Friday, March 30, 2012

Gary Valenciano Celebrates 29th Showbiz Anniversary

GARY V opens the summer season with a series of 8 concerts at the Music Museum, marking his 29th anniversary in the industry and the 25th year of his company Manila Genesis Entertainment & Management, Inc. Stricken by Type 1 juvenile diabetes for 30 years now, this unmatched performer has been a shining beacon of inspiration in the country and he remains complication-free and still, on top of his game. Gary has consistently inspired his millions of fans through his craft as a singer, musician, songwriter, video producer, dancer, actor, musical arranger and a multi-awarded television host/performer for 9 years on the undisputed top-rating musical variety show, "ASAP."  

After visiting typhoon victims in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan for UNICEF, Gary V jumpstarted the year with a new segment on "ASAP 2012" entitled "With Love: Gary V" – a spin-off of his platinum CD under Star Records and his much-talked about television special which aired seven times on ABS-CBN and MYX in 2011 and twice on The Filipino Channel. The segment features Gary as he showcases stories of love, forgiveness, redemption, and faith while he sings songs that celebrate the beauty and goodness of humanity. "With Love Gary Valenciano," the CD compiles the soap opera and movie theme songs which he performed and recorded for ABS-CBN and Star Cinema. Just this March, Gary, together with the ASAP team, flew to Cagayan De Oro to shoot a video with a courageous flood victim for his segment.  All these efforts let led to "On Higher Ground," a fundraiser for UNICEF and the Shining Light Foundation, two faithful partners dear to Gary V, who has been National Ambassador for UNICEF for 14 years now.

In his stellar career, one of Gary's most celebrated corporate relationships was with Coca-Cola with whom he had a contract for over ten years. Two years ago, he was tapped to launch their refreshing product, Real Leaf, and this year was invited again to record "Tuloy Ang Happiness" the 100th Year official anthem of Coca-Cola with Sarah Geronimo and Someday Dream, with powerful appearances at the Gala Night at Makati Shangrila as well as the "Concert Ng Bayan" at SM MOA last March 26.  

The country is excited for Gary's much awaited return to the silver screen via an upcoming movie under Straight Shooters Media entitled "I Do Bidoo Bidoo" which he will star in together with Zsa Zsa Padilla, Eugene Domingo, Sam Concepcion, and Ogie Alcasid. He has appeared in 13 films for Regal Films, Seiko Films, Viva Films, and Star Cinema.

For his concert series at Music Museum, fans can look forward to witnessing Gary V in his best element as he performs his greatest hits as well as some of today's hottest chart-toppers, party anthems, and homegrown favorites. Fans can also expect groundbreaking and pioneering technology and excellent audio-visuals through their corporate partners Videosonic and Soundcheck.

"I'm very excited and at the same time a bit nervous because we have come up with new routines and a lot of surprises for this series," says Gary. "I am particularly excited for our opening production number. It will be awesome. I really hope it works the way I envisioned it."  Gary V will be performing with two world-class musicians, Awit Awards 2008 Best Female/Best New Female Singer Julianne and Juan Miguel Salvador, formerly of Rage Band and now the musical director of Authority, which represented the country in the 2005 Global Battle of the Bands in London.

"Gary V: On Higher Ground" happens at Music Museum on April 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27; and May 9 and 10. The show will be for the benefit of UNICEF and Shining Light Foundation. The show is supported by ABS-CBN, MYX, Smart, Soundcheck, Videosonic, Gold's Gym, Aficionado, Coca Cola, Goldilocks, Lee, Universal Records, Star Records, Studio V, Essensuals Toni & Guy, Fernando's, with media partners: Radio High 105.9, Crossover 105.1, Monster Radio RX 93.1, Tambayan, Magic 89.9, DZMM 630, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Business World, People's Journal and People's Tonight.  

"Gary V: On Higher Ground" will be directed by Gary and son Paolo Valenciano with Musical Direction by Mon Faustino. Tickets are priced at Php 3,500.00, 2,500.00, 1,500.00, 1,000.00, and 500.00. For tickets contact Ticketworld (891-9999), Music Museum (721-6726; 721-0635), and Manila Genesis (706-2170 to 71;             0915-4975225      ;             0908-8871397      ). 

GMA-7 Airs MTV EXIT Presents Jason Mraz this Saturday, March 31

Filipino fans of international singer-songwriter and anti-trafficking advocate, Jason Mraz, are in for a real treat as GMA Network airs theMTV EXIT Presents Jason Mraz special on Saturday, March 31 at 11:30 PM.

This follows from Jason Mraz's visit to the Philippines last year who made a special appearance at the MTV EXIT Live in Manila concert held at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds to join 25,000 fans on the fight against human trafficking and exploitation.

Jason Mraz shared a compelling message at the concert to encourage fans in the Philippines to join him in the MTV EXIT anti-trafficking movement to end modern-day slavery. "If we truly want to have world peace, we have to end human trafficking," said Jason Mraz during his presentation.

In this moving half-hour special, Jason Mraz revealed the real-life stories of Filipinos affected by this horrific crime. He made a special visit to the Visayan Forum Foundation and learns about their campaign, which has saved over 70,000 girls from human trafficking worldwide since 2001. He is moved by the stories of many of the girls rescued as enslaved children before being saved by the shelter, and is given hope by their brave plight as survivors to speak out and try to put an end to human exploitation.

Jason Mraz accounts his emotional journey during his presentation, after realizing that millions of people around the world are still victims of modern day slavery. With this newfound awareness, Jason addresses to 25,000 fans at the MTV EXIT Live in Manila concert using his musical gift to find ways to further spread the awareness of this critical social issue worldwide.

In Asia-Pacific, MTV EXIT is produced in partnership with USAID, AusAID and ASEAN.

For more details about human trafficking and exploitation in Asia, visitwww.mtvexit.org or follow MTV EXIT on the following social media platforms: Twitter @mtvexit and www.facebook.com/mtvexit.

"JASON MRAZ SPECIAL" airs this Saturday, March 31 from 11:30pm - 12mn pre-empting "JUST FOR LAUGHS GAGS" in GMA.

‘Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo’ Premieres on April 16

ABS-CBN's newest Kapamilya Gold series is set touch the hearts of Filipinos all over the world as it premieres this April 16 (Monday).

Topbilled by Jake Cuenca, Bangs Garcia and Shaina Magdayo, "Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo" features the story of a dream and an ambition that will test the strength, love for family and the relationship of Paul (Jake) and Sarah (Shaina) as Mia (Bangs) tries to tear them apart.

Completing the star-studded cast are Gloria Diaz, Sandy Andolong, Maria Isabel Lopez, Ronnie Lazaro, Dick Ysrael, Nikki Valdez, Jojit Lorenzo, Ron Morales and David Chua; with the special participation of Christopher de Leon and Philip Salvador; and young stars Paul Salas and Mariel Pamintuan. The newest afternoon drama series is directed by Manny Palo and Lino Cayetano.

Don't miss the premiere of the newest addition to ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold roster, "Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo" on April 16 after "Mundo Man ay Magunaw." For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

Bb. Pilipinas 2012 – Meet the 30 Candidates

Bb. Pilipinas 2012 candidates were presented to the press on Monday, March 12, at the Genting Club of Resorts World Manila.

Here are the official candidates for Bb. Pilipinas 2012:

1. Karen Gallman 19, Bohol

2. Romelin Roxane de Castro 20, Taguig City

3. Nicole Marable 17, Quezon City

4. Jaine Hidalgo 25, Naga City

5. Rose Ann Aguilar 24, Cavite

6. Maria Alicia Elena Ariosa 24, Pagadian City

7. Patricia Lae Ejercitado 23 Cainta, Rizal

8. Nicole Schmitz 23, Cebu City

9. Mary Jean Lastimosa 24, Davao City

10. Jillean Camille Orbina 20, Isabela

11. Marie Virgenia Cecilie Peter 21, Kalibo, Aklan

12. Mika Maxine Medina 21, Quezon City

13. Katrina Jayne Dimaranan 18, San Juan City

14. Gina Joy Howell 20, Angeles City

15. Elaine Kay Moll 20, Northern Samar

16. Liezl Alcantara 19, Basco, Batanes

17. Anna Czarina Buenviaje 19, Malinao, Albay

18. Janine Marie Tugonon 22, Balanga, Bataan

19. Roxane Joy Jesalva 18, Daraga, Albay

20. Roxanne Tadique 25, Quezon City

21. Giselle Angelica Muñoz 25, Parañaque City

22. Meiji Cruz 18, Valenzuela City

23. Goldy Baroa 2, Laguna

24. Fer Mary Baliquig 20, Bohol

25. Chloe Zanardi 24, Marikina City

26. Angelee delos Reyes 24, Olongapo City

27. Golda Soller 25, Roxas, Isabela

28. Marie Irisha Arcenas 21, Cebu City

29. Annalie Forbes 19, Malolos City

30. Sherlyn Gonzales 24, Ilocos Sur

The coronation night for Bb. Pilipinas 2012 is happening on April 15 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, and will be broadcastlive by ABS-CBN channel 2.

American Idol Season 11 Top 9 Results

Who was voted out? Clue: the contestant is of Asian descent likeNicki Minaj who performed during the American Idol Top 9 resultsshow.

Jessica Sanchez is safe.

Here's what AI mentor Jimmy Iovine thought of Jessica's Top 9 performance:

"At 16 years old, Jessica has managed to harness enough experience like she's been here for 10 years singing like this. What she's doing with her vocals at each and every moment of building that song, is something that people who have been doing it 20 years have difficulty doing. She got lost in that song, yet kept her composure. I am fully on board with this. I don't know how this voting pans out. But I do know that young girls tend to vote for young guys–seen by the last 5 years of who's won and lost this thing. But I think what we need right now is a little girl power."

The other contestant of Asian descent–Heejun Han–received the lowest number of votes and sang for his life.

After performing "Song for You," considered his best performance ever, the three judges did not save him.

The other contestants in the bottom three, by the way, were Skylar Laine and Holly Cavanagh.

Last year's winner, Scotty McCreery graced the show and performed his new single "Water Tower Town" (Click here to watch the video).Nicki Minaj, meanwhile, sang her latest tune "Starship."

American Idol Season 11 Top 8

Phillip Phillips
Elise Testone
Colton Dixon
Joshua Ledet
Jessica Sanchez
DeAndre Brackensick
Skylar Laine
Hollie Cavanagh

Thursday, March 29, 2012

'Hotel Transylvania' Trailer


Sony Pictures Animation has just revealed the first trailer of its upcoming animated comedy, Hotel Transylvania featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez.

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s (Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them.

On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’s (Gomez) 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

The film’s voice cast also includes Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Cee-Lo Green, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon and David Koechner.

Opening across the Philippines in September 2012, Hotel Transylvania is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.sonypictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Elise Testone – Whole Lotta Love – American Idol 11 Top 9


Elise Testone sang ‘Whole Lotta Love’ on the American Idol 11 Top 9.


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Heejun Han – Song for You – American Idol 11 Top 9


Heejun Han sang ‘Song for You’ on the American Idol 11 Top 9.


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Jessica Sanchez – Sweet Dreams – American Idol 11 Top 9


Jessica Sanchez sang Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams" on the American Idol 11 Top 9 show.


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Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Teaser Trailer


Check out the first teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated "Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2" which premiered during the opening of "The Hunger Games" last weekend.


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HIV Positive Wanggo Gallaga Faces Boy Abunda

Last February, an alarming number of 274 HIV and AIDS cases have been reported by the Department of Health. As a contribution for the campaign against HIV and AIDS, lifestyle writer and HIV positive Wanggo Gallaga sits face to face with Boy Abunda to share not only his life's story but his life's lessons as well this Saturday (March 31) on "The Bottomline with Boy Abunda."

Unravel the story, the sentiments and regrets behind the brave face of Wanggo. What was his most painful experience after announcing that he is HIV positive? Do people with this sickness still have the right to fall in love? Now that HIV remains to be incurable, does he believe that his life is worth living?

Don't miss the 'Ani ng Dangal 2012' awardee "The Bottomline with Boy Abunda" this Saturday, 11:30 pm, after "Banana Split" on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monsters Bring Hell on Earth in ‘Wrath of the Titans’

As the title indicates, Warner Bros.' new, 3D fantasy adventure "Wrath of the Titans" called forth some mammoth and mythical adversaries to pit against the demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington).

These include the multi-headed Chimera, three one-eyed Cyclops and an army of double-bodied Makhai. Perseus' most formidable opponent is, of course, Kronos, the gargantuan, heretofore imprisoned Titan and father of Zeus (Liam Neeson), Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston), who is on the verge of breaking free and bringing hell down on the earth.

"There's truly a smorgasbord of action to be had in this movie," says visual effects supervisor and second unit director Nick Davis, who also worked on the first film.

The first foe Perseus meets is the Chimera, a fire-breathing beast with the heads of a lion and goat, dragon-like wings and a vicious snake's head at the end of its tail.

"The main heads work in tandem, with one throwing out fuel and the other a haze of heat that ignites it," director Jonathan Liebesman says of the brute that tears through Perseus' village, a terrifying warning shot of things to come if he doesn't take action.

"The Chimera descends on the village like a meteor and immediately starts ripping it apart," Davis says. "There's a huge pyrotechnical explosion, then the ground starts to crack, followed by a very elaborate, 400-foot trench blast that snakes its way through the town before blowing up a house and finally erupting out of a building. Then it really gets going."

With the Chimera forcing his hand, Perseus is now committed to the battle to save Zeus and all of mankind from Kronos, and sets off to find a way into Tartarus, catching a ride with an old friend: the winged horse Pegasus, who takes him to Queen Andromeda's (Rosamund Pike) encampment.

Once Perseus, Andromeda and Agenor (Toby Kebbell) are on their way, they sail off to find Hephaestus, whose remote island home is booby-trapped and heavily guarded by a group of 30-foot-tall Cyclops, one of Liebesman's favorite creatures in the film. Prosthetics designer Conor O'Sullivan provided the director with about 15 different maquette heads, and worked closely with Davis in the full body design, before they determined the final blueprint for the Cyclops.
"The biggest challenge was to get them to appear as photorealistic as possible. Well, as much as a one-eyed, 30-foot monster can be photorealistic," Davis smiles.

Heralding the emergence of Kronos from his ages-long confinement,legions of two-torso Makhai rage through the battlefield in a swarm of death and destruction. An invention of the film's writers, they are warriors who had been sent to Tartarus and melded together by Kronos. "He created his own army by merging two tortured, warrior souls into one, and then sent them to wreak havoc on earth," Liebesman relates.

"They are eight-foot-tall, two-headed, six-armed warriors who can run and roll and fight and jump with strength superior to any man," Davis says. "But they are really just the prelude to the evil that's about to come, the huge, final battle for Perseus, Zeus, Hades…everyone."
The war comes to a climax as the over 1,500-foot Kronos bursts free of his bonds and begins to attack.

"Kronos created the world from chaos, and he wants to return the world to that state," Liebesman notes. "What I love about him is that he reminds me of an atomic bomb when he hits the screen—this massive explosion with tons of volcanic debris flying off of him and setting fire to everything in his path."

Davis adds, "Kronos has forever been this unstable, volatile force that the humans have unwittingly been sitting on, and as soon as Zeus' strength fully empowers him, he erupts: rocks cascade off of him, the prison walls start to collapse and lava bubbles up from underneath."
He goes on to describe the Titan king as having "human proportions, but he's comprised of streams of solidified and molten lava that is constantly pouring off his body. He's also covered in pyroclastic clouds that billow off of him, and as he moves, he hurls lava bombs toward the people below."

Kronos was achieved entirely via CG, but that was no deterrent for Sam Worthington, who has become something of a master of fighting green screen beasts. For the actor, it's all in a day's work. "It's simple: you have to believe in the world. When my nephew runs around pretending he is fighting monsters, it's the same thing. As long as you commit and believe, then the audience will also commit and believe. We know it's computer generated, because Kronos and Cyclops and Chimera don't exist, but if I dive into the situation 100 percent, then hopefully the audience will follow and not be pulled out of the world."

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, March 29, "Wrath of the Titans" is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros.Entertainment Company.

Velvet Sizzles Up Summer 2012

Hello sunshine! Bring out the sunglasses, slather on some spf, and wear the sunniest smile as Velvet, the only fun and sexy party channel, let's you in a season that spells HOT HOT HOT!

This summer of 2012 feel the heat with Velvet's ultimate summer manual that will take you from Hollywood's warm and luxurious sun to Boracay's pristine waters as it ignites this exciting time of the year with strings of on-air and on-ground offerings.

Be at the forefront of summer fun with your desired series. Siblings Annie (Shenae Grimes) and Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds) together with your much followed West Beverly gang is back with new adventures and intriguing dramas as they say hello to life after high school and cruise through adulthood with big decisions to make and new people to meet. Let the cooling effects of a refreshing pina colada calm your nerves down because anything can happen under the sun at America's favorite zip code. Catch back to back premieres of the fourth season of "90210" on March 24 at 7PM.

Be sure not to get left behind, jet set to the biggest event in the British music scene with front row seats right in the comforts of your home. See the Brit stage come to life and dance in tune with ground-breaking performances from music industry titans Adele, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Noel Gallagher, and many more. The night also soared to trending status as Adele made headlines after she flipped her finger when one of her acceptance speeches was cut short. Watch these defining moments unfold on March 24 at 8PM.

Listen to the sound of waves crashing on Boracay's powdery white shore as Velvet—for the fifth time, will invade the country's summer party capital with colorful leis and all night long partying as it throws the Velvet Summer Luau, which will be hosted by model, author, and entrepreneur, Sarah Meier, on April 14, 7PM at Epic Bar. Hang loose and let the alluring sound of percussion bring your body to a sway and put you in a festive mood to enjoy all the exciting beach and booze activities and performances.

It's smoking hot in Velvet all summer long! Join the Velvet Party in Boracay promo. Just write to Velvet and tell the channel your favorite among the summer shows such as "Cougar Town," "Hawaii Five-O" and "Jersey Shore." Send in your answer with a photo of yourself in a fun summer outfit to velvet@abs-cbn.com. This promo is available to Metro Manila residents only.

Velvet (SkyCable Channel 53) is definitely your perfect summer destination. For more updates, visit the Facebook page of Velvet Channel or follow Velvet Channel on twitter: @VelvetChannel.

Kapatid Stars Clinch Major Awards at 9th Golden Screen Awards for Movies

Kapatid stars have yet again proven their mettle as actors in the silverscreen as they ruled the Entertainment Press Inc.'s 9th GoldenScreen Awards for Movies held recently.

Aga Muhlach, who is regularly seen in Pinoy Explorer, bagged his second Best Actor trophy this year after he was declared BestPerformance by an Actor in a Leading Role-Drama trophy for hisperformance in the movie "In the Name of Love." He was earlier hailed Movie Actor of the Year at the 28th Star Awards for Movies.

Edgar Allan Guzman and Martin Escudero were tied in the BestPerformance by an Actor in Musical or Comedy for "Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me" and "Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Takot si Remington," respectively. Earlier at Gawad Tanglaw, Kapitan Awesome actorMartin Escudero was hailed Best Actor while Lokomoko star Edgar Allan Guzman was finalist in the same category for the said movies.

Meanwhile, NEWS5 program manager Kristoffer Brugada won the the Best Story trophy for the indie film "Patikul."

The Golden Screen Awards also conferred the Lino Brocka Lifetime Achievement Award to the one and only Superstar, Ms. Nora Aunor. The said lifetime achievement award was Superstar's second this year after she was listed among Gawad Tanglaw's "11 Pinaka Kapuri-puring Artista ng Dekada."

Following her return to the Philippines late last year, the Superstar has received distinctions from several award-giving bodies including a Lifetime Achievement Award and an Icon of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) from the PMPC Star Awards for Music, the Honorary Originals of Philippine Cinema Award at the Cinema One Originals Independent Film Festival, another Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Cinemanila International Film Festival, and Hall of Fame at the Star Awards for TV.

Drive to a whole new level at the Manila International Auto Show 2012


The 17th World Building and Construction Exposition (WORLDBEX) once again proved to be a success. Over 152,000 visitors flocked to the World Trade Center Metro Manila and experienced 30,000 sq. m. of booths and exhibits from local and international industry players.

“WORLDBEX leads the future of the construction industry in the Philippines by providing an avenue where local suppliers can showcase their products globally and likewise giving Filipinos an opportunity to see what the international market has to offer,” says Joseph Ang, founding chair of Worldbex Services International (WSI).

WSI, however, is just getting started. From one world-class expo to another, car enthusiasts will once again race to the World Trade Center from March 29 to April 1, 2012, 10am to 10pm, for the highly anticipated 8th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). With the theme “Motorsports”, MIAS 2012 turns the spotlight on “Life in the Fast Lane” and the current trend of developing new and updated models of sports cars by different car brands, all designed to outride the competition.

With over 85,000 attendees annually, MIAS 2012 is bigger with 110 companies occupying the WTC, the Philippine Trade Training Center, the adjoining WTC East Wing and the specially constructed WTC East Wing B, with the total exhibit area now at 30,000 sqm. MIAS 2012 would feature the best concept cars, hybrid cars and many other automotives that will change the way we look at motoring and driving.

The highlights of this year’s MIAS include the Russ Swift Precision Driving Stunt Show, various car launches, motorsports exhibits, special demonstrations, and many more. Some of the notable events would be the Top Gear exhibit, which will feature top of the line car setups, the MD Juan World II re-enactment using Jeep vehicles, and the Philippines’ most powerful car sponsored by Motul.

Also back is a bolder and bigger amphibian truck, which the Philippine Army, Philippine Marines, and the private sector modified and improved for this year’s show. Strategic spots throughout the venue have also been transformed into bachelor pads where visitors can watch their favorite movies, mingle with the car shows models, and test drive the car of your dreams.

There will be a Gala Night for the Car of the Year Awards 2012 competition at the PTTC, hosted by the Car Awards Group, Inc. Other competitions such as the MIAS Classic and Custom Car Competition, and a car photography contest would also be held.

MIAS merchandise can also be purchased at the venue, with items such as shirts, caps, USB hubs, baller IDs, and other MIAS 2012 novelty items.

The 8th Manila International Auto Show is important since it aids in effectively boosting local car industry, especially with BPI Family Bank’s Auto Madness, which offers low interest rates for car buyers during the show.

Fasten your seatbelts and drive on over to the most exciting car show in town, where the hottest cars and the prettiest ladies convene, the 8th Manila International Auto Show this March 29 to April 1, 2012 at the World Trade Center and brace yourself for a ride you’ll never forget.


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Gold's Gym Ties Up with Adidas

Premiere sports brand Adidas recently signed a one-year contract with Gold's Gym, one of the top international gym franchises in the country, as its official gym partner.


Present during the contract signing were Mike Ignacio, the marketing head of Adidas Philippines, Mylene Dayrit, the CEO of Golds Gym and Myke Celis, the managing Director of PerCX advertising, the agency-on-record for this tie-up.


This tie-up recognizes the huge potential of both partners in helping grow the business of each other. During the entire duration of the tie-up, members and staff of Golds Gym will be given the chance to peek at the latest releases of Adidas and enjoy exclusive discounts and freebies from the said brand. Selected Golds Gym branches will also have selected areas devoted to Adidas campaign roll outs.


To check out the latest about this tie-up, you may visit Adidas' Facebook Fan Page: AdidasPhilippines or Golds Gym's Facebook Fan Page: Golds Gym Philippines.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

U-Kiss - 'Forbidden Love' Music Video


Check out the music video for U-Kiss' latest single called "Forbidden Love."


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Never the Strangers - 'Moving Closer' Music Video


NEVER THE STRANGERS' Official Music Video for "Moving Closer", their second single off their self-titled debut album with Warner Music Philippines.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Madonna – 'Girl Gone Wild' (Uncensored Music Video)


The Queen of pop Madonna has selected the Benny Benassi-produced track "Girl Gone Wild" as the official second single from her 12th studio album "MDNA" (following lead single "Give Me All Your Luvin'"), set for release on March 26th, 2012.




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Jessica Sanchez – Everybody Has A Dream – American Idol 11 Top 10


Jessica Sanchez sings ‘Everybody Has A Dream’ on the American Idol 11 Top 10 show:



With Mentoring and Judging Parts:



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Phillip Phillips – Movin Out – American Idol 11 Top 10


Phillip Phillips sings ‘Movin Out’ on the American Idol 11 Top 10:



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Elise Testone – Vienna – American Idol 11 Top 10



Elise Testone sings ‘Vienna’ on the American Idol 11 Top 10 show:



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Skylar Laine – Shameless – American Idol 11 Top 10


Skylar Laine sings ‘Shameless’ on the American Idol 11 Top 10 show:



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Joshua Ledet – She's Got a Way – American Idol 11 Top 10


Joshua Ledet sings "She's Got a Way" during the American Idol 11 Top 10 show:



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Erika Van Pelt – New York State of Mind – American Idol 11 Top 10


Erika Van Pelt sings "New York State of Mind" during the American Idol Season 11 Top 10 show.




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Deandre Brackensick – Only The Good Die Young – American Idol 11 Top 10



Deandre Brackensick sings ‘Only The Good Die Young’ on the American Idol 11 Top 10:



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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Henry Probes PAGCOR Bribery Controversy in 'Krusada'

Henry Omaga-Diaz will look into the claims involving the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)'s senior officials who were allegedly paid off to approve a foreign casino mogul's bid to run a casino in the country this Thursday (Mar 22) in "Krusada."

Casino mogul Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas and Macau, has charged former business partner Kazuo Okada of providing illegal and lavish gifts and accommodations to PAGCOR chairman Cristino Naguiat, his family, and the government agency's officials to secure a license to own and develop a casino in the PAGCOR Entertainment City in Parañaque City.

An investigation commissioned by Wynn's company also concluded that corruption is 'deeply ingrained' in the Philippines' gaming industry and doubted President Benigno Aquino III's plans for reform would eradicate it.

Naguiat confirmed the casino visits and hotel accommodations in Las Vegas and Macau, which he insisted were common gambling industry practices arranged for operators such as him. Could it be considered an "industry practice" or an outright unethical conduct considering PAGCOR's regulatory function in rejecting and approving gaming investments in the country?

Henry will find out if PACGOR should drop its role in managing gambling operations and just concentrate on its responsibility of regularizing and permitting gaming ventures in the country.

Listen, take part and be one with Henry's crusade because it takes more than words to make a stand. Watch "Krusada," which is nominated in the Social Issues/Current Events category at the prestigious 2012 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, tomorrow (Mar 22) after "Bandila" on ABS-CBN, or earlier on DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable Channel 26), 9:15 p.m.

Monday, March 19, 2012

‘Dahil sa Pag-ibig’ Captures the Hearts of TV Viewers Nationwide

ABS-CBN's newest Primetime Bida drama series "Dahil sa Pag-ibig" won the hearts of TV viewers as it soared high in the national TV ratings.

According to the latest data from Kantar Media, the soap topbilled byPiolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales, Christopher de Leon, Cristine Reyes, and Maricar Reyes garnered a national TV rating of 31.1%, which was almost 15 points higher than the 16.2% national TV rating of its rival program "Legacy" from GMA.

With the warm response of the viewing public, the show treated its supporters with the launch of the "Dahil sa Pag-ibig OfficialSoundtrack," released by Star Records, featuring the theme songs of the show's well-loved characters namely Alfred (Piolo), Oliver (Jericho), Jasmin (Cristine), Agnes (Maricar), and Leo (Christopher). The album launched held recently at SM Skydome was flocked by hundreds of fans.

"Dahil sa Pag-ibig Official Soundtrack" tracklist includes "Sa Kanya" by Piolo, "Nang Dahil sa Pag-ibig" by Cristine, "Maghihintay Sa'yo" byAngeline Quinto, and "Pagdating ng Panahon" by Bryan Termulo.

Don't miss "Dahil sa Pag-ibig" weeknights after "Walang Hanggan" on Primetime Bida of ABS-CBN. For more updates log on to www.abs-cbn.com, follow @dahilsapagibig_ on Twitter, or 'like' http://facebook.com/dahilsapagibig.tv.

'Dark Shadows' - Official Movie Poster and Trailer


Director Tim Burton brings the cult classic series “Dark Shadows” to the big screen in a gothic comedy featuring an all-star cast, led by Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. Check out the film’s international one-sheet art and first trailer at http://youtu.be/ttFswa2dM1c, both recently revealed by Warner Bros.

Synopsis: In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Depp) has the world at his feet—or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.

Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.

Opening across the Philippines in May 2012, “Dark Shadows” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.




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A Peek Inside TESDA's Mobile Training Bus Project in 'Patrol ng Pilipino'

In a bid to provide employment opportunities for poor Filipinos, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) launched the Mobile Training (Park and Train) Bus in February for people of underprivileged communities so that they can be trained in technical-vocational education.

Tomorrow (March 20) in "Patrol ng Pilipino," Gretchen Malalad will show how the project has given hope and help to the residents who have received training in practical skills courses in the Ondoy-hit Brgy. Silangan, Quezon City, where majority of the residents are either unemployed or are street vendors.

Aside from the free training in courses such as Electrical Installation at Maintenance at Community Disaster Management Program in the mobile bus, graduates will be granted with a TESDA certification and a toolkit to help them practice their craft and find a job.

Meanwhile, join Dominic Almelor as he visits homes in Muntinlupa and San Pedro, Laguna that have sustained seismic tremors. He will find out if Filipinos are prepared for a killer earthquake and the measures taken by experts from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), UP National Institute of Geological Sciences (UP-NIGS), and government agencies to ensure the well-being of Filipinos.

Know the stories behind the news in "Patrol ng Pilipino" tomorrow (Mar 20) in "Patrol ng Pilipino" after "Bandila" on ABS-CBN, or watch it earlier on DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable Channel 26), 9:15 p.m.

Xian Lim - McDonald's McFloat Summer Medley TVC


Check out Xian Lim's TVC for McDonald's "McFloat Summer Medley" featuring his own rendition of the song "Walking on Sunshine".



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Sunday, March 18, 2012

'Prometheus' - Trailer


Ridley Scott brings us PROMETHEUS, set in a future where two superpowers control Earth and fight each other to gain control of all the solar system's natural resources. Starring Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace, "Prometheus" brings together a team of scientists, 'The Company' representatives and robot synthetics to investigate and search for keys to unlock man's ultimate mystery.

PROMETHEUS (in 3D) opens June 7 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Sam Concepcion and Julie Anne San Jose - 'My Phone Online' Music Video


Check out the music video for "My Phone Online" featuring Julie Anne San Jose and Sam Concepcion plus 17 teen stars.



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Big Bang - 'Bad Boy' Music Video


From the Fader:

The song opens with a very Slick Rick-sounding, A-yo, Choice, drop it on me, spoken by the group’s leader, G-Dragon, an androgynous man with a delicate, Skrillex-inspired hairpiece and a patched motorcycle jacket with a teal muppet-fur back. Despite spending 6 years being trained for stardom by his record label before debuting with Big Bang, G-Dragon was indicted by Seoul police last October for smoking marijuana. Either way, he’s totally seamless here. “Bad Boy” is exquisite, with roots in the airiest of hip-hop/R&B summer crossover. Though it’s sung 90 percent in subtly processed Korean, carefully placed English phrases explain the song succinctly—Sorry, I’m a bad boy… you’re a good girl—and provide crucial hooks for at-home singalong. “Bad Boy” floats the way your hand does riding currents outside the car window, in and out of the sun without seemingly any effort.


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NEWS5 Team Undergoes CNN Training with Emmy-winning Anchor Jim Clancy

The World's news leader CNN recently conducted a two-day in-country session, led by veteran correspondent and news anchor Jim Clancy and International Newsource director Eli Flournoy, training the anchors, correspondents and producers of NEWS5, TV5's news organization.

The training maximizes NEWS5's CNN broadcast partnership which it inked with the international news agency in September 2010.

The CNN-NEWS5 in-country training was focused on lectures and workshops with international scope and scale, while remaining relevant to the local broadcast landscape. According to DJ Sta. Ana, NEWS5 head of news operations, the training is beneficial "in the sense that it helps them [anchors, reporters and producers] improve their skill. It exposes them to them the processes involved in international news organizations so they are able to pick up ideas, best practices and scenarios which they can apply and relate with their own work here," he said. "And it's always beneficial to learn from people of experience like Jim Clancy."

Meanwhile, Ann Chu, executive director of CNN broadcast services and affiliate relations, is optimistic that the training will strengthen the partnership of the two news organizations. "I'm delighted that our newsrooms are able to work even more closely together. CNN has always acknowledged building local relations with journalists as crucial to our shared success."

The attendees were inspired by the work ethic and very extensive broadcast experience of the multi-awarded Jim Clancy, whose experience across the world's biggest stories, including in the MiddleEast and Africa, earned him several recognitions from prestigious award-giving bodies including the Emmy, George Polk and Alfred I.DuPont.

For Erwin Tulfo, anchor of NEWS5's flagship newscast AKSYON, the in-country training presented greater opportunities for seasoned broadcast journalists and new breeds alike. "I've been in this business for quite some time but I still learn a lot of things like new ways, new techniques in covering stories and events. He [CNN's Jim Clancy] knows a lot of things—from anchoring to covering. He has been at CNN for more than three decades. I learned a lot of things from him. He was very inspirational." Erwin disclosed, adding that he's looking forward to improving his "covering, anchoring skills" and probably share it with NEWS5's junior reporters and new anchors.

Maeanne Los Baños, one of NEWS5's junior correspondents who attended the two-day training, related that each lecture from the training was very insightful, especially for them who work in the field. "I think the timing is really perfect for us working as correspondents. Specifically, I value the lectures on reporting in a hostile environment and lecture on balanced reporting and ethics," she related. "I really value his [Jim Clancy] stories about how he actually prepares each day on his work. He still devotes more than two hours for readingnewspapers before he goes to work. That's something that reminds us of how big our responsibility is as journalist. That we're not just there to cover we have to sit there each day so that we'll be able to give the information as complete as we can to the viewers," she continued.

ABS-CBN and DZMM Win Best Stations in 10th Gawad Tanglaw

ABS-CBN and DZMM were once again named as TV Station of the year and Best AM station respectively in the recently held 10th Gawad Tanglaw (Tagapuring mga Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagalaw) at the University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA Auditorium in Las Pinas City with the Kapamilya network bagging a total of 23 awards for its TV, radio, and cable TV channels.

ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio was also given a special recognition of Gawad Tanglaw sa Sining ng Telebisyon for hercontributions in the Philippine television industry.

Kapamilya stars Emilio Garcia, Coco Martin, Vilma Santos, Gina Pareno, Anita Linda, and Cherrie Pie Picache, on the other hand, were among the artists recognized in the roster of Pinaka Kapuri-puring Artista ng Dekada.

In the film categories, Cinema One Original's "Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay" won for Best Story.

In summary, the Kapamilya Network bagged a total of 15 awards, including the special award for Concio, while its AM radio stationDZMM Radyo Patrol 630 received four awards, its 24/7 cable news channel ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) got three and its cable movie channel Cinema One bagged one.

Earlier this month, the Northwest Samar State University also recognized ten Kapamilya programs and personalities in its 3rd Northwest Samar State University Students' Choice Awards for Radio and Television.

Among the winners are "Matanglawin" for Best Educational Program, Kim Atienza as Best Educational Program Host, "ASAP Rocks" for Best Variety Show, Gary Valenciano as Best Variety Show Host,Xyriel Manabat as Best Child Star in a Primetime Teleserye, Coco Martin as Best Actor in a Primetime Teleserye, "Pilipinas Got Talent" for Best Reality Show, Luis Manzano as Best Reality Show Host, "The Buzz" for Best Showbiz-Oriented Show, and Boy Abunda as Best Showbiz-Oriented Show Host.

ABS-CBN is currently the most-awarded TV network by the academe as it won more awards in the other students awards giving bodies such as UP Los Banos' Gandingan Awards and University of Santo Tomas' USTv Awards earlier this year.

Here is the list of Kapamilya winners at the 10th Gawad Tanglaw Awards:

FILM ARTS

Best Story – Antoniette Jadaone –Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay

TELEVISION ARTS

T.V. Station of the Year – ABS- CBN- 2

Best News Program – Bandila (ABS-CBN-2)

Best News Program Anchors – Julius Babao- Bandila (ABS-CBN- 2)

Best Educational TV Program – Matanglawin (ABS-CBN-2)

Best TV Documentary – Storyline (ANC 2)

Best Public Affairs Program – The Bottom Line

Best Morning Show – Umagang Kayganda ( ABS-CBN- 2 )

Best Travel Show – Travel Time (ANC)

Best Sports Program – Sports Unlimited (ABS-CBN-2)

Best Variety Show – ASAP (ABS-CBN-2)

Best Lifestyle Program – Executive Class ( ANC )

Best Drama Anthology – Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN-2)

Best Drama Series – 100 Days to Heaven (ABS-CBN-2)

Best Performance by an Actress (Single Performance) – Helen Gamboa- "Parol"- Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN-2)

Best Performance by an Actor ( Single Performance) – Enchong Dee- "Parol"- Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN-2)

Best Performance by an Actress (Drama Series) – Xyriel Manabat- 100 days to Heaven- (ABS-CBN-2)

Best Performance by an Actor ( Drama Series) – Coco Martin- Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin-( ABS-CBN-2)

RADIO ARTS

Best AM Station – DZMM (2)

Best Radio DJ – Bro. Jun Banaag- Dr. Love- DZMM (2)

Best Radio Anchors –
Bro. Jun Banaag (Dr Love) , Anthony Taberna and Gerry Baja (Dos Por Dos)- DZMM (2)

MGA NATATANGING GAWAD

GAWAD TANGLAW SA SINING NG TELEBISYON- Charo Santos-Concio

ANC Gives the Deaf a Voice Through Sign Language Interpreters

When the sign language interpreters of "Chief Justice on Trial: the ANC Coverage" first encountered the term 'subpoena duces tecum' and other obscure legal terms, they had to text colleagues who were off-duty and scrabble for the nearest dictionary to find out their meaning and devise ways to interpret them.

Nine weeks into the legalese-heavy trial, the interpreters-instructors from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (CSB-SDEAS) and Philippine National Association of Sign Language Interpreters (PNASLI) still get on with their preparation practices before they sit on-air at 2 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays – bring a dictionary, consult with lawyers and the Deaf community, and on their off days, meet and discuss difficult legalphrases and the best ways to 'sign' them.

Two sign language interpreters take turn every 20 minutes on a single trial day in interpreting the argument among the prosecution and defense panels and the senator-judges live. Off-camera, a Deaf coordinator, a hearing coordinator – and at times, a legal consultant – synergize to ensure legal technicalities are correctly interpreted.

This initiative of ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, to fortify its uninterrupted coverage of the impeachment trial has spawned wider political participation by making information accessible to the Deaf.

ANC has established itself as 'the news channel' that delivers non-stop reportage of news events including the groundbreaking blow-by-blow coverage of the Former Joseph 'Erap' Estrada's impeachment trial, which is a first on Philippine TV media.

ANC managing director Ging Reyes expressed that the sign language initiative serves as another milestone for the news channel and recognizes the Deaf who have a stake in the growth of the country.

Catherine Joy Villareal, an instructor at CSB-SDEAS and one of the interpreters, said the team has garnered significantly excellent reactions from the Deaf community in provinces and even Filipinos abroad.

"We get to perform our roles, however little, in this historical event. Our goal is to serve the Deaf community for them to be able to be aware of what's happening and for them to have a voice. They participate in what's happening through us and through ANC's efforts," she said.

ANC first incorporated sign language insets during the airing of President Benigno Aquino III's 2010 and 2011 State of the Nation Addresses. Following positive feedback on these efforts, the country's first and only 24/7 news channel once again tapped the CSB-SDEAS faculty to make sure the Filipino Deaf community is not left out on the historic hearing.

Beyond this initiative to engage Deaf viewers, the interpreting team also hopes to promote support for legislations that would require sign language insets in all newscasts and TV programs.

"The effort is significant in a sense that we're making history not just for the Deaf as a community but for the Philippines as a country. We're slowly integrating the Deaf into the society and openingopportunities to them," said Oscar Sherlo Reyes, CSB-SDEAS' coordinator for Employment Opportunities and one of the hearing coordinators in ANC's coverage.

Aside from the CSB-SDEAS faculty and PNASLI, sign language interpreters from partner groups CAP College, Philippine Association of Interpreters for Deaf Empowerment, and Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf also volunteer for ANC's impeachment trial coverage.

Aside from coming up with interpretations of technical terms not initially covered by Filipino sign language, the constant challenge for the interpreters is being impartial yet conveying the emotion and tone of the speaker in the trial to ensure interpretation accuracy. John Xandre Baliza, one of the interpreters and also the coordinator for CSB-SDEAS's Educational Interpreting Program, said the ANC stint has been a learning experience for them who don't have legalbackground.

"Physically and mentally, it's very demanding, but it's worth it. It's not really about giving the Deaf community 'access,' but giving back to them what's rightfully theirs," he remarked.

The initiative gives access to the Deaf to be informed and involved in an important national issue and it further demonstrates ANC's commitment to make news and information accessible to the publics through various media platforms on-air and online.

People can watch "Chief Justice on Trial: the ANC Coverage" on cable TV ANC (SkyCable Channel 27) or online streamed live on http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/cjontrial, while those mobile can get instant updates by following @ANCALERTS on Twitter.

World's Ugliest Dog Dies in Her Sleep

Ugliest dog dies at 15.

Yoda, the reigning World's Ugliest Dog, died in California. She was 15-years-old.

"She passed away last night in her sleep. I will miss her funny little ways! But comforted knowing she will be joining my Mom and Dad, who loved her so much! Her memories will live on forever!!!," the dog's owner Terry Schumacher said.

Yoda won the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair in 2011 for her short tufts of hair, protruding tongue, and long, seemingly hairless legs. She weighs 1.8 pound.

She's a mixture of Chinese crested and Chihuahua.

Photo Credit: Associated Press

ABS-CBN Empowers the Filipino Kid with ‘Bida Best Kid’ Campaign

ABS-CBN, recognized as a child-friendly TV station by the credible Anak TV Foundation, embraces its responsibility to promote and produce values-oriented programs to Filipino children that not only entertain but also empower them as kids by launching the "Bida Best Kid" campaign today (March 18) on "ASAP 2012." 

Through the "Bida Best Kid" campaign, ABS-CBN is telling its viewers especially the parents that the programs aired on its free TV and cable channels are suitable to be viewed by their kids for its child-friendly content that feeds their minds with knowledge and good values. It feeds their aspirations to become the best that they can be, whether inacademics, arts, or sports. These shows will also serve as perfect opportunities for parents to bond with their kids.

The "Bida Best Kid" programs can be seen across all ABS-CBN platforms that include ABS-CBN Ch. 2, free TV channel Studio 23, anime cable TV channel Hero TV, and a free TV channel for kids to be offered on ABS-CBN Digital TV when the government gives the go-signal for the rollout.

Among the currently airing ABS-CBN programs that are certified kid-friendly are primetime series "E-Boy," educational program "Matanglawin," weekend fantasy series "Wansapanataym," weekday morning cartoon programs "Sailor Moon" and "Naruto" and weekend Nickelodeon and Marvel titles such as "Penguins of Madagascar" and "X-Men."

Watch the campaign kick off via this Sunday (Mar 18) on "ASAP 2012" with its first station ID starring the brightest "Bida Best Kids" of ABS-CBN such as Zaijan Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat, Bugoy Cariño, Yogo Singh, "Junior Master Chef: Pinoy Edition" Final Four, and the kids from currently airing Kapamilya shows "E-Boy," "Wako Wako," "Goin' Bulilit," and even the kids from now defunct "Ikaw ay Pag-ibig," and "Pinoy Dream Academy: Little Dreamers."

The "Bida Best Kid" station ID will also premiere simultaneously on Studio 23 and Hero TV (SkyCable ch 44). For more information, visit its website www.bidabestkid.com going live online on the same date.

The "Bida Best Kid" station ID was created by ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management head Robert Labayen. It was directed by Peewee Gonzales, while the director of photography was Johny delos Santos. The "Bida Best Kid" jingle was written by Danie Sedilla-Cruz, while the music was composed by Ferdinand Dimadura.

'The Ringer' Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar Every Thursday on AXN Beyond

Sarah Michelle Gellar is back, but she is no longer kicking vampire bottoms. Instead, get a double dose of the blonde beauty as she takes on the duo lead roles of identical twin sisters caught in a dark, sexy and suspenseful entanglement of deceit and vengeance.

Premiering 15 March, airing on Thursdays at 10.55pm first and exclusively on AXN Beyond, the brand new thriller drama series Ringer marks the return of Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Grudge) to TV since starring in the iconic teen supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer which concluded in 2003.

In the intense and intrigue-filled Ringer, the svelte American actress plays Bridget Kelly, a recovering drug addict and former exotic dancer. Just as her life is getting back on track, Bridget witnesses a professional hit and is placed under witness protection of FBI agent Victor Machado (Nestor Carbonell, Lost). Fearing she is not safe from the mob, Bridget flees without even telling her close friend and Narcotics Anonymous sponsor Malcolm Ward (Mike Colter, The Good Wife).

Contacting her estranged identical twin sister Siobhan Martin, also played by Gellar, Bridget reunites with her for the first time in six years in New York City. Fabulously wealthy, Siobhan is married to the strikingly handsome and self-made millionaire investor Andrew Martin, played by Ioan Gruffudd (The Fantastic Four), and he has no idea that Bridget exists. When Siobhan disappears, seemingly having taken her own life at sea, Bridget makes the split second decision to assume her sister's identity.

Bridget discovers that Siobhan lives a fantasy-like life of luxury, but nothing is what they appear to be. Andrew and Siobhan's picture-perfect relationship is icy and broken. Even Andrew's troubled teenage daughter, Juliet (Zoey Deutsch, The Suite Life on Deck), resents her stepmother and blames her for the strained relationship she has with her father. 

Plunged into her twin sister's glamorous world, Bridget tries to keep up her façade and uncovers Siobhan's dark secrets. She meets Siobhan's best friend Gemma (Tara Summers, Boston Legal), a successful architect and interior designer, only to be horrified that Siobhan has been having an affair with Gemma's husband, Henry (Kristoffer Polaha, Life Unexpected). A struggling writer, Henry is in love with Siobhan and is hurt and confused by her sudden personality change. 

Although Bridget goes to great lengths to leave her past behind, agent Machado is not giving up the chase as she is the key witness to his murder investigation. And when an attempt is made on her life, Bridget discovers that living as Siobhan is no less dangerous than the old life she is trying to escape…

As the many twists and turns keep viewers riveted to the fast-paced and intricate neo noir series, fans will be captivated by Sarah Michelle Gellar's multi-faceted portrayal of the sisters in Ringer - from the regret-filled but hopeful fugitive Bridget, to the polished yet bitter Siobhan who has revenge on her mind, and Bridget impersonating Siobhan. American national daily 'USA Today' praised her for "two very good, well-defined Gellar performances", while Hollywood news authority 'E! Entertainment' called Gellar "awesome" and "fantastic" in her roles. 

Gellar confessed that her return to TV was motivated by her "missing" the work she used to do. Noting that there are many "amazing roles" for women on TV now, Gellar also shared that TV work enables her to stay home and be with her two year old daughter. In addition to starring, Gellar is an executive producer of Ringer which was co-created by Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, writers of Supernatural, with CSI: New York showrunner Pam Veasey also executive producing. 

Taking on twice the challenge, Sarah Michelle Gellar is poised for her highly anticipated return to television in a gripping thriller that doubles your fix of mystery as well as the star we've all missed in Ringer, starting this March only on AXN Beyond. 

Truth or Lie? You Be The Judge in 'Penn and Teller Tell A Lie'

Known for their razor sharp wit and engaging minds, show-stopping iconoclasts Penn and Teller bring their unique vision of the world to Discovery Channel in Penn and Teller Tell A Lie, a new series with a twist that brings the truly unthinkable to the television screen. In each episode, the dynamic duo highlight wildly unbelievable stories – all of which are true, except one. But the question is, which one? You decide, on Penn and Teller Tell A Lie,premiering every Wednesday at 10:00 pm starting March 21, with encores every Saturday at 9:00 pm. 

For 35 years, Penn and Teller have defied labels – and at times physics – by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their very own distinct niche in comedy. This March in Discovery Channel's exciting new six-part series, Penn and Teller present Penn and Teller Tell A Lie in their signature free-flowing, fast-paced manner. Can a butter knife stop a speeding bullet? Can you melt steel with bacon? How about lifting a car with a head of human hair? And is it really possible to stop an arrow with a linen shirt? These are some of the outrageous claims that Penn and Teller showcase in Penn and Teller Tell A Lie. But things are not always what they seem. While most of these wacky stories are absolutely, positively true, one of them is a totally believable big fat lie! It will be up to you to spot the fake by noticing buried clues that give it away. 

If there are two things Penn and Teller stand for, it's the truth and lying… although not necessarily in that order! 

Follow An Epic Journey to Raise Kidney Awareness in 'Worldriderz'

Motorbike-mad Stephane Etienne is a man on a mission. Combining his enthusiasm for motorcycles with a very personal reason – his newborn son has malfunctioning kidneys – Stephane is embarking on an epic motorcycle journey from Sydney to Paris to raise awareness on chronic kidney disease, in TLC's six-part series WORLDRIDERZ. Joining him is his friend Paul Torriero. Along the way, the duo will take their awareness-building project over a course of 30,000 kilometres, visiting children's hospitals to determine their most immediate needs and establishing links to set up a web-based information-sharing network. Follow the inspiring and heart-warming journey of the WORLDRIDERZ when the series premieres every Thursday at 9:00 p.m., beginning March 22 on TLC. Encores the following Thursdays at 3:00 p.m.

When Stephane Etienne learnt that his son Ilhan was born with a chronic kidney condition, he did not sit still. Grappling with his son's critical condition, Stephane discovered that there is little research into chronic kidney disease. So he was determined to do something about it. Stephan devised a plan to traverse the globe with his good friend and partner, Paul Torriero, to raise awareness on kidney disease. WORLDRIDERZ follows the pair as they make their way across Australia, Malaysia, India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Italy and Paris over four gruelling months. With no support team, everything they need is loaded onto their KTM 990 adventure tour bikes. 

Along their journey, Stephane and Paul meet the local medical community in the cities they visit, and get to know the on-ground realities of how people are coping with kidney problems in these places. Assessing these issues, the duo then lend a hand by putting the local medical professionals in touch with kidney specialists in Sydney so that knowledge can be shared or, by providing services for more pressing problems via sponsors linked to the WORLDRIDERZ project. 

Stephane and Paul's adventures for a good cause take them through diverse cultures and breath-taking landscapes. Whether they are taking a break at a waterfall in Malaysia or marvelling at the grandeur and expanse of the African desert, Stephane and Paul make the best of the down-time they get. They even get a private audience with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala. However, their experiences are not always positive – Egypt and Tunisia end up being particularly difficult places where one of their bikes mysteriously disappears for some time!

From heat exhaustion and fatigue to vehicle wear-and-tear to changes in plans due to unforeseen problems, the WORLDRIDERZ's cross-continent journey is dotted with countless emotional experiences and challenges. But their hopes are always rejuvenated by the warmth and hospitality of the many faces they meet along their way, motivating the men to keep at their mission. 

This March, join Stephane and Paul as they ride for a mission close to their hearts in TLC's WORLDRIDERZ. 

AXN Beyond, Rebranded as 'beTV' Across Asia

Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, home to leading regional pay-TV channels including AXN and Animax, is rebranding AXN Beyond as beTVacross Asia. Beginning 2 April 2012, the new beTV channel will feature an expanded content line-up and a new on- and off-air look and feel, with a channel 'personality' to match. 

"We have been broadening the appeal of AXN Beyond by introducing a wider range of programming such as Pan Am, Necessary Roughness and A Gifted Man. Renaming the channel to beTV better reflects the broad general entertainment service that it offers. We believe beTV will soon become the new entertainment 'hang-out' for viewers to relax, laugh, catch up with their favourite characters and shows, or just unwind after a long day," said Mr Ricky Ow, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks, Asia, Sony Pictures Television. 

A broad slate of fresh light entertainment programming – engaging and easy-to-watch shows – will be added including Rob, Rob Schneider's latest sitcom based loosely on his real-life whirlwind romance and marriage; while reality show I Get That A Lot sets up celebrities like Heidi Klum, Martha Stewart, LeAnn Rimes and Jessica Simpson in everyday jobs such as wait and sales staff, with hidden cameras capturing reactions of unsuspecting customers and passers-by. Scripted favourites such as Everybody Loves Raymond featuring Ray Romano and Touched by an Angel starring Roma Downey and Della Reese will be familiar additions. 

beTV viewers can also continue to enjoy returning seasons of some of the best drama series on television including Sherlock featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, sci-fi themed shows Teen Wolf and Supernatural, comedy dramas Chuck and How to be a Gentleman, along with medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

beTV will sport a logo and identity in vibrant orange complemented by a set of warm colours to offer an on-air look that is both casual and contemporary. The beTV rebrand will be seen in 15 markets including Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Thailand. 

In the Philippines, the rebrand to beTV was unveiled during Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia's channels presentation event in Manila on 7 March, graced by Filipino-American chef Paul Qui, winner of the latest and ninth season of culinary competition reality TV series Top Chef. 

Based in Austin, Texas, Qui is executive chef of Japanese farmhouse dining and sushi restaurant, Uchiko. Trained in classic French and Japanese cuisine, he takes a modernist approach towards food with no boundaries, and is an associate in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu Austin. 

Qui was born in Manila where his love affair with food began as a child with the "sweet smells of freshly baked breads in the morn­ings and the diverse culture of the Philip­pines" that he found in the bustling bakery of his family's grocery store. He moved to the US at the age of ten and received training at Austin's Texas Culinary Academy before working up the ranks at Texas, Austin-based contemporary Japanese dining and sushi restaurant Uchi, before becoming executive chef of offshoot restaurant Uchiko.

Members of the local media, beTV advertising clients and cable platform partners were privileged to enjoy Qui's Top Chef Season 9-winning culinary excellence in a dinner menu created and prepared by Qui, in celebration of the beTV rebrand. Viewers can catch Qui competing against a record field of 28 other contestants for the honour of 'Top Chef' in Texas on Top Chef Season 9 coming first and exclusively to beTV. 

From 2 April, beTV invites you to be yourself, be involved, and be surrounded by great entertainment on SkyCable channel 35, Dream Satellite channel 36 & Cignal Digital TV channel 37. 

Krissy and Ericka - "12:51" Music Video

Check out the music video for Krissy and Ericka's latest single "12:51."



"12:51" is the carrier single from Krissy and Ericka's 2nd album "Twelve:Fifty One" from MCA music which is now available in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.



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ASAP Summer 2012 Music Video


ASAP 2012 has released their Summer music video (program ID). Check it out!



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Star Magic Releases the Trailer for their 1st Digital Film 'Anino'


Check out the trailer for Star Magic's first Digital movie titled "Anino" starring Jodi Sta Maria, Joem Bascon, Yeng Constantino, Dimples Romana, Jake Cuenca and more than 150 Star Magic talents.


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Basketball Bidahan Bolahan - Star Magic Team vs. HK Pinoy League

Basketball Bidahan Bolahan

Star Magic Team vs. HK Pinoy League

April 29, 2012 3pm

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The TELESERYE BIDA 2012 US Tour

The TELESERYE BIDA 2012 US TOUR:

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'The Witness' Music Video featuring Derrick Monasterio


Check out the music video for GMA Films' international suspense movie "The Witness" starring Gwen Zamora. The song "Before I Die" is interpreted by Kapuso Tween star Derrick Monasterio.



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