July 7, 2017

Spanky Manikan Leaves "My Love From The Star" Due to Bad Health Condition

From the stellar visual effects to the out-of-this-world kilig brought by its vibrant characters, GMA Network’s local adaptation of My Love From The Star has undeniably become a nightly favorite of Kapuso viewers. Unfortunately, one of its beloved actors,Spanky Manikan who plays the role of Mr. Jang, cannot continue his character in the show as he is sick and needs to rest.

During the show’s early stages, the veteran actor expressed his excitement to be part of the hit Korean series and has declined other projects to focus on My Love From The Star. Gil Cuerva, who plays the role of his dear friend Matteo Domingo, is sad that he has to leave but wishes him well. “I think working with Tito Spanky is one of the best things that can happen to a new actor such as myself. He’s a man with so much wisdom and being the newbie that I am, I was always looking for someone I could ask questions from, get advice from and he was the perfect person to give me a lot of advice, a lot of tips. Ultimately, he is really a great actor to have scenes with and even though the time we spent together wasn’t that much, he somehow has been a mentor to me when it comes to acting. Sir Spanky, get well soon, we miss you. And I hope that our paths will collide again in the future,” he says.

Meanwhile, other members of the show also voiced their sentiments that they will miss having him in the show but understands that it is in his best interest to take a break. Glydel Mercado, who plays Lynelle Chavez, sings nothing but praises for the actor. “Si Tito Spanky, as a co-actor, siyempre alam nating lahat na napakagaling niyang aktor talaga. Ang galing niyang ka-eksena, madali siyang katrabaho kasi alam niya lahat ng gagawin niya once na dumating siya sa set. Tito Spanky, hope you get well soon and we’re praying for you and may God bless you always.

My Love From The Star’s main antagonist Gabby Eigenmann, who portrays Jackson Libredo, also had a message. “Tito Spanky, get well soon and I pray that you get better any time soon. Of course umaasa ako na makatrabaho parin kita and it’s always a joy to be working with you. Mahal ka namin,” he says.

Moving forward, the series’ heads have casted Mr. Crispin Pineda to take over the role and are confident that he will competently portray the endearing and lovable character of Mr. Jang.

Paolo Bediones Admits Suffering from This Disease More Than Half of His Life

Paolo Bediones admitted via a lengthy Facebook post on July 5 that he is suffering from psoriasis "for more than half my life."

The 43 year-old news program host wrote:

Look at me. Look closely. What if I told you that I have been keeping a secret for more than half my life? A secret that I used to be ashamed of until I found comfort in knowing that there are others who kept the same thing hidden. Some weren’t good at concealing it, while some, no matter what they do, could not hide it.

Look at the picture again. You want to know my secret?

I HAVE PSORIASIS. Don’t worry it’s a non communicable skin disorder. It is NOT CONTAGIOUS. It’s a painful, chronic disease characterized by incessant itching and scratching. Occasional bleeding and scabbing. Reddening of the skin and flaking. It's not pretty for sure, but I have been hiding it well.

More than 2 million of my KABALAT in the country suffer the daily plight of flare ups that are mild to severe, that happen during bouts of stress and heat, and sometimes it’s caused by the food we eat. Some have even perished from the ordeal.

Everyday we have to mentally prepare ourselves before we go out into the world. Each one of us insecure, knowing someone will notice the discolored patch of skin or the white flakes. Knowing someone would like to ask about it, but feel uncomfortable doing so. Ask us about it and we will gladly share with you.

If you, a family member, or a friend share these symptoms, look up Psor Phil and please see a specialist and learn about the various forms of treatment that exists.

If you know anyone with psoriasis, hug them.
If you see me on the street, hug me

Other celebrities who have opened up about suffering from psoriasis include reality TV star Kim Kardashian and singer Britney Spears.

"The Better Half: Rewind," "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho," Jerry Yan and John Lloyd Cruz Make Their Way to Jeepney TV this July

One of ABS-CBN’s presently leading afternoon drama series, “The Better Half,” and popular Koreanovela “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” complete Jeepney TV’s line up of exciting programs this month as they make their mark on cable TV starting this Saturday (July 8).

Revel in love and mystery with the rewind of the drama and psychological thriller “The Better Half.” Find out why viewers have been hooked with the intense and growing revelations in the lives of Camille (Shaina Magdayao), her lost husband Marco (Carlo Aquino), her new love Rafael (JC De Vera), and the woman who pretends to be her husband’s wife, Bianca (Denise Laurel).

Relive the 100 days spent by Dae Woong with Mi Ho in fantasy romcom “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho.” The series is about an aspiring actor who unintentionally releases a gumiho, a legendary nine-tailed fox in the appearance of a mysterious girl, from her centuries-old prison. He injures himself badly from running away, but she saves his life and asks to stay by his side.

Don’t miss the funny love story between an ordinary guy and a mythical creature in “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” at 8:20PM to 10PM, back-to-back with the lives tangled and ruined by love in “The Better Half: Rewind” at 10PM to 11:10PM every Saturday and Sunday starting July 8.

Meanwhile, two romantic family dramas join Jeepney TV’s roster of entertainment shows beginning July 31 - Chinovela “Unforgettable Love” starring Taiwanese star and former F4 member Jerry Yan at 9:10-10PM, Mondays thru Thursdays; and the 2015 ABS-CBN series “You’re My Home,” starring Dawn Zulueta, Richard Gomez, JC De Vera and Jessy Mendiola, at 2:45 to 4:15PM, Mondays thru Wednesdays.

Also, John Lloyd Cruz makes an appearance on Jeepney TV as “Icon of the Month.” Follow his story in “BTS: John Lloyd Cruz,” a behind-the-scene documentary special on the multi-awarded actor airing on July 30, Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM.

Jeepney TV is the only local variety cable channel that offers the most extensive and well-preserved archived programs that bridge generations of Filipino viewers by bringing back good memories and celebrating the best of Pinoy pop culture. It is available on SkyCable channel 9, Destiny Cable Analog 41 and Digital 9For updates, like the Jeepney TV page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JeepneyTV) or visit www.jeepneytv.ph.

Matteo Guidicelli, Robin Domingo and Gretchen Ho Join Thousands of Fitness Enthusiasts in Robinsons Supermarket's 10th Fit & Fun Wellness Buddy Run

Running, especially when done with a friend or loved one, is truly a fun and exciting way to achieve a fitness goal or to get back on track to a healthy and active lifestyle.

This show in the bright faces of hundreds of running pairs who took part in Robinsons Supermarket's 10th Fit & Fun Wellness Buddy Run at the Parade Grounds of Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

In line with Robinsons Supermarket's wellness campaign to continuously encourage more people to choose and live healthier lifestyles, the Fit & Fun Welness Buddy Run gave everyone an opportunity to partner with friends and family, and run together towards the finish line.

"Through the years, the Fit & Fun Buddy Run has been a much-anticipated event for a lot of people. It's our kick-off as we celebrate with the nation, Wellness and Nutrition month. It provides a fun gateway activity for fitness newbies who are just about to start their wellness journey and loyal runners," said general manager of Robinsons Supermarket, Mr. Jody Gadia.

Hosted by Volleyball superstar and TV personality Gretchen Ho and Kapamilya host Robi Domingo, the event also featured exciting booths with lots of freebies from Nestle Philippines, Johnson & Johnson, Fontera, Unilab and Wyeth Nutrition, Unilever, International Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (IPI), Procter & Gamble, Abbot Nutrition, Getz Bros, Eccosential, Del Monte, Foodsphere Inc., and Philusa.

Coaches Jim and Toni Saret prepped-up the runners with a short work-out and invited them to register on-site for the Fit Filipino 1 Million Pounds National Weight Loss Challenge, the biggest on-ground and online wellness program in the country which aims to encourage to pledge and lose weight.

The Fun Run is just one of the programs this July. Robinsons Supermarket is also giving away Healthy You snack platters for a minimum purchase of 3,000php inclusive of Php 500 worth of participating items of the Wellness Festival.

Robinsons Supermarket commitment to wellness campaign extends to providing Filipinos with delicious and healthy food options and alternatives. 

Check out their facebook page www.facebook.com/RobinsonsSupermarketOfficial or website www.robinsonssupermarket.com.ph to see what's good for you.

"Wonder Woman" Overtakes "Batman V Superman" as Biggest Warner Bros. Movie in PH Theaters

It’s official: An Amazonian princess has bested both the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight at the Philippine box office.

As of last Saturday, July 1, the P520.5-million cumulative box-office gross of Wonder Woman has overtaken the lifetime gross of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to become the biggest Warner Bros. Movie of All-Time. This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

`Wonder Woman' has shown tremendous staying power and repeat business at the local box-office, and we could not be prouder of the film,” says Soliven in making the announcement. “The story of Diana, as played by the incomparable Gal Gadot, has resonated across all demographics and continues to inspire moviegoers. We are truly grateful to the fans and critics for embracing Wonder Woman.

The film's success in the Philippines is mirrored by its exceptional performance in the U.S. where just four weeks after it bowed, the superhero origin story has outperformed all the previous entries in the D.C. Extended Universe franchise, including last year’s Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad and Man of Steel.

The Amazonian’s success story is all the more astounding when considering global movie revenues. The movie has made more than $660 million worldwide despite still awaiting release in over 12 countries. When all markets are accounted for, Wonder Woman has the potential to cross the $1 billion mark.

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

DZMM Leads in Metro Manila Radio Survey, Launches New Programs "Good Vibes" and "On The Spot"

In its bid to provide the best mix of informative programs to its audiences, DZMM recently launched two new afternoon programs, namely “Good Vibes” with Niña Corpuz and “On The Spot” newscast anchored by Vic Lima and Toni Aquino that will be simulcast on radio, digital TV, and cable TV.

“Good Vibes” is a health and wellness show that runs daily, Monday to Friday, from 1pm to 2pm, while “On The Spot” gives a rundown of news highlights and issues of the day from 4pm to 4:30pm. Both are simulcast on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 on AM radio and DZMM TeleRadyo on cable TV and ABS-CBN TVplus.

Meanwhile, DZMM also led in the latest AM radio survey released by Kantar Media for the period of March 14 to 20, 2017 in Metro Manila. ABS-CBN’s flagship AM radio station garnered an audience share of 46% in the AM band with almost half of AM radio listeners choosing to tune in to the station. A far second is DZBB with an audience share of 20%, followed by DZRH with 11%.

With “Good Vibes” and “On The Spot,” DZMM hopes to sustain its AM leadership as it continues to strive to provide Filipinos with timely and relevant information as they go about their daily work and home routines.

Set in DZMM TeleRadyo’s brand new studio, “Good Vibes” celebrates positivity by providing informative health news, practical home keeping tips, interesting features for the moms, young and the old, and medical information straight from different health experts. Dra. Luisa Puyat also joins every Thursday to share her own medical expertise and give updates on DZMM’s Teaching Learning and Caring accomplishments.

Formerly of the show “Magandang Gabi Dok,” anchor Niña relishes another opportunity to serve more people and help bring happiness to the homes of Filipinos.

’Good Vibes’ is all about public service. We want to help people make their lives easier and care for their families better, especially senior citizens. People tend to forget our elders so this program will address their needs so that they can enjoy their lives more,”  she shared.


“On The Spot,” on the other hand, aims to make people aware of what’s happening all over the country as Vic and Toni present reports from the ABS-CBN news gathering team, Radyo Patrol and Regional reporters assigned in different beats and locations in the Philippines. Delivered in a conversational manner, news reports are much easier to digest and understand for the people in the program.

Stay tuned for other news and public service efforts of DZMM, which is celebrating the 10th anniversary of DZMM TeleRadyo this year. For updates, tune in to DZMM 630KHz on AM radio or DZMM TeleRadyo on cable TV and ABS-CBN TVplus. For updates, follow @DZMMTeleRadyo on Twitter and Facebook.

Filipino Actor Jacob Batalon is Tom Holland's Bestfriend in "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

Besides being your neighorbood superhero Spider-Man, high school student Peter Peter (Tom Holland) has an ordinary life to lead – helped out by his best friend, Ned, played by Filipino-American actor Jacob Batalon, in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming (now showing in Philippine cinemas).

While many of the actors in Spider-Man: Homecoming have experience with the behind-the-scenes demands of promoting an MCU film, Batalon is making his motion picture debut. (Not a bad way to start one’s career.)

He got his first taste last year at Comic-Con, which culminated a long casting process. “The gravity of it didn’t sink in until we went to Comic-Con,” he says. “I could see how much fans love this character and go crazy for him. I’ve never felt an energy like that – and knowing that they support us really made me feel great. The first super hero film I saw was the first Spider-Man and those first films were such a big part of my childhood. It’s hard to explain what it feels like to know that you’re now part of building that story.

In the film, Ned Leeds is Peter’s best friend and confidant. But when Peter begins his journey into the solitary world of Spider-Man, it leaves Ned as more of an outlier than his best buddy. “Ned’s very sweet, genuine – well, I guess you’d say he’s nerdy,” says Batalon. “He loves technology. He’s super-duper smart. And all he wants to do is be Peter’s right hand man. It is very tough on him not knowing what Peter is keeping from him – he finds it very frustrating and thinks that Peter is just getting too cool for him, like when you think you may lose a person who’s very important to you at one point in your life. So when Ned finally finds out Peter’s secret, it’s the greatest thing in the world for him – it’s going to be so cool having Spider-Man as his best friend.”

The relationship between Peter and Ned is probably the most important relationship in the movie because Ned is the only person who Peter confides in and talks to about being Spider-Man,” says Tom Holland. “Tony Stark and Happy Hogan seem a little distant, so Ned is almost like a shrink that he can just really let it out to.”


And, Holland says, that’s similar to their off-screen dynamic. “Since day one, Jacob and I hit it off immediately. Director Jon Watts sent us off on some tasks to sort of start bonding, but we didn’t really need to do that. We were already really good friends and we just gelled, and it’s exactly what happens in the movie.”

Even though Batalon was not the most experienced actor who was up for the role, co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll says it was an easy call to cast him. “He brought an authentic, high school innocence,” he says. “He really is this young kid who’s super excited about everything. That came through in his screen test and auditions and translates perfectly to the way Ned Leeds would be excited about finding out that his best friend is Spider-Man. And he was the perfect Ned Leeds -- the entire crew loved him, he hugged every single person on his way to and from set, and he became the unofficial mascot of the production.


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

Pambansang Bae Alden Richards Charms in New, Classic Cinema-Inspired McSaver Meals Ad

Pambansang Bae Alden Richards surprised fans as he took on a different kind of leading role in his latest TV commercial with McDonald’s. Clad in boots and a cape, he channelled the iconic Filipino fantasy prinsipe of classic Pinoy films as his character travelled through mountainous terrain on a trusty horse. 

Watch McSaver Meals TVC below to learn why Alden has the potential for more comical and dashing roles in the future:

McDonald’s is no stranger to producing campaigns that lighten Filipinos’ days. Just when you think you’ve seen McDonald’s tackle a breadth of emotions, its latest TVC breaks conventions and leaves viewers laughing. The TVC is an ode to the early days of Pinoy storytelling that kept generations of Filipinos glued to their screens, as it was shot in black and white and completed with grainy effect and dramatic scoring.

Inspired by Filipino epics like Ibong Adarna, with a comedic and charismatic exchange betweenAlden’s Prinsipe and the temperamental giant, the commercial stood out and made an impression on viewers!

Just like Alden’s cunning Prinsipe, you too can rely on the delicious McDonald’s McSaverMeals to get you through! Choose from the Crispy Chicken Fillet Meal (P59), Chicken Fillet Ala King Meal (P59,) and 1-pc. Mushroom Pepper Steak (P55).

Charo Santos-Concio's Book "My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader," Now a Certified Bestseller

The memoir-leadership manual of ABS-CBN’s chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio, entitled “My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader,” has won over readers, topping the list of Powerbooks’ non-fiction bestsellers among Philippine publications for the month of May.

The master storyteller on television with the longest running drama anthology “MMK” has now made her mark as a notable storyteller in print through her book which spans her childhood up to her retirement as president and CEO of ABS-CBN.

Charo recalls her journey to the top, sharing lessons that have been vital in her journey. “I never really planned out my life the way it unfolded. I was just really open to the opportunities that came my way. One can be full of self-doubts and fears, and I had to grapple with them. It allowed me to connect the dots and gave me a chance to be kind to myself and learn from my mistakes.”

An Mercado Alcantara joined Charo as co-writer of the book, revealing that the latter was hesitant at first, but was encouraged to pursue this project to help others. “If by telling her story, it will encourage others to dream and to follow their passion, she said she’s willing to do it.”

According to Charo, “many parts of my story would resonate with everyone -- men and women who are aspiring for greater dreams for themselves.”

Each chapter has a summary at the end, highlighting the leadership lessons she gained from various parts of her life, and the values she espoused as she went through challenging trials in her career.   

The bestselling bio-manual for leadership success published by ABS-CBN Publishing is now on its third round of printing. Grab a copy of “My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader” available at selected Powerbooks, Fully Booked, and National Book Store outlets for P550.

July 6, 2017

Stay Fully Charged Anywhere, All-Year Round with PROMATE TECHNOLOGIES Complete Set of Right Power Solution

World's leading retailer of electronic devices and enhancements - PROMATE TECHNOLOGIES - gives the best, complete and reliable solution to keep your gadgets charged up and ready for any adventure.

Whether you’re at home, office, school, going out of town or out of the country or planning to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors you need to have the right power solution on hand to recharge your devices.

Who doesn't love using their gadgets? In this day and age, not having a smartphone is almost like having a handicap for a working professional. Still, no matter how expensive or high tech your gadget is, it is still powered by a battery that needs to be recharged eventually, otherwise it would be of no better use than a very pricey paperweight. That is why power banks have become almost inseparable from our gadgets,” says Dimple Condes, Country Manager of Promate Technologies. 

And while you can find a power bank just about anywhere these days, it is important to know how to choose the right one for you so as not to put your precious gadget at risk,” she added.

Here are some quick tips on how to choose the best portable power supply/power bank for your needs:
First and most important is you need to know about the battery size and the charger specifications of your gadget, you can find it printed on the box. This is because you need a power bank that should have at least the same capacity of your device battery to ensure that your battery gets fully charged at least once with the power bank. If your phone frequently runs out of battery, get the highest mAh power bank that you can afford so that you have enough battery stored for emergencies.

Promate has power banks of different capacities such as the Tag-6 with 6000 mAh; Tag-9 with 9000 mAh; Zenith-10 and Polymax-10 both with 10000 mAh; Tag-15 with 15000 mAh; and the Promate ProVolta-21 with 20800 mAH.

For those who usually bring a smartphone and tablet, a 10000 mAh powerbank is a safe choice for a power bank just like the Promate VolTag-10. The Promate Voltag 10 lithium polymer power bank is lightweight and has ultra-fast USB charging ports that lets you charge two devices at the same time. The Automatic Voltage Regulation feature provides optimum output based on the device connected. It also comes in four colors black, white, pink, and light blue to complement your style or mood.

Those looking for a higher capacity power bank should be contented with the Promate ProVolta-21. This 20800 mAh power bank can charge up to 3 devices simultaneously and has a max 3.1A output and a fire proof ABS body.

Now, if you are going for a more outdoor trip, say maybe mountain climbing or camping with small appliances, Promate has a MIGHTY solution. The Promate Mighty is indoor/outdoor Heavy-Duty Emergency Power Station with an unbeatable 60,000 mAH of power offering a one-stop solution for all your charging needs. The 200w inverter provides 230v AC mains power to run appliances such as TVs and laptops. It can fully charge laptops 3 times, or 20 full charges for smartphones.
Depending on the number of devices you carry, choose one that has several ports or cables so you could recharge more than one device at a time, saving you the trouble of having to wait for each one to finish.

The ProVolta-21 for example has several USB Ports with LED Flash so you can charge up to 3 devices simultaneously. The ProMate PolyMAX-Uni meanwhile includes replaceable Micro-USB and Type-C cables for Android gadgets as well as a Lighting Connector for your Apple device.

With its costly price tag, you have to consider your gadgets as a valued investment so it’s best to get a power bank that comes with a power-cut power feature in the event of a short circuit. All ProMate power banks have automatic voltage regulation designed to protect your device from getting overcharged.

Lastly, it is better to spend a little more on a power bank from a reputable brand to save you further costs. Get your Promate power banks from authorized sellers such as Silicon Valley, Lazada, National Bookstore, Abacus, Electroworld & Abenson to ensure that you are getting the genuine thing and be entitled to the full warranty.

Promate thrives on creativity and we are devoted to finding a solution for all your digital entertainment and personal computing demands. Just like the rest of our lifestyle technology products, we are committed to strict quality control procedures to ensure that all our products are of the highest standards,” says Condes.

Promate Technologies has a full line up of portable power solutions such as:
  • Power Cases
  • Car Chargers
  • Home Chargers
  • Laptop Chargers
  • Universal Travel Adaptors
  • Wireless Charging Solutions
  • Power Banks

  • Polymax-Uni - P2,495
  • Zenith - P1,995
  • Voltag-10 - P995
  • Provolta-21 - P2,295
  • Tag-15 - P1,995
  • Tag-9 - P1,495
  • Tag-6 - P895

Visit the Promate stores located at:
  • SM North EDSA Annex
  • SM Clark
  • Ayala Cebu
  • Robinsons Place Ermita
  • ALL Silicon Valley Stores Nationwide
  • Abacus
  • National Bookstore
  • Electroworld
  • Abenson. 

Promate is also available through www.lazada.com.ph/promate-store.

*Promate products have 1 year replacement warranty.

July 5, 2017

Amy Perez Remains a Kapamilya, Signs an Exclusive Contract with ABS-CBN

Amy Perez is still a Kapamilya after signing an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN recently. 

Amy will continue hosting the morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda,” noontime variety show “It’s Showtime,” and DZMM’s magazine talk show “Sakto.” 

Present in the signing were head of finance for broadcast and news & current affairs Cat Lopez, ABS-CBN chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes, ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, head of integrated news and current affairs Ging Reyes, and Amy Perez’ manager Boy Abunda.

Liza Soberano Gets a 'Hero's Welcome' From Pinoy Comic Book Fans at ToyCon 2017

Fans gave Liza Soberano a ‘hero’s welcome’ fit for this generation’s newest Darna as the sought after actress graced the recently held ToyCon 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, where ABS-CBN also formally launched the Ravelo Komiks Superheroes merchandise.

Liza drew the loudest cheers as she formally opened the event via a ribbon cutting ceremony alongside international stars such as Stefan Kapicic from “Deadpool,” Lindsey McKeon from “Supernatural,” Karen Fukuhara from “Suicide Squad,” Charlie Bewley from “Twilight,” and Kevin Mcnally from “Pirates of the Carribean.”

I’m very happy to be with people who keep our comic industry alive because this is where Darna really started,” said Liza.

Aside from ToyCon attendees, Liza also got the chance to finally meet the Ravelo family when she visited the Ravelo Komiks Superhero booth that featured not only Darna, but also Captain Barbell and Lastikman merchandise plus the licensed statues of Darna, Captain Barbell, Lastikman, and Valentina.

They were really warm and they welcomed me to the Mars Ravelo world. I am really happy to meet them and I hope one day I can pass the legacy and make them proud,” shared Liza.

As a gift, the Ravelos gave Liza the first four panels of the first Darna Komiks with a dedication that read, “The magical stone has been passed on to many and after a long search, luckily you have been chosen to continue Darna’s courage and greatness. Thank you for accepting!

To cap off her visit, Liza had a meet-and-greet with select fans and gamely posed with them for selfies.

Another highlight in the ToyCon 2017 is awarding of the Pinoy Pop Culture Icon to Mars Ravelo for his significant contributions in the comic industry.

When asked what she thought of portraying Darna, the young actress admitted that doing action is totally new to her and that she is excited to start filming the project.

I am very excited but I am also nervous because it’s the first time that I would be doing anything like this. I have always been doing romance and comedy films. Doing an action film for the first time is something different and something I am excited to tackle. I am very excited for everyone to watch it,” she explained.

Watch out for Liza as she takes flight as the newest Darna in the movie to be directed by Erik Matti under the production of Star Cinema.

Get Free and Discounted Tickets to Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, 5 SOS, Ed Sheeran #SmartMusicLive Concerts

And just like that, the first half of 2017 is over.

While a lot of unfortunate things had happened in the world of politics, sports, and entertainment for the past 6 months, music lovers were blessed with a bunch of heart-pumping concert series headlined by world-famous, bestselling international artists such as David Guetta, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, and Britney Spears courtesy of the country's biggest network - SMART.

SMART truly knows how to treat their loyal subscribers like a VIP. Aside from bringing these artists in town so could get the chance sing, dance, and see them performed right in front of their very eyes, lucky Smart subscribers were also given the opportunity to avail of free and discounted tickets, attend an exclusive press event and meet-and- greet sessions, scored a specially designed merchandise items, and other perks and privileges all exclusive to Smart subscribers.

And for the remaining months of the year, #SmartMusicLive is set to rule the concert scene even more as it brings to Manila the biggest acts we are all been waiting for!

Starting off with LIAM GALLAGHER of Oasis at the SM MOA Arena on August 14.

Immediately followed by  IN THE MIX featuring 5 Seconds of Summer (5SoS), Two Door Cinema Club, DNCE, Dua Lipa, Daya, Sara Larsson on August 17 at the SM MOA Arena, Pasay City.

Next stop is ARIANA GRANDE: THE HONEYMOON TOUR at the SM MOA Arena on August 21.

Followed by JUSTIN BIEBER PURPOSE TOUR on September 30 at the Philippine Arena in 
The much-awaited Manila invasion of  ED SHEERAN is finally happening at SM MOA Concert Grounds on November 7.

As an early concert treat, SMART is giving its subscribers first dibs on Justin Bieber tickets.

On July 7, Smart subscribers will have first crack at the tickets through an exclusive ticket selling activity ahead of the rest.

Just text SMARTLIVE to 9999 starting July 6, 2017 at 9:30AM to get a reservation code, which allows you to purchase a maximum of two (2) tickets within the same section on July 7, 2017. CLICK HERE FOR FULL MECHANICS.

Expect more unique perks and privileges in the next major concerts presented by SMART. 

To win tickets and unforgettable perks and prizes, track the #SmartMusicLIve hashtag and follow Smart’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Visit smart.com.ph and smart.com.ph/Pages/musiclive for more details.

July 4, 2017

Erich Gonzales Receives, Accepts Expensive Coffee Date Invitation of Networking CEO Xian Gaza

Erich Gonzales has accepted the coffee date invitation of young millionaire Xian Ganza only if ABS-CBN writer and host Darla Sauler will join them.

In a message to writer Darla Sauler, Erich, who is currently in the US, said: "Hi Darls!!! How are you? Hahaha!!! Ang cute ng effort ni Kuya. It's fine. Let's see when I get back. There's nothing wrong naman if we talk over coffee, pero dapat kasama ka. Hahaha!!!"

Last Sunday, a photo of the billboard located in Morayta circulated online. It had the actress' real name – Erika Chryselle Gancayco – and it said: "I can't even espresso how much I like you a latte. Will you drink coffee with me?"

The billboard was put up by Xian, who according to his Instagram profile is the Chief Executive Officer of the Guanxiqian Group based in Hong Kong. On his social media accounts, Xian said he met Erich in January while he was about to watch a movie. He even posted a photo of them together.

While some netizens applauded Xian's for his bold move to ask Erich out, others questioned his motives and said it was improper to put anyone on the spot. Some also described the move as "creepy" and "manipulative."

Xian earlier posted photos of the makeup set he plans to give to Erich. Those photos have since been deleted.

June 30, 2017

Tony Stark Mentora Peter Parker in "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark takes Peter Parker (Tom Holland) under his wing in Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man: Homecoming, the new action-adventure that brings Spider-Man of the comic books to the screen alongside Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes for the first time.

Spider-Man: Homecoming picks up the action directly following the epic battle scene of Captain America: Civil War, with Tony Stark returning "underoos" back home to Queens.

"Peter really believes he has a mentor in Tony Stark, and Tony really likes Peter, but he can't be babysitting this kid," producer Kevin Feige explains. "Tony gives Peter a little bit of rope to see what he can do on his own."

Peter believes that his "internship" with Stark Industries is merely a prelude and test toward becoming a full-fledged member of the Avengers – but the spider needs to learn to crawl before it can fly, as Holland explains: "We go back in time to relive the Civil War splash panel fight from Peter's perspective. We see him having the time of his life. He's on a private jet with Happy, he's staying in this crazy beautiful hotel room to suddenly him being crammed on a subway late for school. No one's called him to give him another mission. That's the contrast: the kid at summer camp is suddenly the kid back at school."

"Tony becomes a kind of father figure to Peter," says Holland. "Peter's trying to prove himself to Tony that he is old and wise enough to take on bigger tasks, but Tony keeps putting him down and telling him he isn't ready yet. I think that's what really drives Peter to possibly go down the wrong path, before he figures it out and we see why Peter Parker is the most beloved and powerful super hero of the MCU."

And Iron Man himself vouches for the casting of Peter. "Tom Holland is just the perfect man for the job," says Downey. "He's enthusiastic, bright and gifted, a very physically talented guy by virtue of his dance and acrobatic background. He has just the right combination of elements required to bring a new take on the character."

"The energy of Tom Holland meeting Robert Downey Jr. for the first time was exactly what we wanted out of Peter Parker meeting Tony Stark," says Kevin Feige. "The audition scene was the bedroom scene in Captain America: Civil War, and so we wanted to continue that relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark that we set up in the film."

In Spider-Man: Homecoming (in Philippine cinemas Thursday, July 6), thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark. 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. His moment has arrived as he is challenged to become the hero he is meant to be.

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

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June 29, 2017

Resorts World Manila (RWM) Resumes Gaming Operations on June 29

Resorts World Manila (RWM) resumes its gaming operations on June 9, Thursday. This after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) lifted the June 9, 2017 suspension order of RWM’s provisional license to operate casinos and other gaming facilities.

The decision came after RWM presented to PAGCOR its Casino Security Protective Action Plans. RWM passed the PAGCOR inspection that recognized how the enhancements and new emergency, safety and security protocols have been fortified since the June 2, 2017 incident where the lone gunman Jessie Carlos barged into the hotel-casino and set gaming tables ablaze, triggering fires that suffocated guests and employees.

With PAGCOR’s assistance and guidance, we can now start the difficult task of rebuilding as it is also our responsibility to take care of our 6,000 staff and personnel,” said Kingson Sian, RWM president and CEO.

We are bringing back the gaming operations on the ground and third floors of our integrated resort. The second floor will no longer be used for casino operations and will be utilized for other non-gaming purposes instead, Sian added.


RWM engaged the services of an international security outfit Blackpanda to tighten the external and internal security protocols. Sian said that RWM remains committed to putting in place the best security and safety measures available and will constantly review for upgrades as new technology and developments require. RWM has also committed to further intensify its coordination and joint drill sessions with the PNP and BFP for various emergency situations.

June 28, 2017

"Barcelona: A Love Untold" To Be Shown in Korea as Part of Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

"Barcelona: A Love Untold," the 2016 blockbuster movie that put Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo to Box-Office King and Queen status will be shown in South Korea this July as part of Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival's (BIFAN) Best of Asia lineup. 

This year's BIFAN will be held from July 13 to 23. Other Filipino films included in the Best of Asia program is other Star Cinema offerings "The Super Parental Guardians" and "The Unmarried Wife."

Cathy Garcia-Molina Resigns from "La Luna Sangre"

Cathy Garcia-Molina announced on Tuesday that she is leaving "La Luna Sangre" effective immediately.

One week after the premiere episode of phenomenal ABS-CBN fantasy series, Direk Cathy said that she needed to give up her directorial job for the series to focus on a new Star Cinema movie "Seven Sundays" starring Dingdong Dantes, Enrique Gil, Cristine Reyes, and Aga Muhlach.

She added that while she regrets the decision, it is her "duty" to adhere with the mandate by Kapamilya executives.

Direk Cathy will be replaced by Richard Arellano and GB Sampedro.

Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and Justin Bieber Headline #SmartMusicLive 3Q Concert Lineup


Britney Spears was just the tip of the iceberg that is Smart Music Live's rest-of-year concert lineup. Prior to the pop superstar's June 15 takeover of the Manila concert scene, Smart Music Live also strung together a series of live acts featuring Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, David Guetta and a U2 Fly-Off affair promo.


Smart subscribers were not only given free premium tickets during the first half of 2017 but were treated to meet-and-greets and press events like in the case of Shawn Mendes' pre-show perks. In the case of Britney fans, winning subscribers were able to board the Smart Music Live Party Bus where the "toured a la Britney" before experiencing Piece of Me at the Mall of Asia Arena.


But things are just heating up for luck Smart music fans as they are in for an immersive concert experience like never before… one big music name after another.


Justin Bieber headlines the all-star forthcoming concert series experience like never before alongside Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, and In the Mix's 5SoS, Dnce, Two-Door Cinema Club, Dua Lipa, Daya and Zara Larsson.


Ariana Grande is the artist of the moment. She has exhibited how exactly it is to rise from tragedy and use her influence to bounce back from the horrific Manchester bombings during her Dangerous Woman tour in United Kingdom. 


But she's back and she's bringing all the light and love with her when the One Last Time hit-maker performs at the Mall of Asia Arena her Dangerous Woman tour on August 21. New York Times called Ariana's Dangerous Woman "a show of confidence, prowess and aplomb" which describing the performer as "a former child star who got national exposure on Nickelodeon, [she] flaunts professionalism, not skin or profanities."


Prior to Ariana's grand party, Liam Gallagher of Oasis will stage his own concert at the Arena on Auggust 14 before In the Mix gathers the following in one concert event on August 17: 5SoS, Dnce, Two-Door Cinema Club, Dua Lipa, Daya and Zara Larsson.

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Kathryn Bernardo to Marry Daniel Padilla in 10 Years Time

Giving her fans the green light to let their imagination run wild, Kathryn Bernardo said she would marry Daniel Padilla if her "La Luna Sangre" co-star asks her 10 years from now.

Whilst guesting on "Tonight with Boy Abunda" on Tuesday, Bernardo was thrown the question: "Halimbawa, 10 years from now, DJ goes to you and says, 'Will you marry me?' Is that a yes or a no?"

Without hesitation, Bernardo exclaimed: "Yes."

The pair, who have topbilled several hit shows and movies together, have been open about their feelings for each other, saying that they are "exclusively dating."

Asked if she is the "territorial" type who easily gets jealous when another woman gets close with Padilla, she said: "Alam naman ni DJ kung hanggang saan lang dapat. ...Iyong trust na lang iyon. Alam naman ni DJ kung saan siya lulugar. Confident ako sa kanya." - Source: ABS-CBN

June 27, 2017

40th Gawad Urian 2017 Nominees - Charo Santos, Ai Ai de las Alas, Khalil Ramos, Paolo Ballesteros and John Lloyd Cruz

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino has announced the nominees for the country’s much-awaited film award recognition, the 40th Gawad Urian, happening on July 20 at ABS-CBN’s Studio 10 and will be airing live on Cinema One.

Leading this year’s list is the film “Women of the Weeping River” produced by Southern Lantern Studios, Haut Lesmains and TBA, with 12 nominations including best picture and best direction for Sheron Dayoc. “Paglipay,” produced by Milagros Ong How, follows with 11 nominations. “Ma’ Rosa,” from Centerstage Productions and Solar Pictures, “Pamilya Ordinaryo” produced by Found Films, Quantum Films and Cinemalaya Foundation, and “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” produced by Cinema One Originals and Sine Olivia Pilipinas, all have 9 nominations.

This year’s Natatanging Gawad Urian award will go to the Star for all Seasons - Vilma Santos - who won the most number of acting awards, a total of 8 best actress nods, from the esteemed body in the past years.

Aside from “Women of the Weeping River,” the nominees for Best Film include “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” “Paglipay,” “Ma’ Rosa,”, “Pamilya Ordinaryo,” and “Baboy Halas” from Origane Films, Timewrap, Oya Film Productions, Alchemy of Vision, Lights Productions and Three Six-Zero Industries.

The nominees for Best Actress are Charo Santos (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Laila Ulao (Women of the Weeping River), Jaclyn Jose (Ma’ Rosa), Cherry Pie Picache (Pauwi Na), Ai Ai de las Alas (Area), Elizabeth Oropesa (MRS), Irma Adlawan (ORO), Hasmine Kilip (Pamilya Ordinaryo), Angeli Bayani (Ned’s Project), and Nora Aunor (Hinulid).

Khalil Ramos (2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten), Tommy Abuel (Dagsin), Bembol Roco (Pauwi Na), Garry Cabalic (Paglipay), Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful), Ronwaldo Martin (Pamilya Ordinaryo), and Pepe Smith (Singing in Graveyards) are the Best Actor nominees.

Aside from Dayoc, nominated for Best Direction are Lav Diaz (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Brillante Mendoza (Ma’ Rosa), Eduardo Roy, Jr. (Pamilya Ordinaryo), Zig Madamba Dulay (Paglipay), Bagane Fiola (Baboy Halas), Paolo Villaluna (Pauwi Na), Avid Liongoren (Saving Sally), and Lemuel Lorca (Ned’s Project).

For Best Supporting Actor, the nominees include John Lloyd Cruz (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Nonie Buencamino (Ang Babaeng Humayo), Taha Daranda (Women of the Weeping River), Christian Bables (Die Beautiful), Jess Mendoza (Hinulid), and Julio Diaz (Ma’ Rosa).

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress are Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon), Barbie Forteza (Tuos), Sharifa Pearlsia Ali-Dans (Women of the Weeping River), Anna Luna (Paglipay), Joan Dela Cruz (Pagligay), Lui Manansala (Ned’s Project), Lotlot de Leon (MRS), Janine Gutierrez (Dagsin), Ma. Zimadar Caranay-Raper (Women of the Weeping River) and Meryll Soriano (Pauwi Na).

Other categories in this annual film recognition include Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Sound, Best Short Film and Best Documentary.

This year marks Gawad Urian’s 40th year in the industry. Since its first ever awarding ceremony held in 1977, it has become one of the most prestigious and most respected film awards in the country.

The nominees and winners are chosen by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino composed of reputable pillars in Philippine cinema led by its President Rolando Tolentino together with members Grace Javier Alfonso, Butch Francisco, Mario Hernando, Bienvenido Lumbera, Miguel Rapatan, Benilda  Santos, Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, Tito Genova Valiente and Lito Zulueta.

Catch the 40th Gawad Urian on Cinema One (SkyCable ch. 56, Destiny Cable Digital Channel 56, and Destiny Analog Ch. 37) on July 20 at 9PM.

To see full list of nominees, visit www.cinemaone.ph or the official website of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (www.manunuri.com). For other updates, like Cinema One’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel).

ABS-CBN News Journos Share the Stories from Marawi on ANC's "Mukha"

ABS-CBN news reporters Chiara Zambrano and Jeff Canoy will tell the story of the people of Marawi, who are caught in the middle of an armed conflict in a special episode of the award-winning documentary series “MUKHA” tomorrow (June 28), 6:30pm on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Deployed in Marawi to cover the on-going war, Chiara and Jeff were able to talk to the city’s residents, who have lost a sense of safety and security in their very own homes; as well as the uniformed men, who are bravely risking their lives to defend the land.

These are the stories of hope of our fellow Filipinos, amid the uncertainty of survival, after more than a month since the attack of the Maute terror group.

“Mukha” is a world-class TV production of DocuCentral, the documentary arm of ABS-CBN. It won a Silver Dolphin at the 7th Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards in 2016 and was a finalist in this year’s New York Festivals.

Catch this special episode of “Mukha” on Marawi entitled “Di Ka Pasisiil (Never Will be Conquered)” with narration by Chiara Zambrano and Jeff Canoy tomorrow, Wednesday (June 28), 6:30 p.m. on ANC.  It can also be viewed online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. For updates on the program, follow @MukhaTV on Twitter and Facebook.

June 26, 2017

Experts Talk How the Most Terrifying Pinoy Exorcism Movie "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" is Made

From the makers of much talked-about horror movie "Seklusyon" from the recent Metro Manila Festival (MMFF), comes another psychological thriller with a familiar theme of idolatry as a form of evil and the mystery of faith overpowering the demons that lurks within us.

But unlike any other exorcism-terror movie, "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" banks on the versatility of its cast, a well-written script, an effective cinematography and sound scoring making it the much-anticipated movie of this time.

Watch this exclusive interview with "Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" cast composed of Sarah Lahbati, Shy Carlos and Julian Trono, director Katsi Flores, and producer Erik Matti.

"Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz" is showing in theaters nationwide on June 28, 2017 under Viva Films and Kamikaze Production.

Spider-Man Comes Home to Marvel Cinematic Universe in Fun-Filled Action-Adventure

Peter Parker strives to join the Avengers as the most popular character in comic book history takes his rightful place as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Columbia Pictures' new action-adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming (in Philippine cinemas Thursday, July 6.)

Marvel's crown jewel, Spider-Man made a cameo debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War last summer; the overwhelming positive reaction by both the critics and fans to the new vision for the character has whetted the appetite as now, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios team for this new adventure.

Embraced all over the world, Spider-Man now comes home in a film with a fresh, fun tone and new take, produced by Marvel Studios, that brings the Peter Parker of the comic books to the screen alongside MCU heroes for the first time.

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) 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. His moment has arrived as he is challenged to become the hero he is meant to be.

For producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, bringing the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an original way that film audiences have never seen before was a top priority. "Over the past 15 years, we have built the Marvel Cinematic Universe with so many characters and movies, and now we have the opportunity to introduce Peter Parker and the Spider-Man franchise into that universe for the first time," says Feige. "It's exciting because that's how he truly was in the comics, from the very beginning – he didn't enter the comics as the only hero; he entered a world in which Tony Stark, Captain America and the Avengers all were there. And now, for the first time, we get that in an entire film, which makes it fresh and new."

Producer Amy Pascal speaks to the unprecedented collaboration. "This movie is a product of Sony and Marvel working closely together," says Pascal. "It's a Sony movie and a Marvel production. Everyone came together and decided if we can put Spider-Man back in the MCU, which he always was a part of in the comics, everybody wins – and the biggest winner is the fans, as they finally get to see what they've been waiting a long time to see."

"Putting Spider-Man in the MCU is the best thing in the world for me as a storyteller," says director Jon Watts, who takes the helm of Spider-Man: Homecoming. "Not only did they take care of the origin story and heavy lifting in Captain America: Civil War – which they did so economically and beautifully – we also didn't have to spend any time explaining why this 16-year-old kid would come up with the idea of becoming a superhero. He's grown up in the MCU; when Peter Parker was eight years old, he saw Tony Stark say 'I am Iron Man' on TV. So the idea of this being a world where superheroes exist means that we don't have to spend any time addressing any of these issues. We just get right into the fun of it."

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

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Experience the Best Filipino Home Cooking Straight FROM HELEN'S KITCHEN on July 1 at COLOURS on Cignaltv

The IdeaFirst Company is proud to present a food show that is just overflowing with love and joy...FROM HELEN'S KITCHEN!

In this special TV series airing on COLOURS on CignalTV starting July 1, Saturday 8pm, viewers will now get a chance to see Tita Helen Gamboa-Sotto create dishes that will go beyond the average comfort food. She will share recipes passed on from generations of her family, plus those that she herself has concocted that have been tried and tested by her loved ones.

For a lot of people, cooking is not just a chore but a commitment to create meals with love and passion. One such person is Tita Helen. Known by her friends as the ultimate Queen of the Kitchen, every recipe she dishes out for her family and friends is thought of and cared for. This is how she shows her love.

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And this caring for food, family and friends is what viewers will get to see as we take a peek and get a special taste of life…FROM HELEN’S KITCHEN.

Q&A with Helen Gamboa-Sotto:

How her new cooking show 'From Helen's Kitchen' was conceptualized

Helen Gamboa's Passion for Cooking Came from Her Mom

Eat's Bulaga! Dabarkads most favorite among her recipes

Directed by Bibeth Orteza, Written by Paolo Bustamante, Executive Produced by Jen Mauricio for The IdeaFirst Company, FROM HELEN'S KITCHEN premiers July 1, Saturday 8pm on COLOURS on CignalTV.




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