Ruby Rodriguez’ Daughter Toni Aquino Leads WATTPAD PRESENTS with Carl Guevara

TV host and comedienne actress Ruby Rodriguez supports her daughter, showbiz newbie Toni Aquino, as she ventures in her first major TV role opposite Carl Guevara on WATTPAD PRESENTS “Lala Laitera”.

As TV5’s first romantic mini-series continuously soars on primetime TV, it now launches its newest episode that will give life to one of the most requested online novels on Wattpad. WATTPAD PRESENTS continues to dominate online discussions as the featured artists and stories trend every night.

New Kapatid actress Toni Aquino with celebrity mom Ruby Rodriguez at the Wattpad Presents Lala Laitera Press Conference

New Kapatid actress Toni Aquino with celebrity mom Ruby Rodriguez at the Wattpad Presents Lala Laitera Press Conference

Now on its third season, WATTPAD PRESENTS introduces the TV adaptation of “Lala Laitera (Ang Laiterang Hindi Naman Pretty)”, originally written by Sic Santos which now has more than 2.3 million online reads and 42.7 votes. Showbiz newbie Toni aquino gives life to the annoying but cute character of Lala Lazaro, or popularly known as “Lala Laitera” – a certified brat whose main purpose in life is to find flaws and mock people. Infamous for her “not-so-good” trait of always saying bad things about the people around her, Lala Laitera has the habit of always pointing out the physical flaws of those people in their neighbourhood, regardless of whether these are people she barely knows or close friends of hers. To teach Lala laitera a lesson, a mysterious character named “Dyosa Thick-Thick” (played by the mother of Toni Aquino, Ruby Rodriguez) appears and puts her under a spell – a spell which will make Lala Laitera experience the same things she makes fun of whenever she mocks other people. The only way for the spell to be lifted is if Lala Laitera can find a true love who will love her back. But there is a catch: as soon as the spell goes away, the memory of her true love will also go away. Lala Laitera did not take “Dyosa Thick-Thick’s” words seriously until she starts to acquire the same physical flaws she was making fun of from people the she mocked. All these things happening to her just as when she met and fell in love with the male version of herself, Sic Santos (Carl Guevarra) a spoiled brat who, like Lala Laitera, has a pastime of making fun of people’s flaws. How can Lala Laitera rejoice in the fact that, finally, she has found the true love who can lift her curse if it means losing this true love when Sic inevitably forgets her when her curse gets lifted?

Find out if Lala Laitera will finally learn her lesson the hard way on WATTPAD PRESENTS “Lala Laitera” (Ang Laiterang Hindi Naman Pretty) airing Monday to Friday, starting April 27, at 9pm, only on TV5.

Asian U23 Women’s Volleyball Championships Airs Exclusively on TV5

The country’s top volleyball superstars team up and once again take center stage at home as they make history and test their wares against 11 of the continent’s volleyball powerhouses in the inaugural Asian Women’s Under-23 Volleyball Championships set to take place from May 1 to May 9 at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

With the Philippine women’s team’s preparations for the tournament already in full swing with UAAP stars Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Jia Morado, among others leading the way, Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI), the country’s official governing body for volleyball, has recently partnered with TV5 for this unprecedented event, naming the Kapatid Network as the host broadcaster of the international tournament. Continue reading

GMA Leads Digital TV Signal Coverage In Metro Manila

Leading Philippine smart devices brand Starmobile has officially concluded its first ever Digital TV (DTV) signal testing in Metro Manila.

The series of tests, conducted from April 10 to April 19, 2015, reveal that GMA 1SEG and GMA News TV lead with coverage presence in 10 out of the 14 test locations. This is followed by ABS-CBN Sports, ABS-CBN, and ABS-CBN One Seg which is present in 9 locations.

In terms of signal quality (where signal is present), ABS-CBN Sports has the highest average signal strength with 3.9 bars out of a possible 4, followed by ABS-CBN and AKSYON TV both with an average of 3.8 bars each.

The tests were performed in selected Starmobile concept stores and kiosks in Metro Manila through the use of the new Starmobile KNIGHT Vision, the first and only Pinoy-branded Android smartphone with a built-in DTV tuner that complies with the National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) ISDB-T standard. Continue reading

Macy Kate To Rock Radio Disney Music Awards Post-Party & Vans Warped Tour Departure

Macy Kate, from ABC Television’s hit vocal competition “Rising Star,” will perform alongside Bea Miller and Jacob Whitesides, at the Radio Disney Music Awards 2015 post-party, prior to joining up with the Warped Tour.

Macy Kate steadily continues her climb into the young Hollywood scene, making a name for herself beside the major label supported artists of her generation. As a young and powerful vocal phenom, she is known for being a multi-talented artist. Not only is she a gifted and classically trained pianist, accomplished host/actress on Awesomeness TV’s popular teen talk show “IMO,” but also has an unique, identifiable, vocal tone, that has been compared to world renown powerhouses such as Christina Aguilera. With the tremendous amount of independent success since the release of her July 2013 YouTube cover video, “Radioactive,” which has accumulated over 16 million views to date, Kate has built up an international fan-base of thousands of youth music lovers that continue to support her journey. Continue reading

TV5 Spreads Happiness at Bahay Aruga

TV5 recently organized an outreach program in celebration of UN’s International Day of Happiness where Kapatid artists and employees spent a fun-filled afternoon with the kids of Bahay Aruga.

Led by TV5’s President and CEO Emmanuel C. Loranzana, the Happy Network’s officers, employees, and talents interacted with the Bahay Aruga pediatric cancer patients. Tuesday Vargas made the children laugh out loud with her funny antics while TV5 artists Ritz Azul, Chanel Morales, Marvelous Alejo, Malak So and Chris Leonardo entertained the children by dancing and singing with them.

Shown in photo giving the “Hi-5” happy gesture for kids are (from left) TV5 President and CEO Emmanuel Lorenzana, Sports5 Head Coach Chot Reyes, and Vice President for Business Development Ian Monsod.

Georgina Wilson and Solenn Heussaff’s #BESTIESBOOKCLUB Gains Popularity; Book Signing On May 1

Philippine “It” Girls Georgina Wilson and Solenn Heussaff recently launched their first book, “Besties” published under ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. and its becoming a trend on social media already with the hashtag #BESTIESBOOKCLUB, which was introduced to social media by the newly minted authors.

The hashtag has been actively used in hundreds of posts by netizens with the “Besties” selfie becoming a thing online.

Georgina Wilson and Solenn Heussaff, who both have a strong following online, are encouraging people to keep posting snapshots featuring “Besties,” their latest collaboration that promises to be an essential self-help book for the modern woman.

Georgina Wilson recently expressed on social media that checking the hashtag has become her and Solenn Heussaff’s favorite pastime, fondly looking through creative photos uploaded by their fans.

Georgina Wilson and Solenn Heussaff’ posted a selfie of their “Besties” book on Instagram

Georgina Wilson and Solenn Heussaff’ posted a selfie of their “Besties” book on Instagram

Georgina Wilson and Solenn Heussaff’s friends Raymond Gutierrez, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Jessica Wilson, Carla Humphries, and Martine Cajucom all used the hashtag on their social media accounts to show their support for “Besties,” while Isabelle Daza and Erwann Heusaff have also joined the bandwagon to encourage people to post and buy a copy of the book. Continue reading

ABS-CBN Releases “Isang Laban, Isang Bayan” For Manny Pacquiao

ABS-CBN recently released a song titled “Isang Laban, Isang Bayan” that is being offered to People’s Champion Manny Pacquiao in the network’s ongoing Isang Bayan Para Kay Pacman campaign.

The song encapsulates the feeling of unity that has pervaded the Filipinos since the announcement of his biggest fight. As the chorus of the song says, “Isang Laban, Isang Bayan/Pagsigawan sa buong mundo ang karangalan/Isang Laban, Isang Bayan/Sama sama ang Pilipino/Angat sa buong mundo!

It was performed live for the first time by Yeng Constantino, along with rapper Quest, with various Kapamilya stars during last Wednesday’s “It’s Showtime.”

“Isang Laban, Isang Bayan” is a collaboration between Star Music’s Jonathan Manalo, Quest, arranged by KidWolf and sang by Yeng Constantino, in just two days’ notice for free, going all out for their love of Pacquiao and the country, and will serve as the Kapamilya network’s war song to pump up the Pacman in the biggest fight of his career. Continue reading

Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively Ageless In “The Age of Adaline”

Time is a mystery, so is love in the sweeping romantic movie “The Age of Adaline” starring Blake Lively, known for her recurring role in the television hit series “Gossip Girl.”  In “The Age of Adaline,” Blake Lively stars in the titular role of Adaline Bowman, who has lived all by herself in almost eight decades since she discovered that she’s immortal, she stopped aging after turning 29.

Actress Blake Lively, who plays Adaline Bowman, knew she had found an enchanting adventure and timeless love story the first time she read the script. “I couldn’t put it down,” she says. “It read like a beautiful novel. The story is romantic, poetic and unique.”

The actress was also excited to find an original story told from a woman’s point of view. The idea of a woman who experiences so much, so deeply, during one of the most diverse centuries in human history intrigued Lively. “Her life spans a hundred years, it crosses many different eras,” the actress says.

The role of Adaline Bowman required the kind of presence that few young actresses have today, says Lee Toland Krieger, a combination of understated elegance, a thoroughly modern sense of style and the wisdom that comes from a life lived fully. “It was critical that whoever played Adaline looked like she was in her 20s, but could carry herself with a century of experience,” says the director. Continue reading

Chlara – More ‘Unstoppable’ Than Ever

Last year, British-born Pinay singer-songwriter Chlara caught media’s attention with her debut pop album, Unstoppable. Imago lead guitarist and composer Zach Lucero puts Chlara’s You Complete Me as one of the best in 2014 in Radio Republic’s blog “THE YEAR THAT WAS 2014: THE BEST MUSIC. HERE.”

But Chlara’s Unstoppable phenomenon isn’t going to stop just there. Since the debut album release on November 3, 2015, the digital album followed tightly after on all major download and streaming sites. The high-resolution album download is now available on evo88.com. Chlara has recently been shooting music videos for ChlaraVEVO, well underway to prepare her next “Unstoppable” surprise!

Chlara Unstoppable

Chlara Unstoppable

Chlara in Live Action

After the album release, Chlara was honored to perform at charity concert – Handumanan: Haiyan Tribute concert – at Q-Circle, Quezon City before a huge crowd on November 8, 2014.

November 22-26, Chlara was invited to join the tour for UK Talent Star Connie Talbot’s Gravity Tour 2014 in Hong Kong and Taiwan. She worked alongside with world-class, professional musicians.

Afterwards, Chlara returned home where media, friends and family celebrated her debut album release with the Unstoppable Album Launch on December 14, 2015. Continue reading

Kim Chiu Plays Promo Girl In “Home Sweetie Home”

Kapamilya star Kim Chiu shines in an unlikely role as she portrays a “promo girl” for the upcoming episode of the hit sitcom, “Home Sweetie Home” this Saturday (April 25).

Romeo (John Lloyd Cruz) is swamped with responsibilities at work and home and the load further surges when his cousin, Ellie (Kim Chiu) comes to Manila. Ellie’s visit becomes helpful to Romeo as she turns into one of Soo Agency’s promo girls, persons who promote Soo Agency’s clients from door to door. With her bubbly personality and hidden talent in sales, Ellie quickly shines in her role, but behind her positive disposition, Ellie has a secret that is connected to her unexpected trip to Manila. Will Ellie’s secret be revealed? Continue reading

ABS-CBN’s “Punch Ng Bayan” Gaining Ground

ABS-CBN’s innovative “Punch ng Bayan” of its Isang Bayan Para Kay Pacman campaign has gone full bore in just its first week in its efforts to spur the People’s Champion to bring home more glory for the country.

The number has been staggering in terms of how many punches the campaign has gathered so far. The punch meter has amounted to 18,735,253 punches as of 1PM, Friday.

According to ABS-CBN Sports head Dino Laurena, “The campaign’s aim is to rally everyone to be one for Manny. We want to show the world that behind every Pacquiao punch is the strength of the Filipino people. For 20 years he fought for us, it’s time we give back and support him.” Continue reading