June 28, 2018

4 Fun Ways to Celebrate Pinoy Pop Culture


This Independence Day, celebrate Pinoy pop culture with some of the country’s well-loved comic icons - Mars Ravelo’s Captain Barbell, Darna, and Lastikman. Get into #OneLoveOnePinas, and awaken Pinoy pride with the rest of the country with fun, uniquely Filipino offerings.

Here are a few suggestions from The ABS-CBN Store to get into an upbeat mood this holiday:

1. TOW IN COURAGE THROUGH HERO-THEMED BAGS

Prepare your little one for school by upgrading to these bags and backpacks with cool graphic designs. These superhero-themed bags are sure to pump the kids’ spirits up and slash off the nerves in time for school. Better start the fan blood young.


 




2. FLAUNT YOUR FANDOM WITH PINOY KOMIKS HEROES SHIRTS AND NOVELTY ITEMS

Keep your closets and shelves up to date with these stylish tees. Cool Darna intimate apparel items are also on the menu. You may amp up your style with trinkets and watches, and use mugs and tumblers that would delight the fan in you.


 

3. BOND WITH ICONIC HEROES IN “PINOY KOMIKS HEROES BATTLE”

For Pinoys who grew up with Captain Barbell, Darna, and Lastikman - this new mobile app is both exciting and reminiscent to play. Relive the country’s comics era as you battle alongside fearless superheroes created by Mars Ravelo.

4. SLAY ENEMIES IN THE MIND-BOGGLING DARNA CARD GAME

Feel like outsmarting your friends? Challenge the whole gang through this awesome card game that features favorite comics characters such as Ding, Narda, Valentina, and (of course) Darna.


 

Kick off #OneLoveOnePinas with these distinctively Pinoy items, available at The ABS-CBN Store inside the ABS-CBN compound, pop-up stores in TriNoma and Glorietta, and online at store.abs-cbn.com. The “Pinoy Komiks Heroes Battle” app available for download via Google Play and the W00T Android App Market.

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Go Inside the "Waterloo" Scene in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" Movie


Take your special look behind the scenes of the “Waterloo” sequence from Universal Pictures’ upcoming romantic musical comedy Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Young Harry (Hugh Skinner) meets young Donna (Lily James) in a Napoleon Bonaparte-themed restaurant, and try to win her heart by serenading her, with what else, Waterloo!

Check out the featurette below and watch Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in Philippine cinemas July 18. 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/CL2gFoz_9XQ

Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again.

Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. The film’s original cast returns with new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver).

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, producers of the original film.  Craymer is also the creator and producer of the worldwide smash-hit stage musical. 

Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker.  Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.  Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Phyllida Lloyd, Richard Curtis and Nicky Kentish Barnes also serve as executive producers.

Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie are Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya.  Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.

As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna.  Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful).  Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/

SM Cinema Treats Kids to the Movies for Free Starting June 21 to December 4, 2018


Nothing beats seeing a movie with your little ones on the big screen. 

Now, kids and kids at heart can have a more exciting time seeing a movie with SM Cinema’s Kids Watch for Free!

SM Cinema’s Kids Watch For Free gives a complimentary movie pass to your kid for every movie ticket you purchase. With this, parents and guardians are given the chance to spend time watching their favorite animated movies with their kids for a cheaper cost.

Kids 4 feet and below in height can avail of the free movie ticket starting June 21 until December 4 this year.

Get your kid a free movie pass now and don’t miss the best superhero family in Incredibles 2 on June 21- 27. You can also avail of the free ticket movie for your kid in these upcoming animated movies: Richard the Stork on July 25 – 31, Teen Titans Go! and Christopher Robin on August 8 – 14, Wheely on September 12 – 18, Small Foot on October 3 – 9, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms on November 7 – 13, Luis and the Aliens on November 7 – 13, Marnie’s World 3D on November 14 – 20, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck it Ralph 2 on November 28 – December 4.

Enjoy watching blockbuster animated movies with free movie seats for your kids in SM Cinemas nationwide. Kids Watch For Free is also available on IMAX and Director’s Club. 

Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM Cinema on Instagram for updates!

Have a Shaka Saturday Spent at ASAP in Honolulu Pre-Show Event on June 3, 10AM


In just a few days, the island will witness the biggest gathering of over 30 of the brightest celebrities from the Philippines when ASAP, the longest running, top-rated weekly Filipino musical variety show, takes place at the Blaisdell Center this Saturday, June 30, 2018.

An ASAP in Honolulu ticket guarantees the holder entrance to the ASAP Marketplace where one can enjoy food, drinks, games, prizes and a lot of engaging activities, starting at 10:00 A.M. All these pre-show activities will be at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Place.

Various activities will be happening on the mini stage. Six families, chosen among registrants from the TFC Live App, will be showing off their creativity in the Ohana Lei Making Contest. Cash prizes will be given away, and they get bragging rights when their Leis are worn by the ASAP celebrities on stage.

There will be fun parlor games with lots of prizes, and the final judging for Kapamilya Ka-Face Mo lookalike contest.
 

Local performers will also get their turn to shine, adding that beautiful island flavor during the mini stage activities. Bingo is always a sure draw, and a very entertaining game for all generations to enjoy. Bingo prizes range from special gifts from TFC and backstage access for lucky winners, so be sure to sign up and join.
 

A variety of booths is arranged within the Marketplace that offer goods, services, and more entertaining activities.


There are also freebies and giveaways from various sponsors and exhibitors at the venue. For aspiring news reporters, Balitang America is holding on-ground auditions.
 

Ticketholders also get to experience the world of Bagani (Tagalog for Warrior), a Philippine television drama fantasy series set in a fictional world, via their special photo wall at the Marketplace. Select Bagani props are available to make your warrior poses more authentic-looking.
 

Tons of fun and surprises await spectators who drop by the Marketplace starting at 10:00 A.M. Take the ASAP in Honolulu experience to the next level by downloading the TFC Live Events App and completing registration, and get a free ASAP in Honolulu souvenir. Souvenirs may be claimed at the TFC Live App booth. Supplies are limited, so get them while they last.
 

Be there on June 30th at the Blaisdell Center for ASAP in Honolulu where you can experience four hours of spectacular entertainment from the ASAP Ohana, and be sure to come early and make the most of your day by checking out the ASAP Marketplace as early as 10:00 A.M.

June 27, 2018

"Seven Sundays" Wins Asia-Pacific Tambuli "Cinema for Good" Award


Star Cinema’s “Seven Sundays” was recognized for depicting the Filipino family values of understanding, forgiving, respect, unity, and love at the recent Asia-Pacific Tambuli Awards. Accepting the “Cinema for Good” special award were “Seven Sundays” screenwriter Kiko Abrillo, Rebisco senior vice president for Marketing Rey delos Reyes, ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc. Branded Entertainment Unit (BEU) head Thellie Castro-Palanisamy, Dwight Bercero of BEU-Cinema,  “Seven Sundays” screenwriter Jorell Gonzaga, and  Gines Sarangaya of Operations-Star Cinema, together with the film’s stars Ronaldo Valdez and Cristine Reyes. The movie was a collaboration between the film production arm of ABS-CBN and Rebisco to inspire and strengthen Filipino families around the world.  

The Asia-Pacific Tambuli Awards, held last June 5 at the Shangrila Hotel at the Fort, is the pioneer award show globally on effective advertising for good. 

The award-winning body looks at entries from Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East, including campaigns created or initiated from anywhere in the world that run in Asia-Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

Coco Martin's "Ang Panday" Rules Over Cinema One this Sunday, July 1


Reviving one of the Philippines’ most celebrated superheroes, Coco Martin takes over with “Ang Panday” as it premieres on cable via Cinema One this Sunday (July 1).

The Primetime King stars as the epic hero Flavio Batungbakal III, the blood of Panday, who must scour different worlds to find the legendary sword and prove himself worthy of blade. He must learn to wield it and defeat the evil immortal Lizardo - portrayed by Jake Cuenca - in order to save the human race.

Coco made his directorial debut under his real name, Rodel Nacianceno, in the latest incarnation of Carlo J. Caparas’ masterpiece that became one of 2017’s biggest blockbuster films.

The action-fantasy flick premiered last Christmas as one of the eight official entries of the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival, where it received the FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence and notched Best in Visual Effects.

 


The film’s cast also includes Awra Briguela, Mariel De Leon, McCoy De Leon, Michael De Mesa, Julio Diaz, Jaime Fabregas, Ejay Falcon, Eddie Garcia, Agot Isidro, Elisse Joson, Mark Lapid, Ronwaldo Martin, Albert Martinez, Shantel Ngujo, Enzo Peloojero, Onyok Pineda, Jeric Raval, Gloria Romero, and Kylie Verzosa.

Watch Coco take over as the legendary “Ang Panday” this Sunday (July 1) at 7 PM on Cinema One, available on SKYcable Channel 56, SKYdirect Channel 19, Destiny Cable Analog 37 and Digital 56. 

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June 23, 2018

GMA Network’s Newest Singing Competition “The Clash” Reveals Top 62 clashers

From thousands of singing hopefuls who auditioned nationwide to be the next solo singing superstar, GMA 7's The Clash finally narrows down the list to the Top 62 Clashers who will compete in intense one-on-one battles in the network's much awaited singing competition.

Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid expressed her excitement for the commencement of the program since it will showcase the talent and star power of the aspirants who were meticulously selected from all around the country.

"Very excited ako kasi we have a good set of singers na maglalaban-laban. I'm sure na sa una, kakalabanin talaga ng mga singers na ito yung sarili nila kasi siyempre, kakabahan sila. But ako, my only advice to them is to use this nervousness to empower them," she said.

The Top 62 clashers who will compete for the judges votes throughout the competition are the following:

Hopefuls from Metro Manila are Anthony Rosaldo, Chin Valdes, Darryl Jiandani, Dior Bronia, Henry Abode, Jordan Abina, Joselito Casimiro, Miguel Aguila, Niña Espinosa, Noel Eneria, Nolo Lopez, Princess Culala, Psalms David and Tristan Perfecto.

Julie Anne San Jose’s “Tayong Dalawa” Beats “Bboom Bboom” by Momoland

Julie Anne San Jose's latest song Tayong Dalawa gets two milestones immediately after its release.

Not just it debut at #1 on iTunesPH All Genres Chart 30 minutes after its release, it also outshines Momoland's hit song "Bboom Bboom"

June 22, 2018

Maronne Cruz Joins Bituin Escalante in the Manila Staging of Broadway Hit "WAITRESS The Musical"


Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is proud to announce that Maronne Cruz joins the cast of WAITRESS THE MUSICAL as Dawn. 

She joins previously announced cast member Bituin Escalante in this Broadway hit. Scored by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, and based on the 2007 movie of the same name, WAITRESS tells the story of expert baker Jenna who is disillusioned with her life and reckons with herself through the simple magic of baking. Accompanied by her friends Dawn and Becky, Jenna finds the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Maronne is more than excited to be joining the cast, saying, "Waitress is my dream show, and I get so elated when I think about playing Dawn. I connect so much with her! We're both introverted, have geeky hobbies, get really anxious when putting ourselves out there, and are holding out for someone who can love all our oddities.

Bobby Garcia, who directs, the highly anticipated musical says, “I was struck by Maronne’s authenticity as Dawn when she came into audition. It was an effortless audition and she hit all the right dramatic and vocal notes. I think audiences are in for a special treat when they see her on stage in WAITRESS.
"WAITRESS The Musical" opens on November 9 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati.

No stranger to musical theatre, Maronne has appeared in numerous productions including Hair (Jeanie), Sa Wakas (Gabbi), Ako Si Josephine (Josephine), Godspell (Learn Your Lessons Well soloist), Dog Sees God (Marcy), Horse & His Boy (Sallowpad the Raven), Sandosenang Sapatos (Red), and Cinderella (Stepsister Joy). She has also appeared in the indie film Mariquina as Monet. She also runs an advocacy named A Hero’s Call, which encourages social awareness & action through geek culture.

Catch Maronne as Dawn in WAITRESS, which opens on November 9 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. Tickets will be available soon at TicketWorld Manila.

Family and Far-Out Fun in Marvel Studio's “Ant-Man and The Wasp”


From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes the next film to feature the adventures of Ant-Man, “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” which debuts his long-awaited ally, The Wasp.

While audiences were primed for the next film in the “Ant-Man” franchise, everyone was thrown a gigantic curveball by Ant-Man’s appearance in “Captain America: Civil War.” Ant-Man joining the fray with Cap and the Avengers firmly planted him within the Super Hero family, albeit a fractured, dysfunctional one. But, more importantly for Marvel aficionados, it also provided the setting for the splashy debut of Giant-Man, the oversized incarnation of our Super Hero.

What’s exciting about ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp,’” says producer Kevin Feige, “is it’s really a sequel to two movies. It’s a follow-up to ‘Ant-Man,’ while also showing the aftermath of ‘Captain America: Civil War.’ For me, there’s a tremendous amount of excitement when you’re able to tell stories like this and combine characters from their origin movies and then layer in their appearances from other movies. Because of this strategy, Ant-Man post-‘Civil War’ has now been exposed to a much bigger audience.”

Adds producer Stephen Broussard, “Scott’s participation in ‘Civil War’ ended up being a really great jumping-off point for this movie. The events of ‘Civil War’ defined where Scott is in his life at this moment and laid the groundwork for the story that we tell in ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp.’”

 


The most exciting and anticipated reveal in the film is the introduction of The Wasp, which brings an amazing, female Super Hero to the big screen, and into the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Says Feige of the newly unveiled Super Heroine, “The reveal of The Wasp suit is one of our favorite endings of any of our films. It’s something that she believes, that we believe and we think the audience believes when it comes to female superheroes. It is about damn time, and that’s why the movie is called ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp.’

Revisiting the prevailing theme of family, an integral part of “Ant-Man,” was a no-brainer when crafting the story line for this next installment. It was the heart of the first film, and the filmmakers wanted to explore more of that through the Van Dyne-Pym and Lang extended families.

Explains director Peyton Reed, “In my mind, the family dynamic is so crucial to what the ‘Ant-Man’ movies are. Scott Lang is the real everyman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s not a super scientist; he’s not a billionaire. He’s just a normal guy who doesn’t have superpowers. It’s all about that suit. There’s a part of Scott that has a take-it-or-leave-it attitude about whether he’s a hero or not. After inadvertently putting his daughter in harm’s way and then facing life in prison never to see his daughter again, Scott is ambivalent about being Ant-Man, and we definitely tell that story.”

Concludes Feige, “What’s exciting about all of our characters is their humanity. Scott Lang, in particular, has a much deeper connection with family. The relationship between him and Cassie was the backbone of ‘Ant-Man.’ We’ve expanded this further in ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ with Scott’s bigger family unit and with Hank, Hope and Janet. I think that’s what audiences respond to. Of course, you still get the spectacle, and you get the fun of Ant-Man shrinking and now growing but you also have this very deep family connection, which is unique among all of our Marvel Studios films.

The fun-filled “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” with its signature out-of-this-world action and laugh-out-loud comedy, flies into Philippine cinemas July 4, 2018. 

Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Jericho Rosales Set to Rock with AEGIS on 20th Anniversary Concert at the Big Dome


Anne Curtis, Jericho Rosales, Karla Estrada, Jett Pangan, and Vice Ganda are set to rock the stage with the iconic and phenomenal 90s band Aegis as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in the music business with a concert dubbed as “AEGIS: Doble Dekada, Ang Soundtrack ng Buhay Mo” on July 13 at the Araneta Coliseum.

“This is our biggest challenge in 20 years, to perform first time in Araneta. Before we were just guests” said vocalist Julet Sonot. “We’re happy to be singing and performing with them,” Juliet continued.

Aegis is composed of vocalists Juliet Sonot, Mercy Sunot-Borjal, and Kris Sunot, keyboardist Stella Maries Galindo-Pabico, drummer Vilma Goloviogo, bassist Rowena "Weng" Pinpin-Adriano, and guitarist Rey Abenoja.

The ABS-CBN Events production will be directed by Frank Lloyd Mamaril.

Tickets to the OPM great’s “AEGIS: Doble Dekada, Ang Soundtrack ng Buhay Mo” concert are priced at P5,830 (VVIP), P4,240 (VIP), P3,180 (Patron A), P2,650 (Patron B), P1,275 (Box), P850 (Upper Box), and P320 (General Admission). For inquiries, contact ABS-CBN Events at 413-1222/0915-036-9464 or Ticketnet at 911-5555. 

Information may also be found on ABS-CBN Events’ official social media accounts at Facebook.com/ABSCBNnetwork/events or @abscbnevents on Twitter and Instagram.

Ogie Alcasid and Maja Salvador Unite for TFC’s Mid-Year Salvo “The Songwriter Meets the Wildflower” in Japan


When two of the Philippines’ most celebrated performers come together for one afternoon of music revelry, the audience can expect a collaboration nothing short of entertainment par excellence.

On July 15, the Philippines’ award-winning singer-composer Ogie Alcasid joins forces with multi-faceted Dance Empress and concert performer Maja Salvador for TFC Live presents: “The Songwriter meets the Wildflower” at Handashi Fukusi Bunka Kaikan, 1-22-1 Kariyado-cho, Handa-shi, Aichi-ken 475-0918.

Alcasid, dubbed the Hitmaker and a judge for the widely followed show “Your Face Sounds Familiar” seen on ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC), is set to perform for his first TFC show in Asia.

Known for his classic hits “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang” (a Tagalog phrase that means why are you here only now) and “Nandito Ako” (a Tagalog phrase that means I am here) Filipinos in Japan can expect a rundown of the best in OPM music from the songwriter-singer who is also an actor, former head of Philippine music organization Original Pilipino Music (OPM), and also a philanthropist.

Meanwhile, Salvador, an actress who has created a name for herself for her widely followed characters Lily Cruz/Ivy Aguas, is also known for her dance moves that has earned her the tag Dance Empress. This Japan favorite who first performed for Filipinos in Japan in Kawasaki in 2008 and in Chiba in 2016, is expected to intensify the energy level of the much-awaited collaboration.

Joining Alcasid and Salvador is host Eric Nicolas who will inject with comic relief during the show.  Also joining them is global representative and grand finalist of the Tawag ng Tanghalan sa It’s Showtime Huling Tapatan Makoto Inoue.

Tickets are now available.  Buy your tickets from official ticket sellers: Kapamilya Sari-sari 080 3651 8397; Keiko Makikiwa 080 9727 1494; Margie Ieda 080 4521 9476; Allysa Kusuhara 090 5600 4601; Masayang Buhay 090 8185 0708.  Tickets are at Y10,000 Platinum, Y7,000 Gold and Y3,000 Silver 

“The Songwriter Meets the Wildflower” happens on July 15 at Handashi Fukushi Bunka Kaikan, 1-22-1 Kariyado-cho, Handa-shi, Aichi-ken 475-0918. Gate opens at 12 n.n. Show starts at 4 p.m.

For more details, visit facebook.com/TFCJapan or contact us at 0120 832 863 (LANDLINE) or 03-68682024 (MOBILE) 

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Identity of Former “Junior MasterChef” Contestant Stolen by Fan in "MMK"


"MMK" tells the story of a teenage girl, a former "Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition" contestant, who fell victim to identity theft this Saturday (June 23).

After joining “Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition,” Caitlin (Michelle Vito) became a celebrity with a steadily growing fanbase on her Facebook page, which was managed by her mother Vivian (Rufa Mae Quinto).

The mother and daughter befriended a fan, Charles (Kokoy de Santos), who was able to gain their trust.

All was well until they found out that he used Caitlin’s identity and pictures to catfish another fan into a two-year relationship with him.

 


How did Caitlin recover her identity?

Also in this episode are Krystal Mejes, Xia Vigor, Ashley Sarmiento, AC Bonifacio, Kazel Kinouchi, and Kyle Velino. It is under the direction of Nuel C. Naval and written by Akeem Jordan del Rosario and Arah Jell Badayos.

 


Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK,” every Saturday on ABS-CBN.

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SKYdirect's NICK JR., a Must-Channel for Pre-Schoolers


Parents will be delighted to know that Nick Jr. on SKYdirect features an array of fun and learning shows perfect for their little pre-schoolers via SKYdirect Select at P50/month.  SKYdirect prepaid and postpaid subscribers nationwide can now choose individual channels to add to their basic plan using SKYdirect Select.

Here’s a rundown of shows where the little tots can pick up a skill or two.

1. RUSTY RIVETS

“Rusty Rivets” teaches kids to be independent with the use of their imagination and resourcefulness. It features Rusty and best friend Ruby finding ways to make spare parts of different objects lying around to be useful. Catch “Rusty Rivets” on weekdays, at 11am.

 
2. BUBBLE GUPPIES

“Bubble Guppies” or a "school of fish" are fish-tailed pre-schoolers  that attend a school in an underwater classroom. Together, they learn about science, math, and even music appreciation. Kids will surely love characters such as the turbocharged Gil, the school’s leader Molly, and the drama queen that is Deema.  Join the “Bubble Guppies” in their adventure on weekdays at 3:30pm.




3.    TEAM UMIZOOMI

Six-year-old Milli, her eight-year-old brother Geo, and their friendly robot Bot are Team Umizoomi. They are mighty math superheroes who teach kiddie viewers counting, measurement, shapes, and patterns. Milli and Geo solve problems in Umi City brought to them by the Umi Alarm. Join “Team Umizoomi” every Sunday at 7:10am, 6:50pm and 7:10pm.

 

 
4. WALLYKAZAM

Wally Trollman is a six-year-old with the power to create objects that start with the same letter of the word he chooses to animate. So if he animates the letter “c,” he will also create a castle and a catapult. Aside from this, he uses his magic to solve problems, help friends, and defeat a troublemaker named Bobgoblin.  Check out “Wallykazam” daily at 3:00pm.


 

5. SUNNY DAY

Sunny is a hairstylist in the seaside town of Friendly Falls. Kids learn along with Sunny to overcome obstacles using determination and creativity. Let your kids join Sunny, his friends Blair and Rox, plus their pet puppy Doodle as they learn the value of self-confidence on weekdays at 8:45am and 4:45pm. 

 


For your kids to enjoy these shows simply text SELECT (space) NICKJR (space) (BOX ID), to 23667.  Visit mysky.com.ph/skydirectselect for more details.

Families have more reason to bond at home with SKYdirect, the direct-to-home (DTH) TV service of SKY which gives families nationwide access to more channels.

June 20, 2018

“Incredibles 2” Becomes the Biggest Opening Weekend Ever for a Disney-Pixar Title


The Supers returned and heroically took over the Philippine box-office! Disney-Pixar's "Incredibles 2" debuted at No.1 this week, bowing with a P133.1-M five-day opening weekend (June 14 - 18), shattering the record for Biggest Disney-Pixar Opening Weekend of All-Time in the country.

The animated superhero film bested the record established in 2016 by "Finding Dory" at P101.7-M.

"Incredible 2's" Friday, June 15 gross of  P32.7-M meanwhile clobbered the record previously held by 2015's "Minions" (P32-M) for the Biggest Friday Ever for an Animation Film in the Philippines.

It's a smash comeback for the Parr family of superheroes, whose presence on the big screen has been missed by Filipinos for 14 long years.  Pent-up demand for a sequel and nostalgia have triggered a fevered audience enthusiasm, exemplified by a sensational first weekend.

The Manila visit of Pixar animator and "Incredibles 2" shading art director Bryn Imagire and her portraits of local celebrity families added interest to the film.  The long-weekend and Father's Day celebration also helped drive families to the cinemas.

The opening weekend figures of the Brad Bird-directed film are also ahead when compared to recent Pixar blockbusters such as "Inside Out" (lower by 25%), "Big Hero 6" (73%), "Monsters University" (108%) and "Toy Story 3" (117%).  The original movie, "The Incredibles" opened in 2004 with P18.1-M.

More families and moviegoers are expected to watch "Incredibles 2as it comes to its second week in Philippine cinemas nationwide.

Join the conversation online by using the hashtags  #Incredibles2 and  #IAmIncrediblePH

Beki Candidates Outdo Each Other in “Miss Q & A” Resbek Week on “It’s Showtime”

 


The time has come for 15 aspiring beki beauty queens to prove once again that they are worthy of the crown as they battle each other out in the "resbek" week of "Miss Q and A" in "It's Showtime."

Last Monday (June 18), the returning candidates graced the stage and a new format was introduced to heat up the competition even more.

Three "resbeklas" every day will go head-to-head in "Tumpak! Ganern! Ganern," where the first two candidates who will gain two points will proceed to the next round. Meanwhile, in "'Di Ba 'Teh" round, the remaining contestants will debate on a topic and will pick a side to defend. They will be given 30 seconds for their opening statements and another 60 seconds to rebut each other.

Khei Perlaoan was the first to enter the semi-finals, followed by Angelika Mapanganib on Tuesday (June 19). But viewers are still up for big surprises as the remaining "rebesklas" Joey Jessa Tagalog, Venus Lara Garcia, Kristine Ibardolaza, Marjorie Ompong Bora Santillan, Ligaya Maligat, Barbie Anderson, Princess Khim Santillan, Elsa Droga Mendoza, and Dyosa Ariwawa Barasebe face off to secure a spot in the semi-finals.

Who among the remaining candidates will advance to the semi-finals and have a chance to join the grand finals on June 30?

Don't miss the "resbek" week of "Miss Q and A" on "It's Showtime," weekdays on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

Crime Drama ”Escobar (Loving Pablo) Opens in PH Theaters on June 20


As our country continues its strict war on drugs, VIVAInternational Pictures and MVP Entertainment present ESCOBAR (Loving Pablo), a movie that chronicles the rise and fall of the infamous Colombian tagged as the "King of All Narcos", Pablo Escobar.   

Based on the best-selling book "Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar" by Virginia Vallejo, a distinguished journalist with whom Escobar had an affair with, it stars Academy Award winners and real-life husband and wife, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.
Several documentaries and feature films have already been done about this son of a farmer who, at one point, became the seventh richest person on the planet, but Bardem (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) and director Fernando León de Aranoa (Barrio, Mondays in the Sun, A Perfect Day), assure that their movie is nothing like what viewers have seen before. 

According to Bardem, "ESCOBAR (Loving Pablo) begins when Pablo Escobar is already an established businessman, but people hadn't yet figured out how he was making his money. He meets Virginia, and through their relationship and her platform, he soon becomes a powerful public figure with a voice for the people."

What the people of Colombia didn't know was that the man they were supporting always had a selfish motive behind his actions, and it was too late when they finally came to realize it.   

"That's where the movie starts,"  Bardem reveals, "and the story is that of the people around him as they realize what kind of a person he has become."  

As for de Aranoa, he believes that Pablo found a confidant in Virginia, "someone who he could convey his innermost ideas and intentions, which makes her a unique character and gives our story a fresh perspective."

On how he and Penelope Cruz approached their characters, Bardem says, "Our portrayal of Pablo and Virginia are fully fleshed out human beings rather than stereotypes…We try to understand the motivation behind Pablo's actions and why Virginia supported him at the beginning…That's why it's called Loving Pablo - because this movie is through Virginia's eyes and the eyes of those who loved Pablo the human being."


Cruz, who had worked with Bardem in Woody Allen's hit Vicky Cristina Barcelona, for which she won the 2009 Best Supporting Actress Award at the Oscar's, prepared hard for her role.  "I've never met her," says Cruz, pertaining to Virginia Vallejo who currently resides in Miami, "but I've studied about 800 hours of various interviews and shows that she did as a journalist and TV presenter. She is the one that trained Escobar how to use the media to communicate, how to deal with the press, how to address the public. In his political career, she became a significant figure in his life.

Playing the significant role of Agent Shepard who is instrumental in the capture of Escobar is celebrated actor Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, Experimenter).   It was Bardem who emailed him and offered him the role.  "One of the things that Javier baited me with when he was first talking about the movie, is that he said that I had a lot of scenes with Penelope."  He had worked with Cruz in the film Elegy, and he's a fan of Berdam as well, so he readily said yes to doing this film with them.  

Audiences can expect "amazing action moments" from this crime drama.   But most of all, Bardem emphasizes, "this story is about relationships – love, hate, greed, ambition, pain, and joy."   


ESCOBAR (Loving Pablo) opens in cinemas nationwide on June 20, 2018.  

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