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#WishMusicAwards2018 Results

Wishclusive Contemporary Folk Performance of the Year: Moira dela Torre (Malaya)
Wishclusive Urban Performance of the Year: IV of Spades (Ilaw sa Daan)
Wishclusive R&B Performance of the Year: Michael Pangilinan (Tayo na Lang)
Wishclusive Rock/Alternative Performance of the Year: Tom's Story (Anchors)
Wishclusive Ballad Performance of the Year: 5thGen (Panahon)
Wishclusive Pop Performance of the Year: Morissette Amon (Rise Up)

Wishclusive Collaboration of the Year: Curse One/Dello/Flict-G/ Smugglaz (Nakakamiss)
Wish Contemporary Folk Song of the Year: Leaves (Ben&Ben)
Wish Urban Song of the Year: Labo (KZ Tandingan)
Wish R&B Song of the Year: Kabilang Dako (Jay R)
Wish Rock/Alternative Song of the Year: Hey Barbara (IV of Spades)
Wish Ballad Song of the Year: Ano Nga Ba Tayo? (Jona)
Wish Pop Song of the Year: Mahika (TJ Monterde)
Wish Promising Artist of the Year: Extrapolation
Wish Young Artist of the Year: Ylona Garcia
Wish Group/Duo of the Year: Ben&Ben
Wish Music Artist of the Year: Morissette Amon
Wishclusive Viral Video of the Year:
1. Nakakamiss (Curse One/Dello/Flict-G/ Smugglaz)
2. Malaya (Moira dela Torre)
3. Two Less Lonely People in the World (KZ Tandingan)
The Wish Reactors Choice: Rise Up (Morissette Amon)
Wishclusive Elite Circle:
Versace on the Floor (Kris Lawrence)
Araw-Gabi (Regine Velasquez-Alcasid)
Malaya (Moira dela Torre)
Ikaw (Yeng Constantino)
Nakakamiss (Curse One/Dello/Flict-G/ Smugglaz)
Your Love (Michael Pangilinan)
Chandelier (Morissette Amon)
Your Love (Sue Ramirez)
Tadhana (KZ Tandingan)
Against All Odds (Morissette Amon)
Two Less Lonely People (KZ Tandingan)
One Day (Bugoy Drilon)

Secret Love Song (Morissette Amon)

Christian Bautista and Gretchen Ho hosted the ceremony. Daniel Razon announced that another Wish Bus will be inaugurated in Hollywood to give aspiring Filipino singers in the USA opportunities for breakthroughs.

Wish Music Awards 2018 Winners

Almost half a year ago, precisely last July 16 of 2017, 20-year old Glenda Victorio shared how she became a multimillionaire at such a young age. This millennial entrepreneur is not ashamed that her mother used to be a guest relations officer, or that she had to work as a virtual assistant since she was 12 years old, a job she did inconspicuously since she wa snot fo legal age yet.

She knew that she was underprivileged compared to many, so she really worked hard and was an honor student. A native of Morong, Rizal, she once tried her hand in entering show business, patiently enduring the long hours of lining for reality shows like Pinoy Big Brother. However, destiny had other plans for her.

She got pregnant and then married at a young age but she didn't throw her dream of becoming rich away. When online selling became the trend, she rode it and spent countless hours growing her customer base, at the same time, being consistently part of the Top 10 real estate agents in Morong.

Joined by her husband Mac, both of them would travel all the way to Divisoria to purchase good they can retail online. The stress and lack of sleep took a toll on Glenda's skin, and she developed a lot of pimples. But, this would actually pave the way to the affluence she has been dreaming about.

She did an experimented with her candle supplier and together, they formulated a Black Charcoal Soap and Glenda herself was the test subject. It actually worked and when she posted her before and after photos online, they went viral and orders came pouring it.

Rated K hosted by Korina Sanchez eventually got wind of her story and decided to feature her. After that, people from different parts of the country were curious to try out her products and she even got more orders. People signed up to be distributors and franchisees so her profit grew even more.

Her original line Brilliant Skin Essentials now has a cousin, Briscilla Cosmetics. During the awarding ceremony held last January 7 of 2018 at Novotel Araneta, this new product line was launched. Two of the most exciting items are the Briscilla Matte Lip Lacquer for gradient lips, a sweet-smelling matte lip cream that dries instantly and will stay on even if you ate meals with lots of oil, and Briscilla Eyebrow Air Cushion, with a dual brush that's going to give you perfect brows in just three or four swipes.

Celebrities like Xian Lim, Korina Sanchez, Mark Herras, and Boobay graced the event. 

For more information, you can call their office at 954-9806 or email brilliantskinessentialsmain@gmail.com. For those interested to buy the product, you may email the writer at gamebrainus@gmail.com

Glenda Victorio, a Story of Triumph via Charcoal

But actually, the correct way to say it is Black Maria(h), like the singer Mariah Carey.

Back in 1893, Thomas Edison built the first production studio in West Orange, New Jersey. Black Maria Cinema was named as such to pay tribute to the abovementioned place widely known as America's First Movie Studio.

This establishment bears a long history as well. It was formerly known as the SQ Film Laboratories, the last production studio in Asia to take its last bow after having processed countless film negatives for 40 years. Angelo Santos who used to manage it currently oversees the cinema as well, together with his wife Sarah and his sister Pat. The Santos-Quilatan (SQ) clan has two other related businesses, Santiago's Cafe, a homey restaurant alongside the movie theater building, which will soon branch out in selling pasta, tomato sauce, and other food items. Black Maria Print Shop, which churns out calling cards, tarpaulins, posters, and other similar advertising materials, are located inside the theater.

Photo credit: Respeto Facebook page

This new player among local microcinemas boasts of a digital projection with 2K resolution and a 20-foot silver-white screen. The 30-seater theater located at 779 San Rafael Street, SQ Film Laboratories Building, Plain view, Mandaluyong, will reopen sometime in January. The facility will be upgraded to accommodate even more audience members and improve functionality. Thus, the films scheduled for December 2017 will be moved to January 2018.

However, the digital film laboratory which handles film post-production, commercials, music videos, and trailers, and other associated businesses will continue on as usual.

Among the films they have screened are the Cinema One Originals 2017 EntriesRespeto, Maestra, Broken HallelujahSmaller and Smaller Circles, Ang Larawan, Loving Vincent, and Satan's Slaves.

Photo credit: Jude Cartalaba

A Better Black Maria Cinema in 2018

The Yasmien Kurdi and Mike Tan starrer is not only an upcoming Philippine television drama series by the Kapuso network, it also aims to promote social awareness to the increase of HIV cases in the country and the social stigma associated with it.

Following the story conference held recently, downloadable calendar artworks were released for free and you can get them via www.gmanetwork.com/HKKIKcalendar2018.

Yasmien will play the role of Althea "Thea" Balagtas-Angeles while Mike Tan will play her husband Marco Angeles. Other members of the main cast are Jackie Rice (Ava Imperial) and Martin del Rosario (Lawrence de Leon). The supporting cast include Charee Pineda, Gina Alajar, Inah Feleo, Seth dela Cruz, Caprice Cayetano, Mike "Pekto" Nacua, and Shamaine Centenera Buencamino.

Maryo J. delos Reyes, who was originally slated to direct the The One Who Got Away, also an upcoming GMA teleserye, will helm Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka.

On New Year's day, people typically do fun things. They bask themselves in leisure. Some even wake up really late because of last night's trivialities. However, people from BG Productions International inject loads of fun in their work environment that's why it does not even matter if both members of the production crew and the producer herself, Ms. Baby Go, together with line producer Dennis Evangelista and press coordinator Pilar Mateo, had to wake up early to shoot a Ralston Jover film titled Latay about male domestic violence starring Allen Dizon. And, I repeat, this happened last January 1, New Year's day.

"Nag first day shooting ang LATAY sa Minalin, Pampanga kahapon unang araw ng Enero at isinabay ang ilang eksena sa " Aguman Sandok" festival. Ika 85th tradisyon na 'to sa nasabing lugar, kung saan nagdadamit babae ang mga brusko at macho bilang pagsasaya. Sabi-sabi dini discourage sumali dito ang mga bading.

Ayon sa kanilang kuwento, nag umpisa eto nun unang panahon kung saan nagkaroon ng tagtuyot sa nasabing lugar upang mapawi ang lungkot ay katuwaan na nagdamit at nag ayus ng babae ang mga bruskong kalalakihan. Isa ring pagpupugay sa mga kababaihan at sa mga may bahay nila ang okasyon, kaya pinapakita sa parada ang kagaya ng pagluluto ng may sandok pati na ang pag arte na kunwari ay nanganganak sila," said the Facebook post of Dizon's manager, Evangelista.

The film will definitely be released within the year and will be submitted to various film festivals. The Jover-Dizon is a winning tandem because their previous film, Bomba, produced by Dizon's ATD Entertainment, bagged the Special Jury prize from the A-list 33rd Warsaw International Film Festival.

A few days ago, BG Productions International took home two trophies from the Oscars of the Philippines, the 63rd FAMAS Awards. These were for the categories of Best Supporting Actor (Ricky Davao, Iadya Mo Kami), and Best Cinematography (Rain Yamson, Area). Ms. Baby Go was even surprised to be called up on stage to be one of the presentors.

A little bird told is that aside from Almost A Love Story, BG will be shooting at least 2 more films this year in various genre. Will there be any oeuvres from previous collaborators in multiple films like Joel Lamangan and Jason Paul Laxamana? Check out https://www.facebook.com/BG-Productions-International-179855392367077/ to get the latest buzz on this production outfit.

1st Photo from Dennis Evangelista's page; Last from Baby Go; Others from Ben Nollora; FAMAS Photos by the writer

Millennials are in for a wonderful surprise this 2018 as GMA Network unveils three online exclusive shows bannered by Atom Araullo, Gabbi Garcia, and Joseph Morong.
Beginning January 1, netizens will be able to watch GMA ONE Online Exclusives on GMA’s Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/gmanetwork) featuring not just one, but three shows: “Adulting with Atom Araullo”, “#Goals with Gabbi Garcia”, and “Fact or Fake with Joseph Morong”.
In “Adulting with Atom Araullo”, the new GMA Public Affairs host joins millennials in their journey towards adulthood. Atom gives netizens a peek at his everyday struggles as he faces the responsibilities of being on his own, and living on a budget. And yes, Atom also shares tips on love: how does one go through courtship and online dating?
We hope to talk about the different challenges we face as we enter the adult world,” says Atom in an interview. “Nobody teaches us these kinds of things. Sometimes we're lucky to have friends or family to help us get into it painlessly but for the most part, nangangapa tayo sa ganiyan. Everything from finding your own place, budgeting your money, making career decisions, personal relationships, or taxes, things like these. I feel like a lot of people can relate to these challenges,” he added. 
Meanwhile, get inspired by Millennial It Girl Gabbi Garcia’s videos as she shares her personal objectives in “#Goals with Gabbi Garcia”. A show that will definitely tickle the fancy of the kikays out there, “#Goals with Gabbi Garcia” sees Gabbi exploring her goals in beauty, style, makeup, travel, and music.
“We're in a new age now where millennials appreciate digital content, they're really into social media,” says Gabbi. “The show is very relatable to the youth because in #Goals, we will talk about makeup tutorials, new trends, how a typical teenager lives her life”.
Kapuso reporter Joseph Morong, on the other hand, debunks false news items in “Fact or Fake with Joseph Morong”. As more news sources are available online, Joseph will try to help millennials spot fake news.
“Fact or Fake’ goes back to one of the tenets of journalism which is fact-checking,” Joseph explains. “In the program, we’re going to define what fake news is as opposed to mistakes, misinformation, and disinformation. Bottom line is, we want to emphasize that in our society where there’s an overflow of information, it is important to be discerning.”
Don’t miss GMA ONE Online Exclusives: “Adulting with Atom Araullo”, “#Goals with Gabbi Garcia”, and Fact or Fake with Joseph Morong” starting January 1, via GMA Network's official YouTube account (www.youtube.com/gmanetwork) with new episodes uploaded every Monday at 5 p.m.(30)

GMA Network kicks off 2018 with GMA ONE Online Exclusives

Christmas is a a timeless celebration celebrated by most people around the world, even those who do not believe in Jesus Christ or the existence of a God. The joy it brings is just infectious, with the warmth of gift-giving, greetings of people important to us in our social media accounts or through our mobile phones, and the spirit of generosity.

The tilted textured set pieces designed by Ed Lacson Jr. sets the tone for an undercurrent of misery ever-present in Christmas: not all can celebrate equally. In a town of simple folks, there lives Ebenezer Scrooge (Miguel Faustmann) who made a lot of money over the years but who does not live to enjoy it, his every thought preoccupied on how to save every penny and even multiply it. In the same town lives his employee Bob Cratchit, the father of Tiny Tim who wants nothing more but to provide a simple turkey dinner for his chronically ill son and family. But alas, his money can only afford them a small chicken.

The musical starts with Scrooge portrayed as an old man living alone save for a made, who hates Christmas so much that he doesn't even want to go to the annual reunion of his relatives. Fred Anderson (Arman Ferrer), his nephew and the son of his later sister Fran, is relentless in inviting him yearly but he would have none of it. Scrooge's disbelief in the spirit of Christmas is further explored in the scene which shows three townsfolks who ask for donations. Of course, Scrooge does not give anything at all and shoos them away, just like he does with a blind female beggar, even knocking her down remorselessly.

The direction is evenly paced and Scrooge's transformation is better felt this time around, compared to last years staging by the same theater company, Nineworks Theatrical. A notable difference aside from the set design is Jacob Marley's part. Aside from having a different actor for that role (Noel Rayos instead of Ariel Reonal), the creatures with him now look like Maddie Ziegler, the girl with the blonde wig from Sia's music videos. I find the total revamp of the production numbers involving Scrooge's visitors totally refreshing especially for those who have watched last year's production. Something new which is creepy yet amusing is the head of one "Sia" creature being tossed around.

This is also Franco Laurel's comeback as a performer after some years of hiatus and he is totally unrecognizable as The Ghost of Christmas Past. His antics and prancing around bordering on flirtatious issuch a delight to watch, even as he is showing painful memories of Scrooge losing his loved ones which clearly illustrate the old man's disdain for Yuletide.

 Nico Dans, looking imposing at first and reminiscent of Demigod Maui from Moana, shows Scrooge what he has failed to see because all he does is count money and worry about it. The image of the socioeconomic gap was burned into his mind, with Tiny Tim an apparition he can't get out of his mind. Like a snow slowly melting from the warmth of summer brought about by the sun's embrace, the change in Scrooge was obvious as he witnessed the happy Cratchit family who are trying to make the most of what they have and the boy's simple wishes. 

Rissey Reyes, who played the Ghost of the Christmas Future, is a very fantastic dancer and has a strong stage present even though her role didn't have any lines. She convincingly drove the final nail which would be the ultimate catalyst for change for Scrooge as she spun and spun while showing him what grimness the future holds for him and Tiny Tim if he doesn't change his ways.

The choreography by PJ Rebullida was fantastic as usual and it's interesting to actually make a bet on who could jump the highest or spin the fastest, since all of them does these things flawlessly and in perfect unison when needed. The catch is that most of the cast are not really trained dancers so it is a wonder to see them perform like this. Another brilliant decision of Robbie Guevara as a director is to actually have them all stay in the proscenium space instead of having blockings that are semi-thrust. The running time is actually shorter, the story is more compact and engaging, and the climax is more compelling.

Catch A Christmas Carol on its remaining shows from 26-27 at 8pm and 25 at 7pm. For tickets, contact Ticketworld at 891-9999.

Theater Review: A Christmas Carol

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