Saturday, December 29, 2012


From Oscar winning filmmaker Ang Lee comes "Life of Pi," a breathtakingly beautiful story of a boy named Pi played by newcomer Suraj Sharma who is lost at sea with a Bengal tiger, following the loss of his family in a shipwreck .

Suraj Sharma who hails from India never expected a "Life of Pi" when he accompanied his brother to the movie's casting call.  Born and raised in Delhi, India and raised by mathematician parents, it seemed that from more than 3,000 hopefuls who auditioned for the role, Suraj was destined to play the role of Pi, a mathematical constant transcendental number. 

He has recently been nominated in the upcoming Critics' Choice Movie Awards for Best Young Actor for his role in "Life of Pi" along with other actors/actresses such as Elle Fanning ("Ginger & Rosa") and Logan Lerman ("Perks of Being a Wallflower").
The story revolves around Pi, a delightfully enthusiastic teenager who lives with his zoo-keeping family in Pondicherry, India. Inquisitive and intelligent, he explores different cultures and spiritual traditions. Pi has open-minded parents who allow him to become a free thinker, finding his own path. Due to a worsening economic climate, Pi's parents decide to emigrate to start a new life in Canada. But the ship sinks.  Eventually only Pi and the tiger are left alive on the lifeboat and the unlikely pair embarks on an Odyssey that is fraught with danger.  On the precarious lifeboat he shares with the tiger, Pi finds inner strength and becomes aware that some kind of higher power is in charge of his destiny.

The heightened emotional connections presented in the movie required exceptional performances from its cast, none more so than the neophyte thespian who would take on the titular hero.   "We searched for a young man who had the innocence to capture our attention, the depth of character to break our hearts, and the physicality needed to embody Pi on his journey," says director Ang Lee. "During his audition, Suraj filled the room with emotion, much of which he conveyed simply through his eyes. His natural ability to believe and stay in the world of the story is a rare treasure.

                "Suraj's investment in the story made us really believe that whatever challenges we faced, the film was really going to happen," adds the director.  "When we saw Suraj, we saw the movie.  Mr. Lee marvels at Suraj's innocence and efforts, noting, "We are all experienced and perhaps a little jaded.  Suraj reminded us why we want to make movies.  Every day was a miracle."

For Suraj Sharma, the experience of landing the starring role was surreal. "It was all so new for me," says Suraj. "I had never been out of India. I didn't know how to act or swim. I learned how to swim and now it's my favorite thing to do.  Shooting the film in Taiwan and meeting people from all over the world in the crew was fantastic. You get an idea of how diverse the world is. I was really inspired by everything I saw and everyone I got to know.  I wanted to give it everything I had."

Sharma also went through rigorous workouts to increase his stamina, which gave him an inner discipline and strength that enabled him to empathize with the character. "What defines Pi is his never-ending will to survive, he has a belief in the world and I think that's what sets him apart from everyone else. He survives by instinct. But he also possessed a strong sprit from the beginning, right from being a child. But Pi kept that innocence inside him and with innocence comes belief."
"Life of Pi" opens January 9 in 3D and 2D theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox thru Warner Bros.

Thursday, December 27, 2012


The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ends the year big with a heavyweight clash of titans. Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos and former champion Cain Velasquez will face each other once again in the main event of UFC 155 for the UFC Heavyweight championship. Balls Channel will air this momentous fight on Sunday (December 30) at 11:30 a.m.

Dos Santos enters with a record of 15-1 (MMA) and 9-0 (UFC) against former heavyweight champion Velasquez who stands with 10-1 (MMA) and 8-1 (UFC). The fighters' impressive records show that the battle will be an explosive one, not to be missed by any UFC fanatic.

The UFC 155 under card includes fights between Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller, Tim Boetsch and Constantinos Philippou, Alan Belcher and Yushin Okami and many more.

The exchanges of fists will be held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be aired on Balls Channel (SkyCable ch. 34 / Destiny ch. 36) on Sunday (December 30) at 11:30 a.m. Always tune in to Balls and be updated with the biggest happenings in the world of sports. Balls channel is available on SkyCable Platinum, SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and over 200 quality cable operators nationwide. For more updates, visit, like their official fan page on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter, @ballschannel.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


For "@ANCALERTS" anchor Lexi Schulze, transitioning from lifestyle show hosting to newscasting is like adapting to the fast-changing nature of social media.

"At first I wasn't sure what to expect. Social media is moving fast, so you have just have to go with the tide of it. You can't slow down so much but you also want to go at your own pace. So that's what I'm trying to do," she said.

Lexi is the anchor of the country's first social TV newscast "@ANCALERTS" launched last June after reporting mostly on lifestyle trends in "Cityscape" both on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.

"Before, I would talk about food, a spa, or a new place to vacation at. Now it's a war or the Reproductive Health Bill and things that are actually happening. Now my orientation is a little more serious," she revealed.

But aside from reporting heavy news or trends online, she also finds a combination of news and lifestyle where people search for the good things.

"People always look to the positive side, whether it be Manny Pacquiao congratulating Marquez for the win, or a certain feel good story about a cat being rescued," she said.

Lexi is also aware of the potential dangers of the Internet for her seven-year old daughter. An admittedly very strict mom, she said she controls her daughter's exposure to social media because "it's like the new soiree."

"There's just too much out there and they are sponges. I'm thinking online exposure should be along the lines of teens. Every mom has a different opinion. A lot of my friends and their kids are on Facebook and they have personal accounts. But I'm sure they are monitored," she said.

Just like other celebrities, Lexi is also no stranger to online criticism, and even bashing.

"I like the fact that it gives you a reality check because not everyone out there likes you. I read comments about me, but I'm not the type who likes to lash back. There are some celebrities who like to feed these trolls by answering, so the problem becomes bigger," she said.

Keep updated with the hottest social media updates and trends by watching "@ANCALERTS," anchored by Lexi Schulze and TJ Manotoc on ANC (SkyCable Channel 27) weekdays at 4:30 p.m., follow @ANCALERTS on Twitter, or like ANC 24/7 on Facebook.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

‘Sosy Problems’: Comedy to the ‘sosiest’ level

Beginning today, Christmas Day, GMA Films will make moviegoers experience a holiday treat to the 'sosiest' level with "Sosy Problems," its official entry to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

The movie, which stars four of GMA Network's hottest leading ladies: Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heussaff, Bianca King and Rhian Ramos with Kapuso hunk actor Aljur Abrenica, is set to deliver a different kind of comedy: one that is light and "sosy."

"Sosy Problems" is anything but slapstick comedy, although one could dub it as 'lipstick comedy' in that aside from titillating the funny bones of fans of comedy films, it will surely whet the appetite of movie viewers who are interested in high life fashion.

The movie tells about four rich, famous and gorgeous ladies who have one major problem: their favorite hangout place, The Polo Club, is in danger of being demolished and its owners are planning to build a not-so-sosy mall in its place.  The ladies will join forces and combine their resources in order to bring the demolition to a halt.  They will risk everything – even their poise and composure – to send their message across.  

Directed by Andoy Ranay, "Sosy Problems" will open today, December 25, in nationwide theatres.  

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Monday, December 24, 2012


Ang 'Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs' ng bagong henerasyon na si Angeline Quinto ay sasabak na sa kanyang kauna-unahang teleserye ngayong Enero 2013. Kasado na ang higanteng romatic-comedy series ng ABS-CBN para kay Angeline na pinamagatang "Kahit Konting Pagtingin" kung saan makakatambal ng singer ang dalawa sa pinakatinitiliang heartthrobs sa bansa ngayon na sina Sam Milby at Paulo Avelino. Tampok rin sa "Kahit Konting Pagtingin" ang inaabangang pagbabalik-Kapamilya ng comedian-host na si John Lapus. Ang first teleserye ni Angeline ay sa ilalim ng direksyon ni Darnel Villaflor. Abangan ang kwentong tiyak na magpapangiti, magpapakilig, at magpapa-in love sa lahat araw-araw, "Kahit Konting Pagtingin," simula na ngayong Enero 2013 sa ABS-CBN. Para sa karagdagang updates, mag-log on sa o sundan ang abscbndotcom sa Twitter.


Hero TV leads its viewers to a new world beyond sketches and outlines seen in comic book panels as it begins the New Year with brand new animations under the theme "Amazing Panels of January".

Sketched in the "New Titles" panel are the following anime: the third season of "Yugioh! 5D" that tells the story of Yusei and his trading card game challenge in Neo Domino city begins on January 8 at 9:30 p.m. with replays at 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., the fourth season of "Gintama" that tells the hilarious lives of our samurai friends begins on January 2 at 9:00 p.m. with replays at 3:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., "Legend of the Legendary Heroes" that follows the life of Ryner Lute and his search for legendary relics begins on January 12 at 11:00 a.m. with replays at 8:00 p.m. and additional timeslot starting January 27 at 7:00 a.m. and "Kamisama Dolls" that tells the supernatural story of dolls that can be controlled by the human mind begins on January 23 at 7:30 p.m. with replays at 1:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Drawn on the "Returning Titles" panel meanwhile are "Jigoku Shoujo", "Viewtiful Joe", "Shiki", "Rahxephon", "New Captain Tsubasa Road to 2002", "One Outs" and "Deltora Quest" while conquering the "Weekend Heroes" panel are the marathon features of the first season of "Yugioh GX" and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun plus other returning titles "Huntik", and "Familiar of Zero F".

Featured on Hero TV's movie arm "Hero Theatrixx" are the well-loved anime films "Superior 8 Ultraman Brothers", "Ultraman The Next", "Ultraman Mebius  and Ultraman Brothers" and "Megamonster Battle Ultra Galaxy".

Hero TV also brings back the Dino and Kakki tandem on My Hero Nation Season 2 everyday at 11:30 a.m. with replays at 8:30 p.m.

All these and more on Hero TV (SkyCable Channel 44), the number one anime channel in the Philippines. For the latest happenings and airing schedules, visit Hero TV's official website at

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Child wonder Ryza Mae Dizon joins Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid in Sarap Diva this Saturday

This Saturday (December 22), unwrap Sarap Diva's special gift for Kapuso viewers as it presents a morning of good food, engaging conversations and great music perfect for the most special day of the year – Christmas!

Join Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid as she prepares a special Christmas feast for the whole family!

Danica Sotto shares her Beef Kare-Kare recipe and gives out practical tips on how to make the feast more delicious and tasty. 

Donita Rose brings in her spicy pork specialty, fresh-off her culinary school graduation. Adding up a little twist to the lively feast is the Songbird herself with her Beef Wellington dish that is surely fit for royalty. 

Pure joy comes in small package in this episode as noontime child wonder Ryza Mae Dizon teaches viewers how to do her signature cha-cha dance, and shares how her recent success has brought new light on how she and her family celebrate Christmas this year. 

A yuletide melody punctuates this fun yet heart-warming episode as Regine sings a classic Pinoy favourite that will surely make viewers feel the holiday spirit even more. 

Join the feast, enjoy the talk, and savor the music this Saturday in Sarap Diva, 9:40 am, on GMA.


Metro Magazine's first holiday fantasy haute couture show, Metrowear: Fantasy will have its first and exclusive airing on Philippine television via Lifestyle Network on Sunday (December 23) at 9:00 p.m.

The holiday collections, inspired by favorite Christmas stories and characters, featured the designers Martin Bautista, Joel Escober, John Herrera, and Mak Tumang. Each designer created a 10-piece collection which brought to life the extravagant couture interpretations of "The Nutcracker", "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "Snow Queen", and "12 Days of Christmas".

Each designer had the opportunity to work with and be guided by their chosen mentors: John Herrera took inspiration from his long-time mentor internationally-acclaimed designer Cary Santiago for his elaborate gowns. Young designer Mak Tumang created his stunning pieces with the guidance of couture master Frederick Peralta. Joel Escober created elaborately designed pieces with the support of senior designer Noel Crisostomo while Martin Bautista showcases his beautiful feminine aesthetic as inspired by his mentor, top designer Rajo Laurel.

The holiday couture collections were paraded in an Edsa Shangri-la ballroom set against a majestic winter forest backdrop designed by Jo Claravall. The show is directed by top fashion show director Jackie Aquino.

Watch the airing of Metrowear: Fantasy and be inspired by the festive designs presented by Philippine fashion's next wave of couture designers premiering on Lifestyle Network on Sunday (December 23) at 9:00 p.m. with encore telecasts on December 24 at 3:00 p.m., December 25 at 12:00 p.m., December 26 at 12:00 a.m., December 27 at 10:00 p.m., and December 29 at 5:00 p.m.

The Lifestyle Network airs on SkyCable channel 52. For programming schedules and updates, like their Facebook page at

Derrick Monasterio, Jake Vargas star as Mr. Pogi winners in"Magpakailanman" this Saturday

This Saturday, GMA's reality-based drama anthology program hosted by Ms. Mel Tiangco, "Magpakailanman," will feature the lives of Jaylord Casino and John Edric Ulang, winners of Eat Bulaga's "Mr. Pogi" contest.

Just like most aspirants who want to enter show business, Jaylord and John Edric have always dreamed of becoming popular stars one day and they saw showbiz as a way out of poverty.

Although they both reached the same juncture in their journey, they came from very different worlds.  

Jaylord was never an achiever in school.  Despite the efforts exerted by his parents to give him a good education, he just couldn't meet their expectations.  He grew up feeling the burden of being his parents' biggest disappointment but he figured that there must be something special about him that could make his parents proud.  One day, a friend approached him and encouraged him to audition for "Mr. Pogi," a competition for male wanna-be TV stars hosted by the longest running noontime show, "Eat Bulaga."

Jaylord was confident that he has got the looks, charm and talent to win the title.  However, his parents are not as optimistic.  Besides, this is not how they have envisioned their son to succeed in life.

Meanwhile, family is not a problem for another Mr. Pogi winner John Edric. From the very beginning he has always shown the makings of a star and his parents, especially his dad, have always been supportive of his plans. Unfortunately, John Edric's ambition of entering show business came to a halt when he unexpectedly impregnated his girlfriend, Michelle.

Consequently, John Edric's focus shifted from pursuing his dream career to providing for his own family.  He thought he would never catch up on his dream until the opportunity to audition for "Mr. Pogi" came one day.  He grabbed the chance and the rest is history, so to speak.

Join veteran journalist Ms. Mel Tiangco as she unravels these two inspiring stories of triumph with Kapuso teen star Derrick Monasterio and Jake Vargas portraying as Jaylord and John Edric this Saturday in "Magpakailanman," airing after Kap's Amazing Stories on GMA-7.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ABS-CBN Publishing’s ‘Vault’ wins Asia’s Best New Magazine

ABS-CBN Publishing's Vault, a lifestyle magazine for the modern, sophisticated man, was named winner of Best New Magazine at the 2012 Asian Publishing Awards (APA), held recently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It also received an excellence award in the category Best in Design, Layout and Presentation.

The Asian Publishing Awards recognizes best multimedia practices in magazine, book, and corporate communications sectors. This year, the APA winners were culled from a strong field of 157 entries involving 34 media companies from 8 countries.

At the ceremony, Vault  was cited for "addressing a clearly defined target of upscale, high net worth Filipino males. The publishers have identified a gap and created a fresh looking format."

"We operate in a very crowded media landscape where it is getting more and more challenging to engage multitasking readers. This is why we are very proud of Vault magazine's achievements since it launched last year. This recognition reaffirms our belief that great content, innovation and the unyielding commitment to fulfill the needs of our readers will make the difference in today's busy marketplace.  Vault, the new player- the rookie brand, made a difference.  For an organization that takes pride in building successful homegrown brands amidst so many local and foreign players, this is a remarkable feat," said Christina Lopez, Content Director and Head of Marketing for ABS-CBN Publishing, in her acceptance remarks.

Anticipating the rapid growth in viewing magazines online, ABS-CBN Publishing simultaneously launched the magazine's print and digital edition in May 2011, a first in the local publishing industry. Vault's editorial team is led by broadcast journalist and host David Celdran as Editor in Chief, with Karl FM Castro as Art Director.

Celdran saw Vault's win as a "nice surprise."

"Indeed, Asia is experiencing the most dynamic growth in publishing in the world. To be chosen as the best new magazine in this highly competitive region can only be seen as an honor not just for ABS-CBN, but for the Philippine publishing industry as well," he added.

Since its release in 2011, it has developed a strong following among its niche audience.

It builds around in-depth content on global luxury brands, unique experiences, and fine products that represent the best achievements of the human hand. Its approach to luxury is informed by creativity, craftsmanship, passion, and heritage.

Seeing the award as an inspiration for the magazine and its staff, Celdran said, "Vault will continue to stick to its core identity: a visually driven and highly informative magazine for readers with refined tastes.  But the award reminds us that our appeal is global as well. In the coming issues, expect even more international content as we continue to cover the most exclusive experiences and premium products around the globe."

Vault is available in good bookshops nationwide. The digital edition is available on and through the iTunes App Store.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tulong Kapatid raises over PhP100M for Typhoon Pablo victims

Tulong Kapatid received an overwhelming response from Filipinos all over the world during its telethon for the victims of Typhoon Pablo. Not only was the group able to meet and exceed its PhP100 million-target in six hours for the affected communities-Tulong Kapatid also encouraged other organizations to step up their efforts in responding to the pleas of those in need.

As the joint corporate social responsibility and disaster response initiative of the MVP Group of Companies, Tulong Kapatid led the rally of support for those severely affected by the recent typhoon. Despite the limited preparation time, the telethon saw Kapatid stars, news personalities and respected business leaders coming together for this worthy cause. The event was held both at the Kapatid Network's Novaliches and Broadway studios and was simulcast over TV5, AksyonTV and Radyo Singko 92.3 NewsFM, pre-empting the Kapatid Network's primetime programming.

Speaking from Seoul, group chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan shared in an interview with NEWS5 Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes that a SMS from US Ambassador Harry Thomas last Sunday prompted him to initiate a telethon at the soonest possible time. He was also moved by accounts of MVP Group's corporate social responsibility forces including TV5's Alagang Kapatid Foundation and emergency response unit RESCUE5 who had seen Pablo's wrath firsthand.

Addressing his fellow Filipinos, MVP urged individuals and corporations to give no matter how big or small: "Panahon ngayon ng Pasko. We cannot let our people down." The renowned philanthropist also told survivors of Pablo not to lose hope despite unimaginable damages the super typhoon caused.

President Benigno S Aquino III also delivered a special message during the telethon and encouraged every Filipino to help in any way to help the people of Mindanao. "Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa TV5. Malaki po ang maitutulong ng inyong inisyatiba upang maipadama sa ating mga kababayan na hindi sila nag-iisa," said the President.

NEWS5 Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes led TV5's news organization in delivering disaster recovery-related stories with anchors Cheryl Cosim, Raffy Tulfo and Erwin Tulfo who reported live from New Bataan in Compostela Valley.

On the entertainment front, Superstar Nora Aunor and Pinoy Explorer host Aga Muhlach were among the many celebrities who donated to the worthy cause. Kapatid stars and noted personalities like were also onhand as they took calls from fellow Filipinos keen to contribute what they could for the benefit of the communities affected by Pablo. SPORTS5's Aaron Atayde and Jessica Mendoza, Team SMART Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 coach Chot Reyes and players from the Meralco Bolts and San Beda Red Lions also manned the phones  during the telethon.

Tulong Kapatid's telephone lines remain open for cash pledges. You may call hotlines 689-555/671-5555/936-5555 for your pledge and inquiries. You can also help by texting Tulong <amount> to 4483 for Smart, Talk N' Text and Sun Cellular. Donations via Paypal can be sent to Alagang Kapatid's Paypal account.

For cash donations, interested parties may deposit through the Alagang Kapatid Foundation's peso account at BDO (savings account number 00-5310-410164 with swift code BNORPHMM), CITI Bank (savings account number 0757138018 with swift code CITIPHMX) and BPI (savings account number 1443-05333-2 with swift code BOPIPHMM) under the name of Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

For Kapatids overseas who want to donate to the cause, they may do so via the following US dollar accounts: BDO account number 10-5310-46264-4 with swift code BNORPHMM; CITI Bank account number 0757138026 with swift code CITIPHMX; and BPI account number 1444-0214-85 with swift code BOPIPHMM. Cash donations may also be coursed through Cebuana Lhullier outlets nationwide.

Monday, December 10, 2012


The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra will spread holiday cheer as it performs in a free concert dubbed "A Christmas Gift" at the Rockwell Tent on December 16 at 2 pm and 6 pm. Led by its music director, conductor Gerard Salonga, the orchestra will play Christmas favorites. Special guests for the concert are actor Xian Lim, who will showcase his piano and trombone skills; and singer K-La Rivera. This event is presented by ABS-CBN, First Philippine Holdings Inc., and Rockwell Land. For details on how to win tickets, follow the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra on Facebook at and on Twitter at @ABSPhilharmonic ; and the Powerplant Mall at and @PowerPlantMall on Twitter.


From 20th Century Fox, the studio behind "Titanic" and "Avatar" comes an epic motion picture that will allow audience to experience the grand spectacle of nature and gasp at a young boy's coming of age through disaster and salvation in "Life of Pi" directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee.  
Based on the book by Yann Martel that has sold more than seven million copies and spent years on the bestseller lists, "Life of Pi" takes place over three continents, two oceans and a wide universe of imagination.  Lee's vision, coupled with stunning 3D visuals, has turned a novel long thought un-filmable into a thrillingly audacious mix of grand storytelling and powerful and provocative themes.
"Life of Pi" is Ang Lee's first foray in 3D filmmaking starring newcomer Suraj Sharma who takes on the titular role of Pi.  The story revolves around Piscine Patel, (known as Pi) who lives with his zoo keeping family in Pondicherry. They decide to emigrate to Canada, taking their animals along with them and set off on a huge freighter ship, steaming from India across the Pacific. But a terrible storm destroys the ship. The family and most of the animals perish. Pi survives, stranded on a lifeboat with several animals. Ultimately it is just Pi and a Bengal tiger who miraculously survive 227 days at sea.
The two castaways face unimaginable challenges, including nature's majestic grandeur and fury, which lash their small lifeboat.  One particularly monstrous storm becomes a spiritual experience for Pi, leading him to question God's plan for him.  "I've lost everything!  I surrender!  What more do you want?" Pi rails at the sky. But through it all, he never loses hope.  Pi finds joy from something as simple as an old survival manual, as well as from the solace of the ocean's beauty: the bioluminescent, rainbow hues of magnificent schools of flying fish; the shimmering blues of the ocean's swells; and a radiant humpback whale that streaks to the surface of the ocean.
In telling Pi's story, Mr. Lee pushes the boundaries of cutting-edge motion picture technologies.  "Life of Pi" represents a moment when the science and art of filmmaking have jumped forward, as it did with the visual effects of "Titanic," the 3D revolution of "Avatar," and the CGI work in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," which brought unprecedented emotion and depth to the character of Caesar.  And like Caesar, LIFE OF PI's Richard Parker is a fully-realized, accessible character, whom you'll believe was actually on that lifeboat with Suraj Sharma, who portrays Pi.
The attention to detail throughout LIFE OF PI is also impressive.  Production designer David Gropman based Pi's lifeboat "on archival drawings of a 1940s steel life boat". He commissioned Haan Lee (Ang Lee's son) to design Pi's raft, that the character builds to separate himself from Richard Parker. "I asked Haan to imagine himself as Pi, using the materials he would have had on the lifeboat: oars, life jackets, floorboards, etc.  What Hann crafted was amazing, a triangle with a circle in the middle, which was a beautiful expression of 'pi'."
And through Mr. Lee's use of 3D, the audience will be with Pi and Richard Parker, experiencing these extraordinary and visually stunning moments, immersed like never before in an epic movie adventure interwoven with an emotional and spiritual journey.
"Life of Pi" opens January 9 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Disney/Pixar has just revealed the domestic and international posters of "Monsters University," the highly anticipated prequel to the 2011 blockbuster, "Monsters, Inc."

In the film, Mike Wazowski (voice of John Goodman) and James P. Sullivan (voice of Billy Crystal) are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Screaming with laughter and fun, "Monsters University" is directed by Dan Scanlon ("Cars," "Mater and the Ghostlight," "Tracy") and produced by Kori Rae ("Up," "The Incredibles," "Monsters, Inc.").

The film opens in the Philippines on June 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.


             Columbia Pictures has recently launched the teaser poster of "Evil Dead," the much anticipated remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult-hit horror film "The Evil Dead."

             The teaser one-sheet makes a bold claim as it splatters the following phrase across the layout: "The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience."

             In the new movie directed by Fede Alvarez, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

             A core cast of young, fresh talent includes Jane Levy ("Suburgatory") as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez ("Deadgirl," "Red Riding Hood") as David; Lou Taylor Pucci ("Carriers") as Eric; Jessica Lucas ("Cloverfield") as Olivia and Elizabeth Blackmore ("Legend of the Seeker") as Natalie.

             "Evil Dead" will be released in the Philippines in May 2013 by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.


             Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in "Frozen," a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen on November 27, 2013.

             Directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") & Jennifer Lee (screenwriter of "Wreck-It Ralph") and produced by Peter Del Vecho ("Winnie the Pooh," "The Princess and the Frog"), "Frozen" features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

             In "Frozen," a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

             Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Couples Retreat," and the upcoming films "Hit & Run," "Some Girls" and the Farrelly Brothers' "Movie 43." On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series "House of Lies" alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in "Heroes" and "Veronica Mars." Broadway credits include "The Crucible" and "Tom Sawyer."

             Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway's "Wicked" (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical "Rent." Film credits include "Enchanted" and the feature film "Rent." She has appeared in a recurring role on TV's "Glee" and recently released "Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony," a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.

             Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical "The Book of Mormon," which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone ("South Park"), and the musical "Avenue Q," which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London's West End. Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show "In Transit" is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh," a stage version of "Finding Nemo" and a new musical called "Up Here."

             Lee's screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights" is being produced by Troika Pictures. She has an original screenplay in development with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, and her original script "Lucid Dreams" was optioned by Wolfgang Peterson's Radiant Productions. Lee holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire.

             Buck directed (with Kevin Lima) Disney's 1999 high-swinging feature "Tarzan," which won an Oscar® and a Golden Globe® for Best Music/Original Song (Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart"). He directed (with Ash Brannon) 2007's Oscar-nominated "Surf's Up" for Sony Pictures Animation.His credits within animation also include 1989's "The Little Mermaid," "The Rescuers Down Under" (1990) and "Pocahontas" (1995).

Friday, December 7, 2012

GMA Network introduces teen idols via its newest youth program TEEN GEN; brings back the tandem of Bobby and Angelu

After several months of its intensive search for the next batch of TV sensations, GMA Network finally comes up with the coveted list of promising faces that will banner the upcoming youth-oriented series, TEEN GEN. 

Fresh from winning in Protégé, Jeric Gonzales and Thea Tolentino land their first project in the Kapuso Station as they lead the promising cast of Teen Gen. They will portray the roles of Tiago and Angge in the series, respectively. 

On being part of the much anticipated project, Jeric shares "Ito na ang umpisa ng aking mga pangarap kaya excited ako sa project na ito. Nakaka-pressure kaya kailangan naming galingan at patunayan na karapat-dapat kami for the show" 

Meanwhile, Thea expresses her gratitude as she embarks on her first project. "Sobrang happyko po. God has been so good to me and I will give all my best sa Teen Gen."

Also, TEEN GEN brings back the kilig tandem of Bobby Andrews and Angelu de Leon as they once again breathe to life to the characters from the phenomenal T.G.I.S series Wacks and Peachy.

Completing the cast of TEEN GEN are - Juancho Trivino as Lucho, Dianne Hernandez as Lyca, Abel Estanislao as JV, Gianna Revilla as Madison, Seth Isay as Itos, Sunyee Maluche as Drew, Gab de Leon as Jeff and Arkin Magalona as Mackenzie. 

TEEN GEN is under the helm of film and TV director Mark Reyes, the man behind the very successful youth series in the 90's produced by GMA and Viva, T.G.I.S., together with Kit Villanueva - Langit as creative consultant/headwriter. 

Direk Mark looks back to the happy memories of creating the unparalleled youth program which also launched the careers of today's respected actors in the industry. 

As he puts it, "18 years ago, I was given the opportunity to create a youth oriented show for a Saturday afternoon which had a non-existent audience market. With the courage of ignorance, we broke the norms of Philippine TV by doing a light drama-comedy, which was unheard of in the traditional soap dominated  1990's. We got an inspiration from the fast rising MTV channel in terms of visual treatment and fashion styles. Our 1st season was shaky. T.G.I.S. was branded too "bourgeois" or too upper class for the masa market. But come the 2nd season, it skyrocketed to the TV phenomenon that it was, prompting the rival network to copy our format after a year. Now, with much excitement and bravado from experience, the original director and writer bring back T.G.I.S as TEEN GEN. Expect a new generation of young stars and T.G.I.S. alumni Bobby and Angelu to bring back youthful family entertainment for both young and not so young who are now parents to teenagers." 

Witness the highs and lows of teenage life as TEEN GEN premieres on December 16 after Party Pilipinas on GMA.

Brothers Randy and Raymart Santiago join Asia ’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid in Sarap Diva this Saturday

This Saturday (December 8), Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid welcomes into her kitchen the Santiago brothers Randy and Raymart.
Regine is treated to Randy's specialty to be prepared "express" and to be served exquisitely.
Meanwhile, Raymart treats her to a dish that will soon grace the menu of his very own restaurant, Red Garlic.
Listen to naughty and nice stories of the Santiago brothers on growing up, falling in love, and building their respective families.  
Share the laughter, share the music, and share the love for food with Regine, Randy, and Raymart in Sarap Diva, this Saturday December 8, 9:40am only on GMA.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


The Angels took the stage clad in wings, million dollar bras and the latest collection of the world's most famous lingerie brand, Victoria's Secret, in New York City during the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which will premiere on fun party channel Velvet on Sunday (December 9) at 8:00 p.m.

The hour-long spectacular event features the drop dead gorgeous angels Miranda Kerr, Lindsey Ellingson, Hilary Rhoda, Barbara Palvin, Cameron Russell, Candice Swanepoel, Joan Smalls, Sharam Diniz ,Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Maud Welzen, Shanina Shaik, Jasmine Tookes, Toni Garrn, Erin Heatherton, Izabel Goulart, Bregje Heinen and many more. The show will be bolstered with performances by Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars.

Just like every Victoria's Secret Fashion show, the event's crowning point will be the unveiling of the latest Fantasy Bra where one of the beautiful angel models steps out wearing a jewel-encrusted brassiere. This year, the glamorous wearer will be Alessandra Ambrosio, wearing a $2.5 million piece called the "Floral Fantasy".

The 2012 Floral Fantasy bra designed by Jersey-based London Jewelers is constructed out of 400 jewels which include pink, white and yellow diamonds, rubies, sapphires and other semi-precious stones, with a 20-carat white diamond in the center. Ambrosio donned the jewel-heavy piece with a spread of orchids on her back.

The circus-themed 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will have its premiere on Philippine television via Velvet Channel on Sunday (December 9) at 8:00 p.m. with encore telecasts on December 12 at 10:00 p.m., December 13 at 7:00 p.m., December 15 at 8:00 p.m.  It also kicks-off Velvet's Best of 2012 Marathon on December 25 at 12:00 a.m. Velvet (SkyCable Channel 53) is available on SkyCable Platinum, SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide. For updates, log-on to and


ABS-CBN stages a widespread campaign to help disaster-affected Kapamilyas by selling parols, a Pinoy Christmas icon, to jive with this year's theme "Lumiliwanag ang Mundo sa Kwento ng Pasko".

By purchasing a "Kapamilya Parol" whose central icon was designed by kids orphaned during the Typhoon Sendong, buyers are taking part in an effort to help disaster-affected Kapamilyas as all proceeds will be donated to Sagip Kapamilya, ABS-CBN Foundation's  project that provides relief to affected communities of disasters, as well as rehabilitation and disaster risk reduction projects.

Sagip Kapamilya will be allocating "Kapamilya Parol" funds to the families directly affected by the recent calamities of 2012, including orphaned children who are under the continued care and assistance of Sagip Kapamilya.

Buyers can hang these parols in their homes but it can also be donated to less fortunate families through the ABS-CBN Online Store at ABS-CBN will give a parol in the donor's name to a child or family affected by the calamities of 2012 and upon receipt of the parol, an email will be sent to the donor  with the recipient's name and if possible, a photo as well. Proceeds of the donated parols will still go to Sagip Kapamilya.

The "Kapamilya Parol" is now available in SM Kultura, selected ABS-CBN Regional Network Stations, selected provincial department stores such as LCC Malls and Fiesta World Malls, and at the ABS-CBN Store. It is also available globally and nationwide through the ABS-CBN Online Store.

The ABS-CBN Christmas Campaign aims to highlight the Filipinos as bearers of light who never run out of kindness especially during dire times. Spread light and kindness by buying or donating a "Kapamilya Parol" now. For more information, please visit


Audience Choice Award winner "Melodrama Negra" and Best Picture winner "Pascalina" will have a special screening on Sunday (December 9) at the Robinson's Galleria Movie World Cinema 4.

Maria Isabel Legarda's "Melodrama Negra" will be screened at 6:30 p.m. while Pam Miras' "Pascalina" will be screened at 9:00 p.m. Both films which were awarded during the 2012 Cinema One Originals Awards Night held recently at the Dolphy Theatre are the directors' first feature debuts.

"Melodrama Negra" is a black comedy about the dysfunctionality of Filipino families and is based on the Palanca-award winning stage play by Allan Lopez. The urban contemporary tale delves into the lives of Dee and her dead friends Gomez and Lim, blood-hungry sociopath sisters Twinkle and Candy, and wealthy father and son Congressman Ramirez and Rex. "Melodrama Negra" stars Gee Canlas, Jerald Napoles, Bong Cabrera, Sheng Belmonte, Cindy Lopez, Ria Garcia, Cai Cortez, Mara Lopez and Bembol Rocco.

"Pascalina" on the other hand is a psychological journey of a woman presented with elements of horror and deadpan comedy. It tells the story of Pascalina who has received a curse from a dying aunt that will push her to the edge of madness and monstrosity. According to Miras, it is unlike any 'aswang' story told in Pinoy cinema. It stars Maria Veronica Santiago, Peewee O'Hara, Cara Eriguel, and Alex Vincent Medina.

Prior to the last day screening of the festival, "Pascalina" can be also seen on Friday (December 7) at 5:00 p.m. at the Robinson's Galleria Movie World Cinema 4.

Catch more brave, bold and original films featured at the 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival until December 9 at Robinson's Galleria Movie World. For the complete screening schedule and updates, visit Cinema One's Facebook fan page at

The 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival is an annual project of the Cinema One, the local movie channel on cable, owned and operated by Creative Programs, Inc (CPI).

Drew Arellano and Boobay goes "Choco Loco" in AHA!

It's Christmas time once again and it's a perfect season to enjoy the sweet taste of chocolates without an ounce of guilt.  Chocolates are a common gift item during Christmas and so kapuso host Drew Arellano and commedienne Boobay the Lakwatsera are preparing a boxful of suprises about the all-time favorite comfort food -- chocolate -- in this Sunday's episode of AHA!, an infotainment program which airs on GMA-7. 

Drew and Boobay will find out the history of chocolate, how and where it was discovered and how it travelled around the world to conquer the taste buds of mankind.  Boobay will unravel the secret of cacao and the processes it goes through as it transforms from roasted seed to the chocolate that melts in our mouth.  And by the way, did you know that chocolates are also used in make-ups, shoes, spas etc.? 

While chocolates are considered "happy and love food," these are not for everyone; some people are allergic to it and some simply avoid it for health reasons.  What are the benefits and the health risks of eating chocolates?  Find out the answers this Sunday in AHA!, airs 9:10am on GMA-7.

Chef Boy Logro transforms 10-kilo Turkey into mouthwatering dish in "Idol sa Kusina"

For Americans, Turkeys are a staple in every Thanksgiving celebration, but for Filipinos it's perfect for Christmas.

This Sunday, celebrity chef Pablo "Boy" Logro is going to teach viewers of his weekly cooking show on GMA News TV, "Idol Sa Kusina," how to prepare "Roast Turkey with Maple Mustard Sauce," and he will use a 10-kilo Turkey for this!

As if a large-sized Turkey is not enough to fill viewers' appetites, Chef Boy will also put an enchanting touch to the otherwise ordinary roast chicken with his dish, "Magic Stuffed Roast Chicken."  Find out what's so "magical" about this dish and what spell does it cast on our taste buds.

The kitchen idol will also introduce to his audience a larger-than-life dish which he names "Giant Meat Balls with Tomato, Chili and Anchovy Sauce." The dish is not only gigantic in size but also in taste -- and what's even more surprising is that it is actually easy to prepare. 

Finally, since a heavyweight meal requires a heavyweight drink, Chef Boy concocts his "Hot Buttered Apple Drink" designed to warm not just your hackles but your heart as well.

With celebrity guest, RnB star Kris Lawrence, join Chef Boy Logro this Sunday for another exciting episode of "Idol sa Kusina," airs 7:00pm on GMA News TV Channel 11.
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