July 14, 2017

ABS-CBN Store Launches "Ravelo Komiks Superheroes" Collectible Brands


As Darna fever starts to roll in, ABS-CBN brings well-loved Pinoy superhero characters back to life with the rollout of its latest and biggest offering to date, the “Ravelo Komiks Superheroes” brand inspired by the creations of the famed komiks writer, the late Mars Ravelo.

This exciting development marks the Kapamilya network’s release of licensed merchandise including shirts, tumblers, and other novelty items, bearing illustrations of favorite “Ravelo Komiks Superheroes” Darna, Lastikman and Captain Barbell. Also among the new products is “Darna at Ang Nawawalang Bato”, a much-awaited card game which will be officially out in stores next month.

The brand launch is also celebrated with the creation of collectible character statues of Captain Barbell, Lastikman, Darna and her supervillain counterpart, Valentina, designed and produced by Halimaw Sculptures.

Aside from said famous characters, succeeding product rollouts will be inspired by other Ravelo Komiks heroes such as Varga, Tiny Tony, Kapitan Boom, and many more.

 

ABS-CBN held the launch of its latest offering at the recently held Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention (ToyCon) 2017 in SMX. The Kapamilya booth gave visitors a chance to try out the Darna card game, shop for “Ravelo Komiks Superheroes” merchandise, see some Mars Ravelo memorabilia and get a preview of the collectible Pinoy superhero statues.

This generation’s Darna, Liza Soberano, joined the launch and encouraged the attendees to support the legacy of the homegrown comics.

The “Ravelo Komiks Superheroes” statues are now available for pre-order via the Facebook Page of Halimaw Sculptures, while shirts and novelties are now available at The ABS-CBN Store. 

For more information on ABS-CBN merchandise, visit www.abs-cbnstore.com.

SM and Disney Launch "Cars 3" Mall Event at SM North EDSA on July 19 feat. Life-Sized Lightning McQueen and Matteo Guidicelli


Racers, start your engines and rev up for a rare treat as The Walt Disney Company (Philippines) and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SM-LEI) launch the “Cars 3” Mall Event at The Block Atrium on Wednesday, July 19.

In celebration of the theatrical release of “Cars 3” on July 26, Disney and SM will provide mall-goers a taste of life in the fast lane, as they unveil a life-sized Lightning McQueen model, to be the centerpiece of the mall event.

Former professional car racing champion and now popular actor Matteo Guidicelli will lead the ceremonial unveiling of everyone’s favorite Piston Cup champ on July 19 at 4PM at The Block Atrium.

Fans and the public are invited to witness the momentous event and share the experience through social media by using the hashtags #Cars3 and #JoinTheRacePH.

The mall event will also feature fun activity areas where families and kids can play with and purchase the latest “Cars 3” toys from Mattel.

Shoppers can also browse around the cool retail booths that carry the best of “Cars 3” merchandise.

The mall event will be open to the public.

July 13, 2017

Free Meals and Drinks Await Dine-In Customers at GRINGO Ayala Mall The 30th Opening on July 14


Hola, Amigos and Amigas. GRINGO opens its 8th branch today, July 14, at Ayala Mall The 30th.

And to show his love and appreciation to his beloved Amigos and Amigas, during the opening day, Gringo is giving away some FREE delicious treats:

Bring your Amigo along with you when you dine in and get your 2nd quarter chicken for free**
Buy 8 local beers and get Nachos for free.*
Buy 3 local beers, get 1 local beer for free.*

You can also visit other GRINGO stores at SM North Edsa The Block, BGC Burgos Circle, C. Palanca Makati, SM Megamall Atrium, SM MOA Arena Annex, UP Town Center, and SM City Sucat.

*** No sides. Valid for dine-in orders at Gringo the 30th only.
*** Not valid in conjunction with other promos or discounts.
*** Terms and conditions apply.
* Ongoing promos on all 8 branches

Kisses Delavin and Marco Gallo Face MYX’s Fun Hosting Challenge


The number one music channel in the country brings in one of today’s rising loveteams, the KissMarc tandem composed of PBB Lucky Season 7 2nd Big Placer Kisses Delavin and fellow housemate Marco Gallo, as MYX Celebrity VJs for July.

According to Kisses, she has always wanted to become a VJ as she regularly watches MYX on TV, admiring the VJs for being so cool and fun. “When Marco and I found out that we’ll be MYX VJs, we’re super excited.”

Their stint began last July 1 and since then, both Kisses and Marco have readily faced the hosting challenges in various music programs on MYX.

The KissMarc fans are extra thrilled for the tandem’s latest television project.

Shared Monette (@Monettezkie31) on Twitter, “how adorable of KissMarc on screen. Thank you MYX.”

Waiting for my daily dose of happiness on MYX Philippines. I will never get tired of watching them,” tweeted Kissable IQ (@Kisses_IQ).

Now watching Kisses introducing Callalily's Miles Away on MYX. Áng galing mo mag-VJ @delavinkisses. So proud of you,” tweeted CJ (@caedeminthecity).

Catch the KissMarc tandem on Pinoy MYX until July 15 (9AM, 1:30PM and 11PM); Mellow MYX from July 16-22 (1PM and 11:30PM); and My MYX from July 23-29 (8AM, 2PM and 10PM). Watch MYX on Skycable channel 23. 

For more information on MYX programming, log on to www.myxph.com, follow MYX on Instagram (@myxph) and Twitter (@MYXPhilippines).

Ka-Donut Alert: It's a Buy 1, Take 1 Weekend at DUNKIN DONUTS Stores Nationwide #UnboxTheFun


Who's excited for Fri-Yay (Friday Payday)? I sure see some hands in the air. And in case you thought weekend is merely about spending quality time with the family, staycation, binge-watching, or malling, think again.

Mister Donut is making your next 3 weekends extra fun-filling with its Buy 1, Take 1 offer.
 
Get 15 pieces assorted Bavarian and Choco Butternut Smidgets for free when you buy 1 dozen box of donuts of your favorite variants like Bavarian, Filled Donuts, Choco Cake, or Cake Collection.

This promo happens on the weekends of July 14 to 16, July 21 to 23 and July 28 to 30 on all Mister Donuts stores nationwide

Get updated with the latest Mister Donut treats and surprises by liking it Facebook page  www.facebook.com/MrDonutPH.

Look: "Dunkirk" Officila IMAX Poster, Harry Styles Marks Acting Debut


Warner Bros. Pictures has just revealed the IMAX one-sheet art for Christopher Nolan's new epic action thriller Dunkirk, which was shot with IMAX film cameras.

Check out the IMAX exclusive poster below and watch Dunkirk in Philippne cinemas on Juy 20, 2017 with special engagements in IMAX 70mm film.




Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy) directs Dunkirk from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen.

Harry Styles Marks Acting Debut
 
As one of the members of the global phenomenon One Direction, Harry Styles became one of the best-known musicians in the world. Now, he makes his feature film acting debut in Christopher Nolan's new epic action thriller Dunkirk (in Philippine cinemas July 20).

Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.

In the film, Styles plays Alex, a young soldier whom the actor describes as “seems nice, but there’s also this edge to him. He comes off a little more hardened than the other guys. Alex likes the idea of being the tough guy, but he’s also really scared.”

Styles talks more about Dunkirk and his experience filming it in the following interview:

Question: What can you tell us about your character and where he fits into the story of Dunkirk?
Harry Styles: I play a soldier called Alex, and he and Fionn Whitehead’s character, Tom Glynn-Carney's, pretty much stick together through most of the film. These guys are really just given a gun and some boots and thrown into this dangerous situation, and they have no idea what they’re doing or how they’re going to get out of it alive. So, it’s just: ‘All right, we’re on the same side, so we’re going to help each other out of this.’

Our part of the film is just a straight survival story, and what really sticks with me is the idea that when you’re a soldier – especially in a situation as intense and chaotic as this – it doesn’t matter what the guy next to you does or if you even know his name, if he’s wearing the same uniform as you, you’re a team. It’s you and him, and you’re going to get through this together – and that says a lot, actually. It might be flowery BS, but it’s just pure camaraderie.


Q: What was it like meeting writer/director Christopher Nolan for the first time, and what impressed you the most about working with him?

HS: When you meet him and spend a little time with him, especially on set, you understand why he takes so much time between films: he invests so much in every project he does. He doesn’t just churn them out; I think he would rather wait and know everything there is to know about what he’s going to do, and if he’s going to do it justice in a film. He has researched everything about Dunkirk to the nth degree – from the costumes, to hair and make-up, to lighting. Everyone, even people who have done their jobs for 20 years, all said that they learn something from him on every film.

Q: How did it feel when you first arrived on the set and saw the scope of the production?
HS: It was definitely bigger than you expect, but the best part about it was that even when all of this was going on around you, as soon as you started filming, it always felt like it was just you and Chris and the camera. I think he’s amazing at making you feel comfortable on set in a way that doesn’t stress you out.

Q: What was the toughest aspect of the shoot?
HS: It felt like someone pulled you out of the bed, dumped you in the water, and then put you back in bed. But those were good days. Those were the ones that you’d get back from afterwards and everyone feels like [whistles], ‘That was a big day’.

Q: How much did you know about the events at Dunkirk prior to becoming involved in this project?
HS: When you’re at school, learning about history and World War II, Dunkirk is not as emphasized as some of the big battles, but it’s actually an incredibly important moment in the war. The world might be very different if things hadn’t gone the way they did.



Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

The film features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney.

Dunkirk is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

TV Ratings: "Weightlifting Fairy" Flexes Ratings Muscle, Beats Competition and Dominates Twitter Trending Topics


ABS-CBN's new show, the Tagalog-dubbed version of the Korean drama "Weightlifting Fairy," had a successful premiere.

It dominated Twitter conversations and finished just a tad lower than its predecessor, the hit "Goblin," in the ratings, based on data from Kantar Media.

"Weightlifting Fairy" had an audience share of 8.5% on Monday versus the 5% produced by "Innocent Defendant" from GMA-7.

Check out the ratings result for Monday below: 


Knowledge Channel Airs Student-Made Documentaries Entitled “Class Project”


Viewers can take inspiration from real-life stories that tackle social issues while sharing hope found in different settings on Knowledge Channel’s “Class Project.”

“Class Project” features documentaries produced and created by college students, starting with projects by the students at Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

Among the documentaries to be aired are “Tahan Na,” about the orphans of SOS Children’s Village. The SOS Children’s Villages is a private, non-political, non-denominational organization that provides long-term family-based care to children in need, and “Tahan Na” tells the story of some of its residents.  The documentary depicts how the orphaned children have found their permanent home in the village, with their fellow orphans becoming family and the house mothers becoming their own surrogate mothers.

 


Other documentaries include “Triple Kayod,” which follows a father juggling three different jobs to support his family, and “Haligi,” which features a father and son as they ride through the streets of Manila in their pedicab.

According to Danie Sedilla-Cruz, channel head of Knowledge Channel, the project aims to give the spotlight to relevant social issues while giving a platform to student producers and content creators who come up with high-quality content for broadcast. The partnership with Colegio de San Juan de Letran will be the first in a series of tie-ups with different schools.

As the title already implies, there are so many class projects like documentaries, especially by communication students, that are well-produced and should be shared,” says Sedilla-Cruz.

 


The project aims to give students at the collegiate level opportunities to showcase their work while making use of Knowledge Channel’s platform of educational television. The series will be airing student-made documentaries throughout the coming school year.

Watch the “Class Project” documentaries every Friday at 7:30 pm on Knowledge Channel.

Founded in 1999, Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. is the only non-profit organization in the Philippines that offers curriculum-based, multimedia educational resources, and professional teacher trainings to improve teaching skills, thereby helping audiences learn better through technology.

Watch New "Baby Driver" Featurette on Ansel Elgort's Life, Love....and Emoji


He is everybody's Baby! Watch the newly released featurette from Columbia Pictures' Baby Driver at and be captivated by lead star Ansel Elgort's charm. Click https://youtu.be/3BqE1LU1h7I

Baby Driver is the critically acclaimed action comedy from director Edgar Wright (The World's End). The film stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, a getaway driver who suffers from a hearing impairment that requires him to listen to music in order to drown out the humming noise.

In the film, Baby relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Written and directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza GonzΓ‘lez with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.

Opening in Philippine cinemas in August 2, 2017, Baby Driver is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Kuya Kim Atienza Challenges "Bloody Crayons" Stars with Trivia Game

 
Kim Atienza challenges today’s hottest young stars to an exciting trivia game in another fun and educational episode of “Matanglawin” this Sunday (July 16), 9:45am on ABS-CBN.  
 
Elmo Magalona, Janella Salvador, Jane Oineza, Diego Loyzaga, Ronnie Alonte, and Yves Flores of the movie “Bloody Crayons” will get a different kind of thrill as they race to answer Kuya Kim’s questions while a mystery guest awaits to surprise the losing team. 
 
 
 
 
Meanwhile, the Gimme 5 boys will relive the era of knights and kings as they attempt to help “Haring Kim” in finding the cure to his “ailment.” Join Nash Aguas, Grae Fernandez, Brace Arquiza, Joaquin Reyes, and John Bermundo in this epic journey this Sunday (July 16) on “Matanglawin,” 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.

Look: Dashing Debonaire Daniel Padilla and Gorgeous Kathryn Bernardo Photoshoot for Yes! Most Beautiful Faces 2017


Photographed by ace lensman Mark Nicdao, here are the photos of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo goofing around each other, sharing a fun dance together for  Yes! Most Beautiful Faces 2017 where the country's most famous loveteam hailed as the "most beautiful" celebrities of this year by the magazine. 


July 12, 2017

TRUEMONEY Breaks The Norms, Offer Low-Cost Remittance, Load, and Bills Payment Charges


“FinTech” (short for Financial Technology) is an extremely hot industry sector in business today. Talk to any tech investor or Venture Capitalist out there and they will tell you how investment into Fintech companies and start-ups has soared in the past 2 years. In 2016 alone, according to data accumulated by investment bank Financial Technology Partners, FinTech companies globally raised a total of US$36 billion in funding.

FinTech is especially attractive in emerging markets like the Philippines because of the massive opportunity to serve those without access to efficient payments and banking services today.

And according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), this number of “underbanked” or “unbanked” Filipinos is still around 70% of working adults today.

 


However, skim through these FinTech companies and you’ll find that most, if not all, existing FinTech players have a skew towards an app-based service or digital-first business model.

Enter TrueMoney, the latest mobile financial services provider in the market. The company

started out with a totally different view of how to provide FinTech services - its focus on face-to-face transactions.

TRUE ACCESSIBILITY

Our mission is to provide affordable and innovative financial services to those who are underbanked and underserved today,” says TrueMoney Philippines CEO Xavier Marzan. “That means going beyond a purely digital UI (user interface) and being present in the physical world where these segments are transacting today.”

The strategy seems to be working. The company has only been in operations in the Philippines for less than a year and yet has achieved a level of size and scale that some of these FinTech start-ups are still aspiring for. In a matter of months, the company has grown from nothing into an organization with hundreds of employees across the country and with a distribution network comprised of 5,000 TrueMoney Centers which they manage with a high standard. These  Centers are currently capable of performing remittance transactions, bills payment, gaming credits, and even payments for e-commerce purchases.

We need to bring underserved customers who don’t even use banking services today along a customer journey. This requires us to be pervasive across the country and be able to serve customers even in farther-flung areas,” Marzan adds.

Getting to this point, however, has not been easy,” says Mr. Marzan. “We had to contend with all kinds of challenges that are inherent in a ‘last mile’ business.”

True enough, access to financial services has been hard to come by in majority of places in the Philippines, with nearly 40% of municipalities in the country not having any banking presence, according to a study by the BSP.

 


Currently, TrueMoney Centers in the Philippines already provide convenient payments and financial services to provinces and far flung areas including Albay, Bataan, Benguet, Bohol, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Camarines Sur, Cavite, Cebu, Davao, Ilocos, Isabela, Laguna, La Union, Metro Manila, Misamis Oriental, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Rizal, Tarlac, and Zambales and more!

Where we are today is just the starting point,” Marzan says. “We are constantly growing our network of partner centers to cover more greenfield areas.”

TRUE AFFORDABILITY

Given its large network today, TrueMoney has also started to offer domestic money remittance services. And true to its mission of providing affordable services, it has come out with one of the lowest sending rates in the country for cash-to- cash remittance services.

While the average rates for domestic remittances today range from 3 percent to more than 10 percent for some providers, TrueMoney rates go as low as only 2 percent of the transaction amount - without any additional charges to the recipient. So say for remittances of P1,000, the total cost of sending is only P20. The recipient also gets the entire amount without any additional charges.

We are also constantly innovating our services and plan to offer more services in the future,”, says Marzan.

To know more about TrueMoney and how to become a TrueMoney partner agent, visit www.truemoney.com.ph or call (02) 7189999. 

You may even text them at 09778063775 (Globe) or 0998565999 (Smart).

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla Lead Yes! 100 Most Beautiful Stars 2017


Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo made it to the cover of the highly-anticipated annual YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars issue.

The "La Luna Sangre" stars were hailed by the magazine as the "most beautiful stars" of 2017. 

Check out the cover photo arranged by lensman Mark Nicdao below:




10,000 Smart Subscribers Get First Dib of Justin Bieber "Purpose Tour" Manila Concert #SmartJustinBieber


Smart subscribers had first dibs to a presale of tickets of Justin Bieber "Purpose Tour" happening on September 30 at the 55,000-capacity Philippine Arena.

More than 4,800 Smart subscribers were able to get ahead of others their 2 tickets each for the concert last July 7 at SM Outlets nationwide.

MORE THAN THE CONCERT, ITS A FAMILY EVENT

The management of Philippine Arena has announced that preparations are underway, especially ample parking at the 80-hectare compound.

It also promises to have an improved traffic system via three entrance and exit points: NLEX, Duhat and Sta. Maria.

There will be 1,000 traffic enforcers patrolling the grounds and PNP/LGU officers present inside and outside the venue.

Before showtime, Bieber fans are encouraged to enjoy biking, Zumba classes, inflatables, Kids Zone, and local live band performances, as well as food stalls and a bazaar within the premises.

The Philippine Arena has also contracted the services of 50 Point-to-Point (P2P) shuttle buses for concert-goers coming from different locations. Bus schedule and pickup points will follow.

And since the Philippine Arena is quite a distance for Metro Manila residents, there are more than 400 housing units within the property available for a Bieber staycation. For reservations, visit philippinearena.net, or Official Philippine Arena on Facebook, or contact 09179372870.

Tickets available at all SM Tickets outlets. Visit www.smtickets.com or call 4702222.

For more ticket information, follow MMI Live on Facebook, and @mmilive on Instagram and Twitter, or visit mmilive.com.

July 11, 2017

Anne Curtis Fearless in Saying "Yes!" To Her Childhood Love


I never fear or regret saying ‘yes,’ especially to situations and things that can lead me to great, unforgettable experiences,” quipped Anne Curtis, one of the Philippines’ most sought-after entertainment personalities.

With such an open attitude towards life, it’s easy to see why Anne has managed to go from a balikbayan on a holiday to a prominent figure in the showbiz industry for the last twenty years.

And I have to add that my showbiz career started right in Jollibee Boni, when I was approached by a talent scout,” the actress said. “Jollibee really reminds me of that fateful ‘Yes’ that I said twenty years ago, and look where that brought me!

Earlier this year, Anne returned to where her impressive career began, but with a sweeter twist as the endorser of Jollibee’s best-tasting and best-selling Burger Steak. The actress calls her Jollibee endorsement as a “homecoming,” and is truly in love with her favorite 100% beefy-linamnam and saucy-sarap rice meal.

Despite her Australian heritage, Anne remains truly Pinay at heart - especially in her favorite comfort foods. She loves a good ulam with white rice, just like millions of Filipinos who enjoy this simple yet filling combination every day.

I know that there are some who would think that a burger patty doesn’t go well with rice, but Jollibee Burger Steak’s 100% beef patty with its flavorful mushroom sauce really is best paired with a steaming cup of rice,” said Anne.

In her latest TV commercial for Jollibee Burger Steak that began airing last July 9, Anne gives us a couple of reasons to say ‘Yes na Yes’ to this flavor-packed combination.




The Jollibee Burger Steak is indeed the best-tasting rice meal you’ll have for this really great, affordable price,” shared the actress. “Best-tasting na ang 100% beefy-linamnam patty, saucy-sarap pa ang mushroom gravy, bagay na bagay pa with rice!

Haven’t tried the Jollibee Burger Steak yet? Take it from true-blue Burger Steak lovers like Anne Curtis and say “Yes na Yes” to the unforgettably delicious dining experience offered by the Jollibee Burger Steak Rice Meal, available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions, starting at P50.00*.

* Prices may vary across different locations  
    

A Former Prisoner's Journey Back Into Society in ANC's "Mukha"


Award-winning documentary series “Mukha” presents another riveting story as it reveals the struggles of a formerly incarcerated individual who is trying to ingrain himself back into society, this Wednesday (July 12), 6:30pm on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Michael Baretto had been in and out of jails before being sentenced to 14 years in prison for possession of illegal drugs. Growing up away from his family, he lived among criminals and engaged in petty offenses.

He just got married and was ready to start a new life when he received his jail term.

He was prepared to serve the full sentence, until a decade later, a good news arrived—he is set to be released early from prison due to good conduct.

Having missed out on the outside world for more than a decade, the possible rejection from society is something he wishes he would never encounter.

Join him in his journey back to society in this week’s episode of “Mukha” entitled “Tali”, 6:30pm only on ANC as narrated by Tony Velasquez on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. 

It can also be viewed online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. 

For updates, follow “Mukha” on Facebook and Twitter (@MukhaTV).

"The Dark Tower" Posters Put Good vs. Evil


Two new character posters for The Dark Tower has just been released by Columbia Pictures, featuring its two main protagonists The Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey).

Check out the character one-sheets below and watch The Dark Tower in Philippine cinemas on August 20, 2017.

There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Knight Warrior, Roland Deschain (Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

The Dark Tower is directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), with a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner and Anders Thomas Jensen & Nikolaj Arcel, based on King’s novels. Producers on the film are Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Erica Huggins.

The Dark Tower is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Kapuso Actor Sancho Vito Leaves GMA-7 in Favor of ABS-CBN


More and more Kapuso artists are switching to Kapamilya. The latest of which is Sancho Vito, the eldest son of Ai Ai delas Alas.

Sancho will soon sign an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN's talent management arm, Star Magic. He will also join the hit series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano".

The news was announced by his stage mother, comedienne Aiai delas Alas on Instagram. In the caption, the former comedy queen thanked the Kapamilya network.

"Masayang masaya siya at 'pag masaya ang anak, pinakamasaya ang magulang lalo na ang isang ina na kagaya ko," she wrote.



"Spider-Man: Homecoming" Grosses P208.44 in 4 Days in Philippine Theaters


Peter Parker triumphantly returned home to a hero's welcome as Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man: Homecoming opened at No.1 in the Philippines, amassing P208.44-million in only its first four days of release, according to the studio.

The new adventure starring Tom Holland as the 15-year-old Peter Parker broke the industry's record for All-Time Biggest July Opening Weekend ever, as well as three long-held records by Columbia Pictures – Biggest Non-Holiday Opening Weekend, Single Biggest Day of All-Time (at P70.9-M) on Saturday, July 8 and the Second Biggest Single Day (at P68-M) on Sunday, July 9.

Fans and critics alike heaped praises on Spider-Man: Homecoming with discussions on social media centering on the freshness of the filmmakers' approach to the reboot, the diversity of the cast which includes Fil-Am talent Jacob Batalon as Spidey's best buddy, and how Holland's portrayal is the “best depiction ever” of the young superhero.

It's also been mentioned by fans that Homecoming is THE best movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), not only from the Spider-Man series.

In the US, the web-slinger's latest tale debuted to a record-shattering $120-M in estimates, while the international box-office took a smash $140-M opening gross. That should give the film a $260 million global opening, if estimates hold.

Back in the Philippines, Spidey's coming-of-age spectacle rolled out in 591 screens and 183 locations, with SM Mall of Asia (at P8.89-M), SM Megamall (P8.04-M) and SM North EDSA (P7.42-M) besting all cinemas in terms of sales.

In the Top Ten are Trinoma (P6.42-M), Glorietta IV (P4.79-M), Powerplant (P4.11-M), Greenbelt III (P3.59-M), Alabang Town Center (P3.47-M), Greenhills Promenade (P3.46-M) and Uptown Place (P3.06-M)

Fisher Mall leads the Top Twenty with P3.01-M, followed by Robinsons Magnolia (P2.97-M), Gateway Cineplex (P2.94-M), SM Cebu (P2.87-M), U.P. Town Center (P2.85-M), SM Aura (P2.79-M), SM Southmall (P2.78-M), Ayala Cebu (P2.72-M), Eastwood (P2.70-M) and Bonifacio High Street (P2.59-M).

Rounding out the Top Thirty are SM Clark (P2.56-M), Robinsons Ermita (P2.49-M), Shang Cineplex (P2.43-M), Fairview Terraces (P2.26-M), Market!Market! (P2.23-M), SM Seaside (2.16-M),
SM Marikina (P2.11-M), SM Dasmarinas (P2.00-M), SM Fairview (P1.95-M) and Harbor Point (P1.73-M).

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Embraced all over the world, Spider-Man is the most popular comic book character in history and the crown jewel of Marvel comics. Now, he comes home in a film with a fresh, fun tone and new take, produced by Marvel Studios, that brings the Peter Parker of the comic books to the screen alongside MCU heroes for the first time.

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. His moment has arrived as he is challenged to become the hero he is meant to be.

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

StarStudio Takes a Peek Into the Happy Home of Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez


StarStudio reveals the exclusive story of one of the most iconic couples in the industry as its July issue features the songbird and the songwriter, Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid. 

Take a tour of their beautiful house and listen to the story of how their beautiful family came to be, with big new revelations that will surprise, inspire, and touch the readers’ hearts. 

Also featured in the issue are brides-to-be Maxene Magalona and Coleen Garcia, mother-daughter tandems Sunshine and Angelina Cruz and Jessa and Jayda Avanzado, and actor-turned-artist Hero Angeles. 

Grab a copy of StarStudio's July 2017 issue from ABS-CBN Publishing available in bookstores and newsstands nationwide.

Awra Named Newest Pinoy Super Hero 'Amazing Ving'


After making his mark in the hit series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano", child star McNeal "Awra" Briguela will next play a superhero in "Wansapanataym."




Joining Awra in the special episodes of Wansapanataym are Roderick Paulate, Carmi Martin, Ellen Adarna, Marco Gallo and Kisses Delavin.
Coco Martin, lead star of the hit series "Ang Probinsyano", announced Awra's newest project on Instagram.

"Pakaabangan ang pinaka bagong SUPERHERO ng ating Bayan... lilipad na!!! THE AMAZING VING... every Sunday 8pm sabay sabay po tayo manood mga kapamilya. Congrats Baby ko!!!" Coco wrote.

Also on Instagram, Awra extended his appreciation to Martin for supporting his newest project.

"Maraming salamat po kuya @mr.cocomartin sa pagiging supportive kuya at tatay pa," Awra wrote.

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