge?

The newest show is under the direction of GB Sampedro, Elfren Vibar and Henry King Quitain, and under the business unit headed by Lourdes De Guzman. Star Creatives is led by Chief Operating Officer Malou Santos.

Don’t forget to watch the newest TV series “Pusong Ligaw” airing outside the Philippines via TFC. Its pilot episode will be streamed simulcast with ABS-CBN via TFC online (TFC.tv) in key countries worldwide on April 24 at 3:20 p.m. (Manila time). Meantime, catch-up episodes are available via TFC online (TFC.tv) and TFC IPTV in key countries worldwide.

"Destined To Be Yours" to Get the Axe Due to Poor Ratings


GMA Network's Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV Ms. Lilybeth G. Rasonable sent GMANetwork.com and DestinedToBeYours.com.ph her official statement regarding GMA Creative Unit Head Suzette Doctolero's tweets saying the GMA Telebabad show "Destined To Be Yours" featuring Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza's tandem is a huge flop.

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"Her tweets are her personal opinions and not those of the Network. We will deal with her separately and privately," Ms. Rasonable wrote.

She also assured that the show is not a flop.

"Destined To Be Yours' average rating from pilot episode to present is higher than competition. Alden and Maine's chemistry has become more and more evident as the story progresses and this makes the scenes more kilig than ever. As producers, how can we not be happy with a winning show?" she said.

Ms. Rasonable also denied that the show will be cut short.

"DTBY's story was really written to end in May. It is NOT being shortened. We fixed the schedule kasi that after the soap, they will already start shooting for the movie," she clarified.

Destined To Be Yours is Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza's first teleserye together. It airs from Monday to Friday, after Encantadia on GMA Telebabad. - GMANetwork.com

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