Sunday, August 31, 2014

James Reid and Nadine Lustre are the newest addition to ABS-CBN’s hottest love teams after the two inked a two-year contract with the network last Tuesday (August 26).

The stars of hit films “Diary ng Panget” and “Talk Back And You’re Dead” revealed that there are several projects lined up for them in ABS-CBN, including a TV series and recording albums.

James, who first rose to fame after he won as Big Winner of “Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash,” considered his signing of contract as a sweet homecoming after a hiatus in showbiz.

“I always hoped to be back here in ABS-CBN. I started here --- in ‘PBB’ --- and it feels good to be home,” said James.

Meanwhile, Nadine, who first appeared in several shows in other networks and was a member of all-female singing group Pop Girls, admitted that she still can’t believe that she is now a Kapamilya.

“It feels good to be part of a new family. It’s not yet sinking in that I’m finally here,” she said.

Also present during the contract signings were ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio, TV production head Laurenti Dyogi, and Viva Entertainment’s Vic del Rosario and Veronique del Rosario-Corpus.(

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 ABS-CBN dominated yet again another award-giving body, the 2014 EdukCircle Awards as its outstanding celebrities and programs which can be seen worldwide via The Filipino Channel (TFC) were recognized, with Vice Ganda leading all the EdukCircle winners.

The “It’s Showtime” host was the most-awarded personality, having been named Best Talk Show Host, Best TV Comedian, and Most Influential Film Celebrity.

The Philippines’ top-rated master teleserye “Ikaw Lamang’s” stars Kim Chiu and Coco Martin were also among the personalities recognized with Chiu winning the Most Influential Film Actress award for her film, “Bride For Rent” and Martin the Best TV Drama Actor award for his previous titular role in the fantaserye, “Juan dela Cruz.”  This also marks Martin’s fourth consecutive year win in the EdukCircle Awards.

Chiu’s leading man in “Bride For Rent,” Xian Lim was also awarded as the Most Influential Film Actor.  Real-life celebrity couple, Angel Locsin and Luis Manzano were also given huge nods as Best TV Drama Actress and Best Game Show Host, respectively while on-screen lovebirds Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla were named Most Influential Teen Actress and Actor for their KathNiel team-up.

Veteran news anchors, Ted Failon was named Best Male Newscaster for TV Patrol while Tina Monzon-Palma was awarded the Most Outstanding Journalist in Public Service for her selfless role in ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya foundation (now ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.).  Alvin Elchico and Bernadette Sembrano-Aguinaldo of the public service program “Salamat DOK” were also recognized as the Best Health Show Hosts.

Kris Aquino, John Lloyd Cruz, Sarah Geronimo, Carmina Villaroel and family, Richard Yap, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Toni Gonzaga, Piolo Pascual, and Bimby Yap completed the Kapamilya stars honored with the Most Influential trophies during the awarding ceremony.

The 2014 EdukCircle Awards is on its fourth year of recognizing media practitioners, both in the entertainment and news industry.  The awards are voted upon and affirmed by the organization composed of deans and students of participating universities all over the Philippines. 

All award-winning ABS-CBN stars mentioned are also seen worldwide via TFC’s internet protocol television (IPTV), satellite, cable, mobile, and online ( platforms. (

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Brazilian-Japanese model Daniel Matsunaga was declared the Big Winner of “Pinoy Big Brother: ALL-IN,” besting his co-housemates in the reality show’s historic season that featured teen, regular, and celebrity housemates.

Matsunaga garnered 11.69% net of Philippine votes (sum of his 18.52% ‘votes to save’ and -6.83% ‘votes to evict’) as announced during the “PBB ALL-IN: The Big Night” via The Filipino Channel (TFC) just last week.

When asked why he thought Filipino viewers voted for him, Matsunaga tearfully said: “Sa tingin ko dahil mahal na mahal ko kayo.  Some people would think na hindi ako Filipino, pero I am so much more proud to be a Filipino at heart than many others out there na hindi proud sa country (I think it is because I love you [Filipinos] so much [that’s why I won].  Some people would think that I am not Filipino but I am so much more proud to be a Filipino at heart than many others who are not proud of their country).”

Matsunaga adds: “I’m thankful, first to God, who gave me this opportunity.  One day sinabi Niya sa akin na I have a purpose rito sa Pilipinas, and I guess this purpose is today [PBB All In].  Mahal na mahal ko kayo.  (One day He told me that I have a purpose here in the Philippines and I guess that purpose is today.  I love you all.)”

Dubbed as the season’s Hunk of the World of Makati, Matsunaga entered the famous PBB house or ‘Bahay ni kuya’ in May during the 1st live eviction of the season.  As the Big Winner, he takes home P1 million, three business franchises, an Asian tour for two, and a brand new condominium unit.

Teen housemate Maris Racal, meantime, was hailed as the 2nd Big Placer after getting 3.1% net votes and won P500,000.  Celebrity Jane Oineza emerged as the 3rd Big Placer with -0.73% net votes, while regular housemate Vickie Rushton was named the 4th Big Placer with -0.78% net votes.  Oineza and Rushton received P300,000 and P200,000, respectively.  The Big Four housemates also each received home entertainment packages.

The Big Night which trended worldwide on Twitter, was hosted by Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzalez, John Prats, and Robi Domingo, and featured performances and appearances from “PBB” alumni Kim Chiu, Sam Milby, Melai Cantiveros, Jason Francisco, Ejay Falcon, Matt Evans, Alex Gonzaga.  Celebrities Joseph Marco and Tutti Caringal.  All the ex-“PBB ALL IN” housemates also graced the Big Night.

“PBB ALL IN” marked many firsts for the successful reality show, including the reveal of some of the housemates in several Kapamilya programs before its grand kick-off, holding its final eviction the night before the Big Night, and assembling a diverse set of 19 teen, regular, and celebrity housemates.

Did you miss the historic “PBB ALL IN: The Big Night?”  Catch it and the rest of the previous episodes on TFC’s video-on-demand service via its internet protocol service (IPTV) in Japan, New Zealand and Australia and its official online service,, in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and other parts of Asia.  For more updates, connect with fellow global Filipinos and visit or follow @KapamilyaTFC on twitter and instagram. (

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Now that the Gonzaga sisters Alex and Toni are working together in one network which is in ABS-CBN, viewers are continuously comparing the two actresses. Both were good actresses, both sing well, and both already hosted different talk shows and reality shows, what more these two sisters become ahead from one another? 

During the bloggers' set visit to the taping of "Pure Love," where Alex plays the lead role, we asked Alex a question about this comparison between her and sister Toni. "Oo, lagi nga kaming kinukumpara ni ate Toni dahil halos pareho nga kami in many ways. Pero malalamangan ko sya ngayon," Alex said in our interview.

"Yes, maglalabas ako ng book wherein ako 'ung author! Dito ko malalamangan si Toni," Alex revealed! The said book where Alex is the author is all about love advice and inspirational thoughts. Well, Alex gave a glimpse of what the book contains when she shared a love quote to the bloggers!

The said book has no release date yet, "Nako, kahit ako na ang mag-print at mag-compile ng mga pages ng book ko ma-i-release lang sya," Alex jokingly implied. According to Alex, she treated this book as his baby. And she's very excited for its release soon!

Meanwhile, the other lead casts namely Joseph Marco, Matt Evans, and Arjo Atayde expressed their happiness because of the high TV ratings received by their teleserye  "Pure Love." 

"Wala kaming masyadong binago sa istorya, kung ano 'ung nasa original koreanovela, 'un ung makikita nyo. Pero syempre, nilapit namin sa kultura ng pinoy,"  Matt said who is playing the character of the cool scheduler. 

Here is a casts' video clip during our set visit:

Catch "Pure Love," the remake of the hit 2011 Koreanovela having the original title of "49 Days" which also aired in ABS-CBN weeknights before "TV Patrol" in Primetime Bida. (

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After playing a bida-kontrabida  role in the afternoon action-drama series "Dugong Buhay," actor Arjo Atayde returned in the world of TV series via the newest primetime teleserye "Pure Love." This time, he is paired to Alex Gonzaga and once more, he portrays another villain character.
"Nag-eenjoy po ako sa character ko bilang bida-kontrabida," the actor shared during the bloggers' set visit in "Pure Love." "So far, dito po ako naka-line up. Heto 'ung binigay sa akin na project, so pagbubutihan ko po talaga," he added.

When we asked if to whom of the actors today he sees himself in the future, Arjo quickly said, "still Arjo Atayde. Gusto ko po kase 'ung image ko now as bida-kontrabida e." One of the members of the press who was also present during our set visit commented that he could be the next Christopher De Leon since the veteran actor already proved himself effective both being a bida and a kontrabida!

In the series, Arjo is currently paired to Toni Gonzaga's younger sister Alex. But when I asked if to whom of the other actresses he wants to be paired after Alex, Arjo gave two names. They were Kim Chiu  and Maja Salvador.

"Dream kong makatambal in the future si Kim Chiu! Yeah, she's a great actress and may chemistry kami,"  the actor revealed. "And of course, gusto kong makatambal 'ung kababata ko, si Maja Salvador. Pareho kaming dancer niyan,"  Arjo added.

Meanwhile, Arjo's real-life mother Ms. Sylvia Sanchez joins him in "Pure Love." "This is our first time that we will be working together. Abangan niyo po 'ung character niya sa story," the actor said.

Here is a video clip of Arjo during our set visit:

When asked if what is his reaction to his mother having a love team in "Be Caraful with My Heart," the actor laughingly said, "Kinikilig ako! Masaya ako para sa kanya!"

"Pure Love" is ABS-CBN's Philippine adaptation of the hit koreanovela which aired by the network in 2011 having the original title of "49 Days." Just like the original version, the remake also enjoys a high TV ratings in Primetime which makes the cast very thankful! The said teleserye airs in Primetime Bida weeknights before "TV Patrol." (

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Monday, August 11, 2014

“I Do” host Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo will not only be giving out challenges to the nine contestant couples in ABS-CBN newest realiserye, but will also sit as one of the members of its council who will strictly observe the couples and decide which of them get to stay throughout the course of the competition.

Judy Ann will be joined by two credible experts on love, marriage, and relationships: life coach Pia Acevedo and psychologist and marriage counselor Dr. Julian Montano. Actor Jason Ganiza, meanwhile, will serve as Juday’s co-host.

The couples will live together in the “I Do” village, but the women will sleep separately from the men. Throughout the competition, their relationships will be tested as they go through “cycles,” each with a theme and sessions based on real-life marriage and relationship situations.

The council will decide which couple to eliminate at the end of every cycle based on teamwork, trust, and other aspects connected to the theme.

The winning couple, to be determined by public votes, will get P1 million, house and lot, and their dream grand wedding.

Watch out for the journey to happy ever after on “I Do” this August on ABS-CBN. (

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ABS-CBN’s top-rating "master teleserye" “Ikaw Lamang” will enthrall TV viewers anew with more thrilling twists this August as some of the most talented actors in the country give life to its new characters.

After portraying the roles of Samuel and Isabelle, grand slam Best Actor of the Year Coco Martin and 2014 Yahoo! Actress and Celebrity of the Year Kim Chiu will now continue the epic love story of “Ikaw Lamang” as members of the next generation of the Hidalgo and Severino families, Gabriel and Andrea. They will be joined by 2014 FAMAS Best Actress KC Concepcion, who will play the role of Andrea’s elder sister, Natalia.

Aside from KC, the powerhouse cast of “Ikaw Lamang” will also feature seasoned actors such as Amy Austria as Isabelle, Joel Torre as Samuel, Rio Locsin as Lupe, Nonie Buencamino as Calixto, and Christopher de Leon as Franco.

Completing the new cast members of “Ikaw Lamang” are Smokey Manaloto, Arlene Muhlach, Jojit Lorenzo, Alora Sasam, and Mylene Dizon.

Since it aired last March, “Ikaw Lamang” has won the hearts of TV viewers and the national TV ratings game because of the gripping love story of Samuel and Isabelle. Will the future finally fulfill the happy ending that Samuel and Isabelle once dreamt of?

Under the direction of Malu Sevilla, Manny Palo, and Avel Sunpongco, “Ikaw Lamang” is the master teleserye of ABS-CBN which is under the production of Dreamscape Entertainment Television.

Don’t miss the newest revelations and characters in the timeless "master teleserye," “Ikaw Lamang,” weeknights after “Hawak Kamay” on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida. For more information about “Ikaw Lamang” visit the show’s official social media accounts, and (

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Monday, August 4, 2014

 ABS-CBN dominated this year’s Yahoo! Celebrity Awards as its celebrities and programs, which can be seen worldwide via premier network The Filipino Channel (TFC), took home the most number of awards at the ceremony, with Kim Chiu leading all this year’s winners.

Yahoo! Celebrity Awards, which determined its winners via online and Kakao Talk (smartphone application available in the Philippines through several partners including ABS-CBN Mobile) votes, named Chiu the Celebrity of the Year and Actress of the Year.  For the second year in a row, Chiu also accepted the Fan Club of the Year trophy for KimXi, the official fan club of her love team with Xian Lim, while their blockbuster hit “Bride for Rent” clinched the Movie of the Year award.

Vice Ganda was hailed as the Social Media Star of the Year, while his on-screen tandem and “It’s Showtime” co-host Karylle named ViceRylle was voted Love Team of the Year.

Top-rating primetime soap in the Philippines and one of the programs with the highest hits on TFC’s internet protocol television (IPTV) and online ( platforms, “Ikaw Lamang” won Teleserye of the Year, with its lead stars Coco Martin and Jake Cuenca earning Actor of the Year and Male Kontrabida (Villain) of the Year awards, respectively.

The fan-voted award-giving body also hailed Kris Aquino as the Female TV Host of the Year, Vhong Navarro as the Male TV Host of the Year, Julia Barretto as the Female Emerging Star, JC De Vera as the Male Emerging Star, and Andrea Brillantes as the Child Star of the Year.

“The Voice Kids” coaches Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Mañalac were awarded Female and Male Performers of the Year while volleyball star and the Philippines newest sports channel ABS-CBN Sports + Action’s “Team U” host Gretchen Ho and MOR 101.9’s DJ Chacha bagged the Female Hothlete of the Year and Female DJ of the Year awards, respectively.

ABS-CBN’s flagship newscast and the first program aired on TFC’s syndicated service, “TV Patrol,” anchored by Kabayan Noli De Castro, Ted Failon, and Korina Sanchez, once again topped the poll for the News Program of the Year.

Yahoo! Celebrity Awards, formerly known as the Yahoo! OMG Awards, is one of the biggest fan-driven award-giving bodies in the country and recognizes the most popular celebrities and programs in music, film, radio, and television.

All of this year’s award-winning ABS-CBN shows are also seen and heard worldwide via TFC’s IPTV, satellite, cable, mobile and online ( platforms.  Connect with fellow global Filipinos worldwide, visit or follow @KapamilyaTFC on twitter and instagram for updates.  (

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