New programs, movies coming to multiple ABS-CBN media platforms

ABS-CBN starts 2021 with new shows, movies, music, and concerts it will produce and release on multiple media platforms. Among the new programs to watch for this year are Mars Ravelo’s Darna: The TV Series starring Jane De Leon; the inspirational series Huwag Kang Mangamba featuring Andrea Brillantes, Francine Diaz, Seth Fedelin, and Kyle Echarri; Init sa Magdamag with Gerald Anderson, Yam Concepcion, and JM De Guzman; and the continuation of the hit teleserye La Vida Lena with Erich Gonzales, Carlo Aquino, Kit Thompson, and JC De Vera. These shows will air on the Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, on free TV via A2Z channel 11, and overseas via TFC, the Filipino Channel. Also coming out this year is the first American TV series entirely shot in the Philippines, Almost Paradise, a partnership between ABS-CBN and Electric Entertainment, as well as a teleserye about timeless love starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, and the new season of Your Face Sounds Familiar with Luis Manzano, Sharon Cuneta, Gary Valenciano, and Ogie Alcasid. ABS-CBN’s streaming service iWantTFC also has a lot in store for viewers including Count Your Lucky Stars featuring Jerry Yan and Shen Yue, horror/thriller content like Tenement 66 and Horrorscope, the reunion of Joross Gamboa and Roxanne Guinoo in Hoy… I Love You, the Thai series A Tale of a Thousand Stars, and Loisa Andalio and Ronnie Alonte’s Unloving U. ABS-CBN’s FYE Channel will soon be seen worldwide through TFC. On cable, Metro Channel will launch the first model search on cable and livestreaming platform Kumu, Metro Model Search 2021, while it continues to produce programs like Good Vibes with Edu, EIC on the Move, and Casa Daza. JeepneyTV, on the other hand, will have Game KNB? Season 2 with Robi Domingo and POP-UP Comedy Bar with DJ Jhai Ho. Cinema One will offer screenings of films in C1 Originals via Star Music will be holding the 11th edition of the Himig Handog songwriting competition, and digital concerts with Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Piolo Pascual, and Moira Dela Torre. Both MYX and MOR Philippines will also have a digital relaunch, while Star Music, DNA Records, Star Pop, and Tarsier Records gear up for 200 music releases. When it comes to movies, ABS-CBN will produce new films such as Princess Dayareese starring MayMay Entrata and Edward Barber, Hello Stranger The Movie of JC Alcantara and Tony Labrusca, Love or Money top billed by Coco Martin and Angelica Panganiban, Soul Sistahs with Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal, and Melai Cantiveros, among several others. These will be offered in various platforms including iWantTFC,, SKY PPV, TFC IPTV, Cignal PPV, and select cinemas. Star Cinema will also continue to produce shows such as Like A Boss with Raymond Gutierrez and He’s Into Her with Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

More stars join Paano ang Pangako

THE CONTINUATION of IdeaFirst Company and Cignal Entertainment’s family holiday saga Paano ang Pasko, Paano Ang Pangako Book 2 started airing on Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. on TV5, and airs at the same time from Monday to Friday. The secrets and scandals in the Aguinaldo family, led by matriarch Faith (Maricel Laxa), get more complicated as a new family threatens to upend their lives. The arrival of the Dominante-Cruz family, helmed by its matriarch Elvira (Bing Loyzaga) takes an interesting twist as she vows to strip the Aguinaldo’s of everything —  wealth, honor and heir. The show also stars Elijah Canlas, Julia Clarete, Beauty Gonzalez, Devon Seron, Karel Marquez, Miles Ocampo, Kyle Velino, Ahron Villena, Ricky Davao, Allan Paule, Ejay Falcon, John Lapus, Matt Evans, Danita Paner, Cedrick Juan, Ace Ismael, and Justine Buenaflor. The second book will be based on a story by Palanca Hall of Famer Jun Robles Lana and will be helmed by Ricky Davao, Eric Quizon, and Perci Intalan, who all directed the first season. Paano Ang Pangako has a catch-up airing which started on One Screen via Cignal TV Channel 9 on Jan. 5. Viewers can access both TV5 and One Screen via the Cignal Play app which can be download for free for Android and iOS users.

Sponge Cola releases a song inspired by K-drama series

SPONGE Cola is no stranger to writing music inspired by their love for cinema and pop culture — the four-piece alternative rock outfit named their debut full-length album Palabas to acknowledge the compelling impact of shows. The group’s newest song is a tribute to the blockbuster K-drama series, Start-Up, which is reaping praise for its gripping story on young entrepreneurs aspiring to make it big in the competitive world of Korean high-tech industry. The song, “Siguro Nga,” was born out of vocalist and guitarist Yael Yuzon’s love for Han Ji-Pyeong, a prominent character in the show, whose unconventional upbringing and misfortunes in life enable him to become a principled, self-made man with a tough exterior and — unbeknownst to everyone — a tender heart. “Siguro Nga” is an acoustic number that builds on this nuanced character study. Sponge Cola’s “Siguro Nga” is out now on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.

Batwoman tops Warner’s 2021 offerings

THE NEW year has begun with new adventures to entertain WarnerMedia fans in the Philippines. There will be more action, drama, and suspense on Warner TV, HBO and HBO GO. Season 2 of Batwoman (Warner TV) tops WarnerMedia’s entertainment offerings in 2021. Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) is about to take the mantle of the Caped Crusader in the second season of Batwoman as Gotham City has been defenseless since the first Batwoman, Kate Kane (Ruby Rose), went missing. Batwoman Season 2 will premiere exclusively in the Philippines on Jan. 18 at 9:50 p.m. on Warner TV. Meanwhile, the paranormal-mystery series The Rook premiered on Jan. 4 on HBO GO. This series is the story of Myfanwy Thomas, a woman who wakes up in the rain beside London’s Millennium Bridge with no memory of who she is and no explanation for the circle of dead bodies splayed out around her. When she discovers that she’s a high-ranking official in Britain’s last secret service for people with paranormal abilities, she’ll have to navigate the dangerous and complex world of the agency to uncover who wiped her memory — and why. The Rook stars Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson, and Olivia Munn. From the author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, comes the second season of C.B. Strike: Lethal White. It premieres on Jan. 21, 10 a.m., on HBO and HBO GO. Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger return in the second season of C.B. Strike. In this new season, a mentally disturbed young man wants Strike to investigate an alleged murder he witnessed back when he was still a child. As Strike begins to investigate, Robin goes undercover to look into the blackmail of a certain Member of Parliament. Download the HBO GO app from the App Store or Play Store and enjoy a seven-day free trial. HBO GO can also be accessed via Cignal or at HBO GO is now available via Android TV, Apple TV, LG TV and Samsung Smart TV — and comes with AirPlay and Google Cast functionality.