April 21, 2017

Charo Santos-Concio Wins Acting Award in 17th Canary Islands Film Festival


Charo Santos-Concio was given the Special Mention honor in acting at the 17th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, held in the Canary Islands for outstanding performance in her comeback film “Ang Babaeng Humayo”. 

This piece of good news is always welcome! I am grateful to have been considered worthy of a special mention.” the Kapamilya lady executive said.

She recounted that her director Lav Diaz had forwarded an e-mail to her. “The festival head said that the jury was torn, so they made an exception for the first time in the acting category and decided to give this special recognition.”

She asserted: “My thanks to the jury and again thanks to Direk Lav for the trust!

Richard Gutierrez Faces P38.6M Tax Evasion Case


On Friday, April 21, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a P38-million tax evasion case before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Richard Gutierrez and his production company, R Gutz Production Corp.

The BIR said that the actor and his production company, where he sits as president, allegedly under-declared P39.6 million in sales in 2012, R Gutz also failed to file an annual income tax return and two quarterly value added tax returns during the same year.

As a consequence of their acts and omissions, R Gutz and its president, Richard Gutierrez, were assessed an estimated aggregate deficiency tax liability for taxable year 2012 in the total amount of P38.57 million,” BIR in a statement.

Richard and his company declared P311,111 in sales in 2012. However, their clients said they bought a total of P39.9 million from the entertainment firm during the same period, based on a list of purchases.

BIR said that it has sent the actor the result of its findings in September 2014, January 2017, and March 2017 but the agency said it did not receive any response

Korean Superstar Lee Min-ho Starts Mandatory Military Enlistment


Lee Min-ho is set to begin his mandatory military service in May, according to his agency on Tuesday.

Lee Min-ho’s enlistment date was confirmed today. He will begin service on May 12 at Gangnam-gu office as a public service officer,” MYM Entertainment said. “He’ll spend his time preparing for the service until May.

The Korean Superstar will be assigned to a noncombat position due to an injury sustained from a 2006 car accident with actor Jung Il-woo.


#WalangPasok Long Weekend Holiday from April 27 - May 1, 2017 in Metro Manila


Malacañang on Friday, April 21, ordered the suspension of work in Metro Manila starting April 27 to April 29 in time for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Pasay City.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea made the declaration by authority of President Rodrigo Duterte through Memorandum Circular No 18.




The memorandum said all government offices in the cities of Manila, Makati and Pasay would have non-working holiday on April 27, Thursday. However, all government and private offices in Metro Manila would have a non-working holiday on April 28, Friday.

Suspension of work on April 29, Saturday, it said, was left to the discretion of the affected local government units (LGUs) and employers.

Classes in public and private schools on all levels in Metro Manila are also suspended on April 28 while suspension of classes in the cities of Pasay, Makati and Manila on April 27 will be left to the discretion of their school heads.

Malacañang earlier said that April 27 to 28 would be non-working holidays but later corrected that it would only be non-working days on the said dates.

The Asean Summit and Related meetings will be held from April 26-29 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. Leaders of the nine other member-states of the Asean and diplomats are expected to attend the summit.

May 1 is declared as Legal Holiday in celebration of Labor Day.

April 20, 2017

TV Ratings: "The Voice Teens" Beats GMA-7's "Tsuperhero," 37.9% vs. 15.1%


Viewers nationwide watched the first batch of teen artists impress the four superstar coaches of “The Voice Teens” as its blind auditions kicked off on a high note, recording a national TV rating of 37.9%, according to Kantar Media.

The program’s pilot episode made “The Voice Teens” the most watched program across urban and rural homes nationwide and beat its rival program “Tsuperhero,” which only garnered 15.1%.

It also sent netizens abuzz as they posted their comments online while watching the show, sending the episode’s official hashtag #TheVoice Teens to the top of the list of the trending topics on Twitter in the country and worldwide.

The four coaches already have one artist on their respective teams – the four-chair turner and teen wonder of Makati, Mikko Estrada (coach Sarah); the astig singing beauty of Pampanga, Isabela Vinzon (coach Bamboo), another four-chair turner and the chicharon charmer of Sampaloc, Patrick Corporal (coach Lea), and the mega fan of Cavite, Zyra Peralta (coach Sharon).

Don’t miss the teen artists who will give inspiration and share their extraordinary talent in “The Voice Teens” every Saturday, 7:15 PM and Sunday, 7 PM. It also features the team-up of award-winning hosts Luis Manzano and Toni Gonzaga.

Angel Locsin and Douglas Nierras to Seat as "I Can Do That" Special Judge this Weekend


Their special performances will be evaluated and scored by special judges – actress Angel Locsin and choreographer Douglas Nierras.

Joining forces for an explosive LED poi dancing performance are Gab Valenciano, Cristine Reyes, Daniel Matsunaga, and Arci Munoz, who have all been named weekly winners and admittedly feel pressured to win again.

Pokwang, Wacky Kiray, Sue Ramirez, and JC Santos, meanwhile, show their love for Filipino culture as they perform various Filipino folk dances. Will Pokwang and Kiray finally win this time?

Whose performance will impress Angel, Douglas, and the viewers?

Find out in “I Can Do That” this Saturday and Sunday, 9:45PM on ABS-CBN. 

FAST & FURIOUS 8 Breaks PH Box-Office Record with P110-M Opening Gross


Universal Pictures' Fast & Furious 8 smashed global box office records, earning $532.5 -million 
worldwide to set a new high-water mark for an opening weekend.

(Watch the new Fast & Furious 8 spot at http://youtu.be/3PmVGHemFvI.)

The action thriller debuted with $432.3 million internationally after bowing in 63 foreign markets; and a solid $100.2-million in North America.

In the Philippines, the Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson blockbuster opened at No.1 with a two-day weekend gross of P110-million. Said figure towers as the biggest weekend ever for the Fast & Furious franchise, surpassing the P98-M bow of 2015's Fast & Furious 7.

The ode to fast cars and family opened in the Philippines last Saturday, April 15, with an unstoppable P56-M and new record as the highest opening day for a Fast & Furious movie (beating 7's P48-M first-day gross).

Saturday's receipts was also the biggest opening day of the year so far, as well the best first day gross for a Universal Pictures title in history.

Fast & Furious 8 features a returning all-star cast, as well as a star-studded array of newcomers to this world – Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

Now playing across the Philippines, Fast & Furious 8 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Don't Let The TRANGKASEASON Hits You! Here Are Ways to Protect Your Family from the Dreaded Flu


Flu or "trangkaso" in a local dialect is an illness that is well known to all. Everyone seems to have been through it at one time or another; yet no one is immune despite having been infected as the virus comes in various forms. Moreover, one cannot underestimate the flu virus as influenza can kill you; in many instances, Filipinos regard the onset of the infection as a simple fever yet it not attended to on time, that case of "lagnat" caused by the virus could be debilitating and even fatal.

In the Philippines, influenza is considered as a leading cause of morbidity. According to the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control of the Department of Health, one out of 100 Filipinos gets sick of influenza are young children as well as adults aged 50 or above whose vaccination against flu is strongly recommended based on health studies both here and abroad.

With the advent of the flu season, protecting yourself and your loved ones against the threat of influenza takes on a special urgency. This is the objective of the Trangkaseason public health information campaign.

Trangkaseason Flu Awareness Campain aims to generate a high level of people's awareness on the threat of flu and provide the public with the needed information on how to prepare and to protect themselves and their families from this deadly disease.

Studies have shown that the single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to getba flu shot or to get vaccinated every year. The flu seasons comes yearly from June to November with a virus that can change from season to season and because of this, it os vital to maintain an annual vaccination schedule to keep oneself fully protected. This is truth to the saying that "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure". This is close to the truth about flu, as the cost of hospitalization could run into the tens of thousands of pesos, without even counting the wasted days and personal suffering that influenza can cause.

The quadrivalent influenza vaccine is available now! Get flu vaccinated this April to prepare yourself for the June to November flu peak season or during the wet season.

Flu vaccination is available at your family doctor or health center and there are government facilities or programs that provide them for free to indigent families. Consult your doctor or seek medical advice on how you can protect yourself and your family members in this coming flu season.

April 19, 2017

BRILLANTE MENDOZA PRESENTS: PAGTATAPOS Premieres April 22 on TV5


In celebration of graduation month, award-winning director Brillante Mendoza takes us back to our grad-waiting phase through the last episode of his film-made-for-television Brillante Mendoza Presents: Pagtatapos - which will be aired on TV5 this April 22, 2017, 9:30pm.

Brillante Mendoza Presents: Pagtatapos features the story of a 4th year folk dance student from the high school for the arts in Los Baños.It depicts how a troubled young girl goes through life as she faces her personal struggles concerning her studies, her family and her recurring visions of Maria Makiling.

More than just a story of teenage survival, "Pagtatapos" is a serious appeal to parents and families to take heed of the unspoken needs of their children. It raises awareness on a serious issue of youth suicide and how the family plays an important part in helping someone get through struggles such as these.




This is yet another brave television masterpiece by the award winning director, Brillante Mendoza. "Pagtatapos" beautifully depicts a story about making the right choice by choosing life. This made for television film is a reflection of TV5's strong commitment to be the TV network that provides differentiated entertainment. Catch Brillante Mendoza Presents: Pagtatapos on Saturday, April 22 9:30PM.

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April 18, 2017

Rodrigo Duterte, Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey Top TIME Magazine 100 Most Influential People Poll for 2017


After consistently leading the survey that started in the last week of March, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte officially claimed the top spot in TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people poll for 2017. 

Duterte received 5 percent of “Yes” votes ahead of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, richest man in the world Bill Gates and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the survey. The four all got 3 percent of "Yes" votes.

In the Entertainment category, actress-TV host Oprah Winfrey and other Hollywood celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson, James Corden, Viola Davis, Emma Stone, John Legend and Ryan Reynolds are at the top of the heap after garnering two percent of "Yes" votes.

At close one percent are Kanye West, Melissa McCarthy, RuPaul, Kim Kardashian West and Drake.

Though given a zero percent rating, Selena Gomez, Fan Bingbing, Alec Baldwin, Ryan Gosling, Ashley Graham, Gigi Hadid, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato are also on the roster.

The TIME 100 is the US-based magazine’s annual list of the most influential people in the world. It features a number of leading artists, politicians, lawmakers, scientists and leaders in technology and business. Although TIME's editors will choose the final list of honorees, readers can share their choices with as well through an online poll.

This year's official TIME 100 list will be revealed on April 20.

Kris Aquino and Michelle Yeoh Lead the Cast of Hollywood Movie "Crazy Rich Asians"


Kris Aquino is currently in Los Angeles, California to meet her agent Chris Lee and probably to seal the deal for Hollywood film entitled "Crazy Rich Asians" based on bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan.

In an Instagram post on April 13, Kris said she is “fan girling” for being followed by international bestselling author Kevin Kwan, who is behind some of her favorite books which include “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Crazy Rich Asians”.

She also said that “Crazy Rich Asians,” which follows the intersecting stories of heir apparent Nick Young and his cousins Eddie Cheng and Astrid Leong, a Singapore society darling, also known as “The Goddess,” will soon become “a major motion picture from Warner Brothers”  hinting what Hollywood project she is going to sign up for.




Under the direction of  Jon M. Chu, director of Hollywood flicks “Step Up 2: The Streets,” “Step Up 3D,” “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” and Hasbro franchises “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Jem and the Holograms,” "Crazy Rich Asians" also features Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Sonoya Mizuno and Constance Wu in the cast.


April 16, 2017

KathNiel's "Can't Help Falling In Love" Earns P33-M on Opening Day


The blockbuster tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla have broken their own record when their latest romantic-comedy movie "Can't Help Falling in Love" registered a gross of P33 million on its opening day which is P10 million more than the first day gross of their last movie "Barcelona A Love Untold."

Mae Cruz-Alviar, the film's director, describes "Can't Help Falling in Love" as a return to the rom-com roots for KathNiel. It sees the pair portray strangers who suddenly find themselves somehow married to one another.

The movie is now showing in over 300 cinemas nationwide.

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"Tunog Natin: Songs From Home" by Avida Bags Two Silver Anvil Awards


Tunog Natin: Songs From Home, an advocacy campaign for Original Pilipino Music (OPM) by Avida Land in collaboration with Insight 360 Consultancy Services, Inc., won two major awards at the 52nd Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal held last March 10 at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Tunog Natin: Songs From Home featured promising and established OPM artists, Jim Paredes—also the campaign's creative consultant—, Bloomfields, Davey Langit, Moira Dela Torre, Thor Dulay, Markki Stroem, Princess Velasco, Johnoy Danao, Jason Fernandez and Jaq Dionisio.




The compilation album, launched in a concert in 2015, is composed of ten tracks—one original composition (Home is Here) and nine brilliant covers of classic Filipino songs (Tuloy Pa Rin Ako, Next In Line, Tuwing Umuulan, Hawak Kamay, Kaleidoscope World, With a Smile, Pinoy Ako, Cool Ka Lang, and Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika). Songs were arranged by Jonathan Arnold Ong of Sonic State Studio, while Takayuki Sakamoto and Angel Jose Resurrection were the production managers of the album.

Pinoy Actor Dave Bautista Back as Drax in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2


For Fil-Am actor Dave Bautista (Spectre, upcoming Blade Runner 2049), returning to the Guardians fold in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a chance to reprise a character he truly enjoys playing.

"What I really love about Drax is he's not what you'd expect from reading the comics," Bautista says. "Everybody was expecting one thing, and we gave them another. It makes it more interesting. It's easy just to be the big guy who's always growling at people and intimidating people. We've seen it a million times. But when you get the same guy who looks the same way but just says the most ridiculous things that make you laugh, it makes him more interesting."

Continuing, he adds, "And he's also got that side to him that's just all heart. He's still heartbroken over the loss of his family. And I love that dynamic, man. I love playing with that. It's challenging. It makes it's interesting. It makes the character loveable and it makes people connect to him."

In the movie, Drax develops a friendship with a new character, Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff. Describing their relationship, Bautista says, "It's hard to think that Drax would have some innocence to him but he really does, and it comes out in this film. That's in the connection he has with Mantis. There's a lot of innocence in both characters. They're almost like two kids who find each other and become playmates. They just connect on a certain level that they can't connect with anybody else. They're both suffering from some pain and learning new things and new feelings, new experiences. They're going through that together and that's where the connection is."

The opportunity to work with Chris Pratt again was a plus for Bautista. "On a personal level, I think everybody involved on this film will agree that we just love him," Bautista says. "He's just such a good dude; a good, kind-hearted person. I can't say enough good things about him. He is what you see. There's nothing superficial or pretentious about Chris. He's just got a great energy about him and he's a very positive person. And that all trickles down. When you get number one coming to set who's always in a good mood, it's hard to be that guy who is in the bad mood or complaining."

Working with director James Gunn once again proves to be a positive experience for the actor. "It's great because the writer is there and the director is there, all in one person," says Bautista.

He adds, "Drax is the vehicle for James Gunn's twisted, witty sense of humor. I love when I'm shooting and delivering stuff that I can hear James off in the distance laughing because I know that it is what he wanted. That it is what he was expecting out of the dialogue that he wrote. That in itself makes me feel really good because I love giving him what he wants."

Bautista is confident that audiences will connect to the film on a personal level. As he says, "The first film was more about people coming together for the greater good. And I think this film is more about relationships with people. It is the story of a family. Your family doesn't always have to be blood family. They can be chosen family. So I think this is more of a relationship film, and everyone can relate to that."

Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Opening across the Philippines on April 26, 2017, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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April 14, 2017

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Now the No.1 Movie of All-Time in Philippines, Surpasses CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR


The retelling of a classic fairytale has now rewritten the record books! Disney's live-action “Beauty and the Beast” is now officially the biggest-grossing movie ever released in the Philippines.  

The romantic, fantasy musical posted a cumulative gross of a jolting P667.46-M yesterday, its 27th day of release, and effectively overtaking Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” as the No.1 movie of all-time in the country.   

This was announced today by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Philippines which distributed the film.  (It’s worth noting that the top five films in the all-time rankings were all distributed by Disney.  In third to fifth places are Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” and Marvel’s “The Avengers.”)

Disney owns Walt Disney Pictures, Disney-Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm (Star Wars films).

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is still playing in cinemas across the Philippines. Like Beauty and the Beast on Facebook, WaltDisneyStudiosPH; follow us on Twitter, @disney_phil; follow us on Instagram, @disney.ph and use the hashtag #BeOurGuestPH.


About Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

PEOPLE vs. The STARS Yasmien Kurdi, Jackie Rice and Teri Aunor this Easter Sunday on GMA-7


Starstruck 1 First Princess Yasmien Kurdi, Starstruck 3 Ultimate Female Survivor Jackie Rice and Comedian, Impersonator and Bataan's Board of Member Teri Aunor will battle on the Easter Sunday's episode of "PEOPLE VS. THE STARS". 

In People vs. the Stars, the program allows celebrities to play for a chance to win two hundred thousand pesos (PHP 200,000) via a variety of eight (8) mind-boggling questions with respective cash values. The first seven questions has corresponding amount from 10,000 to 40,000 pesos while the eigth question is worth 50,000 pesos. The stars must answer each question in 45 seconds. If the stars fail to answer any of the questions correctly, the question's cash value will be given to the home viewers by answering the "People Question of the Week" through text. 

The studio was filled with fun and laughter and no dull moment as Teri Aunor we're being teased by the audience whenever they answer the questions. Four consecutive questions we're answered by the celebrities and a pot money of 80,000php for them. After the winning streak, they we're unable to answer the questions right that's why People get the 70,000php. For the last question, Celebrities have the chance to get additional 50,000php thru the game Buzzer Beater with the help of GMA's group One Up. Luckily, they were able to finish and answer the challenge on time that's why additional 50,000php for them. 




Hosted by Kapuso power couple Iya Villania-Arellano and Drew Arellano, "People vs the Stars", every Sunday at 5PM,

RAPOO Brings to the Philippines the Most Advanced VPRO Gaming Peripherals


Just like a good basketball player needs a well-designed pair of shoes, and a golfer needs a complete set of clubs, gaming enthusiasts are also always in search for the perfect gear that would help them make the transition from mere players to serious gamers.

A great set of gaming gear does more than simply facilitate play – it is the key to mastering your strategy, and just like any other sport, finding the best set of gaming tools is necessary for them consistently perform at a high level.

In eSports, gaming gear is just as critical as skill, and even the slightest lag, can spell the difference between a victory and getting fragged to oblivion. 

Gaming has gotten a lot more serious these past few years, and there are already a lot of Filipino ProGamers who are making a name for themselves in eSports tournaments all over the world.  We want to nurture the passion and talent Filipinos have by letting them experience the gaming gear used by the top CyberAthletes in the world,” says Kyle Guo, Rapoo R&D Director.

Today we are launching the newest range of gaming products from VPRO, which will help them take their gaming to the next level,” Guo adds.

VPRO is a professional gaming brand under Rapoo with complete range of good quality and best value performance products, including gaming mice, gaming mechanical keyboards, and gaming headsets.

SERIOUS BUSINESS

eSports is more than just play - it pays very lucratively. According to statistics compiled by eSportsearnings.com, the total prize money of gaming competitions in 2016 reached an unbelievable USD 94,445,235.87. 

The prize came from 3,995 tournaments participated in by more than 13,000 CyberAthletes.

THINK FAST, ACT FAST, AND KICK ASS

Known for its innovative and premium-quality product developments, VPRO is the premium gaming brand of Rapoo Gaming Labs.  

Rapoo as VPRO Gaming will bring its strengths into the game by exacting product-quality standards, achieved by specialists from almost all fields of expertise needed,” says Lem Estiva, Rapoo Philippines Retail Sales Manager.

Utilizing the vast experience of and incredible inventiveness Rapoo, VPRO is able to drastically shorten product-development cycles, allowing it to respond more quickly to new trends and the growing needs of the gaming community. 

Compared to its competitors, Rapoo's ability to develop and produce almost all components itself offers incredible advantages when it comes to value for money. 

Leading the lineup of VPRO Gaming Gear is the VPRO V810 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.  




With its stylish angular design coupled with high-grade materials and incredible build quality the gaming keyboard makes for a standout companion to accompany gamers on their triumphant quest for glory.

The VPRO V810 features full mechanical keys and conflict-free design for all keys. The cherry mechanical key switches with a single key life up to 50 million operations, are durable and reliable in the game. Non-conflict design for 108 keys on the keyboard, allows you to press any number of keys simultaneously and ensures that your every command is registered and executed exactly and rapidly. 

It is equipped with a multi-level backlighting system for those late night top-secret gaming sessions. All keys on the keyboard are programmable (including single keys, combination keys and macro keys) in the game mode. The simplified game operations allow you to always be one step ahead.

The keyboard also features five dedicated macro keys for those precisely timed manoeuvres conveniently positioned on the left-hand side of the keyboard. With a built in on-board memory, VPRO810 can save your personal profile settings and load it onto another PC. 

Another really cool feature is Gaming Mode, which allows rapid toggling between game and Windows settings. Combined with its freely programmable keys, the VPRO V810 converts into a true weapon of virtual mass destruction.

Other available VPRO keyboard options include the V720, V500RGB AL, V700RGB AL, V500S AL, V500S-Crystal, V500L, V51S RGB, and V510.

Complementing the VPRO KEYBOARD is the VPRO range of Gaming Mouse led by the VPRO V310 Laser Gaming Mouse. The VPRO V310 boasts of Rapoo's brand-new gaming chip V-power3, 32-bit ARM core, 60MHz running frequency and 1000 Hz USB report rate for high-speed response. It also has a professional gaming optical engine with an image-processing rate of 12000 FPS, 150 inches and tracking speed and up to 1000 Hz USB report rate, ensures accurate tracking, anytime. anywhere.

Save and play with its built-in memory to save your mouse configuration (macro, DPI setting and breathing light mode) in the game mode so you can use your settings on any computer. 

Dazzle your opponents with both your skill and style with the VPRO V310’s LED Multi-color Light System. With 16 million colors the V310 has an LED multi-color light system, which lets you customize the appearance of your mouse in many ways as well as to suit your preferences. It features an APM-lighting mode that reflects your actions per minute with a spectacular light show.

Confidence is good, but control is a lot better, so choose from other VPRO Gaming Mouse such as the V25S, V280, and V26 and choose the best one that fits your gaming style.




Completing the trio of essential gaming gear is the headset. A good gaming headset provides you a more immersive experience, but a great headset gives you the advantage allowing you to hear movements and audio cues of your opponent’s movements. 

The VPRO VH600 Virtual 7.1 Gaming Headset features multi-function remote configuration free control; and intelligent VIB vibration unit that brings unparalleled shock experience. The Over-ear design provides comfort, noise isolation while the active dual microphone makes sure that you can easily and clearly talk strategies with your teammates without delay.




Lastly, its over-ear design provides noise isolation and utilizes an intelligent suspension head wear that adapts to the length of gameplay hours.

For entry level gamers, there is the VPRO VH200 illuminated Gaming Headset with Professional sound adjustment, accurate positioning noise-cancelling microphone, as well as the intelligent suspension head wear to make it comfortable during those marathon gaming sessions.

"VPRO's aim is to take on the deadly serious world of the gaming-peripheral brands with a twinkle in its eye, without taking its eye off the top spot. After all, gaming equipment should do two things: Deliver an awesome experience for the gamer and a real benefit for the gameplay – and do all this while offering great value for money, without being pretentious,” points out VPRO CEO Michael Zeng.

Price and availability

The first line of VPRO gadgets in the Philippines will be available in stores and third party retailers beginning this May.


ABOUT VPRO

VPRO is the label given to innovative and premium-quality product developments from Rapoo Gaming Labs.

Rapoo, winner of multiple accolades from the press and international bodies such as the Industry Forum Design (iF) for its product quality and design, will now fully utilize its vast experience and incredible inventiveness, which it has already proven in other areas, in the gaming segment. With its exacting product-quality standards and the close-knit way specialists from different fields of expertise work together at one production facility VPRO is able to drastically shorten product-development cycles, allowing it to respond more quickly to new trends and the growing needs of the gaming community. In contrast to its competitors, Rapoo's ability to develop and produce almost all components itself offers incredible advantages when it comes to value for money. The long-term developments planned for the hard core, competitive field VPRO is active in are intended to further enhance the parent company Rapoo's existing product portfolio.

ABOUT RAPOO

Rapoo was established in 2002. After more than a decade of development, Rapoo has strong R&D capabilities and advanced manufacturing management. Rapoo is winning the favor of many domestic and global customers. Rapoo launched its domestic market strategy in 2007 with the introduction of its own brand - RAPOO. The company adheres to a management philosophy that focuses on “people-oriented, scientific and technological innovation,” takes meeting customers’ demands as motivation, has built a sound after-sales service system, fully developed multi-channel advantages and achieved a harmonious win-win situation among customers, employees, shareholders, suppliers and partners. Currently, with its expansion in the global market and excellent product quality, Rapoo has won praise from dozens of Chinese and international industry media, and received nearly 100 rewards.

April 13, 2017

New Poster Unites the JUSTICE LEAGUE #UniteTheLeague


United, they stand.  Warner Bros. Pictures has launched the new official one-sheet art for its event movie for 2017, the action-adventure Justice League. 

Check out the poster below and watch Justice League in Philippine cinemas starting November 16, 2017.

In the film, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes - Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash - it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
       
Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) returns to direct Justice League with a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher. 

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. 

Former Child Actor BJ ‘Tolits’ Forbes Tortured by NUNO Sa Punso


Former child actor BJ “Tolits” Forbes was tortured by nuno sa punso when he decided to break his covenant of friendship with them.

Catch the story as The 700 Club Asia Presents Nuno on Good Friday, April 14, 6 pm, on GMA.

BJ “Tolits” takes the lead role of Armand in his true to life story about his experiences with the controlling power of dwarfs, exposing the truths about nuno.

After the nuno gave Armand tons of fortune, their true motive was exposed when he decided to turn 
his life to God. The nuno did not want it and tortured him to keep him in their dark and wicked path.” BJ said in vernacular.

BJ “Tolits” recognized how the struggles would come to keep one from staying in his or her faith in God, “Once you receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, there will always be someone or something that will cause you to struggle for you to give up your faith. But, always hold on! Keep the faith. Don’t let your struggles destroy your faith.

I hope that the audience will take the lesson of the story to heart. This is not just for entertainment, it’s also sharing your knowledge about Jesus Christ and other significant things in life. So, I hope that this project will have an impact in their lives and strengthen their faith,” he said.

BJ “Tolits” is a multi-awarded actor who was discovered in Eat Bulaga, the longest noontime running show in the Philippines. He was 4 years old when he joined the show’s That’s My Boy segment. Though he didn’t win, his showbiz career blossomed when his “Lagi na lang ako” Tide commercial became a hit.

He was also in GMA’s Mulawin and Etheria, APT Entertainment Ispiritista and Dobol Trobol: Lets Get Redi 2 Rambol, and in various theatrical shows. Nuno is BJ “Tolits”’s first project with The 700 Club Asia.




Don’t miss BJ “Tolits” in this story that will prove God’s power to deliver people from the dark schemes of the devil. Catch him at The 700 Club Asia Presents Nuno, on Good Friday, April 14, 6:00 p.m. on GMA.

This Holy Week special is produced by CBN Asia, written and co-directed by Paula Villanueva, and co-directed by Micah Basco.

PLDT Now Offers the Lowest Call Plan to All Network, the Net Fam Call 299


Leading telecoms and digital services provider, PLDT, introduces its lowest call plan offer, the All Net Fam Call 299, starting April.

The All Net Fam Call 299 allows subscribers to make 100 minutes of landline call to all networks for as low as P299 per month. Those who subscribe to the plan will enjoy an exclusive promo rate of P99 per month or P1/minute call rate on the first month of their subscription.

The lowest call plan of PLDT Home to date, the All Net Fam Call 299 allows the landline to make calls to all networks including Smart, Sun Cellular, TNT, Globe Telecom, and TM.

This new offer is part of our commitment to provide affordable and innovative call services to more Filipinos. Now, they will be able to enjoy four times lower call rates across all networks,” says PLDT FVP and Head of Home Business Oscar Reyes Jr.

PLDT subscribers will enjoy the All Net Fam Plan 299 as an add-on to their existing PLDT plan, available for Voice, Home DSL, and Home Fibr plans.

For more information, log on to www.pldthome.com.

April 12, 2017

We Can't Help But Fall In Love with KATHNIEL in "Matanglawin" Easter Special


The sweetness of King and Queen of Hearts Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo will be in full blast even as they try to outmatch each other in a “Matanglawin“ Challenge this Easter Sunday, 10am on ABS-CBN.

The “Can’t Help Falling In Love” loveteam have accepted Kuya Kim Atienza’s dare and will race each other in balancing soda cans on top of glasses. 




Award-winning host Kuya Kim will also deliver more Easter treats as he introduces us to dolled-up, super cute bunnies that strut like runway models.




Also get to explore the mysterious ways of Antique’s Maaram or traditional faith healers who claim to cure illnesses of all kinds, and a local Korean shrine in Bulacan that houses the relic of the first Korean saint, St. Andrew Kim Taegon in another fun and educational adventure. 

Find out all these and more on “Matanglawin” with Kim Atienza on Sunday (April 16), 10am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. You may also watch online on iwantv.com.ph, or skyondemand.com.ph. For updates on the show, follow “Matanglawin” on Facebook and Twitter (@MatanglawinTV).

April 11, 2017

NBA Superstar STEPHEN CURRY Talks Why He Only Trust VIVO V5 LITE for Perfect Selfies


National Basketball Association (NBA) Superstar Stephen Curry has been tapped by Vivo, the top five premium global brand, as the official endorser of all its newest smartphones, including the latest addition to the V5 line, the Vivo V5 Lite, equipped with a 16-megapixel front camera.

Trusted by no less than the Golden State Warriors point guard and two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP), the V5 Lite has captured the hearts of the selfie-centric local market because of its premium specifications and its reasonable price of P9,990.

It is also worth mentioning that the NBA star has stated that he and Vivo share the same values: energy, professionalism, and pleasure.

At the grand launch of the Vivo brand in the Philippines just last year, Curry expressed his gratitude for being its ambassador, and his excitement about being involved in its future events. “I’m looking forward to doing more activities with Vivo and its plans in the Philippines,” he said.

Gaining fame in the sports industry because of his consistently outstanding performances in NBA seasons, Curry embodies what Vivo stands for, according to Vivo Philippines Brand Director Annie Lim.

Stephen Curry is exactly the brand ambassador that Vivo wants to represent its phones, because like Curry, the brand used perseverance and hard work to make its mark in the smartphone industry. Today, we are the fifth best-selling smartphone manufacturer in the world,” Lim said.

Vivo V5 Lite, the newest member of the V5 family, follows in the heels of the V5 and the V5 Plus, all with advanced selfie technology.




Vivo V5 Lite features:

SELFIE CAMERA:
  • 6-megapixel front camera, the V5 Lite has the highest front camera quality among phones in the same price range
  • Selfie Softlight, a natural front camera flash that produces radiant-looking selfies by using the appropriate colors in the spectrum 
  • Face Beauty Mode 6.0 - a skincare tool that enhances the skin tone, removes blemishes, and detects the user’s gender to apply the appropriate beauty retouches
  • 13-megapixel Rear Camera, with f2.2 aperture and an ultra-high- definition mode of up to 52 megapixels

STYLE:
  • 5.5 inch display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 
  • Unibody curved design
  • Metallic Back Cover for maximum protection without sacrificing sophistication and convenience

SPEED AND PERFORMANCE:

  • Runs on an MTK6750 Octacore processor and a Personalized Operating System, the Funtouch 3,0, based on Android 6.0

STORAGE:
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM, expandable up to 256 GB

OTHERS:
  • Eye Protection Mode that prevents eye strain by filtering out all the blue light, making the screen light softer
  • Smart Split 2.0, which splits the screen in two, accommodating two tasks simultaneously

For inquiries about Vivo V5 Lite, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph, or check out their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/vivophil and Twitter https://twitter.com/vivo_phil accounts.

April 9, 2017

Breakout Child Star Awra Briguela was Hailed the First “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids” Grand Winner


Breakout Child Star Awra Briguela was hailed the first “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids” grand winner after garnering the highest combined scores from the jury and Philippine text votes at the program’s two-night Grand Showdown last April 8 and 9 (Manila time), which were seen outside the Philippines via TFC and which will continue to be seen via TFC online (TFC.tv) and TFC IPTV in key countries worldwide.

On the VTR interview with host Billy Crawford shown before Briguela went on the stage, he candidly told Crawford “Ako ang nagsimula, ako rin ang magtatapos. Awra!” pertaining to his transformation on the first week of the show as Dionisia Pacquiao, when he was hailed first weekly winner of the show.

True enough and even surprising himself, Briguela was hailed the grand winner after he got a score of 95.41%. He impressed the viewers with his rapping skills and high-level performance as he transformed into the American female rapper Nicki Minaj. 

Even the judges, Ogie Alcasid, Sharon Cuneta, and Gary Valenciano, were in awe of Briguela’s final transformation and performance, and told him to continue being an inspiration to aspiring artists.




He won Php 1 million cash, a house and lot, and a trip to Jeju Island, South Korea for four.

Get to watch Briguela’s winning performance again, together with the all-out transformations of the other Kapamilya child stars in “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids: Grand Showdown” via TFC online (TFC.tv) and TFC IPTV, available until May 9 in key countries worldwide.

For more updates about the show, visit TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.

CEBU PACIFIC Peak Season Travel Advisory


​​Cebu Pacific (CEB) and Cebgo remind all passengers to allot ample time to check-in, go through security and immigration checks, and process pre-departure requirements, to avoid long queues at the check-in and immigration counters.

CEB Domestic Check-in counters are open three (3) hours before the scheduled time of departure and four (4) hours for International flights. All check-in counters close 45 minutes before the scheduled time of flights, except those exiting the Middle East (one hour) and Shanghai (50 minutes).

To cut the waiting time, CEB and Cebgo passengers are encouraged to use the following check-in options:

  • CEB Mobile Check-in. Download the official Cebu Pacific Mobile App on the App Store or Google Play and tap on the Check-In option. CEB Mobile Check-in is available from seven (7) days to four (4) hours before an international flight, and up to one (1) hour before a domestic flight.
  • CEB Web Check-in. Visit the Manage Booking section of the Cebu Pacific website (http://www.cebupacificair.com). For international flights, web check-in is available from seven (7) days up to four (4) hours before scheduled flight departure. Those taking domestic flights can do web check-in up to one (1) hour before their scheduled departure. 
  • Self Check-in Kiosks. Passengers at NAIA Terminals 3 and 4 and selected domestic airports can use these kiosks to check-in their flights eight (8) hours up to one (1) hour before the scheduled flight departure.


Domestic Airports with CEB Self Check-in Kiosks

Bacolod – Silay International Airport
Busuanga (Coron) - Francisco B. Reyes Airport
Cagayan de Oro - Laguindingan Airport
Clark International Airport
Davao - Francisco Bangoy International Airport
Dipolog Airport
General Santos International Airport
Iloilo International Airport 
Kalibo International Airport
Legazpi International Airport
Ozamiz - Labo Ozamiz City Airport
Roxas Airport 
Pagadian Airport
Palawan - Puerto Princesa International Airport 
Tagbilaran Airport
Zamboanga International Airport

Domestic web or mob­ile check-in guests with check-in luggage can drop these off at the bag drop counter at least 45 minutes before the flight, except those exiting the Middle East (one hour) and Shanghai (50 minutes). International web or mobile check-in guests still need to show up at check-in or bag drop counter at least one (1) hour before the flight to present valid travel documents.

Here are other reminders for all CEB and Cebgo passengers:

  • Mind the weight of your hand-carry. CEB allows only ONE (1) hand carry bag  with maximum weight of 7 kilos) for all flights
  • Liquids, aerosols and gels inside a hand-carry bag should be in a container (100 ml or less) and they should be placed in a clear, rese­alable plastic bag.
  • Purchase baggage allowance upon booking, with options ranging from 15 to 40 kilos. This lets you save as much as 71% compared to paying excess baggage fees at the airport.
  • Be security-conscious. When possible, lock and seal your luggage and easily identifiable markers on your check-in baggage. We advise guests to hand-carry valuable items. 
  • Proceed to the boarding gate immediately after completing check-in requirements. Guests should be at the gate 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.

April 8, 2017

ABS-CBN Brings Back THE BIBLE and MMK Classics this Lenten Season


ABS-CBN presents a special lineup of programs that will strengthen the Filipino faith and ties of Filipino families this Holy Week season.

The Emmy-Awarded miniseries “The Bible,” which tackles the story of how God created the Earth and narrates some of the momentous moments in Jesus’ life will air from Maundy Thursday till Black Saturday at 7:30pm.

“MMK” also brings back three touching and inspiring stories about sacrifice, love, and strength. Relive the story of young boy Jose (Bugoy Carino) who stood as a parent to his seven siblings this Maundy Thursday. Get touched once more by the heart-warming story of Courageous Catie (Miel Espinoza), the little girl who became viral after her mother created a Facebook page about her rare illness on Good Friday. Finally, be inspired with the journey of Juan (Zanjoe Marudo), a father who single-handedly raised his two kids inside a cave this Black Saturday.

Children can also enjoy and enrich their minds with episodes from the acclaimed animated bible series “Superbook,” while the whole family or barkada can bond while watching Star Cinema films like “She’s Dating the Gangster,” Everything About Her,” and several foreign films.

Don’t miss all these shows this Holy Week on ABS-CBN. For more information, about ABS-CBN’s Holy Week program schedule, log on to ABS-CBN.com

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