April 28, 2019

Biggest Kapamilya Stars Converge this Summer in the 2019 BAS-CBN “Summer is Love” Station ID


The biggest stars from our favorite Kapamilya shows are joining forces to spread good vibes and brighten up the season as they dance to the country's new summer anthem in the 2019 ABS-CBN "Summer Is Love" Station ID.


Sing and dance along with the likes of of Coco Martin of "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," Angel Locsin of "The General's Daughter," and the cast of "Kadenang Ginto" in the premiere of the star-studded summer video this Saturday (April 27) on "It's Showtime" on ABS-CBN. 


"Idol Philippines" host Billy Crawford and judges Vice Ganda, James Reid, Moira Dela Torre, and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid will also perform the song live tomorrow, together with "It's Showtime" family led by Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario, Amy Perez, and Ryan Bang.


Also featured in the video, which takes us to different sets and locations of Kapamilya programs, are the "ASAP Natin 'To" family of Martin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Erik Santos, Sarah Geronimo, Edward Barber, Donny Pangilinan, Robi Domingo, TNT Boys Keifer Sanchez, Mackie Empuerto, and Francis Concepcion, Janine Berdin, Yeng Constantino, KZ Tandingan, Morissette, and Boyband PH Joao Constancia, Niel Murillo, Tristan Ramirez, Russell Reyes, and Ford Valencia; "World of Dance" host Pia Wurtzbach with judges Gary Valenciano, Maja Salvador, and Billy Crawford; and "Minute to Win It" host Luis Manzano with Negi.


Joining them are the cast of "Los Bastardos" led by Jake Cuenca, Albie Casino, Joseph Marco, Joshua Colet, Marco Gumabao, Jane Oineza, Gloria Diaz, and Ronaldo Valdez; Paulo Avelino, Arjo Atayde, JC De Vera, Ryza Cenon, Cholo Baretto, Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte, Tirso Cruz III, Janice De Belen, Albert Martinez, and Maricel Soriano from "The General's Daughter;" Sophia Reola and RK Bagatsing of "Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit;" and Dimples Romana, Beauty Gonzalez, Adrian Alandy, Francine Diaz, Andrea Brillantes, Kyle Echarri, and Seth Fedelin of "Kadenang Ginto."


The stars of the new afternoon teleserye "Mea Culpa Sino Ang May Sala" Bela Padilla, Tony Labrusca, Kit Thompson, Ketchup Eusebio,  Sandino Martin, Ivana Alawi, and Jodi Sta. Maria will also show their dance moves, same as Atty. Jose Sison of "Ipaglaban Mo," and Yassi Pressman, Empoy Marquez, Bassilyo, and Smugglaz of "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," who were with Coco in Japan.


Getting in on the fun are "Magandang Buhay" hosts Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, and Melai Cantiveros-Francisco, "Tonight with Boy Abunda" host Boy Abunda, the kiddie comedians of "Goin' Bulilit," and their older counterparts in "Banana Sundae" led by Angelica Panganiban, John Prats, Jason Gainza, Jobert Austria, and Pooh.


Not to be left behind in the newest dance craze are "PBB Otso" Teen Batch 1 Big Four Lie Reposposa, Kaori Oinuma, Karina Bautista, and Jelay Pilones, and the "PBB Otso" Adult Big Four Yamyam Gucong, Fumiya Sankai, Andre Brouilette, and Lou Yanong.


Following ABS-CBN's hit Christmas campaigns "Just Love" and "Family is Love," this year's summer theme also bears a message of love, emphasizing how life is more meaningful and fun when shared with loved ones like family and friends, whether in good or bad times.


The "Summer is Love" station ID is produced by ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management division. Words were composed by Robert Labayen and Lloyd Oliver Corpuz with music and additional rap lyrics by Yumi Lacsamana and Thyro Alfaro. The "Summer is Love" dance, meanwhile, was choreographed by Edsel Misenas and the Autonomicass Crew.


Don't miss the live performance and premiere of the 2019 ABS-CBN "Summer Is Love" Summer Station ID this Saturday (April 27) on "It's Showtime" on ABS-CBN. It can also be watched on the ABS-CBN Entertainment YouTube channel. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit abscbnpr.com

“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” Cast Invites Pinoy Fans to Watch the Movie on May 9


Kumusta, Philippines! Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton invite Filipino fans to watch "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu" in a new video released by Warner Bros. Pictures. 


Check out the greeting below and watch "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu" in Philippine cinemas May 09.


Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/warnerbrosphils/videos/vl.360675458026455/385621632163136/?type=1 


YouTube:  https://youtu.be/L76WELL8i9k 


"POKÉMON Detective Pikachu" is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company. 

April 24, 2019

Park Bo Gum Manila Tour Postponed

The Park Bo Gum "May Your Everyday Be a Good Day" Tour in Manila, slated on April 27 (Saturday), is postponed and rescheduled to June 22 (Saturday) upon request of Blossom Entertainment due to the recent earthquakes that happened in the Philippines.

ABS-CBN and Ovation Productions apologize for any inconvenience caused by this decision. The safety of the fans, staff, and artist is our top priority. We appreciate your kind patronage and we are grateful for your understanding.

All tickets sold with the original date will be honored on the new fan meet schedule.

For more inquiries, please call SM Tickets at 470-2222 or email customercare@smtickets.com.

April 21, 2019

Search for “Idol Philippines” Starts this Easter Sunday on ABS-CBN


The Filipinos' world-class singing talent will once again take centerstage as the country's biggest singing competition "Search for the Idol Philippines" begins its search for the country next singing idol this Sunday (April 21).


The idol hopefuls from all over the world are now ready to impress viewers nationwide with their immense vocal talent and inspire everyone with their unique stories of perseverance. bringing laughter, tears, and inspiration to audiences every week.


Viewers are also up for more surprises as four of the country's most prominent OPM stars —Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Moira Dela Torre, James Reid, and Vice Ganda — join forces for the first time in finding the next vocal superstar.


For over three decades, Regine has proven that she is an OPM icon, with songs that touched millions and who inspired a whole generation of singers. As her first stint as judge in a reality-talent competition, the Asia's Songbird will share her experience as one of the well-respected Pinoy divas to hone and ready each contestant for stardom.


Moira Dela Torre, on the other hand, defines the current sound of OPM as she made hits after another with her heartfelt tunes and soothing vocals. She was also hailed the most streamed Filipina artist of 2018 by Spotify, making her the hottest OPM star today. As judge, she will use her distinct voice to let the aspiring singers shine and reach their dreams.


From being a TV and movie actor, James is also now a multi-awarded singer-songwriter. He has also built his own record label Careless Music Manila, proving that he can also work behind the scenes as a producer. Having the total package, the Multimedia Prince will inspire the singing aspirants to be an all-around artist to make a mark in the industry.


A record-breaking concert performer, the Unkabogable Phenomenal Box-Office Star Vice Ganda has proven his star power in the concert scene with his yearly sold-out concerts. He has also recorded a slew of hit novelty songs that brought good vibes and became anthems of madlang people. Aside from bringing happiness every afternoon, Vice will also impress viewers every weekend with his on-point comments that will test the singing hopefuls' determination to win the competition.


They will also be joined by the international RnB sensation Billy Crawford, who will highlight the inspiring stories of the idol hopefuls that will touch the hearts of viewers.


Tune in to the idol hopefuls' journey on "Search for the Idol Philippines" starting this Sunday (April 21) on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

ABS-CBN Stays on Top in March

ABS-CBN remained unbeatable as the most watched network in March as nine Kapamilya shows continue to entertain and empower viewers, leading it to record an average audience share of 47%, or 17 points higher compared to GMA's 30%, according to data from Kantar Media.

Still leading the list of most watched programs is "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" (42.4%) which remains undisputed as the top program nationwide with its adrenaline-pumped action in March. It is followed by "The General's Daughter" (32.3%), which has triumphed over a new rival program with almost double the viewership.

Talent show "World of Dance Philippines" (31.5%)is the leading program on Saturdays and Sundays as it consistently topped weekend programming last month, while "TV Patrol" (30.9%) stayed as the Filipinos' newscast of choice for relevant news and information.

 "Maalaala Mo Kaya" (28.7%) kept viewers in March inspired, while "Halik" (24.5%) had viewers' hooked on the fierce confrontations of its lead characters.

Also part of the top ten list are the magazine show "Rated K Handa Na Ba Kayo?" (22.2%), the values-laden series "Wansapanataym" (21.9%), and the relevant sit-com "Home Sweetie Home Walang Kapares" (21.6%).

Meanwhile, the Kapamilya network kept its lead nationwide, particularly in Metro Manila where it hit an average audience share of 44% versus GMA's 24%, and in Mega Manila where it got an average audience share of 38%, compared to GMA's 30%. ABS-CBN also topped in Total Luzon where it registered 41%, beating GMA's 33%; in Total Visayas where it scored 57%, compared to GMA's 23%; and in Total Mindanao where it garnered 56% versus GMA's 25%.

ABS-CBN also won across all time blocks, particularly in the primetime block (6PM to 12 MN) where it garnered an average audience share of 50%, or 20 points higher than GMA's 30%. 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.

Likewise, the Kapamilya network also reigned supreme in the morning block (6 AM to 12 NN), where it registered 38%, compared to GMA's 28%; in the noontime block (12 NN to 3 PM), where it hit 48% versus GMA's 29%; and in the afternoon block (3PM-6PM) with 49%, beating GMA's 30%. 

Global 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.

Global K-Pop Sensation ‘BTS’ Joins Forces with ‘Halsey’ for WorldTV Premiere Performance on the “2019 Billboard Music Awards”


dick clark productions announced today that global superstars BTS will take the stage with chart-topping singer/songwriter Halsey for the worldwide collaborative debut of their brand-new track "Boy With Luv" at the "2019 Billboard Music Awards." BTS and Halsey join previously announced performers Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle, Khalid, Panic! At The Disco and Sam Smith & Normani, plus a special performance by 2019 ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey. The "2019 Billboard Music Awards," with returning host Kelly Clarkson, will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand GardenArena in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 2 at 8:00AMon Blue Ant Entertainment available on SKYcable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD), SKYdirect channel 35, Destiny Cable channel 53, and Cablelink channel 37, and will feature this year's hottest musical acts, unexpected collaborations and buzzworthy moments.

Two-time Billboard Music Award winners BTS last performed at the "2018 Billboard Music Awards" with their top 10 Billboard Hot 100 single "Fake Love." They also walked away with the Top Social Artist trophy in both 2017 and 2018, and are nominated in the Top Duo/Group and Top Social Artist categories this year. Three-time Billboard Music Award winner Halsey took the Billboard Music Awards stage in both 2017 and 2018, first performing her hit "Now or Never" and then joining The Chainsmokers the following year to pay tribute to Avicii. Halsey is nominated this year for Top Female Artist and Top Selling Song for "Without Me."  
Billboard Chart Facts:
In the past year, BTS scored its first two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart with Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer. The act also claimed their first top 10 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Fake Love." So far, the South Korean pop phenom has seen its catalog of albums earn 2.6 million equivalent album units in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, while their collected songs have tallied over 4.2 billion on-demand streams. Additionally, BTS remains an incredible force on social media thanks to their fans ARMY, as reflected on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The group has racked up over 100 weeks at No. 1 on tally, which ranks the most popular music acts on social media.
In 2015, Halsey launched at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with her debut studio album Badlands. A year later, she scored her first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single, as featured on The Chainsmokers' "Closer." She tallied her first Billboard 200 leader, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, in 2017, while 2019 brought her first Hot 100 No. 1 as a lead artist, "Without Me." She has earned four No. 1s on the Pop Songs chart, with her latest, "Eastside," with Benny Blanco and Khalid, replacing "Without Me" directly at the summit.

"Billboard Music Awards" nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2018 through March 7, 2019. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.
The "2019 Billboard Music Awards" is produced by dick clark productions. Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producers.

For the latest news on the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), exclusive content and more, be sure to follow Blue Ant Entertainment on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BlueAntEntertainment/@BlueAntEntertainment on Instagram and @BlueAntEnt on Twitter.

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” Reveals Final Trailer


With Jean Grey aka Phoenix (played by Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner) out of control in the final trailer reveal of "X-Men: Dark Phoenix", her fellow mutants unite to save her from wreaking havoc on earth and to the rest of the X-men force.  "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" is adapted from the classic storyline during the 1980s when the X-men were on a rescue mission in space and when Jean was struck by a powerful solar flare and returned to earth unknowingly transformed into the most dangerous lethal weapon.  Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite -- not only to save Jean's soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

""X-Men: Dark Phoenix" also stars Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Andrew Stehlin as Red Lotus, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler and Kota Eberhardt as Selene with Jessica Chastain in a mysterious role. 

"X-Men: Dark Phoenix" opens in Philippine cinemas on June 5 from 20th Century Fox.  

Follow 20th Century Fox to check out latest trailer reveal - Youtube - 20thcenturyfoxph , Facebook - 20th Century Fox (PH)

“The Curse of La Llorona” Holds Sneak Previews in PH Cinemas on April 22 and 23

The curse comes to life sooner than you think as New Line Cinema and producer James Wan's "The Curse of La Llorona" holds special, whole-day sneak previews on Monday & Tuesday, April 22 & 23 in selected cinemas nationwide.


This gives horror fans an early treat as the suspense thriller is due to open wide across the Philippines on May 1st yet.


Tickets to the sneaks will be at regular admission prices.  Moviegoers are advised to check the social pages of their favorite cinemas for the screening schedule.


"The Curse of La Llorona" is rated R-13 by the Movie & Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).  The film contains depictions of horror, frightening scenes and occasional gore, that may not be suitable for children below thirteen (13) years of age.


"The Curse of La Llorona" is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  Use the hashtag #LaLlorona



About "The Curse of La Llorona"

From New Line Cinema and producer James Wan, "The Curse of La Llorona" brings the iconic Latin American legend to terrifying life in an original horror film, marking the feature directorial debut of Michael Chaves, the innovative filmmaker behind the award-winning short "The Maiden."   


In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night—and the children.  Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.  Their only hope to survive La Llorona's deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.  


Produced by James Wan ("Aquaman"), Gary Dauberman (screenwriter "IT" and "Annabelle" franchises) and Emile Gladstone ("Army of One"), "The Curse of La Llorona" stars Linda Cardellini (the Oscar-winning "Green Book," Netflix's "Bloodline"), Raymond Cruz (TV's "Breaking Bad," "Training Day") and Patricia Velasquez (TV's "Arrested Development," "The Mummy" films), along with Marisol Ramirez (TV's "NCIS: Los Angeles"), Sean Patrick Thomas (the "Barbershop" films, "Halloween: Resurrection"), Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen ("Selfless") and newcomer Roman Christou.

One Music Brings Back “One Paradise” to La Union


One Music PH teams up with ABS-CBN Lifestyle, MYX, and L.U. Soul and returns to La Union for "One Paradise," a gig for a cause happening along San Juan beach this April 26 (Friday)


A movement to inspire the youth to save and protect the environment through music, "One Paradise" brings together artists from different genres—Sue Ramirez, AC Bonifacio,Cane City, brwn, Quacid, Tanakuta. Jason Fernandez, Miro Valero, Dotty's World,Agsunta, Migz Haleco, and Parokya ni Edgar—all on one stage. 


Don't miss the ABS- CBN Lifestyle Hotshots of 2019, this year's batch of hunky actors and heartthrobs who will add heat to the event.

Also joining are MYX VJ Samm and Sports and Action host Vince Velasco who will serve as hosts of the benefit gig, which is now on its second year.

The "One Paradise" movement aims to help educate La Union locals and Metro Manila's urbanites on the perils of single-use plastics and promote responsible beach partying. Aside from the show, it includes a eco-brick teaching session spearheaded by L. U. Soul, a community-driven ecotourism movement that promotes sustainability of the world's fifth longest shoreline, the La Union coastline.


Last year, the movement brought together more than 3,500 attendees to the gig and also encouraged participants to support the clean-up drive that was done, which was replaced by the eco-brick this coming year. 


One Music PH is ABS-CBN's music portal that offers Filipinos the total music experience with audio and video streaming, music news, and exclusive digital concerts featuring the brightest Filipino talents. It also allows aspiring musicians a crack at stardom by allowing them to upload their work on the website.

Head out to La Union this April 26 (Friday) and support the "One Paradise" cause. For updates follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

Jollibee welcomes Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray as its Newest Ambassador

Jollibee, the country's number one fast-food brand, has added no less than the most beautiful woman in the universe to its stellar roster of endorsers: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.


The fast-food brand officially welcomed Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray in an afternoon filled with joy, laughter, and endless servings of the new and improved Jolly Twirl.


An iconic queen for an iconic brand

"I feel incredibly honored to be part of the Jollibee family and this successful homegrown brand that makes me proud to be a Filipino," shared the 25-year-old reigning queen. "Being able to associate the new and improved slow-melt Jolly Twirl with my own slow-mo twirl makes this opportunity a great fit, and it's a bonus that I absolutely love this dessert!


Catriona also shared how excited she was for the experience of having filmed the commercial with Twirlieone of Jollibee's friends who gracefully mimicked her famous lava walk right after her victory. In a twirling showdown, Miss Universe even graciously commended Twirlie's moves.


"Twirlie and I have our own special twirls, but I must say—the best twirl ever is now the Jolly Twirl!" Catriona said.


"We at Jollibee feel very honored to have Catrionajoin our family," said Francis Flores, Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer"She has shown incredible grace, empathy, and Filipino excellence in the world stage, brought home the most coveted crown, and continues to help and inspire Filipino children through her advocacies. She called us iconic, but she's an equally iconic figure—an iconic queen that captured our nation's heart."


'The best twirl ever'

Catriona shares that she has simple tastes and her favorite menu item when she has a sweet tooth is the Chocolate Sundae Twirl.


"I like to enjoy Chocolate Sundae Twirl whenever I can. Whether you're craving for something indulgentor having a celebration, its perfect for all occasions talaga," she said. "This new and improved Jolly Twirl is the best twirl ever, because it's now thicker, creamier, and slower to melt so we can enjoy it longer – together!"


Like Miss Universe 2018 herself, give yourself the joyful twirl of the Jolly Twirlavailable in four variants.Go for the timeless classic Vanilla Cone Twirl (PHP 10.00*), with the thicker, creamier vanilla soft-serve ice cream twirled perfectly into and on top of a crispy cone. Indulge your chocolate cravings with the Chocolate Cone Twirl (PHP 15.00*), with the chocolate-dipped soft-serve giving a new dimension of deliciousness. Go all out with the Chocolate Sundae Twirl (PHP 30.00*) or Mini Chocolate Sundae Twirl (PHP 24.00) and revel in the irresistible combination of thick, creamy vanilla ice cream and generous drizzling of glossy, sweet chocolate syrup.


Try out the new and improved Jolly Twirl in any Jollibee branch nearest you!


*Prices may vary across different locations

Gabbi Garcia Launches Her Own Line of Perfume Called ‘HKT Fragrances’

From the creative and entrepreneural minds behind Something Cool, Inc. come HKT Fragrances, a new generation of sensational scents inspired by modern style and the clean, fresh vibe that comes with it. HKT Fragrances is out to disrupt the fragrance industry with quality products offered at budget-friendly prices.

Dreaming of being part of the "IT" crowd? Let Hookt usher you into a world of exclusively where confidence is unleashed. Make a statement with fragrance must-haves that punctuate your personal style. Choose from a variety of scents for men and women that range from light, clean and musky to fruity, floral and woody. With Hookt, all it takes is a spritz to make an impression that lasts.

Hookt caters to the youth of today and understands their need to stand out and express their individuality. The brand believes that a fragrance embodies choice, style, and expression. Hookt fragrances do not overpower. They call attention to themselves through subtle sophistication. Each scent was carefully curated with the modern millennial in mind. A HKT signature 
fragrance fits a unique persona and sets the stage for an urban expression that is in a class of its own.

Kicking off the year with its nationwide launch in April 10, 2019, Hookt promises to be a game changer aimed at boosting one's confidence, promoting beauty, and offering olfactory style. With young actresses Andrea Brillantes and Gabbi Garcia serving as its endorsers, the brand goes beyond offering just fragrances. It offers a state of mind where style, class, and good vibes rule. Get ready to get hooked on HKT Fragrances. Experience the brand by visiting www.hookt.ph and exploring our products on Lazada, Instagram @hooktph and Facebook official page www.fb.com/hooktphilippines

April 4, 2019

Liza Soberano Bids “Darna” Goodbye

A teary-eyed Liza Soberano announced on Thursday that she has withdrawn from the titular role of Pinay Superheroine "Darna" citing an injury as the reason behind her decision to quit the role.

According to Liza, she fractured the bones of her right finger in an accident on the set of the now-defunct fantaserye "Bagani" in August of last year. While she has undergone two surgeries to address the fracture, Liza is still unable to move her finger as normally as the others, given that its joint was also damaged.

Liza is set to undergo a third surgery to remove the metal plates that had been inserted to heal the fracture, saying she is hopeful that she can regain the full function her finger through time and more therapy sessions.

ABS-CBN and Star Cinema, in a statement, said they "understand Liza's condition, respect her decision, and wish her well on her recovery." The film outfit also clarified that the "Darna" movie will push through, and that it has started the selection process for a new actress.

March 25, 2019

“It’s Showtime” First International Franchise Airs Starting March 25 in Indonesia


The country's number one noontime show "It's Showtime" is spreading good vibes to more viewers not just in the Philippines but across the world by landing its first international franchise in Indonesia.


Starting Monday (March 25), Indonesian viewers will get to watch their own version of the program on the TV station MNCTV. The groundbreaking milestone also marks ABS-CBN's first non-narrative format franchise buy, solidifying the company's position as a reliable content provider in the international arena.


"It's Showtime" hosts Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz will also be flying to Indonesia this weekend to observe and support the launch of the show on MNCTV. Jugs and Teddy are considered pioneers of "It's Showtime," having hosted it since 2009 when it was still airing in the morning timeslot. 


"From introducing XB Gensan, Rachel Gabreza, and international sensation TNT Boys to the world, 'It's Showtime' and ABS-CBN are committed to discovering world-class talent and providing high-quality Filipino content and entertainment that would appeal to the global market. This a massive achievement and honor for the whole team as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of 'It's Showtime' this year," said Peter Dizon, business unit head of "It's Showtime."


"While are proud that 'It's Showtime' will have its own version in Indonesia, it's really about sharing the happiness with the viewers and extending the experience not just here in the Philippines but also in another country," he added.


MNCTV's version of "It's Showtime" will carry popular segments that have brought happiness to many Filipinos, including "Sine Mo 'To," "Cash-Ya! Kaya!" "Ansabe," "Copy Cut," and "Bida Kapamilya." 


As "It's Showtime" continues its year-long countdown to its 10th anniversary in October, it has introduced new segments that draw viewers whether on TV or online, such as the compatibility game "KapareWho" and the search for the next leading man, "Bida Man." Outstanding singers will once again pull out all the stops in the week-long Quarter 3 semifinals of "Tawag ng Tanghalan," which kicks off on April 1.


"It's Showtime," meanwhile, remains as the most watched noontime show in the country, having recorded a national TV rating of 20.1%, almost double that of "Eat Bulaga's" 10.4%, based on data from Kantar Media last Thursday (March 21).


Like the Philippine version of the show, Indonesia's "It's Showtime" also enlisted its the brightest stars, including singer-comedian-actor Raffi Ahmad, model-turned-actress Luna Maya, renowned host Indra Herlambang, host-actress Chika Jessica, Filipino TV host and recording artist Leo Consul, and rockstar twins Musbrother.


"It's Showtime," which continues its countdown to its tenth anniversary celebration, airs Mondays to Saturdays on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (Sky Cable ch 167). For the program's past episode, login to iWant (iwant.ph) or on skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

March 24, 2019

Kathryn Bernardo Wins Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Trending Artist 2019

Kathryn Bernardo bested Liza Soberano, Julia Barretto and Yassi Pressman in this year's Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.

The Kapamilya blockbuster actress  was voted the Favorite Trending Pinoy artist after garnering the most number of fan votes which were cast using a special hashtag.

Held annually, the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards brings together top celebrities in the United States for a fun-filled show that honors the biggest acts and programs of the past year.

March 20, 2019

Zachary Levi Brims with Hope, Enthusiasm as “Shazam!”


Zachary Levi ("Thor: The Dark World," TV's "Chuck," "Heroes Reborn"stars as the titular DC Super Hero of New Line Cinema's origin story "SHAZAM!" 


Director David F. Sandberg says Levi's passion and youthful nature were vital in his casting.  "It was important to find someone who could feel like a kid in a grownup's body.  I think a mistake a lot of people make when grownups try to play kids is that they just sort of lower the IQ, just play it dumber.  And kids aren't dumber, they're just inexperienced, and more enthusiastic about life.  And they don't have the filter that a lot of adults have.   So that's what we were looking for and what we absolutely found in Zachary Levi."


In the film, streetwise 14-year-old foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel) can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!— courtesy of an ancient wizard.  Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers.

Levi was thrilled with the opportunity to tap into the 14-year-old in him.  "I don't want to say I'm a man-child," he jokes, "but I happen to be an enthusiastic, hopeful, energy-filled type of person.  So, to show up on set and get to play this character, Shazam, and fly around and fight bad guys?  I was totally in!  I was so eager to shoot every scene of this film, to be able to bring not just a really badass Super Hero to life, but one who has so much heart and charm and humor."  

The actor surmises that growing up reading comic books and playing video games probably set him on a particular trajectory, but still, "the scene where the Wizard first transforms Billy into Shazam and he hears his voice for the first time—and it's my voice!  I couldn't wait for that moment, I knew it was going to be so much fun."  Or, to act out the moments "when he sees his reflection for the first time, the whole montage of him learning what his powers are…" Levi adds.  So, really, everything.

Levi says that to play a boy in a grown man's body was really about straddling the two sides of himself.  "Kids don't get bogged down with life the way adults do.  They're not dealing with 401ks or mortgages; they're just going to school and thinking, 'I really don't wanna go to math right now.'  They haven't built the catalogue of experiences in their journey to adult wisdom yet to understand why things are the way they are.  


"But even as an adult, and especially as an actor," he continues, "I've always tried to maintain a lust for life, along with enthusiasm and sincerity, which I think is what most kids just exude naturally.   Up to a point, they have a purity of heart, and I think that's what's so great about this story and what's unique about Billy specifically.  He is pure of heart, and that's why the Wizard endows him with this power.  And that's a big gamble—giving this 14-year-old kid the power of the gods."


Along with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the endurance of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the fighting abilities of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury, "He's also got the ability to wield lightning, which is very much in tune with his Zeusitude, if I can be so bold as to call it Zeusitude.  I'm coining that phrase right now," Levi quips.


On set, the actor had as much fun with the discovery of Shazam's powers as the character did.  "One of the moments that just delighted me was the scene when he's stopping the robbery, and he figures out he has bullet immunity.  Basically, he just starts giggling because the bullets literally tickle him." Long before production began, just reading the scene, Levi confesses, "I just lost it, I started laughing out loud, legitimately LOL-ing by myself in my living room.  Because it's the joy of that moment.  You don't get to see Batman or Superman being tickled by their abilities.  Those guys are dudes who've had a lot on their shoulders for a long time, while Billy's just stepping into this world.  You get to experience his delight, and I just loved it."


Speaking of Shazam's fellow Super Heroes' attributes, director Sandberg offers, "Shazam has the best secret identity of all.  He becomes a totally different person, a young boy.  So, if he needs to blend in or get away, he can say 'Shazam!' and turn into Billy, just a normal kid."


In Philippine cinemas April 3"Shazam!" is a New Line Cinema production, and distributed by Warner Bros., a WarnerMedia Company. 




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