May 26, 2017

Philippines to Host Miss Universe 2017


The Philippines has been offered the hosting rights to the next edition of the Miss Universe pageant this November, Department of Tourism (DOT) chair Wanda Teo revealed. 

"Pinagaaralan pa namin iyan pero that's true, they are asking us to host it again this year," Teo told ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual. 

The DOT chief shared that members of Miss Universe Organization were pleased with the job they did, especially since the pageant in Manila, they claimed, overshadowed the pre-events of the recent Super Bowl - one of the biggest sporting events in the US.




"Usually, number one iyan (Super Bowl) pero trending pa rin ang Miss Universe," she said, referring to the days after the pageant. "So they really want it badly here in the Philippines." 

Should they accept, however, Teo said that her department will be pushing for more control over the event. "We want it na we would be the one controlling it," she said. 

She also added that they, much like last time, will be looking for sponsors to shoulder the expenses. 

The Philippines played host to the prestigious pageant last January. France's Iris Mittenaere won, succeeding Pia Wurtzbach. 

The 2017 Miss Universe is scheduled for November. This year, the country will be fielding Filipino-British beauty queen Rachel Peters. 

Arjo Atayde's Death Puts "FPJ: Ang Pronbinsyano" to Sky-Rocket TV Ratings


"Ang Probinsyano" continued to keep at bay rival show "Mulawin vs. Ravena" with episodes centering on the death of Joaquin (Arjo Atayde), the series' longtime baddie who killed off one of the major characters early on.




The cop drama drew a national television rating of 41.1%, 43.3%, 42.7% and 40.4% for its Monday to Thursday episodes, respectively. Both numbers were more than double that of GMA-7's newest fantasy series, according to Kantar Media. 


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The ratings were higher than the show's average for the whole of last year, which stood at 40 percent. 

Many harbingers of doom have been speculating for quite some time that the prolonged storyline might prove to be a death knell for the show. 

But there is very little evidence to suggest that, as a bumper number of viewers tuned in to witness the death of Joaquin, and with ABS-CBN renewing the serye until January 2018.

"Ang Probinsyano" is set to continue as Cardo tries to live a normal family life with now-wife Alyana while still pushing his war against corrupt police officials and big-time criminals. 

May 25, 2017

Q&A with "My Love From The Star" Stars Jennylyn Mercado and Gil Cuerva, Premieres May 29 on GMA Telebabad


Being true to its promise of providing quality entertainment, GMA-7 brings its own adaptation of the well-loved South Korean series "My Love From The Star" starting Monday, May 29.

Starring Jennylyn Mercado and newcomer model/actor Gil Cuerva, "My Love from the Star" is a No.1 South Korean romantic/comedy/sci-fi series that showcases an extraordinary love story about two people coming from different worlds, and how love defies time and space. It's Tagalized version was also aired on GMA-7 early this year and became a nationwide hit that Kapuso Network decided to come up with its own local version.

Gist: Matteo Do (Gil Cuerva) is a cold-hearted alien who was accidentally left behind 400 years ago. Three months before he gets back to the star where he lives, he will meet Steffi Cheon (Jennylyn Mercado), a self-centered but lovable actress who makes him wish to just be an ordinary man. But he will try to keep himself away from her because if he will let go of his only chance to return to his star, he will die on Earth.

Q&A with "My Love from the Star" lead stars Jennylyn Mercado and Gil Cuerva:

Q: The role of Matteo Do was intended for Alden Richards, but GMA execs decided to award the role to him. Is he up for the challenge?
GC: At that time na nag-audition ako, may certain reservations ako, kasi walang assurance na makukuha ko ang role. But now, it's all been very worth it. Hopefully, this is something I do well.

Q: How did he prepare for the role knowing that he's new in the acting department?
GC: Na-culture shock ako nang konti. I guess, it's a different industry sa modeling. I have to make certain adjustments, certain sacrifices. Pero it's something I embrace and I'm ready for it.

I want to get good at acting para naman maganda ang reputation. Ayaw ko naman na yung reputation mo is sikat ka, guwapo ka, pero ang pangit mong umarte. I'll do my best to stay long because this is something that I want.

Q: Reports have it that his kissing scene with Jennylyn reached nine takes, who did it happen?
GC: Very particular kasi si Direk [Joyce Bernal]. Gusto niya ramdam na ramdam. Tapos may certain blocking po. Tapos, yung hinila ko si Jen, it was actually a lot harder to take.

Siyempre si Jennylyn yun, di ba? Talagang nahiya ako, kinabahan ako. Hindi lang basta-basta, ka-kissing scene ko si Jennylyn pa talaga. I guess, a lot of nervousness came out and it took a lot of tries para mawala yun.

Q: While she admits that she's funny in real life, it will be the first time that Jennylyn will portray the role where she needs to make fun of her character.
JM: Puro kasi mga heavy drama ang ginagawa ko, kaya akala ng marami, ma-emote akong tao. ‘Yung maraming hugot parati. Pero in real life, kengkoy ako. Kaya thankful ako na this time, hindi ako iyak nang iyak.

Kaya noong sabihin sa akin na ang Steffi character ay comical, nagustuhan ko agad. Para naman maiba, di ba? Comedy naman ako this time. Na medyo kaaasaran ako dahil sa kaartehan at pagka-diva ni Steffi.

Q: How is she making sure that she will fit correctly on the role of Steffi after her numerous heavy drama TV series in the past seven years?
JM: Si Direk Joyce Bernal pa ang direktor namin dito sa MLFTS. Tinuruan niya ako ng comic timing. Yung natural lang, pero ang bagsak matindi.

Q: How does it feel working with newcomer Gil Cuerva?
JM: Noong una tahimik lang siya talaga. Alam kong kinakabahan kasi malaking role agad ang binigay sa kanya. Pero later on, naging okay na siya at nakikipagkuwentuhan na akin. Unti-unti, nakikilala ko na siya. May serious at funny side din pala si Gil.

Q: Did she give him tips, pointers on how to attack his role and make him comfortable on the set?

Performance-wise, okey naman si Gil. For a newcomer, nakakasabay na siya agad. Pero siyempre, may mga times na nagkakamali siya sa pag-deliver ng lines. Pero natural lang iyon sa mga baguhan. Dumaan din kasi ako sa ganyan, di ba?

Ako naman, bilang leading lady niya, sinusuportahan ko si Gil lalo na sa mga bagay na bago sa kanya. Sinasabi ko nga sa kanya na dumaan din ako sa nararamdaman niya, kaya okay lang kung magkamali siya. Part of being an actor in the business ang magkamali ka, kaya next time matatama mo na siya.

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Replacing ALDUB's "Destined To Be Yours," "My Love from the Star" airs weeknights after "Mulawin vs. Ravena" on GMA Telebabad starting May 29.

Marawi Clash News Flash: Mindanao Travel Advisory


Operations of Cebu Pacific in Mindanao remain normal, with no restrictions or limitations imposed on air travel by the authorities.

However, in light of recent situation in Marawi City and the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, Cebu Pacific and Cebgo strongly advise all its passengers to allot sufficient travel time to get to the airports due to the heightened security measures being implemented. Heavy traffic is also anticipated around the areas as numerous check points are expected to be put up.

Guests flying to and from any Cebu Pacific or Cebgo destination in Mindanao from May 25 to 31, 2017 who are concerned about travelling at this time may opt to rebook their tickets from free within 30 days; or place the cost of the ticket in a travel fund for future use.

For flight rebookings or other concerns, guests are advised to contact the Cebu Pacific hotline at +632 7020-888. They may also message the official Cebu Pacific Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cebupacificair) or Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) accounts.

CEB also reminds its passengers of the following:

  • Remember to bring a valid ID* to be presented during check-in and boarding.
  • 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, re-sealable plastic bag.
  • Be conscious in bringing objects with sharp edges (i.e. nail files, nippers, nail cutters, scissors, etc.) as these may not be allowed in your hand-carry baggage
  • If you are bringing gadgets like your laptop, be prepared to take it out for inspection


We sincerely hope for our guests’ understanding, as everyone’s safety remains our priority.

Barbie Imperial Dives with Man's Bestfriend in 'Matanglawin'


Barbie Imperial of the girl group “GirlTrends” won’t let the summer end without some water adventure. Catch the former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate make some splash with Kuya Kim Atienza and Sheldon, the free-diving Labrador, this Sunday, 10am on “Matanglawin” on ABS-CBN. 

As a summer finale treat, Kuya Kim will also be taking us on an “artventure” with Digmaaang Salinlahi’s Jon Zamar, who will attempt to sketch the award-winning educational program host. Afterwards, Kuya Kim checks out another reason to love our staple Pinoy food, rice, which is also used to make beautiful mosaics. Kuya Kim will also feature the black yoghurt and lemonade craze and share the details on the activated charcoal used in the yummy treat. 




Catch all these on “Matanglawin,” this Sunday, 10am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD and on DZMM TeleRadyo on Tuesday at 2pm. 

You can also watch online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. For updates on the program, follow @MatanglawinTV on Facebook and Twitter.

May 24, 2017

South Korean Superstar Kim Soo Hyun Arrives in Manila


South Korean superstar Kim Soo Hyun arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport earlier today, May 24.

The 29-year-old actor, who played Do Min Joon or Matteo Do in the hit Korean drama series "My Love From The Star", is scheduled to attend the official launch of Samsung's QLED TV in the Philippines.



Aside from "My Love From The Star," Soo Hyun also starred in other hit K-dramas including The Producers, Moon Embracing the Sun, and Dream High, which were all aired in the Philippines.

Currently, he's preparing for the release of his latest movie titled Real which will hit cinemas in South Korea this July.

MayWard and KissMarc to Topbill Star Cinema Movie "Loving In Tandem"


Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Lucky 7 housemates and this country's love teams to watch -  MayWard (Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber) and KissMarc (Kisses Delavin and Marco Gallo) - are set to star in their first and featured film under Star Cinema entitled "Loving In Tandem".

The romantic comedy movie which will be directed by Giselle Andres, who served as assistant director in Star Cinema movies such as Past Tense (2014), Once A Princess (2014), Starting Over Again (2014), Four Sisters and a Wedding (2013), and It Takes A Man and a Woman (2013).

(TV Ratings) 'Ang Probinsyano' Beats 'Mulawin vs. Ravena' in Both AGB and Kantar TV Ratings


More viewers nationwide tuned in to the most-awaited wedding of Cardo (Coco Martin) and Alyanna (Yassi Pressman) in ABS-CBN "FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano" as the show beat the premiere of GMA-7's newest fantaseries "Mulawin vs. Ravena" last Monday (May 22) and kept its spot as the most watched program in the country.

The wedding ceremony continued and more thrilling scenes ensued in the action-series last Monday (May 22), drawing even more viewers and recorded a national TV rating of 41.1%, compared to the premiere of “Mulawin vs. Ravena” that only got 22.5%.

AGB Nutam: Ang Probinsyano 12.7% V. Mulawin vs. Ravena 12.2%

Kantar Media: Ang Probinsyano 41.1% V. Mulawin vs. Ravena 22.5%

Netizens also got hooked on the action-packed scenes in the Kapamilya series as its official hashtags #FPJAPKasal and #FPJAPSingilan became trending topics on Twitter and gained thousands of tweets.

Vivo V5s Makes a Star-Studded Entrance in the Philippines

Bringing fun and entertainment to an already pumped up crowd, some of the brightest and most promising names in the entertainment industry today graced the much awaited launch of the newest "perfect selfie" phone of top five global premium brand1 Vivo, the V5s, at SM City North Edsa Annex last May 19.

SLEEPLESS, a Romantic Film About Call Center Insomniacs, Opens in SM Cinemas from May 26 to June 1


QCinema's NETPAC Jury Prize for Best Picture awardee SLEEPLESS starring Kapuso actors Glaiza de Castro and Best Actor winner Dominic Roco, TJ Trinidad and Irma Adlawan will be shown in select SM Cinemas from May 26 to June 1.





Directed by Prime Cruz and written by Jen Chuaunsu, the film revolves around Gem (Glaiza de Castro) and Barry (Dominic Roco) - who are both stuck in a rut, working dead-end jobs at a call center. Drawn together by their nocturnal loneliness, they explore the city at night and find ways to kill time by talking about love, zombies and everything in between. Together, they fight the loneliness that keeps them awake. In the end, they realize that even though you can’t cure insomnia, you just need someone to lean on until the sun comes up.




Directed by Prime Crisologo Cruz, written by Jen Chuaunsu from a script made during the Cine Panulat workshop of Jun Robles Lana, SLEEPLESS will be shown at SM North Edsa, Megamall, Mall of Asia, Southmall, Fairview, Bacoor, Cebu and Iloilo as part of the FDCP's CINE LOKAL.

Watsons Launches #GetActive Campaign to Inspire Filipinos to Stay Fit and Healthy at Less Cost and Time


In a research conducted by Watsons Insights on Shoppers Experience (WISE), a research division of the world's largest international health and beauty retailer A.S Watson Group, 66 percent of Filipinos believe they have good knowledge on health, however surprisingly, 57 percent do not exercise regularly to stay healthy. 

This shows majority of the Filipinos are interested on health. But, there are so many things that get in their way from stating healthy. Either they get too busy or get too tired from a hectic work schedule, family duties, household chores and long hours of traffic. 

Watsons is offering up to 20 percent off on select vitamins for select period of time in stores.

That's why Watsons, the leading health and beauty chain in the country, launches #GetActive campaign to inspire Filipinos to be healthy through small, everyday active changes in their routine to improve their health. To be healthy doesn't necessarily mean doing major changes and adjustments in our lives like starting to train as a tri-athlete, spend 2 hours in the gym 3 to 5 times a week, own a fancy health equipment at home, spend thousands of pesos on healthy meals or cook difficult or time-consuming healthy recipes.





"Watsons #GetActive campaign is one of our continuous efforts and part of our commitment to improve the lives and health of Filipinos by inspiring them to take small steps to improve their health," says Watsons Marketing Director Viki Encarnacion. "Small steps such as drinking more water, taking the stairs instead of elevator, taking deep breaths in between work e-mails, walking from one building to another instead of riding a car or taxi if it's just in the same area, walking your dog during weekends, amd smiling more often can go a long way for our health. The list of small steps which we can do is endless, our days are full of opportunities to do these and Watsons can be their partner to improve their health" adds Encarnacion. 

Watsons is offering customers a chance to win trips to Bali, Guam or Sydney, or win an IPhone 7 or IPad for a min P500 single-receipt purchase of select vitamins and health products.

Watsons also recognizes the importance of a holistic approach to health. Aside from healthy diet and exercise, taking vitamins is also important. Vitamins bridges the nutrient gap people don't get in their regular diet and lifestyle, and can help prevent illnesses. 




There are different types of vitamins available and formulated to fulfill different nutritional needs. Some of them are: 

  • Vitamin A for immunity, vision and healthy skin
  • Vitamin B complex for energy production
  • Vitamin C for immunity and protection against diseases
  • Vitamin E for cell damage repair or prevention and for healthy skin

At Watsons, there are different brands and products available to fulfill every individual's nutritional needs depending on age, gender and preferred form - such as Enervon, Conzace, Ceelin, Revicon, Myra E, Stresstabs, Berroca, Rogin E, Fern C and Watsons Generic. 

To further encourage its shoppers, Watsons is offering up to 20 percent off on select vitamins for select period of time in stores. And for its loyal members, Watsons is offering customers a chance to win trips to Bali, Guam or Sydney, or win an IPhone 7 or IPad for a min P500 single-receipt purchase of select vitamins and health products. Promo runs until June 28, 2017 and is exclusice to SM Advantage, SM Prestige, PRiMO and BDO Rewards Card Holders. Promo is in partnership with Hutchgo.com and Philippine Airlines. (DOH-FDA-CDRR Permit No. 127 s. 2017)



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May 22, 2017

(Must-Read) Life Hack to Effectively Control and Fight Diabetes


100 diabetic kids from the patient support groups namely; Rainbow Camp, Phil. Society of Pediatric Metabolism and Endocrinology Camp (PSPME), Dialysis PH and the Diabetes Association of Camp Crame Inc. gathered at the health and wellness fair hels at SM Megamall's event center last May 16. Participants of the event took part in a half day program promoting better nutrition and lifestyle. The event was held to showcase a day in the life of a Type 1 diabetes patient through a series of activities and presentations from health, fitness and nutrition partners that seek to create awareness on the effective ways to fight diabetes and to correct misconceptions surrounding it.

Diabetes is a serious, chronic metabolic disease chatacterized by an increase in blood sugar levels associated with long term damage and failure of organ functions, especially the eyes, the kidneys, the nerves, the heart and blood vessels. According tona recent study by the World Health Organization, diabetes is currently the 4th leading cause of death in the Philippines.

According to Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, one form of diabetes os Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes.  It is often referred to as "juvenile" diabetes, because it usually develops among children and teenagers, through it can develop at any age. With Type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system attacks part of its own pancreas. 


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Healthy food manufacturers gather together at the SM Megamall Event Center on Tuesday, May 16, for an event called "Health and Wellness Fair for Persons with Diabetes" which aims to raise awareness on diabetes and show how to achieve a healthier lifestyle in order to fight the disease with your loved ones.

Typically, a person with Type 1 diabetes treats the disease by taking insulin injections. Through insulin injection, glucose can now be brought to the body's cells. This Treatment is an exacting balancing act as it hinges on many factors including food, exercise, stress and emotional and general health.

While the prevalence of diabetes continues to soar, medical experts and health organizations agree that there are still a lot to be done in terms of creating awareness on prevention and care of diabetic patients. Through the Health and Wellness Fair, organizations from private, business and health sectors gathered to make sure that despite the challenges, diabetic patients are still able to live a full life and it starts by taking the step towards achieving and maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle.

May 20, 2017

ABS-CBN Wins 25 Awards Including Best TV Station at 25th Golden Dove Awards


ABS-CBN picked up its eighth Best TV Station Award for 2017 and hauled a total of 25 trophies for its entertainment and news shows, journalists, and stars at the 25th Golden Dove Awards of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).

The Kapamilya network also took home another Best TV Station Award (Provincial) for ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro, one of its regional stations across the country.

Meanwhile, veteran journalist Karen Davila was honored as Best TV Public Service Program Host for "My Puhunan," while Atom Araullo was named Best Public Affairs Host for "Red Alert."

Kapamilya stars also dominated the Golden Dove Awards including Coco Martin who won Best Actor for a Drama Program and Sylvia Sanchez who was named Best Actress for a Drama Program.

"The Greatest Love," one of the top-rating afternoon shows of ABS-CBN that had its finale last April, was also recognized as the Best Drama Program.

"Team YeY!," a children's program aired on ABS-CBN TVplus' YeY! channel during weekdays, picked up its third award for the year as it was named Best TV Children's Program for its "Sound Check" segment.

Comedian Bayani Agbayani also nabbed the Best TV Actor for a Comedy Program for his performance in CineMo's "Funny Ka, Pare Ko," while Angelica Panganiban won Best TV Actress for a Comedy Program for her work in "Banana Sundae."

Other winners include "ASAP" (Best TV Variety Program), "Home Sweetie Home" (Best TV Comedy Program), "Matanglawin" (Best TV Science and Technology Program), "Tapatan ni Tunying's" Trono episode (Best TV Public Affairs Program), "TV Patrol Central Mindanao" (Best TV Newscast-Provincial), ABS-CBN Iloilo's "Derecho" (Best TV Public Affairs Program-Provincial), and ABS-CBN's "Isang Pamilya Tayo Ngayong Pasko" (Best TV Station Promotional Material), "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Ligtas Tips" (Best Television PSA), "DZMM's Fastbreak" (Best Radio Sports Program), "DZMM Radyo Negosyo" (Best Public Service Program), "DZMM's Pasada Sais Trenta" (Best Public Affairs Program), "DZMM's Dr. Love Hugot" (Best Radio Station Promotional Material), Zhander Cayabyab (Best Field Reporter), "DYAB Radyo Patrol Balita Alas Dose" (Best Radio Newscast-Provincial), "DZMM Radyo Patrol Balita Alas Siyete" and (Best Newscast-Metro Manila).

The KBP is the premier broadcast media organization in the country composed of owners and operators of radio and TV stations that organizes the Golden Dove Awards, which aims to recognize excellent practice of broadcasting in the Philippines.

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National Book Store Offers New, Convenient and Budget-Friendly Shopping Treats this 'Back to School' Season


The end of summer vacation means one thing: back-to-school season. The rush to find the best deals on school supplies is starting, and families get together to prepare for the next school year.

It may be a busy time, but it doesn't have to be a stressful one. At National Book Store, back-to-school season is a time for endless discoveries for every family. Convenience, budget-friendly options, and a superb selection await every customer at National Book Store.





Convenience at your Fingertips

Grab & Go Packs are as convenient as their name suggests. With everyone's favorite back-to-school items together in one pack, you can just pick one and head straight to the cashier. There'll be no need to visit different aisles looking for those individual items, saving both time and energy.

The store layout has been improved as well, making it easier to go around and shop for the items you need. Tables and shelves are clearly labeled, and items are carefully arranged to make the most of your shopping experience.

If you can't find the time to go to the store, NBS still has you covered. Call the delivery hotline 8888-627, or shop online at their website, www.nationalbookstore.com.

Call the hotline, give the list of supplies you need, and have them shipped to you. If you're not sure what items to get, NBS customer service specialists can recommend supplies for every grade level so you can pick what's best for your needs.

Shop online and enjoy a dedicated back-to-school section when you go to the NBS website. You can shop by grade level to immediately see the recommended supplies for each one. Just choose what you need, check out, and have the items delivered to your home.

Orders worth P1,000 or above get free shipping. The convenience and ease of stress free shopping is simply priceless!

Best Buys for Every Budget

National Book Store knows that every back-to-school shopper has an idea of how much they'll spend this season, so they have the best deals for every possible budget.

Go for the Low Price Deals if you are looking for items at P20, P50, or P100 each. Buying 12 notebooks for the price of 10 is now an option! Get the most out of every peso with the Budget Bundles. For affordable and quality school supplies, look no further than best buy.

But National Book Store didn't stop there. For every P500 purchase, you will get a free tote bag to carry all your new school supplies in.

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Kapuso Young Actor Mikoy Morales Admits He's Gay, In Love with Starstruck Prince Elyson de Dios


In his recent blogger's conference/launch of his latest single "Sana" under GMA Records,  Kapuso young actor/singer Mikoy Morales was asked  about his gay role as Tim on D' Originals.

Aniya, "It's fun playing a gay role again. I said yes to the role because unlike other gay roles, hindi ito 'yung slapstick na may masabi lang na nakakatawang beki. Pumayag ako kasi in-depth 'yung pagtrato sa character namin."

Pinuri rin niya ang direktor ng D' Originals na si Direk Adolf Alix Jr, "Sobrang enjoy kasi I get to work with Direk Adolf again kasi ngayon ko lang siya nakatrabaho sa soap, dati sa film na 'Four Days.' It's really a privilege and luxury kasi iba mag-direct si Direk Adolf. Isa siya sa mga unang direktor na nagtiwala talaga sa'kin tsaka mas nalalabas ko 'yung kaya kong ibigay."

Dito sa D' Originals, katambal niya ang up-and-coming Kapuso cutie na si Elyson de Dios. Kamusta naman kaya ang working relations nilang dalawa?

"Madaling kiligin sa kaniya kasi ang cute niya 'pag nagta-Tagalog siya kasi Bisaya siya so may punto siya [laughs]. Madali siyang sakyan and sobrang game siya. 'Nung first day nang taping, sinabi ko sa kaniya na 'Sabihin mo sa'kin 'pag naiilang ka pero lalandiin kita," masayang sagot ni Mikoy.

Abangan ang nakakakilig na tambalan nina Mikoy at Elyson o #MikSon bawat hapon sa D' Originals.

5 Stars to Watch at Billboard Music Awards 2017


As this year's chart toppers descend on the T-Mobile Arena for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), which will be broadcast live on RTL CBS on SKY on Monday, at 8AM, five personalities are set to do a 'first' on the glittery musical stage.

Miley Cyrus, as she performs her new song live for TV for the first time 

Miley Cyrus performs her new single, "Malibu" live in front of a worldwide television audience for the first time. She has a total of 43 entries on the Billboard Hot 100. Mark Bracco, Executive Producer of the 2017 BBMAs said "we are thrilled to have her debut 'Malibu' at the '2017 Billboard Music Awards' and look forward to a raw and honest performance that will likely surprise many."

Prince Jackson will be one of the presenters 

Michael Jackson was the King of Pop and ruled his kingdom well. Now, it's his son, Prince Jackson's time to shine. The young Jackson is set to be a presenter at this year's BBMAs along with Kevin Hart, Olivia Munn, and Fil-Am actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld.

KPop group BTS is the first Asian group to be nominated at the BBMAs 

KPop has reached American soil and is getting recognized for the first time in BBMA history as BTS receives a nomination in the Top Social Artist category. This milestone comes just after the group's sold-out five-date arena tour in the United States. They are a true global phenomenon.

Fil-Am Vanessa Hudgens will co-host the BBMAs for the first time 

High School Musical alumna, Fil-Am actress and singer, Vanessa Hudgens will host the BBMAs for the first time. She is known for her role in TV's "Powerless" and on stage performance in "Gigi." She will co-host with rapper Ludacris who has done the job for the past three years.

Zayn Malik gets his first nomination as a solo act 

The One Directioners are going to all sorts of different directions, and Zayn Malik is determined to go to the top. His nomination in the Top New Artist category is his first nomination as a solo act. He was previously nominated (and won) in the same category with his group back in 2013.

Tune in to the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Monday, May 22, at 8AM on RTL CBS on SKY to catch all these firsts and electrifying performances from Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, and more.

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ABS-CBN Earns P9.6B Revenue for 1Q 2017


ABS-CBN Corporation, the country's leading media and entertainment company, reported P9.6 billion consolidated revenue for the first three months of 2017.

ABS-CBN's consumer sales grew by 10% to P4.7 billion while its first quarter airtime revenues were 13% lower compared to the same period last year.

ABS-CBN Chief Financial Officer Aldrin Cerrado said they did not expect a significant growth in earnings during the first quarter given the strong performance of the first quarter of last year.

He added, "First quarter earnings tend to be lower than the subsequent quarters due to the cyclicality of advertising placements."

Meanwhile, Cerrado said they managed to reduce overall costs and expenses during the first quarter.

"We expect costs to go down further as we replace some of the higher cost programs which were carried over from last year," he said.

"We remain confident that we will meet our earnings target of P3.0 billion for the year," added Cerrado.

Based on Kantar Media TV Audience Measurement, ABS-CBN continues to dominate the national TV ratings with an overall audience share of 51.1% during the first quarter. ABS-CBN channels filled the Top 10 highest rating programs. The primetime lead in March 2017 was sustained by its top rating program and long running teleserye – "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano."

Star Cinema also generated close to P600 million from four movies released during the quarter. "My Ex and Whys," which was released last February, brought in about P300 million in ticket sales.

As of end March 2017, total assets and equity stood at P71.6 billion and P31.0 billion, respectively.

Ron Valdueza, ABS-CBN's Group CFO stated: "Sky saw an 11% growth in revenues to P2.3 billion driven by the continued increase in its broadband and DTH subscribers." As of end March 2017, Sky had 672,000 cable subscribers, 161,000 DTH subscribers, and 205,000 broadband subscribers.

"The strong growth in our broadband subscriber base, which has doubled in two years, should continue as we invest in expanding our network," added Valdueza.

Valdueza said he is happy with the progress of the DTT initiative as they ended the last quarter with 2.7 million boxes sold since the service was launched in 2015.

Kidzania, the company's educational theme park, also welcomed over 77,000 visitors since the beginning of the year, while the O Shopping Channel generated P240 million in sales of various products for the first three months of 2017.

PhilRatings has also maintained the highest credit rating for ABS-CBN's outstanding bonds. PhilRatings assigned a PRS Aaa Issue Credit Rating for the P6.0 billion outstanding ABS-CBN bonds with a Stable Outlook.

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Enjoy an Unlimited Viewing of Star Cinema's Blockbuster Movies 'My Ex and Why's' and 'Vince & Kath & James' for Only P199


The new Star Cinema on SKY PPV puts the spotlight on teen romance with "My Ex and Why's" back-to-back with "Vince & Kath & James."

This channel, offered exclusively on SKY, will show fresh movie releases by Star Cinema, the country's largest movie company, bundled with other hits.

The new featured movies star some of the most engaging and popular love teams of this generation. The chemistry between Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil is undeniable and especially evident in their latest silver screen project, "My Ex and Why's," which raked in a total of P341 million worldwide.

In this movie, Enrique Gil is Gio, a former playboy determined to prove to his former flame, Cali (Liza Soberano) that he has changed. A love story for this new generation unfolds online, sparking debates between followers and forcing them to take sides.

It will be shown back-to-back with three teens on the brink of learning how to love in "Vince & Kath & James." Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, and Ronnie Alonte star in the adaptation of the highly successful 'text-serye' by Jenny Ruth Almocera.

Star Cinema on SKY PPV is available on One SKY, SKYcable, SKYdirect, Destiny digital, and SKY on Demand via SKYbroadband. To catch these new offerings, subscribe now for only P199, for unlimited viewing until June 9. Postpaid subscribers can call 418 0000 or text STARCINEMAPPV to 23662. SKYdirect Prepaid subscribers on the other hand can text PPV<space>MYEX<space><BOX ID> to 23667. You may also visit www.mysky.com.ph/starcinemappv for more information.

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Jodi Sta. Maria Faces Life-Changing Decision in the Star Cinema Film 'Dear Other Self'


A woman in search of herself is the center of the story of the upcoming Star Cinema film "Dear Other Self," which stars Jodi Sta. Maria, Joseph Marco, and Xian Lim, screening in key countries worldwide via TFC@theMovies starting May 25.

The film's director Veronica Velasco shares that she and co-writer Jinky Laurel took inspiration from the former's teenage daughter. "I noticed that because of the things they read on the internet, they become aware of different places around the world and they want to travel there", she recalls. "These days, there is a concept of yolo or you only live once where some feel the need to leave everything behind and travel the world. I was thinking, 'what if that is the life she chose', and thus 'Dear Other Self' was born."

"Dear Other Self" tells the story of Becky (Sta. Maria), the breadwinner of the family who faces a life-changing decision in her life one day. One has her starting her day right, nailing a presentation, and getting promoted. The other has her waking up on the wrong side of the bed, flunking a presentation, and getting fired.

Sta. Maria believes that this situation is something relatable for many people. "I think we all, at one point of our lives, think of things we want to do but couldn't because of our obligations. So, I think all of us face that one critical decision in our lives that could change everything", she explains.

"Dear Other Self" is the first movie where Sta. Maria is teams up with Marco and Lim. The two Kapamilya actors are grateful to be paired with Sta. Maria, who they describe as someone easy to work with.

"Hindi ko naramdaman 'yong pressure," Marco says about Sta. Maria. "When you work with Jodi, she makes you feel comfortable. She is very nice. I love working with her", the actor ends.

Marco and Lim will give life to the characters of Chris (Marco) and Henry (Lim). Chris is the guy-next-door who have everything planned out for his life. Meantime, Henry is the happy-go-lucky guy who lives life one day at a time. They will be the men that Becky meets in the two different scenarios in her life.

The two leading men can relate to their respective characters – Chris wants everything in his life planned, while Henry follows what his heart desires.

Although Lim believes in following what one's heart desires, he reminds himself that it is equally important to gauge the consequences of your actions.

"Deep inside, responsibilities seem daunting to us. You decide to do what you want, you decide to live life to the fullest, but you also have to slow down. You also have to think of the consequences because everything has a trade-off. Life is a trade-off," he explains.

Sta. Maria also encouraged everyone not to give up on their dreams, even if there will be delays. This is something that the Kapamilya actress could relate with it seemed because success came to her after some years. She admits, she still dreams of getting a degree in medicine.

"I believe if God puts a dream in our hearts, it is with an intent to fulfill it and we just have to wait for the right time," she says. "Sometimes, it doesn't happen right away but later in life, it will be realized", Sta. Maria ends.

Also part of the cast are Carla Martinez, Bodjie Pascua, Anna Luna, and Paul Salas.

Will Becky do what makes the people around her happy or will she go after her personal happiness? Find out as "Dear Other Self" screens in key countries worldwide via TFC@theMovies on the following dates: UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Papua New Guinea on May 25; U.S., Canada, and Saipan on May 26; London, UK on May 27; Rome and Milan, Italy on May 28; Australia and New Zealand on June 1; Hong Kong on June 11; and coming soon to Brunei, Singapore, and Malaysia.

For more updates about the film, visit emea.kapamilya.com, tfc-usa.com/dos, tfc-ca.com/dos or visit the TFC's Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.

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Zaf Efron Channels Ryan Lochte in Sec Comedy 'Baywatch' Movie


Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses both film and television, Zac Efron has proven to be one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents.

This season, Efron co-stars opposite Dwayne Johnson in Paramount Pictures' Baywatch, the highly-anticipated comedy based off the popular '90s TV show.

In Philippine cinemas starting May 31, Baywatch follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with Matt Brody (Efron), a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

From the beginning, Baywatch had been envisioned as a buddy comedy, and the producers knew they'd need an actor who could hold his own against Johnson's larger than life on-screen alter ego. They found a perfect foil in Efron, who is quickly becoming a go-to actor for 'R' rated comedies, having recently added Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) to his already impressive resume.

"I wasn't allowed to watch Baywatch growing up," Efron laments. "But I do remember sneaking it, late at night, after Howard Stern on a crappy old TV with a dial. One time, I was channel flipping and came across this awesome show full of boats and explosions and I just thought the whole thing was amazing. When the show was over, I realized it was Baywatch, and I was like, 'Holy cow. That was amazing.'"

"Zac's incredibly handsome, charming and funny," Johnson says of his co-star. "He's got this great boyish quality at times, and I love him like a brother. He's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, so it's that much more fun to have him play a cocky asshole and mix it up with him."

Efron plays Matt Brody, a bad boy Olympic swimmer and two time gold medalist who arrives in Emerald Bay expecting a spot on Mitch's highly competitive, handpicked Baywatch team.

"Brody throws a wrench in things," Johnson explains. "We've got this team that's gelling, but he's this hotshot coming off the Olympics, who thinks he can just join the team without being trained properly."

"At the Olympics, Brody won his solo events, but messed up the team relay because he got drunk the night before," says Efron. "He did some illegal stuff, and joining Baywatch is part of his parole."

"We drew some inspiration from Ryan Lochte in our approach to Brody, which Zac responded to immediately," director Seth Gordon recalls. "The character was written before the real Lochte got himself into trouble, which ended up being unexpectedly prescient."

"The world has had to live without Baywatch for such a long time, so I couldn't be more excited to be bringing it back," says Efron enthusiastically. "We're building on one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and Dwayne, Ilfenesh, Jon, Alexandra, Kelly and Priyanka are all so amazing and talented. It's going to be hilarious and action-packed. I'm really stoked about it."

Baywatch is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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The Game of Human Hunting Begins in KIX's Newest Reality Show HUNTED



Good guys always win in the movies. But does that actually apply in reality? Criminals all over the world try to run away from justice and it requires tremendous skill to actually capture fugitives. Running into criminal masterminds is a tough job because they could be the most resourceful and tactical people you could ever meet, which make it difficult for investigators to catch them.

If cops and robbers is the game for you, then you should tune in every Wednesday starting May 31 at 9pm to KIX's newest reality show, Hunted. Join Lenny Depaul, Robert Clark, Myke Cole and the rest of Hunted's investigation team as they track down 9 teams of two of fugitives in a span of 28 days. Follow their special team made up of army veterans, FBI detectives and intelligence agents as they search door-to-door trying to track wanted contestants down. Watch them work together to identify behavioral patterns, search their target's homes and cellphone histories, as they try to arrest fleeing criminals.

Time is crucial because if the investigation team does not catch them within 28 days, the team of fugitives will win $250,000.  Every move counts when it comes to figuring out how to capture them. Watch the process of how detectives work to capture a criminal; from studying their network and potentially figuring out their next move.

It is like playing a game of human chess. It is all about figuring out what the fugitive's next steps are and being ahead of their next move by setting up traps based on their weaknesses and mistakes that could potentially lead to their capture.

Do the good guys have what it takes to capture the criminals? Or will the criminals successfully escape the system? Put your detective hats on and be on the look out! Watch Hunted every Wednesday at 9pm starting May 31 on KIX and get ready to hunt!

KIX is available on (Cablelink Ch. 54, Cignal TV Ch. 264, Destiny Cable Ch. 63, Gsat Ch. 18, and SKY Cable Ch. 63.).  For more information, you can log on to www.KIX-TV.com  

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Achieve Your #HairGoals at Watsons; 50% Off on Hair Products on May 27



Blonde. Rose Gold. Ultra Dark Brown. Ash Brown. Imagine yourself in those hair colors. Or maybe you want to go for those bold and bright colors that display your own brand of individuality. Excited yet? Then perhaps it's time to take those locks on a hair coloring adventure!

News flash. Did you know that hair coloring is actually easy to do? Like DIY-easy. Just get yourself the right products and you're all set.

Hair color though is not the only way to achieve your Hairgoals. Why not go for any of the of-the-moment hair fixing styles as well? Get it on a high pony? How about that deep side part or that slick story look? Maybe shake it up a bit with a short messy shag, undone waves, or messy braids? Stress not, girl. We got you.

For this, Watsons recently launched a campaign to encourage its female shoppers to go out of their hair comfort zones and discover different hair color and hair style trends. Interestingly named #Hairgoals, its aim is to introduce a whole new world of color and style options and alternatives for women. With a vast spread of hair products available in-store, Watsons shoppers will find it a cinch to go for the specific look that they desire.

In support of this, an event was held on May 19th at the SM Mall Of Asia Activity Center. Guests were given a chance to try out new hairstyles and colors by trying out products and tools available at Watsons. With Hair Color provided by L'Oreal, Revlon, Kolours, Bigen, Beautylabo, Lolane, Liese and Revia, Styling tools and products by JML, W. Elite, Babyliss, VS Sassoon, Tresemme, Aquanet, Finesse and Suave, and Hair Care Products by Dove, Pantene, Creamsilk, it was indeed an event not to be missed. After all, there's nothing like uncovering a more gorgeous version of you by simply doing a few tweaks to how your hair looks.





Fly to Bali, Guam, or Sydney

Oh, and if you’re an SM Advantage Card member, you can go from trendsetter to jetsetter! Show off that new do when you win one of the trips to either Bali, Guam, or Sydney!




You can also get a chance to snag a free iPhone 7 or an iPad Pro. Every P500 single-receipt purchase of participating products entitles an SMAC member to one (1) e-raffle entry.

So get on it and color, style, and flip that hair like never before. Make your Hairgoals happen with Watsons!

Color Your Hair Day on May 27

Want to get into a hair adventure of your own? Here’s good news! Watch out for the first ever Watsons Color Your Hair Day Sale – a one-day nationwide sale on all hair color products. Get 50% off on brands like Revlon, Kolours, L’oreal, Beautylabo, Lolane, Revia, Liese and Bigen! So, mark May 27 on your calendar as the day to head on any Watsons store or at the SM Store Beauty Section for the biggest hair color sale!




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May 18, 2017

Vivo's Newest 'Perfect Selfie' Phone V5s Set for Big at SM North EDSA on May 19, Friday

 

Top five premium global brand Vivo is set to spring yet another surprise for all selfie lovers as it launches its newest 'perfect selfie' phone, the Vivo V5s, on May 19, Friday, at SM City North Edsa Annex.

The big reveal will be graced by Vivo executives and key personalities in the smartphone and tech industry, including lifestyle blogger Verniece Enciso. Vivo fans and mall goers will also be entertained by lively performances from actor and model Tony Labrusca and BoybandPH members Ford Valencia, Joao Constancia, Niel Murillo, Russell Reyes, and Tristan Ramirez.




The new Vivo V5s will brandish the highly coveted 20-megapixel front camera with f2.0 aperture, which allows users to capture crystal clear, high-resolution selfies.

It will also have advanced selfie tools that include the Selfie Soft Light found in Vivo's V5 series, but updated for the Vivo V5s. This feature allows users to take selfies in all lighting conditions, but the updated version comes with an enhanced night mode for better-quality selfies taken at night.




Aside from the remarkable dual front camera, the V5s' rear camera also takes beautiful photos at 13 megapixels and an f2.2 aperture, with an ultra-high-definition mode that can render stunning images of up to 52 megapixels.

Another exciting new attribute of the V5s is the App clone, designed to help users separate their professional lives from their personal lives. With the App clone, users can log on to two different accounts using the same social media app. The said feature currently supports important chat apps like WhatsApp, Line, BBM and Viber.

As far as aesthetics go, the V5s shares design elements with the V5 Plus series, such as a 5.5 inch display in corning gorilla glass, its side panel and back cover meeting in seamless curved edges and elegant U-shaped cover lines, making it more comfortable to hold.

It also features the Hi-Fi Music AK4376 audio chip for clear surround sound, whether through earphones, headphones or speakers.

Finally, the Vivo's V5s—built with an octa-core CPU, a 4GB RAM, and a personalized operating system, Funtouch 3.0, which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow—boasts utmost efficiency in terms of speed and performance.

The price, sale date, and other details of Vivo's newest 'perfect selfie' phone will be revealed during the big launch.

A lucky Vivo fan will also have a shot at being one of the first to own a Vivo V5s—a unit will be given away during a special raffle to be held at the event.

For inquiries about Vivo V5s, visit the Vivo website at www.vivo.com/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.

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NCCA Lauds ABS-CBN, ANC, DZMM, and Kapamilya Stars for Showcasing PH Culture

ABS-CBN, ANC, and DZMM were honored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for championing the country's rich culture and artistic traditions on Philippine television and radio during the agency's 30th Founding Anniversary Celebration last May 17 at Sofitel Manila.

According to the NCCA, ABS-CBN, ANC, and DZMM are media partners that consistently display "steadfast support to the Commission through the promotion of programs, projects, and activities that showcase the diversity and uniqueness of our culture and artistic traditions in its TV and radio shows and programs."

One such instance is the airing of the documentary series "Dayaw," a project of Sen. Loren Legarda and the NCCA, on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Now on its third season, "Dayaw" is a six-part, 30-minute weekly show that aims to promote appreciation and preservation of traditional Filipino arts and culture hosted by Sen. Legarda, an advocate of IP rights.

ABS-CBN's commitment to uphold the promotion of the country's cultural heritage is also demonstrated in its effort to cover and produce news stories on NCCA's "Ani ng Dangal," an annual event that recognizes Filipino artists who have garnered honors in international award-giving bodies and other accolades in the past year; and on NCCA's celebration of the National Heritage Month, which aims to generate awareness, respect, and love for the legacy of Filipino cultural history.

Through the years, NCCA infomercials were also staunchly supported by the Kapamilya network by airing it on television and radio to reach more Filipinos, including NCCA led projects like the Philippine Arts Festival and the National Arts Month, among others.

Meanwhile, Kapamilya stars were also recognized for the important role they play as celebrity ambassadors in helping realize NCCA's goals.

Among the recognized stars include Piolo Pascual (Culture Ambassador), Sarah Geronimo (Music Ambassador), Ogie Alcasid (Heritage Ambassador/ASEAN Ambassador), Boy Abunda (Arts Ambassador), Enchong Dee (Heritage Ambassador), and Jericho Rosales (Heritage Ambassador).

NCCA is the government agency that is responsible in preserving, promoting, and protecting Filipino culture and the arts. For its 30th year, the NCCA is celebrating its founding anniversary with the theme, "Lingkod NCCA: Marangal. Malikhain. Mapagbago. Filipino!."

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