VIVA Films is gearing up for the reimagination of the award-winning South Korean film “The Housemaid,” with Kylie Verzosa on the starring role.
The production team had its virtual story conference today, October 18, headed by its director Roman Perez, Jr. (‘Sol Searching,’ ‘Adan’). Its cast members include Louise Delos Reyes, Jaclyn Jose, Alma Moreno, Jobelyn Manuel, Elia Ilano, and Albert Martinez.
“The Housemaid” focuses on a woman who becomes involved in a destructive love triangle while working as a housemaid for an upper-class family. The 2010 version starring Jeon Do-yeon is actually a remake of Kim Ki-young’s 1960 film of the same name. The former competed for the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It also won major awards at various film festivals around the world.
VIVA has previously announced its acquisition rights for the local adaptation of Korean hits ‘Spellbound,’ ‘The Wedding Dress,’ ‘A Man and A Woman,’ ‘Sunny,’ ‘More Than Blue,’ ‘The Wedding Breaker,’ and the already-completed ‘A Hard Day,’ starring Dingdong Dantes and John Arcilla.
Despite the pandemic, VIVA Films continues to manage its production and promises to deliver quality contents through various platforms other than cinemas.
Watch out for the Philippine remake of “The Housemaid” soon.
K-Pop dance party at home is set to be as easy as one to three as Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) teams up with well-loved and K-Pop Dancing Diva Dasuri Choi to bring the party into the Filipino homes starting this October 16.
K-Pop fans are in for a huge treat this October, until November, as KCC will be giving free energetic and thematic dance tutorials courtesy of Dasuri featuring six of the most popular K-Pop groups of this generation.
Divided into five themes namely: Boy Crush, Femme Fatale, Energy Pop, Legendary Idols and K-Pop Rookies, the K-Dance Party, K-Dance Party will feature the songs of idol groups’ BTS, Hwasa, Oh My Girl, Seventeen, Super Junior, and Itzy, which will surely light up the home dance floors and lead even non-dancers to bop into different grooves.
After mastering the dance tutorials, K-Pop fans can also win K-Pop albums and other exclusive K-Pop merch and KCC goodies, when they join the K-Dance Party! Cover Dance Challenge segment. By simply uploading their creative dance covers of their chosen songs on SNS, 6 winners, or one each theme, will be chosen by KCC based on Movement Accuracy, Facial Expression, and Creativity & Style.
Submission of entries for K-Dance Party Cover Dance Challenge starts this November 1, 2020 and the deadline of entries is on November 13, 2020.
K-Dance Party! Cover Dance Challenge is still part of KCC’s ongoing Korea At Home Campaign, which aims to bring a holistic Korean culture experience into the Filipino homes during his pandemic.
Catch K-Dance Party exclusively on KCC Philippines’ YouTube Channel every Fridays and Sundays at 5pm starting this October 16, 2020 until November 1, 2020.
Follow Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KoreanCulturalCenterPH/ and @kccphil on Instagram and Twitter for more updates about the K-Dance Party! Cover Dance Challenge and other KCC events and activities.
Gardenia Philippines is throwing a free online concert billed as “Laging Kasama” on October 24, 8PM via Facebook live. The virtual music gathering is meant to bring fun and entertainment to everyone with some of the best stage acts in the country. No matter what your taste in music is, there’s a number that you can surely enjoy during the event—just like how Gardenia has a wide variety of products that anyone in your family can enjoy.
The Laging Kasama online concert will feature your favorite artists like Kim Molina and Jerald Napoles who have made their mark on stage and television with their work in Rak of Aegis, Jowable, and Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap; Gloc-9 who is best known for his rap music and collaborations with various OPM artists; Ebe Dancel, former frontman of Sugarfree and a well-known writer of some of the best poignant OPM songs; and Keiko Necesario, an electronic-folk singer and songwriter who also creates her versions of her favorite songs.
Sharing delight is exactly what Gardenia has been doing and delivering to our homes. For more than two decades now, Gardenia products have been a staple in Filipino households. Whether it’s the breakfast table, school lunchbox, work baon, midnight snack as well as in parties and celebrations, Gardenia is always present (Laging Kasama) as the family’s choice of bread and bakery products. The company is also known for being visible and ready to participate in various philanthropic activities and corporate social responsibility programs especially in challenging times, staying true to its Laging Kasama campaign. This year, Gardenia wants to elevate its message on Happy Bread Day by sharing the spirit of togetherness even during the toughest of times through a powerful medium: music.
Besides the great music, the event—which is open for everyone to join and enjoy—Gardenia will also be raffling off special packs to its viewers. Register now by visiting http://bit.ly/GardeniaHBD2020 and get a chance to win exciting prizes!
To celebrate its 50th year as part of every Filipino’s essential home cooking experience, UFC is hosting its first-ever UFC Reel Life: Nagsasama-samang Sarap Short Film Competition. The event will serve to shine a light on the prodigious talents of local filmmakers in creating inspiring and meaningful stories that Filipinos can relate to.
Through the years, generations of Filipinos have shown their resiliency and strength in the face of tremendous challenges. With this short film competition, we hope to provide a platform for stories that highlight the same positivity and hope that UFC has provided for the last 50 years.
All entries must creatively depict the enduring optimism and positivity of Filipinos from all ages in times of difficulty. These should also portray the integral role of UFC products in empowering Filipinos to create nagsasama-samang sarap moments every day.
Thus, all submitted videos should use at least one UFC product as an organic part of the narrative. UFC products include: UFC Tamis Anghang Banana Catsup, UFC Sweet Chili Sauce, UFC Tomato Sauce, UFC Gravy, UFC Hot and Spicy Banana Catsup, UFC Hot Sauce, UFC Spaghetti Sauce, UFC Ready Recipes, and UFC Fresh Selections.
The festival is open to all filmmakers in the Philippines. Entries must have a maximum length of five (5) minutes, including the opening and closing credits. All videos submitted should be recorded in horizontal format, and edited in not less than 720 HD format. Using 1080 HD, however, is highly recommended.
Submissions will be screened by a panel of judges, which will determine the finalists and winners through a deliberation. Thirty finalists will be chosen based on the following criteria: Thematic Storytelling (40%), Creativity and Originality (40%), and Technical Execution (20%). The results will be final and irrevocable.
The 30 finalists will automatically receive a gift pack from UFC. Likewise, they will be eligible for the following prizes: 1st Prize (P100,000); 2nd Prize (P50,000); 3rd Prize (P20,000); Best Actor (P5,000); Best Actress (P5,000); Best Cinematography (P5,000); Best Screenplay (P5,000); Best Editing (P5,000); Best Director (P15,000); and People’s Choice Award (P15,000).
All entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include your name, title of the film, contact number, names of cast and crew, and a photo of the director. For larger files, you may use wetransfer.com to create a shareable link that you can include in your email.
No film entry shall be an imitation or plagiarized version of any copyrighted work. UFCine Presents: Nagsasama-samang Sarap Short Film Competition and its organizers will not be responsible for any copyright infringement committed by the participants.
The deadline for submission is on November 30, 2020. The 30 finalists will be announced on December 3, 2020, and the winners will be awarded on December 14, 2020.
The organizers reserve the right to post all entries on their various social media accounts, namely Sarap UFC, Sarap Pinoy, NutriAsia, and its agency, Insight 360 Consultancy Services, Inc.
Race Wong is one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry in Hong Kong. She and her elder sister Rhonda had a successful singing career as the multi-awarded Cantopop duo 2R. It must be fate that catapulted her from being a well-known celebrity to being a well-loved entrepreneur here in the Philippines.
In an exclusive interview with Cinema Bravo, when asked about her journey from being an actress to building the idea of real estate business Ohmyhome, Race cheerfully said that she actually always goes with her ambition. Pursuing her career as a singer is not merely a childhood dream. She went straight to Hong Kong to achieve this dream and became more than successful.
There were endless casting calls and numerous auditions before she was fortunate enough to break a record deal with Universal Music. She then got a lot of spots in commercials along with the biggest celebrities back then. It went on for a few years until she decided to leave the spotlight to venture into an entirely different career.
“I felt like I can do more beyond myself,” she explained.
And so Race went back to school in Australia to pursue a Master’s Degree in Business. Then, she entered the world of finance and equities trading. She added that entering a new world changed her whole perspective. It broadened her reach as she shifted from everyday reading of celebrity news to exploring financial news.
In 2013, Race had a turning point in which path she would eventually take on full-gear. She returned to Singapore to join her sister, Rhonda, in putting up a company called Anthill Realtors, which basically offered investment and property management services to the affluent. Race loved working with her sister and it felt so natural joining her. Their sisters’ bond is so strong that no one can break it. They understood each other—both strengths and weaknesses—and don’t have any power issues at all. It’s all about serving others together and building a better community. They were aligned together since Day 1 and that is the reason why they started Ohmyhome to begin with. Race can’t ask for a better partner.
Race began conceptualizing Ohmyhome on the first quarter of 2015 when she came across some of the issues that people face when buying, selling, and renting a home. This prompted her to develop smart solutions that simplify the housing transaction. The platform was officially launched three years ago here in the Philippines. According to her, this is a much more reliable platform where you can find information that you can trust.
“Ohmyhome is here to make housing transactions fast, reliable, and simple for filipino people.”
When asked about how she balances everything from being a mom to being an entrepreneur, Race shared that there is no such thing as balance — only work-life harmony. It’s all about distinguishing her very own priorities, as well as that of her husband and that of her daughter.
“Priorities are not always the same,” she added. “Because everyone grows and we meet with different challenges at different point in time. So for me, I have to be aligned with my husband and other priorities with my child.”
Race wants what’s best for her daughter. She wants her to have a healthy diet and doesn’t want her to stay up late. When it comes to her husband, on the other hand, she is more understanding in terms of his language of love, which involves quality time and communication. She admitted that it’s easy to do by having dinner with him as often as possible.
“A simple 10-minute talk [with your partner] makes a whole lot of difference because a lot of people are always busy.”
Race has been away from her singing and acting career. She has moved on from it to focus on other goals aside from being part of the entertainment industry. She’s busier now with her work as an entrepreneur.
“Do I miss celebrity life? I think I miss that life a few years ago, but I don’t miss it anymore,” she honestly confessed. “I feel very complete and fulfilled now. I love the work I’m doing and I believe the more successful Ohmyhome is, the better it is for the world.”
The next important thing for her is her family. “Everything is about home and family for me. I love my husband. And now that I’m a mom, I feel complete.”
She concluded that if given a chance to play or be involved again in a film, she would want to have a meaningful role: something that can have a strong message or something that could educate.
Learn more about her passion project on the Ohmyhome app, which can be downloaded for FREE! You can now search, buy, and sell your properties in a simple, fast, and reliable way. Ohmyhome is available on the App Store and Google Play Store. http://bit.ly/OhmyhomeOnPlayStore
On the last quarter of 2020, Viva Entertainment continues to keep the happiness of the mass viewers its first priority, hence comes its partnership with the Kapatid Network, TV5.
First to emerge from this partnership are five new dynamic shows from CignalTV and SariSari produced by Viva from TV5 to bring cheer, excitement and inspiration to people of all ages, especially in these trying times.
“Masked Singer Pilipinas”, to be hosted by Billy Crawford, is set to premiere on October 24 at 7 PM on TV5 Primetime block. Based on the hit South Korean Show, “King of Mask Singer”, which has also been adapted in the US, this show will put you in awe of the show-stopping performances of celebrity contestants concealed in masks and costumes. Every week, our celebrity judges: Cristine Reyes, Kim Molina, Matteo Guidicelli, and Aga Muhlach will give their ratings that could eliminate and unmask one of the highly confidential masked celebrity singers.
“Ghost Adventures”, the high-rating comedy-horror series, returns for a second season to pump up your mood every Saturday, starting October 31. Par Jack (Benjie Paras), the country’s famous ghost whisperer, continues to help ghosts cross over to the after life. But someone in purgatory feels threatened by Par Jack’s abilities and vows to keep him from succeeding in his mission. Empoy Marquez and Kylie Verzosa join Paras in this amazing adventures.
“Bella Bandida” will be the new superhero to promote women empowerment as she fights all kinds of injustices. Starring Ryza Cenon, this is going to be her first title role after her remarkable portrayal of characters such as Georgia Ferrer on Ika-6 na Utos, Aubrey Hidalgo on Ang Probinsyano, and Jessie de Leon-del Fierro on The General’s Daughter. Starting November 23, follow the story of how Bella Bandida gets to acquire super powers that will help her take down bad elements in the society. This is loosely based on Francisco V. Coching’s comic book of the same name.
Back in the year 2000, Master Director Erik Matti kept audiences awake with terrifying tales in a show called “Kagat ng Dilim”. This year, critically-acclaimed directors Richard Somes, Lawrence Fajardo, Paul Basinillo and Rae Red are guaranteed to quench your thirst for some jump scare experiences with every dark tale that will feature Filipino folktales, myths, creatures and urban legends. “Kagat ng Dilim” also premieres on November 23.
Last but not the least on the list of Viva’s first 5 on TV5 is “Onstage”, where you can relish the moments that made history in the concert scene. Catch your favorite artists perform their hits and more! Some of the titles to look forward to are: Anne Curtis’s “Anne Kapal Forbidden Concert”, “Revolution: The JaDine Concert”, “The Crew: Billy Craword, Sam Concepcion and James Reid”, “Playlist”, “SiKat Ako: Katrina Velarde Concert”, “Martin & Side A”, Martin Nievera 3D, Martin Nievera and Sarah Geronimo’s “What Love Is?”, and more Sarah G’s concerts, such as “In Motion”, “The Next One”, “From The Top”, and “The Great Unknown”
Viva and TV5 will take their winning collaboration all the way to year 2021 with another eight exciting shows!
Viva, being the undisputalbe star maker that aided Sarah G in becoming the Popstar Royalty, will launch the second season of “Born To Be A Star.” The show aims to find the next multimedia performer who will be recognized globally. Janine Teñoso, who is now known as OST Princess, is a product of the show’s first season.
“Puto”, the well-loved Pinoy character popularized by Herbert Bautista in the 80s, will be given a new life that suits the modern times. This fantasy comedy series will follow Puto’s adventures with three dwarfs who can grant him three wishes.
“Republika Origins”, based on a graphic novel by Epik, will introduce us to Liway and Nario characters that come from the lineage of various national heroes and possess special powers. Together, they embark on a journey of finding other descendants of heroes to prepare themselves for a big war that’s about to happen.
Five of the said eight shows are going to be local adaptations of record-breaking foreign shows.
“The Wall”, a game of chance produced by Lebron James, will provide a rollercoaster of emotions during the gameplay and will capture human drama in the end.
“1000 Heartbeats”, a game show that originated in the UK, will test how much pressure a contestant can handle. 1000 heartbeats will be the time limit to answer a series of questions ranging from general knowledge, sequencing, mathematical problems, and more. The electronic heart-rate counter worn by the player will determine if he/she has run out of heartbeats.
“Encounter”, a romantic-drama series, will revolve around a woman’s efforts to move on from her failed marriage, finding a new love prospect, only to face another conflict.
“Ninja Kids”, an action-adventure series, will bring together teenage online gamers who face a formidable threat in real life. Now, they must level up their game from online to actual combat.
With this powerful lineup of programs, this partnership between Viva and TV5 will surely be a blast this year and the years to come.
Isa laban sa lahat:The Clash Season 3 is bigger, fiercer, and surprising at every turn.
Beginning October 3, a new breed of talented contenders will battle it out towards becoming the next singing sensation on GMA Network’s all-original musical competition – The Clash Season 3!
Known for its exciting twists at every round, this season promises fiercer and tougher singing face-offs where only the best of the best Clashers all over the country will make it to the top.
Returning as Clash Masters are Total Heartthrob Rayver Cruz and Asia’s Pop Diva Julie Anne San Jose who are both eager to be back on-stage as the competition’s hosts.
“Masaya and excited kami,” Rayver said. “Alam namin na mahirap magbalik-trabaho lalo na sa panahon ngayon pero nandito kami para ihatid ang minahal ng viewers na mga pasabog ng The Clash at para ipakilala ang bagong mahuhusay na Clashers.”
Julie Anne shared that preparations for the show were taken to another level to ensure that strict safety protocols were followed, “Unang-una is to observe physical distancing and follow the guidelines and safety protocols. Preparations had to be taken to another level. Wala kaming audience, mas kaunti ‘yung tao. Nevertheless, I’m very excited about the Clashers’ performances.”
Also making their way backstage again to get to know the Clashers are Journey Hosts Rita Daniela and Ken Chan.
Rita expressed her excitement to learn the contestants’ off-cam stories, “I’m more than happy because I get to work again with the people that I love! I really can’t wait to hear all the wonderful stories of our Clashers. I’m excited to be their ate.”
Likewise, Ken is also looking forward to meeting the new group of Clashers. “Na-miss ko ‘yung pakikisalamuha namin sa Clashers at pati na rin sa mga pamilya nila,” he shared. “Kaya ngayong season 3 ay excited akong malaman ang kuwento ng bawat isa sa kanila.”
Taking their seats anew as The Clash Panel are Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha, Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista, and Comedy Concert Queen AiAi Delas Alas.
“I always look for someone with a certain uniqueness in his/her voice, someone who sings with genuine emotion, and has impressive stage presence and an amazing personality,” Lani said. “I’m absolutely excited to see and experience what’s going to happen in this season.”
For Christian, the vocal battles will be even more intense, “The intensity of judging, guiding, and constructively building new champions is very exciting. It will really be more intense and nerve-wracking for the contestants because we are facing tough times right now.”
Aiai, in turn, is also stoked to be back in the studio, “Nasa ‘new normal’ na tayo kaya we have the opportunity to do things differently and better. The Clash is always big, and I’m sure it will be even bigger ngayon dahil sa mahuhusay na contestants. Hindi lang ako excited, I am ablaze with energy para sa The Clash Season 3!”
The Clash Season 3 in under the direction of Louie Ignacio and musical arrangements by Marc Lopez.
Join the Clashers as they fight for their dreams in The Clash Season 3, every Saturday (7:15 p.m.) and Sunday (7:45 p.m.) beginning October 3 on GMA-7.
Kapuso viewers from across the globe can also catch their favorite Kapuso shows via GMA s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com.
Viva Artists Agency warmly welcomes Ms. Julia Barretto to the Viva family. This much celebrated young artist is set to make even more exciting and different projects under her new management.
Julia started at the very young age of nine when she appeared in Gulong ng Palad as the young Isabelle and has gone on with such major hits like Kokey, and wonderful performances in Wansapanataym and Maalaala Mo Kaya.
With her showbiz roots, she really took the TV world by storm in 2014, playing the lead in Mirabella. From then on, Julia has been unstoppable. From top ratings on TV, she moved on to blockbuster hits at the cinema. Her films : Vince, Kath and James, Love You to The Stars and Back, For the Hopeless Romantic and Unexpectedly Yours were box office hits that further increased her fan base and popularity.
Julia remains a role model for her generation and has garnered multiple awards including Famas and PMPC Star Awards Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress Luna Awards, Famas Best Actress Award in 2018 among many, many others.
Fashion forward, brave and real, Julia constantly sets the trend with her social media accounts. Her Instagram account has over 9.6 million followers and she is the endorser of multiple multinational and local brands.
While her life has had a few bumps over the years, Julia has emerged as a stronger, more mature and empowered young lady.
With her move to Viva, Julia will surely shine even brighter as one of the Philippines premier leading ladies.
Kuya Germs’ son, Federico Moreno, continues the Master Showman’s legacy by creating a new mobile app called Supershow that aims to discover and help new talents.
The idea came about in early 2018 when Federico was asked by one of his friends to look for a wedding singer. After making some calls, he was not able to find one based from the availability, date and budget they needed. He asked himself, “Why is it so complicated and hard to find one?” That was his “light bulb moment.”
That was how it all started. He began researching through several sectors of the society. Name it! From parents having children’s party needs for clowns and magicians, to castings agents searching for TV commercial models, to wedding planners looking for hosts and performers, to bar owners in need of bands and lounge singers…
The Supershow App emerged as a convenient, reliable, seamless, and easy-to-use means to discover talents.
“This app is one way of continuing my father’s legacy in helping the industry by helping talents get bookings and discovering new ones.” shared Federico.
Anchored by the said dream, he built a goal-oriented team with his very own mentor, Mr. Jose “Jomag” Magsaysay Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Potato Corner.
“At the Supershow App, we cannot wait to connect gifted individuals for the right job/event at the right time and make everyone happy.” explained Jomag.
Later on, Federico was able to get the assistance of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, one of Kuya Germs’ proteges and who is like a brother to him. “Yorme” gladly accepted and collaborated with the team. It is also his way of honoring the late Kuya Germs, whose surname he has been using for his screen name. It is his way of support for undiscovered talents as he reminisces how he went his way up in the entertainment industry.
In the midst of the pandemic, the Supershow App’s mission includes rebuilding and setting new standards in the hard-hit industry Kuya Germs had gifted his whole life to.
By adapting to the new normal, this also paves the way to aid displaced talents who want to get bookings and projects while we are under community quarantine.
The search is on for the app’s pool of new talents who can be a part of the team in time for Kuya Germs’ birth anniversary this October 4. Aspiring talents can now submit video materials (30-60 seconds) by visiting http://www.supershow.app.
To learn more about this momentous project, everyone is invited to visit and like the social media accounts of the Supershow App.
Netflix released today the first look for Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story. The adult-animation film from the Philippines starring Angelica Panganiban, Sam Milby, and Robin Padilla is set to premiere on October 29, 2020 at 12:01 am.
Directed by Avid Liongoren, written by Manny Angeles and Paulle Olivenza, Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story is the first animated Netflix Film from the Philippines. Available across Asia in Taglish, and English as ‘You Animal!’, this adult animation comedy is a refreshing look at societal expectations, personal aspirations and the classic love triangle.
About Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story:
Nimfa Dimaano (Angelica Panganiban), the pretty pussycat is a perfume sales kitty at a department store. Her boyfriend, Roger (Robin Padilla), the macho mongrel is a janitor. Nimfa meets Iñigo Villanueva (Sam Milby) the bourgeoisie business dog and their chemistry ignites. Will Nimfa and Roger’s love for DVDs and cheap street food keep them together or will Iñigo’s high society charms tear them apart?
Additional voice cast include Empoy Marquez, Piolo Pascual, Arci Muñoz, Eugene Domingo, Yeng Constantino, Moira dela Torre and Bb Joyce Bernal.
Animated and produced by Rocketsheep Studio and Spring Films – Erickson Raymundo, Piolo Pascual, Bb Joyce Bernal, E Del Mundo, Avid Liongoren and Manny Angeles.
“Hayop ako, hayop ka, hayop tayong lahat! Pinaghirapan po namin ang pelikulang ito at kakaibang hayop ang mapapanood niyo dito! Panuurin ang Hayop Ka!
My team and I took over 3-years of serious hard work to create this light and comical film. While our main goal is to elicit a few laughs, our advocacy is to encourage local animation production. In the global animation industry, the Philippines is a go-to nation for outsourcing animation services. We are home to thousands of talented animators but sadly, we are not known for ideating and producing our own work. There have been less than 10 animated feature films in the entire 100-year history of Philippine cinema, and we want to continue adding to that, while also hoping that little by little, someday Filipino animators can be known as not just service providers, but creators as well. We hope you enjoy Hayop Ka! on Netflix,” said Avid Liongoren.
“I find it interesting to see animals dealing with adult human conflict in funny natural situations, the characters are real in their predicament and emotions, and each character has a unique Filipino trait that we can share to the audience,” said Piolo Pascual, Executive Producer.
Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.