ABS-CBN acquires rights to FPJ movies!

The late Fernando Poe Jr. or FPJ, dubbed as the King of Philippine Cinema for many reasons, had the charm, acting prowess and the heroic guy appeal to succeed as a movie superstar. But more than that, he espoused positive moral values and honorable characteristics throughout his film career that he broke the conventions of a typical celebrity and endeared himself to the Filipino masses.

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FPJ was a well-loved character on- and off- screen who symbolized love for family, concern for others, moral integrity, diligence and hard work, which he embodied in some of his memorable roles that identify with ordinary Filipinos.

Some of FPJ’s roles include the evil-fighting blacksmith Panday, loving father and mechanic Badong inIsusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko, persevering boxer Totoy Bato, sympathetic taxi driver Nanding in May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi and respected village leader Berting in Dito sa Pitong Gatang.

ABS-CBN recently acquired the rights to FPJ’s exclusive movie library, one of the biggest and most important libraries in Philippine cinema, a collection of classic movie titles that FPJ starred in, wrote, directed and produced.

ABS-CBN, which has the widest reach in the country and worldwide, will showcase his iconic movies through its various free-to-air TV channels, cable TV channels, and The Filipino Channel following a deal it recently closed with the Poe family.

ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio said that many Filipinos love FPJ because for them, he was not only a hero in fiction, but also in real life as he made a conscious effort to tell the stories of ordinary Filipinos in his films.

“ABS-CBN is honored to have been entrusted with his body of works that represent FPJ and what he believed in. By showing his films on our different platforms on air and online, FPJ’s fans will be able relive their memories of the beloved icon and the new generation of Filipinos will get to know more about the King of Philippine Movies,” she said.

Susan Roces, meanwhile, said her family and FPJ Productions believe that only ABS-CBN can thoroughly showcase all of FPJ’s masterpieces as its reach is unmatched.

She also stressed that FPJ continues to be an enduring figure in Filipino cinema and culture, not only because the subjects in his films symbolized the Filipino masses, but because he had an affinity for underdogs.

“He liked playing a carpenter, a police officer, or a soldier. He did not play high-ranking officials, but rather ordinary police officers or soldiers because he believed their lives are more colorful. His principles and conviction were the real star in his movies, not the leading ladies. Even if he had leading ladies, he would leave and bid them goodbye, but would continue on his journey because of his principles and conviction,” Susan said.

She added, “When making films, FPJ took into account the beauty of the Philippines. Some of FPJ’s films were shot in far-flung, unknown areas but are now famous tourist spots.”

Some of the definitive FPJ blockbuster films that have made an indelible mark in Filipino culture are Ang Panday, Hindi Ka Na Sisikatan ng Araw, Batas ng .45, Totoy Bato, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Iyo Ang Tondo, Akin Ang Cavite, Agila, Dito sa Pitong Gatang, Batang Quiapo, Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko, Batas ng Lansangan and Isang Bala Ka Lang.

Also known as Da King, FPJ was posthumously declared A National Artist of the Philippines in 2006. He was an award-winning actor who won several accolades from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) and was known for promoting the movie industry and the welfare of its workers.

Watch out for FPJ movies soon on ABS-CBN, Studio 23, Cinema One, Jeepney TV and TFC.

Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes joins Sandugo Festival this weekend!

Tagbilaran City’s annual Sandugo Festival just gets bigger and brighter this year as two of GMA Network’s prime stars banner this year’s celebration in Bohol.

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Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes will perform in a Kapuso Night on July 28, at Tagbilaran City’s CPG Sports Complex starting at 6 p.m.

Prior to the Kapuso Night, the cast of Maghihintay Pa Rin led by Bianca King, Rafael Rosell and Dion Ignacio, will participate in the Sandugo Festival parade. Hopping in with them are co-stars JC Tiuseco and Diva Montelaba. They will tour around the streets of Tagbilaran City beginning at 1 p.m.

Bianca, Dion, JC and Diva are all set to party the Bol-anon way as they perform for their fans in the Kapuso Night with Marian and Dingdong.

The Sandugo Festival is an annual commemoration of the blood compact between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in the province of Bohol.

Ces Orena-Drilon reveals threatening text message!

Award winning ABS-CBN correspondent Ces Orena-Drilon received a threat via a text message.

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Drilon said that after her report on the tax evasion case against Ampatuan lawyer Arnel Manaloto aired, she received a text message on her personal mobile phone, saying:

“putang ina mo ka babae ka piliin kalabanin mo alam ko pera lang habol mo magkano ka”

Drilon quoted a source as saying that Manoloto is being used by the Ampatuans as a “dummy” to hide their assets in her report.

ABS-CBN strived to get Manaloto’s side several times, but he responded by sending a text message through his legal secretary saying he does not grant interviews and he deserved privacy as a private citizen.

YES! Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful Celebrities of 2013 list revealed!

The stars who made it to the top list of Yes! Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful Celebrities in the past years are Judy Ann Santos (2007), KC Concepcion (2008), Marian Rivera (2009), Kim Chiu (2010), Anne Curtis (2011) and John Lloyd Cruz (2012).

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Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes hailed as the Most Beautiful for 2013!

YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars 2013 list below:

Alex Gonzaga
Angelica Panganiban
Anne Curtis
Bianca Gonzalez
Carmina Villaroel
Christopher De Leon
Coco Martin
Cristine Reyes
Daniel Padilla
Dimples Romana
Edgar Allan Guzman
Gerald Anderson
Iza Calzado
Izzy Canillo
Jake Cuenca
Janella Salvador
Jeric Gonzales
Jerome Ponce
Jessy Mendiola
Joseph Marco
Julia Barretto
Kim Chiu
Kris Aquino
Krystal Reyes
Martin Escudero
Matteo Guidicelli
Michelle Vito
Mona Louise Rey
Ogie Alcasid
Paulo Avelino
Piolo Pascual
Rafael Rosell
Rayver Cruz
Regine Velasquez
Richard Yap
Ritz Azul
Robin Paddila
Sam Milby
Sandy Andolong
Sophie Albert
Sarah Geronimo
Susan Roces
Tirso Cruz III
Toni Gonzaga
Tonton Guiterrez
Vin Abrenica
Wyn Wyn Marquez
Xian Lim
Zanjoe Marudo
Zoren Legaspi
Marian Rivera
Dingdong Dantes
Dennis Trillo
Carla Abellana
Tom Rodriguez
Heart Evangelista
Alden Richards
Andrea Torres
Bela Padilla
Bianca King
Glaiza De Castro
Jennylyn Mercado
Jeric Gonzales
Lauren Young
LJ Reyes
Lovi Poe
Max Collins
Mikael Daez
Mona Louise Rey
Pancho Magno,
Rocco Nacino
Ricky Davao
Rochelle Pangilinan
Ryzza Mae Dizon
Thea Tolentino
Alessandra De Rossi
Sandy Andolong
Elmo Magalona,
Isabelle Daza
Julie Anne San Jose
Krystal Reyes
Lorna Tolentino
Louise delos Reyes
Regine Velasquez
Paolo Ballesteros
Rafael Rosell
Sam Pinto

2013 Yes! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars is out and available at all magazine stands and bookstores nationwide this weekend!

Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes covers YES! Magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful Stars 2013”!

Julia Montes and Kathryn Bernardo covers  “YES!” Magazine‘s “100 Most Beautiful Stars 2013″ issue!

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Julia and Kathryn leads this year’s annual list recognizing the “most beautiful” personalities in Philippine showbiz, according to the local entertainment magazine “YES!”.

The “YES!” Magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful Stars 2013” issue, which will be released along with its monthly print for August.

Grab a copy now and see which stars are included in this years list!

Juan dela Cruz soundtrack’s Vol. 2 track list revealed!

After its first volume reached the gold record status, ABS-CBN’s Juan dela Cruz is set to launch the second volume of its official soundtrack on July 28, 5 p.m. at the SM North EDSA Skydome.

Released under Star Records, Juan dela Cruz Official Soundtrack Volume 2 features the theme songs of the exciting adventures and touching moments in the life of Philippine TV’s favorite superhero portrayed by Coco Martin.

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The track list includes

  • Maghintay Ka Lamang by Roel Manlangit;
  • Sana’y Kapiling Ka by Angeline Quinto;
  • Kaibigan Lang Pala by Liezel Garcia;
  • Buko by Jireh Lim;
  • Ibong Ligaw by Juana Cosme.

Minus ones of the five songs are also part of the album.

Meanwhile, the plot of Juan dela Cruz continues to thicken now that Juan (Coco) has released all the weapons from the cross namely espada ng katapangan, pana ng karunungan, latigo ng katarungan and sibat ng kagitingan. How will Juan fulfill his mission as the Tagabantay when he discovers that he is the one destined to be the Anak ng Dilim?

Juan dela Cruz airs weeknights after TV Patrol.

ABS-CBN bags five Asian Publishing awards!

ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. (API) recently received five Asian Publishing awards.

API won for Best Feature on Cars and Best Feature on Wine Tasting, both for Vault magazine; for Best Feature on Interior Design for Metro Home and Best Feature on Asian Fashion for Metro.  In the book category, Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir was awarded the  Best Insights into Asian Societies trophy.

ABS-CBN Publishing’s Katrina Angco, Ani Hila, Ernie Lopez, Mark Yambot, Iñigo Roces and Francis Buen

ABS-CBN Publishing’s Katrina Angco, Ani Hila, Ernie Lopez, Mark Yambot, Iñigo Roces and Francis Buen

According to the Asian Publishing Conference Committee, the awards organizers, there were 171 entries from Asia.

“We are proud of this achievement, knowing that our locally developed magazines can compete and win against many franchised global brands. I thank God and the great people I worked with for excelling in their respective categories. I also want to thank the Asian Publishing Conference Committee for the recognition that they’ve given us,” said API president Ernie Lopez.

“There has never been a more competitive and transformative period in history of magazine media. Audiences are segmenting rapidly, and there are over 500 magazines sold on a typical bookstore, with many more alternatives on digital storefronts. It is therefore heartening to see Philippine publications and our brands competing in terms of quality at an international level,” added Mark Yambot, managing director of API.

ABS-CBN Publishing Inc. (API) is a subsidiary of media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation. API is the leading provider of Philippine-developed magazine brands with 13 homegrown titles such as StarStudio, The Buzz, Working Mom, Food, Chalk and the Kris Aquino Magazine.

Marian Rivera is the hottest angel in FHM Philippines Sexiest Women in the World Victory Party photo revealed!

The Kapuso actress, Marian Rivera is the country’s sexiest angel. She walked the ramp wearing a golden wings during the FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2013victory party on Wednesday night at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

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FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2013 Victory Party in photos revealed!

Check out some hottest photos taken from the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2013 Victory Party on Wednesday night, July 10, 2013 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

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NAPOLCOM online application system for October 2013 is now open!

NAPOLCOM announces that online application system (OLEASS) for October 20, 2013 PNP Entrance exam is available starting July 29, 2013. Online Application Scheduling for Promotional Exam will be activated on August 8, 2013.

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Scheduling system for PNP Entrance and Promotional Examination is open up to the specified date below. However, NAPOLCOM limits the number of applicants on quota-basis.

PNP Entrance Exam
Online Application Scheduling: July 29 -August 7, 2013
Period of Filing of Application: August 19 – September 13, 2013

Promotional ExamOnline Application Scheduling: August 8-16, 2013
Period of Filing of Application: August 19 – September 13, 2013

(The Online Scheduling System will be activated starting July 29 , 2013. TheSummitExpress will update on this post the link for the OLEASS).

The National Police Commission conducts two sets of police examinations twice a year, one for those who are already in the police service (promotional), and  another for those aspiring to enter the Philippine National Police (PNP entrance).

The On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) was opened to systematize scheduling of processing of exam applications at the NAPOLCOM NCR office and 16 regional offices nationwide.

Here is the important reminder after applying on OLEASS: Print your confirmation and proceed to the NAPOLCOM Regional Office with complete requirements on the date specified therein.

Eduardo U. Escueta, NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman and executive Officer announced that the acceptance of application shall be on a first come, first serve basis and upon due notice, may be stopped even ahead of the schedule.

“Only applicants with a confirmed schedule of appointment with reference number shall be entertained”, Escueta said.

PNP Entrance exam is open to all Filipino citizens who are not more than 30 years old, bachelor’s degree holder with 1.57 (female) and 1.62 (male) meters in height.

On the other hand, promotional exam is open exclusively to all qualified uniformed members of PNP who meet the minimum qualifications standards for examination in terms of rank and eligibility.

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