October 8, 2017

John Lloyd Cruz Leaves Showbiz, Spotted Leaving PH with Ellen Adarna

ABS-CBN and John Lloyd Cruz have agreed for him to take an indefinite leave of absence to attend to personal matters.

John Lloyd will be taking a break outside the country and will return to ABS-CBN after his leave of absence.

Pia Wurtzbach Joins “ASAP” Party this Sunday, October 8

“ASAP” prepares a grand celebration for Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach as she joins the fun and brings glamour to the party this Sunday (October 8).

Teen  idols Darren Espanto, Bailey May, Jeremy Glinoga, and Jona Marie Soquite plus the ASAP BFF5, Mccoy de Leon, Jameson Blake, Loisa Andalio, and Janella Salvador will also add excitement to the program.

Inspiring stories also await viewers in “ASAP” LSS featuring Piolo Pascual, Sarah Geronimo , Jed Madela, Jinky Vidal, Richard Poon, and Jolina Magdangal, while Zia Quizon, Moira dela Torre, Migz Haleco, Isabela Vinzon, and Inigo Pascual serenade the audience with an acoustic treat.

Hunks Luis Hontiveros and Enzo Pineda plus Enchong Dee and Bela Padilla will heat up the dance floor, while Sarah Geronimo and James Reid will surprise viewers with a one-of-a-kind collaboration.

Also, coming over this Sunday is the cast of the newest Star Cinema offering “Seven Sundays” with its lead stars Ronaldo Valdez, Enrique Gil, Cristine Reyes, and Aga Muhlach.Matteo Guidicelli, meanwhile, will perform his newest single for the first time.

Finally, “ASAPinoy”will pay tribute to the music of the Juan dela Cruz band to be led by tribute master Martin Nievera with “ASAP’s” finest and OPM rock icons Mike Hanopol and Pepe Smith.
Don’t miss “ASAP” this Sunday (Oct.8), 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 #ASAPOctoberFeels.

October 6, 2017

CHALK Introduces 2017 Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties

Chalk concludes its Bright Young Manila campaign with the unveiling of the winners for this year’s Chalk Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties, along with the reveal of the newest cover personalities of UAAP Magazine Season 80, at the CHALK x UAAP Party happening at the Brewery at the Palace in Bonifacio Global City this Saturday (Oct. 7).

From hundreds of nominations and applications, Chalk handpicked 16 individuals coming from campuses all over the Metro, all representing different backgrounds and bringing with them their unique and colorful personalities. From these contenders, Chalk will recognize two individuals who best embody the ideals and talents of today’s Filipino youth as the newest Chalk Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties.

Majority of this year’s finalists come from the University of the Philippines Diliman - made up of Miguel Herrera, Elijah del Rosario, Eryka Lucas, Lhianne Santiago, Nadia Rodriguez, and Yana Alde. De La Salle University has three candidates namely Jeff Bolanos, Sam Aguilar, and Kat de Guzman.

Jeanelle Angeles of UP Manila, Renee Sangalang of DLSU-CSB, Max Berardi of MINT, Leo Laorenza of MAPUA, Matthew Usisa of San Beda College, Ralph Siaton of the University of Santo Tomas, and Brix Ramos of Ateneo de Manila solely represent their respective schools.

In the same manner, UAAP Magazine will give the fans a bigger content in this issue with its theme “go for great” as part of the celebration of the organization’s 80th year. Celebrating student athletes, this yearly collector’s magazine gets you into the high-octane action on the UAAP hardcourt - highlighting score-makers, power plays, varsity hotshots, and UAAP legends. The team will share stories of the athletes at the same time with great connection to the community.

UAAP greats and rising star athletes will be present in the event to formally launch this season’s issue magazine through an interactive activity. UAAP Magazine will also recognize the rising star athletes of this season who will definitely make it big in the basketball scene.
For more information, visit CHALK’s Facebook page (fb.com/chalkmagazine) and  UAAP Magazine’s Facebook page (fb.com/UaapMagazine).

October 4, 2017

Wake, Die, Repeat: It's Your "Happy Death Day"

Bending the passage of time has long fascinated storytellers, and the construct of a time loop proves exceptionally compelling in filmmaking. A plot device in which hours or days are repeated and re-experienced by the characters, this loop offers the protagonist some hope of breaking out of the cycle of repetition.

Multiple films across various genres have elegantly pulled it off—from Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow to Richard Curtis' About Time. Now, time-bending gets tackled anew with surprising results in Universal Pictures' suspense-thriller Happy Death Day.

(Check out the film's new spot at http://youtu.be/_5Zzh6G-V-o and watch Happy Death Day in Philippine cinemas October 18.)

A veteran of penning unpredictable screenplays such as Disturbia and Paranormal Activity 2, Christopher Landon moved into the writer/director's chair for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. A filmmaker who has long shown a knack for staying away from disposable horror films, Landon is drawn to stories that hold a mirror up to society and simultaneously entertain and challenge his audiences.

Once he was presented with Scott Lobdell's story of Happy Death Day, the director couldn't help but think of a certain 1993 time-loop classic: "When I read the script, I had the immediate reaction that everybody does: 'This is the horror-movie version of Groundhog Day! Why has this not been done before?'" he asks. "That was when the light bulb turned on, because the concept alone was a slam dunk to me - it was just really clever."

Landon reflects on the challenges of a lead character reliving the same day repeatedly: "When you have to keep experiencing the same day over and over again, it is easy to fall into a trap. We establish the day and then we repeat it, so that the audience and the character understand what is happening. Once we do those things, we immediately take Tree off course. She starts to try to outsmart her own death - and in doing so - the story takes the audience to different places and gives them unexpected experiences."

Known for his innovative work on Marvel Comics' X-Men titles ("Daredevil," "Fantastic Four"), Lobdell offers that it was his aim to craft a story in which the lead had to solve her own murder. The writer explains: "Most teen slasher movies feature a series of victims being picked off throughout - once you are terrorized and killed you are never heard from again. I was interested in the idea of a character who gets to react to her death - one who can stalk her killer and who is given to opportunity to make the most of the last day of her life."

Landon offers that what appealed to him about making this project his next one is that the story represents equal parts humor and terror: "Our scares are scares, people definitely jump and scream, but the laughs are big, too. Comedy and horror, even though they make strange bedfellows, have a lot in common. The lay-up for a scare is very similar to the lay-up for a joke. If you are able to find the rhythm where you able to scare and then to make laugh - and continue to rotate between those two things - it is a lot of fun for the audience."

Happy Death Day is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Maja Salvador Buried Alive in "Wildflower," Will She Survive?

Viewers are left guessing about the fate of Ivy Aguas (Maja Salvador) after she was buried alive by the Ardientes in the hit primetime series of ABS-CBN "Wildflower."

Ivy's horrifying ordeal came after she was made to confess about being the family's traitor by Emilia (Aiko Melendez) and Julio Ardiente (Tirso Cruz III) in a successful entrapment set-up. Emilia and Julio then wasted no time and proceeded to torturing Ivy, until Emilia decided to put her in a coffin and bury her alive.

Hours after leaving Ivy beneath the ground, Emilia even called her to ask her about her situation inside the coffin. Little did Emilia know that Jaguar (Wendell Ramos) had eavesdropped on their their conversation and immediately told Diego (Joseph Marco) about Ivy's situation.

Will Diego find and save Ivy before she draws her last breath? Will Ardientes have the last laugh?

Don't miss "Wildflower," weeknights before "TV Patrol" on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, follow @wildflowerabscbn on Instagram, @RSBDramaUnitNew on Twitter and like the show's official Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/wildflowerchannel2/. Catch its latest episodes on iwantv.com.ph orskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

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ABS-CBN Honored as Advertiser's Friendly Network, Wins 11 Awards at the Comguild Academe's Choice Awards

ABS-CBN proves that it is home to exemplary Filipino endorsers, entrepreneur shows, and hosts as it earned 11 accolades including the award for Advertiser's Friendly Network at the Comguild Academe's Choice Awards.

The public affairs show "My Puhunan" took home the award for Best Entrepreneurial/Business Show, while veteran journalist Karen Davila was honored as the Best Entrepreneurial/Business Show Host.

Kapamilya artists were also recognized at the event led by Robi Domingo (Advertisers Friendly Male Host) and Simon "Onyok" Pineda (Most Admired Child Endorser). Other winners include the King of Primetime Coco Martin (Male Endorser of the Year), Pop Royalty Sarah Geronimo (Female Endorser of the Year), Liza Soberano (Most Loved Female Teen Endorser), Anne Curtis (Advertisers Friendly Female Host), and momshies Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros, and Jolina Magdangal (Advertisers Friendly Morning Show).

Morning talk show "Magandang Buhay," on the other hand, won as the Advertisers Friendly Morning Show.

The Comguild Academe's Choice Awards commends the significant contribution of Filipino endorsers, entrepreneur shows, and hosts in the field of entrepreneurship, business, marketing, and advertising.

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October 2, 2017

Marlou Arizala Introduces Xander Ford, His Post-Plastic Surgery Look

He may be one of  the most bullied local personalities on social media, but Marlou Arizala, on Sunday's episode of "Rated K" met with loud cheers in his post-plastic surgery reveal as Xander Ford.

Far from his previous look, Xander Ford, who appeared dashing in a grey suit, wore a lighter and clear skin, sharper nose, more defined jawline, and a fade haircut.

Asked why he decided to undergo facial surgery, Xander Ford said, “Binago ko lang sa pangalan, sa pagkatao, sa panlabas ko para mabago din ang tingin sa ‘kin ng ibang tao”.

When “Rated K” host Korina Sanchez asked him about his surgical experience, he said, “Masakit pero kaya kasi ito po talaga ang pangarap ko.”

And his message to his bullies? “‘Who you’ na sila ngayon.”

With his brand-new good looks, Xander Ford hopes to earn more showbiz projects to help his family, “Gusto ko pong bumalik sa pag-aartista and seryosohin yung trabaho para po makatulong talaga sa magulang ko.”

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 ktx.abs-cbn.com.  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 emea.kapamilya.com or facebook.com/TFCMiddle East.

Watch out for the next “One Music X” and always visit facebook.com/KapamilyaTFC 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.

For more updates about the event, visit and like facebook.com/TFCJapan or visit www.kapamilya.com/tfcjapan. 

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 fb.com/dreamscapeph 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 skyondemand.com.ph 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.

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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 Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starrecordsphil, Twitter.com/starrecordsph and Instagram.com/Starmusicph.

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 Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starrecordsphil, Twitter.com/starrecordsph and Instagram.com/Starmusicph.

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 smtickets.com. 

For more information, visit Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starmusicph, 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 http://www.abscbnfoundation.org/, or you may register at the Chardonnay Golf Course clubhouse at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 23rd.




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