August 31, 2017

ABS-CBN Airs “Weightlifting Fairy” Finale on September 1, Replaces by “Legend of the Blue Sea” on September 4

Bok Joo and Joon Hyung face heavyweight challenges in love, life, and their respective sports careers in the finale week of ABS-CBN’s hit Koreanovela “Weightlifting Fairy.”

Joon Hyung finally reunites with his mother and tries his best to make up for lost time. His mother, however, has a different reason for coming home, which greatly hurts Joon Hyung.

Bok Joo, meanwhile, makes it to the national team and must leave town to undergo next level training.

Can the two keep their relationship strong despite the distance? Can they actually have both love and career? Will Joon Hyung remain faithful to Bok Joo?

As their heavyweight story ends, the biggest Korean fantasy-romance drama begins on primetime with the premiere of “Legend of the Blues Sea,” which marks the return of King of Asianovelas Lee Min Ho.

Follow the timeless love story of mortal Andrei (Lee Min Ho) and immortal mermaid Sheena (Jun Ji-Hyun). Watch as Sheena finds Andrei in his new persona at present time and rekindles the love they have in their past lives.

Don’t miss the finale of “Weightlifting Fairy” and the premiere of “Legend of the Blue Sea” on primetime after “A Love to Last” only on the first and true home of Asianovelas, ABS-CBN. 

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ABS-CBN Statement on the Cancelled TFC Subscription in Canada

International Filipino media and entertainment company ABS-CBN has announced today that to support any purchasers of set-top boxes that were provided access to ABS-CBN’s copyrighted movies and TV shows without authorization from ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN is offering these individuals in Canada one month free premium subscription to  

Customers need only call the toll-free number 1-855-TFC-CNDA on or before September 15, 2017 to receive a one-month free premium subscription.  

ABS-CBN’s Customer Service team is ready to assist callers through the process and will not require evidence of your previous subscription. is the only official ABS-CBN online and mobile on-demand viewing platform outside of the Philippines for the largest, most complete and up-to-date source of the latest teleseryes from ABS-CBN, the biggest Filipino blockbuster films and news from the Philippines and its regions.

Teejay Marquez Signs Up as Regal Millenial Baby

Well-known actor/dancer/model/endorser Teejay Marquez was officially launched as Regal Millennial Baby on Wednesday, August 30.

His contract includes a movie under Regal Entertainment opposite a very famous Indonesian actress, among others.

August 30, 2017

Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon for Making MEGA in Turkey

This month is a coming-of- age of sorts, one that is set in the magical and mysterious Cappadocia, Turkey. A land of lore and legends, we whisk away our cover stars, Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon on a trip of a lifetime. Draped in romantic notice-me reds and decked in ruggedly suave threads, this charming and charismatic couple comes to the fore as the next big thing. Come join us this month as we share with you this amazing journey.

The MEGA September issue is now available on @flip100ph.

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Get the digital version on Magzter and grab your print copies in newsstands on September 1.

Jaime Rivera Celebrates 30 Years in Showbiz with Major Concert Called "Hey It’s Me, Jamie! 30 Years The Concert"

Jaime Rivera is celebrating her 30th year in the music industry with a major concert dubbed "Hey It's Me, Jamie! 30 Years The Concert" on September 8 (Friday), 8PM at the Music Museum.

This Star Events production will feature a wide genre of music from the former Miss Saigon actress as unlike other artists who have remained in the same musical category, her three decades in the business is marked by her diverse song contributions: from love ballads, songs about children and the family, to huge inspirational hits.

"It's a constant reinvention of yourself. Those are reinventions realizing that these are talents given by God. The glory goes back to Him. With the blessings and love of God, I'm still here after 30 years," revealed Jamie, citing her choice to continue spreading her music to different genres.

Joining the Inspirational Diva in her highly anticipated show are longtime friends in the industry - Pinky Amador, Ito Rapadas, Jenine Desiderio, Bimbo Cerrudo, Jason Zamora, and Joshua Zamora - as well as some of today's hottest young singers - Jona, Klarisse, Bailey May, and Janella Salvador. Paolo Valenciano will direct the show with musical direction under Bond Samson.

The singer-songwriter is behind memorable inspirational songs such as "Tanging Yaman," "Tell The World of His Love," "Hiram Sa Diyos," "Jubilee Song," and most recently, the theme song for Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines in 2015, "We Are All God's Children." She is also known for classic love songs like "I've Fallen For You," "Pangarap Ka Na Lang Ba," and "Hey It's Me."

Tickets to the OPM icon's "Hey It's Me, Jamie!" concert are priced at P3,500 (VIP), P2,500 (orchestra), and P1,000 (balcony). For more inquiries, contact Ticketworld at 8919999 or Music Museum at 7216726. For more information, visit or follow Star Music's official social media accounts at, or @starmusicph on Twitter and Instagram.

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ABS-CBN and Xeleb Launch "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" Mobile Game

ABS-CBN and Xeleb Technologies Inc. have forged partnership last Tuesday (July 18) and officially launched the "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" mobile game, a runner type game app that allows users to experience the life of Cardo Dalisay (Coco Martin), who fights crimes and saves lives in the top-rating Kapamilya series.

Based on ABS-CBN's top-rating primetime series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," the mobile game lets users play as the series' protagonist Cardo and patrol the streets of Metro Manila, apprehend snatchers, and save children. Players can also win special prizes along the way while dodging several obstacles, adding more action and thrill to users' experience.

Like the successful series, the mobile game is also an instant hit among gamers with over 50,000 downloads within the first five minutes of its launch last May and is now approaching one million downloads.

"We are very happy that we get to promote the show's advocacy through a platform that appeals especially to children. With this partnership, we hope to provide not only quality entertainment but also highlight valuable lessons through Kapamilya teleserye driven apps," said Deo Endrinal, head of Dreamscape Entertainment.

"ABS-CBN has the intellectual property. We have the technology. It's a powerful combination," said Xeleb Chairman and CEO Raymond Racaza. "'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano' is just first in the rich pipeline of games that are coming soon."

Having aired for almost two years now, "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," has received praises for teaching viewers about the consequences of crimes and imparting life lessons about family and patriotism. It revolves around the life and struggle of Cardo, who recently went back to service as a member of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) to protect innocent lives from danger after the tragic death of his son.

The program has also remained unbeatable nationwide since it started airing last September 2015, based on data from Kantar Media covering urban and rural homes. Aside from avid viewers, "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" has also gained recognition from the House of the Representatives and different government officials such as the Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno and PNP chief Ronald De Rosa, who both commended the series for promoting crime awareness and prevention among audiences.

Several award-giving bodies have also recognized the show, including Gawad Tanglaw, Anak TV Awards, PMPC Star Awards, and recently, the 48th Box Office Entertainment Awards where it bagged eight awards, setting a record in the awards show.

The "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" mobile game is available on Google Play and W00T.

Rapidly transitioning into a digital company, ABS-CBN leads all media networks in bringing its content online to address the change in the Filipinos' viewing habits. Aside from radio and television, ABS-CBN has also become the leader in the local music, film, cable TV, and publishing industries and is also the pioneer of digital television in the country.

Xeleb Technologies Inc., meanwhile, is the Philippines' first celebrity game mobile company and is a subsidiary of listed Xurpas Inc. Xeleb's principal shareholders include Anne Curtis, Kim Atienza, Isabelle Daza, and Erwan Heussaff.

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Francis Kong's Latest Book "Leadership That Matters" Out Now on Bookstores Nationwide

Inspirational speaker and author Francis Kong highlights some of the most practical and relevant leadership learnings he holds in high regard in “Leadership That Matters,” his most awaited new book published by ABS-CBN Publishing.

A few days before its official launch at The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival in Raffles Makati, Kong’s latest manual already took the third spot in National Book Store’s bestseller list for the month of August.

“Leadership That Matters” is a compilation of the business guru’s motivational articles on self-improvement and developing the right character and discipline to become a good leader. Despite his numerous talks and books in the past, the author seeks to continue sharing his latest inspiration to lead people in different business enterprises.

Kong wrote, “I want to carry the awesome responsibility of sharing critical ideas that are both relevant and effective in equipping leaders with the knowledge to do better and become better. I hope that this book is a tool they can use for their own leadership journey.”

The author also cited that it’s not enough to learn about management principles. The ability to lead has to be complemented with the openness for constant improvement.

Throughout the years, from one training after another, the lessons, challenges, and wisdom continue to flow, leaving me each time with the humbling realization that my expertise on ‘leadership issues’ is so little, short, and limited. There could never be a fixed menu for leadership principles that one can teach, much less adopt for any given situation,” shared the modest speaker.

Last year, the corporate trainer delivered a total of 336 speaking engagements and training sessions here and abroad. Through his talks, he has captured not only the corporate world but also millennials and inspired them to become better leaders by showing them the path to success.

Each person has his or her own leadership journey and no story is ever the same,” Kong alluded. He hopes that by sharing his motivational stories in the manual, readers will be moved to bravely face their own challenges.

“Leadership That Matters” is the latest addition to ABS-CBN Publishing’s successful line of bestselling consumer books. It is available at National Book Store outlets nationwide for P395.


14th Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards Honors 7 Modern-Day Heroes and Organizations

A social worker who has been helping an indigenous community for three decades.  
A young health worker who continues to help others even when he himself is in need.  
An organization of professionals who try to break the stigma of a skin disease.  
A migrant Filipino who helps not only his fellow citizens in the U.S. but also in the homeland and beyond borders.  
A young Filipina who bravely addresses the issue of mental illness. 
A Filipina who helps her countrymen beyond their usual needs, through cultural integration.  
An overseas Filipino worker who risks his life just to help his fellowmen.

These Filipinos are the new breed of heroes honored in the recently concluded 14th Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards (Bayaning Pilipino Awards) at the Dolphy Theater within the ABS-CBN headquarters in the heart of Quezon City.

In the tradition of honoring unsung heroes which ABS-CBN Corporation Chairman Emeritus Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr. inspired and which ABS-CBN and Ugat Foundation started in 1995, ABS-CBN Corporation Chairman and ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. Chairman Emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III led the celebration of the lives of these ordinary Filipinos who have performed what the award-giving body venerates as ordinary folks performing extraordinary acts.

Lopez said the Bayaning Pilipino awards honored these Filipinos for their small acts of kindness, worthy of a tribute that is larger than life.  He emphasized: “Heroism can mean a lot of things.  Not all heroes have grand titles nor do they enjoy vast sources at their disposal. What true heroes possess is their capacity to go above and beyond their limits and own flaws, passionate in what they can to improve the human condition”.

The 2017 winners are set apart by different triggers for their causes but are united by their selfless love for fellowmen, expecting nothing in return: Bayaning Pilipino Fructosa Alma “Neneng” Olivo of Maa, Davao who has been helping the Badjao community for three decades; Bayaning Kabataang Pilipino John Mark Odani of Maitum, Saranggani who has been extending his expertise to the women and children of the T’boli tribe; and Bayaning Samahang Pilipino Psoriasis Philippines Online Community, Inc. (PsorPhil) of Mandaluyong City which has been aiding people stricken with the skin disease.  For the Global Bayaning Pilipino Awards, hailed as Bayaning Pilipino sa Qatar was Noli Perez for helping his kababayans even when government policy disallows him to, and in South Korea was Katherine Corteza of the Itaewon Village and who has been helping other females via Philippine Women’s Club; Bayaning Samahang Pilipino – North America Building Lives for A Better Future (BLBF) of San Diego, U.S. for helping the poor communities in San Diego, California and even in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan and Mexico; and Bayaning Kabataang Pilipino – North America Loizza Aquino of Winnipeg, Canada who established Peace of Mind 204 to raise awareness on mental health.

UGAT Foundation Project Director Fr. Nilo Tanalega, S.J. said the Bayaning Pilipino awards is warranted as much as it is timely. He explained: “Ang pag-gawad sa mga Bayaning Pilipino ay alternatibong solusyon sa mga naghahasik ng dahas at lagim.  Ngayong, sila ay kikilalalanin at gagawaran.  Sila ay naghasik din ngunit hindi ng dahas at lagim kung hindi ng tulong at pagkalinga kahit na walang kapalit na bayad o gantimpala”.  (The conferment of the Bayaning Pilipino Awards is an alternative to the reality we face.  Today, we honor modern day heroes.  They do not reap evil and violence but instead foster inclusivity and caring for others without asking for anything in return).

A special citation was also given to Darlito Palermo of Tagum City, Davao del Norte for being an able and inspiring leader to his fellow PWDs (People with Disabilities). The awarding ceremony was hosted by Julius Babao, Robi Domingo, Judy Ann Santos – Agoncillo plus Angel Locsin.  Paying tribute were Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan and hit-maker Iñigo Pascual; Tawag ng Tanghalan sa “It’s Showtime’s” Froilan Canlas; young talents Ylonah Garcia and JK Labajo; and OPM icon Ogie Alcasid.

Witness the stories of these 14th Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino winners once again via TFC’s Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and online ( platforms (under Specials) in key countries worldwide.  Connect with fellow global Filipinos and visit the official Facebook page in your area and follow KapamilyaTFC @IG and Twitter.

August 20, 2017

Beauty Queen Maker Jonas Gaffud Spills Pageantry Secrets in His Book "The Crown"

Jonas Gaffud, the trainer who has produced a Miss World, a Miss International, and a Miss Universe for the Philippines, shares the secrets to winning beauty pageants and spills inside stories of the most celebrated beauty royalties in recent years in his first book under ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. entitled "The Crown: Your Essential Guide to Becoming a Beauty Queen."

With more than 30 certified beauty titlists under his belt, Jonas is undeniably the country's premier beauty queen maker. Known as Mama J in the industry, his list of mentees includes winners in international beauty contests such as Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach who all joined their trainer in "The Crown" book cover.

Together with his beauty pageant training squad, Aces & Queens, the new author has become a key player in the Philippines' pageantry success for 16 years now.

"It's all about Aces & Queens' journey, how we trained beautiful ladies all these years (and their stories as well), how we created our group, and how we evolved," shared Jonas on what the book is all about.

"The Crown" will prove essential to both pageant aspirants and keen spectators, with its discussions on competitions' crucial matters such as dealing with the height problem, question and answer tricks, and sashaying in heels 101. It also provides the Aces and Queens checklist and tons of tips on preparing for the big event.

Jonas also opened up about his biggest triumphs in his book. He said, "training beauty queens gave me front row, and most recently, mosh pit, to the exhilarating world of pageants. Seeing the ladies we trained showcase their unique beauty, walk and personality on stage never fails to give me a natural high. A definite milestone in my career is being able to help make Miss Universe happen in the Philippines."

The handy manual provides inspiration from the stories of his group's roster of beauty queens who all remained gracious through victory and defeat. The author also revealed other interesting details like his first-ever buena mano candidate, his Aces & Queens team members and their training forte, and his learnings when pageants wrap up.

"The best and most fulfilling part of all is being vessels for these young girls to be better individuals, thinking individuals, who reach their dreams and do something that make our nation proud," wrote the beauty queen trainer who also heads Mercator Artist and Model Management.

Jonas launched the book together with the other Aces & Queens pillars Arnold "Mama Ruffa" Mercado and Nad Bronce, and their beauty queen alumni Pia, Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj, actor Daniel Matsunaga, model Marc Nash, and other special guests at a ceremony held in Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.

Pia shared her excitement about the beauty queen manual. She said, "the book gives me a lot of flashbacks when I was just starting. They (Aces & Queens) found potential in me at a time when I didn't see it yet."

"The Crown: Your Essential Guide to Becoming a Beauty Queen" will soon be available in leading newsstands and bookstores nationwide for only P295.

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Coco Martin to Join "ASAP" this Sunday to Pay Tribute to 'Da King' FPJ

Primetime King Coco Martin returns to the "ASAP" stage this Sunday (August 20) to celebrate "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano's" 100th week on air and to pay tribute to the one and only King of Philippine cinema, Fernando Poe Jr.

The celebration doesn't end there as "ASAPinoy" also honors "Da King" to be led by tribute master Martin Nievera plus the best Kapamilya singers and OPM icons Kuh Ledesma, Rico J Puno, and Zsazsa Padilla.
A special concert treat from Kathryn Bernardo and Maja Salvador plus Billy Crawford and Sarah Geronimo awaits viewers, while teen heartthrobs Inigo Pascual, Jerome Ponce, and Elmo Magalona also join the fun.

Meanwhile, "The Voice Teens" Jeremy Glinoga, Mica Becerro, Isabela Vinzon, and grand winner Jona Marie Soquite also grace the "ASAP" stage.

Don't miss fantastic performances from The ASAP Coverboys, ASAP BFF5, and BoybandPH, while join Jolina Magdangal in "ASAP LSS."

Finally, Ogie Alcasid launches his new track, while Kyla, Jay-r, Daryl Ong, and KZ perform unite in "ASAP" Soul Sessions.

Don't miss "ASAP" this Sunday (August 20), 11:45 AM, on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).

Catch up via or for Sky subscribers. Don't forget to share your thoughts this Sunday using the official hashtag #ASAPBidaKa.

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August 18, 2017

Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk Break-Up

Korean celebrity couple Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk, stars of the hit series "Weightlifting Fairy," have broken up as confirmed by their agency, YG Entertainment

"It's true that Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk have decided to break up," YG Entertainment told media outlets in Korea, as reported by AllKPop.

The two celebrities became a couple in April this year after working in shows such as "Weightlifting Fairy" and "Cheese in the Trap."

Smart Brings Ariana Grande in Manila for "The Dangerous Woman Tour" on August 21 at the Mall of Asia Arena

Ariana Grande, one of the world’s biggest pop sensations, is making a huge comeback to treat her Filipino fans this coming August 21 for the Manila leg of her "The Dangerous Woman Tour"  at the Mall of Asia Arena. Ariana is due to return for the second time in two years in support of her third studio and Grammy-nominated album, Dangerous Woman.

“Ariana Grande The Dangerous Woman Tour” is presented by Smart; co-presented by Fox, produced by Live Nation and is promoted by MMI Live. Tickets are available in all SM Tickets outlets or visit or by calling 470-2222.

For more ticket information, please visit or follow @mmilive (on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

August 17, 2017

Richard Gutierrez Slaps by BIR with Multiple Tax Evasion-Related Cases

Richard Gutierrez is facing yet another tax-related case after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed new charges against him for allegedly submitting fake documents in connection with his ongoing tax evasion case.

The new complaint charges Richard of one count of knowingly using/submitting fake or falsified annual income tax return (ITR) for taxable year 2012; six counts of knowingly using/submitting fake or falsified quarterly value-added tax (VAT) returns for the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2012; two counts of knowingly using/submitting perjured affidavits during the preliminary investigation of his tax case; and four counts of attempting to make it appear he or another has filed his annual ITR and quarterly VAT returns.


The tax case involves Richard’s R Gutz Production, which produces and markets films and TV shows. 

The "La Luna Sangre" star submitted the subject documents to the DOJ on July 18, 2017, with official receipt stamps from the BIR Revenue District Office No. 42-San Juan City. However, the receiving officer appearing in the stamps, Renato Agana, has denied receiving of the returns.

There is a stamp ‘received' in the documents; we traced that there’s a name there, the person who allegedly received it (returns) has denied receiving that. It’s not his signature there, and the stamp that he used isn’t the stamp that is used in that office… all that point that these documents submitted are fake,” said BIR Assistant Commissioner James Roldan.


The BIR added: “Gutierrez used fake and falsified tax returns to secure the dismissal of the tax evasion case against R Gutz Production Corporation,” and resorted to the “scheme” to evade payment of the required taxes.

In its tax case against the actor, the BIR alleged he underdeclared R Gutz’s income for 2012 by P39.51 million.

The BIR placed Richards’s income tax liability at P27.45 million, and his VAT liabilities at P11.12 million, or a total of P38.57 million in tax delinquencies.

The actor’s lawyer, Marie Glen Garduque, said they have yet to receive a copy of the new complaint.
As far as Richard is concerned said documents have the original stamped received from the BIR. At any rate, Richard will just answer as soon as he receives the copy of the complaint,” Garduque said.

Sam Concepcion and Tippy dos Santos, to Represent PH to the ASEAN Young Contemporary Music Concert 2017 in Laos

Sam Concepcion and Tippy dos Santos will represent the Philippines in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Young Contemporary Music Concert on August 25 at Lao National Culture Hall in Vientiane.

The ASEAN Young Contemporary Music Concert "aims to broaden a deeper understanding of cultural diversity of ASEAN" by inviting young professional and outstanding singers from the region. 

Talented Pinoy Kids of "Little Big Shots" Charm Viewers, Draws High Ratings on Pilot Episodes

Viewers nationwide watched the first batch of charming kids show off their extraordinary talents in the hit international kiddie talent-talk show “Little Big Shots,” which premiered to high ratings last weekend.

According to data from Kantar Media, the show garnered a national TV rating of 36% across urban and rural homes, compared to rival program “Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento,” which only scored 20.7%.

“Little Big Shots” also scored 36.9% last Sunday (August 13) versus “Hay Bahay!” which only got 14.9%.

Charming viewers and gaining praises online last weekend were pole dancer Allyza, fish deboning expert Janice, geography master Klyde, three-year-old charmer Rodzen, hiphop dancer JM, acrobatic duo Andrei and Alfonso, junior archers Basti and Kat, six-year-old kid with six-pack abs Kent, and skateboarder Jayden.

Billy himself has received compliments for his entertaining banter and chemistry with the kids featured on the show.

According to him, hosting “Little Big Shots” is a big opportunity so he goes out of his way to give viewers a great show.

Being a part of ‘It’s Showtime’ is a huge help because the kids already see me on TV. Before the taping starts, I go to the kids and talk to them so when they come on stage, everything comes out more naturally,” shared Billy.

Don’t miss the talented, witty, and charming kids of “Little Big Shots,” Saturdays and Sundays on ABS-CBN and on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 
For updates on the show, like or follow @LBigShotsPH on Twitter.

UKG Celebrates 10th Anniversay with "NanayCon" this August 18 in Taguig

ABS-CBN’s award-winning morning program “Umagang Kay Ganda” (UKG) is going all-out for mothers on its 10th anniversary with a lineup of offerings for the nation’s homemakers including a “Nanay Convention,” a “Nanay Manual,” and a new segment in the show featuring smart and talented moms called “Nanay Kong Ganda,” which will debut in October.

The country’s well-loved morning show kicked-off its “Nanay Convention” series in Pampanga last July 3 and is now headed to Taguig City this Friday (August 18) to gather mommies for a day filled with new knowledge and tips on how to care for and protect one’s family.

In the previous convention, anchor Gretchen Ho started it off with a simple workout to energize the crowd, followed by cooking demos with Chef Tatung and Winnie Cordero, a fashion and beauty talk with Renee Salud and Amy Perez, and a disaster preparedness seminar led by Atom Araullo,  Anthony Taberna, and Jorge Cariño. Ariel Ureta also brought the popular “Di Bati” segment of the show, where the anchors exchange views on a common issue in families or communities. Participants also enjoyed free haircut, massage, and facials, plus fun games and raffle prizes courtesy of the program’s sponsors and partner organizations.

“UKG” also launched during the convention the “Nanay Manual,” a free booklet containing recipes, kitchen hacks, and home safety and management tips that the program created with the help of ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc.

The program is also set to introduce a search for outstanding mothers called “Nanay Kong Kay Ganda,” a follow-up to its successful 2016 segment “Gwapulis,” which showcased the wit, good looks, and talent of Filipino policemen. “UKG” will be on the lookout for possible contestants during the different legs of the its “Nanay Convention.”

Through these activities, the decade-long morning show hopes to further help and support mothers, which are the program’s partners in making each morning bright and happy for Filipino families.

As for the program’s anchors, “UKG” has already become a home for them too, with their fellow anchors and the show’s staff and crew as their family.

Waking up for ‘Umagang Kay Ganda’ gives us happiness in itself. We are all family here. Even if we aren’t live on air yet, we already carry positive vibes which translates to our work. The positive energy is really inspiring and it sets the mood for our entire day,” shared Anthony, who has been on the show for a long time.

Amy also attested to the tight bond among the show’s anchors, who are able to share with each other their personal triumphs and problems. “All of us are going through something in our lives but since we are in a morning show, we have to always show positivity to our viewers. So it’s good that during commercial breaks we also get to check on each other,” she said.

While one of the newer hosts in the show, Jorge shared his amazement at how easy it has been to get along with everyone. “Here you bump into someone and you feel like you know each other very well, like childhood friends. That was the kind of treatment they gave me…People would mistake us as friends who have known each other for a long time. It’s magical for me,” he explained.

Atom, meanwhile, also expressed how he remains excited to do the show, no matter how hard it is to wake up very early. “It’s a nice feeling to start the day early because you feel that there’s still a lot you can do in the day. You also get to be a part of other people’s morning. So, it’s kind of a win-win situation.”

Together with the program’s other hosts like Long Mejia, K Brosas, Marlo Mortel, Dominique Roque, and Tina Marasigan, the show is committed to be of service to millions of Filipinos for decades to come.

Apart from consistently leading the early morning timeslot based on data from Kantar Media, “UKG” has also received many awards in the past 10 years, including “Best Morning Show” from UPLB Gandingan Awards and the 2nd Golden Laurel Awards of LPU Batangas in 2017.


Don’t miss the NCR leg of “UKG’s”  “Nanay Convention” this Friday (August 18) at Vista Mall, Taguig City. 

Registration will start at 5am, while the program will begin at 9am. Watch “Umagang Kay Ganda” Mondays-Fridays from 5am to 7:30am on ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN HD, and DZMM TeleRadyo on TV, or on or online. 

For updates, follow “Umagang Kay Ganda” on Facebook (@umagangkayganda2) and Twitter (@ukgdos).

LizQuen's Highest-Grossing Film "My Ex and Whys" Airs on Cinema One this Sunday

"My Ex and Whys," the highest earning local movie for the first half of 2017 with P400 million sales worldwide starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, makes its Cinema One premiere this Sunday (August 20).

Released in February of this year, this Star Cinema mega blockbuster film directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina is LizQuen's third movie in a leading role and their most successful big screen project to date.

Blogger Cali (Liza) shares her painful experience in love to her followers with her "Bakit List" rants. Her former boyfriend, Gio (Enrique), answers back with his "Dahil List," aiming to win over the trust of the girl he once hurt by explaining his side of the story. In an unexpected twist, the two are forced to work with each other and will be entangled in their exciting pursuit of payback and forgiveness.

Aside from the fun and romance that the film delivers, viewers also get to see scenic spots in South Korea, meaningful sites in Cali and Gio's journey, as a bonus treat.

Believe in the magic of second chances in "My Ex and Whys" on Cinema One's Blockbuster Sunday (August 20) at 8PM. 

Cinema One is available on SkyCable and Destiny Cable Digital Channel 56, and Destiny Analog Ch. 37. Like Cinema One on Facebook at to view full schedule and catch the replay dates.

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James Corden Lends Voice to Hi-5 in "The Emoji Movie"

British comedian James Corden (Into the Woods) lends his voice to Hi-5, an open-face palm Emoji ready to give you a Hi-5 at any time, in Sony Pictures Animation's new comedy The Emoji Movie.

His favorite catchphrase? "Hi-Five!"

In the film, Hi-5's a big ham, brimming over with exuberant confidence. He used to be a Favorite, a highly respected celebrity. But recently Hi-5 has been usurped by a new Favorite… Fist Bump Emoji. Hi-5 can't stand the rejection and just wants to be popular again. But his adventure with Gene – an Emoji which has EVERY expression instead of just one - makes Hi-5 realize that it's more important to have one true friend than it is to be popular.

"Hi-5 is a fading rock star who wants to get back on top," says director-writer Tony Leondis. "He hopes that by going on this journey with Gene he can be popular again. What he learns along the way is that having one real friend is more important than having ten thousand likes."

James Corden gave the filmmakers a hand in bringing the character to life. "He's such a talent. A brilliant actor and writer. When I saw the play 'One Man, Two Guvnors,' I was blown away and really wanted to work with him someday," Leondis says. "Hi-5 is the wild card – you never know what he's going to do or say. He's always throwing curveballs into the equation. And no one is better at that than James."

"Hi-5 used to be one of the favorites, but as time has gone by, Alex has forgotten about Hi-5, and he started using Fist Bump," says Corden. "He feels like he's been forgotten, and he's convinced that if Alex could just see him again on the Favorites board, Alex would remember how great Hi-5 is and start using him again."

Corden was drawn to the story and the way it created a hidden world behind the popular icons. "You can punctuate any moment with a great emoji," he says. "In the film these are characters with spirits, and souls, and hearts, and minds with something very, very real at stake for all of them."

"I thought it sounded quite charming – these things that you use in your life all the time have a personality, something to lose, and real friendships," concludes Corden. "That felt very fun to me."

Opening across the Philippines on August 23, The Emoji Movie is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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PROACTIV Skin Kit - The Secret to My Zit-Free Skin

While others are lucky to be born with natural smooth skin, mine is a product of endless search for skin products that suit my skin type.

Growing up, I also faced with several skin problems - pimples during my adolescent years. More pimples caused by dirt, stress and sleepless nights in college. And several more while establishing my place in the corporate world, plus a not so healthy lifestyle and yes, carelessness.

But for sometime now, people begin to notice my flawless skin. They keep on asking the secret to how I maintain a smooth, fresh-looking, zit-free skin despite how stressful my professional and blogging life could be. But I keep mum about it.

And now, time for me to share my secret - PROACTIVE Skin Kit which is just a beauty counter away and something everyone's budget can afford.

Proactive's acne clearing system's effectiveness in dealing with stubborn acne has garnered a loyal following in the country, and consumers can enjoy extensive skin care by dropping by at any Watsons and SM Department store branch nationwide.

The U.S. brand offers a solid collection of individual products that covers the skin care needs of Filipinos struggling with acne and blemishes. Each item in the Proactiv kit is developed to treat the whole face, clearing problematic spots and preventing acne before it starts. What's more, Proactiv also offers a 30-Day and 60-Day Kit system to make it easier for users who find it challenging to create their own skin care routine.

Such is the popularity of Proactiv in the U.S that its fame reached the Philippines. Filipinos are known to be extra discerning when it comes to their beauty choices and Proactiv, with its strong suit of products and proven effectiveness, fits the bill.

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Thankfully, consumers can enjoy easy access to their favorite skin care system with the brand available nationwide. What's more, Proactiv is still offering its money-back guarantee for those who are not satisfied with its results.

Get your own Proactiv system at (Php 2,495) for the 30-day kit and Php 3,995) for the 60-day kit.

Just visit any Watsons and SM department store branch to get your golden ticket to clear, beautiful skin.

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August 14, 2017

"Wildflower" Hits New All-Time High Rating with #WildflowerWildestWedding Episode

More viewers nationwide tuned in to Philippine television’s ‘wildest wedding of the year’ as ABS-CBN’s hit primetime series “Wildflower,” topbilled by Maja Salvador, scored a new all-time high national TV rating and even trended on Twitter worldwide.

According to Kantar Media, the show hit its highest national TV rating to date of 29.3% last Friday (Aug. 11) compared to rival’s 13.3% as viewers watched the intense confrontation between the ‘bride in black’ Ivy Aguas (Maja Salvador) and Arnaldo Ardiente Torillo (RK Bagatsing) after the latter finally confessed to the murder of Ivy’s second mother Nay Carlota.

The show also kept viewers on the edge of their seats last Wednesday (August 9) and Thursday (August 10) as the ‘wildest wedding’ episodes hit national TV ratings of 28% and 28.2%, respectively.


Aside from scoring high ratings in its early primetime slot, “Wildflower” also created a buzz on social media. Its official hashtag #WildflowerWildestWedding trended on Twitter worldwide and got netizens tweeting positive feedback particularly on Maja and RK’s superb acting skills.


After Ivy finally orchestrated the fall of Arnaldo, what will she do next? Will she finally reveal her true identity as Lily Cruz? What will Emilia and Julio do to get Arnaldo out of this mess?

Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population, while the other ratings data supplier AGB Nielsen reportedly has only 2,000 homes based solely in urban areas that represent only 57% of the Philippine TV viewing population.

Don’t miss “Wildflower,” weeknights before “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

For updates, follow @wildflowerabscbn on Instagram, @RSBDramaUnitNew on Twitter and like the show’s official Facebook page at 

Catch its latest episodes on for Sky subscribers.

Look: Two New Movie Posters for Suspense Thriller "Flatliners"

“Cross the line. Death will follow you back,” warn the two new posters for Columbia Pictures’ new suspense thriller Flatliners which have just been released by the studio.

Check out the one-sheets below and watch Flatliners in Philippine cinemas on October 29, 2017.

Starring Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna and James Norton, Flatliners tells of five medical students who embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

Flatliners is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, from a screenplay by Ben Ripley, story by Peter Filardi.

Flatliners is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Fisherman Alfred Relatado and Radio DJ Jovany Satera Named "Tawag ng Tanghalan" Year 2 Grand Finalists

Radio DJ Jovany Satera of North Cotabato and fisherman Alfred Relatado of Davao Occidental have made it to the grand finals of “Tawag ng Tanghalan’s” Year 2 on “It’s Showtime.”

The two semifinalists from Mindanao garnered the highest combined scores from the judges and the madlang people’s text votes – 95.67% for Jovany and 74.05% for Alfred – in the week-long semi-finals held from August 7 to 12.

They both won P150,000, while contenders Aila Santos of Davao City and John Mark Saga of Dasmarinas, Cavite brought hom P25,000.

Don’t miss the talented Pinoy singers as they battle for supremacy in the return of “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” in the noontime variety show “It’s Showtime,” Mondays to Saturdays in ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (Sky Cable ch 167). 

For the program’s past episode, login to iWant TV or on for Sky subscribers.

ABS-CBN TVplus Wins Stevie Award at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

ABS-CBN TVplus, the pioneering digital terrestrial television product of ABS-CBN, clinched a Bronze Stevie at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, a business awards program that recognizes innovation in the workplace across 22 nations in the region.

The Bronze Stevie was given to ABS-CBN TVplus in the Innovation in Business-to-Business Services category for continuing to introduce services that feature quality content to Filipinos at home on top of the four TVplus exclusive channels on digital TV.

ABS-CBN TVplus’ latest Stevie triumph comes as the network transitions into a digital company, echoing its strong commitment to help the Department of Information and Communications (DICT) accelerate the Philippines’ shift to digital TV by constantly offering innovations.

Recently, ABS-CBN TVplus was also honored in the Philippine Quill Awards and Anvil Awards, two of the most prestigious communication award-giving bodies in the country.

It also previously won a Silver International Stevie Award for Best in New Product –Media and Entertainment category and a Bronze International Stevie Award for Best in Marketing Campaign at the 2016 International Business Awards, while  it took home two Bronze Stevie Awards at the third annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards last year.


ABS-CBN is the first media and entertainment company to roll out digital TV service in the country, making it the pioneer of transforming the way Filipinos access content and information on television.

 More popularly known as the ‘mahiwagang black box,’ ABS-CBN TVplus has sold 3.2 million units as of July 2017. The rise in TVplus boxes sold has also contributed to the increase in ABS-CBN’s audience share in Mega Manila.

The Stevie Awards are the world’s premier business awards that honor the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide.

13th Cinemalaya Film Festival 2017 Winners - Respeto,

"Respeto," a film about an amateur rapper and a grumpy poet who cross paths during a stand-off between riot police and squatters, was named the overall winner in the 13th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival bagging seven awards including Best Picture in the awards night held Sunday, August 13, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

The film also bagged the Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, NETPAC Jury Prize, and the Audience Choice Award.

13th Cinemalaya Full Length Winners - Full List: 

Best Picture - Respeto
Best Direction - Joseph Israel Laban, "Baconaua"
Best Actress - Angeli Bayani, "Bagahe"
Best Actor - Noel Camio Jr, "Kiko Boksingero"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role -
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Yayo Aguila, "Kiko Boksingero"
Best Cinematography - TM Malones, "Baconaua"
Best Screenplay - Bagahe
Best Sound - Respeto
Best Editing - Respeto
Best Original Musical Score - Pepe Manikan, "Kiko Boksingero"
Best Production Design - Marxie Maolen Fadul, "Nabubulok"
Special Jury Prize - Baconaua
NETPAC Jury Prize - Respeto
Audience Choice Award - Respeto

13th Cinemalaya Short Film Winners - Full List: 

Best Picture - Hilom
Best Direction - E Del Mundo, "Manong Pa Aling"
Best Screenplay - Bawod
Audience Choice Award - Nakauwi Na
NETPAC Jury Prize - Aliens Ata
Special Jury Prize - Fatima Marie Torres And The Invasion Of Space Shuttle Pinas 25

Photo: Camille Ante/ Manila Bulletin

"Alyas Robin Hood" Season 2 Premieres August 14 on GMA Telebabad

After its undeniably successful first season, GMA Network proudly brings back the hit primetime series Alyas Robin Hood in a much more exciting second season this August.

Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes returns as Pepe de Jesus, a former vigilante known as Robin Hood and is now a full-fledged lawyer that mostly takes on pro bono cases to help the poor and the oppressed.

Dingdong shares that they're doubling all their efforts to create a good show. "Kapag sinabi mong part two, whatever you saw last season kailangan mag double up in terms of the drama, the action, sa comedy, total look, production value, double up lahat. Biyaya sa amin na nabigyan kami ng second season kaya dodoblehin namin 'yung saya na maaaring i-expect nila at gagawin talaga namin 'yan."

More than the unexpected kidnapping of his mother, Pepe must now face new battles. A powerful evil force threatens the city, secrets from his past will be revealed, relationships will be torn apart, and shocking revelations will be made. Now more than ever, Pepe must dig up his past and revive his alter ego - Alyas Robin Hood.

Alyas Robin Hood also stars Andrea Torres as Venus, the love of Pepe's life and his faithful ally in helping those who are seeking justice; Ruru Madrid as Andres Silang, the geeky adopted son of Emilio (Edu Manzano) who has a secret persona as 'The Marbleman'; and as one of the leading ladies of Dingdong Dantes, Solenn Heussaff as Iris Lizeralde, the rich high-society 'it' girl who will also fall in love with Robin Hood.

Returning for the second season is respected and multi-awarded TV and movie actress Ms. Jaclyn Jose as Judy, Pepe and Caloy's loving mother.

Playing a very special role in the series is seasoned actor Edu Manzano as Emilio Albano, a famous and charismatic real estate agent, but underneath that exterior, is a manipulative man with an insatiable desire for power.

Bringing more action and excitement to Pepe's life are original and new cast members: Gary Estrada as Caloy, Pepe's older brother and father of Lizzy; Paolo Contis as Daniel Acosta, a principled police officer; Jay Manalo as Pablo, the leader of the Kadugo Brotherhood and Emilio's top assassin; Rey "PJ" Abellana as Leandro, Venus' father; Gio Alvarez as Jekjek, Pepe's confidante and best friend; KC Montero as Rigor, a cocky and mean police officer who is also Emilio's ally; Lindsay De Vera as Lizzy De Jesus, Pepe's niece and a supporter of Marbleman; Dave Bornea as Julian Balbuena, a crucial supporter of Marbleman; Rob Moya as Alex Cruz, Daniel's assistant police officer; Antonette Garcia as Frida, Venus' snooty yaya; Luri Nalus as Junjun, the odd but endearing man in Venus' household.

Alyas Robin Hood is under the helm once again of esteemed director Dominic Zapata, with the creative team composed of creative director Roy Iglesias; creative head Dode Cruz; creative consultant Suzette Doctolero; headwriter Aloy Adlawan; writers Glaiza Ramirez and Lobert Villela; and brainstormers Libay Trinidad and Patrick Ilagan.

This original drama series is created by the GMA ETV Drama group under the supervision of Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Vice President for Drama Redgie A. Magno, Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Senior Program Manager Cathy Ochoa-Perez and Senior Executive Producer Mona Mayuga.

Alyas Robin Hood Season 2 is all set to bring viewers twice the action, drama, romance and comedy. And with the much-anticipated sequel comes a new battle cry: That even heroes fall, but only those who rise from the ashes are the ones that are able to make a difference and save the world.

Beginning August 14, catch the return of Alyas Robin Hood weeknights on GMA Telebabad.

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