ASAP goes Live in Dubai on January 24!

The Filipino Channel (TFC) welcomes 2014 with a bang as it brings its longest-running and top-rating musical show, “ASAP Live in Dubai” to the entertainment capital of theMiddle East on January 24, Friday at the Dubai Festival City.
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TFC, the top-of-mind network of Filipinos outside the homeland, promises to deliver yet another history-making event with no less than the most widely followed musical show in the Philippines that features the biggest names in the entertainment industry.  Following the long history of record-breaking TFC events such as “Rakrakanfest”, “FilExpo” and “Kapamilya Fiesta,” “ASAP Live in Dubai” is set to gather a record crowd in Dubai where the grandest entertainment shows have been staged, including those of Hollywood stars.
“ASAP 2014 in Dubai” is set to be a main highlight of the upcoming Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), best known as one of the major shopping and entertainment extravaganzas in the world.  The DSF, where the most recognized brands and astronomical prizes are drawn over the 32-day festival period, has been part of the itinerary of denizens and visitors including, Hollywood celebrities.
This exciting event is set to be as stellar with its line-up of more than 40 of the most respected recording artists, the most awarded performers and the most exciting showbiz personalities from the Philippines.
Leading the line-up are Total Performer Gary Valenciano, Divine Diva Zsa Zsa Padilla, Dynamic Diva Vina Morales and Concert King Martin Nievera. Sharing their world-class performances areCharice Pempengco, dubbed “the most talented girl in the world,” by media mogul Oprah Winfrey, “The Voice of the Philippines” ‘Kamp Kawayan’ judge and rock star Bamboo, and Hall of Famer for the World Championship of the Performing Arts Champion Jed Madela,
Providing equally world-class performances are singing champions and awarded recording artists “Star for a Million’s” Erik Santos, “Pilipinas Got Talent’s” Jovit Baldovino and Marcelito Pomoy, and “Star Power’s” Angeline Quinto. Adding more excitement to the already stellar line-up are Kapamilya heartthrobs Piolo Pascual,  Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson, Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil, and John Lloyd Cruz and multi-awarded celebrities Toni Gonzaga, Nikki Gil, Luis Manzano andRobi Domingo.
Injecting more thrills are young superstars Kim Chiu, Julia Montes, and Erich Gonzales.  Sharing their unique singing prowess are Rockoustic Princess Yeng Constantino, “X Factor” champion KZ Tandingan and Soul Princess Zia Quizon.  Joining the song numbers are ASAP Sessionistas Aiza Seguerra, Juris Fernandez, Princess Velasco, Richard Poon and Sitti.  Injecting their dance moves are ASAP 2014 segments Supahdance’s Rayver Cruz, John Pratts, Iya Villania, and John Pratsand Mash’s Maja Salvador and Shaina Magdayao.  Teleserye stars Richard Yap, Jericho Rosalesand Jessy Mendiola complete the starry, starry event.
Tickets are available at AED 365 for Platinum, AED 245 for Gold, AED 165 for Grandstand and AED 85 for General Admission.  A percentage of ticket purchases made until December 31, 2013 will go the Sagip Kapamilya fund for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
Loved ones of TFC subscribers in the Philippines also get the chance to partake in the fun and be reunited with their OFW relative or friend in the Middle East. This is through the special offer, “ASAP Sama-Saya in Dubai.” The winner-subscriber in the Middle East and his chosen loved one or friend will get round-trip tickets to Dubai, front row seats for two plus four days and three nights’ hotel stay and tour in the country.

 

Arjo Atayde goes Gay in ‘MMK’ this Saturday!

Kapamilya action star Arjo Atayde will take on a role of a gay parent in the upcoming heavy drama episode of ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”

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He will give life to the character of Jess, who became a mother to six kids abandoned by their parents. How can a gay man give to his ‘children’ the love and care he was not able to have from his own mother?

Together with Arjo in “MMK” this Saturday (January 4) are Ella Cruz, Ismael Clavero, Felix Roco, Assunta de Rossi, Via Veloso, Eliza Pineda, Kyle Banzon, Mike Lloren, Dindo Arroyo, and Jiriane Montilla. The episode is directed by Raz de la Torre, written by Benson Logronio and Arah Jell Badayos, and researched by Akeem del Rosario.

“MMK” is led by business unit head Malou Santos, production manager Roda Dela Cerna, and executive producer Lindsay Anne Dizon.

Don’t miss the touching New Year drama offering of “MMK” this Saturday, after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to MMK.abs-cbn.com, follow @MMKOfficial on Twitter, and “like” Facebook.com/MMKOfficial.

 

One of KC Concepcion’s wish for 2014: “Sana next year meron na talaga akong magiging boyfriend na alam mo yun…”!

KC Concepcion‘s career is taking a big turn this year with the roles that she portrayed in television and in the movies. She is getting roles that requires for her to stretch her acting ability and become more versatile with the roles that are being offered to her.

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For 2014 KC wants to fucos not just on her career but also on her personal well being.

“A, siyempre gusto kong mas lalo pang gumawa ng magagandang proyekto dito sa Philippine entertainment industry.

 

“Kaya naman ako umuwi galing Europe kasi gusto ko rin kahit papa’no mag-contribute dito at mas masaya po na makilala lahat ng artista dito sa industry, lahat ng director, kayo [media].”

Pagpapatuloy pa ni KC, “Masayang industriya po kasi ito e parang circus, di ba?

“I’d like to do more projects and, at the same time, gusto ko pang mag-aral kahit mga short courses sa Amerika, gusto ko ring gawin yun.

“And nami-miss ko rin yung mga kaibigan ko sa ibang bansa. “Ang dami na rin kasing nangyari sa kanila, sa buhay-buhay nila, sa WhatsApp [mobile messenger ng android at windows phone] na lang kami nag-uusap. “So gusto ko silang makita next year.”

“GUSTO KONG KILIGIN…” Bukod daw sa gusto niyang makagawa ng maraming de-kalidad na proyekto at makapiling ang mga kaibigan abroad, may isa pa raw na gustong ma-achieve si KC.

Nakangiti niyang kuwento, “Apart from that, gusto kong kiligin. Sana next year meron na talaga akong magiging boyfriend na alam mo yun…

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Official Holidays in the Philippines for 2013 bared!

 

Below is the list of holidays for 2014, declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013, unless otherwise specified:

JANUARY
January 1, 2014, Wednesday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)
January 31, 2014, Friday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)

FEBRUARY
February 25, 2014, Tuesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Holiday for all schools)

APRIL
April 9, 2014, Wednesday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)
April 17, 2014 – Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)
April 18, 2014 – Good Friday (Regular Holiday)
April 19, 2014 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)

MAY
May 1, 2014, Thursday – Labor Day (Regular Holiday)

JUNE
June 12, 2014, Thursday – Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

AUGUST
August 21, 2014, Thursday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 25, 2014, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)

NOVEMBER
November 1, 2014, Saturday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2014, Sunday – Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

DECEMBER
December 24, 2014, Wednesday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 25, 2014, Thursday – Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)
December 26, 2014, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 30, 2014, Tuesday – Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)
December 31, 2014, Wednesday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

*Separate proclamations will be issued for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha

The Voice Kids, The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 Audition Schedule for 2014 revealed!

ABS-CBN will be holding back-to-back auditions for The Voice Kids and The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 this 2014.
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This January and February 2014, auditions will once again open for kids 8-14 years old.
Meanwhile, the search for the next singing sensation in The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 will continue this 2014 as auditions will also be held for aspiring and professional singers ages 16 years old and above.
Below are the audition dates for The Voice Kids and The Voice of the Philippines Season 2.
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Saturday audition dates
January 11 – Visayas region
January 18 – Mindanao region
January 25 – Metro Manila
February 1 – Luzon region
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Sunday audition dates
January 12 – Visayas region
January 19 – Mindanao region
January 26 – Metro Manila
February 2 – Luzon region
The specific venues for the auditions will be posted here once they are available.

Angel Locsin, Maja Salvador and Jericho Rosales’ ‘The Legal Wife’ synopsis revealed!

Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador, JC de Vera and Angel Locsin are set to tackle all the real-life drama that happen in a Filipino family in ABS-CBN’s newest primetime TV series titled “The Legal Wife.”

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In the story, the relationships of Jericho, Maja, JC and Angel’s characters will be put to test by challenges that push them to sacrifice their personal happiness for the sake of their families. “The Legal Wife,” which will premiere on January 2014, gathers some of the country’s best drama actors including Joem Bascon, Ahron Villena, Christopher de Leon, Rio Locsin, and Mark Gil. It is under the direction of Rory Quintos and Dado Lumibao.

Unravel the mystery behind “The Legal Wife” and don’t miss its full trailer launch this Wednesday (January 1) after “Honesto” on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida.

 

‘ASAP Diyes Is It’ Year-End Countdown on ASAP 18 this Sunday!

“ASAP 18” is set to end the year with a bang this Sunday (December 29) as it takes TV viewers down memory lane in “ASAP Diyes Is It.”

Celebrate “ASAP 18’s” brightest moments this year through a year-end countdown featuring the top 10 “ASAP 18” milestones, trending topics, love teams, birthday performances, and the most talked about viral videos on YouTube.

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Leading the year-end countdown special are some of the biggest stars in showbiz including Piolo Pascual, Charice, Toni Gonzaga, Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson, Cristine Reyes, Bamboo, Jericho Rosales, Angeline Quinto, and Sarah Geronimo.

Fill 2013′s last Sunday with love together with three of the most in-demand love teams in the country—Kim Chiu and Xian Lim; Julia Montes and Enrique Gil; and Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo.

Get ready for the special production numbers prepared by Megan Young, Jake Cuenca, Matteo Guidicelli, Venus Raj, Denise Laurel, Bangs Garcia, Robi Domingo, Arron Villaflor, Neil Coleta, Joseph Marco, Martin del Rosario, Sam Concepcion, Young JV, Bryan Termulo, Markki Stroem, Bryan Santos, and Alex Castro.

Prepare to be blown away with the must-see performances of teen stars Khalil Ramos, Ella Cruz, Jane Oineza, Janella Salvador, Francis Magundayao, Michelle Vito, Karen Reyes, Myrtle Sarrosa, Joj & Jai, Sofia Andres, Bianca Casado, Linn Oeymo, and the boy group Gimme 5.

Meanwhile, witness Filipino talent at its finest in the hair-raising concert spectacle of Gary Valenciano, ZsaZsa Padilla, Lani Misalucha, Arnel Pineda, Vina Morales, and Martin Nievera; followed by the jaw-dropping musical performance of Erik Santos, Jed Madela, Yeng Constantino, Nikki Gil, Karylle, KZ Tandingan, Marcelito Pomoy, Paolo Valenciano, and ASAP Sessionistas.

Also, watch out for the most breathtaking dance showdown of Enrique Gil, Enchong Dee, Maja Salvador, Jessy Mendiola, Shaina Magdayao, John Prats, Rayver Cruz, Iya Villania, and Empress in the ‘Best of Supahdance.’

Celebrate 2013 and join the grandest throwback party of the country’s longest-running, award-winning variety show, “ASAP 18,” this Sunday, 12:00nn, on ABS-CBN.

For viewers who want to purchase ASAP official merchandise, simply visit the ABS-CBN Store located at the ground floor of ELJ building in Quezon City, or visit ABSCBNstore.shopinas.com and MyRegalo.com.

Visit ASAP.abs-cbn.com to hang-out live with stars at ASAP Chill-Out. Also join the fun at “ASAP 18′s” official social networking accounts at Facebook.com/asapofficial and Twitter.com/ASAPOFFICIAL, and know the latest happenings in “ASAP 18” by tweeting the hashtag #ASAPDiyesIsIt.

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union engagement ring revealed (photo)!

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are engaged.

The Miami Heat star proposed to his longtime girlfriend Saturday and the actress accepted. They announced the news through social media, around the same time as the two-time defending NBA champions were gathering for a team Christmas party.

Wade posted the photo below:

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With the caption:

“She said YES!!!”

Union wearing a large diamond solitaire on the ring finger of her left hand.

“Eat Bulaga” host Jose Manalo faces new complain in court, this time by his daughter!

“Eat Bulaga” host Jose Manalo is being charged anew for alleged violation of Republic Act 9262 (Anti-Violence against Women and their Children) this time by his own daughter.

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After his estranged wife Annalyn Manalo’s complaint last year, Manalo’s 17-year-old daughter has filed a complaint against him before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office on Friday.

Manalo’s daughter, represented by her legal counsel Dennis Pangan, said in her six-page complaint that the comedian failed to provide financial support for his family, whom he allegedly abandoned on Jan. 6, 2012.

According to the complainant, Manalo’s failure to provide financial support forced her to stop schooling.

After the mediation proceedings at the Philippine Mediation Center in Quezon City held last October, Manalo was said to have agreed to send financial support for her daughter’s education.

The complainant revealed having enrolled herself at Raffles Design Institute. However, she claimed that Manalo didn’t give her and her mother his contact details assuring that he will have the payments sent directly to the school on time. After settling the initial dues, Manalo failed to pay the next installment due last Dec. 1, added the complainant.

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Deaths, Sex Scandal and Beauty Queen tops trending searches for 2013!

Google releases its year-end Zeitgeist, “a collection of the top search queries by Filipinos.”

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Leading 2013’s top overall searches is the late Hollywood star Paul Walker, who became popular for his role as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and The Furious franchise. He died in a car crash on November 30, 2013.

Our country also makes an impact in the “global search traffic,” with the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda landing the second spot as the most trending event, next to Boston Marathon, which hit the headlines in April due to the bombings that killed three people and injured about 300 others.

Meanwhile, the list of most-searched news topics was dominated by deaths, beauty queens, sex video scandals, and national issues—such as pork barrel, election results, and SONA.

2013 top overall searches of the Filipinos:

  1. Paul Walker
  2. Samsung Galaxy S4
  3. Movies 2013
  4. Onehitcf
  5. Camera 360
  6. PAL Express
  7. Neri Naig
  8. Miss Universe 2013
  9. EB Babe Yosh
  10. iPhone 5s

The newsmakers, according to the pulse of Goole users, are:

  1. Paul Walker
  2. Cory Monteith
  3. Ariella Arida
  4. Pope Francis
  5. Megan Young
  6. Devina Dediva
  7. Nancy Binay
  8. Janet Napoles
  9. Gilas Pilipinas
  10. Nelson Mandela

The most-searched People are:

  1. Paul Walker
  2. Neri Naig
  3. EB Babe Yosh
  4. Cory Monteith
  5. Wall Bayola
  6. Ariella Arida
  7. Kevin Ware
  8. Pope Francis
  9. Chito Miranda
  10. Megan Young

And lastly, the list of top Local Celebrities searched by Filipinos:

  1. Neri Naig
  2. EB Babe Yosh
  3. Wally Bayola
  4. Ariella Arida
  5. Chito Miranda
  6. Megan Young
  7. Freddie Aguilar girlfriend
  8. Totoy Brown
  9. Krista Miller
  10. Alyssa Quijano

Neri Naig, Chito Miranda, EB Babe Yosh, and Wally Bayola all became controversial because of their “private videos,” which circulated on the Net.

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