September 29, 2017

Kapamilya Biggest Performers to Invade the Biggest Filipino Experience in Dubai "One Music X" on November 3

The “Rakrakan” concert series from 2006 to 2009.  The groundbreaking “FilExpo” in 2008. The first “It’s Showtime” outside the Philippines in 2011. The thrilling “JadIne In Love” in Dubai in 2016.  The milestone “ASAP in Dubai” in 2014.  The record-breaking “Birit Queens in Abu Dhabi this year.

From concert series, trade fairs to franchised events, ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC) has been delivering the most epic Filipino events to the Middle East that bring together Filipinos to celebrate as one community and which have come to be the most anticipated in the region.

This year, as ABS-CBN  Middle East celebrates its 10th anniversary, the network that delivers content beyond information and entertainment, brings it a notch higher as it paves the way for the biggest Filipino music experience to date — “One Music X” on November 3 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater.

On November 3, TFC will come together with ABS-CBN’s hit-making recording company Star Music; the leading FM radio station My Only Radio (MOR) For Life; the first all-Filipino music channel Myx; and the Philippines’ foremost music portal One Music PH; to deliver the highpoints of Philippine culture and celebrate everything Filipino for a full day of “One Music X”.


Known for the Filipino’s penchant for music, “One Music X” is gathering the biggest Original Pilipino Music (OPM) acts from the Philippines, representing a wide range of music genres that appeal across audiences and artists who have become icons in their own right.

From winning ABS-CBN’s reality singing competition “Pinoy Dream Academy” in 2006, Pop Rock Royalty Yeng Constantino has certainly come a long way.  From her successful initial foray “Hawak Kamay” to a musical about her life story — “Josephine” — Constantino has truly become one of the young superstars to reckon with in the music industry.

Also a product of a reality singing competition and band performances, Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan has gone beyond the winning to prove that she deserves both a place to win and a niche in the music industry with her show-stopping performances.


Once behind the shadow of his very famous father, Teen Singing Sensation Iñigo Pascual is setting out to become a pop superstar in his own right.  Today’s biggest hit “Para Sa Iyo” is his and he can very well claim it as his own success.

Meantime four-piece Pinoy Pop Rock band Silent Sanctuary, arguably best known for their hit “Pasensiya Ka Na” became known for their own brand of baroque pop. For their first show with TFC the band is expected to bring in the sighs as well as the cheers.

From being a significant part of a popular band in the 90s, OPM Rock Icon Rico Blanco went on to become a world of his own, earning critics and fans approval for his soulful songs such as “Your Universe”.


Together, Constantino, Tandingan, Pascual, Silent Sanctuary and Blanco will elevate the musical experience of “One Music X” where OPM truly belongs –– the world stage.

Joining the Philippines’ biggest acts is multi-awarded young host Robi Domingo and award-winning MOR DJ Chacha and surprise acts from the local Dubai music scene for a day that also promises cultural fusion and musical collaboration.


Promising to be the biggest Filipino experience, “One Music” X will deliver beyond music - uniquely Filipino booths and day-long activities to the Dubai Media City Amphitheater, a highly popular event place that have been host to the biggest local and international acts.

From the Global Tawag ng Tanghalan sa “It’s Showtime” region finals to outdoor family activities; food trucks; acoustic lounges featuring local talents and premium lounges for VIP ticket holders; food trucks; and more, “One Music X” promises to be the complete experience for every member of the family.


Be part of history as “One Music X” happens on November 3 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater. Gates open at 1 p.m. The festivities start at 2 p.m. For the full “One Music X” experience, download the TFC Live app available on Google playstore and Apple store.

For tickets, visit Virgin Megastore and selected zoom outlets, Wall street Exchange branches or visit  Save as much as 40 AED on your general admission tickets through the Early Bird discount until September 30. Tickets are at AED 135 for General Patronage and AED 245 for VIP tickets.  For more information visit or East.

Watch out for the next “One Music X” and always visit and follow KapamilyaGlobalPR and KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and IG.

TFC Brings Xian Lim and KZ Tandingan in the Biggest Filipino Event in Japan “Philippine Festival 2017” on October 1

Headlines of entertainment news in recent years attest to the breadth of the Filipino talent, especially in the field of music - from singing competitions in search of the best amateur performers to reality shows such as “America’s Got Talent”.  

This wealth of talent continues to catch the attention of international icons including music producer David Foster who said in an interview with ABS-CBN: “I don’t know what’s in the water over there in the Philippines but there are a lot of great singers out there”.

This October, The Filipino Channel (TFC) will continue to prove the wealth of Filipino talent as the network brings multi-talented ABS-CBN stars Xian Lim and KZ Tandingan to join the Filipino community at the Philippine Festival 2017 - touted as the biggest Filipino event in Japan - on October 1, 2017 at the Hibiya Park Chuo Ku Event Square in Tokyo.

First organized by the Philippine Festival Organizing Committee (FPOC) in 2012 with support from the Philippine Embassy in Japan, the Philippine Festival is organized annually for Filipinos and foreign nationals specifically “to bring expatriate Filipinos together, and at the same time introduce Philippine cuisine, music, dance, and products to Japanese and international friends”, according to the official website of the festival.

During the TFC Hour of the Philippine Festival 2017 tagged also as the “most awaited Filipino event in Japan”, Lim and Tandingan will showcase the great Filipino talent as they share their singing as well as their other talents when they perform for their fellowmen (kababayans).

While Kapamilya Heartthrob Lim is more known as a young sensation from ABS-CBN has proven his charm in top-rating dramas such as the recently concluded “The Story Of Us” and has equally proven his acting skills in award-winning films such as “Everything About Her”.

Unknown to many, Lim is musically inclined and has a talent both in singing and in playing instruments like the piano and the trumpet. In fact, he has three recording albums already under his belt: “So It’s You”, “XL2” and “Key of X”.  He is also known internationally as the voice behind the Philippine release of the movie “Paddington Bear”.


Meantime, Tandingan has become a sought-after performer since becoming the first “X Factor” Philippines winner because of her soulful song performances of her own hits such as “Wag Ka Nang Umiyak” at “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako” and with her latest hit - her own rendition of the classic song “Two Less Lonely People” by the international duo Air Supply.

TFC first shared the breadth of the Filipino talent to the Philippine festival in 2013 when the network brought Kapamilya artists: TFC’s first Goodwill Ambassador Martin Nievera, together with the iconic series “Be Careful with My Heart’s” cast members Doris Carlos and Sabel Fortuna to personally meet, and bring entertainment to the Filipino community in Japan.

The next year, 2014, TFC brought the Big Band Crooner Richard Poon who serenaded the ladies during the event.

This year, its Lim and Tandingan’s turn to continue the commitment from TFC through a showcase of unique Filipino performances.

In addition to the songs and acoustics, TFC will also open its booth to give the festival-goers chances to win photo opportunities with Lim and Tandingan, and take home limited edition TFC merchandise.

Aside from the performances from the Kapamilya artists, the organizers have geared up for the annual parade representing the different popular festivals in the Philippines. The performers’ colorful costumes and lively dances are two of the highlights which the Filipino community in Japan look forward to as they help bring back memories of celebrations from home.

During the event, festival-goers also get to enjoy their favorite Filipino delicacies being sold at the different booths around the venue.

TFC and the Philippine Festival invite the Filipino community to reminisce the Filipino festivals and the locals to join the celebration at the Philippine Festival 2017 on September 30 and October 1, with the TFC Hour happening on October 1 at the Hibiya Park Chuo Ku Event Square in Tokyo.

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Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram. (with additional report from Camille Naredo of ABS-CBN News)

Grae Fernandez and Andrea Brillantes Teach Value of Contentment in “Wansapanataym” Starting October 1

Viewers are set to witness another whimsical story that will share valuable lessons this Sunday (October 1) as teen idols Grae Fernandez and Andrea Brillantes star in their very own series “Wansapanataym Presents: Louie’s Biton.”

Don’t miss Grae and Andrea in their first-ever starring role in “Wansapanataym” as they teach the value of contentment that will surely captivate Pinoy kids nationwide.

Get to know Louie (Grae Fernandez), the teenager who once lived a fancy life but now experiences hardships after the unexpected death of his father. He lives with his mother Mary Jane (Dimples Romana), who works hard for their everyday living. Bringing him constant joy is his friend Tori (Andrea), the girl he has feelings for.

One day, his school announces that it will hold a basketball clinic, with Louie’s idol PBA player Ralph Lorenzo (Aljur Abrenica) serving as coach. However, having no money and a pair of shoes to play in, he fails to join the event and gets bullied by his classmates.

Frustrated by the rejection, he then comes to the shoe repairman Mang Dolino (Jojit Lorenzo) to get his shoes fixed. The repairman hears Louie’s desire to live another person’s life and then reveals himself as a fairy god leather. To help the boy with his wish, he gives Louie a magical shoe shiner, which will only work once he wipes it on the shoes of the person he wants to exchange life with.

Dreaming to live the life of his idol, Louie wipes the shoe shiner on Ralph’s shoes and successfully gains control of his life. However, he abuses the power of the shoe shiner and uses Ralph’s body to get even with his classmates, which leads to a grave punishment that will change his own life.

What consequences will Louie face? Who will set him free from the spell?

Also part of “Wansapanataym Presents: Louie’s Biton” are Louise Delos Reyes, Mico Palanca, Irma Adlawan, Brace Arquiza, Marina Benipayo, Dionne Monsanto, Paeng Sudayan, Simon Ibarra, and Marnie Lapuz. It is under the direction of Benedict Mique.

Catch the magical stories filled with valuable lessons in “Wansapanataym Presents: Louie’s Biton” this Sunday (October 1) on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For more information, go to and follow @dreamscapeph on Twitter and Instagram.

5 Things that Make Coco Martin a Modern-Day Hero

Cardo (Coco Martin) is definitely the country’s most loved “probinsyano.” For over two years now, we have welcomed him into our homes every night and joined him in his heart-pounding adventures as he battles crimes and saves lives as a tough police officer.

Dedicated to his job, Cardo surely has done it all — from going on life-threatening assignments and disguising as the alluring lady Paloma.

He may not have magic spells nor superpowers, but he is what you may call a modern-day hero. Here’s why:
He fights to preserve peace and order

Willing to risk his life to protect others, Cardo has saved thousands of people who fell victim to notorious gangs and has raided the country’s biggest crime syndicates. But his quest does not only involve life-threatening battles; he also leads in maintaining peace and order in their community and is always just a call away when their neighborhood needs help.

Now, his dedication to preserve peace still lives on as he went undercover to join Pulang Araw to reveal the truth behind all the terrorist attacks and chaos happening in the city, which are all orchestrated by director Renato Hipolito (John Arcilla), who aspires to be a senator.

He fights for the oppressed

Having grown up without his family, Cardo sure knows how hard life can be, which explains his desire to serve the people, especially those who do not have the capacity to fight for their rights. He has helped victims of crimes such as prostitution, child trafficking, and corruption to stand up and expose syndicate masterminds, putting an end to their evil ploys.

Even now that he is with Pulang Araw, Cardo continues to be the warrior for the oppressed after he recently fought for the rights of the Mt. Karagao farmers, whose lands were being claimed by the illegal quarry owners Javier (Jestoni Alarcon) and Miguel Enriquez (Aljur Abrenica). Along with the rebel group, Cardo responded to the farmers’ plea and ended the Enriquez’s tormenting schemes.

He champions Filipino family values

As Filipinos, it is ingrained in our culture to give importance to filial relationships, which is evident in Cardo’s family.

A family man, Cardo always puts the welfare of his family first and makes sure they are intact, especially during trying times. They are also a great reflection of a warm Pinoy household that welcomes and cares for people who are not related to them by blood but treats them as their own, such as Onyok and Makmak. Their family also got bigger after Cardo married Alyana (Yassi Pressman) and welcomed his partner in crime Paco (Long Mejia) and kids Ligaya, Dang, and Paquito.

He is a model citizen

Just like everybody else, Cardo wants change to happen in our society. As a police officer, he is able to influence the people around him by setting as an example of what a good citizen should be. He also uses his authority to stop abusive people, like Renato Hipolito and even his then arch nemesis Joaquin Tuazon (Arjo Atayde), from taking advantage of their positions to manipulate innocent people. This makes his character not only admirable to viewers, but also to real life cops, earning the nods of the Department of the Interior and Local Government secretary Mike Sueno and Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa.

He is a reflection of an everyday Filipino

He may now be living in the city, but Cardo remains a certified “probinsyano,” living a simple life and working hard to give his family a good life. Hardships may come his way, but his faith and resilience helps him fight against life’s biggest struggles. Despite having achieved milestones in his career, he remains humble and thankful for the blessings he receives.

With the traits he exemplifies, Cardo sums up what an every ordinary Filipino is and what we should continue to aspire to be.

Don’t miss the number one primetime series in the country “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” weekdays on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).

To watch the show’s past episodes, login to iWanTV or for Sky subscribers.

Zanjoe Marudo Nominated For Best Actor at 45th International Emmy Awards

Kapamilya actor and Star Magic artist Zanjoe Marudo is the only Asian artist nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor category in the 45th International Emmy Awards.

The model turned actor is competing against actors Julio Andrade (Brazil), Kenneth Branagh (United Kingdom), and Kad Merad (France) in the category.

This recognition from the iEmmys is a personal milestone for me as an actor and as a Filipino. This is a dream come true. I thank the jurors, the show “MMK,” ABS-CBN and Star Magic,” said Zanjoe.

Zanjoe is nominated for his exceptional portrayal of a father with paranoid schizophrenia in the “Anino” episode of ABS-CBN’s weekend drama anthology “MMK” (“Remembering”). This real life story, brought to life by Zanjoe, is among the many unique stories that have given Filipino viewers inspiration, hope, and life lessons in the 25 years that “MMK” has been on air.


Dubbed as the longest drama anthology in Asia, “MMK” is hosted by actress and ABS-CBN’s chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio, who was also a former gala chair for the International Emmy Awards back in 2015.

Zanjoe is among the 44 nominees across 11 categories and 18 countries in this year’s awards.

Last year, fellow Star Magic artist Jodi Sta. Maria also got an international Emmy nomination in the Best Performance by an Actress category for her portrayal as Amor Powers in the hit drama “Pangako Sa’Yo.” Primetime series “Bridges of Love,” meanwhile, was nominated in the Best Telenovela category.

ABS-CBN previously scored International Emmy® Awards nominations for “Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Impostor” (Best Telenovela) in 2011, “Dahil May Isang Ikaw” (Best Telenovela) and Sid Lucero in “Dahil May Isang Ikaw” (Best Actor) in 2010, and “Kahit Isang Saglit” (Best Telenovela) and Angel Locsin in “Lobo” (Best Actress) in 2009.

This year’s winners will be announced at a black-tie ceremony to be held November 20 at the Hilton New York Hotel. The International Emmy® Awards are given by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The Filharmonic and Geneva Cruz Headline Kick-off of Filipino American History Month Celebration in Carson California on October 7

As October approaches, the City of Carson, California prepares to kick off the month-long celebration of Filipino-American History Month with an impressive showcase of Filipino talent.

The kick-off festivities on Saturday, October 7th, will be held at the Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center starting at 9:00 a.m. located at 801 E. Carson Street.  This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Headlining this year’s event are The Filharmonic and Geneva Cruz.  ABS-CBN TFC is bringing The Filharmonic, an Los Angeles-based a capella group featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, “The Sing-Off”, and featured in the Universal Pictures hit movie, “Pitch Perfect 2”, which became a viral sensation. In 2016, The Filharmonic was named the #1 college-booked entertainment group of the year, bringing their unique blend of hip hop, pop and 90s nostalgia to more than 150 stages nationwide.  Geneva Cruz is an award-winning singer and actress who began her career in 1989 as one of the lead singers of the double platinum-selling teen group Smokey Mountain with massively popular classics that include “Anak ng Pasig” (named Best Pop Song in 1992 by the Catholic Mass Media Awards in the Philippines), “Ang Gaan ng Feeling”, “In the Name of Love”, and “Kailan”.  Cruz also became the first and youngest Grand Prize winner of the “The Voice of Asia” in Russia in 1992.

Performances at the event include songs from the City of Carson 2016 FilAms Got Talent Winner Therese Masangcay, vocalists Joni Villamil and Michael Keith, comedian Joseph Gelito, and a dance number from 2016 World Championship of Performing Arts winner Junior New System. The Annual FilAms Got Talent 2017 singing contest will also be held.

A program featuring awards for community leadership, youth achievement, and heroism will take place at the event.  The awardees are Melissa Ramoso, Joanna Concepcion, Jesus-Alex Cainglet, and Marcelino Ines Jr. for Community Leadership.  Other awardees include Wilfredo Credo (Heroism), Kamille Magante and Angelica Tan for Youth Achievement.

“Carson is proud to recognize the contributions of Filipino-Americans nationwide, but especially to the Carson community. Special thanks to Councilmember Elito M. Santarina for his leadership in helping make this celebration a reality,” said Carson Mayor Albert Robles.

Filipino American History Month Celebration is an annual event during the month of October in the City of Carson.  The event is done in collaboration with ABS-CBN TFC (The Filipino Channel) and Mutch Cariño of Maxx Promos.

For more information about Filipino-American History Month Celebration in Carson, California, please call (310) 952-1743.

September 27, 2017

SKY Movies Pay-Per-View Brings “Kita Kita,” “Luck At First Sight,” and “One Step” to PH TV from September 23 to October 13

The highest grossing Filipino indie film of all time “Kita Kita” makes its Philippine TV premiere on SKY Movies Pay-Per-View from September 23 to October 13.

The surprise blockbuster hit of the year is about an unlikely romance between two Pinoys living in Japan. It has made a household name of its unconventional leading man, Empoy (Empoy Marquez) and his “AlEmpoy” love team with the talented Alessandra de Rossi.

It will be shown with “Luck At First Sight,” starring Jericho Rosales and Bela Padilla, and “One Step,” featuring Korean popstar Sandara Park.

Jericho Rosales and Bela Padilla play unlucky people whose fortunes are reversed when they are together in “Luck At First Sight.” To keep their luck going they make a promise not to fall in love with each other. However, keeping the promise might be harder than they thought.

“One Step” is about a woman, played by Sandara Park, healing from the physical injuries and emotional trauma from an accident through music.

Get unlimited access to SKY Movies PPV for seven days for only P99.
“Kita Kita” on SKY Movies PPV is available to all ONE SKY, SKYcable, Destiny Cable, SKYdirect subscribers. 

It is also available to SKYbroadband subscribers through SKY on Demand. 

Text MOVIESPPV to 23662 or call 418-0000 or your local SKY office, or visit to subscribe. 

SKYdirect prepaid subscribers can register by texting PPV KITA to 23667, while postpaid subscribers can text SKY to 23668.

Boy Abunda's 100+ Abundable Thoughts to Ponder Compiled in Latest Book "It’s Like This"

Multi-awarded host Boy Abunda pens a new book to inspire readers with his nuggets of wisdom, quotes and life-affirming essays in “It’s Like This: 100+ Abundable Thoughts that will make you think and rethink what you’ve always thought about your life” by ABS-CBN Publishing.

The new manual highlights important lessons from Asia’s King of Talk as he shares his life filled with love and abundance, while recalling friends, experiences and changes that brought him to where he is now.

“It’s Like This” covers some of the author’s unforgettable encounters as a young boy raised in Borongan, Eastern Samar, as a student inside the seminary, as a probinsyano who went to study at Ateneo, and as a fledging actor in theater. 

The “Tonight With Boy Abunda” host also shared bits of insights on how he faced heartbreaking moments in his life, such as the death of his father. He wrote, “when Tatay died, I was forced to live.”

Boy’s latest offering will not be complete without disclosing inspiration he got from his mother who he calls “the center of my universe.”

The book likewise includes his story on how he finally got an offer to be on television and the learnings he discovered as a talent manager. He penned, “when a star becomes the boss, what does the talent manager do? The dynamics between talent and celebrity changes. New rules are invented.”

Some of the lessons readers will pick up from the book are:

·        Laugh and live with your successes and failures, knowing that all are fleeting.
·        Everything and everyone has a dark side, embrace it.
·        Gay love is equal to all forms of human love.
·        Love your mother, return phone calls, fight only when you need to, read books and the best spa is at the feet of God.
·        Always play for the crowd, and remember that they won’t always be there.

“It’s Like This: 100+ Abundable Thoughts that will make you think and rethink what you’ve always thought about your life” is now available in National Book Store and Powerbooks for only P275.

"Tawag ng Tanghalan" Grand Champ Noven Belleza Releases Debut Album “Ako’y Sayo”

“Tawag ng Tanghalan” grand champion Noven Belleza marks his official debut as a recording artist and is all set to conquer the OPM scene as he launches his first album under Star Music, “Ako’y Sayo.”

Noven shared his elation on the latest break that came his way. He said, “I’m overwhelmed that from the many people who dreamed, I was given this opportunity to have my own album. I am very thankful for all the blessings.”

With the passions of Pinoys in mind, Noven offers a debut album that features a timeless and distinct Pinoy sound and brings together the compositions of some of the industry’s best songwriters such as Vehnee Saturno, Jungee Marcelo, Jonathan Manalo, and Rey Valera.

There are inspirational songs, there is a prayer, there are songs for the brokenhearted, for those who are in love, and for those who had to leave their family to give them a better future. All the songs are dedicated to them,” he shared.

His carrier single, “Tumahan Ka Na” composed by Vehnee, has dominated the MOR 101.9 charts for ten weeks now, peaking at number one.

Fresh from the success of “Tumahan Ka Na,” the former farmer from Negros Occidental also released on September 28 his second single entitled “Nais Kong Ibalik” composed by Jonathan on September 28.

Other tracks to expect in the album are “Problemang Puso” composed by Vehnee Saturno, “Lupa” by Charo Unite and Ernie Dela Peña, “Sino Ako” by Fr. Joe Casteneda, “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako” (jukebox version) from Rey Valera, and “Ako’s Sayo” by Jungee Marcelo.

A cinematic version of the OPM classic “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako” is also included as a bonus track.

Aside from his recording project, the talented soloist was also recently inducted as a member of the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) together with other “Tawag ng Tanghalan” singers in a joint effort of TNT Versions (TNTV) and OPM.

Noven’s “Ako’y Sayo” is now available in all music stores nationwide and all digital stores worldwide. 

For more information, visit or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at, and

Kim Chiu Celebrates 11th Year in Showbiz with the Launch of Third Album “Chinita Princess: Touch of Your Love”

Kapamilya recording artist and actress Kim Chiu celebrates her eleven successful years in the industry with the launch of her new album under Star Music, “Chinita Princess: Touch of Your Love.”

The “Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin” star has exceeded expectations when she ventured into making her own kind of music, and now, she is ready to prove her distinctive flair once again in her third album produced by Rox Santos.

Kim’s latest offering has five original tracks, with a bonus minus one track (song title). It is fittingly called “Touch of Your Love” as she explained in a recent “Magandang Buhay” interview. “All my songs here are about different types of love. There’s something on having a crush, on hoping to be adored in return, different touches of love,” she said.


Her carrier single “Okay Na Ako,” composed by Nica del Rosario, has already dominated the top spot in MOR 101.9 charts for several weeks now.

Other tracks in her album are “’Wag Kang Makulit” composed by Nica Del Rosario and Hazel Faith, “Ipadarama” by Kiko Salazar, “Katok” by Jack Rufo and Yani Rufo, and “Yun Na, You Na” by Jungee Marcelo.

The female singer already has several chart-topping songs in her portfolio - “Peng Yu,” “Crazy Love,” “Falling For You,” and “Mr. Right.” “Gwa Ai Di,” her debut album that includes “Crazy Love,” achieved a gold record in 2008, and her hit song “Mr. Right” was cited as the "LSS Song of the Year" in MOR Pinoy Music Award 2016.

“Chinita Princess: Touch of your Love’s” album launch will be held on Thursday (September 28), 7pm at SM City North EDSA – Skydome. She will be joined by Kaye Cal, Kisses Delavin, and other special guests.


The physical album, priced at P199, will be available first and exclusive at the launch and will be out on digital market after the show. 

The single “Okay Na Ako” is now available in digital stores worldwide. For more information, visit or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at, and

September 22, 2017

“Arrival: Ylona Garcia” Concert at the Music Museum on October 21

Ylona Garcia, MOR Pinoy Music Awards’ recently hailed Female Artist of the Year, is ready to make her mark in the Philippine concert scene with her very first solo major concert, “Arrival: Ylona Garcia,” on October 21 (Saturday) at the Music Museum.

The Filipino-Australian singer, who also won MOR’s “LSS Hit of the Year” award for the “O Pag-ibig” song collaboration with Bailey May, is all set to showcase her exceptional vocals for an exciting concert produced by Star Events and Aqueous Entertainment.

The 15-year old singer and songwriter rose to fame in 2015 because of her bubbly personality and great singing voice which viewers loved in ABS-CBN’s hit reality program Pinoy Big Brother 737, and she successfully went on to become the show’s 2nd teen big placer.

Now, the Kapamilya teen star is expected to bring the house down in this much-awaited musical production that follows the success of her first digital One Music PH concert held last year.

She is slated to perform cuts from her “My Name is Ylona Garcia” debut album released in 2016 under Star Music, as well as surprise performances that will uncover the ASAP BFF5 member’s versatility in music.

Alexa Ilacad, Krissha Viaje, Inigo Pascual, Bryan Chong, Janah Zaplan, and other surprise guests will be joining Ylona for this momentous evening.

Tickets to “Arrival: Ylona Garcia” are priced at P2,650 (VIP), P2,350 (patron), and P1,600 (balcony). For inquiries, call Music Museum at 721.6726, SM Tickets at 470.2222 or log on to 

For more information, visit or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at, or @starmusicph on Twitter and Instagram.

(Photos) Smart and PLDT Pay Tribute to Teachers in a Celebrity-Filled #GabayGuro Concert at MOA Arena

For 10 straight years, PLDT and Smart continue to honor our dearest teachers via a star-studded event held last Sunday, September 17 at the Mall of Asia Arena

The event was attended by local entertainment's top peformers headed by Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, Sarah Geronimo, Jaya, Robin Padilla, Marian Rivera, Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Toni Gonzaga, Piolo Pascual among many celebrities who sang and dance to honor and entertain the thousands of teachers from different parts of the country who attended the event.

The event was hosted by Pia Wurtzbach, Pops Fernandez, Andrew Wolf, and Markki Stoem

Check out some photos here:

"TFC Unity Cup" to be held on September 23 at the Chardonnay Golf Club in American Canyon

ABS-CBN International celebrates the 20th anniversary of Bantay Bata 163, the child welfare program that rescues children at risk in the Philippines. This public service initiative has already positively impacted over a million children over the past 20 years. Yet, more needs to be done.

The TFC Unity Cup, a two-in-one event, is a fundraising drive to enable Bantay Bata to rehabilitate the Children’s Village in Norzagaray, Bulacan in the Philippines, which has been inoperable for a while due to lack of resources. ABS-CBN Foundation International’s Managing Director Jerry Bennet encourages golfers to “help Bantay Bata shelter children in crises again. Join the TFC Unity Cup Golf Tournament on Saturday and help these children have a better future.”

It is shaping up to be a fine inaugural golf tournament at the Chardonnay Golf Club in American Canyon, California – the premier golf destination in Northern California, the greater San Francisco Area, and the Napa Valley. Fun activities, swag bags and giveaways, and raffle prizes await participants. Get the chance to win wine bottles, golf paraphernalia, Golden State Warrior items, and even a car or its cash equivalent. Terms and conditions apply.

Help build lives and protect children at risk. You still have a few days to sign-up at, or you may register at the Chardonnay Golf Course clubhouse at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 23rd.

“My Dearest Intruder” Premieres September 25 on Kapamilya Gold

Who is the real intruder when it comes to love – the one who said “I do” or the one who got away?

ABS-CBN, the first and true home of Asianovelas, heats up afternoon viewing as it tells the tale of two women who will fight for a man who loves both of them at different circumstances in “My Dearest Intruder,” premiering this Monday (September 25).

High school best friends Sharlene (Aggie Hsieh) and Ria (Amber An) are so close that nothing can ever come between their friendship. That is until they fall for the same man – Ria’s childhood friend, Ivan (Melvin Sia).

Ria has been madly in love with Ivan ever since she can remember, but he however, has his eyes set on Sharlene. To protect their friendship, Sharlene decides to leave and gives way to Ria.

This breaks Ivan’s heart, but Ria stands by his side and helps him mend it. Eventually, the two get married and start a life together.

After ten years, their paths once again intertwine. This time, Sharlene is ready to fight for Ivan and wants to reclaim what she thinks truly belongs to her.

Will Sharlene be able to win Ivan back? Does Ivan still has feelings for Sharlene? How will Ria protect her marriage with Ivan?

Birit Queen Klarisse de Guzman adds color to the story of Sharlene, Ria, and Ivan as she sings “Wala Na Talaga,” the official themesong of the show.

Don’t miss the premiere of “My Dearest Intruder” after “The Promise of Forever” only on the first and true home of Asianovelas, ABS-CBN Kapamilya Gold.

“La Luna Sangre” Shines in 2nd ASEAN-Japan TV Festival

ABS-CBN, the Philippines leading media and entertainment company, showcased its biggest and top rating fantasy-action drama for 2017, "La Luna Sangre," in a special screening before delegates of the second ASEAN-Japan Television Festival held recently in Manila, Philippines.

"La Luna Sangre" is one of the most watched and most talked about programs in the Philippines today. The story revolves around the journey of protagonists Malia and Tristan, whose lives intertwine because of a prophecy made under the bloodmoon.

ABS-CBN also exhibited "La Luna Sangre" alongside the network’s other top dramas "Lost Hearts" and "Wildflower" and box office hit movies such as "Finally Found Someone" and "Love You to the Stars and Back” to content buyers in a special ASEAN-Japan market.

The company, represented by business unit head and TV and film director Ruel Bayani, also joined a one-day workshop on content and production that gave a market overview on ASEAN countries and Japan, and discussed new trends in program development and co-productions, new media platforms, and challenges involving cross-border policies.

As part of the delegates' final itinerary in the TV fest that ran from September 6 to 9, ABS-CBN welcomed them to its broadcast center and studios where they visited the set of ABS-CBN's hit noontime show "It's Showtime" and kiddie gag show "Goin Bulilit," met the shows' producers, and had a quick meet and greet session with breakout reality TV teen stars Kisses Delavin, Marco Gallo, Edward Barber, and Maymay Entrata.

ABS-CBN remains the leader in providing world class Filipino content and the Filipino master in localizing worldwide hit formats.

SMART Offers iPhone 6 for Only P999/Month

Smart Postpaid offers the most affordable iPhone 6 deal to date. 

For only P999/month on Plan 399, Smart subscribers can avail of a brand-new iPhone 6 and amazing line up of freebies which include:

P600 device cash-out per month for 30 months
One-time cash-out of P1,000 when you avail of the plan
3GB Monthly Data
500MB for FB Messenger, Viber, and WhatsApp
Unlimited All-Net Texts
20 mins All-Net Calls
Discounted calls to Smart/TNT (P4/min)

The iPhone 6 can be availed through the Smart Stores or through the Smart Online Store:

For more details, visit

September 21, 2017

Collagen by Watsons: Your Skin Horrors Solution Made Affordable at a Discounted Price at Watsons Stores Nationwide

Droopy or sagging skin, too oily skin, dark spots, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles. Are you experiencing any of these skin horrors? These skin concerns may have resulted from low collagen levels in the skin. Collagen is the building block of the skin’s structure. It is naturally produce by our bodies. Unfortunately, as we age, coupled by stress and lifestyle choices, collagen production slows down or weakens.

Nourishing the skin with collagen can help address various skin concerns. This is what Watsons discovered in keeping its promise to help us look good and feel great. The retail brand brings you its own brand of simple and effective skincare solution, Collagen by Watsons.

Collagen by Watsons is a new generation of skincare that contains critical nutrition for your skin. This skincare concept, originally developed in Korea, has been dermatologically tested and proven to help boost the skin’s natural collagen levels. It is designed with Tri-Collagen Complex, a unique formulation of three (3) collagen molecules working together, penetrating down to deeper layers of the skin. It purifies and regenerates the skin cells and improves elasticity.

Collagen by Watsons believes in the simple truth that beauty lies in the layers. This means going back to the basic foundation of the skin – collagen. The skin must be nourished from within to prevent and solve skin concerns, leaving you with your best-looking skin ever.

Collagen by Watsons offers an extensive range that suits your skincare needs:


Dryness, roughness, and skin dullness. These are signs that your skin is dialing the rescue hotline. The Nourishing range’s collagen boosting system improves the skin’s elasticity to keep it moisturized, firm and supple.


Are you annoyed with dark spots or uneven skin tone? Do you wish to have a fairer skin? Your future is looking bright. White Regeneration is the whitening range made with Penta Lucent system that reduces dark spots and prevents melanin formation. With this range, skin is whiter, fairer and more translucent.


Droopy or saggy skin, wrinkles and fine lines – if you notice any signs of aging, it’s time to send an SOS. Reverse the signs of aging with Skin Renew. With its skin rejuvenating program, it repairs and restores skin cells to give a firmer and younger looking skin.


Oily skin is the worst way to shine. Aim for that fresh, dewy look. The Hydro Balance range has Smart Water Channel that infuses water deep into the skin, keeping it hydrated. It locks in moisture to keep our skin feeling fresh, soft and smooth.

Remember, your skin’s needs are as complex and deep as its problems. Thanks to Collagen by Watsons, there’s one simple beauty solution that gets to the bottom of them all. Pick up the collagen expert - Collagen by Watsons. Beauty Lies in Layers.

Learn more on how Collagen by Watsons can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful skin.

Chat with Call on Collagen chatbot by visiting Get beauty tips and reminders, skin facts and be updated with the latest store offers and promotions.

Here’s another great news! 

For SM Advantage Card members, get 40% off on selected Collagen by Watsons products from September 21 to November 22, 2017. 

Per DOH- FDA-CDRR permit no. 133 series of 2017. The SM Advantage Card is available at any Watsons store or at The SM Beauty Section. At Watsons, members get more!

September 18, 2017

ABS-CBN Seals Ravelo Komiks SuperHeros Darna, Captain Barbell and Lastikman Deal with Partner Licensees

The Kapamilya network brings to life well-loved characters in Philippine comics - Darna, Captain Barbell and Lastikman - through its partnership with several companies, its initial batch of licensees, for the new Ravelo Komiks Superheroes brand.

ABS-CBN chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio, retail, licensing and storefronts head Lina Quiogue, licensing head Karen Coloma, and licensing cluster 1 head Julie Ann Gutierrez led the contract signing ceremony held at the network’s compound.

Fans can look forward to new toys and games, clothing, food and beverage, collectibles and novelty items carrying illustrations inspired by the characters created by the late Mars Ravelo during the Golden Age of Philippine comics.

Must-have Darna, Captain Barbell, Lastikman and Valentina statues, 20-inch limited edition premium collectibles are now available along with the coolest card game, “Darna At Ang Nawawalang Bato.”


ABS-CBN’s latest offering also includes popular gifts and favorite souvenir picks like tumblers, keychains, magnets, pouches, bagtags and pillows.

Captain Barbell and Lastikman toys, Darna dolls, and other Ravelo character-inspired toys will soon be created, as well as an exciting mobile Ravelo Komiks game app to be released early next year. 

Also coming soon is an exciting array of products in the beauty, fashion and home category, as well as a superhero-themed gourmet popcorn.

The new comics-inspired brand targets toy collectors, comics enthusiasts, children and families who are looking forward to the rebirth of these pop culture icons. Products will be available in various distribution channels such as bookstores, department stores and toy stores nationwide.

Aside from the consumer products carrying this latest offering, the popular Pinoy superhero characters will be seen in other ABS-CBN platforms – television, film, various digital platforms, etc. - in the next few years. For more information on ABS-CBN merchandise, visit

ABS-CBN Balitang America Winner of Outstanding Coverage of Voter Engagement in 2017 New America Media California Ethnic Media Awards

ABS-CBN International The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) daily news show, BA (Balitang America) will join 11 other first place winners and 13 merit recipients at the 2017 New America Media (NAM) California Ethnic Media Awards in a Gala Ceremony to be held on September 19 at the PG&E Auditorium in San Francisco.

BA, which is marking its 15th anniversary, was chosen winner in the Outstanding Coverage of Voter Engagement category for its Election Day 2016 newscast and its special called, “The Fil-Am Vote”.

BA Executive Producer Troy Espera said, “The team’s efforts in 2016 resulted in BA’s most comprehensive election reportage ever. Throughout the entire roller coaster ride of the presidential race, BA kept the pulse of Fil-Am voters and showed what an engaged Filipino community looks like.  When the NAM winners were announced last Friday, I was informed that the judges agreed that BA ‘exemplified what the role of ethnic media should be during an election season.’  I am very proud of our team.”

Meanwhile, another Filipino winner is’s Cecile Ochoa who is a Merit Recipient in the Outstanding Coverage of Arts, Culture and Entertainment category for her piece, “86-Year-Old Fil-Am to Ride in Biker Rally, If He Ignores His Doc”.

The 2017 NAM California Ethnic Media Awards celebrates outstanding journalism on issues ranging from the environment, health and education to politics, immigration, sports and arts and culture.

A distinguished group of judges selected from more than 140 individual entries submitted by African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American print, online, and broadcast ethnic media outlets. A special panel of youth media practitioners selected the winner of this year’s Emerging Youth Voice award. The awards committee also selected four “Ethnic Media Champions” – individuals who embody the resilience and dedication of the sector.

Emceeing the ceremonies will be Martin Reynolds, co-director of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and former editor-in-chief of the Oakland Tribune, and Odette Alcazaren-Keeley, NAM’s national media network director and former executive producer/co-news anchor for ABS-CBN International-TFC.

This year’s awards event marks the 10th anniversary of the murder of investigative reporter Chauncey Bailey, a NAM co-founder who was gunned down on Aug. 2, 2007 while pursuing a report for the Oakland Post.

Below is the official list of winners as announced by New America Media (NAM):

Official Roster of Winners & Honorees


1. Outstanding Health & Health Care Coverage:

SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Danny Wong – “What is Cancer?” episode

LA OPINION – Araceli Martinez Ortega – “Latinos & Diabetes” [series]

2. Outstanding Coverage of the Environment:

EASTERN GROUP PUBLICATIONS/ – Nancy Martinez – "Exide, Porter Ranch: A Double Standard"

LA OPINION – Jorge Macias – "Thousands in the San Gabriel Valley at Risk for Lead and Arsenic Contamination"
SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Danny Wong - "Three-Color Bins" episode

3. Outstanding Coverage of Politics & the 2016 Elections:

KDTV UNIVISION 14 - Maria Leticia Gomez, Joe Perry, Luis Felipe Godinez - "En Espera de la Muerte" [Waiting for Death]

El TECOLOTE- Alexis Terrazas & Atticus Morris - "Alternate Reality: Growing Acceptance of White Nationalism in Trump's America" / "Realidad Alterna: Creciente Aceptaciòn del Nacionalismo Blanco en el América de Trump"

4. Outstanding Coverage of Immigration:

SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Danny Wong – “Under the Same Roof” episode

CHICO SOL – Bianca Quilantan -- “Door of Hope”
LA OPINION – Araceli Martinez Ortega – “Stranded on the Border, Without Asylum and Without Hope” [series]

5. Outstanding Education Coverage:

INDIA CURRENTS – Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan – “How Much Is Too Much? The Price Of Pushing Kids To Attain Elite Status”
SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Jasmine Chen -- ‘Relentless Learning” episode

6. Outstanding Coverage of Arts, Culture & Entertainment:

KDTV UNIVISION 14 – Beatriz Ferrari & Eduardo Mancera – “El Pintor de Las Patronas”

MERIT RECIPIENTS: – Cecile Ochoa – “86-Year-Old Fil-Am to Ride in Biker Rally, If He Ignores His Doc”
KDTV UNIVISION 14 – Flavio Lacayo & Eduardo Mancera - “Exodo a La Santeria” [Exodus to Santeria]

7. Outstanding Sports Coverage:

SING TAO DAILY – Mingyue [Flora] Xu – “American Boy Embodies Shaolin Spirit”

VIDA EN EL VALLE – Juan Esparza Loera – “Cabada’s Run Fueled by His Past”
KDTV UNIVISION 14 - Leon Felipe Gonzalez, Joe Perry – "La Cancha de la Esperanza" [The Field of Hope]


8. Outstanding Coverage of Gender/LGBTQI Issues:

MIDPENINSULA COMMUNITY MEDIA CENTER – ‘Talking with Henrietta’ program – Henrietta Burroughs – “In the Aftermath of the Mass Shooting in Orlando”

SING TAO DAILY – Isabelle Yiu – “Chinese American LGBT Community Asks for Respect for All”

9. Outstanding Cross-Cultural Reporting:

EL TECOLOTE – John Morrison – “Frisco 5” series

PAKISTAN LINK – Ras Siddiqui – “Jews and Muslims Hold Joint Vigil at the California State Capitol”

10. Emerging Youth Voice:

EL NUEVO SOL – Pilar de Haro, Keila Vizcarra, Grecia Lopez, Curtis Poindexter, Araceli Solis, Aurabella Hernandez, Lorena Roque, Daniel Shin and Michael Arvizu – “Young Workers/ “Trabajadores Jovenes en Los Angeles” [series]

YOUTH RADIO – Emiliano Villa – “When Economics Divide Siblings”

11. Outstanding Coverage of Voter Engagement:

BA – Balitang America [News in America] – The Filipino Channel TV – Troy Espera, Danny Manansala, Rommel Conclara, Henni Espinosa, John Cana, Don Tagala, Steve Angeles & Gel Santos-Relos – Election Day 2016 newscast and “The Fil-Am Vote” election special


Jarrette Fellows, Jr. – Publisher & Editor – COMPTON HERALD
Joseph Orozco – Manager – KIDE-HOOPA 91.3 FM
Dong Kim – Publisher – HYUNDAE NEWS
Regina Brown Wilson – Director – CALIFORNIA BLACK MEDIA

At the September 19 awards ceremony, NAM will pay tribute to its ethnic media founders, original supporters and collaborators, judges and sponsors, with special thanks to PG&E, the co-host for the 2017 awards, and our three Diamond Sponsors: Comcast, the San Francisco Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation.

ABS-CBN Captivates More Filipinos Nationwide in August, 46% vs. GMA-7's 33%

ABS-CBN kept its lead in nationwide TV ratings in August, bringing values-oriented programs and relevant news stories to more viewers in the country.

Based on data from Kantar Media, the Kapamilya network recorded an average audience share of 46% in both rural and urban homes, or 13 points higher versus GMA’s 33%.

“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” (38.6%) still led the list of most watched programs in August, thrilling more viewers as Cardo (Coco Martin) finally infiltrated the rebel group Pulang Araw.

ABS-CBN’s newest talent-variety-talk show “Little Big Shots” (35.9%), on the other hand, instantly impressed viewers as it showcased the wit, charm, and talent of kids.

KathNiel-starrer “La Luna Sangre” (33.7%) was also a big hit among viewers as Malia (Kathryn Bernardo) and Tristan (Daniel Padilla) continue to fulfill their mission of ending the leader of evil vampires Supremo (Richard Gutierrez).

Kapamilya network’s flagship newscast “TV Patrol,” meanwhile, remained as the most preferred news program in the country in August, hitting 32.5% and beating rival program “24 Oras” (19.4%).

“Wansapanataym” (28.1%) gave viewers a magical treat every Sunday and highlighted lessons of love, sacrifice, and bravery to Pinoy kids through Super Ving (Awra Briguela). “MMK” (27.4%) also gave inspiration to audiences nationwide with the real-life stories of letter senders, individuals who weathered different struggles.

Meanwhile, “Wildflower” set viewers and netizens abuzz with its wildest wedding episode and recorded an average national TV rating of 25.3% for August.

Also landing on the top ten list were Kapamilya comedy programs “Home Sweetie Home” (24.9%) that reflects the lives of ordinary Filipino families, and “Goin’ Bulilit” (22.7%), which is currently celebrating a decade of bringing fun and laughter to viewers.

ABS-CBN also won across all time blocks, particularly in primetime (6PM-12MN), where it recorded an average audience share of 50% versus GMA’s 31%. The primetime block is the most important part of the day when most Filipinos watch TV and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investment in to reach more consumers effectively.

The Kapamilya network also won in the morning block (6AM-12NN) with 40% versus GMA’s 30%, the noontime block (12NN-3PM) with 46%, compared to GMA’s 35%, and the afternoon block (3PM-6PM) with 43%, beating GMA’s 38%.

ABS-CBN also beat GMA in other areas. More viewers tuned in to the Kapamilya network in Total Luzon with 42% versus GMA’s 35%, in Total Visayas with 55% versus GMA’s 26%, and in Total Mindanao with 54% versus GMA’s 29%.

As of June this year, ABS-CBN TVplus has already sold three million boxes nationwide since its launch in 2015 and significantly boosted ABS-CBN’s TV ratings. According to data from Kantar Media, ABS-CBN’s audience share in Mega Manila increased to 36% from January to August 2017, compared to 30% in 2015, as more households are able to experience crystal clear viewing experience with ABS-CBN TVplus. ABS-CBN’s ratings in Mega Manila also rose to 14% from 11% in 2015.

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” Back-to-Back with “Can We Still Be Friends” on Star Cinema on SKY Pay-Per-View (PPV)

Star Cinema on SKY Pay-Per-View (PPV) brings the latest "kilig" blockbuster movies to Filipino homes as it presents KathNiel’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and Gerald and Arci’s “Can We Still Be Friends” from September 9 to October 6.

The P300 million global blockbuster features Kathryn as Gab, a goal-oriented career woman who has the perfect life and Daniel, as a free-spirited travel blogger and entrepreneur. Gab’s life is turned upside down when she finds out she is actually married to a stranger. She does everything to annul their marriage, but only finds herself falling for him.

Meanwhile, in “Can We Still Be Friends,” Gerald Anderson and Arci Muñoz, known as #TeamLablab, play a couple coping with the loss of their relationship in an unusual way - by staying friends with each other. This leads to a competition of who can move on first, but brings to light the question; do they really want to move on from each other?

Subscribe to Star Cinema on SKY PPV from September 9 to October 6 to be able to watch these two hit ‘feels’ movies. The offer is available to all One SKY, SKYcable, Destiny Cable, SKYdirect, and SKYbroadband subscribers via SKY On Demand for P199.

SKYcable and Destiny Cable subscribers can call 418 0000 or their local SKY office, text STARCINEMA PPV to 23662 or visit to subscribe. 

SKYdirect Prepaid subscribers can also text PPV STARCINEMA to 236667, while Postpaid subscribers can text SKY to 23668.

Jennifer Lawrence Runs Away with Title Role of Psychological Thriller “mother!”

Oscar Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence adds a home invasion horror tale to her repertoire with Paramount Pictures' psychological thriller m o t h e r ! in Philippine cinemas September 20.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), the film revolves around Mother (Lawrence) and Him (Javier Bardem) who live in a seemingly idyllic existence in a secluded paradise. But the couple’s relationship is tested when man (Ed Harris) and woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive at their home uninvited. Answering that knock disrupts their tranquil existence and as more and more guests arrive, mother is forced to revisit everything she knows about love, devotion and sacrifice.

One of the greatest things that can happen to you as an artist is to be a part of a movie that starts conversation because it’s an original idea, completely unique,” says Lawrence of m o t h e r !. “Even though we’re shooting things that are eerie, the allegory is so much bigger. It’s what it all means.

There’s a million different facets to this movie that certain people are going to relate to, be scared of, intrigued by,” continues Lawrence. She describes the lure of playing mother, the adoring wife and muse to Javier Bardem’s enigmatic poet: “Falling in love is scary. Being vulnerable? Terrifying. Not letting yourself be vulnerable? Also, terrifying.

It’s one thing to make something lukewarm,” says Lawrence. “It’s another to make something scalding hot. This? It’s a Roman candle. An explosion. A riot of a movie. An expression. There’s definitely a moment in this movie where some will say, ‘Darren, you’re taking this too far’ and storm out of the theater. But I wouldn’t have been there if I hadn’t already thrown the script across my hotel room in New York and thought this guy is crazy. But he has to take it all the way. I think he was right to not shy back and be afraid.”

As for that Roman candle, expect an unsettling metaphoric ride that will shock and jar audiences. Lawrence’s dark summation: “A creator always needs a muse. As long as the universe is expanding, men will be using women.”

Rated R-16 Without Cuts by the MTRCB, m o t h e r ! is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

September 21, 2017 Holiday in Observance of Martial Law 45th Anniversary #WalangPasok

So as not to inconvenient several groups planning to stage massive protests, President Rodrigo Duterte may declare September 21 a special non-working day in Metro Manila for the 45th anniversary of Martial Law.

At this early, I am announcing that I am ordering a holiday para walang masaktan, walang ano kung may demonstration diyan, magkagulo.” Duterte said in an interview.

Addressing protesters who belong to a coalition of anti-Duterte groups called the Movement Against Tyranny, Duterte said, “There will be no policemen on the streets to stop you. I will assign a few policemen to maintain traffic so as not to inconvenience those who are not joining the protest rallies.”




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