May 11, 2017

Sam Milby Returns to His First Love, Releases 'SAM:12' Album Under Star Music

Rockoustic Heartthrob Sam Milby finds his way back to the music scene with a brand new album under Star Music entitled “Sam: 12.”

This is Sam’s fourth solo album, his fifth overall, and his much-awaited return to recording since he last released “Be Mine” in 2011. The actor-singer is now on his 12th year in showbiz and the album is aptly called such signifying his successful years in the industry since he started as a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother Season 1 in 2005.

The long wait is over now. I am back with my music. I hope you enjoy all the tracks,” shares the Filipino-American artist.

This latest album consists of nine original tracks including three songs written by Gabriel Tagadtad: “Virus,” “Balang Araw,” and “Who’s that Girl?”

“Balang Araw” is an exciting track, a hopeful, happy-sounding duet with KZ Tandingan, while “Game Over” is another collaboration with “The Voice of the Philippines” Season 1 alumna Moira dela Torre whom Sam has previously done covers with.

The album also includes Francis Kiko Salazar’s “’Di Kita Minahal” and the album’s carrier single, “Tunay na Pag-ibig.” Completing the track list are Nathan Concepcion’s composition “Bulag Sa Pag-ibig,” Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connoly, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Tom Simpson, and Paul Wilson’s “Chasing Cars,” and Jonathan Manalo’s “Last Goodbye.”

Sam, Malou Santos and Roxy Liquigan serve as executive producers of the album while Jonathan Manalo is the over-all album producer. 

“Sam: 12” is out now in all digital stores worldwide. The album will soon be available at all record bars nationwide for only P299.

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Ariana Grande to Stage Her 'Dangerous Woman' Tour in Manila on August 21

Ariana Grande is set to return to Manila for a concert set this coming August 21, concert pomoter MMI Live announced on Thursday.

The world-famous popstar will perform her hit songs such as  "Side to Side," "Love Me Harder," "Break Free," "Bang Bang" among others at the Mall of Asia Arena as part of her “Dangerous Woman” world tour.

Ed Sheeran Set to Return to Manila this November 7

After his sold-out concert back in 2015, bestselling singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is returning to Manila this coming November 7 for the Manila leg of his 2017 world tour concert.

Aside from his concert in Manila, the "Thinking Out Loud" singer is also set to perform in Taipei (October 22), Osaka (October 25), Seoul (to be announced), Tokyo (October 31 and November 1), Hong Kong (November 4 and 5), Jakarta (to be announced), Bangkok (November 16), Mumbai (November 19), Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

May 10, 2017

TV Ratings: Korean Series 'Legend of the Blue Sea' and 'Goblin' Pilot Episodes Outshine Kapuso Shows

Here's how the pilot episodes of hottest Korean series  "Legend of the Blue Sea" and "Goblin" fared in the rating games on May 8, 2017 according to Kantar Media Total Philippines (Urban + Rural)

1.    Fans tuned in to the pilot episode of “Legend of the Blue Sea” starring Lee Min Ho as it scored a national TV rating of 15.5%, compared to “Wowowin” with only 11.8%.

2.    Korean drama “Goblin” also debuted strongly, hitting 12.1% versus “Scarlet Heart” (6.1%).

3.    “Pusong Ligaw” kept its lead with a national TV rating of 19.3%, while “Legally Blind” only garnered 11%.

4.    “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” secured the top spot with 37.9%, beating “Encantadia” that got 23.8%.

5.    “My Dear Heart” beat its rival program as it scored 25.8% versus “Destined to be Yours” that recorded 16.9%.

Six Reasons to Watch Gong Yoo's Award-winning Korean Series 'Goblin' on ABS-CBN

One of Korea’s most successful fantasy dramas, “Goblin,” has finally arrived on Philippine television as ABS-CBN airs the top-rating series in its late primetime block beginning tonight (May 8). It is one of the most anticipated series by Pinoy Korean drama fans and is dubbed as the most popular Korean drama of 2016.

Feeling the ‘Goblin’ fever already? Well, here are six reasons why you should watch “Goblin” on ABS-CBN:

1. TOP-RATING, TOP-CALIBER FANTASY DRAMA. “Goblin” is dubbed the most popular Korean drama of 2016. It consistently topped viewership in its timeslot on cable TV via tvN, and is one of the highest rating dramas in Korean cable television history.

2. SOUGHT-AFTER KOREAN LEADING MEN. Does the lead star Gong Yoo look familiar? Do you remember him being chased by Korean zombies in a train? Well, that’s him, all right. Here he is in his comeback television project, following his rise to international stardom.

Aside from Gong Yoo, another familiar face is the Grim Reaper, played by Lee Dong Wook of the hit series "My Girl".

3. HOLLYWOOD CALIBER PRODUCTION. Critics also claim that “Goblin” is one of the best-produced dramas in Korea. It is at par with productions from Hollywood, from the visual effects to the cinematography, locations, and so on.

4. CAPTIVATING FANTASY PLOT. The world of Kim Shin (the Goblin) and the grim reapers will totally draw you in and make you watch “Goblin” every weeknight. Watch how grim reapers get souls overdue to leave the mortal world and how Kim Shin can save and protect a soul from departing. Ever wondered what happens after you die? “Goblin” has a pretty interesting take on it.

5. ‘KILIG’ LOVE STORY. Filipinos are very much into love stories, so “Goblin” will definitely give you all the romantic feels especially with the story of Kim Shin and Erin.

6. IT IS WRITTEN BY KOREA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL TV WRITER. The creator and writer of “Goblin,” Kim Eun Sook, is called a star writer because her works are sure top-raters and can catapult Korean actors to stardom. Recently, she won the Grand Award in the TV category for ‘Goblin’ at the 2017 Baeksang Awards, one of the most prestigious award-giving bodies in Korea. Gong Yoo also received a Baeksang award for Best Actor.

“Goblin” airs weeknights after “A Love to Last” on the first and true home of Asianovelas, ABS-CBN. 

ABS-CBN Named Best TV Network, Rakes Major Awards in LPU Batangas Media Awards 2017

ABS-CBN picked up its seventh Best TV Network award for the year  and bagged 20 more awards for its entertainment and news programs, journalists, and celebrities at the 2nd Golden Laurel: LPU Batangas Media Awards.

Leading the winners are “TV Patrol,” the country’s most watched primetime news program, which won Best News Program, while anchors Noli de Castro and Bernadette Sembrano were recognized as Best Male News Anchor and Best Female News Anchor respectively.

FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” the country’s most watched TV show, was named Best Primetime Series, while its lead star Coco Martin took home the Best TV Actor award.

The other Kapamilya winners are “It’s Showtime” (Best Morning Show), “Umagang Kay Ganda” (Best Morning Show), “Matanglawin” (Best Educational Program), “Rated K” (Best Magazine Show), “The Bottomline” (Best Public Affairs Program), “ASAP” (Best Sunday Variety Show), “Banana Sundae” (Best Comedy Show), and “Gandang Gabi Vice”(Best Talk Show).

Meanwhile, Liza Soberano was hailed as the Most Influential Social Media Personality and she also won Most Popular Love Team together with Enrique Gil.

Darren Espanto is the Best Male Singer at the 2nd Golden Laurel: LPU Batangas Media Awards. Darren also accepted ASAP’s award for Best Sunday Variety Show. Photo courtesy of ASAPOFFICIAL Facebook Page

Other Kapamilya stars who dominated the awards night are Bea Alonzo (Best TV Actress), Vice Ganda (Best Talk Show Host), Yeng Constantino (Best Female Singer) and Darren Espanto (Best Male Singer).

The 2nd Golden Laurel: LPU Batangas Media Awards honors excellence in media programs, platforms, and personalities. Winners were chosen by the students and employees.

Maymay Entrata Joins MYX

PBB Lucky 7 Season Big Winner Maymay Entrata brings in fresh and playful remarks in the country’s number one music channel as MYX Celebrity VJ for the whole month of May.

The ever-energetic Maymay is set to brighten up the summer - on her birth month nonetheless - as she tries out her hosting skills in various MYX shows. “Ms. Wacky-Go-Lucky of CDO” is also set to test the local music scene as she recently signed to be part of the Star Music roster of artists.

Catch MYX Celebrity VJ Maymay on “Pop MYX” until May 6, “Pinoy MYX” on May 7 to 13, “Mellow MYX” on May 14 to 20, and “My MYX” on May 21 to 27. Watch MYX on Skycable channel 23. For more information on MYX programming and the MYX VJ Search, log on to, follow MYX on Instagram (@myxph) and Twitter (@MYXPhilippines).

May 8, 2017

Ai Ai delas Alas to Redeem Her Comedy Box-Office Queen Title via Mother's Day Movie 'Our Mighty Yaya'

Ai Ai de Alas still reigns as local showbiz's comedy queen. Over the years, she has endeared herself to the public by portraying roles of a role model mom.

Mother roles Ai Ai has done cast a magical spell on her fans just like her performances in the movie franchis "Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat."

These portrayals prove to be something that is close to home for the multi-awarded comedienne.

In her biggest and funniest film outing just yet, "Our Mighty Yaya," Ai Ai tackles an almost similar part, that of a nanny, Yaya Virgie, where her mettle as the country's Best Comedy Actress once more shines.

In real life, Ai Ai is a mom, yaya, sister all rolled into one.

"Our Mighty Yaya" will be shown as a Mother's Day treat in theaters nationwide starting May 10. Admittedly, it is a favorite palydate of Regal Entertainment, Inc., which holds an impressive track record of Mother's Day offerings.

The mother and daughter team of Lily and Roselle Monteverde is, no doubt, an expert in the field. In fact, Mother Lily herself was so impressed with the movie as well as Ai Ai's performance after seeing it in its entirely.

So, gear up for a roller coaster ride of fun, laughter and tears as Yaya Virgie takes moviegoers through a series of adventures and misadventures via "Our Mighty Yaya" from the able direction of Jose Javier Reyes.

Other stars in the film are Megan Young, Miss World 2013, Zoren Legaspi, Sofia Andres, Lukas Magallano, Alyson McBride and more.

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Gal Gadot Deflects Bullets in New 'Wonder Woman' Poster

Warner Bros. Pictures' "Wonder Woman" has just released its latest one-sheet art, showing Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior princess blocking bullets with her powerful wristguards.

"Wonder Woman" hits movie theaters across the Philippines on June 1 when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins ("Monster," AMC's "The Killing").

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the "Star Trek" films), Robin Wright ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Netflix's "House of Cards"), Danny Huston ("Clash of the Titans," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), David Thewlis (the "Harry Potter" films, "The Theory of Everything"), Connie Nielsen (Fox's "The Following," "Gladiator"), Elena Anaya ("The Skin I Live In"), Ewen Bremner ("Exodus: Gods and Kings," "Snowpiercer"), Lucy Davis ("Shaun of the Dead," FX's "Better Things"), Lisa Loven Kongsli (upcoming "Ashes in the Snow"), Eugene Brave Rock (AMC's "Hell on Wheels") and Saïd Taghmaoui ("American Hustle").

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Patty Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on characters from DC. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.

The film is produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Stephen Jones, Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, Wesley Coller and Rebecca Steel Roven serving as executive producers.

Joining Jenkins behind the camera are director of photography Matthew Jensen ("Chronicle," "Fantastic Four," HBO's "Game of Thrones"), Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto ("Amélie," "A Very Long Engagement," "Pan"), Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh ("Chicago," "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," "V for Vendetta"), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming ("The Dark Knight" trilogy, "Topsy-Turvy"). The music is by composer Rupert Gregson-Williams ("Hacksaw Ridge," "The Legend of Tarzan").

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Tencent Pictures, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, "Wonder Woman." The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Join Asian Air Safari's 'A Ticket To Fly' Contest for a Chance to Fly to Ethiopia

Asian Air Safari, a flying-adventure travel show that airs weekly on the ABS-CBN News Channel, is launching its 12th season with an exclusive cinema premiere on May 23, 2017.

A new season means all-new episodes and destinations to check out. But what's really exciting about this is that the invitational premiere, which will feature the beautiful country of Ethiopia, will be open to aviation and travel fans!

Yes, you read that right! You can get a chance to rub elbows with the jet setting crew of Asian Air Safari and their likewise globetrotting crowd. And you'll be among the first to see its new episodes! How?

It's really simple. Just join a Ticket to Fly, their on-going photo contest, which has a different theme every week. On its 2nd week (May 3 – 10), you have to post an aviation-inspired photo - a photo of you inside an aircraft or with an aircraft in the background. Caption it with the answer to the question, 'What makes you want to fly?' with the hashtag #AASadventures. Make sure your post is on public, and don't forget to tag @AsianAirSafari on Facebook and Instagram!

The best photo and caption will win you two tickets to the Asian Air Safari season 12 premiere, where two round trip tickets to Ethiopia will be raffled off! Think mystical landscapes, unique culture, amazing history, and diverse wildlife – that's Ethiopia!

So what are you waiting for? Join A Ticket to Fly and get one step closer to your African dream! For more details, check out Asian Air Safari on Facebook and Instagram!

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Football Superstar David Beckham Appears in the Movie 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword'

A scar-faced, broken-nosed David Beckham appears in a cameo in Warner Bros. Pictures' King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in Philippine cinemas May 17, 2017.

The superstar ex-footballer plays one of King Vortigern's (Jude Law) Blacklegs standing guard over the proceedings around the mystical, powerful sword Excalibur.

While Beckham remains new to the world of acting, he humbly accepted the probability of criticism over his role saying, "I am very aware that many sportsmen and other celebrities have turned their hand to acting and failed. I know that it is a tough profession, where you need a huge amount of skill and discipline, and I wouldn't want to push myself forward too soon, without learning more about it, and doing a lot more practice."

It's no secret that Beckham and British director Guy Ritchie are great friends. The pair has worked together on commercials that promoted the sporting legend's product lines for H&M and Haig Club whiskey, while Beckham also had a cameo in Ritchie's last film, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, King Arthur: Legend of the Swoerd stars Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Oscar nominee Jude Law, and Eric Bana. Ritchie directs the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by Joby Harold.

The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.

Opening across the Philippines on May 17, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Optimus, Bumblebee Feature in New TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Poster

Paramount Pictures has just launched the new Transformers: The Last Knight one-sheet showing Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in combat mode, with the ominous tagline, "For one world to live, the other must die."

The fifth instalment of the massively successful Transformers franchise is coming to Philippine theatres on June 21, 2017,

In the film, when all seems lost, a few brave souls can save everything we've ever known.

Directed by Michael Bay,The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone's life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

Transformers: The Last Knight is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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From MOA to Dubai, ASAP Birit Queens to Bring World-Class Performances in the U.S.

Composed of four of the grandest voices in the Philippine music industry - Angeline Quinto, Jona, Klarisse de Guzman and Morissette Almon - known as "ASAP Birit Queens" continue to prove that they are the ensemble to beat as they brought their musical collaboration to their first performance outside the Philippines, to a full-house National Theater of Abu Dhabi on April 7 while their U.S. concert series is in the offing.

Like a prelude to the day that was to come, as early as the day before, thousands of fans trooped to the Khalidiya Mall to pay homage to their musical queens at the very first public press conference staged by premier network The Filipino Channel (TFC).  The Queens gamely sang acapella to provide a sneak peek into their powerhouse of a show.  On concert day, about 3,000 fans from Abu Dhabi and as far as other emirates travelled to witness the musical brilliance that is "ASAP Birit Queens."  

The admiration was felt even on social media.  According to IG user @markrambo03 "I can easily tell that they LOVE what they do and do what they love.  Long live the Queens!"

Together, the "ASAP Birit Queens" were dynamite.  Exploding vocal powers in their "Emotions" and "Problem" mash-up were Jona and Morissette. Jona impressed as she whistled Mariah Carey style while Morissette combined singing and rapping in Arianna Grande form.

Meantime, Angeline Quinto and Morisette Almon raised the excitement level to the roof as they performed some of Adele's most memorable pieces such as "Someone Like You."

Oohs and aahs met the duet of Angeline and Klarisse as they brought the house down with their rendition of "When You Believe" theme from the movie "Prince of Egypt" and "I Believe I Can Fly" from the movie "Space Jam."

But what moved the audience to their feet was their medley of male pop rock hits: "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zepellin; "I Would Do Anything For Love" by Meatloaf; "Help" by The Beatles and "What About Love" by Heart.

Another memorable string was their medley of inspirational hits: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Klarisse; "Impossible Dream" by Morissette; "Somewhere" by Jona and "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Angeline.

Individually, each musical queen held her own with her unique musicality and style.  But despite their immense popularity and success, "ASAP Birit Queens" in Abu Dhabi included, the Queens' feet stay on the ground.  For each of their solo performances, they dedicated their music pieces to important people in their lives who played a huge role in their successes.

From countless auditions, to the "Star Power: Sharon's Search for the Next Female Pop Superstar" and now as the "Teleserye Theme Queen," Angeline has truly come a long way. On the night of "ASAP Birit Queens," Angeline did not disappoint as she performed iconic Original Pilipino Music such as "Anak" which she dedicated to her pseudo mom and lolaMama Bob and that left the audience yearning for their mothers and the homeland.

Jona, dubbed Fearless Diva for a reason, made kabayans feel that her long time in the industry has not gone to waste as she performed iconic musical pieces with the highest of decibels.  Most memorable was her winning piece "Through the Rain" which she dedicated to her former fan and now Production Assistant Mau Mauricio who has been with her through the years.

Klarisse, first season of "The Voice's" 1strunner up, definitely proved herself worthy of the frontlines as she sang in her powerful alto-soprano.  Highlight of her performance was OPM single "Tila" by Lani Misalucha which she dedicated to her best friend Majella Di Rocco who has been with her good times and bad.

Morissette, The Next Big Diva, proved that she truly is what people say she is.  She brought the house down with "Flashlight" by Australian singer Sia which she dedicated to family friend Gene Concepcion. 

Inspiring other Filipinos to also reach out for their dreams, TFC conducted a Birit King and Queen contest to put the spotlight on kabayans who can perform as well as the Birit Queens.

The winners of Birit King and Queen delivered. After an intense showdown, Gelo Bernal, and Queen Kitty Barrocan of United Arab Emirates (UAE) emerged winners. Bernal and Barrocan won cash prizes, one year subscription to TFC via OSN, plus the chance to represent UAE to a global singing competition.  

From ASAP to the Philippine concert scene and now to the world stage, the "ASAP Birit Queens" continue not only to impress but also to inspire and show that the Filipino talent can certainly proliferate wherever Pinoys are in the world.  The next "ASAP Birit Queens" happens May 26 in Reno, Nevada, May 28 in LA, California and June 3 in San Jose, California sa June 3.  For tickets, contact,,, For more details, visit or connect with fellow global Filipinos and follow KapamilyaTFC on Twitter or IG.

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