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iQiyi releases new Asian shows in July
IQIYI International presents new titles from China, Japan, and Korea this July. New crime and thriller films include Voice of Silence (starring Yoo Ah-in and Yoo Jae-myung), Recalled (starring Seo Yea-ji), and Pipeline (starring Seo In-guk). Romance options include My Love (starring Greg Hsu and Zhang Ruo-nan), Passage of My Youth (starring Zhang Zi-feng and Song Wei-long), and Why Women Cheat (starring Deng Kai and Yao Xiao-xiao). Also in the pipeline is the movie holding the highest box-office record in Japanese film history, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, which earned over $474.6 million worldwide, it was the best-selling film in 2020. The story continues where the TV series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba left off. Meanwhile, the animation series Natsume Yujin-cho has been adapted into a feature film, Ephemeral Bond, which will also be shown this month. Other films on iQiyi International’s slate include The Rescue (starring Eddie Peng), A Writer’s Odyssey (Lei Jiayin and Yang Mi), Detective Chinatown Vol. 2 (Wang Baoqiang and Liu Haoran), as well as several Wuxia classics remakes (The Legend of the Condor Heroes: The Dragon Tamer and King of The New Beggars.) To watch, download the iQiyi app or log in to www.iQ.com.
Leah Halili releases debut single
THE RANSOM Collective’s Leah Halili has taken her sound to warmer, more intimate places with the release of her debut single “Fourth of July” — which is now out on all digital music platforms worldwide. The indie-folk tune tackles a romantic journey between two people who met and found an instant connection. The song was written by Ms. Halili herself, and produced by singer-songwriter Carlos Castaño. The result is a spare, but intricate piece. Ms. Halili — the bassist and vocalist of six-piece band, The Ransom Collective — makes confessional folk-pop songs that memorialize small, intimate details and resonant experiences with a stripped-down direction. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter is now working on an upcoming EP to be independently released soon, with “Fourth of July” as its first single.
Bb Pilipinas opens voting app
WITH just a week before the grand coronation night, Binibining Pilipinas has launched a new mobile app where netizens can vote for their favorite candidates. The candidate with the highest number of votes will automatically secure a wildcard spot in the semifinals on July 11. A registered app user can cast one vote per day only. Voting will run until midnight of July 10. The mobile app will also provide users with information about each candidate, as well as pageant news and updates. It will also link to the online merchandise store. The Binibining Pilipinas mobile app is available for both Android and IOS users via Google Playstore or App Store, or this link: https://qrco.de/bcCykH. Registration and voting on the app are for free. The grand coronation night of Binibining Pilipinas 2021 is on July 11, 9:30 p.m., at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. It will be aired on A2Z, the Kapamilya Channel, and Metro Channel, and will be livestreamed on iWantTFC and the official Binibining Pilipinas YouTube Channel.
brb. releases performance video
INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed R&B trio, brb., released the performance video of its latest single, “saint,” on July 2. This marks the first time that brb. is putting out a live performance showcase for one of their new releases. The song is the lead track of their sophomore EP, fleur, which chronicles a change in direction for the R&B’s group in terms of sound and vibe. Fans can expect more experimentation and collaborations as the group has lined up artists from all over Asia for the coming months.
Wish Ko Lang! marks 19th anniversary
AWARD-winning public service program and drama anthology Wish Ko Lang! is celebrating its 19th anniversary this month with five special episodes airing every Saturday beginning July 3. The show features inspiring stories that spark hope and remind viewers that dreams can come true amidst adversities. It is hosted by GM News’ Vicky Morales. Set to be part of the month-long anniversary line-up of Wish Ko Lang! are Christopher de Leon, Albert Martinez, Rhian Ramos, and Sanya Lopez. Wish Ko Lang! airs Saturday at 4 p.m. on GMA Network. Viewers abroad can also watch it on GMA Pinoy TV.