Thursday, February 18, 2021

'BXJ Forever', the sequel of Filipino BL series 'Ben X Jim' landed on UPSTREAM

IF you’ve still got that hangover from Cupid’s holiday and are in the mood for some Boys’ Love entertainment, you’re in for a romantic treat because the sequel of Filipino BL series Ben X Jim, the first installment of which premiered on YouTube, has landed on UPSTREAM, and you can easily buy your tickets for the entire season via GMovies for only P250!

Yes, that’s right, UPSTREAM, in partnership with GMovies, now presents not only movies but now also TV shows, with Season 2 of Regal Entertainment’s Ben X Jim first on the list.

Written and directed by Easy Ferrer, BXJ Forever follows the story of two people who go from strangers to lovers then back to strangers with memories. The show stars Teejay Marquez as Ben and Jerome Ponce as Jim. Sarah Edwards, Ron Angeles and Kat Galang reprise their roles from the first season and are joined by new cast members Vance Larena, Royce Cabrera, Ejay Jallorina, Miko Gallardo, Darwin Yu, Anika Dela Cruz, and Jomari Angeles.


Check out the trailer here:

Get your Ben X Jim tickets via GMovies in just a few clicks and binge-watch that post Valentine’s Day hangover away. Curl up with your loved one or swoon alongside your pals over Ben and Jim’s story of love. If you’re missing your partner during this year’s month of love, you can always book tickets for two, have a virtual movie date night and stream at the same time, so you can enjoy the show no matter how far apart you are.


Here’s how you can get your tickets through the GMovies website:


  1. Go to
  2. Select the Ben X Jim series from the “Home” or “Stream Now” page
  3. On the details page, select the specific season you would like to rent. Note that you will get access to all the episodes for the specified season upon successful rental.
  4. Proceed to rent the desired season
  5. Select your preferred payment method and complete the checkout process
  6. Start streaming on UPSTREAM or watch later from the “My Shows” tab


For more information, visit the GMovies’ FAQs page. Book your tickets here:

Monday, February 15, 2021

Chef JR Royol takes viewers on an epic culinary adventure via “Farm To Table”


REKINDLE one’s appreciation for great food and discover how delectable dishes are put together from the ground up on GMA News TV’s weekly cooking show “Farm To Table” beginning February 21.

Hosted by Chef JR Royol, the newest Kapuso chef who is also a farmer with Bicolano roots and of Igorot descent, Farm To Table takes viewers along the journey of a dish from root to plate.

Join resident food explorer Chef JR as he gives a peek into the fascinating process of food preparation – from growing and harvesting fresh ingredients to cooking and plating mouthwatering meals that will surely encourage viewers to rediscover the joy of eating home-cooked meals and living a healthy lifestyle.

In Farm To Table, Chef JR offers viewers a chance to vicariously experience food preparation in the rawest form as the hands-on chef visits interesting farms all over the country, sources locally-produced ingredients from rural communities, and prepares food according to the ways of the locals – during which he applies his experiences growing up surrounded by nature and his expertise with rustic cooking techniques.

The resident food explorer expresses his belief in the importance of incorporating fresh ingredients in one’s diet, “Nakita na natin sa sitwasyon natin ngayon ang importansya ng pagkakaroon ng access sa masustansya at fresh na ingredients. Napaka-importante nito sa kalusugan natin."

Chef JR also shares that he is mostly excited about the knowledge he will acquire from this show as well as the information he can impart to a larger audience, “I’m mostly excited about the information that I will get. For me, more than the exposure, I’m excited with the knowledge na makukuha ko working with different people. One of my practices is to really teach my staff before. Mas excited ako na mas malawak ‘yung audience na matuturuan ko with this show.”

Join Chef JR in an exciting culinary adventure in the newest cooking show ‘Farm To Table,’ every Sunday, 6:15pm, beginning February 21 on GMA News TV.  

Viewers abroad can also watch Farm To Table via GMA's flagship international channel, GMA Life TV. For the program guide, visit

Sunday, February 7, 2021

QUEEN C, TAKES THE EXTRA MILE TO STRONG IMMUNITY: "Take care of yourself, others" - Catriona Gray

AS new challenges arise, we need to keep ourselves in our best shape to face these obstacles. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray started taking the steps she needs to keep her best foot forward each day. 

For Cat, putting yourself first before others does not always mean you are selfish. Sometimes, it also means that you only want to create the best version of yourself to give your best contributions to the community. 


“Keeping my heart, mind, and body healthy with exercise, staying hydrated, eating healthy, and having enough sleep are some of the best ways I appreciate myself. Add in a small dose of Santé Daily-C, I can take on everyday challenges with strong immunity and fewer worries,” she said. 


Cat said she can never go wrong taking extra steps with Santé Daily-C, especially when it now has a 750mg variant in vegetable capsules. The Santé Daily-C is Catriona’s go-to vitamin C supplement since it is non-acidic and gentle in the stomach during digestion. It has a pH range of 7.00 to 8.00, making it safe for daily consumption.  


It gives her an extra level of protection since it contains 843.64mg of Sodium Ascorbate to help prevent and treat scurvy and vitamin C deficiency. It also provides enhanced iron absorption, collagen formation, and extra aid in speeding the wound healing process, helping her have the safeguard she needs to make the most of her days with a bright smile and the right mindset. 


“Last year, the pandemic helped us realize how important it is to keep our bodies fit and our immune system strong. Santé Daily-C helped me become mentally healthy since I know to myself that I am doing my part and my best to fight off the dangers of these trying times,” said Cat. 


With a healthy lifestyle and Santé Daily-C strengthening her body and immune system, she spends time with her loved ones, helps her the community, follow her passions, and simply do mundane things and hobbies energized and without worries. 


Santé Daily C is just one of the many other organic health and wellness products offered by Santé. Known for its flagship, Santé Barley™, the company has developed a comprehensive selection of everyday barley-based products. They are made with organic barley grass, as certified by BioGro, New Zealand’s leading organic certification agency. 


To learn more about Santé, visit its website at

RD Pawnshop Marks 45th Anniversary with “Magandang Bukas” Campaign


RD Pawnshop, Inc., one of the country's leading pawnshop brands, marks another milestone as it celebrates its 45th anniversary of providing high-quality services to Filipinos.  


Alma Pascual, the Business Unit Head of RD Pawnshop Inc., said that all its satisfied clientele could only expect more from the company as it stays true to its commitment to providing quality services to all Filipinos. 


Coinciding with its 45th-anniversary celebration, the company launched via a virtual press conference its "Magandang Bukas" campaign, which emphasized its promise of being a companion of all hardworking Filipinos, through and through, especially amid the current pandemic. Among the virtual event attendees were its brand ambassador Pokwang, an inspiring comedienne, actress, television host, and singer. 


"At RD Pawnshop, we recognize the value of stability from beginning to end, which helped us thrive for 45 years in service. We want to share this value of stability with Filipinos as we will always be happy to serve and accompany them in every part of their journey. We also want to continue being a source of hope and partner until they make all their dreams happen, hence our new tagline “Kasama mo, Hanggang sa Magandang Bukas”, said Pascual. 


With its "Magandang Bukas" campaign, RD Pawnshop shows further that it is one of the most approachable pawnshops in the country. As it understands every Filipino's sacrifice, the company now offers lower remittance rates and higher appraisal values with zero advance interest.  


Alongside a workforce trained with excellent customer services and practices, it assures Filipinos hassle-free, reliable, and fast transactions. Aside from pawning, RD Pawnshop provides other services, such as e-loading, bills payment, and insurance services.  


RD Pawnshop was founded in 1976 by Rodrigo E. Rivera Sr. and his wife Dolores Chua Rivera in General Santos City. It is part of the conglomerate RD Corporation dedicated to providing clean, conscientious, and respectable services.  


To learn more about RD Pawnshop, visit its website at or send them an e-mail at for inquiries. 


Friday, February 5, 2021


NAPASABAK na naman sa pag-arte si Ria Atayde sa kanyang pagbabalik sa Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) pagkalipas ng mahigit na dalawang taon.

Makakatambal niya si Jake Cuenca at makakasama nila si Malou de Guzman sa natatangi nitong pagganap sa episode ngayong Sabado ng gabi na may titulong “Monster In Law. 

Si Jake ang gaganap na anak ng beteranang aktres at Ria naman ang manugang niya.

Magiging matamis pa nga ba ang maasim na samahan ng mag-biyenan?    

Tikman ang sarap ng pagmamahal ngayong Sabado ng FEB-IBIG. 



Pang-limang MMK na pala ito ni Ria. 

Una siyang sumabak sa MMK noong May 28, 2016 sa episode na ‘Puno ng Mangga’ kasama sina Matt Evans at Joseph Marco, na kung saan nanalo siya ng Best New TV Personality sa Star Awards for TV.  

Nasundan ito noong July 22, 2017, sa MMK episode na ‘Damit’ na kung saan gumanap naman si Ria bilang Hershey Hilado at napalaban siya sa matinding dramahan

Kasama rin siya cast ng ‘Portrait’ episode noong April 14, 2018 na pinagtambalan nina Ian Veneracion at Angel Aquino. 

Sa MMK episode na ‘Korona’ na pinalabas noong December 8, 2018, naganap ang kauna-unahang pagsasama ng magkapatid na Ria at Arjo Atayde. Ginampanan nila ang Sibuyan siblings na sina Armin at Rosedel na kung saan pareho silang pinuri.

Napapanood ang MMK tuwing 9:00 p.m. sa Kapamilya Channel (cable), Kapamilya Online Live (free live-streaming), iWant TFC (on-demand streaming), at A2Z Channel 11 (free and digital TV in Mega Manila).               

Isa lang ito sa apat kuwento na matutunghayan sa MMK sa buwan ng FEB-IBIG. Kasunod ng episode nina Ria at Jake ang “Love and Adulting” nina Charlie Dizon at Jameson Blake (Pebrero 13), “Love Scam” nina Dimples Romana at Ketchup Eusebio (Pebrero 20), at “Millennial Queer Women” nina Nathalie Hart at Jane Oineza (Pebrero 27).

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

FDCP Supports DTI, DOLE & DOH for JAO No. 2021-001 on Safe Filming Protocols for Production Activities


MANILA, PHILIPPINES, FEBRUARY 3, 2021 — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Health (DOH) have issued Joint Administrative Order No. 2021-001 (JAO) on Health and Safety Protocols for the Conduct of Film and Audiovisual Production Shoots and Audiovisual Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic.

The DTI-DOLE-DOH JAO was signed by Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on January 12 with immediate effectivity. 

The issuance replaces JAO No. 2020-001 of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), DOLE, and DOH on the Health and Safety Protocols for the Conduct of Film and Audiovisual Production Shoots and Audiovisual Activities during COVID-19 Pandemic, signed on June 7, 2020, in order to fully align the monitoring and implementation of guidelines with the line agencies.

(Photo by: Jaymar Talabon)

“Now more than ever, we see the importance of audiovisual as a medium not just to entertain through cinema but to educate as well and with DTI as one of the lead agencies in the JAO, more industries outside the film sector can make use of these protocols for the safe conduct of their audiovisual production shoots,”
Diño added.

“We laud our line agencies for this issuance that  expands the industries covered by the JAO. The Philippine film industry remains one of the hardest-hit sectors by the pandemic and the issuance of government protocols has helped tremendously in encouraging the sector to safely resume their businesses and operations. Furthermore, the JAO has also inspired other allied sectors like live events and performing arts to adapt by treating their live events as content production while waiting for their industry to reopen. We thank DTI, DOH, and DOLE for affirming the government’s commitment to support the industries during these challenging times as well as allowing FDCP to provide inputs on the applicable guidelines and protocols for the film industry,” said
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.

The FDCP welcomes this tripartite government issuance and commends the partner departments for putting focus on the protection of not just film workers but also the rest of the workers in the audiovisual industry.

Among the salient points of the DTI-DOLE-DOH JAO are as follows:

1. Mass gatherings are prohibited, pursuant to DOH Administrative Order No. 2020-0015. 

  • At any given point in time, only a maximum of 50 individuals shall be allowed to partake in public activities in low-risk areas, and as determined by its risk-severity rating, subject to at least 1-meter physical distancing. 

  • However, individuals working on-site must not exceed a total of 100 per day.

2. To monitor and manage Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) within the work environment including COVID-19 site protocols, there must be at least one OSH officer provided for each production venue.

3. Workers must wear their personal protective equipment (PPE), to be provided by producers, such as surgical masks and face shields.

4. Engineering controls must be employed: routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects, and provision of handwashing stations, hand sanitizers, and footbath mats in all entrances.

5. Interzonal movement for conducting audiovisual productions shall remain prohibited except when the localities have the same quarantine setup as it will be considered as movement within a single quarantine zone. 

6. Emergency Management: Producers must ensure that workers understand that any individual exhibiting flu-like symptoms such as fever, coughing, or chest congestion must immediately inform their production, subject themselves to self-quarantine, and inform their Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) or Local Health Office.

7. In accordance with the OSH Standards reportorial requirements, the producer shall furnish the DOLE Regional Office/s having jurisdiction over the shooting location the reports required by the host local government unit (LGU).

8. Pursuant to DOLE Department Order 198, s. 2018, workers or their representatives may report accidents, dangerous occurrences, and hazards, especially possible violations of health and safety protocols, to DOLE Hotline 1349 or to the DOLE Office with jurisdiction over the work area.

The FDCP also thanks the DOH for considering its recommendation submitted last October to increase the number of workers in a production site from 50 to a total of 100 workers per day. In 2020, the FDCP received 525 registrations through the Safe Filming Program, and increasing the number of workers was the sentiment of the registrants. Hence, the FDCP submitted such recommendation to the line agencies.

The national film agency reiterates its cooperation with the government and film and audiovisual industry in promoting safe filming and ensuring compliance with the DOH’s prescribed minimum public health standards amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It vows to continue its support programs for safe filming for the welfare of workers and betterment of the film and audiovisual industry. 

Monday, February 1, 2021

INALALA ANG 26 YEARS NG BOXING CAREER: "I had to punch my way to victory every time..." - Manny Pacquiao

MALAYO na nga ang narating ni Manny “Pacman Pacquiao o Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao sa tunay na buhay. 

Mula sa binatilyong nangarap na maging 
magaling na boksingero, natupad niya ito at higit pa!
Kaya naman bilang pag-alala sa 26 na taon ng kanyang pagiging professional boxer, proud na proud na ibinahagi ni Pacquiao ang kanyang mga narating sa larangan ng sports sa kanyang recent social media post.(,

Ayon kay Senator Pacquiao, 26 years. 62 wins. 39 KOs. 12 major world titles. I had to punch my way to victory every time. Before that, I had to train. More days than that, bugbog ako…

Suntok sa pangarap

Hindi lingid sa kaalaman ng marami ang kuwento ng makulay na buhay ni Pacquiao.

Ilang beses na rin itong naging paksa sa kanyang mga interviews kung saan ikinukuwento niya ang hirap ng kanilang buhay habang lumalaki at nagkakaisip siya sa General Santos City. 

Unang nagpakita ng interes sa boxing si Pacquiao dahil sa sa premyong nagkakahalaga ng P50.00. Nang mga panahong iyon, ang kilo ng bigas ay nasa P6.00. Naging motivation ito ni Pacquiao dahil nais niyang makatulong sa gastusin ng kanilang pamilya. 

Isang tiyuhin ang nagpaliwanag sa batang Pacquiao kung ano ang boxing.

“Wala talaga akong alam sa boxing. ‘Yung uncle ko ang nagsabi sa akin na boxing ‘yun na may world champion, may Philippine champion…

“Pinapanood namin ‘yung laban ni Mike Tyson noong araw. Sabi sa akin, ‘Ano kaya maging ganyan ka, may belt ka rin, makilala ka. Mag-champion ka sa buong mundo.’”

Bagay na nagkatotoo na nga! Kahit Hollywood stars at sikat na athletes napabilib niya. Ang tagumpay niya ay nagbigay  ng hindi matatawarang karangalan sa bansa. Banggitin mo lang ang katagang “PacMan”sa sino    mang banyagang kausap mo at awtomatikong kasunod na pag-uusapan ay ang Pilipinas.

Tanyag na boksingero

Hindi biro ang haba ng taon na tinakbo ng karera ni Pacquiao. Mas lalong hindi biro ang hirap ng training at sakit ng katawan niya sa tuwing tutungtong siya sa loob ng boxing ring.

Pero paano ba niya nagawa at patuloy na ginagawa ang lahat ng ito?

Isang tanong na sinagot din Pacquiao sa kanyang post.

“My secret is speed - in my punches and pain recovery. Most of all, it’s my family and friends, my fans, my coach and team, and my partner Ibuprofen + Paracetamol (Alaxan FR), kasama ko sa laban since 1995,” sagot niya. 

Nakatutuwang isipin na hindi nakalilimutan ni Pacquiao ang mga tumulong sa kanya sa simula pa lang ng kanyang karera. 

Ang Alaxan FR ay isang pain reliever na gawa ng Unilab, Inc. (Unilab). Ito ay kombinasyon ng Ibuprofen at Paracetamol na panlaban sa sakit ng katawan – bagay na alam na alam ni Pacquiao at patuloy niyang nilalabanan.

Kaya sobrang relatable ang katagang #LabanLang na kasama sa post ni Pacquiao. Bukod sa ito ang tagline ng nasabing gamot, ito rin ang kanyang mantra sa kanyang mga pinagdaanan. Si Pacman ay animo isang mandirigma na marami nang naaning tagumpay sa mga hamon ng buhay.

Speaking of hamon, wala pa ring opisyal na anunsiyo tungkol sa pinag-uusapang laban ni Pacquiao kay Conor McGregor ngunit marami na ang nag-aabang nito.

Huling laban ni Pacquaio ay noong Hulyo 2020 kay Keith Thurman kung saan naiuwi niya ang WBA welterweight crown.

Nito namang Enero 25 ay may lumabas na balita sa CNN Philippines tungkol sa possible fight niya laban sa Amerikanong boksingero na si Ryan Garcia na nag-post sa kanyang social media account.

Ang kampo naman ni Sen. Pacquiao ay nag-sabi na kasalukuyang abala at nakatuon ito sa pagtulong sa mga Pilipino upang makabangon mula sa pandemya.

Samantala, tuloy man o hindi ang inaabangang match, isa lang ang sigurado, tuloy ang laban sa buhay ni Pacquiao, para sa sarili, para sa pamilya, at para sa Pilipinas.