TV5′s ‘Artista Academy’ Offers P10-Million Grand Prize for the Winner!

TV5 launches new reality-based artista search program, “Artista Academy.”


10 Million Pesos. Fame. Fortune. Stardom.

TV5 calls on young showbiz aspirants aged 16-21 to come to the grand one-day auditions for ARTISTA ACADEMY, which will be held this June 19 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. Artista Academy offers a whopping 10 million peso grand prize and, of course, the promise of the glamorous artista life.

Interested applicants are required to bring their birth certificate, valid ID and best glam picture to the grand auditions on June 19.

Philippine economy grows by 6.4 percent in the first quarter!

The Philippine economy grew by 6.4 percent in the first quarter of the year from 4.9 percent in the same period last year, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board.

The government had been forecasting first quarter expansion of between 5.0 and 6.0 percent, after global economic turmoil kept GDP growth last year to 3.7 percent.

GDP is the amount of final goods and services produced in the country.

The National Economic and Development Authority earlier said the Philippines’ GDP in the first quarter likely grew by upwards of five percent.

NEDA Director General Arsenio Balisacan credited the growth to more aggressive government spending. He said the Philippines should be on track to meet, if not exceed, the 2012 growth target of 5- to 6-percent.

Source: Darwin G. Amojelar,

Alma Moreno Reunites with Joey Marquez After 8 Years in ‘Showbiz Inside Report’!

Ex-couple Alma Moreno and Joey Marquez reunite this Saturday (June 2) on ABS-CBN’s trending Saturday entertainment talk show “Showbiz Inside Report.”


Eight years after their much-talked about annulment, Alma and Joey take everyone to memory lane as they reveal the true story of their marriage, their break-up, and how they ended up now as good friends.

Like Alma and Joey, former husband and wife Jomari Yllana and Aiko Melendez will unravel the truth about the beautiful relationship that they still have even after their annulment. How hard is it for celebrities to endure the pain of separation amid media hypes and public scrutiny? Is it really possible for ex-couples to be friends in the world of showbiz?

Meanwhile, discover other ‘lovers-turned-friends’ stories in showbiz as celebrity ex-couples exclusively share what transpired after their controversial split-ups. Join Carmina Villaroel, Janice de Belen, Joey Marquez, and Ogie Diaz and get to know the real persona of some of the industry’s hottest stars through exclusive inside stories shared by their families and other people closest to their hearts.

Unravel the truth about the controversies in “Showbiz Inside Report” every Saturday at 2:30pm, after “It’s Showtime.” For more updates, log-on at, follow @SIRTVOfficial on Twitter and ‘like’ their Facebook fanpage

ABS-CBN’s Corona Impeachment Coverage Wins National TV Ratings!

ABS-CBN interrupted its regular programming to give way to the live coverage of the historic impeachment trial via “Ang Hatol: Chief Justice Corona,” which most Filipinos watched yesterday when the senator-judges finally delivered their verdicts as it hit a national TV rating of 18.5% against GMA (11.8%), GMA News TV (3.1%), and TV5 (2.9%), based on data from Kantar Media.

ABS-CBN’s coverage also ruled the ratings race last Monday with a national TV rating of 10.3% versus TV5 (2.8%) and GMA News TV (1.7%), and last Friday (May 25) with a national TV rating of 11.5% against TV5 (3.1%) and GMA News TV (3.0%). ABS-CBN’s official hashtag #CJonTrial became the top trending topic in the Philippines as Filipinos tweeted their thoughts while actively watching the trial. The coverage of ABS-CBN, the largest and leading multimedia conglomerate in the country, has reached more Filipinos in the country and worldwide through its media platforms on free TV via ABS-CBN and Studio 23, on cable TV via DZMM TeleRadyo and ANC, on radio via DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, and online livestreaming via

The country’s most trusted anchors also delivered updates from the Senate, with Korina Sanchez and Ted Failon for ABS-CBN Channel 2, Julius Babao for DZMM, and Tony Velasquez, Lynda Jumilla, Karen Davila, and Atty.Adel Tamano for ANC.

ABS-CBN broadcast the hearing live in lieu of its regular programming for the Fiilpino public and widened its reach through all of its media platforms and generated wider political participation by making information more accessible to them.

Angeline Quinto Tries Her Luck in ‘Kapamilya Deal or No Deal’!

If Coco Martin is “born to love,” is Star Power champion Angeline Quinto born to win when she deals with the Banker in “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal” this Satuday (June 2)?

The bubbly singer was very energetic all throughout the game and even serenaded the Banker with her beautiful voice in hopes of getting better offers. Can she charm and sing her way to the Banker’s heart? It may have been her time and destiny to win the talent-search “Star Power,” but is she destined to win a P2 million jackpot in a top-rating hit game show? Will Angeline be the first ever millionaire this season?

Don’t miss “Kapamilya Deal or No Deal,” with Luis Manzano as host, this Saturday (June 2), after “TV Patrol Weekend” on ABS-CBN.

John Lloyd Cruz is on the cover of StarStudio!

Star Studio’s June 2012 issue pays homage to three showbiz royalties, namely the King of Comedy Dolphy, Star for all Seasons Vilma Santos and the King of Contemporary Cinema, John Lloyd Cruz.


Friends, family and past and present collaborators of these three icons share what John Loyd was like growing up, Dolphy‘s checkered personal and professional lives and how movie queen Vilma Santos rode out the different challenges in her life, including her career-defining rivalry with superstar Nora Aunor. Carefully researched photos from the three stars’ life and times adorn each of their stories.

Emerging primetime princess Julia Montes also allows us an exclusive peek into the house that she built for her family. Find out about Walang Hanggan’s Katerina’s struggles to become the sought-after star that she is now. Star Studio also offers a special feature on new Kapamilya Iza Calzado who is touted by many to be the next drama queen in the tradition of such revered dramatic actresses as Lolita Rodriguez, Hilda Koronel and the late Charito Solis.

Controversial couple Mariel Rodriguez and Robin Padilla also share with us souvenir snaps from their Morocco trip. All these make Star Studio’s June 2012 issue something to keep and cherish.

OPM icons unite in one-night concert!

Amid the influx of foreign artists who have been invading the country’s concert scene, the biggest names in the local music industry are joining forces for a one-night concert next month in a celebration of original Pilipino music (OPM).

The concert, dubbed as “Icons at the Arena: Masters of OPM,” will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on June 16 at 8 p.m.

It will also serve as the formal opening of the newly built SM MOA Arena, which already hosted the two-night concert of international artist Lady Gaga early this month, as well as the upcoming back-to-back concert of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys.

OPM stalwarts Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Jose Mari Chan, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Basil Valdez, Freddie Aguilar, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, Juris Fernandez, Jed Madela, Piolo Pascual, Bamboo, Arnel Pineda and The CompanY are slated to appear in the star-studded concert.

It will also feature special appearances from comedians Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Pokwang.

“Magsama-sama po ang mga OPM artists. Kami ni Jed, we will be representing the new icons. Iba-ibang genre ang maririnig niyo dito. Bihira po ako na makakasama ang mga legends sa music so I’m sure mage-enjoy lahat ng generation,” Fernandez said.

Madela added the concert will also pay tribute to Filipino composers Ryan Cayabyab and George Canseco.

Madela said the all-Filipino concert is timely given the number of foreign shows during the past couple of years.

“It’s one way para ma-push ang OPM so magandang na may mga concert tulad nito,” he said.

The concert will be hosted by Apo Hiking Society member Jim Paredes and Concert Queen Pops Fernandez.

Johnny Manahan will direct the show with Ryan Cayabyab as the musical director.


For ticket inquiries, you may call 470-2222 or log on to

Pushing drama beyond limits in ‘Makapiling Kang Muli’ starts June 4!

What if the person you love is in love with someone else?  Will it be worth fighting for?

This June 4, GMA Network raises the bar in Primetime television anew with the premiere of its newest teledrama, Makapiling Kang Muli.  Featuring a riveting story about love, family, and dreams, this Kapuso prime time offering is set to captivate viewers with its well-crafted storyline, unparalleled production values, and a drama beyond limits.
On Monday, the much awaited comeback of Kapuso leading man Richard Gutierrez on Primetime Television happens via GMA’s Makapiling Kang Muli.
We started to love her in Rosalinda and will love her even more as Carla Abellana portrays the role of Leilani Angeles in the highly anticipated project.
Richard and Carla, two of the biggest stars today, unite in one big project.  A new love team that the viewers will surely love.
Playing an equally important roles in the series are Sarah Lahbati as Graciela Montes and Mark Anthony Fernandez as Louie Valencia.
In the story, a friendship blossoms between Martin and Leilani which eventually becomes a secret love for one another.  Destiny plays a trick on them when a tragic accident happens at the ranch, which causes the death of a number of people including Leilani’s father.  Leilani puts the blame on Martin’s shoulder and she leaves the ranch to forget the miserable experience that happened to her family.
Martin, on the other hand, feels the pain of his good friend leaving.  During his hardest times, he meets Graciela – the girlfriend of his boss, Raffy – and a secret love affair starts to flourish.  What if Raffy finds out that there is a blossoming relationship between Graciela and Martin?
As for Martin and Leilani, will their love for each other be able to rekindle the tie between them after their painful past?  And will they be given another chance to pursue their love for one another?
GMA’s Prime leading man Richard Gutierrez shares his gratefulness on doing the much awaited teledrama.  “This is one of the biggest milestones in my career.  I’m thankful to be part of this project.  It’s a very well written script.  It’s something new for me and for the audience.  Kaya naman sobra naming pinaghandaan ito.  We even underwent trainings and workshops before shooting Makapiling Kang Muli.”
Meanwhile, Carla Abellana gets more excited as she embarks on a major project after renewing her contract with GMA. “I’m blessed. It’s my first time to be working with Richard and some of the most respected stars in the industry. That’s why I made sure that my acting will be at par with my co-actors. Viewers should look forward to this project.”
Making this primetime drama even grander are Ms. Gloria Romero in her first vicious role as Señora Soledad Silvestre, Robert Arevalo as Florentino Caballero, Philip Salvador as Amadeo Perez, Mark Gil as Roman Valencia, and Rio Locsin as Mara Valencia.  Completing the powerhouse cast are TJ Trinidad as Javier Lagdameo, John Lapus as George, Paolo Paraiso as Bodjie, Dominic Roco as Wesley, Benedict Campos as Kieffer, Rocky Gutierrez as Brando, and introducing Janine Gutierrez as Lynley Angeles.
With the special participation of Jennylyn Mercado (as young Mara Valencia), Gabby Eigenmann (as young Roman Valencia), and James Blanco (as young batang Emilio).
Under the helm of of award-winning actor/director Ricky Davao, witness as love, action, and drama unravel on Makapiling Kang Muli starting June 4, Monday to Friday, after Luna Blanca on GMA-7.  It will be seen worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV beginning June 6.

Boy Pick- Up: The Movie, in theaters beginning June 6!

What started as a segment on the longest-running gag show on Philippine TV became a nationwide phenomenon with its massive fan base reaching from kids, teens, and adults alike.

Following its success and growing popularity GMA Films and Regal Entertainment Inc. bring the wacky and addicting antics of multi-talented comedian Ogie Alcasid to the big screen with the spin-off of his character in Bubble Gang via Boy Pick-Up: The Movie!

Set to hit theaters on June 6, the film not only promises to give audiences bigger laughs but also grants the wish of avid fans and viewers of Boy Pick-Up to finally watch their idol delivers his signature pick-up lines to a bigger arena.

Ogie once again showcases his comic genius and versatility as he reprises the character of Boy Pick-Up in the silver screen. He expresses his excitement on playing the title role for the first time after being in the industry for over 25 years. Ogie is likewise very thrilled to work with sexy Kapuso actress Solenn Heusaff who will be his leading lady in the movie.

Ogie is all praises fro Solenn’s talent and maturity as an actress and declares that she is a “revelation” in Boy Pick-Up: The Movie. He equally admires the acting chops of award winning actor Deniss Trillo as Gabbs/Bagwis, Boy Pick-Up’s greatest rival in the pick-up battle showdown.

Set to add more spice and to make the movie even more special are Sam Pinto, Gwen Zamora, Jackie Rice, Ellen Adarna, and Sarah Lahbati. Also joining them are Antonio Aquitania, Boy 2 Quizon, Diego, Moymoy Palaboy, Eri Neeman, Pepe Smith and Lilia Cuntapay

Moviegoers are in for a treat as Asian TV Best Comedy Actor recipient and Ogie’s longtime friend Michael V.  makes a special participation as McBits.

In the film, there is an underground battle among Pikapistas and Boy Pick-Up remains to be the all time, undefeated champion in wooing the gorgeous Neneng B (Sam). Despite his fame and legend, Boy Pick-Up lives as normal and solitary life. When his landlady asks Boy to love her in exchange for several months of rent due, Boy is forced to look for a new job.

Boy applies as a pastry chef in Heaven’s Bakeshop, a bakery owned by Angel (Solenn Heusaff) and falls head over heels in love with her.
Unknown to Boy, a dark force known as Bagwis (Dennis) is operating under his nose to destroy him and his love life in order to defeat him in the pikapista battles. How will Boy emerge from the darkness? Who will help him succeed? And how will he regain his foothold of the Pikapista championship crown? Now only one question remains: Bakit?

Know more about the life of Boy Pick-up in and out of the underground battle of the pikapistas. Under the direction of Dominic Zapata, Boy Pick-Up: The Movie airs in cinemas starting June 6!

MiG Ayesa, Vina Morales, and Nyoy Volante topbill Philippine staging of Rock of Ages!

Atlantis Productions continues its 2012 Season with Rock of Ages, the critically acclaimed five-time Tony Award nominated Broadway musical. This hilarious, feel-good love story is told through such ’80s hit anthems like I Want To Know What Love Is, Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, and Every Rose Has Its Thorn.

In the show, it is 1987 on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.  Drew, a young busboy dreams of being a rock star while he works at the Strip’s most famous bar, The Bourbon Room.  There, he  meets Sherrie, a small-town girl who goes to LA to pursue her dreams of being an actress.  They fall in love and then lose each other when the (in)famous, sexy, over the top rock star, Stacee Jaxx comes into the picture.

Giving life to these roles in Manila are three powerhouse performers.  International rock sensation MiG Ayesa returns to his homeland to play Stacee Jaxx, a role he played on Broadway which he creates anew for the Manila production.

MiG, who is currently in London performing in the musicalThriller Live! says, “It is such a great honor to bring this show to the Philippines. Playing the role of ‘Stacee Jaxx’ around the USA and on Broadway was an amazing experience but is nothing compared to performing it back in my home land. I am so looking forward to rocking the very foundations of Manila with Rock of Ages. It ain’t nothing but a good time, and it don’t get better than this!”

The rock star was actually born in Manila but was raised in Sydney, Australia. He became known for being a finalist in the reality show Rock Star: INXS.

Balladeer and recording artist Nyoy Volante plays Drew while actress-recording artist Vina Morales brings the energetic song and dance performances she is known for to the theater for the first time as Sherrie.  Their love story plays against the backdrop of the music, the wild nights and the energy of the Sunset Strip in the ’80s where we meet a bunch of very colorful characters:

The show’s wild and wacky narrator, Lonny, is played by Philippine rock icon, Jett Pangan.  He has received critical acclaim for his numerous theatrical roles in shows such as Next to Normal and Jekyll & Hyde. As the vocalist of the The Dawn, now gets the chance to bring his rock and roll roots to the stage!

Lonny works at the Bourbon Room alongside bar owner Dennis Dupree who will be played by veteran theater actor, Jamie Wilson.

Threatening to close down the Bourbon Room to turn the Strip into a ‘model of clean and efficient living’ are father and son German developers, Hertz and Franz.  Calvin Millado plays the tightly wound tycoon Hertz while Bibo Reyes is cast as Franz, the young tycoon-in-training who soon gets caught between pleasing his father and following his heart.

Passionately protesting against these developers is bohemian activist Regina. Singer, composer and actress Aiza Seguerra returns to the musical theatre stafe as Regina.  Last seen as Gary Coleman in all 5 runs of the hit musical Avenue Q, Aiza returns to the stage as you have never seen her before.

Down the road from Bourbon Room is the Venus Club–a haven for ‘gentlemen,’ rockstars and every persuasion in between.  This club is run by diva and wise sage, Justice Charlier.  Running with this part will be the energetic Jinky Llamanzares.  With an impressive international stage career that includes having played Gigi in Miss Saigon, Jinky was last seen on stage as the villainous Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid earning a standing ovation every night for her unforgettable performance.

Rounding off Rock of Ages’ dream cast is a mix of champion singers and theater performers: Apple Chiu, Japs Treopaldo, Mikkie Bradshaw, Berl William Angeles and Altaire Alonso.

Rock of Ages, directed by Chari Arespacochaga, runs from June 15 to July 8, 2012 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater at the RCBC Plaza in Makati City.  For tickets and showbuying inquires call Atlantis Productions at Tel. No. 892-7078 or 840-1187.

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