Saturday, December 05, 2020

ABS-CBN to Release "Darna" as TV Series in 2021

The much-awaited ABS-CBN project "Darna" is set to fly as a TV series in 2021 as announced by the Kapamilya network during the special contract signing event titled "Star Magic Shines On" wherein several of today's sought-after talents inked their respective contracts with ABS-CBN. 

Tuloy na tuloy na po ang paglipad ni Darna. Ngayong 2021 na po ang Mars Ravelo’s ‘Darna: The TV Series,” said Cory Vidanes, ABS-CBN chief operating officer of broadcast. 

She also announced that Jane de Leon will portray the iconic Filipino superheroine in the TV series during the event, wherein Jane renewed her contract with Star Magic. 

I’m overwhelmed by the happiness I feel. I am so excited for the next chapters of my life,” Jane said. “It’s another dream come true. I have so much gratitude for our bosses because until now, they still entrust me with Darna’s stone,” she added. 

Apart from Jane, the artists who renewed their ties with ABS-CBN today include the Millennial Multimedia Idol Kim Chiu, leading men Enchong Dee, JM De Guzman, and Joseph Marco, MYX VJ and host Robi Domingo, and teen actresses Andrea Brillantes and Kira Balinger. They are joined by Star Hunt’s newest P-Pop groups, “BINI” and “SHA Boys.” 

Kim, who led Star Cinema's horror offering “U-Turn,” will star in a new series titled “Bawal Lumabas” under Dreamscape Entertainment set to be released on December 14. She is currently hosting “It’s Showtime” and can be watched regularly on “ASAP Natin ‘To.” 

“Pinoy Big Brother Connect” host, Netflix film “Alter Me” top-biller, and “Enrich” other half Enchong will star in an upcoming inspirational series titled “Huwag Kang Mangamba” with Gold Squad member Andrea. Joining them are the other Gold Squad artists namely Francine Diaz, Kyle Echarri, and Seth Fedelin. 

JM, who last starred in “Pamilya Ko,” is geared to be back on television with a new series titled “Init sa Magdamag” with Gerald Anderson and Yam Concepcion. The teleserye will fire up the television this 2021. Fans can also watch him in an upcoming Star Cinema movie. 

Meanwhile, Joseph, who recently joined the “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin” cast, will be part of two Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entries this year. 

Robi is currently hosting “Pinoy Big Brother Connect,” which will kick-off this Sunday (December 6) on Kapamilya Online Live, Kapamilya Channel, A2Z channel 11, and Kumu. Aside from PBB, he is also the host of “Game KNB?” which streams worldwide across multiple platforms including TFC, TFC IPTV, and on the streaming app Kumu through the @gknb account. 

Kira, who plays Hope in “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin,” also signed up with Star Magic. Fans of Kira and Grae Fernandez can expect to watch the “KiRae” loveteam in a teleserye and online project to be announced soon. 

On the other hand, Star Hunt’s new girl group “BINI” and rising talented boy group “SHA Boys” also signed up to be part of Star Magic. Comprising “BINI” are Aiah, Colet, Maloi, Gwen, Stacey, Mikha, Jhoanna, and Sheena; while the “SHA Boys” include Gelo, Mikki, Akira, Nate and JL. 

“BINI” recently wowed the madlang pipol with its “Da Coconut Nut” video number on the “It’s Showtime” Facebook page that has garnered almost 3 million views. The official music video of their single is now available on the BINI TV YouTube channel. 

On the other hand, the “SHA Boys” recently made waves online as they performed their energetic and electrifying version of some of Sarah Geronimo’s hit songs including “Tala” and “Kilometro” on the “ASAP Natin ‘To” stage. 

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez thanked the artists for their trust and expressed optimism for the coming year. 

As a new year is about to begin, we remain hopeful and positive with our artists, our ABS-CBN leaders, our employees, and most especially our loyal followers. We know we will be able to soar to new heights as we continue to serve the Filipinos worldwide,” he said. 

ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak, on the other hand, emphasized that being a Kapamilya is not just a job but a calling to serve. He thanked the Star Magic artists for standing by the network despite the challenges it is currently facing. 

Today, I want to thank the stars who represent ABS-CBN to the world outside. Kayo ang nagbibigay ng liwanag at ligaya sa ating mga Kapamilya. Thank you for choosing to be part of our mission, thank you for believing in our company, and thank you for supporting us in our most difficult moments,” Katigbak said. 

Katigbak ended his speech by introducing Laurenti Dyogi as the new head of Star Magic who also expressed his gratitude to the Kapamilya artists who stayed and signed up with the talent agency. 

Star Magic is known to produce, to hone, and to manage the brightest and most talented stars in Philippine show business, and today we continue this legacy and tradition,” said Dyogi, who assumes his new role in Star Magic starting January 2021 concurrent to his current position as head of TV Production. 

As we welcome new artists to the Star Magic family, we also want to express our deepest gratitude to the Star Magic artists who chose to stay with us as we continue to rebuild and explore new opportunities,” he added. 

The “Star Magic Shines On” event was hosted by Gretchen Fullido and was live-streamed simultaneously on, ABS-CBN and Star Magic’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, website, and on iWant TFC.

Wonder Woman 1984, Matrix 4, Dune and Other Warner Bros. Films to Stream on HBO Max Starting December 25

Warner Bros. has just announced that it will be releasing its 2021 line-up of films on HBO Max to run simultaneously with the theater release dates in the US. 

Thus, viewers can opt to catch the movies in cinemas or on their TV sets - or both. 

Wonder Woman 1984 starring Gal Gadot will serve as the opening salvo of this arrangement on December 25, 2020. The movie, just like the rest of the 2021 line-up, will be available on HBO Max for only 31 days. After that, the films will continue to play in theaters until it arrives as home entertainment. 

The other movies slated for release by the giant media company next year include The Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Dune, and Matrix 4. 

The decision was influenced by the lingering uncertainty surrounding cinema operations until next year. 

We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group,” WarnerMedia chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff Sarnoff said in a statement. “No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021.” 

With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films,” she added. “We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.

So far, this unique set-up is only earmarked to be rolled out in the States. 

There's no indication at least as of the moment if the HBO experiment will be extended to other locations such as Europe or Asia.

SKY Postpaid Subscribers Get Free iWantTFC Subscription

postpaid subscribers can now add some of iWantTFC's sought-after original content such as "Oh, Mando," "Loving Emily," "La Vida Lena," and "Bawal Lumabas" to their list of must-watch shows and movies as the all-Filipino streaming app's Standard Plan becomes available to them for free. 

Aside from all episodes of 67 iWantTFC originals, the Standard Plan comes with access to the app's full library of over 1,000 movies, live channels including Kapamilya Channel, TeleRadyo, ANC, CineMo, and Knowledge Channel, ABS-CBN's full inventory of shows, all acquired content, and other digital content - all in standard and high definition quality. 

Subscribers can also choose to upgrade their iWantTFC Standard Plan to its Premium version, for a discounted price of P59, originally available for P119. This offer is exclusive to SKY subscribers only. With the Premium Plan, viewers get access to all of the Standard Plan offerings, ad-free. They are also entitled to one free movie-for-rent each month and can stream on up to two devices at a time. 

To avail of the free iWantTFC Standard subscription or the discounted premium plan, visit

DDB Group Philippines Wins at Campaign Asia-Pacific Agency of the Year Awards

DDB Group Philippines received three citations in the recently concluded Campaign Asia-Pacific Agency of the Year awards. The leading integrated marketing group’s winning entries this year straddled three different categories – Philippines PR Agency of the Year, Philippines Media Agency of the Year, and Southeast Asia Best Culture. 

DDB’s integrated PR solutions firm, Ripple8, Inc., won Silver as Philippines PR Agency of the Year. Winning in its first year of joining the coveted regional awards made it extra special for Ripple8. 

It is a deep honor to be recognized by Campaign, especially during this pandemic. We never expected to join award competitions this year. People are our priority. But thankfully, we were able to secure our people’s jobs and found opportunities to grow even stronger. Crisis indeed reveals character. We are grateful to our never-say-die team, our collaborative clients, and our supportive sister agencies for making this possible,” said Ripple8 Managing Director Bob Vito. 

R8 believes in disruptive solutions to change the dynamics of how clients run operations and the perception of stakeholders. As its strategies and content are informed and augmented by data-based insights, the agency has created a specialization in its integrated PR solutions called predictive PR. 

DDB’s independent media outfit Touch XDA, Inc. won Bronze as Philippines Media Agency of the Year. One of the growing local media agencies in the Philippines, Touch XDA has enjoyed record new business wins, and comprehensive revenue growth across organic, new business, and agency partnership despite the pandemic. 

We are grateful that our first time with Campaign Asia-Pacific has given us such honor. We dedicate this to our hardworking teams as well as to our clients and partners who have trusted us,” said Touch XDA Managing Partner, Dyan Rosal-Em. 

Last but not the least, DDB Group Philippines won a Silver award as Southeast Asia (SEA) Best Culture for the second consecutive year. In the past years, the agency group had won several metals from Campaign under Talent Development, Corporate Communication, and SEA Best Culture categories. A testament to how DDB has nurtured and motivated the Group’s talents through purposeful and progressive training opportunities, a culture of holistic health, a fun and accepting environment, and strategic communication program. 

DDB Group Philippines Culture Chief Anna Chua-Norbert said that she is immensely proud that DDB has been recognized as ‘Agency of the Year’ in the last five years, and thanks Campaign for all the recognitions that have served as inspiration to the group’s employees throughout the years. 

We all know that 2020 has been an unprecedented year for everyone and I have been humbled to see how our people have come together to support not only each other but our clients during these extraordinary times. This award is truly a reflection of all the hard work and dedication of our employees, and the strength of our belief in ‘People First'. It is a fitting tribute to our people who have made all these possible,” she said.

Popular Thai Series "Theory of Love" to Stream for Free on iWantTFC Starting December 7

Filipinos have another well-loved Thai series to look forward to as iWantTFC streams “Theory of Love” starring the popular Thai boys’ love pair of Off Jumpol and Gun Atthaphan or OffGun, available in its Filipino-dubbed episodes beginning this Monday (December 7). 

In the romantic comedy series, film student Third (Gun) is a member of a well-known group in their university known as “gangsta” and joining him are his three other best friends Khai (Off), Two (White Nawat), and Bone (Mike Chinnarat). 

However, Third has been keeping a secret from them all along as he has been in love with Khai for two years already, and his growing closeness to him gives him hope that Khai will eventually like him back. Khai, on the other hand, is completely unaware of Third’s feelings for him and is busy dating different girls, until he realizes that he cannot live without Third. 

Khai eventually tries to court Third, but ends up getting the cold shoulder after Third learns about a secret that breaks his heart. 

Will their love tear their friendship apart? How long will Third be able to hide his feelings from his best friends? 

“Theory of Love” is the latest Thai series offering of iWantTFC as a result of ABS-CBN’s partnership with Thai content company GMMTV. Off and Gun also starred in “I’m Tee, Me Too,” which can also be streamed for free on iWantTFC. 

Subscribers in the Philippines can stream “Theory of Love” for free beginning this Monday (December 7) on the iWantTFC app (iOs and Android) or on 

For updates, like and follow @iwanttfc on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to 

For inquiries and concerns about the service, users can also send a message on iWant TFC’s Facebook page or e-mail

Friday, December 04, 2020

Trailer: Fan Girl, #MMFF2020 Official Movie Entry

Blacksheep and Globe Studios present the trailer for Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 movie entry "Fan Girl" starring Paulo Avelino and Charlie Dizon under the direction of Antoinette Jadaone.

This year's MMFF movie entries will be shown online worldwide through Globe Telecom's G Movies and film producer Dondon Monteverde’s Upstream for P250 each from December 25, 2020 to January 7, 2021. 
Advanced online ticket selling for “Fan Girl” starts December 7 at

Trailer: Suarez The Healing Priest, #MMFF2020 Official Movie Entry

Here is the official movie trailer of Saranggola Media Productions official movie entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 titled "Suarez The Healing Priest" starring John Arcilla and Jin Macapagal.

The movie about the life of Fr. Fernando Suarez who led a fruitful but controversial Catholic healing ministry also stars Marlo Mortel, Troy Montero, Rita Avila, Jairus Aquino, Alice Dixson, and Dante Rivero. 

This year's MMFF movie entries will be shown online worldwide through Globe Telecom's G Movies and film producer Dondon Monteverde’s Upstream for P250 each from December 25, 2020 to January 7, 2021. 

Advanced online ticket selling for “Suarez, The Healing Priest” will start December 7, midnight at

"Four Sisters Before the Wedding" to be Shown on SM Cinemas and Citymall Cinemas Starting December 11

Four Sisters Before the Wedding,” the highly anticipated film prequel to the 2013 modern classic movie of Bea Alonzo, Toni Gonzaga, Shaina Magdayao, Enchong Dee, and Angel Locsin titled “Four Sisters and the Wedding” will be screened at select SM cinemas starting December 11. 

SM Cinemas will screen the Star Cinema production at 29 branches from December 11 to 13, and from December 18 to 20. 

Citymall Cinemas, meanwhile, will run the film starting December 11 at 9 of its branches. 

As a Cinexpress offering, “Four Sisters Before the Wedding” will also be available to stream on iWant TFC,, Sky Cable PPV, and Cignal PPV, with tickets priced at P150 each. 

“Four Sisters Before the Wedding” stars Alexa Ilacad as Bobbie, Gillian Vicencio as Alex, Charlie Dizon as Teddie, Belle Mariano as Gabbie, and Clarence Delgado as CJ, with Carmina Villaroel and Dominic Ochoa as their parents.

Thursday, December 03, 2020

"Kaibigan: The Series" Starring Jesse Perkins, Christian Perkins, Janina Vela, and Lianne Valentin Airs on GMA-7 on December 5

Beginning December 5, fuel your Saturday mornings with an inspiring coming-of-age drama that will help viewers understand how people from all walks of life, especially teenagers, cope with the new normal via “Kaibigan: The Series.” 

In the series, twins Jesse Perkins and Christian Perkins, YouTube vlogger Janina Vela, and Kapuso actress Lianne Valentin are four friends trying to navigate the ups and downs of life in the time of COVID-19: facing issues, chasing goals, and dealing with family problems. 

Jesse plays the school basketball captain David Santos. He is trying to be the good son his brother never was, so he needs to work hard in everything he does. 

Christian is Jake Anderson. He is also a basketball athlete, but he was expelled from Academy High. As he transferred to National High, he was able to gain his reputation and dignity with the help of his friends. 

Meanwhile, Janina portrays the cheerful Kylie Kino who started a video blog to get through quarantine, affirming that no man is an island. 

Lastly, catch Lianne as Anna Torres. She was a childhood friend of both David and Kylie who had to migrate to Japan. Now back in Manila after five years, Anna tries to find her footing again and realizes she’s not as strong as she thinks she is. 

Every episode also tackles a wide range of topics that millennials deal with in this day and age – from coping with anxiety to maintaining relationships and finding hope amidst the chaos. 

Join David, Jake, Kylie, and Anna as they explore life in 'Kaibigan: The Series' beginning December 5, 8:45 am on GMA Network.

BTS and Blackpink Top Spotify 2020 Most Streamed K-Pop Artists List

Spotify has released its list of most streamed Korean group globally and topping the list is boy band BTS.

BTS was named the Most Streamed K-Pop Artist Globally, while their first full English song “Dynamite” is the most streamed K-pop song, recording 12.6 million streams in the first 24 hours of its release in September.

Furthermore, the group’s “Map of the Soul: 7” was hailed as the most streamed K-pop album of the year on the digital music platform.

Their feat is followed closely by the girl group Blackpink, who was named the second most-streamed K-pop Artist of the Year, while their “How You Like That” is also the second most-streamed Song of the Year. 

Aside from these two groups, check out the list below as Spotify wrapped the year with various K-pop lists.

Most Streamed K-Pop Artists Globally

  1. BTS
  3. TWICE
  4. Stray Kids
  5. Red Velvet 
  6. EXO
  8. IU
  9. NCT 127
  10. (G)I-DLE

Most Streamed Female K-Pop Artists Globally

  1. IU
  3. CHUNG HA 
  4. Hwa Sa
  5. BOL4
  6. SUNMI 
  7. Punch
  8. HEIZE
  9. LeeHi
  10. SOMI

Most Streamed Male K-Pop Artists Globally

  1. Agust D
  2. ZICO
  4. RM
  5. Jay Park
  6. j-hope
  7. Crush
  8. Eric Nam
  9. V
  10. SHAUN 

Most Streamed K-Pop Songs Globally

  1. “Dynamite” by BTS
  2. “How You Like That” by BLACKPINK
  3. “Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey)” by BTS, Halsey 
  4. “Ice Cream (with Selena Gomez)” by BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez
  5. “Black Swan” by BTS
  6. “ON” by BTS
  7. “Sour Candy (with BLACKPINK)” by Lady Gaga, BLACKPINK
  8. “Kill This Love” by BLACKPINK 
  9. “Psycho” by Red Velvet 
  10. “WANNABE” by ITZY 

Most Streamed K-Pop Collaborations Globally

  1. “Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey)” by BTS, Halsey
  2. “Ice Cream (with Selena Gomez)” by BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez
  3. “Sour Candy (with BLACKPINK)” by Lady Gaga, BLACKPINK
  4. “eight(Prod.&Feat. SUGA of BTS)” by IU, SUGA
  5. “Who (feat. BTS)” by Lauv, BTS
  6. “Kiss and Make Up” by Dua Lipa, BLACKPINK 
  7. “Make It Right (feat. Lauv)” by BTS, Lauv 
  8. “ON (Feat. Sia)” by BTS, Sia 
  9. “Bet You Wanna (feat. Cardi B)” by BLACKPINK, Cardi B 
  10. “Way Back Home (feat. Conor Maynard) - Sam Feldt Edit” by SHAUN, Sam Feldt, Conor Maynard 

Most Streamed Korean OST Tracks Globally

  1. “Sweet Night” by V (Itaewon Class)
  2. “Stay With Me” by CHANYEOL, Punch (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God)
  3. “시작” by Gaho (Itaewon Class)
  4. " Beautiful” by Crush (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God)
  5. “It’s Definitely You” by V, Jin (Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth)
  6. “Here I Am Again” by Yerin Baek (Crash Landing on You) 
  7. “It’s You” by Henry (While You Were Sleeping) 
  8. “Everytime” by CHEN (Descendants of The Sun) 
  9. “Give You My Heart” by IU (Crash Landing on You) 
  10. “But it’s Destiny” by 10cm (Crash Landing on You) 

Most Streamed Korean R&B Tracks Globally

  1. “Candy” by BAEKHYUN
  2. “instagram” by DEAN
  3. “UN Village” by BAEKHYUN 
  4. “We don’t talk together” by HEIZE, GIRIBOY 
  5. “HOLO” by LeeHi
  6. “All I Wanna Do (feat. Hoody & 로꼬 Loco) [Korean Version]” by Jay Park, Hoody, Loco 
  7. “D (Half Moon)” by DEAN, Gaeko 
  8. “Yours” by Raiden, CHANYEOL, LeeHi, CHANGMO
  9. “Make Up” by Sam Kim, Crush 
  10. “WINE (Feat. Changmo) (Prod. SUGA)” by SURAN

Most Streamed Korean Hip-Hop Tracks Globally

  1. “Any song” by ZICO 
  2. “Daechwita” by Agust D 
  3. “seoul (prod. HONNE)” by RM 
  4. “NUNU NANA” by Jessi 
  5. “People” by Agust D
  6. “Daydream (백일몽)” by j-hope
  7. “Burn It” Agust D, MAX
  8. “What do you think?” by Agust D
  9. “moonchild” by RM
  10. “Strange” by Agust D, RM

Most Streamed Artists on Spotify’s RADAR Korea Playlist

  2. AleXa
  3. BIBI
  5. A.C.E
  7. ONEWE
  8. ONEUS
  9. Grizzly 
  10. ONF 

Spotify 2020 Wrapped Philippines’ K-Pop Top Lists

Philippines’ Most Streamed K-Pop Artists 

  1. BTS
  3. TWICE
  4. Red Velvet
  5. IU
  7. EXO
  8. ITZY
  9. Stray Kids
  10. DAY6

Philippines’ Most Streamed K-Pop Songs

  1. “Dynamite” by BTS
  2. “How You Like That“ by BLACKPINK
  3. “Ice Cream (with Selena Gomez)” by BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez
  4. “Psycho” by Red Velvet
  5. “Lovesick Girls” by BLACKPINK
  6. “Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey)” by BTS, Halsey 
  7. “Sour Candy (with BLACKPINK)” by Lady Gaga, BLACKPINK
  8. “eight(Prod.&Feat. SUGA of BTS)” by IU, SUGA
  9. “Make It Right (feat. Lauv)” by BTS, Lauv 
  10. “MORE & MORE” by TWICE

Ben&Ben, Magnus Haven, Emman Top Spotify 2020 Most Streamed Artists in PH

Ben&Ben is the most streamed artist on Spotify in the Philippines this 2020. They topped both lists of international and local acts. 

Two Ben&Ben tracks also ranked among the most streamed local songs - “Make It With You” (2) and “Pagtingin” (3). 

Trailing Ben&Ben in the international list were BTS, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and BLACKPINK, respectively. 

Magnus Haven's "Imahe" tops Philippines’ Most Streamed Songs and Philippines’ Most Streamed Local Songs, while “Teka Lang” by Emman leads Philippines’ Most Streamed Pinoy Hip-Hop Songs. 

Here’s the full list of Spotify’s top tracks and artists in the Philippines and globally:

Philippines’ Most Streamed Artists 

Taylor Swift 
Justin Bieber 

Philippines’ Most Streamed Female Artists 

Taylor Swift 
Ariana Grande 
Moira Dela Torre 
Dua Lipa 
Billie Eilish 

Philippines’ Most Streamed Male Artists 

Justin Bieber 
Ed Sheeran 
Post Malone 

Philippines’ Most Streamed Groups 

Maroon 5 

Philippines’ Most Streamed Albums 

~how i’m feeling~, Lauv 
Changes, Justin Bieber 

Philippines’ Most Streamed Songs 

“Imahe” by Magnus Haven 
“Intentions” by Justin Bieber feat. Quavo 
“Make It With You” by Ben&Ben 
“Beautiful Scars” by Maximillian 
“Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi 

Philippines’ Most Streamed Local Artists 

Moira Dela Torre 
December Avenue 
Parokya Ni Edgar 

Philippines’ Most Streamed Local Songs 

“Imahe” by Magnus Haven 
“Make It With You” by Ben&Ben 
“Pagtingin” by Ben&Ben 
“Teka Lang” by Emman 
“Hindi Tayo Pwede” by The Juans 

Philippines’ Most Streamed Pinoy Hip-Hop Artists 

Skusta Clee 
Flow G 

Philippines’ Most Streamed Pinoy Hip-Hop Songs 

“Teka Lang” by Emman 
“Marikit” by Juan Caoile
Kyle “Vibe With Me” by Matthaios
Lonezo “Malayo Ka Man” by Jr Crown, Kath, Cyclone, Young Weezy 
 “Catriona” by Matthaios 

BTS "Life Goes On" Tops Billboard Hot 100 Chart

The song “Life Goes On” of the world famous South Korean boy band BTS tops Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. 

According to Billboard, this is the group’s third Hot 100 No. 1 in three months following the success of “Dynamite” and "Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)," which featured BTS remixes. 

Billboard also noted that "Life Goes On" is the “first Hot 100 No. 1 in the chart's 62-year history sung predominantly in Korean.” 

First dropped on November 19, “Life Goes On” is a track from BTS’ album titled "BE."

Marcelito Pomoy, Ivana Alawi, Alex Gonzaga, BlackPink Top Trending YouTube Video of 2020

Marcelito Pomoy’s “America’s Got Talent” performance of the classic Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli’s duet “The Prayer” has been named the top trending YouTube video of 2020 in the Philippines. His video has now more than 45 millions views since it was uploaded last January.

Marcelito was followed by Kapamilya sexy star Iva Alawi who has 3 entries in the Top 10. 

The top 10 also featured videos from late content creators, Emman Nimedez and Lloyd Cadena.

Here are the Top 10 Trending Videos that entertained Filipinos in 2020: 

  1. WOW! Marcelito Pomoy Sings "The Prayer" With DUAL VOICES! - America's Got Talent: The Champions 


  3. Iguana meets Ivana by Alex Gonzaga 








Pinoy hip-hop scene enjoys its momentum this year as local rappers and groups released their original tracks, taking six out of 10 spots on the list.

As BLACKPINK released their first full studio album this year, Filipino Blinks showed their support by streaming their music videos, landing them three spots on the chart. K-pop king BTS also solidifies their popularity in the country as the group clinches a place on the list. This year’s top showstoppers for music videos are: 

  1. Araw araw Love - Flow G

  2. BLACKPINK - 'How You Like That' M/V

  3. BLACKPINK - 'Ice Cream (with Selena Gomez)' M/V

  4. BTS (방탄소년단) 'Dynamite' Official MV

  5. SULYAP - Jr.Crown, Thome & Chris Line (Official Lyric Video) [Prod.By J-Lhutz]

  6. Miloves (OTW SAYO) - King Badger


  8. TINOTOYO - Jr.Crown & Thome ft. Bomb D (Official Audio)

  9. EMMAN - Teka Lang (Official Lyric Video)

  10. Ex Battalion - Bounty (Makukuha rin kita)

This year’s list of top and breakout creators saw fan-favorite personalities and comedians like Ivana Alawi, Alex Gonzaga, Cong TV, Viy Cortez, and Donnalyn Bartolome. There was also an emergence of creators from the gaming community like ChoOx TV, and celebrities who turned to vlogging like Kathryn Bernardo.

This year’s top creators are:  

  1. Ivana Alawi

  2. Zeinab Harake 

  3. Cong TV

  4. Ja Mill

  5. Alex Gonzaga Official

  6. ChoOx TV

  7. Jelai Andres

  8. Viy Cortez

  9. Donnalyn Bartolome

  10. Jomar Lovena

Meanwhile, 2020's Breakout Creators are: 

  1. Cong TV

  2. Viy Cortez

  3. Jomar Lovena

  4. Junnie Boy

  5. Kathryn Bernardo

  6. Boss Keng

  7. Vien

  8. Leti Sha

  9. EmmanNimedezTV

  10. Donekla in Tandem

Mervin Wenke, Communications and Public Affairs Head of Google Philippines said, "Filipinos use YouTube to tell and listen to stories, providing some form of comfort in this extremely challenging year. It is inspiring to see how the creators continued to show wayfinding to support one another as a community and to keep their viewers engaged despite the odds. The heart of YouTube is its creators and we recognize their important role in providing not just relevant content but even hope to Filipinos in the time of what turned out to be a difficult 2020.

Korean Version of "Money Heist" Streams Soon on Netflix

Netflix announced an exciting new original series project, the Korean adaptation of its beloved Spanish original series "La casa de papel". 

Set on the Korean peninsula, the Korean adaptation of La casa de papel will be directed by Kim Hong-sun, who has helmed TV dramas like The Guest, Voice, and Black and is known as a giant in the fantasy crime genre. Ryu Yong-jae and his team, whose credits include the Netflix original series My Holo Love and tvN series Psychopath Diary, will be the screenwriters for the show. The production is a collaboration between BH Entertainment and Contents Zium. 

Alex Pina, Creator and Executive Producer of La casa de papel said: “Korean creators have been developing their own language and audiovisual culture for years. They have managed, like our series, to go beyond cultural borders and become a point of reference for thousands of viewers around the world, especially among young people.” He added, “That is why I find it fascinating that the world of La casa de papel is so attractive to Korean creators as to do an adaptation. The fact that the action is set on the Korean Peninsula also seems to me to be a milestone which I am really delighted about." 

Since Part 1 premiered in 2017, the heist of La casa de papel has been storming the world. More than 65 million member households chose to watch Part 4 of the Spanish language series in the first four weeks of its release in April 2020, and the 5th and final part of La casa de papel is currently in production. 

The international popularity of the Spanish series La casa de papel is proof that significant works based in different cultures and languages can be widely distributed by Netflix and loved by audiences worldwide. With its production of 12 episodes of the Korean adaptation, Netflix is expected to breathe new life into the familiar storyline and bring the material afresh to global audiences.

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