June 10, 2017

LizQuen Goes on a San Francisco, USA Adventures on Lifestyle TV

Join Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil on their San Francisco journey, "Metro Loves LizQuen," airing on Lifestyle TV (SkyCable ch. 52) this Saturday (June 10).

This television special featuring Metro Magazine's June cover shoot will show the loveteam's tour around some of the Golden City's amazing sights - the Golden Gate Bridge, the Embarcadero, and the Palace of Fine Arts. Witness how the two enjoy these must-see spots while enjoying each other's company in the city by the bay.

Catch their adventure on Saturday at 8PM with replay schedules on June 14 at 9PM and June 16 at 6:30PM.

Lifestyle is available on SkyCable channel 52, Destiny Cable ch. 52 and Sky Direct ch. 31. For updates, follow Lifestyle on Facebook (facebook.com/lifestyletvph), Instagram and Twitter (@lifestyletvph).

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June 9, 2017

Spider-Man Arrives in the Philippines to Meet and Greet Fans on June 10-11

Your friendly neighborhood hero Spider-Man is coming to Manila – live in person!

Columbia Pictures has just announced today that the official Spider-Man character will be in town this Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, to make live public appearances and engage with fans.

It will be a weekend of pure Spider-Man mania as fans will have rare opportunity to take photos and have selfies with their web-slinging hero.

First, Spider-Man will drop by the ABS-CBN studios in Quezon City on June 10 for a live TV guesting in the hit noontime program, It's Showtime.

Right after, Spider-Man will be at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall in the afternoon for a Meet and Greet with fans.

Then on Sunday afternoon, June 11, Spider-Man will swing to Gateway Mall in Araneta Center for another Meet and Greet session.

The Spider-Man character visit is in conjunction with the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming which opens in Philippine cinemas on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Directed by Jon Watts and produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, the screenplay is by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. Screen story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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June 8, 2017

McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson Double the Fun as MYX Celebrity VJs this June

Expect delight in twofold on the number one music channel in the country as the McLisse tandem, composed of McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson, takes on the role of MYX Celebrity VJs for June.

McLisse welcomes this month's challenge to host various MYX shows, barely a week after releasing their first joint single "If We Fall In Love."

Meanwhile, Pinoy heavy metal band Slapshock pumps up the channel with their metalcore style as the "MYX Headliner," while soul & funk band Banna Harbera will relax viewers with their subtle, laid-back sound in "MYX Spotlight."

MYX also gets into a pop frenzy in "MYX Presents!" The weekly show features British girl group Little Mix in "The Get Weird Tour" on June 8, pop icon Britney Spears in "The Femme Fatale Tour Parts 1 & 2" on June 15 & 22, and VJ Sunny's adventure in the land of K-Pop "Sunny in Seoul" on June 29.

Catch kilig pair McLisse on "Pop MYX" until June 10, "Pinoy MYX" on June 11 to 17, "Mellow MYX" on June 18 to 24, and "My MYX" on June 25 to 30. Watch MYX on Skycable channel 23. For more information on MYX programming and the "2nd MYX Moves Street Dance Competition," log on to www.myxph.com, follow MYX on Instagram (@myxph) and Twitter (@MYXPhilippines). The call for entries for "MYX Moves" is extended until June 16.

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Gretchen Ho Shares Her "Hugot Lines" in Matanglawin Thailand Adventure

TV personality and former Ateneo Lady Eagle volleyball star Gretchen Ho returns to Thailand, this time with more "hugot lines," as she explores the city of Chiang Mai for this Sunday's (June 11) "Matanglawin" episode at 10am on ABS-CBN.

Join Gretchen as she participates in the Loy Krathong Festival where people wish on baskets and let them float on the river to wish for happiness and contentment in love.

The "Umagang Kay Ganda" host will also experience the wonders of the Wat Phra That temple and its winding staircases and will visit a clinic that's especially for elephants.

Get to know more about these humble giants and enjoy the breathtaking views and adventures in Thailand with Gretchen Ho this Sunday (June 11), 10am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. You can also watch online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph.

For updates on the program, follow @MatanglawinTV on Facebook and Twitter.

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Adam Sandler Steps into Other People's Shoes in "The Cobbler" on Tag TV Ch. 77 on SkyCable

Adam Sandler saves the neighborhood one sole at a time in the comedy-fantasy film "The Cobbler," the latest "Movie Blowout" of the cable channel delivering foreign films dubbed in Filipino, Tag TV (SkyCable ch. 77), this Saturday (June 10).

Adam portrays the role of Max Simkin, who runs a shoe repair shop in New York that has been operated by his family for generations. One day, he is forced to make use of an old machine to do repairs. To his surprise, he undergoes an unbelievable transformation that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way.

The film's cast includes Method Man, Dan Stevens, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, and Melonie Diaz. It is directed and written by Tom McCarthy, and co-written by Paul Sado.

Tag TV brings Filipino-dubbed foreign films showcasing a collection of rom-coms, dramas, action-packed movies, thrillers, comedies, and the freshest Hollywood and Asian titles. It features "Movie Blowout" every Saturday night, offering exciting flicks for the whole family.

Catch the eye-opener "The Cobbler" on Tag TV this Saturday at 8PM. The film also airs on June 10 at 10PM, June 14 at 6PM, and June 21 at 10AM. Tag TV is available on Skycable Channel 77. For more information, like Tag TV on Facebook and follow its official Twitter and Instagram accounts (@TagTVph).

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June 7, 2017

UN Women's Forum Features Coca-Cola Philippines 5by20 Partnership with DOLE

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) recently concluded its 61st session at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

A local delegation to the UNCSW session was led by officials of the Philippine Commission on Women; the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); and Coca-Cola Philippines.

During the two-week forum, a parallel event session entitled "Here4Her: Making Reintegration Work for Filipino Women Migrant Workers" featured the partnership of Coca-Cola Philippines and DOLE under the Women Entrepreneurs Reintegrated and Economically Active at Home (WOMEN REACH) program.

Through the panel discussion, Coca-Cola and DOLE were able to share the journey and accomplishments of the WOMEN REACH program during its first year of implementation.

Among the panelists were DOLE National Reintegration Commission for OFWs Executive Director Chona Mantilla; Coca-Cola Philippines Sustainability and 5by20 Lead Gilda Custodio-Maquilan; DOLE Assistant Secretary Gloria Jumamil-Mercado; and moderated by Cabinet Undersecretary Gloria Tango of the Office of the President of the Philippines.

"The WOMEN REACH program partnership was conceptualized to help facilitate women economic empowerment and the effective reintegration of returning women overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by providing them access to livelihood programs, building their entrepreneurship know-how and connecting them to resources that will help them establish their own small enterprises," shared Gilda Custodio-Maquilan, Coca-Cola Philippines Sustainability and 5by20 Lead.

The WOMEN REACH program is a collaboration of the 5by20 Sari-sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) Program initiatives of Coca-Cola Philippines and the Assist WELL (Welfare, Employment, Legal and Livelihood) centers of DOLE. Central to the program intervention is to help improve the plight of returning women OFWs and mitigation measures to help address the impact of the feminization of migration to women OFWs and their families.

The STAR Program is part of the 5by20 global initiative of The Coca-Cola Company to help economically empower five million women by 2020. Present in over 80 countries, the Philippines is a lead market in the said global initiative. DOLE’s Assist WELL center, on the other hand, is an integrated resources accessing mechanism established to address the challenges faced by returning women OFWs in the areas of welfare, employment, legal, and livelihood needs. The expertise and resources of these two programs posits a promising intervention that will help women OFW stakeholders under the WOMEN REACH Program.

The UNCSW panel discussion served as a platform for the sharing and exchanging of ideas and experiences both from the panel speakers as well as the audience in the constantly evolving world of work for women overseas workers

TJ Monterde Releases Third Album Called "Kahit Kunwari"; To Stage "Ikaw at Ako Concert" at the Music Museum

Five years since his emergence in the music industry, acoustic artist TJ Monterde releases his third album called "Kahit Kunwari" under PolyEast Records. 

After the success of his signature hit single, "Ikaw at Ako" TJ has consistently proven himself to his large online fan base. This year, he is back with another widely- anticipated all-original album which he is set to launch and perform in his first ever and much-awaited "Ikaw at Ako Concert" at the Music Museum on June 17. 

"Mahika" which means magic in Filipino, is the first single in the album. Describing the song, TJ mentions that it's inspired by his soul singer girlfriend, KZ Tandigan, "This is my KZ song for the album and wrote this specially for her. Kasi sometimes we forget to slow things down but when I'm with her, bumabagal lahat - because when you're in love, it's magic."

Apart from the first single, TJ also wrote "1,2,3", an upbeat yet heartbreaking track. While "Kahit Kunwari" which the album was named after, is an acoustic ballad TJ wrote inspired by a friend's real life story and his unwavering belief in love. 

Unlike TJ's self-titled second album released in 2016, the new album consists of a lushly arranged English love song called "Memories". Meanwhile, award-winning composer Archimedes Daiorocas famously known as Archie D' wrote "Nitong Pusong Ito", especially for TJ after listening to his cover of Archie D's "Mahal na Mahal Kita" from his debut album in 2013. 

On his solo concert, TJ mentions that he is thrilled to be performing side by side with a full band and working closely with musical director Jem Florendo. "What you hear on gigs, what you hear on the CDs or online, it's going to be different. What you're going to hear on the concert-everything is going to be different." he shares. 

TJ revealed that he saw his 2013's "Ikaw at Ako" debut single fit for the title of his concert since this concert is meant for his fans -"Ikaw" referring to his fans and "Ako" referring to TJ himself. 

The 27 year old musician has revealed that he chose all of the songs for the concert. While he will perform a few covers, he shares that 90% of the songs are his originals, "May Filipino, may 90s, may current hits, they're my personal favorites - songs I grew up listening to. It's going to be a peek at my playlist." 

When asked about what he felt about having his concert so early in his career, TJ has this to say, "I feel so blessed. Not everybody's given the chance to be able ti express themselves through music. I never imagined na magkakaconcert ako this soon. Sobrang overwhelming."

Polyeast Records artist and young popstar Sassa Dagdag is revealed to have an appearance in this concert. 

"Ikaw at Ako Concert" is presented by Polyeast Records and Yamaha Motor Philippines; in cooperation with UnisilverTime, AttiGoPh, Royqueen, Steeltech, and JCA. Special thanks to Dr. Montesa by Shimmian and Rice Top Asian Comfort Food. 

June 6, 2017

Mukha Special Anniversary Episode "Nightshift" Airs on ABS-CBN's Sunday's Best

Award-winning documentary series “Mukha” celebrates its third anniversary with a special called “Nightshift,” a look into the lives of Filipinos who toil in the night to provide food, respond to emergencies, inform the people, protect the land, build structures, and keep the economy moving while the rest of the nation sleeps.

The whole country gets to watch their inspiring and moving stories and see the important roles they play in our society this Sunday (June 11) on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best, after “Gandang Gabi Vice.”

Providing food for the people are fishermen like Emboy Samartino of Cavite, who’s out in the waters all night to catch fish, which are then delivered to awaiting buyers by port workers like Joseph Estrada. Keeping the population safe and healthy are the likes of Kenneth Lacuna, an emergency medical technician (EMT) team leader who responds to critical and emergency situations to save lives, and Dr. Kesiah Bugante of Fabella Hospital, who works round the clock to attend to at least 15 patients giving birth each day.

Capture the routines of informers like photojournalist Vincent Go, who will share the challenges of working the graveyard to provide a slice of truth each day, and of national broadsheet roll man Rolly Damasco, who meticulously checks the papers before they are printed and distributed to different parts of the country.

“Mukha” will also share the experiences of protectors like Manila Metropolitan Theatre security guard Danilo Rubio, who tries to keep accidents and disturbances at bay around the historical institution and coast guard Angel Biliran, whose mission as commander of BRP Pampanga is to maintain peace in Philippine waters amidst the aggravating territorial disputes between Philippines and other countries.

It will also delve into the lives of night shift builders like steel man Louie Cabtalan, who is crucial in fortifying the foundation of buildings but is struggling to provide a shelter for his family. LRT Line 2 driver Carlos Valdez, meanwhile, goes to work as early as 2 a.m. to conduct rigorous safety tests on the trains to make sure they are safe to ride by daybreak.

Business process outsourcing (BPO) team leader Ralph Rumbines will also give an inside look into the life of a call center worker, how they deal with targets, health concerns, and discrimination as they strive to respond to queries anytime of the day. Likewise, airport ramp personnel Waynajoy Festijo has the lives of people in mind as she ensures evening flights run smoothly, checking on the weight and balance of an aircraft, as well as the refueling and other technicalities of a plane.

The stories in “Nightshift” were first shown in six parts on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel. “Mukha” made history last year after winning a Silver Dolphin at the 7th Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards in France. It also was a finalist at the 2017 New York Festivals Awards for International TV programs and Films for its entry “Serbisyo” in the Current Affairs category.

Catch Mukha’s “Nightshift” anniversary special narrated by Tony Velasquez on “Sunday's Best,” June 11, after “Gandang Gabi Vice” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. It can also be viewed online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph

Lav Diaz and Charo Santos-Concio's Internationally Acclaimed Film 'Ang Babaeng Humayo' Debuts on Cinema One

After continuing to receive glowing reviews from international critics, “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (“The Woman Who Left”), multi-awarded director Lav Diaz’s 2016 groundbreaking masterpiece and Charo Santos’ comeback film, makes its much-awaited debut on Cinema One’s “Blockbuster Sundays” this Sunday (June 11) at 8PM.

Produced by Cinema One Originals and Sine Olivia Pilipinas, “Ang Babaeng Humayo” is the first Filipino film to win the Golden Lion, the top prize at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, the oldest film fest in the world. It tells the story of Horacia (Charo), a woman seeking revenge after being imprisoned for decades for a crime she did not commit.

The film’s cast also includes John Lloyd Cruz, Michael de Mesa, Nonie Buencamino, Shamaine Buencamino, Jean Judith Javier, Kakai Bautista, Mae Paner and Lao Rodriguez.

After its debut in 2016, the film and its lead star have been praised by critics from all over the world and even gained nominations at this year’s Asian Film Awards.

Scout Tafoya of RogerEbert.com, the world’s preeminent destination for movie criticism, praised Diaz’s control in a movie tackling a variety of issues such as prison life, regional crime, transgender identity, corruption, family, religion, poverty, and murder.

“[When] A film this busy can find such focus in its closing moments says that whatever Diaz's methods of inspiration and creation, he knows exactly what he's doing,” wrote Tafoya.

Kenji Fujishima of New York-based PasteMagazine.com praised Lav’s work, indicating, “the characters here are so vividly drawn and performed, and the contemplative mood so remarkably sustained. Don’t be daunted by its length: at its best, Diaz’s film has the richness of a great, wide-ranging, deeply immersive novel.”    

Film critic Anthony Oliver Scott also attested to this in his critique in The New York Times: “’The Woman Who Left’ is carefully composed and hauntingly beautiful to behold. It is long and slow-moving, but at nearly four hours it feels less like a test of your endurance than an appeal to your appetite for character, incident, and emotion.” He ended his review with “the film makes uncompromising demands on your attention and your empathy. But it is also illuminating and, in its downbeat, deliberate way, exhilarating.

Charo, ABS-CBN’s chief content officer, who returned to acting in the triumphant epic, was also praised for her powerful performance.

Joshua Brunsting of Criterion Cast enthused, “Santos is absolutely brilliant here, taking the film’s great narrative weight upon her shoulders and crafting a human and humane performance.” Moreover, The New York Times review also said that Horacia is “played with exquisite understatement” by Santos.

Charo was recently hailed as Best Actress in the recent Gawad Tanglaw and Gawad Pasado awards for her performance in “Ang Babaeng Humayo.” The Dublin Film Critics Circle Award, on the other hand, recognized Lav as Best Director in the 2017 Dublin International Film Festival for his masterpiece.

Catch “Ang Babaeng Humayo” on Cinema One this Sunday (June 11) at 8pm. Cinema One is available on Skycable Channel 56, Destiny Cable Analog 37, and Digital 57. Like Cinema One on Facebook at 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. Like Cinema One on Facebook at facebook.com/Cinema1channel to view full schedule.

Golden State Warriors, Two Wins Away from NBA Title, Catch the Live Action at ABS-CBN and S+A on Free TV and SkyCable

Filipino basketball fans are enjoying a massive treat from ABS-CBN, the country’s leading media and entertainment company, which has been bringing the NBA Finals series LIVE on free TV and on SKYcable since Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers last June 2.

The Warriors cruised to a Game 1 victory with a 113-91 thrashing of the Cavs, behind Kevin Durant’s 38 points and 2016 MVP Stephen Curry’s six three-pointers while Lebron James’ double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds could not make up for his team’s 20 turnovers.

The second game was quite the same story yesterday (Manila Time) as the Warriors were able to crush the Cavaliers after the halftime break, 132-113, with Durant turning in 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and five blocks while Curry had a triple double. James also tallied his 8th palyoff triple double in a losing effort.

Golden State is now two games away from hoisting their second NBA championship trophy in three years, and an unprecedented perfect postseason record.

Filipino NBA fans caught the action with Filipino commentary on ABS-CBN ch.2 on free TV and on ABS-CBN HD on SKYcable ch. 167, courtesy of ABS-CBN Sports’ Boom Gonzalez and TJ Manotoc, who are covering the Finals in the US.

Meanwhile, NBA fans who prefer to watch the game with the original english commentary tuned to the game on S+A ch. 23 on free TV and on S+A SKYcable ch. 17 and S+A HD SKYcable ch. 166.

Viewers will continue to experience the best of both worlds as ABS-CBN’s NBA Finals coverage go on with Game 3 scheduled on Thursday (June 8) at 9am on ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN HD, S+A, and S+A HD.

Those outside Metro Manila can also enjoy the games live and in the language of their choice. For Sky subscribers in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio, General Santos, and Dumaguete, NBA Finals will be LIVE in Filipino on ABS-CBN ch. 2 and ABS-CBN HD ch. 700, and in English on S+A ch. 8 and S+A HD ch. 701. Sky Direct subscribers can catch the games on ABS-CBN HD ch. 2, S+A ch. 8, and S+A HD ch. 24.

Can James, the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader, and Kyrie Irving, the cover boy of the new NBA2K game, defend their home turf as the series swings to Cleveland for Game 3 on Thursday (June 8) at 9am? Game 4 will be on June 10 at 8:30am. If necessary, Game 5 will be on June 13 at 9am, Game 6 on June 16 at 9am, and Game 7 on June 19 at 8am. Replays are available on S+A, ABS-CBN’s free TV sports channel, on the same day at 8pm.

For more information and stories on the NBA, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com  and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter.

June 5, 2017

'Wonder Woman' Overpowers Competition, Soars at PH Box Office with P233-M in 4 Days

One of the best-reviewed and most-anticipated Super Hero movies of all time, director Patty Jenkins’s epic action adventure “Wonder Woman” soared to the top of the Philippine box office on its opening weekend, earning a record-shattering P233-M, and still climbing.

The Warner Bros. Pictures release, which stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman and Chris Pine as her ally Steve Trevor, marks the global icon’s first-ever solo feature film and the first female-led big screen adventure of the modern superhero era. The announcement was made today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

The massive weekend figures have given “Wonder Woman” the country's biggest female superhero movie opening of all time, and the biggest opening for a foreign movie directed by a woman (outgrossing “Fifty Shades of Grey” at P94.5-M).

Other notable records achieved were the second biggest opening weekend for the year (surpassing “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” at P159-M); fourth biggest June opening weekend all-time (ahead of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” at P210-M) and second biggest opening weekend ever for a Warner Bros. (overtaking “Batman v Superman: Dawn Justice at P162-M for a two-day weekend).

“Wonder Woman” arrived in PH cinemas on a wave of universally enthusiastic reviews and unprecedented want-to-see scores. Soliven said, “Patty Jenkins and her talented cast and crew have delivered the Wonder Woman adventure that new and longtime fans have been waiting for, and we’re glad to see the film connect in such a big way with moviegoers across the Philippines.”

Globally, “Wonder Woman” is the weekend’s greatest box office draw, taking in $223 million worldwide, and counting.

The impressive global total makes “Wonder Woman” the largest female-lead superhero movie opening of all time, the biggest opening in June for a superhero movie, and the biggest opening in June for a Warner Bros. film. With a Certified Fresh rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is also one of the best-reviewed superhero films ever, and its CinemaScore of A shows audiences agree.

In the US, the film has grossed $100.5 million and has the highest opening weekend box office of all time for a female director.

Back in the Philippines, the ten topgrossing cinemas are SM Megamall (P9.52-M), SM Mall of Asia (P9.39-M), SM North EDSA (P9.36-M), Trinoma (P7.43-M), Glorietta 4 (P5.49-M), SM Cebu (P4.65-M), Theatremall (P4.20-M), Power Plant (P4.12-M), Greenbelt III (P3.96-M) and Uptown Taguig (P3.75-M).

In the top twenty rankings are Gateway (P3.61-M), Shang Cineplex (P3.45-M), Eastwood (P3.42-M), Alabang Town Center (P3.36-M), Ayala Cebu (P3.30-M), SM Southmall (P3.29-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P3.21-M), SM Seaside Cebu (P3.16-M), SM Aura (P3.15-M) and Fisher Mall (P2.91-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.

Wacky Kiray Named "I Can Do That" Greatest Entertainer with His Wire Balancing Act

Kapamilya comedian Wacky Kiray impressed both the judges and viewers with his death-defying wire balancing act as he emerged as ABS-CBN talent-variety show “I Can Do That’s” Greatest Entertainer after getting the highest combined public text votes and judges scores last Sunday (June 4).

Wacky wowed judges Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and Boy Abunda, as well as viewers nationwide with his heart-pounding performance as he garnered a total score of 93.75% and took home P1 million.

Overwhelmed with his victory, Wacky got emotional as he thanked his family and the people who voted for him for their full support.

Meanwhile, hailed as the second placer was actress Cristine Reyes, who got a score of 83.09% with her blazing fire dancing act and won P300,000. Actor-model Daniel Matsunaga, meanwhile, was named the third placer as he wowed the crowd with his aerial pole act and brought home P200,000. Taking the fourth place was Gab Valenciano, who showed gracefulness in his ring man act and won P100,000.

Viewers, meanwhile, did not miss the jaw-dropping performances of the iCandidates as more viewers tuned in to “I Can Do That” last Saturday (June 3) as it recorded a national TV rating of 19.7%, beating “Celebrity Bluff” with only 12.9%, according to data from Kantar Media.

Netizens were also impressed with the final performances of the iCandidates as they shared their support online, with the show’s official hashtags #iCanDoThatBattleForGreatness and #iCanDoThatTheGreatestEntertainer trending on Twitter and garnering thousands of tweets.

Hoegaarden Toasts its Gold Win at the World Beer Cup

Hoegaarden Brewery, through its exclusive distributor in the Philippines Booze Online, Inc., has extended the celebration of its World Beer Cup win to Philippine shores by hosting a festive roof deck party at the Manila House in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The festivity toasted Hoegaarden Original White Ale’s Gold award in the Belgian-Style Witbier Category of the 2016 World Beer Cup, which bested 77 other witbier brands.

Considered one of the most stringent global beer competitions to date, the World Beer Cup evaluates beers around the world and recognizes the most outstanding breweries and their beers every two years.

Recognized by connoisseurs as the original Belgian White Beer, Hoegaarden Witbier – biere blanche, is esteemed for its distinct taste and flavor palette which consists of Curacao orange peel and coriander that lend it a light and refreshing flavor and smooth taste.

In addition to its cool citrusy finish, Hoegaarden Witbier – biere blanche credits its Gold award to the Hoegaarden Brewery’s complex and exacting brewing process and century’s worth of expertise. Anne Ghanima, Brewmaster and Hoegaarden Brewery Manager explains, “Hoegaarden is different by nature. It goes through a complex brewing process that uses special barley malt, raw wheat and our very unique Hoegaarden yeast that result in a distinctive cloudy-white appearance. The key to the authentic Belgian wheat beer’s unique, refreshing flavor and spicy nose is ingredients including real Curacao orange peel and a delicate balance of coriander. Many years ago, Hoegaarden brewmasters creativity led the iconic beer we know today and we are proud to perpetuate the tradition.

Hoegaarden traces its roots to the village of Hoegaarden, Belgium where brewing beer has always been an integral part of life. The tradition began in the 15 th century, when Begarden monks in the area started brewing Belgian white (or wit) ales. Since the previous wheat beers they brewed were sour, the monks experimented by adding orange peel from the colony of Curacao and coriander until they deliciously crafted the Hoegaarden recipe used today. By the 19 th century, the village then boasted of 35 breweries.

About Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden has a very unique heritage. From the original Hoegaarden wheat beer that was first brewed in the Middle Ages in the eponymous Belgian village in Flemish Brabant, it has become a world renowned authentic Belgian wheat beer. Hoegaarden is not only a popular beer in Belgium, it is an international beer brand is distributed in more than 70 countries. This cloudy wheat beer flavored with orange peel and coriander, is a refreshing thirst quencher with a mild flavor and a fruity character. It is characterized by its naturalness and authenticity. Hoegaarden white beer is an ideal summer beer, served in the famous hexagonal glass. Other beers that are part of the Hoegaarden family; Hoegaarden Rosée, Hoegaarden Grand Cru, Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit and Hoegaarden Spéciale. Visit our websites: www.hoegaarden.com and www.ab-inbev.be.

About InBev Belgium

The origins of our business goes back to 1366 to the Den Hoorn brewery, based in Leuven. In 1987 brewer Interbrew group resulting from the merger of two large Belgian breweries, Artois (Leuven) and Piedboeuf (Liège, Jupille). Interbrew was the basis of InBev, which emerged in 2004 from the combination of Interbrew with Brazil's AmBev. In 2008, InBev combined with Anheuser Busch, the world's leading brewer. Our company is a long history of craftsmanship, quality, innovation and service for consumers and partners have alwa3ys been central. It is our shared dream to be the Best Beer Company Brings People Together for a Better World. The main Belgian brands include Stella Artois, Jupiler®, Leffe, Hoegaarden and Belle-Vue®. InBev Belgium also aims to the Belgian beer market as a whole to provide a new dynamic through a balanced approach combining tradition and innovation, based on consumer preferences complement each other, and where craftsmanship and quality continue to be the main thread.

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LizQuen Debuts First Fashion Magazine Cover for METRO

Metro Magazine returns to San Francisco for a rendezvous unlike any other. It took the country’s newest romcom prince and princess Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano on a grand tour of the most beautiful sights of the city: the Golden Gate Bridge, the Piers at the Embarcadero, the Palace of the Fine Arts, baring witness to a budding romance that cuts across thousands of miles of this special city that celebrates individuality and youth culture.

And for its third year in a row, Metro also releases its Philippine Fashion Issue, with their annual retail awards as the highlight. This year honors a mix of megabrands and independent brands, proving that even local brands can also be global frontrunners.

Other features include retail collaborations like Bayo and Francis Libiran with muse Kylie Verzosa, and Bench’s new venture - their own fashion week.

This issue also celebrates beautiful morena skin, with lead pro makeup artist Archie Tolentino sharing his tops on how to make these bold looks your own.

Get to see more of the Metro LizQuen adventure on the June cover shoot’s television special on Lifestyle TV (SkyCable channel 52) airing on June 10 (Saturday) at 8PM, with replays on June 14 at 9PM and June 16 at 6:30PM.

Check out all these and more in the Metro June 2017, now out in major bookstores. Metro is available in bookstores and on newsstands for P150. You can also buy the digital copy via No Ink available on Google Play or App store. Like Metro on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Metro.Magazine) and follow Metro on Twitter and Instagram (@MetroMagPH) #MetroMagPH. 

For more updates on the issue follow the hashtag #MetroLovesLizQuen.

'The Mummy' Boasts of Tom Cruise's Weightless Stunt in Zero G

All hell breaks loose when Egyptian princess Ahmanet’s sarcophagus is being flown from Iraq to London and ravens begin to crash thru the cockpit window, in Universal Pictures' The Mummy (in Philippine cinemas on June 7. 2017). As one might imagine, things go downhill from there…and the plane begins to dive.

Director Alex Kurtzman and lead actor Tom Cruise were vocal from the jump with special effects department head Dominic Tuohy that they wanted everything to happen for real; this Zero G stunt was no exception.

For The Mummy’s pivotal plane-crash sequence, the cockpit action was shot on a stage at Shepperton Studios, while the VFX ravens were added digitally during post production. However, as soon as the sequence called for shooting the interior of the body of the plane during the crash, all movement was done practically, safely on stage.

There is meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail on our sets for this film,” raves Kurtzman. “Every set tells a story and reveals something about the character- these sets are a gift for any filmmaker. I constantly walk on these sets and my jaw just hits the floor. This cargo plane set build is a huge artistic and engineering feat.”

On stage S at Shepperton Studios, this huge 20-ton steel frame cargo plane set was constructed and mounted onto a hydraulic base…proving to be the most complex build for the production. This gimbal allowed for continuous rotation with the actors inside. Simultaneously, it provided a 15-degree tilt—front and back—to simulate take off and start of the crash.

This cargo plane set was built from the ground up by Tuohy and his team of 30. SFX began working on the plane build for 16 weeks, then began working with the stunts department. To accomplish this stunning feat of movie magic, there were skilled technicians drawing the rigs—as well as model makers, engineers, power technicians and senior technicians…many who have worked on Dominic’s team for more than 30 years.

Tuohy underscores the pride the crew took in their work: “We didn’t want this stunt to look contrived. We wanted it to use physics and real time. As far as I am aware, this is the first time this has been done for a film, and we embraced that.

Never been done before for a film, the production then introduced a real plane at Novespace headquarters, housed in Bordeaux, France, into the mix to complete and film this Zero G sequence.

At Novespace a real Airbus A310 aircraft was flown, with 40 cast and crew members inside to experience the Zero G effect. The cast crew did 16 parabolic flights within a two-hour period, twice a day over two days. For the stunt, the pilots enacted a total of 64 parabolas (repeated weightlessness sessions). Each parabola allowed for the filming of a key sequence in the scene.

The 20 seconds of weightlessness audiences will see on film leads the crash sequence, with Nick trying desperately to grab parachutes from the plane wall and pass one to Jenny. Each take filmed was unpredictable as the cast and crew floated weightless around the plane cabin…at the mercy of physics.

Again the interior of the set was all rubber, this time with obvious weight and safety restrictions for the in-flight journey. This real plane set was 10% less wide and 40% lower in height than the cargo plane set rig that was built on the studio stage.

Tuohy concludes that the interplay between the Zero G flight and the cargo set had to be perfect. He ends: “We wanted to keep everything as real as possible, so the trick is for us to try and do that seamlessly between the real Zero G flight and the physical SFX done on stage.”

The Mummy is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

June 4, 2017

Love It or Hate It? 'LA LUNA SANGRE' Official Poster

Star Creatives and ABS-CBN has released the official poster of its upcoming fantasy series "La Luna Sangre" featuring the blockbuster tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

Also in the cast are Angel Locsin, John Lloyd Cruz, and Richard Gutierrez.

GMA Network Shows and Personalities Recognized by Various Award-Giving Institutions

Broadcast leader GMA Network continues to earn the approval of various institutions, winning several awards from a number of award-giving bodies recently.

Recognizing the Kapuso Network’s commitment to promote good governance, the Office of the Ombudsman gave GMA a Plaque of Appreciation for “Bayan Ko” - the six-part original TV series produced created by GMA Public Affairs Head Nessa Valdellon and directed by Adolf Alix, Jr. A film showing of “Bayan Ko” was also held during the Office of the Ombudsman’s 29th Anniversary last May 16 to 18.

Meanwhile, at the 19th Gawad Pasado last May 3, several Kapuso personalities were recognized for their work in television and film.

GMA News pillar and Imbestigador ng Bayan Mike Enriquez was conferred the “Pinakapasadong Lingkod-Bayan”.


Kapuso Best Actress and Meant To Be leading lady Barbie Forteza was named as the “Pinakapasadong Katuwang na Aktres” for the film “Tuos”.

Cannes Best Actress and D’ Originals lead star Ms. Jaclyn Jose received the “Natatanging Gawad Pasado 2016” for her performance in “Ma’Rosa”. Joining her is Eat Bulaga host Paulo Ballesteros who was, in turn, cited for his role in “Die Beautiful”.

Phenomenal love team AlDub - Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza - received the special award “Dangal ng Kabataan”.

The Gawad PASADO (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro or Film Association of Professors) is a group of film educators in the country that annually honors artists, directors, films, TV shows and music that have positively contributed in the disciplines of social studies, language, arts, and humanities.

Numerous Kapuso programs and personalities were also cited at the Gawad Tanglaw (“Tagapuring mga Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagalaw”) Awards last April.

Longest-running investigative program Imbestigador was recognized as this year’s “Best Investigative Program,” while award-winning investigative program Reporter’s Notebook won as “Best Documentary Program”.

Taking home the “Best Comedy/Gag Show” award was Pepito Manaloto, the country’s first-ever reality sitcom on television.

At the same time, GMA News TV’s I Juander was hailed as “Best Magazine Show”.

Kapuso host Rhea Santos was given the “Best Morning Show Host” award for the longest-running morning TV show, Unang Hirit.

Character actress Sue Prado was recognized for her role in Magpakailanman’s “Nabaliw na Ina” episode, earning the “Best Performance by an Actress” award.


Ms. Jaclyn Jose won “Best Actress” award for “Ma’Rosa”.

Meanwhile, Mike Enriquez added another feather to his cap as he took home the “Best Male Radio Anchor” award. Fellow DZBB anchor Susan Enriquez, in turn, was named as “Best Female Radio Anchor”.

The Gawad Tanglaw annually recognizes the best in the fields of film, television, radio and print. The board was composed of professors from different universities as well as media practitioners. 




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