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Award-winning hosts Charo Santos and Boy Abunda successfully debuted as livestreamers with their newly launched programs “Dear Charo” and “The Best Talk,” as their pilot episodes garnered the most viewers on FYE on the Pinoy livestreaming app Kumu for October.    Charo thanked everyone who watched the premiere episode of “Dear Charo” last Monday (October 26), which earned over 384K likes and featured Kim Chiu and Bro. Eddie Villanueva as guests.   Co-hosting the show is ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management head Robert Labayen, who leads the team producing the Kapamilya Christmas station IDs such as “Bro, Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko.”

Save money when you work remotely using Lark

Now that a larger number of employees are working remotely, one common topic of discussion is how money-saving this work arrangement can actually be for individuals. But what about businesses? Do organizations stand to save money from hiring remote workers and switching to virtual offices as well? The short answer is yes. Here are three reasons why.   1. Save on manpower fees In a virtual office setting, there is greater flexibility when hiring remote employees on a full-time, part-time, or per-project basis. Because of this, employers have the freedom to hire remote workers that are a better fit for the tasks at hand, helping to ensure higher quality results with minimal supervision needed. With agile, flexible working hours, overtime costs are also reduced. Along with this, employee performance is boosted, too, as remote workers are able to work in an optimal environment, during their peak productivity hours. This way, teams spend less time getting more work done. 


Asia’s premiere vocal group The CompanY returns to serenade listeners with the timely single “Sumakabilang Puso,” a song about the inevitable “death” of a romantic relationship.   The iconic OPM group, composed of Moy Ortiz, Annie Quintos, Sweet Plantado, and OJ Mariano, defined the song as “a tribute to those who have lost a love to someone else” in their MYXclusive interview.   Indeed, the rhythm ballad is perfect for those who are mourning the end of a romance that has turned sour despite efforts to salvage what’s left of it. The quartet’s heavenly harmonies highlight the song’s flowing melody and piercing words as well as OJ’s soothing solo vocals.   The song is currently featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday Philippines editorial playlist.


  Prelude to his upcoming album    Piolo Pascual has dropped a heartbreaking track entitled “Iiyak Sa Ulan,” which will be the lead single off his upcoming album under Star Music.   “Iiyak Sa Ulan” is about one’s pain that he refuses to show and instead hides through the rain. Yet, despite its affecting message, it also offers a sense of hope that everything will eventually be okay.   The track is a prelude to Piolo’s forthcoming all-original album that is already in the works and will include his solo renditions as well as duets with various local female artists.   The Kapamilya singer last released an all-original album, “Timeless,” in 2007 and a compilation album, “Decades III,” in 2012. He is known for his hit ballad songs “Kailangan Kita” and “Paano Ba Ang Magmahal.”   He will be seen next as a special guest in the upcoming episode of FYE’s “Dear Charo,” streaming on kumu on Monday (November 2) at 8pm.


For master writer Ricky Lee, writing is very much like life. His iWant TFC writing master class “Trip to Quiapo” fittingly illustrates this point by chronicling his colorful life story and journey to becoming a writer.   In “Trip to Quiapo,” based on his best-selling scriptwriting manual, Sir Ricky not only helps aspiring writers realize their storytelling potential and find their voice, but also shows viewers how writing can be a tool to make sense of the way we think and feel, and ultimately, to overcome our insecurities and challenges.   Here are five writing tips from Ricky Lee’s “Trip to Quiapo” masterclass that we can all apply to real life:


  What role will they play in Ellice, Marissa, and Gabriel’s lives? Up and coming stars Grae Fernandez and Kira Balinger are set to shake things up in "Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin" as an explosive new chapter begins in the hit series in the coming weeks.   Viewers last saw Grae in the fantasy series "Starla" while Kira was a part of the afternoon drama series "Pamilya Ko."    This marks their comeback as a loveteam after they were first paired in the sitcom, "Funny Ka, Pare Ko" and the iWant series "Spirits Reawaken" in 2018. 

NETFLIX | Official trailer for The Crown season 4

  Bend. Or Break.   The official trailer for The Crown season 4    View the trailer here     The official trailer for the highly anticipated season 4 of The Crown has been released, featuring a first chance to hear the distinctive voice of Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, and the enchanting tone of Lady Diana Spencer, played by Emma Corrin. Season 4 picks up in the late 1970s. Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer provides a much-needed fairytale to u


Catch it on ABS-CBN Film Restoration's FB page ABS-CBN Film Restoration and LVN Pictures, Inc. give a new generation of viewers a chance to experience a magical movie adventure from yesteryears with the free streaming of the remastered version of "Ibong Adarna," the classic Pinoy tale of a magical bird whose voice has the power to heal.  Through the restoration unit's "Sagip Pelikula" initiative, the 1941 LVN classic and the oldest film in ABS-CBN's Film Archives underwent digital processing and can be appreciated by viewers in crisp high-definition on ABS-CBN Film Restoration's official Facebook page this Sunday (November 1) at 7:30 PM.


  “PBB KUMUnect” receives 1.3 million diamonds online!   The anticipation is high among fans of “Pinoy Big Brother” (PBB) all over the world as thousands continue to join the online auditions for its ninth season called “PBB Connect” via the livestreaming app Kumu. As of yesterday (October 29), a record-breaking 135,870 audition entries have been uploaded on Kumu by 76,704 unique aspiring housemates who shared their talents and life stories in their bid to enter the famous Big Brother house. This is the highest number of turnout for auditionees in the history of the ABS-CBN reality program. The love and support of netizens for the show was even more felt in the first livestream of “PBB KUMUnect,” a digital show exclusive on Kumu featuring some of the audition entries from the aspiring housemates. The stream garnered over 1.31 million diamonds, which are virtual gifts given by viewers to streamers in Kumu.

Shopee announces Shopee Bayanihan: Pamaskong Pambata to create positive impact for underprivileged children

In line with 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, Shopee partners with brands and users to raise awareness and donations in support of the future generation   Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announces Shopee Bayanihan: Pamaskong Pambata , a charity drive to raise awareness and donations for underprivileged children in the Philippines. Launched in conjunction with Shopee’s 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, it is part of 11.11 Big Charity , a regional charity drive to raise awareness and donations for underprivileged children. With this, Shopee envisions making e-commerce for everyone and ensuring that it also provides opportunities for the country’s future generation. All proceeds will go to chosen local beneficiaries. Shopee Bayanihan: Pamaskong Pambata will support 11 local foundations geared towards empowering impoverished children: Mano Amiga Philippines; World Vision Philippines; Young Focus for Education and Development Foundation, Inc.; Fundlif

Baygon, Glade, FamilyGuard, Mr. Muscle, Pledge, OFF, Kiwi, Ziploc Now on Shopee!

When it comes to maintaining a home that is clean and smelling fresh, no doubt that SC Johnson is our reliable and trustworthy partner to do that.  Good news that they're also now in Shopee, making it easier for us to purchase our favorite products. Glade Automatic Primary - Ocean Escape Modern and stylish, fully automated and battery operation sprayFully automated air freshener you can place anywhere inside your home! FamilyGuard Disinfectant Room & Multi-Surface Spray Aerosol Fragrance Free 280ml Kills the virus that can cause COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), flu, H1N1 and Influenza A. Disinfects air, hard and soft surfaces. Has an anti-microbal action that eliminates odors from the source. Baygon Multi Insect Killer Kerosene-Based - 500 ml Delivers a fast knockdown formula proven against multiple insect types. Mr. Muscle All Purpose Cleaner 2L - Wild Lavender Ideal for floors, tiles, kitchen counters, sinks and other washable surfaces. Kills 99% of common household germs when used pur


  The Philippine concert scene comes alive with a series of musical events presented on the digital platform KTX.PH for Filipinos to enjoy and watch, including the concerts of Nina, Erik Santos, and the hit musical "Ang Huling El Bimbo" in the safety and comforts of their homes this November.    Opening the month is the birthday concert of Soul Siren Nina this Sunday (November 1). Her first birthday and digital show airs live not just in the Philippines but also in Dubai, Australia, Japan. Korea, and Canada.    While early bird tickets for the general admission and VIP tickets are sold out, fans can still get the regular general admission ticket for P800 and VIP for P1000. Each ticket comes with an after-party experience with the birthday girl. 


“It’s Showtime” marks its eleventh anniversary of spreading good vibes with a set of creative performances by the hosts for its annual Magpasikat competition on Saturday (October 31).   For this year’s celebration titled “Eleven Up Ang Samahan,” Vice Ganda will be teaming up with first-time Magpasikat performer Kim Chiu, while Vhong Navarro will be joined by Amy Perez and Jackie Gonzaga for their act.   Karylle and Jhong Hilario will reunite with Ion Perez as their newest member, while Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz’s duo will be joined by Ryan Bang.

Netflix Philippines Debuts “Rocket to the Moon” Song Cover by Julie Anne San Jose

  Netflix Philippines Debuts “Rocket to the Moon” Song Cover by Julie Anne San Jose Watch the performance video here Watch the Over The Moon trailer here Netflix Philippines has released a song cover for “Rocket to the Moon,” the lead single of the Netflix Film, Over The Moon.  Filipina singer Julie Anne San Jose sang and performed the cover, now on Netflix Philippines’ Facebook and YouTube channels. “When I first heard about [the song cover], I got really excited since I have always been a fan of Netflix films,” shares Julie. “I'm happy and honored that they have chosen me to do a cover of ‘Rocket to the Moon.’ I hope I was able to give justice to the song and hope that fans like it!”


  30-minute visual album streams live on October 31   Nadine Lustre takes viewers on a journey into her heart and mind with the exclusive premiere of her highly anticipated visual album “Wildest Dreams” on Saturday (October 31), 9 PM on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s and Careless’ YouTube channels.   The 30-minute film contains the album’s 12 fresh new tracks and six interconnected music videos that illustrate Nadine’s quest for self-love, self-discovery, and reflection on her personal experiences.   With experimental tunes and meticulously chosen sounds – from recordings of beaches and mountains in the Philippines to indigenous instruments used as the backbone of different tracks – “Wildest Dreams” finds Nadine staying true to her roots while bringing a unique experience to her listeners that is true to the name of the album.

Celebration for a Cause: Avida Culminates 30th Anniversary with a Fundraising Concert

  Avida Land Partners with Ayala Museum to Provide Yearlong Internet Access to 500 Underprivileged Students through The Rush Hour Concerts Online The Manila Symphony Orchestra Avida Land continues to pay it forward, anchoring on gratitude for its almost 50,000 households and advocacy for homegrown artistry for the culminating activity of its 30 th anniversary. Following the company’s purpose-driven collaborations with local livelihood brands Rags2Riches and Messy Bessy is its partnership with fellow Ayala Corporation subsidiary Ayala Museum. In upholding the Ayala group of companies’ crusade to uplift the lives of Filipinos, the sister companies teamed up for a virtual fundraising concert for the benefit of Ayala Foundation’s underprivileged students. Avida has long been united with Ayala Museum in celebrating the things that ignite one’s passions and that inspire them to live life to the fullest. Being synonymous to delightful and inspired living, Avida did not look far in choosing a

[NETFLIX] Watch Park Shin‑hye in mystery thriller, The Call

She’ll begin to hunt your past... The Call coming to Netflix November 27 Watch & share trailer here

Smart partners with Viu to launch GIGA K-Video with Park Seo Jun as endorser

K-Entertainment now more readily accessible to Filipinos with free Viu Premium subscription   [October 28, 2020] Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. has partnered with Viu, a leading pan-regional streaming service operated by Viu International Limited, to launch the new GIGA K-Video data pack with Korean superstar Park Seo Jun as endorser.   Smart GIGA K-Video is the first-ever prepaid data pack in the Smart Giga family that comes with a Viu Premium subscription, making it so much simpler and easier for Filipinos to enjoy the latest Korean content with unlimited downloads and an uninterrupted, no-ads experience.

FDCP Updates Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Calendar with More Screenings and Events, PPP4 Extended until December 13

PPP4, which will have video-on-demand and livestreaming on its new platform, now has 170 films — 90 full-length features and 80 shorts   In response to the clamor to lengthen the duration of the 4th Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP), plus due to the inclusion of new titles to the lineup now totaling 170 films, and to accommodate the final fine-tuning of some works in the PPP Premium Selection section, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has extended the festival’s run from 16 days to 44 days. PPP4 will be held from October 31 to December 13.   Subscribers will get to watch more films as titles are added during peak hours and weekends, plus they will get to learn more about filmmaking and Philippine Cinema from industry experts through numerous events such as talkback sessions, panel sessions, and masterclasses. 


ABS-CBN continues to make its mark overseas as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2020 Asia Contents Awards (ACA) held recently at Busan, South Korea.   The ACA, which recognizes outstanding TV and OTT drama series throughout Asia, conferred the honor to the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company for its significant contributions as a broadcaster in the Asian region.   In her acceptance speech, ABS-CBN chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes said the award came at an opportune time as ABS-CBN remains “undaunted in championing Filipino content globally” amidst the challenges it recently faced in the middle of a pandemic.


  “Bakit Pa Ba” by JMKO tops Spotify’s "Pinoy Covers"   ABS-CBN Music’s JMKO is emerging to become one of the most popular local musicians in the international video-sharing app TikTok with the success of his virtual concert #JMKOSessions last October 9.   More than 103.6K viewers tuned in to the singer-songwriter’s exclusive digital treat—produced by Star Music in partnership with TikTok—which also served as the official launch of his version of Jay R’s R&B classic “Bakit Pa Ba.”   “I’m still pretty overwhelmed by the support from TikTok and Star Music considering it’s my first time doing a livestream. I’m glad I got to at least give back to my supporters on Tiktok through my performances,” said JMKO, who has 1.8 million followers and over 22 million likes on TikTok.


  Streaming in the Philippines on October 31   Uncover the mystery behind spiritual possession and exorcism and what they mean to different beliefs and religions in the Philippines in the TFC docu special “Baffling Cases: Sanib” streaming this Saturday (October 31) on the iWant TFC app and website.   The 38-minute docu special will feature some of the Filipino beliefs about spirits and recall personal accounts of people who have experienced some of the most mysterious spiritual possession stories that happened in the Philippines.   It also features cultural anthropologist Felipe Jocano Jr., Catholic priest Fr. Felipe Pedraja, faith-healer Mary Cuevas, and Islamic exorcist Aleem Sulaiman Laguindab who will explain to viewers why these spiritual possessions occur and how to overcome them based on religion and beliefs.

Sarah Geronimo reveals her Saya Weapons to stay happy amid challenging times

The pandemic may have drastically changed our lives, but we can’t let it take away our happiness and hope. This is what Popstar Royalty and idol ng Kabataang Pinoy Sarah Geronimo says of the core message of her new campaign with mobile brand TNT, which aims to inspire the Filipino youth to stay optimistic and find their ‘saya’ amid uncertain times. “This pandemic was really challenging both physically and mentally pero kahit meron tayong problema sa buhay, ang importante is we count our blessings and we keep our faith. When you think about those things that you’re grateful for, doon ka nagiging masaya at kuntento sa buhay,” said Sarah G. during the recent shoot of her new TV commercial for TNT.


  Free movie screening of “The Rental and “Unhinged” at Vertis North   Experience a Halloween-themed screening of two of this year’s creepiest movies, “The Rental” and “Unhinged,” in “Drive-In Cinema One,” happening for free this weekend (October 30 and 31) at Vertis North.   In partnership with Vertis North Estate and Ayala Malls Vertis North, Cinema One’s drive-in event will feature the horror flick “The Rental” on Friday and the psychological thriller “Unhinged” this Saturday, bringing drive-in moviegoers a fright night experience while they remain in the safety of their vehicles.


  Miss U PH 2016 Maxine Medina, Tennis Phenom Alex Eala chat with Dyan       There’s no stopping award-winning host and sports anchor Dyan Castillejo in advocating for sports and healthy living in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis through her digital show “Sports & U with Dyan: Kasali Ka Rito” on Facebook.      Dyan, who hosted “Sports Unlimited” and its iteration, “Sports U: Ikaw Ang Panalo,” for 25 years on television, continues in her mission to inspire Filipinos by showcasing the stories of the country’s premier and rising athletes and the fitness journey of celebrities.      Dyan, who hosted “Sports Unlimited” and its iteration, “Sports U: Ikaw Ang Panalo,” for 25 years on television, continues in her mission to inspire Filipinos by showcasing the stories of the country’s premier and rising athletes and the fitness journey of celebrities.