Saturday, October 23, 2021

Look: Tom Rodriguez and Carla Abellana Wedding (Church Ceremony and Reception) Photos

Kapuso Royal Couple Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez tied the knot today, October 23, October 23 at the Madre de Dios Chapel in Tagaytay Midland.

Carla stuns in a beautiful wedding gown created by Monique Lhuillier while Tom looks every inch a dashing groom in a Francis Libiran tuxedo.

Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Tom Rodriguez and Carla Abellana! 👰🏻❤️🤵🏼‍♂️

📸 NelwinUy Photo, PatDyPhotography

Friday, October 22, 2021

Rachel Peters Gives Birth to Daughter Kaia Rose

Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters and husband, Camarines Sur Governor Migz Villafuerte, welcome first baby - daughter Kaia Rose.

The proud parents can't contain their happiness as they both shared on Instagram pictures of their daughter with caption:

Rachel: “The most precious birthday gift 💝 Kaia Rose 11.10.21 One week with this sweet girl and my heart is bursting with love and gratitude. Thank you so much for all your well wishes! This mama is sooo happy 🥰🥰

Migz: “im so inlove with you 🥰🥰🥰 To God be all the glory ❤️” 


Thursday, October 21, 2021

iQiyi Original Korean Series "Jirisan" starring Gianna Jun and Ju Ji-hoon Premieres Saturday, October 23

Jirisan, iQiyi Original Korean drama series starring Gianna Jun and Ju Ji-hoon, and created by director Lee Eung-bok (Descendants of The Sun, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) and writer Kim Eun-hee (Signal, Kingdom), debuts new stills today (October 21st). Spotlighting the moment Gianna Jun and Ju Ji-hoon first meet, the latter did not even have enough time to change out of his formal wear before scrambling on mission with the park rangers as a rookie. Encountering the neat and capable Gianna Jun, their intertwined destinies set out from that moment on. Jirisan is set to premiere on Oct 23 globally and exclusively on iQiyi, simulcast with Korea.

On Jun and Ju’s on-screen relationship, the production team described them as “aren’t quite colleagues”, “not really senior-junior”, and “toeing the line”. The pair perfectly brings out the amazing chemistry of the lead characters.

In Jirisan, Ju Ji-hoon stars as Kang Hyun-jo, a former army officer out of the military academy, who arrives at Jirisan National Park as a new ranger, but keeps a secret. Asked to describe his role, Ju chose the words ‘Jirisan’, ‘perseverance’ and ‘youngest’. “As the youngest among the park rangers, Kang Hyun-jo likes ‘people’. He came from Seoul to Jirisan because of ‘people’, he possesses greater perseverance and sense of responsibility to help those in need, than others,” Ju shared.

Ju also talked about his meeting the show creatives to chat and shape his character. Believing in immersing in shoot locations to act well, Ju revealed that in the summer before production commenced, he visited Jirisan also in part to help the busy Kim feel rejuvenated. On that trip, they shared many stories from in and out of the production, which turned out to be great help to Ju shaping his role.

Building fans’ anticipation for his latest series return with Jirisan, Ju Ji-hoon said, “In my career to date, this is the role with the most unique character, job and setting. There are many firsts for me and it can be regarded as my ‘brand new look’.”

In addition to Gianna Jun, Ju Ji-hoon, Sung Dong-il, Oh Jung-se and Cho Han-cheul playing rangers of the Jirisan National Park Haedong branch office, Joo Min-kyung and Go Min-si are also core team members. Joo plays Lee Yang-sun, an administrative employee supporting the rangers, while Go Min-si is also a rookie ranger who adds freshness to the team of seven protecting those in need on Jirisan. Jeon Seok-ho is in the role of police officer Kim Eung-soon while Lee Ga-sub plays park volunteer Kim Sol, both of whom work often with the rangers in search and rescue.

Jirisan follows the team of national park rangers who are responsible for search and rescue on Jirisan. Experienced ranger (played by Gianna Jun) and rookie ranger (played by Ju Ji-hoon) are set to unravel the secrets of the peak. The iQiyi Original K-series will exclusively simulcast with Korea from October 23rd,with new episodes airing Saturdays and Sundays at 8.00pm on iQiyi International app or worldwide.

Watch the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Season for FREE on the GigaPlay App  

With exciting NBA action returning this October, leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. brings the historic NBA 75th Anniversary Season right at the palm of its subscribers via the Gigaplay App, which offers NBA games and programming through its livestream feed of NBA TV Philippines - a localized version of NBA TV and the league’s dedicated 24/7 channel.

During the 2021-22 season, the NBA will commemorate the 75 greatest players and feature 75 Classic Matchups to celebrate the teams, players, coaches, and moments that have defined 75 years of NBA basketball. Tipping off this slate on November 1 (November 2 PHT) are the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks, marking the league’s first regular season game played on Nov. 1, 1946 between the New York Knickerbockers and then Toronto Huskies. The Classic Matchups will also pay tribute to three of the NBA’s original franchises: the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors (formerly Philadelphia Warriors) and the Knicks, which have all played in every season of the NBA.  

On October 19 (October 20 PHT), the NBA’s opening day will showcase marquee matchups featuring a rematch of the 2021 Eastern Conference Semifinals between the defending NBA Champions Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets followed by Stephen Curry and the Warriors taking on LeBron James and the revamped Los Angeles Lakers at STAPLES Center.   

Additionally, Filipino fans will have the opportunity to watch Filipino-American players Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz and Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets in their first game against each other during Houston’s Filipino Heritage Night on October 28 (October 29 PHT). 

There is no reason to get left behind when it comes to the latest NBA action if you’re on Smart. Access the entire 2021-22 NBA season with only a few taps on your smartphone via the GigaPlay App, which offers a selection of sports and entertainment content that can be accessed for free as well as live and on-demand. 

To enjoy the 2021-22 NBA season on GigaPlay, Smart prepaid subscribers need to have the app installed with an active Giga Video subscription, while Smart Signature and Smart Infinity users can watch select live games through the app using their mobile data allocation. Smart subscribers can also stream GigaPlay content while on a PLDT connection.    

More ways to enjoy the game

Smart subscribers can enjoy FREE access to, the league’s official digital destination in the country, and easy billing to NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service. provides Smart subscribers with access to articles FREE of data charges. The online NBA destination will also feature original content from local basketball players, coaches and analysts offering fresh takes on the latest NBA news and trends.  

Alternatively, Smart customers can subscribe to NBA League Pass, which provides the most comprehensive live and on-demand access to an entire season of NBA games in high-definition with live stats and multiple viewing options. Postpaid subscribers can pay with their Smart mobile plan, while prepaid users can subscribe via their prepaid load.   

We know Filipinos are eagerly anticipating the return of the NBA during its landmark 75th season. Through our partnership with the NBA, we look forward to providing accessible platforms for Filipino fans and Smart subscribers to express their passion for basketball by supporting their favorite teams and players via the GigaPlay app, NBA League Pass, and,” said Jane J. Basas, Smart SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business.

To watch live NBA games and programing on NBA TV Philippines anytime, anywhere on your smartphone, simply download the GigaPlay app on the App Store or Google Play Store, or visit  

Perfect time to make the Smart move

Switching to Smart without having to change your number is now possible with Mobile Number Portability (MNP) capability. Covered by the MNP Act or RA 11202, MNP enables Filipinos to retain their mobile number even when they change service providers, giving them greater freedom to choose the best network and services that suit their needs. 

Under MNP, customers may also switch their prepaid account to a postpaid plan and vice-versa without replacing their mobile number. 

To switch to the Smart network, a mobile user must first secure a Unique Subscriber Code from their original provider to serve as clearance and bring it to the nearest Smart Store along with a valid ID and any proof of mobile ownership. From there, Smart will begin processing the MNP application without any charges.

TV5 "Sing Galing: Now Zending Zikat" Hosts Virtual Event for Typhoon Maring Victims on October 23, 5PM

Sing Galing: Sing-Lebrity Edition’s digiverse known as Now Zending Zikat will be having a benefit online event called, “Now Zending Zikat with Love,” that aims to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Maring through the Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

Be serenaded with exciting performances from Team Galing and special guests with the theme, “Mapusong Pasingkatan,” and be ready to fill your night with love and melodies hosted by none other than Zendee. This event will be live streamed through Sing Galing and TV5’s social media accounts this Saturday, October 23, at 5PM.

Joining Zendee in this special event for-a-cause is Menchie Silvestre, Executive Director of Alagang Kapatid Foundation. Together with her team, they will assist kaawitbahays who are interested to pledge donations for typhoon Maring victims through Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

For more updates, like and follow TV5 at and stay tuned at Sing Galing’s Facebook Page:

iQiyi Unveils Six New Korean and Philippines' Original Series

iQiyi, the Asian entertainment streaming leader today unveiled its latest international slate including four new Korean Original productions, two Originals from the Philippines along with new exclusive content from Thailand and Malaysia at this year’s Asian Contents and Film Market.

At the virtual showcase, Kuek Yu-Chuang, iQiyi’s Vice-President of International Business said, “Over the past year, we’ve seen a very positive trend of international viewers consuming more Asian content as a whole. As the leading global streaming player rooted in Asia with a global footprint, iQiyi will double down its investment in introducing premium pan-Asian content to the world. We are excited to play a crucial role in putting Asian content front and center in collaboration with top-notch creators and talents from Korea and the Philippines to bring compelling Original stories to our users in 191 territories."

First Local Originals Out of Southeast Asia

As part of iQiyi’s move to expand their Southeast Asia content catalogue, the streamer locked arms with ABS-CBN, one of Philippine’s leading media and entertainment companies, to produce two original Filipino series for the global audience. Starring top Filipino talents, the two titles Saying Goodbye and Hello, Heart are iQiyi’s first local originals in the Southeast Asia region.

Saying Goodbye is headlined by Andrea Brillantes and Seth Fedelin whose acting careers as a couple on screen took off from their highly successful TV drama Kadenang Ginto in the Philippines. The two stars will meet once again to breathe life into their unforgettable roles to the delight of millions of SethDrea fans. “Saying Goodbye” is a story about celebrating life despite all the challenges life throws at us. The series will follow the story of Ricky and Elise, an unlikely pair brought together by their love for music and adventure.

Hello, Heart will star multi-talented Gigi De Lana, known for her acting skills and her viral music videos that’s been hitting millions of views, alongside talented actor Gerald Anderson. Hello, Heart is a romantic comedy that tells the story of Heart and Saul. Heart, a beautiful, perky, hard working but very unlucky woman, finally meets her lucky charm, Saul. Saul, the emotionless, business-as-usual man, hires Heart to pretend to be his wife to please his grandmother with dementia.

Saying Goodbye and Hello, Heart are set to premiere worldwide this year on iQiyi International exclusively.

Four Korean Original Productions Coming Soon in 2022

In Crazy Love, a genius math tutoring center CEO (played by Kim Jaeuck), receives a death threat and tries to seek out the murderer by pretending to suffer memory loss. He even enters into a sham marriage with his introverted secretary Lee Shin Ah (played by Krystal Jung), who is diagnosed with terminal illness. Between them, a scary yet sweet romance blossoms. The show is directed by Kim Jung Hyun who was behind the popular romantic mystery drama series Awaken, and produced with leading studio Story Hunter Productions. 

Us At One Point, produced by GTist, is a drama production company behind multiple hit series like Hometown Cha Cha Cha and Hotel Deluna. The tragic love story is centered on reincarnations and a couple trying to save each other from a curse where they have to endure the pain of being unable to be together no matter how many times they have met.

My Oppa Is An Idol is an Original produced with STUDIO N, a production company owned by South Korea’s largest webtoon publisher. It follows an amusing story of chaos ensuing when a fussy entertainment agency representative, a famous idol and the idol’s loyal fan started living together under the same roof.

Weekday Wife is an upcoming romantic comedy, where a woman groomed as a rich heiress radically rejects her arranged marriage by her adopted 'jaebul' family and turns this into her major career. This production partnership with STUDIO605 will draw into the studio’s deep expertise in art direction and creating memorable romance scenes.

iQiyi also teased audiences with an exclusive glimpse of the highly anticipated iQiyi x Studio Dragon co-productions: Director You Sun Dong greeted fans from the set of Bad and Crazy, drumming up excitement for the heroic theme show that will premiere in December starring Lee Dong Wook and Wi Ha Jun; along with Shooting Stars table read joined by Lee Sung-kyoung and Kim Young-dae as the production begins.

All iQiyi originals will be available in 191 territories, in up to 4K resolution and Dolby Audio via the iQiyi international app and

KZ Tandingan Collaborates with Grammy Nominated Producers for the Release of First International Song "11:59"

Asia’s Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan takes her music to a whole different level with her soulful delivery and exceptional vocals in “11:59,” her brand new single dropping this Friday (October 22).

Grammy-nominated producer Luigie “Lugo” Gonzales, Paulino Lorenzo, and Idrise Ward-El produced KZ’s first single under Tarsier Records, which is slated for international release as ABS-CBN continues to showcase Filipino talents on the world stage.

It's the realization of a vision. Parang after my ‘X Factor’ 2012 stint, the dream was always to go international, to represent the country on the world stage. And now I get to release this,” KZ shared.

Recounting the moments before she finally recorded the song, she said, “I just wanted to be ready, na alam nila na ‘She did the work.’ Sobra akong kinakabahan kasi it's a new environment, new people, i-add mo pa na I was working with a Grammy-nominated artist so I didn't wanna disappoint him.

The hard-hitting soul track “11:59” takes listeners through a journey of lovers trying to figure out what the next move is in their relationship, where one is seeking answers from the other.

Its music video, directed and conceptualized by Dominic Bekaert of Zoopraxi Studios, will play around the message of the song and visually picture the concept of time through a circular set.

Known for her edgy and authentic sound and style, the “X Factor Philippines” season one grand winner achieved international fame when she joined China’s singing competition “Singer 2018,” where her performances went viral. In 2019, KZ made history anew as the first Filipino to perform a sold-out concert in Dubai World Trade Center Arena.

The Kapamilya singer has had several huge projects under her belt this 2021. She sang the first full Filipino Disney song, “Gabay,” for the film “Raya the Last Dragon” and released the wedding EP “Simula” together with her husband and fellow Filipino artist TJ Monterde. She also interpreted the song “Marupok,” which emerged as Best Song in Himig 11th Edition.

Check out KZ’s “11:59” single, out on music streaming platforms worldwide beginning Friday (October 22) and the music video premiering on the same day on Tarsier Records' YouTube channel at 11:59 AM. For updates, follow Tarsier Records on various social media accounts @tarsierrecords.

SMART Infinity and Palacio de Memoria Treat Members to Exclusive Screening of Restored“Ibong Adarna,” “Biyaya ng Lupa,” and Other Art Events

As part of leading mobile services provider Smart Infinity’s promise to offer the most rewarding mobile experience through exceptional product offerings and exclusive lifestyle privileges, the network is partnering with local heritage destination Palacio de Memoria to host a variety of art events this October.

The main festivities at the Palacio de Memoria include the much-awaited two-day Flea Market on October 23 and 24, an open fair inspired by European bazaars such as the El Rastro de Madrid and the Parisian Clignancourt. Collectors and enthusiasts can find a wide array of exquisite artworks, antiques, and pieces from various local galleries at the Flea Market, while food and drinks will be served by The Loggia and an open bar by Distileria Limtuaco and Don Papa, respectively. The flea market will be capped off by a special exclusive screening of the restored “Ibong Adarna” film from 1941 by ABS-CBN Film Restoration.

Meanwhile, the Tertulia de Memoria, to be held on October 30, is a day-long seminar series and soiree in which guests can attend talks about history, art, and heritage appreciation. There will be a screening of another restored film, “Biyaya ng Lupa” from 1955, starring Rosa Rosal.

Smart Infinity will also be present at the open-air Flea Market, with designated sections where guests can drop by and experience Smart’s fastest 5G network for themselves, as well as avail the iPhone 12 Pro Max or the new iPhone 13 Pro through Smart Infinity’s Limitless and Traveler Plans, which provide unlimited data allocation, and calls and texts to all networks.

You can now make the Smart move and enjoy exclusive rewards and freebies without changing your number via the Mobile Number Portability (MNP). To switch to Smart. Visit or head to the nearest Smart Store. You can also make the Smart move via the GigaLife App.

For more information, follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Powered by the Philippines’ fastest 5G network

Smart Infinity members enjoy premium service and next-level speeds with the country’s fastest and most reliable 5G mobile network as reported by Ookla®, the global leader in internet testing and analysis. To date, Smart has already fired up over 4,400 sites in more than 4,000 locations nationwide making it the country's first, fastest, and widest 5G network.

Smart has also reasserted its dominance as the Philippines' fastest mobile network for the fourth year in a row, based on analysis by Ookla of tests taken with Speedtest® covering the first half of 2021.

Pinoy Family Films "Ikaw" Starring Janine Gutierrez and Elisse Joson's "Will You Marry" Showing on SKY PPV

SKYcable brings a heartwarming movie set to make families at home laugh and cry with the premiere of Mavx Productions' film shot in Denmark entitled "Will You Marry," starring K Brosas and Elisse Joson, on SKY Pay-Per-View starting October 22 (Friday).

From the producers behind hits including "Nuuk," "Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap," and "A Faraway Land," the film tells the story of Honey (Brosas), a single mother of a not-so-perfect family, who also happens to find love in a Danish man named Fritz (Paul Lyderer) through an online dating site.

She then gets invited by Fritz to visit his home in Copenhagen to meet and eventually propose to her, but her children, including Sweet (Joson) who joins in her trip, are reluctant on their mom's admirer as they try to get in the way of their romance to uncover his darkest secrets and convince her to call off their sudden engagement. These would then lead to heated misunderstandings among their family.

Also starring in the said film are Alwyn Uytingco, Pio Balbuena, Hannah Ledesma, and Anjo Yllana.

Catch "Will You Marry" on SKY Pay-Per-View from October 22 to November 11 (Thursday) for only P250, with 48-hour access.

Apart from "Will You Marry," SKYcable brings another treat from Mavx Productions with the premiere of its upcoming romantic-comedy film "Ikaw," top-billed by Janine Gutierrez, Pepe Herrera, and Pilita Corrales.

Janine portrays Dee, a Manila-based real-estate broker who returned to her hometown of Bulusan, Sorsogon, in time for the 80th birthday of her grandmother, Lola Dulce (Corrales). She then gets reacquainted with her former schoolmate Edong (Herrera), a simple coconut farmer who happens to admire her but his insecurities get the best of him whenever he interacts with Dee—leaving an unpleasant first impression.

As they spend more time together, Dee changes her perception of him as she realizes his compassionate personality and later on falls in love with him too.

Follow their amusing love story in "Ikaw" showing starting November 12 (Friday) on SKY Pay-Per-View, priced at only P250 and also comes with 48-hour access upon purchase.

Catch these titles in the comfort of your homes in high-definition and commercial-free on SKY Pay-Per-View. To subscribe to these shows on pay-per-view, visit or text SKY PPV to 23662.

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

Anime, Movies, K-Pop Fans Unite! Shopee Collector’s World Fair 2021 Runs from October - November

If there’s one thing that always manages to lift our spirits, it’s the pursuit of new hobbies or rekindled interests. We find a much-needed respite and a way to keep ourselves happy and busy as we indulge in our love for the beauty of cinema, the vibrant world of anime, or the fun, bubbly K-Pop universe.

At Shopee Collector’s World, immerse yourself further in your favorite movie, anime, or K-Pop acts by building or upgrading your merch collection. Until November 20, discover rare and sought-after vinyl figures, trading cards, albums, and other collectibles, with discounts up to 50% off. You can also use the promo code SHPCW101121 to get an extra ₱50 off until November 21.

Check out our top picks across a wide range of fandoms below:

For anime fans

Who else can’t wait for the remaining episodes of the second season of Demon Slayer to drop? In the meantime, build your anime display with this limited-edition Nendoroid Demon Slayer Kyojuro Rengoku action figure. Your collection won’t be complete without this beloved Flame Hashira.

For cinephiles

Darth Vader may be the antagonist, but he’s still a worthy addition to any Star Wars fan’s merchandise collection - especially if it’s this cute Funko Pop! Valentine's Darth Vader vinyl figure. This Hearts Day-themed toy, which comes in a lovely pink color, would make a perfect gift for your Chosen One.

For K-Pop stans

For a K-Pop fan, nothing beats the thrill of scoring a rare photo card of your favorite member. Keep your precious K-Pop photocards collection safe and sound using Sultan Supply Premium Card Sleeves. These premium acid-free sleeves, which come in 50 pcs, fit 55mm x 86mm cards.

ONCE, celebrate your K-Pop biases’ debut anniversary with a brand-new album! Don’t miss out on the much-anticipated TWICE FORMULA OF LOVE: O+T=<3, which is set to release next month. Each pre-ordered album comes with a folded poster and a photocard set.

This rookie boy band stole ENGENE’s hearts with their sophomore mini-album, ENHYPEN Border: Carnival. Choose between the Up, Hype, and Down album versions. Enjoy adding a lyric book, two photocards, signature sticker, carnival ticket, and a folded poster to your ENHYPEN shrine as well.

Grow your anime, movie, and K-Pop collections with vinyl figures, trading cards, and more at

To save more when you shop for collectibles, check out with ShopeePay for exclusive free shipping and cashback vouchers. You can also use ShopeePay to buy load, pay bills, and scan to pay at thousands of merchants nationwide. 

Get up to 10% discount on load from Globe, Smart, TM, TNT, and DITO. Pay bills and get up to 25% cashback from Meralco, Maynilad, PLDT, Globe, Smart, and a growing list of partner billers. 

Lastly, get exclusive ShopeePay ₱1 Deals on the app and enjoy discounts when you pay via ShopeePay QR at Puregold, Potato Corner, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Seaoil, and other partner merchants. Make sure to activate your ShopeePay wallet and top up through online banking, debit card, and over-the-counter partners to enjoy these exclusive perks!

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

Catch the Epic Adventure Film "Dune" as PH Cinemas Re-opens on November 10

After an eternity of cinema closure, the time has come to experience “Dune” on the big screen the way it’s meant to be seen. Warner Bros. Philippines is happy to announce that the epic adventure will open exclusively in Philippine theaters on Wednesday, November 10.

As director Denis Villenueve (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Arrival”) has said: “`Dune’ has been made, designed, dreamed to be seen on a big screen.”

Watch the “Dune - Big Screen Experience” featurette at

The Academy Award nominated filmmaker directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller, considered one of the most influential books of the 20th century and credited with inspiring many of the greatest films of all time.

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence - a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential - only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

I discovered the book in my teenage years and I remember being totally fascinated by its poetry, by what it was saying about nature - the true main character of Dune,” Villeneuve relates. “Frank Herbert’s view of nature was absolutely mesmerizing - all those beautiful ecosystems he created. His exploration of the impact and chaos caused by colonialism was a portrait of the 20th century that is still relevant today. And through all of this was a young man struggling with his identity, trying to find his way in the world, as I was doing myself. The way Paul discovers his identity through another culture was, for me, amazing.

Villeneuve’s big screen adaptation fully immerses the audience in this profoundly moving story of Paul’s coming of age set against family rivalries, tribal clashes, social oppression and ecological disaster on the unforgiving, austere planet, creating a fantastical cinematic experience that is both epic and intimate.

When it came to casting the many roles, Villeneuve and the producers assembled an astonishing list of actors to fill the coveted roles, including Timothée Chalamet as our hero, Paul Atreides, alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, David Bautista and many more.

To my great pleasure, most of my first choices were available and willing to embark on this journey with me,” Villeneuve smiles.

Acclaimed screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, as well as Villeneuve, tackled the daunting adaptation of Herbert’s novel. Spaihts offers, “This was a chance of a lifetime for me. I first read Dune at probably 12 or 13, and at that age I was struck by it almost like scripture; it felt like one of the most profound things that I had read and became one of my annual reads, like The Lord of the Rings.”

I was a fan,” Roth states. “It has all the ingredients that come together to create a wonderful alchemy of storytelling: what happens to planet Arrakis, the father-son and mother-son storylines, the fact that women are very powerful… It seems modern and all of a sudden very pressing, and he wrote it in the `60s.”

To me, ‘Dune’ is a psychological thriller, an adventure, a war movie, a coming-of-age movie. It’s even a love story,” concludes Villeneuve, who at last is able to fulfill his lifelong dream of bringing the landmark work with its complex mythology to life. “There’s a reason the book stayed on my shelf, beside my bed, all those years.

Only in cinemas starting November 10, “Dune” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

ABS-CBN's "Mashing Machine" Premieres on YouTube

ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel brings more fun, good vibes, and ‘kilig’ to viewers worldwide with four new shows as part of ABS-CBN’s ever-expanding “Kapamilya YOUniverse.”

Start the day right by streaming “Happy Pill,” a daily dose of inspirational quotes and motivational words – set to moving music and visuals – that will bring positivity and motivation to viewers every 8 AM from Mondays to Sundays.

Tag along with Alora Samson in the roving quiz show “IQ Ang Nagwagi” every Saturday at 6 PM. In it, the comedian-actress surprises the stars of various ABS-CBN shows to ask them amusing and tricky questions, and the result is riotously funny.

Viewers, meanwhile, are treated to a multiverse of ‘kilig’ and unexpected character pairings in “Mashing Machine” on Mondays at 6PM. The ten-episode anthology series mixes and matches scenes from well-loved Kapamilya teleseryes to bring entirely fresh stories that will entertain viewers.

“Mashing Machine” premiered on Monday (October 4) with “A Soldier's Love” starring Gerald and Anderson and Ivana Alawi, while the second episode titled “My Hokage Love” with Kathryn Bernardo, Enrique Gil, and James Reid will stream next week. Fans can also expect more unique love stories featuring Daniel Padilla, Liza Soberano, Nadine Lustre, Jodi Sta. Maria, and Coco Martin in succeeding episodes.

Viewers who are longing for a virtual escape can join the exciting escapades in “Hello World!” beginning October 7. Former “PBB” housemates André Brouillette, Fumiya Sankai, and Gabby Sarmiento take viewers along with them on food trips and walking tours and recommend fun experiences to try in their respective home countries – the USA, Japan, and Italy. It streams a new episode every Thursday at 5 PM.

The cast and crew of “Bloody Crayons,” meanwhile, will spill trivia and behind-the-scenes secrets about the making of the 2017 suspense thriller. Its first five episodes will be available on October 24, 2 PM to coincide with the release of the full movie on YouTube so viewers can celebrate Halloween early with their barkada.

These new shows are the newest “Made for YouTube” titles under the ever-expanding “Kapamilya YOUniverse,” which streams the best in entertainment, music, film, and news via the coming together of ABS-CBN’s various YouTube channels. 

Exclusive “Made for YouTube” titles that are now streaming are “MMK Shorts: Beyond the Lens,” “It’s Showtime All Access,” “Chikatitas,” “The Music Room,” “He’s Into Her Extras,” “Gold School,” “Dear MOR,” “Gapnud sa Kinabuhi,” “Bedtime Stories,” and “MOR Playlist.”

Discover more experiences in ABS-CBN’s “Kapamilya YOUniverse” on YouTube by subscribing to ABS-CBN Entertainment, ABS-CBN Star Cinema, ABS-CBN Star Music, MOR Entertainment, ABS-CBN News, ABS-CBN It’s Showtime, and One Music PH.

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