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& lsquo;Hello Stranger& rsquo; craze continues this Valentine& rsquo;s season& nbsp;

Coming from its huge success as digital BL (Boys’ Love) series in 2020, Hello Stranger, top-billed by Tony Labrusca and JC Alcantara, returns this Feb. 12 as a full-length feature film......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: thestandard thestandardJan 24th, 2021

PBA losing P30M per month since stoppage of action

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has been hit by significant financial losses since halting its games due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. League commissioner Willie Marcial said that the PBA is losing a conservative estimate of more than P30 million per month since the stoppage of games three months ago.   “Sobrang naapektuhan ang PBA. Parang lahat ng negosyo naapektuhan na parang mapipilayan, ganoon din nararamdaman ng PBA,” said Marcial on Tuesday during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.    The stinging financial losses are from gate receipts, broadcast rights revenue and sponsorships. Despite not generating income since the league called a halt of the season-opening Philippine Cup after its opening last March 8, the PBA office remains in operation and continues to pay the salaries of its employees. “Pero buti na lang may kaunti tayong savings,” said Marcial, adding that PBA teams are supporting team financially to keep the league afloat. “At ‘yung teams, team owners and governors parang ‘yung equity nila na dahan-dahan munang (pinapagamit) sa PBA para gamitin sa pangsweldo.” Marcial cleared that the P30 million financial loss per month is just for the league and doesn’t include the losses of the 12 clubs, which still continue to provide salaries for players, coaches and team staff. Marcial hopes that the financial burden of the league will ease once the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) grants their request to allow the teams to resume training under strict health and safety protocol in preparation for the eventual resumption of the tournament. Even if the games do resume and fans are allowed, the gate receipts will surely take a hit under the IATF guidelines of allowing just 50% seating capacity of game venues. But Marcial would rather not think of the financial aspect.    “Kahit di na tayo sa earnings,” he said. “Ang importante lang makapaglaro tayo, makapagbigay ligaya sa fans. Kapag nakalaro ang PBA parang ito na ang pag-asa. Nandito na ang PBA medyo OK na. Nagbibigay tayo ng pag-asa sa lahat na makita tayo at makabigay tayo ng saya. Marami na rin ang nananabik sa basketball. In a report last February, the PBA is looking at a projected P620 million revenue from broadcast rights, sponsors and marketing campaign.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2020

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

Vianna Ricafranca, a young social media celebrity from Albay, was crowned as the first-ever ultimate winner of GMA Networks’ reality singing search for kids, Centerstage......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 9th, 2021

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

ABS-CBN and Electric Entertainment’s historic crime drama series Almost Paradise overflows with Pinoy pride as it continues to champion Filipino talent in its last two weeks on Kapamilya Channel and A2Z.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2021

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

​After finishing in the Top 5 of American Idol Season 18, Filipino-American Francisco Martin has captured the hearts of many through his delicate but powerful vocals and meaningful song creations. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

& lsquo;Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels& rsquo; continues to touch Filipino lives& nbsp;

GMA Regional TV remains committed to providing unparalleled community service to Filipinos in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao via its ”Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels,” which to date, has benefitted 11,850 families......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 20th, 2021

& 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......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2021

Do you need a Valentine this summer? Watch & lsquo;Myx and Match& rsquo;& nbsp;

Music channel Myx is launching a fun and fresh take on blind dates for the socially savvy generation via MYX and Match, a virtual dating game show premiering on April 9 at 8:00 p.m. on cable TV......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 6th, 2021

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......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 5th, 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......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 16th, 2021

& 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:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 13th, 2021

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

Why Wilbert Tolentino is & lsquo;Mister Generous& rsquo;& nbsp;

Former Mr. Gay World titlist, businessman, and philanthropist Wilbert Tolentino has a new ace on his shoulder – a vlogger who makes his presence felt in the digital universe. In just two months WIlbert Tolentino VLOGD already reached 283, 000 subscribers and it continues to grow......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 24th, 2020

& lsquo;The& nbsp;Clash& nbsp;Christmas Special: Pasko Para sa Lahat& rsquo;

Amidst a challenging year, the holiday season has a way of reminding us that there are still many reasons to be happy and inspired......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 24th, 2020

CNN Philippines gives back to its audience through & lsquo;The Joy of Giving& rsquo;

The season is set as CNN Philippines celebrates another year of expressing gratitude through the Christmas campaign, ‘The Joy of Giving.’ As a treat to its audience, the network has lined up special programs as well as giveaway promos. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2020

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

Sharing good vibes on & lsquo;Grateful Tuesdays& rsquo;

Chemist Pinky Tobiano continues to become a blessing to all the recipients of the Care and Share Program of Grateful Tuesdays. With over 500 families reached, Tobiano together with her friends from the private sectors widened its reach and added more sponsors to help in this activity......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

GMA pays tribute to German Moreno

Master Showman German ‘Kuya Germs’ Moreno was known for wearing many hats. Aside from being the host of groundbreaking Kapuso variety shows such as Germside, Germspesyal, GMA Supershow, That’s Entertainment, and Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman, Kuya Germs had also done various movies in his colorful life that continues to make an impact in the industry today. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 3rd, 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

WHAT IF... Dawn Macandili landed in Ateneo?

Dawn Macandili is a La Sallian through and through. From prep to college, the former Lady Spikers libero was under the De La Salle University education system. Macandili’s volleyball career started during her grade school days in DLSU-Lipa that eventually landed her a ticket to DLSU-Zobel. There she won three UAAP titles and eventually won three more with the Lady Spikers  in college. The diminutive defense specialist wore the green and white with great pride. With that said, it’s hard to imagine Macandili wearing any other color. But then what if she did? Besides, Macandili admited that she did try to get into other schools for college in case her DLSU entrance exam didn't go out well. “Nag-try din ako mag-entrance exam sa ibang school kasi siyempre baka naman ang kapal ng mukha ko ‘De La Salle ako tapos bumagsak pala ako,’” said Macandili laughing during her appearance on Volleyball DNA hosted by Anton Roxas and Denden Lazaro. She mentioned two schools, Ateneo de Manila University and College of St. Benilde. So what if Macandili chose to don the blue and white instead of sister-schools DLSU and CSB’s colors? Now that’s interesting. Imagine the UAAP Season 78 and 79 Best Receiver and Season 78 Best Digger Macandili playing alongside Lazaro for the Lady Eagles. For sure, it will be a nightmare for the opposing teams considering the caliber of these liberos. Of course, Macandili would definitely take the backseat in her first two years in Seasons 76 and 77 as it would still be Lazaro’s and all-around hitter Ella De Jesus’ show. But with Lazaro and De Jesus exhausting all their playing eligibility after Season 77, the national team standout would’ve been Ateneo’s game-changer in Season 78. Macandili would’ve saved the Lady Eagles from their Achilles’ Heel: floor defense. Ateneo was sixth in digs and third in reception that season. She would’ve lightened up the defensive load on Ateneo hitters Alyssa Valdez and Jho Maraguinot. Her presence would also give the Lady Eagles a last line of defense in case opposing hitters got past middles Bea De Leon and Amy Ahomiro. And of course, it would’ve been quite a sight to watch the connection of Macandili with setter Jia Morado in Ateneo’s transition from defense to offense.         With these pieces set, the Lady Eagles’ reign might even be extended to a three-peat. Macandili’s last two seasons in Ateneo would surely be a challenging one after the departure of Valdez after Season 78 and Morado foregoing her final year in Season 80. But then again with a veteran in Macandili at the helm, Ateneo’s chances of winning another crown would’ve been higher.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020

CHED to schools and universities: Follow guidelines

The Commission on Higher Education stressed the importance of putting the students’ safety first and to follow government guidelines and protocols after the alleged training sessions of some varsity teams amid the pandemic.   In a virtual meeting on Wednesday with the Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusement Board and Department of Health, which issued the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) on the conduct of physical activities and sports, CHED reminded universities and colleges to follow applicable guidelines. CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera III mentioned that their agency, which supervises tertiary education in the country, has issued several advisories and guidelines since March advising the students to stay home.  These were consistent with the guidelines issued by the IATF and the tri-agency-issued JAO.  “Safety of our students is the topmost concern,” said De Vera. This statement mirrors the constant stand and reminder of PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez who, in his statement related to this issue, said that the life and safety of athletes is “important that no medal can ever equal.”  In the same statement, Ramirez also advised sports officials to always keep the safety of their athletes “top priority.” University of Sto. Tomas is in hot water following the alleged ‘Sorsogon bubble’ of its men’s basketball team conducted by head coach Aldin Ayo. UAAP Executive Director Rebo Saguisag and Season 83 President Nonong Calanog said that the university in question is now finalizing their internal investigation and UAAP expects to receive the final report before their meeting on Friday.  The UAAP was also requested to seek clarification from National University, whose women’s volleyball athletes allegedly trained as well, despite government issued restrictions. PSC National Training Director Marc Velasco thanked De Vera and reiterated the PSC’s stance on the safety of athletes. “The PSC will always push to uphold the issuances regarding sports and physical activity and we are happy that CHED is a steady partner when it comes to sports in universities and colleges,” said Velasco. GAB Chairman Abraham Mitra appreciated the input of CHED saying that De Vera’s inputs “gave the group another perspective on these issues” and actively gave examples of how the GAB handles similar situation on professional sports. Also in the meeting were CHED Executive Directory Atty. Cindy Jaro and DOH Section Head of Policy and Technology Rodley Carza. The group expects to have representatives of the two universities join the next meeting set on September 1, where they hope to resolve the matter and take final action......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020