WATCH the “63rd Annual Miss Universe” pageant via satellite on ABS-CBN on Monday!

Watch the most beautiful day in the universe via satellite on ABS-CBN this Monday (Jan 26) at 10 AM as the most beautiful woman from 88 different countries around the world vies for the crown of “Miss Universe” in Doral-Miami, Florida.

Elise Dalby, Miss Norway 2014; Yomatsy Hazlewood, Miss Panama 2014; Sally Jara, Miss Paraguay 2014; Jimena Espinosa, Miss Peru 2014; and Mary Jean Lastimosa, Miss Philippines 2014; on stage in fashion by Sherri Hill and footwear by Chinese Laundry during the opening of the Miss Universe Preliminary Show at the FIU Arena on Wednesday January 21st. The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami, Florida. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

Will the Philippines’ bet Mary Jean Lastimosa finally take home the coveted title? Since 2010, the Philippines has been part of the top five with Venus Raj finishing 4th runner up in the said year, Shamcey Supsup and Ariella Arida clinching 3rd runner up in 2011 and 2013, and Janine Tugonon getting closest to the crown when she finished 1st runner up to 2012 Miss Universe Olivia Culpo.

This year, Filipino fans are hopeful that MJ will become the third Filipina Miss Universe in history being one of the crowd favorites this early in the competition.

Many pageant sites predicted that MJ will make it to the top five. The 27 year old beauty from South Cotabato was also well received during the preliminary judging.

In the end, MJ’s fate lies in the hands of the panel of judges composed of Kristin Cavallari, Lisa Vanderpump, Louise Roe, William Levy, and the Philippines’ very own boxing champ Manny Pacquiao.

The pageant night will be held at the FIU Arena to be hosted by “Today’s” Natalie Morales and MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts. International recording artist Nick Jonas and breakthrough Latin superstar Prince Royce are also slated to perform.

Don’t miss the via satellite telecast of the “63rd Annual Miss Universe” pageant, 10 AM, on ABS-CBN. Lifestyle Network will also air the show on cable television at 9 AM.


ABS-CBN teleserye conquers Asia and Africa!

ABS-CBN programs prove to be a big hit not only in the country but in other parts of the world as well after the demand for and interest of foreign viewers in Kapamilya dramas significantly grew in 2014.

From a total of 3,779 hours sold by ABS-CBN International Distribution to various contest buyers in 2013, ABS-CBN’s sales increased by 35% and sold 5,089 hours of different titles locally produced by the network in 2014.


Most of the top content buyers were from Asia particularly Vietnam, Malaysia, and Cambodia in Asia and from Africa. Among the top titles sold this year and have aired in the respective territories were “Got to Believe,” “The Legal Wife,” and “Be Careful with My Heart.”

These shows were either subtitled or dubbed in their local languages, just like what ABS-CBN does with popular Asianovelas that Filipinos love and continue to patronize.

The year 2015 is expected to be bigger for ABS-CBN International Distribution with the network’s strong line-up of banner programs such as Bea Alonzo’s “Sana Bukas Pa ang Kahapon” (internationally distributed with the title “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”), Filipino adaptation of Korean series “Pure Love,” and ongoing hit primetime series “Forevermore,” topbilled by Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano.

Just recently, these shows were exhibited and launched during the Asian TV Forum and Market (ATF) participated by hundreds of international content sellers and Asian buyers.

Aside from ATF, ABS-CBN International Distribution also actively exhibited in other fora namely Filmart (Hong Kong), DISCOP (Istanbul, Africa), NATPE (US, Prague) LA Screenings (US), BCWW (Korea), MIPTV (France), Shanghai TV (China), WCM (Russia), APEX (US), Content Asia Summit (Singapore), MIPCOM (France), and TIFFCOM (Japan).
ABS-CBN International Distribution has been recognized in the global arena as a reliable foreign content provider. It has been a premier source of high quality Filipino programming in over 50 territories all over the world and has sold over 30,000 hours of content worldwide. Living up to this recognition, ABS-CBN International Distribution commits to add to its line-up of high-caliber programs and movies with cast and storylines that appeal to various cultures.


Kapamilya’s 2015 Line-up of Shows Revealed!

In a Trade Launch on December 2 held at the NBC Tent, Taguig, ABS-CBN unveiled some of the biggest programs that the network will be offering for the first quarter of 2015!

pangako Sa'Yo

And the list of shows for the first quarter of 2015 are:


Starring: Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Desiree del Valle and Carlo Aquino
Directed by Wenn V. Deramas

Nasaan Ka Nong Kailangan Kita
Starring: Vina Morales, Denise Laurel, Jane Oineza and Loisa Andalio

Starring: Lyca Gairanod, Gerald Anderson, Shaina Magdayao, Pokwang, Benjie Paras, Ogie Diaz, Jairus Aquino, Sharlene San Pedro and Jason Gainza

Will Never Say Goodbye
Starring: Jessy Mendiola, Paul Salas, Sam Concepcion, JC de Vera, Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta


Inday Bote (Remake)
Starring: Kean Cipriano, Matteo Guidicelli and Alex Gonzaga

Wish Upon a Lusis
Starring: Julia Barretto and Iñigo Pascual


KC Concepcion and Paulo Avelino stars in ABS-CBN’s Christmas Special Series!

KC Concepcion and Paulo Avelino who are rumored to be in relationship are going to star in the up-coming ABS-CBN’s Christmas Special Series!


This will be another fresh love team to test for the Kapamilya network. Will they have screen chemistry as they do in real life?

Abangan! Excited much!


ABS-CBN still the most watched TV Station in September!

More Filipino households across urban and rural homes continue to tune in to the programs of ABS-CBN, which again topped all local TV stations in September with an average total day audience share of 43%, or seven points higher than GMA’s 36%, based on data from Kantar Media.


Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,609 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population, while the other ratings data supplier AGB Nielsen reportedly has only 1,980 homes based solely in urban areas that represent only 57% of the Philippine TV viewing population.

The Kapamilya network also remained unbeatable in other key territories such as Balance Luzon (areas in Luzon outside Mega Manila), where it triumphed with an average total day audience share of 47%, in the Visayas with 56%, and in Mindanao with 53%. GMA, on the other hand, garnered only 36%, 28%, and 29% respectively for the said areas.

ABS-CBN continued to lead in the primetime (6PM-12MN) block, where it gained an average audience share of 48%, or 13 points ahead of GMA’s 35%. The primetime block is the most important part of the day when most Filipinos watch TV and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investment in to reach more consumers effectively.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN also widened its lead in the late afternoon (3PM-6PM) block, recording an average audience share of 44%, a five-point increase from 39% in August. It also outweighed GMA (35%) by nine points in the said time block for September. This was driven by ABS-CBN’s new Kapamilya Gold lineup that includes “Kapamilya Blockbusters,” current affairs programs “Bistado,” “Mutya Ng Masa,” “My Puhunan,” “Tapatan Ni Tunying,” and “Red Alert,” and Judy Ann Santos’ returning game show “Bet On Your Baby.”

Kantar Media’s data also showed that ABS-CBN swept the list of the top ten most watched programs in the country in September.

Asia’s longest-running drama anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya” again emerged as the top program in country with an average national TV rating of 29.6%, followed by “Hawak Kamay” (28.7%), “TV Patrol” (28.2%), “Wansapanataym” (27.7%), “Ikaw Lamang” (27.5%), “Home Sweetie Home” (24.9%), “Rated K” (22.4%), “Pure Love” (22.3%), “Mga Kwento Ni Marc Logan” (21.3%), and “Goin’ Bulilit” (21.1%).

Kantar Media is a leading television (TV) audience measurement provider with capabilities in gathering TV viewing data in both digital and analog platforms. It is a multinational market research group that specializes in audience measurement in more than 80 countries, has 26 TV networks, ad agencies, and pan-regional networks subscribing to its ratings services.

Among its current subscribers are ABS-CBN, NBN, Sky Cable, J. Romero and Associates, 720ConsumerConnect, Starcom, OMD, PhD, Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC, Maxus, Universal McCann, Wellmade Manufacturing Corporation, Brand Ideas, and MPG Havas. They also include pan-regional networks like CSM Media Inc., Fox International Channels, Star HK, Discovery, AXN, HBO, MTV, Sony Pictures Television International, Celestial Tiger, and A&E Television Network.

Among these, the following subscribe to both urban and rural TV audience measurement: ABS-CBN, Brand Ideas, MPG Havas, and 720ConsumerConnect.


Vina Morales is a controlling mom in ‘MMK’ this Saturday!

Vina Morales will star in the upcoming family drama episode of ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”

She will play the role of Bambi, a mother who promised to herself to never control her daughter’s (Ingrid dela Paz) life like the way her father did to her.

Vina Morales and Benjie Paras

However, from simple gestures of helping Donna gain friends through texting, Bambi eventually gets so involved with the love life of her daughter that everything needs to pass through her approval.

How can a child make her mother realize that she is old enough to live her life by herself?

AAlso featured in “MMK” this Saturday (April 26) are Bianca Casado, Benjie Paras, Lloyd Zaragoza, Markki Stroem, AJ Muhlach, Bryan Homecillo, Rez Cortez, Janice Corado, CJ Navato, Alexander Diaz, Elisse Hoson and Vangie Mortell. It is directed by Garry Fernando, written by Arah Jell Badayos, and researched by Michelle Joy Guerrero.

“MMK” is led by business unit head Malou Santos, production manager Roda Dela Cerna, and executive producers Lindsay Anne Dizon and Fe Catherine San Pablo.

Don’t miss Asia’s longest-running drama anthology, “MMK” this Saturday after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN.


John Lloyd Cruz exits from “Home Sweetie Home”!

Because of work, John Lloyd Cruz as his character Romeo makes an exit in this week’s episode of Home Sweetie Home.


In tonight’s episode, Romeo leaves his wife Julie (Toni Gonzaga) behind to spend one day and one night out of town for a company presentation. Without him around, Julie finds herself constantly missing her husband. She ends up deciding that she needs to find ways to keep her mind off what could be happening to Romeo.

Romeo, on the other hand, starts to miss Julie — but will he do the right thing if his friends and officemates Chris (Joross Gamboa) and Glenn (Ketchup Eusebio) drag him to pleasurable temptations?

Home Sweetie Home airs Sundays after Goin’ Bulilit.


The 10th USTv Students’ Choice Awards Winners revealed!

The 10th USTv Students’ Choice Awards was held at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on February 20.


This year’s theme is “Makabuluhang telebisyon, hinuhubog ng kabataan ngayon” or UST’s call for responsible television content. Unlike in the past years, the number of awards given this year were cut down to focus only on television shows, initiatives, and personalities.

Below is the complete list of winners in the 10th USTv Students’ Choice Awards:

Religious Category
Students’ Choice for Catholic Feature: Rated K, “Senakulo”, ABS-CBN
News and Public Affairs category Students’ Choice of News Program: “TV Patrol,” ABS-CBN
Students’ Choice of News Host: Jessica Soho for State of the Nation, GMA News TV
Students’ Choice of Public Affairs Program: The Bottomline with Boy Abunda, ABS-CBN
Students’ Choice of Magazine Program: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, GMA 7
Students’ Choice of Magazine Program Host: Jessica Soho for Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, GMA 7
Students’ Choice of Documentary Special: “Kabayan Reports: Gusto Kong Mag-aral,” ABS-CBN
Students’ Choice of Sports Program: Sports Unlimited, ABS-CBN
Students’ Choice of Sports Personality: Dyan Castillejo, Sports Unlimited, ABS-CBN

Entertainment category
Students’ Choice of Comedy Program: Bubble Gang, GMA 7
Students’ Choice of Reality/Game Show: The Voice of The Philippines, ABS-CBN
Students’ Choice of Reality/Game Show Host: Toni Gonzaga, The Voice, ABS-CBN
Students’ Choice of Talk Show: Kris TV, ABS-CBN
Students’ Choice of Talk Show Host: Toni Gonzaga for The Buzz, ABS-CBN
Students’ Choice of Variety Show: It’s Showtime, ABS-CBN
Students’ Choice of Variety Show Host: Anne Curtis for It’s Showtime, ABS-CBN
Students’ Choice of Drama Program: Be Careful With My Heart, ABS-CBN
Students’ Choice of Foreign Drama Program: Rooftop Prince, ABS-CBN

Special awards
Outstanding Thomasian Female Media Personality: Sandra Aguinaldo, GMA 7
Outstanding Thomasian Male Media Personality: Arnold Clavio, GMA 7
Student Leaders’ Choice of Network foundation: ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., Alagang Kapatid Foundation & GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Personality: Sandra Aguinaldo, GMA 7
Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Program: I-Witness, GMA 7
Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Network: ABS-CBN Corporation

The USTv Awards, which debuted in 2005, is the first student-conferred competition for television shows and personalities in the Philippines. The winners are selected and voted on by the university’s 40,000-plus students based on their reflection of Catholic values.


‘The Singing Bee’ Goes 5 Times a Week starting Monday!

ABS-CBN’s hit musical game show “The Singing Bee,” hosted by Roderick Paulate and Amy Perez, brings five times the fun and thrill as it starts airing on weekdays beginning this Monday (Feb 24).


Previously airing on Saturdays, “The Singing Bee” will now spice up viewers’ mornings as Kuya Dick, Amy, the Songbees, the Bandble Bee, and the Honeybees bring musical daily bonding to the family.

The chances of winning also double up, because there will be champion of the day every Monday to Thursday, who will return and face off in the battle of the champions on Fridays for the chance to win up to P1 million.

Kapamilya viewers, whether they’re at home or out on the streets, can also win exciting prizes as “The Singing Bee” goes out and roves around to test their musicality and knowledge in song lyrics.

Pinoy comedians Vice Ganda, Pokwang, K Brosas, and Anton Diva will bring more laughter to the show when they clash on singing this Monday (Feb 24). They will be followed by young stars Sam Concepcion, Nash Aguas, Julia Barretto, and Alexa Ilacad on Tuesday (Feb 25). The witty “Banana Split” cast members Angelica Panganiban, Ryan Bang, Alex Gonzaga, and Aiko Climaco will also join the fun on Wednesday (Feb 26). “Annaliza” stars Zanjoe Marudo, Denise Laurel, Kaye Abad, and Patrick Garcia, meanwhile, will take a break from acting to compete in the game show on Thursday (Feb 27).

Who among the four groups will emerge as daily winners and return on Friday (Feb 28) to take a shot at the coveted P1 million jackpot prize? This week’s grand winner will compete against Dulce, this season’s last defending champion.

TV viewers can also audition to become studio contestants of “The Singing Bee.” To join, text BEE (name) / (age) / (gender) / (address) / (landline number) to 231 for Smart and Talk N Text subscribers and to 2331 for Globe, TM at Sun Cellular subscribers.

Don’t miss “The Singing Bee” hosted by Roderick Paulate and Amy Perez, from Mondays to Fridays, 11AM on ABS-CBN.


Julia Montes Topbills ‘Three in One’ Episode of Wansapanataym!

Kapamilya actress Julia Montes will teach TV viewers the importance of loving one’s self this Saturday (February 22) in ABS-CBN’s award-winning fantasy-drama anthology “Wansapanataym.”


In the episode titled ‘Three in One,’ Julia will portray the role of Trina, a young woman from the province who wishes to get the acceptance of the people in the city. Because of her desire to dress up and be like her classmates, Trina is given a magical stone that will give her the ability to create a new ‘Trina’ that has the kind of personality she wants to have. Will Trina finally learn to love and accept herself when she loses control of the personalities she created?

Also in the ‘Three in One’ episode are Malou Crisologo, Robi Domingo, and Eda Nolan. It is written by Noreen Capili, and directed by Erick Salud.

Don’t miss the 2014 UPLB Gandingan Awards’ Best Development-Oriented Children’s Program “Wansapanataym” this Saturday, 6:45pm, after “Bet On Your Baby” in ABS-CBN.


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