An unforgettable bonding with the Legaspi family this Saturday in ‘SDB’


By Crispina M. Belen 

An unforgettable bonding with the Legaspi family this Saturday in ‘SDB’


Your favorite Kapuso Stars and online sensations join forces this Saturday, August 13, for a happy and unforgettable weekend bonding with the Legaspi family in “Sarap ‘Di Ba!”

Expect an all-out excitement as Carmina, Cassy and Mavy bond with fun-loving Kapuso ladies, Chichirita and Rhian Ramos, together with two viral “gwapulis,” Lucky Galang and Richard Pangilinan in a series of fun games and challenges.

Plus, learn how to prepare Rhian’s yummy and healthy weekend dish, “Chicken Tocino with Pickled Mango.”

All these plus more this Saturday, August 13, 2022 in “Sarap Di Ba!” at 10am.


‘Move with Malong’ kicks off PH Embassy’s ASEAN Month Celebration 


By Crispina M. Belen 

‘Move with Malong’ kicks off PH Embassy’s ASEAN Month Celebration 

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This year’s ASEAN month celebration in Tehran was opened by the Philippine Embassy, with the “Move with Malong” dance workshop during the ASEAN Ladies Circle’s (ALC) Coffee-Morning event at the Chancery lobby, held last August 4,  2022.

Participated by 20 ALC members from the Embassies in Tehran of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines, the activity showcased a step-by-step guide to dancing the Muslim dance Kappa Malong Malong, while all donned with the malong cloth provided by the Philippine Embassy.

The Embassy’s Cultural Officer Kathleen Salonga led the dance workshop, highlighting that the Kappa Malong Malong is a traditional folk dance that originated from the indigenous Filipino-Muslim tribe, the Maranaos.

“The name of the dance is coined from the tag ‘kappa’—a derivation of the prefix “ka”—which indicates that someone has the “ability to act” or “manipulate” the malong.  Thus, the Kappa Malong Malong is a fitting dance to celebrate this year’s ASEAN month, given the theme, “Addressing Challenges Together.” Like the tag kappa or the “ability to act,” every person in the ASEAN has the ability to overcome challenges facing our region, especially when acting as one community,” said Ms. Salonga.

As a Coffee-Morning tradition, the ALC held gift-giving for birthday celebrants, raffle draws, tribute to outgoing members, and introductions of new members.

Filipino dishes such as pancit (sauteed rice noodles), kaldereta (beef stew), puto (rice cake), biko (sticky rice with toasted desiccated coconut) and lumpia (spring roll), along with other ASEAN dishes, capped the celebration. 

The Coffee-Morning is a regular activity of the ALC in Tehran, composed of the spouses of the Ambassadors to Tehran of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as female officers and diplomatic staff of the ASEAN Embassies in Tehran. 

Garrett Bolden is John Thomas in Miss Saigon 


By Crispina M. Belen 

Garrett Bolden is John Thomas in Miss Saigon 

Garrett Bolden bags role of John Thomas in Miss Saigon

“The Clash Season 1” finalist and Kapuso Soul Balladeer Garrett Bolden makes his theater debut in the musical stage production of “Miss Saigon” in Guam. 

He is set to play the role of John Thomas, an American GI deployed in Saigon at the time of the Vietnam War, and the best friend of Chris Scott.

Garrett admitted that his journey in joining “Miss Saigon” was unexpected and a brand new experience for him. “I didn’t plan on auditioning. Nagkataon po na a friend of mine, sinabi niya na there’s an audition for a theater, which is something na bago po sa akin. Although I did theater before, that was high school days, pero ‘yung talagang experience po on a professional level, this is going to be my first,” he said with pride.

He revealed that his personal connection with his audition piece helped him get the role. “First time kong marinig ‘yung song, which is ‘Bui Doi.’ It actually hit me somewhere kasi the song is very relatable sa akin kasi I had this time before na I was looking for my real dad. So siguro ‘yung nabigay kong feelings doon sa audition song, ‘yun po ‘yung naging way para ma-consider nila ako for the next stages of auditions.”

The Sparkle star also took dance lessons to prepare for his stint in “Miss Saigon.” “Kinondisyon ko po ang sarili ko na kapag teatro, hindi lang po ito kantahan. It’s actually your whole body going to portray the character and the message, and it’s something that I am excited po. For sure po maninibago ako pero I’m willing to learn po lahat ng dapat kong matutunan to portray this role.”

Lastly, he feels that “Miss Saigon’s” story is still relevant up to this day. “Para po sa akin, ang interpretation po ng ‘Miss Saigon’ is, it’s not actually about the love story, but it’s about abandonment. Kasi I myself experienced it, there was a long time when I was looking for my father. In this ‘Miss Saigon’ story, ang dami palang mga batang naabandona and you know it’s important for a child to know who his father is, who their parents are. At napakalaki ng impact no’n sa bata.”

Catch Garrett’s performance in “Miss Saigon Guam” this September. For tickets, visit


Middlemost Post on Nickelodeon weekdays at 3pm this August


By Crispina M  Belen 

Middlemost Post on Nickelodeon weekdays at 3pm this August


In this brand-new animated series “Middlemost Post,” there is a combination of  quirky characters with hilarious adventures and unwavering friendship. In the series, meet the slightly illogical Parker J. Cloud, an exuberant raincloud who lives and works in the Middlemost Post Office with Angus, a rule-abiding mailman and Russell, their magical pet walrus.

Together, they journey through Mount Middlemost and the six territories of Somewhere to deliver the mail, while meeting some exceptionally quirky and peculiar people along the way. But as this loving and unconventional trio grows closer, they remain blissfully unaware that they have been brought together by one fateful stormy event.


There will be brand-new episodes daily from August 15-18 at 9:30am (PH). Josh and Blue are back with more clue-solving adventures! Magenta needs help getting ready for the upcoming soccer game while Mailbox has a special letter and needs help figuring out who the letter is for! It’s time to play Blue’s Clues and figure it out!


Meanwhile, there will be new episodes of  “Deer Squad” from August 1 – 12, weekdays at 7:30am (PH).

Our hoofed heroes are back and this time the Deer Squad are going out of this world! Get ready for heroic planet power rescues with added boosts, cool new characters, more amazing gadgets, and for the first time ever, spectacular space adventures!


“PAW Patrol” will have new episodes August 13 – 27, Saturdays @ 6pm (PH).

Catch the Cat Pack in action with brand new episodes of “PAW Patrol!” See the PAW Patrol and Cat Pack work together to stop a runaway rocket and a metal-eating machine from destroying Adventure Bay!

The “Weekend Marathon” meanwhile will be held on August 13 – 14 @ 3pm (PH).

The “PAW Patrol” is on a roll – get your fill of their paw-some adventures in the weekend marathon!



Billy Crawford returns to GMA-7 via ‘The Wall Philippines’


By Crispina M. Belen 

Billy Crawford returns to GMA-7 via ‘The Wall Philippines’

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Kapuso viewers will be pleasantly surprised to know that the hit and thrilling game show “The Wall Philippines” has found a new home on GMA Network.

The program, which is a co-production between GMA-7 and Viva Entertainment, Inc., is hosted by no less than world-class performer and reality game show host Billy Crawford. 

Billy Crawford“The Wall Philippines” is a pachinko game with a twist. It offers players the opportunity to win a life-changing prize worth millions of pesos. Part knowledge and part luck, the program delivers a roller-coaster of emotions as the contestants may be ahead with a huge amount of banked money in one instance and may lose it all in the next.

The game’s main goal is to bank as much money as possible by answering trivia questions and landing the balls on high-value bins. The mechanics are simple – get a correct answer to get a green ball, miss a question and get a red ball. Green adds, red subtracts. 

“The Wall Philippines” is an exciting game show format created by LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Andrew Glassman and is distributed by Banijay Rights Limited. 

Catch “The Wall Philippines” this August on GMA-7. 


Halili-Cruz School of Dance back on stage with summer dance showcase – Diversifiera 2022


Halili-Cruz School of Dance back on stage with summer dance showcase – Diversifiera 2022

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The Halili-Cruz School of Dance (HCSD), the Halili-Cruz School of Ballet (HCSB) and the Halili-Cruz Conservatory (HC Conservatory) will be staging two shows on August 7 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Newport World Resorts to showcase their talented and versatile students – Summer Dance Divertissement 2022 at 2pm, a recital which features the participants of the Summer Dance Workshop and Diversifiera at 7:30pm, a concert which will showcase the Halili-Cruz Dance Company together with selected students from the school.

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Shirley Halili-Cruz in the middle.

(Dance is a performing art; hence, a public concert is an invaluable experience for all HCSD students.  Exposure by way of a dance concert and recital has been proven to contribute to the development of the student’s personality, self-confidence, artistic ability, dance technique and most importantly, discipline.)

Both shows will showcase the versatility of the Halili-Cruz School of Dance students and will let the audience witness how its dancers can excellently perform not just ballet but other dance genres as well – jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and musical theater.

In the concert, the audience will have a chance to experience excerpts from the famous ballets – Raymonda and The Nutcracker, as well as some of the timeless Broadway hits – Grease, Mary Poppins, Waitress, Dream Girls, Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Camp Rock, High School Musical and Crazy for You – exciting pieces restaged and choreographed by the HCSD faculty.

Guest performer is the very talented Mr. Luke Hawkins from New York who will exhibit his expertise in tap.

Halili-Cruz School of Dance is under the direction of its multi-awarded and multi-talented Artistic Director, Ms Shirley Halili-Cruz, and its equally outstanding Associate Directors, Grace Garalde-Perez and Anna Kathrina Halili-Cruz Bueno.

This is the  5th face-to-face concert of Halili-Cruz for 2022. All are different shows with different themes, concepts and dances.

F2F concerts were presented in the Metropolitan Theatre and Newport Performing Arts Theatre, Newport World.


Candy vendor ‘Lolo Pops’ shares his journey in Noli de Castro’s ‘KBYN’ 


Candy vendor ‘Lolo Pops’ shares his journey in Noli de Castro’s ‘KBYN’ 

07082022 kbyn lolo pops1This Sunday (August 7) in “KBYN: Kaagapay ng Bayan,” Noli de Castro gets to know the decade-old story of Angelito Gino-gino or “Lolo Pops,” the viral elderly candy vendor from Angeles, Pampanga    

Despite Lolo Pops’ old age, he continues to sell candies to provide for his family, especially for his wife who suffered a stroke back in 2011. After pausing his “paglalako” due to the pandemic, Lolo Pops is back in business as he currently sells pastillas and polvoron using his pedicab. And with the help of his daughter, his sweets are now available for purchase online. Because of his business, he managed to build a house for his family.

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Kabayan also travels to Real, Quezon to meet Julio Resumen, a laborer who continues to work in his hometown even with his worsening eyesight. The “KBYN” team takes Julio to an eye specialist to find a possible cure for his ailment.  

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Meanwhile, the veteran journalist also discovers ornamental fish breeding from hobbyists Mike Go and Rainard Yu. Mike breeds rare gold fishes, which are valued at P10,000, in his farm in Guagua, Pampanga and enters his pets in ornamental fish competitions. Like Mike, Rainard also breeds guppies and sells them to local and international buyers. 

Don’t miss these inspiring and motivational stories on “KBYN: Kaagapay ng Bayan,” this Sunday (August 7) at 5pm on A2Z, TeleRadyo, Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and 


Goodbye to a great actress, Ms. Cherie Gil


Goodbye to a great actress, Ms. Cherie Gil

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We sadly say goodbye to a great and legendary actress, Ms. Cherie Gil who passed on to the Great Beyond yesterday, August 5, at the age of 59.
She was confined at the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer where she reportedly succumbed to endometrial cancer. Before her death, she went bald. But it was said her going bald was intentional, doing it as “a symbol of rebirth,” and reportedly adding that “she has grown tired of herself and felt angry and unhappy” at the same time. Cherie left the country early this year to live with her children in New York USA.
Evangeline Rose Gil Eigenmann in real life, Cherie was the daughter of actress Rosemarie Gil and singer-actor turned pastor Eddie Mesa, who was dubbed the “Elvis Presley of the Philippines.” She had for brothers Michael de Mesa and Mark Gil.
Remembered for her acclaimed and highly versatile performances (among others in the movie “Oro, Plata, Mata,” in the stage play “Jesus Christ Superstar” where she played Mary Magdalene), Cherie however was unforgettable in the 1985 film “Bituing Walang Ningning” where she delivered her iconic line “You are nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copycat,” directed to no less than the lead star Sharon Cuneta. Cherie was godmother to Sharon’s daughter Simone.
Cherie made another movie with megastar Sharon the following year, “Sana’y Wala Bang Wakas.”
Both loved and hated for her “kontrabida” roles for which she was dubbed the country’s “La Primera Contravida,” Cherie received many awards during her five-decade showbiz career. Aside from FAMAS Awards, she received the Ani Ng Dangal from the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA). In the “Best Supporting Actress” category, she was a Hall of Famer in the Metro Manila Film Festival. In 2019, Cherie won her first Gawad Urian Award as “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in “Citizen Jake.”
Cherie also won the “Best Actress” award at the Asean International Film Awards in 2015. Also in 2014, she was bestowed the award for “Best Lead Actress in a Foreign Language Film” at the Madrid International Film Festival.l
Cherie has three children: Jay Eigenmann (her son with Leo Martinez), Bianca and Raphael Rogoff, the last two sired by former husband Rony Rogoff, a famous Israeli violinist.

Trimed Advertising back in the industry!


Trimed Advertising back in the industry!


After two years of absence, Trimed Advertising is back in the entertainment industry. They’re starting again to supply talents for TV commercials, print and digital ads, TV and film productions. The agency is also now preparing their pool of talents for mall events as well as fashion shows.

Trimed Advertising is also the exclusive talent supplier for  the multi-awarded and acclaimed “Talents Academy” show, directed by the equally most awarded Jun Miguel.

On Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 6pm, “Talents Academy” will be having their virtual talent showcase featuring their new talents from Trimed SRL & SJDM. So the audience will expect beautiful song and dance production numbers and a showcase of fashion. 

You’ll watch them live in Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms, plus each segment of the show will be aired in “Talents Academy Season 9.”

The said August 13 event is made possible by their casting managers Miss Andrea Go, Miss Elise Galvez, and Mr. Pau O. together with their versatile coaches Andrea, Ishma, Edwil, JM, Arwin and Jade, and with the full support of all the artists’ parents.

By the way, interested talents can message them through FB: Trimed Ad, Trimed SRL & Trimed SJDM. They can also call or text 0917-8386574 for inquiries and VTR schedules. 


Kapuso Beauty Queens in ‘Sarap Di Ba?’ 


Kapuso Beauty Queens in ‘Sarap Di Ba?’ 

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This August 6, 2022,  it seems that there will be an unlikely pairing in “Sarap Di Ba?” as the guests will be the Kapuso Beauty Queens and the Trending Online Live Selling Kings!

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Gracing the show are Miss Universe Philippines 2012 Ariella Arida and Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa together with John Sean and Kerwin Martinez, the live selling boys who are trending online!

The queens and live selling kings will also be paired for the signature “Sarap, ‘Di Ba? Quick Change Closet Game.”

Catch “Sarap, ‘Di Ba?” every 10am, Saturdays on GMA Network.