November 8, 2018

Meet the Regents of “The Four Realms” in “ The Nutcracker”

The filmmakers behind Disney's "The Nutcracker and the Fourth Realm" relished the idea of reinventing a time-honored story. 

 

Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale and "The Nutcracker," "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" showcases the wondrous journey of Clara, who finds herself in the mystical world of the Four Realms, home to a host of eccentric characters and no shortage of surprises.  

 

Foremost of these characters are the Regents of the Four Realms -- the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mother Ginger, Hawthorne and Shiver.  Let's get to know them better!

 

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY is the beloved regent of the Land of Sweets, the yummiest of the realms with its gingerbread architecture and gum drop décor. Elegant, ethereal and naturally sweet, Sugar Plum wears a gown that sparkles like crystalized sugar. She welcomes Clara to the Four Realms with open arms, declaring her the guest of honor at an extravagant pageant. Clara's mother, Marie, was once Sugar Plum's dearest friend, so Clara is family.

 

"Sugar Plum is the personification of femininity," says Keira Knightley, who portrays the character. "I like to do a lot of research, so I started with the actual music of the Sugar Plum Fairy, which led to her laugh. I later found her high-pitched, girly voice that has two sides to it: pristine femininity and at the same time, quite assertive." 

 

MOTHER GINGER, leader of the dark and ominous Fourth Realm, is feared by all who inhabit the other realms. She once presided over the beloved Land of Amusements, a place of wisdom and entertainment, but a fierce dispute among the regents led to her banishment and her realm became a forgotten fairground with an abandoned carousel and wayward polichinelles. Mother Ginger sports fiery red hair and a face that's chipped and cracked like a broken doll, a look that surely underscores her reputation as an evil tyrant.

 

Helen Mirren fills Mother Ginger's shoes. "She is a very wise character - she has great insight," says Hallström. "Helen Mirren has the authority and intelligence to play a character like that. She's so smart and she's funny."

 

HAWTHORNE is the emotional and flamboyant regent of Land of Flowers, a fragrant and colorful realm with windmills, emerald foliage and blooms abound. Always smiling and filled with enthusiasm, Hawthorne heartily embraces celebration and pageantry. But he tends to shy away from conflict and often finds himself overshadowed by his fellow regents. He worries about the instability that threatens the realms - though he's quick to set his concerns aside when Clara arrives. In fact, Hawthorne is the first to react - bursting with unbridled excitement, much to the chagrin of the more reserved Shiver and Sugar Plum. 

 

According to Eugenio Derbez, who plays Hawthorne, the look of the character leaves no mystery as to which realm he oversees. "I'm like a walking bouquet," says Derbez. "I'm covered in flowers! It took two hours in the makeup chair each day to complete the look because they had to strategically place a lot of small detailed flowers on my face.

 

SHIVER is the regent of Land of Snowflakes, a stunning winter wonderland with ice castles and alpine villages set against a white-peaked mountain backdrop. Shiver is a well-mannered gentleman who's concerned with the future of the realms and nervous to a fault, Shiver wrings his hands with angst and uncertainty. He might come off as serious and unengaging - some would say cold - but Shiver is quite friendly underneath all of that frost. 

 

Richard E. Grant was called on to portray Shiver. "I have snowflakes all over my face," says Grant. "My beard is made of icicles, I have a 19th-century wig with icicles coming out of my head, and my fingernails are very long icicles, too. Jenny Beavan's extraordinary costume design, combined with Jenny Shircore's brilliant icicle make-up and wig design, instantly conjured up a severe looking, Arctic regent, obsessed with preserving his snowy realm from being changed or destroyed by evil forces. Shiver is willing to risk everything to support and protect Clara."

 

"The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is now playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide.

 

Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #DisneysNutcracker

 

 

About "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"

 

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key - which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney's new holiday feature film "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale.


ABS-CBN Remains as the Most Watched Network in October 2018

More viewers nationwide turned to ABS-CBN for value-laden and relevant news stories as it scored an average audience share of 44%, or 13 points higher than GMA's 31%, according to data from Kantar Media.


ABS-CBN ruled both in urban and rural homes, particularly in Metro Manila where it recorded an average audience share of 42%, compared to GMA's 25%. It also won in Mega Manila with 36%, beating GMA's 33%.


The Kapamilya network also kept its strong viewership in Total Luzon with an average audience share of 39% versus GMA's 34%; in Total Visayas with 53%, compared to 24% of GMA; and in Total Mindanao with 53%, while GMA only got 25%.


Multinational audience measurement provider Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.


Nine out of ten most watched programs were produced by ABS-CBN, led by "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" (43.6%) and followed by "TV Patrol" (32.2%).


Also in the top ten were "Ngayon at Kailanman" (29.4%), "The Kids' Choice" (25.6%), "Wansapantaym" (23.5%), "Home Sweetie Home" (22.6%), "Meteor Garden" (22.5%), "Halik" (22.1%), and "MMK 25" (21.8%).


Meanwhile apart from raking high TV ratings every night, primetime teleserye "Halik" is also a hit online as it garnered over 3.6 million weekly views on iWant TV and a consistent trending topic on social media.


The Kapamilya network also won across all time blocks, particularly in primetime (6PM-12MN) where it scored an average audience share of 48%, or 17-points higher than GMA's 31%. The primetime block is the most important time of the day when most Filipinos watch TV and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investments in to reach more consumers effectively.


ABS-CBN also triumphed over its rival network in the morning block (6AM-12NN) with 36% versus GMA's 28%; in the noontime block (12NN-3PM) with 43%, compared to GMA's 32%' and in the afternoon block (3PM-6PM) with 44%, winning over GMA's 33%.

November 6, 2018

Regine Velasquez' ASAP and GGV Guestings Lead the Ratings Game for 2 Consecutive Weekends


Regine Velasquez reigned for a second Sunday with her debut appearances in ABS-CBN shows as a certified Kapamilya, according to the nationwide ratings data of Kantar Media.

On November 4, Velasquez was seen by fans in three programs - the musical variety show “ASAP,” which aired the second part of its Sydney special; the TV magazine “Rated K”; and “Gandang Gabi Vice,” which featured the continuation of the singer’s fun-filled interview.

Replicating its win last week, “ASAP Live in Sydney” was the top program in its time slot, with a nationwide rating of 13.8%, ahead of the 9.1% share of its competing show.
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Despite airing late night, “Gandang Gabi Vice” managed a national TV rating of 7.3% — higher than its rival program’s 5.7%. “Rated K,” meanwhile, scored 16.6%, ranking it seventh overall as the most watched TV show in the country on Sunday.
Kantar Media

 


On social media, the three Kapamilya programs visited by Velasquez similarly made a splash, with each of the episode’s hashtags ranking among top trends on Twitter. At one point, three hashtags related to Velasquez ranked in that list simultaneously.

 


Velasquez is gearing up for several new programs as a newly minted Kapamilya in the coming months.

On top of her regular “ASAP” stint, she will have her own musical sitcom co-starring her husband, music veteran Ogie Alcasid; and will be one of the judges in the singing competition “Search for the Idol Philippines.”

Netflix Rings in the Holiday Celebrations with "The Christmas Chronicles"



The Christmas Chronicles a holiday adventure from producer Chris Columbus (“Home Alone”, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone") and director Clay Kaytis ("The Angry Birds Movie"), tells the story of sister and brother, Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis), whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about. After staking out Santa’s arrival, they sneak into his sleigh, cause it to crash and nearly derail Christmas. As their wild night unfolds, Kate and Teddy work together with Santa - as you've never seen him before - and his loyal Elves to save Christmas before it's too late.

Director Clay Kaytis: "No one is better suited than Kurt Russell to bring our version of a rugged, charismatic, and hilarious Santa Claus to life. From our first meeting, he completely threw himself into this iconic role - and grew an impressive beard in the process. It has been a dream come true to work with Kurt in creating what I believe will be the new definition of Santa Claus for generations to come."

Producer Chris Columbus: “Kurt is the definitive Santa Claus. Charismatic, tough when needed with a wicked sense of humor. We’re really excited for audiences to see his performance onscreen and hope The Christmas Chronicles becomes a timeless classic.”

The Christmas Chronicles will launch globally on Netflix November 22.

Carlo Aqino Joins Girlfriend Angelica Panganiban in "PlayHouse"


Mornings will be filled with more love and kilig as Kapamilya actor Carlo Aquino joins the cast of ABS-CBN morning series “PlayHouse.”

Carlo plays Harold, a doctor who first encountered Patty (Angelica Panganiban) when he saw her crying in the rain after her breakup with Marlon (Zanjoe Marudo).

Harold and Patty’s second meeting, however, was not as pleasant as the first one as he mistakenly entered the room where she, who was only wearing a hospital gown, was set to have a check-up with an obstetrician-gynecologist. However, the unintentional mistake will bolster Harold's interest in Patty and will compel him to go out of his way to know her even more.

While a new man has entered her life, Patty’s relationship with Marlon might get another chance because of the possibility that she is pregnant with his child. It will be a grand celebration for their loved ones, who have been wishing for them to finally get back together.

Will Patty’s possible pregnancy finally lead to her reconciliation with Marlon? What role will Harold play in their lives?

Don’t miss the morning fun in “PlayHouse” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

Elsa Droga and Brother Raprap Named “The Kid’s Choice” Celebrity Grand Winner


Elsa Droga and her brother Raprap were named as the first-ever “The Kid’s Choice” celebrity grand winner as they wowed the kiddie judges and viewers with their entertaining dance exhibitions last Sunday (November 4).

The tandem’s creative dance tricks were a hit among audiences nationwide as they bagged 69.53% of the total text votes. They also took home P500,000 as cash prize.

Elsa, who rose to popularity when she joined “It’s Showtime’s” “Miss Q and A” pageant, and Raprap initially failed to qualify for the grand finals but got their second chance after reentering the competition as a wildcard contender.

Because of ‘The Kids’ Choice’ we are given the chance to renovate our house. (This is for) my mother, my family, and the people who believed in us. This will also add capital to my mom’s business,” thankful Elsa said.

Meanwhile last Saturday (November 3), Santos family were also hailed as champion with their death-defying stunts and dance routine. They got 26.92% of the total text votes and brought home P500,000 as cash prize.

The back-to-back finale last weekend won in national TV ratings as the show hit 24.8% last Saturday versus “Daddy’s Gurl” (18.4%), according to data from Kantar Media. Viewers also tuned in last Sunday as it recorded 26.8%, compared to “Studio 7” (16.5%).

Hosted by Robi Domingo and Eric Nicolas, “The Kids’ Choice” is led by the “The Just Kids League” namely Xia Vigor, Chunsa Jung, Jayden Villegas, Carlo Mendoza, and Onyok Pineda, who judge the family contenders.

November 5, 2018

Power Up Your Snack Time with VITASOY, Hongkong’s Favorite Healthy Soy Milk



From working the entire day, to doing groceries, and even making time for gym workouts or hanging out with friends, living a hectic and active lifestyle may take a toll on your stamina.

Vitasoy-Universal Robina Corporation (VURC) offers Hongkong's well-loved soy milk drink to suit everyone's on-the-go lifestyle.

The nutritious answer to consumers' snack time needs, Vitasoy Classic is a great-tasting beverage made from high-quality soybeans that are free from cholesterol and genetically-modified organisms (GMO). It is packed with the right nutrients and protein to power you through your hectic daily schedule.

Vitasoy Classic is low in saturated fat, making it an ideal refreshment choice for fitness and wellness enthusiasts who want a healthy drink to accompany their diets. It is also lactose-free and packed with Protein.

Whether you're craving for a quick snack in the morning or looking for a tasty treat in the mid-afternoon, be sure to power up your break time with a bottle of Vitasoy Classic.




Vitasoy Classic comes in an easy-to-carry 330ml bottle that's convenient to bring during your snack breaks. This tasty drink is available in three delicious flavors – Original, Chocolate, and Coffee; and is available at convenient stores and all leading groceries and supermarkets nationwide.

Get the latest from Vitasoy by following its Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VitasoyPH/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vitasoyph/) accounts; and Universal Robina Corporation's (URC) website at www2.urc.com.ph.

October 29, 2018

Make Your Christmas Shopping Easier, More Convenient and Affordable at WATSONS


Christmas isn’t just about being with family members and close friends. It’s also a great time to reconnect with people we don’t see often, like our relatives who live out of town or friends who reside far away.

Giving is the essence of the season. We love to give gifts to people we love -  our parents, family members, barkada, employees, neighbors, colleagues and even strangers.

But this feeling can be ruined by external factors like traffic and lack of time. 

Who has the time to shop for gifts all day when you have so many things to do at home and at work?

Leading health and beauty retailer, Watsons, helps solve this problem by being the one-stop destination for the best customized and themed gift sets for everyone in your gift list, whether your loved one is into health, fitness, skin care, hair styling, basic essentials and so on. Watsons has a wide selection of health and beauty gift sets that will make your holiday shopping easier and more convenient.

Watsons also makes it more affordable for shoppers by offering select exclusive gift sets for only P279 or P399 when they buy three until December 31, 2018. 

For Watsons Card members, shoppers can get two times their bonus points when they buy exclusive gift sets until December 26, 2018.

Watsons believes that everyone should look good and feel great this holiday season.

After all, when you look good and feel great, it will be a truly happy Christmas.




For more information, visit www.watsons.com.ph, follow @watsonsph on Facebook and Instagram. 

For exclusive benefits and promos, get the new Watsons Card. Membership is free and non-expiring. 

Get one point for every P200 spend at Watsons.

8 New Stars that Have Risen in UAAP Season 81


It all begins here. That has been the UAAP theme this year and the names you will see on this list have been embracing their new beginnings and are delivering with promise despite all the pressure.

The UAAP’s 81st season has been wild right off the bat with teams pulling wins out of nowhere, impressive individual performances, and lit on-court actions, which everyone has caught live on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

However, eight names have already shown why they are head and shoulders above everybody else in the season.

Let’s take a look at the idols of future ballers and coaches here:

 

1.) Ange Kouame, Ateneo De Manila University

The Ivorian big man is having a great debut with the defending champs in Season 81 and has been announcing his arrival to the league big game after big game, punctuated by his 33-point 27-rebound performance against potential Final Four contender, the FEU Tamaraws. While Thirdy Ravena continues to be the Blue Eagles’ leader on the floor, Kouame is slowly turning himself into a problem on a nightly basis. He’s constantly improving and learning about the college game thanks in part to fellow Ateneo big, who saw his play blossom last year, in Isaac Go.



 
2.) Sean Manganti, Adamson University

Jerrick Ahanmisi is the Falcons’ leading scorer and main attraction. But let it not distract you from the fact that Sean Manganti has improved vastly to be the actual barometer of the team as it continues its stellar season. To prove a point, Manganti has also hit big shots for the Falcons including that game-winning dagger against the UP Fighting Maroons. Part of the reason for his impressive season so far is due to his training with former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, who has been teaching him all the tricks in his bag.



 
3.) Justin Baltazar, La Salle

Justin Baltazar was a diamond in the rough coming to the Green Archers’ side of the fence after a stellar UAAP Juniors showing for National University. This season, without Ben Mbala up front, people are shocked by the massive improvement of Balti’s game as he has been the Green Archers’ consistent pillar of strength next to Aljun Melecio and Leonard Santillan. Balti has never had a bad game this season except when he had to contend with Ateneo’s hulking Ange Kouame, who is way heavier than the lanky center.



 
4.) Hubert Cani, Far Eastern University

What a journey it has been for the former UAAP Juniors Finals MVP Hubert Cani, who went to Ateneo for two years before transferring to FEU and debuting last year. The 5’11” point guard has trimmed down immensely in preparation for Season 81 and it has clearly shown that his deadly Juniors form is back in harness. While FEU has been see-sawing lately in the standings, Cani has been the constant as much as teams prepare to stop FEU’s top scorer Arvin Tolentino.



 
5.) Juan Gomez De Liano, University of the Philippines
Juan’s sophomore year has been anything but a disappointment. The UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year recently stopped the UAAP triple double drought when he posted a 15-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist line against the UE Red Warriors last Sunday (October 21). With team captain Paul Desiderio struggling in the start of the season, the former UAAP Juniors MVP stepped up to the plate and show improvement across the board and has become a huge headache for opposing teams alongside prized recruit Bright Akhuetie everytime he steps on the court.



 

6.) CJ Cansino, University of Sto. Tomas
The Growling Tigers rookie is living up to lofty expectations heaped on his shoulders as a UAAP Juniors MVP coming out of the UST Tiger Cubs program. Cansino is already displaying a grown man’s game despite being at the collegiate level. His basketball IQ is off the charts while maximizing the most of his physical tools at hand along with the system new Head Coach Aldin Ayo has put in place. With the keys in his hand, Cansino has responded and what a way for a rookie to, already having an 18-point, 18-rebound game and constantly hovering around a triple-double.


7.) Dave Ildefonso, National University
The younger Demolition Brother has been a treat to watch. Along with Cansino, they are both starring for their teams as rookies, leading the way, and leaving fans with jaws on the floor because of the level of talent they are displaying. He has shown great scoring instincts and has been at the forefront of the Bulldogs’ rebuild.



 
8.) Joe Silva, University of the East

We’re giving the last and final spot in the list to UE’s neophyte coach, who’s the driving force behind the rebuilding Red Warriors. Coach Joe maybe younger in terms of age and experience compared to his UAAP counterparts, but he is definitely no pushover with two UAAP Juniors championship under his belt with the Ateneo High School Blue Eaglets. So far, he is off to a good start in building a winning culture in the current UE Red Warriors lineup. This is evident in how feisty his team fights game in and game out despite the talent gap they face.

These eight guys are not the only impressive names we should all watch out for as you never know who will suddenly come out of the woodwork and starts pumping impressive game after impressive game. Get to see these stars in action every UAAP Season 81 game day during Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD starting at 2 pm.

For more sports news, follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For ABS-CBN updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

October 25, 2018

GNC Now Offers a Better, Stronger and Wider Selection of Innovative Health, Wellness and Performance Products

General Nutrition Centers (GNC Philippines), a leading nutrition and wellness brandannounces it is now BIGGER, BETTER and STRONGER.

 

GNC, a pioneer in the health and supplement industry, has been in the Philippines since 1994 and now operates around 40 stores throughout the country. All stores in the Philippines now offer a premium shopping experience and will be updated to align with those in GNC Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.

 

Key enhancements include: a wider selection of new, exciting and innovative products that will cater to every member of the family; extensive training of store staff about the productsoffered; excellent customer service; and door-to-door delivery through the company's online marketplaces and logistics partners in the region.

 

GNC believes in connecting its customers to their best selves via a premium assortment of health, wellness and performance products, including sports nutrition supplements, weight management supplements, vitamins, herbs and greens, wellness supplements, health and beauty, food and drink and other general merchandise. This assortment features proprietary GNC and nationally recognized third-party brands that cater to every individual in the family.

 

Products include:

 

MULTIS

GNC Multis are scientifically formulated, clinically studied, lifestyle, gender and age specific. Containing up to 56 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, herbs and other nutrients, GNC Mega Men and Women's Ultra Mega provides gradual release of nutrients for maximal absorption. 

 

FISH OIL & OMEGAS

GNC fish oil and omega products are manufactured to provide quality and purity. The Triple Strength Fish Oil contains the highest potency of EPA and DHA. GNC fish oils and omega products undergo multiple purification processes to concentrate essential omega-3 fatty acids while removing unwanted contaminants such as mercury, PCBs, Dioxins, Lead and Cadmium. GNC fish oil products are "enteric coated" to help reduce fishy burps.

 

PROBIOTICS

GNC's proprietary line of probiotics has the most comprehensive and superior assortment of probiotic products in the market. Ultra Probiotic 25, which has 16 unique strains including clinically studied probiotics, for digestive and immune support.  Guaranteed potency through expiration date, gluten and lactose freeno refrigeration is needed for GNC's range of probiotics.

 

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

GNC carries a wide range of weight management supplements from fat burners, meal replacements to appetite control. Among the popular ones is GNC Burn 60 - clinically proven thermogenic formula that helps to enhance metabolism, burn calories and boost energy levels that best works with a healthy diet and exercise program. 

 

BEAUTY

Nourish your hair, skin and nails with GNC Women's Hair, Skin and Nails Formula.  This unique formula includes Vitamin, A, B, C, E and Biotin that protects the body against free radical damage and restores skin elasticity.

 

Look forward to more exciting products in this range arriving soon.  Replenish collagen effectively, whiten, brighten, and preserve skin's radiance and moisture with the coming range.

 

ANTI-AGING

StemC™ is derived from the placenta of only highly-acclaimed, pure, thoroughbred horses which are raised in Hokkaido under the most stringent quality standards and favorable environments. These thoroughbred horses are fed a specially tailored high-nutrition diet and are known for their Power, Speed and Strength. As placenta originating from pure, thoroughbred horses is very rare, it can only be delivered in limited quantities.

 

Each bottle of LAC StemC™ contains highly concentrated active placenta extract in a unique formula for rejuvenationat the cellular level.  An advanced encapsulation process preserves vital cell growth factors extracted from the placenta, which are active ingredients that support the body's renewal system to repair and rejuvenate ageing cells and damaged tissues.

 

SPORTS NUTRITION

GNC is the go-to destination for sports nutrition products.  From GNC Pro Performance and AMP Gold to Optimum Nutrition, CellucorMuscletech and more, GNC will be able to meet your workout needs.  Choose from an extensive range of pre-workout, endurance, muscle boosting and post-workout recovery products to support your performance goals.

 

MUM BABY & KIDS

GNC Milestones offers a superior and comprehensive assortment of products that cater to the nutritional needs of children for all ages in order to ensure healthy growth and development. GNC Milestones Baby caters to newborn and up, GNC Milestones Kids caters to ages 2 and up, while GNC Milestones Teens caters to children ages 12 and up. GNC Milestones products are backed up by their worry free guarantee, which stands for Safety, Quality, Purity, Potency and Nourishment.

 

For more information, go to http://www.gnc.com.ph

Maja Salvador Takes Over the Half-Time Break at TFC’s “Kapamilya Playoffs in Taiwan”

It is a back-to-back win for the overseas Filipinos in Taiwan with The Filipino Channel (TFC) bringing not only an all-star basketball team lineup but also a world-class half-time break performance from no less than Maja Salvador, at the upcoming "Kapamilya Playoffs in Taiwan" happening on November 18 at the Fengyuan District Stadium, Taichung, Taiwan.

 

The "Kapamilya Playoffs in Taiwan" event will be kicked off by the game between the champions from the RJD Basketball League and in the Tai-Phil Basketball League

 

The winning team in the first game will challenge the Star Magic team composed of Gerald AndersonJC De VeraRonnie AlonteVin AbrenicaAxel Torres, Zeus CollinsJimboy MartinJV Kapunan, Jose Sarasola, and Gerard Acao.

 

Dance Royalty Maja Salvador will fire up the dancefloor with the show-stopping performance she prepared especially for the overseas Filipinos in Taiwan, which will be witnessed during the half-time break of the game between the champion team and the Star Magic team.

 

Be updated on which team from the RJD Basketball League and in the Tai-Phil Basketball League will be part of the "Kapamilya Playoffs in Taiwan" and face-off with the Star Magic team. Catch TFC's weekly playoffs updates via TFC Online (www.TFC.tv). This is FREE for all, simply register on the site to watch the weekly updates.

 

Do not be left behind, witness the exciting game between the overseas Filipino team and the Star Magic team, and be dazzled by Maja Salvador's smooth dance moves at the "Kapamilya Playoffs in Taiwan" happening on November 18 at the Fengyuan District Stadium, Taichung, Taiwan.

 

Buy your tickets now! Ticket prices are at NTD 600 for General Admission, NTD 1000 for Patron, and NTD 1,800 for VIP. For details on how to purchase tickets, visit facebook.com/TFCTaiwan1.

 

For more details about the event, visit and like facebook.com/TFCTaiwan1. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.


“The Mule” Delivers Eastwood-Centric First Poster

Warner Bros. Pictures has just unveiled the first poster artwork of Clint Eastwood's newest feature film, the drama "The Mule."

 

In addition to directing, the veteran actor steps in front of the lens again, alongside fellow stars Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest and Andy Garcia, as well as Alison Eastwood and Taissa Farmiga.

 

Check out the poster below and watch "The Mule" in Philippine cinemas January 30, 2019.

 

 

About "The Mule"

 

Clint Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive.  Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel.  He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler.  But he isn't the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates.  And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it's uncertain if he'll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel's enforcers, catch up to him.

 

"The Mule" marks Oscar-winner Eastwood's first time on both sides of the camera since he starred in 2009's critically acclaimed "Gran Torino."

 

"The Mule" is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.

“La Luna Sangre,” “Probinsyano,” “Till I Met You” and Other Kapamilya Shows to be Shown in Thailand

 

More Kapamilya shows are set to air in Thailand and Laos after JKN Global, the top content provider and channel operator in Thailand, bought over 290 hours of content from ABS-CBN at the recent MIPCOM, an annual trade event in France, where content producers, buyers, financiers, and distributors in the fields of entertainment and advertising from all over the world, can connect, make deals, and learn future trends in the industry.

 

The deal gave JKN Global the right to distribute six titles, which are "La Luna Sangre," "Magpahanggang Wakas," "The Promise of Forever," "Till I Met You," Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach's lifestyle travel show "Pia's Postcards", and the longest-running primetime series on TV, "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano."

 

ABS-CBN shows like "Got To Believe", "The Legal Wife", and "Bridges of Love" have already aired in Thailand and were well received by Thai viewers. The shows have become so popular that Kapamilya stars, Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador, Kathryn Bernardo, and Daniel Padilla were invited to the biggest media event in Thailand last July, the JKN Diamond Blue Mega Showcase, an annual trade event of JKN Global.

 

ABS-CBN and JKN Global have been partners in providing quality Filipino content to Thai audiences since 2016. The two network giants of their respective countries are currently discussing possible coproduction opportunities.

 

ABS-CBN's content, popular for its heartfelt Filipino stories, is made available across other territories through ABS-CBN International Distribution, recognized in the global arena as a reliable foreign content provider. It has been a premier source of high quality Filipino programming in over 50 territories all over the world and has sold over 40,000 hours of content worldwide. Living up to this recognition, ABS-CBN International Distribution commits to add to its line-up of high-caliber programs and movies with cast and storylines that appeal to various cultures.

 

For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

KathNiel’s “The Hows of Us” to be Shown in Cannes, France

 

ABS-CBN is bringing "The Hows of Us," the highest-grossing Philippine film to date with gross earnings of P810 million, to the international content market, MIPCOM, in Cannes, France.

 

The movie stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, touted as the country's box office king and queen, as a couple who must figure out how to save their long-term relationship as each of them starts taking different paths in life.

  

Many film critics have noted how the movie showcased the exceptional growth of Kathryn as an actress as she portrays a woman in the middle of a critical crossroad, not just in her relationship but also in her life. They also lauded the subdued performance of Daniel, which allowed his onscreen partner to shine even more. 

 

Also in ABS-CBN's showcase lineup are the romance-drama series "Ngayon at Kailanman," which is based on classic telenovela stories of star-crossed lovers from different worlds who must fight the odds to be together; "Halik," which shows the complications and intricacies that arise when old love intertwines with the new; and "Araw Gabi," a love story mixed with mystery and suspense that takes place on the paradise-like island of El Paraiso.

 

MIPCOM is an annual trade event in France, where content producers, buyers, financiers, and distributors in the fields of entertainment and advertising, from all over the world, can connect, make deals, and learn future trends in the industry.

 

ABS-CBN's content, popular for their heartfelt Filipino stories, are available across other territories through ABS-CBN International Distribution, recognized in the global arena as a reliable foreign content provider. It has been a premier source of high quality Filipino programming in over 50 territories all over the world and has sold over 40,000 hours of content worldwide. Living up to this recognition, ABS-CBN International Distribution commits to add to its line-up of high-caliber programs and movies with cast and storylines that appeal to various cultures. Visit its website http://internationalsales.abs-cbn.com.

 

For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.


King of Primetime Coco Martin stars in New Action Thriller


The King of Primetime Coco Martin stars in a new action thriller – this time, in the newest television commercial (TVC) of Mang Inasal, the leading Pinoy restaurant that serves the 2-in-1 sa Laki, Nuot-sa-Ihaw Sarap Chicken Inasal.

 

The 15-seconder TVC features Martin in his element doing his usual heart-stopping stunts, while braving blazing fire and cinders.

 

And all of these are set in a Mang Inasal store's kitchen, where the real action really happens - flames and flavors combine to create the ultimatenuot sa ihaw sarap of the country's most-loved chicken inasal.

 

Mang Inasal Marketing Head Aileen Natividad said the latest Mang Inasal TVC reflects the exciting experience of customers whenever they savor Mang Inasal Chicken Inasal's "exploding flavors."

 

"Our new TVC showcases our Chicken Inasal's explosion of flavors, because we grill it in such a way that our special marinade not just coats but permeates the entire chicken.  So whenever you have a bite of our Chicken Inasal, you will get thrilled with its perfectly grilled taste," she said. 

 

Mang Inasal's Chicken Inasal is prepared using a unique recipe, where choice cuts of guaranteed high-quality chicken are soaked in a special marinade made out of local secret spices, carefully skewered and grilled the Mang Inasal way. 

 

Further endearing Mang Inasal to Pinoys are the restaurant's homey, grillery ambiance and pioneering unlimited serving of rice for all itsPaborito meals. It also allows diners to savor the No.1 chicken inasal with special condiments, like chicken oil, which makes Mang Inasal meals even more flavorful.

 

Mang Inasal opened its first store in Iloilo in December 2003, and has since then become one of the fastest growing restaurants in the country with over 500 outlets nationwide and counting. To know more about the leading Pinoy branded quick service restaurant, visit their website atwww.manginasal.com and like their Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/MangInasalPhilippines.

 

Visit the nearest Mang Inasal store near you and get thrilled with the explosive flavors of the 2-in-1sa Laki, Nuot-sa-Ihaw Sarap Chicken Inasal!

Victoria’s Secret Model Kelsey Merritt Graces Metro Society’s Anniversary Issue

October marks Metro Society's birthday and gracing the illustrious anniversary cover is none other than Filipina supermodel making waves in NYC, Kelsey Merritt. 

 

In a Metro Society exclusive, Kelsey opens up about the magnificent moment that was: finding out that she was one of the 50 chosen to join the ranks of Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, and Adriana Lima in the upcoming Victoria's Secret show.

 

Following the cover story is the main feature of Women Who Dare, the magazine's second one yet. Turn the page and learn the amazing journeys of Nika Diwa, Marga Nograles, Rosenthal Tee, Lynn Pinugu, and Mutya ng Pilipinas Miss Tourism International Aya Fernandez.

 

Afterwards, discover the iconic French luxury furniture brand Roche Bobois as the iconic Mah Jong sofa interacts with the artistry of 10 creative Filipinos, resulting in splendid visions, in "Interactions." The Metro teams visited the artists in each of their spaces to see the making of and the very inspirations behind their interpretations of the icon.

 

Then, go inside the studio of Wynn Wynn Ong as she gives a preview of what is to come in the magazine's upcoming event with her—the KaLIKHAsan Ball at the Metropolitan Museum this November.

 

Also in this issue, find your seat at the table at a fashionable dinner by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu for her friends at home, her beautiful collection of plates from around the world on a magnificent display. Then, fly off to Iceland with The Spoiled Mummy, Grace Baja, as she revels in magnificent Mother Nature, seeing all the sights to be seen with her family.

 

For wellness and beauty, discover a masterpiece in La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream and get long and lean with one-on-one sessions at Options Pilates Studio. Then, get to know Rach Sayed and Kimi Martinez of SSI, as they rep their luxury fashion brands and show off a few of their favorite things.

 

Metro Society ends the birthday celebration with the launch of a new column, Mr. Manners by Monchet Olives, at the back—a write-up on etiquette that will surely be devoured in seconds.

 

Metro Society is available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide for only P250. Follow the magazine on Instagram via @metrosocietyph.

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