Wednesday, January 10, 2024

ABS-CBN Searches for the Next Gen Z Stars in "ZOOMERS"

The new year brings fresh faces to audiences this 2024 as ABS-CBN gives opportunities for a new set of Gen Z stars to rise in "Zoomers," which will air on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, TFC, and TV5 starting on Monday (January15).

In "Zoomers," ABS-CBN Star Magic and TV production head Laurenti Dyogi, who is known as a star maker and former juror in the well-loved artist search "Star Circle Quest," blockbuster film director Theodore Boborol, and "He's Into Her" director Chad Vidanes will scrutinize and challenge the teen stars vying for the roles of ABS-CBN's newest youth-oriented series.

Direk Lauren, meanwhile, explained the purpose of the audition and his basis in determining the artists who will get the roles of ABS-CBN's newest series, "Ang importante sa atin is makuha yung authentic. Sana yung persona at essence nung karakter at nung tao magmatch."

Taking the challenge to get the roles of "Zoomer's" lead cast Jiggs, Hope, Kokoy, Atom, and Tania are teen stars Harvey Bautista, Criza Taa, Analain Salvador, Ashton Salvador, and Luke Alford.

Also joining them to try and take a shot at stardom are Star Magic artists Ralph De Leon, Krystl Ball, Erika Davis, Luis Vera Perez, Kei Kurosawa, Hadiyah Santos, Redd Arcega, Noelle Martinex, Reich Alim, plus ex- Dream Chaser Jay-R Albino, Matthew Cruz, and Omar Udin.

For five episodes, see who among them will get the chance to lead ABS-CBN's newest youth-oriented series focused on the issues of the Gen Zs, which will air on the same slot starting this January 22.

Don't miss out on the newest offering of ABS-CBN this 2024, and catch the daily episodes of "Zoomers" 10:15pm after "Senior High" on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, TFC, and TV5 starting on Monday (Jan.15). Viewers can also stream its full episodes on ABS-CBN Entertainment's YouTube channel.

Magbabagsakan Dito: #TheToughestPhone HONOR X9b 5G Officially On Sale January 12

HONOR Philippines just made the highly anticipated grand launch of HONOR X9b 5G more exciting! 

Fans are more than ecstatic as Parokya ni Edgar Vocalist Chito Miranda was confirmed to grace the unveiling of the toughest phone on January 12, 2024. 

You can catch it live on Facebook: at exactly 7PM!

We are very happy to announce that Chito Miranda, Parokya Ni Edgar’s vocalist will perform during the launch of our HONOR X9b 5G together with Miss Charm Philippines and HONOR Star Pauline Amelincx as the host. This is just one of our suprises, there’s more to watch out for so stay tuned,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng.

The HONOR X9b 5G is a marvel of modern design and technology. Its golden curvature strikes the perfect balance between aesthetic appeal and user comfort, making it an absolute pleasure to hold. Despite its premium features, the HONOR X9b is surprisingly light and thin, weighing just 185g with a width of 7.98mm. In addition, the triple camera system is meticulously crafted with the precision of light luxury watch craftsmanship. The body is encased in vegan leather, providing a delicate and skin-friendly touch. The HONOR X9b 5G is more than just a smartphone, it is a statement of style and sophistication.

Don't dare to miss out the unveiling of #TheToughestPhone in the market and the performance of Chito Miranda on January 12, 2024 at 7:00 PM via Facebook Live:

For more information and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok Shop: ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to

In the meantime, check out HONOR’s wide array of mobile phones, tablets, and laptops at any HONOR Experience and Partner Stores nationwide or online via Shopee (, Lazada ( and TikTok Shop (

Monday, January 08, 2024

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera Stun in their First-Ever METRO Cover

Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes open up about how their Metro Manila Film Festival 2023 entry “Rewind” resonated with their personal lives as they grace the digital cover of Metro.Style for the first time.

The power couple revealed why the film served as their perfect comeback project after 13 years, emphasizing how it gave them goosebumps upon reading its synopsis.

So, nai-kuwento siya tapos nabasa namin ’yung briefer. Tapos nagkatinginan lang kami tapos sabi namin, ‘Wow.’ Parang hindi na namin sinabi verbally na ‘yes,’ pero du’n pa lang sa tinginan namin, parang automatic siya na may something itong project na ito. ’Yung may goosebumps level,’” Dingdong said in an interview with Metro.

“Rewind” tells the story of married couple John (Dingdong), Mary (Marian), and their son Austin (Jordan Lim). As John struggles to handle his personal and professional life, Mary encounters a tragic accident. Descending to a downward spiral, John meets Lods (Pepe Herrera) who gives him a second chance to rewind his past and do things differently but with a costly consequence.

Through the movie, Marian realized how precious life is and how every moment can be fleeting and life changing at the same time.

Sa totoo lang, nu’ng ginagawa ko ito, ang dami kong na-realize at natutunan. Akala lang natin hindi maikli ’yung buhay kasi sa edad at sa nangyayari sa buhay, pero maikli talaga ang buhay. At kung ’yun talaga ang nasa isip mo, gagawin mong mas mabuting version ka sa lahat ng tao, higit lalo sa sarili mo,” she said.

Aside from their cover story, Marian and Dingdong also sat down for a two-part interview on Metro Talks, shared their takes on different trends and experiences in their career on Metro Takes 5, and played a fun game of Jenga.

Check out Marian and Dingdong’s first-ever Metro cover story. For more exclusive articles, follow @metrodotstyle on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok as well as Metro Magazine @metromagph on Instagram and Twitter and @Metro.Magazine on Facebook, or visit Metro.Style.

81st Golden Globe 2024 Awards Winners

The 81st Golden Globe Awards once again honored the best in film and American television productions of 2023. This year's ceremony, hosted by comedian Jo Koy was broadcast live on January 7, 2024 from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

Christopher Nolan's historical drama "Oppenheimer" won big in the film categories. On the TV side, the final season of HBO's perennial awards player "Succession" dominated among dramatic projects, winning several acting awards as well as Best Television Series.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Motion Picture, Drama 

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy 
“Poor Things”

Best Motion Picture, Animated 
“The Boy and the Heron”

Cinematic and Box Office Achievement 

Best Motion Picture, Non-English Language 
“Anatomy of a Fall”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama 
Lily Gladstone, “Killers of the Flower Moon”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama 
Cillian Murphy, “Oppenheimer”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy 
Emma Stone, “Poor Things”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy 
Paul Giamatti, “The Holdovers”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture 
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “The Holdovers”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture 
Robert Downey Jr., “Oppenheimer”

Best Director, Motion Picture 
Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer”

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture 
Justine Triet and Arthur Harari, “Anatomy of a Fall”

Best Original Score, Motion Picture 
Ludwig Göransson, “Oppenheimer”

Best Original Song, Motion Picture 
“What Was I Made For?,” from “Barbie”

Best Television Series, Drama 

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy 
“The Bear”

Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama 
Sarah Snook, “Succession”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama 
Kieran Culkin, “Succession”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy 
Ayo Edebiri, “The Bear”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy 
Jeremy Allen White, “The Bear”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Movie 
Ali Wong, “Beef”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 
Steven Yeun, “Beef”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role 
Elizabeth Debicki, “The Crown”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role 
Matthew Macfadyen, “Succession”

Best Performance in Stand-Up Comedy on Television 
Ricky Gervais, “Ricky Gervais: Armageddon”

From Past to Present: Post-Credit Footage Reveals "Gyeongseong Creature Season 2" to Unfold in Contemporary Seoul

"Gyeongseong Creature" returns with an enthralling second season, extending its narrative from the tumultuous spring of 1945 to the bustling streets of 2024 Seoul. This continuation, set against the backdrop of monstrous creations born from human greed, further entwines the fates of Jang Tae-sang and Yoon Chae-ok.

Season 2 takes a dramatic leap through time, as revealed in the intriguing post-credit footage of Season 1. In this pivotal scene, a character called “Ho-jae”, bearing a striking resemblance to Jang Tae-sang, turns to reveal a mysterious scar, igniting a flurry of questions about his identity and the scar’s origin. This moment is a gateway to the series’ time travel element, transitioning the setting to Seoul of 2024. The released stills amplify the mystery, capturing Chae-ok at a critical juncture and suggesting a season brimming with enigmatic events and connections. Director Chung Dong-yoon shares his vision for this new chapter, stating, “Season 2 presents a story with a completely different charm. The change in space and time period will provide a clear distinction, offering an expanded universe feel.

Season 1 captivated audiences worldwide with its unique blend of period drama and fantastical elements, earning high praise from international media. CNN hailed it as “[it] deserves to be a monster hit,” while TIME magazine noted, “it is also about the world we live in today.” Just 3 days after release, Season 1 gained a spot in the Global TOP 10(Non-English) to rise up to the third place and appear in the TOP 10 list of 69 countries across the globe including Brazil, Japan, Singapore, France, and Australia.

The suspense around the series is further fueled by the cliffhanger from Season 1’s finale and the anticipation of how the characters’ narratives will evolve. Actors, including Park Seo-jun and Han So-hee, have hinted at the deeper character developments and emotional depth of the upcoming season, continuing its legacy as a global sensation and delving into the mysteries of time travel and destiny.

"Gyeongseong Creature Season 2" starring Park Seo-jun, Han So-hee, Lee Mu-saeng, Bae Hyeon-seong is set to premiere exclusively on Netflix, is all poised to reveal a larger, more dynamic story.

Lovi Poe Bids “FPJ’s Batang Quiapo” Goodbye in an Unexpected, Heartbreaking Episode

Lovi Poe said her heartfelt goodbyes to Coco Martin and her "FPJ's Batang Quiapo" family after her character, Mokang, met her untimely demise in Thursday's (January 4) episode of the Kapamilya teleserye, leaving viewers shocked and saddened over her departure.

In a video released by ABS-CBN Entertainment, Lovi shared how fulfilling it was for her to be part of the series. She also expressed her gratitude to Coco for continuing the legacy of her father, Fernando Poe Jr.

"It's the first time na nakasama ako sa isang proyekto that represents my dad. Being part of this meant the world to me. Papa, I also pray that you guide and bestow Coco your powers. He has it all now and I know papa your legacy is in great hands," she said.

Lovi will also forever cherish her bond with Coco as their beloved tandem as Mokang and Tanggol touched the hearts of many viewers.

"Sobrang laki ng pasasalamat ko sa kanya. Naging isa ko siyang mabuting kaibigan, ang dami-dami kong natutunan sa kanya. Talagang bilib ako sa kanya in every aspect. I'm very grateful to have been part of his journey," said Lovi.

Coco led the "FPJ's Batang Quiapo" cast, together with Ivana Alawi, Christopher de Leon, and Irma Adlawan, as well as director Darnel Villaflor, as they congratulated Lovi for giving life to her character as Mokang.

"Natutuwa ako sa kanya kasi sobra siyang game sa mga eksena. Walang kaarte-arte sa kung ano ang ipapagawa mo sa kanya. Napaka-down to earth niya," said Coco about working with Lovi in a previous interview.

As the story continues, Tanggol (Coco) will say his final goodbyes to Mokang (Lovi), after she was shot by Olga (Irma) as she attempted to save Tanggol's life during an intense crossfire.

Don't miss the action-packed scenes in "FPJ's Batang Quiapo," which is inspired by the original story of Regal Films, on weeknights at 8 PM on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, TV5, iWantTFC, and Kapamilya Online Live on ABS-CBN Entertainment's YouTube channel and Facebook page. Viewers who use any digital TV box at home such as the TVplus box only need to rescan their device to be able to watch "FPJ's Batang Quiapo" on TV5 and A2Z. The show is also available to viewers in and out of the Philippines on iWantTFC, while viewers outside of the Philippines can watch on The Filipino Channel (TFC) on cable and IPTV.

For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, or visit

BAYAD Strikes Alliance with, Powering Bills Payment Services

Bayad, the pioneer brand in the outsourced payment collection system in the Philippines, beefs up its partnership with Inc., a cloud-based financial application provider taking a more aggressive stance in the e-commerce industry through its remittance and bills payment services.

Under the partnership, will integrate its biller brands with Bayad, allowing Bayad's physical and digital touchpoints to accept payments for government institutions like Bureau of Quarantine, LTFRB, and selected LGUs nationwide, academic institutions like Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, National Maritime Polytechnic, Baliwag Maritime Academy and Scuola Maria in Batangas, e-commerce business like Palengke.PH, and many others.

Bayad President and CEO Lawrence Y. Ferrer shares "We value the way people do payments, and we make sure to highlight security and convenience in our collection service. This is why we are constantly maximizing our cybersecurity measures and upgrading our real time posting features to enhance end to end transaction processing. Through our partnership with Pisopay, we believe that we will be able to serve Filipinos from all walks of life as we elevate their payment experience" Chairman Jae Jung Jang also shares: "Pisopay is your worry-free financial partner, powering businesses with fast, secure payments, collection, and remittances. We're a one-stop shop, simplifying complex finances through trusted technology. Let us handle your money worries so you can focus on what matters. We respect the value of your hard work, and the least of your worries will be how your transaction is treated, and with our partnership with Bayad, we are assured of double security and a wider reach to our clients nationwide, especially to communities that are unbanked, providing a seamless service, wherever and whenever."

For fintech institutions like that are interested to be part of Bayad's extensive bills payment collection network, you may send an email to Bayad enables partners to attain nationwide presence and provides end-to-end support services for efficient payment and collection processing.

About Bayad

Bayad is the pioneer and trusted brand in the outsourced payment collection service in the Philippines, aggregating a multitude of billers into a robust system that is now being used by over 400,000 physical touchpoints as well as millions of customers of leading digital and mobile platforms across the country. Formerly known as Bayad Center, it continues to trailblaze the industry as it evolves from an over-the-counter payment center into a full-service fintech company, offering a whole suite of financial products & services available to both consumers and businesses.

About is a financial technology company that empowers businesses with seamless financial solutions. Regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, it's a one-stop shop for fast and secure remittances, integrated yet simplified payments through a secure cloud-based platform, and end-to-end payment capabilities.

The company is an innovator in the financial technology industry. It is a trusted payment platform that provides a secure and convenient solution that empowers organizations to offer financial and payment services. In a fast-paced business environment, Pisopay offers a reliable client-centric approach via dedicated knowledge of clients' business needs and requirements.

Sarah Geronimo, SB19 Set to Put the Asia Pacific Predator League 2024 Grand Finals Stage on Fire with #AceYourWorld Live Performance at MOA Arena on January 13

Be part of history as 26 teams from across the region compete for top honors in Dota 2 and VALORANT, including their share of a $200,000 prize pool and the highly coveted Predator Shield, in the Asia Pacific Predator League 2024 Grand Finals at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The MOA Arena stage will witness epic battles between esports teams on January 13 and 14, 2024. Audiences will also get to watch never-before-seen musical stages and collaborations.

For the very first time ever, Acer ambassadors Sarah Geronimo and SB19 will perform "Ace Your World" live! The song #AceYourWorld, streaming on YouTube, was written and composed by Radkidz, the duo of John Paulo Nase (Pablo) and his brother, Joshua Daniel Nase. Through the song, Sarah G and SB19 hope to encourage everyone to stay strong despite the challenges they face in their lives.

Another exciting collaboration stage will feature rapper Felip and Paradise Rising artist Ylona Garcia

Sarah Geronimo and SB19 will lead the roster of talents on Day 1, along with Urbandub, Al James, and UPeepz

Day 2 will feature KZ Tandingan, Sandwich, Franco, Spongecola, Manila Symphony Orchestra, Daloy Dance Company, Josh Cullen, and Pablo.

For both days, there will also be meet-and-greet sessions with Predator ambassadors Cong TV and the Team Payaman boys, burg, KuyaNic, Chibiby, Maggiekarp, amaratv, Een Mercado, Kang Dupet, and Alodia Gosiengfiao.

"We have prepared very hard to give esports players, fans, and enthusiasts two days filled with excitement and surprises. The Asia Pacific Predator League 2024 Grand Finals will showcase world-class gaming, music, and entertainment. The event will put Manila on the global esports map," said Princess Laosantos, Senior Marketing Manager at Acer Philippines.

For more information and updates about Predator League, visit www.facebookcom/PredatorGamingPhilippines or the official website

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