January 23, 2018

ElNella, MarNigo and Other Kapamilya Stars Join Gina Lopez in "G Diaries" Season 2


Nature just gained new allies as ABS-CBN stars led by loveteams Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador and Maris Racal and Inigo Pascual join former Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary Gina Lopez in a younger and more vibrant “G Diaries," which will debut its second season on ABS-CBN on February 11.

Gina and the Kapamilya stars, who will comprise the program’s “G Squad,” will bring viewers to amazing sights and destinations in the country such as Samar, Lobo in Batangas, Sibuyan Island in Romblon, Iba in Zambales, Kinatarcan Island in Cebu, and even along the iconic Pasig River to encourage community development and reverence for nature as they experience the cultures and lifestyles of the local communities.

Also taking part in the fun and advocacy of the program, which will air every second Sunday of the month, are other members of the “G Squad” like Sue Ramirez, Gretchen Ho, Loisa Andalio, Kristel Fulgar, Antoinette Taus, Young JV, and BoybandPH’s Joao Constancia, Russell Reyes, Niel Murillo, Ford Valencia, and Tristan Ramirez.

Bringing a young and fresh look and feel to the program this season is director Alco Guerrero, known for his work in "Pinoy Big Brother," "Maalaala Mo Kaya,” “Binibining Pilipinas," and the digital concerts of OneMusicPH.

“G Diaries,” a project and production of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., first aired on ABS-CBN on June 2017. For the second season, Gina said the program will be more focused in showing the efforts of local communities to protect and preserve their natural resources amid progress and development.

"We will do it one community at a time. We will show how each community has done it and show that things can be done. We will show the heroism of the community, the government, and businesses, and what can be achieved when people work together from a space of love," she said.

 


Gina also welcomes the entry of the G Squad, which she believes will bring the advocacy for the environment closer to people, considering the star power and influence of the artists among the youth and the masses.

"Our great ABS-CBN stars who love our environment and our nation will go around the different parts of the Philippines with me, enjoy themselves, and invite you all to go there. Because if you go there, the locals will be inspired and you will be inspired as well. We will all be inspired together. We will work together in love," she said.

Don’t miss the return of “G Diaries” ‪on February 11 (Sunday), 10:30 am before “ASAP” on ABS-CBN. The program airs every second Sunday of the month on ABS-CBN and will also be shown on cable television via Lifestyle Network and ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Para Dance Sport Act Gets Golden Buzzer from Angel Locsin in "Pilipinas Got Talent"


An emotional Angel Locsin surprised her co-judges as well as viewers of “Pilipinas Got Talent” Sunday night (January 21) when she pressed the golden buzzer for a combi para dance sport act, which involves an athlete with a physical impairment affecting the lower limbs and an able-bodied partner.

 


Without showing any hint, Angel suddenly pushed the button for Julius Obero, who has polio ever since he was young, and Rhea Marquez, who moved the actress with their captivating performance.

Angel commended how the two danced with so much grace without overpowering each other. When asked what made her decide to send them straight to the semi-finals, Angel said, “When people watch them a lot of them will be able to connect with them and be inspired by them. That is why, for me, they deserve the Golden Buzzer.”

The two also awed other judges like Freddie “FMG” Garcia, who gave them a standing ovation.

Robin Padilla and Vice Ganda, on the other hand, lauded Julius for his “unconditional talent,” as Vice put it.

This is the second act to get the Golden Buzzer this season, after judge Freddie “FMG” Garcia used his Golden Buzzer for the group Bardilleranz, who amazed viewers with their pull up bars act.

Don’t miss the much-talked about sixth season of “Pilipinas Got Talent,” Saturdays, 7 PM and Sundays, 7:30 PM on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow @abscbnpgt on Instagram and Twitter or like www.facebook.com/pilipinasgottalent.PGT on Facebook.

January 18, 2018

Steve Austin’s “Broken Skull Challenge” Returns on KIX! with a Tougher Ranch


If you're a fan of Steve "Ice Cold" Austin and his killer challenges, then you're in luck! KIX, the ultimate destination for action entertainment in Asia, proudly brings you the fifth season of the action packed show, Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge.

Each episode of Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge brings a group of eight contestants, four men and four women, to the "Broken Skull Ranch" to compete in a series of physical challenges, unlike any other.  

This season, a new set of America's toughest individuals get ready to face an even tougher ranch. Each week, world-renowned athletes and everyday heroes battle against each other - and the desert heat - in a series of intense challenges.   After the elimination rounds, the two of the toughest challengers will take on each other in "The Pit."  Only one will advance to the dreaded "Skullbuster," personally designed by Austin.   In the "Skullbuster," the challenger goes head to head with the Broken Skull Challenge defending champion in the hopes of winning $10,000.

Witness the epic showdowns and the unwavering determinations of the challengers.  Who will make it to the Skullbuster?  Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge premiers January 26, with new episodes every Friday at 9 PM only at your ultimate action destination, KIX!

KIX is available on (Cablelink Ch. 31, Cignal TV Ch. 264, Destiny Cable Ch. 10, Gsat Ch. 117, and SKYcable SD Ch. 63 and HD Ch. 242).  For more information, you can log on to www.KIX-TV.com.

Korean Idols Yoona and Siwan Topbill ABS-CBN’s “The King is in Love”


Korean idols Yoona of Girls Generation and Siwan of ZE:A, together with Korean model-actor Hong Jong Hyun, make love reign on afternoon television beginning Monday (Jan 22) as newest Asianovela "The King is in Love" premieres on ABS-CBN.

Set in Goryeo dynasty, the show follows the story of crown prince Won (Siwan), his best friend Wang Rin (Jong Hyun), and the love of his life, So-Hwa (Yoona).

Prince Won and Wang Rin have been friends since they were young. As the heir to the throne, Won is forbidden from having friends, yet Wang Rin remains by his side and even shows him what life is like outside the big walls of his palace. 

The two grow up together and have each other's backs no matter what, until the captivating So-Hwa enters the picture.

Won falls in love with So-Hwa so much to the point that he loves her more than himself, while Wang Rin loves the young lady in secret so as not to hurt his best friend's feelings.

How will So Hwa get in the way of Won and Wang Rin's friendship? Who will win her heart?

The show's theme song titled "Tunay na Pag-ibig" was sung by Sam Milby. 

Don't miss the premiere of "The King is in Love" this Monday (Jan 22), after "Hanggang Saan" only on the first and true home of Asianovelas, ABS-CBN. For updates, like https://www.facebook.com/abscbnkapamilyanovelas/ on Facebook or follow @KapamilyaNovela on Twitter. You can also watch past episodes of the program via www.iWanTV.com.ph.

Welcome 2018 with Star Cinema’s Hit Movies on Sky Pay-Per-View


Start the new year with a movie about bonds between people in the hit family drama starring Aga Muhlach and Dingdong Dantes, "Seven Sundays," and the Piolo-Toni reunion movie, "Last Night" on SKY Pay-Per-View this month.

Follow the story of the Bonifacio family and how its patriarch sees his illness as a way to reconnect with his four adult children and bring their family back together in "Seven Sundays."

See how Piolo Pascual's character cope with a dark period in his life and "find love" in Toni Gonzaga in 2017's "Last Night." The two stars were last seen in the hit movie "Starting Over Again" in 2014.
The two movies will be offered until February 2. Watch them in high definition by subscribing to Star Cinema on SKY PPV for P199 with unlimited access.

Meanwhile, SKY Movies PPV will show two love stories, one headlined by Empoy Marquez, and the other by his "Kita Kita" partner, Alessandra de Rossi.

"The Barker," written and directed by veteran comedian Dennis Padilla, stars Empoy as a jeepney barker who will find himself in unusual, action-filled situations to save the woman he loves.

Next up is "12," written and starred in by the other half of #AlEmpoy, Alessandra de Rossi. In the movie she plays a woman in the middle of a life-changing dilemma of what kind of happiness to pursue, the one found in a relationship or the one found in independence.

These movies are available on SKY Movies PPV for P99 with seven day access until February 2.
One SKY, SKYcable, and SKYdirect subscribers can call 418-0000, or their local SKY office to subscribe, or subscribe online via www.mysky.com.ph/ppv. SKYbroadband subscribers can watch through SKY on Demand starting January 13.

Subscribers who are also Kapamilya Thank You members may earn Kapamilya Thank You points when they avail of these PPV offerings. Kapamilya Thank You points may be used to get bill rebates, pay for pay-per-view offers, buy tickets to Kapamilya events, and more.  In addition, SKY has also made it easier for subscribers to pay their bills online.  More information available viawww.mysky.com.ph

January 14, 2018

Robin Padilla, Richard Yap, and Jodi Sta. Maria Make TV Comeback in “Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko”

Three of the biggest stars in the industry today - Robin Padilla, Richard Yap, and Jodi Sta. Maria - stage one of the biggest comebacks on PH television as they team up for the first time and star in ABS-CBN's newest teleserye, "Sana Dalawa Ang Puso."

 

From their hit morning series "Be Careful with my Heart" that aired back in 2012, Daytime Queen and King, Jodi and Richard reunite on television with new roles that will again endear viewers. In an interview with "TV Patrol," Richard shared that he was thrilled when he found out that he will be working with Jodi again for another project.

 

"I've always wanted to do another show with Jodi because she is fun to be with and she is a great actress," Richard said.

 

Jodi, on the other hand, is just as thrilled since she is playing dual roles for the first time.

 

"It was not an easy task for me, but at the same time I'm excited to do this. This is one of the challenging roles I have ever done in my career," Jodi stated.

 

Meanwhile, fresh from the success of his blockbuster movie "Unexpectedly Yours," Robin finally stages his soap opera comeback after his last stint in "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw" in 2013. Familiar with the massive following of the JoChard loveteam, the idol ng bayan opted to formalize things between him and Richard.

 

"I went to Papa Chen (Richard) and asked permission if I can join them," Robin revealed.

 

He also jested, " I have been watching them since I was a kid and I'm amazed by Jodi Sta Maria's beauty."

 

"Sana Dalawa ang Puso" follows the story of Lisa and Mona, two different people with identical faces but are both facing big ordeals in their lives.

 

Lisa is known to be a strict and hardworking boss in their family business, the Laureano Group of Companies. However, her world suddenly turns upside down when her father, Juancho Laureano (Christopher de Leon), betrothed  her to their rival's son, Martin Co (Richard). In order for her to run away from the responsibility, she decides to hide and live with one of their workers, Leo Tabayoyong (Robin).

 

Her doppelganger Mona, on the other hand, who works as a collector of bets in cockfights, is struggling to save his father from peril after the later got involved in a networking scam.

 

What will happen when the two cross paths? Will they be able to solve each other's problems?

 

"Sana Dalawa Ang Puso" is produced by Star Creatives, the production group behind successful series "Lobo," "Imortal," "Got to Believe," "Pangako Sa Yo," "Forevermore," "Dolce Amore," "Pusong Ligaw," and "A Love to Last," and "La Luna Sangre."


Don't forget to watch the newest series "Sana Dalawa ang Puso" on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).


Catch up on the show's latest episodes on iWanTV or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @starcreatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

January 13, 2018

ABS-CBN Journo Chiara Zambrano Named TOYM Awardee for 2017

ABS-CBN News broadcast journalist Chiara Zambrano brings honor to the Kapamilya network after being named by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines as one of the The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in the Philippines for 2017. 


Chiara, who is currently in the United Kingdom pursuing her studies as a British Chevening scholar, is the TOYM awardee in the field of Journalism and Mass Communication. She was cited for her work including the "Di Ka Pasisiil" documentary on the Marawi siege, which she covered from the war zone last year, and "Spratlys, Mga Isla ng Kalayaan," another ABS-CBN News documentary.


In an interview with TJ Manotoc on ANC's "Early Edition," the journalist revealed her passion for storytelling, which has kept her coming back to doing documentaries, her first love. 


"There's really something about documentaries that makes me happy while I'm doing it. Of course, news reporting is a different beast in itself. It has its own sense of fulfillment. But you know it's just a matter of preference, and that's why I decided this year to kind of take a break from all the chaos that we involved ourselves in and to revert to my first love. So, I'm out here now studying to do better documentaries and it's been a great experience so far," she shared.

 

Before becoming an ABS-CBN News reporter covering the defense beat, Chiara was working behind the scenes as part of the network's iconic investigative program "The Correspondents." She said shifting to news was a big leap for her but she is grateful now that she is able to do both news reporting and documentaries. 


"Our bosses are kind enough and they trust me enough to give me the chance to do both. So, most of the time I do news I still give the space to do documentaries like "'Di Ka Pasisiil" about Marawi, the one I did with Jeff Canoy and the Spratlys documentary," she said. 


Chiara earned praises last year for her courageous coverage from the battle lines in Marawi. She shared her insights from her experience there. "Reporting about wars isn't so much about the weapons and the war. The clash and the bang. It's really I think one of the most human beats that you can tell, because you are literally talking about lives lost. And lives saved. And lies shattered by war. That's why it works for me."


Chiara follows ABS-CBN broadcast journalist and news anchor Karen Davila as TOYM awardee from ABS-CBN News. Karen won in 2009. 


Joining Chiara in the TOYM for 2017 are P/Supt. Byron F. Allatog for Government Service and Law Enforcement, Cirilo Joseph Javier for Arts and Music, Eugenio P. Mende for Veterinary Medicine, Ronaldo C. Reyes for Education, Jason Roy T. Sibug for Community Development, Mark Anthony J. Torres for Government Service Education, and Hidilyn F. Diaz for Sports. 

The TOYM award is conferred by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines on individuals who have demonstrated "outstanding leadership and excellence" and contributed to "the cause of humanity" in his or her field. 

Fans Welcomed to the Set of “Venom” in New Featurette

Tom Hardy and Director Ruben Fleischer welcome you to the set of Columbia Pictures' upcoming super hero movie, Venom.


The Studio has just released new footage from the Brazil Comic-Con panel last month, showing Fleischer and Hardy from the Venom set in Atlanta.


Check out the newly released featurette at https://youtu.be/3B-fiIh5miU and watch Venom in Philippine cinemas this 2018.


One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.


Venom will be the first film out of the gate from Sony's Marvel Universe after Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film will be released worldwide on October 5, 2018 and is now in post- production.

Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) wrote the script for Venom, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal as producers. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman oversaw the production for Columbia Pictures.


Venom is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel Universe and is unique because Eddie Brock is able to converse and have a relationship with the symbiote, which culminates to him becoming Venom.


Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, Venom has appeared alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, Deadpool, Hulk, and many other Marvel Comics characters.


Venom is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Kim Atienza Challenges Kisses Delavin and McLisse Anew on “Matanglawin”

Kisses Delavin and the McLisse loveteam of McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson will take on anothermind-boggling test from Kuya Kim Atienza on "Matanglawin" this Sunday (January 14), 9:45 am on ABS-CBN.

Watch the Kapamilya young stars as they figure out the King of Trivia's numbers challenge that will get them counting and re-counting.

Also get to see Pinoy urban vinyl toy artist Quiccs Maiquez's creations, meet Pinoy sharpshooter Jayvee Baylon, and join child star Awra Briguela  as he puts his own dash of creativity while making himself a bento box.

Catch all these and more on "Matanglawin," which was recently named as "Hall of Famer" at the 3rd Global Innovative College (GCIC) Awards, this Sunday (January 14), 9:45 am 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.

January 12, 2018

Janella Salvador and Heaven Peralejo Unite to Save their Mother from Being Cursed in “Wansapanataym”

Hope arises for Jasmin (Janella Salvador) in saving her mother from being cursed as she finally tells Daisy (Heaven Peralejo) that they are twin sisters in the last two weeks of "Wansapanataym Presents: Jasmin's Flower Powers."

After Daisy's attempt to steal her twin's flora majika, Jasmin finally decides to confront Daisy and admit that they are sisters. This also forces her to reveal that their mother's life is in great danger and that she needs to be released from a magical flower chamber, which can only be done once the flora majika turns into white.

Determined to accomplish their mission, Jasmin will join Daisy in doing good deeds to other people and help her obtain a pure and genuine heart, in hopes of turning the magical pendant into its original color.

But their plans of saving their mother is on the verge of getting destroyed as Florita (Rufa Mae Quinto) instills into Daisy's mind how unlucky they are to have her in their life, causing her to grow hatred and jealousy against Jasmin, who lives a happy life with her adoptive family.

Will Daisy and Jasmin still finish their mission? Will they still have time to rescue their mother?

Catch the magical stories filled with valuable lessons in "Wansapanataym Presents: Jasmin's Flower Powers" this Sunday on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For more information, go to fb.com/dreamscapeph and follow @dreamscapeph on Twitter and Instagram.

January 10, 2018

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Returns to Philippine Cinemas Starting January 8


The Force makes a spectacular return as Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi finds its way back to Philippine cinemas starting Monday, January 8.


The film bounces back after a two-week hiatus, giving fans and moviegoers an opportunity to catch the action-adventure again or for the first time.


In Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.


The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman.


The Last Jedi has surpassed 2008's The Dark Knight and 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to become America's sixth-highest domestic grosser of all time, with $539.4 million after 19 days.


The film has also become the 17th-largest global release of all time with over $1.1 billion, passing Transformers: Age of Extinction and Skyfall.


Now playing in Philippine cinemas, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is distributed by the Walt Disney Company (Philippines).

UAAP Hunk Ricci Rivero Bares It All on “Sports U”


The name "Ricci Rivero" rose to fame in UAAP Season 80 thanks to the Green Archer's flashy moves and dunks, as well as his incredible charm with women. Catch the 2017 Most Tweeted Athlete in the Philippines as he bares his fitness routine with his brother Prince and their dad this Thursday (January 11) on "Sports U."

Aside from Ricci, get to know marathoner Richard Salano and find out why he is called the "Kenyan Slayer." Also get a peek at the grueling but fun training of UAAP Cheerdance champions, the Adamson Pep Squad with host Dyan Castillejo on "Sports U," this Thursday (January 11), 9:30 pm on DZMM TeleRadyo and after "Bandila" on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD.

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

January 6, 2018

Great News! SMART Extends Validity of Prepaid Load to 1 Year

 
Smart, TNT and Sun releases a statement on Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 05-12-2017 issued by the NTC, DICT, and DTI. 

Smart, TNT and Sun shall comply with the Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 05-12-2017 issued jointly by the NTC, DICT, and DTI, extending the validity of prepaid load to one year.

In particular, Smart, TNT and Sun prepaid loads worth P300 and above shall moving forward have a one-year validity, regardless of the validity period printed on the physical cards already out in the market.

We are grateful to the three agencies for the grant of a six-month extension period before the full implementation of the MC.  This provides us more  time to implement the extensive reconfiguration of our IT and other support systems, and to conduct the needed tests, in order to ensure trouble-free implementation of the new expiry period.

 

December 29, 2017

Daniel Padilla and Angelica Panganiban Win Best Actor and Actress at FAMAS 2017


Here are the winners in the 65th annual FAMAS awards held Thursday, December 28, at Philippine Social Science Center Auditorium, Quezon City.

Best Picture - "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Actor - Daniel Padilla, "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Actress - Angelica Panganiban, "The Unmarried Wife"
Best Director - Olivia M. Lamasan, "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Supporting Actress - Liza Diño, "Ringgo"
Best Supporting Actor - Ricky Davao, "Iadya Mo Kami"
Best Production Design - Shari Marie Montiague, "Barcelona: A Love Untold"
Best Sound Design - Aurel Claro Bilbao, "Everything About Her"
Best Screenplay - Vanessa Valdez, "The Unmarried Wife"
Best Editing - Beng Bandong, "Vince & Kath & James"

Special Awards:
German Moreno Youth Achievement Award - Maine Mendoza and Ivan Dorschner
FPJ Memorial Award - Dingdong Dantes
Lifetime Achievement Award - Susan Roces and Amalia Fuentes
Arturo M. Padua Memorial Award - Ronald King Constantino
Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Award - Dolly Ann Carvajal
Outstanding Producer - Donna Sanchez

December 27, 2017

Nick Jonas’ “Home,” an OST of “Ferdinand” Scores Golden Globes 2018 Nomination


Set in Spain, the delightful movie "Ferdinand" tells the remarkable story of a gentle bull, voiced by John Cena, a gentle giant who prefers flowers to fighting and has no desire to face off against matadors in the bullring. It follows Ferdinand as he embarks on a thrilling, dangerous and fun-filled journey to find love, acceptance and a real home. 'Home' is also the title of the new song from Jonas, about the place where people (and bulls) can relax and be themselves.
               
From the award-winning Blue Sky Studios, "Ferdinand" was directed by Carlos Saldanha. Based on the classic 1936 children's book of the same name, by author Munro Leaf and illustrator Robert Lawson, the film also stars Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon as the voice of Lupe the goat.

We join Ferdinand as he sets off on an adventure looking for somewhere he can call home. He comes across an idyllic farm, befriends the kind farmer and his little girl, Nina, and finds happiness and peace in the flower-filled countryside. But Ferdinand is torn apart from his adoptive family after he's mistaken for a vicious beast and he ends up in a bull training camp, the last place he wants to be! Developing a friendship with a quirky and hilarious 'calming' goat called Lupe (Kate McKinnon) Ferdinand has one goal - to get back home to Nina's farm.
               
It is a theme that resonates strongly with Nick Jonas who wrote and performed the song 'Home' for the film. He collaborated with acclaimed musician Justin Tranter and songwriter/producer, Nick Monson. According to Carlos Saldanha, 'Home' captures the spirit of Ferdinand. "I wanted a song to reflect the lightness and the power of the film, and I wanted it to feel emotional and fun, just like the movie. Nick wrote brand new lyrics and a brand new melody for us and it was perfect. 'Home' plays in the film at a very empowering moment for Ferdinand, when he finds a place where he's accepted. The song is wonderful and reflects the idea that home is a place where your heart is and where you can be your true self."

Jonas shares that, "I've used the word 'home' in songs before but this was the first time that I really sat and thought about what it meant to me, what I was saying with that word and the significance of that message. For me, it's all about my family. Any time I think about the moments of my life that are really hectic and insane, I think about home. If I look back at the 12 or 13 years of my career so far, it is family that has been the constant in my life. So I wrote this song about my family and the importance of that grounding factor in life. That is what home is all about."

"I think the beauty of Ferdinand as a whole, is that it is highly relatable, no matter what your journey in life is all about, or what your circumstances are. It is about acceptance and it definitely relates to me. I went to regular school in my early life, when I was seven, eight and nine years old. At the same time, I was also doing Broadway shows in New York City. So during my school hours, I was spending time with other kids who didn't share the same interests as me. But when I was working, I'd be around adults who loved musical theatre and telling stories and singing and dancing. That was where I felt more accepted than when I was around kids my own age," concludes Jonas.

"Ferdinand" opens January 8 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Matt Damon’s “Downsizing” Thinks Big for its New Poster


Matt Damon is meant for something bigger in the new poster for Paramount Pictures' new quirky comedy Downsizing directed by two-time Oscar-winner Alexander Payne.

Check out the poster below and watch Downsizing in Philippine cinemas January 24.

Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world. With the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha for a new downsized community, taking the irreversible leap that will trigger life-changing adventures when they become small.

Directed by Alexander Payne from a screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor, Downsizing stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig.

Downsizing is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

ABS-CBN News Ushers in 2018 with #Ganap2017 and “Paglayang Minamahal: The 2017 ABS-CBN News Yearender” Specials

Before the curtain closes for 2017, ABS-CBN News looks back at the biggest stories, issues, and newsmakers in the year with the"#GANAP2017" DZMM Yearend report airing on DZMM TeleRadyo on December 29 and the "Paglayang Minamahal" special documentary on Marawi airing on ABS-CBN on December 31.

Anchored by Vic De Leon Lima and Zen Hernandez, "#GANAP2017" counts down the ten hot news topics this year that Filipinos tuned into for updates and information. This includes hard news such as the government's war on drugs, the Marawi crisis and other terror attacks, disasters, and changes in the economy and new laws that affect the society, as well as entertainment and sports news that aroused the interest and inspired Filipinos.

On December 31st, meanwhile, Jeff Canoy, Raphael Bosano, and Kori Quintos zero in on the the heroic stories from Marawi in as they take on 2017's biggest news story in "Paglayang Minamahal: The 2017 ABS-CBN News Yearender." 

To remind us how Filipinos exhibit their finest and shining moments in the darkest days, the three journalists will tell the story of a soldier who put everything second, including his own life, to save others; a mother who was held hostage for five months but never gave up hope for her children; an evacuee who lost her child to the squalor of the evacuation center; and brave stories of soldiers that gave up their lives to free Marawi as told by those who lived.

More than the accounts of the war, the documentary also shows the herculean task now upon the Maranaos as they pick up the pieces and start rebuilding the city that was reduced to rubble when the military pursued the Maute forces.

After revisiting the year's top stories, ABS-CBN News heads directly to a multiplatform coverage of the country's celebration to welcome 2018. There will be a New Year countdown dubbed "Salubong 2018" on Channel 2 on Sunday (December 31) at 11:30pm anchored by Adrian Ayalin and Pia Gutierrez. Meanwhile, on DZMM, Noel Alamar and Jeff Hernandez will also be on board from 10 pm to 1 am to be one with Kapamilyas in ushering the new year, followed Carl Balita and Stargazer from 1 pm to 4 am on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo.

Viewers can also catch updates on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel while netizens may also get breaking news and information on news.abs-cbn.com or by following @ABSCBNNews, @DZMMTeleRadyo, and @ANCalerts on Facebook and Twitter. 

Don't miss "#GANAP2017" anchored by Vic De Leon Lima and Zen Hernandez on Friday (December 29) after "TV Patrol" on DZMM TeleRadyo, and "Paglayang Minamahal: The 2017 ABS-CBN News Yearender" anchored by Jeff Canoy, Raphael Bosano, and Quintos on Sunday's Best (December 31) after "Gandang Gabi Vice" at 10:30pm on ABS-CBN. Tune into ABS-CBN News' coverage of New Year's Eve festivities across the country on ABS-CBN, ANC, DZMM Radyo 630, DZMM TeleRadyo, and news.abs-cbn.com. Watch online via iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph.

December 25, 2017

Oprah Winfrey to Receive Cecil B. de Mille Award at 75th Annual Golden Globe® Awards



Acclaimed actress, producer, television star and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey will be honored with the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Monday, 8 January, 2018, hosted by Seth Meyers. The 2018 Golden Globe Awards will air at 9A.M. LIVE from the US on Blue Ant Entertainment. The news was exclusively announced by 2012 Cecil B. de Mille Award recipient Morgan Freeman during the airing of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's (HFPA) "Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special".

Meher Tatna, President of the HFPA stated, "The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to announce Oprah Winfrey as the recipient of the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille Award.  As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today. For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards."

Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. de Mille Award is given annually to a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. Honorees over the decades include Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Lucille Ball, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Sidney Poitier, Sophia Loren, Steven Spielberg, and many more.

For 25 years, Winfrey was host of the award-winning talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show." As Chairman and CEO, she's guiding her successful cable network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, is the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine, and oversees Harpo Films.

Winfrey is a Golden Globe Award-nominated actress for her role in "The Color Purple," earned critical acclaim in "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and produced and acted in the Academy Award-winning film "Selma."  Winfrey starred in the Emmy-nominated HBO Films "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and will portray "Mrs. Which" in Disney's "Wrinkle in Time" film adaptation from director Ava DuVernay releasing in March 2018.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa as they celebrate the school's seventh graduating class. Winfrey established the school in 2007 to provide education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world.

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December 24, 2017

Fill Your Life with #Cloud9Moments this Holiday Season


Each day is composed of special moments that make life worth living. But in a world full of distractions, people tend to fast forward in life and forget the value of living in the moment.

Getting caught up in their busy lives, people often miss big opportunities and ignore beautiful experiences that unfold in the present. To encourage people to celebrate special moments as they happen, Jack 'n Jill Cloud 9 continues its #Cloud9Moments campaign.

Through its campaign, Jack 'n Jill Cloud 9 inspires people to recognize and celebrate everyday special moments as they can inspire both big and small changes in your life. These spontaneous moments, such as the most heartfelt reunions or the best quick weekend getaways, are #Cloud9Moments that are best shared and enjoyed with Cloud 9's delicious chocolate-coated bars.

Appreciate life's sweet experiences while indulging in a bite of the crunchy peanut and soft nougat coated in rich milk and creamy white chocolate with Cloud 9 Classic and White. Everyone can also savor the double chocolate treat of Cloud 9 Choco Fudge, or satisfy their sweet tooth with a chewy bar of Cloud 9 Overload, filled with luscious caramel and peanuts coated in milk chocolate.

Jack 'n Jill Cloud 9 continues to accompany Filipinos throughout each wonderful journey to discover new and inspiring #Cloud9Moments by spreading positivity through its TV commercial, rolling out events and activities, and incorporating the help of personalities to reinforce the fresh message of living in the now.

Indeed, countless feel-good moments happen when you stop and live in the present. Are you ready to fill your life with #Cloud9Moments? Enjoy life's special moments with Cloud 9.

December 23, 2017

ABS-CBN 2018 New Shows Unveiled



New and returning loveteams and captivating stories of love and family will add color to ABS-CBN's programming in 2018, as revealed during the network's "Just Love: The ABS-CBN Trade Event" on November 28.

Leading the Kapamilya network's new offerings is "Bagani," which marks the TV comeback of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, with Sofia Andres, Matteo Guidicelli, and Makisig Morales.

Filipino talent will once again take center stage as "Pilipinas Got Talent" returns for another season, with Vice Ganda, Freddie Garcia, Robin Padilla, and Angel Locsin as judges, and Billy Crawford and Toni Gonzaga as hosts.

Erich Gonzales, Enchong Dee, and Ejay Falcon, meanwhile, reunite and prove their acting chops in upcoming series "The Blood Sisters."

Love will be the binding force in "No Ordinary Love," which stars Ultimate Heartthrob Piolo Pascual, with Arci Muñoz and JC De Vera. The series also marks the television debut of Alessandra De Rossi and Empoy or AlEmpoy.

Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap will once again spread kilig vibes to viewers via their new series "Sana Dalawa ang Puso," which also stars Robin.

Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo, on the other hand, will show the joy and struggles in relationships in "Playhouse."

The trade event, held at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent, was attended by hundreds of advertisers. It featured performances by the biggest Kapamilya stars, including the "It's Showtime" family who danced to disco tunes in their 80s-inspired dance number, the cast of "Bagani" led by LizQuen, and "La Luna Sangre" stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla who gave a wolves-and-vampires routine.

Robi Domingo Unveils Japan’s Hidden Christians on ANC’s “Keeping The Faith”


Robi Domingo, one of the country's finest television hosts, is taking a step outside his comfort zone as he anchors the three-part "Keeping the Faith" documentary about Japan's hidden Christians on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Known for his playful and wacky style as host of various entertainment and reality programs in ABS-CBN, Robi gets to showcase his serious side and versatility in "Keeping the Faith," which airs on the country's leading English all-news cable channel on December 14, 28, and January 11 at 8pm.

In this three-part travelogue, Robi tells the story of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the name of God. He gets to visit to the ancient sites where the original Christians congregated to pray and worship and get to know about the Kakure Kirishitans (Hidden Christians) who went underground to practice their religion in secret.

Robi, who also hosted the "Lakwatsero" travel documentaries on ABS-CBN before, said this project came at the right time in his life. "After everything that happened in my life this year, I really needed to hold on to God. It is in this trip that I became closer to Him," he said.

He added his experience learning about the lives of Christians in their nine-day shoot reminded him of the movie "Eat Pray Love," which is about faith in your God and in oneself. 

"I really felt it was impossible to do that documentary in nine days but the team is so good and there's this power which made that all happen. There were instances that a shoot wouldn't push through because of the weather, or snow wouldn't fall in the mountains, but there was divine intervention that happened," he shared.

Overall, the "Pinoy Big Brother" alumnus said his experience doing the documentary taught him that the more you go out of your comfort zone, the more you get to know about yourself. "You get to be immersed in different situations wherein you would not just question yourself, not just your life, but everyone's existence. It's not right to compare your life to another man's life, and your place to another man's place, but it all boils down to that 'Wow' feeling that everything became possible because of this one being who created everything," he explained.

Working with Robi in this documentary is producer Kelvin Paulino, who is also behind the award-winning "Mukha" series of ANC. Kelvin said people should watch out as Robi takes on a role as a true influencer for the youth starting in this documentary.

"We tapped him in this project as a gateway for possible partnerships in the future where we can hopefully engage the younger market in more relevant conversations. There were a few adjustments in the beginning of production but Robi easily found his voice in telling this different story," he said.

On the documentary, Kelvin added it will be interesting for viewers to see the many similarities to our own experience as Filipinos in the evangelization of the Spanish centuries back. 

Robi added the documentary will also appeal to travel bugs and millennials because of the scenic places and great food in Japan that they will showcase in the documentary. "Filipinos love to travel, especially the millennials. If they watch the docu they will have a feel that they are travelling with me in that whole experience." 

The host shared viewers can also expect some "hugot" comments while he explores the beautiful places in Japan, as well as hole-in-the-wall restaurants with their secret menu which people would like to check out when they visit the country.

Don't miss Keeping the Faith: The Story of Japan's Hidden Christians which will airs on ANC's Documentary Hour, on December 14, December 28, and January 11 at 8 pm on ANC and ANC HD. Watch online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph. For updates, follow @ANCalerts on Facebook and Twitter.

Ces Orena-Drilon Resigns from Bandila, Takes On New Roles as ABS-CBN Lifestyle Content Head


Award-winning broadcast journalist Ces Orena-Drilon is ready to open a new chapter in her career in media with her appointment as content acquisition head of the ABS-CBN lifestyle ecosystem Group as she bid goodbye to "Bandila" viewers Thursday (December 21).

Known for her courageous reporting as a reporter of ABS-CBN and her insightful interviews and inspired storytelling as one of the network's most trusted news anchors, Ces now oversees all lifestyle-related content sourcing, acquisition, and development as ABS-CBN pushes further into the digital space and further into creating more local programming.

In her new assignment, Ces is in the forefront of building the lifestyle content of ABS-CBN as the country's leading media and entertainment company transitions into an agile digital company.  

Never to shy away from a challenge, the social media-savvy anchor is excited to put into use more than three decades of experience in news media to lead the Kapamilya media and entertainment company in finding and producing lifestyle stories for different audiences.

"It is invigorating to be in the middle of the changes happening in the entire media industry. The way people consume content nowadays is digital. Feedback is so instantaneous and measurement is very clear. As the content head of the lifestyle ecosystem, I get to play a role in addressing the needs of different lifestyle markets, taking in consideration the continuous evolution of technology and communication," explained Ces.

With her new role in ABS-CBN, Ces is stepping down as one of the anchors of the late night newscast "Bandila," which began in 2006 with her as one of its original anchors.

ABS-CBN head of integrated news Ging Reyes, meanwhile, stated her full support for Ces in her new endeavor. ABS-CBN's news chief has been instrumental in this shift in her career after appointing her as News Lifestyle Ecosystem head last year.

"I am very happy that she is evolving. Her journalistic skills and her mastery of storytelling that she developed through the years working in the field and as an anchor will surely come in handy as she leads in building up the lifestyle content of ABS-CBN in line with the company's digital thrust," she shared. 

Ging also thanked the multi-awarded journalist for her contributions to ABS-CBN News since she began as a business reporter for "The World Tonight" to becoming part of various INCA programs including "Pipol," "The Correspondents," "I Survived," "Krusada," and "Bandila" on ABS-CBN and "Business Nightly," "Pointblank," "Get Real," and "The Rundown" on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

"No one can question the passion and excellence Ces has shown throughout her career here in ABS-CBN. She never backed down from any assignment. She did not quit even after being kidnapped while pursuing a story. She will be missed in the field but she will continue to play a big role beyond news in her new capacity," she said.

Ces was awarded by the KBP with the  "Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year" in 2010. In 2017, she was among People Asia's "People of the Year," where she was recognized for setting "high standards, provided industry benchmarks or pushed the envelope in innovative ideas and programs."

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