Saturday, March 20, 2021

Kapamilya and Kapuso Stars Lead Nominees in PMPC Star Awards for Movies 2021

Asia's Multimedia Star Alden Richards and Kapuso Chinito Heartthrob David Licauco lead Kapuso nominees at the 2021 PMPC Star Awards for Movies.

Alden is nominated as Movie Actor of the Year for 'Hello, Love, Goodbye,' while David got a nod as New Movie Actor of the Year for 'Because I Love You.'

Newest Kapuso Royce Cabrera also got the nod as New Movie Actor of the Year for his Cinemalaya film 'Fuccbois'.

Meanwhile, Michelle Dee is nominated for New Movie Actress of the Year for 'Because I Love You.'

'Hello, Love, Goodbye,' Khalil Ramos and Gabbi Garcia-starred 'LSS,' Rocco Nacino-starred 'Write About Love,' and Paolo Ballesteros and Martin del Rosario-starred 'The Panti Sisters' are competing for the Movie of the Year award.

Gabbi and Khalil, Kathryn Bernardo and Alden, and Maine Mendoza and Carlo Aquino are nominated for Movie Loveteam of the Year for their movies 'LSS,' 'Hello, Love Goodbye,' and 'Isa Pa With Feelings.'

Here is the full list of nominees released by the Philippine Movie Press Club:

"Hello, Love, Goodbye" (Star Cinema)
"LSS" (Globe Studios and Dokimos Media Inc.)
"Maria" (BlackOps Studios Asia and Viva Films)
"Quezon's Game" (Star Cinema, Kinitek Productions, iWant)
"The Panti Sisters" (Black Sheep Productions, The IdeaFirst Company, Quantum Films)
"Unforgettable" (Viva Films and The IdeaFirst Company)
"Write About Love" (TBA Studios)

Crisanto Aquino (Write About Love)
Jade Castro (LSS)
Cathy Garcia-Molina (Hello, Love, Goodbye)
Pedring Lopez (Maria)
Erik Matti (Kuwaresma)
Jun Robles Lana (The Panti Sisters)
Jun Robles Lana and Perci Intalan (Unforgettable)

"Babae At Baril" (Cignal Entertainment, Epicmedia, QCinema)
"Edward" (Cinemalaya Foundation, Awkward Penguin, Viva Films, Outpost Visual Frontier)
"Guerrero Dos, Tuloy Ang Laban" (EBC Films)
"John Denver Trending" (Cinemalaya Foundation, What If Films Philippines, Southern Lantern Pictures, Tinker Bulb Productions, Outpost Visual Frontier)
"Kalel, 15" (The IdeaFirst Company, Octobertrain Films, Cignal Entertainment)
"Lola Igna" (ERJ Found Films and EMBA Productions)
"Metamorphosis" (Rebelde Films and Cinema One Originals)
"Mindanao" (Center Stage Productions)

Arden Rod Condez (John Denver Trending)
Carlo Ortega Cuevas (Guerrero Dos, Tuloy Ang Laban)
Brillante Mendoza (Mindanao)
Thop Nazareno (Edward)
Rae Red (Babae At Baril)
Jun Robles Lana (Kalel, 15)
Eduardo Roy, Jr. (Lola Igna)
J.E. Tiglao (Metamorphosis)

Louise Abuel (Edward)
Carlo Aquino (Isa Pa With Feelings)
Gold Azeron (Metamorphosis)
Raymond Bagatsing (Quezon's Game)
Elijah Canlas (Kalel, 15)
Jansen Magpusao (John Dever Trending)
Aga Muhlach (Miracle In Cell No.7)
Alden Richards (Hello, Love, Goodbye)
Julio Sabenorio (Guerrero Dos, Tuloy Ang Laban)

Bea Alonzo (Unbreakable)
Kathryn Bernardo (Hello, Love, Goodbye)
Angie Ferro (Lola Igna)
Sarah Geronimo (Unforgettable)
Janine Gutierrez (Babae At Baril)
Ruby Ruiz (Iska)
Sylvia Sanchez (Jesusa)
Judy Ann Santos (Mindanao)
Jodi Sta. Maria (Clarita)

John Arcilla (Miracle in Cell No. 7)
Joem Bascon (Write About Love)
Elijah Canlas (Babae At Baril)
Ricky Davao (Fuccbois)
Arturo De Guzman (Guerrero Dos, Tuloy Ang Laban)
Ronnie Lazaro (Maria)
JC Santos (Miracle in Cell No. 7)
Joel Torre (Miracle in Cell No. 7)

Yayo Aguila (Metamorphosis)
Angel Aquino (Kaputol)
Ella Cruz (Edward)
Jaclyn Jose (Kalel, 15)
Maricel Laxa (Hello, Love, Goodbye)
Gina Pareño (Unforgettable)
Meryll Soriano (John Denver Trending)
Tuesday Vargas (LSS)

Louise Abuel (Edward)
Royce Cabrera (Fuccbois)
Kent Gonzales (Kuwaresma)
David Licauco (Because I Love You)
Jin Macapagal (Damaso)
Jansen Magpusao (John Denver Trending)
Paolo Marcoleta (Guerrero Dos, Tuloy ang Laban)
L.A. Santos (Maria)

Michelle Dee (Because I Love You)
Laura Lehmann (Elise)
Cindy Miranda (Adan)
Alyssa Muhlach (Clarita)
Riva Quenery (Damaso)
KZ Tandingan (The Art Of Ligaw)
Gillian Vicencio (Eerie)
Xia Vigor (Miracle In Cell No. 7)

Miel Espinoza (Elise)
Grace Ann Betalmos (Pailalim)
Pryle Gura (Iska)
Elia Ilano (Ulan)
Jorden Suan (Verdict)
Yuna Tangog (Mindanao)
Xia Vigor (Miracle In Cell No. 7)

Gretchen Barretto
Liza Diño-Seguerra
Piolo Pascual
Ahwel Paz
Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr.
Sylvia Sanchez
Joed Serrano
Alfred Vargas

Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil (Alone / Together)
Julia Barretto and Gerald Anderson (Between Maybes)
Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos (LSS)
Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards (Hello, Love, Goodbye)
Maine Mendoza and Carlo Aquino (Isa Pa With Feelings)
Nadine Lustre and Carlo Aquino (Ulan)
Janine Gutierrez and Enchong Dee (Elise)
Anne Curtis and Marco Gumabao (Just A Stranger)

PayMaya Brings Php1-M Aguinaldo to QC Employee and Gawad Kalinga in Paymayaguinaldo Raffle Promo

For Stefan Ema Mae Corregidor, the joy of going cashless became sweeter when she learned that she won the Php1-million grand prize in the PayMayaguinaldo Raffle Promo.

With this prize money, the 31-year-old employee from Quezon City is sharing and giving back the joy to her family by building a home for her mother who is currently residing in Davao City.

What made the news priceless for Stefan is also knowing that through the PayMayaguinaldo Raffle Promo, another Php1-million worth of "aguinaldo" is being given to the Gawad Kalinga School for Experiential & Entrepreneurial Development (GK-SEED) Philippines to help graduates who have set up their own enterprises accelerate the growth of their business.

As Filipinos celebrated a more somber holiday season due to COVID-19, PayMaya thought of how to make its PayMayaguinaldo promo more rewarding. First, it gave PayMaya users a chance to win 1 million pesos by simply paying via PayMaya QR and their PayMaya registered mobile number at partner merchants or purchasing prepaid load and other treats at the PayMaya in-app shop.

On top of this, PayMaya aimed to share the blessing with agri-entrepreneurs from underprivileged communities through GK-SEED Philippines. For the past three years, PayMaya has chosen GK-SEED as campaign beneficiary because of its track record in helping the youth overcome poverty through education and entrepreneurship.

"Amid the global pandemic, millions of Filipinos have joined the 'cashless' revolution for safer and more convenient payments. With our PayMayaguinaldo promo rewards and cashback, we provided a merrier way to pay. The experience was also made extra rewarding as our promo campaign gave our customers the means to give back to the community by helping support student scholars of GK-SEED and overall foster agri-entrepreneurship," said Mark Dee, Head of Growth Marketing and Partnerships at PayMaya Philippines.

For Stefan, she discovered PayMaya during the community quarantine. After using the PayMaya app for government bills payments the first time, she has been continuously enjoying the convenience and rewards every time she pays bills, shops online, buys load, among others. From doing cash transactions, Stefan has also shifted to PayMaya for sending money to her loved ones and family members. It eliminated the hassles of travelling to payment centers and lining up to just to send funds.

"PayMaya helped in making my life easier amid the pandemic as it offered a safer, more convenient and rewarding way to pay for my transactions whether online or in-store. With this, I'm able to enjoy the benefits of going cashless and avoid the use of cash which can be the source of the virus." said Stefan.

Meanwhile, for GK-SEED, PayMaya's "aguinaldo" will go towards providing a combination of live and virtual mentorship to its graduate scholars and kickstart resources to support their agri-enterprises.

"We'd like to thank PayMaya for the continued support for our young students who are the greatest gems of our institution. This 'PayMayaguinaldo' will help strengthen our mission in empowering agri-entrepreneurs to build a better and stronger country," said Mark Lawrence Cruz, GK-SEED School Director.

Getting your own PayMaya account and enjoying the rewards of going cashless is very easy. Just download the PayMaya app at and register an account to find out what it's like to go cashless with the fastest, safest, and most rewarding way to pay for anything online and in stores! Remember, for your everyday needs, don't pay cash. PayMaya!

PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines with platforms and services that cut across consumers, merchants, communities, and government. Through its enterprise business, it is the largest digital payments processor for key industries in the country including "everyday" merchants such as the largest retail, food, gas, and eCommerce merchants as well as government agencies and units.

Through its app and wallet, PayMaya provides over 28 million Filipinos with access to financial services. Customers can conveniently pay, add money, cash out or remit through its over 200,000 digital touchpoints nationwide. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 37,000 partner agent touchpoints nationwide serves as last-mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to digital services.

To know more about PayMaya's products and services, visit or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Singapore-Based Pinoy Artists Tonie Enriquez and Dave Anonuevo Release Collab Track “Love Ain’t Real”

Singapore-based Filipino music artists Tonie Enriquez and Dave Anonuevo just released their new single "love ain't real," which paints the emptiness in love's uncertainty through its English and Filipino lyrics.

Released under ABS-CBN's Tarsier Records, "love ain't real" is about a relationship that felt too good to be true and uses its strong bass lines and impactful kicks to evoke heightened emotions. Tonie and Dave co-wrote the song, with the latter also being its producer.

"The Filipino lyrics in the bridge was our personal favorite because we both know that the 'hugot' language hits the hardest. The transition from first drop to the bridge strikes to represent the feeling of being complete to feeling empty," the duo shared.

The pop-electronic track is the first Tarsier Records project of Tonie and Dave, who both grew up in Singapore. Individually, Tonie is a singer-songwriter and an experienced stage performer while Dave has made quite a name for himself in the Lion City through his impressive portfolio with established and rising artists.

But their constant homesickness to the Philippines along with the urge to seek a deep and meaningful connection to their home country have led them to make music with the Manila-based label.

"Beyond just a perfect match in Tarsier's sound and ours, we really love the message that Tarsier Records stands for, 'to become the bridge for Pinoy artists to have an opportunity to enter the global music scene,'" they said.

Stream Tonie and Dave's "love ain't real," out now on various digital music platforms. For updates, follow Tarsier Records on various social media accounts @tarsierrecords.

GMA Network Wins Platinum Award in Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands 2020

Media giant GMA Network recently received the Platinum Award for the TV Network Category at the 22nd Annual Reader's Digest Trusted Brands Awards.

The Platinum Award is the highest recognition among the trusted brands in the Philippines that are shortlisted in the Reader's Digest annual event.

Earning another accolade in their roster of awards as well were GMA News pillars Jessica Soho and Mike Enriquez. Soho was conferred the "Most Trusted TV Host/Presenter" for News and Current Affairs category while Enriquez won as "Most Trusted Radio Presenter."

"Once more thank you to Reader's Digest for this award and the trust. This couldn't have come at a better time because things are really hard right now and we all could do with the extra push and inspiration. Thank you for going out of your way to give this out once more, despite all the restrictions and the pandemic. Congratulations to all the winners. God bless all of us," Soho said during the virtual awarding ceremony.

In 2018, Soho received her eighth "Most Trusted News Presenter" award - earning her the distinction of being the first ever Hall of Fame awardee for the said category. She currently hosts the country's number one program, "Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho."

Enriquez likewise expressed his gratitude upon winning his award. "Thank you very much Reader's Digest Trusted Brand for this award as the "Most Trusted Radio Presenter" for 2020 -  most cherished award. Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration to do even better, and thank you for recognizing our profession," he said in his acceptance speech.

The GMA News pillar anchors "Saksi sa Dobol B" on the Network's flagship AM radio station Super Radyo DZBB 594khz. Enriquez is currently the president of RGMA. On TV, he co-anchors the Network's flagship newscast "24 Oras" and hosts the public affairs program "Imbestigador."

Reader's Digest, through its Trusted Brand Survey, recognizes which brands and services, as well as the personalities, consumers trust the most. Due to the pandemic, the awarding ceremonies were held via the inaugural virtual awards made available on its website.

SMART Releases Rocket WiFi Powered by 5G Network

Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. is blazing a trail of 5G innovations in the country as it has launched Rocket WiFi, the country's first and fastest 5G Pocket WiFi.

Powered by Smart 5G's superfast speeds and ultra-low latency, Rocket WiFi enables subscribers to enjoy next-level digital experiences at home or on the go – from streaming HD videos seamlessly, playing action-packed mobile games without lag, making crystal-clear video calls without buffering, and uploading and downloading heavy files in an instant.

Specially designed for sharing and multitasking, Rocket WiFi can connect up to 15 WiFi-capable smartphones, tablets, or laptops, making it simpler and easier for more users to experience the lightning speeds of Smart 5G on a wide range of devices. Rocket WiFi also enables users to enjoy all-day connectivity with its heavy-duty 5,000mAh battery.

Front row seats to 5G-powered experiences

"We're very proud to launch the Rocket WiFi, the country's first-ever 5G-powered Pocket WiFi, as part of our thrust to simply bring the latest technology and cutting-edge innovations in the hands of Filipinos," said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

"With the Rocket WiFi, our subscribers have front-row seats to new and exciting digital experiences that can only be made possible by Smart 5G, the most extensive 5G network in the Philippines," she added.

The Rocket WiFi is available with Signature Data Plan S for P1,324 per month for 36 months, with a one-time cashout of P5,300.

Data Plan S comes with 20GB per month to cover all online activities. It also comes with the Data Rollover feature, so all unused data from the previous month will be carried over to the next month.

To sign up for a new Smart Bro 5G Rocket WiFi Plan, customers can visit the Smart Online Store or head to select Smart Stores in Metro Manila.

The leader in 5G

The launch of the Rocket WiFi comes amid its ongoing nationwide 5G rollout, Smart has fired up more than 1,700 5G sites across the country – the most extensive coverage in the Philippines.

Smart is at the forefront of the 5G revolution in the Philippines as the first local telco to launch 5G services nationwide last July 2020 in Metro Manila, and strategic areas in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. Smart 5G recently went live in Benguet, Misamis Oriental, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

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

Country's fastest mobile data network

Smart 5G complements Smart's continuous expansion of its 4G/LTE network. Smart's mobile network is already the fastest in the country, as reported by third-party mobile internet analytics firm 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®. Ookla has also cited Smart as the country's fastest mobile data network for three years in a row now*.

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 Rocket WiFi, visit

11th “Himig” Grand Winner Announcement on March 21

A new 'Himig' grand winner will finally emerge as the 11th edition of the country's biggest songwriting competition marks its culmination this Sunday (March 21), enriching the contest's legacy with a distinct batch of meaningful OPM songs.

For the first time in 'Himig's' history, the winning composer will receive a house and lot from Lumina Homes along with a P300,000 cash prize. The 2nd placer will meanwhile receive P200,000, 3rd placer goes home with P150,000, 4th placer bags P100,000 and the 5th placer will get P80,000.

Recipients of the "Most Streamed Song," "MYX Choice for Best Music Video," and "MOR Entertainment Choice Award" will each take home P25,000, while "TFC's Global Choice" will be given 1,000 USD. "Himig TikTok Choice Award" will also be revealed during the awarding.

Featuring performances by the top 12 interpreters, the Himig 11th Edition finals night will be hosted by Edward Barber with Jayda and Jona—who will also perform on the show alongside other OPM's finest Erik Santos, Sheryn Regis, Nyoy Volante, Bugoy Drilon, Liezel Garcia and Jed Madela.

The highly-anticipated event will be streamed live for P199 on at 7 PM and will be followed by a 10:30 PM delayed telecast and streaming on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, TFC Cable and Satellite IPTV, ABS-CBN Star Music, MYX Philippines, MOR Entertainment, and One Music PH's YouTube channels, and ABS-CBN Music's official TikTok account (@abscbnmusic).

Himig 11th Edition's finalists who are vying to win Best Song are:

Kenneth Reodica's "Ang Hirap Maging Mahirap" by Davey Langit ft. Kritiko
Joanna Ang's "Bulalakaw" by Janine Berdin ft. Joanna
Dan Tañedo's "Ibang Planeta" by ZILD
Jabez Orara's "Ika'y Babalik Pa Ba" by Juris
David Mercado's "Kahit Kunwari Man Lang" by Moira Dela Torre and Agsunta
John Francis and Jayson Franz Pasicolan's "Kahit Na Masungit" by Jeremy G and Kyle Echarri
Daryl Cielo's "Kulang Ang Mundo" by Sam Mangubat
Danielle Balagtas' "Marupok" by KZ Tandingan
Erica Sabalboro's "Out" by FANA
Kiss 'N Tell's Pahina"
Mariah Moriones' "Tabi-Tabi Po" by JMKO
SJ Gandia's "Tinadhana Sa'Yo" by Zephanie

Who among these finalists will be deemed Best Song? Find out on Sunday (March 21) by tuning in to the #Himig11thEdition finals night via various platforms.

For more details, follow on Facebook.

(Trailer) “The Unholy” by Spider-man Producer Sam Raimi

Columbia Pictures has just released the international trailer of the supernatural horror-thriller The Unholy from producer Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Evil Dead).

Check out the trailer at YouTube: and watch The Unholy in Philippine cinemas soon.

About The Unholy

Be careful who you pray to....

On the holiest weekend of the year comes The Unholy, which follows Alice, a young hearing-impaired girl who, after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick. As word spreads and people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hoping to revive his career visits the small New England town to investigate. When terrifying events begin to happen all around, he starts to question if these phenomena are the works of the Virgin Mary or something more sinister.

The Unholy is produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Evan Spiliotopoulos, written for the screen and directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos, and is based upon James Herbert's best-selling book Shrine.

The film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Katie Aselton, William Sadler, Cricket Brown, with Diogo Morgado and Cary Elwes.

The Unholy will be distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Liza Soberano and Shay Mitchell Topbill Netflix Original Anime Series "Trese"

Netflix revealed the lead voice cast of "Trese," the highly anticipated Netflix Original Anime series based on the Philippine graphic novel created by Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo. 

Filipino actress Liza Soberano (My Ex and Whys, Alone/Together) will voice Alexandra Trese in the Filipino language version of the series. Filipino-Canadian actress Shay Mitchell (YOU, Pretty Little Liars) will voice the lead character in the English version.

Set in a Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings.

Speaking about the lead cast, Executive Producer Jay Oliva said, “As a fan of the komiks, I knew that the title role of Alexandra Trese was going to be challenging to cast for the animated series. It is important for the voice talent to embrace the layered character to fully become Alexandra Trese. My concerns went away as soon as Shay Mitchell stepped into the recording booth. Shay’s Alexandra exceeded my expectations and she delivers a performance of strength, determination and family duty that is at the very core of the character. If that wasn't enough, imagine my delight when we confirmed Liza Soberano joining the Filipino voice cast! I am a big fan of hers and she fits the character so well. Having Liza play Alexandra Trese for the series makes this project even more special to me and my team!

I'm so excited to be a part of a unique and amazing project like Trese, and to voice a character as brilliant as Alexandra Trese. Philippine folklore is rich and fascinating, and I am thrilled to be a part of the team bringing this story to life." - Shay Mitchell

"It’s an honor to be the voice of an iconic character such as Alexandra Trese. I’m a huge fan of Budjette and KaJO’s award-winning Trese comics. Maraming salamat! Excited na ako!” - Liza Soberano

Trese will premiere in 2021, only on Netflix (

TNT and TV5 Team-up to Promote Pinoy Pride in Search Philippines' Biggest Pop Boyband in "PoPinoy"

Mobile services brand TNT has teamed up with TV5 in promoting Pinoy pride with Popinoy, a nationwide reality talent show in search for the country's biggest Pop Boyband.

Popinoy is the first nationwide reality talent show that will follow the journey of aspiring Filipino boy band members as they vie for a spot to be the next Pinoy Pop Idols.

Big local celebrities are set to join as judges and hosts for the all-new reality show, which has been created by top-notch producers and content creators in the industry -  including Archangel Media's President and CEO, director Mike Tuviera.

Up for grabs are a P1.25 million cash prize, a talent and imaging contract with APT Entertainment, and a TNT endorsement contract.

Online and nationwide auditions are open to all 18-24 years old, singing and dancing groups composed of 3 to 5 male members with the skills, the talents, and the charms to take the world stage on. For more information on how to join, go to

TNT has always been a brand that champions local talent and Pinoy pride. Through our partnership with TV5, we are taking it to a whole new level by giving talented Filipino artists a platform to shine and fulfill their dreams while celebrating our original and rapidly evolving Pinoy Pop music. We are excited to discover the best Filipino all-around performers and to support them as they pursue their dreams," said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

We share the same vision with TNT in showcasing world -class Pinoy talent. We are hopeful that in the future we will see our very own Pinoy Pop idols dominate the world stage," said Robert P. Galang, President and CEO Cignal TV and TV 5.

Country's fastest mobile data network

TNT is powered by Smart LTE, the country's fastest mobile data network as certified 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 the Popinoy, follow TNT’s official accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Look: Andrea Brillantes' 18th Birthday Grand Debut Shoot

For her 18th birthday, Andrea Brillantes is celebrating the way she deserves: on the digital cover of top fashion title, Metro!

This month, the star, social media maven, and beauty muse is gracing the cover of Metro in celebration of the day she becomes a woman. In our conversation with Andrea, we talked about how much she’s grown in the last five years, the success of "Kadenang Ginto" and her upcoming teleserye “Huwag Kang Mangamba” this month, her newly-finished dream house for her family, and her being social media savvy, among others.

The concept, “Grand Debut,” was done in collaboration with Star Magic head Direk Lauren Dyogi. The debutante of the year, Andrea, was transformed by Metro with 18 looks. Since she couldn’t throw a traditional 18th birthday party considering the current circumstances, Metro organized this stylish debut-themed shoot for her instead.

She wore creations by some of the country's top fashion designers, like Michael Leyva, Mak Tumang, Francis Libiran, Mark Bumgarner, Vania Romoff, Patty Ang, Joe San Antonio, Debbie Co, Patricia Santos, Steph Tan, and Erika dela Cruz, as well as pieces from the H&M x Simone Rocha collection.

Andrea also got to work with some of the best talents in the fashion industry. The shoot was creative directed and styled by Eldzs Mejia, while she was photographed by Doc Marlon Pecjo, and had her hair and makeup done by RJ dela Cruz and Anthea Bueno. The shoot itself was styled by Gideon Hermosa, and Nice Print Photo captured precious behind-the-scenes moments in photos and videos. And of course, only the most regal venue for a young queen like herself: The shoot took place in Palacio de Memoria in Parañaque.

(Trailer) "In The Heights" Starring Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Jimmy Smits

The time has come to turn up the volume! Check out the new trailer of Warner Bros.’ “In the Heights” and watch the film soon in Philippine cinemas.

About “In the Heights”

The creator of “Hamilton” and the director of “Crazy Rich Asians” invite you to a cinematic event, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big... “In the Heights.”

Lights up on Washington Heights...The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

“In the Heights” fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director John M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.

“In the Heights” stars Anthony Ramos (“A Star is Born,” Broadway’s “Hamilton”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton,” “BlacKkKlansman”), singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barerra (TV’s “Vida”), Olga Merediz (Broadway’s “In the Heights”), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s “Rent”), Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s “Matilda the Musical”), Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Dascha Polanco (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”) and Jimmy Smits (the “Star Wars” films).

Chu is directing the film from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes; it is based on the musical stage play, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and concept by Miranda. “In the Heights” is produced by Miranda and Hudes, together with Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman and Mara Jacobs. David Nicksay and Kevin McCormick served as executive producers.

“In the Heights” was filmed in New York, primarily on location in the dynamic community of Washington Heights.

“In the Heights” is distributed worldwide and in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss "Zack Snyder’s Justice League" on HBO Go via SKY

"Zack Snyder’s Justice League" has more to offer to fans in this superhero-stacked film featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg.

"Zack Snyder's Justice League" promises to be a rollercoaster ride experience. Here are five reasons why you should watch it as it arrives on Philippine shores on HBO GO via SKY:

Zack Snyder's version is four hours and two minutes long

Zack Snyder's version proves to be a jam-packed wonder for fans to experience as it promises a four-hour epic, expanding the backstories of our beloved heroes—from the introduction of Cyborg's mother, Elinore Stone; the love interest of The Flash in Iris West; the appearance of Vulko (Willem Dafoe) and how he deepens Aquaman's story arc; to the emotional affair between Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Superman himself.

More screen time also means more action-packed scenes, more characters to behold, and provides viewers a much broader spectrum.

Never-before-seen, existing-footage for die-hard DC fans

With its extended running time, the film promises more never-before-seen footage. Apart from the featured Justice League heroes—Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher)—fans should watch out for another member in the mix in Calvin Swanwick, also known as the Martian Manhunter (Harry Lennix).

Fierce adversary Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello) also has extended scenes in the film, while Ryan Choi (Zheng Kai) expands his role for viewers to unravel. Fans can watch the triumph of the Justice League against Akropolis' nightmare, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), in its extended glory, along with the first-time appearance of apocalyptic god Darkseid and the haunting return of Jared Leto's Joker.

"Zack Snyder's Justice League" divided into six chapters

For a much easier viewing experience for fans, the producers made sure to divide the four-hour film into six chapters, including a special epilogue, to make give fans the options how to watch it. It also gives fans to get to know more the characters which a theatrical version cannot.

Additional editing for the spectacle of fans

The film also showcases a new musical score, written by its original composer Junkie XL, also known as Tom Holkenborg. Its visual effects team worked tirelessly on thousands of shots that needed to be done or re-done for the avid viewers.

New scenes to watch out for

Fans and movie-watchers alike should expect new scenes from Zack Snyder's execution of DC's Justice League. Apart from reshooting The Flash's scene virtually, archrivals Batman and the Joker have additional footage together and how it will turn around the highly anticipated franchise.

Now, you can fully experience all of these, even in the comfort of your homes, as SKY brings Filipino viewers the world-premiere of the HBO Max original "Zack Snyder's Justice League" in HD and commercial-free this March 18 (Thursday) on HBO GO.

Subscribers can avail of an HBO GO plan for as low as P99/month for SKYcable plan users or P149/month via any SKY Fiber plan.

To know more about SKY's video-on-demand plans and the premiere of "Zack Snyder's Justice League," visit

Miguel Odron Brings Neo-Soul in His Rendition of Air Supply’s Greatest Hits “Lost In Love”

Former “Idol Philippines” finalist Miguel Odron brings a neo-soul R&B twist to one of Air Supply’s greatest hits “Lost In Love,” a new Tarsier Records track that is set to drop on digital platforms on March 26 (Friday).

I worked on this song in Siargao, one of the beautiful islands here in the Philippines, and I guess that’s how the breezy, island energy wormed its way into the production,” Miguel revealed.

Inspired by 8-bit theme songs from old video games, the Kapamilya artist self-produced a unique take on the Air Supply classic, incorporating chill hop elements to a bed of bossa nova sounds and topping it off with his smooth vocals.

Personally I’d listen to this on the road, while working out, or whenever I just wanna chill out. It’s the kind of song that doesn’t need your full attention to be appreciated, it can just chill out in the back,” he enthused.

The singer-songwriter also talked about his eagerness in interpreting a song that is recognized by music lovers around the world. “The massive untouchable impact of the original freed me from the pressure of trying to do just as good, so I could really focus on just having fun with it and reproducing the song as if I wrote it myself,” he said.

Miguel’s “Lost In love” rendition is part of Tarsier Records’ series of Air Supply remakes to be released as a compilation album by the end of 2021. It follows Inigo Pascual’s reimagined version of “All Out Of Love” out last February.

Written by Air Supply’s Graham Russell, “Lost In Love” was released in 1980 and reached no. 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100.

Watch out for Miguel’s version of “Lost In Love,” out on March 26 (Friday) on various streaming services.

For updates, follow Tarsier Records on various social media accounts @tarsierrecords.

SMART Brings You Closer to Your K-Life with KCON:TACT 3 on March 20 to 28

One of the world’s largest K-Culture events is coming back to Filipino K-Culture fans as mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. is bringing the KCON:TACT 3 virtual festival from March 20 to 28, 2021 via GigaFest.Smart.

KCON:TACT 3 is a K-Culture and pop music celebration featuring nine days of Korean content with live concerts and meet and greets with dozens of K-Pop artists.

Live Giga with KCON:TACT 3

Smart continues to let you live big with your passion for all things hallyu, your Smart K-Life, as you stan your favorite K-Pop idols, catch their performances, and get up close with their meet and greet sessions by simply visiting GigaFest.Smarton your mobile browser.

During the festival, you can go all out by turning on your light sticks, dancing to the hits of your idols, and connecting with fellow fans not just from around the country but also from all over the world.

Feel the excitement from concerts and meet and greets with the hottest K-Pop acts such as AB6IX, A.C.E, ATEEZ, BTOB, Dreamcatcher, ENHYPEN, HyunA, iKON, ITZY, JESSI, JO1, KANGDANIEL, LEE JIN HYUK, LOONA, MAMAMOO, OH MY GIRL, P1Harmony, SF9, Stray Kids, SUNMI, THE BOYZ, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, TOO and WOODZ (CHO SEUNG YOUN).

Simply turn on your mobile device and go to GigaFest.Smart, click on KCON:TACT 3 to watch them live starting March 20 to 28, 2021 at 8PM Philippine Time.

Share your one-of-a-kind K-Pop Fan Experience

Experience KCON, the world’s biggest K-Culture festival, online! KCON:TACT is the first-ever online K-Culture festival that connects the world. First launched in June 2020, KCON:TACT will celebrate its third season! Concerts and Meet & Greets which will get you to the KCON world tour in advance, whole new virtual stadium contents V DIUM, KCON STUDIO which is a collaboration of artists and influencers introduce K-Culture.

Be sure to register to Free Stories For All on the GigaLife app so you have more than enough data to post and share your favorite moments from the virtual festival. Free Stories For All gives subscribers an extra 1 GB for Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, and Twitter with every registration to any GIGA Stories offer, just dial *123# or access the GigaLife app and choose Free Stories.

Most extensive 5G coverage

The next evolution of wireless communications, 5G offers significantly faster speeds and ultra-low latency, making it possible to stream ultra-HD videos without buffering, download and upload heavy files in seconds, and play high-bandwidth games without lag. It also provides a new platform that will unlock possibilities for groundbreaking digital experiences and services.

As part of its ongoing nationwide rollout, Smart has fired up more than 2,000 5G sites across the country – the most extensive coverage in the Philippines. Smart is also planning to grow its 5G base stations by over 3,800 this year.

Smart 5G recently went live in Benguet, Misamis Oriental, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

Leader in 5G

Smart is at the forefront of the 5G revolution in the country as the first Philippine telco to launch 5G services nationwide last July in Metro Manila, and strategic areas in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

Smart is also the first local 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.

Country's fastest mobile data network

Smart 5G complements Smart’s continuous expansion of its 4G/LTE network. Smart’s mobile network is already the fastest in the country, as reported by third-party mobile internet analytics firm 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®. Ookla has also cited Smart as the country's fastest mobile data network for three years in a row now*.

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, Twitter, and Instagram.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Liofer Pinatacan of Zamboanga Del Sur Wins “Pinoy Big Brother Connect”

Liofer Pinatacan, the ‘Dong Diskarte ng Zamboanga del Sur,’ was voted by fans and viewers as the Big Winner of “Pinoy Big Brother Connect” during the first virtual Big Night on Sunday (March 14).

Liofer Pinatacan garnered 20.90% of combined Kumu and text votes followed by Andrea Abaya, the ‘Cheerdance Sweetheart ng Parañaque,’ with 16.60%. Clinching the third and fourth Big Placer titles were Kobie Brown, ‘Ang Charming Striker ng Parañaque, that earned 3.36%, and Jie-Ann Armero, ‘Ang Kwelang Fan Girl ng Sarangani,’ that got 2.66% of votes.

Big Winner Liofer turned emotional and speechless after the big reveal after the many challenges they faced in more than three months inside the ‘PBB’ house wherein they were challenged to stay true to themselves, believe in their capabilities, and connect with people from various backgrounds.

Grabe. Gusto ko lang magpasalamat sa lahat lahat ng sumuporta sa akin dito,” the newly-minted Big Winner said, who also shared during the Big Night that the first thing he would if he wins is to help his mother.

Liofer won a house and lot from Phirst Park Homes and P1 million from Brilliant Skin Essentials. Andrea Abaya, Kobie Brown, and Jie-Ann Armero will also take home P500,000, P300,000, and P200,000, respectively.

Big Winners from the different “PBB” editions were also present to welcome Liofer to the outside world, including Nene Tamayo, Bea Saw, Ruben Gonzaga, Ejay Falcon, Slater Young, Daniel Matsunaga, Jimboy Martin, and Yamyam Gucong.

Besides the Big Winner announcement, netizens on Twitter were also hooked on the world-class performances from BGYO, the heart-swooning number of the KarJon and KaoRhys love teams, and the reunion of the “PBB Connect” ex-housemates.

Kapamilya stars and other personalities were also in attendance at the Big Night to spread fun and love like Charlie Dizon, Denize Castillo, Edward Barber, Francine Diaz, Heaven Peralejo, Jem Macatuno, Maris Racal, Michelle Vito, Nikki Valdez, Nikko Natividad, Pamu Pamorada, Ryan Bang, Tony Labrusca, Vivoree Esclito, Yves Flores, and Zeus Collins.

Meanwhile, “PBB Connect” fans can look forward to seeing the housemates on Kumu as all of them will have their own livestream on Kumu to continue spreading light and joy.

The first virtual Big Night of “PBB Connect,” which was a sold out virtual event on, was hosted by Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzalez, Robi Domingo, Melai Cantiveros, Kim Chiu, Enchong Dee, Maymay Entrata, and Richard Juan. All proceeds of the tickets will go to charity.

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