June 16, 2017

Father and Son Piolo and Inigo, Janno and Alyssa and Gary V. and Gab Lead "ASAP" Father's Day Celeberation this Sunday

Celebrity dads Piolo Pascual, Janno Gibbs, and Gary Valenciano celebrate Father’s Day with their respective children Inigo, Alyssa, and Gab this Sunday (June 18) in “ASAP.”


Also joining in the fun is the cast of the most awaited epic action-romance series “La Luna Sangre” led by Richard Gutierrez, Kathryn Bernardo, and Daniel Padilla.

Experience a world class performance from Klarisse de Guzman, Frenchie Dy, Radha, and Angeline Quinto while a musical treat awaits viewers from teen idol Maymay Entrata.

“ASAPinoy” pays tribute to the music of Parokya ni Edgar with tribute master Gary Valenciano plus the country’s best singers.

Meanwhile, “ASAP” LSS features inspiring stories of Pinoy fathers with Jolina Magdangal.

Prepare for a concert-like performance from Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano, and Sarah Geronimo plus watch out for “ASAP” BFF5, the R & B royalties of “ASAP” Soul Sessions, and this generation’s hottest Kapamilya love teens.

Don’t miss “ASAP” this Sunday (June 18), 12 nn, on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

Catch up via iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. Don’t forget to share your thoughts this Sunday using the official hashtag #ASAPDadsDay.

46 year-old Pokwang is Pregnant with 41 year-old Boyfriend Lee O'Brien

46 year-old Kapamilya comedienne Pokwang is pregnant with her American boyfriend - 41 year-old Lee O'Brien.

This is her second pregnancy with O'Brien, whom she's been dating since January 2015. Her first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage the same year.

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June 15, 2017

Senator Cynthia Villar Seeks Ban on Unli-Rice Promos of Fastfood and Restaurants, Netizens React

Senator Cynthia Villar on Wednesday proposed banning of unli-rice promo of fastfood and restaurants, suggesting instead the consumption of vegetables.

Aside from the supposed health benefits of eating less rice, Senator Cynthia Villar said the move would help the government achieve its rice self-sufficiency target.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol earlier said the government sought to meet the rice self-sufficiency goal by 2020.

I think we should learn how to eat vegetables because it’s healthier. Kasi sasabihin mas mura ang rice sa vegetables eh ang mahal naman magpagamot ng diabetes,” said Villar, the chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, during a hearing on rice production and consumption.

Ipagbawal na yang unlimited rice, masama yan. Pagbawal na natin yang unlimited rice kasi nagkakasakit tayo gawa ng unlimited rice na yan; we should learn how to eat vegetables,” she added.

Villar also told the officials to encourage the consumption of brown rice, instead of well-milled rice.

Based from my readings, kaya daw tayo nagkakaloko sa rice kasi puro rice ang kinakain natin,” Villar said.

We should not encourage well-milled rice. Kung pwedeng brown rice, brown rice na lang. Kasi pag kinain mo, mabigat sa tiyan, konti lang nakakain mo,” she added.

Immediately after, hashtags Cynthia Villar, Unli Rice, and Mang Inasal (a restaurant known to offering unli rice promo) become a top-trending topic on social media. Netizens also expressed their disgust through funny memes. Some of them:

June 14, 2017

Watch "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" Special Screening at UP Cine Adarna on June 14 for Only P150

Kung natakot, nagulat, di ka nakatulog after watching the much talked about MMFF 2016 thriller movie "Seklusyon," and you still want more. One that's more thrilling. A movie of the same kind that will not just make you scream. A movie that is so effective that it makes you wonder if it is true, if it is really happening in real life. That you will end up hoping not to be in the same situation.

Then, this movie is for you.

From the makers of highly acclaimed films On The Job, Honor Thy Father and Seklusyon comes another movie entitled ANG PAGSANIB KAY LEAH DELA CRUZ.

The movie stars Sarah Lahbati, Shy Carlos and Julian Trono and under the direction of Katski Flores.

Be the first one to watch this movie on June 14, 730PM at the UP Cine Adarna for only PHP 150. Ticket is available at the gate.

There will also a Q&A with the cast, writer, and director after the screening.

For inquiries, please call the UP Film Institute at 926-2722.

ANG PAGSANIB KAY LEAH DELA CRUZ is showing in theaters nationwide on June 28.


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June 13, 2017

SMART Named Asia's Top Digital Service Provider at 2017 Asia Communication Awards in SG

For its efforts to boost its network and make relevant digital services accessible to Filipinos, PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications was named Digital Service Provider of the Year at the Asia Communication Awards (ACA) ceremony held recently in Singapore.

The ACA recognizes outstanding performance by Asian carriers, multimedia content providers, vendors, and other communication service providers. It is conducted annually by London-based industry publication Total Telecom.

Smart's Welcome Change campaign – which communicated the company's digital pivot and encouraged Filipinos to empower themselves through mobile innovations – won the Best Brand Campaign recognition.

Smart, represented by PLDT SG country manager James Melon, receives the first of two awards at the ACA in Singapore
Janet Watkin, head of the ACA panel of judges and CEO of a customer experience consultancy, said simply making it to the shortlist was already an achievement, given the challenges faced by the telecommunications industry.

"Doing business has become more digital, global, social, and mobile, and the marketplace is vaster and more crowded than it has ever been. Alongside changes in technology and competition are the changing expectations and behavior of customers. As such, making it onto the shortlist for the Asia Communication Awards is indeed a formidable achievement. To win requires that something extra special that is a cut above the rest," she said.

"We are honored to receive these awards from a prestigious institution that understands the rapid changes sweeping through the telco industry. This recognition further inspires us to intensify our pursuit for digital transformation and to bring the benefits of the digital life to more Filipinos," said PLDT and Smart chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan.

Smart has a multi-pronged approach in encouraging Filipinos to welcome the digital change – it continuously improves and expands its network while making available devices, relevant content, and value-packed service offers to its subscribers.

In 2016, Smart and PLDT launched a $1-billion digital transformation program to enable their fixed and mobile networks to support the rising demand for digital services. Smart has committed to progressively deploy LTE services to 95% of the country's cities and municipalities by end-2018. To do this, the company is combining low-band frequencies for better indoor penetration and wider coverage, with high-band frequencies for additional capacity. These frequencies include those obtained through the acquisition of the telco businesses of San Miguel Corp.

Smart has finished its LTE deployment in Boracay and Metro Davao, while efforts are ongoing in Metro Cebu and Metro Manila. Internal tests show Smart's LTE service consistently increasing in speeds and registering improved indoor data coverage. Third-party crowdsourced tests also show that Smart offers the fastest LTE service in the Philippines.

Because not many Filipinos can afford LTE handsets, Smart has partnered with various device manufacturers to introduce affordable LTE devices with network-compatible frequencies.

To communicate its digital transformation, Smart in mid-2016 unveiled a new logo resembling the Greek letter Delta which means change. Smart also launched the Welcome Change campaign to encourage more Filipinos to discover what the digital life has to offer.

To expand its library of relevant content, the company has partnered with the likes of iflix, Cignal, ABS-CBN's iWantTV, and Fox.

On top of these efforts, Smart continues to introduce affordable and value-packed products such as GigaSurf50 which offers 1 GB of data plus 300 MB for YouTube and other apps, as well as unlimited SMS to all networks. All this is valid for three days for only P50.

Smart has won several awards at the ACA, including Operator of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

Last year, Smart TechnoCart – a mobile digital laboratory donated to public schools to help develop literacy among kindergarten students – won the Social Contribution Award. This is part of Smart's efforts to bring digital technology to underserved communities to aid their development.

Smart's donation of digital tools and content, even in remote areas without electricity, enable more Filipinos to be part of the global knowledge economy. Depending on the terrain, the learning packages come in the form of the TechnoCart or a backpack called School-in-a-Bag. These contain devices such as tablets, laptops, projectors, pocket Wi-Fis, and solar chargers.

More importantly, the devices are preloaded with learning tools such as the Batibot mobile application co-developed by Smart. This is the first educational app for kids in the Filipino language that is aligned with the kindergarten curriculum of the Department of Education.

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ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya's "The Dirty Watercolor Exhibit" Wins Two Tambuli Awards

"The Dirty Watercolor" project, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation's painting exhibit which drew international media attention for using Manila's dirty water samples as medium, won a Silver and Bronze award at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Tambuli Awards.

The exhibit, held in Rockwell last May 2016 and curated by Cid Reyes, was recognized under the Care for the Environment (Bronze awardee) and Public Relations (Silver awardee) categories as it sought to help rehabilitate Manila's polluted estuaries and rivers through art.

Its three-day run managed to raise over P1.3 million for the Foundation.

To successfully achieve the concept from its agency TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya brought together the country's top local artists who used water samples from Tullahan River, Cainta Creek, Marikina River, Taguig Estuary, and Binondo Canal to make paintings that depicted everyday life along Metro Manila's riverbanks.

Some of the paintings featured in the Dirty Watercolor art exhibit showed children swimming in polluted waters and families living under bridges near the river banks.

"Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig" was the prime beneficiary of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya's Dirty Watercolor exhibit.

The Asia-Pacific Tambuli Awards is organized by the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) to recognize excellent integrated marketing communications campaigns that pursue and promote social good.

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T'Challa Rules in First "Black Panther" Poster

Marvel Studios has unleashed the first teaser poster for Black Panther which shows T'Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) sitting upon the throne of the fictional Kingdom of Wakanda.

Check out the poster below and watch Black Panther in Philippine cinemas in February 2018.

Marvel Studios' Black Panther follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king - and Black Panther - is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

Marvel's Black Panther will be distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Marvel, namely, (FB) MarvelPhilippines, (Twitter) @marvelstudiosph and (Instagram) @marvelphilippines.

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Robots Takes Spotlight in New "Transformers: The Last Knight" Poster

Eight character posters featuring the robot cast of Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight have just been released by the studio and may be seen below.

Featured in their own one-sheets are Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Hot Rod, Hound, Barricade, Cogman and Sqweeks.

"Food Tastinga" Puts a Spotlight on Lutong Pinoy on June 17 at the WTC

Discover quick and easy Filipino dishes from actress and now cookbook writer Pokwang, and from Chef Sharwin Tee, Chef Deejay Santos, and Chef Michelle Adrillana at "Food Tastings: Lutong Pinoy" happening at the World Trade Center on Saturday (June 17).

Every quarter, Food Magazine hosts a live cookfest via "Food Tastings" led by various renowned chefs. This year's second leg is in partnership with Manila and Food Beverage Expo (MAFBEX), the biggest gathering of food enthusiasts and professionals from all over the country.

With the theme "Lutong Pinoy," the upcoming fair will bring local recipes a la probinsya style, or Filipino concoctions that are popular in various provinces.

Enjoy Pokwang's funny anecdotes while she demonstrates some of her favorite dishes at the grand cooking event. The comedienne is currently promoting her book collection of own recipes, "Patikim, Pokie" from ABS-CBN Publishing.

Chef Sharwin Tee, host of Lifestyle TV's "Curiosity Got the Chef," will be showcasing his own version of munggo guisado, a favorite vegetable staple in many Filipino households.

Chef Deejay Santos, in partnership with Tefal, will be teaching a simple creamy tapa pasta recipe as well as sharing tips on how to prepare a BBQ sisig quesadilla.

Another guest kitchen master, Chef Michelle Adrillana, will be presenting Filipino noodle recipes that are easy to prepare courtesy of Sapporo.

Aside from learning new recipes and cooking tips, the food fest participants will get to try the best-tasting fares freshly prepared by the guest cooks.

Food Magazine is the country's largest selling culinary magazine published by ABS-CBN Publishing. It features the latest trends in food, kitchen-tested recipes, shopping tips, cooking techniques from experts and tips for foodies looking for their next gastronomic adventure.

Join "Food Tastings" at the World Trade Center on Saturday, 3PM. Interested parties may pre-register online via foodmagazine.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow Food Magazine on Facebook (facebook.com/foodmag) and Instagram (@foodmagazine).

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June 11, 2017

Get to Know the Main Cast and Characters of "La Luna Sangre"

Star Creatives introduces the main characters of "La Luna Sangre,' the upcoming fantaserye about warring vampires and werewolves. 

Daniel Padilla as Tristan "Ang Jeepney Driver"

Starting with Tristan stealing hearts with his infectious cheeriness and charm, the short clip takes a rather serious tone as it is revealed that he lost his father to a vampire attack. The new footage also provides a glimpse of Padilla showcasing his newfound action moves. 

Kathryn Bernardo as Malia "Ang Bagong Itinakda"

This new teaser shows Malia struggling to live up to her "chosen one" title, growing frustrated that her powers have yet to manifest. 

John Lloyd Cruz as Mateo "Ang Pinakamakapangyarihang Bampira"

It is hinted in the following clip that Mateo, once dubbed the strongest vampire of all, lost his powers somehow. 

Richard Gutierrez as Sandrino "Ang Hari ng Bampira"

Sandrino is described as the crazed king of vampires hellbent on killing Malia to avenge the death of his father Magus, the vampire who led his race's war against humans and werewolves in 2010's "Imortal."

Angel Locsin as Lia "Ang Itinakdang Lobo"

Like in Mateo's clip, Lia could be seen hiding the fact that they have indeed lost their powers. 

"Batman" Actor Adam West Dies of Leukemia

Adam West, the actor whose seven-decade career was defined by his role in the 1960s television series "Batman," has died. 

He was 88 years old.

The actor died Friday night, June 9, after a "short but brave battle with leukemia," his family said in a statement posted to West's Facebook page.

West catapulted to fame after portraying the superhero Batman and his alter ego Bruce Wayne on the popular campy television series that premiered in 1966.

But the high-profile role ultimately restricted West from playing different characters later on.

Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Wash., in 1928, the actor later adopted a stage name and moved to Hollywood in 1959.

West is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

OPM Singer Eugene Villaluz Dies of Prostate Cancer

Eugene Villaluz, who earned fame as part of the popular 1970s band the New Minstrels, died of cancer on Saturday, June 10.

He was 70 years old.

The music veteran passed away at about 4:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Global City after a short battle with prostate cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer in April.

Villaluz's years as a tenor for the New Minstrels, one of the country's biggest musical groups, made him a household name. He is widely credited for popularizing "Gulong ng Palad" and for his hit "Nothing I Want More" with Louie Reyes.

His last major show was in February, when he performed with the Company and Joey Albert at the Kia Theater in Cubao.

June 10, 2017

LizQuen Goes on a San Francisco, USA Adventures on Lifestyle TV

Join Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil on their San Francisco journey, "Metro Loves LizQuen," airing on Lifestyle TV (SkyCable ch. 52) this Saturday (June 10).

This television special featuring Metro Magazine's June cover shoot will show the loveteam's tour around some of the Golden City's amazing sights - the Golden Gate Bridge, the Embarcadero, and the Palace of Fine Arts. Witness how the two enjoy these must-see spots while enjoying each other's company in the city by the bay.

Catch their adventure on Saturday at 8PM with replay schedules on June 14 at 9PM and June 16 at 6:30PM.

Lifestyle is available on SkyCable channel 52, Destiny Cable ch. 52 and Sky Direct ch. 31. For updates, follow Lifestyle on Facebook (facebook.com/lifestyletvph), Instagram and Twitter (@lifestyletvph).

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June 9, 2017

Spider-Man Arrives in the Philippines to Meet and Greet Fans on June 10-11

Your friendly neighborhood hero Spider-Man is coming to Manila – live in person!

Columbia Pictures has just announced today that the official Spider-Man character will be in town this Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, to make live public appearances and engage with fans.

It will be a weekend of pure Spider-Man mania as fans will have rare opportunity to take photos and have selfies with their web-slinging hero.

First, Spider-Man will drop by the ABS-CBN studios in Quezon City on June 10 for a live TV guesting in the hit noontime program, It's Showtime.

Right after, Spider-Man will be at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall in the afternoon for a Meet and Greet with fans.

Then on Sunday afternoon, June 11, Spider-Man will swing to Gateway Mall in Araneta Center for another Meet and Greet session.

The Spider-Man character visit is in conjunction with the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming which opens in Philippine cinemas on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Directed by Jon Watts and produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, the screenplay is by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. Screen story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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June 8, 2017

McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson Double the Fun as MYX Celebrity VJs this June

Expect delight in twofold on the number one music channel in the country as the McLisse tandem, composed of McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson, takes on the role of MYX Celebrity VJs for June.

McLisse welcomes this month's challenge to host various MYX shows, barely a week after releasing their first joint single "If We Fall In Love."

Meanwhile, Pinoy heavy metal band Slapshock pumps up the channel with their metalcore style as the "MYX Headliner," while soul & funk band Banna Harbera will relax viewers with their subtle, laid-back sound in "MYX Spotlight."

MYX also gets into a pop frenzy in "MYX Presents!" The weekly show features British girl group Little Mix in "The Get Weird Tour" on June 8, pop icon Britney Spears in "The Femme Fatale Tour Parts 1 & 2" on June 15 & 22, and VJ Sunny's adventure in the land of K-Pop "Sunny in Seoul" on June 29.

Catch kilig pair McLisse on "Pop MYX" until June 10, "Pinoy MYX" on June 11 to 17, "Mellow MYX" on June 18 to 24, and "My MYX" on June 25 to 30. Watch MYX on Skycable channel 23. For more information on MYX programming and the "2nd MYX Moves Street Dance Competition," log on to www.myxph.com, follow MYX on Instagram (@myxph) and Twitter (@MYXPhilippines). The call for entries for "MYX Moves" is extended until June 16.

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Gretchen Ho Shares Her "Hugot Lines" in Matanglawin Thailand Adventure

TV personality and former Ateneo Lady Eagle volleyball star Gretchen Ho returns to Thailand, this time with more "hugot lines," as she explores the city of Chiang Mai for this Sunday's (June 11) "Matanglawin" episode at 10am on ABS-CBN.

Join Gretchen as she participates in the Loy Krathong Festival where people wish on baskets and let them float on the river to wish for happiness and contentment in love.

The "Umagang Kay Ganda" host will also experience the wonders of the Wat Phra That temple and its winding staircases and will visit a clinic that's especially for elephants.

Get to know more about these humble giants and enjoy the breathtaking views and adventures in Thailand with Gretchen Ho this Sunday (June 11), 10am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. You can also watch online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph.

For updates on the program, follow @MatanglawinTV on Facebook and Twitter.

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Adam Sandler Steps into Other People's Shoes in "The Cobbler" on Tag TV Ch. 77 on SkyCable

Adam Sandler saves the neighborhood one sole at a time in the comedy-fantasy film "The Cobbler," the latest "Movie Blowout" of the cable channel delivering foreign films dubbed in Filipino, Tag TV (SkyCable ch. 77), this Saturday (June 10).

Adam portrays the role of Max Simkin, who runs a shoe repair shop in New York that has been operated by his family for generations. One day, he is forced to make use of an old machine to do repairs. To his surprise, he undergoes an unbelievable transformation that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way.

The film's cast includes Method Man, Dan Stevens, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, and Melonie Diaz. It is directed and written by Tom McCarthy, and co-written by Paul Sado.

Tag TV brings Filipino-dubbed foreign films showcasing a collection of rom-coms, dramas, action-packed movies, thrillers, comedies, and the freshest Hollywood and Asian titles. It features "Movie Blowout" every Saturday night, offering exciting flicks for the whole family.

Catch the eye-opener "The Cobbler" on Tag TV this Saturday at 8PM. The film also airs on June 10 at 10PM, June 14 at 6PM, and June 21 at 10AM. Tag TV is available on Skycable Channel 77. For more information, like Tag TV on Facebook and follow its official Twitter and Instagram accounts (@TagTVph).

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June 7, 2017

UN Women's Forum Features Coca-Cola Philippines 5by20 Partnership with DOLE

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) recently concluded its 61st session at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

A local delegation to the UNCSW session was led by officials of the Philippine Commission on Women; the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); and Coca-Cola Philippines.

During the two-week forum, a parallel event session entitled "Here4Her: Making Reintegration Work for Filipino Women Migrant Workers" featured the partnership of Coca-Cola Philippines and DOLE under the Women Entrepreneurs Reintegrated and Economically Active at Home (WOMEN REACH) program.

Through the panel discussion, Coca-Cola and DOLE were able to share the journey and accomplishments of the WOMEN REACH program during its first year of implementation.

Among the panelists were DOLE National Reintegration Commission for OFWs Executive Director Chona Mantilla; Coca-Cola Philippines Sustainability and 5by20 Lead Gilda Custodio-Maquilan; DOLE Assistant Secretary Gloria Jumamil-Mercado; and moderated by Cabinet Undersecretary Gloria Tango of the Office of the President of the Philippines.

"The WOMEN REACH program partnership was conceptualized to help facilitate women economic empowerment and the effective reintegration of returning women overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by providing them access to livelihood programs, building their entrepreneurship know-how and connecting them to resources that will help them establish their own small enterprises," shared Gilda Custodio-Maquilan, Coca-Cola Philippines Sustainability and 5by20 Lead.

The WOMEN REACH program is a collaboration of the 5by20 Sari-sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) Program initiatives of Coca-Cola Philippines and the Assist WELL (Welfare, Employment, Legal and Livelihood) centers of DOLE. Central to the program intervention is to help improve the plight of returning women OFWs and mitigation measures to help address the impact of the feminization of migration to women OFWs and their families.

The STAR Program is part of the 5by20 global initiative of The Coca-Cola Company to help economically empower five million women by 2020. Present in over 80 countries, the Philippines is a lead market in the said global initiative. DOLE’s Assist WELL center, on the other hand, is an integrated resources accessing mechanism established to address the challenges faced by returning women OFWs in the areas of welfare, employment, legal, and livelihood needs. The expertise and resources of these two programs posits a promising intervention that will help women OFW stakeholders under the WOMEN REACH Program.

The UNCSW panel discussion served as a platform for the sharing and exchanging of ideas and experiences both from the panel speakers as well as the audience in the constantly evolving world of work for women overseas workers

TJ Monterde Releases Third Album Called "Kahit Kunwari"; To Stage "Ikaw at Ako Concert" at the Music Museum

Five years since his emergence in the music industry, acoustic artist TJ Monterde releases his third album called "Kahit Kunwari" under PolyEast Records. 

After the success of his signature hit single, "Ikaw at Ako" TJ has consistently proven himself to his large online fan base. This year, he is back with another widely- anticipated all-original album which he is set to launch and perform in his first ever and much-awaited "Ikaw at Ako Concert" at the Music Museum on June 17. 

"Mahika" which means magic in Filipino, is the first single in the album. Describing the song, TJ mentions that it's inspired by his soul singer girlfriend, KZ Tandigan, "This is my KZ song for the album and wrote this specially for her. Kasi sometimes we forget to slow things down but when I'm with her, bumabagal lahat - because when you're in love, it's magic."

Apart from the first single, TJ also wrote "1,2,3", an upbeat yet heartbreaking track. While "Kahit Kunwari" which the album was named after, is an acoustic ballad TJ wrote inspired by a friend's real life story and his unwavering belief in love. 

Unlike TJ's self-titled second album released in 2016, the new album consists of a lushly arranged English love song called "Memories". Meanwhile, award-winning composer Archimedes Daiorocas famously known as Archie D' wrote "Nitong Pusong Ito", especially for TJ after listening to his cover of Archie D's "Mahal na Mahal Kita" from his debut album in 2013. 

On his solo concert, TJ mentions that he is thrilled to be performing side by side with a full band and working closely with musical director Jem Florendo. "What you hear on gigs, what you hear on the CDs or online, it's going to be different. What you're going to hear on the concert-everything is going to be different." he shares. 

TJ revealed that he saw his 2013's "Ikaw at Ako" debut single fit for the title of his concert since this concert is meant for his fans -"Ikaw" referring to his fans and "Ako" referring to TJ himself. 

The 27 year old musician has revealed that he chose all of the songs for the concert. While he will perform a few covers, he shares that 90% of the songs are his originals, "May Filipino, may 90s, may current hits, they're my personal favorites - songs I grew up listening to. It's going to be a peek at my playlist." 

When asked about what he felt about having his concert so early in his career, TJ has this to say, "I feel so blessed. Not everybody's given the chance to be able ti express themselves through music. I never imagined na magkakaconcert ako this soon. Sobrang overwhelming."

Polyeast Records artist and young popstar Sassa Dagdag is revealed to have an appearance in this concert. 

"Ikaw at Ako Concert" is presented by Polyeast Records and Yamaha Motor Philippines; in cooperation with UnisilverTime, AttiGoPh, Royqueen, Steeltech, and JCA. Special thanks to Dr. Montesa by Shimmian and Rice Top Asian Comfort Food. 

June 6, 2017

Mukha Special Anniversary Episode "Nightshift" Airs on ABS-CBN's Sunday's Best

Award-winning documentary series “Mukha” celebrates its third anniversary with a special called “Nightshift,” a look into the lives of Filipinos who toil in the night to provide food, respond to emergencies, inform the people, protect the land, build structures, and keep the economy moving while the rest of the nation sleeps.

The whole country gets to watch their inspiring and moving stories and see the important roles they play in our society this Sunday (June 11) on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best, after “Gandang Gabi Vice.”

Providing food for the people are fishermen like Emboy Samartino of Cavite, who’s out in the waters all night to catch fish, which are then delivered to awaiting buyers by port workers like Joseph Estrada. Keeping the population safe and healthy are the likes of Kenneth Lacuna, an emergency medical technician (EMT) team leader who responds to critical and emergency situations to save lives, and Dr. Kesiah Bugante of Fabella Hospital, who works round the clock to attend to at least 15 patients giving birth each day.

Capture the routines of informers like photojournalist Vincent Go, who will share the challenges of working the graveyard to provide a slice of truth each day, and of national broadsheet roll man Rolly Damasco, who meticulously checks the papers before they are printed and distributed to different parts of the country.

“Mukha” will also share the experiences of protectors like Manila Metropolitan Theatre security guard Danilo Rubio, who tries to keep accidents and disturbances at bay around the historical institution and coast guard Angel Biliran, whose mission as commander of BRP Pampanga is to maintain peace in Philippine waters amidst the aggravating territorial disputes between Philippines and other countries.

It will also delve into the lives of night shift builders like steel man Louie Cabtalan, who is crucial in fortifying the foundation of buildings but is struggling to provide a shelter for his family. LRT Line 2 driver Carlos Valdez, meanwhile, goes to work as early as 2 a.m. to conduct rigorous safety tests on the trains to make sure they are safe to ride by daybreak.

Business process outsourcing (BPO) team leader Ralph Rumbines will also give an inside look into the life of a call center worker, how they deal with targets, health concerns, and discrimination as they strive to respond to queries anytime of the day. Likewise, airport ramp personnel Waynajoy Festijo has the lives of people in mind as she ensures evening flights run smoothly, checking on the weight and balance of an aircraft, as well as the refueling and other technicalities of a plane.

The stories in “Nightshift” were first shown in six parts on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel. “Mukha” made history last year after winning a Silver Dolphin at the 7th Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards in France. It also was a finalist at the 2017 New York Festivals Awards for International TV programs and Films for its entry “Serbisyo” in the Current Affairs category.

Catch Mukha’s “Nightshift” anniversary special narrated by Tony Velasquez on “Sunday's Best,” June 11, after “Gandang Gabi Vice” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. It can also be viewed online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph

Lav Diaz and Charo Santos-Concio's Internationally Acclaimed Film 'Ang Babaeng Humayo' Debuts on Cinema One

After continuing to receive glowing reviews from international critics, “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (“The Woman Who Left”), multi-awarded director Lav Diaz’s 2016 groundbreaking masterpiece and Charo Santos’ comeback film, makes its much-awaited debut on Cinema One’s “Blockbuster Sundays” this Sunday (June 11) at 8PM.

Produced by Cinema One Originals and Sine Olivia Pilipinas, “Ang Babaeng Humayo” is the first Filipino film to win the Golden Lion, the top prize at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, the oldest film fest in the world. It tells the story of Horacia (Charo), a woman seeking revenge after being imprisoned for decades for a crime she did not commit.

The film’s cast also includes John Lloyd Cruz, Michael de Mesa, Nonie Buencamino, Shamaine Buencamino, Jean Judith Javier, Kakai Bautista, Mae Paner and Lao Rodriguez.

After its debut in 2016, the film and its lead star have been praised by critics from all over the world and even gained nominations at this year’s Asian Film Awards.

Scout Tafoya of RogerEbert.com, the world’s preeminent destination for movie criticism, praised Diaz’s control in a movie tackling a variety of issues such as prison life, regional crime, transgender identity, corruption, family, religion, poverty, and murder.

“[When] A film this busy can find such focus in its closing moments says that whatever Diaz's methods of inspiration and creation, he knows exactly what he's doing,” wrote Tafoya.

Kenji Fujishima of New York-based PasteMagazine.com praised Lav’s work, indicating, “the characters here are so vividly drawn and performed, and the contemplative mood so remarkably sustained. Don’t be daunted by its length: at its best, Diaz’s film has the richness of a great, wide-ranging, deeply immersive novel.”    

Film critic Anthony Oliver Scott also attested to this in his critique in The New York Times: “’The Woman Who Left’ is carefully composed and hauntingly beautiful to behold. It is long and slow-moving, but at nearly four hours it feels less like a test of your endurance than an appeal to your appetite for character, incident, and emotion.” He ended his review with “the film makes uncompromising demands on your attention and your empathy. But it is also illuminating and, in its downbeat, deliberate way, exhilarating.

Charo, ABS-CBN’s chief content officer, who returned to acting in the triumphant epic, was also praised for her powerful performance.

Joshua Brunsting of Criterion Cast enthused, “Santos is absolutely brilliant here, taking the film’s great narrative weight upon her shoulders and crafting a human and humane performance.” Moreover, The New York Times review also said that Horacia is “played with exquisite understatement” by Santos.

Charo was recently hailed as Best Actress in the recent Gawad Tanglaw and Gawad Pasado awards for her performance in “Ang Babaeng Humayo.” The Dublin Film Critics Circle Award, on the other hand, recognized Lav as Best Director in the 2017 Dublin International Film Festival for his masterpiece.

Catch “Ang Babaeng Humayo” on Cinema One this Sunday (June 11) at 8pm. Cinema One is available on Skycable Channel 56, Destiny Cable Analog 37, and Digital 57. Like Cinema One on Facebook at 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. Like Cinema One on Facebook at facebook.com/Cinema1channel to view full schedule.

Golden State Warriors, Two Wins Away from NBA Title, Catch the Live Action at ABS-CBN and S+A on Free TV and SkyCable

Filipino basketball fans are enjoying a massive treat from ABS-CBN, the country’s leading media and entertainment company, which has been bringing the NBA Finals series LIVE on free TV and on SKYcable since Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers last June 2.

The Warriors cruised to a Game 1 victory with a 113-91 thrashing of the Cavs, behind Kevin Durant’s 38 points and 2016 MVP Stephen Curry’s six three-pointers while Lebron James’ double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds could not make up for his team’s 20 turnovers.

The second game was quite the same story yesterday (Manila Time) as the Warriors were able to crush the Cavaliers after the halftime break, 132-113, with Durant turning in 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and five blocks while Curry had a triple double. James also tallied his 8th palyoff triple double in a losing effort.

Golden State is now two games away from hoisting their second NBA championship trophy in three years, and an unprecedented perfect postseason record.

Filipino NBA fans caught the action with Filipino commentary on ABS-CBN ch.2 on free TV and on ABS-CBN HD on SKYcable ch. 167, courtesy of ABS-CBN Sports’ Boom Gonzalez and TJ Manotoc, who are covering the Finals in the US.

Meanwhile, NBA fans who prefer to watch the game with the original english commentary tuned to the game on S+A ch. 23 on free TV and on S+A SKYcable ch. 17 and S+A HD SKYcable ch. 166.

Viewers will continue to experience the best of both worlds as ABS-CBN’s NBA Finals coverage go on with Game 3 scheduled on Thursday (June 8) at 9am on ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN HD, S+A, and S+A HD.

Those outside Metro Manila can also enjoy the games live and in the language of their choice. For Sky subscribers in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio, General Santos, and Dumaguete, NBA Finals will be LIVE in Filipino on ABS-CBN ch. 2 and ABS-CBN HD ch. 700, and in English on S+A ch. 8 and S+A HD ch. 701. Sky Direct subscribers can catch the games on ABS-CBN HD ch. 2, S+A ch. 8, and S+A HD ch. 24.

Can James, the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader, and Kyrie Irving, the cover boy of the new NBA2K game, defend their home turf as the series swings to Cleveland for Game 3 on Thursday (June 8) at 9am? Game 4 will be on June 10 at 8:30am. If necessary, Game 5 will be on June 13 at 9am, Game 6 on June 16 at 9am, and Game 7 on June 19 at 8am. Replays are available on S+A, ABS-CBN’s free TV sports channel, on the same day at 8pm.

For more information and stories on the NBA, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com  and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter.

June 5, 2017

'Wonder Woman' Overpowers Competition, Soars at PH Box Office with P233-M in 4 Days

One of the best-reviewed and most-anticipated Super Hero movies of all time, director Patty Jenkins’s epic action adventure “Wonder Woman” soared to the top of the Philippine box office on its opening weekend, earning a record-shattering P233-M, and still climbing.

The Warner Bros. Pictures release, which stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman and Chris Pine as her ally Steve Trevor, marks the global icon’s first-ever solo feature film and the first female-led big screen adventure of the modern superhero era. The announcement was made today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

The massive weekend figures have given “Wonder Woman” the country's biggest female superhero movie opening of all time, and the biggest opening for a foreign movie directed by a woman (outgrossing “Fifty Shades of Grey” at P94.5-M).

Other notable records achieved were the second biggest opening weekend for the year (surpassing “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” at P159-M); fourth biggest June opening weekend all-time (ahead of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” at P210-M) and second biggest opening weekend ever for a Warner Bros. (overtaking “Batman v Superman: Dawn Justice at P162-M for a two-day weekend).

“Wonder Woman” arrived in PH cinemas on a wave of universally enthusiastic reviews and unprecedented want-to-see scores. Soliven said, “Patty Jenkins and her talented cast and crew have delivered the Wonder Woman adventure that new and longtime fans have been waiting for, and we’re glad to see the film connect in such a big way with moviegoers across the Philippines.”

Globally, “Wonder Woman” is the weekend’s greatest box office draw, taking in $223 million worldwide, and counting.

The impressive global total makes “Wonder Woman” the largest female-lead superhero movie opening of all time, the biggest opening in June for a superhero movie, and the biggest opening in June for a Warner Bros. film. With a Certified Fresh rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is also one of the best-reviewed superhero films ever, and its CinemaScore of A shows audiences agree.

In the US, the film has grossed $100.5 million and has the highest opening weekend box office of all time for a female director.

Back in the Philippines, the ten topgrossing cinemas are SM Megamall (P9.52-M), SM Mall of Asia (P9.39-M), SM North EDSA (P9.36-M), Trinoma (P7.43-M), Glorietta 4 (P5.49-M), SM Cebu (P4.65-M), Theatremall (P4.20-M), Power Plant (P4.12-M), Greenbelt III (P3.96-M) and Uptown Taguig (P3.75-M).

In the top twenty rankings are Gateway (P3.61-M), Shang Cineplex (P3.45-M), Eastwood (P3.42-M), Alabang Town Center (P3.36-M), Ayala Cebu (P3.30-M), SM Southmall (P3.29-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P3.21-M), SM Seaside Cebu (P3.16-M), SM Aura (P3.15-M) and Fisher Mall (P2.91-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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