June 1, 2017

JABRA Releases EVOLVE 75 Wireless Headset Specifically Designed for the Modern Office Workers


Jabra, one of the worldwide leaders in audio and communications technology, today unveiled the latest addition to the market leading Evolve series - the Jabra Evolve 75

The Jabra Evolve 75 is the latest premium wireless headset designed for the modern office workers. Boasting a unique combination of features including superior Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and an integrated "do not disturb" busylight, Jabra Evolve 75 is the best wireless headset for concentration in the open office.

The Evolve 75 is the latest addition to the successful Jabra Evolve series, which has sold more than 2.5 million units worldwide. The series was developed to ensure more focused and distraction-free performance in open office settings. To accomplish this, the Jabra Evolve 75 brings together the strongest features of the Evolve range: wireless freedom, great sound, ANC and a busylight.

The Jabra Evolve 75 comes equipped with world-class speakers for music and high-definition (HD) voice for crystal clear calls. It features dual Bluetooth connectivity that supports calls and music by allowing the user to simultaneously pair the headset with two connected devices, such as a PC and smartphone. 

With a wireless range of 100 feet for laptops and 33 feet for smartphones, the headset also enables the flexibility and freedom to move, allowing workers to multi-task without the noise and interruptions from colleagues that stifle concentration and productivity.

"The premise behind the open plan office is to foster collaboration and improve communication among employees. Unfortunately, because of interruptions from colleagues and the noise generated in these environments, they have become breeding grounds for unsatisfactory labor output, and are negatively impacting workers and contributing to lackluster performance,” says Wayne Lee, Product Management and Alliances Manager, APAC




The Jabra Evolve 75 provides businesses with an alternative solution to support an open office philosophy that's conducive to better performance," Lee adds.


Certified for modern office use

The Jabra Evolve 75 is compatible with Open Office and Outdoor requirements for Skype for Business from Microsoft and is also certified for Skype for Business, Cisco and other leading Unified Communications (UC) platforms.

The Jabra Evolve 75 is also compatible with Jabra Direct – free cloud-based software that lets users personalize and manage the headset.




Key features of the Jabra Evolve 75

HD voice for crystal clear calls and music
Superior Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) with four (4) Mic’s 
Integrated busylight to boost productivity by reducing noise and interruptions
Up to 15 hours of talk time
Flexibility to connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time for calls and music – for example, both a computer and a smartphone
Up to 100 ft. / 30 meters range from your connected device
Audio through USB connection
Charging stand (optional)
Integration with leading UC platforms and Certified for Skype for Business, Cisco, Avaya and more
HD voice for calls. World-class speakers for music
Leather-feel ear cushions and an on-the-ear wearing style for all-day comfort
Discreet boom-arm that can be clipped into the headband when not on calls
Comes with an optional charging stand for easy charging and docking 


About Jabra

Jabra, part of the GN Group, is a leading developer and manufacturer of communications and sound solutions. We are committed to letting people hear more, do more and be more than they ever thought possible. We believe that through sound, we can transform lives.

Jabra innovates and empowers with sound solutions for businesses and consumers, producing corded and wireless headsets, portable and in-office speakerphones, and sports earbuds. Jabra employs 1,000 people worldwide, and produced an annual revenue of DKK3.5 bn in 2016.

The GN Group operates in more than 90 countries, and has almost 150 years’ experience in innovation and delivering reliability and ease of use. Founded in 1869, employing over 5,000 people, and listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen, GN makes life sound better. www.jabra.com

Richard Gutierrez Transfers to ABAS-CBN, Join "La Luna Sangre" and "Wife, Husband, Wife" with Angel Locsin


Newest Kapamilya Richard Gutierrez returns to television as he joins the cast of ABS-CBN’s highly-anticipated epic action romance series “La Luna Sangre.”

I have always been curious how it is to work in ABS-CBN. I only hear great things about this network. Finally, now I’m here, I’m excited that I have been given the opportunity to work here,” Richard said in the contract signing held May 31 in Manila with ABS-CBN COO for Broadcast Cory Vidanes, Star Creatives COO Malou Santos, Finance head for Broadcast and News and Current Affairs Cat Lopez, and talent manager Annabelle Rama.

I’ve always been curious how it is to work in ABS-CBN… finally, I’m here”

Richard will be part of the upcoming series “La Luna Sangre” topbilled by Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla and directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. He will play the role of Sandrino, the supreme vampire and the long lost son of Magnus (Jake Roxas). What will be his connection to the lives of Mateo (John Lloyd Cruz), Lia (Angel Locsin) and Malia (Kathryn Bernardo)?

“La Luna Sangre” is the third installment of the hit fantasy franchise, after “Lobo” and “Imortal,” both produced by Star Creatives.

Aside from “La Luna Sangre,” Richard is also slated to do a movie entitled "Wife, Husband, Wife" with Angelica Panganiban and former loveteam Angel Locsin under Star Cinema. 

May 30, 2017

Guessing Game is Over! Liza Soberano is Darna in Star Cinema's MMFF 2017 Movie Entry


It's out and official!

Star Cinema have announced that Liza Soberano is the unanimous pick to play the newest incarnation of Pinay superheroine Darna - in an upcoming film adaptation to be helmed by Erik Matti.

In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe on TV Patrol, the 19 year-old Kapamilya actress said: "Yes, it is confirmed. Tinatanggap ko na ang role na Darna."

She succeeds Marian Rivera, who was the last to portray the Mars Ravelo character onscreen. The Kapuso actress was 24 when she first donned famous fire red costume in 2009, and the choice of Liza seems to suggest that the newest version will now be a tad younger. 

Angel Locsin, who played Darna in 2005, was first tapped by Matti to star in his film but a back injury forced the actress out of the project. Angel has since called her fans to support whoever will replace her. "I now entrust the reins to the next lucky lady who will have the time of her life portraying the role," she said. 




Since Darna made her komiks debut in 1950, the well-loved character has been played by several actresses on TV and in films, including a young Vilma Santos in the 1970s.

In the original lore, Darna is a warrior from Planet Marte who manifests herself in a village girl from Earth named Narda. 

In order to transform into the heroine and defend humans from evil forces, Narda swallows a tiny meteorite and shouts "Darna!" - a small scene which has since been embedded in local pop culture.

In his previous interview with DZMM, Matti agreed that Liza has the built to successfully do the role justice. 

She has the strength physically, 'yung itsura at katawan. And then tama 'yung edad and you can do a lot of things sa mukha niya. Puwede siya mag-iba-iba ng itsura and she could still look really good. At the same time, Pinay siya na maganda, pan-Asian. Mahirap 'yung mestiza eh,” he said. 

Dermatologists' Highly-Recommended Skincare CETAPHIL Celebrates 70 Years


Galderma is delighted to announce that 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of CETAPHIL, their dermatologically formulated skincare range which is clinically proven to strengthen and protect even the most sensitive skin ensuring healthy skin.

Invented in 1947 by a pioneering pharmacist in Texas, the first product - “Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion“ - known today as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser - still uses the same formula. Customers soon recognized its gentle cleansing power and from then on, the Cetaphil range of products started to grow. 




Now, 70 years later, Cetaphil is available in more than 70 countries worldwide and offers a wide range of everyday products from, cleansers, moisturizers, sun protection to baby products and solutions for sensitive skin conditions such as acne, eczema and rosacea.

Specifically formulated to provide effective skincare for a variety of skin types and conditions, Cetaphil has become one of the top skincare brands recommended by dermatologists 1 and other healthcare professionals across the world.




The essence of Cetaphil is in the name: the ‘phil’ at the end means ‘love’, while the ‘Cet’ comes from the fatty alcohol which is used as an emollient – Cetyl alcohol. ‘Cetaphil’, therefore, is the love of softening and soothing skin.

With its gentle and clinically proven formulas, Cetaphil reinforces and protects the structure of the skin - even in people with the most sensitive and delicate skin” explained Dr Eszter Baltas, dermatologist who contributed to developing Cetaphil products and now Associate Professor at the Department of Dermatology and Allergology in Szeged, Hungary. “Thanks to its long heritage, based on in-depth understanding of dermatology, Cetaphil offers reliable, scientifically-tested solutions.”




Cetaphil has been used by people with sensitive skin for more than three generations” said Neil Popplewell, Vice President Consumer Business, Nestlé Skin Health. “Over the last 70 years, we have worked closely with medical experts to better understand people’s skin needs. This has allowed us to provide different solutions adapted to these needs, and to make the Cetaphil range what it is today. Like regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, maintaining healthy skin is essential for your overall well-being, so Cetaphil completes your health routine. We will continue to develop the brand and make it more accessible to consumers worldwide. We look forward to the next 70 years of healthy skin with Cetaphil.”  

Dr. Baltas sums it up: “When you choose Cetaphil, you’re choosing the best for your skin.”

'Wonder Woman' to Have Midnight Previews on June 1 at 12:01AM in Select PH Cinemas Nationwide


The countdown to the opening of Warner Bros. Pictures' Wonder Woman cannot be any faster, but die-hard fans are in for a treat as the studio has announced midnight previews on June 1 at 12:01AM in selected cinemas in Metro Manila and regional cities.

Fans are advised to reserve and buy their tickets now to be among the first in the world to watch Wonder Woman.

In Metro Manila, midnight screenings are confirmed to be held in Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, S' Maison, SM Aura, SM Bacoor, SM BF, SM Bicutan, SM Fairview, SM Light Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Marilao, SM Megamall, SM Molino, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall, Robinsons Magnolia, Powerplant, Century, CommerCenter, Eastwood, Evia, Fisher's Mall, Gateway, Newport, Starmall Alabang, Starmall EDSA, Starmall Las Pinas, Starmall San Jose, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, Vista Mall Taguig, Uptown and Venice Cineplex.

Moviegoers in the provinces may watch in SM Baguio, SM Clark, SM Naga, SM Pampanga, Vista Bataan, Vista Pampanga and SM Cebu.

For the updated list, fans may check with their favorite cinemas.

Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure Wonder Woman from director Patty Jenkins.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Patty Jenkins directed the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on characters from DC. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.

Diana is set apart from most comic book superheroes by her gender, but it’s her approach to justice that I believe really makes her unique,” Gal Gadot claims. “She not only wants to rid the world of evil by taking out the bad guys, she also wants to encourage men and women to be the best human beings they can be, and she does this through love, hope and grace.”

Patty Jenkins agrees, further stating, “If only we could all see the world the way Diana does. She sees the great darkness, but also looks beyond that to what mankind is capable of: great beauty. She also has the powers of a god, a heart filled with compassion, and we wanted to give her a rich and layered and fun story to tell that everyone can connect with. It’s just a great adventure that I hope fans - old and new - will love!

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, June 01, “Wonder Woman” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Lifts Garnishment Over ABS-CBN and SkyCable Assets


ABS CBN and Sky Cable received an ex-parte writ of attachment and notice of garnishment from the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court on Thursday, 25 May 2017, in connection with the collection complaint of Solar Entertainment Corporation. 

ABS-CBN and Sky Cable immediately filed a motion to lift the attachment and garnishment on the morning of May 29, which the court granted on the same day. 

Thus, at this time, there is no effective attachment or garnishment over any asset of ABS-CBN or Sky Cable. 

In 2014, ABS-CBN and Solar jointly entered into a license agreement with NBA Properties Inc. Since ABS-CBN was paying 60 percent of the license fees, it considered that the same already covered the carriage fees of Sky Cable. Unfortunately, Solar disagreed. Despite the good faith attempts of ABS-CBN and Sky Cable to resolve the dispute amicably, Solar cut off the NBA feed to Sky Cable and filed this complaint. 

ABS-CBN is set to submit its answer with counterclaims to this complaint. The network giant is confident that they will prevail.

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Launches "Gusto Kong Mag-Aral," Gives 100K School Bags to Students Nationwide


More than 100,000 students from Luzon to Mindanao will be given school bags and school supplies through the “Gusto Kong Mag-Aral” project of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya – Operation Sagip, with the help of donors who want to help the country’s youth have a better learning experience this school year.

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya-Operation Sagip director Jun Dungo said the project targets elementary school students in the entire country, particularly those from areas in poverty and frequented by calamities. 



ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya’s compassion and service for the Filipino people doesn’t end after a rescue or relief operation. This project is one way for us to ensure a bright future for our youth, especially those who really want to go to school. We are thankful for our donors for their unwavering commitment to help in making our countrymen’s lives better,” he added.  

A total of 1,300 students have already been reported to receive bags and school supplies at the Hermosa Elementary School and Orani Elementary School in Bataan. The project will continue in Catanduanes, Pampanga, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, Compostela Valley, Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga, Bulacan, Quirino, Ilocos Norte, Benguet, Aurora, Zambales, Batangas, Mindoro, Laguna, Quezon, Pangasinan, Iloilo, Antique, Capiz, Aklan, Bohol, Cebu, Samar, Leyte, Lanao del Norte, and Zamboanga del Norte. 




ABS-CBN has been in the service of Filipinos worldwide for over six decades. Public service has remained constant through the years as the media and entertainment company evolves and serves many generations of Filipinos through news and programs that inform, inspire, and empower, and projects that directly impact the lives of the people.

Nadnad, one of the beneficiaries in Bataan, shared that he gets inspiration to pursue his studies from his parents, a laundrywoman and janitor. 

My dream is to take care and help my parents,” he said in an interview on “TV Patrol.”





Another beneficiary, RJ, a Grade 1 student from Orani North Elementary School, is determined to become a doctor in the future. Her mother shared how extremely difficult it is to make ends meet, especially with her spouse undergoing dialysis for the past 5 months. The young girl already recycled old notebooks for use this coming school year, and was overjoyed to receive new school supplies.  

I promise to be good in my studies,” she said.




Schoolchildren like Nadnad and RJ inspire the people behind “Gusto Kong Mag-aral” as they serve as a reminder that there is hope even after tragedy and to never stop dreaming for a better future. 

Watch out for more stories of “malasakit” and public service of Filipinos on “TV Patrol”, from Monday to Saturday on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. For updates on the projects of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya, follow its official Facebook account (@abscbnfoundationkapamilya) or visit the website at www.abs-cbnfoundation.com.  

Cindy Lauper's Hit Musical 'KINKY BOOTS' Sets Foot in Manila Featuring Nyoy Volante and Laurence Mossman


Cyndi Lauper's Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical "Kinky Boots" invades the Philippine stage as it set foot at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City starting June 30 to July 31.

Under the direction of Bobby Garcia, "Kinky Boots" is a humorous musical based on a true to life event of a shoe factory owner named Charlie Price and Lola, a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting ideas. 

Gist: Charlie has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discovers that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Leading the cast is Nyoy Volante (Simon/Lola), a critically acclaimed musical theater performer and acoustic balladeer, last seen on stage as Frankie Valli in "Jersey Boys." 

Laurence Mossman (Charlie Price), last seen playing multiple roles in the Asian premiere of "Fun Home". 




Yanah Laurel (Lauren), who was also last seen in "Fun Home". 

Tricia Canilao (Nicola), a former "Miss Saigon" cast member. 

 Tickets are now available at Ticketworld at (632) 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Ticket prices at P4,180, P3,135 and P2,090.


May 29, 2017

MYX Named its Newest VJs Turs Daza, Kim Cruz, Debbie Then, and JC Tevez


Turs Daza, Kim Cruz, Debbie Then, and JC Tevez officially join the MYX family after winning in the MYX VJ Search 2017 at the finals night held in 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub last Saturday, May 27.

The youngest in the competition, 19-year old student and blogger Kim said she was in shock when her name was called as she was not expecting to win.

I’m so thankful. Most of them are 5 or 4 years older, and I was scared to be treated like a baby. Age should not be a problem. You guys, just go for what you want to do. I’m working at this age also, and I’m studying at the same time. Just go for your dreams.”

A sports enthusiast who plays basketball, rugby and soccer, Turs said people were shocked to find out that he was a MYX VJ Search finalist as they know him to be shy and reserved. 

Honestly, you can do anything you said you might do. You shouldn’t let other’s opinions limit you, because at the end of the day, whatever you do is your responsibility and whatever others do, that’s only their opinion of you.”

Radio DJ, events host, digital influencer and model Debbie divulged she first auditioned in the MYX VJ Search when she was only 16 years old back in 2011. Debbie also won the Zalora Style Award along with co-finalist Fons Avila.

Persevere and keep trying. If you really believe that this is for you, keep trying until you get it. Don’t stop if you know in your heart it’s for you.”

Meanwhile, jock and foodie JC shared his adamant belief and even quoted his idol, Chris Pratt. JC also won the San Miguel Totoong Kaibigan Award.

Don’t die regretting. I never stopped believing. Don’t ever give up. Go get it. Never have a plan B. And if you love what you do, you got to keep going… and we’re here!

The four new VJs were chosen out of the 12 finalists who made it in this year’s competition. They stood out in the weeks of guest hosting stints in the music channel’s various shows.

“ASAP” BFF5 member Ylona Garcia and Prince of Pop Erik Santos joined the event with exciting performances while surprise special guests and former VJs Bianca Roque and Drei Felix revealed the much-awaited list of winners.

Turs, Kim, Debbie, and JC will join the MYX Squad with current members Robi Domingo, Sharlene San Pedro, Jairus Aquino, Ai dela Cruz, Tippy dos Santos, Alex Diaz, Sunny Kim, and Donny Pangilinan in hosting various entertaining shows on the music channel.

Catch MYX, the country’s number one music channel, on Skycable channel 23. For more information on MYX programming and the MYX VJ Search, log on to www.myxph.com, follow MYX on Instagram (@myxph), Twitter (@MYXPhilippines) and Facebook (@MYX.Philippines).

Gina Lopez Hosts New Kapamilya Environmental Show 'G DIARIES'


Former environment secretary Gina Lopez debuts as a TV host and takes viewers into the country’s most scenic destinations to promote eco-tourism in ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya’s newest environmental series “G Diaries,” which premieres on June 4 (Sunday).

Watch Lopez in her original, candid, inspiring, and entertaining style of showcasing nature’s bounty and at the same time calling attention to the cause of environmental protection, stewardship, and the people.

“‘G Diaries’ seeks not only to entertain viewers and promote the Philippines as a majestic travel destination but also to inform and incite action, for everyone to be part of the collective effort to preserve the environment and bequeath it in its healthiest state to the next generation,” said Lopez.

“’G Diaries’ is composed of 13 breathtaking episodes directed by Hollywood’s ace director, writer, and producer Wil Harper. The show also has a signature prelude film featuring celebrities like Charo Santos, Eddie Garcia, and Sharon Cuneta.

Don’t miss the premiere of “G Diaries” this June 4 (Sunday) before “ASAP” on ABS-CBN. Regular programming airs every Saturday, 8AM, on ABS-CBN. It also airs on cable television via Lifestyle Network and ANC.

May 26, 2017

Cristine Reyes Fights Back Against Daughter’s Kidnappers in 'Ipaglaban Mo'


Cristine Reyes returns to acting and portrays the challenging role of a mother whose very own nail salon customer kidnapped and sold her daughter to a complete stranger in “Ipaglaban Mo.”

Despite being a single mother, Karen strived hard to provide for her daughter Angel. She worked as a nail specialist in a salon where she met Myla (Arlene Muhlach), a woman who was very fond of Angel. Myla liked Angel so much that she would even give Karen extra money so that she could buy what the little girl wanted.

One day, Myla convinced Karen to allow her to take Angel to the mall. Karen easily agreed since she trusted Myla very much. Hours later, however, the two had not come back and Myla and her daughter were nowhere to be found.

Where did Myla bring Angel? Would Karen be able to see her daughter again?

Joining this episode are Cris Villanueva, Raquel Monteza, Tart Carlos, and Jade Ecleo.

Don’t miss the “Takas” episode of “Ipaglaban Mo,” directed by Darnel Villaflor this Saturday (May 27) after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN with a replay every Wednesday on DZMM TeleRadyo and DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.

For more updates, follow @IpaglabanMoCh2 on Twitter, @ipaglabanmoABSCBN on Instagram, or like www.facebook.com/IpaglabanMoABSCBN.

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.

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