Friday, November 23, 2018

Watsons Continues to Give Smiles Through “Operation Smile”


Nothing can brighten a day like seeing the precious smile of a child. That is why leading health and beauty retailer,Watsons, has been partnering with Operation Smile since 2013 in giving children born with cleft lip and cleft palate a chance to smile through free and safe surgeries. In the Philippines, an estimated of 4,500 children are born every year with this condition.

Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is an international medical service organization that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries worldwide who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate and facial deformities. It is dedicated to improve the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. According to Operation Smile, 9 in 10 children born with a cleft condition could die due to a lack of access to safe surgery.


Watsons shares the same passion and believes that through its partnership with Operation Smile, it can give smiles to these children and improve their lives and health. This year, Watsons is committed to help 400 children through itsmedical missions in Dumaguete, Iloilo and Tacloban.


Additionally, Watsons encourages its customers to support the cause by encouraging them to do good and feel greatWhen customer buys Watsons brand products until November 21, the customer will be able to donate to Operation Smile that will contribute to the surgeries of these children. From November 22 to December 26, customer can use Watsons Card or SM Advantage Card points to donate. 

John C. Reilly is Back to “Break the Internet” in “Wreck-It-Ralph 2”


In Walt Disney Animation Studios' much-anticipated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, actor John C. Reilly steps back into the character of Ralphthe ham-fisted video-game bad guy with a heart. And despite the six-year difference between the original and the sequel, getting back into it was a piece of cake for the 53-year-old comedian.


"It clicked pretty fast," says Reilly, who reunited with several cast members and filmmakers from the first film. "There's a level of comfort there. We found the fun and mischievousness from the get-go."


When the sequel begins, things are going well in the arcade—Ralph and Vanellope (voiced by Sarah Silverman) happily complete their duties in their games during the day and hang out together in their neighboring arcade games at night. Ralph treasures their friendship and will do anything to help his buddy—but his efforts don't always turn out like he hopes. So when Vanellope's game is busted due to his heavy-handed attempt to liven things up for her, Ralph takes it upon himself to track down the broken part—even though it means venturing to a scary new world called the internet. "Ralph doesn't always make the best decisions," says co-director Rich Moore. "He tends to be his own worst enemy. If anyone should carelessly find himself in the shady part of the internet—the deep web—it'll be Ralph. He might be there for the right reasons, but we all know he's bound to screw things up."


"Ralph is a childlike character," says Reilly, whose film credits include Chicago (for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryKong: Skull Island, and Guardians of the Galaxy. "He's unaware of the outside world. So in coming back to the character, it was important to remember his naivete and his innocence."


"John is the best," says co-director Phil Johnston. "Everything is honest. Everything he brings to the character is real. If he doesn't feel it, he doesn't do it. But that means that whatever he

brings is going to be great. There's a lot of John in Ralph."


Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 opens in Philippine cinemas November 21.


Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #RalphBreaksTheInternet

Tarsier Records Bags its Forst Win at Awit Awards, “Phone Down” Hailed as Best Dance Recording

New music label Tarsier Records gets its first-ever recognition with "Phone Down," performed by Moophs featuring Sam Concepcion, as Best Dance Recording in the recent Awit Awards held at the New Frontier Theatre in Quezon City.


"Phone Down"—an electronic dance music (EDM) track composed by Moophs a.k.a. Chris Lopez, the DJ/producer who heads Tarsier Records—was part of the maiden tracks released by the music label when it started last year.   

A partnership between Warner Music Group and ABS-CBN Corporation, Tarsier aims to take locally-produced and globally-sourced music to a wider international audience and showcase Filipino music on the world stage. Tarsier's latest release is a collaboration between Moira dela Torre and Los Angeles-based artist, Nieman Gatus, "KNOTS," which premiered in Indonesia recently.


Now on its 31st year, "Awit Awards" is the longest-running music awarding body in the country with an impressive record of recognizing OPM's best and brightest, led by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI).

Catch the freshest urban and electronic tracks, follow @TarsierRecords on Facebook and Twitter. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

Gelatofix Lifestyle Café Releases a New Selection of Mouth-Watering Dishes

There are places that you come back to over and over again - the ones that keep on surprising, the ones that keep bringing something new to the table. In this case, the world-class entity of GelatofixLifestyle Café
Known for their over-the-top creative gelato creations, this ace café is unveiling a new wave of dishes complete with appetizing mains and delicious all-day selections. 

First on the line is Roast Beef with Mushroom Gravy. Savory and succulent beef slices make up the dish, smothered with a generous amount of rich herb cream sauce, also served with rice.
There's so much to love about the Chicken Parmigiano - tender chicken in crisp coating, topped with heaps of spinach, marinara, and melted cheese, conveniently placed with a side of rice.
Amping up a Pinoy favorite is the Adobo Flakes pizza, where flavoursome shreds of pork and chicken are roasted to a delightful crisp and drizzled on a bed of creamy mozzarella and tangy tomato sauce. 
Moving on to the all-day selections, the Grand Box Breakfast is a sure hit with thick slabs of bacon, crispy vegetable croquettes, scrambled eggs and potatoes, all of which served in a hefty breakfast box. 
Never underestimate the classic duo of Chicken and Waffles, crispy fried chicken chunks on top of warm, golden brown waffles. We're counting this as a breakfast win.
Lastly, the Arroz a la Cubana meets the perfect pairing of flavourful ground beef and mixed veggies over steamed rice, capped with a sunny side up egg.

Dare to bite into Gelatofix Lifestyle Café's new array of gastronomic dishes. To see what else is on their menu, visit them at the Ground Floor, BGC Corporate Center, 30th corner 11th Street,  Bonifacio Global City,  Taguig City.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

ABS-CBN Releases Joint Statement of the DILG and “FPJ's Ang Probinsyano” Producer


ABS-CBN and the Department of Interior and Local Government met yesterday (Nov. 21) in Camp Crame and resolved the issues related to the program "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano." It was a fruitful dialogue wherein both parties were thankful for the chance to express their views directly to each other. 


The PNP stated the importance of the support and respect of the people to its organization, while recognizing ABS-CBN's freedom to create and convey the story of the program. 

For its part, ABS-CBN assured them that the program will continue to portray Cardo Dalisay as a police officer with integrity, who is dedicated to serve and protect the people. 


The DILG, including its attached agency the Philippine National Police, will continue to support "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" as it continues to inspire Filipinos with the valuable lesson that in the end, good will always triumph over evil.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

McJim Short Films "Pitaka" and "No Strings Attached" Wins Awards at CMMA and in Wales and Liverpool International Film Festivals

It may be gratifying to receive international recognitions for our artistic works, but it is ultimately more rewarding when a prestigious Philippine award-giving body acknowledges the sheer amount of talent Filipinos possess when crafting world-class content for the many creative endeavors they get into.

This is the message that trusted leather goods brand McJim Classic Leather wants to convey after its debut short film “Pitaka” (The Wallet) was hailed last November 14 as the Best Branded Digital Ad at the 40th Catholic Mass Media Awards. It is the newest category in the CMMA that recognizes the shift in media consumption of the modern Filipino.


Directed by public relations entrepreneur Chris Cahilig, “Pitaka” is the result of McJim’s groundbreaking and innovative efforts to project the best of Filipino values to the world.

In producing well-executed and compelling short films like Pitaka, McJim has applied its philosophy of style, quality, and elegance - the same values that have driven it to produce truly world-class leather goods through the years,” says Cahilig.

And now, in the wake of mutiple nominations and awards McJim’s shorts have garnered from prestigious film fests here and abroad, McJim inspires us to look into ourselves first, to proudly claim our strength as Filipinos.

Cahilig affirms this, saying, “I am overwhelmed and thankful that ‘Pitaka’ has achieved recognition in my own country from no less than the CMMA. This reminds us that it should not take other countries to reward world-class Filipino excellence. We must acknowledge our own strengths and proudly uphold these before the world.

McJim’s “Pitaka,” produced by Cahilig’s Insight 360 Consultancy Services, Inc., bested six other finalists in the category, namely The Philippine Star’s “Andeng” (IdeasXMachina Advertising, Inc.); Southstar Drug’s “Credo” (Estima, Inc.); SM Supermalls’ “Daddy’s Girl,” “Little Things,” and “Tradition” (DDB Group Phils); and Manulife Philippines’ “Stand Up” (J. Walter Thompson Philippines).

Established by the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin in 1978, the annual CMMA is one of the country’s most prestigious award-giving bodies for the mass media that honors works, individuals, and institutions that promote Christian values and ideals - something that is very evident in McJim’s “Pitaka”.

“Pitaka’s” storyline pays tribute to the heroism of older members of Filipino families, whose good deeds are sometimes taken for granted by the younger ones. It endorses the timeless Filipino values of sacrifice and perseverance as exemplified by the breadwinner “Kuya” played by Karl Medina, who shelved his personal dreams in order to provide for his younger brother (played by Art Artienda). The frivolous younger sibling would eventually express his gratitude and appreciation for his Kuya’s efforts through a heartwarming, unexpected gesture.

Cahilig attributes the success of “Pitaka,” his debut work as filmmaker, to its raw and honest depiction of a slice of reality in typical Filipino families presented in an extraordinary way. “By touching on a real-life experience, Pitaka’s narrative communicates to the viewer on a deeper personal level and establishes an undeniable emotional connection without the need to sensationalize,” says Cahilig.

To enhance “Pitaka’s” emotional impact, McJim explored the beauty of the Filipino language and collaborated with Palanca-winning poet and academician Louie Jon Sanchez in coming up with a beautiful poem that serves as the film’s narration (narrated by Neo Domingo). For this, “Pitaka” likewise won the Best Illustrated Poem category of the 2018 Wales International Film Festival last October 4.

“Pitaka” was also made possible by screenplay writer and line producer Juan Archimedes Del Mundo, cinematographer Cesca Lee, editor Cyril Bautista, and production manager Max Ganda.


Aside from “Pitaka,” McJim’s first horror-thriller short film “No Strings Attached” is also making waves globally, with its recent feat as Best Social Shorts in the Liverpool International Film Festival 2018 in the United Kingdom.

“No Strings Attached,” which has reaped over 1.5 million views on the McJim Facebook page alone, has been officially selected to participate in seven other international film festivals in the US, Europe, and Australia. Together with the LGBT-themed “Bag” and the more unconventional “Sinturon” (The Belt), McJim’s short films have been selected in at close to 50 international film festivals in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Serbia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Mexico, and Italy.


By collaborating with the best Filipino talents and employing innovative cinematic techniques, McJim tells its stories in a new light, an achievement that is validated by the prestigious awards the brand has so far garnered. But more than the international and local awards, what makes ‘Pitaka’ and other McJim shorts special is how these inspired and touched the lives of millions of Filipinos who have seen them,” Cahilig affirms.

As of this writing, “Pitaka” has been viewed over 25 million times in various Facebook platforms.

For generations now, McJim Classic Leather has been the leading and trusted brand for classic leather goods and accessories of superior quality and design.

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Seven Stories of Hope in Typhoon Yolanda 5th Anniversary Video

Five years after Typhoon Yolanda, seven survivors from different walks of life who helped rebuild their communities share their stories of hope in a music video released by ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI).

The individuals seen in the video, a baker, a tour guide, a teacher, a sanitation inspector, a midwife, a student, and a volunteer - rallied their communities to come back stronger after the devastating effects of the typhoon in 2013. They were among those who took the lead in maximizing various new programs in tourism, agriculture, fisheries, bakeries, healthcare, health services, and more, which directly benefited more than 45,000 individuals across the region.

The video, which featured the song "Pagka’t Nariyan Ka" by Star Music artist Sam Mangubat, was posted on the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya YouTube page on November 8, the anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda. Seen in the video are Imelda Padrigano, a baker from Salcedo, Eastern Samar; Fidelina Villagracia, a 70 year – a mother who works as a tour guide in San Juan by the Bay, Sta. Rita, Samar; Rotchie Castil, a teacher and social media manager from Sabang, Daguitan, who helps his community by publicizing their various tourism efforts online and Imelda Eusebio, a health and sanitation officer from Dagami, Leyte who worked to help provide clean and accessible water to her community. Joining them are Fe Bantigue, a midwife from Jiabong Samar who walked 3 hours to and from work daily before new health centers were built in remote barangays; Susan Austero, a woman who achieved her dreams of working in the food industry thanks to new educational programs, and Susan Cadaro, a Typhoon Yolanda evacuee-turned volunteer who found her vocation in helping fellow evacuees.

These survivors are the direct beneficiaries of the projects of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya. Through its program Operation Sagip (formerly known as Sagip Kapamilya), ALKFI has reached 3.6 million survivors through immediate relief assistance; 425 individuals through installing water facility in Dagami, Leyte and; 9,994 families through building Barangay Health Units and installing health facilities in Jiabong and Hinabangan in Samar and Jaro and San Miguel in Leyte.


Operation Sagip also collaborated with Energy Development Corporation to build multi – purpose classrooms that can serve as evacuation centers during calamities. In collaboration with and through the free design and services provided by Cosculluela Architects, Casas Architects and Sy^2 Engineers, a total of 135 classrooms that can withstand 300 kph winds and 7.2 earthquake magnitude were constructed in the provinces of Eastern Samar, Samar, Northern Palawan and Panay Islands which consist of Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, and Capiz. These classrooms served 6,075 students.

A total of 52,246 students and 1,946 teachers also benefited through educational soft programs and provision of senior high equipment.

Meanwhile, a total of 45,203 individuals benefited from the different livelihood programs ofALKFI’s environment arm Bantay Kalikasan, such as distribution of fishing boats; funding the tikog weavers in Basey, Samar and; development of San Jose Skimboarding Camp, Sohoton Cave in Basey Samar, Tangke Lagoon and Bancal Fish Sanctuary in Carles Iloilo as ecotourism sites.

To officially conclude the intervention, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya is set to launch four Yolanda Legacy Projects or the multi – purpose, typhoon and calamity – resilient buildings with eight classrooms in Ormoc and Tacloban, Leyte; Guiuan, Samar and; Concepcion, Iloilo which will directly benefit 24,292 individuals.

The various projects are funded through more than P1 billion in donations from various companies, organizations, and individuals following Typhoon Yolanda.

"Donations coursed through Operation Sagip transformed people’s lives and different local communities in many ways,” said Operation Sagip Program director Jun Dungo. “All these projects would not have been possible if it were not for kindhearted donors, partners and volunteers who fully supported ALKFI as an institution through the years. The valuable roles they played were truly remarkable and worth sharing. Without a doubt, they have fully shown that what they did was all about helping fellow Filipinos,"

Illumination Brings Dr. Seuss' "The Grinch" to the Big Screen

No one, it's fair to say, was better equipped to adapt The Grinch into a 3D animated film than Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri. Not only had he successfully adapted two other Seuss books into feature films - 2008's Horton Hears a Who! and 2012's The Lorax - but his company, Illumination, has dominated the world of animation for more than a decade with sweet and subversive characters and unexpected stories, including The Secret Life of Pets, Sing, and most notably Gru and his Minions in the Despicable Me franchise, which has grossed more than $3.7 billion worldwide.

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Meledandri can trace his attraction to delightfully flawed characters back to the Grinch. "From a very early age I found myself attracted to characters that had a wicked side to them, especially characters that you enjoyed watching be wicked, but I also like seeing their redemption," Meledandri says. "In a lot of Illumination films, there's definitely a recurring theme of characters who have a real edge or a bite to them. So How The Grinch Stole Christmas! was formative for me. I grew up in a household where Dr. Seuss books were plentiful."

The decision to make The Grinch into a feature film seemed an organic one for Meledandri. At the emotional center of that intention was a question they decided to explore: How did the Grinch become the way he his? "That became very organic, to our minds," Meledandri says. "At the core of this story is a character who was emotionally wounded as a child. He has placed himself on a quest to eliminate the joy of others because he himself has been left out of feeling that joy. The manifestation of that emotional pain is a character who has gone into seclusion, who has given up on the society around him. And it takes the most innocent and optimistic character imaginable - in this case, Cindy-Lou Who - to reengage him to life, to an openness to connecting with other characters, to believing in good."

The result, Meledandri says, is a film with a message that touches the heart and resonates long after people leave the theater. "As I've watched the film as we've been making it, I really love this hopeful feeling that the movie leaves you with. And getting to this place means that the character has transcended many of the things that have held him back: this desire to protect himself from feeling hurt, from being rejected. He actually wrecks this wall of meanness that he's erected."

In Philippine cinemas November 28, The Grinch is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  

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About The Grinch

For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. 

The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.  Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company.  With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.

Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations.  When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas.  To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.

Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who - a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer - plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheming threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one.  Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?

Find out, Christmas season 2018.

A Child's Love for His Mother Leads to Killing Spree in iWant's “MA"

A gruesome tale about a child’s love for his mother, a killing spree, and a mythical cave that demands lives in exchange for wishes will keep horror junkies guessing until the end when they watch iWant’s original gore-horror thriller “Ma.”

The film, which streams this Saturday (November 17) on the new iWant, revolves around Samuel (Kyle Espiritu), a boy whose inner evil is awakened by his desire to bring his mother (Glydel Mercado) back to life.

After his mother dies, Samuel enters a mythical cave, which is believed by many to grant wishes. He asks the cave to revive his mother, but in return, the cave demands him to sacrifice another life as an offering. How far will Samuel will go to keep his mother alive?

Before “Ma” drops on iWant this weekend, it already impressed movie-goers at the recent Cinema One Originals 2018, where it earned praises from respected names in the industry.

Acclaimed writer Lilit Reyes, who co-wrote the multi-awarded film “Changing Partners” said, “’Ma’ provokes our notions on motherhood, love for family and sacrifices, in a competently executed dark and isolated world, with a series of riddles that build up to a brave finale. It doesn’t hesitate to be unexpectedly meaner than its slow burn darkness. And its epilogue punctuates with a wickedly uneasy resolution on how far we would go for love and its losses. And it introduces us to a director with a powerful potential to awaken the untapped evil in the recesses of our minds.

Director Victor Villanueva, who directed the critically acclaimed movie “Patay Na si Hesus,” also expressed his admiration for the movie, “I was surprised. The film was very unexpected. It wasn’t the usual horror film… It was very moody and I got really engrossed. I really like the visuals. I am definitely recommending ‘Ma.’

Film enthusiast and reviewer Manuel Pangaruy, meanwhile, said, “Slow burn s’ya and yet sa buong running time, buo ang discomfort na binibigay ng visuals at ang mismong tema nito. Bihira ang ganyang power sa landscape ng horror sa recent Philippine Cinema.”

Blogger Lakwatsera Lovers also gave “Ma” a 9 out of 10 score, writing, “The most disturbing Filipino film in recent memory. Solid performances from Anna Luna and Kate Alejandrino plus a surprising set of child stars that effectively injects the terror underneath the skin.”

This is one of the most original horror films I’ve seen in recent years,” said netizen Lyca Guadagnino or Twitter user @thesuperkayow.

“Ma” is directed by Kenneth Lim Dagatan and also stars Anna Luna, Alessandra Malonzo, Enzo Osorio, Kate Alejandrino, Rafael Siguion-Reyna, Ian Curtis, and Susan Africa.

Viewers may start streaming “Ma” for free starting Saturday (November 17) on the new iWant, which will be available to users in the country in iOS and Android apps and through the web. Those who already have the iWant TV app on their devices simply need to update to the new version on November 17.

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Meet the 6 Kapamilya Teen Stars of iWant's Original Series "Spirits Reawaken"

Everybody loves a good throwback, and one good entry would be the popular 2004 fantasy series “Spirits,” which starred Maja Salvador and Rayver Cruz and featured teen characters with supernatural powers. Aside from trying to save their hometown from an epidemic, they also journeyed through teenage struggles, friendships, and self-discovery that resonated with viewers.

Before the year ends, the iconic series created by Chito Roño is making a comeback as the digital series “Spirits Reawaken,” which streams on ABS-CBN’s new streaming service iWant, starting November 17.

The reboot will introduce a new breed of teen stars who are all ready to prove themselves and make their mark in the industry and defend the earth against an alien invasion as their characters.

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One of the most promising young actors today, Grae Fernandez hails from a family of renowned and established actors. He has had roles in several teleseryes, including the remake of the hit series “Pangako Sa ’Yo,” “Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin,” “Bridges of Love,” “A Love to Last,” and in CineMo’s “Funny Ka, Pare Ko.” Apart from acting, he was also part of the all-male group Gimme 5 and released hit singles after another.

Set to play Red in “Spirits Awaken,” Grae will further prove his acting chops as he gives life to his character, who possesses the power of telekinesis.

GIMME 5 - Hatid Sundo (Official Music Video)

Funny Ka, Pare Ko: 'Grae' ang anak mayaman


Jairus Aquino is not new to the fantasy and teen drama genres. He became popular for his notable character in the 2006 Kapamilya series “Super Inggo,” Pareng Jomar, the ever-supportive sidekick of superhero Inggo. He also starred in the live-action fantasy series “Kung Fu Kids” and teen show “Luv U.” Jairus transitioned into his teenage years as the love team partner of Sharlene San Pedro, appeared in numerous teleseryes such as “Nathaniel,” “Langit Lupa,” and “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” and joined music channel MYX as a VJ.

In the “Spirits” reboot, he will portray Jesse, who possesses the power to command electricity.

Magandang Buhay: Makisig and Jairus reminisce their 'Super Inggo' days

Luv U: Drake and Shirley's love story


Former child star Bugoy Cariño shot to fame as an actor and dancer at a very young age after being named the grand kiddie questor of “Star Circle Kid Quest” in 2009. Since then, Bugoy has proven his mettle in both comedy and drama, winning numerous awards for his stellar performances on television and film. At ten, he bagged his first starring role in “E-boy” and spent most of his childhood making viewers laugh in “Goin’ Bulilit.”

iWant users will see more of his fun and quirky side as Nato, who has the ability to talk to extraterrestrial beings.

E-boy Episode 31

Goin Bulilit: Mahirap Magmahal


Kapamilya viewers are already familiar with the girl-next-door Kira Balinger, who appeared in “The Story of Us” and “The Greatest Love,” and starred in some episodes of “Ipaglaban Mo” and “Maalaala Mo Kaya.” She is also a regular in “ASAP,” performing with the all-girl group “BFF5” along with other female Kapamilya teen stars.

In “Spirits Reawaken,” she will play Maya, who has the power of precognition.

The Greatest Love: Y finally says yes to Z

ASAP: ASAP BFF5 performs "Sugar, Sugar"


Another new face is Chantal Videla, a Star Magic Circle 2018 batch member and Filipino-Argentinian who started out in the industry as a commercial model. We recently saw her slay the red carpet with her “Spirits” co-star Grae in the ABS-CBN Ball 2018. One of ABS-CBN’s most promising female stars, Chantal will also be part of an upcoming Kapamilya teleserye.

Chantal, dubbed by netizens as the next Liza Soberano, is set to take on her biggest role yet as Gabbie, the breakout character played by Maja Salvador in the original “Spirits.” Despite not having any powers, Gabbie will use her strengths – the values of love and compassion – in order to help her friends defeat their enemies.

Instagram posts -- ABS-CBN Ball 2018

ASAP: Meet the Star Magic Circle 2018


One of the cast’s freshest faces, Patrick Quiroz was recently seen in “Wansapanataym Presents: Ikaw ang GHOSTo Ko,” acting alongside the tandem of Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber. This year, he also signed with Star Music’s sub-label Star Pop and released his first single called “Ikaw Pa Rin.”

Now it is his time to shine as one of the lead characters in “Spirits” as he plays Lloyd, the meek and loner member of the gang, who possesses the ability of being in two places at once.

Wansapanataym Recap: Ikaw Ang GHOSTo Ko - Finale Episode

Patrick Quiroz - Ikaw Pa Rin (Official Music Video)

Viewers may start streaming “Spirits Awaken,” directed by Topel Lee, starting November 17 on the iWant, which will be available to users in the country in iOS and Android apps and through the web.

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(Trailer) “POKEMON Detective Pikachu” Movie

Partner up with a legend! Watch the official teaser trailer of Warner Bros. Pictures’ new comedy “POKEMON Detective Pikachu” now at the links seen below.



The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon - one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. 

Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other.  The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.

The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened.  Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City - a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world - they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” also stars Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (“Lady Bird,” TV’s “Big Little Lies”) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“Godzilla,” “The Last Samurai”) as Lt. Yoshida. 

Directed by Rob Letterman (“Goosebumps,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens”), the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” creative filmmaking team includes two-time Oscar nominated director of photography John Mathieson (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Gladiator”), production designer Nigel Phelps (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies”) and Oscar-winning editor Mark Sanger (“Gravity”). Visual effects are by Moving Picture Company (“Wonder Woman”) and Framestore (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”).

Launched in 1996 to overwhelming response, the Pokémon brand is a global sensation that now encompasses a robust video gaming fandom with over 300 million units sold worldwide; trading card games available in 11 languages with more than 23.6 billion cards purchased; an anime television series in its 20th season that is available in 98 countries; and animated films that have grossed more than $700 million at the box office; as well as books, manga comics, music, toys, merchandise, and apps, including the wildly popular Pokémon GO, that has been downloaded over 650 million times and is enjoyed across the globe by fans of all ages.

In Philippine cinemas May 09, 2019,  “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.

Don't Let Constipation Kiss You Merry Christmas Goodbye!

Discomfort, days of waiting and, sometimes, tears are only some of the things constipated people go through on a daily basis.

You know that expression, “It looks like you’re constipated,” referring to your facial expression? That means you have a pained look; an expression that conveys you’ve been suffering.

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The suffering is real. There is no pleasure derived from constipation. A person is supposed to poop every day or at least regularly, not twice a week. Moving your bowels should give you a feeling of relief, not pain and more suffering.

So how do you know you’re constipated? Here are some common signs:

1. You poop less than three times a week. While it is not true that you should move your bowels every day in order to be in the non-constipated category, less than three times a week is too much. 

2. Your poop is painful, dry and dark. According to the Bristol Stool Chart, if your stool is hard to pass, lumpy and shaped like nuts, you are constipated. You are doing okay if your stool looks like a sausage, has cracks on the surface and is soft and smooth. It is not true that your stools need to be very soft. In fact, having very soft stools that are bordering on being almost liquid is a sign that there is a problem.

3. You’re always gassy. Yes, it can be embarrassing to always be farting, especially when you’re in a public place or, heaven forbid, while out on a date!

But being flatulent can be a sign of constipation. Yes, farting isn’t necessarily a sign that you’re on the verge of pooping. Having stored feces makes it difficult for a constipation to pass gas normally and this can result in flatulence.

4. Bleeding. If you see blood in your stool, you may be constipated. Having bloody stools can be caused by anal fissures resulting from hard bowel movement. But it can also mean there is bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract. It is best to have it checked by a doctor.
It’s not true that taking laxatives is an unhealthy habit. There is no evidence that use of stimulant laxatives leads to serious health problems.
With decades of clinically proven efficacy and scientific expertise, Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) is the No. 1 laxative in the Philippines.

Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) helps you be in control of your life by helping you poop regularly.

If you poop regularly without any straining or pain, you don’t feel bloated or gassy. It can make your life easier. Not worrying about constipation will give you time to enjoy the more important things in life like time with family and friends, traveling, going on adventures and many others.
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