Friday, July 22, 2022

Puregold Releases the First-Ever Filipino Tiktok Series "52 Weeks" Starting July 27

After the successful release of the digital series “GVBOYS: Pangmalakasang Good Vibes” and “Ang Babae sa Likod ng Face Mask,” Puregold is set to launch “52 Weeks,” the first-ever Filipino series made for Tiktok.

The 36-episode series was directed by Lemuel Lorca and produced by award-winning filmmaker Chris Cahilig. It features rising new talents such as Queenay Mercado, a Tiktok superstar with 12.3 million followers, and Jin Macapagal, the first Ultimate BidaMan winner of “It's Showtime”. 

Derick Lauchengco, the reigning Misters of Filipinas Second Prince, and Herbie Cruz, a Tiktok personality with more than 700 thousand followers, are also part of the series.

Super happy po ako na naging part ako ng series na ‘to,” Queenay gushes. “Knowing na ito po ang kauna-unahang Filipino Tiktok series, I feel honored po talaga to be cast as leading lady!” Queenay then tells all her followers on Tiktok, “Para sa inyo po ang nakakakilig na series na ito! Sana po manood kayong lahat at patuloy na sumuporta sa akin.

Set in the picturesque island of Cagbalete in Mauban, Quezon, “52 Weeks” follows the story of Mina, a bubbly and hopeless romantic who’s a certified NBSB (No Boyfriend Since Birth). Determined to give Mina the love life she’s been missing out on, her best friends Chem and Eya decide to look for the perfect boyfriend for her within 52 weeks. Puregold President Vincent Co explains how Puregold Channel, their brainchild, came to be. “As online content continues to flourish, we want to further drive Puregold retailtainment and connect with customers, old and new.”

“Puregold Channel is our platform for showcasing fresh and relevant stories. And launching this first-ever TikTok series in the country is another groundbreaking move that we’re proud of,” Co adds.

Follow Gab and Mina’s fun and riveting love story by catching the July 27 premiere of “52 Weeks” on Puregold Channel on Tiktok @puregoldph. 

For more updates, like on Facebook, follow @puregold_ph on Instagram and Twitter and subscribe to Puregold Channel on YouTube.

Karla Estrada Resigns from ABS-CBN "Magandang Buhay"

Karla Estrada officially bid farewell to her "Magandang Buhay" family in a special send-off celebration of the show last Friday (July 22) as she embarks on a new career as a public servant.

She thanked the show and her co-hosts, Melai Cantiveros and Jolina Magdangal, for their friendship and bond they shared in the program.

"Nag-uumapaw ang puso ko sa pasasalamat. Babaunin ko sa bagong yugto ng aking buhay ang mga itinuro ng kwento ng aking 'Magandang Buhay.'Thank you Momshie Jols and Momshie Mels dahil sa journey natin na may pare-pareho tayong hinarap. Alam ko na hindi ako nawala sa isip niyo, at kayo naman dalawa ay hindi nawala sa isip ko," she said.

Karla earlier penned a message on her Instagram account stating that leaving the program was a tough decision for her. "Naging mabigat ang desisyon (pero) mas naging matimbang ang pag-unawa ng isa’t isa," she shared.

Jolina and Melai also expressed their support for Karla as they knew from the start that she wanted to serve more people outside the program.

"Very, very happy kami Momshie Karls kasi mula umpisa ito na yung kwinento mo sa amin. Nakikita namin na isinasabuhay mo yung pinagdaanan mo dati na itinuro mo sa mga anak mo. Isinasabuhay mo yung pagtulong. Hindi na yun pwede tanggalin sa iyo at hindi na yun mananakaw. Very proud kami sa iyo na nagagawa mo ito freely and very happy kami kasi nandito ka na sa mundong gusto mo," Jolina said.

"Ito kasi yung gusto niya yung makatulong sa iba hindi lang dito sa 'Magandang Buhay' kundi sa labas pa.Kami dito sa Magandang Buhay, kaibigan mo kami dito. Kahit ayaw ka namin umalis ka rito, pero ang hangad mo yung kabutihan ng tao, so ito ibibigay namin sa iyo. Nandito lang kami para sa iyo," Melai added.

But before this, the three momshies reminisced some memorable moments they shared in the last five years.

Karla’s daughters, Magui and Carmella Ford, and her close friends in the industry, Negi and Kaladkaren, also graced the morning show and shared their messages for her in her new journey.

Catch this farewell episode of Karla this Friday on "Magandang Buhay," which now airs at 10 AM on A2Z, Kapamilya Channel, and Jeepney TV, Kapamilya Online Live on ABS-CBN Entertainment's YouTube Channel and Facebook page, iWantTFC, and The Filipino Channel.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Scarlet Snow Below Join World Vision Philippines' "Back-To-School" Program

With school season fast approaching, World Vision Philippines launched its Back-To-School Program to help enable and empower children to have joyful experiences in this school year and beyond.

According to the World Bank, learning poverty reached an all-time high in the Philippines last 2021, with 90% of children still unable to read by age 10. The same report found that only 26.9% of Filipino students had broadband internet access, while distance schooling only covered 20% of children in the country. Even with access to online learning, children ages 12 and below have been found to have trouble focusing on on-screen lessons. Because of this, many children miss out on the development they need at such a young age.

With the Back-To-School Program, World Vision aims to help the most vulnerable children continue schooling despite the pandemic and other calamities plaguing the country. By distributing learning kits to students, learning modules to remote communities and financial aid to families at risk, the organization hopes to provide vulnerable communities with the support they need to bring back joy and hope to students as they begin a new school year.

Rommel Fuerte, the National Director for World Vision Philippines, said, “Many students who do not have access to school essentials feel limited and unmotivated to attend their classes. Our hope is that by providing students with what they need for the school year, they will be able to feel more confident and hopeful in working towards their dreams. With your help, we can change lives for the better and enable children to have more joyful school experiences in the near future.”

School is such a great place to be in. I have so much fun playing with my classmates, writing and learning many interesting facts. I’m also happy for the other children like me who can experience this joy and excitement with the help of World Vision, kind-hearted donors and sponsors,” said World Vision Advocate Scarlet Snow Belo.

These times have been difficult for parents, with the struggles of working from home. Imagine how difficult it must be for students and children as well, to not have social interactions with their fellow classmates,” said World Vision Ambassador Jasmine Curtis-Smith. “If children are having difficulties adjusting now, what more those who have no proper access to internet? What more those who have no basic learning materials like crayons and notebooks?” she shared.

With just PHP 1,000, which we can set aside over a few weeks, we can help two children get the school supplies they need for the rest of the school year,” Jasmine added.

Since 2020, the Back-To-School Program has managed to donate nearly 88,000 learning kits and 36,000 learning modules to vulnerable communities across the country. By supporting this campaign and donating PHP 1,000, you can help more vulnerable children get the assistance they need to start this school year with joy and hope in their hearts.

Enjoy Rewards, Discounts, and Cashbacks When You Pay Your Smart Postpaid and Smart Bro Bill Online

Gone are the days when you must go out of your way and endure waiting in line at payment centers to settle your Smart Postpaid or Smart Bro bill. Now, with just a few taps on your smartphone, you can pay your bill practically anytime and anywhere – from the comfort of your home or while you’re on the go.

But aside from giving you ease, safety, and convenience, did you know that paying your Smart Postpaid or Smart Bro bill online also comes with rewards in the form of points, discounts, and cashbacks? Here are just some of the ways Smart lets you enjoy a rewarding experience when you pay your bill online.

Earn GigaPoints when you pay via GigaLife App

For every Smart Postpaid or Smart Bro bill you pay via Smart’s GigaLife App, you can get back 5 percent of your transaction in the form of GigaPoints, which you can use to redeem exclusive data rewards and lifestyle perks on the app.

Simply download the GigaLife App on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Huawei App Gallery and link your postpaid account and your preferred source of payment. Aside from letting you pay your bills conveniently, GigaLife App also lets you to manage your account details, track your usage, top up with data boosters, and enjoy app-exclusive offers and perks.

Get a P50 cashback reward when you pay via Maya App

Get a P50 instant cashback reward when you pay your Smart Postpaid or Smart Bro bill worth at least P1,000 using the Maya App. This reward is applicable to all new and existing users of Maya, which offers a host of other cashback offers when you pay other billers through the app.

To pay using Maya, simply download the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, log in and click Bills then Telecoms then select Smart Communications (Bro or Postpaid) to enter your payment details. You can also link your Maya account to the GigaPay feature of the GigaLife App for more convenience.

Enjoy P100 cashback when you pay via ShopeePay

Smart Postpaid and Smart Bro subscribers paying through ShopeePay can also enjoy a P100 discount with a bill payment worth at least P1,000 this July. To avail of the discount, simply use the special checkout voucher code SMART100JUL from July 29 to 31. The voucher code may only be used once, but the promo also lasts until the end of the year.

Bills payment via GigaLife App, Maya App, and ShopeePay are just among the many ways Smart makes the postpaid experience simpler and more rewarding for subscribers, powered by the country’s fastest 5G mobile network as cited by Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence. Smart also dominated the latest Opensignal Mobile Network Experience Report in 11 out of a possible 16 categories covering the essential aspects of service, including speed, coverage, and experience.

To know more about Smart’s exclusive offers and rewards, follow its official accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram.

Brad Pitt's Former Stunt Double David Leitch Now Becomes the Director of His Latest Movie "Bullet Train"

From the director of Deadpool 2 comes the new action-thriller Bullet Train which brings together seven characters, all with connected, conflicting, and at times, confusing objectives.

Watch the film’s newest trailer at

Brad Pitt stars as Ladybug, an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug's latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe - all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives - on the world's fastest train. The end of the line is just the beginning in this non-stop thrill-ride through modern-day Japan.

For director David Leitch, the chance to direct a movie that was unlike any other presented an unmissable opportunity. “I was attracted to how bold and original it is, and that’s the kind of movie I like to make,” he says. “It has a tone of relentless fun and snappy dialogue. But the most important thing to me was that it had well-defined characters that gave the actors a lot to chew on. It’s a fun action-thriller with crazy, bombastic characters – and it’s a meditation on fate. Really.”

All of these characters show their humanity,” adds Leitch. “Ladybug wants to be a better person. But you also see it in the characters played by Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in their brotherhood – they clearly care for each other. Joey King’s character is a sociopath, but she has a dynamic with her father that we can all connect with. You can go on this journey with these remorseless killers and still feel for them, have fun, laugh at the jokes.”

That makes it a movie that fits squarely into Leitch’s vision as a director. “It’s hard these days to strike out and make an original movie – not a sequel or a superhero story – but we’re up for the challenge,” Leitch continues. Through his company 87North, Leitch is seeking to bring his own personal stamp to action movies and the way action is portrayed. Having entered the business as a stuntman, and rising to become a stunts supervisor and choreographer before staking a groundbreaking directorial style with the films Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, and John Wick, Leitch says that there are boundless opportunities to stretch the action genre. “There’s action in comedy, there’s action in thrillers, there’s action in horror,” he says. “My entire adult life has been action on film. Action is in my DNA. So I’m excited by the idea of taking big, provocative swings and making bold choices, as we keep it action-adjacent.”

Leitch had gained Pitt’s trust by serving as his stunt double on several of the actor’s classics – Fight Club, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Troy, and more – before making his mark as a director. Pitt knew he’d be in safe hands. “It was a little funny to me, watching Brad play a stuntman in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. I can tell you that the relationship between actor and stuntman that was part of that movie is real,” says Leitch. “You develop a close and collaborative relationship. We went in different directions for a while, but fate wasn’t done with us, and I’m so glad it’s brought us back together.

In Philippine cinemas August 03, Bullet Train is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

King of Comedy Dolphy Reigns Supreme on Cinema One YouTube Channel this July

Dolphy rules Cinema One YouTube channel this July as the online channel marks the Comedy King’s 10th death anniversary by featuring three of his well-loved movies to spread laughter and good vibes among viewers on YouTube.

“Hataw Tatay Hataw,” “Dino Dinero,” and “Ang Hiwaga Ng Ibong Adarna” are available on the video streaming platform for free until September 30.

Relive the heartwarming story of “Hataw Tatay Hataw,” which is about a middle-aged bellboy (Dolphy) whose long-lost daughter (Sheryl Cruz) returns from the United States to visit her father who disguises himself as a hotel owner to impress her. The movie also stars Zoren Legaspi, Nanette Medved, and Vandolph Quizon.

In “Dino Dinero,” Dolphy plays the titular character who is a poor ice cream dealer with three adopted children. Unfortunately, he is conned by a shrewd businessman who wants to steal his ice cream recipe. The cast includes Gretchen Barretto, Romnick Sarmenta, Carmi Martin, and many more.

Experience a classic tale of kindness in “Ang Hiwaga Ng Ibong Adarna” where an aging king, who seeks to determine his rightful heir to the throne, asks his three sons Adolfo (Dolphy), Alfonso (Panchito), and Albino (Babalu) to compete. The king, however, mysteriously becomes ill, and the only cure is a song by the mythical bird Adarna and the one who captures and brings it to the king will be the victor to the throne.

Don’t miss the fun and laughter in these timeless flicks on Cinema One YouTube channel. Cinema One is also available on Cignal ch. 45, SKYcable ch. 56, and other local cable service providers. For more information, follow Cinema One on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram.

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Mark Oblea’s Latest Single “Tahan” Talks About Love Comfort and Assurance

It’s time to soak in the magic of Mark Oblea’s latest release “Tahan”, an acoustic guitar-driven track that will easily get stuck in your head because of its heartfelt pop sweetness. (WATCH OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO HERE)

This new original song from Mark is like a melodious love letter to the most special and precious person in your heart. According to the singer-songwriter, “Tahan” is his song about assurance. It encapsulates one’s earnest attempt to comfort the love of his life, remind her that she’s not forsaken and that he’s prepared to love her through ups and downs.

Moreover, Mark shares how he began working on its melody. “Gusto ko gumawa ng slow dance kind of song. Doon nag-umpisa ‘yung idea ng paggawa ng song na ‘to,” he recalls.

The singer serenades the listeners with such sweetly sung chorus, “Tahan ka na sinta / handa kong ibigin ka / Wala ng ibang hahanapin / Ikaw ang aking panalangin.

"Tahan" is now available in your favorite streaming platforms under Universal Records.

Top 5 “Ang Babae Sa Likod Ng Face Mask” Fan Theories

The Puregold Channel’s digital series “Ang Babae sa Likod ng Face Mask” has taken the online world by storm. The funny and heartwarming love story of Malta and Sieg, played by Herlene Budol and Joseph Marco, respectively, has created a massive fan base among Filipino romcom fans all over the world.

Its most recent episode turned into a cliffhanger as Malta bailed on their first face-to- face date, leaving Sieg frustrated and heartbroken. Will Sieg ever forgive Malta for her alibis and lies?

With their story taking a provocative turn, the show’s ever growing fanbase is speculating about what’s to come next. Here are just five of our favorite theories . . .

Sieg goes back to his ‘ex’

Episode 6 ends with Sieg extremely upset about being ghosted by Malta—and turning to drink that night. Fans now wonder: could Malta’s latest caper drive an inebriated Sieg back into the arms of his ex?

It’s a prank!

This one’s a little out there but its what makes fan theories . . . uhm, fun! And one of the funniest is Madam Baby’s attempts to be a viral Tiktok star. She’s done a number of dance crazes - and quite a slew of pranks - to have a shot at Tiktok and YouTube fame. Is Madam Baby simply using Malta and Sieg’s budding romance to rev up fans’ interest in her life? Perhaps she’s the puppet master pulling all the strings. After all, wasn’t it Madam Baby who sweet-talked Malta into confessing her feelings for Sieg in Episode 5?

The last resort: cosmetic surgery

If feelings of insecurity are standing between Malta and her happiness, could turning to plastic surgery solve her problem? The big question would then be: but can Malta afford it? With a sudden cash windfall perhaps? Or an enamored and wealthy Sieg paying for it?

Sieg x Trina Forever?

We all know that Trina has the hots for Sieg, who could be feeling vulnerable is at the moment. She could grab Sieg for herself, couldn’t she? With Trina using all the tricks she knows, it could even lead to wedding bells! Well, stranger things have happened.

Sieg forgives Malta once and for all

We’re saving the last for the ending that romcom fans clamor for - the Happily Ever After. As crazy love stories go, Sieg can see past Malta’s antics and understand where she’s coming from. Love can finally bloom and grow - unrestrained.

These are all just theories, though. What’s yours?

To see how their love story unravels, watch for the forthcoming episodes of “Ang Babae sa Likod ng Face Mask,” showing on Saturdays, at 7 PM, on the official YouTube Puregold Channel. 

For more updates, like on Facebook, follow @puregold_ph on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to Puregold Channel on YouTube.

Chip The Squirrel Powers Up in “DC League of Super-Pets”

He’s here to electrify this mission. Diego Luna (Andor, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is Chip in Warner Bros. Pictures’ animated action adventure “DC League of Super-Pets.

Check out the featurette “Meet the Pets - Chip the Squirrel” below and watch the film in cinemas across the Philippines July 27.

Chip is content to spend his days within the sleepy confines of Metropolis’s Tailhuggers animal shelter, terrified by life and thankful for the safety of a cold, steel cage. But when his beloved sanctuary is suddenly under attack, this scaredy squirrel suddenly gets the power to shoot lightning out of his paws! Now the reluctant hero must overcome his fears - and find the will to power up - in order to help save the Justice League.

About “DC League of Super-Pets”

Dwayne Johnson stars as the voice of Krypto the Super-Dog in Warner Bros. Pictures’ animated action adventure feature film “DC League of Super-Pets,” from director Jared Stern.

The film also stars the voices of Kevin Hart (the “Jumanji” and “Secret Life of Pets” films), Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live,” “Ferdinand”), John Krasinski (the “Quiet Place” films), Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”), Natasha Lyonne (“Show Dogs”), Diego Luna (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), Marc Maron (“Joker”), Thomas Middleditch (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”), Ben Schwartz (“Sonic the Hedgehog”), and Keanu Reeves (the “Matrix” and “John Wick” films).

In “DC League of Super-Pets,” Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack—Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel—to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the Super Heroes.

Stern, a veteran writer/consultant on the “LEGO®” movies, makes his animated feature film directorial debut, directing from a screenplay he wrote with frequent collaborator John Whittington, based on characters from DC, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Patricia Hicks, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Jared Stern. The executive producers are John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Nicholas Stoller, Allison Abbate, Chris Leahy, Sharon Taylor and Courtenay Valenti.

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents A Seven Bucks Production, “DC League of Super-Pets.” The film will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in Philippine theaters July 27.

TNT Welcomes Asia’s Superstar Kathryn Bernardo as New Endorser and Ka-Tropa

Asia’s superstar Kathryn Bernardo, one of the biggest actresses of her generation, has joined value brand TNT as its new endorser and ka-tropa.

Kathryn debuts in TNT’s new video campaign highlighting ‘Sulit Affordaloads’, the brand’s line-up of budget-friendly data-packed offers aimed at giving subscribers their daily dose of ‘saya’ for as low as Php10.

As an actress, I find great fulfillment in making my fans happy. This is why I’m so glad to be part of TNT, a brand that has made its mission to also bring saya to Filipinos by keeping them connected through affordable promos,” said Kathryn.

Kathryn, who currently stars in the hit TV Series 2 Good 2 Be True, has endeared herself to the public with her stellar performances in TV series and movies like Mara Clara (2010), Pangako Sa’yo (2015), La Luna Sangre (2017), The Hows of Us (2017) and Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019).

Kathryn may be one of the biggest actresses of her generation, but she has remained down-to-earth and approachable, always inspiring and delighting fans through her series, vlogs, and posts. We’re very happy to finally welcome her to the TNT tropa to bring more saya to subscribers all over the country,” said Francis E. Flores, SVP and Head of Consumer Business Group – Individual at Smart.

For Kathryn, one’s happiness does not always have to come with a hefty price tag. “We can find - and give - happiness through simple and affordable ways, such as when we catch up with our friends on social media, call our loved ones, or send them random heartfelt messages throughout the day. For these, we can always rely on TNT’s Sulit Affordaloads,” she said.

TNT’s Sulit Affordaloads include Pantawid 10, SurfSaya 20, and All Data 50 - three promos that suit the needs of subscribers on a budget and keep their saya going.

Pantawid 10 comes with 100 MB Open Access Data for all apps and sites, 100-minute Calls to All Networks, and 100 Texts to All Networks, valid for one day for only Php10.

On the other hand, SurfSaya 20 comes with a total of 600 MB data (300 MB Open Access Data and 150 MB per day of apps like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang) plus Unlimited Calls and Texts to All Networks valid for two days for only Php20.

Lastly, All Data 50 comes with a total of 5 GB data (2 GB open access data and 1 GB per day of FREE TikTok for All) valid for three days, for only Php50.

Subscribers may conveniently register to any of TNT’s Sulit Affordaloads via the GigaLife App or by dialing *123# and to any sari-sari stores near you.

TNT is powered by Smart, the country's fastest 5G mobile network, as certified by Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence. Smart also dominated the latest Opensignal Mobile Network Experience Report in 11 out of a possible 16 categories covering the essential aspects of service, including speed, coverage, and experience.

Catch more of new TNT ka-tropa Kathryn by following TNT on Facebook, Twitter, Tiktok, Viber, Youtube and Instagram.

“The Black Phone” is Now the Biggest Horror Movie of 2022, Now Showing in Philippine Cinemas

Ringing beyond the $100M-mark global box-office, Universal Pictures’ “The Black Phone” has successfully brought in the horror genre fans once again to the cinemas and continues to do so, making it one of the “biggest non-sequel horror” films to-date.

“The Black Phone,” now showing in Philippine cinemas, starring a subtle powerhouse of veteran and young talents led by Ethan Hawke along with Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw who continue to earn praises and raves for their work in the film.

“The Black Phone” is based on the short story by Joe Hill (son of legendary horror author Stephen King) where Ethan Hawke takes on the role of The Grabber, a child abductor and serial killer. Both the short story and the film follow 13-year-old Finney (Thames), abducted by The Grabber in a small town in northern Denver. Locked in the killer’s soundproof basement, Finney discovers that he can hear the killer’s previous victims through a disconnected black rotary phone on the wall.

In most films about child abduction or serial killers, the victim needs to be rescued by an intrepid, driven detective or other adult. In The Black Phone, the well-meaning adults are essentially useless and the kids – Finney himself, the voices of the dead boys on the phone, and especially Finney’s younger sister, Gwen (McGraw) – are the only people who can possibly save Finney from certain torture and death. Beyond the blood-chilling terror, it’s a film about the strength of children, their ability to believe in unseen forces, and the power of family and love to endure even the darkest, most unthinkable events.

Set in the ‘ 70s, for Gen Xers, this was a time without anti-bullying initiatives, where, for boys in particular, learning to defend yourself against mean kids was considered a normal rite of passage. “My earliest memory up until high school was the violence of the neighborhood that I lived in,” director Derrickson says. “The primary feeling that I remember having as a child was fear. I was the youngest kid on the street full of bullies.”

Hawke was, in fact, hesitant at first since The Grabber is a failed magician who is shrouded in darkness. “Some part of The Grabber’s soul has been so eroded that he can justify doing things that most of us can’t even think about,” Hawke says. “It’s hard to play that level of malevolency because it’s impossible to justify.” The script, and in particular the relationship between Finney and his sister Gwen, changed his mind. “I thought it was special because, yes, it’s a scary movie, but it has a heart of gold,” concludes Hawke.

A Universal Pictures International film, answer the call when “The Black Phone” opens on July 20 in local cinemas nationwide.

“The Black Phone” is rated R-13 by the local censors board (MTRCB), only 13 years old and above are allowed inside the cinema.

Chris Cahilig's Award-Winning Short Films Now Streaming Internationally on CinemaWorld

The multi-talented Chris Cahilig wears many hats - producer, director, public relations entrepreneur, talent manager, published poet, and political adviser.

As president of Insight 360, Cahilig runs one of the most influential public relations, marketing, and social media consultancy firms in the Philippines. And through his agency’s subsidiary, Insight 360 Films, Cahilig has crafted full-length movies and short films, made riveting for their plots, characters, and purpose.

The road to Cahilig’s personal nirvana, however, is paved by a string of award-worthy short films, earning for him the title, “King of Branded Shorts”. This close to home as Cahilig’s short films have reaped honors at local and international film festivals. 

And now CinemaWorld is showing three of Cahilig’s select short films across Asia various traditional pay tv and streaming platforms.

A multimedia entertainment company incorporated and headquartered in Singapore, CinemaWorld is an international movie service showcasing award-winning movies, box office hits, and critics' favorites from around the world - the "first and only pan-Asian movie service to do so.” Launched in 2012, CinemaWorld has rapidly gained audiences in territories that include Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

Believing in the “articulating, emotive, and transcendent power of films to touch people’s hearts,” CinemaWorld gives immense value to films, features, and shorts—and their filmmakers and audience. This led to the launch of CinemaSHORT, a service expansion that aims at the trendier and younger - including the young minded - audience. As a platform, CinemaSHORT showcases quality short films from young and independent Asian filmmakers. 

CinemaWorld describes the short film industry in Asia as a “largely untapped but incredibly dynamic industry.” And to Cahilig’s acclaim, CinemaWorld found not just one, but three gems in its archives: Cahilig's branded shorts titled ‘Pitaka’, ‘The Belt’, and ‘The Bully’.

According to CinemaWorld, Filipino director Chris Cahilig’s award-winning works were chosen to be part of CinemaSHORT as these well-produced short films show a deeper meaning behind them. As the movie service points out, “The underlying themes of brotherhood, loyalty, and the dangers of bullying are well woven into the screenplay, making Cahilig’s stories highly relatable.”

CinemaWorld likewise asserts that short films are vital tools in telling the stories of ordinary people. “Connecting audiences from different parts of the world to beautiful films is our mission, and CinemaSHORT provides a unique curation of short films that often reflect untold stories from various regions."

Cahilig shares his excitement on the opportunity to be part of all this. “I believe short films have the capacity to make indelible marks in the industry. This was affirmed when my short films went viral locally and earned international recognition. “And now CinemaShort’s streaming of ‘Pitaka’, ‘The Belt’, and ‘The Bully’ once more attests to how my short films were remarkably written, shot, and produced.

To date, Cahilig is one of the most sought-after Filipino directors for his seamless blend of branding and well-told stories. His short films have succeeded not only in promoting brands but also in drawing millions of organic views.

For instance, “Pitaka” (The Wallet) tells the story of a hardworking brother who is determined to put his younger brother through school. Competing in over 15 international film festivals across the globe, “Pitaka” has garnered over 40 million views on various social media platforms, including Facebook.

Known Filipino film critic Tito Valiente lauded the film for its exquisitely crafted storytelling. In his film review, he said, “The whole drama works and well-thought-out advertising can be engaging.”

A must-watch for high-school students, “Pitaka” uses Filipino poetry to add depth to its story. This, and the film’s excellent cinematography, handed “Pitaka” the following awards: Best Digital Ad Category at the 40th Catholic Ma
ss Media Awards and Best Illustrated Poem in the 2018 Wales International Film Festival. “Pitaka” also made it to international film festival screenings in the US and Italy.

Featuring a more daring and fun storyline, “Sinturon” (The Belt), Cahilig’s most viewed and most viral branded short film, now has 44.5 million organic views on YouTube. Its theme of marital fidelity also created a loud buzz on social media. Netizens mentioned the effective use of the belt as a metaphor, and cited the plot twist as a noteworthy storytelling device.

Finally, “The Bully,” Cahilig’s socially relevant and heart-rending short film, tells the story of an alumnus returning to his alma mater to talk about bullying and its consequences, only to evoke a scene that haunts him to this day.

“The Bully” has been tagged as a must-see for students and their parents as it tackles the age-old issue of bullying and its deleterious effects on mental health.

All told, CinemaWorld affirms the exceptional qualities of these short films. "Their relatability, down-to-earth and simple narratives, combined with the talent of the cast, crew, and director make them the right fit for CinemaSHORT. We are happy to have Director Cahilig’s works in our platform."

For his part, Cahilig vows to continue partnering with brands to bring meaningful narratives to life, especially through short films.

“Pitaka,” “Sinturon,” and “The Bully” are now available to watch in various territories in Asia through CinemaWorld .

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Self-Love Advocates Heart Evangelista and Kotex #DareToLoveYourselfMore

Women are appreciated for being natural caregivers and, as a society, we have always applauded them for it. However admirable though, it is often at the expense of caring for others that these same women are found in an all-too-familiar situation of not having enough time or energy for themselves. That is why feminine care brand Kotex Philippines and self-love ambassador Heart Evangelista have once again teamed up in challenging women to #DareToLoveYourselfMore. Together, they aim to remind every woman to keep prioritizing self-love and encourage them to start celebrating those who actively choose to.

We are forever grateful for the mothers, wives, and sisters in our lives who constantly take care of us but as much as we praise them for this, still not enough is given to women who make the conscious choice to love themselves. Kotex is a believer of self-love and we encourage all women to dare to love yourself unapologetically simply because you deserve it,” said Ann Avellaneda, Brand Manager of Kotex Philippines.

For this year’s challenge, Kotex released a limited-edition #LuxeWithLove kit that contains packs of its luxuriously comfortable pads and panties. Wrapped in a specially designed painting made by Heart Evangelista, the curated kit invites every woman to fill up their box as a reminder to never let themselves run on empty.

With every purchase, shoppers can also get a chance to win a self-love weekend getaway and a meet and greet with Heart Evangelista - all while experiencing the luxury of comfort with Kotex because they deserve nothing less. To join, they must simply scan the QR code found inside every kit, fill out the form, post a self-love letter to themselves on Instagram or Facebook, tag the official Kotex page, and use the official hashtag #DareToLoveYourselfMore. Complete promo mechanics can be found here:

Much like Kotex, Heart Evangelista has been a self-love advocate for years now. While it has taken a while for her to not feel ashamed about prioritizing herself, she has finally learned to put herself first.

Along with staying in shape, eating the right food, and being healthy, Heart has also found an amazing way to practice self-love through her art.

Painting plays a huge role in my self-love advocacy. It’s my time for myself. It’s my time to express myself freely without anyone giving me instructions. It makes my soul happy in a way,” Heart shares.

With painting as her main avenue of expression, each work often tells a different story. Her favorite muses are women, painted in different canvases whether it’s on bags, murals, clothes, and now in a box. The design of the #LuxeWithLove kit is a beautiful representation of this advocacy as it was inspired by her self-love journey, travels around the world, and the many women that she’s met along the way.

No matter what form, shape or size, they were beautiful so that’s why I wanted to come up with that painting. Women, just proud of being themselves,” Heart adds.

Heart stresses that daring to love yourself is something we need to be constantly reminded of but hopes one day it will come as naturally as taking care of others. Whether it’s writing little daily affirmations, going out on a solo date, or simply getting pads that are a little more expensive but works wonders for you - spoiling yourself with better things will always pay off. Always be proud of who you are and how you take care of yourself because the most rewarding love is still the one from within us.

As Heart says, “Self-love isn’t being selfish. It’s having self-worth. It’s building yourself up. It’s preparing you for greater things and it’s preparing you to love other people in a better way.”

To date, hundreds of women have already come out in support of this self-love advocacy; each sharing how they’ve learned to love themselves more everyday and pledged to continue doing so. Patricia Basmayor said, "I learned to love myself more amidst my mental health issues. I became kinder to myself. I feel you should too." Maureen Agaren also shared, "It's alright to give yourself more. Remember the value of being ‘YOU’ and the LOVE that yourself deserves.

All women were recognized and awarded for their contributions in spreading this important advocacy. Now, it’s your turn.

The #DareToLoveYourselfMore challenge runs until July 30. Join today when you get your own #LuxeWithLove kit that is now available for purchase online via Lazada and Shopee. Remember, with every purchase, shoppers can also get a chance to win a self-love weekend getaway and a meet & greet with Heart Evangelista. Complete promo mechanics can be found here:

Follow the official Facebook page of Kotex Philippines to stay updated on the latest announcements and updates.

‘Maid in Malacanang’ Movie Trailer Released

Viva Films has released the official movie trailer of what can be called as the most controversial movie yet entitled "Maid In Malacanang," a retelling of the last 72 hours of the Marcoses during the Edsa revolution in 1986.

The grand trailer launch coincides with the film's grand media conference held at The Manila Hotel on Sunday, July 17.

Helmed by the fierce director Darryl Yap, based on the narrative of Senator Imee Marcos, the movie stars Cesar Montano, Ruffa Gutierrez, Cristine Reyes, Diego Loyzaga, Ella Cruz, Karla Estrada, Elizabeth Oropesa, and Beverly Salviejo.

The movie will be shown in cinemas nationwide beginning August 3.

Watch the trailer below:

KathNiel’s First Kiss in 2G2BT Becomes the Most Talked-About Topic Online

"2 Good 2 Be True," which is once again the most-watched TVseries and movie on Netflix Philippines and the most watched series on iWantTFC, took viewers on a rollercoaster ride last Thursday (July 14) as they witnessed Eloy (Daniel Padilla) kiss Ali(Kathryn Bernado)and then left her to escape the police.

In the Twitter-trending episode, Captain Rosales (Cris Villanueva) and his men continue searching for Eloy after the arrest warrant has been issued. Helena (Gloria Diaz) expedited Eloy's case regarding the money he stole from Tara (Jenny Miller) after learning that Hugo (Ronaldo Valdez) is getting close to him.

Viewers also learned that Hugo does not really know about Fred's (Romnick Sarmenta) case and Helena is responsible for Eloy's father's imprisonment. Meanwhile, Ali is confused about her feelings toward Eloy after his disappearance. She has doubts as to whether he was truly loyal or whether he lied to her.

Netizens, on the other hand, praised the series as the story became more unpredictable. Twitter trended with the hashtags #2Good2SayGoodbye and 2G2BT Heartstopper trend last night.

"Excited na ko for friday grabe po ang ganda talaga ng takbo ng kwento napakagaling naman nila direk mae at mga writer ng "2 Good 2 Be True," said @knbelus.

@mszfangirl_fhel commented, "Mixed emotions. Kilig,saya, at sakit. Grabe din ung pasabog at ung twists ng palabas na to kudos sa bumubuo! ang galing galing lang talaga. nakakaexcite pa lalo ung mga susunod na episode starting tomorrow."

@chee_lks1 reaction to the unexpected kiss of Eloy and Ali, "Napa sigaw ako sa scene na to nagulat talaga ako. Grabe yung sigaw ko dito napa galitan pa ako ni mother dear."

Be the first ones to enjoy the advance episodes of "2 Good 2 Be True" on Netflix. Viewers can also catch it weeknights, 8:40 PM on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, TV5, Kapamilya Online Live on ABS-CBN Entertainment's YouTube channel and Facebook page, Jeepney TV, and Cinemo.

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