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BGYO records chorus for Trolls Band Together
P-POP boy band BGYO has recorded a song for the official soundtrack for the upcoming animated movie Trolls Band Together, to be released in the Philippines on Nov. 15. The song is their version of “Better Place,” the first musical release by *NSYNC in two decades. “I enjoyed listening to the music in the past Trolls movies so we are very excited to be a part of this one!” said Nate Porcalla, the youngest of the group, in a statement. Beloved for its use of new and classic pop hits, the latest sequel in the franchise puts the spotlight on band music. Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) are back in Trolls Band Together which opens in cinemas November 15.
New Pinoy edition of Takeshi’s Castle
THE upcoming Philippine edition of comedic game show Takeshi’s Castle is set to premiere exclusively in the Philippines on Prime Video. With Eugene Domingo, Smokey Manaloto, and Sassa Gurl as the hosts, two episodes from the eight-part series are scheduled to make their debut on Nov. 16, with two episodes to follow every week. The hosts, also known as The Mariteses, will be taking viewers through the game’s play-by-play. Mr. Manaloto, one of Takeshi’s Castle’s original hosts, will make a comeback but this time as Mang Pe, a former employee of King Takeshi himself. Accompanying him is veteran comedienne Ms. Domingo, who will represent all the gossips of the Philippines as Aling Marits, and internet sensation Sassa Gurl will play herself. It has been thirty years since the first episode of Takeshi’s Castle was aired on Philippine TV. The new edition arrives on Nov. 16.
FDCP offers selection of world cinema with QCinema
AS a partner of the upcoming 11th QCinema International Film Festival, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is bringing a carefully chosen selection of World Cinema titles to the festival, which will be held from Nov. 17 to 26 in select cinemas in Metro Manila. The titles are Wei Shujun’s Only The River Flows and the restored 4k versions of Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express and Fallen Angels. Through its Audience Development Program, the FDCP has been aiming to make critically acclaimed titles even more accessible to the general public. Participating cinemas are the Gateway Cineplex, and theaters at Robinsons Magnolia, UP Town Center, and Shangri-la Plaza. Visit the social media pages of FDCP and QCinema for the full film screening schedules.
International Bazaar brings exhibitors from 42 countries
THE International Bazaar Foundation, Inc. (IBF), in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Diplomatic and Consular Corps of the Philippines, and Spouses of the Heads of Mission (SHOM), will hold the International Bazaar 2023 on Nov. 19 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. This annual tradition, now in its 57th year, is one of the most anticipated bazaars that ushers in the start of Christmas festivities, will have exhibitors from 42 countries and 28 Philippine Best exhibitors as participants. The entrance fee is P150. Aside from on bazaar day itself, tickets can be bought in advance at Tesoro’s, A. Arnaiz Ave., Makati, and at the DFA Building, Roxas Blvd., Pasay. All proceeds will go to IBF and SHOM charity projects and programs that aim to uplift marginalized communities and extend educational opportunities to indigent scholars.
Peggy Gou, Lenny Kravitz collaborate on a new song
BERLIN-BASED South Korean DJ and record producer Peggy Gou has teamed up with legendary singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz for her new single “I Believe In Love Again,” out now under XL Recordings. The unexpected collaboration follows Ms. Gou’s recent acclaimed single “(It Goes Like) Nanana,” and is set to appear on her debut album, which will be released in 2024. Known for dance/electronic music, Ms. Gou’s team-up with Mr. Kravitz results in an upbeat song that is a mix of R&B and house music, reminiscent of the 1990s. “I Believe In Love Again” is out now on all streaming platforms.