Saturday, March 06, 2021

Trailer: Netflix Original Korean Series “Navillera” Starring Park In-hwan and Song Kang

The trailer for Navillera, a drama about the unlikely friendship between Deok-chul, a 70-year-old man who takes up ballet, and Chae-rok, a late bloomer 23-year-old ballerino, has been unveiled. Adapted from the highly acclaimed webtoon of the same name, Navillera unites director Han Dong-hwa, called the master of the human drama for his works Squad 38 and Miss Lee, with writer Lee Eun-mi who made a strong impression with Tunnel. Their collaboration has set high expectations.

In the drama, Park In-hwan plays a retired postman, Deok-chul, who seeks to fulfill his lifelong dream of ballet as he nears the end of his life. Song Kang plays a young man, Chae-rok, who has a unique talent for ballet but realizes his talent fairly late compared to his peers. Chae-rok's life unexpectedly changes as he becomes a ballet mentor to the 70-year-old grandpa.

The trailer shows Park In-hwan (Deok-chul) nearing the end of his life and Song Kang (Chae-rok) who wonders if he's on the right path with his late career start, as they find their dreams together. In the trailer, Park In-hwan captures the audience's attention as he throws away cherished mementos in an effort to erase his attachment to ballet. However, seeking a final purge, he heads to the ballet studio where he states, "I've never done anything I wanted to do," signaling a final pursuit with no regrets after recollecting his past.

The trailer gives a glimpse of the confusing reality Song Kang finds himself in. With nothing going his way - not his family, not the people around him, not even ballet - Song Kang sits on the practice room floor alone with his frustration. Tired of his cold reality, he vents, "I don't know how to live in the future, whether there's a tomorrow or not," expressing regret.

In the next shot, we see Park In-hwan remark to Song Kang, "I only have one life. That's why this moment is precious to me." He expresses his final pursuit of his lifelong passion, ballet, as he nears the end of his life. The two men - Park In-hwan, who had no choice but to bury his dream, and Song Kang, who stands in front of his dream but without full commitment - come to pursue their challenging passions together.

Watch Navillera when it premieres on March 22 with new episodes every Monday and Tuesday at 10PM Philippine Standard Time, two hours after release in Korea, only on Netflix!

Promo: SKYBIZ Offers SMEs Reliable BIZ Broadband Plans at Very Low Discounted Rate

SKYBIZ continues its commitment to jumpstarting business ventures during these difficult times by providing reliable yet affordable internet services to different small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with a 50% discount offer on any BIZ Broadband plan for three months.

SMEs can take advantage of BIZ Broadband's fast internet speeds of up to 200Mbps, perfect for their daily business activities - from contacting clients, sharing products and services online, content browsing to downloading large files without the hassle of data allocation.

With SKYBIZ's BIZ Broadband plans, you can jumpstart your business without breaking the bank!

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SMART Dominates with Best Speed and Mobile Video Experience in the Philippines According to Opensignal

Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. continues to give subscribers the best mobile experience as it dominates the latest Mobile Network Experience Report by independent mobile analytics firm Opensignal.

Smart, which has been ramping up its network improvements across the country, continues to lead in terms of giving Filipinos the best Video Experience, Download Experience, Upload Experience, 4G Availability, and 4G Coverage Experience.

Smart customers analyzed by Opensignal "consistently had the fastest mobile Video Experience in the Philippines," notes the November 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report* released by the firm.

"Ever since we first analyzed Video Experience in a Philippines Mobile Network Experience Report — back in March 2019 — Smart has won every Video Experience award alongside our Download Speed Experience and Upload Speed Experience awards," it adds.

In the best position to serve Filipinos

"These independent findings validate the significant progress we're making in our accelerated network expansion with one clear goal – to make it simpler for Filipinos to access cutting-edge digital technologies and life-changing digital services," says Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

"Backed by no less than the country's most extensive network infrastructure in the Philippines, Smart is in the best position to support the digital needs of Filipinos to access information, level up their livelihood, enjoy entertainment, and connect with their loved ones on the go," she adds.

As of December 2020, PLDT's fiber infrastructure, the most extensive in the country, comprised more than 429,000 kilometers. This fiber infrastructure supports Smart's mobile networks, which now cover 96% of the population.

To date, Smart has increased the number of its base stations across the country to over 59,000 sites, an increase of 20% compared to end-2019. Smart also plans to expand its LTE network by adding about 4,000 more base stations this year.

The leader in 5G

To make the country's fastest mobile data network even faster, Smart has also fired up more than 1,400 5G sites as part of its ongoing nationwide 5G rollout, by far the most extensive in the country. Smart is also planning to grow its 5G base stations by over 3,800.

Smart is at the forefront of the 5G revolution as the first Philippine telco to launch 5G services nationwide last July in key areas in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Boracay, Iloilo, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, and New Clark City in Pampanga.

Smart is also the first Philippine telco to launch Signature 5G Plans, which are specially designed with generous data allocations so customers can make the most of the ultrafast Smart 5G services.

To meet the growing digital needs of Filipinos, Smart and its parent company PLDT are prepared to invest between Php 88 billion and Php 92 billion in capital expenditures in 2021.

Bantay Bata 164 Marks 24th Year of Protecting and Loving the Filipino Child with “Bawat Isa ay Bata” Music Video

ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Bata 163 celebrated 24 years of protecting and loving the Filipino child with a music video dedicated to its beneficiaries, donors, partners, and founder, Gina Lopez.

Featuring the song “Bawat Isa ay Bata,” performed by international sensation TNT Boys composed of Mackie Empuerto, Keifer Sanchez, and Francis Concepcion, the video shows how Bantay Bata 163 has evolved through the years as it strives to champion the welfare of the children.

Founded by the late Gina Lopez, the former chair of ABS-CBN Foundation, Bantay Bata 163 began as a hotline to report incidents of child abuse. Nowadays, it also offers educational assistance and manages a childcare residential facility where rescued victims of child abuse are cared for until they are ready to rejoin their families and community.

Amid the pandemic, Bantay Bata 163 continues to serve Filipino children through educational assistance, Children’s Village, and Hotline 163. In fact, it even expanded its Hotline 163 system with the launch of Bantay Bata 163’s own Facebook page in 2020 that enabled it to be more responsive to reports on abuse and other needs of children.

Bantay Bata 163 director of advocacy Ernie Lopez, Gina’s brother, expressed his gratitude to each one that helped the program sustain its services for more than two decades.

There is a lot more work to be done but I want to thank all of you for your hard work all these 24 years. Without the grace of God, without volunteers like you, without hardworking employees like you, and without the gracious generosity of donors and sponsors, we would not still be around,” he said in a recorded video.

Joining him in leading Bantay Bata 163 to new heights is his and Gina’s sister Roberta Lopez-Feliciano, the new managing director of the ABS-CBN Foundation.

Bantay Bata has grown in reach and scope, tackling the deeply rooted issues of poverty, inequality, and violence through holistic support services aimed at producing citizens with a deep sense of social responsibility and action. We continue to improve our services and online presence to ensure that we are able to address current issues such as online sexual abuse and exploitation of children, cyber-bullying and child mental health,” she said.

Meanwhile, as Bantay Bata 163 continues to provide protection and love for Filipino kids, its former scholars have also lent their voices in seeking help for children who experienced the same hardships they went through.

One of them, Christian Jake Ramos said, “Dahil natapos ko ang aking pag-aaral, nabigyan ako ng pag-asa na may naghihintay na magandang kinabukasan para sa akin. Marami pang bata ang nangangarap na magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan para po sa buhay nila, sa pamilya nila, kaya sana po matulungan po natin sila lalo na 'yung nangangailangan talaga ng tulong.”

To help, donations may be sent to the following bank accounts of Bantay Bata 163 (ALKFI-Bantay Bata 163): BDO - SA 0039 3000 6612; PNB - CA 1103 7000 1298; and BPI - CA 3051-1101-95. Donations can also be coursed through GCash or PayMaya.

Meanwhile, the “Bawat Isa ay Bata” video, which features appearances of Kapamilya stars like MayMay Entrata, Edward Barber, and Piolo Pascual, is still up on the ABS-CBN Foundation Facebook page. The song was written by Mark Raywin Tome with music by Lloyd Oliver Corpuz and Jungee Marcelo. The video was produced by Kay Marie Batac.

For updates, follow @bantaybata163PH on Facebook or visit For news, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or go to

Read: Bea Alonzo’s Cryptic Post on Gerald Anderson and Julia Barretto’s Relationship Admission

A day after Gerald Anderson, in a tell-all with Boy Abunda, admitted his relationship with Julia Barretto, Bea Alonzo took to Instagram her apparent comment (or shade?) on ex-boyfriend's revelation.

Friday, March 05, 2021

Gerald Anderson Confirms Relationship with Julia Barretto, Denies Ghosting Bea Alonzo

In an interview with Boy Abunda, Gerald Anderson admits - what most people are already aware of - that he's in a romantic relationship with Julia Barretto.

When asked if Julia is his source of happiness right now, Gerald said, "Very happy. It's a yes,"

During the exclusive one-on-one interview which was released on Friday, March 5, He also denies ghosting ex-girlfriend Bea Alonzo.

"Ano po ba ang definition ng ghosting? Kase ang dating sa akin is parang nasa gitna kame ng dinner then nag-decide ako na mag walkout and di magpapakita kahit kelan.

Yun ba ang definition or is it walking away from a very unhealthy, toxic...being together we were very toxic, and hinde nirerespeto yung explanation na binibigay mo, hindi tinatanggap after months, and months, and months, and months, and months of being on the rocks and medyo away?"

TV5 to Air ABS-CBN Primetime Shows Starting March 8

ABS-CBN Entertainment, Cignal, and TV5 continue to collaborate to bring the best content to more Filipinos with the airing of well-loved primetime programs "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," "Ang Sa Iyo ay Akin," "Walang Hanggang Paalam," and "Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Connect" on TV5.

Starting on Monday (March 8), viewers of TV5 will now be able to enjoy the compelling stories, quality production, world-class talent, and positive Filipino values showcased in the four Kapamilya shows from Monday to Friday, 8 pm to 10:30 pm.

"FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," a favorite in Filipino households since 2015, will not end in April 2021, contrary to a media report. The program will continue to serve our loyal viewers with engaging and action-packed episodes that highlight love for family, nation, and God as they follow the story of Cardo Dalisay.

Meanwhile, social media-trending teleserye and most-watched show on iWantTFC "Ang Sa Iyo ay Akin," which is now on its last two weeks, and the star-studded family drama series "Walang Hanggang Paalam," have captivated many viewers since 2020.

TV5 will also show the exciting final week of "PBB Connect" starting Monday (March 8) until the Big Night on Sunday (Mar 14), after weeks of bringing real drama and life lessons to viewers through the challenges given by Big Brother to his housemates.

Through this arrangement with Cignal and TV5, ABS-CBN Entertainment will be able to bring its programs through TV5's nationwide reach.

"We welcome the inclusion of ABS-CBN entertainment shows in our roster of programs. We believe that this content deal will benefit Filipino viewers across the country because of TV5's extensive coverage," said Robert P. Galang, Cignal and TV5 president and CEO.

"FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," "Ang Sa Iyo ay Akin," "Walang Hanggang Paalam," and "PBB Connect" are the latest ABS-CBN Entertainment shows to be aired on TV5, following the simulcast of "ASAP Natin 'To" and "FPJ: Da King" every Sunday since January 24.

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Chris Evans is Smart Newest Endorser

As unveiled on Thursday, March 4, Captain America himself Chris Evans is the newest endorser of Philippines' biggest telecommunications company Smart for its #BetterWorld campaign.

Check out #SmartChrisEvans TVC on Smart Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Bea Alonzo and Alden Richards to Star in the Movie “A Moment to Remember” under GMA Pictures, Viva Films, and APT Entertainment

Asia's Multimedia Star Alden Richards and New Generation Movie Queen Bea Alonzo will star in Philippine movie adaptation of the Japanese TV drama titled "A Moment to Remember" to be co-produced by Viva Films, GMA Pictures, and APT Entertainment.

According to Bea, their movie will have a modern look and a Filipino touch since it has been 20 years since Pure Soul aired in Japan.

"But then we're very lucky na nag-inject si Ms. Mel Del Rosario ng Filipino culture doon sa script. And since it's an old title, it was done in 2004, so marami na ring nagbago sa society natin, obviously, with social media and all."

Meanwhile, Alden revealed that he and Bea agreed not to watch the foreign versions of the film to show their own take on the role.

"Since it's an adaptation, we agreed to not really watch 'yung Japanese version, 'yung Korean version, kasi parang, siyempre, kahit papaano naman, kapag may project na ganito, there's always a comparison. What we wanted, as actors, to do our take on how we understood the role," Alden said in an interview.

"A Moment to Remember" will be directed by Nuel Naval.

2 Weeks in a Row! Jhong Hilario Bested Seven Other Celebrity Performers of “Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 3”

After a rousing performance as Filipino rock icon Bamboo, Jhong Hilario was crowned as weekly winner anew in “Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 3.”

The “Sample King” bested the seven other celebrity performers in the hit musical variety competition airing every weekend on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live, and iWantTFC.

Jhong, who is expecting a child soon, took home the P50,000 weekly pot after getting the highest number of votes from the jury and his fellow contestants.

Not to be outdone, host Luis Manzano also got to showcase his talent for rapping and impersonation last Saturday as he performed as Filipino rap legend Andrew E., much to the delight of jury members Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, and Sharon Cuneta, and mentors Jed Madela and Nyoy Volante.

This coming Saturday (March 5) and Sunday (March 6), Jhong targets his third straight win as he transform into the King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias. Meanwhile, the iDolls will perform as Earth, Wind, & Fire, Christian Bables will sing and dance ala-Justin Timberlake, and CJ Navato will relive the talent and charisma of Rico J. Puno.

Jaw-dropping performances are also expected from Klarisse De Guzman, who will come out as Queen of Soul Jaya, Geneva Cruz, who will perform as her cousin Sheryl, Vivoree, who will impersonate pop star Camila Cabello, and Lie Reposposa, who will take the stage as April Boy Regino.

Don’t miss “Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 3” every Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live, and iWantTFC. Also catch the “KaFamiliar Online Live” show with Darren Espanto and AC Bonifacio on Kapamilya Online Live during the show’s commercial breaks.

To watch last week’s performances, go to the official YouTube channel of “Your Face Sounds Familiar” or watch on iWantTFC. Follow @YourFacePH for updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For news, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

More Than 20K Online Viewers Tuned in as Ben&Ben Performs "Inevitable" While Smart Light Up Manila Skies in Special Drone Show

Last February 28, more than 200,000 online viewers were glued to Ben&Ben's and Smart’s official Facebook accounts to witness 100 aerial drones dominate the skies of Metro Manila in a rare musical display made possible by Smart and Ben & Ben.

A one-of-a-kind musical display called “The Inevitable Drone Show” held at the Burnham Green in Rizal Park, Manila, Smart and award-winning folk pop OPM band Ben&Ben collaborated for an unexpected visual treat. This online event also capped the weekend when Smart released the sequel to Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin’s latest TVC.

Ben&Ben’s “Inevitable,” which is also the theme song of the latest campaign starring Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin, inspired Smart subscribers who were able to watch the spectacle online.

No matter how hard life can hit us, [we just have] to really just keep being real, keep being true, keep being good people, and take things one day at a time because the good things are inevitable. I think that’s what we wanted to share—the message of the song,” says Ben&Ben lead vocalist Paolo Benjamin during a recent press conference.

The first and probably the most immediate reason why we accepted this project is because it merges different forms of art with technology to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our audience. Some of us have experienced drone shows before, but only set to pre-existing songs and records. The opportunity to actually score and record the music and live performance to one such show was something we could just not pass up on,” he added.

Check out Smart Communications’ Facebook Page ( for the highlights of this event.

Nothing but love from BinJin, Ben & Ben fans

Those who tuned in and fell in love all over again with the song “Inevitable” last Sunday at 7pm. The light show powered by 100 drones was the perfect representation of Ben & Ben supporters called Liwanags. The fact that drones lit the darkness of night had fans of the band pointing out this meaningful event for them. To the BinJin fans, it was the perfect gift to their perfect couple – A Filipino song powered by technology made possible by the creativity of Filipinos.

Facebook user Jasmine Reyes exclaimed, “Hala! Ang satisfying ng drone show! Thank you, Smart!” in the comments section while entertainment columnist Danny Vibas who also watched the live visual display said, “Boy what a drone show! Amazing!

Hearts and sunflower emojis also dominated the comments section with most of the viewers ecstatic over hearing the song live and seeing the “magic” of synchronized drones happening right before their very eyes.

This is the kind of spell BinJin does as social media went wild the day Smart released the new Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin TVC last February 14. The hashtag #InSmartWeTrust has had a life on its own as posts requesting and begging for a joint commercial film featuring the former Crash Landing On You stars poured in for months leading to the February launch.

Smart had to make things happen and it was definitely worth the wait for Filipino fans and smart subscribers who are self-confessed #BinJinForSmart supporters.

Twitter replies to posts of Smart SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business Jane J. Basas only yielded much love in replies. Twitter user @daffodilyet did not hold back by saying, “Forever grateful to @livesmart and to you Ma’am @JJBasas for making #BinJin as your Smart endorsers. More power and success to your Smart5G [and] Signature campaigns. We love you!

For @binjinhyunson, Smart’s new campaign means so much more: “Kamsahamnida, Ninang J! You did more than that! Thank you, team Smart! You are indeed SIMPLY AMAZING. You made us all from BINJIN NATION swoon, kilig, laugh, die, and live again! May the BinJin love be with us always.

On Facebook, @HyunBin Philippine Fanpage commented, “Smart never fails to give us a high class commercial. It always goes with the elegance and style of Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin. Now that’s what we call, Smart Signature!

Still, other supporters are just simply overwhelmed. “I’m cryring! I love them sooo much! Thank you, Smart,” posted Queenie Grace. While Monica Zhuo said, “Thank you, Smart! I love the commercial and the BTS video!

The fastest network gets faster with 5G

Taking the massive approach to bring two international superstars together in one TV commercial only speaks of how important Smart 5G is for Filipinos. As the latest evolution in wireless communications, Smart 5G offers amazing benefits for users from its superfast data speeds and fiber-like low latency.

From uploading and downloading heavy files in seconds with ease to streaming high- resolution videos seamlessly, playing online games without noticeable lag, and other benefits from cutting-edge apps and services, Smart 5G brings enable users to enjoy fiber-like speeds on their smartphone. 

Smart has partnered with the world’s top smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, Samsung, realme, OPPO, vivo, and Apple to offer Smart 5G-certified devices under Smart Signature 5G Plans so that more subscribers can get to experience the power of 5G. Smart is also making 5G more accessible to everyone with its continued nationwide 5G network expansion to include strategic sites in Metro Manila, Boracay, Cavite, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Laguna, New Clark City in Pampanga, and Rizal.

Smart 5G complements the company’s already extensive 4G/LTE and 3G network in the country, which remains to be the fastest in the Philippines by third-party mobile internet analytics firms such as Ookla and Opensignal.

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, named Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network in the second half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score™ of 24.99, with average speeds of 20.08 Mbps for download, and 7.42 Mbps for upload, based on 3,915,679 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest®.

On the other hand, Opensignal, an independent mobile analytics firm, noted in its November 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report for the Philippines* that Smart remained ahead of the competition in terms of Video Experience, Upload and Download Speed Experience, 4G Availability, and 4G Coverage Experience.

To know more about Smart 5G, visit and follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook at, and Twitter and Instagram at @LiveSmart.

Teacher-Composer Jayson Dedal Releases Debut Single "Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin" Under Insight Music

Of the billions of dreams cast into the void every day, few make it with the certainty - and confidence - that gifted singer-songwriter Jayson Dedal felt when he did.

The 28-year-old Dedal, who is a real-life MAPEH teacher in a public school in Quezon City, recently signed up with maverick record label Insight Music, which has just produced and released his debut single “Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin”.

“Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin” marks Jayson Dedal’s first break as a recording artist under Insight Music, making his first professional affiliation an exceptionally propitious one.

The song also served as one of the official movie soundtracks of the label’s movie production and marketing arm Insight 360 Films’ “Miss Q&A: Para Sa Maganda Lang Ba Ang Love Life?” starring Kakai Bautista and Zoren Legaspi and directed by Lemuel Lorca. The first is expected to be released this summer.

The movie is about lost dreams and trying to redeem them,” says Cahilig. “So having a song like ‘Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin’ is - pun intended - a dream match.”

Apart from his day job as a public school teacher, Dedal has been writing songs since college and is an active member of the Filipino Society of Composers, Artists, and Publishers (FILSCAP). However, the opportunity to be a solo artist seemed to elude Dedal until Insight Music recognized his potential.

Indeed, Insight Music President and Chief Creative Director Chris Cahilig took notice of this fresh new talent early on. It was Dedal, after all, who wrote boy band 1:43’s hit songs such as “Pasensya Na” and “Ikaw Lang Talaga,” as well as “Sa Iba Na Lang” by BOU, which eventually became the official movie sound track of “Mia” (2020).

I have always been incredibly drawn towards Jayson as an artist,” says Cahilig. “His body of work speaks volumes of his gift. And when you listen to what he has to say in ‘Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin’, you’ll understand why we simply had to make sure that his talent is heard.”

Set against lush instrumentation and fueled by Dedal’s buttery vocals, “Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin” conveys Dedal’s deep anxieties about an ambiguous future. Does God hear the songwriter’s ‘prayers’ for a better future?

It’s a personal track, to be sure,” says Dedal. “I wrote it during the lockdown, and it’s the collective result of everything I’ve been worried about - my love life, the future, and my relationship with God.”

Having made peace with his vulnerabilities, Jayson Dedal is even more grateful to Cahilig and Insight Music for giving him the chance to express his creativity, and vent his anxieties, the only way he knows how—through his music.

Cahilig is likewise buoyant about Dedal’s journey in the music industry. “Some people might give a public school teacher one look and put them in a box,” he says. “But if anything, teachers are some of the best storytellers out there, and we’re lucky to have found one as talented and as enthusiastic as Jayson Dedal.”

“Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin” by Jayson Dedal will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and all other streaming platforms on March 5, 2021.

Fantasy Action Thriller "Monster Hunter" Opens in PH Cinemas this March

Big action and big monsters are meant to be seen in the BIG SCREEN. This month, moviegoers will get the full cinematic experience again as Columbia Pictures’ new fantasy action thriller Monster Hunter, opens in Philippine cinemas March 2021!

Film fans are advised to refer to the websites and social pages of their favorite cinemas for more details regarding the film’s playdate and screening times.

Watch the trailer with message from Milla Jovovich:

In Monster Hunter, behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.

Nearly 20 years ago, writer-director Paul W. S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich teamed up with videogame company Capcom and Constantin Film to produce Resident Evil, based on the bestselling videogame. Six movies and $1.2 billion in box office later, the franchise stands as the most successful videogame adaptation of all time.

Now, the team has reunited for Monster Hunter, based on Capcom’s bestselling video game of all time, “Monster Hunter: World,” and the origins of the project point to Anderson’s time in Japan. “I was actually a fan of the ‘Monster Hunter’ game before a lot of people in America and Europe, because I spent a lot of time in Japan,” Anderson explains. “It became one of my favorite countries to visit. Because of that, I started playing ‘Monster Hunter’ in 2008 – and by 2009 I was pitching Capcom on making a movie of the game.”

Over the next nine years, during his frequent trips to Japan, Anderson would play the game – which became something of a passion project. Because the gameplay of “Monster Hunter: World” doesn’t rely on a narrative, Anderson had free rein to invent a story. “It felt like an amazing opportunity to build a whole world on the movie screen, and there were countless stories to tell within that world. The more I thought about it, the more stories and characters began to take root.”

Anderson’s screenplay took a decidedly grounded approach to the wild fantasy elements of monster hunting – in storytelling and design, he would give the real-world audience hooks to latch on to. So, in his story, Anderson focused on a real-world team that becomes trapped in the monster world, and the monster world’s locations would be drawn from some of the real world’s strange and unusual but very real locations.

At every turn, though, Anderson and the filmmakers kept hewing close to the original games that inspired them. “The movie pays honor not just to the ‘Monster Hunter: World’ game, but to the entire franchise that I personally have loved for ten years now,” says Anderson. “The game creators have created a richly textured world, and we embraced that.

When he’d completed the screenplay, Anderson had to do a bit of convincing with Jovovich to play the lead role. “My first thought was, really, from zombies to monsters? You’ve got to be kidding me,” jokes the star of Resident Evil. “He said, ‘Just read it,’ and when I did, I felt like it captured everything I love about making action movies, but I really loved the character of Captain Artemis. She just felt real to me,” concludes Jovovich. “I felt like it would be wonderful to play somebody that disciplined.”

Monster Hunter is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Vlogger, CEO, Student Achiever, and Former "TNT" Contestant Enter Pinoy Big Brother House

Big Brother has another explosive surprise in the next few days as official houseguests will enter his house for a special task with the remaining housemates on “PBB Connect.”

Christian Bahaya and Russco Jarvina emerged as the official houseguests after successfully hurdling Big Brother’s online tasks in “PBB Connect Online Bahay Ni Kuya” on Kumu, wherein they bagged the most number of diamonds with 32.1 million and 27.5, respectively.

Christian, who hails from Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, is fond of showcasing his singing chops by joining competitions. In fact, he was one of the Season 2 semi-finalists of “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” and he even earned a spot in the top 15 of “Your Moment” with his boy group, COVE.

Meanwhile, Russco is an 18-year-old YouTube vlogger and basketball player. He prides himself for being part of his school’s basketball varsity team while juggling his studies. Since Russco also likes being in front of the camera, he spends time making content on TikTok and YouTube. As a natural in the limelight, Russco idolizes Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil, and James Reid.

Joining Christian and Russco are Glenda Dela Cruz Victorio and Dale Patrick Chua. They were chosen after getting the most number of diamonds during “PBB Kumunect ng mga Housemates” with 95.9 million diamonds and 71.2 million diamonds, respectively.

Glenda is a young mom and CEO of a cosmetics and skincare brand. Although she has experienced countless hardships, Glenda is a living proof that anyone can succeed in life with determination and hard work. She was also chosen by Go Negosyo as part of its top 15 ‘Inspiring Negosyante.’

Dale on the other hand, is a 17-year-old student achiever. He is a consistent honor student since grade school and he also juggles academics with his love for basketball as a student athlete. Right now, Dale is pursuing a degree in accountancy to fulfill his dream to become an entrepreneur like his parents.

Christian, Russco, Glenda, and Dale are still completing their mandatory 14-day quarantine before they enter the ‘PBB’ house. What will be their special task as official houseguests?

Find out on “PBB Connect” from Monday to Saturday at 10 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 (Mon-Sat) and 8:30 pm (Sunday), as well as Melai and Enchong on “PBB KUMUnect Tayo: The Afternoon Show” at 5 pm on the PBB Kumu account ( 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

Monday, March 01, 2021

Recap: Regine Velasquez “Freedom” Concert - Explosive Performances, Surprise Guests, World-Class Production

Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid gave an intimate yet explosive live performance at the "Freedom" digital concert, which streamed worldwide last Sunday, February 28.

"Ang feeling ko I'm just singing to one person," said Regine, calling the much-awaited concert "a more personal one" and very different from her previous online shows while addressing the thousands of Filipino viewers who tuned in from different parts of the world.

"Freedom's" repertoire - which includes Billie Eilish's "When The Party Is Over," TWICE's "Heart Shaker," Elton John's "Brooklyn Yellow Brick Road," and Britney Spears "Hit Me Baby One More Time" - was indeed distinctive, surprising audiences with songs that bared Regine's beautiful range and exceptional artistry.

The concert, produced by ABS-CBN Events and IME and presented by PLDT, also brought to life her astonishing "Himala" duet - one of the show's major surprises - with rock royalty Bamboo.

Regine's #FreedomConcert, which became one of the top trending topics on Twitter for hours on Sunday night, also presented her rendition of several OPM hits such as The Juans' "Istorya" and Ben&Ben's "Leaves" and of own songs '"Bukas Sana" and "Tanging Mahal."

She also gave a beautiful rendition of Madonna's "Crazy For You," which she dedicated to her husband of 10 years, Ogie Alcasid, and a touching performance of "Make You Feel My Love" featuring the voice of their son Nate.

She closed the one-night show with a wish. "I realized that we all want freedom from fear, financial difficulties, anxiety, depression, a lot of things. But there's another kind of freedom," she said, citing her hope for the "truth" for all the viewers.

Filipino audiences worldwide got to watch "Freedom: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid Digital Concert' via ABS-CBN's various platforms, iWantTFC, TFC IPTV, and SKYcable PPV.

The show's stage direction was led by Paolo Valenciano, TV direction by Frank Mamaril, and musical direction by Raul Mitra.

Sarah Geronimo's "Tala: The Film Concert" Airs March 27 on KTX.PH, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV

Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo is back in the limelight as she treats fans to a one-night only event for “Tala: The Film Concert,” which will premiere worldwide on KTX.PH, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV on March 27 at 8 PM.

Named after her smash hit, the two-hour film will offer a live concert experience where fans will get to see the star perform 18 songs including her fresh interpretations of “Kilometro,” “Ikot-ikot” and “Isa Pang Araw.” A surprise guest will also be joining Sarah on stage for two special numbers.

Viewers can purchase regular tickets on KTX.PH for P1,500 and VVIP tickets for P3,000. VVIP ticket holders will be also treated to a special interaction segment with Sarah via Zoom.

iWantTFC users in the Philippines can also purchase regular tickets priced at P1,500 via web on and the Android app. Fans outside the Philippines, meanwhile, can get regular tickets for USD25 on iWantTFC and TFC IPTV.

Produced by Viva Entertainment, “Tala: The Film Concert” was taped last December at the Araneta Coliseum. It is directed by Paul Basinillo, with Louie Ocampo as the musical director and Georcelle Dapat-Sy as the creative director.

Watch the one and only Sarah G’s return to the concert stage in “Tala: The Film Concert,” streaming worldwide on KTX.PH, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV on March 27 (Saturday) at 8 PM (Manila time).

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MNL48 Crowns Abelaine Trinidad as the Third Generation Center Girl

The third time turned out to be a charm for 23-year-old Abelaine Trinidad as she was proclaimed the Third Generation Center Girl of MNL48 after she got the most number of votes in the MNL48 Third General Election, on "It's Showtime" today (February 20).

After finishing Rank 2 in the First General Election and Rank 3 in the Second General Election, Abby finally secured the Center Girl position to lead the Third-Year members this year.

The MNL48 Third General Election is an annual event where fans get to choose who among their oshis they think should be part of the Top 48, following the system of MNL48’s international sister group, AKB48. The said election started last March 2020 and ended last November 2020.

"Grabe hindi ko ineexpect bilang first generation member na ngayon na naging parte pa rin ng third generation member," Abby said. "Thank you so much sa binigay niyong opportunity kasi talagang tinulungan niyo ako mag-improve. Kaya po ako nandito dahil sa inyo. Kung wala po kayo wala din po dito. Thank you sa MNLoves, family and friends po. Kaya po ang dahilan kung bakit ako nandito.”

Coming in 2nd in this year's general election is MNL48's First Generation Center Girl, Sheki Arzaga while Maria Jamie Beatrice Alberto took the 3rd Rank. Completing the KAMI7 are MNL48 Ruth (Rank 4), Ella (Rank 5), Jan (Rank 6), and Andi (Rank 7). Adding to the Senbatsu roster are Jem, Yzabel, Gab, Alice, Princess, Lara, Coleen, Thea, and Tin. The new Senbatsu led by Abby, together with the Undergirls will start preparing for their 7th single.

Meanwhile, four of Third General Election's hashtags also trended on Twitter last Saturday. As of this writing, netizens have produced 600,000 tweets about the said election.

Stay tuned for updates on their latest single and other projects on MNL48's official social media accounts on Facebook (, Twitter, Instagram, Kumu, and TikTok (@mnl48official) for more updates and exclusive content, and subscribe to its official YouTube channel.

Zack Snyder's "Army Of The Dead" Premieres May 21 on Netflix

Army Of The Dead, a zombie heist film set in Las Vegas, written, created, and directed by Zack Snyder will is set to stream on Netflix on May 21.

Topbilled by Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, and Ana De La Reguera, "Army of the Dead" follows a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Francine Diaz, Donny Pangilinan, Arjo Atayde, and Gary Valenciano Remain Strong as Kapamilyas

The trust and love for ABS-CBN remain strong for Kapamilya stars Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Francine Diaz, Donny Pangilinan, Arjo Atayde, and Gary Valenciano, who renewed their contact with the network that they all call home.

ABS-CBN executives warmly welcomed each of the six stars who still chose to be with ABS-CBN at the “Kapamilya Strong” special contract signing event and media conference on Friday (February 26).

First to sign a new contract was Maymay whose eyes were sparkling with joy.

Mahalaga sa akin ang pagiging Kapamilya dahil dito ako nagsimula. Para sila ang naging tulay ng mga pangarap ko. Dito ko nahanap ang purpose ko,” Maymay, who was last seen in the digital romcom movie “Princess DayaReese,” shared. Maymay will continue to be part of “ASAP Natin ‘To” and “iWant ASAP.”

Meanwhile, Maymay’s loveteam partner, Edward, is ready to take more risks this 2021. According to the host of the MYX online show “Kwentong Barber” on Kumu, “kailangan kong sumugal ng konti ngayong taon. To jump, to take risks. I’ll take a chance. I’ll train, not try.”

As for Francine Diaz, she is now busy preparing for her comeback in the much-awaited biggest inspirational teleserye, “Huwag Kang Mangamba” with the Gold Squad.

Inaaral ko ang mga eksena, lalo na po ‘yung scenes na kasama ako. Pero kinakabahan din po ako kasi kailangan marami kaming mabigay na message at lessons sa mga Kapamilya natin,” Francine explained.

One of the stars who also marked a career milestone with ABS-CBN was Donny Pangilinan who will be seen next on the upcoming iWantTFC series, “He’s Into Her,” opposite Belle Mariano.

I'm glad to be here in my roots. Thank you so much ABS-CBN for giving me wings to fly as well,” Donny added.

2020’s Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Actor Arjo Atayde also inked a new contract with ABS-CBN and teased that he is already working on a new project for the Kapamilya network.

Although Arjo was tightlipped about the project, he said that he’s excited to work again. He also became emotional while expressing his gratitude to the network.

It [ABS-CBN] feels like home. For a lot of reasons they take care of us. They give us the projects we deserve, as long as we work hard for it. I just love being a Kapamilya and I will stay here no matter what,” Arjo said who also received a special video message from girlfriend Maine Mendoza and his co-star in "The General's Daughter," the Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano.

One of the pillars of OPM, Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano, was also filled with gratitude as he remains a Kapamilya. According to Gary V, who will still be seen every Sunday on “ASAP Natin ‘To,” he and his co-artists will continue to spread happiness and inspiration.

What do I hope for this 2021? Just for us to continue to inspire and encourage so many people out there through our music, stories, dance. Everything,” he said.

Like Arjo, the rest of the stars also received special video messages. Maymay’s mother in Japan greeted her, while Edward got a message from a charity organization in Thailand called Friends of Thai Daughters. Meanwhile, Belle Mariano greeted Donny, and finally, Gary V’s granddaughter, Leia, gave a short, but adorable greeting.

Meanwhile, before the “Kapamilya Strong” event started, it already became a hot topic on Twitter, with multiple trending topics, including #KapamilyaStrong, #MayWardSolidKapamilya, and #DonnySolidKapamilya, among others.

Among the ABS-CBN executives present were chairman Mark Lopez, president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, COO of broadcast Cory Vidanes, head of entertainment production and head of Star Magic Laurenti Dyogi, managing director of ABS-CBN Film Productions Olivia Lamasan, and head of finance, Rick Tan.

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

NBA Partners with Smart to Launch

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and digital services provider Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) announced the relaunch of, the league’s official digital destination in the country. The announcement builds on the NBA and Smart’s existing partnership to provide Smart subscribers with access to NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service, and NBA.Smart, Smart’s over-the-top service that livestreams NBA TV Philippines, a localized version of the NBA’s dedicated 24/7 channel.

The online NBA destination will offer Filipino fans access to game highlights, stats, standings, scores, schedules and more. In addition, will offer localized content, including recaps and analysis from its roster of sports reporters and basketball personalities, as well as a weekly podcast titled “NBA Hype Squad,” which will feature discussions hosted by local influencers about the latest league news. As part of Smart’s promotions, the network will provide its prepaid and postpaid subscribers access to editorial content on without incurring data charges.

We’re excited to partner with Smart and relaunch as we continue to expand our digital footprint in the country,” said Ramez Sheikh, NBA Asia Head of Global Content and Media Distribution. “Through our redesigned destination, fans will be able to connect with their favorite teams and players through instant access to NBA news and original content.”

This is a huge milestone not only for Smart, but also for Filipino fans who now have a dedicated new platform to follow their idols, stay up-to-date on games, and engage with fans who share the same passion for hardcourt action,” said Smart President and CEO Alfredo Panlilio. “ bolsters our line-up of NBA offerings for Smart subscribers, which embodies our “It’s all here” campaign tagline and reflects our commitment to bringing the world’s premier basketball league closer to fans nationwide.

Smart users can watch the 2020-21 NBA season by subscribing to NBA League Pass, which is offered in monthly and 3-Game Choice packages at Php 485 and Php 85, respectively. NBA League Pass provides the most comprehensive live and on-demand access to an entire season of NBA games in high-definition with live stats and additional camera angles including NBA Mobile View, which delivers a closer shot of the action optimized for viewing on mobile devices.

Additionally, Smart prepaid customers can watch the livestream of NBA TV Philippines by subscribing to Smart’s data packages by dialing *123#, choosing GIGA VIDEO 99 and registering their mobile and ticket number on NBA.Smart. GIGA VIDEO provides 1 GB for watching videos on NBA League Pass, YouTube and Cignal Play as well as 2 GB of additional data per week.

Smart subscribers can visit and follow Smart’s social media accounts on Facebook and @livesmart on Instagram and Twitter for more details on promotions and services.

Fans in the Philippines can follow NBA Philippines on Facebook (@NBAPhilippines) and Twitter (@NBA_Philippines).

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