June 5, 2017

Hoegaarden Toasts its Gold Win at the World Beer Cup

Hoegaarden Brewery, through its exclusive distributor in the Philippines Booze Online, Inc., has extended the celebration of its World Beer Cup win to Philippine shores by hosting a festive roof deck party at the Manila House in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The festivity toasted Hoegaarden Original White Ale’s Gold award in the Belgian-Style Witbier Category of the 2016 World Beer Cup, which bested 77 other witbier brands.

Considered one of the most stringent global beer competitions to date, the World Beer Cup evaluates beers around the world and recognizes the most outstanding breweries and their beers every two years.

Recognized by connoisseurs as the original Belgian White Beer, Hoegaarden Witbier – biere blanche, is esteemed for its distinct taste and flavor palette which consists of Curacao orange peel and coriander that lend it a light and refreshing flavor and smooth taste.

In addition to its cool citrusy finish, Hoegaarden Witbier – biere blanche credits its Gold award to the Hoegaarden Brewery’s complex and exacting brewing process and century’s worth of expertise. Anne Ghanima, Brewmaster and Hoegaarden Brewery Manager explains, “Hoegaarden is different by nature. It goes through a complex brewing process that uses special barley malt, raw wheat and our very unique Hoegaarden yeast that result in a distinctive cloudy-white appearance. The key to the authentic Belgian wheat beer’s unique, refreshing flavor and spicy nose is ingredients including real Curacao orange peel and a delicate balance of coriander. Many years ago, Hoegaarden brewmasters creativity led the iconic beer we know today and we are proud to perpetuate the tradition.

Hoegaarden traces its roots to the village of Hoegaarden, Belgium where brewing beer has always been an integral part of life. The tradition began in the 15 th century, when Begarden monks in the area started brewing Belgian white (or wit) ales. Since the previous wheat beers they brewed were sour, the monks experimented by adding orange peel from the colony of Curacao and coriander until they deliciously crafted the Hoegaarden recipe used today. By the 19 th century, the village then boasted of 35 breweries.

About Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden has a very unique heritage. From the original Hoegaarden wheat beer that was first brewed in the Middle Ages in the eponymous Belgian village in Flemish Brabant, it has become a world renowned authentic Belgian wheat beer. Hoegaarden is not only a popular beer in Belgium, it is an international beer brand is distributed in more than 70 countries. This cloudy wheat beer flavored with orange peel and coriander, is a refreshing thirst quencher with a mild flavor and a fruity character. It is characterized by its naturalness and authenticity. Hoegaarden white beer is an ideal summer beer, served in the famous hexagonal glass. Other beers that are part of the Hoegaarden family; Hoegaarden Rosée, Hoegaarden Grand Cru, Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit and Hoegaarden Spéciale. Visit our websites: www.hoegaarden.com and www.ab-inbev.be.

About InBev Belgium

The origins of our business goes back to 1366 to the Den Hoorn brewery, based in Leuven. In 1987 brewer Interbrew group resulting from the merger of two large Belgian breweries, Artois (Leuven) and Piedboeuf (Liège, Jupille). Interbrew was the basis of InBev, which emerged in 2004 from the combination of Interbrew with Brazil's AmBev. In 2008, InBev combined with Anheuser Busch, the world's leading brewer. Our company is a long history of craftsmanship, quality, innovation and service for consumers and partners have alwa3ys been central. It is our shared dream to be the Best Beer Company Brings People Together for a Better World. The main Belgian brands include Stella Artois, Jupiler®, Leffe, Hoegaarden and Belle-Vue®. InBev Belgium also aims to the Belgian beer market as a whole to provide a new dynamic through a balanced approach combining tradition and innovation, based on consumer preferences complement each other, and where craftsmanship and quality continue to be the main thread.

For more information, please visit www.abinbev.be.

About Booze Online

Booze Online Inc. is one of the leading companies engaged in importing and distributing global wines, spirits and premium beers. It is the pioneer in imported draft beer and considered to be the largest imported beer distributor in the Philippines. The company has an extensive list of over 100 different brands and is the preferred partner of new global players who want to enter the Philippine market. Booze Online provides excellent customer service to the country’s top key on-premise accounts and also caters to hotels, restaurants, and leading supermarkets ensuring strong and wide distribution of all its products.

LizQuen Debuts First Fashion Magazine Cover for METRO

Metro Magazine returns to San Francisco for a rendezvous unlike any other. It took the country’s newest romcom prince and princess Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano on a grand tour of the most beautiful sights of the city: the Golden Gate Bridge, the Piers at the Embarcadero, the Palace of the Fine Arts, baring witness to a budding romance that cuts across thousands of miles of this special city that celebrates individuality and youth culture.

And for its third year in a row, Metro also releases its Philippine Fashion Issue, with their annual retail awards as the highlight. This year honors a mix of megabrands and independent brands, proving that even local brands can also be global frontrunners.

Other features include retail collaborations like Bayo and Francis Libiran with muse Kylie Verzosa, and Bench’s new venture - their own fashion week.

This issue also celebrates beautiful morena skin, with lead pro makeup artist Archie Tolentino sharing his tops on how to make these bold looks your own.

Get to see more of the Metro LizQuen adventure on the June cover shoot’s television special on Lifestyle TV (SkyCable channel 52) airing on June 10 (Saturday) at 8PM, with replays on June 14 at 9PM and June 16 at 6:30PM.

Check out all these and more in the Metro June 2017, now out in major bookstores. Metro is available in bookstores and on newsstands for P150. You can also buy the digital copy via No Ink available on Google Play or App store. Like Metro on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Metro.Magazine) and follow Metro on Twitter and Instagram (@MetroMagPH) #MetroMagPH. 

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'The Mummy' Boasts of Tom Cruise's Weightless Stunt in Zero G

All hell breaks loose when Egyptian princess Ahmanet’s sarcophagus is being flown from Iraq to London and ravens begin to crash thru the cockpit window, in Universal Pictures' The Mummy (in Philippine cinemas on June 7. 2017). As one might imagine, things go downhill from there…and the plane begins to dive.

Director Alex Kurtzman and lead actor Tom Cruise were vocal from the jump with special effects department head Dominic Tuohy that they wanted everything to happen for real; this Zero G stunt was no exception.

For The Mummy’s pivotal plane-crash sequence, the cockpit action was shot on a stage at Shepperton Studios, while the VFX ravens were added digitally during post production. However, as soon as the sequence called for shooting the interior of the body of the plane during the crash, all movement was done practically, safely on stage.

There is meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail on our sets for this film,” raves Kurtzman. “Every set tells a story and reveals something about the character- these sets are a gift for any filmmaker. I constantly walk on these sets and my jaw just hits the floor. This cargo plane set build is a huge artistic and engineering feat.”

On stage S at Shepperton Studios, this huge 20-ton steel frame cargo plane set was constructed and mounted onto a hydraulic base…proving to be the most complex build for the production. This gimbal allowed for continuous rotation with the actors inside. Simultaneously, it provided a 15-degree tilt—front and back—to simulate take off and start of the crash.

This cargo plane set was built from the ground up by Tuohy and his team of 30. SFX began working on the plane build for 16 weeks, then began working with the stunts department. To accomplish this stunning feat of movie magic, there were skilled technicians drawing the rigs—as well as model makers, engineers, power technicians and senior technicians…many who have worked on Dominic’s team for more than 30 years.

Tuohy underscores the pride the crew took in their work: “We didn’t want this stunt to look contrived. We wanted it to use physics and real time. As far as I am aware, this is the first time this has been done for a film, and we embraced that.

Never been done before for a film, the production then introduced a real plane at Novespace headquarters, housed in Bordeaux, France, into the mix to complete and film this Zero G sequence.

At Novespace a real Airbus A310 aircraft was flown, with 40 cast and crew members inside to experience the Zero G effect. The cast crew did 16 parabolic flights within a two-hour period, twice a day over two days. For the stunt, the pilots enacted a total of 64 parabolas (repeated weightlessness sessions). Each parabola allowed for the filming of a key sequence in the scene.

The 20 seconds of weightlessness audiences will see on film leads the crash sequence, with Nick trying desperately to grab parachutes from the plane wall and pass one to Jenny. Each take filmed was unpredictable as the cast and crew floated weightless around the plane cabin…at the mercy of physics.

Again the interior of the set was all rubber, this time with obvious weight and safety restrictions for the in-flight journey. This real plane set was 10% less wide and 40% lower in height than the cargo plane set rig that was built on the studio stage.

Tuohy concludes that the interplay between the Zero G flight and the cargo set had to be perfect. He ends: “We wanted to keep everything as real as possible, so the trick is for us to try and do that seamlessly between the real Zero G flight and the physical SFX done on stage.”

The Mummy is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

June 4, 2017

Love It or Hate It? 'LA LUNA SANGRE' Official Poster

Star Creatives and ABS-CBN has released the official poster of its upcoming fantasy series "La Luna Sangre" featuring the blockbuster tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

Also in the cast are Angel Locsin, John Lloyd Cruz, and Richard Gutierrez.

GMA Network Shows and Personalities Recognized by Various Award-Giving Institutions

Broadcast leader GMA Network continues to earn the approval of various institutions, winning several awards from a number of award-giving bodies recently.

Recognizing the Kapuso Network’s commitment to promote good governance, the Office of the Ombudsman gave GMA a Plaque of Appreciation for “Bayan Ko” - the six-part original TV series produced created by GMA Public Affairs Head Nessa Valdellon and directed by Adolf Alix, Jr. A film showing of “Bayan Ko” was also held during the Office of the Ombudsman’s 29th Anniversary last May 16 to 18.

Meanwhile, at the 19th Gawad Pasado last May 3, several Kapuso personalities were recognized for their work in television and film.

GMA News pillar and Imbestigador ng Bayan Mike Enriquez was conferred the “Pinakapasadong Lingkod-Bayan”.


Kapuso Best Actress and Meant To Be leading lady Barbie Forteza was named as the “Pinakapasadong Katuwang na Aktres” for the film “Tuos”.

Cannes Best Actress and D’ Originals lead star Ms. Jaclyn Jose received the “Natatanging Gawad Pasado 2016” for her performance in “Ma’Rosa”. Joining her is Eat Bulaga host Paulo Ballesteros who was, in turn, cited for his role in “Die Beautiful”.

Phenomenal love team AlDub - Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza - received the special award “Dangal ng Kabataan”.

The Gawad PASADO (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro or Film Association of Professors) is a group of film educators in the country that annually honors artists, directors, films, TV shows and music that have positively contributed in the disciplines of social studies, language, arts, and humanities.

Numerous Kapuso programs and personalities were also cited at the Gawad Tanglaw (“Tagapuring mga Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagalaw”) Awards last April.

Longest-running investigative program Imbestigador was recognized as this year’s “Best Investigative Program,” while award-winning investigative program Reporter’s Notebook won as “Best Documentary Program”.

Taking home the “Best Comedy/Gag Show” award was Pepito Manaloto, the country’s first-ever reality sitcom on television.

At the same time, GMA News TV’s I Juander was hailed as “Best Magazine Show”.

Kapuso host Rhea Santos was given the “Best Morning Show Host” award for the longest-running morning TV show, Unang Hirit.

Character actress Sue Prado was recognized for her role in Magpakailanman’s “Nabaliw na Ina” episode, earning the “Best Performance by an Actress” award.


Ms. Jaclyn Jose won “Best Actress” award for “Ma’Rosa”.

Meanwhile, Mike Enriquez added another feather to his cap as he took home the “Best Male Radio Anchor” award. Fellow DZBB anchor Susan Enriquez, in turn, was named as “Best Female Radio Anchor”.

The Gawad Tanglaw annually recognizes the best in the fields of film, television, radio and print. The board was composed of professors from different universities as well as media practitioners. 

June 3, 2017

'Extra Service' Marks Cable TV Premiere on Cinema One this Sunday, June 4

Bombshells Arci Muñoz, Coleen Garcia, and Jessy Mendiola team up in Cinema One for the premiere of the early 2017 film "Extra Service" this Sunday (June 4).

The riotous offering tells the story of three ex-convicts - Aw (Arci), Em (Coleen), and Gee (Jessy). They are working as massage therapists and leading double lives as secret agents with three exciting new missions to accomplish. The film also stars three of the young heartthrobs in the business - Enzo Pineda, Vin Abrenica, and Ejay Falcon.

Catch the premiere of the action-comedy film on Cinema One's Blockbuster Sunday at 8PM. Cinema One is available on Skycable Channel 56, Destiny Cable Analog 37, and Digital 57.

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McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson Ask "If We Fall In Love" in First Joint Single

One of the country's most promising love teams, McLisse, composed of McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson will make fans fall in love will their rendition of the song "If We Fall In Love, to be released by Star Music.

"We're both nervous and excited to share it with you guys. We're excited because this is another 'first time' for us as a love team," said Elisse.

"We really prepared for this. We really took it seriously," says McCoy. "I kept playing the song on repeat until I was already dreaming about it."

Producer Rox Santos also shared that he had no difficulty working with the pair as the song suited them well. He also teased that there is a possibility for an album for the pair.

"We picked 'If We Fall In Love' because we all know their love team really swoons fans, and their journey is really something people watch out for every now and then," said Rox. "So why not come up with a song that would bring out the 'kilig' in fans, and at the same time reflects the real score between them?"

Elisse also added, "When I read the lyrics, I said the song matches us. It's difficult to say if it perfectly matches us, but I feel it's really fitting."

Hashtags member McCoy said he also feels a connection with the song, stating that "If We Fall In Love" does convey his status with Elisse. "There are still questions about what's happening between us. We still don't know what's here, so the song really suits us," he said.

The ballad, originally performed by Yeng Constantino and RJ Jimenez, was written and composed by RJ during his stay as a contestant in the 2006 hit talent-reality show "Pinoy Dream Academy."

The new single is remastered by Rox Santos, featuring the voices of McCoy and Elisse. It is now available on Spotify and YouTube. For more information, visit Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music's official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starrecordsphil, Twitter.com/starrecordsph and Instagram.com/Starmusicph.

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'Wonder Woman' Breaks PH Non-Holiday Box-Office Record After Raking P48M on Opening Day

Arriving with power, grace, wisdom and wonder, Warner Bros. Pictures' Wonder Woman pulled off the year's biggest non-holiday opening day record as it grossed a whopping P48.39-M on its first day of release (including midnight previews) yesterday, June 1.

This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

The first solo feature film about the famed Amazonian princess-warrior, Wonder Woman bested the opening day gross of last March's Beauty and the Beast (at P47-M), and also claimed the biggest first-day haul of 2017 for a Warner Bros. Title (surpassing Kong: Skull Island).

Attracting 205,041 total admissions from 510 screens nationwide, Wonder Woman's other first-day records include the 2nd Biggest Opening Day of the Year, right after Fast & Furious 8's P56-M which was established on a Black Saturday holiday; 3rd Biggest Opening Day for a WB Film All-Time (ahead of Suicide Squad at P29.7-M) and 3rd Biggest June Opening Day All-Time Industry-Wide (outgrossing Transformers: Age of Extinction at P39.7-M.)

Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins ("Monster," AMC's "The Killing").

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.

Now playing across the Philippines, "Wonder Woman" is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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June 1, 2017

TFC Live Joins Canada 150’s Celebration of Diversity with World-Class Filipino Concert “ASAP in Toronto”

Canada truly embraces diversity and two of its world-renowned leaders emphasized this as they ushered in 2017.

On the eve of the beginning of the of the 150 th anniversary of Canada – also known as the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation – no less than Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, praised the nation for having “earned a reputation as a welcoming, respectful and compassionate country.”  

The Queen encouraged everybody “to continue to embody the values of equality, freedom and inclusion” and “to remind the world of the importance of protecting those values and of passing them on to future generations.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed the same sentiments and sent a powerful statement to the nation: “Together, I know we will continue to build the diverse and prosperous country that we are all so proud to call home.”

Today, in a country where one out of 5 people is foreign born, almost one million Filipinos call Canada their new home even as they continue to honor their Filipino roots and heritage.

It is in this spirit and context that ABS-CBN’s TFC Live is bringing to Canada its most successful touring Filipino concert that showcases the best of Filipino talent and entertainment. 

Come July 29, 2017, Saturday, at the storied Ricoh Coliseum – a venue where a vast range of musical icons from Jimi Hendrix to Pitbull have performed – “ASAP Live in Toronto” promises to be the biggest and grandest Filipino event to celebrate Canada’s 150 th anniversary.

Diversity and inclusion are among the main themes of the Government of Canada’s vision for its 150 th anniversary.  ABS-CBN TFC Live’s ‘ASAP in Toronto’ is a musical and cultural expression of those themes. It’s Filipinos representing artistically in Canada’s grand anniversary narrative that celebrates multiple dimensions of this country,” said ABS-CBN Canada’s Country Manager Jun Del Rosario.

There are great expectations for “ASAP Live in Toronto” as its reputation precedes it. “ASAP” is the longest running, most successful weekend variety show that airs live on Philippine television.  It is produced by ABS-CBN, the world’s largest Filipino-owned media and entertainment network.  In 2012, “ASAP turned into an international giant touring live event when it brought about 40 stars to Singapore’s MAX Pavilion EXPO.  Since then, “ASAP Live” has travelled to Dubai Festival City, Los Angeles Sports Arena, London’s The SSE Arena, Wembley, and New York’s Barclays Center, selling out back-to- back concerts in those venues.

Yes, that’s right: back-to- back concerts in one night.  Part of the unique and tremendous value of an “ASAP Live” show is that ticket holders get to see not one, but TWO world-class concerts in one show because both concerts become two full episodes that will be aired exclusively by ABS-CBN in the Philippines and on TFC worldwide. So, yes, get ready to be part of “ASAP Live” on television!

On the same day of the concert, ABS-CBN TFC Live will include the Marketplace that will unveil export quality Filipino products, delightful Filipino food and unique interactive activities for the entire family.  This allows ticket buyers to enjoy a full day of interesting offerings prior to the main concert. 

Everyone is also encouraged to download the TFC Live App for a full experience that allows ticket buyers to see and navigate through the complete breadth of activities that include contests, games, freebies and exciting prizes.  They can also connect with fellow attendees by using the handy networking features of the app.

For more information including how to purchase tickets to ABS-CBN TFC Live’s “ASAP Live in Toronto” on July 29 at the Ricoh Coliseum, visit http://www.tfc-ca.com/asaptoronto/

"The Voice Teens" Coaches Lea, Sarah, Bamboo, and Sharon's 8 Most Aggressive Pleas to Artists During Blind Audition

“The Voice’s” blind auditions stage is the most exciting part of the competition. It’s almost surreal to see the superstar coaches use various tricks and rhetoric to woo aspiring artists to join their respective teams. 

But the country’s first-ever season of “The Voice Teens” has brought the competition among coaches Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Sharon Cuneta to a whole new level – all of them using persuasive speech and making promises to the artists to get their attention. 

Which coaches gave the most convincing plea to pursue the artists? Will the coaches live up to their promises come the battle rounds next week? 

Let’s take a look at all the memorable moments where the coaches used their power of persuasion to assemble a solid team:


1)  Mica Becerro 

Four-chair turner and opera singer Mica stunned all the coaches when she took on an aria called "Queen Of The Night.” But Mica ended up choosing coach Lea, who was almost moved to tears when she shared her story about how classical singing technique saved her life “in the most literal sense” when she was doing “Miss Saigon.”

Coach Lea: I just wanted to share this with you only so that I can tell another person how important that kind of technique is and how happy I am na sa murang edad mo, you have it already. Sana more singers, more aspiring singers that watch this show take a cue from you, na sana seryosohin nila, na huwag nilang pagtawanan ang opera o makalumang kanta.

2)  Patrick Corporal

Given the history of “The Voice,” it’s typical of guitar-slinging artists who compose their own songs to join Kamp Kawayan. But Patrick eventually chose coach Lea, who he believed would “fly me to the moon,” much to her own astonishment.

Coach Lea: There is so much potential and it is a very clean soothing (voice). Feel ko lang alam mo na kung sino ka as an artist and it gives u a leg-up on the competition.


3)  Gia Gonzales

All the four coaches battled hard to recruit Gia whose “current” sound and beaming stage presence mesmerized the coaches. Coach Sarah stepped up to the moment and brought out her Season 1 finalist Klarisse, who said that because she and coach Sarah are not far apart in age, their coach-artist relationship blossomed into a friendship. Gia would eventually decide on working with the coach who would “make me feel at home and help me develop my talent as a star’ – the popstar royalty. 

Coach Sarah: I really enjoyed hearing you sing… Nag-manifest pa ‘yun when I saw you perform, the way you moved, the way you danced to the song. You are a natural. You are a  star. Pretty girl pa!

4)  Mikko Estrada 

The teen heartthrob charmed the four coaches with his refreshing blind audition. But in the end, he picked coach Sarah, who had to put up a fight by bringing out two shirts – one that says “My Coach” and “My Champion” – assuring Mikko that she would take him to the top. 

Coach Sarah: Kung ako ang pipiliin mo bilang coach mo, magtatrabaho tayo nang husto. Alam ko ako ang pinakabata dito, pero maipapangako ko sa ‘yo na very passionate ako at hardworking pagdating sa artists ko.”


5)  Isabela Vinzon

The daughter of actor Roi Vinzon, Isabela shared that she wants to follow in her father’s footsteps but that she wants to be recognized for her singing. Coach Bamboo, the only coach who has not dabbled in acting, used this point as an advantage to woo the teen artist.

Coach Bamboo: Gusto mo ibang path. It’s what I love to do, it’s what I am. I’ve chosen nothing but music. I am a soldier of music. That is what I am. You have my full attention in Kamp Kawayan.

6)  Emarjhun De Guzman

Proud LGBT member Emarjhun De Guzman’s reggae-tinged voice got three coaches to turn around for him, and even taught the coaches some gay lingo terms. Coach Bamboo, to the delight of the coaches and the audience, even used the gay lingo terms to convince Emarjhun to join Kamp Kawayan.

Coach Bamboo: That was “epek” (great). Ang ganda ng performance mo. It was the right song. You have the right vocal quality for that kind of song. I’m doing that, and that’s the truth, that’s no “charot” (joke). 


7)  Alessandra Galvez

While Alessandra’s unique take on “Oops I Did It Again” stood out, coach Bamboo said that her voice needed “cleaning.” But coach Sharon, whose sense of humor often adds fun and sparkle to the coaches’ verbal back-and-forth, declared that she would help Alessandra reach her full potential.

Coach Sharon: If you pick me to be your coach, I will polish you, vacuum you, dust you, sweep you. I will clean everything… But seriously, I hope you choose me.

8)  Heather Hawkins

English-born and Singapore-raised Heather’s subtle and heartfelt take of “Make You Feel My Love” swayed all the coaches. But she chose to join the team of coach Sharon, who asserted her seniority and used her experience as her main selling point.

Coach Sharon: You are in the Philippines. We have someone from Broadway. We have the pop princess. We have the rock icon. I am the most senior here. You grew up in Singapore, I grew up in this business. I can teach you everything I know. Come on, baby, you know you want me!

Watch out for more talented young artists in the last blind audition episdoe of “The Voice Teens” this Saturday (June 3) and first Battle Round competition this Sunday (June 4). 

Twin Brothers Gru and Dru are Exact Opposites in "Despicable Me 3"

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have revealed the teaser poster of Despicable Me 3 featuring the twin brothers Gru and Dru who cannot be more different from each other.

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters - Margo, Edith and Agnes - and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.  

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.  

Opens in Philippine cinemas on June 14, 2017, Despicable Me 3 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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.




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