Saturday, December 23, 2023

GOMBURZA Ignites Praises and Rave Reviews at its Star-studded Grand Red Carpet Premiere Night

As the countdown to the 49th Metro Manila Film Festival draws near, the historical biopic GOMBURZA receives an electrifying wave of enthusiasm during the star-studded red carpet premiere night at the Gateway Cineplex Cinema 5 on December 23.

Heralded as the biggest historical film of the decade, GOMBURZA’s narrative has ignited conversations across the nation about how the three martyred priests’ death planted the seeds of revolution in the hearts of Filipinos. The highly anticipated premiere night was graced by the powerhouse ensemble, led by main actors Enchong Dee, Cedrick Juan, Dante Rivero, alongside Elijah Canlas, Khalil Ramos, Tommy Alejandrino, Jaime Fabregas, Ketchup Eusebio, Epy Quizon, Nanding Josef, Neil Sese, Arnold Reyes, Brian Sy, Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, Ronnie Lazaro, Peewee O’Hara, whose roles completed the puzzle pieces of this epic cinematic masterpiece.

Under the visionary direction of internationally-acclaimed director Pepe Diokno, GOMBURZA unfolds a gripping account of the lives of Fathers Mariano Gomes, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora whose courage and sacrifices led to a series of events that shaped the nation after their lamentable public execution.

Enchong Dee, known for his versatility and dedication to his craft, delivered a compelling performance that uncovered the depth of his acting mettle. Cedrick Juan's magnetic on-screen presence solidified his status as a promising breakthrough artist, while Dante Rivero's seasoned portrayal added layers of gravitas and authenticity to the storyline.

The GOMBURZA grand red carpet premiere was indeed a memorable gathering, with the film’s cast, crew and guests raving in awe and renewed patriotism. Celebrities, fans, industry insiders,film enthusiasts, historians, and Church leaders were all captivated by the film's powerful storytelling and standout portrayals.

Produced by JesCom Films and MQuest Ventures of MediaQuest, in cooperation with CMB Film Services, GOMBURZA is poised to become a cinematic masterpiece that not only evokes emotions but also inspires change while preserving the legacy of the nation. A film about heroic Filipinos, by Filipinos, for Filipinos. This is the MMFF film that Filipinos must watch during the film festival.

Make sure to include GOMBURZA to your watchlist for this year’s MMFF as the film hits theaters nationwide on December 25, 2023. For more updates about the film, follow their official social media pages: @GomBurZaFilm on Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and TikTok.

Friday, December 22, 2023

Erik Santos Revives Well-Known Holiday Tunes in the Deluxe Version of His Album “All I Want This Christmas.”

The repackaged Christmas album includes a collection of original songs and covers such as “Paskong Kayakap Ka (Ballad Version),” “All I Want This Christmas,” “Silent Night/Oh Holy Night,” “Christmas Is,” and many more.

Its key track “Ngayong Pasko 20th Anniversary Version” reminisces a past love amid the holiday celebration. The track was composed and produced by ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo.

Erik rose to prominence after being hailed as the grand champion of “Star in a Million” season 1 in 2003. Since then, he has released several platinum-selling albums such as “This Is The Moment,” and “Loving You Now,” which spawned the hit singles “Pagbigyan Muli” and “I’ll Never Go” respectively. He also earned various accolades from Awit Awards, FAMAS Awards, and PMPC Star Awards for Music.

Recently, the Kapamilya artist celebrated his 20th anniversary in the industry with a sold-out concert titled “Milestone” held last October at SM Mall of Asia Arena. He was awarded Best Major Concert (Male) for the event in the 36th Aliw Awards held last Monday (Dec. 11).

Check out Erik’s performance video for “Paskong Kayakap Ka” and stream his album “All I Want This Christmas” available on various streaming platforms. For more details, follow Star Music on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

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JONAS BROTHERS' Manila Concert "The Tour" Arrives in the Philippines February 22, 2024

Fresh off the heels of their final North American shows and three-night hometown run, Jonas Brothers have announced that THE TOUR will also journey to the Philippines on February 22, 2024, to perform at the Mall of Asia Arena.

‘The Tour’ is their most ambitious outing to date with 98 shows across 26 countries. Every night is a celebration of five albums and features their best hits throughout the years including a variety of career-spanning deep cuts and fan-favorite hits.

Their monumentally successful North American run, which hit legendary venues including Toronto’s Rogers Centre, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, concluded this month at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In 2024, the tour will continue its trek around the globe starting in The Philippines, Indonesia, and New Zealand in February. They will also perform for the first time ever in Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Hamburg, Lyon, Munich and Norway.

The Jonas Brothers reaffirmed their status as global icons and left a lasting imprint on the hearts of their Filipino fans. Their upcoming concert in the Philippines is promoted by Ovation Productions with Blast TV as the official media partner. General on sale will be on 6 January 2024, at 12 noon through

For more details and updates about the concert please check the official website and Facebook Page of Ovation Productions at and

FranSeth's “Fractured,” Jayda's "Teen Clash," and DonBelle's "He's Into Her" Top List of iWantTFC Original Offerings for 2023

Rising stars and popular love teams were the main highlight in iWantTFC’s top originals for 2023, with Francine Diaz and Seth Fedelin’s “Fractured” bagging the number one spot on the list.

With iWantTFC’s vast library of fresh and well-loved movies and series, viewers continue to discover and enjoy binge-watching all-time favorites and hidden gems alike. Coming-of-age, young love, and self-discovery were the common themes that viewers enjoyed the most among iWantTFC original titles this year:

“Fractured” starring Francine Diaz and Seth Fedelin

It is a thrilling drama series about seven content creators who fight for survival in a remote island and the story sheds light on the responsible use of social media. “Fractured” was one of the main offerings of iWantTFC this year that sent social media abuzz with its exciting lineup of up-and-coming young stars - Francine Diaz, Seth Fedelin, Kaori Oinuma, Daniela Stranner, Jeremiah Lisbo, Raven Rigor, and Sean Tristan.

“Teen Clash” starring Jayda Avanzado and Aljon Mendoza

Jayda Avanzado, Aljon Mendoza, and Markus Paterson made viewers’ hearts skip a beat in the music-oriented and ‘kilig’-filled series “Teen Clash.” The story centers on an aspiring musician named Zoe (Jayda), whose career is suddenly in limbo when she gets caught between two handsome boys - songwriter and her current flame Ice (Aljon) and Jude (Markus), her longtime crush who is now a dashing rockstar.

“Drag You and Me” starring Andrea Brillantes

“Drag You and Me” is iWantTFC’s Pride Month offering starring Andrea Brillantes, Christian Bables, and JC Alcantara, who fully commit to their drag queen roles complete with spectacular outfits and full-on drag make-up. The modern family rom-com series, which also features real-life drag queens Brigiding, Viñas Deluxe, Xilhouete, and Precious Paula Nicole, celebrates drag culture and love in all of its forms.

“He’s Into Her Season 2” starring Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano

One of the most popular iWantTFC originals to date, “He’s Into Her,” catapulted Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano as one of this generation’s most popular love teams. The sequel series shows off the more mature side of Deib (Donny) and Max (Belle) as their characters deal with the highs and lows of young love.

“Sleep with Me” starring Lovi Poe and Janine Gutierrez

Janine Gutierrez and Lovi Poe play lovers that break free from societal norms as they deal with their respective disorders and issues in iWantTFC’s girls’ love offering “Sleep with Me.” Directed by Samantha Lee, the series won the Audience Award for Best Episodic during its world premiere last year as a selection in the Episodes section of the 40th Outfest LGBTQ+ Film Festival in Los Angeles.

“The Goodbye Girl” starring Angelica Panganiban

Based on the book of best-selling author Noreen Capili, “The Goodbye Girl” illustrates the five types of heartbroken women that are portrayed by Angelica Panganiban, Maris Racal, Loisa Andalio, Barbie Imperial, and Elisse Joson. The series also imparts valuable lessons on one’s journey to healing and how to wisely conquer a break-up.

“Wild Little Love” starring Andrea Brillantes and Seth Fedelin

Former reel-to-real couple Seth Fedelin and Andrea Brillantes made hearts swoon in the 2019 iWantTFC original “Wild Little Love.” The light-hearted movie revolves around a wealthy wild child (Andrea), who is enrolled in a public school by her father in order to teach her a lesson. There she encounters a less-privileged heartthrob (Seth), who helps her adjust to her new set-up.

“Taiwan That You Love” starring Barbie Imperial

Do you believe in destiny? Viewers will be able to relate to “Taiwan That You Love,” where Barbie Imperial plays with the idea of destiny and tries to undo a magical love spell. The series also stars Paulo Angeles and Stephen Rong and features the beauty of Taiwan.

“Silly Red Shoes” starring Francine Diaz and Kyle Echarri

The former endearing love team of Kyle Echarri and Francine Diaz prove that they can still make their fans fall head over heels over their chemistry in the 2019 original movie “Silly Red Shoes.” In the romantic-comedy offering, Ashley (Francine), who has ‘special feet,’ seeks the help of an amateur shoemaker (Kyle), and the two eventually form an unlikely pair after developing feelings for one another.

“Malaya” starring Lovi Poe and Zanjoe Marudo

“Malaya,” a nominee at the prestigious 44th Gawad Urian Awards, features the first pair-up of Lovi Poe and Zanjoe Marudo. Set in the rustic and beautiful scenery of Italy, the iWantTFC original movie centers on second generation overseas Filipinos who strike a blissful and mutual connection.

Enjoy iWantTFC’s original offerings by streaming these titles for free on the iWantTFC app (iOS and Android) and website ( In other countries, watch iWantTFC on a larger screen with select devices, including VEWD, ROKU, and Amazon Fire streaming devices, Android TV, select Samsung Smart TV models, Telstra TV (in Australia), and VIDAA. Visit for a complete list of compatible devices, sign-in instructions, and account activation.

For updates, follow and @iwanttfc on X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram, and subscribe to For inquiries and concerns about the service, users can also send an e-mail to

Porsche Design and HONOR Join Forces to Combine Cutting-Edge Technologies with Functional Design

Giant technology brand HONOR, and luxury lifestyle brand Porsche Design have announced a strategic partnership to create cutting-edge smart devices that combine exceptional design and advanced technology. The collaboration aims to deliver a range of high-end products, offering consumers a sophisticated and luxurious electronic experience that embodies the best of both brands.

HONOR’s human-centric design melds with Porsche Design’s brand philosophy to create intelligent luxury products that will accelerate the mobile lifestyle of tech enthusiasts and Porsche aficionados alike. This long-term collaboration between HONOR and Porsche Design opens exciting new opportunities to bolster our growth in markets around the world,” said George Zhao, Chief Executive Officer of HONOR.

The excitement surrounding this limited-edition collaboration escalated with a teaser poster showcasing Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the original designer of the iconic Porsche 911, who also created the world’s first all-black wristwatch. The poster highlighted the goal of becoming a future classic, paying homage to Porsche's design legacy.

According to Stefan Buescher, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Lifestyle Group, the exclusive partnership with HONOR is a milestone for the further expansion of Porsche Design’s iconic electronics product portfolio as Porsche and HONOR share the same goal to become leaders in the modern luxury segment of smart devices.

HONOR and Porsche Design will introduce their first jointly developed smart device in China in January 2024.

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

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

#PalawanMoNa! Claim your International Remittance Anytime, Anywhere with PalawanPay

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are integral contributors to the Philippine economy, playing a significant role in shaping the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and foreign exchange earnings. Their remittances, which constitute at least 10 percent of the national GDP, are crucial for sustaining households, meeting basic needs, supporting education, providing shelter, and fostering entrepreneurial endeavors.

Recognized as modern-day heroes, OFWs work tirelessly to support their families. The Palawan Group of Companies acknowledges their dedication and passion for supporting their loved ones and aims to help make their lives easier with Palawan Express Pera Padala (PEPP). PEPP serves as a bridge to ensure that the hard-earned money of OFWs is securely and promptly received by their families with its “cash agad ang tanggap” (receive money immediately) service. With its availability of funds, this service sets it apart from other remittance centers because money can be received automatically. Apart from an extensive network of over 6,000 branches and authorized agents nationwide, it also has more than 55 international remittance partners making it a trusted and leading international remittance pick-up center in the Philippines.

Furthering their commitment to their brand promise of “mura, mabilis at walang kuskos balungos na serbisyo” (affordable, fast, and hassle-free service), the Palawan Group of Companies proudly announces the integration of their international remittance services into their PalawanPay e-wallet app. 

This new feature provides a more accessible, fast, secure, and efficient method for OFWs' families to claim remittances anytime and anywhere from PalawanPay’s available international remittance partners such as Remitly, Japan Remit, Instant Cash, Uniteller, and IntelExpress. The app simplifies the process, allowing users to claim remittances online with just a few clicks. Recipients can select the "Claim Remittance" option, choose the "International Remittance Partner," input the "Claim Code" and other necessary details, review the information, and confirm the transaction. Claiming of international remittance via PalawanPay is powered by Perahub. The Palawan Group of Companies continues to forge partnerships, ensuring efficiency in its operations and excellent customer servicing.

In addition to convenience, PalawanPay prioritizes the security and well-being of its users. Those who choose to claim their remittances via the PalawanPay App are entitled to free Kabayan ProtekTODO Insurance. The insurance covers claims ranging from Php 1,000 to Php 15,000 for one month, with coverage of up to Php 20,000. For claims exceeding Php 15,001, the insurance is valid for six months with coverage of up to Php 25,000.

Want to receive remittances the easy, secure, and convenient way? #IPalawanMoNa by downloading the PalawanPay app from the Apple Store, Huawei App Gallery, or the Google Play Store. Claiming remittances has never been easier as Palawan Group of Companies continues to redefine convenience and security through its International Remittance services, available via the PalawanPay App or Palawan Express Pera Padala outlets!

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

INCUBUS Live in Manila Concert at the Big Dome on April 25, 2024

American rock band Incubus is coming to Manila for the first time in six years for their Asia Tour 2024 on April 25 at the Araneta Coliseum. Presented by Wilbros Live.

Since first coming together in 1991, the Grammy nominated band Incubus have consistently elevated themselves and alternative music to new creative heights. The California band’s sales have eclipse 23 million albums worldwide to date with multi-platinum and platinum certifications from around the globe. Consistently topping the Billboard charts, the band has had five consecutive Top 5 debuts, and they maintain their status as a streaming phenomenon, averaging 4.1 million monthly listeners on Spotify and clocking over 1 billion-plus streams across all platforms.

The band is best known for their chart-topping hits "Drive", Wish You Were Here", "Megalomaniac", "Nice To Know You"and many more.

You can buy your tickets via and TicketNet outlets nationwide. For more information, follow Wilbros Live on social media.

Anne Curtis, Ryan Bang, and Ogie Alcasid Collaborate for Upbeat Song of Hope Titled "LET'S PRAY FOR HEALING"

“It’s Showtime” hosts Anne Curtis-Smith, Ryan Bang, and Ogie Alcasid have joined forces for an upbeat song of hope called “Let’s Pray for Healing.”

The music collaboration was first heard during the Magpasikat 2023 performance of Anne, Ryan, and Ogie or Team ARO who won second place in the yearly talent showcase of “It’s Showtime” hosts.

ABS-CBN’s Star Music record label officially released the song last Friday (December 8). It was composed by Ogie who also arranged it with the help of Bobby Velasco.

It also features backup vocals from Mike Luis, Suey Medina, Yosha Honasan, Team ARO of “It’s Showtime,” and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

Check out the timely single “Let’s Pray for Healing,” now streaming on various music platforms. For more details, follow Star Music PH on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, and YouTube.

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BAYAD Makes a Massive Mark at the 2023 Singapore Fintech Festival

Bayad, the biggest and widest multi-channel payment platform in the Philippines, showcased its commitment to advancing financial technology and expanding its global presence at the 2023 Singapore Fintech Festival.

The highlight of Bayad's participation was the thought-provoking presentation by President and CEO Lawrence Y. Ferrer, where he shared valuable insights on the pivotal role of bill payments in catalyzing digital economic growth.

In his presentation titled "Fueling Progress: Bill Payments as the Catalyst for Digital Economic Growth," Mr. Ferrer emphasized the importance of bill payments in the Philippines and its significant contribution to the country's economy.

The Move Toward Digital

Currently, the Philippines ranks as the largest recipient of money remittances in Southeast Asia, 3rd in Asia, and 4th globally, with the World Bank predicting continued growth in remittances.

Payment behavior in the Philippines is shifting towards digital transactions, with a projected increase to at least 50% in 2023, aligning with the Digital Payments Transformation Roadmap of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

The digital economy clearly continues to grow, as “Every day, more and more people are choosing to make digital transactions, as seen in the 9.4% share of the digital economy to the GDP of the Philippines in 2022. With the growing Philippine market globally and the increasing preference for digital payment platforms, we want to answer to the demand of Filipinos for a secure and convenient way of managing their bills, wherever they may be, by creating solutions anchored in their bill payment needs,” said Ferrer.

Bayad's Role in the Bill Payment Industry

Given this, Bayad, formerly known as Bayad Center, has continued to be a trusted brand in the industry for 26 years, initially serving MERALCO customers with alternative bill payment outlets.

Now with a massive ecosystem, Bayad has evolved into the premier bill payments aggregator, serving over 3,000 biller brands from both public and private sectors, covering a wide range of services, including electric and water utilities, telecommunications, government contributions, airline booking payments, loans, e-loading, e-wallet top-ups, toll RFID loading, insurance, memorial and more.

And of course, with our dedication to providing Filipinos more payment channels to access our biller partners, we continue to strengthen our omnichannel presence. We currently have over 400,000 physical touchpoints and we are connected to over 80 million subscribers of leading digital and mobile platforms, spread across domestic and international borders,” pointed out Ferrer.

In fact, 9/10 of all banks and fintechs are connected through our bill payment trail. We stand as a single point of transaction for billing institutions and payment channels who want a faster time-to-market approach,” he emphasized.

Bayad Overseas - Expanding Opportunities for Global Filipinos

With the launch of Bayad Overseas, Filipinos around the world now have a convenient way to pay their bills in the Philippines, enhancing their financial experiences globally.

Bayad Overseas aims to support and uplift the global market of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) by providing a secure, convenient, and reliable payment solution for their bill payment needs.

Capture the global OFW market by partnering with the biller aggregator of choice and the most trusted brand by Filipinos for their payment needs. With Bayad’s physical and digital payment touchpoints, Filipinos are assured of a safe, convenient, and reliable payment transaction whatever their payment style may be,” Ferrer said as he invited the audience.

Partnership for the Future

Ferrer concluded his presentation by welcoming potential partners to collaborate with Bayad, emphasizing the company's commitment to integrity, reliability, and trust.

Bayad is with you in shaping a better world of fintech. Become a Bayad partner today and together, let’s fuel the expansion of the global digital economy,” he said.

Bayad also participated in a booth exhibition, alongside more than 500 fintech companies from around the world, showcasing its massive biller ecosystem.

"As a single point of transaction for billing institutions and payment channels, Bayad offers a faster time-to-market approach, making us the biller aggregator of choice," said Mr. Ferrer.

Bayad's participation in the 2023 Singapore Fintech Festival marks a significant step toward its mission of empowering individuals and businesses with seamless and convenient bill payment solutions, both domestically and internationally.

To be part of Bayad’s extensive international channel network, you may send an email to

Welcome 2024 with Whimsy and Fantasy with Academy Award Winner Hayao Miyazaki "The Boy and the Heron"

The Boy and the Heron,” Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki’s latest masterpiece, will open in Philippine cinemas January 8. The film, a deeply personal project for the acclaimed filmmaker, is the first Miyazaki film to be shown on the big screen in the Philippines.

Fans of Miyazaki have been eagerly awaiting “The Boy and the Heron,” the beloved animator’s first feature film in 10 years, and it looks like they won’t be disappointed. The film earned critical acclaim during its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Guillermo del Toro, himself an award-winning auteur, introduced the film at its gala presentation and praised Miyazaki and his latest work in an interview for the festival.

Hayao Miyazaki, I think, is a guy that has exquisite technical finesse, but is also a man that has decided to confide in us his most intimate biography through his work,” said del Toro. “Rhythmically, he is very contemplative,” continued del Toro, sharing his thoughts on “The Boy and the Heron.” “There was something exquisite, an old master dispenses with tools and dispenses with flourishes. They stop trying to impress, and they do sort of a simple but beautiful gesture with the brush. And that’s what it felt to me, it was an incredibly beautiful gesture with the brush.

“The Boy and the Heron,” which was recently awarded Best Animated Film by the New York Film Critics Circle, currently holds a 96% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with most critics lauding the film’s thought-provoking themes and beautiful visuals.

Raved Rolling Stone magazine about Miyazaki, “No one needed further proof that he’s a master. This meditation on grief and growing up does solidify the position, however, that Miyazaki remains the greatest living animator today, period.”

Miyazaki’s commitment to 2D feels rich, evocative and cinematic,” said “Every frame is a hand-painted canvas, reminding viewers of the depth and emotion that traditional animation can convey.

The Hollywood Reporter was all praises for the film’s animation too, saying, “Virtually every impeccably framed composition could be a distinct work of art… Then there’s the exacting attention to foreground detail and movement, all of it stitched into fluid visual storytelling in which even the oddest elements cohere into a harmonious whole.” Of the story, they said, “generations who grew up with [Miyazaki’s] animated tales will find it loaded with meaning. There’s tenderness, melancholy and wonder at its core.”

“The Boy and the Heron” opened at No. 1 with a record-breaking $12.8 million at the North American box-office. This also marks a historic feat where it became the first original anime title to top the box-office chart. The film also earned Miyazaki his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Motion Picture and is also nominated for Best Original Score (Joe Hisaishi).

The anime film also opened at No. 1 in Japan, which marked the biggest opening weekend for a Miyazaki film in the country. It also led the box office after its opening in South Korea, Taiwan and France (where it broke the record for biggest opening day haul for 2023). The film’s voice cast includes Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, J-pop star Aimyon, Yoshino Kimura and Takuya Kimura of former J-pop boy band SMAP.

Get ready to embark on a mesmerizing journey with Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” when it opens in Philippine cinemas January 8.

From Encore Films to be distributed by Warner Bros., be sure to catch the film on the big screen, the first ever Miyazaki title to be released in cinemas locally, and immerse yourself in a world of magic, adventure and wonder!

SAMSUNG Introduces its First-Ever Galaxy Campus Student Ambassadors

After a nationwide hunt for the next generation of tech trailblazers, Samsung has selected its first batch of top young tech innovators, content creators and sustainability advocates to be part of its first-ever Galaxy Campus program in the Philippines. 

As one of the most innovative and dynamic tech brands in the world, Samsung’s Galaxy Campus offers aspiring student creators, tech innovators, and sustainability advocates an exciting and dynamic mentorship program. Fifty college students from universities all over the country gathered together at the Galaxy Campus First Day High launch event held in Grand Hyatt Manila on December 16 and 17.

The two-day kick-off held a variety of exciting activities such as the #TeamGalaxy Content Creation workshop that included a fruitful panel discussion with lifestyle, fashion and creative content creator Jaz Reyes. They also enjoyed an exclusive workshop with TikTok Philippines where they got to showcase their talents in content creation with top Campers winning fantastic prizes.

Aside from mentorship activities, Galaxy Campers were also able to bond through fun getting- to-know-you games and also held discovery sessions in technology, where they learned more about the latest Samsung Galaxy mobile divide - the Galaxy S23 FE - and how to capture memories and milestones and do creative edits with the phone’s innovative camera features such as Nightography, which includes night selfie and night video functions for clearer photos in low-light settings, and Photo Remaster that helps improve old or blurry photos.

What’s in store for the Galaxy Campers

The Galaxy Campus student ambassadors will get the chance to hone their creative skills, network with fellow tech enthusiasts and top content creators and discover new ways to make a difference in the 6-month program. The program includes a robust line-up of learning sessions on Samsung technologies such as the newest Galaxy smartphones, motivational hangouts and marketing workshops.

In the coming months, they will have an exclusive sneak peek at Galaxy S products and Galaxy A products, get special access to Samsung events, such as product launches and activations, and take part in environmental initiatives.

Apart from testing their creativity and leadership abilities, solo and group missions also provide opportunities to win unique merchandise and other rewards from their Galaxy family.

During the kick-off event, Samsung Philippines Electronics Corporation (SEPCO) President Min Su Chu shared, “When we saw the kind of impact this program made in Samsung’s other markets, we knew right away we wanted to bring it here to the Philippines. It is our privilege to help kickstart the innovation journey of the Filipino youth, and we are looking forward to honing generations of local tech talent in the years to come.”

Find out more about the journey of Galaxy Campus ambassadors as they slay with flying colors in the coming months!

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ABS-CBN Unveils 2024 Shows Line-up

ABS-CBN, with its entertainment content powerhouse ABS-CBN Studios, revealed its 2024 offerings at the “Forever Grateful: ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2023.”

After its massive success worldwide via Prime Video, "Linlang," starring Kim Chiu, Paulo Avelino, and JM De Guzman, will soon air the teleserye version of the series with its never-before-seen scenes.

The KimPau fever continues as the pair reunites in the Philippine adaptation of Korean hit series “What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim,” which will be produced by ABS-CBN and Viu.

Meanwhile, the Philippine remake of another K-drama "It’s Okay Not To Be Okay” will be headlined by Anne Curtis, Carlo Aquino, and Joshua Garcia. The series marks Anne’s teleserye comeback after ten years.

Queen of Primetime Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo will have her major comeback as she stars with award-winning actors Arjo Atayde and John Arcilla in “The Bagman,” produced by ABS-CBN International Productions, Dreamscape Entertainment, Nathan Studios, and Rein Entertainment.

Kapamilya heartthrob Piolo Pascual will star in the drama-action series “Pamilya Sagrado,” alongside rising young stars Kyle Echarri and Grae Fernandez.

The wait is over for Kapamilya viewers as beloved reality series “Pinoy Big Brother” and “The Voice” are set to return for its new season. “PBB” will be hosted by Bianca Gonzales, Enchong Dee, Robi Domingo, Melai Cantiveros, and Kim Chiu.

Watch the highlights of the “Forever Grateful: ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2023” on the ABS-CBN Entertainment website and its Facebook and YouTube accounts, and iWantTFC.

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Philippines Showbiz' "Best 10 Bets" According to Experts

Esteemed TV host Butch Francisco makes an exciting comeback to showbiz talk shows with film preservation advocate Leo Katigbak in FYE’s “Best 10 Bets,” premiering on January 6 (Saturday) at 7pm on FYE’s YouTube channel and Spotify.

The 30-minute countdown show will feature Top 10 lists from the world of entertainment and pop culture.

Butch, an entertainment journalist who also hosted ABS-CBN’s “Showbiz Lingo” and GMA’s “Startalk,” will present his Top 10 rankings per topic while Leo, ABS-CBN Film Restoration head who is behind the Sagip Pelikula advocacy, will challenge and share his own lists. With their opposing perspectives and status as industry insiders, expect a lot of spirited yet friendly arguments and generous servings of showbiz trivia.

For the premiere episode (January 6), “Best 10 Bets” will tackle the Top 10 Best Actresses of the Modern Era. On January 13, Butch and Leo will compare their lists for Top 10 Best MMFF Movies of all time. Succeeding episodes will have the “Best 10 Bets” hosts discussing their picks for Top 10 Love Teams of All Time, Top 10 Greatest Love Stories, Top 10 Showbiz Breakups, and many more.

Content creator Gandang Morenx, who has over 3.9 million followers on TikTok and one of the most recognized talents of The House of Collab, will also be joining the show.

Don’t miss the fun in “Best 10 Bets,” streaming every Saturday beginning Jan. 6 at 7pm on FYE YouTube channel and Spotify. For more details, follow FYE Channel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tiktok.

Monday, December 18, 2023

Goodday Cultured Milk: Helping Students Have a Meaningful School Experience

When kids started to go back to face-to-face classes, Goodday supported their learning journey by sharing tools that can help them have more enjoyable school days.

Kids usually start the school year by meeting their classmates and teachers. To help them make introductions more fun and creative, Goodday recently visited five schools across the Philippines to provide approximately 24,000 students with customizable name tags, school supplies and bottles of Goodday. The cultured milk brand also visited 105 more schools and gave out Goodday products to help boost the immunity of students.

Goodday also attended the “Brigada Eskwela Kick-off” held by the Department of Education last August 2023, and shared around 400,000 bottles of Goodday, a cultured milk drink can help strengthen the immunity of students, and can also be a great baon companion.

We recognize that students feel the importance of belonging, making friends, and being remembered among their classmates. By letting them customize their own name tags, they can inject their personalities and proudly wear them in campus to meet new people,” said Mian D. David, Universal Robina Corporation (URC) Chief Marketing Officer. “We also believe that kids can do more and be more when they are healthy and active. As a brand who champions good well-being, we want to support them by sharing supplies that they can use in school, as well as by giving them a yummy healthy drink that can help boost their immunity.”

Goodday Cultured Milk is a must-have refreshment for students and the whole family. Made using Japanese technology, Goodday contains unique paraprobiotics Lactobacillus paracasei MCC1849 or LAC Shield that is clinically proven to boost the immune system. It also helps with the production of antibodies that can protect people against disease-causing microorganisms.

This delicious drink comes in 80ml mini bottles and 350ml PET bottles that have a 12-month shelf life, so parents can definitely keep a stash of this at home. Whether it’s for daily consumption or a “baon” essential at school, the whole family can enjoy Goodday Cultured Milk anytime, anywhere, and choose from its three delightful flavors: Original, Strawberry, and Mango.

Paired with a proper diet and an active lifestyle, Goodday Cultured Milk can help provide daily “YUMImmunity” to students of all ages with its delicious flavors and all-around health benefits.

Shop Goodday at your nearby convenience stores and supermarkets, and online via e-commerce shops such as Shopee.

Judy Ann Santos and John Arcilla Join Arjo Atayde in the Cast of International Series "The Bagman"

Award-winning Kapamilya actors Judy Ann Santos and John Arcilla will be part of “The Bagman,” a spin-off from the critically acclaimed digital series “Bagman" starring Arjo Atayde, which will be co-produced by ABS-CBN International Productions, Nathan Studios, Rein Entertainment, and Dreamscape Entertainment.

Set to be an eight-part action drama, "The Bagman" aims to commence its production in January 2024 and secure pre-sales at the Asia TV Forum (ATF) market in Singapore with 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Actor Arjo Atayde gracing the event.

"The Bagman" will serve as a major comeback of Judy Ann who won Best Actress at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival. She was last seen in the 2019 Kapamilya primetime series, "Starla."

Meanwhile, "The Bagman" will be John's first international series after his historic win as the first Filipino that was hailed as Best Actor at the 78th Venice Film Festival.

Director Ruel S. Bayani, head of ABS-CBN International Productions, shared that they are 'thrilled' to have both Judy Ann and John on board. “As we continue to advocate for Filipino representation, we are thrilled to also be announcing the award-winning talent of Arjo, John, and Judy Ann who are now part of The Bagman,” Direk Ruel said in a statement.

Direk Ruel also emphasized ABS-CBN's commitment to champion Filipino stories on the global stage with "The Bagman." “Filipino programming is continuing to grow and expand, and we are honored to be at the forefront in offering diverse new projects to meet the growing demands of the industry,” he said.

Arjo is set to reprise his role as Benjo Malaya, a neighborhood barber turned governor's henchman, entangled in a perilous web of crime, corruption, and political turmoil. In “The Bagman,” Benjo discovers the tragic news of his missing family, compelling him to re-enter the underworld he had abandoned. Tasked as a bagman for the sitting president of the Republic of the Philippines, Benjo embarks on a mission to avert an impending civil war.

"The Bagman" will be ABS-CBN's second international series after "Cattleya Killer," which also starred Arjo and debuted on the top spot of Prime Video Philippines' most watched list.

SB19 STELL Acapella Group VOCALMYX Named the First-Ever 'The Voice Generations' Grand Champion in the Philippines and Asia

Coach Stell’s Vocalmyx was crowned as the first-ever grand champion of The Voice Generations in the Philippines and Asia. The announcement was made by host Dingdong Dantes during the Sunday proceedings of GMA Network’s premier singing competition.

The only acapella group in the competition composed of teenagers from Cagayan de Oro emerged victorious with their eargasmic take on 'Into The Unknown' from the 2019 film "Frozen 2," besting some of the finest talents in the competition during the grand finals last Sunday, December 10.

As the grand champion, Vocalmyx received a P1 million cash prize and a recording and management contract with Universal Music Group Philippines.

SB19's Stell gave a short advice on where they can spend their cash prize, “Siguro ang masasabi ko sa perang nakuha nila bukod sa ipang-ce-celebrate niyo 'yan ng Christmas with your family, pwede niyo siyang gamitin para makabili or magkaroon kayo ng sariling mga gamit na kailangan niyo in the future, sa mga recording, microphones etc.," he said.

Along with Vocalmyx in the Top 4 were P3 of Billy Crawford's Team Billy, Music & Me of Julie Anne San Jose's JuleSquad, and Sorority of Chito Miranda's Parokya ni Chito.

P3 delivered a mellifluous version of "Go The Distance" from the 1997 movie “Hercules,” while Sorority shook the stage with their "This is Me" performance from the 2017 musical film "The Greatest Showman." Music and Me performed the 2005 song "Hallelujah" by Bamboo.

Stell also praised Vocalmyx because of their support with one another during the grand finals, "Feeling ko ang suporta na 'yon ang nagpatibay lalo sa samahan nila. Sobrang maswerte kami na nabigyan ng pagkakataon at nagbukas ng pinto para sa ganitong klaseng talento, marinig at makita dito sa buong bansa," he added.

Vocalmyx have been entertaining the coaches and audiences since the blind auditions with their acapella rendition of "Haypa," which earned them a four-chair turn. They also performed "Marupok," "Queen of the Night," and "Killing Me Softly" en route to the grand finals.

Ben&Ben and Belle Mariano Collaborate for "Autumn" Duet Version

Nine-piece Filipino band Ben&Ben introduces a duet version of their single “Autumn” with new gen phenomenal actress Belle Mariano as part of the official soundtrack of ABS-CBN’s hit primetime series “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

“Autumn” tackles the distance between two people who are grappling to make their relationship work. It was composed by Ben&Ben’s Paolo Benjamin and Miguel Benjamin who also produced the song collaboration alongside ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo and Jean Paul Verona. Previously, The band released its original version last November.

Recently, Belle released her second album “Somber” which included several hit singles such as “Bugambilya” and “Somber and Solemn.” The album claimed the top spot of iTunes Philippines album chart upon its release while its tracks charted in the top 30 of singles chart.

Aside from her music, she also became prominent as a talented actress following her successful series “He’s Into Her” and romcom flicks “Love Is Color Blind” and “An Inconvenient Love.” Currently, she stars in “Can’t Buy Me Love” along with on-screen partner Donny Pangilinan.

Meanwhile, Ben&Ben is an award-winning folk-pop band from Manila, Philippines. The band has endeared itself to many with their heartfelt lyrics, unique musicality, and their electric vibe onstage. They dedicate themselves to bringing richness to the music they create through songs of hope, love, and positivity.

Together, they have amassed more than two billion streams on Spotify alone, charting on Spotify Philippines Top 50 with 10 songs simultaneously ranking and also currently holding the record for most #1s on the platform for OPM, and the most streamed OPM artist overall.

Check out Ben&Ben and Belle’s duet version of “Autumn” available on various streaming platforms. For more details, follow Star Pop on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, and TikTok.

Christmas Deal: Give Love This Holiday with HONOR X8a’s Big Price Drop at PhP8,990

The leading smart devices provider HONOR Philippines is truly a gift that keeps on giving. After announcing its back-to-back Amazing Holideals and 12.12 Mega Pamasko Sale promo, comes the price drop that all has been waiting for! HONOR X8a, introduced at PhP10,990, is getting a price slash of PhP2,000 and will be available for only PhP8,990 until December 25! Hurry to any HONOR Experience and Partner Stores or online via Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop!

The Holiday Season can be a bit overwhelming, so we give you this reference of HONOR best deals tailored for your needs and most importantly, budget appropriate. That said, the DSLR-like smartphone just got its much-awaited price drop. What are you waiting for, buy now,” said Stephen Cheng, HONOR Philippines Vice President.

HONOR X8a’s Top-notch Camera and Display Technology

DSLR-like shots from the smartphone were made possible by its 100MP Main Rear Camera, supported by both a 5MP Wide & Depth Camera and a Macro Camera. With HONOR X8a, users can capture high-definition images in vivid details and clarity. It also features a 16MP Front Camera, perfect for your captivating selfies.

The device’s HONOR Display Color Calibration technology, paired with its 6.7-inch FullView Display, allows for a better viewing experience on a large screen, with a screen-to-body ratio of 93.6%. Certified by TÜV Rheinland, HONOR X8a is also equipped with low blue light technology, ideal for people who spend long hours in front of their screens. It also has a 4500 mAh battery, and on a single charge, can deliver up to 13 hours of music streaming, or 16 hours of uninterrupted social media browsing.

This DLSR-like smartphone will be available for only Php 8,990 starting now until Christmas day! Buyers may now run to the nearest HONOR kiosks, or buy via our Partner Online Stores – Lazada (, Shopee (, and Tiktok Shop (

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Zaijian Jaranilla and Miggy Jimenez Love Team Grateful to Raise Awareness About Sexual Identity

After going viral for their kissing scene in the Kapamilya teleserye “Senior High,” the endearing boys’ love pairing of Zaijian Jaranilla and Miggy Jimenez, more fondly called ‘TimPoch,’ shared that they are grateful for the positive feedback from viewers.

The young Kapamilya actors expressed how the blossoming love story of Tim (Zaijian) and Poch (Miggy) is able to bring positive awareness to viewers when it comes to developing feelings for someone of the same sex.

Sobrang nakakataba ng puso dahil nagustuhan at minahal siya ng mga tao. Pag magkaka-eksena kami, nagtatanungan kami kung hanggang saan lang ba pwede. Importante ‘yung communication namin dahil hindi basta-basta ‘yung scenes na ginagawa namin,” shared Zaijian in an interview during the “Forever Grateful: ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2023.”

Zaijian also credited his directors for helping him bring life to Tim as viewers are able to relate to his character who is struggling to come to terms with his sexual identity.

Miggy shared the same sentiments and added that his sweet moments with Zaijian’s character reflected on-cam very naturally.

Sobrang overwhelming but at the same time ayokong ipasok sa head ko. Ayokong sirain ‘yung chemistry na meron kami. We didn’t even plan it at all kaya gusto ko siyang i-treasure. I have to be grateful,” he said.

Zaijian and Miggy’s unexpected love team in “Senior High” became a hot topic on social media recently as netizens praised the oozing chemistry and relatability of their characters in shedding light about accepting one’s sexual identity.

Watch out for more shocking revelations in “Senior High” that airs weeknights at 9:30 PM on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, TV5, iWantTFC, and TFC.

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