Saturday, September 19, 2020


From discovering and developing promising Filipino on-camera talents, ABS-CBN’s Star Hunt is now expanding its talent pool to include off-camera creatives and will start representing and managing the careers of three seasoned television and film directors.


Star Hunt’s new talents include award-winning director Ted Boborol, who directed blockbuster movies such as “Vince and Kath and James,” “Finally Found Someone,” “Just The Way You Are,” “James and Pat and Dave,” and the 2019 Cinemalaya’s “Iska,” which participated in different film festivals around the world.


Boborol has also directed ABS-CBN teleseryes “Angelito: Batang Ama,” “Annaliza,” and the 2016 Catholic Mass Media Awards' Best Drama Series “Be My Lady.” Aside from his TV and film work, Boborol was also named the National Winner for Best Directing (Fiction) at the 2018 Asian Academy Creative Awards for the teleserye “Araw Gabi.”


Director Jon Moll, meanwhile, successfully translated the elements of international franchises “MasterChef Pinoy Edition,” “I Can See Your Voice,” “World of Dance Philippines,” The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition,” and “Little Big Shots” for Filipino audiences.


Moll also directed and helped in the conceptualization of ABS-CBN’s original talent and reality programs “Your Moment,” “I Dare You,” “The Kids Choice,” “I Love OPM,” “Hado Pilipinas,” the live shows of “Pinoy Big Brother,” and served as the creative director of ABS-CBN’s Studio Experience who transformed program concepts into engaging and interactive attractions.


Star Hunt also signed one of ABS-CBN’s veteran creatives Jillmer Dy, who has occupied directing, writing, and producing roles in various programs since 1991 such as “Gimik,” 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila,” “The Buzz,” “ASAP,” “Ipaglaban Mo,” “MMK,” “Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita,” “It’s Showtime,” and many others.


He also served as ABS-CBN’s head of international production and co-production for four years after heading Channel 2’s programming operations and overseeing the development of the network’s existing and proposed content from 2010 to 2016.


Launched as ABS-CBN’s grand audition program in 2018, Star Hunt has discovered and developed Filipino talents that became a part of various ABS-CBN talent and reality shows and gave opportunities to them to appear in ABS-CBN’s different platforms, whether it is on television, radio, online, movies, or music.


Recently, it launched its virtual talent competition “Bida Star,” which seeks to discover its first Ultimate Bida Star who will win a cash prize and the opportunity to star in their own short feature alongside a Kapamilya artist.


1st three months of Viu Premium on SKY Fiber     

A heartbreaking story of unrequited love told through a musical will captivate 

K-Drama fans as “Do You Like Brahms?” is now streaming on VIU.  


New and existing SKY Fiber subscribers can add VIU Premium to their plan at no added cost through SKY Fiber’s First 3-months On Us promo to enjoy the latest episodes every week, ad-free! 


“Do You Like Brahms?” follows the story of Song Ah, a woman in her mid-twenties, as she pursues her passion for playing the violin. With strong conviction, she decides to major in music at the same university where she majored in business. But along her journey of chasing her dreams, she is challenged by self-doubt, family opposition, and judgment from her younger peers. To complicate things even more is her feelings for Dong Yun, her best friend’s ex-boyfriend, and the only person who supported her dream to become a professional violinist. As loneliness creeps in, she suddenly finds solace from an elite pianist, Joon-Young, who shows her warmth and kindness in her most trying moments. 


Starring rising actors, Park Eun-Bin and Kim Min Jae, viewers will be able to witness how their characters’ friendship blossoms as they confide in each other. 


SKY Fiber and VIU subscribers can catch the latest episodes of “Do You Like Brahms?” every Tuesday and Wednesday.  In the meantime, they can also watch ongoing shows like “Alice,” “The Zombie Detective,” and “Lie after Lie.”  


Korean films are also available to stream as they wait for upcoming episodes of these shows. For a slice of life drama, subscribers can watch “Kim Ji-Young: Born 1982” and its story of an ordinary housewife in her 30s and how her experiences in a harsh patriarchal society led her to develop a troubled mental state.    


For some fun kicks and giggles, they can opt to stream “The Dude in Me” and witness how chaos ensues when a meek high school student switches bodies with a charismatic gang leader due to an accident. As they try to grasp the situation, they create a series of misunderstandings with the people that they hold dear.  


Get enthralled in these spectacular Korean shows and films on VIU with SKY Fiber and avail of the first 3 months of VIU Premium access by visiting for more details. Hurry and subscribe today before the promo ends on September 30, 2020. 


VIU Premium is available to all SKY Fiber, and SKYcable postpaid subscribers.  

Friday, September 18, 2020

Smart gives back to subscribers in month-long 'Smart GigaFest' celebrations

September is the best month for all Smart users as the mobile services provider has kicked off Smart GigaFest, a month-long thanksgiving celebration featuring world-class entertainment, e-sports tournaments, digital innovations, and exciting promos and freebies to give back to all loyal and new subscribers all over the country. 

“The Smart GigaFest is our simple but massive way of giving back to our subscribers who continue to entrust their digital life to us especially during these unprecedented moments. We hope to hold this every year as we go beyond providing fast and reliable mobile services - after all, being a Smart subscriber also comes with many amazing and rewarding experiences,” said Jane Jimenez-Basas, Smart SVP and Head for Consumer Wireless Business.   


 GIGA concert experience with BTS, Coldplay, Bon Jovi, and more 


Right at the top of the Smart GigaFest lineup of events is the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 19 and Sept 20 Philippine Time, which shall feature music's biggest artists including BTS, Coldplay, Bon Jovi, Kane Brown with special guest Khalid, Keith Urban, Migos, Miley Cyrus, Thomas Rhett, Usher, and more.   


Smart will enable Filipino fans to watch the performances of their favorite artists in Los Angeles and Nashville through the Philippine exclusive streaming on GigaFest.Smart on Sept 19 and 20 from 9:19 12:19 a.m. Philippine Time, as well as subsequent airing via TV5 on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4.  

On the other hand, OPM lovers must not miss the GigaFest Virtual Concert on Sept. 26 as Smart gathers some of today’s biggest Filipino artists to unveil a new simple, easy, and smart way to enjoy the Giga Life.  Subscribers can also expect exclusive promos and giveaways on this special day. 


Powered by the country’s fastest mobile data network  


Subscribers can expect more big surprises and announcements throughout the month as Smart continues to give back to all subscribers all over the country. 


Smart GigaFest is powered by Smart LTE, the country’s fastest mobile data network, as certified by third-party mobile internet analytics firms, such as Ookla and Opensignal. Smart has also fired up its superfast Smart 5G network in key business districts of Metro Manila and Luzon to pave the way for the next generation of wireless technology in the Philippines.

For more details on Smart GigaFest and the latest Smart offers, follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook (, Twitter, and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

GMA Network Launches New Asian Pop-culture Digital Channel

GMA Network, in partnership with Jungo TV, rewards its audiences with a more exciting viewing experience as it launches Hallypop, the newest and first ever digital channel in the 

Philippines that’s set to be a one-stop-shop for K-Pop, variety, and entertainment programs beginning September 20. 

Hallypop is here to give digital TV viewers a front seat to Asian pop culture with a daily dose of hit shows across the continent.

Get ready for the best tunes in Korea and the most sensational music show on TV. Fantastic performances and awe-inspiring harmony by the nation's top musicians await viewers on Music Bank. Follow the latest trend in the Korean music scene through the K-chart, a summary of the week's hottest songs.

Know what the hype is all about on the airing of the top-rating South Korean variety show Running Man, as it arrives in the country for the very first time. Experience a mix of thrills with its games and series of missions that are entertaining and will keep viewers at the edge of their seats. 

Showcasing the highly-requested concerts in the country and across Asia, HallyStage is set to give the spotlight to the hottest singers in the concert stage.

GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon shared his excitement towards this partnership with international content distributor Jungo TV, “We are grateful to Jungo TV and Mr. Chung for entrusting us with their channel and content to be the first here in the Philippines to distribute their content.”

First Vice President for Program Management Jose Mari R. Abacan aims to widen GMA’s library of content via Hallypop, “We have the heart of fans and that's going to be seen in the way we program Hallypop. A lot of people are looking forward to that Hallyu (Korean Wave) content. Having another channel that could actually focus on having certain materials like variety shows, K-pop, and reality shows, it can complement what we have started for the Heart of Asia so I'm excited about it because we have a lot of things to learn from these Asian contents.”

“Hallypop represents a new and exciting direction in the reimagined world of Asian entertainment,” said Jungo TV CEO and co-founder George Chung. "We are excited to expand on Hallypop’s success in the United States and honored to be partnered with GMA, led by the vision and leadership of Mr. Gozon, that allows us to bring top-tier Korean and Asian pop culture entertainment to the best and most loyal fans in the world.” 

For GMA Affordabox users, be sure to rescan to get dibs on Hallypop’s test broadcast by clicking the SCAN button on the remote and wait for all the exclusive channels to appear. Easy as 1,2,3! 

A full rundown of Hallypop’s programming is available on

Don’t miss the premiere of Hallypop and its exciting lineup only on GMA Affordabox, the Network’s digital TV receiver. 

vivo's New Nighttime Photography Campaign Highlights X50 Series' Professional Camera Features!

The X50 Series’ “Night Artist” Campaign Attracts Global KOLs to Explore the Flagship Night-Photography Capabilities


vivo successfully kicked off the global “Night Artist” campaign last month via social media in search for talented nighttime photography artists from around the world—attracting a wide range of users and KOLs, including award-winning global photographer Chris Hau and outdoor explorer and photographer Samuel Elkins. With the revolutionary nighttime photography capabilities of vivo’s flagship X50 series, the campaign called on users to capture the tranquility and dynamism of the night sky all while demonstrating vivo’s leading technological breakthroughs in mobile photography.


Globally renowned for their photography skills, Elkins and Hau led the campaign by showcasing the innovative camera technology of the X50 Pro through stunning night portraits they shot with the smartphone.


Elkins, a professional photographer adept in smartphone camera technology, headed to southern California to explore the Pro Sports and Astro Mode of the X50 series which helped him produce mesmerizing photos of the Milky way and the California night sky.

A photo of the starry night, shot by Samuel Elkins (@samuelelkins) using the X50 Pro



Meanwhile, award-winning photographer and travel and technology influencer Chris Hau, maximized vivo’s built-in photography features through a street photography shoot in Toronto.


A photo of vivo’s X50 Pro, shot on X50 series by Chris Hau (@thechrishau)


With Elkins and Hau leading the charge, the campaign has gained support from around the world, with a number of KOLs from Southeast Asia, Russia, and Ukraine, sharing their astonishing photos on social media.

A photo of Marina Bay, shot on X50 Pro by Benny Tang (@bennytgh)

A photo of Hochiminh City Municipal Theatre, shot on X50 Pro by travel blogger Ly Thanh Co (@lythanhco)


A city view photo, shot on X50 Pro by Russian photographer, Elena Kirillova (@kirillovelena)


In the Philippines, the campaign also drew plenty of attention after being introduced through the vivo “Starry Night” mobile astrophotography workshop facilitated by astrophotography enthusiast and Astropinas founder MJ Magallon last August 28.


A clear photo of the Milky Way, shot on X50 Pro by Filipino Photographer, MJ Magallon (@mjpmagallon)


Besides equipping viewers with tips and tricks to master mobile astrophotography with the vivo X50 Pro, vivo and Magallon also invited viewers to participate in an mobile astrophotography contest to get a chance to win the brand new vivo X50 Pro.

This contest, along with the Night Artist campaign, was also supported by celebrated actor Khalil Ramos and renowned photographer Xander Angeles who also showcased the night photography capabilities of the vivo X50 Pro through photos posted on their Instagram pages.

Khalil Ramos dazzled his Instagram followers with this self-portrait he took using the vivo X50 Pro and its advanced ultra-night mode


Xander Angeles remarked “The sky isn’t the limit” on his Instagram Page after posting this photo which proves just how powerful the vivo X50 pro is when used to capture city skylines.


Out of a sea of entries, Renan Cruz emerged as the winner of the contest thanks to his beautiful portrait of a crescent moon.


“Crescent Moon” By Renan Cruz


vivo is a pioneer in mobile photography technology—continuously delivering hardware and software innovations that enhance user experience and address common user problems. With the vivo X50’s Starry Sky mode powered by the smartphone’s state-of-the-art gimbal stabilization, Extreme Night Mode, and 60x zoom, the leading global technology company has made another significant breakthrough that empowers users to capture professional-grade photos and videos in low-light scenarios.


Become a night artist yourself and get the vivo X50 Pro through vivo’s concept stores and kiosks or through ShoppeeLazada, and vivo’s official online store. You can also purchase the vivo X50 Pro in easy and hassle free installments through Home Credit. To Find out more, visit



The international community has recognized ABS-CBN’s swift and compassionate initiatives to help Filipinos during the COVID-19 pandemic despite uncertainties over the renewal of its legislative franchise. 


The network won a  Silver Stevie® for Most Valuable Corporate Response at the 17th International Business Awards® (IBA), which will have its virtual awarding on December.  


The judges commended the Kapamilya network’s various response strategies to serve Filipinos when the COVID-19 crisis hit the country.


“ABS-CBN nobly answered the call to respond to the pandemic through a variety of impactful initiatives. The network’s dedication to their community is noteworthy,” said one judge.   


This entry is astounding due to the fact that ABS-CBN invested in assistance where needed whilst continuing to employ and to operate as a vital news channel,” another judge commented.


With about 70 million Filipinos watching its programs on TV, ABS-CBN kept Filipinos updated on the pandemic through its newscasts and entertained Filipinos with its inspiring entertainment programs on multiple media platforms. Its Ligtas Pilipinas sa COVID-19 information campaign, meanwhile, helped the government educate citizens about COVID-19.


Another effort that made a huge difference is ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Foundation’s Pantawid ng Pag-ibig fundraising campaign in cooperation with local governments and the private sector. The network donated P50 million as seed money to the cause that has raised over P448 million cash and in-kind donations as of August 14 and has delivered food and basic necessities to over 880,000 families affected by the community quarantine.


Part of this effort was a groundbreaking digital concert featuring more than 100 celebrities from ABS-CBN that received 3.7 million views on Facebook, YouTube, and on ABS-CBN streaming services iWant and  


While it has gone the extra mile to look after the welfare of the Filipino people, ABS-CBN also ensured the well-being of its staff, crew, artists, and audiences by implementing safety protocols and work-from-home schemes while also continuing to pay salaries and numerous benefits to help them cope with the pandemic.


IBA or the Stevie Awards is considered as the world’s premiere business awards that confers recognition for achievement and impactful contributions of companies worldwide. This year’s competition attracted over 3,800 nominations from 63 countries. 


Prior to this award, ABS-CBN was also recognized by this prestigious award-giving for its business achievements and public service efforts in 2014, winning the Gold Stevie Award in the Company of the Year – Media & Entertainment category as well as the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Company. It also won a Grand Stevie Award and Gold Stevie Award in the Services Company of the Year category of the Asia Pacific Stevie Awards on the same year.


For more news, like @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit   


Fans get to chat with their idols

The fun for MNL 48 fans continues as the group comes together again in parts two and three of much-awaited "MNL 48 REGROUP: The Reunion" this September.


Join members of the NIV and L groups as they tell their lockdown stories, entertain their fans with surprise performances from its members, and answer some questions on September 18 and 25 at 7 PM, respectively on MNL48's YouTube page. 


To get the chance to interact with their idols, fans can send their questions via Super Chat or Super Stickers to show love for the group. 


The first part of "Re-group: The Reunion" aired last September 11 which featured the group, MII and showcased some performances from its members, MNL48 Andi, MNL48 Emz, and MNL48 Sheki. 


Amidst the pandemic, MNL48 surprised their fans with new and exciting digital series, which are available on their YouTube channel. 


“MNL48 Presents: Chain,” is a four-part mini-series revolving around Tina Severo (MNL48 Jamie) who went missing. As her family tries to search for her, a chain video showing her final moments circulates online, and those who receive it must share it to someone else, otherwise, their lives will be put in danger.  


Viewers should also catch-up with “MNL48 Presents: Bye Us,” a story of Jackie (MNL48 Jem) who falls in love with her best friend, Portia (MNL48 Dana). 


Meanwhile, who will star in the group’s upcoming series, “MNL48 Presents: Pranks Not Dead" is now in the hands of their fans. To vote, they can simply buy voting tickets on or diamonds on KUMU. 


Aside from digital series, MNL48's sub-unit, Baby Blue, composed of MNL48 members Amy, Coleen and Jan released their first single, "Sweet Talking Sugar." It is available on EGGS, Spotify and other digital streaming platforms. 


On September 17, the music video of “Sweet Talking Sugar” delighted fans as it premiered on MNL48’s official YouTube channel. They can also check out its airing on MYX. To watch out for are the live-streamed performances of their idols.


An upcoming single is also in the works.


For more updates about MNL48, follow the group official Facebook (, Twitter (@mnl48official), Instagram (@mnl48official), at YouTube accounts.

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