CARLO AQUINO TAKES THE LEAP

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Carlo Aquino began his career in 1992, and he has been working steadily as an actor and occasional musician ever since. His resume boasts of roles in landmark movies like 1998’s Bata, Bata… Pa’no Ka Ginawa?, in which he delivered the now-immortal line, “Akala mo lang wala, pero meron, meron, meron!” opposite no less than Vilma Santos herself.

At 15, he starred in Kahapon, May Dalawang Bata and won a Gawad Urian award for Best Actor. He has since picked up other acting awards and even more nominations. Showbiz-watchers took notice of his skill and success, which led to them dubbing him the best actor of his generation.

While some of his peers would’ve killed to be labeled as such, Carlo admits it

made him feel self-conscious. But he dealt with that feeling by putting his best foot forward whenever he was on the set of a movie or TV show. That coping mechanism worked to his advantage.

“Nagpapasalamat ako na ganun ang tingin nila sa akin, pero nahihiya ako. Personally kasi, ginagawa ko lang ang trabaho ko, at sinisigurado kong maayos ito kasi mahal ko ang industriya. Mahalaga sa akin ang trabaho ko at ayokong mawala siya sa akin, so iniiwasan kong maging pabaya. I always push myself to do my best sa bawat project na binibigay sa akin,” he says.

That coping mechanism worked wonders for him. In fact, it’s why people see Carlo as one of showbiz’s foremost actors and prime leading man material, even though he hasn’t actually taken on many lead roles at all. Carlo’s presence and talent is such that he has made an indelible mark in Philippine movies without having to deal with the pressure of carrying an entire film on his shoulders.

In fact, Carlo’s latest big-screen outing Meet Me in St. Gallen, produced by Spring Films and Viva Films — marks his first time to be the male lead in a mainstream movie. After 26 long years as an actor, Carlo is finally a bona fide cinematic leading man.

Which begs the question, why did it take him to long to step up to the plate?

According to Carlo, there are a number of reasons. First, he didn’t really set out to become a leading man in the first place. When he joined showbiz all those years ago, he did so because he just wanted to act, not because he wanted to be a star.

“Ever since naman, as long as may work ako, masaya na ako. Yun kasi talaga yung gusto ko—makapag-arte at sa pag-arte ko, maka-inspire ako ng maraming tao. Ang habol ko talaga noon is magkaroon ngconnection sa mga manonood. Hindi na importante sa akin kung ako ba yung bida sa isang project o hindi. Meron sigurong part of me na nangarap din maging leading man kahit papano, pero ayoko din kasi yungpressure na kailangan mag-hit yung pelikula mo kasi ikaw yung bida, kung hindi…” he trails off.

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Carlo eschewed leading-man roles because he already had a lot on his plate growing up. At the time, he was the breadwinner for his family, so he didn’t need the additional pressure of having a movie’s performance at the tills resting squarely on his young shoulders.

Second, he went through a period of self-doubt where he started to wonder if he was really cut out to be an actor.

“May tendency kasi ako na i-doubt ang sarili ko. Nagkaroon tuloy ng time na hindi ako ganun ka-confident dahil may insecurities ako. Hindi ko alam kung saan nanggaling yun, pero siguro kasi I started very young, and nung pumasok ako sa showbiz hindi ko naman inasahan na magiging ganun yung takbo ng career ko. Hindi ko inasahan na magkakaroon ako ng chance na gumawa ng magagandang pelikula. Hindi ko rin inasahan yung inulan ako ng papuri. Nung tumanda na ako, I felt like kailangan kong ma-sustain yun. Ganun yung naging effect sa akin ng lahat ng yun. Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga nabigay sa akin noon, pero hindi ko naiwasang ma-pressure dahil nga sa mga yun,” he explains.

There also came a time when the offers slowed down to a trickle, which made Carlo feel worse. He admits to asking himself, “Bakit ganun? Bakit noon, puro praises sila sa akin, tapos all of a sudden parang nawala na lang ang lahat?”

He felt lost. He stopped going out as much, preferring to stay home and noodle around on his guitar, which didn’t help matters. But eventually Carlo found his way again.

He says his ABS-CBN and Star Magic families helped him do that. TV Production execs Ginny Ocampo and Ruel S. Bayani awarded him plum roles in hit teleseryes like 2015’s We Will Survive and 2016’s The Better Half. Returning to Star Magic, the Kapamilya network’s management arm, also played a major part in Carlo’s comeback. After all, it was under the guidance of Johnny Manahan—aka “Mr. M”—that Carlo’s star first shone brightly.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa kanilang lahat, kina Direk Ruel at Ms. Ginny, pati kay Mr. M na tinanggap ako ulit ng buong-buo after ilang years. Kasi kapag may naniniwala sa ‘yo, when there are people around you telling you nice things about yourself, it’s easier to ignore all your insecurities, ‘di ba? Kaya sobrang laking bagay nung binigay nilang encouragement and help sa akin noon.”

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Now that Carlo has righted himself again, he’s more than ready to take on the challenge of being a leading man in Meet Me in St. Gallen. At first, however, he couldn’t believe that Erickson Raymundo, Joyce Bernal and Irene Villamor (the film’s director and writer) of Spring Films really wanted him to play the male lead.

“When they pitched this to me, ilang beses ko silang tinanong kung sigurado ba sila na gusto nila akong kunin. Oo daw. Sabi pa nga nilang lahat sa akin, ‘Halika, sumama ka sa amin. Magiging maganda ito.’ Nakakatuwa silang katrabaho kasi napaka-positive nilang lahat. Mahirap siya because it’s a whole new monster. First time ko nga bilang male lead. Pero sobrang thankful ako na sa akin nila binigay itong opportunity na ito.”

Carlo says he was attracted to the project because of its concept, which he describes as unique. He also welcomed the chance to work with Bela Padilla, his leading lady in Meet Me in St. Gallen.

“Kay Direk Irene galing yung concept. Nagustuhan ko siya kasi it’s not your typical romantic comedy. It also tackles moral issues. Naintriga din ako nung sinabi nila sa akin na central ang dialogue dito sa pelikulang ito, to the point na kapag nag-buckle ka, or medyo matamlay yung delivery mo, babagsak yung buong pelikula. Never pa akong nakakagawa ng ganung pelikula, and naisip ko gusto ko siyang subukan, kaya ako napa-oo. Happy ako na in this lifetime, magkakaroon ako ng ganitong klaseng pelikula, at partner ko pa si Bela. Successful yung mga movies niya, and she’s smart pa. Sobrang saya ko na nakatrabaho ko siya.”

Carlo says getting into character was somewhat challenging for him because he and Jesse are totally different.

“Pareho kaming musicians, pero hanggang doon lang ang similarities namin. Magkaiba kami in the sense na hindi sinusuportahan ng parents ni Jesse yung mga plano niya sa buhay. Yung parents niya may ibang plan for his life. Ako kasi, nung lumapit ako sa parents ko at sinabi ko sa kanila na gusto kong mag-artista, sinuportahan nila ako. Magkaibang-magkaiba ang circumstances namin ni Jesse kaya nagpatulong ako kay Direk Irene. Yun naman ang gusto ko sa kanya bilang direktor. Kahit ano ang itanong mo sa kanya, sasagutin ka niya.”

Carlo hopes that Meet Me in St. Gallen will remind moviegoers that despite the fact that technology has taken over most aspects of human life, there’s still something to be said about real human interaction.

“Mas madali to connect with people dahil sa mga gadgets, pero iba pa rin kasi kapag in person mo nakasama o nakausap ang kapwa mo. Kapag magkaharap na kayo, sigurado ka na totoo yung sinasabi niya sa ‘yo, ‘di ba? Mas ramdam mo yung sincerity ng isang tao kapag ganun.”

Carlo is ready to show people just why he was called one of the best actors of his generation with Meet Me in St. Gallen. It may have taken Carlo a while to get here, but he doesn’t regret not taking the leap earlier in his career. Carlo believes everything happens for a reason and at the right time. “I got lost for a while, pero hindi ko pinagsisisihan yung pinagdaanan ko kasi I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for all of that.”

“Meet Me In St. Gallen” is written and directed by Irene Villamor, the same writer and director of the certified hit movie “Camp Sawi”. Another production of Spring Films and Viva Films. IN CINEMAS FEBRUARY 7, 2018.

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NASH AGUAS MAKES DIRECTORIAL DEBUT VIA DIGITAL SERIES ON ABSCBNMOBILE.COM

Another online show to watch from ABS-CBNmobile 

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Actor Nash Aguas goes behind the camera for the first time with a new digital sitcom “Coffee Break,” available on ABS-CBNmobile.

The show follows a group of friends as they talk about their lives, problems, and life lessons over coffee. Most of the story is told from the point of the view of a barista, who plays witness to the barkada’s lives as they discuss their problems and bare their hearts in a coffee shop.

The online show, which premiered this January, follows other ABS-CBNmobile exclusives launched last October. It features “The Good Son” cast member as both director and actor, along with some of his fellow “Goin Bulilit” graduates John Manalo and Igiboy Flores, as well as Star Magic Artists Claire Ruiz and Anne Tenorio.

In the pilot episode, Ron (played by Igiboy Flores), the perpetual “nice guy” who’s in a relationship with a girl who he thinks is out of his league, finds himself easily jealous of other guys. When he breaks up with his girlfriend in an attempt to make her see his worth, she eagerly accepts the breakup, leaving him heartbroken.

Aside from “Coffee Break,” viewers can watch shows like “Dear Alex” featuring Alex Gonzaga, “Squad Goals” featuring Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Marco Gallo, and Kisses Delavin, “Kikinangkinang Kasama si Kaladkaren” starring Karen Davila’s impersonator Kaladkaren, “Hashtags” featuring “It’s Showtime’s” Hashtags, horror stories series “Shookt,” and “Seenzone.”

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ABS-CBNmobile users can also have access to the latest blockbuster movies via Kapamilya Box Office (KBO), now available on their phones and tablets.

To access ABS-CBNmobile Exclusives, ABS-CBNmobile users must have an active SIM with internet connection (3G or Wifi). Subscribers can dial *128# and subscribe to KSURF promo loads to get value for their money.

ABS-CBNmobile Exclusives can be accessed on the website via a smartphone, PC, laptop, or tablet. Visit www.abscbnmobile.com/exclusives  to find out more.

Jun Ho and Gia’s love story ends this Friday

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The first-ever Filipino-Korean romantic comedy series My Korean Jagiya top-billed by Heart Evangelista and Alexander Lee concludes its run with a heart-warming finale episode this Friday, January 12 on GMA Telebabad.

Without a doubt, the program is a hit among Kapuso viewers and netizens who followed the love story of the Korean superstar Kim Jun Ho played by Alexander and the hopelessly romantic K-Drama Pinay fan girl Gia played by Heart.

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K-Drama fans who religiously watch the show will surely miss the kilig-filled scenes of Jun Ho and Gia. Both Heart and Alexander expressed their gratitude to everyone who supported the series since day 1.

Heart said she’s glad that people loved her character, Gia, as much as she did. “To be honest, after a really, really long time, it’s the first time that I felt that people appreciated me, and my efforts. I’m so thankful na na-appreciate niyo and naipakita ko rin ang love ko for my job. To the show, to the staff and to GMA, I just want to put it on record, I fell in love with my work again because of this show. Binusog niyo ako ng bonggang bongga. Thank you to the fans, to everyone, to the writers, and thank you even to the people that pushed me to do my best and it worked,” says Heart.

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Alexander, on the other hand, said he has learned many things while doing the soap which has brought laughter and good vibes to the TV viewers, “There are too many things I learned from the shows ranging from Filipino culture, working experience, to reflection on life. I think the most important thing I learned this time is also what Jun Ho learnt: Fame and popularity do not make you happy; it’s the loved ones around you that is more important and could bring you true happiness,” says Alexander.

Meanwhile, director Mark Reyes shared he definitely enjoyed doing the soap and he will miss working with everyone on set most especially Heart and Alexander. “This is my 3rd project with Heart. It’s always a joy to work with her. She’s grown so much as an actress and has become more beautiful. Xander and the rest of the Korean cast are the ones I will truly miss. They’ve become family almost immediately. And I think Xander is an underrated Korean artist that I will look forward to working with again. Please allow me to thank you to all the Kapuso Jagiyas for watching us until the very end. Gomawo!”

As the series ends, will Jun Ho and Gia’s romance have a happy ending?

Catch the finale of My Korean Jagiya this Friday, January 12 right after Kambal, Karibal on GMA Telebabad.

SHAINA, PAULO, ALJUR, JULIA READY TO AIM FOR LOVE AND JUSTICE IN “ASINTADO”

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ABS-CBN opens 2018 with a new action-drama about a ruthless fight for love and justice in “Asintado,” which stars Shaina Magdayao, Paulo Avelino, Aljur Abrenica, and Queen of Daytime Drama Julia Montes and airs on January 15 (Monday) on Kapamilya Gold.

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Julia’s return to television marks her portrayal of another fearless character named Ana (Julia), a woman who is part of a rescue team and aspires to give her adoptive family a good life. Despite being tough, her heart longs for her sister, whom she lost in a fire that killed their parents.

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Dedicated to her duty, she meets Gael (Paulo), the son of an influential family, who hires her as his personal nurse after she saved him from a mining incident. After spending time together, they get to know more about each other and eventually fall for one another.

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However, their budding romance is cut short with the return of Gael’s ex-girlfriend Samantha (Shaina), a famous jeweler who does what it takes to win the love of her life back, even if it means putting matters in her own hands.

Blinded by obsession, Samantha then plots to kill Ana in order to get her out of Gael’s life.

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But Samantha’s evil ploy does not go as planned because Ana survives the attempted murder with the help of Xander (Aljur). However, Ana wakes up to the most shocking news — Gael and Samantha are getting married — and seeks vengeance to destroy the both of them.

But in the middle of their brutal rivalry lies the biggest secret that will change everything and potentially ruin their lives — Samantha is Ana’s long-lost sister.

In Ana’s search for justice, can she go against her own blood? Who between Ana and Samantha will win the game of vengeance?

Also part of “Asintado” are Lorna Tolentino, Cherry Pie Picache, Lito Pimentel, Agot Isidro, and Nonie Buencamino. It is under the direction of Onat Diaz and Lino Cayetano.

Don’t miss the series armed with love and revenge, “Asintado,” starting this January 15 (Monday) on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, like fb.com/dreamscapeph and follow @dreamscapeph on Twitter and Instagram.

Aiai Delas Alas-Sibayan, Bagong Ambassadres ng Grainsmart Rice Franchise Business

Bukod sa pagiging busy ni Ms. Aiai Delas Alas-Sibayan sa kanyang showbiz career ay hindi na rin mabilang ang mga ini-endorso niyang produkto na talaga namang bagay sa kanyang panlasa bilang ina at may-ari ng isang restaurant sa Quezon City area. Sa katatapos ng blogger’s conference ni Aiai tungkol sa kanyang bagong ini-endorso na produkto ay nakapanayan ng ilang bloggers si Aiai tungkol dito, at ito ang kanyang ilang pahayag.

“Naniniwala ako dun sa mga ini-endorse ko na produkto, kagaya nitong Grainsmart Rice Franchise Business. Nakakatuwa kasi yung produkto nilang bigas ay galing talaga rito sa Pilipinas para matulungan nila yung mga magsasaka natin. Magandang negosyo ang Grainsmart kasi bigas sya eh, basic commodities natin ang bigas di ba? Saka ang ganda ng packaging, napaka-easy na negosyo, parang madali syang gawin. Nakakatuwa rin itong Grainsmart kasi madami silang organic rice na kung saan ay pwedeng pwede sa akin na ang da-diet, tulad ng red, black at brown rice na napaka healthy.”

“Grain Smart is more than 200 Franchise nationwide, dahil nga dito ay gusto pa naming palakihin ito, at ang susi nga rito ay si Ms. Aiai Delas Alas-Sibayan. Sya po yung napili namin dahil alam namin na sya ang bagay sa aming produkto dahil unang una ay nanay po sya, pangalawa ay may negosyon rin sya na restaurant. Marami pong artista ang inilatag sa amin na gusto ring i-endorse ang Grainsmart, pero si Ms. Aiai po yung napili namin na walang hesitation,” sabi ni Ms. Eloisa Luistro (Grainsmart Franchise Business Account Manager)

Simple lang daw ang requirements sa pag pa franchise ng Grainsmart Business, una daw ay dapat matutukukan ng mag franchise ang negosyo, magkaroon daw ng time to manage the business, pangalawa kailangan ng capital. Ang pinakamababa daw ay p298,000 kasama yung mga gamit at konting bigas, pero syempre daw ay may extra capital ang franchisee para sa maraming stock ng bigas para pag mag umorder ang mga kliyente nila ay ma serve nila. All-in-all maghanda ng P600k to P700K para makapag franchise ng Grainsmart. Yung location na pipiliin dapat daw ay yung busy for traffic na nadadaanan ng tao, “Kahit hindi mismo sa  loob ng palengke, kahit yung kanto mula sa palengke na sakayan ng tricycle or jeep, kasi yan yung mga huling binibili dahil mabigat ang bigas eh,”

JOIN! Kapuso InstaWin Promo and WIN Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung J7 Plus

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  • Kapuso InstaWin is a promo launched by GMA to give back to the community that has showered the Kapuso Network with “buong pusong PaGMAmahalan” throughout the year.
  • It was timed during the Christmas and New Year season to spread the spirit of giving and the essence of Paskong Kapuso.
  • Three easy steps to join the promo:
  1. Follow GMA Network on Instagram.
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  1. Submit the screenshot at www.GMANetwork.com/KapusoInstaWin
  • Unlimited number of entries can be submitted daily per participant.
  • Prizes are:
  1. One (1) Samsung Galaxy S8 for the grand prize.
  2. Seven (7) Samsung J7 plus for the consolation prizes.

Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 Delivers Top Ratings:                                                             Secures AXN as the #1 Regional Pay-TV Channel in Southeast Asia

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 Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 took the regional spotlight as the top-rated original production in 2017, securing AXN as the number one channel in its timeslot among all regional pay-TV channels collectively in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

The highly anticipated series, which crowned Indonesia’s spooky illusionist The Scared Riana as the winner in a sizzling Results Show episode last week, reached 9.3 million viewers during its 10-week run across the three markets. Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 consistently dominated the 8:30pm premiere timeslot every Thursday night garnering a whopping 73 per cent share of the English general entertainment genre for the season.*

Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “AXN has yet again set the benchmark for high quality original productions in Asia that viewers live, breathe and crave. The strong ratings and huge social amplification speak volumes about the emotional chord that Asia’s Got Talent struck with fans as they followed the dreams of the contestants each week.  I congratulate The Sacred Riana and all who competed this season, and hope that they leverage the power of AXN and Asia’s Got Talent to further their aspirations.”

Viewers in Malaysia were obsessed with the world’s biggest talent show, helping to secure Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 as the highest rated program across the English general entertainment channels in that market.**

In the Philippines, Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 was the top-rated regular program on English general entertainment channels since 2016.*** In Singapore, the premiere timeslot of Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 more than doubled the lead-in program rating and grew the timeslot average rating by 156 per cent. #

Across the three markets, Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 helped AXN post significant viewership gains. AXN’s rating for the period spanning October 12 to December 16 grew by 28 per cent and 25 per cent for 6pm-1am primetime and full day respectively, as compared to the same period last year.

In the digital sphere, tremendous buzz was generated across Asia’s Got Talent social platforms. Based on Facebook analytics, 290 million impressions were generated on the Asia’s Got Talent Facebook page, with more than 26 million video views and over 2.5 million engagements. The Asia’s Got Talent Facebook community grew by 24 per cent since the October 12 series premiere and has a fan following of 2.2 million to date.

On YouTube, more than 990,000 subscribers of the Asia’s Got Talent channel doubled the lead-in program rating and grew the timeslot average rating by 156 per cent.

Across the three markets, Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 helped AXN post significant viewership gains. AXN’s rating for the period spanning October 12 to December 16 grew by 28 per cent and 25 per cent for 6pm-1am primetime and full day respectively, as compared to the same period last year.

In the digital sphere, tremendous buzz was generated across Asia’s Got Talent social platforms. Based on Facebook analytics, 290 million impressions were generated on the Asia’s Got Talent Facebook page, with more than 26 million video views and over 2.5 million engagements. The Asia’s Got Talent Facebook community grew by 24 per cent since the October 12 series premiere and has a fan following of 2.2 million to date.

On YouTube, more than 990,000 subscribers of the Asia’s Got Talent channel relived the on-air moments with over 115 million views and 1.1 million likes over the period spanning October 12 to December 16, 2017.

Viral sensation and winner, The Scared Riana, clocked over 70 million social views for her three performances on Asia’s Got Talent, making her clips the most popular of the season.

Asia’s Got Talent is the 67th adaptation of the Guinness-World-Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

Asia’s Got Talent is supported by presenting sponsor Traveloka, the leading travel booking app for all flight and hotel needs; sponsoring partner Great Eastern Life, the market leader in the conventional life insurance business and the largest life insurer in Malaysia by asset size; GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures and 100Plus, the number one isotonic drink. Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destination, is the official venue partner of Asia’s Got Talent.