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KathNiel’s ‘2 Good 2 Be True’ makes history with Netflix collaboration
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 12, 2022 - 12:00am
Ten years of being a love team and four years since their last primetime starrer, what novelty can the premiere tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla offer to viewers and their throngs of fans?
Denise Esteban: Another Vivamax siren rises in ‘Doblado’
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 8, 2022 - 12:00am
Denise Esteban just turned 20 years old yesterday, May 7, but with her slender frame, youthful face and unsure demeanor, she can still pass off for someone even younger.
‘Misis Piggy’ a love letter to selfless, struggling moms
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 7, 2022 - 12:00am
Ria Atayde dreaded the thought of working with her mother, the respected veteran actress Sylvia Sanchez, and it didn’t help that the first scene they shot together in the iWantTFC series “Misis Piggy”...
Miss Lapu-Lapu’s mom vs Team Origin: After the glitz comes the bills
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 3, 2022 - 12:00am
The mother of the Lapu-Lapu City candidate at the recently concluded Miss Universe Philippines 2022 finals unleashed a social media tirade on her daughter’s Cebu team for being reminded to pay their bills,...
After rift in first film, McLisse finds groove in ‘Habangbuhay’
by Vanessa Balbuena - April 25, 2022 - 12:00am
Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon, collectively known as McLisse, admitted that they let relationship troubles get in the way of their first movie team-up in 2019.
Bela Padilla proves she’s a creative force with directorial debut
by Vanessa Balbuena - April 21, 2022 - 12:00am
Plenty have told Bela Padilla five years ago that she was ripe to direct a film.
Vivamax’s hottest stars come together in series ‘Iskandalo’
by Vanessa Balbuena - April 18, 2022 - 12:00am
Five sexy female stars in one erotic whodunit series is Vivamax’s gift to its 3-million strong subscribers this summer, as the streamer continues its phenomenal growth with presence in 43 countries and the...
Ethel Booba, K Brosas combine reality, talk and travel in ‘Lakwatsika’
by Vanessa Balbuena - April 17, 2022 - 12:00am
Eight years ago, singer-comedienne K Brosas posted on Twitter that she dreamed of hosting a comical travel show.
‘The Seniors’: Mean girls surviving in a meaner world
by Vanessa Balbuena - April 13, 2022 - 12:00am
Young filmmaker Shaira Advincula-Antonio grew up watching teen shows that were often Manila-centric. As a province-bred girl, she couldn’t fully identify with the characters.
Heart Evangelista on authenticity and respecting political choices
by Vanessa Balbuena - April 12, 2022 - 12:00am
“Favorite ko yun sa campaign na pumunta sa market.
Brillante Mendoza: Risqué scenes in ‘Sisid’ are essential
by Vanessa Balbuena - January 29, 2022 - 12:00am
or acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza, there’s no other way to put it: Sex sells.
K-content lands another first with ‘The Silent Sea’
by Vanessa Balbuena - January 10, 2022 - 12:00am
If early 2021’s “Space Sweepers” was the first Korean film to take place across the vast outer space, Asia’s creative powerhouse continued its tremendous growth by ending the year with yet...
Baguio stunner hailed HiyasngPilipinas’ media darling
by Vanessa Balbuena - January 4, 2022 - 12:00am
After a month of virtual and physical screenings, the country’s very first Cebu-based national pageant formally introduced its finalists during a press presentation held at the Triton Grand Ballroom of JPARK...
Why ‘Barumbadings’ is more than a gay film
by Vanessa Balbuena - November 30, 2021 - 12:00am
That Joel Torre was nervous only made director Darryl Yap pleased and feeling like he had half the job done. It meant the revered actor of Philippine cinema wasn’t taking his role – a first in his career...
Tried & tested comic trio does it again in ‘Sa Haba ng Gabi’
by Vanessa Balbuena - November 29, 2021 - 12:00am
There’s a zombie apocalypse in the horror-comedy “Sa Haba Ng Gabi” but its creator isn’t quick to add his work to the wide film canon of the undead.
Siquijor, Beks Battalion’s film debut, and the next JaDine?
by Vanessa Balbuena - November 28, 2021 - 12:00am
It was a film meant for JaDine which is now all but dissolved for a variety of reasons. Telling Viva he needed a Pinay-looking actress and a foreigner male lead with Filipino lineage, director Daryll Yap was given...
Psychedelic comedy takes on the dangers of catfishing
by Vanessa Balbuena - November 27, 2021 - 12:00am
It’s working to writer-director Darryl Yap’s advantage that MTRCB’s claws have yet to reach streaming platforms, lest many of his films would have never seen the light of day. Each one of his movies,...
Julie Anne goes on a healing journey in Siquijor
by Vanessa Balbuena - November 20, 2021 - 12:00am
Majestic was the word that came to mind for Julie Anne San Jose as she explored for the first time the island of Siquijor – a destination that was enjoying a tourist boom pre-pandemic but had for years kept...
Why Dwayne Johnson is the world’s ‘number one movie star’
by Vanessa Balbuena - November 14, 2021 - 12:00am
The big stars of “Red Notice” are no stranger to action, having individually carried heavyweight franchises on their shoulders.
Marian Rivera stays positive throughout pandemic
by Vanessa Balbuena - November 13, 2021 - 12:00am
Actress Marian Rivera is particularly fond of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers): Her mother used to be one, which is why she grew up for the most part under the care of her maternal grandmother.
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