Wednesday, September 22, 2021

100 Days to Go Until a Perfect Shopee Christmas with Jose Mari Chan

Once the -ber months set in, we all await the official start of the holiday season with the comeback of a Christmas icon - aside from Santa Claus, that is -  Jose Mari Chan! The Filipino artist has been a holiday fixture for years, and this coming Christmas season, you can expect to see more of long-time Shopee Christmas ambassador Jose Mari Chan as he joins the exciting year-end shopping festivities along with the latest Shopee superstar, Jackie Chan.

Whatever your idea of a perfect Christmas may look like, you’ll definitely enjoy Shopee’s lineup of Jose Mari Chan-themed games, activities, and giveaways during the holidays:

ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko

This December, Jose Mari Chan and several other celebrities and influencers will give away pamasko via ShopeePay. Look for ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko on your homepage and play the game to receive ShopeePay credits. You can also use ShopeePay to send pamasko to all your pamangkins and loved ones, with a variety of holiday-themed virtual cards to spread the love. Don’t forget to activate your ShopeePay wallet by clicking on the ShopeePay wallet bar, entering your personal information and OTP, and creating and confirming your ShopeePay PIN.

Christmas in our Carts holiday gift guides

Let Shopee’s Christmas in our Carts gift guides inspire you as you shop for all your loved ones. Start your holiday shopping on a festive note with discounts up to 90% off on Shopee Mall and exclusive gift bundles with the latest gaming consoles, holy grail beauty items, skincare must-haves, and more. Remember to check out Christmas in our Carts until Christmas for exciting new deals.

Jose Mari Chan-themed in-app games

From September to December, catch Jose Mari Chan on holiday-themed in-app games such as Shopee Catch and Shopee Collectibles. Catch and collect aguinaldos and Christmas decors exclusively in-app for a chance to win exciting prizes such as coins, discount & cashback vouchers, product giveaways, and ShopeePay credits.

#MyShopeeWish Christmas contest

This season of giving, Shopee will grant 10 lucky users’ wishes. From November to December, submit a letter via the comments section on Shopee’s official Facebook page for a chance to make your Christmas wish come true.

Christmas countdown on Shopee Live

Can’t wait for Christmas? Tune in to the Merry-Galo Countdown for the 100-day, 60-day, and 30-day countdowns to Christmas this September 16, October 26, and November 25, all at 7:30 PM. Drum up some holiday excitement with mini-games, exclusive discounts for Christmas deals, and special vouchers.

Jose Mari Chan’s special Christmas party

Nothing says Christmas quite like a serenade from Jose Mari Chan himself. Enjoy some tunes from the artist by tuning in to the Merry-Galo Party on Shopee Live this December. Get a chance to have Jose Mari Chan grant one item from your wishlist during the show by entering Shopee’s #DearNinong contest this November. During the live stream, Jose Mari Chan will also welcome viewers to his home and host a Q&A.

Start the 100-day countdown to Christmas with more holiday deals alongside other exciting sales at

Enjoy the Christmas festivities with Jose Mari Chan and watch his latest Shopee video via Facebook at or YouTube at

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SMART Teams Up with YouTube to Empower the Next Big Filipino Content Creators

Do you think you have what it takes to be the next big online content creator from the Philippines? It’s time to show everything you've got as leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has teamed up with YouTube for NextUp, a search and training program for the next generation of Filipino content creators!

Be among the 12 Filipino content creators who will be given a chance to participate in an online creator camp that brings together NextUp alumni, production mentors, and current YouTube content creators to impart valuable tips, the latest techniques, and strategies to elevate your channel to the next level and go beyond your limits by growing your content creation skills.

As part of the NextUp program, each of the 12 finalists will also take-home equipment vouchers worth PHP100,000 and data offers, among others. From the 12 winners, at least three creators will bag a 12-month endorsement contract with Smart to work on the brand’s exciting productions and campaigns.

Supporting the community of Filipino creators

NextUp is a demonstration of Smart and YouTube’s collective goal of supporting the Filipino creator community by providing the tools and opportunities that can help them discover and cultivate their passions through unlimited opportunities.

We believe that we have a wealth of passionate and creative young Filipinos who are just waiting to be discovered and given the opportunity to hone their craft. With NextUp, we are giving them a platform to let their creativity shine and learn from today's top creators so they can take their passion to a whole new level,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

YouTube is all about the content creators and we’re committed to supporting their discovery and growth. We hope to enable not just the finalists but all the NextUp participants, so more creators can benefit from this amazing initiative. Together with Smart, we will hone their skills and help them seize the economic opportunities that come with having a growing YouTube channel,” said Marc Lefkowitz, Director of YouTube Partner Development and Management, APAC.

To join NextUp, go to for more details on the submission process and eligibility requirements.

The applicants who won’t be part of the 12 finalists can still elevate their YouTube skills through NextUp’s series of online workshops that will cover a wide array of topics such as video production and audience development, among others.

Philippines' fastest 5G network

Filipino content creators who want to take their passion to the next level can rely on Smart Prepaid's Unli GIGA Video, which offers unlimited access to YouTube and other streaming apps, as well as 2 GB open-access data for seven days for only P149.

Unli GIGA Video is powered by Smart, the fastest 5G network in the Philippines as reported by Ookla®, the global leader in internet testing and analysis. Smart also recently reaffirmed its dominance as the country’s fastest mobile network for the fourth year in a row, based on analysis by Ookla of tests taken with Speedtest® covering the first half of Q1-Q2 2021.

On the other hand, Smart scored a rare sweep in the April 2021 Philippines Mobile Network Experience Awards by independent analytics firm Opensignal, beating the competition across all metrics in three essential aspects of service, including Coverage (4G Coverage Experience, 4G Availability), Speed (Download and Upload Speed) and Experience (Games, Video and Voice App).

Stay updated on NextUp by visiting and by following Smart's official account on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Vice Ganda Impersonates Charos Santos, To Give Away 2-Million Jackpot Prize in “Everybody, Sing: 100 Songbayanan Special”

Vice Ganda nailed her impersonation of “MMK” host Charo Santos as she imparted advice and wisdom to social media content creators that played in “Everybody, Sing!” last September 12.

In the episode that aired on Kapamilya Channel and A2Z, Vice told the songbayanan to strive to produce and upload positive content for their viewers and not focus so much on virality and monetization.

Sana isaisip din natin kung ‘yung nilalabas nating content kahit papano, kahit paminsan-minsan, may positivity ba doon sa content na ‘yun ‘di ba,” said Vice.

Masaya ‘yung monetization but it shouldn’t always be monetization ang purpose natin ‘di ba? Kailangan pa rin sa dulo ng mga ginagawa nating ‘to, masasabi natin na tama ba ‘yung pinost ko? Tama ba ‘yung content ko? Ito bang content ko ‘pag nakita ng nanay ko mapa-proud sa akin ‘yung nanay ko,” Vice continued.

Just like the players, Vice is also a content creator online and currently has 5.85 million subscribers on YouTube. After hearing the story of fellow creators Aga and Jai, who have received negative comments on social media, Vice said they should not be swayed or bullied by bashers.

The possibility with well-known people is to be misinterpreted. ‘Pag alam mo naman sa sarili mo ‘yung laman ng puso mo, hindi ka na maliligaw. Mas maliligaw ka ‘pag sinunod mo ang lahat ng direksyong sinasabi ng samu’t saring tao. Ang susundin mo lang ‘yung direksyon na sinasabi ng puso at kaluluwa mo,” she explained.

Meanwhile, Fans of “Everybody, Sing!” are in for a treat as 100 “songbayanan” will be playing and singing with Vice Ganda in the show’s next six episodes starting this Saturday (September 25) on Kapamilya Channel and A2Z.

Dubbed as “100 Songbayanan Special,” these episodes of the “greatest community singing game show in the country” were taped before the pandemic in 2020 and features 100 players, 10 games, and a P2 million jackpot prize.

Ito ‘yung mga episodes na nagawa po namin bago pa nauso ang social distancing nating lahat kaya tutukan niyo ‘yan sa tatlong sunod-sunod na weekends. Isang malaking thank you namin ‘yan for everybody na nakipag-bayanihan sa amin sa saya at sa kantahan,” explained Vice after announcing the special last night (September 19).

First to display teamwork as they sing for the grand prize are the songbayanan of haircutters who will play this Saturday (September 25) and Sunday (September 26).

“Everybody, Sing” still airs at 7 pm every Saturday on Kapamilya Channel and A2Z while it starts at 7:30 pm on Sundays until October 3 right after “Legends of Dawn: The Sacred Stone.” It will return to its original Sunday timeslot at 7 pm on October 10. The program can also be viewed via Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, and TFC.

For updates, follow @EVERYBODYSINGPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For other news on ABS-CBN, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok or go to

Enjoy Extended Kantawanan Every Saturday with "Sing Galing: Sing-lebrity Edition"

TV5’s Original Videoke Kantawanan ng Bansa extends the party every Saturday beginning, September 18 at 6:00PM, with its latest Sing Galing: Sing-lebrity Edition

Latching onto the success of Sing Galing’s comeback this 2021 on TV5, comes a new edition that will showcase the videoke singing talents of some of the most well-loved local celebrities and social media personalities!

Sing Galing: Sing-lebrity Edition provides the fun, laughter, music and excitement all Kaawitbahays enjoy, with the added purpose of helping out our fellow Kapatid, as celebrities get to sing and play for their chosen beneficiaries or bidaficiaries.

For the Saturday show, Sing Galing: Sing-lebrity Edition will parade a new roster of Jukebosses in Dingdong Avanzado (D’OPM Heartthrob), Ethel Booba (Champion Diva) and Allan K (OG Singmaster). Heading the team of distinguished jukebosses is the one and only Sing-nior Hitmaker, Sir Rey Valera. Current Sing masters Randy Santiago, K Brosas, and Donita Nose will also reprise their roles as hosts and will be joined by Singtokers Billy King and Queenay. Completing the lineup is TikTok superstar, Zendee, host of the Saturday edition of the digiverse show, Now Zending Zikat!

As with previous seasons, the three (3) celebrity guests will compete through three (3) rounds to determine the Bida-oke Sing-lebrity of the Night. The winner will bag a cash prize and celebrate with his or her chosen bida-ficiary through a live repartee and will automatically be part of Celebri-Team Galing, the pool of BidaOke Sing-lebrities who will advance to the semifinals.

Every Saturday, the sing-lebrities will compete in the following rounds: Random-I-Sing: Kantarantahan, Hula-Oke Ka Lang D’yan? and the final round, Duelo-Oke Extreme. Once the grand Bida-oke Sing-lebrity of the Night is declared, they will get the chance to win for their chosen bida-ficiary in the bonus round: A-Sing-Tado Level Up. The lucky chosen bida-ficiary can either be an individual or a group.

As the new edition unfolds, expect the likes of Alex Medina, Kris Bernal, MC Muah, Hero Angeles and Joseph Bitangcol to grace the show. Adding to the sing-lebrities line up who will compete are Samantha Bernardo, Madam Inutz, Pooh, Paolo Pangilinan, Jayson Gainza, Baby Boobsie, and Ate Gay.

Watch as your favorite stars bring out their vocal prowess and vie to become the next Bida-oke Sing-lebrity on Sing Galing: Sing-lebrity Edition, starting this September 18, every Saturday at 6:00PM on TV5!

ABS-CBN Superview Offers Free Streaming of Classic Filipino Movies and Toprating Series

ABS-CBN treats viewers all over the world to free streaming of more classic Kapamilya shows, all-time favorite teleseryes, and blockbuster movies on its various YouTube channels via ABS-CBN Superview this September.

On the Black Sheep YouTube channel, viewers can watch the English-subtitled reunion movie of Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino, “Exes Baggage,” where they play lovers turned exes who reconnect years after their break-up.

Star Cinema offers the heartwarming family movie “Seven Sundays” with an ensemble cast led by Dingdong Dantes, Aga Muhlach, Enrique Gil, Cristine Reyes, and Ronaldo Valdez. John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo, meanwhile, prove timing in love is everything in their 2010 romance drama “Miss You Like Crazy.”

All members of the family will also find something to binge-watch on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel. Kids can watch heartwarming stories with meaningful lessons in full episodes of the fantasy adventure series “Wansapanataym,” while those who crave drama and nostalgia can turn to full episodes of “MMK,” as well as “The Maricel Drama Special,” the award-winning anthology series of the Diamond Star Maricel Soriano, who is celebrating her 50th anniversary in showbiz.

ABS-CBN also adds to its growing list of full movies and series that are dubbed in foreign languages and subtitled in English for global viewers to enjoy. Watch Star Cinema’s well-loved movies dubbed in Spanish such as Toni Gonzaga and Coco Martin’s romantic-comedy “You’re My Boss,” “The Third Party” with Sam Milby, Zanjoe Marudo, and Angel Locsin, and Kris Aquino’s horror film “Feng Shui 2.”

KathNiel fans worldwide can also stream the Spanish-dubbed episodes of their “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” remake (“La Promesa”) and their English-subtitled box-office hit movie “Barcelona: A Love Untold,” where their characters attempt to move on from their past as they fall in love with each other.

Viewers can enjoy a lot more blockbuster movies, favorite Kapamilya teleseryes, and English-subbed and foreign language dubbing of shows all for free on the YouTube channels of ABS-CBN Entertainment, Star Cinema, and Black Sheep.

Watch all of these for a limited time this September via ABS-CBN Superview and subscribe to the YouTube channels of ABS-CBN.

Rico Blanco Drops the Sweetest Birthday Greeting for Girlfriend Maris Racal

OPM rock icon Rico Blanco took to Instagram to wish his girlfriend, Maris Racal who turned 24 today, a happy birthday.

happy birthday madam. love you so much po,” he captioned their photo.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Ylona Garcia Releases New Song “Don’t Go Changing” via 88rising


19-year-old Sydney-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ylona Garcia has released a brilliant slice of power pop breakup balladry entitled "Don't Go Changing" via 88rising.  Produced by industry veterans Jonas Jeberg (Panic! At The Disco, Demi Lovato, The Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez) and Marcus Lomax (Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus), the Filipino-Australian trailblazer and 88rising newcomer effortlessly uses emotionally telling vocals to grieve through different stages of letting go. 


Speaking on the single, Ylona says, "'Don't Go Changing' is a song that embraces truth towards life's many mysteries, tough love in particular."


To create the song's video, Ylona Garcia invited her fans onto the mainstage. Personal footage of the cultural roots of these fans are included in the music video. The final music video features photos and videos from across the globe, shot by real fans, each representing a slice of each creator's life beautifully juxtaposed with that of Ylona's


Following the hit single "California (feat. Warren Hue),""Don't Go Changing" is also the newest single off the upcoming Head In The Clouds III, 88rising's game-changing third installation of the world-building, collaborative effort bringing together rising artists from East to West.  An album of 88's closest friends, family, and collaborators that brings together listeners from around the world, HITC3 is due out in early 2022.  


"Don't Go Changing" is the first of three music videos from 88rising's upcoming visual album, Head In The Clouds 3, which will be released in tandem with the record.  The music video is directed by Louis Browne, known for his work with Jack Newsome, Ellie Goulding and Rich Brian. Fans are encouraged to get even closer to the music and artists they love by sharing their own cultural roots content to be featured alongside Ylonain the final music video.





At only 19 years old -- and with nearly 4M Followers on instagram and 1M Followers on TikTok Ylona Garcia has set her sights on the global landscape in the next stage of her creative journey.  With multiple song releases under her belt already, in addition to appearing on two of the biggest reality/talent contests shows in the Philippines, Ylona Garcia has become one of the fastest-rising, most prominent young voices in the Filipino music community.

Earlier this year, she released the anthemic single "All That" on 88rising's sister label PARADISE RISING, which was launched in 2020 to help bring Filipino music to the forefront of culture.  

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” Holds a Successful Fans First Screening Event

Director Andy Serkis and lead actor Tom Hardy (and his dog Blue) welcomed lucky "Venom" followers to the "Fans First Screening Event" for "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" at Cineworld Leicester Square in London, England.

Check out the photos below taken from the red carpet and the pre-screening presentation. Columbia Pictures' upcoming action-thriller Venom: Let There Be Carnage, will open exclusively in Philippine cinemas soon.

(Watch the film's latest trailer at

About Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen in Venom: Let There Be Carnage as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL's greatest and most complex characters. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham and Woody Harrelson, in the role of the villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage.

The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel, story by Tom Hardy & Kelly Marcel, based on the Marvel Comics.

The film is produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, Kelly Marcel, Tom Hardy and Hutch Parker.

The executive producers are Barry Waldman, Jonathan Cavendish and Ruben Fleischer.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

iQiyi’s C-Drama “Rainless Love in a Godless Land” Premieres Globally on October 17

In the mythical and apocalyptic love story, Chiao Chiao Tseng and Paul Fu star in a human-Kawas (spirit) romance, while Joseph Cheng and Alice Ko play rival Kawas
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iQiyi today announced their next original series, Rainless Love in a Godless Land, an apocalyptic and romantic fantasy. Produced by Three Phoenixes, the creative team behind Someday or One Day, the drama is based on indigenous Amis myths of Taiwan. Cast members include Chiao Chiao Tseng (Marry Me, or Not?), Paul Fu (The Sleuth of Ming Dynasty), and Kenny Yen (Someday or One Day). Special appearances include Joseph Cheng (It Started With A Kiss) and Alice Ko (Someday or One Day, Marry Me, or Not?). It will premiere globally on iQiyi on October 17th across 191 countries and regions worldwide.

Rainless Love in a Godless Land is the first original Chinese-language series between iQiyi and Three Phoenixes. Based on Amis myths, it follows the Kawas deciding not to bless the Earth after human destruction of the land, and are choosing to leave the world after the last rain. At the countdown to the apocalypse, 'Orad (The God of Rain, played by Paul Fu) falls in love with a human (played by Chiao Chiao Tseng). The new poster spotlights Paul Fu, Joseph Cheng, Alice Ko and Kenny Yen as 'Orad (The God of Rain), Fali (The God of Wind), Toem (The Goddess of Cloud), and the God of Wisdom respectively. They stand beside Chiao Chiao Tseng and look afar, representing Kawas and humans facing the unknown.

iQiyi also published its trailer today briefly introducing the unique Kawas (Amis supernatural entity) characters. Paul Fu plays the heartwarming God of Rain. He is seen looking out for Xie Tian Di (played by Chiao Chiao Tseng) for years, always appearing in a downpour. Their relationship is both filled with love and heartache. In their special appearances, Joseph Cheng plays the mysterious God of Wind that decides social order, and Alice Ko is in the role of the mischievous Goddess of Cloud. As revealed in the trailer, they will become obstacles for the relationship and their rivalry is not to be missed.

Rainless Love in a Godless Land will premiere on iQiyi International or on October 17 across 191 countries and regions worldwide.

Check iQiyi PH social media pages for more updates.
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Perk Up Your Days with These 5 New Songs from Tarsier Records

It's hard not to feel a little down in the dumps with everything that's been happening in the world these days, but as many people would probably know, there's nothing that a fresh set of good music couldn't rectify.

So if you're relishing in the giddiness of falling in love or terrified to try your luck at love again; whether you're looking to make a statement about your passion or struggling to know if someone will ever truly accept you for who you are—trust that these new singles from ABS-CBN's Tarsier Records have you covered:

1. "don't trip" by Dotty

As a newly-signed artist of Tarsier Records, "don't trip" is Dotty's heated pushback to those who suddenly see him in a different light. Through the hip-hop track, he wants to make a powerful statement and encourage others to speak up, saying, "A lot of people around me have been trying to tell me how I should do things. To me fun is above every other criterion when I do things, so long as I get to release music, I'm happy."

The track's catchy melody, paired with Dotty's complex verses, is a fitting follow-up to his previous release, "talk about."

2. "keep u in my pocket" by Gessie, Subzylla

At a time where it seems like nothing's certain anymore, speaking up isn't the only thing that matters. For indie singer-songwriter Gessie, a good antidote for all the surrounding gloom would be to meet someone and try to know them better. "Nothing serious, but you get that giddy feeling and you want to know them more and you can't get enough of them that you have this urge to just have them beside you all the time," she said.

A collab with Tarsier's mainstay producer Subzylla, "keep u in a pocket" is an easygoing R&B track that's sure to keep you going for another day.

3. "Shed No Tear" by J. Niklas

Being giddy in budding romances is one thing, but after that phase comes the real thing: showing your authentic self to someone despite the possibility of not being fully accepted. This is the subject of German singer-songwriter-producer J. Niklas' new R&B/neo-soul single "Shed No Tear," which was included in Spotify Philippines' editorial playlists like 'New Music Friday' and 'Pop Rising Philippines,' and will be part of his upcoming three-part extended play (EP) record along with his previously released single, "Better Man."

4. "Afraid" by Russell, Moophs

The title of this collab by Russell and Tarsier's label head Moophs is already familiar—haven't we all been mutually feeling scared for almost two years now?—and if you put that in the context of relationships, a lot of people would surely still be able to relate.

Another R&B track with the notable addition of bossa nova elements, "Afraid" marked the first solo project of the former BoybandPH member and will also be part of his upcoming EP that's already in the offing.

5. "Fallin'" by Zion Aguirre, Dave Anonuevo

Despite other people's opinions and love's many risks, it cannot be denied that falling in love is still one of the most celebrated feelings in the world. Music producer Dave captured that very feeling in "Fallin'," a dance-pop track about plunging straight into the depths and ecstasy of love. The track, which features Zion Aguirre's incredible vocals, has proven to be a hit on Zion's TikTok account, where it currently has over 1.7 million plays.

Keep your head held high by streaming these music releases from Tarsier Records, out now on various digital music platforms. For updates, follow Tarsier Records on various social media accounts @tarsierrecords.

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