Thursday, June 10, 2021

Alden Richards' Reality Concert Finalist at the 2021 New York Festivals (NYF) TV and Film Awards

Five GMA Network programs are in the list of finalists at the 2021 New York Festivals (NYF) TV and Film Awards, once again having the most number of short-listed entries from the Philippines.

The country's first virtual reality concert headlined by Alden Richards titled Alden's Reality, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart with Jessica Soho), Reel Time, Reporter's Notebook, and The Atom Araullo Specials are among the nominated finalists in this year's NYF under TV and film.

Alden earned his first accolade for Alden's Reality after being shortlisted as a finalist under the category Entertainment Special with contenders from USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, South Korea, Singapore, Spain and Norway. The sold-out concert was a celebration of his 10th year in the showbiz industry.

GMA Public Affairs programs Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart with Jessica Soho)'s "The Woman Slashed On Her Face" episode, Reel Time's "This Abled" episode, and Reporter's Notebook's "Miguel's Wounds" episode are finalists in the Documentary category for their respective reportage on social justice, heroism, and health/medical information.

Meanwhile, The Atom Araullo Specials earned its NYF 2021 nomination as it made it to the finalists list in the Sports Documentary category for its episode "Dreams of Gold," which told the story of Filipino athletes.

All content submitted into the 2021 competition were judged online and screened by NYF's TV & Film Awards Grand Jury of 200+ producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe.

The winners will be announced on October 12 at the annual Storytellers gala taking place at NAB in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Yeng Constantino's Latest Single "Kumapit" Inspires to Hold On to God During Hard Times

Singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino is back with her newest song titled, “Kumapit.” The single which hopes to reassure Filipinos about the hope found in God amidst the pandemic is hitting the airwaves this Friday, June 11.

In Kumapit, Yeng sings about how God understands our worries, fears, and even anger during difficult seasons in life. The song is a solid reminder that we are never alone in our battles and that we can always hold on to God.

This song is for people who are struggling with their faith and struggling to see hope. I pray that as they hear this song, they will feel God’s presence even more. There are things in this world that we don’t understand but one thing remains: God is good. And we have to hold on to that,” Yeng said in the vernacular.

The OPM icon penned the song by drawing inspiration from the raw feelings she, her loved ones, and other people experienced, revealing that she, too, struggled with anxiety and depression when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country.

I struggled with my mental health during the pandemic. It's my first time to share this, but I undergo therapy for my depression. The pandemic increased my anxiety, sadness, and uncertainty.

In these uncertain times, Yeng rediscovered that she can hold on to God and find hope, comfort, and strength – a beautiful revelation that can be heard in her latest single, Kumapit.

My favorite lyric was ‘Hindi Siya yanig sa iyong galit.’ Sometimes we think that we can never ask God why things happen. God showed to me that He is not like that. He is a good father. So keep asking; God will not shush you. The more you ask, the more He reveals Himself to you,” Yeng shared.

The song is released under Star Music, co-produced by CBN Asia’s music arm, Reverb Worship PH. CBN Asia’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Valdes Tan said, “Reverb Worship PH has gone into a co-production agreement with Star Music to produce inspirational songs and our newest offering is called Kumapit. I believe that everyone who listens to Kumapit will be blessed by God through its beautiful melody and words of hope and grace.”

Pre-save "Kumapit" by Yeng Constantino today and stream the song on June 11, on Spotify, Apple, Deezer, and YouTube. Follow Reverb Worship PH on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for more updates.

Watsons Nationwide 4-Day Vitamins Super Saver Sale of up to 50% Off Happening on June 10 - 13

Are you ready for Watsons' 4-day Super Saver Vitamin Sale with up to 50% off? 

Beginning today, June 10 until June 13, some of your favorite vitamins and supplements will be at 50% off if you buy 100 capsules or tablets. This offer is good while supplies last and for a limited time only! This is your chance to stock up at super low prices!

Included in the sale are Watsons Ascorbic Acid Tablet, Berocca, Conzace, Watsons Carbonate Tablet, Watsons Multivitamin With Iron Capsule, Puritan's Pride Melatonin Tablets, Watsons Biotin Gummies with Amino Acid and Lecithin for Adults, Propan TLC Syrup and many others.

Even during quarantines and lockdowns, Watsons has given Filipinos access to vitamins, supplements, OTC medications and personal products through its 800+ stores nationwide and its online channels.

Here is a quick guide from Watsons on what vitamins and supplements to get in the Watsons Vitamins Super Saver Sale and what they are for:

Vitamin C is involved in many body functions, including immune system health and wound healing. Poten- Cee Vitamin C Plus Zinc helps strengthen your immunity while Watsons Ascorbic Acid Tablets help increase body resistance to stress and common colds, as well as viral and other types of infections.

You should be able to get all the nutrients you need from food but a diet that's not well-balanced and certain conditions and illnesses such as pregnancy and diarrhea can cause deficiencies. Iberet Folic-500 is a multivitamin and iron tablet that helps treat or prevent vitamin deficiency due to poor diet, certain illnesses or during pregnancy. 

Meanwhile, Nutrabliss by Watsons Multivitamins + Minerals Chewable Tablet helps prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Vitamins are for people of all ages! Nature's Way Kids Smart Vita Gummies Multi-Vitamin + Vegies has 8 important nutrients to help support healthy growth and development while Puritan's Pride ABC Plus Senior Multivitamin Minerals with Zinc, which helps boost the immune system, is specially formulated for adults over 50.

Drink your antioxidants! Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may cause heart problems, cancer and other diseases. Nutrabliss by Watsons Apple Cider Vinegar Capsule has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. MGX+ Mangosteen Rind Capsule has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Shop now at any of Watsons 800+ stores nationwide (, online via ( or mobile app ( or via call & delivery service (

Wellness is just a tap or a click away! Hurry and enjoy the discounts offered at the Watsons Vitamins Super Saver Sale. This is a rare wellness opportunity you shouldn't miss.

When you shop, use your Watsons Card to earn points. For more updates, you can also follow Watsons' social media pages on Facebook and Instagram at @watsonsph.

Darren Espanto Ready to Hit a "Home Run" on June 19 and 20

Darren Espanto is all set to showcase his transformation as a singer-performer, shedding off his teenage persona for an edgier repertoire and vibe in his comeback concert “Home Run,” finally happening on June 19 (Saturday) with a rerun on June 20 (Sunday) via, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV for the enjoyment of audiences worldwide.

It's called ‘Darren Home Run’ because in the past 7 years parang naikot ko na po lahat ng bases in the music/concert scene in the Philippines. So it's kind of like I hit a home run in this show. I just came back from Canada so I'm very excited,” Darren said.

Initially scheduled on May 30 and 31, “Darren Home Run: The Comeback Concert” was postponed after the multi-awarded young artist was exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual. Now all systems go this month for the grand musical show which is a collaboration between ABS-CBN Events and MCA Music.

The first major solo virtual concert of Darren - who just turned 20 last May 24 - will be directed by Paolo Valenciano, with TV direction by Jon Moll and musical direction by Soc Mina. Performances on the show will be choreographed by D Grind.

This is the biggest virtual concert that I have ever done. Most of the songs that I personally chose for the setlist are close to my heart and may relation din sa journey ko sa showbiz,” Darren teased.

Along with his jaw-dropping vocal prowess and hip moves, the Kapamilya artist promises never-before-seen song numbers that will make him soar to greater heights, which includes his performance of his latest single “Tama Na.”

The track lyrically speaks of unrequited love and having the courage to withdraw from a one-sided relationship on top of a pop, hip-hop, and R&B sound. “I really liked the song instantly. It’s a sound that people haven’t heard from me before and it’s also a genre I’ve always wanted to try,” he said.

Tickets for “Darren Home Run: The Comeback Concert” are still available for purchase via, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV. VIP tickets are priced at P1,500, available only for the June 19 live show via, with an exclusive access to a Zoom party with Darren. Regular tickets can be availed for P699.

SKYcable subscribers can also experience the whole concert commercial-free and in high-definition via SKY Pay-Per-View on June 19 (Saturday) at 8 pm for only P699. To get the pay-per-view passes, they can visit or text SKY PPV to 23662.

Buy your tickets now to Darren’s “Home Run” concert happening live on June 19 (Saturday) at 8 pm with a re-run the next day (June 20) at 10 am via, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV, and listen to his latest single “Tama Na” on various digital music streaming services. 

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

Join the First "AFN Food Awards" and Win Huge Amount of Prizes and International Food Classes Scholarship

Filipinos can now showcase their cooking prowess and give their dish the spotlight on the international stage as the Asian Food Network, in partnership with SKY, brings the "AFN Food Awards 2021," a virtual search for the best Pinoy home cooks of Asian culinary recipes.

To have the chance to participate, interested parties aged 18 and above from anywhere in the country simply need to visit where they can share the recipe along with an anecdote behind the food and a preparation video. They have until June 27, 2021 to submit their entries.

The awards show will happen on July 24, 4 PM via Facebook Live, which will be hosted by Bianca Valerio and have Chef Anton Amoncio as special guest and celebrity judge.

On top of receiving wide recognition, the grand winner will become P25,000 richer and take home P100,000 worth of culinary classes at Southville International School Affiliated with Foreign Universities (SISFU).

Asian Food Network is available on SKYcable channel 248 (for Mega Manila subscribers) and channel 736 (for Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Baguio, Dumaguete, Gensan, and Iloilo based subscribers).

For more details, follow SKY on Facebook (, Twitter, and Instagram (@myskyupdates).

Biggest Kapuso Personalities to Grace 'All-Out Sundays' on June 13 to Celebrate GMA's 71st Anniversary

Party with the biggest and brightest Kapuso stars as they convene and usher in the celebration of GMA Network's 71st anniversary this Sunday, June 13, in the hit musical-comedy-variety program All-Out Sundays.

Spearheading the spectacle are Kapuso prime stars Dingdong Dantes, Heart Evangelista, Jennylyn Mercado, Dennis Trillo, Alden Richards, Lovi Poe, Carla Abellana, Tom Rodriguez, Aiai delas Alas, Eugene Domingo, and Michael V.

Also gracing the show are the stars of Kapuso shows Bubble Gang, Pepito Manaloto, Daddy's Gurl, Dear Uge, Catch Me Out Philippines, iBilib, Centerstage, Mars Pa More, Sarap 'Di Ba, Taste Buddies, Farm To Table, and Eat Bulaga; plus the cast of First Yaya and upcoming GMA series Legal Wives, Nagbabagang Luha, Las Hermanas, and The World Between Us.

GMA News pillars Mel Tiangco, Mike Enriquez, Vicky Morales, Arnold Clavio, Howie Severino, and Jessica Soho will also share their anniversary greetings to our loyal Kapuso viewers.

Kicking off the party with a medley of all-time favorite OPM dance music are Lani Misalucha, Julie Anne San Jose, Barbie Forteza, Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista, Ken Chan, Rita Daniella, Ruru Madrid, Miguel Tanfelix, Kyline Alcantara, Mavy Legaspi, Kim de Leon with Kapuso stars Rhian Ramos, Benjamin Alves, Sanya Lopez, Katrina Halili, Winwyn Marquez, Jeric Gonzales, Kate Valdez, Ysabel Ortega, and Cassy Legaspi.

Meanwhile, GMA Telebabad's First Yaya Sanya Lopez takes the spotlight as she goes all-out on her first concert on the AOS stage.

The Queendom Divas - Julie Anne San Jose, Aicelle Santos, Rita Daniela, Jessica Villarubin, Thea Astley, Jennie Gabriel, Hannah Precillas, and Lani Misalucha - will also spice up the party as they give their flavor and rendition to classic OPM hits.

Watch out for the new comedy-fantasy-musical series "I'm Byerna" which follows the story of Virna, a young woman who shifts into her ugly and ill-tempered alter-ego Byerna every time she gets infuriated. Byerna is forced to become a superhero when supervillain Chillax begins to sow terror in the city.

I'm Byerna features Denice Barbacena as Virna, Buboy Villar as Byerna, together with Edgar Allan Guzman, Yasser Marta, and comedians Mike “Pekto” Nacua, Tuesday Vargas, and Kakai Bautista.

And finally, tune in for great deals, special promos, and a lot of big prizes that await Kapuso viewers!

Join in the fun and catch 'All-Out Sundays', this Sunday, 12:00NN, only on GMA-7.

Viewers abroad can also catch the program via GMA's flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

For more stories about the Kapuso Network, visit

Get a Free Acer One 8 T2 Tablet Until June 15 in #AcerOnePlusJuan Promo

Working and studying from home will never be the same with a laptop and tablet combo! 

Do more things at once with a free Acer One 8 T2 tablet worth Php 5,990 when you buy an eligible Acer Swift or Spin laptop until June 15, 2021 through #AcerOnePlusJuan promo.

The Acer Swift or Spin laptops are packed with the latest mobile processors and elevated specs perfect in boosting your productivity. Pair it with the Acer One 8 T2 tablet and tick off things from your to-do list faster!

With everything going digital from school to work, we came up with the idea of sharing an exclusive promo which can help individuals who work from home or study online. For every purchase of participating Acer Swift and Spin laptops, shoppers can get a free tablet. With this, learning or working from home can be much more flexible and convenient.” Said Acer Philippines General Manager Sue Ong-Lim.

Participating Acer Swift and Spin models are as follows: Swift 3 SF13-53-50TE, SF314- 59-51GR, SF314-59-5934, SF314-59-77ZC; Swift 3x SF314-510G-58EW, SF314- 510G-75FV, SF314-510G-77HY; Swift 5 SF514-55TA-54J7, SF514-55TA-71C1; and Spin 5 SP513-54N-53X8, SP513-54N-73ZX.

What are you waiting for? Get your hands on this exciting deal and go to the nearest Acer store, authorized retailers, or order through Acer online store:

To know more about this promo, you may visit Acer’s Official online platforms: Facebook – @AcerPH, Instagram – @acerph, Twitter – @acerphils,

SB19 and AJAKADA Donny Pangilinan, Kristel Fulgar, Shine Kuk, and Robi Domingo Perform in South Korea

A concert and more sight-seeing adventures await chingus and virtual travelers alike as the Ajakada of Donny Pangilinan, Kristel Fulgar, Shine Kuk, and Robi Domingo gear up for the finale of "Aja! Aja! Tayo sa Jeju" this June on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, and iWantTFC.

The Filipino community in Jeju Island are getting a rare treat as the Ajakada performs in a huge concert together with the Billboard-nominated boy group SB19, who will sing their hit song "Go Up."

The Ajakada will spend their last days in Jeju by going tangerine picking as they head back to Seoul. Meanwhile, they will head to the official residence of South Korea's head of state in the Blue House to experience more of Korea's lively culture as they go to the renowned cultural exhibition space K-Style Hub right before flying back to Manila.

The show, co-produced by ABS-CBN and ShowBT Philippines, aims to introduce to Filipinos the wonders of Korean culture and the marvelous sights and fun activities to do in Jeju Island through a series of fun challenges and much more.

Join the Ajakada as they set to end their journey in South Korea's Jeju Island in the last two weeks of "Aja! Aja! Tayo sa Jeju," airing every Saturday at 10 PM on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z.

Subscribers of iWantTFC, meanwhile, will get to catch advance episodes every Thursday at 8 PM.

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

Superbook Merchadise Now Available on Shopee and Lazada SuperGifts PH Store

SuperNews for all Superbook fans!

Wondering where to get awesome Superbook merch? Your favorite Superbook goodies are now just a few clicks away on SuperGifts PH – the official distributor of Superbook items on Shopee and Lazada.

You can now get your hands on Superbook’s original DVD collection, coloring books, devotionals, bags, hoodies, and novelty items. You can also send them as gifts to your family and friends! Just visit SuperGifts PH on Shopee or Lazada and check out your desired goodies.

According to CBN Asia’s Chief Operating Officer John Valdes Tan, the faith-based organization has made SuperGifts available on the two e-commerce giants as they are now the “go-to” places for online shoppers. Likewise, the platforms open an opportunity for Superbook fans to support the ministry.

It is now easier for Superbook fans to avail of merchandise and support the ministry. We are also excited to announce that we are producing exclusive Superbook merchandise that will only be available on the SuperGifts PH online store,” Tan said.

So whether you want to grow in faith, send encouraging gifts to your loved ones, or share God’s love to Filipino children by supporting Superbook, SuperGifts PH is your one-stop shop!

Visit SuperGifts PH on Shopee and Lazada and add your favorite Superbook items to your cart. 

For more information, contact (02) 8663-4700 or 0998-555-3577.

Cinema ‘76 Café Offers a Unique Al Fresco, Movie-Themed Dining Experience, Opens June 11

Filipino moviegoers have surely missed going to the cinemas. While that experience is irreplaceable, TBA Studios offers an alternative option that will surely bring fond memories to local cinephiles as it launches Cinema ’76 Café on June 11.

Cinema ’76 Café is an al fresco dining spot located on the second floor of the Anonas LRT City Center in Quezon City. Envisioned to be a haven for film and coffee lovers alike, the open-air neighborhood coffee shop has a unique movie-themed inspired décor. Some visual references include posters from TBA Studios’ well-loved films and a very comfortable ‘bench seating’ reminiscent of Cinema ’76 Film Society’s signature couch seats.

Aside from delicious hot and iced coffee beverages, the café offers a wide array of drinks - bottled Coffee Matcha, Salted Caramel Latte, and Popcorn Frappe are just some of the ones guaranteed to be instant favorites. For pastries and desserts, Cinema ‘76 Café recommends its delectable Mango Cake. This tasty treat is said to be a playful nod to the iconic mango scene from TBA Studios' 2018 blockbuster ​“Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.”

The cafe accepts dine-in customers, takeouts, and online deliveries.

Apart from the safe outdoor dining set up on its balcony, Cinema ‘76 Café also ensures the safety of its customers while continuing to deliver quality food and service. Before entering, customers need to step on a disinfectant mat, apply alcohol provided, and have their temperatures checked. They also have to fill up the contact tracing form either manually or via QR code.

Tables and chairs, and other fixtures and surfaces are disinfected after every use.

Cinema ‘76 Café also uses an air sterilizing and disinfecting machine round-the-clock.

Stringent safety protocols are also in place for food preparation and handling.

Online delivery and payment

Cinema ‘76 Caf​é​ also offers faster and more convenient ways for customers to order safely from their homes. Cinema ‘76 Caf​é​ has partnered with online food delivery apps FoodPanda and GrabFood. For those looking for some personal touch, you can chat with Cinema ‘76 staff via ​Facebook​, ​Instagram​, ​Twitter​, or order directly via phone or Viber at +63906 236 2365.

Dine-in and take-out customers can choose from multiple payment options. Cinema ‘76 Café accepts cash as well as BDO transfers, GCash, and Lyka Gems for cashless payment. Senior Citizens and PWDs can also avail of their regular discounts.

Cinema ’76 Café is also offering curbside pickup for take-out orders. Customers can simply call or message in advance to avail of this service.

Cinema ’76 Café is officially open starting Friday, June 11, 2021. 

For its soft launch operations, the café will operate daily except weekends from 1 pm to 7 pm.

Connect with Real People, Viewers Learn from Kyle Echarri's “Click, Like, Share”

The first episode of the digital anthology series “Click, Like, Share” starring Kyle Echarri has moved viewers to reevaluate their relationship with technology and loved ones as they gained valuable lessons on the harmful effects of excessive use of mobile devices and social media.

In his episode titled “Reroute,” which is seen on, iWantTFC, TFC IPTV, and Upstream, Brennan (Kyle) becomes increasingly dependent on an invasive virtual assistant, which eventually falls in love with him, ruins his relationship with his girlfriend (Danica Ontengco), and causes a tragedy.

Viewers who have seen the episode were able to relate to the story as they shared how relationships with real people will always be more important than technology.

It was really beautiful and you impressed us. We witnessed a different @kyle_echarri. I learned that we should value the moments with our loved ones instead of being on our phones all the time because we never know when they will be taken away from us,” said Twitter user @sheerrryyy.

For user @e_fanacc, “Reroute made me realize that the internet and social media world will control our lives once we allow it to do so, that’s why we shouldn’t allow it to take control of our lives. Let’s learn how to connect with real people.”

#Reroute is somehow a glimpse of our future. With new technological discoveries and advancement, we shouldn’t be surprised if we’ll live in a society controlled by technology. That’s why it’s very important to put boundaries especially on how we use our devices, even social media platforms. Proud of you,” shared @kjpechawii_.

Viewers will be able to gain more insightful lessons in the next episode “Cancelledt,” starring Francine Diaz with Renshi de Guzman and streams on June 12 at 6 PM. Here, Karen (Francine) will be hit with the harsh realities of social media due to her obsession with fame.

Fans can still watch “Reroute” and the succeeding episodes “Cancelledt” on June 12, “Trending” with Seth Fedelin on June 19, and “Poser” with Andrea Brillantes on June 26 at 6 PM by purchasing a season pass, inclusive of bonus features, on (P299), iWantTFC (P299 in the Philippines or US$5.99 outside the Philippines), TFC IPTV (US$5.99), or Upstream (P299 in the Philippines or US$5.99 outside the Philippines). Ticket buyers on will also get a chance to join the fan meet for each episode.

The digital anthology series is directed by Emmanuel Q. Palo and produced by iWantTFC and ABS-CBN Entertainment in association with Dreamscape Entertainment and Kreativ Den.

Don’t miss the next episode of “Click, Like, Share” on June 12 on, iWantTFC, TFC IPTV, and Upstream. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

TNT Dishes Out Much-Needed 'Saya Vibes' in Darren Espanto's New Digital Show "TNT Pop Show"

Ahead of the upcoming premiere of the much-awaited reality talent show PoPinoy, mobile brand TNT has launched TNT POP Show, a new digital show that dishes out much-needed ‘saya vibes’ and inspiring stories of Filipino youth as they chase their big dreams.

Hosted by Asia’s Pop Heartthrob Darren Espanto together with actress Adrianna So, TNT POP Show will air every Saturday at 5:00 PM with its primer on June 9. Aside from inspiring stories, the show will feature funny videos, exciting games, and engagement with surprise content creators and special guests.

TNT POP Show will also feature other talented and driven young Pinoys who are making a mark in their respective fields. The Pop Idol segment will focus on how content creators are using their platform to spread positivity, while Pop Trip will feature fun activities and games with surprise guests.

TNT POP Show will also dish out exclusive content from the reality show PoPinoy, which will be broken down into various segments, such as Pop Talk, a run-down of all the highlights from the current episode, as well as trending stories, reactions, and discussions about the show.

Meanwhile, reality show contestants will talk about their experiences and journey in the Pop Serye segment, while funny videos and exclusive behind-the-scenes clips and reactions take center stage in the Pop Parazzi segment.

Watch the TNT POP Show exclusively on the TNT website and TNT official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Enjoy your fave shows with TNT Double GIGA Video

With TNT Double GIGA Video, you can channel the PoPinoy in you and take steps in achieving your dreams by watching shows that enhance your skills.

For only Php99, TNT subscribers get 2 GB per day for YouTube, iWant, and more for seven days, plus 2 GB of open-access data—for a total of 16 GB of data to watch videos and shows every day. TNT’s Double GIGA offer is also available for GIGA Stories, GIGA Games, GIGA Work, and GIGA Study.

Subscribers can easily register to Double GIGA Video on the GigaLife App, which is downloadable on Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and Huawei Mobile Services. Users can also register to Double GIGA by dialing *123# and choosing Double GIGA.

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®. Ookla has also cited Smart as the country's fastest mobile data network for three years in a row now.

Smart has also 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.

Watch out for more 'saya' surprises by following TNT's official accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Viber Community.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Hospital Playlist Season 2 Premieres June 17 on Netflix

Beloved slice-of-life series Hospital Playlist will be making its much-anticipated return very soon! 

With all of the cliffhangers from the first season, we can’t wait to see what’s going on with all of the characters in the new season.

If you haven’t watched the show yet, it’s the perfect time to binge-watch or even re-watch the first season. The series centers around five doctors who have been friends since medical school and are now working at the same hospital. While you might expect a medical drama to be full of dramatic hospital scenes, Hospital Playlist will defy your expectations with its warm stories about everyday life.

The five doctors all have their different specialties and personalities, but mesh perfectly as well-seasoned friends. There’s hepatologist Lee Ik-jun (Cho Jung-seok) who is goofy, caring, and absolutely adores his son. Pediatrician Ahn Jeong-won (Yoo Yeon-seok) is sacrificial and doesn’t care for materialistic things. Cardiothoracic surgeon Kim Jun-wan (Jung Kyung-ho) appears gruff but is soft on the inside with quite a sweet tooth. Neurosurgeon Chae Song-hwa (Jeon Mi-do) is a huge fan of camping and excels at everything except for singing. Lastly, we have obstetrician-gynecologist Yang Seok-hyeong (Kim Dae-myeung) who enjoys his alone time and dotes on his mother.

More bickering, more delicious meals, and more band sessions with the five friends will be coming our way with the second season. From the creators of Reply 1988, you can expect funny and heartwarming tales surrounding the friends. 

Stay tuned for the premiere on June 17 at 10PM PHT with episodes every Thursday, only on Netflix!

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Debutante Jayda Avanzado on the Cover of METRO.Style

It may be Jayda Avanzado’s first time on a Metro.Style cover, but you couldn’t tell that just by looking at the photos. Already radiating elegance and wisdom at the age of 18, this singer, songwriter, and musician is the embodiment of local music’s newest generation.

As a Star Magic talent and Star Music/RISE artist, Jayda has over 160,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, with her songs “Happy For You” and “Perfectly Imperfect” garnering millions of plays. The music royalty and rising superstar recently released her latest single, “M.U. (Malabong Usapan).”

In Metro’s exclusive cover feature, Jayda talks about growing up with her parents, OPM icons Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado, as they toured America, her decision to join show business, the intricacies of her music, her upcoming “Jayda in Concert” virtual event and, of course, turning 18.

I know that turning 18, ang daming mga responsibilities, but honestly, I’m up for the challenge. I know that this is the start of my adulthood. I always used to hear about people turning 18, but when you’re finally there in that position, it’s a different feeling. It’s a bittersweet feeling, almost,” she said.

For her Metro.Style 18th birthday shoot, she worked with photographer Dookie Ducay, videography team NicePrint, creative director and fashion stylist Eldzs Mejia, makeup artist Denise Go-Ochoa, and hairstylist RJ dela Cruz. The cover story is written by Sara de los Reyes.

Read the cover story here. For more exclusive articles visit Metro.Style and @metrodotstyle on IG and Twitter, and /metrodotstyle on Facebook.

Discover the Origins of the Epidemic in Netflix’s “Kingdom: Ashin of the North,” Out July 23

Netflix has confirmed July 23rd as the release date of Kingdom: Ashin of the North, a special episode that will expand the horizons of the Kingdom series, a much loved Netflix Series created by Korean storytellers. This special episode reveals the origins of the resurrection plant that triggered the avalanche of tragic events that swept through Joseon and a woman abandoned by all - Ashin.

Recently released footage begins with young Ashin holding a torch and entering an eerie cave in the dark. Inside, she discovers strange markings on a rock along with the mysterious resurrection plant. The accompanying copy reads, "to revive the dead, a price must be paid." Thus begins the intriguing backstory of the epidemic, unveiling how the resurrection plant that grows in the northern regions traveled down to wreak havoc on Joseon land.

Kingdom: Ashin of the North will be directed by Kim Seong-hun, who directed and oversaw the production of the first season of Kingdom. Writer Kim Eun-hee, who scripted the two seasons, also returned to pen an epic story of Kingdom: Ashin of the North. Gianna Jun who made a striking appearance as the adult Ashin at the end of Season 2, returns to appease the viewers clamoring for more of her intriguing character. Kim Sia, who has impressed with her skilled acting in The House of Us and Miss Baek, will portray Ashin as a child. Park Byung-eun reprises his role as Min Chi-rok, the Head of the Royal Commandery Division who helped Crown Prince Lee Chang in fending off the infected from infiltrating the royal palace. Kingdom: Ashin of the North tells the tale of the mysterious new figure Ashin and the origins of the epidemic that revived the dead king and led to the devastation of the Joseon kingdom.

An expanded backstory of how it all began, Kingdom: Ashin of the North will be released to worldwide audiences on July 23rd, only on Netflix.

Community Pantry Volunteers Win .5-Million in Vice Ganda’s “Everybody, Sing!”

Good luck and fortune reigned supreme during the pilot episode of Vice Ganda's "Everybody, Sing!" as the group of community pantry volunteers took home the jackpot prize worth P500,000 last night (June 5).

The featured 25 'songbayanan' successfully guessed the correct titles of all 10 songs in the jackpot round called "Everybody Guessing" of the country's first community singing game show. The group of community pantry volunteers were hailed as the first jackpot prize winner and will share the P500,000 pot money.

Vice Ganda also paid tribute to the community pantry volunteers who came from different parts of Metro Manila for their dedication to serve their fellow Filipinos in the middle of the pandemic.

"You all deserve to win. Mahigit pa sa P500,000 'yung binigay ninyong serbisyo, kalinga, at pagmamahal sa mga taong hindi niyo kakilala," the Phenomenal Box-Office Star said.

He added, "pinakita ninyo na kapag nagtutulungan, may mabuting patutunguhan lalo na sa gitna ng kahirapan at hindi pagkakaunawaan."

Pao, a 20 year-old community pantry volunteer also shared in an interview for the show that she was encouraged to help because she's able to make people happy with simple acts of love.

"Kahit nag-aaral kami, basta may free time, makakatulong kami sa ibang tao. Hindi lang sila 'yung napapasaya. Pati na rin kami," she said.

Besides championing the spirit of bayanihan, netizens also took to Twitter to compliment the newest game show of ABS-CBN that took the top spot among the trending topics in the Philippines on Saturday (June 5).

Twitter user @NhelVictorino said, "Parang gusto ko na ring sumali! Ang enjoy lang eh, though magkakaiba kayo ng group or organization, still 'yung tulungan makikita mo talaga eh! Nice."

Meanwhile, @asirguin tweeted, "sobrang ganda ng tugtugan sa #EverybodySing. First episode pa lang mapapa-jam ka na."

@CristianCofino2 also praised Vice Ganda's outfit as Audrey Hepburn's character in "Breakfast at Tiffany's that added color to the show. "Thank you meme sa extra effort sa pagsusuot ng bonggang bongga."

An original concept of ABS-CBN, "Everybody, Sing!" is a uniquely Filipino game show that aims to underscore the importance of bayanihan and teamwork in communities especially during this pandemic.

Will the next batch of songbayanan be happy? Find out in "Everybody, Sing!" every Saturday, 8 pm and every Sunday, 7:30 pm on A2Z, Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, at TFC.

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