Wednesday, April 18, 2018

JoshLia Stands Up Against Online Bashing in New OPPO F7 TVC



If there's anyone who has had more than their fair share of online hate, it would be popular celebrities who came of age in the social media generation, just like Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia. "Bashers," or individuals who seem to gain pleasure in leaving unsavory commentaries on social media, often flock to high-profile accounts like those of Barretto, Garcia, and other showbiz personalities.

 

Barretto, who belongs to an oft-controversial celebrity clan, is used to seeing nasty messages and comments disparaging her looks, talents, and personality online. She has had countless bashers tell her that she might have had work done on her face, that there is no talent behind her pretty face, and that she's another vain artista. Barretto confronts these negative statements in her new commercial for the OPPO F7, where she is joined by Garcia to convey an uplifting message.

 

"This project with OPPO is so timely," she said. "Standing up against online bashing is something that Joshua and I feel is relevant because the audience will be able to relate to it. I think a lot of them are curious about how celebrities deal with negativity directed at us online. I'm so glad that OPPO has allowed us to share this story with more people."

 

"Nangyayari talaga 'to sa amin," agreed Garcia. "And the message of the commercial is really uplifting because people might say a lot of bad things about you online, but you shouldn't feel bad about yourself because the people who know you in real life will know the real deal, the real story, and will always value you for being who you really are."

 

Capture the Real You

 

 

The teen love team—who have made fans swoon over their romantic films Vince & Kath & James, Love You to the Stars and Back, and Unexpectedly Yours—are part of OPPO Philippines' impressive roster of endorsers. Barretto and Garcia are the stars of the mobile leader's latest campaign which highlights its upcoming flagship OPPO F7.

 

"For me, the F7 ang pinaka-magandang model ng OPPO to date," Garcia shared. "All the features we want in a smartphone, they brought together in one unit."

 

The features that Barretto and Garcia love the most in the OPPO F7 are the best-in-class 25MP front camera for the most flattering and natural selfies, the advanced AI Beauty 2.0 Technology, and the Super Full Screen for a truly immersive mobile experience.

 

Apart from the impressive features of this new flagship smartphone, OPPO got Julia and Joshua on board with the line "Capture the Real you"—a message that the two young celebrities related to.

 

Barretto said: "This is the first time that I had a project that tackled this reality, and it's one that empowered us to voice out how we really feel about online bashing."

 

OPPO Public Relations Maanger, Eason de Guzman is also happy to have the love team as the faces of its newest campaign. "Julia and Joshua are among the hottest stars in the country, but that popularity comes with a price. We're glad to have them in the OPPO family and to have them speak their mind against online bashing and promote our philosophy of capturing the real you to a wider audience."

 

 

'They should stop'

To their credit, the love team does not reciprocate the hate they receive from bashers.

 

"I feel like the bashers should stop. Their lives will be more positive if they follow the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Focus on yourself, improve, and figure out how you can be a better person. For those suffering from online bashing, it's a waste of energy to dwell on the negativity. Shrug it off. You know who you are and don't let other people tell you otherwise," Barretto advised.

 

"We can't really stop the bashers from doing what they want," Garcia thoughtfully replied to his on-screen partner's statement. "But I suggest that bashers think of their victims. You should get to know them, what they go through, before typing something mean. Madali mamintasthan finding good things to say to a person. For the online bashing victims, the people who matter most will always love you for who you really are. Sabi nga ng OPPO, capture the real you."

 

 

The new OPPO F7 is priced at PhP 17,990.00 and will be available for pre-order in all OPPO stores and authorized reseller starting April 12 to April 20, 2018. Capture the real you with OPPO and let the world know that you stand with Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia against online bashing by liking OPPO Philippines' official Facebook page and following @OPPOPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram. Customers are also encouraged to check out the OPPO Philippines official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/  for special promos and upcoming roadshow schedules about the new OPPO F7.


ABS-CBN Wins Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals at 2018 New York Festivals

ABS-CBN DocuCentral's documentary "'Di Ka Pasisiil" on the Marawi siege won a Gold World Medal at the 2018 New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films (NYF), leading the Kapamilya winners in the prestigious competition.

 

Reporters Jeff Canoy and Chiara Zambrano received the award in a ceremony held in Las Vegas, USA yesterday (April 10). The documentary won the top award in the category of Coverage of a Continuing News Story.

 

The country's leading media and entertainment company also won a Silver World Medal in the Cinematography category for the documentary "Local Legends: Bandurria" of ANC, and a Bronze World Medal in the Station/Image Promotion category for ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management's "To Love and To Serve" campaign.

 

In his Twitter post, Jeff dedicated their award to their fellow reporters and soldiers and civilians in Marawi, where he and Chiara broke news from the warzone.

 

"Still surreal. This Gold World Medal from the New York Festivals is for our troops who fought the fight, for the people of Marawi who continue to show us courage & for our fellow Filipino journalists who continue to tell our stories like only we can," Jeff stated.

 

Chiara also vowed to continue following their stories as they heal from the physical, mental, and emotional wounds brought to them by the war.

 

"This award we share with all of these heroes, and this is also our commitment to them that we will stick by them and continue to tell their stories as they rebuild their lives," she said in her acceptance speech.

 

"Di Ka Pasisiil" first aired at 3:30pm on August 13, 2017, three months after the siege of Marawi began. The documentary told stories about how the war changed the landscape in the Islamic state and how the government's brave soldiers defended Marawi from the terror group.

 

A "Mukha" episode of the same title, which featured personal accounts of Jeff and Chiara as they covered the war, also made it as finalist in the NY Festivals.

 

ANC's "Local Legends: Bandurria," meanwhile, focused on the life and craft of a master guitar-maker in Pampanga, while "To Love and To Serve" poetically expressed the love of a "Kapamilya," and how ABS-CBN is committed to serve Filipinos through its various services and products.

 

These NY Festival awards add to the growing number of recognitions received by ABS-CBN News in 2018 for its programs, campaigns, anchors, and journalists.


Recently, ABS-CBN won Best TV Station at the Eastern Visayas State University-Ormoc City Campus (EVSU-OCC) Student's Choice Mass Media awards for the fourth time. Of the 17 awards given, the Kapamilya network also took home eleven trophies including Best News Program for "TV Patrol," Best Morning Show for "Umagang Kay Ganda," and Most Influential Public Service host for "Failon Ngayon" host Ted Failon.

 

Acclaimed Thriller “A Quiet Place” Grosses P41.7


Paramount Pictures' A Quiet Place posted a five-day opening weekend gross of P41.7 million in the Philppines, becoming the studio's second most successful launch for a horror-thriller, after 2013's World War Z.


Arriving with some of the year's most positive reviews, the Emily Blunt-starrer directed by her real-life husband, John Krasinski, has riveted local film critics with some already calling it "the year's best horror-thriller."


American reviewers have also likened it's success to that of the Oscar-winning thriller Get Out, and there is already talks of possible Academy Awards nominations next year.


In the U.S., A Quiet Place earned an additional $32.9 million in its second week of release, bringing its cumulative domestic gross to an impressive $100 million.


"The speed with which 'A Quiet Place' has raced to the $100 million mark is a testament to the film's ongoing appeal and a result of terrific word of mouth," said Paul Dergarabedian, a film analyst at comScore.


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.


A Quiet Place is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


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ABS-CBN Wins 24 Awards Including Best TV Station at the Platinum Stallion Media Awards

 

ABS-CBN, the country's leading media and entertainment company, dominated the Platinum Stallion Media awards at the Trinity University of Asia, as it won its 4th Best TV Station from the award-giving body, on top of 23 more awards.

 

"Wildflower" won best primetime TV series while its  cast scored a number of awards including best TV actress for Maja Salvador,  best supporting actress for Aiko Melendez and best supporting actor for RK Bagatsing. Screen veteran Tirso Cruz III took home the award for Trinitian Media Practitioner for Television while Joseph Marco won a special citation for Trinitian Media Personality for 2018.

 

Coco Martin took home the best actor award for his performance in hit primetime series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano." "Maalaala Mo Kaya" won best drama anthology.

 

"Gandang Gabi Vice" won best celebrity talk show, while host Vice Ganda won best celebrity talk show host. "I Can See Your Voice" won best game show while its host Luis Manzano also won best game show host, and "It's Showtime" won best variety show while regular host Anne Curtis won best TV host.

 

"La Luna Sangre" leads Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo won best male TV personality and best female personality, respectively.

 

In the movie categories, Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga were recognized for their performances in Star Cinema's "Last Night," each winning the award for Best Film Actor and Actress.

 

For AM radio, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630's"Failon Ngayon" also took home the award for Best AM Radio program.

 

Four of the network's young personalities took home Trinitian Special Awards. Joshua Garcia won youth character model of the Year, whileIñigo Pascual won music outbreak artist of the year. Hashtag and It's Showtime's Paolo Angeles won Trinitian Media Practitioner of the Year as host-comedian Alex Gonzaga took home the award female YouTuber of the year.

 

The fourth Trinity University of Asia's Platinum Stallion Media Awards aims to honor the contributions of individuals and groups in shaping the media industry in the Philippines.  Winners were chosen by the university's students, alumni, faculty, staff, and stakeholders. The Platinum Stallion marks ABS-CBN's sixth Best TV Station award from various award giving bodies in 2018 alone, including the Paragala, Aral-Parangal,  GEMS, EVSU-OCC, and Batarisan awards.


Coco Martin’s MMFF Blockbuster “Ang Panday” Debuts on TV this Weekend


Primetime King Coco Martin once again wields his sword via the 2017 MMFF box office hit "Ang Panday" as the movie debuts on television this weekend, April 21-22, on ABS-CBN TVplus' KBO, now available to all networks. 

 

"Ang Panday" follows Flavio III (Martin), grandson of the original Panday, who grows up on the streets of Tondo. He gets caught up in gang fights but decides to change after getting released from prison. When the world needs the Panday the most, Flavio takes on the challenge by looking for the Panday, and wields it to defeat the forces of evil.

 

Martin said in earlier interviews about the movie that he did not set a budget for the film because he wanted to give moviegoers a worthwhile experience, "gusto ko sulit ang tao pagnanood sila."

 

Also available this weekend using any SIM from all networks are "The Love Affair," "Woke Up Like This," "Pwera Usog," and "Bromance: My Brother's Romance."

 

You may register using any prepaid or postpaid SIM. For prepaid, just load up (Globe, TM, Smart, Sun, TNT, or ABS-CBNmobile SIM) with P30; press the green / INFO button on your TVplus box remote to get your box ID; then text KBO30 APR21<TVplus box ID> to 2366.

 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Julius and Rhea Wheelchair Dance Pilipinas Got Talent Semi-Finals Performance


Julius Obrero and Rhea Marquez made all the judges stand with their breathtaking, pang world class performance on Sunday's semi-finals episode of "Pilipinas Got Talent".




Julius and Rhea will be joining Joven Olvido, DWC Aeon Flex, Kristel de Catalina, Bardilleranz, Xtreme Dancers, Nocturnal Dance Company and Orville Tonido in the grand finals.

Joven Olvido Pilipinas Got Talent Semi-Finals Performance


Joven Olvido, a tricycle driver from Laguna, made the "Pilipinas Got Talent" semifinals relying only on his wit, charming the judges, particularly Vice Ganda, with his funny comebacks.

Instead of folding under pressure, the show's surprise star reveled in his unpredictability, bringing the house down with a parody mix of all the routines of the audition round's golden-buzzer acts.


Saturday, 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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Friday, 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

Saturday, 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.

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