Friday, November 10, 2023

A Recipe for Romance: Netflix Unveils Stunning Key Art for ‘REPLACING CHEF CHICO’ Starring Piolo Pascual, Alessandra de Rossi, and Sam Milby

Are you ready to stir up some romance in the kitchen? Netflix has just served up the intriguing main key art of its forthcoming Filipino series, Replacing Chef Chico.

Replacing Chef Chico marks a significant milestone as Netflix’s first Filipino-produced series. It stands as a testament to a new era of exciting local content on the streaming giant, underlining the growing influence of Filipino storytelling on a much bigger scale.

The newly released key art provides an enticing peek into the heart of the series. At the forefront is Chef Ella, reaching into a pot with a ladle in hand, while the two men - Chef Chico and Raymond - gaze at her intently, hinting at the love triangle that’s set to captivate viewers throughout the series.

The stellar cast of Replacing Chef Chico includes Sam Milby (A Family Affair) as Chef Chico, Alessandra de Rossi (What If) as Chef Ella, and Piolo Pascual (My Amanda) as consultant Raymond. Each character brings their unique perspective to the table and is driven by different motivations as they try to breathe new life into Hain, the restaurant.

The series promises a feast for the senses and a journey that you won’t want to miss.

‘Replacing Chef Chico’ will premiere globally on Netflix on November 24, 2023.

Thursday, November 09, 2023

Get a Chance to Win 1-Million Pesos this 11.11 with Shopee Live Milyonaryo

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a millionaire? 

Your dreams could come true with Shopee’s highly anticipated 11.11 Mega Pamasko Sale! Shopee offers an exciting opportunity for shoppers to become millionaires through the Shopee Live Milyonaryo. 

From November 1 to 11, users who shop and claim a code on Shopee Live can participate in this exciting opportunity. 

Here’s how you can participate and boost your chances:

How To Be A Millionaire

To get a shot at becoming a millionaire, follow these simple steps!

  • Participate in Shopee Live: Tune in to any Shopee Live stream between November 1 and November 11.
  • Claim your Raffle Code: During the live stream, click the “Claim Code” icon to generate your exclusive raffle code. You only need to claim the code once.
  • Shop on Shopee Live: Make daily purchases on Shopee Live within the specified date range (November 1-11) to enter the competition. The more you shop, the better your chances of winning.
  • Check your Notification: Keep an eye on your Shopee notifications for updates on your raffle code and the number of entries you’ve accumulated.

From November 8-12, Shopee will be announcing one winner each day! If you are one of the lucky five, you will be contacted to take part in a segment on either Shopee Live or national television. During this segment, you will have the opportunity to choose one of six presented bags containing cash prizes of up to ₱1,000,000.

The more you shop, the higher your chances of winning big! Have fun shopping with our Shopee Live 70% off vouchers and try your luck with Shopee Live Milyonaryo to seize your opportunity to become a millionaire. Also, remember to make the most of the exclusive 11.11 offers and deals to enhance your lifestyle even further.

More 11.11 Deals To Get Your Hands On

Aside from Shopee Live Milyonaryo, the e-commerce platform has lined up an enticing array of offers for this 11.11 Mega Pamasko Sale with free shipping, vouchers, and mall outlet deals.

  • Free Shipping with P0 minimum spend: Shoppers can once again enjoy free shipping on all their purchases with no minimum spending, making online shopping more affordable than ever!
  • Exclusive 70% off on Pamasko Deals: A day of non-stop shopping is on the horizon with up to 70% off from various brands and sellers, promising an exceptional experience for early Christmas shopping!
  • Shopee Mall Outlet Deals of up to 90% off: The Shopee Mall Outlet is back, offering jaw-dropping discounts of up to 90% off. Expect mind-blowing deals from your favorite brands so you can make the most of your year-end shopping and snag branded items at unbeatable prices.

This is a fantastic opportunity to change your lifestyle and become a millionaire. Don’t miss out on Shopee’s 11.11 Mega Pamasko Sale and its incredible offers and promotions. Shop, win, and elevate your life with Shopee!

Movie Adaptation of Popular TV Action-Thriller "Tokyo MER" Opens Exclusive in Ayala Malls Cinemas on November 22

Moved by the sight of medical practitioners and other essential workers risking their lives to save people at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, TV producer Masanao Takahashi created Tokyo MER (stands for Mobile Emergency Room), a tribute to the heroes of the pandemic. What started as a humble show of gratitude would go on to become a hit TV series in 2021 – with a movie adaptation that is currently one of the highest-grossing films in Japan this year.

This month, Filipino audiences can watch Tokyo MER on the big screen when it opens exclusively in Ayala Malls Cinemas on November 22. Reprising his TV role as Tokyo MER’s lead doctor, Ryohei Suzuki leads the cast of the film and is joined by notable newcomers, including Japanese idol boy band SixTONES’ Jesse as Tomohiro Shiomi, a trainee doctor assigned to Tokyo MER, and Anne Watanabe as Tomo Kamoi, the chief doctor of the MER team in the neighboring city of Yokohama.

Watch the trailer HERE.

The movie, directed by Aya Matsuki, takes place two years after the TV series, and the setting is the nearby city of Yokohama. The filmmakers wanted the big-screen adaptation to have a more realistic feel, so the main setting of the emergency is the Yokohama Landmark Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Japan. “In terms of the story, it matches the setting of spreading MER across the country [creating more MERs], and the Tokyo MER team is also close enough to rush to rescue,” said screenwriter Tsutomu Kuroiwa. As the emergency in the film is a big fire breaking out at the Tower, the filmmakers consulted with the city’s fire department to lend more authenticity to the film. They also consulted with medical supervisors about designing the newly established Yokohama MER’s ER car; the ER car, an emergency vehicle with the technology and equipment to perform emergency surgery on the scene before transporting seriously injured patients to the hospital, is a signature element of the show. Get ready to see an ER car that’s even more advanced than the one on the TV series. “I think it truly became a ‘dream vehicle,’” said director Aya Matsuki of the new ER car in the film.

Of the new additions to the cast, producer Ami Yagi said, “[The character of Yokohama MER Chief] Kamoi is a cool woman, in contrast to Kitami [Tokyo MER chief played by Suzuki both on TV and in the movie]. However, she is not just cold, but also has a side that shows her loveliness as a human being. I cast Anne Watanabe because I thought she would be able to embody this character.”

And of SixTONES idol Jesse, Yagi said, “I thought Jesse would show a new side through the role of Shiomi, which is a little different from the bright characters he shows on variety shows. Shiomi is a character who grows out of his shell, so I was hoping that it would be similar to how Jesse himself tackles roles that he has never played before.

From Encore Films and distributed by Warner Bros., don’t miss the movie adaptation of Tokyo MER, exclusively in Ayala Malls Cinemas starting November 22.

Get your tickets at Follow @ayalamallscinemas IG and FB.

This Sunday on ASAP: Triple Birthday Bash from Jona, Jane, and Shaina, Martin Launches New Single with Troy Laureta, Plus Darren and AC Collab with Your Fave P-Pop Groups

Celebrations are in full swing with a triple birthday extravaganza from Jona, Jane de Leon, and Shaina Magdayao, plus more pumped-up performances from your favorite weekend viewing habit this Sunday (November 12) on "ASAP Natin 'To" on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, and TV5.

Jona treats ASAP homies with a showstopping vocal number in time for her birthday, singing alongside OPM champions Jed Madela, Frenchie Dy, Lara Maigue, and Regine Velasquez.

Paint the town red with Darna herself as Jane also celebrates her special day with a fierce ASAP comeback performance. Plus, turn up the heat with a sizzling birthday treat from the OG dance idol, Shaina.

Feel the Y2K resurgence with an all-star 2000s hits party led by Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Erik Santos, Ogie Alcasid, and Regine alongside Jason Dy, Nyoy Volante, Krystal Brimner, and more of your ASAP Kapamilya with Robi Domingo.

The P-Pop fever continues as ASAP total performers Darren and AC Bonifacio bring back your favorite local pop hits with back-to-back revival acts with today's sought-after groups, YARA and VXON.

Keep the energy up with a hip-hop dance showdown from AC, Jeremy G, Jameson Blake, Jin Macapagal, Race Matias, and Legit Status.

Get ready for more musical collabs on the ASAP stage, featuring a vocal showcase from Gary Valenciano with new-gen singers Khimo Gumatay, Reiven Umali, JM Yosures, and Bryan Chong; plus, an unstoppable treat from Martin and Ogie alongside Elha Nympha, Fana, and Lyka Estrella.

Celebrate new music from the country's Concert King, Martin Nievera, alongside one of its musical brains - the award-winning Fil-Am musician Troy Laureta.

And follow it up with a vocal medley of competition pieces from Zsa Zsa, Erik, Sheryn Regis, Bituin Escalante, Ogie, and Regine in "The Greatest Showdown."

Don't miss this superb concert experience from the country's longest-running and award-winning musical variety show, "ASAP Natin 'To," this Sunday, 12 NN on local TV via Kapamilya Channel, Jeepney TV, A2Z, and TV5, online through Kapamilya Online Live and iWantTFC, and worldwide via TFC.

HONOR throws Buy 1 Get 1 Promo, Price Drops, and FREE JBL Speakers This 11.11 Mega Sale

Leading smart devices provider HONOR Philippines has been giving shoppers great deals after another for the entire year, but their biggest is yet to come this 11.11 Mega Pamasko Sale from November 7 to 13, 2023 where Buy 1 Get 1 deals, price drops of up to Php 9,500, and FREE JBL Speakers await you! Head on now to HONOR’s Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok stores to get the best gadget for you!

We want nothing but the best for our HONOR fans and we have indeed arrived to the best deals we have yet. For those who are looking for the best quality gadgets this holiday season, we have not just one or two options for you but three exciting deals! Check out our official online stores and be amazed yourself,” said Stephen Cheng, Vice President of HONOR Philippines.

Major price drops for up to Php 9,500 off

Aside from the crowd-favorite Buy 1 Get 1 promo of HONOR, the tech giant is also dropping the prices of its hero products. HONOR 70 5G, introduced at Php 26,990, is the first one to get a price slash of Php 9,500 making it just Php 17,490 this 11.11! HONOR X8 is also up for grabs for only Php 6,490 from its Php 12,990 price tag. HONOR X7 and HONOR X6 worth Php 9,990 and Php 6,990 will have a big markdown and will be available for only Php 4,990 and Php 3,790 respectively. On top of these, you can also avail Php 1,000 off LazBonus vouchers on other HONOR device and FREE shipping nationwide!

Get FREE JBL Speakers when you buy HONOR 90 5G!

The viral and powerful HONOR 90 5G has a sweet treat for future owners as well! Try your luck when buying from Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok because for a limited time only, you can get a FREE JBL Flip 6 or Flip 5 speakers worth Php 7,499 and Php 6,999 respectively.

Buy One, Get One FREE HONOR Smartphone!

From November 7 to 13, shoppers can enjoy HONOR 70 5G and a FREE HONOR X7 for only Php 22,590 with a total savings of Php 14,390! HONOR X8 will also come with a FREE HONOR X6 for a bundle price of Php 9,990 that will save you Php 9,990 as well. Lastly, a FREE HONOR X8 await you for every purchase of HONOR MagicBook X 14, priced at Php 28,790 which will give you Php 14,190 savings.

What are you waiting for? Check out your dream HONOR gadget from November 7 to 13, 2023 on Shopee:

For more exciting updates and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok: ( 

To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to

Sunday, November 05, 2023

MMFF 2023: “Broken Hearts Trip” Starring Christian Bables, Teejay Marquez, Petite, and Iyah Mina

Get ready for a Christmas season filled with laughter as the comedy-drama film “Broken Hearts Trip” hits cinemas nationwide on December 25. 

Brought to Filipino audiences by BMC Films in collaboration with Smart Films, this film promises to be a heartwarming and entertaining addition to the 49th edition of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival.

Leading the cast of “Broken Hearts Trip” is the award-winning actor Christian Bables, known for his recent role in the popular Kapamilya primetime series “Dirty Linen.” As he wraps up the year, he once again showcases his remarkable acting skills.

When asked about his prospects of winning the best actor award for his role this year, Bables shared, “I did my best. Sa lahat naman ng mga pelikulang ginagawa ko, hindi ko ini-expect talaga yung mananalo ako o hindi. Basta I do my best as an actor.”

He further expressed, “Sana, kung ipagkakaloob ni God at ng pagkakataon, thank you. Pero kung hindi, alam kong mas deserve nung mananalo kung hindi man ako ‘yun.”

On another hand, if he is to choose between receiving yet another acting award and claiming box-office success, this was his response: “Kung pwede, both. Yung box office para yun sa mga sumugal, nagtiwala doon sa pptensyal ng pelikula. Yung award, recognition yun para sa hard work na ginawa ng actors, director, ng lahat. Kung pwedeng both, pag papipiliin ako ng isa, wag na lang.”

Serving as the host and one of the three ‘Judgers,’ Bables is joined as judges by character actress Tart Carlos, and, of course, 2016 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Jaclyn Jose.

Broken Hearts Trip delves into the lives of five brokenhearted LGBTQ individuals who are given a chance to heal in some of the most beautiful places in the country.

These five LGBTQ individuals are portrayed by Teejay Marquez, Marvin Yap, Petite, Iyah Mina, and Andoy Ranay.

After enduring countless heartaches, frustrations, and seemingly endless grief, they are finally offered the opportunity of a lifetime when a corporate agency sponsors a reality competition titled ‘The Broken Hearts Trip.’ The show takes them on a series of journeys to some of the most stunning tourist spots in the Philippines, namely: Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu; Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte; Magdalena, Laguna; Lobo, Batangas; as well as Bangkong Kahoy Valley and Mt. Banahaw in Dolores, Quezon.

But there’s a catch! To continue in the competition, the contestants must remain single at the end of their journey. A one-million-peso cash prize awaits the last gay man or trans woman standing - the chosen one.

In each destination, in each episode, one is spotlighted as they confront their past and navigate the road to recovery. While not every step and activity may go exactly as planned, each experience offers a valuable lesson. The journey continues, but will they make it to the next destination?

Will it be a pursuit of money or a quest for love? It’s the perplexing question that each participant must answer as their experiences grow more enriching and exciting. In the final leg of the show, one winner will emerge with not only the prize but also a fresh lease on life.

Joining the lively ensemble of cast members are Jay Gonzaga, Ron Angeles, Argel Saycon, Arnold Reyes, Kevin Posadas, and Sinon Loresca, each in their engaging roles.

The screenplay of Broken Hearts Trip was written by Archie Del Mundo based on an original story by Lex Bonife.

It is executive produced by Benjie M. Cabrera, Omar Tolentino, and Power Up Workpool Inc.

Here’s the statement from the producers: “We are grateful and excited for the opportunity to join the prestigious roster of MMFF producers. Our film’s edge is BHT’s emphasis on some of the local tourist spots in the country as it depicts stories of being loved, heartbroken, picking up the pieces, and moving on. People want to be entertained. Broken Hearts Trip makes you laugh and cry, all while taking you to scenic places around the country. It’s funny, dreamy, and brave at the same time.

Join the high-spirited ride of this comedy-drama film and feel the warmth of fun, adventure, and life lessons in a story that puts the spotlight on moving on and letting go. Broken Hearts Trip is coming this Christmas 2023 to cinemas across the Philippines!

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