Nora Aunor lead Star-Studded Christmas Special of ‘The Mega and the Songwriter’!

Stars and artists of the Kapatid network will once again unite for a night of songs and pure entertainment as “The Mega and The Songwriter” airs a two-part Christmas Special starting tonight, December 15.


Bound to make viewers swoon are TV5 Primetime actors Derek Ramsay and Martin Escudero as they serenade the beautiful Kapatid drama princess Ritz Azul. Meanwhile, the News and Information team led by News5 Chief Luchi Cruz Valdes together with Cheryl Cosim, Grace Lee, Cheri Mercado, Shawn Yao and Tulfo brothers Ben, Raffy and Erwin will showcase their singing prowess as they all jam with both Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Mr. Songwriter Ogie Alcasid.

Not to be missed is the rare chance of seeing the Smart Gilas team proving that they can shine both on the basketball hardcourt and onstage as they sing along with the Megastar herself. Adding laughter to a night of pure entertainment is the wacky cast of Tropa Mo Ko Unli.

Renowned singer-composer Noel Cabangon will also render some of his songs along with the boy band 5AZI1, quintet singers from Bulacan, AcapellaGO and young all-girl jazz trio Baihana.

This Christmas Special will be made more magical as musical genius David Pomeranz sings some of his songs and performs a special number with Ogie and Sharon. Capping this night of festivity will be the special participation of the one and only Superstar, Ms. Nora Aunor.

The Mega and The Songwriter Christmas Special airs December 15 and 22, 9pm on TV5.

“Positive” Actor Martin Escudero Talks About HIV in World AIDS Day 2013!

Kapatid drama prince and “Positive” lead actor Martin Escudero was invited as a resource speaker at the recently held HIV/AIDS Awareness Breakfast Forum organized by the Asian Development Bank in time for World AIDS Day 2013.
Escudero shared his insights on the important role of media in raising awareness on the situation of HIV and AIDS in the Philippines. TV5 is the first network that has bravely tackled HIV and AIDS as the main plot for its Thursday primetime series POSITIVE, working with AIDS Society of the Philippines to ensure that the topic is portrayed accurately and sensitively.
Shown in photo are (L-R) Positive Executive Producer Erwin Nieto, ADB Lead Health Specialistand Health CoP Chair Patricia Moser, Martin Escudero, TV5 Production Unit Head for Drama Edlyn Tallada-Abuel and Positive Program Manager Camille Gomba-Montano.
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‘The Mega and The Songwriter’ Pays Tribute to Gloria Estefan and Patti Austin this Sunday!

Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Songwriter Ogie Alcasid will pay tribute to two of the most famous female icons of the music industry of the 80’s Gloria Estefan and Patti Austin, this Sunday, December 1, on The Mega and The Songwriter.


Music lovers will definitely enjoy a trip down memory lane as Ogie Alcasid and Amber Davis serenade the viewers with songs popularized by one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Gloria Estefan. Viewers will also be able to revisit the past as they hear classical Patti Austin repertoire from the collaboration of Sharon Cuneta and Cookie Chua. Sharon Cuneta and Ogiie Alcasid will also be singing along with Aia de Leon of Imago to give a modern rendition to these various songs from the ‘80s.

And to ensure that Kapatid viewers won’t just be experiencing a night of good music, the cast of Tropa Mo Ko Unli will also be dropping by to provide fun as they jam with the Megastar and the Songwriter.

The Mega and The Songwriter airs every Sunday, 9pm, as part of the Weekend Do It Better programming of TV5.

Jasmine Curtis-Smith hosts TV5’s Saturday late night music show ‘SPINNation’!

Fresh from the success of her first role in the big screens, TV5 princess and ‘social media celebrity’ Jasmine Curtis-Smith continues to claim the spotlight as she hosts TV5’s newest Saturday late night music show, SPINNation.


Airing LIVE every Saturday, SPINNation is the first ever TV show that combines the power of music and the interactivity of social media on Philippine television.

In this hip and fun show, Jasmine delivers the latest buzz and trends as it happens on the social media music scene. Audiophiles will have a treat as Jasmine spins different soundtracks that match their moods for the night. The young Curtis will also feature the songs in the playlists of the most popular and talked about personalities today.

Those want to be in with the “it crowd” should not miss her updates on PWF (people worth following) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Viewers will not only know the score about their favorite icons, they will also have the chance to be seen, be followed and be famous on various social media.

SPINNation premieres LIVE this Saturday, 11:00PM on TV5, powered by SPINNR.PH


Freddie Aguilar confronted by GF’s mother on Face the People’s ‘Silya de Konsensya’ this Monday

The coming week will surely be exciting as Face The People features the most controversial and talked about man in Philippine entertainment today.


For the first time ever, OPM icon and “Pinoy Folk Singers King” Freddie Aguilar faces the people to answer all the issues that surround him after he revealed his relationship with a minor. Aguilar received flak all over the news and social media as netizens shared their opinions on the May-December love affair. Aguilar, however, continues to fight for “their right to love”.

Viewers should not miss the steamy exchange between Aguilar and columnist Joey Sarmiento. The columnist slams Aguilar’s relationship with a minor. Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles also gave her insights on the case of “simple seduction” filed against the popular folk singer.

Also for the first time, Ka Freddie gets confronted by the mother of his teenaged partner, who also shares her emotions on the issue at hand.

All of these happen in front of a hundred people comprising the audience who also have strong opinions on the relationship of Ka Freddie and his girlfriend. The results of the OPINION METER should not be missed!

Should Ka Freddie continue this romance? Find out what his decision will be this Monday, November 4, on the most popular reality talk show today!

Face The People airs daily, 4:30PM on TV5!

‘Juan Direction’ Debuts on Philippine Television this Saturday!

Five handsome British-Filipino men topbill TV5’s newest Saturday night offering via the social experimental show Juan Direction.


Premiering this October 19 at 10:00pm, Juan Direction features YouTube sensations Henry Edwards, Brian Wilson, Charlie Sutcliffe, Daniel Marsh and Michael McDonnell who will showcase the daily lives of Filipino people from their own perspective.

Every week, viewers will see how the men of Juan Direction try to live as common Filipinos and adjust to the Pinoy ways and means. It will surely be a delight to watch these “half-local but full-global” British-Filipinos as they become instrumental for every Pinoy to appreciate the richness of the Filipino culture.

Juan Direction airs every Saturday, 10:00-10:30pm, on TV5.

HIV-Themed Drama Series ‘Positive’ Premieres Tonight!

“Positive,” the country’s first HIV-themed drama series starring Martin Escudero as a young man who is diagnosed with the dreaded disease, is set to premiere Thursday night on TV5.


Award-winning young actor Martin Escudero (“Zombadings I: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington”) plays the titular role on TV5′s “Positive,” the network’s daring move to discuss one of the most relevant yet silenced issues we face today. Supporting him in the socially-relevant program are Bianca Manalo, Felix Roco, Malak So Shdifat (“Artista Academy”), Mercedes Cabral, Bing Loyzaga, Helga Krapf (“Boracay Bodies”) and Rufa Mae Quinto.

The edgy weekly series revolves on the story of Carlo – a young and successful professional who reformed from his former life of partying and drugs after he fell in love and found his life’s purpose with his wife, Janis (played by Helga Krapf). Now working as an Operations Manager of a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company and expecting his firstborn, it seems that Carlo lives a perfect life of change and redemption–until he is diagnosed with HIV.

In so much pain and despair, Carlo goes on a vindictive streak and decides to track down that one person who may have infected him and single-handedly destroyed his life. While he shares his dilemma with his best friend Peejay (Felix Roco), he eventually decides to hide his condition from his loving mother Esther (Bing Loyzaga) and his wife. In his search for answers, his life becomes intertwined with an HIV peer counselor named Anne (Bianca Manalo) – a strong-willed woman who also happens to be a person living with HIV.

During the recent press conference for “Positive,” Escudero shared how his character as Carlo got infected with the disease.

“Marami siyang pinagdaanan muna. Yung kabataan niya, yung pagiging maloko. Kung paano siya pumarty, magsaya sa buhay—yun yung kabataan niya, e. Pero nung nakilala na niya yung napangasawa niya yun nga si Helga [Krapf], kung paano siya nagbago, kung paano siya naging seryoso, kung paano siya nagkaroon ng AIDS, pero medyo may konting kalokohan pa rin sa opisina, pero hanggang doon na lang ‘yon,” he said.

“Nung nalaman niya na buntis yung asawa niya at manganganak na pilit niyang baguhin lahat ‘yon. Nagpakatino siya, gusto na niya maging matinong ama at matinong asawa. Yun ‘yong pinagdaanan niya hanggang sa desidido na siyang maging matino doon na niya nalaman na may sakit siya,” he added.

The young actor also revealed that he and other cast-members have undergone immersion to accurately portray their roles. With the help of the AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP), the cast of “Positive” was able to meet some persons living with HIV and learned more about the disease as well.

And as part of the immersion, Escudero volunteered to get tested for HIV.

“I wanted to get tested. Marami kasing natatakot magpa-test for HIV. So I want to get tested to fully understand the feeling, para magamit ko sa role ko bilang si Carlo” he said.

Helmed by Eric Quizon, “Positive” airs every Thursday at 9:00pm, beginning tonight (October 17) on TV5′s “Everyday, All The Way!” primetime block.


Edgy Drama ‘For Love or Money’ Premieres Tonight on TV5!

10 million, 10 days. Kakayanin mo kaya? Tonight at 8:00pm, TV5 pilots another edgy drama starring Alice Dixson, Ritz Azul and Derek Ramsay – “For Love or Money.”


For Love or Money brings back hunk actor Derek Ramsay on television as he stars with TV5 drama princess Ritz Azul and timeless beauty Alice Dixson in a captivating story of love and sacrifice – “For Love or Money.”

The weekly drama series revolves around the story of young ambitious couple, Roselle (Ritz Azul) and Edward (Derek Ramsay), who are struggling to achieve their dreams, until they cross paths with the wealthy and beautiful Kristine (Alice Dixson), who offers Roselle 10 million pesos for 10 days with Edward.

Starting tonight, “For Love or Money” will challenge all of your long-held convictions about what is right and wrong when it comes to matters of the heart.

“For Love or Money” airs every Thursday night at 8:00pm beginning October 17, on TV5.

TV5 News and Information Block Goes ‘Everyday All The Way’!

NEWS5, TV5’s news and information arm, reaffirms its commitment to provide quality public affairs programs from early morning to late night by introducing its own line-up of new shows that are all in line with the Kapatid Network’s “Everyday All the Way” campaign.


Starting October 14, Kapatid viewers will be starting their day right as Good Morning Club introduces its new segments. Grace Lee greets viewers at 6:00 via “Good Morning Grace!” At 6:10am, Erwin Tulfo and Martin Andanar will provide relevant information in “Good Morning Sir”. Cheryl Cosim, Tuesday Vargas, Twink Macaraig and Grace Lee will exchange opinions as they tackle various issues and concerns on “Good Morning Girls” at 7:00am. Christine Bersola-Babao will give a 15-minute pep-talk about motherhood as she hosts “Good Morning Moms” from 7:45am to 8:00am. With these new segments offering essential information in a “bite-size” structure, Good Morning Club provides customized servings of reliable information for the viewers’ consumption every day.



Further, NEWS5 strengthens its position as a credible source of information by introducing the KBO Block (Karunungan, Balita, Opinion) offering a unique mix of informative and educational shows every night.



Every Monday at 10pm, Paolo Bediones will try to dissect, refute and prove certain commonly known facts in Demolition Job. Cheryl Cosim will be scrutinizing and discussing the hard stories behind cold statistics on Numero every Tuesday, also at 10pm. Wednesdays will see Atty. Teresa Licaros tackling the plights and concerns of Overseas Filipino Workers in Dayo at 10:30pm. Every Thursday at 10pm, Lourd DeVeyra will give his own brand of history lessons and trivia in History. Paolo Bediones returns every Friday at 10:30pm on Astig to talk about the science behind sports to prove that “Sa Sports, Walang Tsamba.”





And before TV5 viewers call it a night, NEWS5 will deliver comprehensive back-to-back must-see programs starting with Pilipinas News, anchored by Paolo Bediones, Cheri Mercado and Jove Francisco at 10:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 11pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. Pilipinas News is followed by Reaksyon, which will feature NEWS5 Head Luchi Cruz-Valdez and her touching interviews with different people.




With the introduction of this new line-up of NEWS5’s shows for new and information, TV5 will surely create new habits for its viewing public where they can start and end their day tuning in to the Kapatid Network “Everyday All The Way.”


Willie Revillame’s “Wowowillie” final telecast on Oct. 11!

Willie Revillame, who’s contract with TV5 ends on October 15 and his noontime variety show “Wowowillie”  will go off air three days before the said date!


The 52 year old actor and TV host announced last May that he will not be renewing his contract with the Kapatid Network.

And earlier last month, network executives confirmed that Willie’s show will no longer be renewed once it expires.

Will Willie Revillame host another variety show soon?


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