October 14, 2017

ESPN 5, The Biggest Sports TV and Digital Channel in the Philippines, Arrives

TV5 Network Inc., (TV5) and ESPN have announced today an agreement for a long-term collaboration to introduce a new brand that will super serve Filipino sports fans - ESPN 5.

Mike Morrison, VP and General Manager, ESPN & APAC, said, "ESPN" focus around the world is simple: to serve sports fans. This long-term collaboration across televison and digital allows us to jointly serve millions of sports fans in the Philippines with exceptional content and coverage. We are very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as we bring ESPN's great content, and decades of experience in sports media together with a dynamic leader in Philippine sports broadcasting like TV5."

Through this collaboration, TV5's "Sports 5" will be rebranded as "ESPN 5", encompassing all sports coverage on TV5. In addition, ESPN  will license TV5 more than 2,500 hours of addotional programming per year from its portfolio of sports rights, original programming and studio programs. The companies will also join forces to produce a daily Philippine edition of the Iconic SportsCenter to air on TV5.

ESPN5 and the Sportscenter Philippine Edition will air on TV5's free-to-air television channels - TV5.

Speaking about the agreement, Vincent "Chot" Reyes, President of TV5 said, "Our partnership with ESPN, long recognized as tye worldwide leader in sports, gives us tremendous upside in the quality of sports programming that we bring to the market. ESPN strengthens our current position as the country's sports authority. It is also a testament to our belief that the Filipino audience deserves the world's best in sports content and programming". 

The brand and content deal between ESPN and TV5 is part of TV5's strategic effort to deliver the most comprehensive, wide-ranging sports in the Philippines, with Filipino audiences benefitting from the combination of local and global sports coverage, exclusive, industry-leading news and information programming from both ESPN and TV5. 

From left to right: ESPN's Raymond Lau, Chot  Reyes, ESPN's Emma Barnes, TV5's Lloyd Manaloto, and Patricia Hizon of SPORTS5

On TV, the ESPN 5 line up will consist of TV5's current sports rights portfolio, including the PBA, FIBA competitions, GILAS, UFC and the PSL, along with thousands of hours of new sports coverage and content from ESPN which include more than 70 NFL games per session. These include Monday Night, Sunday Night and Thursday Night Football games, as well as the entire NFL Playoffs. The Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. Alongside the live games, ESPN 5 will be able to feature award-winning ESPN NFL studi programming such as NFL Live.

Other ESPN programming included in the ESPN 5 agreement includes: 
  • Original, award-winning ESPN studio programs including Around the Horn and Pardon The Interruption.
  • U.S. College Basketball (including the March Madness® NCAA Championship Tournaments);
  • X Games, the premier action sports and youth lifestyle competition globally;
  • ESPN’s Big Fights library, including many of the greatest boxing fights of all time;
  • ESPN Films’ multi-Award Winning sports documentaries (including the 30 For 30 series);
  • Major conference American college football (including the College Football Playoff and National
  • Championship and comprehensive coverage of the college football bowl season);
  • IndyCar Racing (including the iconic Indianapolis 500);
  • NCAA college sport championships from baseball, softball, lacrosse and football;

The iconic SportsCenter Philippine Edition will be a unique, daily program that will be produced each day from
TV 5 studios in the Philippines.

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October 12, 2017

Philippine Cast of Internationally Acclaimed Musical "MATILDA" Announced

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is excited to announce the full cast for the internationally acclaimed musical, MATILDA. Composed of some of the finest musical theatre talents of the country, the cast is deep into rehearsals gearing up for a November 10th Opening Night.

Playing the title role are three of theater’s miracles: Telesa Marie “Esang” De Torres, whose most notable works include ABS-CBN’s The Voice, and the Les Miserables Asian tour, Uma Naomi Martin, who has made her theater debut in A Little Princess, and Felicity Kyle Napuli, who has been recognized as Outstanding Child Performer at the Gawad Musika Awards.

They are accompanied by a team of incredible performers who will appear as Matilda’s wacky and charming classmates, namely:

Gabrielle Aerin Ong and Maria Ericka Peralejo as Lavander
Denise Fidel Arteta and Chi Chi Tan as Amanda
Nicole Chien and Ella Gonzalez as Alice
Alba Berenguer-Testa and Chantel Marie Guinid as Hortensia
Josh Nubla and Miguel Suarez as Bruce
Rhythm Alexander and Ian Albert Magallona as Eric
Gabo Tiongson and Pablo Miguel Palacpac as Nigel
John Joseph Miraflores and Teddy Velasco as Tommy


But it would not be a Matilda story if not for the adults who give these kids many a reason to be naughty. Due to give some show-stopping performances are:

Jamie Wilson as Miss Trunchbull
Cris Villonco as Miss Honey
Joaquin Valdes as Mr. Wormwood
Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Mrs. Wormwood
Emeline Celis-Guinid as Mrs. Phelps
Nel Gomez as Michael Wormwood
Bibo Reyes as Rudolpho

And to complete an electrifying ensemble are:
Steven Conde
Tim Pavino
Rhenwyn Gabalonzo
Teetin Villanueva
Gerhard Krystoffer
Alex Reyes
Jim Andrew Ferrer
Gabby Padilla
Mica Fajardo

Jamie as the terrifying Miss Trunchbull has 37 years of experience as an actor to back him up. He has made the theater his home since the age of seven, appearing in numerous critically acclaimed productions such as Pippin, Almost Maine, Jersey Boys: The Story Of Frankie Valli; The Four Seasons, and Run For Your Wife. A fellow veteran to accompany him is Cris, who rose to stardom as a solo artist best known for her hit single “Crush ng Bayan”, and has since then has made a name for herself in the world of theater and film. She recently appeared as Alison in Atlantis’s Fun Home.

Joaquin is not a stranger to the Philippine theater scene, he started as a performer at a very young age and took a break from it working in advertising for 8 years. Now, he returns to the stage as Mr. Wormwood. Playing his wife, Mrs. Wormwood is Carla, who is a Miss Saigon alumni who has performed with Atlantis in many productions including NINE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and AVENUE Q. Not to be outdone is Emeline Celis-Guinid who will be Mrs. Phelps, Emeline has started performing at 7 years old and has been seen in Atlantis musicals such as ROCK OF AGES, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, JERSEY BOYS and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER.

Nel, who will be playing Michael Wormwood, has been acting for 10 years, was most recently seen in KINKY BOOTS.  Bibo as Rudolpho, started his acting venture with The Ateneo Blue Repertory, was last seen on the Atlantis musical stage as Bob Crowe in JERSEY BOYS.

The energetic ensemble consists of many of the country’s most dynamic performers.

Together, they help tell the story of Matilda and her friends - a group of children who are determined to fight against the injustices of childhood, and are inspired to start a revolution that will change their destinies forever. 

MATILDA is directed by Bobby Garcia, Choreography by Cecile Martinez, Lighting Design by Driscoll Otto, Musical Direction by Farley Asuncion, Set Design by Faust Peneyra, Costume Design by Raven Ong,  Sound Design by Kevin Heard, Vocal Coaching by ManMan Angsico, Assistant Direction by Steven Conde, Assistant Choreography by Jim Ferrer, and Assistant Vocal Coaching by Rhenwyn Gabalonzo.

Presented by Promil together with Metrobank Card Corporation, Matilda The Musical will make its Philippine debut at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City from the 10th of November to the 10th of December this year. Shows will be scheduled on Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m and 8:00pm. 

The show is recommended for children aged 7 and above (children under the age of 4 will not be permitted inside the theater). 

Tickets ranging from P1,500 to P4,000 are now available at Ticketworld (call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph). For more information, visit http://atlantistheatrical.com/faq.

Adolfo Alix Jr. LGBT Hit Film “4 DAYS” Showing Exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas Starting October 18

Love holds no bounds they say, and for people who are part of the LGBT community, your first love is what sometimes define you and what you want in a partner. When things don’t work out, that love is what teaches you lessons in love and life.

Most of us want a love that lasts, a love that will be nourished and cherished, and is what’s in store in Adolfo Alix Jr’s “4 Days” starring Mikoy Morales and Sebastian Castro.

Set inside the spacious and beautiful grounds of the University of the Philippines Diliman, it tells the story of Mark (Mikoy Morales) who goes about in his first day of college inside UP, where he meets his roommate Derek (Sebastian Castro) and as the two go through four years of college together, with every valentine’s day they try to get through their feelings for each other while staying inside the closet.

For those who have had or at least tried relationships from within the closet, this movie is sure to hit you to the bones with feels.

Team Magazine calls “4 Days” a love story that is full of cautionary actions that demand to break free. “There is the irony that what you love needs to be hidden, especially from parents who could take your access to each other away. There is the tragedy of this source of happiness being one you deny in front of your friends, allowing a lover’s doubt to set in.”

Kinabukasan” to screen alongside “4 Days” - Those who will watch “4 Days” will also get the chance to see “Kinabukasan” a short film that won Best Short Film in the 2015 Gawad Urian, starring Superstar Nora Aunor and Alden Richards, filmed in 2014, it was part of the short film category in the 2014 Cinema One Originals and at the 2015 Hanoi International Film Festival. The story begins with Ernest (Nora Aunor) who after losing his lover, meets Niles, the son of his lover who has come to collect his things. What might seem as a simple encounter gets filled with tension, causing the two to discover what lies underneath the sadness of losing the one you love the most. 

An Ayala Malls Cinemas’ exclusive, “4 Days” will open on October 18 in Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma Cinemas.

Pia Wurtzbach Signs an Exclusive Kapamilya Contract

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is officially back as a Kapamilya after signing an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN last October 9. 

The beauty queen will soon be part of various programs and movies under the Kapamilya network including her regular appearance in the Sunday noontime show “ASAP.” When asked how she feels about being a Kapamilya, Wurtzbach shared, “I really trust ABS-CBN because I know that they’re going to put me in the right track.” 

Present in the signing were (L-R) ABS-CBN chief finance officer Aldrin Cerrado, ABS-CBN head of Finance for Broadcast and news & current affairs Cat Lopez, Pia Wurtzbach’s manager Jonas Gaffud, ABS-CBN chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes, ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak, Star Creatives’ head of creatives and director Olive Lamasan, at ABS-CBN TV production head Laurenti Dyogi.

TFC Celebrates Filipino American History Month with Triple Events on October 14

TFC proudly celebrates the unshakable spirit, the unique talents, and the united camaraderie of the Filipino American community via three major events happening on October 14 across the West Coast in celebration of Filipino American History Month.


Daly City hosts its very own Filipino-American History Month Celebration at the Marchbank Park located at 10 South Parkview Avenue from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. There will be food trucks, arts and crafts, a beer garden, several vendor booths, and entertainment from homegrown talent. There will be free parking at the DC Station Garage and Marchbank Park is accessible on the second floor. This is a free event and everyone is invited.


Entertainment throughout the day will be provided by Melvinsings, Maddie B, Mike Dayao, Jeremy Passion, Mistah B and Gelson, Little Manila Dance Collective and Kulintang Academy.

BA’s Desk Editor Henni Espinosa, and Correspondent Rommel Conclara, will be hosting segments of the event. Adobo Nation’s Tet Hernandez, Katrina Dimaranan, Hannah Tolentino, and Lee Robin Salazar will host the TFC Hour from 2:00 until 3:00 P.M. Headlining the TFC Hour is Drop N Harmony, also known as DnH. The group was one of the pioneer Filipino American R&B and pop artists that invaded the independent music scene during the late 90s into the early 2000s.


Drop N Harmony, composed of Jose “Sway” Penala, Darrell Seegmiller, Lionel Domulot, and Neomar Aragona is reuniting after a long hiatus to bring their signature soulful sound and seductive rhythm to fans who long for their music, and to a new generation of audiences who would easily groove to their songs. Those who would like to volunteer to help at this event may sign up here.


The Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) will also be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the Echo Park Lake in Echo Park, Los Angeles. This festival is the largest and longest-running Filipino cultural celebration in L.A. Those who attend this event will be treated to the best of traditional and contemporary Filipino food, music, performances, and arts and crafts.

Apl.de.Ap, of The Black-Eyed Peas, and Jessica Reynoso, who rose to fame when she finished off as a finalist in season one of the popular reality competition, The Voice of the Philippines will headline the TFC show. BA’s Yong Chavez and Steve Angeles will also be there. Other guests and performers at the festival are Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, DJ Virman, Kronika (Soulection), Anatalia Villaranda of The Voice Season 12, Bella Fiasco, Joel Quizon (Disco Manila), and many more.


The Global Tawag ng Tanghalan (Call of the Stage) North America Region Finals will also happen on October 14 at the main auditorium of the Ed W. Clark High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Hurados” (judges) from the Tawag ng Tanghalan segment of the popular noontime show, It’s Showtime, will cast their votes for the North America representative to the Global Tawag ng Tanghalan grand championship to be held in the Philippines. The hurados are Poprock Superstar Yeng Constantino, King of Teleserye and Movie Theme Songs Erik Santos, and OPM icon Rey Valera.


Alexis Amber Magsambol, Rachel Bergado, and Jamil Pidlaoan (all from California, USA); Marie Joy Amaro (Texas, USA); Jing Wenghofer (Illinois, USA); Elizabeth Sooy (New Jersey, USA); Abigali Natnat and Jean Pauline Aytona (both from Ontario, Canada); Danielle Jade Laganson (Alberta, Canada); and Venus Therese Ramos (Manitoba, Canada) are vying to be the North America representative to the grand championship in the Philippines.

The best of Filipino American talents take the spotlight in these three simultaneous celebrations of Filipino American History Month in an expression of a culture that is unshakable, unique, and united.

Click here for more information on the Daly City Filipino American History Month celebration. To learn more about the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, click here. For more information, on the Global Tawag ng Tanghalan North America Region Finals, or to get tickets, go here. You may also connect with fellow global Kapamilyas by following @KapamilyaTFC and @KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

Alessandra de Rossi Finds New Love in Ivan Padilla in the Romantic Movie "12"

A movie about two people in love always has its audience. Majority of the viewers, if not all, most likely hope for a happy ending, but it's really how the story unfolds and the roller coaster ride and pull of feelings is one of the things you can expect, and more.

"12" tells the story of Anton and Erika, a couple who started out as friends for 5 years then became in a relationship for 7 years, making it a total of 12 years of being together. Anton is a commercial director, while Erika is a former band member who becomes his stay-at-home partner, lovingly and happily devoting her time taking care of her man. Finally, the day comes when he asks her to marry him... will they end up getting married and stay together forever?

Fresh from the tremendous success of "Kita Kita", Alessandra de Rossi plays the role of Erika with complete abandon, just like she is known to do in every performance. This film is an assurance that this award-winning actress really loves her craft despite her statement before about wanting to quit showbiz, which hopefully will not be anytime soon.

Playing Anton is newcomer Ivan Padilla who was seen as Hunter, Bela Padilla's boyfriend in "100 Tula Para Kay Stella", another blockbuster hit from VIVA Films. Ivan is related to the famous Padilla actors, but he's excited to show everyone in the Philippines that he deserves to be recognized for his own talent in acting. Just like Alessandra, he asserts that he has really put his heart and soul in playing his character.

In an interview, Ivan revealed that he won an award in a film festival. He acquired acting experiences in American TV shows, like "Dexter", and "CSI:Miami", "CSI:New York", and "The Closer", among others, and Hollywood movies like "Here Comes The Boom", with Salma Hayek. He is also adept in martial arts, particularly Jiu-Jitsu.

The chemistry between Alessandra and Ivan is something to look forward to in this romantic drama that is surely relatable to couples of today.

"12" is showing in cinemas nationwide starting November 8, 2017.

Edward Barber is MYX Celebrity VJ, Regine Velasquez is “MYX Headliner” this October

“Loving in Tandem” star and former PBB Lucky Season 7 4th big placer Edward Barber charms his way in various MYX shows, while Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez nests with the music channel as the “MYX Headliner” for the month of October.

After his first successful movie project with PBB co-housemates Maymay Entrata, Kisses Delavin, and Marco Gallo, Edward tries out his hosting skills as October’s MYX Celebrity VJ. The gig is his first project without onscreen partner Maymay, who became MYX’s guest VJ last May.

In an interview, the looker revealed that he asked tips from Maymay to prepare for the task at hand. “We know each other’s strengths, so I asked her what she had to do. She says not to worry and just trust myself. I was able to do that, so I’m happy with the experience,” said Edward.

OPM icon Regine spreads her wings for music fans as she divulges more about herself and her singing as “MYX Headliner.” Glaiza de Castro also shines under the “MYX Spotlight,” as she showcases snippets of her songs all month long.


Meanwhile, the “MYX Moves” Grand Finals happens this Saturday (Oct.14) at the KIA Theater. Tickets are priced at P350 (VIP), P250 (orchestra), and P150 (loge & balcony) available at all TicketNet outlets and at the Smart Araneta Coliseum box office. For inquiries, please call 911-5555.

Catch Edward as MYX Celebrity VJ on “Pinoy MYX” until October 14, “Mellow MYX” on October 15 to 21, and “My MYX” on October 22 to 28. Watch MYX on Skycable channel 23. For more information on MYX programming and the “2nd MYX Moves Street Dance Competition,” log on to www.myxph.com, follow MYX on Instagram (@myxph) and Twitter (@MYXPhilippines).

KIX’s "R U Tough Enough?" Announces 5 Men and 5 Women Finalists to Compete for the P250K Grand Prize

KIX, the ultimate TV destination for action entertainment, announced today the top ten finalists of R U Tough Enough?, the nationwide search for the toughest Pinoy. This time, five male and five female finalists will face one another in the final showdown on October 20 (Friday), 5 P.M., at SM Mall of Asia for the title of Toughest Pinoy or Pinay and the grand prize of PHP 250,000.

This year’s R U Tough Enough? final showdown will be a first of its kind with an exciting battle of man versus woman. This is also the first year that R U Tough Enough? has a male and female ambassador, Arnold Aninion and Aubrey Miles.

Aubrey Miles, a fitness afficionado will lead the extraordinary women contestants. Under #TeamAudrey, the finalists are: “The Girl Boss” Quisha Mediatrix Baterna, “The Relentless Challenger” Maria Rachelle Gallmann, “The Comeback Queen” Mary Jane Garner, “The Doubt Buster” Alys Andrea Serdenia and “The Love Warrior” Joanna Marie Tantoco.



Arnold Aninion rugby player and body builder, has the job of leading the male contestants. Under #TeamArnold, the impressive lineup of male contestants are: “The Goal Getter” Chekhov Agayo, Baterna, “The Fitness Fighter” Ronald Jay-R Bolando, “The Public Protector” Christopher Dulagan, “The Fit-fluencer” Renz Lou Lagria, and “The Mighty Bro” Mark Anthony Jay Refugio.

R U Tough Enough? Philippines is sponsored by Fisherman’s Friend, the Powerful adult candy with added benefits, supported by venue partner SM Mall of Asia, gym partner Gold’s Gym, supporting partner Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation, as well as cable partners Cablelink, Cignal TV, Destiny Cable, Gsat and SKYcable; and media partners Philstar, Philstar global, WhenInManila.com and Action Asia.

KIX is available on Cablelink Ch.54, Cignal TV Ch. 133, Destiny Cable Ch.63, Gsat Ch. 18 and SKYcable Ch.63.

“Matanglawin” Demystifies Banaue

“Matanglawin” takes viewers to Banaue this Sunday (October 15) to feast with the Ifugaos during their Imbayah Festival, which is their way of thanksgiving for a season of bountiful harvest. 

Join Kuya Kim Atienza as he shows the cultural pride of Banaue through their games and rituals including arm wrestling and bamboo bike racing. Viewers will also get to immerse in the local tradition of woodcarving and understand the symbolism behind their display of animal and human skulls. 

Find out the real meaning behind the Ifugao’s “Bogwa” ritual and the purpose of the “Dap-ay” in another adventure with the country’s most awarded educational program this Sunday (October 15), 9:45am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. 

Watch online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. For updates on the program, follow @MatanglawinTV on Facebook and Twitter.

October 8, 2017

KathNiel, Aljur Abrenica and K-Pop Fashion in StarStudio Magazine October 2017 Issue

StarStudio Magazine visits the photogenic home of new Kapamilya actor Aljur Abrenica, explores what makes K-Pop fashion click and interviews the lead stars of ABS-CBN's hit primetime series La Luna Sangre for its October issue.

The recent guest actor in "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," Aljur, opens his doors to StarStudio team and shares his many firsts and realizations this year as he enters a new chapter in his life. Fans will enjoy the most adorable photos from the first magazine cover of Aljur and Kylie Padilla's new baby, Alas Joaquin.

StarStudio also explores the current K-Pop fashion craze among Kapamilya stars Maris Racal,Inigo Pascual, Devon Seron, and Zanjoe Marudo.

Inside this issue is an exclusive interview with the lead cast of this year's hottest fantaserye, "La Luna Sangre" -- Kathryn Barnardo, Daniel Padilla, and Richard
Gutierrez. Get to know more about their characters and find out the latest updates on the primetime thriller.

Grab a copy of StarStudio's October 2017 issue, out in bookstores and newsstands nationwide.

Tech Millionaire and Adventure Journalist Garrett Gee Inspires Students to Follow their Passion via "Discovering Routes"

What would one do with a million dollars? Or in this case, $54 million? Tech millionaire and travel journalist Garrett Gee was faced with this very question after he sold his app to Snapchat in 2014. The story behind his mind-blowing success, and what he is now doing with his life were the subject of his chat with students ofJefferson High School in Daly City, California, as part of a joint outreach by ABS-CBN International and Discovering Routes.

According to their website, "Jefferson has a reputation for high academic and athletic standards, despite its designation as an underperforming school. The Jefferson Staff encourages students to achieve at their highest potential, developing skills necessary to become life-long learners and productive citizens."

A Story of Success

As a sophomore at Brigham Young University, Garrett developed the app, Scan, with two other co-designers. Shortly after, legions of downloads followed its launch. This led to a TV feature on Shark Tank where he did not get the funding he sought. But as all great stories have their glorious endings, Scan was later acquired by Snapchat.

"I feel like it's one of those classic questions: 'What would you do with a million dollars?' It was a really cool and humbling experience to be faced with that question," Garrett admits to the class. And this was his plan, "Let's sell everything we own, go super minimalistic, and just travel for some time. Let's learn about different cultures, about different countries, and try to see what brings other people happiness all around the world."

This minimalist, vagabond-style of exploring the world paved the way for the two of his landmark projects: (1) The Bucket List Family– a social media documentation on Garrett's family and their travels; and (2) Discovering Routes – an original series from ABS-CBN Global Studios, that follows him and his sister, Miristi, as they return to their ancestral land.

Passion and Hard Work

Garrett's talk highlighted that through all the positive and fun things happening in his life,"it all goes back to the high school days and the college days when I just made up my mind to figure out what's right for me; that I need to follow my own passion. As long as I work hard at it, develop the skills, and don't get lazy, I think I can make it happen."

The Intro to Robotics class is the brainchild of Principal Mark Beshirs and teacher Joel BruxvoortRyan Adion, a senior at Jefferson High, was impressed by how the class was captivated by their guest speaker. "People who talk here, they come in suits, he's just dressed casually so I feel I can relate to him." Junior student Saul Molina chimed in, "It was pretty cool how he split the money equally," referring to how Garrett nontraditionally decided on dividing the profit from Snapchat evenly with his co-designers.

Beshirs and Bruxvoort are proponents for unconventional teaching methods. "I just see the smiles on their faces and their intent, and the really nice questions they asked. They start to see humanity, to see themselves,"shared Bruxvoort.

On his end, the tech rockstar confided that this was one of his all-time favorite talks. "I spoke at a lot of corporations and universities, but this is cool because when I entered into their classroom, I just saw a lot of people who remind me of myself back in high school, and I saw a lot of potential in them."

The talk was made possible by Daly City Arts and Culture Commissioner Dorie Paniza, with Jefferson High School Principal Mark Beshirs,and ABS-CBN International's Global Head of Corporate Affairs and Public Relations Nerissa Fernandez.

A Beacon of the Filipino American Community

Consul General Henry Bensurto, Jr. of the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco made a surprise visit to the class. He presented Garrett with a certificate of appreciation for his philanthropy and goodwill. Bensurto expressed his gratitude to Garrett for having "contributed to raising the profile of the Filipino people, not only in his country but the entire world; and for inspiring the young generation of Filipino Americans to discover their Filipino heritage and connect with the country of origin of their parents.

A Quick Trek to TFC Headquarters

Prior to Garrett's talk at Jefferson High, he visited the Daly City headquarters of ABS-CBN International to film fun digital content forDiscovering Routes.  Extending his Philippine experience, Garrett's learning a bit of the language, still eating the food, and connecting with his roots.

Keep up with this adventurer and follow his journey. New webisodes on Garrett's exploits in the beautiful islands of the Philippines go live Mondays and Thursdays on www.DiscoveringRoutes.com. The Discovering Routes TV series can be seen around the globe on Myx TV and Lifestyle Network, and in the Philippines via Lifestyle TV.

ABS-CBN Stays At Number 1 Spot in September as it Brings Relevant News and Valuable Lessons to Filipinos Nationwide

ABS-CBN remained as the country's top TV network with the most watched relevant news and values-oriented programs in September, recording an average audience share of 47% nationwide in both rural and urban homes, or 14 points higher compared to GMA's 33%, based on data from Kantar Media.

The Kapamilya network also beat GMA in other areas like in Metro Manila where ABS-CBN enjoyed a 42% audience share vs GMA's 28%,; in Total Luzon with 43% versus GMA's 36%; in Total Visayas with 54%, beating GMA's 27%; and in Total Mindanao with 54% versus GMA's 30%.

Multinational audience measurement provider Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.

"FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" (40.2%) celebrated its second anniversary on top as it kept its spot as the most watched program in the country, thrilling more viewers as Cardo (Coco Martin) went on a heart-pounding adventure to save his fellow Special Action Force members.

Next on the list is KathNiel's "La Luna Sangre" (35.2%), which recently welcomed the return of Angel Locsin as Jacintha Magsaysay, bringing more action to viewers every night.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN's flagship news program "TV Patrol" (33.8%) remained as the most watched news program in the country, compared to its rival show "24 Oras" that only got 20.9%.

Billy Crawford's variety-talent-talk show "Little Big Shots" (33.3%) also drew more viewers last month as it impressed and inspired viewers with the remarkable talents and touching stories of Pinoy kids.

Also bringing inspiration to audiences was "MMK 25" (30.1%) with the the real-life stories of letter senders that reflect the lives of Filipinos. "Wansapanataym Presents: Amazing Ving" (27.8%), which concluded last month, also inspired and taught values and lessons to young viewers nationwide.

The fierce fights and wild revelations in "Wildflower" (25.3%) continued to grip viewers in September and remained unbeaten in its timeslot.

Also securing a spot in the top 10 are "Home Sweetie Home" (23.7%) starring John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga, and "Goin' Bulilit" (21.2%) led by witty and talented Kapamilya child stars.

ABS-CBN also won across all time blocks, particularly in primetime where it recorded an average audience share of 51% or a 20-point lead over GMA's 31%. The primetime block is the most important part of the day when most Filipinos watch TV and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investment in to reach more consumers effectively.

The Kapamilya network also garnered more viewers in the morning block (6AM-12NN) with 40% versus GMA's 31%, the noontime block (12NN-3PM) with 47%, compared to GMA's 35%, and in the afternoon block (3PM-6PM) with 43%, beating GMA's 39%.

CONVERSE Introduces NBA Chuck Taylor All-Star Collection Celebrating Basketball History and Culture

In 1949, virtually every player in the NBA wore the brand’s iconic Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. Time progressed and Converse supplied new players with the tools to create basketball history. One of these players, signed to Converse in 1975, creator of the free-throw line slam dunk and all around basketball pioneer, Julius “Dr. J” Erving cemented the Converse brand in basketball history with his daring game play and swagger all while sporting his version of the classic Pro Leather silhouette.

On September 29, 2017, Converse launches the NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection, giving fans a way to show their NBA pride and celebrate their favorite teams.

Representing all 30 NBA teams, the collection pays tribute to the game and celebrates the culture of basketball and its influence on today’s street style with three design tiers: Gameday, Legend and Franchise.

The Chuck SE NBA Franchise is a celebration of city pride for the fan who wears their heart on their sleeve. Launching in the Philippines are 6 out of the 13 NBA teams, the sneaker features team logos decorated on the tips of the laces and embroidered on the sneaker’s tongue with tonal lace and multicolor lace aglets. The mesh upper features the team’s name and jersey-inspired details, while each outsole is molded to display the given team’s city influence. The sneaker is covered in individually-screen printed jersey material and includes the Lunarlon sockliner and micro-suede internal lining for comfort.

Boston Celtics
A legendary city with much to celebrate and a record breaking basketball team with more banners than any franchise in the league – the Celtics 17 NBA titles are recognized on the “Legend” sneaker with an embossed “17” on the upper. The Converse x NBA Boston Celtics sneakers commemorate the storied athletic record of the Green with a sneaker that helped bring Boston a whole lot of gold.


Chicago Bulls
A city with a team that won the ‘90s, the Chicago Bulls were unbeatable with two three-peat seasons spanning 1991-1993 and 1996-1998. The Converse x NBA Chicago Bulls sneakers recall the iconic ‘90s warm-ups with its two-tone nylon tongue and red triangles representing the game plan that made it all happen.


Cleveland Cavaliers
One of basketball’s most iconic sneaker sports basketball’s most famous icons. Mesh upper features team name and jersey-inspired details. Team logo embroidered on the tongue top with tonal lace and multicolor lace aglet. This Chuck Taylor includes the Lunarlon sockliner and micro-suede lining for comfort.


Golden State Warriors
Newly-minted legends in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors turned the Bay into basketball’s twenty-first century epicenter. The five-time championship winners have been creating historic moments in recent times for their competitive spirit and ability to overcome unbelievable odds. The Converse x NBA Golden State Warriors sneaker honors the Bay Area with an embroidered landscape of the Bay Bridge on the upper.


Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are all about “Showtime” – home of the purple and gold and one of the league’s most successful teams in NBA history with 16 championships. To celebrate, sixteen stars are embroidered on the sneaker’s tongue. Los Angeles slated an era when basketball embraced sunshine, celebrities, and a smooth, silky version of hoops. With star status athletes, the Lakers take center stage with 21 Hall of Famers and the NBA’s longest winning streak of 33 consecutive games. The Converse x NBA LA Lakers sneakers embody showmanship and functionality with an internal gold foil print and silver hardware along with premium leather lining and molded sockliner.


New York Knicks
The Pride of Gotham, the New York Knicks is a team that represents the fiercest metropolis on the planet. Diehard fans live for the slogan “Once a Knick, Always a Knick,” which is embossed along the side of the “Legends” upper. The Knicks are only one of two original NBA teams that remain in their founding city. The Converse x NBA New York Knicks sneakers denotes loyalty and originality.

The NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection is only available at Converse shops in Festival Mall, Glorietta and Ayala Center Cebu for Php 4,950.

To complement the NBA Chuck Taylor All Star Collection, a line of Converse NBA Apparel launches to tie together the full street-wear uniform. Featuring exclusive Converse NBA branding, the collection includes a winter wool bomber jacket with primaloft fill, a hooded coach’s jacket and Converse Essentials – a hoodie, crewneck, long-sleeve tee and jogger.

The Converse NBA Apparel is exclusively available at NBA Store Mega Fashion Hall.

For more of the NBA collaboration, visit www.converse.com.ph and follow Converse PH facebook at www.facebook.com/Converse.PH and instagram @converseph.

TFC, Star Music, MOR, MYX, and One Music PH to Bring the Biggest Filipino Experience in Dubai Called “One Music X”

The “Rakrakan” concert series from 2006 to 2009.  The groundbreaking “FilExpo” in 2008. The first “It’s Showtime” outside the Philippines in 2011. The thrilling “JadIne In Love” in Dubai in 2016.  The milestone “ASAP in Dubai” in 2014.  The record-breaking “Birit Queens in Abu Dhabi this year.

From concert series, trade fairs to franchised events, ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC) has been delivering the most epic Filipino events to the Middle East that bring together Filipinos to celebrate as one community and which have come to be the most anticipated in the region.

This year, as ABS-CBN  Middle East celebrates its 20th anniversary, the network that delivers content beyond information and entertainment, brings it a notch higher as it paves the way for the biggest Filipino music experience to date --- “One Music X” on November 3 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater.

On November 3, TFC will come together with ABS-CBN’s hit-making recording company Star Music; the leading FM radio station My Only Radio (MOR) For Life; the first all-Filipino music channel Myx; and the Philippines’ foremost music portal One Music PH; to deliver the highpoints of Philippine culture and celebrate everything Filipino for a full day of “One Music X”.

Known for the Filipino’s penchant for music, “One Music X” is gathering the biggest Original Pilipino Music (OPM) acts from the Philippines, representing a wide range of music genres that appeal across audiences and artists who have become icons in their own right.

From winning ABS-CBN’s reality singing competition “Pinoy Dream Academy” in 2006, Pop Rock Royalty Yeng Constantino has certainly come a long way.  From her successful initial foray “Hawak Kamay” to a musical about her life story --- “Josephine” --- Constantino has truly become one of the young superstars to reckon with in the music industry.

Also a product of a reality singing competition and band performances, Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan has gone beyond the winning to prove that she deserves both a place to win and a niche in the music industry with her show-stopping performances.

Once behind the shadow of his very famous father, Teen Singing Sensation IƱigo Pascual is setting out to become a pop superstar in his own right.  Today’s biggest hit “Para Sa Iyo” is his and he can very well claim it as his own success.

Meantime four-piece Pinoy Pop Rock band Silent Sanctuary, arguably best known for their hit “Pasensiya Ka Na” became known for their own brand of baroque pop. For their first show with TFC the band is expected to bring in the sighs as well as the cheers.

From being a significant part of a popular band in the 90s, OPM Rock Icon Rico Blanco went on to become a world of his own, earning critics and fans approval for his soulful songs such as “Your Universe”.

Together, Constantino, Tandingan, Pascual, Silent Sanctuary and Blanco will elevate the musical experience of “One Music X” where OPM truly belongs - the world stage.

Joining the Philippines’ biggest acts is multi-awarded young host Robi Domingo and award-winning MOR DJ Chacha and surprise acts from the local Dubai music scene for a day that also promises cultural fusion and musical collaboration.

Promising to be the biggest Filipino experience, “One Music” X will deliver beyond music --- uniquely Filipino booths and day-long activities to the Dubai Media City Amphitheater, a highly popular event place that have been host to the biggest local and international acts. 

From the Global Tawag ng Tanghalan sa “It’s Showtime” region finals to outdoor family activities; food trucks; acoustic lounges featuring local talents and premium lounges for VIP ticket holders; food trucks; and more, “One Music X” promises to be the complete experience for every member of the family.

Be part of history as “One Music X” happens on November 3 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater. Gates open at 1 p.m. The festivities start at 2 p.m. For the full “One Music X” experience, download the TFC Live app available on Google playstore and Apple store.

For tickets, visit Virgin Megastore and selected zoom outlets, Wall street Exchange branches or visit ktx.abs-cbn.com.  Save as much as 40 AED on your general admission tickets through the Early Bird discount until September 30. Tickets are at AED 135 for General Patronage and AED 245 for VIP tickets.  For more information visit emea.kapamilya.com or facebook.com/TFCMiddle East.

Watch out for the next “One Music X” and always visit facebook.com/KapamilyaTFC and follow KapamilyaGlobalPR and KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and IG.

Filipino-Australian Singer Elysa V Moves to Individual Bootcamp Audition on The X Factor UK

Elysa V was the only rose among the thorns during the group bootcamp performance at the Sunday’s episode of The X Factor UK. Along with three guys El'Tee, Brad Howard and Sam Black, the group started with the song Locked out of Heaven by Bruno Mars.

Not long after the performance, Simon Cowell raised his hand and made them stop. “This is not working, this is a bad song,” he said. “I’ll tell you what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna judge this acapella,” he added.

When Sam Black struggled to continue with the song, judge Nicole Scherzinger encouraged the group to help him out, and Elysa took the lead in the part of the chorus.

After the song, the judges had a long deliberation on who should move to the next round. It was noticeable that the judges were having a difficult time deciding as it was a hard song.

After the judges’ long conversation among themselves, Louis Walsh talked to the group. “This has been so difficult guys because the song didn’t suit you. Some people were better than the others, but you can see [that] we’ve had a really long conversation about everybody,” he calmly said. “So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna give you all a chance,” he added.

Upon hearing the good news, Elysa V gleefully jumped out of excitement and rushed to exchange hugs with the rest of the group.

Before everyone left the stage, Simon Cowell shared a few words. “It was partly because of the way you’re all with each other. This is the last pass you get because [as] you go forward tomorrow, it’s your own choices now, there’s no excuses,” he said. “I think you all behaved really well and we’re happy to give you all another shot tomorrow,” he added.

Elysa V and the rest of the group is moving to the individual bootcamp auditions which will define their chance for the Six Chair Challenge.

The X Factor UK airs first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment same day as the UK on Sundays and Mondays at 10:30am with primetime encores Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at 9:00pm. 

RTL CBS Entertainment is available on SKYcable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD), SKYdirect channel 35, Destiny Cable channel 53, and Cablelink channels 37(SD) and 313(HD).

Abbygale Arenas Divulges “88 Things Every Professional Should Know… or else”

What would you do if you’re faced with a person whose name slipped your mind? Or when there are so many utensils in front of you during a business lunch and you don’t know what to do with them? Can you decline a handshake from someone who is clearly suffering from cold?

From dressing up, developing rapport, navigating workplace etiquette, and business dining with manners, corporate trainer and former beauty queen Abbygale Arenas-de Leon answers all these questions and more in her book under ABS-CBN Publishing entitled “88 Things Every Professional Should Know… or else.”

The professional image consultant, recognized by the Association of Image Consultants International, jots down easy-to-follow guides in this self-improvement manual’s latest edition. It includes tips the author has learned over the years to avoid fashion misdemeanors, conversational pitfalls, and email no-no’s in dealing with clients and colleagues plus ways to master nonverbal communication, apply the right attitude and make manners count in the daily corporate life.

“After having the chance to travel the world and meet people from all walks of life, I had realized that inspiring people by sharing my own stories and experience is what I wanted to do, and by writing this book, I believe I am doing just that,” wrote the 1997 Miss Universe-Philippines in her book.

She disclosed no nonsense recommendations for readers, whether for those who are starting out in their career and those in the far midst but needing cues on office etiquette.

“When you are meeting someone for the first time, you only have 6-8 seconds to make a first impression,” shared the former model. She highlighted the value of first impression to the company one is representing. “The moment you are identified as part of the company, clients will see you as the whole company, and that’s great responsibility.”

In a chance meeting, the author advised to say “good to see you again” and encourage conversation while trying to remember the name of a forgotten colleague. She said, “continue chatting general topics until you remember the name. If no such luck, be honest and ask for the first name.”

When dealing with clients, Abby stressed the importance of posture in exuding candor. She wrote, “as a professional, you should embody credibility so that clients would trust you. You could easily project it through proper posture.”

The author underlined the need to be tactful at all times in the professional setting. When there’s a need to correct someone, she suggested to “praise in public. Criticize in private. Trying to get respect by playing the bad guy or scaring your associates is an old tactic that will never work.”

Being in any profession requires eagerness to learn, to contribute and to collaborate. “If you don’t have enthusiasm, do something to possess it. Make yourself realize the importance of what you are doing and the contribution you are giving,” wrote Abby.

The former beauty queen is the managing director and chief trainer of Personi-fi Image Studio. She is among ABS-CBN Publishing’s elite roster of authors that includes the late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Boy Abunda, Francis Kong, and Charo Santos-Concio.

ABS-CBN Publishing, known for bestselling books that redefine genres, is a magazine and book publisher and a wholly owned subsidiary of ABS-CBN. Aside from a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, it includes lifestyle, culinary, youth, and entertainment glossies in its portfolio.

Read more of Abby’s helpful tips in “88 Things Every Professional Should Know… or else,” available in leading newsstands and bookstores nationwide for only P345.

McLisse vs. “The Debutantes” this Sunday on “Matanglawin”

It’s yet another fun-filled episode of “Matanglawin”  this Sunday (October 8), 9:45am on ABS-CBN as we find out from Kuya Kim Atienza how to use science to break and move objects when he challenges four Kapamilya artists. 

First, loveteam McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson or “McLisse” from the hit teleserye “The Good Son” will attempt to break a meter stick without spilling the marbles inside the jars where the stick is placed, while “The Debutante” stars Sue Ramirez and Michelle Vito will each try to lift pieces of paper using balloons and fuzzy cloth. 

Meanwhile, also join multi-awarded vlogger Wil Dasovich in his food trip adventure at Sagada then continue your #travelgoals with Kuya Kim as he takes us to the streets of Thailand for their famous stir-fried ice cream, made “Matanglawin-style.” 

Don’t miss the country’s most awarded educational program this Sunday (October 8), 9:45am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. Watch online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. 

For updates on the program, follow @MatanglawinTV on Facebook and Twitter.

“Magpasikat Week” with Hosts and Brightest Kapamilya Stars Marks “It’s Showtime’s” 8th Anniversary Celebration

Join the month-long celebration of fun and laughter with the “It’s Showtime” family and the brightest Kapamilya stars as they bring good vibes and spectacular performances to mark “It’s Showtime’s” eight anniversary this October.

This year’s “Magpasikat Week” features the first time James Reid and Nadine Lustre are joining the highly anticipated battle among the hosts happening in the third week (October 16-21) of the month, and preparations are now in high gear for spectacular performances by Team Billy, Amy, and James; Team Vice, Jugs, and Teddy; Team Anne, Ryan, and Nadine; Team Vhong, Joey, and Mariel; and Team Jhong and Karylle.

JaDine gearing up for their first “Magpasikat” Performance

More entertaining and trending moments are sure to come viewers’ way as the brightest Kapamilya stars, who have joined the show before as guest hosts, join the battle in next week’s (October 9-14) unique version of “Magpasikat Week.”

The program, meanwhile, will cap off a fun-filled month with a grand musical treat in “Tawag ng Tanghalan’s” Quarter 2 semifinals in the last week of October.

The month-long anniversary celebration kicked off last Monday (October 2) as the program has given viewers a daily musical treat with world-class performances by the ABS-CBN’s finest singers. Also joining the fun this month is actress Bela Padilla, who serves as co-host.

Don’t miss the fun and good vibes in “It’s Showtime,” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (Sky Cable ch 167). 

or the program’s past episode, login to iWant TV or on skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

ABS-CBN is Most Awarded TV Network in the 2017 Alta Media Icon Awards

ABS-CBN emerged as the most awarded TV network in the University of Perpetual Help-Las Pinas Alta Media Icon Awards, raking in a total of 48 recognition for its news and entertainment shows, and personalities.

The news and public affairs arm of ABS-CBN won 15 awards including Best TV News Program for its flagship news program “TV Patrol” and Best AM Radio Station for DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.  Among the winning programs and personalities honored include “SOCO” (Best TV Documentary Program), “Umagang Kay Ganda” (Best Morning Show), “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda” (Best TV Talk Show), “The Score” (Best Sports Program), “Dos Por Dos” (Best AM News Program), “Kabuhayang Swak na Swak” (Best Educational Program), Julius Babao (Best Male TV News Personality), Bernadette Sembrano (Best Female TV News Personality), Amy Perez (Best Morning Show Host), Kim Atienza (Best Educational Program Host), Anthony Taberna (Best TV News Talk Show Host and Best Male AM Radio Personality), and TJ Manotoc (Best Sports Program Host).

The network’s entertainment television shows also ruled the Alta Media Icon Awards as it picked up awards for “Maalala Mo Kaya” (Best Drama Anthology), “It’s Showtime” (Best Noontime Show), “ASAP” (Best Musical Variety Show), “Wansapanataym” (Best Youth-Oriented Program), “Magandang Buhay” (Best TV Showbiz-Oriented Talk Show Program), “Ipaglaban Mo” (Best TV Public Service Program), “The Greatest Love” (Best Daytime Drama Series), “Minute to Win it” (Best Game Show),  and“The Voice Kids” (Best Reality/Talent Competition).

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN’s flagship FM station MOR 101.9, was named Best FM Radio Station and took home awards such as Best FM Radio Program (Dear MOR 101.9) and Best Female FM Radio Personality (DJ Cha Cha).

Star Cinema’s box office hit “Barcelona: A Love Untold” was also a big winner as it clinched awards including Movie of the Year and Best Actor and Best Actress for its lead stars, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo. Child star Simon “Onyok” Pineda, on the other hand, was hailed as Best Child Performer for Film for his remarkable performance in “Super Parental Guardians.”

Other Kapamilya winners come from Star Music, which includes Song of the Year (“Dahil Sa’Yo” by Inigo Pascual), Best Male Recording Artist (Darren Espanto), and Best Female Recording Artist (Jona).

Kapamilya stars also dominated the Alta Media Icon Awards including Primetime King Coco Martin (Best Drama Actor for TV),  Jodi Sta. Maria (Best Drama Actress for TV), LizQuen  (Best Love Team), Luis Manzano (Best Game Show Host), Robi Domingo (Best Reality/Talent Show Host), Billy Crawford (Best Variety Show Host), Karla Estrada (Best TV Showbiz-Oriented Talk Show Host), Angelica Panganiban  (Best Comedy Actress for TV),  McNeal “Awra” Briguela (Best Child Actor for TV), Xia Vigor (Best Child Actress for TV), Ian Veneracion (Most Influential Male TV Personality), Anne Curtis (Most Influential Female TV Personality), Susan Roces (Iconic Media Personality for Film and Broadcast), and Rey Valera (Iconic Media Personality for Music).




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