August 19, 2019

#HimigHandog2019 Top 12 Ready to Win Big and Win Hearts


Masterpieces reflecting Filipinos' struggle and hope when it comes to love comprise the Himig Handog 2019 Top 12 entries, all vying to win the sought-after Best Song recognition from the country's biggest songwriting competition.   


From almost 4,000 entries, the song finalists are down to 12, now produced and brought to life by this year's carefully selected interpreters.


Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre come back in this year's competition and collaborate in Dan Martel Simon Tañedo's "Mabagal."


"The Killer Bride" star Janella Salvador also returns to join the roster of interpreters and sings "Nung Tayo Pa" of Rex Torremoro and Elmar Jann Bolaño.


Former "Idol Philippines" contestant Alekzandra Nicolle Quitalig competes with her own composition, "Alaala," while Davao-based singer-songwriter Eamarie Gilayo likewise interprets her own song, "Ikaw at Linggo."


Another former "Idol Philippines" contender, Vanya Castor, tries her luck in a different contest by interpreting "Paano Ba," penned by composer Richanne Charms Jacinto. Meanwhile, "Isa Pang Ikaw," composed by Joseph Ponce is performed by former "X Factor Australia" contestant Justin Vasquez. 


This year, acoustic balladeer TJ Monterde interprets "Panandalian," composed by Jerome Arcangel and Cee Jay Del Rosario, while Alex Gonzaga sings the composition of Michael Angelo "Aikee" Aplacador titled "Please Lang."


Former "X Factor Philippines" contender Joan Da interprets her song with LJ Manzano entitled "Sasabihin Ko," while singer-songwriter Davey Langit comes back in the competition—this time as an interpreter of the song "Simula ng Dulo," which he co-wrote with Therese Marie Villarante.


I Belong To The Zoo, sings Ferdinand Aragon's song "Ingat," while "Tawag ng Tanghalan" champion Janine Berdin gives her rendition to "Sa'yong Mundo," composed by Noah Zuniga.


Over the years, the songs produced in Himig Handog have won hearts of Filipino listeners here and abroad. True to its mission, ABS-CBN's songwriting competition has also continuously brought about the best of OPM by searching for outstanding musical compositions from all over the world.


The grand winner will take home P1 million, while the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th placers get P500,000, P200,000, P150,000, and P100,000 cash prizes, respectively. Watch out for the grand finals of Himig Handog 2019 live on "ASAP Natin 'To" on October 13.


Aside from being hailed as this year's Best Song, the entries also go head-to-head for the other sought-after awards, including MOR's Choice, MYX Choice for Best Music Video, TFC's Global Choice Award, Star Music's Choice Award, and Best Produced track. 


The #HimigHandog2019 songs can be streamed on all digital music stores worldwide and are also available on Star Music's YouTube channel. For details, like @HimigHandog2019 on Facebook. You may also visit, like Star Music on, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram @ StarMusicPH.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt: A “Once” in a Lifetime “Hollywood” Team-Up


In Columbia Pictures' Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, director-witer Quentin Tarantino unites two of today's greatest stars -- Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt -- in a first-ever pairing.  They star as TV actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) who make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore.   


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Set in 1969, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood recreates the time and place of Tarantino's formative years, when everything – the United States, the city of Los Angeles, the Hollywood star system, even the movies themselves – was at an inflection point, and no one knew where the pieces would land.  All this is not entirely dissimilar from the changes buffeting Hollywood today. 


At the center is Rick Dalton who had been the star of "Bounty Law," a hit television series in the 50s and early 60s, but his prophesied transition to motion picture stardom never materialized. Now, as Hollywood moves towards a hippie aesthetic, Rick worries that his time has passed – and wonders if there's still a chance for him. 


"Rick Dalton is a byproduct of the 50s – the 1950s pompadour hero – but now there's a new era and this train has passed him by," says DiCaprio. "Working with Quentin, we saw Rick Dalton's story as a journey of an immense lack of confidence – his inability to be thankful for the position that he's in and what he's already gotten. He's constantly yearning for something more." 


At Rick's side is Cliff Booth, a former war hero, now Rick's stunt double. As their careers have evolved and their struggles increased, the one constant for them has been each other. Cliff has proven his loyalty to Rick over and over again, and vice versa – they are the only true family that either has. 


"Our characters are based on an actor-stuntman relationship – spending entire careers together was much more prevalent at that time," says Pitt. "We talked about Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins, who were a strong team with The Great Escape, and we talked about Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham. In fact, we got to talk to Burt about that, which was a real joy. There was just a tighter bond between the two – where we're more transitory in that way today. Cliff and Rick really rely on each other. The down time is more grueling than the actual work at times, so to have a friend, to have a partner, was all-important. It's even all-important now." 


"Part of what makes the film so special is to watch Leo and Brad work off of each other," says producer Shannon McIntosh, who has worked with Tarantino in several capacities for decades. "They're both fully inhabiting these characters, bringing them to life in a way that leaves you feeling like they are family. For those of us who love making movies, it hits close to home, because ultimately that's what we love about it: working with these people and forging these lifelong bonds."   


Films about such bonds, and the opportunity for "Butch and Sundance type" casting they afford, are rare in the modern system, so both parts needed to be strong. "I tried a couple of different stories, and then I decided no, I don't want to put them through some typical melodramatic plot line," says Tarantino. "I want it to be three rich days in the lives of these characters as they move about Los Angeles, and the conflict of the story builds each day until it reaches a tipping point." 


In Philippine cinemas August 28Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. 

Hatch(l)ing Another Mission in “The Angry Birds Movie 2”


While the pigs and birds are joining forces to save their islands, another adventure is unfolding in Columbia Pictures' adventure comedy The Angry Birds Movie 2, courtesy of three adorable hatchlings. 


The trio of baby birds – Zoe (pink), Vivi (green) and Sam-Sam (beige) – are re-enacting the events of the first Angry Birds Movie as they honor their new hero, Red. When an outside force endangers some eggs, the youngsters find themselves embarking on an epic quest to rescue them. 


The adorable Hatchlings are being voiced by Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project), YouTube sensation JoJo Siwa, Genesis Tennon, Alma Varsano, Faith Kidman-Urban and Sunday Kidman- Urban. 


"Playing 'pigs' and 'birds', they realize the rocks they've been using to stand in for the eggs don't cut it," producer John Cohen elaborates. "So they borrow Zoe's still unhatched baby sisters from the crib, only to see a wave yank the eggs away." 


With their big screen debut in the first film, the adorable hatchlings stole the hearts of audiences around the world, and the filmmakers knew there was much more humor, adventure and uber-cuteness to be explored with their antics in the new story. 


"In this film, they provide a different flavor of comedy relief from the comically intense scenes of the team infiltrating Eagle Island," says director Thurop Van Orman. "Theirs is a big adventure in its own right, which ultimately dovetails into the main story. They are a big part of the movie." 


In Philippine cinemas August 21The Angry Birds Movie 2 is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Gina Lopez Is Dead

Former DENR Secretary and ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI) Ms. Gina Lopez died on Monday, August 19, due to multiple organ failure after battling brain cancer according to ABS-CBN Corp. statement.

She was 65.

Before her death, the former environment secretary hosted "G Diaries" on ABS-CBN, where she promoted sustainable tourism. She also embarked on "Quest for Love" through her ILOVE Foundation, a search for "change agents" who help the underprivileged.


"What I do is I follow my heart and right now, my heart wants to do this," Lopez told ANC's Headstart in April last year, explaining why she was pursuing her pro-poor advocacy in a private capacity instead of running for public office, as many had urged her to do.

August 8, 2019

Filipino Households Nationwide Prefers ABS-CBN Shows Over Competitors in July


Majority of households nationwide still turned to ABS-CBN for their dose of relevant news stories and inspiring shows in July, leading the network to hit an average audience share of 45%, or 13 points higher than GMA's 32%, according to data from Kantar Media.

Like in previous months, "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" (37.6%) remained as the top program Filipinos enjoy nationwide, followed by the action-drama, "The General's Daughter" (31.3%).

 "Search for the Idol Philippines" (30.1%) ended its first season with a bang as it kept its throne as the choice program of Filipinos on weekends, while "TV Patrol" (28.5%) retained its title as the most watched weekday newscast nationwide.

The moving life stories in "Maalaala Mo Kaya" (24.8%) made the drama anthology a favorite among viewers every weekend, while "Kadenang Ginto" (24.1%) continues to strike gold in nationwide ratings for delivering intensely entertaining episodes to viewers.

Rounding out the top ten are "Hiwaga ng Kambat" (23.6%) and "Home Sweetie Home: Extra Sweet" (21.6%).

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN also won all time blocks in July, particularly in primetime and in the afternoon. During primetime, it recorded 47%, compared to GMA's 31%. The Kapamilya network also registered 47% in the afternoon block (3 PM to 6PM), beating GMA's 33%.

Likewise, ABS-CBN also ruled the morning block (6 AM to 12 NN) with an average audience share of 39%, versus GMA's 30% and the noontime block (12 NN to 3 PM) with 44%, beating GMA's 34%.

Meanwhile, the Kapamilya network won in both urban and rural homes, particularly in Metro Manila where it registered an average audience share of 41% versus GMA's 26%; in Mega Manila where it got 36%, versus GMA's 32%; in Total Luzon where it recorded 40%, compared to GMA's 34%; in Total Visayas as it garnered 53%, beating GMA's 25%; and in Total Mindanao where it got 52%, while GMA only recorded 29%.

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.

Yamyam Gucong of Bohol Named “PBB Otso” Ultim8 Big Winner

Yamyam Gucong of Batch 2 was hailed "PBB Otso's" Ultim8 Big Winner as he garnered the highest number of public text votes last Sunday (August 4).

The "Iskulit Bai ng Bohol" raked in a total text votes of 58.52% and took home a grand prize of P2 million, a brand new condo unit, a negosyo package, and an Asian tour package.

Even before the Big Night, Yamyam already built a huge following with his antics and positive disposition, gaining enough votes to land as the batch winner of Batch 2. His determination to collect gold bars in Kuya's challenges and his followers' immense support, on the other hand, helped him land a spot in the Ultim8 Big 4, eventually becoming the Big Winner.

He bested housemates Kiara Takahashi of Batch 4, who got a total text vote of 30.29%, Lou Yanong of Batch 2 who got 8.28%, and Andre Brouillette of Batch 2 who earned 2.91%.

Meanwhile, the rankings of the other members of the Big Otso were announced last Saturday (August 3), with Fumiya Sankai finishing as the 5th Big Placer, Lie Reposposa, the 6th Big Placer, and Ashley Del Mundo and Kaori Oinuma as the 7th and 8th Big Placers, respectively.

The Big Night was also a hit online as it gathered over 300,000 viewers while netizens shared their excitement over the thrilling announcements as the official hashtags #PBBCelebr8AtTheBigNight and #PBBUltim8BigWinner became the top trending topics worldwide and received thousands of tweets.

Ken Chan Launches Peculiar Eyewear Collection

Versatile Kapuso actor Ken Chan has been showcasing his prowess in various scenes.

Following the success of top-rating GMA Afternoon Prime series "My Special Tatay" where he portrayed the lead role of Boyet, the audience saw another side of him in the concert stage after he showed off his natural talent at the My Special Love - #BoBreyinCONCERT together with Rita Daniela.

Ken and Rita has released their first duet single "Almusal" under GMA Music. The novelty song's music video, which can be streamed on GMA Music's YouTube channel (GMAMusicOfficial), features Ken and Rita in their iconic roles as Boyet and Aubrey, respectively, with their on-screen son Baby Angelo who makes a special appearance.

Aside from this, Ken has also launched his latest single "1 Like" under GMA Music which is available for streaming on Apple Music, iTunes and other digital stores worldwide. Its music video, directed by Miggy Tanchanco, is also available for streaming on GMA Music's YouTube channel (GMAMusicOfficial).

Just recently, Ken and Rita also performed Barangay LS 97.1's newest theme song "Tayo ay Forever" that reminds everyone how forever can be defined and related in so many ways. The two sought-after Kapuso artists also star in the FM station's series of short digital films.

Meanwhile, Ken is also one of the lead stars of GMA Public Affair's upcoming primetime series, One of The Baes, where he plays the role of Grant, a hopeless romantic and an environmental vlogger.

But before that, the GMA Artist Center star has another treat to his fans as he launches his much-awaited eyewear collection.

STERNA, a Fraud Free App for Job Applications Abroad Arrives in the Philippines

Link Asia Manpower Solutions Corporation, a duly registered landbased recruitment agency in the Philippines, with
its expertise in sending various skilled workers where they may be required in the world, make its partnership to an app called STERNA utilizing innovative and capable of connecting employees and employers closer.

Mr Eric Corpuz the President of the agency
HM Technologies Inc., a company duly registered with the expertise in consulting in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing in Canada, and as they evolve in CNC Manufacturing Fabricating of parts, with their success in the Industry they are in demand for manpower with the division of
international recruitment.

It was first launch in Mexico in 2017 and in 2018 STERNA was introduced to Columbia. This year, it is also being used in Tunisia and Morocco and now it continues its expansion to the Philippines.

STERNA is an APP made especially to ease the recruitment method of technology enhanced by the what we called OLD SCHOOL, with its new creator, they dedicate the development with creative and reliable method of connecting to people in just one click of their hands.

With this APP we can screen and eliminate illegal recruiters. This will be initially used for Canada soon and eventually connect the
world, bringing suitable jobs to our fellow Filipino.

The man behind this is Mr. Bruno Paradis
Unit 102, Page 1 Building, 1215 Acacia Ave., Madrigal Business Park,
Brgy.Ayala-Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Tel. No.: (02) 816-3258

August 7, 2019

“Hello, Love, Goodbye” Earns P319-Million in 7 Days

Star Cinema's latest romantic drama "Hello, Love, Goodbye" starring the first movie team-up of Kapamilya blockbuster queen Kathryn Bernardo and Kapuso phenomenal actor Alden Richards completed its first week run with an impressive box-office gross of P319,429,873.44 in 465 cinemas nationwide.

Now on its second week, the movie is under the direction of blockbuster director Cathy Garcia-Molina.

Jessy Mendiola Shows Love and Support for Julia Barretto

But while she’s getting tons of hate comments on social media after that lengthy post on Instagram where she deliberately mentioned Bea Alonzo as the one encouraging a culture of hate and bullying to destroy her, Julia Barretto likewise receives message of love and support not only from her family but also by some of her fellow celebrities including Jessy Mendiola.

In one of her recent Instagram posts where she shared photos of her during her trip in the US for the special episode of ‘ASAP Natin ‘To,’ Jessy expressed her admiration for Julia with the comment: “😍😍😍Beautiful” where the latter replied back with “Hi Beautiful ❤️”

On the contrary, her Tita Gretchen Barretto publicly announced that she’s #TeamBea and even accused Julia of being desperate to even hire a ghost writer just to berate Bea.


Jessy Mendiola Shows Love and Support for Julia Barretto

But while she's getting tons of hate comments on social media after that lengthy post on Instagram where she deliberately mentioned Bea Alonzo as the one encouraging a culture of hate and bullying to destroy her, Julia Barretto likewise receives message of love and support not only from her family but also by some of her fellow celebrities including Jessy Mendiola.

In one of her recent Instagram posts where she shared photos of her during her trip in the US for the special episode of 'ASAP Natin 'To,' Jessy expressed her admiration for Julia with the comment: "😍😍😍Beautiful" where the latter replied back with "Hi Beautiful ❤️" 

On the contrary, her Tita Gretchen Barretto publicly announced that she's #TeamBea and even accused Julia of being desperate to even hire a ghost writer just to berate Bea.

August 6, 2019

New Barangay LS 97.1 Theme Song “Tayo ay Forever” Will Make You Believe that Forever Exists

Barangay LS 97.1, the flagship FM station of GMA Network, will make you believe that forever exists through its new theme song, "Tayo ay Forever."

The heartwarming song, performed by two of the Network's versatile and sought-after Kapuso stars Ken Chan and Rita Daniela, shows how forever can be defined in so many ways.

Ken describes it as 'catchy' and 'relatable.' He says, "Maganda 'yung song, talagang feel good lang at very light. It's about believing in forever. Hindi lang ito forever sa pagitan ng dalawang tao kundi pwede rin between friends, family, and sa lahat ng mga taong nakapaligid sa iyo na dapat i-spread mo sa kanila ang forever."

Rita reveals that she thought of Ken when she first heard the music, "I have to say 'yung mga ganitong style, 'yung mga ganitong genre, ito 'yung style ni Ken, lalo na 'pag Tagalog."
Collectively known as RitKen, the two proves to be a dynamic duo as the official release of "Tayo ay Forever" music video on Facebook last July 29 has garnered more than half a million views in less than one week.

Produced by GMA Music, "Tayo ay Forever" is composed by one of Barangay LS 97.1's very own DJs Papa Obet, and was arranged by Jun Tamayo and produced by Kedy Sanchez.
Papa Obet also shares how he came up with the song that would be relatable to everyone and at the same time be very fitting for Ken and Rita. "I made sure na maging bagay sa RitKen ang dating ng song when it comes to melody at kailangan masasabayan din ng lahat ng tao. Sa lyrics, ang inisip ko ay dapat hindi lang pang romantic yung kanta, dapat pwede rin siya sa ibang bagay at sitwasyon—katulad ng pakikinig sa Barangay LS na hindi pwedeng mawala at lagi nating kasama together hanggang forever."

"Tayo ay Forever" is now available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, and digital stores worldwide.
Catch more of Ken Chan and Rita Daniela on GMA Network's official Facebook page at

August 5, 2019

Toprating Korean Series “Encounter” and “Gangnam Beauty” Premiere on ABS-CBN this August 5


Can chance encounters lead to lasting romances? Two hit Koreanovelas as "Encounter" and "Gangnam Beauty" show viewers the answer as they begin airing on ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Primetime Bida and Kapamilya Gold timeslots respectively starting Monday (August 5).


In "Encounter," K-Drama fans will get to see the pairing of recent Manila visitor Park Bo Gum and Song Hye Kyo as they play Marco Kim and Pauline Cha in the captivating slow burn romance drama that had the international audience lauding their performances.


As Pauline, Hye Kyo, plays the CEO of a hotel who takes a trip to Cuba to expand her business and ends up meeting Bo Gum's Marco, who will be her future employee back in Korea. The two believe that their encounter in Cuba was just a chance meeting, but will be surprised when they go back to Korea as their relationship grows deeper.


Meanwhile, "Gangnam Beauty" tackles the troubles of Im Soo Hyang as Mikka Kang, a timid girl who ggrew up with insecurities due to her features. Mikka desires a normal life and not standing out but is often bullied in her school, forcing her to take an offer for plastic surgery to change her life. Unknown to her, a schoolmate whom she had met at a bus stop, the boy genius Kenzo Do (Cha Eun Woo), has secretly grown fond of her back in high school and sees past the physical traits for the personality within Mikka.


Don't miss out on the premiere of the two exciting Koreanovelas in the first and true home of Asianovelas this Monday (August 5), when "Encounter" and "Gangnam Beauty" premiere after Kapamilya Primetime Bida and Kapamilya Gold timeslots respectively.


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Yamyam Gucong Named PBB Otso Ultim8 Big Winner

After almost nine months and four batches, Pinoy Big Brother Otso has finally proclaimed its Ultim8 Big Winner - and it's none other than Yamyam "Ang Iskulit Bai ng Bohol" Gucong!

Garnering the highest percentage of public text votes - 58.82% - on the Big Night held at the AATF Sports Complex, Imus, Cavite on Sunday, August 4, he bested his fellow Ultimate Big 4 Kiara Takahashi (30.29%), Lou Yanong (8.28%), and Andre Brouillette (2.91%).

As the Big Winner, Yamyam took home the whopping P2 million cash prize, along with a P300,000 worth of vacation package, P800,000 worth of refilling station package, and a brand new condominium unit.

On the other hand, 4th Big Placer Andre received P200,000, 3rd Big Placer Lou won P300,000, and 2nd Big Placer Kiara gained P500,000 and a brand new condo unit.

Meanwhile, Kaori Oinuma, Ashley Del Mundo, Lie Reposposa, and Fumiya Sankai were declared runners-up on the first night of the Big Night held on Saturday, August 3, after receiving the lower combined percentages of text votes and their performances in the Final Ultim8 Challenge. All of them received P100,000 as cash prize.

The "Kawaii Daughter of Japan" was the 8th Big Placer after garnering 6.03%, while the "Adventurous Angel of Australia" was hailed the 7th Big Placer for the 9.16% she earned. Preceding them were the "Teenig ng Tawanan of Davao," who became the 6th Big Placer with 9.61% while the "Konnichi-Wonder Vlogger of Japan" almost made it to the Ultim8 Big 4 as he was declared the 5th Big Placer for raking in 9.97%.

August 3, 2019

“Hello, Love, Goodbye” Earns P110-Million in 3 Days

Star Cinema is now in high spirit as its latest offering - "Hello, Love, Goodbye" earns more than P100-million in its first 3 days of showing.

Featuring two big stars from competing networks (ABS-CBN and GMA-7) and from the two blockbuster loveteams of this generation (Kathniel and Aldub), Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards are making history when its first ever film collaboration is getting high praises from film critics and moviegoers and is now raking millions in theater receipts.

The movie which earns P34-million on its opening day, continues to break blockbuster records after reaching the P100-million mark in just 3 days and is now showing in 450 theaters nationwide.

July 28, 2019

Darna Funko Pop Returns to Manila After a Delightful SDCC Journey


Darna is home! The limited edition Funko Pop of the celebrated Pinoy comics superheroine is officially here in the Philippines after exploring the San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) 2019 in the US—the prime focus of the world of comic conventions.


After the thrilling collaboration was announced at Toycon 2019, Darna Funko Pop first appeared in SDCC and she wasted no time embarking on adventures at the international convention.


The Funko Pop collectible—mirroring the classic pose and exuding the distinct spirited presence of the iconic Pinay superhero—first dropped by Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego's premier entertainment district, right before joining the fun at a panel in Hall H, the biggest stage at the convention.


True to her patriotic background, Darna also took the time to visit the booths of Pinoy comic book artists showcased at SDCC, and eventually mingled with Filipino-Americans and the Pinoy Funko community who were in attendance at the con.


Now that she is finally in the country, Filipinos can soon get their hands on their own #DarnaFunkoPop toy at Fun Con 2019, happening this August 2 to 4 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City.


Darna is a creation of legendary komiks artist Mars Ravelo, and this partnership with Funko, one of the top makers of licensed pop culture products, fires up the year-long celebration of her 70th anniversary.


Join the fun and be one of the first to avail the Darna Funko Pop. For more details, follow the Darna social media accounts @officialdarna on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For the latest on ABS-CBN, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

First Trailer of “Zombieland 2” Brings Back the Undead Apocalypse

Columbia Pictures has just released Trailer 1 of its upcoming comedy adventure Zombieland: Double Tap, the sequel the 2009 cult classic, Zombieland.  Original director Ruben Fleisher reunites the same cast, led by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone.


Check out the trailer below and watch Zombieland: Double Tap in Philippine cinemas this October.




A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.


The film also stars new castmembers Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch and Luke Wilson.


Zombieland: Double Tap is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

ABS-CBN Named Best TV Station in 27th KBP Golden Dove Awards + 24 Other Awards


ABS-CBN struck gold in the 27th Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) Golden Dove Awards, where it hauled in 25 trophies, including Best TV Station.


The Kapamilya network's noontime program "It's Showtime" was named Best TV Variety Program, while weekend show "Home Sweetie Home: Walang Kapares" won Best TV Comedy Program, and daytime series "Sana Dalawa ang Puso" was recognized as the Best TV Drama Program.


Angelica Panganiban led the Kapamilya TV personalities who took home individual citations as she bagged the Best TV Actress for Comedy for her weekly gag show "Banana Sundae" while renowned funnyman Bayani Agbayani took home Best TV Actor for Comedy for his role in "Funny Ka, Pare Ko." Meanwhile, their fellow stars also got the nods of the judges for their performances like Bela Padilla, who wone Best TV Actress for Drama for her portrayal in "Maalaala Mo Kaya: Anting-anting" and Nash Aguas, who was hailed as Best TV Actor for Drama for "Maalaala Mo Kaya: Drawing."


KBP also gave citations to Boy Abunda as Best TV Magazine Program Host and his show, "The Bottomline with Boy Abunda," as Best TV Magazine Program. Kiddie program "Team YeY" won as the Best TV Children's Program.


For ABS-CBN News, the Best TV Public Service Host award went to Karen Davila, who anchors "My Puhunan." Weekend morning program "Salamat Dok" also won Best TV Public Service Program while "Tapatan ni Tunying" received the Best TV Public Affairs Program award. "Red Alert" also went for a double as Best TV Documentary Program for "Red Alert: HIV" and Best TV PSA for "Red Alert: Bagyo Ligtas Tips," while Best TV Sports Program went to "Sports U Ikaw ang Panalo."


DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, ABS-CBN's flagship AM radio station, was not one to lag behind as it also brought home trophies. Best Radio Variety Program went to "Todo-Todo Walang Preno," "Sakto!" won Best Radio Magazine Program, and "Fastbreak" took home Best Radio Sports Program. Veteran anchor Vic Lima was also a big winner for the night, taking home Best Radio Newscaster, while Radyo Patrol Reporter Zhander Cayabyab was recognized as Best Radio Field Reporter. TV and radio personality Cory Quirino also bagged the Best Radio Magazine Program Host while Bro. Jun Banaag O.P., also known as Dr. Love, was cited as Best Variety Program Host.


ABS-CBN Regional also made its mark with "TV Patrol Negros Channel 4" of ABS-CBN Bacolod bagging the Best TV Newscast Provincial award.


The KBP is the premier broadcast media organization in the country composed of owners and operators of radio and TV stations. It aims to elevate professional and ethical standards in Philippine broadcasting, and promote social responsibility in broadcasting. The Golden Dove Awards is KBP's way of recognizing excellence in broadcasting in the land.

Complete list of ABS-CBN winners:

      1.      Best TV Station - Channel 2

      2.      Best TV Newscast Provincial – TV Patrol Negros Channel 4 ABS-CBN Bacolod

      3.      Best TV Public Affairs Program – Tapatan ni Tunying

      4.      Best TV Public Service Program – Salamat Dok

      5.      Best TV Variety Program – It's Showtime

      6.      Best TV Comedy Program – Home Sweetie Home: Walang Kapares

      7.      Best TV Drama Program – Sana Dalawa ang Puso

      8.      Best TV Children's Program – Team Yey

      9.      Best TV. Documentary Porgrma – Red Alert: HIV

     10.     Best TV Magazine Program – The Bottomline with Boy Abunda

     11.     Best TV Sports Program – Sports U Ikaw ang Panalo

     12.     Best TV Public Service Host – Karen Davila, "My Puhunan"

     13.     Best TV Magazine Program Host – Eugenio "Boy" Abunda Jr., "The Bottomline w/ Boy Abunda

     14.     Best TV Actress for Drama – Bela Padilla, "MMK Anting-Anting"

     15.     Best TV Actor for Drama – Nash Aguas, "MMK Drawing"

     16.     Best TV Actress for Comedy – Angelica Panganiban, "Banana Sundae"

     17.     Best TV Actor for Comedy – Bayani Agbayani, "Funny Ka Pare Ko"

     18.     Best TV PSA – Red Alert "Bagyo Ligtas Tips"

     19.     Best Radio Variety Program – Todo-Todo Walang Preno, DZMM 630 kHz

     20.     Best Radio Magazine Program – Sakto!, DZMM 630 Khz.

     21.     Best Radio Sports Program – FastBreak, DZMM 630 Khz.

     22.     Best Radio Newscaster – Vic Lima, DZMM 630 Khz.

     23.     Best Field Reporter – Zhander  Cayabyab, DZMM 630 Khz.

     24.     Best Radio Magazine Program Host – Ma. Socorro Alicia "Cory" Quirino, DZMM 630 Khz.

     25.     Best Variety Program Host – Bro. Jun Banaag O.P., DZMM 630 Khz.


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BTS Movie “Bring the Soul” to Shown Exclusively at SM Cinemas

Attention ARMYs! SM Cinema is set to give you a peek into the world of massively popular K-pop group, BTS with the latest full feature film entitled Bring the Soul: The Movie.  


The movie which will be shown exclusively at SM Cinemas beginning August 7 follows the K-Pop band's record-breaking Burn the Stage: The Movie and their concert film Love Yourself in Seoul which were released in 2018.


Bring the Soul: The Movie invites fans to follow their journey from the stage to the big screen, witnessing spectacular concert performances to intimate moments off the stage while following the group's 2018 Love Yourself tour in Europe where they performed in London, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam.


This film captures BTS's thrilling performances and candid behind-the scenes footages, interviews and moments shared with their fans.


Catch Bring the Soul: The Movie exclusively at SM Cinema! Advance tickets are now on sale at all SM Cinema branches. This is a movie you don't want to miss!


Catch Bring the Soul: The Movie starting August 7 at any of SM Cinema's 64 branches nationwide. Book your tickets through or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates! Satisfy your cavings at Snack Time, the official food concessionaire of SM Cinema, which offers a wide array of snack like popcorn, hotdogs and burgers to complement your movie watching experience. Follow /SnackTimeOfficial on Facebook for more information.

GMA Network Receives Diamond Creator Award for Reaching 10 Million YouTube Subscribers


Leading media conglomerate GMA Network celebrates another milestone as the GMA Entertainment channel recently surpassed 10 million subscribers on YouTube, thus joining an elite group of content creators in Southeast Asia that have also achieved such a feat.

With this accomplishment, the Network formally received on July 23 the Diamond Creator Award, a recognition given by YouTube to content creators that have reached 10 million subscribers. Present in the ceremonial turnover were GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon; President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr.; Executive Committee Vice Chairman Joel G. Jimenez; Executive Vice President and CFO Felipe S. Yalong; GMA New Media, Inc. (NMI) President and COO Judd Gallares; and GMA NMI Senior Vice President and General Manager Dennis Caharian. The Diamond Play Button was awarded by YouTube's Southeast Asia Director of Content Partnerships and Business Development Vishal Sarin, and Content Partnerships Philippines Country Lead Pablo Mendoza.

Through NMI, the Network's technology arm, GMA forged a partnership with YouTube dubbed the YouTube Player for Publishers ("YT PfP") in mid-2017 that has enabled viewers everywhere to watch official, full episodes of GMA programs online. The partnership not only supports the anti-piracy efforts of GMA Network, but more significantly addresses the millennial video viewing habits that demand access to premium content when they want, wherever they may be. The YT PfP partnership was an enabler for GMA as it aided strategy for boosting YouTube views and hastening the acquisition of subscribers. It also allowed for a more robust content archive that used to only house show highlights, recaps, behind-the-scene videos, among others.

From only 1.6 million subscribers at the start of the YT PfP agreement in June 2017, this soared past 10 million in May this year. As of December 2018, the GMA Network YouTube channel's rank improved from being in the Top 200 in 2017 to being among the Top 50 worldwide.

"We are very gratified that GMA has reached quite an achievement and it is translated into about four times growth [in watch time] year-on-year so that's enough reason for us to be really happy. This is the work of many people and they are all here as we receive this Diamond Creator Award," said Gozon.

Meanwhile, YouTube's Sarin said, "We congratulate GMA for growing their channel to more than 10 million subscribers. This is a great milestone as there are only five media networks in Southeast Asia that have received the Diamond Creator Award and GMA is one of them."

Of the achievement, Gallares shared, "Our mandate is to lead GMA's transformation from a media and entertainment giant into a dominant multi-platform content provider worldwide. YouTube has in recent years been a strategic ally in this regard, as it has not only helped us expand GMA's online footprint but it has also been key to building preference for the GMA brand. This recognition affirms that we are on track." 

Caharian further added that they were just showcasing the output of GMA Entertainment and how they help in making sure that their content can also be discovered online. "At the end of the day, what attracts a lot of viewers is still the quality of the content, so congratulations to GMA Entertainment. We'd also like to thank the viewers for their support, and we'd like them to know that many projects are in the pipeline for more viewing fun."

Since its launch in November 2006, the GMA Entertainment channel now has 11.8 billion lifetime views. Total subscribers are currently at 11.1 million, a million more in a span of less than three months.

Other Kapuso YouTube channels include GMA News for daily video clips from the Network's news programs, now with 4.1 million subscribers; GMA Public Affairs for documentaries, docudrama, and news magazine shows, now with 6.1 million subscribers; GMA Playlist for heartfelt song renditions from various Kapuso stars; GMA Playground for some of the Network's child-friendly programs; and GMA Regional TV for the top stories from the regions.

For more updates on GMA Network shows, visit or subscribe to its YouTube channel

July 27, 2019

Miguel Tanfelix Renews Exclusive Contract with GMA Network

Sought-after Kapuso actor Miguel Tanfelix remains a loyal Kapuso as he renewed his exclusive contract with GMA Network, Inc. last July 23.

Miguel shared that he is committed to reciprocate the immense trust that GMA has always given him through the years, "Papunta dito kinakabahan ako kasi alam ko ang responsibilities na bubuhatin ko po, and handa naman akong harapin lahat 'yun. Of course, I'm very happy and very blessed na nandito pa rin ako for more years sa GMA. Makakaasa po sila na more than a hundred percent effort and puso ang ibibigay ko sa lahat ng blessings na ibibigay nila sa akin."

From his breakthrough performance as Niño in the top-rating primetime soap of the same title where he starred as an inspiring boy with mental incapacities to his outstanding role as Diego in the hit series Kambal, Karibal where he won Best Actor in a Leading Role from the 1st Asian Academy Creative Awards – Miguel is proving his stature in the entertainment industry. At present, he is one of the lead stars of GMA's epic drama series Sahaya.

"Gusto ko pong mag-explore ng ibang roles, pwedeng maging bida-kontrabia, gusto ko rin po ng action. Ngayon, nagwo-workshop po ako para ma-expand 'yung mga kaya ko pang gawin, para mas maging versatile ako at kahit ano po ang ibigay sa akin magagampanan ko po ng maayos."

Present in the contract signing were GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, GMA President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., GMA Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie Acuña Magno, and GMA Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara.

During the contract signing held at the Boardroom of GMA Network, Atty. Gozon expressed his admiration over the actor's loyalty towards the Kapuso Network, "Tayo'y parang naging tatay na ni Miguel and we are very glad na he is staying with us at habang tumatanda si Miguel ay gumagaling na artista. Hindi lamang iyon, gumagwapo pa kaya talagang nagagalak tayo na Kapuso pa siya hanggang ngayon."

Rasonable, in turn, shared her appreciation of the young actor's professionalism and undeniable passion for his craft, "He started at five-years-old at hanggang ngayon nandito pa sa atin. Talagang homegrown 'yan. Sa totoo lang, napaka-professional ng batang iyan, madaling katrabaho at higit sa lahat napakahusay umarte. Isa siya sa mga talagang hinahangaan natin na mga kabataan na napakagaling mag-tackle ng kaniyang roles and very serious about his craft. Siguro nga bilang artist gusto niyang mag-explore ng iba't ibang klaseng characters at isa nga doon na very challenging siguro for him would be a bida-kontrabida role. Maybe in the future that can be explored but we have many plans for him, many more lead roles in big projects na dapat abangan."




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