Friday, April 20, 2018



From 20th Century Fox and producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Entertainment, producers of the phenomenally successful Twilight series and The Fault in Our Stars comes “Love, Simon”, the most socially relevant YA film ever to be produced, overflowing with universal feels based on the book by Becky Albertalli.

                “Love, Simon” stars this generation’s coolest actors with Nick Robinson in the title role.  Robinson’s recent films include “Jurassic World,” “Everything, Everything” and “The 5th Wave.”  Along with Robinson, Katherine Langford also stars as Robinson’s best friend, she is best known for her role as Hannah Baker from the phenomenal Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”.  Completing the impressive young cast are Keiynan Lonsdale (CW’s “The Flash”), Miles Heizer (“13 Reasons Why”), Alexandra Shipp (“X-Men: Apocalypse”), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (“Spiderman: Homecoming”), Logan Miller (“Before I Fall”), Talitha Bateman (“Annabelle: Creation”) with Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel.  Now a major motion picture, the movie opens up with seventeen-year old Simon Spier’s (Robinson) a little more complicated life: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online.

                “The movie is about family and love.  But it is also about secrets,” says Jennifer Garner, who plays Robinson’s mother in the movie. “It’s about letting them out, being who you are and having the courage to really stand up for yourself and say what you need to say. And the movie deals with these themes and the theme of being yourself but in a fun and refreshing way.  There is definitely some fun in the movie and it’s not all drama.”

                One of the major themes of “Love, Simon” is living your truth, learning to be and accepting yourself. As director Greg Berlanti explains: “It is never too early to be who you are.  There are a lot of kids who don’t get to come out in high school and Simon is outed, pulled out, but he learns to accept who he is and live with his own truth and being himself.”

                The movie encourages the audience to be courageous and true to themselves.                Nick Robinson agrees, “I think everyone had been through this at some point in their lives.  Trying to find yourself and being the person that you were meant to be is very universal.  I think everybody can relate to that.”

                Alexandra Shipp who also forms part of Simon’s core group of friends adds, “I think a lot of teenagers can relate to the struggle because I think that a lot of teenagers are struggling with finding themselves.  They don’t know who they are.  They don’t have an idea of who they want to be when they grow up.  It’s not just about sexuality.  It’s about who you really are.  Not who you sleep with but who you really are on this planet.”

                “At the end of the day,” observes Langford, “This is a big studio making a pro-LGBTQ film and that’s just very cool, you know?”  Adds director Greg Berlanti: “It wasn't a story that I felt already existed.  It reflects my own high school experience yet still feels like it’s for everybody, you know? Where the central point of view was something that rang close to home, but what the film had to say was something that everyone could relate to.”

                “Love, Simon” opens May 9 nationwide from 20th Century Fox – with whole day sneak previews on April 30 and May 1. 


Kapamilya heartthrobs shine in their unique, dapper style

Piolo Pascual is one of this year’s Ultimate Gentlemen who made it to the top 10 on Metro Society’s annual list of best dressed men—a curated list of 50 dashing men from various industries who have created and owned their style. The full list was revealed on the Metro.Style website on Thursday night.

“Your style is your brand, and who you are, how you project yourself, is your brand,” said the actor, who just returned to primetime television this week on ABS-CBN’s fresh offering, “Since I Found You.”

Also included in the top 10 on Metro Society’s Best Dressed list are TV and events host Raymond Gutierrez, football player-turned-startup CEO Anton del Rosario, entrepreneur and Welcome Worldwide Inc. co-founder Michael Concepcion, Signet store founder and owner Kelly See, businessman and CEO Raul Francisco, dermatologist and CEO Dr. Z Teo, risk financial consultant JM Lagdameo, real estate executive Rick Yupangco, and Rustan’s Commercial Corporation President Donnie Tantoco. 

For their men’s issue this April, Metro Society crafted a list of 50 gentlemen who have elevated men’s fashion in the country. More than just their good looks and stylish wardrobe choices, these men were selected for their attitude, confidence, impeccable taste, and great personal style. Rather than being ranked, they are grouped according to the looks they wear best: Street Style, Business Savvy, Casual Gents, Bespoke Mode, and the Ultimate Gentlemen.

Other Kapamilya actors included in this elite list are Daniel Padilla, Jericho Rosales, John Lloyd Cruz, Matteo Guidicelli, and Richard Gutierrez—all of whom never disappoint when they go into Bespoke Mode. Also part of this list is Tim Yap, host of the upcoming Metro Channel show “Tim’s Table.” These dapper gentlemen go beyond what is tried and tested, defining their own unique styles as they stand out in their tailored suits.

“Bagani” actor Enrique Gil, James Reid, and Xian Lim, meanwhile, embody the spirit of Street Style dressing. This particular look brings a luxe touch to the sportswear and athleisure trend.

Among Metro Society’s Casual Gents are “The Good Son” actor Joshua Garcia, who has mastered fashion and function in his smart casual style. Whether he dresses up or dresses down, Joshua still looks dapper on and off screen.

Check out the full series of articles on #MetroSocietyBestDressedMen on For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

OPPO F7 breaks new ground in capturing true beauty

New flagship model redefines selfies with best-in-class A.I. Beautification 2.0 for next-level, personalized beauty
The OPPO family unveils its newest flagship smartphone, the F7. (L-R): OPPO Philippines’ Public Relations Manager Eason de Guzman, actress and singer Janella Salvador, popular love team JoshLia, actor and program host Robi Domingo, OPPO Philippines’ Brand Marketing Director Jane Wan, and OPPO Philippines’ Key Accounts Manager Mark Del Mundo.
OPPO, a global leader in smartphone photography, unveiled its latest flagship model OPPO F7 in a grand star-studded event graced by endorsers Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto.

Now available for Philippine smartphone users, the all-new, highly anticipated OPPO F7 brings forth a new standard to smartphone photography with a new 25MP front-facing camera, powered by a best-in-class A.I. Beauty Technology 2.0 for natural-looking selfies.

This selfie powerhouse is just the right mobile accessory in this grand launch event held at the Marriott Hotel Ballroom, which was also attended by OPPO social media influencers and selfie experts Robi Domingo and Janella Salvador.

The venue was dressed to reflect the cutting-edge technology that powers the OPPO F7, complete with thoughtful touches that allowed media guests to experience and enjoy the all-new features of the flagship smartphone. These include the experiential product display area and other zones catered to trendy interests such as art, photography, fashion, travel, music, and of course, selfies.

Industry-leading selfie features and more

Powered by industry-leading front camera with 25MP and the second generation of OPPO’s groundbreaking A.I. Beauty Technology, the F7 has the right tools to deliver unique beautification for the user, plus up to three other people in the frame. The new and improved A.I. Beauty Technology 2.0 targets 296 facial recognition spots for never-before-seen precision and customizes up to four faces regardless of gender. Capturing the real you with next-level, personalized beauty technology is fast and easy with this new selfie powerhouse.

Apart from the best-in-class selfie technology, the F7 also comes with a 6.23-inch Super Full Screen Display with 2280x1080 Full HD+ resolution for a crystal-clear, immersive viewing experience. It also is powered by 12nm Octa-Core processor with two dedicated A.I. cores and 4GB RAM that deliver hardware performance of up to 80% faster than its predecessor, and upgraded storage of 64GB with option to expand with a MicroSD card.

“The OPPO F7 definitely changes—and upgrades—the selfie game of users with its groundbreaking features,” said Eason de Guzman, OPPO Philippines Public Relations Manager. “With a best-in-class 25MP front-facing camera, improved performance for multi-tasking, and a sleek, stylish body, the F7 will surely be a hit among Filipino smartphone users and selfie enthusiasts.”

Capture the real you with JoshLia

Popular love team Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto, known among their fans as ‘JoshLia,’ stand as the OPPO F7’s celebrity ambassadors and the brand’s spokespersons for its advocacy against online bashing. The on- and off-screen couple stars in OPPO F7’s latest TV commercial that encourages everyone to find and capture their real self for the world to see.

“This project with OPPO is so timely. We truly believe in the message of the campaign and we’re glad that OPPO has empowered us to the inspiring message of capturing and showing the real you with more people,” said Julia.

“Apart from the relevant message of the campaign, I’m also happy that OPPO chose us to be the endorsers of the F7, which is for me is the pinakamagandang model ng OPPO to date. All the features we want in a smartphone, they brought together in one unit,” Joshua added.

OPPO F7 Availability

As of April 19 at 6PM, the number of pre-orders has reached a total of 25,133 units. “We are pleased with how well the public is receiving the OPPO F7,” said de Guzman. “The number of pre-orders has surpassed our expectations and shows that the OPPO F7 is able to capture not just real beauty, but also the hearts of our fellow Filipino selfie enthusiasts.”

The new OPPO F7 retails for PhP 17,990.00 and is available in solar red and moonlight silver. The 128GB, 6GB RAM variant meantime retails for PhP 21,990.00 and is available in diamond black and solar red. All stocks will be available starting April 21, 2018. For those interested in purchasing the F7 under a service plan, OPPO’s partners include Home Credit at nine months with 0% Interest, Globe (Plan 1499), and Smart (Plan 1499).

For more information on the OPPO F7 and upcoming promos and roadshow events, like OPPO Philippines’ official Facebook page or follow @OPPOPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.

OPPO endorsers Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia, also known as JoshLia, are all on board with capturing each person’s true beauty.


The groundbreaking OPPO F7 ushers in the next generation of selfies with its A.I. Beautification 2.0 for unrivalled, personalized beauty.

OPPO Philippines’ Brand Marketing Director Ms. Jane Wan announced that OPPO has sold over 4 million smartphones in the Philippines since 2014. She also shared the brand’s latest advocacy in combating online negativity and its role in capturing true beauty.

OPPO Philippines’ Public Relations Manager Eason de Guzman talked about the F7’s powerful performance, encased in a stunning body in solar red and moonlight silver colors.

The OPPO F7 garnered an outstanding pre-order number of 25,133 in a span of only one week, according to OPPO Philippines’ Key Accounts Manager Mark Del Mundo.

Actress and model Janine Gutierrez joins OPPO’s star-studded roster of influencers and selfie experts.

On top of the experiential product display area, the venue was dressed to reflect the cutting-edge technology that powers the OPPO F7 while catering to trendy interests such as art, photography, fashion, travel, and music.


OpenAir Cinema One, the much-awaited outdoor movie event this summer, brings the blockbuster reunion of Sharon Cuneta and Robin Padilla in “Unexpectedly Yours” and the comeback of heroes in “Power Rangers” at The Fields, Nuvali this April 28 (Saturday).

Two generations of love teams are to spice up the screening in “Unexpectedly Yours,” with Robin and the Megastar and the breakout tandem of Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto. In the film, former high school sweethearts Patty (Sharon) and Cocoy (Robin) unexpectedly bump into each other 30 years later not only as organizers of their high school reunion, but also as neighbors. Patty and Yanni (Julia)’s quiet lives awaken when Cocoy and his romantic of a nephew, Jason (Joshua), comes knocking on their door.
In “Power Rangers,” iconic suits of color return as five ordinary teens discover themselves having superhuman abilities after finding coins of power. To save the world from a strong alien threat, the group must overcome their real-life issues and rise together as Power Rangers. The film stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Banks.
Aside from fun romance and sci-fi action, great music makes this summer’s OpenAir Cinema One the perfect outdoor gathering for families and friends.  
Rising singer Claudia Barretto and One Music artist Volts Vallejo add a youthful flavor to the event with their all-out song performances, while alternative rock band Itchyworms turns up to rock out the night, with DJ Jai-Ho to host the entertaining outdoor event.
Revel in the night with friends and family in OpenAir Cinema One in Nuvali this coming April 28 (Saturday) at 2pm. Interested parties need to pre-register for free via KTX to enter the event.  Visit For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit



Ryan Reynolds is so back after breaking box office records, returns as “Deadpool” and this time the Merc with the Mouth’s movie is bigger and more badass than ever in "Deadpool 2".

                David Leitch, director of “John Wick” and “Atomic Blonde,” is at the helm to bring more stunts, more style and more action.  “Deadpool” debuted in February 2016 with the biggest R-rated opening of all time and went on to be the highest-grossing R-rated film in history with more than $750-million globally. “Deadpool” was also honored as the first live-action superhero movie to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture in the Comedy or Musical category, and Ryan Reynolds was also nominated as Best Actor.

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                Along with the returning and new cast in “Deadpool 2,” Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin also stars as the time-traveling Cable, a warrior infected with the techno-organic virus that renders him cybernetic and the most highly-anticipated screen personas in recent history.

       Also starring in “Deadpool 2” are Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, the love of Wade Wilson’s life; T.J. Miller is back as Deadpool’s confidante, Weasel;  Brianna Hildebrand returns too Negasonic Teenage Warhead; Leslie Uggams as Blind Al; likewise, Andre Tricoteux returns with Colossus’ body performance.  Rounding up the cast of “Deadpool 2” are Zazie Beetz as Domino, Julian Dennison as Russell/Firefist, Shioli Kutsuna as Yukio, Karan Soni as Dopinder, Eddie Marsan as the Headmaster, Jack Kesy as Black Tom Cassidy, Terry Crews, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgard and Rob Delaney.

                From 20th Century Fox, “Deadpool 2” opens May 16 in the Philippines and will have previews on May 15 nationwide starting 5:00pm (check theatres near you!).  Also available in IMAX screens nationwide.

Alaska Aces def. NLEX, 86-67 in Tune-up Game (REPLAY VIDEO) April 20

PBA Commissioner's Cup 2018 Updates & Results (April 20, 2018) Alaska Aces defeated import-less NLEX Road Warriors, 86-67 in tune-up game on Friday at the Hoops Center.

The scores:

ALASKA ACES 86 — Campbell 33, Enciso 14, Manuel 8, Andrada 7, Abueva 7, Racal 4, Magat 4, Casio 3, Galliguez 2, Cruz 2, Teng 2, Thoss 0, Banchero 0.

NLEX 67 - Fonacier 11, Baguio 11, Ravena 8, Taulava 6, Buenafe 6, Mallari 5, Miranda 5, Soyud 4, Gotladera 3, Rios 3, Tiongson 2, Monfort 2, Batino 1, Uyloan 0

Quarters: 23-19, 39-39, 62-55, 86-67.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mark Herras Now Contravida In 'The Cure' Where The Lead Actress Is His Former Ka-Love Team Jennylyn Mercado

WE CAN’T HELP but laugh when some folks say that his sex video has helped boost the career of Mark Herras because he’s being talked about. If it did help his career, then he won’t be relegated to a contravida role in GMA-7’s new show, “The Cure”, that starts airing on April 30.

At the show’s presscon, it’s very obvious that the lead stars are Jennylyn Mercado and Tom Rodriguez. Mark just plays a supporting role along with LJ Reyes, Jaclyn Jose, Jay Manalo, etc. He’s a contravida to Arra San Agustin, who plays his sister, and her love affair with Ken Chan. Which is sad, since he and Jennylyn are the big winners of the very first Starstruck artista search 15 years ago.

Now, Jennylyn, who was his former leading lady as they did several movies and TV shows together in the past, is still up there, doing lead roles on the small and big screen, and here he is now just a major support her in their new TV show together, while the leading man is Tom Rodriguez who was discovered in the rival channel’s Pinoy Big Brother.

Looking at Mark, he’s still very much leading man material. His love affair with beauty queen Winwyn Marquez is a definite plus for him. But he did himself a disservice with all those tattooes he put on his body. It will limit the characters he can play. But let’s hope he can still somehow recover after playing a villain role in “The Cure”.