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MMFF 2014 "Shake Rattle & Roll XV" Poses To Be The Scariest

The Philippine horror franchise is back that has been a regular Christmas treat among moviegoers. Regal Films present the 15th installment of Shake, Rattle, and Roll with bigger and scarier episodes that I think will stand out from the previous ones.  Ahas Episode  Starring: Erich Gonzales, JC De Vera, Melai Cantiveros, Jason Francisco Directed by Dondon Santos Ulam Episode Starring: Carla Abellana, Dennis Trillo, John Lapus Directed by Jerrold Tarog Flight 666 Starring: Lovi Poe, Matteo Guidicelli, Daniel Matsunaga, Kim Atienza, Khalil Ramos, Kiray Celis, IC Mendoza, Yael Yuzon, Bernard Palanca, Nathalie Hart, Betong Sumaya, Bentong, Ria Garcia, Ken Alfonso Directed by Percival Intalan

Movie Review: Past Tense

Past Tense opens with Beh (Ai Ai de las Alas) in 2034 waking up from a twenty-year coma. Papa Time (Benjie Paras) gives her an offer to go back to her past to have a chance to her future state. She then return to 2014 as her younger self  Belle (Kim Chiu), the day when she met her crush Carlos (Daniel Matsunaga) and tried to influence her actions and the people surrounding her before the car accident happens that led to her coma. However, she was not able to stop herself meeting with Carlos, she then convinced her best friend Babs (Xian Lim) to pursue his feelings more towards her. Will it be a happy ending? Past Tense is a s weet, wonderful love story about second chances; and how timing and situations affect someone's feelings towards the people we love. Now that I've seen three romantic comedy movies from this pair, this definitely stands out because Kim and Xian evidently collaborate to make the scenes - comedy, drama, and romance work.  Aiai and Kim's com

Miss World 2013 Megan Young Recounts Life of A Beauty with A Purpose In Metro Magazine December 2014 issue

It is without a doubt that among the recent beauty queens, the triumph of Miss World 2013 Megan Young could be one of the most celebrated. Apart from this is the first for the Philippines, the actress-host has inspired a lot of people across the world as she serves her purpose along with her title. Metro Magazine capped their 25th year celebration by having Megan on its cover for the second time this year. Photo courtesy of Metro Magazine Facebook page.

Pinoy Sakuragi Marc Pingris Shares How to Deal With Adversity in Men's Health December 2014 Issue

Marc Pingris, also known as Pinoy Sakuragi by his avid fans, is on the cover of the Men's Health December 2014 issue. He shares why no one should fear adversity and consider it as an opportunity to make a difference in this world. Photo courtesy of Men's Health Philippines

Andrea Torres Debut in FHM in Hot Sizzling Cover

Kapuso actress Andrea Torres surprised everyone with her sizzling cover in the December 2014 issue of men's magazine FHM. The Lihim Ni Assandra star was true to her word that she'll make it worth her debut and to date buzz is spreading regarding her bold move. Photo courtesy of FHM Facebook.

MMFF 2014 Entry "Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo" Resurrects A Revolution That Remains Relevant Today

Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo is a historical action epic that brings to light the powerful, true-to-life drama of Filipino revolutionary Andres Bonifacio (Robin Padilla)—one of our country’s national heroes—with his virtues and humanity, unfolding through the eyes of a young man (Daniel Padilla) in this day and age. Starring:    Robin Padilla, Vina Morales, Daniel Padilla, Eddie Garcia, Jasmine Curtis Smith, RJ Padilla, Cholo Barretto, Jun Quintana, Joem Bascon, Isabel Oli, Richard Quan, Ping Medina, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Rommel Padilla, Dennis Marasigan, at Jericho Rosales Directed by Enzo Williams Written by  Enzo Williams, Carlo Obispo and Keiko Aquino Produced by  Philippians Productions Inc. in cooperation with Tuko Film Productions and Buchi Boy Films

MMFF 2014 Entry "Muslim Magnum 357" Empowers Those Who Hold Tight On Truth And What's Right

Lt. Jamal (Portrayed by Jeorge Estregan), a veteran police agent, is known for his strong sense of justice, skills of doing undercover work, and tracking down syndicate masterminds. When Ameerah, (Played by Sam Pinto) a Muslim Princess, is kidnapped by a notorious syndicate, Jamal is put to a test to track down Ameerah and end the syndicate’s operations. Jamal tracks Ameerah down and as the mission progresses is able to rescue her.  But soon, he faces a dilemma when he finds clues about who the true mastermind of the whole folly is. With resolve, he starts delving deeper in the situation, ready to catch those who are guilty; all before Ameerah’s clan wages war against a rival family, thinking that they are the ones responsible for the kidnapping. With a cold blooded henchman and the syndicate up on his tail, Jamal races to take Ameerah to safety and uncover the truth behind her kidnapping.  Jamal is pushed to his limitations as he faces relentless pursuit from the syndica

MMFF 2014 Entry "English Only, Please" Affirms That Love Has No Boundaries

Julian Parker (Derek Ramsay) comes to Manila from New York with only one goal: to perfectly recite the Filipino translation of his angry letter to his half-Pinay ex-girlfriend Megan --- all with the help of the perky Filipino-English tutor he hired online. Tere Madlansacay (Jennylyn Mercado) is a top-notch Filipino-English tutor. She is strict and feisty and takes pride in teaching English and/or Filipino to more than 142 Americans, Fil-Ams, Koreans since 2006. Muntik na nga raw siya ang mag-tutor ng Advanced English and Filipino kay Sandara Park, kung hindi lang ito bumalik sa Korea. Taking the perfect light romantic-comedic tone of popular Asian movies, with feisty leading ladies who are funny, charming and lovable --- English Only, Please is a simple love story about how love knows no bounds. Basta nangyayari na lang, hindi na kailangang ipa-translate. Directed by Dan Villegas, FCS Written by Antoinette Jadaone and Anj Pessumal Produced by Quantum Films, MJM Produc

Kathryn Bernardo Widens Horizon As An Artist With Her First Music Album

“Sweet, young and happy” is how Philippine showbiz’s Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo describes her self-titled debut album to be initially released online by Star Music this Sunday (November 30) via Starmusic.ph. It will be available at all record bars nationwide beginning December 5 (Friday). According to Kathryn, she ventures into music to widen her horizon as an artist. “Acting will remain my comfort zone. But for now, I want to explore and learn many things like singing, dancing, and hosting. I also want to know how to play musical instruments,” she said. The 18-year-old recording star admits that she is very hands-on in the production of her album filled with easy-listening, feel-good tracks. “Since this is my first time in recording, I trusted Star Music with the song choices because they surely know better what fits my voice,” Kathryn explained. “But in terms of the album’s concept, layout, and total look, and even in the music video, I helped out to make it rea

Yeng Constantino Shares Everything About Love In Her 6th Album

Before she walks down the aisle on Valentine’s Day next year, multi-awarded singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino will take music fans to her heart’s journey of love via her sixth album under Star Music tited “All About Love.” The Pop-Rock Princess considers her newest album a “labor of love” as all the original tracks in it are created by her, her friends, and her future husband, Victor Christian “Yan” Asuncion. Yeng has two compositions in the album, namely, “Dance Without the Music” and her carrier single “Ikaw,” which is currently the number one song in the country and the most-viewed local music video on YouTube with almost 10 million views. Meanwhile, among the songs composed by Yan are “Shining Like the Sun (Baby are You Ready),” “Your Love Is My Relief,” and “What’s Up Ahead.”

Showbiz royalties Julia Barretto and Iñigo Pascual Pair Up Debuts In MMK

Showbiz royalties Julia Barretto and Iñigo Pascual will be paired up for the first time in the upcoming romantic drama episode of ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” this Saturday (November 29). They will play the roles of close friends Karen and Christian. With her father’s strict upbringing, Karen promises herself that she will never disobey her parents and will never be in love. But her world turns around when she meets and befriends Christian—her first love. But since she is afraid to confess her real feelings for Christian, Karen finds contentment in writing her emotions and messages of love in her diary. Will Christian discover Karen’s well-kept secret? What will Karen do once she discovers that her first love is already committed to someone else? Also part of Julia and Iñigo’s first TV team-up are Epi Quizon, Arlene Muhlach, Claire Ruiz, Ina Estrada, Celine Lim, Chienna Filomena, and Trina Legaspi. It is under the direction of Raz de la Torre and written by Benjamin Benson Logr

“Give Love on Christmas Presents The Gift Giver” Provides Emphasis on Family This Yuletide Season

ABS-CBN is set to make the celebration of the Yuletide season more meaningful as it shares valuable life lessons to TV viewers through its Christmas special “Give Love on Christmas” that will begin on Monday (December 1). “Give Love on Christmas” will first feature the story titled “The Gift Giver” which will star multi-awarded veteran actor Eddie Garcia. Eddie will portray the role of Ernest, a father who only wanted to have a happy and complete family. However, despite all his sacrifices for them to have a comfortable life, Ernest begins to lose his perfect relationship with his children when the love of his life Laura (Alicia Alonzo) suddenly dies. How will Ernest deal with the pain and disappointment of his son and daughters now that Laura is gone? Will Ernest still be able to fulfill his wish to have “the best Christmas ever” together with his complete family or is it already too late for him to make up for his shortcomings? “Give Love on Christmas Presents Th

"Tragic Theater: The Haunting of the Manila Film Center" Features Ace Actors Andi Eigenmann, Christopher de Leon, and John Estrada

Do you recall the recent accident that Andi Eigenmann got into during a shooting? This was for Viva Films latest feature horror film "Tragic Theater: The Haunting of the Manila Film Center" that was based on the book of G.M. Coronel. In February 1999, a group of spirit communicators attempted to exorcise the then-abandoned Manila  Film Center of ghosts. These supernatural beings were believed to be those of the victims from a fatal accident during its hasty construction.  Unknown to them, something had long ago taken sanctuary inside the building feeding on the anger and misery of the victims' souls. They learned this secret too late and walked into a horrifying encounter. Apart from Andi, she will be joined by Christopher de Leon and John Estrada. Directed by master filmmaker Tikoy Aguiluz, this horror film will open in Philippine cinemas on January 8, 2015.

No. 1 In the US Box Office, "Dumb and Dumber To" Set To Make Filipino Audience Into LOL Mood

Right timing and right story. The directors and actors of the 1994 hilarious smash hit Dumb and Dumber all agreed that if they were to make a sequel of this cult classic, it had to meet two prerequisities. 20 years later and the wait is over. Dumb And Dumber To finally reunites Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, and the audience reception is remarkable. It opened in U.S. thetaers on the weekend of November 14, and with an earning of $38.1 million, it enjoyes the # 1 spot at the box office. In this sequel, Llloyd (Carrey) is seen confined in a mental hospital and is visited regularly by his best friend Harry (Daniels). Lloyd appears to be in a catatonic state, but finally snaps out of it. It turns out that Harry has his own health issues. He is in need of a new kidney, and he discovers that he has a daughter (Rachel Malvin) who could be a potential kidney donor. In their efforts to find her, the duo reconnects with Harry's ex-girlfriend, Fraid F

I-Witness’ 15th anniversary Special Features Unwavering Dream of A Typhoon Victim

There are nightmares that you bring even into your waking hours.  Tragedies so deep it seems the hurt may never heal. For the students of Bayug Elementary School, the horror still grip them, two years after Typhoon Sendong hit Iligan City. In the documentary “Batch 2012”, I-Witness shared the story of Limuel Gonzaga, who graduated salutatorian despite losing his mother, his home and his entire school to the massive flooding that destroyed his community. He may have lost everything, but not his dreams and his determination. He is now studying in a private school through the help of his sponsors.  Inside the classroom, Limuel sits in the middle surrounded by classmates much bigger than him. His shy and quiet demeanor belies the strength of a child who has stared death in the face and forges on even though faced with extreme poverty.  Not many of his classmates know that the “little guy” who ranks number one in class, sometimes goes to school hungry and completes his home

Kristofer Martin celebrated his birthday with media and fans

Last November 22, friends, media, and fans surprised Kapuso teen star Kristofer Martin with a birthday videoke night. The actor was teary eyed as people unfolded in his eyes with well-meant messages and gifts. He revealed that he got so emotional when people closest to him make an effort to make him special such as this.  Among his friends that came were Derick Monasterio and ex-girlfriend Joyce Ching whom he will be working again on a new teleserye, Tunay Na Ina. This is the first time that I got invited for a birthday celebration organized by GMA for their actors and I must say that this is a good strategy for them to build good relationships in the media and improve their interpersonal skills that will be of great help in order for them to strive in the industry.

Kapusong Pinoy sa Singapore set to delight Pinoy fans; Dennis Trillo headlines the show

GMA Pinoy TV brings its highly anticipated Kapusong Pinoy Concert series to Singapore with Kapuso artists Dennis Trillo, Jonalyn Viray and Betong Sumaya gearing up to delight Pinoy fans in the country on November 30. On the heels of its highly successful previous installments in Los Angeles last September and Dubai this November, the concert titled Kapusong Pinoy sa Singapore will be held at the Kallang Theater, 1 Stadium Walk in Singapore. The much-awaited concert is headlined by Drama King Dennis Trillo, Fearless Diva Jonalyn Viray and features actor-comedian Betong Sumaya as his beloved character Antonietta from the Philippine’s longest running comedy program Bubble Gang. Dennis, whose “TomDen” album with fellow Kapuso actor and My Husband’s Lover star Tom Rodriguez has garnered a Platinum Record Award, will delight the audience with his vocal prowess and charm.