September 4, 2019

Lifestyle: Bantay Bata 163 Gives Rescued Children Edication and Hope

 

Twelve year old Arnil Castillo and three siblings faced the most tragic of fates. A month after being abandoned by their mother, their own father passed away. Left with no one to care for them, the siblings were brought by local government officials to the Quezon City Social Service Development Department. They were then transferred to the Bantay Bata 163 Children's Village in Bulacan.

It was in their newfound home that the children began to pick up the pieces of their lives as they began engaging in the village's activities. But Arnil only had one primary concern:

"Kung mag-aaral po ba ako dito o hindi… Kailangan ko pong mag-aral para po kapag nakapagtapos po ako, hahanapin po namin si Mama," said Castillo.

Arnil is only one of 39 children at the village who dream of receiving proper education. This is why Bantay Bata 163, whose pillars include a program called Bantay Edukasyon, is actively in search of scholarship grants.

In order to provide the children with a normal education, Bantay Bata 163 finds sponsors and donors to support their studies, a holistic grant not only covers their tuition expenses but alsotheir school supplies, daily food and transportation allowances, and other fees.

Bantay Bata 163 introduced the Bantay Edukasyon program in 1998 as an aftercare service for rescued children but it has since provided 6,400 scholarships all over the country.

The upcoming ABS-CBN Ball has committed to support Bantay Bata's Bantay Eduaksyon program. In 2018, the ball helped re-open the Bantay Bata 163 Children's Village.

Bantay Bata 163's founder, the late Gina Lopez, believed that as long as there are generous people, more children can have a better future.

Showbiz: Asia’s Multi-Media Star Alden Richards Reveals Reasons Why GMA-7 is His Only Network of Choice

Asia's Multi-media Star Alden Richards is right where he deserves to be – on top of his game.

The Kapuso homegrown talent is one of the country's premiere actors, a top celebrity endorser, a successful businessman, a highly-talented host, an award-winning performer, a chart-topping recording artist, and a record-breaking box office star. But it is his genuine dedication towards excelling in his craft that sets him apart.

Recently, Alden received the 'Asian Star Prize' from the Seoul International Drama Awards 2019 at the Kyunghee University in South Korea and the first-ever 'Celebrity Icon Award' from the Okada Manila 2019 Icon Awards – two more accolades added to his growing list of accomplishments in the industry.

Despite all his feats, Alden remains an inspiration to the people around him and his legions of fans for his humility and passion in acting. As he renewed his contract with GMA Network yesterday, September 3, Alden attributed his success to his home network for almost a decade.

"Since I started in GMA up to this point of my career, sila 'yung sumusugal sa'kin. They gave me huge projects, huge opportunities and regardless kung successful or hindi, hindi sila tumitigil. Hindi nila ako pinabayaan. They kept on believing, kahit na minsan wala ng angle to believe in. Hinawakan nila 'yung kamay ko through ups and downs, hindi ko nakita 'yon with others," he said.

Throughout his years as a Kapuso, Alden has proven his versatility by portraying several formidable roles. In his upcoming primetime drama, The Gift, he is taking on another challenging role as a visually-impaired fruit vendor named Sep.

"In my nine years of stay in GMA, I keep on discovering something new about myself and my craft. Project after project, it gives me more hunger to do more and inspire more people through my works and the things that I do. Pag may lumalapit sa'kin and sasabihin nila, 'Alden sobrang ganda ng ginawa mo, nabago 'yung buhay ko.' Sobra akong namo-move to be appreciated by these people by the thing I love to do most. I want projects that could touch lives - that's my ultimate goal as an artist. Ang sarap kasi noong nakakapagpabago ka ng buhay ng ibang tao kagaya ng pagbabago ng GMA sa buhay ko. I also want to be a vessel to help others.

Present in the contract signing were GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon; President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr.; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong; Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable; Chief Risk Officer and First Vice President for Corporate Strategic Planning and Program Support Department Regie C. Bautista; Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie Acuña-Magno; Vice President for Business Development Department III Darling de Jesus-Bodegon; Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angel Javier Cruz; Vice President for Regional TV Oliver Amoroso; Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara; Assistant Vice President for Business Development Department II Bang Arespacochaga; Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; Assistant Vice President for Talent Imaging and Marketing Simoun Ferrer; Senior Program Managers Helen Rose Sese, Ruth Mariñas, Mae Zambrano, Mildred Natividad, Cecille de Guzman, Ian Roxas, and Charles Koo.

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, "As one of GMA's most treasured stars, we are honored to be part of your unrivaled accomplishments as an artist. Even though you are now one of the biggest stars in the country, you remain humble that's why we are confident that you will achieve more successes. Being a homegrown talent of GMA, kami dito sa GMA ay very proud of your achievements and gratified that you'll continue to be a Kapuso."

Mr. Duavit, on the other hand, had nothing but praises for the Kapuso star, "We've always admired your dedication and commitment to your craft lalong-lalo na tuwing napapanood at nasasaksihan namin ang patuloy na pag-evolve mo bilang isang artista, isang host, at isang napakabuting tao. Katuwa-tuwa at nakakataba ng pusong masaksihan ang iyong pag-angat at pagsulong sa iyong career. Sa mga hinaharap na taon, makakaasa ka na nasa likuran mo kaming lahat."

Rasonable, in turn, expressed her appreciation of the homegrown actor's professionalism and good heart, "He is loved by all because mahusay siyang makipagkapwa tao sa lahat ng mga katrabaho niya. Nakikita ng lahat 'yung seriousness niya sa kaniyang ginagawa, 'yung effort and the passion that he pours into his work so nahahawa niya lahat ng tao sa kaniyang paligid. Throughout all these years parehong-pareho, from the first time we worked together in Alakdana until now in The Gift wala talagang nagbago kaya siya mahal na mahal ng mga tao."

Meanwhile, Santiago-Lara admires Alden for being down-to-earth in spite of the colossal achievements he has reached in his career, "I'm proud of him, sa lahat ng achievements niya. 'Yung passion na nakita ko sa kaniya noong nag-start kaming mag-work, it hasn't died and in fact, lalong nakita ko 'yung willingness and passion niya to grow. Everybody is saying na hindi siya nagbabago but it's more than that. He likes to give back sa lahat ng napapasaya niya, 'yung mga sumusuporta sa kaniya. Iyon 'yung isa sa mga kakaiba sa kaniya."

September 3, 2019

100 Sexiest Men in the Philippines 2019 Final Poll, Vote Now!


Starmometer.com has released the Top 10 finalists of “100 Sexiest Men in the Philippines 2019” based on the following criteria:

Charm 30%
Physique 40%
Popularity index (visibility in the last 12 months) 30%

Top 10 Finalists:

    Derek Ramsay
    Enrique Gil
    James Reid
    Marco Gumabao
    Erwan Heussaff

    Alden Richards
    Coco Martin
    Carlo Aquino
    Daniel Padilla
    Dingdong Dantes


Voting Mechanics:

1. This poll will run from September 2 (today) to 12:00 noon of September 24, 2019 only.
2. You can choose one up to a maximum of five celebrities below.
3. You can cast your vote(s) again every after three hours.
4. We will reveal the winner on September 24 in the afternoon.

VOTE HERE:


"Rated K" Wins Against GMA-7 Show in TV Ratings


Moving to an earlier timeslot was indeed a wise move for “Rated K” as it finally won against its competition in the ratings game.

According to Kantar Media National TV ratings, the Korina Sanchez Sunday evening show registered 26.3%, or 8.2 points higher than the 18.1% of “Amazing Earth Featuring Life Story” last Sunday (September 1).

Here are the Top 20 programs nationwide on September 1, 2019 according to Kantar Media:

“Rated K” finally won in the ratings game after it moved to an earlier timeslot according to Kantar Media National TV Ratings. It registered 26.3%, or 8.2 points higher than the 18.1% of “Amazing Earth Featuring Life Story” last Sunday (Sept 1).

More households nationwide continue to tune into “The Killer Bride” every night as the hit primetime drama scored 25.6%, beating “The Better Woman” that only got 12.3% last Friday (Aug 30). “The Voice Kids” kept its wide lead last weekend, recording 33.4% and 36.5% last Saturday (Aug 31) and Sunday (Sept 1), respectively, compared to “Starstruck’s” 14.5% and 15.3%. “I Can See Your Voice” kept viewers entertained last Saturday (Aug 31), hitting 13.5%.

Here are the Top 20 programs nationwide and comparative TV ratings from August 30 to September 1, 2019 according to Kantar Media:

Alden Richards and Kathryn Bernardo's "HLG" Breaks the Box-Office Record of All Daniel Padilla - Kathryn Bernardo Movies?


It is undeniably a festive season for Star Cinema as its latest offering - the Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards movie "Hello, Love, Goodbye" is is set to reach the Php1B mark and is now offically tagged as the "Highest-Grossing Filipino Movie of All Time." a title which was previously held by the another Kathryn Bernardo starrer “The Hows of Us” with real-life boyfriend Daniel Padilla.

After a little over a month in cinemas worldwide, the Cathy Garcia-Molina film has totaled P880,603,490 in worldwide earnings as of September 3. The latest box-office gross tally of the movie does not include the ticket sales from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Saipan, Guam, Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Japan. The movie is also set to be shown this September 28 and 29 in South Korea, and coming soon in Vietnam, Thailand, Samoa, and Myanmar.

Aside from its box-office performance, "Hello, Love, Goodbye" is considered a landmark project in Philippine cinema with the pairing of Kathryn and Alden, who are a respective homegrown talents of rival networks ABS-CBN and GMA-7 and a known other half of the biggest love teams in local showbiz - KathNiel and AlDub. The movie also sealed Kathryn's label as the only Pinoy actresswith two films earning more than P800 million each.

Check out the current list of highest-grossing Pinoy films below:

TOP 10 HIGHEST-GROSSING FILIPINO MOVIES OF ALL TIME
(As of August 23, 2019)

1. HELLO, LOVE, GOODBYE (2019) – P880 million
Alden Richards, Kathryn Bernardo
Star Cinema

2. THE HOWS OF US (2018) – P800 million
Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo
Star Cinema

3. THE SUPER PARENTAL GUARDIANS (2016) – P598 million
Vice Ganda, Coco Martin
Star Cinema

4. FANTASTICA (2018) – P596 million
Vice Ganda, Dingdong Dantes, Richard Gutierrez
Star Cinema, Viva Films

5. GANDARRAPIDDO: THE REVENGER SQUAD (2017)- P571 million
Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla, Pia Wurtzbach
Star Cinema, Viva Films

6. A SECOND CHANCE (2015) – P556 million
Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz
Star Cinema

7. BEAUTY AND THE BESTIE (2015) – P540 million
Vice Ganda, Coco Martin
Star Cinema, Viva Films

8. THE AMAZING PRAYBEYT BENJAMIN (2014) – P440 million
Vice Ganda, Derek Ramsay
Star Cinema, Viva Films

9. GIRL, BOY, BAKLA, TOMBOY (2013) – P421 million
Vice Ganda, Maricel Soriano
Star Cinema, Viva Films

10. STARTING OVER AGAIN (2014) – P420 million
Toni Gonzaga, Piolo Pascual
Star Cinema

Win a Trip for Two to Los Angeles, USA in HOOQathon Raffle Promo


This month, HOOQ fans have a lot of reasons to stream Hollywood movies and TV shows. From August 19 through September 17, 2019, HOOQ is running, HOOQathon, a binge-watch raffle promo for HOOQ VIP subscribers. For every 2 Sony Pictures Television movies watched, or the equivalent total minutes of 200, a VIP subscriber is entitled to one raffle ticket and a chance to win a three-night vacation for two in Los Angeles California - home of Hollywood entertainment. The prize is packed with must-have experiences of vibrant L.A. - round trip flights, airport transfers, hotel accommodation in a luxury hotel, a super car driving experience at a speedway track, a walking tour of contemporary street art, dinner at a top restaurant and pocket money.

To join, one must first subscribe to a trial access or paid subscription, then register by providing their first name, last name, HOOQ registered email address, mobile number and mailing address. Subscribers automatically get one raffle entry upon registration. For every 200 minutes clocked in, one raffle entry is earned; plus, every rental movie redeemed also earns them one more entry.

Sony Pictures Television movies and TV shows on HOOQ include Angels & Demons, Brightburn, SALT, The Nanny, The Oath, The Good Doctor, and The Client List. A complete list of titles can be found here:  https://on.hooq.tv/SonyHOOQathon. 

The grand draw is on September 23, 2019. To be eligible for the raffle draw, the subscriber must hold a Philippine passport.

For more information, log on to https://campaign.hooq.tv/sonyhooqathon/.

Promo Period: August 19 to September 18, 2019. Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 13948 Series of 2019.


HOW TO GET HOOQ

HOOQ Plans are available for as low as P15/day with multiple payment options via credit card, debit card, and telco partners such as Globe, Smart, and Sun. For those ready to enter a new world of entertainment, HOOQ offers 12-month HOOQ subscriptions at 50% when you download and pay via Google Play.

HOOQ can now be enjoyed on more devices like Google Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, Android TV, Apple TV, Globe Streamwatch powered by Roku and the new Globe Streamwatch Xtreme Prepaid.


ABOUT HOOQ

HOOQ is the leading video-on-demand service for emerging markets in Southeast Asia, delivering over 10,000 hours of local, regional and Hollywood films, shows and live TV to its users anytime, anywhere and on any device. Started as a joint venture in January 2015 by Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros, HOOQ has built an entertainment destination deeply rooted in its understanding of consumers’ needs and habits. HOOQ currently operates in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Singapore, with a combined population footprint of over 1.7 billion people.

For more information, visit hooq.tv/ph

Documentary on Gina Lopez' "Genuine Love for Filipinos, The Philippines, and God" Now Available on IWant and ABS-CBN News YouTube


Through the documentary “Genuine Love,” people learned more about Gina Lopez’s love for children, people, our nation, and the environment, which she expressed through projects and campaigns. She was the driving force behind iconic educational shows for the youth like “Sineskwela,” “Hiraya Manawari,” and “Bayani,” which inspired love for learning and love for country among a generation of Filipinos.

Gina, the former chairperson of ABS-CBN Foundation, founded the first rescue hotline for abused children in the country Bantay Batay 163, environment movements Bantay Kalikasan, Save the La Mesa Watershed, Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig, and No to Mining in Palawan.

Netizens can now watch “Genuine Love,” the documentary on the life of service of former environment secretary on ABS-CBN News YouTube channel and on-demand on streaming service iWant.

Filipinos went to social media to express their admiration and gratitude for her.  Produced by ABS-CBN DocuCentral, “Genuine Love” shows the different aspects of Gina’s life as told by her mother Conchita and siblings led by ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III and Creative Programs Inc. president Ernie Lopez, and her past and present colleagues in the ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI) like former Bantay Bata 163 head Tina Monzon-Palma and current Bantay Kalikasan program director Jen Santos.

The piece, which sparked tributes to Gina from Filipinos online, first aired on ABS-CBN last August 25, six days after she passed away. It features photos from her youth and as a yoga missionary of Ananda Marga, news footages, and excerpts from her speeches and interviews as an anti-mining advocate, and secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. It also showed some parts of Gina’s last TV interview that aired in July, which showed her still full of life, hope, and love despite her health challenges.

Twitter user @djhamerabag called Gina “one of a kind” and praised her for leaving “the comforts of her home because of genuine service to humanity.”

Netizen @iamdinard also posted “Watching #GenuineLove, I couldn’t think of any other Filipino who has the same heart to serve as Gina Lopez. Gone too soon, Earth warrior!” Her words also ignited nationalism among the viewers.

Twitter user @champagnemiles also thanked her for “empowering the locals through their projects and promote eco-tourism” through her projects like ILove Foundation and “G Diaries,” while @NicaillTimbal and @reedtulio raved about her genuineness, passion, and selfless heart.

And like many others that watched the documentary, @stephanie_hazel was inspired to follow in Gina’s footsteps. She posted, “That passion, fire and selfless love. Not for money, not for fame. But, for the people, for the Filipinos, and especially, for God. GL, does not only stand for #GinaLopez but for #GenuineLove. I hope, someday, I’ll be closer to what she had been.”

Read more tributes and stories about Gina Lopez by searching the hashtags #GenuineLove and “MaramingSalamatGinaLopez.” Watch the ABS-CBN DocuCentral documentary on her life story “Genuine Love” on iwant.ph, the iWant App, skyondemand.com.ph, or on the ABS-CBN News YouTube channel.

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

September 2, 2019

Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber Team Up for Their First Major Concert “M.E. & U”


There's really no stopping Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber as they hold their first major concert together dubbed "M.E. and U" happening this September 27 (Friday) at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City.

The adorable and unbreakable tandem collectively known as MayWard will surely bring supreme kilig and enjoyment in the much-awaited event produced by Star Events, Star Music, and Star POP. 

"We want to make our supporters feel that we're doing this because of them and that they're part not only of the concert, but also of our lives. That's why it's 'M.E. & U', because they're the U," Maymay said of the story behind the concert's title.

Fans can look forward to their performances of their collaborations "Baliw," "Mahal Kita Kasi," "Magdamag," and more.

"A lot of the suggestions, ideas and memories and history that we had with the MayWard family will be there, as in you can see the journey that we've had during the prods of the concert," Edward added.

Maymay and Edward are fresh from starring in the recently-concluded Kapamilya fantaserye "Hiwaga ng Kambat." Earlier this year, they also released new music under Star Pop titled "Kakayanin Kaya" and "No One Else," respectively.

The "M.E. and U Concert" is one of the many exciting events under Star Events, which brings OPM to the next level with thrilling Kapamilya experiences and outstanding performances during live events. 

Get ready for a romance-filled and talent-loaded night in "M.E. & U: MayWard Live in Concert," and grab your tickets at Ticketnet Online for only P3,500 (SVIP), P2,999 (VIP), P2,600 (Orchestra A), P1,999 (Orchestra B), P990 (Loge), and P530 (Balcony).

For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

De-Aging Techniques Employed for the Young Losers in “IT Chapter Two”

 

Reprising their roles in Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema's "IT Chapter Two" as the young members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben.  

(Watch the film's new spot at https://youtu.be/l1UptDECpUU.)

There was one problem, though. The young Losers by then were not as young by three years since "IT Chapter One." Producer Barbara Muschietti acknowledges, "Physically, most of them changed quite radically, and we knew we were going to employ some de-aging techniques for the flashbacks.

"They're all really amazing kids," she continues, "like Ferraris, so fast and brilliant, and they all found each other on the first film. Having them back, we could literally watch them regress to their 13-year-old selves. They're now all young adults with strong careers, but when they're together, they return to that summer and they're all still kids…burping on each other, just having a great time. I love that and hope they never lose it."

In "IT Chapter Two," twenty-seven years after the Losers' Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, people are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all...putting them directly in the path of the shape-shifting clown that has become deadlier than ever.

To include the time jumps back to 1989, Muschietti says his goal was to integrate the flashbacks "into the main plot and the journeys of each of the Losers, not just have them exist as character scenes. For example, we see Ben as a lonely boy, afraid of ending his days alone. We get a glimpse of Beverly, where it's clear that she loves her father, despite his treatment of her. These behaviors play out all through their lives, with relapses and cycles that become worse and worse. But, they have an origin in something specific, something we didn't know about the Losers as children and something we haven't seen until now."  

After filming "IT," the teen actors kept in regular contact. Finn Wolfhard, who returns as Richie, remembers, "We'd heard rumors, mostly from each other, that they were going to bring us back. We later went for dinner with Andy and Barbara, and they confirmed that we would be a part of the second movie, without much specifics. Then, one of us would see Andy, who'd mention a scene that we were going to be in, and that got around. We were piecing it together, really, until we got the official email. Our scenes turned out to be flashbacks that actually tell more about our characters, stuff that audiences don't really know about, until Chapter Two. Of course, it was great being back together on the set. But what was really cool was us getting to tell a bigger story about that summer."

Wyatt Oleff, younger Stanley, surmises, "I think as 12- and 13-year-olds, a lot of the Losers - before Pennywise, anyway - had a lot of normal fears for that age, all very childish and carefree. But once they come back as adults, they have a lot more responsibilities, a lot more to lose. They are risking their lives. Before, it was more about surviving. For them to come back together, risk everything, because of an oath they made when they were 13? That's pretty powerful."

That formative experience of being in the Losers' Club together is what sets its seven members on their life paths. Andy Muschietti comments, "'Loser' carried a bad connotation when the characters meet, but they chose to call themselves the Losers' Club, implying a sense of communion and a shared strength. When the adults return after 27 years of being alone while they pursue their lives and careers, they realize that there was nothing more meaningful and substantial in terms of emotion than being part of that club. That's what they mean when they say, 'We're Losers…and we always will be." 

In Philippine cinemas September 4, "IT Chapter Two" is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

ABS-CBN Honors Modern-Day Pinoy Heroes in 15th Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards


Ordinary Filipinos who show selfless acts of love for their community were recognized by ABS-CBN in the 15th awarding cycle of ABS-CBN's Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards.
ABS-CBN found new faces of heroism not only in the Philippines, but also in other countries. They include a diverse set of inspiring individuals that include doctors, educators, OFWs, Fil-Ams, and youth advocates.
"Our heroes are not endowed with any superpower, if at all they have any kind of power, it would be their great and deep love for their fellow Filipino, which allows them to transcend severe constraint of resources to find creative ways to serve," Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, ABS-CBN chairman emeritus said about modern-day Filipino heroes. 
Meanwhile, Kapamilya stars also graced the awarding ceremony as presenters and performers to celebrate the heroism of the modern-day Pinoy heroes, including Kathryn Bernardo, Kim Atienza, "PBB Otso" big winner Yamyam Gucong, "PBB Otso" alumnus Fumiya Sankai, rapper Kritiko, Janine Berdin, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados, while Gretchen Ho and Ogie Alcasid hosted the event.
The Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards is an annual search for ordinary Filipinos who have done extraordinary deeds that was envisioned by the late "Kapitan" Eugenio "Geny" Lopez Jr. to give the Filipino people real-life Filipino superheroes they can look up to and emulate. 

Ansel Elgort Struggles with Loss, Guilt in “The Goldfinch”

 

Warner Bros. Pictures' The Goldfinch is the achingly poignant journey of trauma survivor Theo Decker,  portrayed as an adult by Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver, The Fault in Our Stars) and, as a child, by Oakes Fegley (Pete's Dragon).

(Watch the film's trailer at https://youtu.be/u8WMMM8ShjY.) 

The film is based on Donna Tartt's best-selling novel The Goldfinch, published in the fall of 2013, and immediately became a must-read, topping best seller lists around the globe, earning numerous honors, including the coveted Pulitzer Prize.

The last time 13-year-old Theo Decker saw his mother, she was gliding away from him into another gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Seconds later, a terrorist bomb exploded destroying priceless pieces of art…and shattering Theo's life forever.  The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, friendship and even love.  

Throughout the turbulent years, as he grows into adulthood, Theo secretly clings to a single, precious object—his one tangible connection to the mother he lost on that terrible day—a priceless painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch.  The Goldfinch.

Ansel Elgort shares, "It is a beautiful and intense drama that draws you in.  The story of a life that was stolen and the ripple effects of a single devastating event."

The actor allows that one of the most daunting aspects of his performance was conveying the trauma that haunts Theo, who remains, metaphorically, as chained to the day of the bombing as the tiny bird is to its perch in the stolen painting.  Hidden away, it is his secret talisman, which both comforts and torments him.  And, like The Goldfinch, the pain Theo feels is also concealed from view.  

Elgort observes that his character "views human life as something fleeting because his life has been so traumatic.  But an object can endure, and I think that idea comforts him.  And the object he prizes the most—and the one that also haunts him the most—is The Goldfinch."

"Judging by appearances alone, Theo seems to have gotten himself together," Elgort explains.  "But inside, he is still struggling with his loss and the guilt he has been carrying on his shoulders since childhood.  I had to find his inner darkness and getting to that place was my biggest challenge.

The filmmakers knew that engendering empathy for Theo would have to begin with the young actor playing him at age 13, when his world was shattered.  Young actor Oakes Fegley says, "Theo's mom was the only stable family he had.  His father left and is not part of his life, so to lose her, too, leaves Theo feeling helpless, with no control over where life is taking him, on top of his grief and guilt.  He goes through such a big range of emotions, which is one of the things that drew me to the role."

"We went through hundreds and hundreds of submissions of kids for Theo," recalls director John Crowley.  "It was a gradual process of narrowing them down, and we kept circling back to Oakes.  He was really good and very touching, and there was also this impression of an old soul about him that felt right for this character."

Producer Nina Jacobson concludes, "Oakes Fegley is a remarkably sophisticated actor, especially for someone that young.  His performance is extraordinary…so moving, so vulnerable."

In Philippine cinemas September 18, "The Goldfinch" is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  

Violeta Bayawa and Julius Cawaling Named Latest “Tawag Ng Tanghalan” Grand Finalists


Singers Violeta Bayawa of Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte and Julius Cawaling of Bacoor, Cavite were hailed as the newest grand finalists of "Tawag ng Tanghalan" on "It's Showtime" after their voices prevailed in the Quarter 4 semifinals that concluded last Saturday (August 31).
Fan favorite Violeta, 70, earned the combined score of 88.82% from audience votes and judges' scores after she offered a touching performance of "Saan Ka Man Naroroon" and got the studio audience, hurados, and viewers emotional when her daughter, through the help of the program, saw her father - the man Violeta married and still loves - for the first time. 
Following her was Julius, a 38-year-old singer who belongs to a band that helps underprivileged kids buy school supplies, who earned a combined score of 61.61%. His version of "Titanium" impressed judge Ogie Alcasid, who said the grand finalist kept getting better and better.

 

Both of them won P150,000 each and the chance to become this year's "Tawag ng Tanghalan" grand champion versus other grand finalists Elaine Duran, Ranillo Enriquez, John Mark Saga, John Michael Dela Cerna, Charizze Arnigo, and Jonas Oñate.  



After the "Tawag ng Tanghalan" semifinals, more surprises are in store for the madlang people as "It's Showtime" continues its countdown to celebrate its tenth anniversary in October.

The fun and competition continues in the "Instant Rebak" week of "Tawag ng Tanghalan," where 16 'resbakers' selected by the judges will face off with each other beginning on Monday (September 2).
Don't miss the talented Pinoy singers as they battle for supremacy in "Tawag ng Tanghalan," in the noontime variety show "It's Showtime," Mondays to Saturdays in ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (Sky Cable ch 167). 
For updates, like www.facebook.com/TawagNgTanghalan and follow @tntabscbn on Twitter. TO watch the program's episode online, just download the iWant app (iOs and Andoid) or register via iwant.ph.

Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados Takes Over the Throne

                                                                                                                                                                      
ABS-CBN Lifestyle continues its line of aspirational personalities turned online life and style gurus now in the person of this year's crowned Binibining Pilipinas - Universe Gazini Ganados.

Gazini, who hails from Cebu and is the country's next bet at the much-anticipated Miss Universe 2019, takes a breather from her pageant preparations by writing about her journey, insights, and helpful beauty queen-approved life hacks as this month's ABS-CBN Lifestyle Inspo.  

Meanwhile, the celebrity lifestyle site strengthens its watch on the much-awaited ABS-CBN Ball 2019, happening on September 14 (Saturday). It will be on full force covering the hottest stars, outfits, and happenings on the red carpet real-time. 

It will also feature the bigger reason behind the Ball, which is a benefit event for Bantay Bata 163's Bantay Edukasyon Program. The site will likewise put the spotlight on celebrity designers participating at the fashion event, who have causes of their own.

Check out the exciting reads and videos with Gazini, the newest #ABSCBNLifestyleInspo. Catch more Inspiring Stellar Stories on ABS-CBN Lifestyle by logging on to Lifestyle.ABS-CBN.com and following the site through its social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter @abscbnlifestyle.

August 31, 2019

Get Reel Mobile Shorts Film Festival 2019 Winners - Full List


Get Reel Mobile Shorts Film Festival 2019, a film festival presented by McJim Classic Leather, has chosen the winners from among seven incredibly inspiring, heart-rending, and relatable mobile shorts entries shot solely with smartphones. The use of a device that almost all Filipinos have access to levelled the playing field for aspiring filmmakers who were asked to share their stories depicting the modern Filipino gentleman and the values he holds dear.

Get Reel is understandably proud to have provided an avenue for such filmmakers who rose to the challenge and turned out truly remarkable and impressive works. The following winners were announced in an awards ceremony held last August 30 at Cinema 1, Fisher Mall.

 
Among scores of creative entries, seven films were chosen as finalists with Dylan Ray Talon’s Walang Hanggang Ligaya Sa Una Mong Ngiti and James Edward Golla’s May Love Life Na Si Pepito Jr. bagging most of the coveted awards.

Talon’s Walang Hanggang Ligaya Sa Una Mong Ngiti won the grand prize for the festival, the McJim Prize for Best Mobile Short Film, winning P50,000.

The said film also bagged Best Director for Dylan Ray Talon, worth P25,000, and Best in Cinematography, worth P10,000.


Meanwhile, May Love Life Na Si Pepito Jr. by Golla won Best Screenplay and Best Comedy, with prizes worth P20,000 and P25,00 respectively.

Mark Jason Sucgang’s Pitaka won P25,000 for the Get Reel Viral Shorts Award; John Carlo Balasbas Tarobal’s Champion won P10,000 for Best Inspirational Story; and Roy Robert Rusiana’s Kabilin bagged P25,000 for Best Drama.


The judges also gave acting citations to actors and actresses in the film for their noteworthy performances.


 
Citations were awarded to Russel Ian Paguia for May Lovelife Na Si Pepito Jr.; Jorrybell Agoto for Walang Hanggang Ligaya Sa Una Mong Ngiti;Jonathan Oraño for Pitaka; Marialyn Tamarra for Cotard Syndrome; Philip Carlo Ty and King Richard Visto for Kabilin; and James Lohoman, Shawn Villete and Carlo Tarobal for Champion.  
 
 
McJim Classic Leather presented this cutting-edge event to give aspiring filmmakers a chance to share their content with a massive audience in the digital age where short films have become a way to spread meaningful and timely messages, and mobile devices have become a tool for creating relevant content.

The brand has garnered recognition in international film festivals for viral and unforgettable short films like Bag, Sinturon and Pitaka, which were created and produced in collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Chris Cahilig, Get Reel Mobile Shorts Film festival’s director.

With intent to affirm the uniqueness of Filipino artistry and excellence before a global audience, McJim continues to innovate through efforts such as the Get Reel Mobile Shorts Festival, which showcases the very same values that the brand pursues when creating McJim products.

Closer to home, however, the brand believes that it can prove to Filipinos that local products are of world-class quality and that Filipino values are truly worth emulating.

All film genres were allowed in the mobile shorts film festival, as long as McJim leather products like bags, belts, and wallets were used as organic parts of the narratives.

Winning entries will be uploaded in the official McJim Classic Leather Facebook page.

August 28, 2019

Cetaphil and Watsons Launch National Healthy Skin Mission


Does your face feel clean but not tight after you wash it?

Does your face feel hydrated and well moisturized? 

Is it free from scales and flakes? Do you use sunscreen to protect your skin from having sun spots?

If you answered yes to all four, then you have healthy skin, the four components of which are eveness, smooth texture, hydration, and normal sensations.

You may have skin that looks beautiful and glowing but it is not necessarily healthy.

Cetaphil, the most prescribed skin care brand by dermatologists in the Philippines recently launched National Healthy Skin Mission, an educational campaign that aims to educate Filipinos on how to achieve healthy skin.

 

Healthy skin looks and feels smooth. The key word is consistent. It does not have to be as smooth as glass. Consistent skin color is also a sign of good health. Plump skin is also a sign that it is well hydrated. 

"National Healthy Skin Mission is an effort initiated by Cetaphil in partnership with Watsons. As Cetaphil’s brand purpose is to improve lives of Filipino’s through healthy skin. It is consistent with Galderma's commitment to promoting healthy skin as part of a healthy lifestyle. To be completely healthy, you also need healthy skin," said Cetaphil Brand Manager, Francesca Sy 

"We are very happy to be partnering with Galderma and Cetaphil for National Healthy Skin Mission. At Watsons, we believe that you can look good, feel great by being healthy inside and out," said Watson’s Category Manager, Aimee Pernia 



As part of the National Healthy Skin Mission, Cetaphil imparts that there are different skin types. A complicated skin care routine is not the key to healthy skin. What is important is to come up with a skin care routine that is geared toward your skin type and skin issues.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is the most iconic product of Cetaphil. It is fragrance-free, has a pH level of 5.5 and is even gentler than water. It is the gentlest cleanser you can use on your skin, whatever your skin type and concern.

The Cetaphil routine is simple but effective and includes three steps: Cleanse, Moisturize and Protect.

 

Cetaphil is launching a roadshow to different parts of the Philippines so Filipinos could try out the products for themselves. Visit Cetaphil Healthy Skin Mission activations in SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA and SM Lanang Premier on August 16-18, 2019 and in SM San Lazaro, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Fairview on August 30-September 1, 2019.

August 26, 2019

Viva International Pictures Brings “Angel Has Fallen” in PH Cinemas; Now Showing Nationwide



He had been down a few times, but nothing could ever take him out.  That's Gerard Butler as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning in the global box office hits "Olympus Has Fallen" (2013) and "London Has Fallen" (2016).  
This year, this agent who is referred to as "the President's top guardian angel"  is going to get beat up yet again, the question is, how will Butler's Banning rise from this fall?  
Angel Has Fallen is the third entry to the "Fallen" franchise. Mike Banning is selected by U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) to be the director of the Secret Service.  But before he could assume his new appointment, Banning finds himself in a crucial position to protect the president as they are attacked by explosive drones.  
The next thing he knows, he is already in the hospital, handcuffed and being charged with the attempted murder of President Trumbull. FBI Agent Thompson (Jada Pinkett-Smith) is convinced of Banning's culpability because he is the only one in his team who survives the tragedy.  
Hellbent on proving his innocence and bringing the real culprit to justice, Banning escapes capture.  As the FBI and his own agency are hot on his trail, Banning tracks down his father (Nick Nolte) to get his help.  
Just like in all his previous battles, he must keep his family from harm, keep the president alive, and save the country from imminent danger.  The big difference is, he is also fighting for his life.  
Directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Snitch, Shot Caller), "Angel Has Fallen" offers non-stop action while taking the audience to what Butler describes as a "much deeper, darker journey"  of Mike Banning.  Reports have it that two other scripts had been scrapped in favor of this story, which is said to have been inspired by The FugitiveThe Bourne Identity, and Taken.  
Butler said in an interview back in 2017, *I couldn't even see a way to make a third (Fallen film), you know we'd joke about it 'What, Tokyo? Hong Kong? What is it going to be!?' …Until this idea came along and until Ric came along – now I've gone from not knowing what to do with it, to thinking this is going to be the best one."
In the same interview, Butler shared that Waugh told him that he wanted to make a movie with him "that'll be remembered for three generations".  In response to that, Butler said, "Well what about Has Fallen 3?", and Waugh said, "That's not what I was thinking!"  Butler said to the reluctant director, 'Read this script, it's kind of like The Fugitive, take it and let's put your spin on it'.  
Fast forward to May 2019, Waugh posted the trailer of "Angel Has Fallen" on Twitter and wrote, "For years Gerard Butler and I have been wanting to collaborate. Damn glad it was this one. It was definitely worth the wait!"  
"Angel Has Fallen" opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on August 21, 2019.  From Viva International Pictures and MVP Entertainment.

August 25, 2019

ABS-CBN Remembers Gina Lopez in the “Genuine Love” Documentary this Sunday at 1045am and 9pm

 

ABS-CBN shares the amazing and inspiring life story of well-loved environmentalist and philanthropist Gina Lopez in the special documentary "Genuine Love," which airs this Sunday (August 25) at 10:45 am before "ASAP Natin 'To" and at 9 pm after "The Voice Kids."

Produced by ABS-CBN DocuCentral, "Genuine Love" takes us to Gina's younger days and shows how and why she left her family and a life of privilege to search for a deeper life purpose.

After serving as an Ananda Marga missionary for more than 15 years in Africa, she returned to the Philippines and took over ABS-CBN Foundation -- the socio-civic arm of the country's biggest broadcast network that was founded by her father Eugenio "Geny" Lopez Jr. 

In her trailblazing way, Gina spearheaded projects, which included Educational Television (ETV) that produced iconic programs like "Sineskwela" and "Hiraya Manawari;" Bantay Kalikasan that promoted environmental preservation; and Bantay Bata 163, Asia's first rescue hotline for abused children.

Her advocacy against illegal and destructive commercial mining made President Rodrigo Duterte appoint her as an environment secretary.

After her short stint in the government, Gina wasted no time and founded the Investments in Loving Organizations for Village Economies (ILOVE) Foundation, where partner organizations in the government and private sector united to provide financial and technical support to eight deserving groups. She featured the stories of the eight organizations in her show "G Diaries" on ABS-CBN.

Her death last Monday (August 19), crushed the hearts of her many supporters, fellow advocates, and beneficiaries of her projects, who attest to her sincerity and unwavering passion to serve the Filipino people.

As it traces the beginning of Gina's life in public service until her passing, "Genuine Love" will share stories about Gina as told by her family members, friends, and colleagues who attended her wake held in ABS-CBN. It will also show final interview last July 12 with Tina Monzon-Palma.

Watch the inspiring story of the ABS-CBN Foundation, the individuals and communities it has helped, and the woman behind its enduring mission this Sunday (August 25) ) at 10:45 am before "ASAP Natin 'To" and at 9 pm after "The Voice Kids." Watch online on iwant.ph or skyondemand.com.ph.

Join the nation in remembering her on social media by using the hashtag #MaramingSalamatGinaLopez. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit abscbnpr.com.

August 21, 2019

Mayonnaise to Stage a Sequel to Their Sold-Out “Akalain Mo ‘Yun” this September 7 at Music Museum

 

Mayonnaise returns to the big stage for the second run of the sold-out show, "Akalain Mo 'Yun," after the tremendous success of their first major concert.

 

The acclaimed pop-rock band promises to take the sequel to a more exciting direction with new music arrangements, special collaborations, and engaging production values that will leave the audience wanting for more.

 

"We're always willing to take up the challenge of not repeating ourselves," lead singer and guitarist Monty Macalino said. "Expect the second run to be more open to musical possibilities. We're also excited to work with some of our esteemed peers in the local music scene."

 

For the second time, Mayonnaise is slated to perform their greatest hits and rarities with support by The Manila String Machine—a musical ensemble known for their captivating, string-laden performances and mood-setting soundscapes.

 

The "Tayo Na Lang Dalawa" hitmakers will also be joined by a stellar batch of guests, including alternative rock icons Barbie Almalbis, Champ Lui Pio of Hale, and I Belong To The Zoo.

 

Produced by One Music PH and Gabi Na Naman Productions, and in partnership with Mango Mama, Mayonnaise's sophomore concert happens on September 7 (Saturday), 7:30pm at the Music Museum.

 

One Music is one of the digital initiatives of ABS-CBN, the Philippines' leading media and entertainment company, which is rapidly transitioning into an agile digital company with the biggest online presence among all media companies and a growing list of digital properties.


Grab your tickets via bit.ly/AkalainMoYun2019 and ktx.abs-cbn.com. You may also contact Music Museum at 7210635  or 7216726. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

ABS-CBN Content Will Soon Be Available to LRT and MRT Commuters via ‘Tube’

 

ABS-CBN, the country's leading media and entertainment company, will soon provide quality content, including the latest news updates and short, entertaining videos to 1.3 million Filipino LRT and MRT commuters daily as it inked a deal with international media and marketing company PHAR Partnership Inc. through Manila's first in-train TV network, TUBE.

 

TUBE is a real-time passenger information system which has been patented in the Philippines and approved by the Department of Transportation. It employs a GPS/location-based system fortified with a CCTV that keeps passengers posted on what the next train station is, and whether there are any emergencies or interruptions during the trip.

 

With over 1,000 screens installed across the LRT and MRT train lines, the platform also engages the commuting public by offering news, weather reminders, traffic updates and short videos that enhances regular travelling experience.

 

Signing the partnership ABS-CBN's Creative Programs, Inc. (CPI) head Paolo Pineda, CPI senior finance officer Carmelita Ramos and CPI finance operations head Cat Lopez, PHAR Partnership Inc.'s general manager for commercial Maria Thessa M. Verano and finance controller Christian Alfonso.

 

The partnership is consistent with the company's continuing efforts to venture into groundbreaking new channels for convenient media consumption of Filipinos across the country.

 

For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom and@tubemnl on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

August 19, 2019

“The Killer Bride” Records High Pilot Ratings

ABS-CBN's newest teleserye "The Killer Bride" became an instant hit as more Filipinos tuned in to its pilot episode and witnessed the passionate yet tragic love story of Camila (Maja Salvador) and Vito (Geoff Eigenmann) last Monday (August 12).

It recorded a national TV rating of 23.1%, compared to its rival show "Love You Two"'s 10.1%, according to data from Kantar Media. The show was also a hit online as it's official hashtag #TheKillerBrideFirstDance topped the list of trending topics on Twitter. 

From being perfect, Camila's world turned upside down as she was found guilty for killing the brother of her fiancé Vito, ultimately dying as the jail she was in was destroyed by fire, separating her from her child.


But a a new chapter in the lives of people in Las Espadas will open with the arrival of Emma (Janella Salvador), the woman who will remind everyone about the killer bride's sworn vengeance.

Netizens aired their excitement online and were all praises for the lead stars of the new primetime series.

"My gosh! Maja Salvador's acting was beyond amazing! She's a topnotch phenomenal actress when it comes to drama. That was just only the pilot episode yet she already served," @coffeeholic16 tweeted.

"It was only the first episode and my tears are already flowing. Maja is brilliant, and Geoff plays such characters really well," said another Twitter user @ShielaLaLa02.

"Just watched the pilot episode of #TheKillerBride on @iwant and it was so good. Maja and Geoff also have a strong chemistry. It was a powerful cast. Congrats @ABSCBN," said netizen @Dkenangeles.

Tune in to "The Killer Bride," weeknight on ABS-CBN. For more updates, follow ABS-CBN PR on Facebook (fb.com/abscbnpr), Twitter (@abscbnpr), and Instagram (@abscbnpr).

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