Thursday, March 22, 2018

“Pilipinas Got Talent” Goes to Different Locations for the Live Semi-Finals Starting this Weekend

After 11 weeks of auditions with 98 acts that made it through the next round, "Pilipinas Got Talent" judges Freddie "FMG" Garcia, Angel Locsin, Robin Padilla, and Vice Ganda finally made the cut and determined the 28 acts that will compete in the semi-finals that will kick off this week. 

 

Twelve acts from Luzon made it to the next level that include Aloha Philippines, Prinsipe Makata, JM Bayot, Jeptah Callitong, Karl Matrix, Antonio Bathan Jr, Jonacris Bandillo, Bu-Away Folklore Dance Troupe, Dauntless Republic, Joven Olvido, and Golden Buzzer acts Bardilleranza and Kristel De Catalina.

 

Maka Girls, Angel Fire New Gen, Dancing Fire Warriors, Cebeco II Blue Knights, and Golden Buzzer acts Julius and Rhea represent the Visayas, while Salimpokaw Ko Masa Dance Troupe, Xtreme Dancers, and Golden Buzzer act DWC Aeon Flex represent Mindanao.

 

Meanwhile, eight acts from Metro Manila will also get another shot to show what they got at the "PGT" semis. They are Junior FMX Extreme, Orville Tonido, Pedro Lachica, Rico the Magician, Miggy Hizon, Johnny Villanueva, Mad Queens, and Golden Buzzer act Nocturnal Dance Company.

 

This week, the first six acts to compete are singers Maka Girls from Cebu, pole dancer Johnny Villanueva from Quezon City, comedian Orville Tonido from Quezon City, vaper JM Bayot from Cavite, and dance groups Salimpokaw Ko Masa Dance Troupe from Marawi and Nocturnal Dance Company from Quezon City.

 

For the first time in PGT history, the competition goes to different locations--- Pasay City, Taytay, Rizal, and San Fernando, Pampanga--- to bring the PGT experience closer to more Kapamilyas.

 

Only two acts per week will advance to the grand finals. The first act will be chosen based on text votes, while the second act will be chosen by the judges. 

 

To vote via SMS, text PGT (name of contestant) and send to 2366 for all networks. Only one vote per sim. 

 

For details on how to watch the live shows, check out the program's official social media accounts.

 

Don't miss the semi-finals of "Pilipinas Got Talent,"  Saturdays, 7 PM and Sundays, 7:30 PM on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow @abscbnpgt on Instagram and Twitter or like www.facebook.com/pilipinasgottalent.PGT on Facebook.

Jairus Aquino Fights Violence Against Media

Jairus Aquino seeks justice for his co-worker and fellow journalist, played by Raymond Bagatsing, who got slayed by a cop right before his eyes this Saturday (March 24) in "Ipaglaban Mo."

 

Jethro (Jairus) followed his father's footsteps and became a journalist.  He met veteran reporter Bernard (Raymond), a committed journalist who would risk his own life to expose the truth to the public.

 

One day, Jethro received a tip about a bar using minors as sex workers. He quickly went undercover with Bernard and gathered pieces of evidence for an exclusive story.

 

With enough proof, the two went to the police station to report what they saw. Unfortunately, the police they were asking for help was related to the owner of the bar.  To silence them, the police killed Bernard.

 

How would Jethro get the justice for Bernard's death? 


Don't miss the "Balita" episode of "Ipaglaban Mo," directed by Eduardo Roy Jr., this Saturday (March 24) after "It's Showtime" on ABS-CBN with a replay every Wednesday on DZMM TeleRadyo and DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.

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


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

BTS Fans Alert: MEDIHEAL X BTS Arrives in the Philippines, Now Available at Watsons


MEDIHEAL, the Global No. 1 mask pack from Korea, which has sold over 1 billion mask packs worldwide, is now distributed in the Philippines by Genson Distribution Inc. and is exclusively available at Watsons and SM Beauty Stores.

MEDIHEAL products were developed at the beauty school of the prestigious Seoul University by a team of skin experts and dermatologists who understand Asian skin and what works for it. The brand offers a wide range of innovative and effective sheet masks and skin care products that cater to different concerns. 

MEDIHEAL promotes the home-use beauty concept, which allows you to have beautiful skin without surgery or enhancements. All products are dermatologically tested.

There are different types of mask packs addressing specific skin concerns and needs such as acne, brightening, soothing, moisture retention and uneven skin tone. 

The N.M.F. (Natural Moisturizing Factor) Aquaring Ampoule Mask EX. is MEDIHEAL’s bestselling mask pack worldwide. It contains ingredients that help moisturize the skin and help improve its elasticity. MEDIHEAL mask packs are No. 1 in the world because they are chock full of
essences, with ingredients that specifically target skin concerns. Get the most benefits from all the nutrients provided by the essences out of a MEDIHEAL mask pack as MEDIHEAL logo prints will appear on the mask sheet once it is ready to remove.


 
MEDIHEAL x BTS
 
Meanwhile, fans of Korean boy band BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, are in for a treat as the MEDIHEAL x BTS Boxed Set, which includes 10 mask packs and 14 photo cards, is now available online at www.watsons.com.ph.

 

The seven-member K-Pop group composed of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jimin and Jungkook was the most talked-about on the micro-blogging site Twitter in 2017. 

www.watsons.com.ph will carry all four boxes of MEDIHEAL x BTS - Hydrating Care, Brightening Care, Moisturizing Care and Soothing Care. Each box will retail for Php 1,250.

For more information, follow medihealph on Facebook and Instagram.

Red Ribbon’s Newest Family Ambassador - Direk Paul Soriano, Toni Gonzaga and Baby Seve - Show How to Care a Little Bit More


Care is shown and manifested in unique and different ways. From something as simple as lending a helping hand, to going as grand as throwing a loved one a surprise birthday party, these acts of love show that actions do speak louder than words.

Red Ribbon, one of the country’s most loved brands, encourages giving what is most special for your loved ones. Making every day simple moments and occasion sweeter, Red Ribbon cakes and pastries are the ones you share with people who matter most to you, such as your friends and family.

At Red Ribbon, we believe that the people we care for deserve only what’s best and special. So when you care a little bit more for someone, show it with Red Ribbon. Our special products are always a delightful treat that will make people feel your extraordinary care,” said Kent Mariano, Red Ribbon marketing head.

New Addition to Red Ribbon Family
Red Ribbon recently introduced its newest brand ambassadors who will inspire and show what it means to add a special touch to love. One of the most lovable and highly popular families in the entertainment industry, the Soriano family will take the lead in showing care for loved ones with Red Ribbon.

During the launch, Toni Gonzaga, Paul Soriano and son, Seve, joined Red Ribbon for a chat with the media. The family also made sure to make guests feel special and appreciated.

Together with Red Ribbon, they took time to reach out to families of the guests for a video surprise for the March birthday celebrants among media guests. Attendees were also given Red Ribbon cakes, selected by their family members, topped with sweet dedication notes. Paul and son Seve also prepared a sweet surprise for Toni to show their gratitude for the way she has shown care for them.

Make it Red Ribbon
Indeed, Red Ribbon offers delicious-looking and superior-tasting cakes and pastries for Filipino families to bond over with.

Reward your kid for a job well done in school with his favorite yummy butter mamon. Organize a surprise party and order their favorite Black Forest Cake to make their big day unforgettable. Or you can offer a delicious Choco Cake Slice to someone who needs a little cheering up. These simple acts of care can be made special if done with a Red Ribbon.

So the next time you want to show your care a little bit more, make it Red Ribbon – the cherry on top that will always make your gesture a little bit special.

Cast of "Avengers: Infinity War" Assembles at Fan Event in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on April 16


Marvel Studios and Marina Bay Sands are proud to announce that Singapore will be receiving the formidable team of Avengers this April.

To celebrate the release of the highly anticipated Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, Singapore will host an unprecedented assembly of three Avengers Super Heroes - Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and director, Joe Russo – at a show-stopping red-carpet style fan event on 16th April.

The cast and the director will thrill fans at the fan event, taking place at the integrated resort, Marina Bay Sands. This event will be free and open to the public. More information on the event venue, time and admission details will be released on 2nd April, Monday at 12noon via http://www.marinabaysands.com/avengers/

Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands, said: “We are privileged to work with The Walt Disney Company again for their Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War talent tour. This ground-breaking event will showcase our ability to host unique and large scale global events and reaffirm Marina Bay Sands as the world’s entertainment destination.”

This is the 10th year of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we are happy to bring our South Asia fans even closer to their heroes. This region has an ever-expanding fan base for Marvel and continues to be a part of everyday lives of people. We thank our Marvel fans and partners like Marina Bay Sands for being a part of this celebration,” Said Mahesh Samat, EVP and Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company (South Asia).

An extraordinary cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The film opens in Philippine theatres on 25 April.

Join the conversation online at #AvengersPH & #InfinityWar

*Please note there is a capacity limit at the fan event venue. Access to the event will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Members of the public attending the event will be subject to security checks.

Meet the Star Magic Circle 2018 - the Newest Batch of PH Showbiz' Future Big Stars


Star Magic unveils its newest batch of stars last March 11 On “ASAP.”

Collectively dubbed the 2018 Star Magic Circle, the new batch has a theater actress, an Ivy League graduate, acting workshoppers, an athlete, former reality show hopefuls and some who hail from showbiz families.

Indeed, they are the next artists who will make their respective marks in showbiz.

Here are the 13 new artists of Star Magic:

1. Donny Pangilinan


2. Zonie Mejia


 3. Yasmyne Suarez


4. Henz Villaraiz


5. Daniela Stranner


6. Patty Mendoza


7. Leila Alcasid


8. Anna Luna


9. Chantal Videla


10. Karl Gabriel


11. Markus Paterson


12. Charlie Dizon


13. Tony Labrusca


JoshLia Takes Our "Langhap-Sarap" Jollibee Yumburger Craving to the Next Level


There’s nothing quite like the rich, delicious aroma of the Jollibee Yumburger, as seen in the best-selling product’s latest online video starring popular teen love team and Yumburger endorsers, Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto.

The pair - popularly known among their fans as ‘JoshLia’ - proves the iconic slogan ‘langhap-sarap’ in a series of fun interactions with Jollibee diners and their favorite Yumburger. With a contemporary rendition of the mid-90’s OPM hit “O Lumapit Ka” playing in the background, Joshua follows the delicious aroma of the Yumburger, expecting it to lead him to Julia. After a couple of adorable mishaps, Julia finally unwraps her own Yumburger to help Joshua in his search for her.

Watch the humorous, mouth-watering clip by clicking the photo below:



Langhap-sarap is more than a claim or a slogan for the Yumburger,” said Cathleen D. Capati, Jollibee Marketing Director for Flagship Category. “It’s a time-tested product truth that manifests itself as soon as you unwrap the burger. When you breathe in the mouthwatering aroma, it’s a preview of the unforgettable deliciousness that the Yumburger delivers with every bite.”

The Philippines’ number one langhap-sarap Yumburger is a true fast-food classic that has captured the hearts and thrilled the taste-buds of Filipino diners for decades. At the core of the Yumburger is a 100% pure beef patty packed with meaty, savory flavors and complemented by Jollibee’s special burger dressing and soft buns.

Satisfy your langhap-sarap Yumburger craving at the nearest Jollibee store! The Jollibee Yumburger is available for dine-in, takeout, delivery, and drive-thru transactions in all Jollibee stores nationwide, with prices starting at Php 32.00* (solo). 

For more information on Jollibee products and promos, like the Jollibee Philippines Facebook page or follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Two Ogie Alcasid Join the All New and More Exciting "Home Sweetie Home"


Weekend viewing gets more fun and more exciting in “Home Sweetie Home” as the neighborhood gets even bigger as Julie (Toni Gonzaga), Lia (Rufa Mae Quinto), and JP (Piolo Pascual) embark on a new business venture starting this month.

Aside from the three and Julie’s family, Nanay Loi (Sandy Andolong), Gigi (Miles Ocampo), Rence (Clarence Delgado), and neighbors Obet (Jobert Austria), Pinong (Nonong Ballinan), and Mang LA (Mitoy Yonting), the gang welcomes to Brgy. Puruntong Ireneo and Irenea, who will both be played by Ogie Alcasid.

After finding out that Sunshine is already with another man in New Zealand, JP decided to just go back to Manila and be with his friends and family. To ease JP’s sadness and to divert his attention while mending a broken heart, Julie thought it might be a good idea for them to open up a business alongside her BFF Lia - a pastry shop and restaurant they will call Walang Kapares.

The plan will only help JP move on but will also help Lia to better provide for her daughter and help Julie save up so that Romeo can finally come home and stay in the Philippines for good.

Putting up a new business is indeed a lot of work so along the way, the three realize that they have insufficient funds to open the café restaurant. Good thing Lia knows a potential investor - Ireneo or Neo for short, who happens to be Julie’s childhood friend.

Ever since they were young, Neo already fancies Julie thus, he immediately grabs the opportunity and agrees to invest in Walang Kapares. As if dealing with Neo isn’t hard enough, Neo’s twin sister, Irenea, also enters the picture and instantly fall head over heels in love with JP.

Will Julie, Lia, and JP succeed in their new business? What role will Ireneo and Irenea play in Brgy. Puruntong?

Since the sitcom premiered in 2014, “Home Sweetie Home” has been a consistent top-rater on weekends and has always been part of the top ten list of most watched programs in the country. Aside from the laughter it brings, the show also imparts to viewers valuable lessons in life and promotes good family values.

Don’t miss “Home Sweetie Home,” Saturdays after “TV Patrol Weekend.”

Lifestyle Network Celebrates International Women’s Day And Women’s History Month With “We Mean It” Campaign


Lifestyle Network, a multi-platform living and travel guide that understands the lifestyle needs of modern Filipinos and Filipinas around the globe, salutes the strength and power of women everywhere this March, observing International Women’s Day last March 8 and celebrating Women’s History Month with its “We Mean It” campaign.

The world is drowning in hashtags and slogans that they almost cheapen or devalue valid messages that people want the world to know.  For Lifestyle Network’s campaign this year to honor women, we are just asking people to listen to their voices, to the female sounds of truth and integrity, simply because women mean what they say,” explains ABS-CBN Global's Female Specialty Channels Unit Head Aileen Paredes.

LifestyleNetwork.tv Editor-in-Chief Shin Kitane wrote this statement to usher in the month:

We Are Women
We are women.
We mean what we say, and we say what we mean.


In today's world filled with fake news and half-meant statements, we thought it would be best to focus our intentions back to the heart of meaning. A lot of women's struggles around the world are tied to the fact that women's voices are often discredited, mocked, and even silenced. How many times has blame been assigned to countless women who encountered harassment? How many times have women been side-eyed and dismissed as war-freaks, naggers, or angry feminists in the face of speaking up about an issue?

Our victories regarding certain issues have been hard-fought, and they were not rooted in self-doubt. They were won despite the self-doubt imposed on us by a flawed society that, over the years, kept telling us:

You are just a woman.
You are not good enough.
You're too fat/too skinny/to muscular to be considered beautiful.
Your voice is not valid.

But you know what the wonder in all of it is? That despite some shadows of doubt that may loom on us - through the numbers on the scale, or the catcalls while walking down the street - we women are stubborn. We don't back down.

Haven't you noticed? Here you are, woman, part of a generation of women standing on the shoulders of those who came before us. Those who fought for our rights - to vote, to get an education, to express ourselves freely. Those who had something important to say, and said it, despite the consequences. They are us. We are them.

Here are stories and ideas of wonderful women exclusively on Lifestyle Network :

March 14 – First Filipina American Mayor of Daly City Juslyn Manalo
March 15 – Healer, Activist and Truth Speaker Sammay Dizon
March 16 - Kirstine Bargas on Being a Youtuber, Filipina, and Fearless Creator
March 18 – Independent Filipino Singer-Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist Nityalilla Saulo
March 19 – Filipina American Restaurateur Patrice Cleary of Purple Patch
March 20 – Danah Gutierrez Talks About Sexiness and Shares a Haiku
March 23 – International Designer Happy Andrada Takes on the World
March 24 - First Egyptian Female Solo Traveler Heidi Sodhy
March 26 – Nikki Torre: Finding Your Truth
March 28 – Filipina African American Actress Asia Jackson

 

Lifestyle Network is owned and operated by ABS-CBN International, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest Filipino-owned media and entertainment in the world.  A TFC premium channel, Lifestyle Network's programming is a unique combination of original and acquired shows airing 24/7 in English.  To watch Lifestyle Network, visit https://www.lifestylenetwork.tv/

Coney Reyes Stars in CBN Asia’s Holy Week Special "Wanda’s Wonderful World"



Award-winning actress, television host, and producer Coney Reyes as Wanda searches for love as she tries to fill the void in her heart left by a traumatic experience she had when she was young.

Catch her as she gives life to the character of Wanda in CBN Asia’s Holy Week special Wanda’s Wonderful World, on Good Friday, March 30, 11 p.m. at ABS-CBN.

Coney plays the character of Wanda, the CEO of a well-renowned events company, Wanda’s Wonderful World. She thirsts for love and looks for it in all the wrong places.

Actually, Wanda is sort of a complicated character. But if you dig deep down in her heart, it’s actually simple why she is the way she is. She was a neglected child, so because of that there were certain things she was yearning for in her life,” Coney explained.

One of the things that Coney could relate to was Wanda’s conversations with God. “Not that I questioned God but I would often talk to God,” she said. “I made a lot of ‘not-so- healthy’ and ‘not-so- godly decisions’ and because of that I ended up with a lot of mess in my personal life. But when I met the Lord Jesus and I really just surrendered my life to Him, everything turned around because God works things out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose,” she added.

 


Wanda’s Wonderful World’s story is a product of the wonderful imagination of CBN Asia’s Special Projects Manager Icko Gonzalez.

Watch Coney Reyes along with other veteran actors Tirso Cruz III and Ricky Davao as CBN Asia presents Wanda’s Wonderful World, a story that will surely satisfy your yearning for love and purpose, on March 30, Good Friday, 11 p.m. at ABS-CBN.

Multi-Awarded Sci-Fi Horror Movie “Ghost Land” Set to Hit Philippine Theaters on March 31, Black Saturday


Soaking in the glory of multiple awards, the thrill-seeking horror “Ghostland” (aka Incident in a Ghost Land)  is set to show us why it’s captivating and mind-boggling story is a must-watch horror film this 2018. With versatile actress Crystal Reed (“Teen Wolf”) as the main lead.

The film begins with a mother and her two daughters inheriting an old house, during their first night in their new home, murderers enter the home, putting Colleen in a situation where she must fight to save her daughters’ lives. When the girls suffer a terrible trauma during the night, their disparate personalities diverge even further.

The eldest daughter, Beth (Reed), becomes a famous horror author with a perfect family and life in Los Angeles, while her sister, Vera (Anastasia Philips), can’t cope, and loses her mind to an unshakable sense of paranoia. Sixteen years later the daughters and mother reunite at the house where Colleen and Vera continue to reside. It is then that strange events begin to take place.

Filled with horrific sound effects, jump scares and scary dolls, it leads us to ask ourselves, are our own demons define the horror in our lives? Or do the horror stories exist beyond the lines of fiction books?

The film won the Public Prize and the Grand Prize at the 2018 Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer, a horror and science-fiction film festival held in France since 1994.

Director Pascal Laugier who also directed the 2009 critically-acclaimed horror film “Martyrs” can’t wait for the public to see his newest masterpiece.  ‘“Incident In A Ghost Land”’ is also the expression of the return of the repressed and perhaps of my ‘darkest side,”

“Beth lives with their ghosts, they speak to her, she wants to join them in excellence. I feel like this type of admiration and self-construction for someone in a society that is very derision-driven and tends to make the feeling of admiration somewhat ridiculous. “said Laugier.

The film co-stars Emilia Jones (“Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides”), Anastasia Philips (“Lucky 7”), Taylor Hickson (“Deadpool”), and Mylene Farmer.

"Ghostland" is set to scare everyone to their seats starting March 31 (Black Saturday) and is distributed by Axinite Digicinema.

(Video) Tye Sheridan Invites His Pinoy Fans to Watch "Ready Player One"


Audiences loved him as the young Scott Summers / Cyclops in Bryan Singer’s 2016 flashback of the superhero franchise, “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Now, Tye Sheridan stars as the underdog Wade Watts in Steven Spielberg's epic adventure “Ready Player One” (in Philippine cinemas Saturday, March 31.)

Watch the short video of Sheridan and his co-stars inviting Filipino fans to watch the movie in the link below.

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Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller which has become a worldwide phenomenon, “Ready Player One” is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

At first glance, Wade Watts would not appear to be your typical image of a hero. Spielberg says, “Every film I produced or directed in the `80s had underdogs as heroes, and Wade is certainly an underdog. He’s a smart but somewhat disenfranchised young man who is in a very unhappy place in his life: his parents have died and he’s living with his aunt and her current boyfriend in a rundown vertical trailer park in Columbus, Ohio, called the Stacks. His only personal satisfaction comes in trying to win Halliday’s contest in the OASIS.”

Tye Sheridan affirms, “Wade idolizes James Halliday and has devoted countless hours to studying every detail of his life, looking for any insight that will help him in his quest to be ‘first to the Egg.’”

Once in the OASIS, Wade disappears into his avatar, Parzival, a name inspired by the knight who found the Holy Grail. Describing his dual role, Sheridan says, “Wade and Parzival are very different people; Parzival is everything Wade is not. Wade is kind of this skittish guy who’s shy and closed off from everyone, while Parzival is confident, brave, resourceful and very skilled.”

Parzival is also more social. In fact, Spielberg comments, “His only friends are in the OASIS. He’s never met any of them as anything but their avatars and he’s happy with that. Everything that matters to him exists on this virtual plane.”

Sheridan concludes, “I love that ‘Ready Player One’ delivers such an important message about embracing who you are. All the heroes in our movie are different types of people. It shouldn’t matter what your race, gender, age or physical appearance is.

“Ready Player One” also stars Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Bates Motel”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story”) and T.J. Miller (“Deadpool”), with Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” movies, the “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk”).

“Ready Player One” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Rooney Mara Portrays a New, Revisionist Version of "Mary Magdalene," Showing in PH Theaters on March 21


Two-time Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) stars in the titular role of Universal Pictures' new Biblical drama Mary Magdalene (in Philippine cinemas March 21).

Watch the new Mary Magdalene footage featuring Rooney Mara at https://youtu.be/l7b2exWNOMY.

Directed by Garth Davis (Lion) and also stars Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and Chiwetel Eijofor (12 Years a Slave), Mary Magdalene is the story of a young woman who leaves her small fishing village and family to join a new movement. Inspired by its charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth (Phoenix), and his teachings, Mary sets out with the disciples on the journey to Jerusalem, where she finds herself at the centre of the founding story of Christianity.

For Mara, the film opened her eyes to a new and different way of reading a belief system that formed an important part of her childhood. "I went to Catholic school so I had a lot of preconceived notions about the story and about religion in general,” she explains. “The first time I read the script, it was with a very cynical outlook. Then I spoke with Garth and I understood what kind of film he was making; he got me to look at the story in a different way so the second time I read it, I saw a lot of opportunity and a lot of beauty in it. I thought this was a great opportunity to tell a version of the story that we hadn't seen before.

Most other films about Jesus are solely about him, and this time the film is about Mary Magdalene,” continues Mara. “We still see all of the things that we're used to seeing in biblical films, but we see it through her eyes. And seeing it through her eyes, we get to see it in a very different light. Mary Magdalene is known by most people to be a prostitute, which isn't true; we get to see where she comes from and who she really is."

As she’s presented in the film even before she meets Jesus, Mary is a very strong, independent and, in some ways, a modern woman - still unmarried despite being in her early 20s and working with her family of fishermen As Mara explains, "We first meet Mary while she's living in Magdala with her family and she is very different to everyone in her family. Her family are pushing her to get married and have children, as she’s already considered old, and to do what a woman is expected to do. She’s really resistant to that. I think she really loves the fishing work and she feels very connected to God in a way that she can't really understand and that she wants to explore more. She's always felt very different to everyone else and feels she’s never been listened to, so when Jesus comes along he's the first person who understands what she's feeling. She’s brave enough to leave her family behind and follow him."

One of the toughest scenes for Mara was the exorcism scene. Before leaving Magdala to follow Jesus, Mary’s family call on an exorcist to perform an exorcism on her. It is an act of love, the family believes. Davis explains: “They can’t understand Mary's personality or her choices - they just see it as the demon. The tragic thing about the scene is the family are doing it because they think I’ll make her better but, in fact, they're just driving her further away. It could have been a very dark and dramatic scene but instead it became something very complex.“

"That scene was really brutal, especially because of the way Garth chose to portray the family,“ says Mara. “He’d created a very loving environment and family. They all care deeply about each other so when the exorcism comes it's that much more heart-breaking. It doesn't feel like a cliched version of the bad guys versus the good guys. They really love her, they think they're doing what's best for her."

While the scene was being shot, the cast and crew underwent a bizarre and unsettling experience. “We all had a copy of one of the ancient texts as we were preparing for the scene,” says Davis, “and almost the minute we started walking into the water, the wind just stopped. Completely. There was no movement. And then lightning started breaking all around us. It freaked everyone out! An interesting moment of life mirroring art.

Mary Magdalene is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual's "Last Night" Makes Waves on Cinema One this Sunday, March 25


The charming and charismatic tandem of Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual returns in the intriguing film “Last Night” as it makes its mark on Cinema One this Sunday (March 25).

The much-awaited Toni-Piolo comeback film features the two as wide-eyed Carmina and businessman Mark, who both lost the will to live. The seemingly lost pair find each other in an unusual circumstance, but develop a mutual understanding as they share a common goal. Together, they make a pact and think of creative ways on how they could end their days. Will two broken souls succumb to dark thoughts and lose their selves completely, or will they learn to embrace life and each other?

“Last Night” is directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal, written by actress-writer Bela Padilla, and produced by Star Cinema, N2, and Spring Films.

Welcome hope and witness a different kind of love in “Last Night” this Sunday (March 25), 8pm on Cinema One. Cinema One is available on SKYcable and Destiny Cable Digital Channel 56, and Destiny Analog Ch. 37. Like Cinema One on Facebook at facebook.com/Cinema1channel to view full schedule.

Jodi Sta. Maria Prepares for the Big Switch in "Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko"


There is no stopping Lisa from using Mona to escape her fiancé Martin (Richard Yap), as the look-alikes' big switch finally happens soon in ABS-CBN’s hit morning series “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso.”

As planned, Mona will pretend to be Lisa in front of Martin and her family. So with the help of Kim (Nikki Valdez), Mona tries her best to act like Lisa, the respected boss of LGC.

Lisa, on the other hand, continues to convince Donnie (Victor Silayan) to invest in her company. But unbeknownst to her, Donnie is part of the Urdunata syndicate that includes Mr. Chua (Lito Pimentel) and Supapi (Leo Martinez), the people who are hunting down Mona.

Meanwhile, Martin is trying his best to speed up the merger between his and Lisa’s companies. He has also decided not to push through with their wedding to finally set the love of his life free.

As Mona enters the picture, will she be able to change Martin’s decision? Will she succeed in making people believe that she is Lisa? Will Lisa be in danger for following Donnie around?

Don’t forget to watch “Sana Dalawa ang Puso” before “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up on the show’s latest episodes on iWanTV orskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @starcreatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Monday, March 19, 2018

CATRIONA GRAY Wins Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2018


Here is the complete list of winners in Binibining Pilipinas 2018:

Binibining Pilipinas Universe: #20 Catriona Gray
Binibining Pilipinas International: #17 Ms. Ahtisa Manalo
Binibining Pilipinas Supranational: #31 Jehza Huelar
Binibining Pilipinas Grand International: #32 Eva Patalinjug
Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental: #38 Karen Gallman
Binibining Pilipinas Globe: Binibini #19 Michele Gumabao
Binibining Pilipinas First Runner-up: #1 Vickie Marie Milagrosa Rushton
Binibining Pilipinas Second Runner-up:  Binibini #14 Samantha Bernardo



Special Awards:

Best in Swimsuit: #20 Catriona Gray
Best in Long Gown: #20 Catriona Gray
Miss Cream Silk: #19 Michele Gumabao
Miss PAL: #3 Muriel Orais
Pitoy Moreno National Costume Award: #20 Catriona Gray
Miss Ever Bilena: #20 Catriona Gray
Jag Denim Queen: #20 Catriona Gray
Manila Bulletin Winner’s Choice Award: #14 Samantha Bernardo
Miss Friendship: #8 Shane Tormes
Miss Talent: #8 Shane Tomes
Miss Photogenic: #32 Eva Patalinjug

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Winners - TOP 15



Here are your Binibining Pilipinas Top 15 (in order of announcement):

Binibini #38 Karen Gallman
Binibini #3 Muriel Orais


Binibini #21 Anjame Magbitang
Binibini #26 Wynonah Buot
Binibini #14 Samantha Bernardo
Binibini #15 Juliana Kapeundl 
Binibini #31 Jehza Huelar

Binibini #35 Sandra Lemonon

Binibini #11 Aya Abesamis
Binibini #17 Ms. Ahtisa Manalo

Binibini #24 Edjelyn Joy Gamboa
Binibini #1 Vickie Marie Milagrosa Rushton
Binibini #19 Michele Gumabao
Binibini #20 Catriona Gray
Binibini #32 Eva Patalinjug

Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Winners - TOP 25


Here are your Binibining Pilipinas Top 25 (in order of announcement):

Binibini #3 Muriel Orais
Binibini #31 Jehza Huelar
Binibini #17 Ms. Ahtisa Manalo
Binibini #32 Eva Patalinjug
Binibini #13 Kristie Rose Cequena
Binibini #7 Sigrid Grace Flores
Binibini #35 Sandra Lemonon
Binibini #10 Kayesha Chua
Binibini #26 Wynonah Buot
Binibini #15 Juliana Kapeundl
Binibini #21 Anjame Magbitang
Binibini #4 Ana Patricia Asturias
Binibini #23 Ena Velasco
Binibini #20 Catriona Gray
Binibini #39 Trixia Marie Marana
Binibini #14 Samantha Bernardo
Binibini #1 Vickie Marie Milagrosa Rushton
Binibini #9 Agatha Romero
Binibini #24 Edjelyn Joy Gamboa
Binibini #34 Mary Joy de Castro
Binibini #11 Aya Abesamis
Binibini #38 Karen Gallman
Binibini #8 Shane Quintana Tormes
Binibini #19 Michele Gumabao
Binibini #37 Patricia Garcia

Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Winners - SPECIAL AWARDS


Best in Swimsuit: #20 Catriona Gray
Best in Long Gown: #20 Catriona Gray
Miss Cream Silk: #19 Michele Gumabao
Miss PAL: #3 Muriel Orais
Pitoy Moreno National Costume Award: #20 Catriona Gray
Miss Ever Bilena: #20 Catriona Gray
Jag Denim Queen: #20 Catriona Gray
Manila Bulletin Winner’s Choice Award: #14 Samantha Bernardo
Miss Friendship: #8 Shane Tormes
Miss Talent: #8 Shane Tomes
Miss Photogenic: #32 Eva Patalinjug

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