2008 Metro Manila Film Festival Winners

Here are the winners in the recently concluded 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival:

Best Actor - Christopher De Leon (Magkaibigan)
Best Actress - Anne Curtis (Baler)
Best Picture - Baler (Jericho Rosales)
Best Director - Mark Meily (Baler)
Best Screenplay - Baler
Best Supporting Actress - Manilyn Reynes (One Night Only)
Best Supporting Actor - Philip Salvador (Baler)
3rd Best Festival Picture - Iskul Bukol 20 Years After
2nd Best Festival Picture - Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat
Best Cinematography - Lee Meily (Baler)
Best Production Design - Aped Santos (Baler)
Best Editing - Danny Anonuevo (Baler)
Best Visual Effects - Robert Quilao (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Busical Score - Jessie Lasaten (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Theme Song - “Lipad” by Jessie Lasaten and Artemio Abad Jr., performed by Lea Salonga (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Sound - Albert Idioma and Wally Dellosa (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Original Story - Jose Javier Reyes (One Night Only)
Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award - Antonio Villegas (Baler)
Best Child Performer - Robert Villar (”Shake, Rattle, and Roll X”)
Noli Villalobos - Best Make-Up (”Desperadas 2" Marian Rivera)

Terminator Salvation Synopsis and Trailer

"Terminator Salvation" is an upcoming science fiction war film which is a sequel of the Terminator films series.

Christian Bale - John Connor
Sam Worthington - Marcus Wright
Anton Yelchin - Kyle Reese
Bryce Dallas Howard - Kate Connor
Moon Bloodgood - Blair Williams
Common - Barnes
Helena Bonham Carter - Serena


Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale), the man fated to be the leader of the human
resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators, and the future he was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they find out a terrible secret that may lead to the possible annihilation of mankind.



Friday the 13th Movie Trailer

"Friday the 13th" is a horror film which is a reboot of the Friday the 13th film series, whose last film was the 2003 crossover film "Freddy vs. Jason".

It is directed by Marcus Nispel and is set to open on February 13, 2009 which, coincidentally, is a Friday.

Searching for his missing sister, Clay heads up to the eerie woods of legendary Crystal Lake where he stumbles on the creaky remains of rotting old cabins that lie in wait behind moss-covered trees. And that's not the only thing hiding under the brush. Against the advice of police and cautions from the locals, Clay pursues what few leads he has with the help of a young woman he meets among a group of college kids up for an all-thrills weekend. But they are about to find much more than they bargained for. Little do they know, they've entered the domain of one of the most terrifying specters in American film history - the infamous killer who haunts Crystal Lake armed with a razor-sharp machete...Jason Voorhees.


"Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat" Leads 2008 MMFF Day 1 Box Office

Ai-Ai delas Alas' "Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat" leads all entries in the Box Office race in the ongoing 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival.

It's the "day of the comedies" as Tito, Vic & Joey's "Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After" come in the no.2 spot in the filmfest's first day of showing.

Most interviewed moviegoers say they lined up for the above movies to "laugh and forget their problems" in the face of the worldwide financial crisis.
"Shake, Rattle & Roll X" also started strong as it ranked 3rd in the opening day. All entries are to be shown until January 7, 2009 and many analysts say that changes in the ranking are to be expected in the coming days.

ABS-CBN Will Do the Philippine Remake of "Twilight"

"Twilight" will soon have its local version in the Philippines. This, after ABS-CBN in partnership with Ignite Media bagged the exclusive rights to make the Philippine remake of "Twilight" which is based on the best selling vampire novel of Stephanie Meyer.

"Twilight" (the movie) is the no.1 top grossing foreign movie in the Philippines for 2008. It already banked almost 180 million pesos on its 4-week run and it is still going strong in its 5th week.

The Phlippine remake will have a working title "Takipsilim", the Filipino word for "Twilight". It stars Rayver Cruz and Shaina Magdayao under the direction of Cathy Garcia-Molina. Ara Mina and Joyce Jimenez has been also considered to join the cast but there is no final decision yet.

Taping of the series will start February of 2009 and shooting locations include Tagaytay, Bukidnon and baguio. Some aprts of the series will be shot abroad.

ABS-CBN and Ignite Media reportedly paid $1 million for the contract.

Marian Rivera on Desperadas 2 Billing Issue

Marian Rivera speaks about the alleged "billing issue" between Ogie Alcasid and herself in the movie "Desperadas 2".

"Wala na yon, tapos na yon," Marian started. "Ang masasabi ko lang, ang importante, maayos na kaming lahat at mahal ko ang mga kasama ko. Masaya ako at mahal ko sila."

"Kahit saan nila ilagay nag pangalan ko, kahit wala akong picture, kasi napamahal na sa akin ang apat na yon. Kaya walang problema sa akin. "

Marian added that since she has two entries in the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival, she will be in the float of "Desperadas 2" on the first part of the Parade of the Stars on December 24, and in the second half, she will be in the "Shake, Rattle & Roll 10" float.

Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion Will Team-up for a 2009 Movie

Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion are confirmed to do a movie next year under Star Cinema. This was revealed by Piolo during the press conference of Piolo's latest movie opposite Angel Locsin "Love Me Again: Land Down Under".

When a reporter asked Piolo what to expect for the Piolo-Angel tandem in 2009:

"Maghihiwalay muna kami, mahirap nang magsawa ang mga tao. She will be working with Sam Milby and I will be working with KC Concepcion, but eventually again, after a couple of soaps or movies, babalik din naman yung tambalan. I think, pareho naman kaming nag-grow sa Lobo," Piolo answered.

This revelation of Piolo adds more excitement for fans pushing for a Piolo-KC loveteam.

An reliable source says that the working title for the movie is "The Man I Loved" which is set to open by June, 2009.

Marian Rivera Speaks About the 'Plastikada' Issue

Marian Rivera admits she was hurt when a reporter calls her 'plastikada' during the presscon of her movie "Desperadas 2".

It can be remembered that it was entertainment writer-columnist Ernie Pecho who called Marian 'plastikada'. The issue started when Marian went to Universal Records (where Ernie is the alleged company's PRO) office for her dance album. Ernie approached Marian and requested her to sign her poster. At that time, Marian was talking to somebody. Marian signed the poster but then said 'istorbo', referring to Ernie.

"Siguro kahit sino namang tao, harap-harapan na nasa presscon ka tapos gaganunin ka, siguro kahit sino namang lumagay sa katayuan ko, mararamdaman din po yun. Alam ko kasi sa pagiging suplada ko, sa pagiging maldita ko, nasa lugar naman ako. At aminado naman ako do'n, di ba? Pero yung plastic, never akong naging plastic," Marian stressed.

Piolo Pascual is Praying for the "Right Woman"

Piolo Pascual has been very busy this year. A lot of projects were lined up to him and the latest is his movie with Angel Locsin titled "Love Me Again" (Land Down Under) which is yet to be shown.

Just recently, he flew to US to visit his 11-year old son, Iñigo, who is studying there and he told the press that his son is eyeing to follow his footsteps. But Piolo is not allowing his son, as of this time, to enter showbiz.

"Ang agreement namin ay tapusin niya muna ang pag-aaral niya... Gusto ko ay i-enjoy niya muna ang childhood niya at tapusin ang pag-aaral," Piolo said.

When asked about his love life, "I'm constantly praying for the right woman… sooner or later, I’m sure iga-grant ni Lord ‘yon. But as of now, I'm enjoying all the blessings that are coming my way. Puro trabaho at pamilya muna,” Piolo ended.

Piolo was once linked to Rica Peralejo.

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" HD Trailer

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is an upcoming film based on Marvel Comics character Wolverine. The film stars Hugh Jackman as the main character Logan/Wolverine. It is directed by Gavin Hood and is due to hit the big screen on May 1, 2009. It is a prequel to the X-Men film trilogy, focusing on the mutant Wolverine and this time with Team X, before Wolverine's skeleton was bonded with the indestructible metal adamantium.

Wolverine lives a mutant life, seeks revenge against Victor Creed (who will later become Sabretooth) for the death of his girlfriend, and ultimately ends up going through the mutant Weapon X program.


Lea Salonga and Aga Muhlach Will Team-up Again for a New Movie

Aga Muhlach and Lea Salonga are said to do a movie under Star Cinema next year. This was confirmed by Lea during the press conference of Dayo, where she performed the theme song (Lipad) of the film.

“It’s still being negotiated. But I already expressed my desire to do a movie with him once again, provided the story will fit our present state. Hope it will showcase us as grown-ups, a far cry from our characters in Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal and Sana Maulit Muli. It has to be realistic. It cannot be a similar story or a rehash of our previous starrers.” Lea said.

“We exchange text messages. Actually, it’s not only us who are excited about the idea but our spouses as well. They really want us to do a movie together once again.”

Roxanne Guinoo Has Moved On

Roxanne Guinoo was reportedly depressed while shooting her latest movie "Shake, Rattle & Roll X", which is an official entry to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival. Her depression reportedly is caused by her break-up and the "Guam issue" with Jake Cuenca.

"Hindi na ako depressed. Ano ba 2009 na! Na-overcome na natin lahat ng issues,” Roxanne happily declared in Entertainment Live.

Fans are happy with this declaration from Roxanne who is looking forward of doing more projects in 2009.

Roxanne is setting aside 'Love' as of this moment and she gamely said she is happy to be "single and ready to mingle".

KC Concepcion - Richard Gutierrez Valentine Movie Update 2

After so much ado, Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion's valentine movie finally started to roll.

The story conference was held last December 18 and next in line is the publicity pictorial and the shooting of the movie's teaser to be shown in the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival for initial promotion.

The first shooting day was supposed to be yesterday since the cast is already complete and the playdate, which is February 11, 2009, is fast approaching.

Included in the cast are Cherry Pie Picache, Tonton Gutierrez, Eula Valdez, Freddie Webb, Paolo Paraiso, Bubbles Paraiso, Iya Villania, bold actress Joyce Jimenez and Alfred Vargas.

There's no definite title yet, as there are plansto use the original "When I Met You" instead of "Save the Best For Last".

The movie is to be directed by Joel Lamangan after the original director Joey Reyes resigned for some personal reasons.

Dingdong Dantes Talks About Marian Rivera, Karylle

Dingdong Dantes has finally broken his silence amidst the growing controversy over Marian Rivera's pregnancy and Karylle.

Dingdong supported Marian's statement denying the pregnancy issue. “Alam niya iyon, sinagot na niya iyon and I don't want to get into that anymore. As much as possible I really don't want to get into the middle of everything. Ang sa akin lang I'm always for the truth and the truth will set you free," Dingdong said in an interview with abs-cbnNews.com.

He however didn't clarify his 'real relationship' with Marian. "Parang corny kapag sinabi mong 'friends.' I don't want to label anything as of this moment.” he said.

Dingdong admitted meeting Karylle recently but according to him it's "coincidental".

"Oo nagkita kami coincidentally. (Nagkasalubong kami) dalawang beses lang doon at tsaka sa airport," Dingdong said.

Philippine Box Office Record: December 10-14, 2008

Newcomer "The Day The Earth Stood Still" started very strong besting all movies last week, banking 24.6 million pesos. "Twilight" slipped to no. 2 spot with 16.2 million, "Quarantine" with 2.7 million and "Scaregivers", which tops all local movies for the last 2 weeks, with 2.1 million pesos.

"One True Love" of Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes remains at no.5 with 1.9 million and a total gross of 62.5 million, placing 11th in the top local movies of 2008.

(US $1 = 48.1663 PhP)

Week #Movie TitleGross (Weekend)Gross (to date)
1The Day the Earth Stood Still24,648,47824,648,478
4One True Love1,910,70962,482,432.18
2Pride & Glory1,170,9713,520,812.03
2Four Christmasses1,013,7082,003,718.08
6Quantum of Solace462,782103,886,906.16
6Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa175,47073,979,198.17

Charice Pempengco in 2009

Charice Pempengco sees a brighter 2009 ahead. Being handled by David Foster, Charice is poised to perform in concerts with Foster's singer friends not only in the US but also in the Philippines!

"Hindi ko po sure yon, pero pinag-uusapan po yon. Kasi birthday ko po next year magkakaroon kami ng David Foster & Friends sa Mandalay Bay. Ako ang isa sa main event pero gustong gusto niyang pumunta dito sa Pilipinas. Kasi lagi kaming magkasama. So parang gustong gusto niyang magkaroon ng David Foster & Friends dito sa Pilipinas sa Araneta," Charice said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

Aside form international concerts, Charice will be recording her international debut CD in 2009. "Simula na akong mag-recording for my international debut album siguro kapag 17 na ako saka ko ire-release ang album," Charice said.

Karylle Explains Her "Controversial Smile"

Karylle airs her side about her controversial smile in ABS-CBN showbiz show "The Buzz". Marian Rivera was apparently offended by that smile and she aired her feelings during the presscon of her upcoming movie yesterday.

Karylle explained her side to columnist Ricky Lo, which was published in the Phlippine Star newspaper.

"If there were any misinterpretations of my smile, I clarified it [yesterday] morning when I guested on Boy & Kris. Tito Boy Abunda even apologized for asking me [that question]. Tita Kris Aquino said kasi that it was politically incorrect for him to ask me. I just explained that no matter what I would answer or however my face would react, it would mean something.

"Parang I was in a no-win situation. If I didn't smile, people would say I was bitter. I was actually trying to figure out what to answer and how to phrase it properly. And then, si Tito Boy suddenly said ‘Thank you!' and ended the interview," Karylle explained.

Philippine TV Ratings (National/NUTAM): November 2008

ABS-CBN shows dominate the Nationwide Urban TV Audience Measurement or NUTAM survey conducted by AGB Nielsen for the month of November 2008.

"Iisa Pa Lamang" finale leads the primetime with 33.6 percent beating the previous leaders "I Love Betty La Fea" of Bea Alonzo and "Dyosa" of Anne Curtis.

"Wowowee" with Luningning and Milagring tops the daytime shows with 21.9% closely followed by "Gaano Kadalas AnNg Minsan" with 21.6 percent.

Here are the Top 10 programs for the month of November 2008 based on the survey conducted by AGB-Nielsen among NUTAM


Top Weekday Programs (Non-Primetime)

1. Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 21.9%
2. Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 21.6%
3. Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) - 19.7%
4. El Cuerpo Del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 19%
5. Carlo J. Caparas’ Pieta (ABS-CBN) - 18.4%
6. Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 18.3%
7. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 18.2%
8. Saan Darating Ang Umaga? (GMA-7) - 17.1%
9. Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 16%
10. Flame of Recca (GMA-7) - 13.5%

Top Weekday Programs (Primetime)

1. Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 33.6%
2. Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 32.9%
3. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 32.7%
4. Luna Mystika (GMA-7) - 30.8%
5. I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) - 30.5%
6. Carlo J. Caparas’ Gagambino (GMA-7) - 28.6%
7. Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 27.7%
8. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 25.5%
9. Kapamilya Deal or No Deal (ABS-CBN) - 24.9%
10. Pinoy Fear Factor (ABS-CBN) - 24.4%

Top Weekend Programs (Daytime)

1. The Hit Man Vs. The Magic Man: Hatton Vs. Malignaggi** (ABS-CBN) - 28.3%
2. Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 21.2%
3. ASAP ‘08 (ABS-CBN) - 18.2%
4. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 17.7 %
5. Cinema FPJ Da King on ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) - 17.4%
6. Your Song (ABS-CBN) - 15.7%
7. The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 14.9%
8. Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) - 14.2%
9. SOP (GMA-7) - 13.5%
10. Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 13%



Top Weekend Programs (Primetime)

1. Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) - 28.6%
2. Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 28.1%
3. Komiks Presents Tiny Tony (ABS-CBN) - 27.6%
4. Goin’ Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 26.6%
5. The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 26.4%
6. Bitoy’s Funniest Videos (GMA-7) - 24.3 %
7. Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 23.5%
8. Pinoy Fear Factor Primer** (ABS-CBN) - 23.4%
9. Kakasa Ka Ba Sa Grade 5? (GMA-7) - 22.2%
10. Family Feud (GMA-7) - 22.2%

"Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat" is 'Against' the Philippine Constitution

Ai-Ai delas Alas' "Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat" had a problem with our very own constitution and it was almost banned from showing.

“Nalokah ako,” said Direk Wenn Deramas in an interview with the Journal, “Muntik nang hindi maipalabas ang 'Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat', kasi nagkaproblema sa seal of the President.”

In the movie, Ai-Ai became the president of the Philippines.

“Eh, gayang-gaya kasi ’yung seal of the President, nakalagay sa constitution, illegal ’yung kopyahin o gamitin mo ’yon at tanging Pangulo lamang ng Pilipinas ang may karapatan doon. Panoorin nyo ang pelikula para malaman nyo kung paano namin ginawan ng paraan ’yung seal of the President.”

They are going to have a premiere night on December 18 at SM Megamall.

Marian Rivera Offended by Karylle's 'Smile' and Denies She is Pregnant

Marian Rivera categorically denies she is pregnant and that the father allegedly is Dingdong Dantes. In the press conference for her new movie "Desperadas 2" yesterday, Marian had the chance to answer rumors about her pregnancy.

"Hindi po ako buntis," Marian started when asked for her reaction about Karylle's "mysterious" smile in 'The Buzz'.

"Na-hurt ako sa kanya dahil kung ako ang tatanungin ng ganoon, ang isasagot ko 'Wala po akong alam diyan' o 'Wala po ako sa posisyon na sumagot diyan'. Nagkaroon ng malisya ang pag-smile-smile niya. Inaamin ko na-offend ako." Marian further said.

"Makakasagot naman siya dahil may alam naman siya. Sana hindi na lang niya idinaan sa pa-smile smile." she ended, with tears.

Boy Abunda, For Congressman?

Boy Abunda might run for a congressional seat in the 2010 polls. This speculation started after Kris Aquino said she is willing to give everything to finance the campaign of Boy if he runs for public office.

"Seriously and honestly, kung anuman ang mamanahin ko at kung anuman ang puwede naming isanla to fund your campaign, I will do it," Kris said during the opening part of "The Buzz" yesterday.

Boy didn't confirm nor deny this but if ever he will run for office come 2010, a lot of showbiz personalities have already promised their support.

An Evening In December With Sitti

Sitti, the undisputed Queen of Bossa in the Philippines, will treat her fans with their favorite Christmas tunes in her Christmas concert "An Evening In December With Sitti" on December 17, 2008 at the Music Museum.

Sitti is going to perform songs from her Christmas album "Ngayong Pasko" which includes The Christmas Song, Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Jingle Bell Rock and more including Baby It's Cold Outside featuring Christian Bautista.

Sitti's fourth album "My Bossa Nova" recently reached the platinum mark and "Ngayong Pasko" achieved gold status in just a span of less than a week.

Iskul Bukol 20 Years After Movie Trailer

"Iskul Bukol 20 Years After" is an official entry to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival under the direction of Tony Reyes and the comeback movie of the wacky trio Tito, Vic & Joey.

It is a joint production of M-Zet TV Productions, OctoArts Films and APT Entertainment.

"Iskul Bukol 20 Years After" is set to hit the big screen on December 25, 2008.


Marian Rivera, Pregnant?

Marian Rivera is allegedly pregnant, "courtesy" of Dingdong Dantes, that is if we believe rumors spreading in the showbiz world today.

Some claims that Marian's pregnancy is the real reason in the recent breakup of Dingdong and Karylle.

Rumors became even stronger after Karylle's appearance in The Buzz's Tough 10 Questions segment. Boy Abunda asked Karylle: “I know you have nothing to do with this pero sabi ko nga kasama ka sa kwentong ito, sa iyong pagkakaalam, Karylle, buntis ba si Marian Rivera?”

Karylle said nothing. As her reply, she just smiled and stared back at Boy Abunda.

Karylle Welcomed in ASAP '08

Karylle was one of the new Kapamilya stars welcomed on ASAP '08 last Sunday. She was introduced by her mom, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and they performed for the first time in stage in a regular show.

She also performed with ASAP '08 hearthrobs Piolo Pascual, Christian Bautista, Sam Milby and other Kapamilya stars.

It can be remembered that Karylle signed a one-year contract with ABS-CBN. She is now one of the mainstays of ASAP '08 and included in the cast of the upcoming teleserye "Maruja".

JC Tiuseco is the First Sole Survivor of Survivor Philippines

JC Tiuseco has been voted as the first Sole Survivor of GMA-7's Survivor Phlippines.

After 39 days in the Devil's island, the castaways gathered once again to select the first sole survivor. The castaway jury gave JC 5 votes against 3 for the runner-up Rob Sy. The viewer's text votes or "Boto ng Bayan" also favored JC giving him 93% compared to 7% for Rob.

JC Tiuseco received 3 million pesos cash and a possible contract with GMA network.

KC Concepcion Plays Katy: Musical

KC Concepcion is back on stage in the upcoming stage show "Katy: Musical" which is set to be shown on December 27, 2008 in Sofitel hotel.

KC excitedly told the press what's the difference of their 'version' from the previous staging of "Katy: Musical".

"It's a new take, it's a modern take sa actual na musical na ginagawa nila before. Kasi, they already made a musical na life story talaga ni Katy. Ngayon, lahat ng kanta, sa original musical talaga kukuhanin. Tapos, iba't ibang klaseng media ang gagamitin nila on stage. Partly movie, partly musical play, partly concert. Kasi yung mga pinili nila to be playing Katy are gonna be singing as themselves. So, parang nandoon din sina Kyla, she will sing as Kyla with one of Katy's songs. We're all gonna be Katy and we'll all have the chance to be Katy for a moment," KC explained.

KC is also set to perform a duet with Jericho Rosales and a dance number with Gabriel Valenciano in the show.

Katy dela Cruz is the "Queen of Bodabil" in the Philippines and passed away November 10, 2004 at the age of 97.

Dingdong Dantes To Do a Project for AXN?

Dingdong Dantes continues to conquer the world. Last Wednesday, Singaporean host-model Eunice Olsen visited the Philippines to interview Dingdong Dantes for AXN.

It was later learned that the interview is part of the show/project that Dingdong is doing for AXN channel.

Dingdong nevertheless didn't disclosed what show it is or when it is to be shown, but this only proves that Dingdong Dantes is slowly conquering the international entertainment scene.

Shake, Rattle & Roll X Full Trailer

"Shake, Rattle & roll X" is the official entry of Regal Entertainment to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival. It is composed of three episodes namely Nieves, Class Picture and Emergency.

Synopsis: (Source: Shake, Rattle & Roll X in Wikipedia

Nieves (Marian Rivera) is the town’s famous and lone Engkanto Slayer. When strange and unexplainable attacks began to strike the whole town, Nieves, teams up with her slayer in trainings: Junie (Robert "Buboy" Villar) and Kaysee (Jennica Garcia) to save the townsfolk from extinction.

Ten college students spend the weekend at their school to prepare an exhibit in exchange for lifting the suspension of their organization(led by Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson). But instead of getting busied with paper maches, and presentation, they find themselves haunted by the awakened spirit of a demented nun, Sr. Maria Belonia (Jean Garcia), who has put a curse on a class picture of her section in 1898.

When an obscure hospital becomes the target of wrathful blood hungry creatures (Mylene Dizon and Wendell Ramos), Jay (JC De Vera) the paramedic and his beloved Dr. Sarah (Roxanne Guinoo) must struggle together with other hospital residents to save their precious lives.


Philippine TV Ratings (Mega Manila): December 8-11, 2008

GMA-7's newscast 24 Oras bested all primetime shows on December 8 generating 40.6 percent of Mega Manila viewers.

Luna Mystika placed 2nd with 36.1, followed by La Lola 32, Gagambino 31.6 and Survivor Philippines 28.9 percent (all shows in the top 5 are from GMA-7).

Below are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 shows from December 8 to 11 conducted by AGB Nielsen Phlippines in Mega Manila area:

SiS (GMA-7) 19.4%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 6.4%
Rosalinda (GMA-7) 16.8%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 10.2%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 22.3%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 14.5%
Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) 20.9%; Saan Darating ang Umaga? (GMA-7) 19.5%; Pieta (ABS-CBN) 11.3%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 15.1%; La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 9.7%; Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) 6.6%

Family Feud (GMA-7) 23.2%; Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 14.8%
24 Oras (GMA-7) 40.6%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 20.7%
Luna Mystika (GMA-7) 36.1%; Dyosa (ABS-CBN) 21.2%
Gagambino (GMA-7) 31.6%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 24.2%
La Lola (GMA-7) 32%; Eva Fonda (ABS-CBN) 21.8%
Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) 28.9%; Pinoy Fear Factor (ABS-CBN) 19.3%
Money War (GMA-7) 20.8%; Kahit Isang Saglit (ABS-CBN) 14.4%
Ripley's Believe It Or Not (GMA-7) 16.5 %; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 8.6%; Saksi (GMA-7) 11.3%

December 9, Tuesday

SiS (GMA-7) 18.8%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 5.7%
Rosalinda (GMA-7) 17.3%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 15.7%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 21.4%; Wowowee Luningning (ABS-CBN) 14.6%
Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) 21.8%; Saan Darating ang Umaga? (GMA-7) 18.8%; Pieta (ABS-CBN) 12.4%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 15.4%; La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 10.3%; Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) 4.5%

Family Feud (GMA-7) 23.9%; Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 16%
24 Oras (GMA-7) 32.1%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 23.5%
Luna Mystika (GMA-7) 34.8%; Dyosa (ABS-CBN) 24%
Gagambino (GMA-7) 30.5%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 25.8%
La Lola (GMA-7) 29.1%; Eva Fonda (ABS-CBN) 24.6%
Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) 27.5%; Pinoy Fear Factor (ABS-CBN) 23%
Money War (GMA-7) 21%; Kahit Isang Saglit (ABS-CBN) 17.9%
Full Force Nature (GMA-7) 17.5%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 6.9%; Saksi (GMA-7) 11.3%

December 10, Wednesday

SiS (GMA-7) 13.1%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 6.7%
Rosalinda (GMA-7) 13.2%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 14.3%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 21.7%; Milagring Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 14.8%
Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) 24%; Saan Darating ang Umaga? (GMA-7) 21.1%; Pieta (ABS-CBN) 11.4%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 17.7%; La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 9.7%; Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) 6.1%

Family Feud (GMA-7) 22.4%; Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 15.3%
24 Oras (GMA-7) 31.6%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 23.1%
Luna Mystika (GMA-7) 32.4%; Dyosa (ABS-CBN) 24%
Gagambino (GMA-7) 29.2%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 24.1%
La Lola (GMA-7) 29.3%; Eva Fonda (ABS-CBN) 21.1%
Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) 25.5%; Pinoy Fear Factor (ABS-CBN) 20.1%
Money War (GMA-7) 17.9%; Kahit Isang Saglit (ABS-CBN) 15.7%
Masquerade (GMA-7) 16.2%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 8%; Saksi (GMA-7) 9.5%

December 11, Thursday

SiS (GMA-7) 13.3%; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 7.7%
Rosalinda (GMA-7) 15.5%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 16.1%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 24.2; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 16.9%
Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) 25.4%; Saan Darating ang Umaga? (GMA-7) 22.9%; Pieta (ABS-CBN) 13.5%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 20.7%; La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 10.2%; Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) 6.7%

Family Feud (GMA-7) 22.9%; Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 14.8%
24 Oras (GMA-7) 31%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 22.9%
Luna Mystika (GMA-7) 36.1%; Dyosa (ABS-CBN) 22.2%
Gagambino (GMA-7) 33.1%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 24.7%
La Lola (GMA-7) 32.8%; Eva Fonda (ABS-CBN) 22%
Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) 30.1%; Pinoy Fear Factor (ABS-CBN) 21.2%
Money War (GMA-7) 22.3%; Kahit Isang Saglit (ABS-CBN) 17.3%
Obra (GMA-7) 12.8%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 9.9%; Saksi (GMA-7) 5.6%

Source: http://www.pep.ph/news/20218/TV-Ratings-(Dec.-8-11):-Manny-Pacquiaos-victory-and-Marky-Cielos-death-are-the-hottest-topics-on-TV

The Day The Earth Stood Still Full Trailer

"The Day The Earth Stood Still" is a remake of the 1951 movie with the same title. It is a science fiction film topbilled by Keanu Reeves as Klaatu under the direction of Scott Derrickson for 20th Century Fox.

A representative of an alien race that went through drastic evolution to survive its own climate change, Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) comes to Earth to assess whether humanity can prevent the environmental damage they have inflicted on their own planet. Klaatu himself already has a negative opinion of humans, and when detained by Regina Jackson, the United States Secretary of Defense, and barred from speaking to the United Nations, he decides they shall be exterminated so the planet – with its rare ability to sustain complex life – can survive. Dr. Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) and her stepson Jacob (Jaden Smith) finally convince Klaatu humans are worth saving.


"Baler" Full Trailer and Synopsis

"Baler" is the official entry of VIVA Films in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival. It is topbilled by Jericho Rosales and Anne Curtis under the direction of Mark Meily.

It is a story of love that blossomed in the middle of war in 1898.  This happened during the encounter between the 57-man Rifle Batallion of the Spanish military and the Filipino forces, which is now referred as the Siege of Baler.

Feliza Reyes (Anne Curtis) is a young Filipina who fall in love with Celso Resurrecion (Jericho Rosales), a half-Spaniard/half-Filipino (Indio) soldier who chooses to serve the Spaniards against the Filipino insurgents who are fighting for their independence.

Nanding (Phillip Salvador), Feliza's father and a member of the rebel movement, objected to Feliza and Celso's romance. But their love for each other grows so strong that even her father and the war could not break it.

The cast includes Joel Torre, Michael De Mesa, Baron geisler, Nikki Bacolod, Rio Locsin, Carlo Aquino, Ryan eigenmann, Leo Martines, Bernard Palanca, Mark Bautista, Alvin Anson and Jao Mapa. The movie is set to hit the big screen on December 25, 2008.

Full Trailer:

"Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen" Trailer and Synopsis

"Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen" Synopsis:

The battle for Earth has ended but the battle for the universe has just begun. After returning to Cybertron, Starscream assumes command of the Decepticons, and has decided to return to Earth with force. The Autobots believing that peace was possible finds out that Megatron's dead body has been stolen from the US Military by Skorpinox and revives him using his own spark. Now Megatron is back seeking revenge and with Starscream and more Decepticon reinforcements on the way, the Autobots with reinforcements of their own, may have more to deal with then meets the eye.

View Trailer of the movie:

Shaina Magdayao as Dragonna Video/Pictorials

We are posting here some of the pictures/videos sourced from ABS-CBN for the upcoming Fantaserye "Dragonna" which is going to debut in the small screen on December 13, 2008.

Rhian Ramos in the Cover of Preview Magazine December 2008 Issue

Rhian Ramos graces the cover of Preview magazine in its December 2008 issue. Rhian confided to the magazine how she feels for the children.

"Ang daming kids who need someone to look after them or need a home or need a role model. Sa tingin ko, biological or not, I'll love him or her just the same. Adopting is motherhood na rin for me" said Rhian.

She further said that she already decided for herself to build a family by adoption, just like what Angelina Jolie is doing.
The complete interview is in the December issue of Preview magazine. Grab your copy now from your favorite magazine outlets nationwide.

JC de Vera Denies Rumors About Roxanne Guinoo

JC de Vera and Roxanne Guinoo are paired in the movie "Shake, Rattle & Roll X". There are rumors that during and after the shooting of the movie, they became very close and in fact many suspects they are 'secret lovers.'

But JC dismisses all of these. "Secret lovers? Saan galing yan? Ako nga, hindi ko alam ang number niya. ‘Yun na lang ang pagdugtong-dugtunin nila. Hindi ko alam ang number ni Roxanne,” said JC in an interview.

"Noong time na na nagsho-shoot kami, pareho kaming segway-segway sa work. So pagdating namin sa shoot, pareho kaming tulog. Nakakapag-usap lang kami kapag sa scene na,” he further explains.

JC made things clear with Roxanne because according to him, he has only one apple in his eyes, and that is, the beautiful Rhian Ramos.

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

The tandem of Director Michael Bay and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg returns on the sequel of the hit movie "Transformers."

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is topbilled by Shia LaBeouf who reprises the role of Sam Witwicky and Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes.

The conception of the film began in September 2007 with a budget of whooping $151 million.  More robots are introduced in both Autobots and Decepticons camps.

Autobots is still headed by Optimus Prime and the Decepticons by Megatron, though killed and thrown into the Laurentian Abyss in the first film, will be resurrected and will take his revenge in the sequel.

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is scheduled to hit the movie screens on June 26, 2009 and a lot of fans are excited as of this early.

Who could forget this image anyway?

Sunshine Dizon 'Lied' About Victor Neri


Sunshine Dizon took the lie detector test in Showbiz Central's "Don't Lie To Me" portion last Sunday. Most of her answers were 'truths' except for the last question which involves Victor Neri.

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Here are the questions:

1. You portrayed a lesbian role on TV and movies, is this because you have lesbian tendencies? She answered NO and the machine agrees.

2. You admitted having liposuction in your arms and back. Are there any other cosmetic procedure that you didn't admit in public? She said NO and still, TRUTH.

3. Do yo uthink Matet had been a bad influence to you? (Matet previously denied she taught Sunshine to drink and going to bars) Sunshine said NO and again, it is TRUE.

4. During your "Anna Karenina" days, were you romantically involved with Dingdong Dantes? Her answer is NO and it's TRUE.

5. Among your past boyfriends, is it true that you got hurt the most by Victor Neri? Sunshine said NO but this time the machine said that she LIED.

Sunshine even denied they were ever 'on' but people in the showbiz world thought otherwise. Victor Neri is now working in Hongkong and he even arranged her hotel accomodation when Sunshine went there, but she denied seeing him there.

It's Sunshine's words against the machine.


Philippine Box Office Record: December 3-7, 2008

"Twilight" remains strong as it stays to this weekend's no.1 spot earning P38.1 million. Newcomer "Quarantine" ranks 2nd with P5.9 million replacing "Scaregivers" which jumps to no.3 with P5.2 million.

"One True Love" of Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes now occupies the 11th spot for the top movies of 2008 and is expected to climb to top 10 in the coming 2 weeks.

(US $1 = 49.1041 PhP)

Week #Movie TitleGross (Weekend)Gross (to date)
2TwilightP 38,111,705P 144,669,223
3One True Love4,234,63960,480,636
1Pride & Glory1,842,0421,842,042
5Quantum of Solace1,068,211105,147,542
1Four Christmasses776,336776,336
5Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa634,37675,059,201

Source: Box Office Mojo

Kamikazee's Guitarist Arrested in Dubai

Kamikazee band's guitarist, Led Tuyay, was arrested by Dubai airport authorities in Dubai International Airport last December 4. In a report by ABS-CBN's TV Patrol World, airport authorities found suspected marijuana in Led's luggage.

The band is in Dubai for a concert titled "Rakrakan Fest" organized by ABS-CBN. Other bands that performed in the said event are Bamboo, Pupil and The Dawn.

Kamikazee continues to perform in spite of the incident. Led is currently detained in Dubai and if proven guilty, he will spend some time in Dubai jail and may be banned from entering the United Arab Emirates.

"Dayo" Full Trailer

Dayo is the first all-digital full-length animated feature film in the Philippines. It is also the first and only of its kind to be included in the Metro Manila Film Festival (which is one of this year's finalist in MMFF).

The film features the voices of Nash Aguas as Bubuy, Katrina Michelle Legaspi as Anna Manananggal and Michael V. as Narsi. Other voice talents include Johnny Delgado, Peque Gallaga (Nano), Laurice Guillen, Pokwang, Noel Trinidad and Nova Villa.

It is directed by Robert Quilao under Cutting Edge Productions. The movie's theme song "Lipad" is performed by Ms. Lea Salonga.

An 11 year-old kid named Bubuy tries to save his beloved grandparents who have been abducted into Elementalia - a mysterious, mystical and magical land abounding with strange flora and fauna and a host of popular cratures from Philippine mythology.

Bubuy must search for the special ingreddients needed to make the magic potion that will reverse the spell that the abductors placed upon his grandparents (turning them into trees).

This will take Bubuy to a wild and wonderfully funny adventure all over Elementalia. Along the way, he will meet colorful characters and challenging obstacles - kapre, manananggal, tiyanak, tikbalang, bruha, aswang and other creatures in the Philippine underworld.

Full Trailer:

Bugoy Drilon's Debut Album "Bugoy: Paano Na Kaya?" Released

Bugoy Drilon happily announced the release of his debut album titled "Bugoy: Paano Na Kaya?" under Star Records.

Bugoy's new album contains songs composed by prized Filipino composers Ryan Catabyab, Vehnee Saturno and Jonathan Manalo.

The songs in the album includes "Paano Na Kaya?", "Kung Puede Lang Sana","Bakit Ba?","Lahat Ng 'Yan","Simulan Mo Sa Isang Pangarap" and the carrier single "Muli".

Arnel Pineda and the "Journey" to Perform in the Philippines!

Arnel Pineda and the American rock band "Journey" (where Arnel is the lead vocalist) is going to perform here in the Philippines next year. This was revealed by Arnel Pineda himself in an interview in the showbiz talk show "Entertainment Live."

"I am staying until middle of March or first week of April. Dito mag-start ang leg ng Asian Tour namin so manood kayo lahat and see you next year," Arnel said.

There is no definite date yet for the concert.
The other members of the band are as follows:

Neal Schon - all guitars, backing vocals
Jonathan Cain - keyboards, backing vocals
Ross Vallory - bass, backing vocals
Deen Castronovo - drums, percussion, backing vocals

Luningning and Milagring are said to idolize Arnel and the band.

KC Concepcion Graces the Cover of Cosmopolitan December 2008 Issue

KC Concepcion confided she was raised not to need men' as she appears in the cover of Cosmopolitan's Super Hot Celeb Special (December 2008) issue.

Cosmopolitan's December issue also reveals "how Kikay" are youngstars Anne Curtis, Kim Chiu, Roxanne Guinoo, Maui Taylor and Katrina Halili.

A lot of lady issues and some Christmas articles are also included. So grab your copies now from your favorite magazine outlets!

Piolo Pascual in Metro Magazine December-January Cover

"We got Piolo Pascual to Bare his soul..." is what Metro magazine claims in its December 2008-January 2009 issue as Piolo Pascual appears in their cover.

The magazine also includes "19 of Today's Hottest Personalities", "Sexercise" and more. Kapamilya stars Claudine Barretto and Angel Locsin are said to 'show some skin' in some pages of Metro's latest issue.

Grab your copy now from your favorite outlets.

Baron Geisler Files Charges Against DOJ Officials

Baron Geisler files graft charges in the Ombudsman against three officials of the Department of Justice yesterday.

Respondents in the case are Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuño, Asst. Chief State Prosecutor Miguel Gudio and State Prosecutor Amanda Felipe.

Baron claims that the three officials are responsible for recommending the filing of acts of lasciviousness charges against him to the regional trial court.

Baron's lawyer, Atty. Bonifacio Alentajan, argued that the prosecutors "abused" their authority and violated the provisions under the Anti-Graft and Corruption Practices Act of 1992.

Baron Geisler pleaded to the public not to make prejudices against him until the case has been resolved.

Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa Reunited!

Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa love team is one of the most successful in Philippine showbiz.

Their chemistry was shown in movies and TV series like "Pangako Sa 'Yo", "Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas", "Ngayong Nandito Ka", "Trip" and "Forevermore" which were all unforgettable to the viewing public.

In 2009, Jericho and Kristine will be reunited in a primetime series titled "Ikaw Lamang". It will be an original love story where viewers will be treated with superb acting from the cast which will include Tonton Gutierrez, Sylvia Sanchez and Lauren Young under the direction of award-winning director Gerry Sineneng.

The Jericho-Kristine reunion will kick-off tonight (Dec. 6) as they are going to team-up in an episode in "Maalaala Mo Kaya." This episode is a love story brought about by the effect of a love potion.

Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin Star in the New Movie "Love Me Again"

Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin will star in the new movie "Love Me Again." This after Star Cinema changed the title of their latest movie "Land Down Under" to "Love Me Again."
Piolo and Angel have already finished shooting (in Bukidnon and Australia) the film and its only the title has been changed by Star Cinema.

The movie is set to open in Phillippine cinemas on January 15, 2009. It will also be featured in Star Cinema's International Film Festival together with "My Only U" and "My Big Love" in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Piolo Pascual, Angel Locsin and Sam Milby will grace the above occasion. Below is the schedule of Star Cinema's International Film Festival:

December 6

Wadsworth Theatre, Los Angeles
11301 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90073

My Only U (9AM-11AM)
My Big Love + meet and greet with Sam Milby (11AM-1PM)
Love Me Again premiere (2PM-4PM/8PM-10PM)
Meet and greet with Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual (5:15PM-7:15PM)

December 7

Fox Theatre, San Francisco
2215 Broadway St., Redwood City CA 9406363

Love Me Again (2PM-4PM/8PM-10PM)

Laarni Lozada's Debut CD Released

Laarni Lozada is now a recording star. After she signed a one year contract with Star Records last September 30, her first CD is now released.

Her self-titled CD includes "You're Someone I Belong To", "Sa 'Yo Lamang", "Alipin Mo Ako", "Bakit Nga Mahal Kita", "Kung Iniibig Ka Niya" and "Manalig Ka".

The carrier single "Kung Iniibig Ka Niya" is composed of no other than musician Vehnee Saturno.

"I'm really happy and honored for this opportunity that Star Records has given me... thank you," Laarni Lozada said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.