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NEWEST KAPAMILYA RICHARD JOINS CAST OF “LA LUNA SANGRE”

(L-R) Cat Lopez, Cory Vidanes, Richard Gutierrez, Malou Santos, Annabelle Rama Newest Kapamilya Richard Gutierrez returns to television as he joins the cast of ABS-CBN’s highly-anticipated epic action romance series “La Luna Sangre.” “I have always been curious how it is to work in ABS-CBN. I only hear great things about this network. Finally, now I’m here, I’m excited that I have been given the opportunity to work here,” Richard said in the contract signing held today (May 31) with ABS-CBN COO for Broadcast Cory Vidanes, Star Creatives COO Malou Santos, Finance head for Broadcast and News and Current Affairs Cat Lopez, and talent manager Annabelle Rama. Richard will be part of the upcoming series “La Luna Sangre” topbilled by Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla and directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. He will play the role of Sandrino, the supreme vampire and the long lost son of Magnus (Jake Roxas). What will be his connection to the lives of Mateo (John Lloyd Cruz), L

LIZQUEN DEBUTS FIRST FASHION MAGAZINE COVER FOR METRO

Metro Magazine returns to San Francisco for a rendezvous unlike any other. It took the country’s newest romcom prince and princess Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano on a grand tour of the most beautiful sights of the city: the Golden Gate Bridge, the Piers at the Embarcadero, the Palace of the Fine Arts, baring witness to a budding romance that cuts across thousands of miles of this special city that celebrates individuality and youth culture. And for its third year in a row, Metro also releases its Philippine Fashion Issue, with their annual retail awards as the highlight. This year honors a mix of megabrands and independent brands, proving that even local brands can also be global frontrunners.

FORMER US SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT TO HEADLINE ANC LEADERSHIP SERIES THIS JULY

ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, continues to raise the level of discourse on global issues in the country by bringing one of the most influential women in history, to speak at the ANC Leadership Series this July. Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albrightis headlining ANC’s Forum on Global Governance & World Economy on  July 19  at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet.

“UMAGANG KAY GANDA” HOST MARLO MORTEL JAMS WITH SKYDIRECT IN SM CITY BAGUIO

“Umagang Kay Ganda” mainstay Marlo Mortel is set to delight Baguio audiences as he joins SKY’s “Maki-JAM with SKYdirect’ at the Atrium of SM City Baguio from June 2 to 4. Adding a dose of “kilig,” the morning show heartthrob will treat fans to song performances and a meet and greet session on June 3 at 4pm. “Maki-JAM with SKYdirect,” is a series of mall tours of direct-to-home TV service SKYdirect together with channel partners to bring loads of fun activities that mall goers can participate in and enjoy.

Angel Locsin Welcomes Liza Soberano As DARNA with A Gift

It has been announced already that the iconic heroine role Darna will be played already by popular actress Liza Soberano. Many were saddened that Angel Locsin will no longer play the role but the feedback on Liza doing the role has been very positive so far. I bet she'll make one of the best Darna and will certainly level up her career. In a recent IG post of Angel, she shared the story behind the three comic books that she gave to Liza. She wished her luck and joins the moviegoers in welcoming Liza as the new Darna.

AMANDLA STERNBERG, FROM “HUNGER GAMES” TO “EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING”

She first gained recognition for her role as Rue in “The Hunger Games,” alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. Now, teen star Amandla Sternberg stars as Maddy in in Warner Bros. Pictures' new romantic drama Everything,   Everything  (in Philippine cinemas  June 21, 2017 ). Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon,  Everything, Everything  tells the unlikely love story of Maddy (Sternberg), a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly (Nick Robinson), the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

The PhilippinesTheater Audience Is Set To Witness Disney's Newsies

The winner of two Tony awards including Best Score, Disney’s Newsies will make its Philippine debut courtesy of Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical , featuring a creative team and cast of the best talent across the Philippines Disney’s 2012 runaway hit musical, Newsies , ran on Broadway for two years. It ran for 1,005 performances and in that time garnered over 24 theatrical nominations including the Drama Desk, Outer Circle Critics Awards, and a total of eight Tony awards. It won Best Score for Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, and Best Choreography for Christopher Gattelli. This high-energy musical inspired by the true-to-life events of the “Newsboy Strike of 1899” is a show about social injustice, exploitative labor conditions, and the power of protesting against large-scale corrupt establishments.

COURT LIFTS GARNISHMENT OVER ABS-CBN & SKYCABLE ASSETS

ABS CBN and Sky Cable received an ex-parte writ of attachment and notice of garnishment from the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court on Thursday, 25 May 2017, in connection with the collection complaint of Solar Entertainment Corporation.  ABS-CBN and Sky Cable immediately filed a motion to lift the attachment and garnishment on the morning of May 29, which the court granted on the same day.  Thus, at this time, there is no effective attachment or garnishment over any asset of ABS-CBN or Sky Cable.  In 2014, ABS-CBN and Solar jointly entered into a license agreement with NBA Properties Inc. Since ABS-CBN was paying 60 percent of the license fees, it considered that the same already covered the carriage fees of Sky Cable. Unfortunately, Solar disagreed. Despite the good faith attempts of ABS-CBN and Sky Cable to resolve the dispute amicably, Solar cut off the NBA feed to Sky Cable and filed this complaint.  We will submit our answer with counterclaims to this complaint. 

RTL CBS SUMMER FAIR 2017 BRINGS FAME AND ENTERTAINMENT TO FAMILY WEEKEND

A festival of fun and entertainment including karaoke, laser room, Velcro wall, and raffle games welcomed guests at the RTL CBS Summer Fair 2017. RTL CBS Asia just took fun and excitement to a whole new level with a weekend getaway for the entire family. Now on its third year, the RTL CBS Summer Fair returned bigger and better than ever with a slew of attractions as well as activities that let everyone enjoy a rare moment under the spotlight. The three-day festival drew in crowds at Glorietta Makati from May 26 to 28, bringing to life some of cable TV’s most talked-about shows such as The X Factor UK , The Late Late Show with James Corden , and Scorpion .

“DESPICABLE ME 3” SHARES CHARACTER POSTERS OF MINIONS AS INMATES

As the new trailers have revealed, the Minions go to jail in Despicable Me 3, and Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released the character posters for the six lead Minions as inmates, with cute tattoos to boot. Take a look at the new posters here and watch  Despicable Me 3  in Philippine cinemas on  June 14, 2017 .

H'WOOD WALK OF FAME HONORS “TRANSFORMERS” DIRECTOR MICHAEL BAY

Michael Bay received one of the highest honours in Hollywood: his handprints in the Walk of Fame. Bay sank his hands and feet into the forecourt of Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre recently as he was honored for a money-spinning movie career that has netted almost $6 billion. The 52-year-old Los Angeles native is known for directing some of history’s biggest effects-laden blockbusters, from “Bad Boys” (1995), “Armageddon” (1998) and “Pearl Harbor” (2001) to the “Transformers” franchise, whose fifth installment, “Transformers: The Last Knight” opens in the US and the Philippines on June 21, 2017.

TURS, KIM, DEBBIE, AND JC JOIN MYX AS NEWEST VJs

Turs Daza, Kim Cruz, Debbie Then, and JC Tevez officially join the MYX family after winning in the MYX VJ Search 2017 at the finals night held in 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub last Saturday. The youngest in the competition, 19-year old student and blogger Kim said she was in shock when her name was called as she was not expecting to win. “I’m so thankful. Most of them are 5 or 4 years older, and I was scared to be treated like a baby. Age should not be a problem. You guys, just go for what you want to do. I’m working at this age also, and I’m studying at the same time. Just go for your dreams.” Congratulations to the new VJs of #MYXVJSearch2017 Arturo Daza, Kim Cruz, Debbie Then and JC Tevez. A post shared by Albert Bryan aka GIRL (@chikkanessave) on May 27, 2017 at 4:36am PDT A sports enthusiast who plays basketball, rugby and soccer, Turs said   people were shocked to find out that he was a MYX VJ Search finalist as they know him to be shy and re

VANESSA WHITE RELEASES NEW TRACK ‘RUNNING WILD’

“Vanessa White is on her way to being crowned the new queen of R&B.” NYLON “One of the crucial R&B voices in the British landscape - and she’s doing it her own way.” - The FADER “Her forthcoming EP bangs like you wouldn’t believe, proving her capability to spearhead  a full-female R&B takeover." - PAPER “Vanessa White has been carefully crafting a solo career for herself and we’re really, really into it.” – i-D Showing no signs of slowing down and following the serious buzz she created with her captivating debut solo EP ‘Chapter One’ and the release of her last track ‘Good Good’ -  which Hunger described as ‘the sexiest song of the year’, i-D as a ‘song so nice they named it twice’ and further rave reviews from the likes of PAPER and The FADER - Vanessa White returns with her brand new track ‘Running Wild’ . Premiered on NYLON, the track will feature on her hotly anticipated second solo EP ‘Chapter Two’ (out on Friday).

THE UNDEAD AND HER PREY: MEET “THE MUMMY” CHARACTERS

A badass female mummy, a down-on-his-his-luck soldier of fortune and engimatic doctor lead the mysterious characters in Universal Pictures' new action-adventure  The Mummy  (in Philippine cinemas on  June 7 . 2017). Nick Morton (Tom Cruise)  is a soldier of fortune who plunders conflict sites for timeless artifacts…ones he sells to the highest bidder. When Nick and his No. 2 (Chris Vail) are attacked by insurgents in the Middle East, in the ensuing battle, they accidentally unearth a tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh they come to know as Ahmanet. Nick is not simply the one responsible for setting Ahmanet free, he’s fulfilling an ordained destiny he couldn’t have possibly imagined. Now, he is the only one who can stop her ascension to a global ruler who will enslave humanity.

“WONDER WOMAN” TO HAVE MIDNIGHT PREVIEWS JUNE 1 AT 12:01AM

The countdown to the opening of Warner Bros. Pictures' Wonder Woman cannot be any faster, but die-hard fans are in for a treat as the studio has announced  midnight  previews on June 1 at 12:01AM in selected cinemas in Metro Manila and regional cities. Fans are advised to reserve and buy their tickets now to be among the first in the world to watch Wonder Woman. In Metro Manila,  midnight  screenings are confirmed to be held in Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, S' Maison, SM Aura, SM Bacoor, SM BF, SM Bicutan, SM Fairview, SM Light Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Marilao, SM Megamall, SM Molino, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall, Robinsons Magnolia, Powerplant, Century, CommerCenter, Eastwood, Evia, Fisher's Mall, Gateway, Newport, Starmall Alabang, Starmall EDSA, Starmall Las Pinas, Starmall San Jose, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, Vista Mall Taguig, Uptown and Venice Cineplex.

BACK TO SCHOOL: THE SEASON OF EXCITING FINDS AT NBS

Youtubers Say Tiongco, Janina Vela,  Nate Punzalan and Anne Clutz and daughter gear up for the Back-to-School season with National Book Store The end of summer vacation means one thing: back-to-school season. The rush to find the best deals on school supplies is starting, and families get together to prepare for the next school year. It may be a busy time, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one.  At National Book Store, back-to-school season is a time for endless discoveries for every family.  Convenience, budget-friendly options, and a superb selection await every customer at National Book Store.

Get a full serving of trending topics on Solar Scoop!

Solar Entertainment Corporation  strengthens its online presence with the launch of the new online show  SOLAR SCOOP , which can be viewed first via  http://www. solarentertainmentcorp.com/  starting on  Monday, May 29, 2017 . Hosted by commercial model-boxing instructor  Vince Velasco  and dancer-actress  Kelley Day , SOLAR SCOOP is the first locally-produced 5-minute online show of Solar featuring exciting and trending topics on entertainment, sports, and lifestyle. Channel and program updates, corporate and sponsored events, and other campaigns of the Solar channels will also be featured on the online show.

Why Lauren Reid loves her new social media phone

One of today’s bright young stars has found her social media partner in LG G6, the multi-awarded flagship smartphone of global technology innovator LG Electronics. As the newest brand ambassador of LG Mobile Philippines, model and all-around personality Lauren Reid shares her experience so far with the G6, which projects itself as the ideal social media smartphone for any digitally-savvy user. “I love how big, clear and vibrant the display is, and, at the same time, with a body that is small and sleek enough to fit in my hand. The Square Camera really does the trick for my Instagram posts, and the dual Square Cam lets me make my photos more creative and also lets me multitask with two screens,” she commended.

ANGEL EXPLAINS HER SIDE OF THE STORY IN “MMK”

After viewers witnessed Idai’s (Dimples Romana) vantage point of how she lost her child, it is now Samina’s (Angel Locsin) turn to tell her side of the story about why she took Idai’s little boy with her to Lanao in the second half of the special two-part episode of “MMK.” Life had no direction for Samina or Roma Tarub before Topher (Ynigo Delen) came to her life. Her sister Aisah (Jane Oineza) knew this very well since she would always be the one to cover for her or take responsibilities for her actions.  Despite all these, Aisah loved her sister dearly.

KZ TANDINGAN MAKES HEADWAY FOR NEW ALBUM

One of today’s hottest and most versatile singers, Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan, is back in recording and is now launching her highly anticipated second album “Soul Supremacy” under Star Music. This new song compilation follows the success of KZ’s recent milestone – the first digital concert of the gifted artist which was also called “Soul Supremacy” held last April 23. The “ASAP” Soul Sessionista’s new album features 11 songs with three additional tracks as bonus for her fans who have been eagerly waiting for her latest offering.

Actor-model Paul Salas to lead Vivo mall tour, store opening at SM Cauayan on May 27

Sharing the brand’s energy and youthfulness, young actor and model Paul Salas is set to grace the opening of the first store of top five global premium brand 1 Vivo at SM Cauayan in Isabela on May 27, Saturday. Salas, who rose to fame following his stint as finalist of GMA’s reality talent search “Starstruck Kids,” will also entertain Vivo fans, selfie lovers, and mall goers during Vivo’s last mall tour for the month of May. The mall tour, which aims to bring the superb selfie experience closer to mallgoers and potential consumers as it promotes the “perfect selfie” V5 line, will extend up until the following day, May 28, at SM Cauayan.

GIRLTREND BARBIE IMPERIAL DIVES WITH MAN’S BESTFRIEND IN “MATANGLAWIN.”

Barbie Imperial of the girl group “GirlTrends” won’t let the summer end without some water adventure. Catch the former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate make some splash with Kuya Kim Atienza and Sheldon, the free-diving Labrador, this Sunday, 10am on “Matanglawin” on ABS-CBN. 

VILLAINY RUNS IN THE FAMILY IN NEW “DESPICABLE ME 3” TRAILER

The team who brought you  Despicable Me  and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015,  Despicable Me 2  and  Minions , returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. View the new trailer of  Despicable Me 3 here  and watch the film in Philippine cinemas on  June 14, 2017 .

Did it make you lesser of an individual?

In a world where everyone can just shout out their opinions in any available social media platforms, sometimes people are still judged based on stereotypes. No gender is exempted from preconceived notions and still, your individuality will prevail as to how to deal with it especially if you choose to act beyond the norms (not referring to criminal acts). I chanced upon this IG post of Kapuso actor Tom Rodriguez about his San Mig Light commercial. I like the idea that you become in control for things that people perceived you as weak or in some cases, taboo. Like in flirting, there are notions where women flirting are perceived to be slut (I totally disagree!). For me, showing interest on one person through subtle ways is ok (and that could be through flirting). I don't see an individual lesser when he/she makes the first move to whom he/she is attracted for. Hi everyone! Honestly, I’m actually quite proud of the San Mig Light ‘5 Signs’ ad that I did with Joseph. I l

DWAYNE JOHNSON ANCHORS “BAYWATCH” WITH BOUNDLESS PERSONALITY

Superstar Dwayne Johnson rocks the beach as lifeguard hero Mitch Buchannon in Paramount Pictures' big-screen adaptation of  Baywatch  (in Philippine cinemas  May 31, 2017 ). In Emerald Bay, no one looms larger than legendary lifeguard, Lieutenant Mitch Buchannon. As the leader of the Baywatch team, Mitch has become something of a local folk hero.

“NARCOS” STAR PLAYS MATCHMAKER-NURSE IN “EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING”

Star of Netflix’s hit crime drama and Golden Globe-nominated series  Narcos , Ana de la Reguera now appears in Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' new romantic drama  Everything,   Everything. Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon,  Everything, Everything  tells the unlikely love story of Maddy (Amandla Sternberg), a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly (Nick Robinson), the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

PETER PARKER OUT TO PROVE HIMSELF IN NEW “SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING” TRAILER

Suit up and step up for the new international trailer of Columbia Pictures'  Spider-Man: Homecoming  which may be viewed here. Check out brand new poster art as well and watch  Spider-Man: Homecoming  when it swings to Philippine cinemas on  Thursday, July 6, 2017 .

SKY & DISCOVERY NETWORKS ASIA BRING TROY & KC MONTERO TO SKY ALIVE CEBU

Celebrity brothers Troy and KC Montero make SKY Alive! mall tour’s SM City Cebu leg (May 26-28 ) extra exciting as they drop by on May 26-27  to promote their TV comeback, the new Discovery Channel series, "Worst Vacation Ever.” SKY Alive! is SKY Cable’s experiential family cable fair mall tour that allows Filipinos to step into the world of their favorite cable shows and meet famous TV celebrities and characters.

SKYDIRECT INVADES BICOL WITH MARLO MORTEL

It was a long weekend well-spent for Bicolanos who partied with Kapamilya star Marlo Mortel, a host of Umagang Kay Ganda on ABS-CBN HD, during the first leg of ‘Maki-JAM with SKYdirect’ in Legazpi City, Albay last April 29 to 30. To further bring SKY's affordable direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV service closer to the region, the two-day event kicked off with a motorcade of Marlo. Together with the SKYdirect team, he made the rounds in the streets of Daraga and Legazpi City.

Vivo V5s makes a star-studded entrance in the Philippines

Celebrity performers Tony Labrusca, Mccoy de Leon, Boyband PH and Vivo hosts Verniece Enciso and Nikko Ramos pose for a perfect selfie using the newly launched V5s, which boasts of superb camera features and selfie tools. Bringing fun and entertainment to an already pumped up crowd, some of the brightest and most promising names in the entertainment industry today graced the much-awaited launch of the newest “perfect selfie” phone of top five global premium brand 1 Vivo, the V5s, at SM City North Edsa Annex last May 19. Actor-model Tony Labrusca, Hashtag dancer Mccoy de Leon, and much talked about male singing group Boyband PH entertained a crowd of mall goers and selfie lovers as they hit the stage for their special performances. Labrusca and Boyband PH serenaded fans with their vocal prowess, while de Leon showed off his slick dance moves as they all await the big reveal of the V5s.

UNIVERSAL PICTURES UNVEILS “DARK UNIVERSE” FOR ITS CLASSIC MONSTERS SERIES OF FILMS

Universal Pictures announced May 23 that its series of films reviving the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation will be known as “ Dark Universe .” The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding  The Mummy , which will be released in Philippine cinemas  June 7 . The announcement includes details of the enterprise relaunching  Universal’s iconic characters  into modern cinema, as well as confirmations of superstar cast and that  Academy Award ®  winner Bill Condon will direct  Bride of Frankenstein .

“THE VOICE PH” ALUMNUS BARES HIS ATHLETIC SIDE ON “SPORTS U.”

T here’s more to songwriting and singing for “The Voice Philippines” Season 1 alumnus Paolo Onesa. The pride of “Kamp Kawayan” reveals he is every inch a fighter as he shares his passion for mixed martial arts (MMA) this Thursday (May 25) on “Sports U” on ABS-CBN.  Paolo believes physical fitness brings out the best in him as a performer, through instilling in him discipline and confidence. He gets to showcase this side of him while learning other MMA styles with 2009 SEA Games Muay Thai gold medalist Crew Zaidi Laruan. 

ABS-CBN’s TFC Live Joins Canada 150’s Celebration of Diversity, To Hold World-Class Filipino Concert “ASAP in Toronto”

Canada truly embraces diversity and two of its world-renowned leaders emphasized this as they ushered in 2017. On the eve of the beginning of the of the  150 th  anniversary of Canada  – also known as the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation – no less than  Queen Elizabeth II,  the Queen of United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, praised the nation for having “earned a reputation as a welcoming, respectful and compassionate country.”   The Queen encouraged everybody  “to continue to embody the values of equality, freedom and inclusion” and  “to remind the world of the importance of protecting those values and of passing them on to future generations.”

Watsons #Hairgoals: An adventure into hairstyle potentials

Blonde. Rose Gold. Ultra Dark Brown. Ash Brown. Imagine yourself in those hair colors. Or maybe you want to go for those bold and bright colors that display your own brand of individuality. Excited yet? Then perhaps it’s time to take those locks on a hair coloring adventure! News flash. Did you know that hair coloring is actually easy to do? Like DIY-easy. Just get yourself the right products and you’re all set. Hair color though is not the only way to achieve your Hairgoals. Why not go for any of the of-the-moment hair fixing styles as well? Get it on a high pony? How about that deep side part or that slick story look? Maybe shake it up a bit with a short messy shag, undone waves, or messy braids? Stress not, girl. We got you.

Solstice: 4-in-1 Suncare + Skincare

When meeting new people, we always want to look our best. That is why we do so much for the sake of our appearance. We buy a variety of skincare products just to fit our regimen. It's a bit time consuming and money consuming, as well. Worry not! With the new Solstice Sunscreen, you can get more skin benefits with just one product. It's a 4-in-1 product that acts as a moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, and whitening/anti-aging regimen all at the same time. It's water resistant and fast absorbing qualities make it the perfect shield when you're swimming or just sweating it under the sun. It's non-greasy and lightweight formula also makes it the perfect everyday protection for your skin. It's also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic making it safe for everyone to use. You can even choose what's right for you from it's two amazing variants. 

“WONDER WOMAN'S” GAL GADOT GREETS FANS FROM PHILIPPINES

Warner Bros. Pictures has released a short video of Gal Gadot greeting her Filipino fans as she invited them to watch her film, “Wonder Woman” in Philippine cinemas  June 1, 2017 . Check out the video here. “Mabuhay, Philippines!,” starts the Israeli actress in the video. “I'm Gal Gadot and I play Wonder Woman in the first-ever live-action `Wonder Woman' movie,” she continues. “From the gorgeous island paradise of Themyscira, to the World War I Europe, the film is full of action and adventure, as an Amazon warrior learns what it takes to become one of the greatest super heroes of all time.” She concludes, “Don't miss Warner Woman in cinemas this June.”