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GMA Network gives ‘Centerstage’ to child singers in new reality show hosted by Alden Richards

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The Kapuso network is giving child singers the opportunity to be discovered right at their early years with the launch of a new weekly reality show and singing competition titled “Centerstage”, which will be hosted by phenomenal actor and singer Alden Richards.


The contest, to be aired over Channel 7 every Sunday starting February 16, is targeting children aged 7 to 12.

Alden said by taking GMA 7’s centerstage, kids will get the chance to show their talent and begin their journey as singers. “We want them to be inspired and motivated na even though hindi sila makuha sa contest na to this will not be the end, but the start of their journey as singers.”

The Philippines’ “Concert Queen” Pops Fernandez will lead the panel of judges, which also includes Aicelle Santos and Mel Villlena.

Alden said they will make sure the “Centerstage” will be fun and inspirational for the child contestants.

Alden’s own life and career can be a source of inspiration for children as well, as he rose from playing small roles to being the lead actor in the country’s highest grossing film of all time “Hello, Love, Goodbye”, opposite Kapamilya actress Kathryn Bernardo. 


ABS-CBN announced that Alden and Kathryn have been named “Phenomenal Stars of Philippine Cinema” by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation on Friday (February 7) due to the success of their 2019 film.

Alden has also become one of the country’s top recording artists, with his award-winning Album “Wish I May” landing in the Top 32 of the Philippines Pop Chart and Top 58 of the Philippines All Genre Chart as of Friday.

He has also become one of the most sought-after models and product endorsers in the country, with his face all over the billboards and TV.

Alden said GMA’s musical reality show will also bring out the older brother in him. “Mas mahuhubog nila ‘yung pagiging kuya ko kasi mga bata ‘yung mga contestant natin.”

KathNiel still Kapamilya

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Love team and real life couple Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla renewed their contracts with ABS-CBN on Wednesday afternoon (January 15), the network announced.

The two, known as KathNiel, both signed a fresh three-year exclusive contract with the network, according to ABS-CBN PR. Their contract signing was immediately hyped in social media, rising to the top trending Philippine topics on Twitter.

Among the upcoming projects of KathNiel with ABS-CBN is the TV series “Tanging Mahal”.

It is one of the new offerings that the Kapamilya network announced recently. Due for release this month are the teleserye “Make It With You” (January 13), the military drama “A Soldier’s Heart” (January 20), the zombie flick “Block Z” (January 29), and iWant’s “My Single Lady” (January 22).

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Other TV programs lined up are “Love Thy Woman” (Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Yam Concepcion), “Kahit Minsan Lang” (Bea Alonzo and Richard Gutierrez), “Ligaya” (Ivana Alawi), “Heart to Heart” (Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber), “The Voice Teens” (new season) and “Everybody, Sing!” (Vice Ganda game show).

Daniel is also set to star in a movie to be produced by ABS-CBN titled “Kun Maupay Man It Panahon” with veteran actress and producer Charo Santos, who is also the CEO of the network.  ABS-CBN released its plans for 2020 amid uncertainty over the renewal of its congressional franchise, which is due to expire at the end of March.

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President Duterte, who is still fuming mad over the decision of ABS-CBN not to air his campaign ads in the 2016 elections, is vocal in saying that he would do everything in his power to block the passage of the network’s franchise renewal. Several bills have been filed in Congress seeking the franchise’s extension for another 25 years, but none of them has moved thus far.

ABS-CBN PR released videos and photos of Kathryn and Daniel during the ceremonies for the signing of their respective three-year contract extensions with the network. This caused the hashtag #KathNiel2020 to trend on Twitter.

Kathryn Bernardo, Andi Eigenmann are now vloggers

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Actresses Kathryn Bernardo and Andi Eigenmann are now also certified vloggers after they published their YouTube channels to personally tell their own stories to a wider audience via the Internet.

They have joined a growing horde of local celebrities who are producing videos of personal experiences, the most notable being Alex Gonzaga, who now has about 5.3 million subscribers on YouTube.

Kathryn’s first vlog showed videos of her recent trip to Iceland with boyfriend Daniel Padilla. She named her YouTube channel “Everyday Kath”. She wrote: “Sharing with you the first part of our Iceland adventure last September! This country was in both of our bucketlists so we relished every second we spent here. We tried our best to film it in a way that would make you feel as if you were part of the trip, so we hope you enjoy watching!” 

Kathryn, whose recent movie with Alden Richards titled “Hello, Love, Goodbye” became the top grossing Philippine film of all time, has a huge social media following. Her Instagram handle @bernardokath, for instance, already has more than 10.8 million followers. Of course, KathNiel is also one of the most followed love teams in the country.

Andi’s first vlog, meanwhile, was about her family’s trip to Siargao island. In her Instagram post, Andi said: ”I am smiling from ear to ear because our first ever vlog has reached 1M views in 3 days! We are super grateful! Thank you for all the love for me, @chepoxz and my children.”

“We are even more excited to give you a glimpse of our family and our isla life! Along with it, we also plan to share what we do in terms of simple self care, health & fitness and parenting. We also hope that through our videos, we are able to inspire others to live a simple, happy, yet most of all, an eco conscious life!”

Alex is an active blogger, posting videos regularly, which is why her channel is on the list of Top 10  YouTube channels in the Philippines. Also on the list are Raffy Tulfo, GMA Public Affairs,Wish 107.5 and ABS-CBN Star Music.  

New TV series for Kapamilya love teams KathNiel, LizQuen

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Kapamilya fans have so much to look forward to in the coming year with the start of several TV series featuring their favorite stars and love teams.

The KathNiel fandom of sweethearts Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, for instance, will have their eyes glued on primetime TV again with the couple’s still untitled series to be shot in Mexico. This is KathNiel’s first TV project together since “La Luna Sangre”.

The LizQuen pair of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, meanwhile, will lead the romantic comedy series “Make It With You”, which will be filmed in Croatia. It will be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, who also guided the two in the hit television series “Forevermore”. 

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim, on the other hand, will be featured in the series “Love Thy Woman”. Xian will be torn between step-sisters Kim and Yam Concepcion in the series.

Bea Alonzo, meanwhile, will be paired for the first time Richard Gutierrez in the series “Kahit Minsan Lang”. Gerald Anderson will also make a TV series comeback via the action-drama “A Soldier’s Heart”.

DFA chief Locsin a certified Alden Richards fan, to watch ‘Hello, Love Goodbye’ even if war breaks out

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Even Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. couldn’t resist publicly praising and congratulating Kapuso actor Alden Richards, whose movie with Kapamilya Kathryn Bernardo, “Hello, Love, Goodbye”, just became the highest grossing Filipino film of all time.

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Locsin, departed from his fiery tweets involving international and local issues, to praise on Twitter the good traits of Alden. Locsin engaged fans of Alden in a series of tweets and even promised to watch the hit Alden-Kathryn movie.

And in his tweet at around 11 a.m. on Friday (September 6), Locsin said: “Watching it this afternoon. I’m making time for this. I don’t care if war breaks out so long as it doesn’t interrupt the movie.”

Before that, Locsin said of Alden: “ “I came across him once. He was shy and modest. And look now at this. No one deserves it more.”

“Not often you see one who has it all but acts as humbly as though he hadn’t any of it; only other one like that is my idol Robin Padilla who has the well-merited self-confidence to make the fun of himself while having a great deal of fun at it.” 

Last Tuesday, ABS-CBN announced that the Star Cinema-produced movie already grossed  P880,603,490 for its worldwide run, eclipsing the previous record set by the Kathryn-Daniel Padilla flick “The Hows of Us”.

Alden Richards’ Seoul Drama award top trending topic on Twitter

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Actor Alden Richards was again the top trending topic on Twitter as he continues to receive kudos and praises for his recognition at the 14th Seoul International Drama Awards on Wednesday night in South Korea’s capital.

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As of 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday (August 28), the hashtag #ALDENxSeoulDramaAwards already had over 160,000 tweets.

The 27-year-old actor, whose movie with Kapamilya’s Kathryn Bernardo titled “Hello, Love, Goodbye” is well on track to become the top-grossing Filipino film of all time, received the Asian Star Prize.

The Twitter showed photos and videos of Alden at the gala night, from his red carpet walk and photo-op, to his speech on stage when he received his trophy and post-award message.

Alden said in his speech: “As a Filipino, I am very humbled and grateful to be recognized in the international scene, along with so many amazing and talented artists here tonight. This award is extra special because it comes at a time when we are celebrating 70 years of friendship between the Philippines and South Korea… It’s always our hope to make people happy and inspire them with our passion. Thank you.”

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He thanked the Seoul Drama Awards Committee and the Korean Broadcasters Association for the recognition.

The Seoul International Drama Awards is a yearly festival that brings together all professionals in the field of TV drama production and media industry and global audiences who enjoy television dramas. 

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Alden went to the gala night at the Grand Peace Hall of Kyunghee University in a navy blue suit with bowtie.

Alden’s IG handle “aldenrichards02” now has 3M followers

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The “aldenrichards02” Instagram handle of Alden Richards, the Kapuso star who scaled even greater heights when he paired with Kapamilya actress Kathryn Bernado, now has over 3 million followers.

The big rise in Alden’s IG followers is credited to his highly successful flick with Kathryn, “Hello, Love, Goodbye”,which is poised to become the highest grossing Filipino movie ever before it ends its worldwide cinema run.

Alden’s Twitter account @aldenrichards02, meanwhile, still has more social media trackers with over 5.4 million followers.

Still, Alden was so grateful with the new milestone reached by his IG handle, that he quipped “3M na tayo…I don’t love you.”

This is the iconic line of Alden’s character (Ethan) in the movie “Hello, Love, Goodbye.” The context of this line in the movie, of course, was the opposite. One of Ethan’s actual lines was: “Kaso gusto kita eh, so sorry, I don’t love you.” Before saying this, Ethan told Joy (Kathryn’s character) that when he doesn’t like a girl, he would already tell her “I love you”, to make her leave instantly.

Alden and Kathryn’s movie already exceeded the P800-million revenue mark before the August 24-26 long weekend in the Philippines (counting the August 26 holiday).

It now only trails “The Hows of Us” starring Kathryn and real-life boyfriend Daniel Padilla, which earned P915 million for its entire run, as the highest-grossing Philippine movie of all time.

With “Hello, Love, Goodbye” still being shown locally and internationally up to next month, it is now seen to become the first Filipino movie to hit the P1-billion mark in gross revenues.

Alden remains a contract star of GMA7, where he became a hit opposite Maine Mendoza for the “Eat Bulaga” pairing AlDub, which still has a cult following up to now. Alden’s next project with GMA7 is the primetime series “The Gift”, which is set to air in September.

“Hello, Love, Goodbye” earns P176.6M in 4 days

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As of August 3, or after four days of showing, the Alden Richards-Kathryn Bernardo romantic movie “Hello, Love, Goodbye” has already raked in over P176 million in cinema receipts, Star Cinema announced.

The movie is now being shown in 465 cinemas nationwide, a record in the Philippine showbiz industry.

Star Cinema shouted on its official website: “Hello, Love, Goodbye has earned P176,637,000.05 after just four days in cinemas!

The Cathy Garcia-Molina film has officially taken the country by storm, touching the lives and hearts of millions. It tells the story of Joy (Kathryn Bernardo), a millennial OFW who met Ethan (Alden Richards), a Pinoy bartender in Hong Kong. It was graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board.”

It is now also on course of beating the all-time Philippine box office record of P900 million in gross earnings currently held by “The Hows Of Us”, which starred Kathryn and her boyfriend Daniel Padilla in 2018.

The strong showing of “Hello, Love, Goodbye” is being credited to the full support of the combined fandom of KathNiel, AlDub, GMA Kapuso and ABS-CBN Kapamilya, who braved the heavy rains caused by Hanging Habagat (southwest monsoon) just so they could see personally if the much-hyped on-screen chemistry between Kathryn and Alden is true. And they did not go home disappointed.

Entertainment columnists are now harping the possibility of another project of Alden and Star Cinema, with Bea Alonzo as the next leading lady.

Alden, himself, had said he wants to do a movie with Bea, and it seems Star Cinema will be granting his wish soon, especially with the good work ethic he displayed in the filming of “Hello, Love, Goodbye” even if he is from the rival network.

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