October 1, 2018

CarGel's "Exes Baggage" Earns P142 Million in 5 Days

The reunion movie of former real-life lovers Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino, aka for their monicker CarGel, entitled "Exes Baggage" has earned P140-million on its first 5 days of showing.

“Exes Baggage” has raked in a whopping P142,347,119.26 as of September 30, according to Black Sheep Film Productions.

“Exes Baggage” tells the story of two people who found each other during a time of heartbreak.

Directed by Dan Villegas, the movie is still showing in more than 300 cinemas nationwide.

36th Luna Awards 2018 Winners - Aga Muhlach, Joanna Ampil, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Charo Santos-Concio

MMFF 2017 movie entry "Ang Larawan," a musical based on a play by late National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, won a total of 7 awards, including the coveted best picture at the 36th Luna Awards on Saturday

Star Cinema's "Seven Sundays" was the next big winner with three awards, earning best screenplay and editing to go with a best actor win for one of its lead stars, Aga Muhlach.

ABS-CBN chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio, meanwhile, was given the FPJ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Below is the list of the full winners at the awards show, spearheaded by the Film Academy of the Philippines:

    Best Picture: 'Ang Larawan'
    Best Director: Loy Arcenas, 'Ang Larawan'
    Best Actor: Aga Muhlach, 'Seven Sundays'
    Best Actress: Joanna Ampil, 'Ang Larawan'
    Best Screenplay: 'Seven Sundays'
    Best Supporting Actress: Jasmine Curtis-Smith, 'Siargao'
    Best Supporting Actor: John Arcilla, 'Birdshot'
    Best Sound: 'Ang Larawan'
    Best Music: 'Ang Larawan'
    Best Editing: 'Seven Sundays'
    Best Cinematography: 'Ang Larawan'
    Best Production Design: 'Ang Larawan'
    FPJ Lifetime Achievement Awardee: Charo Santos
    Lamberto Avellana Memorial Awardee: Augusto Buenaventura
    Manuel de Leon for Exemplary Achievement Award: Rosa Rosal

September 30, 2018

All Hell Breaks Loose When “Johnny English Strikes Again”

In Universal Pictures' new action-comedy Johnny English Strikes Againwhat ensues is a battle of wit versus the witless, mastermind versus Mr Mindless, high tech versus analogue as Johnny English lurches from one mishap to the next.   

Showing in Philippine cinemas October 10, the film stars Rowan Atkinson (the Johnny English films), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Emma Thompson (Beauty and the Beast).  

Five days before the British Prime Minister is to host her first G12 summit, MI7's security is breached and every agent in the field identified and exposed.   The only hope of finding the perpetrator is to bring an agent out of retirement, but with most of them either dead or close to it, the head of MI7 is left with only one choice, and his name is English… Johnny English.  

As the film's story process unfolded, the filmmakers hit on a theme: analog versus digital. From this, the plot and villain for Johnny English Strikes Again began to take shape. 

A man who perhaps was more in his prime in the pre-digital days, Johnny English remains the perfect symbol for the analog world. "The more the world becomes digitized, the more extraordinary analog is," says screenwriter William Davies. "There's something so physical and appealing about it. And of course analog has an advantage over the digital high tech of 21st Century. Analog is invisible to the digital world."

Representing the hi-tech digital world is American billionaire Jason Volta, the head of a tech company who meets with the Prime Minister to convince her to hand Britain's digital security matters over to his company. While the PM also pressures EU leaders to do the same, little does she realize that Volta is the one behind the security breach and the accompanying ransom demand. While Johnny English stumbles upon his scheme, when nobody believes him, he must set out to find proof. 

With Johnny brought back to MI7, the plot and characters began to be fleshed out for a story that takes Johnny English from London to the French Riviera and finally Scotland. As Atkinson explains, the script development comes down to two factors: "Is this an appropriate joke for Johnny English and is it a good enough joke?" His task is to ensure the tone of the ideas remain consistent with the Johnny English character – "this spy who's not as good as he thinks he is". 

Davies praises Atkinson for his innate comic sensibilities and the way he understands the Johnny English character. "The thing about Rowan is he knows exactly what's true to the character and the way the character is going to be in a certain situation. Certain things are too big or too wacky.  It has to feel real and it has to feel true, otherwise it doesn't work. The world around Johnny has to feel as real as possible to be funny. Rowan is very careful about how that stuff is calibrated."

Johnny English Strikes Again is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/ 

5 Notable Lessons from “FPJ Ang Probinsyano” Most Memorable Scenes

"FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" has just turned three. While its run has given us iconic and meme-worthy moments, the show remains loved by millions because of how its stories and characters reflect the lives of ordinary Filipinos and families. The lessons it has taught us are also just as enduring as the character of Cardo Dalisay (Coco Martin), who continues to defy death and show us what it means to be a good son, husband, father, and citizen.

As it celebrates its three successful years on television, let's take a look back at the lessons "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" has shared with us through some of the most unforgettable and touching moments in the series.

1.    Forgiveness

Although Cardo loves and would do everything for his Lola Flora (Susan Roces), but this has not always been the case. Cardo used to carry a deep grudge against his grandmother for leaving him with another family when he was young. They met again when Cardo disguised as his deceased twin brother Ador, and he confronted Lola Flora and blamed her for all the hardships he experienced alone growing up. Lola Flora tearfully explained that she made the hard decision to make sure the young and sickly Cardo would live, and the family she left him with promised that they would pay for his medication. This revelation instantly took away all the pain in Cardo's heart and made him forgive his beloved lola.

2.    Sacrifice

Because of his fearless dedication to saving lives, Cardo has put himself in danger to accomplish his missions. But as he became a family man, he turned his focus towards his wife and son and gave up his post as a police officer. However, after his son was killed in a terrorist attack that was staged by Pulang Araw, Cardo decided to return to service as a Special Action Force member and set aside his family to hunt down the rebel group. His sacrifice has saved countless of lives, and eventually led him to becoming part of the vigilante group Vendetta that vows to expose corrupt officials and give justice to all their victims.

3.    Unconditional love

Cardo's dedication to avenge his son's death took a toll on his relationship with his wife Alyana (Yassi Pressman). The two lived separate lives for a time, but as soon as Cardo realized that he could potentially lose his wife for good, he rushed to her and brought her to a far-flung community so they could settle their conflict. There, Cardo showed how much he was willing to change for Alyana. It was not easy for her to accept his apology, but after a life-changing incident, Alyana realized that he couldn't live without Cardo and that there was no other man she would want to spend the rest of her life with.

4.    Acceptance

Makmak (Awra Briguela) was adopted by Cardo's family after his father, who used to be part of a syndicate, was sent to prison. After learning that Makmak got into trouble at school because he was teased for being gay, Cardo talked to Makmak and made him understand that there is nothing wrong with who he is. He also pointed out that what matters is that he knows how to love, respect, and fear the Lord.

5.    Patriotism and service

Cardo is greatly admired for his passion to serve the people. Often referred to as "idol" by netizens, he possesses the characteristics of an ideal citizen who strives to preserve peace and inspire people to do good deeds to others, no matter how big or small. Through his humble ways, Cardo has taught patriotism to viewers and showed them that they can be heroes too in their own ways.

Coco's character was also recognized by several government officials like former DILG secretary Mike Sueno and Director General of the Bureau of Corrections Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, who both lauded Cardo for setting a good example to public officials.

Don't miss the lessons shared in "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," weeknight on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

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“The Nun” is a Holy Terror at the Box Office, Crossing $300 Million Worldwide

New Line Cinema's horror thriller "The Nun" crossed another milestone, surpassing $300 million at the global box office, it was announced today by Ron Sanders, Warner Bros.' President of Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment.

Through Tuesday, the film has taken in an estimated $102.4 million domestically.  It has also been #1 at the international box office for three consecutive weekends, taking in an estimated $199.7 million, for a worldwide total of $302.1 million and counting.   

It continues to generate strong returns in Latin America and Mexico, as well as the U.S. Hispanic markets, where the popularity of star Demian Bichir is a major draw.  In addition, "The Nun" just opened at the top of the box office in a number of markets, including France, Italy, Russia and Korea.  

It currently ranks as the highest-grossing horror film of all time in twelve markets, including the Philippines (where it has grossed a whopping P287.5 million and still counting), Indonesia, Brazil, Romania and UAE; the biggest-grossing film in the "Conjuring" universe in more than 30 markets; and the highest grossing Warner Bros. Pictures release for the year in 26 markets, including the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Romania, Poland and Sweden.  The combined gross for the "Conjuring" universe—the top-grossing horror franchise in cinema history—now stands at more than $1.5 billion.

In making the announcement, Sanders said, "This success further demonstrates the extraordinary scope and appeal of James Wan's "Conjuring" universe.  We again want to congratulate director Corin Hardy and the cast, led by Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga, and all the talented people who worked on the film who love to scare audiences and do it so well."

From director Corin Hardy ("The Hallow") comes "The Nun," exploring another dark corner of "The Conjuring" universe.  The terrifying film delves into the shocking origin of the demonic Nun Valak, who first made her evil presence known in "The Conjuring 2."  The film is produced by James Wan ("The Conjuring" films, upcoming "Aquaman") and Peter Safran ("The Conjuring" franchise).

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate.  Together they uncover the order's unholy secret.  Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a nun, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.  

"The Nun" stars Oscar nominee Demian Bichir ("A Better Life") as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (TV's "American Horror Story") as Sister Irene, and Jonas Bloquet ("Elle") as local villager Frenchie. The cast also includes Charlotte Hope (TV's "Game of Thrones") as the abbey's Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu ("Toni Erdmann") as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her role from "The Conjuring 2" as the title character.

Hardy directed "The Nun" from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman ("IT," the "Annabelle" films), story by James Wan & Dauberman.  Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Dauberman, Michael Clear and Todd Williams served as executive producers.

New Line Cinema presents an Atomic Monster / Safran Company production, "The Nun."  Still playing in Philippine cinemas, "The Nun" is being distributed in theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.  

Jerome Ponce, Vivoree Esclito, and CK Kieron Teach Value of Inner Beauty in “Wansapanataym: ManiKen ni Monica”


Jerome Ponce, Vivoree Esclito, and CK Kieron are teaming up to teach viewers that real beauty goes beyond just physical attractiveness in "Wansapanataym Presents: ManiKen ni Monica" starting this Sunday (Sep 30).

Often bullied for his looks, Ken (Jerome) dreams of becoming a successful model. But in reality, he is overweight, pimply, and struggles with low self-esteem. 

His wish is granted when he comes across Bulalakaw, a wishmaster who transforms Ken into a dashing man. Ken then finds success in modelling, but eventually becomes conceited and arrogant.

But Ken's accomplishments will only make him want more. His insatiable desire to be flawless will be fulfilled once again by Bulalakaw, who makes him a mannequin. 

In order to eliminate the curse, Ken will have to find someone who loves him unconditionally – a task that will be made difficult by his family, friends, and acquaintances, whose memory of him will be wiped out. 

Ken will then meet Monica (Vivoree), who finds the mannequin version of himself. Like Ken, Monica is insecure and longs to be noticed by her dream guy, Yoshi (CK).

How will Ken and Monica help each other love themselves for what they truly and simply are?

Also part of "Wansapanataym Presents: ManiKen ni Monica" are Malou Crisologo, Dennis Padilla, Tess Antonio, Simon "Onyok" Pineda, KenKen Nuyad, Benj Manalo, Markus Paterson, Patty Mendoza, and Ashley Colet.

Catch the magical stories filled with valuable lessons in "Wansapanataym Presents: ManiKen ni Monica" beginning this Sunday (Sep 30) on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For more information, go to ‪fb.com/dreamscapeph and follow @dreamscapeph on Twitter and Instagram.

KOOLFEVER introduces Kristine Hermosa and son Vin as brand ambassadors

Kristine Hermosa and son Vin are the newest ambassadors of KOOLFEVER's best-selling fever relief pads. Following the launch of their commercial, the actress graced an exclusive event and talked about the challenges of caring for children when they are unwell. Speaking from personal experience, the young mom relayed how KOOLFEVER's gentle cooling gel sheets help alleviate her worries by providing her kids, especially one-year-old Vin, with quick and effective relief from fevers.  

"Vin can't sleep when he has a fever. It's hard to see him restless and uncomfortable, that's why I'm grateful for KOOLFEVER. It's easy to use and it helps bring down his temperature so he can feel better in no time," Kristine says. "I've always trusted KOOLFEVER to help relieve my kids of their fever. It is a must have for me in my first aid kit. 


Each KOOLFEVER pad has a soft, bouncy gel made of 80% moisture that absorbs and disperses heat from the body. It's formulated to sustain the cooling effect for up to four hours, and its texture ensures it stays in place even if your baby moves around while he sleeps. It is an effective alternative to a sponge bath, which helps provide relief from fever discomfort. Moreover, the gel has no coloring or fragrance, so it's guaranteed to be gentle on your baby's sensitive skin.  


Made by Kobayashi Pharmaceutical in Japan, KOOLFEVER comes in four (4) variants: KOOLFEVER Baby, for infants up to 2 years old; KOOLFEVER Child, for those between two and 12 years old; KOOLFEVER Adult, and KOOLFEVER EXTRACOOL for adults. All variants are available in leading supermarkets and Mercury Drugstore outlets nationwide.  

Basta Fever, KOOLFEVER.

Join Ricardo Dalisay in Solving a Crime in ABS-CBN’s First Escape Room Game at Left Behind PH


Experience the thrill and action of ABS-CBN's leading primetime action series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" in an escape room opening on October 6 (Saturday) at the third level of Ayala Malls Vertis North.  

ABS-CBN has partnered with Left Behind PH, a local escape room game company, to bring the fun and suspense of the country's most watched program to life in an exciting and stimulating challenge in continuing celebration of the show's third anniversary.

Inside the "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" room, Cardo Dalisay (Coco Martin) and the rest of Vendetta have infiltrated the lair of a syndicate and they need help to seize evidence of the latter's illicit activities.

Players are locked inside and are left to find clues that Cardo and Vendetta members have laid out. However, the clock is ticking and participants need to solve the challenge within 30 minutes.

Expect a gripping game involving wit and teamwork in the theme of "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano." Players who make the cut will receive a special place in the leaderboard and also get a chance to earn the Heroes title.

Open to at least two up to six players each, interested players may try the game at only P250 each on weekdays and P350 on weekends. Players ages 12 to 17 years old have to be accompanied by at least one participating adult.

Book your slot now via www.FPJAPescaperoom.com and experience the excitement of solving a crime the "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" way.

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