September 14, 2017

Will Smith Lead the Cast of "Aladdin" Live-Action Adaptation



Casting for "Aladdin," the live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic, is complete and production is currently underway at Longcross Studios outside London.  

The "Aladdin" cast includes: Two-time Oscar® nominee Will Smith ("Ali," "Men in Black") as the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes to whoever possesses his magic lamp; Mena Massoud (Amazon's "Jack Ryan") as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan's daughter; Naomi Scott ("Power Rangers") as Princess Jasmine, the Sultan's beautiful daughter who wants to have a say in how she lives her life; Marwan Kenzari ("Murder on the Orient Express") as Jafar, an evil sorcerer who devises a nefarious plot to unseat the Sultan and rule Agrabah himself; Navid Negahban ("Homeland") as the Sultan, the ruler of Agrabah who is eager to find a proper husband for his daughter, Jasmine; Nasim Pedrad ("Saturday Night Live") as Dalia, Princess Jasmine's hand maiden and confidante; Billy Magnussen ("Into the Woods") as Prince Anders, a suitor from Skanland and potential husband for Princess Jasmine; and Numan Acar ("Homeland") as Hakim, Jafar's right-hand man and head of the palace guards. 

"Aladdin" is directed by Guy Ritchie ("Sherlock Holmes," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.") from a screenplay by John August ("Dark Shadows," "Big Fish") based on the 1992 animated film "Aladdin" and stories from "One Thousand and One Nights." The producer is Dan Lin ("The LEGO Movie") with Golden Globe® winner Marc Platt ("La La Land"), Jonathan Eirich ("Deathnote") and Kevin De La Noy ("The Dark Knight Rises") serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid") provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar®-winning lyricists Howard Ashman ("Little Shop of Horrors") and Tim Rice ("The Lion King") as well as two new songs written by  Menken and Oscar® and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ("La La Land," "Dear Evan Hansen"). 

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"Hey Matteo" Happening November 30 at the Kia Theater


With his talent and dashing personality, MATTEO GUIDICELLI is always a stand-out in any field that he puts himself into. Over a decade in the entertainment industry, Matteo has become one of his generation's most established actors and continues to prove that his talents go beyond acting and sports as he shares more of himself through his music.

Last November, Matteo headlined his first major concert entitled #MatteoMadeinCebu. This sold out concert held at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City showcased Matteo's singing prowess and love for music.

This year, Matteo is once again taking centerstage, this time in Manila, with "HEY MATTEO" to be held at the Kia Theater on November 30, 2017 at 7:30PM.

"Hey Matteo" is set to give the fans a glimpse of Matteo's innermost self as he opens up more of his identity and artistry. Drawing from his personal experiences, this concert will be a revalation of his brand as a singer. "I have always wanted to sing, but I wasn't able to focus on it", he says, "Now, I'm at a stage of my life when I really want to do music and I'm very excited about this concert because it's going to feature songs from my upcoming album", he adds.

"Hey Matteo" combines Matteo's talents with the creativity of concert Director Genius Rowell Santiago and Musical direction by OPM Master Louie Ocampo.

This concert will be an entirely different show from his previous hometown concert in Cebu last year. "Hey Matteo" is definitely one concert event to look forward to as "70% to 80% of the creative input came from Matteo", Louie said. Both directors have worked with the versatile actor on several projects in the past and both have witnessed his growth as an artist. Their collaboration for this concert is one more a coming together of artists commited to mount a great show for the love of music. "The concert will have a youthful vibe with the 90's beat. It will show Matteo's versatility as a singer through songs that tell his story", says Louie. "Matteo is really hands-on with the preparations and this concert will definitely show much about the kind of singer that he is", he added. Matteo will be performing a combination of covers inspired by the music that he grew up with and original songs from an album that he will soon be releasing.


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"Hey Matteo" is produced by Big Bang productions, the same production company behind the successful #MatteoMadeinCebu concert last year. It will also co-produced by Hills and Dreams Events Concepts Co. Catch Matteo on November 30, 7:30PM at the Kia Theater.

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Albie Casino Joins "Pusong Ligaw"


Albie Casino joins the cast of ABS-CBN's hit afternoon series "Pusong Ligaw" as Leon, a teenager believed to be Tessa (Beauty Gonzalez) and Caloy's (Joem Bascon) missing son.

Just like Rafael, Leon was also found in a river when he was just about to turn a year old. Despite uncertainties, Jaime (Raymond Bagatsing) still made Tessa believe that they have already found her long lost child. Leon remains clueless as well, but saw the situation as an opportunity for him to pay his debts and get himself out of poverty.

How long can Jaime deceive Tessa? As Marga (Bianca King) finds out about Leon, what will she do to hide the truth from Caloy? What will Caloy do once he finds out that he and Tessa have a son?
Don't miss "Pusong Ligaw" after "It's Showtime" on ABS-CBN and on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up on the show's past episodes via iWanTV or skyondeman.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @starcreatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Lit Horror Movie "Pwera Usog" Unnerves Cinema One this Sunday, September 17


Social media ego causes the tragic misfortunes of Sofia Andres, Joseph Marco, Cherise Castro, and Albie Casino in the 2017 horror flick "Pwera Usog," graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board and airing for the first time on Cinema One this Sunday (September 17).

Jason Paul Laxamana's debut horror venture is an exciting take on a popular Filipino superstitious belief, "usog" meaning affliction caused by a greeting from a stranger. The film's cast also includes Kiko Estrada, Devon Seron, and veteran actresses Aiko Melendez and Eula Valdez.

A clique of bored and rich teens - led by headstrong Jean (Sofia) - decides to record a cruel prank on a crazed beggar woman (Devon) in the hopes of getting it viral on social media. The plan goes haywire as the beggar reacts violently, resulting to her curious accidental death. The group then seeks the help of a mother-and-son (Aiko and Kiko) tandem of faith healers as they find themselves plagued by visions of the dead beggar seeking revenge. Will they be able to escape the strangest things happening to them?

Nazamel Tabares of movie-review site pelikulamania.com commends the effective jump scares and fun turns of the film indicating, "there's action, there are scares and also laughs, Pwera Usog keeps the audience entertained from start to finish."

Hop on a millennial rollercoaster ride in "Pwera Usog" on Cinema One's Blockbuster Sunday (September 17) 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 facebook.com/Cinema1channel to view full schedule.

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September 13, 2017

Horror Thriller "IT" A Certified Monster Hit in the Philippines, Rakes P50.18-M on its Opening Weekend


New Line Cinema’s IT, the critically lauded big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s perennial best seller, floated to the top of the Philippine box office on its opening weekend, earning P50.18-million across 213 cinemas, and still climbing.

Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), the much-anticipated horror thriller has surpassed the opening figures of recent horror blockbusters, The Conjuring (P39-M) and Lights Out (P36.7-M).

In making the announcement, Francis Soliven, General Manager, Warner Bros. Philippines, said, “IT is the film that everyone is talking about, whether fans of the genre or not, driving moviegoers across the country to brave the cinema for their own encounter with Pennywise. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the results, and congratulate New Line Cinema, director Andy Muschietti and his phenomenal cast and crew on this fantastic opening.”

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT tells the story of seven young outcasts growing up in the township of Derry, Maine, who call themselves the Losers’ Club. Each of them has been ostracized for one reason or another; each has a target on their back from the local pack of bullies…and all have seen their inner fears come to life in the form of an ancient shapeshifting predator they can only call It.

For as long as their town has existed, Derry has been the entity’s hunting ground, emerging from the sewers every 27 years to feed on the terrors of its chosen prey: Derry’s children. Banding together over one horrifying and exhilarating summer, the Losers form a close bond to help them overcome their own fears and stop a killing cycle that began on a rainy day, with a small boy chasing a paper boat as it swept down a storm drain…and into the hands of Pennywise the Clown.

 


Directed by Andy Muschietti, IT is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. First published in 1986, IT became an instant classic. It continues to be counted among the best and most influential works of the undisputed literary master of horror, inspiring numerous film and television projects in the years that have followed.

The film stars Bill Skarsgård (Allegiant) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (Netflix’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic) and Jackson Robert Scott, making his film debut.

Muschietti directed IT from a screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by King. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti produced the film, with Dave Neustadter, Walter Hamada, Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison, Jon Silk and Niija Kuykendall serving as executive producers.

New Line Cinema presents a Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures/Katzsmith Production, IT. The film is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Specs Release



Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the much-anticipated iPhone X during a launch event at the Steve Jobs Auditorium in Cupertino, California, on Tuesday, September 12.

iPhone X, which Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook called "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone," is redesigned product of glass and stainless steel with an edge-to-edge display. It features wireless charging, an infrared camera and special hardware for facial recognition, which will replace the fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone. 




The home button found on previous iPhones is also gone, and users will instead tap the device to wake it up.

The screen on the iPhone X is about the size of the current iPhone 7 Plus. It features richer colors thanks to a new technology called OLED.

 


Priced at $999, iPhone X, is set for market release starting November 3.

Apple also introduced the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, which resemble the iPhone 7 line but have a glass back for wireless charging.

The new phones feature Apple's first proprietary graphics processor, which provides greater speed, improved cameras and some features for augmented reality apps.

The company also introduced an upgraded Apple Watch, which can make phone calls and access the internet without the user carrying an iPhone. The Series 3 watch will cost $399.

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ABS-CBN Publishinh Launches Five New Books at the 38th Manila International Book Fair

ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. will launch five exciting new titles at the 38th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) on September 13 to 17 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City with celebrity authors ASAP BFF5, Boy Abunda, Empoy Marquez, Gloc-9 and McLisse in exclusive meet-and-greet and book signing sessions.

Visitors will have a first peek of ABS-CBN Publishing's latest offerings at the National Book Store booth, one of the exhibitors at the longest-running gathering of bookworms that celebrates the limitless joys of reading.

Kicking things off will be Dr. Boy Abunda with "It's Like This: 100 + Abundable Thoughts That will make you think and rethink what you've always thought about your life." As the title suggests, readers are sure to pick up nuggets of wisdom from the author, especially on topics like management and hosting. The award-winning host will be part of MIBF's ribbon cutting ceremony as well as a meet and greet session on Wednesday (September 13) at 11am.

Next up is author Aristotle Pollisco better known as the rapper Gloc-9 with his first ever collection of poetry, "Akin Lang Naman." In his book, Gloc-9 masterfully crafts his lyrics into poetry verses, a unique bridge between rap and literature. He will be signing books and performing his hit songs live on Friday (September 15) at 3pm.

For fans of Korean dramas, the Mangaserye Book Series promises to offer a new kind of kilig. Topbilled by two of today's hottest loveteams, MayWard and McLisse, book 1 of the Mangaserye series has two must-read tales inspired by Korean and Japanese love stories. Be sure to join McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson as they have a meet and greet session on Saturday (September 16) at 2pm.

Empoy Marquez, ABS-CBN Publishing's newest author, will be talking about his highly entertaining book, "Bakit Nakakakiliti ang Bigote?" also on the 16th at 3pm. Expect the unexpected as Empoy reaches a new audience with his unique brand of humor.

Finally, ASAP's BFF5, composed of Andrea Brillantes, Kira Balinger, Loisa Andalio, Maris Racal, and Ylona Garcia, will also be joining book enthusiasts on Saturday at 4pm. The Kapamilya girl squad members will promote their new manual for teens, "BFF5: Sugar and Spice."

Now on its 38th year, the MIBF showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature for leisure and academic reading. It also serves as the go-to venue for this year's most awaited book launches and signings, dialogues with readers, contests, and other literary events.

ABS-CBN Publishing, known for bestselling books that redefine genres, is a magazine and book publisher and a wholly owned subsidiary of ABS-CBN. Aside from a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, it includes lifestyle, culinary, youth, and entertainment glossies in its portfolio.

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September 12, 2017

Join the Search for The Toughest Pinoy in KIX Channels' R U Tough Enough? “Man versus Woman” Edition


Men and women have different views when it comes to defining toughness. While some believe men’s brute physical strength represents toughness, others believe that women’s resilience and emotional endurance are what being tough is all about. But when they are put up against one another, we have to ask, who is tougher?



KIX, the ultimate destination for action entertainment, will find out as it brings back R U Tough Enough? for the third time! This year, the event aims to go beyond the stereotypes by recruiting 5 male and 5 female contestants to face off for a “Man versus Woman” edition. The contestants will go through a rigorous series of physically demanding and emotionally enduring challenges. Only one winner can be crowned as the Toughest Pinoy and walk away with the grand prize of PHP 250,000. Are men going to prove themselves as the tougher gender? Or are women going to finally break the stereotype?

At the media launch, KIX announced that actress-turned- fitness trainer, Aubrey Miles and celebrated fitness guru, Arnold Aninion were chosen as the ambassadors to emphasize this year’s theme of “Man versus Woman”. The ambassadors will lead #TeamAubrey and #TeamArnold respectively in the challenge to determine which gender is the toughest.

Aubrey Miles isn’t your typical model or actress. This girl is tough to the bone! Aubrey is the perfect embodiment of toughness and tenacity.  She supported her family since she was a teenager, she fought through her life’s challenges and emerged as a tough actress and fitness advocate.

I’m very excited to be chosen as the first female ambassador for R U Tough Enough? Filipinos are tough, especially women, they never give up even get hit by all kinds of life adversities. Like me, I struggled to get my life back after giving birth and start everything over again by myself. Everything that I have and where am at now is from my hard work and being tougher inside and outside. So I encourage my fellow Pinays out there to join R U Tough Enough? Let’s show them women are really tough,” said Aubrey.



From being a national rugby player to a body builder, Arnold Aninion, has proven to be tough with countless hours of training and hard work throughout his years as a fitness enthusiast.

Being tough is a balance of being physically and mentally strong. I believe that we can accomplish anything if we just set our minds to it. Much like the Pinoy spirit. Pinoys are so resilient that we get up every time life brings us down. I challenge everyone to test your limits and join R U Tough Enough?,” said Arnold.

In this year’s R U Tough Enough?, we are excited to go beyond the stereotype that men are tougher than women with our very own battle of Man versus Woman. We’re sure that this will make for an enthralling competition, as we know that toughness isn’t limited to physical strength; it is also a test of mental endurance. And a big thank you to our sponsors and partners for supporting this program,” said Shirley Cheong, Executive Director of Marketing at KIX, Hong Kong.


R U Tough Enough? is open to all Philippine residents aged 18 and above. To enter the contest, participants must apply online and tell us why you are the Toughest Pinoy at www.KIX-TV.com/tough. Participants with the most inspiring stories will be called to an audition and only ten individuals will be shortlisted to compete at the final showdown and stand a chance to win the title of “The Toughest Pinoy” and a grand prize of P250,000.

R U Tough Enough? Philippines is sponsored by Fisherman’s Friend, the strong adult candy with added benefits, supported by venue partner SM Mall of Asia, gym partner Gold’s Gym, as well as cable partners Cablelink, Cignal TV, Destiny Cable, Gsat and SKYcable; and media partners WhenInManila.com and Action Asia.

More details including terms and conditions of the competition can also be found on the contest website www.KIX-TV.com/tough. Stay updated on the competition through KIX’s social media platforms, including Facebook: facebook.com/KIXAsia, Twitter: @KIXAsia, and Instagram: @KIXAsia.

KIX is available on (Cablelink Ch. 31, Cignal TV Ch. 264, Destiny Cable Ch. 10, Gsat Ch. 117, and SKYcable Ch. 242). For more information, you can log on to www.KIX-TV.com.

September 8, 2017

MayWard, KissMarc and "The Voice Teens" Headline ASAP #ASAPRaintastic on September 10


It’s a raintastic Sunday afternoon in “ASAP” as “Loving In Tandem” lead stars Kisses Delavin, Marco Gallo, Edward Barber, and Maymay Entrata and pop rock royalty Yeng Constantino join the party together with “The Voice Teens” idols Isabela Vinzon, Jeremy Glinoga, and Jona Soquite.

Be amazed with the big shot talents from “Little Big Shots” kids, Charley, the bellydancer, JM, the hiphop dancer, and Zianne, the young cheerleader, as they show off in the “ASAP” stage with Maja Salvador, Janella Salvador plus Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil.

Viewers are also in for a must see treat from BilboardPH’s chart toppers Inigo Pascual, Jona, and KZ Tandingan.

“ASAPinoy,” meanwhile, pays tribute to the songs of Dingdong Avanzado to be led by tribute master Gary Valenciano with Gino Padilla, Luke Mejares plus Dingong’s wife Jessa and daughter, Jayda Zaragoza and more.

Finally, don’t miss the chance to hear Birit Queen Klarisse de Guzman’s newest single. 

Don’t miss “ASAP” this Sunday (Sept. 10), 11:45 AM, on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up via iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. Don’t forget to share your thoughts this Sunday using the official hashtag #ASAPRaintastic.

TAPA KING Celebrates 30 Years of Sarap Home-Cooked Meals with its First Celebrity Endorser BASTE DUTERTE


For 30 years, Tapa King has been the go-to place for Filipino home-cooked spread served with no frills and no pretentions. As they celebrate their 30th anniversary, the established Filipino food chain launched their very first and newest endorser–TV show host and businessman Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, the perfect celebrity to represent the brand.

We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary by introducing someone who completely embodies the way we serve food,” said Tapa King President and CEO Beatrice Magallanes. “Baste has authentic Filipino grit, the kind who eats without pretense. What you see is what you get with him, which is essentially how we are.”

In this modern age where everything is filtered and curated, Tapa King remains a simple haven and stands out by being one of the few remaining places where people can just be themselves and eat as if they were home.

 


This is what Baste love about Tapa King. “Pagdating sa pagkain, I’m the type who enjoys what I want, kahit saan pa man ‘yan. Wala nang arte-arte. The best for me ‘pag relax lang, when it makes me feel at home. ‘Yun yung gusto ko sa Tapa King – ‘yung parang may lutong-bahay kang mauuwian,” he said. When asked about his favorite he said that he likes Tapa Flakes, with its best-tasting original Tapa recipe, served with garlic rice, sunny side up egg and atchara.

Tapa King’s original Tapa recipe has been around for years. What began in 1987 as a humble intent to provide classic home-style Pinoy favorites along Gallardo Street in Makati, Tapa King has now grown into a well known provider of pure meal goodness with over 100 branches in Luzon, Vizayas, and Mindanao. To date, they have four branches outside the Philippines, three in Dubai and one in Singapore.

Tapa King prides itself in serving meals from a menu of delectable Pinoy favorites. Whether you’re up for classic Tapa, Tocino, Longganisa, Danggit or Beef Steak, Tapa King can bring you what you crave for and more. They even serve comfort Pinoy food staples like Beef Kare-Kare and Bulalo.

Authentic and purely uninhibited, Tapa King offers home-cooked indulgence at its finest – the kind that anyone with a healthy appetite will want to come home to,” Beatrice adds.

 


For Tapa King‘s complete menu and delivery information, visit www.tapaking.com.ph or like their Facebook page at www.fb.com/TapaKingPH

For franchising, please call 0917-727-8272 (TAPA).

September 7, 2017

3 Reasons to Watch Daniel Radcliffe's Rom-Com "What If" on TAG TV


Daniel Radcliffe takes off his wizard robe and transforms into a friendzoned boy-next-door who thinks he already met the one in the romantic comedy film “What If,” airing on cable channel TAG TV this weekend.

Wallace (Daniel) is a med school dropout nursing a broken heart who unexpectedly encounters Chantry (Zoe Kazan) at a house party. The two connect right away until Chantry shoves Wallace away and reveals that she has a boyfriend.

Here are three reasons why “What If” is a must-watch rom-com flick:

1.    It’s “When Harry Met Sally” for millennials.

Peter Travers compared the film to a rom-com classic in rollingstone.com. “This rom-com is really an updated take on ‘When Harry Met Sally’… for millennials. Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan spin sweet magic out of blah-blah-blah clichés. I like when that happens.”

2.    Adorable casting.

Jordan Hoffman cited the film’s great casting in theguardian.com. He wrote, “through it all, though, anyone without a heart black as coal will sit in the theater transforming into human mush and mumbling “aww”.The reason for this – above all else – is the casting. Radcliffe and Kazan are adorable and vulnerable and sincere in equal measure, but this really is Radcliffe’s movie.”

3.    Sparkling performances.

According to Justin Chang of variety.com, “their endless dithering is made not just tolerable but ingratiating thanks to sparkling performances and a level of wit, whimsy and self-conscious genre riffery that never gets in the way of emotional sincerity.”

Catch the surprising love story in “What If” airing on cable channel TAG TV this Saturday (September 9) at 8pm with replay on Sunday (Sept. 10) at 10am. Tag TV brings Filipino-dubbed foreign films showcasing a collection of rom-coms, dramas, action-packed movies, thrillers, comedies, and the freshest Hollywood and Asian titles.

TAG TV is available on Skycable Channel 77 and Sky Direct Channel 44. For more information, like TAG TV on Facebook and follow its official Twitter and Instagram accounts (@TagTVph).

Story of Unsung Hero Who Saved More Than 30 Lives During War in Marawi Aired this Saturday on "MMK"


“MMK” sheds light on the story of an unsung hero who sacrificed his own safety to protect and guide more than 30 fellow Christians as they struggled to survive in a basement during the height of the armed conflict in Marawi City this Saturday (September 9) in “MMK.”

As soon as the war broke out, Loloy (John Estrada) immediately brought his wife Grace (Lara Quigaman) and son Brian (Zaijian Jaranilla) to safety and went straight to his Muslim employers’ house.




They were about to leave the city when more than 30 teachers and school staff, who also sought refuge in the same residence, begged them to stay. Risking his family’s chance at survival, Loloy together with Grace and Brian heeded their call and stayed with the group.

For eleven days, Loloy did his best to take care of everyone. But things started to become hard for all of them when their food and water supplies depleted. A different challenge awaited them when they had to leave the house and run for their lives to reach the military safe zone.

How did Loloy lead everyone to safety? What did he do when his son suddenly wanted to give up the fight?

Loloy is among those featured in Jeff Canoy and Val Cuenca’s special online report titled "Buhay Pa Kami" published via ABS- CBN News Online. The report created a buzz and was widely shared on social media for its heartwarming stories about the different people affected by the war in Marawi.

Joining this upcoming episode are Claire Ruiz, Jai Agpangan, Carla Martinez, Lester Llansang, Milo Elmido, Mara Lopez, Gilleth Sandico, Hazel Faith dela Cruz, Jomari Angeles, Jackie Leus, Micah Muñoz, Martha Comia, Lowell Coñales, Roy Requejo, and Zeppi Borromeo. The episode is directed by Dado Lumibao and written by Mae Rose Balanay at Arah Jell Badayos. “MMK” is led by Business Unit Head Roda C. dela Cerna and  Star Creatives COO Malou Santos.




Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK,” every Saturday after “Little Big Shots” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch its latest episodesoniwantv.com.phorskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers . For more updates, follow @mmkofficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Jacob Muñez and Joy Wu Crowned as Mr and Miss Chinatown 2017, Late Telecast to be Aired September 10 on ABS-CBN Sunday’s Best


Former US Army officer Jacob Muñez and Davaoena masscom student Joy Wu were crowned Mr and Miss Chinatown 2017. The pageant was held at Solaire Hotel and Casino.

The Mr. and Miss Chinatown pageant aims to strengthen Filipino and Chinese relations. The event is also a fusion of modern and traditional customs that highlight Chinoy heritage.

Ms Chinatown 2017 Joy Wu, 21 is currently pursuing a degree in Mass Communication at the Ateneo de Davao University.  Joy will represent the Philippines   in the 2018 Miss Chinese International pageant in Hong Kong.

Mr. Chinatown 2017 Jacob Munez 25 served in the US Army for six years. Before settling back to the Philippines in 2016 he was based in the  Hawaii, Iraq, Seattle, Korea and Kuwait

Title holders Joy Wu and Jacob Munez were also the proud recipients of the ‘Darling of the Press’ award during the Mr and Miss Chinatown 2017 press presentation.

Other pageant winners are first runners-up Martin Sy and Angela Elpa and  second runners-up, Allen Wu and Kency Ongkeko.

The winners will receive P200,000; P100,000; and P50,000 worth of cash and prizes.

 


Directed by Paolo Valenciano “2017 Mr & Ms Chinatown” will be aired on Sunday, Sept. 10, on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best.

September 4, 2017

5 Places You're Likely to Encounter an "Anino"


Every Pinoy grew up hearing scary tales of supernatural creatures, otherwise known as "anino," from our parents, grandparents, yayas, and classmates. Many stories were told to make us stay away from certain places else we encounter various "anino"— creatures of the darkness responsible for weird, unexplainable occurrences.

Whether you want to avoid the supernatural altogether or actually go looking for them, iWant TV's original digital horror series "Umbra" tells the vivid stories behind different "anino" from all over the country that won't fail to creep us out—especially when you find yourself in locations where they're usually found.

1. Cemeteries in Mindoro

We've all heard of the "White Lady" in different forms, but the White Lady of Mindoro, Batangas, is known as "Lugay" for her long white hair. Lugay is said to creep around cemeteries, catching a ride on her victims' cars and motorcycles as they drive by. Next time you're at a cemetery, beware of this ghostly creature - many locals from generations ago and to this day still swear by real-life encounters with Lugay.

2. Wooded areas, antique shops, and antique furniture in or from the Ilocos Region

Ever heard of stories of sudden, unexplained deaths where the victim goes to sleep and never wakes up? Philippine folkore, especially in Ilocos will probably blame it on the dreaded "bangungot," brought on by the forest creature "Batibat" that resides in old trees. As the legend goes, old trees cut down for use in houses and furniture can anger Batibat, who in turn attacks the humans sleeping near the remnants of the cut-down trees. The Batibat sits on the chest of his victim, suffocating him in his sleep. Beware this ominous character when you're on a camping trip, trip to the province, or surrounded by antiques.

3. Old buildings, churches, and hospitals in Luzon and Visayas

Believers say that when the "Mangangatok" comes knocking on your door, you're in for a lot of bad luck, or worse, death. Storytellers warn urban dwellers as the Mangangatok roams the cities; this creature knocks on doors but isn't visible to its victims. Answering a Mangangatok's knock will make the dwellers inside a home its victims. Elders say that to avoid this, one must check carefully before opening their doors to unexpected knocks.

4. Capiz, Iloilo, and Antique

The "Manananggal" is one of the most famous beings in Filipino folkore, and they're found in these Visayan provinces. The Manananggal appears as a normal human by day, but turns into a scary, decapitated creature. As legend goes, the Mananggal's upper body flies off into the night to terrorize victims, often going for expectant mothers and killing them as they feed off the unborn child. Believers warn against taking trips to these places when pregnant, because some versions of the story tell of the Manananggal disguised as a doctor pretending to help, only to gather more victims for prey.

5. Rural, remote areas

This creepy creature in the form of a baby is one of the scariest stories told to children, since both infants and dolls could be a "Tiyanak." This scary creature is known in various cultures, but are said to abound in rural, remote provinces. According to myths, Tiyanaks are born when its parents are struggling; some versions will say a Tiyanak is born to attack an unfaithful father. Still other versions say the tiyanak is the ghost of an unwanted baby, or a baby who dies before birth. The tiyanak is a type of vampirical baby who is born to suck the life out of its victims, lurking in the dark and waiting to pounce on its victims.

"Umbra" is the first original horror animation series produced by ABS-CBN's iWant TV. Viewers can watch anytime, anywhere by creating an account on iwantv.com.ph and by downloading the latest iWant TV App version from Google Play and the App Store. iWant TV is available to all ABS-CBNmobile, Smart, Sun, Talk 'n Text, PLDT Home, Globe and TM subscribers.

iWant TV is ABS-CBN's over-the-top content platform exclusively available in the Philippines. It gives Kapamilya fans access to their favorite shows online, wherever they go at any time they want. Users can keep up with Kapamilya teleseryes, shows, actors, and have access to exclusive content, with iWant TV's vast library of content, categorized and labelled conveniently.

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.

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Contest: SKY Flies Lucky Subscribers to Watch The EMMYS Live in Los Angeles California, USA


SKY, the country's leading cable TV provider, will fly one SKY subscriber and a companion to walk the red carpet and watch the EMMYS® live.

The 69thPrimetime Emmy® Awards honors the best of television on September 18, 8 AM (Manila Time) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. This year's awards is abuzz with the record nominations of HBO at 111, the most of any network for the 17th year in a row. Its most popular show last year, "Westworld" which nabbed a total of 22 nominations, ties (with Saturday Night Live) for the most of any program this year. Interested subscribers must have E! in their channel line-up and go towww.mysky.com.ph/watchtheemmys to answer the form and the question, "Why do you want to watch the Emmy's live?" Deadline for entries is on September 3, 2017, while the draw for the winner will be on September 5.

The live TV coverage of the EMMYS® will be on LIFESTYLE (Mega Manila channel 52, Regional channel 40 or 601, and SKYdirect channel 31) on September 18, Monday at 8 AM. Join E! Live From The Red Carpet at the EMMYS® on September 18, Monday at 6 AM (Mega Manila SD channel 57, HD channel 207 and Regional SD channel 608, HD channel 744).

*Please accompany Westworld photo with the legal line.

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Contest: Join and Win an All-Expense Trip to Watch the "X Factor UK" Finale Live in UK


SKY, the country's leading cable TV provider, and RTL CBS Entertainment are teaming up to send one subscriber and a companion to watch the finale of the star-making talent show "The X Factor UK" in London in December. The singing competition that produced hitmakers James Arthur and Little Mix can be seen every Sunday and Monday, same day as the US, at 10:30 AM on RTL CBS Entertainment, with an encore at 9 PM.

The contest is open to all SKY subscribers with RTL CBS Entertainment in their channel line-up. Interested participants should go to www.mysky.com.ph/xfactoruk to answer the form and say why they want to watch the "The X Factor UK" live.

Deadline for entries is on October 15, 2017 with the announcement of the winner on October 22.

RTL CBS Entertainment is on SD channel 53 and HD channel 196 in Mega Manila. Regional subscribers can view it on SD channel 616 and HD channel 739, while it's available to SKYdirect subscribers on channel 35.

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TFC Supports Martin Nievera's Historic Concerts in Las Vegas and Honolulu this September Labor Day weekend



It's rare for any artist to have almost back-to-back concerts in two of the biggest cities for entertainment – Las Vegas and Honolulu.  Moreover, it's even rarer for artists to hold such concerts in premier venues like the M Resort Spa Casino and Blue Note Jazz Club Restaurant.

But trust Philippine Concert King Martin Nievera to pull off such a feat.  After all, he has several records of being first in his colorful career as a live concert performer, recording artist, musician, composer, actor and producer. Martin was the first Goodwill Ambassador of ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC), the leading Filipino media and entertainment network. He was also the first Ambassador for the Bantay Bata Program of ABS-CBN Foundation which has become a model for child care, rescue and protection services. Most recently, Martin became TFC's first artist to perform the U.S. national anthem ahead of a Golden State Warriors game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California back in March of this year. And these are just a few to mention because he also set records in terms of platinum record sales and concert attendance.

This September, TFC celebrates world-class Filipino American talent Martin Nievera in his historic Labor Day weekend special concerts in the U.S.

First, on September 2, Martin became the first Filipino American artist to perform at the swanky M Resort Spa Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard in Henderson, Nevada.  The location is near the affluent neighborhood of Southern Highlands.  Joining Martin in the concert was the legendary Society of Seven or S.O.S., one of the best variety show bands ever that started as The Fabulous Echoes in Hong Kong before adopting the S.O.S. name in the 60s in Hawaii. Here they became the concert destination for many Hawaiian locals and visitors at the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel for over 30 years.  Martin, whose father Bert Nieverawas a former member of S.O.S., created musical magic with the latest batch of this fabulous band. 

Then on September 4, Monday, Labor Day holiday in the U.S., Martin again becomes the first Filipino American talent to have not one, but two solo concerts at the Blue Note Hawaii on Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu. Blue Note Hawaii was borne out of a partnership between Outrigger Resorts and Blue Note Entertainment Group, owner of music clubs in New York, Washington D.C., Milan and two locations in Japan. Just as they claim, Blue Note Hawaii serves as the state's premier venue for world-renowned artists, from jazz and blues to Hawaiian favorites. Located in the former Society of Seven showroom inside Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Blue Note Hawaii features a wide range of musical entertainment – from local talent to international sensations – for limited engagements.  

These concerts of Martin, as of this writing, are SOLD OUT as seen on http://www.ticketweb.com/search?q=blue+note+hawaii+martin&loc=honolulu-hi&REFID=bnweb&PL=bluenote But you can take your chances and call 808.777.4890.

This is TFC offering a great way for everyone in the U.S. to celebrate with great music, fine dining and a wonderful experience with loved ones this Labor Day weekend.

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Daniel Padilla and Xian Lim Beat Paolo Ballesteros and Christian Bables in Star Awards Best Actor and Supporting Actor Recognition


In a surprise turn of events, Kapamilya actors Daniel Padilla and Xiam outshined this season's favorites Paolo Ballesteros and Christian Bables to earn the highest acting awards in the recently concluded Star Awards for Movies 2017.

Daniel won Best Actor for his performance in "Barcelona: A Love Untold" while Xian earned his Best Actor trophy for "Everything About Her". 

"Love You to The Stars and Back" actor Joshua Garcia earned his first acting award after winning New Movie Actor of the Year for MMFF 2016 movie entry "Vince, Kath & James".

Meanwhile, Vilma Santos (Everything About Her) and Nora Aunor (Kabisera) tied for Best Actress Award.



Here is the complete list of winners:

Movie Actress of the Year - (tie) Vilma Santos for Everything About Her and Nora Aunor for Kabisera
Movie Actor of the Year - Daniel Padilla for Barcelona: A Love Untold
Movie Supporting Actor of The Year - Xian Lim for Everything About Her
Movie Supporting Actress of the Year - Ana Capri for Laut
New Movie Actor of the Year - Joshua Garcia for Vince, Kath & James
New Movie Actress of The Year - Hasmine Killip for Pamilya Ordinaryo
Child Performer of the Year - Rhed Bustamante for Seklusyon
Movie Director of the Year - Jun Robles Lana for Die Beautiful
Movie of the Year - Die Beautiful
Movie Story Scorer of the Year - Everything About Her
Movie Sound Engineer of the Year - Seklusyon
Movie Original Theme Song of the Year - Imagine You and Me
Movie Production Designer of the Year - Seklusyon
Movie Cinematographer of the Year - Die Beautiful
Movie Editor of the Year - Die Beautiful
Movie Screenwriter of the Year - Die Beautiful

Indie Movie Director of the Year - Eduardo Roy for Pamilya Ordinaryo
Indie Movie of the Year - Pamilya Ordinaryo
Indie Movie Theme Song of the Year - Pauwi Na
Indie Movie Sound Engineer of the Year - Kusina
Indie Movie Original Theme Song of The Year - Panata
Indie Movie Production of the Year - Hapis at Himagsik Ni Hermano Puli
Indie Movie Cinematographer of the Year - Sakaling Di Makarating
Indie Movie Editor of The Year - Pamilya Ordinaryo
Indie Movie Screenwriter of the Year - Patay Na Si Hesus

Ulirang Alagad ng Pelikula sa Likod Ng Kamera - Joel Lamangan
Nora Aunor Ulirang Artista Lifetime Achievement Award - Pen Medina
Darling of the Press - Luis Manzano
Movie Love Team of the Year - KathNiel

Laura Lehmann Wins Miss World Philippines 2017 Title; Miss World Philippines 2017 Winners Announced


Former UAAP courtside reporter, football player, model/endorser, lifestyle program host, and Bb. Pilipinas 2014 runner-up Laura Lehmann was crowned Miss World Philippines 2017 in the coronation night held on Sunday night, September 3 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.




Lehmann is set to represent the country in the Miss World pageant on November 18 in China.



Other winners include:

Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2017 - Winwyn Marquez
Miss Eco Philippines 2017 - Cynthia Thomalla
Miss Multinational Philippines 2017 - Sophia Senoron
Miss World Philippines 2017 First Princess  - Glyssa Perez
Miss World Philippines 2017 Second Princess - Zara Carbonell

September 3, 2017

Jollibee Hosts Nationwide Block Screening for Latest Cheesy JoshLia Film “Love You to the Stars and Back”


Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia’s latest film “Love You to the Stars and Back” has started showing today in cinemas nationwide. Jollibee celebrates the cheesy opening day by treating hundreds of JoshLia and Cheesy Yumburger fans to an exclusive block screening in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.

The film, written and directed by Antoinette Jadaone, is a fresh take on fate, young love, and life.

Jollibee endorsers Joshua and Julia shared that the cheesy kilig moments in the movie are the best paired with the new and improved Jollibee Cheesy Yumburger, now made cheesier because of its new creamy cheddar cheese melted right on top of the Yumburger’s signature 100% beef patty!

Enjoy the new JoshLia starrer and the super cheesier, langhap-sarap Cheesy Yumburger, now available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide. Prices start at 45php.

You will definitely love the movie and the Jollibee Cheesy Yumburger langhap-sarap experience….to the stars and back!

Revitalize and Bring Back The Youthful Glow in You with WATSONS "Time to Renew" Campaign


Heads up, everyone! Watsons knows you've got so much on your plate that you forget to give yourselves some tender love and care. You've been juggling between work and play, trying to cover as much ground as possible that you tend to spread yourself too thin. And because of this, it is no surprise that you forget to take care of yourself that it eventually takes a toll on your overall well-being.

Watsons is here to help you to revitalize your youthful vigor and bring back the vitality you need to enjoy life!

To help you get back on track, Watsons started the "Time to Renew" campaign to lead people back to restoring their beauty and recharging their health.

The campaign focused on three categories that most of people tend to set aside to accommodate their tight schedules-Restore your Beauty for proper skin care, Revitalize your hair to bring life back to dull tresses, and Recharge your health for a more energized and healthier body.

Because of busy schedules, we tend to develop poor sleeping habits that not only affect our mood but also contribute to the dullness of our skin, which makes it prone to blemishes, dry skin, acne and oily skin. At Watsons, restoring your skin's beauty is now made easy with products like Pond's, Olay, L'oreal, Belo, Celeteque, Neutrogena, asnow, St.Ive's, Suave, Bellic, Glutamax, Shulammite soap, Cosmo Skin and Nivea Men creme.




But more than our skin, it's most often that we forget about protecting our hair. Not being able to cover it up with any sort of sun shield because we're in a rush or just don't have the time can result to hair problems-it gets greasier, we become more prone to hair fall, and greying hair. Taking care of our hair doesn't end with simply shamppoing ams conditioning. Our hair also needs intensive protection from the sun and heat styling products, especially for those who love playing with their locks. Make it a point to revitalize your hair with hair loving products like Tresseme, L'Oreal, Dove and Moringa.

It's important to recharge your health to achieve the 100% you. But when the going gets really tough, there comes a point where even our eating and exercise habits are put aside in the shelf. Little do we know that skipping exercise and meals lead to lack pf energy and lack of nutrition. With Watsons' healthy solutions such as Cosmo Cee, Poten-Cee, MetTathione, M Collagen, Myra E Stresatans, Bello Glutathione, Snow  Caps and Kilo-off, you can have a healthier life and get in tip-top shape in no time.




Restore your beauty and recharge your health with Watsons!

Enjoy big discounts and great deals for your health and beauty products exclusive at all Watsons stores and SM Store Beauty Section. Plus get a chance to win revitalizing packages with your SM Advantage Card, BDO or PriMo Card. 

Every 500 single receipt purchase of any participating product entitles a member to one ( 1) raffle entry.

May Forever sa Traffic in 1:43 Comeback Single "Trapik Tralala"


Traffic congestion wastes your precious time. And it may also cost you your love life. 

This is the bittersweet theme of revitalized Filipino boyband 1:43’s comeback single titled “Trapik Tralala,” which speaks of a young man’s growing exasperation as he finds himself stuck in traffic on his way to see the girl of his dreams.

Composed by OPM icon Jim Paredes and arranged by Sonic State Audio Studio’s Jonathan Ong, “Trapik Tralala” was originally a part of the APO’s 1996 album Dating Alternatib but which was not
released as a single, then.

Pagod na pagod, inis na inis, sa haba ng trapik, sa tulo ng pawis / banas na banas mukhang hindi aabot / Inip na inip sa kahihintay, na-lowbat ang cellphone wala pang powerbank / Walang magawa kundi maghintay lamang,” goes the song’s intro.

The guy fails to make it to his date but what the hey, he opts to look at the brighter side of things - he
composed a song while stuck in traffic.

Sa tagal ng trapik nalanta ang sabik, ang balak na pag-ibig ay naunsyami / nasayang na ang gas, pagkakatao’y nawaldas / Hindi na umabot, hindi na nakita, ang balak na pag-ibig ay na-tralala / Di bale, okay lang, nakagawa naman ng kanta,” the ditty goes.

Although it has yet to be released on various digital music platforms, “Trapik Tralala” is already enjoying heavy airplay on FM radio stations nationwide. On September 1, Friday, it will be available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, and Deezer in over 240 countries worldwide.

Chris Cahilig, 1:43 founder and manager, is confident that “Trapik Tralala” will resonate with millennials, young office workers, and the new generation of music lovers whose professional and romantic lives are often jeopardized by the metro’s worsening traffic problem.

Trapik Tralala is a song so close to home that nearly everyone can relate to it. After all, it shows that
love can be tricky - when traffic gets in the way. The band had a great time recording it, and the fact
that it is an original APO composition shows how 1:43 is totally committed to promote OPM,” Cahilig relates.

He further points out that despite the horror stories involving traffic, “Trapik Tralala shows that there are ways to turn things around and making music is one of them.”

The revitalized 1:43 features four talented and charismatic young men in the persons of Art Artienda, Ced Miranda, Jason Allen Estroso, and Wayne Avellano. The band bagged the 2013 Star Awards for Music Song of the Year for the monster hit “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo” and scored the “Most Promising Performing and Recording Group” recognition in the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation’s 45th Box-Office Entertainment Awards.

Aside from the monster hit “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo,” 1:43 also popularized the songs “Hayop Sa Ganda,”

“Pag-Ibig na Kaya,” and “Ang Saya-Saya,” which became the official theme song of the GMA-7 sitcom “Ismol Family.”

1:43 is co-managed by Cahilig and Mario Colmenares of Primetime Events and Talent Management.

For booking inquiries, interested parties may send a message at chriscahilig@gmail.com or primetimetalents@gmail.com, or through the 1:43 Facebook page.

September 1, 2017

Erich Gonzales is METRO's Muse for The Big Fashion Issue in New York City


Metro Magazine takes Erich Gonzales to a journey unlike any other - a journey inwards to self-discovery, and a journey outwards to New York, the city that never sleeps where the actress is out to find and reinvent herself as her story becomes the heart of the Big Fashion Issue this September.

To compliment Erich's personal and stylistic adventure, Metro also goes all out in its quest to find the most coveted pieces of the Fall/Winter season, featuring some of our favorite runway leaders such as Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Michael Kors and more. Selections include a broad range from apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and eyewear, with a playful approach to signature American influences, like modern cowboy, denim on denim, gym classic gal, or the rebel dressing that's a cross between punk and disco goodness at CBGBs and Studio 54.

Further reinforcing the American mood is our fourth of July editorial special, featuring a vibrant mix of luxury and high-street fashion. This issue also catches up with Metro's Editor-at-Large, Sarah Meier, as she takes Metro on a tour to her home strip in Brooklyn. Plus, exclusive interviews with American personalities such as pop star Gwen Stefani, and beauty empire heiress Aerin Lauder.

It's not all international spotlights, though. Metro also salutes the local fashion and beauty personalities that have made waves in the global scene. One of the most notable features being "Asia's Next Top Model" Cycle 5 winner, Maureen Wroblewitz, as she recounts her journey to the Top Model title and her dreams for a bright future ahead. 

In addition, Metro pays homage to the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) as they celebrate their 30th anniversary in a personal account of how they dedicated their efforts into shaping the local modeling industry.

Then to top it all off, enjoy an in-depth guide from makeup artist RB Chanco and her muse, 2017 Binibining Pilipinas Universe Rachel Peters, as they highlight the season's most exciting beauty trends.

Check out all these and more in Metro September 2017, now available in bookstores and on newsstands for P150. Like Metro on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Metro.Magazine) and follow Metro on Twitter and Instagram (@MetroMagPH) #MetroMagPH

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NCAA Season 93 Pit Key Players from 10 Basketball Teams for the All-Star Games


It's going to be a battle between the celebrated players under the Team Heroes and Team Saints at the National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA) Season '93 All Star Games, airing live via S + A, with live airing as well on TFC online (www.TFC.tv) on September 1, (Manila time) in key countries worldwide.

Part of NCAA's Season '93's quick break after the first round of games for this period, the day-long friendly matches and exhibitions, featuring the players from the ten basketball teams, will happen at the San Juan Arena, in San Juan City, Philippines.

Both annual activities of the collegiate league hope to keep the youth's interest in sports, as articulated in this season's theme "Reignite: Bolder. Braver. Stronger."

During the opening ceremony of the season, host school San Sebastian College-Recoletos' President Reverend Fr. Nemesio Tolentin, OAR said: "This season, we reignite the love and passion of the youth for sports".
Highlight of the day-long exhibition is the All Star Games of the "Team Heroes vs. Team Saints" game, where players from different schools will battle it out in a friendly match.
The Team Heroes is composed of Michael Kent Salado, Allen Enriquez, and Lervin Flores fromArellano University; Sidney Onwubere, Jerome Garcia, and Francis Munsayac from EmilioAguinaldo University; Gio Lasquety, John Ervin Grospe, and Bernade Teodoro from Jose Rizal University; CJ Perez, Mer Jesper Ayaay, and Mike Nzeusseu of Lyceum of the Philippines; andLaurenz Paul Victoria, Christian Bunag, andBuenaventura Raflores, Jr. from Mapua University.
Meantime, Team Saints is composed of Rey Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and John Paul Calvo ofColegio San Juan de Letran; JJ Domingo, Edward Dixon, and Gerald Castor of College of Saint Benilde; Davon Potts, Robert Bolick, and Jayvee Mocon of San Beda College; Alvin Baetiong, Ian Carlo Valdez, and John Kevin Baytan of San Sebastian College-Recoletos; and Prince Eze, John Genmar Ylagan, and Gabriel Dagangon ofUniversity of Perpetual Help System-DALTA.


NCAA fans can also look forward to the other All Star Games activities:
  • In "Shooting Stars", the ten teams will select three players who will undergo on-court challenges. The top two teams with the best time will compete for the final round. 

  • The "Skills Challenge" tests the shooting skills of the participating players, challenging them to several rounds where two players with the best time will compete for the final round.

  • The best 3-pointers of the teams will compete head-on in the "3-Pt. Shoot Out", where the player with the most 3-point score in the shortest time wins.

  • Another favorite is the "Slam Dunk Contest", where participating players will show off their best slam dunk exhibition.  The winner will be determined by the judges' scores.


Find out which group of athletes between Team Heroes or Team Saints will emerge as winner, and who are the players that will stand out in the exhibition games in the NCAA Season '93 All Star Games which will air live via S + A as well as on TFC online (TFC.tv) on September 1, at 2 p.m.(Manila time) in key countries worldwide. Catch-up episodes are available via S + A (on IPTV) and TFC online (TFC.tv) and also in key countries worldwide.

For more updates about TFC shows, visit tfc-usa.comtfc-ca.com, or TFC's Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram (with additional reports from Norman Lee Benjamin Riego of ABS-CBN Sports).

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Chef Claude Tayag, Kat Jao to Share Hearty Recipes at "Food Tastings: Eat Clean" Live Cookfest at SM North EDSA on September 3


Discover how clean eating is becoming the new normal in Food Magazine's cookfest "Food Tastings: Eat Clean," with Chef Claude Tayag, Chef Kat Jao and other participating chefs, this Sunday (September 3), 4PM at SM City North EDSA - The Block.

The third leg of "Food Tastings" for the year puts a spotlight on clean eating which will encourage the audience to cook food with minimal handling or processing, making ingredients as close to their freshest form as possible to provide the healthiest meal options.

Chef Claude Tayag will be showcasing his special fiesta rice dish, bringhe, Pampanga's version of the Spanish paella, using milkfish as the main ingredient. Known for his delectable Kapampangan cuisine through his Bale Dutung restaurant, Chef Claude is a culinary expert who shares his favorite local dishes in his cable show "Chasing Flavors" on Lifestyle TV.

Culinary consultant Katherine Jao, who co-founded pepper.ph, an all-in-one online food resource for reviews, recipes, and news, will be teaching the audience how to make pares hotpot and rose falooda. Chef Kat is also a food stylist and a recipe developer for Food Magazine.

Chefs of various SM City North EDSA restaurants, such as Tamarind Taste of Thai, will also be sharing steps on how to make healthy dishes with minimal cooking required.

Aside from learning new recipes and cooking tips, the cookfest audience will get to try the best-tasting fares freshly prepared by the guest culinary masters.

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

Join "Food Tastings: Eat Clean" at SM City North EDSA - The Block this Sunday. Interested parties may pre-register online via foodmagazine.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow Food Magazine on Facebook (facebook.com/foodmag) and Instagram (@foodmagazine).

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