Thursday, January 21, 2021

Gabbi Garcia’s Lifestyle Show “IRL” Moves to New Timeslot Beginning January 21

Starting January 21, IRL, hosted by Gabbi Garcia, moves to an earlier timeslot at 5:45 p.m. on GMA News TV.

From the extraordinary to the mundane, IRL brings the latest trends through the stories and experiences both the young and old audiences encounter every day.

As a global endorser and one of GMA's prime actresses, Gabbi now explores the world of hosting, as she freely expresses her thoughts on different topics and even shares practical tips to the audience.

From learning new skills to maintaining relationships, navigating the household, earning additional income, and managing finances, IRL features stories that are relevant and interesting to people from all walks of life.

Every week, Gabbi and her guest host try exciting viral challenges, discover exciting gastronomic adventures, check out the newest budget-friendly travel locations, and share their insights on the most talked about trends and topics.

"Sagot namin ang mga kuwentong nangyayari in real life!" Join Gabbi every Thursday on "IRL," 5:45 p.m. on GMA News TV.

MMFF 2020 Movies Now Available on SKY Movies PPV

Filipinos who missed the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival will get another chance to catch two of the season's featured movies—"Suarez: The Healing Priest" and "Pakboys Takusa"—as SKY Movies Pay-Per-View offers the MMFF Bundle, starting January 22 (Friday).

Recipient of the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award, "Suarez: The Healing Priest" depicts the true-to-life story of a renowned Catholic faith healer, the late Father Fernando Suarez, portrayed by critically acclaimed actor John Arcilla.

From drama, SKYcable brings viewers a dose of laughter with the comedy "Pakboys Takusa." Directed by Al Tantay, the comedy flick follows the naughty misadventures of friends John (Andrew E), Bruno (Dennis Padilla), Justine (Janno Gibbs), and Draka (Jerald Napoles) in their attempts to bring back the trust of their respective wives despite their acts of unfaithfulness.

Aside from these MMFF 2020 official entries, audiences can get their adrenaline pumping with the heart-stopping thriller "Nightshift, " also part of the movie bundle. VIVA's 2020 horror movie focuses on Jessie (Yam Concepcion), a young woman working as an assistant to a pathologist in a morgue, and how she witnesses the manifestations of the dead coming back to life.

Catch these Pinoy movies in the comfort of your home in high-definition and commercial-free on SKY Movies Pay-Per-View featuring VIVA On Demand from January 22 to February 1 for only P199, with a five-day access upon purchase.

Subscribers with SKYcable, SKY Fiber with HD Cable TV, and SKY Fiber with All-In Box subscription can avail of this special pay-per-view offer. Visit to subscribe.

Angelica Panganiban Catches Paulo Avelino and Arci Muñoz Kissing

Emman (Paulo Avelino) gets stuck in the crossfire between his ex-lovers after Celine (Angelica Panganiban) catches him kissing Sam (Arci Munoz) on Friday (January 15) in ABS-CBN's primetime teleserye "Walang Hanggang Paalam."

The passionate kiss leaves an impression on Celine that Emman has already moved on from their son Robbie's death, and Celine confronts Sam as to why they haven't told her about their supposed romance.

As the war of words between the two women intensifies, a teary Sam responds to Celine with, "Iniwan mo na si Emman kaya wala kang karapatan na magalit ngayon."

While Celine feels betrayed by the incident, Sam is also tormented by the fact that she has waited for Emman to return her affection for far too long.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

"ASAP Natin 'To" and "FPJ: Da King" to be Aired Live on TV5 Starting January 24

ASAP Natin 'To,” the Philippines' longest running musical variety show, and “FPJ: Da King,” will now be seen on TV5 beginning this Sunday, 24 January 2021 at 12:00 nn. 

Launched in 1995, “ASAP Natin 'To” brings together the biggest and brightest performers to give viewers the best concert experience topbilled by Martin Nieverra, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Sarah Geronimo, Erik Santos, Ogie Alcasid, and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. 

Aside from “ASAP Natin ‘To,” TV5 will also begin to air “FPJ: Da King,” a movie block showcasing the films of the “King of Philippine Movies” Fernando Poe Jr. Fans of the Filipino cinema legend can watch “FPJ: Da King” every Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 

“This collaboration between CIGNAL, TV5, Brightlight Productions, and ABS-CBN marks the start of greater cooperation among our various industry players and begins a new era of partnership,” said Robert P. Galang, president and CEO of Cignal and TV5, “The airing of ASAP and FPJ’s movies on TV5 showcases the desires of TV5 and ABS-CBN to serve our viewers in the best way possible." 

We are pleased to welcome the ASAP family and the films of the one and only king of Philippine movies to Cignal and TV5. The top-rated content, combined with Cignal and TV5's strengths in technology, direct-to-consumer distribution, and mobile and broadband reach, will usher in a new viewing experience for fans and subscribers alike,” Galang added. 

The future of entertainment media is rapidly converging around a dynamic mix of traditional and digital platforms, with Cignal and TV5 launching new content and synergies that will disrupt conventional broadcast methods. We are committed to continuously explore more initiatives to provide the best of both worlds to all our stakeholders," he said.

TV5 Wins Top Plums in 5th GEMS Awards

The 5th Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS) - Hiyas ng Sining Awards announced its 2020 winners last weekend with Cignal TV and TV5 romping with most honors signalling an exciting new year for the network. 

TV5 won the Best News Program award for its weeknight newscast Frontline Pilipinas, which premiered last year. Anchors Raffy Tulfo and Cheryl Cosim were named Best Male Newscaster and Best Female Newscaster, respectively, while Cristy Fermin of Cristy Ferminute on Radyo 5 92.3 News FM was hailed as Best Female Radio Broadcaster and Best Female Newspaper Columnist. 

For the entertainment category, TV5’s daily noontime show Lunch Out Loud won as Best Variety Show while its host Billy Crawford was named Best Male Variety Show Host. 

The GEMS Awards have been given to outstanding achievements in mass media including broadcast and movie categories. Cignal TV and TV5 have made good on its promise to deliver high quality shows since its relaunch last August by sweeping both news and entertainment categories. 

The 5th GEMS Awards awarding ceremonies will be held online this February, with the winners accepting their plaques via recorded videos. Founded in April 2016, GEMS-Hiyas ng Sining is an award-giving body recognizing outstanding achievements in the fields of print, digital, stage, radio, television, and film. This year marks its first for adding a digital media category to its list of awards

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Trending: OPM Rap Icon Gloc-9 Releases "Macho Rap" Music Video

In our current reality, music videos serve as welcome - if not essential - partners for many fans that miss the excitement of live performances. 

Admit it, casting them on a TV screen in order to sing and dance our hearts out to our favorite tunes within the comforts of our own homes made things slightly more tolerable. 

As such, the drop of OPM rap icon Gloc-9’s “Macho Rap” music video was a much welcome zing to wrap up one of the most surreal years ever. 

The very first jingle of the iconic brand Mang Tomas All Around Sarsa offered a delicious respite from 2020 and a joyous salubong to the shimmering promises of 2021. 

Gloc-9 and Lira’s bouncy, LSS inducing jam is further escalated by iconic father and son tandem of Benjie and Andre Paras with their impeccable comedic timing. 

Shooting this video was such a joy, syempre lalo na dahil may handa para sa amin,” said Benjie, “In the Paras household, we love how Mang Tomas instantly makes any ulam something special. It doesn’t matter if it’s liempo, lechon manok, or even pinritong isda o kaya itlog, Mang Tomas makes every ulam a macho ganado feast.” 

Their unabashed appreciation for all the dishes lathered with Mang Tomas goodness made working on the music video more enjoyable. 

While doing the MV taping, we really got to taste for ourselves what makes Mang Tomas an all- around sarsa,” reveals Benjie, “Nagustuhan ko yung chicken, si Andre naman yung liempo. Kahit even before kapag nagshoshoot kami dati for Mang Tomas,” said Benjie. “Kasi di ba bagong luto tapos ang crunchy, tapos isasawsaw mo pa sya sa Mang Tomas.” When asked if dubbing along to Gloc-9’s rapid-fire flow was a challenge, the father-son tandem asserts that it surprisingly wasn’t. 

Nung una, akala ko mahihirapan akong sabayan ang rap ni Gloc-9,” said Benjie. “Pero kayang- kaya naman pala!” 

Amplifying things further is the guest appearance of Kat Galang, popular comedic and indie film actress. Her penchant for theatrics adds a perfect punch to the already bouncy, happy vibe of the video. Admittedly, it was a bit nerve-wracking for Kat to lip sync in front of Gloc-9 himself. “At first, I was a bit tense because it's a lot of pressure to do the rap song when you know that the original composer and the rapper of the song are both on the set,” said Kat.” But, the directors were very helpful and patient, so that made it a lot easier for me.” 

Kat is quick to admit that she really outdid herself when it came to sampling all the Mang Tomas dishes available during the shoot. 

Mang Tomas has been my favorite sauce in meals since I was a kid so collaborating with this brand is such a blessing,” reveals Kat, “I could never say no to the free lumpiang shanghai and Mang Tomas combo that was on set! This is definitely one of the best prods I've ever worked with!” 

To complement the music video, Mang Tomas and NutriAsia also launched the #MachoRapChallenge, where users are spurred to post their own lip-sync dubs of Gloc-9’s Macho Rap on TikTok - just like the Paras duo. As of this writing, TikToks with the #MachoRapChallenge have reached over 1.7 million total views. 

But for those willing to go the extra mile, Mang Tomas is mounting the #MangTomasPinakaMachoRap cover contest. All interested Mang Tomas enthusiasts have to do is upload their cover of Macho Rap on Facebook or YouTube with the hashtag #MangTomasPinakaMachoRap for a chance to win a meet-and-greet with Gloc-9 himself. The deadline for contest submissions is on January 31, 2021, and the winners will be announced on February 15, 2021. 

Macho Rap is available for streaming on all digital platforms like Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, and Youtube Music in 240 countries worldwide. 

Follow Mang Tomas on Facebook and Instagram for more details.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Ellen Adarna and John Estrada Headline TV5’s Newest Weekend Family Comedy "John En Ellen"

A new kind of family entertainment is set to fill your Sunday night TV bonding with laughter and life lessons as TV5 launches John En Ellen, produced by Cignal Entertainment. It is a sitcom for the new generation of viewers which premieres this Sunday, January 24.

John En Ellen is top-billed by John Estrada and Ellen Adarna, who will portray the show’s titular couple. The show follows the story of John Lennon Kulantong (John Estrada) and his wife Ellen Kulantong (Ellen Adarna), who beat the odds together and live out their promise to stay together “through thick and thin” despite the countless obstacles they have to deal with as a couple.

Viewers will surely relate to the adventures of the Kulantong Family and will be reminded that family bonds can give the emotional support that everyone needs.

Completing the show’s powerhouse cast are veteran actor Ronaldo Valdez as Don Lucky dela Suerte, Ellen’s big shot father who disapproves of John for his daughter; Long Mejia as Ynigo Tange, Don Lucky’s mischievous chief assistant; Haiza Madrid as Mimi, Don Lucky’s trusted nurse; and former child actor Yogo Singh and recording artist Angelina Cruz as John and Ellen’s children Valentino Kulantong and Camille Kulantong.

This show will be Ellen Adarna’s comeback project after an almost three-year hiatus. The show will also spotlight a new side of Ellen as she will be portraying a motherly role. For John Estrada, long known for his versatility as an actor, this sitcom would take him back to his comedy roots, but this time taking on a more mature role that closely resembles his current real life persona as a husband and devoted family man.

In line with TV5 and Cignal Entertainment’s mission to provide Kapatids with fresh content to enjoy amidst the challenges of this pandemic, John En Ellen will be a Sunday sitcom that highlights the virtues of family as a partnership, a bond that is meant not only to survive life challenges and obstacles, but to enjoy its highs and happy moments together, as well.

Get your weekly dose of the colorful Kulantong family adventures and be sure to catch John En Ellen every Sunday starting this January 24, at 7PM on TV5, also available on Cignal TV channel 202 HD and channel 60 SD.

Watch “America United: The Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden” Live on CNN Philippines on January 21

CNN Philippines gives you a front row seat to "America United: The Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden" a special live coverage of the swearing-in ceremony of the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, January 20th (Thursday, January 21st Philippine time). The network gives viewers unparalleled multi-platform coverage of the latest developments in the U.S. in the wake of the deadly attack on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on January 6th. 

As a CNN branded channel, CNN Philippines has a unique and exclusive access to CNN's resources from all around the world, from correspondents, to analysts and subject matter experts, for a comprehensive coverage of global stories that matter. From the network's daily news programs to live breaking news events, CNN Philippines will guide viewers through the significant events leading up to the day when Biden is inaugurated, along with Kamala Harris, who made history as the first female, first black and first Asian-American Vice President. The weekly program, Front and Center brings you a half-hour special on the impact of the U.S. insurrection to the long-standing relationship between Manila and Washington, and to Filipinos living in the States on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m., with replay at 10:00 p.m. 

CNN Philippines will carry the historic ceremony live on the steps of the U.S. Capitol starting at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 21st. The network will also bring you reaction, insights, and analysis at 5:00 a.m. with CNN's political team in Washington D.C. 

And in case you missed it, President Biden's full speech will be seen again at 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

Features and photos of the event will also be available on CNN Philippines online. Be informed and connected, follow CNN Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube for updates on The Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden. 

Tune in to CNN Philippines on Free TV channel 9, Sky Cable channel 14, Cignal TV channel 10, live streaming through and

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