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Monday, December 28, 2009

MMFF 2009 Awards - Complete List of Winners

Here is the complete list of winners of the just-concluded awards night of the 35th Metro Manila Film Festival which was held last night, December 28, at the SMX Convention Center of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City:

1st BEST PICTURE:
Ang Panday (Imus Productions/GMA Films)

2nd BEST PICTURE:
I Love You, Goodbye (Star Cinema)

3rd BEST PICTURE:
Ang Darling Kong Aswang (Octoarts/APT Entertainment)

ANTONIO VILLEGAS CULTURAL AWARD:
Mano Po 6: A Mother�s Love (Regal Films)

BEST ACTOR:
Bong Revilla (Ang Panday)

BEST ACTRESS:
Sharon Cuneta (Mano Po 6: A Mother�s Love)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Phillip Salvador (Ang Panday)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Heart Evangelista (Mano Po 6: A Mother�s Love)

BEST DIRECTOR:
Joel Lamangan (Mano Po 6: A Mother�s Love)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Lee Meily (I Love You, Goodbye)

BEST FILM EDITOR:
Manet Dayrit (I Love You, Goodbye)

BEST ORIGINAL STORY:
Vanessa Valdez, Kriz Gazmen & Karen Ramos (I Love You, Goodbye)

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS:
Ang Panday

BEST SOUND RECORDING:
Ang Panday

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:
Ang Panday

BEST MAKE-UP:
Shake, Rattle and Roll XI

BEST ORIGINAL THEMESONG:
"Ang Panday" (Ang Panday) by Ogie Alcasid

BEST MUSICAL SCORE:
Mano Po 6

BEST CHILD PERFORMER:
Robert "Buboy" Villar (Ang Panday)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Dolphy

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Real/Reel: Pacman to File Legal Case Againts Floyd Mayweatjer Jr. and Co.

Real: Boxing champ Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao plans to file libel charges against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his father Mayweather Sr. and Golden Boy Promotions for wrongly accusing Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs (PED) and demanded that he take an un-required blood test, giving the impression that his recent successes might be due to some type of performance-enhancing drug.

Here is Pacquiao's official statement:

"Enough is enough. These people, Mayweather Sr., Jr. and Golden Boy Promotions, think it is a joke and a right to accuse someone wrongly of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. I have tried to just brush it off as a mere pre-fight ploy, but I think they have gone overboard.

"I have instructed my promoter, Bob Arum, head of Top Rank, Inc., to help me out in the filing of the case as soon as possible...

"I maintain and assure everyone that I have not used any form or kind of steroids and my way to the top is a result of hard work, hard work, hard work, and a lot of blood spilled from my past battles in the ring, not outside of it."

Reel: PBB Double Up Update: Cathy Remperas is the new Head of Household. Nominated for eviction this week are Rica Paras, Sam Pinto, Johan Santos, and Paul Jake Castillo.



Reel: StarStruck V Update: Sef Cadayona is the fourth to be eliminated. He was joined in the bottom group by Princess Snell and Rox Montealegre.

Love Thadani is "Bro" in ABS-CBN's May Bukas Pa

Ang star ng Pasko and Santino's bestfriend who he fondly called "Bro" in the hit ABS-CBN teleserye 'May Bukas Pa' is finally revealed.


His name is Love Thadani, a Fil-Indian-Italian model who had his first share of limelight courtesy of his ex-girlfriend Chx Alcala of Pinoy Big Brother first season.


Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo - Full Trailer

ABS-CBN has released the full trailer of the much anticipated teleserye of 2010 titled, "Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo" which stars the Philippine tv's phenomenal loveteam of 2009, Kimerald.

Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo also marks the teleserye comeback of Ms. Kris Aquino.

Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo - Full trailer:



Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo which will premiere on January 18, 2010 also stars Gabby Concepcion, Albert Martinez, Gina Pareno, Jacklyn Jose, Maricar Reyes, Max Eigenmann and Coco Martin.

Your Song Presents: My Last Romance - Full Trailer

Your Song Presents: My Last Romance is the next featured love story of ABS-CBN's Sunday noontime drama special "Your Song Presents".

My Last Romance stars Toni Gonzaga and Luis Manzano. In support is character actress Alessandra de Rossi.

Your Song Presents: My Last Romance - Full trailer:




Your Song Presents: My Last Romance premieres this Sunday, January 3, 2010 only on ABS-CBN.

PBB Double UP Update: Patrick Villanueva is Evicted

Patrick Villanueva, 32-year-old Charming Banker ng Baguio, is the 7th evictee of the Live eviction night of ABS-CBN�s Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Double Up.


Patrick received the lowest tallied save and evict votes to be the 7th housemate to leave Kuya's house.

The percentage of votes are as follows:

Patrick Villanueva � +1.41
Kath Lope�a � +6.13
Cathy Remperas � +4.96

"Napatunayan kong kaya kong makisama sa ibang tao at alagaan sila (I proved that I could get along with other people and take care of them as well)," Patrick said after the results have been announced.

Before the live eviction night, the German visitor Annina bid farewell to the housemates and Pinoy Big Brother. "The most important lesson I learned from the housemates was that to continue being myself," she said.

MMFF 2009 Official First Day Box Office Result

The 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival through Mr. Ric Camaligan, Chairman - MMFF Parade and Programs Executive Committee, revealed the first day ranking of the films included at the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival. In ranking order, these films are:

Official 1st Day MMFF Gross:

1. Ang Panday � P16.9M
2. Ang Darling Kong Aswang � P16.7M
3. Shake, Rattle and Roll XI � P16.2M
4. I Love You, Goodbye � P11.7M
5. Nobody Nobody But Juan � P8M
6. Mano Po 6 � P6.9M
7. Wapakman � P750,000.00

Friday, December 25, 2009

GMA-7 Telebabad Line-up for 2010

If you happen to watched any of the 2009 MMFF movie entries in any theaters nationwide, you probably have seen the new and exciting list of GMA-7 telebabad shows for 2010.

Here�s the list:

CAPTAIN BARBELL: ANG PAGBABALIK � Richard Gutierrez is reprising his role as Mars Ravelo�s most popular male superhero.

THE LAST PRINCE � GMA-7 is putting back "Alkris" loveteam in the main primetime block with support from Rosalinda stars Geoff Eigenmann and Carla Abellana.

ENCANTADIA: THE SECOND SAGA � Previously starred by Iza Calzado, Diana Zubiri, Sunshine Dizon and Karylle.

DIVA � A music-themed teleserye starring Regine Velasquez, Mark Anthony Fernandez and Glaiza de Castro.

PANDAY KIDS � This series is topbilled by Jolina Magdangal, JC de Vera, Polo Ravales, Lovi Poe, Jackie Rice and Buboy Villar.

ENDLESS LOVE � The tandem of Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera was able to top nationwide tv ratings via Marimar and Dyesebel. Their third series, �Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang�, was mediocre. This time they will be reunited with the Philippine adaptation of the hit koreanovela Endless Love: Autumn in My Heart.

Watch the GMA-7 2010 Telebabad Line-up teaser below:




Thursday, December 24, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI Attacked by a Woman Stranger on Christmas Eve Mass

A woman, said to be mentally disabled, jumped the barriers in St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI at the start of Christmas Eve Mass.

The commotion occurred as the Pope's procession was making its way toward the main altar and shocked gasps rang out among the thousands who packed the basilica. The procession came to a halt, the music stopped and security rushed to the trouble spot.

Witness video showed a woman dressed in a red hooded sweat shirt vaulting over the wooden barriers that cordoned off the basilica's main aisle and rushing toward the pope before being swarmed by bodyguards.

The video showed the woman grabbing the Pope's vestments as she was taken down by guards, with Pope Benedict then falling on top of her.

The 82-year old Pope remained on the ground for a few seconds before being helped back up by attendants. At that point, a few shouts of "viva il papa!" (long live the pope!) rang out, followed by cheers from the faithful, witnesses said.

After getting up, Benedict, flanked by tense bodyguards, resumed his walk to the basilica's main altar to start the Mass. The Pope appeared unharmed but somewhat shaken and leaned heavily on aides and an armrest as he sat down in his chair.

Benedict made no reference to the disturbance after the service started. As a choir sang, he sprinkled incense on the altar before opening the Mass with the traditional wish for peace in Latin.

A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini said the woman had been taken into custody by Vatican police. He said she also knocked down Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, who was taken to hospital for a checkup.

Here's the video of Pope Benedict knocked down by a woman:




AGB Mega Manila TV Ratings (December 22): "Pinoy Big Brother Double Up Beats Darna Anew"

Here are the Comparative and Top 10 daytime and primetime TV ratings of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 programs on the overnight ratings of AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households on December 22, 2009:

Daytime:

SiS 5.2% vs. Showtime 21%;
Fated to Love You 10.1% at Eat Bulaga 22.8% vs. Wowowee 18.4%;
Daisy Siete 12.8% at Kaya Kong Abutin ang Langit 15.2% vs. Nagsimula sa Puso 14.8%;
Tinik sa Dibdib 17.3% vs. Maria de Jesus 10.4%;
Slamdunk 8.5% vs. Banana Split 11.1%;
One Piece 8.7% vs. PBB Uber 15.4%;
Family Feud 11.8% vs. Precious Hearts 17.1%;

Primetime:

Ikaw Sana 21% vs. Katorse 21.6%;
24 Oras 26.1% vs. TV Patrol 26.6%;
Darna 30.5% vs. May Bukas Pa 29%;
Full House 28.5% vs. Dahil May Isang Ikaw 27.3%;
Sana Ngayong Pasko 25.2% vs. PBB 31.5%;
Shining Inheritance 20.5% vs. Boys Over Flowers 25.6%;
OC to the Max 11.7% vs. Showbiz News Ngayon 12.8% at Bandila 6.4%


TOP 10 DAYTIME

Eat Bulaga (GMA) � 22.8%
Showtime (ABS-CBN) � 21%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) � 18.4%
Tinik sa Dibdib (GMA) � 17.3%
Precious Hearts Romances (ABS-CBN) � 17.1%
PBB Uber (ABS-CBN) � 15.4%
Kaya Kong Abutin ang Langit (GMA) � 15.2%
Nagsimula sa Puso (ABS-CBN) � 14.8%
Daisy Siete (GMA) � 12.8%
Family Feud (GMA) � 11.8%

TOP 10 PRIMETIME

Pinoy Big Brother Double UP (ABS-CBN) � 31.5%
Darna (GMA) � 30.5%
May Bukas Pa (ABS-CBN) � 29%
Full House (GMA) � 28.5%
Dahil May Isang Ikaw (ABS-CBN) � 27.3%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) � 26.6%
24 Oras (GMA) � 26.1%
Boys Over Flowers (ABS-CBN) � 25.6%
Sana Ngayong Pasko (GMA) � 25.2%
Katorse (ABS-CBN) � 21.6%

"Shutter Island" Starring Leonardo DiCaprio - Full Movie Trailer

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the horror thriller "Shutter Island" directed by Martin Scorsese.

The film is based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. Director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who had worked together on three films, were both attracted to Shutter Island as their next collaboration.


The film is about two U.S. marshals who investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane on an island in Massachusetts. They run into trouble when they are deceived by the hospital�s chief administrator, a hurricane hits and an inmate riot traps them on the island. The setting of the film was in 1954.

In Total Film magazine, Scorsese says one of his influences on the film was Orson Welles� 1962 film The Trial � an adaptation of Franz Kafka�s novel � in particular its use of corridors, tunnels, claustrophobic ceilings, and angular lenses. He also discusses the importance of costume choices as an element of characterization, noting that a striking choice can leave a subconscious imprint of a character�s essence in the spectator�s mind: in Shutter Island, he made Dr. Cawley smoke a pipe, and in some scenes of the film he seems covered by a cloud of smoke, hiding something, with an aura of malice and mystery.

Also starring in the film are Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Max von Sydow, Jackie Earle Haley, Ted Levine, John Carroll Lynch, Elias Koteas and Patricia Clarkson.

Shutter Island - Full movie trailer:



Shutter Island hits theaters on February 19, 2010.

Shrek Forever After - Full Movie Trailer

Catch the trailer of the latest and final installment of the hit movie Shrek titled, Shrek Forever After.

The movie stars the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, and many more.


Synopsis: After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws' kingdom, whats an ogre to do? Well, if you're Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. Whats happened to this ogre's roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.

Shrek Forever After - Full movie trailer:



Shrek Forever After is showing in theatres on May 21, 2010.

"The Karate Kid" Starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan - Full Movie Trailer

Check out the trailer for Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan�s remake of the 1980s classic film "The Karate Kid".


Will Smiths's 11-year-old son Dre Parker, a kid who�s got it all - until his mom�s new job means relocating to China.

After dealing with a bully, he learns kung fu from maintenance man Mr. Han (Chan) and stands up for himself once and for all.

The Karate Kid - Full movie trailer:



Karate Kid opens in theaters on June 11, 2010.

"The Back-up Plan" Starring Jennifer Lopez - Full Movie Trailer

After two years of absence, Jennifer Lopez is back in acting on the movie titled, The Back-up Plan.

J.Lo is paired in this romantic-comedy film with the hunky Aussie Alex O�Laughlin (Moonlight, Three Rivers).


Synopsis: After years of dating, Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) has decided waiting for the right one is taking too long. Determined to become a mother, she commits to a plan, makes an appointment and decides to go it alone. On the day of her artificial insemination, Zoe meets Stan (Alex O�Loughlin) a man with real possibilities.

Trying to nurture a budding relationship and hide the early signs of pregnancy becomes a comedy of errors for Zoe and creates confusing signals for Stan. When Zoe nervously reveals the reason for her unpredictable behavior, Stan commits fully and says hes in.

Never before has love seen a courtship where a wild night of sex involves three in a bed Stan, Zoe and the ever-present massive pregnancy pillow. Or, where date night consists of being the focal point at a near-strangers water birth which does for kiddie pools what Jaws did for swimming in the ocean. The real pregnancy test comes when both of them realize they really dont know each other outside of hormonal chaos and birth preparations. With the nine month clocking ticking, both begin to experience cold feet. Anyone can fall in love, get married and have a baby but doing it backwards in hyper-drive could be proof positive that they were made for each other.

The Back-up Plan� � Full movie trailer:



The movie is set for April 16, 2010 release.

"Knight and Day" Starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz - Full Movie Trailer

Check out the first trailer for Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz�s latest film, Knight and Day (previously titled Wichita).


Plot: An action-comedy that begins when a small-town woman (Cameron Diaz) has a chance encounter with a mysterious man (Tom Cruise). He is either the man of her dreams or, perhaps � her nightmares. Amid shifting allegiances and unexpected betrayals, they are swept up in a whirlwind of globe-hopping adventure and world-changing secrets.

Knight and Day - Full movie trailer:




The movie Knight and Day is directed by James Mangold. It will be released on July 2, 2010.

"Repo Men" Starring Jude Law and Liev Schreiber - Full Movie Trailer

Watch the trailer for Jude Law and Liev Schreiber�s newest film, Repo Men.

The futuristic film which will be out on April 2, 2010, focuses on The Union, a company that sells mechanical organs for a price, and the repo men that come after those who don�t pay back what they owe!

Jude Law plays Remy, one of the best men in the business, and his former partner, Jake, is played by Forest Whitaker.

Repo Men - Full movie trailer:




Harry Shum, Glee's "Other Asian" Visits Manila

Harry Shum, Jr. who plays Mike Chang, a.k.a. the Other Asian on the Fox network�s surprise hit TV show, Glee, is here in Manila to spend his Christmas vacation and shoot for the upcoming cover of Candy Magazine.


Harry was born in Costa Rica and can speak Spanish and Cantonese. Aside from Glee, he also stars in Step Up 2 and League of Extraordinary Dancers.

Check out his gravity-defying dance moves in this clip from Glee:




Sex and the City 2 - Full Movie Trailer

Get ready to be Carried away on the big screen for the second time as Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall give us the second installment of Sex and the City will be in theaters May 28, 2010.


Catch the trailer of "Sex and the City 2" movie which reunites the four friends Carrie, Samanta, Charlotte, and Miranda as they walk the streets of New York dealing with friendships, careers, love, and of course onf ot the worst thing in a woman�s life�growing older.

Sex and the City 2 - Full movie trailer:




Sarah Geronimo Releases New Album Titled "Music and Me"

Popstar Princess and Box-office Queen Sarah Geronimo continues to delight her fans with yet another album, this time showcasing her own take on popular foreign and OPM hits.

Titled Music and Me, the all-English album includes themes that Sarah has sung for various box-office movies (like her very own A Very Special Love and You Changed My Life) and more covers of heart tugging love songs.


Sarah has been very hands-on in the selection of tracks to be featured in the album, making this one of her most personal recordings to date. As a bonus, "Record Breaker," an original song used in one of her endorsements, is also included in the album.

Not to be missed is her duet with Christian Bautista for the song "Please Be Careful with My Heart."

TRACKLISTING:

1. Right Here Waiting
2. Lost In Your Eyes
3. Can This Be Love
4. Listen To Your Heart
5. Have You Ever
6. Please Be Careful With My Heart with Christian Bautista
7. Fall For You
8. Could've Been
9. Before I Fall In Love
10. You Changed My Life In A Moment
11. Never Gonna Let You Go
12. Something New In My Life
13. A Very Special Love
14. Record Breaker

Charice is the Newest Operation Smile Ambassador

Operation Smile formally announced Charice as their newest ambassador in the 8th Annual Smile Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

Charice performed "I Will Survive" during the event which marked the last night of Jessica Simpson being an ambassador of the said charity organization. Operation Smile said it was a blessing that Charice joined the organization because she represents the young people.



"Sobrang natuwa sila sa akin kasi parang bagay daw po sa akin �yong pagiging youth ambassador. Kasi ang Operation Smile ay isang international organization na nag-start sa Philippines," Charice said in an interview by ABS-CBN.

Annina Ucatis from Big Brother Germany Visits PBB + PBB Christmas Ball Updates

The big package has finally arrived!

Big Brother Germany ex-housemate Annina Ucatis landed on Philippine soil last Tuesday, December 22, with her real life boyfriend Sasha Schwan, who was also a housemate in BB Germany. She is safe and ready to spicen up the holiday season inside the "Pinoy Big Brother" house.

Annina, who has the same birthday with Paul Jake, said she doesn't know much about the Philippines, but she promised to make her stay "memorable." She, however, refused to conceal her age for the meantime.

Meanwhile, the PBB Christmas Ball pushed through with performances from the brightest singers today such as Christian Bautista, Richard Poon, and the band Imago. Christian Bautista also danced with Sam, while Richard Poon swooned Rica.

Sam and Rica were the only two housemates who weren't invited by any of the PBB boys as a date in the said ball. This caused the two to feel bad and cry.

Rica said she felt she didn't belong to the Christmas ball, which she called "a parade of rejection." According to Doc Randy Dellosa, PBB's resident psychologist, Rica has gone through a string of rejections since her childhood and teenage years. Receiving no invitiation to the ball allegedly brought back these memories and having drunk alcohol made her sob more than the usual.

Sam, on the other hand, was used to not receiving invitations to events as most men would often be intimidated by her "model" status. After seeing her sobbing, Johan invited her to dance but she declined his offer. Paul Jake then pulled her to the dance floor but that too didn't work.

Meanwhile, Jason and Melai's much awaited date has happened after being chosen by the public as the King and Queen of the ball! The two were brought to Star City where they rode the Balloon wheel with red wine while overlooking the Mall of Asia. The two were also caught holding each other's hands while in the van!

Find out how the housemates react to Annina's arrival. Join Mariel Rodriguez in "Uber" after "Banana Split Daily Serving," Toni Gonzaga in "PBB Double Up" on Primetime Bida after "Dahil May Isang Ikaw," and Bianca Gonzalez in "PBB Double Uplate" every after midnight.

Paano Na Kaya - Teaser Trailer

Catch the trailer of Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson latest movie, Paano Na Kaya.

The movie which will be the opening salvo of Star Cinema in January 2010 also stars Robi Domingo, IC Mendoza, Jon Avila, and Alwyn Uytingco.

Paano Na Kaya - Trailer:




Monday, December 21, 2009

PBB Double UP Update: Carol Batay is the Sixth Evictee; Patrick, Kath, and Cathy are Nominated & Watch out for "Super G" from BB Europe

22-year-old "Conservative Pharmacist ng Tondo" Carol Batay got the boot in the 6th eviction night of Pinoy Big Brother Double Up held last Saturday night, December 19, 2009.


Carol received the lowest tallied vote for being saved and evicted (-18.42%). Hermes came in at second with a -9.96% while Patrick and Sam received positive percentage of votes after the votes to evict and votes to save were computed.

The percentage of votes are as follows:


Meanwhile, Patrick, Kath and Cathy are nominated for eviction this week. Patrick Villanueva got 10 points, Kath Lope�a - 9 points, and Cathy Remperas received 6 points from the remaining housemates.

There is a new voting system where viewers can now also vote to evict. You may vote to evict by texting BBE (Name of Housemate) and send it to 2331 for Globe, TM, Sun Cellular and Bayan Wireless landline, 231 for Smart and Talk �n� Text subscribers. You may vote to save by texting BBS (Name of Housemate).

And to make the lives of the remaining housemates more delightful in the Pinoy Big Brother house, a big package from a European Big Brother is coming to Pinoy Big Brother house. The mysterious package is called "Super G" and she�s bringing the "heat in the cold season" to the Pinoy housemates.

Watch the teaser below:




"Biyaheng 2010: The GMA News and Public Affairs Yearend Special" on December 27 at SNBO

As the year 2009 ends, another journey for our country begins.

This December 27, the GMA News and Public Affairs Department takes us on a trip that would not just look back at the events that shaped the nation for the last 12 months but also bring us forward to a future anchored on the 2010 presidential elections. Premier broadcast journalists Jessica Soho and Arnold Clavio take us to one exciting journey through history in "Biyaheng 2010: The GMA News and Public Affairs Yearend Special."


2009 has been an eventful year for the Philippines. There were victories and triumphs, but there were also calamities, crimes and deaths, in addition to our unpredictable political scenario. Within just two months, the whole of Luzon was submerged under water as Typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng and Santi went on full speed and devastated thousands of lives. Shocking crimes also transpired from all corners of the country, including the gruesome Maguindanao Massacre wherein 57 innocent civilians were killed, more than half of which were journalists.

Several iconic personalities also made the headlines this year with their sudden demise, including former president and democracy icon Corazon Aquino, Master Rapper Francis Magalona, King of Pop Michael Jackson and Iglesia ni Kristo�s influential leader Ka Erdy Manalo. As always, Philippine politics is as riotous as traffic in Manila. With the coming 2010 elections, politicians go counter-flow with their alliances, jumping from one political party to another and making the political scene a war arena.

However, despite these �road blocks,� heroic acts and memorable triumphs still uplifted our spirit and pushed us to continue moving forward.

Efren Penaflorida Jr. gave honor to the country when he was chosen as CNN�s Hero of the Year for his pushcart classroom project. Muelmar Magallanes, who lost his own life after braving the rampaging floods to save lives during the Ondoy onslaught, was hailed as one of Time Magazine�s Top 10 Heroes of the Year. Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao became a boxing legend when he achieved his 7th boxing title after winning back-to-back victories against Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. Almost a dozen Filipino boxers also emerged as winners in their boxing fights, making this year the country�s Golden Age for boxing.

But with all the events that happened in 2009, the question still remains: what is in store for us in 2010?

Join award-winning journalists Jessica Soho and Arnold Clavio as they revisit the past and relate it to our country�s future through the 2010 Elections in �Biyaheng 2010: The GMA News and Public Affairs Special,� airing this December 27, 2009 at 10:45 PM (SNBO Timeslot) over GMA-7.

Loreta "Yaya Luring" Benitez is Dead

Yaya Luring (Loreta Benitez in real-life), who has been a nanny for the Megastar Sharon Cuneta was pronounced dead on arrival due to cardiac arrest at a nearby hospital where she was rushed after complaining of �weakness� and �feeling faint� during a Christmas party held at the Pangilinan�s residence in Laguna.

"My beloved Yaya Luring left
me last night after 40 years," Sharon said in a text message.


Yaya Luring is from Mangatarem, Pangasinan. She first joined the Cuneta household as a laundrywoman when Sharon was only 13 years old.

It was former Pasay City mayor Pablo Cuneta who put her in charge of her youngest daughter, Sharon�the two were inseparable since.

Yaya Luring�s body is interred at Sanctuario de San Antonio on McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati. She will be laid to rest at the Heritage Park on Dec. 23.

Brittany Murphy is Dead

32- year-old Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy has died of full full cardiac arrest early Sunday, December 20, 2009, morning following a 911 call from her husband, Simon Monjack. She was pronounced dead upon arrival at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

"The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy," her family says in a statement. "She was our daughter, our wife, our love and a shining star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this time."

Murphy began her career at age 9 on Broadway in Les Mis�rables, and went on to several short-lived television gigs before landing her role as Tai in 1995's hit comedy Clueless.

She starred in hit films as 8 Mile, Uptown Girls, Sin City, Don't Say a Word, and voiced the part of Luanne Platter in the Fox animated series King of the Hill. She became a tabloid favorite for dating Ashton Kutcher during and after their film, Just Married.

The actress was engaged several times�first to former agent, Jeff Kwatinetz, then Little Black Book production assistant Joe Macaluso�before marrying screenwriter Monjack in 2007.


Friday, December 18, 2009

ABS-CBN Upcoming Teleserye for 2010

In celebration of the 60th year of Pinoy Soap Opera, ABS-CBN is bringing its avid viewers a list of world-class-one-of-a-kind teleseryes scheduled for 2010 release.




Charice' "Note To God" Performance Wins Best Oprah Show Musical Performance of 2009

Charice is the runaway winner in the Oprah.com online poll for Best Musical Performance in the Oprah Winfrey Show for 2009.

Charice beat Whitney Houston, Michael Bubl�, Journey and the Black Eyed Peas to cop the "Best Oprah Show Musical Performance" honor with an astounding 70 percent of the votes.

Here�s what Oprah.com has to say about the poll:

"A whopping 70 percent of you voted for the 17-year-old singing sensation�s performance of her first single, Note to God. The Black Eyed Peas kickoff party performance came in second with only 9 percent of the vote. Charice had a big year in 2009, recording her first album, performing on tour with David Foster & Friends and appearing in her first film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel."

Here are the nominees in the said category:

I Gotta Feelin� by Black Eyed Peas

Haven�t Met You Yet by Michael Bubl�

Summer Nights by Rascal Flatts

Don�t Stop Believin� by Journey

I Didn�t Know My Own Strength by Whitney Houston

You�ve Got The Best of My Love/I�m Every Woman by Jennifer Hudson

How Sweet it is to Be Loved by You by James Taylor

Watch below Charice' performs Note to God on Oprah:




Clash of the Titans - Full Trailer

Clash of the Titans is an upcoming 2010 fantasy film which is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name, itself loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus.


Topbilling the epic fantasy film are Sam Worthington as Perseus, Gemma Arterton as Io, Liam Neeson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Izabella Miko as Athena, Mads Mikkelsen as Draco, leader of the Praetorian Guard, Jason Flemyng as Calibos, and Alexa Davalos as Andromeda. Also in the cast are Pete Postlethwaite, Polly Walker as Cassiopeia, Nina Young as Hera, Hans Matheson as Ixas, Nicholas Hoult, Danny Huston as Poseidon, and Tamer Hassan as Ares.


Directed by Louis Leterrier, Clash of the Titans is set for March 2010 release.

Clash of the Titans - Full movie trailer:




Thursday, December 17, 2009

"Robin Hood" - Full Trailer

Check out the trailer of Russell Crowe's new movie "Robin Hood".


The action-adventure movie also stars Cate Blanchett (as Maid Marian) and Matthew Macfadyen (Sheriff of Nottingham). At the helm is director Ridley Scott, who directed Matchstick Men, Black Hawk Down and Gladiator (Russell also starred in this movie).

Robin Hood is out on May 14, 2010.

Robin Hood - Full movie trailer:




PEOPLE Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People of 2009

People Magazine listed its list of 25 Most Intriguing People of the year in their year-end issue.


On the cover is "Golden Girl" Taylor Swift who is celebrating her very successful year in the industry. She even shares that even though she's skyrocketed to stardom this year, she's tried her best not to let fame change her.

Here's People's complete list of the 25 most intriguing people of 2009:

Taylor Swift: The Golden Girl

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie: The Power Pair

Kate Gosselin: The Mother of All Reality Stars

Barack & Michelle Obama: The First Couple

Mo�Nique: The Breakout Star

Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III: The American Hero

Sandra Bullock: The Hotshot

Oprah Winfrey: The Departing Diva

Susan Boyle: The Surprise Hit

Rihanna: The Resilient Star

Jaycee Dugard: The Survivor

Khloe, Kim, & Kourtney Kardashian: The Sister Act

Britney Spears: The Comeback

Sarah Palin: Rogue Author

The Real Housewives: The Enemies Next Door

Ellen DeGeneres: The New Girl

Neil Patrick Harris: The Host with the Most

Tyler Perry: The Mogul

Michael Jackson's Children: The Descendants

Lady Gaga: The Shock Star

John Travolta: The Heartbroken Dad

Chaz Bono: The Trailblazer

Robert Pattinson: The Heartthrob

Ryan Reynolds: The Leading Man

Padma Lakshmi: The Mom-To-Be

People Magazine Year-End issue is hitting newsstands on Friday, December 18, 2009.

"Iron Man 2" - Full Trailer

After the release of new promo posters, here come the trailer for Iron Man 2.


After the success of the first installment of Tony Stark�s adventures, Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow are back for more thrilling action adventure.

Also joining the cast for the second film in the series are Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johansson.
Iron Man 2 - Full movie trailer:



Iron Man 2 hits theaters May 7, 2010.

GMA Network CEO Felipe Gozon Receives Business Excellence Award from BNA

GMA Network Chairman, President and CEO lawyer Felipe Gozon was recently named one of the 2009 Business Excellence Awardees by leading business magazine BizNews Asia (BNA).

Felipe Gozon, among the first to receive the honor, was cited for his overall management excellence, after transforming GMA Network into the �largest television station in the country. Gozon was responsible for increasing the network�s net income by more than 10-fold since assuming office in late 2000.

He was also cited for 'enriching the lives of Filipinos everywhere with innovative programming, quality entertainment, responsible delivery of news and information and unfailing commitment to public service.'

The BNA Business Excellence Awards are given to companies 'in recognition of the excellence of their products or service and business model.' Guest of honor President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presented the award to Gozon and other winners.

"GMA Network�s success as a company is the result of our continuing effort to live by our corporate mission, vision and core values. I am glad that our efforts to serve the public are being recognized by prestigious organizations here and abroad, including BizNews Asia," Gozon said.

Ka-Shake TV5 is Giving the Kapamilya and Kapuso TV Networks a Strong Competition

With telecom magnate Manny V. Pangilinan at the helm, TV5 is determined to give ruling networks ABS-CBN and GMA-7 a good strong competition. The station is on a recruitment mode, luring talents from the top two networks. First, Paolo Bediones, from GMA-7, and now according to source, might be Willie Revillame's turn. An executive position is also being offered to Roselle Monteverde, daughter of Regal Films' Mother Lily Monteverde.I. Also being eyed is a popular ABS-CBN showbiz field reporter. The baits: better pay, better future and better working conditions.

From way back, even during the time of Edward Tan and then Tonyboy Cojuangco, TV5 has been coming up with innovative shows later reinvented by other channels. GMA�s top-rating gag show Bubble Gang started as Tropang Trumpo on TV5 (then known as ABC 5), and so did Eezy Dancing that inspired ABS-CBN to put up Keep on Dancing (hosted by Dayanara Torres who was later replaced by Charlene Gonzalez) and is back on TV5 as Shall We Dance? hosted by Lucy Torres.

TV5�s Talentadong Pinoy, hosted by Ryan Agoncillo, seems to have given the two top networks an idea to come up with their own versions, Showtime (ABS-CBN) and It�s Showwwtime (GMA). Even Pinoy Records, also on GMA hosted by Chris Tiu and Manny Pacquiao, has adapted the Talentadong Pinoy format.

"Tanging Yaman" Soon on ABS-CBN

In celebration of the 60th year anniversary of Filipino soap opera, ABS-CBN is preparing another teleserye with a star-studded cast.

Tanging Yaman is an upcoming teleserye on ABS-CBN from the makers of the hit teleserye Tayong Dalawa slated to debut in the first quarter of 2010.


Topbilling the said teleserye are Melissa Ricks, Erich Gonzales, Matt Evans, Enchong Dee, and Ejay Falcon. It also stars Agot Isidro, Mylene Dizon, Jodi Sta. Maria, Rowell Santiago, Leo Martinez, and Ron Morales.

Monday, December 14, 2009

2009 ASAP Platinum Circle Awards � Winners

ASAP '09 honored all Filipino recording artists whose albums reached platinum status in the period of December 2008 to December 2009.


Here are the 2009 Platinum Circle Awardees in various categories:

PLATINUM MALE AWARDEES

Willie Sings Camo and Saturno
Artist: Willie Revillame
Released: November 2007
Double Platinum Status: December 2009

Giling Giling
Artist: Willie Revillame
Released: October 2008
Gold Status: January 2009
Platinum Status: March 2009

Ikaw Na Nga
Artist: Willie Revillame
Released: April 2009
Gold Status: June 2009
Platinum Status: October 2009
Double Platinum Status: December 2009

Martin Nievera: Ikaw ang Aking Pangarap
Artist: Martin Nievera
Released: June 2008
Platinum Status: October 2009

Gary Valenciano: The Platinum Ballad Collection
Artist: Gary Valenciano
Released: November 2008
Platinum Status: October 2009

Richard Poon: I�ll Take Care of You
Artist: Richard Poon
Released: September 2008
Platinum Status: March 2009

Ogie Alcasid: The Great Filipino Songbook
Artist: Ogie Alcasid
Released: June 2008
Platinum Status: April 2009

Jay R Presents Soul in Love
Artist: Jay-R
Released: January 2008
Platinum Status: May 2009

Christian Bautista: Romance Revisited
Artist: Christian Bautista
Released: September 2009
Gold Status after two weeks
Platinum Status after six weeks

Jed Madela: Songs Rediscovered
Artist: Jed Madela
Released: November 2004
Double Platinum Status: March 2009

Jed Madela: Only Human
Artist: Jed Madela
Released: May 2007
Platinum Status: October 2009

Jed Madela: Songs Rediscovered 2
Released: February 2009
Gold Status: May 2009
Platinum Status: October 2009

COMPILATION ALBUM AWARDEES

Kris Aquino: The Greatest Love
Various Artists
Released: September 2008
Platinum Status: September 2009

Kris Aquino and Baby James: We Are One
Various Artist
Released: May 2009
Gold Status: September 2009
Platinum Status: December 2009

As 1: Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera
Artists: Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera
Released: August 2009
Gold Status: September 2009
Platinum Status: December 2009

GV25
Various Artists
Released: August 2008
Gold Status: June 2009
Platinum Status: December 2009

BAND AWARDEES

Bamboo: Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday
Artist: Bamboo
Released: October 2008
Platinum Status: January 2009

Kamikazee: Maharot
Artist: Kamikazee
Released: January 2006
Double Platinum Status: May 2009

PLATINUM FEMALE AWARDEES

Charice
Artist: Charice
Released: May 2008
Platinum Status: June 2009

My Inspiration
Artist: Charice
Released: APril 2009
Gold Status: June 2009
Platinum: December 2009

Gretchen Barretto: Unexpected
Artist: Gretchen Barretto
February 2008
March 2009

Regine Velasquez: Low Key
Artist: Regine Velasquez
Released: November 2008
Platinum Status: February 2009

Princess: Addicted to Acoustic
Artist: Princess
Released: June 2009
Gold Status: August 2009
Platinum Status: December 2009

Sabrina: I Love Acoustic
Artist: Sabrina
Released in Indonesia: April 2009
Gold Status in Indonesia: July 2009
Platinum Status in Indonesia: October 2009

Aiza Seguerra: Open Arms
Artist: Aiza Seguerra
Released in Singapore: August 2008
Platinum in Singapore: December 2009

ASAP ELITE PLATINUM AWARDEES

Nina
The First and Only Filipina Diamond Recording Artist

Nina Live

10x Platinum Record Mark
4th Biggest Selling OPM Album of All Time

Sarah Geronimo

OPM Sarah

Released: December 2008
Platinum Status: March 2009

Your Christmas Girl
Released: October 2009
Gold and Platinum Status: December 2009

Music and Me
Released: October 2009
Gold and Platinum Status: December 2009

Sarah Geronimo The Next One DVD
Released: April 2009
Gold and Platinum Status: June 2009

2009 ASAP 24K Gold Awards � Winners

ASAP '09 honored all Filipino recording artists whose albums reached gold status in the period of December 2008 to December 2009.


Here are the 2009 ASAP 24K Gold Awards winners in various categories:

DANCE ALBUM

The Dingdong Dantes Experience
Artist: Dingdong Dantes
Released: July 16, 2009
Gold Status: in just 10 days

Marian Rivera: Retro Crazy
Artist: Marian Rivera
Released: November 2008
Gold Status: February 2009

Vhong Navarro and the Streetboys: Let�s Dance
Artist: Vhong Navarro
Released: September 2008
Gold Status: April 2009

COMPILATION ALBUM

Wings of the Soul
Various Artists
Released: November 2008
Gold Status: March 2009

Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 Scholars Sing Cayabyab
Artists: Pinoy Dream Academy 2 Scholars
Released: August 2008
Gold Status: April 2009

Paalam, Maraming Salamat President Corazon Aquino
Various Artists
Released: August 2009
Gold Status: December 2009
SOLO ALBUMS ACHIEVING GOLD STATUS

Erik Santos: The Jim Brickman Songbook
Artist: Erik Santos
Released: July 2009
Gold Status:
Gold Status Achieving on December 13, 2009

Iya Villania Finally
Artist: Iya Villania
Released: September 2008
Gold Status Achieving on December 13, 2009

Young JV: Ready or Not
Artist: Young JV
Released: June 2009
Gold Status Achieving on December 13, 2009

Mark Bautista: I�ll Be The One
Artist: Mark Bautista
Released: August 2008
Gold Status Achieving on December 13, 2009

Rachel Ann Go: Falling in Love
Artist: Rachel Ann Go
Released: January 2009
Gold Status Achieving on December 13, 2009

FEMALE AWARDEES

Unchanging Love
Artist: Zsa Zsa Padilla
Released: July 2009
Gold Status: October 2009

Karylle: Time To Letting Go
Artist: Kayrlle
Released: February 2009
Gold Status: November 2009

Kyla Heart 2 Heart
Artist: Kyla
Released: October 2008
Gold Status: December 2009

Toni Gonzaga: Love is�
Artist: Toni Gonzaga
Released: April 2008
Gold Status: September 2009

Yeng Constantino: Journey
Artist: Yeng Constantino
Released: February 2008
Gold Status: September 2009

Gretchen Barretto Complicated
Artist: Gretchen Barretto
Released: March 2009
Gold Status: July 2009

MALE AWARDEES

Bugoy Drilon: Paano Na Kaya
Artist: Bugoy Drilon
Released: November 2008
Gold Status: September 2009

Richard Poon: For You
Artist: Richard Poon
Released: March 2009
Gold Status: August 2009

Martin Nievera: For Always
Artist: Martin Nievera
Released: February 2009
Gold Status: August 2009

Love Cycle
Artist: Myrus
Released: August 2009 (repackaged)
Gold Status: December 2009

2009 24K GOLDEN VOICE AWARDEE

Christian Bautista
Certified 3x Platinum Awardee in the Philippines
Certified 2x Platinum Awardee in Indonesia
Chartopper in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia

Romance Revisited: The Love Songs Of Jose Mari Chan
Artist: Christian Bautista
Released: October 2009
Gold Status in just 2 weeks!
Platinum Status to date

Sunday, December 13, 2009

2009 Awit Awards � Winners

Here are the winners in the recently concluded 22nd Awit Awards:


PERFORMANCE AWARDS

Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist:
Open Arms by Aiza Seguerra (Star Records)

Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist:
Yugto by Rico Blanco (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a Group Recording Artists:
Penge Naman Ako Nyan by Itchyworms (Sony Music)

Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist:
Childhood by Raki Vega (Star Records)

Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist:
Summer Wind by Charlie Green (Star Records)

Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artists:
Di Nakikita by Roots of Nature (Sony Music)

Best Performance by a Child/Children:
Summerwind by Charlie Green (Star Records)

Best Collaboration:
Letting Go by Gary Valenciano & Powerplay feat. Mon Faustino (Universal Records)

CREATIVITY AWARDS

Album of the Year:
Eraserheads: The Reunion Concert by The Eraserheads (Sony Music)

Song of the Year:
Yugto by Rico Blanco (Warner Music)

Best Selling Album of the Year:
Charice by Charice Pempengco (Star Records)

Best Ballad:
When I Hear You Call by Gary Valenciano (Universal Records)

Best Rock:
Penge Naman Ako Nyan by Itchyworms (Sony Music)

Best World/Bossa/Reggae/Latin Music:
Usahay by Evelyn Juteau (Universal Records)

Best Novelty:
Mabuti Pa Sila by Rico J. Puno (Vicor)

Best Dance:
Freak-out, Baby by Itchyworms (Sony Music)

Best Inspirational/Religious:
Never Give-Up by Erick Santos and Christian Bautista (Star Records)

Best Christmas:
Wish List by MYMP (Ivory)

Best Rap:
Wawasakin by D-Coy (Star Records)

Best Jazz Recording:
Mama Said So by Charlie Green (Star Records)

Best R & B:
Paano by Rachel Ann Go (Star Records)

Best Regional Recording:
Gikumot Kumot by Kantin Dudg (Alpha)
tied
Sarong Banggui by Alibata (Candid Records)

Best Song Written for Movie/TV/Stage Play:
Ikaw Ang Pangarap by Martin Nievera from the teleserye �Lobo� (Star Records)

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Best Musical Arrangement:
Yugto by Rico Blanco (Warner Music)

Best Vocal Arrangement:
Letting Go, Mon Faustino (Universal Records)

Best Engineered Recording:
Yugto, Angee Rozul (Warner Music)

Album Packaging Excellence Award:
"S" Marks The Spot
Graphic Designer & Album Concept By: Inksurge.com
Photography By: Dan Gil
Piper Paper/Polyeast Records

Music Video of the Year:
Procrastinator by Sandwich
Piper Paper/Polyeast Records
Producer: Chris Sy
Director: Quark Henares
Piper Paper/Polyeast Records

Miss World 2009 - Winners

Miss Gibraltar Kaiane Aldorino bagged the 2009 Miss World title in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday, December 12, defeating 111 other promising contestants.


Here is the complete list of winners in the 59th Miss World pageant:

MISS WORLD 2009:

GIBRALTAR, Kaiane ALDORINO

Miss World 2009 1ST RUNNER UP:

MEXICO, Perla Judith BELTRAN

Miss World 2009 2ND RUNNER UP:

SOUTH AFRICA, Tatum Lucy KESHWAR


Miss World 2009 TOP 7 FINALISTS:

CANADA, Lena MA
COLOMBIA, Daniela RAMOS LALINDE
FRANCE, Chloe MORTAUD
PANAMA, Nadege Elena HERRERA VASQUEZ


Miss World 2009 TOP 16 SEMI-FINALISTS:

MARTINIQUE, Ingrid ITTR�
VIETNAM, Thi Huong Giang TRAN
BRAZIL, Luciana Bertolini REIS
INDIA, Pooja CHOPRA
JAPAN, Eruza SASAKI
KAZAKHSTAN, Dina NURALIYEVA
KOREA, Joori KIM
POLAND, Anna JAMR�Z
SIERRA LEONE, Mariatu KARGBO

Miss World 2009 CONTINENTAL QUEENS:

Queen of Africa: SOUTH AFRICA, Tatum Lucy KESHWAR
Queen of Americas: MEXICO, Perla Judith BELTRAN
Queen of Asia & Oceania: VIETNAM, Thi Huong Giang TRAN
Queen of Caribbean: MARTINIQUE, Ingrid ITTR�
Queen of Europe: GIBRALTAR, Kaiane ALDORINO


Miss World 2009 FAST TRACK EVENT WINNERS:

Beach Beauty: GIBRALTAR, Kaiane ALDORINO
Sports: JAPAN, Eruza SASAKI
Talent: CANADA, Lena MA and SIERRA LEONE, Mariatu KARGBO
Top Model: MEXICO, Perla Judith BELTRAN
Beauty with a Purpose: INDIA, Pooja CHOPRA


Miss World 2009 CANDIDATES:

ALBANIA, Armina MEVLANI
ANGOLA, Jesinalda 'Nadia' SILVA
ARGENTINA, Evelyn Lucia MANCH�N ALBALAT
ARUBA, Nuraisa LISPIER
AUSTRALIA, Sophie LAVERS
AUSTRIA, Anna HAMMEL
BAHAMAS, Joanna BROWN
BARBADOS, Leah MARVILLE
BELARUS, Yulia SINDZEYEVA
BELGIUM, Zeynep SEVER
BELIZE, Norma Leticia LARA
BOLIVIA, Flavia Fernanda FOIANINI ARZABE
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, Andrea SARAC
BOTSWANA, Sumaiyah MAROPE
BULGARIA, Antonia PETROVA
CHINA PR, Sheng YU
COSTA RICA, Angie ALFARO LORIA
COTE D'IVOIRE, Dacoury Rosine GNAGO
CROATIA, Ivana VASILJ
CURACAO, Chantelle TOMASSEN
CYPRUS, Chrystalla TSIALI
CZECH REPUBLIC, Aneta VIGNEROVA
DENMARK, Nadia Ulbjerg PEDERSON
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Ana CONTRERAS
ECUADOR, Gabriela Maria ULLOA QUINONES
EGYPT, Samah SHALABY
EL SALVADOR, Elena BARDI
ENGLAND, Katrina Hodge
ETHIOPIA, Lula WELDEGEBRIEL
FINLAND, Sanna KANKAANP��
GEORGIA, Tsira SUKNIDZE
GERMANY, Stefanie PEECK
GHANA, Mawuse APPEA
GREECE, Alkisti ANYFANTI
GUADELOUPE, Beatrice BLAISE
GUATEMALA, Alida Maria BOER REYES
GUYANA, Kaierouann Imarah Shaade Kensha RADIX
HONDURAS, Blaise MASEY
HONG KONG CHINA, Sin Ting 'Sandy' LAU
HUNGARY, Orsolya SURD�LT
ICELAND, Gu�r�n D�gg RUNARSDOTTIR
INDONESIA, Kerenina Sunny HALIM
IRELAND, Laura PATTERSON
ISRAEL, Adi RUDNITZKY
ITALY, Alice TATICCHI
JAMAICA, Kerrie BAYLIS
KENYA, Fiona KONCHELLAH
LATVIA, Ieva LASE
LEBANON, Martine ANDRAOS
LIBERIA, Shu-rina WIAH
LITHUANIA, Vaida PETRASKAITE
LUXEMBOURG, Diana NILLES
MACEDONIA FYRO, Suzana SALKINI
MALAYSIA, Thanuja ANANTHAN
MALTA, Shanel DEBATTISTA
MAURITIUS, Anais VEERAPATREN
MOLDOVA, Maria BRAGARU
MONGOLIA, Battsetseg BATBAATAR
MONTENEGRO, Marijana POKRAJAC
NAMIBIA, Happie NTELAMO
NEPAL, Zenisha MOKTAN
NETHERLANDS, Avalon-Chanel WEYZIG
NEW ZEALAND, Magdalena SCHOEMAN
NIGERIA, Glory CHUKU
NORTHERN IRELAND, Cherie GARDINER
NORWAY, Sara SKJOLDNES
PARAGUAY, Tamara Maria Sosa ZAPATTINI
PERU, Claudia Maria CARRASCO SARRIO
PHILIPPINES, Marie Ann UMALI
PORTUGAL, Marta CADILHA
PUERTO RICO, Jennifer COLON ALVARADO
ROMANIA, Loredana Violeta SALANTA
RUSSIA, Ksenia SHIPILOVA
SCOTLAND, Katharine BROWN
SERBIA, Jelena MARKOVIC
SINGAPORE, Pilar Carmelita ARLANDO
SLOVAKIA, Barbora FRANEKOVA
SLOVENIA, Tina PETELIN
SPAIN, Carmen Laura GARCIA FERN�NDEZ
SRI LANKA, Gamya WIJAYADASA
SURINAME, Zoureena RIJGER
SWAZILAND, Nompilo MNCINA
SWEDEN, Erica HARRISON
TAHITI, Nanihi BAMBRIDGE
TANZANIA, Miriam Gerald MARTIN KABULA
THAILAND, Pongchanok KANKLAB
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, Ashanna ARTHUR
TURKEY, Ebru SAM
UGANDA, Maria NAMIIRO
UKRAINE, Ievgeniia TULCHEVSKA
UNITED STATES, Lisa-Marie KOHRS
URUGUAY, Claudia VANRELL
VENEZUELA, Maria Milagros VELIZ
WALES, Lucy WHITEHOUSE
ZAMBIA, Sekwila MUMBA
ZIMBABWE, Vanessa SIBANDA

Billboard's Top Artists for 2009

Billboard just announced its list of 2009 Top Male and Female Artists and Taylor Swift is sharing the limelight again with Kanye West as they both named the King and Queen of the charts.


It was not long ago when Kanye marred Taylor Swift's first VMA win this year when he rushed the stage, interrupted her acceptance speech and went on a tirade about Beyonce being more deserving of the award for Best Female Video.

Billboard�s Top Female Artists of 2009

1. Taylor Swift
2. Beyonce
3. Lady Gaga
4. Miley Cyrus
5. Britney Spears
6. Pink
7. Katy Perry
8. Kelly Clarkson
9. Rihanna
10. Keri Hilson

Billboard�s Top Male Artists of 2009

1. Kanye West
2. T.I.
3. Flo Rida
4. Jason Mraz
5. Ne-Yo
6. Lil Wayne
7. Pitbull
8. Jamie Foxx
9. Eminem
10. Drake

"Bro, Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko" an ABS-CBN 2009 Christmas Special Airs on Sunday Night, December 13

ABS-CBN boasts of another star-studded event with its annual Christmas Special which airs on December 13, 10pm on Sunday�s Best.


With themes covering the past tragedies in the country, the coming election and the Filipinos �bayanihan� to name a few, the night opens with a powerful and soulful performance by some of the country�s most talented singing sensations who rendered Christmas songs. Also carrying the message of nationalism, Kapamilya stars belted out the song 'Ako ang Simula.'

One of the country�s most hilarious duo, Tito Bhoy and Krizzy also made an appearance as they introduced the industry�s hottest love teams and love triangles followed by an appearance of the real Boy Abunda. There was also a video for selected special �heroes,� ordinary people who saved lives during typhoon Ondoy despite their own limitations. Lightening the mood, various comediennes offered tons of laughter while giving advice on the to-dos when there�s a storm


With a special 'May Bukas Pa' production number, ABS-CBN launched the face of 60 years of soap opera � Judy Ann Santos for her newest series �Habang May Buhay� � followed by sneak peeks of the newest teleseryes to look forward to in 2010. A true blue Kapamilya special, various stars caroled the night away with Pinoy Christmas songs plus a special song and dance tribute for the King of Pop. Star Magic talents also shined with their very own production number while the Kanto Boys brought the house down with their never ending quirkiness. The night ended with an inspirational message by the one and only King of Comedy, Dolphy.

ABS-CBN Chairman and CEO Gabby Lopez, ABS-CBN President Charo Santos Concio as well as other network executives graced the night.

Celebrate this Christmas season Kapamilya style! Catch all these stars plus more celebrities and special surprises in the ABS-CBN Christmas Special on December 13, 10pm on Sunday�s Best.