Saturday, February 12, 2022

Sanya Lopez and Gabby Concepcion Set to Make Viewers Fall In Love All Over Again in "First LAdy"

This Valentine’s Day, GMA Entertainment Group proudly presents one of the Network’s most anticipated series and the sequel to the Philippines’ No. 1 show for 2021, ‘First Lady.’

The original drama stars once again the swoon-worthy pairing of award-winning actor Gabby Concepcion as President Glenn Acosta and brilliant Kapuso actress Sanya Lopez as First Lady Melody Acosta.

Talagang hindi naman namin iniisip na magkakaroon ng book 2,” Gabby shared. “Although, ‘yung first book, talagang napakaganda. We have a good team that brought us to where we are right now.

On the other hand, Sanya admits that the change in her character is challenging. “Mas challenging po talaga ang maging First Lady,” she said. “’Yung First Yaya kasi medyo malapit-lapit pa talaga kay Sanya ‘yung character eh. Unlike now, ‘yung pagiging First Lady inaaral ko po talaga. Of course, nandyan din naman po si Direk LA (Madridejos) to help me.”

First Yaya ended on a happy note with the fairytale romance of President Glenn and Melody. This time around, the newlywed couple navigates new territory and delves into trust and doubt; change and tradition; and the line of clear communication that will challenge their marriage. As Glenn seeks another term to his presidency, Melody needs to reassess and find her place once more in her husband’s ever-chaotic and busy life.

Playing important roles in the primetime soap are Pancho Magno as he reprises his role as PSG Captain Conrad Enriquez, head of PGA’s security detail and the primary protector of the First Family; Ms. Pilar Pilapil as Blesilda, the headstrong mother of PGA who will stop at nothing to protect the presidency; Boboy Garovillo as Florencio, Melody’s father who passed away but still appears to her visions; Maxine Medina as Lorraine, Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Communications and Head of the Speech Writers Group and Melody’s former rival turned “frienemy”; Thou Reyes as Yessy, Presidential Management Chief-of-Staff who also holds the post of Presidential Spokesperson; and Ms. Sandy Andolong as Edna, the loving and streetwise mother of Melody. 

Back to showcase more spark and fun are Cassy Legaspi as Nina Acosta, the eldest daughter of PGA who is also running for a position in her school government; and JD Domagoso as Jonas, Nina’s boyfriend who also joins the school campus elections but ends up competing against her. Also returning to the series are Clarence Delgado as Nathan, the second child of PGA whose resolve is tested when his family is besieged by challenges to their stability and security; and Patricia Coma as Nicole, the youngest child of PGA who is closest to Melody.

Making the series more exciting is seasoned actress Alice Dixson as Atty. Ingrid Domingo, a political strategist that eventually gets hired by President Glenn Acosta’s (PGA) campaign team to be the political director of his presidential bid. Moreover, she is revealed to be Glenn’s former serious girlfriend – a fact that could rock not just the presidency, but also the President’s family.

In a very special guest appearance, award-winning actor and one of GMA's prime leading men Rocco Nacino steps in as Mayor Moises Valentin, a rising political star and young hotshot Mayor of “Magat” City. He is suave and good-looking, and develops a “special” friendship with Melody even when he is allied with the opposition party.

The other addition to the powerhouse cast includes Isabel Rivas as Allegra Trinidad, a former first lady and former number 1-elected senator. She’s the queen bee of a group of three former first ladies terrorizing the new first lady and former yaya, Melody; Francine Prieto as Soledad Cortez, a former first lady initially loyal to Allegra who ends up becoming an adversary; Samantha Lopez as Ambrocia Bolivar, another former first lady who is loyal to Allegra; Shyr Valdez as Manang Sioning, a veteran staff of the Presidential palace who was on leave but is now back to make sure that everything is under order; John Feir as Teddy, President Glenn Acosta’s Campaign Manager; Divine as Bella, Yessy’s office assistant and Ingrid’s double-agent.  

Returning to the series as well to spice up the lives of PGA and Melody are the well- loved characters of Kakai Bautista as Pepita; Analyn Barro as Gem Rose Reyes- Agcaoili; Glenda Garcia as Marni Tupaz; Cai Cortez as Norma; Thia Thomalla as PSG Lt. Val Cañete; Anjo Damiles as Jasper Agcaoili; Jon Lucas as Titus De Villa; Jerick Dolormente as Lloyd Reyes;  Muriel Lomadilla as Bevs; Kiel Rodriguez as PSG Paul Librada; Atak as Impak; Cecil Paz as Jesse.

With the upcoming presidential elections, the series will also serve as a timely and relatable source of entertainment for Filipinos nationwide. Political and research consultants, including a national elections political strategist and a current member of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), were hired to help to create a realistic view of the First Family’s daily life.

‘First Lady’ is under the supervision of the GMA Entertainment Group headed by SVP for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, VP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, AVP for Drama Helen Rose Sese, Senior Program Manager Ali Nokom-Dedicatoria, and Executive Producer Joy Lumboy-Pili.

The drama is a product of the visionary minds of Concept Creators Jojo Tawasil Nones and Marlon G. Miguel; Creative Director Aloy Adlawan; Content Development Consultant Ricky Lee; Creative Head Dode Cruz; Creative Consultant Kit Villanueva-Zapata; Headwriter Jojo Tawasil Nones; Senior Writers Marlon G. Miguel, Christine Badillo-Novicio, and Obet Villela; and Junior brainstormer Jai Shane Canete.

Catch the highly-anticipated world premiere of 'First Lady' – under the helm of esteemed director LA Madridejos and associate director Rechie del Carmen – beginning February 14, weeknights, on GMA, GTV and Heart of Asia.  

Viewers abroad can also catch the program via GMA Pinoy TV. For more stories about the Kapuso Network, visit

Friday, February 11, 2022

Sparkle GMA Artist Center Talents Learn How to Create Powerful Stories with Jessica Soho

Sparkle GMA Artist Center talents continue to receive top-notch workshops in Breakout Room: Master Class Series with Asia's Powerhouse Journalist and GMA News Pillar Jessica Soho as mentor during its fourth batch of virtual workshops last December 10.

Soho, who is currently the host of award-winning news magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, shared helpful principles on how to create compelling online content to more than 20 Kapuso artists.

Present during the virtual workshop were:
Khalil Ramos
Kyline Alcantara
Lexi Gonzales
Kim de Leon
Rain Matienzo
Radson Flores
Zonia Mejia
Abdul Raman
Arra San Agustin
Denise Barbacena
Sophia Senoron
Luanne Dy
Angela Alarcon
Coleen Paz
Hannah Arguelles
Lia Salvador
Matt Lozano
Julia Pascual
Alexandra Mendez
Lime Aranya
Vince Crisostomo
Angelica Ulip
Nikki Co
Kimson Tan
Mel Caluag
Jamir Zabarte

With the exceptional performance of KMJS on social media, the veteran journalist reminded the artists of the opportunity that they have in creating stories through online media.

"You guys are very lucky because online media gives you so much more than instant feedback or comments. You get reach which used to be radio's edge; depth, which used to be the domain of print or the newspaper; and impact, which used to be TV's advantage. With the online platform, you get everything."

To create content that is relevant and has impact, Jessica encouraged listening and hanging around more with people who are outside of their inner circle.

"How do you build content? Dapat may capital. Dapat may paghuhugutan. So, you have to live curiously. Keep observing. Don't stop learning. Talk to as many people as possible and not just within your circle. Kausapin niyo ang yaya niyo, yung driver niyo, yung production crew. Do you even know their personal stories? You may be surprised about the things you might just learn about life in general, and even about their profession. Kasi yung mga matututunan niyo sa kanila, magagamit niyo rin sa inyong profession."

The workshop ended with a lively question-and-answer dialogue between Jessica and the various Sparkle GMA Artist Center stars.

The Breakout Room: Master Class Series is a virtual roundtable discussion where top-notch mentors impart knowledge about their craft. More talented industry experts, leaders, and professionals will join in the next sessions as Sparkle GMA Artist Center continues to provide international standard workshops for its artists.

Watch: "Jurassic World Dominion" Official Trailer featuring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill

Experience the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era as two generations unite for the first time in Jurassic World Dominion when it opens in Philippine cinemas this June.

In Jurassic World Dominion, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are joined by Oscar®-winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill in Jurassic World Dominion, a bold, timely and breathtaking new adventure that spans the globe. From Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow, Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live - and hunt - alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.

Jurassic World Dominion, from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, propels the more than $5 billion franchise into daring, uncharted territory, featuring never-seen dinosaurs, breakneck action and astonishing new visual effects.

The film features new cast members DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It), Emmy nominee Mamoudou Athie (Archive 81), Dichen Lachman (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Scott Haze (Minari) and Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). The film’s returning cast includes BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, Justice Smith as Franklin Webb, Daniella Pineda as Dr. Zia Rodriguez and Omar Sy as Barry Sembenè.

Jurassic World Dominion is directed by Colin Trevorrow, who steered 2015’s Jurassic World to a record-shattering $1.7 billion global box office. The screenplay is by Emily Carmichael (Battle at Big Rock) & Colin Trevorrow from a story by Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) & Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton. Jurassic World Dominion is produced by acclaimed franchise producers Frank Marshall p.g.a. and Patrick Crowley p.g.a. and is executive produced by legendary, Oscar®-winning franchise creator Steven Spielberg, Alexandra Derbyshire and Colin Trevorrow.

Valentines Celebration Ideas to Make Everyone Feel Extra Special

It's that time of year once again when love is in the air.

Whether you're single or in a relationship, one thing’s for sure - Valentine’s Day is always a wonderful opportunity to express your affection and appreciation towards your loved ones.

Here are some ways you can share the love:

Nurture and practice self-love

You’ve probably heard the saying “If you don't love yourself, how will you love someone else?” many times, and yet self-love is still often overlooked. So why not use Valentine’s as a reason to also focus and care for yourself? There are plenty of things you can do to cultivate self-love.

Write a love letter to yourself, a gratitude list to be reminded of things in your life that bring you joy. Spend a day of self-care by pampering yourself at home or spoiling yourself at your favorite salon or spa. Celebrate your achievements and indulge yourself with something you've wanted for a long time without breaking the bank. Especially with Payday coming soon, reward yourself for your hard work at Shopee’s Payday Sale on February 15. Checkout with ShopeePay to enjoy all-day free shipping at ₱0 min spend, 15% cashback vouchers, up to 50% bills cashback, and more!

Enjoy quality time with your significant other

Spending time with the person you love can help strengthen the relationship. Schedule the ultimate romantic getaway experience with your loved one and book your hotel with ShopeePay.

This Payday Sale, you can get an additional 30% cashback on all your hotel bookings, including EstacioUno Boracay, Mithi Resort and Spa Bohol, and White Breeze Palawan.

For couples who are ultimate foodies, go on a food trip or order takeout for movie night. To get greater savings, you can scan to pay with ShopeePay to receive 20% cashback at selected partner merchants. You can also purchase ₱1 Deals via ShopeePay Near Me through the Shopee app. Once purchased, you can redeem discounts or additional cashback at partner merchants such as Potato Corner, Papa John’s, Bonchon, Wendy’s, Moonleaf, Tapa King, Chooks-To-Go, Candy Corner, and The Alley when you pay with ShopeePay in-store.

Show appreciation to your family and friends

Do you have loved ones who are far away from you? Distance is not a problem when you want to express your love. With ShopeePay’s free transfers, you can conveniently send money and personalize your transfer with a Valentine’s Day themed virtual card that you can send to your loved ones’ ShopeePay Wallet or bank account. They’ll surely be delighted with the extra funds that come with your gesture of appreciation.

Remember that communication is key, especially if you’re far apart from each other. No matter how busy you are, make sure to give your family and friends a call to catch up. Buy load with ShopeePay and get 10% off, available across all networks or score up to 50% off if you purchase this Payday Sale.

Pay it forward to the community

While it’s important that you share the love with people around you, Valentine’s is also an opportunity to show love and give back to the community. Volunteering at charity events is a great way to show your appreciation for others. Volunteer alone or invite your partner and friends to come with you. By doing so, you’ll surely make someone else’s day brighter.

ShopeePay has made giving back easier and a lot more convenient. Support your beneficiaries of choice by donating to any of ShopeePay’s partner foundations such as UNICEF, For our Farmers PH, Young Focus, World Vision, and Silid Aralan. To donate, simply scan the QR code of your chosen organization found on the Shopee app and enter the amount.

Whether in a relationship or not, there are many ways you can share and spread love this Valentine’s day! Activate your ShopeePay wallet for exclusive features and promos to make your celebration more enjoyable. You can also enjoy free cash ins to your ShopeePay wallet from over 40+ banks via InstaPay; get up to ₱25 cashback on your InstaPay fee when you cash in at least ₱300.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Gigi De Lana to Stage First Live Concert on March 5 at Newport Performing Arts Theater

Singing sensation Gigi De Lana is ready to rock the concert stage live in her first on-ground concert event “Gigi De Lana and The Gigi Vibes: Domination,” happening on March 5 (Saturday) at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.

“Domination” is ABS-CBN Events’ first live concert with audiences to be present at the venue since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. Joining ABS-CBN Events is Resorts World Manila as co-producer.

The concert will also be streaming live on for the enjoyment of the fast-growing fanbase of Gigi and her band, The Gigi Vibes, around the world.

Gigi and The Gigi Vibes will bring not just their musicality on stage but also their charm and fun dynamics and will deliver a fresh repertoire never-before-heard in their online gigs.

One of 2021’s breakthrough stars who headlined the YouTube Music Night and featured as one of the performing artists in 1MX Dubai last December. Gigi welcomed 2022 with a bang with the release of her self-titled debut album featuring her hit single “Sakalam.” She also recently gave life to “Nasa’yo Ako,” the official soundtrack of “Viral Scandal” and “Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita,” which serves as the OST of “Hello Heart.”

Those who would like to watch the concert live at the Newport Performing Arts Theater can avail tickets at P8,000 (platinum), P7,000 (SVIP), P6,000 (VIP), P5,000 (gold), P3,500 (silver), and P1,500 (bronze). Meanwhile, online viewers can purchase tickets on at P695 (SVIP), P495 (VIP), and P195 (regular).

Don’t miss The “Gigi De Lana and The Gigi Vibes: Domination” concert, happening on March 5 (Saturday) at the Newport Performing Arts Theater and streaming live via

Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin Announce Wedding Plans, Details

Our favorite Korean onscreen-offscreen couple Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin announce wedding plans in separate Instagram posts.

Hyun Bin broke the good news on the official Instagram account of his agency VAST Entertainment

"I made an important decision to get married, and to carefully step into the second phase of my life," Hyun Bin wrote.

"I thought long and hard about how to share this story because it’s an important one. I found someone to spend the rest of my life with. Yes…it’s him," Son Ye-jin wrote in a separate IG post featuring a mini wedding dress.

Let’s walk together in the future,” Hyun Bin added.

The couple is set to tie the knot this March in Seoul, South Korea.

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Sofia Pablo and Allen Ansay Featured in Julie Anne San Jose and Christian Bautista's “Everybody Hurts” MV

Sweet young Kapuso couple and Primadonnas lead stars Sofia Pablo and Allen Ansay are featured in the official music video of Julie Anne San Jose and Christian Bautista’s latest collaboration titled “Everybody Hurts”.

Directed by Treb Monteras, the music video opens on a minimalistic and dramatic narrative, showing how Allen and Sofia wash away all the hurt through remarkably inspiring contemporary dance choreography.

Listen to #EverybodyHurts at

Watch the MV now on Universal Records YouTube channel.

Now available for download on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms.

"Unbothered" Toni Gonzaga Resigns from PBB, ABS-CBN Issues Statement

"Today, after 16 years, I'm stepping down as your main host. I will forever cherish the memories...This is your angel, now signing off..." Toni Gonzaga, who served as main host of ABS-CBN reality competition Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) wrote in her recent Instagram post as an indication that she is leaving the show.

Toni’s decision to leave the show comes a day aftershe appeared and hosted the proclamation rally of presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and vice-presidential aspirant Sara Duterte and introducing Rep. Rodante Marcoleta as part of the senatorial slate. Marcoleta is one of the main personalities who pushed to reject the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.

In a statement released on February 10, ABS-CBN expressed their gratitude for Toni’s 16 years of hosting the show, saying that they “accept” her resignation and that they “respect her personal choices.”

Sunday, February 06, 2022

PayMaya Partners with Government Agencies for Easier and More Rewarding Payments with "Bills Bayad Rewards Promo"

PayMaya is bringing Filipinos the convenience, safety, and time-saving benefits of paying for their fees and dues to the Social Security System (SSS), the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund), the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) with the Bills Bayad Promo.

From February 1 to March 31, customers who will pay for their Pag-IBIG, SSS, PRC, and BIR fees and dues for the first time using PayMaya can get a 10% cashback voucher. Meanwhile, existing customers who are paying their recurring fees using PayMaya can also enjoy a 5% cashback voucher monthly during the promo period. Users can get up to P200 cashback.

"We are always looking for ways to make everyday transactions easier and more rewarding. These include encouraging more consumers to use digital payments when transacting with national government agencies. We want to give users a more convenient experience as we also help promote ease of doing business with the government," said Pepe Torres, Chief Marketing Officer at PayMaya.

Paying fees and dues to the four participating national government agencies is easy - here are the different channels where you can pay using PayMaya:

  • SSS – pay for your social security contributions via the PayMaya app and the SSS mobile app 
  • Pag-IBIG – remit your regular housing amortizations via the PayMaya app and the Pag-IBIG website 
  • PRC – pay for your professional fees via the commission’s website 
  • BIR – settle your taxes and fees via the PayMaya app.

On top of the cashback rewards, individuals who will sign up and upgrade their account can enjoy a P100 voucher when they use the code BILLSBAYAD upon registration.

So if you have government fees and dues to pay—pay now with PayMaya and enjoy the sweet benefits of getting your money back! Basta government payments, pay it with PayMaya!

PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines, with platforms and services that cut across consumers, merchants, communities, and government. It provides more than 41 million Filipinos access to financial services through its consumer platforms. Customers can conveniently pay, add money, cash out or remit through its over 380,000 digital touchpoints nationwide.

Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 60,000 partner agent touchpoints serves as last-mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved access to digital services. Through its enterprise business, it is the largest digital payments processor for key industries in the country, including "every day" merchants such as the largest retail, food, gas, and eCommerce merchants, as well as government agencies and units.

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

Willie Revillame Cut Ties with GMA-7 in Favor of Manny Villar's AMBS Channel 2

GMA Network announced on Saturday that Willie Revillame’s contract with the network is set to end on February 15 and his show "Wowowin" will air its finale episode on Friday, February 11.

We wish him good luck in his future endeavors,” GMA Network said in a statement.

Reports have it that Willie opted not to renew his contract with the Kapuso network to join the newly owned network Advanced Media Broadcasting Systems (AMBS) of close friend and business partner Manny Villar.

On Saturday, veteran showbiz columnist Lolit Solis, in her recent IG post, said that Willie and GMA Network parted ways amicably, contrary to rumors that Willie cut ties with Kapuso network to join Manny Villar's network.

"Walang paghahabol na naganap, walang alok na ibinigay, basta end of contract, iyon na. Ang maliwanag, tinapos ng GMA-7 ang kontrata kay Willie at walang alok na bago kaya hayun, kailangang maghanap ng bagong bahay ang programa niya."

However, Solis' claims contradict to a series of FB posts of Anna Feliciano, Willie's longtime aide, showing Villar and daughter, Congressman Camille Villar (who voted "No" to ABS-CBN franchise renewal) visit to Willie in his vacation house in Tagaytay last Saturday.

Said posts come with a caption that reads, "Thank you former Sen. Manny Villar and Cong. Camille Villar for the visit" and "When something ends, something starts. Sana hindi nyo kami iwan."

AMBS is reportedly scheduled to air its test broadcast starting February 14.

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