October 30, 2020

Piolo Pascual Remains a Kapamilya, Releases New Song "Iiyak sa Ulan" Under Star Music


Piolo Pascual has dropped a heartbreaking track entitled “Iiyak Sa Ulan,” which will be the lead single off his upcoming album under Star Music. 

“Iiyak Sa Ulan” is about one’s pain that he refuses to show and instead hides through the rain. Yet, despite its affecting message, it also offers a sense of hope that everything will eventually be okay. 

The track is a prelude to Piolo’s forthcoming all-original album that is already in the works and will include his solo renditions as well as duets with various local female artists. 

The Kapamilya singer last released an all-original album, “Timeless,” in 2007 and a compilation album, “Decades III,” in 2012. He is known for his hit ballad songs “Kailangan Kita” and “Paano Ba Ang Magmahal.” 

He will be seen next as a special guest in the upcoming episode of FYE’s “Dear Charo,” streaming on kumu on Monday (November 2) at 8pm. 

Savor the feels of Piolo’s “Iiyak sa Ulan” single, out now on various digital music streaming platforms. For more details, like Star Music on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starmusicph) and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

Brother Philippines and SEA Institute Donate to Batangas Public Schools


In line with its continued thrust to promote environment-friendly practices and provide support for underprivileged communities, Brother Philippines once again partnered with non-profit organization the SEA Institute to donate printers and toners to public schools in the town of Mabini, Batangas. 

The donation, which was done in two legs in September and October 2020, saw eight public schools from Mabini each receive a Laser Multifunction Machine, toner cartridges, and reams of bond paper for the teachers’ and students’ needs. SEA Institute President Robert Suntay was personally present for the turnover of the donations. 

The eight schools were: 

San Teodoro Elementary School
Mainit Elementary School
Bagalangit Elementary School
Panay Elementary School
Mabini Central School
Mainaga Elementary School 
Talaga Elementary School 
Solo Elementary School 

The first four schools were chosen by the SEA Institute for their location near Barangay San Teodoro in the town, in which the organization has a reef monitoring and alternative livelihood program for the community. The latter four schools were chosen through coordination with the Department of Education. 




We are extremely grateful to Brother Philippines for their generous donation of printers and toners to our partner schools in Mabini, Batangas,” said SEA Institute Activity Head Joseph Alfonso Ascalon. “These efficient and reliable laser printers will be a tremendous boost to the productivity and morale of the teachers in their pivot to modular lessons for their students. All the teachers were delighted with the capabilities of the printers and were confident that would be able to save valuable time.” 

Brother Philippines first partnered with the SEA Institute in October 2019 for their Family Day and CSR activity. In its constant drive to do more for the environment, the company sought more relevant environment-friendly causes they could participate in, leading them to find SEA Institute and their marine conservation and community support objectives around the Verde Island Passage in southern Luzon. 

For more updates and information on Brother activities and events, customers may visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BROTHERatyourside/. 

For concerns and inquiries about Brother products, they can also call the Brother Helpdesk Hotline at (02) 8 581-9898, or through the toll-free line at 1-10-BROTHER or send an email to helpdesk@brother.com.ph.

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla's Relationship Gets Tested in "The House Arrest of Us"


Box office stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla reunite in Star Cinema's first digital movie series and play a newly engaged couple who get tested by difficult circumstances in "The House Arrest of Us," which started streaming on KTX.PH last October 24 (Saturday). 

Newly engaged couple Korics (Daniel) and Q (Kathryn) get tested by difficult circumstances involving their respective families. As Korics formally asks for Q's hand in marriage following the Pinoy tradition of 'pamamanhikan' with his family, the two families' personalities clash in no time. 

Koric's mother, Berna (Arlene Muhlach) dislikes the way Zenaida (Ruffa Gutierrez) and Slyver (Herbert Bautista) welcomed them in Q's house. Likewise, Zenaida and Slyver cannot stand Koric's family especially with the sudden arrival of Koric's second father, Papawan (Gardo Versoza). 

Making things worse is the lockdown that the barangay imposes just when Koric's family is about to leave. 

Will the lockdown force their families to mend their differences? Or will it trigger Korics and Q to end their relationship? 

Riva Quenery, Anthony Jennings, Alora Sasam, Dennis Padilla, Hyubs Azarcon and Summer Ford complete the cast. 

Fans can watch all 13 episodes for P499 and expect three fan conferences, as well as behind the scenes footage prepared by the cast, Star Cinema, and KTX. 

Watch out for more exciting experiences on KTX.PH. 

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

Ricky Lee Shares 5 Storytelling Tips on from His iWant Docu "Trip to Quiapo"


For master writer Ricky Lee, writing is very much like life. His iWant TFC writing master class “Trip to Quiapo” fittingly illustrates this point by chronicling his colorful life story and journey to becoming a writer. 

In “Trip to Quiapo,” based on his best-selling scriptwriting manual, Sir Ricky not only helps aspiring writers realize their storytelling potential and find their voice, but also shows viewers how writing can be a tool to make sense of the way we think and feel, and ultimately, to overcome our insecurities and challenges. 

Here are five writing tips from Ricky Lee’s “Trip to Quiapo” masterclass that we can all apply to real life: 

1. Be a good person in order to become a good writer 

Sir Ricky stressed that in order to be an effective writer, one must have empathy for others no matter how good or bad or selfish they are. Empathy opens up your mind and heart to understanding your surroundings and the people around you. If you take the time to understand a person, you will also be able to see beyond their actions and have a deeper understanding of their emotions. 


2. Read, read, read: Allow stories to connect you to the world 

Reading different stories gives you multiple perspectives in life that may be useful in giving meaning to an array of characters. Experiencing these stories will help you look at the world with more appreciation, similar to how the power of fiction connected Sir Ricky to the world. When he was a kid, he felt like an outcast but was able to find refuge in a small library in his hometown where he would read books, “escape” his real life, and become somebody else. 


3. Go back to being a child again 

Just like how children are, do not be afraid to explore and use your imagination. Play with your instincts, let your thoughts flow freely, and do not allow people to tell you “no” because this is what will make your stories unique. 


4. A writer heals as he tells a story 

Going through the storytelling process allows the writer to grow as a person because he not only writes the story and gives life to the characters, but he also discovers more of himself. Just like what Sir Ricky always tells his students, “Stories help us heal ourselves, heal others. Kapag nagsusulat ka na ng kwento, sinusulat ka rin ng kwento. Nagtutulungan kayo para magbuo ng bawat isa.” 


5. The journey of life is the ultimate teacher 

Sir Ricky always reminds his students that attending writing workshops is helpful but will only be effective if you are constantly writing because this will allow you to take risks and learn from your mistakes, as if you are navigating through life. You have to remind yourself that the first draft is never perfect, and similar to the main character in any story, you have to experience failure and hardships in order to achieve your goals. 




Learn about life and storytelling by watching “Trip to Quiapo,” which is available on the iWant TFC app (iOs and Android) or on iwanttfc.com to Standard and Premium subscribers worldwide. For updates, like www.facebook.com/iWantTFC, and follow @iwanttfc on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to www.youtube.com/iWantTFC. 

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October 29, 2020

Breaking News: Park Seo-joon, Hyun Bin, and Son Ye-Jin are Set to Arrive in Manila

Rejoice, PSJ Nation! Our most favorite Oppa, Park Seo-joon, is set to visit the Philippines again, soon!

That is according to Smart President and PLDT Chief Revenue Officer Alfredo S. Panlilio, who confirmed that the giant telecommunications company's newest Korean endorser is scheduled to set foot again in the country once it is already safe to travel.

Of course, we plan to bring them [Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, and Park Seo-joon] in. It's all part of their contract.

It's really just the timing. We can't commit yet as to when with the travel restrictions, but we'll try our very best to make it happen for sure,” Panlilio said during the virtual media conference held on Wednesday, October 28.

Meanwhile, SMART is bringing the better K-Life to Filipinos as it partners with Viu, a leading pan-regional streaming service operated by Viu International Limited, to launch the new GIGA K-Video data pack with Korean superstar Park Seo Jun as endorser.





Smart GIGA K-Video is the first-ever prepaid data pack in the Smart Giga family that comes with a Viu Premium subscription, making it so much simpler and easier for Filipinos to enjoy the latest Korean content with unlimited downloads and an uninterrupted, no-ads experience.

Available to all Smart Prepaid and TNT customers, GIGA K-Video 99 data pack comes with a 7-day Viu Premium subscription, 1 GB of data for Viu every day for 7 days, plus 2 GB of open access data.

Subscribers can register for GIGA K-Video by dialing *123# and will soon be available via the GigaLife App.

Smart customers who have registered for GIGA K-Video can enjoy the full Viu-ing experience with a Viu Premium subscription, which enables them to enjoy the latest shows as quickly as eight hours after their respective Korean telecast, unlimited downloads, and access to all content on Viu without advertisements. They can download Viu for free on App Store, Google Play and selected smart TVs, as well as on the web at www.viu.com to access a wide selection of Korean and Asian movies and TV shows.

 

ABS-CBN Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 Asia Contents Awards (ACA) in South Korea


ABS-CBN continues to make its mark overseas as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2020 Asia Contents Awards (ACA) held recently at Busan, South Korea. 

The ACA, which recognizes outstanding TV and OTT drama series throughout Asia, conferred the honor to the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company for its significant contributions as a broadcaster in the Asian region. 

In her acceptance speech, ABS-CBN chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes said the award came at an opportune time as ABS-CBN remains “undaunted in championing Filipino content globally” amidst the challenges it recently faced in the middle of a pandemic. 

In the last 65 years, we have created an environment of innovation, nurturing all our content creators, producers, artisans and talents to embrace a new era of global excellence. I humbly share this award with all the men and women of ABS-CBN and with every Filipino we continue to serve,” Vidanes said in a virtual ceremony streamed on the YouTube channel of the Busan International Film Festival last Sunday (October 25). 

This year’s ACA comprised of 10 categories and 11 awards and drew a total of 75 entries from 17 different countries in Asia. Apart from ABS-CBN, Amuse Inc. of Japan also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Despite the non-renewal of its franchise to broadcast, ABS-CBN continues to serve Filipinos with entertainment and news content delivered on multiple media platforms such as cable, satellite, and digital, and remains committed to promote Filipino content to audiences all over the world. 

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

(Watch) Sarah Geronimo Shares Her Saya Weapons to Stay Happy, Optimistic Amid Challenging Times


The pandemic may have drastically changed our lives, but we can’t let it take away our happiness and hope. 

This is what Popstar Royalty and idol ng Kabataang Pinoy Sarah Geronimo says of the core message of her new campaign with mobile brand TNT, which aims to inspire the Filipino youth to stay optimistic and find their ‘saya’ amid uncertain times. 

This pandemic was really challenging both physically and mentally pero kahit meron tayong problema sa buhay, ang importante is we count our blessings and we keep our faith. When you think about those things that you’re grateful for, doon ka nagiging masaya at kuntento sa buhay,” said Sarah G. during the recent shoot of her new TV commercial for TNT. 

Naniniwala rin ako na malalagpasan din natin ang hamon ng pandemya sa ating patuloy na pag-iingat at pagtutulungan,” she added. TNT’s latest campaign also features a new song entitled the “Nasa Saya ‘Yan,” which Sarah herself recorded with rapper, Aikee. The song, which conveys the power of each person to turn things around with their optimistic and positive outlook in life has a catchy tune that will surely be in everyone’s heads for a long time. 




Saya Weapons for TNT subscribers 

“TNT has always been a brand that brings happiness to ordinary Filipinos. With our new campaign, we want to reinforce this commitment to help our customers find their ‘saya’ through our affordable data offers, which we aptly call Saya Weapons,” said Miriam Choa, FVP/Group Head – Prepaid Marketing. 

TNT’s Saya Weapons include data offers that help Filipinos keep their worries at bay through digital entertainment via GIGA Stories, GIGA Games, and GIGA Video. These offers provide much needed break through browsing funny content and memes, watching uplifting online videos, and playing mobile games with friends. 

There’s also GIGA Study that lets subscribers access practical tools and app for online learning, GIGA Work for those working from home and need to stay productive, and more upcoming Saya Weapons that will help everyone enjoy their day and make the most of opportunities that come their way. 


Sarah’s personal Saya Weapons in life 

Asked about her personal Saya Weapons, Sarah shares, “Humuhugot ako ng saya ngayon sa mga dogs ko, my husband, my family and of course, my faith in God.” 

Sarah also reveals that learning how to cook and bake also gives her a sense of accomplishment. She also admits to becoming a “plantita,” joining many Filipinos who have newfound passion in tending to plants at home. 

As for Ka-TNT looking for motivation to keep going through these hard times, Sarah has these encouraging words: “We always have a choice to be happy, be inspired, and be motivated to move forward and keep living our lives to the fullest. I know na maraming limitations ngayon because of the pandemic, pero maraming paraan para pasayahin ang sarili natin at ang mga tao sa paligid natin.” And of course, TNT is definitely here to help our subscribers stay happy with their favorite #SayaWeapons anytime, anywhere powered by Smart LTE, the country's fastest mobile network, as certified by global internet testing firms Ookla and Opensignal. 

For more info and updates on TNT promos, visit tntph.com and follow TNT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Cinema One Offers Free Halloween "Drive-In Cinema One" Movie Screening this Weekend at Vertis North


Experience a Halloween-themed screening of two of this year’s creepiest movies, “The Rental” and “Unhinged,” in “Drive-In Cinema One,” happening for free this weekend (October 30 and 31) at Vertis North. 

In partnership with Vertis North Estate and Ayala Malls Vertis North, Cinema One’s drive-in event will feature the horror flick “The Rental” on Friday and the psychological thriller “Unhinged” this Saturday, bringing drive-in moviegoers a fright night experience while they remain in the safety of their vehicles. 

The Rental” follows the story of two couples who rent a vacation home and have a celebratory weekend getaway, but later suspect that they are being watched. The American film stars Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White, and Toby Huss. 

The action-thriller “Unhinged,” meanwhile, centers on a single mom’s flight after she becomes the target of a mentally unstable stranger’s fury following a road rage incident. Award-winning actor Russell Crowe stars in the film together with Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson and Austin P. McKenzie. 

Aside from the film screening, drive-in moviegoers will also get to participate in various Halloween-themed activities and games. 

Get ready for a rare and scary movie experience this weekend in “Drive-In Cinema One” featuring “The Rental” on Friday (October 30) and “Unhinged” on Saturday (31), 7pm at Vertis North. Gates open at 5pm. Interested parties may register here: bit.ly/DriveInCinemaOne. 

For updates, follow ABS-CBN PR on Facebook (www.facebook.com/abscbnpr), Twitter and Instagram (@abscbnpr) or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

Nadine Lustre's 30-Minute "Wildest Dreams" Available Only on ABS-CBN Entertainment and Careless YT Channels


Nadine Lustre takes viewers on a journey into her heart and mind with the exclusive premiere of her highly anticipated visual album “Wildest Dreams” on Saturday (October 31), 9PM on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s and Careless’ YouTube channels. 

The 30-minute film contains the album’s 12 fresh new tracks and six interconnected music videos that illustrate Nadine’s quest for self-love, self-discovery, and reflection on her personal experiences. 

With experimental tunes and meticulously chosen sounds – from recordings of beaches and mountains in the Philippines to indigenous instruments used as the backbone of different tracks – “Wildest Dreams” finds Nadine staying true to her roots while bringing a unique experience to her listeners that is true to the name of the album. 

Its lead single “Wildest Dreams,” which blends contemporary R&B and dance pop, has already garnered over 357,000 views on YouTube and over 256,000 streams on Spotify. 

As Nadine revealed, the album will feature “Natural,” an intimate track about self-love and growth and “Save A Place,” her ode to his late brother. Other tracks include “Dance with Danger,” “Ivory,” “Seconds,” “Intoxicated,” “Complicated Love,” “You Can Stay,” “Glow,” “White Rabbit,” and “Grey Skies.” 

The “Wildest Dreams” visual album is directed by Dominic Bekaert of Zoopraxi Studio. 

Watch its exclusive live premiere on Saturday (October 31), 9 PM on the YouTube channels of ABS-CN Entertainment (youtube.com/ABSCBNentertainment) and Careless (youtube.com/CarelessMusicManila).

"It's Showtime" Celebrates 11th "Magpasikat" Anniversary this Saturday, October 31


It’s Showtime” marks its eleventh anniversary of spreading good vibes with a set of creative performances by the hosts for its annual Magpasikat competition on Saturday (October 31). 

For this year’s celebration titled “Eleven Up Ang Samahan,” Vice Ganda will be teaming up with first-time Magpasikat performer Kim Chiu, while Vhong Navarro will be joined by Amy Perez and Jackie Gonzaga for their act. 

Karylle and Jhong Hilario will reunite with Ion Perez as their newest member, while Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz’s duo will be joined by Ryan Bang. 

While the performances will be constrained in scope because of the ongoing quarantine, the hosts promise to deliver inspired and resourceful performances for the madlang people. 

Kahit mahirap ang kondisyones, mahirap mag-perform ngayon kasi may mga safety protocol tayong susundin. Limitado ang budget at tao kasi hindi tayo masyadong pwedeng mag-aksaya. We will still try to deliver a good form of entertainment. Serbisyo sa pamamagitan ng entertainment - ibibigay po namin sa inyo ‘yan,” said Vice. 

The show’s week-long celebration also includes a special edition of its hit segment “Mas Testing,” with Kim as the featured “tumpak tracer” on Wednesday (October 28) and Vice on Friday (October 30). 

Aside from Anne Curtis’s special appearance, the show will also continue to give cash prizes to its lucky online viewers through its segments “Mas Testing,” “Name It To Win It,” and “Hide and Sing.” 

Sa bawat tawa at ngiti na sinusukli ninyo, labis labis ang tuwa sa aming mga puso. Mula noong nagsimula tayo nung 2009 hanggang ngayon, araw-araw ito, wala nang makakapigil sa samahan natin. Solid ‘to,” said Vhong. 

Join the “Eleven Up Ang Samahan” celebration on “It’s Showtime” this week on A2Z channel 11, available on analog broadcast in Metro Manila and parts of Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, and Pampanga. It is also available on cable and satellite TV providers nationwide. 

Watch it also on Jeepney TV and Kapamilya Channel (SKYcable channel 8 on SD and channel 167 on HD, Cablelink channel 8, GSAT Direct TV channel 22, and most cable operators under the Philippine Cable and Telecommunications Association (PCTA) nationwide), as well as on Kapamilya Online Live on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/abscbnentertainment) and Facebook page (fb.com/ABSCBNnetwork) or on the iWant TFC app and on iwanttfc.com. Viewers outside of the Philippines can also catch it on The Filipino Channel on cable and IPTV. 

For updates, follow @ItsShowtimena on Twitter and like facebook.com/ItsShowtimeNa.

Netflix Releases Julie Anne San Jose's “Rocket to the Moon” Song Cover, OST of the Film "Over The Moon"


Netflix Philippines has released on its Facebook and YouTube channels a song cover for “Rocket to the Moon,” the lead single of the Netflix Film, Over The Moon as performed by Kapuso actress-singer Julie Anne San Jose.

When I first heard about [the song cover], I got really excited since I have always been a fan of Netflix films,” shares Julie. “I'm happy and honored that they have chosen me to do a cover of ‘Rocket to the Moon.’ I hope I was able to give justice to the song and hope that fans like it!” 

The magical music video features Julie singing her cover, as she’s surrounded by animation straight from Over The Moon and its colorful characters. 

The [shoot] is different from the previous music videos that I have done since this time, there is an animation component,” she notes. “While filming, we used Chroma and I had to imagine that I was part of the movie and interacting with some of the characters of the film, which for me, was the most exciting part. The fun part was that everyone was humming the song, even the most macho crew on the set.” 

“Rocket to the Moon” is originally sung by Chinese-Filipina actress Cathy Ang. She also voices the lead character, Fei Fei, a young girl who builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of the legendary Moon Goddess, Chang’e. 

I admire how the song portrayed the character build-up of Fei Fei. The first part of the lyrics was full of self-doubt, then as the song goes on, you can now feel the determination and confidence of her character,” adds Julie. “Usually, my [music] style is R&B or ballad, sometimes I do rap covers. And doing a song cover of ‘Rocket to the Moon’ brought me back to the days where I was just a kid who had big dreams.” 

I like the movie since it uses different components such as folklore and fantasy to explore and deliver values and lessons about grief, life, and love. The usual notion is that if it's an animated film, it’s for kids, but Over The Moon is also for the kids at heart,” continues Julie. “And as a Filipino, I know this movie is very relatable to us since Filipinos are known to be optimistic, that regardless of the situation we are in, we always find our silver lining.” 

Over The Moon is now streaming only on Netflix. 




About Over The Moon

Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. There she ends up on an unexpected quest, and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures. Directed by animation legend Glen Keane, and produced by Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou, Over the Moon is an exhilarating musical adventure about moving forward, embracing the unexpected, and the power of imagination.

October 27, 2020

Kim Chiu and JM de Guzman's Horror Movie "U-Turn" Advance Screening on October 29 on KTX.PH


Be among the first to enjoy "U-Turn," Star Cinema's horror offering starring the Millennial Horror Queen, Kim Chiu as it streams in advance on October 29 (Thursday) on KTX.PH. 

An adaptation of the 2016 Indian movie of the same title, "U-Turn" revolves around Donna Suarez, a reporter who wants to have a big break. One day, she comes across a case, which she suspects as a suicide. After a few days, a similar case turns up again. Hoping that these cases could give her the break she has been waiting for, she used them in her stories. But karma would soon hit her when her brother also dies in an alleged suicide. 

With a valid reason to dig into the cases, she enlists the help of her boyfriend Robin (Tony Labrusca) and police officer Kevin (JM de Guzman) to find the connection between the strange deaths. 

The advance screening of "U-Turn" happens on October 29 (Thursday), 7 PM, and is available for P150 on KTX.PH. An added treat awaits the advance screening viewers as the lead stars will make an appearance. 

Those who cannot watch it on October 29 can buy tickets for the October 30 (Friday) screening and enjoy the movie within a 48-hour period. 

Barkadas can also enjoy watching the movie together by availing of the Halloween Barkada Bundle. Buying three tickets entitles them with one more ticket. They can simply go to KTX.PH and click the "U-Turn" group buy link. 

“U-Turn” is also available on SKYcable Pay Per View, Cignal Pay Per View, and on iWant TFC starting October 30. 

Watch out for more exciting experiences on KTX.PH

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

GMA Artist Center's Releases Statement Against Fraudulent Personalities and Social Media Accounts



GMA Artist Center released a statement to address the fraudulent personalities and social media accounts posing as talent scouts, managers, or representatives of the Kapuso network. 

These fake accounts, which have been using names of actual managers, are being used to solicit private photos and information from aspiring talents who wish to be part of GMA Artist Center. 

Here's the statement from GMA Artist Center: 

"GMA Artist Center warns the public of fraudulent personalities and/or social media accounts claiming to be its representatives in order to solicit private photos and information. 

For those who wish to send audition videos, you can send it to artistcenter.vtr@gmail.com. Please follow online VTR mechanics and requirements. 

For reference, these are the ONLY OFFICIAL GMA Artist Center accounts: 
IG: @artistcenter 
Twitter: @ArtistCenter 
Facebook: @OfficialGMAArtistCenter 
TikTok: @artistcenter 

To those who aspire to become part of GMA Artist Center, the online auditions are still ongoing. 

Remember to follow only the official pages of GMA Artist Center to get all the official announcements, schedule of online auditions, and more. 

And as a precaution, always check if the account you're corresponding with has a blue checkmark beside its handle, before sending any personal information or photos. 

The blue checkmark indicates that the account is verified and official.

October 26, 2020

(Full List) Miss Universe 2020 Winners - Rabiya Matteo, Michelle Gumabao

Miss Iloilo Rabiya Mateo was crowned the winner in the first Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant held at the Baguio Country Club on Saturday, October 24 (delayed telecast on Sunday, October 25). 

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Winners: 

1st runner-up: Maria Ysabella Ysmael, ParaƱaque 
2nd runner-up: Michele Gumabao, Quezon City 
3rd runner-up: Pauline Amelinckx, Bohol 
4th runner-up: Kimberly Hakenson, Cavite

October 25, 2020

Award-Winning Writer Ricky Lee Reveals Storytelling Secrets and Journey in iWant TFC’s “Trip to Quiapo”

Award-winning writer Ricky Lee helps writers and aspiring writers jumpstart their story ideas by detailing the process of storytelling – from the conceptualization to the final draft – in the iWant TFC original docu series "Trip to Quiapo," based on his best-selling scriptwriting manual. Now streaming on the iWant TFC app and website.

Shot like a reality show, it is a five-episode master class where Ricky shares his knowledge about how to build stories, where to draw inspiration for them, and meaningful lessons from his life and over 40 years in the industry. "Trip to Quiapo" is directed by Treb Monteras, who co-wrote and directed the Cinemalaya 2017 Best Film "Respeto."

Enchong Dee is also featured in the series as Julio Manunulat, the representation of aspiring writers and storytellers who are struggling to put into words the ideas they have in mind, similar to how Ricky began his writing journey.

"Nung baguhang writer ako, hindi ko alam kung paano magsisimula. Marami akong pinagdaanan at pagkakamali bago ako natuto. At hanggang sa ngayon, natututo pa rin. At ngayon para sa inyong mga gustong matutong magkwento, susubukin kong ibahagi sa inyo ang mga karanasan at kaalaman ko matapos ang ilang dekadang pagsusulat. Pero ang actual na pagsusulat, baka hindi lahat matutunan dito dahil buhay ang gagawa nun," shares Ricky.

Aside from discussions, the series is also accompanied by cinematic visual storytelling of his life, how his passion for writing began, and why he intends to share his knowledge of storytelling with others.

As an adopted child who lost his parents at an early age, Ricky reveals that he had always felt like an outcast but was able to find refuge in a small library in Daet, Camarines Norte where he would spend countless hours reading books and eventually, where his passion for storytelling developed.

He shares, "Kapag nagbabasa ka, 'di ba nakakalayas ka? Parang nagiging iba-ibang tao ka. Nagiging pilot ka, teacher, madre, superhero, lahat na. Kung ako bata na lumalaki ng ganun who felt I didn't belong, ay natulungan ng mga libro, gusto ko rin na makatulong sa iba. Power of storytelling ang naging sandalan ko. Stories connected me to the world."

"So I want to do it to other people also. Gusto kong gumawa ng mga pelikula na 'pag naupo sila sa front row, mababago ko ang buhay nila kahit for two hours lang," he adds.

Ricky also shares in the iWant TFC series the three types of writers and their different approaches to learning how to write – or go to Quiapo. As a child, he would read a lot about Quiapo, his dream destination that would become a symbol of his dreams.

"Para sa isang batang katulad ko, isang malaking katuparan ang Quiapo. Kaya noong nagsusulat na ako, Quiapo ang simbolo ng katuparan ng pangarap kong makagawa ng mahuhsay at matagumpay na script. At 'yun ang gustong puntahan ng tatlong klase ng writers – 'yun ang Quiapo."

Boost your creativity by watching "Trip to Quiapo" on the iWant TFC app (iOs and Android) or on iwanttfc.com. For updates, like www.facebook.com/iWantTFC, and follow @iwanttfc on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to www.youtube.com/iWantTFC.

For inquiries and concerns about the service, users can also send a message on iWant TFC's Facebook page or e-mail support@iwanttfc.com.

Horror Movie “U-Turn” Starring Kim Chiu Showing on SKY Pay-per-View

Watching a scary movie this Halloween may not be possible in cinemas this year, but there is a new way to relive the experience by watching Star Cinema's newest horror film starring Kim Chiu, "U-Turn" powered by CineXpress on SKY Pay-Per-View from October 30 to November 12.

CineXpress is the latest digital initiative of ABS-CBN Films that offers Filipinos here and abroad the chance to catch original, first-run, and new Filipino movies in the safety of their homes.

"U-Turn," the maiden offering of CineXpress, features Kim Chiu as a journalist who wants to be taken seriously in her career. Her life takes a turn as her stories become viral. She gets a taste of her own medicine when her twin brother dies in an alleged suicide and becomes the topic of sensationalized reports. She is then forced to investigate the incident, taking her boyfriend Robin (Tony Labrusca) and police officer Kevin (JM de Guzman) as they uncover more deaths. Will they solve the mystery and stop the body count from piling up?

SKY subscribers can watch "U-Turn" commercial-free and in high definition for 48 hours upon purchase via its pay-per-view service for only P150.

In addition, SKY also brings romance and international flavor to its lineup of movies. Subscribers can avail of the unli-viewing experience of the 2020 romantic film, "Hindi Tayo Pwede," starring Lovi Poe, Marco Gumabao, and Tony Labrusca, airing until November 14 for only P99, along with bonus movies such as "Mr. & Mrs. Cruz" and "Camp Sawi."

They can also catch the Japanese horror flick "Howling Village" and Korean action-thriller "Steel Rain 2" this month for only P99, unli-viewing.

SKY subscribers with SKYcable, SKY Fiber with HD Cable TV, and SKY Fiber with All-In Box subscription can avail of these pay-per-view movie offerings. Visit mysky.com.ph for more details.

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