Friday, May 07, 2021

Janine Gutierrez Stars in Her Very First MMK Episode #MMKLoveInLockdown Opposite JM De Guzman

New Kapamilya star Janine Gutierrez takes on her first "MMK" stint with "Init sa Magdamag" lead actor JM de Guzman as they prove that two people can find love in this pandemic, tonight (May 8).

Zaldy (JM) and Jex (Janine) work as chefs in an airline catering services company. Jex has a longtime crush on Zaldy and not wasted time asking him out. But to her disappointment, Zaldy keeps rejecting her invitation.

As Jex leaves the company to look for greener pastures, the two eventually lose touch with each other only to reconnect years later after failed relationships.

It doesn't take long before they eventually start dating. As the pandemic was brewing, the two decide to push through with their planned trip to Baguio. With their more-than-friends, less-than-lovers status, the two find themselves stuck together indefinitely in the city as Luzon is put into lockdown.

How did the two eventually find love in each other? What challenges did they face after being forced to stay together during the pandemic?

Don't miss "MMK" on Kapamilya Channel at A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live YouTube channel, ABS-CBN Entertainment Facebook page, and iWantTFC. For viewers outside of the Philippines, catch it on The Filipino Channel on cable and IPTV.

Express Your Love for Mom this Mother's Day with These Thoughtful Gift Ideas and Enjoy Awesome Rewards at the PayMaya Mall


This coming Mother’s Day, finding the perfect gift for your mom from the comforts of your home is a breeze with the help of your trusted cashless payments app PayMaya

With PayMaya in hand, you can find thoughtful gift ideas from over 200 merchants inside its PayMaya Mall feature. On top of making your mom happy, it's also a safer way to shop, and with PayMaya's cashback and promos, it's also more rewarding.

From the best food picks to specialty grocery items, health products, stylish kitchenware, and beauty finds, you can easily find a wide range of products that can suit your budget, all within your PayMaya app. 

And when you pay for your purchases using your PayMaya mobile number, you can even get up to 100% cashback of up to P500 - a sweet treat not just for your mom but for you as well!

To start shopping for your Mother’s Day gifts and more, simply tap the Maya Mall icon on your PayMaya App and choose from over 200 merchants ranging from lifestyle brands, grocery stores, pharmaceuticals, restaurants, and many more. After choosing the items you’d like to purchase, just select PayMaya as your payment option, key in your PayMaya mobile number to pay, and enjoy exclusive PayMaya deals!

If you still haven’t decided on what to buy for your mom, here are some thoughtful gift ideas that she would surely love. What's best is you don't even have to step out of the house because you can find them all in the PayMaya Mall!

1. For the hard working mom: Sleepy Body Lotion from Lush, SRP: P645


Give your mom the gift of a relaxing sleep with this Lush Sleepy Body Lotion. Enriched with a gentle oatmeal infusion, calming lavender flower and comfortingly sweet tonka absolute, this dreamy concoction is designed to soothe her mind and skin, and help her get a good night’s sleep with ease.

2. For the foodie mom: Kare-Kare Rekado Bundle ENGRANDE from Zari-Zari Store, SRP: P520.00 for 2-3 pax


Give your mom a special treat, surprise her by cooking her favorite dish! This ready-to-cook Kare-Kare bundle comes complete with meat and vegetable ingredients plus condiments. All you have to do is follow the recipe available on the product page and enjoy a sumptuous Mother’s Day meal with your family.

3. For the minimalist mom: Asahi Waffle and Panini Maker Wood design from AllHome, SRP: P2,159


Let’s face it - ever since the quarantine has started, we’ve all been obsessed with redecorating our homes. This stylish waffle and panini maker is perfect for your mom's pinterest-worthy kitchen, and it’s also a great kitchen tool to experiment with new breakfast and merienda recipes as you bond with your mom at home!

4. For the spa-loving mom: Infinitub Max Collapsible Bath Tub with Lid from Urban Essentials, SRP: P5,200.00


Moms care for our families 24/7 so give her the gift of relaxation on her special day with this portable and collapsible bath tub that she can use to have some much-needed ME-time. This is may be on the pricy side, but it’s definitely a useful gift that she can enjoy.

5. For the ageless beauty mom: The Claudette Collection from Nars: SRP: P1,850 - P3,000


Inspired by inimitable mother and muse to Francois Nars, any item in this collection - from the limited edition lipstick, to the cheek duo - is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. When you purchase from the collection or any product from NARS via PayMaya Mall, you can even enjoy a discount of P300 for a minimum of P1,500 purchase. Simply use the code NARSPAYMAYA upon checkout. A luxurious gift for mom, extra savings for you - definitely a win-win deal!

To start enjoying safe, convenient, and rewarding transactions for your everyday needs, just download the PayMaya app at https://official.paymaya.com/CAK1/425eb133 and register an account. For your day-to-day transactions, don’t pay cash. PayMaya!

PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines with platforms and services that cut across consumers, merchants, communities, and government. Through its enterprise business, it is the largest digital payments processor for key industries in the country including "everyday" merchants such as the largest retail, food, gas, and eCommerce merchants as well as government agencies and units.

Through its app and wallet, PayMaya provides over 28 million Filipinos with access to financial services. Customers can conveniently pay, add money, cash out or remit through its over 200,000 digital touchpoints nationwide. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 38,000 partner agent touchpoints nationwide serves as last-mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to digital services. To know more about PayMaya's products and services, visit www.PayMaya.com or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Jodi, Zanjoe, Sue, and Zaijan Lead the Cast of "The Broken Marriage Vow," the Pinoy Adaptation of Hit Korean Series "The World of the Married"


Prime Kapamilya actress Jodi Sta. Maria is the lead star in the Filipino remake of BBC’s global hit “Doctor Foster,” which will be known locally by its title “The Broken Marriage Vow,” ABS-CBN Entertainment unveiled in a live online event called “The Doctor Is In” on Friday (May 7).


Jodi, whose career is marked by compelling performances and highly acclaimed roles across various genres, takes on another iconic character as Dra. Jill Ilustre, the Filipina counterpart of Gemma Foster. A loving wife and mother with an accomplished medical career, Jill begins to see cracks in her picture-perfect life when she discovers that her husband is having an affair with a younger woman.

Playing opposite Jodi is Zanjoe Marudo, one of the country’s most versatile actors in TV and film, who will be portraying the Pinoy Simon Foster known as David Ilustre. He may be acting like the perfect husband and father, but David is hiding a secret life from her wife – an affair that will change their family forever.


The marriage-wrecking mistress entangled in this domestic mess will be played by Sue Ramirez, who will be starring as Lexy Lucero, the Pinay Kate Parks. Young, sexy, and wealthy, Lexy is used to getting what she wants and will not settle for less in love, even if it is with a married man.


Completing the main cast of “The Broken Marriage Vow” is Zaijian Jaranilla, who will be filling the role of Gio Ilustre, the Filipino Tom Foster. The only son of Jill and David, Gio falls victim to his parents’ emotional tug-of-war.


Bringing this extraordinary story to life is one of the most prolific female directors working in the country today, Concepcion Macatuno, whose body of work is known for its emphasis on empowered Filipino women. Direk Connie brings her expertise and experience to “The Broken Marriage Vow,” about a woman who, in the face of betrayal, finds strength and courage to protect what she loves.

“The Broken Marriage Vow” is the sixth local adaptation of “Doctor Foster” following its adaptations in France, Russia, Turkey, India, and South Korea, whose “The World of the Married” would become the country’s highest rated cable TV drama.

Watch out for Zanjoe, Sue, Zaijian, and Jodi in “The Broken Marriage Vow,” to be produced by Dreamscape Entertainment, soon on ABS-CBN platforms.

PascualLab Launches Newest Pedia Product Probio7 Kids


Consistent with its mission to continuously provide the most quality and family-friendly health and wellness products, PascualLab launches its newest pedia product ProBio7 Kids.* 

ProBio7 Kids is a probiotic food supplement powder with 7 probiotic strains, that goes beyond improving digestive health¹ - it also helps augment the body’s immune system.

With the pandemic still looming over our heads, everyone, including children, continue to be susceptible to attacks from COVID-19 and its new variants, as well as other viruses that can cause infections.

Given this uncertainty, the question that begs to be answered is: how strong are children’s immune systems? Enter PascualLab’s newest product offering ProBio7 Kids, which helps boost immunity by fighting off infection with its 7 Probiotic strains: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactococcus lactis​, Bifidobacterium longum, and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis​.

While probiotic strains are more widely known to aid gut health by increasing a child’s probiotic diversity, ¹ they also help the body’s response against viruses and bacteria.² Studies show that children who take probiotics are less likely to get colds and flu, thereby reducing their absences from school.³

Moreover, some studies also show that probiotics even help boost the growth of children as it aids digestion of nutrients, ⁴ especially of lactose. ⁵

ProBio7 Kids, is the latest addition to PascualLab’s family of pedia health products including Poten-Cee Plus and Boostavit.

ProBio7 Kids can be administered directly or mixed with food or water. It comes in Grape flavor and is available in sachet format in boxes of 30s at select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide, or online via PascualLab‘s official flagship store in Lazada and Shopee. Suggested retail price is Php 1,140.00.

"Move To Heaven" Arrives May 14 on Netflix


The heartwarming story of Move to Heaven will come to Netflix on May 14th. 

Move to Heaven is a Netflix Original Series about Geu-ru, a young man with Asperger’s syndrome, and Sang-gu, who suddenly finds himself as Geu-ru’s guardian. The two work as ‘trauma cleaners,’ a group of people clearing out the last possessions of the deceased and uncovering stories that are left behind. Geu-ru and Sang-gu join hands to help the final move of those who have passed away, and deliver their messages to loved ones.

Move to Heaven is an inspiring story based on a nonfiction essay Things Left Behind written by Kim Sae-byul who is also one of the first trauma cleaners in Korea. Director Kim Sung-ho and writer Yoon Ji-ryun team up to present diverse stories left behind of those who passed away, told from the honest and unbiased perspective of Geu-ru who has Asperger’s syndrome.

The show has received attention for its lineup of cast members who are known to bring sincerity and passion to their roles: Lee Je-hoon, Tang Jun-sang and Hong Seung-hee as well as Ji Jin-hee and Lee Jae-wook who make special appearances.


The released teaser trailer starts with Geu-ru and Sang-gu at a place of the deceased. “I am Han Geu-ru, a trauma cleaner. I’ll begin to help you with your final move.” With this declaration, the two go through one by one the cherished possessions of the deceased. As the space of someone who no longer exists slowly gets emptied out of the traces of a life lived, the yellow box of Move to Heaven gets carefully filled up. Geu-ru and Sang-gu deliver the last stories from the people who have passed away that are left behind, offering with the final words of farewell much comfort and empathy.

Move to Heaven, the inspiring story that will warm viewers’ hearts this spring, will be released on May 14th, only on Netflix.

SMART Powers "Liga Adarna S3"



Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has teamed up with Eplayment Entertainment for the third season of Liga Adarna, the country's biggest all-female esports league.

Running from April 8 to June 7, 2021 with the theme 'Women Rising,' the third season of Liga Adarna will showcase the prowess of the country’s top female esports players in four different games, including Mobile Legends: Bang Bang; Valorant; Call of Duty: Mobile; and League of Legends: Wild Rift for a total prize pool of Php 215,000.

Avid gamers and enthusiasts can catch the games, which will be livestreamed on the Liga Adarna Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ligaadarna.

Empowering Filipino gamers

The latest season of Liga Adarna is in line with Smart's longstanding support for the fast-growing Philippine esports scene to cultivate the passion, skill, and talent of Filipino gamers.

Aside from organizing the country's biggest esports events and backing FIlipino esports athletes, Smart supports gamers with relevant offers and services to level up their gameplay.

Subscribers can build their skills, step up and get Double GG with Double Giga Games, which comes with a solid allocation of 2 GB Games Every Day for their favorite mobile games like Mobile Legends, Call of Duty Mobile, League of Legends: Wild Rift and Facebook Gaming.

To register to Double Giga Games, subscribers may simply download the new GigaLife App on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store; or dial *123# and choose DOUBLE GIGA.

Philippines' fastest mobile data network

Filipino gamers and esports enthusiasts can enjoy the best gaming experience powered by Smart, the country’s fastest mobile data network as reported 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®. Ookla has also cited Smart as the country's fastest mobile data network for three years in a row now*.

Smart has also 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: Coverage (4G Coverage Experience, 4G Availability), Speed (Download and Upload Speed) and Experience (Games, Video and Voice app). This is the first time an operator in the Philippines won decisively in all categories.

Smart also enables subscribers to level up their gaming experience with Smart 5G's superfast speeds and ultra-low latency powered by the country's most extensive 5G network.

Boy Abunda and Michael J. Gurfinkel Talk About U.S. Immigrations Concerns on iWantTFC "Citizen Pinoy Presents"


With the global pandemic causing unprecedented disruptions in people's lives and with President Joe Biden now in the White House, what can Filipino applicants and petitioners around the world expect from their immigration process in the United States?

Award-winning TV host Boy Abunda and leading immigration lawyer Michael J. Gurfinkel will give Kapamilyas free consultation on immigration-related issues in the live webinar “Citizen Pinoy Presents Abunda x Gurfinkel,” which will be livestreamed on May 23 (5 PM PST) or May 24 (8 AM Manila time).

The live Q&A event, organized by iWantTFC and The Filipino Channel (TFC) in partnership with “Citizen Pinoy,” will be seen on the YouTube channels of iWantTFC, ABS-CBN Entertainment, and US Immigration TV with Atty. Michael Gurfinkel, and on the Facebook pages of iWantTFC, ABS-CBN, TFC, TFC Asia, TFC Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific, TFC Middle East, TFC Europe, TFC US, TFC Canada, and The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel.

With the goal of reuniting families, Gurfinkel will provide guidance on the latest news and information on various immigration-related concerns, particularly:
family petitions; 
immigration reform under the Biden administration; 
the reopening of the US Embassy in the Philippines; 
the impact of the pandemic on pending petitions, and; 
job opportunities for young professionals and healthcare workers who want to live in the US.

While Gurfinkel will tackle these issues, the event organizers urge viewers to seek actual professional legal advice on individual immigration situations.

Filipinos all around the world can ask their questions and concerns that can be tackled during the live event by e-mailing them to questions@citizenpinoy.com.

Hosted by Gurfinkel, “Citizen Pinoy” is a public service program that helps the Filipino community deal with immigration and legal problems in North America. It is shown globally on iWantTFC, all TFC platforms (cable, satellite, IPTV), and ANC.

Watch “Citizen Pinoy Presents Abunda x Gurfinkel,” which will be livestreamed on May 23 (5 PM PST) or May 24 (8 AM Manila time) on the Facebook pages and YouTube channels of iWantTFC, TFC, Gurfinkel, and ABS-CBN Entertainment.

Shopee 5.15 Payday Sale: Fun, Rewarding, and Wise Shopping Day with Alex Gonzaga


Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, introduces Alex Gonzaga as the face of Shopee’s Payday Sales. The actress, dubbed the new Shopee Princess, will act as Filipinos’ payday shopping buddy as she shares the best money-saving deals to enjoy at Shopee’s Payday Sales.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “We’re excited to kick off our 5.15 Payday Sale with Alex Gonzaga, who is one of the most beloved TV and social media personalities of her generation. With her quirky, vibrant character and ability to connect with Filipinos, we believe Alex is the perfect person to guide shoppers as they try to spend their money wisely by looking for all the best deals on the platform. We hope Filipinos will be able to maximize their money’s worth this akinse with all the discounts and rewards Shopee has to offer at the 5.15 Payday Sale.”

Fans can now watch Alex Gonzaga’s Shopee Payday Sale commercial on TV and on Shopee’s official Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube accounts.

Aside from free shipping, 15% cashback, and ₱15 deals, shoppers can also enjoy Shopee’s latest TV commercial featuring Alex Gonzaga

Meanwhile, here are all the deals shoppers can look forward to at Shopee 5.15 Payday Sale this May 15:

Shop ‘til you drop with all-day free shipping

This payday, you can buy essentials and treat yourself minus the extra fees. Shop all day long with Shopee’s free shipping promotion, with no minimum spend required.

Don’t miss out on ₱15 deals

Enjoy big flash deals on health, home, and work-from-home must-haves. For only ₱15, you can buy an iCare Digital Blood Pressure Monitor, originally ₱813; a TP-Link Home Security Camera, originally ₱1,850; and a Mobile Phone Ring Light, originally ₱3,973.

Redeem 15% cashback with no minimum spend

When you’re on a budget, every peso counts. Use cashback rewards to get discounts on your next purchases. At Shopee’s Payday Sale, get 20% cashback when you check out from 12:00 MN to 2:00 AM, and 15% cashback for the rest of the day.

Get discounts up to 90% off on Shopee Mall

Avail of big discounts from your favorite Shopee Mall brands, including Tecno, SC Johnson, Huawei, Issy & Co., Nature’s Spring, SM Store, Betadine, Del Monte, and more.

Go cashless to enjoy exclusive ShopeePay deals

Top up your ShopeePay account using your debit card or other convenient methods to access exclusive deals, such as additional free shipping and 15% cashback from all cashback shops. Are your bills due on the 15th? New users get 25% cashback when they use ShopeePay to pay their bills, while existing users get 15% cashback. New users can also enjoy deals such as ₱10 worth of data for only ₱1, inclusive of free access to Facebook, YouTube, and more. Score ₱1 deals on your favorite snacks from brands such as McDonald’s, Jollibee, Red Ribbon, and Big Guys Pizza.

Watch Shopee’s TV segments for a chance to win cash prizes

Tune in to Payday Sale TV segments on Tutok to Win, It’s Showtime, Lunch Out Loud, and Eat Bulaga from May 10-15 for a chance to win prizes. You can also catch Shopee’s very first Payday Sale TV Special on GMA 7 this May 15, 10:30-11:30 AM! Viewers can claim over ₱4,000,000 worth of cash, ShopeePay credits, merchandise, and more by playing Shopee Shake, Shopee Milyonaryo, and Watch and Win.

Play Shopee Prizes to win more freebies

Try your luck with Shopee Prizes for more awesome giveaways. Win a Toshiba Mini Dishwasher by playing Lucky Prize, a Samsung Smart TV with Shopee Farm, ₱50,000 worth of ShopeePay credits or a Macbook Pro with Shopee Candy, and a Samsung gadgets bundle with Shopee Bubble.

For more information on how you can save money on your purchases this akinse, visit https://shopee.ph/m/payday-sale.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Rabiya Mateo Ready to Wow with “Hala Bira” Walk in Miss Universe Pageant Live on A2Z this May 17

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo is ready to strut her stuff with her signature 'hala bira' walk in the upcoming "69th Miss Universe Competition" that ABS-CBN will bring to viewers in the country live via A2Z on May 17, 8am.

In an interview with Dyan Castillejo on "TV Patrol," the 24-year-old Ilongga beauty queen shared that her 'hala bira' walk is 'going strong' as she is focused in her training under the supervision of Miss Universe Philippines creative director, Jonas Gaffud.

Rabiya also shared that she has been practicing her walk while wearing her heavy, but beautiful gowns for the pageant night. She's also mastering her own hair and makeup to achieve the Filipina look during the competition.

Besides her walk and makeup, the country's candidate is also busy preparing herself as well for the Q&A portion, which is one of the most anticipated segments of the competition.

"Now I really need to study the social issues. Q&A ang favorite segment ko sa competition. Eh, I like to study. I love to learn. So sana makapasok sa top five para magamit ang mga napagaralan," Rabiya explained.

Meanwhile, Rabiya is also asking the support of Filipinos to help her enter the Top 21 by voting for her on www.missuniverse.com/vote.

"Please support my journey to the crown by voting for me online," she said.

Cheer for our candidate Rabiya Mateo and witness the crowning of Miss Universe 2020 as ABS-CBN brings "The 69th Miss Universe Competition" LIVE from Florida, USA on A2Z on May 17, 8am. It will also have a replya on A2Z at 10:30pm.

For other replay dates, catch Miss Universe on cable via Kapamilya Channel and online via iWantTFC on May 23 at 9:45 pm. Replays are also available on Metro Channel on May 24 (12 nn and 10pm), May 26 (5pm), and May 29 (8:30am).

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

Insight Music Releases Sleep-Inducing Album Called “The Perfect Sleep”

Record label Insight Music, alarmed by the rapidly increasing cases of sleeplessness among this country's adult population, seeks to help insomnia-afflicted Filipinos fall into restful slumber by releasing The Perfect Sleep, a groundbreaking album that effectively induces sleep.

Presented by all-natural sleep supplement DreamWell and composed by brilliant music arranger Ian Joseph Tan, The Perfect Sleep is an hour-long instrumental album that promotes deep and relaxing sleep. It is now available in various streaming platforms including Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and iTunes.


"Way before the pandemic hit the Philippines, a vast number of Filipino adults were already stricken by a different kind of epidemic—sleeplessness," says Insight Music president and chief creative director Chris Cahilig.

"Sleeplessness, a disorder that is commonly known as insomnia, may not be as deadly as Covid-19 but it is just as critical and devastating to one's health and well-being. It is during deep slumber, after all, when the body has the opportunity to repair itself and recover so that poor sleep quality or sleep deprivation has severe consequences on the body's capacity to resist illness," Cahilig further explains.

A 2019 study by Sleep Cycle disclosed that the Philippines ranks 4th in the world in sleeplessness, averaging just 6 and a half hours of sleep - significantly lower than the recommended amount of 7 to 9 hours per day.

Still another study published by the St. Luke's Medical Center claims that over 10 million adult Filipinos suffer from insomnia - putting them at risk for cardiovascular issues, cancer, depression, diabetes, as well as other afflictions. Various medical literature, in fact, affirm that lack of sleep renders the body susceptible to the debilitating effects of stress that people undergo on a daily basis.

The Perfect Sleep by DreamWell is designed specifically for listening on those nights when stress, anxiety, or plain restlessness tend to keep people awake way into the wee hours. Indeed, the album is meant to lull them to deep and restful slumber when they need it most.


The Perfect Sleep by DreamWell's gentle guitar strums and soft beats were carefully constructed to give sleep-deprived listeners a mesmerizing experience they can instantly benefit from. After listening to the music, and enjoying the sleep induced by it, listeners will wake up feeling rested and ready for everything their waking moments might have in store.

The specialty album is the perfect sonic companion to DreamWell, an all-natural dietary supplement designed to promote healthier sleep among its users. Through its unique combination of natural ingredients like Suan Zao Ren, Wu Wei Zi, Fu Ling, and the amino acid GABA, DreamWell relaxes the mind and lulls one to sleep. It also helps bring one to Sleep Stage 3 for a deep, quality sleep.

"We've seen the impact music can have on sleep," says Cahilig. "Just search up 'sleep music' on YouTube, and you're bound to find videos and livestreams with millions of views. There's a real need for sleep music, and we want to serve people by providing that.

"I expect The Perfect Sleep by DreamWell to be a popular playlist of working professionals and even middle-age individuals who are having trouble sleeping. It will certainly help their physical and mental well-being," he adds.

 
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