'Hayden Kho' in "Cinderella's Sister", the newest Koreanovela on ABS-CBN

A Hayden Kho-lookalike can be seen on "Cinderella's Sister", a Koreanovela which premiered last night, January 17, 2011, on ABS-CBN.

He is Chun Jung Myung (Chun Jung-myung) who plays the male lead Ki-hoon in "Cinderella's Sister".

The first time I saw the show's trailer last Saturday, I was already convinced that he looks like our own Hayden Kho Jr.

And when I saw these pictures of him, I'm even more convinced that Chun Jung Myung indeed resembles Hayden Kho especially on the pic where he's lying on bed (reminds you of Hayden in one of his scandal videos before).

He's so cute!

Incidentally, Chun Jung-myung and Hayden Kho Jr are both 30 years old.

He actually also looks like Richard Poon and a Korean version of Zanjoe Marudo especially everytime he smiles.

"Cinderella's Sister" airs on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida right after "Martha Cecilia's Kristine".

Photos courtesy of koreandrama.org, Connie M Chung, Dramabeans and chunjungmyung.tumblr.com

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Poster & publicity photos for the movie "Bulong"

Star Cinema has released the official poster and publicity photos for
its opening salvo this 2011, the movie "Bulong" starring Vhong Navarro and Angelica Panganiban.

The poster for "Bulong", as shown above, was unveiled late last night while the publicity photos (below) were released online earlier
tonight as the movie presscon was ongoing at the Dolphy Theater.

Angelica even told her Twitter followers to watch for her photos. "Taray ng bago kong pictures :) tumutok lang
kayo :)".

And Angelica is right. She's so "tarush" in her pics.

There are actually 8 promo pics but I only chose to post here the 4 best shots: 3 pics of Angelica and 1 of Vhong.

Directed by the box-office director Chito Roño, "Bulong" also stars
Bangs Garcia, Jon Avila, Eda Nolan, Teddy Corpuz, Sylvia Sanchez, Neri Naig, Lara Morena and many more.

It's coming in theaters this February 2, 2011.

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Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo or Ai-Ai delas Alas: Who will be crowned Box Office Queen for 2010?

Toni Gonzaga might get the Box Office Queen 2010 title for the film "My Amnesia Girl" opposite John Lloyd Cruz, who's also a possible Box Office King for 2010.

And that is if Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation (GMMSF), who gives out those titles, won't change its rules that only the movies' earnings until December 31 will be counted in determining the top-grossing film of the year.

According to the figures available at Box Office Mojo, "My Amnesia Girl" (MAG) was the top-grossing Pinoy film for 2010 with $3,288,330 or P144.81 million gross revenues.

In close 2nd is the John Lloyd-Bea Alonzo starrer "Miss You Like Crazy" (MYLC) with $3,183,529 or P142.97 million gross.

With that, it's no doubt that John Lloyd is 2010's Box Office King while Toni could be the Box Office Queen.

And since the earnings of the two above-mentioned films are very close, other tabulators might have different figures, and "Miss You Like Crazy" could possibly be the topgrosser. Its star Bea Alonzo might also be the Box Office Queen.

It will now all depend on what figures will be used by GMMSF.

How about the MMFF 2010 films?

Two of the MMFF 2010 entries, "Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na 'To)" and "Si Agimat at Si Enteng Kabisote", have collected earnings that are much higher than MAG and MYLC from December 25, 2010 to January 7, 2011.

But unfortunately, when only the earnings until December 31 are considered, the two MMFF entries failed to surpass that of MAG and MYLC.

"Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na 'To" had P171 million gross receipts from Dec. 25 to Jan. 9 but counting until Dec. 31 only, it had an estimated gross of P109 million.

Same goes for "Si Agimat At Si Enteng Kabisote", which starred Bong Revilla and Vic Sotto. It had a high P159M gross revenues from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7, but only had P123M (estimated) from Dec. 25th to the 31st.

"Tanging Ina" lead star Ai-Ai delas Alas will for sure react again if ever she's not the 2010 Box Office Queen during the 2011 Box Office Entertainment Awards happening middle of this year.

In 2008, Ai-Ai was a bit disappointed that she was not crowned with the title. Sarah Geronimo was that year's Box Office Queen while Ai-Ai had to settle with Comedy Box Office Queen title (as a consolation).

And it seems like it's gonna happen again this year. Ai-Ai might just end up as Comedy Box Office Queen for 2010 as another consolation to her.

Here's how Pinoy films performed in the box-office for the year ended December 31, 2010:

1. My Amnesia Girl P144,818,053
2. Miss You Like Crazy P142,972,287
3. Si Agimat At Si Enteng Kabisote P123M (estimated amount only)
4. Here Comes the Bride P116,028,484
5. Petrang Kabayo P115,494,375
6. Ang Tanging Ina Mo Last Na 'To P109M (estimated amount only)
7. You to Me Are Everything P98,560,645
8. Babe, I Love You P96,185,439
9. Paano Na Kaya P82,023,631
10. Hating Kapatid P81,978,652
11. Dalaw P66M (estimated amount only)
12. In Your Eyes P62,775,365
13. Cinco P60,755,512
14. Till My Heartaches End P60,476,687
15. Sa 'Yo Lamang P50,230,216
16. I Do P42,441,264
17. I'll Be There P42,205,231
18. Shake, Rattle & Roll XII P40M (estimated amount only)
19. Working Girls P32,326,254
20. White House P23,027,565
21. Mamarazzi P21,559,704
22. RPG Metanoia P21M (estimated amount only)
23. Super Inday and the Golden Bibe P14M (estimated amount only)
24. Rosario P13M (estimated amount only)
25. Noy P9,947,742
26. Father Jejemon P6M (estimated amount only)
27. Emir P3,089,773

Figures courtesy of Box Office Mojo

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Golden Globes 2011 winners: Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, "GLEE" and more

The Golden Globes 2011 or the 68th Golden Globe Awards was presented on January 16 in California, USA.

This year's Golden Globes is keeping in touch with the latest trend on the internet when it picked "The Social Network" as the best of 2010.

The film, which is about the creation of Facebook, was the big winner, winning 4 of its 6 nominations including Best Picture.

"The King's Speech" was the most nominated film with 7, but it only won just 1, and it's the Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Colin Firth.

Johnny Depp had two nominations in the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy but he failed to win any of those. He lost to Paul Giamatti.

For the Television categories, the hit TV series "Glee" triumphed the most with 3 awards: Best Comedy or Musical Series and two acting honors for Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer.

Here's the list of winners in the Golden Globes 2011:

Best Motion Picture - Drama: The Social Network

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Colin Firth (The King's Speech)

Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy: The Kids Are All Right

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy: Paul Giamatti (Barney's Version)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

Best Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Language Film: In A Better World (Denmark)

Best Director - Motion Picture: David Fincher (The Social Network)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)

Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (The Social Network)

Best Original Song - Motion Picture: "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" (Burlesque)

Best Television Series - Drama: Boardwalk Empire

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)

Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Glee

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Laura Linney (The Big C)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Carlos

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for television: Claire Danes (Temple Grandin)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for television: Al Pacino (You Don't Know Jack)

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for television: Jane Lynch (Glee)

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for television: Chris Colfer (Glee)

Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award - Robert De Niro

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Phil and James Younghusband: Are they joining Jakarta F.C. 1928? | Their decision will be revealed this week

Phil Younghusband of the Azkals will reveal this week his and brother James' decision about the offer to join Jakarta Football Club 1928 in Indonesia.

According to Phil's tweet posted Sunday afternoon, he can't reveal yet their decision but an announcement regarding that might be made within this week.

"Hey all! I can't answer any questions right now regarding Jakarta FC but hopefully all the speculations will be resolved within the week," Phil said on Twitter.

Oh no! Sounds like he and James already gave their nod to Jakarta F.C. whose officials personally came here in the Philippines to invite the Younghusbands to play for them.

Phil was also posting tweets praising his Indonesian fans, tweets that are actually Phil's responsonses to the fans' queries.

"all the fans in Indonesia are very supportive and I hope to visit Indonesia soon."

"I think Indonesian people are very nice and supportive :-)"

"yes I love Indonesian people :-)"

Are those tweets an indication that Phil and James Younghusband has accepted Jakarta F.C. 1928's offer? Or it's Phil's way of consoling his Indonesian fans because they turned down the offer?

As what Phil said, we shall know this week.

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ASAP rocks Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo on January 23, 2011

ABS-CBN's ASAP Rocks will be in Iloilo next Sunday, January 23, 2011.

It's still in line with Iloilo's celebration of Dinagyang Festival 2011.

Over 70 ASAP artists and Kapamilya stars will be part of the big event, which is to be staged at the Iloilo Sports Complex.

[Correct me if I'm wrong] It's the 2nd time that ASAP will be staged in Iloilo. The first time was in 2006 also during that year's Dinagyang Festival.

And guess who's making a grand comeback on ASAP in Iloilo?


It's no less than the sexy Cristine Reyes.

She herself confirmed it on Twitter today. "Bye Iloilo see you next Sunday for asap rocks! flying now to Cebu."

It can be recalled that last December, the time she posted angry tweets against Sarah Geronimo, Cristine already said that she'll no longer appear on ASAP.

"ayoko na mag-asap kasi ako naman ang aarte sa ngayon!...sige pagbibigyan kita! Kung ang tanging hiling mo lang ba ay makalapit sa kanya Hindi na ako mag-aasap. Tutal show mo yun e. Sayong sayo na!!" Cristine said on Twitter last Dec. 12.

Does this mean Sarah Geronimo won't be joining ASAP in Iloilo? 'coz they might bump into each other there.

It's unsure though whether Cristine will be appearing again regularly on ASAP or she will just do a guesting.

So, what can you say about Cristine making a comeback on ASAP?

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ABS-CBN to air Binibining Pilipinas 2011 this March

After 14 years, Binibining Pilipinas comes back to ABS-CBN.

Today, Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) signed a 5-year contract with ABS-CBN, giving the latter the right to air Binibining Pilipinas pageant starting this 2011, as reported earlier on TV Patrol.

The last time ABS-CBN aired the pageant was in 1997 with Abbygale Arenas, Kristine Florendo and Susan Jane Ritter as the winners.

And since Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2010 and Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner Up Venus Raj is under contract with BPCI, she's also brought along to ABS-CBN and joins the network's pool of talents.

Venus also signed a contract with the Kapamilya Network and will start her first regular show very soon.

This is one great news to most of those who voted on Mykiru's poll which had 71.2% of the voters wanting Venus to be a Kapamilya.

ABS-CBN actually has already given good breaks to former Binibining Pilipinas titlists like Charlene Gonzalez, Nina Ricci Alagao, Precious Lara Quigaman and most recently, Bianca Manalo who's the lead star of the currently airing "Juanita Banana".

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"My Valentine Girls" teaser photos released!

Regal Entertainment Inc has unveiled teaser photos for the upcoming movie "My Valentine Girls" starring the Valentine Box Office King Richard Gutierrez.

Four photos were revealed which are actually scenes from the movie, which is another co-production of Regal Films and GMA Films.

"My Valentine Girls" is a trilogy movie with Richard having different leading ladies in every story and also with three directors namely Mark Reyes, Chris Martinez and Topel Lee.

He's paired with Rhian Ramos in one story, then with Eugene Domingo in another one and in a love triangle with Lovi Poe and Solenn Heussaff in another story.

My Valentine Girls movie
Richard and Eugene

Richard and Rhian

Richard and Lovi

Richard and Solenn

The last one is cute!

"My Valentine Girls" opens in theaters on February 9, 2011.

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Oyo and Kristine wedding pictures just keep coming

The Oyo Sotto and Kristine Hermosa wedding was held two days ago already but admit it, until now we still could not get over it as we eagerly look for the Oyo and Kristine's wedding pictures.

Many people are so interested to see how gorgeous Oyo was in his suit and what Kristine's wedding gown looked like, and most especially, how beautiful the bride was.

Of course, with Kristine having one of the most beautiful faces in the industry, we expect her to look her best and be in her most gorgeous form on her wedding day.

Last night on SNN, Boy Abunda and Bianca Gonzales were talking about some wedding pictures of Oyo and Kristine that they saw before the show and according to them, they were in great awe of how beautiful Kristine was during the wedding.

"So beautiful! As in parang hindi pa 'ko makapaniwala na may taong ganung kaganda...grabe!," Bianca was quoted saying on SNN.

I think they're referring to the photos shared on Facebook by Mayor Edmundo Buencamino and wife Claire, and were later re-posted in Kristine-Oyo thread at PEX. [Mr. Edmundo is a former mayor of San Miguel, Bulacan and was one of the principal sponsors in the Oyo-Tin wedding.]

Just log on there if you wanna see those pictures.

The pics are also up at Kristine Hermosa's Official Facebook Page.

And I totally agree with Boy and Bianca. Kristine was such a beautiful bride!

The pics are not the official pictures, but they were able to capture how happy Oyo and Kristine were on that special moment of their lives. Take a look at some of them!

Beautiful couple!

Ganda talaga!

Wacky shots!

Oyo's parents Dina Bonnevie and Vic Sotto (Sweet pa rin nila 'no? Magkabalikan kaya?)

[You can watch their wedding video HERE.]

Also found in the said forum are another set of pictures, courtesy of Recap Acoustic. And here are some of them:

The bride walking down the aisle

The couple during the wedding ceremony

Exchange of vows

The newly-weds pose for their official portrait

with their parents

with their principal sponsors

their respective families

Tin and Oyo with the pics' uploader Recap acoustic band

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Karylle does sexy pictorial for "Light in the Piazza" musical

Karylle had one hot pictorial yesterday, January 13, 2011, at the N.Y.N.P Studio in Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City.

Karylle sexy pictorial for Light in the Piazza

Karylle was only wearing a kamison when she posed with a shirtless Costa Rican hottie Alexander Vega.

The pictorial was for the local staging of the Broadway musical "The Light in the Piazza" which will feature Karylle as Clara Johnson.

[With permission from boyfriend Yael Yuzon,] Karylle was game and ready to give any sexy poses in the photo shoot. And her shots were really hot!

Here's a preview of the said hot pictorial:

"The Light in the Piazza" musical will be staged this July at the Meralco Theater under STAGES Productions.

The Philippines will only be 2nd in Asia to stage such musical.

According to Karylle's manager Carlo Orosa, it's going to be Karylle's most daring and demanding role on stage.

She previously starred in the musicals "Little Mermaid", "Seussical" and "West Side Story".

Photos courtesy of Carlo Orosa

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Piolo Pascual tops Astrovision / Astroplus charts with his "Decades 2" album

Piolo Pascual has topped the latest Astrovision/Astroplus album charts.

Piolo's "Decades 2" album was the top-selling album from January 3 to 9, 2011, both on OPM and Over-All categories.

His album actually has already topped the charts during its debut week, December 13 to 19, and now it's back on top.

It's indeed one great gift for Piolo who has just celebrated his 34th birthday yesterday, January 12, 2011.

In the OPM chart, Piolo is back at #1, dislodging Willie Revillame's "I Love You" album which dropped to #2.

He also rules in the Over-all chart (OPM and Foreign) as the new #1, from being #10 the previous week.

1. "Decades 2" Piolo Pascual (Star Records)
2. "I Love You" Willie Revillame (Viva Records)
3. "Your Song" Lea Salonga (Sony Music)
4. "Faithfully" Jovit Baldivino (Star Records)
5. "2ND Album/I Do" Jovit Baldivino (Star Records)
6. "RPG Metanoia" Various Artists (Star Records)
7. "I'll Be Seeing You" Richard Poon (MCA Music)
8. "By Popular Demand 3" Various Artists (Universal Records)
9. "Kidz Sing Along Collection" Various Artists (Ivory Records)
10. "Byahe" Noel Cabangon (Universal Records)

1. "Taylor Swift / Speak Now (Bundle Pack)" (MCA Music)
2. "Doo-Wops and Hooligans" Bruno Mars (Warner Music)
3. "My Worlds / The Collection" Justin Bieber (MCA Music)
4. "Teenage Drum" Katy Perry (EMI)
5. "Glee The Music, Volume 4" (Sony Music)
6. "The Beginning" Black Eyed Peas (MCA Music)
7. "Lights Go On Again" Beast (MCA Music)
8. "I Am...World Tour" Beyonce (Sony Music)
9. "Michael" Michael Jackson (Sony Music)
10. "Charice Debut Album" (Warner)



Pic courtesy of @pjpcom on Twitter

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Kristine Hermosa and Oyo Sotto wedding photos: Groom kisses his bride

Kristine Hermosa and Oyo Boy Sotto got married in a sunset wedding held just today, January 12, 2011, at the Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas.

That's contrary to some reports that the wedding of Oyo and Kristine were set for January 11, 2011 or 1-11-11.

As reported by SNN tonight, the wedding happened at 5PM and only 150 guests were invited.

Among the Principal Sponsors were Senator Tito Sotto, ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio, Star Magic Head Johnny Manahan, Eat Bulaga producer Malou Choa-Fagar and some others.

Kristine's sister Kathleen was the maid-of-honor while Oyo's sister Danica was among the bridesmaids.

Actress Ara Mina, who's a friend to the couple and worked with them in "Prinsesa ng Banyera", was there in the wedding and shared this photo of Oyo kissing Kristine after they're announced as husband and wife:

Oyo Sotto and Kristine Hermosa wedding photo

Here's some more photos from the wedding, this time taken during the reception. Kinda dark but you can see Kristine there glowing in her beautiful white wedding gown designed by Edwin Tan.

Kristine Hermosa in white wedding gown

Oyo and Kristine wedding

Kasalang Oyo at Kristine

Groom's parents Vic Sotto and Dina Bonnevie
Oyo's celebrity parents Vic Sotto and Dina Bonnevie saying their wishes to the newly weds.

For more pics from the wedding, check my latest posting HERE. Or you can watch a video from the wedding HERE.

The couple's wedding date also happens to be Oyo's 27th birthday. (Yes, he shares the same birthday with Piolo Pascual and Jinkee Pacquiao.)

It was already Kristine's 2nd marriage. The 27-year-old actress was previously married to actor Diether Ocampo in 2004, but they filed an annulment the following year. Their marriage was annulled last February 2009.

Never been married prior to this, Oyo's previous relationships were with Alessandra De Rossi, Anne Curtis and Angel Locsin. All their names start with A!

And now he married the girl with a name that starts with K.

Photos courtesy of Ms. Ara Mina (@realAraMina) and Sher Orlanes (@tchr_sher) / Talisay Batangas Atin Ito Facebook Page

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Aljur Abrenica is coming hot as Machete on January 24 | See Aljur's publicity photos!

Aljur Abrenica is set to heat up our TV screens as the new Machete
beginning January 24, 2011 on GMA Telebabad.

Aljur Abrenica Machete photo

Aljur shirtless for Machete

Aljur Abrenica, who was StarStruck 4's Ultimate Hunk winner, is living up to his title as he
breathes life into Machete, a role which launched Cesar Montano and
Gardo Versoza during the 90's.

His biggest break to date as the modern Machete is expected to do more wonders to Aljur Abrenica when it comes to his showbiz career. Should Kapuso prime leading men Dingdong Dantes and Richard Gutierrez be threatened? I think
they should.

Some "beki" are reportedly a bit disappointed that Aljur won't be wearing an outfit which is as daring as in the movie version. But Aljur's much bigger and more beefed-up bod can compensate for it.

Playing Aljur's leading ladies in "Machete" are Bela Padilla and the new Ryza Cenon, who also decided to get a bit daring in the soap.

Directed by Don Michael Perez, "Machete" also stars Ryan Eigenmann, Chariz Solomon, Gwen Zamora and Rocky Gutierrez.

Photo courtesy of GMA 7 and Pep.ph

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Sharon Cuneta falls on stage, rushed to the hospital after her Mega 2011 Birthday Concert

Sharon Cuneta fell on stage during one production number at her "Mega 2011: The Sharon Cuneta Birthday Concert" held in Araneta Coliseum last night, January 11, 2011.

The incident happened while Sharon was doing a prod with Billy Crawford and RJ Jacinto and it reportedly silenced the ecstatic crowd who flocked the venue to celebrate with the Megastar on her special birthday concert.

But as a professional artist that she is and despite not feeling well already, Sharon managed to finish the concert for the love of her fans.

Proof to that is the concert's finale number of Sharon Cuneta with no less than Sarah Geronimo. (Wow! Sarah is indeed special to the Megastar.)

Sharon had to be rushed to the hospital Emergency Room right after the concert. "The Megastar even had to use a wheelchair while she was escorted out the South Gate of Araneta together with husband Kiko
Pangilinan," @abscbndotcom posted on Twitter last night.

Just this morning,
Sharon's daughter KC Concepcion shared to everyone on Twitter what happened after the concert. "After the show mom felt some pain in her neck and back, and also had dizzy spells. She was brought to the ER, all's clear, exhaustion lang," KC posted.

Fans have nothing to worry 'coz Sharon is fine now and already out of the hospital. "Mom is home, no more pain. Tnx for ur concern!" KC assures everyone.

Good to hear that!

The Mega 2011 birthday concert itself was a huge success with more than 20 biggest artists performing for a jam-packed crowd.

KC Concepcion and Sam Milby before their number (Oh the muscles!)

The heart-pounding acrobatic dance on air of KC and Sam. It's said to be the best production number of the evening.

The handsomest hunks of all! The three altogether performed with three beautiful ladies. Sam was paired to Toni Gonzaga, Piolo Pascual of course with KC and Jericho Rosales with Karylle.

Other performers included Ai-Ai delas Alas, Lani Misalucha, Nina, Gloc9, Sitti, Yeng Constantino, Jovit Baldivino, Enchong Dee, Sam Concepcion, Robi Domingo, Melai Cantiveros, Jason Francisco, Chokoleit, A-Pop, Star Power Final 5 and more.

It was hosted by Erik Santos, K Brosas and Zanjoe Marudo.

The Mega 2011: Sharon Cuneta Birthday Concert will be aired this January 23, 2011 on ABS-CBN's Sunday's Best.

Photos courtesy of Garlic Garcia (@bigbadbawang) and Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano (@AngeliPV)

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Bamboo has officially disbanded! | Band's vocalist Bamboo Mañalac issues statement

Bamboo Mañalac, the lead vocalist of Bamboo band, has confirmed late last night that his band has officially disbanded.

While I was blogging last night about Chito Miranda expressing sadness over Bamboo's disbandment, I checked the band's official website but I found no statement yet from the group.

But when I woke up this morning, an announcement is already posted in there, so I assume it was posted late last night or early in the morning.

Bamboo's main man Bamboo Mañalac has issued his statement in behalf of his group.

The statement actually did not reveal the main reason why Bamboo disbanded. It's more of a confirmation that it's indeed over for the band and also their way of saying thank you to all who were part of their successful music career.

Read on for Bamboo Mañalac's official statement:

"Hello Everbody,

We started the band 2002-2003, playing for small venues or to whoever just wanted to sit down and listen to 4 old dogs that refused to grow up and continued to do what we know we were born to do (it took me awhile. I confess.)

No one believed in us at the start. Always with a chip on our shoulder we were able and willingly ready to prove doubters wrong. Here we are 7 or 8 (tn the few) years later. (A lifetime in the business.)

Things change. As a group we've come to a point where you have trust your gut, your heart and your head and accept that all things change.

The hardest part as always is to know when to pack it up and part ways. We've learned that this journey is not only about us but includes all who came along for the trip. Family, friends and of course our front row believers who were there for the best reason of all. To simply listen. So it didn't come easy winding down to this decision.

So here we go - IT'S OFFICIAL - THE BAND - IT'S OVER.

A chapter closes and a new one begins. So what happens next? I don't know. 2011 and I readily look forward to tomorrow's "I don't knows" and hiccups. So "here we go" and a new page. This is not the end. We move forward for all the right reasons. This is Not a sad day. Music will forever be a part of our lives and I couldn't imagine us just simply walking away. Not possible. All I see are possibilities.

So to end in behalf of our band and Management I would like to thank everybody.

Our Friends, fans, supporters and Believers, thank you.

To the few brave producers out there, thank you.

Our business partners throughout the years, thank you.

To EMI and Polyeast, thank you.

This is not goodbye." -
Bamboo Mañalac

How sad! :-(

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Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar expresses sadness over Bamboo's disbandment

Just like the fans, Parokya Ni Edgar's lead vocalist Chito Miranda is also sad that the band Bamboo allegedly has disbanded already.

It's still a hot topic until now the issue about Bamboo's decision to disband, which was announced on Twitter yesterday morning by radio host KC Montero.

Today, Chito has expressed on Twitter his sadness over the news about Bamboo's disbandment. He said, "Nagdisband na daw Bamboo. Si Ebe (Dancel) umalis sa Sugarfree. Si Champ (Lui Pio) din sa Hale. I know they have their reasons and I respect their decision. Pero kahit ano pa yun, malungkot pa rin ako."

Chito's band Parokya Ni Edgar was considered a close rival of Bamboo during the last decade with Chito and Bamboo Mañalac being pitted against each other as fans' favorite vocalist.

The two already teamed up in 2010, along with Kamikazee, during the Rock Overload concert held in April.

With Bamboo now disbanding, Parokya ni Edgar remains intact, still has the same lead vocalist since it was formed in 1993.

A fan asked Chito if he also has a plan of going solo. And Chito responded, "wala po. mas enjoy kasi pagkasama ko mga kabanda ko eh."

Meanwhile, KC Montero has a new Twitter post telling everyone about Bamboo releasing their statement about the issue. "Bamboo (band) should be posting something on their site either today or tomorrow...so I'm told."

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"Dwarfina" pilot episode scores BIG ratings in Mega Manila

January 10, 2011 ratings in Mega Manila are out!

GMA 7 has won really big ratings last night as 6 of its shows are among the Top 10 highest-rating primetime programs, according to the figures released by AGB Nielsen via PEP Scoopbox.

And 5 of the 6 Kapuso shows are all in the top 5.

The network must be thankful most especially for its new show "Dwarfina" whose pilot episode last night scored a high 15.4% rating, beating all competitions.

"Dwarfina" is topbilled by Heart Evangelista and Dennis Trillo.

Here's the ratings ranking for January 10, 2011: (primetime only)

1. Dwarfina (GMA) 15.4% - pilot
2. Jillian: Namamasko Po (GMA) 13.5%
3. 24 Oras (GMA) 12.7%
4. Beauty Queen (GMA) 12.4%
5. Baker King (GMA) 11.6%
5. Imortal (ABS-CBN) 11.6%
7. Bantatay (GMA) 11.3%
8. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) 10.5%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) 9.3%
10. Noah (ABS-CBN) 9.1%
10. Willing Willie (TV5) 9.1%
12. Kristine (ABS-CBN) 8.3%
13. East of Eden (GMA) 7.8%
14. SNN (ABS-CBN) 4.6%
15. Sabel (ABS-CBN) 4.5%

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James Yap is now on Twitter, but not a follower of Kris Aquino

James Yap is now on Twitter...if in case you don't know it yet. And he's enjoying it!

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The PBA superstar who plays for B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados has just joined the Twitter world using the username @jcy18 which stands for his full name, James Carlos Yap, and his jersey shirt number 18.

James actually started his Twitter in September and his first tweet was: "Just woke up!"

And if you read all his tweets, his favorite lines are "bonding with Baby James", "practice today", "good morning everyone" and "thank you guys".

There's nothing much juicy on his tweets but good enough for the fans to know about how James is, what he's doing and where he's going to.

He definitely enjoys posting tweets 'coz he once said, "hello yapsters masaya pala dito."

James so far has more than 3k followers, unlike ex-wife Kris Aquino who is the Philippines' 2nd Most Followed Celeb on Twitter.

Kris may have almost half a million followers, but unfortunately James isn't interested to follow her.

James is following only 9 people and Kris isn't one of them. He's following teammate Rico Maierhofer, former teammate Paul Artadi, sportscasters Dennis Principe and Patricia Hizon, his fans club Yapsters, his fave NBA star LeBron James and some other girls.

And those girls unfortunately also do not include Isabel Oli (@oliviadaytia), who's being romantically linked to James Yap.

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