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

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