October 6, 2017

CHALK Introduces 2017 Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties

Chalk concludes its Bright Young Manila campaign with the unveiling of the winners for this year’s Chalk Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties, along with the reveal of the newest cover personalities of UAAP Magazine Season 80, at the CHALK x UAAP Party happening at the Brewery at the Palace in Bonifacio Global City this Saturday (Oct. 7).

From hundreds of nominations and applications, Chalk handpicked 16 individuals coming from campuses all over the Metro, all representing different backgrounds and bringing with them their unique and colorful personalities. From these contenders, Chalk will recognize two individuals who best embody the ideals and talents of today’s Filipino youth as the newest Chalk Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties.

Majority of this year’s finalists come from the University of the Philippines Diliman - made up of Miguel Herrera, Elijah del Rosario, Eryka Lucas, Lhianne Santiago, Nadia Rodriguez, and Yana Alde. De La Salle University has three candidates namely Jeff Bolanos, Sam Aguilar, and Kat de Guzman.

Jeanelle Angeles of UP Manila, Renee Sangalang of DLSU-CSB, Max Berardi of MINT, Leo Laorenza of MAPUA, Matthew Usisa of San Beda College, Ralph Siaton of the University of Santo Tomas, and Brix Ramos of Ateneo de Manila solely represent their respective schools.

In the same manner, UAAP Magazine will give the fans a bigger content in this issue with its theme “go for great” as part of the celebration of the organization’s 80th year. Celebrating student athletes, this yearly collector’s magazine gets you into the high-octane action on the UAAP hardcourt - highlighting score-makers, power plays, varsity hotshots, and UAAP legends. The team will share stories of the athletes at the same time with great connection to the community.

UAAP greats and rising star athletes will be present in the event to formally launch this season’s issue magazine through an interactive activity. UAAP Magazine will also recognize the rising star athletes of this season who will definitely make it big in the basketball scene.
For more information, visit CHALK’s Facebook page (fb.com/chalkmagazine) and  UAAP Magazine’s Facebook page (fb.com/UaapMagazine).

October 4, 2017

Wake, Die, Repeat: It's Your "Happy Death Day"

Bending the passage of time has long fascinated storytellers, and the construct of a time loop proves exceptionally compelling in filmmaking. A plot device in which hours or days are repeated and re-experienced by the characters, this loop offers the protagonist some hope of breaking out of the cycle of repetition.

Multiple films across various genres have elegantly pulled it off—from Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow to Richard Curtis' About Time. Now, time-bending gets tackled anew with surprising results in Universal Pictures' suspense-thriller Happy Death Day.

(Check out the film's new spot at http://youtu.be/_5Zzh6G-V-o and watch Happy Death Day in Philippine cinemas October 18.)

A veteran of penning unpredictable screenplays such as Disturbia and Paranormal Activity 2, Christopher Landon moved into the writer/director's chair for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. A filmmaker who has long shown a knack for staying away from disposable horror films, Landon is drawn to stories that hold a mirror up to society and simultaneously entertain and challenge his audiences.

Once he was presented with Scott Lobdell's story of Happy Death Day, the director couldn't help but think of a certain 1993 time-loop classic: "When I read the script, I had the immediate reaction that everybody does: 'This is the horror-movie version of Groundhog Day! Why has this not been done before?'" he asks. "That was when the light bulb turned on, because the concept alone was a slam dunk to me - it was just really clever."

Landon reflects on the challenges of a lead character reliving the same day repeatedly: "When you have to keep experiencing the same day over and over again, it is easy to fall into a trap. We establish the day and then we repeat it, so that the audience and the character understand what is happening. Once we do those things, we immediately take Tree off course. She starts to try to outsmart her own death - and in doing so - the story takes the audience to different places and gives them unexpected experiences."

Known for his innovative work on Marvel Comics' X-Men titles ("Daredevil," "Fantastic Four"), Lobdell offers that it was his aim to craft a story in which the lead had to solve her own murder. The writer explains: "Most teen slasher movies feature a series of victims being picked off throughout - once you are terrorized and killed you are never heard from again. I was interested in the idea of a character who gets to react to her death - one who can stalk her killer and who is given to opportunity to make the most of the last day of her life."

Landon offers that what appealed to him about making this project his next one is that the story represents equal parts humor and terror: "Our scares are scares, people definitely jump and scream, but the laughs are big, too. Comedy and horror, even though they make strange bedfellows, have a lot in common. The lay-up for a scare is very similar to the lay-up for a joke. If you are able to find the rhythm where you able to scare and then to make laugh - and continue to rotate between those two things - it is a lot of fun for the audience."

Happy Death Day is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Maja Salvador Buried Alive in "Wildflower," Will She Survive?

Viewers are left guessing about the fate of Ivy Aguas (Maja Salvador) after she was buried alive by the Ardientes in the hit primetime series of ABS-CBN "Wildflower."

Ivy's horrifying ordeal came after she was made to confess about being the family's traitor by Emilia (Aiko Melendez) and Julio Ardiente (Tirso Cruz III) in a successful entrapment set-up. Emilia and Julio then wasted no time and proceeded to torturing Ivy, until Emilia decided to put her in a coffin and bury her alive.

Hours after leaving Ivy beneath the ground, Emilia even called her to ask her about her situation inside the coffin. Little did Emilia know that Jaguar (Wendell Ramos) had eavesdropped on their their conversation and immediately told Diego (Joseph Marco) about Ivy's situation.

Will Diego find and save Ivy before she draws her last breath? Will Ardientes have the last laugh?

Don't miss "Wildflower," weeknights before "TV Patrol" on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, follow @wildflowerabscbn on Instagram, @RSBDramaUnitNew on Twitter and like the show's official Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/wildflowerchannel2/. Catch its latest episodes on iwantv.com.ph orskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

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ABS-CBN Honored as Advertiser's Friendly Network, Wins 11 Awards at the Comguild Academe's Choice Awards

ABS-CBN proves that it is home to exemplary Filipino endorsers, entrepreneur shows, and hosts as it earned 11 accolades including the award for Advertiser's Friendly Network at the Comguild Academe's Choice Awards.

The public affairs show "My Puhunan" took home the award for Best Entrepreneurial/Business Show, while veteran journalist Karen Davila was honored as the Best Entrepreneurial/Business Show Host.

Kapamilya artists were also recognized at the event led by Robi Domingo (Advertisers Friendly Male Host) and Simon "Onyok" Pineda (Most Admired Child Endorser). Other winners include the King of Primetime Coco Martin (Male Endorser of the Year), Pop Royalty Sarah Geronimo (Female Endorser of the Year), Liza Soberano (Most Loved Female Teen Endorser), Anne Curtis (Advertisers Friendly Female Host), and momshies Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros, and Jolina Magdangal (Advertisers Friendly Morning Show).

Morning talk show "Magandang Buhay," on the other hand, won as the Advertisers Friendly Morning Show.

The Comguild Academe's Choice Awards commends the significant contribution of Filipino endorsers, entrepreneur shows, and hosts in the field of entrepreneurship, business, marketing, and advertising.

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October 2, 2017

Marlou Arizala Introduces Xander Ford, His Post-Plastic Surgery Look

He may be one of  the most bullied local personalities on social media, but Marlou Arizala, on Sunday's episode of "Rated K" met with loud cheers in his post-plastic surgery reveal as Xander Ford.

Far from his previous look, Xander Ford, who appeared dashing in a grey suit, wore a lighter and clear skin, sharper nose, more defined jawline, and a fade haircut.

Asked why he decided to undergo facial surgery, Xander Ford said, “Binago ko lang sa pangalan, sa pagkatao, sa panlabas ko para mabago din ang tingin sa ‘kin ng ibang tao”.

When “Rated K” host Korina Sanchez asked him about his surgical experience, he said, “Masakit pero kaya kasi ito po talaga ang pangarap ko.”

And his message to his bullies? “‘Who you’ na sila ngayon.”

With his brand-new good looks, Xander Ford hopes to earn more showbiz projects to help his family, “Gusto ko pong bumalik sa pag-aartista and seryosohin yung trabaho para po makatulong talaga sa magulang ko.”




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