Saturday, June 3, 2017

'Extra Service' Marks Cable TV Premiere on Cinema One this Sunday, June 4


Bombshells Arci Muñoz, Coleen Garcia, and Jessy Mendiola team up in Cinema One for the premiere of the early 2017 film "Extra Service" this Sunday (June 4).

The riotous offering tells the story of three ex-convicts - Aw (Arci), Em (Coleen), and Gee (Jessy). They are working as massage therapists and leading double lives as secret agents with three exciting new missions to accomplish. The film also stars three of the young heartthrobs in the business - Enzo Pineda, Vin Abrenica, and Ejay Falcon.

Catch the premiere of the action-comedy film on Cinema One's Blockbuster Sunday at 8PM. Cinema One is available on Skycable Channel 56, Destiny Cable Analog 37, and Digital 57.

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McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson Ask "If We Fall In Love" in First Joint Single


One of the country's most promising love teams, McLisse, composed of McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson will make fans fall in love will their rendition of the song "If We Fall In Love, to be released by Star Music.

"We're both nervous and excited to share it with you guys. We're excited because this is another 'first time' for us as a love team," said Elisse.

"We really prepared for this. We really took it seriously," says McCoy. "I kept playing the song on repeat until I was already dreaming about it."

Producer Rox Santos also shared that he had no difficulty working with the pair as the song suited them well. He also teased that there is a possibility for an album for the pair.

"We picked 'If We Fall In Love' because we all know their love team really swoons fans, and their journey is really something people watch out for every now and then," said Rox. "So why not come up with a song that would bring out the 'kilig' in fans, and at the same time reflects the real score between them?"

Elisse also added, "When I read the lyrics, I said the song matches us. It's difficult to say if it perfectly matches us, but I feel it's really fitting."

Hashtags member McCoy said he also feels a connection with the song, stating that "If We Fall In Love" does convey his status with Elisse. "There are still questions about what's happening between us. We still don't know what's here, so the song really suits us," he said.

The ballad, originally performed by Yeng Constantino and RJ Jimenez, was written and composed by RJ during his stay as a contestant in the 2006 hit talent-reality show "Pinoy Dream Academy."

The new single is remastered by Rox Santos, featuring the voices of McCoy and Elisse. It is now available on Spotify and YouTube. For more information, visit Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music's official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starrecordsphil, Twitter.com/starrecordsph and Instagram.com/Starmusicph.

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'Wonder Woman' Breaks PH Non-Holiday Box-Office Record After Raking P48M on Opening Day


Arriving with power, grace, wisdom and wonder, Warner Bros. Pictures' Wonder Woman pulled off the year's biggest non-holiday opening day record as it grossed a whopping P48.39-M on its first day of release (including midnight previews) yesterday, June 1.

This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

The first solo feature film about the famed Amazonian princess-warrior, Wonder Woman bested the opening day gross of last March's Beauty and the Beast (at P47-M), and also claimed the biggest first-day haul of 2017 for a Warner Bros. Title (surpassing Kong: Skull Island).

Attracting 205,041 total admissions from 510 screens nationwide, Wonder Woman's other first-day records include the 2nd Biggest Opening Day of the Year, right after Fast & Furious 8's P56-M which was established on a Black Saturday holiday; 3rd Biggest Opening Day for a WB Film All-Time (ahead of Suicide Squad at P29.7-M) and 3rd Biggest June Opening Day All-Time Industry-Wide (outgrossing Transformers: Age of Extinction at P39.7-M.)

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, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

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.

Now playing across the Philippines, "Wonder Woman" is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Astrid S Releases an Edgy, Sassy Song Called "Breathe"


Award-winning singer and pop star Astrid S has unveiled her brand new single "Breathe". The track is her first of new music for 2017, and follows a breaktrough year for Astrid, in which her hit single - 'Hurts So Good - topped 120 million streams on Spotify alone.

"Breathe" was produced by Oscar Holter for Wolf Cousins (Tove Lo, Demin Lovato, Ellie Goulding) in Los Angeles and is available at all digital music outlets. The single surprassed 3 millions streams within the first few days of its release.

The Norwegian pop star also released the official video via her socials where the video sees Astrid as part of a vigilante couple who commit a heist in a Tarantino-esque, action-packed short film format directed by Cherry Cobra Films - a Swedish duo consisiting of directors Johanna Nyberg and Nathalie Hallman.

Astrid S says: "This is the biggest music video I've done yet! There was a big crew, a lot of equipment and effects, not to mention all the costumes and clothes! I think the video manages to capture the edge and sassiness of the song, with a good mix of serious and funny. I'm so excited to share it!"



Thursday, June 1, 2017

TFC Live Joins Canada 150’s Celebration of Diversity with World-Class Filipino Concert “ASAP in Toronto”


Canada truly embraces diversity and two of its world-renowned leaders emphasized this as they ushered in 2017.

On the eve of the beginning of the of the 150 th anniversary of Canada – also known as the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation – no less than Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, praised the nation for having “earned a reputation as a welcoming, respectful and compassionate country.”  

The Queen encouraged everybody “to continue to embody the values of equality, freedom and inclusion” and “to remind the world of the importance of protecting those values and of passing them on to future generations.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed the same sentiments and sent a powerful statement to the nation: “Together, I know we will continue to build the diverse and prosperous country that we are all so proud to call home.”

Today, in a country where one out of 5 people is foreign born, almost one million Filipinos call Canada their new home even as they continue to honor their Filipino roots and heritage.

It is in this spirit and context that ABS-CBN’s TFC Live is bringing to Canada its most successful touring Filipino concert that showcases the best of Filipino talent and entertainment. 

Come July 29, 2017, Saturday, at the storied Ricoh Coliseum – a venue where a vast range of musical icons from Jimi Hendrix to Pitbull have performed – “ASAP Live in Toronto” promises to be the biggest and grandest Filipino event to celebrate Canada’s 150 th anniversary.

Diversity and inclusion are among the main themes of the Government of Canada’s vision for its 150 th anniversary.  ABS-CBN TFC Live’s ‘ASAP in Toronto’ is a musical and cultural expression of those themes. It’s Filipinos representing artistically in Canada’s grand anniversary narrative that celebrates multiple dimensions of this country,” said ABS-CBN Canada’s Country Manager Jun Del Rosario.

There are great expectations for “ASAP Live in Toronto” as its reputation precedes it. “ASAP” is the longest running, most successful weekend variety show that airs live on Philippine television.  It is produced by ABS-CBN, the world’s largest Filipino-owned media and entertainment network.  In 2012, “ASAP turned into an international giant touring live event when it brought about 40 stars to Singapore’s MAX Pavilion EXPO.  Since then, “ASAP Live” has travelled to Dubai Festival City, Los Angeles Sports Arena, London’s The SSE Arena, Wembley, and New York’s Barclays Center, selling out back-to- back concerts in those venues.

Yes, that’s right: back-to- back concerts in one night.  Part of the unique and tremendous value of an “ASAP Live” show is that ticket holders get to see not one, but TWO world-class concerts in one show because both concerts become two full episodes that will be aired exclusively by ABS-CBN in the Philippines and on TFC worldwide. So, yes, get ready to be part of “ASAP Live” on television!

On the same day of the concert, ABS-CBN TFC Live will include the Marketplace that will unveil export quality Filipino products, delightful Filipino food and unique interactive activities for the entire family.  This allows ticket buyers to enjoy a full day of interesting offerings prior to the main concert. 

Everyone is also encouraged to download the TFC Live App for a full experience that allows ticket buyers to see and navigate through the complete breadth of activities that include contests, games, freebies and exciting prizes.  They can also connect with fellow attendees by using the handy networking features of the app.

For more information including how to purchase tickets to ABS-CBN TFC Live’s “ASAP Live in Toronto” on July 29 at the Ricoh Coliseum, visit http://www.tfc-ca.com/asaptoronto/

DZMM Teleradyo Widens News and Public Service with Nationwide Reach


DZMM TeleRadyo continues to widen its reach as it delivers news and public service to more Filipinos nationwide as a free TV channel on ABS-CBN TVplus.

Now, people all over the country are able to watch the programs of DZMM TeleRadyo, which began as ABS-CBN’s flagship AM radio station in Mega Manila almost 31 years ago and started broadcasting on cable TV in 2007.

ABS-CBN TVplus is the digital terrestrial television service of the country’s leading media and entertainment company, and is available in 15 key areas in the country such as Metro Manila, Davao, , Metro Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, Iloilo, Bacolod, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Rizal, Laguna, Pampanga, Tarlac, Benguet, and Cavite, with over two million digital boxes sold nationwide.

In a trade event held this month to celebrate DZMM TeleRadyo’s 10th year on air, ABS-CBN News head Ging Reyes said more change and innovation is coming to DZMM as it continues to focus on its very essence – news and public service.

Change happens and whatever innovation we think of, the essence of DZMM TeleRadyo will remain the same, which is the commitment to public service and news gathering,” she said.

Ging said TeleRadyo viewers can expect improvements in broadcast design and video quality, and a new studio this year for DZMM. Moreover, in terms of content, they have also strengthened its lineup with a 10pm live telecast of late night newscast “Bandila” with anchors Karen Davila, Ces Orena-Drilon, and Julius Babao, before the news program’s airing on ABS-CBN after “Tonight With Boy Abunda.” DZMM also has a daily offering of current affairs programs at 2pm such as “Rated K,” “Matanglawin,” “Ipaglaban Mo,”  “S.O.C.O,” and “Mukha.”

Amid the innovations, DZMM TeleRadyo’s strength remains to be its team of respected and experienced journalists, who are always ready to deliver news, information, and commentary that matter to Filipinos.

In the trade event, anchors like Karen Davila, Ces Drilon, Julius Babao, Ahwel Paz, Niña Corpuz, Doc Luisa Puyat, Tina Marasigan, Tony Velasquez, and Doris Bigornia, and reporters Zhander Cayabyab and Raya Capulong were able to bond with people who have been supporting DZMM for many years.




Meanwhile, DZMM TeleRadyo also continues to bring joy and public service to barangays in Metro and Mega Manila via “DZMM Kapamilya Day,” which will continue until June. The event features a DZMM program live on-site where important national and community based issues are tackled. Zumba sessions, livelihood seminars and a birthday treat for residents are also staple offerings in every visit. It also recently held this year’s “Buntis Congress,” which has been educating and assisting expectant mothers for 15 years.

For news and public service, stay tuned to DZMM 630 on AM radio or DZMM TeleRadyo on cable TV and ABS-CBN TVplus. For updates, follow @DZMMTeleRadyo on Twitter and Facebook.
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"The Voice Teens" Coaches Lea, Sarah, Bamboo, and Sharon's 8 Most Aggressive Pleas to Artists During Blind Audition


“The Voice’s” blind auditions stage is the most exciting part of the competition. It’s almost surreal to see the superstar coaches use various tricks and rhetoric to woo aspiring artists to join their respective teams. 

But the country’s first-ever season of “The Voice Teens” has brought the competition among coaches Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Sharon Cuneta to a whole new level – all of them using persuasive speech and making promises to the artists to get their attention. 

Which coaches gave the most convincing plea to pursue the artists? Will the coaches live up to their promises come the battle rounds next week? 

Let’s take a look at all the memorable moments where the coaches used their power of persuasion to assemble a solid team:

COACH LEA

1)  Mica Becerro 

Four-chair turner and opera singer Mica stunned all the coaches when she took on an aria called "Queen Of The Night.” But Mica ended up choosing coach Lea, who was almost moved to tears when she shared her story about how classical singing technique saved her life “in the most literal sense” when she was doing “Miss Saigon.”

Coach Lea: I just wanted to share this with you only so that I can tell another person how important that kind of technique is and how happy I am na sa murang edad mo, you have it already. Sana more singers, more aspiring singers that watch this show take a cue from you, na sana seryosohin nila, na huwag nilang pagtawanan ang opera o makalumang kanta.

2)  Patrick Corporal

Given the history of “The Voice,” it’s typical of guitar-slinging artists who compose their own songs to join Kamp Kawayan. But Patrick eventually chose coach Lea, who he believed would “fly me to the moon,” much to her own astonishment.

Coach Lea: There is so much potential and it is a very clean soothing (voice). Feel ko lang alam mo na kung sino ka as an artist and it gives u a leg-up on the competition.


COACH SARAH

3)  Gia Gonzales

All the four coaches battled hard to recruit Gia whose “current” sound and beaming stage presence mesmerized the coaches. Coach Sarah stepped up to the moment and brought out her Season 1 finalist Klarisse, who said that because she and coach Sarah are not far apart in age, their coach-artist relationship blossomed into a friendship. Gia would eventually decide on working with the coach who would “make me feel at home and help me develop my talent as a star’ – the popstar royalty. 

Coach Sarah: I really enjoyed hearing you sing… Nag-manifest pa ‘yun when I saw you perform, the way you moved, the way you danced to the song. You are a natural. You are a  star. Pretty girl pa!

4)  Mikko Estrada 

The teen heartthrob charmed the four coaches with his refreshing blind audition. But in the end, he picked coach Sarah, who had to put up a fight by bringing out two shirts – one that says “My Coach” and “My Champion” – assuring Mikko that she would take him to the top. 

Coach Sarah: Kung ako ang pipiliin mo bilang coach mo, magtatrabaho tayo nang husto. Alam ko ako ang pinakabata dito, pero maipapangako ko sa ‘yo na very passionate ako at hardworking pagdating sa artists ko.”


COACH BAMBOO

5)  Isabela Vinzon

The daughter of actor Roi Vinzon, Isabela shared that she wants to follow in her father’s footsteps but that she wants to be recognized for her singing. Coach Bamboo, the only coach who has not dabbled in acting, used this point as an advantage to woo the teen artist.

Coach Bamboo: Gusto mo ibang path. It’s what I love to do, it’s what I am. I’ve chosen nothing but music. I am a soldier of music. That is what I am. You have my full attention in Kamp Kawayan.

6)  Emarjhun De Guzman

Proud LGBT member Emarjhun De Guzman’s reggae-tinged voice got three coaches to turn around for him, and even taught the coaches some gay lingo terms. Coach Bamboo, to the delight of the coaches and the audience, even used the gay lingo terms to convince Emarjhun to join Kamp Kawayan.

Coach Bamboo: That was “epek” (great). Ang ganda ng performance mo. It was the right song. You have the right vocal quality for that kind of song. I’m doing that, and that’s the truth, that’s no “charot” (joke). 


COACH SHARON

7)  Alessandra Galvez

While Alessandra’s unique take on “Oops I Did It Again” stood out, coach Bamboo said that her voice needed “cleaning.” But coach Sharon, whose sense of humor often adds fun and sparkle to the coaches’ verbal back-and-forth, declared that she would help Alessandra reach her full potential.

Coach Sharon: If you pick me to be your coach, I will polish you, vacuum you, dust you, sweep you. I will clean everything… But seriously, I hope you choose me.

8)  Heather Hawkins

English-born and Singapore-raised Heather’s subtle and heartfelt take of “Make You Feel My Love” swayed all the coaches. But she chose to join the team of coach Sharon, who asserted her seniority and used her experience as her main selling point.

Coach Sharon: You are in the Philippines. We have someone from Broadway. We have the pop princess. We have the rock icon. I am the most senior here. You grew up in Singapore, I grew up in this business. I can teach you everything I know. Come on, baby, you know you want me!


Watch out for more talented young artists in the last blind audition episdoe of “The Voice Teens” this Saturday (June 3) and first Battle Round competition this Sunday (June 4). 

Twin Brothers Gru and Dru are Exact Opposites in "Despicable Me 3"


Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have revealed the teaser poster of Despicable Me 3 featuring the twin brothers Gru and Dru who cannot be more different from each other.

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters - Margo, Edith and Agnes - and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.  

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.  

Opens in Philippine cinemas on June 14, 2017, Despicable Me 3 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

JABRA Releases EVOLVE 75 Wireless Headset Specifically Designed for the Modern Office Workers


Jabra, one of the worldwide leaders in audio and communications technology, today unveiled the latest addition to the market leading Evolve series - the Jabra Evolve 75

The Jabra Evolve 75 is the latest premium wireless headset designed for the modern office workers. Boasting a unique combination of features including superior Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and an integrated "do not disturb" busylight, Jabra Evolve 75 is the best wireless headset for concentration in the open office.

The Evolve 75 is the latest addition to the successful Jabra Evolve series, which has sold more than 2.5 million units worldwide. The series was developed to ensure more focused and distraction-free performance in open office settings. To accomplish this, the Jabra Evolve 75 brings together the strongest features of the Evolve range: wireless freedom, great sound, ANC and a busylight.

The Jabra Evolve 75 comes equipped with world-class speakers for music and high-definition (HD) voice for crystal clear calls. It features dual Bluetooth connectivity that supports calls and music by allowing the user to simultaneously pair the headset with two connected devices, such as a PC and smartphone. 

With a wireless range of 100 feet for laptops and 33 feet for smartphones, the headset also enables the flexibility and freedom to move, allowing workers to multi-task without the noise and interruptions from colleagues that stifle concentration and productivity.

"The premise behind the open plan office is to foster collaboration and improve communication among employees. Unfortunately, because of interruptions from colleagues and the noise generated in these environments, they have become breeding grounds for unsatisfactory labor output, and are negatively impacting workers and contributing to lackluster performance,” says Wayne Lee, Product Management and Alliances Manager, APAC




The Jabra Evolve 75 provides businesses with an alternative solution to support an open office philosophy that's conducive to better performance," Lee adds.


Certified for modern office use

The Jabra Evolve 75 is compatible with Open Office and Outdoor requirements for Skype for Business from Microsoft and is also certified for Skype for Business, Cisco and other leading Unified Communications (UC) platforms.

The Jabra Evolve 75 is also compatible with Jabra Direct – free cloud-based software that lets users personalize and manage the headset.




Key features of the Jabra Evolve 75

HD voice for crystal clear calls and music
Superior Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) with four (4) Mic’s 
Integrated busylight to boost productivity by reducing noise and interruptions
Up to 15 hours of talk time
Flexibility to connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time for calls and music – for example, both a computer and a smartphone
Up to 100 ft. / 30 meters range from your connected device
Audio through USB connection
Charging stand (optional)
Integration with leading UC platforms and Certified for Skype for Business, Cisco, Avaya and more
HD voice for calls. World-class speakers for music
Leather-feel ear cushions and an on-the-ear wearing style for all-day comfort
Discreet boom-arm that can be clipped into the headband when not on calls
Comes with an optional charging stand for easy charging and docking 


About Jabra

Jabra, part of the GN Group, is a leading developer and manufacturer of communications and sound solutions. We are committed to letting people hear more, do more and be more than they ever thought possible. We believe that through sound, we can transform lives.

Jabra innovates and empowers with sound solutions for businesses and consumers, producing corded and wireless headsets, portable and in-office speakerphones, and sports earbuds. Jabra employs 1,000 people worldwide, and produced an annual revenue of DKK3.5 bn in 2016.

The GN Group operates in more than 90 countries, and has almost 150 years’ experience in innovation and delivering reliability and ease of use. Founded in 1869, employing over 5,000 people, and listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen, GN makes life sound better. www.jabra.com

Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors "Transformers" Director Michael Bay


Michael Bay received one of the highest honours in Hollywood: his handprints in the Walk of Fame. 

Bay sank his hands and feet into the forecourt of Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre recently as he was honored for a money-spinning movie career that has netted almost $6 billion.

The 52-year-old Los Angeles native is known for directing some of history’s biggest effects-laden blockbusters, from “Bad Boys” (1995), “Armageddon” (1998) and “Pearl Harbor” (2001) to the “Transformers” franchise, whose fifth installment, “Transformers: The Last Knight” opens in the US and the Philippines on June 21, 2017.

It brings back your childhood because I remember as a kid I came here. And this is where I went to the movies with my parents, this was the place where I saw ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ when I decided I want to become a director,” he told Agence France Presse.

Bay, who now calls Miami home, worked as an intern for George Lucas’s special effects company Industrial Light and Magic before kickstarting his directing career with commercials and music videos for Tina Turner, Lionel Richie and Meat Loaf.

His first feature film - “Bad Boys,” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence - marked the beginning of a string of collaborations between Bay and veteran producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

It’s bizarre as a kid to think, this was always untouchable to me, you know,” he said of being honored by Hollywood.

You don’t ever think that’s possible, so it’s kind of a bizarre thing having your hands printed here.”

Known for high octane action, Bay’s movies have made $5.8 billion, allowing him to indulge a passion for aviation and motoring, according to Rolling Stone magazine, snapping up a $50 million Gulfstream jet and a fleet of luxury and sports cars.




ABOUT “TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT”

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.

Richard Gutierrez Transfers to ABAS-CBN, Join "La Luna Sangre" and "Wife, Husband, Wife" with Angel Locsin


Newest Kapamilya Richard Gutierrez returns to television as he joins the cast of ABS-CBN’s highly-anticipated epic action romance series “La Luna Sangre.”

I have always been curious how it is to work in ABS-CBN. I only hear great things about this network. Finally, now I’m here, I’m excited that I have been given the opportunity to work here,” Richard said in the contract signing held May 31 in Manila with ABS-CBN COO for Broadcast Cory Vidanes, Star Creatives COO Malou Santos, Finance head for Broadcast and News and Current Affairs Cat Lopez, and talent manager Annabelle Rama.

I’ve always been curious how it is to work in ABS-CBN… finally, I’m here”

Richard will be part of the upcoming series “La Luna Sangre” topbilled by Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla and directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. He will play the role of Sandrino, the supreme vampire and the long lost son of Magnus (Jake Roxas). What will be his connection to the lives of Mateo (John Lloyd Cruz), Lia (Angel Locsin) and Malia (Kathryn Bernardo)?

“La Luna Sangre” is the third installment of the hit fantasy franchise, after “Lobo” and “Imortal,” both produced by Star Creatives.

Aside from “La Luna Sangre,” Richard is also slated to do a movie entitled "Wife, Husband, Wife" with Angelica Panganiban and former loveteam Angel Locsin under Star Cinema. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Guessing Game is Over! Liza Soberano is Darna in Star Cinema's MMFF 2017 Movie Entry


It's out and official!

Star Cinema have announced that Liza Soberano is the unanimous pick to play the newest incarnation of Pinay superheroine Darna - in an upcoming film adaptation to be helmed by Erik Matti.

In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe on TV Patrol, the 19 year-old Kapamilya actress said: "Yes, it is confirmed. Tinatanggap ko na ang role na Darna."

She succeeds Marian Rivera, who was the last to portray the Mars Ravelo character onscreen. The Kapuso actress was 24 when she first donned famous fire red costume in 2009, and the choice of Liza seems to suggest that the newest version will now be a tad younger. 

Angel Locsin, who played Darna in 2005, was first tapped by Matti to star in his film but a back injury forced the actress out of the project. Angel has since called her fans to support whoever will replace her. "I now entrust the reins to the next lucky lady who will have the time of her life portraying the role," she said. 




Since Darna made her komiks debut in 1950, the well-loved character has been played by several actresses on TV and in films, including a young Vilma Santos in the 1970s.

In the original lore, Darna is a warrior from Planet Marte who manifests herself in a village girl from Earth named Narda. 

In order to transform into the heroine and defend humans from evil forces, Narda swallows a tiny meteorite and shouts "Darna!" - a small scene which has since been embedded in local pop culture.

In his previous interview with DZMM, Matti agreed that Liza has the built to successfully do the role justice. 

She has the strength physically, 'yung itsura at katawan. And then tama 'yung edad and you can do a lot of things sa mukha niya. Puwede siya mag-iba-iba ng itsura and she could still look really good. At the same time, Pinay siya na maganda, pan-Asian. Mahirap 'yung mestiza eh,” he said. 

Dermatologists' Highly-Recommended Skincare CETAPHIL Celebrates 70 Years


Galderma is delighted to announce that 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of CETAPHIL, their dermatologically formulated skincare range which is clinically proven to strengthen and protect even the most sensitive skin ensuring healthy skin.

Invented in 1947 by a pioneering pharmacist in Texas, the first product - “Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion“ - known today as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser - still uses the same formula. Customers soon recognized its gentle cleansing power and from then on, the Cetaphil range of products started to grow. 




Now, 70 years later, Cetaphil is available in more than 70 countries worldwide and offers a wide range of everyday products from, cleansers, moisturizers, sun protection to baby products and solutions for sensitive skin conditions such as acne, eczema and rosacea.

Specifically formulated to provide effective skincare for a variety of skin types and conditions, Cetaphil has become one of the top skincare brands recommended by dermatologists 1 and other healthcare professionals across the world.




The essence of Cetaphil is in the name: the ‘phil’ at the end means ‘love’, while the ‘Cet’ comes from the fatty alcohol which is used as an emollient – Cetyl alcohol. ‘Cetaphil’, therefore, is the love of softening and soothing skin.

With its gentle and clinically proven formulas, Cetaphil reinforces and protects the structure of the skin - even in people with the most sensitive and delicate skin” explained Dr Eszter Baltas, dermatologist who contributed to developing Cetaphil products and now Associate Professor at the Department of Dermatology and Allergology in Szeged, Hungary. “Thanks to its long heritage, based on in-depth understanding of dermatology, Cetaphil offers reliable, scientifically-tested solutions.”




Cetaphil has been used by people with sensitive skin for more than three generations” said Neil Popplewell, Vice President Consumer Business, Nestlé Skin Health. “Over the last 70 years, we have worked closely with medical experts to better understand people’s skin needs. This has allowed us to provide different solutions adapted to these needs, and to make the Cetaphil range what it is today. Like regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, maintaining healthy skin is essential for your overall well-being, so Cetaphil completes your health routine. We will continue to develop the brand and make it more accessible to consumers worldwide. We look forward to the next 70 years of healthy skin with Cetaphil.”  

Dr. Baltas sums it up: “When you choose Cetaphil, you’re choosing the best for your skin.”

Samsung QLED TV, The Next Innovation in Television is Now Available in the Philippines #TheNextInnovationInTV


Watching TV has changed through the years and is now more central in the lives of consumers. From being a mere source of entertainment, TVs are now considered as windows that let users experience the world right from their homes.

In a gathering held at Okada Manila titled “The Next Frontier,” Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation declared a new era of television viewing as they officially launched the QLED TV in the country. 

Hosted by TV personality and radio jock Sam Oh, the event brought together Samsung executives, led by President Kevin Lee, media, and valued dealer-partners as they witnessed how the QLED TV delivers a next generation display that overcomes the disadvantages of other competing technologies.




With its exclusive Quantum Dot technology, the Samsung QLED TV turns light into perfect color, making a powerful combination that revolutionizes picture quality. The new television line also offers HDR 1500 brightness and 100% color volume expression, enabling viewers to watch scenes just as how the creator intended them to be. It can also reproduce almost any color known to man, making HDR content more vibrant and natural-looking.

Beauty and functionality work hand-in-hand in the Samsung QLED TV. Its revolutionary design uses an Invisible Connection cable for other TV connected devices, removing the pain point of dealing with unsightly and tangled cables, and making it a great addition to any room. To further add to the clean design, users have the option to avail of the no-gap wall mount, which allows the TV to sit flush against the wall. Also available are an array of stands, such as gravity and studio stands, that can blend in with any living space.




A smart TV needs an equally smart remote, and with the QLED TV’s One Remote Control that covers all connected devices, users will have an easier time navigating whether they want to play games, watch sports, or stream their favorite TV shows.  Users can also turn their mobile phones into a personal remote through the Smart View app. More entertainment options are provided by the Samsung QLED TV as it comes equipped with apps, services, and other content through the Smart Hub.

To bring to life the qualities of the product that define the future of TV - superior picture quality, freedom in design, and smart interactivity - artists performed a dramatic and breathtaking dance supported by an integrated play of visuals. Experience zones were also set up during the event, allowing curious guests to get a first-hand viewing experience of the QLED TV. 

Each year we challenge ourselves into coming up with upgrades and innovations, but this year’s QLED TV really is the pinnacle of high-quality viewing,” shared Samsung Product Marketing Head for AV Jun Guevara. “From pure lifelike colors, to the easy-to-use One Remote Control, to attention to design inside and out - the QLED TV ends the debate and is undoubtedly the next innovation in TV.

Highlighting this groundbreaking technology, the tech giant brought in Korean celebrity Kim Soo Hyun as a special guest to support the local launch of the QLED TV. The actor expressed his excitement as he revealed the product that aims to give consumers a viewing experience like no other.

From pure lifelike colors, to the easy-to-use One Remote Control, to attention to design inside and out - the QLED TV ends the debate and is undoubtedly the next innovation in TV.” 

Samsung also welcomed two local ambassadors for the QLED TV campaign - award-winning filmmaker Paul Soriano and tastemaker Tessa Prieto-Valdes - creative industry movers and shakers whose unapologetic taste, individual style, and uncompromising standards match that of Samsung’s new line.

We’re happy to formally introduce Paul and Tessa as our local ambassadors, who are industry leaders in their own realm. We believe that they are instrumental in showcasing the benefits of the QLED TV through their different fields and passion points," said Samsung Marketing Director Chad Sotelo.


THE NEXT INNOVATION IN TV


  • The Samsung QLED TV Quantum Dot technology can make images almost literally come to life on screen. 
  • It allows you to see images in full crispness from any angle you see them from. 
  • Its Ultra Black feature absorbs light for lower reflectivity and deeper blacks, so you can enjoy your viewing experience from day to night.
  • No matter what time of day, you should be able to enjoy a film the way the director intended. That’s why the Samsung QLED TV's contrast keeps picture quality consistent no matter how dim or bright it is in the room.



The new line-up of the QLED TV is available in authorized Samsung dealers nationwide. For more details, visit the Samsung Facebook page or log on to samsung.com/ph.

'Wonder Woman' to Have Midnight Previews on June 1 at 12:01AM in Select PH Cinemas Nationwide


The countdown to the opening of Warner Bros. Pictures' Wonder Woman cannot be any faster, but die-hard fans are in for a treat as the studio has announced midnight previews on June 1 at 12:01AM in selected cinemas in Metro Manila and regional cities.

Fans are advised to reserve and buy their tickets now to be among the first in the world to watch Wonder Woman.

In Metro Manila, midnight screenings are confirmed to be held in Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, S' Maison, SM Aura, SM Bacoor, SM BF, SM Bicutan, SM Fairview, SM Light Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Marilao, SM Megamall, SM Molino, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall, Robinsons Magnolia, Powerplant, Century, CommerCenter, Eastwood, Evia, Fisher's Mall, Gateway, Newport, Starmall Alabang, Starmall EDSA, Starmall Las Pinas, Starmall San Jose, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, Vista Mall Taguig, Uptown and Venice Cineplex.

Moviegoers in the provinces may watch in SM Baguio, SM Clark, SM Naga, SM Pampanga, Vista Bataan, Vista Pampanga and SM Cebu.

For the updated list, fans may check with their favorite cinemas.

Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure Wonder Woman from director Patty Jenkins.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

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 directed 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.

Diana is set apart from most comic book superheroes by her gender, but it’s her approach to justice that I believe really makes her unique,” Gal Gadot claims. “She not only wants to rid the world of evil by taking out the bad guys, she also wants to encourage men and women to be the best human beings they can be, and she does this through love, hope and grace.”

Patty Jenkins agrees, further stating, “If only we could all see the world the way Diana does. She sees the great darkness, but also looks beyond that to what mankind is capable of: great beauty. She also has the powers of a god, a heart filled with compassion, and we wanted to give her a rich and layered and fun story to tell that everyone can connect with. It’s just a great adventure that I hope fans - old and new - will love!

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, June 01, “Wonder Woman” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Lifts Garnishment Over ABS-CBN and SkyCable Assets


ABS CBN and Sky Cable received an ex-parte writ of attachment and notice of garnishment from the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court on Thursday, 25 May 2017, in connection with the collection complaint of Solar Entertainment Corporation. 

ABS-CBN and Sky Cable immediately filed a motion to lift the attachment and garnishment on the morning of May 29, which the court granted on the same day. 

Thus, at this time, there is no effective attachment or garnishment over any asset of ABS-CBN or Sky Cable. 

In 2014, ABS-CBN and Solar jointly entered into a license agreement with NBA Properties Inc. Since ABS-CBN was paying 60 percent of the license fees, it considered that the same already covered the carriage fees of Sky Cable. Unfortunately, Solar disagreed. Despite the good faith attempts of ABS-CBN and Sky Cable to resolve the dispute amicably, Solar cut off the NBA feed to Sky Cable and filed this complaint. 

ABS-CBN is set to submit its answer with counterclaims to this complaint. The network giant is confident that they will prevail.

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Launches "Gusto Kong Mag-Aral," Gives 100K School Bags to Students Nationwide


More than 100,000 students from Luzon to Mindanao will be given school bags and school supplies through the “Gusto Kong Mag-Aral” project of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya – Operation Sagip, with the help of donors who want to help the country’s youth have a better learning experience this school year.

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya-Operation Sagip director Jun Dungo said the project targets elementary school students in the entire country, particularly those from areas in poverty and frequented by calamities. 



ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya’s compassion and service for the Filipino people doesn’t end after a rescue or relief operation. This project is one way for us to ensure a bright future for our youth, especially those who really want to go to school. We are thankful for our donors for their unwavering commitment to help in making our countrymen’s lives better,” he added.  

A total of 1,300 students have already been reported to receive bags and school supplies at the Hermosa Elementary School and Orani Elementary School in Bataan. The project will continue in Catanduanes, Pampanga, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, Compostela Valley, Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga, Bulacan, Quirino, Ilocos Norte, Benguet, Aurora, Zambales, Batangas, Mindoro, Laguna, Quezon, Pangasinan, Iloilo, Antique, Capiz, Aklan, Bohol, Cebu, Samar, Leyte, Lanao del Norte, and Zamboanga del Norte. 




ABS-CBN has been in the service of Filipinos worldwide for over six decades. Public service has remained constant through the years as the media and entertainment company evolves and serves many generations of Filipinos through news and programs that inform, inspire, and empower, and projects that directly impact the lives of the people.

Nadnad, one of the beneficiaries in Bataan, shared that he gets inspiration to pursue his studies from his parents, a laundrywoman and janitor. 

My dream is to take care and help my parents,” he said in an interview on “TV Patrol.”





Another beneficiary, RJ, a Grade 1 student from Orani North Elementary School, is determined to become a doctor in the future. Her mother shared how extremely difficult it is to make ends meet, especially with her spouse undergoing dialysis for the past 5 months. The young girl already recycled old notebooks for use this coming school year, and was overjoyed to receive new school supplies.  

I promise to be good in my studies,” she said.




Schoolchildren like Nadnad and RJ inspire the people behind “Gusto Kong Mag-aral” as they serve as a reminder that there is hope even after tragedy and to never stop dreaming for a better future. 

Watch out for more stories of “malasakit” and public service of Filipinos on “TV Patrol”, from Monday to Saturday on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. For updates on the projects of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya, follow its official Facebook account (@abscbnfoundationkapamilya) or visit the website at www.abs-cbnfoundation.com.  

Cindy Lauper's Hit Musical 'KINKY BOOTS' Sets Foot in Manila Featuring Nyoy Volante and Laurence Mossman


Cyndi Lauper's Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical "Kinky Boots" invades the Philippine stage as it set foot at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City starting June 30 to July 31.

Under the direction of Bobby Garcia, "Kinky Boots" is a humorous musical based on a true to life event of a shoe factory owner named Charlie Price and Lola, a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting ideas. 

Gist: Charlie has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discovers that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Leading the cast is Nyoy Volante (Simon/Lola), a critically acclaimed musical theater performer and acoustic balladeer, last seen on stage as Frankie Valli in "Jersey Boys." 

Laurence Mossman (Charlie Price), last seen playing multiple roles in the Asian premiere of "Fun Home". 




Yanah Laurel (Lauren), who was also last seen in "Fun Home". 

Tricia Canilao (Nicola), a former "Miss Saigon" cast member. 

 Tickets are now available at Ticketworld at (632) 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Ticket prices at P4,180, P3,135 and P2,090.


Look: 'Despicable Me 3' Shares Character Posters of Minions as Inmates


As the new trailers have revealed, the Minions go to jail in Despicable Me 3, and Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released the character posters for the six lead Minions as inmates, with cute tattoos to boot.

Take a look at the new posters below and watch Despicable Me 3 in Philippine cinemas on June 14, 2017.

The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.





Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.

Despicable Me 3 is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.

The animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Despicable Me 3 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Monday, May 29, 2017

(Must-Read) Back-to-School Essentials for the Digital-Savvy Family


A new academic year begins in just a few days and as families shop for new school wardrobe staples and haul cool school supplies, families shouldn’t miss out on back-to-school essentials in the digital era.



A new laptop for the incoming college freshman


What better way to reward a family member who is about to start a new chapter of his life with a new laptop that he can use every day? A laptop is an extension of every student’s academic life that will serve as his companion during all-nighters and other school projects.

Macbook Pro’s 13-inch model with Retina Display is a perfect match for every student who is about to conquer a fresh semester. It’s portable, lightweight, and sleek enough to carry every day to school – a worthwhile investment that would last for years.



High speed home and mobile internet for the out and about high school student

As an Internet connection has effectively replaced having an arsenal of encyclopedias at home, a reliable home internet connection is a must. Better if it is an ultra-fast connection as it is critical for students to quickly access information for school requirements – from scholarly journals they need to cite in their research papers to videos they need to stream for a critique paper.




Besides a home internet, a student can do no wrong with a mobile internet connection. Teens who have to do homework while away from home can easily fulfill their school requirements when they have a handy mobile internet they can carry wherever they want.



Cable television for the little preschooler

Cable TV is still a powerful learning platform. A diverse cable channel lineup allows preschoolers to consume important information, while being entertained by their favorite educational shows.

High definition channels that give a lifelike feel to the cable shows also makes learning engaging as kids watch cartoon shows that teach good values and help shape their character.

One SKY Premium, SKY’s all-in bundle offers unlimited internet, HD cable TV, and mobile internet, and now with a special offer featuring a 13-inch Macbook Pro is the perfect all-in-one back-to-school essential.

Through SKY’s collaboration with Power Mac Center, the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display is exclusively offered at P2,915 per month – at 0% interest – for 24 months to new subscribers of One SKY Premium Plan 1999 and higher plans. This offer is available until July 15, 2017.

One SKY Premium Plan 1999 comes with 16Mbps unlimited internet, HD cable TV, and free SKY On Demand; One SKY Premium Plans 2999 and 3999 come with 32Mbps and 64 Mbps unlimited internet respectively.  For those who want to surf the internet while on the go, One SKY Premium Plans 1799 and 2199 also includes 4G Pocket Wifi with speeds of up to 12mbps. The plans have a 24-month lock-in period.

Access to over 190 free SKYcable channels will also be activated once families avail of the special offer.

After the successful installation of any of the specified One SKY Premium plans, subscribers can head to participating Power Mac Centers with the special voucher to avail of the exclusive offer.  This promo runs until July 15, 2017.

One SKY Premium plans were launched last October 2016 to enrich the digital entertainment experience of Filipino families by offering all-in-one, convenient bundles. The latest development also complements ABS-CBN’s transition into a digital company as SKY Cable is a unit of the Lopez-owned corporation.

SKY Cable Corporation is the first to introduce cable television to Filipinos in 1990. Since then, it has been a frontrunner in technology and cable TV content by being the first to design a highly customized viewing experience among subscribers, and offering the most number of HD channels. Its properties have expanded beyond pay TV and now includes One SKY Premium (unlimited all-in-one plans), One SKY Lite (consumable all-in-one plans), SKY On Demand (video-on-demand), SKYmobi (mobile internet), SKYcable (pay TV), and SKYdirect (direct-to-home pay TV).

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