Saturday, December 23, 2017

ABS-CBN 2018 New Shows Unveiled



New and returning loveteams and captivating stories of love and family will add color to ABS-CBN's programming in 2018, as revealed during the network's "Just Love: The ABS-CBN Trade Event" on November 28.

Leading the Kapamilya network's new offerings is "Bagani," which marks the TV comeback of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, with Sofia Andres, Matteo Guidicelli, and Makisig Morales.

Filipino talent will once again take center stage as "Pilipinas Got Talent" returns for another season, with Vice Ganda, Freddie Garcia, Robin Padilla, and Angel Locsin as judges, and Billy Crawford and Toni Gonzaga as hosts.

Erich Gonzales, Enchong Dee, and Ejay Falcon, meanwhile, reunite and prove their acting chops in upcoming series "The Blood Sisters."

Love will be the binding force in "No Ordinary Love," which stars Ultimate Heartthrob Piolo Pascual, with Arci Muñoz and JC De Vera. The series also marks the television debut of Alessandra De Rossi and Empoy or AlEmpoy.

Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap will once again spread kilig vibes to viewers via their new series "Sana Dalawa ang Puso," which also stars Robin.

Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo, on the other hand, will show the joy and struggles in relationships in "Playhouse."

The trade event, held at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent, was attended by hundreds of advertisers. It featured performances by the biggest Kapamilya stars, including the "It's Showtime" family who danced to disco tunes in their 80s-inspired dance number, the cast of "Bagani" led by LizQuen, and "La Luna Sangre" stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla who gave a wolves-and-vampires routine.

Robi Domingo Unveils Japan’s Hidden Christians on ANC’s “Keeping The Faith”


Robi Domingo, one of the country's finest television hosts, is taking a step outside his comfort zone as he anchors the three-part "Keeping the Faith" documentary about Japan's hidden Christians on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Known for his playful and wacky style as host of various entertainment and reality programs in ABS-CBN, Robi gets to showcase his serious side and versatility in "Keeping the Faith," which airs on the country's leading English all-news cable channel on December 14, 28, and January 11 at 8pm.

In this three-part travelogue, Robi tells the story of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the name of God. He gets to visit to the ancient sites where the original Christians congregated to pray and worship and get to know about the Kakure Kirishitans (Hidden Christians) who went underground to practice their religion in secret.

Robi, who also hosted the "Lakwatsero" travel documentaries on ABS-CBN before, said this project came at the right time in his life. "After everything that happened in my life this year, I really needed to hold on to God. It is in this trip that I became closer to Him," he said.

He added his experience learning about the lives of Christians in their nine-day shoot reminded him of the movie "Eat Pray Love," which is about faith in your God and in oneself. 

"I really felt it was impossible to do that documentary in nine days but the team is so good and there's this power which made that all happen. There were instances that a shoot wouldn't push through because of the weather, or snow wouldn't fall in the mountains, but there was divine intervention that happened," he shared.

Overall, the "Pinoy Big Brother" alumnus said his experience doing the documentary taught him that the more you go out of your comfort zone, the more you get to know about yourself. "You get to be immersed in different situations wherein you would not just question yourself, not just your life, but everyone's existence. It's not right to compare your life to another man's life, and your place to another man's place, but it all boils down to that 'Wow' feeling that everything became possible because of this one being who created everything," he explained.

Working with Robi in this documentary is producer Kelvin Paulino, who is also behind the award-winning "Mukha" series of ANC. Kelvin said people should watch out as Robi takes on a role as a true influencer for the youth starting in this documentary.

"We tapped him in this project as a gateway for possible partnerships in the future where we can hopefully engage the younger market in more relevant conversations. There were a few adjustments in the beginning of production but Robi easily found his voice in telling this different story," he said.

On the documentary, Kelvin added it will be interesting for viewers to see the many similarities to our own experience as Filipinos in the evangelization of the Spanish centuries back. 

Robi added the documentary will also appeal to travel bugs and millennials because of the scenic places and great food in Japan that they will showcase in the documentary. "Filipinos love to travel, especially the millennials. If they watch the docu they will have a feel that they are travelling with me in that whole experience." 

The host shared viewers can also expect some "hugot" comments while he explores the beautiful places in Japan, as well as hole-in-the-wall restaurants with their secret menu which people would like to check out when they visit the country.

Don't miss Keeping the Faith: The Story of Japan's Hidden Christians which will airs on ANC's Documentary Hour, on December 14, December 28, and January 11 at 8 pm on ANC and ANC HD. Watch online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. For updates, follow @ANCalerts on Facebook and Twitter.

Ces Orena-Drilon Resigns from Bandila, Takes On New Roles as ABS-CBN Lifestyle Content Head


Award-winning broadcast journalist Ces Orena-Drilon is ready to open a new chapter in her career in media with her appointment as content acquisition head of the ABS-CBN lifestyle ecosystem Group as she bid goodbye to "Bandila" viewers Thursday (December 21).

Known for her courageous reporting as a reporter of ABS-CBN and her insightful interviews and inspired storytelling as one of the network's most trusted news anchors, Ces now oversees all lifestyle-related content sourcing, acquisition, and development as ABS-CBN pushes further into the digital space and further into creating more local programming.

In her new assignment, Ces is in the forefront of building the lifestyle content of ABS-CBN as the country's leading media and entertainment company transitions into an agile digital company.  

Never to shy away from a challenge, the social media-savvy anchor is excited to put into use more than three decades of experience in news media to lead the Kapamilya media and entertainment company in finding and producing lifestyle stories for different audiences.

"It is invigorating to be in the middle of the changes happening in the entire media industry. The way people consume content nowadays is digital. Feedback is so instantaneous and measurement is very clear. As the content head of the lifestyle ecosystem, I get to play a role in addressing the needs of different lifestyle markets, taking in consideration the continuous evolution of technology and communication," explained Ces.

With her new role in ABS-CBN, Ces is stepping down as one of the anchors of the late night newscast "Bandila," which began in 2006 with her as one of its original anchors.

ABS-CBN head of integrated news Ging Reyes, meanwhile, stated her full support for Ces in her new endeavor. ABS-CBN's news chief has been instrumental in this shift in her career after appointing her as News Lifestyle Ecosystem head last year.

"I am very happy that she is evolving. Her journalistic skills and her mastery of storytelling that she developed through the years working in the field and as an anchor will surely come in handy as she leads in building up the lifestyle content of ABS-CBN in line with the company's digital thrust," she shared. 

Ging also thanked the multi-awarded journalist for her contributions to ABS-CBN News since she began as a business reporter for "The World Tonight" to becoming part of various INCA programs including "Pipol," "The Correspondents," "I Survived," "Krusada," and "Bandila" on ABS-CBN and "Business Nightly," "Pointblank," "Get Real," and "The Rundown" on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

"No one can question the passion and excellence Ces has shown throughout her career here in ABS-CBN. She never backed down from any assignment. She did not quit even after being kidnapped while pursuing a story. She will be missed in the field but she will continue to play a big role beyond news in her new capacity," she said.

Ces was awarded by the KBP with the  "Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year" in 2010. In 2017, she was among People Asia's "People of the Year," where she was recognized for setting "high standards, provided industry benchmarks or pushed the envelope in innovative ideas and programs."

Jeepney TV Treats Kapamilya Viewers with Concerts and MMK Specials on Christmas Day

Four of the most successful Kapamilya concerts, five family-friendly movies and featured MMK Specials are lined up to make the holidays even more special on Jeepney TV starting on Christmas Day (December 25).


Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap, Jerome Ponce, Janella Salvador, and Marlo Mortel in the "Be Careful with My Heart" thanksgiving concert; Coco Martin, Arjo Atayde, Yassi Pressman, Bella Padilla, and Maja Salvador in the "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" anniversary concert; and Bea Alonzo, Ian Veneracion, Iza Calzado, Enchong Dee, JK Labaho, Julia Barretto, and Ronnie Alonte in the "A Love To Last" thanksgiving concert airing on the cable channel during the Christmas week.


Love team JaDine, consisting of real-life couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre, also adds sparks to the holidays with their kilig and striking performances in their "JaDine in Love" concert.


Jeepney TV likewise offers "Pasada Pelikula" featuring Tagalized movies for the whole family such as animated adventure-comedy flick "Rio," another fantasy film "Arthur and the Invisibles," animated adaptation of the graphic novel "Pixies," hilarious American family film "Baby Geniuses," and the fantastic journey "Quest For A Heart."


Throwback MMK Christmas Specials also air during Christmas week at 11pm.


Meanwhile, the 2016 South Korean action drama "The K2" starring Ji Chang-wook, Im Yoon-ah and Song Yoon-ah, and the 2009 Philippine fantasy romantic drama "Kambal sa Uma" starring Melissa Ricks, Matt Evans, and Shaina Magdayao premiere on the cable channel this Monday (Dec. 25) at 11:20am and 2:45pm respectively.


Coco Martin and Julia Montes also reunite through Jeepney TV's airing of romantic drama "Walang Hanggan," which also stars Paulo Avelino, Dawn Zulueta, and Richard Gomez. Catch it Mondays thru Fridays at 12:15pm.


Don't miss "Kapamilyas in Concert," on Monday until Thursday (Dec. 25 to 28) at 9pm and "Pasada Pelikula," Mondays thru Fridays at 5:15pm during the weeklong Christmas celebration on Jeepney TV, available on SKYcable channel 9, Destiny Cable on Analog 41 and Digital 9. For updates, like the Jeepney TV page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JeepneyTV) or visit www.jeepneytv.ph.

Luis Manzano Joins Chef Erns Gala in “Galastars Culinary Kitchen”


Luis Manzano considers himself a foodie or someone who goes out of his way to seek new food experiences.

 

In fact, not too many may be aware of it but the sought-after TV host holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management from De La Salle University, College of St. Benilde. Luis said that his pursuit of the degree exposed him a lot to the kitchen. So, when an opportunity to guest in celebrated chef Ernest "Erns" Gala for GalaStars Culinary's Celebrity Series came along, he did not hesitate and jumped at the chance right away.

 

GalaStars' Celebrity Series are special webisodes produced by Chef Erns in which popular personalities are seen learning or sharing their favorite recipes online.

 

GalaStars Culinary provides state of the art equipment with separate lecture and demonstration rooms. They have a modern and high-end kitchen laboratory providing 100% hands-on training. Each workstation can accommodate two students and features a sink, prep table, a high-powered stove, oven, deep fryer and exhaust hood. All instructors are fully certified Chefs and highly respected in the culinary industry.

 

"This feels like a homecoming for me because I was always inside a kitchen when I was still studying hotel and restaurant management. It has been a while since I get to hold pots, pans, utensils," Luis confessed.

 

Luis is thrilled to be mentored by Chef Erns, son of renowned culinary legend Sylvia Reynoso-Gala.

 

"Learning from the best whose culinary skills and that of his family cannot be questioned is an enlightening and one big learning experience for me," he enthused.

 

Under the guidance of Chef Erns and his kitchen crew, Luis was able to whip up a crown roast and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, which he admits are just two of his favorite food indulgences.

 

But he also expects to learn more from Chef Erns particularly how to properly prepare one of the family's favorite dishes.

 

"Salpicao Pasta is a personal favorite of my mom, my brother and my Tito Ralph. I tried cooking it several times but there were a few hits and misses so hopefully through Chef Erns I will finally get to do it properly," Luis mused.

 

As a foodie who always yearns for new and exciting food adventures, Luis further revealed that the one dish he always looks forward to is the Meal-in-One preparation of her own mother, celebrated acting legend and Star for All Seasons, Vilma Santos.

 

"It's basically pasta dish made with corned beef, cream of mushroom soup, corn and lots of cheese on top. It's one of those never fail pasta dishes that has the best of all worlds. From the noodles to the saltiness of the corned beef, it has become my go-to dish not just for special occasions like Christmas but also for simple get-together affairs with my barkada," Luis confessed.

 

"I'm not sure if it's her original recipe or it's something that she read somewhere that she later modified a bit. But it's a hit with me and just about everyone who tried. I haven't met anyone who did not like my mom's Meal-in-One."

 

Although he has his own personal favorites like steak, beef burrito, pizza, cheesecake and raw mango with bagoong, Luis added that he's always open to trying new dishes and making them himself.

 

With the help of Chef Erns, Luis will not only concoct palatable dishes for his own personal enjoyment but is also looking forward to possible business opportunities in the food industry.

 

"This is just the start of a long-term partnership with my friend Chef Erns and I look forward to learning more from him."

 

GalaStars Culinary is located at 179 Shaw Blvd., Pasig City. More information can be found on www.galastarsculinary.com.

One Mall Valenzuela, It’s Where the Family Dine and Unwind this Holiday Season


Are you looking for a new place to enjoy with your loved ones this Yuletide season? Head straight to One Mall Valenzuela, a newly opened commercial center in Valenzuela City where you can enjoy the overall experience of recreational shopping. 


A contemporary urban park with a stacked terrace structure and open plazas, One Mall Valenzuela is your one-stop spot to shop, dine, and unwind, thanks to its retail mix of establishments that include Savemore, Robinson's Handyman, Robinson's Appliances, Daiso, Jollibee, Chowking, E-Home, Security Bank, Penshoppe, Paris Salon & Spa, Giligan's, Kremistry, Tom's World and The Sky Theater, the first and only premiere theater in Barangay Gen. T. De Leon in Valenzuela City.


Starting on Christmas Day, the Sky Theater will feature an all-Filipino movie streak in support of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).  From December 25 to 31, One Mall Valenzuela will house three MMFF entries – "Haunted Forest," "All of You" and "Grandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad."  And what better way to enjoy watching these great movies than in cinemas that offer not just great quality screening but also luxurious comfort.


One Mall's Sky Theater features three cinemas, each equipped with Dolby-digital surround system, which produce less noise and crispier background music and sound effects. Compared to bigger cinemas, Sky Theater cinemas offer a relatively more intimate and personal viewing experience with its 118-seating capacity.


While waiting for your booked screenings, hang out with your loved ones at the roof-deck garden, where the little ones can run around and play safely, and grown-ups can enjoy discussions about the Filipino films they are about to see.


The Sky Theater opened its doors to the public on November 16, 2017. Be among the first to enjoy the quality, comfort, and luxury it offers and book your screenings now. 



One Mall Valenzuela aims to bring closer to the community of Valenzuela the overall experience in recreational shopping, inspired by its mission to provide value-added shopping experience and be responsive to the changing needs of its customers and the community.


Check One Mall Valenzuela on Facebook: onemallval / one mall Valenzuela skytheater.  For inquiries,  One Mall Valenzuela numbers are listed for assistance: 0917-5171646 / 0917651-7404 / 0918-9039151 / 0918-9039154.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

ESPN5 Airs the Iconic Sports News “Sports Center” Beginning December 17



ESPN5, the long-term collaboration between TV5 and ESPN, will debut a daily Philippine edition of SportsCenter (starting Sunday, December 17) at the conclusion of the PBAThe iconic sports news and highlights show will be a 30-minute daily program produced LIVE and exclusive each day by ESPN5 from the TV5 studios in Manila, bringing Filipino fans the latest sports news and developments from the Philippines and around the world, with daily content contribution from SportsCenter US.

Covering the latest in sports news, highlights and updates in its signature fast-paced format, SportsCenter will concentrate on the biggest stories of the day and the sports that matter most to Filipino fans, including PBA, NBA, American Football, Volleyball and more.  

Hosted by a rotating roster of some of the Philippines most popular sportscasters including Aaron Atayde, Lia Cruz, Magoo Marjon and Amanda Fernandezthe show will air live on TV5 after the PBA and other prime time sports 7 days a week.

The collection of hosts will bring a combination of expertise and personality to SportsCenterFamiliar face and seasoned host and broadcaster Lia Cruz brings over a decade of experience covering major sporting events from around the world including NBA, FIBA and the Olympics. Joining Lia on the SportsCenter desk is Magoo Marjon, one of the most recognized voices on PBA commentary. Bringing with him 15 years of experience, Magoo is now a mainstay in TV5's coverage of both the PBA and FIBA tournaments as play-by-play anchor.

Host Aaron Atayde also brings a wealth of sports knowledge to SportsCenter. Well-known to sports fans as one of the most-recognized voices on Philippine radio, Atayde has built an 11 year career doing play by play commentary for college basketball and host of Sports5's Sports 360. TV Host, football club manager and fitness facility owner Amanda Fernandez rounds out the team with her fitness and lifestyle knowledge.

Speaking about the launch of SportsCenter in the PhilippinesVincent "Chot" Reyes, President of TV5 said, "We are excited to bring the iconic SportsCenter brand to the Filipino audience. As a die-hard viewer of this show, I truly believe that it is the definitive sports program on television. We at TV5 are honoured to be bringing SportsCenter Philippines to you as this is truly a milestone for local TV."

Joyee BiswasHead of Southeast Asia, ESPN said, "We are thrilled to be bringing SportsCenter to Filipino fans as part of ESPN 5. True to the DNA of SportsCenter, it is going to be fun, dynamic and fast-paced show that will cover a wide range of sports and it reflects our focus on serving Filipino sports fans through the premier combination of local and global sports resources, expertise and coverage."

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