Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Bea Alonzo and Alden Richards to Star in the Movie “Pure Soul” under GMA Pictures, Viva Films, and APT Entertainment

Asia's Multimedia Star Alden Richards and New Generation Movie Queen Bea Alonzo will star in Philippine movie adaptation of the Japanese TV drama titled "Pure Soul" to be co-produced by Viva Films, GMA Pictures, and APT Entertainment.

According to Bea, their movie will have a modern look and a Filipino touch since it has been 20 years since Pure Soul aired in Japan.

"But then we're very lucky na nag-inject si Ms. Mel Del Rosario ng Filipino culture doon sa script. And since it's an old title, it was done in 2004, so marami na ring nagbago sa society natin, obviously, with social media and all."

Meanwhile, Alden revealed that he and Bea agreed not to watch the foreign versions of the film to show their own take on the role.

"Since it's an adaptation, we agreed to not really watch 'yung Japanese version, 'yung Korean version, kasi parang, siyempre, kahit papaano naman, kapag may project na ganito, there's always a comparison. What we wanted, as actors, to do our take on how we understood the role," Alden said in an interview.

"Pure Soul" will be directed by Nuel Naval.

2 Weeks in a Row! Jhong Hilario Bested Seven Other Celebrity Performers of “Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 3”


After a rousing performance as Filipino rock icon Bamboo, Jhong Hilario was crowned as weekly winner anew in “Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 3.”

The “Sample King” bested the seven other celebrity performers in the hit musical variety competition airing every weekend on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live, and iWantTFC.

Jhong, who is expecting a child soon, took home the P50,000 weekly pot after getting the highest number of votes from the jury and his fellow contestants.

Not to be outdone, host Luis Manzano also got to showcase his talent for rapping and impersonation last Saturday as he performed as Filipino rap legend Andrew E., much to the delight of jury members Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, and Sharon Cuneta, and mentors Jed Madela and Nyoy Volante.

This coming Saturday (March 5) and Sunday (March 6), Jhong targets his third straight win as he transform into the King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias. Meanwhile, the iDolls will perform as Earth, Wind, & Fire, Christian Bables will sing and dance ala-Justin Timberlake, and CJ Navato will relive the talent and charisma of Rico J. Puno.

Jaw-dropping performances are also expected from Klarisse De Guzman, who will come out as Queen of Soul Jaya, Geneva Cruz, who will perform as her cousin Sheryl, Vivoree, who will impersonate pop star Camila Cabello, and Lie Reposposa, who will take the stage as April Boy Regino.

Don’t miss “Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 3” every Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live, and iWantTFC. Also catch the “KaFamiliar Online Live” show with Darren Espanto and AC Bonifacio on Kapamilya Online Live during the show’s commercial breaks.

To watch last week’s performances, go to the official YouTube channel of “Your Face Sounds Familiar” or watch on iWantTFC. Follow @YourFacePH for updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For news, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

More Than 20K Online Viewers Tuned in as Ben&Ben Performs "Inevitable" While Smart Light Up Manila Skies in Special Drone Show


Last February 28, more than 200,000 online viewers were glued to Ben&Ben's and Smart’s official Facebook accounts to witness 100 aerial drones dominate the skies of Metro Manila in a rare musical display made possible by Smart and Ben & Ben.

A one-of-a-kind musical display called “The Inevitable Drone Show” held at the Burnham Green in Rizal Park, Manila, Smart and award-winning folk pop OPM band Ben&Ben collaborated for an unexpected visual treat. This online event also capped the weekend when Smart released the sequel to Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin’s latest TVC.


Ben&Ben’s “Inevitable,” which is also the theme song of the latest campaign starring Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin, inspired Smart subscribers who were able to watch the spectacle online.

No matter how hard life can hit us, [we just have] to really just keep being real, keep being true, keep being good people, and take things one day at a time because the good things are inevitable. I think that’s what we wanted to share—the message of the song,” says Ben&Ben lead vocalist Paolo Benjamin during a recent press conference.

The first and probably the most immediate reason why we accepted this project is because it merges different forms of art with technology to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our audience. Some of us have experienced drone shows before, but only set to pre-existing songs and records. The opportunity to actually score and record the music and live performance to one such show was something we could just not pass up on,” he added.


Check out Smart Communications’ Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications) for the highlights of this event.


Nothing but love from BinJin, Ben & Ben fans

Those who tuned in and fell in love all over again with the song “Inevitable” last Sunday at 7pm. The light show powered by 100 drones was the perfect representation of Ben & Ben supporters called Liwanags. The fact that drones lit the darkness of night had fans of the band pointing out this meaningful event for them. To the BinJin fans, it was the perfect gift to their perfect couple – A Filipino song powered by technology made possible by the creativity of Filipinos.

Facebook user Jasmine Reyes exclaimed, “Hala! Ang satisfying ng drone show! Thank you, Smart!” in the comments section while entertainment columnist Danny Vibas who also watched the live visual display said, “Boy what a drone show! Amazing!


Hearts and sunflower emojis also dominated the comments section with most of the viewers ecstatic over hearing the song live and seeing the “magic” of synchronized drones happening right before their very eyes.


This is the kind of spell BinJin does as social media went wild the day Smart released the new Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin TVC last February 14. The hashtag #InSmartWeTrust has had a life on its own as posts requesting and begging for a joint commercial film featuring the former Crash Landing On You stars poured in for months leading to the February launch.


Smart had to make things happen and it was definitely worth the wait for Filipino fans and smart subscribers who are self-confessed #BinJinForSmart supporters.

Twitter replies to posts of Smart SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business Jane J. Basas only yielded much love in replies. Twitter user @daffodilyet did not hold back by saying, “Forever grateful to @livesmart and to you Ma’am @JJBasas for making #BinJin as your Smart endorsers. More power and success to your Smart5G [and] Signature campaigns. We love you!


For @binjinhyunson, Smart’s new campaign means so much more: “Kamsahamnida, Ninang J! You did more than that! Thank you, team Smart! You are indeed SIMPLY AMAZING. You made us all from BINJIN NATION swoon, kilig, laugh, die, and live again! May the BinJin love be with us always.

On Facebook, @HyunBin Philippine Fanpage commented, “Smart never fails to give us a high class commercial. It always goes with the elegance and style of Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin. Now that’s what we call, Smart Signature!

Still, other supporters are just simply overwhelmed. “I’m cryring! I love them sooo much! Thank you, Smart,” posted Queenie Grace. While Monica Zhuo said, “Thank you, Smart! I love the commercial and the BTS video!


The fastest network gets faster with 5G

Taking the massive approach to bring two international superstars together in one TV commercial only speaks of how important Smart 5G is for Filipinos. As the latest evolution in wireless communications, Smart 5G offers amazing benefits for users from its superfast data speeds and fiber-like low latency.

From uploading and downloading heavy files in seconds with ease to streaming high- resolution videos seamlessly, playing online games without noticeable lag, and other benefits from cutting-edge apps and services, Smart 5G brings enable users to enjoy fiber-like speeds on their smartphone. 

Smart has partnered with the world’s top smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, Samsung, realme, OPPO, vivo, and Apple to offer Smart 5G-certified devices under Smart Signature 5G Plans so that more subscribers can get to experience the power of 5G. Smart is also making 5G more accessible to everyone with its continued nationwide 5G network expansion to include strategic sites in Metro Manila, Boracay, Cavite, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Laguna, New Clark City in Pampanga, and Rizal.

Smart 5G complements the company’s already extensive 4G/LTE and 3G network in the country, which remains to be the fastest in the Philippines by third-party mobile internet analytics firms such as Ookla and Opensignal.

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, named Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network in the second half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score™ of 24.99, with average speeds of 20.08 Mbps for download, and 7.42 Mbps for upload, based on 3,915,679 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest®.

On the other hand, Opensignal, an independent mobile analytics firm, noted in its November 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report for the Philippines* that Smart remained ahead of the competition in terms of Video Experience, Upload and Download Speed Experience, 4G Availability, and 4G Coverage Experience.

To know more about Smart 5G, visit 5g.smart and follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook at facebook.com/SmartCommunications, and Twitter and Instagram at @LiveSmart.

Teacher-Composer Jayson Dedal Releases Debut Single "Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin" Under Insight Music


Of the billions of dreams cast into the void every day, few make it with the certainty - and confidence - that gifted singer-songwriter Jayson Dedal felt when he did.

The 28-year-old Dedal, who is a real-life MAPEH teacher in a public school in Quezon City, recently signed up with maverick record label Insight Music, which has just produced and released his debut single “Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin”.

“Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin” marks Jayson Dedal’s first break as a recording artist under Insight Music, making his first professional affiliation an exceptionally propitious one.

The song also served as one of the official movie soundtracks of the label’s movie production and marketing arm Insight 360 Films’ “Miss Q&A: Para Sa Maganda Lang Ba Ang Love Life?” starring Kakai Bautista and Zoren Legaspi and directed by Lemuel Lorca. The first is expected to be released this summer.

The movie is about lost dreams and trying to redeem them,” says Cahilig. “So having a song like ‘Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin’ is - pun intended - a dream match.”

Apart from his day job as a public school teacher, Dedal has been writing songs since college and is an active member of the Filipino Society of Composers, Artists, and Publishers (FILSCAP). However, the opportunity to be a solo artist seemed to elude Dedal until Insight Music recognized his potential.

Indeed, Insight Music President and Chief Creative Director Chris Cahilig took notice of this fresh new talent early on. It was Dedal, after all, who wrote boy band 1:43’s hit songs such as “Pasensya Na” and “Ikaw Lang Talaga,” as well as “Sa Iba Na Lang” by BOU, which eventually became the official movie sound track of “Mia” (2020).

I have always been incredibly drawn towards Jayson as an artist,” says Cahilig. “His body of work speaks volumes of his gift. And when you listen to what he has to say in ‘Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin’, you’ll understand why we simply had to make sure that his talent is heard.”

Set against lush instrumentation and fueled by Dedal’s buttery vocals, “Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin” conveys Dedal’s deep anxieties about an ambiguous future. Does God hear the songwriter’s ‘prayers’ for a better future?

It’s a personal track, to be sure,” says Dedal. “I wrote it during the lockdown, and it’s the collective result of everything I’ve been worried about - my love life, the future, and my relationship with God.”

Having made peace with his vulnerabilities, Jayson Dedal is even more grateful to Cahilig and Insight Music for giving him the chance to express his creativity, and vent his anxieties, the only way he knows how—through his music.

Cahilig is likewise buoyant about Dedal’s journey in the music industry. “Some people might give a public school teacher one look and put them in a box,” he says. “But if anything, teachers are some of the best storytellers out there, and we’re lucky to have found one as talented and as enthusiastic as Jayson Dedal.”

“Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin” by Jayson Dedal will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and all other streaming platforms on March 5, 2021.

Fantasy Action Thriller "Monster Hunter" Opens in PH Cinemas this March


Big action and big monsters are meant to be seen in the BIG SCREEN. This month, moviegoers will get the full cinematic experience again as Columbia Pictures’ new fantasy action thriller Monster Hunter, opens in Philippine cinemas March 2021!

Film fans are advised to refer to the websites and social pages of their favorite cinemas for more details regarding the film’s playdate and screening times.

Watch the trailer with message from Milla Jovovich: https://youtu.be/0q-_Gopcw5s

In Monster Hunter, behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.


Nearly 20 years ago, writer-director Paul W. S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich teamed up with videogame company Capcom and Constantin Film to produce Resident Evil, based on the bestselling videogame. Six movies and $1.2 billion in box office later, the franchise stands as the most successful videogame adaptation of all time.

Now, the team has reunited for Monster Hunter, based on Capcom’s bestselling video game of all time, “Monster Hunter: World,” and the origins of the project point to Anderson’s time in Japan. “I was actually a fan of the ‘Monster Hunter’ game before a lot of people in America and Europe, because I spent a lot of time in Japan,” Anderson explains. “It became one of my favorite countries to visit. Because of that, I started playing ‘Monster Hunter’ in 2008 – and by 2009 I was pitching Capcom on making a movie of the game.”

Over the next nine years, during his frequent trips to Japan, Anderson would play the game – which became something of a passion project. Because the gameplay of “Monster Hunter: World” doesn’t rely on a narrative, Anderson had free rein to invent a story. “It felt like an amazing opportunity to build a whole world on the movie screen, and there were countless stories to tell within that world. The more I thought about it, the more stories and characters began to take root.”

Anderson’s screenplay took a decidedly grounded approach to the wild fantasy elements of monster hunting – in storytelling and design, he would give the real-world audience hooks to latch on to. So, in his story, Anderson focused on a real-world team that becomes trapped in the monster world, and the monster world’s locations would be drawn from some of the real world’s strange and unusual but very real locations.

At every turn, though, Anderson and the filmmakers kept hewing close to the original games that inspired them. “The movie pays honor not just to the ‘Monster Hunter: World’ game, but to the entire franchise that I personally have loved for ten years now,” says Anderson. “The game creators have created a richly textured world, and we embraced that.

When he’d completed the screenplay, Anderson had to do a bit of convincing with Jovovich to play the lead role. “My first thought was, really, from zombies to monsters? You’ve got to be kidding me,” jokes the star of Resident Evil. “He said, ‘Just read it,’ and when I did, I felt like it captured everything I love about making action movies, but I really loved the character of Captain Artemis. She just felt real to me,” concludes Jovovich. “I felt like it would be wonderful to play somebody that disciplined.”

Monster Hunter is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Vlogger, CEO, Student Achiever, and Former "TNT" Contestant Enter Pinoy Big Brother House


Big Brother has another explosive surprise in the next few days as official houseguests will enter his house for a special task with the remaining housemates on “PBB Connect.”

Christian Bahaya and Russco Jarvina emerged as the official houseguests after successfully hurdling Big Brother’s online tasks in “PBB Connect Online Bahay Ni Kuya” on Kumu, wherein they bagged the most number of diamonds with 32.1 million and 27.5, respectively.

Christian, who hails from Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, is fond of showcasing his singing chops by joining competitions. In fact, he was one of the Season 2 semi-finalists of “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” and he even earned a spot in the top 15 of “Your Moment” with his boy group, COVE.

Meanwhile, Russco is an 18-year-old YouTube vlogger and basketball player. He prides himself for being part of his school’s basketball varsity team while juggling his studies. Since Russco also likes being in front of the camera, he spends time making content on TikTok and YouTube. As a natural in the limelight, Russco idolizes Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil, and James Reid.

Joining Christian and Russco are Glenda Dela Cruz Victorio and Dale Patrick Chua. They were chosen after getting the most number of diamonds during “PBB Kumunect ng mga Housemates” with 95.9 million diamonds and 71.2 million diamonds, respectively.

Glenda is a young mom and CEO of a cosmetics and skincare brand. Although she has experienced countless hardships, Glenda is a living proof that anyone can succeed in life with determination and hard work. She was also chosen by Go Negosyo as part of its top 15 ‘Inspiring Negosyante.’

Dale on the other hand, is a 17-year-old student achiever. He is a consistent honor student since grade school and he also juggles academics with his love for basketball as a student athlete. Right now, Dale is pursuing a degree in accountancy to fulfill his dream to become an entrepreneur like his parents.

Christian, Russco, Glenda, and Dale are still completing their mandatory 14-day quarantine before they enter the ‘PBB’ house. What will be their special task as official houseguests?


Find out on “PBB Connect” from Monday to Saturday at 10 pm on A2Z channel 11, Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, and ABS-CBN Entertainment Channel. Join Bianca at Robi on “PBB KUMUnect Tayo Primetime” at 10 pm (Mon-Sat) and 8:30 pm (Sunday), as well as Melai and Enchong on “PBB KUMUnect Tayo: The Afternoon Show” at 5 pm on the PBB Kumu account (https://app.kumu.ph/PBBabscbn). Watch out for updates from Richard anytime via the “PBB” official accounts sa Facebook (PBBABSCBNTV), Twitter (PBBABSCBN), Instagram (PBBABSCBNTV), at YouTube (Pinoy Big Brother). For more details, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

Monday, March 01, 2021

Recap: Regine Velasquez “Freedom” Concert - Explosive Performances, Surprise Guests, World-Class Production

Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid gave an intimate yet explosive live performance at the "Freedom" digital concert, which streamed worldwide last Sunday, February 28.

"Ang feeling ko I'm just singing to one person," said Regine, calling the much-awaited concert "a more personal one" and very different from her previous online shows while addressing the thousands of Filipino viewers who tuned in from different parts of the world.

"Freedom's" repertoire - which includes Billie Eilish's "When The Party Is Over," TWICE's "Heart Shaker," Elton John's "Brooklyn Yellow Brick Road," and Britney Spears "Hit Me Baby One More Time" - was indeed distinctive, surprising audiences with songs that bared Regine's beautiful range and exceptional artistry.

The concert, produced by ABS-CBN Events and IME and presented by PLDT, also brought to life her astonishing "Himala" duet - one of the show's major surprises - with rock royalty Bamboo.

Regine's #FreedomConcert, which became one of the top trending topics on Twitter for hours on Sunday night, also presented her rendition of several OPM hits such as The Juans' "Istorya" and Ben&Ben's "Leaves" and of own songs '"Bukas Sana" and "Tanging Mahal."

She also gave a beautiful rendition of Madonna's "Crazy For You," which she dedicated to her husband of 10 years, Ogie Alcasid, and a touching performance of "Make You Feel My Love" featuring the voice of their son Nate.

She closed the one-night show with a wish. "I realized that we all want freedom from fear, financial difficulties, anxiety, depression, a lot of things. But there's another kind of freedom," she said, citing her hope for the "truth" for all the viewers.

Filipino audiences worldwide got to watch "Freedom: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid Digital Concert' via ABS-CBN's various platforms ktx.ph, iWantTFC, TFC IPTV, and SKYcable PPV.

The show's stage direction was led by Paolo Valenciano, TV direction by Frank Mamaril, and musical direction by Raul Mitra.

Sarah Geronimo's "Tala: The Film Concert" Airs March 27 on KTX.PH, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV


Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo is back in the limelight as she treats fans to a one-night only event for “Tala: The Film Concert,” which will premiere worldwide on KTX.PH, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV on March 27 at 8 PM.

Named after her smash hit, the two-hour film will offer a live concert experience where fans will get to see the star perform 18 songs including her fresh interpretations of “Kilometro,” “Ikot-ikot” and “Isa Pang Araw.” A surprise guest will also be joining Sarah on stage for two special numbers.

Viewers can purchase regular tickets on KTX.PH for P1,500 and VVIP tickets for P3,000. VVIP ticket holders will be also treated to a special interaction segment with Sarah via Zoom.

iWantTFC users in the Philippines can also purchase regular tickets priced at P1,500 via web on iwanttfc.com and the Android app. Fans outside the Philippines, meanwhile, can get regular tickets for USD25 on iWantTFC and TFC IPTV.

Produced by Viva Entertainment, “Tala: The Film Concert” was taped last December at the Araneta Coliseum. It is directed by Paul Basinillo, with Louie Ocampo as the musical director and Georcelle Dapat-Sy as the creative director.

Watch the one and only Sarah G’s return to the concert stage in “Tala: The Film Concert,” streaming worldwide on KTX.PH, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV on March 27 (Saturday) at 8 PM (Manila time).

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

MNL48 Crowns Abelaine Trinidad as the Third Generation Center Girl


The third time turned out to be a charm for 23-year-old Abelaine Trinidad as she was proclaimed the Third Generation Center Girl of MNL48 after she got the most number of votes in the MNL48 Third General Election, on "It's Showtime" today (February 20).

After finishing Rank 2 in the First General Election and Rank 3 in the Second General Election, Abby finally secured the Center Girl position to lead the Third-Year members this year.

The MNL48 Third General Election is an annual event where fans get to choose who among their oshis they think should be part of the Top 48, following the system of MNL48’s international sister group, AKB48. The said election started last March 2020 and ended last November 2020.

"Grabe hindi ko ineexpect bilang first generation member na ngayon na naging parte pa rin ng third generation member," Abby said. "Thank you so much sa binigay niyong opportunity kasi talagang tinulungan niyo ako mag-improve. Kaya po ako nandito dahil sa inyo. Kung wala po kayo wala din po dito. Thank you sa MNLoves, family and friends po. Kaya po ang dahilan kung bakit ako nandito.”

Coming in 2nd in this year's general election is MNL48's First Generation Center Girl, Sheki Arzaga while Maria Jamie Beatrice Alberto took the 3rd Rank. Completing the KAMI7 are MNL48 Ruth (Rank 4), Ella (Rank 5), Jan (Rank 6), and Andi (Rank 7). Adding to the Senbatsu roster are Jem, Yzabel, Gab, Alice, Princess, Lara, Coleen, Thea, and Tin. The new Senbatsu led by Abby, together with the Undergirls will start preparing for their 7th single.


Meanwhile, four of Third General Election's hashtags also trended on Twitter last Saturday. As of this writing, netizens have produced 600,000 tweets about the said election.

Stay tuned for updates on their latest single and other projects on MNL48's official social media accounts on Facebook (fb.com/mnl48official), Twitter, Instagram, Kumu, and TikTok (@mnl48official) for more updates and exclusive content, and subscribe to its official YouTube channel.

Zack Snyder's "Army Of The Dead" Premieres May 21 on Netflix


Army Of The Dead, a zombie heist film set in Las Vegas, written, created, and directed by Zack Snyder will is set to stream on Netflix on May 21.

Topbilled by Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, and Ana De La Reguera, "Army of the Dead" follows a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

 
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