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 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 (, and on Instagram (@starpopph). For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

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 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

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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 (, 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 and follow it on Instagram @abscbnbooks

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"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

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, MOR Philippines - Manila Facebook page, and Kumu @mor_tv. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

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 (, 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

"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 

Fans who want to be among the first to catch the new digital miniseries can get their tickets on 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 (, 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, 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

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, and on Twitter and Instagram at @GatoradePH.




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