Saturday, March 03, 2012

Shaina Magdayao and Jake Cuenca Pair Anew in 'Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo'

Shaina Magdayao and Jake Cuenca Pair Anew in 'Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo'

Shaina Magdayao is paired once again with Jake Cuenca in the upcoming afternoon teleserye with the working title Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo (formerly Doha).

Shaina Magdayao and Jake Cuenca have worked together in the past, the first was in "Your Song: A Million Miles Away," the fantaserye "Dragonna" and then the primetime teleserye "Rubi." So "Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo"  will serve as their reunion project.

The story of the teleserye revolves around the lives of Overseas Contract Workers (OCW) working in Doha, Qatar.

"Honored ako na ako 'yung napili na gumanap nga bilang isang OFW kasi ako mismo meron tayong mga relatives na nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa." Shaina said.

"Aside from 'yung love story namin, doon din talaga umiikot 'yung story kasi pamilya namin, galing kami sa pamilya ng OFWs. Kami rin magkakaroon ng opportunity na makapunta sa ibang bansa at magtrabaho doon. 'Yung flashback magsu-shoot sa Abu Dhabi and sa Dubai, 'tapos sa Doha." she added.

ABS-CBN Wins Primetime Household Viewing in February 2012

ABS-CBN Wins Primetime Household Viewing in February 2012

ABS-CBN continues its winning streak in the primetime TV race as it dominated households nationwide in February with an average audience share of 41.4% or almost a ten-point lead from GMA’s 31.6%, according to industry-trusted multinational market research group Kantar Media.

ABS-CBN further widened the lead in primetime in the latter part of February with the sustained strength in viewership of “Walang Hanggan” which has been hitting over 30% with an average of 31.6% for the period Feb 20-29, elevating ABS-CBN’s weekday primetime shares to a staggering 45% and bringing GMA’s share down to 29.6% in the same time period.

The primetime block on television (6 PM to 12 MN) is important for TV networks because it is the time most Filipinos are watching television and advertisers put most of their TV ad placements to reach more viewers.

ABS-CBN also led in the household TV ratings in Balance Luzon (areas in Luzon outside Mega Manila) with an average primetime audience share of 44% vs GMA’s 31%; in the Visayas with 56% vs 21%; and in Mindanao with 61% vs 15%.

Kantar Media, which has national samples of 1,389 homes and 8,015 individuals that are statistically representative of total Philippine TV population, also reported that 12 out of the top 15 most watched programs in the country in February were produced by ABS-CBN with the top four spots occupied by its primetime offerings.

Leading the pack is top-caliber drama “Walang Hanggan” with an average national TV rating of 28.5% followed by first advocacy-serye “Budoy” (27%), kid robot “E-Boy” (26.4%), and the country’s undisputed number one newscast, “TV Patrol” (26.3%). Once again “TV Patrol,” beat rival “24 Oras” which only rated at 19.4% in the previous month.

Returning hit game show “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal,” now hosted by Luis Manzano, and newest Sunday musical program “Sarah G Live” hosted by Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo, on the other hand, debuted strong and hit an average TV rating of 21.7% and 21.3% respectively.

Other ABS-CBN programs in the top 15 are “Top Rank Live” (26.2%), “MMK” (25.8%), “Wansapanataym” (24.5%), “Junior Masterchef” (23.6%), “Rated K” (21.6%), and “Goin’ Bulilit” (19.7%).

Overall, ABS-CBN registered an average national household share of 35.1% versus GMA’s close 34.9%.

ABS-CBN registered a net income of P2.2 billion in the first nine months of 2011, while news media reported that GMA Network earned P1.58 billion net income in the same period.

Kantar Media, a multinational market research group that specializes in audience measurement in more than 80 countries, has 22 TV networks, ad agencies, and pan-regional networks subscribing to its ratings services. Among its current subscribers are ABS-CBN, NBN, Sky Cable, J. Romero and Associates, Adformatix, Starcom, OMD, PhD, Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC, Maxus, Universal McCann, and Wellmade Manufacturing Corporation. They also include pan-regional networks likes CSM Media Inc., Fox International Channels, Star HK, Discovery, AXN, HBO, MTV, and Sony Pictures Television International.

ABS-CBN shifted to Kantar Media/TNS after filing a case vs. AGB Nielsen Media Research for failing to comply with its request to investigate alleged cheating and data tampering in TV ratings. The case is still pending in court contrary to claims by GMA, which is not a party to the case, that it has been resolved.

Golden Screen Awards 2012 Nominees

Golden Screen Awards 2012 Nominees

The full list of nominees is various categories in the 9th edition of Golden Screen Awards by the Entertainment Press Society, Inc. (EnPress) has been announced. They are:

Best Motion Picture-Drama

Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (Cinemalaya/Vin Yapan/Alem Chua productions
Deadline (Xiti Productions/A.E.I. Movie Productions
Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig (The Marilou Diaz Abaya Film Institute and Arts Center)
Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story (Scenema Concept/Viva Films)
Niño (Cinemalaya/Handurawan Films
Paglipad ng Anghel (Buruka Films)
Patikul (Cinemalaya/Xiti Productions
Thelma (Time Horizon Pictures)

Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy

Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (Cinemalaya/Martinez Rivera Films/Quantum Films)
Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me (Cinemalaya/Noel Ferrer Productions
My Househusband: Ikaw Na! (OctoArts Films)
Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington (Origin8 Media Productions

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role-Drama

Angel Locsin (In The Name of Love)
Angeli Nicole Sanoy (Patikul)
Fides Cuyugan Asencio (Niño)
Ina Feleo (Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig)
Jean Garcia (Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa)
Maja Salvador (Thelma)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role-Drama

Aga Muhlach (In The Name of Love)
Dingdong Dantes (Segunda Mano)
John Wayne Sace (Pintakasi)
Martin de los Santos (Patikul)
Paulo Avelino (Ang Sayaw Ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa)
Sid Lucero (Paglipad ng Anghel)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role-Musical or Comedy

Eugene Domingo (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank)
Judy Ann Santos (My Househusband)
Lovi Poe (Temptation Island)
Mercedes Cabral (Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me)
Rufa Mae Quinto (Temptation Island)
Sarah Geronimo (Catch Me... I'm In Love)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role-Musical or Comedy

Edgar Allan Guzman (Ligo Na U Lapit Na Me)
JM de Guzman (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank)
Martin Escudero (Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Sindak Si Remington)
Ryan Agoncillo (My Househusband)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role-Drama, Musical or Comedy

Dimples Romana (My Neighbor's Wife)
Eugene Domingo (My HouseHusband)
Racquel Villavicencio (Niño)
Shamaine Buencamino (Niño)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role-Drama, Musical or Comedy

Allen Dizon (Patikul)
Art Acuña (Niño)
Dennis Trillo (YesterdayToday Tomorrow)
John Regala (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)
Marvin Agustin (Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig)
Nonie Buencamino (Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig)
Tirso Cruz III (Deadline)

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress

Eula Caballero (Yesterday Today Tomorrow)
Lexi Fernandez (The Road)
Solenn Heussaff (Yesterday Today Tomorrow)

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor

Alden Richards (The Road)
Derrick Monasterio (The Road)
Kean Cipriano (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank)
Mikael Daez (Temptation Island)
Rocco Nacino (Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa)

Best Director

Alvin Yapan (Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa)
Erick Salud (Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me)
Jade Castro (Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington)
Joel Lamangan (Deadline)
Loy Arcenas (Niño)
Marilou Diaz- Abaya (Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig)
Marlon Rivera (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank)
Paul Soriano (Thelma)

Best Original Screenplay

Alvin Yapan (Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa)
Chris Martinez (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank)
Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. (Paglipad ng Anghel)
Froilan Medina (Thelma)
Kristoffer Brugada (Patikul)
Marilou Diaz-Abaya (Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig)
Rody Vera (Niño)

Best Screenplay Adaptation

Gerry Gracio (Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me)

Best Story

Chris Martinez (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank)
Alvin Yapan (Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa)
Bonifacio Ilagan (Deadline)
Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. (Paglipad ng Anghel)
Kristoffer Brugada (Patikul)
Marilou Diaz-Abaya (Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig)
Rino Que, Froilan Medina and Paul Soriano (Thelma)
Rody Vera, Loy Arcenas (Niño)

Best Cinematographer

Carlo Mendoza (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)
David Abaya (Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig)
Larry Manda (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank)
Lee Briones-Meily, Jay Abello (Niño)
Louie Quirino (Busong)
Odessey Flore (Thelma)
Yam Laranas (The Road)

Best Editing

Danny Añonuevo (Niño)
Charliebebs Gohetia (Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me)
Ike Veneracion (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank)
Jay Halili (Paglipad ng Anghel)
Jason Canapay, Ryan Orduna (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)
John Anthony Wong (Deadline)
Mark Victor (Thelma)
Tara Illenberger (Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig)

Best Production Design

Edgar Martin Littaua (Patikul)
Laida Lim (Niño)
Maricris Silva, Giselle Andres, Tess Rivera (Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig)
Nina Torres (Thelma)
Fritz Silorio, Mona Soriano, Ronaldo Cadapan (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)
Reji Regalado (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank)
Richard Somes (Ang Panday 2)

Best Sound

Albert Michael Idioma, Addiss Tabong (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank)
Albert Michael Idioma (Ikaw Ang Pag-Ibig)
Albert Michael Idioma (Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story)
Albert Michael Idioma, Lamberto Casas, Jr. (Niño)
Albert Michael Idioma (The Road)
Albert Michael Idioma, Addiss Tabong (Thelma)
Arnold Reodica (Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa)
Ditoy Aguila (Deadline)
Ditoy Aguila (Paglipad ng Anghel)

Best Musical Score

Archie Castillo (Thelma)
Christine Muyco, Jema Pamintuan (Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa)
Johan Soderqvist (The Road)
John Mark Diego (Pintakasi)
Nonong Buencamino (Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig)
Vincent de Jesus (Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank)
Von de Guzman (Patikul)

Best Original Song

"Hari ng Tundo" from the movie Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story; lyrics and music by Gloc9, interpreted by Gloc9 and Denise Barbacena
"Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig" from the movie of the same title; music and lyrics by Ogie Alcasid and interpreted by Carol Banawa
"Kinakailangan Ba?" from the movie Patikul; music, lyrics and interpreted by Von de Guzman
"Nowhere To Run," from the movie Thelma; music, lyrics and interpreted by Mark Escueta
"Pag-asa sa Pagising," from the movie Pintakasi; music, lyrics and interpreted by Jay Durias
"Paglisan" from the movie Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa; music by Jema Pamintuan, lyrics by Joi Barrios and interpreted by Victor Robinson, III
"Sa Muling Pagtatagpo" from the movie Ligo Na U Lapit Na Me; music, lyrics by Jude Gitamondoc and interpreted by Daryl Leong

Best Visual/Special Effects

Jay Santiago, Riot, Inc. (Ang Panday 2)
Frano Garcia, Rico Tecson, Rico Fernandez, JeromeMarco, Alexis Leobrera (Pintakasi)
Underground Logic (The Road)

This year's Golden Screen Awards night will happen at the Teatrino in Greenhills, San Juan City, on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

‘TV Patrol’ Celebrates 25th Year on March 5

‘TV Patrol’ Celebrates 25th Year on March 5

TV Patrol,” the country’s longest-running and leading Filipino primetime TV newscast, is celebrating its 25 years of patrolling the nation to deliver the biggest news and latest happenings while empowering citizens to become actively involved in nation-building.

‘Kayaban’ Noli De Castro, Korina Sanchez, and Ted Failon, the most experienced and credible team of broadcast journalists in the country, will present a special silver anniversary episode on Monday (March 5) and launch the “TV Patrol Balitandaan,” which will mount 25 mini-monuments, each to be revealed every week, in landmarks where the 25 biggest news events in the last 25 years happened.

“TV Patrol” will also undertake a venture called “Beinte Singko Para sa Kabayan Ko,” which will encourage Filipinos to drop in 25 cents in customized TV Patrol cans to be distributed in 25 provinces all over the country. The fundraising target amount of P2.5 million will be given to selected beneficiaries.

Through the program’s commemorative activities, “TV Patrol” seeks to engage Filipinos towards a common goal and bolsters their role as ‘patrollers’ that exhibit concern and service for the nation.

In 1987, the trailblazing “TV Patrol” revolutionized the way Philippine TV networks produce their primetime newscasts when it introduced a novel, mass-oriented format that appealed to Filipinos’ craving for news reports and information when democracy was restored. It not only set the trend in how newscasts should be done but also became the undisputed top news program in the country until today.

Its first 25 years saw a string of groundbreaking firsts for TV media – it became the first news program to deliver news on weekends and the first to be available online via livestreaming – innovative steps to deliver relevant and timely news and cater to more Filipinos in the country and around the world. More notably, “TV Patrol” has redefined the concept of citizen empowerment by encouraging Filipinos to be active and vigilant.

ABS-CBN’s award-winning breakthrough election campaign “Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo” (BMPM) called on citizens to report irregularities, election violations, and emergencies via text message, MMS, and e-mail before and during the 2007 and 2010 national elections. And it was through ABS-CBN’s citizen journalism campaign that the Maguindanao massacre was exposed. The first report on the Maguindanao massacre was sent by a BMPM patroller, who sent the first picture taken from the site.

BMPM, which was born from the “Citizen Patrol” segment of “TV Patrol,” empowered citizens to become agents of change by providing them airtime and allowing them to report on pressing problems in their own barangays and cities. Through the efforts of the BMPM Patrollers and ABS-CBN reporters and anchors, the TV network was named the most credible news source covering the elections according to a Pulse Asia survey in February 2010.

Moreover, “TV Patrol” has become a byword for journalistic integrity, while its anchors are deemed as icons of credibility in Philippine broadcasting. The team of De Castro, Sanchez, and Failon topped the 2011 survey in the National Capital Region by StratPolls Inc. as the most credible news team on Philippine television.

Don’t miss 25th anniversary episode of “TV Patrol” on Monday (March 5). Watch out for a special documentary marking the silver anniversary of “TV Patrol” airing soon on ABS-CBN.

Nandito Ako Music Video - David Archuleta Rendition

Nandito Ako Music Video - David Archuleta Rendition

Catch here the music video of "Nandito Ako" as performed by American Idol finalist David Archuleta.

Composed by Aaron Paul del Rosario and re-arranged by Jay Durias, "Nandito Ako" is the title of Archuleta's first acting project - a miniserye on TV5 opposite Jasmine Curtis Smith and Eula Caballero.

Sandara Park Kisses SHINee Members in ‘Kiss Note’

Sandara Park Kisses SHINee Members in ‘Kiss Note’

Sandara Park starred and even kissed by the three members of the K-Pop boyband SHINee  in the web drama titled “Kiss Note” - a part of “Dear My Lips-Talk” campaign of Korean lipstick brand Etude.

During the press conference held at the Garden Place in Gwanghamun, Korea, SHINee members, Key, Taemin, and Jonghyun reveal their kissing scenes with 2NE1?s Sandara Park.

Where did you kiss Sandara Park?” the press asked Key and Taemin.

Both Taemin and Key answered, “On the cheek,” but Jonghyun added, “Only member, Minho, kissed her on the lips.

“Kiss Note,” starring Sandara Park, and SHINee’s Minho, Jonghyun, Taemin, and Key, is a web drama, which according to Etude House, would be showing four different kinds of love feelings and would also show different kisses. Previously, Etude House released the “Kiss Note” teaser, showing Sandara Park‘s different kissing scenes, which became a very hot topic.

‘Luv U’ Goes to Boracay

‘Luv U’ Goes to Boracay

Cast members of top-rating teen-oriented comedy show “Luv U” flew to Boracay on Friday for the taping of the program’s summer episode.

Marco Gumabao, Miles Ocampo, CJ Navato, Angeli Gonzales, Igiboy Flores, Kiray, Banjo and Rhap Salazar can’t hide their excitement for their first summer getaway . They said they would like to take this chance to bond and create memories. They’re also grateful for the consistent high TV ratings. According to the data from Kantar Media, “Luv U” got 10.5%, which is higher than the competing program’s 7.1%. 

For more updates, follow @LUVUBarkada on Twitter, or like the show’s official Facebook page:

Sarah Geronimo Grants a Popster’s Wish on ‘Sarah G. Live’ this Sunday

Sarah Geronimo Grants a Popster’s Wish on ‘Sarah G. Live’ this Sunday

The pilot of Filipino Pop Royalty Sarah Geronimo’s newest musical variety show “Sarah G. Live” was indeed a success as it reigned in the nationwide ratings and became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.

With the utmost support that the Kapamilyas have given her, the Popstar Princess became more driven to work harder and take her performance to the next level this Sunday (March 4) as Sarah offers jaw-dropping numbers that will surely wow the audiences. Also, watch out for the newest segment ‘Sarah loves You’ where the Popstar Princess grants the wish of a Popster from Negros Oriental. Meanwhile, Sarah will joke and share her laughs with the funniest comediennes Pokwang, Pooh and K Brosas.

Don’t miss the grandest live concert experience this Sunday in “Sarah G. Live,” starting 8:30pm, after “Rated K.”

For more updates, log on to or follow @SGLiveOFFICIAL on Twitter or like SarahGLiveOFFICIAL on Facebook.

Toni Gonzaga Topbills ‘Wansapanataym’ Month-Long Special

Toni Gonzaga Topbills ‘Wansapanataym’ Month-Long Special

Multimedia star Toni Gonzaga is going to teach kids and families different life lessons not once but four times this month as she stars in the first ever month-long special of “Wansapanataym” starting on March 10.

Watch and learn different realizations from different stories as Toni gives life to different characters each week. The multimedia star will impart different values to every family as she takes on the roles of a witch, a guy turned into a woman, and an extraordinary weather girl. Discover the different experiences Toni will embark that will help in shaping the personality of her characters.

Also starring in the month-long special are Guji Lorenzana, Isay Alvarez, Atoy Co, Angel Sy, Nina Dolino, Bryan Termulo, Eda Nolan, Tess Antonio, Cecile Paz, Dexter Doria, Janine Bernardin and many more.

The ‘Witchy Mitch’ episode of the month-long special was written by Joel Mercado and directed by Eric Salud, while the ‘Hannah Panahon’ episode was written by Noreen Capili and directed by Don Cuaresma.

Don’t miss the first month-long special of “Wansapanataym” this March 10, after “Kapamilya: Deal or No Deal” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, logon to or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

Shaina Magdayao Decides to Rest from Performing on ASAP 2012

Shaina Magdayao Decides to Rest from Performing on ASAP 2012

Shaina Magdayao is still recovering from an ankle injury following an accident during her production number on musical variety show "ASAP" last Sunday, February 26.

The heel of Shaina's shoe got caught in a loose part of the stage while performing making her unable to join ASAP temporarily.

Shaina's boyfriend, actor John Lloyd Cruz, said the young actress is still unable to walk.

"'Yung ankle niya namaga, hanggang ngayon maga siya. Hindi naman siya na-confine sa hospital. Naka-bandage lang at pinapahinga lang niya ['yung paa niya ngayon]. Actually, hindi pa siya makalakad," Lloydie said.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Cha-Cha Cañete’s Kiddie Rockstar Music Video on ‘Goin’ Bulilit’

Cha-Cha Cañete’s Kiddie Rockstar Music Video on ‘Goin’ Bulilit’

Her humor and innate charm was first noticed in a real estate TV commercial that caught everyone’s attention. Now, “Goin’ Bulilit” star Cha-Cha Cañete is ready to showcase the bubblier side of her - as a Bulilit rockstar.

This Sunday in “Goin’ Bulilit,” Cha-Cha’s music video entitled “Bakit O Bakit” will be seen for the first time on national television. The said song is her carrier single for her upcoming album “Bulilit Rockstar.”

In the music video, Cha-Cha proves that even kids like her can also delve into rock music and be great at it! The video’s cool theme also reflects the colorful lives of happy grade schoolers like her. Popular rock band Tanya Markova also jazz up the video’s storyline. It was directed by Yan Yuzon while the song was written by Marlon Lucas and composed by Mandi Ferrer.

The lyrics of “Bakit O Bakit,” talk about the natural curiosity of children on a lot of things and those who frequently ask the question “why” are those who tend to grow up more intelligent.

Besides being a most sought after child actress and recording artist, Cha-Cha is also a consistent first honor student. She appears regularly on the country’s top-rating and longest-running kiddie gag show “Goin’ Bulilit,” and Anak TV award-winning show “Biyaheng Bulilit” on Studio 23.

Catch Goin’ Bulilit every Sunday after “TV Patrol Weekend” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, logon to

‘ASAP 2012′ Runs the World this Sunday

‘ASAP 2012′ Runs the World this Sunday

ASAP 2012” ignites television screens this Sunday (March 4) with flaming and fiery performances and talents from the ASAP family led by a remarkable heartfelt production number from Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano on ‘With Love, Gary V.’

Supah Hot ASAP Girls Cristine Reyes, Iza Calzado, Maja Salvador and KC Concepcion kick off the women’s month as they mark their teritory on the ASAP dancefloor, while ASAP’s Ultimate Men pay tribute to women with a rousing opening salvo. Meanwhile, fall in love with the charms of the hottest idols Xian Lim, Matteo Guidicelli and Markki Stroem.

Girl power reigns as Starpower Champ Angeline Quinto wows everyone once again with an unforgettable song number on ‘Angeline on Q.’ Meanwhile, Pinoy Champ Jovit Baldivino steals the spotlight with his multi-platinum record, as ASAP Sessionistas give Kapamilyas a full concert experience. Concert King Martin Nievera, Zsazsa Padilla, Vina Morales, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, Nikki Gil, and Karylle are going to blow everyone away as their flawless voices fill the ASAP Centerstage.

ASAP welcomes two of the newest Kapamilya teleseryes as Piolo Pascual, Maricar Reyes and Jericho Rosales of “Dahil sa Pag-ibig” and the magical cast of “Wako-Wako” grace the centerstage; while the “Budoy” cast led by Gerald Anderson, Jessy Mendiola and Enrique Gil extend their appreciation and bid their farewell as the show comes to a close. Star Cinema’s newest movie “Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang” leadstars Erich Gonzales and Derek Ramsay are going to surprise everyone with an unexpected duet.

Everyone should get their temperatures checked as Enrique, Enchong Dee, Sam Concepcion, Rayver Cruz, Iya Villania, Empress and John Prats spread the ‘Dougie Fever’ on Supahdance.

Takeover the world this Sunday and watch 2011 PMPC Star Awards Best Musical Variety Show and Golden Screen Awards 2011’s Outstanding Musical Program, “ASAP 2012” this Sunday, 12:15 noon, on ABS-CBN. For updates, photos and to hang out live with the stars at ASAP Chill-Out, simply visit, follow @ASAPOFFICIAL on Twitter, or ‘like’

Vhong Navarro of ‘TODA Max’ Named Best-Dressed Star

Vhong Navarro of ‘TODA Max’ Named Best-Dressed Star

Vhong Navarro proved that his creativity is not only limited to the different roles he plays on TV and in films. The way he dresses has also caught the attention of ever supportive fans.

Vhong was recently included in the list of 10 best-dressed stars for 2012 by a popular entertainment magazine, alongside other Kapamilya stars like Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda and others.

He said he’s thankful to the stylists and other people who always make him look handsome. Even his Justin Bieber hairstyle in “TODA max” is admired by his fans.

This Saturday on “TODA Max,” Justin (Vhong) will feel ecstatic when he receives his two-year overseas employment contract. He’ll realize that he still loves Isabel (Angel Locsin) and he’s ready to make it up with his girl. But he’ll only be depressed as he will see Isabel taking care of a handsome injured athlete.

Isabel’s dad Macario (Al Tantay), on the other hand, will visit Beverly Gil’s. But Macario will be disappointed with Tol’s (Robin) wreckless driving and Justin’s habitual frowning. Will Tol and Justin win the heart of Isabel’s dad?

Catch “TODA Max,” after “Maalaala Mo Kaya” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, logon to

‘UnOfficially Yours’ Earns P113.58-M Box-office Receipt in 2 Weeks

‘UnOfficially Yours’ Earns P113.58-M Box-office Receipt in 2 Weeks

Star Cinema’s romantic dramedy “UnOfficially Yours” had a two-week box office gross of P113.58 million.

“UnOfficially Yours” starring Angel Locsin and John Lloyd Cruz topped Philippine box office on its 2nd consecutive week of screening. The stint made the Star Cinema movie the first Pinoy movie of 2012 to lead in the local box office race. It also bagged the distinction of being the first Pinoy movie for 2012 to surpass the P100 million mark.

(As of February 28, 2012)

1. UnOfficially Yours – P113.58-M *
2. Underworld Awakening – P102.12-M
3. Journey 2 The Mysterious Island – P64.54-M
4. Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows – P61.95-M
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked – P56.16-M
6. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – P52.58-M *
7. The Vow – P50.67-M *
8. Safe House – P38.18-M
9. Chronicle – P35.15-M
10. The Darkest Hour – P34.6-M

* still showing in theaters

Matteo Guidicelli Leads ‘Takbo Para sa Karunungan’ on March 11

Matteo Guidicelli Leads ‘Takbo Para sa Karunungan’ on March 11

Kapamilya star Matteo Guidicelli will lead hundreds of runners at the second annual “DZMM Takbo Para sa Karunungan,” a fun run that will benefit scholars from Sendong-hit Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, on March 11, 6 a.m. assembly time at the Quirino Grandstand.

Joining him are DZMM anchors Gerry Baja, Freddie Webb, Vic Lima and Cory Qurino who are committed to run for the benefit of 25 students from Cagayan de Oro and 25 more from Iligan who were robbed of their chance to study when Sendong devastated their cities.

Continuing last year’s advocacy for education, the event will also raise funds for the continued scholarship of the 25 Ondoy victims who were chosen as beneficiaries of last year’s run.

DZMM started organizing such an event in 1999, when it launched the “DZMM Takbo Para sa Kalikasan.” The run, which was annually held until 2010, was in support of several campaigns for the environment such as the continued rehabilitation of the La Mesa watershed and the Pasig Rehabilitation Project through ABS-CBN Foundation’s “Bantay Kalikasan.”

Interested participants may opt to join in the 3 km, 5 km, 10 km and 21 km race categories. Registration fees for this year’s “DZMM Takbo Para sa Karunungan” are at Php 300, Php 350, Php 400, and Php 500.

The event will prove to be enjoyable because apart from contributing to a good cause, the participants will also have a great time watching a set of performances. Moreover, plaques will be awarded to government agencies and non-government organizations with largest contingents, while cash prizes and trophies will be given to the top winners of the 3 km, 5km, 10km, and 21 km races.

To register, visit or call the secretariat at 4152272 local 5674, 5641, 5632, 5603 and 5638.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Chavit Singson Photo with Sexy Women in the Plane is for Liquor Ads

Chavit Singson Photo with Sexy Women in the Plane is for Liquor Ads

A controversial photo showing Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson partying with sexy Brazilian model is for liquor ads.

This was confirmed by Singson himself when asked for reaction about the photo which is now making rounds on several blogs and social media sites.

The photo shows Singson surrounded by foreign women inside his private airplane was taken during a commercial shoot for alcoholic drink.

Jessica Sanchez Enters American Idol 11 Top 13

Jessica Sanchez Enters American Idol 11 Top 13

Fil-Am Jessica Sanchez, the only girl who got a standing ovation from the three judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez for her rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s “Love You I Do”, made it to the Top 13 of American Idol Season 11.

Jessica might win this thing. In fact, Jimmy Iovine even says that “Jessica is the one to beat.”

Watch Jessica Sanchez' American Idol 11 Top 12 Girl performance below:

Physician Licensure Exam 2012 Passers (Complete List)

Physician Licensure Exam 2012 Passers (Complete List)

A total of 520 out of 990 examinees passed the Physician Licensure Examination given last month in the cities of Manila and Cebu according to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Physician Licensure Exam 2012 - Top 10:

1. Ronald Resuma Ceriales, Our Lady of Fatima University Valenzuela - 88.50%
2. Jon Karl Delgado Velasco, Cebu Institute of Medicine - 85.92%
3. Miguel Rafael David Ramos, St. Luke’s College of Medicine - 85.83%
4. Von Andre Mejico, University, Perpetual Help System Laguna - 85.58%
5. Irvin Lorrie Pitapit Galvan, Our Lady of Fatima University Valenzuela - 85.42%
6. Murphy Estremos Boyles, Xavier University - 85.33%
7. Christina Margarita Canon Janer, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila -85.17%
8. Marc Frances Bongcawil Magoncia, Xavier University - 84.75%
9. Cherrylyn Restrivera Laguna, Our Lady of Fatima University Valenzuela - 84.67%
10. Bill Allen de Guzman Alarcon and Uzziel Ginette Aguinaldo Bascao, Our Lady of Fatima University - 84.58%

‘Wako Wako’ Premieres March 5 on ABS-CBN

‘Wako Wako’ Premieres March 5 on ABS-CBN

After their sweet, cool and blockbuster tandem in their 2010 movie “Ang Tanging Ina Mo [Last ‘Na To],” acclaimed director Wenn Deramas is excited to work once again with Comedy Concert Queen Ai Ai delas Alas in ABS-CBN’s newest fantaserye “Wako Wako,” which will air on March 5.

Ai Ai said that in his reunion with Direk Wenn, she intends to give not only pure entertainment, but also inspiration to more Filipinos. She recounted that her tandem with Deramas in movies became a hit not only on its hilarious content, but also because of the life lessons it offered to the moviegoers.

In her preparation for the new project, Ai Ai went to the Holy Land recently and visited some important places in Jesus’ life. In her pilgrimage, the Comedy Concert Queen took the chance to reflect on her life and thanked the Lord for the blessings she continues to receive.

Also featured in “Wako Wako” is the called young Coco Martin Yogo Singh. For his first ever big break, Yogo is very much excited. He never thought that portraying Coco would be a sign of something big that will be offered to him.

Besides Ai Ai and Yogo, also casted in “Wako Wako” are Vandolph Quizon, Glady’s Reyes, Maricar de Mesa, Malou de Guzman, Dennis Padilla, Carlos Agassi, Abby Bautista, Marki Stroem, Lizel Garcia, Eagle Riggs, DJ Durano and Franco Daza. Other members of the program’s cast are ecstatic to be part of the project, since it’s headed by a renowned director and starred by the Comedy Concert Queen.

“Wako Wako” is a story of seven-year-old boy Muymuy (Yogo), who yearns to make his father, a respected policeman, proud. His cowardice nature, however, prevents him to do so. He will discover a magical creature and he’ll call it Wako. Wako-Wako fulfills all his wishes, but soon Muymuy discovers that every granted wish comes with a price.

A mysterious lady named Dyosa Marishka finds Muymuy and tells him that Wako is an Arukan and that she is a goddess of wishes in need of help from the creature. The goddess needs to find seven people who will provide pure selfless wishes to save her kingdom and bring her back to power. In return, Wako helps Muymuy with his family’s problems in this endearing tale of friendship and relations.

Catch “Wako Wako” premiering on March 5 (Monday), before “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN. For more updates like “Wako Wako’s official Face book page

‘Kapamilya Deal or No Deal’ Premiere Soared High on Ratings, Trended on Twitter

‘Kapamilya Deal or No Deal’ Premiere Soared High on Ratings, Trended on Twitter

Filipinos nationwide accepted the new ‘deal’ offered by host Luis Manzano after the much-awaited comeback of the hit game show “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal” soared high on its pilot telecast last Saturday (February 25).

Based on data from Kantar Media, Deal scored an average national TV rating of 21.7% versus its rival game show “Manny Many Prizes” with only 10%. The show was also talked about online as it trended worldwide on Twitter. Luis is very thankful for the viewers’ support. Despite being credited for the success of the show, Luis quipped “The show is not just about the host, it’s the energy that everyone chips in to make it an exciting show and hopefully give someone P2 million.”

Don’t miss another exciting episode of “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal” this Saturday (March 3) as actor Joey Marquez tries his shot at the jackpot. Will Joey make the right deal or will the Banker outsmart him/her? KDOND airs 6PM, after “TV Patrol Weekend” on ABS-CBN.

Julia Montes and Joseph Marco on the Cover CHALK Magazine March 2012 Issue

Julia Montes and Joseph Marco on the Cover CHALK Magazine March 2012 Issue

Welcome summer with style and the means to rule the world with “Chalk” Magazine’s March 2012 issue!

This month marks the end of the school year, but it also means new beginnings as the class of ’12 gets ready to take on the real world - get to know 13 graduating students who are gearing up to chase their dreams.

Be ready for summer as Chalk gives you beauty tips and makeup looks fit for the season of sun. Pair these with tribal and floral prints, the latest “it” color, and more on-trend pieces, and you’ll definitely be summer-ready.

Plus, get to know the boys of Jr. NBA representing the next generation of basketball stars and take a peek at the best-looking offices in the metro.

Gracing the cover are newest ambassadors of a popular softdrinks brand Julia Montes and Joseph Marco, who share the secrets behind their success at such a young age.

Grab a copy now of Chalk magazine’s March issue at all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide and get ready to face the world in style.

Also, get a sneak peak on what’s inside the current issue of Chalk as well browse contents of some of its past issues on GotChalk Google Chrome App.

To download, just go to and type GotChalk in the search bar. Hit the install button and launch the applications through buttons found in Google Chrome’s default home view.

Christian Bautista and Noel Cabangon Receive Record Awards

Christian Bautista and Noel Cabangon Receive Record Awards

It was a big day for Universal Records as two of its prime artists Noel Cabangon and Christian Bautista were presented record awards for their respective albums.

Noel’s Byahe was given a Double Platinum Record Award, while Christian’s Outbound was awarded a Gold Record Award.

At this day of piracy and downloading, it is really an achievement that albums still sell,” says Universal Records Kathleen Dy-Go. “We are so proud to have the bestselling artists in our roster.”

Noel is currently working on a follow-up to the successful Byahe album and is now currently promoting his latest album Panaginip.

Mabuhay ang lahat ng nagmamahal sa OPM,” declares Noel. “Maraming salamat sa lahat ng sumuporta.”

Christian, on the other hand, has just released an expanded version of his Outbound album called First Class.

What a fitting way to start the celebration of my 10 years in showbiz,” shares Christian. “I am so blessed to have everyone supporting me and my music.

Nikki Gil and Empress Develop Friendship in ‘Mundo Man ay Magunaw’

Nikki Gil and Empress Develop Friendship in ‘Mundo Man ay Magunaw’

Friendship will start to develop between the characters of Empress and Nikki Gil in ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold teleserye “Mundo Man ay Magunaw.”

As Sheryl (Empress) starts to work for La Peña Foods, she becomes close to her, yet-to-be-revealed, long lost sister Jenny (Gil). Meanwhile, Doña Alicia will take the opportunity and help Lani (Sylvia Sanchez) in finding Dante (Emilio Garcia) to put Olivia (Eula Valdes) back in prison. Will Olivia take the bait? Can Jenny and Sheryl maintain their closeness amid the secrets of their identities? How will Olivia, Lani, Sheryl and Jenny’s lives change as Dante surfaces back in the picture?

Never miss the thrilling turn of events in “Mundo Man ay Magunaw,” weekdays at 2:30 pm, after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold. For more updates, log on to, follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter, or ‘like their Facebook fan page

Megan Young is on the Cover of Rogue Magazine March 2012 Issue

Megan Young is on the Cover of Rogue Magazine March 2012 Issue

Actress-model-host Megan Young is the latest cover star of Rogue Magazine - and she's undoubtedly one damn sexy lady.

The photo, taken by photographer Marc Nicdao, showed Megan in a black two-piece bikini.

Megan’s pictorial was held in the island resort of Balesin. The styling was done by LA Consing Lopez, with makeup by Carmi David and hair by Brent Sales.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my cover! All thanks to the Rogue team and Marc Nicdao,” Young said on her Twitter account.

Thank you mama for my hips that don’t lie,” she added.

Rogue Magazine March 2012 issue is now available at all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mariel Roriguez Hosts New Clip Show ‘Video Incredible’ on TV5

Mariel Roriguez Hosts New Clip Show ‘Video Incredible’ on TV5

Mariel Rodriguez shares love gone wrong in the premiere of her new show “Video Incredible” on TV5 this Saturday.

While Wil Time Bigtime host Mariel Rodriguez is still noticeably on cloud nine with her actor-husband Robin Padilla, love is not always sweet for couples on the other side of the world. This Saturday (March 3) at 2:30pm, Mariel shares love which turned sour in the premiere episode of Video Incredible, TV5’s newest clip show that juggles information with entertainment through funny and sometimes irreverent documentary videos.

The perky and bubbly Mariel presents the world’s sweetest, funniest and most heartbreaking videos—all in the name of love on “Faces and Phases of Love” episode. Whether it’s on tears of joy or tears of sorrow, Video Incredible has got them covered.

In the following weeks, feed your mind and your heart at the same time with laughter with the line-up of thought-out episodes in store for Kapatids who look for intelligent but entertaining show every Saturday. Kapatid stars Wendell Ramos, Arnel Ignacio and Zoren Legazpi will soon grace the show to present videos with various topics including death-defying stunts, practical jokes and even dumb criminals.

Watch out for Video Incredible’s rich library of outrageous and mind-boggling videos every week starting on Saturday, 2:30-3:30pm after Paparazzi only on TV5.

FHM Philippines March 2012 New Cover

FHM Philippines March 2012 New Cover

Sarah Geronimo, Somedaydream and Gary V. - "Tuloy" Music Video (Coke's 100th Anniversary Theme Song)

Sarah Geronimo, Somedaydream and Gary V. - "Tuloy" Music Video (Coke's 100th Anniversary Theme Song)

Watch here the music video of "Tuloy" - Coke's 100th Anniversary Theme Song featuring Sarah Geronimo collaborates with Gary V and Rex Tolledo aka Somedaydream:

Christopher de Leon, Sandy Andolong and Edgar Allan Guzman Star in Heavy Drama ‘MMK’ Episode

Christopher de Leon, Sandy Andolong and Edgar Allan Guzman Star in Heavy Drama ‘MMK’ Episode

Real-life married couple Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong topbill a heavy family drama episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” this Saturday (March 3).

They portray the roles of husband and wife Toto and Josephine who did everything provide for their family.

Fate challenges Josephine’s strength as a wife and a mother as the lives of her children go astray. While Toto wanted to let go of their responsibilities to their children who failed them, Josephine remained the ‘light’ of their family and a champion mother who gave her unconditional love to all her kids.

Together with Sandy and Christopher in the episode are Edgar Allan Guzman, Lauren Young, Jairus Aquino, Maggie dela Riva, Bettina Carlos, Randolf Stametelaky, Fred Payawan, and Devon Seron. It was researched by Akeem Jordan del Rosario, written by Arah Jell Badayos, and directed by Dado Lumibao.

Don’t miss another remarkable TV master piece this Saturday in the longest running drama anthology of Asia, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK), after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to, follow MMKOfficial on Twitter, and “like”

Jessica Sanchez - Love You I Do (American Idol 11 Top 12 Girls Performance)

Jessica Sanchez - Love You I Do (American Idol 11 Top 12 Girls Performance)

essica Sanchez performed “Love You I Do” on American Idol Season 11 Top 12 Girls performance night. Watch below:


Anne Curtis Covers METRO Magazine March 2012 Issue

Anne Curtis Covers METRO Magazine March 2012 Issue

Host-actress-concert performer Anne Curtis is the cover star of Metro Magazine March 2012 issue where she tagged as "Modern Heroine" clad on a green and 3d floral Louis Vuitton dress.

Metro Fashion issue this month also features Show Stopping Style (trends to wear now- aquatic, pastel, and 3d floral) and best of Spring/Summer 2012 from Manila, Milan, London, New York and Paris. The magazine also has its own fearless forecasts of the recently staged Oscars award.

Metro Magazine March 2012 issue is now available at all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

Ogie Alcasid - Regine Velasquez' Valentine Concert to Air on GMA-7 this Saturday

Ogie Alcasid - Regine Velasquez' Valentine Concert to Air on GMA-7 this Saturday

After the most talked-about and successful “Mr. and Mrs. A” concert held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last Valentine’s Day, fans of the power couple and all Kapuso viewers will have the chance to witness the first ever collaboration concert as husband and wife of Songwriter Ogie Alcasid and Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez­-Alcasid through the Mr. and Mrs. A television special.

Love and emotions outpour as the couple sings timeless songs that unravel their life and love stories which will surely engage viewers in the beauty of love.

Meanwhile, Ogie extends his gratitude to all of their supporters. “We’re very happy that every Kapuso will have the chance to watch the recent Mr. and Mrs. A concert on GMA this Saturday. It’s our way of thanking them for being with us in our journey of life and love.”

Adding highlight to the momentous occasion are the country's most sought-after artists Dingdong Dantes, Michael V, Moymoy Palaboy and Sam Pinto as they share the stage with the couple in a one remarkable Valentine evening.

Indulge in a romantic night of love songs as Mr. and Mrs. A airs this Saturday (March 3, 2012) after Manny Many Prizes only on GMA 7.

TV5 International Launches CSR Campaign, Brings Home 5 OFWs from the Middle East

TV5 International Launches CSR Campaign, Brings Home 5 OFWs from the Middle East

Five fortunate Overseas Filipino Workers from the Middle East were given the chance to reunite with their families, all thanks to the combined efforts and the genuine act of generosity of their fellow Filipinos.

The TV5 International team headed by Pilipinas Global Network Limited President, Claro Carmelo Ramirez and OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon warmly welcomed Catherine Alvarez, Maria Angela de Jesus, Ellen Namoca, Laga Salam, and Cherry Ann Tamparong as they arrived in Manila last February 4. The five were the lucky beneficiaries of “Give Me 5, Kapatid”, TV5 International’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign that was introduced in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last year, with the help of its service provider and affiliate Orbit Showtime Network (OSN).

Despite the long flight back home, the five OFWs were in high spirits. The group was immediately treated to a special luncheon where they received generous donations from PLDT Smart Foundation and Alagang Kapatid Foundation. Later in the afternoon, the group was given a chance to relax while enjoying a live viewing of TV5’s popular game show Wil Time Bigtime.

The “Give Me 5, Kapatid” campaign, which was unveiled during the launch events in November last year, encouraged OFWs to donate and “give back” to their community. A hat was passed around during the event and Kapatids willingly supported the cause by wholeheartedly giving whatever they could to help. The total amount donated was then matched by TV5 International and OSN. Through the assistance of the Philippine embassy in the UAE, TV5 successfully raised enough funds to purchase airline tickets and bring our kababayans home.

Together with OWWA, this project also provides our returning kababayans with re-integration programs such as livelihood training and other seminars that will help them start anew.

This CSR project springs out from TV5 International’s desire to extend gratitude to the warm acceptance of the Filipino community to its two global channels while at the same time doing something with and for the Overseas Filipinos.

TV5’s entry into the international scene has been well received by Filipinos overseas with the expansion of TV5 International’s two channels – Kapatid TV5 and Aksyon TV International, currently available in the Middle East, Guam and Europe, and soon in the US.

With the success of “Give Me 5, Kapatid”, expect TV5 International to launch more outreach and “giving back” campaigns that respond to the various needs of Filipinos in countries where TV5 is available.

GMA-7 Bags 3 Anvil Awards

GMA-7 Bags 3 Anvil Awards

GMA-7 brought home three distinctions from Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) at the 47th Anvil Awards held last February 24 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel for its high caliber public relations tools and campaigns.

The GMA PR programs that earned merit awards from the Anvil include the EDSA 25th Anniversary (PR tools multimedia and infomercials category), and the commemorative campaign on Dr. Jose Rizal's 150th birthday, "Hero Ko Si Rizal", and the specialized Christmas project "Saludo Sa Puso ng Pinoy" (PR programs category).

The Network's "EDSA 25th Anniversary Campaign" was awarded for its authentic retelling of the People Power Revolution. It featured ordinary citizens sharing their experiences during EDSA 1 and how the historic event shaped them over the last 25 years.

"Hero Ko Si Rizal," meanwhile, presented different vignettes of modern day Filipinos narrating why Rizal holds a special place in their hearts. It was conceptualized to spark a renewed appreciation for the contributions of the Philippine national hero among Filipinos from different generations.

Finally, "Saludo sa Puso ng Pinoy" was recognized for its simple and genuine portrayal of the Christmas spirit. The campaign was able to capture the true essence of Christmas by presenting extraordinary acts of kindness by ordinary people.

Known as the Oscars of the PR profession, the prestigious Anvil Awards recognizes excellent practices and programs in the field of local public relations.

KC Concepcion Leads 'X Factor Philippines' Manila Auditions

KC Concepcion Leads 'X Factor Philippines' Manila Auditions

The X Factor Philippines will invade the country's capital for its one-day audition in search for the next singing superstar. Join host KC Concepcion at the Trinity University of Asia (High School campus) along E. Rodriguez Blvd, Quezon City this Saturday (March 3).

The X Factor Philippines is open to all Filipinos, aged 16 and above, who can sing and who thinks he or she has the 'x factor.' Those interested can audition solo, duo, trio, or group acts. Those auditioning should bring a minus one CD of their audition piece.

First introduced in the UK, The X Factor has conquered more than 30 countries as of mid-2011 and produced more than 50 winners around the world, including Melanie Amaro, who became the first season winner of The X Factor USA last month.

Who will be the first Pinoy X Factor winner? Watch out for The X Factor Philippines, hosted by KC Concepcion, airing soon on ABS-CBN.

7th Pinoy Media Congress for Students to be Opened by ABS-CBN Chairman Gabby Lopez

7th Pinoy Media Congress for Students to be Opened by ABS-CBN Chairman Gabby Lopez

ABS-CBN execs & industry experts talk about media convergence for social responsibility.

ABS-CBN chairman and CEO Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III will open this year’s Pinoy Media Congress (PMC) that brings together top-caliber ABS-CBN executives, industry experts, and almost 1,000 students and academicians of mass communications and journalism from all over the country in a two-day summit on Thursday (March 1) and Friday (March 2) at the Blessed Antonio Varona Gymnasium, Colegio De San Juan De Letran.

Now on its 7th year, ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Media Congress will be engaging the future media practitioners in discussion of current issues and case studies on media and communications, specifically on the convergence of media for social responsibility.

ABS-CBN executives and subject matter experts such as digital terrestrial TV marketing head Miguel Mercado will talk about the exciting future of television as it goes digital, while ABS-CBN news and current affairs head Ging Reyes will explain media convergence in news. As Star Cinema concept development group head Enrico Santos will tell the delegates how Philippine cinema can be socially responsible, ABS-CBN head of creative communications Robert Labayen will discuss how to connect with the Filipino viewers via advocacy plugs.

ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. managing director Gina Lopez will speak about advocacies that respond to people’s needs. ABS-CBN Manila radio division head Peter Musngi will share how radio responded to the changes in media technology, while regional network group head Jerry Bennett will present the case study about ‘Choose Philippines.’ March Ventosa, head of Studio 23 and Cable Channel and Print Media Group (CCPMG) will tackle the emerging market trends; customer business development head Vivian Tin will help the delegates understand the Filipino audience more; and TV entertainment production head Linggit Tan will share what kinds of TV entertainment that Filipinos want.

Industry officials and experts who will be speaking at the event include Kantar Media general manager Gabriel Buluran who will present the current Philippine media landscape and how Filipinos consume media. Leo Jasareno of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will tackle how new media can be used to mobilize people in supporting a cause. PIA director general Atty. Jose Fabia will share about ‘weather watch,’ Campaigns chair Yoly Ong will discuss emerging market trends, and MTRCB board member Atty. Eugenio Villareal and KBP president Ruperto Nicdao will both discuss how their groups are protecting the audience through media monitoring.

Mounted by ABS-CBN, in partnership with the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE), the Pinoy Media Congress won Awards of Excellence from the Philippine Quill Awards given by the International Association of Business Communicators Philippines in 2007 and the Anvil Awards given by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines in 2008.

‘Budoy’ Fights Until the End

‘Budoy’ Fights Until the End

ABS-CBN’s top-rating Primetime Bida teleserye “Budoy” is already down to its last two weeks before the finale that will surely capture every Kapamilya’s heart.

Since the top-rating teleserye topbilled by Drama Prince Gerald Anderson started airing last October 2011, TV viewers stood by Gerald’s character Budoy every night on his journey to try to live a normal life amid his illness. With his unique charm, Budoy effortlessly made everyone smile, laugh, and cry and became a source of inspiration not only for kids but for the whole family as well.

The tag line ‘Be happy, be Budoy’ also became popular as it became a mantra of fans to cope with the challenges and trials they are facing. Inspired by the tagline thus came the ‘Be happy, be Budoy’ mall tour where Gerald visited his fans to personally thank them for their utmost support to his show. Aside from delighting their supporters, the ‘Budoy mall tour’ helped the needy children as it donated all its proceeds to the educational fund of the World Vision. As a farewell gift, the cast of “Budoy” will throw a grand fans day at SM Skydome this Sunday, 4:00 pm (March 4).

Meanwhile, in the last two weeks of “Budoy,” watch out for heart-pounding turn of events as Budoy tries to save his girlfriend Jackie (Jessy Mendiola) and his brother BJ (Enrique Gil) from the syndicate. Will Budoy succeed in saving BJ and Jackie? Will he ever see his family whole again? How will Budoy solve all the problems he is facing amid his condition?

Don’t dare miss the last round of Gerald’s fight in “Budoy,” weeknights, after “Walang Hanggan” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to, follow @budoy_tv on Twitter, and ‘like’

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