May 5, 2019

Vice Ganda Releases His Newest Book “Tutoy: Ang Fantastic Kwento ng Vaklang Twoooo!!!”


Jose Marie Viceral, more popularly known as the Unkabogable Superstar Vice Ganda, has introduced his newest book entitled "Tutoy: Ang Fantastic Kwento ng Vaklang Twoooo!!!" 


In the latest ABS-CBN Books offering, the "Gandang Gabi Vice" host shared snippets about his life as a young lad, nicknamed Tutoy, who grew up in Tambunting Street (Manila). 


"In this book I shared who Tutoy was when he was young, his experiences and what made him who he is now— the story before I became Vice Ganda," said the Phenomenal Box Office Star at the "Tutoy" book cover launch held on "It's Showtime" stage on Monday (April 29). 


"This is a funny book, but there will be 'hugot' and learning in each chapter from the different parts of my life," he said. 


The book also serves as a surprise treat for Vice Ganda's mother. "This is my surprise for her. There's a nice chapter in the book about her, Aling Paquita's story, ang 'IT' girl ng Tambunting," the Kapamilya star excitedly shared.  


Readers can expect more heavy doses of laughter in this book from the author of the bestseller "President Vice: Ang Bagong Panggulo ng Pilipinas," which sold more than 100,000 copies since it was launched.  


Pre-orders for "Tutoy" may be availed at National Book Store's website and the book will soon be available in National Book Store branches for only P195. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

“Idol Philippines” Scores More Than Double its Rival Show in the Ratings, Hits 100K YT Subscribers After Premiere

ABS-CBN's newest singing-reality competition "Search for Idol Philippines" premiered strongly last Sunday (April 21) as it set the record for the fastest ABS-CBN show to gain 100,000 subscribers on YouTube and topped the weekend programming.

With only an episode in and in less than 18 hours after the pilot episode aired, the show already achieved a major milestone on YouTube as it reached the said number of subscribers and will soon receive the Silver Creator Award from YouTube.

It further proved its online prowess as the performance of idol hopeful Angie Kristine became the number one trending video on YouTube as it garnered 1.8 million views only a day after it was uploaded. The four audition clips have reached a total of 6 million views on YouTube in just 24 hours.

The show also made waves on Twitter as the official hashtag #IdolPhilippines and related trending topics #IdolPHRegineV, #IdolPHJudgeVice, #IdolPHJudgeMoira, #IdolPHJudgeJames, and even the names of the idol hopefuls secured spots in the list of trending topics.

Netizens, meanwhile, were quick to share their excitement on social media and posted praises for the judges and the contestants.

"I think the reason why James and Moira were judges is because singers now have evolved so much. The genres are all different. It's no longer 'birit lang nang birit,'" @Markie54439830 tweeted.

"I wanna congratulate ABS-CBN and the entire crew and staff for a very successful pilot episode! Kudos to the director and the cinematographers for the upgrade in terms of shots and angles," YouTube user Alcey Sassy commented.

"We watched last night and I think we want more kaya excited na kami sa mga next episode. We're so proud of bumbum James that's why we're here until the destined 'Idol Philippines' hopeful wins," said Facebook user Nikki Alexis.

Meanwhile, more households nationwide tuned it to the show's premiere as it scored a national TV rating of 30.6%, or 17.4-points higher compared to "Studio 7" that only registered 13.2%, according to data from Kantar Media. 

This coming weekend, the judges will sift through more idol hopefuls to determine who deserves to head to Idol City and pursue their dreams. Who among them will make the cut?

Tune in to the idol hopefuls' journey on "Search for the Idol Philippines" on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

Ryan Reynolds Plays as the Quirky, Fast-Talking”Detective Pikachu”


Pikachu speaks!  And that's just for starters in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures' "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu." 


(Watch Ryan Reynolds in the "Becoming Pikachu" featurette at YouTube: .) 


As fans everywhere know, Pikachu is a Pokémon, and no matter how expressive Pokémon can be with their features, actions, body language and special powers, they are linguistically limited to stating their own names.  Inexplicably, such is not the case with this one particular, pint-sized, fast-moving individual in the deerstalker cap: Detective Pikachu. 


It might be his caffeine habit, a raging case of amnesia or just his electric personality, but this bright yellow P.I. talks a blue streak.  Just try and shut him up.  


The fact is, when the story opens, Detective Pikachu is up to his fuzzy little face in mysteries so deep and confounding that he can't even remember how they started, and he's not going to rest until he figures it all out.  Who is he?  What happened to his partner, Harry Goodman?  And why is he suddenly able to communicate in human language so that one man—one specific young man, that is, Harry's son Tim—can actually understand him?   


"Detective Pikachu's got some sass," says Ryan Reynolds, who brings his spot-on timing, style and irreverent humor to the film's title role. "He's got some serious attitude. He's really a larger-than-life-character, but he has to be.  I mean, he looks like a little cotton ball.  Imagine if someone flash-fried me and injected me into this little yellow guy; that's basically what it's like.  

"I've worked on films with CG characters before but I've never seen this kind of interaction  on this scale," he adds.  "It's pretty special.  When you see this fully rendered version of a living, breathing Pikachu on screen, you feel like you could just reach out and touch him and cuddle him.  But don't cuddle him.  I can't be responsible for what he might do."


And Reynolds' vocal performance pulls no punches. "There's something inherently fun about that big personality and Ryan's voice coming from this tiny, incredibly cute creature.  It seems like a disconnect, but it's completely natural," director Rob Letterman offers. 


Since the movie depends upon their dynamic, the filmmakers sought to give Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith ample opportunity to establish a rapport.  Reynolds and Smith recorded their scenes together in the weeks prior to the physical shoot—an uncommon approach, but one both actors appreciated.  Reynolds then remained on set with Smith for the beginning of physical production, feeding him Detective Pikachu's dialogue via an earpiece, to draw on that connection, after which Smith continued filming with a stand-in reading the lines.  

Says Reynolds, "I do a lot of voice work, and this was especially fun because, unlike most situations, I got to interact directly with Justice."  As for being on set afterwards, he concludes, "I wanted to be there to establish a kind of rhythm.  A lot of the time we're talking over each other and we're a bit like the Odd Couple in a sense, so you need to get that right."

In Philippine cinemas Thursday, May 9, "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu" is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.

‘Bad Boys’ TV Spin-Off ‘L.A.’s Finest’ Sets Premiere Date on AXN (Within 12 Hours of U.S. Telecast)

Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia today announced that AXN will be premiering the highly-anticipated L.A.'s Finest. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, L.A.'s Finest is athrilling action series from the universe of the Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay Bad Boys franchise, on May 14, Tuesdays at 8:50 p.m. (7:50 p.m. JKT/BBK).

The 13-episode inaugural season will kick off with a 3-hour premiere marathon all within 12 Hours of U.S. telecast. Subsequent episodes will telecast at 10:00 p.m. (9:00p.m. JKT/BBK) with double episodes premiering weekly.

L.A.'s Finest stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, who both executive-produced the one-hour series. The show follows Syd Burnett (Union), who was last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, seemingly leave her complicated past behind to have a fresh start in Los Angeles where she will work as an LAPD detective. When paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mother with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret. Together, Syd and Nancy form an unbreakable bond, taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limitsThe show also follows the two co-stars as they become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other's lives. 

L.A.'s Finest is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and 2.0 Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television. Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba executive produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer ("Bad Boys"), Jonathan Littman ("CSI" franchise), KristieAnne Reed ("Lucifer"), Brandon Margolis ("The Blacklist"), Brandon Sonnier ("The Blacklist"), Pam Veasey ("CSI:NY")Doug Belgrad ("Peter Rabbit"), Jeff Gaspin ("To Tell the Truth"), Jeff Morrone ("Atomic Blonde") and Anton Cropper ("Suits"), who also directed the pilot.

Additional cast include Zack Gilford and Duane Martin as Ben Walker and Ben Baines, respectively; Ryan McPartlin as Patrick McKenna; Sophie Reynolds as Isabel "Izzy" McKenna and; Ernie Hudson as Joseph Vaughn.

Watch the official trailer at AXN Asia YouTube channel.

To find out the latest news on thrilling shows such as 'Hawaii Five-0' and 'The Blacklist', visit @AXNAsia on Facebook.

ABS-CBN Dominates 4th Golden Laurel Media Awards, Wins Station of the Year for 4 Straight Years

ABS-CBN earned another nod of approval from students and academe, earning its 4th Best TV Station award from Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas (LPU-Batangas) at the 4th Golden Laurel Media Awards.


The Kapamilya network also dominated the categories, winning 20 out for 30 awards in various categories.


"Halik" won Best Primetime Series while "Kadenang Ginto" got the award for Best Daytime Drama Series.  "Maalaala Mo Kaya" was named Best Drama Anthology while "It's Showtime" won Best Entertainment Show.  "Gandang Gabi Vice" (GGV) won Best Celebrity Talk Show while host Vice Ganda was declared Best Celebrity Talk Show Host.  "Wansapanataym" earned the award for Best Values Oriented Show. 


"Halik" star Jericho Rosales was named Best TV Actor while "Ngayon at Kailanman" star Julia Barretto won Best TV Actress. "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" stars Jhong Hilario and Susan Roces won the awards for Best Supporting TV Actor and Actress, respectively. 


In the news category, "TV Patrol" was declared Best News Program while two of its anchors Ted Failon and Bernadette Sembrano won Best Male and Female Newscaster, respectively.  Students and employees chose "Umagang Kay Ganda" as the Best Morning Show while weekend current affairs program "Tapatan ni Tunying" won Best Public Affairs Program. "Salamat Dok" was declared Best Public Service Program. 


Students also chose Kapamilya personalities Alex Gonzaga as Influencer of the Year and loveteam James Reid and Nadine Lustre (JaDine) as Loveteam of the Year.


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Jollibee Honors All Loving Mom in the Newest Inpising Kwentong Jollibee Mother’s Day Video

From the moment mothers feel a heartbeat inside their womb, to the first time they see and hold their newborn, they have made a promise to remain strong and shower their children with eternal love and support throughout their life.   

This May, Jollibee and creative agency McCann World Group Philippines honor all loving moms as they release a special Kwentong Jollibee Mother's Day special that will remind everyone of the power of a mother's unwavering affection and nurturing love. 

Directed by Sheron Dayoc, 'Schoolboy' follows the story of a young boy as he overcomes his insecurities in his new school and achieves his dream with the help of his mother's care and encouraging words that gave him the confidence he needed. 

"There are many types of love in this world - one we share with friends, relatives, and significant others. But we know that it is the love that we receive from our mothers that make us feel more confident to embrace ourselves," said Francis Flores, Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer and PH Marketing Head.

For a child, there is no greater gift in life than having a mother who is there by their side and cheer them on as they grow up. "This Mother's Day, we want to showcase the unique bond that a mother and child have and how this encourages the child to love themselves and live their life with a purpose no matter their personal condition," adds Flores. 

As the guiding light of every Filipino household, mothers play an inspiring figure in the life of each member of the family. Last year, Jollibee touched the hearts of netizens with its successful Mother's Day trilogy - Amor", "Tess", and "Helen" - which reached over 27 million views in Facebook and YouTube and touched hearts of over 65.8 million netizens, Jollibee once again celebrates the red-letter day with a new heartwarming Kwentong Jollibee Mother's Day special. 


This year, Jollibee aims to once again shine the spotlight on moms as a fitting tribute to the person who never fails to provide encouragement and support every step of the way. Watch the 'Schoolboy' Kwentong Jollibee Mother's Day special on Jollibee's official Facebook page and YouTube channel.


In time for this year's Mother's Day celebration, everyone is invited to bring their beloved mother and the whole family for a langhap-sarap feast at Jollibee. From May 10 to 12, customers who purchase a 6-pc Chickenjoy Bucket will get a free sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti as a treat for the special day. Meanwhile, every purchase of an 8-pc Chickenjoy Bucket comes with two free Jolly Spaghetti. Promo is also available for take-out, drive-thru, and delivery.

iWant Streams 8 New Original Digital Series and Tons of Movies this Year


In November last year, an original Filipino digital movie broke the internet after its trailer earned more than six million views in 24 hours. That movie was "Glorious," an original offering from streaming service iWant and whose story about a risqué May-December love affair featuring Angel Aquino and Tony Labrusca piqued netizens' curiosity.


Since then, iWant has been changing the landscape of Filipino entertainment and digital content as it enlisted different creators and filmmakers to produce more original series and movies of different genres released month after month.


Last March, iWant also launched the series "Bagman," whose engaging showcase of politics, drama, and action topped off with Arjo Atayde's effective portrayal of a barber-turned-henchman for a governor has generated praises from users.


As the first streaming service developed by Filipinos for Filipinos, iWant has launched free original titles, including the intergalactic romance-drama series "Jhon en Martian," teen-fantasy series "Spirits Reawaken," and the live variety show "iWant ASAP" headlined by the country's hottest artists and stars. 


iWant will release new original offerings this May such as the romance-drama series "Past Present Perfect," starring Shaina Magdayao and Loisa Andalio, ang Dreamscape Digital's exclusive original series "Sino Ang Maysala?: Mea Culpa." 


This year, users can also expect new additions to iWant's diverse line-up of original content, including "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 3" featuring Eugene Domingo's return to her iconic role as a fictionalized version of herself, "Mga Batang Poz," which tells the story of four Filipino teenagers with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), as well as the sexy comedy "Don't Call Me Tita," "Kargo," "She's Into Her," and "Taiwan You Love."


Aside from its original titles, iWant also boasts the biggest library of blockbuster Filipino movies such as "Barcelona: A Love Untold," "My Ex and Whys," "One More Chance," "Kita Kita," "No Other Woman," and "Sukob," among others – which can accessed for free.


On top of that, iWant users can also livestream their favorite sports events and revisit the highlights of the games of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Premier Volleyball League (PVL), Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), Alab Pilipinas, Pinoy Pride, boxing events, and national tournaments in its one-stop iWant Sports section. 


The streaming service also allows Filipinos to catch up on currently airing ABS-CBN teleseryes, as well as rewatch their favorite shows such as the 90s teen drama series "Tabing Ilog" and the phenomenal hit "Be Careful With My Heart."


More subscribers can also get their iWant craving in the comfort of their own homes as they can already connect the streaming service to their TVs via Chromecast and Apple Airplay. Filipinos can also get access to more shows and movies without breaking the bank by availing Smart Communications' and Globe Telecom's respective promos. 


With iWant, which is available on iOS and Android or via web browser on, users can get their entertainment and information fix by watching truly Filipino content that they want for free, whenever and wherever they are.




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