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& lsquo;Bangon Talentadong Pinoy& rsquo;& nbsp; Season Finale tonight on TV5

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; background-color: #ffffff} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; background-color: #ffffff; min-height: 15.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #500050; -webkit-text-stroke: #500050; background-color: #ffffff; min-height: 15.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} The hit talent show “Bangon Talentadong Pinoy'' (BTP), which has put a spotlight on the diversity and ingenuity of Filipino talent all over the world, will conclude its special season this Saturday, March 13. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: thestandard thestandardMar 13th, 2021

Streamers and & lsquo;Nomadland& rsquo; to vie for coveted Oscar nominations

Streaming films like Mank and The Trial of the Chicago 7 will battle with frontrunner Nomadland for this Monday's coveted Oscar nominations, setting up the grand finale to an awards season transformed by the pandemic......»»

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PHirst Park Homes now official residence of & lsquo;Pinoy Big Brother Connect& rsquo;

PHirst Park Homes, the First Home Buyer Brand of Century Properties Group and Mitsubishi Corporation, is now the Official Home of  Pinoy Big Brother Connect Season 9. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 25th, 2021

What makes & lsquo;PBB Connect& rsquo; different from other seasons

Pinoy Big Brother’s new season carries a the theme “Let’s stay connected, no matter what.” It’s a fitting mantra for the reality show that premiere on different platforms on Sunday.  .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 7th, 2020

Eduard Folayang: When an underdog finally became a world champion

In the five years that I was with the ABS-CBN Sports website, I was fortunate enough to have covered quite a number of memorable sports moments, so when I was asked to write about which was the most memorable for me, it was tough to narrow it down to just one single coverage. I could have written about Letran’s momentous upset of a dynasty-seeking San Beda in the NCAA Season 91 Finals, or I could have written about the Philippine Azkals making history by clinching a spot in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.  Being an MMA fan, I could have written about getting to be Octagon-side for the UFC’s first and only trip to Manila, which was indeed a dream come true for me.  When I think about it however, the coverage that sticks with me to this day, even four years later, was being cage-side, just inches away from Eduard  “Landslide” Folayang as he pummeled Shinya Aoki to become the ONE Lightweight World Champion in Singapore back in 2016.  I tell people about that night all the time, and I believe I’ll continue to do so for the rest of my life.  A Fan First As I mentioned earlier, I’m an MMA fan. In fact, being a fan was actually how I eventually got into sports writing.  During my first year or so with ABS-CBN, I got wind of a show on Balls Channel entitled “The Takedown” which was, you guessed it, about the UFC. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to be a part of that show, in any capacity. I even offered to research or write for free, LOL.  While I never did get to work on the show (because unfortunately, it lasted only a few episodes), I did get to make some connections (shoutout to Sir Lori, Ms. Jo, and Ms. Anna!) which eventually landed me a gig as a UFC writer for the Balls Channel Website. During that time, I got to meet and interview stars like BJ Penn, Alexander Gustafsson, Urijah Faber, Cung Le, and even Arianny Celeste. For an MMA fan like me, it was like working a dream job. It was a pretty sweet gig.  Eventually, that job with the Balls Channel Website would lead me to a spot on the ABS-CBN Sports Website which was launched in 2015. By 2016, I had started covering Asia-based MMA promotion ONE Championship quite a bit because ABS-CBN had signed a broadcast deal with them, and because ONE had a ton of homegrown Pinoy fighters on their roster, most notably Folayang and the Team Lakay guys.  Folayang, whose contract with ONE expired in March of 2016, re-signed with the promotion and returned to action in August, defeating Adrian Pang by Unanimous Decision in Macau. That win over Pang earned Folayang the biggest bout of his career at that point: a title shot against reigning champion Aoki.  When I learned of that title fight, I was very excited for Folayang, but had little expectations for his chances, being that Aoki was a legend in the sport.  Best Seat in the House Eduard Folayang finally getting to fight for a world championship was a huge deal for Filipino MMA fans, especially those that had followed the Baguio-based star’s career since his days in the URCC. The Pinoy star was on ONE’s first ever event, but could never seem to gain enough momentum to compete for a world title, until that point.  That November night in Singapore, all the years of work sacrifice that Folayang had put in during his nine-year MMA career would finally pay off.  This was only my second time to cover a ONE event overseas, so apart from having to write stories, I also had to take pictures. Learning from my past mistakes, I asked if I could have a spot cage-side so that I could take some at least decent photos. Thankfully, the ONE people agreed and gave me a spot just beside one of the judges’ tables.  I had the best seat in the house.  Now, as I said, I had tapered my expectations for the fight. I had seen what Aoki could do in the cage. I’ve seen the guy break peoples’ bones before, so honestly, I was just hoping that he wouldn’t injure Folayang. Our guy was the underdog heading into this fight, no doubt about it.  Of course, as a Filipino and as a fan I was hoping for a massive upset. The beautiful thing about MMA is anything can happen.  Shock The World This was legitimately the first time that I felt nervous covering a fight. It’s like that feeling you have when your favorite basketball team is in a close game with just seconds left.  That first round was a frigging whirlwind of emotions if you’re a Pinoy MMA fan. It looked like Aoki was within moments of being able to submit Folayang on multiple occasions.  The second round was a little bit more relaxed for Folayang, especially since he had been able to survive Aoki’s opening round grappling blitz. It looked like he was a bit more confident and he started to throw some of his trademark spinning kicks and elbows.  A miscalculated flying knee attempt led to another Aoki takedown, but this time around, Folayang appeared a little more calm and relaxed under the pressure.  Late in the round, Folayang began to attack Aoki’s torso with punches and kicks, and it looked like it had the Japanese legend a bit winded. The tide had shifted.  Heading into the third round, there was a different feeling in the air. It felt like Aoki was done, and it felt like Folayang knew it.  In the opening seconds of that fateful third frame, Folayang knew exactly what Aoki was going to do and had an answer for it. Aoki shot in for a takedown, and Folayang countered it with a jumping knee to the jaw.  For a brief second, Folayang was on his behind, but managed to outmuscle Aoki and deliver another vicious knee.  “Oh sh*t!” I yelled internally while scrambling to take photos of the ensuing beatdown.  Folayang turned Aoki over and began to connect with punch after unanswered punch.  Without taking my eye away from my camera’s viewfinder, I started yelling for Folayang to finish it.  Folayang continued to punish Aoki with piston-like punches as the Singapore Indoor Stadium began to erupt.  For what felt like an eternity, referee Yuji Shimada watched as Folayang unloaded nine years worth of heartbreak and frustration into a ground-and-pound sequence.  And then, it was over.  There was a new lightweight king.  AND NEW! EDUARD FOLAYANG STOPS SHINYA AOKI IN ROUND 3! — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) November 11, 2016     The Landslide Reigns As much as I would have wanted to keep it cool, I started to freak out. I looked to my right and saw my fellow Pinoy journalists doing the same, one was even standing on the table, cheering the new world champion on.  At that point, I had watched UAAP championships, NCAA championships, even some boxing world championships, but this one was different. I knew what Folayang had gone through. I knew that the odds were stacked against him.  As the confetti began to rain down and the celebration inside the ring continued, I recomposed myself and started to take pictures again. I wanted to be able to capture this moment.  After the official decision and the post-fight interview, I remember calling out to Folayang so that I could take a photo of him with his shiny new toy.  I’ve gotten to witness other members of Team Lakay become champions since then. I’ve been blessed enough to see Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon and Joshua Pacio all become titleholders within a single year. While getting to see Team Lakay draped in gold to end 2018 was definitely a sight to behold, being there cage side as ‘Manong Ed’ realized a life-long dream was definitely an experience that I won’t soon forget.  Folayang's title win wasn't Team Lakay's first world champmionship, and it isn't the last. For me however, I think it's the most important, because it showed that no matter how many times you fall, you can still find your way to the top.  Everyone loves a good underdog story.  -- Santino Honasan has served as a sub-section editor for ABS-CBN Sports' website since 2015. He is among thousands of ABS-CBN employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

& lsquo;Stargirl& rsquo; renewed for season 2

Pinoy DC fans are in for a treat as teen superhero drama Stargirl has been renewed for a second season. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 11th, 2020

& lsquo;Talentadong Pinoy& rsquo; returns

More Filipinos are turning to their many skills and talents to bounce back during this pandemic. Just as we weathered many typhoons, earthquakes, even volcanic eruptions, Filipinos always find a way around whatever crisis---oftentimes even with smiles on their faces.  .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

Korean superstar Son Ye Jin & lsquo;felt the love& rsquo; of Pinoy fans in online meet

Smart Hallyu Hangouts, a series of online shows where subscribers can watch their idols through a live feed from wherever they are in the world, kicked off on July 16 with no less than Crash Landing On You (CLOY) actress Son Ye Jin. .....»»

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TM kicks off 20th year with & lsquo;Pinoy Fiesta& rsquo; event

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& lsquo;Centerstage& rsquo; Season 1 grand winner named

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Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 9th, 2021

& lsquo;Centerstage& rsquo; concludes with the grandest, most exciting finale

The journey of the aspiring Bida Kids reaches its end as GMA Network’s singing competition Centerstage airs the second part of its much-awaited Grand Finals this Sunday, June 6. .....»»

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& lsquo;Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat& rsquo; lead stars reflect on their characters in series finale& nbsp;

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Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

How series & lsquo;Almost Paradise& rsquo; put Philippines on world map

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& lsquo;American Idol& rsquo; finalist Francisco Martin bares his soul in debut EP

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& lsquo;Bagong Umaga& rsquo; bids television goodbye

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& lsquo;80s OPM exponent, back with new track

“My Everyday Valentine” is the latest digital single released by one of Original Pinoy Music’s (OPM)  exponents in the ‘80s and ‘90s,  JoAnne Lorenzana.  The singer and songwriter penned the lyric while the melody was created by brilliant, prolific songwriter Jimmy Borja, with arrangement by Jimmy Antiporda......»»

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Rege-Jean Page not returning to & lsquo;Bridgerton& rsquo; for season 2 & nbsp;

British actor Rege-Jean Page will not return for the second season of record-breaking Regency romance Bridgerton, Netflix said Friday, prompting howls of despair from fans of the dashing Duke of Hastings......»»

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& lsquo;The Lost Recipe& rsquo; gives audience new taste of Pinoy drama

From the stunning visuals that help highlight the elements of time-travel and culinary arts, to the chemistry between its lead stars and various conflicts among the rest of the characters set in a non-linear story-telling, GTV’s The Lost Recipe has been winning the hearts of the viewers for providing a different kind of drama on local television......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 29th, 2021

& lsquo;The Lost Recipe& rsquo; gives audience new taste of Pinoy drama

From the stunning visuals that help highlight the elements of time-travel and culinary arts, to the chemistry between its lead stars and various conflicts among the rest of the characters set in a non-linear story-telling, GTV’s The Lost Recipe has been winning the hearts of the viewers for providing a different kind of drama on local television......»»

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After Gerald Anderson exclusive, Boy Abunda returns in & lsquo;The Best Talk& rsquo;

A few weeks after his trending exclusive interview with Gerald Anderson, King of Talk Boy Abunda is poised to take conversations to the next level as his showbiz-oriented online show, FYE Channel’s The Best Talk, is back on Pinoy livestreaming app kumu for its second season......»»

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& lsquo;Ang Probinsyano& rsquo; not ending in April; airs on TV5 with three other Kapamilya shows& nbsp;

ABS-CBN Entertainment, Cignal, and TV5 have joined forces to bring the best content to more Filipinos with the airing of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, Ang Sa Iyo ay Akin, Walang Hanggang Paalam, and Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Connect on TV5......»»

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