December 8, 2017

Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado Mark Showbiz Anniversary with Joint Album Under Star Music


Star Music brings in double the musical excitement as OPM hitmakers Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado are coming out with their joint album, the much-awaited “20/30 Commemorative Anniversary Album,” to mark their 20th and 30th showbiz anniversary, respectively.

This special album has 10 beautiful tracks plus two bonus tracks featuring some of their original hits, exciting cover songs, and a duet from the couple entitled “Panghabangbuhay.”

Jessa’s versions include “Hindi Na Bale” featuring Michael Pangilinan, and “Maghihintay Sa’yo,” originally performed and popularized by Dingdong. It also carries the Phenomenal Diva’s songs “Ibigay Mo Na” and “Ikakasal Ka Na.”

Dingdong, meanwhile, revived the OPM classic by Rey Valera, “Walang Kapalit.” Also part of the album is his version of “Paalam Na,” a Rachel Alejandro song he originally composed which he performed this time together with Angeline Quinto.



The commemorative album wouldn’t be complete without a medley of Jessa’s biggest hits “Bakit Pa,” “Pa’no Kaya,” and “Di Ba’t Ikaw,” but all performed by the original Prince of Pop.

It also includes Dingdong’s “Wish I Could” sang by the couple’s daughter, Jayda Avanzado, as well as the theme song of the new ABS-CBN Kapamilya Gold series “Hanggang Saan” entitled “Sa Ngalan ng Pag-ibig” sang by Jessa, plus bonus tracks “Bakit Mo Ako Iniwan” (Jessa) and “Iibigin” (Dingdong).

For more details, visit Starmusic.ph, like Star Music on facebook.com/starmusicph, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram @ StarMusicPH.

December 6, 2017

Kathryn Bernardo's Transformation in "La Luna Sangre" Sets New All-Time High Rating, Trends Worldwide



More viewers nationwide tuned in to Malia’s (Kathryn Bernardo) much-awaited transformation into a werewolf last Tuesday (December 5) in “La Luna Sangre,” setting a new ratings record for the program and even trending on Twitter worldwide.

According to Kantar Media, the show hit its new all-time high national TV rating of 38.5% from combined urban and rural homes, or more than double the rating of its rival program that only got 15.3%.




Even before the airing of the episode, netizens had already tweeted their excitement over Malia’s transformation, making the hashtag #LLSItIsTime a trending topic on Twitter worldwide. Fans also shared positive feedback about the show’s visual effects and commended Kathryn’s and Daniel’s acting.
“La Luna Sangre made me watch a teleserye again. Well, who can resist to watch great actors in one frame?” shared @slaytroy

“This is the kind of episodes you shouldn’t miss. Malia’s transformation and her reunion with Tristan definitely stood out tonight,” tweeted @TOneTGAwayyyWP

Twitter user @XavierJohnFord, meanwhile, said, “I must admit, Kathryn nailed it tonight. You have been awakened at last, Bagong Itinakda.”

“Superb acting by KathNiel. And don't forget Richard, the best person for the role!” @moi_amz commented

Aside from Malia’s full powers finally coming out, Tristan’s (Daniel Padilla) real identity is slowly unfolding as well after the same marks on Sandrino’s body appeared on his. What is the real connection between Sandrino and Tristan How will it affect the relationship of Malia and Tristan?




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.

December 5, 2017

Vivo Philippines Sealed its Position as the Top Mobile Phone Industry with a $4-Billion Partnership with Qualcomm


Vivo, a young leading global smartphone brand, has been making waves in the country since it first hit Philippine market in March 29, 2016. Since its entry into the local scene, the topnotch brand has vied with other strong phone brands and has proven its developing dominion amongst Filipino smart phone enthusiasts. Just September this year, Vivo launched the revolutionary V7+. 

The V7+ instantly proved itself to be an instant hit and the best accessory for any young, hip, and out-and- about individual in the country. Known as a selfie-centric phone, the V7+ perfects all shots for clearer selfies with its 24MP front-facing camera - an industry-first - with LED flash and smart photography algorithms provides for a clear-cut, crisp, and natural-looking photo. Impressive enough, in just a span of less than two years, Vivo has found a well-deserved spot in a highly-competitive global arena of mobile smart phones both locally and abroad because of its innovative line of phones that are easy on the pocket.

 


To maintain Vivo’s top position in the technology and mobile phone arena, the smart phone brand and
one of Qualcomm's key partners, has signed a memorandum of understanding worth 4 billion U.S. dollars with Qualcomm last November 9. The said memorandum strengthened Vivo and Qualcomm's technical partnership and patent sharing and will ensure that Vivo’s position on top in the smart phone industry will maintain its momentum. With the help of Qualcomm's optimized platforms, Vivo aims to stay faithful to its commitment of delivering innovative and technologies that are at the forefront in mobile photography, gaming, smart power saving, and many more. With the ever changing and evolving technology in the realm of communications, Vivo is also working with Qualcomm on research and development in the biometrics space with the introduction of Vivo Under Display fingerprint scanning solution based on Qualcomm fingerprint sensors at the Mobile World Congress in July this year. This said innovative solution did not disappoint and as such, Vivo plans to continuously work on other technologies, particularly 3D facial identification, palm prints, fingerprints, iris scanning and other biometric technologies, to improve the ease-of- use and security of mobile phone biometrics.

Moreover, with the emergence of 5G, Vivo is looking closely into the significance of human-computer interaction in the 21 st century world and has planned a series of collaborative initiatives to accelerate the formulation of 5G standards. In terms of the 5G SoC (System on Chip), Vivo will also share its many years of consumer market experience with Qualcomm to provide consumers with a better and more customized user experience.

Vivo has always heavily competed to stay as the leader in technology application and consumer insights. In order to fulfill this goal and its ambition to stay at the forefront of technology by working
with global partners, Vivo, in October 20, officially headwayed into Hong Kong and faithful to its global expansion goal into the global market, Vivo will soon introduce their top-of- the-line products to Taiwan, Singapore and Russia, as their first foray into the European market, followed by a push into the African market in early 2018.

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

Last Five Chance to See "Matilda" at the Meralco Theater


Even if you’re little, you can do a lot” says a line in Naughty which is probably the most popular song from the well-loved and award – winning musical Matilda. This says much about Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group’s latest offering as it stages for the first time in the Philippines Roald Dahl’s classic story about Matilda – an amazing little girl with extraordinary intelligence and psychokinetic powers.

Now on its final weekend from December 8 – 10 at the Meralco Theater, this musical shows how little Matilda and her friends fought against the injustices of childhood with their wit, bravery and by being a little bit naughty.

Since its opening performance last November 10 at the Meralco Theater, Matilda the Musical has been highly-acclaimed by theater-goers both young and old making it one of the best theater events this season. Headlining this wonderful musical treat dubbed by Jovic Yee in an article as “the future of Philippine theater”, are three equally talented and brilliant Matildas – Esang de Torres, Felicity Kyle Napuli and Uma Naomi Martin.
 
From the outstanding performances of theater veterans and the amazing young actors who played Crunchem Hall’s revolting children to its masterfully crafted set design this musical is certainly a delightful production.  “There was not a moment that there was no anticipation, not a second that there was no excitement, not a blip where there was no engagement between audience and production”, says theater critic Sujata S. Mukhi. Another theater critic and online editor Vladimir Bunoan, described the musical as one that should easily appeal to the Harry Potter crowd with its dark and magical themes, empowered characters and imaginative visuals. Atlantis’ staging of this Dahl classic is one that captured the hearts of its audience – a powerful representation of an innocent story with a poignant charm that knows no age.

There will be no re-runs so catch Matilda The Musical on its final weekend from December 8 – 10 at the Meralco Theater. Tickets are available at Ticketworld (call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph).

For more information and complete show details, visit http://atlantistheatrical.com/faq.

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

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