May 27, 2019

Welcome to “Rocketman” The Birth of an Epic Musical Odyssey


Fresh from its successful premiere in Cannes where it was greeted by a wild, standing ovation, Paramount Pictures' Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. 


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"This movie is about when I started to become famous," says Elton John. "It was an extraordinary and surreal time, and that's how I wanted the film to be."


It should come as no surprise that conventional movie making was never going to work for the telling of Elton John's life story – it simply could not contain it. Elton's transformation from the shy, working-class piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into a global music superstar was as tempestuous, outrageous, and plain dangerous as it was inspirational and brave. No regular movie was ever going to do it justice.


Welcome to Rocketman – an epic musical odyssey that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality, fuses the worlds of music, fame and fashion, and stamps a glittery platform heel down on the cinematic rulebook. Rocketman takes audiences on an uncensored journey through the life of an icon, with Elton's most beloved songs – reimagined and updated in breakthrough musical and dramatic performances by the young cast – propelling and shaping the story.


"The idea," says its director, Dexter Fletcher, "was to create something that would genuinely explode off the screen, a riotous joy-ride of imagination, celebration and drama."


In Rocketman, Elton John is played by Taron Egerton, delivering an astonishing performance that has seen him record new versions of some of John's most famous songs. As the film follows Elton from his English hometown of Pinner and along the yellow brick road of fame, addiction and heartbreak, we will also meet the mother he had a troubled relationship with (Bryce Dallas Howard), his manager and onetime lover, John Reid (Richard Madden), and his legendary lyricist Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), the best friend and creative partner of over 50 years without whom John might not have survived. As Elton, who gave the cast and crew of Rocketman free reign to tell his story, says: "My life has been pretty crazy. The lows were very low, the highs were very high. Unfortunately, there wasn't much balance in between."


For Rocketman producer, Matthew Vaughn, it was important to find the right way to tell the story of a completely unordinary life. And he discovered it on his first read of Lee Hall's screenplay. "Lee had done this magnificent job," says Vaughn, "of creating a musical that isn't really a musical, a biopic that isn't a biopic, a fantasy that is based on reality and a reality that is based on fantasy."


As young Elton wrestles with his private image, his sexuality, his childhood troubles and his many adult addictions, he very publicly finds escape through the music that sees him explode onto the global scene. He is empowered by an extraordinary stage persona with outrageous costumes, and a particularly unique view of the world through tinted, wide-eyed glasses. In the words of Rocketman's acclaimed music director, Giles Martin, "Elton hits the piano keys as if to punch back at the planet."


The result is a film (over 10 years in the making) that is as extraordinary as its subject. "What these guys have done with my story is just astonishing," says John. "It's brutally honest and doesn't pull any punches, but I can't wait for audiences to see it and, hopefully, love it as much as I do."


In Philippine cinemas June 19Rocketman is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at; Twitter at  and Instagram at

“Magandang Buhay” Celebrates 3rd Anniversary in Boracay

Momshies Karla Estrada, Mela Cantiveros, and Jolina Magdangal unite as one team in continuing to help their fellow mothers connect their families and give inspiration in the third anniversary of "Magandang Buhay." 


The Kapamilya talk show brings its viewers back to Boracay, which is where it all started, starting May 27. The momshies reminisce the start of their friendship and will also build new memories together.  

Three deserving mothers will be awarded by the three momshies in the show's  'Momshie Awards." 


They will also try new adventures together like underwater scooter and parasailing which momshie Jolina has never tried yet. 


Momshies Karla,Melai, and Jolina tour their loyal viewers around the island to give momshies and anakshies ideas for bonding activities as well as for food they can enjoy


Aside from the famed tourists spots on the island, the trio will also bring Kapamilyas to the unknown and new offerings of Boracay. 


Joining them in their third anniversary is momshie Karla's nephew and newest "Goin' Bulilit" kid, Jordan, DJ Jhai Ho and Kaladkaren.


Don't miss the third anniversary of "Magandang Buhay" everyday at 8am after "Umagang Kay Ganda." 

“Idol Philippines” Hopefuls Wows Foreign Singers and YouTube Reactors

The Idol hopefuls of "Search for the Idol Philippines" are making waves in the international scene as they earn praises from various foreign singers and YouTube reactors for their impressive audition performances.

Despite his audition only aired last Sunday (May 12), Lance Busa already caught the attention of the American singing legend Anita Baker, who followed him on Twitter and tweeted "Soul music alive and well with our friends in the Philippines." Another American singer Brian McKnight also became Lance's instant fan as the RnB star followed him on Instagram.

Lance's audition piece also earned approval from "American Idol" season 7 alumnus David Hernandez, who commented on one of his online posts, and was reposted by the foreign Instagram account @theyhavetherange.

Meanwhile, several reaction videos of YouTube reactors showing how they were impressed by the Idol hopefuls' audition performances also surfaced online, with some of the even earning hundred thousands of views.

Juancho Gabriel's performance of the song "Your Man" left the reactor from the Music Games News channel, which has 475,000 subscribers, in awe and commented that "it was surprising and it was different" as he praised Juancho's unique baritone voice.

"She has so much emotion and she was singing from her heart," said the reactor from the Brothers channel, which has 442,000 subscribers, as he felt the emotional performance of Angie Kristine who sang "Jar of Hearts."

Partners Yani and Fabio, who has 136,000 subscribers, were thrilled with Matty Juniosa's rendition of "Natural Woman" as they admired his "technique" and "sass" while performing.

Another set of Idol hopefuls will try to impress and touch viewers' hearts this weekend. Who among them will get the chance to step on the Idol City?

Meanwhile, "Search for the Idol Philippines" continues to reign on weekends. Last Saturday (May 11), it recorded a national TV rating of 31.3% versus "Daddy's Gurl" (16.9%), according to data from Kantar Media. It also won last Sunday (May 12) with 27.8%, beating "Studio 7" (14%).

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

Miss Universe Catriona Gray is the Face of the New Smart Signature Plans

Catriona Gray's journey to the Miss Universe crown is an inspiring story of a woman who has reimagined herself to win the most coveted beauty pageant title, bringing pride and honor to our country.


Make no mistake about it, Catriona could have simply rested on her laurels with her Top 5 finish in Miss World 2016, plus a flourishing career as a commercial model. But, fueled by the support of family and friends, the now 25-year old beauty queen decided to embark on a much bigger dream that revealed the goal slayer in her – someone who is confident with her vision, and put every ounce of her energy to realize it. The rest, as they say, is history.


"Catriona's inspiring story and her disposition as the ultimate goal slayer makes her the perfect ambassador for Smart Signature, a new mobile experience that prioritizes customers," said Oscar A. Reyes, Jr., PLDT-Smart SVP and Consumer Business Market Development Head.


"Designed to cater to a new generation of goal slayers like Catriona, Smart Signature keeps up with the fast-paced digital lifestyle of our customers and empowers them as they tick off more milestones in their career or life," he added.


"I'm very goal-oriented, and once I've set my mind on something, I put my heart and soul to it, and make sure I have all the tools to make it happen," said Catriona, whose dedication showed in her hands-on approach to preparing for an international title: from putting together her own team or designers, trainers and creatives to displaying her proud Filipino heritage in her captivating national costume and now iconic gowns.


"This is why I am thrilled to represent Smart Signature, which empowers everyone with the digital experience they need to achieve more and realize a much better version of themselves. With Smart Signature, we have one less thing to worry about while pursuing our goals and making a difference."


Tech-savvy beauty queen


Catriona uses digital platforms not only to connect with family, friends, and fans, but as an effective way to get her voice out there as an advocate for educating the youth and raising HIV/AIDS awareness.


But what else does the most beautiful woman in the world do when she's online? For starters, she listens to music. "I never like it when it's quiet. So, I stream music all the time," she shared. She also enjoys watching videos, especially during her downtime. Here's a fun fact: She likes watching beauty and make-up videos online, and even trained to do her own make-up as part of her preparation for the MISS UNIVERSE® competition.


As an only child who lives away from her parents, and with a hectic travel schedule, she also heavily relies on mobile apps to constantly keep in touch with family and friends.


Always a go-getter, Catriona is ready to embark on her new role as endorser for Smart Signature. It's going to be a hectic reign, but it's a journey that she has prepared for all her life, and one that she hopes will inspire more Filipinos.


"I would love to share to people that my story is not an overnight success, and there were years that I really struggled. But I never gave up," she revealed. "I always play to my own strengths. You need to find a circle of people that believe in what your goals are. And in this digital age, you need a mobile partner that will always prioritize your needs."


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Smart Signature comes in four plans – Plan S, Plan M, Plan L and Plan XL – with generous data allocation; worry-free unlimited calls to Smart, Sun, and TNT; worry-free AnyNet call minutes to PLDT landline and other networks; and unlimited texts to all networks – so you never have to worry about connecting with family, friends, and colleagues on any network.


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Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal Start Global Tour for “Spider-Man: Far From Home”


The global press tour for Columbia Pictures' Spider-ManFar From Home kicked off in Mexico recently. Take an inside look with Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal in the video below and watch Spider-Man: Far From Home in Philippine cinemas July 3rd.




Spider-Man: Far From Home is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. 

UAAP Volleyball Soars Anew in Twitterverse, Bringing Fans Together Online


The UAAP wrapped up a phenomenal volleyball season last Saturday (May 18) with the Ateneo Lady Eagles reclaiming the Women's Volleyball championship after a masterful performance against a determined UST Golden Tigresses in the Game 3 of their Finals series. 


Once again, the match was the most talked about in the country on social media, particularly on Twitter, with words related to UAAP Volleyball taking all the top 20 spots in the trending topics list for the Philippines.


The hashtag #LiveTheDreamAteneo secured the number one rank during and even after the match, with over 200,000 mentions as the Ateneo Faithful cheer on their squad to notch the school's first title in the post-Alyssa Valdez era. Coming in second was #UAAP81VolleyballFinals, which was used by netizens as they shared their thoughts on the game online, and had over 50,000 mentions.


UAAP Season 81 MVP Sisi Rondina of UST and Ateneo's sensational middle blocker Maddie Madayag drew the most mentions among players as both their first names and last names trended on Twitter. Other keywords that made it to trending topic list are "CHAMPIONSHIP POINT," "FINALS MVP," and "Bea De Leon." UAAP Volleyball also dominated the trending topics on Twitter during games 1 and 2 on May 11 and May 15.


Meanwhile, ABS-CBN Sports made the Finals experience even more fun and engaging online for UAAP Fans---the best-engaged fans in the Philippines---with special content especially made for them posted on its official Twitter account. The teaser video posted before the Finals series began got over 126,000 views as it hyped the battle between the two squads. The poll for the do-or-die Game 3, meanwhile, received over 16,000 votes, with "Ateneo got this" winning 65% of the votes while "UST all the way" settled for 35%. 


Fans also liked ABS-CBN Sports' Bea De Leon and Finals MVP graphics as they gave these 1,000+ retweets and 5,000+ likes and 3,000 retweets and 13,000+ likes, respectively. Similarly, the One Big Fight graphic and Score Card also amassed thousands of retweets and likes, as fans used these to show their support for their team and also inform others of the statistics on the match-up.


With 1.2 million followers on Twitter, ABS-CBN Sports is the most popular Filipino sports media organization on the social media platform as sports fans rely on it for the latest news, real-time updates, and special content on their favorite sports, leagues, and athletes. Its parent company ABS-CBN, the country's leading media and entertainment organization, is rapidly transitioning into an agile digital company with the biggest online presence among local media networks and a growing list of digital properties.


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Mayonnaise Stages First Major Concert "Akalain Mo 'Yun: Mayonnaise Live at the Music Museum"


Veteran OPM band, Mayonnaise, is staging its first major show and opening this year's One Music concert series with a blast with the "Akalain Mo Yun: Mayonnaise Live at the Music Museum" on June 29 (Saturday). 


Fresh off the band's recently released album, "Gusto Ko Lang Kasama Ka Palagi Pero Hindi Pwede," and nationwide tour, the pop-rock group culminates its 17th anniversary in the industry with a headliner concert filled with their greatest hits and other musical surprises.


"When Gabi Na Naman and One Music emailed us, I was like wow. . . . It felt good because when we usually produce a show, we know what to expect. We sell ourselves. Now, the fact that a certain entity is wiling to risk and produce our concert, it is just surreal," Monty Macalino, the lead vocalist, shared.


He also revealed the reason why it took them 17 years to hold the much-awaited concert."Some people say we are an underrated band. Everybody loves an underdog story. We were known as a band who plays in the bar gigs, fairs, and music festivals, I guess we are just waiting for the right time," he said.  


Mayonnaise—which has released seven studio albums and three EPs and topped the charts with smash singles "Jopay," "Bakit Part 2," "Paraan," "Tayo Na Lang Dalawa," and "Kathryn"—is all set for this one-night show that will feature exciting collaborations with some of the biggest names in Pinoy rock, as well as special numbers backed by The Manila String Machine.


"Akalain Mo Yun: Mayonnaise Live at the Music Museum" is co-presented by Gabi Na Naman Productions, a company behind memorable concerts in the last three years, from Johnoy Danao, Ebe Dancel and Bullet Dumas' IISA concert at the Kia Theatre to the collaborative show of Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis and Kitchie Nadal entitled Secrets.


ABS-CBN's music portal One Music PH continues to connect the multi-talented Filipino artists and their fans in the digital world. One Music's concert series kicked off in June 2016 with Yeng Constantino, who celebrated her 10th anniversary in the music industry and performed her greatest hits on the One Music stage. Since then, KZ Tandingan, Ebe Dancel, Janella Salvador, Inigo Pascual, Darren Espanto, Ylona Garcia, The Dawn, and the quartet of Loisa Andalio, Maris Racal, Sue Ramirez, and Kristel Fulgar have followed suit, each coming out with a different set, theme, and special guests.


One Music is only one of the digital initiatives of ABS-CBN, the Philippines' leading media and entertainment company, which is rapidly transitioning into an agile digital company with the biggest online presence among all media companies and a growing list of digital properties.


Don't miss "Akalain Mo 'Yun: Mayonnaise Live at the Music Museum" this June 29 (Saturday). Tickets are now available via

May 26, 2019

Filipinos Come First for DZMM’s “Magpayo Nga Kayo,’ “Sagot Ko ‘Yan,” and “Fastbreak”

The voice of the people is heard loud and clear even on weekends on DZMM, with anchors of programs like "Magpayo Nga Kayo,' "Sagot Ko 'Yan," and "Fastbreak" on board.

Every Saturday at 9:30 am, the tried and tested tandem of May Valle-Ceniza and Atty. Joey Lina offer Filipinos the opportunity to speak their mind about issues close to their heart, recognizing the wisdom that they can offer to our country's leaders and policy-makers. 

Joey's other weekend program on DZMM, "Sagot Ko 'Yan," airing every Sunday at 8 am, has a similar interactive format, where viewers and listeners are encouraged to participate in the discussion, and start something like a Barangay Hall assembly live on air, after the former senator explains to them the issue at hand.

Meanwhile, well-loved sports anchors Freddie Webb and Boyet Sison work hard to fulfill the requests and wish lists of sports fans, who tune in to their program Fastbreak" every Saturday at 3 pm for the latest news, exclusive interviews, and analysis in the world of sports. 

DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo recently held a presscon for these three long-running shows at Novotel Manila Araneta Center today (May 24) to reveal each program's new offerings and extend their gratitude to its loyal viewers, listeners, partners, and supporters throughout the years. 

For May and Joey, the strength of their program remains its emphasis on making the people think and propose solutions to issues that may directly affect them or their families, such as the rice shortage, minimum age of criminal responsibility, or whether to allow your kid to undergo immunization, and even the changing the name of the country to Maharlika.

"Sagot Ko 'Yan," the Best Radio Public Affairs Program at the 8th Makatao Awards for Media Excellence, meanwhile, is known for bringing together ordinary Filipinos and people of authority to engage in more personal and deeper conversations on how to help society live a better life. As Joey would say every week in the show, "Para sa Diyos, Para sa Bayan, Sagot Ko Yan

On the other hand, "Fastbreak," continues to bank on the credibility of its power duo of Freddie, a basketball legend and former senator, and Boyet, a veteran sportscaster, to keep the people tuning in. The free-wheeling format of the 25th Golden Dove Awards' Best Radio Sports Program, where the anchors get to interact like friends with guest analysts and athletes, makes for a light and enjoyable, but also informative and inspiring sports experience during the weekend. 

Catch May Valle-Ceniza and Atty. Joey Lina on "Magpayo Nga Kayo" every Saturday at 9:30 am, Freddie Webb and Boyet Sison on "Fastbreak" every Saturday at 3pm, and Joey Lina once again on "Sagot Ko 'Yan" every Sunday at 8 am, all on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo. 

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James Gunn Selects Two Pinoy Artists as Winners of the “Brightburn” Fan Art Competition

From over six hundred submissions worldwide, Brightburn producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, upcoming The Suicide Squad) has selected five winners in the "Brightburn / Talenthouse Fan Art Competition" with no less than two Filipino artists in the champions circle. 


They are millennial artists Jaye Atienza from Mabalacat, Pampanga and Dennis Radaza of Rodriguez, Rizal.  They are joined by co-winners Adam Stephens (United States), Kumail Shareef (Pakistan) and Liza Shumskaya (Ukraine). 


Besides receiving $2,000 each, the artists' winning artwork will potentially be featured across the film's marketing campaign, including social accounts, print materials and merchandise. 


Get to know the prize-winning Pinoy artists as they discuss the competition below.


Question: What motivated you to join the Brightburn/Talenthouse contest?  Is this your first time to join? If not, how was your past experience(s).


Jaye Atienza: I am a big fan of art and movies. I've been joining art contest in Talenthouse since 2017. This is not my first time to join and win.  Last year, I was blessed enough to win 4 creative campaign invites by Talenthouse (Rampage, The Nun, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Aquaman).


Dennis Radaza:  Talenthouse is a great community and a big opportunity for artists around the world. It's my 11th time to join the contest and this is my second time to be selected. It's a blessing and a great experience for me and I thank God for it.


Q: What can you say about the caliber of the Brightburn entries? Did you expect to win after seeing the submissions?


Atienza: A lot of entries are complex and deeply thoughtful. I did not expect to be selected.


Radaza: There is a lot of awesome entries but this didn't stop me to create what's on my mind and focus on my artwork. I didn't expect to win. I just want to create and share my artwork, winning is God's work.  


Q: What was your reaction when you learned that it was producer James Gunn himself who chose your artwork?


Atienza: I'm on cloud nine! I was at work when I received the email from Talenthouse, and a week after James Gunn announced it on his instagram account.


Radaza: When I saw James Gunn's name, I was shocked because he's the director of Guardians of the Galaxy!!!


Q: How did you conceptualize your entry? What is the story behind it?


Atienza: I watched the trailer a lot of times. I wanted my entry to be different, something that is not totally shown on the trailer. That's where I decided to use an image of the swing. The rest is history.


Radaza: I wanted to make it as a minimalist flat-looking mask of Brandon and I used the logo/symbol as a shoelace on his mask.


Q: What are you going to do with the prize money?


Atienza: I'll save the money for the future needs of my wife and three-year old daughter, Maria Hermione.


Radaza: Help my family and support my studies. My girlfriend and I are thinking about some business too.


In Philippine cinemas May 29Brightburn: Son of Evil is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.




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