Saturday, June 19, 2021

Ogie Alcasid Pays Tribute to All Amazing Dads thru a Song Called "Thank You, Pa"


Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid released his newest self-penned single, “Thank You, Pa,” which he considers “a gift for all amazing dads out there.”

This is a song that I wrote for my dad just in time for Father’s Day,” said the multi-awarded artist, who wrote the tribute song after the passing of his greatest influence and mentor, his dad Herminio Alcasid Sr., who died last September.


“Thank You, Pa” evokes gratefulness to fathers who believe in their children and encourage them not to be afraid to pursue their dreams. It also expresses a deep longing for dads who are now watching their kids from heaven.

Ogie co-produced the single with ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo. The song was arranged by Bobby Velasco and released under Star Music.

Fresh from the success of his “Kilabotitos: The Repeat” virtual concert with Ian Veneracion, Ogie also released a novelty song early this year entitled “Maga Ako, Manas Ako” featuring his alter egos Eydie Waw and The Wawettes. The OPM icon, who served as a juror in the recently concluded “Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 3,” is also a mainstay on “ASAP Nation ‘To.”

Check out Ogie’s “Thank You, Pa” single, out now on various music streaming platforms.

For more details, like Star Music on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starmusicph) and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

Friday, June 18, 2021

Gloc-9 and Mang Tomas Pay Tribute to ‘GanaDads’ this Father’s Day thru a Song Called “Anong Macho ang Tatay Mo”

Iconic Filipino rapper Gloc-9 collaborated with Mang Tomas All Around Sarsa in a catchy and heartwarming song that pays tribute to the noble characteristics and sacrifices of Filipino dads.

The song, titled "Anong Macho Ang Tatay Mo," will be released on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, and other digital streaming platforms on June 18, while its official music video is scheduled to drop on YouTube and Facebook just in time for Father's Day on Sunday.

The music video is a timely and fitting tribute to all hard-working and dedicated dads out there. It shows Gloc-9 taking off the Mang Tomas' iconic salakot and barong ensemble to slip into a more familiar role as an average dad. Audiences will surely get a kick out of seeing the usually "siga" rapper struggling to balance his household tasks at home - from cooking and doing the laundry, to watering plants and making grocery runs.

Behind the upbeat instrumentals and the humorous visuals of Gloc-9, however, lies a heartfelt and affectionate 'thank you' to every father who are true inspiration to all.

"As a father, I finally understand the challenges of fatherhood and how our efforts tend to go unnoticed," says Gloc-9, a proud dad of three kids - teenage twins and a young girl. "Together with Mang Tomas, I want to say thank you to all fathers, including my own, and remind them that their efforts will always be appreciated. Saludo ako sa lahat ng mga GanaDads!"

Aside from expressing gratitude, the song is a definitive statement by Mang Tomas and Gloc-9: true macho fathers are gentle, kind, and sensitive as opposed to the stereotypes of fathers being rugged, cold, and detached.

"We want to break these notions of masculinity. Kasi 'pag sinabing macho, ang dating is usually tough and brusko," says Gloc-9 "In reality, bahagi ng pagiging tunay na macho ay ang pagiging supportive sa asawa at pagtulong sa mga gawaing bahay."

"We wanted to make a song that reminds fathers that it's okay to be warm, and uplift these notions of masculinity to a more modern Macho Ganado Dads characterization."

Father's Day or not, a Mang Tomas video wouldn't be complete without shots of mouth-watering ulam paired with a bottle of our favorite all-around sarsa.

"Excited na ako for Father's Day kasi sigurado malaki ang handaan with my family," Gloc-9 admits, "I can't wait to celebrate another year of fatherhood with the Mang Tomas! Siguradong mapaparami kami talaga ng kain!"

"Anong Macho Ang Tatay Mo" was written by Aristotle "Gloc-9" Pollisco and arranged by Rassell "Goodson" Tiquia, with mixing and mastering by John Edmel "Goode" Tabuniar, and instrumentation by Samuel Engreso Mopal.

Meanwhile, the official music video was directed by award-winning filmmaker and PR guru Chris Cahilig of Insight 360 with Nic Villanueva as director of photography and editor. It was filmed at the model units of Bria Homes in Magalang, Pampanga.

Pokwang Transfers to GMA-7, Signs Management Contract with GMA Artist Center



Actress, host, comedienne, and entrepreneur Pokwang is officially a Kapuso as she signs exclusive contract with GMA-7 and management contract with GMA Artist Center on Friday, June 18.

Also present during the signing are Felipe S. Yalong (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Financial Officer), Gigi Santiago-Lara (Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions), Lilybeth G. Rasonable (Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group), and Daryl Zamora (Senior Talent Manager).

During the blogger's conference held after the contract signing, an emotional Pokwang expressed her excitement on the long list of Kapuso TV projects she is scheduled to shoot in the next couple of months. She is also thankful of the trust, support, and warm welcome she received from GMA Network management.

Pokwang mentioned that a she will be part of "Pepito Manalo Prequel," an episode in Magpakailanman, a cooking show, and series TV guestings like All-Out Sundays, Tekla and Boobay Show, are just some of the Kapuso projects she is lined up to do. She is also excited to work again with her bestfriends Ai-Ai delas Alas and Eugene Domingo. 

The award-winning comedienne clarified that she personally informed few of Kapamilya big bosses of her plan to move to Kapuso network including Deo Endrinal.

On the reason why she decided to move to GMA-7, she said, "marami na sila sa kabila. Marami pa akong gustong gawin na siguradong maa-achieve ko dito sa GMA."

Other former Kapamilya who recently signed a contract with GMA-7 are Beauty Gonzales and Luke Conde. 

Dating Tips: 5 Techniques to Level Up Your Online Dating


The pandemic may have limited social life and dating but single people need not fret because technology has made connections - including romantic ones, possible. At SKY Fiber’s Super Speed Dating virtual event held recently with Singles Events Manila, US-certified matchmaker and science-based dating coach Vanessa Antonio offered five helpful tips for those searching for love.


These techniques, besides being science-based, have worked like magic to many of the singles we worked with through our one-on-one coaching program but today I am going to share some of those tips with you,” Antonio said.

Technique 1: Strike a “power pose”

Let’s be realistic, your image is the first thing that will catch another single person’s attention. Make sure your photos are remarkable by using shots that show you in a power pose. Vanessa said that “a recent study found that speed-daters who spread out their limbs and stretched their torsos - literally taking up more space - were 76 percent more likely to get a yes to a date.”

Photos of you with friends having fun may be appealing, but it is even more so if you pose with your mom. In numbers, the chances of finding a match are 7 percent higher, according to a 2018 study by The League, a US-based matchmaking website.

Technique 2: Your profile must show emotional availability

According to Vanessa van Edwards, author of “Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People” and behavioral investigator and body language expert, “emotional availability is the most attractive trait when it comes to the opposite gender.”

In establishing this on a dating app, make sure to use the words “love” “romance”, and “relationship” on your profile description. They don’t have to refer to romantic longings, the mere use of these words in any sentence sends positive signals to your prospects. You could say, "I love eating, I want to live a life of laughter and romance and I enjoy honest relationships," according to Antonio.


Technique 3: Use the 70:30 rule

You are bound to put off people when you only talk about yourself or you make everything about yourself. Sharing who and what you are looking for in others raises the likelihood of attracting people to your profile.

You might also want to appear professional, so limit or completely avoid the use of emojis because it sends signals that you’re not too serious about the potential connection.

Technique 4: Speed up the process, establish trust

Gaining trust is easier than one might think. The way to do this online is through these hacks: message them often, ask for their advice, and make them laugh.

Asking for advice shows you are giving them a certain level of trust while making them laugh makes them more comfortable with you.

Technique 5: Reliable connection is a must

Online, you can do this by upgrading your virtual backgrounds, your camera, and your internet connection. One can never underestimate the power of reliable connectivity. Communication becomes better and clearer with the right kind of tool you equip yourself with.



So the next time you think about looking for possible romantic connections online, make sure you’re on a reliable internet connection.

The internet holds so much power in creating strong human connections, most especially during the pandemic. So as a company that seeks to continuously add value to the lives of Filipinos, we have increased our SKY Fiber speeds at the same affordable rates to make a reliable internet connection more accessible,Alan Supnet, SKY’s head for Consumer Broadband Products said.

Make that connection now with SKY Fiber Super Speed plans to level up your online dating game. To find out what connectivity that’s best for you, visit mysky.com.ph/skyfiber to check out fiber-fast speed plans of up to 200Mbps at highly competitive prices. 

The leveled-up SKY Fiber Super Speed plans are now available in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Cebu, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Davao. While Baguio, Gensan, and Zamboanga can experience fiber-fast speeds of up to 80Mbps.

More Than 40 Artists to Sign a Contract with ABS-CBN in the Star Magic Black Pen Day on June 19


More than 40 artists will sign with ABS-CBN in the Star Magic Black Pen Day this Saturday (June 19) as the company remains committed to hone and champion Filipino talent in support of the local entertainment industry.

The historic contract signing event, which will feature the future and current idols in the land, will begin at 4 pm and will be streamed online on the Star Magic Facebook page and YouTube channel, the ABS-CBN Entertainment and TFC Facebook pages, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV.

Among the Kapamilyas that will be part of the Star Magic Black Pen Day are fresh faces, established stars, talents from ABS-CBN’s reality shows and contests, as well as artists under ABS-CBN subsidiaries and other talent agencies outside ABS-CBN.

They include seasoned actors include John Arcilla, Sandino Martin, Marc Solis, and singer-actress Angeline Quinto. The new artists are Kaila Estrada, Arabella Davao, Mary Joy Apostol, Zabel Lamberth, Rans Rifol, Vance Larena, Maureen Wrob, Paolo Gumabao, Luis Vera-Perez, Sela, Migo Manikan, Vitto Neri, and “Marry Me, Marry You” star Jake Ejercito.

RISE Artists Studio’s Gigi De Lana, Zach Castaneda, Shanaia Gomez, Karina Bautista, Aljon Mendoza, Jayda, and “Hello, Stranger” breakout star JC Alcantara will also ink new contracts.

Also signing with ABS-CBN are various artists from partner talent agencies such as Alyssa Muhlach and Kiko Estrada from Arnold Vegafria’s ALV Events International, and Krystle, Lara Maigue, Moira Lacambra, Aikee, Poppert Bernadas, Gian Magdangal, Davey Langit, and Anthony Barion from Ogie Alcasid’s ATEAM (Alcasid Total Entertainment & Artist Management, Inc).

Star Music’s Sab and Recio, Polaris’ Janine Berdin, Sheena Belarmino, JM Yosures, and iDolls, and Star Hunt’s Ashley Del Mundo, Tan Roncal, Kiara Takahashi, Richard Juan, Lou Yanong, Kobie Brown, and Andi Abaya will also sign with ABS-CBN’s talent management arm.

Star Magic head and ABS-CBN entertainment production head Laurenti Dyogi will lead in welcoming them all to the fold this weekend, which also marks the integration of all management groups in ABS-CBN under the Star Magic umbrella.

These include the Star Hunt Management under Raymund Dizon that handles the careers of former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemates as well as BGYO and BINI; the Polaris Artists under Reily Santiago that is the stable of the products of Kapamilya talent contests like “Tawag ng Tanghalan”; RISE Artists Studio led by Mico Del Rosario and Olivia Lamasan of ABS-CBN Films; and ABS-CBN Music helmed by Jonathan Manalo and Roxy Liquigan.

Another highlight of the event is the recital of the Star Magic Credo by the artists, who will pledge to give their best in every performance, continue to improve their craft, and maintain the right values and attitude as they serve the Filipino audience. There will also be surprise performances and other announcements.

Witness the historic Star Magic Black Pen Day this Saturday (June 19) starting at 4 pm on the Star Magic Facebook page and YouTube channel, the ABS-CBN Entertainment and TFC Facebook pages, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV. 

For more information, follow @starmagicphils on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For other ABS-CBN updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

Charlene Gonzales Shares How the Muhlachs Spend Feel-Good Moments as a Family


With the pandemic and the uncertainties happening in the world around us, it’s challenging to always stay calm and be positive. Sometimes it can feel hopeless even when you’re trying hard. But one thing stays unchanged: that our families will always be here to guide us, keep us sane and make us feel loved.

That’s why Jollibee ambassador Charlene Muhlach expresses a lot of gratitude for her family. Everyone does their part and share to spread good vibes and happiness at home, and she’s especially thankful whenever her family manages to spend time together and bond despite their busy schedules.

I’m really just a family-oriented person,” Charlene says. “I’m grateful for their love and support for one another, spending time with them and being there for everyone is something I really value,” Charlene says.

One simple way to thank our families for everything that they’ve done is through a hearty family meal. Bonding over delicious food together is always a great idea, as it’s a quick but reliable way to have a feel-good moment with everyone, as tried and tested by the Muhlachs.


The favorite go-to meal their family constantly enjoys is Jollibee’s crispylicious, juicylicious Chickenjoy. “When we want something that will surely be delicious and comforting for a mealtime, of course, the best pa rin ang Jollibee Chickenjoy!” Charlene shares. “Everyone looks for that crispylicious and juicylicious fried chicken talaga! We order a bucket and everyone gets excited, because we’re always thankful to bond over Chickenjoy!

Like the Muhlachs, you too can thank your family at home with a bucket of everyone’s favorite Jollibee Chickenjoy. Have it safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App, JollibeeDelivery.com, #87000, GrabFood and foodpanda! Also available in Drive-Thru and Take Out.

For more info and updates on Jollibee products, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Philippines on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

KathNiel Leads Acer's Php8K Off and Free Table Promo on Its Learn from Home Program


Now is the perfect time to upgrade your study set-up with Acer’s Learn from Home Program

Get the biggest deals on Acer laptops, desktops, monitors, and projectors with discounts up to Php8,000 plus a free Acer tablet (on selected models) from June 16 to July 18, 2021. 


Predator gaming laptops, desktops, and AOPEN monitors will also be up for grabs with discounts up to Php40,000 and a free gaming chair (on selected models).



With the shift of the educational sector to digital, students and most importantly the parents had to adapt to the new norm. Classes are being held online, and with this new method of learning, having the best learning set-up is essential. Acer laptops are equipped with the latest mobile processors and specs needed to further boost any student’s productivity.

We understand how students have a hard time adjusting to the new normal. A big shift from traditional learning into digital is not something everyone can adapt to easily. That’s why we know how important it is to have a learning set-up which can make the students’ and parents’ life much easier with gadgets that will not only last them for a long time but can improve their studying habits. With Acer’s Learn from Home Program, consumers can get discounts on Acer laptops, gaming notebooks, and more.”, said Acer Philippines General Manager Sue Ong-Lim.

Every purchase of a participating Acer product comes with discounts and premium items. The country’s leading duo, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla will parade the promo and invite shoppers to avail of the Learn from Home Program.

Upgrade your quality of learning by investing in the best products for your educational needs. Shop now at our leading Acer stores, authorized retailers and through Acer online store: https://store.acer.com/en-ph/.

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

Piolo Pascual and Alessandra de Rossie Reunite in Netflix Film "My Amanda"


Netflix Philippines announced today that My Amanda, starring Alessandra de Rossi (Through Night and Day) and Piolo Pascual (Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story), will launch exclusively on Netflix on July 15. Netflix also unveiled the film’s first look images. My Amanda marks the directorial debut of Alessandra de Rossi, while Piolo Pascual co-produced. My Amanda tells the story of unusually close best friends TJ and Amanda, with pet names “Fuffy” and “Fream,” respectively, as they go through the motions of their relationship as long-time best friends while dealing with their own complicated relationships. It will be available globally, only on Netflix.


The background story of this movie is what makes this very special to me. It’s a gift to my good friend Piolo and Spring Films - for turning my life around after Kita Kita. This movie is about friendship, and how much I treasure connections that are sincere, overwhelming, and that have a very profound impact, at least for me. There is no single or universal definition that could explain how much gratefulness a person experiences when another being gives you a chance to believe in yourself. As the famous saying goes, I love you pioooooolooooo!,” shared Alessandra.

Creative Producer Bb. Joyce Bernal adds, “Working with Alex and PJ for a movie about a rare, and honest relationship is learning to be vulnerable again to the risk of losing what you have, for each other, for the moment and sharing something deeper that I discover as we went along together. It’s a joy ride to self.”


I’m thrilled to share with our audiences, the feeling of being on the same journey with someone, in finding out what profound companionship can offer to the other and savor the love so sublimely expressed in this film. My Amanda takes you on a road trip. Capture the sudden shifts, Netflixers, this July 15,” said Piolo.

Belle Mariano Reminds Fans to Take Things Slow in Love via Debut Single "Sigurado"


Young Kapamilya artist Belle Mariano has ventured into recording with her first single “Sigurado,” a song about taking things slow in love.

The Star Pop single is now part of the official soundtrack of “He’s Into Her,” the most-talked-about teen series topbilled by Belle and Donny Pangilinan and the two are also about to release their “Sigurado” duet this Friday (June 18).

Following her single release, Belle also dropped the “Sigurado” music video directed by Amiel Kirby Balagtas, which already garnered more than 500,000 YouTube views as of writing. It features the actress-singer as a hopeful student in a dreamy sequence.


The single is now part of several Spotify playlists, including “Tatak Pinoy,” “Kilig Pa More,” “OPM Says Chillax,” “OPM Rising,” and “Trending Tracks.” It is also featured on Apple Music’s “Absolute OPM” playlist.

A pop ballad track describing the feelings and apprehensions of young love, “Sigurado” serves as a reminder for a generation exposed to everything instant that there is no need to rush in love and no need to escape when the right one comes along. Trisha Denise composed the song which was produced by Rox Santos and arranged by Tommy Katigbak.

Keep streaming Belle’s “Sigurado” on various music streaming platforms. 

For more details, follow Star Pop on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starpopph) and on Twitter and Instagram (@starpopph).

Thursday, June 17, 2021

SMART Celebrates Pride Month with #SimplyLove Campaign


In celebration of the annual Pride Month by the LGBTQ+ community across the world, leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has launched its #SimplyLove campaign to pay tribute to all kinds of love and promote a culture of diversity and inclusivity for a better world.

Smart’s #SimplyLove campaign kicked off with an online video defining a better world as one where "everyone is accepted, equal, loved, and proud." CLICK HERE

Catch Ben&Ben, She’s Only Sixteen and Words Anonymous at #SimplyLove Digital Pride on June 20

Smart will also host the #SimplyLove Digital Pride on its official Facebook page on June 20, featuring special performances by Ben&Ben, She’s Only Sixteen, and Words Anonymous. The online event will also feature an interview with Mobile Legends star athlete OhmyV33nus and non-governmental organization LoveYourself Inc.

The pandemic made us realize what truly matters like our need for love and connection. This collective realization is a great way to spark conversations on the importance of accepting and respecting the various expressions of love - because love is #SimplyLove regardless of your sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

As a mobile services provider, inclusivity and diversity are simply vital to our mission of bringing people together, bridging their gaps, and fostering connections. This is very much reflected in our work culture, to the way we embrace our customers from different walks of life and align ourselves with personalities who inspire and unite us,” she adds.

Smart encourages subscribers to use their online platforms for constructive conversations on diversity and inclusivity, as well as to share their inspiring stories using the official hashtag #SimplyLove.

The #SimplyLove campaign is part of Smart's bigger advocacy for a Better World, which aims to inspire people to commit to sustainable actions with lasting, positive impact to society. As a brand, Smart encourages everyone to ignite their passions to help change the world for the better.

Know more about the #SimplyLove campaign by following Smart's official accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"Hotel Transylvania: Transformania" 2 New Posters and Trailer Released


Transform your year with the Drac Pack as Columbia Pictures launches two new posters for the highly awaited comedy adventure Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. 

Check out the one-sheet artworks below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas soon.



See the film’s trailer at https://youtu.be/k8K8fUh8I4k


Drac and the pack are back, like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Reunite with your favorite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac with his most terrifying task yet. When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray," goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent.

For the final chapter of the Hotel Transylvania film series, franchise creator Genndy Tartakovsky returns as screenwriter and executive producer. Selena Gomez will also serve as executive producer, while reprising her role as Drac's daughter, Mavis, alongside Andy Samberg, returning as Johnny. The film also features Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Brian Hull, Asher Blinkoff, Brad Abrell, Fran Drescher, Jim Gaffigan and Molly Shannon. 

Directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, executive produced by Michelle Murdocca and produced by Alice Dewey Goldstone, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania opens soon in Philippine cinemas.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Robi Domingo Gives Away P1 Million in “Game KNB?” Starting June 25

Jeepney TV and kumu keep on finding new ways to deliver more fun and bigger prizes to Filipinos worldwide as they pave the road to P1 million in prizes in the pambansang game show "Game KNB?" Season 3 ender.

For the "Game KNB's Road to P1 Million" campaign, the usual daily cash prize of P10,000 - equally divided among players who get to answer all five trivia-based questions correctly in the 'Pili-Pinas' segment - will be upgraded every Friday beginning June 25, where up to P100,000 await the lucky would-be winner/s.

This cash prize balloons even further in the succeeding Fridays - up to P200,000 cash prize for July 2, up to P300,000 for July 9, and finally, up to P1 million for July 16. Prizes will automatically be credited in the winner's kumu app wallet.

The combined cash prize amounting to P1.6 million is the highest prize money in any kumu program to date. It is a generous gesture in gratitude for the more than one million viewers who are now following various Creative Programs, Inc. (CPI) channels on the Pinoy livestreaming platform, including GKNB @gknb with almost 341,000 followers as of writing.

Aside from #GKNB1MGiveaway, the kumu-nity can also win prizes in the segment 'Robi, Game KNB?' where the first person to answer the Question of the Day correctly will win 10,000 kumu coins every Monday to Thursday and 50,000 kumu coins every Friday.

Now on its third season with host Robi Domingo, "Game KNB?" is livestreamed daily via @gknb on kumu at 12nn, with simulcast on Jeepney TV in cable and via its Facebook page, and through TFC IPTV and MYX Global.

Challenge your knowledge and win up to P1 million by tuning in daily to #GKNBSeason3 on your preferred platform. Download the kumu app now and follow @gknb.

For updates, follow ABS-CBN PR on Facebook (www.facebook.com/abscbnpr), Twitter and Instagram (@abscbnpr) or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

P-pop Girl Group BINI Official Launch Airs on A2Z and Kapamilya Channel on June 19, "Born to Win" MV Rakes 400K Views on YT


Rising P-pop girl group BINI begins its new era with a bang as the fan-praised music video for its empowering single “Born to Win” has racked up over over 410,000 views on YouTube, just four days after its release and the group’s official launch.

The video for "Born to Win," an electronic-pop tune where BINI sings about seizing the moment and rising above challenges, has trended on YouTube Philippines since its drop last Friday (June 11). It also racked up over 200,000 views in its first 24 hours.

Fans in and out of the Philippines have applauded the video for its concept, stunning visuals, and members Aiah, Colet, Maloi, Gwen, Stacey, Mikha, Jhoanna, and Sheena, and who are seen wearing different extravagant outfits against multiple futuristic backgrounds.

Buzz for BINI’s “Born to Win” era has also been building as its live performance on “ASAP Natin ‘To” on Sunday (June 13) breached over 100,000 views in just 24 hours.

BINI introduced their fierce side in their official two-part launch on KTX.ph, which will air on A2Z this Saturday (June 19) at 4:30 PM and on Kapamilya Channel on Sunday (June 20) at 9:45 PM.

In its first part called “The Runway,” the girls donned three different sets of original creations of renowned Filipino designer Francis Libiran.

In “The Showcase,” meanwhile, the BINI girls interacted with fans and treated them to a mini-concert experience, flaunting their sharp and synchronized choreography as they performed their pre-debut song “Da Coconut Nut” before flawlessly transitioning into “Born to Win.”

The girls also showed off their vocal prowess and electrifying dance moves in three separate performances: Gwen and Sheena performed KZ Tandingan’s “Tagu-Taguan,” Colet, Jhoanna, and Maloi belted out Janine Berdin’s “Biyaya,” while Aiah, Stacey, and Mikha impressed with their rap song “World War C,” their original composition about having strength amid the pandemic.

“The Showcase” also let fans in on the personal journey of each BINI member and never-before-seen footage of the girls’ rigorous training sessions under ABS-CBN’s Star Hunt Academy.

Fans of BINI, who are officially called BLOOM, can look forward to more surprises from P-pop’s newest star as the group comes out with the Japanese, Spanish, Thai, and Bahasa versions of “Born to Win” later this year. BINI is also slated to release its full debut album and will headline a joint concert with brother group BGYO.

For updates, follow BINI_ph on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tiktok, and subscribe to the group’s official YouTube channel, BINI TV.

realme Launches the Highly Anticipated "Flagship Killer" Smartphone realme GT Globally


realme, the world’s fastest-growing smartphone brand and the no. 1 smartphone brand in the Philippines, today officially introduced its highly anticipated flagship smartphone of the year, the realme GT 5G, at the company’s first global launch event.

The launch of the realme GT 5G marks the company’s foray into the global mid- to high-end smartphone segment. This also marks the start of a new chapter which will see all of the brand’s future flagship products launch globally to allow young consumers worldwide to experience realme’s latest products at the same time. By bringing its first 5G flagship phone to several overseas markets, realme is meeting its goal of further global expansion.

Setting new industry standards for the global mid- to high-end segment

The global launch of the realme GT aims to disrupt the industry’s mid- to high-end smartphone segment. The realme GT, inspired by the concept of grand tourer (GT) sports cars, redefines the flagship smartphone experience by offering the maximum number of flagship features to budget-minded consumers. It features Qualcomm’s most sophisticated high-end chipset - the Snapdragon 888 - along with a premium speed-inspired design and a stainless-steel cooling system for sustained performance.


We wanted to create a device that could offer the high-quality experience of a flagship product but at a fraction of the price of most flagship smartphones on the market. I am incredibly proud to launch the realme GT globally,” said Sky Li, CEO of realme

Currently, there is no word yet on when the realme GT 5G will be launched in the Philippines but the realme Squad in the Philippines can rest assured that there are 5G products coming in locally, probably sooner than we think.

Growing realme’s 5G offerings with the launch of its first 5G flagship device

The realme GT, the company’s first 5G flagship phone, is part of realme’s plans to increase its 5G offerings in more than 20 devices by next year, upping the ratio of 5G devices in its entire product lineup to 70%.

realme continues to be a ‘popularizer of 5G’ by building a diverse portfolio of 5G products, from no-compromise affordable smartphones to premium flagship products. At its recent 5G summit, the company announced its intention to put young users at the forefront of driving global 5G adoption, with the goal of providing them with 100 million 5G phones by 2024 and launching an industry-first US$100 5G mobile phone in the next few years.

realme was named the fastest-growing player in global 5G smartphone sales by Counterpoint Research with a 3465% YoY growth in Q1 2021. In 2020, realme launched 14 5G devices, accounting for around 40% of all of its products.

realme GT redefines the flagship experience by featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, a speed-inspired dual-tone leather design and a stainless-steel VC cooling system for sustained performance

realme was founded in 2018 at a time when the global smartphone market was already highly saturated and competitive. There were more than 200 mobile phone brands on the market, of which the top six players occupied 74% of the market share, leaving little opportunity for any new entrants. Almost three years later, realme is now the world’s 7th largest smartphone vendor and one of the top five suppliers in 13 out of the 61 countries it has a presence in, with a total user base of over 85 million users. It has achieved tremendous growth at a rate unprecedented in the smartphone industry by introducing affordable, high-performance, stylish devices to meet the lifestyle and budget needs of young consumers.


realme was born an underdog but we wanted to challenge the market by making cutting-technology more accessible to young consumers worldwide. Over the past three years, we have stayed true to this mission and the realme GT shows the latest example of how the company is jumping to the forefront of innovation, design and product value for our users. This flagship product is just the beginning of a new journey for us as we gear up to grow our global presence and 5G offerings, ” Li said.

12th Star Awards for Music Nominees Announced - Kapuso vs. Kapamilya


Here is the  full list of nominees for 12th Star Awards for Music as released by the Philippine Movie Press Club:

SONG OF THE YEAR

Huling Sandali - December Avenue | Tower of Doom Music
Imposible - KZ Tandingan feat. Shanti Dope | Star Music
Kung 'Di Na Ako - Agsunta | Star Music
Mabagal - Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre | Star Music
Pagtingin - Ben & Ben | Sony Music Philippines
Patawad, Paalam - Moira Dela Torre feat. I Belong To The Zoo | Star Music
Pusong Naliligaw - Sharlene San Pedro feat. Zach Tabudlo | Ivory Music and Video Inc. 


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Amgo - Viva Records
BobRey Live - GMA Music
Evolution - Star Music
Feels Trip - Star Music
Himig Handog 2019 - Star Music
Langit Mong Bughaw - Tower of Doom Music
Limasawa Street - Sony Music Philippines

MALE RECORDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Daniel Padilla - Mabagal | Star Music
Garrett Bolden - Handa Na Maghintay | GMA Music
Gloc 9 - Dungaw | Aristotle Pollisco Music
Janno Gibbs - Walang Kupas | Viva Records
John Rendez - Think About It | Star Music
Sam Mangubat - Ikaw At Ikaw Pa Rin | Star Music
TJ Monterde - Karera | PolyEast Records

FEMALE RECORDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Aicelle Santos - Bakit Siya | GMA Music
Julie Anne San Jose - Nobela | Universal Records
Kuh Ledesma - Sama-Sama sa Pasko | Bravo Records
KZ Tandingan - Halik sa Hangin | Star Music
Moira dela Torre - Mabagal | Star Music
Regine Velasquez - I am Beautiful | Vehnee Saturno Music Corp. 
Sarah Geronimo - Ang Tangi Kong Pangarap | Viva Records

CONCERT OF THE YEAR 

'Angeline K' To, Concert Namin 'To' - Star Events and Cornerstone Entertainment
Braver - Star Events and Cornerstone Entertainment
Iconic - iME , NSYshows and Artisthouse
Juris - Resorts World Manila
Ogie and the Hurados - Ultimate Shows, Inc. 
Perfect Ten - Resorts World Manila, Ultimate Shows, Inc. and Full House Theater Company, Inc.
The OPM Hitmen - BrentSystem Corporation and LilBravehearts, Inc. 

MALE CONCERT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR 

Chad Borja - The OPM Hitmen Live! | BrentSystem Corporation and LilBravehearts, Inc. 
Luke Mejares - Sound Trip Sessions Vol. 1 | Dragon Arc Events Management 
Ogie Alcasid - Ogie and The Hurados | Ultimate Shows, Inc. 
Raymond Lauchengco - Into The 80's | Solaire Resort & Casino
Richard Reynoso - The OPM Hitmen Live! | BrentSystem Corporation and LilBravehearts, Inc. 
Rico Blanco - Rico Blanco x IV of Spades Live in Concert | Balcony Entertainment and IVOS
Ronnie Liang - Love x Romance Concert | Viva Live, Inc. 

FEMALE CONCERT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR 

Angeline Quinto - Angeline K' To, Concert Namin 'To' | Star Events and Cornerstone Entertainment
Katrina Velarde - Sikat i2 Katrina Velarde Live In Concert | Viva Live, Inc. 
Lea Salonga - Perfect Ten | Resorts World Manila, Ultimate Shows, Inc. and Full House Theater Company, Inc
Moira Dela Torre - Braver | Star Events and Cornerstone Entertainment
Regine Velasquez - Iconic | iME , NSYshows and Artisthouse
Sharon Cuneta - Iconic | iME , NSYshows and Artisthouse
Zsa Zsa Padilla - Totally Zsa Zsa | Ultimate Shows, Inc. 

DUO/GROUP CONCERT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Freestyle - Romantic Wednesdate | Red Crane Productions and Resorts World Manila
IV of Spades - Rico Blanco x IV of Spades Live in Concert! | Balcony Entertainment and IVOS
Ken Chan and Rita Daniela - My Special Love #BoBreyInConcert | GMA Music and Starmedia Entertainment 
Mayonnaise - #Mayonnaiseventeen: Mayonnaise 17th Anniversary Show | Yellow Room Music Philippines and Macbeth Philippines
Southborder - Romantic Wednesdate | Red Crane Productions and Resorts World Manila
The Company - Party of 5 | Uno High School Alumni Association Inc. 
True Faith - Romantic Wednesdate | Red Crane Productions and Resorts World Manila

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

I am Beautiful - Regine Velasquez / iFace Incorporated 
Mabagal / Star Music 
Miss Flawless - Ex Battalion Music and Frontrow International 
Pusong Naliligaw – Ivory Music and Video 
Segundo - Viva Records 
Walang Kupas - Viva Records 
Wishes and Dreams - Ivory Music and Video, Inc. 

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

Ang Soundtrack ng Buhay Mo | Star Music
Dinner Hour - Pure Mind Quiet Heart | Ivory Music and Video Inc.
Ikaw ang Melody - MNL48 | Star Music
Lara Maigue - Lara Maigue | Star Music

MALE POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Carlo Aquino - Balisong | Ivory Music and Video Inc. 
Garrett Bolden - Handa Na Maghintay | GMA Music
Inigo Pascual - Next In Line | Star Music
Matteo Guidecelli - Sundo | Viva Records
Pong Idusora - Sapi | Lodi Records
Ruru Madrid - Nawawala | GMA Music 
TJ Monterde - Karera | PolyEast Records

FEMALE POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Golden Canedo - More than Before | GMA Music
Julie Anne San Jose - Nobela | Universal Records
Klarisse de Guzman - NBSB | Star Music
Lovi Poe - Segundo | Viva Records
Maricris Garcia - Kahit Ganun Pa Man | GMA Music
Marion Aunor - Paasa | Viva Records
Sarah Geronimo - Ang Tangi Kong Pangarap | Viva Records

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

I am Beautiful Regine - iFace Incorporated 
Mabagal - Star Music 
Miss Flawless - Ex Battalion Music and Frontrow International 
Pusong Naliligaw – Ivory Music and Video 
Segundo - Viva Records 
Walang Kupas - Viva Records 
Wishes and Dreams - Ivory Music and Video, Inc. 

DUO/GROUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Ben & Ben- Pagtingin | Sony Music Philippines
December Avenue - Huling Sandali | Tower of Doom Music
Ken Chan and Rita Daniela – Tayo ay Forever | GMA Music
MYMP – Wishes and Dreams | Ivory Music and Video, Inc. 
SB19 - Go Up | Sony Music Philippines
Side A - No More Tears | Ivory Music and Video, Inc. 
The Company – Sang Tawag Mo Lang | Star Music 

NEW MALE RECORDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Bryan Chong - Pakiusap | GMA Music 
Jem Macatuno - Can't Get Out | Star Music
Jeric Gonzales - Taksil | GMA Music
KD Estrada - One of Many | Star Music 
Kyle Raphael - Buwan ng Mayo | Viva Records
Lance Busa - Kapit Lang | Star Music
Lucas Garcia - Because You Believed | Star Music

NEW FEMALE RECORDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

AC Bonifacio - Slide into my DM | Ivory Music and Video Inc. 
Ashtine - Sabihin Mo Na | Viva Records
Eamarie Gilayo - Ikaw at Linggo | Star Music 
Princess Sevillena - Walang Kasing Ikaw | Star Music
Sachzna Laparan - Miss Flawless | Ex Battallion Music and Frontrow International
Trishia Denise - Kapag Ako Ay Nagmahal | Star Music 
Zephanie - Pangarap Kong Pangarap Mo | Star Music

NEW GROUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Chiquerella - Kalangitan | Star Music 
Hulo - Sumama Ka | Star Music
Jose Carlito - Blankong Imahe | Star Music
Mntklya - I Love You Saba'y Bawi | Ivory Music and Video, Inc. 
Room for Cielo - Hanggang Dito | Ivory Music & Video, Inc. 
Sandiwa - Paraya | Ivory Music and Video, Inc. 
Three Two One - Hinahanap | Star Music

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia – Bakit Siya | GMA Music
Bela Padilla and Xia Vigor – Tag-araw | Viva Records
Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre - Mabagal | Star Music
Ex-Battalion Bosx1ne, Flow G and Sachzna Laparan - Miss Flawless | Ex Battalion Music and Frontrow International
Imago and Bente Dos - Partida | Universal Records
Jeremy Glinoga and Jayda Avanzado - Perfectly Imperfect | Star Music
Shanti Dope and KZ Tandingan – Imposible | Star Music

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR 

Adios - Inigo Pascual | Star Music
Dungaw - Gloc 9 | Aristotle Pollisco Music
Hagod - Ron Antonio | Total Music Entertainment 
Pinapa - Ianna Dela Torre | Star Music
Rewind- Riva Quenery | Ivory Music and Video, Inc. 
Sabay sa Bayle - Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana | Viva Records
Slide Into My DM - AC Bonifacio | Ivory Music and Video

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

Feels Trip - Agsunta | Star Music
Fools and Foes - Fools and Foes |A Spur of the Moment Project
Langit Mong Bughaw - December Avenue | Tower of Doom Music 
Peklat Cream - Bita and Botflies | OC Records

ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Bita and Botflies - Chopchop Blues | OC Records
December Avenue - Huling Sandali | Tower of Doom Music
Fools and Foes - Rift | A Spur of the Moment Project 
Imago - Partida | Universal Records
Wilabaliw - Not So Fast | Tower of Doom Music
Yeng Constantino - Sana Na Lang | Star Music 
Yonin High - Rock N Roll Angel | Star Music

FEMALE ACOUSTIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Alekzandra - Alalala | Star Music
Kyline Alcantara - Paalam Na | GMA Music
Marion Aunor - Paasa | Viva Records
Princess Velasco - Kaunti Na Lang |GMA Music

MALE ACOUSTIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bryan Chong - Pakiusap | GMA Music
Jem Macatuno - Can't Get Out | Star Music
Jeric Gonzales - Taksil | GMA Music
Mcoy Pundales - Bakit Kita Hahabulin | GMA Music
Santy Leonardo - Rooftop | Ivory Music and Video, Inc. 

RAP ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Arvey - Dalaga | Star Music
Blanktape - My Love | Star Music and Lodi Records
Gloc 9 - Dungaw Aristotle Pollisco Music
Kritiko - Salamat Sa | Star Music
Miss Flawless - Ex Battallion (Bozs1ne and Flow G) | Ex Battallion Music And Frontrow International. 
Pio Balbuena - Lakompera | Viva Records
Shanti Dope - Imposible | Star Music

R&B ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Evolution - Star Music
Letters Never Sent - Viva Records
Rowena - Viva Records

MALE R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Arthur Nery - Binhi | Viva Records
Because - Direct |Viva Records
Garth Garcia - Asian Girls | Ivory Music and Video Inc. 
Justine Vasquez - Namimiss Kita | Star Music
Reymond Sajor - Road Trip | Ivory Musc and Video Inc. 
Young JV - Malandi Ka | Star Music

FEMALE R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Jake Zyrus - Love Even If |Star Music
Kyrill - Silent Rumblings | GMA Music
KZ Tandingan - Halik sa Hangin | Star Music
Mikee Misalucha - Unlove You | Viva Records

REVIVAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR 

Ako'y Sayo Ika'y Akin - KZ Tandingan | Star Music
Bawat Daan - Zephanie | Star Music
Maghintay Ka Lamang - Anthony Rosaldo | GMA Music 
Maging Sino Ka Man - Kim Molina | Viva Records
Next in Line - Iñigo Pascual | Star Music
Nobela - Julie Anne San Jose | Universal Records
Sundo - Matteo Guidecelli | Viva Records

COMPILATION ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

Budots Version Non Stop – Star Music
Gold Squad Album - Star Music
Himig Handog 2019 - Star Music
Idol Philippines - Star Music
Kantalikasan – Ivory Music and Video, Inc.
 
FOLK/COUNTRY RECORDING OF THE YEAR 

Ayaw - Syd Hartha | Sony Music Philippines 
Kyle Raphael - Buwan ng Mayo |Viva Records
Oryang - Davey Langit | Star Music
Sampaguita - Ben & Ben | Sony Music Philippines 

NOVELTY SONG OF THE YEAR 

Amfee - Alex Gonzaga | Star Music 
Hanggang Andito Pa - Gari Escobar | Ivory Music and Video Inc. 
Mataba - Cool Cat Ash | Star Music
My Love - Blanktape | Star Music and Lodi Records

NOVELTY ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Alex Gonzaga - Amfee | Star Music
Blanktape - My Love | Star Music and Lodi Records
Cool Cat Ash - Mataba | Star Music
Gari Escobar - Hanggang Andito Pa | Ivory Music and Video Inc. 

PILITA CORRALES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Kuh Ledesma

PARANGAL LEVI CELERIO
Louie Ocampo

Details of the virtual awarding ceremony will be released soon by Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) headed by Roldan Castro.

SMART Brings K-Pop’s Much-Awaited Festival KCON:TACT especially 4U on Gigafest.Smart

One of the world's largest K-Culture events is coming back once again to Filipino K-Pop fans as mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. is bringing the KCON:TACT 4U virtual festival from June 19 to 27, 2021 via Gigafest.Smart.


KCON:TACT 4U is a K-Culture and pop music celebration featuring nine days of Korean content with live concerts and meet and greets with dozens of KPOP artists, including A.C.E, ASTRO, BTOB, CNBLUE, EVERGLOW, fromis_9, Golden Child, HA SUNG WOON, HIGHLIGHT, iKON, ITZY, JO1, LOONA, OH MY GIRL, ONEUS, ONF, P1Harmony, PENTAGON, SEVENTEEN, SF9, Stray Kids, THE BOYZ, TO1, VERIVERY, Weeekly, and Weki Meki.

Smart brings you closer to your K-Life

Smart enables you to 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. 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.

To catch the shows live, simply turn on your mobile device and go to Gigafest.Smart, click on KCON:TACT 4U from June 19 to 27, 2021 at 8PM Philippine Time.

Powered by the country's fastest mobile data network

For best watching experience, be sure to register to Double GIGA Video on the GigaLife App so you have enough data to stream the live shows on gigafest.smart. Double GIGA Video gives you 2 GB every for YouTube, iwant TFC, and more so you can discover more about your favorite idols.

Continue to share your favorite moments of your idols from the virtual festival with Double GIGA Stories with 2 GB every day for Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Kumu plus data for all sites. Just simply go to GigaLife App or dial *123# and choose Double Giga to register.

Double GIGA is powered by Smart, the country's mobile data network 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.

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.
Smart also enables subscribers to level up their digital experience with Smart 5G's superfast speeds and ultra-low latency powered by the country's most extensive 5G network with over 3,000 sites.

Jayda Avanzado in Full Bloom for Her First Major Concert this June 26 and 27

Music royalty Jayda vows to be in her full element as a singer-performer in the upcoming "Jayda in Concert" event, happening on June 26 (Saturday) at 8 pm with a re-run the next day, June 27 (Sunday) at 10 am on KTX.ph, iWanTTFC, and TFC IPTV.

"Expect a different side to Jayda and see me hopefully in my full element, the whole 360 of what I have to offer as an artist," she said. "Everything that this show has to offer would be some things you wouldn't expect from me so prepare to be surprised!"

The Star Magic and RISE artist, who just turned 18 last June 1, considers her concert a 'moment' she has been waiting for her whole life. "This has been a dream of mine since I was young to headline my own show. I just feel privileged to be able to do what I love in the midst of all this," she revealed.

Fellow Kapamilya artist KD Estrada and her mom, OPM icon Jessa Zaragoza, will be joining her as special guests.

Jayda, who has always been very involved with her music projects as a songwriter and recently as music video director and producer, revealed that she is working closely with the director, Frank Mamaril, for the concert. "This has been a collaborative process for Direk Frank and me. I'm very involved but at the same time I trust his expertise in bringing our vision to life," she said.

The show is also led by musical director Iean Iñigo and produced by ABS-CBN Events and Phenomenal Entertainment.

The rising superstar just released her latest hit "M.U. (Malabong Usapan)" under Star Music. Before that, she also dropped her self-penned track, "Paano Kung Naging Tayo."

Tickets for "Jayda in Concert" are still available on KTX.ph, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV for only P499. KTX also offers limited VIP tickets for P799, which includes an exclusive access to the VIP party with Jayda via Zoom.

Don't miss "Jayda in Concert" live on June 26 (Saturday) at 8 pm and its re-run on June 27 (Sunday) at 10 am on KTX, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV.

Park Seo Joon Joins Brie Larson in “Captain Marvel 2”



From Itaewon Class, Korea's well-loved Oppa Park Seo Joon is going to Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Reports have it that Park Seo Joon is currently in talks to join the cast of Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Captain Marvel 2: The Marvels" and he is scheduled to leave for the United States in the second half of this year after completing filming for "Concrete Utopia," which he is currently working on.

"The Marvels" is scheduled to be released in North America on November 11, 2022.


Monday, June 14, 2021

Kathryn Bernardo and Alodia Gosiengfiao Excite Fans and Game Enthusiasts with Possible 5G Offers from realme


realme ambassadors Kathryn Bernardo and Alodia Gosiengfiao set the internet abuzz after a surprising interaction on Kath’s Instagram page, possibly teasing a 5G offering from the country’s no. 1 smartphone brand.

On Friday night, local superstar Kathryn Bernardo posted an adorable photo flaunting her favorite realme 8 as she tries her hand at mobile gaming. Her caption reads, “Tried playing a mobile game for the first time and got hooked right away. Now I’m glued to my realme 8 even more.” #InfiniteVictorieswithrealme8 #CaptureInfinitywith8Series


Launched in May, the widely successful realme 8 is a must-have for any gaming enthusiast. It boasts a powerful MTK Helio G95 processor that delivers the best in gaming. With the realme 8, users can enjoy a smooth and outstanding performance in top mobile games like Mobile Legends, Call of Duty Mobile, League of Legends: Wild Rift, PUBG Mobile, and more.

Philippine gaming royalty Alodia Gosiengfiao then reshared Kathryn’s post on Instagram Stories with a possible tease of a 5G offering from realme. “Wow Kath! It’s about to get more exciting from here. Are you ready to experience infinite possibilities with 5G?” #InfinitePossibilitieswith5G”, Alodia shares in her IG story.


This interaction seems to be very timely as the brand is on a mission to bring 5G connectivity and access to more people across the globe. Coming from the recently concluded virtual 5G summit hosted by realme, the brand is gearing up to lead the 5G revolution, and the Philippines could be next.

Can this be a sign of an upcoming 5G smartphone launch from the brand? Guess we will have to wait a bit longer to find out. 

In the meantime, follow realme on Facebook at facebook.com/realmePhilippines, on Twitter at @realme_PH, and on Instagram @realmephilippines to get more updates!

Vice Ganda Treats Janitors and Cleaners with Huge Cash Incentives in “Everybody, Sing!”


A Vice Ganda dressed as the late Princess Diana quickly became the People’s Princess after she gave away P50,000 as additional cash prize to the group of janitors and cleaners who joined the songbayanan in “Everybody, Sing!” on Saturday (June 12).

Although they failed to get all the right answers in the jackpot round, they were still winners after the Phenomenal Box-Office Star announced that she’ll add P50,000 to their cash prize of P30,000.

‘Yung P30,000 na napanalunan, dadagdagan ko ng P50,000. Regalo ko na sa inyo ‘yan,” she said.

Vice also thanked the songbayanan janitors for their sacrifice and hard work to keep surroundings clean and safe. “Happy ako na nakilala ko kayo, nasilayan, at naka-chikahan ko kayo ngayong araw na ito. Thank you very much!

She added, “Nakasalalay sa inyo ang kaligtasan at kalusugan namin lalong lalo na ngayon.”



Meanwhile on Sunday (July 13), delivery riders took home P30,000 in the jackpot round after getting six out ten correct song titles.

Among those who joined were riders that became the talk of the town on social media. Marvin Ignacio was involved in the viral ‘lugaw’ incident, while Jeffrey was photographed eating a cancelled order of a customer in the corner of a fast food’s drive-thru.

Jeffrey shared that after his photo became viral, a lot of people gave him financial support, but he decided to share his blessings to others.

Pinamigay ko rin, Ma’am [Vice]. Nagpamigay din po ako ng sampung sako ng bigas sa mga ka-lugar ko,” said Jeffrey.

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.

In the weeks to come, grocery frontliners, fitness instructors, massage therapists, and security guards will sing their hearts out in “Everybody, Sing!” together with Vice Ganda and resident band Six Part Invention. Will they win the half a million jackpot prize? 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.

For the latest on “Everybody, Sing!” follow @EVERYBODYSINGPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For other news, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

8 LGBTQ+ Movies and Series About Living Authentically Now Streaming on iWantTFC


For members of the LGBTQ+ community, Pride Month is a time to celebrate one’s identity, a reminder to love freely and live authentically. While it may not be easy to do for some, there are films and series that educate and empower queer people to embrace who they truly are.

What does being at home with yourself mean? iWantTFC has put together a collection of empowering and relatable movies and series where viewers can learn more about self-worth, same-sex relationships, and acceptance of one’s sexuality.

From stories of gay sons and a transwoman fighting for the treatment they deserve, heartwarming romcoms, to characters who are struggling to come out, here are LGBT-themed movies and series that you can stream on iWantTFC:

1. The Panti Sisters

Right off the bat, “The Panti Sisters” demonstrates how NOT to be a parent to a queer child. The movie begins with a multi-millionaire and homophobic patriarch (John Arcilla) summoning his three estranged femme-presenting gay sons, demanding they “act and dress like boys” and produce a grandchild each so they could claim their share in the inheritance. While Gabriel, Daniel, and Samuel (Paolo Ballesteros, Martin del Rosario, and Christian Bables) initially scramble to beat each other, in the end they realize that no amount or prize can make them change who they really are.

Ultimately, it tells us to live unapologetically in a bigoted world and that we don’t have to seek love and acceptance where they’re not readily given.

2. Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes

In this movie, two women (Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban) devise a plan to sabotage the relationship of their cheating husbands, who ran away with each other and abandoned their wives without any explanation. Done with their marriages, Gary and Felix (Joross Gamboa and JC De Vera) escape to Taiwan and even join the Pride March, where Gary, a trans woman, gets to embrace and present her gender identity without fear.

While the themes of betrayal and infidelity carry the film, it makes a case for why queer people are forced to conform to societal expectations by going into heteronormative relationships. While Gary and Felix are extremely flawed human beings whose affair hurt both of their families, they happen to be crazily in love… and are courageous enough to fight for their happy ending.

3. Mga Batang Poz

The stigma surrounding HIV prevents people, especially teenagers, from getting tested and treated. iWantTFC’s original advocacy series “Mga Batang Poz” is here to tell young people that HIV is not a death sentence.

The first-of-its-kind series features the stories of four gay teenagers who come from different backgrounds but carry the same burden – the isolation, shame, and hopelessness that come with their diagnosis. But as they will come to discover, their disease is not who they are, and finding hope and acceptance in their situation is possible. Much like them, HIV-positive people can find a support system, empower themselves, seek treatment, and live a fulfilling life.

4. Manilennials

This iWantTFC original series’ dedicates its fourth episode to showing what trans Filipinas endure every day – transphobia, ridicule, discrimination, and being constantly misgendered. Here, Miss Trans Global 2020 Mela Franco Habijan plays Ruth, a pre-op transwoman who has a constant need to prove herself.

Ruth’s motto? “Do no harm, but take no s***!” It takes everything in her to put this into practice; always having to defend and explain yourself is exasperating after all. Knowing that not everyone will understand her gender identity and expression, Ruth sometimes lets some insults slide. But when she’s in the mood for it, she demands respect, insists on being called a “ma’am” and not a “sir,” and painstakingly educates people on the difference between being gay and being trans.

5. Oh, Mando

What do you do when your prince charming is already taken by another man? In the case of Mando (Kokoy de Santos) in the hit iWantTFC original boys’ love series “Oh, Mando,” he tries his best to neglect his sexual attraction to "out and proud" jock Barry (Alex Diaz) by getting a girlfriend. But as Mando and Barry develop feelings for each other, Mando begins to deal with sexual confusion, only to realize that he will never be true to himself if he will keep his real identity a secret.

Though initially worried about other people's expectations, Mando musters up all the courage to be honest not only so he could feel free, brave, and completely proud of his sexuality, but so that he could still mend his relationships, in the hopes of his loved ones embracing his identity.

6. Fluid

Catching feelings for someone, no matter what their gender is, shouldn’t be something to be ashamed of. In the iWantTFC original series “Fluid,” Mitch (Roxanne Barcelo) entertains the idea of dating other women after multiple failed relationships with men. In her quest for love, Mitch initially struggles with her sexual identity and is hesitant to break societal norms when she develops a bond with a proud lesbian named George (Ann Colis).

In the end, when she realizes that her love for George is real, Mitch breaks free from all her apprehensions and learns that she can find comfort, happiness, and acceptance in same-sex relationships.

7. The Third Party

Coming out to your parents is never an easy thing to do, especially if you have a strict and conventional father. Max (Sam Milby) had to struggle with just that in the 2016 film “The Third Party,” where his relationship with another gay man and live-in partner of three years, Christian (Zanjoe Marudo), has to be kept a secret. Until one day, Max comes to the realization that he should stop being unfair to Christian and instead, he should be proud of the relationship they have built, no matter what the opinion of others will be and in spite of the discrimination they may face because of their dynamic.

By revealing his true sexual orientation and letting go of his fears, Max feels more at peace with his sexuality and with his love for Christian. More importantly, Max is able to be comfortable around his family, who still accepted him for who he is.

8. The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin

Vice Ganda’s “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin” is a big statement against homophobia at home and at work. Having come from a family of warriors, Benjie (Vice) is expected to join the army to fight for the country. But he is unapologetically gay, and his bigoted grandfather doesn’t see him as worthy or strong and decides to shun him forever.

Benjie proves to be an excellent soldier when he is forced to join the military after a terrorist organization starts a war in the country, only to get ostracized once again when he comes out to them. In the end, Benjie leads his friends to overthrow the villains and save his grandfather, effectively showing basically everyone that he’s not faint-hearted or pathetic just because he’s gay. In fact, it’s what makes him bolder and stronger!


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