September 5, 2020

World Vision Ambassadors Ogie, Regine, Christian, Biance, Inigo Come in Full Force for the “One Voice for Children” Virtual Concert

World Vision's Ambassadors and Advocates have gathered for one night to support the groundbreaking "One Voice for Children" virtual concert.

With over 23,000 views and more than 2,500 engagements, the "One Voice for Children" fundraising concert raised a total of Php 350,000.00 donation in a span of two hours.

The all-star concert line-up was led by World Vision Ambassadors Ogie Alcasid, Christian Bautista, Iñigo Pascual, Quest, Perkins Twins, and JJ Dolor as performers. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid also had a special participation as a surprise guest performer. Hosted by Joyce Pring, the event was filled with messages of hope from World Vision Ambassadors and Advocates such as Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Tippy Dos Santos, Bianca Umali, Marc Nelson, Enzo Pineda, Gelli Victor, and Janina Vela.

World Vision's "One Voice for Children", is an inspirational concert that aims to support the child-focused organization's most vulnerable children and their families and communities.

"Producing/Directing in the new normal is very challenging. Lots of trial and error and it really takes us out of our comfort zone. But knowing that this was for a great cause and that so many artists were willing to get involved made it very fulfilling. I hope this will not be the last," said World Vision Ambassador Paolo Valenciano who also directed the fundraising concert.
The proceeds from the "One Voice for Children" Virtual Concert will go to one of World Vision's education projects that aims to assist the children during this COVID-19 pandemic through the the annual distribution of school kits.

"Amidst the pandemic, we are able to sing and enjoy each other's company, even virtually. We are deeply grateful to all who supported this loud call to help the most vulnerable children. Let's continue praying for our nation and the whole world," said Mr. Rommel Fuerte, National Director for World Vision.

You can still donate and learn more about the initiatives of World Vision by visiting www.worldvision.org.ph.

Jona, Jayda, Moira, Kyla, KZ and Other Female Asian Artists Unite for ABS-CBN Music’s “Heal” Project

Filipino pride Jayda, Jona, Kyla, KZ Tandingan, Lesha, Moira Dela Torre, and Xela are collaborating with some of the most popular talents and emerging artists in Southeast Asia's music scene—Indonesian singers Rinni Wulandari and Yura Yunita, Malaysian artists DOLLA and Shalma Eliana, Singaporean talents Haneri and Haven, and Thai artist Valentina Ploy to deliver a message of hope in their upcoming single "HEAL."

These Southeast Asian artists lend their therapeutic voices for the inspirational song produced by ABS-CBN Music International which will drop on digital streaming platforms on September 11 (Friday).

The "Heal" project, a first in the region, seeks to convey love and spur unity for everyone's healing during these trying times. It was composed by ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo, Moophs, and Alex Godinez aka Xela. Jonathan also served as its over-all producer.

The collaboration is also a #StreamToDonate project, with all of the participating artists donating their share of fees and royalties to ABS-CBN's "Pantawid ng Pag-ibig," a fund-raising campaign which aims to provide relief to Filipinos who have lost their sources of livelihood due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The "HEAL" single is just one of ABS-CBN Music International's endeavors, which seeks to introduce the unique artistry of Filipinos to global audiences and more recently, bring in international talents and music to the Philippines.

Find inspiration and courage by listening to "HEAL." Pre-save the song at backl.ink/142760252 before it drops on various digital streaming platforms on September 11 (Friday). For updates, like Star Music on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starmusicph) and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

Zack Snyder’s Zombie Action ‘Army of the Dead’ Gets a Film Prequel and Anime Series at Netflix

Zack Snyder's new zombie action heist film Army of the Dead is already spawning a film prequel and anime series at Netflix. Shay Hatten, one of the writers of the screenplay for Army of the Dead, will write the prequel as well as the anime series.

Quote from Zack Snyder: "I'm incredibly excited for the opportunity to partner with Netflix again as we expand the Army of the Dead universe with both an international prequel, as well as exploring the visually dynamic world of animation. It's been a great collaboration and we are thrilled that Netflix sees this as big of an IP as we do."

The prequel will be directed by and star Grimme Award winner Matthias Schweighöfer and will follow his Army of the Dead character "Ludwig Dieter". The movie will be produced out of Germany. The film will be produced by Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Wesley Coller of The Stone Quarry and Matthias Schweighöfer and Dan Maag of PANTALEON Films.

"It has already been a great pleasure to be part of this wonderful ensemble around Zack Synder - a fascinating project. I am happy that it is now being developed on so many different levels", says Matthias Schweighöfer.

The anime series, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, chronicles the origin story of Scott (Dave Bautista) and his rescue crew during the initial fall of Vegas as they confront the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak. Zack Snyder will direct 2 episodes of the anime series. Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and upcoming Netflix Original Anime Series Trese) will be showrunning as well as directing 2 episodes of the series. The series will be Executive Produced by Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Wesley Coller from The Stone Quarry alongside Jay Olivia and Shay Hatten. Bautista, Ana de la Reguera, Tig Notaro, Omari Hardwick and Ella Purnell will reprise their roles in the anime series.

Snyder's Army of the Dead features an all-star international cast including Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Huma Qureshi, Omari Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Matthias Schweighöfer, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder, Samantha Win and is produced by The Stone Quarry's Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Wesley Coller. The film will be released on Netflix in 2021 and follows a group of mercenaries into a zombie infested Las Vegas, Nevada who try to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

Wish Ko Lang! Celebrates Women’s Strength and Winning Moments in Life this September

Wish Ko Lang!, GMA Network's award-winning public service program, celebrates women's strength and winning moments in life this September with a series of four fresh episodes bannered by some of the country's top-notch actresses: Glydel Mercado, Rochelle Pangilinan, Arra San Agustin, Thea Tolentino, and Jean Garcia.

On September 5, Glydel Mercado brings to life the story of a mother who will do everything to save her children from a flash flood that threatens their lives. Joining Glydel in this episode entitled "Nalunod" are award-winning actors Allen Dizon and Therese Malvar.

The following week (September 12), Rochelle Pangilinan headlines the "Inararo" episode, a story about a couple who lost their jobs amid the pandemic and became fruit vendors to earn a living. Jason Abalos plays Rochelle's husband in the story. Also in the episode are Shayne Sava, Lexi Gonzales, and Irma Adlawan.

Arra San Agustin, Thea Tolentino, and Juancho Triviño are siblings whose relationship will be tested because of Herlene Budol's character in the September 19 episode entitled "Nasunog". In the story, Almira Muhlach plays the mother of Arra, Thea, and Juancho.

Rounding off the fresh stories this month is the "Inilibing" episode bannered by no less than Jean Garcia. Airing on September 26, Inilibing also features Vaness del Moral and Adrian Alandy. In the story, Lorna (Jean) thought that Efren (Adrian) was the perfect guy only to find out otherwise. It turns out that on top of being an abusive partner, Efren has another woman (Vaness). Lorna will do everything to fight for her life and for her child.

Wish Ko Lang! continues to win the hearts of viewers and netizens as well. For the past few months, the program has been airing fresh episodes amid the pandemic. Host Vicky Morales is grateful for the positive feedback the show has been getting.
"I'm thankful to all the people who spend their Saturday afternoons watching our special fresh episodes," she said. "More than the assistance we get to extend to our case studies and our show's followers, I am happy that Wish Ko Lang! is able to inspire people to hope and help one another amid these trying times. Maraming salamat sa patuloy ninyong panunuod at pagsuporta sa Wish Ko Lang! Lagi po natin tatandaan, hangga't 'di tayo napapagod humiling at maniwala, hindi rin tayo mapapagod lumaban sa buhay."

Catch the Winner September line-up of Wish Ko Lang! beginning this Saturday (September 5), 4 pm on GMA-7.

August 31, 2020

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla Lead ABS-CBN’s Tribute Video for Filipinos Who Continue to Fight, Serve Amidst the Tragedies

ABS-CBN launches a tribute video for Filipinos who continue to fight, serve the nation, and care for others despite the challenges faced by the country.

Dubbed "Tinig ng Mga Nawalan," the video, which was released after "TV Patrol" on August 31 coinciding the celebration of National Heroes Day, features the voices of young superstars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, together with other Kapamilyas from within and outside the network. Among the video's creators and singers, including its director, are ABS-CBN workers affected by the retrenchment after the House of Representatives denied ABS-CBN's franchise renewal.

The tribute bears a message of hope for Filipinos facing tragedies like losing loved ones in the fight against COVID-19, as well as the loss of jobs during this pandemic.

Also appearing in the video are artists Coco Martin, Vice Ganda, Angel Locsin, Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano, Bea Alonzo, Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal, Melai Cantiveros, Jericho Rosales, Beauty Gonzales, Bianca Gonzales, Enchong Dee, Robi Domingo, Jake Cuenca, Kylie Versoza, Edward Barbers, and Alex Gonzaga, and journalists Bernadette Sembrano, Zen Hernandez, Alvin Elchico, Jeff Canoy, Chiara Zambrano, and Jacque Manabat, who have all used their voices to fight for the rights of their fellowmen and Kapamilya.

The launch of "Tinig ng Mga Nawalan" is part of the new ABS-CBN campaign "Lingkod ng Isa't Isa," which celebrates the grit, tenacity, and resilience of every Filipino in transcending ordeals and painful losses, while still being able to help uplift other people's lives. It aims to highlight how Filipinos become each other's heroes in dark, challenging, and uncertain times.

Starting August 31, stories of everyday heroism of Filipinos here and abroad can be found on the "Lingkod ng Isa't Isa" microsite (news.abs-cbn.com/LingkodNgIsatIsa). Everyone is encouraged to share their inspiring story via social media, use the official hashtags #LingkodPinas and #LingkodNgIsatIsa.

"Tinig ng Mga Nawalan" is also dedicated to the affected employees who have contributed to the network's mission to serve the Filipino in the past 67 years.

You may catch the video online on the Facebook pages of ABS-CBN Entertainment and ABS-CBN News and on news.abs-cbn.com/LingkodNgIsatIsa.

For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

Vloggers, Famous Volleyball Players, Home Partners Join TV5’s Hit Game Shows “Fill in the Bank” and “Bawal na Game Show”

Now on their third unstoppable week, TV5's pandemic-inspired game shows continue to bring intense fun and action with vloggers Krissy Achino and Baninay gracing "Fill in the Bank" and Cignal HD Spikers ruling over "Bawal na Game Show" as this week's headliners. After the back-back celebrity episodes of these wacky game shows, televiewers will soon be in the spotlight where they get to be the show's star players.

Join the hilarious tandem of Krissy Achino and Baninay as they exchange antics with "Fill in the Bank" hosts "Manedyer" Jose Manalo and "Madam Poky" Pokwang on Monday, August 31, at 7:30 p.m. Standup comedians Toni G and Afril fill the studio with non-stop laughter and fun as they play for money and bag the top prize of as much as Php150,000 in "Fill in the Bank" on September 2.

In the September 4 episode of "Fill in the Bank", business partners Alphard Robles and Jericho Tabangcura get the chance to show their money skills in the following money-saving rounds: Enter your Pin Code, Cheque or X, Coin Rush and Huli Cash. Every week, two players will compete and get to play the innovative Ayuda Teh! Machine (ATM) and Panghakot na Papremyo Equipment (PPE).

Soon, even more prizes and surprises await home viewers as they turn into home partners and win as much as Php5,000. Dubbed "Juan Partner," a lucky home partner gets to choose his or her favorite studio player and bet on the contestant online during the show's airing. For more details on how to be part of this exciting game show, catch "Fill in the Bank" every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 p.m., only on TV5.

Witness sports in action as "Bawal na Game Show" features their new "pasaways" Cignal HD Spikers Jheck Dionela, Alfred Valbuena and Marck Espejo on September 1. Hosts Bebe Ghorl Wally Bayola and Barby Ghorl Paolo Ballesteros bring once more their own brand of comedy as the cross-dressing Ghorl Twins with some crazy rules in "Bawal Ma-Fall," "Bawal ang Da Moves," "Bawal ang Sablay," "Bawal ang Sumuko" and "Bawal na Roleta."

Televiewers will soon get to join by being a "Bawal Lumabas" home partner where they can bet on their favorite "pasaway" on the show and become a winner when their chosen player wins. Be a "Bawal Lumabas" home partner by posting a photo on social media doing the signature "bawal pose" of Baby Ghorl and Barby Ghorl which the hosts will announce during the show.

Find out how to win instant prizes by simply following the rules of the game when you tune in to "Bawal na Game Show", airing Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m., only on TV5.

YouTube “Super Stream,” Your Free Access to PH’s Blockbuster Movies, TV Shows, Sports Favorites, and More

YouTube, in collaboration with media partners, launches Super Stream in the Philippines to give free access to some of the country's favorite video contents across a variety of genres for a limited time.

Every week from August 30 to September 26, YouTube fans can watch over 300 hours of binge-worthy contents including local blockbuster movies, hit shows, romance flicks, historic sports matches, inspiring documentaries and more from media partners such as ABS-CBN, GMA, TBA Studios, One Sports, One Championship and DAZN.

"Every day, Filipinos go to YouTube to learn, share their passions, or be entertained. As people limit going out to remain well, we want to make staying safe at home better by introducing Super Stream so everyone can access movies, TV shows and more--for free until September 26," said Gabby Roxas, Marketing Head of Google Philippines. "Whether it is a box office hit, classic TV show, sports event, or documentary, there is Super Stream content for entertainment needs on top of the YouTube videos from favorite creators."

For the first week of Super Stream from August 30 to September 5, the following contents will be available on the Super Stream channel and those of the media partners:

ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN Entertainment, Cinema One, iWant, Star Cinema, Black Sheep, Rise Artists Studio)

25-minuter supercut movies
• A Second Chance
• The Unmarried Wife

Digital series cutups
• All Times Seph Was The Reliable Friend
• All Times Junjun Was The Wise Friend
• Listen To Love: The Four Bad Boys and Me (EP 1, 2 and 3)

Movies
• Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros
• The Gift
• Everybody Loves Baby Wendy
• Allergy in Love
• Barbara Reimagined
• Agawan Base
• Mamu and a Mother, Too
• Baka Bukas
• Tisay
• Happyland
• The Reunion
• SPARK
• Apple of My Eye

Daily full episodes
• Pangako Sa'Yo
• Lovers in Paris
• All of Me
• Dolce Amore

Livestreams
• I Feel U Episode 17 Alex G. and Toni
• We Rise Together Episode 62
• We Rise Together Episode 63
• We Rise Together Episode 64

Variety show
• Love Out Loud with Kaorhys
• Hello Stranger Finale FanCon (EP 1 and 2)

GMA (GMA Network, GMA Public Affairs)

Movies
• Overtime
• Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted
• Instant Mommy
• Above the Clouds
• Sana Dati
• Asintado
• Mulawin: The Movie
• I Will Always Love You
• Si Agimat at Si Enteng Kabisote
• Kiko en Lala
• Sosy Problems
• Meant to Beh
• Barbi D' Wonder Beki
• Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers

Series
• T.G.I.S.
• The Half Sisters
• Dragon Lady
• Anak Ni Waray vs Anak ni Biday
• Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit
• Love of My Life

TBA Studios

Movies/series
• Heneral Luna
• Taguan (EP 1)
• Taguan (EP 2)
• How She Left Me
• 1-2-3 (Gasping for Air)
• Tayo Sa Huling Buwan ng Taon

Start your YouTube marathon with Super Stream now. Stay tuned to Google's Facebook channel to know the latest lineup of Super Stream contents for the week.

August 30, 2020

After 30 Years, Ted Failon Part Ways with ABS-CBN

Multi-awarded broadcast journalist Ted Failon is leaving ABS-CBN after 30 years. He will make his final appearance on "TV Patrol" and "Failon Ngayon sa TeleRadyo" on August 31.

The closure of ABS-CBN's radio broadcast operations led to his decision.

ABS-CBN, in a stetement, said: "We admire Ted's talent, passion, and commitment to radio as his most effective medium in serving the Filipino people.

We thank Ted for his many years of dedication and service as a Kapamilya broadcast journalist. He will always be a Kapamilya. We wish him well on his journey."

Failon is said to be moving to, Radyo 5, the radio station of rival network TV5.

Earlier this month, "Dos Por Dos" host Anthony Taberna and Gerry Baja left the Kapamilya network and moved to DZRH.

Robi Domingo Says Goodbye to ABS-CBN’s MYX

Robi Domingo has finally said his goodbye to his stint as a MYX VJ.

On Instagram, the Kapamilya host looked back on the day he won the MYX VJ search back in 2008 after his stint as a housemate of "Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus."

"Found this big cheque the other day near my closet. Whenever I see this, I remember that night in Trinoma for the Myx VJ search in 2008, and also the value of it," he said.

"I don't see 100k worth of services but a million dreams and moments I gained when I became a part of this family," he added.

In another post, Robi said that it's because of MYX that he gets to speak.

August 29, 2020

Z-Movie "Alive" Starring Korean Superstars Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye Premieres September 8 on Netflix

Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment service, confirmed the international premiere of #Alive as September 8, 2020, following its theatrical run in Korea. 

#Alive tells the story of a mysterious virus outbreak that suddenly spreads throughout modern day Seoul and rapidly grows out of control. People struggle to stay alive when the unknown infection causes victims to eat each other, turning them into zombies. 

Oh Jun-u, played by Yoo Ah-in, and Kim Yu-bin, played by Park Shin-hye, struggle to survive in an apartment complex from those infected with the virus. They are trapped alone inside their apartments without access to cellular data, Wi-Fi, text, or phone calls. Their only source of information about the outside world is the news on TV and what they can see from outside their apartment windows. 

While they are neighbors, Jun-u and Yu-bin have opposite personalities. Jun-u is a typical middle-class boy who enjoys computer games and social networking. He utilizes technology to survive. Meanwhile, Yu-bin incorporates more traditional items like camping tools and telescopes to survive. With their different specialities, the pair work together to stay alive. 

Yoo Ah-in is known for portraying diverse roles in movies and dramas including Veteran, Chicago Typewriter, Six Flying Dragons, and more. Popular actress Park Shin-hye is known for her roles in You Are Beautiful, Pinocchio, and Memories of the Alhambra. 

The sneak-peek video provides an exclusive look at Jun-u suddenly discovering the zombie outbreak spreading to his neighborhood. From the window of his home, he witnesses the horrifying pandemonium as some neighbors become zombies and some try to flee. 

#Alive, based on an original script of screenwriter Matt Naylor, is directed by IL CHO and produced by ZIP CINEMA and PERSPECTIVE PICTURES. It premieres internationally on September 8, 2020, only on Netflix.

Binge-watch “Flower of Evil,” “Graceful Friends,” and Other Hit Korean Dramas on SKY Fiber’s VIU Premium Access Promo

Fast-paced action and thrilling mysteries await SKY Subscribers as they binge on the upcoming episodes of "Flower of Evil," "Graceful Friends," "Missing: The Other Side," and "Alice" on VIU Premium. Their binge-watching session is made even more pleasurable and guilt-free with SKY Fiber's First 3-months on us VIU Premium access promo

First to exhilarate SKY subscribers would be the psychological melodrama "Flower of Evil" starring one of South Korea's most sought-after leading man, Lee Joon Gi. He reunites with his "Criminal Minds" co-star Moon Chae-Won as she portrays his wife, a detective with sharp instincts yet blinded by her love for her husband. Her world shatters when she discovers that her husband is not who he claims he is. A cat and mouse chase between husband and wife ensue which will surely get viewers' hearts pumping. They will also be on the edge of their seats as they wonder: is he really a psychopath or not? 

Another crime thriller to enthrall viewers would be "Graceful Friends" where friendships and marriages are tested as a group of couples in their 40s gets entangled in a murder case. Viewers will get to witness a clash of motives and personalities that captures suburban intrigue at its finest. 

For a supernatural take on the crime thriller genre, "Missing: The Other Side" takes viewers to a village that holds spirits of missing and deceased people. Through this mystical place, a con man, a mysterious figure, a low-ranking public officer, and an elite detective will be able to solve disappearance cases. 

Can't get enough of hot detectives and mind-bending action? Viewers would definitely have to stream the mystery sci-fi series "Alice" as they follow a stoic detective's investigation of his mother's death and his discovery of a futuristic device that will enable him to harness the ability to manipulate space and time. As he unravels secrets behind time-traveling, he stumbles upon a genius physicist who, in an uncanny twist of fate, resembles his deceased mother. 

SKY subscribers can catch new episodes of "Flower of Evil" every Thursday and Friday and "Graceful Friends" every weekend. While both "Alice" and "Missing: The Other Side" are set to premiere on August 29 and 30 respectively. 

Binge-watch and be engrossed in these gripping K-drama thrillers on VIU when you watch it with SKY Fiber. 

Get your first 3 months of premium access by visiting vod.mysky.com for more details. 

VIU Premium is available to all SKY Fiber, and SKYcable postpaid subscribers.

Elisse Joson Releases New Song “Halika Na”

Elisse Joson channels a mature and alluring persona in her freshly released single under Star POP titled "Halika Na." 

The magnetic track is the actress-singer's first solo single under the ABS-CBN label. It delves into a dark kind of unrequited love story wherein a bold woman intentionally attracts a man to be with her whom she believes is unhappy in his current relationship. 

"Halika Na" was written by Fia Castro and Mary Grace Negapatan, arranged, mixed and mastered by Michael "Cursebox" Negapatan, and produced by Star POP head Rox Santos. 

Elisse previously released an album under Star POP with her former on-and-off screen partner McCoy de Leon in 2017 dubbed as "McLisse." It was comprised of covers featuring the songs "Opposites Attract," "Chinito," "Para Lang Sa'yo," "Yakap," and "If We Fall In Love." 

In 2019, McLisse also released a cover of Moira Dela Torre's "Tagu-taguan" for their romantic-comedy film "Sakaling Maging Tayo." 

Elisse rose to fame when she joined "Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky Season 7" in 2016. Afterwards, she went on to have roles in Kapamilya teleseryes "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," "The Good Son," "Ngayon at Kailanman," and more recently, "Sandugo." She also played one of the leads in iWant's "Ampalaya Chronicles." 

Be daring with Elisse and listen to her single "Halika Na," out now on various digital streaming platforms. 

For more details, follow StarPOP PH on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starpopph), and on Instagram (@starpopph). For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

Official Statement on ‘Black Panther’ Chadwick Boseman's Death

Chadwick Boseman dies on Friday, August 28, after 4-year fight with stage IV colon cancer. 

He was 43. 

The ‘Black Panther’ actor died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. 

Here’s the official statement:


August 27, 2020

SB19's Josh Cullen Santos Beats Alden Richards in the Sexiest Man in the Philippines 2020 Poll

Josh Cullen Santosthe lead rapper and dancer of the phenomenal P-pop group SB19, has been voted by netizens as the “Sexiest Man in the Philippines” for the year  2020 in the annual poll by leading entertainment and lifestyle blog starmometer.com. The SB19 member ruled the online poll which is now on its 14th year.

Santos defeated two-time titleholder Alden Richards in a very tough battle during the finals of the annual poll which was held in four platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and online ballot. The SB19 visual member garnered a total of 4,786,918 votes to snatch the title.


Meanwhile, after topping the poll in 2018 and 2019, Alden Richards settled for second place this year by scoring a total of 3,650,961 votes. During the first 5 days of the finals, the Kapuso star is neck-and-neck with Santos but in the last 2 days, SB19 fans (called A’TIN) rallied for more votes to widen the gap to more than 1 million. Richards joins the ranks of Coco Martin (2010, 2012) and James Reid (2014, 2016, 2017) who won the title more than once.


Newcomer Kokoy de Santos ranked third this year after getting 1,736,754 total votes. The rising young actor catapulted to fame after starring in “Gameboys,” the very first boys love (BL) series in the Philippines. He garnered votes from as far as Brazil powered by his fans from the South American country. He is now popular in other countries after portraying the role of Gavreel in the said web series.

Placing fourth and fifth are previous titleholders James Reid (#4) and Enrique Gil (#5), respectively. Completing the Final 6 is It’s Showtime mainstay Ion Perez.

Here are the complete results of the final poll:

The selection of “100 Sexiest Men in the Philippines 2020” was based on the following criteria: 30% charm, 40% physique, and 30% popularity index (visibility in the last 12 months).

Check out the rankings of the 100 Sexiest Men in the Philippines 2020 from 100 to 1 below:

Sexiest Man in PH Through The Years:

2007 – Sam Milby
2008 – Piolo Pascual
2009 – Aljur Abrenica
2010 – Coco Martin
2011 – Enchong Dee
2012 – Coco Martin
2013 – Enrique Gil
2014 – James Reid
2015 – Xian Lim
2016 – James Reid
2017 – James Reid
2018 – Alden Richards
2019 – Alden Richards
2020 – Josh Cullen Santos

This story was first published on starmometer.com

Tony Labrusca and JC Alcantara of Hit BL Series 'Hello Stranger' Drop Kilig Duet of "Kahit Na Anong Sabihin ng Iba"

“Hello Stranger” lead stars Tony Labrusca and JC Alcantara make hearts flutter with the release of their duet “Kahit Na Anong Sabihin Ng Iba” under Star Music, following the success of the recently concluded Filipino boys’ love (BL) series. 

The song played a huge part in setting the mood for the enchanting scenes between Xavier (Tony) and Mico (JC) in Black Sheep’s digital offering. 

For XavMi loyalists who can't get enough of the finale scene where Xav sang “Kahit Na Anong Sabihin Ng Iba" to Mico, Tony also recorded a solo version of the comforting track which emphasizes how integral trust is in a relationship. 

Meanwhile, fans from different parts of the world swarmed the comments section of the song’s in-studio version uploaded on YouTube, with many praising Tony and JC’s chemistry and warm rendition of the song. 

Suddenly feeling emotional hearing this song from the cast of ‘Hello Stranger.’ Love from Malaysia,” Ida Aziz wrote. 

I died because of the tenderness of the two of them singing beautifully, TonyJC greeting from Ecuador,” Analía Boats said. 

Big love for JC and Tony from Thailand! Best chemistry ever, I can feel it from my BL heart,” Bobboe Bobber commented. 

“Kahit Na Anong Sabihin ng Iba” was originally recorded by the band Unit 406 and composed by its lead vocalist Gabriel Tagadtad. Seth Fedelin’s rendition of the song was also played throughout the “Hello Stranger” series. 

Embrace all kinds of love while waiting for "Hello Stranger's" movie sequel and listen to the solo and duet versions of “Kahit Na Anong Sabihin Ng Iba” sung by Tony and JC on Star Music’s YouTube channel and on various digital streaming services. 

For more details, like Star Music on Facebook (www.fb.com/starmusicph), and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

"Telesine Presents: Multo" Airs August 30 on GMA

Following the much-anticipated premiere of Telesine Presents last week, catch another special movie made for television with ‘Multo’ this Sunday, August 30. 

It tells the story of Cecilia (Ruffa Gutierrez), whose spirit seeks revenge for her tragic passing. For this to be accomplished, she possesses Alex (Carmina Villarroel), who will discover that she may have a connection to those who committed the crime. Will Cecilia be able to avenge her death? 

Don’t miss ‘Telesine Presents: Multo’ this Sunday, August 30, after The Boobay and Tekla Show on GMA Network.

"I Love You Since 1892" Awarded 2019 Book of the Year by ABS-CBN Books

Best-selling novel “I Love You Since 1892” was awarded Book of the Year – Fiction by ABS-CBN Books in a virtual writers’ event attended by Project Foreword mentors Ricky Lee, Ardy Roberto, and Makiwander. The award was presented to the book’s author, Binibining Mia, who was recognized for “dominating the NBS bestseller lists and breathing a new life to the genre of historical fiction in the Philippine setting.” 

The book tells the story of Carmela, a girl from 2016 who gets sent back to the year 1892 and falls in love with Juanito, a doctor-to-be and son of a powerful gobernadorcillo. The printed series which spans five volumes has since sold more than 210,000 copies, including three spinoff books and a collector’s box set. 

Binibining Mia was presented with a special Lilianna Manahan-designed trophy for Book of the Year, as well as another trophy for “Game Changer of the Year” co-presented by the LCS Group of Companies. 

’I Love You Since 1892’ opened many opportunities in my life. I had no idea if I could finish it then, but others said that as long as you love what you do, don’t stop because in the end, all your hard work will be worth it,” Binibining Mia said as she accepted the award. 

She added, “I sometimes ask myself what my purpose in life is, but when I read the messages of the readers saying that they now appreciate history more or that in some ways the story touched them, it makes me feel good to know that as writers we get to inspire readers to change the course of their lives.” 

Binibining Mia recently announced her latest novel, “Thy Love: Ang Unang Pagtatagpo,” also published by ABS-CBN Books, which is available on Lazada and Shopee. 

“I Love You Since 1892” is available in National Bookstore’s Lazada and Shopee stores, as well as its branches nationwide. 

For more details, like ABS-CBN Books on Facebook at www.facebook.com/abscbnbooks and follow it on Instagram @abscbnbooks

For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

"143 COVID Free," a Howie Severino Documentary Airs on I-Witness this Friday, August 28

This Friday (August 28), catch Howie Severino’s I-Witness documentary “143 COVID Free” airing on GMA News TV. 

A major trading town that couldn’t lock down for even one day during the pandemic stayed COVID-free for 143 days. 

In their first field foray in six months, Howie and his documentary team travel to northern Luzon to investigate how a busy rural community was able to do it. 

Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya also happens to be the hometown of Xyza Cruz Bacani, the former DH-turned-renowned-photojournalist in Hong Kong whom Howie and his team first documented in 2014 at the start of her international career. 

Xyza has since been traveling the world for her work, but got stranded in Bambang during the pandemic, forcing her to rediscover the town she left behind. 

She has focused her lenses on the town’s lone rural health doctor and how he’s been teaching his townmates to keep themselves safe. Her storytelling has brought Bambang’s remarkable achievement to the attention of a global audience. 

“143 COVID Free” is a story of hope in dangerous times, of the unlikely homecoming of a unique OFW, and of the continuing struggle of a community to keep everyone alive and well. 

Catch I-Witness this Friday on GMA News TV’s Power Block strip after New Normal: Family Time.

"Enola Holmes" feat. Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, and Helena Bonham Carter Out on Netflix September 23, 2020

Enola Holmes
, the Millie Bobby Brown-starring film that focuses on Sherlock Holmes’ brilliant teenage sister, will have its much-awaited release on Netflix on September 23, 2020.

The film which also stars Henry Cavill (as Sherlock Holmes), Helena Bonham Carter, Sam Claflin, Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour, Louis Partridge, Burn Gorman, and Susan Wokoma, is based on a series of books by Nancy Springer that re-imagines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s world by putting Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister at the heart of a series. 

Gist: England, 1884 – a world on the brink of change. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) wakes to find that her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) has disappeared, leaving behind an odd assortment of gifts but no apparent clue as to where she’s gone or why. After a free-spirited childhood, Enola suddenly finds herself under the care of her brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), both set on sending her away to a finishing school for “proper” young ladies. Refusing to follow their wishes, Enola escapes to search for her mother in London. But when her journey finds her entangled in a mystery surrounding a young runaway Lord (Louis Partridge), Enola becomes a super-sleuth in her own right, outwitting her famous brother as she unravels a conspiracy that threatens to set back the course of history. Based on the beloved book series by Nancy Springer, ENOLA HOLMES is a dynamic new mystery-adventure that introduces the world’s greatest detective to his fiercest competition yet: his teenage sister. The game is afoot. 

To know more about Enola Holmes, visit www.netflix.com/enolaholmes

MOR 101.9 Bids Farewell to Loyal Audiences in “Salamat, For Life!” Online Special feat. Regine, Ogie, Gary V., Moira, Yeng and Many More!

ABS-CBN’s MOR 101.9 For Life! in Manila bids goodbye to its online listeners on a high note as it holds a virtual farewell special dubbed “Salamat, For Life!,” streaming live this Friday (August 28) on MOR website, Facebook and Kumu. 

The thanksgiving party marks the last day of MOR operations almost two months after ABS-CBN’s broadcast franchise was denied and almost four months after the station went off the air. 

“Salamat, For Life!” will bring back the greatest Pinoy hits from the past decades with musical performances from OPM hitmakers Erik Santos, Jed Madela, Moira dela Torre, and Yeng Constantino and OPM icons Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, and Regine Velasquez. 

Pinoy bands 6Cyclemind, Banda Ni Kleggy, Better Days, Gracenote, Imago, Itchyworms, Moonstar88, Sandwich, The Vowels They Orbit, and Trinidad with Mig Ayesa and Arnel Pineda are also rendering rocking performances as the beloved radio station takes its audiences back to MOR’s yesteryears filled with music, fun, and laughter. 

The online shindig will be hosted by retired MOR DJ’s Chinapaps and Bob Zilla and will be joined by other DJs namely Maki Rena, Onse, Eva Ronda, Nicki Morena, Jhai Ho, Popoy, Chacha, Ana Ramsey, Bea, Kisses, Toni, Joco Loco, Biboy Bwenas, Chico Martin, and Reggie V. Also taking part in the event is MOR station head Mars Ocampo. 

Join the whole MORkada for the “Salamat, For Life!” farewell special this Friday (August 28), 6 pm on mor1019.com, MOR Philippines - Manila Facebook page, and Kumu @mor_tv. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

Darren Espanto and Jayda Avanzado's Song "Sana Tayo Na" Draws Online Raves and Huge Streams Immediately After Its Release

Darren Espanto and Jayda’s first collaboration “Sana Tayo Na” proved to be a hit as it received inclusion in a Spotify editorial playlist and racked up views and streams just two weeks after its release.  

The love song, a revival of Jayda’s father Dingdong Avanzado’s composition, was featured in Spotify Philippines’ ‘Trending Tracks’ editorial playlist, which lists down viral songs in the country and was also included on Spotify's New Music Friday Philippines on the day of its release. It currently has over 116,000 streams on the streaming platform. 

The “Sana Tayo Na” music video, which was released two weeks ago, has already amassed over 550,000 views as of writing. 

In a vlog, Jayda shared her experience shooting the video at home and separate from Darren who is in Canada. “It was a lot of fun shooting virtually because I feel like it’s all a first for us since we don’t have a choice,” Darren said via Zoom. 

Meanwhile, fans were clearly thrilled about the collaboration, praising the song, its music video, and the two young artists’ chemistry. 

I never get tired listening to this song over and over again. The melody, well written with true emotions, and Darren and Jayda’s singing makes the song so much beautiful... The video itself connotes true love,” commented user Maria Simeona Lababidi on the song’s music video on YouTube. 

Amazing! Proud of these two. I love the song, gives you LSS plus their voices, wow just wow! More collab, please," Maria Reza Sapalo said. 

Fans can also sing "Sana Tayo Na" with Darren and Jayda on TikTok. The two uploaded videos of themselves while singing their parts of the song on their individual TikTok accounts—allowing users to have a duet with them virtually. 

Watch the music video of “Sana Tayo Na” on Star Music’s YouTube channel and stream the song on various digital streaming services. For more details, like Star Music on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starmusicph), and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

Netflix Starts Production of the Second Season of Hit Thai Series "Girl From Nowhere"

Netflix announced the start of production of Thai hit series, Girl From Nowhere Season 2, in Bangkok. The brand new season will be exclusively available on Netflix. 

Season 1 of this Thai mystery anthology series has been well received by Netflix viewers both in its home country and internationally for its unconventional storytelling and candid take on today’s school society. Inspired by true events, Season 2 continues to revolve around Nanno, a clever girl who transfers to different schools, exposing the lies and misdeeds of the students and faculty at every turn. 

Chicha Amatayakul who plays Nanno expressed her excitement about the return: “I’m grateful for all the support I’ve been receiving since the show landed on Netflix. It’s been a pleasure to present this unique series to fans around the world. Thank you again for bringing Nanno back to life. I won’t let you down!” 

Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix at http://www.netflix.com/girlfromnowhere.

"Wonder Woman 1884" Official Main Trailer #WW84

The new era of Wonder Woman begins now with the launch of “Wonder Woman 1984’s” official main trailer. 

Check it out below: 




About “Wonder Woman 1984” 

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah. 

With director Patty Jenkins back at the helm and Gal Gadot returning in the title role, “Wonder Woman 1984” is Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the DC Super Hero’s first outing, 2017’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office. The film also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Max Lord, Robin Wright as Antiope, and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta. 

Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and Stephen Jones are producing the film. Rebecca Steel, Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Marianne Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Wesley Coller are the executive producers. 

Patty Jenkins directed from a screenplay she wrote with Geoff Johns & David Callaham, story by Jenkins & Johns, based on characters from DC. Joining the director behind the scenes are several members of her “Wonder Woman” team, including director of photography Matthew Jensen, Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). Oscar-nominated editor Richard Pearson (“United 93”) is cutting the film. The music is by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“Dunkirk,” “The Lion King”). 

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents an Atlas Entertainment/Stone Quarry Production, a Patty Jenkins Film, “Wonder Woman 1984.” 

In Philippine cinemas soon, “Wonder Woman 1984” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company. Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #WW84

Girl Falls in Love with Her Girl Best Friend in “MNL48 Presents: Bye, Us” Starring Jemimah Caldejon and Dana Brual

A story of a girl who unexpectedly finds herself falling for her girl best friend will showcase a new side to MNL48 members Jemimah Caldejon and Dana Brual as they star in the newest “MNL48 Presents: Bye, Us” a 4-part digital miniseries which will have an exclusive digital premiere on August 27. 

Get to know best friends Jackie and Portia, who are forced to be apart as one of them moves to Japan. As Jackie deals with the pain of being away from her best friend, she realizes one thing – she is in love with Portia. 

Tickets for advance viewing available on ktx.ph 

Fans who want to be among the first to catch the new digital miniseries can get their tickets on ktx.ph. Ticket buyers will have the chance to watch the episodes in advance and be included in a digital party with the cast. 

Several packages are also available for groups who want to have an exclusive chat with the series’ lead stars. The MNLoves package (P5,500) allows five people to enjoy with the cast for 15 minutes. In the Gold package (P3,500), three fans can come together and have a chat with the stars for 10 minutes. On the other hand, the Oshi package (P2,500) gives slots to two people for 10 minutes. The SVIP package (P1,500) can be availed for a one-on-one chat with the cast for three minutes. Meanwhile, the VIP package (P750) buyers can watch the exclusive digital premiere and join the digital party. 

“MNL48 Presents” is part of the growing list of digital content of OKS (Online Kapamilya Shows). 

For more updates, follow ABS-CBN PR on Facebook (fb.com/abscbnpr), Twitter (@abscbnpr), and Intagram (@abscbnpr).

August 26, 2020

SMART Offers Simpler, Most Convenient Ways to Score Ellie Goulding's "The Brightest Blue Experience" Online Concert



Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. makes it simpler for Filipinos to score tickets and watch Ellie Goulding’s The Brightest Blue Experience along with millions of fans around the world. 

Smart has partnered with LIVENow, a pay-per-view service, which shall broadcast the British singer-songwriter’s one-off exclusive virtual concert live on August 27 from London’s iconic Victoria & Albert Museum. 

The showcase will see Ellie perform tracks from her new album for the first time as well as some fan favorites, accompanied by a special ensemble of live musicians and a very special guest. 

Smart subscribers can buy their ticket and conveniently charge this to their postpaid bill. To do this, subscribers only need to sign up at https://www.live-now.com, select Pay Your Phone, then choose Smart as mode of payment. Smart Prepaid customers can also conveniently buy their concert pass using their prepaid load. 


Digital Concerts in the New Normal

As the world continues to deal with the pandemic situation, online concerts have become a huge source of entertainment for the quarantined public. 

Through this, Smart continues to bring subscribers closer to their passions, in this case music, by giving them easy access to world-class talents amid the new normal. 

Ellie Goulding's The Brightest Blue Experience adds to the string of local and international artists that Smart has brought closer to Filipino fans through exclusive experiences and elevated lifestyle perks. 


Country's Fastest Mobile Data Network 

Smart subscribers can enjoy the concert seamlessly powered by the country's fastest mobile data network, as recognized by third-party analytics firms, such as Ookla and Opensignal. 

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, recently named Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network in the first half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score™ of 18.33, with average speeds of 15.94 Mbps for download and 7.57 Mbps for upload, based on 2,810,963 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest®. 

On the other hand, Opensignal, an independent mobile analytics firm, reported in its April 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report* for the Philippines that Smart remained ahead of the competition in terms of Video Experience, Upload, and Download Speed Experience, Voice App Experience, Games Experience, and 4G Availability. 

To know more about The Brightest Blue Experience concert, visit https://smart.com.ph/Pages/smartEllieGoulding.

August 24, 2020

Gatorade Powers Philippine Basketball Action in First-Ever NBA Republika Playoffs Party

As the high-octane basketball action of the NBA goes underway in the commencement of the highly-awaited 2020 Playoffs, Filipino fans got a taste of what they’d been missing out on in the first-ever NBA Republika Playoffs Party

Held last August 17 on Facebook Live, the NBA Republika Playoffs Party is the latest result of the long and fruitful partnership between Gatorade and NBA Philippines. It featured a combination of authentic NBA entertainment, interviews with international basketball stars, and other interactive elements. Gatorade hosted two segments in the party, one of which was the “Path to Pro” interview segment, where NBA G League star and potential No. 1 draft pick Jalen Green shared his journey to becoming an NBA player. 

The best advice I can give to aspiring Filipino basketball players is to stay in the gym,” said Green, with whom local Gatorade athletes also had the chance to talk and ask for inspiration. “Stay in the gym, really work, and really study the game of basketball.” 

Local phenom turned international cager Thirdy Ravena, himself also a Gatorade ambassador, also shared some of his insights from his own journey to being a professional basketball player. “I definitely have a million things to improve on, as I know I’m going to be playing a smaller position than I was used to in college,” he said. “And you know I’m always trying to stay hydrated - shout out to the Gatorade family for making sure we have the fuel to perform at a high level.” 

Another Gatorade ambassador, Ricci Rivero of UP Fighting Maroons also shared his thoughts on playing to represent the Philippines. “Getting the chance to represent the country is something that we should take as a privilege and not just an opportunity. Playing for the country is something that will boost our confidence and morality, it’s one of the best opportunities to be given to an athlete.” He also added, “like what Thirdy said, no promises but we’re going to give it our all.” 

Another segment was the “Dunk Off,” where local collegiate stars competed in a virtual dunk contest for the fans. The winner received a year’s supply of Gatorade for themselves and an organization of their choice. 

We’re definitely happy to fuel Filipino fans’ excitement for the return of NBA action through the Republika Playoffs Party,” said Mikey Rosales, PepsiCo Philippines’ Marketing Director. “Great sports action is something we all need during these times.” 

Gatorade has been a partner of the NBA since 1984, of NBA Philippines since 2005, and of numerous local leagues and teams including the UAAP, PBA, and the MPBL, among others. 

For more updates, follow Gatorade on Facebook at facebook.com/GatoradePH, and on Twitter and Instagram at @GatoradePH.

August 19, 2020

ABS-CBN News Rakes 10M YouTube Subscribers with 6B Views, Remains to be the Most-Trusted Source of News Online


ABS-CBN solidifies its digital transformation with another milestone as ABS-CBN News reaches 10 million subscribers on YouTube.

Now on its tenth year on the video-sharing platform, ABS-CBN News continues to be the most subscribed Filipino news channel, serving viewers worldwide with livestreaming of top news programs such as "TV Patrol" and "The World Tonight," select shows of TeleRadyo and ABS-CBN Current Affairs, and exclusive explainer videos and profiles from its digital brand NXT.

With six billion lifetime views, ABS-CBN News also ranks number five in terms of YouTube views from Philippine-based viewers as of August 4, according to the analytics firm Social Blade.

It also continues to be the trusted source of news and information on social media with over 18 million likes and 20 million followers on Facebook, seven million followers on Twitter, and 1.7 million followers on Instagram, where real-time news updates and links to news sites news.abs-cbn.com and patrol.ph are posted.

Despite the shutdown of ABS-CBN's broadcast operations and the non-renewal of its franchise, ABS-CBN News remains committed to be in the service of the Filipino. Aside from YouTube, "TV Patrol" and "The World Tonight" can also be viewed online on the ABS-CBN News Facebook page and iWant, and on cable on ANC, TeleRadyo, and Kapamilya Channel.

August 16, 2020

"Love" in the Time of Covid-19: How to Keep a Healthy Hydrated Skin and Strong Immune System Amid the Pandemic

Actress. TV host. Visual Artist. Author. Philanthropist. And now, she also serves as First Lady of Sorsogon province. On top of these roles, celebrity Love Marie “Heart” Evangelista Escudero has taken on another role this year as a brand ambassador for healthy skin and much-needed immunity. 

This quarter, Heart finally shares the secret that helps her achieve healthy, hydrated skin 1 - she is the new face and “heart” so to speak of top adult Vitamin C brand ², Poten-Cee’s newest variant – Poten-Cee + C


‪Along with award-winning actress and fellow philanthropist Bea Alonzo, Heart is now part of the growing list of Poten-Cee endorsers. She represents the women who stand to benefit most from the Poten-Cee + C variant which has two components: hydrolyzed collagen that helps hydrate the skin and helps reduce wrinkles, and Vitamin C that supports collagen production and boosts immunity ³. 

While she just turned 35 this February, Heart is aware of the need to care for her skin this early, given the demands of her multiple roles. Evangelista says: “This year, I am giving myself the gift of beauty and health.  ​While I knew then that the years would eventually take a toll on my skin, I am grateful to discover now that Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen, which is essential for healthy skin.​” 

Moreover, Evangelista adds: “These are trying times for our country, especially with the prevalence of COVID-19. We really must do what we can to protect ourselves and to strengthen our immunity. We can do that by eating healthy food, embracing a healthy lifestyle, and taking food supplements such as Poten-Cee + C.” 

Poten-Cee, through its variants, addresses specific health and lifestyle needs of consumers. Its variants include: Forte (1G of Ascorbic Acid), Sugar-Coated (easy-to-swallow and no sour taste), Sugar-Free, Chewable, and Non-Acidic (Sodium Ascorbate). 

To learn more about Poten-Cee, check out Poten-Cee’s official Facebook and IG accounts. 

¹Du Kim, et al. Oral intake of Low molecular weight collagen peptide improves hydration, elasticity, and wrinkling in Human skin. Published online 2018 June . 
²IQVIA Solutions Philippines, Inc. 2019 Q4 data 
³ Carr AC, Maggini S. Vitamin C and Immune Function. Nutrients. 2017;9(11):1211. Published 2017 Nov 3. doi:10.3390/nu9111211

Miss Universe Philippines Launches the First- Ever Online Pageant Series 'Ring Light'

‪Miss Universe Philippines strives to break pageant norms and build a new Miss Universe that promotes empowered beauty with a purpose through its new online series, Ring Light, which premieres on September 27, 2020 on www.empire.ph

Going beyond preliminaries and the coronation night, Ring Light is the first of its kind in the world as it gives pageant fans a closer look at what it truly takes to become a beauty queen. From rigorous training to fascinating challenges and fun, behind-the-scenes activities, Ring Light proves that there’s more to beauty than meets the eye. 

Composed of eight episodes, the series follows 50 aspiring Miss Universe Philippines candidates and takes viewers through their inspiring journey to the crown. Each episode will take the viewer through learnings, challenges, preliminaries, and finally, the coronation night. A portion of each subscription will go to the candidates’ chosen beneficiary as well as partner organizations AHA! Learning Center and WWF. Each Miss Universe Philippines candidate has a corresponding referral code that will directly benefit her chosen personal beneficiary. Fans can check out their favorite candidate’s Instagram page for the referral code and use it when purchasing their subscription. 

We’re very excited to launch Ring Light, the first-ever fundraising online pageant series that will allow fans to take the same journey to the crown while making a positive impact,” says Miss Universe Philippines National Director and Miss Universe 2011 Third Runner-Up, Shamcey Supsup-Lee. “With this online series, we hope to inspire our viewers to find their own light and empowerment and show that beauty is not only skin deep.” 


How to Watch Ring Light 

All eight episodes, including five learning episodes, a challenge episode, the preliminaries (swimsuit and gown competition), and the grand finale, will be available to stream on www.empire.ph for a one-time fee of P299. 

Excited pageant fans can also avail of Ring Light’s early bird promo of only P249 if you subscribe any time from July 22 to August 31, 2020. 

'Ring Light' revolutionizes the way we view pageants through a fundraising online series that takes you behind the scenes, beyond the spotlight, and on the universe’s largest stage while positively impacting others.

Subscriptions to Miss Universe Philippines will benefit candidates’ chosen beneficiaries as well as the AHA! Learning Center, which has free programmes for public school students during COVID-19, and WWF.

Ring Light Episodes 

Episode 1: Lights On 
In this episode, our girls will talk about their passions, hopes, motivations. Explore their hometowns, learn about their history, and find out what drives them to pursue the crown. 

Episode 2: What Makes You Blush 
Enhance natural beauty and celebrate glamorous transformations! From girl-next-door fresh to dramatic diva, our girls learn to play with different looks in this episode. Learn with them under the tutelage of renowned makeup artists and pick up some expert tips for yourself! 

Episode 3: My Space, My Face 
Ready, set, pose! This episode showcases the different ways our girls can capture their images - from pageant portraits and glam shots to candid behind the scenes photos and social media videos. Learn how to capture beauty in different forms and get inspired to hone your own camera skills! 

Episode 4: Work the Runway 
Our girls learn how to conquer the runway with confidence as each step they take brings them closer to the crown. Learn how to take bigger and bolder steps with them and grow in confidence and purpose. 

Episode 5: Looking In 
Featuring the Phenomenal Woman Learning Journey, this episode is composed of four original modules made by a team of diverse professionals, embodying Miss Universe’s commitment to molding women to lead with beautiful strength. Learn from this fresh and forward take on beauty pageant training that mixes informative, inspirational, practical, and fun activities that will take each of our girls through her own inspiring transformation. 

Episode 6: Game Changer 
Featuring one of the most challenging and exciting phases of the competition, this episode will feature a five-minute challenge for each of our girls, taped as live, with no edits. Judges will score them based on substance, delivery, and personality. 

Episode 7: Stand Out and Awe 
It’s time for the girls to flaunt their signature walks and put their makeup skills to the test! Our girls showcase everything they have learned so far through their unique sense of style in swimsuits and designer gowns that let their personalities shine. 

Episode 8: Shine 
Meet your new Miss Universe Philippines! This two-hour special showcases total entertainment unlike any pageant ever before. Witness this year’s most phenomenal woman as she is crowned the new Miss Universe Philippines. 

For more information, log on to Miss Universe Philippines on Facebook or visit www.empire.ph website and Instagram.

DC FanDome Reveals Panels and Itinerary to the 24-Hours #DCFanDome Free Virtual Global Fan Experience

‪You’re gonna need all 24 hours of #DCFanDome, the immersive virtual fan experience that’s free for all fans globally to join for 24-hours only on Sunday, August 23 (Manila Time) at DCFanDome.com

Plan your itinerary before entering the DC Multiverse! Build your schedule, add it to your personal calendar, and even share it with friends to make sure you don’t miss a thing. 

Fans can head over to the official https://schedule.dcfandome.com/ create an account, and browse through all the programming featured. Here’s the step-by-step guide on how to customize your schedule! 

Step 2: Create an account
Step 3: Click on the + to add events to “Your Schedule”
Step 4: Once you have selected your top events, click on the “My Schedule” top left
Step 5: Screenshot your schedule
Step 6: Click on the “Share” button at the top of the page, and copy the link
Step 7: Go to your social channel, upload the screenshot, and use the link in your social copy driving friends to your custom schedule. 

The epicenter of the DC FanDome is the Hall of Heroes, where fans can experience special programming, panels and content reveals from a wide variety of films, TV series and games. From there, navigate deeper into the DC Multiverse, exploring five additional satellite worlds, each with its own localized content and unique activities and one world fully devoted to our younger fans: DC WatchVerse, DC YouVerse, DC KidsVerse, DC InsiderVerse and DC FunVerse. 

The Hall of Heroes boasts a packed schedule of live action DC superhero movie panels, focusing on the future of the DCEU. Here are some of the highlights. 

Wonder Woman 1984 Panel
Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal, and director/co-writer/producer Patty Jenkins join forces with Brazilian hosts Érico Borgo and Aline Diniz to celebrate the fans in a big way. They will answer questions from fans from all over the world, talk fan art and cosplay, and reveal an all-new sneak peek at the upcoming film — plus a few more surprises! 

WW84 Amazon: Patty Jenkins
WW84 filmmaker Patty Jenkins reunites with the Amazons of Wonder Woman 84 in a panel hosted by Tiffany Smith. Amazonians from all over the world unite to recall their time becoming, preparing, and performing as an Amazon in Wonder Woman 1984. Join writer/director/producer Patty Jenkins, Young Diana Lilly Aspell, costume designer Lindy Hemming production designer Aline Bonetto and Themyscira Amazons Brontë Lavine, Briony Scarlett, Jade Johnson, Miranda Chambers, Moe Sasegbon, Gwendolyn Smith, Doutzen Kroes, Jessie Graff, and Jenny Pacey (Trainer and Amazon Performer in Opening Games). 

Introducing Flash (The Flash movie panel)
This 101-style conversation with The Flash filmmakers Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, star Ezra Miller and screenwriter Christina Hodson will give fans a speedy rundown on the first-ever Flash feature film. 

The Suicide Squad Panel
What else would you expect from The Suicide Squad but the ultimate elimination game? First up, writer/director James Gunn takes on fan questions, then brings out Task Force X for a fast-paced, no-holds-barred Squad Showdown that tests every team member’s Squad knowledge — and survival skills! 

The Snyder Cut of Justice League Panel
Zack Snyder fields questions from fans and a few surprise guests as he discusses his eagerly awaited upcoming cut of the 2017 feature film and the movement that made it happen. 

Black Adam Panel
Star of the first-ever Black Adam feature film Dwayne Johnson sets the stage for the story and tone of the new movie with a fans-first Q&A…and a few surprises. 

Aquaman Panel
Aquaman director James Wan and King Orm himself, Patrick Wilson, take a deep dive into the world of Atlantis that Wan created, revealing their favorite behind-the-scenes moments from the largest DC movie ever! 

The Batman Panel
The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves joins host and self-professed fangirl Aisha Tyler for a discussion of the upcoming film…with a surprise (or two) for the fans! 

Head to DCFandome.com for the complete itinerary, and to make your own custom schedule! 

About DCFanDome On Sunday, August 23, Manila time, Warner Bros. will welcome fans everywhere into the DC FanDome—a free virtual fan experience where no badge is required. 

Imagine all the Super Heroes and Super-Villains you've ever loved finally coming together in one place to celebrate DC's past, present and future. Accessible for 24 hours at DCFanDome.com, the global event will immerse fans into the DC Multiverse, with new announcements from WB Games, Film and TV, and comics, as well as an unprecedented opportunity to hear from the casts and creators behind your favorite feature films and TV series, including: Aquaman, The Batman, Batwoman, Black Adam, Black Lightning, DC Super Hero Girls, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, DC's Stargirl, Doom Patrol, The Flash, Harley Quinn, the SnyderCut of Justice League, Lucifer, Pennyworth, SHAZAM!, The Suicide Squad, Supergirl, Superman & Lois, Teen Titans GO!, Titans, Watchmen, Young Justice: Outsiders and, coming this fall to theaters worldwide, Wonder Woman 1984. 

The DC FanDome is the place to hear highly anticipated announcements and the latest news, see exclusive footage, and venture into themed worlds designed to entertain everyone from movie and TV superfans to gamers and readers, to families and kids. With special presentations to engage fans in every time zone across the globe, you'll have the opportunity to have an experience that's all your own. Inside this virtual world, fans will also get access to localized events, featuring the faces and voices from countries around the world in their local language. No matter where you live, your age or your level of fandom, there is something for you.

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