Cable television provider SkyCable, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corp., described as “malicious” and “without basis” the allegation by GMA 7 of signal loss during the airing of its noontime show “Eat Bulaga.”
“The complaint of GMA 7 with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) last Aug. 25, 2015, regarding shortchanging of our SkyCable subscribers via irresponsible acts, is a malicious accusation and is without basis,” SkyCable said in a statement on Friday.
“If there were service interruptions that inconvenienced some of our subscribers, these were isolated and would have affected other channels, not only GMA 7,” it added.
GMA 7 has asked NTC to act on the matter for subscribers who are supposedly “being short-changed through the irresponsible acts of their service provider.”
The network said it collated tweets from netizens in Metro Manila, Bacolod, and Iloilo dating from July 19 to Aug. 21 claiming that the network’s signal before, during or after “Eat Bulaga” was being “sabotaged” by SkyCable.
Among the segments of the noontime show is the “kalyeserye” featuring the “AlDub” love team of actors Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, known as “Yaya Dub.”
The show is currently gaining high ratings and beating its competitor, ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime.”
SkyCable said it was willing to cooperate with NTC for any investigation.
The service provider has assured its customers and stakeholders that it will “take all necessary measures to give you the best service you deserve and continue working round-the-clock to minimize and immediately resolve any service interruptions in the future.” RC
As Michael Learns To Rock continue with their 25th Anniversary celebrations, the band is set to release their biggest and most comprehensive Greatest Hits collection. Titled simply ‘25’, the collection will be available in CD and digital formats from October 25, 2014. This will be preceded by the release of the new single ‘Silent Times’ on September 16, 2014. Fans can immediately own this track when they purchase the pre-order ’25’ on iTunes as an instant-grat track, which commences on September 16 as well.
‘Silent Times’ – one of 2 new recordings in the collection – is written by Wayne Hector (One Direction, James Blunt, Nicki Minaj, Westlife, Olly Murs), Peter Wallevik (Kylie Minogue), Pat Devineand Tommy Gee. The other new song, ‘Call On Love’, is written by the team behind the US #1 hit “Rude” by the group Magic.
Along with these 2 new songs, “25” will feature 23 of Michael Learns To Rock’s biggest hit singles from a multi-million selling career spanning 9 studio albums: ‘The Actor’, ‘Sleeping Child’, ’25 Minutes’, ‘That’s Why (You Go Away)’, ‘Take Me To Your Heart’, including their last single release ‘Any Way You Want It’ taken off “Scandinavia”, the band’s most-recent studio album. All tracks on ‘25’ have been remastered in both ADMS (Audiofile Digital Master Series) for CD and digital formats, and Mastered for iTunes format for Apple’s iTunes.
“25” marks the first time that all of Michael Learns To Rock’s hits are presented in one collection, offering a soundtrack of hits as you walk down memory lane. Kåre Wanscher, drummer / co-founding member of Michael Learns To Rock, shared his views on how proud he feels about “25”, adding that “The collection of songs on this album represents the best of our work during the last 25 years. Listening to the album brings back a lot of memories and makes me confident that it has all been worth it. I hope that listening to this album will also bring you some good memories and great, positive emotions.”
This ongoing 25th anniversary celebrations of the band has already seen the reissue of Michael Learns To Rock’s first 5 album in audiophile format ADMS (Audiofile Digital Master Series) for CD and digital formats, and Mastered for iTunes format for Apple iTunes.
Michael Learns To Rock will be performing at the Araneta Coliseum on September 19, 2015.
Concert Republic and Araneta Center are proud to announce that Carly Rae Jepsen will be performing at Smart Araneta Coliseum on September 14, 2015!
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Carly Rae Jepsen’s chart topping and undeniably hooky pop hit charm has, once again, taken over her Pinoy fans. Araneta Center is excited to announce that the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter will be back in Manila in August to hold a concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Headlining the Canadian pop sensation’s one-night only show is her lead single and catchy chart-topper “I Really Like You” off her latest album “E·MO·TION”. She says “E·MO·TION” became the result of experimentation and creative soul-searching that thrived along with her passion as an artist. Many of the album’s tracks were born out of Jepsen’s ideas at the back of her tour bus. To add flavor and extra oomph to her musical genius, she has teamed up some of the most talented songwriters for today’s hottest musical artists including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, and One Direction among others for this project.
“E·MO·TION” is a follow-up to her 2012 US debut album “Kiss” which featured the globally head-bopping and viral breakout single “Call Me Maybe” – which astoundingly climbed to #1 on the iTunes Singles charts in more than 47 countries, with over 17 million singles sold worldwide, and earned Jepsen Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year in 2012. This was followed up by a certified double-platinum hit off the album “Kiss” – “Good Time”, a duet with American electronica artist Owl City.
Jepsen independently released her first album, “Tug of War” in 2008. Several years after, she landed a record deal with Schoolboy Records/Interscope before coming out with her major-label debut.
Ticket-selling for the much-anticipated Carly Rae Jepsen LIVE in Manila Concert started last July 10. Log on to www.ticketnet.com.ph for more details.
Concert Republic regrets to announce that CARLY RAE JEPSEN’s concert in Manila on August 12, 2015 will be rescheduled. This is due to the recent typhoon that has also affected Carly Rae’s other Asian show dates. Therefore, a collective decision was made by the artist’s management to reschedule her show in the Philippines. This will also coincide with Carly Rae’s recently announced appearance at the MTV World Stage Malaysia 2015 on September 12, 2015.
CARLY RAE JEPSEN LIVE IN MANILA will happen on September 14, 2015 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City.
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In the latest episode of Eat Bulaga’s hit segment “Kalyeserye” on Friday, the de Explorer’s big secrets are slowly being unveiled.
Lola Tidora’s (Paolo Ballesteros) arrival from Germany on Tuesday and the revelation she brought out into the open posed further complication in the lives of the members of the de Explorer family.
On Wednesday, Lola Tidora claimed that the family’s long time servant Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza) is her niece, the daughter of her other sister who was still unknown to many.
Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) has been hiding this truth to Yaya Dub, who was kept out of the loop about the recent events.
Lola Nidora and Lola Tidora’s sister, who completes the triplets, was finally introduced Friday.
She is Lola Tinidora (Jose Manalo).
Lola Tinidora, together with her own set of bodyguards the Quandos, was finally reunited with her sisters after being estranged for many years now.
She said it’s time for Yaya Dub to know their secret.
Lola Nidora reprimanded Lola Tinidora for abandoning the servant. “Iniwan mo ang bata sa akin at bigla ka nawala. Anong klase kang nanay? Tapos babalik ka nang ganon-ganon na lang, Tinidora? (You left the child with me and you suddenly disappeared. What kind of mother are you? Then you will just come back as if nothing happened, Tinidora?)”
In response, Lola Tinidora made a shocking declaration.
“Hindi ko anak si Yaya. Pinaniwala mo lang ako, Nidora, na anak ko si Yaya. (Yaya is not my child. You just made me believe, Nidora, that Yaya is my child.)” She said, “Wala ako kakayahan magka-anak. Hindi ako magkaka-anak kahit kailan. (I don’t have the ability to bear a child. I will never have a child.)”
Reminiscing the past they shared together, Lola Tinidora had the chance to talk to Yaya Dub again, who until this time remained oblivious of what the siblings were discussing.
Yaya Dub wasn’t able to hear the secrets Lola Tinidora revealed because she was sent to a drugstore to buy medicine for Lola Nidora.
Lola Tinidora later made a hint for her explosive revelation. “Si Yaya o si Divina, siya po ay anak ng nakababata naming kapatid na si… (Yaya or Divina is the child of our younger sibling who is…),” she said.
The real mother of Yaya Dub will be announced on the next episodes of the segment. Arvin Mendoza/RAM
I AM NOT PREPARED for it,” said Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, denying the rumor that she would be the running mate of Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas in the 2016 election.
“I haven’t envisioned the position for myself so I don’t think I’d be effective as vice president,” Santos insisted. “Nothing will change my mind. We’re talking about the whole Philippines here—that’s not easy. Being a public servant entails a big sacrifice.”
In 1998, Santos ran and won as mayor of Lipa City in Batangas, where she served for three terms. She is the city’s first female mayor. In 2011, she became Batangas’ first female governor.
“I’m thankful to those who believe that I can do it (to run and eventually become vice president),” said Santos, adding that “there were no formal talks on the issue—that’s why I’m not entertaining it. I’m just surprised to read the newspaper headlines: ‘Mar-Vi, unbeatable.’ That’s just publicity. I still can’t sacrifice my personal life or my family’s for it.”
Santos admitted that she’s eyeing a seat in Congress. “But nothing is final,” she said. “I enjoy serving the people of Batangas. I prefer a local position.”
Santos is convinced that Roxas would be “a good president.” She explained: “I believe that P-Noy has set up a good foundation, and if we want his daang matuwid (straight road, good governance campaign) to continue, Mar is our best option. Mar could work on improving or enhancing what P-Noy’s administration neglected.”
Regarding the news that her eldest son, actor-TV host Luis Manzano, is also running for public office, Santos said: “He is old enough to decide for himself. He knows what this entails. I’ve been a public servant for 18 years. His father (Edu Manzano) was once a politician. His Tito Ralph (Recto, stepfather) is also one.”
Recto is an incumbent senator. He and Santos has a son named Ryan Christian.
Santos added: “I’d like to think that Luis is on the right track. I am proud of him. He is financially independent and plans for his future. I will let him decide. My only advice is, if he’s not prepared for what he would have to give up as a show biz personality, then he shouldn’t run.”
Santos refused to comment on her son’s rumored plan to tie the knot with girlfriend Angel Locsin. “I don’t want to be accused of meddling. I’m just waiting for them to make a decision. I see that they’re very happy together and that’s enough for me.”
With what she has accomplished as a politician and actress, having worked in show business since age 9, Santos said she has nothing else to wish for. “I’m blessed. I’m grateful that I live comfortably. I only pray for good health for myself and my family. I have peace of mind because I was able to save up for my retirement.”
In the yet-untitled movie she is currently filming with Locsin, Santos plays Vivian, a real-estate magnate. “Angel is one of my employees. Our personalities will clash,” she told the Inquirer.
“I agreed to do the film because playing Vivian is very challenging. She is not exactly bitchy, but she’s fierce. I have a stylist on the set to make sure I look good. Even the way I speak is different.”
She conceded: “I really missed acting. This is my first love. Show business is home to me, although I truly appreciate being a public servant. I’m very sure that people put me in position because I am Vilma Santos, the actress. They eventually rated my performance and, I guess, were pleased with it. If they trusted me to lead them for 18 years, then I must have done something good.”
LOS ANGELES—More zombies are coming. “Fear the Walking Dead,” a spin-off and a prequel to the hit series “The Walking Dead,” recently premiered to record-breaking all-time cable ratings numbers. The new show, again created by Robert Kirkman (this time with Dave Erickson), is set in LA with a cast that features a family—Kim Dickens (mom Madison Clark), Cliff Curtis (stepdad Travis Manawa), Frank Dillane (son Nick Clark) and Alycia Debnam-Carey (daughter Alicia Clark).
We recently interviewed the four actors in pairs—Frank and Alycia, and Cliff and Kim.
Talk about manic energy; Frank, wild hair and all, and who’s becoming the breakout star in this new series, chewed, twirled, folded, bent and twisted a plastic coffee stirrer during our chat until it was an unrecognizable pulp. Many of you saw him for the first time as the teen Tom Riddle, aka Lord Voldemort, in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” He is the son of “Game of Thrones” actor Stephen Dillane. Alycia is a Sydney, Australia native who made a bold move to try to make it in Hollywood when she was only 18.
Kim’s memorable credits include Detective Rhonda Boney in “Gone Girl” (she was solid in that role), “House of Cards,” and “Treme.” Cliff, who is of New Zealand Maori descent, was in “Whale Rider,” “Blow,” “Training Day” and “Three Kings.”
Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey
Were you a fan of “The Walking Dead” before you were cast in “Fear the Walking Dead?”
Alycia (A): I hadn’t seen it before I got the gig. But then, I thought it was a great excuse to binge-watch three weeks of amazing TV. So I did and then I just fell in love with it. I had to actually stop myself because I started getting like—not confused—but the worlds were colliding a little bit. It was kind of informing many of my (acting) choices.
But it’s one of my favorite shows now. We recently had dinner with the cast. I was secretly “fan-girling” inside, like, oh my God, it’s Norman Reedus!
Frank (F): I actually haven’t seen “The Walking Dead” at all. But I heard it’s really good (laughs). I like being on this show because there’s such a thing at the moment about the “end of the world” cinema. Everything seems to be apocalyptic and it seems to be some sort of function of our generation and a zeitgeist. Everyone is doing “end of the world” stuff. I like to be of the time.
A: In the 1950s, it used to be all about the excitement on prosperity and technology.
F: Yeah, there were all those robot films. Robots becoming humans. And now, what is in the cinema? It’s all about the world coming to an end, guys. The ship is sinking. And they are making a pretty penny from it.
Can you talk about your characters and where they are headed?
A: My character is called Alicia which is also my name, but it’s spelled differently. She is a high achiever, knows where she wants to go in her life and goes through school with frustrating ease. She had to become quite independent and self-sufficient because of the loss of her parent and then a brother who is no longer around—he has his own personal problems.
So she is like, I want to get out of LA and I am done with this city. I got a great boyfriend and I am going to (UC) Berkeley. It’s all going to finally be her life on her own terms. But that’s also what makes this situation so tragic for her … because she has so much to lose. And that fall is going to be very hard and fast.
But she is quite a realist, too. So finding herself thrust in that world when she does come to terms with it—it’s very interesting to see what places she will pull from to get her through all of that.
F: It’s difficult because I don’t know where my character is going yet, really.
A: They are very secretive with the scripts. They don’t like to let on a lot of information. This season has been very much about the fall of society and navigating through that. We haven’t developed any survival tactics which is on the original show. They (zombies) all come in quite quickly and it’s all about getting through it. We are still coming to terms with it. So it’s a lot about how we deal with it, and what we are to become is about to unfold.
Do you also feel confused sometimes in real life like your character?
F: Sure, yeah. The thing with drugs is, drugs aren’t the problem; reality is the problem. Nick struggles with reality. I certainly do sometimes. But if you are an actor, it’s your job to empathize with everyone. Empathy is the key if you are going to be any good.
You need to empathize with any human being if we are to explore the human psyche. Any of us can empathize or draw parallels with any character. Certainly, there’s the fact that I am playing Nick so obviously, I have his qualities and he now has my qualities.
They kill major characters in “The Walking Dead.” Do you fear that your character will be killed?
F: I am planning my death scene (laughs). Get it in the neck.
A: Do you want to get bitten?
F: I don’t know yet. No, I haven’t been too concerned about it.
A: Me neither.
F: When we go, we will go.
Do you want it be a mercy kill?
A: No, I want a really fun death. If you are going to go, you go with style. The hard thing is, it’s a great show and you do bond quickly. We have filmed only six episodes and everyone is already like family. I’m thinking, if I didn’t come back to this, I can’t. This is my new little family! But no, every show is doing it, too. No one is really safe anymore.
Your character sees some very scary s**t.
F: Yes (laughs).
What is the scariest thing you’ve experienced in real life?
F: Well, f***ing last night…the hotel that we are staying in is haunted. I didn’t sleep last night because honestly, there was someone in my room. There’s a woman who committed suicide on her wedding night and she roams the halls in her wedding dress. The (Hotel) Del Coronado (San Diego, California). And a little girl got hurt; she had measles.
A: You can hear her playing with her toys. I only found out about the story today because I wouldn’t let anyone tell me. I was like, “Don’t tell me.” I am not sleeping there tonight so it’s fine. Now I know the story (laughs).
Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
F: I have an impending sense of doom that, I don’t know, something bad will happen. And I am thinking about me, and the world, probably.
Frank, do people recognize you from “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”? Did that role impact your career?
F: No. I was 16 so it didn’t have much more to do with anything in my career. It was just amazing … to be part of that f***ing era. But I don’t get recognized much. I looked quite different.
A: You did have a good experience in the elevator the other day.
F: Oh yes, I did, didn’t I? He didn’t recognize me.
A: No, he didn’t recognize you. We were in the elevator and there was a guy who had a tattoo of the deathly hallows. I saw it and I was like, “Oh, you love Harry Potter!” He was like, “Yeah.” Then my friend Whitney was like (points at Frank), “Oh he was Tom Riddle in ‘Harry Potter.’ ”
The guy didn’t even believe it and he was like, “No way!” Finally, he realized it and his face went like—totally, all the color drained from him. He was like, “No, seriously. Wait, are you…because if you are, I am going to be freaking out.” Suddenly, it was all too real. I was like “No, he’s not (laughs).”
Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens
How hard did you have to fight to land these coveted roles?
Kim (K): I was offered to audition for the role. I was busy working out of town and didn’t know if I was going to make this audition. I am so busy and not sure I can fit in this project. I have not done the genre or selected to be in that genre so I didn’t know if I should go for it.
Then it just kept coming around. I don’t think they could ever find their person. They said, “Look at it and think about it again.” I read the script and I said, “I don’t know.” They said, “We’ll go meet and talk.” I met Dave Erickson (creator) and Adam Davidson (director) and it sounded like a fun project.
I reread the script and I thought, what an amazing character. I auditioned and then I auditioned again. We camera-tested and I got it. I felt like I won the lottery. I was excited and couldn’t believe how fortunate I was.
How did your family react when you got the role?
Cliff (C): Oh wow. I have family and friends who started screaming at me. They treated it more like a religion than an entertainment show. They insisted that I must do this show.
My manager was throwing all sorts of crazy numbers at me. I don’t watch numbers and he was like, “They (‘The Walking Dead’) have this many viewers, this and that.” My kids were very excited that finally, I have made it.
K: I don’t have kids but as far as like family, they are ferocious fans. They just can’t believe that I really have landed (the role).
C: Finally, you are doing something that people care about (laughs).
Did you watch “The Walking Dead” before you got the roles?
K: I had seen some of the first season. And this audition came up. I said, “Oh my gosh, I need to watch more before I go in for this.” We asked the producers, “What should I really focus on watching?” They said, “Nothing, don’t watch anymore, because your character shouldn’t know what the apocalypse looks like.”
I felt better there, jumping off from that place into this character because otherwise, it’s going to be in my head what I have to push away, what their show looks like. So I have “paused” it. But I know the characters and I know who they are. I know the story. We recently met them (“The Walking Dead” cast). They are so generous of spirit and encouraging. We fell in love with Sheriff (Rick) Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), definitely.
What kind of survival skills do you have? And do you live in LA?
K: I do live in Los Angeles. I also live part-time in New York.
C: I commute between New Zealand and Los Angeles.
K: I have some earthquake kits but I am pretty sure they are expired. So I don’t think I would last very long. Our characters are not very trained in guns, swords, knives and stuff. He (Cliff) is an English teacher and I am a high school counselor. I am trained in wrangling teenagers so we come at it from a very recognizable common-man place. How we grow and how quickly we make those tough decisions is something our characters are challenged by.
C: I play a lot of tough guy characters, either wearing the white hat or the black hat. I am the CIA or FBI or I am the head of some kind of cartel or something. I am usually a pretty tough bad-ass.
So I really love that I am playing a pretty normal, low-key, devoted middle-tier English Literature teacher. My weapons of choice in this show are not a sword or a gun, but the hearts and minds of our families and our youth. That’s what my character is committed to. He would perhaps rather die than lose that. He would perhaps put his life on the line to say, “Wait, what are we doing and why are we doing that?”
I think that is so poignant; there is a value for it in this genre. That is great because we have other characters that can be “alpha.” I love that Kim has got this beautifully strong character that can be the alpha in this situation and I support it. I think it’s very attractive and I love being the omega to her alpha.
Are you fans of the zombie genre?
K: I wasn’t really.
C: I am now (laughs).
K: I love it now! I do!
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MUSIC is a rich and dynamic language the whole world understands, with each artist from every country contributing individuality, identity and culture to the global repertoire.
Facets of Filipino identity will be on full display in Copenhagen when Sinosikat, one of the leading funk and soul acts in the country, takes the stage as the lone Philippine band representative to the music portion of P-Noise 2015, the Filipino Festival (Film, Arts and Music). It is ongoing until Aug. 30.
P-Noise cofounder and joint festival director Jacqueline Hassen said Danish artists with Filipino background signed up to support the program and attract more locals to the festival.
Hassen said Sinosikat—composed of vocalist Kat Agarrado, keyboardist Nikki Cabardo, bassist Karel Honasan, guitarist Ira Cruz and drummer Reli de Vera—was chosen as it was deemed a perfect fit with the “urban” theme of this year’s festival.
In the last fest staged two years ago, “identity and tribal roots” was the theme. The group Talahib raised the flag for the Philippines.
Sinosikat, formed in 2004, brings to P-Noise its brand of “Pinoy soul,” described as an eclectic mix of jazz, rhythm and blues, soul and funk.
P-Noise, mounted as part of a commitment to expose and develop the Philippine contemporary art scene, is a platform for Filipino artists to showcase and express their vision in Scandinavia. It is held at Dansehallerne, the national stage for dance and contemporary arts.
Participating artists were chosen for their “high artistic quality, unique Filipino identity, contemporary sound,” and for being “established artists.”
The main event of P-Noise will be held on Saturday. Live music, modern dance and stage performances will be matched by an art exhibition of contemporary photographers and painters.
Aside from Sinosikat, participating artists include cultural activist Carlos Celdran and Danish-Filipino artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen.
The Filipino Film Festival is currently being held at Cinemateket, and features Raya Martin’s “How to Disappear Completely,” among other indie films; a “Queer Night” in partnership with MIX Copenhagen; and a discussion panel with Filipino artists on the state of contemporary art in the Philippines.
Keyboardist Cabardo, one of the original members of Sinosikat, said the P-Noise audience can expect an all-original set from the band, with room for collaborations with local artists.
Cabardo said all the members were excited about the opportunity to showcase the Sinosikat brand of Filipino talent and artistry in Denmark.
“This is uncharted territory for Sinosikat. Travel always brings growth to anybody, including bands. Collaborations also open up opportunities to explore new horizons, new worlds,” said Cabardo.
And the members plan to bring back things they’ve learned so far to the studio, just in time for a brand-new album.
JOSEPH Israel Laban’s “Nuwebe” will be screened at the KL Converge! 2015 on Saturday at the GSC Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Laban told the Inquirer that he will attend the screening for a Q&A session. KL Converge! aims to “present the most interesting developments in IT (information technology), music, film and gaming, with a specific focus on Asean countries.” The event will screen 15 films from Southeast Asia—including Sheron Dayoc’s “Halaw.” Bayani San Diego Jr.