Friday, July 28, 2017

Young Singers Mica, Jona, Isabela, and Jeremy Battle to Become the First-Ever “The Voice Teens” Grand Champ

After standing out from thousands of aspirants, and proving themselves to the coaches and viewers, the four grand finalists of “The Voice Teens” are gearing up for the vocal battle of a lifetime, for a chance to be named the show’s first-ever grand champion in the country and in Asia as will be found out at the two-day grand finals happening on July 29 and 30 and which will be streamed simulcast its Philippine airing on ABS-CBN via TFC online ( in key countries worldwide.

Viewers are set to choose who among Team Lea Salonga’s Mica Becerro, Team Sarah Geronimo’s Jona Soquite, Kamp Kawayan’s (Bamboo) Isabela Vinzon, and Team Sharon Cuneta’s Jeremy Glinoga will be hailed the season’s winner.  The grand champion will bring home a fashion package; a business package; a dental service package; Php 1 million cash; Php 1 million-worth of trust fund; a Php 2 million life insurance plan; and a brand new house and lot.

The artists will perform in three rounds to woo the Philippine public’s votes: a duet with their coach; an upbeat performance; and a power ballad that will be their finale performance.

Despite the fact that they have gained admirers and praises since the coaches first turned for them, the finalists are dealing with so much pressure that goes beyond performing to prove themselves worthy of staying in the competition.

Becerro of Team Lea had already impressed viewers and netizens during her blind audition, earning more than 9.9 million views on YouTube -- the highest among the posts of the teen artists’ video uploads this season.

A fearless girl and a risk-taking performer, Becerro wants to inspire young people to try other music genres. Known for her operatic singing, the Soprano Girl of Surigao del Norte has also proven she can make any song her own even when performing popular tunes.

Fourteen-year-old four-chair turner Soquite of Team Sarah, on the other hand, already has a lot of experience with singing contests.  Driven by her dream to provide a new home for her family who lives by a river, she will use everything that her singer father and coach Sarah have taught her to win this competition.

Soquite who is the youngest artist among the grand finalists, proves that she does not back down from any challenge by performing songs that showcase her versatility. The Tabing Ilog Sweetheart of Davao also been consistently receiving praises for her heartfelt singing.

Meantime, Kamp Kawayan's Vinzon always tries to own the stage, even while she had to endure countless criticisms for being a celebrity daughter. The Spunky Singing Beauty of Pampanga defended herself and revealed that just like other contestants, she lined up along with thousands of teen aspirants during the show’s auditions in Manila. The coaches, especially Coach Lea, had also spoken up to defend her against her bashers.

Now stronger and more determined than ever to win, Vinzon did not let her critics stop her from giving fiery performances every week. Audiences have come to expect her gutsy attitude on stage, and with a spot in the grand finale, she is set on building her own path to stardom.

Coach Sharon, meantime, is betting that Glinoga will be the first “The Voice Teens” champion. Although raised in the US., Jeremy shows his love for OPM music through his song choices.

The fans of the “Charming Cutie of California” are used to his crooning ballads, but he is sure to pull off surprises in the grand finale that will silence even the naysayers.

From whose team will the first-ever “The Voice Teens” grand champion come from? Whose performances will stand out?

Don’t miss the exciting vocal battle in “The Voice Teens: Grand Finale” as it names the next singing superstar, and which will be streaming simulcast its ABS-CBN airing via TFC online ( on July 29 and 30 in key countries worldwide. Catch-up episodes are available via TFC online ( and TFC IPTV, also in key countries worldwide.

For more updates about the show, visit TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. 

Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.

Here "IT" Is, The Year's Scariest Trailer

"You'll float too." Watch the official main trailer for New Line Cinema's horror thriller “IT,” based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name.

View the trailer at below and watch “IT” in Philippine cinemas on September 7, 2017.


When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

Directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), “IT” stars Bill Skarsgård (“Allegiant”) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (“Midnight Special”), Jeremy Ray Taylor (“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”), Sophia Lillis (“37”), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s “Stranger Things”), Wyatt Oleff (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming “Cops and Robbers”), Jack Dylan Grazer (“Tales of Halloween”) and Nicholas Hamilton (“Captain Fantastic”).

Muschietti is directing “IT” from a screenplay adapted by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti are producing, with Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison and Jon Silk serving as executive producers.

A presentation of New Line Cinema, “IT” will be released worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.

Kapamilya Shows and Concerts Coming Soon at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent

There is a new place to go to watch and experience Kapamilya events and shows.

ABS-CBN announced today (July 24) that it is launching the “ABS-CBN Vertis Tent,” a tent venue located within the newly opened Ayala Malls Ventris in Quezon City.

Before the end of the year, the 1,140 sq.m. events venue will be opened for special events, live shows, product launches, exhibits, and concerts. ABS-CBN head of business development Paolo Pineda revealed that ABS-CBN already has a lineup of shows featuring local and international artists in the tent, which has a seating capacity of 1,200 people.

ABS-CBN chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes and Pineda, together with AyalaLand Malls, Inc. president Rowena Tomeldan and AyalaLand, Inc. chief finance officer Ruby Chiong signed the agreement for the project today (July 24) at the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City. Also present in the signing were ABS-CBN head of integrated events and customer engagement Bobby Barreiro, ABS-CBN legal counsel Carissa Enerio, ABS-CBN head of integrated marketing Nandy Villar, AyalaLand Malls, Inc. Synergies general manager for entertainment Gabby Katigbak, AyalaLand Malls, Inc. senior associate for business development Sheena Chua, and AyalaLand Malls, Inc. head of marketing Maricris Bernardino.

Pineda said the network welcomes this new venture with Ayala Malls, which has been a partner of ABS-CBN in bringing its content and its stars closer to the public.

Ayala Malls has been one of our strongest partners for our events, programs, and movies. Our events in selected Ayala Malls have always generated thousands of attendees. Last year, we also signed a lease agreement with Trinoma, an Ayala Mall, for our first ever experience store. This tent is another first for ABS-CBN, thus strengthening our partnership even more,” said Pineda.

The Ayala Malls Group also expressed its excitement with this new project with ABS-CBN.

We are pleased to be able to provide the Filipino consumers a place to meet their favorite stars and celebrities. The ABS-CBN Vertis Tent will also be open to private functions for individuals who need a big venue north of Metro Manila. We are excited to be a part of wonderful memories created by this new venue,” said Tomeldan.

Pineda added ABS-CBN and Ayala Malls hope to deliver many meaningful experiences to Filipino families through the events that will be staged in the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent.

For inquiries and reservations on the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent, you may email

Sustainability Programs of Coca-Cola Honored at 15th Philippine Quill Awards

Coca-Cola Philippines took home three trophies for their sustainability programs during the 15th Philippine Quill Awards held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Newport City. 

Coca-Cola received two merit awards in the communication management category for its 5by20 Sari-sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) Program which economically empowers women in various sectors with the help of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Department of Labor and Employment.

Since its launch in 2011, the 5by20 STAR Program has impacted the lives of over 80,000 women micro-entrepreneurs across the country.

Coca-Cola also received a merit award in the communication skills category for its “Replenishing Communities, Replenishing Lives: The Coca-Cola Water Report” publication which narrates the impact of the Company’s Agos Program among its beneficiaries.

We, at Coca-Cola Philippines, are honored to receive these awards that recognize the effectiveness of our sustainability programs in making a difference in the communities we serve and the lives of Filipinos,” said Atty. Adel Tamano, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications.

The success of the sustainability programs of Coca-Cola have been made possible through partnerships with government and non-government organizations for its implementation, the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, bottling partner Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, and with public relations firm, Strategic Works, Inc., for the communication amplification of the programs. 

Organized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines, the Philippine Quill Awards is an annual competition that recognizes excellence in professional communication.

Epic Father and Son War Featured in "The LEGO Ninjago Movie" Trailer

Watch the newly released “LEGO NINJAGO Movie” Trailer 2 to see the epic tale of good…and dad.  Catch the trailer at the links below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas starting September 27, 2017.


A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures’ LEGO® franchise, “The LEGO NINJAGO® Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan.

In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors.  Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.  Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Jackie Chan (“Kung Fu Panda,” The Karate Kid”) stars as Master Wu; Justin Theroux (“Megamind 2,” “The Leftovers”) is Garmadon; Dave Franco (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”) plays Lloyd; and Olivia Munn (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) is Lloyd’s mom, Koko.  Making up the secret ninja crew, Michael Peña (“Ant-Man,” “The Martian”) is Kai; Fred Armisen (“The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “SNL”) voices Cole; KumailNanjiani (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”) is Jay; Abbi Jacobson (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”) plays Nya; and Zach Woods (“Silicon Valley”) voices Zane.

“The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” will be directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisherand Bob Logan.  The screenplay is by Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman, based on LEGO Construction Toys.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

(Movie Trailer) "Alpha" Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee

Leaders are born from survival. Watch the new epic trailer for Columbia Pictures' Alpha now at

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age. Europe, 20,000 years ago. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone - he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.

Alpha is directed by Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli).

Opening soon across the Philippines, Alpha is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

(Movie Trailer) "Proud Mary" Starring Taraji P. Henson and Danny Glover

The first trailer has arrived for Columbia Pictures’ new action thriller Proud Mary starring Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hidden Figures).

Check out the trailer at  and watch Proud Mary in Philippine cinemas in January 2018.

Killing for the man, every night and day, Mary (Henson) is a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.

Babak Najafi (“London Has Fallen”) helms the film which co-stars Billy Brown, Margaret Avery, Xander Berkeley, Neal McDonough, and Danny Glover.

Proud Mary is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Kapamilya Fun Starts as Early as 11:00 AM on July 29 at ASAP in Toronto

In just a few days, Toronto will witness the biggest gathering of over 35 of the brightest celebrities and performers from the Philippines when ASAP Live in Toronto takes place at the Ricoh Coliseum on July 29, 2017.

It will be a remarkably busy day for event attendees and spectators, because as early as 11:00 A.M., fun and games will already be brewing and going in full swing at Hall A of the Enercare Centre, just adjacent to the Ricoh Coliseum.

Various activities will be happening at the mini stage. There will be Ka-FUN-Milya Parlor Games like TFC Teleserye Relay, Bring Me, and Taranta sa Toronto Relay, where contestants will be chosen from the audience.  ASAP Fanatic Ka Ba trivia game contestants will be identified from those who registered using the TFC Live Events App. Winners will get a special TFC prize.

A “quiz bee” type contest to test the Tagalog skills of young Fil-Canadians. 
Download the TFC Live Events App to register. Registration starts June 29. Lucky registrants will be notified.

Young Fil-Canadians’ knowledge will be put to the test in a Tagalog quiz bee, “Filipino Ka, Sabihin Mo.” The 10 pre-identified players will be onstage, and the audience can cheer them on as the young contestants show their mastery of their Filipino heritage.  The Tagalog champion will win $100 cash.

Kapamilya Ka-Face Mo is just one of the many contests to keep attendees entertained. 
This is a look-alike contest where votes can be done via the TFC Live Events App.

Awarding of Kapamilya-KaFace Mo contestants will likewise take place at the mini stage. Selected “matching” entries via the TFC Live Events App are in the polling feature where TFC Live App users can vote.

Local performers will also get their turn to shine during the mini stage activities.

An assortment of booths is arranged within the Enercare Centre that offer goods, services, and more entertaining activities. For aspiring singers, Global Tawag ng Tanghalan is holding on-ground auditions. Event-goers can go to the booth and have themselves recorded as their entry. Canada regional winners will be invited to compete in the Global Tawag ng Tanghalan in Las Vegas.

There is also the “Ikaw ang Sunshine Ko” (You Are My Sunshine) video booth, where attendees can record themselves and be part of the TFC North America Summer Station ID. The TFC myREMIT and StarKargo booth is also worth checking out for the cash and Balikbayan Box with groceries they are giving away as prizes. The TFC Store is the go-to place for souvenirs and TFC merchandise.

Tons of fun and surprises await spectators who drop by Hall A of the Enercare Centre, starting at 11:00 A.M. Take the ASAP in Toronto experience to the next level by downloading the TFC Live Events App now. These are all just a prelude to the premier event of the ASAP concert-cum-party happening at 5:00 P.M.

The TFC Live Events App is the official mobile app for ASAP Live in Toronto. 
Get access to more fun and games and insider-access to ASAP in Toronto updates.

Prior to the big day on July 29th, viewers around the world are invited to watch the ASAP in Toronto Press Conference to be streamed LIVE via on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. (Eastern) (4:00 P.M. Pacific). Celebrity attendees to the press conference are Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, ZsaZsa Padilla, Piolo Pascual, Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Richard Yap, Jodi Sta. Maria, Angeline Quinto, Darren Espanto, and Jolina Magdangal. The artists will be joined by ABS-CBN Canada Counrty Manager Jun Del Rosario, ABS-CBN Global Head of Events Ricky Resurreccion, and ASAP Business Unit Head Joyce Liquicia. Barangay USA's beloved Gelo will host the press conference.

Be there on July 29th at the Ricoh Coliseum for ASAP Live in Toronto where you can experience four hours of spectacular entertainment from ASAP Royalties Gary V, Martin Nievera, ZsaZsa Padilla, Piolo Pascual, and Jolina Magdangal; Birit Queens – Jona, Morissette, Klarisse and Angeline; Soul Sessionistas –Jay-R, KZ, Jason Dy, Daryl Ong, and Kyla; Love Teams of Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson; Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador; Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia; Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil; First-Rate Singers Erik Santos and Yeng Constantino; Top-Notch Dancers Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee, Rayver Cruz, and Yassi Pressman; Teen Idols Robi Domingo and Darren Espanto; and Prime Kapamilya Stars: Bea Alonzo, Paulo Avelino, Sam Milby, Richard Yap, Jodi Sta. Maria, and OPM Icon Mr. Ogie Alcasid.

Tickets are still available via or at the gate on event day.

ABS-CBN Airs Anew Ted Failon's Documentary on Mining

Due to public clamor, “Failon Ngayon” is re-airing this Saturday (July 29), 10:45pm at ABS-CBN its documentary on the perils of mining in the country, which caught the attention and support of viewers. 

First aired last July 1 and followed by a more comprehensive report on July 9, the “Pamana ng Mina?” documentary brings viewers to the site of different mining operations in the country to show the harmful effects of mining to the communities and the environment. This latest piece, which represents the program’s continuous advocacy to protect the environment, was even mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte in his State of the Nation Address. 

Join Ted Failon in uncovering the destruction brought about by irresponsible mining and find out what the government has done so far to resolve the situation in “Pamana ng Mina? Rewind” on “Failon Ngayon” this Saturday (July 29), 10:45pm on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD, with a replay on Sunday (July 30) at 2pm. 

You may also watch online on or For updates on the show, follow “Failon Ngayon” on Facebook and Twitter (@Failon_Ngayon).

Kwentong Jollibee “Kahera” Named Adobo Magazine’s 2016 Ad of the Year

Kwentong Jollibee’s “Kahera,” the Grandparents’ Day campaign of the country’s number one fastfood chain, was recently adjudged the 2016 Ad of the Year (AOY) by adobo magazine. The Ad of the Year awards showcases the most celebrated advertising work created in the past year, with the top three winners chosen from among adobo magazine’s top monthly picks via poll.

Kahera, directed by Ianco dela Cruz, is part of the successful #KwentongJollibee series co-created with McCann World Group Philippines. It features the story of a Jollibee cashier who gets her daily dose of constructive and stern criticism from one of the store’s regulars, who turns out to be her very supportive grandmother.

With over 9 million views on Facebook and YouTube to date, the digital ad has continued to receive recognition from award-giving bodies in the industry.

Besides bagging the AOY honor, Kahera also won adobo magazine’s Ad of the Month Award for September 2016. Earlier this year, the video was also recognized by Google PH as one of its top 10 most viewed ads, entering the YouTube Leaderboard for the second half of 2016.

The video was also part of the Jollibee Grandparents’ Day campaign which won a Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators, and a Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines.

Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer and PH Marketing Head Francis Flores says of the brand’s most recent win, “We are honored to be recognized by adobo magazine, this time for top notch creativity embedded in our heart-warming video. This validates Kwentong Jollibee’s thrust of showcasing unique Filipino relationships through masterful storytelling.”

Robi Domingo and Gretchen Ho Take a "Sweet" Turn to UST on S+A "University Town"

Robi Domingo and Gretchen Ho visit Asia’s oldest existing university with a special guest tour guide in comedian John “Sweet” Lapus as they continue their campus tour in the show "University Town" (U-Town) this Sunday (July 30) on S+A and S+A HD at 1pm.

Sweet, a proud alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), also the largest Catholic university in the world in terms of population, will bring Robi and Gretchen to iconic buildings and places inside the school’s sprawling campus along España, where they will be “walking” with presidents, heroes, and saints, as proud Tomasinos would say.

The pair will meet the famed Teatro Tomasino organization, the university-wide theater guild which Sweet was a part of back in college. They will also visit the ice cream cart of Fidel Perez, a certified medical technologist who has seen generations of students since he started selling his sweet treats inside the school in 1989.

Robi and Gretchen will also be joined by UST Director of Public Affairs Giovanna Fontanilla as they marvel at the beautiful structures in the school, which has produced legendary names in the field of architecture including Leandro Locsin and Juan Nakpil.

“U-Town’s” latest episode also highlights the athletic program of the university, where each discipline is given ample attention for better performance in competitions, explaining why UST has the most overall championships in the UAAP. One of the school’s most decorated teams is the Growling Tigers’ judo squad that has amassed 24 UAAP titles.

This is the fourth school that "University Town" gets to explore this season, which is on its second year of featuring the eight schools competing in the country’s premier collegiate league, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

Don’t miss the chance to get to know more about the iconic buildings, distinguished alumni, and historic events that The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas has seen as Robi and Gretchen come visit UST in “University Town” on S+A and S+A HD this Sunday (July 30) at 1pm with a replay on Monday (July 31) at 8pm. For more information and stories, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

"Kita Kita" Earns P100-Million on its First 8 Days, To Be Released in Cinemas Worldwide

Powered by positive reviews and strong word-of-mouth, the comparatively unconventional romance flick "Kita Kita" has now earned P90 million after a week in theaters, or around 40% more than producers expected before release.

"Parang panaginip," Piolo Pascual, one of the owners of the independently financed Spring Films, which co-produced "Kita Kita," said in an interview.

"When I heard the numbers, hindi ako makapaniwala," he added.

Piolo admitted that he personally expected the movie, which reportedly had a P10-million budget, to make only P50 to P60 million for the entirety of its box office run.

"It's not about the budget of the film. It's about the story, the quality - so ang sarap sa feeling na tinangkilik ng tao," he explained. "I'm overwhelmed."

"Kita Kita," topbilled by the odd-combination of Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez, focused on a Filipina who had lost her vision after her engagement with her Japanese boyfriend fell apart.

The movie was premiered in select cinemas last July 19.

Releasing it in late July was a risk. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" was still showing, and the exceptionally reviewed "Dunkirk" and the space adventure "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" were about to premiere.

Its director, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, was well-aware of this and posted on social media that she would be satisfied if her film wasn't pulled out of cinemas after just one day. "Nakakagulat! Nakakaiyak!" she wrote.

"Kita Kita" is still showing on 120 cinemas nationwide, and will have international screenings to be announced on a later date.

It made an additional P10 million on Wednesday, taking its 8-day total to at least P100 million. -

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Justin Bieber Cancels "Purpose" Manila Concert

Sad day for Pinoy B-lievers.

Justin Bieber has just cancelled the remaining dates of his current "Purpose" world tour, including its supposed last show in the Philippines on September 30 at the Philippine Arena, as confirmed by the concert's Philippine promoter, MMI (Music Management International).

The announcement, posted at, reads:

"Due to unforseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts. Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run. However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase."

All tickets sold will be refunded. Call 470 2222.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

(Watch) Coaches, Viewers Pick Four "The Voice Teens" Grand Finalists Jeremy, Mica, Jona, and Isabela

After months of tough vocal battle, the final 4 artists of “The Voice Teens” are out to represent their respective teams in the highly anticipated grand finals next week.

On Saturday, July 22, Lea Salonga and Sarah Geronimo picked their chosen contestants - Mica Becerro and Jona Soquite, while Bamboo and Sharon Cuneta announced their picks - Isabela Vinzon and Jeremy Glinoga - on Sunday, July 23.

The top 4 will move on to the finals, where one of them will be declared the first winner of the teen edition of The Voice Philippines.

Don’t miss the exciting Grand Finale battle of teen artists in “The Voice Teens,” on ABS-CBN and on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).

For the show’s past episodes, login to iWant TV or on for Sky subscribers.

Watch "The Justice League" Trailer Unites the DC SuperHeroes

Make way for justice. Warner Bros. Pictures has just unveiled the Comic-Con Sneak Peek of its motion picture event for 2017, the action-adventure Justice League.

View the trailer below and watch Justice League in Philippine cinemas starting November 16, 2017.



Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash - it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League features Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa).

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

A World's First! "The Emoji Movie" Sets a Brand-New Guinness World Records Title to Celebrate World Emoji Day

In anticipation of World Emoji Day, and the upcoming worldwide release of The Emoji Movie, emoji fans around the world celebrated by setting the world’s first Guinness World Records™ title for the Largest gathering of people dressed as emoji faces simultaneously across multiple venues.

Watch the featurette about the Guinness World Record at

Spanning three continents, the record saw emoji faces inspired by the film’s characters turn up in Dubai, Moscow, London, Dublin, and Sao Paulo, as hundreds of fans dressed as the winningly expressive characters. Additional countries showed enthusiastic support by echoing the effort, with their own emojis participating in similarly themed celebrations; it is estimated that more than 1,000 emojis not associated with the record were in the mix throughout Europe, Asia and South America.

The film, about an emoji that simply can’t stick to just one expression, is due for release in Philippine cinemas on August 23, 2017. It comes at a time when the familiar messaging characters that populate our smartphones are more in demand than ever: in fact, this marks the fourth annual celebration of World Emoji Day, which is getting bigger with each edition and will be formally observed on Monday, July 17.

The global record was simultaneously set by people dressed as the yellow emoji characters from the movie in Sao Paulo, Brazil (local time 11:00am); Dublin, Ireland (local time 3:00pm); Moscow, Russia (local time 5:00pm); Dubai, UAE (local time 6:00pm); and London, England (local time 3:00pm). An adjudicator for Guinness World Records confirmed the new title for the Largest Gathering of people dressed as emoji faces simultaneously across multiple venues.

Commenting on the announcement, Josh Greenstein, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment, said, “Achieving a Guinness World Records title is a testament to the enormous worldwide appeal of emojis. It’s great to see so many people getting excited for the worldwide release of ‘The Emoji Movie.’”


Jack Brockbank, Guinness World Records Adjudicator, added, “We are incredibly impressed by the level of coordination and timing required to pull off this global record attempt – and it all happened simultaneously! It’s official - this is a fantastic achievement!

The Emoji Movie is the new animated adventure that unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone.

Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer). Together, they embark on an epic "app-venture" through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it's deleted forever.

Directed by Tony Leondis. Written by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel and Mike White. Produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate.

The Emoji Movie is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Cebu Pacific to Provide Free Cargo for Relief Good to Wounded Soldiers, Cops in Marawi

Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) will be providing airlift support to military and police personnel wounded in action (WIA) in Marawi City. On top of the free airlift on Cebu Pacific flights, the WIA government troops will also get baggage allowance of up to 40 kilograms.

In cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), this initiative aims to augment air support by the Philippine Air Force by helping move wounded government troops from field hospitals in the area to larger medical facilities of the AFP and PNP. Through this, field medical stations can be declogged, giving way for wounded soldiers and police personnel who need immediate medical attention.

"It is with deep gratitude that we accept this kind gesture of support by Cebu Pacific led by its President and CEO, Mr Lance Gokongwei, in the airlift of our heroes Wounded in Action in Marawi. This will not just afford our troops immediate treatment in hospitals that offer better facilities to aid their speedy recovery, but a meaningful gesture to make your Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines feel that their sacrifices are being recognized and appreciated," says Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo, Chief of the AFP's Public Affairs Office.

"The officers and rank-and-file of the Philippine National Police and our families are grateful for this magnanimous expression of kindness and compassion by the management of Cebu Pacific to provide life-saving medical evacuation to policemen who are wounded in fighting local terrorists in Mindanao. This is not the first time that Cebu Pacific extended a helping hand to our troops. We cannot thank them enough for keeping the Filipino spirit of 'Bayanihan' alive in such crucial time of emergency," says Police Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos, Chief of the PNP Public Information Office. 

WIA government troops who are fit enough for commercial flights can be accommodated on Cebu Pacific flights from Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan Airport), and flown to any CEB domestic destination. Currently, Cebu Pacific has direct flights from Cagayan de Oro to Bacolod; Tagbilaran, Bohol; Cebu; Davao; Iloilo and Manila. By July 26, CEB will also fly direct between Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga City.

On top of the airlifting of WIA government troops, CEB is also airlifting cargo of relief goods and other humanitarian assistance for affected residents. Donors may coordinate with the GMA Kapuso Foundation or the Philippine Business for Social Progress for packing and transport arrangements of their donated goods.

Cebu Pacific will continue to provide free cargo support for relief goods and other essential items for displaced residents of Marawi City  and adjacent areas from various organizations, most notably the Department of Social Welfare and Development. These include food and water; medicines; bandages; clothing and other necessities. The airline has provided equipment support to the Office of Civil Defense in the transport of humanitarian assistance.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

#WalangPasok: Classes and Office Suspended on July 24 Due to SONA

Class and office work suspended due to SONA.

Both good and bad news.

Good: There will be no classes and office work on Monday, July 24, for President Rodrigo Duterte's second State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Bad: The suspension is only limited to students and workers of some universities in Manila and Quezon City.

Classes and office work in Miriam College, De La Salle University and De La Salle-College of St. Benilde are suspended in anticipation of heavy traffic and mass demonstrations in the areas near the universities.

Office work in the University of the Philippines-Diliman has also been suspended due to heavy traffic in the area.

Classes in Ateneo de Manila Senior High School are likewise suspended in accordance to the city-wide class suspension announced by the local government of Quezon City.

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ABS-CBN News All Set for Immersive Multiplatform Coverage of #SONA2017

Wherever they may be, Filipinos can watch, listen, and take part in the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 24) through ABS-CBN News’ extensive and immersive special news coverage dubbed “Pangakong Pagbabago: SONA 2017.”

Apart from the usual live reports, updates, and interviews over ABS-CBN’s radio, TV, cable, and digital platforms, the country’s largest news organization is adding a few layers to its coverage to give Filipinos a fuller experience of the President's report on his administration’s achievements and plans for the nation.

Online, there will be a special SONA 2017 microsite on ABS-CBN News Online ( that will not just house all special reports and stories related to the SONA but also offer livestreaming of the SONA coverage on ABS-CBN, ANC and DZMM, giving netizens the freedom to choose which one to watch.

Moreover, it will introduce the Digital TV concept, where netizens can view a special programming of live reports from ABS-CBN journalists, who will be using their mobile phones to gather and send their stories. A collaboration of ABS-CBN News’ broadcast and digital teams, the Digital TV promises to take viewers right in the middle of action, whether it be in a protest rally, inside the Batasang Pambansa complex, or from another point in the nation.

On cable, ANC will also be giving a louder voice to the people through a townhall forum as part of its “State of the Nation: Pangakong Pagbabago” special coverage. Moderated by Karmina Constantino and Tony Velasquez, the forum gives representatives from different sectors in society the chance to speak about their expectations on the government as well as give their reactions to the President’s report.

On radio, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630’s coverage will begin at 1pm with Karen Davila and Johnson Manabat, and will continue with David Oro and Ricky Rosales at 3pm and Gerry Baja and Anthony Taberna at 5pm. The coverage, which will include real-time reports from Radyo Patrol reporters deployed in key areas, will be simulcast on DZMM TeleRadyo on cable and ABS-CBN TVplus. There will also be guest analysts who will explain the issues related to the SONA.

Davila will also anchor the ABS-CBN coverage at 3:30pm after “It’s Showtime.” It will air the full SONA live, with reports on expectations and protests before the address; and reactions and analysis after the speech.

Combining the most comprehensive news coverage with an innovation, and a forum that highlights the voices of different Filipinos, ABS-CBN News hopes to inform and engage the public in one of the most significant days for the entire nation in 2017.

Take part in this year’s SONA through ABS-CBN News’ “Pangakong Pagbabago” special news coverage on radio via DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, on TV via ABS-CBN ch.2 and S+A, on cable via ANC, on digital TV via DZMM TeleRadyo, and online via iWant TV and For updates, follow @ABSCBNNews, @ANCalerts, and @DZMMTeleRadyo on social media and use the hashtag #SONA2017.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Awra Briguela Fights for Love, Courage as Pure-Hearted Superhero "Amazing Ving"

A new superhero will grace viewers’ TV screens as breakout child star Awra transforms into the powerful and pure-hearted Super Ving who will use kindness as his weapon against the forces of evil in “Wansapanataym Presents: Amazing Ving,” which premieres this Sunday (July 23).

Ving (Awra) is a loving and obedient son raised by his doting parents Cris and Soffy, who will be played by the iconic dance duo of Roderick Paulate and Carmi Martin. He lives a happy life with his parents, who have taught him that having compassion is enough to make a person a superhero.

Although he has a noble heart, Ving always gets picked on and is not well accepted by his classmates Chelsea and Warren, portrayed by the trending love team of Kisses Delavin and Marco Gallo.

Despite this, Ving continues to spread kindness to other people and remains determined to chase his dreams.

The ordinary teenager’s life changes when he meets Super Bing (Ellen Adarna), a superhero who saves his life from danger. Because of his inherent kindness, Super Bing chooses him as her successor and transforms him into Super Ving after giving him a magical stone that gives anyone superpowers to save innocent people’s lives. But aside from keeping peace and harmony, he has a bigger mission to fulfill  - finishing Reptilya (Bianca Manalo) and her evil plans.

Though equipped with the magical stone, it will not be easy for Super Ving because aside from Reptilya, her minions will also bring chaos and wreak havoc in people’s lives. But with his pure heart and superpowers, he will make sure that goodness will prevail in the end.

What dangers will Super Ving face? Will Reptilya succeed in her evil plans? Does having a pure heart enough to defeat the forces of evil?

“Wansapanataym Presents: Amazing Ving” premieres this Sunday (July 23). It is under the direction of Alan Chanliongco.

Meanwhile, the series is an addition to the growing list of values-laden stories of “Wansapanataym.” For almost two decades, the program has inspired different generations of viewers and shared lessons that resonated with Filipinos. A hit among audiences, the program has left a mark on viewers’ hearts and stood the test of time.

Don’t miss the story about love and courage in “Wansapanataym Presents: Amazing Ving,” which airs this Sunday (July 23) on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For past episodes, login to iWant TV or for Sky subscribers.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Award-Winning Director Brillante Mendoza Presents Movie Made for TV "KADAUGAN," Airs July 30 on TV5

Award-winning director, Brillante Mendoza, brings us yet another heart-warming story of motherhood and love rekindled. Kadaugan is an episode from TV5's Brillante Mendoza Presents, that features the "Kadaugan sa Mactan" one of the festivals in the Queen City of the South that relives the saga of the infamous battle between Magellan and his Spanish troops with the fierce chieftain of Mactan -Lapu-Lapu.

The episode shows the Filipinos' high hopes and faith in love and happiness which revolves around Tere, a Cebuana who single-handedly raises her five year-old son after suffering from the misfortunes of being left by her foreign love interests. "Kadaugan" depicts the unfathomable resilience of the Filipinos despite the raging storms in their lives. It is also a celebration of motherhood and a sincere depiction of family ties and hospitality among Filipinos. 

Lead roles for this episode will be played by Dionne Monsanto and Juan Directions's Daniel Marsh. Joining the cast are veteran actresses and Cebu's prides Suzette Ranillo and the one and only Gloria Sevilla.

Portraying the roots of Filipino traditions in courtship and hospitality, "Kadaugan" is yet another dauntless television masterpiece by Brillante Mendoza which reflects TV5's strong commitment as a TV network that provides differentiated entertainment. 

Catch Brillante Mendoza Presents: Kadaugan on July 30, after Turning Point on TV5.

Ateneo Lady Eagles vs. De La Salle Lady Spikers "Battle of the Rivals" Airs on S+A on July 22

Fierce rivals Ateneo Lady Eagles and the De La Salle Lady Spikers delivered another five-set classic when they clashed for a cause in last Sunday’s (July 16) “Battle of the Rivals” event, which will have a primetime telecast this Saturday (July 22) at 6pm on S+A and S+A HD.

Former and current players of the Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles led by national team captain Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Kim Fajardo, and Jia Morado relived their collegiate rivalry in front of a mammoth crowd of over 13,000 people at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, who were there to support the teams’ goal of raising funds for scholars of the Ateneo De Manila University Foundation, the De La Salle University Foundation, and the Rebisco Foundation, Inc.

De La Salle went firing off the bat, racing to a two-nil set lead thanks to Aby Marano, Stephanie Mercado, and Michele Gumabao. However, Ateneo, refused to give up and staged a furious comeback for an epic come-from-behind win, led by no less than the volleyball phenom Valdez, who scored 36 points, and her fellow Cool Smasher Morado, who was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the game from Ateneo with 58 excellent sets. Marano, who led her team in points with 16, was named MVP for DLSU.

The captains of the two squads, Cha Cruz for La Salle, and Valdez for Ateneo, agreed that meeting on the court after quite some time felt invigorating, especially as they are doing it for a good cause.

It’s a great feeling to play with friends especially after recalling the hard-fought battles we had in the past. At the end of the day, we are all friends and getting reunited for a good cause is what it’s all about. Plus, there’s nothing like seeing green and blue on the same court,” Cruz said.

Rivalry brings out the best and that extra excitement in us. We are now giving a whole new meaning to the word rival in the sense that it isn’t something negative, but something that excites people and fuels us to play our best not just for ourselves but for our team and what we represent as a whole,” Valdez added.

Aside from the much-awaited faceoff, fans also got to enjoy and appreciate the games more as a select group of volleyball stars and fans teamed up for an exciting Skills Challenge that tested their abilities in service, digging, and attacking. There was also an exhibition match featuring the Philippine national men’s volleyball team.

Volleyball fans are in for a treat this Saturday (July 22) as they relive the exciting “Battle of the Rivals” on S+A and S+A HD at 6pm. 

For updates log on to ABS-CBN’s sports hub, or follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter.

METRO Society Talks Strength and Survival this July

Metro Society divulges the secrets behind the rise of the country’s most hardworking personalities after facing loss, heartbreak, sickness, and strife in its Feel Good Issue this July.

Agriculture undersecretary Berna Romulo Puyat opens the issue with the tale of how she found strength by falling in love with our beloved country. Starting from grief after her husband’s sudden passing, Berna shares how she was able to cope through amazing work with the DA.

Sit down with writer and creative mind Wanggo Gallaga as he talks about HIV and what it means to live with it with every intention of enjoying life, as well as cancer survivors Cecilia Schulze and her 15-year old son, George.

In the spirit of new beginnings, Metro Society also gets to know newlyweds Joey and Pia Yupangco who have had their fair share of difficult times, both widowed having lost their spouses to sicknesses and having to find themselves learning how to live as individuals again.

From a quiet solace of healing to a very public split, we learn the real, heartbreaking story of recently divorced Tricia Centenera as she shares what really went on in her whirlwind romance with popular entertainer Gab Valenciano; one that resulted to three weddings, moving across the world, a very short-lived marriage, and how she still came out with the strength and grace of Christ alive in her heart.

The magazine also takes an artful turn as it celebrates artists - designers, painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, art curators - and their pets, as we step inside the creative spaces of these loveable beasts and their humans: Mark Nicdao, Raul Fores, Monica and Daniel Dela Cruz, Jome Silayan, Anne Gauthier, Michaela Eduque, Gio Puyat, Sassa Jimenez, Ciane Xavier Calma, JC Inocian, Kat Ong, Tina Fernandez, Rica Lorenzo, Rajo Laurel and Nix Alañon.

Meanwhile, take the front seat to all Autumn/Winter’17 must-see shows with fashion correspondent Camille Aguilar in Milan to see in demand high fashion brands such as Bally, Furla, Jimmy Choo, and Gucci. AERIN Beauty founder, Aerin Lauder, is also hailed as the favorite beauty pick of July as AERIN Fragrance Collection arrives our shores this month.

Metro Society is available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide for only P250. 

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Download the TFC Live Events App to Level Up the ASAP Live in Toronto Experience

Over 35 of the paramount Kapamilya (family) stars from ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest entertainment and media outfit, will rock the Ricoh Coliseum on July 29, 2017. Get a better experience with the TFC Live Events App (TFC Live app download) (TFC live app prizes)
Ticketholders are counting down the days to ASAP Live in Toronto where more than 35 of the biggest, brightest celebrities in the Philippines will gather at the Ricoh Coliseum on July 29, 2017 for four hours of superb entertainment.

Viewers can bring their ASAP experience to the next level by downloading the TFC Live Events App.  The app is the official mobile app for TFC (The Filipino Channel) global events, and allows one to get the latest updates and exclusive insider information about ASAP in Toronto.

The TFC Live Events App is the official mobile app for ASAP Live in Toronto. Share your photos of the event using #ASAPToronto, and interact with a real-time feed of all event activities that showcase most popular photos and top discussion topics.

One can view schedules of the actual show, including pre-event and post-event activities. Information on featured celebrities are also available. Download the app, register, and get the chance to win free items from sponsors’ promos. One can also earn points, badges, and prizes for being active on the app and at ASAP in Toronto on July 29th. The app also serves as a guide to the various games and activities happening at the Enercare Centre. It would be good to note that Hall A of the Enercare Centre starts bustling with engaging and enjoyable pre-show activities at the ASAP Marketplace at 11:00 A.M.


Here is just a sample of the fun benefits when one downloads the TFC Live Event App:

(1) Get free ASAP Party Lights (while supplies last). To claim, go to the TFC Live App booth and present badge. Thousands of party lights will be given away.
(2) The first 150 to download wins a Meet and Greet pass for July 27, 2017.
(3) Get a chance to win TFC Live App-exclusive ASAP t-shirt. 150 winners will be drawn.
(4) Join “Kapamilya Ka-Face Mo” if you have a Kapamilya celebrity look-alike, and win a photo op with an ASAP star
(5) Join parlor and trivia games at the ASAP Marketplace to win exciting prizes

Go to for instructions on how to download your free TFC Live Events App.

Here is a quick rundown of the featured artists on ASAP Live in Toronto: ASAP Royalties Gary V, Martin Nievera, ZsaZsa Padilla, Piolo Pascual, and Jolina Magdangal; Birit Queens – Jona, Morissette, Klarisse and Angeline; Soul Sessionistas –Jay-R, KZ, Jason Dy, Daryl Ong, and Kyla; Love Teams of Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson; Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador; Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia; Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil; First-Rate Singers Erik Santos and Yeng Constantino; Top-Notch Dancers Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee, Rayver Cruz, and Yassi Pressman; Teen Idols Robi Domingo and Darren Espanto; and Prime Kapamilya Stars: Bea Alonzo, Paulo Avelino, Sam Milby, Richard Yap, Jodi Sta. Maria, and OPM Icon Mr. Ogie Alcasid.

Be there on July 29th at the Ricoh Coliseum for ASAP Live in Toronto. 

Get your tickets now via; through a TFC agent near you; or call 1-855-TFC-CNDA, and be sure to download the TFC Live Events App for a more interactive Asap in Toronto experience.

Life-Sized Lightning McQueen Model Now on Display at SM North EDSA

Former professional car racing champion and popular actor Matteo Guidicelli led the highly anticipated unveiling of the life-sized Lightning McQueen model during the Disney-Pixar's “Cars 3” Mall Event launch at SM North EDSA The Block yesterday.

Fans and families came in droves to witness the big-reveal of everyone’s favorite Piston Cup champ that is now on full display at The Block Atrium.

The `Cars' film series of Disney and Pixar is close to my heart, and Lightning McQueen is definitely one of my most favorite characters that I can relate to due to our similar experiece as a racer,” Guidicelli said prior to the unveiling. “And I'm excited for everyone to see `Cars 3!' It's very entertaining, with lots of lessons to take home.”


The “Cars 3” Mall Event is a joint project by The Walt Disney Company (Philippines) and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SM-LEI) in celebration of the theatrical release of “Cars 3” in the Philippines on July 26, 2017.

The public is invited to visit the display, have their photos taken with Lightning McQueen and share the experience through social media by using the hashtags #Cars3 and #JoinTheRacePH.

The mall event also features fun activity areas where families and kids can play with and purchase the latest “Cars 3” toys from Mattel.

Shoppers can also browse around the cool retail booths that carry the best of “Cars 3” merchandise.

Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 3” cruises into cinemas on July 26, 2017. #Cars3 #JointheRacePH

Thrill Channel Airs Japanese Horror Show "Crow’s Blood" Starting July 27

If there is one thing that would scare the daylight out of you, it would be a horror movie. The chilling feeling when watching just gives you a rush of excitement and adrenaline that no one can explain. Remember the time when Emily Rose twisted her body while being exorcised? Or how about the infamous kid under the sheets from the Japanese horror film, the grudge? Scary, right?

Whether you’re a fan of the spooky tales from Japan or the intense storylines from the US, you will get to enjoy the best of both worlds because Thrill, Asia's only regional horror, thriller and suspense movie channel, will give you a new Japanese horror show that will premiere on July 27.

From executive producer, Darren Lyn Bousman, who also directed Saw II, III and IV comes Crow’s Blood, a thrilling story about a transfer student named Togawa Maki played by Sakura Miyawaki of the music group AKB 48.

Strange things start to happen when Maki arrives at an all-girl’s high school. Upon arriving, other kids seem distant and hesitant to become friends with her.  Although one girl named Kaoru Isozaki (played by Mayu Watanabe from AKB 48) opens the doors of her friendship to Maki.  As Maki grows close to Kaoru, she becomes weirdly obsessed with her.

Little do people know that Maki isn’t just your typical average student, she is a reanimated corpse brought back to life. Her father tried using an untested regeneration virus on her in an attempt to bring her back to life. Will she fit in with the kids of today’s society? That’s for you to find out!

Feel your spine tingle and watch human beings attempt to play God in this modern day series of science and technology. Get ready to hide under your blankets as you journey inside the mind of Maki and follow her day to day in this series full of blood, love and mystery in the modern Japanese society.

Prepare for a lot of sleepless nights as Thrill shows new episodes of Crow’s Blood every Thursday at 10pm starting July 27! Tune in!

Thrill is available on (Skycable Ch. 107, Cablelink Ch. 201, Destiny Cable Ch. 11 and Cignal Ch. 51).  

For more information, you can log on to or

Acoustic Soul Artist Kaye Cal to Stage an All-OPM Concert at Music Museum on August 18

Acoustic soul artist Kaye Cal takes the Music Museum stage with an all OPM lineup for her very first solo major concert entitled “Kaye Pop” happening on August 18 (Friday) at 8PM.

Thirty minutes after releasing concert tickets, the VVIP seats were already sold out for the Kapamilya singer’s latest career milestone.

Star Events produces the show which will include Kaye’s successful cover hits “Ikaw Lang” and “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana,” and her latest compositions “Rosas” and “Mahal Ba Ako ng Mahal Ko” in the songs to watch out for. These tracks are part of her first solo album under Star Music launched last March.

Her cover of “Why Can’t It Be?,” the song that made its way to BillboardPH Top 20, rank 11 for the week of July 17, will also be part of the concert lineup.

Aside from her upcoming show, the former lead vocalist of Ezra Band is also looking forward to another huge project. In a recent interview aired on TV Patrol, she revealed that she was able to ink an international recording deal which she will begin recording this month.

“This multi-record deal is now being written and produced by Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer Brody Brown who have also worked with Cee Lo Green, Adele, and Bruno Mars.”

Kaye, who hailed from Davao del Sur, is a member of the LGBT community. She has been making waves in the music industry with her soulful singing voice.

Dido Camara stage directs the concert, just a few months after the highly successful “Daryl sONGs” concert which he also directed.

Tickets to the “Kaye Pop” concert are priced at P1,800.00 for VIP, P1,500.00 for patron, and P1,000.00 for balcony seats. Interested parties may call Ticketworld at 891-9999 and Music Museum at 721-6726.

For more information on “Kaye Pop,” visit or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at, or @starmusicph on Twitter and Instagram.

Coca-Cola Refreshes Train Ride at LRT-1 Central Station

Consistent with their history as the industry trailblazer, Coca-Cola is once again leading efforts to find new and innovative ways to refresh everyday life in Metro Manila.

Improvements at the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) continue to provide over 500,000 daily commuters with a refreshing experience. The waiting time has been significantly cut short, queues have diminished, and the train rides become faster.


The latest innovation brings the refreshing experience on a whole new level – the entire LRT-1 Central Station has been transformed into an experiential space by Coca-Cola. The various artwork, decals, and graphics provide a fresh and hip feel to an otherwise dreary train ride. The splash of red gives the Central Station and the train ride a jolt of excitement.

As a global company, Coca-Cola has always been at the forefront of innovation – may it be through the new products we introduce in the market up to the ways we connect with people, particularly teens, every day.  We are excited to have partnered with the Light Rail Manila Corporation in refreshing and reinventing the train ride experience of millions of Filipinos. We look forward to making the commute more fun and colorful for everyone here at Central Station,” said Stephan Czypionka, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Marketing.

The posts supporting the elevated railway system have been painted in the trademark red color and the iconic bottles of the beverage company. Steps leading to the main ticket and station entrance have also transformed with the colorful graphics of Coca-Cola, while more improvements will be added in the coming months.


Aside from taking over the aesthetics of the Central Station, it will also become a platform for other fun surprising activities for the commuters.

Working and partnering with government is in the DNA of Coca-Cola. We have this term called ‘golden triangle’ wherein we emphasize on the need to partner with government and civic society to effect positive change. This project is more than just a marketing strategy. This is our way of helping provide a better commute for the passengers. We believe that whatever good you do to the community, is good for the business,” added Atty. Adel Tamano, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications.

Coca-Cola Philippines is the first to partner with LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) for the station rehabilitation program. Under the program, the LRMC can access other income sources that would help them improve the train system that spans 20 kilometers from Roosevelt Station in Quezon City to Baclaran Station in Paranaque City.

This station domination initiative involves private companies contributing to LRMC’s ongoing efforts to improve the structure and facilities of all LRT-1 stations. Coca-Cola is the first partner in this program. We are excited about the initiatives that Coca-Cola will bring to the Central Station in helping to better facilitate the riding experience of our passengers,” said Rogelio Singson, LRMC president and CEO.

TFC Earns Back-to-Back Wins for Global Campaigns at 15th Quill Awards

ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC), home of the most widely distributed premium and on demand channel and producer of Filipino content outside the Philippines, earned two nods from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) on July 5 at the Marriott Hotel in Manila for campaigns that address its global audience - its overseas voting campaign #Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH and virtual get-together for these Filipinos and their families, Kapamilya Reunion.

With the registration for the overseas voting in full swing, the government’s campaign gets a boost as TFC’s #Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH born out of a partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA OVS) and Commission on Elections Office for Overseas Voting (COMELEC OFOV) gets another nod from the PR industry by getting an Excellence award and vying for the over-all top five awards under the Corporate Social Responsibility category from this year’s Philippine Quill.


#Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH earned the judges’ nod for Communication Management and for inspiring Filipinos to capture the Philippines in photo at its current state and tell other global Filipinos how they can still paint a better picture, with the right vote.

#Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH among top five over-all winners for Communication Management

According to ABS-CBN Global Head of Corporate Affairs & PR Nerissa Fernandez: “The PR industry’s recognition of ABS-CBN TFC’s #Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH campaign affirms the value of our joint efforts with our government and community partners in reaching out to Filipinos worldwide and connecting them to the homeland through the most powerful means of involvement: the exercise of their right of suffrage. Through the power of media, this allowed them to have a voice in the political conversation and in building the future of our homeland”.

The campaign was launched in 2015 first to help the government agencies increase the number of registrants and sustained in 2016 to turn them into voters.  The campaign harnessed the power of social media to encourage Filipinos overseas to use the hashtag across all their social media accounts with the help of key influencers such as news personalities Atom Araullo, Julius Babao, Jing Castaneda, and Cathy Yang; entertainment reporters Gretchen Fulido, Tina Marasigan, Barbie Muhlach and Ginger Conejero; celebrities Pokwang, Dimples Romana, and Amy Perez; young celebrities Gretchen Ho, Ai dela Cruz, Nathan Lopez, and Joj and Jai Agpangan; music industry’s Morissette and Jamie Rivera; ABS-CBN Regional Network News Bureau reporters headed by Stanley Palisada; and radio personalities Amy Perez, DJs Jai Ho, DJ ChaCha China Paps, and anchor Ahwel Paz.

Yang, an award-winning broadcast journalist did not think twice about supporting the campaign. Yang said: “I was once an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) too - fifteen years. I know how it is to be an OF worker and overseas voter.  I voted and covered in Hong Kong so I played two roles.  There, I saw the sad and happy part of having a voice as a migrant worker.  I could say my experience was whole”. Yang covered the opening of the election precincts in HK in 2016.

At the end of the 2015 registration, total turnout was 1,376,067 or a 46.39% increase versus 815,307 in 2012 registration while the total number of voter turnout in 2016 was at 430,695 or almost 300% increase versus the 2013 elections with 118,823 voters.

According to DFA OVS Vice Chairman Ed Castro, media played a crucial role in the success of the OV in 2016.  “Media is an indispensable partner of public service. And it so happens that the DFA OVS serves the interest of the OFs. We politically empower them.  Therefore, TFC having the widest reach in network for overseas is a logical partner of the campaign.  Thank you very much to TFC’s partnership and others for all the help, we were able to set a record-breaking turnout for the 2016 national elections”.

COMELEC OFOV Chairman Atty. Arthur Lim adds: “The media, specifically TFC is broadcast all over the world which covers the 85 foreign posts of the Philippines.  The same helped a lot in propagating the OV act.  Considering that prior to the agreement with ABS-CBN or TFC, there were only 815,307 total number of registered overseas, the volume of applicant increased after August 26,2015 because of the information campaign conducted by the office and its partners”.

Kapamilya Reunion wins first Quill for Advertising, Marketing and Brand Communication

Meantime, Kapamilya Reunion, a virtual reunion that harnessed the power of technology to bring together overseas Filipinos and their families in the Philippines, earned its first Quill for Communication Management under the Advertising, Marketing and Brand category.

Launched first in 2015, Kapamilya Reunion brought the families together in one of the most memorable events in the lives of Filipinos - Christmas. Recreating the elements such as Christmas decors, Noche Buena and exchange gifts, the virtual reunion also was able to relive the Christmas feels that overseas participants miss back in the Philippines.


According to Ailene Averion, ABS-CBN Global Managing Director for Asia Pacific: “Kapamilya Reunion is one very memorable occasion where we momentarily managed to bridge the physical gap between overseas and their families here in the Philippines.  Even for a day, we at TFC, together with our content celebrities and Kapamilyas all over the world, were able to celebrate as one family during this important season of Christmas”.

According to Richard Aroboleda, Quill Awards Organizing Committee Chairman, out of the 724 entries, only 228 awardees passed the acid test. “Tonight’s winners are not just words on a document or a Powerpoint presentation. They have now metamorphosed into sterling examples of how communications when done right have lasting effects on the audiences they intend to touch. Just like the mighty quill which has throughout history, again, when used right, can become instruments not only to put words into paper but also to ignite positive change. We see these modern-day communications have the ability to do the same”, Arboleda ends.

In this year’s Philippine Quill Awards, TFC’s back-to-back wins contributed to ABS-CBN Corporation’s win as 1st runner-up in the Company of the Year category.

The Philippine Quill for Excellence was received for Fernandez by Global Corporate Affairs and PR Associate Marianne Ferrer - de Vera and PR Specialist Jocelyn Jimenez; DFA OVS Vice Chairman Edgardo Castro; Regional Finance Officer Lawrence Reyes; Marketing Communications Creative Director Jay Dustin Santiago; and one of the brand ambassadors, Cathy Yang.




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