Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Janine Gutierrez Transfers to ABS-CBN

"When there's smoke, there's fire" as they say. Is it also true to say that longtime Kapuso actress Janine Gutierrez will soon become a Kapamilya after persistent rumors about it are spreading like wildfire recently?

Despite ABS-CBN's franchise denial, Janine reportedly decided to move to ABS-CBN after her 9 long years contract with GMA-7 ended last November -  a bold and risky decision according to some showbiz insiders. Janine mentioned "artistic integrity" as the reason for her transfer.

She is expected to sign her Kapamilya contract by second week of January. 

Ivana Alawi Named One of "The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2020" by TC Chandler, Liza Soberano Slips to 14th Place

Internet sensation Ivana Alawi appeared in the annual "The 100 Most Beautiful Faces" list by TC Chander. 

Ivana, who is a first-timer, landed the 11th spot on the list. 

Liza Soberano, who has been in the list for the 6th time, ranked 14. Back in 2017, Liza was hailed as "The Most Beautiful" by TC Candler. 

Personalities who made it to the top 10 are Yael Shelbia, Nancy Jewel McDonie, Josie Lane, Nana, Halima Aden, Thylane Blondeau, Emilie Nereng, Tzuyu, Meika Woollard, and Lalisa Manoban.

Monday, December 28, 2020

ABS-CBN Unveils 2021 TV Shows, Movies, Music and Concerts Line-up

ABS-CBN will remain “together as one” in offering light and joy to Filipinos all over the world in 2021 through the new shows, movies, music, and concerts it will produce and release next year on multiple media platforms, as revealed in last Sunday's (December 20) trending “Ikaw Ang Liwanag at Ligaya: The ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2020.” 

Among the new programs to watch for in 2021 is “Mars Ravelo’s Darna: The TV Series” starring Jane De Leon, the inspirational series “Huwag Kang Mangamba” led by The Gold Squad - Andrea Brillantes, Francine Diaz, Seth Fedelin, and Kyle Echarri, “Init sa Magdamag” featuring Gerald Anderson, Yam Concepcion, and JM De Guzman, and the continuation of the hit teleserye “La Vida Lena” of Erich Gonzales, Carlo Aquino, Kit Thompson, and JC De Vera. Catch these on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, on free TV via A2Z channel 11, and overseas via TFC, the Filipino Channel. 

Also much-awaited is the first American TV series entirely shot in the Philippines, “Almost Paradise,” a partnership between ABS-CBN and Electric Entertainment, a teleserye about timeless love starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, and the new season of “Your Face Sounds Familiar” with Luis Manzano, Sharon Cuneta, Gary Valenciano, and Ogie Alcasid. 

ABS-CBN streaming service iWantTFC also has a lot in store for viewers including “Count Your Lucky Stars” of Asian superstars Jerry Yan and Shen Yue, horror/thriller content like “Tenement 66” and “Horrorscope,” the reunion of Joross Gamboa and Roxanne Guinoo in “Hoy…I Love You,” Thai series “A Tale of a Thousand Stars,” and Loisa Andalio and Ronnie Alonte’s “Unloving U.” 

ABS-CBN will also continue to entertain and inspire on the leading Pinoy community livestreaming platform Kumu through its digital shows, while its FYE Channel will soon be seen worldwide through TFC. 

On cable, Metro Channel will launch the first model search on cable and Kumu, “Metro Model Search 2021,” while it continues to produce programs like “Good Vibes with Edu,” “EIC on the Move,” and “Casa Daza.” JeepneyTV, on the other hand, will have “Game KNB? Season 2” with Robi Domingo and “POP-UP Comedy Bar” with DJ Jhai Ho. Cinema One will also offer screenings of films in C1 Originals via KTX.ph. 

It will also be an eventful year for OPM as Star Music lined up new great songs from Filipino composers, the 11th edition of the Himig Handog songwriting competition, and digital concerts with Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Piolo Pascual, and Moira Dela Torre. Both MYX and MOR Philippines will also have a digital relaunch, while Star Music, DNA Records, Star Pop, and Tarsier Records gear up for 200 music releases. 

ABS-CBN will also boost Philippine cinema with new films such as “Princess Dayareese” starring MayMay Entrata and Edward Barber, “Hello Stranger The Movie” of JC Alcantara and Tony Labrusca, “Love or Money” top billed by Coco Martin and Angelica Panganiban, “Soul Sistahs” of Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal, and Melai Cantiveros, and other upcoming films like “All-Nighter,” “Keys to the Heart,” Joshua Garcia’s “Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan,” and films with KathNiel, LizQuen, DonBelle, Kim Chiu, Vice Ganda, and John Lloyd Cruz’s comeback movie with Bea Alonzo. 

These will be offered in various platforms including iWantTFC, KTX.ph, SKY PPV, TFC IPTV, Cignal PPV, and select cinemas. Star Cinema will also continue to produce shows such as “Like A Boss” with Raymond Gutierrez and “He’s Into Her” with Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano. 

Despite limitations due to the pandemic and the shutdown of its broadcast operations earlier this year, ABS-CBN still delivered a memorable Christmas Special as it hopes to continue to bring light and joy to Filipinos this Christmas season. The event was among the trending topics in the Philippines for hours as netizens praised the star-studded musical extravaganza, which also highlighted positive values such as faith in God, love for family, compassion, ingenuity, and resilience through real stories of Filipinos presented by Kapamilya news personalities. 

Twitter user @immarygracee posted “Kudos to ABS-CBN for a successful and beautiful Christmas Special 2020 despite everything that has happened this year. KAPAMILYA FOREVER.” 

Another netizen, @drixsalazar also posted, “Hindi talaga tayo binibigo ng ABS-CBN. Dahil tradisyon na, hindi lang ang Station ID pati ang Christmas Special, kahit walang prangkisa, ibinigay pa rin sa sambayanang Pilipino. Sarap magmahal ng ABS-CBN!” 

This year’s staging of the Christmas Special was historic as it was seen across multiple platforms simultaneously all over the world on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, KTX.ph, A2Z, and TFC. 

It was also the first time that pre-shows were lined up on Kumu, iWantTFC, and KTX.ph that began from 12 nn to 7 pm, heading the main show at 7:30 pm, which lasted for more than four hours. There was also a live backstage coverage of the entire special on Kumu, where viewers saw exclusive interviews with their favorite stars. ”Ikaw Ang Liwanag at Ligaya: The ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2020” was done for the benefit of typhoon victims through Sagip Kapamilya’s “Tulong-Tulong sa Pag-Ahon.” 

Watch the highlights of the ABS-CBN Christmas Special pre-shows and main show on the ABS-CBN Entertainment website (ent.abs-cbn.com) and its Facebook and YouTube accounts, and iWantTFC. 

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

"Love of My Life" Returns to GMA Telebabad this Monday, December 28

Beginning Monday (December 28), GMA Network offers Kapuso viewers something to look forward to this new year with the much-awaited comeback of the highly-rated family drama series 'Love of My Life' to primetime. 

After several months of hiatus due to the pandemic, the star-studded cast is all set to gift their loyal fans with a recap of the heartwarming series which they have consistently followed since its pilot airing. 

Love of My Life dwells on the atypical relationship of the Gonzales family. Isabella (Coney Reyes), the matriarch, is a rich widow with high standards who would stop at nothing to get what's best for her sons - Nikolai (Mikael Daez), the youngest son who has grown into a rebellious man, and Stefano (Tom Rodriguez), the favorite son who also happens to father the child of his former lover, Kelly (Rhian Ramos). 

Amidst his mother's objection, Stefano pursues Adelle (Carla Abellana), a widow with a child who manages her own handicraft business. Their seemingly perfect life crumbles not only when Kelly barges into the picture along with the estranged Nikolai, but also when Stefano gets diagnosed with a terminal illness. 

Playing equally vital roles are Anna Marin as Siony, Adelle's doting and supportive mother; Vaness del Moral as Joyce, Adelle's strict but supportive friend who also helps run her handicraft business; Geleen Eugenio as Manang Eden, the Gonzales' family cook, and a warm-hearted spinster; Samantha Lopez as Janice, Isabella's fashionable and loyal personal assistant; Maey Bautista as Cha-mae, Adelle's humorous and kikay friend who works in her handicraft business; Angeli Bayani as Osang, Eden's niece who will take over her duties for the Gonzales family and become Kelly's friend; Ethan Hariot as Gideon, Kelly's charming son from Stefano whom he abandoned; Raphael Landicho as Andrei, Adelle's adorable son from her ex-boyfriend; Levi Ignacio as Mang Arsing, the Gonzales' trusted driver who is also a close friend of Isabella's sons; Carl Guevarra as Kiel, close confidante and business partner of Stefano; and Dino Pastrano as Elmer, Adelle's loving brother who manages their family farm. 

As the series airs anew, the cast members reveal how they feel about working in the new normal and alongside each other, their memorable experiences on set, and what's the most valuable lesson they learned this year. 

Coney took to Instagram to commend Carla and Rhian's utmost professionalism, "Happy to be working for the first time in a TV drama with Carla Abellana and Rhian Ramos. These two young actresses exhibit excellent work ethics and display remarkable acting skills. I would say they are underrated. Through time, I know they will get even better and shine even brighter! Such gems of GMA.” 

Carla, in turn, shares in one of her YouTube vlogs about her experiences on set, “So far, so great. Nag-eenjoy kaming lahat dito. We're very grateful for our work and for this place. Hindi lang kami makapag-usap-usap dahil concentrated talaga kami sa aming mga eksena lalo na sa mga linya namin given na for seven weeks ang hawak naming scripts.” 

Rhian also expresses her gratitude towards her co-stars and the production team after the success of their lock-in taping, “Our lock-in taping for Love of My Life has come to an end, and I'm leaving our bubble with memories I'll cherish. So many good times. In the end, it's those things I take with me. It's amazing what we were able to achieve despite all challenges. Ipinagmamalaki kong makasama sa isang palabas na gawa ninyo, thank you for having me in your team.” 

Meanwhile, Mikael imparts what this year has taught him, “In terms of the feelings of anxiety, helplessness, fear - they're all there. But I guess one thing I can focus on is that towards the end, noong natuloy 'yung lock-in taping namin for Love of My Life, I did see positive aspects of this year suddenly sprouting. Para sa akin, this new normal, as difficult as the adjustment may have been, it is bringing about different and new opportunities. I guess we just have to take it in stride.” 

Don't miss the highly-anticipated recap of 'Love of My Life - under the helm of esteemed director Don Michael Perez - beginning December 28, weeknights, only on GMA Network.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

MMFF 2020 Winners: "Fan Girl" Sweeps All Major Awards, Dominates All Award Categories

As earlier predicted, "Fan Girl" dominates, not just the box-office earnings, but also the awards in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.

The Paulo Avelino - Charlie Dizon starrer rakes 8 awards including the major categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Meanwhile, the fantasy movie "Magikland" received most of the technical awards including Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects.

MMFF 2020 Winners - Full List:

Best Actress: Charlie Dizon, Fan Girl 
Best Actor: Paulo Avelino, Fan Girl 
Best Director: Antoinette Jadaone, Fan Girl 

Best Supporting Actress: Shaina Magdayao, Tagpuan 
Best Supporting Actor: Michael de Mesa, Isa Pang Bahaghari 
Best Child Actor: Seiyo Masunaga, The Missing 

Best Picture: Fan Girl 
Second Best Picture: The Boy Foretold by the Stars 
Third Best Picture: Tagpuan 

Best Screenplay: Fan Girl 
Best Cinematography: Fan Girl 

Gender Sensitivity Award: The Boy Foretold by the Stars 
FPJ Memorial Award: Magikland 
Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: Suarez, the Healing Priest 
Special Jury Award: Peque Gallaga 
Manay Ichu Vera Perez Maceda Memorial Award: Ms. Gloria Romero 

Best Editing: Fan Girl 
Best Original Theme Song: "Ulan" by Jhay Cura/Pau Protacio, The Boy Foretold by the Stars 
Best Production Design: Magikland 
Best Visual Effects: Magikland 
Best Musical Score: Magikland 
Best Virtual Float: Magikland 
Second Best Virtual Float: Isa Pang Bahaghari 
Third Best Virtual Float: Fan Girl

Thursday, December 24, 2020

GMA Network to Air “The Clash Christmas Special: Pasko Para sa Lahat!” on December 25

Amidst a challenging year, the holiday season has a way of reminding us that there are still many reasons to be happy and inspired. 

This Christmas, GMA Network's all original singing competition, The Clash, brings together former Clashers, Hosts, and The Clash Panel together for a night filled with spectacular musical numbers in “The Clash Christmas Special: Pasko Para sa Lahat!” 

Inspirational songs of resilience and hope will be told through timeless songs by Clash Masters Julie Anne San Jose and Rayver Cruz; Journey Hosts Rita Daniela and Ken Chan; The Clash Panel composed of Original Concert Queen Pops Fernandez, Asia's Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista, and Comedy Concert Queen Aiai delas Alas; and Grand Champions Golden Canedo, Jeremiah Tiangco, and Jessica Villarubin. 

After a two-month absence from the program, The Clash Panel and Asia's Nightingale Lani Misalucha returns to tell her story and her continuing struggle to get back on her feet. She will also give a heartfelt rendition of a Christmas classic. 

Like the “trending queen” that she is, judge Aiai will surely amp up the fun with yet another performance of one of international K-pop group BLACKPINK's hit songs. 

Julie and Rayver, together with Rita and Ken, are bound to make viewers swoon with a sweet serenade featuring a romantic Christmas song. Finalists from Seasons 1 to 3 will also take part in the celebration with special numbers while messages of thanksgiving and hope will be shared by the biggest stars of the network. 

Gather round the family and celebrate the holiday with “The Clash Christmas Special: Pasko Para sa Lahat!” this December 25, Friday, after 24 Oras on GMA-7.

Spend Christmas with Family by Binge-Watching These 15 FREE MMFF Movies on iWantTFC

Pinoy Christmas calls for the yearly tradition of gathering the whole family for trips to the cinema to watch Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) movies. This year, you can still experience it at home thanks to iWantTFC, where viewers can enjoy and easily access MMFF hits – and the best thing about it is that they’re all available for free. 

Jump right into the holiday spirit, sit back at home, and enjoy binge-watching these 15 free movies spanning romance, drama, comedy, and horror: 

1. “Sisterakas” 

Vice Ganda, Ai-Ai delas Alas, and Kris Aquino all came together for the first time in the 2012 hit “Sisterakas.” In this family comedy, Bernice (Vice) and Detty (Ai-Ai) are half-sisters and rivals who grew apart but cross paths once again and are forced to team up against Roselle (Kris). Also bringing fun and ‘kilig’ to viewers is the popular loveteam of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. 

2. “Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat” 

The iconic tandem of Ai-Ai delas Alas and Eugene Domingo in the hit film “Ang Tanging Ina” carried on to its box office hit sequel “Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat.” This time, Ina (Ai-Ai) is faced with a much bigger responsibility as she becomes president of the Philippines in an odd twist of fate. Will she be able to put her motherly instincts to use in serving the entire country? 

3. “Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na ‘To)” 

What was supposed to be the final film for the “Ang Tanging Ina” installment highlights the bond and happiness of a family, especially for Ina (Ai-Ai delas Alas) who is a single mother to 12 children. The Comedy Queen brings the same fun and energy to this story, where she learns how to cherish her time with her kids after her doctor tells her she only has eight months left to live. 

4. “Pagpag: Siyam Na Buhay” 

Do you believe in Pinoy superstitions, or are you dismissive of them? In this horror movie starring Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Shaina Magdayao, and Paulo Avelino, a group of friends has to face the consequences of eschewing “pagpag” before going home after attending a wake. Make sure you are brave enough when watching this! 

5. “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” 

Three years before Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo tied the knot, they played a young married couple in their first movie together – the riotously funny “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo.” What happens after the supposed “happily ever after”? Apparently there’s fighting over the smallest things such as what pochero should taste like, persisting pangs of jealousy, pregnancy mood swings, and learning to love your partner even if they turn out to be not as perfect as you thought they were. 

6. “Mano Po” 

The iconic “Mano Po” installment has become a part of Pinoy and Chinoy Christmases, as we have already been accustomed to getting a new movie every year with a fresh set of stars. But nothing beats the first-ever “Mano Po,” which boasts the ensemble cast of Richard Gomez, Eddie Garcia, Boots Anson-Roa, Tirso Cruz III, and Gina Alajar, and the performances of Maricel Soriano, Kris Aquino, and Ara Mina as its highlights. 

7. “Tanging Yaman” 

Featuring probably the most iconic family confrontation scene in Philippine cinema and an ensemble of acclaimed actors, “Tanging Yaman” is the definitive family movie that we should all watch once a year. With its themes of sibling rivalry, conflict over an inheritance, and the impending death of a family matriarch, this MMFF 2020 Best Picture will surely get you good. 

8. “Father Jejemon” 

The King of Comedy Dolphy’s last movie, “Father Jejemon” stresses the importance of community, unity, and kindness. Dolphy plays Father Jeremiah Jerome Montes, an avant-garde priest who replaces a beloved parish priest in a small town, which at first does not welcome him. That starts to change when their church is threatened to be destroyed by a businessman. All of a sudden, everyone has something in common that is worth fighting for. 

9. “Manila Kingpin: The Untold Story of Asiong Salonga" 

In a world where violence is the name of the game and the leader is respected yet feared, only corrupt minds will remain on top. Set in the year 1950, “Manila Kingpin” is a multi-awarded Filipino biographical-crime film which tackles the dark side of love, wealth, politics, and gang wars in the life of Asiong Salonga. The star-studded cast is composed of John Regala, Carla Abellana, Phillip Salvador, Baron Geisler, Dennis Padilla, and E.R Ejercito. 

10. “Bahay ni Lola” 

If your family is looking to get spooked, the haunted house genre is always a good idea. Rattle and scream along to 2001’s “Bahay ni Lola,” where a family chooses to celebrate Christmas at their ancestral home, only to squabble with each other and awaken the demons residing in it. Will their lola be able to save them from evil before it’s too late? 

11. “Aishite Imasu: 1941: Mahal Kita” 

Set in 1941, this romantic war epic finds Inya (Judy Ann Santos) marrying her childhood sweetheart but whose dreams of starting a family is thwarted by the war. Her best friend Igna (Dennis Trillo), a transgender woman, also falls in love with a Japanese soldier – which to her feels like disloyalty to her country. What follows is a marathon of sacrifice, betrayal, and principle that can only be the product of warfare. 

12. “Dalaw” 

What happens when your dead husband comes back to haunt you after you fall in love again? In this movie, Horror Movie Queen Kris Aquino plays Stella, who decides to marry the love of her life years after her husband dies. Things start to go awry in her life after the wedding, and mysterious ghostly hauntings threaten her and her loved ones… which leads Stella to believe that his dead husband may be to blame. 

13. “I Love You, Goodbye” 

Four people figure in a complicated love square in this Laurice Guillen-directed romance drama. While Lizelle (Angelica Panganiban) and Adrian (Gabby Concepcion) are anything but happy in their new relationship, his daughter Ysa (Kim Chiu) is brazen in her display of disgust towards her. But the icing on the cake in this mess? Lizelle starts an affair with her ex-boyfriend Gary (Derek Ramsay), who is Ysa’s current boyfriend. 

14. “Segunda Mano” 

In this Joyce Bernal movie, we get to see Dingdong Dantes in his award-winning role as Ivan, alongside Angelica Panganiban and Kris Aquino. The story sees Ivan having to deal with the haunting of his deceased wife Mariella (Angelica) when Mabel (Kris), his current fiancee, purchases a secondhand bag that once belonged to his former wife. 

15. “The Haunted Mansion” 

What happens when a group of friends toy with supernatural beings while on a retreat in a haunted mansion? The characters of Marlo Mortel, Jerome Ponce, Janice De Belen, and Janella Salvador will have to find out the hard way when the ghosts decide to play along in this 2015 horror film, which received positive reviews and also marked Janella’s debut in a movie. 

Count down the days to Christmas by watching these MMFF films for free on the iWantTFC app (iOs and Android) or on iwanttfc.com. 

Viewers can also enjoy these films on a bigger screen through select Smart TV brands, ROKU streaming devices and Telstra for global users. For the complete list of compatible devices, sign in instructions, and account activation, visit https://iwanttfc.com/help#tfc-on-smart-tv. 

For updates, like www.facebook.com/iWantTFC and follow @iwanttfc on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to www.youtube.com/iWantTFC. For inquiries and concerns about the service, users can also send a message on iWantTFC’s Facebook page or e-mail support@iwanttfc.com.

7 Last-Minute Christmas Gift for Your Loved Ones this 2020

If you’ve been busy all year and haven’t found time to finish your Christmas shopping, you are not alone! It’s definitely not too late to get your family and friends something special before the year ends and show them your love. 

Since we’re all advised to stay home this holiday season, you don’t have to go out to get these items. Here are some gift ideas that are just a click away, and that you can order or make virtually and send to your loves ones before the year ends: 

1. A special playlist 

If you don’t want to spend money on a present but still want to make it extra special and personal, craft a special playlist for your friend that will make them remember the good times you’ve spent together. You can also include newly discovered songs or videos that you think they’ll love, or add in a few that you know will crack them up! Don’t forget to label it with a playlist name that’s very specific, quirky, or witty and share it via YouTube or Spotify! 

2. An iWantTFC premium subscription 

The holiday break is the perfect time for binge-watching! If your loved one is on the hunt for new shows to follow or intends to catch up with their favorite ABS-CBN show, you should sign them up for a premium, ad-free access to the iWantTFC streaming service, the biggest library of Filipino content! 

With over 1,000 movies, live channels, full episodes of classic and currently airing ABS-CBN shows, Thai boys’ love shows, and originals, one will never run out of things to enjoy on iWantTFC! Plus, premium subscription only costs P119 a month. 

3. Tickets to concerts on KTX.ph 

Treat your loved one and their family to a concert without them having to go out of the house! Let them enjoy great live music while helping others in need by buying them a ticket (P1,200) to the special benefit Christmas concert titled "Our Grown Up Christmas List,” featuring musical theater royalties Gian Magdangal and Carla Guevarra-Laforteza who will sing songs about “home, love, family, and friendship.” Access to the show is available for 48 hours from December 24 (8 PM) to December 26 (8 PM). 

Your friend can also usher in the New Year on December 31 starting 7 PM by watching Resorts World Manila’s “The Grand Countdown to 2021,” which will offer performances by Morissette, Jed Madela, Jona, and Jon Santos. The general admission ticket costs P600 and gives the holder access to the show only, while the special ticket costs P1,200 and gives the holder access to the show and a chance to win exciting gifts. 

4. Digital scrapbook 

Instagram carousel posts are a good way to show your appreciation for someone, but why not make it more fun and unique by crafting a digital scrapbook of your favorite photos together? You can DIY your own design and layout using Photoshop or use free templates available online! 

5. Cover of a song you want to dedicate to him/her 

In the mood to sing your heart out? Pick up an instrument and give your loved one an intimate performance of their favorite song! If your group or family wants to surprise someone, you can also use a social karaoke singing app like Smule to let you all cover a song separately without sharing a microphone! Unleash the performer in you and upload the video of your song cover on social media or just send it to your friend for their safekeeping. 

6. Gaming skins or in-game goodies 

Got a competitive friend who’s into Mobile Legends or League of Legends? The holiday season is the best time to spoil them by getting their gaming champions or their weapons a festive makeover, or by purchasing them event passes! If you’re not sure what to gift them, you can just send them over currencies in their favorite game. 

7. A personalized video greeting from your loved one’s favorite Kapamilya star 

If your goal is to make your loved one shocked or surprised by your gift, you should definitely go for a personalized video greeting from their favorites! Just head over to FanLove.ph, a new online video shoutout request platform that allows you to book a special video message or a song dedication from over 50 Kapamilya stars. You can also enjoy their special holiday promo if you book from December 24, 2020 to January 7, 2021. 

Book a personalized video greeting from your favorite Kapamilya artists such as Elisse Joson, Belle Mariano, Loisa Andalio, LouDre, KiaNo, KarJon, FumiYam, and many more by visiting FanLove.ph! 

For updates, like www.facebook.com/fanlove.ph or follow @fanlove.ph on Instagram and @fanloveph on Twitter.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Resorts World Manila's Live "Grand Countdown to 2021" Set to Bring PH's Power Vocals in One Concert Stage

Resorts World Manila’s (RWM) Grand Fiesta Manila is set to bring a premium concert-going experience to viewers at home as they stage the Grand Countdown to 2021 virtual concert called “New Year. New Hope. New Thrills” on December 31 starting at 7PM preceding a Holy Mass event at 6PM. 

This virtual concert event brings an all new approach to the grandest new year countdown celebration in the country. True to its way of bringing only the best, this Grand Countdown to 2021 concert is drawing together the Philippine’s premiere musical acts, Jed Madela, Jona, and Morissette, along with Jon Santos to the Newport Performing Arts Theater, with special guest acts from the L.O.V.E. Project. It is also the only live NYE countdown event scheduled on the 31st and the first big live concert event to be produced on a grand stage since the start of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions last March. 

The Grand Countdown to 2021 will be streamed live on KTX.ph and RWM's official Facebook page

Tickets to The Grand Countdown to 2021 are now available on KTX.ph. Lucky ticket buyers get a chance to win big prizes.

For more information on RWM’s Grand Fiesta Manila visit www.rwmanila.com and follow @resortsworldmanila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kapuso Stars Showcase Their Versatility in Various MMFF 2020 Movie Entries

GMA Artist Center talents make their way through the first-ever online edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) as they are set to appear in some of this year's entries, continuing the holiday tradition among Filipino families of watching local movies, under the new normal. 

Sought-after leading lady Sanya Lopez is sure to end the year on a high note as she stars in 'Isa Pang Bahaghari,' alongside a stellar cast top-billed by no less than the Superstar Nora Aunor. In this family drama directed by Joel Lamangan, she breathes life to Nora's youngest child who was forced into prostitution due to poverty. Also starring in the movie is Kapuso heartthrob Dave Bornea

Multi-talented actors Martin Del Rosario, EA Guzman, Shaira Diaz, and Luis Hontiveros are set to showcase their acting prowess in 'Coming Home.' Directed by Adolfo Alix Jr., the family drama is centered around a married couple trying to keep their family together with a patriarch estranged as an OFW. His wife finds out he fell in love with another woman abroad and calls it quits. Ten years later, he surprises his family when he comes home one night very sick. 

Completing the list of GMAAC talents participating in this year's MMFF are Kapuso teen stars Miggs Cuaderno, Elijah Alejo, Hailey Mendes, Princess Aguilar, Joshua Eugenio, and Jamir Zabarte who will take viewers on a fantasy-adventure via Christian Acuña's 'Magikland.' Versatile actor and comedian Paolo Contis also plays a special cameo role. The film follows the story of four lonely kids who unexpectedly meet after playing the MagikLand mobile app on Christmas Eve. Not long after, a magical portal opens in their midst through which the children are transported from the real world to the mystical kingdom of MagikLand. 

Catch these Kapuso artists in this year's MMFF, which will take place online and will be available for viewing via www.upstream.ph from December 25, 2020 to January 7, 2021.

Look: The Chilling Monsters of Netflix's "Sweet Home"

Netflix Original Series Sweet Home is thrilling viewers following its premiere! 

The characters of Sweet Home experience a sudden monsterization of humans who transform due to being consumed by their desires. In addition to the interesting story and talented cast, the variety of chilling monsters is also attracting much attention and interest. 

In a behind-the-scenes clip, details regarding how various monsters were created are revealed. The actors facing these monsters express their awe at how each monster was constructed. Renowned choreographers and VFX specialists combined their effects in bringing these scary monsters to life. Check out some more details through the video and images below! 

Blind Monster 

This monster is also known as the Lotus Root Monster. With part of its head cut off, the remaining head resembles a lotus root. The monster is blind as a result of no longer having any eyes. After becoming blind, the monster relies on its hearing to find potential victims. 

Tentacles Monster 

Also known as the Spider Monster, this monster is definitely an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare. This monster is able to move dexterously in vents and on walls as it chases its prey. 

Protein Monster 

This giant, muscular monster used to be a human who desired more muscles. Having a very muscular frame, this monster is quite strong and able to do serious damage. 

Tongue Monster 

This monster has an extremely long tongue that is retractable. Using its tongue, the monster grabs its victims and sucks out the insides of humans. It appears to have been a patient prior to becoming a monster. 

Eyeball Monster 

This monster has several eyes and can stretch its neck. The monster stalks people within the building and can hold on to them using its long neck. 

View the amazing monsters in action through Sweet Home, only on Netflix!

Meralco Brings Lower Electricity Prices this Holiday Season

Meralco continues to lower power rates toward the end of the year as the overall rate for a typical household decreased by P0.0352/kWh to P8.4753/kWh this December. 

This is equivalent to a decrease of around P7 in the total bill of residential customers consuming 200 kWh. 

This month’s overall rate is also a net rate reduction of P1.3870/kWh, equivalent to bill reduction of more than P277 for a 200-kWh household, since the start of the year. It is also the second lowest overall power rate since September 2017. 

MERALCO continues to serve during GCQ 

Customers may visit their nearest Meralco Business Center, which will keep its doors open during the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), and accept service applications, payments, and other transactions. 

As featured on this month’s Meralco Advisory, Meralco has also made paying the monthly electricity bill even more convenient, as only the Customer Account Number or CAN - which is printed on the bill - is needed during payment. 

Strict safety measures such as the “No Mask, No Entry” rule, Social Distancing, and Temperature Check continue to be implemented. Frontliners are available and ready, but strictly follow Social Distancing guidelines. Visitors can rest assured that these frontliners have passed the rapid COVID-19 testing authorized by the Pasig City Health Office. There are also acrylic barriers set up in the Meralco branches to protect both the customer and the frontliner. 

However, for maximum safety and convenience, Meralco still encourages customers to use Meralco Online to transact from the safety of their homes. Multiple options for transactions have also been offered by the distribution utility, including the Meralco Mobile App via https://onelink.to/meralcomobile, Meralco Online via www.Meralco.com.ph, and the Meralco authorized payment channels at bit.ly/MeralcoPaymentPartners

For more information and concerns, customers may visit MERALCO’s website at www.MERALCO.com.ph, its social media accounts, twitter @MERALCO and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MERALCO or may also call the MERALCO Hotline at 16211.

Kapamilya Stars Named as the Most Influential Celebrities in EdukCircle Awards 2020 and Fobes Asia’s 100 Digital Stars 2020

ABS-CBN personalities continue to receive recognition for using their influence and platform for social good as eight Kapamilya stars were recently named by the 10th EdukCircle Awards as Most Influential Celebrities of The Decade

Leading the list is “Iba ‘Yan” host Angel Locsin. It can be recalled that Angel led fundraising projects to help the country’s COVID-19 response, as well as relief efforts in successive calamities this year. In her acceptance speech Angel highlighted that everyone has the responsibility to influence one another to do good. 

I believe we all have the responsibility to influence one another – to do what is right, to lift each other up, to create awareness about important matters, and to use our voice for the voiceless.” 

EdukCircle also named “It’s Showtime” host Anne Curtis and actress Bea Alonzo who both promised to continue setting good examples for the public, especially the youth. 

“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” star Coco Martin, “The House Arrest of Us” stars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo, and the Unkabogable Star Vice Ganda all thanked EdukCircle for the trust and love because of the prestigious recognition. 

Meanwhile, Kapamilya stars also shined as they were part of the inaugural Fobes Asia’s 100 Digital Stars that aims to recognize the most influential personalities in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The Forbes Asia recognition means a double win for Angel, Anne, Kathryn, Sarah, and Vice. 

Forbes Asia took notice of Kim Chiu who is included on the list after she made something positive out of her viral video gaffe earlier this year. Kim sold ‘Bawal Lumabas’ t-shirts to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. She also published a song inspired by the viral statement that raked in over nine (9) million views on YouTube. 

I am just thankful for everything God has been giving me. My faith has been tested this year, but I never gave up on trusting his will. All in His glory! All for you, Father God! Thank you Forbes for this recognition. There is truly love and light,” Kim said after she learned about her latest recognition. 

For more news, follow @ABSCBNPR sa Facebook, Twitter, at Instagram o pumunta sa www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

Inigo Pascual and Moophs’ Collab Song “Always” Make it to Apple Music's “The 100 Best Songs of 2020”

Inigo Pascual and Moophs’ recent collaboration, the dancehall-afrobeat pop track “Always,” made it to Apple Music’s yearly roundup of global top music releases dubbed “The 100 Best Songs of 2020 Playlist.” 

This year’s theme is “music of all styles and perspectives bringing us closer together when many of us are forced apart.” Aside from “Always,” the list includes songs from Dua Lipa to Ariana Grande to Justin Bieber and some of the world’s huge pop acts. 

Dancehall meets Afrobeat put lovers’ heartbeat in sync,” cited Apple Music editors on “Always,” a pop song that speaks of convincing a love interest to commitment despite reservations, which is a theme remarkably central to Inigo’s upcoming 2021 full-length album, “Options.” 

I feel like releasing songs that give you good vibes is important right now with what's happening in the world. It's the perfect way to bring smiles to people, wherever they are and whatever they're going through,” said Inigo about the track. 

Moophs, meanwhile, expressed glee over the streaming platform’s recognition. “I’m honored to be included in Apple Music’s Top 100 roundup for 2020 alongside such amazing artists. Big love to everyone enjoying and supporting the music. I’m really glad what we’ve been doing is starting to reach some ears around the world,” he said. 

The Tarsier Records’ label head produced, composed, and mixed “Always,” with songwriting handled by BTS’ “Black Swan” co-composer Vince Nantes, fellow Tarsier Records artist and OPM pop artist Sam Concepcion, and Inigo himself. 

The single follows the creative crew's hopeful track “RISE” from earlier this year, one of the biggest international releases to ever come out of the country, bringing together artists from the US (Eric Bellinger, Vince Nantes), Malaysia (Zee Avi), and the Philippines (Inigo, Sam, Moophs). 

Inigo and Moophs also made history earlier this month as they released a remix of their 2019 island pop hit, “Catching Feelings,” which nears 10M Spotify plays and has generated over 100K social dance challenge videos. The international collab featured Grammy-nominated producer Leslie “Bimwala” Ludiazo and one of Hawaii’s biggest reggae acts, J Boog. 

MYX Global hosted the worldwide premiere of “Catching Feelings” (Bimwala Remix), which was launched in a revolutionary four-day marathon of over 50 DJs playing it on their virtual sets on Twitch, kumu, and radio stations around the world from Manila to Los Angeles, Toronto and London. The song is currently holding the no. 2 spot on iHeartRadio's Island 98.2, Hawaii's top reggae radio station. 

For updates on Inigo Pascual and Moophs’ music, follow Tarsier Records on various social media accounts @tarsierrecords.

Holiday Money Saving Tips: How to Invest Your Christmas Bonus and Aginaldo Wisely

The calendar finally turning to December brings with it a lot of things, most especially the one thing many people have been waiting all year for: the 13th month pay and Christmas bonus. The yearly windfall often leads people to buy on things they want and need. 

But while you do deserve to treat yourself after a long year, you might also want to consider trying something different. What if, instead of spending your bonus right away, you decided to grow it and get more money in return? 

This is definitely something you can do now with various investment products made available to you by banks. “Now that you have received your bonus, is actually the best time to start investing in financial instruments that will generate value for your money and are suitable to your personal risk appetite and profile,” said Raul Victor de Guzman, EastWest FVP and Head of Securities, Derivatives, and FX Distribution and Sales. 

Here are three financial products you may want to consider availing with your holiday bonuses: 

Time Deposit 

A Time Deposit account is a good place to start, as it is one of the simplest investments you can avail yourself of with your money. It’s a deposit account with a specific maturity period, and you make money through an interest rate that is higher than a basic savings account, depending on the term and placement amount. 

EastWest is offering bonus rates if you book a Peso or US Dollar Time Deposit account via EastWest Mobile or Online. 


Bonds are investment securities, like stocks, that can be bought or sold in the secondary market. Bonds are basically debts and obligations of companies or governments sold to investors. These companies and/or governments, called bond issuers, pay the investors regular coupon interest payments on the amount invested. Bonds typically pay higher interest than traditional time deposits. The minimum investment depends on the terms of the bond you choose. 

Should you choose to buy bonds, banks can help you by assessing your risk profile (i.e. conservative, balanced or aggressive) and suggest bonds for your consideration that are suitable and consistent with your risk profile. EastWest has top bond picks to choose from to make investment easier. These top picks range from government securities to high grade corporate bonds which are medium- to long-term investments with a steady payout schedule. 


A Unit Investment Trust Fund or UITF is a pooled fund that gives you access to financial markets generally of stocks and fixed income instruments. EastWest offers three types of UITFs to cater to the different risk profiles and investment objectives of the clients. There are different types of UITFs to choose from: 

Money Market Funds are for clients who have conservative risk profiles and short-term liquidity needs. The funds aim to provide its investors liquidity and stable income derived from diversified portfolio of fixed income instruments. These funds have a portfolio duration of 1 year or less. 

Bond funds are for clients who have moderate risk profiles and medium-term liquidity needs. The funds aim to provide potential returns higher than traditional bank deposits by investing in diversified mixed portfolio of fixed income instruments. These funds have a portfolio duration of more than 1 year. 

Equity Funds are for clients who have aggressive risk profiles. Funds are invested in equities which are highly volatile. The funds aim to provide higher potential returns by investing in a diversified portfolio of equities. 

The minimum investment for EW Peso UITFs is P10,000 except for EW Peso Long-Term Bond Fund whose minimum investment in P50,000. 

You may choose the UITF to invest in based on your risk appetite (which the bank can assess and help you with) and you make money from the fund’s appreciation and/or income and dividends earned by the funds. 

Equipped with this information, you can now make a good plan for your future by investing that bonus. You might not see the results right away, but you’ll be glad you did one day! Head to your nearest EastWest store or contact EastWest Bank’s SEDEX officers at 0919-0621226 / 0919-0621218. You may also e-mail #SEDEX-RetailSalesDivision@eastwestbanker.com to know how you can get started! 

To find out more about investing and investment products EastWest has to offer, visit the EastWest website at eastwestbanker.com, and follow the official Facebook page at facebook.com/eastwestbanker.

PBB Connect Housemates Aizyl Tandungon, Justin Dizon, and Mika Pajares are Up for Eviction on December 27

One of Big Brother’s housemates will be packing their bags before New Year’s Eve as “PBB Connect” revealed that housemates Aizyl Tandungon, Justin Dizon, and Mika Pajares are in danger of being ousted from the ‘PBB’ house. 

Aizyl, Justin, and Mika emerged as the nominees for the first eviction night that is slated on December 27 (Sunday) after they got the most number of votes from their fellow housemates. Aizyl received 17 points, followed by Mika with seven (7) points and Justin with four (4) points. 

Just like in previous editions of “PBB,” it is up to the outside world on who they will choose to save. For the first eviction night of “PBB Connect,” viewers can use both their power to save and power to evict via SMS and Kumu. 

To save a housemate via SMS, text BBS NAME OF HOUSEMATE to 2366.

Meanwhile, to evict a housemate, viewers can simply text BBE NAME OF HOUSEMATE TO 2366. 

Only one vote per sim per day is allowed. 

On the other hand, the Kumunity is also given the power to save and evict among the nominated housemates by sending virtual gifts. Users just have to go to “campaigns” and click on the voting page tab. From there, users can pick the offline stream of the housemate that they want to save or evict by sending virtual gifts. Only 10 votes are allowed per day for every Kumu account. 

Meanwhile, Big Brother’s 15th official housemate has already entered the iconic yellow house. Ralph Malibunas, a Filipino based in Paris, France, surprised his fellow housemates inside the house as he dressed up as Santa Claus, based on Big Brother’s orders. 

Who among Aizyl, Justin, and Mika will say goodbye to ‘PBB’ before 2020 ends? Will Ralph form a strong connection with his fellow housemates who have already grown closer in the past weeks? 

Find out on “PBB Connect” on primetime, 8:30 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 (weekdays) and 8:30 pm (weekends), 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.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Look: Maine Mendoza and Arjo Atayde Celebrate 2nd Anniversary the Covid-19 Social Distancing Way

No health scare can stop Maine Mendoza and Arjo Atayde from celebrating their second anniversary.

Maine and Arjo Atayde, on Tuesday, December 12, celebrated their second anniversary as a couple....without breaching the strict social distancing protocol due to Covid-19. 

The celebrity couple exchanged sweet anniversary greetings on Instagram. Maine posted a cute anniversary post with simple caption, "happy second,

Meanwhile, Arjo posted an endearing photo of them ay the beach with the caption, "I love you more than you could possibly imagine. Happy 2nd Anniversary bubs!"

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