February 26, 2017

WATSONS Brings ENCHANTEUR PARIS to the Philippines, Available in Four Fragrances


If there is one thing that French women are known for, it is that they are sophisticated and elegant. They wear simple yet chic outfits partnered with the most stylish accessories. They will not be caught leaving the house as well without spraying on their favorite fragrance.

Now, being your own Parisian woman is easier as Watsons brings Enchanteur Paris to the Philippines. Enchanteur Paris is a range of high quality and timeless French-inspired fine Eau de Toilettes (EDT) and fragrance-infused body care products for young women. Watsons now makes it easier for Filipinas who love to smell good to choose her signature scent from this line of quality but affordable EDT.

There are four Enchanteur fragrances for different personalities. These lovely and enchanting scents were inspired by the Romance of Paris, the City of Lights, and the Chic Aesthetic of French Women.

MAGIQUE is for the carefree, confident and adventurous girl. This magical mix of apple, magnolia and praline is perfect for a day out with her sweetheart as you try fun and new things together.

 


BELLE AMOUR Amour is for the romantic sweet girl on her first date with a special person. This is a captivating blend of apple, melon, blackcurrant and pink rose scents that would make her date’s heart beat faster.

 


MON AMIE is for the fun, cheerful and charming girl. She can wear this breezy scent of fresh citrus, red apple and pink peonies on an exciting adventure with friends.

 


ADORE is for the elegant, graceful and adorable girl. She likes the sensual scent of wild jasmine, pink mimosa and golden pear. This alluring fragrance evokes glamor and sophistication. 



All four Enchanteur Paris fragrances strike the perfect balance whether you want something light, fresh, sparkling, elegant or sensual.

Enchanteur Paris also shares a French woman's secret to making her fragrance last longer and that is through complementing the Eau de Toilette with the Parfum Lotion, Parfum Serum, Deospray and Hand Cream. With these products, your chosen Enchanteur Paris scent will linger and enchant the whole day.

Enchanteur Paris is exclusively available at all Watsons stores nationwide and The SM Store-Beauty Section. The Eau de Toilette retails at Php400, Php100 for the Hand Creams, Php129 for the Deosprays, Php210-Php275 for the Parfum Serum and Parfum Lotions.

February 25, 2017

TFC@theMovies Announces MY EX AND WHYS Earns US$5M Worldwide


A romantic comedy-drama film from the Philippines that opened in theaters internationally just a week ago is illustrating solid signs of a highly welcoming global landscape for Filipino films and also encouraging possibilities for a simultaneous worldwide release.

TFC@theMovies released "My Ex and Whys" internationally around the same time said film was released in the Philippines. The combined box office take on its first week is now at USD 5 million — USD 4 million in the Philippines and USD 1 million from screenings in the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific, U.S. and Canada. The film will also screen in Hong Kong on March 5.

TFC@theMovies' "My Ex and Whys" stars the popular Filipino youth loveteam of Enrique Gil and Filipino American Liza Soberano, a San Francisco Bay Area native. It is directed by the award-winning Cathy Garcia-Molina.

"My Ex and Whys" is on its way to either equaling or surpassing the performance of three of the top-grossing Filipino films released by TFC@theMovies in 2016: "Barcelona" at USD 1.6 million; "Everything About Her" at USD 1.5 million and "Unmarried Wife" at USD 1.2 million.

The film's commercial run is already extended in U.S. and Canada. The film is distributed by ABS-CBN International in North America. For more information, visit visit tfc-usa.com/exandwhys and tfc-ca.com/exandwhys.

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February 24, 2017

Jack Sparrow Up Close in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR'S REVENGE


Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled a Jack Sparrow-centric teaser poster for is upcoming action-adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge, which may be seen below. (The film is alternatively called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in the US.)

The fifth installment in the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Salazar's Revenge will bow in local cinemas starting May 24, 2017.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Oscar Best Foreign Language Film nominee Kon-Tiki).

The cast also includes Orlando Bloom, Kaya Scodelario, David Wenham, Geoffrey Rush and Brenton Thwaites.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Teacher vs. Teacher in Rowdy Comedy Movie FIST FIGHT


Remember those inspiring high school movies where a dedicated but unconventional teacher is assigned to the worst class and, defying the odds, transforms them all into well-behaved honor students? Well, New Line Cinema's upcoming comedy Fist Fight isn't one of those.

Director Richie Keen says, "This is definitely a heightened experience of high school. It takes place entirely over one day -- the last day of the year at Roosevelt High, which is the traditional Senior Prank Day, so it's utter chaos. We wanted to see how far we could push that envelope."

It starts out as the teachers versus the students, or, as Keen puts it, "the prison guards versus the inmates." But everything changes when two teachers are pitted against each other. Suddenly Senior Prank Day is overshadowed by the promised faculty fracas that quickly goes viral. #TeacherFight.

Ice Cube and Charlie Day head the cast as the two teachers about to come to blows, and the actors also serve as executive producers on the film. Cube relates, "When I first got the script for 'Fist Fight,' I was like, 'Yo, this is what you go to the movies for; it's the kind of film that you can just have fun with.' "It's like one of those movies where you have a ticking time bomb, but the time bomb here is my character, Ron Strickland."

Day, who stars as Strickland's opponent, Andy Campbell, agrees. "I mean, who doesn't love a good high school movie? And I thought the dynamic between my character and Ice Cube's character jumped off the page. I liked the ticking clock scenario, where it's a pressure cooker and the heat keeps getting turned up. Those were the elements that made the script exciting to me."

Even before Andy's date with destiny-or death, depending on whom you talk to-he is not exactly having a good day. Keen elaborates, "The kids at school are crazy; his pregnant wife is three days past due; and he's nervously waiting to find out if he's among the teachers being fired due to budget cuts. Then, being in the wrong place at the absolute wrong time, he happens to witness Strickland having a 'final straw' moment with his students, who have pushed him one time too many. He's put in a tough spot when he and Strickland are called in by the principal who wants to know what happened. With his job on the line, Andy reluctantly points a finger at Strickland, at which point Strickland tells him to meet him in the parking lot after school at 3:00. That's when things really get started."

If the longsuffering school manages to survive Senior Prank Day, the faculty and students will witness a no-holds-barred brawl between two of their own. Unfortunately for Andy Campbell, this test is pass or fail -- and they're not grading on a curve.

Fist Fight also stars Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Dennis Haysbert (The Unit) and JoAnna Garcia Swisher (The Astronaut Wives Club).

Richie Keen directs from a screenplay by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser (Funny or Die's What's Going On? With Mike Mitchell), story by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser and Max Greenfield.

Opening across the Philippines on February 22, Fist Fight is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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CARE FOR RARE: Philippines' Celebration of 8th National Rare Disease Week


The Philippines celebrates the 8th National Rare Disease Week on 22-28 February 2017 which, together with the global commemoration of the Rare Disease Day on February 28, 2017, highlights the need to intensify the country's efforts to provide adequate health care and government support to persons afflicted with a Rare Disease otherwise known as orphan disorder.

In the Philippines, a disease is considered rare if it affects 1 in every 20,000 individuals or less. Those afflicted with rare disease or orphan disorders suffer from social abandonment due to lack of existing network of support to aid them. The nature of rare disease is hardly known as well due to lack of information; and only few medical professionals in the country are aware of these disorders and how to diagnose and address these conditions. Medical help is also elusive under the conditions of the country's health priorities.

The country recently enacted the Rare Diseases Act of 2016 (Republic Act 10747) which seeks to "improve the access of persons diagnosed to have a rare disease, or persons highly suspected of having a rare disease, to comprehensive medical care and to timely health information to help them cope with their condition." 

The law mandates the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to provide benefit package; medical assistance as provided in the Sin Tax Reform Act of 2012; fiscal incentives for donations intended for researches on rare diseases, maintenance of the Rare Disease Registry, or for purchase of orphan drugs or orphan products for use solely by persons with rare diseases as certified by FDA. Further, under RA 10747, patients with rare disease will also be considered as persons with disabilities and will be granted benefits and privileges such as priority programs and discounts as mandated by the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.

Mr. Randy Martinez, recounts the challenges of going back and forth to the hospital as her daughter Pauline, seeks treatment for her Gaucher disease. Pauline who is now 11 years old, was noticed to have a small bump on her left torso when she was 6 months old and was later found out after years of  several tests to be Gaucher disease. "Sana magpatuloy pa ang paggamot kay Pauline at marami pang tumulong sa kanya para dire-diretso ang gamutan. Para makapag tapos din siya ng pag-aaral", Pauline's father said.

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Cristine Reyes, Arci Muñoz, Sue Ramirez, and Pokwang Prove They Can Do Anything in I CAN DO THAT


Cristine Reyes, Arci Muñoz, Sue Ramirez, and Pokwang will prove they can do anything to entertain viewers in the newest talent-variety program “I Can Do That,” which will air soon on ABS-CBN.

The four Kapamilya stars are the first celebrity challengers revealed by the program who will complete and perform unique talents they have never done before with only one week of training. In the end, only one will be hailed as the Greatest Entertainer.

Who are the male celebrities joining the girls? What challenges will force them out of their comfort zones?

“I Can Do That” was developed by Israel’s Armoza Formats, with local versions in 20 countries, including the United States, which named singer Nicole Scherzinger its first Greatest Entertainer.

Don’t miss “I Can Do That” soon on ABS-CBN. For updates, like www.facebook.com/ICanDoThatPH or follow @ICanDoThatPH on Twitter or Instagram.

Live Independently the Practical Way with O SHOPPING


O Shopping, the number one home TV shopping network in Asia, offers up practical solutions to challenges faced by newly independent young adults, from managing limited living or working space, to learning to cook, to keeping fit.




Make managing limited space in the office or in the home less of a task with the Vo. Temm Living Boxes. The durable boxes are spacious as they allow a volume of 66 liters of content. With transparent side windows, the boxes need not be completely pried open whenever one needs to check on the stored items.




As living independently often requires one to develop cooking skills, pots and pans become essential. The Ilo Titanium Cookware set is perfect for yuppies learning their ways in the kitchen. It has everything a beginner could need and a little bit more. the set is made up of a frying pan, a pot, a wok, a grilling pan, and even an egg pan when there’s a craving for tamago dishes. All of the items in the set are non-stick and made of the best bonding layers for heat protection.




If there’s eating there also has to be exercising. With gym memberships becoming expensive, home equipment becomes a practical option. O Shopping features the Wedo X-Bike, a portable, 8-level stationary bike that offer many health benefits that can last a lifetime. Designed to be portable, the bike is easy to keep when not needed. It’s also made for comfort with its ergonomically designed silicone gel saddle and built-in holder for the remote control or cellphone.

And because early adulthood is when the travel bug bites, it’s a good idea to invest in durable bags and luggage that can help one go from point A to point B in style. The Swiss Military Polycarbonate Luggage set comes in 24-inch and 20-inch sizes. It’s an obsessive organizer’s dream because the entire set includes a boston bag and a flight cover, along with some freebies like a travel pouch, an underwear pouch, and a shoe bag.




Giving adult skin much needed care is O Shopping’s Oriental Jin Plu Scrub, a six-in-one body scrub ready to take care of any skin repair needs from cleansing, moisturizing, whitening, nourishing, and exfoliation. Dead skins cells and dark areas are its target for repairs. It is made of natural ingredients with an exotic floral scent. Not only will skin be healthy, it’ll also smell great.

All these items are available for purchase on O Shopping! Watch it 24/7 on SKY and Destiny Cable Channel 11. It is also on ABS-CBN (channel 2) every weekday from 12:30 AM to 4:30 AM and weekends from 12:30 AM to 5:30 AM and on the following ABS-CBN TVplus channels: Cinemo (channel 3) from 1 AM to 4 AM, Yey! (channel 4) 10 PM to 5 AM and The Knowledge Channel (channel 5) from 10 PM to 5 AM.

Purchases can also be made through the O Shopping app, available for download for both iOS and Android, or through the website, www.oshopping.com.ph.

Big Reveal: Matt Reeves Directs, Produces THE BATMAN Movie


Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Matt Reeves ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "Cloverfield") has been set to direct "The Batman."

Reeves will also serve as a producer on the new standalone action adventure centering on one of DC's most enduringly popular Super Heroes. The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Emmerich stated, "We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate. Matt's deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey."

Matt Reeves noted, "I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen."

Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.

"The Batman" will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Secret to PBA's Top Rookie Player Mac Belo's Winning Performance Revealed


Rey Mark "Mac" Belo, the newest endorser of Blackwater for Men, looks every inch an athlete on camera and in person – standing six feet four inches tall with a muscular build that can only be acquired from hours spent studying screen drills, acing his shots and dribbles in the basketball court.

However, his imposing frame hides a shy personality. The soft-spoken Mac admits that he is still not comfortable with interviews, preferring to be seen in action.

A native of Midsayap, Cotabato, Mac first became known for his buzzer-beater shots against De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University, where he led his alma mater, Far Eastern University (FEU), to their back-to-back finals spot in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP). He finished strong in his final playing year by clinching a UAAP championship and bagging the Most Valuable Player award.

Now a power forward for Blackwater Elite of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and also part of the pool of players for the Gilas Philippine National Team, the player admitted that he was a late-bloomer in basketball.

"My love for the sport started in high school. My older brother was the one who got me into basketball, and I began to enjoy it when my friends encouraged me to join the varsity. After that, I was given the opportunity to play for FEU where I was given proper training, and my career took off from there," he says.

But moving from college to professional basketball was a different playing field for him. Training sessions grew more intense with three hours of practice daily, and getting drafted into the PBA meant competing with other athletes whose skill level in the sport match his own.

Mac shares, "Being able to play professional basketball is a big achievement for me, but it also took a lot of discipline and hard work to earn my PBA spot." These and love for the sport have paid off: he has become one of PBA Philippine Cup's top rookie players in the first half of its 2016-2017 conference, helping his team earn three straight wins for the first time since its inception.

With this newfound recognition, he acknowledges the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He stresses, "Even off court, I'm constantly trying to improve my skills. I work on strengthening exercises at the gym." Besides pushing his body to its limits with daily training sessions, he adds, "I try to get enough sleep and eat healthy, in fact I trained myself to avoid pork and oily food. I also maintain a good personal hygiene by taking a shower before and after practice, and using Blackwater Men's spray to keep me smelling good even while training."

Indeed, Mac Belo's dedication, discipline, and passion for the sport not only make him one of the sought-after rookie athletes of his generation, but also the perfect personality to be included in Blackwater's roster of highly regarded endorsers.

To know more about Blackwater and its products, visit http://blackwater.com.ph/ and follow its official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BlackwaterForMen. Follow the progress of the Blackwater Elite team at www.facebook.com/blackwaterpba.

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February 23, 2017

Get Re-Aquainted with the Beloved BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Characters

Belle Beast
With barely three weeks before Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast bows on the big screen, the studio has released the official descriptions of the beloved fairy tale’s characters.

And when searching for talent to bring the beloved animated characters to life on screen, the filmmakers canvassed the worlds of film, television, music and theatre to find the performers best suited for each role.


BELLE (Emma Watson) is a bright and spirited young woman who dreams of adventure, romance and a world far beyond the confines of her French village. Fiercely independent and keeping to herself for the most part, Belle wants nothing to do with the town’s arrogant and boorish rogue Gaston, who relentlessly pursues her. When her father is imprisoned in the castle of a hideous Beast, Belle trades her own freedom for his and quickly befriends the former staff who have become household objects as result of a curse placed on the castle. The Beast, while surly and ill-mannered, can be generous and chivalrous and knows how to make her laugh, and Belle soon begins to sense the kind heart of the Prince within.

THE BEAST (Dan Stevens). Once a dashing young Prince who had grown to become cruel and self-absorbed before being transformed by an enchantress into a hideous Beast, he is trapped in the castle until he can learn to love another and be worthy of their love in return, thus breaking the curse. When the Beast catches Maurice trespassing and takes him prisoner, his beautiful and headstrong daughter Belle takes his place, and the Beast develops feelings for her, slowly beginning to come back to life.

GASTON (Luke Evans) is the arrogant and shallow villager intent on marrying Belle. A former War hero, he holds court in the village tavern and has every eligible woman in town wrapped around his finger. Smitten with Belle, who is strong-willed and impervious to his charms, Gaston becomes consumed by rejection and jealousy and leads a mob of villagers to the Beast’s castle to rescue Belle and kill the Beast.


Gaston LeFou Maurice



LEFOU (Josh Gad), Gaston’s sidekick, is not the brightest bulb in the box. He worships Gaston, who has no regard for him whatsoever and makes him the brunt of his jokes, but soon comes to realize that beneath Gaston’s handsome exterior lays a heart that is much darker.

MAURICE (Kevin Kline), Belle’s father, is a reclusive artist who specializes in beautiful one-of-a-kind music boxes, which to Belle represent the world beyond the confines of Villeneuve but to Maurice are a way to protect his daughter while preserving perfect memories from his past. When Maurice stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to plead for his release, eventually trading her freedom for his. Now it is up to him to convince the villagers of Belle’s imprisonment and to find a way to set her free.

LUMIÈRE (Ewan McGregor) is the Prince’s proper French valet who becomes a gilded candelabra as a result of the spell. While frequently at odds with Cogsworth, the mantel clock and besotted with Plumette, the feather duster, Lumière is charming and sophisticated, and can turn an ordinary meal into a musical extravaganza.


Lumiere Cogsworth



COGSWORTH (Ian McKellen). The castle’s fastidious and tightly-wound head butler who is transformed into a mantel clock by the curse of an enchantress, Cogsworth detests any kind of disruption, preferring things to run like clockwork.

MRS. POTTS (Emma Thompson) and CHIP (Nathan Mack). The castle’s former housekeeper, Mrs. Potts, is now a teapot with her Cockney brogue still in place. Her son Chip, who has been transformed into a teacup, is trapped in the castle with her and the other castle staff. It is Mrs. Potts who takes Belle under her wing and who convinces the Beast to try and woo their new houseguest, hoping that she may be the one to capture the heart of the Beast.


Mrs Pottes Lumierre



PLUMETTE (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is the castle’s former maid turned cheeky, yet graceful, feather duster who has captured the heart of the candelabra, Lumière.

MADAME DE GARDEROBE (Audra McDonald) is the renowned Italian opera diva performing for the Prince when the spell is cast, becoming an enormous wardrobe. She resides in Belle’s room at the castle, and in addition to dressing Belle, has a flare for the dramatic and a proclivity for frequent naps.


Madame Maestro



MAESTRO CADENZA (Stanley Tucci). Now a harpsichord (with a considerable number of broken keys) following the curse of an enchantress, Maestro Cadenza is husband to – and accompanist of – the celebrated opera diva Madame de Garderobe, who, along with his wife and their dog, Froufrou, are trapped in the castle awaiting the lifting of the curse.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, March 16, Beauty and the Beast is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. Like us on Facebook, WaltDisneyStudiosPH; follow us on Twitter, @disney_phil; follow us on Instagram, @disney.ph and use the hashtag #BeOurGuestPH.

Froilan, Jex, CarlMalone: Who Will Make It To the TAWAG NG TANGHALAN Grand Finals?


Which singers will continue to fight for their dreams and make it to the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” grand finals on “It’s Showtime”?

Find out by watching seven semi-finalists from different parts of the country battle for vocal supremacy in the competition’s weeklong Quarter 4 semi-finals than began Monday (February 20).

As they face the toughest battle of their lives yet, all of them are bringing with them their own stories, experiences, and ambitions to keep them going until the end.

Sam Mangubat, a YouTube sensation from Batangas, overcame his shyness and did not let his lack of experience in competing stop him from sharing his talent with the world. And from teaching music and sports to children, Froilan Canlas of Camarines Sur is now ready to risk it all to reach his dream.

Also not to be outdone is the youngest semi-finalist, Julia Faith Joaquin, a high school student from Bohol, who is out to prove she can keep up with her older counterparts. Carlmalone Montecido of Bacolod, meanwhile, continues to give inspiration and show the madlang people that anyone can succeed just as long talent is coupled with determination.

Representing Metro Manila are Jex De Castro of Mandaluyong, who wants to provide a better life for his family by using his talent as an events singer, and now as a “Tawag ng Tanghalan” contender on the country’s biggest stage. Hazelyn Cascaño, a freelance performing artist from Marikina, also remains steadfast on pursuing her passion despite her father’s disapproval.

Also coming a long way to fight for her dream is is the sole representative of Mindanao, Joylaine Canonio, a teacher from Sarangani who would trek mountains just to teach at her school.

Like in the previous semi-finals, the results will be based on combined scores from the judges and the public votes in order to get into the Grand Finals.

The competition was off to a scorching start as the semi-finalists performed their audition songs, fight songs, and songs for their family. In the coming days, they are tasked to take on songs originally made popular by their musical influences, the songs picked for them by the judges, and their life songs.

The semi-finalists also call for the support of their fans all over the country by voting for them. Just text TAWAG(space)NAME OF SEMI-FINALIST and send it to 2366 for all networks. A SIM can only send one vote per day. At 6PM every day, the program temporary closes the voting.
Whose voices will stand out for the judges and for the madlang people?

Don’t miss “It’s Showtime,” Mondays to Saturdays in ABS-CBN. For more information, follow “Tawag ng Tanghalan” on Facebook (facebook.com/TawagNgTanghalan), Twitter (@TNTABSCBN), and Instagram (@TawagNgTanghalan). Be updated with the latest happenings on “It’s Showtime” by also following the show on Facebook and Twitter (@ItsShowtimena).

PBB Airs the First Live Drama Series on Philippine TV Titled TITIG NG PAG-IBIG


For the first time in Philippine television history, “Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7” is airing a three-day live drama dubbed “Titig ng Pag-ibig” wherein the remaining eight housemates will be star in their own series under the direction of Rory Quintos beginning tonight (February 23).

The tasks poses a huge challenge for the housemates because they only have a short amount of time to prepare themselves as actors and must deliver the necessary lines and emotions without cuts or take twos.

The three-day live drama corresponds to the third, fourth, and fifth Dream Team challenges. Big Brother has given the housemates the chance to secure seven slots for them at the Big Night by winning at least three of the five Dream Team Challenges. So far, the housemates had only managed to succeed in one and will need to win at least two more challenges.

Will they be able to complete the three remaining Dream Team challenges?

In the past 11 years, “Pinoy Big Brother” has remained to be one of the most watched program in the country, a consistent top trending topic in social media, and the most viewed reality show online via iWant TV.

Avid viewers followed the journey of their favorite housemates every weeknight and watched how they get to know and get to improve themselves better .

Kuya taught me how to open my heart to my fellow housemates,” said Kisses.

Being here makes you realize what you want more in life— family or dreams,” said Edward.

Besides self-improvement, viewers were also inspired by the determination and dedication of the housemates when it comes to facing the tasks given by Big Brother.

Dreams do really come true as long as you do your best,” said Maymay.

Cora adds, “There is a certain satisfaction when you do your all.

It will all be worth it because in the end you’ll see the fruit of your labor,” said Mccoy.

“Pinoy Big Brother” has mirrored the hopes, plight, and aspirations of Filipinos through its diverse mix of housemates. Big Brother formulates tasks and challenges for the housemates to bring out their best, test their strengths, and foster camaraderie as they undergo a transformative journey inside the house.

Don’t miss the last two weeks of “Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7,” Mondays to Fridays after “A Love to Last” on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable Ch 167). Viewers can also catch up on the program’s past episodes via iWanTV.com and for Sky subscribers.

February 21, 2017

Mel Gibson Gums for Oscar Best Director Prize with HACKSAW RIDGE


With films that span from the classic, Oscar Best Picture-winning Braveheart to The Patriot, We Were Soldiers, The Passion of the Christ and his most recently directed film, the Mayan civilization epic Apocalypto, Mel Gibson has become known for meshing big themes with atmospheric style that takes audiences into revealing worlds.

Now, Mel Gibson's re-creates with a mesmerizing realism the epic combat that saw the true-to-life heroism of Desmond Doss in the World War II action-thriller, Hacksaw Ridge.

Nominated for eight Oscar Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, Hacksaw Ridge centers on the story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a Seventh-day Adventist who became an army medic while adhering to his religious convictions of not carrying a weapon. He saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.

For producer Bill Mechanic, Gibson was always the ultimate choice to direct Hacksaw Ridge. "The script felt to me almost like a companion piece to Braveheart," comments the producer. "It pulls together the same themes of faith, violence and war, though it's a very different story about a man from a very different time and background. To me, what also sets Mel apart as a contemporary filmmaker is how experiential his filmmaking is, how visceral the storytelling is in his films. He's become a consummate director. He's equally great with characters, with actors, with the camera and the editing process and with giving audiences a new experience."
Gibson saw in Hacksaw Ridge a chance to bring into the light a forgotten hero – and he was drawn to Desmond Doss as man who determined to find a way to live by the values that meant everything to him, even when they seemed in conflict with the whole world around him.

Says Gibson: "Desmond Doss abhorred violence, it was against his principles, his religious beliefs, but he wanted to serve his country in World War II as a medic. How does somebody go into the worst place on earth without a weapon? It was all the more compelling to me, because it was a true story, and I thought I could bring my visual language to it."

Gibson notes that Doss never called himself a conscientious objector. That was the army's term. Instead, he called himself a "conscientious co-operator," believing with unflagging tenacity that he had plenty to contribute without having to kill other human beings.

"He was a co-operator in the sense that he passionately wanted to join the war effort, but he wanted to enter it as someone aiming not to take life but to save it," says Gibson. "Still, you have to ask, what kind of madman goes into that kind of a conflagration seen on Okinawa without being armed? Doss defied what anyone could have expected from that situation. Somebody mentioned to me that the Congressional Medal of Honour is usually given to people who have a singular moment where they make a snap decision and do one heroic thing. One of the things that stood out to me about Desmond is that in Okinawa, this guy was heroic 24/7, for a whole month. He took heroism to another level not often seen."

Mechanic notes that when it came to the battle sequences, Gibson zeroed right in on the most essential and creative details. "Mel has such an eye for war action, I feel he was the real creator of all the battle sequences, regardless of who wrote the scenes," says the producer.

Yet even in the most frenetic action, Gibson wanted the humanity of the character to hold sway. He says of the battle sequences: "The important part was to give you the sense that this is the worst place anyone has ever seen, which it was for these men. And here's Desmond, this guy you've hopefully come to know and to love, thrown into this terrible place where he will finally see how measures up to the standards he has set for himself."

Hacksaw Ridge will open in Philippine cinemas on February 22, 2017.

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Is it Goodbye Ronnie, McCoy, Jameson? Meet the New HASHTAGS Members


“It’s Showtime” introduced another batch of its ‘kilig ambassadors’ – the newest members of its boy group Hashtags – who will bring more kilig to the country’s number one noontime program.

The new heartthrobs showed off their dance moves for the first time on Valentine’s Day, led by former child star Bugoy Cariño, who said, “Dancing and showbiz are not new to me. But now that I’m a ‘kilig ambassador,’ you will see a different Bugoy.”

Also making their debut on “It’s Showtime’s” stage as new Hashtags were former “Pinoy Boyband Superstar” contestant Wilbert Ross, model Maru Delgado, as well as CK Kieron, Kid Yambao, Rayt Carreon, Vitto Marquez, and Franco Hernandez.

They will join original Hashtags members Zeus Collins, Jimboy Martin, McCoy De Leon, Nikko Natividad, Tom Doromal, Jameson Blake, Paulo Angeles, Jon Lucas, Ryle Santiago, Luke Conde, and Ronnie Alonte.

Meanwhile, more viewers in the country prefer “It’s Showtime” because of its hit segments “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” “Dancing in Tandem,” “TrabaHula Extreme,” and “KanTanghalian.”

According to data from Kantar Media, more viewers nationwide watched “It’s Showtime’s” Valentine treat as it recorded a national TV rating of 17.4%, higher than that of “Eat Bulaga’s” 14.7%.

Don’t miss “It’s Showtime” at noon from Mondays to Saturdays. To get updates, follow the program on Twitter (@ItsShowtimena) or like facebook.com/ItsShowtimeNa.

Palace Declares February 28, March 2, 7, 8, 17, 21 and 24, 2017 as Special Non-Working Holiday #WalangPasok



Malacañang Palace through Proclamation No. 142 to 160 series of 2017 declared February 28, 2017 and March 2, 7, 8, 17, 21 & 24, 2017 as Special Non-Working Holiday in selected areas nationwide due to celebrations of various important events.

Proclamation No. 158 - Special non-working day in the City of Tangub on February 28, 2017 (Tuesday) for the celebration of of the Charter Day of the City of Tangub.

Proclamation No. 153 - Special non-working day in the Province of La Union on March 2, 2017 (Thursday) for the celebration of its 167th Founding Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 154 - Special non-working day in Island Garden City of Samal on March 7, 2017 (Tuesday) for the celebration of the Charter Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 155 - Special non-working day in the Province of Basilan on March 7, 2017 (Tuesday) for the celebration of its 43rd Founding Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 159 - Special non-working day in the Province of Compostela Valley on March 8, 2017 (Wednesday) for the celebration of its 19th Foundation Anniversary as well as 10th "Bulawan Festival" of the province.

Proclamation No. 156 - Special non-working day in Municipality of Tayug, Province of Pangasinan on March 17, 2017 (Friday) for the celebration of its Founding Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 157 - Special non-working day on March 21, 2017 (Tuesday) in the City of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro for the celebration of its 19th founding anniversary.


Proclamation No. 160 - Special non-working day in the City of Tabaco, Province of Albay on March 24, 2017 (Friday) for the celebration of its founding anniversary.

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February 16, 2017

Anne Curtis Finds “The One” in Jollibee #BeefyEverAfter



Where did Anne Curtis - actress, TV host, and all-around performer - find ‘The One?’

In her latest TV commercial for the country’s number one fast-food brand Jollibee, Anne reveals the one meal she will never get tired of: Jollibee Burger Steak.

With a well-seasoned burger patty made with 100% real beef, the Jollibee Burger Steak delivers spectacular flavors and textures to the table. The patty is generously poured with Jollibee’s signature mushroom gravy and is then topped with mushroom slices to bring a delicious and delightful spoonful that Anne - as well as millions of Filipinos - keep falling in love with. 

Decade after decade, Jollibee Burger Steak has never failed to deliver a beefy-ever-after experience to Filipino diners,” said Francis E. Flores, Jollibee Global Chief Marketing Officer and Philippines Head of Marketing. “This year, we’re renewing our commitment to continually improve our products - including the best-selling Burger Steak - to guarantee unparalleled flavors and dining experiences for those who have fallen head over heels with Jollibee, including our newest celebrity endorser, Anne Curtis.”


Full Circle

2017 marks Anne’s 20th year in Philippine show business, where she had made waves through a slew of TV shows, critically acclaimed blockbuster hits, and in recent years, sold-out concerts at some of the country’s most prestigious event venues.

Her journey to stardom began exactly twenty years ago, at a Jollibee store along Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City. A 12-year-old balikbayan visiting relatives from her mother’s side, Anne was discovered by a talent scout while she was enjoying Jollibee’s signature offerings. .

I wouldn’t be the star I am today if I was not eating at Jollibee 20 years ago,” said Anne. “This endorsement is really a big dream come true for me. I feel like I’ve come full circle in my career.”


‘It’s like love at first bite’

Anne shares unforgettable childhood Jollibee encounters with millions of Filipino kids, across generations.

At a young age, my mother introduced me to the Pinoy happy place: Jollibee,” she said. “This is where I got to taste the Filipino version of steak: the Burger Steak with rice!

This special, truly Pinoy meal has captivated Anne’s taste buds from the very first time she tasted it. “It’s like love at first bite! And what’s great about the Burger Steak is that it’s still has the same savory, delicious, beefy flavors that I’ve loved ever since.”

The actress added that she never gets tired of the Burger Steak. “It hits all the right spots. The combination of real beef, sauce, and rice is just something that reminds me of comfort, of home.”

Catch Anne’s beefy ever after with Jollibee Burger Steak in a new TV commercial below:



The Jollibee Burger Steak is available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions in all Jollibee stores nationwide. Prices start at P50.00*.
                            
*Prices may vary across different locations.

M&M’s FUN FIRST MOVE Project Winners Face an Ultimate Valentine's Surprise that Put Their Love to a Different Height


Love is literally in the air as M&M’s treat a lucky couple with a breath-taking helicopter ride to the scenic city of Tagaytay to enjoy the most romantic date this Valentine’s.

Traditionally, men are the ones who shower women with flowers and chocolates but this year with the help of #MMsFunFirstMove project, Jessa Bernales was the one who surprised her husband with a bouquet of flowers and an epic helicopter ride to an unforgettable date in Tagaytay.

This romantic surprise will surely take them, and their love to different heights, just ask the chopper pilot!




A moment of confusion followed by the euphoria of realizing his wife’s surprise


Aside from the grand winner, nineteen other romantics surprise their loved ones with the help of M&M’s Red, Green and Yellow.

M&M’s Red and his boy band make the winners’ significant others swoon and blush with their ‘kilig’-infused songs and charming demeanor. M&M’s Yellow, on the other hand delivers a big surprise, with the perfect cuddle buddy that will always remind them of the feeling of being in love - a giant teddy bear! And to take it up a notch, M&M’s Green brings along a hot real-life cupid! The hottie with the arrows shower the winning couples with gifts and affection.

Congratulations to all the lucky winners of M&M’s Fun First Move Project. And don’t fret, you can still spoil your loved ones this Valentine’s day, show how sweet you are and gift them with M&M’s and your undying adoration.

The Promo ran from January 9 to February 5 2017. For more updates , visit www.facebook.com/MMsPhilippines.


Move over Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Jessa and Froilan Bernales’ ride is M&M’s -sweet!





About Mars, Incorporated

In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today.

Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, KITEKAT®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints.  Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and WISDOM PANEL®.

For more information, please visit www.mars.com. Follow us: facebook.com/mars, twitter.com/marsglobal, youtube.com/mars, linkedin.com/company/mars.

New SKYdirect Postpaid Subscribers Can Get a Free KFC Bucket Meal from February 17 to March 17


Apply for any postpaid plan of SKYdirect and avail of a free KFC bucket meal worth P600 for every successful installation from February 17 to March 17, 2017. 

With a SKYdirect subscription, families will be able to enjoy popular channels in high definition such as HBO HD, AXN HD, History HD, Cartoon Network HD and NBA Premium HD, as well channels and shows not available in other direct-to-home satellite service providers such as ABS-CBN HD, Cinema One, Lifestyle Network and Knowledge Channel, all for as low as Php250 per month. 

This is available for new subscribers in Bacolod, Baguio, Batangas (Lipa, Balayan, Tanauan), Bulacan, Cavite, CAMANAVA, Cebu, Dagupan, Dumaguete, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Laguna (Calamba, San Pedro Sta. Rosa), Laoag, Metro Manila, Naga, Polomolok, Rizal, Tagum, Urdaneta, and Zamboanga.  

For more details, visit mysky.com.ph or text SKY to 23668.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Starts Production, Phase 3 Details Teased


Marvel Studios has officially announced the production start of Avengers: Infinity War via a featurette that shows Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord).

Watch the featurette below:.



Prior to the release of the first featurette, Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) hosted a Facebook Live, to answer fan questions. Here’s everything we learned from the live chat (and the first Avengers: Infinity War featurette) so far:

•Tom Holland will be reprising his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
•Chris Pratt‘s Peter Quill/Star-Lord will also be joining the fray.
•Robert Downey Jr. still fondly remembers the Mark 42 from “Iron Man 3”
•“Avengers: Infinity War” kicks off with tension as Captain America is still on Iron Man’s “S-List”
•Reflecting on his appearance in the first “Iron Man” to “Avengers: Infinity War,” Downey says “[Tony Stark] has matured a bit. What has changed is the universe around him.”
•Stark’s universe now involves Peter Parker, the Guardians and Doctor Strange.
•Joe and Anthony Russo have never fought on set
•The three Avengers the Russo brothers would go on a family vacation with: Tony Stark, Peter Park, and Vision.
•Start of production officially began last month in Pinewood Atlanta.
•Thanos will be “the most frightening villain the Avengers have ever faced;” he’ll show us all why he’s “the biggest, the best, the baddest villain that we’ve ever had.”
•The Avengers are completely unprepared to face Thanos as a result of the events of “Captain America: Civil War” leaving the Avengers a team name with no team members.
•Get ready for the Guardians of the Galaxy / Avengers team-up as we see Thor fighting alongside Rocket Raccoon
•The Russo brothers confirm two films will be deeply connected – “these next two Avengers films will be an event like no one has ever seen on film before”
•Downey drives that point home as we’ve come to learn the next two Avengers will be filmed back-to-back for a “year of fun-filled lensing”

Avengers: Infinity War will hit US theaters May 4, 2018, with the second part following on May 3, 2019.  

Continuing a cinematic universe that launched in 2008 with Iron Man, Infinity War promises an epic story that will bring in characters from a decade of films. The cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Pom Klementieff, Tom Holland, Peter Dinklage and Josh Brolin as Thanos. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who return after Captain America: Civil War, are directing both Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled second half, which will close Marvel Phase 3.

SMURFS Team Up with United Nations in 2017 for a Happier, More Peaceful and Equitable World


The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched today by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation.  

Watch the featurette “International Day of Happiness 2017 - Small Smurfs Big Goals” below:



The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed on by all 193 member countries of the United Nations in 2015. It kicks off with the launch of a Public Service Announcement video inspiring viewers to champion the Goals, which include ending extreme poverty, protecting the planet and giving everyone the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity.  

The public can also join “Team Smurfs” by visiting the SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com website to find out how they can contribute to achieving the Goals; discover which goals are best suited to their interests; raise their voices for a better world for all; and share information, ideas and images on social media.  

"The entertainment industry moves the hearts and minds of people of all ages, and the UN thanks our friends at Sony Pictures Animation and the Smurfs for this creative effort to mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information. “We hope this campaign will motivate millions of young people and their families to do their part to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that will lead to the well-being and happiness of all people.”

Team Smurfs will rally behind the 17 Goals through to the International Day of Happiness on 20 March 2017 when the campaign will culminate in a celebration at United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the occasion. This year, the International Day of Happiness will highlight the Sustainable Development Goals as building blocks of happiness. Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village will attend to honour youth and children who have played a role in raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We know that children and young people are some of the world’s most passionate advocates on issues that matter to them the most. We must continue to find new ways to empower them to help achieve a world free from inequality and injustice for every child. This campaign will give children and young people the platform they need to have their voices heard,” said UNICEF Director of Communications Paloma Escudero.  

The campaign message focuses on the notion that every one of us can make a difference, regardless of our size,” said Veronique Culliford, the daughter of Peyo, who created the Smurfs in 1958. “It’s an honor and privilege for The Smurfs to support the United Nations and to continue our longstanding relationship with UNICEF.

All of us, even a small Smurf, can achieve big goals!” added Demi Lovato, who voices Smurfette in the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village.

The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign will be localized in 14 different languages and promoted across Sony Pictures Television Networks’ flagship channel brands such as AXN, Sony Channel, Crackle, Animax and Pop available in 178 countries, including their on-air, online and social media properties.

The public can engage on social media using the hash-tags #SmallSmurfsBigGoals and #TeamSmurfs


ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

In September 2015, UN Member States unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focused on the three interconnected elements of: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. With 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core, the Agenda is universal, integrated and transformative and aims to spur actions that will end poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change between now and 2030.  

For more information, go to: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment or follow us on Twitter at @GlobalGoalsUN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/globalgoalsUN.


ABOUT SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! The feature is directed by Kelly Asbury, produced by Jordan Kerner and Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews, and written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon, based on the characters and works of Peyo.

Maja Salvador's WILDFLOWER Beats Wowowin on its Pilot Episode


ABS-CBN’s newest primetime drama “Wildflower” is off to a good start as its pilot telecast instantly captivated viewers nationwide, garnering a national TV rating of 20.1% versus its rival program’s 14.7%, according to data from Kantar Media.

The show, led by versatile actress Maja Salvador, also created buzz online as its official hashtag #WildflowerBlossoms landed on the top trending topics on Twitter last Monday (February 13).

In its premiere offering, “Wildflower” introduced to viewers the young and energetic Lily (Xyriel Manabat) and showed how she and her parents Camia (Sunshine Cruz) and Dante (Christian Vasquez) are starting a new life in Poblacion Ardiente, a town ruled and governed by the powerful Ardiente clan.

Lily then found a new friend in Diego, who happens to be the son of Ardiente mayor Emilia (Aiko Melendez) and grandson of patriarch Julio (Tirso Cruz III). What awaits Lily and her family in this new town?

“Wildflower” is directed by Onat Diaz, Raymond Ocampo, Cathy Camarillo under the production unit headed by Ruel Bayani.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Wildflower” this Monday (February 13) on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, follow @wildflowerabscbn on Instagram, @RSBDramaUnitNew on Twitter and like the show’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wildflowerchannel2/. Catch its latest episodes on iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

'My Ex and Whys' Earns P27M on Opening Day, The Highest Opening Day for a LizQuen Movie


Star Cinema's Valentine movie offering "My Ex and Whys" topbilled by reel and real-life sweethearts Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil has earned an opening day gross of P27 million.

The number is higher than the debut-day grosses of their previous films "Everyday I Love You" and "Just the Way You Are" which earned P16M and P12M respectively.

"My Ex and Whys" is about a former playboy (Gil) trying to prove to his ex-girlfriend (Soberano) that he's a changed man. It is now showing in theaters nationwide. 

Showing in more than 250 theaters nationwide, the movie is helmed by blockbuster director Cathy Garcia-Molina.

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