Thursday, September 16, 2021

Ylona Garcia Releases New Song “Don’t Go Changing” via 88rising


19-year-old Sydney-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ylona Garcia has released a brilliant slice of power pop breakup balladry entitled "Don't Go Changing" via 88rising.  Produced by industry veterans Jonas Jeberg (Panic! At The Disco, Demi Lovato, The Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez) and Marcus Lomax (Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus), the Filipino-Australian trailblazer and 88rising newcomer effortlessly uses emotionally telling vocals to grieve through different stages of letting go. 


Speaking on the single, Ylona says, "'Don't Go Changing' is a song that embraces truth towards life's many mysteries, tough love in particular."


To create the song's video, Ylona Garcia invited her fans onto the mainstage. Personal footage of the cultural roots of these fans are included in the music video. The final music video features photos and videos from across the globe, shot by real fans, each representing a slice of each creator's life beautifully juxtaposed with that of Ylona's


Following the hit single "California (feat. Warren Hue),""Don't Go Changing" is also the newest single off the upcoming Head In The Clouds III, 88rising's game-changing third installation of the world-building, collaborative effort bringing together rising artists from East to West.  An album of 88's closest friends, family, and collaborators that brings together listeners from around the world, HITC3 is due out in early 2022.  


"Don't Go Changing" is the first of three music videos from 88rising's upcoming visual album, Head In The Clouds 3, which will be released in tandem with the record.  The music video is directed by Louis Browne, known for his work with Jack Newsome, Ellie Goulding and Rich Brian. Fans are encouraged to get even closer to the music and artists they love by sharing their own cultural roots content to be featured alongside Ylonain the final music video.





At only 19 years old -- and with nearly 4M Followers on instagram and 1M Followers on TikTok Ylona Garcia has set her sights on the global landscape in the next stage of her creative journey.  With multiple song releases under her belt already, in addition to appearing on two of the biggest reality/talent contests shows in the Philippines, Ylona Garcia has become one of the fastest-rising, most prominent young voices in the Filipino music community.

Earlier this year, she released the anthemic single "All That" on 88rising's sister label PARADISE RISING, which was launched in 2020 to help bring Filipino music to the forefront of culture.  

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” Holds a Successful Fans First Screening Event

Director Andy Serkis and lead actor Tom Hardy (and his dog Blue) welcomed lucky "Venom" followers to the "Fans First Screening Event" for "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" at Cineworld Leicester Square in London, England.

Check out the photos below taken from the red carpet and the pre-screening presentation. Columbia Pictures' upcoming action-thriller Venom: Let There Be Carnage, will open exclusively in Philippine cinemas soon.

(Watch the film's latest trailer at

About Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen in Venom: Let There Be Carnage as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL's greatest and most complex characters. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham and Woody Harrelson, in the role of the villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage.

The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel, story by Tom Hardy & Kelly Marcel, based on the Marvel Comics.

The film is produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, Kelly Marcel, Tom Hardy and Hutch Parker.

The executive producers are Barry Waldman, Jonathan Cavendish and Ruben Fleischer.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

iQiyi’s C-Drama “Rainless Love in a Godless Land” Premieres Globally on October 17

In the mythical and apocalyptic love story, Chiao Chiao Tseng and Paul Fu star in a human-Kawas (spirit) romance, while Joseph Cheng and Alice Ko play rival Kawas
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iQiyi today announced their next original series, Rainless Love in a Godless Land, an apocalyptic and romantic fantasy. Produced by Three Phoenixes, the creative team behind Someday or One Day, the drama is based on indigenous Amis myths of Taiwan. Cast members include Chiao Chiao Tseng (Marry Me, or Not?), Paul Fu (The Sleuth of Ming Dynasty), and Kenny Yen (Someday or One Day). Special appearances include Joseph Cheng (It Started With A Kiss) and Alice Ko (Someday or One Day, Marry Me, or Not?). It will premiere globally on iQiyi on October 17th across 191 countries and regions worldwide.

Rainless Love in a Godless Land is the first original Chinese-language series between iQiyi and Three Phoenixes. Based on Amis myths, it follows the Kawas deciding not to bless the Earth after human destruction of the land, and are choosing to leave the world after the last rain. At the countdown to the apocalypse, 'Orad (The God of Rain, played by Paul Fu) falls in love with a human (played by Chiao Chiao Tseng). The new poster spotlights Paul Fu, Joseph Cheng, Alice Ko and Kenny Yen as 'Orad (The God of Rain), Fali (The God of Wind), Toem (The Goddess of Cloud), and the God of Wisdom respectively. They stand beside Chiao Chiao Tseng and look afar, representing Kawas and humans facing the unknown.

iQiyi also published its trailer today briefly introducing the unique Kawas (Amis supernatural entity) characters. Paul Fu plays the heartwarming God of Rain. He is seen looking out for Xie Tian Di (played by Chiao Chiao Tseng) for years, always appearing in a downpour. Their relationship is both filled with love and heartache. In their special appearances, Joseph Cheng plays the mysterious God of Wind that decides social order, and Alice Ko is in the role of the mischievous Goddess of Cloud. As revealed in the trailer, they will become obstacles for the relationship and their rivalry is not to be missed.

Rainless Love in a Godless Land will premiere on iQiyi International or on October 17 across 191 countries and regions worldwide.

Check iQiyi PH social media pages for more updates.
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Perk Up Your Days with These 5 New Songs from Tarsier Records

It's hard not to feel a little down in the dumps with everything that's been happening in the world these days, but as many people would probably know, there's nothing that a fresh set of good music couldn't rectify.

So if you're relishing in the giddiness of falling in love or terrified to try your luck at love again; whether you're looking to make a statement about your passion or struggling to know if someone will ever truly accept you for who you are—trust that these new singles from ABS-CBN's Tarsier Records have you covered:

1. "don't trip" by Dotty

As a newly-signed artist of Tarsier Records, "don't trip" is Dotty's heated pushback to those who suddenly see him in a different light. Through the hip-hop track, he wants to make a powerful statement and encourage others to speak up, saying, "A lot of people around me have been trying to tell me how I should do things. To me fun is above every other criterion when I do things, so long as I get to release music, I'm happy."

The track's catchy melody, paired with Dotty's complex verses, is a fitting follow-up to his previous release, "talk about."

2. "keep u in my pocket" by Gessie, Subzylla

At a time where it seems like nothing's certain anymore, speaking up isn't the only thing that matters. For indie singer-songwriter Gessie, a good antidote for all the surrounding gloom would be to meet someone and try to know them better. "Nothing serious, but you get that giddy feeling and you want to know them more and you can't get enough of them that you have this urge to just have them beside you all the time," she said.

A collab with Tarsier's mainstay producer Subzylla, "keep u in a pocket" is an easygoing R&B track that's sure to keep you going for another day.

3. "Shed No Tear" by J. Niklas

Being giddy in budding romances is one thing, but after that phase comes the real thing: showing your authentic self to someone despite the possibility of not being fully accepted. This is the subject of German singer-songwriter-producer J. Niklas' new R&B/neo-soul single "Shed No Tear," which was included in Spotify Philippines' editorial playlists like 'New Music Friday' and 'Pop Rising Philippines,' and will be part of his upcoming three-part extended play (EP) record along with his previously released single, "Better Man."

4. "Afraid" by Russell, Moophs

The title of this collab by Russell and Tarsier's label head Moophs is already familiar—haven't we all been mutually feeling scared for almost two years now?—and if you put that in the context of relationships, a lot of people would surely still be able to relate.

Another R&B track with the notable addition of bossa nova elements, "Afraid" marked the first solo project of the former BoybandPH member and will also be part of his upcoming EP that's already in the offing.

5. "Fallin'" by Zion Aguirre, Dave Anonuevo

Despite other people's opinions and love's many risks, it cannot be denied that falling in love is still one of the most celebrated feelings in the world. Music producer Dave captured that very feeling in "Fallin'," a dance-pop track about plunging straight into the depths and ecstasy of love. The track, which features Zion Aguirre's incredible vocals, has proven to be a hit on Zion's TikTok account, where it currently has over 1.7 million plays.

Keep your head held high by streaming these music releases from Tarsier Records, out now on various digital music platforms. For updates, follow Tarsier Records on various social media accounts @tarsierrecords.

Western Union Money Transfers Now Available at 3,000 Smart Padala Agents Nationwide

Smart Padala by PayMaya, one of the leading financial service providers in the Philippines, and Western Union, a global leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, have come together to offer Western Union money transfer services at select Smart Padala agents across the country.

With this new service, picking up Western Union remittance is made more convenient and accessible. Once a customer receives a Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) from their loved ones abroad, they can walk into any participating Smart Padala agent and receive their money transfers without incurring any additional fees.

The Western Union money transfer service is available across more than 800 Smart Padala agents nationwide, scaling up to more than 3,000 in the coming months. This is especially relevant today in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring customers have access to Western Union services closer to their homes.

"At Western Union, we are committed to serving customers, providing them with greater access and wider inclusion, and moving money for a better world," said Jeffrey Navarro, Head of Network, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei & Indochina, Western Union.

"We are excited to expand our collaboration with PayMaya by launching our services with Smart Padala. This new launch is aligned with our vision and presents an opportunity to drive seamless and connected money transfer experiences for all," he added.

"In these challenging times, we understand how critical it is for Filipinos to receive their remittances in a reliable and timely manner. We are proud to work with Western Union in making their cash pick-up services more accessible to Filipinos through our Smart Padala agents, who have become financial lifelines for many consumers across the country during the pandemic," said Shailesh Baidwan, President of PayMaya.

Claiming Western Union remittance at Smart Padala agents is easy. All customers have to do is follow these simple steps:

1. Go to, enter location details and select Western Union on the partner drop-down menu to find the nearest agent.
2. At the agent location, customers can provide the MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number) from the sender, receiver's name, and mobile number.
3. A 6-digit OTP (one-time PIN) will be sent to the receiver's mobile number, which they can share with the Smart Padala agent to complete the transaction and receive their Western Union money transfer.

Once the funds are received, customers can now use it to pay their utility bills or even purchase prepaid load at their Smart Padala agent - making their remittance and other everyday transactions more convenient in just one stop.

PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines, with platforms and services that cut across consumers, enterprises, communities, and government. Through its enterprise business, it is the leading payments processor for "everyday" merchants in key industries such as retail, food, transportation, utilities, and eCommerce.  

PayMaya provides more than 38 million registered users with access to financial services through its consumer platforms. Customers can conveniently cash in, pay, cash out, and remit through its over 300,000 digital touchpoints nationwide. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of  55,000 partner agent touchpoints nationwide serves as last-mile financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved access to digital services.  

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

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Lovi Poe is now a Kapamilya, To Be Paired with Piolo Pascual in Adapation of a Korean Hit Series

Multi-faceted artist.
Award-winning actress.
International star.
Style icon.

She is Lovi Poe. And she is now a Kapamilya following her contract signing ceremony with ABS-CBN executives on Thursday (September 16).

Lovi marked her first day as a Kapamilya by setting foot in the ABS-CBN compound, where she had a red carpet welcome led by ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, COO of broadcast Cory Vidanes, group CFO Rick Tan, and Dreamscape Entertainment head Deo Endrinal. Lovi’s talent manager Leo Dominguez also joined the contract signing ceremony.

Soon, Lovi is set to do her first Kapamilya drama series - an adaptation of hit Korean series "Flower of Evil" with ultimate heartthrob Piolo Pascual.

Piolo Pascual Returns to ABS-CBN, To Be Paired with Lovi Poe and Angelica Panganiban in 2 Kapamilya Series

The Ultimate Heartthrob once said he never left and “see you soon.” Like a true gentleman who honors his word, Piolo Pascual on Thursday (September 16) signed up anew with ABS-CBN, his home network for over 25 years.

A red carpet welcome was rolled out for Piolo before his contract signing in ABS-CBN, where he was joined by ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, COO of broadcast Cory Vidanes, group CFO Rick Tan, Dreamscape Entertainment head Deo Endrinal, and his talent manager Lulu Romero.

Kapamilya viewers can look forward to Piolo headlining two programs in ABS-CBN – the Philippe adaptation of hit Korean series "Flower of Evil" with new Kapamilya star Lovi Poe, and a romantic-comedy series where he reunites with Angelica Panganiban.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Preliminary and Coronation Night Air on Starting September 21

Be among the first to witness the crowning of a new queen as KTX.PH premieres the preliminary competitions and coronation night of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the country, the Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) 2021 from September 21 to September 25.

Viewers will get to see 30 hopefuls in a battle of wit and charm in the preliminary question and answer competition on September 21 (Tuesday) and in a fierce showdown with the preliminary swimwear and gown competitions on September 23 (Thursday). Then, on September 25 (Saturday), find out who will be the country’s representative to the Miss Universe pageant to be held in Israel this December.

This year’s pageant also aims to help children in need as a portion of the ticket sales will benefit Save the Children Philippines, the local unit of Save the Children organization, the world’s leading independent children’s organization engaged in charitable projects on humanitarian response, health and nutrition, education, and children’s rights.

As early as July, MUP has been on a quest to find the successor to Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo in the different regions in the country, with weeks of intense contests online including the headshot, introduction challenge, runway, casting, and interview challenges.

Miss Universe Philippines recently narrowed down its delegates from 100 hopefuls to 30 finalists. The battle gets even more intense as the scores of the 30 delegates are now back to zero.

Fans can enjoy these three shows in the comforts of their homes for P599. To buy tickets, just visit

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The Idea First Company's BL Series "Gameboys" Nominated at International EMMY Award 2021

Philippines' most successful BL (Boys Love) series "Gameboys" starring award-winning young actors Elijah Canlas and Kokoy De Santos is nominated in the Kids: Live Action category of International Emmy Awards 2021.

Produced by The Idea First Company of highly-acclaimed filmmakers Perci Intalan and Jun Lana, "Gameboys" is the only nominee from the Philippines.

Shot and released during the time of pandemic lockdowns in 2020, the series tells the story of Cairo (Elijah) and Gavreel (Kokoy), two teenage boys who meet through an online game. Their love story develops via video calls and social media exchanges at the height of the pandemic.

Restored Version of Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes' Movie "Way Back Home" Streams on as Part of Sagip Pelikula Festival

ABS-CBN Film Restoration delivers another compelling family-drama to today's audiences with the premiere of the digitally restored and remastered version of "Way Back Home," starring Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes, in the latest edition of Sagip Pelikula Festival on starting today, September 14.

With its story conceptualized by Anna Karenina L. Ramos, Dang Bagas, Vanessa R. Valdez, and directed by veteran filmmaker Jerry Lopez Sineneng, Star Cinema's 2011 well-regarded film brings the story of long-lost sisters Joanna and Jessica Santiago (Kathryn and Julia).

Jessica lives a life full of pain and guilt after losing her sister years back, trying to fill the emptiness felt by her mother, Amy (Agot Isidro), who continuously longs for Joanna's return. On the other hand, unaware of her true past, Joanna lived simply in a humble fisherfolk family as Ana Bartolome.

Their lives then intertwine in a fateful encounter when the sisters compete against one another in a swimming competition, with Amy finally finding out that Ana is their lost daughter, Joanna. As Ana reunites with her biological family, Jessica's feeling of loneliness worsens day by day, with their family's attention turning towards her sister, causing a rift between the two.

Despite the tension between Ana and Jessica, will the two find their way back home into each other's hearts and live together as a happy family?

Starring alongside Kathryn and Julia are Agot Isidro, Lotlot de Leon, Tonton Gutierrez, Sam Concepcion, Enrique Gil, Bella Flores, Ahron Villena, Jairus Aquino, and Clarence Delgado.

Invite the whole family for a heartwarming experience in the premiere anew of "Way Back Home" beginning September 14 at 7:30 PM on the Sagip Pelikula Festival on KTX, with its screenwriter Vanessa Valdez and director Jerry Lopez Sineneng sharing their stories in making the film during its preshow before each screening. Tickets are now available at for only P150.

Apart from "Way Back Home," Sagip Pelikula Festival has more restored classics in store for today's audiences, including "Flames: The Movie," "And I Love You So," "Soltera," "Paano Kita Iibigin," "One More Chance," "Miss You Like Crazy," "A Love Story," "Ang Pulubi at ang Prinsesa," and "Labs Kita... Okey Ka Lang?" on KTX starting September 15 (Wednesday).

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

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

5 Easy Ways to Maximize Your Money When You Start Your Christmas Shopping at Shopee’s September 15 Payday Sale

It’s already September, and you know what that means - the beloved and uniquely Filipino tradition of counting down to Christmas Day has begun! Aside from setting up our lights and trees, listening to festive jingles, and planning (virtual) reunions once the -ber months set in, we’ve also made it a habit to gear up for some intense early holiday shopping. After all, Filipinos are known not just for our love of Christmas, but for our generous spirit as well.

During these times, it’s more important than ever to spread joy to friends and family. If you’re wondering how to do so safely and conveniently without breaking the bank, read on for a few holiday shopping tips that you can use at Shopee’s upcoming September 15 Payday Sale:

Take advantage of Shopee’s multiple monthly sales

To score major price drops and deep discounts, make sure to schedule your holiday shopping around sales. Mark your calendar during Shopee’s payday sales every 15th and 30th of the month. Each sale has its own exciting perks and promos that will make shopping more exciting and rewarding. At the upcoming Sep 15 Payday Sale, for instance, you can enjoy promos such as free shipping with no minimum spend, 50% bills cashback exclusively with ShopeePay, and ₱150 off vouchers.

Shop at midnight

Worried about missing out on vouchers? Get first dibs on the best promos by shopping at midnight. Add all the items to your cart beforehand, log on to your Shopee app from 12:00 to 2:00 AM, and check out with your vouchers. You can go to bed and sleep soundly knowing you scored the best deals.

Stack your vouchers

For you to get your money’s worth, you have to get yourself fully acquainted with the app’s features. Always check your home page and click on icons such as Free Shipping and Cashback for vouchers you can collect. Then stack these vouchers upon checking out for even bigger discounts. Remember to diligently check the voucher terms and conditions.

Follow your favorite brands in-app

Eyeing that brand-new smartphone for dad or that luxurious skincare set for mom? Head on over to your favorite brand’s page on Shopee Mall and hit that “Follow” button to receive announcements about new products, exclusive discounts, flash sales, and more. Make sure your notifications are turned on. Otherwise, someone else might just beat you to those deals!

Pay with ShopeePay for great savings on load, bills, and essentials

For more savings, here’s a handy little hack: use ShopeePay, an all-in-one e-wallet that you can use to Buy Load, Pay Bills, and Scan to Pay at thousands of merchants nationwide. Avail of promos such as up to 50% off on mobile load; up to 50% bills cashback when you pay your bills at Meralco, Maynilad, PLDT, Globe, and more; and ShopeePay ₱1 Deals for Puregold, Seaoil, Potato Corner, and many more when you scan to pay in-store. This September 14, you also get a chance to win ₱15,000 when you top up your ShopeePay wallet with a minimum of ₱500. Top up through your debit card, online banking, or over-the-counter payment partners to enjoy safe and hassle-free transactions during the holidays.

With these shopping hacks, you can score the best deals and allocate some extra cash towards your shopping budget. Enjoy splurging on your loved ones! Start your holiday shopping at the Sep 15 Payday Sale here:

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Dustine Mayores Named as Ultimate “Bida Star: Boy Next Door”

Dustine Mayores from Manila won the title of Ultimate Bida Star in ABS-CBN’s online star search “Bida Star: Boy Next Door” last September 8.

Mayores, whose parents lost their jobs due to pandemic, tried helping them by juggling his studies and opening his own business at an early age. In the competition, Dustine was considered the dark horse because of his shy attitude but eventually got the confidence that helped him reach the final four.

He shared that he learned through his Bida Star journey to erase his fears and never give up. "Nadevelop ko po na tanggalin yung takot dito. Kasi kapag natakot ka, magsisisi ka lang sa huli kapag hindi mo sinubukan. Isa pa po iyong 'never give up' Hindi ka pwedeng basta-basta lang susuko. Laban ka lang nang laban kasi para sa akin po kapag sumuko ako, walang mangyayari. Kaya hanggang nandito pa po yung oportunidad push lang ng push," he shared.

He won the title Ultimate Bida Star after garnering a total of 75.68 total vote points from collected kumu diamonds, KTX votes, and judges’ scores from TVDG head Alex Asuncion, Star Hunt Management head Raymund Dizon, and Direk Rahyan Carlos.

"Sobrang saya at sobrang thankful kasi ibinigay sa akin iyong pinagdasal ko. 'Yung pinaghirapan ko, worth it. Nawala yung pagod," he said.

Dustine said that he dedicates his win to his brother Austin. "Itong pagod ko para sa kapatid. Lahat ng tinatahak ko sa buhay para kay Austin lahat. Para secured naang future niya," he added.

He also shared that he did not expect the support he got from their last kumu livestream which happened last Tuesday (September 7). Aside from taking the title, Dustin also won P50,000, an ABS-CBN Management Contract, a Star Magic Workshop Scholarship, a chance to be shortlisted for an interview in the "Pinoy Big Brother Kumunity" Season 10, and chance to star in a digital show. 2

Meanwhile, landing in second place is Red Mendoza from Las Piñas who got 70.63 vote points. Finishing at 3rd and 4th places are Lee Feng Nuñez and Cyrille Tumamak with 58.26 and 57.65 vote points, respectively.

To know more about the newest Ultimate Bida Star Dustine Mayores, follow Star Hunt on Facebook (@starhuntabscbn), Kumu (@starhuntabscbn), Twitter (@starhuntabscbn), Instagram (@starhuntabscbn), and Tiktok (@starhuntabscbn).

To Strengthen Distance Learning During Pandemic, Knowledge Channel's Curriculum-Based Videos Now Available on theAsianparent App

Users of theAsianparent Philippines app, which has a community of over half a million Filipino parents, can now enjoy fun learning and curriculum-based videos at home as Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) partners with theAsianparent, the number one content and community web and app platform for parents in Southeast Asia, strengthening the foundation's commitment to improving distance learning in the country during the pandemic.

Forty videos developed by Knowledge Channel for early childhood education, covering preschool to first grade, which include excerpts from children's show "ATBP," and shorts "Musikantahan" and "Kwentoons," will be housed in theAsianparent Philippines app and website.

theAsianparent supports families in 12 countries, including the Philippines, in their journey to parenthood and fostering their children's development through various content. It is the fastest and largest growing online parenting community in the Philippines, with over 3 million unique visits and 12 million page views per month, 880,000 parents in its social network, and over 900,000 app downloads.

"This partnership with theAsianparent is very timely for several reasons. The parents have now become the teachers at home while children and teachers are unable to return to face-to-face classes. There is also an urgent need to support early childhood education that has been a little bit neglected and is certainly feeling the effects of the pandemic," Edric Calma, Director of Operations of KCFI, said during the virtual contract signing event.

"There is an ongoing shift towards traditional learning. theAsianparent is the perfect partner for KCFI in addressing these three challenges. I believe that our parents need to have more access points in downloading and using our video lessons aside from our usual on-air, online, and offline platforms. While daycare centers are closed, your app can serve as a way for young kids to continue learning from their homes with their parents," Calma added.

For theAsianparent Philippines' General Manager Frances Ang, not only is the partnership timely to expand the reach of their content to more households, it also enables them to contribute to Knowledge Channel's advocacy in building a brighter future for Filipino children.

"Together, we will be able to reach out to more Filipino families through our content and our multiple platforms. In this unprecedented time, access to high-quality education is a big challenge to all families, given that face-to-face learning has to be put on hold. Our goal through this partnership is to be able to supplement and make these learning sessions more accessible for every Filipino child," Ang said.

She also said that through theAsianparent Philippines mobile app, kids will have access to educational videos created by the Knowledge ad-free.

To access these video lessons from Knowledge Channel on theAsianparent Philippines, download its official app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or click here You can also visit its official website at

Visit for more educational materials and the latest updates on Knowledge Channel.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Mobile Legends' “Legends of Dawn: The Sacred Stone” Airs on ABS-CBN Starting September 19

ABS-CBN brings thrilling, action-packed adventures to Kapamilya Channel and A2Z with the Philippine TV premiere of the highly anticipated “Legends of Dawn: The Sacred Stone,” the first-ever animated series based on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, on Sunday (September 19) at 7 PM.

The airing of the series, which will be dubbed in Filipino, is made possible by ABS-CBN’s partnership with Moonton, the developer of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, one of the most popular mobile games in the world.

Kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy the exciting battles and heartwarming lessons in “Legends of Dawn: The Sacred Stone,” where the game’s well-loved heroes embark on a humorous journey and band together to fight evil.

The series follows Claude, the most famous thief in the Land of Dawn, as he attempts to retrieve the Sacred Stone with his trusted partner Dexter. In his quest, Claude encounters various heroes along the way: Fanny, a spunky fighter; Tigreal, the commander of the Imperial Knights and his new recruit Harith; Clint, a laid-off sheriff with exceptional shooting skills; and the demon hunter Alucard.

Will Claude and the rest of the heroes be able to look past their differences and unite to fight a common enemy?

Don’t miss the three powerful episodes of “Legends of Dawn: The Sacred Stone,” based on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, on September 19, September 26, and October 3 at 7 PM on Kapamilya Channel and A2Z Channel 11. Viewers who use any digital TV box at home such as the TVplus box only need to rescan their device to be able to watch the animated series on A2Z.

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Why Rayver Cruz Becomes Emotional with His GMAAC Contract Renewal

Multitalented Kapuso actor, TV host and performer Rayver Cruz remains a loyal Kapuso as he signed his exclusive contract with GMA Network and renewed his management contract with GMA Artist Center last Thursday, September 9.

Present in the virtual signing ceremony were Senior Vice President for GMA Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, First Vice President For Drama Redgie A. Magno, First Vice President for Business Development Department III Darling de Jesus-Bodegon, Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angel Javier Cruz, Senior Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, GMA Artist Center Assistant Vice President and Head for Talent Imaging and Marketing Unit Simoun Ferrer, GMA Artist Center consultant Johnny Manahan, GMA Artist Center Senior Talent Manager Vic del Rosario, Senior Program Manager Redgynn Alba, and Rayver’s co-manager Albert Chua.

Rayver couldn’t be any more delighted to continue his Kapuso journey and was emotional during this momentous event, “Hindi ako emotional na tao pero na-sapul ako dito! Nakakatuwa kasi ang tagal ko na rin sa industry, ang dami ko na ring naging kaibigan, mga napamahal na co-actors ko. Take ko na rin itong opportunity na ito para magpasalamat ng mabuti sa aking mga GMA bosses. Sobrang saya and blessed ng pakiramdam ko. Sunud-sunod ‘yung trabaho, sunud-sunod ‘yung projects na ipinagkakatiwala sa akin ng Kapuso Network. Simula ng bumalik ako sa kanila, tuluy-tuloy lang ‘yung projects na binibigay nila sa akin and super blessed ako na palaging may work sa kabila ng panahong nangyayari sa atin ngayon. I’m so happy!

Moreover, he shared how valuable his years as a Kapuso has been, “Throughout the years as a Kapuso, perseverance talaga ang kailangan mo para mahalin ‘yung trabaho mo. Kailangan mo paghusayan at pagbutihin kasi at the end of the day, hard work always pays off.” 

Currently, Rayver plays the role of Alex in the Afternoon Prime series ‘Nagbabagang Luha’ and a mainstay performer of the weekend variety show ‘All-Out Sundays.’ He is also gearing up for the fourth season of the all-original musical competition ‘The Clash.’ 

Rasonable attests to Rayver’s range as an artist, “Congratulations on your renewal with GMA Artist Center and GMA Network. It's so heartwarming to see everybody here. Ang daming executives and program managers na nandito. It just goes to show how much we love you and how much we enjoy working with you. Heartwarming din and nostalgic kasi we used to see you as a little boy with Rodjun, bitbit ni Kuya Germs sa 7th floor. Nakakatuwa that you have come home and renewed and you remain loyal to GMA Network and to GMA Artist Center. We appreciate that and we stay committed to giving you the platforms and the programs that will further hone your craft. Marami ka pang pwedeng gawin. Excited kaming makita ‘yun. So congratulations and I wish you the best of luck in the years to come.”

Santiago-Lara expressed her delight in watching Rayver evolve to the star he is today, “We're just so happy that Rayver is with us in GMA and I can say that we were able to unbox and unleash his talent to the world even more in the last few years that he's been with us. We look forward to many more years of having him as a Kapuso and having him showcase his talent as an actor, as a performer, and as a host. He's such a multitalented artist and we're just so happy that Rayver Cruz is part of the GMA family.”

Finally, Mr. M commended GMA for showcasing the actor’s potential, “GMA was able to unleash your powers, Rayver, in singing, dancing, kulang na lang basketball! Congratulations, Rayver. Kuya Rayver sa paningin ng iba. We're proud of you.

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