April 14, 2018

Shopee 2 Big Announcements: Anne Curtis as First Brand Ambassador and 5.5 Shopee Super Sale from April 13 to May 5


Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announces Anne Curtis as its first brand ambassador in line with the launch of 5.5 Shopee Super Sale. The campaign is set to be the biggest mid-year online sale in the Philippines and runs from 13 April to 5 May. It features discounts of up to 90% off on thousands of products, with deals as low as 55 peso and daily flash sales. The Filipina-Australian superstar will also be making her debut as Shopee’s brand ambassador in Shopee’s first ever television commercial in the Philippines.



Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer of Shopee, said, “We are thrilled to announce Anne as Shopee Philippines’ first official brand ambassador and to have her join us in kick-starting the biggest mid-year online sale in the Philippines. Her friendly, fun and sociable personality best represents Shopee’s brand positioning as the leading online shopping platform, especially among millennials. In addition to being the face of Shopee, and the upcoming 5.5 Shopee Super Sale, Anne will also be starring in our first ever television commercial,

I am always on the move because of my busy schedule. Shopee makes it so convenient for me to do all my online shopping on my phone. Shopee has grown tremendously over the past few years, and I am excited to be part of the Shopee family. As brand ambassador for Shopee Philippines, I look forward to more exciting campaigns and events to come,” said Anne Curtis.


In line with the engagement of Anne Curtis as Shopee Philippines’ first brand ambassador is the launch of 5.5 Shopee Super Sale. Users can look forward to non-stop exciting deals lined up from 13 April onwards, leading up to the mega 24-hour shopping fiesta on 5 May.

The campaign will feature massive promotions including 55 peso deals, daily in-app vouchers and surprises, as well as discounts up to 90% off across a wide range of categories. Fans of Anne Curtis can also look forward to the “Anne’s Top Picks” collection and giveaways featuring Shopee merchandise autographed by the celebrity.

Users can also shop exclusive deals from leading brands under the recently launched Shopee Mall; such as Samsung, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Nescafe Dolce Gusto, NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+, NANKID® OPTIPRO® FOUR, Colgate-Palmolive, AVEENO® Active Naturals®, Belo Essentials, Equal Sweetener, Silverworks, Banana Peel, i2i New York, Unisilver, Faber-Castell, Deuter, Head Racket, Coleman and more.

Additionally, Anne will be launching her own cosmetics line on Shopee. From 11 April, makeup lovers will be able to purchase BLK cosmetics via the BLK Cosmetics Official Shop on Shopee Mall, which features a 100% Authenticity Guarantee, 7 Days Return, Cash on Delivery and Free Shipping nationwide. To celebrate the launch of the BLK Cosmetics Official Shop, Anne will be giving away a limited edition autographed mirror to the first 100 customers, with a minimum spend of 1,000 pesos.



Check out the 5.5 Shopee Super Sale at https://shopee.ph/m/55shopeesupersale 
Shop BLK cosmetics at shopee.ph/blkcosmetics

For more information, visit www.shopee.ph
Download the Shopee app for free on Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

LifeProof Releases Latest Case Lines SLAM, NEDT, FRE for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+


The new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are packed with new immersive photography capabilities and interactive technology that have Android fans clamoring to get their hands on the latest Samsung devices. Ready Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ for action with LifeProof’s most complete Samsung case lineup ever, including fan-favorite FRĒ and newcomers NËXT and SLɅM, available in a variety of colors.

SLɅM and NËXT are available now in selected colours at lifeproof.asia, while FRĒ will be coming soon. All LifeProof cases carry the ‘Designed for Samsung’ logo, which indicates that they have been designed specifically for Samsung mobile devices as part of the Samsung Mobile Accessory Partnership Program.

LifeProof cases have evolved so that our fans can cover their devices from day one,” LifeProof CEO Jim Parke said. “SLɅM and NËXT are cutting-edge and have redefined the LifeProof lineup. They bring Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ fans a full array of options when selecting their next LifeProof, even if they don’t need waterproof protection.”

 


SLɅM is a thin Galaxy case designed for drop protection without sacrificing style. It's drop-tested to 6.6 feet (2 meters) and a raised front bevel protects from face-down impact. The two-piece design has a clear back to show off Galaxy, while the rubberized front allows direct touchscreen access and features a splash of color around the edges of the case. Open ports leave headphone and charging access uninterrupted and the speakers free to deliver on Galaxy’s incredible audio quality.

NËXT boasts six layers of protection in a sleek, tough package to keep Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ safe from drops, dirt and snow. The two-piece outer shell wraps securely around each device while a raised bevel around the touchscreen teams up to deliver maximum durability and drop defense. In true LifeProof fashion, NËXT protects from drops up to 6.6 feet (2 meters), carries an IP-5X rating for blocking dirt and dust and keeps snow out.

FRĒ carries on the LifeProof tradition of true four-proof protection. The two-piece shell envelopes Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in 360-degrees of protection. A built-in screen guard helps keep the display free of scratches while the phone is fully sealed from water to 6.6 feet for up to an hour. FRĒ for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are drop tested to 6.6 feet and block out dirt and snow.

SLɅM and NËXT for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are available for PHP2,490 and PHP3,490, respectively. FRĒ is coming soon for PHP4490. For more information and product availability, visit www.moduvi.com.ph

Ryza Cenon Transfers to ABS-CBN; Anne, Jericho Rosales, Janella, Zanjoe Renew Tie with Kapamilya Network


Ten ace celebrities remain Kapamilyas after renewing their respective contracts with ABS-CBN recently.

The line-up of Kapamilya stars was led by showbiz sweetheart Anne Curtis, who will remain in the daily noontime show “It’s Showtime,” and King of Talk Boy Abunda, who will continue hosting programs “The Bottomline,” “Tonight With Boy Abunda,” and Cinema One’s “Inside the Cinema.”

Singer-songwriter Martin Nievera, apart from being a mainstay on the Sunday noontime variety show “ASAP,” will soon have a talk show program on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). Hosts and ‘momshies’ Melai Cantiveros and Karla Estrada will keep spreading good vibes every morning in “Magandang Buhay.”

Heartthrobs Jericho Rosales, Jake Cuenca, and Zanjoe Marudo will also star in new projects. Jericho is set to do a soap opera that reflects the realities of a married life. Jake is currently working with actresses Bea Alonzo and Charo Santos for the horror movie “Eerie.” On the other hand, Zanjoe is busy doing the soon-to-air family-centric teleserye “Playhouse.”

Actresses Janella Salvador and Yam Concepcion complete the list of Kapamilyas who recently re-inked their contracts with the network. The two have respective upcoming projects that are yet to be disclosed.




ABS-CBN also warmly welcomed Ryza Cenon, a past winner of a reality talent competition, who officially transferred to ABS-CBN and is set to appear in the Dreamscape teleserye “The General’s Daughter.”

I am super excited with what the Kapamilya network has in store for me,” shared Ryza.

All of them signed a two-year contract with the Kapamilya network.

Present in the signing were ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak, chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes, head of finance for Broadcast and news and current affairs Cat Lopez, and TV production head Laurenti Dyogi.

Newest Jolly Spaghetti Endorsers Mommy Regine and Son Nate Share Their Most Sweet-Sarap Moments


With an illustrious entertainment career spanning three decades, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid has done almost everything, including chart-topping singles and albums, blockbuster movies, high-rated TV shows, and sold-out concerts. But for the Asia’s Songbird - one of the very few who’s successfully juggled being a singer, actress, record producer, and TV host - there’s one role she loves best: being a mom to her six-year-old son Nate.

Regine and Nate - who love to spend time just talking to one another about anything and everything under the sun - are the newest members of the Jollibee family and the stars of the latest heartwarming Jolly Spaghetti TV ad.

In the commercial, Regine revisits a familiar scene - a full concert auditorium with thousands of adoring fans - with a sweet-sarap surprise backstage for Nate. The ad goes on to show us special everyday moments between mother and son, with Regine narrating how being a mom has shed new light on day-to-day situations.

This is not the first time Regine and Nate worked on an endorsement together, but she believes that this one with Jollibee is the most special. “The storyboard is so touching and very personal. It shows my different roles as Regine, but it also shows that my greatest one is being a mom, which is the most difficult yet most fulfilling role I have to play,” Regine shared.




Upon first review of the storyboard, Regine said: “Umiyak talaga ako. I said, “pinag-isipan talaga nila.” I’ve never done anything like this, a commercial that celebrates my being a career woman and a mom.

Asia’s Songbird also shared that this Jollibee ad is inspired by her real life and her thoughts about being a mom. “In the ad, there’s a line where I say “sa lahat ng kinantahan ko, ikaw lang ‘ang nakatulog.” That’s true talaga! He really sleeps whenever I sing to him. It’s like they captured our real lives!” she said.

Another scene in the commercial that made Regine emotional is when she sings the lines “Pangako magmula ngayon, tayong dalawa ang magkasama,” which is lifted from one of her platinum hits “Pangako.” This song holds special meaning to the songstress as it was composed by her husband Ogie Alcasid.


Mommy Regine and Son Nate Sweet-Sarap Bonding Moments

Since she gave birth to Nate in 2011, Regine has slowed down her professional life to spend more time with her son. The first seven years are the most crucial to a child’s development, as studies show, and the Songbird is determined to make the most of it.

One of their favorite bonding activities is to talk to each other before bed. “He always has a lot of kwento for me at night,” Regine said. “He would always say, “Mommy, last kwento,” but this last story would go on for 20 minutes! But honestly, that’s the highlight of my day. He really loves talking.”

We also play with toys but they’re not really toys,” Nate shared. “It’s called amenities!

He loves hotel supplies like toothbrushes,” Regine explains. “So one time when I was traveling, I brought everything back home to him. He was so happy, akala mo binigyan ko ng special gift. To him, it was really special because he knows I remembered him. I then realized, you can buy your child all the toys you can think of, but what they really want is more time with you.”

Regine’s realization is not lost on Nate, who - despite his parents’ celebrity status - prefers simple bonding activities like going on picnics and playing with Regine and Ogie. To make these bonding moments even sweeter and more fun, there’s always the sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti to bring more flavor to the Alcasid family’s special time together.

When it’s time for merienda, he would say “I want one Jolly Spaghetti, two Chickenjoy legs, and two fries.” When I’m not at home, he would ask to order Jollibee and pay for it with his own money! Hindi niya ako hihintayin!” Regine candidly shared.

The Jolly Spaghetti is so yummy!” the six-year-old exclaimed. “It’s sweet and cheesy and I can eat a lot of it!

It’s no wonder why Nate - and other Pinoy kids - love Jolly Spaghetti. The al dente noodles are topped with Jollibee’s unique sweet-sarap sauce, meaty hotdog slices, and a generous sprinkling of grated cheese.

The Jolly Spaghetti’s unique sweet-sarap, flavors have always had a distinctive place in the hearts of Filipino kids and kids-at-heart, because moments spent with loved ones over a plate of Jolly Spaghetti are made sweeter, more fun, and more special,” said Cathleen Capati, Jollibee Marketing Director. “Regine and Nate’s story is not only heartwarming but also relatable to millions of Filipinos.”

Like Regine and Nate, make your family bonding moments more special with the sweet-sarap na walang katulad Jolly Spaghetti. The Jolly Spaghetti Solo retails for only P50.00* and the Jolly Spaghetti Family Pan (good for four to five persons) for P199.00*. Both are available in all Jollibee stores nationwide for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru.

For more information on your Jollibee favorites and promos, like the Jollibee Philippines Facebook page and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

* Prices may vary across different locations.

"The Gil in the Spider's Web" Reveals Cast Photos

Director Fede Álvarez with Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, and Stephen Merchant of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” in Stockholm on April 13, 2018, upon completion of principal photography.

Sony Pictures has unveiled the first official cast photos for the upcoming psychological thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web as the main cast led by Claire Foy and director Fede Alvarez participated in a photo call in Stockholm to celebrate completion of principal photography.

Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller written by David Lagercrantz. Golden Globe winner Claire Foy, the star of Netflix's The Crown, will play the outcast vigilante defender under the direction of Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe; the screenplay adaptation is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu.

The Girl in the Spider's Web will be the first in the best-selling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaptation. The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a remake of the Swedish film. It became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, taking in over $230 million worldwide.

The studio continues its development of the next book in the Millennium series, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, which was released recently. Sony's Columbia Pictures retains the rights to all future Millennium Series books.

The Millennium Series is a worldwide bestseller, with the four books selling over 86 million copies since their debut.

The Girl in the Spider's Web will be distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

GMA Network Wins 8 Medals and 4 Finalist Certificates at the 2018 New York Festivals


GMA Network sets another record in Philippine broadcast history, this time bringing home eight medals and four finalist certificates at the 2018 New York Festivals “World’s Best TV and Films” Competition - including a gold medal for GMA News TV’s Reel Time. The awarding ceremony was held in Las Vegas, U.S.A. last April 10.

Documentary program Reel Time won the gold medal in the Health/Medical Information category for its “Hawla (The Untold Story of the Village Monster)” episode. Hawla featured the story of Nene, a woman kept in a cage because of her psychological condition.

Another Reel Time documentary, meanwhile, earned the country one of its two silver medals this year. The episode “Gutom (Starved)” about two-year-old Roel - who, because of extreme malnourishment, could not walk, much less crawl at his age, won in the Human Concerns category. Both winning Reel Time documentaries were executive produced by Mark Anthony Norella.

Alaala: A Martial Law Special” also won a silver award. The special, which was recognized in the Docudrama category, featured the journey of Martial Law activist and award-winning screenwriter Bonifacio Ilagan. Aired in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of President Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, the special was bannered by Kapuso actor Alden Richards who played the role of Boni.

With eight medals and four finalist certificates, GMA gives the Philippines its biggest medal haul to date in New York Festivals

Marking another first for the country was GMA News Pillar Jessica Soho winning the bronze medal in the Best News Anchor category. Soho was the first and only Filipino broadcast journalist to date, who made it to the list.

GMA Public Affairs earned three more bronze medals for the country. Documentary program Front Row won a bronze medal in the Best Public Affairs Program category. Its winning episode “Batang Bomba (Bomb Pickers)” told the story of Aeta children who pick up detonated bombs to earn money.

Meanwhile, investigative program Reporter’s Notebook received a bronze medal in the Community Portraits category for Maki Pulido’s “Yapak sa Pusod ng Dagat (Footsteps on the Bed)”. It featured the story of Filipinos who risk their lives diving into the ocean without proper equipment in the hope of mining gold that they could sell.

GMA News TV program Brigada also took home a bronze medal in the Current Affairs category for its report on “Combat Camera Team”. The special report by Marisol Abdurahman and Raffy Tima detailed the operation of Philippine Army’s Scout Ranger Batallion in Marawi City using combat cameras.

The Network’s Program Support Department also won a bronze medal for “EDSA 31st Anniversary Spot”. The said project won in the Graphic Design: Promotion/Open and IDs category.

Along with these, GMA Network also took home four finalist certificates.

The country’s longest-running documentary program, I-Witness, received two Finalist Certificates: one in the Human Concerns category for Kara David’s “Sundalong Aso (Soldiers with Paws)” and another in the International Affairs category for Atom Araullo’s “Silang Kinalimutan (The Forgotten)”.

GMA News TV’s flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho also earned a finalist certificate for Best Newscast through its “Marawi Liberation: War is Over” coverage.

Rounding off the recognitions GMA received this year was its Program Support Department’s “Kulayan Natin ang Summer (Colorful Summer)”, which received a finalist certificate in the Art Direction: Promotion/Open and IDs category.

Pinoys in US and Canada Thrilled to See Alden Richards, Dennis Trillo, Jennylyn Mercado, Dingdong Dantes in Sikat Ka, Kapuso! Concert


GMA Pinoy TV’s Sikat Ka, Kapuso! was a huge hit among Filipinos abroad as the back-to-back shows featuring Kapuso Drama King Dennis Trillo, Ultimate Star Jennylyn Mercado, Kapuso Premier Drama Actress Lovi Poe, Pambansang Bae Alden Richards, Kapuso comedian Betong Sumaya, and Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes took New Jersey and Toronto by storm.

The shows held at the Newark Symphony Hall, New Jersey last April 7 and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto last April 8 were flocked by excited Pinoys who came from different parts of America and Canada. Fans travelled all the way from New York, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, St. Laurent and Montreal, Ottawa, and Windsor just to see their Kapuso idols perform on stage and get the chance to take photos with them.

 


The Kapuso abroad also took to social media how much they enjoyed watching Sikat Ka Kapuso! which became a trending topic over the long weekend.

"One of the best shows I've watched in years,” Joyce Andes-David wrote on Facebook. “[It was] filled with fun, laughter and such wonderful talent and all out performances. Grabe! We're still talking about it!"

Very entertaining. We were laughing from beginning to end!" said Marilyn Gacilos Abiva from Queens, New York.

Jocelyn Escanlar, a GMA Pinoy TV subscriber from Cambridge, Ontario, wrote that even though they always see the artists in their respective TV programs, seeing them in real life is a totally different experience. “We knew they were tired because of their hectic schedule/jet lag and yet their performance level was very high,” she said.

“The experience we had is something that we wish for every Filipino / Filipino at heart to have. Even though it was cold in Toronto and we are far away from the Philippines, the show made us feel like we were back home. It was a night that we truly enjoyed and will not easily forget. Thanks to GMA for bringing them to Toronto, Canada,” Jocelyn added.

Instagram user @mahalo005, meanwhile, said “I’m so happy! Worth it pagpunta ko dito, galling pa ako sa Texas. Thank you Kapuso napakabait nilang lahat. @aldenrichards02, di ka pa rin nagbabago mabait at gwapo ka pa rin! I had so much fun! Thank you Betong, Dennis, Jennylyn, Dingdong, Alden, I love you Kapuso!”

Twitter user Ems noted the positive things about the show. “Ganda ng team work ng 6 artists, they blend well. Ganda ng repertoire ng show. Nanonood sila ng TOTGA. I heard screaming Liam and Alex both in New Jersey and Toronto. The audience enjoyed the show. Congratulations! @gmapinoytv,” she said.

The Kapuso artists, despite the cold weather, tirelessly prepared for the shows and gave their all to provide the Kapuso brand of quality entertainment. They offered a variety of song and dance numbers that reminded the audience of home as well as laughter and kilig that the crowd surely loved.

Dennis expressed his gratitude to his fellow Pinoys for the warmth they received during their brief stay in the East Coast. “Kung gaano po kalamig dito, ganun naman kainit ang pagtanggap ninyo sa amin. Salamat po, mga Kapuso!

Jennylyn also thanked everyone who supported their shows. “Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng mga nagpunta. Sa uulitin! Magkita-kita po tayo!

Lovi was nothing but grateful for the love and energy that the audience gave her during their show. “That was amazing. Napawi pagod namin sa inyo. Maraming salamat, mga Kapuso!

On the other hand, Alden said that spending time with his supporters in the US and Canada was his way of saying thanks to them. “We’re very happy to see them. Maraming salamat at sana makabalik po kami, napakainit ng pagtanggap ninyo sa amin,” he said.

Betong said seeing the venue filled with an excited crowd really made him forget about his jetlag. “Ibang iba yung pagtanggap nila sa amin, lalo na nung pag-labas namin sa stage, ang daming tao! Binigyan ako ng energy boost ng mga tao! Sana hindi po ito ang ating una at huling pagkikita and please subscribe sa GMA Pinoy TV para lagi kayong amazing!,” said Betong.

Lastly, Dingdong acknowledged the Kapuso abroad for coming together to enjoy the concert with them. “Alam ko marami sa atin ang napapasaya ng GMA Pinoy TV, mga Kapuso of all ages. Thank you mga Kapuso! Sana makauwi kayo sa Pinas very soon!

Sikat Ka, Kapuso! is a GMA-produced event which aims to bring Filipinos abroad closer to home via its international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International.

Partner carriers in the US and Canada also joined the party. Representatives from Charter Communications and RCN attended the New Jersey show while Canadian carriers Bell and Rogers set up booths at the Toronto show.

For more updates on Kapuso events abroad, follow GMA Pinoy TV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@gmapinoytv), and visit the GMA Pinoy TV official website at www.gmapinoytv.com.

Meet Captain Barbell, Darna, and Lastikman in New Mobile Game App "Pinoy Komiks Heroes Battle"


ABS-CBN, in partnership with Xeleb Technologies, launches its newest mobile game, “Pinoy Komiks Heroes Battle,” featuring the most iconic superheroes from Mars Ravelo’s comics series -- Captain Barbell, Darna, and Lastikman.

“Pinoy Komiks Heroes Battle” is a challenging puzzle game wherein players have to complete level goals within a limited number of moves. Successful moves have users fighting side by side with Darna, Captain Barbell, and Lastikman as they square off with their infamous foes and nemeses such as Valentina, Babaeng Lawin, Don Ramon, and Prof. Sixto.

Actress Anne Curtis, one of Xeleb’s co-owners, shared that users will love to play this game with the famous Pinoy superheroes. “We Filipinos grew up with Darna, Captain Barbel and Lastikman,” the actress said. “That is why it is really exciting to battle alongside them in this new game.”

Another Xeleb shareholder, “Matanglawin” host Kim Atienza, also added that comics is already part of the Filipinos’ way of life. “It’s great to have this kind of game today since comics is a huge part of the Filipino culture,” kuya Kim shared.

 

The new game also includes mystery boxes that players can collect by matching tiles beside it for a chance to win in-game currency or real world prizes*.

The “Pinoy Komiks Heroes Battle” mobile game was recently previewed at the ABS-CBN booth in the ComicCon Asia 2018 held at the SMX Convention Center.

Explore the world of Pinoy superheroes in the new app, available for download via Google Play and the W00T Android App Market.

*As per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 18281 Series of 2018

"Busted," Netflix's First Original Korean Variety Show Premieres on May 4


Netflix has revealed its first key art for Busted!, a new Netflix Original K-variety, which will be released globally to Netflix members on May 4. In the key art, the 7 bumbling detectives all show surprise and shock in their own way over a mysterious person lying down on the floor, showing a preview of some of the challenges they face and solve in Busted!

The show features an all-star cast of 7 bumbling detectives including Yoo Jae-suk, Ahn Jae-wook, Kimg Jong-min, Lee Kwang-soo, Park Min-young, Sehun(Exo), and Sejeong(Gugudan), along with appearances from numerous guest stars in each of the episodes. It has also teamed up with producers Cho Hyo-jin, Jang Hyuk-jae, and Kim Ju-hyung who have taken part in popular K-variety shows such as Running Man, X-Man, and Family Outing.

Busted! will release 2 episodes per week over a five week period and will be available exclusively to Netflix members on May 4. 

"A Quiet Place" Roars at No. 1 in U.S. Box-Office with $50.3-M


Paramount Pictures' thriller A Quiet Place thundered to a smash No.1 opening at the U.S. weekend box office, with a massive $50.3 million in 3,508 theaters.

That marks the second highest domestic opening of the year to date behind only Black Panther.

Directed and co-written by John Krasinski who also stars alongside Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place has garnered rave reviews, currently holding an solid 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a B+ CinemaScore.

Paramount’s president of domestic distribution Kyle Davies, attributed the film’s success to positive word of mouth. “There was a lot of momentum going into the weekend that never stopped,” Davies said. “John Krasinski has emerged as an incredible filmmaker with a story that’s simple, but has clearly resonated with audiences.

In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

Paramount Pictures in association with Michael Bay presents a Platinum Dunes Production of A Quiet Place, directed by John Krasinski and starring Emily Blunt, Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe. The screenplay is by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski from a story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck. The producers are Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller and the executive producers are Celia Costas, Krasinski, Allyson Seeger, Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and Aaron Janus.

In Philippine cinemas April 11, A Quiet Place is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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April 6, 2018

"Patay Na Si Hesus" (Jesus Is Dead) RIP. OTW. LOL. Showing in U.S. Theaters Starting April 6


“Patay Na Si Hesus” (Jesus is Dead) may not exactly appear like it’s the most apropos movie for the current Easter season.

Because it’s not. And it’s not about that Jesus either.

So, y’all can chill when it comes to U.S. theaters starting tomorrow, April 6, in 11 cities in California, Nevada, Illinois and New Jersey.

A darling of film festivals, “Patay Na Si Hesus” won the Audience Choice and Gender Sensitivity Awards when it debuted late 2016 at the QCinema International Film Festival and the Jury’s Choice Award at the 2017 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Festival of Filipino Films) of the Film Development Council of the Philippines. It won the Star Awards Indie Movie Screenwriters of the Year for Moira Lang (formerly Raymond Lee) and Fatrick Tabada and FAP Awards for Best Supporting Actress for Chai Fonacier. It has played at the 1st Cinematografo International Film Festival in San Francisco, Seattle Twist Festival, Toronto Reel Asian Festival and Cambodia International Film Festival.

One thing in common about theaters that screened this movie, which by the way, is in a Filipino dialect called Cebuano (not Tagalog)?  They were packed.  And theatergoers almost died… laughing.

No worries for those who will watch starting tomorrow: this original crazy rib-tickler will have English subtitles.

The film stars Jaclyn Jose, the first Filipina to win Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for the dark and gritty, “Ma’ Rosa” in 2016.  She plays Maria Fatima or Iyay for short. Joining her are Chai Fonacier as Jude, Melde Montanez as Jay, Vincent Viado as Hubert, among others.



Oh, yes, there is this cuddly canine named Judas. But don’t ask who played Jesus.

So, what’s going on in this film? Iyay got her three adult kids together on a long drive from Cebu to Dumaguete (think about 5 hours of driving).  The reason? To attend the funeral of Iyay’s long-estranged husband and father of her kids named Hesus.  The eldest child, Hubert, has Down’s syndrome.  The middle child, Judith Marie is a lesbian/trans man named Jude.  The youngest child, Jay, is a jobless bum.  With Judas the dog and their crazy aunt, Lucy, they all squeezed into their trusty minivan for one life-changing road trip guaranteed to make the viewers cackle, giggle and guffaw from all the hilarious banter and absurdity that go on.  But viewers might need a tissue or two for tears because this is one family story that will also touch hearts.

ReelAdvice.net wrote:

Quirky, offensive and hilarious are words that easily describe "Patay na si Hesus". The film mixes comedy and drama perfectly into a volatile, unique and in-your-face experience. This is one road movie you wouldn't want to pass up.”

Kudos to director Victor Villanueva, the cast and crew.

For theater information on “Patay Na Si Jesus”, visit http://mytfc.com/my-tfc/movies/theaters

March 31, 2018

Experience TEFAL and Enjoy Life at the Comfort of Your Home

True to its commitment to redefine the Filipino lifestyle through quality, efficient and innovative home and kitchen appliances, Tefal Appliance Philippines launches "Experience Tefal a campaign that aims to provide the Filipinos with infinite opportunities to enjoy life in the comfort of their own homes. 

Regarded as a world leader in small domestic appliances, Tefal prides itself for being home to some of the biggest innovations in Kitchen Appliances. You can now serve perfectly cooked rice with Tefal rice cookers which have extra durable CERAMIC pot and diamond-shaped pattern, responsible for even heat diffusion - resulting in tasty and fluffy rice. Aside from the durable ceramic pot, each Tefal rice cooker offers unique and smartcooking programs – allowing the user to prepare quick, healthy and happy meals every day.  

Summer is just around the corner and staying fit, fab and refreshed will be easier with Tefal blenders. Tefal has blenders that use Tripl'ax Technology – 6 blades with 3 combined actions (Cyclone Booster, Extreme Mixing and Chunks Killer) for 1 ultimate blending. Those who are still looking for a blender, perfect for all types of ingredients, Tefal Tripl'ax blender is absolutely the right choice. 

Surviving each season in style is possible with Tefal irons and garment steamers. Tefal's Durilium Technology is another breakthrough that gives the iron's soleplate superior scratch resistance and unrivalled glideability – making ironing faster, easier and fun. Tefal also produces garment steamers – ideal for yuppies and fashionistas who always want to keep up withfashion and style. 

"We need a brand that could effectively help us meet the enormous demands of today's fast-paced world. Luckily, we have Tefal small domestic appliances designed to make each chore a worthwhile experience," shares Chef Jonas Ng, Tefalbrand ambassador. 

Learn more about #ExperienceTefal. Visit www.facebook.com/tefalappliancephilippines today.

TFCU Talks Aims to Connect, Inspire, Empower the Youth in Australia

Coming from its successful first international leg in Manila last March 2017, TFCU Talks now flies to Sydney, Australia for the very first "TFCU Talks Sydney", happening on April 7 at the Ballroom of Blacktown Workers Club (55 Campbell St. Blacktown New South Wales, Australia).

 

TFCU is an initiative which aims to connect, inspire, and empower Filipino college students and young professionals through the TFCU Talks event, which features industry professionals and personalities who share their stories that will help the Filipino youth realize their full potential while embracing their cultural identity.

 

There have been a series of TFCU Talks already held in the United States, which are the "TFCU Breaking the Mold" in Long Beach, California; "TFCU Talks Seattle: Live Your Legacy" in Seattle, Washington; "TFCU Talks Carson: Rise Up" in Carson, California; "TFCU Talks San Jose: Breakthrough to Greatness" in San Jose, California; the most recent "TFCU Talks Davis: Embracing Identity" in Davis, California; and happening soon is the "TFCU Talks New York City: Visionary Leadership" in New York City. 

 

TFCU Talks has created a positive buzz one talk after the other, with its reputable speakers who are the likes of Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race" season four winner Lanai Tabura, singer-musician-songwriter-recording-artist AJ Rafael, and tech entrepreneur and adventure journalist Garrett Gee of "The Bucket List Family."

 

On its second international leg happening this year, "TFCU Talks Sydney" anchors on the themePursuing Your Passion and taps the young Filipino-Australians by featuring three industry professionals who went out of their comfort zones and discovered their full potential.

 

Eman Rodriguez

 

At the young age of 12, Eman Rodriguez already knew his passion – breakdancing. He kept honing his skills, until he decided to join "So You Think You Can Dance" season 2 in 2009. Even if he did not make the final cut, Rodriguez kept going after his dream. He joined the dance group Justice Crew to compete in "Australia's Got Talent" in 2010, where they were hailed the season's champion. This opened door of opportunities for them, such as a record contract under Sony Music where they had several platinum hit singles.

 

After leaving the group to pursue a solo career, Rodriguez focused on developing his talents to fulfill his dream of being a multi-skilled entertainer. One of the skills he worked on is hosting, which he exhibited at the "10th BC ONE World Breakdancing Competition" and his YouTube show "REEL."

 

Aside from music and breakdancing, Rodriguez' other passion is football and in 2017, he joined the Philippine rugby football team "Philippine Volcanoes" to represent the country in different international competitions.

 

Gretchen Ho

 

People first took notice of Gretchen Ho in 2008 when she joined and became one of the star players of Ateneo Lady Eagles, the volleyball team of the prestigious Philippine university Ateneo de Manila University. Aside from the scholarship, Ho joined the squad to prove to her parents that she can juggle her responsibilities as a student while still pursuing her passion in sports.

 

After she graduated in 2013, Ho tried her luck in the news and entertainment industry in the Philippines where she discovered her gift and spunk for hosting. It may be a far cry from her image as an athlete, but eventually she learned the ropes. Now, Ho has several regular hosting stints in ABS-CBN's news programs like "Umagang Kay Ganda (A Beautiful Morning)," "TV Patrol," and ANC's lifestyle program "Modern Girls."

 

Marco Andre Selorio

 

Marco Andre Selorio is the man behind some of the popular dance competitions in Australia.Selorio is not new to the entertainment industry as he once was part of the children's show "Kulit Bulilit" (Curious Kids) in the Philippines. His acting career was cut short when his family migrated to Australia.

 

There he focused on his studies and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Commerce and Economics. He launched HOOPDREAMZ, a business that started by sending out newsletters for Sydney Kings basketball team. Eventually, it evolved into a company that organizes events that serve as platform for budding artists to showcase their talents, like the globally renowned "World Supremacy Battle Grounds" and the "GROOVE" street dance competition.

 

"TFCU Talks Sydney" will also feature an exciting performance from Eman Rodriguez with the JMA Dance Crew, choreographed by Maurice June. June is one of the founders of JMA Entertainment, the talent agency behind the popular Australian dance group Justice Crew.

 

"We are really excited to inspire the young people of Australia. We want to remind those who attend TFCU Talks Sydney that by living out their potential and pursuing their passions they can truly make a positive difference in the world," said Romeo Marquez Jr., TFCU Program Director.

 

Experience an afternoon filled with inspiring stories that will fuel your desire to fulfill your dreams at "TFCU Talks Sydney", happening on April 7, at the Ballroom of Blacktown Workers Club (55 Campbell St. Blacktown New South Wales, Australia).

 

Register now by visiting https://tfcutalkssydney.eventbrite.co.uk. Limited slots are available.

 

For more details about the event, visit facebook.com/TFCAustraliaConnect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

Netflix and Formula 1 Announce Exclusive Docu-Series



Formula 1 and Netflix are proud to announce a season-long collaboration culminating in an original docu-series of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Cham pionship, to be screened in early 2019.


This Netflix original series will be the first to truly immerse the audience inside the cockpits, the paddock and the lives of the key players in Formula 1. The series will have unparalleled and exclusive access to the world's fastest drivers, team principals and owners, as well as Formula 1's own management team.


Netflix has commissioned 10 episodes from the 2018 season, and the production team will film and reveal the intense fight for the heart, soul, and direction for the future of this multibillion-dollar business.


This series will be executive-produced by Academy-Award winner James Gay Rees (Senna) and Paul Martin for Box to Box Films. Sophie Todd will be the showrunner.


"This partnership with Formula 1 furthers our mission of working with world-class brands and production partners to produce best-in-class unscripted series," said Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Content for Netflix.


"Formula 1 is a global sport that we are actively repositioning from a motorsport company to a media and entertainment brand," Sean Bratches, F1 Managing Director of Commercial Operations said. "The agreement with Netflix serves to chronicle the fascinating story of what transpires behind the scenes during a grand prix season. This is a perspective of the sport that has yet to be unveiled to fans around the world. This series will unleash a compelling vantage point to the sport that will delight fans and serve as a catalyst to entice new fans."


Added Ian Holmes, Director of Media rights: "We are delighted to welcome a Netflix Original to Formula 1, a brand which has screened so many successful productions. This collaboration represents a new way of capturing our sport in all of its exciting aspects. There is nothing like F1, its layers of engineering complexity, allied to the enormity of human endeavour required to get through a Grand Prix season. The chance to present our sport through Netflix, to their worldwide audience, in an original and unique format, is something that we are very much looking forward to. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase F1 and attract new fans to the sport."

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.

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