“ASAP Honolulu” gets huge aloha from thousands of fans

Catch the second episode on July 22 on ABS-CBN TFC worldwide

The touring Filipino TV and live concert musical variety juggernaut called, “ASAP”, received the warmest aloha from thousands of local residents and travelling fans in the island of Oahu, Hawaii where “ASAP Honolulu” was recently held.  From arrival till departure, the energetic cast shared hundreds of selfies, shakas, hugs, and high fives with the vibrant Filipino community which is the largest Asian group in the state.

It was a lovefest between the stars and the fans during the VTR shoots, at the press conference which registered the highest views for livestreamed press conferences on TFC online, at the TFC Marketplace where exciting booth activities took place, and during the back-to-back concerts at Neil S. Blaisdell Arena which reverberated with shrieks of delight from attendees.

In a report from ABS-CBN TFC’s daily news show, BA, ABS-CBN Global Head of Events Ricky Resurreccion said, “It’s important to bring joy to the Filipinos in Hawaii. This day is a full day of activities dedicated to them.  As early as 10am, we opened the doors for all the activities that happened in the TFC Marketplace.  ‘ASAP’ is an international TFC Live event so it always aims to celebrate the TFC experience with the entire family.”

“Hawaii is a very important piece of TFC’s history. It was in Hawaii where TFC first got carried into a cable system. If it wasn’t for Hawaii, TFC wouldn’t have had its start,” said ABS-CBN North and Latin America Managing Director Jun del Rosario.

Martin Nievera, TFC’s first Goodwill Ambassador who grew up in Hawaii, recalled the very first TFC concert in Hawaii that he starred in with Agot Isidro back in 1997.  “There’s a lot of firsts for TFC that happened in Hawaii, so to return here with ‘ASAP’ – the biggest touring Filipino live concert – is a very sweet homecoming.  The love is genuine.  Our team’s eagerness to reach out to all and give our best is as heartfelt as it gets.”

The four-hour spectacle for the senses directed by the eminent Johnny Manahan that regaled the live audience at Neil S. Blaisdell Arena is better seen and heard. The first episode of “ASAP Honolulu” was aired on ABS-CBN TFC last July 8.  Catch the second episode on July 22 only on TFC worldwide.

 

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ABS-CBN “Just Love Araw-Araw” roadshow binigyang-pugay ang mga overseas Filipinos sa Hong Kong at Taiwan

Ipinagdiwang ng TFC ang ika-120 Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas at kinilala ang mga overseas Filipinos kasama ang mga Kapamilya talents na sina Bela Padilla, Ronnie Alonte, Negi at Lassy

 Bukod sa pagdiriwang ng ika-120 Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas, binigyang-pugay din ng ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC) ang mga overseas Filipinos via “Just Love Araw Araw” entertainment caravan kasama ang mga Kapamilya artists na sina Bela Padilla, Ronnie Alonte, Negi, at Lassy Marquez noong June 10 sa Chater Road sa Hong Kong at sa Metropolitan Park sa Taiwan.

Unang inilunsad noong Abril sa Pilipinas ng pinakamalaki at nangungunang Filipino-owned media at entertainment company na ABS-CBN ang “Just Love Araw-Araw” campaign, na layuning hikayatin ang bawat Pilipino na magpakalat ng pag-ibig sa anumang paraan sa kabila ng mga pagsubok sa buhay.

Kaya naman bilang bahagi ng pagpapakalat ng pag-ibig, dinala ito ng TFC sa labas ng bansa sa pamamagitan ng “Just Love Araw-Araw” TFC Hour, at sa pagkakataong ito upang ipagdiwang hindi lamang ang Philippine Independence Day, kung hindi maging ang mga overseas Filipinos.

Matapos matunghayan ang makulay na parada at nakakamanghang mga pagtatanghal ng mga tradisyunal na Philippine festival dances sa Kapangyawan Festival na ginanap sa Chater Road, Central sa Hong Kong, umindayog at humalakhak naman ang mga masisipag na mga Pilipino sa Hong Kong kasama sina Alonte at Marquez.

Mainit ang naging pagtanggap kay Alonte, lalo pa nang awitin niya ang mga popular na awitin na “What Do You Mean” ni Justine Beiber at “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko” ng “It’s Showtime” hurado Rey Valera.

Lalo pa itong naramdaman ng Kapamilya young actor-performer nang lapitan niya ang mga manonood at pinagbigyan ang hiling ng ilan na makapagpakuha ng selfie kasama siya.

Sinubok naman ni Marquez ang tatlong dalaga na nais mahirang na leading lady ni Alonte. Nagpasiklab ang tatlong dalaga sa pag-awit, pagsayaw, at pag-arte hanggang sa huli ang hinirang na nagwagi ay si Mecha Flores na bukod sa premyong “Just Love Araw-Araw” shirt ay nakakuha rin ng halik at akap mula kay Alonte.

Ilang masusuwerteng new at current TFC online subscribers din ang nabigyan ng pagkakataon na makakuha ng passes para sa isang photo opportunity kasama sina Alonte at Marquez pagkatapos ng programa.

Samantala sa kabilang bahagi naman ng Asya, nakisaya naman ang mga pinagpipitagang mga kababayan sa tripleng selebrasyon ng Philippine Independence Day, Migrant Workers’ Day at 3rd FILCOM Friendship Fun Run na ginanap sa New Taipei City Metropolitan Park (Xingfu Shuiyang Park) Sanchong District sa New Taipei City.

Naging mainit ang pagtanggap sa mga Kapamilya talents na sina Padilla at Negi, kahit pa nagbabadya ang masamang panahon. Kaya naman ang “Meet Me in St. Gallen” star na si Padilla, hindi niya napigilan ang sariling lapitan ang mga manonood habang nagpe-perform.

Sinubok naman ni Negi ang tatlong binatang nais na makuha ang puso ni Padilla. Nag-alay sila  ng mga awitin sa aktres, pinakita ang talento sa pagsayaw, at nakipagbatuhan pa ng hugot lines sa kaniya. Sa huli, ang nagwagi ay ang kalahok na kilala sa pangalang JC.

Pagkatapos ng programa, ilang manonood ang nakasama nina Padilla at Negi, matapos makakuha ng photo opportunity passes mula sa TFC. Kanila lamang pinakita sa TFC booth ng araw na iyon ang TFC online premium prepaid cards na kanilang binili sa participating EEC stores.

Ang ilan naman ay nakakuha ng “Just Love Araw-Araw” shirt matapos ipakita sa TFC booth ng araw na iyon ang kanilang binili na TFC online LITE prepaid card mula sa participating EEC stores.

Ang inihandang mga pagtatanghal at sorpresa ng TFC sa Taiwan ay tinatayang pinakamalaking pagtitipon ng mga Pilipino sa kasalukuyan. Gayundin, ang mga pagtitipon na ito ay hindi lamang upang ipagdiwang ang ika-120 anibersaryo ng Kalayaan ng PIlipinas, dahil nagsilbi rin itong pagkilala sa mga overseas Filipinos na nagsasakripisyo sa ibang bansa upang mabigyan ng magandang buhay ang kanilang mga pamilya.

Para sa updates tungkol sa upcoming TFC events, bisitahin ang facebook.com/TFCHongKong, facebook.com/TFCTaiwan1 or ang TFC Facebook page na angkop sa inyong kinaroroonan. Maki-connect sa kapwa global Kapamilyas at i-follow ang @KapamilyaTFC at KapamilyaGlobalPR sa Twitter at Instagram.

FDCP Reveals Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018 Lineup during Grand Launch

Eight incredible films have been selected by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and were formally announced during the Pista ng Pelikulag Pilipino (PPP) Grand Launch last July 9, 2018 at Sequioa Hotel, Quezon City.

The 2018 lineup which will be screened in all cinemas nationwide on August 15-21, 2018 were introduced by FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño. PPP offers a diverse set of films which pushes the envelope of the movie genres that Filipinos grew to love. These films are “Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa Wifi” directed by Jun Robles Lana under The IdeaFirst Company, “Bakwit Boys” directed by Jason Paul Laxamana under T. Rex Entertainment, “Madilim Ang Gabi” directed by Adolf Alix Jr., under Deus Lux Mea Films, “Pinay Beauty” directed by Jay Abello under Quantum Films and Epic Media, “Signal Rock” directed by Chito Roño under Cape Signal Rock (CSR) Films PH, “The Day After Valentine’s” directed by Jason Paul Laxamana under Viva Films, “Unli Life directed by Miko Livelo under Regal Entertianment Inc. and “We Will Not Die Tonight” directed by Richard Somes under Strawdogs Studio Production. The films’ respective directors and artists were also present during the announcement.

“The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino proved to be such a success especially in getting our Fillipino audiences to support a full lineup of Filpino films in one week of playdate, and we are proud that this year, we get to showcase more films of different and elevated genres that will not just entertain but will encourage discussions among the Filipino audience. There’s a film for everyone and we are looking forward to everyone’s support again to all of our films,” said Diño.

In addition to the main entries, PPP will also showcase the Special Feature Section which will be screened in selected cinemas. The Section includes, among others, films from local independent film festivals in 2017, with “High Tide” directed by Tara Illenberger from TOFARM, “Paki” directed by Giancarlo Abrahan from CinemaOne Originals, and “Tu Pug Imatuy” directed by Arnel Barbarona from Sinag Maynila.

Short films will also be featured in PPP through Sine Kabataan Short Film Competition which will be paired with the PPP full feature entries. Proudly presented by Official Ambassador Sine Kabataan, Mr. Ice Seguerra, the films include “Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali” directed by Enalyn Legaspi,”Anonymous Student Vlog” directed by Christian Babista, “Bahay-bahayan” directed by Bryan Spencer Reyes, “Bato Bato Pik” directed by Ardinian Jaq Sanque and Lorys Plaza, “Isang Tula para sa Nawawala” directed by Rodemille Singh, “Koleksyong Pamalo” directed by Len Frago, “Masaya Ako” directed by Daniel Edwin Delgado and Tiara Angelia Nicolas, and “Runner” directed by Levi Jun Miscala.

Launched in August 2017, PPP is a seven-day exclusive screening of quality genre Filipino films  in all cinemas nationwide in line with the Buwan ng Wika. Now on its second year, FDCP aims to further maximize this time to holistically conduct a series of events and forms of support for Filipino films, from  celebratory fiestas for the public to educational fora and conferences for film industry professionals.

PPP is presented in partnership with Unicef, Globe #PlayItRight, SOLAR Entertainment Corporation, Outpost Visual Frontier, ThinkBit, and Sequioa Hotel, and its major media partners Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEED), CNN Philippines, PEP.ph, MOR 101.9 For Life. It is also supported by The Manila Bulletin, Malaya, the Philippine Star, Wish 107.5 and Push.com, as well as by the following government partners, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)

Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA), and the Local Government of Quezon City.

Pista will run from August 15-21, 2018 in all cinemas nationwide.

PPP Entries

Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WIFI

Genre:              Romantic Comedy

Writer:               Jun Robles Lana

Director:             Jun Robles Lana

Cast:                   Sue Ramirez, Markus Paterson and Jameson Blake

A girl develops an allergy to Wi-Fi and is forced to live in a remote province, pushing her to reevaluate her relationships and the boy she believes is her one true love.

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Bakwit Boys

Genre:                Musical Romance

Writer:                Jason Paul Laxamana

Director:             Jason Paul Laxamana

Cast:                  Vance Larena, Nikko Natividad, Ryle Santiago and Mackie Empuerto

Four brothers known as the Bakwit Boys get a shot at their dreams when a rich city girl discovers their music talent.

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Madilim ang Gabi

Genre:                Suspense Political Thriller

Writer:                Adolfo Alix Jr.

Director:             Adolfo Alix Jr.

Cast:                  Gina Alajar, Philip Salvador and Felix Roco

A couple is caught up in drug war when their son goes missing.

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 Pinay Beauty

Genre:                Comedy

Writer:                Allan Habon and Rod Marmol

Director:             Jay Abello

Cast:                  Chai Fonacier and Edgar Allan Guzman

Pinay Beauty is about the perennial quest of a typical Filipina to look Caucasian and the cost they entail.

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Signal Rock

Genre:                Drama

Writer:                Rody Vera

Director:             Chito Rono

Cast:                  Christian Bables, Francis Magundayao, Elora Espano and Mon Confiado

Intoy, a carefree no-hoper in  a small town decides to help his sister in Finland win a child custody battle.

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 The Day After Valentines

Genre:                Romance Drama

Writer:                Jason Paul Laxamana

Director:             Jason Paul Laxamana

Cast:                  Bella Padilla and JC Santos

A distraught man named Kai meets Lani, a woman who helps him mend his brokenness and soon tags her as his “Ms. Repairman.”

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Unli Life

Genre:                Comedy

Writer:                Ferdinand Aguas and Jan Freud Gallon

Director:             Miko Livelo

Cast:                  Vhong Navarro, Joey Marquez, Winwyn Marquez and Ejay Falcon

Benedict, a famous podcast DJ is given several chances to travel back in time to change events that affects his lovelife whenever he drinks ‘wishky’ in a bar called “Turning Point.”

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We Will Not Die Tonight

Genre:                High Octane Action-Thriller

Writer:                Richard V. Somes and Eloisa Francia

Director:             Richard V. Somes

Cast:                  Erich Gonzales and Alex Medina

Kray is a stuntwoman, an aspiring actress and an all around racketeer who can’t seem to get a break. A botched deal gone into a total haywire will challenge her principles and skillset.

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Sine Kabataan Entries

 

Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali

Directed by: Enalyn Legaspi

Three children were about to change their lives after a police officer caught them inhaling a rugby.

 

Anonymous Student Vlog

Directed by Christian A. Babista

A young girl accidentally witnessed a crime while filming her vlog.

 

Bahay-bahayan

Directed by Bryan Spencer Reyes

A young girl who dreams of becoming a mother suddenly becomes one when a baby is left at her doorstep.

 

Bato Bato Pick

Directed by Ardinian Jaq Sanque and Lorys Plaza

Unwanted pregnancy has caught a young couple in the midst of turmoil.

 

Isang Tula para sa Nawawala

Directed by Rodemille Singh

A young man finds himself searching for his mother in Hong Kong bringing with him the hope of seeing her again after ten years.


Koleksyong Pamalo

Directed by Len Frago

A boy collects all stuff used by his mother to beat him for disciplinary sanctions.

 

Masaya ako

Directed by Daniel Edwin Delgado and Tiara Angelica Nicolas

A boy faces many challenges in his life – separation of parents, unfaithful love and bullying. Until when will he keep on smiling?

 

Runner

Directed by: Levi Jun Miscala

A boy wants to continue his secondary education by becoming an athlete but his inauspicious boss obstructed this aspiration.

 

 

Game Nights Are On with the  AXN Freedom Fridays Bar Tour

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Get ready to break free and unwind with exciting games and surprises as AXN visits the best night spots in Manila featuring special guest star and TV host, Sydney Crespo.

AXN Freedom Fridays Bar Tour kicks off on July 6, invading Makati’s hippest bars including Rue Bourbon Salcedo, Poblacion: The Wild Poppy and H&J Sports Bar & Restaurant.

AXN fans should bring their A-Game as they’ll be challenged in a series of fun activities and games to win awesome prizes.  Bar chow, drinks and AXN giveaways will be on tap.

“AXN is all about redefining action, so the Freedom Fridays Bar Tour will redefine your Friday night. It’s about getting together with friends, celebrating the end of the week and having fun responsibly,” said Armi Malaluan, Director and Business Head, AXN Networks Philippines.

So what better way to end a week of hard work than to play even harder? Mark your calendars – AXN Freedom Fridays kicks off this July 6, and continues over the next few weeks.

AXN Freedom Fridays is brought to you by San Miguel Pale Pilsen, with official radio partner Wave 89.1.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/axnasia.

 

“Bitter Melon” – a Cinematografo Original – makes its way to Outfest this July

When the very first Cinematografo International Film Festival (CIFF) launched in November last year, it also introduced select originals and new projects that their committee has carefully selected to fund and support. One of these is Bitter Melon.

 Bitter Melon is the third feature film that filmmaker H.P. Mendoza directed (Fruit Fly, I Am a Ghost). It is the story of a Filipino-American family who reunites for a Christmas party, only to find out that Troy, the second oldest child, has been ruling the house with fear-intimidating everyone who lives there-including his mother, and even physically abusing his wife. What starts as a fun holiday reunion turns into a darkly humorous crime scene as Declan, the youngest son, leads the family as they conspire on how to best murder the violent and abusive Troy.

 After the movie’s world premiere at the CAAMFest 36 in May, where Mendoza has premiered all his other earlier movies, Bitter Melon will be screened at the Outfest, one of the premier LGBTQ film festivals in the world. Outfest runs from July 12-22 in various theaters around the city. Bitter Melon is one of the featured narratives to be shown on July 13Friday at Harmony Gold.

 In an interview with the weekly magazine show, Adobo Nation, Mendoza shared that the film is about domestic abuse and the system of violence that repeats itself every generation. Bitter Melon tackles “what would happen if someone said something, or even better, if someone did something.”

 According to Mendoza, Bitter Melon has been in the works for two decades now, starting with a script he wrote in 1997. He admits that he was a different person in 1997. “As I got older, I realized I was being wacky because that made it safe. It was a dark comedy, but it was a wacky, dark comedy. And it really is no laughing matter because it touches all of us in whatever shape or form.”

 Why Bitter Melon? Mendoza had said that if he ever made a film about a dysfunctional family, he would name it after the bane of his childhood existence. “Me and my brothers would hate it every time our mother would cook bitter melon. She would say, ‘I know it’s hard to swallow, but it’s good for you.’” That is how he would describe the movie. “The situations in the movie are hard to swallow, but you have to watch it and talk about it.”

 Bitter Melon stars Jon Norman Schneider as Declan, Brian Rivera as Moe, Patrick Epino as Troy, Josephine De Jesus as Prisca,L.A. Renigen as Tiya, and Theresa Navarro as Shelly.

 Outfest is an LGBTQ-oriented film showcase and festival in Los Angeles. For more festival information, go to www.outfest.org. For more information about the Cinematografo Original, go to  http://bittermelonfilm.com/.

GMA Network’s singing competition The Clash premieres on July 7

GMA Network’s newest singing competition The Clash, finally invades Filipino homes as it makes its grand and highly-anticipated premiere on July 7. 

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 The program introduces the Top 62 clashers who will compete in intense one-on-one battles and outdo each other to become the country’s next singing sensation.

 The Clash host Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid leads the toughest, fiercest and most talented hopefuls in a cutthroat and head to head encounter every week. Now that the show is about to start, she can’t wait to witness the unique talent and star power of the clashers.

 “Since the auditions started, na-excite ako kasi ang dami nilang nakapasok. Mag-sa-start na yung main elimination round and mas makikita natin yung talent nilang lahat. Excited ako na magsimula yung pagka-clash ng bawat isa sa kanila,” the Kapuso singer said.

 Joining her in searching for the country’s newest singing sensation are Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha, Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista and Comedy Concert Queen Ai Ai delas Alas as The Clash judges.

 After a long time of being away in the Philippines, Lani reveals she definitely misses working with Regine, Ai Ai and Christian that’s why she grabbed the opportunity to reunite with them in this project. 

 “I think this program is a refresher for me because makakatrabaho ko sila Regine, Ai Ai and Christian na years ago ko na rin nakasama. This time, it’s different kasi we’ll be working as a team to choose kung sino ba talaga ang deserving to be the first The Clash champion kaya nakaka-excite.”

 Ai Ai, on the other hand, commended the uniqueness of the show and how it can give the contestants the chance to prove themselves.

 “Natutuwa ako kasi sobrang different ng The Clash from other singing competition. Iba yung concept nila. Mayroon silang chance na ipakita talaga yung husay nila in singing,” she said.

 Christian, in turn, shared some traits that a clasher should possess to be able to get his vote.

 “Para sa akin, makukuha nila ang vote ko if in terms of singing, they chose the right song and makanta nila ito ng maayos. And of course, in terms of performance, they have to connect with us—the TV audience to make us feel their song,” he said.

 Kapuso heartthrob Andre Paras and talented host Joyce Pring join the program as they give updates on the aspirants’ quest for musical stardom.

 Who will stand out among the rest and survive the most intense singing search in the country this year? Can they survive the intense and emotional battle of the singing search?

 Under the helm of director Louie Ignacio, catch The Clash every Saturday and Sunday night beginning July 7 on GMA.

 For more information, kindly follow its Facebook page @TheClashGMA.

Dingdong Dantes explores the wonders of the world in GMA’s Amazing Earth

 Join Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes as he showcases the unseen beauty of planet Earth in GMA’s newest infotainment program Amazing Earth beginning June 17.

 The show features the Philippine presentation of British Broadcasting Company’s (BBC) award-winning series – Planet Earth II.

 In Amazing Earth, Dingdong will not only present extraordinary and exceptional wildlife from all over the world but he will also bring the audience to different places in the Philippines—from its natural formations and all types of terrains to its fascinating flora and fauna.

 Known for being someone who wants to discover new things, Dingdong shares how the show enables him to unlock his adventurous side.

 “I love to travel. In my every destination, I always discover na marami pa talaga akong hindi nalalaman at dapat ma-explore about how beautiful this planet is. Kaya naman in this show, expect me to be part of the journey of every viewer—that in every episode, I will be learning side-by-side with them,” the Kapuso actor said.

 A show for all ages, the program presents amazing wildlife stories using ultra high definition cameras, remote recording and aerial drone technology.

 Dingdong—being an advocate of education, youth development and protection of the environment—is proud that the show highlights how everyone should properly treat and protect the people, animals and our planet.

 “Masaya ako kasi while doing this, I realized how it teaches me the value of respect—for the people, the animals and our planet. In the complexities of this current world, we should all find this balance wherein we could all co-exist and live as how we were all designed,” he stated.

 The program is under the helm of Director Rico Gutierrez.

 Don’t miss the wonderful surprises in Amazing Earth every Sunday night, beginning JUNE 17 after 24 Oras Weekend on GMA Sunday Grande.