October 19, 2019

Sarah Geronimo Opens First ABS-CBN TVplus Fun Familya Day with a Bang


Kapamilya stars, led by Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo, treated over a thousand Kapamilyas to a fun-filled afternoon in the first ABS-CBN TVplus Fun Familya Day at the Vista Mall Taguig last Saturday (October 13).

 

The 'ASAP' mainstay electrified the stage as she sang her hit song "Tala" while Hashtag members Mccoy de Leon, Maru Delgado, Tom Doromal, and Jameson Blake got everyone off their seats with their sexy dance moves.

 

The crowd went wild as PBB Otso Batch Four Big Four ex- housemates, Kiara Takahasi, Wealand Ferrer, Argel Saycon, and Akie Poblete with PBB Otso Batch Three ex-housemates Ashley del Mundo and Tan Rocal performed a song and dance number in the event. 

 

'Bidaman' finalists, Wize Estabillo, Ron Macapagal, Eris Gonzaga, and Team 'Yey' kids roused the audience with various games promoting the channels of ABS-CBN TVPlus, YeY, Cinemo, Movie Central, and Asianovela Channel.

 

Completing the treats for families were Jeepney TV which promoted its upcoming 7th year anniversary with games while Trabahanap had a mini job fair. ABS-CBN TVplus Go, on the other hand, did a raffle of TVplus Go merchandise with a performance of its Team GV Ronda. 

 

The chance to give joy to families proved to be an exhilarating experience for Kiara, who reminisced her experience as a fan. 

 

"Very honored and happy kasi iba yung feeling na nakakapagpasaya ng tao. I was just an audience before so alam ko yung nararamdaman na nanood ka tapos nakikita mo yung iniidolo mo sumayaw at nagpeperform sa harap mo at now na kami naman ang nagpapasaya so super happy," the "PBB Otso" second placer shared.

#UAAPSeason82 Goes “All for More” on Digital




Dunks. Clutch baskets. Explosions. Name it and you've seen it in UAAP Season 82.

 

The UAAP, which fans follow on S+A, LIGA, sports.abs-cbn.com, and iWant, delivers action, captivates Filipinos, and generates international buzz.

 

While the UAAP has always been trending on social media, this season is shaping up to be special in terms of online engagement across all ABS-CBN Sports social media platforms.

 

On the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook page (1.3M followers), UAAP-related posts from August 26 to September 16 generated a total of 168 million impressions and 1.5 million interactions. Engagement was especially high on September 4 during the UP-FEU game. In this game, UP Fighting Maroon Ricci Rivero announced his return to the UAAP with a ridiculous alley-oop dunk that went viral, bringing in 7.8 million views and almost 400,000 interactions to the page.

 

Rivero's highlight did not just end up on the Facebook timelines and news feeds of Filipino basketball fans, as global sports media outlets like Bleacher Report, Yahoo Sports, and Ballislife shared ABS-CBN Sports' video of the dunk for the whole world to see.

 

Other UAAP first round highlights featuring UP's Kobe Paras, UST's Rhenz Abando, and DLSU's Jamie Malonzo also generated millions of views and thousands of comments on Facebook with fans praising the athleticism of players and the intensity of action early in the season.

"UAAP fans enjoy watching highlights for two reasons," veteran sports anchor Mico Halili, who also serves as ABS-CBN Sports' digital head, says. "They watched the game and want to relive and share the exciting moment with friends, or they missed the game and want to catch up on what everyone on social is talking about. We're here to give UAAP fans what they want on digital." 

 

It's the same story on ABS-CBN Sports Twitter (1.3M followers) where fans get real-time updates and highlights of the games. Twitter engagement shot up to never before seen levels for UAAP-related posts. Within August 28 to September 24 this year, there have been 77.4 million impressions and 1.93 million profile visits recorded on the platform.

 

ABS-CBN Sports Instagram account also experienced a surge with its followers and engagement growing at a faster pace. Users are drawn to click and watch highlight videos on the account with poster-like thumbnails featuring UAAP stars. UAAP athletes themselves like and share the content on the platform, which now has 170k followers.

 

While most of the credit rightfully goes to awesome play of all eight teams in the UAAP,  the enhanced quality of the content created by the ABS-CBN Sports Digital team also helps fuel social media engagement.

 

Beyond the highlights, the digital team also serves fans with original content that makes the UAAP experience even more engaging online. Leading to the opening of UAAP Season 82, the ABS-CBN Sports Digital team launched several originals to put fans in UAAP mode: "MIXTAPE" featured memorable moments from UAAP Season 81 and "#KillerCrossover" allowed UAAP stars to share their passions outside of basketball. 

 

During the first round of UAAP Season 82, fans on ABS-CBN Sports social media platforms watched and shared digital features on breakout games by Rey Suerte of UE, Val Chauca of Adamson, and Dave Ildefonso of NU and thrilling games like the Ateneo-UST first round showdown. 

 

Halili reveals that there is both art and science behind the UAAP engagement generated by ABS-CBN Sports on social media.

 

"The main ingredient is capturing fun, dramatic and exciting moments from the games," he shared. "Guided by our love for sports, the data provided by our analytics team, and our mission to serve the fan, we choose what storylines to focus on and decide how to share these stories in the best way. When we select highlights or write captions, the key for ABS-CBN Sports is to know what UAAP fans want."

 

ABS-CBN Sports is the sports arm of the country's leading media and entertainment organization, which is rapidly transitioning into an agile digital company with the biggest online presence among local media networks and a growing list of digital platforms.

 

Meanwhile, UAAP Season 82 men's basketball enters the second round on October 5. Fans can watch the games live on ABS-CBN S+A on free TV, on LIGA on cable, and online via iWant or sports.abs-cbn.com. Enjoy more of the UAAP experience by following @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, or by visiting sports.abs-cbn.com.

QCinema International FilmFest Winners - Full List


The annual QCinema International Film Festival on Friday handed out Pylon Awards to winning entries, actors, and filmmakers.

Here's the complete list of winners, in order of announcement:

  • Audience Choice Award, QCShorts Competition: "Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss"
  • Audience Choice Award, Asian Next Wave Competition: "Cleaners"
  • Gender Sensitivity Award, Asian Next Wave Competition: "Babae at Baril"
  • Best Screenplay, Asian Next Wave Competition: Glenn Barit, "Cleaners"
  • Best Artistic Contribution, Asian Next Wave Competition: Lee Chatametikool (Editing), "Nakorn-Sawan"
  • Special Jury Prize, QCShorts Competition: "Tokwifi" (Carla Pulido Ocampo)
  • Best Actress, Asian Next Wave Competition: Janine Gutierrez, "Babae at Baril"
  • Best Actor, Asian Next Wave Competition: Por Silatsa, "The Long Walk"
  • Best Director, Asian Next Wave Competition: Rae Red, "Babae at Baril"
  • Best Film, QCShorts Competition: "Judy Free" (Che Tagyamon)
  • Netpac Jury Prize, Asian Next Wave Competition: "Suburban Birds" (Sheng Qiu, China/Taiwan)
  • Best Film, Asian Next Wave Competition: "Cleaners" (Glenn Barit, Philippines)

October 17, 2019

Multi-Faceted Actress Maja Salvador Joins the Jollibee Family as the Newest Face of “Super Meals

 

Jollibee proudly introduces the latest member of its ever-growing family of endorsers - actress, dancer, and singer Maja Salvador as the newest face of Jollibee Super Meals.

 

Maja Salvador, a self-professed loyal Jollibee fan since childhood, was a natural choice for the Philippines' leading fast food company to endorse Jollibee Super Meals thanks to her many talents that made her an enduring icon of Philippine showbiz for 16 years. The all-star offering puts together Jollibee's iconic and best-tasting favorites - Chickenjoy, Burger Steak, and Jolly Spaghetti - in one meal!


"We're really happy to welcome Maja to our Jollibee family," says Joseph Aruta, Jollibee Senior Marketing Manager for Value Platforms Category. "With her multiple talents of exceptional acting, singing, and dancing and her long, enduring, and award-winning career in entertainment, we couldn't find anyone else who's a better fit for Jollibee Super Meals. We're so excited about the stories we could tell with Maja."

 

Salvador reveals that she and her family have been huge Jollibee fans since her childhood to the present, always having her favorite Jollibee meals during both special occasions and regular cravings. She loves combining different Jollibee favorites whenever she eats, especially when she's super hungry. This is where the Super Meals, with all the iconic items already combined, come in really handy.


"With Super Meals, nandoon lahat. They're such a crowd favorite! Jollibee really understood the needs of the practical Pinoys!" she says. "When they want to treat themselves to some good food, they still want something sulit and complete with all their favorites."

 

The Super Meals are also a great stress reliever for Salvador in her work. "Pag sobrang hirap ng scenes ko sa mga teleserye, sasabihin ko talaga, 'I deserve to eat my favorite meals!' Lahat kakainin ko, may combinations, Chickenjoy and Spaghetti, or Burger Steak and Spaghetti," she shares.

 

Jollibee also released their first Super Meals commercial with Maja Salvador, showcasing her showbiz prowess and talents. The TVC shines a deserving spotlight on her super amazing talents in acting, singing, and dancing, showing how having all these skills and pulling them off exceptionally made her a true Filipino crowd favorite for so many years, much like people's all-time favorites Chickenjoy, Burger Steak, and Jolly Spaghetti being put together in one Super Meal for them to easily enjoy.

 

Get the Chickenjoy with Burger Steak and Half Jolly Spaghetti Super Meal for only PHP 150, Chickenjoy with 3-pcs. Shanghai and Half Jolly Spaghetti Super Meal for PHP 132, or the Yumburger with Half Jolly Spaghetti and Regular Fries Super Meal for PHP 102. All products come with rice and drink to complete the meal! These are available for dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, and delivery, in all Jollibee stores nationwide.

 

For more updates and info on Jollibee products, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.


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Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, and Other Hottest Bollywood Celebrities Invade Zee Sine on SKY

 

SKY continues to push the boundaries of content offerings with the expansion of Zee Sine, the first and only Tagalized Bollywood channel in the country, with shows that feature Indian cinema's brightest stars, including former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, Miss World Aishwarya Rai, and Hollywood celebrity Priyanka Chopra.

 

Aside from Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, among the celebrities that fans can expect to catch on the channel's upcoming features are Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, and many more. 

 

Developed with the taste and likes of the Filipino audience in mind, Zee Sine has a wide range of content - from drama, comedy, romance, action, thriller and musical, carefully selected based on stories relatable to its audience. 

 

In Zee Sine, the localization process goes as far as creating movie themes like Unli Tawa Monday, Hari ng Aksyon Thursday, Pinoy Bollywood Box Office, Star of the Month, Bollywood Divas and Kilig Monday. Even the original character names in the movie are changed to names familiar to the audience and the stories are told in a language close to the Filipino heart. 

 

Zee Sine offers three original movies and three original drama series on weekdays and five original movies on weekends and premieres three first airing movies every month, on weekends.

 

Alongside the movies, Zee Sine also brings TV series that feature the latest love teams from India in the afternoon on weekdays.

 

Come 2020, Zee Sine will continue to bring the biggest Bollywood blockbusters and award-winning drama series and more.

 

Zee Sine's pages on all social media platforms engages Bollywood fans across the country as it delivers the latest news, trends, movie teaser and trailers of the up and coming movies, trivia and updates on the celebrities are on Zee Sine's social media accounts. Fans also get an chance to win Channel merchandize in the monthly contests.

 

Zee Sine is a part of Zee Entertainment, which is available in 173 countries and entertaining over 1.3 billion viewers every day. Today, Zee Entertainment has 10 local audiences targeted channels across the world, and three in South East Asia.

 

Subscribers can enjoy Zee Sine on channel 112 for Metro Manila, channel 424 in Cebu and Davao via SKYcable Select for P20 pesos only.  SKYcable Select allows SKY customers with cable subscription the option to add channels to their existing channel lineup for a customized TV viewing experience.  For more details on ZEE Sine and other SKY products and services, visit mysky.com.ph, call the Sales hotline (02) 418 0000 or your local SKY office, or visit SKYzone or SKY office nearest you.

October 16, 2019

Sarah Geronimo’s Wish Comes True via the Dog Movie “Unforgettable”


One more dream has come true for Sarah Geronimo. The Popstar Royalty and Box Office Queen is starring in a full-length dog movie, a project which she has long wanted to do. Conceptualized and co-directed by the multi-awarded and internationally acclaimed director Jun Lana (Die Beautiful, Bwakaw) and award-winning filmmaker Perci Intalan (Bwakaw, Distance, Dementia), and featuring Milo, the Jack Russell Terrier with numerous viral videos, this Viva Films presentation promises to be truly "Unforgettable".

Sarah plays Jasmine, a young woman on a journey to Baguio. Her goal is to bring Happy to her sick grandmother. The moment Happy came into Jasmine's life, the dog proved to be a blessing. Now Jasmine believes that Happy would be instrumental to her grandmother's healing.

As the two make their way to the City of Pines, they meet different kinds of people. With Jasmine's sharp memory and Happy's remarkable skills, they are able to help people somehow, touching lives in every place they pass by. And every step brings them closer to the person whose life Jasmine wants to save the most.

"Iba siyang magmahal" goes the tagline of "Unforgettable". The movie shows that special human-animal bond, compassion for our fellowmen, and the willingness to go the extra mile for our family – different kinds of love that make a mark in the mind and in the heart.

"It's a different role. Very challenging for me," Sarah said in an interview after winning the Best Actress award from the PMPC Star Awards for her role in "Miss Granny". Popsters need not worry because their idol always gives her best in her performances. Director Jun Lana said so himself on his Twitter post on June 6th: "I know Sarah just won Best Actress. But her performance today is a whole new level of brilliance. #onetakeactress #unforgettableday2"

The incredible tricks of Milo are certainly something to look forward to in this movie. This wonder dog also starred in Vice Ganda's box office hit, "Fantastica". As early as 2017, Milo has been appearing in various TV programs, showcasing his ability to play dead, roll, spin nonstop, jump through his master's arms, remove his master's socks, do a massage, and even pray before eating! No wonder Sarah said that she was always excited about going to the set and seeing Milo. Milo was only 2 months old when his owner Daryl Tristan Huertas started to train him.

As if the Sarah-Milo tandem is not enough, big stars like Regine Velasquez, Anne Curtis, Cherie Gil, Tirso Cruz III, Yayo Aguila, Ara Mina, Kim Molina, Meg Imperial and Gina Pareño complete the cast.

Witness unforgettable love in "Unforgettable". This could be that kind of movie you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Opens in cinemas on October 23, 2019.

GMA Network Wins Gold at the 10th Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards in France


Besting other entries from around the globe, Reel Time's "Batang Maestro" won the highly-coveted Gold Dolphin award under the Current Affairs, Human Concerns and Social Issues category at the 10th Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards in France on September 27. This serves as GMA Network's first-ever Cannes award, which recognizes the very best in corporate media and TV.

"Batang Maestro" is an episode of GMA News TV's Reel Time, which featured the story of 12-year-old Dagul and his fellow volunteer 'little teachers' in the province of Sorsogon. Dagul and the other volunteers cross the river of Donsol on board a bamboo raft just to reach fellow children in remote areas who have difficulty reading because they are often absent from classes. Despite his own struggles at home, Dagul pursues his volunteer work to bring pride and honor to his mother, his very first teacher.

Receiving the award for Reel Time was its Program Manager Nowell Cuanang.

Giving honor to the country as well is the bimonthly documentary program "The Atom Araullo Specials," which was shortlisted for its "No Leftovers: A Food Waste Trail" episode.

"No Leftovers" showed that food wastage remains a big problem in the Philippines by tracing how food is wasted from production to consumption.

October 15, 2019

Daniel Padilla and Moira dela Torre’s “Mabagal” Win Himig Handog 2019; Full List of Winners


The unique and refreshing sound of Dan Tañedo's "Mabagal" emerged as the Best Song in this year's edition of ABS-CBN'S Himig Handog songwriting competition.

The slow but soothing duet track, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre, bested over 4,000 entries and took home the much-desired P1 million cash prize.

Check out the winners of this year's Himig Handog Songwriting Competition as announced on ASAP Natin 'To, Sunday, October 13, 2019:

Best Song: "Mabagal," composed by Dan Tañedo, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre

2nd Best Song: "Simula ng Dulo," composed by Davey Langit and Therese Marie Villarante, interpreted by Davey Langit

3rd Best Song: "Please Lang," composed by Aikee Aplacador, interpreted by Alex Gonzaga

4th Best Song: "Nung Tayo Pa," composed by Rex Torremoro and Elmar Jann Bolaño, interpreted by Janella Salvador

5th Best Song: "Panandalian," composed by Jerome Arcangel and Cee Jay Del Rosario, interpreted by TJ Monterde.

SPECIAL AWARDS:

MOR Philippines' Choice Awards:
"Mabagal," composed by Dan Tañedo, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre

MYX Choice for Best Music Video:
"Mabagal," composed by Dan Tañedo, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre

One Music PH's Choice for Favorite Interpreter:
Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre for "Mabagal," composed by Dan Tañedo

Star Music's Choice for Best Produced Track:
"Mabagal," composed by Dan Tañedo, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre

Listener's Choice for Most Streamed Track:
"Mabagal," composed by Dan Tañedo, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre

ABS-CBN Wins Big at PMP Star Awards for TV 2019

ABS-CBN won Best TV station at the 33rd Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Television held on Sunday, at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University.

Angel Locsin won Best Actress while Arjo Atayde and Janice de Belen won the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their performances in "The General's Daughter" which also won Best Primetime TV series.

Here is the list of winners for the 33rd Star Awards for Television:

Best TV Station: ABS-CBN
Best Drama Actor: Jerico Rosales (Halik) - ABS-CBN
Best Drama Actress: Angel Locsin (The General's Daughter) ABS-CBN
Best Drama Supporting Actor: Arjo Atayde (The General's Daughter) - ABS-CBN
Best Drama Supporting Actress: Janice de Belen (The General's Daughter) - ABS-CBN
Best Child Performer: Sophia Reola (Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit) - ABS-CBN
Best New Male Personality: Aljon Mendoza MMK "Medal of Valor" - ABS-CBN and Klinton Start -Be Happy, Go Lucky - IBC 13
Best New Female Personality: Ivana Alawi (Mea Culpa: Sino Ang May Sala?) ABS-CBN
Best Single Performance by an Actor: Enchong Dee - MMK "Wheelchair" - ABS-CBN and Jeric Gonzales - Magpakailanman "Sex Slave" - GMA-7
Best Single Performance by an Actress: Yasmien Kurdi -Tadhana "Sukdulan" - GMA 7
Best Primetime TV Series: The General's Daughter - ABS-CBN
Best Daytime Drama Series: Kadenang Ginto - ABS-CBN
Best Comedy Show: Banana Sundae - ABS-CBN
Best Comedy Actor: Bayani Agbayani (Home Sweetie Home) - ABS-CBN
Best Comedy Actress: Maine Mendoza (Daddy's Girl) - GMA-7
Best Variety Show: Sunday Pinasaya - GMA-7
Best Horror/Fantasy Program: Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko - GMA-7
Best Musical Variety Show: Young Once Upon A Time / Net 25 and SMAC Pinoy/IBC 13
Best Children Show: Talents Academy - IBC 13
Best Children Show Hosts : Hosts of Talents Academy - IBC 13
Best Educational Program: Matanglawin - ABS-CBN
Best Educational Program Host: Kim Atienza - Matanglawin - ABS-CBN
Best Morning Show: Unang Hirit - GMA 7
Best Morning Show Host: Umagang Kay Ganda hosts ABS-CBN
Best Documentary Program: iWitness -GMA-7
Best Documentary Program Host: William Thio - Spotlight - UNTV 37
Best Documentary Special: The Story of the Filipinos Protecting The Environment-CNN Philippines
Best Travel Show: G Diaries -ABS-CBN
Best Travel Show Host- Landmarks hosts
Best Talent Show-The Clash - GMA-7
Best Talent Search Program Host: Luis Manzano and Pia Wurtzbach (World of Dance Ph) - ABS-CBN
Best Magazine Show: Rated K - ABS-CBN
Best Magazine Show Host-Korina Sanchez (Rated K) - ABS-CBN
Best News TV Program: TV Patrol - ABS-CBN
Best Male News Caster: Raffy Tima - Balingtanghali
Best Female News Caster: Vicky Morales (24 Oras) - GMA-7
Gina Lopez and Eddie Garcia: Posthumous awards
Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award : Kris Aquino
Lifetime Achievement Award for Broadcasting: Vicky Morales
German Moreno Power Tandem of the Year - Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber, Ken Chan and Rita Daniela

“Star Wars” Hero Oscar Isaac Spooks as Gomez in “The Addams Family”

 

Popularly known as the Resistance pilot 'Poe Dameron' in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Oscar Isaac now provides the voice of Gomez, the patriarch of The Addams Family, first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. 

Debonair, charismatic and mischievous, Gomez Addams is dedicated to his children, madly in love with his wife Morticia – and also just plain mad. His favorite ways to relax are a tightened clamp set on his temple, and a vigorous round of ninja-level swordplay.

Like most people, Isaac was familiar with the classic "Family Addams" TV shows and films, but had a more personal connection. "Raul Julia was one of my favorite actors, and to see him play Gomez with such relish definitely made an impression on me when I was young," says Isaac. "To get to play that role as an homage to him has been really special."

With so many Addams Family projects, directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan strove to differentiate their characters from previous iterations, from their voices to their storylines. "We wanted everyone to try to come up with their own version of these characters," says Vernon.

Gomez got the strongest revamp, thanks to the original cartoons. "In all the other iterations, Gomez was a fit, thin, kind of dashing, handsome man and in the cartoons, he was never portrayed that way," says Tiernan. "We're not portraying him as a schlub — he dresses well, he has panache and style, but he's shorter than Morticia. He's got that plastic-comb moustache and the strange hair. So, he is a little stranger looking in our version, because that's the way he was in the cartoons."

"What I loved about the original drawings is that there was always this funny way of throwing the family man on his head, you know?" says Isaac. "Gomez is a very passionate, romantic character filled with a lot of bombast and big declarations, so it's really fun to just attack that kind of energy. But ultimately, he's a real family man and that's just been really fun to embody. I love also portraying a man that large that is also so nimble."

A father himself, Isaac counts his young son amongst the new Addams Family audience. "I'm excited to get to share this with him," says Isaac. "I think it's just going to not only bring in the fans of the original but also make a lot of new ones."

In Philippine cinemas October 30The Addams Family is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. 

24 Celebrities Compete in Special Edition of “Tawag ng Tanghalan” on “It’s Showtim”

 

"It's Showtime" presents a special edition of "Tawag ng Tanghalan" as it brings together 24 celebrities to compete in a vocal showdown as part of the noontime program's tenth anniversary celebration. 

 

Giving joy and sharing their singing talent with the madlang people in the "Tawag ng Tanghalan: Celebrity Champions" are Ara Mina, Ethel Booba, Marlo Mortel, Pepe Herrera, Patricia Javier, Guji Lorenzana, Mike Luis, Jimmy Marquez, Alex Castro, Ana Ramsey, Songyupsal, and Anton Diva.

 

Every day, four celebrity contenders will battle it out and the daily winner will qualify for the finals. Daily winners now include singer-actress Roxanne Barcelo, vocal coach and "The Voice of the Philippines" alumnus Thor Dulay, and "The Voice Kids" grand finalist and "Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids" performer Justin Alva.

 

Like in the normal competition, the celebrity contenders should pay attention to their singing to avoid being "gonged." 

 

The "Celebrity Champions" edition started on Monday (October 7), with BoybandPH member Niel Murillo, "It's Showtime" dancer Stephen Robles, former "That's Entertainment" star Shirley Fuentes, "Mr. Pastillas" Chard Ocampo, "Pinoy Dream Academy" runner-up Jay-R Siaboc, actor-composer Lance Raymundo, actor and viral sensation CJ Navato, singer Geoff Taylor, and actress-cosplayer Myrtle Sarrosa already eliminated.

 

Watch out for more surprises from "It's Showtime," which airs from Mondays to Saturdays on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (Sky Cable ch 167). For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook or visit abscbnpr.com. To watch the program's episode online, just download the iWant app (iOs and Andoid) or register via iwant.ph.

Kathniel, Jodi Sta. Maria, Pocholo Barretto, and Ai-ai Delas Alas Lead KBO Line-up on Sky this October

 

Fans who have been waiting to catch KathNiel, Jodi Sta. Maria, Pocholo and Ai-Ai de Las Alas can rejoice as KBO on SKY brings their movies this month of October.

 

In Joross Gamboa's first directorial debut, "Allergy In Love," Pocholo Barretto portrays a guy who has a condition of being allergic to sexual arousal as it may lead to his death. This condition has inspired him to write a book about self-love. Little did he know that the book would also lead him to meeting Ayama (Chie Filomeno), the girl who will try to bug his loveless life. catch this movie starting from October 11 to 16. 

 

SKY subscribers can also catch "And Ai, Thank You" this October 18 to 23.  In the film, Ai-ai plays Aileen, an award-winning actress who finds out that she is dying from cancer. In her last months, she plans to give back to the people who have helped her throughout her career. But even with her plan to help people, she finds out that her loved ones think she is being sincere. 

 

Jodi's horror movie "Clarita" will also have its TV premiere this October 31 to November 6. The Black Sheep film is about the case of Clarita, a young Filipina who was assumed to be a victim of demonic possession. See how Father Salvador (Ricky Davao) and Father Benedicto (Arron Villaflor) try to solve her case and help her. 

 

KathNiel returns to TV with the screening of their hit movie "Barcelona: A Love Untold." Relive the story of Ely (Daniel Padilla) and Mia (Kathryn Bernardo) who meet in Barcelona to start anew—he wants to move on from a past love, while she leaves the Philippines after past life mistakes. Together, they go on a journey to find the answers to their lifelong questions.

 

For only P30 per movie bundle, all SKY subscribers can catch each of these highlights along with seven other movies.

 

To avail of these KBO weekly offers, SKYcable subscribers can text PPV <ACCOUNT NO.> to 23662 or call 3418-0000 or your local SKY office while SKYdirect subscribers can text PPV (AIRING DATE) (BOX ID) to 23667 using Globe/TM. 


For more details, visit mysky.com.ph/kbo30.

Robert Downey Jr. Plays Doctor “Dolittle” in Universal Pictures’ New Epic Adventure

Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature's most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals in Universal Pictures' new epic adventure Dolittle.

Check out the film's teaser trailer below and watch Dolittle in Philippine cinemas January 29.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/ktcLtEkfMFw 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/videos/397300131156352/ 

After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria's England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.

But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.

The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk's Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar-winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar-winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle's most trusted advisor and confidante.

The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen (The Queen ) and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.

Dolittle is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  

October 14, 2019

Janine Gutierrez Headlines the QCinema International Filmfest Psychological Thriller “Babae at Baril”

Showbiz royalty and Kapuso leading lady Janine Gutierrez is once again set to enamor the audience with her acting skills and have moviegoers on the edge of their seats.

Apart from being a fashion muse, an international endorser, and a sought-after cover girl, Janine is undeniably one of the most regal actresses today. The GMA Artist Center star is known to take on strong and fierce female roles that she embodies.

This year, she played the role of Celestina, a young lady who is born with dragon-like featu res on GMA's Afternoon Prime series Dragon Lady.

She also took on the titular role of the tough and free-spirited Elise.

She was also part of the 2016 Cinemalaya film Dagsin, which has been shortlisted as a possible Philippine entry to the International Film Feature Category to the Oscars.

This time around, she will showcase a different side of her as she proves her versatility in acting via the psychological thriller "Babae at Baril," where she plays a regular saleslady in a local department store. She lives a normal life until she finds a peculiar-looking gun right on her doorstep - a gun that gives her the power to do anything she wants, talk back to whoever she wants, and even hurt anyone she wants.

Directed by Rae Red, Babae at Baril is an entry to this year's QCinema International Film Festival's Asian Next Wave Competition.

It is one of the three Filipino titles that received a P1.5M production grant.

Catch "Babae at Baril" in cinemas from October 13 to 22.

September 8, 2019

Music: Kyle Echarri and Singaporean Artist Haven Launch Collab Single “Imagine”

 

Multi-talented artist Kyle Echarri embarks on yet another electrifying adventure as he creates beautiful music with Singaporean singer-songwriter Haven for a new track titled "Imagine."

Kyle's team-up with his fellow 16-year-old artist breaks new ground as it is the first international collaboration between StarPOP Philippines, Academy of Rock Singapore, and Cornerstone Music.

"The song 'Imagine' talks about two total strangers who live different lives but have a certain connection. The concept actually is that Haven is from Singapore, Kyle is from the Philippines, so it's like they're from different places and haven't met each other yet but they have a message that they want to convey to each other," StarPOP head Rox Santos explained.

"I really, really liked the story that's why when I did it, I was ecstatic about it and how the finished track turned out to be," Kyle added.

The song, composed by Star Music artist Trisha Denise and StarPOP head Rox Santos, complements Kyle's pop-infused sound and Haven's distinct, dreamy style of singing.

Singaporean musician and vocalist Haven started out as a student of Academy of Rock. She joined her first singing competition when she was 13, where she finished third. This, along with the help of the Academy of Rock, propelled her to continue performing at various events like the Singapore Street Festival.

"I want to be an artist that everyone can relate to. I want everyone to be very comfortable with my music, I don't want them to feel intimidated so 'haven' means safe place," shared Haven on the meaning behind her name.

The exciting collaboration also comes after Kyle released his "Pangako" single last year and his breakthrough in acting as "Kristoff" in the top-rating Kapamilya teleserye "Kadenang Ginto."

The StarPOP artist, who joined "The Voice Kids" in 2015, is now one of the Kapamilya artists bridging the gap between the local and international music scene as ABS-CBN continues its campaign to introduce the talent of Filipinos to the world stage.

Listen to Kyle and Haven's song "Imagine" on digital streaming services and check out its music video on MYX and Star Music's YouTube channel. For more details, like StarPOP PH on facebook.com/starpopph, and follow it on and Instagram @starpopph.

Lifestyle: Celebrate “Chalog” Friendships with Greenwich’s #BarkadaBoxAwards


Greenwich, the number one pizza and pasta brand in the Philippines, celebrated Friendship Month with Barkada Box Awards last August.
The Barkada Box Awards is Greenwich’s pioneering and chalog (charming plus kalog) way of appreciating our friends through creatively designed limited time offer pizza boxes that is meant to be entertainingly awarded to each of our barkada.
In a recent culmination activity dubbed as “Barkada Box Awards Grand Hangout,” kabarkadas from all ages converged at the Market! Market! Activity Center to be thankful for new and old friendships by way of entertaining photo booths, free-flowing pizza slices and a chance to bond with Greenwich kabarkadas Enrique Gil and Yassi Pressman.
Greenwich came up with four witty personalities that became the inspiration of the Barkada Box Awards. Which award would you give to your barkada?
Beshie ng Bayan Award
Para sa barkadang friend ng bayan, ang galing mag-small talk kahit saan…
Hi doon, hello dito… grabe, kulang na lang kaibiganin ang multo…
Ang galing mong promotor, kahit sa pizza, ikaw ang donor!
Marupok Award
Para sa kabarkadang ‘di makatanggi kay ex, isang tawag lang o text…
Madalas kay boss puro ‘yes’, o sa mall sale, always nakapila siya, bes…
Madaling mag-give in! Kung maka-order ng pizza, talagang ‘di nabibitin!
Barkada Cutie
Para sa barkadang habulin ng manliligaw, atensyon ng madla, talagang naaagaw!
Pambahay man ang suot sa litrato, standout talaga ang ganda’t pagkaguwapo…
Charming kahit sa kainan, kaya naman ang last piece ng pizza, sa kanya naiiwan!
That’s My Tita Award
Para sa kabarkadang OA sa herbal supplement, at nangangamoy menthol ointment…
Papunta pa lang sa gimik, parang sa pag-uwi siya ay mas sabik…
Oh tita, sige na, order na ng pizza para sa barkada!
Hurry! Head on to any of your favorite Greenwich stores nationwide or visit greenwichdelivery.com to get your limited edition #BarkadaBoxAwards, available in any double size of Greenwich’s mouthwatering pizza variants of your choice!

Music: Inigo Pascual Wows with Newest International Single “Catching Feelings”

 

Inigo Pascual remains dead set on his global aspirations as his latest international single "Catching Feelings" featuring music producer Moophs continues to conquer the global stage.

The summery Island Pop track boasts not only of having a catchy vibe and a cool tune, but also of securing radio airplay in the U.S. The song was first heard on 92.7 The Rev FM which proved to be a proud moment for the talented Filipino performer, who eagerly shared a video of the historic moment on Instagram.

Inigo also collaborated with Fil-Am musicians Jeremy Passion and Gabe Bondoc in a remix of his newest song with their original songs "Lemonade" and "The One" exclusively on MyxTV, which now has over 150,000 views.

During his trip in the U.S. and Canada, the 21-year old singer-songwriter also shared the stage with urban reggae band "Tribal Theory" at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. He also guested and performed on "Good Morning Hawaii."

As if all that weren't impressive enough, American producer and former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, when asked what he thought of "Catching Feelings," also expressed approval for the song—even going as far as inviting Inigo to make a "trio record" with him and KZ Tandingan.

The rising international artist also shared the stage with Samoan artist, Fia, on iHeartRadio Island 98.5 Hawaii, and has just come back from Toronto for one of his biggest crowds to date with Taste of Manila.

"Catching Feelings" is part of Inigo's "Options" LP following the release of the titular lead single in June. The track, despite having a sunny sound, actually talks about the beauty of recognizing the familiar feeling of once again falling for another person, after a hurtful past relationship.

The single is under Tarsier Records, an underground music label which has been pushing for the breakthrough of Filipino talents like Inigo to the international music stage, in line with ABS-CBN's mission to showcase the unique artistry of Filipinos to global audiences.

Listen to "Catching Feelings" on all digital streaming platforms worldwide and watch the official lyric video on Tarsier Record's YouTube channel. For the latest on Inigo, follow Tarsier Records on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @tarsierrecords. Check out abs-cbn.com/newsroom for updates and follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Shanti Dope, BoybandPH, and JM de Guzman Join Agsunta in its First Major Concert

 

Pinoy pop-rock band Agsunta stages its first major concert titled "Agsunta Feels Trip" happening at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent this September 21 (Saturday).

Agsunta promises to bring out the feels of the audience with 'hugot' songs and soothing acoustic performances for a unique Kapamilya experience in a show produced by One Music PH and PPL Entertainment, in partnership with Star Events. 
"We will be doing a lot of new things in the concert that we even surprised ourselves with the plans," said vocalist, Jireh Singson, citing the band's excitement for this milestone, after a brief break early this year.  
He added, "What pushed us to return was our fans, #TeamAgsunta, who went to support us in our gigs. . . . They became our inspiration."   
Joining the "Agsunta Feels Trip" show are Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Shanti Dope, BoybandPH, and JM de Guzman. 
#AgsuntaFeelsTrip is one of the major projects of the group who recently signed with ABS-CBN's rock/alternative label, DNA Music. In the show, the band is set to perform recent hits "Bagong Umaga," "Alas Dose," "Gusto Kong Lumipad," and many more. 
One Music PH is the home of digital concerts, original online content, and socially relevant music events. The music portal is only 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.
Catch Agsunta's first-ever major show thisSeptember 21 (Saturday) at 7:30pm. Get your tickets at ktx.abs-cbn.com. For updates, just like www.facebook.com/OneMusicPH or follow @OneMusicPH on Twitter and Instagram.

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