Sunday, September 15, 2019


For teen actor Finn Wolfhard (Netflix’s “Stranger Things”), one memorable film deserves another.  After starring in the horror blockbuster “IT Chapter Two” as trash-talking Richie, he will soon be seen as Boris, a teen immigrant from Russia, in the inspiring drama “The Goldfinch,” opening in Philippine cinemas September 25.  


(Watch the new spot of “The Goldfinch” at


In “The Goldfinch,” Wolfhard’s Boris is a Russian-born, street-smart, recalcitrant teenager who has been forced to grow up before his time.  Both him and Theo (Oakes Fegley) have been reluctantly cast adrift in the outer reaches of Las Vegas, surrounded by sand and rows of vacant houses, emptied by foreclosure.  Apart from being the only two kids within miles, Boris and Theo have misfortune in common: both had mothers who died tragically, and both have neglectful, even abusive, fathers.


Wolfhard says Boris has had to come up with his own rules of survival.  “He’s got it all figured out for himself.  He’s been through tragedy, too, but somehow has come to terms with things and is living life to the fullest.  He reads Dostoyevsky, smokes cigarettes and drinks, and doesn't give a crap about what he’s saying.  That was fun to do—to just flat out say stuff that you think.  But Boris is also wise, way beyond his years, and when Theo comes into his life, Boris has someone to share his wisdom with.”  


Wisdom aside, Boris is less than a good influence on Theo, with whom he also shares a penchant for alcohol, drugs and shoplifting.


The filmmakers considered a number of actors for Boris, “but none of them had Boris’s charisma and that mischievous quality that suggests this kid could get you into a lot of trouble and, at the same time, is wily enough to get you back out of trouble.  Finn has all that,” director John Crowley states.


Chemistry was another important factor in casting the two boys, but the filmmakers knew they’d found the right mix when Fegley and Wolfhard were paired during auditions.  “It was very funny because they wouldn’t shut up; I could barely get a word in edgeways,” Crowley laughs.  “They just locked in on each other—playing and having fun and engaging in a way that you can’t fake.  You can try; you can maybe attempt to direct it, but you can’t make that happen naturally between two kids.  It was a real joy to witness, and it continued all the way through the shoot.  The pair of them were like a tonic.”


After “The Goldfinch,” Wolfhard will be lending his voice to the character Pugsley Addams in the animated “The Addams Family” movie, set to hit theaters on October 30th.  In 2020, he will star in the haunted house film “The Turning,” opposite Mackenzie Davis and Brooklynn Prince, as well as lend his voice to the second season of Netflix’s animated series “Carmen Sandiego.”


He is currently in production on the feature film “Ghostbusters 2020,” a new chapter in the “Ghostbusters” universe, from director Jason Reitman.


In Philippine cinemas September 25, “The Goldfinch” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  Use the hashtag #TheGoldfinch


Meanwhile, “IT Chapter Two” returns to Philippine cinemas September 20.


There’s a huge buzz among aspiring local young singers these days as the country’s biggest inter-school singing competition—CAMPUS GOLDEN VOICE—gets ready to give the grand spotlight to campus-based voice talents.  A staggering P100,000 in prize money awaits the Grand Winner, along with a music recording contract that will pave the way for the lucky young talent’s dreams to become reality.

CAMPUS GOLDEN VOICE is an upgraded reincarnation of the hit singing competition Voice of the Philippines (VOP) which ran from 1997 to 2002, an ambitious undertaking conceptualized by VOP’s original founders Benjie Pe Benito and Dennis Dela Cruz, in partnership with Traverse Entertainment. 

Dozens of aspiring student singers will face-off in the September 21 Elimination Leg for their shot at superstardom, and you better believe that they will sing their hearts out as limited slots are available to advance to the Semi-Finals which will happen on November 9.  From there, the field of competitors will be further narrowed down to the best of the best for one last showdown in the Grand Finals on December 1.  All three events will take place at Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall’s Activity Center.

An excited Benjie declares, “The tremendous success that we had with Voice of the Philippines gave a lot of student singers an avenue to display their talents and pursue their passion, and we hope to give this new generation the same kind of opportunity with CAMPUS GOLDEN VOICE. Few things in life are more gratifying than to be able to give young talents the opportunity to get their big break and launch successful careers centered on their passion.”

Local celebrities have likewise shared their excitement regarding CAMPUS GOLDEN VOICE.    Showbiz stars Kiko Matos, Don Umali, Lance Serrano, and Phoebe Walker, among others, also took time to invite people to this highly-anticipated event. VOP’s 2001 Grand Champion Loverine Fermino says, “If you’ve got the gift, then this is your chance to shine!”  Then there’s VOP’s most popular alumna Rachelle Ann Go, who posted a video all the way from London inviting everyone to the event. The ecstatic Rachelle says, “Dreams do come true!  Make sure you don’t miss out on the Philippines’ biggest inter-school singing competition, Campus Golden Voice!”

And it’s precisely this great advocacy of giving young singers the chance to make their dreams come true that served as motivation for Platinum Karaoke, the country’s premier karaoke system provider, to generously support CAMPUS GOLDEN VOICE as a Co-Presentor.  “Filipinos are very passionate singers, and there are so many talented young dreamers out there that can be developed into world-class performers, much the same way VOP served before as a springboard for Rachelle Ann Go’s career.  So when the chance to support VOP’s upgraded version in CAMPUS GOLDEN VOICE came up, we just knew that it was a perfect way to further our advocacy of turning these youngsters’ dreams into reality”, shares an enthusiastic John Russell Yao, Platinum Karaoke’s Head of Marketing.  “The best way to realize a talented singer’s full potential is to start them young. Platinum Karaoke proudly wishes to do its part in developing the talents of superstar singing sensations of tomorrow”, he adds.

Traverse Entertainment, which is producing the event, has huge plans for the winner. On top of the cash prize and the music recording contract, concerts and even the possibility of entering the glamorous world of showbiz are also on the table. “We’re looking for the next big singing superstar, and CAMPUS GOLDEN VOICE is the perfect grassroots avenue to find that talent”, says Traverse Managing Director Johnny Tana.  “One of the biggest reasons why Traverse Outdoor branched out with Traverse Entertainment is to provide avenues for us to further explore opportunities to work with schools that have been the backbone of our stellar growth.  And the prospect of helping launch a future superstar’s career is so exciting, as much as it is humbling and fulfilling. With everyone’s support, we hope to make CAMPUS GOLDEN VOICE an annual event”, he adds.

For talented student singers out there who wish to be part of this highly anticipated competition, you may contact Traverse Entertainment at 09279056113 or 09279234686.  Traverse Entertainment is an affiliate company of Traverse Outdoor—the country’s most renowned outdoor training and outdoor teambuilding, and outdoor educational trip provider.

Friday, September 13, 2019


Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917 starring Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Check out the film’s teaser trailer here and watch 1917 in Philippine cinemas soon.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Follow up: In an article issued by PNA

PNA reported that “Caltex ordered to pay P6M to owners of seized land by the Supreme Court.   A victory for Caltex!
​According to the Decision of the Supreme Court the reason for the award of damages is because Caltex misappropriated the shares of the three owners of the land and sold the same to the Department of Agrarian Reform and then again sold the same lands to one Atty. Calilung without the consent and authority of the true owners, the heirs of Antonio Medina.


Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson star for director Paul Feig (A Simple Favor, Spy) in Universal Pictures’ Last Christmas, a romantic comedy inspired by a George Michael beat, from a screenplay by Academy Award ®  winner Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones’s Baby) and playwright Bryony Kimmings.

Check out the film’s international trailer here and watch Last Christmas in Philippine cinemas December 4.

Kim Molina is JOWABLE

From a viral hit short film to a best-selling book, JOWABLE is now ready to hit it big on the big screen!

Likable. Lovable. Jowable. But no JOWA! This is the sad fate of Elsa (Kim Molina), a 30-something No-Boyfriend-Since-Birth girl, who wishes for a love life and a boyfriend. She’s pretty, sexy and funny. Although her drinking habit gets out of control sometimes, she is not a bad catch at all. So what is wrong with her?! What does her mother Liberty (Kakai Bautista), who changes boyfriend as often as she changes clothes, and her happily in love friend Karissa (Cai Cortez) have that she doesn’t? Her only wish in life: SANA ALL can easily get a boyfriend. SANA ALL can be happily in love.

Gloc-9 goes indie with “Dungaw”

After 22 years, seven studio albums, three EPs, and two decades of iconic hits, rap icon Gloc-9 is shifting gears and going independent.

And the song “Dungaw” featuring Keiko Necesario is the best song to do it with.

Known to work with different voices and perspectives in his songs, this time around Gloc-9 speaks in the voice of an unnamed man, confused about the visits he was receiving, wondering about the moment the song captures. As the song unravels, so does the story of this man’s life, the choices he had made, the ones that led him to this point.


Songwriting duo Gibbs voice out their bold insights on heartbreaks while triggering nostalgia with their debut single under Star Music“No Hearts”.

Composed by Alyssa and Gabriella with their dad Janno, the retro-feels “No Hearts” is about self-worth and moving on after being played by a former lover. It partly took inspiration from Instagram’s liking feature where you double tap a post to like it.


SKY subscribers now have a chance to have an adventure-filled experience in the city of gold, Dubai, with SKY Life’s “Fly Dubai” Promo.

A lucky SKY postpaid subscriber and his companion from any area nationwide will enjoy an all-expense paid six-day, five-night trip and witness this year’s “Fashion Forward Dubai.”

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