December 1, 2017

Vivo V7 Grand Launch in Bacolod City Draws Huge Crowd, Boyband PH Introduces as Vivo's Brand Ambassador



The Vivo V7 launch was a big success as it brought the topnotch brand closer to its audience with a grand unveiling last November 18 at the SM City Bacolod Event Center North Wing. The V7 launch was headlined by the hottest boy band in the country and Vivo celebrity influencer Boyband PH. Joao Constancia, Niel Murillo, Tristan Ramirez, Russell Reyes, Ford Valencia graced the stage with their upbeat performances at the much-anticipated launch of the latest pride from the global smartphone brand.



Prior to the grand launch, Boyband PH also joined local Bacolod media at the Vivo V7 press conference on the same day. When asked what their favorite feature is of the Vivo V7, Russel said it is definitely the 24MP front camera, “As a group we love to take group photos and the phone’s shot are really the best,” Russel explained. “And also HIFI audio of the phone as we love listening to music it has the best audio ever.” Boyband PH is grateful to be chosen by the brand to endorse their products and is happy to be a part of the Vivo Family.




The Vivo V7 is the newest addition to the V series and is a powerful shooter with an all screen Display. Equipped with advanced technology including Vivo’s fingerprint 24MP front-facing camera and a 16MP rear-facing camera, this phone is known for its exceptional photography features, screen quality and the overall product design.

The V7 is the result of Vivo’s on-going effort in understanding the needs of today’s young people, as the company continues its growth trajectory and international expansion by providing stylish and dynamic products to more consumers to show off their individuality and capture memories that is worth remembering.

The V7 reinforces Vivo’s leadership in selfies with its 24MP front-facing camera, which produces crystal-clear selfies. By keeping true-to- life color and contrast and a clear background at all times, V7 allows users to express themselves truly anytime, anywhere. Equipped with advanced technology, this phone is known for its exceptional photography features, screen quality and the overall product design.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

November 29, 2017

“La Luna Sangre” Opens “Power Unlock” Week with a Blast, Beats New GMA-7 Primetime Show


ABS-CBN’s hit action series “La Luna Sangre” kept its stronghold of its primetime slot as it prevailed over its new rival last Monday (November 27).

Based on data from Kantar Media, more viewers tuned in to the start of the show’s “Power Unlock” week and scored a national TV rating of 31.4% from combined urban and rural homes compared to the pilot episode of its rival program with only 15.6%.

Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.

In Monday’s episode, viewers witnessed how Malia helplessly pleaded to the moon and wished for her to gain power enough to beat Sandrino (Richard Gutierrez) and save Tristan (Daniel Padilla). Her hands suddenly glowed to red - a sign that a new power in her has awaken.

Now that Malia’s powers are unfolding, how will she use it against Sandrino? Will she be able to save Tristan before he dies in his coffin?

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.

Father and Son Piolo and Iñigo Lead Family Duos in “Matanglawin” Challenge this Sunday

 
Father and son Piolo and Iñigo Pascual put on their creativity hats as they try out a colorful challenge this Sunday (December 3), 9:45am on ABS-CBN on “Matanglawin.” 

Aside from them, Kuya Kim Atienza will also test the knowledge and teamwork of other family duos like hunky brothers Vin and Aljur Abrenica and sporty siblings Michele and Marco Gumabao.

Meanwhile, Christmas came early for the young skaters of the Philippine Skating Union when they got the chance to bond and train with their Korean skating idols along with Sandara Park’s younger brother, Thunder. Also get to know the miracle story of the “ice princess” with hip dysplasia and learn how to make a Gingerbread House in another jam-packed episode of the most-awarded educational TV program, “Matanglawin,” this Sunday (December 3), 9:45am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. 

Watch online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. For updates on the program, follow @MatanglawinTV on Facebook and Twitter.

November 28, 2017

Watch Alab Pilipinas vs. Singapore Slingers ABL Match on ABS-CBN S+A at 8PM, November 29


Alab Pilipinas faces ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) powerhouse, the 2016-2017 season’s finalists Singapore Slingers this Wednesday (November 29) at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. 

Fans can catch the game LIVE at 8pm on S+A and S+A HD.

Bannered by 2016-2017 ABL MVP Bobby Ray Parks, and world imports Reggie Okosa and Ivan Johnson, Alab looks to feed off from the energy of an always-packed Sta. Rosa gym to put a dent on the Slingers’ record as well as get an early upper hand in their budding rivalry.

Alab stood toe-to-toe with their Singaporean counterparts last season, splitting the four games they played. Another interesting note in this matchup is that this season, former Slinger Josh Urbiztondo is playing for the Philippine side after signing up with Alab this year.

The Philippine team hopes to make a deeper run in the new season after falling short of their objective last year: to win a championship. Last November 19 at the MoA Arena, it paraded its new recruits in veterans like Urbiztondo, former DLSU Green Archer Rico Maierhofer, and Cebuano hotshot Dondon Hontiveros alongside new head coach Jimmy Alapag to start its campaign.

Alab almost beat the defending champion Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions last in that game, 89-92, with Okosa leading the charge for the home team with 28 points and 12 rebounds with fellow import and former Atlanta Hawk Ivan Johnson and Parks with 17 markers each. The three will take the cudgels for Alab once more to break into the win column against the Slingers, who defeated CSL Knights Indonesia 77-66 in their home opener behind world import Xavier Alexander, slotman Ryan Wright, and point guard AJ Mandani.

ABL’s exciting home and away format of the young league has endeared itself to fans in every place it visits, packing gyms to the roof as everyone is excited to see the stars from other parts of the Asian region visit their own hardcourt. Filipinos fans get an additional treat as some of our homegrown players are playing as imports in other teams such as the Slingers’ AJ Mandani, the Long Lions’ Christian Standhardinger, and Formosa Dreamers’ James Forrester to name a few.

Don’t miss the festivities at Alab Pilipinas’ home game against 2016-2017 ABL finalists Singapore Slingers in the continuation of the ABL action this Wednesday (November 29) LIVE from the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on on S+A and S+A HD at 8 pm. 

For more information and stories, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter.

November 27, 2017

LOCALLY Blended Juice Drink Brings its Fun Flavors on the Road with Locally Fruit Truck Launch at the BGC


The food truck phenomenon isn’t putting the brakes on conquering the global food scene, sprouting all over the metro and serving our favorite delectable dishes in the most convenient ways. But given the food truck’s growing popularity and the dynamic innovation in food service, have you ever heard of… a FRUIT truck?

Now that may sound new, but not anymore. Juice when you thought that Locally Blended Juice Drink couldn’t get any closer, it rolls out its Locally Fruit Truck at the Bonifacio Global City on November 24, Friday, to bring its thirst-quenching, sweet-sour goodness on the road.

 


Locally by NutriAsia, the first quirky Filipino juice line made from uniquely indigenous local fruits, jump-starts a fun and free-spirited weekend for millennials - and millennials at heart - with good food, refreshing drinks, and great company on the Fruit Truck’s launch at the 2017 BGC Passionfest.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., coincides with BGC’s annual celebration of local arts and culture and everything Filipino - a perfect partnership in every sense of the word.

And what’s more Filipino than indigenous local fruits grown in Philippine soil, farmed by Filipino hands, and squeezed into fun and unique Filipino flavors?

Passionfest attendees and art and music enthusiasts are in for a quirky treat as the Locally Fruit Truck dispenses some real fruity goodness with its juice drinks, all for FREE! These include"

Tamarind My Bell (tamarind)
Pomelong and Lasting Love (pomelo)
Save the Best for SinigueLAST (siniguelas)
Calamansi’z the Day (calamansi)
Guyabano-body But You (guyabano)
You’ve Dalandan It Again (dalandan)
Mangosteenie Miney Mo (mangosteen)

 

During the event, mixologist Kalel Demetrio aka Liquid Maestro will serve exclusive and exciting Locally concoctions, even as hip-hop artist and R&B singer-songwriter Quest, together with rising singer-guitarist Keiko Necesario, aims to entertain attendees with an evening of fine OPM.

The Locally Fruit Truck is our modern take on the ice cream truck - which makes us jump for joy when you see it on the road or hear its bells and music play. We want Filipinos to feel that way - but at the same time celebrating our local fruits and juices, and basically just celebrating being a Pinoy,” said Gretchen King, group product manager-specialty F&B at NutriAsia.

The Locally Fruit Truck will serve free local juices made from homegrown fruits from different regions, exclusive Pinoy mixes co-created with expert liquid chef Liquido Maestro, and other fun Pinoy treats like no other.”

King reminds everyone to watch out for the Locally Fruit Truck’s upcoming stops in the metro and keep an eye for the special treats and other surprises that Locally is prepping for them.

Locally has caught everyone’s attention not only due to its bright-colored and creative packaging but more so because of its fun indigenous flavors. 

Now, we want to bring this unique experience closer to more Filipinos by rolling out the Locally Fruit Truck starting with this launch, like how our classic ice cream trucks brought us a refreshing kind of happiness and nostalgia on its wheels,” King added.

Local fruits squeezed to produce Locally Blended Juice Drinks are sourced from different parts of the country, namely: tamarind from Batangas, Pangasinan, and Bulacan; calamansi from Isabela, Tarlac, and Nueva Ecija; dalandan from Laguna and Mindoro; guyabano from Cebu and Misamis Occidental; pomelo from Davao; and siniguelas from the Negros provinces.

Aside from its Blended Juice Drinks, Locally also offers Merci Buco, the first Eco-Certified and pure organic coconut water in the Philippines. Merci Buco also comes in buco pandan and buco lychee variants.

The Locally Fruit Truck will go around Metro Manila’s top food parks, resto hubs, malls, and transport terminals. For updates and inquiries, visit the official Locally Facebook and Instagram pages at www.facebook.com/LocallyPH and www.instagram.com/locally_ph or email locallyph@gmail.com.

November 24, 2017

Get Your Very Own Brand New iPhoneX at Zero Cash-Out from Smart


The long wait for the most powerful iPhone yet is finally over! 

Starting December 1, SMART will start releasing the much-awaited iPhoneX in the Philippines. To be the first to avail of iPhoneX in the market today, you can now pre-order via the official Smart iPhone X page HERE.

No cash-out needed. Aside from that, you only need to pay only P3,199 per month for 24 months at Plan 1,499 (+ 1,700 device fee).  

Plan 1,499 gives you:
  • 9GB Data Package
  • 1 free App Monthly
  • Unlimited Texts to all Networks
  • 60 minutes of Calls to all Networks
  • Free month of Gadget Shield



The iPhoneX is also available at P3,499 per month for 24 months at Plan 1999.

This Plan includes:
  • 12GB Data Package
  • 1 free App Monthly
  • Unlimited Texts to all Networks
  • 70 minutes worth of Calls to all Networks
  • Free month of Gadget Shield

For all approved pre-orders, you can get:

Free Belkin Wireless Charger
15 percent discount on selected iPhone X Accessories at Power Mac Center**

**Discount offer only applies to those making their pre-order on November 24 until December 31. This discount is redeemable until March 1, 2018.



For more info, visit the official Smart iPhoneX page or Facebook/SmartCommunications

November 23, 2017

ABS-CBN Launches “Darna at ang Nawawalang Bato” Card Game


Darna comics fans rejoice as the Kapamilya network releases “Darna at ang Nawawalang Bato” (Darna and the Missing Stone), a thrilling, uniquely Filipino card game in the theme of the Pinoy pride lady warrior, through its recently launched Ravelo Komiks Superheroes brand.
Before “Darna” hits the big screen, ABS-CBN brings to life its iconic and well-loved characters such as Ding, Narda, Valentina, and Darna herself through the exciting deck of cards.

Three or more key players take turns in guessing and deciphering which card holds the magic stone among various characters and ordinary household items. With this, one must actually shout “Darna!” in order to win.

Fans got to try “Darna at ang Nawawalang Bato” card game during the two-day Komikon 2017, held on November 11 to 12 at Unilab’s Bayanihan Center in Mandaluyong City. 

It is one of the products inspired by the Mars Ravelo-created superhero Darna. The card game is designed by Marx Rulloda and Karlo Senga and published by Balangay Entertainment Inc. in partnership with ABS-CBN Licensing.

Aside from the superhero in red, ABS-CBN also revives other characters in Philippine comics, namely Captain Barbell and Lastikman, through its partnership with several companies for its initial batch of licensees for the new Ravelo Komiks Superheroes brand.

 


“Darna at ang Nawawalang Bato” is priced at P150 and is available at the ABS-CBN Store, Fully Booked, Hobbes and Landes, selected National Book Store outlets, and other gaming and hobby specialty stores.

Will Rachel Peters Bring Home Philippines' 4th Miss Universe Crown? Find out this Monday on ABS-CBN


The most beautiful day in the universe happens again exclusively on ABS-CBN as the much awaited 66th Miss Universe pageant airs on Philippine free-to-air television live from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada this Monday (November 27), 8 AM.

The country’s bet Rachel Peters is all set to compete against 90 other beautiful women from across the globe to get the coveted Miss Universe crown.

In the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competition, Rachel rocked the stage in her Yamamay swimsuit and elegant form-fitting gold gown.

She also surprised Filipino pageant fans in the national costume show when she wore a Val Taguba creation that features a modern twist on the legendary Sarimanok, a symbol of good fortune for Maranaos.




As always, Filipino fans showed and rallied support online by voting for her via the official Miss Universe website and tweeting using the hashtags #MissUniverse and #Philippines.

The much-awaited coronation night will be hosted by five-time Emmy award winner Steve Harvey together with Ashley Graham, and will be graced by judges Ross Matthews, Jay Manuel, Lele Pons, Megan Olivi, Wendy Fitzwilliam, and the Philippines’ very own queen, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.

International stars Fergy and Rachel Patten are also set to perform their top hits.

Don’t miss the most beautiful day in the universe and watch the 66th Miss Universe pageant live from Las Vegas this Monday (Nov 27) 8AM only on ABS-CBN. 

Watch the primetime replay on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best on Dec 3 and on Lifestyle on Dec 4.

November 22, 2017

ABS-CBN to Air China’s Remake of “Meteor Garden”


ABS-CBN officially bags the exclusive rights to air China’s remake of the phenomenal hit “Meteor Garden,” the idol drama that captivated the hearts of Filipino fans and started the Asianovela craze in the country.

In a press conference held Thursday (November 9) in Shanghai, China, the new F4 members were formally introduced namely Dylan Wang, 19, as the Dao Ming Si; Darren Chen, 22, as Hua Ze Lei; Connor Leong, 23, as Mei Zuo; and Caesar Wu, 21, as Xi Men.

Rookie Chinese actress Shen Yue, meanwhile, bagged the coveted role of Shan Cai.

According to “Meteor Garden’s” original producer Angie Chai, the cast was chosen based on their personalities that are similar to the Taiwanese version of F4.

The production group started its casting call in June this year, and various auditions were held in major cities’ first tier Universities – Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles, and China. The production team received over 30,000 applications and resumes from F4 hopefuls.

When asked why Angie thought of rebooting “Meteor Garden” this coming 2018, she said, “It is fate that led me to producing this new version of ‘Meteor Garden,’ considering that it has been 15 years already since the launch of the Taiwanese version. The original manga for me seems ‘unfinished’ and that’s why I think I did not produce the series completely. At least now, I have gotten once more the trust and license approval of the original author, and I am very happy that I get to relive the events 15 years ago and feel youthful once again.

Based from the Japanese manga “Hana Yori Dango,” “Meteor Garden” tells the story of simple girl Shan Cai who gets involved with four popular and rich young boys in school who call themselves F4 or Flower 4.

The first and original “Meteor Garden,” topbilled by Taiwanese actor Jerry Yan, aired on ABS-CBN in 2003. This is where the “Meteor Garden” fever began for Filipino fans.

After six years, the fever is very much alive, this time for the Korean remake titled “Boys Over Flowers, which also aired on ABS-CBN. The KBS-produced adaptation formally introduced international supertstar Lee Min Ho to Pinoy viewers, who is now dubbed as the King of Asianovelas in the country.

ABS-CBN remains to be the home of “Meteor Garden” on Philippine television as the Kapamilya Network airs the Chinese remake next year.

Rachel Peters’ “Road to the Miss U crown” on “Sports U”

 
Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters proves that she doesn’t only have the brains but the body to take home the Miss Universe crown on “Sports U” ‪this Thursday (November 23) on ABS-CBN. 

Rachel gives us a glimpse of her workout routine and pageant strategy before she goes to represent the country in Las Vegas, U.S.A. Also catch the celebrities at the Sunpiology event led by Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson, and get to know University of the East’s new main man Alvin Pasaol, who listed a career high 49+ points in the UAAP Season 80. 

Catch all these and more on “Sports U,” ‪this Thursday (November 23), 9:30 pm on DZMM TeleRadyo and after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. 

Watch online on iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph and stay updated by following @SportsUtv on Facebook and Twitter.

TFC and Star Magic Bring Stellar Ensemble to Singapore in Celebration of Decades of Filipino Talent


As Star Magic’s year-long celebration of 25 years of honing Filipino talents comes to a close next month, the anniversary continues to intensify as ABS-CBN’s talent arm and premier Filipino network TFC gathered some of the biggest names in the Philippine entertainment industry for “Star Magic 25: A Grand Celebration in Singapore”, held last October 29 at the Zepp @ BigBox at Venture Avenue.

The Filipinos in Singapore were in for a starry night as some of Star Magic’s most successful artists came together to share their gratitude for their fellowmen’s continued support.

Grateful for the fan support for their television shows, live concerts and other pursuits, Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee, Jed Madela, Inigo Pascual, KZ Tandingan, Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Eric Nicolas, and Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, translated their gratitude into exciting performances.

Kicking off the celebration was their fitting opening to the tune of “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.




First to share their performances were the Philippines’ own dancefloor royalties Salvador and Dee. Firing up the dance floor, Ultimate Dance Floor Princess Salvador sang and danced to “Cheap Thrills” by Sia, and performed her original hits “Dahan-Dahan” and “Haplos”. Meantime, the Dance Floor Heartthrob pumped up everyone with his song and dance performance of his hit single “Chinito Problems”.




From dancing to singing, Star Magic has been known to develop world-class talents and Madela and Tandingan proved it that night. The crowd was in awe when Madela performed the classic hits “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King and “Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin” by Joey Albert. The World Championship of the Performing Arts Hall of Famer also got some members of the crowd emotional with his performance of the song “Go the Distance”, as the lyrics somehow speak of the Overseas Filipinos’ (OFs) journey. Madela also sang the inspirational hit “I Believe”.




For her part, Soul Supreme Tandingan showcased her versatility in performing different genres like rap when she did her own rendition of Gloc 9’s original hit “Sumayaw Ka”, as well as in ballad when she performed her big hit “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako”, which she interpreted at the biggest Filipino competition for song composition at Himig Handog in 2014.




Joining their first Star Magic tour are Teen Singing Sensation Inigo Pascual, and the up-and-rising love team of Entrata and Barber, popularly known as MayWard.





Inigo could not hide his excitement as he entered the stage as he saw how the audience reacted as performed his hit single “Dahil Sa’yo”. The crowd could not contain their excitement as well as he channeled fellow Teen Heartthrob Justin Bieber by performing “Despacito” originally created and performed by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee.




Meantime, Entrata and Barber were grinning from ear to ear when they performed their single “Baliw” and Toni Gonzaga’s “Mahal Kita Kasi” for the Singapore crowd. Barber also got everyone cracked up when he tried to deliver his message in straight Filipino albeit with a German slang. He told the crowd, “Para sa inyo, Tagalugin ko ito — umaapaw po talaga ang puso ko sa pasasalamat (I will try my best to say this in Filipino – my heart is filled with gratitude because of everyone here)”.




From the newest hit love team, Star Magic and TFC also brought The Philippines’ Premier Love Team, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. More popularly known as KathNiel, the teen superstars top bill the top-rating series “La Luna Sangre” where they face the mission of putting down their arch nemesis. But during the night of October 29th, they had one mission – to give their fans a performance to remember.

Bernardo first performed the song “Sit Still Look Pretty” by international artist Daya. Padilla then joined her onstage, and together, they performed the theme song of their recent film with the same title, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, an original hit by the legendary Elvis Presley.

When it was his turn to perform, Padilla ran after Bernardo to stop her from leaving the stage, but the latter encouraged him and said “Kaya mo ‘yan (you can do it)”! and ran backstage. Padilla serenaded their fans with the song “How Sweet it is to be Loved by You” by Marvin Gaye.




From one charming leading man to another, loud cheers of “ang guwapo mo, Echo” welcomed Rosales when he got on stage for his solo performance. The Asian Drama King had everyone singing with his hit single “Pusong Ligaw”, and the song “Manila” by classic OPM group Hotdog, a song which also resonated well with Filipinos outside the homeland.





Meantime, the crowd couldn’t help but do a shout out of a line from a famous soda’s Philippine ad, “I love you, Piolo!” when the Ultimate Heartthrob appeared onstage singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli and also performed “Kailangan Kita”. Pascual also took the chance to get up-close with his fans.




The excitement doubled as Pascual and Rosales performed the song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by the classic international group Queen, together.

Meantime, Nicolas role was to inject extra entertainment and laughter and he truly delivered.




In the end, the prime artist performed an encore to the Star Magic 25th anniversary theme song “Ikaw ang Magic ng Buhay Ko”.

On top of the exciting performances, some fans got the chance to have a photo opportunity with the Star Magic artists. Some got even luckier as they were chosen to join the surprise photo opportunity with Pascual and MayWard.

At the end of the starry night, the artists were as thrilled and grateful as the audience for being able to share their gift of talent and be inspired to continue Star Magic’s pursuit of excellence in their craft.
Kicked off in October 2016 in Australia and in April 2017 in the U.S. and Canada, the last leg of celebrations will happen in December in Dammam on December 1.

For more updates about upcoming TFC events, visit facebook.com/TFCSingapore. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

Yeng Constantino, Kim Chiu Join Popular Chinese Artists G.E.M., Della Wu and Da Zhuang in the “Nice To Meet You” Phil-Chi Star Concert in Manila


Filipino pop-rock princess Yeng Constantino and chinita princess Kim Chiu mark another huge milestone in their respective careers as they get to perform alongside popular Chinese performers in the first-ever Phil-Chi Star Concert dubbed “Nice To Meet You” happening on January 17, 2018 (Wednesday), 8pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

They will join Chinese artists G.E.M., Della Wu, Chief (Chao Chuan), and Da Zhuang in a massive concert produced by the Philippine Dragon Media Network (PDMN).

The event, expected to draw thousands of Filipino-Chinese crowd, aims to bring in the biggest and most exciting music event at the beginning of the new year to help promote both local and Chinese music to the audience.

PDMN has partnered with Star Music and Cornerstone Entertainment to bring in local artists to perform with the Chinese celebrity guests.

Yeng has a version of her huge hit “Ikaw” in Mandarin, while Kim, who just released her third album “Touch Of Your Love” under Star Music, has recorded a couple of Chinese songs in the past, such as “Peng Yu” and “Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo de Xin.”

Aside from the two female singers, the world-renowned Loboc Children’s Choir from Loboc, Bohol will also perform at the concert.

Tickets will be available at all SM Tickets outlets, Lucky Chinatown Mall Ground Floor Concierge, and at smtickets.com, priced at P17,800 (VIP), P15,000 (patron), P8,500 (lower box), P4,200 (upper box) and P2,800 (general admission). The official ticket launch date is on Saturday (Nov. 25), but there will be a preselling activity on Tuesday (Nov. 21), from 10am to 10pm, at a discounted rate of 10 percent.

Catch the much-awaited “Nice To Meet You” concert in the country. 

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.

November 19, 2017

Cinema One Originals 2017 Winners: Changing Partners, Agot Isidro and Dan Villegas


"Changing Partners" bagged the most awards at the 2017 Cinema One Originals Film Festival awards night held at the Dolphy Theater on Sunday, November 19.

Agot Isidro was named Best Actress, while fellow "Changing Partners" star Jojit Lorenzo bagged the Best Actor award.

Dan Villegas (Changing Partners) tied with Giancarlo Abrahan (Paki) for Best Director.

Here is the full list of winners of Cinema One Originals 2017:

Best Sound: Mikko Quizon (Nervous Translation)
Best Music: Vincent de Jesus (Changing Partners)
Best Editing: Marya Ignacio (Changing Partners)
Best Production Design: Donald Camon and Julius Somes (Historiographika Errata)
Best Cinematography: Alex Espartero (Historiographika Errata)
Best Screenplay: Giancarlo Abrahan (Paki)
Best Director: Dan Villegas (Changing Partners) and Giancarlo Abrahan (Paki)
Best Supporting Actress: Mae Paner (Si Chedeng at Si Apple)
Best Supporting Actor: Ricky Davao (Paki)
Best Actress: Agot Isidro (Changing Partners)
Best Actor: Jojit Lorenzo (Changing Partners)
Best Ensemble Acting: Changing Partners
Best Short Film: Sorry for the Inconvenience (Carl Chavez)
Best Documentary: Bundok Banahaw, Sacred and Profane (Dempster Samarista)
Best Picture: Paki
Jury Prize: Historiographika Errata
Special Mention: Si Chedeng at Si Apple

Special Awards:

Audience Choice Award: Changing Partners
Champion Bughaw: Changing Partners
C1-Minute Vivo Perfect Short Film: Saludo by Carlo Canlas

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).

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