Leony Garcia

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Celebrating 10: QCinema features films from prestigious festivals

Movie enthusiasts are in for a great treat as the 10th edition of the QCinema International Film Festival is bringing in two acclaimed European films with notable performances by Filipino thespians. The Palme d’Or-winning class satire Triangle of Sadness by Ruben Östlund, which stars Dolly de Leon, is the festival’s opener. The closing film is Venice Film Festival entry To The North by Mihai Mincan, starring Soliman Cruz.

Vic, Joey and Aga Muhlach headline new shows for NET25

AS NET25 continues to create quality TV content for Filipinos around the world, the network also makes sure to make existing shows better and stronger. Likewise, new shows—headlined by TV veterans Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Aga Muhlach and broadcaster Korina Sanchez—were recently launched to provide a wider range of programs for the family-oriented TV network.

Filmmaker Perry Escaño’s MPJ Network debuts 3 shows via Kumu

MOVIE director, producer and actor Perry Escaño formally launched his MPJ Network with three exciting shows which premiered on September 29 via the Kumu channel on YouTube Premium, from 6 to 9 pm. Known for his movies Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa, Sikreto ng Piso and Caught in the Act, Escaño recently turned to talent management via his MPJ Angels Artists’ Pool, along with Noreen “Mommy Angel” Espejon, former handler of Ex Battalion and Kuh Ledesma.

Cherie Gil passes away at 59

Actress Cherie Gil (born Evangeline Rose Gil Eigenmann) has passed away. This was first posted by fellow actress-turned talent manager Anabelle Rama Friday, August 5 and later confirmed, also on social media, by her nephew and actor Sid Lucero. She was 59.

JUST OUTSIDE OF HEAVEN | Ian Donaldson, founder of Scottish 80s band, H20 founder is back

Remember the hit songs “I Dream to Sleep to Sleep” and “Just Outside of Heaven” under RCA Records in the early 80s? I Dream peaked at No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1983 while the follow-up single “Just Outside of Heaven” reached No. 38 later the same year. These were among the most memorable songs of the H2O, formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1978 by lead singer Ian Donaldson together with Alan McGhee (who later went on to discover OASIS and launch Creation Records).

ManilaMed honors Filipino frontliners, unveils Champions of Care Gallery at Plaza Rueda

At no other point in time in recent human history had the medical and health frontliners been subjected to the trauma of multiple deaths on a daily basis as in this COVID-19 pandemic.  The inability to comfort or touch patients physically, the loss of co-workers or of their own families also added burden and distress to the frontliners.

Women empowerment

Women, by nature, are vulnerable. But behind that seemingly fragile frame is a strength that emerges as the need arises. During the pandemic, more women carried the brunt of caring for the home while doing their share financially to support the family.

Finding a purpose in life as a financial advisor

Aside from being an introvert, Faith Lariosa Mislang, a certified public accountant and a registered nurse by profession, admits that she never imagined that she would thrive in the insurance industry. That’s why it came quite as a surprise when she was included among Insular Life or InLife’s “Club of Honors” awardees as Top Group Producer for production year 2021.

CALISTA: Philippines’ hottest new I-Pop girl group

With their debut single, ‘Race Car’, climbing the digital charts, Calista is fast-becoming the next big international pop (I-Pop) girl group of multi-talented six members: Olive, Laiza, Anne, Denise, Elle, and Dain. Showcasing girl power with their powerful vocals and body movement, Calista aptly launches the music video for their debut single on March 8, International Women’s Day celebration, at Novotel Manila Araneta City Hotel in Quezon City.

Mayor Joy Belmonte inducts into office 2022 PMPC officers

The Philippine Movie Press Club Inc.  (PMPC) recently held the oath-taking ceremony for its newly-elected officers and board of directors for 2022. Still following strict health and safety protocols for Covid-19, the ceremony was held at the al-fresco dining area of Annabel’s strictly for the officers, the mayor’s select staff, and a handful of guests.

The world stage is set for Uplive’s singing competition 2022

Uplive announces its second annual global live streamed singing competition, Uplive WorldStage. Formerly known as Singing for the World, WorldStage is judged by Emmy/Grammy winner Paula Abdul and is done by peer-voting. Last year’s competition drew over 4,000 participants from 20 regions around the world, and this year’s contest has expanded to over 150 participating regions. The grand prize includes a hit song and video produced by a Grammy producer, as well as a recording contract.

Samantha Bernardo continues celebration as beauty queen, brand ambassador

“I am Samantha Bernardo, and I am so honored to be Mestiza Philippines’s newest brand ambassador. I am one with the brand in promoting our message to young Pinays out there: ‘With Mestiza, achieve ang healthy glowing skin!’ Kaya naman sama-sama nating i-achieve ang healthy glowing skin and together we can be confident and fearless to face the world,” said Filipina beauty queen Samantha Bernardo during the recent virtual press conference and a meet-and-greet with media friends, bloggers and influencers.

Embracing sustainability to address climate change

Now, more than ever, there is a need to embrace sustainability to address the challenges that Mother Earth faces. The future generation will run out of fossil fuels. Thousands if not millions of animal species will become extinct. We will run out of lumber. We will fill the bodies of water with waste. We will damage the atmosphere beyond repair. All these and more are possible if we don’t change and practice sustainable living.

BPI sustainability formula: ESG is not enough

In the investment community, ESG is not a convenient mnemonic for a set of criteria that defines a sustainable organization. It stands for environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors that are required to be reported for publicly listed companies.

The state of the housing industry

During this health crisis, the home has become the haven and refuge for everyone against the deadly COVID-19 virus. To say that everyone appreciates the home more than before is an understatement. The home is where everything is being done. It’s become the children’s playground and school at the same time, the aspiring entrepreneurs/online sellers’ marketplace or warehouse, and the makeshift or half-way offices for people on work-from-home set up, among many others.

The ViCon: Real estate is a growing business in PHL despite the pandemic

For a country that values family and relationships, owning a home becomes everybody’s ultimate dream. Many Filipinos go abroad to earn money and buy their dream homes. Married couples combine their salaries, take extra jobs, and save up to buy one. Even young people, the millennials, would be doing various projects to earn big and buy homes for themselves or for their beloved parents, as well.

#SMschoalrsStandWithGrit: SM presents 2020-2021 scholars in virtual ceremony

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the government to rethink its plans for school year 2020-2021. With face-to-face classes ruled out because of the fear of contracting the virus, it was decided that distance learning would be implemented. The Department of Education would implement blended learning where modules, radio, television and the internet are utilized as media of instruction.

Skincare is self-care! #BrightAboutSkin

Despite the challenging roles at home, workplaces or the community, women would always love to look beautiful or at their very best as they perform their duties. Beauty, after all, as they say, is empowering.

Celebrating women in the time of Covid-19

One day in March 1908, thousands of women united and marched for better labor conditions and laws, the right of suffrage, among others, in New York City. A year later, the women gathered again in Manhattan for what they dubbed to be the first International Women’s Day.

WORLD’S OLDEST CHINATOWN | Binondo remains alive and well despite pandemic

And so I had always wanted to witness an authentic Chinese New Year celebration and I finally did last year with the tour of Binondo courtesy of my friend, blogger and Filipino-Chinese historian Rence Chan (WalkwithChan). With all its crazy and chaotic ambiance coupled with Chinese favorites, goodies, tikoy and lucky charms on sale plus firecrackers and lion-dragon dances all over, Chinese New Year is really something many Filipinos would surely miss this year on this side of Manila.

Mhack Morales recalls days as macho dancer

“Yes, I did macho dancing to support my studies. And I even continued dancing for a month or two after graduation to show my gratitude to my employer. Because without the job I wouldn’t have been able to graduate,” Mhack Morales confessed before members of entertainment press in a pocket interview hosted by Godfather Productions producer Joed Serrano on a recent weekend.


The Covid-19 pandemic scare may have shown the worst and the best of humanity. But for singer and Philippine Army reservist Ronnie Liang, it is during a crisis like this that he could best serve the country. 

Hitting the right notes

For concert-goers and music lovers, it’s always a pleasant sight to see singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eunice Jorge does her things on stage. She sings, (rather, she rocks!), and plays the musical instruments: the organ, the violin and the guitar one after the other.

Toni Galang makes a comeback in the fashion scene

FASHION enthusiasts are definitely wanting for a repeat or rerun of his comeback project in November 2019. Featuring his well-loved bridal collection including pastels and reversible, color-changing gowns, the show was held at the famed Manila Hotel. His favorite model Marina Benipayo’s careful turnaround and perfect execution of the color-changing bridal gown has become the talk of the town.

The 55th ANVIL AWARDS: Championing Excellence in Public Relations

It’s an awards night like no other. The who’s who in various sectors and companies as well as their public relations agencies gather together for a night of camaraderie and sharing the joy of winning. One of the most awaited events of the year, the Anvil Awards is presented annually by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP). The Anvil is the symbol of excellence in Public Relations for outstanding PR Programs and Tools.

It’s full speed ahead for the Philippine real estate

The Philippine real estate has been one of the promising investment options in the Southeast Asian region for years now. Backed by its strong macroeconomic fundamentals – sustained growth in production and consumption, highly conducive investment climate, robust tourism performance and booming public and private construction growth, among others, investment entry has remained a highlight of the local economy.

The Ballad of Regine Velasquez

For quite a long time, musical competitions would always turn to biritan, the high-note- busting singing style that seasoned singers such as Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez is best known for.

Beyond The X-Factor

Towards the end of 2019, the vocal trio simply known as JBK (composed of Joshua Bulot, Bryan del Rosario and Kim Lawrenz Ordonio) surprised everyone, including themselves when their latest release, “Anestisya” became a huge radio hit for popular music stations like Barangay LS, Wish 107, MOR and Win Radio.

Don’t stop believing

Fresh from his back-to-back performance with the Black Eyed Peas at the closing ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at New Clark City in Carpas, Tarlac, Arnel Pineda is all set for a post-Valentine concert alongside pop rock royalty Yeng Constantino.

Alice Dixson Celebrity Super Bowl raises funds for Kalipay Negrense Foundation

Alice Dixson has raised funds for the third year to benefit the children of the Kalipay Negrense Foundation through her charity. The fund-raising event took place at the SM Megamall Bowling Center  at 10 am last December 8. Celebrity friends and supporters came in full support and bowled, including James Younghusband, James Deakin, Ali Sotto, Iza Calzado and husband Ben Wintle, Tim Yap, Ynez Veneracion, Karylle and husband Yael Yuzon, Julia Barretto, Jackie Aquino, Gladys Reyes, Radha, Donita Rose, Ara San Agustin, Teresa Loyzaga and many others.