WATCH: Drew Barrymore says going to Manila ‘feels like a dream’

MANILA, Philippines — Hollywood star Drew Barrymore’s memories of her second Manila visit will stay with her forever, she said during the red carpet premiere.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarMar 14th, 2018

WATCH: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant say ‘Mahal ko kayo’

MANILA, Philippines — Hollywood stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant expressed how much they love their Filipino fans during the season 2 red carpet pre.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

WATCH: Hollywood actor Timothy Olyphant on living in Davao

MANILA, Philippines — Primetime Emmy Award winner Timothy Olyphant, star of the Drew Barrymore-starrer “Santa Clarita Diet,” shared during the series’ season.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

WATCH: Liza Soberano, ‘Bagani’ cast defend Sofia Andres

MANILA, Philippines — In defense of actress Sofia Andres, who recently drew flak on social media for her alleged “bad behavior,” the cast of ABS-CBN’s new fa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Drew Barrymore spills secrets behind eating ‘corpses’

MANILA, Philippines — Before starring in “Santa Clarita Diet,” Hollywood star Drew Barrymore lost weight following a vegan diet.  .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Drew Barrymore opens up about divorce in Manila visit

MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino adage “walang forever” (there’s no forever) applies even to Hollywood stars like Drew Barrymore......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant overwhelmed with Manila fans

The Hollywood stars graced the Manila premiere of their hit Netflix series, 'Santa Clarita Diet.'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Drew Barrymore chills in Manila: ‘I’m a Filipina deep inside’

Hollywood star Drew Barrymore is apparently having a chill time in Metro Manila, if one were to go by social media posts. On Instagram, she's seen at Mireio at Raffles, Makati, with SM Malls COO Steven Tan who posted his chat with the actress: "DB: 'I'm a Filipina deep inside, my house is ruled by Filipina mafia.' We also talked about our favorite travel destination and food. How she became independent at a very young age...she's so cool." Also on Instagram, Vera Wang store executive Obee Ham posted a selfie with Barrymore at Mireio that night. Tan told Lifestyle how impressed he is with the actress. "Super nice and down to earth....and full of humor." Barrymore is in Me...Keep on reading: Drew Barrymore chills in Manila: ‘I’m a Filipina deep inside’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant in Manila for ’Santa Clarita Diet’ season 2 premiere

MANILA, Philippines – Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix's dark, hilarious contribution to the zombie genre, is returning for a second season, and stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are convinced that it's even better than the critically-favored first run. (READ: Binge-worthy: 'Santa Clarita Diet' ) The show follows a married couple, Shiela and Joel, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant share fond Philippine memories

MANILA, Philippines — “I used to live here (Philippines),” Timothy Olyphant enthused Monday night during the second season red carpet premiere in SM Megamall.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

LOOK: Drew Barrymore is in Manila!

LOOK: Drew Barrymore is in Manila!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

Why Drew finds her Santa Clarita Diet role ‘liberating’

MANILA, Philippines — Drew Barrymore introduced us to her two kids, Douglas and Lucy, during our 30-minute interview last October at the Santa Clarita set of.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

‘Comfy’ Drew Barrymore arrives in Manila, takes ‘grou-fie’ with airport staff

ONE of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Drew Barrymore, was sunny, smiley, and comfy on her arrival in Manila on Sunday morning. The “Charlie’s Angels” star posted a photo on her Instagram account in a “grou-fie” with a happy bunch of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Immigration personnel. Sweet and witty she captioned it, “We have arrived. Safe, [...] The post ‘Comfy’ Drew Barrymore arrives in Manila, takes ‘grou-fie’ with airport staff appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

WATCH: KZ Tandingan rocks with her guitar in China’s ‘Singer 2018’

MANILA, Philippines — After the contestants drew lots, Filipina singer KZ Tandingan became the first contender to perform in episode eight of China’s Hunan T.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

Drew Barrymore is coming to Manila!

and for Marian and I, it’s our way to unwind na rin after work.” The doting parents, however, set rules for their daughter. “By 8 pm, it’s lights out at home. Dapat talaga may disiplina sa panunuod,” Dingdong stated. With the topic still about their set up at home, the couple was very open in [...] The post Drew Barrymore is coming to Manila! appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

Six standout local volleybelles of 2017

We’ve seen them shine this year whether in the collegiate stage, in the club leagues or even in the international scene. These six Pinay volleyball players took the sport’s limelight in the year that’s about to end.     DESIREE CHENG Desiree Cheng came into De La Salle University during the time bitter rival Ateneo de Manila University got the Lady Spikers’ number. From Seasons 76 to 77, Cheng saw her team fall prey to the might of the Lady Eagles in the UAAP Finals. Then redemption came in Season 78. Unfortunately, the 5-foot-8 spiker was forced to watch from the sidelines with an ACL tear as her crew reclaimed the crown. A year after, Cheng got her biggest break. DLSU lost most of its veteran core after Season 78 and needed another scoring option. Cheng heeded the call. Though Cheng struggled at the start of the eliminations, the hitter slowly got her groove back and delivered when DLSU needed offense in their sixth straight championship showdown against Ateneo. Cheng was the X-factor for the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad during the series. Her contributions both on offense and floor defense played a huge part in the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles for the school’s 10th title. Cheng also helped F2 Logistics claim the Cargo Movers’ breakthrough Philippine Superliga Grand Prix title and a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.   ALYSSA VALDEZ Although Alyssa Valdez failed to claim a crown in the Premier Volleyball League this year and a continued title drought since 2016, the Phenom’s magic remains. She can still fill up game venues whenever she takes the court and 2017 proved as the former Queen Eagles’ biggest year in terms of her flourishing volleyball career. Valdez brought her talents abroad, landing a stint with 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League and in the Thai-Denmark Superleague where her team finished third in both tournaments. After her appearance in Thailand, Valdez donned the Creamline jersey and led the Rebisco franchise to a bronze medal finish both in the PVL Reinforced and Open conferences. Valdez also had another tour of duty, playing for the national team in the AVC Asian Women’s Senior Volleyball Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 24-year old hitter got another international gig when she was tapped by Attack Line to play in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball League.          Outside volleyball, Valdez has a blooming relationship with basketball star Kiefer Ravena. If she’s not busy with her volleyball and other commitments, Valdez also drew attention as one of the newest member of the so-called PBA players’ WAGS (wives and girlfriends) cheering for Ravena and the NLEX Road Warriors.      DAWN MACANDILI She may be only 5-foot tall but Dawn Macandili stood alongside Asia’s volleyball giants this year. The De La Salle University libero was the catalyst in the Lady Spikers’ back-to-back UAAP championship run. Her pesky floor defense frustrated DLSU’s rivals while giving her teammates a good first ball to operate their lethal offense.  But her biggest showing was when she landed a spot in the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship and in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. A first-timer donning the national colors, Macandili did not disappoint as she earned the respect and admiration of Japanese coaches and trainers during the Nationals’ training camp in Japan. She performed even better when the PHI hosted the AVC Asian Seniors. Ms. Everywhere gave teams like Asian powerhouse Vietnam, Kazakhstan, South Korea and Thailand a hard time with her floor defense. All her efforts caught the eyes of the AVC tournament officials and she was rewarded with the historic 2nd Best Libero award. She made the final list of in the national team that participated in the SEA Games. Back in the local scene, Macandili helped F2 Logistics to runner-up finish in the PSL All-Filipino Conference and a breakthrough crown in the Grand Prix.    JAJA SANTIAGO Tall, powerful and versatile, Jaja Santiago is a force to reckon with.  At 6-foot-5, Santiago dominated the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference as she led the National University Lady Bulldogs to a perfect championship run. She also bagged the conference’s Most Valuable Player award. Though NU failed to make it in the Final Four of UAAP for the second straight year, Santiago’s effort for the Lady Bulldogs was rewarded with a third straight Best Attacker award to go with the Best Scorer and Best Blocker recognitions. In the PSL, Santiago was a consistent scorer for the Foton Tornadoes in the All-Filipino Conference and the Grand Prix. Under the tutelage of Serbian import Moro Branislav, Santiago became an even more dangerous and versatile player. Aside from her natural position as a middle blocker, she can now wreak havoc on both wings the puts her height advantage to good use. She made it into the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Seniors and SEA Games and was the Nationals’ scoring ace. Santiago received an offer from Thai powerhouse Bangkok Glass but declined the offer to play in her last year with the Lady Bulldogs.             KIM FAJARDO Setter Kim Fajardo left winning legacy when she played her swan song for DLSU. It took her a few months to decide to play her fifth year with the Lady Spikers. Leading a young crew after the departure of the core of the Season 78 championship squad, Fajardo faced a tough challenge in the Taft-based squad’s title-retention bid. But the Batanguena proved her worth as a leader and the skipper rallied the Lady Spikers back into the Finals in a sixth straight collision against bitter rival Ateneo. Fajardo’s composure carried DLSU in a tough Game 1 match and again in the five-set title-clincher to complete the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles. She earned a spot in the national team as a starting setter. Fajardo steered F2 Logistics to its first PSL Grand Prix crown bagged the conference’s Best Setter award. She helped the Cargo Movers to a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.     JOVIELYN PRADO Silent but deadly. Jovielyn Prado may not be the typical vocal leader but her presence inside the court is enough to rally the Arellano University Lady Chiefs to meet their goals. The outside hitter proved her worth to the Lady Chiefs when she led the Legarda-based squad back on the NCAA women’s volleyball throne. A year removed from the title, Arellano U turned to Prado to provide the spark the Lady Chiefs needed to make another shot at the crown. Consistent, efficient and effective, Prado delivered for the Obet Javier-mentored squad. Arellano U advanced in the stepladder semifinals and dethroned College of St. Benilde to set up a date with thrice-to-beat, three-time Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones-led San Sebastian College. Undaunted even with a great series disadvantage, Prado played her best three games of the season to power the Lady Chiefs to an impressive sweep of the Lady Stags. Prado continued her great performance in the PVL Reinforced and Open Conference playing for the Power Smashers. She then bannered the Lady Chiefs to a bronze medal finish in the Collegiate Conference at the expense of UAAP team Adamson University.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Nine things you should know about Ateneo’s Isaac Go(AT)

Ateneo de Manila University’s ninth championship was built on a total team effort. The Blue Eagles drew contributions from all over their roster – from Thirdy Ravena to Gian Mamuyac, from Matt Nieto to Anton Asistio, and from Chibueze Ikeh to Raffy Verano. Among them, though, nobody figured in more memorable moments than Isaac Go. For being a big part of Katipunan’s ninth title, let us give ourselves nine facts we should know about the man they now fondly call Isaac Go(AT). This isn’t the first time he proved his clutch credentials Isaac Go had a hand in Ateneo’s do-or-die semifinals win against Far Eastern University, Finals Game 1 triumph over De La Salle University, and winner-take-all Finals Game 3 conquest over the Green Archers. This wasn’t the first time he has found himself right in the middle of big-time plays, however. In fact, Ateneo’s Finals appearance a year ago was all thanks to Go who made good on a follow-up in the dying seconds of the knockout semifinals versus the Tamaraws. That make lifted the Blue Eagles onto the championship round and should be considered as the origins of their newest folk hero. And oh, just for good measure, he hit that shot with a bloodied nose. But… he prefers if you won’t call him clutch. Time and again, Isaac Go has proven his clutch credentials on the biggest of stages and under the brightest of lights. Still, he has also, time and again, proven his humility by deflecting to his coaches and teammates. His reaction on his championship-sealing triple in Game 3? “Everybody thinks that I’m clutch because I’m making shots at that moment, but without the execution of the coaching staff and the recognition of my teammates, I won’t have the opportunity to take the shot,” he said. He then continued, “If you say I’m clutch, it’s better to say the team is clutch.” He’s taking BS Management of Applied Chemistry – and he’s already putting his studies to good use Isaac Go is in the latter stages of his studies and his course isn’t something you usually associate with student-athletes – Bachelor of Science in Management of Applied Chemistry. And he is already, well, managing applied chemistry with X-Stink Cleaning Spray. According to the product’s Facebook page, it is a “portable toilet cleaning solution.” Go and his groupmates are already going around bazaars with their pride – so who knows, they just may be hitting one near you!   Come and support X-Stink! The portable toilet cleaner! — Isaac Go (@IsaacGo1) Oktubre 22, 2017   At first, coach Tab Baldwin referred to him as “the big, fat kid” When seasoned mentor Tab Baldwin took over Ateneo in 2016, their frontcourt was far from fortified.  “When I joined the organization, I looked around and said, ‘What do we have for big men?’ Everybody pointed at G-Boy (Babilonia) and (Chibueze) Ikeh,” he told reporters in an earlier interview. Babilonia was serviceable at best while Ikeh was yet to develop. There was another big man on their lineup, however. “Nobody said anything about Isaac and I said, ‘What about the big, fat kid over there,’ Baldwin recalled. Yes, Baldwin once referred to Isaac Go as the “big, fat kid.” Little did both know that together, the seasoned mentor and the 250 lbs promise of a player, they will help the Blue Eagles become king once again. He lost all that weight by letting go… of rice Weighing 250 lbs, Isaac Go was once, indeed, the “big, fat kid.” Now, however, he walks around at no more than 235 lbs – just enough to bang with the likes of Ben Mbala while also staying agile for a big man. How did he do it? With the no-rice diet. As coach Tab Baldwin tells it, “I told Isaac, ‘You’re not gonna eat rice anymore.’” It wasn’t easy at first, though, not at all. “ And he said, ‘But my mom will get upset with me if I don’t eat rice.’ And I told him, ‘I’m already upset with you that you’re telling me that,’” Baldwin shared. Good thing Go overcame his fear of his mom getting upset! He… commutes?   Commuting time = thinking time — Isaac Go (@IsaacGo1) Oktubre 27, 2017     Morning cardio: Run from the lrt station to class 😂😭 — Isaac Go (@IsaacGo1) Setyembre 15, 2017   He was once a member of Batang Gilas (technically, it’s earlier iteration) Isaac Go has played for the Philippine national team – the Under-16 basketball team, to be exact. Called Energen Pilipinas, that was the forebearer of what is now known as Batang Gilas. Go teamed up with the likes of J-Jay Alejandro, Andrei Caracut, Kyles Lao, Prince Rivero, and Arvin Tolentino and was coached by Olsen Racela in that squad that competed internationally in 2011. He feels strongly about the environment   ADMU Blue Eagle @IsaacGo1 on climate action: "One person cannot solve climate change alone. We need to band together to solve it." #GCCW2017 — Ateneo GCCW 🌏 (@AteneoGCCW) Oktubre 5, 2017   He’s a Xavier Golden Stallion, but his game is not at all like the Tengs’     When you young and 30 years out of style 😂 #thefro 🏀 A post shared by Isaac Go (@isaacgo1) on Aug 27, 2017 at 6:32am PDT   Xavier has produced great guards in Chris Tiu and Joseph Yeo as well as fine forwards in Jeric and Jeron Teng. Apparently, the Golden Stallions can also produce bigs with the size and skill of Isaac Go. With that, Ateneo now has another thing they can thank St. Francis Xavier for.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Sponge Cola

MANILA, Philippines – Sponge Cola is coming to Rappler Live Jam! The Filipino rock band that brought us many of our favorite songs like “Lunes,” “Jeepney” and “Gemini” will be bringing all the early-2000s feels alive, and then some, as they play some of their more recent hits from their double ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

UAAP junior players feel important following move to have them play under international conditions as well

We feel important. That’s the unanimous sentiment expressed by the UAAP high school volleyball team captains and players as a result of the collaboration among the UAAP board, this year’s host Far Eastern University, sub-host National University and Sports Vision to have the junior teams play this year at the same high-standard venue as their senior counterparts. “Blessed at thankful po ako na bago kami gumradweyt ng mga ka-batch ko sa UAAP ay nakapaglaro kami sa magandang court at venue,” said Far Eastern University girls team captain Mary Martha Louise Mora. “Para kaming napakaimportanteng players ngayon kahit high school pa lang kami.” Previously relegated to competing in school gyms, the junior squads in UAAP 80 have begun playing where their seniors have done over the years -- on aTaraflex-surfaced court and in an air-conditioned venue to the immense delight of the participants’ parents. Far Eastern University girls coach Rei Diaz cited the security and health factors of the new playing conditions while a parent of a very promising setter from University of Santo Tomas talked of the players’ families now enjoying the games in the comfort of an air-conditioned venue. Following UAAP 80 host FEU’s designation of NU to stage the league’s competitions in high school volleyball, Sports Vision has volunteered its organizational skills to NU to run the junior tournaments in both divisions. Sports Vision, the same outfit which organized the hugely successful series of V Leagues, has been inserting the junior games into its Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference’s Monday and Saturday programs every week at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.  “That’s a masterful stroke,” said Jude Mangulabnan, father of UST setter Maji Mangulabnan, of the junior games being held between PVL matches. “Not only do parents and families of the players watch the games now without sweating; they also see their children being exposed to the PVL’s high level of collegiate competition. Seeing how their seniors, their idols play will, I’m sure, further motivate these boys and girls to play their best every game.” Coach Diaz, who mentors the FEU Tamaraws as well, said that having the juniors play in a big venue also addresses the security factor during games. “Previously when we were playing only in school gyms, the players were always thinking of the things they left behind in the locker rooms. Nagsa-suffer tuloy ang kanilang konsentrasyon sa laro.” The best thing, though, he added, is that a Taraflex-covered court minimizes the risk of players getting injured. “Makapit sa sapatos ang Taraflex, hindi ka basta madudulas. Saka ina-absorb nito ang impact ng pag-landing ng player mula sa pagtalon, napoprotektahan ang tuhod.”    strong>What the others say /strong> Here’s what they further say of the UAAP move to have the juniors enjoy the same venue as their seniors. Kaycee Galdona, UE girls team captain: “Advantage po na maglaro sa ganitong klaseng court, nakaka-inspire sa aming mga players. Pero para sa akin, kahit sa anong klaseng court ka maglaro ang mahalaga ay ibigay ang best mo sa bawat laro.” Lorenz Senoron, UST boys team captain and last season’s Best Opposite Hitter: “Great opportunity po na maglaro sa ganitong kagandang venue. Mas maraming tao ang maeengganyong sumuporta sa junior volleyball dahil air-conditioned ang paglalaruan, hindi mainit at hindi sila magpapawis.” Kenneth Cawaling, 15, a rookie also of UST from Sultan Kudarat: “Nakakatuwa po na sa unang laro ko sa Manila para sa UST, colorful ang court at may latag na goma. Wow!” Clark Fernandez, FEU boys team captain from Bacolod City: “Ito ang dream namin, ang makapaglaro sa court na may Taraflex. Nakaka-excite na maglaro sa ganitong klase ng court. Sobrang lawak, nakakapanibago. Lerma Giron, new head coach of the UE girls: “Ito ang magandang pag-a-uprade sa UAAP junior volleyball. It certainly boosts the players’ confidence to be playing on a court up to international standards. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2017

Jett Manuel out to prove he belongs with likes of Kiefer, Jeron

In the 10 months since his last game in the UAAP, all we have heard about Jett Manuel was that he passed the engineering board exam. Now, the one-time leader of the University of the Philippines is out to make an impact on the basketball court once again. Manuel is part of the 12-man team that will represent the Philippines in the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Backed by Bounty and Chooks-to-Go anew, the Filipinos will go all-out in the tournament commencing on Saturday (Philippine time) in Chenzou, China. And for the licensed engineer-slash-basketball player, getting to don the blue, red, yellow, and white is an honor. “It’s a blessing na I’m here. I’m thankful for the opportunity,” he said. He then continued, “I wanna know what it feels like to represent the country. It’s always been a dream of mine and I’m just really excited that I’m here already.” Without a doubt, Manuel is relishing the opportunity to once again play on the basketball court while also, for the first time, playing for his homeland. On a more personal note, however, he also wants to prove something to everybody and more importantly, himself. “I always knew I had the talent to play at this level. I trust all the work that I put in and all the sacrifices I made,” he said. He then continued, “So I just want to prove that I belong. I’ve always thought that I can.” Just being included in a lineup led by Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng, the pride of State U has already proven his worth. Ravena and Teng were the two biggest names of the just passed generation of the UAAP. And while those two brought Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University, respectively, to glory, Manuel’s goal was simply to put UP in the conversation. That, he did, and the swingman left Diliman with a team with a bright future. Now, Manuel joins forces with the best of the best of his UAAP generation to bring back a championship for the Philippines. “Dati, when you’re up against them, there’s pride involved. Now, we all have a common goal and the same team name in front of us,” he shared. Fortunately for the 24-year-old, he made sure he wasn’t getting left behind even though he hadn’t been involved in a competitive basketball game in 10 months. “Even during my preparations for the board exam, I was training everyday. I didn’t take any days off studying and working out,” he shared. Now with Ravena, Teng and the rest of Chooks-Pilipinas, Manuel believes all of them will only get better after this battle. “The experience na you compete against them everyday in practice pa lang, for sure, you’re gonna get better,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Aussie kid feels at home in Manila

You followed Cyrus Villanueva’s journey in X Factor Australia where he made it through to the Grand Finale and eventually won the talent competition. Now, the Filipino Australian singer is living his dream as a recording artist writing and performin.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 12th, 2016