Saturday, May 22, 2021

TV5 Launches 2021 Station ID “Iba sa 5” feat. New Kapatid Stars, New Shows, New Home for Creatives

At a time when most have been forced to shut themselves in and many businesses have had no choice but to close down, TV5 has redefined television dynamics by opening their doors to talents and creatives from different networks and giving them a new home. "Iba sa 5," TV5's station ID features the different celebrities and diverse personalities who now thrive on the channel.

Among the slew of stars seen in the video are Maja Salvador, Noel Comia Jr., Empoy Marquez, Billy Crawford, Matteo Guidicelli, Maine Mendoza, Paolo Ballesteros, Cristine Reyes, Herbert Bautista, McCoy de Leon, Randy Santiago, K Brosas, Rey Valera, Alex Gonzaga, Xian Lim, Yassi Pressman, John Estrada, Ellen Adarna, Jay-R, Luchi Cruz-Valdes, Cheryl Cosim, Gretchen Ho, Marga Vargas, Paolo Bediones and Raffy Tulfo. They, and many more, have all come together to produce quality entertainment that brings joy to the viewers.

The station ID features a catchy jingle composed by Jeff Arcilla, the man behind "Apat na Buwang Pasko" and the original singer of the World Youth Day Song, "Tell the World of His Love." TV5's highly sing-along-able tune is upbeat and cheerful, to evoke how TV5 is the Filipinos' happy place, where they can take a fun break from the challenges of the current situation.

The new line, "Iba sa 5," doesn't just mean offering something different, but something for different kinds of people. The ad agency, Grey Philippines, spent months collaborating with TV5 executives to develop a reinvigorated campaign that conveys the channel's new thrust. Dino Laurena, Chief Operating Officer of Media5, explains, "The concept behind it is to showcase the wide range of programs and genres that TV5 now provides the Filipino audience. Since TV5's transition back to entertainment, it has now become a one-stop channel for all types of content - dramas, gameshows, talent shows, variety, movies, series, news, and sports. Viewers can just tune in to TV5 and find all these there."

Whether solo binge-watching with a bucket of popcorn, having a barkada sports night, or spending a relaxing Sunday with the whole family, TV5 caters to audiences of all demographics. Those who always want to be in the know can get their first dose of the day's news from Frontline sa Umaga, then be the first to get the information they need from the earliest primetime news program, Frontline Pilipinas.

Because Pinoys are known for their love of both music and comedy, they can sing and laugh in equal measure, with the videoke kantawanan ng bansa, Sing Galing. And for feel-good vibes and maximum kilig, there are lighthearted dramas from here and abroad.

Some of the other programs' Filipinos can enjoy now or look forward to are:

Niña Niño – A dramedy series about two siblings leading a life of petty crime to survive, who eventually discover redemption in the form of a life-changing miracle.

Rolling In It Philippines – The local edition of one of the UK's most popular game shows, where contestants team up with celebrities for a shot at the ultimate cash prize.

PoPinoy – This cutting-edge talent show will follow the entire journey of boy bands & girl groups, as they train to become worthy of bringing Pinoy Pop to the global stage.

Puto – Herbert Bautista, who played the hero puto vendor from the hit '80s movie, returns—30 years later! He's now father to Uno, a bullied teen who realizes he is half-dwende.

Di Na Muli – This romantic drama, top-billed by Julia Barretto, follows the story of a young woman with the ability to see the lifespan of people whenever she holds their hands.

Aside from these original new programs, TV5 is reaching out to an even wider audience by allowing fans of ABS-CBN shows Ang Probinsiyano, ASAP Natin 'To, and FPJ Da King, to continue watching their old favorites, as well as watch its new dramas Huwag Kang Mangamba, and Init sa Magdamag!

Sports has long been one of TV5's strengths, and now there's all the more reason for sports fans to tune in. After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, the country's #1 sport is back, as TV5 airs the two top basketball leagues - PBA and NBA.

Laurena encapsulates the channel's campaign: "Iba-iba ang mapapanood mo dito. Iba-ibang viewers ang mag-e-enjoy dito. Iba-iba rin ang mga artista at content creator na makikita mo dito."

Emphasizing the network's open call for other artists and production houses to come and create magic with TV5, he reiterated, "We have said this before—our doors are open to those who want to work with us. Our collaborations with great artists and creative minds in the industry allow us to offer something fresh, new, and unexpected. That is what makes us truly IBA."

Jayda Releases New Song “M.U.”

Jayda makes a bold statement against lack of label in relationships in her latest single "M.U.," released under Star Music.

"M.U." is a colloquial acronym that stands for 'Malabong Usapan,' and is the focal point of the song which addresses the importance of asserting security in a romantic relationship.

"'M.U.' is about knowing what you want, what you deserve, knowing your worth and what you DON'T want in a relationship. It's all about wanting clarity," Jayda stressed.

The pop-infused track is a new writing collaboration between the Kapamilya singer-songwriter and her father Dingdong Avanzado, whom she also worked with for her "Paano Kung Naging Tayo?" single released last February. She also co-produced "M.U." with ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo.

Meanwhile, the music video for the self-empowering track featuring Francine Diaz was released last May 17, which Jayda co-directed with Edrex Clyde Sanchez. The multifaceted artist previously made her directorial debut for the music video of "Paano Kung Naging Tayo?" which featured former "Pinoy Big Brother: Otso" housemate Rhys Miguel.

As one of the country's new breed of OPM singer-songwriters, Jayda is set to stage her first-ever major concert on June 26 (Saturday) with a re-run on June 27 (Sunday) via, iWanTTFC, and TFC IPTV. Tickets are still available on the aforementioned platforms for only P499.

Know your worth and stream Jayda's new song "M.U.," out now on various digital music platforms. For more details, like Star Music on Facebook ( and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

Camille Prats and Angelica Panganiban’s “Ang Pulubi at Ang Prinsesa,” “Kokey,” “Magic Temple” Showing on

The beloved children's classic "Ang Pulubi at ang Prinsesa" starring the young Angelica Panganiban and Camille Prats returns as ABS-CBN Film Restoration brings the digitally restored Star Cinema movie starting May 18 (Tuesday) at 7:30 PM via streaming at the Sagip Pelikula Festival on

Camille and Angelica play Rosalie and Nikka, two girls born in opposite circumstances—Rosalie is a homeless child searching for her lost mother while Nikka is a rich and spoiled child.

Their lives get entangled as Rosalie saves Nikka from abduction. To express gratitude for her heroic act, Nikka's mom (Teresa) adopts the less fortunate child. Instead of being thankful to Rosalie, Nikka treats her harshly and insists on kicking her out of their home.

Despite her blessed life, Nikka runs away and lives with Rosalie after her mother marries her long-time boyfriend in hopes of getting her attention. But the tables then turn as Rosalie gives her the cold shoulder as Nikka adjusts to life on the streets.

Will the two set aside their differences and realize the true meaning of friendship and belongingness?

Also starring in the said film are Romnick Sarmenta, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Teresa Loyzaga, Ricardo Cepeda, Emilio Garcia, Eula Valdez, among others.

"Ang Pulubi at ang Prinsesa" was directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng, and co-written with Mari Mariano, based on the story by Mari, Elenna Ongkeko and The Project Development Group.

Catch Camille Prats, Sharmaine Arnaiz, writer Mari Mariano, and director Jerry Lopez Sineneng relive their fond experiences while working on the film in a pre-show before each viewing.

Tickets are now available at for only P150.

Aside from "Ang Pulubi at ang Prinsesa," children today can catch more of Star Cinema's family hits, such as "Kokey," "Magic Temple," "Cedie," "Hiling," "Sarah... ang Munting Prinsesa," and "Ang TV Movie: The Adarna Adventure" on KTX starting May 19 (Wednesday).

ABS-CBN Film Restoration and its Sagip Pelikula project continue to treasure Philippine cinema classics by restoring and remastering films from directors and writers of note for today's viewers to appreciate. These efforts have earned multiple recognitions from award-giving bodies worldwide, including the prestigious Gold Quill Award given by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Gawad Pedro Bucaneg from Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).

For more details on its upcoming film showings, follow ABS-CBN Film Restoration on Facebook (, Twitter (@ABS_Restoration), and Instagram (@abscbnfilmrestoration).

Liza Soberano, Darren Criss, and Nicole Scherzinger Star in Netflix Original “Trese” Premieres on June 11, 2021

Netflix today released the official trailer for Trese, the highly anticipated Netflix Original Anime series based on the Philippine graphic novel created by Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo, premiering on Netflix June 11, 2021. 

Netflix also revealed the English language and Filipino language voice cast of Trese. Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Jon Jon Briones (Ratched), Nicole Scherzinger (Moana), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba) and Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender) join Shay Mitchell (YOU, Pretty Little Liars), previously announced as the voice of Alexandra Trese in the English language version.

Filipino actress Liza Soberano (My Ex and Whys, Alone/Together) will voice Alexandra Trese in the Filipino language version of the series, and will be joined by local professional voice talents Simon dela Cruz (as Crispin and Basilio), Apollo Abraham (Captain Guerrero), Christopher Carlo Caling (Hank), Christian Velarde (Nuno), and Eugene Adalia (Anton Trese). Well-respected Filipino Language Voice Artist Director Rudolf Baldonado will direct the local voice talents.

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.

Filipino band UDD, formerly known as Up Dharma Down, composed the official soundtrack for Trese, titled "PAAGI," with lyrics by Armi Millare and Paul Yap.

Trese will premiere on June 11, 2021, only on Netflix (

SMART Airs the TV Debut of BTS “Butter” at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards Exclusively on

Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. is giving Filipino music fans and K-pop stans a big treat as it brings the 2021 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) to subscribers in an exclusive livestream on the portal on May 24, 8AM (Philippine Time).

Headlining the prestigious awards show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles are global sensation and Smart Prepaid ambassadors BTS, who are set to perform the television debut of their brand-new English-language single "Butter."

Joining BTS in taking the stage are The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, H.E.R., Migos, twenty one pilots, and Duran Duran. International megastar Drake will be receiving the Artist of the Decade Award, while legendary artist P!NK will be performing and receiving the distinguished ICON Award.

Stream the BBMAs live via

No matter where you are, you can catch the 2021 BBMAs live and on demand on your Smart-powered device. If you are a Smart Prepaid subscriber, simply turn on your mobile data and visit on your browser to watch the show.

For the best streaming experience, you can register to Double GIGA Video 99, which gives you 2 GB data every day for YouTube, Cignal, iWant, and NBA League Pass plus 2 GB of open access data, valid for 7 days. To register, just choose Double GIGA Video on the GigaLife App, or dial *123# on your smartphone.

Smart Postpaid subscribers can also stream the show seamlessly on

Philippines' fastest mobile data network

Music fans and K-pop stans can get the best streaming experience with Smart, the country's fastest mobile data network as reported 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®. Ookla has also cited Smart as the country's fastest mobile data network for three years in a row now.

On the other hand, Smart has scored a rare sweep in the April 2021 Philippines Mobile Network Experience Awards* by independent analytics firm Opensignal, beating the competition across all metrics in three essential aspects of service: Coverage (4G Coverage Experience, 4G Availability), Speed (Download and Upload Speed) and Experience (Games, Video and Voice App). This is the first time an operator in the Philippines won decisively in all categories.

Smart also enables subscribers to enjoy their favorite content seamlessly with Smart 5G, the fastest 5G network in the Philippines by Ookla. Based on consumer-initiated tests taken using Speedtest® by Ookla, Smart has consistently posted the fastest 5G speeds for Q1 2021, with median download speeds of 190 Mbps – more than double the competition's speeds for the same period.

For updates on Smart's products and services, follow Smart's official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

An Accident Leads to Finding Friends for Keeps in Comedy Film “Momshies! Ang Soul Mo’y Akin!”

As part of their fifth anniversary celebration, momshies Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, Melai Cantiveros, and Karla Estrada will come together for the first time on the big screen as they star in the movie, "Momshies Ang Soul Mo'y Akin!" which will be available outside the Philippines via, iWantTFC, TFC IPTV Video On Demand (VOD), and now also on Upstream starting May 28.

In this family comedy film, Jolina, Melai, and Karla will give life to the characters of Karlene, Jolene, and Mylene, three women whose lives are about to change on the day they meet each other.

Karlene is a rich businesswoman, Jolene is a popular influencer, and Mylene is an aspiring overseas worker. They seem happy with their lives, but when their souls accidentally switch and they try all possible ways to be back to their normal lives, they will realize that there is more than the life they know.

Aside from the family and friendship story of the film, viewers should not miss how the momshies will portray each other: Karla will become Jolina, Jolina will become Melai, and Melai will become Karla.

This will surely be a fun family film that is set not only to bring laughter but also inspirational stories about friendship, family, self-love, and ultimately, empathy.

Also part of the cast are Pia Moran, Francis Mata, Jason Francisco, Thou Reyes, Mitoy Yonting, JhaiHo, Juliana Parizcova Segovia, Manuel Chua, Miko Gallardo, and Eris Aragoza, under the direction of Easy Ferrer and produced by Star Cinema.

Do not miss the family comedy film "Momshie Ang Soul Mo'y Akin!" which will be available outside the Philippines via, iWantTFC, TFC IPTV Video On Demand (VOD), and now also in Upstream starting May 28. Tickets are sold at USD 4.99 / EUR 5.49 / AUD 7.99 / AED 17.99 / SGD 6.98 / JPY 610 / GBP 4.99 / SAR 19.99 / HKD 38 / CAD 6.99. The movie is available for 48 hours upon purchase.

Watch "Momshies Ang Soul Mo'y Akin!" on the iWantTFC app (iOs and Android) or on Viewers can also enjoy watching on a bigger screen through select devices on VEWD, ROKU streaming devices, Android TV, select Samsung Smart TV models, Telstra TV for global users, and VIDAA for select countries. iWantTFC is also available via Chromecast and Airplay. For the complete list of compatible devices, sign-in instructions, and account activation, visit

For TFC IPTV subscribers, go to "Shows & Movies for Rent," select "Cinexpress" and rent "Momshies Ang Soul Mo'y Akin!" by clicking the green button. Active TFC IPTV subscribers globally who will rent the film will be given a 25% discount.

For more details, visit,,,, and @iwanttfc and @kapamilyatfc on Twitter and Instagram.

B. Braun Philippines Supports Employees through Free Vaccination Program

The world was at a standstill back in 2020 due to the coronavirus disease and a lot of pharmaceutical companies worked round the clock to produce the most effective vaccines to fight COVID-19. At the start of the year 2021, after a thorough process of procuring the vaccines, the Philippines was set to roll out its vaccination program with the theme, "RESBAKUNA: Kasangga ng BIDA".

B. Braun Philippines, one of the leading local multinational companies in the nation with almost 900 employees, has committed to be part of this program by vaccinating its employees for free. Because it is the organization's vision to protect and improve the health of people around the world, they believe that they should protect their people first so they could serve their patients better.

In preparation for the vaccination schedule, the company has set up internal online lectures with epidemiologists and infection disease specialists to provide more knowledge on the virus, infection prevention methods, and the vaccination. These lectures also included open forum or Q&A sessions with the specialists to help the employees gravitate towards safety and compliance in health and safety protocols. An internal survey was also conducted in which 82% expressed their willingness to be vaccinated within the year.

As of writing, more than 50% of the company's total number of employees had their first dose already, the majority of which are healthcare workers employed by the company. B. Braun Philippines' goal is to get at least 70% of employees. This has resulted to positive notion to the employees that most of them wished to get inoculated soon.

When asked why most of the employees changed their minds, most of them said that their primary motivation was the protection of their family and loved ones as well as to reduce chances of getting sick so that they will always be present to provide quality care for their patients.

The COVID-19 journey was not easy for everyone but B. Braun Philippines believes that with proper preparation and information dissemination to its employees, they can contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 disease and they can continue serving its partners and patients in the country.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Ben & Ben, Bea Alonzo and Heart Evangelista Headline "PascualLove Live at 75!" Thanksgiving Concert on May 26

After embarking on its 75th-year campaign #PascualLove, Pascual Laboratories, Inc. or PascualLab highlights its celebration of over 7 decades of health and innovation in a night of nostalgia, music, and thanksgiving via “PascualLove Live at 75!” this May 26.

“Care begins with family”

On May 26, 2021, exactly 75 years since PascualLab was launched, one of the most trusted pharmaceutical companies will look back to where it all started and what is at the core of it all – family. Capturing this familial care in music and video is the launch of “Walang Kasing” which captures PascualLab’s legacy of love.

The campaign #PascualLove, through the music video, emphasizes the kind of love that can only come from the family. For PascualLab, this love is manifested in the products it produces for Filipino communities, as well as in each endeavor it undertakes — from pursuing purposeful health innovations, to nurturing employees whom PascualLab calls Family Members, to serving the health needs of Filipinos.


Accompanying the night of nostalgia is also present-day music from one of the top artists of the Philippines and internationally known – Ben & Ben.

The 9-piece band, led by brothers, vocalists, and guitarists Paolo and Miguel Benjamin, is one of the most celebrated artists for having risen to the top of the industry in a span of 4 years for rhythm that touches the soul and lyrics that capture raw emotions, to the accompaniment of eclectic music.

Ben & Ben was the perfect choice for PascualLab’s 75th as the band is a family of their own who call themselves a family band or “famband” composed of twin brothers Paolo and Miguel Benjamin on acoustic guitars and vocals, Agnes Reoma on bass, Poch Barretto on electric guitar, Keifer Cabugao on violin, Pat Lasaten on keyboards, Toni Muñoz and Andrew De Pano on percussions, and Jam Villanueva on drums, who perform songs of love and positivity, values that the PascualLab Family believes and espouses.

On May 26, Ben & Ben will make viewers reminisce with their greatest hits such as “Maybe The Night”; trigger emotions with their stirring performances of “Leaves” and other notable songs; and speak of love on many planes with “Araw-araw”. #PascualLoveLiveat75 will be one for the books for Ben&Ben plus their fans too as the band will also mark a first, during the same night.

“From our family to yours”

PascualLab, the company behind the brands Poten-Cee Vitamin C, Vitex Negundo L. Lagundi Leaf (Ascof Lagundi), C-Lium Fibre, and OraCare Mouthrinse will make “PascualLove Live at 75” one night to remember as well with the presence of celebrities who have become part of PascualLab’s history such as multi-awarded actress and philanthropist Bea Alonzo, multi-faceted artist and philanthropist Heart Evangelista, and many more!

Hosting the digital celebrations is multi-awarded and iconic disc jock Chico Garcia who is known for the award-winning and long-running radio show “The Morning Rush” is also the voice behind the “Back to the 80s” show that for years, brought back listeners to the best years in music.

Interesting trivia on PascualLab and special giveaways will also be shared in between.

Catch #PascualLoveLiveat75 on PascualLab’s official Facebook and YouTube pages on May 26 at 7:30 p.m. 

Link opens 10 minutes before. 

Video will also be up for 24 hours only so be sure to catch it! 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Pia Wurtzbach Named Brand Ambassador of 100% Natural Hand Soap DR.COCO

Miss Universe in 2015 Pia Wurtzbach was revealed as the brand endorser of DR.COCO Natural Hand Soap, a new nature-derived, locally-made hand soap set to be a game changer in the Philippines.

Pia expressed pride in promoting DR.COCO Natural Hand Soap because according to her, it is “the first and only 100% natural hand soap in the Philippines clinically proven to kills 99.99% of bacteria and viruses including coronaviruses.” DR.COCO’s is derived from one of the healthiest natural products from the Philippines: the coconut.

DR.COCO Natural Hand Soap is the first and only 100% natural hand soap in the Philippines clinically proven to kills 99.99% of bacteria and viruses including coronaviruses.

Furthermore, DR.COCO is the first and only hand soap in the market made with CocoMCT (medium chain triglycerides) the most essential component of coconut oil. CocoMCT pampers the skin even with repeated use. In the end, instead of a squeaky clean sensation after wash that one normally gets, DR.COCO leaves a noticeable luxurious after feel. DR. COCO even provides long-term protection from bacteria long after using the product. All these qualities and features fully emphasize the four pillars of DR. COCO’s main benefits: extra natural, extra cleansing, extra protection, and extra care.

Pia showed her great excitement about the product at DR. COCO’s grand virtual launch on May 19. At the event entitled “The Art of Clean: A DR. COCO Masterpiece,” Pia showed her gratitude to be part of the brand’s journey. After being thanked for being part of the event, she cheerfully responded, “I should be the one thanking you [for making DR. COCO]!”

Much like Pia herself, DR. COCO clearly exhibits the best of Philippine Ingenuity that is worthy of the global stage. That is why it is only befitting to choose Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach as its global brand ambassador. The beloved beauty queen noted that she was especially proud to represent the product because, “It’s locally made but has international quality!

Pia would go on to note that she had passed out samples to the members of her staff, many of whom came back to tell her that they felt the product elevated their daily handwashing experience. She also mentioned that as a personal choice, she enjoyed the green tea scented DR. COCO variant which is available alongside a lavender- scented variant as well.

Ms. Star Estacio, General Manager for Food and Personal Care BU, Consumer Care Products Inc., the proud team behind DR. COCO Natural Hand Soap, expressed great excitement and gratitude for Pia Wurtzbach’s involvement with the new product. “We believe that there could not be a better fit than Pia and DR.COCO,” says Star. “She has always shown love and support for the very best of Filipino endeavors and we at CCPI are excited that she shares our passion for elevating everyday products for Filipinos starting with hand soaps.”

All of these features and advantages made the makers of DR.COCO and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach incredibly excited to share the product with the public at last. They feel it can have a lasting positive effect on the wellness of everyday Filipinos everywhere.

We wanted to create a hand soap that is designed for the times,” says Star. “At the rate we are washing our hands in this new normal, consumers deserve a hand soap that will not only effectively cleanse, but at the same time, nourish hands using natural ingredients. We have made handwashing better than ever by creating a soap that has multiple benefits that go way beyond just keeping your hands clean, DR.COCO.” 

DR.COCO is available to order online from both Shopee and Lazada. 

For more information about the product, check their official website: One can also follow DR.COCO’s official social media accounts: on Facebook, and @DrCOCO on Instagram. 

It is also now available in your favorite retail stores like Mercury Drug, Watsons, Landmark, South Supermarket, and Unimart.

Eula Valdez Fakes Miracle for the Camera

Faith healer Deborah (Eula Valdes) has resorted to spectacle and theatrics to prove she is the messenger of God by performing a fake miracle in the inspirational series “Huwag Kang Mangamba,” which airs weeknights on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, and TV5.

While raising her hands in prayer, Deborah seemingly made rose petals rain down from the sky as unsuspecting devotees rejoiced in tears. Unbeknown to them, Deborah staged the act with Mayor Simon (Nonie Buencamino), who rented a machine to make the fake miracle happen.

The spectacle went as smoothly as planned because journalist Eva (Mylene Dizon) arrived at the scene just in time to film it on camera.

While Deborah continues to fool her devotees, Mira and Joy (Andrea Brillantes at Francine Diaz) have been humiliated on national TV by Eva’s expose about their failure to make Bro talk to them in front of other people.

How will Mira and Joy mend their reputation when they appear to have lied?

Gain inspiration from “Huwag Kang Mangamba,” airing weeknights on the Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, TV5, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, WeTV, and iflix. Viewers outside of the Philippines can also catch it on The Filipino Channel on cable and IPTV.

For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

Tan Rocal and Eian Rances Star in New ABS-CBN "PILIkula: Pa-Mine, Pare"

A kiss disturbs the peaceful relationship of best friends Anton (Eian Rances) and Davey (Tan Roncal) in the new interactive movie from ABS-CBN TV Digital Group (TVDG), "PILIkula: Pa-Mine, Pare" this May 21.

Tan Roncal and Eian Rances emerged as the top choices of viewers as ABS-CBN put the final casting of the lead stars to a vote on kumu and KTX.PH For two weeks, young male stars vied for the chance to get the roles via regular live streams on the app.

Anton (Eian) and Davey (Tan) have been the best of friends since high school. Even if Anton lived a privileged life, he opted to be independent and build his own menswear and sell it online.

Davey assists him in his business and stays in the same apartment after his family chose to live in Cebu. All is well for the two, until Davey kisses Anton on the cheek in one of their live online selling. Deciding their relationship status becomes even more challenging as their barkada, played by Justin Dizon, Paolo Arce, and Isaiah Dela Cruz, taunts them.

How will the kiss affect their relationship? Will this suddenly unleash bottled up feelings?

Head onto KTX.PH to buy your tickets for P150 and wait for an email for the link where you can watch it. Fans have the power to choose how this PILIkula will end as they can vote through kumu.

PILIkula” is part of the growing list of digital content of OKS (Online Kapamilya Shows) and is only one of many ABS-CBN TV Digital Group (TVDG) offerings.

Since 2020, TVDG has been creating a series of exclusively online shows for Kapamilyas looking for fresh and original concepts and stories. Among its projects are the iWant Original "TNT Boys,” the online anthology show "Stay At Home Stories," the interactive show "PILIkula," the digital documentary "Persona: Jake Zyrus," the online reality show "Starkada Battle," and the online talent search "Bida Star.”

For more updates, follow ABS-CBN PR on Facebook (, Twitter (@abscbnpr), and Instagram (@abscbnpr).

"My Roommate Is a Gumiho" Premieres May 26 on iQiyi with Same Day, Same Time Simulcast in Korea

After the love between Jun Ji-hyun and the alien Kim Soo Hyun in My Love from the Star took Asia by the storm, the Korean legendary creature “Gumiho” (Nine-tailed fox) falls in love with a girl 977 years younger than him in iQiyi’s first K-drama series My Roommate Is a Gumiho

Adapted from 9.9 score popular Korean webtoon, the upcoming series features Jang Ki-yong that perfectly embodies the mythical character. After her appetite creates a big trouble, is marriage the only solution for Lee Hye-ri?

My Roommate Is a Gumiho, an original K-drama series adapted from the 9.99 score popular Korean webtoon, stars Jang Ki-yong, who debuted in IU’s music videos, and Lee Hye-ri (Reply 1988). The series tells the story about a “Gumiho” (Nine-tailed fox) Shin Woo-yeo that has lived in the human world for hundreds of years. Right before he can permanently turn into a human, his fox beads are swallowed by Lee Dam in an accident. Forced to live together for a solution, they set many rules for cohabitation to live their lives. It becomes a new romance between human and non-human.

In private, Lee Hye-ri is as straightforward as the character Lee Dam, and enjoys food as much as she wants. However, her appetite ultimately brings her troubles, even a forced marriage. Lee recently did a photoshoot with Jang Ki-yong for a magazine. With great chemistry in photos, many fans are worried that Lee’s real boyfriend Ryu Jun-yeol will be envious, and look forward to their romance in the series. After My Love from the Star years ago, this will be the most groundbreaking romantic comedy that will be known across Asia.

Start-Up alumni Kang Han Na and Kim Do Wan also star in My Roommate is a Gumiho. In the story, Yang Hye-sun (Kang Han-na) is another nine-tailed fox who has transformed into a human five years ago. This character is 200 years younger than Shin Woo-yeo, and is hurt emotionally by past experiences. While Kang often portrays aggressive and fierce career women in the past, she will need to decide whether to embrace true love. Kim Do-wan has delivered impressive performances over the past five years. His role, Do Jae-jin, is a good friend of Lee Dam, and always gets lost in love. Starting his career in web series, Bae In-hyuk plays Gye Sun-woo, a handsome and wealthy man that has a crush on Lee Dam after pretending to like her in the first place.

What’s a “Gumiho” (Nine-tailed fox): The term “Gumiho” means “Nine-tailed fox” in Korean and has long been a legendary figure in Korea. It appears in historical records in Samguk sagi and Samguk yusa during the Goryeo period (918-1392). Over the years, many television series have included this creature. Legends say that nine-tailed foxes transform into humans to seduce married men, so this character has always been played by actresses, until Lee Dong-wook in Tale of the Nine Tailed. As Jang Ki-yong interprets this creature in a comedy, it will once again overturn some stereotypes.

iQiyi International’s first original K-drama series, My Roommate Is a Gumiho, will premiere Wednesday May 26 at 21:30 / 9:30pm SGT with new episodes Wednesdays and Thursdays simulcast with Korea - the same day, the same time!

Monday, May 17, 2021

SKY Fiber Subscribers Get Free 6-Month Access to AirConsole Hero

SKY and Swiss game developer, N-Dream lets SKY Fiber subscribers nationwide add gaming to their entertainment choices for the family as they are now entitled to six months of free premium subscription to AirConsole Hero starting May 18, 2021.

SKY has decided to join AirConsole on its mission to bring happiness into every household. SKY, being an innovative company in the Philippine market and relentlessly searching ways to improve their offerings in terms of entertainment, it made a lot of sense to us to work together to provide these games to all its subscribers,Anthony Cliquot, Chief Operating Officer & Strategic Partnership Development of Airconsole said.

The first of its kind in the Philippines, AirConsole will excite casual gamers as it offers multiplayer games and serves as an online cross-platform video game console that transforms mobile phones as gamepads and computer web browsers, Android TVs, or SKY Evo as the main screen.

AirConsole's edge over other online multiplayer gaming platforms is that any person aged 6 to 90 years old can play a game on AirConsole without asking how it works, according to Cliquot.

If users wish to unlock premium features of the platform, such as access to all games, unlimited players, no ad breaks, and unique in-game content, they just simply have to subscribe to AirConsole Hero, which is priced at P249 a month but is FREE for all SKY Fiber subscribers for 6 months starting this May 18.

Aside from recently upgrading our speeds at affordable prices, we want to continuously level up our subscribers’ digital lifestyle by partnering with AirConsole Hero. In this way, SKY Fiber subscribers can gather their family and friends, choose from over 160 online games, and play at fiber-fast speeds. This will help them in creating stronger bonds at home during the new normal,Alan Supnet, SKY’s head for Consumer Broadband Products said.

To know more about SKY Fiber’s freemium promo mechanics, visit

PayMaya Introduces PlayMaya to Level Up the Filipino Gaming Experience

Digital financial services leader PayMaya continues to empower the digital life of Filipinos as it launches PlayMaya, its newest trailblazing in-app service that will bring everyone's gaming experience to the next level through cashless convenience and exciting rewards.

PlayMaya opens up a whole new world of gaming to millions of avid gamers nationwide. Customers get exclusive access to exciting deals and cashback rewards for in-game purchases and soon, to over 290 digital gaming products, free mini games to play, and curated content from their favorite gaming personalities, all within the PayMaya app.

By simply tapping the new 'Play' button on the PayMaya app home screen, users can easily access these exciting new features and rewards that offer something for all types of players, whether they are into casual games, mobile or console games, and even eSports games.

In line with the launch of PlayMaya, PayMaya also kicked off the PlayMaya Tournament, which will see mobile gamers from all around the country battle it out to come out on top in some of the most popular mobile games today such as Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty Mobile, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile.

PayMaya has always enabled the digital lifestyle of Filipinos through our fintech innovations. Earlier this year, we elevated the shopping experience of our customers with the PayMaya Mall. Now, millions of PayMaya users can gain instant access to an awesome, all-in-one gaming experience–filled with exclusive rewards, engaging games, and exciting content–just by pressing 'Play' on their PayMaya app," said Heidi Garayblas, Head of Growth Marketing Partnerships for PayMaya Philippines.

Among the first PayMaya users to experience a more awesome gameplay with PlayMaya is popular streamer and content creator, Cong TV, who was introduced as the official PlayMaya ambassador. Cong TV has been using PayMaya to enjoy cashless convenience in his gaming purchases for years, aside from the usual services it offers such as paying bills and shopping online. With the newly-launched PlayMaya service, Cong TV is able to enjoy leveled-up perks and rewards for his gaming needs, no matter what type of game he plays.

Level up your game with an action-packed tournament

To kick off the launch of PlayMaya with a bang, PayMaya is introducing the PlayMaya Tournament – the nationwidest e-sports tournament in the country today.

By tapping on the extensive on-ground network of Smart Padala by PayMaya with over 39,000 partner agents present in 92% of all cities and municipalities, the PlayMaya tournament is bringing the best gaming experience powered by cashless payments closer to Filipino gamers even in the farthest reaches of the country.

Teams from all over the Philippines will be battling it out in three of the most popular e-sports games in the country: Mobile Legends, Call of Duty Mobile, and PUBG Mobile, to win the coveted prize pool of P2 million per leg. 

In addition to this, PayMaya is also giving away over P4 million worth of prizes to the participants. These include gadgets and cash prizes from partners, realme and Smart, which brings the PlayMaya Tournament's prize pool to over P10 million!

Interested players can sign up for their preferred game starting on May 14 by pressing the Play button on the PayMaya app, or by registering through Smart Padala agents across the country.

To sign up using the PayMaya app, users can follow these simple steps:

1.) Open the PayMaya app 
2.) Tap the Play tile 
3.) Tap the banner for the PlayMaya tournament registration and tap register via PayMaya app 
4.) Fill out the form with the requested details 
5.) After form is submitted, wait for a tournament representative to get in touch for updates and next steps

Players can also sign up through the Smart Padala agent in their neighborhood by following the instructions below:

1.) At the Smart Padala agent, scan the QR code on the poster for the PlayMaya tournament 
2.) Tap register via Smart Padala Store 
3.) Fill out the form with the requested details 
4.) After form is submitted, wait for a tournament representative to get in touch for updates and next steps

Gear up for PlayMaya-exclusive deals

While serious gamers are gearing up to take home amazing prizes at the PlayMaya tournament, casual gamers can still enjoy exciting rewards by simply pressing Play on PayMaya.

As an introductory offer, PayMaya is rewarding users with exclusive gaming deals. From May 14-16, PayMaya users who will buy gaming pins can enjoy a 50% cashback for each transaction (terms and conditions apply).

In support of PlayMaya, top brands including realme and Smart are also offering great deals from May 14 to June 4:

  • Customers will get a chance to win awesome devices from realme including a Narzo 30A smartphone, gaming kits, and Buds Q2 when they purchase MLBB or PUBG top-ups in the PayMaya app. 
  •  Smart is raffling off 30 diamonds to 100 winners who will buy the GIGA GAMES 99 load package in the PayMaya app for their gaming needs.

You too can enjoy an awesome gameplay with the help of PayMaya! 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 all your gaming 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.

PayMaya provides more than 35 million Filipinos with access to financial services through its consumer platforms. Customers can conveniently pay, add money, cash out or remit through its over 250,000 digital touchpoints nationwide. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 39,000 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.

BGYO Captures the International Music Scene, Enters Billboard Next Big Sound Chart

Fast-rising P-Pop group and Star Music act BGYO has broken into the international music arena as it debuted on the second spot of the Next Big Sound chart of international music charting site Billboard.

According to Billboard, the leading provider of online music analytics and insights that track hundreds of thousands of artists worldwide, the Next Big Sound chart tracks “the fastest accelerating artists during the past week, across all major social music sites, statistically predicted to achieve future success."

Prior to landing on the Next Big Sound Chart, BGYO also debuted at number 2 on Next Big Sound's Pandora Predictions Chart, where artists appear based on their likelihood of success.

Currently streaming on various music platforms is the group’s recently released single, "He's Into Her," which is the official theme song of a highly anticipated ABS-CBN weekly series of the same title.

Aside from their recent milestone, the group is also set to release a new single entitled “Feel Good Pilipinas” with another hit Star Music artist, Kz Tandingan.

BGYO, composed of Gelo, Akira, JL, Nate, and Mikki released their debut single “The Light” in January in time for the group’s grand launch. The single was released on various international streaming platforms, eventually landing on the Top 5 of the iTunes chart.

The consistent Twitter-trending pop group’s music video has garnered more than one million views from Facebook and YouTube.

For more details, like Star Music on Facebook ( and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

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