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Latte Makeup 2.0

The TikTok-favorite “Latte Makeup” trend offers an effortless new take on summer bronze—using shades of browns and nudes. Begin with Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s luxurious range of Hand and Body Gels, which leaves skin fresh and soft, and delicately fragranced. Deliver instant nourishment to your skin with the Grown Alchemist Instant Smoothing Serum, which is formulated with superstar ingredient Hyaluronic Acid.

Safe to say that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Beginners Kit is perfect for every kind of beauty enthusiast. Use the all-in-one triangular-tipped Brow Definer retractable pencil to define, fill, and detail your brows, then finish off with the lightweight Deluxe Mini Clear Brow Gel for a flexible hold that lasts. Complete your eye look with another Anastasia Beverly Hills bestseller, the Sultry Mini Eyeshadow Palette. Choose the universally flattering brown and even add a bit of shimmer for some dimension.

For that beautifully bronzed look, CHANEL Beauty’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder is a must-have. Made with photo-adaptive pigment, it ensures a fresh, natural-looking complexion that glows in any light. Finish off your makeup look by filling in your lips with the ultra-creamy Go Nude Lip Pencil from RMS Beauty.

You will surely turn heads when you envelop yourself in Pepe Rosa & Arancio Amaro from Acca Kappa—a fragrance that is seductive and surprisingly imaginative. And don’t forget to give some TLC to your tresses with the Phyto Phytolaque Botanical Hair Spray, which provides long-lasting natural hold. Choose from Soft Hold or Medium to Strong Hold!

Enchanting Emerald

If you want to step out of your comfort zone but want something easy to follow, a bold-colored eye might just do the trick! We’re highlighting the eyes with an emerald green color, well-suitedfor the holiday season.

A great shower routine starts with Malin+Goetz’s Peppermint Shampoo and Cilantro Conditioner, the brand’s signature products, which clarify and nourish hair from root to tip. Finish off with L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil, for glistening skin with a memorable fragrance that lasts.

For a deeply moisturized canvas, prep your skin with the La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream. This reimagined face cream lifts and firms skin, giving it that coveted youthful appearance. Apply Koh Gen Do’s iconic Maifanshi Moisture Foundation, a feather-light base, which boasts the coverage of a cream with the flexible and comfortable moisture of a liquid foundation.

An emerald green eye look is a bold choice that is simple enough to create. Achieve perfect brows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Full & Feathered Brow Kit, which features the Waterproof Mini DIPBROW Gel, the dual-ended Brush 12, and Mini Brow Freeze. Choose the emerald green shade from the iconic LES 4 OMBRES Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow by CHANEL Beauty in Parure Baroque—a more jewel-toned color story, and apply all over your lids.

Add a pop of color to your cheeks by applying the RMS Beauty ReDimension Hydra Powder Blush, a multi-dimensional, nourishing blush that’s light on the skin. Complete the look with Sisley’s Phyto-Rouge Shine, which has the shine of a gloss, the comfort of a balm, and the melt-in color of a lipstick.

Let’s not forget to set the mood! Light up Diptyque’s Temple des Mousses, an expertly crafted refillable candle, which transports you to a Japanese zen garden.

Festive and Frosted

Nothing says holiday makeup more than a 90s-inspired frosted eye look. Tap into nostalgia with this makeup trend that’s gotten TikTok buzzing.

With the cooler months approaching, keep the Grown Alchemist Restorative Body Cream in your arsenal. It leaves skin soft and lightly scented! And for your hair care needs, Phyto’s Softness line offers gentle formulas that keep hair moisturized and shiny. Cleanse hair with the Phyto Softness Shampoo, detangle with the Phyto Softness Conditioner, and discipline with the Phyto Express Detangling Milk.

Regenerate skin with the luxurious Sisley Supremÿa At Night Anti-Aging Fluid that helps detoxify skin and recover from daily damage. This targets 25 anti-aging markers for long-term visible results. Apply the RMS Beauty ReEvolve Natural Finish Liquid Foundation, which is infused with skincare properties—perfect for daily wear.

It’s time for the star of the show—your eyes. Start off with Jane Iredale’s PureBrow Precision Pencil for natural-looking brows. Complement it with a frosted shade from the Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Palette and apply all over the lid.

To add warmth to the face, apply the Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush. It’s silky and glides easily! Top off the look with statement lips using Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Matte & Satin Lipstick in the shade Hush Pink.

For a holiday-ready fragrance that’s bound to stay throughout the night, spritz on Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Baccarat Rouge 540. This carefully formulated signature eau de parfum features floral, amber, and woody notes.

Paint The Town Red

It’s no secret that a bold red lip can instantly elevate a look. It can upgrade a casual look to party-ready with just one swipe!

Start off by pampering yourself with the soothing powers of aromatherapy with Neal’s Yard Remedies’ holiday-exclusive Rituals Collection. This three-piece set promotes deep relaxation, and prepares you for endless Christmas parties with friends and family. Keep hair shiny and smooth with the L:A Bruket Birch Shampoo—a natural and revitalizing shampoo for normal to dry hair.

Next, prep your skin with the ultra-luxe L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream, which addresses seven major signs of aging. It reduces wrinkles, improves skin firmness and density, and even corrects age spots. Use a base product of your choice and conceal imperfections with the PureMatch Liquid Concealer from Jane Iredale. You can also use it on its own, giving you the appearance of your skin but better.

For natural-looking brows, use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Care Kit, which contains the Brow Wiz and mini Brow Genius Serum. Make a soft winged line with the STILA Matte Liquid Eye Liner, which delivers intense pigmentation.

You can’t go wrong with this multi-use palette: the Jane Iredale PureBronze Shimmer Bronzer Palette. Use individually as a bronzer, highlighter, blush, and shadow, or blend together for a soft, glowy appearance.

No holiday look is complete without a festive red lip color! Use RMS Beauty’s Liplights Cream Lip Gloss in the shade Rhapsody. Don’t forget to spray on Malin+Goetz’s most coveted scent, the Strawberry Eau de Parfum, which lasts throughout the day.

We’re all about festive glam this holiday season! With enchanting looks to choose from, you can never go wrong. Get your beauty essentials and do your holiday shopping all in one place. Rustan’s has everything you need and more—surprises await!

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Thu, 30 Nov 2023 22:32:29 +0800 Philippine Times
Nicole Laurel Christmas Song Set for Dec. 1 Release After a series of music releases that garnered multiple nominations, Nicole Laurel Asensio is set to release on December 1 a brand new original Christmas duet entitled “Sana Masaya Ka” with iconic OPM artist Jeffrey Hidalgo, produced by Gabe Dandan and released under Warner Music.

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“Sana Masaya Ka” is a bittersweet duet that unfolds the story between former lovers spending their first holiday season apart. Nicole’s silken vocals evoke nostalgia and Jeffrey Hidalgo’s smoky timbre resonates deeply into the very fibres of the bed of instruments arranged by Gabe Dandan. The classic and organic elements brought by strings and woodwind sections blanket the song with a much needed warmth and familiarity as the characters sing of healed hearts and happier holidays to come. 

“It was well past midnight when I was in the throes of compiling lyrics and melodies for a different Christmas release.

Gabe arrived at the studio coming from another Christmas project. Because the holiday spirit was still ringing in our ears, I wanted to try writing another Christmas song even if it was creeping close to sunrise. Gabe begun jamming chords with a classic OPM feel and slow jazz accents, I loved them instantly. The challenge now for me was to express my sentiments in Tagalog. Save for some lyrical adjustments, the songwriting was done in one session,” Nicole shares. 

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“Our process is very spontaneous, it creates a creative environment that allows us to surprise ourselves. After finishing the song, Nicole expressed that she wanted to try making it a Christmas duet because it was something we haven’t done. I immediately thought of Jeffrey Hidalgo as a perfect match for Nicole and the song because of his warm smoky vocal tone,” Gabe Dandan echoed. 

“I was delighted hearing Gabe’s suggestion, I have a lot of respect for Jeffrey as a singer, actor and director, his voice really is something special. It took me about a week to muster up the courage to ask him if he was willing to do this and then send him a demo. It didn’t take Jeffrey long to respond and when he said yes, i was so grateful… it was a clear sign that I had to save my other Christmas project for another year and finish off 2023 with this one,” Nicole added. 

“The last time I had a Christmas single was 25 years ago so I am really looking forward to the release of this track. Nicole and Gabe asking me to do this collab is really an unexpected blessing, ” Jeffrey Hidalgo exclaimed.

The Recording Process

“Working with Jeffrey for the first time and Nicole numerous times was very chill and spontaneous, we were just recording over food and drinks at Nicole’s home studio, despite the relaxed setting it was a very productive evening, ”  Gabe Dandan added. 

“This was one of the best collaboration experiences I’ve had in the studio if not, the best! My favourite aspect of being a musician is the recording process and recording this single was the most fun I’ve had in the studio. I enjoyed working with Nicole and Gabe immensely. I loved how they took me out of my comfort zone with out-of-the-box harmonies that were peculiar but so delectable to the ears. I loved their vision for the song form the get-go, so I was all in,” Jeffrey replied. 

“Jeffrey has a beautiful signature vocal tone that can smooth over the rough edges of even the most painful lyrics and make it an easy listen. His depth as an actor/director makes his delivery and storytelling hit home. I learned a lot while tracking him. It makes me smile when I think about how this project is entirely homegrown and home recorded. Lawrence Nolan recorded himself playing drums from his home, Gabe played Bass, Guitar, Hammond and Rhodes as well as sang backup vocals from home. The strings and woodwinds played by Ted Amper and Carlo Mikhail were recorded by us in my home and our friends Jess Fermino, Mark Enriquez and myself took turns tracking vocals. Learning the quirks of the process and making mistakes was definitely part of what made this song even more memorable,” Nicole beamed. 

“Recording the musicians was smooth because all the musicians we worked with are not just talented but patient, I did the string and woodwind arrangement on the spot and hummed it to Ted (Cello)  and Carl (Woodwinds and violin) on the fly Carl and Ted were so easy to work with. I am thankful for our friends in music,” Gabe shared. 

The song was then sent to Angee Rozul for mixing then to Waxie Joaquin and Enrique Santamaria of Waxiefied Sound Production for further Mixing and Mastering in Dolby Atmos.

“Though I’m more known as a pop balladeer, my personal musical preference really leans more towards the indie-alternative genre. I’ve been a fan of Nicole ever since General Luna, and a bigger fan now that she’s a solo artist. I love how distinct her voice is and how she seems to be comfortable in whatever genre she dips her feet into. Our collaboration might seem unexpected to some but after hearing our voices together, I love how it all just makes perfect sense. I love how Gabe and Nicole both know exactly what they want yet, they let me explore as well within my vocal range and style”  Jeffrey replied. 

“Hindi man tinadhana, sana masaya ka”

“It really is a bittersweet season for some, I wrote the lyrics and melody because not everyone’s Christmas is “Merry” Though it is easier said than done, focusing on the blessings gets us by. Relationships fail. People make mistakes and grow apart. However, the markings of truly loving someone is wishing them love and happiness even if you are no longer involved with them…you still want to know they are alright, and that they’ll still have a Merry Christmas even if you’re not in the picture anymore. I suppose one would dedicate this song to their TOTGA (the one that got away), ”

Nicole muses. 

“I think I have 2 TOTGAs that I would have dedicated this song to, many many years back. I am just so glad I’m not in the position of the characters in the song nowadays. I’m in a much better place. LOL! But seriously, I am sure many people will be able to relate to this song if not at the moment, then at some point because because this has happened to a lot of us. You sincerely want to wish a past lover happiness, yet deep inside, you still really want to be with that person too. Ouch. Hahaha!,” Jeffrey jokingly said. 

“Pagsapit ng bagong taon… saan ka man naroroon.”

“I am looking forward to next year  because we will be working on compilations and EPs instead of singles, more ideas to execute, much more music to be made. I’m very excited for the different musical styles Nicole and I will be exploring,” Gabe said. 

“Working with Gabe as a producer, sparked the producer in me as well and I am suddenly hungry to create more music next year,” Jeffrey gives a wink. 

“I am grateful to still be making music and happy whenever inspiration strikes. More songs are already in the works for next year. I don’t know how many years on earth I’ll have to do this, and that makes me so much more grateful for the instances God allows creativity to flow, ” Nicole concludes. 

Hiling ko lang ngayong pasko, Sana masaya kayo!


Lyrics: Nicole Asensio 
Music: Nicole Asensio, Gabe Dandan, 
Musical Director: Gabe Dandan 
Drums: Lawrence Nolan 
Bass: Gabe Dandan
Guitar: Gabe Dandan 
Piano: Brad Coronel 
Rhodes and Hammond: Gabe Dandan  
Violin: Carlo Mikhail 
Cello: Ted Amper  Mikhail 
Vocals: Nicole Asensio, Jeffrey Hidalgo 
Backup Vocal Arr. Gabe Dandan and Nicole Asensio  
Backup Vocals: Gabe Dandan, Nicole Asensio 
Recording Engineers: Gabe Dandan, Nicole Asensio, Jess Fermino, Mark Enriquez  
Mixing Engineers: Angee Rozul, Waxie Joaquin, Ek Santamaria 
Mastering Engineers: Waxie Joaquin, Ek Santamaria

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 22:32:29 +0800 Philippine Times
Ho&Ho&Holiday Movies and Series on HBO GO, HBO, Warner Tv, Cartoon Network and Cartoonito This December Tis the season to cosy up and catch all your favourite movies and series from family-friendly superhero movie Blue Beetle, the entire Transformers live action movie collection, includingthe 2023 Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts. Catch Christmas classics like The Holiday, 8-Bit Christmas and the premiere of the Christmas action-comedy film, Violent Night on HBO GO. Revisit more drama and action movies on Warner TV including The Golden CompassAquaman and The Twilight Saga. Entertain the entire family with CARTOONITO’s 12 Days of Christmas and Cartoon Network’s Holiday Hangout including cartoons such as We Baby Bears, Mini Beat Power Rockers and many more!

Music, Action and Adventure on HBO GO

Taking on Taylor Swift
Stream now on HBO GO

As Taylor Swift’s record-breaking Eras Tour expands around the globe and onto the silver screen, CNN investigates the copyright lawsuit brought by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler against Swift for her hit song “Shake it Off”. Produced by the CNN FlashDocs unit, the documentary explores creativity, credit, and the hazy line between cultural appreciation and appropriation. 

Blue Beetle
Stream now on HBO GO

Directed by Ángel Manuel Soto, the Warner Bros. Pictures feature film Blue Beetle, marks the DC Super Hero’s first time on the big screen. Recent college grad Jaime Reyes returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it. As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab suddenly chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armour capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the superhero. Stars Xolo Maridueña in the title role.

The Transformers Movie Collection
Stream now on HBO GO

Go on an action-packed adventure with Optimus Prime and the Autobots in Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Transformers: The Last Knight on HBO GOTransformers: Rise Of The Beasts will also be available on Saturday, December 23 at 9pm on HBO and HBO GO.

Celebrate Christmas with HBO GO

Snuggle up with Christmas classics such as The Holiday and 8-Bit Christmas, now available on HBO GOThe Jolly season goes on with Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas on Friday, December 8, A Christmas Mystery and Santa Camp on Thursday, December 14, A Christmas Story Christmas and Holiday Harmony on Thursday, December 21, only on HBO GO

More on HBO and HBO GO

Series Finale on HBO GO

Catch the finale of the award-winning hit comedy series Rick and Morty Season 7 on Monday, December 18, as well as the highly anticipated finales of Rap Sh!t Season 2, Julia Season 2 and Bookie on Thursday, December 21 on HBO GO.

Celebrate Christmas with HBO and HBO GO

Start the festive season right with feel-good musical drama, On The Come Up premiering Saturday, December 9 on HBO and HBO GO at 9pm. Watch David Harbour in Violent Night as he delivers some serious season’s beatings to save the family and the spirit of Christmas, premiering Saturday, December 16 at 10pm on HBO and HBO GO. For more action, catch Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ray Liotta and Alden Ehrenreich in Cocaine Bear, directed by Elizabeth Banks, premiering Saturday, December 30 at 10pm on HBO and HBO GO.

Drama and Action on Warner TV

Movies and Series Premiere on Warner TV
●      Around The World in 80 Days
Premieres Saturday, December 2 at 9pm
●      The Twilight Saga: Twilight 
Premieres Sunday, December 3 at 9pm
●      The Twilight Saga: New Moon 
Premieres Saturday, December 9 at 9pm
●      The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Premieres Sunday, December 10 at 9pm
●      The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) 
Premieres Saturday, December 16 at 9pm
●      The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 2) 
Premieres Sunday, December 17 at 9pm
●      Wahl Street Season 1 and Season 2
Premieres Monday, December 4 at 8.10pm, with new episodes every Monday to Friday

Cartoon Network and CARTOONITO 

12 Days of Christmas
Daily, December 14 to December 25, from 10am on CARTOONITO

Starting Thursday, December 14, tune in every day for a two-hour show marathon and celebrate 12 Days of Christmas with 12 of your favourite CARTOONITO series such as Brave BunniesMecha Builders, Lucas the SpiderBaby Looney Tunes and more! Plus, catch brand-new episodes of Bugs Bunny Builders and Batwheels.

Holiday Hangout with Cartoon Network
Daily, December 1 to December 25, from 9am on Cartoon Network

Hang out with Cartoon Network from December 1 to December 25, starting 9am daily and watch all your favourite cartoons starting with Teen Titans Go! on weekdays. With exciting new episodes each weekend, catch We Baby Bears on the first weekend, the premiere of The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe chapter four, the following weekend, followed by back-to-back new episodes of Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese and lastly, Mini Beat Power Rockers on the weekend, just before Christmas.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ latest movie Wonka, catch Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, Sunday and Thursday, December 3 and December 7, from 11.30am on Cartoon Network

Channel numbers for your reference:

  • HBO – Cignal: Ch. 53 (SD), Ch. 210 (HD), Sky Cable: Ch. 54 (SD) and Ch. 168 (HD) 
  • CARTOONITO – Cignal: Ch. 76, Sky Cable: Ch. 42 
  • Cartoon Network – Cignal: Ch. 74 (SD), Ch. 220 (HD), Sky Cable: Ch. 43 (SD), Ch. 178 (HD) 
  • Warner TV –  Cignal Ch. 235 and Sky Cable Ch. 34 (SD) and Ch. 197 (HD)

Subscribe to HBO GO online at or the mobile app via the App Store or Play Store for only ₱1,190 on the 12-month plan. Or access HBO GO via CignalGlobe and SkycableHBO GO is also available on Android TV, Apple TV, LG TV and Samsung Smart TV – and comes with AirPlay and Google Cast functionality. 

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 22:32:29 +0800 Philippine Times
Epic Fantasy Fusion: ‘Dragons of Wonderhatch’ Merges Live&Action and Anime in a Stunning New Series Disney+ is set to captivate audiences with its innovative series, “Dragons of Wonderhatch“, premiering with two episodes on December 20. This groundbreaking show seamlessly blends live-action and anime, offering viewers an unparalleled storytelling experience.

Meet Nagi: A Dreamer Between Worlds

At the heart of the series is Nagi, portrayed by the talented Sena Nakajima. Living in Yokosuka’s “real world”, Nagi always felt out of place. Her longing to fly becomes a doorway to adventure when Thaim, a dragon rider, and his dragon Guphin emerge from her bookcase. This unexpected encounter leads Nagi into a thrilling quest to save Thaim’s world, Upananta.

The Stellar Cast of ‘Dragons of Wonderhatch

Joining Nakajima is Daiken Okudaira as Thaim, the courageous dragon rider from Upananta. Mackenyu brings life to Aktha, another dragon rider hero. The show also features Go Morita as Shibata, a former hero turned convenience store worker; Rena Tanaka as Nagi’s enigmatic mother Hana; Masaki Miura as Taichi, Nagi’s father; Riko Narumi as Kanna Nijisaki, a public defender; and SUMIRE as the outcast researcher Saila.

Behind the Magic: The Creative Minds

Kentaro Hagiwara’s direction, combined with Takashi Otsuka’s animation expertise and the artistry of Posuka Demizu, makes “Dragons of Wonderhatch” a visual masterpiece. Production I.G, known for “Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045”, brings its signature flair to this series.

Catch the Magic Before the World

The latest trailer and 10 character posters offer a tantalizing preview of this extraordinary series. Be among the first to witness this blend of fantasy and reality, exclusively on Disney+ starting December 20.

This blend of live-action and anime is a trailblazer in visual storytelling, offering a rich narrative and stunning visuals. “Dragons of Wonderhatch” promises to be a must-watch for fans of both genres, setting a new standard in entertainment.

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 22:32:29 +0800 Philippine Times
The Ultimate Netflix Watchlist to Keep Everyone in the Family Entertained Lights, camera, family fun time!  Get ready for a special holiday extravaganza with Netflix that is bound to keep everyone in the family entertained. From animated adventures that will ignite the imaginations of the little ones, to hilarious comedies that will have everyone in stitches, and even nostalgic classics that will transport you through time, we’ve got it all! So gather ’round, grab your favorite snacks, and get ready for a cinematic journey filled with laughter, joy, and unforgettable bonding moments. It’s time to dim the lights, press play, and let the holiday magic unfold!

Here’s what to watch if your family is in the mood for… 


The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday
Premiering on November 30

The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday. (L to R) Ezekiel Ajeigbe as Shark, Chris Diamantopoulos as Snake, Mallory Low as Tarantula, Raul Ceballos as Piranha, and Michael Godere as Wolf in The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday. Cr. NETFLIX © 2023

Hold onto your fur and prepare to be whisked away on an extraordinary escapade that will ignite your imagination and set your spirit soaring! Join the charismatic Mr. Wolf and his band of intrepid animal adventurers on a mission to restore the city’s holiday spirit while keeping their annual holiday heist on track. This animated odyssey is an exquisite blend of heart-stopping excitement, mind-bending wonder, and pure, unadulterated magic, making it an absolute treat for everyone in the family. So gather around the screen and get ready to join the furry fun that will leave everyone begging for more!

My Little Pony: Make Your Mark: Chapter 6
Premiering on November 23

My Little Pony: Make Your Mark S6 (L to R) Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Zipp, Jenna Warren as Sunny, Rob Tinkler as Spark Spakeroni, JJ Gerber as Hitch in My Little Pony: Make Your Mark S6. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

Brace yourself for a breathtaking fusion of heart-pounding action, fantastical landscapes, and the indomitable spirit of adventure! Join forces with brave ponies and mighty dragons as they forge an unlikely alliance and push the boundaries of bravery. But this isn’t just a tale for the young; it’s an epic adventure that adults can enjoy alongside their little ones – delve into the depths of friendship, bravery, and the indomitable power of unity that resonates with the human spirit. This will be an experience that will ignite your imagination and remind you that heroism knows no age limit!


Premiering on November 21

Prepare for a wild and uproariously funny coming-of-age musical comedy, LEO, that will transport you back to the thrilling mayhem of elementary school’s final frontier. With Adam Sandler bringing Leo, the class pet, to life in scaly and sensational fashion, this riotous extravaganza will have you tapping your feet to infectious rhythms and catchy tunes while witnessing the magic of childhood through Leo’s triumphs and tribulations. From the youngest viewers to the young at heart, LEO will leave you with a smile that lingers long after the final curtain falls. 

Family Switch 
Premiering on November 30 

Family Switch – (L to R) Emma Myers as CC, Brady Noon as Wyatt, Jennifer Garner as Jess and Ed Helms as Bill in Family Switch. Cr. Colleen Hayes/Netflix © 2023.

Teleport your family into a whole new dimension of holiday hilarity that will have the whole family in stitches! From awkward encounters to hilarious mishaps, this multi-generational comedy extravaganza guarantees an out-of-this-world entertainment experience for everyone. Buckle up and join this zany family on a rollercoaster ride of belly laughs, heartfelt moments, and the ultimate quest to find the true meaning of Christmas amidst the chaos.


Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
Hatching on Netflix, December 15

After 23 long years, the greatest hen-semble of all time is back! Get ready for feathers, fun, and fowl play as Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget takes flight into the hearts of viewers of all ages. Join a determined group of chickens as they hatch a daring escape plan from their life on a farm – this animated masterpiece is a timeless tale that will have the whole family clucking with laughter and cheering for our fearless feathered friends. With witty dialogue, heartwarming characters, and egg-ceptional animation, this film is the perfect bridge between the young and old in the family with its clever humor and thrilling adventures. So gather the whole flock and settle in for a clucking good time, for some stories are just too good to be contained within one generation! 

Pokémon Concierge
Coming soon on Netflix

Calling all Pokémon trainers past and present! It’s time to gather your Poké Balls, don your team colors, and prepare for an electrifying journey that will transport you back to the golden age of Pokémon – this time with an expanded twist. Slip into the shoes of Haru, the spirited concierge at the renowned Pokémon Resort, and get ready to be reminded of the timeless magic of Pokémon. Brace yourself for a truly magical ride as you witness the unbreakable bond between trainers and their beloved Pokémon. It’s time to relive the triumph of catching ’em all!

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Thu, 30 Nov 2023 22:32:29 +0800 Philippine Times
Discover Hong Kong’s Cinematic Gems: Award&Winning Films on Lionsgate Play Hong Kong’s dynamic ambiance and diverse culture serve as the perfect setting for compelling narratives. In the heart of this bustling city, three exceptional films on Lionsgate Play bring these stories to life, each offering a unique glimpse into the human spirit. From navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to coping with personal loss, these award-winning films masterfully capture the essence of human connection.

Embark on a Journey of Emotion and Discovery

The Narrow Road” (2022) – A Tale of Resilience Amidst Adversity

Director Lam Sum’s Emotional Odyssey

2022’s “The Narrow Road,” directed by Lam Sum, immerses viewers in the turbulent times of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong. This heart-wrenching film stars Louis Cheung and Angela Yuen, portraying a struggling businessman and a tenacious single mother, respectively. Their initially tumultuous relationship evolves into a poignant testament to the transformative power of companionship during hardships.

Awards and Accolades

“The Narrow Road” has garnered critical acclaim, receiving nominations and wins at the 59th Golden Horse Awards and the 29th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, including Best Director and Best Actor.

Lost Love” (2022) – A Journey Through Grief and Healing

Exploring the Depths of Loss and Love

In “Lost Love,” viewers witness the heartrending story of a couple grappling with the loss of their child. Sammi Cheng and Alan Luk deliver powerful performances as they portray the journey of healing through foster parenthood. This moving narrative, directed by Ka Sing-Fung, earned Sammi Cheng Best Actress awards, showcasing the film’s profound impact.

The Sunny Side of the Street” (2022) – Unlikely Bonds in Unexpected Places

An Unforgettable Story of Redemption

Kok Rui Lau’s debut film, “Sunny Side of the Street,” features Anthony Wong as a troubled taxi driver whose life changes forever after a tragic accident. This film not only explores the themes of guilt and redemption but also sheds light on the plight of refugees in Hong Kong. Its critical success is marked by numerous awards at the 41st Hong Kong Film Awards and the 59th Golden Horse Awards.

Experience the Emotional Power of Hong Kong Cinema

These films, available on Lionsgate Play, are not just cinematic experiences; they are journeys into the heart of human emotions, set against the vibrant backdrop of Hong Kong. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in these extraordinary stories of love, loss, and the enduring strength of human connections.

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 22:32:29 +0800 Philippine Times
The World Needs More Santas Coca-Cola unveils its eagerly anticipated festive campaign and acts of kindness that are on the top of Santa’s Christmas list. Since it’s not Christmas until you see a Coca-Cola Christmas ad, the online film launched last November 6, 2023, marked the start of the holiday season.

With this year’s Christmas campaign ‘The World Needs More Santas’, Coca-Cola celebrates the spirit of Santa Claus in all of us. The iconicity of Santa Claus serves as a symbol of kindness, generosity, and goodwill, whether it’s helping a neighbor, sharing the last Coca-Cola, or lending a hand to a stranger in need.

To start the season of giving, Coca-Cola is back with one of the most cherished and iconic ways to herald the holiday season that ‘only Coca-Cola can do’ – and that is with the roadshow of its iconic Christmas Caravan/Truck Tour. Nothing says Christmas like seeing the Coca-Cola Caravan/Truck up close and personal with the opportunity to get a selfie with your loved ones. The legendary Coca-Cola Christmas Caravan marks the start of the Christmas season; and for this year, a celebration of everyone’s ‘inner Santa’; a core theme of the highly anticipated holiday campaign that heroes the spirit of kindness and generosity this Christmas.

The iconic Christmas Caravan will start its roadshow at this year’s Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Parade happening on November 25, where activities and lots of surprises await those passing by. It will be stationed at 5th Avenue until November 26 to deliver joyful surprises and gifts to people. Afterward, the Coca-Cola Christmas Caravan will go around regional destinations all throughout December to spread even more Christmas spirit to more Filipinos. Watch out as a whole lechon might even be part of the mysterious gifts given to those along the truck’s routes!

For almost three decades, since it first lit up the small screen in a TV commercial in the mid-’90s, the Coca-Cola Christmas Caravan/Truck has been a powerful, tangible icon of the holiday season across the globe. The brand hopes that its continued presence this 2023 will inspire and encourage the coming together of friends and families over a Coca-Cola, whilst enjoying lots of festive fun.

With the theme of this year’s campaign focused on evoking Christmas kindness, Coca-Cola Philippines is donating PhP 500,000 to a chosen charity/community this Christmas. They will also join Filipino YouTuber, Adam Alejo, as he goes around the Philippines to collect his own donation target of PhP 50,000 for his chosen community. At the end of his trip, he will be joined by fellow YouTuber, chef Ninong Ry, as they both prepare a small fiesta for the community—bringing people together to soak up the Christmas spirit through delicious food.

Adrian Manlapig, Marketing Manager for Coca-Cola Trademark, Coca-Cola Philippines said, “The Coca-Cola Christmas Caravan has become a beloved tradition bringing families and local communities together to experience the magic of the Christmas season. At Coca-Cola, we believe that the magic of Christmas lies in the spirit of giving, and there’s no better symbol of generosity and kindness than Santa Claus himself. This holiday season, we’re inviting Filipinos to embrace the true essence of Christmas by being your own Santa for your family and friends, spreading joy and happiness through simple acts of kindness.” The World Needs More Santas and Coca-Cola hopes that this season, you can become one, too. Learn how you can be part of the magical Christmas celebration by following us on our official Coca-Cola Philippines channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 22:32:29 +0800 Philippine Times
Cetaphil Ultra Protect Scores a Goal in Fitness with Thrilling Football Match Cetaphil Ultra Protect successfully concluded its second year of the Level Up Series with a heart-pounding football match between Luntian Football Club and Underground Football Club at Club United. The electrifying game showcased the dedication and resilience of both teams, providing a thrilling spectacle for fans in attendance.

In a hard-fought battle on the pitch, Luntian FC and Underground FC went head-to-head, scoring equal before the break. The second half saw Luntian FC pulling ahead with three impressive goals, but Underground FC mounted a fierce comeback, scoring two goals before the final whistle. In the end, Luntian emerged victorious, highlighting the spirit of competition and sportsmanship.

The football match served as a prime example of how Cetaphil empowers athletes and fitness enthusiasts to prioritize skin health. Cetaphil Ultra Protect, the featured product of the Level Up Series, is an antimicrobial cleansing bar that goes beyond cleanliness. It kills 99.9% of germs while providing optimal hydration and intense moisturization through its innovative 3D Derma Mimic Technology, which helps protect the skin barrier and ideal for frequent use.

Level Up with Cetaphil

The Level Up Series, created by Cetaphil, advocates the importance of holistic self-care, emphasizing healthy skin as a crucial aspect of overall well-being. The event celebrated the idea that your skin is your first line of defense against germs, underscoring the necessity of keeping your skin as fit as your body.

The Level Up Series unfolded with various fitness events, starting with a dynamic session at Manila Padel Club, where fitness enthusiasts sweated and strength-trained under the sun. Despite the heat, Cetaphil Ultra Protect provided essential protection for the skin, enhancing the workout experience for all attendees.

Subsequent events included a combination of training and rowing at Saddle Row, an invigorating boxing workout at Ultraboxx, and a calming yet intense workout at Ultra Lagree, featuring the use of mega-former machines. The series concluded with a challenging workout at Bare Manila, encompassing everything from treadmill running to weightlifting. Guests, fully immersed in their fitness journey, enjoyed cleansing and revitalizing their skin with Cetaphil Ultra Protect.

The Level Up Series served as a reminder that Cetaphil Ultra Protect is the ideal choice for those seeking comprehensive germ protection and intense yet gentle skin hydration. As the 2023 Level Up Series comes to a close, Cetaphil reinforces its commitment to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, encouraging individuals to prioritize both their physical fitness and the well-being of their skin.

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 22:32:29 +0800 Philippine Times
There’s More of Italianni’s to Love with Latest Menu Launch and New Branches There’s really more of Italianni’s to love by partaking of this new selection of salads, starters and mains.

Tease your taste buds with Mushroom Arancini (risotto balls mixed with mushroom and cheese and served with garlic and truffle sauce) and light, refreshing salads such as Shrimp and Pomelo ( lettuce,  arugula, pomelo, shrimps and walnuts tossed  in a honey balsamic vinegar, topped with parmesan cheese);  Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta (watermelon, cucumber, arugula, olives, onion, basil tossed in Italian vinaigrette with feta cheese and roasted pecan nuts).

A new pizza flavor worth trying is the Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pizza filled with spinach, artichoke, alfredo cream  sauce with mozzarella and parmesan and topped with sundried tomatoes. Your choice of thick or thin.

There are also new meat and seafood entrees: Slow-Braised Oxtail (cooked in aromatics, red wine reduction, served with rice pilaf and crispy fried onion); Grilled 1 lb. Bone-in Pork Chop (perfectly seared chop sauteed in Italian sausage and mixed veggies) and Pan-Fried Halibut with Clams (seared halibut fillet, sauteed in white wine and butter, served with clams and potatoes).

Complete your dining and wining visit to Italianni’s by having a sip or two their new mocktails: Hibiscus  Limonata, Basil Cucumber Bliss, Elderflower Fizz,  Citrus Mint Cooler and Rosy Sip.

All these new food and drinks are available at the restaurant chain’s  28 branches nationwide, including the newly-opened stores at SM BF, SM Bacolod and Sta Rosa, Laguna. Opening soon are  Italianni’s  Circuit Mall Makati  City and Arcovia, Pasig City.

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Thu, 30 Nov 2023 22:32:29 +0800 Philippine Times
The iconic PLDT ad ‘Suportahan Ta Ka’ gets a real&life sequel Open and loving communication has always been the message of PLDT.  Remember the iconic tagline “Suportahan Ta Ka” from the 2000s TV ad? It’s making a comeback on PLDT’s 95th anniversary campaign.

From the Suportahan Ta Ka TV ad produced by Ace Saatchi & Saatchi, actor and model Christian Vasquez played a young medical student who asked for his dad’s permission if he could shift his degree to Fine Arts. As he confessed his plans, his doctor dad said, “Kung saan ka masaya ti, suportahan ta ka [Whatever makes you happy, I’ll support you!].” This one line immediately became a hit in the 2000s.

Twenty-two years since the TV commercial was launched, Christian Vasquez comes back with a true-to-life story that makes a heartwarming sequel for the iconic ad. Christian, now with two children, faces the same circumstances with his eldest son. On PLDT’s 95th anniversary video, Christian shares his own personal story.

The video tells the story of Christian’s real son, Jason (who also stars in the video), who’s due to take the engineering board exam soon and is at the same time working in an IT 

company. In the video, Jason is shown stressed and tired while reviewing for his board exam. In an online video call, Jason works up the courage to tell his dad Christian about his plan not to take the board exams and wishes to stay in his IT job.

Christian expresses his disbelief and tries to encourage Jason to take the exam as it will open more opportunities for him being an engineer. Just as he’s about to tell his son off, he suddenly remembers the lesson he learned from his own story from 22 years ago — that he must also show support for his son’s dreams.

At the end of the video, Christian emphatically tells his son that he supports his decision. From his dad’s “Suportahan ta ka,” Christian lets out the line “Palangga Ta Ka,” (which means “I love you”) highlighting his unconditional love and support for his son.

Parents may not always agree with their children’s decisions, but in the end, love and meaningful communication conquer doubt. In the video campaign, PLDT highlights its message of enabling meaningful connection through every generation.  From grandparents to parents and their own children, PLDT enables people to make meaningful connections even when they are far apart. Or even when the family may not agree with your decisions — love prevails. 

On its 95th anniversary celebration, PLDT reminds families of this powerful message and the importance of love, respect, and kindness in connecting with each other. 

Watch PLDT’s 95th anniversary video on Facebook and YouTube.

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 22:32:29 +0800 Philippine Times
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With the season of giving upon us, it’s time to treat ourselves and celebrate loved ones by getting the best prices on items you’ve been eyeing all year, from beauty to fashion, and more. Lazada’s brand ambassadors, some of the country’s top celebrities, are already letting us in on what wish list items they’ll be checking out during Lazada’s biggest sale of the year:

LazBeauty ambassador Gabbi Garcia shares that gifting is her love language, and for this 11.11 she says, “I’m excited to share my own personal faves not just with my loved ones, but to all the young Filipinos looking for advice on what products to add to their routines.” Gabbi’s wish list includes her beauty must-haves such as Pantene Shampoo and ConditionerPOND’s Age Miracle, Sunnies Multistick and Eyecrayon, and Strokes Beauty’s Face Sculpt and Mousse Melt.

Pia Wurtzbach, LazAffiliates ambassador, eyes lifestyle items that she herself uses athome. Some of Pia’s greatest finds include a foldable shoe boxscented candles, her Dyson wireless hair straightener, automatic wine openerNew Balance 530, and a cat scratching board for her “newfound love,” Lucas. “Aside from browsing for home inspo and finding items that will work in her space, I’m glad that most of the pieces I need and actually use are on Lazada,” says Pia. This 11.11, Pia is excited to gift her cousin, Charity. “She has been so hardworking and I want to give her everything on my wish list, but most especially the cat toys!”

Andrea Brillantes bannered her own makeup line to check out and gift to her loved ones this 11.11 as she shares, “my go-to lippie buy is my dewy lip stain in Chance sa Lucky Beauty kasi very natural lang siya. Parang my lips but better shade kasi siya.”

Lazada’s Choice ambassador, Sarah Geronimo also expressed her excitement about checking out her wish list this 11.11. “All your daily needs are there [Lazada] nandun po from lifestyle to beauty to pet needs!” On gifting, Sarah shares, “Masarap sa feeling yung nagpaparamdam mo sa mga mahal mo sa buhay sa mga friends mo sa family mo na they’re important, nabibigyan mo sila ng regalo na kahit na hindi mahal pero very useful para sa kanila!”

Anne Curtis, Lazada brand ambassador, adds to cart for her daughter, Dahlia, and husband, Erwan: “When it comes to my cart, lahat ng andoon is talagang for Dahlia. I got a new princess dress, which I’m so excited to give her. For Erwan’s bar at home, ang hinahanap ko naman sa kanya yung mga unique pieces like cups, mixing spoons.” 

Alden Richards is checking off his wish list for his lolo and lola, whom he grew up with: “Number one is a new tablet for my grandfather, gadgets that keep him busy and keep his mind working kahit he’s 87 na. For my Lola, an automatic wheelchair na madaling i-operate. Alam niyo, all the things that you want to find na akala niyo wala? Try niyo lang Lazada, nandun lahat.”

Kathryn Bernardo shares that her wish list will be dedicated to three important women in her life: “For my mom, tableware, placemats, plates, since mahilig kami kumain. For my niece, Lexine, I’d give stationery, notebooks, pens or pencils, to motivate her to study. Lastly, I would like to give something to my manager, Tita Lulu, kasi siya yung second mom ko na nag-aalaga sakin on and off cam. Maybe a blow dryer, curling iron, air wrap – anything na pwedeng madaling gamitin for her hair.”

This season, get your wish list and gifting inspiration from your favorite stars and make the most of 11.11 by shopping Lazada’s Biggest Sale of the Year starting November 11 until November 13. Mark your calendars, set your alarms, and make sure you don’t miss out on the incredible deals and celebrity-inspired gift ideas. This is your best chance to grab the deals you’ve been dreaming of all year – with up to P1,000 off LazBonus vouchers and 100% free shipping. Ready to make your wish list come true? Add to cart now!

About Lazada

Lazada Group is Southeast Asia’s pioneer eCommerce platform. For the last 11 years, Lazada has been accelerating progress in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam through commerce and technology. Today, a thriving local ecosystem links about 160 million active users to more than one million actively-selling sellers every month, who are transacting safely and securely via trusted payment channels and LazadaWallet, receiving parcels through a homegrown logistics network that has become the largest in the region. With a vision to achieve USD 100 billion annual GMV, Lazada aims to serve 300 million shoppers by 2030, and be the best at enabling brands and sellers in digitizing their businesses. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:22 +0800 Philippine Times
New Movies This Week: ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s, ‘Freelance,’ and more! Welcome back to your weekly dose of cinematic excitement! This week, we’ve got a diverse lineup featuring thrills, chills, and animated wonder. From the spine-tingling mysteries of Five Nights at Freddy’s, the action-packed laughter of Freelance to the dark harmonies of The Piper and the heart-stirring animated tale of The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes, your cinematic journey begins here. Grab your popcorn and let’s explore what’s coming to theaters near you!

Here’s a sneak peek at the films you can catch:


2023 R-13 1 hr 49 mins

Looking for a job? Mike was too, and he stumbled upon a rather unusual one. He’s the newest night security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria, an abandoned theme restaurant that’s more eerie than entertaining. As Mike settles into his role, he soon realizes that things at Freddy’s are far from ordinary. The once-happy mascots of this place have taken on a sinister aura, and there’s a lingering mystery waiting to be unveiled. Get ready for a pulse-pounding night in a world where nothing is what it seems.


2023 PG 1 hr 49 mins

Get ready for action and laughter in “Freelance.” An ex-special forces operative, stuck in a dead-end desk job, reluctantly takes on a gig to provide private security for a washed-up journalist as she interviews a ruthless—but impeccably dressed—dictator. When a military coup breaks out just as she’s about to get the scoop of a lifetime, the unlikely trio must figure out how to survive the jungle, the assassins, and each other to make it out alive.


2023 PG 1 hr 35 mins

Music has a powerful influence, and for a young composer, it can be both beautiful and deadly. When tasked with completing her late mentor’s concerto, she stumbles upon an ominous secret. The composition she’s working on has an evil past, and playing it invokes something malevolent. As she delves deeper into the mystery behind the piece, she discovers that it’s linked to the terrifying force of the Pied Piper. Brace yourself for a spine-tingling symphony as she unravels the dark origins of the melody and the horrors it conceals.


2023 PG 1 hr 23 mins

Urashima Tunnel, a mysterious passage where your deepest desires can be fulfilled, but it comes at a cost. Kaoru Tohno and Anzu Hanashiro have their reasons to explore this enigmatic tunnel. Kaoru carries scars from a tumultuous past, while Anzu wrestles with her self-image. Their paths converge as they embark on a journey through the Urashima Tunnel, seeking to fulfill their heart’s desires. This is a story of an unforgettable summer, a journey filled with nostalgia, and a sprint through a remote countryside, where dreams and realities intertwine in a tapestry of emotions.


Meanwhile, don’t forget to catch up on some of the movies that are still captivating audiences in theaters. Here’s a list of fan favorites that are still showing in cinemas:


2023 R-13 3 hrs 25 mins


2023 PG 1 hr 42 mins


2023 R-13 1 hr 23 mins

That’s a wrap for this week’s new movie releases. Time to buy your tickets, grab that bucket of popcorn (or hide behind it) and quench your thirst for thrill and horror. From nerve-wracking mysteries to heart-stirring animated tales, this week’s cinematic offerings are sure to leave an impression. As always, we recommend booking your tickets in advance to avoid missing out on these must-see releases. Stay tuned for next week’s movie updates, and happy watching!

Five Nights at Freddy’s

Horror, Mystery


Action, Comedy

The Piper


The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes

Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:22 +0800 Philippine Times
City Hunter’s Original Cast Members Back in Action With Surprise Guests in Anime Film “City Hunter the Movie: Angel Dust” The original cast members of City Hunter reunite for the highly anticipated theatrical release of City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust. The gang’s back together as Kaori Makimura (Kazue Ikura) joins Ryo Saeba (Akira Kamiya), who will be facing his dark past and taking on new foes enhanced by the mysterious technology, Angel Dust.

Ryo Saeba is a “sweeper” or a private detective taking on a new type of adversary, with roots from his tragic past. Kaori, the sister of his late partner, accompanies him on this adventure.

Also featuring characters voiced by their original actors like the sweeper Miki (Mami Koyama, also lends her voice as Kei from Akira), and Umibozu (Tessho Genda, who has been the Japanese voice for Optimus Prime and Batman), a duo who also owns the Cat’s Eye café while the three Kisugi sisters will also make an appearance in the film.  Kenyū Horiuchi plays Shin Kaibara, leader of the drug syndicate Union Teope, who also raised Ryo from orphanhood and trained him to be a warrior.

City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust introduces a new mysterious character Angie (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro), a video creator who lost her cat while touring the city.  This led her to seek the services of Ryo and Kaori, but unknown to the duo, Angie intentionally sought them for another reason. Ryo excitedly chases Angie upon meeting her while Kaori tries to stop him to be able to focus on finding the missing cat.  Meanwhile, Angie tries to stop a group of mercenaries who poses a threat to her life and Ryo. 

City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust is a non-stop hyper-action anime film that will delight fans and retro anime enthusiasts alike that includes several surprise guest cameos from other highly-popular franchises.

From Encore Films distributed by Warner Bros., City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust will open exclusively at SM Cinemas on November 8.

Follow Encore Films Ph (Facebook) for more updates.  Get your tickets at SM Cinema / City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust .

City Hunter the Movie: Angel Dust

Action, Animation, Comedy
Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:22 +0800 Philippine Times
Liza Soberano Sparks Life in ‘Lisa Frankenstein’: Trailer Teases Comic Twists Universal Pictures Stitches Together Romance and Horror in ‘Lisa Frankenstein’

Hold onto your hearts, folks, because the ‘Lisa Frankenstein’ trailer has dropped, and it’s every bit as kooky and heart-stopping as you’d hope! And guess what? Our very own Liza Soberano is sharing the screen with Hollywood’s bright new talents, delivering laughs that’ll make you die… from laughter, that is!

Liza Soberano: From Local Charm to Global Chic

Ahh, the power of a scene-stealer! Liza Soberano’s moment in the Lisa Frankenstein trailer has us buzzing with excitement. She’s joining forces with the charismatic Kathryn Newton and the ever-brooding Cole Sprouse in a tale that promises to be as electric as it is eccentric.

A Story Stitched with Humor and Horror

Imagine this: a misunderstood teen, her crush who’s more dead than alive, and a quest for love that’s literally disarming. Written by the whip-smart Diablo Cody and directed by the visionary Zelda Williams, ‘Lisa Frankenstein’ is shaping up to be the offbeat romantic comedy we’ve all been dying to see.

A Ghoulishly Delightful Pre-Valentine Date

Who needs chocolates and roses when you can have monsters and mayhem? Mark your calendars for February 7 because ‘Lisa Frankenstein’ is gearing up to be the ultimate pre-Valentine’s day outing.

Lights, Camera, Laughter!

In Lisa Frankenstein, Universal Pictures whisks us away to a world where the trials and tribulations of high school meet the macabre mischief of monster lore. And with Liza Soberano adding her unique flair to the mix, this film is set to be a wild ride from start to finish.

Join the Conversation

Eager for more updates? Get your fingers tapping and follow Universal Pictures Ph on Facebook. Whether you’re in it for the thrills, the chills, or just for Liza, Lisa Frankenstein is the date you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned, and stay animated – this is one cinematic creation that’s alive with promise! #LisaFrankenstein

Lisa Frankenstein

Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:22 +0800 Philippine Times
Eli Roth Unveils ‘Thanksgiving’: A New Slasher Tradition Begins The Making of a New Horror Staple: ‘Thanksgiving

Eli Roth, the maestro of macabre, takes a stab at turning a faux-trailer into a full-fledged slasher hit with Thanksgiving. Here’s how a holiday-themed murder spree went from a Grindhouse gag to a gruesome cinema centerpiece.

From Fake Trailer to Frightening Feature

Back in the halcyon days of 2006, Roth was roped into Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s cinematic escapade, ‘Grindhouse,’ with a task that set his sinister synapses firing. He was to concoct a bogus trailer that captured the essence of grindhouse gore. Little did he know, this would plant the seeds for a feature film years later.

A Feast of Frights

Roth reminisces about the halcyon days of slasher flicks that fueled his and co-writer Jeff Rendell’s formative years. Every holiday from Christmas to New Year’s had its horror homage, yet Thanksgiving had oddly been spared—until Roth’s creative cravings said otherwise.

Crafting Carnage

The trailer that once wowed ‘Grindhouse’ audiences was a mere montage of mayhem without a narrative. However, Roth’s resolve, fueled by fan fervor, didn’t wane. He and Rendell churned their creative cauldron, reverse-engineering a rich, riveting tale from the trailer’s visceral vignettes.

The Lore of ‘Thanksgiving

Roth spins a yarn about the mythical 1980 version of ‘Thanksgiving,’ so scandalous that it was allegedly obliterated from existence, save for that notorious trailer. The present project? A rebirth of that lost ‘classic,’ reimagined for today’s horror hounds.

Persistence and Fan Power

A testament to the tenacity of terror enthusiasts, Roth attributes the rekindling of ‘Thanksgiving’s’ flame to online communities that yearned for the trailer’s concept to morph into a movie. And with breakthroughs in story development, Roth’s vision finally took shape.

Unleashing ‘Thanksgiving

This November 22, a new slasher saga slashes through the silver screen. Starring Patrick Dempsey, ‘Thanksgiving’ promises to carve a permanent place in the pantheon of holiday horror.

About ‘Thanksgiving

In the town where Thanksgiving’s roots run deep, a Black Friday fiasco ignites a series of sinister slayings. A masked maniac turns Plymouth into his personal hunting ground, weaving a web of vengeance that hints at a more malevolent motive. Can the townsfolk halt this harvester of horror before they’re served up as the main course?

Roll Call of Terror

Directed by Eli Roth and Jeff Rendell, this ghastly gathering stars Patrick Dempsey, Addison Rae, and a crew capable of bringing your darkest nightmares to life. Be ready to reserve your seat at the table for ‘Thanksgiving’—a holiday horror that’s bound to leave a mark.

So mark your calendars, and perhaps reconsider that second helping of pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving isn’t just a movie—it’s an experience, a tradition in the making. And remember, in the world of Eli Roth, gratitude is great, but survival? That’s everything. #ThanksgivingMovie


Horror, Thriller
Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:22 +0800 Philippine Times
Park Hyung&Sik to Light Up Manila with ‘SIKcret Time’ Fan Conference in 2024 South Korean heartthrob, Park Hyung-Sik, is all set to light up Manila with a sensational fan conference in 2024. His management agency, P&Studio, recently announced this exciting event that’s already creating a buzz among fans in the Philippines.

A Night to Remember: ‘SIKcret Time’ Fan Conference

Mark your calendars for February 17, 2024, because that’s when ‘SIKcret Time’ is happening. This fan conference, organized by MQLive in partnership with TONZ Entertainment, promises to be a memorable evening for K-drama enthusiasts. The venue? The illustrious Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Park Hyung-Sik’s Anticipation

“I am looking forward to meeting my Filipino fans. I cannot wait to see them again,” the actor said through a press statement. “I am happy to be getting this chance through this Asian Tour. I will make sure to give a memorable SIKcret experience for Philippine fans to remember.”

A Glance into Park Hyung-Sik’s Career

Park Hyung-Sik began his acting journey in 2011 and has since become a prominent figure in K-drama. He’s graced our screens in various series, including ‘The Heirs’ (2013), ‘High Society’ (2015), ‘Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth’ (2016), ‘Strong Girl Bong-soon’ (2017), ‘Suits’ (2018), ‘Happiness’ (2021), and ‘Our Blooming Youth’ (2023).

In 2022, fans had the pleasure of watching him in the HYBE reality show ‘In The Soop: Friendcation.’ This adventure featured not only Park Hyung-Sik but also other notable personalities like Park Seo-joon, Choi Woo-shik, Peakboy, and V of BTS as they embarked on an exciting four-day vacation trip.

More recently, fans were thrilled when Park Hyung-Sik made a cameo appearance in ‘Strong Girl Nam-soon’ (2023), reprising his role as An Min-Hyuk alongside co-star Park Bo-young.

What’s Next?

The excitement doesn’t end there. Park Hyung-Sik is gearing up to play the lead role opposite Park Shin-hye on JTBC’s ‘Doctor Slump.’ He will portray Yeo Jeong-woo, a star plastic surgeon who faces the most challenging slump of his career.

Details about seating plans and fan premiums are coming your way soon. Ticket prices and selling dates will be announced through TicketNet. Keep an eye out for updates to secure your spot at this unforgettable fan conference.

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Get ready for an evening of K-drama magic, memorable moments, and maybe even a surprise or two. Park Hyung-Sik’s ‘SIKcret Time’ in Manila is sure to be a night to remember!

Smart Araneta Coliseum

Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:22 +0800 Philippine Times
Kiana Ledé Grudges The World Tour Singer, songwriter, and actress Kiana Ledé is set to captivate audiences in Manila with Grudges. The World Tour.  The fifth installment of the Insignia Concert Series promises an unforgettable evening of music and entertainment. The highly anticipated Philippines debut will take place at Samsung Hall in SM Aura on Wednesday December 6, 2023, showcasing Kiana Ledé’s unparalleled talent and captivating stage presence. 

As a rising star in the global music scene, Kiana Ledé has carved a distinctive niche for herself with her soulful voice, relatable lyrics, and unique sound. Her debut concert in Manila will be a showcase of her remarkable repertoire, featuring chart-topping hits and fan-favorite songs including “EX,” “Wicked Games,” and “Jealous” that have solidified her position as a musical force to be reckoned with. 

The Insignia Concert Series, recognized for its dedication to curating a concert series line-up of outstanding talent gives fans a distinct chance to discover emerging artists while going on an intimate musical journey. This concert series aims to contribute consistent concerts and entertainment options to the lively landscape of Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, enhancing the cultural fabric of the local community.

Ticket prices to Kiana Ledé’s Grudges: The World Tour concert start at PHP 3,800 for early bird and PHP 4,800 for regular tickets. Tickets will go on sale on Friday October 13 at 10AM via or at any SM Tickets outlets nationwide. 

For more information about the Insignia Concert Series and updates on the event, please visit or follow us on social media @InsigniaPresents

Samsung Hall

Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:22 +0800 Philippine Times
Ryan Gosling & Emily Blunt’s On&Screen Reunion in “The Fall Guy” Lights, Camera, Action! Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt Tackle Stunts in The Fall Guy

Hollywood’s glitz often overshadows the gritty, heart-thumping world of stunt performance—until now. “The Fall Guy,” featuring the dynamic duo of Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, is ready to catapult audiences into the adrenaline-pumping reality of movie magic’s unsung warriors.

Behind the Scenes Becomes Center Stage

Director David Leitch, the mastermind behind hits like “Deadpool 2” and “Atomic Blonde,” shifts the spotlight onto the action artisans in this homage to Hollywood’s daredevils. In a fusion of humor and heart-pounding stunts, Leitch crafts a narrative that’s both a nod to the ’80s hit show and a contemporary tale of on-screen and off-screen antics.

Plot Twist: From Reel to Real Action

Gosling’s character, Colt, embodies the quintessential Hollywood stuntman, dedicating his career to elevating star Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) to blockbuster glory. Yet, when Ryder vanishes, Colt’s cinematic chops are put to the ultimate test. Enter Emily Blunt as Jody Moreno, the director with a vision and Colt’s former flame. The real action begins as Colt leaps from on-set stunts to an off-screen mission, rekindling old sparks amidst the mayhem.

Gosling and Blunt: A Duo to Watch

This isn’t just about the thrills. Gosling and Blunt reignite their on-screen chemistry, proving that amidst the backlot chaos, romance can still steal the show. As Colt and Jody navigate the perilous journey to find Tom, their past adds depth to every chase, every leap, every narrow escape.

A Director with True Grit

Leitch’s unique expertise as a former stunt performer brings authenticity to every frame. With an impressive résumé featuring “Fight Club,” “Daredevil,” and the “Matrix” series, Leitch is no stranger to crafting breathtaking cinema. His insight into the world of stunts ensures that “The Fall Guy” is as much an ode to the craft as it is a cinematic spectacle.

Ryan Gosling’s Stunt Stand

At CinemaCon, Gosling shared insights into the movie’s core message: “In most films, the actors get all the credit, but the stunt performers do all the work, and that ends today”.

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Don’t miss the explosive tandem of Gosling and Blunt in The Fall Guy, crashing into Philippine cinemas on February 28, 2024. Keep up with all the backflips and plot twists by following Universal Pictures Ph on their Facebook page.

Remember, when the lights dim in the theater come 2024, it’s not just a movie you’ll be watching—it’s a high-flying tribute to the shadows of cinema who make superheroes out of actors. And who better to lead the charge than Hollywood’s own Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt? Get ready to be wowed!

The Fall Guy

Action, Comedy, Thriller
Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:22 +0800 Philippine Times
Unlock Your Subtle Asian Auntie Vibes with Love, Bonito’s 11.11 Sale Bid complicated math equations goodbye and embrace your inner auntie this 11.11 Singles Day Sale. Your long-awaited favorites in Love, Bonitos Casual Wear, Fall/Winter, Workwear, and Wedding & Party styles are up for grabs at mind-blowing discounts of up to 70% off. Your Asian parents will be beaming with pride at these deals.

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Love, Bonito’s 11.11 Singles Day Sale is live now at For more exciting updates, follow @lovebonitoph on Instagram. Don’t miss out on these incredible deals that are sure to unleash your inner Subtle Asian Auntie!

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Love, Bonito

Clothing – Women | Clothing / Fashion
Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:22 +0800 Philippine Times
Action&packed anime “City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust” opens Nov. 8 The final chapter begins in the long-awaited theatrical release of City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust with the film’s main protagonist Ryo Saeba, a highly-skilled gunman and most-sought “sweeper” working tirelessly to get rid of crimes in the city of Tokyo. 

A non-stop hyper-action anime film, City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust is based on the latest manga finale where Ryo faces his dark past and stops a new breed of enemies designed to become super soldiers injected with nanomachines known as Angel Dust.

Celebrating the anime series’ 35th anniversary, City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust is the newest theatrical anime film produced by Aniplex and animated by Sunrise. Ryo Saeba, aka City Hunter, will do anything from being a bodyguard to contract killing but will only take the job if a pretty woman is involved. Together with Kaori Makimura, the younger sister of his late best friend Hideyuki, Ryo fights the evil haunting the shadows of the city. 

The film follows Ryo and Kaori taking on a new client named Angie who seemed to have lost her cat while touring the city. Constantly attracted to beautiful women, Kaori strictly watches over Ryo’s advanced moves towards Angie to help him focus on the mission. Meanwhile, Saeko Nogami of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, with the help of Umibozu and Miki, investigates an invention of a new technology designed to create soldiers with unparalleled strength and skills.  The same dark technology is the latest version of the Angel Dust that caused the death of Ryo’s partner.

The movie landed #1 in Japan’s box-office when it opened and has so far earned more than US$6million in domestic alone. Anime and movie fans can look forward to a non-stop action movie and will be delightfully surprised with cameos from their favorite anime characters. 

From Encore Films distributed by Warner Bros., City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust opens soon exclusively at SM Cinemas on November 8.

Follow Encore Films Ph (Facebook) for more updates.

City Hunter the Movie: Angel Dust

Action, Animation, Comedy
Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:22 +0800 Philippine Times
AniLag Feast at Café Ilang&Ilang: Savoring Laguna’s Heritage Cuisine in The Manila Hotel Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:02 +0800 Philippine Times Terreno South Presents Flavor Caravan: Hop on a Gastronomic Adventure in Lipa City Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:02 +0800 Philippine Times National Geographic & Nat Geo Wild June 2023 Watchlist: Explore the Mysteries of Titanic, Global Cuisine & More! Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:02 +0800 Philippine Times TGIFridays’ Revives Beloved Classic Triple Treat: Mushroom Chicken & Mushroom, Tostada Nachos, and Fridays Mushroom Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:02 +0800 Philippine Times Prepare to launch. “The Moon”, starring Sul Kyung&gu and EXO’s Doh Kyung&soo, opens in PH cinemas Aug 16 Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:02 +0800 Philippine Times Korean cautionary crime thriller film “Target” opens in PH cinemas October 18 Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:02 +0800 Philippine Times ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ Shatters Records, Dominates PH Box Office with P205.6&M Opening Weekend Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:02 +0800 Philippine Times Unlocking the Essence of ‘Keys to the Heart’: A Roundtable Revelation Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:02 +0800 Philippine Times Korean super powered drama “Moving” becomes most viewed Series Finale ever on Disney+ across APAC Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:28:02 +0800 Philippine Times ‘Right makes might’: Remembering ADR and embracing the rules&based international order Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:27:43 +0800 Philippine Times Gov’t fully awards new T&bonds Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:27:43 +0800 Philippine Times Arts&Culture (07/12/23) Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:27:43 +0800 Philippine Times The imperatives of sustainable buildings and infrastructure in the Philippines Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:27:43 +0800 Philippine Times Philippines still projected to post fastest growth among ASEAN+3 Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:27:43 +0800 Philippine Times Philippines’ top five IT&BPM workplaces named Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:27:43 +0800 Philippine Times Madonna’s North American concerts postponed as singer recovers Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:27:43 +0800 Philippine Times SEC plans email filings to cut use of paper, energy Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:27:43 +0800 Philippine Times Art&infused afternoon tea celebrates travel and leisure Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:27:43 +0800 Philippine Times AboitizPower subsidiary APX ties up with UGEP for solar projects Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:27:43 +0800 Philippine Times Marvel Studios Unleashes Sneak Peeks of “The Marvels” – Advance Tickets On Sale Now! Calling All Fans: Brace yourselves as Marvel Studios serves up a thrilling treat. They’ve released exciting new sneak peeks of the much-anticipated The Marvels. Plus, to double the excitement, brand-new posters have landed. But that’s not all; tickets for the epic adventure are now on sale!

Grab Your Tickets: The wait is over! You can now secure your spot for The Marvels. Head to your nearest ticket outlet or hop online to make sure you don’t miss out on this cinematic spectacle.

Unveiling “The Marvels

Carol Danvers Returns: In The Marvels, the indomitable Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel, is back with a vengeance. She’s reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and settled the score with the Supreme Intelligence.

A Universe in Turmoil: But her heroic actions come with unexpected consequences. The universe now teeters on the edge of instability, and it’s up to Carol to set things right. Her journey takes her through a mysterious wormhole, connected to a Kree revolutionary.

Ms. Marvel Emerges: In this cosmic adventure, we’re introduced to Kamala Khan, the Jersey City super-fan who’s destined to become Ms. Marvel. Her journey becomes entangled with Carol’s, and together, they hold the fate of the universe in their hands.

Meet Captain Monica Rambeau: But that’s not all. There’s another addition to this extraordinary trio – Captain Monica Rambeau, who’s now an astronaut with S.A.B.E.R. She’s the estranged niece of Carol, and her role in this adventure is nothing short of pivotal.

A Uniquely United Team: These three unlikely allies must band together and learn to harness their powers in perfect harmony. The fate of the universe rests on their shoulders, and they’ll stop at nothing to save it.

Meet the Stellar Cast

The Leading Trio: Brie Larson is back as Carol Danvers, while Teyonah Parris takes on the role of Monica Rambeau. Iman Vellani steps into the shoes of Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel.

A Star-Studded Lineup: The film boasts an ensemble cast that includes Zawe Ashton, Gary Lewis, Seo-Jun Park, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, and the legendary Samuel L. Jackson.

Behind the Camera Magic: Nia DaCosta sits in the director’s chair, with Kevin Feige leading the charge as producer. The team is rounded out by executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Mary Livanos, and Matthew Jenkins. The screenplay is a collaborative effort by Nia DaCosta, Megan McDonnell, and Elissa Karasik.

Save the Date

Get ready for a cosmic adventure like no other. The Marvels is set to dazzle Philippine cinemas on November 8.

Excitement is building, and the Marvel universe is buzzing. Share your thoughts, speculations, and excitement online using the hashtag #TheMarvels. It’s time to unite and embrace the magic of the Marvels!

The Marvels

Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Sat, 14 Oct 2023 11:29:42 +0800 Philippine Times
M Bakery Revels in Sweet Indulgence with NY Cheesecakes and Classic American Pies M Bakery, renowned for classic American confections, is pulling back the curtains to showcase their irresistible cheesecakes and traditional pies. Sure, you’ve probably savored their banana pudding and cupcakes, but there’s more sweetness waiting! From the heart of New York to international destinations like Dubai and Bangalore, aficionados are reveling in their delightful cheesecake and pie varieties.

Filipino Flair: Calamansi Cheesecake Magic

M Bakery has seamlessly woven Filipino taste into their renowned Key Lime Cheesecake. Introducing the Calamansi Cheesecake: a fusion of tangy calamansi and opulent cream cheese. It’s a Manila exclusive – a tribute to the local palate, crowned with a graham cracker crust and a whipped cream peak. M Bakery’s Calamansi Cheesecake is flavored with fresh calamansi juice and finished with a graham cracker crust and a dollop of whipped cream. Available in three sizes: Individual (₱ 295), 6 inches (₱ 1,350), 9 inches (₱ 2,800).

Sweet Serenade: Caramel Pecan Perfection

Venture into the world of creamy elegance with M Bakery’s Caramel Pecan Cheesecake. Envision a creamy vanilla bean cheesecake base, lavishly swathed in homemade caramel and sprinkled with toasted pecans. A harmonious blend of textures and tastes that sings to the soul! Each forkful is a journey through layers of velvety cheesecake and a medley of sweet, nutty perfection. Available in three sizes: Individual (₱ 295), 6 inches (₱ 1,350), 9 inches (₱ 2,800). 

Berry Delight: Blueberry Cheesecake Mastery

The Blueberry Cheesecake at M Bakery isn’t just a dessert; it’s an experience. Imagine a bed of fresh blueberries, atop a classic vanilla bean cheesecake, culminating with a graham cracker finale. The secret? Only the freshest blueberries make the cut – no cans here! What sets this delight apart is their commitment to using only the freshest blueberries, steering clear of canned alternatives commonly found in other bakeries. It’s available in three sizes: Individual (₱ 345), 6 inches (₱ 1,350), 9 inches (₱ 3,250). 

Velvety Red Charm: Red Velvet Reimagined

Introducing the Red Velvet Cheesecake, where luxury meets taste. Think rich, chocolate undertones, with a hint of tanginess, all nestled on a chocolate cookie crumb crust, and subtly tart cheesecake resting on a chocolate cookie crumb crust, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings. A creation that tastes as heavenly as it sounds. Available in three sizes: Individual (₱ 295), 6 inches
(₱ 1,350), 9 inches (₱ 2,800).

Cookie Enchantment: Lotus Biscoff Extravaganza

If cookie butter makes you swoon, M Bakery’s Lotus Biscoff Cheesecake is your dream incarnate. A cookie butter lover’s dream that leaves customers craving for more. It’s made with Lotus Speculoos spread on a Lotus Biscoff cookie crumb crust, then finished off with yet another generous layer of Lotus spread and sprinkles of Lotus Biscoff crumbs. It’s a dream come true for Biscoff enthusiasts and a delightful twist on a classic cheesecake. Available in three sizes: Individual (₱ 295), 6 inches (₱ 1,775), 9 inches (₱ 3,725). 

Nostalgic Nibbles: Apple Crumb Pie Comfort

Each bite of M Bakery’s Apple Crumb Pie is a stroll down memory lane. This single-crust pie is filled with delicious golden apples, cooked to perfection, and topped with a crumbly, butter topping. Each bite is a warm embrace of comfort and nostalgia, making it a must-have for any occasion. Available in two sizes: Mini Pie (₱ 450) and 9-inch pie (₱ 1,350). 

Pudding & Pie Fusion: Banana Cream Magic

The iconic taste of M Bakery’s banana pudding, now in pie form. Vanilla wafer crust, fresh bananas, creamy vanilla pudding, and a whipped cream zenith. Absolute bliss in every bite! This classic pie is filled with fresh bananas and vanilla pudding atop a vanilla wafer crust and piled with mile-high whipped cream. If you’re a fan of their banana pudding, then this dessert should be on your list on your next visit. Available in two sizes: Mini Pie (₱ 450) and 9-inch pie (₱ 1,350). 

M Bakery’s Best-Kept Secret: Blueberry Jamboree

Meet the under-the-radar sensation: the Blueberry Jamboree. With a pecan shortbread base, creamy layers, and a crown of fresh blueberries, it’s a hidden gem waiting to be uncovered. An absolute favorite among M Bakery’s super fans worldwide. This luscious treat features a pecan shortbread crust layered with whipped cream and cream cheese filling and finished with a crown of juicy fresh blueberries (not canned blueberries). Available in two sizes: Mini Pie (₱ 595) and 9-inch pie (₱ 2,300).

Southern Elegance: Pecan Pie Tradition

Embrace the warmth of southern hospitality with the classic Pecan Pie. This dessert is a harmonious blend of crunchy pecans and a delectably sweet brown sugar syrup, all encased in a traditional pie crust. Each slice is not just a dessert; it’s an experience of the South. Loaded with pecans and enveloped in a sweet and delicious brown sugar syrup mixture, each slice is a celebration of southern hospitality and culinary mastery.  Available in two sizes: Mini Pie (₱ 450) and 9in pie (₱ 1,950).

Craving these mouthwatering treats? M Bakery‘s delicacies grace their shelves year-round. Swing by their flagship store at Lower Ground of One Bonifacio High Street Mall, or call (+632) 847-9829 or (+63) 917-633-1718 to get your baked treats or to place your advance orders. For your convenience, they’re also available on GrabFood, Food Panda, and Pick.A.Roo. Stay updated on their sumptuous offerings by following M Bakery on Facebook and Instagram. Get to also visit M Bakery’s other stores in Power Plant Mall (2nd floor) in Rockwell, Makati City, SM Megamall (Upper Ground Level, Mega B), and Mitsukoshi BGC (Basement Food Hall). 

M Bakery

Bakery | Cakes & Pastries
Sat, 14 Oct 2023 11:29:42 +0800 Philippine Times
Pangasinan all set to present showstopping creations at Manila FAME debut After a 40-year long wait, Pangasinan is all set to present its bounty of artisan creations at international shows, with Manila FAME as its first stop.

The province has tapped 10 MSMEs that deliver world-class “Made in Pangasinan” creativity under the ABOUND project which discovers artisans and provides coaching and mentorship. The project is bringing these MSMEs as a group to the prestigious trade exhibition for the first time. 

With the full support of Pangasinan Governor Ramon V. Guico III, leaders of the province’s towns of Binalonan and Bolinao, and local agencies, Governor Mon Mon (as he is affectionately called) presented the 10 micro, small, and medium enterprises at the project’s recent launch. The MSMEs have been carefully selected for their world-class and export-quality artistry and products from luxurious-looking fashion pieces to home furnishings that evoke tropical elegance, to fantastic creations that showcase the province’s agricultural bounty and rich heritage.

The Philippines’ premier trade show Manila FAME is finally returning on-site after three years on October 19-21 at the World Trade Center, promising an unforgettable celebration of Filipino creativity and craftsmanship. With the event’s return comes the province of Pangasinan’s attendance – their first in 40 years. 

“Promoting the province’s diverse creative industries through prestigious trade events like Manila FAME is a key part of the bigger economic growth initiatives in Pangasinan. MSMEs play a vital role in ensuring inclusive economic growth in the province, as they can help accelerate trade and exportation,” says Gov. Guico. “I believe that the MSMEs joining the Manila FAME will represent the best of everything made in Pangasinan. They embody what Pangasinan, Ang Galing truly means.”

Herwin Buccat known as Herwitanyo, a painter from Bolinao who features surrealist and nature-fantasy-inspired artwork. The ABOUND Team conducted one-on-one coaching on how to interpret his works and fortify his DNA. His commissioned pieces were then translated into art merchandise such as notebooks, tumblers, and pencils, as well as totes, shirts, and hoodies.

Blades, hailing from Pozorrubio, produce swords that have featured in Hollywood films. Project ABOUND has helped evolve these collector’s items into high quality chef knives and trendy fashion accessories such as bespoke necklaces and bracelets. Erastus from Sto. Tomas is a furniture maker, who with the help of Project ABOUND’s product development team, has learned new applications of materials, and now features sleek designs that modernize home and office spaces. 

ILO from Laoac is a producer of home accessories made from locally sourced materials. Through the project, this MSME has evolved into using industrial materials for their designs that can very well enter the luxury market. WELAB (Women Empowerment Livelihood Association of Binalonan) used to produce ordinary recycled market bags. With the project’s involvement, their designs were elevated to upcycled handbags that can be considered as a signature collection.

Alma from Pozorrubio is a producer of ethnic droplights. After consistent collaboration and rigorous material research, the products have become one-of-a-kind home and interior accessories characterized by their rustic elegance. Rach based in Aguilar is a maker of bamboo bags. With regular design and product development guidance, these fashion accessories have transformed into chic crystal-embellished bags.

Cawayan from Bolinao utilizes buri to create bags and mat products. After going through process development, and coloring and molding procedures with the ABOUND team, Cawayan weavers now make an inspired, signature bag. Joy based in Basista uses corn husks and bangkuang for home accessories and fashion bags. The project has helped transition the designs from a natural look to a classic luxury aesthetic.

The youngest of this batch of MSMEs, B6 (Blessed 6) began from a group of more than 30 young individuals who have undergone and continue to attend training and guidance through the project. With a lot of effort and support from Mayor Ramon Ronald V. Guico IV, the current crop of emerging artisans and entrepreneurs have produced 7 collections of espadrilles to be launched in both domestic and international markets.

Pangasinan’s Manila FAME bid started with the help of the Artisan Empowerment Association (AEA), which aims to elevate MSMEs in Pangasinan, especially those specializing in handcrafted creations. It is an initiative envisioned by esteemed businesswoman and the chair of the board of the World Citi Group, Arlyn Guico, and industry expert, entrepreneur and CEO of luxury brand Mele + Marie, Rosemarie Oamil, who both hope to show that there’s more to the province than most people think.

“Artisan Empowerment Association equips budding designers and entrepreneurs with capacity-building resources and opportunities like mentorship and training programs that enable them to showcase their work to a wider market so they can uplift their lives and their communities,” shares Ms. Guico. 

“Our vision is to help Pangasinan-based artisans reach their highest potential through quality assurance and business development. As we prepare to present our remarkable MSMEs and their diverse product categories at Manila FAME, our vision for a prosperous Pangasinan is more vivid than ever,” assures Rosemarie Oamil.

Catch these top Pangasinan MSMEs and see their incredible artisanal creations up close at the Manila FAME on October 19-21, 2023 at the World Trade Center.

World Trade Center

Sat, 14 Oct 2023 11:29:42 +0800 Philippine Times
Doña Elena invites diners on a Mediterranean Journey with Jones All&Day Limited& Edition Menu Classic recipes, familiar ingredients, and a trip to the cities with good food as the beginning. At Jones All-Day Bistro and Bakery, a relaxed and show-stopping experience awaits, where casual vibe and extravagance of flavors are harmoniously combined. 

That’s why this month, the country’s no.1 Olive Oil Doña Elena, brings another Mediterranean experience through its latest partnership with Jones All-Day  with Raintree Group of Restaurants corporate chef and Doña Elena chef ambassador as the helm, Kalel Chan. This limited edition three-course menu is specially priced at P1,200 net and can be ordered separately until November 10, 2023. The portion is impressive and the price is also made accessible to highlight the  Doña Elena Special Menu, featuring a  different twist on the Mediterranean.  

As one of the chefs with close familiarity and unparalleled trust in Doña Elena products, chef Kalel’s special Doña Elena menu is a game changer. The appetizer consists of a trio of an irresistible interplay of Mediterranean and Filipino flavors using different techniques, which chef Kalel describes as  “the cooking journey of being a chef.” The first dish is a  Grilled Barbeque Gremolata Pork Iberico using  Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil. Succulent and smoky, the rendition is inspired by the Filipino-favorite street side grill, using an intensely marbled secreto iberico, smothered with a gremolata sauce and Doña Elena anchovies as part of the mix. 

The second appetizer  Hamachi Crudo Pani Puri with Sinigang Aguachile features a delightful burst of fried golden hollowed semolina dough stuffed with minced Doña Elena green olives and capers, cucumbers and tomatoes, topped with a fresh hamachi fish  lightly drizzled with Doña Elena Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s finished with a light pouring of aguachile, a zesty sinigang soup base.  The last item for the appetizer is the Adobong Pusit Arancini with Grilled Pulpo and Bonito  Aioli. A dish inspired by the fried Italian appetizer rice balls,  it’s fried in Doña Elena Pomace Olive Oil to achieve its crisp, crunchy exterior and golden brown color. This bite-sized treat is a mouthful of umami-rich flavors added with Doña Elena green olives and a light drizzle of Doña Elena Extra Virgin Olive Oil to enhance its creamy and balanced flavor. 

Featuring chef Kalel’s favorite dish, consider the toothsome hunk of  Grilled Lamb Ribs using Doña Elena Pomace Olive Oil as the star of the show. Laid on a homemade harissa sauce with cold orzo salad added with Doña Elena Black Olives, this rendition brings out a tried and true taste of the Mediterranean. As a  staple Mediterranean condiment, the made-from-scratch harissa sauce heavily uses Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil, blended with warming and fiery spices such as chilies, cumin, and coriander balanced with a lightly sweet, red capsicum, which provides its bright orange color. The mixture makes the perfect pair to balance the smoky, charred lamb ribs, served with a light and cold orzo salad with Doña Elena black olives,  drizzled with Doña Elena Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Finished with a bright and citrusy gremolata made of finely chopped parsley, garlic, and lemon, it boasts a refreshing balance to the heaviness of the tender and smoky lamb meat. 

As a finale,  the labneh ice cream is both rich and refreshing, and an indulgent Mediterranean recipe. Its flavor note is a cross between cream cheese and yogurt with a delightful balance of tang and saltiness. For a sweet touch, it’s mixed with sesame-pistachio brittle for some crunch, drizzled with a fruity and fragrant rosemary oil using Doña Elena Olive Oil as its main ingredient. 

For a seasoned chef like Kalel, Filipino food is still a go-to dish at home. “Mediterranean dishes use a lot of herbs, which Filipino food usually doesn’t have. But I love to cook Filipino dishes because it’s very homey and I  infuse them with Mediterranean ingredients, such as  Doña Elena Olive Oil. For example, a simple adobo can be uplifted using Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil,” he notes. For Kalel, cooking oil is the foundation of good cooking, that’s why he puts a premium on the kind of olive oil that he uses.  “It’s easy to cook at home when you have good quality ingredients,” he adds. 

With Doña Elena’s 100% pure Spanish olive oil, it can easily elevate the taste of any dish with myriad health benefits. Packed with antioxidants and rich in vitamins A, E, and K, this exceptional olive oil is a kitchen staple—something home cooks and chefs reach for day in and day out. Additionally, aside from the extra virgin for dips and salads, pure for sauteing, and pomace olive oil for frying and roasting, Doña Elena offers a diverse range of Mediterranean ingredients to cater to every culinary need. 

The Doña Elena special set menu is available at the Jones All-Day Bistro and Bakery throughout the day from 7 am to 10 pm, Monday to Sunday at Serendra, BGC. For more information, visit Doña Elena Cuisinera Club on Facebook and Doña Elena Cuisinera Club on Instagram

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Bakery | Comfort Food
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New promo alert! Get free Krispy Kreme doughnuts using your BPI Debit Card The Ber months cannot get any sweeter, so doughnut miss this deal with your BPI Debit Card!

If you’re a BPI Debit cardholder, you can get 3 FREE Original Glazed doughnuts from Krispy Kreme when you spend at least Php 3,000 in any in-store merchants, anywhere from October 1 to November 30, 2023! This promo is open to BPI Debit Mastercard, BPI Debit Cirrus, and BPI Debit Cirrus Gold cardholders.

To avail, simply present a BPI Debit Card transaction slip dated October 1 to November 30, 2023. Remember, online transactions are excluded, and cardholders may avail of the promo only once per redemption day, and per store.

Ready with your receipt? Redeem your free box of three (3) Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts at participating Krispy Kreme stores on the following dates: October 12, 19, and 26; and November 16, 23, and 30.

To learn more, visit You can also follow @BPI on Facebook and @officialbpi on Instagram for more news and updates.

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Coffee | Doughnut
Sat, 14 Oct 2023 11:29:42 +0800 Philippine Times
“Wonka” drops a sweet surprise: Release date moves to December 6 in the PH, Ahead of the U.S. The highly-anticipated Wonka, featuring the incredible Timothée Chalamet as the iconic chocolate-maker, is arriving sooner than expected. The release date has been moved up to December 6 (previously January 2024) for international markets, including the Philippines. As a result, Filipino fans will have the privilege of enjoying the film one week ahead of the U.S.

The Sweet Magic of “Wonka

A Journey Back in Time:
“Wonka” takes us on a delightful journey into the past, exploring the origins of the beloved Willy Wonka. Based on Roald Dahl’s timeless classic, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” this movie unveils the remarkable story of the world’s greatest inventor, magician, and chocolatier.

A Whimsical Blend:
Wonka is a magical concoction of music, mayhem, and emotion, all sprinkled with heartwarming humor. Starring the brilliant Timothée Chalamet in the title role, this big screen extravaganza introduces us to a young Willy Wonka, brimming with dreams and a passion to change the world, one delectable bite at a time.

Behind the Scenes Magic

Visionary Creators:
Directed by Paul King and co-written by Simon Farnaby, Wonka promises to deliver a cinematic masterpiece. The production is helmed by David Heyman, Alexandra Derbyshire, and Luke Kelly.

An Ensemble of Stars:
Alongside Timothée Chalamet, the cast is a stellar constellation. It includes Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, and Oscar winner Olivia Colman. The film also features Natasha Rothwell, Rich Fulcher, Rakhee Thakrar, Tom Davis, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

Mark Your Calendar for December 6

Get ready for a cinematic adventure as Wonka hits theaters on December 6. Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Discovery company, is bringing this enchanting tale to Philippine cinemas.

Let’s share the excitement online! Use the hashtag #WonkaMovie and prepare to be transported to a world of pure imagination. Don’t miss this delectable cinematic experience!

Photo & Video Credit: “Warner Bros. Pictures”


Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Sat, 14 Oct 2023 11:29:42 +0800 Philippine Times
Totoo ang chismis! #DeliciouslyDifferentChicken na ang Chowking Chinese&Style Fried Chicken! Chowking, the #1 Chinese QSR brand in the Philippines, brings a deliciously different spin to its beloved Chinese-Style Fried Chicken!

More and more people are discovering the unique flavors of Chowking’s Chinese-Style Fried Chicken. Chowking sneakily held a mystery pop-up event at Capital Commons, Pasig from October 6 to 7. At the pop-up, regular customers and passersby were given a chance to do a taste test of unbranded fried chicken to get their real and unbiased reactions. Not knowing where it came from at first, they later discovered the delicious surprise that it was from Chowking.

Their experiences speak for themselves – from the resounding crunch that comes from the first bite to how the taste perfectly lingers at the last bite. The general consensus? Flavorful at nanunuot ang sarap hanggang sa buto, proving that its burst of authentic Chinese flavors and spices truly makes Chowking’s chicken deliciously different.

Dine in at a Chowking branch near you to discover the #DeliciouslyDifferentChickenfor yourself! You can also enjoy at home via Take-Out, Drive-Thru, and delivery through or the Chowking App.

Never miss out and share your experiences online when you find out what makes Chowking’s Chinese Style Fried Chicken different.

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A Feast of Horrors Takes Over Shangri&La The Fort, Manila It’s time to put on your witch’s and wizard’s hats and flock to Shangri-La The Fort, Manila for a Halloween experience on Sunday, October 29 at High Street Café. With tricks, treats, and cauldrons full of eats — here’s a little something you and your family can look forward to this month.

With nine spook-tacular themed buffet stations cooked á la minute, this is an experience you, and your little friends will truly enjoy. Make your way through the High Street Café halls and savour dishes straight from our chef’s cauldron. From pasta, satisfying your charcuterie agenda, sampling our sushi selection, and of course digging into our mains which vary from Prime Rib to Salmon en Croute, there’s bound to be something for the whole family to enjoy.

And when you thought Halloween could not get more exciting, when you dine at High Street Café, your little one can get a special Halloween Card which allows you to purchase an Adventure Zone guest pass for only Php 800. See terms and conditions below.

A Spooky Playdate with Boni the Bull in Adventure Zone

  1. The Halloween card entitles the bearer to avail of an Adventure Zone guest pass for a single child for PHP 800. Guests who will dine with children for lunch in High Street Café on October 29, 2023 are entitled to avail of the Halloween Card.
  2. The Halloween Card can be used to avail of an Adventure Zone guest pass for one time only and is valid any day from October 29 until November 5, 2023, subject to availability. No extensions will be granted.
  3. The Halloween Card cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts, Adventure Zone parties and events, privileges, or other gift certificates.
  4. The Halloween Card and the High Street Café official receipt must be presented at the Adventure Zone reception desk to purchase an Adventure Zone guest pass. Use of the Halloween Card must be mentioned when availing of the Adventure Zone guest pass and for reserving a play period slot. Advanced reservation of a play period slot is recommended.
  5. The Halloween Card is not for sale and is not exchangeable for cash in part or in whole. A damaged or altered Halloween Card will not be accepted and is not replaceable in case of loss.
  6. The holder of the Halloween Card shall abide by the House Rules of Adventure Zone and follow at all times the advice and instructions of the Adventure Zone staff. Those who do not observe the Adventure Zone rules may be required to leave the premises or be refused admission.
  7. Children and adults are required to come in the prescribed dress code (cotton long sleeves, trousers, and socks for children; socks for adults.)
  8. Children must be accompanied by one (1) adult guardian within the activity area. No additional guardian will be allowed.
  9. The Halloween Card must be surrendered upon availing of the Adventure Zone guest pass.

Shangri-La at the Fort


High Street Café

Sat, 14 Oct 2023 11:29:42 +0800 Philippine Times
Alden Richards and Julia Montes Set to Ignite the Big Screen in “Five Breakups and A Romance” on October 18 The Countdown Begins:
The much-awaited big-screen love story Five Breakups and A Romance starring Alden Richards and Julia Montes is gearing up to make cinematic history when it hits local theaters nationwide on October 18.

A Perfect Blend:
Directed by Irene Villamor, known for her award-winning works in “Meet Me in St. Gallen,” “Sid and Aya,” and “Camp Sawi,” this film promises a harmonious blend of romance and realism.

Alden Richards & Julia Montes in Five Breakups and a Romance

The Ultimate Team-Up:
It’s a cinematic first as GMA Pictures, Cornerstone Studios, MYRIAD Corporation, and Alden’s multimedia company join forces to bring this love story to life.

Julia Montes & Alden Richards in Five Breakups and a Romance

Fresh Faces, Timeless Love:
Five Breakups and A Romance marks the inaugural collaboration between Alden Richards and Julia Montes for the big screen. These talented actors step into fresh roles, exploring complex characters in a tale of modern love and ambition.

Navigating Love and Career:
Lance (played by Richards), a carefree soul, and Justine (Montes), a career-focused woman, find themselves at the crossroads of love and ambition. Their journey mirrors the complexities of modern relationships.

Unexpected Twists:
As the story unfolds, unexpected challenges test their love. Will they choose the path of love over career? The present over the future? How many times must they part to find their way back to each other? The film teases exciting scenes that showcase the actors in fresh, mature roles.

In Theaters Only:
Circle October 18 on your calendar and get ready for a cinematic adventure with Five Breakups and A Romance. The film promises to ignite your heart and inspire you to chase your dreams without losing sight of love.

Five Breakups and A Romance

Comedy, Romance
Sat, 14 Oct 2023 11:29:42 +0800 Philippine Times
Legendary director Ridley Scott brings to the big screen a spectacle&filled action epic in “Napoleon” Ridley Scott’s brilliant filmmaking is unmatched. See the acclaimed director’s work on the big screen in Napoleon, starring Academy Award® winner Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby (The CrownMission Impossible movies), in cinemas November 29.

To prepare to shoot the movie, Scott assembled his team in a war room – which in this case was as literal a war room as can be when the subject is making a movie. With large-scale models of the sets for battles at Waterloo, Austerlitz, and Toulan, art department drawings, models, Scott – who is an excellent artist and has always storyboarded his own films – brought the entire team together to share his vision and direct his crafts team in the images he is looking to achieve. 

On Napoleon, Scott would employ up to 11 cameras at once. Phoenix, who plays iconic French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, was gratified by the opportunity to work again on a Ridley Scott set. “If we happen to get lucky and discover something, and there is a special moment where something was unplanned, then it’s almost guaranteed that Ridley has captured it,” he says. “To have that opportunity as an actor is really rare. Trying to chase something and recreate it is virtually impossible.”

Vanessa Kirby and Joaquin Phoenix

“It allowed us to bring an improvisational nature to the way we worked,” says Kirby, who plays Napoleon’s one true love, Josephine. “You don’t need to remember the exact movements you did in the previous shot. It’s an opportunity for collaboration, as we would go and watch the monitor with Ridley and throw ideas out about what could be done differently.”

Shares production designer Arthur Max, a frequent collaborator of Scott’s: “There is no background with Ridley, no cheating; it’s all about scale and the density of detail. It’s like living in a painting – it is challenging, but also immense fun.”

Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix

Against a stunning backdrop of large-scale filmmaking orchestrated by Scott, Napoleon captures the iconic French emperor’s relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his one true love, Josephine, showcasing his visionary military and political tactics against some of the most dynamic practical battle sequences ever filmed. The film opens in cinemas November 29.

Napoleon is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Connect with the hashtag #Napoleon

Photo & Video Credit: “Columbia Pictures”


Drama, History, War
Sat, 14 Oct 2023 11:29:42 +0800 Philippine Times
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Balut is among the most popular delicacies in the country. But have you ever wondered why it’s usually sold at night?

According to Kuya Kim on “24 Oras,” Thursday, there is a common belief that the boiled fertilized duck egg is an aphrodisiac, on top of being one of Filipinos’ favorite hangover foods.

Aphrodisiac refers to an agent, including food items, that increases one’s libido to cause sexual desire.

According to Ryan Moralde, a nutritionist, there is no credible research to back up the claim that balut is an aphrodisiac. But balut does help when it comes to generating body heat.

A balut egg typically contains 359 milligrams of cholesterol, which exceeds the daily recommended 300 milligrams of the Food and Drug Administration.

Too much consumption may lead to heart complications.

Despite balut ranking as the worst egg dish in the world in 2022, many Filipinos still love balut, maintaining its popularity in the country.

—Carby Basina/MGP, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:26:08 +0800 Philippine Times
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This Easy Raspberry Peach Crisp is a must make for summer! Fresh peaches and raspberries are tossed with sugar then topped with a crumble topping. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!

When it comes to desserts, I’ll be the first one to admit that I like to keep it easy. I will often take a lot more time preparing the main course than the dessert. I don’t generally make fancy layered cakes or gorgeously decorated cookies because I just don’t have the time. BUT I do love desserts so I make recipes that come together quickly but are just as decadent.

Enter crisps. I LOVE fruit crisps because of how insanely easy they are to make. All you need to do is combine the fruit filling with a little sugar and flour, put it in a baking dish and then top it with a buttery crisp topping. The result is a delectable sweet treat that, when served warm with vanilla ice cream, is positively divine.

This Raspberry Peach Crisp is one of my favorites to make in the summer. Making use of sweet peaches and tart summer raspberries. Let’s talk about what you’ll need to make it:

Raspberry Peach Crisp Ingredients:

There aren’t a ton of ingredients in this crisp. It’s essentially broken into two parts: the filling and the crisp topping.

Raspberry Peach Crisp ingredients on white background.

For the Raspberry Peach Filling you’ll need:

  • PEACHES: You’re going to want to use fresh peaches here. They will give you the best flavor and texture for the final dish.
  • RASPBERRIES: Fresh raspberries are also key.
  • FLOUR: As the fruit cooks, it’s going to release juices. Tossing the peaches and raspberries with flour will help thicken those juices as the crisp cooks.
  • SUGAR: Both brown and white sugar will add just a touch of sweetness but this crisp isn’t overly sweet.

For the Crisp Topping you’ll need:

  • FLOUR: Soaks up the butter to help make the topping crispier.
  • COLD BUTTER: It is important to use cold butter. Room temperature butter will spread and flatten.
  • OATS: Will add more crispness and a bit of nuttiness to the topping.
  • BROWN SUGAR: Will add sweetness to the topping.
  • SALT

Step by Step Photos and Instructions:

As I mentioned above, fruit crisps are super simple to make and this Raspberry Peach Crisp is no exception. Follow along with these step by step photos and instructions.

STEP #1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine peaches, raspberries, brown sugar, granulated sugar and flour together in a bowl. Mix well.

STEP #2: Place filling into a 9-inch deep dish pie pan.

STEP #3: Make the topping. Combine brown sugar, flour, salt, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg. Use a pastry cutter to cut butter pieces into the dry mixture until it becomes crumbly.

STEP #4: Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top of the fruit mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 35 – 40 minutes or until crumb topping is golden and the edges are bubbly. Allow to cool before serving. This will allow the juices time to thicken.

While I happen to think Raspberry Peach Crisp is delicious on it’s own, it is simply divine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Storage and Leftovers:

Keep leftovers covered and refrigerated. Eat within a few days. Just warm individual portions in the microwave 20 – 30 seconds before serving.

Recipe FAQ:

Can I use frozen fruit?

I have not made this crisp with frozen fruit so I can’t recommend it. Using frozen fruit will result in a longer baking time and you might need to add additional flour because they will release more liquid.

Does fruit crisp need to be refrigerated?

To be on the safe side, it is recommended that crisps are kept in the refrigerator to slow any bacteria growth.

Love fruit crisps? SAME! Here are some other fruit crisp dessert recipes you’ve got to try!

Apple Crisp is MY FAVORITE fall dessert!

Another summer time favorite is Easy Blueberry Crisp. A great way to use summer blueberries!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Crisp takes the crisp topping to a whole new level with Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Note: This post was published in 2009. It was updated in 2023 with new photos, a modified recipe and nutrition information.


Raspberry Peach Crisp

This Easy Raspberry Peach Crisp is a must make for summer! Fresh peaches and raspberries are tossed with sugar then topped with a crumble topping. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword crisp, crumb, crumble, fresh peaches, fresh raspberries, peach crisp, peaches, raspberries, Recipe, summer, sweet
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 378kcal


Raspberry Peach Filling Ingredients:

  • 3 medium peaches peeled, pitted and sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour

Crumb Topping

  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter cold, cut into pieces or grated


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl mix together raspberry peach filling ingredients. If peaches are really juicy add another tablespoon of flour, this will help keep the dessert from getting soupy. Pour mixture into a 9 inch deep pie dish.
  • In another bowl combine brown sugar, flour, oats, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Using a pastry cutter, cut butter pieces into the dry mixture until it becomes crumbly. (Note: Be patient this make take a little while but trust me it will get crumbly.)
  • Sprinkle crumb topping over the top of fruit mixture.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the crumb topping starts to turn golden. The fruit may bubble slightly through the topping.
  • Allow to cool for several minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream on top, if desired.


Nutrition information does not include ice cream and are for estimation purposes only. 


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 721IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg

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Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:26:06 +0800 Philippine Times
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Sapin-Sapin with latik topping on a wooden plate.

Sapin-Sapin is as tasty as it is pretty! Soft, chewy, and topped with golden latik, this Filipino steamed glutinous rice cake is a delicious midday snack or after-dinner dessert. I’ve wanted to make sapin-sapin for the longest, but I was intimidated by what I thought to be a very complicated process. So when I went…

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Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:26:04 +0800 Philippine Times
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Cold sesame noodle salad is a delicious and easy Asian side dish recipe, perfect for potlucks, summer picnics, or a light meal on its own.

If you are looking for a delicious cold salad to bring to your potlucks this summer, look no further than this Cold Sesame Noodle Salad. While many of the salads that we are used to enjoying at our backyard BBQs are made with creamy bases like Classic Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad. This Sesame Noodle Salad brings an Asian flavor and a dressing that is not quite as heavy. 

The nutty sesame dressing, hearty whole wheat noodles and veggies make this salad a hit with everyone. There is no meat or dairy either so it’s great for your vegetarian and vegan friends and family! 

Let’s talk about everything you’ll need to make it: 

Sesame Cold Noodle Salad: 

  • NOODLES: I recommend using whole wheat linguine or whole wheat spaghetti in this recipe. It adds a heartier bite to the salad. 
  • CARROTS: For the best flavor and texture, I recommend freshly grating the carrots. 
  • GREEN ONIONS: These add a pop of green color and a subtle onion flavor to the dish. 
  • SOY SAUCE: Soy sauce adds a deep salty, umami flavor to the dressing for this salad. 
  • SESAME OIL: This is where the sesame flavor comes from in the salad. Keep in mind that sesame oil is strong and a little goes a long way. 
  • RICE VINEGAR: Rice vinegar is popular in Asian cooking and has a less acidic delicate flavor than distilled vinegar. You can substitute apple cider vinegar or distilled vinegar if you need to. 
  • GROUND GINGER: Adds warmth and sweetness to the dressing. 
  • GARLIC: Minced fresh garlic adds a subtle garlic flavor to the dressing without being overpowering. 
  • SESAME SEEDS: Add nutty crunch to the salad. 

Step by Step Photos and Instructions: 

  • STEP #1: Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain and run under cool water. This will help stop the cooking process. Let them drain again. 
  • STEP #2: While the noodles are cooking, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing. 
  • STEP #3: Place the cooked noodles, carrots and green onions in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Toss once more. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let the flavors meld. Serve. 

Like a lot of cold salads, this one is better the longer it has to sit. So make sure to let it chill for at least an hour. You can also make it a day ahead. 

Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

Storage and Leftovers: 

This salad is great the next day! Just keep it in the refrigerator and use within a few days for freshest flavor. 

If you love the flavors of Asian salads, I know you’ll love these recipes too:

Asian Cabbage Salad with Ponzu Dressing

Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad

Note: This post was originally written in 2018. It was updated in 2023 with new photos, nutrition information and a slightly modified recipe.


Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

Cold sesame noodle salad is a delicious and easy Asian side dish recipe, perfect for potlucks, summer picnics, or a light meal on its own. Easy recipe here!
Course Main Dishes, Side Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Keyword asian noodles, Food, noodles, Recipe, sesame noodles, side dish, spaghetti, sushi side dish, Vegetarian
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 235kcal



  • 8 ounces whole wheat linguine or thin spaghetti noodles
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar white vinegar will work as well
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 3 green onions diced


  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and run under cool water. Let drain again.
  • While noodles are cooking whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, ginger, garlic and sesame seeds in a large bowl.
  • Place cooled noodles into bowl. Add in grated carrots and diced green onion. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve.


Note: Nutritional information not guaranteed.


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2638IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg

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Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:26:02 +0800 Philippine Times
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Pancit Lomi in white bowls.

Pancit Lomi is a hearty and tasty soup made with fresh egg noodles, chicken, and vegetables. It’s easy to make in under an hour and delicious and filling as a midday snack or dinner meal. This pancit lomi cost me a good 20 minutes of overseas calls to the Philippines. You see, I’ve made this…

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Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:26:00 +0800 Philippine Times
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Chicken Halang-Halang in a blue bowl.

Chicken Halang-Halang is sure to be a family favorite. It’s easy to make and flavored with coconut milk, lemongrass, and chili peppers for a creamy and spicy dish you’ll love with steamed rice. Ever since I was introduced to creamy and spicy gising gising and Bicol Express, I’ve been on the lookout for other dishes…

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Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:58 +0800 Philippine Times
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Summer tomato salad is the perfect recipe to make with garden tomatoes! It’s an easy side salad to pair with grilled meat, fish, or even to eat on its own!

If you are in the camp that some of the most delicious recipes are also the simplest, then this simple summer tomato salad is for you. It is full of fresh tomato flavor, a hint of sweet basil and red onion. Trust me, this one is going to be on repeat all summer long. 

Now, I love a good salad, but I’ll be honest, sometimes I get a little bored of actually having lettuce in my salad. I know it’s weird, but sometimes I want salad where the main ingredient is something other than lettuce. Something like kale or Green Beans , zucchini and even celery

But one of my favorite summer salads is the simplest of them all: Summer Tomato Salad.

 It’s perfect for hot days. It’s great as a starter salad for a summer dinner out on the patio. It just really is the perfect summer salad.  Not too heavy, just pure summer tomato bliss.

Let’s talk about what you’re going to need to make it. 

Summer Tomato Salad Ingredients: 

Because we are working with such few ingredients in this recipe, it is essential that you use the highest quality that you have. All of the flavors are going to shine. 

Tomato salad ingredients on white background.
  • TOMATOES: When it comes to tomatoes, the small tomatoes are usually the sweetest so I like to use them in salads. For this recipe, I use cherry tomatoes and yellow cherry tomatoes. I picked two different colors because they make the salad even more gorgeous and yellow tomatoes are even a bit sweeter than their red counter parts. You can use whichever small tomatoes you have on hand, the flavors will be similar. 
  • RED ONION: Thinly sliced red onion adds just a slight oniony flavor to the dish without overpowering. 
  • GARLIC: You only want to use one or two cloves here. Like the onion, using too much raw garlic will overpower the sweetness of the tomatoes. 
  • BASIL: Nothing goes better with sweet summer tomatoes than sweet summer basil. They are a match made in heaven. 
  • PARSLEY: Adds freshness and color to the salad. 
  • RED WINE VINEGAR: Adds a bit of sharpness to the salad. 
  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: Use the highest quality extra virgin olive oil you can find. 

Step by Step Photos and Instructions: 

This tomato salad, like most salads, doesn’t take much in terms of preparation. The hardest part, in my opinion is letting it sit at room temperature for an hour. This will give all of the ingredients a chance to meld.

STEP #1: In a small bowl, combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.

STEP #2: Combine cherry tomatoes, sun gold tomatoes, red onion, basil and parsley together in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the top. Toss to coat. Cover and allow to set at room temperature for 1 hour before serving. Adjust salt and pepper if necessary. 

Storage and Leftovers: 

Because tomatoes lose so much of their flavor when they are refrigerated, I really recommend eating this salad the day that it is made for the best tomato flavor. That said, leftovers can and should be refrigerated. Just make sure to allow it to come to room temperature before serving and use within a couple of days. 

Recipe FAQ: 

Why should you not refrigerate tomatoes?

While refrigerating tomatoes prolongs their shelf-life, it can degrade the flavor and texture.

Are yellow tomatoes sweeter than red?

Yellow tomatoes are fruitier and sweeter than red tomatoes. Sun gold or yellow tomatoes are basically nature’s candy. The combination of the two in this recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Which olive oil is best for salads?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is by far the best olive oil for salads and salad dressings. It has a more pronounced flavor and will elevate any salad.

Looking for more tomato recipes to use during summer? Check these out:

Have green tomatoes on your tomato plants? Make Fried Green Tomatoes!

Small Batch Tomato Jam is also a summer time must!

My absolute favorite summer pasta to make is Shrimp Linguine with Zucchini and Tomatoes. It’s full of summer flavor!

Note: This recipe was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2023 with a slightly modified recipe, new step by step photos and nutrition information.


Simple Summer Tomato Salad

This Simple Summer Tomato Salad with tomatoes, shallots, garlic, herbs and olive oil is the perfect salad for any summer get together.
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword summer, tomatoes, vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 88kcal



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 1/2 cups sun gold tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped


  • Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Combine cherry tomatoes, sun gold tomatoes, red onion, basil and parsley in a large bowl. Gently mix together.
  • Pour dressing over the top, toss to coat. Allow to set at room temperature for 1 hour before serving. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if desired.


For best flavor, I recommend eating this tomato salad the day it’s made. However, it can be refrigerated, just make sure to bring it to room temperature before eating. 

Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:56 +0800 Philippine Times
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By HERMES JOY TUNAC, GMA Integrated News

It’s a union between pizza and beer!

This irresistible combo is taking over Poblacion as Nolita Joe’s, a collaboration between local food & beverage brands Nolita Pizza and Joe’s Brewery, is now officially open in Poblacion.

Initially separate entities, Pat Santos of Nolita Pizza and Joey and Marco Viray of Joe’s Brew, struck a partnership that resulted in the refreshed F&B concept located in the heart of Makati.

Known for its authentic New York-style pizzas that feature a crust with a unique combination of crunch and chewiness and in flavors inspired by The City That Never Sleeps, Nolita’s pizzas have cemented its name as a crowd-favorite pizza brand in the local casual dining scene.

Meanwhile, Joe’s Brewery is known for its best-selling local craft ales and brews, starting from the Virays’ garage to eventually finding its space in Poblacion.

Perfect for a late afternoon snack to wind down after work, a starting point for a night out in Poblacion, or even a nightcap post-dancing and bar hopping, Nolita Joe’s pizza and beer pairing is a fuss-free refreshing meal for anyone who likes spending their days and nights in Makati’s hippest bloc.

For pizza, you may choose among Nolita’s bestsellers: Four Cheese (P190/slice), Chicken Parmesan (P260/slice), Wild Mushroom (P280), or SPM, that’s sausage, pepperoni, and mushroom (P300/slice). The pizzas are also available in boxes of 12″, 16″, and 21″, with prices ranging from P350 to P2300.

Each order is made complete when paired with Joe’s Brew’s signature craft beverages from lighter hops like the Fish Rider Pale Ale (P150) and Sierra Madre Wheat Ale (P150) to full-bodied brews such as 34th Pursuit IPA (P180) and Sunsweeper IPA (P180).

Nolita Joe’s is located at 5666 Don Pedro Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City. It’s open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

—MGP, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:54 +0800 Philippine Times
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Grilled Greek Chicken is an easy summer main dish! Drumsticks marinated in lemon, oregano, garlic and then grilled to perfection.

I don’t know about you but I am always looking for new ways to prepare chicken. Because chicken, whether it’s brined and fried, made into a Chicken Pot Pie, or used in a Creamy Dill Chicken Salad, is always a crowd pleaser.

Take this Grilled Greek Chicken. You guys, gahh, this chicken! I’ve made it twice in in the last week. My family is obsessed. It’s light, yet so flavorful. The combination of Greek flavors of lemon, garlic and oregano seems so simple but it is so delicious. I just know it is going to be one of our favorites all summer long. One bite and I bet it will be yours too.

Let’s talk about what you’re going to need to make it:

Grilled Greek Chicken Ingredients:

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  • CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS: Chicken drumsticks are hands down, our favorite cut of chicken. The kids like that they are so easy to hold. I like that don’t take too long to cook and are much more flavorful and juicy than chicken breasts. If you chose to use chicken breasts or thighs, keep in mind the cooking time will be different.
  • OLIVE OIL: I chose olive oil because it is used more often in Mediterranean cooking and works great in this recipe. You can use either regular olive oil or extra virgin.
  • GARLIC: Use lots of fresh garlic for the marinade. It adds so much flavor.
  • OREGANO: Dried oregano works great in this recipe and I usually always have it on hand. If you use fresh remember that one teaspoon dried is equal to 1 tablespoon of fresh.
  • LEMON: Lemon juice is going to add acidity and brightness to the marinade. The acidity will also help tenderize the chicken.
  • PARSLEY: Optional but adds a bit of color for serving.

Step by Step Photos and Instructions:

One of my favorite things about this Grilled Greek Chicken recipe is how easy it is to make. With a simple technique for grilling the chicken, you can make sure that you have juicy chicken that is both cooked all the way through but and perfectly cooked on the outside without being burnt.

  • STEP# 1: First you’re going to need to make the marinade for the chicken. To make the marinade simply whisk together extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper. Cover and marinated the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour but you can marinate it up to overnight.
  • STEP #2: Preheat the to 400 degrees. Turn off one half of the grill so that you can cook the chicken over indirect heat. Place chicken on the side of the grill that is not on. Cook chicken for 15 minutes. Turn. Cook another 15 minutes.
  • STEP #3: Move chicken to cook over direct heat for 5 minutes or until browned to your liking and cooked through. A meat thermometer will reach 165 degrees when chicken is fully cooked. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Storage and Leftovers:

Store leftover Grilled Greek Chicken in the refrigerator. It’s great cold or simply reheat in a 325 degree oven until warmed through. Use within a few days.

Recipe FAQ:

What is indirect cooking on a grill?

Indirect cooking is a grilling technique where whatever you are grilling is not directly over the flame. Instead the food cooks via the hot air circulating around the food.

At what temperature is chicken cooked through?

Using a meat thermometer when cooking chicken is very helpful to ensure that you are cooking the chicken thoroughly. Chicken is done when it reaches 165 degrees F.

This Greek Grilled Chicken is great when served along side a simple salad dressed with Garlic Vinaigrette and Garlic Rice.

Looking for more grilling recipes to try this summer? I’ve got you covered!

Grilled Red Potatoes are a great grilled side dish!

Everyone loves chicken wings and just wait until you try these Grilled Lemon Pepper Wings. They are out of this world!

Pizza oven, schmeeza oven! You don’t need one to get the best pizza ever. All you need is your grill and my recipe for Grilled Pizza. You’ll never look back!


Grilled Greek Chicken

Grilled Greek Chicken is an easy summer main dish! Drumsticks marinated in lemon, oregano, garlic and then grilled to perfection.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword chicken, grill, summer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 371kcal


  • 8 Chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley


  • Whisk together olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Place chicken in a bowl and pour marinade over the top. Toss chicken in marinade to make sure it is coated completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the grill to 400 degrees. Once preheated, turn off one side of the grill to prepare for indirect heat. Place chicken on the side of the grill that is not on. Close lid and cok for 15 minutes. Turn and cook for another 15 minutes. Move chicken to direct heat for another 5 minutes until desired color and cooked through. Chicken is cooked through when it reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, if desired, and serve.


I have only made this recipe with chicken legs, if you prefer to use another cut of chicken keep in mind that the cooking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces. 

Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 


Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1322mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

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Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:52 +0800 Philippine Times
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Nutter Butter Fudge Swirl Ice Cream is a dream for peanut butter chocolate lovers. It is creamy, decadent and loaded with cookies and fudge.  

If you love peanut butter and chocolate, boy have I got a recipe for you today. This Nutter Butter Fudge Swirl Ice Cream is all kinds of decadent. There are layers of Nutter Butter ice cream, chocolate fudge and Nutter Butter cookie crumbs. Like I said, it is a dream for those of you that love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

Now, making your own homemade ice cream can seem kind of daunting. One look at the total time for this recipe might make you rethink it but bare with me! Homemade ice cream does take some time, but most of that is chilling time and the ice cream maker does most of the hard work.

But what you’ll be rewarded with is a creamy, decadent, luscious sweet treat that you are going to make again and again. Once you know how to make your own ice cream, you can switch up the flavors. Add different mix-ins. The possibilities are endless. I chose Nutter Butter Cookies and Chocolate Fudge for this recipe and believe me, you’re going to love it.

Let’s talk about what you’ll need to make it: 

Nutter Butter Fudge Swirl Ice Cream:

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  • HEAVY CREAM: This is what is going to give the ice cream its rich creaminess. The fat in the cream is going to add flavor and creaminess.
  • MILK: I use a combination of milk and heavy cream. Both will give creaminess.
  • GRANULATED SUGAR: Will add sweetness. 
  • SALT: It may seem odd to add salt to ice cream since it is so sweet but it will help bring out the flavor. 
  • VANILLA EXTRACT: Will enhance the overall flavor of the ice cream. 
  • EGG YOLKS: Egg yolks are going to make this creamy ice cream even creamier and richer. That is because they add flavor, color and help prevent ice crystallization so the ice cream will be smoother. 
  • PEANUT BUTTER: A little bit of peanut butter added to the ice cream mixture will give a subtle overall peanut butter flavor to the ice cream. 
  • NUTTER BUTTER COOKIES: The star of the show if you will. If you let them sit out overnight while the ice cream mixture is chilling, they will be soft and chewy in the ice cream. 
  • CHOCOLATE FUDGE: Make sure that you use chocolate fudge in this recipe and not chocolate syrup. Chocolate fudge is thicker and will hold up better. Use chocolate syrup for topping if you like. 

Step by Step Photos and Instructions: 

Keep in mind that Homemade Ice Cream is a bit of a labor of love. You just need to plan it advance. When making homemade ice cream, you’ll need to chill the mixture overnight before freezing. Then you’ll freeze it once more after churning. So yes, it takes a lot of time but it is totally worth it. Trust me. 

  • STEP #1: In a medium saucepan whisk together cream, milk, sugar, salt and vanilla. 
  • STEP #2: Whisk together the eggs until they lighten in color a bit. About 2 minutes. 
  • STEP #3: Use a ladle to slowly temper the eggs. This is important because you don’t want the eggs to scramble when added to the warm milk mixture. 
  • STEP #4: Whisk the tempered eggs into the cream mixture. Cook over low heat until it reaches 170 degrees F. It will thicken and coat the back of a spoon. 
  • STEP #5: Pour mixture over a fine mesh strainer set over the top of a bowl. Stir in the peanut butter and allow to cool to room temperature. 
  • STEP #6: Once it has cooled to room temperature, cover and refrigerate for 6 – 8 hours or overnight. 
  • STEP #7: When ready, freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions for your ice cream maker. During the last 5 minutes add cookie pieces. 
  • STEP #8: Pour 1/3 of ice cream mixture into the bottom of a 1.5 quart ice cream container. Similar to these found on amazon. I have also used a 9x5inch loaf pan for this, but keeping it covered can be a challenge. Drizzle 1/3 of fudge topping over ice cream. Repeat two more times. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cookie crumbles. Cover and freeze until firm about 4 hours. Serve.

Storage and Leftovers: 

For the best flavor and consistency, eat this ice cream within two weeks. After that, homemade ice cream tends to a bit grainy and looses its creaminess because of freezer burn. 

Recipe FAQ:

What are ice creams made with eggs called?

Ice cream made with eggs is called “custard” while ice cream made without eggs is called “Philadelphia style”. This ice cream is custard based since it is made with egg yolks.

What does adding eggs to homemade ice cream do?

Adding eggs to ice cream makes it richer and creamier while helping prevent ice crystallization.

Is it safe to eat ice cream with eggs?

For this recipe, the egg yolks are cooked to a temperature of 170 degrees so the risk of salmonella (which is killed at 160 degrees) is eliminated.

Really, this Nutter Butter Fudge Swirl Ice Cream has so much going for it. Its creamy, its peanut buttery, it has little bites of cookies and swirls of chocolate fudge.  You’ll love it.

Trust me.

Spoonful of nutter butter ice cream.

Looking for more Ice Cream recipes? Try these:

Love Oreos? Love chocolate cake? You’re going to LOVE this Oreo Chocolate Cake Batter Ice Cream

No ice cream maker? Try this No Churn Cookie Butter Ice Cream

Snickers lover? This one is for you! No-Churn Snickers Ice Cream

Note: This post was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2023 with new photos, step by step instructions, a slightly modified recipe and nutrition information.


Nutter Butter Fudge Swirl Ice Cream

If you like peanut butter and chocolate you are going to love this Nutter Butter Fudge Swirl Ice Cream.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, ice cream, nutter butter, peanut butter, sweet
Prep Time 11 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 11 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 453kcal



  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nutter butter cookies divided (about 15 – 20 cookies)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate fudge topping softened


  • In a medium saucepan whisk together cream, milk, sugar, salt and vanilla. Heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves, and mixture is steaming but not boiling. Stir frequently.
  • In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks until they have lightened in color, about 2 minutes.
  • Use a ladle to slowly whisk some of the hot mixture into the eggs to temper them.
  • Slowly whisk tempered eggs into the cream mixture. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the mixture reaches 170 degrees, thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Place a fine mesh sieve over the top of a bowl. Pour in ice cream. Stir in peanut butter. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Once cool, cover and refrigerate 6 – 8 hours or overnight.
  • When ready, freeze ice cream according to manufacturers directions. During the last 5 minutes, add in 1 cup of chopped cookies.
  • Spoon 1/3 of the ice cream into a loaf pan, drizzle 1/3 of the fudge topping on top, repeat with the remaining ice cream and fudge. Top with remaining 1/3 cup of cookie crumbles. Cover and freeze until frozen about 4 hours. Serve.


The eggs in this ice cream are heated to 170 degrees so they are cooked. 

Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 


Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg

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Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:50 +0800 Philippine Times
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After a lot of talk about will they or will they not and all those reasons and conjectures that littered the media, sound or otherwise, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon are now officially out of Eat Bulaga.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:45 +0800 Philippine Times
Annette Gozon&Valdes explains GMA management’s decision to air It’s Showtime on GTV Annette Gozon-Valdes explains GMA management’s decision to air It’s Showtime on GTV    thumbnail

Like a plot twist to a teleserye: That’s how some fans online described the announcement of ABS-CBN on Tuesday that its noontime show, the Vice Ganda-led It’s Showtime, was moving to GMA Network’s GTV channel.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:43 +0800 Philippine Times
Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes headline Star Cinema’s ‘Rewind’ Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes headline Star Cinema's 'Rewind' thumbnail

Celebrity couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes will headline the Star Cinema film “Rewind.”

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:41 +0800 Philippine Times
MVP says choosing TVJ over ‘It’s Showtime’ a ‘business decision’ MVP says choosing TVJ over 'It's Showtime' a 'business decision' thumbnail

TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan revealed that it was a business decision when they picked Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon and the rest of the Dabarkads over “It’s Showtime.” 

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:39 +0800 Philippine Times
‘Please be kind’: Gigi de Lana falls victim to scammers, money for mom with cancer gone 'Please be kind': Gigi de Lana falls victim to scammers, money for mom with cancer gone thumbnail

Singer Gigi de Lana appealed to the public to be kind despite her recent car accident and falling victim to scammers. 

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:37 +0800 Philippine Times
‘Mas gagaling pa sila’: Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon admit watching new ‘Eat Bulaga’ 'Mas gagaling pa sila': Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon admit watching new 'Eat Bulaga' thumbnail

Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon admitted that they have seen Television and Production Exponents Inc.’s (TAPE Inc.) “Eat Bulaga” with its new hosts. 

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:35 +0800 Philippine Times
Rising Filipino&Australian artist grentperez drops EP about childhood memories in Philippines Rising Filipino-Australian artist grentperez drops EP about childhood memories in Philippines thumbnail

Rising Filipino-Australian music artist grentperez got nostalgic about his childhood that inspired him to put out his newest EP, When We Were Younger.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:32 +0800 Philippine Times
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Dingdong Dantes has only two requirements for accepting acting projects, including his new GMA primetime show and upcoming reunion film with wife Marian Rivera.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:30 +0800 Philippine Times
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Social media influencer, beauty queen, comedienne and host Herlene Budol shows her talent and tenacity in handling dramatic scenes in her first lead  upcoming GMA Afternoon Prime series, Magandang Dilag.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:28 +0800 Philippine Times takes on new roles in humanitarian and creative projects takes on new roles in humanitarian and creative projects thumbnail

Global celebrity of Black Eyed Peas will soon be taking on a new role. He will be appearing as a contestant in the latest edition of Master Chef UK. His participation in the program aligns with his lifelong passion for the culinary arts.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:26 +0800 Philippine Times
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The long wait is over because Seo In Guk is finally having a fan meeting in the Philippines!

The K-drama star is holding his first Asia fan meeting, which includes a stop in Manila on August 12 at the New Frontier Theater.

According to the ticketing page shared by event promoter EPIC Events, a VVIP ticket is priced at P12,273, while a VIP ticket costs P10,139.

Orchestra tickets, meanwhile, cost P9,072 each, while a Loge ticket costs P8,538. Balcony tickets cost P4,803 each.

The ticket selling started on Tuesday.

Seo In Guk starred in the hit series “Doom at Your Service” in 2021, “Shopaholic Louis” in 2016, and “Reply 1997” in 2012.

He also made his fans cry in 2018 in “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes” with his fellow star Jung So Min.

—Carby Basina/MGP, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:18 +0800 Philippine Times
Zeinab Harake on Bobby Ray Parks: ‘He’s my partner now’ Zeinab Harake on Bobby Ray Parks: 'He's my partner now' thumbnail

Zeinab Harake is dating Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

On Thursday’s episode of “Fast Talk With Boy Abunda,” the vlogger did not hesitate to confirm that she is in a relationship with the basketball star.

“Yes or no, is Bobby Ray Parks your boyfriend?” Tito Boy asked.

“Yes, he’s my partner now,” Zeinab said. “Natutuwa ako kasi parang hindi boyfriend ‘yung nakita ko and sana nga ‘wag mausog.”

Ray, who plays as an Asian import for Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in the Japan B.League, was present in the studio in support of his girlfriend.

Zeinab said Ray is a really good man who won her approval.

“Hindi naman po ako magtitiwala agad-agad kung hindi niya rin naman in-earn ‘yun sa akin and pinatunayan niya naman na ‘yung sarili niya,” she said.

Zeinab has a daughter, Bia, with former partner Skusta Clee. They lost a son, Baby Moon, due to miscarriage.

The vlogger also has an adopted son, Lucas.

—MGP, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:16 +0800 Philippine Times
Inside Titan sub: Past passengers recall ‘suicide mission’ to visit Titanic wreck Inside Titan sub: Past passengers recall 'suicide mission' to visit Titanic wreck thumbnail

MANILA, Philippines — Chris Brown, the British adventurer and not the American singer, already made a downpayment to join the Titan submersible voyage now missing in the Atlantic on its way to see the wreckage of the Titanic.

Like his friend, British billionaire Hamish Harding, one of the five passengers in the missing sub, Brown is a thrill seeker. The 61-year-old digital marketing tycoon, however, pulled out from the voyage after finding out that the sub was just using controls “based on computer game-style controllers,” he said in an interview.

Apart from the modified Logitech gaming console, complete with thumbsticks and four colored buttons that the operator maneuvers to control the sub, Brown expressed concern over the experimental sub’s other substandard materials and technology.

“I found out they used old scaffolding poles for the sub’s ballast — and its controls were based on computer game-style controllers… If you’re trying to build your own submarine you could probably use old scaffold poles. But this was a commercial craft,” Brown said.

“Eventually I emailed them and said, ‘I’m no longer able to go on this thing’. I asked for a refund after being less than convinced.”

Josh Gates

American explorer Josh Gates, host of the Discovery Channel series “Expedition: Unknown,” echoed Brown’s concerns over the Titan’s sub’s safety measures.

“To those asking, Titan did not perform well on my dive,” he revealed in a Twitter post.

In a previous post, he shared that he had “the unique opportunity to dive” while inside the sub and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its operator, OceanGate, Stockton Rush, who is also among the five passengers of the missing tourist submersible.

I had the unique opportunity to dive in the @Oceangate #Titan sub with Stockton at the helm in preparation for its maiden mission to Titanic. I pray for a positive outcome to the rescue efforts of those aboard, including fellow @ExplorersClub member Hamish Harding.

— Josh Gates (@joshuagates) June 21, 2023

“I had the unique in the Oceangate Titan sub with Stockton at the helm in preparation for its maiden mission to Titanic. I pray for a positive outcome to the rescue efforts of those aboard, including fellow ExplorersClub member Hamish Harding,” Gates tweeted with a photo of him and Rush inside the Titan.

Rush’s own wife, Wendy, went to dive to see the Titanic wreckage three times with OceanGate in the past two years. Wendy, the company’s communications director, is the great-great-granddaughter of Macy’s co-owner Isidor Straus and his wife Ida, died on board the Titanic and were depicted in the James Cameron 1997 film as the elederly couple lying while hugging in bed in their first-class cabin while the water rises to engulf them.

According to Gates, his safety concerns during his dive with the Titan made him say “no” to another bigger expedition aboard the craft.

“Ultimately, I walked away from a huge opportunity to film Titanic due to my safety concerns w/ the platform. There’s more to the history and design of Titan that has not been made public – much of it concerning,” he said in his tweet.

To those asking, #Titan did not perform well on my dive. Ultimately, I walked away from a huge opportunity to film Titanic due to my safety concerns w/ the @OceanGate platform. There’s more to the history and design of Titan that has not been made public – much of it concerning.

— Josh Gates (@joshuagates) June 21, 2023

Mike Reiss

Reiss, one of the writers of hit animated TV series “The Simpsons,” shared that he had a “constant trepidation” during his Titan dive nearly a year ago.

“I kissed my wife goodbye, thinking that was the last time I might ever see her,” he told CNN

Like other passengers, Reiss signed a waiver saying that the journey might end in catastrophe like death. He, however, still went through it because he found the submersible’s design to be “reassuring.” He even fell asleep two-and-half-hours down to Titanic’s site.

Despite the sub’s technical issues, Reiss went to dive with the Titan for four times.

“I took four different dives with the company and communication was lost at least briefly every single time,” he recalled. “One dive we took, as soon as communication went out, we went right back to the surface. I was going to see a U-boat just off the shore of New York.”

Despite fears for his life while onboard, Reiss defended OceanGate and said that the US-based company is in it not just for money or for thrill: “They’re not hot dogs. They’re not daredevils. They take this very seriously.”

Aaron Newman

Newman, an OceanGate investor, said in an interview that he felt “very safe” as a 2021 Titan passenger.

“They were a professional crew, they did a lot of training around safety and the backup systems around dropping weights, so I felt very safe,” Newman told TODAY

He, however, acknowledged that taking the dive was not a walk in the park.

“But … this is not a Disney ride, right? We’re going places that very few people have been, and this is inventing things. So there are risks, right? And we know that, but all these people accepted that.”

He described the journey as “basically going to another planet.”

“You’re getting in this craft — you’re bolted in. It’s a tube that’s comfortable, but not spacious,” he narrated. “And at the surface, when you first get in, it gets very hot and stuffy and so you’re laying down and you have a little packed lunch with you and a little bit of water, but you’re planning for the day to be there.”

According to him, by the time the sub reaches the wreckage, it was so cold and pitch black. There were no light sources other than what’s in the vessel.

“By the time you hit the bottom, the water down there is below what standard freezing temperature is,” he said, estimating the water some 12,500 feet below the sea’s surface to be at 29 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. 

“That’s going to conduct right through that metal, so it was cold when we were at the bottom. You had to layer up — we had wool hats on and were doing everything to stay warm at that bottom.”

Arthur Loibl

Loibl, a 60-year-old German adventurer, called his Titan submersible experience two years ago a “suicide mission.”

Speaking with German media outlet Bild, Loibl said he was “incredibly lucky” to survive.

Prior to the Titanic, Loibl had traveled to the north and south poles and has flown over Russia aboard a MiG-29 fighter jet, but nothing beats the Titanic experience, he said.

Booking via an English company into organizing special “safaris,” Loibl paid 100,000 Euros (about P6.2 million) for his set on the Titan.

Apart from Rush, he dove with the sub’s pilot, French navigator Paul-Henri Nargeolet, who has been dubbed “Mr. Titanic” for being the global leader in Titanic underwater studies. Nargeolet is also now among those missing together with Rush and their billionaire passengers.

Loibl, nevertheless, recalled that after the first submersible they tried did not work, the second dive attempt had to be abandoned. Parts of the sub fell off, while the voyage was delayed for five hours because of electrical problems.

“The first submarine didn’t work, then a dive at 1,600 meters had to be abandoned. My mission was the 5th, but we also went into the water five hours late due to electrical problems.”

Before the sub was launched, Loibl said the stabilization tube’s bracket, which balances the vessel as it dives deeper into the ocean, fell off but “was reattached with zip ties.” 

“That didn’t worry me,” he said.

The conditions inside the craft, nonetheless, is quite worrying: the 22-foot long sub only had 2.5 meters of interior space, had no seats and only had a single toilet with a pull-in black curtain. By about 3,200 feet, everything is pitch black as sunlight can no longer get through.

“You need strong nerves, you mustn’t be claustrophobic and you have to be able to sit cross-legged for 10 hours,” Loibl said. “It must be hell down there…” 

But upon reaching the Titanic, all of Loibl’s worries seemed to have sank together with the ocean liner. He circumnavigated the wreck aboard the Titan twice and even touched down on its deck before making the return trip back to the surface.

“To those questioning why people would dive to Titanic: the ship has fascinated the world since the night she sank,” Gates tweeted.

“It’s a time capsule to another era of our history. It takes courage to make a trip like this. Admiration and prayers for the passengers aboard OceanGate Titan.”

RELATED: Titanic tourism: Why pay $250k to visit wreckage if you can watch the movie, actual footage on YouTube?

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:14 +0800 Philippine Times
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Zeinab Harake revealed that she is currently not co-parenting with her ex-partner, Skusta Clee.

On Thursday’s “Fast Talk with Boy Abunda,” the King of Talk asked the vlogger about her current relationship with the rapper.

“For now po, wala po akong any connections sa kanya,” Zeinab said.

“Ako po ginagawa ko lang naman po kung ano po ‘yung makakabuti para sa mga anak ko. Dun ako mas nagfofocus ngayon kesa sa mga bad things na nangyari before,” she added.

Zeinab said that she is open to the idea of co-parenting with her ex-partner as long as respect is present.

“Dadating po siguro tayo sa time kapag talagang OK na, meron nang respeto sa ‘ming dalawa, tsaka magkakaron ng respeto para sa ‘ming lahat,” she said.

“Bukas naman po ako basta po makikitaan ko ng… basta kausapin mo ako nang maayos, patunayan mo ako na nirerespeto mo ako, desisyon ko or anything, wala pong magiging problema.”

On Bea Alonzo’s vlog last year, Zeinab publicly confirmed her breakup with Skusta Clee and said the rapper cheated on her.

Zeinab and Skusta have a daughter, Bia. They also had a son, Baby Moon, but Zeinab miscarried during her pregnancy.

In the same interview, Zeinab confirmed that she is now dating basketball star Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

—Carby Basina/MGP, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:13 +0800 Philippine Times
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James Reid (right) with Steffi Lucero of Skatebomb Girls

Johnnie Walker / Released

MANILA, Philippines — Singer-actor James Reid said his future collaborations will involve artists from across Philippine shores, all the way to South Korea.

James shared about his upcoming projects last Saturday at the launch of “Rhythm & Roll,” a collaboration between Johnnie Walker and VICE Asia, that saw him working with local skating group, The Skatebomb Girls.

“In the next few months, definitely within this year, I have some collaborations coming up with artists from Singapore, South Korea, other Southeast Asian countries,” James shared after being given the green light to talk about future projects.

WATCH: James Reid (@tellemjaye) teases that he has upcoming collaborations with Southeast Asian and South Korean artists in the following months, the biggest of his career so far. | via @kjpurneII

— (@PhilstarNews) June 18, 2023

The “Pinoy Big Brother” alum and current head of Careless Music said he wanted to explore international collaborations, beginning with artists in the Philippines and then nearby countries.

“I’ve never done collaborations like this before, definitely the biggest I’ve had. It’s very exciting and that’s all for now,” James added.

James’ song that the Skatebomb Girls collaborated on was his recent single “So Fire,” and it features him performing on roller skates.

RELATED: James Reid opens up about Cebu’s Wavy Baby festival, future of his Careless label

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:11 +0800 Philippine Times
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The learning continues as GMA Regional TV brings another leg of the award-winning “GMA Masterclass: The Icons Series” to Zamboanga City this June 23, featuring GMA’s Chief Marketing Officer Ms. Lizelle G. Maralag.

Maralag will share her knowledge and expertise in the field of marketing with the students and other participants from Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City. Last March 3 and 4, Maralag graced the “GMA Masterclass: The Icons Series” at St. John Paul II College of Davao, Davao City and Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, General Santos City, respectively.

“We are thrilled to have our Chief Marketing Officer, Lizelle G. Maralag, join our GMA Masterclass: The Icon Series. This marks another exciting opportunity to fulfill our mission of promoting learning and inspiring students from all corners of the Philippines especially in Western Mindanao. By bringing this initiative to Zamboanga City, we aim to create a lasting legacy of knowledge and inspiration,”  said GMA Senior Vice President and Head of Integrated News, Regional TV, and Synergy Oliver Victor B. Amoroso, whose vision gave birth to the GMA Masterclass Series.

The 28th and 29th legs of the GMA Masterclass Series were held last May 3 and 5 at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, Bacolod City and University of San Agustin, Iloilo City, respectively. GMA’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategic Planning and Business Development, and Concurrent Chief Risk Officer and Head of Program Support Regie C. Bautista and Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable instilled new learnings to the students and other participants as they graced the said events.

Launched in 2018, the GMA Masterclass Series aims to provide students and professors with another venue for new learning and discourse on various local and national issues. It was recognized as the “The Most Development Oriented TV Plug” at the Gandingan 2020: The 14th UPLB Isko’t Iska Multi-media Awards and took home the second Excellence Award under Communication Training and Education Category at the 18th Philippine Quill Awards.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:09 +0800 Philippine Times
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This undated image courtesy of OceanGate Expeditions, shows their Titan submersible launching from a platform. Rescue teams expanded their search underwater on June 20, 2023, as they raced against time to find a Titan deep-diving tourist submersible that went missing near the wreck of the Titanic with five people on board and limited oxygen. All communication was lost with the 21-foot (6.5-meter) Titan craft during a descent June 18 to the Titanic, which sits at a depth of crushing pressure more than two miles (nearly four kilometers) below the surface of the North Atlantic.

AFP / Handout / OceanGate Expeditions

MANILA, Philippines — Aircraft company Boeing and the University of Washington (UW) have separately denied being involved in the design of the missing Titan submersible, despite OceanGate Expeditions’ claims in the past that both had collaborated on its creation.

Five people are known to be aboard the Titan: OceanGate head Stockton Rush, French submarine operator Paul-Henri Nargeolet, British billionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani tycoon Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman.

The Titan is meant to ferry passengers down to the remains of the Titanic — which sank during its 1912 maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg — almost four kilometers below the surface of the North Atlantic. Reports said a total of 2,224 passengers and crew were on board the Titanic, and more than 1,500 people died.

OceanGate’s website states that the Titan was a collaborative design of the two aforementioned entities along with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

However, both UW and Boeing separately told CNN they had no involvement in the Titan’s creation.

“Boeing was not a partner on the Titan and did not design or build it,” a spokesperson for the aircraft company said. 

The executive director of UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory Kevin Williams said it was “not involved in the design, engineering or testing of the TITAN submersible used in the RMS TITANIC expedition.”

Related: Submersible exploring Titanic wreck missing over 24 hours

Williams’ statement was backed by fellow UW colleague Victor Balta, who said that while the university signed an agreement with OceanGate, it did not see it through.

Design and safety criticism

Since the disappearance of the Titan, discussions about the subermersible’s design were criticized beyond the 22-foot-long and 9-foot-wide measurements.

The Titan is made from carbon-fiber, a questionable material since the submersible is expected to dive to extreme depths.

The submersible is steered using a gaming-like controller, has no GPS system, and relies on text messages sent via an acoustic system for guidance from a ship on the surface — often the one that launches and recovers it.

On the safety front, passengers on the Titan cannot exit without external assistance as they are sealed inside the main cabin by bolts removable only from the outside.

Related: Rescuers boost efforts as clock ticks to find lost Titanic sub

Such safety issues are compounded by revelations that the submersible has no proper regulation. Passengers must sign a contract acknowledging the Titan is an experimental vessel; the same contract also states the £200,000 (P14.2 million) trips “could result in physical injury, disability, emotional trauma, or death.”

‘Cold’ and ‘horrible’

Former passenger Aaron Newman told NBC’s Today that if the Titan had no power and was several hundred meters deep, passengers would be freezing in complete darkness.

“It was cold when we were at the bottom. You had layered up. You had wool hats on and were doing everything to stay warm at the bottom,” Newman said.

Meanwhile, Syracuse University professor emeritus of earth and environmental sciences Jeff Karson said the temperature is just above freezing and the Titan is too deep to be retrieved by divers, meaning the best chances lie in a remotely operated robot on a fiber optic cable.

“I am sure it is horrible down there,” Karson said. “It is like being in a snow cave and hypothermia is a real danger.”

RELATED: Search for missing Titanic sub like ‘going into space’

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:07 +0800 Philippine Times
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This undated image courtesy of OceanGate Expeditions, shows their Titan submersible on a platform awaiting signal to dive. Rescue teams expanded their search underwater on June 20, 2023, as they raced against time to find a Titan deep-diving tourist submersible that went missing near the wreck of the Titanic with five people on board and limited oxygen. All communication was lost with the 21-foot (6.5-meter) Titan craft during a descent June 18 to the Titanic, which sits at a depth of crushing pressure more than two miles (nearly four kilometers) below the surface of the North Atlantic.

AFP / Handout / OceanGate Expeditions

PARIS, France — A French research ship equipped with an unmanned robot able to search deep under water arrived near the wreck of the Titanic on Thursday to join a massive search and rescue operation for a missing submersible.

With just hours of oxygen believed to be left for the five people onboard the submersible Titan, the Atalante ship has begun operations at the scene in the North Atlantic, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) said.

The ship, which is operated by IFREMER, and its team were urgently dispatched from France on Tuesday.

It carries the Victor 6000, a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) capable of descending to a depth of 6,000 meters.

The Titanic wreck sits at a depth of 3,800 meters, making it a particularly difficult area to search — or reach for a potential rescue mission.

The Atalante has begun using its multibeam echo sounder to create a map of the nearby seabed to “allow Victor 6000 to have a more efficient dive,” an IFREMER spokesperson told AFP.

But the echo sounder, which bounces acoustic waves off the seafloor to work out its depth, would not be able to detect the submersible itself, the spokesperson added.

The tourist submersible Titan began its descent towards the wreck on Sunday, losing contact with its support ship on the surface two hours later. 

It was carrying British billionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani tycoon Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman, the CEO of the company OceanGate Expeditions Stockton Rush, and French submarine operator Paul-Henri Nargeolet.

Based on the sub’s capacity to hold up to 96 hours of emergency air, rescuers estimate that the passengers may run out of oxygen on Thursday.

‘Doesn’t look good’ 

Rob Larter, a marine expert at the British Antarctic Survey, told a press conference on Thursday that he thought the Victor 6000 was the “main hope” for an underwater rescue.

Alistair Greig, a professor of marine engineering at University College London, said the robot’s two manipulator arms could potentially allow it to untangle the Titan, or attach a device that could float it to the surface.

The Victor 6000 also has strong lights, allowing to see through some of the murk at such depths.

But the experts warned that the rescuers would need to know fairly precisely where to look for Titan, which currently does not seem to be the case.

Finding the submersible “could potentially take weeks of intense survey,” Larter warned.

And even if search teams do find the submersible, a rescue operation could take up precious time.

In a normal situation, it would take two hours for a ROV like the Victor 6000 to get down to the necessary depth — and another two hours to float back up, Greig said. 

The missing submersible is also reportedly bolted from the outside, which could take up more time, he added.

Larter said it was a “desperate situation.”

“It’s kind of unimaginable if people are alive, trapped in a submersible with oxygen supplies running down.

“An objective assessment of where things are at the moment: it doesn’t look good,” Larter said, adding that it was important to stay optimistic. 

IFREMER has said that the Victor 6000 was able to operate throughout the night if necessary. 

The search and rescue operation is being coordinated by the US Coast Guard, which will hold a press conference at 1830 GMT on Thursday, the IFREMER spokesperson said.

RELATED: Inside Titan sub: Past passengers recall ‘suicide mission’ to visit Titanic wreck

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:05 +0800 Philippine Times
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Pauline Amelinckx is flying to Poland very soon to compete in the Miss Supranational 2023.

On Instagram, the Boholana beauty queen shared several photos of her during her send-off party for the pageant.

Pauline looked radiant in an asymmetrical yellow gown with a half cape, which perfectly matched her white and gold crown.

“I admit I felt a bit nervous earlier before the start of the send-off. Considering it was a new experience leading to a new journey gave me a few jitters. But the good kind, the kind that’s also exciting,” she said.

“I thank the stars for this experience, this opportunity, this once in a lifetime adventure and I thank the stars for all the people I get to share it with,” she added.

Pauline already competed in the headshot challenge for Miss Supranational. She also posted photos and a video of her rocking a black swimsuit, giving her fans a glimpse of what they can expect from her at the pageant.

Pauline was crowned Miss Supranational Philippines in the Miss Universe Philippines pageant. 

The Miss Supranational 2023 will be held on July 14. Pauline will try to win the second crown for the Philippines, after Mutya Datul became the first Filipina beauty queen to win the title in 2013.

—MGP, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:03 +0800 Philippine Times
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Sharon Cuneta’s family dropped by on the set of her upcoming film with Alden Richards.

On Instagram, Thursday, the Megastar posted a photo of her family, sans eldest daughter KC Concepcion, sharing a meal at one table.

Present in the photo were her husband, former senator Kiko Pangilinan, and their children, Frankie, Miel, and Miguel.

“Surprise visit from my family!” Sharon wrote in the caption.

In another post, the Sharon shared that Jackie Lou Blanco is also part of the film’s cast.

Sharon and Alden will play the roles of a mother and son in the film. They will also be working with Miles Ocampo and Tonton Gutierrez.

—Carby Basina/MGP, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:25:01 +0800 Philippine Times
UP’s Harold Alarcon wins MVP honors; Perpetual’s Cyrus Nitura is top defensive player UP's Harold Alarcon wins MVP honors; Perpetual's Cyrus Nitura is top defensive player thumbnail

2023 Filoil EcoOil Preseason Cup

Harold Alarcon was hailed the Most Valuable Player of the 2023 Filoil EcoOil Preseason Cup as the 6-foot-1 guard steered University of the Philippines to the crown — their first-ever since joining the tournament.

Alarcon also led the Mythical Five selection alongside teammate Malick Diouf, and the duo of Evan Nelle and Kevin Quiambao of De La Salle University, which finished the elimination round with a perfect slate. Jun Roque of University of Perpetual Help System DALTA completed the mythical team after helping the Altas reach the semifinals.

— Bea Micaller (@beamicallerrr) June 21, 2023

Perpetual’s Cyrus Nitura, meanwhile, was named the Best Defensive Player.

The Fighting Maroons defeated La Salle, 87-76, in their winner-take-all finals on Wednesday with Alarcon finishing with nine points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

—JKC, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:49 +0800 Philippine Times
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Veterans Jack Animam and Afril Bernardino are tasked to lead Gilas Pilipinas Women when the nationals compete in the 2023 FIBA Women’s Asia Cup set on June 26 in Sydney, Australia.

Joining the two are six other holdovers from the squad that finished silver in the 2023 SEA Games last month in Khate Castillo, Janine Pontejos, Camille Clarin, Ella Fajardo, Angel Surada, and Chack Cabinbin.

Completing the 12-player lineup is the debuting Vanessa de Jesus alongside Jhazmin Joson, Louna Ozor, and Mikka Cacho, who suited up for the 3×3 national team in the biennial meet in Cambodia, with seasoned tactician Patrick Aquino still at the helm.

The Filipina ballers are in Group B where they will first face host Australia on the 26th before taking on Japan and Chinese Taipei on June 27 and 28, respectively.

The Philippines finished seventh overall in the 2021 edition of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup.

—JKC, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:47 +0800 Philippine Times
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The Philippine women’s volleyball team escaped India in the quarterfinals, 25-22, 26-28, 11-25, 29-27, 18-16, to remain in contention in the 2023 ASEAN Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Challenge Cup for Women on Wednesday in Indonesia.

Shaya Adorador sent the Filipinas to a 9-6 cushion in the crucial fifth set before the Indians notched four straight points to retake a 10-9 lead. Aiza Maizo-Pontillas then drilled back-to-back attacks to give the Philippines momentum with an 11-10 upper hand.

India got the first match point, 14-13, but an off speed attack from Adorador and a block from setter Djanel Cheng gave the Filipinas two match points, 16-15. Adrador’s down-the-line kill made it another match point for the Philippines, 17-16, as Cheng’s ace delivered the winning point.

The Philippines will still face Australia on June 23. They need to finish at the top two in order to book a semifinals spot.

—JKC, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:46 +0800 Philippine Times
Rapinoe, Morgan lead US bid for third straight World Cup victory Rapinoe, Morgan lead US bid for third straight World Cup victory thumbnail

NEW YORK – Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan will play in their fourth Women’s World Cup alongside a number of new faces as United States head coach Vlatko Andonovski unveiled his squad on Wednesday ahead of their bid for an unprecedented third consecutive title.

Nearly two decades sit between the oldest and youngest players, with 18-year-old forward Alyssa Thompson joining 37-year-old Rapinoe at the tournament starting on July 20 in Australia and New Zealand.

“”We’ll do anything possible to help this team make history,” Andonovski told reporters. “We want to do it for the players, we want to do it for the team, we want to do it for the community, we want to do it for this country.

“We want to do something that has never been done before.”

The top-ranked Americans are fielding one of their least experienced squads in recent memory, with 14 of the 23 players going to their first World Cup, compared to 11 in 2019 and seven in 2015.

Key defender Naomi Girma, 23, earned a spot after bursting on to the scene last year and uncapped 25-year-old midfielder Savannah DeMelo was a surprise inclusion amid a strong National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season.

“Based on the needs that we have in terms of the opponents and different situations that we may face, we see (DeMelo) being very important for us going forward,” said Andonovski, who led the team to Olympic bronze in Tokyo.

Up front, Andonovski has put his faith in 22-year-old NWSL MVP Sophia Smith and 21-year-old Trinity Rodman along with the 33-year-old Morgan.

“We believe in the quality of the team, we believe in the support that we have and we think that we have what it takes to make it possible,” said Andonovski, who took the reins from Jill Ellis in 2019.

Five players, Rapinoe, Morgan, midfielder Julie Ertz, defender Kelley O’Hara and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher were part of the victorious US World Cup squads in 2015 and 2019.

‘Winning combo’

The four-times champions hold a coveted place in American culture as crusaders for gender equality and last year resolved a lengthy dispute with their federation over equal pay on what the players described as a landmark day for the sport.

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden appeared in a celebrity-filled video unveiling the squad.

“From lifting trophies to fighting for gender equity, these women have been a source of inspiration to Americans of all ages – our family included,” Biden said.

Pop star Taylor Swift announced Morgan’s name while four-times NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal congratulated Rodman, and Mikaela Shiffrin, the most successful Alpine World Cup skier, cheered for her fellow Coloradoan Smith.

“Colorado kids and World Cups? That sounds like a winning combo to me,” said Shiffrin.

Injury issues

The squad will, however, travel to the tournament without several key players due to injuries.

Leading scorer Mallory Swanson went down in April with a serious knee problem, while captain Becky Sauerbrunn said last week she would miss out due to injury and midfielders Catarina Macario and Sam Mewis were also ruled out.

Andonovski said Sauerbrunn would “always be our captain” as he decides on her replacement.

“We’re going to miss her on the field, we’re going to miss her off the field,” he said.

Sam Mewis’s sister and fellow midfielder, Kristie Mewis, was included in the roster for her first World Cup at age 32. Her Gotham FC team mate, Lynn Williams, also made the cut for the global showpiece tournament for the first time at age 30.

The US begin their World Cup campaign on July 22 against Vietnam. They also play the Netherlands and Portugal in Group E.


Goalkeepers: Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Fox (North Carolina Courage), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Kelley O’Hara (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Emily Sonnett (OL Reign)

Midfielders: Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC), Julie Ertz (Angel City FC), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

Forwards: Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Alyssa Thompson (Angel City FC), Lynn Williams (NJ/NY Gotham FC) — Reuters

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:44 +0800 Philippine Times
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Kristaps Porzingis could be headed for the Celtics as part of a three-way trade involving Boston, the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.

According to reports, the swap involves Porzingis to Boston and Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon relocating to L.A., with Clippers forward Marcus Morris and draft picks being offered to the Wizards. ESPN and Stadium reported the deal gained steam Wednesday, one day before the 2023 NBA Draft.

The Wizards are reportedly looking for a new home for point guard Chris Paul, who was acquired in the Bradley Beal trade from Phoenix earlier this week.

ESPN and Yahoo reported the Celtics were also kicking the tires on a trade for Suns center DeAndre Ayton.

After the two sides set the groundwork toward a four-year, $180 million extension in March, Washington reportedly re-engaged Porzingis about a new contract before the looming deadline for his 2023-24 player option worth $36 million. But the 7-foot-3 forward appears intent on testing free agency or being traded for the third time in his career. Porzingis, drafted by the Knicks, was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2019 and then acquired in February 2022 by the Wizards.

Porzingis, who turns 28 in August, averaged a career-high 23.2 points per game last season.

Brogdon exclusively played off the bench in Boston in 2022-23 and averaged 14.9 points and 3.7 assists per game.

The former Bucks and Pacers guard landing with the Clippers could chart the course for Paul and another veteran at the position — unrestricted free agent Russell Westbrook. Westbrook joined the Clippers following a contract buyout in Utah. The Jazz acquired Westbrook from the Lakers at the deadline.

Morris, 33, averaged 11.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game with the Clippers last season and is owed $17.1 million next season.

–Field Level Media/Reuters

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:42 +0800 Philippine Times
Feeling a draft: Victor Wembanyama looking forward to joining Spurs Feeling a draft: Victor Wembanyama looking forward to joining Spurs thumbnail

NBA Draft

Victor Wembanyama has known where he will be playing professional basketball since the moment the San Antonio Spurs won the draft lottery last month.

And the 19-year-old French phenom can’t wait to officially become a member of the Spurs, who intend to open the draft by using the No. 1 pick on Wembanyama on Thursday night in New York.

“For me, San Antonio is synonymous with winning,” Wembanyama said at Wednesday’s pre-draft press conference in New York. “On lottery night, when the Spurs got the No. 1 pick, I was just thinking, I was feeling lucky that they had the pick as a franchise that has that culture and that experience in winning and making, creating good players. So I really can’t wait.”

The Spurs have won five NBA titles under coach Gregg Popovich and have previously hit the No. 1 overall draft pick jackpot twice with the selections of David Robinson (1987) and Tim Duncan (1997).

Both players are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as is Popovich.

Another appealing thing about the Spurs to Wembanyama is that French players Tony Parker and Boris Diaw had successful stints with the Spurs.

San Antonio definitely needs Wembanyama, who is alleged to stand 7-foot-4. The Spurs missed the playoffs in each of the past four seasons and were a woeful 22-60 last season. San Antonio has lost more games on just two occasions.

Call it amazing timing to grab Wembanyama, the most hyped draft pick to enter the league since LeBron James in 2003.

Wembanyama isn’t the least bit rattled by all the fuss about him leaving France to play in the world’s top basketball league.

“I don’t let this, all this stuff, get into my head because I got such high expectations for myself that I’m immune to all this stuff,” Wembanyama said. “So I really don’t care.”

Part of what makes Wembanyama so intriguing is the fact that he is not your typical 7-foot-plus player.

Wembanyama likes to bring the ball up court and fire 3-pointers. He doesn’t mind getting physical in the interior but he prides himself on his all-around skillset.

“No one is going to stop me from dribbling the ball, bringing the ball up and shooting 3s,” Wembanyama said. “Nobody is going to stop me from doing that. Even though sometimes coaches in my career would try to stop me from doing that because they had to win right now.

“So it was really an everyday fight to stay true to myself, and, yeah, this is something that I’m never going to lose, for sure.”

However, Wembanyama made just 27.1 percent of his 3-point attempts in 44 games for Boulogne-Levallois this season in France. He made a sizzling 75.1 percent of his two-point attempts to shoot 55.2 percent overall.

Wembanyama averaged 20.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.0 blocked shots and 2.5 assists this season for the Metropolitans 92.

–Field Level Media/Reuters

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:40 +0800 Philippine Times
Trade sends Kristaps Porzingis to Boston, Marcus Smart to Memphis –reports Trade sends Kristaps Porzingis to Boston, Marcus Smart to Memphis --reports thumbnail


Kristaps Porzingis reportedly is headed to the Boston Celtics in a three-team trade.

The late twist Wednesday night, though, was that the deal will send guard Marcus Smart from Boston to the Memphis Grizzlies, according to ESPN and The Athletic.

The Washington Wizards, the team shipping out Porzingis, reportedly will acquire guard Tyus Jones from the Grizzlies and a second-round pick (35th overall) in Thursday’s draft from the Celtics.

Memphis is sending first-round picks in this year’s draft (No. 25 overall) and next year’s draft to Boston, per the reports.

ESPN added that Porzingis, a 7-foot-3 forward/center, is opting into the $36 million player option on his contract for the upcoming season.

Washington is also acquiring Celtics forward Danilo Gallinari and center Mike Muscala in the deal, according to ESPN’s report.

An earlier three-way trade involving the Celtics, Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers fell through earlier Wednesday night, according to multiple media reports.

In that scenario, Porzingis was to go to Boston with Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon relocating to L.A. while Clippers forward Marcus Morris and draft picks would have gone to the Wizards. ESPN added that Los Angeles would have sent Amir Coffey to Washington, which also would have received Danilo Gallinari from Boston.

According to The Stein Line and The Athletic, the three-team deal collapsed due to the Clippers’ concern about Brogdon’s health. Brogdon played through a torn tendon in his right arm during the Celtics’ playoff run.

The Wizards reportedly are looking for a new home for point guard Chris Paul, who was acquired in the Bradley Beal trade from Phoenix earlier this week.

ESPN and Yahoo reported the Celtics were also kicking the tires on a trade for Suns center Deandre Ayton.

Washington reportedly had re-engaged Porzingis about a new contract before the looming deadline for his 2023-24 player option, after the sides set the groundwork toward a four-year, $180 million extension in March. Porzingis, drafted by the New York Knicks in 2015, was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2019 and then acquired in February 2022 by the Wizards.

Porzingis, who turns 28 in August, averaged a career-high 23.2 points per game last season.

Smart, 29, was the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2021-22, and he is a three-time All-Defensive Team selection. Last season, he averaged 11.5 points, a career-high 6.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 61 games.

Over nine NBA seasons, all with the Celtics, he has career averages of 10.6 points, 4.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals.

Brogdon, 30, played exclusively off the bench in Boston in 2022-23 and averaged 14.9 points and 3.7 assists per game.

Jones, 27, played the past four seasons with the Grizzlies after starting his NBA career by playing four years with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He put up career highs across the board last season with 10.3 points, 5.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Morris, 33, averaged 11.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game with the Clippers last season and is owed $17.1 million next season.

Coffey, 26, averaged 3.4 points in 50 games (nine starts) last season, while Gallinari, 34, missed the entire 2022-23 campaign due to a torn ACL.

Muscala, 31, split last season between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Celtics, averaging 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 63 games (nine starts).

–Field Level Media/Reuters

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:39 +0800 Philippine Times
La Salle exacts revenge on San Beda, draws first blood in PBA D&League finals La Salle exacts revenge on San Beda, draws first blood in PBA D-League finals thumbnail

EcoOil-La Salle moved one win away from defending its title as it fended off Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda University, 108-82, to draw first blood in the 2023 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Green Archers waxed hot right from the get-go, unleashing 31 huge points in the second quarter alone to take a 59-33 halftime lead. Prior to that, a Mark Nonoy trey sent La Salle to its biggest lead of 32 late in the second period, 59-27.

The Red Lions, though, staged an uprising in the third frame with James Payosing sinking a free throw to help cut their deficit to just 14, 68-54, before La Salle headed to the fourth with a 77-61 cushion.

Budding guard Jacob Cortez and big man Damie Cuntapay tried to pump life to the Mendiola crew with the latter drilling two big three-pointers that made it an 88-73 affair.

However, La Salle didn’t allow San Beda to create any momentum as Mike Phillips put the punctuation with a slam, 100-79.

Phillips led La Salle with 19 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Mark Nonoy and Kevin Quiambao chipped in 16 and 12 markers apiece.

“Motivated ‘yung players namin kasi alam nila na nage-expect ang school ng championship yesterday and hindi namin nabigay. They’re just motivated to get it here in the D-League,” said assistant coach Gian Nazario, pertaining to their Filoil EcoOil Preseason Cup finals loss to UP on Wednesday.

(“The players were motivated because the school was expecting to get the [Filoil] championship yesterday and we were not able to give it. They’re just motivated to get it here in the D-League.”)

The win was a revenge for the Green Archers, whose only loss in the elimination round came at the hands of San Beda. They will now look to sweep the series come Monday, June 26, for Game 2 at the same venue.


EcoOil-La Salle 108 – Phillips M. 19, Nonoy 16, Austria 13, Quiambao 12, Gollena 9, David 9, Nelle 7, Abadam 7, Alao 5, Nwanwko 4, Cortez 4, Phillips B. 3, Manuel 0, Escandor 0.

Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda 82 – Cortez 18, Cuntapay 16, Payosing 13, Royo 13, Andrada 8, Alfaro 6, Visser 4, Jopia 3, Tagala 1, Puno 0, Alloso 0, Jalbuena 0.

Quarters: 28-18, 59-33, 77-61, 108-82.

—Bea Micaller/JKC, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:37 +0800 Philippine Times
POC to hand out incentives to Cambodia SEA Games medalists on Olympic Day POC to hand out incentives to Cambodia SEA Games medalists on Olympic Day thumbnail

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) on Friday will celebrate the Olympic Day, which will be highlighted by the ceremonial turnover of incentives prepared for the Filipino athletes who bagged medals in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games last May in Cambodia.

POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino will lead the event held annually to celebrate the founding of the International Olympic Committee by Baron Pierre de Coubertin on June 23, 1894.

The Olympic Day celebration starts at 7 a.m. at the University of the Philippines Track and Field Oval in Diliman, Quezon City.

After the ceremony, checks will be given to the 260 SEAG medalists — from individuals, doubles, and team sports.

Represented by over 840 athletes, the Philippines copped 54 gold medals, the biggest haul in the country’s history in the biennial meet, alongside 85 silver and 117 bronze plums to finish fifth in the Cambodia Games.

—Bea Micaller/JKC, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:35 +0800 Philippine Times
Trisha Tubu, three other Adamson stars turn pros, join Farm Fresh in PVL Trisha Tubu, three other Adamson stars turn pros, join Farm Fresh in PVL thumbnail

Adamson University standout Trisha Tubu and three of her teammates are moving on from their collegiate careers as they joined Farm Fresh for the upcoming 2023 PVL Invitational Conference set on June 27.

Farm Fresh head coach and former Adamson mentor Jerry Yee confirmed the development to GMA Integrated News on Thursday.

Aside from Tubu, also leaving Adamson to play in the PVL are Kate Santiago, Ckyle Tagsip, and Cae Lazo, who are tipped to reinforce the Foxies that will be made up of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde core.

Tubu, who still has four playing years left, will join former NCAA MVP Mycah Go as well as other Benilde stars in opposite spiker Gayle Pascual, open hitter Jade Gentapa, and setter Cloanne Mondoñedo as they look to battle powerhouse teams in the PVL.

The move came weeks after Yee parted ways with the Lady Falcons, which arose after the seasoned mentor accepted the job to be at the Farm Fresh helm. Yee has also been named the new University of the East mentor for UAAP Season 86.

—JKC, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:33 +0800 Philippine Times
Aboitiz Power: Tiwi plant operations remain normal Aboitiz Power: Tiwi plant operations remain normal thumbnail

ENERGY firm Aboitiz Power Corp. said on Thursday that its Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant in Tiwi, Albay continued to operate under normal conditions and was supplying the Luzon grid despite Mayon Volcano’s restiveness.

Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant in Tiwi, Albay. TMT file photo

Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant in Tiwi, Albay. TMT file photo

Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant in Tiwi, Albay. TMT file photo

In a statement, Aboitiz Power Renewables Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Estrella said that the facility had observed no significant temperature and fluid flow effects or other issues.

“The complex’s gross generation for the past week has been around 120 megawatts (MW), with no incident relating to Mayon’s unrest,” Estrella added.

“Nonetheless, despite Tiwi Geothermal’s distance to Mayon’s crater of about 24 kilometers, we remain on safety alert for any possible eventualities.”

The Aboitiz group of companies has been helping in relief efforts for residents affected by Mayon’s unrest. Its social development arm, Aboitiz Foundation Inc., has donated 10,000 five-kilogram sacks of rice to evacuees.

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The province of Albay has been placed under a state of calamity due to the threat of a volcanic eruption as Mayon remains under Alert Level 3.

More than 5,800 affected families, or around 20,000 individuals, from six municipalities and two component cities who are living within the six-kilometer permanent danger zone have been evacuated.

As part of its push for renewable energy, Aboitiz Power said that construction of a binary geothermal plant at the Tiwi facility was on track to provide an additional 17 MW of clean electricity by the end of this year.

Aboitiz Power shares closed up P1 at P37.50 on Thursday.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:18 +0800 Philippine Times
Stocks stay in red on hawkish Fed tone Stocks stay in red on hawkish Fed tone thumbnail

Iris Gonzales – The Philippine Star

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Shares prices stayed in negative territory yesterday after US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell stuck to his recent hawkish tone on the central bank’s likely interest rate path.

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) closed at 6,404.91, down by 19.30 points or 0.30 percent, while the broader All Shares index slipped by 9.12 points or 0.27 percent to 3,417.69.

Mikhail Plopenio of Philstocks Financial said the local market followed the downturn in Wall Street overnight following Powell’s remarks in his testimony to the US Congress.

“Investors seemed to have been weighed by the hawkish statements from the Federal Reserve despite the anticipated rate hike pause from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas,” he said.

Last week, the Fed held its benchmark interest rate steady at between five percent and 5.25 percent, but officials projected rates will have to increase another half percentage point by year’s end to tame inflation.

Powell in his remarks to lawmakers in Washington said the outlook for two further 25-basis-point (bps) rate increases are “a pretty good guess” of where the central bank is heading if the economy continues in its current direction.

Kevin Cummins, chief economist at NatWest Markets, said Powell’s testimony didn’t shed any new light on the Fed’s thinking or the likely future path for monetary policy, adding that his tone was very similar to last week’s press conference and mostly leaned hawkish.

“It’s clear that the FOMC wants the market to understand that a hike will be on the table for debate at the next meeting. The Fed’s data-dependent approach in this tightening cycle suggests upcoming data releases could shift expectations.”

Atlanta Federal Reserve president Raphael Bostic said on Wednesday the Fed should not raise rates further or it would risk “needlessly” sapping the strength of the US economy.

The comments highlight the growing debate at the central bank over when and if the central bank should hike further.

“The next six months, as much as we would like to stop talking about the Fed, but it’s going to be the continued driver of sentiment in the market,” said Michael Dyer, investment director, multi assets at M&G Investments.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:15 +0800 Philippine Times
Metro retail prices increase at slowest pace in 11 months Metro retail prices increase at slowest pace in 11 months thumbnail

Louella Desiderio – The Philippine Star

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed the General Retail Price Index (GRPI) growth in Metro Manila decelerated to 4.9 percent in May from 5.4 percent in April.

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MANILA, Philippines — Retail prices of goods in Metro Manila experienced the slowest growth in 11 months in May, largely due to slower upticks in food prices, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed the General Retail Price Index (GRPI) growth in Metro Manila decelerated to 4.9 percent in May from 5.4 percent in April.

The latest GRPI reading for the National Capital Region (NCR) is the lowest growth since the 4.7 percent increase in June last year.

The May GRPI growth, however, is higher than the 4.1 percent uptick in May last year.

“The primary driver of the lower annual growth of GRPI in NCR was the slower year-on-year increase in the heavily weighted food index at 10 percent during the month from 10.6 percent in April 2023,” the PSA said.

It said the continued decline in mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials at -12.8 percent in May 2023 from -8.4 percent in the previous month also contributed to the downtrend in GRPI growth.

Commodity groups with lower increases were machinery and transport equipment as well as beverages and tobacco.

On the other hand, commodity groups with higher mark-ups were crude materials, inedible except fuels; chemicals, including animal and vegetable oils and fats, and miscellaneous manufactured articles.

Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials retained their previous month’s growth of 2.8 percent in May.

From  January to May, GRPI growth averaged 5.9 percent.

GRPI tracks the changes in the retailers’ prices to consumers or end-users.

The index is used for monitoring the economic situation of the retail sector, as well as for forecasting business in retail trade.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:13 +0800 Philippine Times
Ropali Group steps up efforts vs dirty money Ropali Group steps up efforts vs dirty money thumbnail

Iris Gonzales – The Philippine Star

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Ropali Group of Companies’ Agribusiness Rural Bank Inc. (Agribank) has partnered with leading global fintech provider, Kiya.AI as part of its cybersecurity improvements and anti-money laundering efforts.

The bank subscribed to Kiya.AI’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) System to facilitate easier tracking, flagging, and detection of suspicious activities as part of its regulatory compliance.

Agribank president and CEO Danny Boy Antonio said the partnership with Kiya.AI would add value to the existing improvements in the bank’s compliance unit as this complements the bank’s long-term goal of offering customers a safer banking experience.

“We look forward to leveraging Kiya.AI’s expertise in enabling 360-degree customer profiling, eliminating false reporting, and streamline compliance operations,” Antonio said.

Rajesh Mirjankar, CEO of Kiya.AI said the company is committed to complementing the ongoing efforts of Agribank to empower and serve its customers against the constantly evolving threats of money laundering.

“We believe that cutting-edge, real-time financial monitoring technology can deliver the change needed to fight today’s sophisticated fraud and money laundering cases. Given the dynamic nature of the financial crime and regulatory landscape, we recognize that ensuring AML compliance is a continuous process, and we will fine tune and continue to strengthen our collaborative efforts together with Agribank,” he said.

Agribank chief compliance officer Norberto Tan said  it has been the bank’s aim to find the right system provider to collaborate with.

Kiya.Ai is a global digital solutions provider serving financial institutions and governments worldwide. Its expertise includes financial services, digital payments, governance, risk and compliance solutions along with market-ready processes that empower financial institutions to be equipped with future-proof strategies to serve an ever growing digital-first community.

It operates in 50 countries and has some 500 clients.

Agribank is a rural bank that is part of the Ropali Group of Companies with operations dating back to 1978 in Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya.

At present, the company has 21 branches nationwide offering deposits and loan products at competitive rates.

The Ropali Group of Companies, a mid-sized conglomerate focused on motorcycles and agriculture machinery, is headed by its founding chairman, businessman Roberto Alingog. 

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:11 +0800 Philippine Times
Poor, middle class to bear brunt of tax on salty food Poor, middle class to bear brunt of tax on salty food thumbnail

Louise Maureen Simeon – The Philippine Star

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The poor and the middle-class segment of the society will likely bear the brunt of the proposed tax on salty and junk food, as well higher levy on sweetened beverages, amid the lack of affordable food options in the market.

Economists told The STAR that while the Department of Finance’s latest tax proposal seems to be a good measure, this may unduly burden the country’s low-income majority.

Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno recently announced that the DOF and the Department of Health are pursuing a junk food and sweetened beverage tax in a bid to generate revenues while addressing diseases related to poor diet.

Such a tax measure is seen adding some P76 billion to state coffers and reducing consumption of junk food by 21 percent.

Leonardo Lanzona, economist and professor at the Ateneo De Manila University, said covered products have very high price elasticity, especially if targeted to the poor and middle income groups.

This means that demand may likely fall and unlikely increase collection for the needed tax revenues for important socially-oriented programs to be achieved.

“I think that the demand for these products will fall, except for those targeted to the rich. So revenues generated from these taxes will not be sufficient,” Lanzona said.

“The government should not rely on these forms of taxes as these can also be regressive, as lower and middle income groups are the heaviest consumers of these products,” he said.

Under the proposal, the government plans to impose a P10 per 100 grams or P10 per 100 milliliters tax on pre-packaged foods lacking nutritional value, including confectioneries, snacks, desserts, and frozen confectioneries, that exceed the DOH’ specified thresholds for fat, salt, and sugar content.

The DOF also wants to increase the sweetened beverage tax rate under the TRAIN Law to P12 per liter regardless of the type of sweetener used. Currently, the rate is at a minimum of P6 per liter.

Research and advocacy group IBON Foundation, for its part, maintained that the supposed health benefits may not be achieved given the lack of affordable alternatives, especially amid low purchasing power of the majority of Filipinos.

IBON executive director Sonny Africa argued that revenues would be generated precisely because the DOF knows about the lack of alternatives and that even poor Filipino families would keep buying such foods.

“An additional consumption tax will also just further depress household consumption spending, which has been slowing for three consecutive quarters already,” Africa said.

On the other hand, ING Bank senior economist Nicholas Mapa said that the tax measure should help generate fresh funds for government coffers while also improving the health of Filipinos.

This, as the government moves to consolidate its finances given the limited fiscal space following the pandemic’s effect on revenues that has yet to fully recover.

“The estimated revenue take from this does look a bit modest versus total revenue collection for a year. But at this point, perhaps every additional revenue can count,” Mapa said.

Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. chief economist Michael Ricafort explained that the administration is proposing new taxes as inflation continues to stabilize.

“New and higher taxes during better economic times make sense, as well as the urgency to pay large debts incurred since the pandemic, though some of the debts are long-term in nature,” Ricafort said.

Ricafort added that the measure is not necessarily anti-poor as it is similar to sin taxes, which slaps levies on less essential products with health risks, such as tobacco and alcohol.

Diokno said the added revenues from the tax package would fund important socio-economic programs of the administration.

Mapa, meanwhile, said part of the proceeds should help promote healthier alternatives and support industries that produce healthier choices.

Still, IBON argued that if the DOF is really concerned about improving the diet of Filipinos, it should support wage hikes and provide ayuda that would increase the purchasing power and food consumption of millions of families.

It also called on the government to raise substantial revenues, without burdening ordinary Filipinos, through a wealth tax that could raise some P500 billion annually.

Lanzona agreed with this, noting that consumption taxes should be complemented with a wealth tax to provide more programs for the poor.

“The goods that the rich commonly purchase, such as luxuries, the demand may not decrease as much. So, the overall goal should be to make these taxes more progressive,” he said.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:09 +0800 Philippine Times
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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is set to undergo a transformation under its Secretary, Antonia “Toni” Yulo-Loyzaga, who wants the department to move away from its previous mandate of being a “regulatory” body to an agency that is science-led and which will focus more on “protection, enhancement, preservation, rehabilitation and regeneration of the environment.”

She said such a mandate would lead to a “reorganizational  transformation” that “needs to actually take place,” where in the past “people are used to, perhaps, the more punitive and  the more regulatory” agency, but this time around would be more “science-based and with more emphasis on what we need to do to actually maintain from ridge to reef our ecosystems so that they can support community life, business, and all the other activities that are really dependent on the use of natural resources.”

Loyzaga formally sat down with a group of business editors and writers Tuesday to outline some of her views regarding her department, and impressed all of us with her careful and intelligent approach to tackling and formulating policies that will govern the various sectors that her department has jurisdiction over  – from the extractive sector to the renewables sector —  that also overlap with the Department of Energy, climate and the environment, water resources  – that will also overlap with the still to be created Department of Water, as well as dealing with a menagerie of  abandoned and confiscated wildlife!

The DENR also manages the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, which has amassed a “small” collection of animals that were either confiscated from illegal smugglers or abandoned by illegal collectors and include a pair of tigers.

‘We need minerals’

The extractive industries sector is excited that Secretary Loyzaga acknowledges the practical need to resume the extraction of vital minerals and metallurgical resources that our economy needs, even as she carefully reviews existing policies and draws up the new framework that will govern the sector moving forward during her tenure.

“At this point we need to accept that we need minerals… we need minerals. Everything that we use on a daily basis comes from something that has to be extracted,” she said.

The DENR Secretary expressed the need for government to map out and confirm that the resources are there and determine if they can be sustainably extracted. She also stressed the need for government to resume exploration, noting that such activity has stopped, and that the private sector has that ability to track such resources, which the government should likewise be able to do.

However, Loyzaga continues to review past policies governing the extraction of resources such as coal, oil, minerals and metallurgical resources, and is still in the process of revising and improving the policy framework, as well as holding consultations with all stakeholders, that would govern such activities before releasing the new rules and  guidelines that will be followed moving forward.

She could, thus, only say that they would come out with the new policy framework “soon” that would allow the private sector to resume or invest in new exploration, mining and renewable energy activities.

On the controversial adoption of open pit mining, Loyzaga avoided an all out endorsement, but pointed out that new technology and  processes are now available and that there is greater emphasis on mitigation, rehabilitation and regeneration that has been used and accepted by other countries that engage in extractive industries.

She also astutely shut down claims that rehabilitation has not been a hallmark of the Philippine mining sector, citing for instance the rehabilitation done in Rio Tuba,  and more importantly that any activity in the extractive sector, by its very nature, will not result in something that has been disturbed will ever be exactly the same even with restoration or rehabilitation. But she does see the possibility of seeking compensation by investment.

Also a priority for Loyzaga are weather and climate change issues that have now gained more urgency globally, as different parts of the world now experience the damage wrought by climate disasters. DENR Undersecretary Carlo Primo “CP” David, whom she has worked with in the past, is helping her on those issues.

Loyzaga’s approach to her post stems from her professional background, having been the executive director of the Manila Observatory for nine years, from 2007 to 2016, even though her educational background is really in political science.

Grade school classmates

It was actually a reunion of sorts for Secretary Loyzaga, Grace Magno,  VP for corporate marketing of SM Supermalls, and myself last Tuesday, as we were all grade school classmates at Assumption Convent – Herran (ages ago), with both Grace and me vouching for Loyzaga’s good girl reputation in grade school and among the more diligent students…along with another former classmate, Sen. Loren Legarda.

It was also a good time to learn about that not-so romantic, but actually “boring” (as Toni herself describes it)  courtship of Toni by Chito Loyzaga …because, of course, we had to ask about it…wink…wink.

We wanted to know how the then popular college hearthrob athlete/ basketballer Chito won over Toni…not as it turns out by sweeping her off her feet, but rather a straight forward request by Chito for her to be his girlfriend. It turns out that she had known Chito for quite some time as he was a friend of her brother. She further reveals that Chito is  “methodical and constant” and “plays by the book,” as proven by his professional basketball career with the still popular Barangay Ginebra team.

Their union produced two girls and a boy, Joaquin, who is her “Asec, Anak ng Secretary” and executive assistant at the DENR, but who, unfortunately, is not into basketball but definitely inherited the good looks of his father.

Juan Luna at the Ayala Museum

Was fortunate enough to view Juan Luna’s long-lost painting, “Hymen, o Hymenee,” which won a bronze medal at the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, France,  at the Ayala Museum last week. It is a beautiful work of art that makes one proud that a Filipino artist had the talent to create such a masterful painting that is recognized internationally.

It was also a good time to review Juan Luna’s colorful and controversial life, which of course, was glossed over in the beautiful audio-visual presentation that accompanied the exhibit, but reawakened my interest in the controversial artist.

It was also pleasant to reacquaint myself with the Ayala Museum that I had visited years ago when it relocated in the now commercial Greenbelt mall. I was again awed by the museum’s gold exhibit, and pleased with its new exhibits on textiles and ceramics and pottery.

I urge those who have not seen the exhibit to go visit the Ayala Museum and appreciate a pleasant morning or afternoon learning about Filipino art and heritage before or after a shopping and eating spree at the mall.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:07 +0800 Philippine Times
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Louella Desiderio – The Philippine Star

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

In an advisory, the DPWH and PPP Center said they are inviting firms interested in the CLLEX concession to a market sounding event on June 27 at the PPP Center office in Quezon City.


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center will gauge private sector interest in the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) concession through a market sounding activity next week.

In an advisory, the DPWH and PPP Center said they are inviting firms interested in the CLLEX concession to a market sounding event on June 27 at the PPP Center office in Quezon City.

The  event aims to gather feedback from relevant stakeholders as the DPWH undertakes the PPP project study for the CLLEX.

Through the event, the agencies said “DPWH aims to collect indications of private sector interest in the CLLEX concession from both domestic and international companies.”

DPWH Undersecretary Maria Catalina Cabral and PPP Center executive director Cynthia Hernandez will attend the market sounding event.

SMEC Philippines president Ricardo Yuzon Jr. will also be present at the event.

SMEC was tapped by the DPWH to carry out transaction advisory services to establish the viability of CLLEX Phase II, which will extend Phase I by connecting Cabanatuan City and San Jose City in Nueva Ecija.

CLLEX Phase I is a 30-kilometer expressway connecting the provinces of Tarlac and Nueva Ecija.

Construction for Phase I was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, with counterpart funding from the Philippine government.

CLLEX Phase II, meanwhile, will involve the selection for a private proponent to finance, design and construct the project.

The private proponent will also operate and maintain both Phase I and II.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:05 +0800 Philippine Times
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MANILA, Philippines — The Center for Global Best Practices will host a program titled “Resolving your Squatter Issues in Public and Private Properties” on July 20, 21 and 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The program aims to protect your property from unlawful occupants and to efficiently utilize ejectment actions and provisional remedies available in the speedy recovery of your land or building to avoid further damage from prolonged dispossession. The lecture will include other special laws of great concern to land developers such as Republic Act 6552 (The Maceda Law) that governs sales on installment of real property, Presidential Decree 1517 (The Urban Land Reform Law), RA 7279 (The Lina Law), Tenancy Law, and more. It will also include essential updates on government initiatives against professional squatters and squatting syndicates.

This three-session training will be led by CGBP’s finest roster of lecturers that include Atty. Alvin Claridades, the author of 18 best-selling law books such as Land Titles and Deeds, Laws on Easement, Road Right-of-Way, Building and Setback, Agrarian Law and The Revised IRR of the National Building Code of the Philippines; Ret. Gen. Efren Fernandez, who has extensive experience in peacefully and effectively removing thousands of illegal dwellers and a former president and CEO of Public Safety Mutual Benefit Funds Inc. and undersecretary at the Department of National Defense; and Engr. Agustin Torres, who was part of the oversight committee on the crafting and implementation of the revised IRR of the Building Code of the Philippines and also serves as a program director at the CGBP and a consultant at the DPWH National Building Code Development Office and Quezon City LGU.

Registration is open to the general public. A must for property owners, land developers, lessors and brokers, bankers and financiers, prosecutors and judges, lawyers and consultants, property administrators, law enforcement officers, consultants, victims of squatting syndicates and anyone seeking effective solutions to illegal tenants, squatters and dwellers.

For more property-related training topics such as Best Practices Guide to Crafting Construction Law Contracts, Condominium Law of the Philippines, Building Code of the Philippines and How to Detect Fake Titles, visit or call Manila lines (+63 2) 8556-8968/69 or (+63 2) 8842-7148/59.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:02 +0800 Philippine Times
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Danessa Rivera – The Philippine Star

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Pangilinan-led upstream oil and gas firm PXP Energy Corp. is awaiting the awarding of service contracts (SCs) for three oil and gas prospects as it continues to explore new opportunities with promising potential.

During the company’s virtual stockholders’ meeting last Wednesday, PXP president Daniel Stephen Carlos said the company is “eagerly” awaiting the approval of three new SCs in Northwest Palawan, Sulu aSea and Recto Bank areas.

“These contract areas will play an important role in revitalizing our petroleum operations and diversifying our asset portfolio,” he said.

PXP and its unit Forum Energy Philippines Corp. are applying for a new SC covering the surrendered SC-6A in northwest Palawan and adjacent areas.

“Both PXP and Forum are participating in a new SC application that will cover the former SC-6A and addtional area to the east which was surrendered by the SC 74 consortium last year,” Carlos said.

“PXP and Forum will each have a participating interest of 6.84 percent in the new SC,” he said.

SC-6A was surrendered to the Department of Energy in March 2021 as the contract term is set to expire in February 2024.

The SC-6A joint venture partners consisted of Philodrill Corp. as the operator, Anglo Philippine Holdings Corp., Forum Energy Philippines Corp., PXP and Alcorn Petroleum and Minerals Corp.

“This has created a limited window of opportunity for us to drill an exploratory well and develop a field if a discovery is made,” Carlos said.

Meanwhile, PXP is also awaiting the awarding of the SC for a nominated area adjacent to SC 72 in Recto Bank and a pre-determined area in Sulu Sea.

“The first block is a nominated area adjacent to SC 72 and once awarded, our plan is to acquire new 2D seismic data complemented by marine gravity and magnetic data,” Carlos said.

“The second block is Area 7 in Sulu Sea which was offered by the DOE through a bidding round in 2019. Upon contract award, initial work will focus on the reprocessing of 3D seismic data,” he said.

Apart from these prospects, PXP Energy is continuously evaluating additional opportunities within the region “in line with our objective of expanding our presence in areas that show promising potential,” the company’s top official said.

PXP said the group would continue to pursue exploration work with respect to its other projects in the Philippines, including SC 40 and SC 74.

SC 74 is the Linapacan block in northwest Palawan, while SC 40 is the North Cebu block located in the Visayan Basin.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:24:00 +0800 Philippine Times
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Louise Maureen Simeon – The Philippine Star

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has extended a P66.7-million loan for the construction of a waste treatment and disposal facility in Cebu.

DBP recently approved the P66.7-million loan to Pacific Mactan Renewable Environmental Systems Inc. (PMRESI), the local subsidiary of Canada-based EnEco WTE Pacific Inc.

The loan will be used to build the only fully-integrated waste treatment and disposal facility at the Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ) in Lapu-Lapu City.It will also cover the establishment of a pacesetting smart waste management and energy recovery system for more than 200 firms within the MEZ area.

The latest loan is under DBP’s Sustainable Waste Management for Enhanced Environmental Protection Financing Program (SWEEP), the bank’s flagship credit facility that aims to help address the growing problem of solid and hazardous waste management in the country.

The loan will partially finance the construction of a 2,000-square-meter hazardous waste treatment facility and the acquisition of waste-water treatment equipment.

DBP president and CEO Michael de Jesus said the bank aims to support building sustainable infrastructure to further accelerate environmental protection and economic growth in the country.

“Through this undertaking, we bolster commitment to support innovative technologies and approaches that would advance efficient solid waste management systems and practices,” De Jesus said.

The mother firm of PMRESI pioneered the entry of a waste gasifier technology in the Philippines called thermal oxidation process system (TOPS).

As such, the MEZ waste treatment facility is the first to employ the TOPS gasifier technology that uses a thermal gasification process to decompose carbon-based components of waste and reduce its volume by 97 percent.

The project, which will employ an integrated pollution prevention and control system, has been granted the first-ever environmental technology verification statement and report by the Department of Science and Technology.

Further, the facility is seen to produce carbon-free ash, which can be used as a concrete additive, and donated to nearby municipalities for their construction needs and generate additional power from waste product treatment.

DBP has so far approved P435.6 million in financing under its SWEEP program.

DBP is the eighth largest bank in the country in terms of assets. It provides credit support to four strategic sectors of the economy namely, infrastructure and logistics, MSME, environment, and social services and community development.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:23:58 +0800 Philippine Times
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CARBY BASINA, GMA Integrated News

It looks like Dennis Trillo and Bea Alonzo’s series is coming very soon!

On Instagram, Dennis shared a new teaser photo for the series.

“#LoveBeforeSunrise,” the actor wrote.

Bea Alonzo and Dennis Trillo will team up after 20 years for GMA’s upcoming series “Love Before Sunrise.”

Sure enough, his followers got even more excited for the project, with one user commenting, “Can’t wait idol!”

Earlier, Bea also shared photos from the set of the upcoming series.

Similar to the photo posted by Dennis, Bea was dressed in medical scrubs, while the Kapuso Drama King was in a denim jacket.

Bea and Dennis play soulmates who haven’t found the right moment.

“Right love at the wrong time, ganun talaga. Minsan meron tayong mga TOTGA. So makaka-relate maraming tao sa istorya namin. It’s about taking a leap for the one that you love,” said Bea.

Joining Bea and Dennis in the cast are Andrea Torres, Sid Lucero, Nadia Montenegro, Sef Cadayona, Cheska Fausto, and Vince Maristela.

Dennis previously starred in the hit historical portal fantasy series, “Maria Clara at Ibarra,” which is now on Netflix. He is also part of the “Voltes V: Legacy.”

Bea, on the other hand, starred in “Start-Up PH” with fellow Kapuso stars Alden Richards, Yasmien Kurdi, and Jeric Gonzales.

“Love Before Sunrise” is a collaboration between GMA Network and Viu Philippines. — BAP, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:23:27 +0800 Philippine Times
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SHOWBIZ GANERN!Gorgy Rula – Pilipino Star Ngayon

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

Inalam namin sa ilang staff ng isang weekly show kung ano talaga ang problema sa naturang show at bakit may naririnig kaming reklamo ng ilang artistang mainstay sa programang ito.

Meron na raw kasing nag-walk out na at mukhang wala nang balak bumalik dahil sa dismayado na raw ito sa pamamalakad sa show na ‘yun.

Ang dating sa kanila, may favoritism dahil iilan lang daw ang nagagamit, ang iba ay tengga at paminsan-minsan lang lumalabas.

Meron pa raw isang staff sa show na ‘yun na wagas daw kung mamahiya sa ibang artista.

Hindi raw nila ma-take itong staff na tila siya na ang nagku-control ng buong show.

Nagtanung-tanong kami sa ilang staff na maayos naman ang trabaho sa show na ‘yun, kinokontra nito ang isyu ng favoritism.

Paano naman daw nila gagamitin ang ilang performers, wala naman daw silang panahon mag-rehearse.

Hindi kagaya ng ilang mainstays sa show na ‘yun na kahit punung-puno ang schedule, talagang naglalaan daw ng oras para makapag-rehearse. Siyempre ‘yun na ang gagamitin nila dahil sumusunod sa usapang magbigay ng isang araw para sa rehearsal.

Baka nga masyado na silang marami sa show na ‘yun, kaya okay na ring mabawasan sila.

May isang regular sa show na ‘yun na ilang linggo nang hindi mapapanood dahil inisyuhan pala ito ng ‘fat memo.’

Nangyayari naman ito noon pa na kailangan maingat ka rin sa itsura at pangangatawan dahil ayaw naman nilang mapulaan itong pataba nang pataba.

Meron na rin daw na isang artist na magpapaalam na raw sa show na ‘yun dahil hindi na siya masaya.

Susubukan pa rin naming hingan ng pahayag ang ilang executive ng weekly show na ito para malinaw kung ano talaga ang nangyayari sa loob ng studio.

Allan K, tinanggihan ang dobleng TF

Mas mahalaga kay Allan K ang loyalty kahit doble pa ang talent fee na ibibigay sa kanya.

Inamin ng singer/TV host na inalok sila nina Jose Manalo at Wally Bayola ng Jalosjos siblings na magpaiwan sa Eat Bulaga, at dadag­dagan ang talent fee nito. Pero mas nanaig sa kanya ang loyalty kina Tito, Vic and Joey.

“’Yun nga. Inu-offer ka­ming tatlo na dobleng presyo ng talent fee namin,” pakli ni Allan K nang nakatsikahan namin sa nakaraang Media Day ng TVJ at Legit Dabarkads sa TV5.

“Sabi namin, sandali lang po ha? Pag-isipan talaga namin. Hindi ganun kadaling mag-isip. Ano ‘to? Bigyan mo kaming pera, okay na kami? Hindi.

“Give us time to decide,” dagdag niyang pahayag.

Binanggit daw niya ito sa TVJ at napapailing na lamang daw sila.

Pero nung nag-decide na raw sina Tito, Vic and Joey na mag-resign nung May 31, kaagad na nag-decide raw siyang mag-resign na rin at hindi na tatanggapin ang alok ng TAPE, Inc.

“Hindi talaga ako nagdalawang isip. Talagang at the back of my mind, No! Ganun talaga kaagad.

“Kasi, year of the dog ako ipinanganak. So loyal talaga ako. Kung saan sila pupunta, nakasunod ako with wagging tail,” sabi pa ni Allan K.

Masaya na raw siya ngayong balik-Kapatid network siya dahil nagkaroon din naman siya noon sa TV5.

Si Allan K ang isa sa unang host ng Sing Galing. Kaya malay natin baka sa pagbabalik ng Sing Galing ay si Allan K na uli ang host.

Ganundin naman ang gusto ng ibang Dabarkads na nakapag-show sa TV5. Gusto nilang balikan ang nagawa nilang show, kagaya ni Joey de Leon na puwedeng pabalikin ang Wow Mali at Si Ryan Agoncillo naman ang kanyang sikat na talent show dati na Talentadong Pinoy.

Sa July 1 na magsisimula ang noontime show ng TVJ at Legit Dabarkads, at sabi ni Bossing Vic, humble lang daw muna.

Hindi raw totoong gagawin daw sa Philippine Arena ang pilot show.

Sa dalawang studio ng TV5 lang daw sila at pinag­handaan na ito ngayon ng Kapatid network.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:23:25 +0800 Philippine Times
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Alam mo ba pinakamasarap sa lahat ‘pag ‘yung matagal mo nang kilala naging matagumpay at hindi nagbago. Iyon bang kahit yu­maman na, ganun pa rin ang trato sa iyo.

Isa si Sylvia Sanchez sa mga nagtagumpay at never nabago ang ugali at pakikisama sa mga dating kilala.

Kung ano siya noon, ganun pa rin siya ngayon.

No wonder lahat ng suwerte nakukuha niya.

Kaya naman pati ang mga anak niya successful in their own way.

Talagang ipagluluto at ipaghahanda ka niya tulad ng dati niyang ginagawa.

How sweet of her na ngayon ay may anak na siyang isang Congressman, si Arjo Atayde.

At ang mga anak niya nag-aral at lumalaking mabuting mga tao tulad ni Ria.

Talagang when you are a good person, God will be kind and giving to you. Ganyan ang nangyayari kay Sylvia, punong-puno ng blessings, bongga.

 Ito ang isang magandang pangyayari na masasabi mo na kaya worthy siya sa blessings sa buhay niya dahil na nga sa magandang ugali niya.

Hay naku, dapat lahat ng artista ganyan ang attitude, hindi nagbabago kahit meron na silang lahat sa buhay at talagang yumaman.

Iba kasi talaga pag mabait ka at walang yabang sa katawan.

‘Wag lalaki ang ulo at mag-ilusyon na nasa itaas ka porke’t mapera!

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:23:23 +0800 Philippine Times
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Araw-araw ay may update si Sharon Cuneta sa ginagawa nilang pelikula ni Alden Richards.

Kahapon ay kasama naman nila si Jackie Lou Blanco.

Ang saya dahil laging magkayakap ang gaganap na mag-ina.

“Today!!! @aldenrichards02 Yea kasama din namin si Jackie!!!!

Kasama rin nila si Tonton Gutierrez at may post din siyang kasama ang actor at si Miles Ocampo. (SVA)

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:23:22 +0800 Philippine Times
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Magkakatambal sina Julia Barretto at Diego Loyzaga sa pelikulang Will You Be My Ex?  

Mahigit isang dekada na ang nakalilipas nang unang magkatrabaho ang dalawa pero ngayon lamang nabigyan ng pagkakataon na magkapareha sa pelikula. “I’m so excited to work with Diego because he’s been a friend of mine for a very long time. We worked together twice already on TV when we were younger. This time around, we’re a bit older, more mature and I’m excited to have worked with him in a very interesting story. Absolutely no awkwardness,” pagbabahagi ni Julia.

Marami ang nagtatanong sa aktres kung posible nga bang mang­yari ang titulo ng bagong pelikula. “Definitely, I will not say or ask that to anybody, especially a guy whom I got involved with. The relationships I’ve been in the past, it’s clear that we’re better off on separate ways. With others, it works so we support that they try again and it works out. It’s just not the case for me. I’m just very happy now,” makahulugang pahayag ng dalaga.

Sa ngayon ay kabi-kabila ang ginagawang proyekto ni Julia. Isa pang bagong pelikula ang nakatakdang gawin ng aktres sa susunod na buwan.

Abala man sa trabaho ay sinisikap umano ni Julia na balansehin ang kanyang oras para sa kanyang personal na mga pangangailangan. “I’ll also start working on a new film first week of July. The amount of work I do, I am given the same amount of time to recharge, to reconnect, regroup and really rest. That’s something that I really want to achieve for a long time. At 26, it’s something that I have already. I’ve been able to figure out and at the same time, even if the work can be non-stop for days, then you are given only three days to rest, that’s okay to me I’m still young so kinakaya pa ng endurance ko. Hinahanap pa siya ng katawan ko. So really, no complaints. I’m in a good place and time in my life. I think I’ve already gotten to a point in my life where there’s so much ba­lance,” pagtatapos ng dalaga.

Ariel, emosyonal ‘pag naaalala ang tatay

Kamakailan ay aming nakapanayam si Ariel Rivera sa Fast Talk with Boy Abunda. Naging emosyonal ang singer nang alalahanin ang amang namayapa noong 2020. “My brother Marvin, ‘yung sumunod sa akin, said dad’s not doing well. Something’s wrong with him. He had sepsis na pala, but he was home. Parang, he seems lost. He’s not himself,” emosyonal na bungad ni Ariel.

Nagbabakasyon umano ang pamilya ng singer sa Japan nang muling tawagan ng kapatid tungkol sa kondisyon ng ama. “So we went back to Manila right away, and I got the first flight to Toronto. When I saw him, he was in the ICU na. He was breathing because of the apparatus. I just whispered in his ear, and I said, ‘Thank you dad for everything you’ve done for me, you’ve given me. Don’t worry, I’ll take care of mom. Kung pagod na kayo, magpahinga na kayo.’ That’s all I said,” umiiyak na kwento niya.

Para kay Ariel ay talagang malaking bahagi ng kanyang pagkatao ang nakuha niya mula sa ama. “I am who I am because of my dad. My dad brought us up through his actions. Things you take for granted, like basketball games, nando’n siya to support. But he was never the type that would say, ‘I love you’ or ‘I’m proud of you, tama ‘yung ginagawa mo.’ He just shows things through his actions. And I’ve been always like that. I didn’t know I was like that kahit noong nagkaanak na ako. I realize I am my father’s son and I think he brought us up the right way,” paglalahad ng singer. Reports from JCC

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:23:20 +0800 Philippine Times
Bagong kanta ni KZ ipina&mix sa Amerika, pina&master sa grammy winner Bagong kanta ni KZ ipina-mix sa Amerika, pina-master sa grammy winner thumbnail

SHOW-MYSalve Asis – Pilipino Star Ngayon

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

Ang ganda ng bagong soulful love song ni KZ Tandingan – Dito Ka Lang single na mapapakinggan na simula ngayong Biyernes (Hunyo 23).

Si KZ mismo ang sumulat ng kanta na inalay niya sa kanyang asawa na si TJ Monterde noong panahon na nasa tour abroad si TJ habang nanatili sa bansa si KZ.

Inareglo ni Theo Martel at prinodyus ni ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo ang bagong handog ng Star Music na may tunog soul, R&B at rap.

Ipinadala pa ito sa Amerika para i-mix ng Grammy winner na si Jackie Boom at i-master ng isa pang Grammy winner na si Jett Galindo ng The Bakery LA.

Sa media lunching kahapon ay tunog international ang kanta.

Ang ganda.

Saka talagang mahusay naman si KZ.

Tampok sa ilalabas na music video nito sa ABS-CBN Star Music YouTube channel sina Kobie Brown at Andi Abaya.

Pinag-usapan agad mula nang inanunsyo ang proyektong Dito Ka Lang ni KZ na mapapabilang sa upcoming full-length album niya na tatawaging Soul Supremacy II.

Sinusundan nito ang patok na Soul Supremacy album ng X-Factor Philippines grand winner na inilunsad ng Star Music taong 2017.

Bago ang Dito Ka Lang, nilabas ni KZ ang kanyang international singles na 11:59 at Winning.

Bumida rin ang Kapamilya artist sa New York Times Square billboard noong 2021 para sa EQUAL playlist ng Spotify.

Nagsilbi naman siyang isa sa mga coach ng The Voice Kids Philippines season 5 ngayong taon.

Mapapakinggan ang Dito Ka Lang ni KZ simula Biyernes (Hunyo 23) sa iba’t ibang digital streaming platforms at mapapanood din ang music video nito sa ABS-CBN Star Music YouTube channel.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:23:18 +0800 Philippine Times
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SHOW-MYSalve Asis – Pilipino Star Ngayon

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

Malapit na malapit na ang July 1.

Ito ang araw na mag-uumpisa ang pagbabalik ng Tito, Vic and Joey sa free TV – TV5.

Pero bago ‘yan, nakasama muna ng TVJ si Aling Puring, ang brand icon ng Puregold, kung saan pumirma sila ng kontrata bilang pagpapatuloy sa kolaborasyon kasama ang kumpanya upang ipinagpapatuloy ang mahaba at makabuluhang pakikipagtambalan nila.

Sa pagsisimula ng kumpanya, noong mas kaunti pa sa 50 ang mga tindahan ng Puregold, nakipagtambalan na ang kumpanya kina Vic at Joey.

Ngayon higit 500 na pala ang mga tindahan ng Puregold sa buong bansa, at nasasabik sila na makamit ang marami pang mga tagumpay kasama ang buong TVJ.

Isa nga ito sa mga endorsement nila na naunang nag-declare ng suporta sa kanila noong nagkaproblema ang kanilang programa sa TAPE Inc.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:23:16 +0800 Philippine Times
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SHOW-MYSalve Asis – Pilipino Star Ngayon

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

Julie Anne San Jose at Rayver Cruz

Bongga ang lineup ng stars sa pelikulang The Cheating Game, ang pinakaunang pelikula for 2023 ng GMA Public Affairs at GMA Pictures na mapapanood na sa big screen simula July 26.

‘An edgy, genre-bending romance about the games people play after getting cheated on’ ang tatakbuhin ng unang pelikulang pagbibidahan nina Asia’s Limitless Star Julie Anne San Jose at Total Heartthrob and Performer Rayver Cruz bilang sina Hope Celestial at Miguel Agustin.

Bahagi nga ng kanilang kuwento sina Martin del Rosario, Winwyn Marquez, Yayo Aguila, Candy Pangilinan, Phi Palmos, Thea Tolentino at Paolo Contis.

Mapapanood din dito sina Chef Jose Sarasola, Charlize Ruth Reyes, Roce Ordoñez, Aaron Maniego, Andrea So, Charm Aranton, Ida Sabido, Evan Tan at Roi Oriondo.

Nitong Lunes (June 19), ipinakita na rin ang official poster ng pelikula na mula sa direksyon ng best-selling author na si Rod Marmol.

Dolly de Leon makakasama sa serye si Nicole Kidman, Hollywood career ni Liza ‘di pa umaabante

Mukha ngang magtutuluy-tuloy ang Hollywood career ng Pinay actress na si Dolly de Leon.

Lumabas sa online reports na makakasama siya sa American TV series na Nine Perfect Strangers Season 2 na pinagbibidahan ng Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman.

Nauna nang kumalat na kasama rin siya sa cast ng Amazon Original Movie Grand Death Lotto.

Nagsunud-sunod ang offer ni Dolly matapos ang nomination niya sa Golden Globe Awards at British Academy Film Awards para sa Oscar-nominated movie niyang Triangle of Sadness.

Habang nanalo naman siya sa Los Angeles Screen Awards.

Pero ginagawa rin ni Dolly ang movie with Kathryn Bernardo na A Very Good Girl.

Si Liza Soberano kaya anong update sa Hollywood career? Though naging cover girl siya sa isang magazine sa Singapore.

Lately ay lumabas ang photos na magkasama sila ni Enrique Gil sa kabila ng intrigang hiwalay na sila.

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:23:14 +0800 Philippine Times
Comedy show ni Vic, dadalhin na ba sa TV5?! Iskul Bukol at Wow Mali, bubuhayin Vice, sumagot! Comedy show ni Vic, dadalhin na ba sa TV5?! Iskul Bukol at Wow Mali, bubuhayin Vice, sumagot! thumbnail

SHOW-MYSalve Asis – Pilipino Star Ngayon

June 23, 2023 | 12:00am

Totoo kayang hanggang next month na lang ang Open 24/7 nina Vic Sotto and Maja Salvador sa GMA 7?

Isang season na raw sa August ang bagong prog­rama ni Bossing Vic sa Kapuso Network.

Though hintayin muna natin ang official announcement dahil ‘yun lang naman ang umiikot na kuwento.

May hint during the presscon ng TVJ sa TV5 na aside from Eat Bulaga may iba pa silang gagawing programa sa TV5.

Ito ay ang pagbabalik ng comedy show na Wow Mali at Iskul Bukol na kasama sa mga plano ng kumpanya ni Mr. Manny Pangilinan – Mediaquest Holdings Inc.– matapos ang pirmahan ng kontrata nina MVP at grupo nina Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, at Joey de Leon (TVJ Productions).

Actually, nabanggit na ni Ms. Jane Basas (Mediaquest president and CEO) na magkakaroon nga ng relaunch ang Wow Mali at nilalambing pa raw nila ang Iskul Bukol. Nabanggit din ni Ms. Basas na marami pang ibang pinag-uusapan ang grupo nila nina former Sen. Tito.

So may konek kaya ito sa naiisyung pagtatapos ng Open 24/7 ni Bossing Vic sa GMA?

Nauna nang nabanggit ni MVP na ‘tough choice’ ang nangyari, pero business decision aniya ang pagpasok ng TVJ sa TV5.

“Sure, we have had to make a tough choice between Showtime and this particular production item. And it was just a purely business decision that we arrived at,” aniya na kung saan may blocktime arrangement sa kanila ang It’s Showtime samantalang business partnership ang arrangement nila sa TVJ.

“So nagkataon lang as a matter of serendi­pity that, you know, the thing blew up, and the arrangements with ABS…

“And hindi kami nagkulang sa pagtulong sa ABS. We are proud of what we have done for them. And you know, we continue to have arrangements with them in terms of their content,” pahayag pa ni MVP sa naganap na presscon noong Martes sa TV5 studio.

Samantala, sinabi ni Vice Ganda sa interview ni Aubrey Carampel ng GMA 7 na wala siyang sama ng loob dahil nga naetsapwera ang It’s Showtime sa TV5.  “Nung sinabi sa amin na nung una pa lang, baka hindi na tayo mag-ere sa TV5, siyempre nalungkot din kami kasi siyempre, hindi namin alam kung saan kami pupunta. So, ano na ang mangyayari? So, naaawa ako du’n sa mga tao, sa staff namin, kasi sobra na silang naguguluhan,” pahayag ni Vice sa nasabing interview.

Pero mabilis naman ang mga pangyayari, nasa GMA na sila, sa sinasabing bonus channel ng Kapuso Network, ang GTV. “Masaya kami na, ‘di ba, may nagsarang pinto, may bumukas ulit na isang pinto. Nung ibinalita sa amin, siyempre emosyonal kaming lahat kasi nasa kalagitnaan kami ng lungkot, ‘yung parang nawalan ka ng tirahan, tapos biglang may kukup­kop na naman sa ‘yo. We feel so special and we are very grateful to GTV,” sabi pa niya.

Sa kasalukuyan ay pinananabikan na ang July 1 dahil ito na nga umpisa ng bagong tapatan ng noontime shows.


Ex-matinee idol Patrick Guzman, namatay sa Canada!

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:23:12 +0800 Philippine Times
Zeinab, ikinuwento ang reaksyon nang makita ang idol na si Marian: ‘Sobrang ganda’ Zeinab, ikinuwento ang reaksyon nang makita ang idol na si Marian: 'Sobrang ganda' thumbnail

Hunyo 23, 2023 1:16am GMT+08:00

Ikinuwento ni Zeinab Harake na naiyak siya sa tuwa nang makasalamuha niya sa isang event sa unang pagkakataon ang kaniyang idolo na si Marian Rivera. Ang vlogger, papasukin na rin ang showbiz.

Sa episode ng “Fast Talk with Boy Abunda” nitong Huwebes, sinabi ni Zeinab na isa siyang “DongYan” fan na pinapanood ang mga proyekto ng mag-asawa mula pa noong “Marimar.”

Kuwento niya, siyam na taong gulang siya noon nang mapanood ang Marimar, at mula noon ay naging avid fan na siya nina Marian at Dingdong, hanggang sa bumuo na ng pamilya ang Kapuso Royal Couple.

Ayon kay Zeinab, natutuwa niya na nagiging kaibigan na niya ang kaniyang idolo.

At nang makita niya si Marian sa unang pagkakataon nang personal sa isang event, sinabi ni Zeinab na hindi niya napigilan na maiyak.

“Kasi parang nananaginip ako na isang batang naglalaro lang ng ‘Marimar’ dati sa tricykelan ngayon makakaharap yung idol niya,” anang vlogger.

Nang tanungin ni Tito Boy si Zeinab kung ano ang una niyang nasabi kay Marian, tugon niya: “Sobrang ganda. ‘Yon yung una mong sasabihin sa kaniya. Kahit sino namang kausap niya pagtingin mo, ‘Ay! ang ganda ni mama [may] spotlight ang mukha.’ Ang ganda talaga ni Ate ‘Yan.”

Dugtong pa niya, “At hindi lang sa mukha [maganda], puso niya gustong-gusto ko.”

Samantala, sinabi rin ni Zeinab na sumasailalim na siya sa acting workshop bilang paghahanda sa pagpasok niya sa showbiz.

Aminado siya na madaldal lang siya pero mahina ang loob niya lalo na sa mga pinagdaanan noon. Kaya naman malaking tulong umano ang mga taong tumutulong sa kaniya para malaman ang mga kaya pa niyang gawin.

“Sila po yung tao na nagpapakita na may talent ka. Hindi mo lang nakikita o namumulat pa. And sila yung tumutulong sa akin to do better sa tatahakin ko po sa showbiz,” sabi ni Zeinab.

Nang tanungin kung ano na ang natutunan niya sa ginagawa niyang workshop, sinabi ni Zeinab na nalaman niya na hindi puwedeng i-fake ang emosyon.

“Kailangan mong puntahan yung sitwasyon ng character mo. Kung saan man ‘yon, mahirap mang part ‘yon or what. Hindi mo pala dapat kalimutan lahat ng masamang nangyari sa’yo. Magagamit mo siya, mapaghuhugutan mo siya and makikita mo yung ginagawa mo sa character is hindi na ikaw iyon,” paliwanag niya. —FRJ, GMA Integrated News

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 03:23:09 +0800 Philippine Times
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Mayo 30, 2023 9:33pm GMT+08:00


Itinuturing ni Christian Bautista na peak ng kaniyang karera nang tangkilikin maging ng bansang Indonesia ang kaniyang awiting “The Way You Look at Me,” na nagpabago sa kaniyang buhay.

Sa “Fast Talk with Boy Abunda” nitong Biyernes, binalikan ni Tito Boy ang isang panayam kung saan sinabi noon ni Christian ang mga naturang kataga.

“Kasi hindi ko alam na ang isang bansa na hindi Pilipinas ay mag-a-appreciate ng career ko at ng isang Christian Bautista,” sabi ni Asia’s Romantic Balladeer.

“Noong first dumating ako roon, they were singing my songs agad na hindi ko alam ‘yun pala ang power of airwaves, TV and radio,” balik-tanaw ni Christian.

Para sa kaniya, ito ang maituturing niyang peak ng kaniyang karera.

“‘Yung Indonesia pa rin, I was in an Indonesian stage with a 40-piece orchestra, and they were singing The Way You Look at Me. I felt really good,” saad niya.

Binalikan din ni Christian ang pagsali niya noon sa isang singing competition na hindi siya ang itinanghal na panalo.

“Honestly noong natanggal ako, I thought it wasn’t for me. Balik na ako sa office or landscape architecture or what. Pero parang na-realize ko, ‘Okay let’s give it another shot.’”

“And then nag-audition ako sa isang label and then binigay sa akin ‘yung The Way You Look at Me, the song that changed my life.”

Pag-amin din ni Christian, may mga pagkakataon sa kaniyang buhay na gusto niya niyang tumigil sa pag-awit.

“Many times. ‘Pag wala nang masyadong nangyayari, ‘Ito na ba?’ Lahat kami, lahat tayo may timeline. Or pahinga ba ‘yan? Or huwag muna? Or next time?,” saad niya.

“‘Pag inaral mo rin ‘yung mga career ng iba’t ibang singer or actor meron silang lull time na iba muna ‘yung ginagawa nila, nag-iibang bansa, ibang project, business,” dagdag niya.

Ngunit kung ilalarawan ang kaniyang makulay na karera ng 20 taon, ito ay sa pamamagitan ng salitang “grit.”

“Mahirap sa industriyang ito. Hindi siya madali. Merong mga good days, bad days, good months, bad months, good years. Alam mong hindi merong laging success na sometimes ikaw ‘yung gagawa o ikaw ‘yung maghahanap. Minsan kailangan hanapin mo siya or you build it yourself,” paglalahad niya.

Ayon pa kay Christian, hindi rin maiiwasang maghanap ang mga singer ng papuri at palakpak mula sa mga tao.

“Tapos kapag nawala, minsan nawawala ‘yung center natin, ‘O bakit wala nang applause, wala nang acclaim? That’s why God is so important, faith is so important,” paliwanag niya. —FRJ, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:23:49 +0800 Philippine Times
Paolo Contis, nagbigay ng simpleng pahayag sa engagement ni LJ Reyes Paolo Contis, nagbigay ng simpleng pahayag sa engagement ni LJ Reyes thumbnail

Nagbigay ng maigsing pahayag si Paolo Contis kaugnay sa engagement ng kaniyang ex-partner na si LJ Reyes sa non-showbiz fiancé nito na si Philip Evangelista sa Amerika.

Sa Chika Minute report ni Nelson Canlas sa GMA News “24 Oras,” inihayag ang text message ni Paolo nang hingan ng komento tungkol sa engagement ni LJ.

“Of course Im very happy for her. She deserves to be happy,” saad ng aktor.

Naghiwalay ang dalawa noong Setyembre 2021, at pagkatapos nito ay lumipad si LJ papuntang US kasama ang anak na sina Aki at si Summer, na anak nila ni Paolo Contis.

Una rito, nag-post si LJ sa Instagram ng ilang larawan sa nangyaring engagement nila ni Philip.

Sa comment sector, dumagsa ang pagbati ng mga celebrities para kay LJ.
FRJ, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:23:47 +0800 Philippine Times
Alden Richards, Julia Montes wrap up filming for ‘Five Break&ups and a Romance’ Alden Richards, Julia Montes wrap up filming for 'Five Break-ups and a Romance' thumbnail

Alden Richards and Julia Montes just finished shooting their upcoming film, “Five Break-ups and a Romance.”

According to Aubrey Carampel’s report on “24 Oras,” Tuesday, the film was shot in 13 days.

Julia became emotional on their last shooting day, while Alden exchanged a hug with their director, Irene Villamor.

“Ang hirap niya i-goodbye hindi lang ‘yung character kundi ‘yung journey n’yo na magkakasama kayo as a group, ‘yung working relationship n’yo lahat di mo matatawaran ‘yun so dun ako nase-senti,” Julia said.

Alden, meanwhile, said that the film is not your usual love story.

“Realidad siya sa kung ano talaga ‘yung nangyayaring love story sa totoong buhay, hindi ‘to superficial,” he said.

“At saka siguro ‘yun ‘yung magic ni Direk Irene e, ‘yung papasukin talaga ‘yung emosyon mo,” Julia added.

GMA Network Senior Vice President Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes said she is excited for the film’s release.

“Nakita ko ‘yung mga rushes paunti-unti and wow ang galing-galing ng mga artista talaga nina Alden at saka ni Julia. Tingin ko isa pa itong masterpiece ni Direk Irene,” she said.

Direk Irene is the genius behind “On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets,” “Ulan,” and “Meet me in St. Gallen.”

“Five Break-ups and a Romance” is the first collaboration between GMA Pictures, Cornerstone Studios, and MYRIAD Corporation, Alden’s multimedia company.

—MGP, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:23:45 +0800 Philippine Times
Paolo Contis, inihayag kung bakit siya na&in love kay Yen Santos Paolo Contis, inihayag kung bakit siya na-in love kay Yen Santos thumbnail

Mayo 30, 2023 11:20pm GMT+08:00

Sa podcast na “Updated with Nelson Canlas,” tinanong ang guest na si Paolo Contis kung bakit siya na-in love sa karelasyon niya ngayon na si Yen Santos.

Matatandaan na September 2021 nang kumpirmahin ng aktres na si LJ Reyes ang paghihiwalay nila ni Paolo.

Sa halip, sinisi ni Paolo ang kaniyang sarili na hindi niya na-handle nang maayos ang problema nila ni LJ noong panahon ng pandemic.

Kabilang na rito ang pagpapabaya niya sa kalagayan ng mental health ni LJ.

Nang panahon na lumabas na ang balita tungkol sa paghihiwalay nila ni LJ, sinabi ni Paolo sa panayam ni Nelson na may mga kaibigan siya na lumayo sa kaniya. Sa harap na rin ng ang matinding batikos na inabot niya mula sa publiko.

“May tampo sa mga tao na kaibigan ko, kumbaga para silang netizen na doon lang nakinig, doon sa nabasa nila at para sa kanila ‘yun na ‘yon,” pahayag ni Paolo.

Pero paglilinaw ni Paolo, hindi siya galit, sa halip ay nagtatampo lang sa mga kaibigan niya, lalo sa mga nakakaalam ng telepono niya na hindi man lang siya tinawagan para magtanong at alamin ang kaniyang panig.

At sa panahon na nilalayuan umano siya ng ilang kaibigan, sinabi ni Paolo na hindi umalis sa panig niya si Yen.

“Sobrang simpleng bagay lang. When the whole thing started, the whole crucifixion started, there was a time or there was every opportunity, she had every opportunity to tell me or to leave but she stayed,” pahayag ni Paolo kaya niya minahal si Yen.

Idinagdag pa ni Paolo na naging mahirap din noon ang sitwasyon para kay Yen na nadamay lang noon sa kaniya at napilitan pang magpahinga sa social media.

Sa panahon na aminado si Paolo na worst time para sa kaniya na pumasok sa bagong relasyon, pinili ni Yen na hindi siya iwan.

“Nung kumalat… ako kumbaga hindi mo ba mamahalin yon?,” anang aktor tungkol kay Yen. “During the time some of my friends, some of the people who actually believe me were leaving someone stayed.”

Nang tanungin si Paolo kung worth it ba si Yen, sagot ng aktor, “Yah. Kumbaga, nung lahat palayo, siya palapit.”

Nitong Martes, ibinahagi ng dating karelasyon ni Paolo na si LJ ang engagement nila ng kaniyang non-showbiz fiancé na si Philip Evangelista na nakabase sa New York.

Umani ng pagbati mula sa mga kapuwa celebrities ang naturang post ni LJ.– FRJ, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:23:43 +0800 Philippine Times
Paolo, masaya para sa ex! Paolo, masaya para sa ex! thumbnail

SHOWBIZ GANERN!Gorgy Rula – Pilipino Star Ngayon

May 31, 2023 | 12:00am

Gorgy, Paolo, Lynette, Salve, at Lolit

Naabutan namin si Paolo Contis sa FEU Hospital dahil dinalaw niya ang manager at nanay-nanayan niyang si Manay Lolit Solis.

Natawa na lang siya nang tinanong ko tungkol sa ipinost ni LJ Reyes sa proposal sa kanya ng non-showbiz boyfriend na si Philip Evangelista.

Bago ko siya kinulit para hingan ng pahayag tungkol sa dating karelasyon, ang dami na raw tumawag sa kanya para hingan siya ng reactin, pero hindi na siya nagbigay ng komento.

Pero malamang na mabubuhay na naman ang bashers niya. Pero bakas naman sa mukha ni Paolo na masaya siya sa dating karelasyon. “Masaya ako for her. Kasi, deserve niya maging masaya,” tipid na pahayag ni Paolo.

Ayaw na niyang magdagdag pa ng sasabihin, kahit alam naming ang tanging hangad lang niya ngayon ay makita na niya uli ang anak na si Summer, pati na rin ang dalawa pa niya kay Lian Paz na sina Xonia at Xalene.

Mas focus ngayon si Paolo sa trabaho.

Ang Bubble Gang at All-Out Sundays ang programa niya sa GMA 7.

Thankful siya sa Mavx Productions dahil sunud-sunod ang pelikulang gagawin niya. Tinatapos nila ngayon ang pelikulang pinagsamahan nila nina Kaye Abad at Patrick Garcia na wala pa ring napagkasunduang title. May mga eksena silang kinukunan dito sa Maynila, at ang kasunod ay sa abroad na.

Nakita namin sa ilang nai-post nila na nasa set nila si Ogie Alcasid. Ayaw pa nilang kumpirmahin sa amin kung may special participation ba si Ogie sa kanilang pelikula.

Bago pala lumipad sa ibang bansa sina Paolo para sa shooting nitong pelikula, magpu-promote muna siya ng pelikula nila ni Joross Gamboa na Pangarap Kong Oscars na magsu-showing na sa mga sinehan sa June 28.

Jeric, tanggap na si Aljur

Kasali pala si Jeric Raval sa bagong action comedy series ni Sen. Bong Revilla sa GMA 7 na Walang Matigas Na Pulis Sa Matinik Na Misis.

Natutuwa si Jeric dahil mapapanood na raw siya ngayon sa Kapuso network. Madalas kasi ay nasa Kapamilya siya, kaya nae-excite raw siya rito lalo na’t kasama niya si Sen. Bong.

Sa nakaraang mediacon ng naturang action-comedy series, muling naungkat ang isyung may apo na siya sa anak na si AJ Raval.

Ipinagkibit-balikat na lang ito ni Jeric, dahil hindi naman daw nila ito itatanggi kung totoo. Hindi raw malayong pagdudahan si AJ dahil sa nakukunan minsan na may bitbit siyang bata. “Kasi ganito ‘yan, ang apo ko lahat 11. Eleven lahat ang apo ko. E ang daming bata dun sa bahay. E si AJ minsan, kung sinu-sinong maliit na bata ‘yung karga, e lahat ‘yun anak niya,” napapangiting pahayag ni Jeric.

Kaya hindi na raw naapektuhan ang anak niya sa ganitong tsismis.

“Ang sinasabi ko lagi sa anak ko, kahit nung bago pa siyang mag-artista, pinasok mo ang pag-aartista, ready ka sa critics, sa bashers. Ready ka dapat sa intriga, handa ka dun. Kapag ikaw ay hindi matibay diyan, hindi ito ang mundo para sa ‘yo. Hindi maiwasan ‘yan. Walang perpektong mundo,” pahayag ng action star.

Nilinaw na rin sa amin ni Jeric na nasa Viva pa rin daw si AJ, pero hindi raw siya ganun ka-all out sa sexy roles. “Hindi na masyadong sexy, dahil ayaw na niya ng sexy. Isa lang ginagawa niya ngayon, medyo action, action sexy, pero hindi na kagaya ng dati,” pakli niya.

Okay naman daw sila ni Aljur Abrenica at minsan ay sinasamahan daw ng aktor kapag may raket si AJ sa out of town. “Hindi naman talaga siya kasama sa event,” sabi pa ni Jeric sa nakaraang mediacon ng Walang Matigas… na magsisimula na sa June 4, Linggo ng gabi.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:23:41 +0800 Philippine Times
Jillian, bet sa collab sina Kathryn at Zaijian! Jillian, bet sa collab sina Kathryn at Zaijian! thumbnail

Ngayong nagkakaroon na ng kolaborasyon sa paggawa ng mga proyekto ang ABS-CBN at GMA ay posibleng mas marami pang mga artista ng dalawang networks ang magkatrabaho.

Isa sa mga homegrown talent ng Kapuso network ay si Jillian Ward. Kung mabibigyan ng pagkakataon ay nangangarap ang aktres na makatrabaho si Kathryn Bernardo. “Magaling po talaga siya and sa amin rin pong mga teen, she’s a role model po talaga. And I heard super bait po niya talaga,” nakangiting pahayag ni Jillian.

Ayon sa Kapuso actress ay talagang nasubaybayan niya ang mga proyektong ginawa ni Kathryn sa telebisyon. “More on shows po ‘yung pinanood ko. Kasi hindi po ako nakakapanood ng sine. ‘Yung mga shows niya po iconic po lahat talaga,” pagtatapat niya.

Bukod kay Kathryn ay isang Kapamilya actor din ang gustong makatambal ni Jillian. “Sa mga kaedaran ko naman po na lalaki si Zaijian Jaranilla. Basta, abangan po ninyo kasi baka mayroon soon. Hindi pa po natin alam, pero tanungin n’yo rin po si Zaijian, pero what if?”  pagtatapos ng dating child star.

Jodi, nahirapan sa ginawa nila ni Joshua

Napapanood na gabi-gabi sa GMA Telebabad ang Unbreak My Heart na pinagbibidahan nina Joshua Garcia, Gabbi Garcia, Richard Yap at Jodi Sta. Maria.

Isa sa mga pinakaaabangan sa bagong serye ay ang intimate scenes na ginawa nina Jodi at Joshua. Sumailalim pa umano sa sensuality workshop ang dalawa bago lumipad patungong Europe para sa taping ng serye. “Doon namin nasabi ‘yung limits namin, ‘yung boundaries namin, hanggang saan lang ‘yung kaya naming ibigay.

“Of course as actors, we deliver what’s required for us and yes may intimate scenes between my character and Joshua’s character. Nakatulong ‘yung discussion about boundaries, and what you’re comfortable and not so comfortable to doing during the scene. It’s always reminding yourself na you are not doing it as you. You are in this scene as your character,” dagdag naman ni Jodi.

Aminado ang aktres na talagang nahirapan siya nang gawin ang intimate scenes nila ni Joshua.

Ayon kay Jodi ay matinding pagtitiwala ang kanyang inilaan sa lahat ng katrabaho para gawin ang maseselang eksena. “For me, intimate scenes are the most difficult to do. It will require certain level of vulnerability and trust from your scene partner and also from your director, from everyone na nandoon sa space na ‘yon do’n sa set. I’m just glad that na si Josh very respectful and he made the scene bearable and of course to our directors, Manny and Dolly na inalagaan din naman ‘yung eksena to make it artistic,” paliwanag ng aktres. — Reports from JCC

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:23:39 +0800 Philippine Times
Dahlia nina Anne at Erwan, nakakagawa na ng sherbet! Dahlia nina Anne at Erwan, nakakagawa na ng sherbet! thumbnail

Ang cute naman ng anak nina Anne Curtis at Erwan Heussaff na si Dahlia. Mukhang nagmana ito sa tatay niya sa hilig sa pagkain at pagluluto.

Ngayon pa lang ay mukhang interesado na raw ito at lumalabas na ang talent sa pagluluto.

Ibinahagi ni Erwan ang video ni Dahlia na gumagawa ng strawberry sherbet para sa pinsan at best friend niyang si Tili na anak nina Solenn Heussaff at Nico Bolzico.

Makikita sa video na naghihiwa ng strawberries at naghahalo ng ingredients ang three-year-old daughter nina Anne at Erwan.

Ang caption nga ng mister ni Anne, “The little one making strawberry sherbet for her best friend.”

Sa dulo nga ng video ay nag-e-enjoy ang mga bagets sa pagkain ng sherbet. Comment nga ni Anne ay iyon daw ang pinakamasarap na sherbet na natikman niya.

Nag-trending naman ang nasabing video at umani ng mahigit isang million views sa Instagram.

Naninibago sa katawan…

Ewan ko ba anong nangyari sa eyes ko na ang kati-kati at medyo masakit. Sabi ng doktor epekto raw ng dialysis kaya very uncomfortable ako for two days na.

‘Kainis dahil nag-i-enjoy pa naman ako sa mga meetup namin. Talagang lately meron na akong mga bagay na ngayon ko lang nararamdaman. Kaya hindi ako maka-concentrate sa excitement nina Salve at Gorgy Rula sa Bruno Mars concert na dahil sa pagiging mabait ng mga taga-Net 25 talagang gusto nila na maging comfortable sila sa panonood ng Bruno Mars.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:23:37 +0800 Philippine Times
Moira at ‘Ghostwriter,’ Nagkontrahan sa sinulat na kanta kay ex&VP Leni! Moira at ‘Ghostwriter,’ Nagkontrahan sa sinulat na kanta kay ex-VP Leni! thumbnail

SHOW-MYSalve Asis – Pilipino Star Ngayon

May 31, 2023 | 12:00am

Talagang tuloy ang drama sa totoong buhay ng dating mag-asawang Jason Hernandez at Moira sa social media na sinalihan ng dating malalapit sa kanila.

Naunang nag-post si Jason kasama ang isang mystery girl pero biglang kambyo dahil hindi pa sila annulled kaya binaling niya ulit kay Moira sa pamamagitan ng isang bagong kanta na ginamit ang mga photo and video nila ni Moira.

Sumagot ang kapatid ni Moira sa ginawa ni Jason.

Pero mas matindi ang pinakawalan ng kaibigan nilang si Lolito Go na isa palang composer.

At kahapon si Moira na ang nagsalita sa pamamagitan ng isang statement sa social media na itinatanggi ang mga sinabi sa post ni Lolito Go na diumano’y may ghostwriter siya sa mga kanta, cheater siya etc. etc.

Mahaba ang sagot ng singer / composer : “I never imagined that I would find myself in a situation where I have to explain and defend my decision to leave a marriage, as well as justify the state of my mental health.

“It is truly disheartening that I am being questioned and asked to prove my worth as a songwriter and artist. However, despite the overwhelming circumstances, I feel a strong inner calling to stand up for myself and protect my integrity.

“I want to set things straight once and for all. Let me be clear: I have never employed a ghostwriter. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with immensely talented artists who treat each other with respect and acknowledge the contributions we all bring to the table. Every song I have created is a true reflection of my deepest emotions and experiences. I am fully prepared to provide evidence that supports this truth, including screenshots of conversations and recordings of my songs, which will undoubtedly validate and disprove the harmful accusations made against me.

“I did not cheat on Jason. It is unfair that I find myself in a position where I have to defend my name and even explain why I did not deserve to be cheated on.

“Currently, my focus is on the path towards healing, as the weight of trauma still lingers heavily in my heart. This process is not only essential for my own well-being but also for the well-being of those dear to me who have unwaveringly stood by my side throughout these challenging times–my loving family, my dedicated band, my friends, who have all been my source of emotional support. Their presence has been my anchor, grounding me during these turbulent moments.

“I hold onto hope that, one day, when the dust settles and clarity is restored, I will have the capacity to embrace a love that is faithful and genuine.

“I take solace in the knowledge that I am Moira – an artist – who will bravely navigate these challenges and emerge stronger than ever.”

Pero mabilis ang sagot ulit ni Lolito Go. Marami raw siyang hawak na resibo.

Pati ang message ng mother ni Moira na si Rocky ay inilabas nito at sinagot ng “Kahit umabot po sa demandahan, mapaninindigan ko ang laban na to. Nung kasagsagan ng campaign, nagpagawa sya ng song sa akin for Leni. Parang umorder lang ng pansit. She tweaked a few lines tas 50-50 na kami. Akin ang words at music! Sa mga stage binanggit nya na it is an original song, pero walang banggit sa akin. She posted it twice sa official fan page nya, nakalagay pangalan nya lang. Tinatamad sya ilagay name ko? I gave her the benefit of a doubt. Palagi! Pinagtatanggol ko pa yan sa asawa ko. “Wag kang jugmental kay Moi!” (Libertine will speak up soon.)

“When the song was finally uploaded in Spotify, nagulat ako dahil wala pa rin ang name ko. Then she said, OMG KUYA THAT’S NOT WHAT I SUBMITTED.”

May nauna pa siyang post na “Deactivated na ang account. Wala na yung name. But the truth can never be deactivated.

“P.S. Nowhere in my post did I say a ghostwriter was “employed.” The operative term I used was “offered.” Inalok.

“Kasi kung employed ako, may NDA–di ko na sana madidisclose ito.

“Masaya ako sa chat na yan, kasi iniisip ko, kahit di na ako marecognize at least bayad ako.

“More resibos to follow,” sa pinakitang convo sa social media.

Talagang damay ang maraming netizens sa kanilang mga hanash.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:23:35 +0800 Philippine Times
LJ ikakasal na, bagsak ulit sa P! LJ ikakasal na, bagsak ulit sa P! thumbnail

SHOW-MYSalve Asis – Pilipino Star Ngayon

May 31, 2023 | 12:00am

LJ Reyes at Philip Evangelista

Sabog agad sa social media ang engagement ni LJ Reyes sa isang non-showbiz guy, si Philip Evangelista.

Bible quote lang ang caption ni LJ sa series of photos nung lumuhod ang karelasyon para alukin siya ng kasal. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT”

May photo na umiiyak si LJ na pinupunasan ng boyfriend.

Maraming masaya for LJ kabilang na sina Marian Rivera, Gary Valenciano, Cristine Reyes, Gary Valenciano, Carla Abellana, Andrea Torres at marami pang iba.

Early 2021 nang maghiwalay sina LJ and Paolo Contis dahil sa diumano kay Yen Santos.

Pumunta noon sa New York si LJ kasama ang dalawang anak kina Paulo Avelino at Paolo (at another P ngayon).

Naka-private ang account ng fiance ni LJ kaya walang mapulot na info sa kanya.

Samantala, inabutan nga namin si Paolo sa dialysis session ni Nay Lolit Solis kahapon sa FEU Hospital.

Halos ayaw mag-comment ng actor tungkol sa engagement ni LJ.

Ganundin sa naging statement ni former Gov. Chavit Singson kay Yen.

Parang manifesting naman ang ex ni Carlo Aquino na si Trina Candaza sa nangyari kay LJ matapos itong magpost ng “One day, this pain will be my testimony.”

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:23:33 +0800 Philippine Times
Paolo Contis, may plano pa kayang magpakasal? Paolo Contis, may plano pa kayang magpakasal? thumbnail


Mayo 31, 2023 12:15am GMT+08:00

Aminado ang “Just In” online talk show host na si Paolo Contis na marami ang nagsasabi sa kaniya na hindi siya magpapakasal. Pero ang Kapuso actor, nakikita pa rin naman ang sarili na lalagay sa tahimik pero may mga kondisyon siyang itinakda sa sarili.

Sa bagong episode ng podcast na “Updated with Nelson Canlas,” tinanong ang guest na si Paolo kung nakikita ba nito ang sarili na ikakasal sa hinaharap?

“Alam mo maraming nagsasabi sa akin hindi,” natatawang sagot ng aktor.

Ang tanong ay bunsod na rin ng mga dating pakikipagrelasyon ni Paolo na nauwi sa hiwalayan kahit nagkaroon na siya ng mga anak.

Dalawa ang anak ni Paolo sa dating “EB” dancer na si Lian Paz, at isa naman sa aktres na si LJ Reyes.

Kasalukuyan namang karelasyon ni Paolo si Yen Santos. (READ: Paolo Contis, inihayag kung bakit siya na-in love kay Yen Santos)

Pero ayon sa aktor, nais naman niyang dumating ang araw na ikakasal siya.

Gayunman, bago raw niya ito, nais niyang ayusin ang lahat sa buhay niya.

Kabilang na rito ang pakikipag-ayos niya sa kaniyang mga nakaaway, ayusin ang relasyon sa kaniyang mga anak, at maging sa mga ina ng kaniyang mga anak.

“Kapag lahat ‘yon hindi maayos, tingin ko never akong magiging buo, enough para maging maayos na asawa,” sabi ni Paolo.

Sinabi rin ng aktor na handa siyang makipagkaibigan sa lahat ng kaniyang naging ex, lalo na sa mga ina ng kaniyang mga anak.

Aniya, hindi lang mga basta “ex” ang mga ina ng kaniyang mga anak, bagkos ay bahagi na rin sila ng kaniyang buhay.

“Hindi ito mga ex na wala lang,” saad niya. “Yung mga taong may kinalaman sa akin kailangang maayos before I actually move forward.”

Ayon pa kay Paolo, sa edad niya ngayon, hindi na niya puwedeng pabayaan na hindi ayusin ang mga gusot niya noon para mabuo ang kaniyang pagkatao.

“Feeling ko only that time ako magiging fully ready [na magpakasal],” patuloy niya. –-FRJ, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:23:31 +0800 Philippine Times
Eduard Folayang and Joshua Pacio relish training at Wild Card Gym Eduard Folayang and Joshua Pacio relish training at Wild Card Gym thumbnail

Former ONE world champions Eduard Folayang and Joshua Pacio were ecstatic to hone their boxing skills at the famed Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California.

Known for being home to Filipino boxing Manny Pacquiao for many years, the mixed martial artists from Baguio relished every moment they spent at the gym during their visit to the USA.

“I am so glad I was able to shake the hands of Coach Freddie. He’s one of the greatest trainers in boxing history, and it’s an honor to meet him in person,” said Folayang, who is touted as the face of Philippine MMA.

“It’s a surreal experience. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would train in a gym that has produced many world champions in boxing. It was another day of learning new techniques,” Pacio added.

Both fighters trained under the tutelage of Roach’s deputy and Filipino coach Marvin Somodio.

Folayang and Pacio have been in the USA since April to train with various mixed martial arts gyms spending their first month at the renowned Jackson Wink MMA in New Mexico.

Both fighters made headlines together with ex-world champions Kevin Belingon and Honorio Banario last March when they announced their departure from Team Lakay.

—JMB, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:04:30 +0800 Philippine Times
Former Raptors coach Nurse agrees to guide NBA 76ers — report Former Raptors coach Nurse agrees to guide NBA 76ers -- report thumbnail


Nick Nurse, who guided the Toronto Raptors to the 2019 NBA title, has agreed to become the new coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN reported on Monday.

Nurse and the Raptors split in April after his fifth season guiding the Canadian club, which included him winning the NBA Coach of the Year award in 2020.

According to the report, which cited unnamed sources, Nurse will take over a Sixers squad that pushed Boston to seven games before losing in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, which prompted the firing of coach Doc Rivers earlier this month.

The 76ers had lost in the same round of the playoffs three consecutive seasons under Rivers.

Philadelphia last won the NBA title in 1983 but the Sixers have NBA Most Valuable Player and scoring leader Joel Embiid of Cameroon and star guard James Harden as they try to reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2001.

Nurse and 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey know each other from Nurse’s two seasons coaching the top development club of the Houston Rockets while Morey was general manager of the Rockets. — Agence France-Presse

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:04:28 +0800 Philippine Times
Heat dismantle Celtics, punch ticket to NBA Finals Heat dismantle Celtics, punch ticket to NBA Finals thumbnail


Jimmy Butler scored 28 points, Caleb Martin added 26 and the Miami Heat became the second No. 8 seed to reach the NBA Finals with a convincing 103-84 victory over the host Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday night.

Butler was named MVP of the series after averaging 24.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists.

Bam Adebayo recorded 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as Miami bounced back after losing the previous three games. Teams that held a 3-0 series lead improved to 151-0 all-time in the NBA playoffs.

Jaylen Brown had 19 points and eight rebounds and Derrick White scored 18 points for second-seeded Boston, which was just the fourth team in NBA history to force a Game 7 after losing the first three games.

Jayson Tatum had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, but he turned his left ankle during the game’s first possession and hobbled throughout the contest.

The Heat will face the Western Conference champion Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is Thursday in Denver.

The New York Knicks (1999 postseason) are the only other No. 8 seed to reach the NBA Finals.

The other three teams to force a Game 7 after falling behind 3-0 are the New York Knicks (lost to the Rochester Royals in the 1951 NBA Finals), Denver Nuggets (fell to the Utah Jazz in the 1994 second round) and Portland Trail Blazers (lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2003 first round).

Miami shot 48.8 percent from the field, including 14 of 28 from 3-point range. Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent added 10 points apiece. Martin made four treys and collected 10 rebounds and Butler also had seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.

The Celtics connected on 39 percent of their shots and were 9 of 42 from behind the arc. Boston went 16 of 77 from 3-point range over the final two games of the series.

Brown was just 8-of-23 shooting and committed eight turnovers.

Boston trailed 52-41 at halftime and Game 6 hero White kept the Celtics in the contest with 13 third-quarter points.

White scored eight straight points as Boston trimmed a 16-point deficit in half with 8:29 remaining in the third. The Celtics were unable to creep within less than seven and Martin’s short baseline jumper with 1.5 seconds left gave the Heat a 76-66 lead heading into the final quarter.

Miami started the fourth quarter strong with a 3-pointer from Martin and back-to-back baskets by Butler to push the lead to 17. Later, four straight points by Adebayo pushed the advantage to 21 with 6:55 remaining. Miami’s advantage topped out at 23 points.

Boston missed its first 12 3-point attempts as Miami controlled the first half, leading by as many as 17 points.

—Field Level Media/Reuters

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:04:26 +0800 Philippine Times
Report: 76ers hiring Nick Nurse as next coach Report: 76ers hiring Nick Nurse as next coach thumbnail

The Philadelphia 76ers have reached an agreement to make Nick Nurse their next head coach, ESPN reported Monday.

Nurse, 55, was dismissed by the Toronto Raptors in April after five seasons as their head coach, a tenure that included the 2019 NBA title in his first season at the helm.

He was in Toronto for the past 10 seasons overall, starting as an assistant coach from 2013-18. Nurse had a 227-163 record in five seasons as the Raptors’ head coach. He is also the head coach of the Canadian men’s national team.

Nurse will be tasked with replacing Doc Rivers, whose 76ers made the NBA playoffs in each of his three seasons as head coach before losing in the second round each time. The 76ers fired Rivers on May 17 after the 76ers bowed out in seven games to the Boston Celtics.

He inherits a team anchored by league MVP Joel Embiid. Nurse and Embiid have some history as opponents, and after a 76ers playoff win over the Brooklyn Nets last month, Embiid said the Nets “kind of took the Nick Nurse route of begging for free throws.”

Nurse’s Raptors eliminated the 76ers in seven games in the 2019 Eastern Conference semifinals.

ESPN reported that the Phoenix Suns were also interested in Nurse for their head-coaching vacancy.

—Field Level Media/Reuters

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:04:23 +0800 Philippine Times
Jerwin Ancajas returns to action on Bornea vs Martinez undercard Jerwin Ancajas returns to action on Bornea vs Martinez undercard thumbnail

Former world champion Jerwin Ancajas will make his return inside the ring on the undercard of IBF world super flyweight champion Fernando Martinez vs. Jade Bornea bout on June 24 at a yet-to-be-announced venue.

Ancajas, 33-3-2 with 22 knockouts as a professional boxer, is coming off back-to-back defeats at the hands of Martinez last year. His upcoming bout will be in the 118-pound bantamweight division.

“From what  I see, Jerwin is now ready for the 118-pound division,” Ancajas’ manager and trainer Joven Jimenez said.

The 31-year-old Ancajas was on the brink of making ten world title defenses until he came across Martinez in February 2022 where he lost by way of unanimous decision. A rematch took place eight months later where he lost on points again.

Following two consecutive defeats for the first time in his career, Team Ancajas previously acknowledged that it is time to move up in weight stating that the fighter’s body had overgrown the 115-pound division.

—JMB, GMA integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:04:21 +0800 Philippine Times
Veteran Royse Tubino joins PLDT ahead of PVL Invitational Conference Veteran Royse Tubino joins PLDT ahead of PVL Invitational Conference thumbnail

PLDT has secured a huge boost ahead of its campaign in the PVL Invitational Conference next month as the squad got the services of veteran open hitter Royse Tubino, the team announced on Tuesday.

“More fire. More power. Just what we needed,” said PLDT on its Facebook post.
“Veteran outside hitter Royse Tubino joins the High Speed Hitters for the upcoming PVL Invitational Conference!”

The former NCAA MVP was coming off a three-year stint with the Army Lady Troopers, who have yet to see the end to their 21-game losing streak since the Invitational Conference last year. But in those woes, Tubino served as among the bright spots, leading the squad in scoring as they finished last in the previous All-Filipino Conference.

However, Army has decided to skip the upcoming Invitational tilt, leaving Tubino available to join other teams.

In PLDT, the former University of Perpetual Help System DALTA standout will bolster an already stacked PLDT wing that features Michelle Morente, Mean Mendrez, Erika Santos, Jules Samonte, Fiola Ceballos, and Jovie Prado.

PLDT wound up fourth in the previous conference, falling to F2 Logistics in their battle for third place.

—Bea Micaller/JMB, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:04:19 +0800 Philippine Times
Rhenz Abando thankful for collegiate stint as former Letran star gets feted by Collegiate Press Corps Rhenz Abando thankful for collegiate stint as former Letran star gets feted by Collegiate Press Corps thumbnail

By BEA MICALLER, GMA Integrated News

Rhenz Abando marked his return to the Philippines the same way he left it — with a championship.

The high-flying Filipino import and his Anyang KGC team reigned supreme in the Korean Basketball League (KBL), dethroning defending champion Seoul SK as Abando added another title to his growing trophy collection.

Prior to leaving for Korea, Abando steered Colegio de San Juan de Letran to a Season 97 sweep to deliver the school’s back-to-back NCAA titles while also helping University of Santo Tomas to a UAAP Season 82 finals appearance before he decided to transfer to Muralla.

And the 6-foot-2 cager has his fruitful collegiate stint to thank for the opportunity to make a name for himself in the international scene.

“Sobrang laking tulong sakin na maglaro [sa] collegiate kasi kung hindi ako naglaro dito, hindi naman ako makikilala at [makakapunta] sa abroad,” said Abando, who was feted by the Collegiate Press Corps as the 2021-2022 Basketball Player of the Year on Monday night.

Rhenz Abando shares how his collegiate stint in the Philippines helped him reach his status now

“Sobrang laking bagay kasi kung ‘di ako nakapag-college dito… siguro ‘di ako mabibigyan ng opportunity na makapaglaro overseas, ‘di rin ako makikilala.” #CollegiatePCAwards

— GMA Sports (@gmasportsph) May 30, 2023

(“Being able to play collegiate ball was a big help because if I didn’t play here, I wouldn’t have been scouted and gone abroad.”)

Aside from Abando, also given the same award were Thirdy Ravena (2019-2020) and Ange Kouame (2022-2023) while Tab Baldwin, Goldwin Monteverde, and Bonnie Tan were hailed the top coaches for steering their respective teams to championships in UAAP and NCAA.

Tan, who was the architect behind Letran’s three-peat feat, said that timing matched with resources are a recipe for success.

“If you have the chance to prove yourself… go for it. Right timing, right materials, right resources, malaking chance na mananalo tayo,” said Tan who parted ways with Letran a month ago after three seasons to focus on NorthPort in the PBA.

(“If you have the chance to prove yourself… go for it. Right timing, right materials, right resources, there’s a good chance we’ll win.”)

In the volleyball scene, the only Rookie MVPs of the UAAP women’s division – Bella Belen of National University and Angel Canino of De La Salle University – were hailed as the Collegiate Volleyball Players of the Year for 2022 and 2023, respectively.

In the NCAA, Benilde’s Mycah Go and Gayle Pascual received the annual honor for years 2022 and 2023, respectively, after continuing the Lady Blazers’ dynasty with back-to-back championship sweeps in Seasons 97 and 98.

“Sobrang thankful din kasi hindi namin ineexpect kasi maraming players ang UAAP. So it’s a blessing kasi napasama kami dito,” said Belen.

(“I’m so thankful because we didn’t expect because there are a lot of players in the UAAP. So it’s a blessing that we were able to be part of this.”)

—JMB, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:04:17 +0800 Philippine Times
San Beda books outright semis ticket in D&League after escaping CEU San Beda books outright semis ticket in D-League after escaping CEU thumbnail

Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda secured the top seed and an outright semifinals ticket after eking out an 81-72 victory against CEU in the 2023 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.

The Red Lions led by as much as 17 points, 42-25, late in the opening quarter before the Scorpions staged a late rally with Franz Ray Diaz burying a triple to make it a 70-69 deficit for CEU in the fourth.

But an 11-3 closing run helped the Mendiola crew seal its fifth win in six games.

Third year player Jacob Cortez led the way for San Beda with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block while Peter Alfaro, Yukien Andrada, and Clifford Jopia each poured in 11 markers in the victory.

“The incentive of being No. 1 and being in the semis is of course a welcome for us but at the same time, hindi kami pwede mag-relax. Tataas ‘yung laro sa playoffs so we have to be prepared,” said coach Yuri Escueta.

(The incentive of being No. 1 and being in the semis is of course a welcome for us but at the same time, we can’t afford to relax. The level of play will be higher in the playoffs so we have to be prepared.”)

The scores:

Marinero-San Beda 81 – Cortez 15, Alfaro 11, Andrada 11, Jopia 11, Payosing 9, Visser 8, Cuntapay 7, Tagle 5, Puno 2, Royo 2, Jalbuena 0, Tagala 0, Gallego 0.

CEU 72 – Tolentino 25, Santos 15, Diaz 12, Balogun 6, Bernabe 5, Borromeo 4, Puray 3, Cabotaje 2, Peñano 0, Joson 0, Ferrer 0, Anagbogu 0.
Quartescores: 19-13, 42-31, 60-57, 81-72.

—Bea Micaller/JMB, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:04:15 +0800 Philippine Times
Phoenix trades Ben Adamos to NLEX for Tzaddy Rangel, Reden Celda Phoenix trades Ben Adamos to NLEX for Tzaddy Rangel, Reden Celda thumbnail


Phoenix Super LPG has shipped big man Ben Adamos to NLEX as the Fuel Masters acquired the rights to another bruiser in Tzaddy Rangel as well as Reden Celda in a trade approved by PBA on Tuesday.

With the move, Adamos will get to reunite with Road Warriors head coach Frankie Lim, who helped him unleash his true potential during his days at the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA in the NCAA.

He will join an NLEX frontcourt led by Gilas Pilipinas member Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser and Michael Miranda. NLEX finished with a quarterfinals appearance in the 2023 Governors Cup, where they collected seven wins and four losses.

Meanwhile, Rangel and Celda will look to boost Phoenix’ roster as they eye to pick up where they left off in the previous conference, where the Fuel Masters wound up eighth before bowing to eventual champion TNT in the quarterfinal round.

—Bea Micaller/JMB, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:04:13 +0800 Philippine Times
Kurt Reyson buries game&winner as Letran nips Perpetual in D&League clash Kurt Reyson buries game-winner as Letran nips Perpetual in D-League clash thumbnail

Kurt Reyson saved the day as Wangs Basketball @27 Strikers-Letran kept its top-two hopes alive with a 62-61 squeaker against University of Perpetual Help System Dalta in the 2023 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.

The veteran guard drilled a crucial layup off the glass in the final seven seconds before Cyrus Nitura missed a potential game-winning basket for the ALTAs to give the Knights the narrow victory.

Letran improved to 3-2 ahead of an all-important clash against defending champion EcoOil-La Salle (4-1) on Thursday with both teams looking to book the second seed and the final outright semifinals ticket.

Perpetual, on the other hand, dropped to an even 3-3 card.

“May pag-asa pa sa semis. Ginusto ng mga bata na manalo this game para sa tsansa na ‘yun. They worked hard for this,” said coach Rensy Bajar.

“In the end, our veteran players lead us to this win. Isa doon, si Reyson. Reyson is a born-winner. He’s our leader. Kumbaga, binigay na namin sa kanya at luckily, na-shoot niya sa huli.”

Team captain Reyson poured in 13 points off the bench together with six rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Kobe Monje chipped in 15 markers, eight boards, one steal, and a block.

Pao Javillonar and Kint Ariar each chimed in with 10 points.

The scores:

Wangs Strikers-Letran 62 – Monje 15, Reyson 13, Ariar 10, Javillonar 10, Fajardo 4, Santos 4, Alarcon 3, Tolentino 2, Cuajao 1, Go 0, Guarino 0.

Perpetual 61 – Roque 12, Nitura 11, Boral 8, Pagaran 7, Razon 6, Abis 6, Ferreras 5, Nunez 2, Ramirez 2, Barcoma 2, Movida 0.

Quarterscores: 11-20, 29-39, 48-49, 62-61.

—JMB, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:04:10 +0800 Philippine Times
Angelica Lopez: From Miss Universe Philippines top 10 finalist to Binibining Pilipinas International 2023 Angelica Lopez: From Miss Universe Philippines top 10 finalist to Binibining Pilipinas International 2023 thumbnail

Angelica Lopez’s victory was another Cinderella story. It was close to midnight when she was crowned as Binibining Pilipinas International 2023.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:02:51 +0800 Philippine Times
LJ Reyes now engaged to non&showbiz boyfriend LJ Reyes now engaged to non-showbiz boyfriend thumbnail

Kapuso actress LJ Reyes is now engaged to her non-showbiz boyfriend Philip Evangelista. 

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:02:49 +0800 Philippine Times
Max Collins confirms breakup with Pancho Magno Max Collins confirms breakup with Pancho Magno thumbnail

Kapuso actress Max Collins confirmed that she and husband Pancho Magno have separated. 

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:02:47 +0800 Philippine Times
Cornerstone threatens to file charges vs viral post claiming Moira Dela Torre cheated, stole compositions Cornerstone threatens to file charges vs viral post claiming Moira Dela Torre cheated, stole compositions thumbnail

Cornerstone Management legal counsel Joji Alonso warned that they will file charges against a viral post attacking singer Moira Dela Torre. 

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:02:45 +0800 Philippine Times
Bb. Pilipinas International 2023 Angelica Lopez dedicates win to late mom Bb. Pilipinas International 2023 Angelica Lopez dedicates win to late mom thumbnail

Newly-crowned Bb. Pilipinas International 2023 Angelica Lopez from Palawan dedicated her win to her mother who passed on five years ago. It was also her mom’s birthday during the coronation night held Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:02:43 +0800 Philippine Times
Exes Claudine Barretto, Raymart Santiago attend daughter’s graduation Exes Claudine Barretto, Raymart Santiago attend daughter's graduation thumbnail

Sabina Santiago penned an appreciation post for her parents Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago after her graduation. 

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:02:41 +0800 Philippine Times
Michelle Madrigal deletes photos of ‘afam’ boyfriend Michelle Madrigal deletes photos of 'afam' boyfriend thumbnail

Eagle-eyed social media users noticed that Michelle Madrigal deleted all posts about her American boyfriend on Instagram, fueling separation rumors. 

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:02:39 +0800 Philippine Times
Dingdong Dantes gets more ‘audacious’ in acting, business Dingdong Dantes gets more ‘audacious’ in acting, business thumbnail

Dingdong Dantes has shared how he honestly felt about having his image appear on a New York Times Square billboard.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:02:37 +0800 Philippine Times
Ang Huling El Bimbo relives music of the E&heads Ang Huling El Bimbo relives music of the E-heads thumbnail

Just when everyone thought the popular The Eraserheads quartet of Ely Buendia, Marcus Adoro, Buddy Zabala and Raimund Marasigan disbanded for good and had no chance of performing again, their songs were turned into a well-received musical with Ang Huling El Bimbo in 2018.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:02:35 +0800 Philippine Times
‘Hiwalay na sina Enrique Gil at Liza Soberano’ – Ogie Diaz ‘Hiwalay na sina Enrique Gil at Liza Soberano’ – Ogie Diaz thumbnail

Celebrity couple Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil have reportedly parted ways, Liza’s former manager Ogie Diaz said on his YouTube vlog yesterday.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:02:32 +0800 Philippine Times
Marina taps Kongsberg to improve evaluation skills Marina taps Kongsberg to improve evaluation skills thumbnail

THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) STCW Office adopted Kongsberg Digital’s training to enhance the skills of evaluators and elevate their expertise in maritime education.

Evaluators of the Marina STCW Office participated in a four-day simulation workshop delivered by Kongsberg Digital aimed at pursuing the continual development efforts and contributing to the steady improvements needed in various areas and issues regarding the European Union’s extension of recognition to the STCW System of the Philippines.

Marina, led by Capt. Vicente Navarro, deputy executive director of the STCW Office, and Vice Admiral Eduardo Ma R Santos, AFP (Ret), president of the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) and Kongsberg Users Philippines Inc. (KUPI), were speakers at the workshop.

The participants included Maritime Education and Training Standards Supervisors, Monitoring Division personnel from the STCW Office, and Kongsberg simulation specialists from the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region.

Renowned experts and industry leaders with extensive experience in maritime education and related fields discussed practical training techniques, regulatory compliance and industry standards, as well as technological advancements in maritime education, including maritime simulators on the cloud.

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The workshop was held in cooperation with DNV, PCI/Seaversity, and Integrated Maritime Practical Assessment Center and Technical Solutions.

The simulation workshop, with a specific focus on training facilities, simulators, monitoring, supervision, and evaluation of training and assessment, is expected to expand their knowledge and expertise in maritime education.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:01:02 +0800 Philippine Times
P900&M smuggled cigarettes, other goods found in Bulacan P900-M smuggled cigarettes, other goods found in Bulacan thumbnail

The approximate value of the goods found in the warehouses is more or less P900 million, according to the Bureau of Customs. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

AN inspection of warehouses in Plaridel, Bulacan by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Friday, May 26, yielded some P900 million worth of smuggled cigarettes and other general merchandise.

A quick inventory of the goods showed that the illicit cigarettes amounted to P50 million.

The operation came after Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio issued a Letter of Authority (LoA) and Mission Order (MO), which were immediately implemented by agents from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service-Manila International Container Port (CIIS-MICP), Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

“The team inspected the warehouses and found them to contain imported illicit cigarettes and other imported general merchandise, housewares, kitchenware and intellectual property rights -infringing goods,” Rubio said.

CIIS-MICP chief Alvin Enciso led the operation.

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“Our team showed the LoA to the warehouse representatives and they proceeded with the inspection after it was acknowledged,” he said, adding that the warehouses now have temporary padlocks and seals.

Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Group Juvymax Uy lauded the operation.

“This operation shows what we can achieve with proper coordination between BoC and key government agencies,” he said.

“More than anything else, this shows what we’ve been saying all along, that the bureau will not stop its anti-smuggling drive against agricultural products and illicit cigarettes,” Uy added.

The owners of the goods will be asked to present importation documents or proof of payment by the Customs authorities.

If found without proper documents, the corresponding seizure and forfeiture proceedings will be conducted against the subject shipments for violation of Sec. 1400 (misdeclaration in goods declaration) in relation to Sec. 1113 (property subject to seizure and forfeiture) of Republic Act 10863 known as the “Customs Modernization and Tariff Act” (CMTA).

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:01:00 +0800 Philippine Times
AIMS renews partnership with PKNU in SKorea AIMS renews partnership with PKNU in SKorea thumbnail

THE Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS) renewed its partnership with Pukyong National University (PKNU) in South Korea to further its academic collaboration, research and development undertakings, and technology transfer.

In an official statement, AIMS Chief Executive Officer Felicito Dalaguete said the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the two institutions was renewed late last year.

“AIMS is the only Philippine Maritime Higher Education Institution (MHEI) chosen for the PKNU International Partnership together with 257 universities from 48 countries. We have sent six international students,” said Dalaguete.

AIMS was part of the Philippine delegation that attended the Korea-Philippine Maritime International Cooperation, Technology Exchange Seminar and Partnership in Busan, South Korea last April 10 to 14, 2023.

The delegation also included representatives from the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development-Department of Science and Technology (Pcieerd-DoST), and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (Soname).

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The group visited four universities, a training ship and several research centers with industry-academe project cooperation in South Korea.

Oh Eun-Taek, mayor of Namgu District; Dr. Ryu Jeeyeol, president of PKNU LINC 3.0; and Lee Jung Wan, chairman of Busan Marine Engineering Association and Korean Offshore and Shipbuilding Engineering Cooperative (BUEA/Kosec), warmly greeted the Philippine delegation with the assurance of commitment for the partnering and academic collaboration, undertakings in research and development, and technology transfer.

“The presentations made by the Philippine delegates provided further insights on the Research and Development as well as Science and Technology Innovations needed in the Philippine Maritime Industry geared toward transforming advanced technology in shipbuilding, ship repair, naval architecture and marine engineering testing facilities.

“On the other hand, the Korean Delegates presented the LINC 3.0 Business Areas of Development. This included the PKNU specialized Areas, Industry-University Convergence Education, Technology Transfer and Start-up Support, Community Cooperation, LINC 3.0., and ICC-defined mutual cooperation-exchange programs for the Philippines.

“It also presented, as per its framework, the second stage in the establishment and operation of ICC for Regional Cooperation of Technology Transfer: Specialized Field Education, Technology Exchange session, and Technology transfer,” Dalaguete explained.

AIMS also signed a MoA with Soname during the Cebu Maritime Sector Expo 2023 to fully support Research and Development and Science and Technology Innovations within the Maritime Industry and Transport Sector Development Plans.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:00:58 +0800 Philippine Times
ICS seeks net zero emission standard ICS seeks net zero emission standard thumbnail

Shipowners have called on member states to set a clear direction with increased ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. PHOTO BY ICS

THE International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has submitted detailed proposals to the United Nations body, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and member nations, on negotiations supporting the development of a Global Fuel Standard as a technical measure to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of marine fuels, targeting 5 percent by 2030.

ICS said that with an aggressive tightening of this standard after 2030 developed with industry experts, the standard will work in practice.

“A fuel standard will not succeed on its own. It has to be supported by a radical economic measure, which will operate across the world to incentivize the production and uptake of the low and zero GHG fuels necessary to accelerate the transition to a net zero destination,” Simon Bennett, ICS deputy secretary general, said.

He added, “Shipping remains the most carbon-efficient way to transport the goods that we all use, with about 90 percent of world trade carried by sea. However, being efficient does not mean we must not work to address the 3 percent shipping contributes to global carbon emissions. We all have a role to play in decarbonization.”

ICS and its members are optimistic that governments will set a net zero target to send a signal to energy producers and marine fuel suppliers, charting the direction of travel.

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ICS said that the decisions that governments will make will be critical.Bennett said that shipowners are willing to contribute to a multibillion dollar global fund, which if structured correctly, will reduce the cost gap between conventional fuel oil and the much more expensive zero GHG fuels as they begin to become available.

The ICS “Fund and Reward” mechanism, he said, is an equitable measure that will also ensure developing countries can use some of the billions of dollars that would be generated each year, from shipowner contributions, to create the infrastructure of the future while incentivizing first movers to act.

Bennett said a growing number of governments recognize the merit of these industry proposals, but ICS needs to ensure that developing nations can recognize the opportunity that this IMO fund will unlock.

“To produce the very large amounts of low and zero GHG fuels, such as methanol, ammonia and hydrogen, sustainable biofuels and synthetic fuels [as well as developing new technologies such as carbon capture] is going to take real-world regulation and meaningful incentives, not just the adoption of a new GHG reduction target,” Bennett said.

ICS is the principal international trade association for merchant shipowners and operators, representing all sectors and trades and over 80 percent of the world’s merchant fleet.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:00:56 +0800 Philippine Times
Auditing body lauds NMP for ‘exceptional performance’ Auditing body lauds NMP for 'exceptional performance' thumbnail

THE National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) was recently lauded by auditors of the Socotec Certification International Philippines for its exceptional performance, identified during its 2nd Surveillance Audit last March 27 to 28 which the maritime training and research center passed.

The audit report, received by NMP on May 9, 2023, revealed no non-conformances.

Auditors of Socotec said NMP had zero discrepancies in the updated inventory of its property, plant, equipment and supplies. It also commended NMP for the excellent monitoring and preventive maintenance of its training equipment, as well as for its compliance with the standards set by the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina).

The auditing team affirmed that NMP has exceeded its targets in most areas.

NMP presented plans for improving collaboration with international stakeholders such as the International Labor Organization (ILO), Antwerp Maritime Academy of the Kingdom of Belgium, and International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (Iswan)-Philippines.

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“As an Agency that commits to continuous enhancement of seafarers, maintaining ISO Certification of its Quality Management Systems (QMS) confirms [our] relevance in carrying out our mandate of upgrading the qualifications of Filipino seafarers and providing maritime industry research,” it said in a statement.

The ISO 9001:2015 audit was conducted by Jose Emmanuel Thomas Diel and Capt. Nicanor Altares. They reviewed NMP’s quality procedures, manuals and other systems documentation against the requirements set by the ISO 9001:2015 standard.

Using the 3P Methodology (People, Paper and Physical Environment), the team evaluated NMP’s compliance with the Quality Management System through interviews with process owners and internal auditors, a review of documented information, and inspection of facilities and equipment.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:00:54 +0800 Philippine Times
Highlighting gender equality in maritime Highlighting gender equality in maritime thumbnail

THE importance of collaboration and networking in achieving gender equality in the maritime sector took center stage at the Global Conference of the IMO Women in Maritime Associations held at the IMO Headquarters in London on May 18-19.

The need to tackle the lack of visibility of women in the maritime industry; the need for individual women and organizations representing them to work in partnership to achieve more; the importance of having men as allies; and the need to engage with girls during their school years to attract them into roles in maritime were issues raised repeatedly.

Members of the IMO’s eight Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs) from around the world and international partner organizations came together to explore the theme of this year’s International Day for Women in Maritime held on May 18 — “Mobilizing networks for gender equality.”

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim described gender equality as “a prerequisite for a thriving and resilient maritime industry” that would bring with it innovation, creativity and sustained growth.

“We need the best talent. And that means embracing diversity and ensuring that any barriers to participation are broken down. By investing in the future of women in maritime we unlock a wealth of talent that will drive our industry forward,” Lim said.

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An agreement on the Sustainable Maritime Transport Cooperation Women Project, the aim of which is to enhance gender equality in developing countries, was signed by Lim and South Korean Ambassador Yoon Yeocheol, permanent representative of the Republic of Korea to the IMO.

The agreement provides funding worth $3 million for five years.

Ambassador Yeocheol hoped the accord would be a milestone and pledged his country’s continued support for women in the sector.

He said, “I sincerely hope that the agreement will promote more participation of women in the maritime sector and lead to a more diverse and inclusive culture in the maritime industry.”

The conference heard from all eight WIMAs about their objectives, achievements and plans. Associations have been established in Africa (three WIMAs), the Arab States, Asia-Pacific (two WIMAs), the Caribbean, and Latin America to challenge some of the institutional barriers and the cultural stigma facing women who enter the maritime industry.

In a session on the work of Wista International, its president, Elpi Petraki, spoke of empowering women “to claim what they deserve” which, she said, would benefit both women and men. She also highlighted the continued challenges that face women working onboard ships.

“Full equality onboard is a long way off,” Petraki said. She announced a follow-up next year to the 2021 IMO-Wista Women in Maritime Survey which she hoped would give a more accurate picture of gender diversity across the sector.

Other sessions included one on the IMO GENder Network and how networks of the IMO training institutes, the World Maritime University (WMU) and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), and mentorships can be used to best effect.

There was a remote presentation from Canada by Humberto Carolo, executive director of White Ribbon, which describes itself as the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls. He spoke about the need for society to challenge the propagation of male stereotypes that ensure women continue to be underrepresented in management roles.

During a panel discussion called “Breaking the glass ceiling,” Africa’s first female dredge master, Capt. Londy Ngcobo, ship navigator, founder of Global Maritime Youth, and director of Womaritime Experts, said she had decided to make a visible statement about her success in the maritime industry.

“I wore my uniform today. I have claimed my captaincy. To a young star looking at me — she comes with natural hair and brown skin: I too can become a captain. It’s not rocket science.”

The conference ended with a working session on the development of a draft Global Strategy for the IMO WIMAs.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:00:52 +0800 Philippine Times
Maharlika fund clears Senate hurdle Maharlika fund clears Senate hurdle thumbnail

MANILA, Philippines — The bill seeking to create the Maharlika Investment Fund — touted by its advocates as a vehicle for economic progress and doubted by critics over potential abuses — passed the Senate on Wednesday with major changes, moving the contentious proposal closer to becoming a law.

Senate Bill No. 2020 received 19 votes in favor, one vote against and one abstention, giving the Maharlika fund’s more than four-month journey through the upper chamber’s legislative mill a sweet ending for its proponents.

Only Sen. Risa Hontiveros voted against the measure while her only colleague in the minority, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel III, was not present. Sen. Nancy Binay abstained from voting.

The Senate immediately passed the measure on third reading after its approval on second reading as it was certified as urgent by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

With the Senate’s approval of the Maharlika fund bill, the ball is back with the House of Representatives, with senators hoping that it will adopt their version of the measure to hasten the enactment of the proposal.

But Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said a bicameral conference committee composed of members from both chambers of Congress will meet Wednesday at 11 a.m. to thresh out differences between the House and Senate versions.

Bicameral conference committee meetings are typically closed to the public and lawmakers may revive provisions that have been stripped from earlier iterations of a bill or introduce new ones that were never tackled in plenary.

The Maharlika fund was identified as a priority measure by the Marcos Jr. administration which it requested Congress to pass before the president’s State of the Nation Address in July.

Pension funds at risk?

Lawmakers assured that pension funds and social security will not be used to bankroll the controversial sovereign wealth fund. That specific provision, which civil society and academia lambasted in November, was removed in the first iteration of Maharlika proposed in the House. 

SB 2020 contained a provision that allowed government financial institutions to still pitch into the fund following the approval of its board of directors.

During the period of amendments, the Senate accepted senators’ proposal to explicitly prohibit the Government Service Insurance System, the Social Security System, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., the Home Development Mutual Fund, the Overseas Welfare Workers Association and the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office from investing in Maharlika.

Sonny Africa, executive director at local nonprofit IBON Foundation, has called out lawmakers in passing the bill.

“Proponents can’t even be clear on what the mandate of the Fund really is and confusingly say that it ranges from promoting socioeconomic development to getting the best financial returns on its investments,” Africa said in a Viber message. 

“The best safeguard on scarce public resources is to put them to best use where they currently are and according to whatever measures are currently in place on funds of the national government, GOCCs or GFIs like LBP and DBP. The Maharlika Fund proposal bypasses these existing measures and, being so extremely politicized, only goes through the motions of putting safeguards in place,” Africa added. 

Even BSP Governor Felipe Medalla said that the Maharlika has now evolved into a “national development fund.”  

‘No rush’

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel III earlier raised the constitutionality of Marcos’ certification of the Maharlika bill as urgent, saying there is no calamity or emergency that necessitates its immediate passage.

After his nearly two-hour turno en contra speech on Tuesday, Pimentel attempted to send back the Maharlika fund bill to the committee level for further discussions. 

But this motion failed as 16 senators backed Zubiri’s ruling that the issue on the committee referral of the measure has been tackled by the plenary before.

Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva, however, said Marcos’ certification of the bill as urgent is “in order” as the president has the power to define what a calamity or emergency is.

Villanueva has denied that the Senate rushed in passing the Maharlika fund, contrary to accusations from minority lawmakers.

Funding for Maharlika

The Senate’s version of the touted investment fund stated that the Maharlika Investment Corp.’s funding will come from government financial institutions. Broken down, the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines will pitch in P50 billion and P25 billion each.

The national government is contributing P50 billion, composed of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ dividends. For the first two years of the fund’s existence, the central bank will need to remit all its declared dividends to the fund.

After that, those dividends will be split evenly, with 50% each bankrolling the Maharlika’s funding and the BSP’s capitalization.

The government’s share from state-owned Philippine Gaming Corp., pegged at 10% yearly lasting five years, also joined the funding mix. 

The capital stock will comprise P500 billion, divided into 5 billion shares priced at P100 apiece. It will be built by 3.75 billion common shares, equivalent to P375 billion, and 1.25 billion preferred shares (P125 billion).


Africa noted that the latest version was an improvement from earlier proposals already.

“The form that we are passing now, I think satisfies our thirst for transparency and accountability on this measure,” Zubiri said as the period of amendments closed. “I think the number of amendments that we placed here will assure the Filipino people that this fund will be used properly, efficiently and effectively.”

Senators led by Sens. Grace Poe and Risa Hontiveros introduced stiffer penalties for violations of the law.

The Senate’s version also indicated that the Maharlika cannot invest in “areas” that violate laws and conventions that the Philippine government has signed. 

The House’s version stated barred the Maharlika from taking on controlling stakes in its investments, but that provision was absent in the Senate’s iteration.

On the other hand, the composition of Maharlika’s board underwent several changes. In Senate Bill 1814, the board of directors numbered at 15 but the current version trimmed it to nine directors, with three coming from the private sector. 

“The proponents not being able to find it in themselves to deliberate on the proposal rationally does not give confidence that the Fund will not be vulnerable to misuse, corruption and undue influence,” Africa said.

Wed, 31 May 2023 12:00:50 +0800 Philippine Times
PSE to dispute BIR findings and 3 more market updates PSE to dispute BIR findings and 3 more market updates thumbnail

PSE [PSE 164.00 unch] [link] notified the market that it received an assessment from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) that it owed P189.2 million in alleged tax deficiencies, penalties, and interest, coming from calendar year 2017. The PSE said that it would dispute the BIR findings. Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that the BIR was “just doing their job.”

MB Quick Take

Getting the BIR’s attention is never a good thing, but it’s important to put the potential size of this assessment in context with the PSE’s financial standing and performance. According to its Q1 earnings report, the ?189.2 million is about 93% of its quarterly profit, but the PSE has over P2 billion in cash and cash equivalents on the balance sheet that it could use to take the hit. It’s a weird situation that should cause some behind-the-scenes process adjustments, but this isn’t an existential threat by any means.

Boulevard Holdings [BHI 0.07 33.3%; 1304% avgVol] [link] had its 110-day suspension lifted after it finally submitted its annual report for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2022, and the following three quarterly reports. BHI surged 33% on massive volume after the suspension was lifted.

MB Quick Take

Play if you want to play, but be warned that BHI is very casual with its reporting and is often suspended for failing to do the bare minimum with respect to its reporting obligations. BHI also seems to be alarmingly comfortable in a state of suspension, which is a massive red flag to me.

Alliance Global [AGI 13.34 0.5%; 573% avgVol] [link] is losing the Hong Kong-based Genting as its foreign partner in the local gaming industry. AGI revealed that it is buying Genting’s entire stake in Newport Wold Resorts project.

MB Quick Take

As I’ve said before, I’m not comfortable in my analysis of the gaming sector, so I’m not really sure what to make of this news. To an outsider like me, it just sounds like a pretty big deal to lose such a powerful 40% stakeholder in one transaction, but I’m not really sure what this means for Andrew Tan, AGI, and the Newport project. Any guest analysts interested in providing some context, please send me a note!

MJC Investments [MJIC suspended] [link] disclosed that its board authorized the conversion into equity of P2.4 billion in “deposits for future subscription” made by HK Strategic Investors and Manila Jockey Club [MJC suspended]. The unusual deposits were made way back in 2021.

MB Quick Take

As an investor, I hate seeing these massive pending transactions on the books that fester for years. The depositors will get 2.2 billion shares out of the conversion, which is a 69% increase in the outstanding shares of MJIC. That’s a substantial change.

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Wed, 31 May 2023 12:00:48 +0800 Philippine Times
Repower delays pricing after finding anchor buyer Repower delays pricing after finding anchor buyer thumbnail

Repower Energy Development [REDC pre-IPO] [link] notified the exchange yesterday that it would extend its “book-building period”, but Merkado Barkada has learned from a source with first-hand knowledge that this is because REDC found a listed Japanese company that confirmed it will buy the majority of the REDC IPO as an anchor buyer.

REDC did not say whether the extended book-building period would impact the tentative schedule of the IPO. 


This is a fresh development that has many potential benefits to REDC both for this transaction, and going forward post-IPO. Typically an anchor investor can help build confidence in an IPO because it helps validate of the business model and support the valuation.

That information could be useful to potential buyers, as the thought of a huge chunk of shares being off the market does increase the scarcity of the remaining float. I’m curious to learn the identity of the buyer, to learn more about the relationship between the parties, and to see if there are any strategic benefits to REDC beyond this deal. Of course, I’m also curious to learn the price, but there’s plenty of time for that.

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Wed, 31 May 2023 12:00:45 +0800 Philippine Times
Euro&med Laboratories Phil., Inc. to conduct Annual Stockholders’ Meeting for 2023 Euro-med Laboratories Phil., Inc. to conduct Annual Stockholders’ Meeting for 2023 thumbnail

Euro-med Laboratories Phil., Inc. will be holding its annual meeting of stockholders on June 21, 2023, 10:00 am, Wednesday virtually via

A copy of the official announcement published in Manila Bulletin broadsheet is shown below:


Wed, 31 May 2023 12:00:42 +0800 Philippine Times
Radson Flores, Matt Lozano join Miguel Tanfelix in wakeboarding adventure Radson Flores, Matt Lozano join Miguel Tanfelix in wakeboarding adventure thumbnail


Miguel Tanfelix, Matt Lozano, and Radson Flores enjoyed bonding together in a cable wakeboarding adventure!

In Miguel’s latest YouTube vlog, the three “Voltes V: Legacy” stars went to Decawake Clark Cable Park in Pampanga for some water sports.

Previously, Miguel shared short clips of him wakeboarding on Instagram.

Miguel and Matt said they both started the sport back in 2013, apparently visiting the same wakeboarding place in Batangas.

Matt, however, said he hasn’t been able to wakeboard in five years, while Miguel also said is returning to the sport after quite a while.

Radson and Matt arrived together after Miguel and his friends, and they all had great fun gliding across and sometimes falling into the water.

Miguel also tried to perform some tricks in the kicker, but he could not quite execute them yet.

The boys eventually called it a day and went to chill on a pool.

Meanwhile, their fellow “Voltes V: Legacy” co-star Ysabel Ortega also made a cameo near the beginning and the end of the vlog.

Miguel went on a video call with the Sparkle actress before the wakeboarding session began, and Ysabel wished him good luck. While he was relaxing on a hammock after the session, he once again called Ysabel.

Miguel plays Steve Armstrong in “Voltes V: Legacy.” Radson and Matt play Mark Gordon and Big Bert, respectively, while Ysabel plays Jamie Robinson.

“Voltes V: Legacy” airs weekdays on GMA Telebabad at 8 p.m. after “24 Oras.” It is also livestreamed on the GMA Network YouTube channel and

Can’t watch in real-time or do you live outside the country? Check this out for more information on where to watch “Voltes V: Legacy.”

—MGP, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 06:38:59 +0800 Philippine Times
Beyond the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums says ‘we are much more” Beyond the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums says 'we are much more


VATICAN CITY — Barbara Jatta, the first woman to head the Vatican Museums, wants visitors to avoid being suffocated by the crowds and take in the lesser-known—but spectacular—attractions she helps to oversee.

The Vatican Museums, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that closed or limited openings during the COVID-19 pandemic, have almost returned to their pre-pandemic level of about six million visitors a year.

Many, particularly day trippers on fast-paced package tours of Rome, head straight for the Sistine Chapel, bypassing the museums’ other wonders.

River god (Arno) in the Pio Clementino Museum. Photo from Vatican Museums (

River god (Arno) in the Pio Clementino Museum. Photo from Vatican Museums (

Peacocks, New Wing of the Vatican Museums. Photo from Vatican Museums (

Peacocks, New Wing of the Vatican Museums. Photo from Vatican Museums (

“Not everyone in the Sistine Chapel. Please! We are much more,” she told Reuters at the opening of an exhibition of ceramics within meters of Michelangelo’s frescoed masterpiece.

“We have so many things that speak of history, it is important to get to know them too,” added Jatta, 60.

They include a 17th-century pharmacy and apothecary that was run by Benedictine nuns in the Monastery of St. Cecilia in Rome’s Trastevere district.

Open to the public since May 25, the pharmacy that served the public until 1936 has been reassembled with contents dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Cabinet shelves are filled with dozens of finely decorated blue-and-white ceramic jars that once held medicinal plants and herbs used to treat anything from insect bites to urinary infections.

The exhibition also includes tools for cutting and pressing the plants and extracting their essential essences. The nuns fashioned a large stone mortar from the capital of an ancient Roman column.

“This is an incredible patrimony of history, art and medicine,” said Luca Pesante, one of the curators of the exhibit, which also includes medieval floor tiles and decorative plates, some made from designs by Raphael.

Statue of Queen Tuya in the Gregorian Egyptian Museum. Photo from Vatican Museums (

Statue of Queen Tuya in the Gregorian Egyptian Museum. Photo from Vatican Museums (

Vincent van Gogh's Pieta in the Collection of Contemporary Art. Photo from Vatican Museums (

Vincent van Gogh’s Pieta in the Collection of Contemporary Art. Photo from Vatican Museums (

Jatta, appointed by Pope Francis in 2016, said she and her staff has set as a priority to give visitors “the most marvelous visit possible” and that they should not be suffocated by too many people.

She added that the museums, which close at 6 p.m. on most days, may extend opening hours. Already, they stay open later on Fridays and Saturdays.

Nearly all tickets are booked online and are often sold out weeks in advance.

The need for extended opening hours may increase during the 2025 Holy Year, when millions more people than usual are expected to travel to Rome to participate in religious pilgrimages, she said. — Reuters

Wed, 31 May 2023 06:38:58 +0800 Philippine Times
LOOK: Ticket information for Sam Smith’s Manila 2023 concert LOOK: Ticket information for Sam Smith's Manila 2023 concert thumbnail

British singer-songwriter Sam Smith

Live Nation Philippines / released

MANILA, Philippines — The ticket selling for Grammy winner Sam Smith’s upcoming concert in Manila this October is approaching, and fans can grab a chance at earlier pre-selling.

Smith’s “Gloria the Tour” at the Mall of Asia Arena will be the British singer-songwriter’s third visit to the Philippines, having last visited in 2018 for their “The Thrill of It All” tour.

The Asia leg of the tour — having started in Europe and soon North America — will begin in Bangkok in early October, and after Manila Smith will head over to Singapore.

Ticket prices range from P2,750 (General Admission) to P16,000 and P16,250 (Floor areas).

Regular selling of tickets begins on June 1 at 12 p.m. via SM Tickets, but UnionBank cardholders can purchase tickets as early as May 30 while Live Nation Philippines members can participate in an exclusive Live pre-sale the following day from 10 a.m. until midnight.

“It feels like emotional, sexual and spiritual liberation,” said Smith about their latest album from which the tour takes its name. “So, it was beautiful, with this album, to sing freely again, for me. It feels like a coming of age.”

“Gloria” is Smith’s fourth album and includes the singles “Love Me More,” “I’m Not Here To Make Friends,” and the Grammy-winning collaboration “Unholy” with Kim Petras.

Smith is also known for their previous hits “Stay With Me,” “I’m Not the Only One,” “Lay Me Down,” “Money on My Mind,” “Too Good at Goodbyes,” “How Do You Sleep?,” “Latch” with Disclosure, “Dancing with a Stranger” with Normani, and the Oscar-winning Bond song “Writing’s on the Wall.”

RELATED: Unholy works for non-binary Sam Smith

Wed, 31 May 2023 06:38:57 +0800 Philippine Times
Philippines won”t apologize to Kuwait for OFW shelters –DFA Philippines won"t apologize to Kuwait for OFW shelters --DFA thumbnail

The Philippines will not apologize for the shelters it provided distressed social workers fleeing their employers in Kuwait, the Department of Foreign Affairs has said.

According to JP Soriano’s report on “24 Oras”, this developed even after the country announced the indefinite suspension of visas for Filipino skilled workers.

It has also taken steps to enter into agreements with other countries that could provide migrant workers.

“Hindi tayo hihingi ng tawad..? Eh pinoprotektahan lang natin yung mga kababayan natin,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Eduardo de Vega said.

(Why should we apologize..? We’re just protecting countrymen.)

The Kuwaiti government last week confirmed it suspended all new visas for OFWs “indefinitely” due to the Philippines’ reported violations of their bilateral labor agreement signed in 2018.

Among the violations, the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry said, are the housing workers in shelters, searching for runaways without involving state institutions, communicating with Kuwaiti citizens without permission from authorities, and pressuring Kuwaiti employers to add clauses to employment contracts.

The ban came three months after Manila suspended its deployment of household service workers to Kuwait due to cases of abuse, including the death of OFW Jullebee Ranara, a household service worker whose body was found burned in the middle of a desert in Kuwait.

She was reported to have been raped and impregnated by her employer’s 17-year-old son.

“It’s their prerogative, they’re sovereign. They’re free to do that and besides as far as migration is concerned we also recognize na the skills of the Filipinos have are at-par globally,” Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Paul Cortez said.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. earlier rejected the idea of imposing a total deployment ban against Kuwait, saying the Philippine government would continue to negotiate with the Gulf state to improve the situation.

For its part, the Department of Migrant Workers said several countries have expressed interest in employing skilled Filipino workers to fulfill their vacancies including Austria, Guam, Portugal, Romania, Saudi, Hungary, and United Arab Emirates.

Saudi Arabia has announced that it needed over one million Filipino skilled workers in two years.

These include those in construction, hotel and restaurants, resorts, and healthcare workers.

“The estimate is one million new jobs for Filipino workers in 18 to 24 months so for filipino workers,” DMW Undersecretary Patricia Yvonne Caunan said. —Sundy Locus/NB, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 06:38:55 +0800 Philippine Times
Genshin Impact to tour select Philippine universities Genshin Impact to tour select Philippine universities thumbnail

By JAIA YAP, GMA Integrated News

Hit online role-playing game Genshin Impact will visit several local universities through a “Philippines’ University Roadshow” event.

“From June 2023, we will be heading out to multiple campuses to meet with Travelers,” it announced on social media on Tuesday.

It added that the list of lucky schools will be revealed in due time.

“The specific locations and schedule of the event will be announced in successive updates. We ask Travelers to continue exercising patience,” it said.

It is believed the event will mainly promote the fifth in-game nation of Fontaine, which is anticipated to go live on all servers later this year.

Last year, a life-size replica of a teleport waypoint appeared in Pasay City on the same day that the fourth in-game nation of Sumeru went live.

—MGP, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 06:38:54 +0800 Philippine Times
‘Voltes V: Legacy’ makes fans cry in most emotional episode yet 'Voltes V: Legacy' makes fans cry in most emotional episode yet thumbnail

Spoiler warning for those who have not yet watched the latest episode!

Fans of “Voltes V: Legacy” let their tears flow on Tuesday evening as the series aired its most heartbreaking scene.

Dr. Mary Ann Armstrong, played by Carla Abellana, made the ultimate sacrifice to save her sons Steve, Big Bert, and Little Jon, who were all piloting the Voltes V robot.

Voltes V was fighting Boazanian beast fighter Vaizanger, but it got trapped in chains and was unable to free itself. Meanwhile, Camp Big Falcon was also under attack from the Boazanian skull ship.

Mary Ann flew a fighter jet herself to help her sons, refusing to return to base even when her colleagues tried to stop her from going on the suicide mission.

She crashed her aircraft right into the head of Vaizanger, allowing Voltes V to finally break free from the chains.

The Armstrong brothers wept, but Steve (played by Miguel Tanfelix), channeled his grief and rage to pummel Vaizanger with Voltes V’s fists and eventually finish him off with the laser sword.

Fans were all praises for the actors, tweeting their reactions under the hashtag #V5LegacyRiseArmstrongBrothers, which reached no. 1 on the Philippine trends.

The hashtag #VoltesVLegacy, Miguel Tanfelix, and Mary Ann were also among the trends list.

“This is one of the most tear jerking episodes in Philippines TV history!” said one fan.

“Sobrang sakit. Damang-dama ko ‘yong pag-iyak ni Big Bert at Lil Jon,” said another.

Miguel and Carla received huge props as well for their performances.

“Miguel Tanfelix showcases his acting prowess. Binitbit niya talaga ang lahat ng requirements para sa karakter ni Steve Armstrong,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

“Wala talaga akong ibang maisip na artista na pwedeng gumanap sa role ni Dr. Mary Ann Armstrong kundi si Carla Abellana lang. Sobrang fit sa kanya ang role,” added another.

“Voltes V: Legacy” airs weekdays on GMA Telebabad at 8 p.m. after “24 Oras.” It is also livestreamed on the GMA Network YouTube channel and

Can’t watch in real-time or do you live outside the country? Check this out for more information on where to watch “Voltes V: Legacy.”

—MGP, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 06:38:53 +0800 Philippine Times
Paolo Contis reacts to LJ Reyes’s engagement: ‘She deserves to be happy’ Paolo Contis reacts to LJ Reyes's engagement: 'She deserves to be happy' thumbnail

Paolo Contis is happy to hear that his ex-partner, LJ Reyes, has recently become engaged.

The Sparkle actress made the announcement on Instagram, sharing photos of the moment her non-showbiz boyfriend, Philip Evangelista, popped the question.

In Nelson Canlas’s report on “24 Oras,” Tuesday, Paolo sent his reaction to the news via text message.

“Of course I’m very happy for her. She deserves to be happy,” the actor said.

Paolo and LJ have a daughter together named Summer, but the couple separated in 2021.

The actor admitted that there was a third party in their relationship, but denied the involvement of his “A Faraway Land” co-star Yen Santos.

Paolo confirmed his relationship with Yen earlier this year.

Shortly after his split with LJ, the actress migrated to New York with Summer and Aki, her son with ex-boyfriend Paulo Avelino.

—MGP, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 06:38:51 +0800 Philippine Times
What is the biggest edible crab? Kuya Kim answers What is the biggest edible crab? Kuya Kim answers thumbnail

Crab meat is one of the tastiest delicacies enjoyed by seafood lovers.

If you love sushi, for example, crab stick is one of the staple ingredients. But what if you’re not satisfied with just a small piece of kani?

Do you want to know what’s the biggest kind of crab that we can eat?

According to Kuya Kim on Tuesday’s “24 Oras,” it’s the king crab native to the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, which can grow up to 11 kg.

The largest male king crab recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weighed 10.886 kg. The largest female, meanwhile, weighed 4.763 kg.

In the Philippines, the municipality of Caluag in Quezon Province holds a Crab Festival every year.

The celebration includes the Heaviest Crab Contest. This year, Anabella Pareja was hailed the winner with her crab weighing 2.695 kg.

Anabella said she took care of the crab for seven months. She was able to sell it for P1,560.

Meanwhile, the most expensive crab sold at an auction is a snow crab in Tottori, Japan. The buyer paid a total of 5.4 million yen or over P2.1 million.

—MGP, GMA Integrated News

Wed, 31 May 2023 06:38:49 +0800 Philippine Times
The Ferrari of nail polishes is back The Ferrari of nail polishes is back thumbnail

OPI, considered in the industry to be the Ferrari of nail polishes, is back with more affordable prices, four collections, and nationwide distribution (before, the brand was exclusively available at salons).

The US brand made its name with trendy colors that were so pigmented your manicure was done after two coats.  I love their witty shade names like Do You Lilac It, Pink-ing of You, and Can’t Be Beet.

Current collections include the OG Nail Lacquer, which is how OPI started — high-quality polishes that last for up to seven days and are the most affordable, at P495.

OPI Ph brand manager Mel Ledesma-Cruz says each collection has a different-colored cap to distinguish them from each other; the original nail lacquers sport black caps.

Then there’s the vegan line, Nature Strong, plant-based nail polish with gray caps made of recyclable material.  At P595, Cruz says they’re significantly cheaper than in the US, since OPI Philippines wanted affordable luxury for all here, and they agreed. “So now everyone can try OPI,” Cruz says.

For P100 more, Infinite Shine is OPI’s gel-like 3D nail polish. “OPI came up with a three step routine that doesn’t need UV light, and the finish is gel-like,” Cruz says. “It lasts up to 11 days, and the cap is silver.”

At present OPI has 250 colors, 300 SKUs, and typically release new collections every quarter, but since they’re making up for lost time here, next month they’ll issue a new collection.

The brand also offers nail care (the bestseller is the nail and cuticle oil for P595), polish removers and Pro Spa skincare for hands and feet. This is great news because these products, which were exclusive to salons before, are now widely available so you can achieve professional-quality mani/pedis at home.

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OPI is available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Beauty Bar, Watsons, Landmark, Robinsons, Lazada, and Shopee.

This J-Beauty brand’s mascara is a cult fave

Kiss Me, one of the Japanese brands Beautybox Corp. has brought to the Philippines, recently celebrated its first birthday.

Kiss Me made its name with its Heroine Make mascara, which is so good it’s become a cult favorite among beautistas. What I love is that it comes with a Curl Keep mascara base that thickens sparse Asian lashes before you apply the Heroine Make Long Up Super Waterproof mascara, which is the only mascara I have that doesn’t smudge, no matter how sweaty or oily I get! Kiss Me even offers a Speedy Mascara remover to take it all off at the end of the day.

Another product I highly recommend is Sunkiller Perfect Water Essence SPF50+ PA++++, an alcohol-free sunscreen that is so lightweight and refreshing to put on — no white cast or greasy feel. They also have Kiss Me Other Kiss Me products worth trying are Heavy Rotation Coloring Eyebrow mascaras, Heroine Make Rich Jewel eyeliners and Kiss Me medicated hand cream, which comes in portable tubes perfect for popping into your purse.

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Kiss Me products are available at Beauty Bar, Mitsukoshi, Watsons, The SM Store, Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Landmark, Look, Chimes and Island City Mall, or shop online at

Self-refreshing skin tints

After the success of their Synchro Self-Refreshing foundations, Shiseido released Synchro Self-Refreshing Tints with broad-spectrum SPF 20, which offer the ideal combination of color, coverage and care. Infused with 70% skincare ingredients, the tints provide 24 hours of weightless hydration and come in 12 shades to match any skin tone.

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Available at the Shiseido boutiques in Mitsukoshi and leading malls.

Homegrown makeup company completes range

Since the last time I featured them, Issy & Co. has had about four launches, and the brand now has a complete range of makeup products, all boasting innovative formulations and colors for Asian skin.

I love the texture of their Ode to the Sand Crème Cheek Bronzers, which feel soft to the touch and are so lightweight they just melt into the skin to give a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow. These come in four shades at the unbeatable price of P349.

Issy brow products include clear Brow Fixing gel to set unruly brows; colored Brow Volumizing gels to fill in, add volume and create fluffy brows; Brow Detailing Pen, a micro-filling liquid liner to create hairlike strokes with a built-in spoolie to style; and my fave, the Brow Pencil Trio, which features a fine-tipped pencil to outline and fill in sparse areas, a triangular-tipped pencil to shade and add depth, and a built-in spoolie to blend and groom brows (all P349).

Lip service: Issy & Co.’s Lip Bullets

Issy & Co. also improved and expanded their popular Active Skin Tint and Concealer range, which now offer 12 shades of the oil-free, niacinamide-enriched tinted moisturizer (P499) and 24 shades of the oil-free, hyaluronic-acid fortified concealer (P399). They also added True Flex Powder Foundation, skin-blurring pressed-powder compacts (P549) and my fave, True Flex Illuminator, luminous complexion enhancers that amp up your glow (P349).

Finally Issy launched its Lip Bullets, 21 shades of lipstick (P349 each) in three different finishes (matte, velvet and satin) of seven shades each. These bullets come with a thoughtful, built-in mirror so you’ll never have to dig around in your bag or use your phone as a mirror again.

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Issy & Co. is available at Shopee and Lazada.

Ultra-affordable, multi-tasking cream blushes

Ever Bilena’s Pillow Pop cream blushes are bouncy, cream-to-powder blushes that give your skin a radiant pop of color. Enriched with vitamin E, they’re fragrance-free and very blendable and buildable. In three shades — Dreamy Coral, Dreamy Rose and Dreamy Peach — I enjoy these blushes’ plush, lightweight texture, the fact that they’re multitaskers you can also use on your lips and eyelids, and their ultra-affordable price (P195 each).

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Available at SM Beauty and the Ever Bilena shops on TikTok, Shopee and Lazada.

Matte lippies that moisturize

Hate the feel of matte lippies that dry out your lips? Careline has solved that with its Powder Matte Lip Tints, four pretty shades that help moisturize your lips with shea butter and glycerin (P180 each). If that level of moisturization isn’t enough, Careline also has a Serum Clear Gloss enriched with antioxidants and natural oils for a plumper, healthier pout.

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Careline is available at Watsons, Shopee, and Lazada.

Wed, 31 May 2023 06:38:47 +0800 Philippine Times
Senator Loren Legarda: ‘Culture is what binds us as a nation’ Senator Loren Legarda: 'Culture is what binds us as a nation' thumbnail

Imagine what a typical day would be like for Senator Loren Legarda. It would undoubtedly involve the gods of tasks and a landscape of paperwork — waking up very early, finishing late in the evening, with seemingly infinite toil in between, and then doing it all again the following day. But the people in her circle know how the senator finds the gaps between grueling sessions in the Senate to recharge, de-stress, and reemerge. 

“Despite the busy schedule, I always take time to find solace in the beauty of nature,” she says. “I have always been a lover of the environment. I happily tend to my backyard farm and vertical garden, where I plant the vegetables and fruits that I eat.”

For Loren Legarda, it has been a long and gratifying journey to go from being a journalist to becoming a senator, congresswoman, and now Senate President Pro Tempore. But before that, there was this young girl in Potrero, Malabon, who was guided by influential female figures: one sang opera in the bathroom and was the epitome of “class, elegance, intellect, foresight, grounded-ness and compassion,” and another who “carried half of the sky” for the young Loren.  

“My late mother, Bessie Gella Bautista, influenced my love for culture. She understood the real value of the handmade, the creative product, and kept colorful, hand-woven textiles protected in a baul or a chest,” remembers the senator. 

Through threads and traditions: A visual tapestry of Legarda’s explorations, celebrating the vibrant heritage of Philippine textiles and cultural rhythms.

Nanay Fely, who raised Loren, had tenacity, discipline, loyalty, unconditional love and innate talent. Loren amplifies, “Nanay Fely instilled my love for nature at an early age — observing butterflies and birds, immersing in our gardens and surroundings, and engaging in crafts and activities in nature.”

That young girl would never outgrow her love for nature, culture, and all the things that remind us Filipinos of what we essentially are.

“Culture is what binds us as a nation,” she explains. “Our cultural heritage is what we will pass on to our future generations. But it is in flux because we are confronted with new challenges and the danger of falling to unsustainable life ways. This is why it is essential to define what being a Filipino means comprehensively. We need to build a nation that is fully aware of and proud of its rich and diverse cultural heritage, valuing and understanding the cultures that connected us to our land. In this way we can build true patriotism, take back the good things we lost, and innovate for our current needs in the right direction. When we know where we came from, our strong sense of identity will result in inclusive and lasting progress.”

Senator Legarda has spent most of her life advocating for the protection and preservation of our environment. She has authored the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, Philippine Clean Air Act, Renewable Energy Act, Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, National Environmental Awareness and Education Act, Climate Change Act, and Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, among other environmental measures.

Aside from passing key pieces of legislation in relation to art and culture (such as cultural heritage laws, as well as the Act Strengthening the National Museum), she has initiated projects such as Hibla (a pavilion of indigenous textiles and weaves) and Likha-an (a resource center for Philippine living traditions); conceptualized documentaries such as Dayaw (a series on Philippine indigenous peoples and culture); and orchestrated the return of the Philippines to the Venice Biennale (the Olympics for contemporary art and architecture) after a 51-year hiatus, collaborating with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and getting the support of the Department of Tourism (DOT). She has even filed a bill that seeks to institutionalize Philippine participation in the biennale.  

The Philippines opened last May 18 its Pavilion with the exhibition titled “Tripa de Gallina: Guts of Estuary” at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition, according to Senator Legarda, highlights the critical role of esteros in communities as a “symbol of life, an essential element for human activities and practices, and a catalyst for community development.”

If hard work and sacrifice come, can accolades be far behind?

Legarda advocates for indigenous peoples’ culture and peace as she launches Hibla Pavilion of Textiles and Weaves of the Philippines, and receives the title of Bai a labi (Honorary Muslim Princess) by the Marawi Sultanate League.

In February 2016, Senator Legarda was named Chevalier (Knight) dans l’Ordre National de la Le?gion d’Honneur by the Government of France, and in February of this year, she was conferred the award of “Commendatore” to the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in appreciation of her role in strengthening bilateral relations between the Philippines and Italy.

“As a staunch advocate of promoting Philippine culture and the arts, I have experienced our vibrant, diverse, and meaningful culture. I learned that culture has a fundamental role as the foundation of our nation. I have authored and sponsored several laws for the preservation of our culture, and I learn every day that we can tap into age-old practices to show us the way around our current challenges. Still, we must keep developing our country’s unique culture by enacting more laws to safeguard intangible and tangible cultural heritage.”

A fitting culmination to May, the National Heritage Month, was the passage of the Cultural Mapping Bill (amending Republic Act No. 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009), a measure proposed by Senator Legarda to enhance the preservation of the Philippines’ cultural assets through increased participation and involvement of local government units and communities. This law mandates all local government units to conduct a cultural heritage mapping of their respective areas, covering all tangible and intangible, as well as natural and built heritage. 

“Cultural mapping is a systematic way of listing down the cultural assets of a community,” she explains. The lists of cultural assets that are generated from the process will be consolidated so that the data and information can be used for planning, building community strategies, and initiating programs in the realm of arts, culture, education, tourism, and many other aspects of governance.

Culture mapping employs a grassroots approach because the ones who will conduct the cultural mapping are the community members themselves. They can be teachers, community leaders and barangay officials, even students, or just anybody interested to participate in this civic activity. 

“Let us remember that the preservation of our cultural heritage is not solely the responsibility of the government or cultural institutions,” she says. “Each of us has a part to play in protecting and promoting our cultural heritage. Whether we are artists, educators, community leaders, or ordinary citizens, we can all contribute to the preservation of our cultural heritage in our own ways. Cultural heritage, after all, is our source of pride and identity as Filipinos.”

NCCA chair Victorino Manalo issued a resolution expressing appreciation and gratitude to the senator for the ratification of the cultural mapping law and for nurturing national identity and creativity through her work in Congress and in the Senate. Manalo writes that the Cultural Mapping Bill wouldn’t have passed in record time if not for the senator’s astute leadership.

Senator Loren would tell you that the work and responsibilities of an elected official may seem fathomless, but the rewards are immeasurable.

“I find strength in seeing lives change because my advocacies made a difference,” she concludes. “When I see laws impact real lives or how extending support can turn dreary situations for the better, all the efforts to fight for my advocacies, all the sacrifices and struggles become worthwhile. The sense of fulfillment is incomparable. Every single advocacy has a story on the ground where a life is made better and a big policy story has impacted so many people.”

These advocacies (interconnected, complementary) form “a tapestry of everything our country needs to meet our challenges.”

And the fabric — threaded with resiliency and perseverance, woven with hard work and inspiration — keeps expanding, becomes all encompassing.

Wed, 31 May 2023 06:38:45 +0800 Philippine Times
Homemade Classic Potato Salad Recipe Homemade Classic Potato Salad Recipe thumbnail

Potato Salad is a must make for just about any BBQ, potluck or summer picnic. This classic recipe is made with eggs, celery, and onions in a creamy dressing.

When it comes to summer cookouts, picnics and BBQs it doesn’t get anymore classic than a potato salad. Throughout the years, this classic recipe has been handed down from generation to generation. There are so many different variations out there, I even have a couple on my blog like Dill Pickle Potato Salad, and Red Potato Salad

Today I’m sharing this recipe for the Classic American Style Potato Salad that was always present at my BBQs growing up. Potatoes, celery, eggs and onions tossed in a creamy mayonnaise/mustard dressing. It’s going to bring back memories for sure. 

Let’s talk about what you’ll need to make it: 

Potato Salad Ingredients: 

Potato salad ingredients on white background.
  • RUSSET POTATOES: Russet potatoes work great in this recipe. I like to mash them a little bit which the starch in russet potatoes helps with. 
  • HARD BOILED EGGS: Not always a classic in potato salads, but one of my favorite additions. My mom always added hard boiled eggs to hers so I love it. 
  • CELERY: Helps add crunch. 
  • YELLOW ONION: I recommend mincing the onion small so that you get oniony flavor but not big bites of raw onion. 
  • GREEN ONION: Adds a little more oniony flavor but also a pop of bright green color that brightens the salad.
  • SWEET RELISH: Adds a bit of sweetness. 
  • MAYONNAISE: The base of the dressing for the potato salad. 
  • YELLOW MUSTARD: This will give the dressing and the salad it’s classic yellow color and a slight mustardy flavor. 
  • GRANULATED GARLIC: You can also use garlic powder if that is what you have on hand. If you only have garlic salt, omit the extra salad in the recipe. 
  • DISTILLED VINEGAR: Will help thin the dressing and add some acidity to cut the creaminess. 

Step by Step Instructions: 

The hardest thing about making potato salad, at least for me, is letting it sit it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. This gives all of the flavors and chance to meld and for the potatoes to soak up all of the dressing. 

Other than that, it’s easy peasy! Let me walk you though it: 

  • STEP #1: Boil potatoes until they are just fork tender. Drain. 
  • STEP #2: Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl. Whisk together until well combined. 
  • STEP #3: In a large bowl, add potatoes. Use a potato masher to slightly mash the potatoes. You’re not making mashed potatoes here so leave some chunky. 
  • STEP #4: Add in onions, celery and hardboiled eggs. Pour dressing over the top. 
  • STEP #5: Gently mix the potato salad together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Adjust salt and pepper as desired. Serve. 
Wooden spoon with scoop of potato salad.

Do you have any favorite ingredients that you like to add to your potato salad recipe? Come on over to my Facebook page and let me know what you think of MY recipe!

Recipe FAQ:

Why is my potato salad bland?

This could be caused by overcooked potatoes. You only want to cook them just until they are fork tender. It’ll take about 10 minutes. Also, be sure to season the water that you’re boiling the potatoes in liberally with salt.

Can potato salad be made the day before?

Yes! Potato salad is even better the next day after all of the flavors have had a chance to meld.

Note: This post was originally published in 2009. It was updated in 2023 with a new recipe, photos, nutrition information and step by step photos. 


Homemade Classic Potato Salad Recipe

Potato salad plays an important role in any summer cookout or picnic. Make this easy potato salad recipe, then expect people to ask you for the recipe!
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword 4th of July Recipes, bbq, classic, Food, Labor day recipes, potato, potato salad, potluck, russet potatoes, side dish
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 280kcal



  • 4 medium russet potatoes peeled
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon sweet relish
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 green onions diced


  • Place potatoes in a large pot of liberally salted water (I used 2 tablespoons). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are fork tender. Transfer to a colander and drain.
  • Place potatoes in a large bowl and use a potato masher to gently mash the potatoes. Leave them a bit chunky.
  • Whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, granulated garlic, vinegar, sweet relish, salt and pepper.
  • Add celery, yellow onions, green onions and hard boiled eggs to a bowl. Pour dressing over the top. Gently mix. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  • After the flavors have had a chance to meld, adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Serve.


Like many dishes, I find that this tastes better the longer the flavors have to mingle. If you are planning an afternoon BBQ, make this salad that morning. It’ll be perfect!

Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 416mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg

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Wed, 31 May 2023 03:50:09 +0800 Philippine Times
Jalapeno Crab Dip Jalapeno Crab Dip thumbnail

Cold Crab Dip with Jalapeños is a creamy, spicy chilled dip that is perfect for crab lovers. A great party dip served with veggies or crackers.

When it comes to enjoying crab, there are so many different ways that you can make it. You can go traditional and make Maryland Style Crab Cakes. Or you can make everyone’s favorite American Chinese classic Crab Rangoon. Hot Crab Spinach and Artichoke Dip is one of my favorite cheesy ways to enjoy crab and Crab Ceviche is perfect for hot summer days.

Overhead photo of cold crab dip.

Like I said, there are so many different ways to enjoy crab. And today I’m sharing another tasty crab recipe with you: Cold Crab Dip with Jalapeños. A lot of crab dips that you find out there are served hot, and while those are good, on a hot summer day, a cold dip really hits the spot. That is where this Cold Crab Dip comes in handy. It’s a bit spicy. Super creamy and all kinds of delicious.

Let’s talk about what you’ll need to make it.

Cold Crab Dip Ingredients:

Cold crab dip ingredients on white background.
  • CRAB: I have made this dip with fresh crab, canned crab and imitation crab. All three will work in this recipe. I prefer it with fresh crab but that is going to be the most expensive option. If you want to use canned crab, make sure that you drain it very well.
  • CREAM CHEESE: The cream cheese is what gives this dip it’s creaminess. You need to make sure that it is room temperature so that it mixes well.
  • JALAPEÑO: This adds a bit of crunch and spiciness to the dip. If you want it to be less spicy remove all the seeds. If you want it to be spicy, leave them in there. To learn more about chiles and their spiciness levels, check out my Guide to Chile Peppers.
  • ONION: Make sure that you mince the onion fine so that you don’t get big bites of raw onion.
  • LEMON JUICE: Adds some brightness and acidity to the dip.
  • PAPRIKA: Adds color and smoky flavor.
  • GRANULATED GARLIC: This adds a bit of garlic flavor. Raw garlic would be too overpowering. Garlic powder would also work. If you only have garlic salt, omit the additional salt in the recipe.

Step by Step Photos and Instructions:

This crab dip is super easy to make! The number one tip I have is to make sure that the cream cheese is room temperature. This will help ensure that it whips well so you can mix all of the ingredients together. The hardest part, is waiting at least an hour for the flavors to meld. But do it! It’ll taste the best.

STEP #1: Use a hand mixer to beat cream cheese until smooth.

STEP #2: After the cream cheese is smooth add in the remaining ingredients. Gently fold them together. Depending on the crab that you use, it will break apart.

STEP #3: Cover the crab dip and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Serve with crackers, veggies or toasted bread.

Storage and Leftovers:

While this dip tastes better after it has chilled, it is best to eat this within a couple of days so don’t make it too far in advance.

Pita chip scooping Cold Crab Dip.


What do people eat with crab dip?

There are so many options when looking for something to dip in crab dip. Vegetables work great. As do crackers and toasted bread.

What are the differences types of crab meat?

Jumbo lump crab meat comes from the swimmer fins of the crab. It is firmer and sweeter and usually the most expensive. Lump crab meat comes from the body of the crab and it will break apart with a fork but is still pretty firm. Backfin meat is a mixture of smaller lump crab pieces and body meat. It is flakey and fine.

Looking for more easy appetizer recipes for your next party? Try these:

Artichoke Tapenade is a must make for all of your charcuterie boards!

This easy Pizza Dip will change your life. It’s that good, friends.

If you want more seafood dips, like this cold crab dip, try this Smoked Salmon Dip or Clam Dip next!

Note: This post was originally written in 2008. It was updated in 2023 with new photos, step by step instructions, nutrition information and a slightly modified recipe.

Pita chip scooping Cold Crab Dip.


Cold Crab Dip with Jalapeños

Cold Crab Dip with Jalapeños is a creamy, spicy chilled dip that is perfect for crab lovers. A great party dip served with veggies or crackers.
Course Easy Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, Crab, Cream Cheese, Dip, football, Jalapeno, snack
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 121kcal



  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 6 oz crab meat
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Use hand mixer to whip cream cheese until smooth.
  • Gently fold in remaining ingredients. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
  • Serve with crackers, raw vegetables, or toasted bread.


You can also use imitation crab or canned crab. If you use canned crab it is essential that you allow it to drain completely or the dip will be too wet. 

If you want to cut back on the heat make sure you remove all of the seeds from the jalapeños. 

While this dip is best after it has chilled, it is best to eat it within in a day or two because of the crab. 

Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

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Szechuan Green Beans are crispy pan-fried beans tossed in a simple spicy sauce. They make a great side dish any time you want a veggie with an Asian twist. 

If my family and I had to pick a favorite vegetable, I’m pretty confident that it would be green beans. I make them weekly because there are so many different ways to make them. Air Fryer Green Beans make a quick easy side dish. Green Bean Salad is a great summer side dish and you can’t forget classic Southern Style Green Beans with Bacon

And today I am sharing another favorite way to enjoy them: Szechuan Green Beans. They are crisp, a bit spicy and are a perfect weeknight veggie side dish.

Let’s talk about what you’ll need to make them. 

Szechuan Green Beans Ingredients: 

  • GREEN BEANS: Chinese long beans are the traditional bean used in this recipe but those can be hard to find unless you have an Asian grocery store in your area. Instead, I use the regular green beans that you find in the grocery store. You must use fresh beans though. Frozen beans won’t work for this recipe.
  • OIL: Use a neutral flavored oil with a high smoke point like vegetable, canola or peanut. Don’t use olive oil to stir-fry, the smoke point is too low. 
  • SESAME OIL: This is going to add a bit of nutty flavor to the sauce. You don’t need a lot though, a little goes a long way. 
  • GARLIC: Minced fresh garlic is going to add the perfect amount of garlic flavor to these beans. 
  • SOY SAUCE: Adds umami and saltiness. 
  • GARLIC CHILI SAUCE: I use Huy Fong Garlic Chili Sauce but it has become a popular condiment in recent years so there are many different brands. You should be able to find it in the International/Asian aisle at your local grocery store. 
  • SALT
  • MIRIN: Mirin is a rice wine. If you cannot find it a dry sherry can be substituted. 
  • RICE VINEGAR: A vinegar that is made with fermented rice. It is used as a seasoning in many Asian dishes. 
  • SESAME SEEDS: Add a bit of crunchy, nuttiness to the dish. 

Step by Step Photos and Instructions: 

Szechuan Green Beans come together really quickly so it’s important to have everything ready to go as soon as you start. 

STEP #1: Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add beans and cook, 5 – 7 minutes or until the beans start to crisp slightly. Transfer to a plate. 

STEP #2: To the same wok, add in the remaining ingredients, except sesame seeds. Cook 30 seconds or just until the garlic becomes fragrant. Return the beans to the pan and cook another 3 – 4 minutes or until the beans have softened but are still crisp. 

STEP #3: Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds. 

Storage and Leftovers: 

Szechuan Green Beans are best served immediately and tend to get a bit rubbery when reheated. 

Recipe FAQ: 

Which oils are best for stir frying?

The best oils for stir fry cooking are those with higher smoke points. Oils like canola, peanut, grapeseed or avocado work best.

What is Mirin?

Mirin is a type of rice wine that is common in Japanese cooking. It is important to note that although they go through a similar process, mirin is different than rice wine. Mirin has a much sweeter flavor.

Looking for more vegetable side dishes? Try these:

Sautéed Broccoli is a favorite with the adults and kiddos alike!

Baked Asparagus with Breadcrumbs is an easy way to enjoy this Spring vegetable!

Have a lot of vegetables to use? Roast them! These Oven Roasted Vegetables are delicious.

Note: This recipe was originally published in 2011. The post and recipe were updated in 2023 with a new recipe, photos and nutrition information. 


Szechuan Green Beans

Szechuan Green Beans are crispy pan-fried beans tossed in a simple spicy sauce. They make a great side dish any time you want a veggie with an Asian twist. 
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Keyword chinese food, Food, garlic, grean beans, Recipe, sezchuan green beans, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 155kcal



  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans trimmed and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons mirin wine
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • sesame seeds optional


  • Heat oil in a wok or other large skillet over medium high heat. Cook green beans 5 – 7 minutes or until the beans start to crisp slightly. Transfer to a plate.
  • In the same pan that you cooked the beans in stir in remaining ingredients except sesame seds. Cook for 30 seconds. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Return beans to the pan and continue cooking 3 – 4 minutes or until the beans have softened slightly but are still crisp.
  • Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired and serve hot.


It’s important to watch the garlic closely as it can burn quickly. 

Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1078mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1174IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg

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By HERMES JOY TUNAC, GMA Integrated News

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The first Metro Manila branch of P Donuts is located in Malate, which until now is drawing long lines from new and regular customers because of its affordable and best-tasting line of donuts. But if you reside in Quezon City, then you’re lucky because P Donuts just expanded to a new branch in Spark Place, Cubao.

According to Michael and Sheila Lu, the couple behind P Donuts and Davao’s well-loved bakery Panadero Bakeshop, they decided to expand their business in Metro Manila because they wanted to offer affordable yet high-quality donuts at par with those of international donut brands.

“Gusto namin mag offer ng donuts na lower prices kasi nakita namin mga donuts dito sa Manila, ang mamahal,” Sheila told GMA News Online.

“Kaya naman makabenta ng lower price na donut na masarap,” she added.

@supportlocalmnlph P donuts! #foodieph #foodreview #foodie #foodtiktok #TikTokPromote #fyp #fyp? #foryoupage #seagames2023 #foodfestontiktok #pdonuts ? Fun and happy whistling and ukulele(930822) – yutaka.T

Meanwhile, Piolo Pascual, the handpicked endorser of P Donuts, said he takes pride in supporting local.

“It’s nice to support something local, and at the same time, we can be rest assured that it tastes good and presentable,” Piolo said.

“[It’s] something na pwede mo talaga ipagmalaki,” the actor added.

Some of P Donuts’ bestsellers include Milky Cheese Donuts (P35), Glazed Donuts (P15), Alcapone (P35), Pastillas Frost (P40), and Choco Yema (P40), among others.

@jodeldoriavlogs Bagong Trending at Pinagkakaguluhan na @P. Donuts Sa Manila! #kalaps #minivlog #foryoupage #pdonuts ? original sound – Jodel Doria Vlogs

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This Air Fried Chicken Breast only requires two ingredients and results in juicy perfectly cooked chicken. Great on it’s own or added to salads.

When it comes to eating chicken, I’ll be the first one to admit the the breast is not my favorite cut. I’ve always had issues with it just being too dry. Especially boneless skinless chicken breasts. For that reason, I generally shy away from making it and prefer to use thighs or drumsticks.

That is, until I started making chicken breast in the air fryer. You guys, it’s SO easy and it is SO good. It has become one of my favorite proteins lately. I love it on it’s own but especially adding it to salads for a flavorful lunch.

Let’s talk about everything (and it’s not a lot!) that you’ll need to make it.

Air Fried Chicken Breast Ingredients:

Air fried chicken breast ingredients on white background.

CHICKEN BREASTS: Boneless skinless chicken breasts can vary greatly in size. Keep that in mind when cooking. If the chicken breast is particularly large, it may take a bit longer to cook.

CREAMY SALAD DRESSING: This could be any creamy dressing of your choice. Store bought or homemade. I’ve made this with ranch dressing, creamy caesar dressing and creamy honey mustard dressing. Creamy Pesto would also be fantastic! All of them work well, just use your favorite!

SALT AND PEPPER: You won’t need much because the dressing will add a lot of flavor. But I do like to sprinkle the chicken lightly with both before cooking.

How to make Chicken Breast in Air Fryer Step by Step Photos:

Making chicken breast in the air fryer is pretty easy to do! Just follow these easy steps.

STEP #1: Place the chicken in a resealable plastic bag and use a meat mallet to pound the chicken into uniform thickness, about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. This will help ensure the chicken cooks evenly as well as help tenderize the chicken so it’s tender and juicy.

STEP #2: Pour the dressing into the resealable bag. Seal the bag and rub the chicken around in the dressing to ensure it’s all coated in the dressing. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

STEP #3: Place the marinated chicken breasts in the basket of the air fryer. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Fry at 375 degrees for 6 minutes. Turn and cook for another 4 – 5 minutes or until a digital meat thermometer registers 165 degrees. Allow the chicken breast to rest 5 minutes.

Depending on the size of the chicken breast, you may need more or less cooking time. I used medium sized chicken breasts that were about 8 ounces. Small chicken breasts (under 8 ounces) will take less time. Chicken breasts over 8 ounces can take up to 15 to 20 minutes.

Storage and Leftovers:

This chicken is great served right away or served cold on salads. Refrigerate any leftovers and use within a few days.

Recipe FAQ:

Why is my air fryer chicken breast dry?

The simplest explanation is that it is overcooked. Chicken is done when meat thermometer registers 165 degrees. But it will continue cooking when you take it out of the air fryer, for this reason remove when about 160 degrees. This will help keep the chicken breast from becoming dry and rubbery.

Can you put raw chicken in the air fryer?

Yes! An air fryer isn’t just for frozen french fries and tater tots. You can put raw meat into the air fryer and cook it faster than you can in the oven. You can even cook a whole chicken in your air fryer!

Air fried chicken breast on salad.

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Air Fried Chicken Breast

This Air Fried Chicken Breast only requires two ingredients and results in juicy perfectly cooked chicken. Great on it’s own or added to salads.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken, weeknight dinner
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 387kcal


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing or other creamy dressing of your choice
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Place chicken breasts into a resealable plastic bag. Use a meat mallet (or rolling pin) to gently pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness. About 1/4 – 1 /2 inch thick.
  • Pour dressing into the resealable bag. Seal the bag and rub the dressing into the chicken to make sure it’s completely coated. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place chicken breasts into air fryer basket. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Cook at 375 degrees for 6 minutes. Turn chicken and cook for another 5 – 6 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 160 degrees. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving. It will continue cooking during this time. Chicken is done when it registers 165 degrees.


Chicken is considered cooked through when a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees.

Depending on the size of the chicken breast, you may need more or less cooking time. I used medium sized chicken breasts that were about 8 ounces. Small chicken breasts (under 8 ounces) will take less time. Chicken breasts over 8 ounces can take up to 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition information is for estimation purposes only. 



Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 457mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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