September 22, 2018

Voyager Delivers a One-of-a-Kind Digital Concert Experience to Filipinos with “Freeniversaya: A FREEnet Concert”


Since opening the doors of the digital life and rewards to users three years ago, freenet today continues to give access to the most exciting rewards and experiences to its users this time  through a one-of-a-kind digital concert extravaganza dubbed FREENIVERSAYA: A FREEnet Concert.   

In celebration of the 3rd anniversary of freenet, Voyager Innovations' free internet and rewards platform, freenetizens were given free and exclusive access to an evening of music, prizes, and celebration at the SM Mall of Asia Arena last September 20. Concert-goers jammed to the hits of the country's biggest OPM artists today: Bamboo, KZ Tandingan, Moira Dela Torre, Shanti Dope, Gloc-9, Ben&Ben, and Hashtags, while Kaladkaren Davila and Luis Manzano brought the more saya by giving away lots of freebies and prizes to the thousands of fans in attendance.  
"We'd like to thank all the loyal and passionate freenet fans who joined us during the Freeniversaya: a FREEnet concert! This was a spectacular opportunity for us to give them a truly unique digital experience whether they were with us at the concert venue or even those who tuned in at home via Facebook Live. We hope all of them had fun listening to their favorite artists and getting all the free perks, because this is just the beginning of a free, fun, and rewarding life with freenet!" said Dindo Marzan, Managing Director for Marketing Technologies at Voyager Innovations.  


Complete Digital Experience 

The digital experience of freenetizens started with getting concert passes by redeeming desired tickets in the freenet shop using the freenet points they have collected over the past months. These points are earned once they complete in-app missions which include visiting sites, downloading apps, as well as referring their friends to freenet.    
During the concert, paying for food and drinks was also a breeze thanks to the quick and easy cashless transactions brought by PayMaya QR. Concert-goers were able to pay for refreshments from various merchants inside the venue using only the PayMaya app installed in their smartphones. Freenetizens who used PayMaya QR were not only able to pay conveniently, but they were also surprised with instant rebates ranging from P9 to P999 with just a minimum purchase of P99 at participating merchants during the concert.  


But the digital fun didn't stop at the concert venue, because freenetizens from all over the country were also given free access to the Freeniversaya experience through Facebook Live, so they can listen to the songs and jam to the hits of their favorite artists wherever they may be in the country, united under the hashtags #Freeniversaya and #GrabeAngSaya all throughout the night. 


Exciting perks and rewards 

But for those who were lucky enough to join the concert live on September 20, they were treated to an evening of not just musical spectacle, but exciting perks and rewards as well from freenetPayMayaLendr, Smart Padalaand many other brands. 

For one, select freenetizens at the audience were able to join a special edition of the Dailygaya Raffle Promo where three lucky winners were each able to take home one of the following prizes: a brand-new Yamaha SZ16, roundtrip tickets for two to Taiwan, and 1 million freenet points, which the winner can use to redeem endless rewards at the freenet in-app shop including airtime load, data packages, gaming pins, and many more.  

In addition to this, three lucky freenetizens from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were also given the VVIP experience during the Freeniversaya concert complete with VVIP tickets plus a backstage tour before the show, hotel accommodations, as well as roundtrip tickets for two to those who live in the provinces.  
Throughout the night, freenetizens enjoyed one reward after another. Concert-goers were treated to an exclusive prepaid load flash sale courtesy of PayMaya. All PayMaya users were given 30 minutes to get a 100% cashback on their prepaid load purchases worth P20 via the PayMaya app. 

"I think it's an understatement that we really went all out in giving exclusive perks and prizes to all freenetizens during our anniversary concert.  We really want to drive home the message that it's really more fun and rewarding to be a freenet user. To our freenetizens, watch out as we have a lot in store for our dear community, " added Heidi Garayblas, Associate Marketing Director at Voyager Innovations.  
Throughout its three years of giving a free and rewarding experience to more than 8 million Filipinos nationwide, freenet has definitely become one of the go-to apps of mobile Internet users, making it the top free lifestyle app and a consistent trending app in the same category on Google Play.  
To make sure you don't miss out on these exclusive perks, prizes, and even more surprises, download the freenet app on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store today! For updates, follow @freenetph on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit www.thefreenet.com for more information.

TVplus Asianovela Channel Releases Hit K-Series “Legend of the Blue Sea,” “Warm and Cozy,” and “The K2” this September

Asianovela Channel, ABS-CBN TVplus' dedicated channel to all-things Koreanovela and Asian Drama, has become part of the TV viewing routine of many TVplus users in just a month since it was launched.

Fans have taken to social media to show their appreciation of the new source of entertainment.

Facebook user Solange Magalona is happy because of the savings on her mobile data. "Instead of satisfying myself from watching K-Drama through the internet, I just watch through my TVplus and enjoy."

Another Facebook user, Carolyn Valido Tamares, praised Asianovela Channel's programming saying, "it's a nice channel to watch especially for those who love K-Dramas. Walang bitin kada episodes and pwedeng ulit ulitin in a day."

Other netizens also expressed their program requests on Asianovela Channel's Facebook page that has a growing number of followers.

The series of positive feedback show how much Asianovela Channel has made an impact on the TV viewing of TVplus users as one of the five new channels of the country's pioneering DTT product.

Meanwhile, the start of the 'ber' months proves to be a jolly season for K-Drama fans as a slew of new shows air this September.

Headlining the offerings this month is the hit fantasy-romance series "Legend of the Blue Sea" (weekdays at 11 AM, 5 PM, and 12 AM; weekends at 3 PM) starring Lee Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun.

Other shows that avid K-Drama fans shouldn't miss include the rom-com "Warm and Cozy" (weekdays at 5 AM and 6 PM; weekends at 5 PM); the action melodrama "The K2" (weekdays at 12 NN and 7 PM; weekends at 5 AM), and the period romance "The King is in love" (weekdays at 10 AM, 4 PM, and 11 PM; weekends at 9 AM).

To begin watching shows from Asianovela Channel, TVplus users need to press the scan button on their TVplus remote and browse the TV list to find the channel assignment. The four other new channels on ABS-CBN TVplus are Movie Central, Jeepney TV, MYX, and O Shopping.

The five new channels are initially available in Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Metro Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro. All channels except O Shopping are on free trial until December 31.

Since 2015, ABS-CBN TVplus has transformed the way Filipinos watch television as it delivers clear picture and crisp sound without any monthly and installation fee. As the pioneering digital terrestrial television (DTT) product in the Philippines, ABS-CBN TVplus also adds to the digital properties of ABS-CBN as the network transitions into an agile digital company.

September 19, 2018

KathNiel's "The Hows of Us" Earns P600-M, Beats Vice Ganda's Record as Topgrossing Pinoy Movie of All Time


Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo sealed their sit as the country's Box-Office King and Queen of 2018 after their latest starrer - the Star Cinema movie “The Hows of Us” made history by raking more than P600-million at the domestic box office in just 20 days after its nationwide release - the first Philippine-produced film to achieve the feat.

As of 5 p.m. on September 17, “The Hows of Us” earned P601,152,867.12 in domestic ticket sales overtaking the P571-million domestic gross of Vice Ganda’s “Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad” (2017), previously the highest grossing Filipino film of all time.

The box office tally of “The Hows of Us” so far is all the more impressive as the Cathy Garcia-Molina film is yet to enter its fourth weekend. Unlike “The Revenger Squad,” it is also not an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival, the Christmastime annual event that traditionally sees a boom of moviegoers.

Previously, another Star Cinema film, “The Super Parental Guardians” (2017) nearly breached the P600-million mark in earnings, with P598 million - and that was a worldwide tally. Domestically, it concluded its theatrical run with P550 million.

The P601-million figure of “The Hows of Us” does not include yet its earnings from international screenings, which started September 7. The romance drama was also shown in UAE, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Malaysia, Saipan, Canada, Australia, Vietnam, and Hong Kong.

September 18, 2018

Captain Barbell, Darna, and Lastikman Organic Burgers Now Available in "Heroes Burger" Trinoma


Pinoy Komiks-themed organic burgers await diners at Heroes Burger, the newly opened food stop at the country’s first studio city, the ABS-CBN Studio Experience, located at Ayala Malls Trinoma.

Everyone is sure to have lip-smacking meal times at Studio XP, with the coolest Pinoy superheroes exclusively featured on Heroes Burger’s mouth-watering fare - the courageous Captain Barbell, the iconic Darna, and the flexible Lastikman.

Heroes Burger’s staples are budget-friendly, starting at only P55 for the Kaboom burger. Combo meals are plentiful, with Darna burger meal at P89, Lastikman cheeseburger meal at P99, and Captain Barbell double cheeseburger meal at P129, all served with crispy french fries and drinks.





No need to get a Studio XP pass to taste all these goodies as Heroes Burger has a takeout counter accessible outside the studio city.

Chomp on these great eats available at the new Heroes Burger, located at the ABS-CBN Studio Experience, 4F of Ayala Malls TriNoma. Follow the ABS-CBN Studio Experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@abscbnstudioxp) or visit studioexperience.abs-cbn.com for more details.

Cate Blanchett Plays a Powerful Witch in "The House with a Clock in its Walls"


Two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett stars as Florence Zimmerman, one of the most powerful witches on Earth, in Universal Pictures’ fantasy adventure The House with a Clock in Its Walls where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places.

The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle, Jonathan (Jack Black) in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart.  But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

Known for a body of dramatic work, Blanchett has also stunned audiences with her darkly comedic chops in films such as Thor: Ragnarok.  Shares director Eli Roth: “When you ask, ‘Who’s the greatest actress in the world?  People say, ‘Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench.’  That’s it.  I’m so excited because I haven’t seen Cate do a role like this.  I feel like she’s had fun in classic roles like the wicked stepmother in Cinderella.  She’s so thoughtful, careful and meticulous, and she was excited to create this incredible role.”

The performer appreciates Roth’s eclectic aesthetic, and offers that the director was one of the primary reasons she decided to join the production.  “What I love about Eli is that he didn’t just come at the story from one perspective,” says Blanchett.  “He has incredibly electric tastes, and I felt like he didn’t shy away from the danger and excitement.  But he was also able to bring such heart to the film.

Blanchett agrees with her collaborators when she discusses her appreciation of the themes and humor in Clock, ones that speak to the entire family.  “In the best possible way, it’s a family film,” she gives.  “It is genuinely scary.  It’s a privilege to sit there as a parent and hold your child’s hand and say, ‘We’re going on this rollercoaster together.’  I’m always disappointed when I go and see a children’s film and feel the jokes are for me.  This film is a sophisticated, dark, heart-rending, hilarious, surprising journey, and that goes back to the heart of the novel.

While the audience grows to learn more about the reasons for Mrs. Zimmerman’s “stuck magic,” when Lewis meets the character, all he understands is that she has somehow broken her magical abilities.  Blanchett comments on where we find her: “She’s encouraging Lewis and Jonathan to step up to the plate, to embrace who they really are.  Still, she needs their encouragement to do that herself.  The beautiful thing about this film is that not one of these characters can tackle this problem by themselves.  They need each other to do it.

Black was duly excited about Blanchett’s casting, and he remains appreciative of their time on set together.  “The idea of working with Cate was exciting and daunting,” he states.  “I told everyone I knew I was working on a Cate Blanchett movie; I think she’s the best actor in the world.  Blue Jasmine is one of the best performances of all time.” 

Jonathan and Florence have been long connected through their love of magic,” adds Blanchett, “but also a mutual respect.  They bicker and fight like George and Martha from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.  But they have a deep love of one another, and they understand each other’s foibles—as well as the pain that they’ve both experienced.  There’s a great love between them, as much as they tussle with one another.”

In Philippine cinemas September 19, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  

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Kapuso Powerhouse Diva Maricris Garcia Holds First Major Solo Concert at Teatrino in Greenhills on September 28



As she celebrates 11 years in the industry, GMA Artist Center’s powerhouse diva Maricris Garcia will hold her first major solo concert entitled ‘MARICRIS’ on September 28 at Teatrino in Greenhills.

‘MARICRIS’ promises a grand ensemble of music, entertainment and nostalgia as the Kapuso diva looks back on her journey in the industry. Maricris personally conceptualized the concert, which was brought to life by director Marc Lopez.

“The show is going to be more of a storytelling type. I want to share my journey since I started my career up to the present, as well as my personal life, my music influences, and more,” Maricris added.

She will be joined by the industry’s best singers, including Nar Cabico, Mark Bautista, and Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

She is also celebrating her birthday this month, and the concert is both a treat to herself and to her fans. She excitedly shared her process in producing her own concert, “During the first few months of planning, everything was easy. But as the days go by, I started to feel the pressure and the stress. Good thing I have the support of GMA Artist Center and a few people who offered their help in making this concert possible.”

The Kapuso star feels grateful that she has the opportunity to live out her passion. “I want to let them know that I’m still here and I always be her, singing.” She also sets to release her new music early next year in time for the Valentine season.

Tickets for ‘MARICRIS’ concert are priced at Php 1,800 for VIP, Php 1,300 for Orchestra, and Php 800 for Balcony. 

For inquiries, you may contact 09178508747 or call Teatrino at (02) 7412949 local 116.

"The Nun" Amasses $200 Million Worldwide, P239 Million in Philippine Theaters


New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “The Nun” crossed $200 million at the global box office Sept. 15, in only its second weekend in release.  The latest hit in the studio’s hugely successful “Conjuring” universe, “The Nun” has pushed the already highest-grossing horror franchise to more than $1.4 billion…and counting.

In the Philippines, “The Nun” has become the All-Time Biggest Grossing Horror Movie Industry-Wide, as its cumulative gross has reached a staggering P239.8-M, after only nine days.  The announcement was made by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines which distributed the film.

The film was No.1 at the PH box-office for the Sept 12 – 16 frame, haunting an additional P76.8-M to its coffers.

Tom Molter, Head of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, stated, “‘The Nun’ continues to scare up audiences around the world, and records are being broken in every region - particularly in Latin America and Mexico, where the popularity of star Demian Bichir has drawn fans to the cinema in big numbers.  We applaud the whole cast, as well as all of the filmmakers behind ‘The Nun,’ on this tremendous success.”

Jeff Goldstein, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, said, “This is another great milestone for New Line Cinema’s horror-verse, which continues to set new standards for the genre.  We congratulate them and everyone involved in creating another terrifying time at the movies, including director Corin Hardy, producers James Wan and Peter Safran, and the cast, led by Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga.”

Now playing in Philippine cinemas, “The Nun” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Angelica-Zanjoe Team-up in "Playhouse" Instantly Loved by Viewers, Tops Trending List


More viewers tuned in to the playful and kilig-filled premiere of the newest Kapamilya series “PlayHouse” as its pilot episode ruled in national TV ratings and led the list of trending topics last Monday (September 17).

The series starring the team-up of Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo recorded a national TV rating of 13.6%, compared to “Kapag Nahati ang Puso” that only got 9.5%, according to data from Kantar Media.

In the pilot episode, viewers witnessed the unexpected reunion of estrange couple Patty (Angelica) and Marlon (Zanjoe) after years of having no contact with each other. It also showed the beginning of their whirlwind love story that brought kilig to viewers nationwide.

It’s like watching a movie. Angelica is so funny and natural,” iWant TV user Helen Arcega commented.

Zanjoe is so good. He has chemistry with whomever he partners with. He seems very kind and gives his all in love,” YouTube user Rio said.

@joycearvhbautista also lauded the series, “It’s so funny. Zanjoe and Angelica are so cute. ‘PlayHouse’ brings good vibes. Excited to watch all the episodes.

Meanwhile, though their character have not formally met yet, the tandem of Kisses Delavin and Donny Pangilinan already topped the trending list as their fans shared their excitement and showed their support through posts and tweets.

Don’t miss the morning fun and kilig in “PlayHouse” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).

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Marcelo Santos' Bestselling Novel "Para sa Broken Hearted" Now a Major Motion Film


The much-awaited movie adaptation of “Para sa Broken Hearted”, the best-selling book by renowned young “hugot novelist” Marcelo Santos III, is all set to stir emotions on October 3, its nationwide theater release from VIVA Films and Sari-Sari Films .

Yassi Pressman, Shy Carlos, Louise Delos Reyes, Sam Concepcion and Marco Gumabao give life to the characters of Shalee, Jackie, Kath, Dan, Alex and RJ.

 


Shalee (Yassi Pressman) is a bubbly photography enthusiast who is battling with a heart ailment. She has had feelings for Alex (Sam Concepcion) since their younger days.

Alex is also into arts, but his favorite subject to draw is that of monsters. Everybody treats him like he’s invisible, but Shalee’s attention and affection changes his view about life.

 


Jackie (Shy Carlos) is an absolute go-getter, believing in girl power as she was raised by her mother and grandmother. She falls for RJ (Marco Gumabao), and does everything to get close to him.

RJ is a varsity player and a smooth-talker which is a solid combo to attract girls. He is used to girls falling for him, but promises Jackie that he would never do anything to hurt her.

Kath (Louise Delos Reyes) is an adventurous gal who is tough on the outside but soft on the inside. She meets Dan during a time when she’s mending a broken heart.

As their stories unfold, see how the characters go from being blissfully in love to failing miserably in keeping their happiness last. Discover the connection of their lives through their broken hearts, and how it will pave the way to acceptance and moving on.

Marcelo Santos III expressed his approval on the actors’ portrayal of their characters. He was present during the film’s shooting, and he’s happy that the vision of director Digo Ricio coincided with how he saw his book to be interpreted on screen.

Giving more feels to the movie is the theme song entitled “Ang Awit Natin”, sung by Janine Teñoso, composed by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola, the winning tandem behind the hit song “Di Na Muli”. 

Don’t miss this compelling movie about love and its tragedies. Para sa ‘yo, para sa ‘kin, Para sa Broken Hearted.

Xian Lim Bares His Basketball Journey as "U-Town" Goes to UE


Actor Xian Lim is currently having the time of his life as he is able to live out his basketball dream as a player in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

This Saturday (September 23) on “University Town” (U-Town), Xian shares how his athletic career actually began more than a decade ago as a varsity player for the University of the East (UE).

In the newest episode of “U-Town,” hosted by Gretchen Ho, Robi Domingo, and Alyssa Valdez, Xian reveals how basketball was the reason he left America, and how he is overjoyed now to finally play the sport competitively.

Also featured in this jam-packed episode is another famous UE alumnus, Allan Caidic, who has won numerous championships in the pro league and played for flag as the country’s top-gunner, earning him the moniker “Triggerman.” Allan shares how it is like to play for the UE Red Warriors, which owns the record for most consecutive titles in UAAP Men’s basketball with seven straight championships.

 


Gretchen and Robi also visit the Bullyfree Life Advocates, an organization in UE that aims to promote peace and kindness to make UE a bully-free campus. The two also take the viewers throughout the campus, revealing the perfect spots to hang-out and where there is a strongest wi-fi.

Volleyball star Alyssa then picks up a tennis racket to learn to hit and volley from members of the back-to-back champion in UAAP Men’s Tennis.

 


Take a trip inside the UE campus and meet its famous students and alumni with Gretchen Ho, Robi Domingo, and Alyssa Valdez in “U-Town” this Saturday (September 23) at 1 pm and catch it online on iWant after its airing.

For more information and stories, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter. 

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September 16, 2018

Gerald Anderson and Pia Wurtzabch Blockbuster Movie “My Perfect You” Enchants CinemaOne this Sunday


Expect an unconventional romantic-comedy in the first team up of Gerald Anderson and Pia Wurtzbach in the enthralling film "My Perfect You," airing on Cinema One's Blockbuster Sunday this weekend.

Burn's (Gerald) perfect life turns upside down when his girlfriend rejects his marriage proposal and his boss fires him from work. Devastated, he flees from home, crashes his car, and ends up in a run-down hostel owned and managed by optimistic Abi (Pia)—and the two personalities clash.

After realizing Abi's enthusiastic advances were just to help cheer him up, he makes up for her by helping repair the hostel, and the two grow closer. Will Burn get a second chance in love or is he destined for another heartbreak?

"My Perfect You," produced under Star Cinema and directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, includes Dimples Romana, Tonton Gutierrez, Janus Del Prado, Wilma Doesnt, Darwin Tolentino, RJ Ledesma, Paolo O'hara, Marlann Flores, and Xia Vigor in the cast.

JE CC of LionhearTV describes the film as charming, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.' "(The film) offers a beautiful world that feels implausible and real at the same time. 'My Perfect You' renders a sense of reality that will move spectators to tears," wrote JE.

Claudine Felize Itchon of PEP meanwhile applauded the film's director and wrote "Cathy Garcia-Molina has proved yet again that when it comes to local romantic comedies, her status remains superior."

Escape to a mini-paradise in "My Perfect You" on September 16, in Cinema One's Blockbuster Sunday, now airing at 7 PM. Cinema One is available on SKYcable Channel 56, SKYdirect Channel 19, Destiny Cable Analog 37 and Digital 56. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visitwww.abscbnpr.com.

Relentless Action Amps Thrilling Hunt in “The Predator,” Now Showing in Philippine Cinemas

            

            From veteran action director Shane Black and producer John Davis (who also produced the original and subsequent Predator films), man's most formidable adversary once again reaches Earth in "The Predator". 

 

             In the latest movie, Predators have been coming to Earth and hunting humans for some time now, and it's no longer quite the secret it was.  The government has established a defense agency dedicated solely to protecting humans from a Predator incursion.  Project Stargazer was initially conceived of as a high-tech, top-secret government lab in which captured Predators could be studied.  Scribe Fred Dekker says, "But in the back-story, the government needed some kind of plausible deniability, so they put it in the hands of the CIA." But when Traeger, played by Sterling K.  Brown, takes over operations, he privatizes Stargazer to profit from Predator technology.

                                  

            Davis recalls what first drew him to the Predator, more than 30 years ago: "It was the idea of the hunter.  It was the idea of this creature from another planet that hunted the greatest game and would go from planet-to-planet for that sport, and the American Commando and group of guys in the jungle that represented that.  And in the end, he was outsmarted and defeated, so even though the Predator had great brawn and weaponry, there was an ingenuity and a desire to survive in man that made it a fair fight."

 

            In addition to writing a slate of sensational movies, including Lethal Weapon, and directing films such as Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, director Shane Black is also an actor, perhaps best known for the role of Hawkins in Predator, the 1987 classic directed by John McTiernan.  But, says Black, "The Predator in this film is the deadliest and scariest one yet."

 

            The director brings forth Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna, a retired Special Forces army ranger turned mercenary in the thick of relentless thrilling action.  He says, "The original Predator was legendary, so it's an honor and a privilege to get to come back with Shane after 30 years and reinvent this thing."

 

            Because of the training he'd begun to shoot his previous film, Holbrook was in great shape.  He recalls that while working on "Logan," he met a stunt man.  "He was an ex-sniper out of SEALs.  McKenna is Special Forces Army Ranger, but you're splitting hairs at that point.  I was fortunate enough to hang out with the guy and he got me on the beach at 5 AM, in the water, running, and training.  I did that for a couple months.  What I truly believe is that the preparation is all about the conditioning of that person.  There's a gauntlet of things that make up these people.  I thought it was really important to get that sensibility of how these guys have this morbid sense of humor.  These guys are really a fascinating group of men."

 

            "The Predator" is now showing in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.

September 15, 2018

OPPO F9 Starry Purple Arrives in the Philippines




In time for the opening of its concept store in Glorietta 2 in Makati, OPPO releases the new F9 in starry gradient purple color.

The new OPPO F9 Starry Purple comes with:

VOOC flash charging technology. So you can charge as 4x faster than regular chargers;
16MP+2MP Dual rear lens camera for portrait photography and a 25MP AI front camera for selfies

Specifications:

6.3-inch Full HD+ Waterdrop Display
MediaTek Helio P60 Octa-Core
6GB RAM
64GB Internal Storage expandable via MicroSD card
16MP+2MP f/1.8+f/2.4 with LED Flash
25MP Front Camera. f/2.0
WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, LTE
Dual SIM
3500mAh Battery with VOOC Flash Charge
ColorOS 5.2 with Android 8.1

The OPPO F9 is now available for Php17,990 at OPPO Concept Store in Glorietta 2. With free Bluetooth Headphone from September 15 - 16.

September 2, 2018

Gary V., Maja, John, Joseph, Robi, and Beauty Remain Exclusive Kapamilya


Six ace celebrities remain Kapamilyas after renewing their respective contracts with ABS-CBN last August 16. 

The line-up of Kapamilya stars include "Mr. Pure Energy" Gary Valenciano, who will continuously be seen in the Sunday noontime variety show "ASAP." Fans of the show in Sydney, meanwhile, can expect to catch him as he joins "ASAP Live In Sydney: The Grand Kapamilya Party Down Under" in October. He will also serve as a hurado in "It's Showtime's 'Tawag ng Tanghalan'" and a juror in the program "Your Face Sounds Familiar." 

Meanwhile, Maja Salvador is set to do a new program and movie with the Kapamilya network that are yet to be disclosed. The "Dance Princess" shared how grateful she is to ABS-CBN as she was given the opportunity to showcase her talent to a bigger audience specifically in Thailand, "Thankful talaga ako sa ABS-CBN. Sobrang lawak ng nararating ng Kapamilya programs. Masaya ako na parte ako ng magagandang shows na 'yun (Bridges of Love, Legal Wife, and Wildflower)."

Actor, comedian, dancer, and TV host John Prats also remains a Kapamilya as he continues his role on "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" and hosting stint on "Banana Sundae." "Forever grateful. I'll be entering my 26th year in the industry and in ABS-CBN. Lagi akong grateful dahil sa tagal na 'yun may tiwala pa rin sila at patuloy na naniniwala sa akin," John said.

Robi Domingo, on the other hand, will continue being one of the hosts of the Sunday noontime variety show "ASAP," the sports program "U Town" together with Gretchen Ho, the digital travel series "Lakwatsero," and will still be regularly seen as a VJ of the music channel "MYX." Robi will also be seen on the new Kapamilya program "Star Hunt" and on the new season of "Pinoy Big Brother" set to air by the end of the year. He also disclosed that he is working with kids on a new project.

Beauty Gonzales also inked her contract with ABS-CBN. Her upcoming projects are yet to be disclosed. "I'm very excited because it's my first contract with ABS-CBN, exciting times ahead," shared Beauty.

Star Magic artist Joseph Marco completes the roster of celebrities who renewed his contract with ABS-CBN. With projects still confidential, Joseph cannot hide his excitement as a Kapamilya actor: "Signing up with ABS-CBN is still overwhelming for me. Nakaka-ilang sign na ako pero I still feel the happiness and excitement so I'm really looking forward."

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

Toni and Alex Gonzaga Reveal Rules for Strong Sisterhood in New Book “Sissums”


Celebrity siblings Alex and Toni Gonzaga divulge the many roles they have played in each other's lives in "Sissums: the 18 Rules of Sisterhood," a new book under ABS-CBN Publishing where they revealed how Toni became a role model, a critic, and even a bully to Alex, while the latter became Toni's lawyer, cheerleader, and more when they were growing up.

"We've realized we have different roles in each other's phases in life, and we share them in this book. Whether positive or negative, these are the roles that helped us grow individually and as sisters." explained the "Sissums" co-authors who were at first surprised that many tagged them as #sistergoals. 

Alex wrote how Toni became her "Inang Yaya" who took care of her when their parents were very busy at work. Toni likewise became a role model, a critic, and even a bully to her younger sister who triggered Alex's amusing attempt to run away from home when she was just five years old. 

Meanwhile, Toni disclosed how Alex became her lawyer, PR manager, cheerleader, and travel companion, while both of them considered each other as partner in crime growing up. Now, Alex also serves as the best TiNang or aunt-godmother to Toni's son, Seve. 

Also in the "Sissums" book, the pair shared different set of rules they live by at home, at work, and at play. Among these rules are that sisters should be roommates by default and that they should respect each other's differences and remain loyal at all times. They also stressed the importance of veering away from comparison and envy.  

The book likewise contains exclusive photos and quirky comics, illustrating funny and relatable situations they have been in. Quizzes and a mini-scrapbook are also ideal to bond over with siblings.

"Sissums" is Toni's first venture into publishing while it is Alex's third book project, after her best-selling books "Dear Alex, Break na kami. Paano? Love, Catherine" and "Dear Alex, We're Dating. Tama ba o Mali? Love, Catherine."

Find out the secrets to Toni and Alex's strong sisterhood in "Sissums" book, available for only P225 in leading bookstores nationwide. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

Netflix Releases the First Look at Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip in “The Crown” Season 3

 
Netflix has released a first look photo of Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip in The Crown season 3. Menzies, best known for his roles as Frank Randall/Jonathan Randall in Outlander and Edmure Tully in Game of Thrones, is taking over the role from Matt Smith, who played the prince in the acclaimed series' first two seasons. 

Joining Menzies in the all-new cast for season 3 are Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones, and Olivia Colman, who will play Queen Elizabeth this time around. 

The Crown season 3 will launch in 2019.

X-Men’s Nightcrawler Kodi Smit-McPhee Goes Wilder in “Alpha”

Young Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", "Let Me In," "X-Men: Apocalypse") provides the crucial human element in Columbia Pictures' new epic adventure, ALPHA (in Philippine cinemas September 5).

 

Set in the last Ice Age, ALPHA tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man's best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe's most elite group, a young man named Keda (Smit-McPhee) is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives.

 

Seventeen-year-old Keda is a Solutrean, part of a creative, resourceful Cro-Magnon tribe living in the area we know as southern France and Spain at the end of the last Ice Age, when most of Europe was uninhabitable, covered in ice two miles deep. Glacial winds blew. Winters were brutal and lasted nine months. Dangerous predators roamed the vast, unpopulated landscapes in search of food. The isolation was extreme, and bonds of family and community were essential for survival.

 

The casting of Keda was of vital importance, because for a large part of the movie, he is the only human character onscreen, and one-half of a carefully knit relationship that needed to cover a lot of emotional ground: from ingrained distrust to hard-won friendship.

 

Kodi Smit-McPhee's measure of a script, when he reads it for the first time, is where it hits him in his heart and his emotions. "I've been doing a lot of modern tales and I've been waiting for something that deals with earth and mother nature" says the Australian actor.

 

Smit-McPhee, who at twenty is already a veteran film actor, has been making his own journey from boyhood to manhood onscreen. "I always find a pattern with the characters I play," he says. "They are quite vulnerable, coming of age, and eventually transformed at the end, but this has been the transformation on the biggest scale."

 

"When you see Kodi on the monitor," says actor Mercedes de la Zerda, who plays a fellow hunter, "you see the subtleties in his work and it blows you away. It's just him and a handful of words in two-thirds of the movie. To have found a talent who can communicate so much, just in body language and to have so much of an inner life happening without dialogue is a major accomplishment."

 

"Kodi is a deeply and naturally gifted actor," says director Albert Hughes. "His instincts are very mature, and he doesn't come from an intellectual place when he's acting. He comes from an emotional place. He comes from the character, so he's really exciting. I'd say he's leaps and bounds above a lot of guys his age. Then, when I see a close-up, I go 'God! This guy is really special.'"

 

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


TNT Singers Bring Historical All-Star Showdown to Cebu this September

 

On the heels of the success of their Araneta concert, the country's best singers are once again joining forces to bring the historic "TNT All-Star Showdown" to Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on September 21.
For the second time, "Tawag ng Tanghalan" grand champions Noven Belleza and Janine Berdin, online sensation Sam Mangubat, and the international big shot trio and Philippine pride TNT Boys are coming together to headline the Cebu leg of the concert.

The "TNT All-Star Showdown" will also serve as a homecoming for Janine, as well as fellow Cebuanas Marielle Montellano and Sheena Belarmino. 

Also bringing their talents to Cebu are Steven Paysu, Ato Arman, Anton Antenorcruz, Eumee, Froilan Canlas, Reggie Tortugo, and Arabelle Dela Cruz.

Aside from giving world-class performances, the TNT singers will also surprise fans in an after-party and meet-and-greet sessions.
Joining the concert are TNT Divas Rachel Gabreza, Gidget Dela Llana, and Remy Luntayao, the Cove composed of Sofronio Vasquez, Christian Bahaya, and JM Bales, and the comical threesome Hala, which includes Hazelyn Cascano, Lucky Robles, and Alfred Relatado. 

Cebuanos can also look forward to performances by young-at-heart serenaders The Erpats Rico Garcia, Antonio Sabalza, and John Raymundo, the newest belter band Bukang Liwayway with Pauline Agupitan at Lalaine Arana, "TNT Kids" grand champion Jhon Clyd Talili, Jex De Castro, Aila Santos, and Mark Michael Garcia.

Last July, the concert made a lasting mark on fans as it ran for four hours non-stop and made it as this year's longest and biggest musical showdown.

Ticket prices for the "TNT All-Star Showdown" are at P4,500 for Platinum, P3,800 for VVIP, P2,650 for VIP, P2,100 for Gold, P1,650 para sa for Silver, and P450 for Bronze.

They are now available at Ticketnet outlets and at the Araneta Coliseum Box Office. Simply call 911-5555 or log on to www.ticketnet.com.ph.

For more information, visit TNTV at Facebook.com/tntversions, or @tntversions on Twitter and Instagram.

“Pokemon Detective Pikachu” Movie Reveals Official Title Logo

At the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Pokémon World Championships, The Pokémon Company, along with its partners from Legendary Entertainment, unveiled the official title and logo for the first-ever live action Pokémon movie, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu.


 


Mr. Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of The Pokémon Company, welcomed the movie's director, Rob Letterman, and actors Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton to the stage for the surprise reveal.


 


The stars also engaged the room full of the world's best Pokémon players in a chant of "Pikachu!" which was recorded for use in the upcoming film.


 


For official assets unveiled at the event as well as photos of the cast's appearance, please visit the link below:  https://mediapass.warnerbros.com 


 


In Philippine cinemas June 12, 2019,  POKÉMON Detective Pikachu is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.


TNT Boys Serenade the Meralco Scholars During the MVP Academic Achievement Awards 2018


The singing trio of Francis Concepcion, 11, Mackie Empuerto, 12, and Kiefer Sanchez, 13, also known as the "TNT Boys," wowed a jam-packed theater at the MVP Academic Achievement Awards (MVP AAA) held recently at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City.

 

The group, which caught the attention of TV audiences in the U.S. when they performed in the hit talent show "Little Big Shots," serenaded close to 300 awardees of One Meralco Foundation's annual recognition program, which rewards the academic achievement of children and siblings of qualified employees of Meralco and its subsidiaries.

 

On its eighth year, the MVP AAA recognized 210 winners and 76 top achievers.

 

Each winner received an MVP AAA medal and a P20,000 cash prize. Meanwhile, top achievers — those who won during the previous year and continued to excel academically and have received honors during the current academic year — each received an MVP AAA Top Achievers medal.

 

The awardees and their parents cheered as the TNT Boys rendered a back-to-back performance of Angeline Quinto's "Patuloy ang Pangarap" and Sarah Geronimo's hit single "Forever's Not Enough." 

 

Addressing a primarily young audience, the boys congratulated the MVP AAA winners for doing their best to deserve the recognition. They also shared that despite their very tight work schedule, they still set aside time for their studies in between shows. They are currently home-schooled.

 

"Natutuwa po kami na nandito kami para makisaya sa inyo kasinaniniwala rin po kami na mahalaga talaga ang pag-aaral," Kiefer said.

 

"Sa guidance ni God, sa tulong ng parents natin, at sapamamagitan ng edukasyontalagang walang imposible. Kaya tayong lahatpatuloy lang sa pangarap," he added.

 

The TNT Boys capped the show with an encore performance of "This is Me," a theme from the musical film, "The Greatest Showman."

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