November 17, 2017

Derek Ramsay Returns to ABS-CBN, Resolves Conflict with Kapamilya Execs


Derek Ramsay returns as Kapamilya after meeting with the Kapamilya network executives to resolve the issues that surrounded his network transfer back in 2012.

In a press statement e-mailed to Showbiznest.com by Kane Errol Choa, Head for ABS-CBN's Integrated Corporate Communications, the network says: "ABS-CBN welcomes back Derek Ramsay who will soon work with Bea Alonzo and Paulo Avelino in the film 'Kasal' under Star Cinema."



Bailey May Joins Simon Fuller's Newest Global Pop Group Called "Now United"


Kapamilya young star Bailey May is officially part of the global pop group "Now United," which was formed by Simon Fuller who famously created the reality TV phenomenon "American Idol" and managed the career of the Spice Girls.

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"He stood out because he's got everything that you could ever dream of in a star. He has an amazing kind heart, beautiful looks, and charismatic values. He can also sing and dance. And when we saw him, Simon just knew that he was the one," said Yonta Taiwo, who was one of those in charge of scouting members for Now United, as she spoke for Fuller during an interview with ABS-CBN News' Jeff Fernando.

"We got lucky when we found him," she said. 

According to its official teaser, Now United is "a new interactive pop group for new generation" composed of "incredible young performers from all over the world."

Bailey joins 13 other members namely Lamar from United Kingdom, Josh from Canada, Shivani from India, Heyoon from South Korea, Any from Brazil, Krystian of China, Hina from Japan, Noah from USA, Diarra from Senegal, Joalin from Finland and Sofya from Russia.

Laughter and Inspiration Comprise Ogie Diaz' First Book Called "Pak! Humor"


His comic flair has made him popular in both movies and TV, and now his no-nonsense quotes are also making waves on social media.  Comedian, showbiz radio anchor and talent manager Ogie Diaz is all set to make readers laugh this time with his funny remarks in his first book under ABS-CBN Publishing Inc. entitled “Pak! Humor.”

Based from the book’s subtitle, “Life Is Short. ‘Wag Kang Nega,” the new author has penned a book to share positive feels to his readers. He said, “the book is all about good vibes” highlighted with the numerous jokes included in the collection as well as inspiring tales about his life.

Readers will laugh out loud with his short, witty anecdotes lifted from his experiences while doing errands, his musings and daily encounters as a talent manager, and his stories as a gay father to five girls.

Aside from his funny narratives, Ogie’s book will also serve as an inspiration to many who are struggling to achieve their dreams. He shared how he started a career as an entertainment writer, how he faced insecurities as a stand-up comedian, and how he faced various life roadblocks.

He talked about handling Liza Soberano as a talent, sharing his advice to the Kapamilya actress when she was just starting out in her career. “Liza, use the rejections you experienced when you act. One day, we’ll have our chance,” he wrote in “Papa Ogie says,” one of the portions of the book with his meaningful quotes.

He also wrote an ode to her mother who raised him along with his seven siblings, and shared snippets of his life with his father, a taxi driver who died after getting robbed.

The book aims to raise funds for cancer patients and survivors of the Philppine Foundation for Breast Cancer Inc. Part of the book sales proceeds will be used to help the beneficiaries of said foundation.

Be amused with Ogie’s “Pak! Humor,” exclusively available in all National Book Store outlets nationwide for only P185.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Now Available on SMART


Starting today, November 17, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now available for purchase at any Smart Stores nationwide or at the Smart Online Store. 

Smart is making it easier for anyone to have their very own, brand-new iPhone 8 and iPhone8 Plus because of its light payment scheme offers. Smart Subscribers only need to spend a minimal initial
monthly service fee of P2,699 (Plan 1999 + 700 for the device) for the iPhone 8 and P2,999 (Plan 1999 + 1,000 for the device) for the iPhone 8 Plus. 




Here are the top reasons why you should get the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus only from Smart:

1. Charge to bill. It’s easier to apply with Smart postpaid because you can charge to your monthly bill the total plan inclusive of the device cost. Payment of the Smart iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices for plans 1499, 1999, 2499 and 2999 can be paid in easy 24 monthly payments versus a big one-time cash-out through the monthly postpaid bill. No need for a credit card. On the other hand, competitor does not offer charge-to- bill and requires a big one-time device cash-out so you need to be ready with a Php 20,999 cash or through a credit card payment.

2. Maximized iPhone features with more data. Smart gives you more data to optimize your new iPhone (1GB more than competitor on hero offers). More open access data means better plan value and more reasons to enjoy your new iPhone and its features. On top of that you enjoy free VAS/app that’s interchangeable monthly and that won’t eat up your monthly data volume allocation. Some favorite apps commonly used daily are unli data in volume. These apps are FB, FB Messenger, Waze, Whatsapp, Line, Viber

3. Lower handset cost. Smart offers the latest iPhones for so much less. You would just pay for the monthly service fee after the device is paid up after 24 months (eg. You’ll pay only P1,999/month after 24 months.)

4. Powered by fastest LTE. The new iPhone is best experienced with Open Signal’s fastest LTE Network. Smart continues to cover the country with LTE connectivity plus built-in all-net calls across all plans.

5. Gadget shield. Smart gives a one month gadget shield for free against accidental damage or theft. Smart’s front liners will register you upon availment of the iPhone 8 plans.


Get to know more how Smart’s iPhone 8 offers, visit smart.com.ph/iPhone8.

Angeline Quinto Exposes the True Identity of Coco Martin


Cardo (Coco Martin) and Romulo (Lito Lapid)'s plan to avenge their loved ones might land them in trouble as Regine (Angeline Quinto) is set on telling the police about their whereabouts in “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”

Determined to take down Alakdan (Jhong Hilario), Cardo and Romulo returned to Manila to link up with Daga (Rico J. Puno), a former member of Pulang Araw who has vowed to help them find the rebel group defector and end his evil ploys.

However, Daga’s daughter Regine continues to treat them harshly because she associates them with the goons who killed her brother.

To give justice to the death of his brother, Regine takes advantage of Cardo and Romulo's trust, with plans of revealing their identities to the authorities and bringing home the P10 million peso-reward.

Will Cardo be outsmarted by Regine? How will he make sure he continues with his mission without getting caught?

Don’t miss the action-packed battle in the leading primetime series in the country, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” weeknights on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

To watch the show’s past episodes, log in to iWant TV or on skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto Cover Metro Magazine's November 2017 Issue


Metro magazine, the country’s authority in style, features one of the hottest and most exciting love teams of today, Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto, on the cover of its November issue.  

Julia is no stranger to Metro pages as the magazine has charted her story in many covers - Julia the cool girl, the ‘it’ girl, and now, Julia, in love. Joshua comes off more as a mystery. He is developing a reputation of being an actor’s actor, and is often described as a young John Lloyd Cruz. His candor and easygoing manner give him that charm.

Another impressive showing of force in this issue is the Women of Now list featuring ladies who all combine style with substance: Kat Gumabao who has been fighting for body positivity for years; Grrrl Gang, led by Mich Dulce, who lends its loud voice to various women’s issues; and Sheree Gotuaco who talks in images through her brand’s National Artist series. Alessandra de Rossi is likewise experiencing a renaissance of her own. These women, together with Alex Godinez and Gabby Sareñas, show the power of the female, of believing in something so much that it becomes a reality.

 


Also, because it’s Christmas time already, Metro has the ultimate gift guide and continues its curated list online through the new website: Metro.Style. This site will have everything from fashion to beauty to lifestyle, but will also tackle career, relationships, home - everything you’ll need for a stylish life.

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

November 16, 2017

Catch the Web Series Finale of "Discovering Routes - The Travel Adveture of Garrett Gee and Miriste Gee" on November 16, 6PM


They say home is where you make it. For these siblings from Utah, Garrett Gee and Miristi Gee, an adventure to the Philippines became an epic journey home. After a 20-webisode season, Discovering Routes will release its web series finale on Thursday, November 16th, 6pm Pacific on DiscoveringRoutes.com.

From the private lands of the sovereign Tagbanua tribe in Coron, Palawan to the maximum-security prison in Cebu, their trip took them around the country for the first time ever, where the adventures were only surpassed by the discovery of their heritage and growing the unbreakable bond of family.

I always wanted my first immersive trip to the Philippines to be special. Experiencing it with my sister Miristi, made it unforgettable. Someday soon, I’m going to take my wife and kids there and it will be special for them to see where my heritage is from so they can be proud of their own Filipino roots,” said Garrett Gee, the show’s resident adventurer. Gee made his mark as the co-creator of Scan, which sold to Snapchat for $54M. His family traveling enterprise, The Bucket List Family, made a social media sensation of the tech entrepreneur. “It’s true that there are things in life that you will only understand once you see where you’re from. And where we’re from is beautiful.

The family travel bug didn’t skip the other Gee siblings but professional yogini Miristi Gee savored this one – her first to the Philippines – as she retraced her roots. “Growing up really close to my Filipino grandma, I instantly felt a sense that I belonged in the Philippines. The more people I met and the more halo-halo I ate, I became convinced that the best things about me are from this culture,” she shared.

In its web series finale, Garrett and Miristi are joined by their mom, Mel Gee Henderson, in the sweet town of Iloilo to celebrate the colorful Pintados de Passi festival. But the Gees are asked to lead the procession, something they were not prepared for.

Tune in for the great vibes and colorful tribes on November 16, Thursday, 6pm Pacific on DiscoveringRoutes.com.


 
DISCOVER MORE ROUTES HERE:
Web101: Watch Your Step - https://youtu.be/yf8s0aHSvSs
Miristi’s Faves: Iloilo - https://youtu.be/3d0cZfQOXek
Cebu Dancing Inmates: Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars - https://youtu.be/4wTDTIUoX7s

November 15, 2017

Ayala Malls Cinemas to Screen Film Entries at 13th Cinema One Originals


Ayala Malls Cinemas showcases the works of the most promising Filipino filmmakers and actors this year at the 13th annual Cinema One Originals festival this November 13-21.

This year’s Cinema One Originals theme “Walang Takot” (No Fear) harmonizes with Ayala Malls Cinemas’ unwavering passion to provide an avenue for local talents, and provide quality films for its valued patrons.

Since 2005, the Cinema One Originals Film Festival has showcased brave, timely, and captivating films that made an impact on the landscape of Philippine cinema. Offering a wide array of feature films, short films and fully restored timeless classics, it is a festival that grants three million Pesos to select filmmakers, and gives them creative freedom to execute their films.

This year’s Cinema One Original Festival poises itself as fearless with its tagline “Walang Takot”. “Fearless is also about how we are embracing change. Movies are changing, the way we make them and the way we see them. There is a new audience emerging, possessed with a deeper intimacy, and enthusiasm for new things,” says festival director Ronald Arguelles.

Mr. Amir Precilla, Ayala Malls Cinemas General Manager goes on to add, “We at Ayala Malls Cinemas are delighted to once again house this year's Cinema One Originals festival, as we want to promote further the Filipino talent. We take pride in knowing we took another step towards the promotion of Filipino artistry.”

Setting the landscape for the festival that is truly fearless or “Walang Takot”, Ayala Malls Cinemas recently held the festival’s launch where celebrities such as acclaimed actress Sylvia Sanchez, young actor Enchong Dee were in attendance. Martin McDonagh’s 2017 Toronto International Film Festival hit, “Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri," which stars Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Emmy Award winner Woody Harrelson (Cheers) was screened during the opening night. A series of exclusive invitational gala screenings were also done in TriNoma and Glorietta 4 cinemas last November 12-14.

The films that are part of this year’s Cinema One Originals competition include:

Giancarlo Abraham’s “Paki”
Shireen Seno’s “Nervous Translation”
Richard Somes’ “Historiographika Errata”
Dan Villegas’ “Walang Forever”
Kip Oebanda’s “Nay”
Fatrick Tabada and Rae Red’s “Si Chedeng At Si Apple”
Joseph Teoxon’s “Throwback Today"

All set to be screened during the festival are restored classics such as:

Marilou Diaz Abaya’s “Moral” and “Karnal”
Jeffrey Sonora’s “Asedillo”
Celso Ad Castillo’s “Tag Ulan Tag Araw”
Danny Zialcita’s “Langis At Tubig” and “Karma”
Lino Brocka’s “Cain at Abel”

The festival will showcase international features with a 13-film line up which includes:

Robin Campillo’s “Beats Per Minute”
Claire Denis’ “Let The Sun Shine In”
Francois Ozon’s “L’Amant Double”
Ildiko Enyedi’s “On Body And Soul”
Joachim Trier’s “Thelma”
Hirokazu Koreeda’s “The Third Murder”
Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Before We Vanish”
Sebastian Leilo’s “A Fantastic Woman”
Amit Masurkar’s “Newton”
Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama”
The Safdie Brothers’ “Good Time”
Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country”
Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” and,
4K restoration of Steven Spielberg’s science-fiction classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

Experience the Cinema One Originals Festival at its best only at Ayala Malls Cinemas this November 13-21. 

Visit www.sureseats.com for schedule and advanced bookings.

November 8, 2017

Tyler the Creator Collaborates Anew with Converse in Second Golf Le Fleur Collection



Several years ago, Tyler the Creator had a vision to launch a line of sneakers to go with his Golf Le Fleur* brand. Converse and Tyler talked about joining creative forces to create unique ideas of ownership and identity and everyone thought it was a good idea. From there, the Golf Le Fleur* collection was born.

Together, Converse and Tyler celebrate freedom of expression and choice through collaborative design made for the street.

Building on the energy and excitement of a successful partnership this past Summer, which celebrated the heritage of culture and sport in the Converse One Star silhouette, Tyler brings his imaginative design, aesthetic and bold spirit to create something entirely new with the Golf Le Fleur* collection.

Tyler, the Creator and Converse unveil the new collection with Tyler’s signature flower design in Kasina, Seoul South Korea’s largest street wear concept shop.

Tyler’s Golf Le Fleur* signature sneaker is a bold interpretation of the One Star silhouette.

Incorporating the classic premium suede upper rendered in his unique flower design, it transforms the One Star silhouette into something never before seen. The outsole features Golf Le Fleur* graphics with exaggerated eye stays, comfort collar and tongue, heel counter overlay and Ortholite sock liner for cushioning.

It is available in three colorways: jolly green, solar power and vanilla.

The new Golf Le Fleur* collection is exclusively available at Commonwealth, SM Aura for Php 5,990.00.

For more of Golf Le Fleur* collection, follow www.facebook.com/Converse.PH and @ConversePH on instagram.

Visit www.converse.com.ph for more Converse designs and styles.

"Justice League" Warns You Can't Save the World Alone


In Warner Bros. Pictures' epic action-adventure Justice League, Earth is in the sightlines of the most malevolent alien force ever, an ancient enemy preying on the vulnerability resulting from the Son of Krypton’s death. If mankind is going to stand a chance of survival, Batman and Wonder Woman must convince her fellow metahumans - Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash - to unite, and to fight, in defense of humanity.

Picking up shortly after we last saw Bruce and Diana go their separate ways, the story reconnects these two characters who may not always see the same road toward their shared goal. But it’s their shared motivation - to do right by the sacrifice Superman made - that allows them to find common ground very quickly in order to face Steppenwolf, an eight-foot-tall warrior from the nightmare world of Apokolips. He seeks the power to conquer the world and transform it into his own. He is no ordinary villain, and it will take an extraordinary force to defeat him.

Director Zack Snyder states, “Just the idea of getting the Justice League together on the same playing field, taking their place in the cinematic landscape as a team and embarking on an amazing adventure…the mere concept of it was awe-inspiring.”

Charles Roven, who has produced more than half a dozen films in the genre, says, “One of the reasons I produce these movies is because it’s so rewarding - honoring the canon, finding new ways to reinvigorate it, reinventing it for a different medium and creating additional lore as you go. Hopefully the result is something for everyone, fans old and new. And now, with all these characters coming together for the first time, we’re able to introduce a few new characters for movie audiences to get to know…and to follow in the future.”

In the film, the loss of Superman - of hope - is the catalyst for everything that happens, on both sides. But there is little time to mourn, and even less time to take action. Earth is vulnerable, primed for attack because of that void. And because the hero who stood for hope and justice is gone, the League must unite in his stead, to fight for the world he saved.

Producer Deborah Snyder adds, “These characters all have such unique personalities, and such different powers and abilities, and the chance to pool them together to see how powerful they can be as a unit was such a thrill. Not to mention the urgency of their mission. There’s no time to practice. It’s game on from the moment they come together, because this is an extremely formidable enemy.”

To form the League, the story takes us to the ends of the Earth and beyond: from a gritty Gotham to Central City, the populous Paris to the frozen wilds of Iceland, from Themyscira to Atlantis, and from buzzing Metropolis to the serenity of Smallville. If Bruce and Diana can succeed in recruiting the others for this larger-than-life battle in which all their worlds are at stake, they will come together as the greatest team of Super Heroes in the DC universe.

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Alisah Bonaobra Gets Loud and Proud on Week2 of the X Factor UK Live Show


Comeback Queen Alisah Bonaobra impressed the judges again in today’s episode of the competition.
Mentor Sharon Osbourne referred to her as her Little Filipino Angel and was on her feet after her performance.

This week’s live shows theme is “Viva Latino” where Alisah went beyond her usual power ballads and gave an entertaining song and dance number for everyone. Her performance of Let’s Get Loud  by Jennifer Lopez wowed all the judges.

Nicole Scherzinger could not help but express her admiration on Alisah’s performance. “I love it! You become this fierce piece wild animal when you get on that stage! You unleashed on that stage. You became a Latina-Filipina diva that you are! You make all Filipinas and Filipinos so proud. You shut it down tonight. You’re a little firecracker out there!

Judge Louis Walsh was also in great awe after her song and dance number. “Alisah, where did that come from? At the start of the whole series, I thought you can just sing the big ballads; and now you turned into this little tiger tonight!” he shared. “It was amazing energy. I love the singing, the dancing! I love the whole staging by the creative team. It was fantastic!” he added.

There’s no messing around with you, is there? You just bring it!” said Simon Cowell. Before he gave her a constructive criticism, he specifically asked the audience not to boo him. “You, at some point Alisah, are gonna have to put your own unique twist on a song. Otherwise, it will be considered cabaret and that won’t get you to where you want to be.” The audience and the other judges kept booing and Simon had to yell at them to shut up.

Girls category mentor Sharon Osbourne was all praises to her wildcard winner. “You are more than just a ballad singer, much, much more! You have so impressed me tonight. You’ve come out of your comfort zone and it was spectacular!

The X Factor UK airs first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment same day as the UK on Sundays and Mondays at 10:30am with primetime encores Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at 9:00pm. 

For more updates follow RTL CBS Entertainment on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RTLCBSEntertainment, @RTLCBSEntertainment on Instagram and @RTLCBSEntertain on Twitter.

RTL CBS Entertainment is available on SKYcable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD), SKYdirect channel 35, Destiny Cable channel 53, and Cablelink channels 37(SD) and 313(HD).

ABS-CBN Unveils Newest Drama Series “Love Will Lead You Back” Starring Jericho Rosales, Yen Santos and Sam Milby


ABS-CBN, the largest multi-media conglomerate in the Philippines, formally announced the upcoming small screen team ups of Jericho Rosales, Yen Santos, Yam Concepcion, and Sam Milby in its newest drama about marriage, family, and love titled “Love Will Lead You Back”, coming soon via The Filipino Channel (TFC)’s various platforms worldwide.

Unlike the other shows which focus on infidelity, we went the other way around. The thrust of our show is how to stay faithful in your marriage. You are also going to see real characters that will struggle on how they will fix their respective marriages,” says Jericho at the recently held media announcement.

Jericho, who is tagged as the Asian Drama King, has starred before in several ABS-CBN shows like “The Legal Wife” in 2014, “Bridges of Love” in 2015, and “Magpahanggang Wakas” in 2017.

“Love Will Lead You Back” marks the first time Rosales and Milby will work on a teleserye together. The show also serves as a reunion project for Milby and director FM Reyes.

Direk FM was my director in my first teleserye, which was ‘Maging Sino Ka Man’. After 12 years, we will be working with each other again so I am really excited”, shares Sam.

Aside from “Maging Sino Ka Man” in 2007, Milby has also previously starred in other ABS-CBN series like “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala” in 2013, and “Doble Kara” in 2015.

Yen and Yam, meantime, return to the spotlight as the show’s leading ladies and are both equally excited to start taping.

Before, I was only watching them on TV. Now I have the chance to work with them,” Yam gushes.

My character here is different from what I have done before, which were light roles. Here, I’m more mature and I’m even married,” Yen relates.

The two actresses have already showcased their acting prowess in other ABS-CBN shows: Santos has starred in the TV series “Pure Love” and is currently seen in “Wildflower”; while Concepcion starred in the family-oriented show “Langit Lupa” and is now seen in “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano”.

Also joining the cast are Allan Paule, Lotlot de Leon, Amy Austria, Cris Villanueva, Christian Bables, Hero Angeles, and Gab Lagman.

“Love Will Lead You Back” is under the production unit headed by Ruel Bayani, coming soon in the Philippines via ABS-CBN, and outside the country via The Filipino Channel.

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla Lead Nationwide Bloodletting Event


“La Luna Sangre” stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla led the bloodletting event held at the Philippine Red Cross headquarters  last Sunday (November 5), simultaneous with 23 other blood donation drives organized by Kathniel fans in different parts of the country.

Shortage of blood in the country is really a point of concern. We know some cases wherein it was hard for people to collect blood. I hope those who did not come today still donate blood in some other days so we can help our fellow Filipinos,” said Daniel.

The event was able to generate 50,000 cc of blood.

Aside from the bloodletting, Daniel and Kathryn also took the opportunity to shed light on their cyberbullying advocacy as CyberSmile ambassadors.

The two reiterated their call to stop online bashing and for each and everyone to make a stand against cyberbullying.

 

Kathryn and Daniel continue to topbill the hit primetime teleserye “La Luna Sangre,” which remains to be one of the most watched programs in the country.  Last Friday (Nov 3), viewers were at the edge of their seats when Tristan’s heart stopped beating after Prof T. (Albert Martinez) gave him a virus to protect him from becoming a vampire.

The different reaction of the virus in Tristan’s blood roused the curiosity of Prof T. and Samantha (Maricar Reyes) about his real identity. What is the mystery behind Tristan? How is Tristan connected to Sandrino (Richard Gutierrez)?

Don’t miss “La Luna Sangre,” weeknights after “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” on ABS-CBN and on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

Catch up on the show’s past episodes via iWant TV or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @starcreatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Mother and Son Tandem of Sylvia Sanchez and Arjo Atayde featured in New ABS-CBN Drama Series “Hanggang Saan”


Sylvia Sanchez and Arjo Atayde will prove that exceptional acting talent runs in their family as they team up for the first time in the newest Kapamilya series “All That Matters” airing soon on ABS-CBN.

The seasoned actress will play Sonya, a mother who is dedicated to giving her family a good life no matter the consequences. Her son Arjo, on the other hand, will portray Paco, Sonya’s loving son.

“It is a privilege for me to be part of this teleserye. We will try to touch people’s lives with our story and to give inspiration to our viewers,” said the former “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” star.

“After Gloria ("The Greatest Love"), you will now have another mother to love -- Sonya. We are offering you a new teleserye that will surely touch your hearts and will make your families even closer,” the award-winning actress added.

Also part of “All That Matters” are Ariel Rivera, Teresa Loyzaga, Sue Ramirez, Yves Flores, Maris Racal, and Marlo Mortel with Nikko Natividad, Rommel Padilla, Nanding Josef, Anna Luna, Mercedes Cabral, Rubi Rubi, Viveika Ravanes, Sharmaine Suarez, Ces Quesada, Arnold Reyes, Maila Gumila, and Junjun Quintana. It is under the direction of Mervyn Brondial and Jeffrey Jeturian.

Listen to the New Songs from "Olaf’s Frozen Adventure"


Walt Disney Animation Studios has posted previews of the new songs from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, an all-new featurette that will open in Philippine cinemas in front of Disney/Pixar’s Coco on November 22.

The songs are “Ring in the Season” by Kristen Bell,” “That Time of Year” by Josh Gad and “When We’re Together” by Idina Menzel.

Listen to the Olaf’s Frozen Adventure songs below!

“Ring in the Season” – http://youtu.be/dozheHpnhnU

“That Time of Year” – http://youtu.be/5T1p8-6kW3U

“When We're Together” – http://youtu.be/PCXQBFXvdHw

Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette Olaf's Frozen Adventue welcomes the original cast and characters of Frozen back to the big screen, including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff). The featurette is directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), with original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (“Between the Lines”).

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure celebrates characters who won over audiences worldwide when Frozen first hit the big screen in 2013. Earning more than $1.27 billion globally, the film won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). Slated for November 2019, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ untitled feature-length follow-up to the hit film reunites filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho with the Grammy®- and Oscar®-winning songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

November 5, 2017

Winwyn Marquez Wins Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Crown and Other Special Awards


It is Philippines' first time to join the South America-produced beauty competition Reina Hispanoamericana and successfully managed to bring home the crown courtesy of Winwyn Marquez.

Despite the very small time to prepare for the competition, Winwyn bested 26 other beauties and was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 on Saturday night in Bolivia (Sunday morning in Manila).

During the Question and Answer, Winwyn was asked: "How would you promote Hispanicamerican culture with great difficulty of language?

Watch her impressive answer below:



A crowd favorite, Winwyn also finished in the top 3 in the Traditional Costume category where she wore a golden warrior outfit, created by Edwin Uy who said that he drew inspiration from the Pintados tribe of Cebu.

She also finished first runner-up in the Miss Personality category.

Winwyn was likewise a finalist in the Best Smile and Miss Silhouette categories, and was named the Ipanema Girl.

Watch her full performance at Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 coronation night:




Miss Philippines Karen Ibasco Wins Miss Earth 2017 Crown


Karen Ibasco gave the Philippines its fourth crown in the 17-year-old Miss Earth beauty pageant on Saturday night, November 4, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The 27-year-old licensed physicist beauty bested 85 other women from around the globe when she named Miss Earth 2017. The crown was passed onto her by Ecuador’s Katherine Espin, last year’s Miss Earth winner.


Here is the full list of winners in Miss Earth 2017:

Miss Earth: Philippines, Karen Ibasco
Miss Earth Fire: Russia, Lada Akimova
Miss Earth Water: Colombia, Juliana Franco
Miss Earth Air: Australia, Nina Robertson

TOP 8
Australia, Nina Robertson
Philippines, Karen Ibasco
Thailand, Paweensuda Drouin
Venezuela, Ninoska Vasquez
Colombia, Juliana Franco
Czech Republic, Iva Uchytilová
Netherlands, Faith Landman
Russia, Lada Akimova
TOP 16
USA, Andreia Gibau
Tonga, Diamond Lang
Vietnam, Le Thi Ha Thu
Switzerland, Sarah Laura Peyrel
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lela Karagic
Cameroon, Angele Kossinda
Russia, Lada Akimova
Angola, Ermelinda de Matos

SPECIAL AWARDS
Miss Photogenic: Vietnam, Le Thi Ha Thu
Miss Friendship: Korea, Hanna Lee 
Miss Friendship: Japan, Yasuko Saito
Miss Friendship: Tonga, Diamond Lang
Miss Talent: Crimea, Yelena Trifonova
Miss Talent: Russia, Lada Akimova
Miss Talent: Cyprus, Artemis Charalambous
Best Swimsuit: Australia, Nina Robertson
Best Swimsuit: Philippines, Karen Ibasco
Best Swimsuit: Puerto Rico, Karla Aponte
Best Evening Gown: Puerto Rico, Karla Aponte
Best Evening Gown: Venezuela, Ninoska Vasquez
Best Evening Gown: Peru, Karen Rojas
Best National Costume: Bolivia, Giancarla Fernandez
Best National Costume: Philippines, Karen Ibasco
Best National Costume: Ghana, Maud Fadi 
Best National Costume: Guatemala, Maria Jose Castañeda
Best National Costume: Portugal, Gloria Silva
Best National Costume: Russia, Lada Akimova  


Miss Philippines Nelda Ibe Wins Miss Globe 2017 First Runner-up


Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2017 Nelda Ibe was named 1st runner-up in the Ms. Globe 2017 beauty pageant held in Tirana, Albania on November 3, Friday.

The 24-year old cadet pilot, who was dubbed "The Pilot Queen", finished behind Vietnamese' Khanh Ngan who won the crown.




Here is the full list of winners in Miss Globe 2017:

Miss Globe 2017 – Do Tran Khanh Ngan of Vietnam

1st runner-up – Nelda Ibe of Philippines
2nd runner-up – Elena Latypova of Siberia
3rd runner-up – Alessia Çoku of Albania
4th runner-up– Simone Heijligers of Cape Verde


SMART Now Offers the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus #SmartiPhone8


Be among the first to own the latest iPhone craze - iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus - from Smart!

Starting on November 10, 2017 (Friday), Smart Stores nationwide and the Smart Online Store (store.smart.com.ph) will start accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

On November 17, 2017, Smart will offer the latest Apple products including the new generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. 

So, sign up now!


November 4, 2017

Isabel Granda Dead After a 10-Day Coma due to Brain Aneurysm in Qatar


It is confirmed that Isabel Granada has passed away at Hamad General Hospital in Qatar.

She was 41.

The actress died at the hospital after a 10-day coma due to brain aneurysm on October 25 in Doha, Qatar.

Check out full report below:

October 31, 2017

Ritz Azul Pregnant with Paulo Avelino's Child


Sophia (Ritz Azul) will have to face a tough journey on her own after losing Nicolas (Paulo Avelino) and finding out that she is pregnant with his child in “The Promise of Forever.”

After their brief reunion that ended in them parting ways again, Nicolas decided to end his life and forget his past by jumping off a cliff – a decision he had to make to keep the love of his life away from danger.

But amidst the pain Sophia feels over Nicolas’ passing, she faces yet another life-changing test when she learns she is expecting a baby. However, the news disappoints her parents and forces her to leave their home so as not to cause more trouble to their family.

However, Marlon (Tonton Gutierrez) believes Nicolas is still alive and is hiding using a new identity. Driven by his knowledge of Nicolas’ powers, Marlon will not let any moment pass to make sure he gets his hands on the immortal man to finally create the miracle drug.

Will Sophia and Nicolas’ love be enough to bring them back together?

Don’t miss the story of love that is forever cursed by fate, “The Promise of Forever,” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For more information, follow @dreamscapeph on Instagram and Twitter and like facebook.com/dreamscapeph on Facebook.

Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado All Set for Their “20/30 Anniversary Concert”


Celebrity couple and certified OPM hitmakers Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado are jointly celebrating decades of music career success with the “20/30 Anniversary Concert” happening on December 8 (Friday) at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.

The Phenomenal Diva commemorates her 20th year in showbiz while The Original Prince of Pop marks his 30th anniversary in the industry.

Joining the couple in their one-night show are guests Xian Lim, Klarisse de Guzman, Lloyd Zaragoza, Daryl Ong, Angeline Quinto, and Ogie Alcasid. Their daughter, up and coming singer Jayda Avanzado, will also surprise the audience with her powerful vocals.

The musical event, produced by Star Events and Resorts World Manila, highlights Jessa and Dingdong’s OPM contribution that have made them a power couple in the industry.

Jessa officially began her music career in 1997 when she released her first ever studio album with the phenomenal eight-time platinum record, largely due to her “Bakit Pa?” hit. She also popularized numerous songs such as “’Di Ba’t Ikaw,” “Ibigay Mo Na” and “Kahit Na Ilang Umaga,” earning her the title “Jukebox Queen of the 90’s.”

Dingdong, on the other hand, ventured into recording ten years earlier with his hit single “Ikaw Lamang” earning him his first gold record. His three-decade career spanned his experience not just as a singer but also as a songwriter, actor, and concert director. Among his biggest hits are the OPM classics “Tatlong Beinte Singko,” “Naghihintay Sa’yo,” “Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal,” and “Basta’t Kasama Kita.”

Tickets to the “20/30 Anniversary Concert” are now available at P6,454.00 (SVIP), P5,378.00 (VIP), P4,088.00 (gold), P2689.00 (silver), and P1,291.00 (bronze). Interested parties may call Ticketworld at 891-9999, log on to ticketworld.com.ph or call SM Tickets at 470-2222 or log on to smtickets.com.

Join Jessa and Dingdong in their much-awaited show on Dec. 8 (Friday). For more details on the “20/30 Anniversary Concert,” visit Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starrecordsphil, Twitter.com/starrecordsph and Instagram.com/Starmusicph.

October 30, 2017

OtterBox and LifeProof Launch Full Case Lineups for New iPhones


You’ve just purchased that expensive new iPhone 8, iph8 Plus and the iPhone X.1. You aren’t going to use just any cute case from the bazaar in your neighborhood, aren’t you?

This is serious stuff and you need a case that will protect your phone.

OtterBox has set the standard of iPhone protection from the very beginning. OtterBox, the No. 1-selling smartphone case in the US, continues to uphold that tradition with a full lineup of cases for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X.

Starting with Defender Series, OtterBox has innovated 26 different case styles for iPhone over the past decade. Case designs have evolved to be more sleek and to accommodate an ever-increasing number of features, but one thing has remained the same: trusted protection.

"OtterBox is proud to be the only case company that's protected every single iPhone," said OtterBox CEO Jim Parke.

Each iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X case design undergoes a minimum of 24 tests across more than 238 hours to earn the OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection seal. These tests ensure lasting protection from drops, bumps, scratches and dings.





There's an OtterBox case for everyone:

 The fashionable Symmetry Series is sleek with a raised, beveled edge that provides extra protection for the touchscreen during facedown drops. Available in classic solids, trendy graphics, fully clear and clear graphics, it's the perfect fashion statement.

 Pursuit Series guards against drop, dust, dirt and snow intrusion, perfect for an outdoor adventure or average day in the office. 2  This two-piece case snaps around each device for a perfect fit. The open-face design seals directly to the display and the case includes an optional lanyard.

 Defender Series is the original protective case for iPhone with 10 years of design and development behind it. The rugged multi-layer case features a shell and outer slipcover to absorb and dissipate shock.

 Two form-fitting layers combine to create the thin, protective Commuter Series. The outer shell and inner slipcover combine to pull shock away from the device, and port covers keep debris out.

 Strada Series Folio offers a luxurious 100 percent genuine leather cover and trusted protection. The folio front clasps securely closed with a magnet to guard the display from scratches and includes a card slot.

 The uniVERSE Case System features a slim, protective OtterBox case with a modular rail mount on the back that allows attachment of a variety of accessories. OtterBox has partnered with other industry leaders to enhance uniVERSE with accessories like a contactless card reader, additional storage, bike mounts, tripods, wallets and more.

 Keep the touchscreen brilliant with Alpha Glass fortified screen guards. Compatible with Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Commuter Series, Strada Series Folio and uniVERSE Case System, these screen guards block out scratches and complete device protection.

Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series, uniVERSE Case System, Strada Series Folio and Alpha Glass screen guards are available now for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.





LifeProof, which is known for its sleek and ultraprotective iPhone cases, has expanded its lineup of cases with NËXT and SLΛM, two next-generation LifeProof cases that complement water-resistant devices, available now for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and coming soon for iPhone X.

LifeProof changed the iPhone protection game with its industry-leading waterproof cases,” said LifeProof CEO Jim Parke. “Now, even those who don’t need a waterproof case can experience LifeProof protection with the introduction of NËXT and SLΛM. With the features available in today’s iPhones, sometimes all you need is a thin, light case that protects from drops and dirt. NËXT delivers that in style without sacrificing the quality we’re known for.

NËXT boasts six layers of protection in an ultra-sleek package to keep iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X safe from drops, dirt and snow. The two-piece outer shell wraps securely around the phone and delivers maximum durability and drop defense. A raised bevel bolsters drop and touchscreen protection while the display is left uncovered for direct access to the glass. A clear outer layer prevents scuffs, scrapes and scratches and an inner lining seals the case and phone from dirt. An audio-transparent mesh covers the speakers to block dust and debris while audio flows freely.

In true LifeProof fashion, NËXT protects from drops up to 2 meters, carries an IP-5X rating for blocking dirt and dust and keeps snow out. It is available in four colors – Black, Beach Pebble, Seaside and Cactus Rose – and is also compatible with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

With SLΛM, deflecting damage never looked so good. Engineered to withstand drops of up to 2 meters while still maintaining a slim profile, SLΛM combines sport, style and safety for iPhone. A transparent shell reveals iPhone’s factory finish while the perimeter flashes one of four available color aoptions – Night Flash, Lava Chaser, Aloha Sunset and; Free Flow – and is also compatible with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

NËXT and SLΛM for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available now. Suggested retail price for NËXT iPhone 8  and iPhone X cases is Php3,490.00 and Php3,990.00 for iPhone 8 Plus. Suggested retail price for SLAM iPhone 8 and iPhone X cases is ₱2,490.00 and Php 2,990.00 for iPhone 8 Plus

LifeProof’s best-selling waterproof case line, FRĒ, will also be available for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. . To learn more or to sign up for product notifications for FRĒ and visit www.lifeproof.asia

OtterBox is available at OtterBox retail kiosks, Power Mac Center, iStudio, InBox and Mobile1 while LifeProof is available at Power Mac Center, Otterbox retail kiosks, iCentre, iBook, InBox and Timeline. 

For more information, visit otterbox.asia and www.lifeproof.asia

"Thor: Ragnarok" Captures the Biggest October Weekend in PH Box-Office at P201.56M Gross


Like a champion gladiator, Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok conquered the Philippine box-office for the Oct. 25 – 29 period, raking in a thunderous P201.56-M for the No.1 spot and bragging rights as the Biggest October Opening Weekend Ever in PH history.

The latest Thor action-adventure also claimed the 4th Biggest Opening Weekend for 2017 (following Beauty and The Beast, Wonder Woman and Spiderman Homecoming), as well as the Biggest Opening Weekend for a solo Thor title.

In comparison with recent Marvel Studios blockbusters, Ragnarok’s weekend rollout is 35% higher than that of Guardians of the Galaxy Vo. 2, 43% more successful than Doctor Strange, and outplayed Captain America: The Winter Soldier by 30%.

The three highest ranking cinemas in terms of sales are SM Mall of Asia (P7.92-M), SM Megamall (P7.38-M) and SM North EDSA (P7.06-M).

In fourth to tenth notches are Trinoma (P5.48-M), Glorietta 4 (P4.37-M), Greenbelt 3 (P4.04-M), Power Plant (P3.35-M), Greenhills Promenade (P3.15-M), Alabang Town Center (P3.07-M) and Uptown Place (P3.056-M).

Completing the Top 20 are Venice Cineplex (P3.052-M), SM Cebu (P2.94-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P2.92-M), Ayala Malls Cebu (P2.84-M), Shang Cineplex (P2.74-M), SM Aura (P2.63-M), Bonifacio High Street (P2.62-M), U.P. Town Center (P2.586-M), Eastwood (P2.582-M) and SM Southmall (P2.42-M).

Internationally, Thor: Ragnarok has topped the box office with $107.6 million in 52% of overseas markets, a week ahead of its U.S. release on Nov. 3.

Directed by Taika Waititi from a script by Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost and Stephany Folsom and Eric Pearson, Thor: Ragnarok picks up after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In the film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Now showing across the Philippines, Thor: Ragnarok is distributed by the Walt Disney Company.

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