917Ventures joins The Final Pitch

BUSINESS reality TV show, The Final Pitch, kicks off its sixth season on CNN Philippines with 917Ventures Managing Director Vince Yamat on board to scout for “new heroes” who will help rebuild the country and improve the lives of Filipinos amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For the show’s “Heroes Edition,”  Mr. Yamat joins the panel of investor-judges — The Final Pitch creator and host John Aguilar, FWD Insurance President and CEO Li Hao Zhuang, UBX President and CEO John Januszczak, and Thames International Business School President Joel Santos —  who will evaluate business proposals presented by the contestants to address the economic and social impact of the global health crisis. The successful venture builder may join 917Ventures’ Velocity program, a three-month bootcamp that aims to bring out external talent and their ideas, as well as create ventures with the growth levers and network advantage of operating within 917Ventures and Globe. Among the successful and innovative companies under its wing are GCash, KonsultaMD, AdSpark, HealthNow, PureGo, and RUSH. Velocity, which will be fully online due to mobility restrictions, is set to start as early as May this year. The corporate venture builder will provide funding, product and technology development, operational support, and network access. The Final Pitch Season 6 to be aired Sundays starting Mar. 21.

Cinemalaya film scriptwriting workshops

APPLICATIONS to Cinemalaya’s Scriptwriting Workshops for Film, to be conducted by award-winning screenwriter Ricky Lee, are now being accepted. Under the Cinemalaya Institute Training Programs, Mr. Lee will hold two free online scriptwriting workshops:  the three-hour Cinemalaya Scriptwriting Masterclass on Apr. 14, and the Cinemalaya Intensive Scriptwriting Workshop from May to June. The Scriptwriting Masterclass (2 to 5 p.m.), will focus on the foundations of storytelling for film. This is open to all Filipinos residing locally and abroad. The Intensive Scriptwriting Workshop is a step-by-step workshop on the creation of compelling scripts. It will consist of eight weekly sessions from May 26-July 14 (Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The workshop is limited to 30 participants/scholars who undergo a selection process. Applicants are to submit a one- to two-page storyline and a writer’s intention for the material. The application forms for the Cinemalaya Scriptwriting Masterclass can be obtained through https://forms.gle/P5UPXvh8JuohQa2h7. The application forms for the Cinemalaya Intensive Scriptwriting Workshop can be obtained through https://forms.gle/vkLTJ2EampVxXo9i8. Applicants may register for both. For more information, visit the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph) or follow the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Cinemalaya official Facebook pages.

Guapdad 4000 and !llmind drop collab album

GUAPDAD 4000 and !llmind have released a collaborative album, 1176, via 88rising’s sister label, PARADISE RISING. The album’s singles “How Many” and “She Wanna” had already been released. Guapdad 4000, with frequent collaborator and director Chris Simmons, also released the music video for “Chicken Adobo,” the third entry in the “cinematic universe” that Guapdad created to go with this album. Executive produced by !llmind, 1176 takes a peek behind the curtain as Guapdad discusses his life up to now, touching on everything from his Filipino upbringing, to life with his family in Oakland. Guap and !llmind are the first artists to release a full-length project through the young label which is dedicated to uplifting artists of Filipino descent. Listen to 1176 at https://guapdad4000.lnk.to/1176, and watch the video for “Chicken Adobo” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DaovaJgytE. For more updates on Guapdad 4000 and PARADISE RISING, visit the Facebook page bit.ly/paradiserisingfacebook.

Destiny Rogers releases new version of ‘Tomboy’

AMERICAN singer/songwriter Destiny Rogers has released a new version of her debut single “Tomboy” (https://smarturl.it/TOMBOYxCOILERAY) featuring Coi Leray. The original version, released in 2019, gained a boost in the number of streams — currently at 30.6 million streams on Spotify — after Lisa of K-Pop group BLACKPINK posted a choreographed mini-film titled Lili’s Movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtRJZEHdu8M)  where she performed the song. Following Lisa’s post, Destiny’s single “Tomboy” peaked at #12 on the Spotify Viral 50 Global chart and is currently top 20 on the chart.

K-dramas on Viu and Samsung Smart TV promo

ANY purchase of select Samsung Smart TVs now comes with a free one-year Viu Premium subscription, giving buyers access to a wide variety of fresh and exclusive Korean entertainment content. The promo runs until the end of the month. Among the newest thriller K-drama titles on Viu are: The Penthouse 2, starring Lee Ji Ah and Kim So Yeon, which follows the lives of society’s ultra-elite and how they’d do anything to maintain their status; Mouse, starring Lee Seung Gi and Lee Hee Joon, follows a detective who gets tied to a serial killer case that seems to connect to his own dark childhood; Times, starring Lee Seo Jin and Leo Joo Young, is a time-warping political mystery drama; and, Beyond Evil, starring Yeo Jin Goo from Hotel Del Luna and Shin Ha Kyun, which follows two detectives investigating a serial murder case in an otherwise small, peaceful city. Learn more about the promo at https://www.samsung.com/ph/offer/offline/2020/samsung-viu/ .