WATCH: Rom-com film ‘Miss Q & A’ releases teaser music video

INSIGHT 360 Films has released a teaser music video of its upcoming romantic comedy film—“Miss Q & A: Para Sa Magaganda Lang Ba Ang Love Life?”—starring Kakai Bautista and Zoren Legaspi.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Lemuel Lorca and produced by Chris Cahilig, “Miss Q & A” tells the story of a romantically frustrated pageant trainer and public relations maverick (Bautista) who goes on a blind date with a handsome photographer (Legaspi). The screenplay was written by John Bedia in collaboration with Lorca and Cahilig. 

The song “Halika,” written and performed by emerging recording artist Seth Dungca, became the perfect accompaniment to the teaser music video. The music’s warm and inviting instrumentation, combined with Dungca’s soothing delivery, flawlessly captures the wistful feeling of being in the throes of a new love.

Seth Dungca’s Halika is the official soundtrack of the film

In the music video, we see love beginning to blossom between our two leads as they spend time at a theme park. With each attraction they visit, the sparks that fly between Kakai and Zoren’s characters ignite powerful emotions they hadn’t felt before. 

Cahilig expresses the entire team’s exhilaration in sharing this story with the Filipino audience. “Miss Q & A reminds us that love can happen for all regardless of age or appearance,” says Cahilig. “It’s what makes this film very special to all of us involved in its creation. After investing so much hard work and time in its production, we are incredibly excited about everyone finally seeing the finished product.”

Kakai Bautista and Zoren Legaspi stars in Lem Lorca’s romantic comedy film Miss Q & A

Miss Q & A marks the third feature film from Insight 360 Films. It comes in the wake of Echorsis, an award-winning horror comedy from 2016, and 2020’s Mia, a romantic comedy film with an environmental message. 

Cahilig is confident that the soon-to-be-released film will meet the stringent standards left by its predecessors. “With Miss Q & A, Insight 360 continues its push towards telling unique and compelling stories that Filipinos can relate to. We are very hopeful that Filipino audiences will enjoy this movie just as much as we enjoyed making it for them.”

Seth Dungca’s “Halika” is available for streaming on Spotify. 

Viva Records welcomes ‘Masked Singer Pilipinas’ grand champ Daryl Ong

R &B crooner, balladeer, and songwriter Daryl Ong is the newest addition to the roster of great talents of music label Viva Records. Fresh from his win as the grand champion of the local franchise of hit reality singing competition Masked Singer Pilipinas, he is on for a winning streak!

Daryl Ong was formally announced as the newest artist of Viva Records on a press conference held today, January 6.

Daryl confirmed joining Viva after testing the waters with the label the past few months when he collaborated with powerhouse singer Katrina Velarde for the original tracks “Love Me Now” and their Christmas single “‘Tis The Season” (alongside other remarkable singers) in late 2020. 

And now at start of a new year, Daryl Ong begins a new journey with a new record label. Daryl shares that it’s an exciting opportunity that brings a brand-new environment for him, “I believe that there is always something new to learn in life and it’s the same with music, Viva Records opened up a new world for me to explore, and so I will make sure to make the most out of this wonderful opportunity, expect original songs, and amazing collaborations soon!”

But even before that, Daryl Ong was already on winning. 

In the course of Masked Singer Pilipinas, Daryl Ong was pitted against some of the best OPM artists including Bituin Escalante, Nina, Katrina Velarde, Roselle Nava, and many more. In the grand finale held last December 26, Daryl Ong came out on top, unidentified of course, as fans and the celebrity judges were made to choose among the masked heavy hitters. Winning the Masked Singer Pilipinas is testament to Daryl Ong’s vocal skills and quality. That when it comes down to it, his voice shines through. For him, his victory reaffirmed his confidence in his talent, “It felt awesome, especially the fact na hindi kami kilala or nakikita ng Judges so yung mga binibigay nilang compliments were unbiased, it’s a huge boost sa self-confidence.” 

During the course of the competition, Daryl lent those golden pipes of his to songs such as “Kiss From A Rose,” “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You,” and “One Last Cry” for the finals. 

Indeed, exciting times lie ahead of Daryl Ong as he carves a new phase in his singing career with Viva Records. And still glowing hot from his big win as first Masked Singer Pilipinas champ, we can expect more new music from Daryl Ong this 2021. As we await Daryl Ong’s upcoming endeavors, he thanks all the supporters that are with him in this new venture, “My message to all my supporters would be a message of thankfulness and love, for supporting me and continuously believing in me and accepting me for who I am as a person and as an artist, And I hope that wherever this musical journey takes me, they’ll be there to be my inspiration and strength, that I will always think of, every time I perform.”

2NE1’s Minzy to launch solo career in PH via VIVA Records

K-Pop fans in the country rejoice! A true-blue Korean pop music star is launching a solo career in the Philippines soon. Said music artist is none other than Minzy of famous pop group 2NE1

A multi-platinum South Korean artist and a global K-pop sensation, Minzy’s career is astounding. Her fame started with the popular group 2NE1, a world-renown all-girl group that that also has a strong following here in the Philippines. Her eventual solo career that started with “Uno” in 2017 netted her a Billboard World Albums chart nod and peaked at the number 2 spot. This is quite the achievement, seeing as it laid further groundwork for K-Pop’s dominance in the world of pop that is still felt today. 

An electrifying performer, Minzy is considered as one of the best in K-Pop and rightly deserves the title “Queen Of Dance.” Fans of Minzy have also dubbed her a ‘dancing machine’ for her exceptional dance skills and fiery stage presence. And completing the package, Minzy is a vocal powerhouse as well. Deservedly earning the spotlight in 2NE1 as the main singer and rapper in that group. Something that she’s developed further as a solo performer. After breaking away from 2NE1 in 2016, Minzy had her single “Ninano” from her debut EP which placed at the US Billboard World Charts and there was no looking back after that. 

A popular figure in the world of South Korean music scene, Minzy is bringing her brand of pop here in Manila, starting with the upcoming local version release of “Lovely” – a song that she released early this year that features Minzy’s softer and natural side, and a much more relaxed sound than her previous all-out pop pieces.

And just to make her Philippine debut more special, “Lovely” will see Minzy singing additional choruses in Tagalog to truly give this legit K-pop track a Pinoy feel.  

Handling Minzy’s career in the Philippines are Viva Artist Agency, Open Door Artist management and SoKor’s MZ entertainment. Executives from Viva, Open Door and MZ Entertainment have mentioned that Minzy’s high profile and background make her an excellent brand ambassador. And since Viva Artist Agency is a multi-media company, the possibility of Minzy appearing on movies is not so far off. Viva’s music producing component in Viva Records has already made headway in bringing Minzy to the Pinoy audience with a local version of Minzy’s “Lovely.”

While the world is still in the midst of a raging pandemic, Minzy’s plan of visiting Manila will be put on hold for the time being. But that doesn’t mean that she won’t be communicating with the capital anytime soon. Minzy will hold a virtual press conference with Manila’s entertainment press next week where Minzy will reveal her plans of a Philippine showbiz career to the media and to send her message of love to her loyal Filipino fans. 

“Lovely” the Tagalog version will be released on digital streaming platforms on November 20. 

‘JBK’ nominated as Most Favorite Pop Boy Group at PPOP with viral single ‘Anestisya’

Filipino musical trio JBK is an official nominee of PPOP Awards for Young Artists for the category “Most Favorite Pop Boy Group.”

Their latest single, “Anestisya” has been hitting the airwaves since its release last month on various radio stations and online platforms.

Watch the official lyric video of Rider.PH Studios below.

“Anestisya” has stormed into the playlists of top FM stations, including Win Radio, Wish, MOR and Barangay LS. The last mentioned station even declared it one of the “most wanted” songs today.

The PPOP Awards for Young Artists is established by the PPOP Artists League to “recognize the young artists in the industry and to be an advocate in rising the Philippine Pop culture on music and performing arts.”

To vote for JBK, text VOTE DE2 to 8933.

“Anestisya” is written by Yman and produced by Lester Ramos for Rider.PH Studios. Available now on Spotify and other digital music platforms.

Last chance to catch Westlife: ‘The Twenty Tour’ concert on July 29 & 30

All Systems Go! Last Chance to Catch WESTLIFE ‘The Twenty Tour’  on July 29 and 30! 

Fans are excited and the anticipation is rising for Irish pop vocal group, WESTLIFE’s ‘The Twenty Tour’ in Manila. The concerts are all set to happen this July 29 and 30th at the Araneta Coliseum.

The reunion tour is expected to be nostalgic, as the band will be performing their well-loved hits in Asia. They are definitely back and in full swing, ready to celebrate their 20th anniversary of hits with loyal fans here in Manila.

Proof to the overwhelming love of their supporters, ‘The Twenty Tour’ is Westlife’s fastest selling tour of all time. The band sold an incredible 400,000 tickets in just 48 hours in the UK. Their first show in Manila sold out in less than a day. The shows will see the global pop kings perform their greatest hits and all 14 of their U No.1 hits including‘Swear It Again’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘If I Let You Go’, ‘My Love’, ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘A World Of Our Own’, ‘Unbreakable’, ‘Mandy’, and ‘You Raised Me Up’.

Being the UK’s top selling album group of the 21st century, Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian have also returned with their highly anticipated first new single in eight years, ‘Hello My Love’, which is written and produced by superstar hitmarkers Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac.

Westlife have sold over 55 million records worldwide, and are the only band to have their first 7 singles enter the UK chart at No.1. They also have the most singles of any artist to debut at No.1 in the UK. Overall the band has had an incredible 14 No.1 singles, behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles. They have had 33 No.1 albums worldwide and as a live act have sold 5 million concert tickets worldwide.

Last chance! Few tickets left to WESTLIFE: The Twenty Tour in Manila via TicketNet.com.ph or Call 911-5555. You can also visit any TicketNet outlets nationwide or the Araneta Coliseum box office.

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Ariana Grande, John Legend to perform ‘Beauty and the Beast’ theme song

GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar®-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend are set to perform the Oscar and GRAMMY-winning duet “Beauty and the Beast” as the title track for Disney’s upcoming soundtrack to the live-action film adaptation “Beauty and the Beast.” The song will also be featured in the film.

The enchanting ballad, originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson featuring eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken’s beautiful melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman’s unforgettable lyrics, received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY Award, among other accolades, upon its release in 1991.

The new rendition of the classic song is produced by GRAMMY-winning veteran Ron Fair, whose music career spans 37 years as a major-label record company leader and accomplished producer, arranger, recording engineer and musical director. Fair was brought in to produce by Disney’s president of Music & Soundtracks, Mitchell Leib, who also brought Grande and Legend to the project. The history of collaboration between Leib and Fair in film music goes back to the highly-successful “Pretty Woman” soundtrack. “Ron was the first and only choice to make this particular record,” says Leib. “No one is a better vocal producer and he also has a great understanding of the filmmaking dynamic.”

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Fair’s recordings have won six GRAMMY Awards and have been nominated 18 times. Fair discovered and shepherded Christina Aguilera, selling over 50 million albums and winning numerous GRAMMY Awards. He A&R’d Aguilera’s first five albums and championed the Black Eyed Peas to 27 million albums, 4 number-ones and multiple GRAMMY wins, as well as co-producing and arranging the strings on their global breakthrough # 1 hit “Where is The Love?”

Says Fair, “Stepping into the shoes of an Oscar and GRAMMY Award-winning classic is not small potatoes. But with today’s two greatest plutonium singers – John Legend and Ariana Grande – we are bringing the song back with a new school-old school fresh treatment that shows the soulfulness and power of what a great melody and lyric can inspire.”

The music video will be directed by Dave Meyers, the innovative visionary whose long-time collaborations with major artists like P!nk, Janet Jackson, Ice Cube and Britney Spears have resulted in dozens of award nominations and many wins, including a GRAMMY in 2005 for Best Music Video and 11 MTV Video Music Awards, including one for Katy Perry’s smash hit “Firework.” He recently directed the music video for P!nk’s hit single “Just Like Fire” from the Walt Disney Records soundtrack for “Alice Through The Looking Glass.”

Menken also provides the film score, with new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Ashman. Also featured are three new songs written by Menken and veteran lyricist and three time Oscar winner Tim Rice. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017.