July 22, 2017

Awra Briguela Fights for Love, Courage as Pure-Hearted Superhero "Amazing Ving"

A new superhero will grace viewers’ TV screens as breakout child star Awra transforms into the powerful and pure-hearted Super Ving who will use kindness as his weapon against the forces of evil in “Wansapanataym Presents: Amazing Ving,” which premieres this Sunday (July 23).

Ving (Awra) is a loving and obedient son raised by his doting parents Cris and Soffy, who will be played by the iconic dance duo of Roderick Paulate and Carmi Martin. He lives a happy life with his parents, who have taught him that having compassion is enough to make a person a superhero.

Although he has a noble heart, Ving always gets picked on and is not well accepted by his classmates Chelsea and Warren, portrayed by the trending love team of Kisses Delavin and Marco Gallo.

Despite this, Ving continues to spread kindness to other people and remains determined to chase his dreams.

The ordinary teenager’s life changes when he meets Super Bing (Ellen Adarna), a superhero who saves his life from danger. Because of his inherent kindness, Super Bing chooses him as her successor and transforms him into Super Ving after giving him a magical stone that gives anyone superpowers to save innocent people’s lives. But aside from keeping peace and harmony, he has a bigger mission to fulfill  - finishing Reptilya (Bianca Manalo) and her evil plans.

Though equipped with the magical stone, it will not be easy for Super Ving because aside from Reptilya, her minions will also bring chaos and wreak havoc in people’s lives. But with his pure heart and superpowers, he will make sure that goodness will prevail in the end.

What dangers will Super Ving face? Will Reptilya succeed in her evil plans? Does having a pure heart enough to defeat the forces of evil?

“Wansapanataym Presents: Amazing Ving” premieres this Sunday (July 23). It is under the direction of Alan Chanliongco.

Meanwhile, the series is an addition to the growing list of values-laden stories of “Wansapanataym.” For almost two decades, the program has inspired different generations of viewers and shared lessons that resonated with Filipinos. A hit among audiences, the program has left a mark on viewers’ hearts and stood the test of time.

Don’t miss the story about love and courage in “Wansapanataym Presents: Amazing Ving,” which airs this Sunday (July 23) on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For past episodes, login to iWant TV or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

July 21, 2017

Award-Winning Director Brillante Mendoza Presents Movie Made for TV "KADAUGAN," Airs July 30 on TV5

Award-winning director, Brillante Mendoza, brings us yet another heart-warming story of motherhood and love rekindled. Kadaugan is an episode from TV5's Brillante Mendoza Presents, that features the "Kadaugan sa Mactan" one of the festivals in the Queen City of the South that relives the saga of the infamous battle between Magellan and his Spanish troops with the fierce chieftain of Mactan -Lapu-Lapu.

The episode shows the Filipinos' high hopes and faith in love and happiness which revolves around Tere, a Cebuana who single-handedly raises her five year-old son after suffering from the misfortunes of being left by her foreign love interests. "Kadaugan" depicts the unfathomable resilience of the Filipinos despite the raging storms in their lives. It is also a celebration of motherhood and a sincere depiction of family ties and hospitality among Filipinos. 

Lead roles for this episode will be played by Dionne Monsanto and Juan Directions's Daniel Marsh. Joining the cast are veteran actresses and Cebu's prides Suzette Ranillo and the one and only Gloria Sevilla.

Portraying the roots of Filipino traditions in courtship and hospitality, "Kadaugan" is yet another dauntless television masterpiece by Brillante Mendoza which reflects TV5's strong commitment as a TV network that provides differentiated entertainment. 

Catch Brillante Mendoza Presents: Kadaugan on July 30, after Turning Point on TV5.

Ateneo Lady Eagles vs. De La Salle Lady Spikers "Battle of the Rivals" Airs on S+A on July 22

Fierce rivals Ateneo Lady Eagles and the De La Salle Lady Spikers delivered another five-set classic when they clashed for a cause in last Sunday’s (July 16) “Battle of the Rivals” event, which will have a primetime telecast this Saturday (July 22) at 6pm on S+A and S+A HD.

Former and current players of the Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles led by national team captain Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Kim Fajardo, and Jia Morado relived their collegiate rivalry in front of a mammoth crowd of over 13,000 people at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, who were there to support the teams’ goal of raising funds for scholars of the Ateneo De Manila University Foundation, the De La Salle University Foundation, and the Rebisco Foundation, Inc.

De La Salle went firing off the bat, racing to a two-nil set lead thanks to Aby Marano, Stephanie Mercado, and Michele Gumabao. However, Ateneo, refused to give up and staged a furious comeback for an epic come-from-behind win, led by no less than the volleyball phenom Valdez, who scored 36 points, and her fellow Cool Smasher Morado, who was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the game from Ateneo with 58 excellent sets. Marano, who led her team in points with 16, was named MVP for DLSU.

The captains of the two squads, Cha Cruz for La Salle, and Valdez for Ateneo, agreed that meeting on the court after quite some time felt invigorating, especially as they are doing it for a good cause.

It’s a great feeling to play with friends especially after recalling the hard-fought battles we had in the past. At the end of the day, we are all friends and getting reunited for a good cause is what it’s all about. Plus, there’s nothing like seeing green and blue on the same court,” Cruz said.

Rivalry brings out the best and that extra excitement in us. We are now giving a whole new meaning to the word rival in the sense that it isn’t something negative, but something that excites people and fuels us to play our best not just for ourselves but for our team and what we represent as a whole,” Valdez added.

Aside from the much-awaited faceoff, fans also got to enjoy and appreciate the games more as a select group of volleyball stars and fans teamed up for an exciting Skills Challenge that tested their abilities in service, digging, and attacking. There was also an exhibition match featuring the Philippine national men’s volleyball team.

Volleyball fans are in for a treat this Saturday (July 22) as they relive the exciting “Battle of the Rivals” on S+A and S+A HD at 6pm. 

For updates log on to ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com, or follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter.

METRO Society Talks Strength and Survival this July

Metro Society divulges the secrets behind the rise of the country’s most hardworking personalities after facing loss, heartbreak, sickness, and strife in its Feel Good Issue this July.

Agriculture undersecretary Berna Romulo Puyat opens the issue with the tale of how she found strength by falling in love with our beloved country. Starting from grief after her husband’s sudden passing, Berna shares how she was able to cope through amazing work with the DA.

Sit down with writer and creative mind Wanggo Gallaga as he talks about HIV and what it means to live with it with every intention of enjoying life, as well as cancer survivors Cecilia Schulze and her 15-year old son, George.

In the spirit of new beginnings, Metro Society also gets to know newlyweds Joey and Pia Yupangco who have had their fair share of difficult times, both widowed having lost their spouses to sicknesses and having to find themselves learning how to live as individuals again.

From a quiet solace of healing to a very public split, we learn the real, heartbreaking story of recently divorced Tricia Centenera as she shares what really went on in her whirlwind romance with popular entertainer Gab Valenciano; one that resulted to three weddings, moving across the world, a very short-lived marriage, and how she still came out with the strength and grace of Christ alive in her heart.

The magazine also takes an artful turn as it celebrates artists - designers, painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, art curators - and their pets, as we step inside the creative spaces of these loveable beasts and their humans: Mark Nicdao, Raul Fores, Monica and Daniel Dela Cruz, Jome Silayan, Anne Gauthier, Michaela Eduque, Gio Puyat, Sassa Jimenez, Ciane Xavier Calma, JC Inocian, Kat Ong, Tina Fernandez, Rica Lorenzo, Rajo Laurel and Nix Alañon.

Meanwhile, take the front seat to all Autumn/Winter’17 must-see shows with fashion correspondent Camille Aguilar in Milan to see in demand high fashion brands such as Bally, Furla, Jimmy Choo, and Gucci. AERIN Beauty founder, Aerin Lauder, is also hailed as the favorite beauty pick of July as AERIN Fragrance Collection arrives our shores this month.

Metro Society is available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide for only P250. 

Follow us on Instagram via @metrosocietyph. Become a fan of Metro Society on Facebook via Facebook.com/MetroSocietyMagazine.

Download the TFC Live Events App to Level Up the ASAP Live in Toronto Experience

Over 35 of the paramount Kapamilya (family) stars from ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest entertainment and media outfit, will rock the Ricoh Coliseum on July 29, 2017. Get a better experience with the TFC Live Events App
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Ticketholders are counting down the days to ASAP Live in Toronto where more than 35 of the biggest, brightest celebrities in the Philippines will gather at the Ricoh Coliseum on July 29, 2017 for four hours of superb entertainment.

Viewers can bring their ASAP experience to the next level by downloading the TFC Live Events App.  The app is the official mobile app for TFC (The Filipino Channel) global events, and allows one to get the latest updates and exclusive insider information about ASAP in Toronto.

The TFC Live Events App is the official mobile app for ASAP Live in Toronto. Share your photos of the event using #ASAPToronto, and interact with a real-time feed of all event activities that showcase most popular photos and top discussion topics.

One can view schedules of the actual show, including pre-event and post-event activities. Information on featured celebrities are also available. Download the app, register, and get the chance to win free items from sponsors’ promos. One can also earn points, badges, and prizes for being active on the app and at ASAP in Toronto on July 29th. The app also serves as a guide to the various games and activities happening at the Enercare Centre. It would be good to note that Hall A of the Enercare Centre starts bustling with engaging and enjoyable pre-show activities at the ASAP Marketplace at 11:00 A.M.


Here is just a sample of the fun benefits when one downloads the TFC Live Event App:

(1) Get free ASAP Party Lights (while supplies last). To claim, go to the TFC Live App booth and present badge. Thousands of party lights will be given away.
(2) The first 150 to download wins a Meet and Greet pass for July 27, 2017.
(3) Get a chance to win TFC Live App-exclusive ASAP t-shirt. 150 winners will be drawn.
(4) Join “Kapamilya Ka-Face Mo” if you have a Kapamilya celebrity look-alike, and win a photo op with an ASAP star
(5) Join parlor and trivia games at the ASAP Marketplace to win exciting prizes

Go to www.tfc-ca.com/asaptoronto/ for instructions on how to download your free TFC Live Events App.

Here is a quick rundown of the featured artists on ASAP Live in Toronto: ASAP Royalties Gary V, Martin Nievera, ZsaZsa Padilla, Piolo Pascual, and Jolina Magdangal; Birit Queens – Jona, Morissette, Klarisse and Angeline; Soul Sessionistas –Jay-R, KZ, Jason Dy, Daryl Ong, and Kyla; Love Teams of Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson; Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador; Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia; Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil; First-Rate Singers Erik Santos and Yeng Constantino; Top-Notch Dancers Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee, Rayver Cruz, and Yassi Pressman; Teen Idols Robi Domingo and Darren Espanto; and Prime Kapamilya Stars: Bea Alonzo, Paulo Avelino, Sam Milby, Richard Yap, Jodi Sta. Maria, and OPM Icon Mr. Ogie Alcasid.

Be there on July 29th at the Ricoh Coliseum for ASAP Live in Toronto. 

Get your tickets now via www.ticketmaster.ca; through a TFC agent near you; or call 1-855-TFC-CNDA, and be sure to download the TFC Live Events App for a more interactive Asap in Toronto experience.

Life-Sized Lightning McQueen Model Now on Display at SM North EDSA

Former professional car racing champion and popular actor Matteo Guidicelli led the highly anticipated unveiling of the life-sized Lightning McQueen model during the Disney-Pixar's “Cars 3” Mall Event launch at SM North EDSA The Block yesterday.

Fans and families came in droves to witness the big-reveal of everyone’s favorite Piston Cup champ that is now on full display at The Block Atrium.

The `Cars' film series of Disney and Pixar is close to my heart, and Lightning McQueen is definitely one of my most favorite characters that I can relate to due to our similar experiece as a racer,” Guidicelli said prior to the unveiling. “And I'm excited for everyone to see `Cars 3!' It's very entertaining, with lots of lessons to take home.”


The “Cars 3” Mall Event is a joint project by The Walt Disney Company (Philippines) and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SM-LEI) in celebration of the theatrical release of “Cars 3” in the Philippines on July 26, 2017.

The public is invited to visit the display, have their photos taken with Lightning McQueen and share the experience through social media by using the hashtags #Cars3 and #JoinTheRacePH.

The mall event also features 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.

Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 3” cruises into cinemas on July 26, 2017. #Cars3 #JointheRacePH

Thrill Channel Airs Japanese Horror Show "Crow’s Blood" Starting July 27

If there is one thing that would scare the daylight out of you, it would be a horror movie. The chilling feeling when watching just gives you a rush of excitement and adrenaline that no one can explain. Remember the time when Emily Rose twisted her body while being exorcised? Or how about the infamous kid under the sheets from the Japanese horror film, the grudge? Scary, right?

Whether you’re a fan of the spooky tales from Japan or the intense storylines from the US, you will get to enjoy the best of both worlds because Thrill, Asia's only regional horror, thriller and suspense movie channel, will give you a new Japanese horror show that will premiere on July 27.

From executive producer, Darren Lyn Bousman, who also directed Saw II, III and IV comes Crow’s Blood, a thrilling story about a transfer student named Togawa Maki played by Sakura Miyawaki of the music group AKB 48.

Strange things start to happen when Maki arrives at an all-girl’s high school. Upon arriving, other kids seem distant and hesitant to become friends with her.  Although one girl named Kaoru Isozaki (played by Mayu Watanabe from AKB 48) opens the doors of her friendship to Maki.  As Maki grows close to Kaoru, she becomes weirdly obsessed with her.

Little do people know that Maki isn’t just your typical average student, she is a reanimated corpse brought back to life. Her father tried using an untested regeneration virus on her in an attempt to bring her back to life. Will she fit in with the kids of today’s society? That’s for you to find out!

Feel your spine tingle and watch human beings attempt to play God in this modern day series of science and technology. Get ready to hide under your blankets as you journey inside the mind of Maki and follow her day to day in this series full of blood, love and mystery in the modern Japanese society.

Prepare for a lot of sleepless nights as Thrill shows new episodes of Crow’s Blood every Thursday at 10pm starting July 27! Tune in!

Thrill is available on (Skycable Ch. 107, Cablelink Ch. 201, Destiny Cable Ch. 11 and Cignal Ch. 51).  

For more information, you can log on to www.thrill-tv.com or www.facebook.com/WatchThrill.

Acoustic Soul Artist Kaye Cal to Stage an All-OPM Concert at Music Museum on August 18

Acoustic soul artist Kaye Cal takes the Music Museum stage with an all OPM lineup for her very first solo major concert entitled “Kaye Pop” happening on August 18 (Friday) at 8PM.

Thirty minutes after releasing concert tickets, the VVIP seats were already sold out for the Kapamilya singer’s latest career milestone.

Star Events produces the show which will include Kaye’s successful cover hits “Ikaw Lang” and “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana,” and her latest compositions “Rosas” and “Mahal Ba Ako ng Mahal Ko” in the songs to watch out for. These tracks are part of her first solo album under Star Music launched last March.

Her cover of “Why Can’t It Be?,” the song that made its way to BillboardPH Top 20, rank 11 for the week of July 17, will also be part of the concert lineup.

Aside from her upcoming show, the former lead vocalist of Ezra Band is also looking forward to another huge project. In a recent interview aired on TV Patrol, she revealed that she was able to ink an international recording deal which she will begin recording this month.

“This multi-record deal is now being written and produced by Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer Brody Brown who have also worked with Cee Lo Green, Adele, and Bruno Mars.”

Kaye, who hailed from Davao del Sur, is a member of the LGBT community. She has been making waves in the music industry with her soulful singing voice.

Dido Camara stage directs the concert, just a few months after the highly successful “Daryl sONGs” concert which he also directed.

Tickets to the “Kaye Pop” concert are priced at P1,800.00 for VIP, P1,500.00 for patron, and P1,000.00 for balcony seats. Interested parties may call Ticketworld at 891-9999 and Music Museum at 721-6726.

For more information on “Kaye Pop,” visit Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starmusicph, or @starmusicph on Twitter and Instagram.

Coca-Cola Refreshes Train Ride at LRT-1 Central Station

Consistent with their history as the industry trailblazer, Coca-Cola is once again leading efforts to find new and innovative ways to refresh everyday life in Metro Manila.

Improvements at the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) continue to provide over 500,000 daily commuters with a refreshing experience. The waiting time has been significantly cut short, queues have diminished, and the train rides become faster.


The latest innovation brings the refreshing experience on a whole new level – the entire LRT-1 Central Station has been transformed into an experiential space by Coca-Cola. The various artwork, decals, and graphics provide a fresh and hip feel to an otherwise dreary train ride. The splash of red gives the Central Station and the train ride a jolt of excitement.

As a global company, Coca-Cola has always been at the forefront of innovation – may it be through the new products we introduce in the market up to the ways we connect with people, particularly teens, every day.  We are excited to have partnered with the Light Rail Manila Corporation in refreshing and reinventing the train ride experience of millions of Filipinos. We look forward to making the commute more fun and colorful for everyone here at Central Station,” said Stephan Czypionka, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Marketing.

The posts supporting the elevated railway system have been painted in the trademark red color and the iconic bottles of the beverage company. Steps leading to the main ticket and station entrance have also transformed with the colorful graphics of Coca-Cola, while more improvements will be added in the coming months.


Aside from taking over the aesthetics of the Central Station, it will also become a platform for other fun surprising activities for the commuters.

Working and partnering with government is in the DNA of Coca-Cola. We have this term called ‘golden triangle’ wherein we emphasize on the need to partner with government and civic society to effect positive change. This project is more than just a marketing strategy. This is our way of helping provide a better commute for the passengers. We believe that whatever good you do to the community, is good for the business,” added Atty. Adel Tamano, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications.

Coca-Cola Philippines is the first to partner with LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) for the station rehabilitation program. Under the program, the LRMC can access other income sources that would help them improve the train system that spans 20 kilometers from Roosevelt Station in Quezon City to Baclaran Station in Paranaque City.

This station domination initiative involves private companies contributing to LRMC’s ongoing efforts to improve the structure and facilities of all LRT-1 stations. Coca-Cola is the first partner in this program. We are excited about the initiatives that Coca-Cola will bring to the Central Station in helping to better facilitate the riding experience of our passengers,” said Rogelio Singson, LRMC president and CEO.

TFC Earns Back-to-Back Wins for Global Campaigns at 15th Quill Awards

ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC), home of the most widely distributed premium and on demand channel and producer of Filipino content outside the Philippines, earned two nods from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) on July 5 at the Marriott Hotel in Manila for campaigns that address its global audience - its overseas voting campaign #Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH and virtual get-together for these Filipinos and their families, Kapamilya Reunion.

With the registration for the overseas voting in full swing, the government’s campaign gets a boost as TFC’s #Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH born out of a partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA OVS) and Commission on Elections Office for Overseas Voting (COMELEC OFOV) gets another nod from the PR industry by getting an Excellence award and vying for the over-all top five awards under the Corporate Social Responsibility category from this year’s Philippine Quill.


#Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH earned the judges’ nod for Communication Management and for inspiring Filipinos to capture the Philippines in photo at its current state and tell other global Filipinos how they can still paint a better picture, with the right vote.

#Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH among top five over-all winners for Communication Management

According to ABS-CBN Global Head of Corporate Affairs & PR Nerissa Fernandez: “The PR industry’s recognition of ABS-CBN TFC’s #Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH campaign affirms the value of our joint efforts with our government and community partners in reaching out to Filipinos worldwide and connecting them to the homeland through the most powerful means of involvement: the exercise of their right of suffrage. Through the power of media, this allowed them to have a voice in the political conversation and in building the future of our homeland”.

The campaign was launched in 2015 first to help the government agencies increase the number of registrants and sustained in 2016 to turn them into voters.  The campaign harnessed the power of social media to encourage Filipinos overseas to use the hashtag across all their social media accounts with the help of key influencers such as news personalities Atom Araullo, Julius Babao, Jing Castaneda, and Cathy Yang; entertainment reporters Gretchen Fulido, Tina Marasigan, Barbie Muhlach and Ginger Conejero; celebrities Pokwang, Dimples Romana, and Amy Perez; young celebrities Gretchen Ho, Ai dela Cruz, Nathan Lopez, and Joj and Jai Agpangan; music industry’s Morissette and Jamie Rivera; ABS-CBN Regional Network News Bureau reporters headed by Stanley Palisada; and radio personalities Amy Perez, DJs Jai Ho, DJ ChaCha China Paps, and anchor Ahwel Paz.

Yang, an award-winning broadcast journalist did not think twice about supporting the campaign. Yang said: “I was once an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) too - fifteen years. I know how it is to be an OF worker and overseas voter.  I voted and covered in Hong Kong so I played two roles.  There, I saw the sad and happy part of having a voice as a migrant worker.  I could say my experience was whole”. Yang covered the opening of the election precincts in HK in 2016.

At the end of the 2015 registration, total turnout was 1,376,067 or a 46.39% increase versus 815,307 in 2012 registration while the total number of voter turnout in 2016 was at 430,695 or almost 300% increase versus the 2013 elections with 118,823 voters.

According to DFA OVS Vice Chairman Ed Castro, media played a crucial role in the success of the OV in 2016.  “Media is an indispensable partner of public service. And it so happens that the DFA OVS serves the interest of the OFs. We politically empower them.  Therefore, TFC having the widest reach in network for overseas is a logical partner of the campaign.  Thank you very much to TFC’s partnership and others for all the help, we were able to set a record-breaking turnout for the 2016 national elections”.

COMELEC OFOV Chairman Atty. Arthur Lim adds: “The media, specifically TFC is broadcast all over the world which covers the 85 foreign posts of the Philippines.  The same helped a lot in propagating the OV act.  Considering that prior to the agreement with ABS-CBN or TFC, there were only 815,307 total number of registered overseas, the volume of applicant increased after August 26,2015 because of the information campaign conducted by the office and its partners”.

Kapamilya Reunion wins first Quill for Advertising, Marketing and Brand Communication

Meantime, Kapamilya Reunion, a virtual reunion that harnessed the power of technology to bring together overseas Filipinos and their families in the Philippines, earned its first Quill for Communication Management under the Advertising, Marketing and Brand category.

Launched first in 2015, Kapamilya Reunion brought the families together in one of the most memorable events in the lives of Filipinos - Christmas. Recreating the elements such as Christmas decors, Noche Buena and exchange gifts, the virtual reunion also was able to relive the Christmas feels that overseas participants miss back in the Philippines.


According to Ailene Averion, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific: “Kapamilya Reunion is one very memorable occasion where we momentarily managed to bridge the physical gap between overseas and their families here in the Philippines.  Even for a day, we at TFC, together with our content celebrities and Kapamilyas all over the world, were able to celebrate as one family during this important season of Christmas”.

According to Richard Aroboleda, Quill Awards Organizing Committee Chairman, out of the 724 entries, only 228 awardees passed the acid test. “Tonight’s winners are not just words on a document or a Powerpoint presentation. They have now metamorphosed into sterling examples of how communications when done right have lasting effects on the audiences they intend to touch. Just like the mighty quill which has throughout history, again, when used right, can become instruments not only to put words into paper but also to ignite positive change. We see these modern-day communications have the ability to do the same”, Arboleda ends.

In this year’s Philippine Quill Awards, TFC’s back-to-back wins contributed to ABS-CBN Corporation’s win as 1st runner-up in the Company of the Year category.

The Philippine Quill for Excellence was received for Fernandez by Global Corporate Affairs and PR Associate Marianne Ferrer - de Vera and PR Specialist Jocelyn Jimenez; DFA OVS Vice Chairman Edgardo Castro; Regional Finance Officer Lawrence Reyes; Marketing Communications Creative Director Jay Dustin Santiago; and one of the brand ambassadors, Cathy Yang.

July 19, 2017

Ian Veneracion Places His Trust Only to His Newfound Love - Ascof Lagundi

Heartthrob dad Ian Veneracion prefers Ascof Forte Menthol Syrup as his remedy for cough and bronchial asthma because of its “hagod-menthol” soothing effect, which gives quick relief from sore and itchy throat

At age 42, gentleman actor and reluctant heartthrob Ian Veneracion appears to be a star whose time has come. Although he started acting at the age of 5, Ian’s career took a long, circuitous route to leading man status, something he finally achieved when he was cast as a swoon-worthy hero in hit TV soaps.

Today he seems unstoppable, his career trajectory leading him to a place that much younger and more aggressive actors have yet to reach.

Ironically, it is from this enviable place that Ian now seeks balance even as he appreciates the perks of stardom. He has kept the debonair good looks that make fans - age 18 to 80 - swoon, yes, but the Gen X actor now finds fulfillment in matters that are more constant and stable, and less transitory.

This probably has much to do with being married to a loving wife and having three wonderful children. Veneracion readily affirms that there is always more to life than the glitz of show business.

Forty is like, you spent the first half of your life trying to learn who you want to be. You did stuff that you wanted to try out. At age 40, ‘yun ‘yung complete na - you know who you are, you know what’s right and wrong, you have your own values. For me, it’s just the start of the flight. When you reach this age, you know exactly where you’re coming from, where you’re at, and where you’re going.

Ian then gently asserts, “Life is my priority, not work.” This gives clarity to his life decisions. Like why maintaining a healthy lifestyle is of tremendous importance to him, and why he always makes sure that he is at his best and healthiest self.  With a broader understanding of himself, Ian has come to prioritize his health and wellbeing above anything else and has become more discerning of his life choices. That is why for his cough remedy, Ian places his trust only in Ascof Lagundi, especially now that the rainy season is here and respiratory ailments are very common.

Ascof Lagundi, the innovative and pioneering cough remedy in the Philippines, is made from 100 percent organically grown Lagundi leaves, making it a natural, safe, and effective relief for cough and bronchial asthma.

Ian says that it is for this reason that he immediately accepted the offer to become Ascof’s newest official endorser. “It’s something that I actually take. When my manager informed me that Ascof wanted to sign me up as its endorser, I said, ‘Perfect! Just last week I had Ascof Lagundi in my bag.’ I definitely believe in the product.”

The actor likewise shares that he takes Ascof Lagundi Forte Menthol even during tapings and shoots, and encourages others like him to choose Ascof as the preferred option over chemical medicines and other similar natural remedies for cough.

You can trust Ascof Lagundi. It’s a natural remedy that you may take even at the onset of a cough, and when you are just starting to show its early symptoms. Hindi ka matatakot kasi safe siya,” he assures everyone.

Ian uses the variant Ascof Lagundi Forte Menthol Syrup, either sugar-free or regular, because of its ‘hagod-menthol’ soothing effect on the throat. “There are other variants both for kids and adults, but my personal favorite is ASCOF Forte Menthol Sugar Free Syrup because it actually gives me instant relief from sore and itchy throat due to cough,” he explains.

Pascual Laboratories, the manufacturer of Ascof Lagundi, has its own lagundi farm in Nueva Ecija that uses a GMP-certified production process to cultivate the traditional herbal plant. Ascof Lagundi Forte Menthol is a product of scientific research and clinical studies.

Ian considers Ascof Lagundi as his newfound love since it is always there when he needs it most. “Getting enough sleep and eating properly are important to keep your body healthy. Pero kapag tinamaan kayo ng cough, of course you should take Ascof Lagundi.”

For inquiries and more details about Ascof Lagundi Forte Menthol Syrup, visit their official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ASCOFLagundi or their official website at http://www.pascuallab.com/index.php/ascof.

OPM Icon Ogie Alcasid Soars High with First, Momentous Kapamilya Album Called “NakakaLokal”

After his refreshing return to ABS-CBN last year, OPM icon Ogie Alcasid makes another soaring move as a Kapamilya as he launches his debut album under Star Music, “NakakaLokal,” a first-of-its-kind musical collaboration with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.

This is the first joint project of the premiere ensemble with a solo artist in an album, a history-in-the-making in the local music industry. The symphonic music of the orchestra, led by its music director Gerard Salonga, complements Ogie’s latest offering to his fans and those eagerly awaiting the newest OPM pieces to hit the radio.

"A song always sounds best when it's with the orchestra as there are a lot of things you can’t do with a software that the orchestra can deliver. One of my biggest dreams was to work with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and it was a blessing they said yes," Ogie shared.

The award-winning artist’s new collection has 10 tracks, 6 of which are original compositions including “Nakakalokal,” “Ikaw ang Tanging Pag-ibig Ko,” “Akala Ko,” “Di Na Muli,” “Di Ka Pababayaan,” and “Do You Wanna Dance With Me.”

He is most excited about the song “Nakakalokal” which has been chosen as the official theme song of this year’s songwriting competition, Himig Handog PPop Love Songs.

It has brasses, with the horn section, with guitar and strings. It proudly showcases Pinoy music at its best,” Ogie revealed.

In addition to his new songs, Ogie has a medley with his wife, another OPM icon and Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez. These include classic hits “Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw,” “Pangako” and “Hanggang Ngayon.”


The singer-host-actor also has three cover songs in this highly anticipated album. These include “Kailangan Kita,” the theme song of Star Cinema’s film with the same title starring Claudine Barretto and Aga Muhlach; “Ikaw ang Aking Pangarap” from the top-rating ABS-CBN teleserye “Lobo” starring Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual; and “Ikaw Lamang,” the theme song of the film “Dubai,” also from Star Cinema starring John Lloyd Cruz, Claudine and Aga.

The multi-awarded artist has released more than 20 albums in the past with gold, platinum and double platinum feats, highly contributing to the local music scene with his original compositions, well-loved and timeless love songs, and unforgettable performances.


His first Star Music album is produced by Jonathan Manalo. It is out now on digital stores worldwide and is available at all record bars nationwide for only P350.

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.

Robi Domingo and Gretchen Ho Together Again for "University Town" on S+A

Robi Domingo and Gretchen Ho get to hang out with Filipino basketball icon Danny Ildefonso as their campus tour in the show "University Town" makes a stop at National University this Sunday (July 23) on S+A and S+A HD at 1pm.

A pride of NU and a former UAAP star, Danny introduces to Robi and Gretchen his son Shaun, who recently transferred to the Bulldogs’ bastion in the hope of following his dad's footsteps. The duo will also meet other great Bulldogs, Gelo Alolino and Glenn Khobuntin, who are members of the Season 77 champion team.

This is the third leg of the "University Town" this season, which is on its second year of featuring the eight schools competing in the country’s premier collegiate league.

Also featured in the NU special is Bulldogs’ best man on the football pitch, Mark Marcaida, a partially deaf and mute player who proudly wears NU’s colors in the UAAP Football competition. What makes Mark greater in the eyes of his peers is his ability to pick up game plans and execute them despite his handicap, as well as being able to juggle the life of a student and athlete who lives far away from his hometown in Masbate.

“U-Town’s” latest episode also gives the spotlight to members of the different competing teams of NU in the UAAP that have been dominant in their disciplines and has shone for the NU athletic program like the Women’s Basketball Team, their Lawn Tennis representatives, the Cheerdance squad, and their Badminton shuttlers.

Don’t miss the chance to get to know more about the NU Bulldogs and their competitive spirit as a community as Robi and Gretchen come down to Recto and tour with “U-Town” on S+A and S+A HD this Sunday (July 23) at 1pm. 

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

July 18, 2017

Audition For the Role of Young Simba in the Manila Production of THE LION KING Announced

The search for the male child’s role in the Manila production of world’s #1 musical - Disney’s THE LION KING is on!

Michael Cassel Group in association with Disney Theatrical Productions are looking for boys from ages 9 to 12 for the role of young Simba. He must be a confident young boy with personality, natural actor/singer who can move well. Previous performing experience is not necessary.

All Performers must pre-register for the open call by contacting the Children’s Casting Director – Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group: 

Landline: 02-6505144
Mobile: 0995-9859718, 0945-3386126, 0917-8381534
Email: lionkingmanila@atlantistheatrical.com
Deadline for registration is July 30, 2017

Children will be asked to prepare the last verse of “Just Can’t Wait To Be King” and bring with them a 3R headshot, birth certificate, a parent/guardian’s written consent, and be prepared to fill out a registration form upon arrival. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Philippines is rich with wonderfully talented performers and we are excited to not only bring this wonderful production to Manila for the very first time, but to welcome to the cast young Filipino actors who will join performers from South Africa and around the world in bringing this show to audiences in Manila.” Producer of the international tour, Michael Cassel commented.

We’re proud to partner with our long-time friend Michael Cassel to bring the world-renowned stage production of ‘The Lion King’ to these vibrant cities,” Thomas Schumacher, President and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, meanwhile, said in a statement. He added, “I cannot wait for new audiences to join us in the Philippines.

THE LION KING will premiere in Manila on March 2018 at The Theatre at Solaire in Pasay City as part of its 20th anniversary on stage and the title’s 25th global production.

Tickets for the Manila show will go on sale in October 2017. More details on the dates, venue, and ticket prices will be made over the coming months. 

Since its Broadway premiere in 1997, “The Lion King” musical has been seen by more than 90 million people.

It has been staged in 100 cities in 19 countries and translated into eight languages: Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese. 

Aside from Manila, the international tour will enjoy additional engagements in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and South Africa.

For further information about THE LION KING or to sign up to be the first in line for tickets, visit: LionKingInternational.com

Watch the Spectacular First 6 Minutes of the Movie "Baby Driver"

Columbia Pictures has just released the six-minute Baby Driver opening scene online which encapsulates the acclaimed film's energetic spirit and cool vibe.

Check out the scene at https://youtu.be/6XMuUVw7TOM and watch Baby Driver in Philippine cinemas on August 02, 2017.

The movie is structured so it opens with the dream of being a getaway driver, and very quickly turns into the nightmare of being a criminal,” says director and screenwriter Edgar Wright. “The opening chase is sort of positioned as a clockwork act of precision. Everything goes right. Then very quickly, with subsequent situations, things start to go wrong, and very visceral consequences start to bear down. The storm clouds have been gathering during the movie. At some point, Baby’s luck is gonna run out.”

In the film, a talented, young getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) 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.

Full of reversals, rewinds, fast forwards and heart-stopping skips, and inspired by the types of crime-and-chase movies that have thrilled moviegoers since Steve McQueen in a revved-up Mustang changed car pursuits forever, Baby Driver is a game-changing, lane-changing, hard-charging blast only Wright could have dreamed up.

Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Lily James (Cinderella), Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”), Eiza Gonzalez (“From Dusk til Dawn”), with Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) and Jamie Foxx (Sleepless).

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

Beach Volleyball Teams Vie for National Title at the "BVR on Tour" National Championship

It may be rainy season but nothing can stop the 32 beach volleyball teams competing for the national title and the chance to represent the country in the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) On Tour National Championship this July 28 to 30 at the Anguib Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

After seven exciting BVR legs in different parts of the nation, 16 teams each in the men's and women's divisions will be slugging it out in the event, which has been sanctioned by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) as a qualifier for aspiring national bets to the Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Games in Singapore.

The Top 3 in each division will be included in the national training pool, from which the LVPI will select the country’s official representatives to the international competition.

BVR founders Bea Tan and Charo Soriano made the announcement with BVR tournament director Tony Boy Liao in a presscon held ‪last Tuesday (July 18) at the Delimondo Café in Makati with Jimmy Alvaro and Kristen Enrile of BVR presenter Delimondo, and Jimmy Escaño of venue host Cagayan Adventures and Leisure.

Partial list of the participating teams include FEU, Dipolog, Coast Guard, NU, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, RTU, La Salle Bacolod, Ateneo, Navy, and Coast Guard in the Men's division; and RTU, Ateneo, Iloilo, Cebu, Bacolod, Tagum, PNP, and Perlas in the Women's division.

With the dream of making the Philippines the Beach Volleyball Hub in Aisa, BVR has been organizing beach volleyball tournaments that do not only feature the best beach volleyball players in the country but promotes the beauty of our country. It also conducts "sandroots" activities to inspire and train young Filipino athletes to love and excel in the sport of beach volleyball.

Aside from the chance to represent the flag, the teams will also be fighting for the grand prize of Php 50,000, with the runner up receiving Php 30,000 and the third placer getting Php 15,000.

Stay tuned to “The Score” on S+A for updates on the “BVR On Tour” or log on to ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com and follow @ABSCBNSports and @bvr_ph on Facebook and Twitter.

Production Begins on Clint Eastwood's "The The 15:17 to Paris" Feat. Bright Young Stars and Genuine Heroes

Production is underway this week on Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris.” The film tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a highspeed railway ride.

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. “The 15:17 to Paris” follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film. Starring alongside them are Jenna Fischer (“Hall Pass,” TV’s “The Office”); Judy Greer (“War for the Planet of the Apes”); and Ray Corasani (TV’s upcoming “The Long Road Home”). Paul-Mikél Williams plays the younger Anthony; Max Ivutin and Bryce Gheisar each play younger versions of Alek; and Cole Eichenberger and William Jennings take on the role of the younger Spencer‬.

Eastwood (“Sully,” “American Sniper”) directs from a screenplay by Dorothy Blyskal, based on the book The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern. Eastwood also produces the film, along with Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier. The film’s executive producer is Bruce Berman.

Behind the scenes, the creative team includes frequent collaborators Tom Stern, who served as cinematographer on 13 of Eastwood’s previous films; Deborah Hopper, who has served as Eastwood’s costume designer on 17 prior films; and Blu Murray, who most recently cut “Sully.” Veteran art director Kevin Ishioka, whose work can be seen in “Sully” and in this month’s “Dunkirk,” serves as production designer.

The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Viva Films Introduces the Newest Action Star AJ Muhlach in the Movie "Double Barrel"

AJ Muhlach sheds his boy-next-door persona as VIVA Films launches him as the newest action star in the very timely film "Double Barrel", by master director Toto Natividad. He is paired with Phoebe Walker who won Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival for her performance in the horror film "Seklusyon".

Muhlach plays the role of Jeff, a drug pusher who gets caught during an extensive police operation at a slum area. After begging for his life, Jeff is spared from being killed on the condition that he will become an asset to the police. He must divulge all the names of the drug lords he knows and join the authorities in extrajudicial killings (EJK).

Walker plays Martha, Jeff's wife whose love for him leaves her with no choice but to take part in the never-ending violence. Armed with a gun and shooting down drug personalities, she and her husband are tagged as "mag-asawang birador".

High-speed vehicular chases, hand-to-hand combat, not to mention gun fights and explosions, are employed in this engrossing action movie that is based on a true story.

Muhlach underwent rigorous fitness training as proven by his Instagram post last March. This former member of the boy group XLR8 showed off his well-toned body that is perfect for his role. Before this big break, he was seen in "Diary ng Panget", "Talk Back and You're Dead", "Para sa Hopeless Romantic", "Chain Mall", and "Felix Manalo". Muhlach also starred in the TV series "P.S I Love You", "Bagets Just Got Lucky".

Aside from the Erik Matti Film "Seklusyon", Walker's other movies are "Unconventional" and "Gayuma". This half-Filipino, half-British talented VIVA artist was part pf the girl group Eurasia.

Jeric Raval, one of the biggest action stars in the 90s, joins cast. He plays Inspector Bagani, a headstrong police officer who insists on eradicating drug users and pushers despite orders from his superiors to stop EJK. He is assisted by his loyal subordinate, SPO4 Lagman, played by mixed martial arts expert and model Ali Khatibi.

"Double Barrel" is showing in cinemas nationwide starting August 2, 2017.

Celebrity Couple Richard Poon and Maricar Reyes Reveal Common Couple Woes in New Book 10 THINGS WE FIGHT ABOUT

Four years into their marriage, celebrity couple Richard and Maricar Reyes-Poon have discovered noteworthy ways to deal with common relationship battles and have decided to share these in their first book, “10 Things We Fight About” by ABS-CBN Publishing.

The book started as an idea from our blogs. To write about something real, something close to our hearts. And one of those things are those conflicts we go through,” shared Maricar.

Readers will delight in learning more about the experiences the actress and the crooner have gone through as they continuously strive to maintain a happy married life despite the usual scuffles. In the book, the couple cited lending money to others, false accusations and insecurities, criticism and fake apologies as among those causing squabble. 

What makes this book interesting is that they’ll get a glimpse of the Poon and Reyes home, how we were raised and how different we are from each other,” disclosed Richard.

It basically answers the question, what happens after saying, “I do,” said Maricar.

The couple’s book also comes with reflections and lessons that can help those young, married couples in understanding their partner better and settling a lover’s quarrel.


“10 Things We Fight About” is the latest addition in ABS-CBN Publishing’s line of bestselling consumer books. Richard and Maricar join an elite roster of celebrity authors that includes Alex Gonzaga, Georgina Wilson, Solenn Heussaff and Ramon Bautista.

The couple formally introduced their latest project in a book launch held in National Book Store, Glorietta in Makati City last July 16.

The Poons’ “10 Things We Fight About” is available in leading newsstands and bookstores nationwide for P225.




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