August 11, 2017

10 Wildest Moments in "Wildflower" That Got Us "Shookt"

Because of its delightfully campy scenes that engross viewers and trend online, ABS-CBN’s top-rating “Wildflower” easily became one of this year’s most talked about and “meme-able” series on Philippine TV.

Now a household name, Maja Salvador’s character Ivy Aguas is also a hit among netizens – her passive-aggressive character just speaks to everyone’s wild side. While she may look tough with her on-point dresses and sleek bun, her undeniably fierce antics are rooted deep in her desire to fight for her loved ones and defeat the manipulative Ardientes.

But aside from Ivy, the wild ride will not be complete without Emilia Ardiente (Aiko Melendez), Arnaldo Torillo (RK Bagatsing), and Nathalie Alcantara (Roxanne Barcelo), who are all hated by viewers because of their evil ploys but loved because of their notable and borderline funny encounters with Ivy.
As the series continues to bring a daily dose of wild surprises, let us look back at some of the wildest moments in “Wildflower” that surely got everyone ‘shookt.’

1.    The wildest scream

This might be one of the most buzzed about scenes in “Wildflower” as Maja gave a brilliant performance in this episode. But this scene might also have generated the most number of memes online, captioning the scene with various day-to-day struggles such as “realizing that tomorrow’s already Monday” and “seeing your crush with someone else.”

2.    The wildest threat

After hiring a group of men to rape and kill Ivy, Emilia thought she had already won. However, since she is Ivy Aguas, she escaped unharmed and still had a lot of strength to remind Emilia who the true queen of Poblacion Ardiente was as she choked her and threatened her life.

3.    The wildest fight scene

Ivy is admired with her sense of fashion with her sleek dresses that add to her fierce look. But she was dressed to kill literally after she fought in heels against the men Emilia hired to kill her. Ivy invented fighting in high heels on Philippine television!

4.    The wildest catfight

Filipinos sure love catfights and “Wildflower” has a lot of them, but this one made a mark because no one saw it coming. Emilia offered a cake to Ivy with a wedding cake topper that had a missing head. It triggered Ivy so much that she shoved the cake in Emilia’s face and proved that she couldn’t be toppled down easily.

5.    The wildest faceoff

Viewers were on the edge of their seats when they witnessed the confrontation between the Ardientes and the camp of Camia (Sunshine Cruz) who pointed guns at each other. But netizens really know when to get creative as they turned this nerve-wracking scene into a LOL one as they played it up through memes.

6.    The wildest dream sequence

Ivy usually keeps her chill whenever she is with Emilia as she easily ‘owns’ her with winning clap backs. However, in this scene where Emilia accused her of being a “perfect manipulator,” Ivy did not hold back and grabbed her by the neck. But to viewers’ surprise, everything was just in Ivy’s mind.

7.    The wildest plan that failed

Emilia just never learns her lesson. She tried to end Ivy by offering her a cocktail mixed with poison. But she failed to outwit her daughter-in-law when she sipped the poisoned drink, putting herself in danger.

8.    The wildest confrontation

Ivy has already gone through a lot of pain in her life and no one can just tear her down, even Nathalie, Arnaldo’s ex-girlfriend. Filled with jealousy, she attacked Ivy with a broken glass and tried to stab her. However, Ivy managed to maneuver her and put the broken glass against her neck. But what really made Nathalie scared was when Ivy uttered the words “Huwag ako.” Iconic!

9.    The wildest comeback

Camia sure knows how to make a surprise comeback, as she showed up uninvited to the press conference of the Ardientes. In her fierce red long gown, she revealed all the crimes that the Ardientes committed and narrated all the vicious deeds they did to her family. No one can also forget her line “Na-stress ka ba” that got us all stressed out!

10. The wildest wedding

Everyone was ‘shookt’ when they saw Philippine TV’s first bride in black! It was mind-blowing to see Ivy in a black wedding dress, walking down the aisle with her signature stare and smirk. This sent viewers and netizens into a frenzy, as they shared their excitement about the explosive revelations in the most-awaited wedding in primetime.

More wild scenes are coming viewers’ way in primetime’s wildest series, “Wildflower,” weeks days on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). To watch the show’s past episodes, login to iWant TV or on for Sky subscribers.

"Annabelle: Creation" Sneak Previews Set on August 14 and 15 in Cinemas Nationwide

She's coming back earlier than you think!

The year's most eagerly anticipated horror thriller, New Line Cinema's Annabelle: Creation, will hold whole-day sneak previews in most cinemas nationwide on Monday and Tuesday, August 14 & 15, this was announced by Warner Bros. Philippines today.

Tickets will be be regular admission prices.

The sneaks are being held (ahead of the film's grand opening on August 23) in response to loud but inspired clamor from horror fans. “This is our special treat to them,” says Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines. “The fans are elevating their excitement and anticipation to this film in such creative ways, and we are pleased to return the favor.”

Warner Bros. Philippines has previously organized a media and fan screening August 7 which coincided with the celebration of International Doll Day. Fans showed up with their own dolls to mark the occasion.

From New Line Cinema comes Annabelle: Creation, with David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful Annabelle. The new film is once again produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who previously partnered on The Conjuring movies.

In Annabelle: Creation, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and six girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

The film stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (upcoming Geostorm), Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Deliver Us from Evil), Philippa Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Lou Lou Safran, Samara Lee (The Last Witch Hunter), and Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy).

Opening across the Philippines on August 23, Annabelle: Creation is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

ABS-CBN, Ang Probinsyano Cast Pay Tribute to Filipino Soldiers' Heroism in "Saludo sa Sundalong Pilipino"

ABS-CBN celebrated the bravery and heroism of Filipino soldiers last August 3 with a variety show called “Saludo sa Sundalong Pilipino” at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center Auditorium.  

The Kapamilya network, with the help of the AFP, granted the request of the soldiers to see and meet the stars of top primetime series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," as they recover from fighting for the country in Marawi and other areas in conflict.


“The Voice” Season 2 finalist Daryl Ong opened the jam-packed show, attended by over 150 soldiers, followed by group performances by the TV program’s “CIDG” boys John Medina, Lester Llansang, Michael Roy Jornales, Benj Manalo, and Marc Solis; child stars Awra, Ligaya, and Pacquito; and loveteams Ejay Falcon and Yam Concepcion and Ron Morales and Louise Delos Reyes.


Comedian Jeffrey Tam also brought laughter to the audience when he taught a soldier a magic trick, while Jhong Hilario got the ladies in the audience screaming with his special dance number.

Yassi Pressman and Coco Martin also got to serenade the troops, while Susan Roces, Jaime Fabregas, Mitch Valdez, Angel Aquino, Sid Lucero, and Mark Lapid also gave their messages of gratitude to the nation’s heroes.


The event, which was also graced by ABS-CBN executives Carlo Katigbak, Cory Vidanes, Laurenti Dyogi, Deo Endrinal, Jun Dungo, and Kane Errol Choa, was the idea of ABS-CBN news reporter Chiara Zambrano, who was assigned to cover the war in Marawi and saw firsthand the sacrifices of our military.

Apart from bringing the cast of the number one show in the country, ABS-CBN also donated a TV set and ABS-CBN TVplus unit to the hospital so patients can continue to enjoy the shows they love while they get better.


ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya also prepared grocery packages and personal care kits for soldiers, which the stars personally handed to the them after the program.

Dungo, who heads ABS-CBN’s Integrated Public Service, expressed ABS-CBN’s support for them as they continue to fight to bring peace to the country.

The whole ABS-CBN is with you in your fight to have a peaceful country and a safe society for today’s generation and the future generations. We salute the bravery, dedication, and heroism of our Filipino soldiers,” he said.

The show’s star, Primetime King Coco Martin, also thanked the network for the chance to serve the country’s heroes.

We thank ABS-CBN for making it possible for us to help and make our love felt to all Filipinos, including our soldiers. We owe our lives to all of you because you are the ones who defend our country. We love you and we hope that through this simple way we were able to make you happy,” he shared.

Maj. Marissa Narag of the AFP Medical Center also thanked the network and the program, which is also celebrating its 100th week on air that day, for spending their time with the soldiers.

Thank you especially to the performers for showing your talent and finesse to help alleviate stress in our minds even just for today,” she shared.

Watch ABS-CBN’s “Saludo sa Sundalong Pilipino” program featuring the cast of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” online on www.facebook/abscbnNews/.

Millennial Love Story "Baka Bukas" Starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith Premieres August 13 on Cinema One

Catch a lovely tale of friendship and romance in the 2016 Cinema One Originals Film Festival Audience Choice awardee "Baka Bukas," starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Louise delos Reyes, as it finally airs on cable TV via Cinema One this Sunday (August 13).

Samantha Lee's colorful film centers on the story of Alex (Jasmine) who fell in love with her best friend Jess (Louise). One night changes everything as Jess finds out about Alex's affection towards her, and the two are forced to confront their real feelings for each other.

Aside from being the audience's favorite, the film also got the Best Actress nod for Jasmine and Best Sound for Andrew Milallos at the Cinema One Originals filmfest. Its cast includes Kate Alejandrino, Nelsito Gomez, and "C1 BTS" host Gio Gahol.

After its successful filmfest run that gave the movie significant social media attention, "Bakas Bukas" was released in major cinemas nationwide last March.

Cheekie Albay of praised the film's fresh approach stating, "I applaud the film for going where other films have not dared to go: for depicting lesbian relationships as a beautiful, tender bond between two people who deserve to love and be loved openly, despite their unconventional romantic choices."

Filmmaker Samantha also garnered positive comments on the film's quality despite it being her directorial debut.

According to a film review published in, "she [Samantha] manages to weave a film that greatly departs the usual romance films we see in local cinema. Her focus and treatment of the lesbian and gay characters in the story makes the film relatable to anyone in the audience. She presents them as real people, just like us."

Dare to take a chance in "Baka Bukas" on Cinema One's Blockbuster Sunday (August 13) 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 to view full schedule.

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Brilliant Talents and Charm of Pinoy Kids + Billy Crawford's Exceptional Hosting Skills Take Centerstage in ABS-CBN's "Little Big Shots"

Extraordinarily talented, witty, and charming kids are set to capture viewers’ hearts as the hit international kiddie talent-talk show “Little Big Shots” finally conquers Philippine television starting this Saturday (August 12) and Sunday (August 13) on ABS-CBN.

“Little Big Shots” will celebrate the most brilliant Filipino and foreign kids from all over the country, around the world, and even the internet whose skills go beyond singing and dancing.

Taking center stage are kids aged two to 12 years old who have remarkable intellect, showmanship, and abilities that will thrill viewers of all ages every week. But aside from what they can do, the show will also put in the limelight their big personalities when they express themselves through spontaneous banter.

Leading the show is international star and host Billy Crawford, who will bring in more joy and laughter in the show with his funny and exciting interviews with the talented kids.

It’s my first time to host a talent show where I am the only person from showbiz, because I usually work with people who are already big shots. But here, you’d be surprised by how the kids carry the show, and I’m here to let their personalities shine. All I can say is the kids featured on the show are very exceptional and they really deserve to be called little big shots,” shared Billy.

I grew up performing, and I know how rewarding it is to entertain people. But in ‘Little Big Shots, you wouldn’t expect what the kids can do, their wit, and they are all very charming,” he added.

ABS-CBN’s “Little Big Shots” is the Philippine version of the show that has been adapted in 20 countries and was created by popular hosts Ellen Degeneres and Steve Harvey. Steve hosts the US version, which has aired two successful seasons on NBC.

Meanwhile, netizens will also get to witness the kids’ impressive performances and funny antics in the program’s online show, which will be hosted by Eric Nicolas.

Don’t miss the talented, witty, and charming kids of “Little Big Shots,” Saturdays and Sundays on ABS-CBN and on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

For updates on the show, like or follow @LBigShotsPH on Twitter.

August 8, 2017

National Bookstore Opens Its Specialty Shops Called "Art Bar," "Work Station" and "Noteworthy"

Nowadays, people are displaying their creativity in different ways –  from creating their own unique hashtags, to decorating their office desks, to making DIY cards. The goal is to make something one-of-a-kind that reflects their personality.

It’s great to get in touch with one’s artistic side, whether it is driven by passion or the desire to just have something nice. Luckily, there are new shops slash havens that have something for everyone with a creative soul, from the self-taught to the professional artists. Get ready to explore and hoard in these new specialty shops from National Book Store, the Philippines’ biggest bookstore and supplies chain.

First stop: ART BAR

Art Bar is heaven for all artists – from the hobbyists to the accomplished. The store offers all the possible art materials that you can imagine, from a wide range of brushes, high-quality pencils, paints, canvases, to art books and various tools for artists. Beyond the supplies stash, Art Bar also hosts workshops and product trials in-store to give customers an interactive creative experience.


If you still need another reason to check out Art Bar, know that it carries exclusive global brands that artistic types know and covet like Caran d’Ache, Sennelier, Pan Pastel, Touch and Fredrix. In addition, you can find the complete line of artist-staple brands Winsor & Newton, Sakura, Pebeo, Zig, Liquitex, to name a few.

Art Bar is located in Serendra, Taguig City. 

Follow Art Bar on Facebook and Instagram @artbarph     


If you’re looking for help in setting up an office for your startup company or just wanting to elevate your workspace, Work Station will give you what you need at the budget you want.  It has a wide selection of supplies, desk and office accessories, office furniture, gadgets, and business machines that will let you create a dynamic office lifestyle and enhance your productivity.

When you walk into Work Station, a store product expert will be on stand-by to help you create the work environment that would best match your needs and deliver optimum results.


If you’re not looking for a major overhaul, you can just get what you need to make your work life easier – electronic gadgets, desks, chairs, printers and storage boxes – down to the basics like organizers, clips, papers and labeling accessories. You can choose all of these from Work Station’s wide selection of brands and broad price range offering.

Work Station is located at BGC Stopover, Taguig City. 

Follow Work Station on Facebook and Instagram


If you go crazy over pens and stationery or are looking for unique and thoughtful gifts, then Noteworthy is the place for you! This store offers a great and unique selection of writing materials that will surely get your creative juices flowing.  From notebooks and journals for every personality to note cards and gift wrappers for every occasion, you’ll find the exact paper product you need here. Pair that up with Noteworthy’s extensive line of pens from premium collector pens to professional grade calligraphy pens to everyday ballpoint pens.

Noteworthy offers the most-loved pen and stationery brands worldwide, including Tokyo’s Itoya, Caran d’ Ache, Sheaffer, Filofax, kate spade, and many more. It also carries travel brands like Smart Fit and Lapoche that make travel convenient.


Perhaps the best thing about Noteworthy for stationery lovers is their Paper Bar.  It lets you customize your notebooks by choosing the paper color, size and thickness.  You can even take your personalization obsession to the next level by getting personalized stamps and even pens.

Noteworthy is located at Greenbelt 5, Makati City. 

Follow Noteworthy on Facebook and Instagram @noteworthy.mnl.

ABS-CBN Files $5M Lawsuit Against Techspeed Canada Inc., Joe Baddas, Ferdinand Molina and Todd Ross For Selling Pirated Set-Top Boxes in Edmonton, Canada

The Techspeed TV Box offerings (TFC logo on upper left corner); Todd Ross (center) and Ferdinand Molina (right) of Techspeed Canada Inc. (Photos from Facebook and LinkedIn)
International news and entertainment company ABS-CBN served today a Statement of Claim issued in Canadian Federal Court against Techspeed Canada Inc., Joe Baddas, Ferdinand Molina and Todd Ross for damages of over $5 million for copyright infringement, trademark infringement and enabling and inducing copyright infringement of ABS-CBN’s copyrighted works.

The lawsuit alleges that Techspeed Canada Inc., Joe Baddas, Ferdinand Molina and Todd Ross sold set-top boxes that enabled buyers to access hundreds of ABS-CBN’s copyrighted movies and TV shows.  On Facebook, Baddas and Ross are seen making a business presentation to new recruits, teaching them how to buy and sell the set-top boxes.

Captured from Facebook, Todd Ross and Joe Baddas making business presentations of Techspeed.

ABS-CBN’s AVP & Head of Global Anti-Piracy, Elisha Lawrence stated: “ABS-CBN alleges that Techspeed Canada Inc., Joe Baddas, Ferdinand Molina and Todd Ross were taking advantage of ABS-CBN’s premium subscription service through its digital platform,, by registering over 78 emails and distributing the usernames and passwords to hundreds of customers.  These customers were participating in this illegal activity by paying the Techspeed group and giving access to their credit card information.

Lawrence added: “Beware of these operations that are not licensed or affiliated in any way with ABS-CBN.  If you have any suspicions that they are not affiliated with ABS-CBN, please call the ABS-CBN office in the US or Canada to verify.  We will continue to protect customers by shutting these operations down.  There is only one genuine ABS-CBN internet subscription service and that is  To purchase a legitimate subscription call 1-855-832-2632 or go to .”

From the website of Techspeed that clearly says the company is delivering The Filipino Channel shows and programs via the Android TV boxes.

ABS-CBN Canada Country Manager Jun Del Rosario said, “Under ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy Lopez, we have done our best to deliver the best Filipino shows on our platforms that give viewers more choice and flexibility.  We urge the Filipino community in Canada to be on the lookout for those who seek to undermine intellectual property rights and make money illegally from copyright infringement.  These are pirates doing criminal activities. They will be caught.  Their customers will end up losing their illegal subscriptions. So, you don’t want to fall victim to that scheme.  Always go to our website to ensure that you are purchasing from the genuine TFC.”

David Lipkus, counsel for ABS-CBN in Canada, said, “ABS-CBN will continue to take all necessary steps to control access to its content.  ABS-CBN invests tremendous resources into its high-quality, original content, and will continue to ensure that Canadians have access to legitimate ABS-CBN content directly from ABS-CBN.”

"The Dark Tower" Tops Us Box-Office, Opens in Philippine Theaters on August 30

A new Stephen King big-screen adaptation made its way to the top of US box office as Columbia Pictures' The Dark Tower opened at No.1 for the August 4 to 6 weekend. The fantasy action-thriller collected an estimated $19.5-M over the weekend from 3,451 theaters for a $5,651 average.

(Watch the new Dark Tower spots “Battle” at and “Hope” at

Demographics the Idris Elba-Matthew McConaughey actioner were typical of a sci-fi action thriller with the crowd being 58% male and 68% over 25.

With good international appeal, The Dark Tower is poised for a successful global rollout. The film opens in Philippine cinemas on August 30, 2017.

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

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

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

August 6, 2017

"The Dark Tower" Epic Novels Make Long-Awaited Big-Screen Release feat. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." With these words, Stephen King sparked an entire universe that makes its long-awaited screen debut with Columbia Pictures' The Dark Tower, in Philippine cinemas August 30, 2017.

Idris Elba stars as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, sworn to protect the universe, and his perpetual nemesis, Walter O'Dim, the man in black, played by Matthew McConaughey.

In a career spanning 50 years and over 80 books, King has amassed a towering reputation as one of our greatest storytellers. The author of innumerable bestsellers, he has been honored by the President of the United States with the National Medal for the Arts, by the National Book Foundation with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and countless awards and prizes. His name is recognized everywhere as a master of blending our everyday world with the supernatural.

And there is one work that is at the center of his entire canon: The Dark Tower, the eight-novel epic telling of an eternal battle between good and evil, with the fate of multiple worlds at stake. "I started The Dark Tower when I was 22 years old, when I had just graduated from college, so it's spanned my entire career," says King. Over time, he says, as the books and stories piled up, "I started to realize that I had all these characters that were referring back to this other world, Mid-World, the world of The Dark Tower. It had become the centerpiece of my fictional universe –characters who showed up in other books would show up in The Dark Tower and vice versa." Even King himself would become a character in later novels. The Dark Tower series of books would become the nexus for most of the King universe and crosses over into many of King's other books.

It's an epic that has inspired millions of readers – not least of which was a young boy in Denmark whose imagination was sparked by the events in Mid-World. Now grown, director Nikolaj Arcel was determined to be the one to bring The Dark Tower to the screen. Growing up with the Dark Tower books, Arcel became so immersed in the stories that the Danish native taught himself English. He recounts, "When I was about 13, there were almost no Stephen King stories translated into Danish. I became infatuated with the few books that I'd read in Danish, even at that age. And so I had to start picking up his English-version novels and I had to teach myself to read adult novel-style English at a very early age. Stephen King taught me English."

For Arcel, the way King weaves together the personal and the larger-than-life elements of the story is why it's connected to so many readers. "It's as small as a 14 year-old boy, who has visions, who thinks he's crazy, and it's as big as a hero fighting a great villain and trying to save the entire universe. It expands from the very intimate to the very epic."

And at the center of the story is the Dark Tower. "The Tower is a thing of beauty, it's a thing of awe, with a powerful presence – it holds the whole world together. I think it's beyond our comprehension," says Arcel, "I think every single fan of the books will have their own idea of what the Dark Tower is."

So who better to ask what it is than the man who created it? "You have to imagine an axle or a spindle, with all of these worlds connected to it," says King. "You know what happens to a car if you cut the axle – it doesn't run anymore. The Tower is the stabilizing force, and the Gunslingers are this ancient group of knights dedicated to the idea of protecting the Tower. But they have been wiped out – there's only one left, Roland. And standing opposite him is an agent of chaos who wants to bring the Tower down," King concludes.

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

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