Friday, February 27, 2015

Why PBA Teams Draft Non-Basketball Celebrities

First, Manny Pacquiao. Now, Xian Lim. These two non-basketball celebrities have been included in the basketball arena lately. For Pacquiao, he's now playing for one of the PBA teams. For Lim, the deal was supposedly pushing through.

What happened to Xian Lim though is a different case at some point. Since he was not able to catch the proper timeline to be part of the draft, he was denied.

“With regard to your [Cloudfone] request to allow your product endorser, Mr. Xian Lim, to play for your team without going through the Rookie Draft, we have a rule that all new players should go through the draft, with the exception of players of school-based teams. Hence, we cannot grant your request,” Commissioner Chito Salud said.

But why are PBA Teams after these celebrities to play with them?

We won't answer that question. But we have two undeniable facts we can realize if we look at the cases of Pacquiao and Lim.

1. The teams drafting them are not yet established.
They need all the branding. They need people talking abou them. They need attention.

2. Both Manny Pacquiao and Xian Lim are not hotshot basketball players.
They like playing basketball like most Filipino men. But they're not the type who would create a huge mark in the league.

Undeniably though, they both are really popular.

There you have it. Make your own conclusion.

Kris Bernal Welcomes Back Aljur Abrenica

Aljur Abrenica is back home where he belongs. At least until 2017. And the return to GMA Network becomes official through Sunday All Stars this weekend. Before that, Aljur visited Kris Bernal on the set.

Their following as a tandem is still significant. And the management may have it playing in their minds of reuniting them back for a major project. This will only be promising given a good material.

In Kris Bernal's post, she encouraged the fans to not be negative anymore.

Check out how Kris Bernal welcomed back Aljur through her Instagram post.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

What KathNiel Fans Think of Crazy Beautiful You on Twitter

It's no surprise that Star Cinema's Crazy Beautiful You earned big on day 1 of showing. The writers have managed to elevate the tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla to a more substantial storyline.

This is why comments about the recent KathNiel film have changed. From just tweetums reason to watch the movie in the previous films, the fans have more to say this time. We asked them on Twitter what they think about this movie, and here's what some of them said.

How about you? What do you think of Crazy Beautiful You?

Iya Villania-Arellano for Mundo Ni Juan

Iya Villania-Arellano finally has a new show of her own since her recent return to GMA Network. Mundo Ni Juan it is, an infotainment travel show which will feature Filipinos living around the world.

This is not yet under GMA Entertainment but GMA News & Public Affairs where husband Drew Arellano also belongs to.

Here's a preview...

Watch the teaser...

No question this will be a good show since it's under GMA News & Public Affairs. #punintended

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid sings Hillsong's Oceans

For the first time on Philippines' Sunday noontime TV history, a mainstream artist, Asia's Songbird at that, sang a song from Hillsong-- a Christian band famous among both Christian and Roman Catholic denominations. Yes, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid sang Hillsong's Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).

Watch it here

It was a good time to have that production number in Sunday All Stars in today's episode knowing that its unbeatable competitor ASAP celebrated its 20th anniversary today at the MOA Arena. We don't know how Ms. Regine got this song approved for their lineup but that segment was a big one-- special stage setup and a musical ensemble that was used only for that particular segment. The production made sure it was excellent. And there you have it, a production number full of passion, of sincerity, of worship.

It's not her first time to sing this song in a huge crowd. She actually sang it in one of the concerts she sang at last December 2014. You may check out that video at Youtube.

Why Oceans
People may have not realized that what she sang was a Christian song. Although Oceans is a Christian song, it still managed to enter Billboard's Hot 100 last year. It even managed to register at number 83.

If you actually check out Twitter, you'd be surprised that GMA Network's Sunday All Stars had more positive tweet feedback than negative ones this week. Thanks to this heartfelt rendition, it actually made a lot of Kapuso viewers appreciate the show for once. So maybe the Asia's Songbird should lobby similar production numbers more and more for the next episodes. And maybe just maybe, the almost dead Sunday noontime show of Kapuso network will have life once again.

If you were to suggest Regine a similar song of the same genre, what would you suggest to her? We have one. Since she attends Victory Christian Fellowship, she should start singing some of their local songs. Yes, her church happens to have a worship album entitled Radical Love. Maybe she can sing the famous single.

To Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, thank you for that wonderful production number this weekend!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Upcoming Kapuso Shows Pari 'Koy & Instadad, Promising?

GMA Network held two story conferences yesterday for two daily series-- Pari 'Koy and InstaDad. Are they promising enough to be the country's talked about?

Pari 'Koy on Telebabad
Starring Dingdong Dantes and Sunshine Dizon along with veteran actors and child star Jillian Ward (who's turning out to be a not so child star anymore), Pari 'Koy is a concept that will feature a priest as the main lead that being Dingdong Dantes.

GMA Network's Primetime King describes briefly the role:

"Lumaki siya sa isang magandang pamilya, pero ang pinili niyang landas ay ang kanyang bokasyon, which is 'yung paninilbihan sa simbahan. Na-assign siya sa isang parish kung saan challenging para sa kanya dahil nandoon ang mga tao na mas nangangailangan ng tulong."

What to Expect
To be directed by Maryo J. De Los Reyes, expect this family drama to have almost the same lightness with NiƱo in terms of approach but heavy in terms of acting.

InstaDad on Afternoon Prime?

Starring Matet De Leon, Gabby Eigenman and new love team Juancho Trivino and Ashley Ortega, InstaDad has not yet been announced whether it will land on primetime or not. So it is most likely pegged to air via the force to reckon Afternoon Prime of Kapuso network.

In a recent interview with Juancho before the story con, he said that Artist Center was preparing him for a major role in an upcoming soap opera. And it turns out that this is what he was talking about. Although fans are hopeful for his new role, they can't be certain yet if this would really be it because with the concept of InstaDad, it seems like Gabby Eigenman and Matet De Leon are the lead in the story.
Will this new tandem generate a good following through this new soap opera? Is it safe to say that this would be Juancho's big break after a disappointing launch in TeenGen? Fans are hopeful that the Entertainment department will not fail them.

Two major shows. Two new concepts. Are they promising enough?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

What it Means to Celebrate ASAP 20th Anniversary

Few days to go before ASAP solidifies its presence on Sunday noontime TV! And we're counting the days before ABS-CBN finally puts to death Sunday All Stars of GMA Network.

What it means to celebrate their 20th...

  • They have now become an institution.
  • No matter the ratings, they will remain.
  • They are part of pop culture.
  • They will be talked about after the Feb 22 episode.
  • They will mostly be talked about after every episode.
  • Their talents will have good exposure.
  • More talents will desire to be part of the show.
  • People will forget that there is such a thing as Sunday All Stars and all they will remember are either SOP or Party Pilipinas.
Congratulations to the brilliant men and women who, through the years, have sought after excellence and innovation. Our hope is as you take on 20 years and beyond, you will also bring the level of entertainment to something beyond.

Is There Hope for a JhaBea Movie?

Will APT Entertainment be able to succeed with their non-MMFF film via Kapuso stars Jhake Vargas and Bea Binene?

That's the big question that people from APT Entertainment await to be answered. Starring Kapuso love team JhaBea alongside one of GMA Network's stable of leading ladies Sarah Lahbati, Liwanag Sa Dilim is APT Entertainment's Valentine presentation in silver screen.

A horror film in February is not so common. But it could be an alternative from the norm. But will the JhaBea force be enough considering that they just broke up again?

APT Ent. seems to be investing on Bea Binene. After casting her in the now steady sitcom Vampire Ang Daddy Ko, just this year she becomes one of the lead cast for this film. Is APT Ent. being wise? Yes, she made a good sale on her album but is that really enough to say she can sell a movie?

Take that out, here's one formula that APT Ent has-- their noontime promotions via the ever famous Eat Bulaga. Now that we think will be a good way to promote this film regardless who the stars are.

Here's hoping that APT Ent will not disappoint the viewing public quality-wise. And here's hoping that if the movie is good, it will sell good to give Star Cinema a good competition this love month.

If this movie succeeds at some point, expect that Kapuso stars who are under Mr. Tuviera will finally have a way to star in potentially blockbuster movies. Now this sounds like a good route for Andrea Torres and of course don't forget GMA's Primetime Queen Marian Rivera.