Friday, June 18, 2021

Pokwang Transfers to GMA-7, Signs Management Contract with GMA Artist Center

Actress, host, comedienne, and entrepreneur Pokwang is officially a Kapuso as she signs exclusive contract with GMA-7 and management contract with GMA Artist Center on Friday, June 18.

Also present during the signing are Felipe S. Yalong (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Financial Officer), Gigi Santiago-Lara (Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions), Lilybeth G. Rasonable (Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group), and Daryl Zamora (Senior Talent Manager).

During the blogger's conference held after the contract signing, she is very thankful with the trust, support, and warm welcome
she received from GMA Network management.

Pokwang revealed that an episode in Magpakailanman, comedy and cooking shows, and TV guestings in several Kapuso shows are part of her contract. She is also excited to work again with her bestfriends Ai-Ai delas Alas and Eugene Domingo. She also look forward to work with Dingdong Dantes, Dennis Trillo, and other Kapuso leading men.

On the reason why she decided to move to GMA-7, she said, "madami na sila sa kabila. Marami pa akong gustong gawin na siguradong maa-achieve ko dito sa GMA."

Dating Tips: 5 Techniques to Level Up Your Online Dating

The pandemic may have limited social life and dating but single people need not fret because technology has made connections - including romantic ones, possible. At SKY Fiber’s Super Speed Dating virtual event held recently with Singles Events Manila, US-certified matchmaker and science-based dating coach Vanessa Antonio offered five helpful tips for those searching for love.

These techniques, besides being science-based, have worked like magic to many of the singles we worked with through our one-on-one coaching program but today I am going to share some of those tips with you,” Antonio said.

Technique 1: Strike a “power pose”

Let’s be realistic, your image is the first thing that will catch another single person’s attention. Make sure your photos are remarkable by using shots that show you in a power pose. Vanessa said that “a recent study found that speed-daters who spread out their limbs and stretched their torsos - literally taking up more space - were 76 percent more likely to get a yes to a date.”

Photos of you with friends having fun may be appealing, but it is even more so if you pose with your mom. In numbers, the chances of finding a match are 7 percent higher, according to a 2018 study by The League, a US-based matchmaking website.

Technique 2: Your profile must show emotional availability

According to Vanessa van Edwards, author of “Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People” and behavioral investigator and body language expert, “emotional availability is the most attractive trait when it comes to the opposite gender.”

In establishing this on a dating app, make sure to use the words “love” “romance”, and “relationship” on your profile description. They don’t have to refer to romantic longings, the mere use of these words in any sentence sends positive signals to your prospects. You could say, "I love eating, I want to live a life of laughter and romance and I enjoy honest relationships," according to Antonio.

Technique 3: Use the 70:30 rule

You are bound to put off people when you only talk about yourself or you make everything about yourself. Sharing who and what you are looking for in others raises the likelihood of attracting people to your profile.

You might also want to appear professional, so limit or completely avoid the use of emojis because it sends signals that you’re not too serious about the potential connection.

Technique 4: Speed up the process, establish trust

Gaining trust is easier than one might think. The way to do this online is through these hacks: message them often, ask for their advice, and make them laugh.

Asking for advice shows you are giving them a certain level of trust while making them laugh makes them more comfortable with you.

Technique 5: Reliable connection is a must

Online, you can do this by upgrading your virtual backgrounds, your camera, and your internet connection. One can never underestimate the power of reliable connectivity. Communication becomes better and clearer with the right kind of tool you equip yourself with.

So the next time you think about looking for possible romantic connections online, make sure you’re on a reliable internet connection.

The internet holds so much power in creating strong human connections, most especially during the pandemic. So as a company that seeks to continuously add value to the lives of Filipinos, we have increased our SKY Fiber speeds at the same affordable rates to make a reliable internet connection more accessible,Alan Supnet, SKY’s head for Consumer Broadband Products said.

Make that connection now with SKY Fiber Super Speed plans to level up your online dating game. To find out what connectivity that’s best for you, visit to check out fiber-fast speed plans of up to 200Mbps at highly competitive prices. 

The leveled-up SKY Fiber Super Speed plans are now available in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Cebu, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Davao. While Baguio, Gensan, and Zamboanga can experience fiber-fast speeds of up to 80Mbps.

More Than 40 Artists to Sign a Contract with ABS-CBN in the Star Magic Black Pen Day on June 19

More than 40 artists will sign with ABS-CBN in the Star Magic Black Pen Day this Saturday (June 19) as the company remains committed to hone and champion Filipino talent in support of the local entertainment industry.

The historic contract signing event, which will feature the future and current idols in the land, will begin at 4 pm and will be streamed online on the Star Magic Facebook page and YouTube channel, the ABS-CBN Entertainment and TFC Facebook pages, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV.

Among the Kapamilyas that will be part of the Star Magic Black Pen Day are fresh faces, established stars, talents from ABS-CBN’s reality shows and contests, as well as artists under ABS-CBN subsidiaries and other talent agencies outside ABS-CBN.

They include seasoned actors include John Arcilla, Sandino Martin, Marc Solis, and singer-actress Angeline Quinto. The new artists are Kaila Estrada, Arabella Davao, Mary Joy Apostol, Zabel Lamberth, Rans Rifol, Vance Larena, Maureen Wrob, Paolo Gumabao, Luis Vera-Perez, Sela, Migo Manikan, Vitto Neri, and “Marry Me, Marry You” star Jake Ejercito.

RISE Artists Studio’s Gigi De Lana, Zach Castaneda, Shanaia Gomez, Karina Bautista, Aljon Mendoza, Jayda, and “Hello, Stranger” breakout star JC Alcantara will also ink new contracts.

Also signing with ABS-CBN are various artists from partner talent agencies such as Alyssa Muhlach and Kiko Estrada from Arnold Vegafria’s ALV Events International, and Krystle, Lara Maigue, Moira Lacambra, Aikee, Poppert Bernadas, Gian Magdangal, Davey Langit, and Anthony Barion from Ogie Alcasid’s ATEAM (Alcasid Total Entertainment & Artist Management, Inc).

Star Music’s Sab and Recio, Polaris’ Janine Berdin, Sheena Belarmino, JM Yosures, and iDolls, and Star Hunt’s Ashley Del Mundo, Tan Roncal, Kiara Takahashi, Richard Juan, Lou Yanong, Kobie Brown, and Andi Abaya will also sign with ABS-CBN’s talent management arm.

Star Magic head and ABS-CBN entertainment production head Laurenti Dyogi will lead in welcoming them all to the fold this weekend, which also marks the integration of all management groups in ABS-CBN under the Star Magic umbrella.

These include the Star Hunt Management under Raymund Dizon that handles the careers of former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemates as well as BGYO and BINI; the Polaris Artists under Reily Santiago that is the stable of the products of Kapamilya talent contests like “Tawag ng Tanghalan”; RISE Artists Studio led by Mico Del Rosario and Olivia Lamasan of ABS-CBN Films; and ABS-CBN Music helmed by Jonathan Manalo and Roxy Liquigan.

Another highlight of the event is the recital of the Star Magic Credo by the artists, who will pledge to give their best in every performance, continue to improve their craft, and maintain the right values and attitude as they serve the Filipino audience. There will also be surprise performances and other announcements.

Witness the historic Star Magic Black Pen Day this Saturday (June 19) starting at 4 pm on the Star Magic Facebook page and YouTube channel, the ABS-CBN Entertainment and TFC Facebook pages, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV. 

For more information, follow @starmagicphils on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For other ABS-CBN updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit

Charlene Gonzales Shares How the Muhlachs Spend Feel-Good Moments as a Family

With the pandemic and the uncertainties happening in the world around us, it’s challenging to always stay calm and be positive. Sometimes it can feel hopeless even when you’re trying hard. But one thing stays unchanged: that our families will always be here to guide us, keep us sane and make us feel loved.

That’s why Jollibee ambassador Charlene Muhlach expresses a lot of gratitude for her family. Everyone does their part and share to spread good vibes and happiness at home, and she’s especially thankful whenever her family manages to spend time together and bond despite their busy schedules.

I’m really just a family-oriented person,” Charlene says. “I’m grateful for their love and support for one another, spending time with them and being there for everyone is something I really value,” Charlene says.

One simple way to thank our families for everything that they’ve done is through a hearty family meal. Bonding over delicious food together is always a great idea, as it’s a quick but reliable way to have a feel-good moment with everyone, as tried and tested by the Muhlachs.

The favorite go-to meal their family constantly enjoys is Jollibee’s crispylicious, juicylicious Chickenjoy. “When we want something that will surely be delicious and comforting for a mealtime, of course, the best pa rin ang Jollibee Chickenjoy!” Charlene shares. “Everyone looks for that crispylicious and juicylicious fried chicken talaga! We order a bucket and everyone gets excited, because we’re always thankful to bond over Chickenjoy!

Like the Muhlachs, you too can thank your family at home with a bucket of everyone’s favorite Jollibee Chickenjoy. Have it safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App,, #87000, GrabFood and foodpanda! Also available in Drive-Thru and Take Out.

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

KathNiel Leads Acer's Php8K Off and Free Table Promo on Its Learn from Home Program

Now is the perfect time to upgrade your study set-up with Acer’s Learn from Home Program

Get the biggest deals on Acer laptops, desktops, monitors, and projectors with discounts up to Php8,000 plus a free Acer tablet (on selected models) from June 16 to July 18, 2021. 

Predator gaming laptops, desktops, and AOPEN monitors will also be up for grabs with discounts up to Php40,000 and a free gaming chair (on selected models).

With the shift of the educational sector to digital, students and most importantly the parents had to adapt to the new norm. Classes are being held online, and with this new method of learning, having the best learning set-up is essential. Acer laptops are equipped with the latest mobile processors and specs needed to further boost any student’s productivity.

We understand how students have a hard time adjusting to the new normal. A big shift from traditional learning into digital is not something everyone can adapt to easily. That’s why we know how important it is to have a learning set-up which can make the students’ and parents’ life much easier with gadgets that will not only last them for a long time but can improve their studying habits. With Acer’s Learn from Home Program, consumers can get discounts on Acer laptops, gaming notebooks, and more.”, said Acer Philippines General Manager Sue Ong-Lim.

Every purchase of a participating Acer product comes with discounts and premium items. The country’s leading duo, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla will parade the promo and invite shoppers to avail of the Learn from Home Program.

Upgrade your quality of learning by investing in the best products for your educational needs. Shop now at our leading Acer stores, authorized retailers and through Acer online store:

To know more about this promo, you may visit Acer’s Official online platforms: Facebook – @AcerPH, Instagram – @acerph, Twitter – @acerphils,

Piolo Pascual and Alessandra de Rossie Reunite in Netflix Film "My Amanda"

Netflix Philippines announced today that My Amanda, starring Alessandra de Rossi (Through Night and Day) and Piolo Pascual (Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story), will launch exclusively on Netflix on July 15. Netflix also unveiled the film’s first look images. My Amanda marks the directorial debut of Alessandra de Rossi, while Piolo Pascual co-produced. My Amanda tells the story of unusually close best friends TJ and Amanda, with pet names “Fuffy” and “Fream,” respectively, as they go through the motions of their relationship as long-time best friends while dealing with their own complicated relationships. It will be available globally, only on Netflix.

The background story of this movie is what makes this very special to me. It’s a gift to my good friend Piolo and Spring Films - for turning my life around after Kita Kita. This movie is about friendship, and how much I treasure connections that are sincere, overwhelming, and that have a very profound impact, at least for me. There is no single or universal definition that could explain how much gratefulness a person experiences when another being gives you a chance to believe in yourself. As the famous saying goes, I love you pioooooolooooo!,” shared Alessandra.

Creative Producer Bb. Joyce Bernal adds, “Working with Alex and PJ for a movie about a rare, and honest relationship is learning to be vulnerable again to the risk of losing what you have, for each other, for the moment and sharing something deeper that I discover as we went along together. It’s a joy ride to self.”

I’m thrilled to share with our audiences, the feeling of being on the same journey with someone, in finding out what profound companionship can offer to the other and savor the love so sublimely expressed in this film. My Amanda takes you on a road trip. Capture the sudden shifts, Netflixers, this July 15,” said Piolo.

Belle Mariano Reminds Fans to Take Things Slow in Love via Debut Single "Sigurado"

Young Kapamilya artist Belle Mariano has ventured into recording with her first single “Sigurado,” a song about taking things slow in love.

The Star Pop single is now part of the official soundtrack of “He’s Into Her,” the most-talked-about teen series topbilled by Belle and Donny Pangilinan and the two are also about to release their “Sigurado” duet this Friday (June 18).

Following her single release, Belle also dropped the “Sigurado” music video directed by Amiel Kirby Balagtas, which already garnered more than 500,000 YouTube views as of writing. It features the actress-singer as a hopeful student in a dreamy sequence.

The single is now part of several Spotify playlists, including “Tatak Pinoy,” “Kilig Pa More,” “OPM Says Chillax,” “OPM Rising,” and “Trending Tracks.” It is also featured on Apple Music’s “Absolute OPM” playlist.

A pop ballad track describing the feelings and apprehensions of young love, “Sigurado” serves as a reminder for a generation exposed to everything instant that there is no need to rush in love and no need to escape when the right one comes along. Trisha Denise composed the song which was produced by Rox Santos and arranged by Tommy Katigbak.

Keep streaming Belle’s “Sigurado” on various music streaming platforms. 

For more details, follow Star Pop on Facebook ( and on Twitter and Instagram (@starpopph).

Thursday, June 17, 2021

SMART Celebrates Pride Month with #SimplyLove Campaign

In celebration of the annual Pride Month by the LGBTQ+ community across the world, leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has launched its #SimplyLove campaign to pay tribute to all kinds of love and promote a culture of diversity and inclusivity for a better world.

Smart’s #SimplyLove campaign kicked off with an online video defining a better world as one where "everyone is accepted, equal, loved, and proud." CLICK HERE

Catch Ben&Ben, She’s Only Sixteen and Words Anonymous at #SimplyLove Digital Pride on June 20

Smart will also host the #SimplyLove Digital Pride on its official Facebook page on June 20, featuring special performances by Ben&Ben, She’s Only Sixteen, and Words Anonymous. The online event will also feature an interview with Mobile Legends star athlete OhmyV33nus and non-governmental organization LoveYourself Inc.

The pandemic made us realize what truly matters like our need for love and connection. This collective realization is a great way to spark conversations on the importance of accepting and respecting the various expressions of love - because love is #SimplyLove regardless of your sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

As a mobile services provider, inclusivity and diversity are simply vital to our mission of bringing people together, bridging their gaps, and fostering connections. This is very much reflected in our work culture, to the way we embrace our customers from different walks of life and align ourselves with personalities who inspire and unite us,” she adds.

Smart encourages subscribers to use their online platforms for constructive conversations on diversity and inclusivity, as well as to share their inspiring stories using the official hashtag #SimplyLove.

The #SimplyLove campaign is part of Smart's bigger advocacy for a Better World, which aims to inspire people to commit to sustainable actions with lasting, positive impact to society. As a brand, Smart encourages everyone to ignite their passions to help change the world for the better.

Know more about the #SimplyLove campaign by following Smart's official accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"Hotel Transylvania: Transformania" 2 New Posters and Trailer Released

Transform your year with the Drac Pack as Columbia Pictures launches two new posters for the highly awaited comedy adventure Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. 

Check out the one-sheet artworks below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas soon.

See the film’s trailer at

Drac and the pack are back, like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Reunite with your favorite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac with his most terrifying task yet. When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray," goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent.

For the final chapter of the Hotel Transylvania film series, franchise creator Genndy Tartakovsky returns as screenwriter and executive producer. Selena Gomez will also serve as executive producer, while reprising her role as Drac's daughter, Mavis, alongside Andy Samberg, returning as Johnny. The film also features Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Brian Hull, Asher Blinkoff, Brad Abrell, Fran Drescher, Jim Gaffigan and Molly Shannon. 

Directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, executive produced by Michelle Murdocca and produced by Alice Dewey Goldstone, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania opens soon in Philippine cinemas.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Robi Domingo Gives Away P1 Million in “Game KNB?” Starting June 25

Jeepney TV and kumu keep on finding new ways to deliver more fun and bigger prizes to Filipinos worldwide as they pave the road to P1 million in prizes in the pambansang game show "Game KNB?" Season 3 ender.

For the "Game KNB's Road to P1 Million" campaign, the usual daily cash prize of P10,000 - equally divided among players who get to answer all five trivia-based questions correctly in the 'Pili-Pinas' segment - will be upgraded every Friday beginning June 25, where up to P100,000 await the lucky would-be winner/s.

This cash prize balloons even further in the succeeding Fridays - up to P200,000 cash prize for July 2, up to P300,000 for July 9, and finally, up to P1 million for July 16. Prizes will automatically be credited in the winner's kumu app wallet.

The combined cash prize amounting to P1.6 million is the highest prize money in any kumu program to date. It is a generous gesture in gratitude for the more than one million viewers who are now following various Creative Programs, Inc. (CPI) channels on the Pinoy livestreaming platform, including GKNB @gknb with almost 341,000 followers as of writing.

Aside from #GKNB1MGiveaway, the kumu-nity can also win prizes in the segment 'Robi, Game KNB?' where the first person to answer the Question of the Day correctly will win 10,000 kumu coins every Monday to Thursday and 50,000 kumu coins every Friday.

Now on its third season with host Robi Domingo, "Game KNB?" is livestreamed daily via @gknb on kumu at 12nn, with simulcast on Jeepney TV in cable and via its Facebook page, and through TFC IPTV and MYX Global.

Challenge your knowledge and win up to P1 million by tuning in daily to #GKNBSeason3 on your preferred platform. Download the kumu app now and follow @gknb.

For updates, follow ABS-CBN PR on Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (@abscbnpr) or visit

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