Friday, April 01, 2022

TV5's Toprating Drama Series "Niña Niño" Celebrates Successful Year of Miracles, Love, and Inspiration

The highly-rated and most viewed drama series of TV5 has proven time and again how hope and love can indeed do wonders in people’s lives. One year since it premiered in April 2021, Niña Niño now celebrates its first anniversary by providing viewers with more heartwarming episodes, introducing new colorful guest characters, and unveiling surprises that will transform the lives of the characters whom everyone fell in love with since the show premiered.

Niña Niño achieved its first milestone in its August 17 episode, where the show registered a 5.0% audience share, a notable achievement considering the steep primetime competition in this timeslot. The show also featured the special participation of the country’s timeless heartthrob, Piolo Pascual, who portrayed the role of Sitio Sta. Ynez’s indefatigable Mayor Charles – to the delight of many swooning viewers.

While the show endeared itself to local audiences, Niña Niño also garnered international recognition, bagging top awards for Best Drama Series and Best Actress of the Year (for lead star Maja Salvador) in the prestigious Asian Academy Creative Awards 2021 last October. Locally, Maja also won the Favorite Bida and Actress of the Year awards for Niña Niño in the 2021 LionhearTV RAWR Awards.

In November, TV5 announced the show’s series extension and celebrated this along with their year-end achievements via the “Himala ng Pasko” campaign. To make Christmas even more meaningful, Niña Niño was also officially added to the Netflix roster of shows and started streaming on December 30. Since then, the series was consistently in the Top 10 most streamed programs on Netflix Philippines for several weeks.

Niña Niño has achieved so much more than we expected, and we are honored and thankful for having such an inspiring show to boost everyone’s morale and entertain so many viewers all across the country. Of course, the credit goes to the hardworking creative team behind the show, all the artists and production staff for their collective effort to create such a remarkable series. We congratulate Niña Niño on its first anniversary and we look forward to what the show has in store for all of us in the coming weeks,” shared Robert P. Galang, Cignal and TV5 President and CEO.

Using the official anniversary hashtag, #1sangTaonNgHimala, celebrate with Maja Salvador, Noel Comia Jr., and the rest of the Niña Niño cast as they revisit their most memorable moments on the show. The upcoming episodes are sure to get more compelling with more twists and challenges as both Niña and Niño beat all odds for the love of their family and community in Sta. Ynez.

Be prepared to see more miracles come to life and catch Niña Niño every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:15PM on TV5.

Kapuso Network Welcomes Philippines Pop Princess Zephanie Dimaranan into Sparkle GMAAC Family

Having already performed in stages and arenas locally and abroad, released a commercially successful full-length album, endorsed big brands, graced the covers of magazines, and becoming the Grand Champion of Idol Philippines, one could easily argue that she’s already achieved what many can only dream of. What makes this more impressive however is that she hasn’t even turned twenty yet. It’s safe to say that things are just getting started for the sparkling young star.

Sparkle GMA Artist Center – the Kapuso Network’s talent management arm – is welcoming this generation’s Pop Princess Zephanie Dimaranan, better known as simply “Zephanie”, into its roster of talents.

We are all excited to welcome another bright, shining star to Sparkle. Zephanie is known for her beautiful and powerful voice, her disarming smile and great personality. She is a popular product endorser and a strong social media celebrity with millions of views and followers. Sparkle is so proud to have her as part of our growing family and wish her the best of luck and lots of exciting projects at GMA!”, Mr. Johnny Manahan shared in an exclusive interview.

We are very happy to welcome Zephanie to the Sparkle family. She will be singing the Summer theme for Sparkle so we hope everyone will watch out for that! Her Kapuso family is also excited to welcome Zephanie in All Out Sundays this Sunday. We really want to harness the powerhouse talent of Zephanie, to watch her grow as an artist, and to see her in more programs and projects in GMA”, Ms. Gigi S. Lara, Senior Assistant Vice-President for Alternative Productions added. Zephanie is co-managed with Cornerstone Entertainment where she first got to hone and expand her talents as a performer.

Vice President of Cornerstone Entertainment Mr. Jeff Vadillo shares that “We are excited, Zephanie will shine even more with our new partnership with Sparkle. Looking forward to new possibilities and platforms where Zephanie can showcase her talents.

The press conference was held at B Hotel Quezon City at 3pm, March 31, 2022.

Kapuso viewers and fans of Zephanie can undoubtedly expect greater things to come very soon for the Pop Princess.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Viu Remains to be the Number 1 Premium Video Streaming Service in Greater SEA According to MPA’s AMPD Report

Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service, announced today that the platform was the number 1 premium video on demand platform in terms of the number of Monthly Average Users (MAUs) in Greater Southeast Asia*, following the latest Media Partners Asia (MPA) AMPD Research report for Q4 2021*, released on March 28. 

The report revealed that Viu’s MAUs is once again ahead of other major streaming platforms in Greater Southeast Asia and continued to be the highest for all quarters of 2021. The platform also ranked second in both paid subscribers and premium video streaming minutes amongst major video streaming platforms in Greater Southeast Asia in Q4 2021*.

Ms. Helen Sou, Chief Business Officer, Asia, Viu, said, “Viu’s consistent performance in a very competitive region, coupled with our significant growth in monetization in 2021, firmly entrenched Viu as a leading player in this part of the world. Our content has clearly resonated with our Asian audience, and our freemium business model has consistently proven popular with both consumers and ecosystem partners. As the destination of premium Asian content, we will continue to invest in stories that are relevant, from both our expanding content partnerships as well as with Viu Original productions.

Expanding the focus on original content

In 2021, the Viu Original production strategy proved to be successful in providing differentiation in the markets. Compared to 2020, the top 10 Viu Original titles showed stellar growth of over 94% in video views and an exponential increase of over 200% in video minutes. This helped drive subscriptions by 58% from 5.3 million in 2020, to 8.4 million in 2021.

With the focus on delivering content that has an international appeal and yet is rooted in what is familiar culturally in Asia, Viu Original productions paved the way for newer monetization avenues in non-Viu territories like the Americas and Europe, stretching over 20 platforms worldwide. In addition, within Viu markets, these productions also provide a great opportunity for working with brands on product placements and sponsorships.

Positive reception for local original content in markets such as the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia will see production increase dramatically, with 30 titles slated for release across six languages. Titles that will be released in April and May as part of this plan include the second season of titles Pretty Little Liars and Assalamualaikum Calon Imam, whose respective first seasons were well received not only in Indonesia and Malaysia but also around the region as well.

Thailand will have two highly anticipated titles released in the coming months, including rap musical Wannabe featuring Thailand National Film Association Award winner “Nonkul” Chanon Santinatornkul and veteran Thai Hip Hop artist “Tan” Jawpraya Tanyuk. Close Friend was extremely well received in Thailand too during its first season and returns for a second season at a time where online buzz for the title and the genre is at an all-time high in the country.

Following the success of the Korean Viu Original titles in 2021 such as Now We Are Breaking Up, two Korean Viu Originals are set for release in the upcoming months. Based on a web novel of the same title, Again My Life will premiere in April starring multiple award-winning actor Lee Joon Gi. 

Also slated for release in the same month is the romantic comedy From Now On, Showtime! casting award winner Park Hae Jin and is directed by the man behind one of the classic fantasy romantic comedies, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.

Viu continues to invest in working with top creative talents in the industry to produce original titles that continue to appeal across the region, cementing its reputation as the hub of the best Korean and Asian content.

Viu-ers can catch these new titles and Viu’s extensive library of fan favourites, First-on-Viu and exclusive titles on the Viu app, which can be downloaded for free on App Store, Google Play, and selected smart TVs, as well as on the web at

Stay updated on the latest news and releases, like and follow Viu Philippines on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok.

Join and spazz with Viuniverse, on Twitter and on Facebook.

About Viu

Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service, is available in 16 markets across Asia, the Middle East and South Africa with 58.6 million monthly active users (MAU) as of December 2021.

The Viu service is available to consumers through a dual model with an ad-supported free tier and a premium subscription tier. Viu offers fresh premium TV series, movies and lifestyle programming in local and regional languages and subtitles in different genres from top content providers, as well as premium original productions under the brand "Viu Original".

Viu also offers users streaming and download features, and localized user interfaces across a myriad of connected devices. Viu can provide the best viewing experience regardless of device or network conditions.

The service can be accessed via Viu app (available for free on App Store and Google Play) on connected devices, e.g. smartphones and tablets, select smart TVs, as well as on the web by logging into

In addition, Viu International Limited, through its subsidiary Moov (Hong Kong) Limited, also operates MOOV, a popular digital music streaming and live music concerts service in Hong Kong.

About PCCW Limited

PCCW Limited (SEHK: 0008) is a global company headquartered in Hong Kong which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT solutions, property development and investment, and other businesses.

The Company holds a majority stake in the HKT Trust and HKT Limited, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator of fixed-line, broadband, mobile communication and media entertainment services. HKT delivers end-to-end integrated solutions employing emerging technologies to assist enterprises in transforming their businesses. HKT has also built a digital ecosystem integrating its loyalty program, e-Commerce, travel, insurance, Big Data Analytics, FinTech and HealthTech services to deepen its relationship with customers. PCCW owns a fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong engaged in the provision of over-the-top (“OTT”) video service locally and in other places in the region.

Through HK Television Entertainment Company Limited, PCCW also operates a domestic free TV service in Hong Kong.

Also wholly owned by the Group, PCCW Solutions is a leading IT and business process outsourcing provider in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia. In addition, PCCW holds a stake in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited and other overseas investments.

To learn more about PCCW, please visit

The Powerful Pairing of Timmy Albert and Angelina Cruz Blooms Into "roses & sunflowers (Together)"

After racking up 6.3 million streams on Spotify, Timmy Albert’s 2019 single, “roses & sunflowers” gets a surprisingly refreshing alternate version this 2022.

And to make this song release very special, Timmy is joined by rising recording artist Angelina Cruz – ultimately calling it “roses & sunflowers (Together)

There’s no doubt that “roses & sunflowers” paved the way for Timmy’s popularity to rise and it was able to resonate with his listeners really well. Now with Angelina on board, the catchy tune is expected to gain yet another surge in attention on music streaming platforms. (WATCH OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO HERE)

The addition of her dazzling vocals gives this version a whole new vibe, complementing the song’s revamped warm strings. It’s safe to say that “roses & sunflowers (Together)” is a delectable collaboration that captures the essence of summer full of love and happiness.

Stream “roses & sunflowers (together)” now on Spotify.

Follow Timmy Albert:

Instagram: @timmyalbum 
Twitter: @timtamalbert 
TikTok: @timmyalbum

Follow Angelina Cruz:

Instagram: @angelinaisabele 
Twitter: @angelinaisabele 
TikTok: @angelinaisabele

Smart Delivers Best Mobile Video Experience According to Ookla®

Following its back-to-back awards as the Philippines' fastest 5G mobile network, PLDT mobile services arm Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) has been recognized anew for delivering the Best Mobile Video Experience across all mobile technologies, according Ookla®, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence.

Ookla declared Smart as the winner of the Best Mobile Video Experience award with a Video Score™ of 65.75 based on its analysis of Speedtest Intelligence® data covering Q3-Q4 2021 from 54,894 user-initiated tests. Its closest competitor registered a Video Score of 60.

Measured on a scale of 0 to 100, Ookla's Video Score considers the real-world experience of users while streaming videos, such as watching on a website or a streaming app.

To score consumer video experience, Ookla evaluates five components, including the percentage of tests where users failed to play a video, the average waiting time of users to start a video, the quality of video, the percentage of tests where the video stalled, and the percentage of rebuffering among those who experienced a stalled video.

Reinforcing Philippines' Fastest 5G Mobile Network

Smart's latest recognition for Best Mobile Video Experience reinforces the provider's feat of sweeping the Ookla Speedtest Awards™ in both the first and second half of 2021 as the Philippines' fastest 5G mobile network amid its continuous 5G rollout and network improvement efforts across the country.

Market research firm Statista estimates that as of Q3 2021, over 98 percent of internet users in the Philippines watched any kind of online video content each week.

"As Filipino online users have become accustomed to streaming online videos, our fastest mobile network enables us to deliver the best Video Experience to our subscribers across all mobile technologies - whether it's on 3G, 4G, or 5G," said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

"The latest Ookla data reflects our unrelenting efforts to improve customer experience and stay ahead of their needs and demands so they may pursue their passions," she added.

Watch live and on-demand content on Smart GigaPlay app

As part of its push to provide the best Video Experience to Filipinos, Smart introduced the Smart GigaPlay app, which offers free access to specially curated live and on-demand sports and entertainment content exclusive to subscribers.

Downloadable on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, GigaPlay offers live and on-demand coverage of the biggest local and international sports leagues, including the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, Japan B League, National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball League (NBL), Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Premier Volleyball League (PVL), and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

Also included in GigaPlay's expanding catalogue are international and K-Pop music award shows and concerts, Korean drama series, and Hallyu Hangouts sessions, among other awesome content attuned to the passions of Filipinos.

Extensive network infrastructure nationwide

Through its extensive network infrastructure nationwide, Smart is able to support the growing mobile needs of its 3G, 4G/LTE, and 5G subscribers from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi.

As of end-2021, Smart has deployed around 7,200 5G base stations across the country. Supporting Smart's mobile network is PLDT's extensive fiber infrastructure, which is at 743,700 kilometers as of end-December.

Disclaimer: Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data Q3–Q4 2021. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.

Dreamworks Animation Adapts Best-selling Children's Book Series "The Bad Guys" Into Action Comedy Movie

Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys - dashing pickpocket Mr. Wolf (Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), seen-it-all safecracker Mr. Snake (Marc Maron, GLOW), chill master-of-disguise Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson, Hot Tub Time Machine franchise), short-fused “muscle” Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos, In the Heights) and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians), aka “Webs.”

In the new action comedy from DreamWorks Animation, The Bad Guys will go good, the blockbuster Scholastic book series by Aaron Blabey, a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws are about to attempt their most challenging con yet - becoming model citizens.

In the film, Awkwafina is the only female member of the gang and doesn’t cut the guys any slack. In Aaron Blabey’s book series, Tarantula is actually a “Mr.” But when adapting the story for the screen, Blabey was supportive of the filmmakers switching the character to be a kick-butt female techie. Producer Rebecca Huntley has loved audiences’ reception to Ms. Tarantula. “One of the surprising things was how parents responded to the fact that Ms. Tarantula was representing women and girls in S.T.E.M. She’s a cool, confident hacker, and to have audiences see her as a role model in that regard was wonderful.

Additionally, Awkwafina admired how deftly the source material and the script balanced joyful imagination and poignant themes. “The story is pretty existential, and these are characters with sincere dilemmas,” Awkwafina says. “It is symbolic of how we, as humans, see ourselves, how society does and how we embody that—until we realize that we don’t have to be defined by certain things. I like the way that The Bad Guys plays with aspects of good and bad. Those are two terms that we see misconstrued all the time. We see people that look bad but aren’t, as well as people who look good but aren’t.

She was thrilled to join such a brilliant group of fellow voice performers, as well as occasionally work alongside them - a rarity in animation. “This is a stacked cast of brilliant actors, and I’m a huge fan of all my fellow Bad Guys,” Awkwafina says.

From Dreamworks Animation, The Bad Guys is a Universal Pictures International release and will open in local cinemas on April 27.

SKYcable Treats Kids with "Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years" on Nickelodeon

Kids are in for another nautical adventure with SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and friends in their fun summer camp journey during their childhood days in the all-new animated series "Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years" on Nickelodeon via SKYcable.

The series is the first original spinoff prequel to the iconic Nickelodeon show "SpongeBob SquarePants," featuring the younger years of SpongeBob and how he became friends with Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Sandy Cheeks, Mr. Krabs, Plankton, and more in summer camp.

Before SpongeBob's cozy pineapple home in Bikini Bottom and the world-famous Krabby Patty from The Krusty Krab, there was Kamp Koral and their wacky summer holiday of building underwater bonfires, catching jellyfish, searching for deep-sea treasure, swimming in Lake Yuckymuck, making new friends, and more exciting summer camp adventures.

Beat the summer heat and dive under the sea with SpongeBob and his friends in their fun summer camp experience in "Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years," now airing Mondays to Fridays, 5:30 PM only on Nickelodeon via SKYcable Ch. 45 in Mega Manila and Ch. 105 in regional areas.

Along with the premiere of "Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years," SKY also prepared treats for kids and avid SpongeBob viewers alike with an online giveaway via its official Facebook page (, with ten lucky winners taking home an exclusive Kamp Koral Shrinky Buddies kit, where you can create your very own heat-shrink plastic key chains of the Bikini Bottom gang.

To join, participants must answer the question, "Tell us which Kamp Koral character you would pick as your camping buddy and why?" on SKY's official Kamp Koral giveaway post comments section until April 9, 2022 (Saturday).

For SKYcable viewers without Nickelodeon on their cable plans, head over to to avail for only P50 a month.

For other updates on SKYcable's programming and other cable plans, follow SKY on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@myskyupdates).

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

James Reid Spotted Attending Oscar Awards Viewing Party

James Reid was spotted attending the 30th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party which took place last Monday, March 28, (PH time) at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. The event was hosted by Lady Gaga, Billy Porter, Eric McCormack, and the CEO of Rocket Entertainment and chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, David Furnish.

In the clip shown on TV Patrol, James said, “It’s my first time here, a very star-studded night. Um, [I’m] star struck by a lot of people that I’ve met here already.”

Notable Hollywood personalities in attendance at the event included Demi Lovato, Kevin Costner, Zooey Deschanel, Donatella Versace, Fran Drescher, Patricia Arquette, Christina Hendricks, Chris Pine, Lucy Hale, Heidi Klum, Chris Sullivan and Chrissy Metz, Andrew Rannells, Sofia Richie, Liam Payne, Beck, Bobby Berk, and Emily Hampshire.

Photo credit to @YongChavezLA Twitter

Catriona Gray Unveils Wax Figure at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

The famous Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Singapore has finally given Miss Universe 2018  Catriona Gray her very own wax figure, donning the iconic lava dress she wore at the coronation night.

It’s such an honor. I remember being a little girl at around 12 or 13 years old; I set foot in my first Madame Tussauds experience in London, the UK and I remember looking up to my idols – Christina Aguilera, Beyonce – and I always had a perception that to be in Madame Tussauds, you had to be an influential historical figure, a president, or an A-list global superstar,” Catriona shared at the unveiling of her wax figure on Wednesday, March 30.

Catriona is the first and so far only Filipino to be featured in the Singapore museum.

To be here at Madame Tussauds Singapore as the only Filipino, it is my hope that our fellow kababayans, our fellow Filipinos walk through these halls  and feel a sense of pride, because that’s really the emotion that I carried on the Miss Universe stage,” she said.

For those who want to check it out, make sure to drop by Madame Tussaud's Singapore. The figure will be on view until September 2022.

This Women’s Month, Empowered Women Can Empower Others with the EastWest Dolce Vita Titanium Mastercard

As we celebrate International Women’s Month this March, a big part of the commemoration is encouraging the empowerment of women everywhere. And as women continue to recognize their worth, a key part of the power that they hold is their ability to bring up the rest of the world - especially vulnerable sectors like women and children - along with them.

Empowered women now have another easy way to help those around them with EastWest’s Dolce Vita Titanium Mastercard

The Dolce Vita Titanium Mastercard allows cardholders to earn Dolce Vita Charms through the purchases they make using the card and use these Charms to make donations to key charitable organizations such as CARITAS Manila, CRIBS, and WORLD Vision. These organizations have their respective efforts to help out underprivileged communities across the country.

In addition to charitable donations Dolce Vita cardholders can make, the Charms they earn can also be spent on eGift Rewards, Charms Vouchers, cash rebates, and waivers of the annual membership fee, which allows women to reclaim even more power over their finances.

Apply now through our EastWest System Tech Assistant (ESTA) chatbot at, via the EastWest website at, or through any EastWest Store near you.

TNT Goes Pang-Malakasan with Upsized SurfSaya 30 with More Data Plus Unli-Calls and Texts to All Networks

As more 'Kabataang Pinoys' rely on online connectivity for their daily dose of saya, mobile brand TNT has enhanced SurfSaya 30 with more data plus unlimited calls and texts to all networks.

Introduced with a new TV ad featuring Darren Espanto, KZ Tandingan, and new TNT Katropas and upcoming P-Pop groups Yara and Versus, SurfSaya 30 now comes with 1.2 GB of data plus unlimited all-net call and text, valid for three days. With SurfSaya 30, subscribers can now enjoy more data for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Tiktok and all their other favorite apps.

TNT has always championed the 'Kabataang Pinoy,' who now rely heavily on mobile data to connect with their tropa, achieve more online, and fulfill their dreams. With our enhanced SurfSaya 30, pang-malakasan na ang data so they have more opportunities to be productive - from discovering and learning new things, getting inspired by online personalities, and sharing their skills with the rest of the world," said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

With SurfSaya 30, it is easier than ever for TNT customers to share updates with their loved ones on Facebook and Messenger, bond with friends over ranked games on Mobile Legends, or jump in on the latest trend on TikTok and Instagram.

Subscribers can also make the most of the promo as they catch up with their tropa using Unli Calls and Texts to All Networks anytime and anywhere.

TNT subscribers can conveniently register to SurfSaya 30 via the GigaLife App, which is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Huawei Mobile Services. Customers may also avail of SurfSaya by dialing *123# and choosing SurfSaya 30.

Philippines' fastest mobile data network

TNT is powered by Smart, the country’s fastest mobile data network as reported by Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband intelligence.

In its latest report, Ookla has declared Smart as the country’s fastest 5G mobile network and the winner of its Speedtest Awards for Q3-Q4 2021 with a Speed Score of 201.95, while its closest competitor posted a Speed Score of 116.08.

To bag this award, Smart posted a median download speed of 218.82 Mbps and a median upload speed of 22.46 Mbps, while its closest competitor posted a median download speed of 116.92 Mbps and a median upload speed of 10.81 Mbps.

For more information and updates, visit and follow TNT's official accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Advance Ticket-Selling for “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” Starts Today, Buy Your Tickets Now!

Warner Bros. Philippines has just announced that advance ticket selling for “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” will start today, March 30 - more than two weeks before it’s grand opening on Black Saturday, April 16.

Wizarding World fans can now buy their tickets online and reserve their seats by going to the centralized ticketing site

Meanwhile, Warner has also released a fresh vignette about the new creatures and old favorites of featured in the film. Check out the video titled “Even More Fantastic Beasts” below:

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” is the newest adventure in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling.

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?

The film features an ensemble cast led by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (“Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”), Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston, and Mads Mikkelsen.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” was directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling & Steve Kloves, based upon a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film was produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis. Neil Blair, Danny Cohen, Josh Berger, Courtenay Valenti and Michael Sharp served as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films Production, a David Yates film, “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” in Philippine theaters April 16. The film will be distributed worldwide in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.

ABS-CBN Music Artists Reimagine the Timely Anthem "Pag-Isipan Mo Ang Boto Mo"

Alexa Ilacad, Angela Ken, Anji Salvacion, Antenorcruz, FANA, iDolls, Janine Berdin, JM Yosures, JMKO, Jona, KD Estrada, Lara Maigue, Reiven Umali, and the TNT Boys are lending their talents to encourage fellow Filipinos to vote wisely through the newly-released reimagined version of “Pag-Isipan Mo Ang Boto Mo.”

The music video of the song featuring the heartfelt performances of some of ABS-CBN Music’s finest talents premieres today (March 30) at 7 pm on ABS-CBN Star Music YouTube channel.

ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo produced the timely remake of “Pag-Isipan Mo Ang Boto Mo,” which was a composition of Jamie Rivera who also first recorded it in 2016.

The Inspirational Diva wrote the song as a reminder for citizens, especially the young voters, to dissect the plans of electoral candidates before making their choice.

It also conveys a message to pick those who truly love the Philippines and will not do anything to hurt the country as the lyrics goes, “Yung hindi niya sinasaktan ating inang bayan / Nagmamahal ng wagas sa bayang Pilipinas.”

The all-star version of “Pag-isipan Mo Ang Boto Mo” is now available on various digital platforms while its music video premieres this March 30 at 7 pm on ABS-CBN Star Music YouTube channel. 

For more details, like Star Music on Facebook ( and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Five Teen Housemates are in Danger of Eviction in “PBB Kumunity Season 10” Teen Edition

The competition inside the ‘PBB’ house is heating up after Don Hilario, Kai Espenido, Rob Blackburn, Stef Draper, and Stephanie Jordan emerged as the first batch of teen housemates nominated for eviction in “PBB Kumunity Season 10” Teen Edition.

Rob received the highest number of votes with 11 points followed by Don with 6 points. On the other hand, Kai, Stef, and Stephanie each got five points. One of them will bid goodbye to Big Brother’s house this Sunday (April 3).

Meanwhile, Maxine Trinidad was saved from the nomination after winning the first Head of Household challenge, while Gabb Skribikin decided to pass up on the opportunity to use her immunity pass, which she won in Kumu’s follower sprint. Gabb can use her pass at any point in the competition while she’s inside the ‘PBB’ house to save herself from nomination.

Although the housemates fell short in their basketball choreography weekly task, Dustine Mayores, Luke Alford, and Paolo Alcantara won in a sacrifice task to help Gabb’s father who is suffering from an illness.

The four boys together with Gabb had a hard time doing the layup, free throw, three-point basket, and half-court shot for five rotations without any mistakes, but they didn’t give up in order to help Gabb and her father.

When they succeeded and finally revealed to Gabb the reason behind the sacrifice task, the “Idol Ate ng Pasig” was reduced to tears. Gabb was also emotional when she watched her father’s video message, thanking her for all her hard work for their family.

Whose ‘PBB’ dream will end this Sunday? Which housemate will touch the hearts of viewers next? Find out in “PBB Kumunity” Kumunity Season 10” Teen Edition on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, Jeepney TV, A2Z, iWantTFC, and TFC every 5:45 pm on weekdays with replays at 11:10 pm. Meanwhile, it will air every 7 pm on weekends. Join the fun in “Kumunity G sa Gabi” every 9 pm with ex-adult housemate Isabel Laohoo this week.For more information, Follow the “PBB” social media accounts on Twitter (@PBBabscbn) and on Instagram and Facebook (@PBBabscbntv).

Vivamax Hottest Star Christine Bermas Topbills New Sexy-Suspense Drama Movie "Island of Desire"

Welcome to the island that hides a mystery. Once you’re in, there’s no going back. 

This summer, a new slice of paradise is about to be explored. Let’s run to the "Island of Desire," streaming on Vivamax this April.

Adding to the list of Vivamax Original Movies for 2022, Island of Desire is a sexy-suspense-drama starring Vivamax’s rising stars, Christine Bermas, Sean de Guzman, Jela Cuenca and Rash Flores.

A young woman named Martha (Christine Bermas) is assigned to work remotely on an island called “Isla Bato.” She becomes a nurse at its Regional Health office, and she also befriends some of the residents, Tess (Jela Cuenca), a midwife on the island, and Leloy (Sean de Guzman), a Habal rider. Being a constant companion, Leloy becomes closer to Martha, and they end up falling for each other.

As she stays longer on the island, she begins to discover the strange things about the place and its secrets, including a cult with fanatic followers and an abusive leader. Here is where she also reunites with her long-lost sister, who warns her and tells her to escape the place while she can.

Witness how the mysteries of this enchanting island filled with passion, lust, and love unfold before Martha’s eyes.

Fresh from the success of her other Vivamax Original Movies - Siklo and Moonlight Butterfly, Christine Bermas will once again leave the viewers in awe in Island of Desire. It also stars Vivamax’s most in-demand actor, Sean de Guzman, who caught the crowd’s attention from his Vivamax Originals - Nerisa, Taya, Bekis on the Run, Mahjong Night, and Hugas.

Joining them is Vivamax’s crush, Jela Cuenca, who starred in Silip sa Apoy, Palitan, and Boy Bastos. The star of Palitan, Rash Flores, plays a very crucial role in this film.

Island of Desire is by the multi-awarded and highly regarded director in the Philippines, Joel Lamangan.

From Viva films, be enchanted by its beauty and find yourselves lost in the Island of Desire, streaming on Vivamax starting April 1, 2022. 

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Monday, March 28, 2022

BGYO's Akira Morishita and KD Estrada Write and Perform New Song "Mahal na Kita" for Francine Diaz' "Bola Bola" Series

Gelo, Akira, JL, Mikki, and Nate of popular P-Pop group BGYO and KD Estrada add spice to the iWantTFC series "Bola Bola," with fresh new songs tackling different stories of love, which drops last Friday, March 25, on various streaming platforms.

Co-written and performed by Akira, who plays Lucas in the series, "Mahal Na Kita" is about falling in love with someone who we see as beautiful, not only outside but also his or her inner being. Aside from his solo version, he joins his brothers in BGYO in another version of the song.

There is no stopping KD, who is also part of the cast and portrays Julian, in creating and performing a new song for the digital series entitled "Mahal Ba Kita?" The song tackles how a person slowly realizes that he is in love and shares the pain of listeners who find it hard to confess their feelings for someone. The 3-track EP is produced by Jonathan Manalo and Star Music.

Based on the book of Anna Gerona, the digital series "Bola Bola" explores the life of a 220-pound high school student named Thea (Francine), who experiences the joys and pains of first love as she realizes the importance of loving and valuing oneself. Don't miss out on her journey in finding her worth while being chased by the three guys, Lucas, Julian, and Josh (Ashton Salvador) on March 26 (Saturday).

Listen to Bola Bola's original soundtrack on various digital music streaming platforms. For more details, like Star Music on Facebook ( and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

Shopee Launches "Career Jumpstart Series" to Help Accelerate Tech Careers of Students, Young Filipinos

By 2025, the Philippine internet economy is expected to grow by 30% annually to reach USD28 billion. In order to sustain such sizable growth, developing young, tech-driven talents will be key. In fact, the DTI has recognized the increasing need to upskill and reskill Philippine talent as one of the main priorities for the 2022 Philippine E- commerce Roadmap. 

As a means to support the digital economy boom, this April 2022, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is launching its first ever Career Jumpstart Series, a curation of virtual open houses designed to train young tech leaders with career-building skills.

The Shopee Career Jumpstart Series aims to equip leaders of tomorrow with the necessary skills to find success in the tech industry’s workplace setting. The open house learning series will be spaced out across three seminars scheduled on April 5, 7 and 9. Penultimate and graduating students, as well as young professionals with less than two years of work experience, are invited to join this event.

Each seminar will be held virtually and focuses on relevant career-building topics such as effective resume writing, essential interview skills and case interview mastery. This presents the perfect opportunity for students and budding professionals to polish their skillsets before immersing themselves in a tech company setting.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said “We are committed to developing young talent - from the initial interview stage, all the way up to securing a job and furthering one’s career. Through the Shopee Career Jumpstart Series, we believe that we can not only help young talent fulfill their potential, but also help contribute to the Philippines’ growing digital economy. We look forward to creating even more opportunities to hone the skills of young Filipinos and support local digital growth.”

Apart from the Career Jumpstart Series, Shopee also offers other programs and initiatives centered on polishing the skills of young talent. Shopee’s Global Leaders Program, for example, is a 2-year graduate program consisting of four 6-month local and overseas rotations that is open to final-year students or young professionals with up to two years of working experience. On the other hand, the Shopee Apprentice Program is an internship program designed to expose interns to the e-commerce and digital finance industry and allow them to participate in the different end-to-end processes of large-scale projects and initiatives.

Registration for the Career Jumpstart Series will be open to all interested individuals. Registrants are not required to be applicants of Shopee’s other key talent programs such as the Shopee Apprentice Program or the Global Leaders Program.

Those interested in learning how to stand out among other applicants may apply for the Shopee Career Jumpstart Series here:

Gloc-9 Celebrates 25th Anniversary with the Release of of His Brand-New Single “Pilak”

Universal Records is proud to honor Gloc-9’s astounding impact on the Filipino music scene throughout his illustrious career. This year, the iconic “Makata sa Pinas” marks his 25th year in the industry and as a grand celebration, he is slated to release a brand-new album which will be called “Pilak”.

And this March, Gloc-9 proudly releases the title track of his anniversary album, which encompasses a mixture of powerful storytelling about his unrivaled hustle and learnings for two and a half decades and enchanting hip-hop melodies. With pure emotional honesty, the veteran rapper also thanked his solid supporters over the years who helped him achieve all the accolades and milestones that he reached. There’s no denying that “Pilak” is a song borne from the heart of a very thankful seasoned artist.

His fans will surely enjoy the song’s seamless barrage of metaphors and verses that only he can deliver. As usual, Gloc delivers another poetic masterpiece which was further heightened by the musical arrangement, mixing and mastering by Thyro Alfaro and cover artwork by CLMRarts. 

The official music video helmed by director Edrex Clyde Sanchez is also out now on YouTube. (WATCH HERE)

Alam kong bawal tumigil at hindi dapat huminto, ‘Yang ang payo ko sayo para di ka mabigo. Salamat sa lahat ng nag bukas sakin ng pinto. Ok nako sa pilak kahit na di maka ginto

The song is a very appreciative circumspect of his artistic journey which started with a dream, and paved by sweat, blood, and tears – all of which led to his eventual day in front of the klieg lights, the accolades, and the many awards that followed. As they say, "success is in the journey" and it truly is.

This gave Gloc-9 a better appreciation of what he has now as he stands front and center with contentment and thankfulness in his heart. A very inspirational message to young artists who are now trekking their own paths to glory.

With “Pilak”, Gloc-9 proves that he still has a lot of gas left in the tank and he’ll surely deliver a bona fide hit if he wants to. 

You have to start streaming this brand-new single right HERE, right now!

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