Saturday, February 26, 2022

“GKNB kumu Weekend Party” Gives Away up to P500,000 Cash Prize

One lucky player took home P300,000 in the premiere episode of “GKNB kumu Weekend Party,” the fifth season of the pambansang game show now back on kumu and simultaneously seen on Jeepney TV Facebook page and Jeepney TV YouTube channel with P500,000 cash prize at stake each episode.

Jan Marie Tejada, a 24-year-old accountant who enjoys playing trivia-based games on kumu, won the grand prize last Saturday (February 19) after fighting head-to-head with her co-players in the ‘Pyramid Game’ segment and acing all six questions in the final round. She qualified for the game after being one of the top 4 participants in the daily #KumuGKNB livestream challenge. The other players who failed to advance to the final round won a consolation prize of P10,000 each.

Jeepney TV’s “GKNB kumu Weekend Party” marks the return of the interactive game show that can be exclusively played via @gknb on kumu every third Saturday of the month starting this February.

Game master Robi Domingo said the show’s new season will definitely have “level-up games, excitement, and prizes” with a whopping cash prize of up to P500,000 every episode.

Aside from the ‘Pyramid Game,’ viewers can also join in another segment called ‘Pili-Pinas’ where 10 winners can win up to P10,000 if they are the first to answer Robi’s questions correctly. Other exciting segments where kumunizens can win varying cash prizes are ‘The Ultimate Halo-Halo Party,’ ‘Pilipinas, Share Mo Na!,’ and ‘K KNB? Akyat Na!.”

Unlock new knowledge and prizes by joining “GKNB kumu Weekend Party” and watch out for its next episode on March 19 (Saturday) at 1pm! 

Download the kumu app now and follow @gknb. Viewers can also catch the game show via Jeepney TV Facebook page and Jeepney TV YouTube channel.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Coco Martin Endorses AP Partylist (Ako'y Pilipino) Advocating for Livelihood and the Transport Sector

Coco Martin, famously known as Cardo Dalisay on-screen, is making rounds all over as he debuts his endorsement not of the partylist with the same name as his show, but of a new party-list – AP Partylist #AkoyPilipino on Friday, February 25.

Anuman ang hirap na ating pinagdadaanan, may kakampi na tayo…” Coco introduced his new party-list group with first nominee Rep. Ronnie Ong in-action in the background in the partylist’s video now circulating online. He continues, “Ang AP Partylist ang tutulong magbigay ng trabaho at kabuhayan sa mga manggagawang Pilipino.

Rep. Ronnie Ong is Coco’s long-time friend and is nicknamed by PeopleAsia as the “frontliner Congressman.” 

Rep. Ronnie Ong is known for his various out-of-the-box COVID-19 Bayanihan projects since the first lockdown, such as his #LibrengSakay program for healthworkers, #LibrengGulay program for community kitchens, #LibrengTablets and E-skwela Hub e-learning centers for students and teachers.

Before the pandemic, Ong also supported senior citizens looking for employment through his Tulong Pangkabuhayan program, deploying various able-bodied and willing-to-work seniors at airports, public universities and government agencies. During the pandemic, he also helped out-of-work transport workers such as UV Express or FX drivers by employing them as #LibrengSakay drivers, as well as some laid-off ABS-CBN employees who found alternative work as contact tracers.

More than just Coco Martin, the all-star cast of Ang Probinsyano forming the famed “Task Force Agila,” has also expressed their support for AP Partylist on their social media pages, sharing the various advocacies of AP Partylist closest to them. “Mula po noong umpisa nakasama na namin si Cong. Ronnie, at kita namin na nagtrabaho talaga siya, naglingkod talaga siya. Kaya ngayon, ang #164 AP Partylist na kasama siya ang sinusuportahan na namin. Sana po ay suportahan niyo rin,” Coco Martin said.

Aside from the endorsement video, AP Partylist also collaborated with OPM artists Bassilyo, Sisa and Smugglaz with their “Ako’y Pilipino,” anthem that sings of the pride, perseverance, and hardwork of Filipinos. They sing, “Ikaw ay magtiwala, magtiwalang may magagawa. Ito na ang panahon, ang tamang pagkakataon, sa bawat daing mo’y magtutugon. Ako’y Pilipinong lumalaban, tumatapang, lalo kung nasusugatan, anumang pagsubok ang daanan, haharapin nang may kagitingan. Itaas mo ang noo, isigaw mo sa buong mundo, ako’y Pilipino.” Both videos are available on Youtube and on AP Party-list’s official social media pages.

Coco Martin calls on the audience to join him on his new journey with his new partylist, “Dito na tayo sa biyaheng aasenso ang lahat ng Pilipino… AP Partylist #AkoyPilipino, number 164 sa balota.”

Stay updated. For more info, visit AP Partylist on:

"The Matrix Resurrections" Streams on HBO GO via SKY Starting February 26

One of the most groundbreaking sci-fi movie franchises of all time is back as SKY brings Pinoy audiences the streaming of the latest installment in Warner Bros. Pictures' "Matrix" saga, "The Matrix Resurrections," starting February 26 (Saturday) on HBO GO.

From the mind of visionary filmmaker Lana Wachowski comes the return of Mr. Thomas Anderson, a.k.a. Neo, portrayed by no other than Keanu Reeves, in another out-of-this-world adventure spanning two realities: the everyday life and the one that lies behind it, the Matrix.

Now living as a video game developer inside the revamped Matrix, Neo crosses paths with Tiffany (Carrie-Anne Moss), a mother of three who does not know her past. All along, Tiffany was Neo's partner Trinity, re-inserted again into the Matrix program after her demise.

Neo learns about the truth with the help, again, of Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and hacker Bugs (Jessica Henwick) about the simulated world he's living in and his previous sacrifice to end the long-lasting conflict between the machines and humans in the real world.

Now revived, he ventures to save Trinity and stop their new adversary, the Analyst (Neil Patrick Harris), from controlling the Matrix.

Free your minds and catch "The Matrix Resurrections" streaming on-demand beginning February 26 exclusively on HBO GO, available via SKY for as low as P99 a month.

Apart from "The Matrix Resurrections," viewers can also catch up with Neo's previous adventures anytime and anywhere as HBO GO also streams the whole Matrix saga, from "The Matrix," "The Matrix Reloaded," to "The Matrix Revolutions."

SKYcable users with an HBO PAK subscription can automatically enjoy HBO GO at no additional cost. To learn more on how to avail of an HBO GO subscription via SKY, visit

Follow SKY on Facebook (, Twitter (@myskyupdates), and Instagram (@myskyupdates) for further news and promotional updates.

BGYO and BINI Become the First Filipino Artists to Land NFT Magazine Cover in Dubai-based XPEDITION Magazine in the Metaverse

Breakout P-pop groups BGYO and BINI made history on Tuesday (February 22) as they unveiled their NFT magazine covers for the Dubai-based XPEDITION Magazine in the Metaverse, becoming the first and only Filipino artists to do so.

The Metaverse is a simulated digital environment that uses augmented reality and virtual reality, among others, designed for social connection and interaction.

At the virtual launch, members of BINI and BGYO posed with their individual and group covers and interacted with the event attendees as avatars.

The event was hosted by Spatial, an interactive virtual gallery, and The Meeting Place, the first-ever immersive 3D NFT in the world.

XPEDITION, a leading publication in Dubai that covers luxury travel, fashion, and lifestyle, also became the first-ever magazine in the Middle East to launch in the Metaverse.

Fans can still visit the virtual gallery at until February 24 and order an issue of the magazine with BINI and BGYO on the cover by visiting

This project is helmed by XPEDITION Magazine’s founder and editor-in-chief Josh Yugen and co-founder Ian Borromeo.

XPEDITION always explores innovation and cutting-edge technology and at the same time we always believe in the power of young people. For me, BINI and BGYO are one of the most talented and hardworking celebrities that I have worked with aside from being polite, kind and humble - a true role model for the modern youth,” said Yugen.

The couture outfits worn by members of BINI and BGYO on the cover are from fashion designer Furne Amato.

Yugen, Borromeo, and Amato are also the first Filipino producers and fashion designer to ever launch an event in the Metaverse.

Discover the Best Items to Complete Your Wedding Journey at the Shopee Wedding Expo

Getting ready for the big day? 

Planning weddings can be daunting and exciting for all those involved, made even more complicated by the changing safety protocols in the last two years. If you’re recently engaged and don’t know where to begin, or if you’re one of the trusted friends and family tasked to make things happen, why not try sourcing all your wedding needs on Shopee? Brides and grooms-to-be can enjoy big discounts, coins cashback, and more at the Shopee Wedding Expo happening from February 26-27.

Shopee offers a very unique shopping experience, especially for couples looking to DIY their weddings and stylists who have to source their materials for the festivities. The Shopee Wedding Expo is packed with awesome deals from a wide assortment of wedding must-haves that’ll cover the preparations before the ceremony all the way to the reception. Be inspired by the stories of our Shopee Fam, newlywed couple George and T-Ann, and renowned event stylist Teddy Manuel, who prove that Shopee is indeed a gold mine for wedding essentials.

George and T-Ann achieve their DIY wedding on a budget with Shopee

Before getting married earlier this month, George and T-Ann faced difficulties canvassing materials for their wedding. The couple, who had been together five years, turned to Shopee to purchase almost everything they needed for their celebration. Although both were busy with their respective schedules (George running their family business and T-Ann just finishing her residency as a physician), they were able to contact and secure a few suppliers for their decorations. Still, they had a lot on their checklist which weren’t readily available.

With shopping malls and Divisoria being crowded and risky to visit, they opted to buy on Shopee the remaining materials for their arches, scented candles and table toppers, and even their souvenirs for more than 100 guests. Not only did the couple cut down significantly on expenses, but they also enjoyed the process of making the decorations. “Don’t be afraid to DIY. It adds a personal touch to the wedding. Our relatives all came together to help create some of our big decorations. These became priceless moments we’ll treasure together forever.

For couples also considering a DIY wedding, George and T-Ann advise them to focus on affordable, quality raw materials that look premium and professionally put together. The couple also suggests buying a sample first to check the quality before ordering in bulk. Want a fairytale-like wedding? The couple recommends these fairy and geometric lights that spruced up their venue and these personalized scented candles that served as giveaways to the guests. “Shopee really played a big part in our wedding preparations, as most items were already available there at very affordable prices. It was so convenient for us, since we didn’t have to worry about spending money on parking and gas and going to crowded places.

Teddy Manuel turns to Shopee for his event styling needs

Teddy Manuel is a popular event stylist who has been making waves in the industry for almost two decades. Widely regarded as one of the pioneers in his craft, Teddy puts in a lot of time and effort in making his clients’ weddings aesthetically pleasing — from entrance decors for the entourage to the backdrop and ceiling works at the reception. When the pandemic hit, he had to adapt accordingly as sourcing materials internationally became a challenge due to stricter protocols and logistical delays. Teddy’s resourcefulness led him to try Shopee as his new go-to supplier.

With more couples opting for intimate weddings, Teddy focuses on the smallest details that can create a big impact at the wedding venue. He shares his most important tip for wedding planning: always be cohesive. “It’s important that everything ties together. Stick to a color scheme and work your way from there. Check Shopee for the specific products that you need and you’ll surely find a lot of options.” Among Teddy’s favorite Shopee finds are these hanging silk flowers and these white parasols, both of which add lush elegance to any event space. He also looks to Shopee for tableware such as this beautifully-crafted, gold-rimmed ceramic Nordic plate for the perfect finishing touch to his set-up.

When you’re ordering online, it’s crucial that you read the description and contact the seller to get further information about the product. I’m grateful that I’ve gotten affordable and high-quality products on Shopee — and since all I have to do is add them to my cart, it’s easier for me to manage other tasks and responsibilities for the wedding too.”

Here are some of the best deals to watch out for in the Shopee Wedding Expo, perfect for the ceremony proper or the reception that follows: a stylish but budget-friendly men’s formal suit, artificial flowers for venue decors, hook drop earrings to glam you up, and thick bottom sandals to complete your outfit.

The Shopee Wedding Expo will happen from February 26 to 27, 2022. 

You can also enjoy 10% off (minimum spend of ₱1,000, capped at ₱500) on select products and get a more rewarding shopping experience when you checkout using ShopeePay’s free shipping vouchers. Check out a bunch of wedding preparation deals for as low as ₱1 when you pay via ShopeePay at partner merchants such as Resorts World Manila and 

After the expo, you can proceed with shopping for more wedding needs by maximizing ShopeePay's free transfers feature and sending payments to suppliers that only accept bank transfers as a mode of payment.

Don’t let the stressful wedding preparations ruin the romantic getaway with your better half. You deserve to relax and recharge on your honeymoon. 

With ShopeePay, you can get great promos at some of the country’s luxurious hotels to make the experience even more special. Get 20% cashback when you book your hotel bookings, including Estacio Uno Boracay, Mithi Resort and Spa Bohol, and White Breeze Palawan on Shopee and pay with ShopeePay.

To know more about the Shopee Wedding Expo, visit

Voters Speak Out in "My Vote" Special of "Tina Monzon-Palma Reports" on ANC

Less than three months before the elections, broadcast icon Tina Monzon-Palma shifts the focus to the voters to find out what they want to hear beyond the candidates' slogans and promises in the "My Vote" special episode of "Tina Monzon-Palma Reports" on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).

Joining Tina in her talk show this Saturday (February 26) at 7 pm are ordinary Filipinos who will share their perspectives on the ongoing campaign frenzy leading to a very important election for Filipinos.

They include entrepreneur Aleta Dela Calzada, who runs a clothing business based in Cebu and nurse Alfon Guiller Daga, the governor and vice president for programs and development of Philippine Nurses Association.

Parent Eule Rico Bonganay, the secretary-general of Salinlahi Alliance of Children's Concerns, and food condiments business owner Maila Falconite from General Santos City complete the panelists.

Viewers can also catch the episode online via livestreaming on the ABS-CBN News YouTube channel.

“Tina Monzon-Palma Reports” airs every last Saturday of the month at 7 pm on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel with livestreaming on the ABS-CBN News YouTube channel. Catch the replays the day after (Sunday) at 11 am and 7 pm. Episodes will also be available on iWantTFC and the ABS-CBN News YouTube channel.

Follow @ANCalerts on Facebook and Twitter for news updates. For ABS-CBN updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok or visit

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

TikTok sensation Esnyr Ranillo Parodies Iconic Star Cinema Scenes in New Online Show “Star Cine-Mashup Presents: Esnyr”

ABS-CBN treats viewers to back-to-back fun and ‘kilig’ YouTube shows with “Star Cine-Mashup Presents: Esnyr,” where fans can relive some of the most iconic Star Cinema scenes with a hilarious twist, and new episodes of “HIH Extras 2” with Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano.

Get a good laugh and enjoy TikTok sensation Esnyr Ranillo’s hilarious parodies of iconic Star Cinema movies and shows in “Star Cine-Mashup Presents: Esnyr” beginning this February 24, 7 PM on Star Cinema’s YouTube channel. In the pilot episode, Esnyr reenacts the famous confrontation scene between Deib (Donny) and Maxpein (Belle) in “He’s Into Her.”

Star Cinema’s YouTube channel also offers more “He’s Into Her” content in “HIH Extras 2” every Monday at 7 PM. In the first two episodes, fans were treated to a ‘kilig’ truth or dare game between Donny and Belle and a fun salad-making challenge with the rest of the cast.

Viewers, meanwhile, can get a boost of positivity and much-needed motivational quotes every Sunday at 7 PM in the all-new inspirational videos of “Happy Pill” on My Prayer Channel on YouTube.

Enjoy these “Made for YouTube” shows which are available on ABS-CBN’s various YouTube channels. To enjoy these titles, just subscribe to the YouTube channels of ABS-CBN Entertainment and Star Cinema.

Thinking of a Short Vacation? Get the Most Out of the Long Weekend with ShopeePay

Need a change of scenery or want to take advantage of the long weekend? Then a getaway with family or friends is just what you need! But before you get too excited about taking a vacation, remember to assess and determine if it’s advisable to travel. Whether it’s an out of town trip that’s weeks in the making or just a quick, laid back staycation - safety should always be the number one priority.

Once you’ve ticked all the safety boxes, then it’s time to plan the perfect getaway. Here are some ideas on how to get the most out of your vacation when you use ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet:

Choose an accommodation that can give value for money.

Are you missing the country’s wonderful beaches and dying to bask in the sun? Then head over to the white sands of Boracay or fly to the clear waters of Palawan. Complement your trip with a stay at a top-notch hotel to enjoy the full experience. Get 20% cashback when you make your hotel bookings, including Estacio Uno Boracay, Mithi Resort and Spa Bohol, and White Breeze

Palawan on Shopee and pay with ShopeePay.

If you’re looking to stay somewhere close to home but don’t want to miss out on the rewarding feeling of an out of town trip, then a staycation is just what you need. With amenities like pools, spas, game rooms, restaurants and more, hotel staycations are a great way to unwind after a week of hard work. To check out more hotels in your preferred destination or around the metro, simply select ‘Hotel’ when you visit “Load, Bills, & Travel'' on the Shopee app and get 20% cashback when you book with ShopeePay.

Save up as you plan wisely for your trip.

Once you’ve settled on a destination, time to prepare your essentials. Stock up on your baon or shop for your beach (or poolside) OOTDs on Shopee, and get daily free shipping vouchers when you check out with ShopeePay. Don’t forget to pack personal items like travel documents, masks, sanitary kit, and, of course, your camera or phone to capture the moments. Some local government units or establishments may ask you to show proof of vaccination so bring your vaccine card with you.

Ahead of your trip, reload your SIM so you can stay updated and keep in touch with your friends and family. Get a 10% discount when you buy load across all networks with ShopeePay. Sending money to any Shopee user or bank account is free via ShopeePay so you and your travel buddies can conveniently use it when collecting payments for shared expenses. You can also maximize ShopeePay's free transfers feature when making payments to merchants that only accept bank transfers as mode of payment.

Make the most out of your road trip by going cashless.

On your way to your destination, you’ll need to make a few stopovers to eat, buy emergency items like medicine, or pick up some stuff you might have forgotten. Use ShopeePay to score deals when paying in stores. Simply use Scan to Pay with ShopeePay to receive 20% cashback for your food or merchandise purchases at partner merchants such as Potato Corner, Puregold, The Generics Pharmacy, National Bookstore, Gong Cha, Papa John’s, Army Navy, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Did you know that you can also save on gas and toll fees? Simply purchase ₱1 Deals via “ShopeePay Near Me” on the Shopee app to get additional discounts and cashback. Redeem your vouchers when you pay for gas, motor products, and other services with ShopeePay at

partner gasoline stations like Seaoil, Phoenix, and Metroil. You can also get 15% cashback when you load your Autosweep or Easytrip RFID with ShopeePay.

Make sure that everyone joining the trip is in good health and fully vaccinated. Familiarize yourself with the health & safety guidelines and take all the protective measures you can before, during, and after your vacation so the fun doesn’t stop!

When you get back from your trip, don't forget to see what's in store for you this February 28 Payday Sale. Enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, vouchers to get 10% off your purchase, and 50% cashback when you pay your bills with ShopeePay. Activate ShopeePay now to experience the rewards of its features and services.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Bengga Introduces a Fun Way of Campaigning Through its Mock Elections Game Called “Impossible Run”

Much as we want this campaign season to be stress-free, engaging, and even cerebral, it has become a tinderbox of animosity and discord. It’s what partisan politics does. Inflammatory statements lead to heated exchanges that often have no bearing on the issues at hand.

With the campaign trail turning increasingly toxic, something’s got to give - and this is where Bengga, a Play2Earn app, comes into, uh, play.

Bengga, which stands for both “Brand Engagement App” and its slogan, “Be engaged always,” pushes for an engaging and healthy way for people to campaign for their choices. To achieve this, Bengga, of course, designed an entertaining game called “Impossible Run,” a three-day mock presidential election that will run from February 24 to 27 (Thursday through Sunday).

For “Impossible Run,” gamers can play using one of the five presidential candidates as characters: 

Leni Robredo
Manny Pacquiao
Isko Moreno
Bongbong Marcos
Ping Lacson

The mechanics are simple: select your presidential bet; the more you play, the more ‘votes’ you earn for your candidate.

Bengga believes that through Impossible Run, campaigning, especially for young people, can be fun and exciting. One can show support for their presidential choices without the ranting and bashing of political opponents in social media platforms.

Now with over 150,000 registered players that belong mostly to Generation Z or Generation Y, the Play2Earn app enables both personal brands and product brands to engage with their respective followers in order to achieve specific objectives.

Bengga asserts that as its player community continues to grow and expand, it can definitely boost support for any political or brand campaign and produce major impact. This is why “Impossible Run” is deemed timely for this election season. 

Aside from offering hyper-casual games that are easily playable and massively engaging, Bengga also listens to suggestions from its community of players on what topics to tackle. In the poltical front, for instance, expected subjects would be your favored candidates for Vice-Presidential, Senator, Mayor or even Party- List representative. Other hot topics could include “the best pizza in town,” “the burger to die for,” “the best romantic proposal you’ve ever had," etc.

Bengga continues to gain legions of users who are thrilled to win real-life rewards while playing a vast selection of games. Aside from providing players with a constantly updated library of games, Bengga also allows individuals to earn digital assets and cryptocurrencies as it operates as one of the apps in the Effort Economy.

Bengga is available for free to download on the Google Play Store and the Apple Store. For more information, visit

Two Pinoy Artists Win in "Morbius" Talenthouse Fan Art Global Competition

Columbia Pictures is happy to announce that two Filipino artists are among the five winners of the just-concluded Morbius - Talenthouse Fan Art Global Competition.

The winning Pinoy artists are Adriann Delmo and Jireh Villafuerte (aka Kyouzins) whose entries captured the essence of the Marvel legend, Morbius. Lead actor Jared Leto himself selected the winners. Delmo and Villafuerte will each receive $2,000 and their works will potentially be featured on physical posters or used as digital art to promote the film.

Check out the winning fan art below and watch the action-thriller Morbius, exclusively in Philippine cinemas March 30.

Watch the film’s latest trailer at

About Morbius One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?

Morbius is directed by Daniel Espinosa, story by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless, screenplay by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, based on the Marvel Comics.

Produced by Matt Tolmach, Avi Arad and Lucas Foster. The executive producers are Louise Rosner and Emma Ludbrook.

The film stars Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal with Tyrese Gibson.

Morbius is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

BEAUTéDERM Etre Clair Mouth Spray Keeps Breath Clean and Fresh, Eradicates Germs Causing Bad Breath

Did you know that bacterial growth, if not halted using proper oral hygiene, can cause “halitosis” or what is commonly known as “bad breath”?

Worry no more as BEAUTéDERM releases Etre Clair Refreshing Mouth Spray to help keep breath fresh and clean by eradicating germs causing bad breath.

Etre Clair is a pocket-sized mouth spray that can be carried anywhere you go. It's all-natural and alcohol-free that lasts for up to 6 hours while keeping your mouth fresh and clean. Its main ingredients are Cetylpyridinium chloride monohydrate and Psidium guajava Extract which are known for their oral antiseptic properties that inhibit the build-up of dental plaques and stop the growth of harmful bacteria that can cause respiratory diseases and teeth and gum problems.

Etre Clair is available at Lazada and Shopee and BEAUTéDERM stores.

ABS-CBN Continues to Champion World-Class Filipino Talent, Joins Partnership for International Drama "Sellblock"

ABS-CBN joins the international production “Sellblock” as it continues to champion Filipino talent on the world stage.

The prison-set action drama, which is now in pre-production, will have a Filipino lead star that will come from ABS-CBN’s stable of artists to be announced soon.

“Sellblock” is among the 16 films and series in the Asian Genre that will be developed and produced by BlackOps Studios Asia from the Philippines, Story Arch Pictures from the United States of America, and Agog Film Productions Ltd. from Hong Kong, for streaming all over the world.

ABS-CBN is directly working with BlackOps and Philippine-based creative agency Psyops8 for the project, which also has the support of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

As one of the leading media and entertainment organizations in the Philippines, creating excellent quality content for global audiences is a top priority for us at ABS-CBN. We’ve chosen to partner with BlackOps for their captivating Sellblock series because it has everything we’re looking for—high-concept, high-drama, high-stakes, and a high-profile international cast,” said ABS-CBN International Production and Co-Production head Ruel Bayani.

"As last year's Squid Game proves, a local production with the right ingredients and production values can resonate phenomenally with audiences worldwide," added producer-director Pedring Lopez, the head of both BlackOps and Psyops8.

International media Variety broke the story on ABS-CBN’s participation in the project last week as BlackOps Studios Asia, Story Arch Pictures, and Agog Film Productions Ltd. unveiled the lineup of their co-production partnership, which was forged at the European Film Market in the Berlin Film Festival.

The country’s leading content provider, ABS-CBN continues to forge new partnerships to promote Filipino stories and talent all over the world. Entertainment website Deadline revealed recently that ABS-CBN is also collaborating with Filipino-American actor Reggie Lee and Filipino-American film producer Jeremiah Abraham for "Concepcion," a crime drama about a Filipino family's rule in a Los Angeles town.

Earlier this year, ABS-CBN announced the all-star cast of “Cattleya Killer,” a thriller series produced for global audiences that will be shown later in 2022. It is also behind “Almost Paradise,” the first American TV series filmed entirely in the Philippines, which it co-produced with Hollywood’s Electric Entertainment. For updates, follow @abscbninternationalprod on Facebook and Instagram.

(Photos) Elisse Joson's Birthday Surprise for Mccoy De Leon

Elisse Joson threw a surprise party for boyfriend McCoy De Leon on his 27th birthday last February 20.

On Instagram, Elisse penned a sweet birthday message to the father of their daughter Felize, "All for you.. happy birthday 🎂 Kahit hindi ka na masyado na surprise(ang hirap🙈) I hope you enjoyed this special day with the ones who love you most."

McCoy, on the other hand, showed his appreciation to Elisse'gesture, "All the efforts, preparations, time mo lahat lahat Elisse ko dahil diyan lalo kang gumanda sa paningin ko. Hindi lang sa pisikal Elisse ko kundi kagandahan ng puso mo. Isa na ang pagmamahal mo sa pamilya ko. Salamat :)) Marami akong gustong sabihin pero hindi sapat tong post na to. Salamat Mahal ko mahal kita sobra."

Lian Kyla's First Full-Length Album “Unang Hakbang” Chronicles Her First Steps in Pursuing Her Dreams

Star Music artist Lian Kyla recounts her evolution as a person and songwriter through her first full-length album “Unang Hakbang,” which contains tracks she composed over the course of the pandemic.

I didn't know how to write songs before. I would scribble lines of poetry in my journal and marvel at other people's songs; words and melody blending into one another to tell beautiful stories,” Lian Kyla recounted.

When the pandemic hit, alongside a friend, I decided to start writing more of my own songs—not just lyrics but melodies too. It was scary, freeing, comforting, but most of all fun,” she added, noting that some songs in the album will showcase her early attempts at songwriting, arrangement, and music production - a symbolic demonstration of her first steps in pursuing her dreams.

“Unang Hakbang” includes nine tracks that illustrate love in its many forms such as romantic love, love for friends and family, and most importantly, self-love. Its carefully-crafted soundscapes span a variety of music genres like pop, pop-rock, acoustic pop, musical pop, and R&B/trap.

Aside from its title track “Unang Hakbang,” other self-penned songs included in the album are “Saya,” “Space and Time,” “Waiting,” “Happy for You,” and “Kapit Lang.” Its key track, “Verified,” serves as a reminder to those feeling inadequate that they don’t need to prove themselves to anyone and that being themselves is more than enough.

Kapamilya teleserye soundtracks “Walang Hanggang Paalam” and “’Yun Ka” from “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” are also part of the album track list.

Lian Kyla will be singing tracks from her album in her “Unang Hakbang” mini-concert happening on Saturday (February 26), 8 pm live on ABS-CBN Star Music YouTube channel, Star Music Facebook page, and kumu (@liankylamusic).

Prior to “Unang Hakbang,” she released her lo-fi “Dream Maker” EP, which she arranged and produced, in October 2021. In 2020, she was nominated for Best Christmas Recording and Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist at the 33rd Awit Awards.

Embrace your growth by streaming Lian Kyla’s “Unang Hakbang” album, out now in various digital music platforms. For more details, like Star Music on Facebook ( and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

Spotted: John Lloyd Cruz and Girlfriend Isabel Santos Bonding Time with Son Elias

John Lloyd Cruz was spotted spending time with rumored girlfriend Isabel Santos and his 3-year old son Elias last weekend, as seen on IG posts and stories by Isabel last Monday, February 21.

Bela Padilla Pens a Heartfelt Note for Swiss Boyfriend Norman Bay on their Second Anniversary

On IG, Bela Padilla wrote a sweet message for Swiss boyfriend Norman Bay on their second anniversary. 

It reads:

Happy second anniversary my travel buddy, fellow foodie, Billie Eilish album reviewer, master of plants (specifically chillies and citrus plants) and to the person who would still hang out with me even if there was a man park where men randomly talk about Marvel 😂❤️ you make my days brighter! 🥰 also how cool is it that our second anniversary is on 2.22.2022?!

In an interview with G3 San Diego for her #LiveWithG3 YouTube series, Bela said she first met Norman while working on the movie “Meet Me in St. Gallen” in Switzerland.

He was studying in the University in St. Gallen. The University in St. Gallen focuses mostly on business-related courses. He was doing a course there. I met him on the last day of my filming. Super sakto kasi I was leaving for Zurich the next day. I was leaving town the next day, I wanted to do a road trip by myself, soul searching kasi nga I was going through something. Tapos we met on the last day,” she recalled.

Obviously, he’s very handsome. None of my exes necessarily look alike. I don’t have a type but when I saw Norman, I said this guy is really cute. So I enjoyed looking at him as I was talking to him,” Bela said.

vivo Battle of the Legends: Mobile Legends Bang Bang Showcases Player Skill and the Y76 5G’s Prowess in Grand Finals Stream

The month-long event vivo Battle of the Legends: Mobile Legends Bang Bang (MLBB) Tournament came to a close on February 17, 2022 with two teams battling it out in the Grand Finals and vivo celebrity ambassador Alden Richards participating in a friendly showmatch.

The tournament gathered pro teams and gaming enthusiasts for the chance to showcase their skills in playing a MOBA through the partnership with vivo Philippines. From January 12 to 28, 2022, 32 teams battled it out in the Qualifiers. vivo Philippines released a video of the qualifying games featuring Team Nexplay as guest commentators.

On February 5th, 16 teams competed in single elimination Playoffs. The Top 8 teams played Best of 3 matches to determine the four teams advancing to the Semi Finals: Phoenix Hiraya, Cerebrum Pro, Ravenclaw Esports, and Monster Anarchy.

Meet your Battle of the Legends champions

After an exciting Best of 3 series, Monster Anarchy and Cerebrum Pro won their respective brackets to play the Championship Finals on February 17.

The Best of 5 series was broadcasted live on vivo Philippines’ Facebook page. It was intense, but Cerebrum Pro swept the competition with a 3-0 win against Monster Anarchy. The Battle of the Legends Champion team took home Php100,000 and vivo Y76 5G phones for each member.

Second placer Monster Anarchy took home Php50,000, while third placer Phoenix Hiraya won Php20,000 and fourth placer NV Esports got Php5,000.

Team Alden vs Team Nexplay: A friendly showmatch

Before the showmatch, Team Nexplay and Team Echo went head to head for a chance to battle Alden Richards in a game of MLBB. Team Nexplay ultimately won and battled Team Alden in 5v5 matches using their vivo Y76 5G gaming phones.

This device has a 8 + 4GB Extended RAM that provides enough space for players to run mobile games smoothly. It has a powerful battery with 44W Fast Charge that won’t drain quickly mid-game. To make the experience even better, it’s built with a Game Mode 2.0 that improves the old UI to a more game-centered UI. It also has an AI Editor and Dual View Video so players can capture and share gaming clips to their pages.

Despite being rusty while playing, Alden said he enjoyed his face-off against Team Nexplay. “I appreciate the experience of being able to play with pro players who really compete in big tournaments,” Alden said. “I hope there will be more tournaments like this so more people can experience it. It’s also a way to widen the reach of our market so they can experience the vivo Y76 5G.”

Lucky viewers also felt like winners as vivo Philippines gave away MLBB skins and diamonds, and Under Armour bags.

vivo Battle of the Legends brought out the best in players as they conquered the mobile gaming world. And with a reliable phone like the Y76 5G, players can continue rising to the top with its game-friendly features. It’s the perfect phone for the gaming community to show off their prowess, skill, patience, and competitive spirit, packed with 44MP camera, big display and 44W fast charging capabilities.

Get the vivo Y76 5G at vivo’s Lazada and Shopee stores. 

For updates, be sure to follow vivo Philippines’ official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels. Visit for more details on the vivo Y76 5G.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Celebrate Kapuso Month with the Latest Hits from Sparkle GMA Artists

This Kapuso Month, GMA Music and its sub-label GMA Playlist feature love in all forms and genres with the launch of multiple songs performed by talented Kapuso artists across various digital platforms.

First on the list is GMA International, as it pays homage to the Filipinos’ resilience and passion for their own country wherever they are in the world with “Stronger Together.” Masterfully performed by Asia’s Limitless Star Julie Anne San Jose and the all-female vocal group XOXO, the song is also GMA Pinoy TV’s umbrella campaign for the year-round celebration of its 16th anniversary. The song is now available on music platforms worldwide.

On the other hand, Psalms David, XOXO, and Thea Astley celebrate GMA Artist Center’s new look and name this 2022 with Sparkle’s theme song “Let It Spark.” Sparkle is here to propel GMA Artist Center to even greater heights. The song was released last February 8.

GMA Music also features The Clash Season 4 finalists with “The Clash 4 Finalists Sing Originals.” The finalists showcase their singing prowess with “Bakit Mahal Pa Rin Kita” by The Clash Season 4 Grand Champion Mariane Osabel; “Umuwi Ka Na” by Vilmark Viray; “Make Your Dreams Come True” by Julie Serad; “Sigaw ng Puso” by Mauie Francisco; “Kampeon” by Rare Columna; and “Isang Taon” by Lovely Restituto

On February 22, the music spotlight will be on the well-loved theme songs and soundtracks of top-rating Kapuso shows in “Your Kapuso Favorite Hits Original Backing Tracks, vol. 1.” This album is a compilation of original minus-one versions for fans to sing along to their favorite Kapuso theme songs. These include “Our Love” for I Left My Heart In Sorsogon; “Pagmamahal Mo" for Legal Wives; “Munting Hiling" for The Penthouse; “More Than Before” for To Have and To Hold; “Kay Sarap Mong Mahalin” for Stories from the Heart: Loving Miss Bridgette; and “Ang Puso Kong Ito’y Sa’yo” for First Yaya. Additional tracks on the album are “I Need To Know,” “Two of A Kind,” “Maghihintay,” “Going Crazy,” “Pusong Pinoy,” and “Magpakailanman.”

Meanwhile, listeners can also expect fresh music from GMA Playlist’s handpicked singers. The sub-label of GMA Music promises tunes that will “capture the hearts of millennials and Generation Z fans who are craving for something hip and new.” The soundtracks of Stories from the Heart: The End of Us “Pwede Ba” by Lyra Micolob of XOXO and "Vow" by Brent Valdez are now available for streaming.

Debuting as well this month is the soundtrack of GMA Afternoon Prime’s Las Hermanas sang by its stellar main cast: “Nag-iisang Yakap” by Thea Tolentino; “Hanap Rin Ba?” by Yasmien Kurdi; and “Wag Na Lang” by Faith Da Silva. Their singles are already available for streaming.

Set to be available for streaming beginning February 22 is the soundtrack of Prima Donnas with its theme song “Huwag Kang Susuko,” sang by The Clash Season 3 Grand Champion Jessica Villarubin. Kapuso teen star Jillian Ward will also showcase her melodious voice in “First Love Na Nga Ba?,” “Bukod Tangi,” and “Kaibigan.”

On February 25, Sparkle star Faith Da Silva will also be releasing her first single, "Sana Sabihin Mo Na Lang," a song about holding on and letting go.

Visit to learn more about the freshest updates on your favorite Kapuso artists.

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