Saturday, October 22, 2022

Kapuso Sparkle Stars Dress Up for First-Ever ‘The Sparkle Spell’ Halloween Party

The surprises never stop as Sparkle GMA Artist Center holds its first-ever Halloween party via “The Sparkle Spell.” 

Following the successful GMA Thanksgiving Gala last July 30, Sparkle artists and online influencers are set to show off their scariest, sexiest, and most stylish costumes in one bewitching evening this Sunday (October 23) at XYLO at The Palace in Taguig City. Some of the Sparkle celebrities are already used to dressing up for an annual Halloween party with their friends and families, while others are excited to experience it for the first time.

Max Collins: “I try to dress up for Halloween every year! This is my first Halloween party since the pandemic so I’m excited about it. I’m slowly putting together my costume, trying to be particular about the details.

Zephanie: “It is not my first time attending a Halloween Party, but it definitely is my first time dressing up for Halloween and I’m really having a hard time picking what character or costume I’m gonna be wearing. I’m just really excited to see everyone’s costumes and have a fun and scary night with my fellow Sparkle artists.”

Weeks before this much awaited event, the stars have already been preparing a lot to get red-carpet ready and look their best for the spookiest night of the year.

Ysabel Ortega: “I want to find the perfect costume that would suit my personality. But at the same time, finding a costume that is different from what people would expect me to wear. Ako mismo ang pumili ng costume na isusuot ko and when I showed it to my glam team, super na-excite sila because we have a chance to really play around with my makeup, my hair and my outfit.

Luke Conde: “Since this is the first, I decided to look close to the character I'll be wearing and part of it is I didn't cut my hair short. I have two costumes prepared for this event, the one that I prepared and the other is suggested by a friend. I felt that the character that my friend suggested is the better option. I just chose which costume of that character is best for this event.” 

The fans are definitely in for a treat with the most epic, haunting and impressive looks and costumes the artists have carefully prepared for this Sunday.

Ashley Ortega: “I had my costume made to get the exact same look of the character I’ll be at the party. I went for a costume/character that people would always say I look like that person. I can’t wait for people to see it cause I get a lot of comments from my fans that I should be this person on Halloween.”

Gabbi Garcia: “I actually dress up for Halloween every year and I am very hands on when it comes to curating my looks! My team and I carefully planned my look for the event. We made sure that we were all aligned and coordinated with the overall look.”

Watch out for your favorite Sparkle stars as they flaunt their creativity, style and unique ideas for The Sparkle Spell. Catch the event via livestream on Sparkle’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and TikTok account this Sunday, October 23. 

The blood carpet begins at 5:30 PM.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Asiamoney Named Universal Robina Corporation (URC) as Philippines’ Most Outstanding Consumer Staples Company

Asiamoney, one of Asia’s leading financial publications, has, for a second year in a row, named Universal Robina Corp. (URC) as the Philippines’ most outstanding company in the consumer staples sector.

Asiamoney handed the award to URC, one of the Philippines’ largest food manufacturers, after an exhaustive survey of the region’s top capital movers and financial experts.

URC won the same award last year.

This award affirms the high, consistent quality of our products and services, the trust and faith of our customers and the grit and resilience of our workforce,” said URC president and CEO Irwin Lee.

Asiamoney is a top source of news, commentaries and data services for international capital markets.

Its latest survey covered over 1,000 fund managers, analysts, bankers and ratings agencies. In total, 5,787 votes were received for publicly listed companies across 13 markets in Asia.

The results recognized 191 companies as being the most outstanding in their respective sectors and markets.

The poll was designed to acknowledge listed firms that have excelled in areas such as financial performance, management team excellence, investor relations and corporate social responsibility.

"While we are humbled by the recognition from the various fund managers, analysts, bankers and ratings agencies who took part in the voting, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of all our stakeholders - employees, suppliers, customers, and consumers - who have helped us persevere through the last two years of the pandemic,” said Lee.

The company will continue to work diligently to become the leading food and beverage sustainable enterprise from the Philippines,” he added. “We’re building new legs and entering new spaces with innovation as our growth engine.”

Lee said with the Covid-19 pandemic now receding in the background, “URC enters this new chapter with gratitude, knowledge and a newfound vigor to sprint toward our vision for a sustainable future”.

Universal Robina Corporation (URC), makers of long-standing well-loved Pinoy brands such C2, Great Taste, Piattos, Maxx Candy and Cream O, was named by Asiamoney as the Philippines’ most outstanding company in the consumer staples sector, for the 2nd year in a row.

OneRepublic ‘Live in Concert'’ Happening at the Araneta Coliseum on February 23, 2023

GRAMMY® nominated, multi-platinum selling band OneRepublic announces their much-awaited return to Asia in February 2023. 

The ‘Live in Concert’ tour will be coming to Manila on February 23 at the Araneta Coliseum. Presented by Wilbros Live. Tickets will go on-sale on September 30, 10AM via and TicketNet outlets nationwide.

OneRepublic, fronted by the enigmatic Ryan Tedder, have provided some of the most memorable and successful pop hits of their generation, including chart and streaming smashes “Apologize”, “Stop and Stare”, “Rescue Me” and “Counting Stars”. On the 27th of August 2020, the band released their new single, “Someday”, in which the group also debuted the video for their new song. The album includes previously released tracks which combined have over 2.5 billion global streams, “Run”, “Somebody To Love”, “Wanted”, “Better Days” and “Rescue Me”, which has been certified RIAA Gold.

The band has blasted back into global charts with their smash hit “I Ain’t Worried” which is featured in the blockbuster movie, Top Gun: Maverick. The video, directed by Isaac Rentz, includes stunning footage from the film. OneRepublic has amassed more than 5 billion streams on Spotify to date with all their smash hits.

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(Trailer) Arjo Atayde's International Series "Cattleya Killer"

ABS-CBN released on Thursday (October 20) the trailer of “Cattleya Killer,” its upcoming international drama series starring 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Actor Arjo Atayde, which aims to promote Filipino talent and stories to the world.

The two-minute trailer starts by featuring a woman’s corpse with a Cattleya flower on top of her face, leaving investigators baffled as it is reminiscent of the style of Gene Rivera (Aga Muhlach’s character in “Sa Aking Mga Kamay”), a serial killer who terrorized Manila two decades ago.

The trailer shows viewers pivotal scenes in the six-part series, which is adapted from the 1996 Star Cinema movie “Sa Aking Mga Kamay,” including the return of Joven (Christopher de Leon) as the NBI agent who will handle the case of cryptic murders and Anton (Arjo) telling his dad, Joven, that the new killer is not a copycat since he thinks the killer has developed his own pattern.

As seen in the trailer, “Cattleya Killer” also offers a glimpse of the action-packed and sinister scenes that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. 

Arjo’s other acclaimed co-stars appearing in the trailer are Jake Cuenca, Jane Oineza, Ria Atayde, Ricky Davao, Nonie Buencamino, Ketchup Eusebio, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Jojit Lorenzo, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, and Zsa Zsa Padilla.

Meanwhile, “Cattleya Killer” had its premiere screening at MIPCOM Cannes on October 19, marking a milestone for Philippine entertainment as it was the first Filipino production to screen at MIPCOM, the world’s largest content market.

In attendance were the team from ABS-CBN and co-producer Nathan Studios Inc., including ABS-CBN International Production head Ruel Bayani, Arjo, Ria, and their parents and co-producers, Sylvia and Art Atayde.

“I would like to dedicate all our efforts to our Kapamilyas, our kababayans, the Filipinos all over the world. To champion Filipino talent in the global stage is one thing, but to provide them joy, pride, honor, and inspiration – that to ABS-CBN is a true measure of our success,” Ruel said before the premiere screening.

Arjo couldn’t help but gush about “Cattleya Killer” saying, “It is such an honor to be part of this. It is such a learning experience. I just want to thank all Filipinos for actually finding their way to support us today. We will continue to inspire, to bring out the message, and to just keep doing what we’re doing.”

Netizens who have seen the trailer also praised the highly anticipated series from ABS-CBN and Nathan Studios.

Someone tag those who said Philippine cinema is dead, I think ABS-CBN International Production’s ‘Cattleya Killer’ might just change your mind,” said Instagram user @vincerovicc.

Ganda. I can feel awards coming. Congrats direk [Dan Villegas] and the whole cast and crew,” Instagram user @dpa23rd said.

Directed by Dan Villegas, written by Dodo Dayao, and executive produced by Ruel S. Bayani, “Cattleya Killer” will be released for international audiences as ABS-CBN continues its global march. The country’s leading content provider, ABS-CBN continues to forge new partnerships to promote Filipino stories and talent all over the world. “Cattleya Killer” follows “Almost Paradise,” the first American TV series filmed entirely in the Philippines, which ABS-CBN co-produced with Hollywood’s Electric Entertainment.

Other ABS-CBN International co-productions in the pipeline are “Concepcion,” a crime family series centering on a Filipino kingpin in Los Angeles starring Sharon Cuneta, and “Sellblock,” a New Bilibid Prison-set drama that involves an American agent to be headlined by Jericho Rosales.

Shopee Onboards Aspiring MSMEs from the Aeta Community in Partnership with Angeles LGU and the Clark Development Corporation

With its mission of making e-commerce more accessible for Filipinos across the country, Shopee partners with the local government unit (LGU) of Angeles City and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to engage and onboard local entrepreneurs from the Aeta community in Pampanga through its nationwide initiative - Shopee University Roadshow. Aspiring and current entrepreneurs from the Aeta community learned how they could sell their products on the platform and will soon be able to sell their handicrafts and traditional products, such as flutes, bird whistles, and coin banks, to a nationwide audience.

Through this Shopee University Roadshow, our MSMEs will reach a larger market and wider audience to introduce their very own products. Thank you for this opportunity, Shopee, for giving a bridge for our local businesses,” shared Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin.

Ed Pamintuan, Chairman of the Clark Development Corporation, said “Everything that we do drives back to our main mission of driving growth and modernization for Clark City. We are grateful that our partnership with Shopee has given our Cabalens, most especially our Aeta brothers and sisters, the support that they need to jumpstart their online selling journey.”

Local entrepreneurs from the Aeta Community

We are honored to partner with Angeles City and the Clark Development Corporation in our shared mission of supporting local businesses. It is incredibly humbling to be part of the e-commerce journey of our local MSMEs. We will continue to make e-commerce accessible for all with more iterations of the Shopee University Roadshow and Shopee Kumustahan,” shared Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines.

Shopee Philippines Seller Coach Mik Baluyot, Hola Decor shop owner Donald Manalo, and 
Smart Snail shop owners Carrie and Laurence Sanchez

The Shopee University Roadshow is a masterclass that educates MSMEs nationwide on how to bring their businesses online and onboard into Shopee. The masterclass equips sellers with the necessary tools and knowledge to generate more sales and grow their buyer base. Meanwhile, the Shopee Kumustahan engages Shopee sellers in a casual gathering for them to learn online selling tips and tools through an exchange of their experiences, insights, and advice.

This marks the third iteration of the Shopee University Roadshow and the Shopee Kumustahan, following successful runs in Davao City and Cebu. Through both events, Shopee furthers its commitment to support the growth of MSMEs and help all Filipinos benefit from digitization, wherever they may be.

If you’re interested in growing your business online, kickstart your e-commerce journey with Shopee today. Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Noli de Castro Stages Major Halloween Throwback Featuring Tales of Aswangs, Haunted Houses, and More on Kababalaghan Klasiks from ‘Magandang Gabi Bayan' in "KBYN"

Kabayan Noli de Castro gifts viewers with Halloween nostalgia as he presents classic horror episodes from his former iconic show “Magandang Gabi Bayan” this Sunday (October 23) on “KBYN: Kaagapay ng Bayan.”

It’s a trip down memory lane for #MGBBatang90s as they get to rewatch some of the most frightening stories spanning from the 1990s to the early 2000s, including two accounts from a suspected ‘aswang’ from Palawan and a self-confessed ‘aswang’ from Bicol.

No one could ever forget about the timeless stories of haunted houses – a family’s creepy experience because of an unexplainable creature’s presence at their very home and the never-ending saga on the infamous Laperal White House in Baguio City.

A Halloween episode will not be complete as well without the appearance of the notorious white lady as witnessed by residents in Ilocos Sur and Laguna.

Noli also features several anecdotes about disturbances caused by wandering spirits and supernatural elements in Brgy. Sampiruhan, Laguna and Negros Oriental.

Don’t miss this “Magandang Gabi Bayan” Halloween throwback episode, especially made for #MGBBatang90s, this Sunday (October 23) in “KBYN: Kaagapay ng Bayan” on A2Z, TeleRadyo, Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, at sa

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Globe and TikTok Launch the Search for the Ultimate KmmunityPH Kreator

We all have our favorite Korean stars or “biases,” as the fandom slang goes, and this is because they inspire us through their passion for their craft. This kind of influence is what makes most Korean culture fans devoted stans, which also manifests in the way they live and express themselves.

To provide an avenue for Filipinos to share their love for K-culture with others, KmmunityPH, the hotspot for all things Korean created by Globe, has launched “The Search for Kmmunity Kreator'' that starts this October. Here, stans are invited to show off how much they know about K-culture through their unique talents.

Kmmunity Kreator for #K-PopPlaylist

How many K-Pop songs do you know? Can you sing them with the same amount of energy and feelings as your bias? Make a compilation of five of the best K-Pop covers you know, complete with stunning vocals and impressive dance moves, and you might just be the ultimate Kmmunity Kreator for #K-PopPlaylist this competition is looking for.

Kmmunity Kreator for #KArt

If your favorite Korean star inspires your creativity and you have the knack for arts, join #KArt and showcase your talent by making the most beautiful and unique illustration or fan art of your favorite K-stars. Who knows, your artistry might just be your ticket to winning a slot as a Kmmunity Kreator.

Kmmunity Kreator for #KTrends

Are you always in the know when it comes to the latest K-Pop happenings? Have something to say or share about the most trending music, series, movies or anything Korean? Show your hosting prowess and wit in fun and engaging video content for #KTrends.

Kmmunity Kreator for #KWaveBias

Who is your #KWaveBias or favorite Korean artist? Show, don’t say. Transform into your favorite K-Pop artist by re-creating their look: strut it with their signature fashion and style, do a make-up transformation, or get the character out in the most moving reenactment of iconic scenes from your favorite K-Drama.

Join the fun and prove to everyone how well you know your bias, or your favorite Korean stars! 

Just follow these steps:

1. Be a Globe subscriber and join KmmunityPH.
2. Create a 1-2 minute video showing off your talent and upload it to TikTok using the
official hashtags #KmmunityKreator, #HallyuTalkPH, and tag @kmmunityph.
3. Register your entry through from October 1 to 31, 2022.
4. The search is open to all residents of the Philippines aged 16-25 years old. If you are 16- 17 years old, download and submit the consent form in the registration portal.

Twelve (12) finalists from across the four categories will be announced on November 7. They will then move to the next stage of the competition and take a new challenge.

By showing off the depth of their passion for K-culture, four (4) Kmmunity Kreators representing each category will each win P25,000 worth of GCash credits, P2,000 worth of Shopee vouchers, and exclusive access to upcoming KmmunityPH events. Aside from these amazing perks, they will become official HallyuTalkPH content creators and the newest KmmunityPH Ambassadors, giving them more platforms to spread their love for everything Korean.

We can’t wait to meet our first ever Kmmunity Kreators,” said Pia Gonzalez-Colby, Globe Chief Marketing Officer.We hope that through this search, the growing community of K-fans will have more space to freely express themselves and use their passion to inspire others, just like how their biases influence them.”

KmmunityPH is a community that supports Filipinos’ passion for everything K-culture. Just like how Kimberly was inspired by Kim Seon-ho and encouraged by the community in this video, the Search for Kmmunity Kreator invites K-fans to share their passions and pursue their dreams, with KmmunityPH supporting them every step of the way.

For more information about the search and everything K-Culture, follow KmmunityPH on Facebook, Viber, Twitter, and TikTok today!

Michael B. Jordan's "Creed III" Reveals Adrenaline-Fueled Trailer, Showing in Philippine Cinemas and IMAX on March 1, 2023

There’s no enemy like the past. From director Michael B. Jordan, watch the official “Creed III” trailer now and see the movie in cinemas and IMAX March 1, 2023.


From Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures comes “Creed III,” with Michael B. Jordan making his directorial debut and returning in the role of Adonis Creed in the third installment of the hit franchise. The film also stars Tessa Thompson (“Creed” franchise, “Passing”), Jonathan Majors (“Da 5 Bloods,” “Lovecraft Country”), Wood Harris (“Creed” franchise, “Blade Runner 2049”), Florian Munteanu (“Creed II,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”), newcomer Mila Kent, and Phylicia Rashad (“Creed” franchise, “Soul”).

Jordan directs from a screenplay by Keenan Coogler (“Space Jam: A New Legacy”) & Zach Baylin (“King Richard”), from a story by Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) and Keenan Coogler & Zach Baylin. It is produced by Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Elizabeth Raposo, Jonathan Glickman and Sylvester Stallone. The executive producers are Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Nicolas Stern and Adam Rosenberg.

Jordan is joined behind the camera by director of photography Kramer Morgenthau (“Creed II,” “Thor: The Dark World”), production designer Jahmin Assa (“mid90s,” “Angelyne”), editor Tyler Nelson (“The Batman,” “Rememory”), costume designer Lizz Wolf (“Creed II,” “Pacific Rim: Uprising”), with a score by composer Joseph Shirley (“Jackass Forever,” “The Book of Boba Fett”).

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures Presents A Chartoff-Winkler Production, “Creed III,” which will be distributed internationally by Warner Bros. Pictures including the Philippines.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Global G-Group Lapillus Stuns in First-Ever Digital Magazine Cover Feature via METRO.Style

Metro.Style is "burning with love" for LAPILLUS. The members of this global girl group - Shana, Yue, Chanty, Bessie, Seowon, and Haeun - are on fire, as they "hit ya" with their sultry and edgy visuals on the top fashion and lifestyle platform's digital cover.

Fresh from their successful two-week "HIT YA Pilipinas: Lapillus In Manila" tour, MLD Entertainment's fast-rising rookie K-Pop girl group made a comeback via their first mini album “GIRL’s Round Part. 1,” featuring the title track "GRATATA." This milestone comes just a few months after they debuted in the music scene with the buzzworthy digital single "HIT YA" last June.

With their accomplishments thus far, the future proves to be bright for this group, as they lift their fans' spirit through their music. But not only are the girls of LAPILLUS talented, they serve visuals, too, as seen in this exclusive Metro.Style editorial that marks their first-ever digital magazine cover feature. For this photo shoot, they wore ensembles by Filipino fashion designers and brands.

This cover was photographed by Ria Regino, with creative direction by Chookie Cruz. The shoot was executed under the supervision of Metro editors Geolette Esguerra, Kate Paras-Santiago, and Grace Libero-Cruz, with the help of managing editor Red Dimaandal. Lapillus’ glam team was composed of makeup artist Yuna Choi, hair stylist Kyounghwa Woo, and fashion stylist Yezi Kim. The styling team of Myrrh Lao To - which includes Mack Bersalona, Josh Galang, and Mai Chua一put together the wardrobe. CJ Reyes and Bria Cardenas were in charge of the video executions, while writers Janelle Roa Cabrera-Paraiso and Mariel Abanes did the interviews. The shoot was held at Collab in Sheraton Manila.

For more exclusive articles, visit Metro.Style. Follow Metro.Style - @metrodotstyle on IG and Twitter, and /metrodotstyle on Facebook, as well as Metro Magazine - @metromagph on IG and Twitter and /Metro.Magazine on Facebook.

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