Friday, September 09, 2022

TNT to Treat LRT-1 Passengers with Limited ‘Libreng Sakay at Meryenda’ on Monday, September 12

As part of its promise to bring saya to Filipinos, value mobile services brand TNT will be offering limited ‘Libreng Sakay at Meryenda’ to passengers of Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 on September 12, Monday.

TNT will give away a FREE one-way ticket ride at the EDSA, Carriedo, Gil Puyat, Baclaran, and Doroteo Jose stations from 8 a.m. onwards. Commuters only need to go to the TNT booth at the said station to claim their FREE ticket on a first come, first served basis.

On top of that, new and current TNT subscribers will also be able to enjoy FREE snacks if they avail of a new TNT SIM pack and register to any TNT Sulit Affordaloads offers, including Pantawid 10, SurfSaya 20 and All Data 50 - three offers that suit their connectivity needs even on a tight budget.

Tuloy Ang Saya with TNT

TNT’s ‘Libreng Sakay at Meryenda’ treat is part of the brand’s ongoing ‘Tuloy Ang Saya’ campaign, which aims to encourage Filipinos to keep positive despite challenging times.

'Sa lahat ng nangyayari ngayon, lalong kailangan natin ng mapagkukunan ng saya kahit sa simpleng paraan lang upang malagpasan ang iba't-ibang hamon sa ating buhay. That’s why, at TNT, we are committed to help Filipinos keep their saya going through programs like 'Libreng Sakay at Meryenda,’ our budget-friendly offers, and our award-winning network services,” said Lloyd R. Manaloto, FVP at Smart.

TNT is powered by Smart, the first and only local mobile operator to be recognized as the Philippines’ Best Mobile Network by Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence. Smart clinched the prestigious recognition after it won both Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage based on Ookla Speedtest Analysis for Q1-Q2 2022.

Stay updated on #TNTuloyAngSaya offers by following TNT on Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok.

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

SIDE A is Set to Serenade with Classic OPM Hits in “Then and Now: Redux 360 Side A Experience” Concert

If you are looking for a way to relive your love for Philippine Music, look no further than Side A.

Witness timeless music as the former members and new generation Side A perform a back-to-back concert together on the stage of Newport Performing Arts Theater at Newport World Resorts, with special guest Clara Benin, on September 24, 2022 at 8 PM.

For over 35 years, the band has been an icon in the country's OPM scene as the ones behind hit ballad tracks “Forevermore,” “Hold on,” “Eva Marie,” “So Many Questions,” and “Di Pa Huli.” Now, they will take us back to when we first fell in love with OPM in their concert “Then and Now: Redux 360 Side A Experience.”

Side A was founded in 1985 and boasts an impressive lineup of musicians who have been with the group since its humble beginnings at the Hyatt-Calesa Bar. The original roster includes brothers Rodel Gonzalez (lead vocals) and Naldy Gonzalez (keyboards and vocals), Mar Dizon (drums), Pido Lalimarmo (guitars and vocals), Joey Benin (bass), and Kelly Badon (lead guitars). Since hitting stardom in the 1990s, the hitmakers bagged two Awit Awards and a triple platinum album.

Their legacy in the local scene continues as one of the most sought-after and innovative musical force in the industry. Today, the band is made up of newer musicians alongside founding member Naldy.

Among the new generation members are Ned Esguerra (bass guitar), Yubs Esperat (lead vocals), and Lee Von Cailao (lead guitar).

Last year, the original members gathered in their virtual reunion concert. Following its success, the nostalgic performance will now grace a grander stage in Newport World Resorts. Catch the band perform their well-loved signature blend of pop and ballad on a live stage.

Tickets are now available at all TicketWorld and SM Tickets outlets: P5,000 (PLATINUM) P4,000 (SVIP), P3,000 (VIP), P2,000 (GOLD), P1,000 (SILVER), and P500 (BRONZE). For inquiries, contact the NWR National Sales Team via Archli Enriquez at 0917 823 9602, Kenneth Navoa at 0917 807 9387, and Jefferson Federizo 0917 658 9378, or call Ticketworld (02) 8891-9999, or SM Tickets (02) 8470-2222.

Escape the ordinary at Newport World Resorts, you know you want to. For more information on the latest entertainment thrills NWR has to offer, visit and follow @newportworldresorts on Facebook and Instagram, and @nwresorts on Twitter.

About Newport World Resorts (NWR):

Escape the ordinary at Newport World Resorts.

First established as the pioneer integrated resort in the Philippines in 2009, Newport World Resorts (NWR) encompasses a world of extraordinary thrills within the bustling Newport City community. Centrally located across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, with a direct connection via the RUNWAY MANILA footbridge, NWR is a gateway to world-renowned Philippine hospitality.

The NWR Casino has two main wings, the Newport Grand Wing and Newport Garden Wing, and is a one-stop, non- stop entertainment and leisure destination which features a wide array of gaming thrills and an innovative rewards program for members.

NWR proudly boasts of the highest hotel room key count in a single property with five international hotel brands, MARRIOTT Hotel Manila, SHERATON Manila Hotel, HOTEL OKURA Manila, HILTON Hotel Manila, and HOLIDAY INN Express Manila Newport City. The sprawling property also features a wide range of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) venues, including a three-story convention center that houses the country’s largest hotel ballroom, the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

Entertainment options abound at NWR. The award-winning Newport Performing Arts Theater is an award-winning venue that seats over 1,700 audiences for live entertainment from plays and musicals to concerts and amazing performances. The Newport Grand Wing’s The Grand Bar and Lounge and the Newport Garden Wing’s Bar 360 and El Calle Food and Music Hall provide nightly live entertainment for guests and patrons. The Newport Cinemas is a state-of-the-art movie theater within the Newport Mall.

Christian Bables Surfaces as 'Killer Ghost' in “Mars Ravelo’s Darna”

Award-winning actor Christian Bables plays the part of a ‘killer ghost,’ the latest supervillain to haunt the city of Nueva Esperanza in the most talked-about primetime series “Mars Ravelo’s Darna.”

The newest ‘extra’ equipped with intangibility powers first appeared in the series last Monday (September 5) wearing a black mask and seemingly armed with an evil deed to carry out inside a hospital.

Christian is expected to challenge Darna (Jane De Leon), who is gradually embracing her destiny as a protector of the stone and warrior. Will the ‘killer ghost’ get to hamper Darna’s heroic acts?

In the same episode, Darna once again used her superpowers to save young women from becoming victims of a syndicate, an illegal undertaking by Nueva Esperanza mayor himself, Zaldy Vallesteros (Simon Ibarra). Will Narda get entangled in the police investigation on this?

Don’t miss “Darna” weeknights at 8 pm on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, CineMo, A2Z, and TV5. The ABS-CBN series produced by JRB Creative Production is also available on iWantTFC and TFC.

For more information, follow JRB Creative Production on Facebook and Twitter (@JRBcreativeprod) and on Instagram (@JRBcreativeproduction). For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram or visit

Sarah Brightman to Celebrate the Holidays in Manila with "A Christmas Symphony" This December

Last year, the world’s biggest-selling Soprano and legendary GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist Sarah Brightman entertained her first-ever Christmas tour Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony … and it warmed hearts of both fans and critics alike, being named the ultimate holiday event! Given the overwhelming response, and in celebration of her favorite time of the year, Sarah begins a new Christmas tradition, by taking her A Christmas Symphony Tour internationally for the first time! The tour will be coming to Manila on December 7, 2022 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Presented by Wilbros Live and Smart Araneta Coliseum. Accompanied by orchestra and a choir, this beautiful holiday show will feature Sarah Brightman performing show-stopping renditions of classics from the Christmas canon, along with personal holiday favorites and many of her greatest hits.

Known as the world’s best-selling Soprano and UNESCO Artist for Peace Ambassador, Sarah Brightman has amassed sales of more than 30 million, receiving awards in over 40 countries. She originated the role of Christine DaaĆ© in the world-renowned The Phantom of the Opera on both West End and Broadway stages and has performed at such prestigious events including the Concert for Diana, The Kennedy Center Honors and the Barcelona and Beijing Olympic Games. Sarah’s albums Eden, La Luna, Harem, Symphony and Dreamchaser were each chart-topping Billboard hits and were all accompanied by world tours. Her most recent full-length studio album HYMN was released in 2018 and debuted at #1 on the Classical and Classical crossover Billboard charts. The HYMN world tour began in South America in September 2018 and concluded in her hometown of London, England in November 2019. Brightman has been recognized for her outstanding contribution to music and theatre with a ‘STAR’ on the world-renowned, majestic Hollywood Walk of Fame, in addition to receiving an Honorary Doctor of Arts (Hon DArt).

Tickets to Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony in Manila goes on-sale on Saturday, September 10 at 10AM via, TicketNet outlets nationwide or Call 8911-5555 for more information.

Academy Award-Winning Actress Reese Witherspoon Produces Inspiring Film "here the Crawdads Sing"

Besides being an Academy Award®-winning actress, Reese Witherspoon is now also a powerhouse producer heading Hello Sunshine, her billion-dollar production company, whose first feature film is "Where the Crawdads Sing", based on Delia Owen’s best-selling mystery novel.

Watch the video in which star Daisy Edgar Jones and producer Reese Witherspoon talk about the film -

I read the novel in one day. I just couldn’t put it down,” says Witherspoon. “I fell in love with Kya as a main character, as a little girl who’s growing up in a very rural area, shunned by society and trying to find a way to just save herself, just survive. The experiences she has with the two men in her life are both so touching but also terrifying. Delia Owens wrote this book with such authenticity, you could just tell she really grew up in this place.

Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

A literary phenomenon, the book skyrocketed to the top of the bestseller lists when Witherspoon picked it for Reese’s Book Club – and its record-breaking run has lasted over 191 weeks. With over 12 million copies sold in total, it was the top-selling book of 2019 and 2020 and set a new record for the most weeks at #1 on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestsellers list.

I remember when Reese first told me about this book,” says producer Lauren Neustadter, President, Film and Television at Hello Sunshine. “We loved Kya, we loved the world, we loved the story of her survival, against all odds. When we thought about it as a movie, there was so much that was so appealing. The backdrop is absolutely magnificent and the story is epic in scope. The marsh itself is incredibly cinematic. The lush greens and also the world that she lives in, the lagoon, the beach all of the settings are so incredibly beautiful and romantic. And then Kya herself is such an extraordinary character – an unconventional heroine and certainly the hero of her own story. To see this remarkable woman against such a beautiful backdrop felt inherently cinematic, and it felt perfect to bring to life on screen.

I don’t know where my book would be without Reese Witherspoon,” says Owens. “First it was her Book Club, then the Best Seller list, and now the movie. She’s done a lot for this book and for many, many authors.”

3000 Pictures presents in association with HarperCollins Publishers a Hello Sunshine production, Where the Crawdads Sing. Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer, Jr., and David Strathairn. Directed by Olivia Newman. Produced by Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter. Screenplay by Lucy Alibar. Based upon the novel by Delia Owens. The executive producers are Rhonda Fehr and Betsy Danbury. The director of photography is Polly Morgan, ASC. The production designer is Sue Chan. The editor is Alan Edward Bell, ACE. The costume designer is Mirren Gordon-Crozier. The music is by Mychael Danna.

In cinemas across the Philippines starting September 14, Where the Crawdads Sing is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

ABS-CBN Partners with MLD Entertainment and Kamp Korea Inc. in Search for the Next Global Pop Group in "Dream Maker"

Starhunt, ABS-CBN's premier grand audition platform, partners with Korean talent management agency MLD Entertainment and Kamp Korea Inc. to discover new talents in search of the next global all-male pop group in "Dream Maker."

The latest collaboration of ABS-CBN with foreign groups is part of the company’s international expansion plans as it continues to form strategic partnerships to champion the Filipino talent in the global stage.

ABS-CBN Head of TV Production and Star Magic Head Laurenti Dyogi said, “We are getting serious in getting to the international arena. We are looking at all ways and means to get Filipino artists and Filipino talents to be recognized globally. We are happy to have partners who recognize Filipinos are talented and we can compete globally.”

CEO of MLD Entertainment Lee Hyoungjin said, “It's a natural mix between ABS-CBN, MLD, and Kamp. Because ABS-CBN has the infrastructure, resources, and history in the Filipino market, combined with MLD Entertainment's K-Pop know-how and Kamp Global's global network know-how, it was quite a natural combination."

He also believed that Pinoy-pop maybe the next global phenomenon. With this partnership, he is confident that they will discover fresh faces that may soon conquer the international music scene.

"I have seen so much talent in the P-pop side and just girls and boys who love to sing and dance. As K-Pop has become a global phenomenon, I believe that P-pop is the next," he added.

"Dream Maker," the newest idol survival competition show, is about to make dreams come true for seven aspiring male singers and performers who will have the chance to debut in Korea.

Tim Kim, CEO of Kamp Korea Inc, shared what qualities they were looking for in the competition. He said, "The X-factor and talent are definitely something we're looking for. More importantly, we are looking for a P-pop group, but we're looking for a global group. A global mindset and being a global citizen is another factor that we're looking for."

Winners of "Dream Maker" will also be under the guidance and tutelage of established Korean idols and mentors who will personally train them as well as world-class Filipino mentors.

Starhunt will open the auditions for male contestants ages 13-22 years old who can sing, dance, or rap starting this weekend. Head on over to Market Market this September 10 (Saturday) and Ayala Fairview Terraces this September 11 (Sunday), from 10AM to 4PM, and showcase your talents. It will also conduct more physical auditions in partner malls all over the country and online auditions via

Watch out for "Dream Maker" soon on ABS-CBN. For more information about the show and its physical auditions, follow Starhunt on its social media accounts.

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Julia Barretto is Sweet, Addictive in "Expensive Candy," Showing in Theaters Nationwide on September 14

Sweet, addictive, and will make you come back for more. Taste the best and most special treat there ever is as "Expensive Candy" hits cinemas this September 14, 2022

A romance film from the writer and director of blockbusters 100 Tula Para Kay Stella, The Day After Valentine’s and Just a Stranger, Jason Paul Laxamana; "Expensive Candy" stars Julia Barretto like you’ve never seen her before and award-winning actor, Carlo Aquino.

Julia proves her versatility as a prime actress in her portrayal of an Angeles City streetwalker. Julia expressed her excitement in portraying Candy, “I’m so, so, so excited for everybody to see this. It’s [like] nothing that I’ve ever done before. I’d like to believe it’s a coming-of-age film.

The story is about finding love in the most unexpected places and betting everything you have to fight for it. Renato “Toto” Camaya (Carlo Aquino) is a high school teacher who falls in love at first sight with a hooker named Candy (Julia Barretto) after a night of paying to be with her.

Something about Candy leaves a mark in Toto’s heart that he can’t forget about. So he tries to win her love and be with her as much as he can, even if he has to make an effort, even if he has to pay for her time.

A humble man with a simple life, Toto’s only dream is to be with Candy, and he is willing to do anything and give up everything for her. But Candy has a different plan and has no intentions of being in a stable relationship with Toto. She wants to make it big by doing something she is good at: getting attractive rich men to be with her, have them pay her loads of money, and live the luxurious life she has always desired.

Can Toto’s persistence change Candy’s plan and encourage her to have a change of heart? Or will Toto eventually realize that Candy’s love is a prize that even his greatest efforts can never earn?

"Expensive Candy" is the first team-up of Carlo and Julia, and the movie displays their screen chemistry from intimate scenes to note-worthy exchanges of lines.

The movie is also the reunion project of Jason Paul Laxamana and Julia after Laxamana directed Julia’s 2019 movie, Between Maybes.

From Viva Films, get to know more about Candy and Toto’s “special” and one-of-a-kind love story. Does everything, even love, have a price? And will you be willing to pay for it? Get your tickets and line-up for "Expensive Candy", in cinemas nationwide this September 14, 2022.

This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, SHOPEE Delivers Bigger, More Rewarding Experiences for All Filipinos

Driven by its goal of serving Filipinos wherever they may be, Shopee continues to deliver ease and convenience for all through its highly-anticipated double day sales. With the upcoming 9.9 Super Shopping Day, the start of its year-end shopping season, Shopee gives everyone much to look forward to with a new community-building project, the greatest selection of deals, entertaining activities, and exciting prizes.

Win a Shopee-sponsored Community Project for your Barangay

Beyond offering the best deals through its double day sales, Shopee continues to work towards utilizing its resources and technology to help underserved communities across the Philippines. Especially crafted to welcome the start of the 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee has launched Barangay Shopee, the newest initiative under its Shopee Bayanihan CSR program, where users can win a sponsored community project for their barangay, such as a new basketball court, multi-purpose hall renovation, and public school supplies.

From August 25 up to September 9, Shopee users from all over the Philippines can nominate their barangay for a chance to win a community project of their choice that addresses their barangay’s needs. To join the initiative, users simply need to post their video entries on Facebook and submit the link via the Barangay Shopee page in the app.

“Mas Mura sa Shopee” deals and upsized brand promos at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day

From August 26 up to September 11, users can enjoy unbeatable “Mas Mura sa Shopee*'' offers on a wide variety of essentials, sitewide free shipping with no minimum spend, and exciting ₱1 Deals at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Shoppers also get to enjoy discounts from leading brands such as INSPI, Garnier, Dreame, Sabbat, OPPO, GameXtreme, Huawei, Colgate-Palmolive, Crocs PH, Uni-Care, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Philippines, Pedigree and Whiskas, Belo Essentials, P&G Beauty, Unilever, Ace Hardware, Adidas, Xiaomi, POCO, Bosch, Chef’s Classics, Enfagrow, and Lactum.

Shop & Win up to ₱1 million and more exciting prizes

Big rewards await lucky shoppers with Shopee’s newest game, 9.9 ShopeePay Shop & Win Up to ₱1 million. To join, users need to purchase on the Shopee app and claim their code from September 1 to 9 for a chance to win up to ₱1 million at our draw. Viewers of the draws from September 2 to 9 also stand a chance to win exciting prizes with Guess to Win, a daily in-app game that rewards one lucky viewer with thousands of cash via ShopeePay when they guess the winning bag.

Non-stop fun and entertainment at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special

Filipinos can also look forward to big giveaways, fun, and entertainment when they tune in this September 9 at 9:35PM on Shopee Live and GMA 7 for the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special. Exciting performances are lined up for the event with Shopee’s own Primetime Queen Marian Rivera, Primetime King Dingdong Dantes, Michael V, Carla Abellana, and more Kapuso stars.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, shared “We are thrilled to be welcoming the busiest sale season of the year with our users, sellers, and communities from all over the Philippines. We aim to be a platform that harnesses the power of technology to help all of our stakeholders and the community - whether it’s through our impactful CSR initiatives or exciting double day sales. We invite everyone to join us in making this our most meaningful 9.9 Super Shopping Day celebration yet.”

To learn more about the 9.9 Super Shopping Day andw Barangay Shopee, visit the 9.9 Super Shopping Day page and the Barangay Shopee page on the app. Download Shopee for free on App Store or Google Play Store.

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee promotes an inclusive and sustainable digital ecosystem by enabling businesses to digitalize and grow their online presence, helping more people access and benefit from digital services, and uplifting local communities.

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping homegrown brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Shopee is part of Sea Limited (NYSE: SE), a leading global consumer internet company. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology through its three core businesses: Shopee, Garena and SeaMoney.

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