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Under One Sky

Sky Cable has launched an all-in-one subscription plan that includes Internet, cable and video-on-demand service. Called One Sky, it has content both traditional and new media “so that we can relate to the changing programming habits of most Filipinos,” says the company’s head for consumer product Jaja G. Suarez. While competitors offer similar plans, head of digital Jerome Almirante claim they offer “better experience,” pointing out that their HD channels include “what most Pinoys watch like HBO, NBA Premium and a lot more.” The plan is said to complement the Kapamilya network’s transformation into a digital company. One Sky has cable TV with 10 HD and 31 SD channels including Cartoon Network, Disney, ANC, RTL-CBS Entertainment, History, ABS-CBN, and S+A. They plan to add more HD channels in the coming years. The company also offers …

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Arnel Pineda readies one-two punch

Arnel Pineda has been in the industry for a long time now but the Filipino singer, who happens to be the lead singer of the American band called Journey, remains relevant. In fact, he is releasing a solo album this month – then immediately start working on the follow-up. “We are planning to release the first album in Hong Kong, Singapore at saka dito sa atin. Then I’m gonna try to promote sa Dubai and other countries na may Filipino community,” he said. He has already recorded some demos for the next album which, he said, will be recorded in the US. Arnel is keeping his fingers crossed that Asian Music Camp, his boot camp for singers, will push through this year once they’ve shored up enough funds. “Naka-put on hold siya dahil sa …

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4th Impact to spend Yuletide season in PH

Christmas is a family affair for most Pinoys as with sister act 4th Impact whose members will spend the holidays in the country this year. “After three years na palaging nasa ibang bansa kami nagpa-Pasko eh, ngayon pinili po namin na dito sa Pilipinas mag-Christmas kasi na-miss namin ’yung Filipino food and siyempre family namin,” they said in an interview. The sisters Mylene, Irene, Almira and Celina will return to London in January to continue recording their album set for release sometime 2017. The group revealed that though it will be released internationally, their record producer still wants to put a distinctly Filipino flavor to their sound. “So pinaghalo po (’yung tunog) kaya abangan na lang po nila kasi hindi pa pwede sabihin kung ano laman ng album,” they said. Pinoy pride After slugging it …

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Piolo Pascual’s star shines ever brightly

At 39, Piolo Pascual is still among the country’s busiest stars. He is set to star in the film “Once In A Lifetime” with Yen Santos and Raikko Mateo. Helmed by acclaimed director Dondon Santos, some of the film’s pivotal scenes were shot in New Zealand. “Na-delay lang kami ng konti but hopefully matapos na namin siya para maipalabas na next year,” Piolo shared in an interview. He is also waiting for the powers-that-be to give his teleserye with Toni Gonzaga-Soriano the greenlight. The series, “Written In The Stars” was put on hold after Toni got pregnant. Getting a substitute for Toni, who has since given birth to a baby boy, is out of the question. “I actually messaged her,” Piolo intimated. “Sabi ko ‘If I were to do a soap, I really want …

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Paolo Ballesteros Japan-bound for TIFF

Actor-TV host Paolo Ballesteros will fly to Japan on Oct. 24 for the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), where his film, “Die Beautiful,” is competing in the World Premiere section. The film is up against Chris Kraus’ “The Bloom Of Yesterday,” Mei Feng’s “Mr. No Problem,” Roy Szeto’s “Shed Skin Papa” and Kiki Sugino’s “Snow Woman.” The TIFF happens on Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 at Roppongi Hills and EX Theater Roppongi, among other venues in Tokyo. In an interview, Paolo said he hopes his film will be appreciated by viewers, saying it took two years to finish. The actor added that if he’s hoping for an award, it won’t be for himself but for the film and the entire production. “Kung nahirapan ako, mas nahirapan sila, ’yung mga staff namin. If …

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After six

Good things come to those who wait – just ask Dennis Trillo. In an interview, the actor smiled when asked if he’s willing to wait six more years for rumored sweetheart Jennylyn Mercado, who has said in a previous report that she won’t tie the knot until she reaches age 35 in the year 2022. By then, Dennis would be 40. “Para sa akin eh, wala namang masama sa paghihintay,” he said. “Siyempre ’pag importante ’yung isang tao sa’yo suportahan mo siya kung anong gusto niyang gawin.” Jennylyn said her failed relationships in the past taught her not to rush into things, least of all marriage. While the two remain elusive on the real score between them, Dennis and Jennylyn have been sharing photos of their adventures together on social media. Recently, the rumored …

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The daughter rises

Kiana Valenciano, daughter of iconic singer Gary V., is testing the waters anew by launching the digital single “Circles.” In an interview, the singer said she’s still experimenting with her sound, describing “Circles” as having “the element of an electronic song” albeit sung in a pop-R&B vein. “It’s just a teaser or introduction,” she added. The creation of the song was inspired by a past relationship. And while Kiana could have written something more cheery, she reasoned, “I find it easier to write songs that are sad.” She let her friends listen to the song before putting it out. Co-written, co-arranged, and co-produced by Gary, it is released independently. “They said ‘What do you have to lose? At least people know you can write and sing. If they don’t like it, whatever.’” Kiana cleared she’s entering …

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Ella breaks the Internet anew with latest dance video

Ella Cruz showed off her dance prowess anew via a Facebook video that has garnered more than a million views, just five days after she uploaded it. In it, the actress is seen dancing to Ariana Grande’s “Side To Side” with all-girl group SB NewGen. As of this writing, the video, which was uploaded last Friday, already earned 28,000 reactions, more than 2,700 comments and 1,216,843 views. This is not the first time she did it. Earlier, her dance cover of Ariana Grande’s hit song “Dangerous Woman” garnered 1,032,512 views. Prior, her dance cover of Brandon Beal’s “Twerk It Like Miley” reached more than 10 million views on YouTube. At one point, Ella even earned the nod of Dawin, with the video of her and The Maneuvers dancing to “Dessert” becoming viral. Dawin invited them to …

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Alden to host ATA

Actor-TV host Alden Richards has been selected to be one of the hosts of the 21st Asian Television Awards (ATA) to be held in Singapore on Dec. 2. The 24-year-old will join Malaysian-born actor and host Adrian Pang; TV personality Stephanie Carrington; and multi-lingual host Baki Zainal. In an article titled “Alden Richards confirmed for Asian Television Awards 2016,” writer S Sanjay said hosting the show will be a treat to Alden's fans. “It is truly an honor to be hosting this year’s Asian Television Awards and celebrate the best television content that Asia has to offer,” Alden said. Some of the performers at the event are multiple Golden Melody Awards winner JJ Lin and international pop phenomenon Charli XCX. According to its official site, ATA was launched in 1996 and they have been recognizing …

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Mariel shares first ultra sound in the US

TV host Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla and her still-unborn baby girl, whom she and husband Robin Padilla plan to name Isabella, are both doing good. On Instagram, Mariel, who is now in the US, updated followers on her pregnancy sharing a photo of her first ultrasound scan. “It was a biophysical ultrasound where in Isabella was supposed to do a series of movements within 30 minutes. My angel did all and more under 10 minutes,” she posted. Robin can't be with Mariel as he doesn’t have a US visa. Despite the “long distance relationship,” the two still keep in touch via video calls. Robin explained to ABS-CBN News why Mariel wanted to give birth in the US deeming her condition “napakadelikado." He pointed out the US is more advanced when it comes to medical technology "kaya mas pinili …

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