Zoe Saldana Captures the Heart of Ben Affleck in "Live by Night"

Known to global audiences as Gamora and Uhura in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek franchises, respectively, Zoe Saldana now portrays the exotic Graciela in Warner Bros. Pictures' new gangster film Live by Night.

Directed by Ben Affleck, Live by Night tells the story of Joe Coughlin (Affleck), a WWI vet who’s a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe’s not all bad, though; in fact, he’s not really bad enough for the life he’s chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again—in business and in love.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2017

Niall Horan, Lukas Graham, Shawn Mendes, Emeli Sande and Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink and Ty Dolla $ign join the biggest celebration of the year, performing from the Billboard Hollywood Party on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017.”  Fergie, set to host the event from Los Angeles, will perform two songs leading up to the 2017 countdown.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of America‟s biggest celebration of the year and will  include 5 ½ hours of special performances and reports on New Year‟s celebrations from around the globe. Ryan Seacrest will host and lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City as he has for the last 11 years with live reporting from actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy. Mariah Carey, DNCE, Thomas Rhett and Gloria Estefan with the cast of her Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! will perform for over one million fans live in Times Square and millions more on TV.

Will Smith, a Man Lost in Grief in "Collateral Beauty"

Fresh from his success as Deadshot in the blockbuster hit Suicide Squad, Will Smith now stars as Howard, a man lost in grief, in New Line Cinema’s life-affirming drama, Collateral Beauty.

In the film, Howard, a successful New York advertising executive retreats from life after suffering a great tragedy. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

McConaughey Bursts with Optimism as Koala Showman in "Sing"

Oscar Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey provides the voice of the optimistic koala Buster Moon who is determined to save his struggling theater despite dwindling audiences, in Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Sing.

While anyone else would have faced reality and switched careers, Buster has an unrelenting drive to succeed, by any means necessary. Well-intentioned, he does have a habit of stretching the truth, which usually widens the hole into which he’s digging himself. Nonetheless, he has an irresistible charm because his passion and optimism are utterly contagious.

Chris Pratt, a Different Kind of Galactic Guardian in "Passengers"

He has firmly secured himself as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men with smash hits as Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World and The Magnificent Seven. Now, Chris Pratt headlines Columbia Pictures' new futuristic thriller Passengers opposite Jennifer Lawrence.

“Passengers is about two people who were supposed to be on the trip of a lifetime – the 120-year journey to a new planet – when they get woken up 90 years too early,” says Pratt. “But it turns out there’s a reason they woke up early. They have to solve the mystery of the malfunction, and fix a ship that is quickly failing, if they are going to survive and save the lives of the passengers on the greatest mass migration in human history.”

Pratt’s character, Jim, decides to give up his life on Earth for very practical reasons. “He’s kind of a throwback,” says Pratt, “very much a working class guy. He’s considered a desirable trade, as a mechanical engineer, because he’ll be helping to start a civilization. If something breaks, he’ll be there to fix it.”

Naomie Harris, a Sympathetic Grief Counselor in "Collateral Beauty"

Fresh from winning Best Supporting Actress of 2016 from the National Board of Review for Moonlight – and predicted to earn an Oscar nomination as well -- Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Pirates of the Caribbean) now stars as sympathetic grief counsellor Madeline in New Line Cinema’s thought-provoking drama, Collateral Beauty.

In the film, Howard (Will Smith), a successful New York advertising executive retreats from life after suffering a great tragedy. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

Globe advocates environmental sustainability, encourages consumers to save thousands of trees via paperless billing

As a strong advocate of environmental sustainability, leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom encourages its millions of postpaid customers to help save thousands of trees and reduce greenhouse gas emission by enrolling their fixed and mobile accounts in the paperless billing program.

Moreover, the program not only allows Globe postpaid customers to do their share in environmental protection and conservation but also provides convenience and up-to-date delivery of electronic billing statements and notification via text messages. All customers who opted to go paperless can enjoy the benefits of receiving their bills within five days after the cut-off date, viewing their bills online anytime and anywhere, and easily downloading their bills in their computers, tablets, or mobile phones.

Globe: 11 SMS alerts sent out to customers prior to Typhoon Nina’s landfall

Globe Telecom transmitted a total of 11 text messages, warning customers of potential dangers coming from Typhoon Nina prior to its landfall.

According to Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto, transmittal of the text messages was undertaken in coordination with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) at no cost to consumers. “As a provider of vital telecommunications services, Globe recognizes the importance of disseminating information that would help ensure the safety and security of our customers specially during times of emergencies and calamities. The company is deeply committed in providing support for the government in undertaking such initiatives,” Crisanto said.

Secrets to ageing gracefully 8 tips to feel young as you age

Wrinkled skin, a hunched back and a slow stride—this is the sad picture that comes to mind when you think about growing old. While ageing is inevitable, you can grow old gracefully even without having exceptional genes. Most mere mortals can live through old age gracefully and healthily, by opting for these simple lifestyle changes. 

1. Stay positive Staying positive is one tip that most people take for granted. Negative vibes can cause stress and in turn can disrupt the body’s processes, opening risks to lifestyle-produced diseases. Staying positive is a way to train your body to manage the stress. In fact, research shows that positive thinking can increase your life span. 

2. Opt to be active Staying active and engaging in physical activities trains your body for endurance. Staying fit doesn’t mean engaging in heavy, strenuous activities. In fact, training your body with simple and easy activities like regular walking or even dancing can already do so much for your health. Not only does exercising help your muscles and bones, but it also helps your metabolism, which slows down as you age. 

Jamie Foxx Takes on Drug Lord, Corrupt Cops in “Sleepless” Movie

Multi-talented actor and recording artist Jamie Foxx is an undercover cop with strong links to the drug trade in his latest action-packed flick Sleepless. Foxx, who plays Vincent Downs, connives with his partner (played by rapper T.I.) to steal a cache of drugs from a powerful criminal mastermind, who orders his son kidnapped. The distraught dad is spurred to action, in a bid to rescue his son from the drug lord’s henchmen as he blasts his way through the Vegas nightlife.

The movie is a remake of the 2011 French film Sleepless Night, full of nonstop gun-wielding action and punchy lines, guaranteed to keep you breathless as you go along on Vincent’s mission to bring his son safely home. Breath-taking car chases, explosions, and thrilling fight scenes mark the movie as a must-watch for any action enthusiast. 

Scarlett Johansson, a Prickly Porcupine in "Sing"

Superstar Scarlett Johansson breathes life to Ash, a prickly teenage porcupine with a punk-rock attitude, in Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Sing, a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.

(Watch the featurette Be Like Ash at http://youtu.be/Loehb4ZGtPQ.)

In the film, Ash auditions for a singing competition with her egotistical, unsupportive jerk of a boyfriend, Lance (Beck Bennett), but only Ash makes it as a finalist. In rehearsals, her rebellious nature continually puts her at odds with contest producer Buster (Matthew McConaughey), who envisions her as a pop-star princess; meanwhile, she wants to write her own authentic rock songs that reflect her unique style. Ash will have to go through a painful breakup, but in the end she’ll prove her integrity and sing on her own terms.

KABISERA Destined for Metro Manila Film Festival 2016

The center chair of a table which we call Kabisera` has been a symbolic seat of power at home. The 'head of the house" usually enjoys the view as he or she watches the banter of the whole family while sharing food and happy stories Fate could however throw uncertainties. A happy dining could just end up a long memory from the past. Honor, trust and loyalty are some of the values that are tested with this newest MMFF entry as it exposes imperfections that reign the lives of the Filipinos today. and how in the end we all stand up for what's right and what s more important to us.

'Ang pamilya ang pinakaimportanteng kayarnanan na mayroon ang P&p/7o. Sa bagong hakbang ng MMFF rigayon na magbigay ng twit na makabuluhang pelikula sa inclustrya, naisip namin bait tayo gumawa ng storyang malapit talaga sa puso ng bawat Pinoy. Were talking about value and and what's more valuable for us Pinoys than the family?". said Director Real Florido when asked why they chose this plot for their first Metro Manila Film Festival project Inspired by a true story. this newest treat for 2016 became even bigger by brilliantly putting together big names in the industry who have earned their own laurels to boot---Gawad Unan Best Actors, Ricky Davao and Amon Abalos, Unan Best Supporting Actor Menggie Cobbarubias, QCinema Best Actor, JC da Vera; MMFF Best AleSupporting Actor. Victor Nen, Sinag Maynila Best Actress Ges Quesada- Dine Filipino Best Actor Karl Medina. and Gawad Unan Best Supporting Actress Perla Bautista What getting everyone excited about this film is the fact that we are once again about to be blown away by the one and onty Grand Dame of Asian Cinema, Ms Nora Aunor as she comes back to the Metro Manila Film Festival Actor and producer, RI Agustin is also in the cast together with Ronwaldo Martin brother of Coco Martin), Kiko Matos and Alex San Agustin.

A Disturbed Man's "Split" Personalities Unravel in New Trailer

Universal Pictures has just revealed the main trailer for its creepy, pyschological thriller Split – the latest film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan (The Visit).

Check out the new trailer at https://youtu.be/ERDVACIbgEw and watch the film when it opens in Philippines cinemas on January 18, 2017.

Split stars James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future of Past) as Kevin, a man who abducts three teenage girls who suddenly realize that Kevin is one of 23 personalities.

Blade Runner 2049" Announcement Trailer Arrives Online

Columbia Pictures has just unleashed the announcement trailer for Blade Runner 2049, the highly awaited sequel to the classic Blade Runner.

Check out the trailer at https://youtu.be/5JX4Cmsri0k and watch Blade Runner 2049 in Philippine cinemas in 2017.

Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling star in the sequel which is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, upcoming Arrival).

Globe Roaming enables digital travel lifestyle

Now offers new app-specific roaming promos available for travels abroad  

The best stories come when people least expect it. When it comes to traveling, whether it’s exploring offbeat paths or experiencing the best kept travel secrets across the world, it’s usually the surprises along the way that make the trip worth telling.

What better way to share life’s great adventures than with the all new Globe Prepaid Roam Surf promos? With its extensive range of offers, Globe Prepaid Roam Surf allows Filipino travelers to stay connected with the data roaming promo that fits them best. Prepaid customers can now choose from app-based, bulk data or unlimited data roaming packs depending on their needs and budget.

HOOQ Hangouts Presents SEKLUSYON Premiere Night

Upcoming MMFF entry "Seklusyon" by Erik Matti is one of the most awaited films for the season. And with Reality Entertainment's partnership with HOOQ for the upcoming On The Job The Series, they came together for the exclusive premiere night with HOOQ.

The movie stars Ronnie Alonte Neil Ryan Sese, Lou Veloso, Rhed Bustamante, Phoebe Walker, Elora Espano, Dominique Roque, John Vic De Guzman and JR Versales. Set in the 1940s, the movie follows a young deacon (Alonte) who hides from the devil in a sacred sanctuary seven days before he is ordained as a priest.

Globe helps rebuild schools in Isabela

Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom has donated P1-million worth of construction materials to the Province of Isabela to help rebuild schools which were severely damaged by Super Typhoon Lawin last October.

The province identified specific materials such as marine plywood, galvanized iron roofing sheets, and umbrella roofing nails which are needed to replace school roofs ripped off by the strong winds.

Fast online approval for laboratory requests from MediCard

For some, part of having an HMO is securing a letter of approval (LOA) for laboratory tests requested by doctors to help them diagnose health problems accurately. These tests include blood tests, urinalysis, chest x-ray, among others.

A letter of approval basically confirms that such tests are indeed part of a member’s HMO coverage and authorizes the diagnostic clinic to proceed with the requested tests. However, securing an LOA may mean going through a process that can be slow and inconvenient sometimes: A medical attendant gets your card, then calls the HMO provider to advise them of the laboratory test that needs to be done. Afterwhich, the patient waits for the approval.

Globe Telecom’s viral Star Wars video garners over 41 Million views

With the global anticipation of the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the country’s #1 mobile brand, Globe, reinforces its partnership with the iconic movie franchise through a heartwarming video inspired by triumphant children. Now a viral material since its launch on the telco’s official Facebook page, it has over 41 million views and has been recognized by top online news outlets such as CNN, Mashable, Huffington Post, and UpWorthy, among others.

The video tells the story of a girl who goes about her every day wearing a Stormtrooper helmet that ultimately piques the curiosity of people around her. One day, she enters her classroom and is surprised that her whole class too was wearing the same helmets, showing her support. This then leads to the heartwarming reveal of the girl’s condition when she takes off her helmet to reveal the oxygen mask.

SM and BDO Make Christmas For OFWs Extra Special

Diane Reyes had spent the last six years working in Japan as a teacher. This year she looks forward to finally spending Christmas with her family.

SM Supermalls has made Christmas for Reyes even more special with its Pamaskong Handog para sa Global Pinoys celebration last December 10.

Spearheaded by SM Supermalls, BDO, SM Global Pinoy and SM Store, the Pamaskong Handog Para sa Global Pinoy gave Overseas Filipino Workers like Reyes and their families a special day to celebrate the uniquely Filipino Christmas celebration in participating SM malls nationwide.

“The Pamaskong Handog Para sa Global Pinoy is really for our modern heroes and their families because it’s not every year that they get to experience Christmas here and so we want to them to experience the unique Filipino Christmas to make them homecoming memorable and truly heartwarming,” said Mr. Glenn D. Ang, Senior Vice President for Operations and Program Director of SM Global Pinoy.

Elle Fanning Sparkles as a Country Girl in "Live by Night"

Coming a long way from playing Sleeping Beauty in the smash hit Maleficent, Elle Fanning now stars opposite Ben Affleck in Warner Bros. Pictures’ gangster film Live by Night, as Loretta, the sweet and naïve daughter of the Tampa police chief.

It was the many facets of Loretta’s journey that would prove an exciting challenge for the young actress. “At first, Loretta has such sparkle, this girl with a twinkle inside her who is looking for adventure in life, she’s so excited to follow her dreams. Oddly, it’s when she loses that sparkle, loses that twinkle that she had, that she discovers her real purpose in this world,” Fanning reveals.

Jennylyn Mercado receives 'Ultimate' Christmas present

The multi-awarded artist achieved Gold Record status on her latest album 'Ultimate' under Ivory Music Records, awarded at 'Sunday Pinasaya' on December 18.

Branded as emotionally uplifting album, it has seven originally-composed songs in which the two are in collaboration with Christian Bautista (Suddenly) and Silent Sanctuary's main man, Sarkie Sarangay (Bulalakaw.) As a bonus, the music label added a timely holiday song entitled 'Nakaraang Pasko' that is exclusively available on digital stores.

It's carrier single 'Hagdan' portrays an inspiring mood that was recently launched under Ivory's online streaming page.

'Ultimate' is physically available on record bars nationwide, or downloadable on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and Amazon digital stores worldwide.

Gyllenhaal, Ferguson, Reynolds Up Close in New "Life" Poster

“Be careful what you search for,” goes the ominous warning in the tagline of the newly unveiled poster artwork for Columbia Pictures' upcoming sci-fi horror-thriller, Life.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada and Ryan Reynolds, Life opens across the Philippines in 2017.

The film tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Life is written by Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese (Deadpool) and produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn.

Life is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Globe creates new holiday traditions for the most wonderful time of the year

Traditions are essential in every culture and create different experiences for everyone. For Filipinos, the Christmas season is one of the most celebrated traditions across the nation. As early as September, malls, establishments, and even homes are already decked out in holiday colors as families make plans for their usual Christmas activities. 

Whether it’s the annual Christmas Dinner, gift shopping, or traveling to wonderful destinations, the true meaning of the season is anchored on togetherness. Some may be miles apart but the love for each other brings everyone closer. 

Seniors Plan a Bank Heist in First "Going in Style" Trailer

New Line Cinema has just debuted the first trailer for its new heist comedy Going in Style starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.

Catch the trailer at https://youtu.be/rep8OQZgePg and watch Going in Style when in opens in Philippine cinemas on April 06, 2017.

Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff’s comedy Going in Style.

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Welcome relief for OFWs coming home for the Holidays

OFWs have long enjoyed travel tax exemption privileges under Section 2 of PD 1183, due to their significant contribution to our national economy. During the previous Holiday season though, and in Holiday Seasons past, those who wished to take advantage of their travel tax exemption had to obtain a certificate from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), for which there was a fee. This Holiday Season will be the first in which OFWs will no longer need to pay for and obtain a separate Travel Tax Exemption Certificate.

When leaving the country for their country of employment after this year’s holiday season. OFWs can be exempted automatically from travel taxes in one of two ways: If they were hired through the POEA, the Overseas Employment Certificate issued by the POEA will serve as the Travel Tax Exemption Certificate. For those hired directly by companies abroad, a Certificate of Employment issued by the Philippine Embassy / Consulate in the place of work or an Employment Contract authenticated by the Philippine Embassy / Consulate.

Sherlock’s Sidekick Reimagined

Elementary’s Dr. Watson is a master class of grace, wit, and power

Lucy Liu on both television and film is no stranger to strong female personas. From private investigator Alex Nuncy in Charlie’s Angels to Yakuza boss O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, the Asian-American star showed that she has the versatility to take on a wide range of unforgettable roles.

Over the years, the award-winning actress-director moved further and further away from stereotypes often linked to actresses of Asian descent. Of all the roles she played, no departure is as striking as her character in the procedural drama Elementary, a modern reimagining of the world’s most famous fictional detective—Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

Industry professionals learn best practices in construction in first-ever Bosch User Conference

Above: (From left) Dremel ambassadors 
Dennis Mendoza, Kenny Ansis, and Sonny Limjap 
(2nd from right), and Bosch ambassadors 
Paco Pili and Ricky Ongkeko

Leading power tool brand Bosch recently concluded the Bosch User Conference at MC Home Depot in Bonifacio Global City. Industry professionals, traders, dealers and users were gathered to see the latest from Bosch’s vast portfolio of portable handyman solutions and accessories from Bosch Professional, Bosch Cordless Tools, Bosch Measuring Tools and Dremel Rotary Tools. Held for the first time, the Bosch User Conference aims to build strong connection and support to its consumers through an educational platform that will help them maximize the capabilities of innovative power tools.

Bosch ambassadors and end-users Sonny Limjap, Paco Pili, Kenny Ansis, Dennis Mendoza and Ricky Ongkeko led interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities on woodworking, upcycling, DIY, and construction with the use of Bosch and Dremel rotary tools and measuring tools.

Michael Sheen, an Android Bartender in "Passengers"

He is known to millions as a vampire in the Twilight saga films and a werewolf in the Underworld franchise. Now, Michael Sheen now stars as Arthur, the android bartender on board the intergalactic spaceship in Columbia Pictures' exciting new action-thrlller Passengers.

In the film, Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) and Jim (Christ Pratt) are two strangers who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the lives of the passengers on the greatest mass migration in human history.

New "Dunkirk" Trailer Puts You at the Battlefront

The new trailer of master filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s epic war film Dunkirk has just been released and may be viewed at https://youtu.be/L4-UIhtbz4M.

Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy) directs Dunkirk from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen. 

Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces.  Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

Dunkirk features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead.  The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney.

Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing Dunkirk worldwide and has slated the film for a July 20, 2017 release in the Philippines.

Press Release DTI’s Go Lokal signs MOA with Enchanted Kingdom

The Department of Trade and Industry signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the biggest and leading theme park in the Philippines, Enchanted Kingdom (EK) for its Go Lokal Store Project. EK is one of the first retail players that supported the Go Lokal Store Project of DTI which primarily aims to extensively promote products through provision of store space that will offer locally-made quality products of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from across the country. At present, EK selected 25 MSME suppliers from various regions that will be featured in the said theme park.

DTI’s Go Lokal signs MOA with Enchanted Kingdom. In photo (L-R): DTI Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion Assistant Director Marievic Bonoan and Director Rhodora Leaño, DTI Undersecretary for Industry Promotion Group Nora K. Terrado, Enchanted Kingdom Chairman and President Mr. Mario O. Mamon, and Enchanted Kingdom COO Mrs. Cynthia Mamon. (Photo by DTI-KMIS).

The Ultimate BROcation: The Hilarious Getaway

KIX, action entertainment TV channel, premiered a new reality show, The Ultimate BROcation, last December 14. It is a hilarious reality show about four celebrities from different countries discovering Hong Kong in an all-expense paid vacation, tailor-made for bros.  The show stars our very own R&B sensation Billy Crawford along with 3 other Asian celebrities: Thailand’s “bad boy” DJ and TV host P.K.; award-winning Malaysian hip hop artist SonaOne; and Singaporean maverick chef Bjorn Shen. These bros will bond in Hong Kong for five days with no girlfriends, no kids and no sleep, oh and get this – these four guys don’t even personally know each other.

Aleron All-Male Choir Launches Their Journey To Europe Via Release Of "Dakilang HIwaga" Christmas CD Album Launch

ALERON, one of the country’s top all-male choir launched recently their debut Christmas album “Dakilang Hiwaga,” which includes a wide variety of songs. Also included in the album are some songs from their European Concert and Competition tour repertoire.

The group aims to further cement the Filipino’s reputation of having some of the world’s most formidable musicians through this trip. The group is set to compete in the most prestigious choral singing festivals and competitions from May to July of 2017. 

The most important leg of their tour is the 11th World Symposium for Choral Music which will be held in Barcelona, Spain. The event is hosted by the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) and will feature the world’s finest choirs and choral leaders. ALERON is one of IFCM’s ambassadors for 2017, and they are the only Filipino performer to have been invited to the event.

Get the know-how on your Globe Broadband connection with the informative and entertaining Just So You Know video series

There was a time when people did not know much about apps like Netflix or devices like Chromecast. Today, these have become a big part of a digital native’s lifestyle and vocabulary. With these new innovations, people need to keep up to maximize their internet connection.

As Globe Broadband continues to roll out faster speeds and better plans across the country, more people are able to gain access to new entertainment content and the latest gadgets customized for their lifestyle.

Taron Egerton is Johnny, the Soulful Gorilla in "Sing"

Young British actor Taron Egerton, known to audiences worldwide for his work in Kingsman: The Secret Service, lends his voice to the teenage gorilla Johnny, in Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Sing, a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.

(Watch the featurette Be Like Johnny at http://youtu.be/ybKWEspdoJ4.)
A soulful, Cockney gorilla, Johnny’s beautiful singing voice and passion for music are in direct opposition to his role in his father’s bank-robbing crew. He has always resisted a life of crime but has no choice as he was born into it. Johnny wants to be a singer but knows that his alpha-male father would disown him, if he knew the truth. He keeps his involvement in the singing competition a secret, straddling a double life as an aspiring singer by day and getaway driver by night.

Gru's Back as First Trailer of "Despicable Me 3" Reels Off

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have just released the teaser trailer of Despicable Me 3 which continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions. 

Watch the trailer at https://youtu.be/o9TgEajDns0 and check out the film when it opens in Philippine cinemas on June 14, 2017.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage" Solo Posters Showcase the Women Characters

Not to be outdone, the female stars of Paramount Pictures' xXx: Return of Xander Cage now step into their own individual character one-sheets, following last week’s reveal of the male cast’s posters. Check out Nina Dobrev, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose and Toni Collette in their solos below.

Xxx: Return of Xander Cage opens across the Philippines on January 18, 2017.

The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.  Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.

Love Can't Let Go in the First Trailer of "Unforgettable"

When love ends, madness begins. Watch the newly launched official trailer for Warner Bros.' dramatic thriller Unforgettable starring Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson at https://youtu.be/jYdcsnkr3YA.

Unforgettable marks the first film in the director’s chair for veteran producer Denise Di Novi (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Focus”).

Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.

The Clean Khaki: Perfect for the genuine good guy’s special moments

Genuine good guys want to look their best for the momentous times in their lives—their first kiss on their first date, the handshake after a successful job interview, those animated chats with friends during chill nights, the laugh fest and camaraderie at family reunions, and that very special moment when their sweethearts say ‘yes’ to the marriage proposal.

With such ‘Instagrammable’ moments in mind, Dockers believes that grabbing the first pair of pants you see in the closet just won’t do.

If Dockers, the trusted men’s clothing brand, introduced khaki to men’s fashion at a time the genuine good guys needed it most, it now brings men the Clean Khaki, its signature khaki made specially for looking good during life’s unexpected great moments.

Depicting the very concept of smart casual, these chinos are made with clean lines and classic khaki styling. Available in a full spectrum of colors, the Clean Khaki offers a hip vibe, adding a contemporary tweak to the traditional khaki.

Jovovich, Anderson Accept Franchise Achievement Award for "Resident Evil"

Actress Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson have been bestowed the prestigious Franchise Achievement Award in ceremonies held recently during the 2016 ediiton of the CineAsia exhibitors and distributors convention in Hong Kong.

Watch the featurette on the awarding at https://youtu.be/V44RNsjUwOs.

The honor is in recognition of the tandem's highly successful sci-fi, action horror film series Resident Evil whose sixth installment -- Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – is confirmed to be the last, and bowing in Philippine cinemas on February 01, 2017.

Award-Winning Novel "Live by Night" Comes to Life in the Big Screen

Based on Dennis Lehane’s bestselling novel, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Live by Night was a true passion project for Ben Affleck, who says, “As a filmmaker, this was a chance to pay homage to the classic Warner Bros. gangster movies of the 1930s through the `70s.  I grew up watching them and they had an epic, sprawling feel that really took you into a different world, a different era.”

Affleck adapted the screenplay from Lehane’s novel of the same name; the two first collaborated when Affleck made his acclaimed directorial debut with his screen adaptation of Lehane’s crime thriller Gone, Baby, Gone.  Lehane served as an executive producer on Live by Night.

"Sing" Brings Joy to the World with Christmas-Themed Clip

To make the current Christmas season even livelier, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment has released a Christmas-themed featurette for its upcoming comedy Sing.

It starts off with the characters ice-skating to the holiday classic Sleigh Ride and quickly turns into a dance party to Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart." Pure delightful hilarity ensues.

Check out the video at http://youtu.be/qSyAEg6LkVs and watch Sing when it opens in Philippine cinemas on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Dutch-Filipina DJ Sheryl Lynn conquers Manila club scene

The local clubbing scene is set to take on a more fabulous and exciting vibe as Dutch-Filipina Sheryl Lynn Callister, a celebrated DJ in the Netherlands, sets foot in Manila to launch her career as Asia’s top celebrity DJ.

The statuesque beauty, known in the industry for her wonderful production of House, Future House and Progressive / Big Room with a touch of Trap and Future Bass, loves to define her sound as something ‘from the heart’ which people of all ages can enjoy

listening to. Through her music and her vast experience performing across Europe and US, DJ Sheryl Lynn frequently headlines various international events.

Holiday shoppers' alert: OPPO F1 gets another price drop

The OPPO F1 is the first smartphone in the mobile technology brand’s camera-focused F series, which made its debut in the Philippines last February.

“We always want our selfies to be upload-ready as soon as we take them, and this is especially true during the holiday season,” said OPPO Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng.

“The OPPO F1 would make a great gift for anyone who wants to immortalize their holiday moments. Our newest discount just makes that even more possible,” he added.

The smartphone features an 8-megapixel front camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture lens and a 1/4 inch sensorto capture vibrant selfies even in less-than-ideal lighting.

Meet Love, Time, Death in Thought-Provoking "Collateral Beauty"

What would you say to Love, Time, and Death?

In New Line Cinema's thought-provoking drama Collateral Beauty, Howard (Will Smith), a successful New York advertising executive retreats from life after suffering a great tragedy. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

Donnie Yen is the Force in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Chirrut Îmwe is the scene-stealing blind monk in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But, although without sight, Chirrut is anything but unseeing. He is a skilled and artful warrior who can see into the hearts of all those around. And who better to play the role other than martial arts expert and one of Asia’s most popular actors, Donnie Yen.

“Donnie Yen has so much wisdom, like his character, and he’s got great humor,” says producer Allison Shearmur. “He has a sense of artistry and performance that tells us so much about his character. There’s an elegance, a heroism, a nobility about both Yen and Chirrut.”

It's Family No More in 1st Trailer of "Fast & Furious 8"

On the heels of 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: Fast & Furious 8.

Catch the first trailer that's just been launched by Universal at https://youtu.be/qSKB_n4j1bg and watch Fast & Furious 8 in Philippine cinemas on April 15, 2017.

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

Eric and Rona Off to Singapore For Amazing Race Asia Finale

Power couple Eric and Rona Tai hie off to Singapore for the finals of Amazing Race Asia Season 5 tomorrow, December 15.

The crowd favorite since day one, Eric and Rona have kept netizens glued to their seats with their amazing teamwork and gut-wrenching feats. The real-life husband and wife tandem have also upped the bar for couples aspiring to level up their relationship goals.

Will they finally outshine the two other remaining teams comprised of Chloe Chen and Yvonne Lee (Malaysia), and Maggie Wilson and Parul Shah (Philippines)?

Tune in tomorrow night to AXN Asia at 9pm (8pm JKT/BKK) for one last mad dash towards the grand prize of $100,000!

Spaceship "Passengers" Face Extreme Challenge in New Action Thriller

Best Director Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum follows up his The Imitation Game triumph with Columbia Pictures' Passengers, an exciting acton-thriller starring global superstars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.
In the film, Aurora (Lawrence) and Jim (Pratt) are two strangers who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the lives of the passengers on the greatest mass migration in human history.