Saturday, August 5, 2017

Maris Racal and Inigo Pascual, From Friends to Campus Lovers in ‘MMK’


Maris Racal and Inigo Pascual team up for the first time on television and play campus couple whose relationship gets tested by distance and time this Saturday (July 31) on “MMK.”

Paired as a ‘love team’ in school, Allan (Inigo) and Lou Ann (Maris) got teased a lot by their friends and classmates. This paved the way for their feelings for each other to grow and for their relationship to level up from being friends to finally becoming lovers.




The two were inseparable even when they stepped into college. They had their share of ups and downs but managed to find their way back into love. Until one day, Allan needed to leave the country to work in Dubai.

Did the Allan and Lou Ann ‘loveteam’ survive this challenge?

Joining Maris and Inigo in this episode are Arlene Muhlach, Jairus Aquino, Rochelle Barrameda, Nikki Bagaporo, Heaven Peralejo,Vivoree Esclito, Andre Yllana, Amy Nobleza, Kokoy de Santos, Bea Basa, and Noel Comia . The episode is directed by Mae Cruz Alviar and written by Mark Angos. “MMK” is led by Star Creatives COO Malou Santos.

Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK,” every Saturday after “The Voice Teens” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch its latest episodesoniwantv.com.phorskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @mmkofficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto's Blockbuster Movie “Vince & Kath & James” Premieres on Cinema One on August 6


Joshua Garcia, Ronnie Alonte, and Julia Barretto are set to swoon viewers as their hit teen romance flick “Vince & Kath & James” premieres on Cinema One this Sunday (August 6).

“Vince & Kath & James” is Metro Manila Film Festival 2016’s overall top grosser. Directed by Theodore Boborol, who also directed “Just The Way You Are” and current blockbuster hit “Finally Found Someone,” the movie is based on the bestselling ABS-CBN Publishing book series written by Jenny Ruth Almocera or known online as Queen Elly.

Its story first became a hit last year when the writer presented her “romantic series” as screenshots of SMS exchanges between two teens, the characters of Vince and Kath, on social media.

In the movie, Vince (Joshua) secretly has feelings for his frenemy Kath (Julia). Problem arises when Kath catches the eye of Vince’s cousin, James (Ronnie). Vince then pretends to be James in texts, as a favor to his cousin, sending Kath pick-up lines while struggling to restrain his own feelings for her.

Don’t miss the cable TV premiere of “Vince & Kath & James” on Cinema One’s “Blockbuster Sundays” this August 6 at 8PM. Cinema One is available on SkyCable and Destiny Cable Digital Channel 56, and Destiny Analog Ch. 37. 

Like Cinema One on Facebook at facebook.com/Cinema1channel to view full schedule.

James Reid Cools Down as MYX Headliner this August


With his new album “Palm Dreams” out, multi-talented James Reid showcases his R&B-flavored songs in the country’s number one music channel as the “MYX Headliner” for August.

Imbibe chill vibes for the whole month as James leads you through his fresh, new self-produced tunes including his hit track, “Cool Down” which has reached the number 1 spot in iTunes Philippines.

Meanwhile, “ASAP” BFF5 member and “Bloody Crayons” actress Maris Racal takes over your favorite MYX shows as the MYX Celebrity VJ, while R&B/soul band Conscious & The Goodness serenades the cable channel under the “MYX Spotlight.”

Get your monthly specials of international artists in “MYX Presents” with “Coldplay in Manila” on August 10, “Beyonce: Fierce & Fabulous” on August 17, “Everything Ariana Grande” on August 24, and “Oasis – Familiar to Millions” on August 31.

For local artists, MYX features Darren Espanto, Morissette, and Klarisse de Guzman on the new season of “MYXed Lives” which airs every Friday at 6PM and 9PM.

Catch James on MYX all throughout the month and Maris on “Pop MYX” on August 5 to 12, “Pinoy MYX” on August 13 to 19, “Mellow MYX” on August 20 to 26, and “My MYX” on August 27 to 31. 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).

Empress Schuck Returns to ABS-CBN via ‘Rabies’ Episode of "Ipaglaban Mo"


Jason Abalos and Empress Schuck return to “Ipaglaban Mo” this Saturday (August 5) as parents seeking justice for their daughter, who died after getting bitten by their neighbor’s dog.

Bong (Jason) and Marie (Empress) thought they would never have a child and almost gave up on their dream of having a complete family. That is why when Happy (Myel de Leon) came into their lives, they considered it as such a big blessing.

Happy grew up to be a nice, energetic kid and just like her parents, was also fond of dogs particularly that of their neighbor Hilda (Katya Santos).

One day, while Happy was playing with her other friends, the dog suddenly bit her in the forehead. Bong and Marie rushed Happy to the hospital to get treatments and to get an anti-rabies shot, but after a few days, their little angel didn’t survive and died.

 


How will justice be served in this case? As the dog owner, will Hilda be held accountable for the death of Happy?

Don’t miss the “Rabies” episode of “Ipaglaban Mo,” directed by Ato Bautista, this Saturday (August 5) after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN with a replay every Wednesday on DZMM TeleRadyo and DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.

For more updates, follow @IpaglabanMoCh2 on Twitter, @ipaglabanmoABSCBN on Instagram, or like www.facebook.com/IpaglabanMoABSCBN.

(Poster) Chilling Thriller Movie "The Snowman" Starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Val Kilmer and J.K. Simmons


The minimalist but creepy teaser poster for Universal Pictures' new suspense thriller The Snowman (in Philippine cinemas November 01, 2017) has just been unveiled online and may be seen below.

Michael Fassbender (X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller.
In the film, when an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

The Snowman is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

(Trailer) Fantasy Adventure Film "A Wrinkle in Time" Starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine


Watch the teaser trailer for Walt Disney Pictures' new fantasy adventure A Wrinkle In Time which has just been released by the studio.

View the trailer at https://youtu.be/E4U3TeY2wtM and watch A Wrinkle in Time in Philippine cinemas in March 2018.

The film is an epic adventure that takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and ultimately, the triumph of love.

Directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time is produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer.

The film stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine and introduces Storm Reid.

A Wrinkle in Time is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Pokwang Welcomes Readers of StarStudio Magazine Into Her Mansion this August


StarStudio Magazine features two huge stories for August - the heartbreaking but inspiring story of Pokwang and the blockbuster comeback of John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo on the big screen.

Pokwang, her beau Lee O’Brian, and her daughter Mae welcome readers into their hearts and home in a 20-pager feature. StarStudio goes in-depth on the comedienne’s tear-jerking life, the heartaches she went through, and the challenges she strived to overcome to become who she is now. She also gives readers a tour of her new home, built especially for her mom, Gloria.

John Lloyd and Sarah are back four years after the blockbuster success of “It Takes A Man And A Woman” with a new movie, “Finally Found Someone.” The magazine takes readers back to the journey of the tandem, how they started, and how they grew together as artists and as friends on and off-screen.

Get to know the heartbreaking life of “I Can Do That” Greatest Entertainer Wacky Kiray, and take a peek inside Patrick and Nikka Garcia’s married life.

For fashion finds and beauty tips, from gorpcore to street wear, take cues from millennial celebs -  MYX VJ Donny Pangilinan, PBB Lucky Season 7 housemate Vivoree Esclito and 2nd Big Placer Kisses Delavin.

All these and more inside StarStudio Magazine’s August 2017 issue, available in bookstores and newsstands nationwide.

Cinema One Originals Highly Acclaimed Films "Hamog" and "Salvage" Enter Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2017


The Cinema One Originals’ selection “Hamog,” and Cinema One and Salida Productions’ horror flick “Salvage” will be screened at the upcoming Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, a novel initiative of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to connect quality Filipino films to a wider audience happening on August 16-22.

These two movies join 10 other notable entries chosen by the FDCP as featured films in the festival scheduled during the country’s Buwan ng Wika celebration. The project will have a nationwide release in more than 700 theaters nationwide.

Liza Diňo-Seguerra, FDCP chairperson, shared, “‘Hamog’ and ‘Salvage’ are certainly unique additions to the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino lineup. ‘Hamog’ features extremely talented young actors of today in a film that mixes gritty reality with emotional depth while ‘Salvage’ is an impressive attempt at a new brand of keep-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat horror. We cannot wait for the Filipino audience to see these amazing films in PPP.”

Ralston Jover’s “Hamog” (Haze) tells real-life scenarios of four streetchildren who cannot help but resort to the routine of crime to survive daily life. Two unexpected events soon occur that will challenge and push the kids to make tough choices.

It is the only local film so far that competed in two International Federation of Film Producers Associations or FIAPF A-list film festivals and won in both. It earned the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award for Ralston at the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival, and the Silver St. George Best Actress Award for lead actress Therese Malvar in Moscow International Film Festival, making her the country’s youngest A-list film festival best actress. Aside from the FIAPF recognitions, the film also won the Russian Critics Choice Award for Best Film.

Therese’s performance in “Hamog” also earned her the New York Asian Film Festival’s Rising Star award. Joining her in the cast are Zaijan Jaranilla, Sam Quitania, Bor Lentejas, OJ Mariano, Anna Luna, Mike Liwag, Lou Veloso and Kyline Alcantara.

 


Meanwhile, the found footage film “Salvage” stars Jessy Mendiola and JC de Vera in a thrilling story of a news team in search of clues. A series of killings has occurred in a remote and haunted province, initially believed to be caused by supernatural attacks.

The Sherad Anthony Sanchez’s movie was cited for Best Film Editing in last year’s Young Critics Circle.

According to a review written by Skilty Labastilla in Young Critics Circle Film Desk, “’Salvage’ does not rely on plot to sustain viewers’ interest, rather, it engages by evoking a sense of mystery and increasing dread. The last twenty breathtaking minutes, in particular, offer a masterclass in shoestring suspense filmmaking by ingenious use of camera angles and lighting, sound and film editing, and no-holds-barred acting.”

The movie also received positive reviews from film directors.

Interested less in the genre as a commercial hook and device, instead, Sanchez cleverly uses its tropes to make a searing statement on the Filipino tribe being seduced by the pomp, spectacle and religious pageantry tendered by a monstrous, native demon sprung from the depths of the jungle,” shared Rico Ilarde.

“Violator” director Dodo Dayao cited, “Sanchez returns to the jungle and comes back with this thoroughly mysterious and hallucinatory piece of modern horror that twists found footage conventions into a strange disturbing new shape.”

Catch “Salvage” and “Hamog” in the first ever Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino happening from August 16-22 in cinemas nationwide. For more information, like Cinema One (@Cinema1channel) and Cinema One Originals (@CinemaOneOriginals) on Facebook.

‘FPJ: Ang Probinsyano’ Celebrates 100th Weeks of Primetime Leadership...and Counting


FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” adds another milestone to its growing list of achievements as it celebrates its 100th week on television by giving back to viewers who have welcomed the show into their homes for almost two years now.

I am happy that even if we are already in our 100th week, viewers still love and support the series. They inspire us to do our work well,” said the series’ lead star Coco Martin. “We will not stop in making scenes that are not just action-packed but also full of lessons.”

As the series enters its 100th week, viewers are set to witness more surprises every night as Cardo (Coco) faces new challenges as a member of the Special Action Force, with new plot twists and new characters to bring action and thrill to the series.

Since September 2015, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” has kept its spot as the most watched TV program nationwide, hitting an all-time high of 46.7%, according to data from Kantar Media. It has also been pitted against several rival shows, but it remained unbeaten as viewers’ support remained strong throughout its run.

The show also became an avenue for renowned action stars such as Lito Lapid, John Regala, Jess Lapid, Victor Neri, at Efren Reyes, Jr. to once again take the limelight and showcase their action chops.

“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’s” success has also gone beyond television with the launch of its mobile game app, which allows users to experience the life of Cardo and save lives and has already reached about one million downloads.

Aside from the action-packed scenes on television, the series also continue to bring joy through its public service efforts. Last Thursday (Augu 3), the cast led ABS-CBN’s “Saludo sa Sundalong Pilipino” where they brought happiness and offered help to the wounded soldiers who fought in the armed conflict in Marawi

The series has also received numerous praises for its lessons about love for family and for the country. Its infomercial turned informational book “Ligtas Tips” also educates viewers about several modus and crimes such as budol-budol, child trafficking, and carnapping.

The action-series has also gained recognition from the House of the Representatives and different government officials such as the Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno and Philippine National Police chief Ronald De Rosa, who both commended the series for promoting crime awareness and prevention among audiences.

Several award-giving bodies have also recognized the series for its story that reflects lives of Filipino families. Some of which are Catholic Mass Media Awards, KBP Golden Dove Awards, and the Box Office Entertainment Awards, where it bagged eight recognitions, setting history in the awards show.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Angel Aquino and Gretchen Ho Join Bernadette Sembrano in TV Patrol Public Service Caravan

"FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" star Angel Aquino, "Umagang Kay Ganda" anchor Gretchen Ho, and "TV Patrol" anchor Bernadette Sembrano recently came together for an entire day of public service as they joined the nationwide community caravan of "TV Patrol," and helped deliver various services to Kapamilyas in Antique.

Coming from different backgrounds, the trio found a common ground in helping other people as they take part in the caravan's job fair, livelihood seminar, citizen journalism workshop, food distribution, and restroom and library repairs for the people in the province, which was hit hard by Typhoon Frank years ago.

Angel, Gretchen, and Bernadette first showed support to more than 1,000 job seekers in a job fair organized with the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Public Employment Services Office (PESO)-Antique at the Robinson's Place-Antique mall, were 22 Kapamilyas were hired on the spot.

They also met 30 former OFW mothers who were taught how to make jam and got one food cart each from "TV Patrol" and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Antique, in the hope that a new livelihood would prevent them from being away from their families again.

The three also saw the newly-repaired restrooms at the San Jose public terminal, a project initiated by "TV Patrol" in cooperation with the local government to bring comfort to drivers and commuters.

After dropping by the citizen journalism workshop of "Bayan Mo, iPatrol Mo," the team also went to Barangay Durog, which is still recovering from the damage done by Typhoon Frank. Angel and Gretchen had a storytelling session with the children, who were also happy to receive new school bags from ABS-CBN's Operation Sagip, slippers from "Rated K," and vitamins from "Bantay Bata."

They also unveiled the repaired library at the Durog Elementary School and distributed vegetable seeds for the school's nutrition program, which the teachers started upon noticing some students suffering from malnourishment.

One of the teachers, Jessa Quemado, said it pains them to see their students in this condition. "It feels painful and heavy in the heart to imagine our own children in a situation like this," she said.

To cap the day, they had a healthy and nutritious lunch with community members, who also received grocery packages and fans. Another teacher said, "This is a big help not just for the kids but to every family in the community."

Angel and Gretchen expressed the joy of being part of the "TV Patrol Community Caravan," where they were inspired by the resilience of the people they met.

"Just by visiting them, we've already made them very happy…just by simply talking to them, taking a picture, a selfie, or giving food to them. The experience took us back to who we really are serving," Gretchen said.

Angel added, "It's like food for the heart and soul, to my spirit. Even if we lacked rest and sleep when we got there, we couldn't help but smile because of the energy the kids give off."

Since March, the "TV Patrol Community Caravan," which is part of the newscast's 30th anniversary celebration, has gone to different parts of the nation including Zamboanga, Tacloban, Pangasinan, Iloilo, and Malabon to address the needs of communities with the help of organizations like DOLE, Department of Science and Technology, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines, Robinsons Land Corporation, Energy Development Corporation, Carl Balita Livelihood Center, House of David, Republic Biscuit Corporation, and Unilever Philippines.

Stay tuned for the continuation of the "TV Patrol Community Caravan" with Kabayan Noli De Castro, Ted Failon, and Bernadette Sembrano on "TV Patrol" from Monday to Friday after "Wildflower" and every Saturday after "Home Sweetie Home." You can also watch it on iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. Follow the program on social media via Facebook (@tvpatrol.abscbn) and Twitter (@TVPatrol).

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Piolo Pascual, Robi Domingo and Gordon Ramsay Fire Up Lifestyle TV this August

Embark on two different culinary journeys in food and travel with "The Crawl: Poblacion" hosted by Piolo Pascual and top reality cooking competition "MasterChef" now on its 8th season, with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, as they premiere on Lifestyle TV this August.

Take a stroll down the urban streets of Poblacion, Makati City in the third installment of "The Crawl" as Piolo sets out to experience the restaurant-hopping and pub-crawling culture around hole-in-the-wall spots and local breweries with his new Crawl buddy Robi Domingo.

Piolo and Robi season their palates through stopovers in American style BBQ joint, Holy Smokes, comfort food and soft served ice cream café, Bucky's, and Japanese yakitori snack house, Tambai.

They also check out hip pubs and the finest beers in the city such as craft brewery Joe's Brew, cocktail and Vinyl bar OTO, Filipino deli and pub, Alamat, bikers headquarters, Handlebar, Costa Rican reggae lounge, Pura Vida, and backpackers hostel, Z-Hostel with its popular hang-out rooftop bar.

Meanwhile, chef Gordon and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi welcome American Mexican celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez into the judges' panel for the eighth and latest season of "MasterChef."

The three celebrated food experts will test top American home cooks through a series of challenging elimination rounds in order for one culinary master to emerge.

The winner shall receive a quarter of a million dollars, a guaranteed spot on the next MasterChef cruise, and the highly coveted MasterChef trophy. Previous MasterChef winners include American chef and food writer Whitney Miller, blind cook, writer and TV host Christine Hà, and Italian chef and "The Lucky Fig" owner Luca Manfè.

Lifestyle TV, a pioneer in local lifestyle programming, serves as a TV guide with a wealth of relevant and insightful content for the multi-faceted Filipino women. |It balances a mix of acquired and locally produced programs that bare the ever-changing wellness, living and entertainment craves of its viewers.

Catch "MasterChef S8" every Thursday starting August 3 at 9PM with back-to-back episodes, and "The Crawl: Poblacion" on August 16 at 7:30PM on Lifestyle TV, available on SkyCable and Destiny Cable channel 52, and Sky Direct channel 31. For updates and a complete schedule of shows, follow Lifestyle on Facebook (facebook.com/lifestyletvph), Instagram and Twitter (@lifestyletvph).

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"Cars 3" Speeds Away with P40.8M Opening Weekend in PH Theaters

Disney-Pixar's "Cars 3," the latest installment in the beloved Cars series, raced to a smash P40.8-million opening weekend nationwide, ranking as the No.1 foreign movie for the July 26 – July 30 frame.

This was announced today by The Walt Disney Company (Philippines).

"Cars 3" is on track to surpass to the lifetime box-office gross of its two predecessors, 2011's "Cars 2" and 2006's "Cars" whose entire run at P40.5-million has already been exceeded in only five days.

SM North EDSA, Trinoma and Power Plant led the topgrossing cinemas, with P1.25-M, P1.17-M and P1.12-M receipts, respectively.

In the top ten are SM Mall of Asia (P1.03-M), SM Megamall (P907,791), Alabang Town Center (P843,272), UP Town Center, (P691,624), Shang Cineplex (P647,189), Glorietta IV (P639,683) and Robinsons Magnolia (P630,553).

Also posting impressive sales are Greenhills (P603,556), Eastwood (P555,291), Greenbelt III (P537,421), Solenad (P534,508), Newport City (P533,635), FisherMall (P529,126), FairviewTerraces (P524,282), Bonifacio High Street (P518,086), SM Marikina (P512,445), and Robinsons Antipolo (P496,754).

The animated adventure's worldwide gross now stands at $268.74-million, with US sales contributing $146-million.

It has been more than ten years since the first "Cars" film was released, but Lightning McQueen remains an iconic character today. While Lightning is still the same self-assured, determined and fun-loving race car audiences fell in love with, his confidence is being tested by the new cars on the track. 

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary champion finds himself suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. Suddenly, he finds his dominance in the sport, as well as the confidence that got him there--threatened by younger, faster cars. Determined to get back into pole position, #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.

"Cars 3" features Owen Wilson ("Shanghai Noon") as the voice of Lightning McQueen. Cristela Alonzo ("The Angry Birds Movie") voices tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez, who tries to help Lightning return to greatness, and Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") lends his voice to next-gen racer Jackson Storm, whose high-tech speed leaves Lightning McQueen behind.

Directed by Brian Fee, produced by Kevin Reher and co-produced by Andrea Warren, "Cars 3" is executive produced by John Lasseter, who directed the first two films in the franchise.

Disney/Pixar's "Cars 3" is now cruising into Philippine cinemas. #Cars3 #JointheRacePH


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Gripping Scenes in "La Luna Sangre" Continue to Win Hearts of Viewers Worldwide

ABS-CBN's highly anticipated epic saga series "La Luna Sangre", top-billed by Kathryn BernardoDaniel Padilla, and Richard Gutierrez, with the special participation of Angel Locsin and John Lloyd Cruz, instantly won the hearts of the viewers in and outside the Philippines after the action-romance teleserye premiered last June. 

 

According to the data released by Kantar Media Television Audience Measurement (TAM), a local viewership measurement company, the first two weeks of the show recorded an average national TV rating of 34.1%.  On TFC online (TFC.tv), it continues to be part of the most viewed programs.

 

Aside from Bernardo and Padilla's comeback on television, viewers also tuned in to Gutierrez's debut as a Kapamilya, the special appearance of Locsin and Cruz, and the charm of child starsErika Clemente and Justin James Quilantangwho portrayed the young characters of Bernardo and Padilla.

 

Meantime, the pilot episode's official hashtag#LaLunaSangreAngSimula trended on Twitter worldwide as fans shared positive feedback about the show's top-caliber production. Angel, Mateo(Cruz's character), and Tristan (portrayed on the pilot episode by Quilantang), also trended onTwitter nationwide. 

 

"That is how a pilot episode should be. I believe LLS will give us a taste of cinematic vibe every night", @juicewhattan said.

 

Meanwhile, @CarlaJean0922 commented, "May I say, ang ganda lang ng kulay. Hindi ko alam ang technical terms pero ang sarap sa mata. Buhay na buhay" (May I say that the colors are beautiful.  I don't know the exact technical terms but it's like living color).

 

User @jochendria posted, "Hats off for the little Tristan, his acting skills were super. One of Tristan's good traits - he loves selflessly".

 

Even premier singer Jed Madela expressed his positive feedback about the show on his Twitter account. "First episode pa lang pero ang dami nang ganap! Galing (We are just at episode one and there are a lot of happenings already.  It's great!" he said.

 

The pilot episode offered a glimpse into the lives of the Lia (Locsin) and Mateo (Cruz), who both settled to live a peaceful life for their daughter after their powers vanished.

 

But their lives, among other vampires, werewolves, and men, were taken away afterSandrino (Gutierrez) destructs their peaceful lives to find and kill Malia, the child of Lia and Mateo, who the prophecy states is the chosen one that will kill him. 

 

Now that Sandrino knows that he killed the wrong child, what are his next steps to find Malia? Can Malia (Bernardo) defend the people close to her heart as Sandrino uses them to find her? How will Malia's relationship with Tristan (Padilla) be affected if many believe their encounter is doomed since their first encounter?

 

Stay tuned as the exciting story of Malia andTristan continue to unfold. Catch the epic action-romance series "La Luna Sangre", available outside the Philippines via TFC. Meantime, catch-up episodes are available via TFC online (TFC.tv) and TFC IPTV in key countries worldwide.

 

For more updates about the show, visit and like TFC's applicable page in your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.


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Pinoy Boyband 1:43 Returns with New, Talented and Charismatic Hunk Members Art Artienda, Ced Miranda, Jason Allen Estroso, and Wayne Avellano


After months of preparation, the highly anticipated comeback of the foremost Filipino boyband 1:43 in the local music scene is finally happening - this time with an exciting lineup of new members.

Featuring four talented, stylish, and goodlooking young men in the persons of Art Artienda, Ced Miranda, Jason Allen Estroso, and Wayne Avellano, 1:43 will reprise its trademark of promoting and reinventing Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and bring it to a whole new level.

The revitalized band is likewise psyched to sustain its momentum from snagging the 2013 Star Awards for Music Song of the Year for “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo” and scoring the “Most Promising Performing and Recording Group” recognition in the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation’s 45th Box-Office Entertainment Awards.

Come to think of it, the new members are no strangers to the music and entertainment industry, as they are held by their common passion for singing, dancing, and acting.

Within a brief period of time, too, these young men developed excellent chemistry on and off the stage.

This charismatic set of younger talents is poised to capture the hearts of music- and entertainment-loving Filipinos as they bring a fresher and more exciting take on music and on many other opportunities that will come their way,” said 1:43 founder and manager Chris Cahilig.



Art, 20, was a semifinalist in Eat Bulaga’s “Spogify” contest and is an endorser for a whitening product. He loves singing, acting, and playing basketball. He is the lead actor in the viral short film “Pitaka.”

Ced, a print ad and TV commercial model, was a finalist at Mr. Chinatown in 2014. Outside of his singing and acting engagements, this 21-year- old heartthrob loves playing basketball, working out, and swimming to maintain his good physique.

Jason, 21, was a former member of dance group Boys, Boys, Boys. His hobbies and talents include dancing, singing, acting, and hitting the gym. His celebrity crushes are Liza Soberano and Kendall Jenner, while his favorite artists are Chris Brown and Justin Bieber.

Last but definitely not the least, 22-year- old Wayne from Winnipeg, Canada, graduated as a medical technician. He loves weight training, dancing, singing, and acting. His favorite artist is Bruno Mars.




Every performance is a unique and different experience for us. We are really looking forward to meeting our fans as we grow together as artists in this new journey,” the band members aver.

Aside from the monster hit “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo,” 1:43 also popularized the songs “Hayop Sa Ganda,” “Pag-Ibig na Kaya,” and “Ang Saya-Saya,” which became the official theme song of the GMA-7 sitcom “Ismol Family”.

1:43 is co-managed by Cahilig and Mario Colmenares of Primetime Events and Talent Management. For booking inquiries, interested parties may send a message at chriscahilig@gmail.com or primetimetalents@gmail.com, or through the 1:43 Facebook page.

Sexier Bea Alonzo, 'It Girl' Jessica Wilson and Rocky Gathercole Rags-To-Riches Story in Metro Mag August 2017 Issue


Bea Alonzo, one of the most established female actresses of her generation, headlines the Statement Issue of Metro Magazine this month.

From the young innocent ingénue, to the complex Basha, to the endearing Betty, to Gelai in "Magkaribal," and finally Andeng in the primetime hit "A Love to Last," Bea has charted her personal development through the roles that she plays, each one marking a milestone in her career. In this issue, the ever-endearing lady talks about embracing womanhood and the many transformations that have led her to where she is now.

To honor one of the tastemakers in fashion, Metro also gives recognition to Rocky Gathercole, designer extraordinaire, who inspires many with his rags-to-riches story - a story of the personal hardships he had to endure to reach his dream of becoming a fashion designer.

Also, get to know the next 'it' girl Jessica Wilson, who steps out of working behind-the-scenes to claim her spotlight.

Sarah Meier dissects Melania and Ivanka Trump's style in her column, #SarahSays, showing how the two have been making various statements through their sartorial choices.

Also in this issue, Metro navigates the pre-fall season through the beauty and fashion pages - from fresh new ways to rock the classic smoky eye, to chic and youthful styling ideas for the readers' next getaway. Get tons of style inspiration for transition dressing, from the homespun décor trend, to max volume, to sharp blazers, kitschy prints, and pleats - a perfect way to set the mood for Metro's Big Fashion Issue next month.

Check out all these and more in Metro's August 2017 issue, now out in major bookstores and newsstands for P150. Digital copy is available via the NoInk app downloadable in Google Play or the Apple App Store. Like Metro on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Metro.Magazine) and follow Metro on Twitter and Instagram (@MetroMagPH) for more updates.

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"Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B" Returns in Theaters Nationwide on August 16


After its successful run at the 2016 QCinema Film Festival, the romantic-gore movie "Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B" will have a special nationwide cinema screening on August 16 to 22 as part of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

"Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B" tells a tale of a manananggal in a different angle. Jewel (Ryza Cenon) is a mysterious woman who lives alone in the city. Her secret led her to settle into a lonely existence. That is, until she meets Nico (Martin del Rosario), a broken-hearted, down-and-out guy who also feels unlovable like she does. Jewel is torn between wanting to love him and wanting to save him from herself.

Under the direction of Prime Cruz, "Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B" is produced by The Ideafirst Company Inc., led by executive producers Jun Lana and Perci Intalan. Apart from Writer-Producer Jen Chuaunsu, Director Prime Cruz also worked with the creative team from Sleepless-Cinematographer Tey Clamor, Production Designer Nestor Abrogena, Editor Galileo Te, and Producer Adi Lopez.

Catch and join the celebrity screening of "Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B" on August 8 (Tuesday) 7:30 PM at the UP Film Center. Only 100 pesos per ticket. Limited seats available. Presented by the UP Cineastes' Studio. For reservations, text/call Camille 0906 586 6398 or Gino 0928 097 7522.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Alfie Lorenzo is Dead


Pioneering showbiz columnist and talent manager Alfie Lorenzo has passed away due to heart failure as confirmed by his nephew Ramon Lorenzo.

He was 78.

Lorenzo died at 2:14 a.m. Tuesday morning. His remains will lie at the Arlington Memorial Chapels in Quezon City Tuesday night.

His family also confirmed that they will hold a wake in Pampanga.

Lorenzo was the man behind the success of Judy Ann Santos, Ruffa Gutierrez, Sunshine Cruz, Karla Estrada, Jackie Forster, Edgar Mande, Lito Pimentel, Rey 'PJ' Abellana, Jeffrey Santos, and Gretchen Barretto.

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More Filipinos Tuned Into ABS-CBN SONA 2017 Special Coverage


Filipinos continue to show their trust on ABS-CBN News as they tuned in to the country’s largest news organization’s multiplatform and immersive coverage of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday (July 24).

On television, ABS-CBN’s "Pangakong Pagbabago: SONA 2017” special coverage got a national TV rating of 16.6% covering urban and rural homes vs GMA’s “SONA 2017” (7.8%) and TV5’s “Unang Taon SONA 2017” (1.8%) based on data from Kantar Media.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN’s flagship newscast “TV Patrol” also led all primetime news programs after the SONA with a 30.2 % national TV rating versus GMA’s “24 Oras” (19.6%) and TV5’s “Akyson” (1.8%).

Kantar Media is a multinational market research group that specializes in audience measurement in more than 80 countries.  It uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes, representing 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.

Online, more netizens also followed the events and watched the speech of the President on ABS-CBN News’ Facebook, which as of July 25 already has 464,674 views, the most views among all media networks that streamed their SONA coverages on Facebook.

This year, ABS-CBN added a few layers to its coverage to give Filipinos a fuller experience of the President’s report on his administration’s achievements and plans for the nation. It introduced the digital TV concept on the special SONA 2017 microsite on ABS-CBN News Online (news.abs-cbn.com/sona2017), which did not just house all special reports and stories related to the SONA but also offered livestreaming of the SONA coverage on ABS-CBN, ANC and DZMM, giving netizens the freedom to choose which one to watch.

Netizens also got a closer view of all the happenings as ABS-CBN journalists used their mobile phones to gather and send their stories from the streets, inside the Batasang Pambansa complex, or other key areas in the nation. 

ANC also gave a louder voice to the people through a townhall forum moderated by Karmina Constantino and Tony Velasquez, where representatives from different sectors in society got the chance to speak about their expectations on the government as well as give their reactions to the President’s report.

Meanwhile, Filipinos were kept updated about SONA-related issues and topics throughout the day via the news coverages on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 on AM radio, DZMM TeleRadyo on cable and ABS-CBN TVplus, on ABS-CBN and S+A on free TV, and online on iWant TV.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

"Thor: Ragnarok" Movie Trailer and Poster Revealed at Comic-Con


The new trailer for Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok has debuted in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con along with a new poster!

Feast your eyes on the new trailer at http://youtu.be/ue80QwXMRHg and see the poster below. Be sure to catch Thor: Ragnarok when it thunders into Philippine cinemas on November 3!

Directed by Taika Waititi from a script by Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost and Stephany Folsom and Eric Pearson, Thor: Ragnarok picks up after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok - the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization -at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger - the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

The film also stars Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Thor: Ragnarok is distributed by the Walt Disney Company (Philippines).

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Yohan Hwang Sings for Pinoys and Koreans in Debut, Self-Titled Album


Korean charmer and "I Love OPM" Grand Touristar Yohan Hwang makes a grand entry to the music industry as he releases his debut album under Star Music with a great mix of Pinoy covers and their Korean versions which will be available in Melon, South Korea's popular online music store.

The chinito heartthrob, who has made Philippines his home for the last three years, highlights his heartfelt renditions of three Tagalog songs in his self-titled album. He also personally translated the lyrics to Korean language in his renditions he hopes both fellow Koreans and Filipinos will enjoy.

The balladeer's touching interpretation of "Kung Ako Na Lang Sana," sang originally by Bituin Escalante, is the carrier single of his first album. Its Korean version is entitled "Nayotdamyon."

The 21-year old singer also includes his covers for Yeng Constantino's "Ikaw" with its Korean version "Noege," and Regine Velasquez's "You Made Me Stronger" or "Annyeong" for his much-awaited album. "Noege" was the theme song of the recently aired Koreanovela "Love In The Moonlight" on ABS-CBN.

Aside from said OPM hits, the song "Du Sa Rang," the Korean version of one of KZ Tandingan's biggest hits "Mahal ko o Mahal Ako," is also part of the tracklist.

This is a milestone in Star Music's history as the leading record label taps the music portal Melon for the first time in hope to introduce OPM, translated in Korean, to the South Korean market through Yohan's songs.

The singer earlier rose to fame when he joined and eventually won ABS-CBN's original singing competition "I Love OPM" in 2016, and got a Star Music recording contract as part of the prizes he received.

Rox Santos serves as the over-all producer of the "Yohan Hwang" album which will soon be available for downloads in melon.com and other digital stores worldwide (Apple iTunes, Amazon.com, etc.), streaming via Spotify, and purchase in record stores nationwide.

For more information on Yohan's album, visit Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music's official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starrecordsphil, Twitter.com/starrecordsph and Instagram.com/Starmusicph.

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Team Daniel Padilla vs. Team Gerald Anderson Clash in "Star Magic Oppo All-Star Game"


It's another intense basketball battle of Kapamilya stars in "Star Magic Oppo All-Star Game" with teams headed by Daniel Padilla and Gerald Anderson happening at the Araneta Coliseum on August 13.

Presented by ABS-CBN Events and Star Events, the 'All-Star Game' features an exhibition basketball match between the two teams composed of Star Magic's male artists who are ready to shoot, assist and control the boards.

Defending champion Team Daniel is comprised of Zanjoe Marudo, Joseph Marco, Ronnie Alonte, Vin Abrenica, Zeus Collins, Anjo Damiles, Marco Gumabao, Patrick Sugui, Jon Lucas, Paolo Angeles, and last year's hailed MVP Axel Torres.

Meanwhile, Team Gerald—consisting of Rayver Cruz, JC de Vera, Ejay Falcon, Jason Abalos, Matt Evans, Diego Loyzaga, Miko Raval, Young JV Kapunan, Jimboy Martin, Gerhard Acao, and Joe Vargas—is all set to face Team Daniel with the determination of stealing away their title.

Last year's "All-Star Basketball Game: Kapamilya Playoffs" mythical five consisted of both team captains Daniel and Gerald, along with Axel, Young JV, and Ronnie.

Will Team Gerald be able to win the competition this year? Or will Team Daniel keep their throne? Which star will join this year's mythical five?

Aside from the much-awaited all-star battle, fans and supporters will enjoy various treats – games, surprise appearances and performances from other Star Magic and Star Music artists during the half time.

Cheer for your favorite team at the Araneta Coliseum on August 13 (Sunday) at 3PM. Tickets are prized at P1,315 (courtside), P1,000 (patron), P790 (lower box), P420 (upper box), and P265 (general admission). Get them at Ticketnet, call 911-5555 or visit ticketnet.com.ph.

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"Hashtags Journal" Tops National Book Stores Bestsellers List


“It’s Showtime” Kilig Ambassadors, the Hashtags, marks another milestone as the group’s first ever book venture, “Hashtags Journal” by ABS-CBN Publishing, tops the National Book Store’s bestsellers list for nonfiction for the month of July.

The “Hashtags Journal,” released just last May, talks about the multi-talented group’s humble beginnings, first impressions, brotherhood, and creating new goals - giving fans an unprecedented sight of the Hashtags journey.

The all-male group is composed of good-looking and talented members Zeus Collins, McCoy De Leon, Jimboy Martin, Nikko Natividad, Ronnie Alonte, Tom Doromal, Ryle Santiago, Luke Conde, Jameson Blake, Jon Lucas, and Paulo Angeles. After their official television launch on “It’s Showtime” in November 2015, the group instantly became a hit among viewers and garnered thousands of followers online.




Through the process of their now bestselling book, the boys were able to look back and appreciate their road to success.

Hashtags member Tom recalled their incredible journey - from their auditions and becoming official record artists to having their very first big concert.

No one can stop you from being amazing,” shared Tom of the group’s learning to welcome and embrace opportunities that come their way.

Group leader Zeus also revealed what made their bunch a success. He said, “In Hashtags, there is no competition. We move and dance as one.”

Aside from interesting details about each Hashtags member, the book also comes with tips and activities to inspire readers to nurture their talents and passion.

“Hashtags Journal” is exclusively available at all National Book Stores nationwide at P185.

Unravel The Doll's Mystery in 'Annabelle: Creation'


Annabelle is coming to theaters again, and this time audiences will be taken through the infamous doll's very beginnings - from her first home in a little girl's room to her first possession of a little girl's soul, in New Line Cinema's "Annabelle: Creation."

After a chilling cameo in "The Conjuring," followed by a starring role in her own film, it became clear to filmmakers that moviegoers were ready to uncover the origins of the doll that has both terrified and captivated them.

So, on the heels of his successful feature directing debut, last summer's hit "Lights Out," director David F. Sandberg was tapped to helm "Annabelle: Creation," the next chapter in James Wan's "Conjuring" universe produced by Peter Safran and Wan.

"I was already a big fan of 'The Conjuring,' it felt like a classic that stood out from a lot of other modern horror movies," Sandberg says. "I remember I was really intrigued by that world and excited to do my own sort of classic take within the genre."

"When I was directing the first 'Conjuring' and we were designing the Warrens' haunted artifact room, I remember between myself, the studio and the producers, we all kind of looked at each other and said, 'You know, it would be incredible if we could tell the stories of each of these objects,'" Wan recalls, referring to the collection the couple had confiscated over their years of paranormal investigation. "Even then, we felt that giving Annabelle that prologue opening was cool, but we sensed she had a lot more stories to tell. Every time that doll appeared on screen for just those few minutes, people shifted in their seats. Audiences react to her."

To craft the story, the filmmakers turned to scribe Gary Dauberman, who had written "Annabelle" and was eager to dive back in. "The first film I wrote extended the mythology of the doll," he says. "For this one, we wanted to dig into her history and see if we could find out how the evil started.

"Dolls are things that bring people joy, right?" he continues. "They're given as gifts, passed down through generations. So I wanted to set that up for Annabelle by starting her out from a place of love - a happy family - in order to sort of lay the groundwork for a nice contrast to all the bad stuff that would follow."

With a toy taking center stage, kids seemed an appropriate addition to the tale. While batting around more ideas, Dauberman relates, "It was James who had the idea to make the kids orphans, and from there I had my playing field. Then I just had to figure out what it is about this particular doll that makes it so haunting and evil."

Sandberg says the sense of dread already attached to her carried over to the set of "Annabelle: Creation," revealing, "even the actors were a little wary around her, asking me, 'Do I have to touch the doll? I don't really want to touch it,'" he smiles.

In fact, at the request of certain cast members, the production brought in a Catholic priest to bless the set and the prop Annabelle dolls, much as they did before cameras rolled on "The Conjuring 2" and the most recent production, "The Nun."

Just in case.

Opening across the Philippines on August 26, "Annabelle: Creation" is a New Line Cinema presentation, an Atomic Monster/Safran Company production. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Jona Soquite of Team Sarah Geronimo Wins 'The Voice Teens'


Jona Soquite has been named grand champion of the very first season of "The Voice Teens" on Sunday.

Soquite, who was coached by Sarah Geronimo, edged out the competition with her soaring rendition of "I Believe I Can Fly" on Sunday.

She also performed Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" and "Better Days" with Geronimo during the first part of the finale on Saturday. 

Soquite got 44.78 percent of votes, followed by Isabela Vinzon, Mica Becerro and Jeremy Glinoga with 22.42, 17.79 and 15.01 percent, respectively.

She will take home a house and lot, P1 million, a recording and management contract and a business package, among others.

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