Monday, May 19, 2014

ABS-CBN brings back the longest-running showbiz talk show "The Buzz" now dubbed as "The Buzz 15." This replaces "Buzz ng Bayan" with Janice De Belen and Carmina Villaroel as Boy Abunda's co-host!

In the "The Buzz 15," the original co-hosts Toni Gonzaga and Kris Aquino reunited with Tito Boy. The return of "The Buzz" took place just this Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Here is the video clip of the reformatted "The Buzz" featuring the three well-loved hosts:

"Buzz ng Bayan" received poor TV ratings and acceptance from viewers and netizens that's why the Kapamilya station decided to replace it with the original "The Buzz." People on the internet even commented that, "parang naging palengke lang ang Buzz ng Bayan. Nawala ang pagka-classy at sossy ng original The Buzz!"  Hmmm... I wonder why ABS-CBN reformatted the original "The Buzz" to "Buzz ng Bayan" before. Now, can you see what happens?

 What can you say about the new "The Buzz 15"? Do you like it more? (

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Wildcard finalist John Raspado of Baguio City was hailed as the first-ever grand winner of “It’s Showtime’s” beauty pageant for gay men, “I Am PoGay,” beating 22 other finalists during its grand finals on “It’s Showtime” Saturday (May 10).

John won P300,000 and also won the “Brusko ‘Day” award for being the most manly-looking finalist. He made a mark on the judges during the question-and-answer portion, where all the Top 5 finalists were asked what a blank white photo meant to them.

“It means rebirth. Life is like a white canvas, and we get to paint it with different colors,” he said.

John Raspado - Grand Winner

Tian Lacsamana  - First Runner Up

Oreo Gajasan - Second Runner Up

 Sycris Brown -  Runner Up

Ton Villaruel - Runner Up

Tian Lacsamana was hailed as the first runner-up and won P200,000, while Oreo Gajasan was named as the second runner-up with P100,000.

Completing the Top 5 were runners-up Sycris Brown and Ton Villaruel, who both won P50,000 each. Sycris and Ton were also awarded the “Kumu-Couture” or the Best in Formal Wear Award and the “Beksfriend” or Friendship Award, respectively.

Finalist Bench Tinao, who didn’t make it to the Top 10, bagged the “Pamintalent” or Best in Talent Award, based on the week-long talent competition leading to the finale.

Host Jhong Hilario, Lani Misalucha, Richard Gomez, Dra. Vicki Belo, and Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa served as judges for the grand finals.

“I Am PoGay” was launched in January this year to put the spotlight on gay men, following the tremendously successful “That’s My Tomboy” pageant that showcased charming and talented lesbians. (

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"Mirabella" lead star Julia Barretto encourages young TV viewers to keep a positive outlook despite all adversities and cynicism.

“We should always be positive even if other people are trying to bring us down. Because when we focus on the good things that are happening in our lives, our true beauty radiates from within, and that is our best revenge!” said Julia who is portraying the role of Mira and her mysterious alter ego Bella.

Meanwhile, viewers will surely be more thrilled in the next episodes of “Mirabella” now that Mira is starting to defend herself and her family through the personality of Bella. What will Mira do now that she has the opportunity to ruin the career of her own father Alfred (James Blanco) and sister Iris (Mika dela Cruz)? Will she be able to keep the truth about Bella’s personality from her best friend Jeremy (Enrique Gil)?

Don’t miss the drama series that will change the true meaning of beauty, “Mirabella,” weeknights, after “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida. (

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Meet the kids behind the big and unique voices who are ready to make their dreams come true in the highly anticipated premiere of the ultimate singing-reality search “The Voice Kids” this May 24 on ABS-CBN.

Expect the same tension in the battle for vocal supremacy as returning coaches Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo, Rock Superstar Bamboo, and Broadway Diva Lea Salonga find the best voices of Filipino kids aged eight to 14. Like the other international versions of “The Voice Kids,” only three coaches will sit in the red swivel chairs and select the artists they want to mentor just by listening to the aspirant's singing voice in the Blind Auditions.

“It’s a big privilege to get to work with some amazing kids, and hopefully be able to influence them the right way,” said Lea.

Sarah said she feels a deep connection with the young artists as she herself joined several amateur and TV singing contests as a child.

“I see myself in them. I believe it’s my strength and it will help me in coaching them, because I went through everything they are going through,” shared Sarah.

Bamboo, meanwhile, admitted coaching in the kids edition of the program would be difficult just as he had predicted, but sees it as a huge challenge.

“With adults, you already know where they’re headed as an artist. With kids, it’s still a gray area. So I carefully listen to every child so I can give justice to their performance when I comment, whether I turn around or not,” he said.

By the end of the Blind Auditions, the coaches must have selected 18 artists for their respective teams who will proceed to the next rounds of the competition.

The Battle Rounds in the kids version is slightly different from the adults version in that in the former, each coach will have to pit three members on their team by singing one song together. Only one from each grouping will advance to the Sing-Off, where six artists from each team will try to give their all to impress their coach.

In the Sing-Off, each coach must pick two artists who will get into the Semi-Finals. From these six semi-finalists, the Top 4 artists will be selected that will battle it out in the grand finals. This means that one of the coaches might have two star artists who will compete in the finale.

“The Voice Kids” will be hosted by Luis Manzano with Alex Gonzaga.

“I’ve been exposed to kids, so more or less I already know what to say to them and how to make them feel better. I like the backstage area, because they still don’t have that nervousness in them. I get to know their stories, why they’re here, the things they want to accomplish,” said Luis, who previously hosted “Star Circle Kid Quest,” “Junior Minute to Win It,” and “Pilipinas Got Talent.”

For the very first time, Luis will be working with Alex, one of the V-Reporters in “The Voice of the Philippines” Season 1.

“Members of the staff tell us we shouldn’t be working together, because we just laugh and joke around the whole time. But we’ve known each other for the longest time, and it’s honestly a pleasure to work with her,” Luis said.

Alex, for her part, prepared so much for her hosting duties especially that she’s tasked with interacting with the young artists in the ‘tension room.’ According to her, she is able to refresh everything she learned as an Education major in college.

“You have to use different techniques to deal with children, because some of them feel like ‘The Voice’ is their last shot. Before they take the stage in the blind auditions, I am there to boost their morale. They’re kids, so they might get starstruck by the coaches or get intimidated by the lights. I encourage and make them feel at ease,” shared Alex.

Don’t miss the premiere of “The Voice Kids” this May 24 on ABS-CBN. (

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Wrap up the remaining weeks of summer with an exciting summer trip with Robi Domingo, Divine Smith, and Slater Young this Sunday  (May 18) in “Matanglawin.”

Resident ‘lakwatsero’ Robi is out again for a thrilling adventure in Sarangani as he tries paragliding and snorkling with fishes in the so-called Boracay of the South.

Pinoy Big Brother housemates Slater and Divine, on the other hand, head to Oslo, Cebu and dive into the ocean to bond with huge but very friendly whalesharks or “butanding.”

Meanwhile, Kuya Kim once again answers your questions in the segment #AlaminKayKuyaKim.

Don’t miss “Matanglawin” this Sunday (May 18), 9:30 AM, on ABS-CBN. (

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“ASAP 19” will take TV viewers to a special summer adventure this Sunday (May 18) to be led by Phenomenal Star Vice Ganda, who will be joined by popular international boy group, Before You Exit.

Prepare for hair-raising performances from Teen King Daniel Padilla and the host of soon-to-be-launched "The Voice Kids" host, OPM rock icon Bamboo.

Watch out for the musical numbers of Marco Sison, Martin Nievera, Zsazsa Padilla and Gary Valenciano; acoustic jamming of Kitchie Nadal, Aiza Seguerra, Tutti Caringal, Nikki Gil and Richard Poon; karaoke sing-along with Jovit Baldivino, Marcelito Pomoy, Klarisse de Guzman and Morissette Amon; and champions face-off of Jed Madela, Erik Santos, Yeng Constantino, and Angeline Quinto; and special treats from "ASAP Fans Day Presents" featuring Gimme 5 together with Jairus Aquino, Sharlene SanPedro and Alexa Ilacad.

Be in love with Kapamilya leading men Daniel, Enrique Gil, Xian Lim and Piolo Pascual; and Rockustic Heartthrob Sam Milby, who will celebrate his birthday with the whole ASAP Kapamilya.

Meanwhile, don’t miss the fun-filled dance numbers in ASAP Supahdance with Shaina Magdayao, Iya Villania, Rayver Cruz, John Prats, Julia Barretto, Liza Soberano, Robi Domingo and Luis Manzano; and hot dance treat from Enrique and Maja Salvador.

Party with the country’s longest-running, award-winning variety show, “ASAP 19,” this Sunday, 12:15NN, on ABS-CBN. (

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Monday, May 5, 2014

"Masarap ba, masarap ba ang asawa ko? Ano ang una mong tinanggal, ang bra mo...ang panty mo...o ang konsyensya mo?" These are the controversial words of Monica, the character of Angel Locsin  to Nicole (Maja Salvador) in the hit Primetime TV series "The Legal Wife" in their episode dubbed as "The Royal Rumble."

In the said episode, Monica faced and confronted Nicole, the mistress of her husband Adrian (Jericho Rosales).

The scene of Angel and Maja in the said episode was very much intense. It was indeed full of emotions.

Well, if you missed the said "The Royal Rumble" episode of "The Legal Wife," here is the video clip:

Once more, Angel Locsin showed her acting prowess in this episode. We're pretty sure that Angel will receive another Best Actress nomination in her portrayal of Monica's character. Of course Maja Salvador is also a great actress playing the antagonist character of Nicole!

Two thumbs up "The Legal Wife" for putting trends every night both in the television and in the world wide web! (

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The summer of 2014 heats up as ABS-CBN and Jeepney TV spread “Meteor” Fever by bringing back the phenomenal asianovela “Meteor Garden” to television screens.

Since the series returned on air last March 31, viewers can’t get enough of Shan Cai and the boys of F4 (Flower Four). They have not only been tuning in to “Meteor Garden” on its afternoon slot on ABS-CBN, but also on the program’s evening, midnight, and morning slots on Jeepney TV as well.

According to Kantar Media, Jeepney TV national ratings during the asianovela’s primetime slot (8 PM) increased by as much as 250% in total urban Philippines and as much as 239% in Mega Manila from March 31 to April 9, 2014.

Fans of the show have also blown up the micro-blogging site Twitter making subjects related to “Meteor Garden” a constant fixture in the trending topics locally and worldwide.

Jeepney TV also heralds the return of “Meteor Garden” with the “Spot the Meteor” promo (which is extended until April 30) where a lucky fan and a companion of the show can win the “ultimate throwback experience.” of travelling to Taiwan in June to visit the memorable sites seen on “Meteor Garden” such as Yingde University and the Royal Palm Boulevard.

Don’t miss “Meteor Garden” as it airs on ABS-CBN Mondays thru Fridays at 4:30 PM and on Jeepney TV Mondays thru Fridays at 8 PM with replays at 2:15 AM and 10:45 AM the following day. Jeepney TV also recaps the series Saturdays at 2 AM, 10:30 AM, and 9:00 PM and Sundays at 2:30 AM, 11:15 AM, and 10:00 PM. The complete Season 2 of "Meteor Garden" continues airing on Jeepney TV beginning May 12.

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In a season of many firsts and tremendous revelations, “Pinoy Big Brother All In” finally revealed on Sunday (April 27) in three different ABS-CBN shows its 18 official housemates that include one of its hosts, Alex Gonzaga, the last housemate to be introduced at its official grand kickoff outside the famous PBB house.

Alex’s entry into the famous house shocked not only viewers but also her sister and co-host Toni Gonzaga. Inside the house’s confession room, Big Brother told Alex, dubbed as the season’s Sassy Sister of Rizal, that he wanted her to experience being a housemate so she can be a more effective host.

“PBB All In” started unleashing surprise after surprise when it first revealed in “ASAP 19” the Jock-Next-Door of Taguig, Axel Torres, and Rising Celebriteen of Quezon City, teen actress Jane Oineza.

Also saying goodbye to the outside world via “Buzz ng Bayan” are the Biba Rakitera of Valenzuela, Cess Visitacion who used to sell pirated DVDs and played bit roles in TV shows and commercials; the Simpatikong Salesman of Camsur, Chevin Cecilio, who is now trying his luck in real estate sales to help his family; and 15-year-old Nichole Baranda, the Sweet Revelation of Makati, who joined “PBB” so she can find and prove herself and to make her mom Phoemela Baranda proud.

Presented at the grand kickoff were the Dancing Bombshell of Boracay, Aina Solano who is training to become a mermaid-swimming teacher, and Devoted Daughter of Las Pinas, the 23-year-old and religious Jayme Jalandoni, a licensed nurse.

Joining them are 16-year-old Joshua Garcia, the Tatay’s Boy of Batangas, an out-of-school youth, and Manolo Pedrosa, the Wonder Son of Quezon City, who is also 16 and has never had a girlfriend despite being a certified heartthrob and popular among girls in different schools.

There is also the Singing Sunshine of Davao Maris Rascal, a teenage passionate about music and knows how to play the piano, ukulele, and guitar, and the Maginoong Marino of Quezon Ranty Portento, a seaman and this season’s oldest housemate at 26.

Celebrity housemates also include volleyball superstar Michelle Gumabao, the Spunky Spiker of Quezon City, the daughter of actor-politician turned pastor Dennis Roldan.

Also introduced were Fourth and Fifth Pagotan, the Brad Bait and Brad Kulit of Pasay, who joined the show as individual housemates who can be nominated and evicted separately. Fourth is a chef at a five-star luxury hotel, while Fifth is a businessman and owns a humble hamburger stall.

Completing the cast are theater actor Jacob Benedicto, the Cutie Crooner of Paranaque; freelance model and Mutya ng Pilipinas International 2011 Vickie Rushton, the  Lady Mahinhin of Bacolod; and 15-year-old student Loisa Andalio, the Talented Darling of Paranaque, a member of group 3G that performs in mall shows and fiestas.

The grand kickoff was hosted by Toni, Bianca Gonzalez, John Prats, Robi Domingo, and Alex and was graced former housemates Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Zanjoe Marudo, Ejay Falcon, Jason Gainza, Nene Tamayo, Jason Francisco, Ryan Bang, Keanna Reeves, Yayo Aguila, James Reid, Gaby Dela Merced, Beauty Gonzalez, Myrtle Sarrosa, and Yves Flores.

Viewers and netizens warmly welcomed the new housemates as the grand kickoff recorded a national TV rating of 20.5%, or almost twice its rival program, GMA’s “Imbestigador” that only got 10.9%.

“PBB All In” and its housemates also dominated 10 out of the 10 trending topics on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

It was also announced that “PBB Unlimited” Big Winner Slater Young and “PBB Teen Edition 4” housemates Joj and Jai Agpangan will be hosting the nightly “PBB Online Uplate” on where viewers can discuss the latest events inside the PBB house.

Get to know more about the housemates by tuning in to “Pinoy Big Brother All In” weeknights after “Aquino & Abunda Tonight” on Primetime Bida” and “Pinoy Big Brother All In Uber” after “Moon of Desire” on Kapamilya Gold. (

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Fate brings Jeff (JC De Vera) and Ayla (Meg Imperial) closer together as afternoon television’s most desirable series “Moon of Desire” heats up this week with the return of Ayla’s grandmother, Soledad (Carmi Martin).

Jeff will be working with Soledad in the hospital’s newest venture. He instantly recognizes Soledad during their meeting but will conceal his identity as the poor little boy Epoy.

This unexpected reunion will ignite a spark of hope in Jeff’s heart to finally see his childhood friend Ayla, whom he abandoned in the past for the sake of his sick grandfather.

Will he finally have the chance to explain everything to Ayla? Even before their paths cross again, Jeff seems to have competition for Ayla’s attention in the person of Vince, a handsome photographer who will be smitten with Ayla despite  her real, hairy self.

Don’t miss “Moon of Desire,” weekday afternoons after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold.  (

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

After the blockbuster success of their respective movies last year, Xian Lim and Kathryn Bernardo are ready to hit the cinemas once again after renewing their contracts with ABS-CBN’s film production arm Star Cinema recently.

Xian signed a two-picture contract that includes the comeback of the KimXi (Kim Chiu-Xian Lim) loveteam on the big screen this year. Xian and Kim will join the Comedy Concert Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas in one of these movies.

He also revealed that he is set to do a family drama series with “Maria Mercedes” star Jessy Mendiola, Ian Veneracion, and Carmina Villaroel under Star Creatives and that they will start taping in the last week of May.

Teen queen Kathryn, on the other hand, inked a multi-picture contract, under which one of her lined-up projects include her upcoming movie with Daniel Padilla “She’s Dating the Gangster.”

Following the phenomenal success of “Got to Believe,” Kathryn also confirmed that she will soon return to doing a teleserye after “She’s Dating the Gangster.”

Meanwhile, the King of Talk Boy Abunda remains a solid Kapamilya after he renewed another two-year contract with ABS-CBN last Wednesday (April 30).

Seasoned lawyer Atty. Jose Sison and son Jopet Sison also signed a one-year contract with the network to host the return of the legal drama series “Ipaglaban Mo” that presents real life dramatic legal case stories and provides lessons from court decisions to inform viewers of their rights and obligations. “Ipaglaban Mo” was last seen on ABS-CBN in 1998. (

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ABS-CBN’s master teleserye “Ikaw Lamang” has continuously kept TV viewers at the edge of their seats as its highly-anticipated ‘The Wedding’ episode recently won the ratings game and conquered social networking sites.

Base on data from Kantar Media last Thursday (May 1), “Ikaw Lamang’s” episode, where Gonzalo (John Estrada) stopped the supposed wedding of Coco Martin and Kim Chiu’s characters Samuel and Isabelle, got a national TV rating of 29.7%.
It scored almost 14 points higher than its rival program in GMA “Carmela” which only got 16.1%.

Because of the intensifying scenes in ‘The Wedding’ episode, netizens also flooded the popular microblogging site Twitter with emotional tweets, and made the hashtag #IkawLamangTilDeathDoUsPart and the names of the characters Samuel, Isabelle, Franco (Jake Cuenca), and Gonzalo (John Estrada) nationwide trending topics.

Meanwhile, TV viewers will surely be more hooked in “Ikaw Lamang” now that Isabelle has been forced by her father to marry Franco instead. How will Isabelle be able to start the new chapter in her life with Franco when she finds out what happened to Samuel? Will Samuel finally give up his love for Isabelle now that she is already Franco’s wife?

Don’t miss the heart-pounding scenes in the timeless master teleserye, “Ikaw Lamang” weeknights after “Dyesebel” on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida. (

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Things are getting messy for John Lloyd Cruz’s character in his hit sitcom “Home Sweetie Home.”

Just right after a controversial past few days at work, Romeo (John Lloyd Cruz) also heads home to even more stress as caused by no less than his mother-in-law, Nanay Loi (Sandy Andolong).

Apart from picking on Romeo much too often, she also constantly tells off Daddy V (Rico Puno); and the two are finally at a point where they both are losing their patience. Will the friction between Nanay Loi, Daddy V, and Romeo ever end?

Is this finally what will really put Romeo and Julie’s (Toni Gonzaga) marriage to the test?

Find out on the next episode of “Home Sweetie Home” this Sunday (May 4) after “Goin’ Bulilit”.

Catch the Kapamilya comedy shows and make weekends complete, as “Banana Split: Extra Scoop” airs on Saturdays after “Maalaala Mo Kaya”, “Banana Nite” airs weekdays after “Bandila”, “LUV U” airs Sunday after “ASAP 19”, ang “Goin’ Bulilit” airs Sundays after “TV Patrol Weekend”. (

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