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Cine Europa starts outside Manila for the first time in 21...

CINE EUROPA — one of the longest running film festivals in the country — opens its 21st year on Sept. 28 in Cebu, making it the first time the European film festival is opened outside of Metro Manila.

Rewarding online users with an offline concert

SPONSORED DATA platform Freenet celebrates its third anniversary with its first offline event—a “free” concert scheduled on Sept. 20 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City.

Lazada teams up with GCash on payments

SOUTHEAST ASIAN e-commerce site Lazada is now allowing its customers to pay for their purchases using GCash, in hopes of encouraging consumers to shift to cashless payments.

Concerts to comedies

WILBROS LIVE, a company known for promoting and organizing concerts in the Philippines, is taking a stab at film production with their first film venture, Fifth Solomon’s Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka, opening Sept. 19 in cinemas nationwide.

Two big voices belting on one stage

A VERSATILE songstress often called “Asia’s Nightingale,” Lani Misalucha shares the stage with up-and-comer Morissette Amon in a two-night concert this Sept. 22 and 23 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City.

Thou shalt not kill

MONTHS AFTER the conclusion of GMA’s drama revenge series Ika-6 Utos, which ended its run after one and a half years and 383 episodes in the network’s afternoon prime-time slot, GMA returns with another tale interpreting one of the Ten Commandments: this time, the fifth—Thou shalt not kill.

2nd season of OPM singing show to focus on idea of...

A YEAR after its successful season, Coca-Cola Philippines comes back with the second season of Coke Studio — the musical program which makes Filipino music artists collaborate to further the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) genre.

Soap opera tackles mental disability and fatherhood

STARTING Sept. 3, GMA Network will be airing an afternoon series featuring a man with an intellectual disability who suddenly becomes a father.

McDo’s Sharon-Gabby ad lands on top of YouTube’s leaderboard

THE REUNION of former celebrity couple Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion in a McDonald’s commercial handily beat four episodes of Jollibee’s ad series, “Kwentong Jollibee,” making it the most popular YouTube ad in the Philippines for the first half of 2018.

Train stations, graffiti, and penguins: some reasons to visit Melbourne

WITH its beautiful architecture, its efficient tram system, and a countryside which is a source of both good wine and chocolates, it is very easy to see why Melbourne, the second-most populous city in Australia with almost five million people, was named the “world’s most liveable city” for seven consecutive years by The Economist.

Cebu Pacific wants bigger slice of Australian market as it launches...

CEBU PACIFIC on Tuesday launched direct flights from Manila to Melbourne, four years after the budget carrier introduced its Sydney route.

DLSU releases book of essays on select Philippine film directors

IT WAS NOT an exhaustive book about the directors of Philippine cinema by any means, but screenwriter/director/author Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. hopes that his (and the book’s contributors) three-year labor of love would inspire other film scholars to follow suit and create many more books about Filipino filmmaking.

With good crowd this year, History Con may expand

THE RAIN over the weekend didn’t stop crowds from flocking to the third edition of History Channel’s History Con, one of the biggest entertainment conventions in the country.

Music and love are the focus of Laxamana’s two film fest...

WHEN FOUR brothers who make up a family band are forced to relocate to a remote town in Pampanga after a super typhoon destroys their home, a rich city girl passionate about music decides to help them record their songs. This is the premise of Jason Paul Laxamana’s Bakwit Boys, one of the entries in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) which starts Aug. 15 in cinemas nationwide.

Meet a shield maiden at History Con 2018

SPEND THIS weekend at the World Trade Center in Pasay City and watch as some of HISTORY channel’s biggest stars — including Katheryn Winnick who plays shield maiden and Queen of Kattegat in the Vikings series — grace the stage at this year’s History Con which runs from Aug. 10 to 12.

ABS-CBN tempts viewers with free trials of new TVPlus channels

ABS-CBN TVPlus has announced the introduction of five new channels into its line-up including an all-new Asianovela channel which will feature Asian TV series.

Brow grooming expert’s expansion driven by demand for services, available mall...

IT MIGHT be a new name in the brow business but Happy Brows is planning to grow to 100 branches by 2020, with the aggressive expansion attributed to the growing grooming market and the move of retail to digital rather than physical spaces.

Philpop attracts more entries from Mindanao and Visayas

AFTER TAKING a break last year, the Philippine Popular Music Festival or Philpop is back for its 7th year and recently presented the 30 semifinalists of this year’s songwriting competition.

US Ambassador exemplifies the Men Who Matter

FOR ITS 14th year, PeopleAsia’s Men Who Matter search has named 12 men who stand out in their respective fields including those who “make history with their achievements in business and the arts, contribution to nation building and other advocacies,” according to a press release.

Marvel, Netflix, Disney will show sneak peeks at AsiaPOP Comicon

FOR IT’S third year, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC) 2018 is bringing three content showcases from Marvel, Netflix, and Disney, promising exclusive sneak peeks of future projects alongside the presence of some of the shows’ biggest stars at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from July 27 to 29.

Director ready for backlash vs Norse mythology show

DOMINIC ZAPATA, with his two decades-long career directing film and television, is no stranger to large-scale productions with the most recent being GMA’s Alyas Robinhood (seasons 1 and 2) and Mulawin vs. Ravena in 2017, but his newest foray into fantasy series — Victor Magtanggol — is proving to be his biggest work to date.

Despite the advent of online retail, Filipinos still love the mall

IT IS SUNDAY. EDSA — typically heavy with 350,000 vehicles per day — finally breathes. The traffic, instead, moves indoors, where people flock inside the mall.

Are Filipinos cutting the cord?

IN 2015, Filipinos were introduced to a new way of watching movies and TV shows. Subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) services pitched a novel kind of content consumption, empowering viewers to watch whenever and wherever they want, provided they have a strong-enough internet connection.

The comic and the singer

IF THERE’S two things Filipinos love, it’s music and laughter, and that’s exactly what singer Nonoy Zuniga and comedian/singer Willie Nepomuceno are serving in their one night Music and Laughter concert on July 27 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City.

Staying true to the manga

CHIHAYAFURU PART 3 is a sports film about a competitive Japanese card game called karuta where players have to memorize 1,000 classic Japanese poems — it’s a game completely unfamiliar to Filipinos but their enthusiastic reactions to the film surprised even the film’s director, Norihiro Koizumi.

Want an Amorsolo but don’t have P46 million lying around? Then...

WANT an Amorsolo for your home but don’t have the millions to spare for an original? How about an Amorsolo on a plate instead? Rustan’s in partnership with the Amorsolo family has launched a limited-edition home collection inspired by National Artist for Painting Fernardo Amorsolo’s works.

Solar offers affordable digibox

SOLAR DIGITAL Media Holdings, Inc. has announced the entry of the newest digital receiver in the Philippine market aimed at giving consumers options and access to “quality entertainment at a more affordable price,” according to a company release.

PPP fest to show 8 films this year

EIGHT FILMS, ranging from romantic comedies to action thrillers, make up the slate of the this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) which runs from Aug. 15-21 in all cinemas nationwide.

Matti’s BuyBust leads PHL contingent at NYAFF

ERIK MATTI’s BuyBust (2018) and On the Job (2013) are to be screened this week at the ongoing New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF). They and four others make up the largest lineup of Filipino films in the festival since 2013, according to the festival’s website.

After 2 surgeries in 2 months, Gary V is raring to...

SINGER Edgardo Jose “Gary” Valenciano — often referred to as “Mr. Pure Energy” because of his high energy performances — announced that he has been cleared of kidney cancer, a diagnosis which was made shortly after he underwent successful emergency open heart surgery in May.

Take 3 in the Philippines for singer Charlie Puth

AMERICAN singer/songwriter, Charlie Puth, is coming back for a third time in the Philippines on Nov. 6 in the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City as part of his ongoing North America and Asia tour promoting his newest album, Voicenotes.

A look inside Manila’s first Holiday Inn Express

INTERCONTINENTAL Hotel Group (IHG)-led Holiday Inn Express has established its first branch in the Philippines with the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City on July 3.

When a physical therapist designs a pillow, it can get very...

BANGKOK-BASED sleep essentials brand, Mr. Big, known for “physical therapist-designed pillows” for “ergonomic comfort” has arrived in the Philippines hoping to improve Filipino’s sleep quality.

Diverse offerings in Cinemalaya

NOW ON its 14th year, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is serving up a diverse menu of films in competition, with genres ranging from comedy to drama to suspense.

Boyzone’s last tour touching down in PHL

IRISH POP vocal group Boyzone is coming back to Manila which is one stop in its their 25th Anniversary and Farewell Tour.

Honor 10: Budget-friendly flagship

In recent years, the battleground in the fiercely competitive smartphone market has shifted from top-tier phones with top-tier pricing to mid-range pricing with top-tier specs and for the Chinese Honor brand (a sub-brand of Huawei) this is a battleground they want to dominate in, especially with the introduction of Honor 10.

Festival vets make up 1st 4 entries in this year’s MMFF

THE Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018 selection committee has announced the first four official entries for this year’s film festival and the list includes festival veterans including Jose Marie “Vice Ganda” Viceral, Marvic “Vic” Sotto and Rodel “Coco Martin” Nacianceno.

Westlife’s Filan promotes new album with Sept. concert in PHL

WESTLIFE’S lead singer Shane Filan is coming back to Manila for a one-night concert featuring the Irish boy band’s greatest hits and some of his new singles on Sept. 15 at the Kia Theatre in Quezon City.

Watsons holds 1st health symposium for its advantage card members

HEALTH and beauty chain store, Watsons Philippines, recently staged its first health symposium for its Watsons Advantage Program (WAP) members.

After 20 years, Workshy returns

BRITISH BAND Workshy, best known for the song “Never the Same,” and covering Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” comes back to Manila after more than 20 years to promote the group’s newest album, Wayward, on Aug. 10 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino.

Calum Scott’s Asian tour comes to PHL in Oct.

BRITISH crooner Calum Scott, is coming back to Manila for a concert on Oct. 30 at the Kia Theater in Quezon City as part of his ongoing Only Human Asia Tour.

Manga films highlighted in the Eigasai film fest’s 21st year

FOR ITS 21st year, the EIGASAI Japanese Film Festival announces a lineup of 15 films including the third installment of the film adaptation of Yuki Suegetsu’s manga, Chihayafuru.

Musical time machine is coming to Manila

INTERESTED in hearing Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” sung as Ella Fitzgerald would? Or Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” performed as if it came out in the 1960s? Or Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” done 1950s prom style? You can thanks to Post Modern Jukebox (PMJ), a vintage minstrel band which currently has over one billion views on YouTube and almost 3.5 million subscribers.

BBC nature docu gets a Pinoy edge as GMA adapts Planet...

SEE NATURE in ultra high definition as GMA Network launches its newest infotainment program, Amazing Earth, featuring footage from BBC’s Planet Earth II.

Short docu on a special Uber driver tops 1st Istorya ng...

A FIVE-MINUTE documentary about an Uber driver with Tourette’s Syndrome won the top prize at the recently concluded Istorya ng Pag-asa (INP) Film Festival.