March 31, 2018

Inigo Pascual and DJ Moophs Collaborate with Summer Hit Single “On my way!”

Spring may have officially started in the U.S. though it still feels like winter in most places.  But with the latest collab track dropped by Billboard Philippines Top 20 chart-topper Inigo Pascual and DJ and music producer Chris Lopez a.k.a. Moophs, expect the duo to fan the flames of summer heat from the Philippines and bring it to American shores with their new single, "OMW (On My Way)".

 

This is not the first time that Pascual and Moophs have worked or performed together.  Both are coming off the high profile success of "One Music X" last November in Dubai, UAE which turned out to be one of the biggest music festivals of the year in the Middle East.  Just last weekend, the two also performed at the prestigious Coronation Night of the Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant held at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum in Metropolitan Manila.

 

When "OMW" debuted on YouTube on March 15 with hardly any publicity and promotions, it immediately garnered tens of thousands of views, scores of likes and positive comments.

 

"When I wrote 'OMW', I tried to put myself in the shoes of my 21-year old self, since that's where Inigo's at now," said Moophs. "What was my mindset 10 years ago? What was I worried about and what was I doing on the daily? I definitely wasn't the young superstar at 21 that Inigo is today! But I think a lot of the driving forces are ultimately the same: girls, music, finishing school, and having a good time with friends. I tried to write the song from that perspective: you wake up a little groggy from a fun night, get a text from your girl, and head over to her place. Simple!"

 

Moophs continued: "The vibe of the production for 'OMW' came from a blend of my tastes and Inigo's. I tried to keep it lighthearted and accessible with a drop that's fun but still slaps. 'OMW' is your twenty-something summer anthem."

 

While based in the Philippines right now asABS-CBN's International Music Content Officer and head of the Tarsier Records imprint, which was launched by Manila-based recording giant Star Music for international audiences, Moophs shares the Los Angeles feels and vibes with Pascual because both of them lived for years in the City of Angels.  Both have been exposed to the breadth of musical influences in the world's seat of entertainment.  When Pascual returned to the Philippines to try it out as an actor and singer, his first big break in music came when he composed and recorded "Dahil Sa 'Yo" (Tagalog phrase that means "because of you"). The song jumpstarted his career as a recording and live performing artist as it became the first number one song on Billboard Philippines' Top 10 Charts at opening, then holding the top spot for nine weeks.

 

Currently, Pascual's music resides in the genres of Pop and R&B. "I want to create music that helps people express their unspoken emotions; music that takes them back to a specific time in their lives, an anthem of sorts for a generation: music that gets people to dance, and entire stadiums to sing and shout," he said.

 

Check out "OMW (On My Way)" from Tarsier Records on YouTube and Spotify.


PGT Grand Finalists 1 and 2: Nocturnal Dance Company and Orville Tonido

 

Nocturnal Dance Company and Orville Tonido  were named the first two grand finalists ABS-CBN's world class talent search "Pilipinas Got Talent."

 

After showcasing another fantastic fusion of modern and tribal dance, the Nocturnal Dance Company captivated viewers and garnered 44.55% of the combined online and text votes. 

 

The judges, meanwhile, picked Orville after he drew loud cheers with his comedy act wherein he pulled out bananas of different sizes and forms from his Lily Cruz-inspired gold gown.

 

This coming weekend, four acts compete for two grand finalists slots. Who among Kristel De Catalina, Jeptah Calintong, Xtreme Dancers, and the Bu-Away Folkloric Dance Troupe will win over the viewers and the judges?

 

Don't miss the live semi-finals of "Pilipinas Got Talent" this Easter Sunday (April 1), 7:30 PM on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow @abscbnpgt on Instagram and Twitter or like www.facebook.com/pilipinasgottalent.PGT on Facebook.

March 27, 2018

Philippine Jeepney and Chocolate Hills in Bohol Featured in Official “Sherlock Gnomes” Movie Poster

Where in the world are the missing gnomes? Well, based on the newly released poster of Sherlock Gnomes, they're in the Philippines, traveling aboard the iconic Jeepney somewhere in Bohol.


Check out the Philippine-themed one-sheet art and watch Sherlock Gnomes in cinemas March 21.


In Sherlock Gnomes, the beloved garden gnomes from Gnomeo and Juliet are back for a whole new adventure in London. When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing – there's only one gnome to call… SHERLOCK GNOMES.

The famous detective and sworn protector of London's garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery will lead our gnomes on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city.

This action-packed sequel features the voices of returning cast, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne, plus Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Watson and Mary J. Blige as Irene.

Sherlock Gnomes is based on Characters by Rob Sprackling and John Smith and Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil and Keely Asbury and Steve Hamilton Shaw. Story by Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil and Emily Dee Cook and Kathy Greenberg. Screenplay by Ben Zazove and Directed by John Stevenson.

Sherlock Gnomes is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

National Geographic Calls on Eco Warriors for 2018 Nat Geo Earth Day Run



Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018, one of the most awaited and well-attended running events in the country every year, is slated for April 22, at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds. Now on its 9th year, the Nat Geo Earth Day Run reinforces its commitment to preserving the planet by calling all "Eco Warriors" to be part of the exciting race which will coincide with the celebration of the International Earth Day.

Since its inception, the Nat Geo Earth Day Run has been attracting thousands of individuals across Asia who have pledged to save the planet. In the Philippines, National Geographic is looking to see 15,000 runners across the 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K categories.

Following its success in the previous years, Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 will continue to extend its support to groups and societies with causes that are largely dedicated to environmental conservation. In the past, Nat Geo was able to give its support to organizations and communities such as the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Tawbuid Mangyan Tribe in Mindoro, and the Abuan Watershed in Sierra Madre. 

This year, Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 puts the spotlight on the fast-becoming global issue of water shortage. National Geographic vows to sponsor rain storage tanks to in-need communities remotely situated in Mindoro. 

New Race, New Journey
Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 will present a lineup of exciting and meaningful activities participants can join. This year's edition includes the Fun Run under the new 3K race category that encourages more Eco Warriors to participate and champion the environmental causes they believe in.

Elite runners registered in the 21K category can join a series of running clinics where experts will share warm-up and cool-down lessons, hydration and post-run exercises that will help runners prepare for the race. The running clinics took place on March 5 and 7 and will resume on April 9 and 11 at Track 30th at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Registered runners will be able to receive a singlet, race bib, timing chip, water bottle and towel. 21K race finishers will receive a finisher's medal, a loot bag and a finisher's shirt, while 10K finishers will receive a finisher's medal and a loot bag.

Interested participants can log onto the Nat Geo Earth Day Run website (http://www.natgeoearthdayrun.com/). Offline registration is available starting March 17 at authorized booths located at SM MoA, SM Aura, and SM the Block. 

Registration fee for the 3K category is Php 750.00, 5K category is Php 850.00, 10K category is Php 950.00, and 21K is Php1, 400.00.

The gun start for participants of the 21K run is at 3:30AM, 10K is at 4:00AM, 5K is at 5:30AM, and 3K is at 6:00AM.

For more information, visit http://www.natgeoearthdayrun.com/ or log on to its official Facebook page, NatGeo Run.

Marvel Studio Announces Cast, Release Date and Storyline of Highly-Anticipated “Captain Marvel” Movie


Marvel Studios has begun principal photography in Los Angeles, California, on its newest film, "Captain Marvel." The production is shooting in and around the greater Los Angeles area, which will also serve as the production base for the film. The production will also shoot on location in Fresno, California, as well as locations in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans. 

Set for release in the United States on March 8, 2019, Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include "Mississippi Grind" and "Half Nelson." An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve ("Inside Out," "The Good Dinosaur"), Nicole Perlman (upcoming "First Man," Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy"), Geneva Robertson-Dworet ("Tomb Raider," upcoming "Sherlock Holmes 3"), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch ("Glow"), and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.

The film stars Academy Award® winner Brie Larson ("Room," "Kong: Skull Island"), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "The Hateful Eight"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," "Ready Player One"), Djimon Hounsou ("Blood Diamond," Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy"), Lee Pace ("The Book of Henry," Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy"), Lashana Lynch ("Brotherhood," "Fast Girls"), Gemma Chan ("Humans," "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"), Algenis Perez Soto ("Sambá," "Sugar"), Rune Temte ("Eddie The Eagle," "The Last Kingdom"), McKenna Grace ("I, Tonya," "Gifted"), with Clark Gregg ("Live by Night," "Marvel's The Avengers"), and Jude Law ("Spy," "The Grand Budapest Hotel").

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, "Captain Marvel" is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Kevin Feige is the producer of Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel." Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patty Whitcher and Stan Lee are executive producers, with Lars Winther serving as co-producer/first assistant director and David Grant serving as co-producer.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri," Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange,"), Oscar®- nominated production designer Andy Nicholson ("Gravity," "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"), costume designer Sanja Hays ("The Fate of the Furious," "Star Trek: Beyond"), editors Elliot Graham ("Steve Jobs," "Molly's Game,") and Debbie Berman (Marvel Studios' "Black Panther," "Spider-Man: Homecoming"), two-time Oscar nominee, visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend (Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"), stunt coordinator Jim Churchman (Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" and "Ant-Man" ) and six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Black Panther"). 

Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, "Captain Marvel" continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in "Iron Man," "The Incredible Hulk," "Iron Man 2," "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Marvel's The Avengers," "Iron Man 3," "Thor: The Dark World," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Ant-Man," "Captain America: Civil War," "Doctor Strange," "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Thor: Ragnarok" and, most recently, "Black Panther."

With the release of "Black Panther" in February, Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success. At the time of release, the film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with $202 million and is on track to the become the highest grossing superhero film at the domestic box office. The film has grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide to date. "Black Panther" propelled the Marvel brand's #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 19 consecutive films.

DZMM Retraces Jesus’ Footsteps in “Sa Landas ni Hesus” Documentary


For the first time in its 31 years on the air, DZMM has produced a full-length audio-visual documentary in time for the Holy Week to be simulcast on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 on AM radio and DZMM TeleRadyo on cable and ABS-CBN TVplus.

Starting Holy Monday (March 26), DZMM anchor Bro. Jun Banaag, O.P. has brought viewers with him in his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the "SA LANDAS NI HESUS Maglakbay, Magnilay" documentary, where he visited historical places and holy sites that people only get to read in the Bible or hear about during the mass.

The documentary traces certain highlights in the life of Jesus, from his conception, birth and public ministry, to his passion, death and resurrection. This spiritual journey will bring us to Bethlehem where Jesus was born, to Nazareth where he grew up, and to other places like Capernaum, Bethany and Jerusalem where he left his mark preaching, healing the sick and performing miracles.

Bro. Jun  will bring us to the sacred waters of the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized, and ride a wooden boat to the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on its waters.

Viewers will also see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which now sits atop the Mount of Calvary, also known as Golgotha or Place of the Skull, where Christ was nailed to the cross. The Church also houses the cave that served as Jesus' resting place and the site of his resurrection.

The first two parts of "SA LANDAS NI HESUS Maglakbay, Magnilay" aired on Bro. Jun's "Dr. Love Radio Show" on Holy Monday (March 26) and Holy Tuesday (March 27). Part 3 will be aired on Holy Wednesday (March 28) at 11 pm.

DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo will air the documentary in full on Maundy Thursday (March 29) at  4 pm, on Good Friday (March 30) at 10:30am, and on Black Saturday (March 31) at 6:30 pm.

For more news and information, stay tuned on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 on AM radio and DZMM TeleRadyo on SKYcable and ABS-CBN TVplus. Watch online on iwantv.com.ph. Follow @DZMMTeleRadyo on Twitter and Facebook.

March 22, 2018

“Pilipinas Got Talent” Goes to Different Locations for the Live Semi-Finals Starting this Weekend

After 11 weeks of auditions with 98 acts that made it through the next round, "Pilipinas Got Talent" judges Freddie "FMG" Garcia, Angel Locsin, Robin Padilla, and Vice Ganda finally made the cut and determined the 28 acts that will compete in the semi-finals that will kick off this week. 

 

Twelve acts from Luzon made it to the next level that include Aloha Philippines, Prinsipe Makata, JM Bayot, Jeptah Callitong, Karl Matrix, Antonio Bathan Jr, Jonacris Bandillo, Bu-Away Folklore Dance Troupe, Dauntless Republic, Joven Olvido, and Golden Buzzer acts Bardilleranza and Kristel De Catalina.

 

Maka Girls, Angel Fire New Gen, Dancing Fire Warriors, Cebeco II Blue Knights, and Golden Buzzer acts Julius and Rhea represent the Visayas, while Salimpokaw Ko Masa Dance Troupe, Xtreme Dancers, and Golden Buzzer act DWC Aeon Flex represent Mindanao.

 

Meanwhile, eight acts from Metro Manila will also get another shot to show what they got at the "PGT" semis. They are Junior FMX Extreme, Orville Tonido, Pedro Lachica, Rico the Magician, Miggy Hizon, Johnny Villanueva, Mad Queens, and Golden Buzzer act Nocturnal Dance Company.

 

This week, the first six acts to compete are singers Maka Girls from Cebu, pole dancer Johnny Villanueva from Quezon City, comedian Orville Tonido from Quezon City, vaper JM Bayot from Cavite, and dance groups Salimpokaw Ko Masa Dance Troupe from Marawi and Nocturnal Dance Company from Quezon City.

 

For the first time in PGT history, the competition goes to different locations--- Pasay City, Taytay, Rizal, and San Fernando, Pampanga--- to bring the PGT experience closer to more Kapamilyas.

 

Only two acts per week will advance to the grand finals. The first act will be chosen based on text votes, while the second act will be chosen by the judges. 

 

To vote via SMS, text PGT (name of contestant) and send to 2366 for all networks. Only one vote per sim. 

 

For details on how to watch the live shows, check out the program's official social media accounts.

 

Don't miss the semi-finals 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.

March 21, 2018

BTS Fans Alert: MEDIHEAL X BTS Arrives in the Philippines, Now Available at Watsons


MEDIHEAL, the Global No. 1 mask pack from Korea, which has sold over 1 billion mask packs worldwide, is now distributed in the Philippines by Genson Distribution Inc. and is exclusively available at Watsons and SM Beauty Stores.

MEDIHEAL products were developed at the beauty school of the prestigious Seoul University by a team of skin experts and dermatologists who understand Asian skin and what works for it. The brand offers a wide range of innovative and effective sheet masks and skin care products that cater to different concerns. 

MEDIHEAL promotes the home-use beauty concept, which allows you to have beautiful skin without surgery or enhancements. All products are dermatologically tested.

There are different types of mask packs addressing specific skin concerns and needs such as acne, brightening, soothing, moisture retention and uneven skin tone. 

The N.M.F. (Natural Moisturizing Factor) Aquaring Ampoule Mask EX. is MEDIHEAL’s bestselling mask pack worldwide. It contains ingredients that help moisturize the skin and help improve its elasticity. MEDIHEAL mask packs are No. 1 in the world because they are chock full of
essences, with ingredients that specifically target skin concerns. Get the most benefits from all the nutrients provided by the essences out of a MEDIHEAL mask pack as MEDIHEAL logo prints will appear on the mask sheet once it is ready to remove.


 
MEDIHEAL x BTS
 
Meanwhile, fans of Korean boy band BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, are in for a treat as the MEDIHEAL x BTS Boxed Set, which includes 10 mask packs and 14 photo cards, is now available online at www.watsons.com.ph.

 

The seven-member K-Pop group composed of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jimin and Jungkook was the most talked-about on the micro-blogging site Twitter in 2017. 

www.watsons.com.ph will carry all four boxes of MEDIHEAL x BTS - Hydrating Care, Brightening Care, Moisturizing Care and Soothing Care. Each box will retail for Php 1,250.

For more information, follow medihealph on Facebook and Instagram.

Cast of "Avengers: Infinity War" Assembles at Fan Event in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on April 16


Marvel Studios and Marina Bay Sands are proud to announce that Singapore will be receiving the formidable team of Avengers this April.

To celebrate the release of the highly anticipated Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, Singapore will host an unprecedented assembly of three Avengers Super Heroes - Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and director, Joe Russo – at a show-stopping red-carpet style fan event on 16th April.

The cast and the director will thrill fans at the fan event, taking place at the integrated resort, Marina Bay Sands. This event will be free and open to the public. More information on the event venue, time and admission details will be released on 2nd April, Monday at 12noon via http://www.marinabaysands.com/avengers/

Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands, said: “We are privileged to work with The Walt Disney Company again for their Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War talent tour. This ground-breaking event will showcase our ability to host unique and large scale global events and reaffirm Marina Bay Sands as the world’s entertainment destination.”

This is the 10th year of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we are happy to bring our South Asia fans even closer to their heroes. This region has an ever-expanding fan base for Marvel and continues to be a part of everyday lives of people. We thank our Marvel fans and partners like Marina Bay Sands for being a part of this celebration,” Said Mahesh Samat, EVP and Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company (South Asia).

An extraordinary cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The film opens in Philippine theatres on 25 April.

Join the conversation online at #AvengersPH & #InfinityWar

*Please note there is a capacity limit at the fan event venue. Access to the event will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Members of the public attending the event will be subject to security checks.

Meet the Star Magic Circle 2018 - the Newest Batch of PH Showbiz' Future Big Stars


Star Magic unveils its newest batch of stars last March 11 On “ASAP.”

Collectively dubbed the 2018 Star Magic Circle, the new batch has a theater actress, an Ivy League graduate, acting workshoppers, an athlete, former reality show hopefuls and some who hail from showbiz families.

Indeed, they are the next artists who will make their respective marks in showbiz.

Here are the 13 new artists of Star Magic:

1. Donny Pangilinan


2. Zonie Mejia


 3. Yasmyne Suarez


4. Henz Villaraiz


5. Daniela Stranner


6. Patty Mendoza


7. Leila Alcasid


8. Anna Luna


9. Chantal Videla


10. Karl Gabriel


11. Markus Paterson


12. Charlie Dizon


13. Tony Labrusca


Two Ogie Alcasid Join the All New and More Exciting "Home Sweetie Home"


Weekend viewing gets more fun and more exciting in “Home Sweetie Home” as the neighborhood gets even bigger as Julie (Toni Gonzaga), Lia (Rufa Mae Quinto), and JP (Piolo Pascual) embark on a new business venture starting this month.

Aside from the three and Julie’s family, Nanay Loi (Sandy Andolong), Gigi (Miles Ocampo), Rence (Clarence Delgado), and neighbors Obet (Jobert Austria), Pinong (Nonong Ballinan), and Mang LA (Mitoy Yonting), the gang welcomes to Brgy. Puruntong Ireneo and Irenea, who will both be played by Ogie Alcasid.

After finding out that Sunshine is already with another man in New Zealand, JP decided to just go back to Manila and be with his friends and family. To ease JP’s sadness and to divert his attention while mending a broken heart, Julie thought it might be a good idea for them to open up a business alongside her BFF Lia - a pastry shop and restaurant they will call Walang Kapares.

The plan will only help JP move on but will also help Lia to better provide for her daughter and help Julie save up so that Romeo can finally come home and stay in the Philippines for good.

Putting up a new business is indeed a lot of work so along the way, the three realize that they have insufficient funds to open the café restaurant. Good thing Lia knows a potential investor - Ireneo or Neo for short, who happens to be Julie’s childhood friend.

Ever since they were young, Neo already fancies Julie thus, he immediately grabs the opportunity and agrees to invest in Walang Kapares. As if dealing with Neo isn’t hard enough, Neo’s twin sister, Irenea, also enters the picture and instantly fall head over heels in love with JP.

Will Julie, Lia, and JP succeed in their new business? What role will Ireneo and Irenea play in Brgy. Puruntong?

Since the sitcom premiered in 2014, “Home Sweetie Home” has been a consistent top-rater on weekends and has always been part of the top ten list of most watched programs in the country. Aside from the laughter it brings, the show also imparts to viewers valuable lessons in life and promotes good family values.

Don’t miss “Home Sweetie Home,” Saturdays after “TV Patrol Weekend.”

Coney Reyes Stars in CBN Asia’s Holy Week Special "Wanda’s Wonderful World"



Award-winning actress, television host, and producer Coney Reyes as Wanda searches for love as she tries to fill the void in her heart left by a traumatic experience she had when she was young.

Catch her as she gives life to the character of Wanda in CBN Asia’s Holy Week special Wanda’s Wonderful World, on Good Friday, March 30, 11 p.m. at ABS-CBN.

Coney plays the character of Wanda, the CEO of a well-renowned events company, Wanda’s Wonderful World. She thirsts for love and looks for it in all the wrong places.

Actually, Wanda is sort of a complicated character. But if you dig deep down in her heart, it’s actually simple why she is the way she is. She was a neglected child, so because of that there were certain things she was yearning for in her life,” Coney explained.

One of the things that Coney could relate to was Wanda’s conversations with God. “Not that I questioned God but I would often talk to God,” she said. “I made a lot of ‘not-so- healthy’ and ‘not-so- godly decisions’ and because of that I ended up with a lot of mess in my personal life. But when I met the Lord Jesus and I really just surrendered my life to Him, everything turned around because God works things out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose,” she added.

 


Wanda’s Wonderful World’s story is a product of the wonderful imagination of CBN Asia’s Special Projects Manager Icko Gonzalez.

Watch Coney Reyes along with other veteran actors Tirso Cruz III and Ricky Davao as CBN Asia presents Wanda’s Wonderful World, a story that will surely satisfy your yearning for love and purpose, on March 30, Good Friday, 11 p.m. at ABS-CBN.

Multi-Awarded Sci-Fi Horror Movie “Ghost Land” Set to Hit Philippine Theaters on March 31, Black Saturday


Soaking in the glory of multiple awards, the thrill-seeking horror “Ghostland” (aka Incident in a Ghost Land)  is set to show us why it’s captivating and mind-boggling story is a must-watch horror film this 2018. With versatile actress Crystal Reed (“Teen Wolf”) as the main lead.

The film begins with a mother and her two daughters inheriting an old house, during their first night in their new home, murderers enter the home, putting Colleen in a situation where she must fight to save her daughters’ lives. When the girls suffer a terrible trauma during the night, their disparate personalities diverge even further.

The eldest daughter, Beth (Reed), becomes a famous horror author with a perfect family and life in Los Angeles, while her sister, Vera (Anastasia Philips), can’t cope, and loses her mind to an unshakable sense of paranoia. Sixteen years later the daughters and mother reunite at the house where Colleen and Vera continue to reside. It is then that strange events begin to take place.

Filled with horrific sound effects, jump scares and scary dolls, it leads us to ask ourselves, are our own demons define the horror in our lives? Or do the horror stories exist beyond the lines of fiction books?

The film won the Public Prize and the Grand Prize at the 2018 Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer, a horror and science-fiction film festival held in France since 1994.

Director Pascal Laugier who also directed the 2009 critically-acclaimed horror film “Martyrs” can’t wait for the public to see his newest masterpiece.  ‘“Incident In A Ghost Land”’ is also the expression of the return of the repressed and perhaps of my ‘darkest side,”

“Beth lives with their ghosts, they speak to her, she wants to join them in excellence. I feel like this type of admiration and self-construction for someone in a society that is very derision-driven and tends to make the feeling of admiration somewhat ridiculous. “said Laugier.

The film co-stars Emilia Jones (“Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides”), Anastasia Philips (“Lucky 7”), Taylor Hickson (“Deadpool”), and Mylene Farmer.

"Ghostland" is set to scare everyone to their seats starting March 31 (Black Saturday) and is distributed by Axinite Digicinema.

Rooney Mara Portrays a New, Revisionist Version of "Mary Magdalene," Showing in PH Theaters on March 21


Two-time Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) stars in the titular role of Universal Pictures' new Biblical drama Mary Magdalene (in Philippine cinemas March 21).

Watch the new Mary Magdalene footage featuring Rooney Mara at https://youtu.be/l7b2exWNOMY.

Directed by Garth Davis (Lion) and also stars Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and Chiwetel Eijofor (12 Years a Slave), Mary Magdalene is the story of a young woman who leaves her small fishing village and family to join a new movement. Inspired by its charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth (Phoenix), and his teachings, Mary sets out with the disciples on the journey to Jerusalem, where she finds herself at the centre of the founding story of Christianity.

For Mara, the film opened her eyes to a new and different way of reading a belief system that formed an important part of her childhood. "I went to Catholic school so I had a lot of preconceived notions about the story and about religion in general,” she explains. “The first time I read the script, it was with a very cynical outlook. Then I spoke with Garth and I understood what kind of film he was making; he got me to look at the story in a different way so the second time I read it, I saw a lot of opportunity and a lot of beauty in it. I thought this was a great opportunity to tell a version of the story that we hadn't seen before.

Most other films about Jesus are solely about him, and this time the film is about Mary Magdalene,” continues Mara. “We still see all of the things that we're used to seeing in biblical films, but we see it through her eyes. And seeing it through her eyes, we get to see it in a very different light. Mary Magdalene is known by most people to be a prostitute, which isn't true; we get to see where she comes from and who she really is."

As she’s presented in the film even before she meets Jesus, Mary is a very strong, independent and, in some ways, a modern woman - still unmarried despite being in her early 20s and working with her family of fishermen As Mara explains, "We first meet Mary while she's living in Magdala with her family and she is very different to everyone in her family. Her family are pushing her to get married and have children, as she’s already considered old, and to do what a woman is expected to do. She’s really resistant to that. I think she really loves the fishing work and she feels very connected to God in a way that she can't really understand and that she wants to explore more. She's always felt very different to everyone else and feels she’s never been listened to, so when Jesus comes along he's the first person who understands what she's feeling. She’s brave enough to leave her family behind and follow him."

One of the toughest scenes for Mara was the exorcism scene. Before leaving Magdala to follow Jesus, Mary’s family call on an exorcist to perform an exorcism on her. It is an act of love, the family believes. Davis explains: “They can’t understand Mary's personality or her choices - they just see it as the demon. The tragic thing about the scene is the family are doing it because they think I’ll make her better but, in fact, they're just driving her further away. It could have been a very dark and dramatic scene but instead it became something very complex.“

"That scene was really brutal, especially because of the way Garth chose to portray the family,“ says Mara. “He’d created a very loving environment and family. They all care deeply about each other so when the exorcism comes it's that much more heart-breaking. It doesn't feel like a cliched version of the bad guys versus the good guys. They really love her, they think they're doing what's best for her."

While the scene was being shot, the cast and crew underwent a bizarre and unsettling experience. “We all had a copy of one of the ancient texts as we were preparing for the scene,” says Davis, “and almost the minute we started walking into the water, the wind just stopped. Completely. There was no movement. And then lightning started breaking all around us. It freaked everyone out! An interesting moment of life mirroring art.

Mary Magdalene is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual's "Last Night" Makes Waves on Cinema One this Sunday, March 25


The charming and charismatic tandem of Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual returns in the intriguing film “Last Night” as it makes its mark on Cinema One this Sunday (March 25).

The much-awaited Toni-Piolo comeback film features the two as wide-eyed Carmina and businessman Mark, who both lost the will to live. The seemingly lost pair find each other in an unusual circumstance, but develop a mutual understanding as they share a common goal. Together, they make a pact and think of creative ways on how they could end their days. Will two broken souls succumb to dark thoughts and lose their selves completely, or will they learn to embrace life and each other?

“Last Night” is directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal, written by actress-writer Bela Padilla, and produced by Star Cinema, N2, and Spring Films.

Welcome hope and witness a different kind of love in “Last Night” this Sunday (March 25), 8pm on Cinema One. Cinema One is available on SKYcable and Destiny Cable Digital Channel 56, and Destiny Analog Ch. 37. Like Cinema One on Facebook at facebook.com/Cinema1channel to view full schedule.

Jodi Sta. Maria Prepares for the Big Switch in "Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko"


There is no stopping Lisa from using Mona to escape her fiancé Martin (Richard Yap), as the look-alikes' big switch finally happens soon in ABS-CBN’s hit morning series “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso.”

As planned, Mona will pretend to be Lisa in front of Martin and her family. So with the help of Kim (Nikki Valdez), Mona tries her best to act like Lisa, the respected boss of LGC.

Lisa, on the other hand, continues to convince Donnie (Victor Silayan) to invest in her company. But unbeknownst to her, Donnie is part of the Urdunata syndicate that includes Mr. Chua (Lito Pimentel) and Supapi (Leo Martinez), the people who are hunting down Mona.

Meanwhile, Martin is trying his best to speed up the merger between his and Lisa’s companies. He has also decided not to push through with their wedding to finally set the love of his life free.

As Mona enters the picture, will she be able to change Martin’s decision? Will she succeed in making people believe that she is Lisa? Will Lisa be in danger for following Donnie around?

Don’t forget to watch “Sana Dalawa ang Puso” before “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up on the show’s latest episodes on iWanTV orskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @starcreatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

March 19, 2018

CATRIONA GRAY Wins Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2018


Here is the complete list of winners in Binibining Pilipinas 2018:

Binibining Pilipinas Universe: #20 Catriona Gray
Binibining Pilipinas International: #17 Ms. Ahtisa Manalo
Binibining Pilipinas Supranational: #31 Jehza Huelar
Binibining Pilipinas Grand International: #32 Eva Patalinjug
Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental: #38 Karen Gallman
Binibining Pilipinas Globe: Binibini #19 Michele Gumabao
Binibining Pilipinas First Runner-up: #1 Vickie Marie Milagrosa Rushton
Binibining Pilipinas Second Runner-up:  Binibini #14 Samantha Bernardo



Special Awards:

Best in Swimsuit: #20 Catriona Gray
Best in Long Gown: #20 Catriona Gray
Miss Cream Silk: #19 Michele Gumabao
Miss PAL: #3 Muriel Orais
Pitoy Moreno National Costume Award: #20 Catriona Gray
Miss Ever Bilena: #20 Catriona Gray
Jag Denim Queen: #20 Catriona Gray
Manila Bulletin Winner’s Choice Award: #14 Samantha Bernardo
Miss Friendship: #8 Shane Tormes
Miss Talent: #8 Shane Tomes
Miss Photogenic: #32 Eva Patalinjug

March 18, 2018

Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Winners - TOP 15



Here are your Binibining Pilipinas Top 15 (in order of announcement):

Binibini #38 Karen Gallman
Binibini #3 Muriel Orais


Binibini #21 Anjame Magbitang
Binibini #26 Wynonah Buot
Binibini #14 Samantha Bernardo
Binibini #15 Juliana Kapeundl 
Binibini #31 Jehza Huelar

Binibini #35 Sandra Lemonon

Binibini #11 Aya Abesamis
Binibini #17 Ms. Ahtisa Manalo

Binibini #24 Edjelyn Joy Gamboa
Binibini #1 Vickie Marie Milagrosa Rushton
Binibini #19 Michele Gumabao
Binibini #20 Catriona Gray
Binibini #32 Eva Patalinjug

Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Winners - TOP 25


Here are your Binibining Pilipinas Top 25 (in order of announcement):

Binibini #3 Muriel Orais
Binibini #31 Jehza Huelar
Binibini #17 Ms. Ahtisa Manalo
Binibini #32 Eva Patalinjug
Binibini #13 Kristie Rose Cequena
Binibini #7 Sigrid Grace Flores
Binibini #35 Sandra Lemonon
Binibini #10 Kayesha Chua
Binibini #26 Wynonah Buot
Binibini #15 Juliana Kapeundl
Binibini #21 Anjame Magbitang
Binibini #4 Ana Patricia Asturias
Binibini #23 Ena Velasco
Binibini #20 Catriona Gray
Binibini #39 Trixia Marie Marana
Binibini #14 Samantha Bernardo
Binibini #1 Vickie Marie Milagrosa Rushton
Binibini #9 Agatha Romero
Binibini #24 Edjelyn Joy Gamboa
Binibini #34 Mary Joy de Castro
Binibini #11 Aya Abesamis
Binibini #38 Karen Gallman
Binibini #8 Shane Quintana Tormes
Binibini #19 Michele Gumabao
Binibini #37 Patricia Garcia

Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Winners - SPECIAL AWARDS


Best in Swimsuit: #20 Catriona Gray
Best in Long Gown: #20 Catriona Gray
Miss Cream Silk: #19 Michele Gumabao
Miss PAL: #3 Muriel Orais
Pitoy Moreno National Costume Award: #20 Catriona Gray
Miss Ever Bilena: #20 Catriona Gray
Jag Denim Queen: #20 Catriona Gray
Manila Bulletin Winner’s Choice Award: #14 Samantha Bernardo
Miss Friendship: #8 Shane Tormes
Miss Talent: #8 Shane Tomes
Miss Photogenic: #32 Eva Patalinjug

March 15, 2018

Worship the Sun this Summer with WATSON's "We Love The Sun" Campaign


It's summer! And it's probably the best time of the year to go on adventures, try new things, and create new memories. Needless to say, it is the perfect time to just go out there and literally do anything under the sun.

With all the promise of fun and good times, the one thing most of us consider as a drawback when summer comes is the sun and the potential harm that it can cause. We don't have to let this stop us though. Watsons has lined up a wide selection of featured products to allow you to just go out there and enjoy. No need to avoid the sun, because at Watsons, we "Love The Sun."

"Love The Sun" is Watsons' Summer Campaign that puts out the message that one shouldn't be afraid of the sun. With products that protect your skin and hair, Watsons definitely has got you covered!


 Watsons "Love The Sun" Summer Campaign Launch

Is it a beach trip that's on the menu? What about an epic road trip with friends to explore new getaways? Maybe you're out to get your game on and play some outdoor sports? Or just kick it back on a staycation weekend? Whatever it is, you know you've got to have the right sun protection products in tow. Then after that long day under the sun, give your skin a recovery treat with soothing after-sun products. Of course, skin isn't the only thing that gets those rays and is prone to damage. 

That's why Watsons also has a range of hair care products available. Plus, vitamins and other health supplements are also on the shelves to help get you that "summer-ready" body.


Get everything you need to Love The Sun with participating brands:

Nivea
Belo
Banana Boat
Sunplay, Biore
Dermplus
Kojie San
Neutrogena
Solstice
Beach Hut
Hawaiian Tropic
Cetaphil
Olay
Pond’s
Snow
Celeteque
Thiocell
Shiro
Gluta-C
L’oreal
Vaseline
Creamsilk
Pantene
Vitress
Veet
Lactacyd
Dentiste
Chic
Bobbie
Body Fantasies

Plus, here's something that will turn up the heat more. All SMAC members can get a chance to win a trip for 4 to any of the following destinations: Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Every P500 single-receipt purchase of participating products is equivalent to 1 e-raffle entry to join the promo.


And if you’re not yet a SMAC member, now’s a great time to join. The new SMAC Program “MEMBERS GET MORE” entitles you to earn more than ever before. Time to get MORE POINTS, MORE SAVINGS, and MORE VALUE!

See you out there this summer! Make it count, make it perfect and Love The Sun!

March 8, 2018

“Bagani” Hits High Ratings, Wows Netizens, Beats Rival Show

ABS-CBN's newest fantasy series "Bagani," which stars Liza Soberano, Matteo Guidicelli, Sofia Andres, Makisig Morales, and Enrique Gil, instantly captivated viewers nationwide with its pilot episode last night (March 5).

 

The series registered a national TV rating of 35.5% or more than double than that of its rival "Kambal, Karibal's" 15.4%, according to data from Kantar Media.

 

Aside from winning the ratings, "Bagani's" official hashtag #UnangSabakngBagani also topped Twitter's list of trending topics worldwide as netizens posted their positive comments about the pilot episode.

 

Fans lauded the series' top caliber production value and even compared the show to well-loved foreign series "Star Wars" and "Game of Thrones." 

 

Twitter user @lizquenchannel said, "The set reminds me of Tatooine. Seriously, the production details, costume, everything is incredible! It makes the story so much more powerful!#UnangSabakNgBagani"

 

"Game of Thrones + Clash/Wrath of the Titans + Vikings + Apocalypto + the usual Filipino 'inapi pero marangal' story = Bagani. #UnangSabakNgBagani," @danthology said. 

 

"From set design, cinematography, to VFX, this fantaserye really wowed me. Congrats on your pilot episode #UnangSabakNgBagani," @seunghoonized posted. 

 

"Bagani" already gave viewers a peek of the different regions of Sansinukob and showed the humble beginnings of Lakas (Enrique).

 

As the fantaserye continues, get to know the lives of other Baganis Ganda (Liza), Lakam (Matteo), Dumakulem (Makisig), and Mayari (Sofia), who, like Lakas, possess good hearts and are willing to sacrifice even themselves for their families and for their people.

 

Don't miss "Bagani,"weeknights after "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" 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.


Toprating Kapuso Teleseryes to Air in Thailand

GMA Network will charm the hearts of Thai viewers as top-rating Kapuso drama series are slated to launch in Thailand.

Thai company JKN Global Media acquired over 1,000 hours of GMA dramas through GMA Worldwide including Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real (The Other Mrs. Real), My Faithful Husband, and Beautiful Strangers which will air via Bright TV.

Kapuso leading men bannered by primetime king Dingdong Dantes, Mikael Daez, and Benjamin Alves graced JKN and Bright TV's event dubbed, "Have a Bright Day" held in Centralworld, Bangkok last February 20. The actors serenaded their Thai fans, who welcomed them with loud cheers, as their way of thanking them for their support.

Dingdong thanked JKN CEO Anne Jakrajutatip in an Instagram post for the warm welcome and for bringing Thailand and the Philippines closer via GMA dramas. "It was such a pleasure to be part of GMA Network's delegation and to personally witness how much our Thai neighbors appreciate the work that we've done." He also extended his gratitude to the cast and crew behind the success of his drama,The Other Mrs. Real.

"It was indeed heartwarming to meet our supporters in Thailand. I'm very much thankful to the Thai viewers for supporting our programs," said Mikael who starred in My Faithful Husband.

In an Instagram post, Benjamin also sent his gratitude to Ms. Jakrajutatip for inviting them to the grand event of Bright TV. "I am excited for the Thai fans who will be able to watch and enjoy Beautiful Strangers which is set to premiere in March," Benjamin said.

Jakrajutatip, who visited Manila prior to the promotional tour, said that they are grateful for the strong partnership they have with GMA Worldwide. "We love GMA because of the great collaboration that we have with them, their programs are well-produced with good casting and compelling stories that are relatable to the Thai audience. Most importantly, they have a good content sales team and they also have excellent after sales service," Jakrajutatip said.

Kim Chiu and Zanjoe Marudo Team Up for the First Time in “MMK” Featured Story About Marawi Soldier


Kim Chiu and Zanjoe Marudo will be paired up for the first time on television and play a couple whose relationship got tested by the Marawi siege this Saturday (March 10) on "MMK."

Ani (Kim) grew up in a military family. After seeing what her mom went through with her dad, Ani vowed not to ever fall in love with a soldier. 

Although her mind was against it, her heart fell for her brother's senior in the military, Rommel (Zanjoe), and ended up marrying him.


Their marriage went smoothly until Ani suffered a miscarriage and was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). To complicate things further, Rommel was assigned to go battle in Marawi.

Would they still have the complete family they have always wanted? Did Rommel come home safely to fulfill his promise to Ani?


Joining this upcoming episode are Ahron Villena, Michael Roy Jornales, Akihiro Blanco, Boom Labrusca, Jong Cuenco, Ana Abad Santos, Niña Dolino, Denise Joaquin, Encar Benedicto, Kristel Fulgar, Aiko Climaco, and Dawn Chang.  The episode is directed by Dado Lumibao and is written by Benson Logronio. "MMK" is led by business unit head Roda C. dela Cerna.

Don't miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, "MMK," every Saturday after "Little Big Shots" on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch its latest episodesoniwantv.com.phorskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @mmkofficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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