Korean Boy Band Super Junior visits Philippines

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Korean pop continues to invade the country as MYX, the number one music channel in the Philippines and Pulp Live Productions proudly presents one of Korea’s most popular and most in-demand boy bands Super Junior as they visit Pinoy fans this coming April for their concert "The Super Junior Super Show 2" this April 10 at the Araneta Coliseum, as part of their Asian Tour.

To start off the Super Junior fever, some 10 fans club of the Super Junior fans totaling to more than a thousand members converged last February 21 at the Ali mall Atrium (Araneta Center) to claim their advance tickets for the much-anticipated music concert. Via Pulp Live Productions' facebook account and various online discussions, fans were ecstatic upon finding out that their idols will be coming to Manila.

Super Junior, or sometimes called SJ or Suju, a 13 - member boy band is most known for their 2009 hit song with the same album name “ Sorry, sorry ” as well as “ S.E.O.U.L ” collaborated with Girls’ Generation. They have already released three albums including the first in 2005 entitled SuperJunior5 and in 2007 entitled Don’t Don .

For those who would still like to purchase tickets, contact Ticketnet or tune in to Myx (Skycable Channel 23) for more details

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Television interviews have never been this bold and feisty until “The Bottomline” came into the boob tube.

Hosted by the country’s King of Talk Boy Abunda, “The Bottomline” has dramatically changed the face of one-on-one interviews as it fearlessly touched the most sensitive issues of every controversial personality.

Where does he get the courage to ask? “I can ask any question and I deserve to be asked any question also. Kunwari, if I have the balls to ask ‘Are you gay? Are you still a virgin?’ people can also ask me the same questions. Dapat patas,” Boy revealed. He added, “I do extensive research. I read a lot. We structure questions but I don’t literally read them. I don’t know my first question until I am in front of my guest. And it’s not about asking the right or the wrong question but you will know what to ask when you’re there. That’s the trick.”

In an interview, when asked if there is one person he would love to appear in ‘The Bottomline’, he answered “I’m coming from the point that  I’ve reach that stage in my career where I’ve stopped dreaming of dream interviews because I’ve been fortunate to have been able to do interviews with the people I’ve wanted to interview. At saka dumating na rin ako sa stage ng buhay ko na hindi ako namimili. Kahit sino pwede ko interview-hin. I think everybody has a story, it largely depends on how the story is told.”

Boy’s passion for the show cannot be denied. In fact, the host shared, “I’ve spoken with Cory (Vidanes) and told her, kahit pa alas-dos ito ng madaling araw, for as long as you allow me to do this material I’ll do it.”

He further detailed, “This is the show that I’d like to grow old with. Ito yung show na gusto kong gawin until I am 70 because this is not attached to age or beauty.”

From Hayden Kho’s defender, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, to Jason Ivler’s mother, Marlene Aguilar, “The Bottomline” has grilled the hottest personalities in front of the viewing public with questions coming from the ‘Bottomliners’.

This Saturday, a special “The Bottomline” episode is on your way. As Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Double Up Big Winner Melissa ‘Melai’ Cantiveros takes the hot seat, PBB Double Up 3rd Big Placer, Jason Franciso, joins the group of bottomliners. Questions encompassing Melai’s stand on pre-marital sex, education, her dreams, her thoughts on our government system, her past relationships and her current boyfriend, Jason will all be tackled.

“The Bottomline with Boy Abunda” airs every Saturday on ABS-CBN after the primetime telecast of Banana Split.

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Pinky Webb will finally break her silence and will reveal her true feelings to Ted Failon this Saturday (Feb 20) in “Failon Ngayon.”

For the very first time, Pinky will speak up about her break-up with TV host turned vice-presidential candidate Edu Manzzano.

She will also share to her radio partner how it’s like growing up in a well known family and how she really is behind the camera. Pinky is currently the co-anchor of DZMM’s “Tambalang Failon at Sanchez” while Korina Sanchez is still on leave.

Before that, ZTE whistle blower Jun Lozada will first divulge his thoughts on the automated elections as select senatorial candidates explain win 30 seconds if they are in favor of bringing back death penalty in the country.

All these and more in “Failon Ngayon,” hosted by Ted Failon, this Saturday (Feb 20), 5:30 PM on ABS-CBN.

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Pilipinas Got Talent opens this Saturday

Will the Philippines find its own Susan Boyle who conquered the world with her singing prowess? The country's biggest and only nationwide talent-reality show "Pilipinas Got Talent" kicks off this Saturday (Feb) 20 on ABS-CBN with 60-yr old women strutting to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” to a 12-yr old kid belting out Nicole Scherzinger.

From the international franchise that discovered and continues to discover world class acts, “Pilipinas Got Talent” will feature the best and only the finest Pinoy talents from all over the country, covering all age groups, doing outstanding and breath-taking acts ranging from the usual singing, dancing, and acting pieces all the way to the weird, funny, and extraordinary acts.

"Pilipinas Got Talent" is hosted by Billy Crawford and Luis Manzano. The grand winner of this competition will take home P2 million. But before that, every hopeful must first be able to impress and get at least two approvals from PGT’s distinguished panel of judges— the country’s queen of all media Kris Aquino, comedy-concert queen Ai Ai Delas Alas, and former ABS-CBN President and COO Freddie M. Garcia a.k.a. FMG.

“I will not be swayed by beauty or gwapo, but just in pure talent. I will be fair but will be very analytical. I will look at all the elements of the performing talent or what we call the ‘x-factor.’ That’s what we are looking for,” said FMG or also rightfully called as the ‘expert’ being responsible for the success of many programs and artists in the entertainment industry.

Auditions started at the end of 2009 and thousands of PGT hopefuls flocked to the audition venues for a shot of becoming the first “Pilipinas Got Talent” winner.

Kris, in her Sunday entertainment show “The Buzz,” was quite impressed with the array of talents she have witnessed so far as she proudly commended the participants who made it to the first screening.

“You can definitely see how talented Filipinos are in all possible acts you can think of from singing all the way to doing magic and acrobatic stunts,” said Kris. “There is actually one contestant that I want to give a record deal already and there is this one group who can actually compete with acts in Las Vegas. They are that good.’

At the end of the semi-finals, only a few will be proclaimed finalists and the people will then have the power to choose who among them got the talent by voting for the finalist of their choice.

Don’t miss “Pilipinas Got Talent,” hosted by Billy Crawford and Luis Manzano, every Saturday beginning Feb 20,7:30 PM, and every Sunday, 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN.

Also, catch the funny moments and unseen footages in this highly-anticipated talent-reality show with Marc Abaya in “Pilipinas Got More Talent,” weekdays, 4:30 PM, beginning Monday (Feb 22).

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Bernabe Concepcion, Ciso Morales, and Gerry Peñalosa are heading to an all-out war on Valentine’s Day as they aim to sweep their fights with Puerto Rican fighters on “Pinoy Power 3.”

The jam-packed card will be broadcast live from Las Vegas, USA this Sunday (Feb 14), 10:30am on ABS-CBN, through a partnership between boxing promotion company Top Rank and ABS-CBN Sports.

Donaire will defend his WBA superflyweight interim champion title against knockout artist Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero in his third “Pinoy Power” fight. “I’m really committed in just going for it and not thinking about all the other stuff," Donaire said in an interview with Steve Kim of MaxBoxing.com.

The Ring Magazine’s top six pound-for-pound boxer previously dominated Mexican Raul Martinez in April 2009 and dismantled Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion” of Panama three months after.

Former WBO featherweight contender Bernabe Concepcion, meanwhile, is ready to get back on track after a heartbreaking disqualification in the previous “Pinoy Power” last August due to a late blow he threw against Steven Luevano.

Concepcion, who is training hard in the Wild Card Gym for his fight against Mario Santiago, aims to follow the footsteps of his manager Manny Pacquiao. “It’s great to be training with him. When we get to share the ring, he teaches me footwork and gives me tips in fighting,” Concepcion shared during an interview by ABS-CBN sports correspondent Dyan Castillejo for “TV Patrol World.”

Ring veteran Gerry Peñalosa also takes inspiration from Pacquiao, his friend and idol. The 37-year-old pugilist is confident he can still win his third belt by first defeating Eric Morel in an eliminator. Undefeated Ciso “Kid Terrible” Morales, on the other hand, is fighting for his first title as he challenges Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel for the WBO bantamweight championship on Sunday (Feb 14).

Also fighting in the undercard is Filipino Mark Melligen who will battle undefeated Texan Raymond Gatica.

Watch the Filipino boxers’ quest for glory on ABS-CBN Sports’ “Pinoy Power 3” on Sunday (Feb 14), 10:30am on ABS-CBN with a delayed telecast on Studio 23 at 11:30am. Also catch “Pinoy Power 3” on Balls Skycable ch. 34 on February 16 at 4pm and February 18 at 9pm. And for updates and clips from the main event and possible live streaming visit www.ABS-CBNnews.com.

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Kris Aquino takes the hot seat on Failon Ngayon

Broadcast journalist Ted Failon faces the one and only Queen of all Media, Kris Aquino, this Saturday (Jan 23) in “Failon Ngayon.”

Kris will talk about her personal life as a mother and a wife despite her busy schedule.

Still in line with politics, Ted also looks into the speedy issuance of warrant of arrest on the case of Senator Ping Lacson. Why does the Arroyo administration seem to act faster against the opposition candidates ?

Meanwhile, since Valentine’s Day is coming up, Ted will impart an inspiring love story of a couple whose only wish is to have a decent marriage ceremony.

Don’t miss all these this Saturday (Feb 13) in “Failon Ngayon,” 5:30 PM on ABS-CBN. Watch Failon ngayon via online live streaming on http://now.abs-cbn.com.

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Ellen DeGeneres finally joins American Idol on its Hollywood Round

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The excitement has been building, and the moment America has been waiting for is almost here! Ellen DeGeneres joins judges Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest to help winnow down the AMERICAN IDOL contestants during the Hollywood Round beginning Wednesday, Feb. 10 on Star World.

During the Hollywood Round beginning this week, hopefuls from around the nation will endure an intense rehearsal schedule and pressure-packed auditions as they vie for a coveted spot among the Top 24. Contestants will be put to the test during solo performances and group numbers Wednesday, Feb. 10, Thursday, Feb. 11 and Wednesday, Feb. 17 the judges decide who will make it through and who will go home. Finally, on Thursday, Feb. 18, this season’s Top 24 semifinalists will be revealed.

The following week, it will be solely up to America to decide who will garner a spot in the Top 12. On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Top 12 female semifinalists take the AMERICAN IDOL stage for the first time to perform LIVE for the judges and for the nation. On this season’s first night of voting, the contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition. Tune in to see who impresses the judges and who buckles under the pressure.

On Thursday, Feb. 25 the Top 12 male semifinalists will sing their hearts out LIVE for America and the AMERICAN IDOL judges. After the performances, America will vote, and on the first LIVE results show airing Thursday, Feb. 25 four semifinalists – two girls and two boys – will be eliminated from the competition and sent home.

Watch American Idol this Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. (with same day replay at 8 p.m. on Star World.

American Idol Season 9 is presented by Greenwich, Philippines’ favorite Pizza chain.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Two of the country’s seasoned journalists—Ces Orena Drilon and Ricky Carandang—will be anchoring “The Rundown” on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, starting March 1 at 8 p.m.
The show brings together their years of experience as broadcast journalists, banking on Drilon’s passion for details and Carandang’s deft analysis of fast-moving events.
The hour-long newscast aims to capture the biggest stories of the day and put them in perspective.
A journalist for more than 2 decades now, Drilon has covered the toughest assignments for ABS-CBN and has sat down with some of the most elusive newsmakers in the Philippines.
The top anchor of ANC, Carandang, on the other hand, has been reporting on politics and business for the cable news channel, and hosts the Big Picture, Dateline Philippines, and Business Nightly.
“This new newscast is just one example of the changes you will be seeing on ANC this year. We’re going beyond breaking news. We’re going beyond the usual stories. We should be able to connect the dots, to help viewers make sense of what often seem to be disparate events,” she added.
The new show kicks off ANC’s new programming this year as the channel offers more premium content to its viewers.
“We would like to provide more for the Filipino, wherever he is,” said Glenda Gloria, ANC’s chief operating officer.
 “The Rundown” will air from Mondays to Fridays on ANC at 8 p.m. Also debuting on ANC on March 1 is the morning news program “Headstart with Karen Davila” at 8 a.m. and the channel’s new afternoon and primetime schedules.

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Television and radio broadcaster Karen Davila is now on ANC. The award-winning broadcast journalist will anchor the morning news program “Headstart with Karen Davila” on the ABS-CBN News Channel (SKYCABLE ch. 27) starting March 1 (Monday) at 8 a.m.

In her new assignment, Davila will set the news agenda for the day by breaking the most significant stories and issues unfolding in the country early in the morning.

“Having an experienced news anchor and investigative journalist like Davila in our fold furthers our goal to bring premium content to Filipinos here and abroad,” ANC chief operating officer Glenda Gloria said.

“Headstart” marks Davila’s first foray in the 24/7 English news channel of ABS-CBN. Davila has won numerous awards locally and internationally in her 16-year career, including two from the prestigious New York Festivals and the 2008 Ten Outstanding Young Men Award for Broadcast Journalism.

She also anchors “TV Patrol World” and “The Correspondents” on ABS-CBN and “Pasada Sais Trenta” on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.

“Headstart with Karen Davila” will air from Mondays to Fridays on ANC at 8 a.m. Also debuting on ANC on March 1 (Monday) is “The Rundown” with Ces Drilon and Ricky Carandang at 8 p.m. and the channel’s new afternoon and primetime schedules.

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