Thursday, August 31, 2017

National Collegiate Athletic Association Season ‘93 pit key players from participating schools for the All-Star Games

It’s going to be a battle between the celebrated players under the Team Heroes and Team Saints at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season ‘93 All Star Games, airing live via S + A, with live airing as well on TFC online ( on September 1, (Manila time) in key countries worldwide.

Part of NCAA’s Season ‘93’s quick break after the first round of games for this period, the day-long friendly matches and exhibitions, featuring the players from the ten basketball teams, will happen at the San Juan Arena, in San Juan City, Philippines.

Both annual activities of the collegiate league hope to keep the youth’s interest in sports, as articulated in this season’s theme “Reignite: Bolder. Braver. Stronger.”

During the opening ceremony of the season, host school San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ President Reverend Fr. Nemesio Tolentin, OAR said: “This season, we reignite the love and passion of the youth for sports”.

Highlight of the day-long exhibition is the All Star Games of the “Team Heroes vs. Team Saints” game, where players from different schools will battle it out in a friendly match.

The Team Heroes is composed of Michael Kent Salado, Allen Enriquez, and Lervin Flores from Arellano University; Sidney Onwubere, Jerome Garcia, and Francis Munsayac from Emilio Aguinaldo University; Gio Lasquety, John Ervin Grospe, andBernade Teodoro from Jose Rizal University; CJ Perez, Mer Jesper Ayaay, and Mike Nzeusseu of Lyceum of the Philippines; and Laurenz Paul Victoria, Christian Bunag, and Buenaventura Raflores, Jr. from Mapua University.

Meantime, Team Saints is composed of Rey Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and John Paul Calvo of Colegio San Juan de Letran; JJ Domingo, Edward Dixon, and Gerald Castor of College of Saint Benilde; Davon Potts, Robert Bolick, and Jayvee Mocon ofSan Beda College; Alvin Baetiong, Ian Carlo Valdez, and John Kevin Baytan of San Sebastian College-Recoletos; and Prince Eze, John Genmar Ylagan, and Gabriel Dagangon of University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA.

NCAA fans can also look forward to the other All Star Games activities:
  • In “Shooting Stars”, the ten teams will select three players who will undergo on-court challenges. The top two teams with the best time will compete for the final round.

  • The “Skills Challenge” tests the shooting skills of the participating players, challenging them to several rounds where two players with the best time will compete for the final round.

  • The best 3-pointers of the teams will compete head-on in the “3-Pt. Shoot Out”, where the player with the most 3-point score in the shortest time wins.

  • Another favorite is the “Slam Dunk Contest”, where participating players will show off their best slam dunk exhibition.  The winner will be determined by the judges’ scores.

Find out which group of athletes between Team Heroes or Team Saints will emerge as winner, and who are the players that will stand out in the exhibition games in the NCAA Season ‘93 All Star Games which will air live via S + A as well as on TFC online ( on September 1, at 2 p.m. (Manila time) in key countries worldwide. Catch-up episodes are available via S + A (on IPTV) and TFC online ( and also in key countries worldwide.

For more updates about TFC shows, visit, or TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram (with additional reports from Norman Lee Benjamin Riego of ABS-CBN Sports).


Chef Claude Tayag, Kat Jao to share hearty recipes 

Discover how clean eating is becoming the new normal in Food Magazine’s cookfest “Food Tastings: Eat Clean,” with Chef Claude Tayag, Chef Kat Jao and other participating chefs, this Sunday (September 3),4PM at SM City North EDSA - The Block.

The third leg of “Food Tastings” for the year puts a spotlight on clean eating which will encourage the audience to cook food with minimal handling or processing, making ingredients as close to their freshest form as possible to provide the healthiest meal options.

Chef Claude Tayag will be showcasing his special fiesta rice dish, bringhe, Pampanga’s version of the Spanish paella, using milkfish as the main ingredient. Known for his delectable Kapampangan cuisine through his Bale Dutung restaurant, Chef Claude is a culinary expert who shares his favorite local dishes in his cable show “Chasing Flavors” on Lifestyle TV.  

Culinary consultant Katherine Jao, who co-founded, an all-in-one online food resource for reviews, recipes, and news, will be teaching the audience how to make pares hotpot and rose falooda. Chef Kat is also a food stylist and a recipe developer for Food Magazine.

Chefs of various SM City North EDSA restaurants, such as Tamarind Taste of Thai, will also be sharing steps on how to make healthy dishes with minimal cooking required.

Aside from learning new recipes and cooking tips, the cookfest audience will get to try the best-tasting fares freshly prepared by the guest culinary masters.
Food Magazine is the country’s largest selling culinary magazine published by ABS-CBN Publishing. It features the latest trends in food, kitchen-tested recipes, shopping tips, cooking techniques from experts and tips for foodies looking for their next gastronomic adventure.

Join “Food Tastings: Eat Clean” at SM City North EDSA - The Block this Sunday. Interested parties may pre-register online via foodmagazine.abs-cbn.comFor updates, follow Food Magazine on Facebook ( and Instagram (@foodmagazine).

Save The Date: September 8 The Stars of Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia Align to bring you this Heavenly Romantic Comedy

All of terra firma and the heavenly bodies are about to line up just right to bring us the hottest teen love team this side of the universe: Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto, better known to fans as JoshLia. Garcia and Barretto star in Antoinette Jadaone’s romantic comedy “Love You to the Stars and Back,” opening in theaters across the U.S. and Canada next Friday, September 8, 2017.

“Love You to the Stars and Back” tells the story of Mika (Barretto), a socially awkward girl who decides to go on a road trip to look for aliens. Mika accidentally bumps into cancer-stricken Caloy (Garcia), who despite his illness, manages to remain positive and cheerful.

Julia Barretto plays Mika, an eccentric and socially awkward girl who decides to go on a road trip with a very strange goal – to look for aliens.  (Photo courtesy of Star Cinema.)

Joshua Garcia is simple and good-humored Caloy, who is afflicted with cancer but chooses to see the positive side of things. (Photo courtesy of Star Cinema.)

They journey together on a trip filled with adventures and misadventures. Fans are looking forward to this follow-up movie to JoshLia’s well-received “Vince and Kath and James,” an instant hit and the overall top-grosser at the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

On Instagram, fans are collectively posting about how the JoshLia tandem is perfect. @kcpau_joshlia declares that Barretto and Garcia are “Perfect combination beautiful and handsome inside and out.” @selmaishii says “Super BAGAY ang JoshLia. Natural ang chemistry. Iba ang awra ni Juls ngayon, magaling mag-alaga ang isang Josh Garcia.”  (JoshLia are meant for each other. Their chemistry is natural. Julia has an aura that glows. One can tell that Josh takes care of her well.) @pheliah emphasizes “We love you both JoshLia, to the stars and back.”

“Love You To The Stars and Back” features a superb supporting cast led by Cherry Pie Picache, Carmina Villaroel, Ariel Rivera, Maricar Reyes-Poon, Edgar Allan Guzman, Joaquin Reyes, Eda Nolan, and Belle Mariano. 

Experience the kind of love that the universe makes possible when “Love You to the Stars and Back” opens in theaters across the U.S. and Canada on September 8, 2017.

Go to  or to  for more information and to find a theater near you, or visit TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and @KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.


The classy catfights continue on afternoon television as the tension between Marga (Bianca King) and Tessa (Beauty Gonzales) heats up in ABS-CBN’s hit afternoon series “Pusong Ligaw.”

Marga recently stole the spotlight from Tessa during the launch of TeriVida as Marga gave a speech before invited guests and even claimed that the clothing line was all her idea. Marga also did not spare Tessa’s son, Rafa (Enzo Pineda), from her evil schemes when she suddenly replaced him with Potpot (Diego Loyzaga) as Vida’s (Sofia Andres) escort to the ball, leaving Rafa hanging.

Marga is yet to give Tessa her strongest blow now that she knows about Tessa’s missing son. How will Marga use this against Tessa? On the other hand, how will Potpot handle the truth that he’s only adopted?

Don’t miss “Pusong Ligaw” after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN and on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up on the show’s past episodes via iWanTV or for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @starcreatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Young actor Finn Wolfhard became an overnight sensation when he starred in the smash hit Netflix original series Stranger Things, as Mike Wheeler, a bullied young man who becomes an unlikely hero in the quest to save his best friend.

Now, Wolfhard stars as Richie Tozier in New Line Cinema's upcoming horror thriller IT (in Philippine cinemas September 7).

Richie Tozier is a motor-mouthed jokester peering out from behind Coke-bottle glasses. Wolfhard says, “Richie is sort of a goofball, who loves videogames and television, which is something we share. He tries to be the entertainer of the group, except no one thinks he’s as funny as he thinks he is. They get annoyed with him and just brush him off. After Georgie goes missing, things start getting more serious and Richie begins to realize that something is very wrong in Derry…something he can’t laugh off.”

IT, in many ways, has a very familiar feel to Stranger Things. The characters live in the bubble of a small town combined with kids fighting demonic forces.

“I shot it directly after Stranger Things,” explains Wolfhard. “It was similar but different. It was a bigger crew, you had to answer to more people. It was kind of like going to college, and a bigger-budget kind of thing. But it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life.”

In a recent appearance in TV's Good Morning America, Wolfhard admits that IT's monster, Pennywise, is scarier than the Demogorgon in Stranger Things. "The Demogorgon you could kill, for real, but Pennywise can shapeshift into anything and is kind of immortal in a sense," Wolfhard added. "I think that's why he's scary because he's more of a being."

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

The film tells the story of seven young outcasts growing up in the township of Derry, Maine, who call themselves “the Losers’ Club.” Each of them has been ostracized for one reason or another; each has a target on their back from the local pack of bullies…and all have seen their inner fears come to life in the form of an ancient shapeshifting predator they can only call It.

For as long as their town has existed, Derry has been the entity’s hunting ground, emerging from the sewers every 27 years to feed on the terrors of its chosen prey: Derry’s children. Banding together over one horrifying and exhilarating summer, the Losers form a close bond to help them overcome their own fears and stop a new killing cycle that began on a rainy day, with a small boy chasing a paper boat as it swept down a storm drain…and into the hands of Pennywise the Clown.

A presentation of New Line Cinema, IT will be released worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.


For his latest film, Idris Elba has learned to shoot from the hip.

“The gunslinger is ridiculously fast,” describes the British actor of his character in the big screen adaptation of the epic Stephen King novels, The Dark Tower (now playing in Philippine cinemas).

“There’s no looking when he’s putting his guns in and out of his belt; that was our focus. As a kid you play pretend, and now here I am – it’s like a living playground of the imagination.”

To master the Gunslinger’s moves required both firearm training and an extreme physical fitness. For the latter, Elba trained extensively in boxing and mixed marital arts training, both before and during filming.

Stunt Supervisor Grant Hulley says that the largest-scale stunts in the film are seen in the Dixie Pig sequence, as Roland tries to save Jake from Walter. “It’s an enormous area where the real gunslinger in Roland is revealed. He is firing multiple shots and goes through hundreds of rounds, diving across a chasm. The action progresses to the Dixie Pig creatures inside aquariums getting shot, with the water-filled tanks exploding.”

Over the years, Stephen King has established an astounding fan base of die-hard disciples, and the writer has millions of followers on social media. Because the Dark Tower series is the nexus for most of the King universe and crosses over into so many of King’s other books, it was important to the filmmakers to make a few sly nods to King’s other written works which the fans may recognize.

“We had a lot of fun planting hidden Stephen King references in the film,” says director Nikolaj Arcel. “I wanted fans to sitting in the audience, thinking, ‘Oh is that from another Stephen King story?’”

In The Dark Tower, the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

The Dark Tower is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.


“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” brings joy to residents of Gawad Kalinga Munting Pamayanan

Cardo (Coco Martin) continues to protect the rights of the oppressed against those in power in the number one primetime series “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”

Together with the group Pulang Araw, Coco reached out to the Mt. Karagao farmers, who failed to receive assistance from the governor after their crops were infested with pests, leaving them with no resources to provide for their family. Responding to the farmers’ plea, Cardo and the Pulang Araw distributed supplies to the farmers to help them get their lives back on track.

However, during their operation, Cardo was filmed by one of the grocery store customers and was also caught in the rice mill’s CCTV camera while he was with the rebel group, which will surely put his life in danger once the videos surface in public and reveal his true identity.

Will Cardo still be able to hide his identity from the Pulang Araw? When will he discover that his true enemy is director Hipolito (John Arcilla)?

With the episode’s thrilling scenes, the series recorded a national TV rating of 40.7% last Tuesday (Aug 29), beating its rival show “Alyas Robin Hood” with only 18.4%.

Meanwhile, the series continues to bring joy and public service to Filipinos as its cast recently visited Gawad Kalinga Munting Pamayanan in Quezon City. The stars helped in building and painting homes and bonded with the residents while giving gifts to the community.

For over 100 weeks, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” has pumped up the action in primetime and imparted valuable lessons to viewers every night. Now in its second year, the series has not only impressed viewers nationwide, but also government officials with its crime prevention campaign and continuous effort to tackle relevant stories and social issues. Several award-giving bodies such as the Catholic Mass Media Awards, KBP Golden Dove Awards, and the Box Office Entertainment Awards have also recognized the show for its stories that reflect the lives of Filipino families.

Watch out for the number one teleserye “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” weeknights on ABS-CBN and on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable Ch 167). Viewers can also catch up on the program’s past episodes via for Sky subscribers.


Lee Min Ho, returns on primetime with “Legend of the Blue Sea”

Bok Joo and Joon Hyung face heavyweight challenges in love, life, and their respective sports careers in the finale week of ABS-CBN’s hit Koreanovela “Weightlifting Fairy.”

Joon Hyung finally reunites with his mother and tries his best to make up for lost time. His mother, however, has a different reason for coming home, which greatly hurts Joon Hyung.

Bok Joo, meanwhile, makes it to the national team and must leave town to undergo next level training.

Can the two keep their relationship strong despite the distance? Can they actually have both love and career? Will Joon Hyung remain faithful to Bok Joo?

As their heavyweight story ends, the biggest Korean fantasy-romance drama begins on primetime with the premiere of “Legend of the Blues Sea,” which marks the return of King of Asianovelas Lee Min Ho.

Follow the timeless love story of mortal Andrei (Lee Min Ho) and immortal mermaid Sheena (Jun Ji-Hyun). Watch as Sheena finds Andrei in his new persona at present time and rekindles the love they have in their past lives.

Don’t miss the finale of “Weightlifting Fairy” and the premiere of “Legend of the Blue Sea” on primetime after “A Love to Last” only on the first and true home of Asianovelas, ABS-CBN. For updates, like on Facebook or follow @KapamilyaNovela on Twitter. You can also catch up by watching the show’s past episodes via


Metro Magazine takes Erich Gonzales to a journey unlike any other—a journey inwards to self-discovery, and a journey outwards to New York, the city that never sleeps where the actress is out to find and reinvent herself as her story becomes the heart of the Big Fashion Issue this September.

To compliment Erich’s personal and stylistic adventure, Metro also goes all out in its quest to find the most coveted pieces of the Fall/Winter season, featuring some of our favorite runway leaders such as Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Michael Kors and more. Selections include a broad range from apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and eyewear, with a playful approach to signature American influences, like modern cowboy, denim on denim, gym classic gal, or the rebel dressing that’s a cross between punk and disco goodness at CBGBs and Studio 54.

Further reinforcing the American mood is our fourth of July editorial special, featuring a vibrant mix of luxury and high-street fashion. This issue also catches up with Metro's Editor-at-Large, Sarah Meier, as she takes Metro on a tour to her home strip in Brooklyn. Plus, exclusive interviews with American personalities such as pop star Gwen Stefani, and beauty empire heiress Aerin Lauder.

It’s not all international spotlights, though. Metro also salutes the local fashion and beauty personalities that have made waves in the global scene. One of the most notable features being “Asia’s Next Top Model”Cycle 5 winner, Maureen Wroblewitz, as she recounts her journey to the Top Model title and her dreams for a bright future ahead.

In addition, Metro pays homage to the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) as they celebrate their 30th anniversary in a personal account of how they dedicated their efforts into shaping the local modeling industry. 

Then to top it all off, enjoy an in-depth guide from makeup artist RB Chanco and her muse, 2017 Binibining Pilipinas Universe Rachel Peters, as they highlight the season’s most exciting beauty trends.

Check out all these and more in Metro September 2017, now available in bookstores and on newsstands for P150. Like Metro on Facebook ( and follow Metro on Twitter and Instagram (@MetroMagPH) #MetroMagPH

Japeth Aguilar with the NASTY Alley-oop Slam vs Phoenix (VIDEO)

PBA Governors' Cup 2017 Updates & Results (August 30, 2017) Barangay Ginebra San Miguel(5-1) defeated Phoenix Fuel Masters(2-7), 105-92 to grab their fifth straight win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Japeth Aguilar with the NASTY Alley-oop Slam from Scottie Thompson.

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Ginebra def. Phoenix, 105-92 (REPLAY VIDEO) August 30

PBA Governors' Cup 2017 Updates & Results (August 30, 2017) Barangay Ginebra San Miguel(5-1) defeated Phoenix Fuel Masters(2-7), 105-92 to grab their fifth straight win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The scores:

GINEBRA 105 - Brownlee 24, Aguilar 19, Devance 14, Slaughter 14, Tenorio 12, Thompson 8, Mercado 5, Mariano 3, Cruz 2, Ellis 2, Taha 2, Caguioa 0, Ferrer 0, Marcelo 0, Helterbrand 0.

PHOENIX 92 - Brown 26, Wright 21, Kramer 11, Intal 11, Chan 7, Jazul 6, Eriobu 4, Alolino 4, Dehesa 2, Lanete 0, Miranda 0, W Wilson 0.

Quarters: 29-26, 53-50, 85-68, 105-92. [COMPLETE GAME STATS]

Phoenix vs. Ginebra (August 30, 2017) Full Replay Video

Ginebra vs. Phoenix (1st Quarter)

Ginebra vs. Phoenix (2nd Quarter)

Ginebra vs. Phoenix (3rd Quarter)

Ginebra vs. Phoenix (4th Quarter)

Ginebra vs. Phoenix (Highlights)

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HIGHLIGHTS: USA vs. Uruguay (VIDEO) FIBA AmeriCup 2017

FIBA AmeriCup 2017 Results & Replay Video. (August 29, 2017 / Day 5) USA Men’s AmeriCup Team(2-0) defeated Uruguay, 74-66 in the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 preliminary round play in Montevideo, Uruguay. Watch the highlights of the game between Uruguay and USA from the FIBA AmeriCup 2017.

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Kelly Williams Throws Down The Monster Dunk vs Blackwater (VIDEO)

PBA Governors' Cup 2017 Updates & Results (August 30, 2017) TNT KaTropa defeated Blackwater Elite, 117-96 to grab their fourth win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Kelly Williams Throws Down The Monster Dunk vs Blackwater.

Photo credit: Facebook / Sports5 / PBA

The BEST Bench Reactions of the 2017 NBA Season (VIDEO)

The BEST Bench Reactions of the 2017 NBA Season (VIDEO). Relive the best bench reactions from the 2017 NBA season!

TNT def. Blackwater, 117-96 (REPLAY VIDEO) August 30

PBA Governors' Cup 2017 Updates & Results (August 30, 2017) TNT KaTropa defeated Blackwater Elite, 117-96 to grab their fourth win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The scores:

TNT 117 - Rice Jr. 31, Williams 21, Castro 11, Lingganay 10, Tautuaa 9, Reyes 8, Pogoy 8, de Ocampo 7, Carey 6, Semerad 3, Rosario 3, Nuyles 0, Golla 0, Hernandez 0.

BLACKWATER 96 - Walker 33, Erram 18, Digregorio 12, Sumang 8, Belo 7, Canaleta 6, Cruz 4, Pinto 4, Gamalinda 2, Pascual 2, Miranda 0, Sena 0.

Quarters: 28-25, 62-40, 92-71, 117-96. [COMPLETE GAME STATS]

Blackwater vs. TNT (August 30, 2017) Full Replay Video

TNT vs. Blackwater (1st Quarter)

TNT vs. Blackwater (2nd Quarter)

TNT vs. Blackwater (3rd Quarter)

TNT vs. Blackwater (4th Quarter)

TNT vs. Blackwater (Highlights)

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Paglipay Movie Review: A Touching Story Of Love And Survival Among The Aetas In Zambales

WE DIDN’T get to see “Paglipay” when it was first shown in last year’s ToFarm Filmfest, where it won some awards and later also got several nominations in the Urian Awards. We’re glad it was reshown as part of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino and we finally got the chance to see it.

The story is set in an Aeta community in Zambales. And lest your forget, Aetas are the aborigines or original inhabitants of our country. A young man, Atan (Gerry Cabalic) bumps into his friend, Ani (Joan de la Cruz), while hunting and they are seen together in the river. For their tribe, this means they have to get married soon or Ani and her family will be disgraced in the eyes of their fellow Aetas.

For Atan to be able to do this, he needs to pay a “bandi” or dowry of P20,000 to the parents of Ani. To raise the amount, he leaves their community called Baytan and goes down to the town in the lowlands to sell the produce he has harvested from their farm. He also plows the ricefields of other people for added income.

While he’s in town, he meets a student from Manila, Rain (Ana Luna), who is conducting research on her thesis about the inter-marriage or mixed relationships between curly hairs (Aetas) and unat or straight hairs (non-Aetas). As Rain interviews him and he accompanies her around with her friend Cai (Marinella Sevidal), a ‘babaeng bakla’ who tries to steal all her scenes, Atan finds himself growing in attraction to Rain.

His feelings for her are something new to him, natural and not engineered or contrived, unlike his arranged marriage with Ani. In a protracted scene showing them drinking beer, Rain gets so drunk and pours her heart out to Atan, crying unabashedly for her unrequited love with a guy whose name starts with J. He comforts her as she throws up and helps put her to sleep.

Soon, it’s time for Rain to return to Manila and Atan chooses to just leave without saying goodbye to her. Back to their place in the mountains, he changes his mind and runs all night back to the plains, ready to reveal to Rain his true feelings for her.

Rain was already at the bus station when he finally catches up with her and introduces to him the guy she’s in love with. And he turns out to be the guy from “100 Tula Para Kay Stella”, JC Santos. It’s a bittersweet ending, with the final shot showing Atan going up a mountain all by his lonesome self and reciting a solitary lament in their dialect about his sad feelings, amidst the silence and vastness of Mother Nature, stunningly captured in all its beauty by cinematographer Albert Banzon.

“Paglipay” (which means crossing) manages to show us how the Aetas manage to survive in their harsh surroundings. Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption has changed their daily existence, with businessmen quarrying black sand that puts their lives in danger. We see trucks going by for a new mining project while the changes in the weather have made their agricultural livelihood harder. This film is certainly vastly different from the usual very commercial formula romcoms we get to watch all the time.

Ana Luna gives an effective portrayal of the outsider who unknowingly steals Atan’s heart. This is as competent as her performance as the jologs girlfriend in “Barboys” and as the young teacher in “Maestra”. Gerry Cabalic is a true blue native and is a natural for the role, unlike other films about ethnic tribes, such as “Banaue” and “Bontoc”, where the male leads are actually fair skinned mestizos. He has an easy charm and doesn’t seem to be acting at all.

The same goes for Joan de la Cruz who gives a very relaxed portrayal of the frizzy-haired Ani. She symbolizes the plight of Aeta women, who don’t even have a say in choosing who they want to marry. We should thank writer-director Zig Dulay for giving us something different and for casting real Aetas in the lead roles for authenticity.

Charice Pempengco Or Jake Zyrus Versus Her Own Mom: Will This Help Revive & Sustain Her Moribund Career?

CHARICE Pempengco or Jake Zyrus painted a not so lovely portrait of her own mom, Raquel (as played by Dina Bonnevie), in the recent “Maalaala Mo Kaya” episode on her life. Raquel quickly complained that she was made to look like a villain, a parasite who’s only after Jake’s earnings during her heydays. She says it’s all lies and is now threatening to file a case in court against Jake and ABS-CBN.

But Jake’s grandma, Teresa, sided with Jake, saying Raquel has always been like that even when Lola Teresa was an OFW in Saudi sending money to Raquel. Both the mother and the lola are currently being interviewed by the press and they’re obviously enjoying it. They also express freely what they feel on social media, texting their hostile feelings with alacrity.

Of course, all this circus of shameful brouhaha is being lapped up by the public with glee, aided and abetted by the media as we all love watching celebrities display their linen in public. This has happened before to Pia Wurtzbach and her half siblings. And more recently, to Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista and his estranged wife na pinagpistahan din ng press at social media.

There are far better things to do than talk about other people’s dirt but apparently, lots of people feel good and experience some kind of satisfaction in talking about the misfortune of others. After all, such embarrassing personal happenings remind us that they are just like us, ordinary mortals with feet of clay and we feel better that the shameful things are happening to them, not to us.

But it all boils down to the question of whether it will help push the career of Charice in his new identity as Jake Zyrus. Sure, she’s being talked about right now, but we all know the novelty of it all will eventually die down, so what will happen to him?

Maybe she should consult Rustom Padilla who became BB Gandanghari since, more or less, they’re following the same path. BB also had her glory days before, being interviewed by everyone about his transitioning from man to transwoman. She got some assignments as BB, but the novelty eventually wore off. The big question is: where is BB Gandanghari now?