Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Spread Good Vibes with Puregold Channel’s First Digital Series ‘GVBOYS: Pangmalakasang Good Vibes’


WHEN times are difficult, people usually look at the lighter side of things and what makes them happy. Keeping people of all ages entertained is the heart and soul of Puregold Channel on Facebook and YouTube.

Puregold Channel was conceptualized as a means to provide quality entertainment to millions of Filipino families staying at home because of the pandemic. “SHOPPERTAINMENT” as pioneered by Puregold, combined grocery shopping with entertainment—two things that Filipinos are passionate about—across Puregold’s millions of followers on its social media platforms.


GVBOYS: Pangmalakasang Good Vibes is Puregold Channel’s first digital series and the newest addition to the exciting roster of shows.

The show stars three of today’s latest hottest and most exciting leading men—Jerome Ponce, Nikko Natividad and Dave Bornea—and they will be joined by the talented, feisty and funny Wilma Doesnt, Elsa Droga and Ms. Carmi Martin.


Directed by veteran director, Don Cuaresma, GVBOYS: Pangmalakasang Good Vibes will have 8 episode drops and 2 special episodes. The digital series can be streamed online for free on Puregold Channels Facebook and YouTube pages starting July 10.


It is a coming of age story of three housemates. Each episode highlights relatable adventures, antics, and life experiences. 


“Puregold Channel is dedicated to our loyal customers. This is our way of rewarding and staying in touch with them outside the stores. This is Puregold’s thrust, to strengthen the future of retail through strong engagement and digital footprint,” said Puregold Price Club Inc. President Vincent Co.

Since the launch of Puregold Channel late last year, the supermarket giant has come up with engaging content for people of all ages.


Among the shows the channel has put up are a gameshow Playtime Panalo with Luis Manzano, a talk show Sabado Bago Live co-hosted by Boy Abunda and Gretchen Ho, a stand-up comedy show The Ha Ha Hour hosted by Alex Calleja and a Mobile Legends: Bang Bang gaming tournament Puregold Esports Live.


For updates, like on Facebook, follow @puregold_ph on Instagram and Twitter and subscribe to Puregold Channel on YouTube.


Tune in on July 10 (Saturday) and get ready to have fun. GVBOYS: Pangmalakasang Good Vibes is available for streaming on Puregold Channel!

Friday, June 25, 2021

Love Is Written In The Stars In New WeTV Original Kilig Series “Boyfriend No. 13”

“GOOD morning, Philippines! Isa na namang step patungo sa true love!”

This is the battlecry of Kimverly Santillan, the yet-to-be-lucky-in-love lead character in the new WeTV Original romantic comedy series, Boyfriend No. 13, when she wakes up in the morning.

Finding “the one” is her goal in life, and she is counting on destiny to deliver! But fate has a few tricks and surprises up her sleeve. Join Kimverly on her journey to finding her soulmate when Boyfriend No. 13 starts streaming for FREE on WeTV on July 02, Friday, at 7:00PM. New episodes drop weekly.


Boyfriend #13 puts together a talented cast to tell this unusual love story. One of Philippine showbiz’s most in demand actresses, Sue Ramirez, plays Kimverly, the twentysomething romance novelist at the center of the series.

She lives her life according to the cards, the stars, and her superstitions. Her every move is calculated to deliberately avoid misfortune and ensure that her life is as close to perfect by letting her many “pamahiin” guide her way. Reading her daily horoscope, wearing lucky charms to ward off bad luck, and regularly consulting fortune tellers are some of Sue’s favorite go-to’s to being happy. 


When she meets the tall and charming doctor, Don Lee, played by the hunky and handsome JC De Vera, all signs indicate that he is her destiny. Or is he really? On the other hand, there’s the rogueish and rugged officemate Bob, played by the boyishly goodlooking JC Santos, who needs a writing mentor. The problem is, the next guy will end up being her Boyfriend No. 13! With two very dashing choices, what is Kim going to do now?

Boyfriend #13 is the newest WeTV Original series produced by the streaming service, and its second romantic comedy for 2021. Actor/writer/comedian John “Sweet” Lapus came on board as director, injecting a good dose of comedic flair, charm and kilig feels – with pamahiin in tow – to the eight- episode series.


“Everyday, excited kami dumating sa set to work,” is how Sue described the twelve day locked-in shoot. Sweet also played a key role in the casting, with Sue and JC Santos being his first picks for Kim and Bob. For the role of Don, he wanted an actor who is your classic handsome guy – and JC De Vera was tops on his list. 

The idea of having both male leads named “JC” just made the casting even more appealing. Rounding out the talented cast are Lotlot de Leon, Phi Palmos, Hershey Neri, and Bryan Sy. The series is line-produced by APT Productions.

Of course, what is a good love story without a cute and upbeat theme song. ‘Takot Lang Masaktan’ delivers on all points with its hugot-inspired lyrics set to a pop-py beat that will have you singing along in a minute. Throw in a short rap, and this song is lit! Sue Ramirez shows off her vocal (and rapping!) skills in this tune that will be soon be your favorite LSS-track. The official lyric video for the song was just launched on the WeTV and Boyfriend No. 13 social media accounts. You can also stream this happy tune on Spotify!

Since WeTV already knows how Boyfriend No. 13 will have you falling in love with each new episode, you can share the love with the official sticker pack on Viber! The first batch of cute and kilig stickers - featuring the three lead characters and the 12 zodiac signs – will have your friends going gaga when added to your messages. Download the sticker pack for free, and stay tuned for more quotable quotes and fun photos coming soon.

WeTV launched the official trailer for Boyfriend No. 13 during its recent press conference, which was also livestreamed on the WeTV Facebook page. It may have been just over a minute long, but I think we heard many hearts go aflutter across the internet when JC Santos and JC De Vera, as Bob and Don, came onscreen. But who wins Kim’s heart in the end? 

The answer will be revealed when the series premieres on July 02, Friday at 7:00PM. New episodes drop weekly, so abangan!!!

To stream all the WeTV Originals and the very best in Asian Premium Content, original series, Filipino shows and anime, just download the WeTV and iflix app from the App store and Google Play, and start watching! A monthly subscription rings in at only P59, quarterly at P159, and an annual subscription is only P599 for recurring subscriptions, while a one-month pass is only P149.

About WeTV:

   WeTV, a Tencent company, is the carrying brand for overseas users of Tencent Video - Chinas leading online video platform with over 100 million paid subscribers.

    Since it was first launched in 2019, WeTV is now available in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, India, and other territories, accelerated by its acquisition of the iflix brand and resources in the past year.

    The platform is centered on delivering Asian premium content and original productions – which they can stream anytime, anywhere and on any device – to its users globally.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Udine Film Fest in Italy Pays Tribute to Eddie Garcia as PH Cinema Icon


MANILA, PHILIPPINES, JUNE 21, 2021 — Eight Filipino films, featuring five titles in the Eddie Garcia Retrospective section, are selected to participate in Italy’s Far East Film Festival (FEFF) in Udine from June 24 to July 2 in a hybrid form with both in-person and online showings.

FEFF is the largest festival in Europe specializing in Asian Cinema and a contributor to the commercial distribution of Asian films across European and Italian markets. Last year, Xeph Suarez’s project, “Dancing the Tides” and Khavn Dela Cruz’s “Skeleton River” wer e featured in the FEFF Industry section.

For its 23rd edition this year, the Competition section features the award-winning film “Fan Girl” directed by Antoinette Jadaone, which will have its international festival and online worldwide premiere, while multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan’s “Anak Ng Macho Dancer” will have its Italian and online worldwide premiere. “A is for Agustin,” the first feature-length documentary by Grace Simbulan, is under the Out of Competition section and will have its European and online worldwide premiere.

In honor of the late television and film legend Eddie Garcia for his invaluable contributions to the industry, the special tribute “Eddie Garcia: Life as a Film Epic” under the Retrospective section presents four feature films and one short film.

The restored version of Ishmael Bernal’s debut film “Pagdating sa Dulo” and Jun Robles Lana’s “Bwakaw” will both have their Italian premiere, online worldwide, and offline screenings. Lamangan’s “Rainbow’s Sunset,” Raymond Red’s Cannes Palme d’Or for Short Film recipient “Anino,” and “Sinasamba Kita” by Eddie Garcia will have their Italian and online only worldwide premiere.

For this year’s FEFF’s Industry section, Martika Ramirez Escobar’s project “Bird Eyes” will participate in Focus Asia’s program. Journalists Jason Tan Liwanag and Richard Olano will be part of the FEFF Campus training project.

Since 2017, through the Spotlight Philippines program, FEFF has screened 19 Filipino films, which includes Lana’s “Die Beautiful,” Loy Arcenas’ “Ang Larawan,” and Joyce Bernal’s “Miss Granny,” among others, to showcase the diverse and multifaceted Filipino stories. The festival has also been a platform for more Filipino filmmakers to be exposed on a global platform.

“We are grateful to the Far East Film Festival in Udine for propagating Asian films in Europe and supporting Philippine Cinema once more by featuring a total of eight films, selecting a project and two journalists, and mounting a heartwarming tribute to our eternal icon Eddie Garcia to further his artistry and legacy,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.

In 2018, FEFF selected the Philippines as its “Country of Focus” in celebration of the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema. Through the FDCP’s International Film Festival Assistance Program, the Agency provided support to the five selected Filipino films for their participation in FEFF 2019. Two Filipino projects were selected for the FEFF Industry section when it moved into online platforms in 2020.

The 23rd FEFF, organized by Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche, will screen 63 titles from South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Macau, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

For more information on the participating films in the FEFF, visit


The Far East Film Festival 2021 lineup from June 24 to July 2:



     “Fan Girl” by Antoinette Jadaone

     “Anak Ng Macho Dancer” by Joel Lamangan


Out of Competition

     “A is for Agustin,” by Grace Simbulan



Eddie Garcia: Life as a Film Epic

     “Pagdating sa Dulo” by Ishmael Bernal

     “Bwakaw” by Jun Robles Lana

     “Rainbow’s Sunset” by Joel Lamangan

     “Anino” by Raymond Red

     “Sinasamba Kita” by Eddie Garcia

Luis Manzano: A Passionate Advocate of Wellness, A Perfect Endorser of Santé's SweetVia

FOR over a decade, Santé has successfully positioned itself as a trusted industry leader in the Philippines, consistent in developing and distributing premier natural and organic health and wellness products and services.

The company culminates the second quarter of 2021 as it formally welcomes Luis Manzano as the official endorser of SweetVia – a sweetener from a natural source with amazing health benefits.

SweetVia contains potent natural plant ingredients, such as Chicory Root Fiber Inulin and Stevia (Stevia Rebaudiana) - a safe and non-toxic herbal extract that aids in keeping blood sugar low.

In both human and animal studies, the addition of inulin has been found to normalize blood lipid and glucose levels (Gibson & Delzenne). Also, it showed a reduction in food intake and decreased body weight. 

On the other hand, 2 Stevia is an accepted sugar substitute that can contribute to weight management and improved caloric control. And unlike other sugary foods, stevia inhibits the formation of cavities and plaque (Elkins, 1997).

A single 1g sachet of SweetVia instantly provides a sweeter taste to any beverage and every food recipe minus the guilt and harmful effects of too much sugar.

As one of the most influential celebrities in the entertainment industry today, Luis Manzano is a multi-hyphenate who is in the prime of his career. He has a highly hectic schedule that consists of several thriving business ventures, multiple brand partnerships, and top-trending TV shows on the Kapamilya Channel. 

Among his projects is his hosting stint in the recently concluded third season of the singing and impersonation competition, Your Face Sounds Familiar, and his weekly appearances on ASAP Natin ‘To every Sunday afternoons.

Luis is also known as a passionate advocate of wellness who believes that a well-balanced lifestyle which consists of proper time management between work and personal life coupled with regular physical exercise and proper diet are key factors in maintaining a productive life that is absolutely healthy, which is very vital especially now amid the pandemic.

“I just turned 40 this year and what I learned as we grow older is that we must always watch what we eat,” says Luis.

“I know a lot of people who got diabetes either genetically or because of their food choices. I’m really into sweets, and there’s always room for so much more desserts in my life. Because of SweetVia, I now have a healthy alternative that enables me to satisfy my cravings without putting myself at risk of diabetes and minus the guilt, as well.”

Luis also reveals that he is confident, calm, and relaxed with SweetVia, “I could sleep better knowing that my choice to incorporate Sweet Via in my daily diet essentials is both effective and excellent because its ingredients are natural and plant-based. I am assured that I made the right choice with SweetVia.”

“Luis Manzano lives the ideal lifestyle that perfectly represents SweetVia as he is enjoying a balanced life that is both active and healthy,” says Santé CEO Joey Marcelo.

“We are honored to officially welcome Luis to the Santé family, and we are looking forward to all the exciting projects that we will do in collaboration with him in the months to come.”

Luis also expresses how grateful he is to partner with SweetVia, “It’s great to partner with a brand like SweetVia. This is the best alternative every time I want to eat or drink something sweet. Another plus with Sweet Via is the prebiotics that it contains, which takes care of my tummy. SweetVia is so versatile because it could be used not just in drinks and desserts but in every single food recipe imaginable.”

SweetVia is available in leading Mercury Drug stores, Watsons, The Generics Pharmacy, Puregold, Lawson, The Landmark, All Day Supermarkets, and order online thru Lazada and Shopee.

For more information and exciting news and updates on Luis Manzano and SweetVia, follow @sweetviaofficial on Instagram, like Sweet Via on Facebook, and subscribe to SweetVia on YouTube.     #LuisManzanoXSweetVia

Thursday, June 17, 2021

What’s the Best Shade of Green? Matteo Guidicelli and Kuya Kim Atienza say it’s leading a Healthy Life


LIFE is what you make of it, they say. That is why, amid today's “new normal,” leading a healthy lifestyle is a commitment you can give yourself to ensure that you are at your best despite uncertainties.  


Take it from celebrity fitspirations and triathletes Matteo Guidicelli and “Kuya” Kim Atienza, both ambassadors of Santé, a provider of premier natural and organic health and wellness products and services. As they embody the live more, do more lifestyle, they believe that good health makes life more meaningful.  


“Matteo has this mindset to always give all his best in everything that he does. That simple but exciting enthusiasm, in a way, motivates me to do the same and live more and do more in life,” said Kuya Kim. 


Working together with Santé, Matteo and Kuya Kim also believe that leading a healthy lifestyle can only be achieved by committing to it. According to them, it is still easier to accomplish something when you share it with people who motivate and challenge you to go further. 


“When I started joining triathlons, I always see the Santé TriTeam, Kuya Kim, and Sir Joey. Racing alongside them inspired me to push myself to the limit and, somehow, be great at the sport. Having people like them to look up to helped me carry out my goals and keep my body healthy for myself and my loved ones,” said Matteo Guidicelli. 


He added that “Kuya Kim is always great to work with. He is such a nice guy with a good spirit, good values, and morals. It is an honor to be working with him. It is also an honor to represent a brand like Santé, and I hope to continue representing them since the company has not only great products but also great values.” 


Other than challenging each other to stay at their best and fittest, Kuya Kim and Matteo give credit to Santé for helping them achieve their health goals with products like Santé Barley™ Powder, a pure organic barley grass powdered drink, blended with one of nature's most potent sweeteners, Stevia, and Santé Barley™ Capsule, a 500-mg pure barley grass powder packed in vegetable capsules without any additives. 


Recently, Santé launched the new packaging for these flagship products. They now come in its new, vibrant Santé Green packaging, inspired by the 'greenest of greeneries' in New Zealand—the best shade of green. 


“The new packaging is very classic. It looks classy and reminds me of the greenery in New Zealand. Just by looking at the box reminds us of how fresh and how green the country is. Santé Barley™ is a great product. It has changed a lot of people's lives,” said Matteo Guidicelli. 


Kuya could not agree more. He said that, “it is the same old Santé Barley™ that we love. But this time, we are reminded of the green pastures of New Zealand, where Santé Barley™ is from. The thing that I like about Santé Barley™, aside from the fact that it is rich in nutrients and vitamins, is that it tastes good.” 


Santé BarleyTM stays true to its benefits, helping people strengthen their immune system, boost energy and stamina, remove toxins, promote bone and dental health, reduce inflammation, and many more. 


“Just like Kuya Kim and Matteo, the whole Santé family is excited to share the new look of our Santé Barley™ Powder and Santé Barley™ Capsule. Amid these challenging times where health and wellness have never been more important. With its new look and the same Santé Barley™ that we have come to trust, we want to encourage everyone to live more and do more in life,” said Santé CEO Joey Marcelo. 


Santé is one of the fastest-growing distribution and direct selling companies globally. Aside from New Zealand and the Philippines, Santé is also present in key markets, such as Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Abuja, Lagos, and Cyprus. It offers premier natural and organic health and wellness products and services designed to improve people's quality of life so they can live more and do more. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

'All-Out Sundays' Kicks Off 'GMA's 71st Anniversary' with Special Episode this Sunday


PARTY with the biggest and brightest Kapuso stars as they convene and usher in the celebration of GMA Network's 71st anniversary this Sunday, June 13, in the hit musical-comedy-variety program All-Out Sundays. 


Spearheading the spectacle are Kapuso prime stars Dingdong Dantes, Heart Evangelista, Jennylyn Mercado, Dennis Trillo, Alden Richards, Lovi Poe, Carla Abellana, Tom Rodriguez, Aiai delas Alas, Eugene Domingo, and Michael V. 



Also gracing the show are the stars of Kapuso shows Bubble GangPepito Manaloto, Daddy’s Gurl, Dear Uge, Catch Me Out Philippines, iBilibCenterstage, Mars Pa More, Sarap ‘Di Ba, Taste Buddies, Farm To Table, and Eat Bulaga; plus the cast of First Yaya and upcoming GMA series Legal Wives, Nagbabagang Luha, Las Hermanas, and The World Between Us


GMA News pillars Mel Tiangco, Mike Enriquez, Vicky Morales, Arnold Clavio, Howie Severino, and Jessica Soho will also share their anniversary greetings to our loyal Kapuso viewers.


Kicking off the party with a medley of all-time favorite OPM dance music are Lani Misalucha, Julie Anne San Jose, Barbie Forteza, Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista, Ken Chan, Rita Daniella, Ruru Madrid, Miguel Tanfelix, Kyline Alcantara, Mavy LegaspiKim de Leon with Kapuso stars Rhian RamosBenjamin Alves, Sanya Lopez, Katrina Halili, Winwyn Marquez, Jeric Gonzales, Kate Valdez, Ysabel Ortega, and Cassy Legaspi


Meanwhile, GMA Telebabad’s First Yaya Sanya Lopez takes the spotlight as she goes all-out on her first concert on the AOS stage.

The Queendom Divas - Julie Anne San Jose, Aicelle Santos, Rita Daniela, Jessica Villarubin, Thea Astley, Jennie Gabriel, Hannah Precillas, and Lani Misalucha - will also spice up the party as they give their flavor and rendition to classic OPM hits.


Watch out for the new comedy-fantasy-musical series "I’m Byerna" which follows the story of Virna, a young woman who shifts into her ugly and ill-tempered alter-ego Byerna every time she gets infuriated. Byerna is forced to become a superhero when supervillain Chillax begins to sow terror in the city.

"I'm Byerna" features Denice Barbacena as Virna, Buboy Villar as Byerna, together with Edgar Allan Guzman, Yasser Marta, and comedians Mike “Pekto” Nacua, Tuesday Vargas, and Kakai Bautista.


And finally, tune in for great deals, special promos, and a lot of big prizes that await Kapuso viewers! 

Join in the fun and catch 'All-Out Sundays', this Sunday, 12:00NN, only on GMA-7.



Viewers abroad can also catch the program via GMA's flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

For more stories about the Kapuso Network, visit

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