Saturday, October 22, 2016
StarWorld reveals new shows to watch out for

StarWorld reveals new shows to watch out for

StarWorld threw a huge party last October 11, 2016 at the Valkyrie Nightclub in Bonifacio Global City to reveal their newest programs and initiatives. Hosted by Joey Mead and Tim Yap, together with FOX Network Groups' SVP/General Manager Mr. Jude Turcuato, some of the country's biggest celebrities, press people, and industry partners witnessed Asia's most beloved lifestyle channel's exciting revelations that we all can look forward to. 

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Charo Espedido, Director and Head of Marketing and Programming at FOX Networks Group Philippines, said:
“This event serves as a celebration of the successes of StarWorld. With our strong line-up of new programs and new initiatives to connect with our audiences on a digital platform, we are staying true to the claim that we are trendsetters within and outside pay TV. Our goal is to better reach our viewers with great content, and by so doing maintain our market leader status in the Philippines. We feel wonderful about sharing our successes with our industry partners, talents and the press.”

So, whether you love food, travel, music, entertainment, or just any random stuff, StarWorld has definitely something for you to enjoy. Here are some of the new and returning shows that StarWorld has in store for us:

She Said Yes

Witness the magic behind some of the country's most beautiful weddings.

The Voice Season 11

The latest season of The Voice introduces new judges - Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys -  that brings in a refreshing feminine energy.

The Bag Hag Diaries

Follow Ingrid Chua as she brings every bag-a-holic behind the scenes on every fashion week she's been to. Drool over the different stunning bags she's featuring and hear straight from the designers, models, and celebrities she's spotted.

The Fat Kid Inside

Erwan Heussaff, one of the popular food bloggers and chef in the region, will feature some of his adventures and mouth-watering recipes in the newest season of The Fat Kid Inside.

The Girl on TV

The Girl on TV is a pop culture show featuring some of the latest trends, and the most entertaining and relevant content that every adventurous and stylish girl should know.

Taste Travels

Join Cher Tiu as she shares her experiences on her travels and foodventures in StarWorld's newest lifestyle/food show, Taste Travels.

Four Girls & A Bucket List

Four Girls and a Bucket List features four independent women living their lives and discovering cool things as they explore the wonderful islands of Indonesia. The show is hosted by four gorgeous women including Aubrey Miles, Andrea Fonseka, Patricia Gunawan, and Cara McIlroy.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
HOOQ Hangouts Presents Monster House

HOOQ Hangouts Presents Monster House

Halloween is going to get a lot “Sp-HOOQ-ier” this year as HOOQ HANGOUTS treats kids of all ages to the biggest outdoor cinema event this Friday, October 21, 2016 starting at 3:00pm at the Bonifacio Global City Ampitheater.

This month, HOOQ pulls out one animated classic from its giant cauldron of child-friendly titles that captures the mood of the scary season. 

It’s a Halloween night and all the kids are busy preparing their costumes for a night of trick-or-treating, but what if you live in a neighbourhood where the scariest thing are not the ghosts and monsters but the house that eats trespassers.  

Are you ready to enter the MONSTER HOUSE?

Monster House
D.J. Walters has a particularly overactive imagination--even for a 12-year old on Hallow’s Eve. He is convinced that his haggard and crabby neighbor Horace Nebbercracker, who terrorizes all the neighborhood kids, is responsible for Mrs. Nebbercracker's mysterious disappearance. Add to that, any toy that touches Nebbercracker's property, promptly disappears, swallowed up by the cavernous house in which Horace lives. 

D.J. has seen it with his own eyes! But no one believes him, not even his best friend, Chowder. What everyone does not know is D.J. is not imagining things. Everything he's seen is absolutely true and it's about to get much worse than anything D.J could have imagined!

Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 79th Academy Awards, MONSTER HOUSE reunites Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg—since Back to the Future Part III and the first time the legendary Hollywood icons both served as executive producers of a film.

“Halloween is an exciting time to be kid, with all the costumes and the free candy, so for this month, HOOQ Hangouts is bringing the all the treats to them. It’s also a great way to showcase the kind of kid friendly content we have at HOOQ, says Jane Cruz-Walker, Country Manager of HOOQ Philippines.

“And with our new mobile app interface, #KidsOnHOOQ can easily find family-friendly movies such as the full Harry Potter library, Ella Enchanted, Where the Wild Things Are, and Dolphin Tale. And stay tuned during this HOOQ Hangouts we reveal a whole new set of content partners and additions to our kids catalog.”

Kids in costume will receive FREE Halloween treats and get the chance to win special prizes - like Best in Sp-HOOQ-y Costume! 

HOOQ Hangouts in cooperation with Samsung will regularly showcase blockbusters and all-time favorites through several massive LED screens at the Globe Iconic Entertainment Zone, transforming the BGC Amphitheater into a free outdoor cinema venue.  Viewers can use beanbags, blankets and cushions to enjoy the featured shows, participate in on-ground games and entertainment and munch on snacks from partner food concessionaires.  

HOOQ is Asia’s largest video-on-demand service hosting over 10,000 movies and TV shows available for streaming or download.  Globe customers can get free access to HOOQ with selected GoSURF mobile data plans and as well as Broadband Plan 1299 and up.   Visit to sign up for a 7-day free trial. 

Ryza Cenon and Martin del Rosario talks about their QCinema 2016 entry, Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B

Ryza Cenon and Martin del Rosario talks about their QCinema 2016 entry, Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B

Ryza Cenon and Martin del Rosario stars in Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B is an official entry to this year's QCinema International Film Festival featuring GMA Artist Center's Ryza Cenon and Martin del Rosario. It is a modern retelling of the traditional manananggal story I often see in a movie. 

Ryza plays the role of Jewel, a young woman living alone in the city who later on finds out the truth about her being a mananaggal. Her secret is what kept her aloof and away from the people around her until she met Martin's character, Nico. 

Nico, on the other hand, is a man who feels unloved. The movie showed his caring love for his grandmother (played by Vangie Labalan) and his struggles of winning back his ex-girlfriend. He eventually fell for Jewel who was always there for him during tough times.

In an interview, Ryza revealed that her being manananggal isn't something that she wants but rather an inheritance from her mother that she can't restrain from happening. I loved how her evolution from a fine lady to a manananggal was shown in the movie. The transition was so flawless. Just don't expect to see a winged creature until the end of the film.

On her sex scenes in the movie, Ryza didn't have any hesitations in going all out since she felt the need for it. Actually, she cried all her nervousness out because she doesn't want the production to think twice in doing the scenes. If you've seen the movie, I'm sure you'll agree that the scenes turned out to be professionally done and wasn't just added to tease and tickle the minds of the audience.

Overall, the film is not the typical horror movie I was expecting. It is rather a different love story that's modern and artistically crafted. The cinematography was stunning, the musical scoring was spot on, and the acting and direction was well executed.

Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B was written by Jen Chuaunsu and directed by Prime Cruz.

More secrets about the movie revealed in this video:

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Indulge in the chocolatey goodness of Griffin's chocolate biscuits

Indulge in the chocolatey goodness of Griffin's chocolate biscuits

Coffee and chocolate is just one of my favorite comfort food combinations. The sweetness of the chocolate perfectly compliments the strong bold taste of black coffee. And in this cold bed weather, I think I have just found yet another item that'll definitely be included in my list of cravings. 

Brought in the country by Universal Robina Corporation, New Zealand's favorite biscuit, Griffin's, is introducing a range of premium chocolate biscuits that the Filipino market will surely love.

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Griffin's comes in four different variants:

TOFFEE DELIGHTS is a rich sweet biscuit topped with creamy caramel coated with either milk chocolate or dark chocolate. Your choice. I prefer the dark chocolate. The bitterness of the dark chocolate balances the sweet combination of biscuit and caramel filling. 

The CHIT CHAT, which is my favorite of all four, is a chocolate biscuit sandwich with chocolate cream filling covered in real milk chocolate.

And the SQUIGGLES, a milk chocolate coated biscuit with honeycomb cream and honeycomb pieces. The crunch in every bite is what sets it apart from the other flavors.

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Griffin's was founded by John Griffin and has been New Zealand's number 1 snack favorite for years now. The company has just expanded its market across Asia has been successfully introduced to Singapore and Hong Kong biscuit lovers. 

Now that they're in the country, every Filipino can indulge and delight in the chocolatey goodness of Griffin's Toffee Delights, Chit Chat, and Squiggles. Griffin's is now available in all leading supermarkets and select Ministop stores nationwide.

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Tanghalang Ateneo stages Anna Ziegler's Boy

Tanghalang Ateneo stages Anna Ziegler's Boy

Who were you, who are you and who will you become? How much of you did you decide for yourself? 

Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola schools of the Ateneo de Manila University opens its 38th season: De/Constructing Narratives with Boy, a thought-provoking new play by award-winning American playwright Anna Ziegler. This will go onstage at the Ateneo de Manila’s Black Box Theater (Fine Arts Annex) on October 19-November 12.

The play, which just had its world premiere produced by Keen Company in New York City earlier this year, is translated into Filipino by Guelan Varela-Luarca and directed by Ed Lacson, Jr. Tanghalang Ateneo’s production of this play not only serves as its Philippine premiere but is also its first international staging and the first one produced outside of the original New York City production.

Boy is a story of self-realization and gender identity, a journey to find one’s self amidst doubt and confusion. The play follows the life of Adam Turner who, as a new-born baby, had an unfortunate medical accident resulting in his parents deciding to raise him as a girl upon the advice of a renowned psychologist. As Adam grows older, his confusion about who he is and what he wants to become in life becomes more and more apparent that his parents eventually decide to reveal to him his biological gender. The discovery leads Adam to re-create himself, severing all communication with his psychologist.

Cholo Ledesma as Adam
Cholo Ledesma plays this challenging title role.

Teroy de Guzman as Dr. Barnes
Teroy Guzman plays Dr. Wendell Barnes, Adam’s psychologist. Passionate about his work and ideals, Dr. Barnes has trouble looking past his own intentions to see the tragic consequences of his actions.

Camilly Abaya as Jenny

Camille Abaya plays Jenny, Adam’s love interest. A down-to-earth, single mother, Jenny is confused about Adam’s temperament and his relentless persistence in wanting to pursue a relationship with her.

Mayen EstaΓ±ero as Trudy
Wenah Nagales as Trudy

Mayen EstaΓ±ero and Wenah Nagales alternate as Trudy, Adam’s mother. Like all mothers, Trudy has always tried to look out for the best interests of her child but is undone by her desperation to find an immediate solution to a life-altering problem.

Juliene Mendoza as Doug
Juliene Mendoza plays Doug, Adam’s father. Often absent because of work, Doug leaves the responsibility of raising Adam to Dr. Barnes and Trudy, with terrible consequences.

A nominee for the 2016 Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, Boy was inspired by a real-life psychological case study conducted in the U.S. from the late ‘60s to the early ‘90s. This study, commonly referred to as the case of “Dr. Money And The Boy With No Penis,” is about a botched circumcision that leads to the child’s parents seeking the help of renowned sexologist Dr. John Money who agrees to the counseling of the child in exchange for conducting the study.

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