May 8, 2017

Football Superstar David Beckham Appears in the Movie 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword'

A scar-faced, broken-nosed David Beckham appears in a cameo in Warner Bros. Pictures' King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in Philippine cinemas May 17, 2017.

The superstar ex-footballer plays one of King Vortigern's (Jude Law) Blacklegs standing guard over the proceedings around the mystical, powerful sword Excalibur.

While Beckham remains new to the world of acting, he humbly accepted the probability of criticism over his role saying, "I am very aware that many sportsmen and other celebrities have turned their hand to acting and failed. I know that it is a tough profession, where you need a huge amount of skill and discipline, and I wouldn't want to push myself forward too soon, without learning more about it, and doing a lot more practice."

It's no secret that Beckham and British director Guy Ritchie are great friends. The pair has worked together on commercials that promoted the sporting legend's product lines for H&M and Haig Club whiskey, while Beckham also had a cameo in Ritchie's last film, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, King Arthur: Legend of the Swoerd stars Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Oscar nominee Jude Law, and Eric Bana. Ritchie directs the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by Joby Harold.

The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.

Opening across the Philippines on May 17, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. www.kingarthurmovie.com

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Optimus, Bumblebee Feature in New TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Poster

Paramount Pictures has just launched the new Transformers: The Last Knight one-sheet showing Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in combat mode, with the ominous tagline, "For one world to live, the other must die."

The fifth instalment of the massively successful Transformers franchise is coming to Philippine theatres on June 21, 2017,

In the film, when all seems lost, a few brave souls can save everything we've ever known.

Directed by Michael Bay,The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone's life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

Transformers: The Last Knight is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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From MOA to Dubai, ASAP Birit Queens to Bring World-Class Performances in the U.S.



Composed of four of the grandest voices in the Philippine music industry - Angeline Quinto, Jona, Klarisse de Guzman and Morissette Almon - known as "ASAP Birit Queens" continue to prove that they are the ensemble to beat as they brought their musical collaboration to their first performance outside the Philippines, to a full-house National Theater of Abu Dhabi on April 7 while their U.S. concert series is in the offing.

Like a prelude to the day that was to come, as early as the day before, thousands of fans trooped to the Khalidiya Mall to pay homage to their musical queens at the very first public press conference staged by premier network The Filipino Channel (TFC).  The Queens gamely sang acapella to provide a sneak peek into their powerhouse of a show.  On concert day, about 3,000 fans from Abu Dhabi and as far as other emirates travelled to witness the musical brilliance that is "ASAP Birit Queens."  

The admiration was felt even on social media.  According to IG user @markrambo03 "I can easily tell that they LOVE what they do and do what they love.  Long live the Queens!"

Together, the "ASAP Birit Queens" were dynamite.  Exploding vocal powers in their "Emotions" and "Problem" mash-up were Jona and Morissette. Jona impressed as she whistled Mariah Carey style while Morissette combined singing and rapping in Arianna Grande form.

Meantime, Angeline Quinto and Morisette Almon raised the excitement level to the roof as they performed some of Adele's most memorable pieces such as "Someone Like You."

Oohs and aahs met the duet of Angeline and Klarisse as they brought the house down with their rendition of "When You Believe" theme from the movie "Prince of Egypt" and "I Believe I Can Fly" from the movie "Space Jam."

But what moved the audience to their feet was their medley of male pop rock hits: "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zepellin; "I Would Do Anything For Love" by Meatloaf; "Help" by The Beatles and "What About Love" by Heart.

Another memorable string was their medley of inspirational hits: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Klarisse; "Impossible Dream" by Morissette; "Somewhere" by Jona and "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Angeline.

Individually, each musical queen held her own with her unique musicality and style.  But despite their immense popularity and success, "ASAP Birit Queens" in Abu Dhabi included, the Queens' feet stay on the ground.  For each of their solo performances, they dedicated their music pieces to important people in their lives who played a huge role in their successes.

From countless auditions, to the "Star Power: Sharon's Search for the Next Female Pop Superstar" and now as the "Teleserye Theme Queen," Angeline has truly come a long way. On the night of "ASAP Birit Queens," Angeline did not disappoint as she performed iconic Original Pilipino Music such as "Anak" which she dedicated to her pseudo mom and lolaMama Bob and that left the audience yearning for their mothers and the homeland.

Jona, dubbed Fearless Diva for a reason, made kabayans feel that her long time in the industry has not gone to waste as she performed iconic musical pieces with the highest of decibels.  Most memorable was her winning piece "Through the Rain" which she dedicated to her former fan and now Production Assistant Mau Mauricio who has been with her through the years.

Klarisse, first season of "The Voice's" 1strunner up, definitely proved herself worthy of the frontlines as she sang in her powerful alto-soprano.  Highlight of her performance was OPM single "Tila" by Lani Misalucha which she dedicated to her best friend Majella Di Rocco who has been with her good times and bad.

Morissette, The Next Big Diva, proved that she truly is what people say she is.  She brought the house down with "Flashlight" by Australian singer Sia which she dedicated to family friend Gene Concepcion. 

Inspiring other Filipinos to also reach out for their dreams, TFC conducted a Birit King and Queen contest to put the spotlight on kabayans who can perform as well as the Birit Queens.

The winners of Birit King and Queen delivered. After an intense showdown, Gelo Bernal, and Queen Kitty Barrocan of United Arab Emirates (UAE) emerged winners. Bernal and Barrocan won cash prizes, one year subscription to TFC via OSN, plus the chance to represent UAE to a global singing competition.  

From ASAP to the Philippine concert scene and now to the world stage, the "ASAP Birit Queens" continue not only to impress but also to inspire and show that the Filipino talent can certainly proliferate wherever Pinoys are in the world.  The next "ASAP Birit Queens" happens May 26 in Reno, Nevada, May 28 in LA, California and June 3 in San Jose, California sa June 3.  For tickets, contact,www.silverlegacyreno.com,www.musiccenter.org,www.sanjosetheaters.org. For more details, visit facebook.com/KapamilyaTFC or connect with fellow global Filipinos and follow KapamilyaTFC on Twitter or IG.


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May 2, 2017

Kathryn, Liza, Julia, Janella, Loisa and 7 Other Most Beautiful Leading Ladies for Metro June 2017 Cover

Twelve of the hottest young Star Magic actresses today have gathered for one fashion magazine cover.

Appearing on the cover of Metro Magazine's June 2017 issue are Julia Barretto, Liza Soberano, Kathryn Bernardo, Janella Salvador, Maris Racal, Loisa Andalio, Sofia Andres, Sue Ramirez, Alexa Ilacad, Kira Balinger, Ylona Garcia, and Andrea Brillantes.

May 1, 2017

'Can't Help Falling in Love' Earns P200 Million Despite Stiff Competition from FF8 and Guardians of the Galaxy


Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla latest romantic comedy movie entitled "Can't Help Falling in Love" reached the P200-million mark 2 weeks after it was shown in theaters nationwide.

This, despite facing stiff competition from Hollywood offerings such as "The Fast of the Furious 8" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2". 

"Can't Help Falling in Love" is KathNiel's follow-up to the Olivia Lamasan-directed drama "Barcelona: A Love Untold," which raked in a total box-office haul of P321 million. 

(Full List) Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Winners: Rachel Peters, Maria Angelica de Leon and Chanel Thomas


Here is the complete set of winners in this year's Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant as announced during the coronation night held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, April 30, 2017:

Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2017 - Rachel Louise Peters
Binibining Pilipinas International 2017 - Maria Angelica de Leon
Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2017 - Chanel Thomas
Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2017 - Elizabeth Clensi
Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 - Katarina Rodriguez
Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2017 - Nelda Ibe

Binibining Pilipinas 2017 - 1st Runner up: Charmaine Elima
Binibining Pilipinas 2017 - 2nd Runner up: Kristel Guelos

TOP 15
Bb. 39 Elizabeth Clensi
Bb. 15 Maria Angelica de Leon
Bb. 42 Chanel Thomas
Bb. 31 Katarina Rodriguez
Bb. 10 Jehza Huelar
Bb. 13 Sirene Sutton
Bb. 40 Kristel Guelos
Bb. 18 Nelda Ibe
Bb. 32 Maine Elima
Bb. 20 Christagle Borja
Bb. 17 Camille Manalo
Bb. 34 Gabriela Ortega
Bb. 16 Lara Lacap
Bb. 19 Rachel Louise Peters
People's Choice - Bb. 28 Juliana Kapeundl

SPECIAL AWARDS
Best in Long Gown - Bb. 15 Mariel de Leon
Best in Swimsuit - Bb. 19 Rachel Peters
Miss Friendship - Bb. 22 Chanel Thomas
Miss Photogenic - Bb. 19 Rachel Peters
Miss Talent - Bb. 1 Dane Marasigan
Best in National Costume - Bb. 22 Chanel Tomas
Miss JAG - Bb. 19 Rachel Peters
Miss Manila Bulletin - Bb. 20 Christagale Borja
Miss Cream Silk - Bb. 32 Charmaine Elima
Miss PAL - Bb. 31 Katarina Rodriguez

April 30, 2017

Binibining Pilipinas 2017 - Top 15 Winners


Here is the Top 15 winners of the 2017 Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant as announced during the coronation night being held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum:

Bb. 39 Elizabeth Clensi
Bb. 15 Mariel de Leon
Bb. 42 Chanel Thomas
Bb. 31 Katarina Rodriguez
Bb. 10 Jehza Huelar
Bb. 13 Sirene Sutton
Bb. 40 Kristel Guelos
Bb. 18 Nelda Ibe
Bb. 32 Maine Elima
Bb. 20 Christagle Borja
Bb. 17 Camille Manalo
Bb. 34 Gabriela Ortega
Bb. 16 Lara Lacap
Bb. 19 Rachel Peters
People's Choice - Bb. 28 Juliana Kapeundl

Bb. Pilipinas 2017 - Special Awards Winners


(Latest Update) Here is special awards winners of the 2017 Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant as announced during the coronation night being held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum:

Best in Long Gown - Bb. 15 Mariel de Leon
Best in Swimsuit - Bb. 19 Rachel Peters
Miss Friendship - Bb. 22 Chanel Tomas
Miss Photogenic - Bb. 19 Rachel Peters
Miss Talent - Bb. 1 Dane Marasigan
Best in National Costume - Bb. 22 Chanel Tomas
Miss JAG - Bb. 19 Rachel Peters
Miss Manila Bulletin - Bb. 20 Christagale Borja
Miss Cream Silk - Bb. 32 Charmaine Elima
Miss PAL - Bb. 31 Katarina Rodriguez

Derrick Monasterio and Bea Binene's Kapuso Series "Hanggang Makita Kang Muli" to Air in Latin America


GMA drama series "Hanggang Makita Kang Muli" featuring Derrick Monasterio and Bea Binene's tandem recently premiered in Peru making it the first Kapuso drama to air in Latin America. Acquired by PanAmericana Television SA, the GMA Afternoon Prime series went well on its pilot week with ratings almost twice of the program it replaced.

Meanwhile, GMA Worldwide Inc. (GWI) Vice President Roxanne J. Barcelona is glad to learn about Peru’s warm reception of the program. “We are proud and happy that the canned version of Hanggang Makita Kang Muli is enjoying a successful run on free TV in Peru. This is a first for GMA in Latin America,” she said.

A seed has been planted in that part of the world and we hope that it grows and opens more doors for GMA's content. It proves that our stories can travel well across all cultures.  ‎A special thank you to Jose Escalante of Latin Media Corp., who helped us make this happen,” Barcelona acknowledged.

Hanggang Makita Kang Muli, which launched in the Philippines in March 2016, is being aired with the title Cautiva or ‘Captive’ in English. Under the direction of Laurice Guillen, the series features Kapuso artist Bea Binene portraying the challenging role of a feral child who grew up in a dark room isolated from human contact.

So Much Beauty, Glam, Perks and Discount In Store for Everyone with SM Beauty PRO-Card, Get Yours Now!


Eyebrows on fleek, lipstick applied flawlessly and foundation blended seamlessly are only some of the things we want to learn how to do. All of us, those who wear makeup at least, seek to improve our techniques. We want to be updated on the latest trends, which include drunken blush, gradient lip, fake freckles and strobing, among others.

We loved 2016 but we’re ready to launch a new routine. To do that, we need to recharge our makeup kits and learn from the masters. We also have to score the latest and hottest products and where else to get that but at The SM Store Beauty Section.

Makeup artists know where to go when they need something for their clients and that’s The SM Store Beauty Section, the Philippines’ biggest beauty retailer. From the dazzling interiors to the sheer amount of global brands at your fingertips, SM Beauty lives up to its status as a haven for women longing for a unique beauty experience.

A Day of Glam Session at the SM Beauty Section
For 2017, makeup artists took part in a fabulous Glam Session at the SM Beauty Section of SM Makati. Guests got a peek of what’s hot right now and what to look forward to in the coming seasons in terms of makeup. Over 200 of the best makeup artists in the Philippines were in attendance during the event, which also served as a shopping party for them.

SM Beauty Glam Session was more than an event filled with beauty and glamor. It celebrated the long and solid relationship and association between SM Beauty and these makeup artists. Each makeup artist present during the event received an SM Beauty PRO-Card, which entitles him or her to a 10% discount for purchases at the SM Beauty Section. Further, the PRO-Card holders enjoy perks from the store, such as first dibs on new collections and exclusive invite to events.

The SM Store Beauty Section is the biggest beauty store in country offering “So Much Beauty” with the widest range of cosmetics and fragrance products in the country. The flagship store in SM Makati spans almost 2,500 square meters, housing almost 200 of the most esteemed local and global beauty brands.




The Cosmetics and Skin section are aglow with brands like Dior, MAC, Clinique, Aveda, Kiehl's, Glamglow and so much more. The luxury fragrance line up boasts of Prada, Nest, Lalique, Atelier Colognes, Thiery Mugler, Guerlain & Jean Patou among others. At SM Beauty, you can also find your favorite masstige brands, including BYS, Happy Skin, Pixi, Ofra, K-Palette, Nyx, The Body Shop and more.

Explore the world at SM Beauty, which offers the best of the best from makeup to skin care to fragrance brands. Play with textures and colors as you find your perfect look.

SM Advantage, Prestige and BDO Rewards Card holders also get exclusive discounts and promos at the The SM Store Beauty Section.

SM Beauty Glam Session was co presented by BYS Cosmetics. Other brand sponsors include LA Girl, Max Factor, Covergirl, Maybelline, NYX, Features & Shades, Happy Skin, Burts Bees, Hask, Real Techniques, Eco Tools, Watsons, Purederm and Miine.

The event was also presented by Guerlain, Elizabeth Arden and Shiseido.

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April 29, 2017

ABS-CBN Wins 16 Awards including Best TV Station, Best TV News Program, Best Primetime Show at the 3rd Platinum Stallion Media Awards


ABS-CBN, the country’s leading media and entertainment company, hauled a total of 16 awards including recognitions for ABS-CBN as Best TV Station, “TV Patrol,” and “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” at Trinity University of Asia’s 3RD Platinum Stallion Media Awards.
 

“TV Patrol,” the most watched newscast in the country, was named as Best News Program, while seasoned journalists Ted Failon and Karen Davila won Best Male News Anchor and Best Female AM Broadcast Journalist, respectively.

“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” the country’s most watched TV program, which is extended until January 2018, was hailed as Best Primetime Program.
 

Other awards that ABS-CBN took home were Best Educational Program (“Matanglawin”), Citation for Best Radio Public Affairs Program (DZMM “Usapang de Campanilla”), Citation for Best Public Affairs Program Host (Boy Abunda), Best Noontime Show (“It’s Showtime”), Best Variety Show (“ASAP”), Best Morning Show (“Magandang Buhay”), Best Talk Show Host (Vice Ganda), Best Film Actress (Julia Barretto), Best Child Film Actor (Awra Briguela), Best Male TV Personality (Ian Veneracion), and Citation for Youth Character Model of the Year (Coco Martin).


Trinity University of Asia’s Platinum Stallion Media Awards aims to honor the contributions of individuals and groups in shaping the media industry in the Philippines.

Winners were chosen by the university’s students, alumni, faculty, staff, and stakeholders.

John Lloyd and the Magic Squad Surprise Pinoys Nationwide with Magic Moments


Magic Crackers has again turned the daily grind into unforgettable moments for thousands of unsuspecting Filipinos nationwide through the 4th wave of its Jack ‘n Jill Magic Moments campaign.

With the brand’s endorser, John Lloyd Cruz, the Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers team brought delight to the hearts of many as they surprised crowds and gave away special gift packs & cash prized to chosen lucky winners!

Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers also intensified its Magic Moments campaign with the help of the Magic Squad, a group of young, lively and energetic performers who entertained different crowds all around the Philippines by performing their signature flash mob performance to the tune of Aegis’ “Basang Basa Sa Ulan”..

The Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers team visited University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City, University of Batangas in Batangas City, Jose Rizal University in Mandaluyong City, Our Lady of Fatima College in Antipolo City, GT Tower in Makati City, Boulevard in Dumaguete City, McKinley Bus Terminal in Taguig and the Robinson's Galleria Movieworld in Pasig City.

With the Magic Squad and John Lloyd Cruz popping out from different venues around the country to bring Magic Moments, who knows what we can expect from the next wave of Magic Moments? Be on the lookout for more surprises only from Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers!



The Magic Squad does their “Basang Basa sa Ulan” flash mob performance at the McKinley Bus Terminal in Makati City. 



John Lloyd Cruz takes a selfie with the crowd of Our Lady of Fatima, Antipolo City.

 
These University of Batangas students flash magical smiles after receiving their prizes.

ANC Wins Big at the 15th Gawad Tanglaw, New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards


ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, brings pride to the country after winning in the prestigious New York Festivals while also dominating the news categories in the academe-based 15th Gawad Tanglaw Awards this year, further stamping it’s  mark as the gold standard in Philippine news.

ABS-CBN Integrated News & Current Affairs head Ging Reyes accepted the Bronze Medal for the ANC documentary “Warmer,” which won a Bronze Medal in the climate change and sustainability category in this year’s New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards, a day after ANC’s six trophy-haul in Gawad Tanglaw last April 25.

 


The country’s first 24/7 English language news channel garnered recognitions including Best Public Affairs Program for “Beyond Politics” hosted by Lynda Jumilla-Abalos, Best Business Program for “On the Money” hosted by Edric Mendoza and Salve Duplito,“Business Nightly,” anchored by Cathy Yang, internationally-acclaimed documentary series “Mukha” (Best Documentary Program), while Best Sports Program went to “Hardball,” hosted by Boyet Sison and Bill Velasco.

“Executive Class,” hosted by David Celdran, was also tied with “Cityscape,” hosted by Marie Lozano for the Best Lifestyle Program award. “Greenliving,” anchored by Paolo Abrera also won Best Educational Program.

ANC launched its new lineup of programs early this year headlined by the new morning show “Early Edition,” primetime regional news program “The Bureau,” and the daily sports newscast “Gametime,” to provide viewers with the latest news and relevant information throughout the day.

Gawad Tanglaw is one of the longest running academe based award-giving bodies that aims to honor exemplary work in film and television, putting premium on values and progressive thought.

ANC has been a partner and the go-to news source of the country’s business leaders and decision-makers for more than two decades.  For more information, visit news.abs-cbn.com/anc, or follow ANC on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ANCalerts) and Twitter (@ANCalerts)

Judy Ann Santos Returns to ABS-CBN via New Season of BET ON YOUR BABY


Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo returns to television this May as ABS-CBN brings back the cutest game show on Philippine television, “Bet On Your Baby,” for another exciting and cuteness-filled season.

I’m so excited to be working on TV again. I was gone for more than a year so it feels good to do a show again that is close to you heart. I hope one of your kids can join us in the Baby Dome,” said Juday.

The Queen of Drama, who is also the queen of her family with the addition of newborn daughter Luna, also teased audiences of new program elements to watch out for.

One of these is her newest sidekick, the digital mascot named Piggy Bangs. All throughout the episode, Juday and the little prince and princesses who will be playing will be interacting with Piggy.
All kid contestants will also be automatically part of the Baby Club which gives them exclusive perks and access to the program.

For its pilot week, five celebrity babies with their mommies and daddies will compete. The game starts off with them playing one by one in the game round where the kids will face mini challenges inside the baby dome. One parent must place his or her bet as to how far his or her child can go in accomplishing a particular challenge. If the parent gets it correctly, they win P10,000. If not, they still get a consolation of P5,000.

The elimination happens in the second round called “Watcha Makulit.” The first family to get the correct answer advances to the jackpot around.

In the final stretch of the show, mommy, daddy, and baby get three chances to find and smash the piggy bank that contains P1 million.

“Bet on Your Baby” has changed a lot of lives and has been an inspiring show for Filipino families for almost two years since it premiered in 2013. The show named a total of 11 kid millionaires or called Babynaryos. Because of its grand prizes, exciting games, and the moving stories of the contestants, “Bet on Your Baby” has been a well-loved show in the Kapamilya network.

Don’t miss the return of the cutest game show on PH TV, “Bet On Your Baby,” this May on ABS-CBN.

April 28, 2017

At WATSONS, Get as Much Savings with its "Members Get More" Campaign Using Your SM Advantage Card



Shopping for the best beauty and health products just got even more exciting and satisfying as WATSONS, Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, today launched its “Members Get More” campaign where members get more savings, more points and more value in more than 500 Watsons stores nationwide.

Members Get More gives shoppers more reasons to come back to Watsons by giving more rewards and exclusive privileges to card-bearing customers.


MORE POINTS, MORE SAVINGS, MORE VALUE

Cardholders who shop at Watsons will be entitled to “members only” promotions that allow them to earn more reward points, which they can also use to pay for their next purchases.

Members can also enjoy more discounts, as they can choose from hundreds of products on member price.

They can also get exclusive freebies and easily join eRaffle promotions exclusive to members such as the recent Make Your Summer Promo where members get a chance to win a trip for four to any of 5 local summer destinations. Members will also be the first to be notified of upcoming deals and offers and can receive invites to exclusive events.

At Watsons, we want to make our shoppers special. So we make sure they enjoy perks of being a loyal customer every time they visit our stores. With the Members Get More program, they can get more savings, more points and even get exclusive prices simply by using their SM Advantage Card (SMAC),” says Watsons Marketing Director Viki Encarnacion.

Also included in the Watsons loyalty program are SM Prestige and BDO Rewards card.




LOOK FOR THE GREEN MEMBER TAG

SMAC members and other participating cardholders can get even more savings when buying items at “members only” price. All they have to do is choose from the hundreds of items which are specially marked with a Green Member Tag.

For those who are not yet SM Advantage card members, they can avail of the SMAC membership at any Watsons store nationwide to start enjoying the Members Get More program.


SM ADVANTAGE CARD

Since SM Advantage’s inception in 2002, it has redefined the meaning of shopping by rewarding more than 9 million of our members not just with points they can earn and redeem but also exclusive perks and discounts they can enjoy.




Going beyond the mall experience, SM Advantage has become part of its members’ daily lives. From simply paying their phone bills, to gassing up their cars, to booking their accommodations on their next travel destinations and just recently, through pawning, and money transfers- giving our members more reasons to be rewarded.

GSM Premium Gin Elevated Cocktail Experience Mix with Arts at the Recent "Art in the Park" in Makati City


GSM Premium Gin brought elevated cocktail experience and the arts together at the recent Art in the Park held at the Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village in Makati City. Art in the Park is a gathering of a diverse group of artists and art enthusiasts with the mission of making visual arts accessible to everyone.

 


While art aficionados enjoyed GSM Premium Gin’s handcrafted cocktails, they also contributed in producing a unique art installation wherein returned cocktail cups were recycled and turned into an instant art work that formed a rendition of the iconic Ginebra San Miguel logo of National Artist Fernando Amorsolo. In addition to the art installation, visitors modernized a stencil artwork of the St. Michael the Archangel logo by adding dashes of colors.

GSM Premium Gin is about elevating taste by making people experience the finer things in life. Our presence here at Art in the Park signifies that our brand appreciates art not just as a form of expression, but as a medium that can be purposeful. Through Art in the Park, we help grow local talent which is just the beginning of the greater things in store for the brand and for the art community,” said GSM Premium Gin Assistant Brand Manager Giselle Villanueva.

 


The Instagram-worthy GSM Premium Gin Cart was likewise an attraction in itself. Inspired by the 183 years of heritage and history of Ginebra San Miguel, the gin cart is also highlighted by the iconic logo of Amorsolo etched on its wooden finish. The full-service mobile bar offered visitors Ginebra San Miguel Premium Gin in expertly crafted cocktails such as the refreshing Calamansi Surprise, Sweet Lemony Martini and Mango Paradise, plus the classic Gin and Tonic, prepared by Ginebra San Miguel’s world-class mixologists.

GSM Premium Gin is an exquisite blend of botanical extracts and juniper berries, splashed with a tang of delectable citrus and blended with high quality alcohol. GSM Premium Gin is a consistent Gold Quality Label awardee of the Monde Selection International Institute for Quality Selections.

 


For more on GSM Premium Gin and its handcrafted cocktail mixes, visit www.facebook.com/GSMPremiumGin or www.gsmpremiumspirits.com.ph.

Ginebra San Miguel Inc. (GSMI), a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, is the producer of the world’s no. 1 selling gin Ginebra San Miguel, and other quality liquor products including GSM Premium Gin, GSM Blue, GSM Blue Flavors Mojito, GSM Blue Flavors Brown Coffee, Antonov Vodka, Vino Kulafu, and Primera Light Brandy.

BPCI, PLDT, Smart and Voyager Innovations Launch the Historic Binibining Pilipinas Fan Voting


The Binibining Pilipinas fever heats up as PLDT, Smart, and Voyager Innovations power the SMS and digital fan voting of the pageant, where the winner of the text votes will secure a slot in the Top 15. This twist is an exciting first in the pageant’s 54-year history.

This year is extra-ordinary–from the beauties to the show – and is even more exciting because we are letting people vote for their candidate of choice through technology, a first in the pageant’s 54 years,” said Stella Marquez-Araneta, chair of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI).
To vote for your favorite contestant, simply text BB and send to 2929022. Votes will be counted from today, April 26, until 9:00pm of April 30 during the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 coronation night.

Aside from text voting, you can also help pick this year’s Miss Photogenic by participating in the online voting on the official website of Binibining Pilipinas (www.bbpilipinas.com/vote).

 


As we saw during the country’s hosting of the 65th Miss Universe pageant last January, pageant competitions have become more digital like never before. We’re glad that Binibining Pilipinas 2017 will be putting the power of digital into the hands of millions of Filipino fans this time. We all therefore will be given the chance to vote for our bets, powered by the combined digital technologies of Smart and Voyager,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of PLDT, Smart, and Voyager Innovations.

Don’t miss the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Grand Coronation Night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 30, 9:00pm, with delayed telecast on ABS-CBN.

April 27, 2017

Miho Nishida and Tommy Esguerra Confirm Break Up


Celebrity couple whose love story started inside the Pinoy Big Brother House Miho Nishida and Tommy Esguerra or ToMiho have broken up.




The two, according to ABS-CBN talent arm Star Magic, ended their 1 year relationship, but did not give the reason for the breakup. 

"Both parties remain friends but have agreed to spend time apart. Miho and Tommy ask for your continuous support for their individual careers. Thank you," the statement read.

ToMiho officially became a couple in December 2015 when he asked her to be his girlfriend on an episode of "It's Showtime."

He said at the time: "Miho, maski sandali pa lang tayong magkasama, pakiramdam ko habangbuhay na kitang kilala. Ikaw ang nagpapaganda ng araw ko. Dahil sa iyo, nababaliw ako....Napakahalaga mo sa akin at hindi kita pababayaan Miho."

Tommy even introduced Miho to his family in California in January last year.

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Duterte Renews GMA-7 Franchise for 25 Years, Plans to Block ABS-CBN's Franchise Renewal


President Rodrigo Duterte, on April 21, has signed Republic Act (RA) No. 10925 last April 21, which grants the renewal of franchise of Republic Broadcasting System, Inc., which is now known as GMA Network for 25 years.

The law also requires the Kapuso Network to provide free public service time to the government in relaying important public announcements and warnings.

The free public service time should be equivalent of 10% of all its ad time.

The RA 10925 reads: "The franchise shall be subject to amendment, alteration, or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines when the public interest requires and shall not be interpreted as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.

"The grantee, its successors or assignees shall comply with the applicable labor standards under existing labor laws, rules and regulations and such other issuance as may be promulgated by the Department of Labor and Employment, taking into consideration the nature and peculiarities of the broadcast industry."

Meanwhile, Duterte said he would block the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise and accused the Kapamilya network of "swindling" for supposedly not airing his political ad that was already paid during the campaign period last year.

Asked if he would block the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise, he said: "Yes."

"If ganoon ka kaano, you're engaged in swindling for all we know ilang kompanya dito na hindi n'yo pinalabas. If you operate, ABS-CBN, tapos manloloko lang kayo ng tao, mag-swindling kayo, I have to stop you, 'di ba?" he told reporters in an ambush interview in MalacaƱang.

The franchise has been there for 25 years. The law said it's okay, only if you adhere to journalistic standards," he said.

ABS-CBN's franchise will expire on March 30, 2020.

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April 26, 2017

(Promo) Win a Trip to Watch the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 21

 
RTL CBS Entertainment and Monster RX 931 invite all music fans for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience to catch the 2017 Billboard Music Awards live in Las Vegas. 




Tune in to Monster RX 93.1 from 6:00AM – 10:00AM from April 24 to April 28, 2017, and wait for the DJ’s cue to call and take your shot at this exciting promo. Put your music knowledge to the test as you answer trivia questions posted on Monster’s Facebook page about the Billboard Music Awards and RTL CBS Entertainment.

Winners selected each day become qualifiers for the final raffle to be drawn and announced on May 3, 2017. The lucky winner and a friend will go on a four-day, three-night all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to catch the hottest music acts perform live at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017. 

Participants must have a valid U.S. Visa and Philippine Passport valid for the next six months.





The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will air first and exclusive, and live from the U.S., on RTL CBS Entertainment on May 22, 8:00 AM.

Follow https://www.facebook.com/RTLCBSEntertainment/ and https://www.facebook.com/rx931/ for more details.

April 24, 2017

Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo Named 2016 Box-Office King and Queen


Your favorite Kapamilya stars bagged the major awards at the 48th Box-Office Entertainment Awards given by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation. 

Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo were named Box Office Queen and King, respectively, for their movie "Barcelona: A Love Untold."

Coco Martin and Vice Ganda, meanwhile, were named the Phenomenal Stars of Philippine Cinema for their 2016 movie "The Super Parental Guardians."

Here is the complete list of winners:

Phenomenal Stars of Philippine Cinema – Vice Ganda and Coco Martin for "The Super Parental Guardians"
Box Office King – Daniel Padilla for "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Box Office Queen – Kathryn Bernardo for "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Film Actor of the Year – Dingdong Dantes for "The Unmarried Wife"
Film Actress of the Year – Vilma Santos for "Everything About Her"

TV Actor of the Year – Jericho Rosales for "Magpahanggang Wakas"
TV Actress of the Year – Kim Chiu for "The Story of Us"
Prince of Philippine Movies – Alden Richards
Princess of Philippine Movies – Maine Mendoza
Prince of Philippine Television – James Reid
Princess of Philippine Television – Nadine Lustre
Most Popular Loveteam of the Year – Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano
Most Promising Loveteam of the Year – McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson
TV Supporting Actor of the Year – Arjo Atayde
TV Supporting Actress of the Year – Susan Roces
Most Promising Movie Actor of the Year – Joshua Garcia
Most Promising Movie Actress of the Year – Julia Barretto
Most Promising TV Actor of the Year – Joseph Marco
Most Promising TV Actress of the Year – Yassi Pressman
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor in A Single Program – Coco Martin

Male Concert Performers of the Year – Martin Nievera and Erik Santos
Female Concert Performers of the Year – Regine Velasquez and Angeline Quinto
Male Recording Artist of the Year – Alden Richards
Female Recording Artist of the Year – Sarah Geronimo
Most Promising Male Singer/Performer of the Year – Bailey May
Most Promising Female Singer/Performer of the Year – Ylona Garcia
Most Popular Recording/Performing Group - Hashtags
Most Promising Recording/Performing Group – That's My Bae
Breakthrough Child Star of Movies & TV – McNeal "Awra" Briguela
Most Popular Male Child Performer – Simon "Onyok" Pineda
Most Popular Female Child Performer – Xia Vigor

All-Time Favorite Actor – Ian Veneracion
All-Time Favorite Actress – Jodi Sta. Maria
Comedy Actor of the Year – Vic Sotto
Comedy Actress of the Year – Angelica Panganiban
Male TV Host of the Year – Luis Manzano
Female TV Host of the Year – Toni Gonzaga-Soriano

Most Popular Film Producer/Production – Star Cinema
Most Popular Screenwriter – Olivia Lamasan and Carmi Raymundo
Most Popular Film Director – Bb. Joyce Bernal
Most Popular TV Program (News & Public Affairs) – 24 Oras
Most Popular TV Program Primetime Drama – FPJ's Ang Probinsyano
Most Popular TV Program Daytime Drama – Greatest Love
Most Popular TV Program - Talent Search/Reality/Talk/Game – The Voice Kids Season 3
Most Popular TV Program - Musical Variety/Noontime & Primetime – ASAP
Bert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award – Ogie Alcasid

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April 23, 2017

Dengue Vaccine DENGXAVIA Now Available Over-the-Counter at WATSONS, Vaccination Locations and Schedules Released


Fact: Dengue is one of the major health issues in the country, with the virus affecting kids more than adults.

Fact: In 2015, there were over 200,000 dengue cases in the country, with around 1,000 cases resulting in death.

Myth: People have the misconception that once a person has suffered dengue fever before, it will not be able to recur.

Myth: There is no specific drug or vaccine to protect against dengue fever. 

Medical science had a significant milestone late in 2015 when the world's first-ever dengue vaccine was approved for human use. It took almost two decades of research to formulate DENGXAVIA, the dengue vaccine manufactured by French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Pasteur.

When the vaccine was approved, the Philipines became the first country in Asia to use the vaccine. In 2016, the Department of Health (DOH) rolled out a government-sponsored vaccination program against dengue for public school students in the National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, and CALABARZON, areas that recorded the highest number of cases. 

And now, WATSONS, an international health care and beauty care chain, will be the first retailer to conduct a vaccination program against dengue in 108 of their stores. 

Dengvaxia comes in three doses, given at six-month intervals and doctors will be present in select Watsons stores to administer the vaccine.

Watsons's three-part series of dengue vaccinations will be on:

BATCH 1: April 30 (first shot); October 29 (second); April 29, 2018 (third).

BATCH 2: May 14, (first shot); November 12 (second); and May 13, 2018 (third).  

For the list of participating Watsons stores, click HERE

Watsons health business director Danilo Chiong clarified that the vaccine is only available in the listed Watsons stores that will participate in the vaccination schedules. He explained the vaccine would be administered on site and only by their doctor on the set dates because the vaccines have "specific handling and cold chain storage requirements." In short, you cannot buy the vaccine, and take it your doctor.
 
The vaccine would be administered on listed Watsons stores by their doctor on the set dates because the vaccines have "specific handling and cold chain storage requirements." You cannot buy the vaccine, and take it your doctor.  

While the vaccine is already available in private hospitals, Watsons offers the vaccine at P4,000 per dose for a total of P12,000 for the complete cycle. Our research indicates Watsons rate per dose is lower than those sold in hospitals, but Chiong could not confirm, pointing out that the company "is not aware of how much doctors,  hospitals, and clinics are charging for the vaccine."

"We are offering the best price possible for our customers," he says, adding that Watsons partnered with BDO so patients can use their credit card to pay by installment with no interest.



Dengvaxia can be administered to patients ages 9 to 45. Patients who have had dengue in the past can still get the vaccine, explains Dr. Rontgene Solante, a medical expert on infectious diseases, to Inquirer. However, the DOH advises that the vaccine is not for pregnant or breastfeeding women, and individial who have a weakend immune system or are sick at the time of the vaccination. It's also not recommended for invidiuals who are allergic to the ingredients, so you have to check with your family physician first beforehand.

Recipients of the vaccine will be reminded every six months of their next dosage. Each vaccine costs P4,000 or a total of P12,000 for the full cycle.

Dr. Solante explains how the vaccine works when you've been bitten by a mosquito that carries dengue. "If you get bitten [by a mosquito], you won’t get the symptoms - headache, fever, decrease in platelet count and abdominal pain. If you have a mild type of dengue, the fever will disappear in three or four days. The platelet count will not be too low. [The vaccine] can prevent severe dengue or thrombocytopenia, the lowest platelet count of under 50,000.” The vaccine could also lower the chance of transmission, or infect other people.

The vaccine contains inactivated components of dengue virus. When it is administered to an individual, he can exhibit symptoms (as mentioned above) so the body can produce antibodies to protect you against it. According to the DOH, it's normal to experience these symptoms after getting the vaccine: headache, muscle pain, pain, redness, itching, or swelling at the injection site, feeling unwell and weak, and fever. 

Based on the clinical trials Sanofi Pasteur conducted in several countries, including the Philipines, the vaccine helps reduce the risk of hospitalization by 80 percent, and lessens the possibility of developing a more severe form of the disease (internal bleeding for example) by 93 percent. According to a study by the University of the Philippines National Institute of Health (UP-NIH), the vaccine is expected to reduce dengue cases in the country by over 24 percent in a span of five years.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two-thirds of the 400 million people who are infected by dengue fever worldwide are in Asia. As of February 2017, the vaccine has been approved in 14 countries where dengue is endemic, including Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines.

The Philippines has the seventh highest number of dengue cases worldwide, says Dr. Solante. “This vaccine is important in places where dengue is highly endemic, like the Philippines. DOH can’t afford to vaccinate everyone, so we need the help of the private sector. In other countries, vaccination is an important health program. Prevention reflects the health of a community. " he said.

"Destined To Be Yours" to Get the Axe Due to Poor Ratings


GMA Network's Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV Ms. Lilybeth G. Rasonable sent GMANetwork.com and DestinedToBeYours.com.ph her official statement regarding GMA Creative Unit Head Suzette Doctolero's tweets saying the GMA Telebabad show "Destined To Be Yours" featuring Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza's tandem is a huge flop.

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"Her tweets are her personal opinions and not those of the Network. We will deal with her separately and privately," Ms. Rasonable wrote.

She also assured that the show is not a flop.

"Destined To Be Yours' average rating from pilot episode to present is higher than competition. Alden and Maine's chemistry has become more and more evident as the story progresses and this makes the scenes more kilig than ever. As producers, how can we not be happy with a winning show?" she said.

Ms. Rasonable also denied that the show will be cut short.

"DTBY's story was really written to end in May. It is NOT being shortened. We fixed the schedule kasi that after the soap, they will already start shooting for the movie," she clarified.

Destined To Be Yours is Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza's first teleserye together. It airs from Monday to Friday, after Encantadia on GMA Telebabad. - GMANetwork.com

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