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ABS-CBN stars call on social media followers to support 1-million signature petition for network’s franchise renewal

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The stars of ABS-CBN are now banking on the support of their social media followers for the 1-million signature campaign launched by the National Union of Journalist of the Philippines (NUJP) calling for the renewal of the Kapamilya network’s 25-year franchise.

The network could cease to exist by March 30 if the bills seeking to grant ABS-CBN a new franchise are not acted upon by lawmakers. Standing in the way of its franchise renewal is President Duterte himself, who repeatedly said that he would do everything in his power to prevent ABS-CBN from getting a franchise extension. Duterte is accusing ABS-CBN of biased reporting and has not forgotten the decision of its management not to air his campaign ads in the 2016 elections even if they were paid already. True enough, the bills have not progressed in the administration-dominated House of Representatives.

NUJP, in launching the 1-million signature campaign last January 17, said Duterte’s action goes against freedom of the press and expression. Aside from physical signatures, the group is also using the change.org platform to gather electronic signatures. 

As of the afternoon of January 21, however, the change.org petition has only gathered about 5,000 signatures.


The stars of ABS-CBN have started campaigning openly for the petition. 

“The Voice of the Philippines” judge Lea Salonga, for instance, said in a Twitter post: “Yes, I have personal and professional reasons for this one. Not gonna lie.”

Currently on-leave “It’s Showtime” host Anne Curtis tweeted: “Please sign the petition. So many lives will be affected by the jobs that will be lost.” Fellow “It’s Showtime” host Vice Ganda, who also has his own talk show “Gandang Gabi, Vice!”, said on Twitter: “We will not lose our family”.

NUJP, after gathering 1 million signatures, plans to send the petition to Congress and hopes that the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN would be passed. The group said Congress should pass the bill and just let Duterte veto it if he really intends to shut ABS-CBN down.

Lea, Anne and Vice alone collectively have over 30 million followers on social media, so reaching that 1 million signatures should not be a problem.

Aga Muhlach’s ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’ could dislodge Vice Ganda’s movie as MMFF 2019 top grosser

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The Philippine remake of Korean hit movie “Miracle in Cell No. 7” is seen to become the top grosser in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Although snubbed by judges in the MMFF Awards, the movie top-billed by Aga Muhlach is reportedly gaining interest from moviegoers, prompting more theaters to include it in their screening for the festival’s final days.

With this, experts are saying “Miracle in Cell No. 7” could overtake Vice Ganda’s “The Mall, the Merrier”, which took the top spot in the initial days of the MMFF, according to reports. 

The MMFF organizers have refused to disclose figures up to now to avoid the bandwagon effect. MMFF officials, however, said initial results could be announced any day now. The official run of the festival is up to January 8.

Eight films are being featured in different cinemas for the 2019 MMFF. Becoming the top grosser would be a huge feat for Aga and the people behind the local remake of “Miracle in Cell No. 7”, as this year’s roster of movies are being top-billed by actors who also ruled the previous editions of the MMFF.

The movie of Coco Martin and Ai Ai Delas Alas, both mainstays and previous top grossers of the annual MMFF, titled “3Pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon” is reportedly in third place only, while Bossing Vic Sotto’s “Mission Ustapabol: The Don Identity” is languishing in fourth place.

While dominating the MMFF 2019 Awards (including Best Picture, Best Actor for Allen Dizon, Best Actress for Judy Ann Santos, and Best Child Performer for Yuna Tangog), “Mindanao” is still reportedly not attracting enough moviegoers to catapult it to the Top 5.

Aga Muhlach was earlier considered as the favorite to win the Best Actor plum for his portrayal of the mentally challenged main character in “Miracle in Cell No. 7”. The MMFF jurors, however, snubbed the movie reportedly because it is only a remake of a foreign film.

Ironically, Vice Ganda’s movie also failed to win any award, probably marking the first time the Top 2 movies in terms of receipts failed to win a trophy.

Quiboloy accepts Vice’s challenge, will not just stop ‘Ang Probinsyano’ but operation of ABS-CBN as well

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Kapamilya Vice Ganda’s challenge to Pastor Apollo Quiboloy to put a halt to the airing of ABS-CBN’s primetime hit “Ang Probinsyano”— just like how the leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name claimed to have ordered the earthquakes in Davao to stop—has been accepted.

And based on the answer of Quiboloy, it appears that he won’t be needing heaven’s help, but that of Malacanang.

“The challenge is accepted,” Quiboloy said, referring to what Vice said in an episode of “It’s Showtime” last November 5 that he should also stop the airing of “Ang Probinsyano” starring Coco Martin, as well as the traffic in Edsa. Vice, in that episode, said: “Ipahinto mo na ang ‘Probinsyano’. Napahinto mo pala ang lindol eh. Napakayabang niyo pala, eh..Sabi niya raw, stop. Sige nga! Punta ka ng gitna ng EDSA, stop mo ‘yung traffic du’n!”

Quiboloy, in accepting Vice’s challenge, said: “Kailan mo ba gustong mapa-stop ang ‘Ang Probinsyano’? Isang buwan? Dalawang buwan? Tatlong buwan? Apat na buwan? Ikaw, pili ka.”

Then he continued with a political overtone, dragging the feud between President Duterte and the ABS-CBN management: “Baka sa apat na buwan, hindi lang yung ‘Probinsyano’ ang mai-stop, baka pati yung network mo stop na ‘yan.”

Quiboloy is a known big supporter and ally of Duterte, with his religious group based in Davao City. Duterte has threatened to block the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise, which is set to expire in March 2020. Without the franchise, ABS-CBN’s operation will cease. The President and his allies in Congress keep on reminding ABS-CBN of their disgust over the decision of the network not to air Duterte’s commercials during the 2016 elections campaign period even if they were paid already.

True enough, the House of Representatives has not acted on the 25-year renewal of the network’s franchise. 

As to the Edsa traffic, Quiboloy told Vice: “Sinabi mo na pahintuin ko ang traffic sa EDSA, paano ko pahihintuin, nahinto na!…Naging parking lot na nga ang EDSA, e, nakahinto na.Hindi siguro yun ang right word na sinabi mo. Pabilisin.”

Vice Ganda gets tongue-lashing, threats for “Ang yabang” comment vs Quiboloy

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Kapamilya’s Vice Ganda was not only scolded, but was also threatened, on air by a broadcaster who claims to be a friend of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy. 

This was over Vice’s “It’s Showtime” comments against the leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name, a religious organization based in Davao City.

In an episode of “It’s Showtime”, Vice made these comments, which drew laughter from the audience and fellow hosts: “Ipahinto mo na ang ‘Probinsyano’. Napahinto mo pala ang lindol eh. Napakayabang niyo pala, eh..Sabi niya raw, stop. Sige nga! Punta ka ng gitna ng EDSA, stop mo ‘yung traffic du’n!” Vice was reacting to a video of Quiboloy where the pastor said he made the recent twin earthquakes in Davao stop just by saying: “Stop!”

Mike Abe, in his program aired over Quiboloy’s radio station DZAR, said he was hurt by the comments of Vice and how they made fun of the pastor, who is a known supporter of President Duterte and other politicians like former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Abe warned Vice that he should be careful because he might just cross paths with some of Quiboloy’s claimed 7 million followers. “Sana ‘di ‘yan masalubong ng mga taong nagagalit sa kanya, baka may paglagyan ‘yang mamang ‘yan! Mama naman ‘yan e! ‘Di naman babae ‘yan e! Huwag niyong iinsultuhin ang Pastor dahil ‘di niyo kilala nang personal ‘yan!” 

Abe added: “Di ko naman maintindihan kung paano naging Ganda ‘yun? Baka siguro Vice lang? Vice Gay! Oh bahala na kayo. Pero Vice Ganda, ‘di naman maganda eh! Lalo na ‘yung sinabi!” 

Abe also urged the ABS-CBN management and the Movies and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to take action against Vice. “Hindi lahat ng klase ng patawa ay nakakatuwa, may mga nakakatawang nang iinsulto kayo!”

Vice, Bossing, Coco, Ai-Ai, Judy Ann, Maine back in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival

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Moviegoers are sure to have a difficult time choosing which flicks to watch during the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) at the end of the year.

This is because all the eight movies selected by the MMFF Executive Committee have certified celebrities in them, some of actually starring in films that ended up being the top grossers in previous MMFFs.

Vice Ganda will be back in this year’s MMFF with his movie with Anne Curtis titled “The Mall, The Merrier” under ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc./Viva Films. Vice is actually the most successful actor in the history of the MMFF, as his films emerged as top grossers in the previous editions of the annual film fest. 

These include “The Super Parental Guardians”, “Fantastica”, “Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad”, “Beauty and the Bestie”, “The Amazing Private Benjamin”, and “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy”.

But he is expected to get tough competition from other actors that also had highest-grossing MMFF films as well.

Bossing Vic Sotto, for one, heads the cast of “Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity” underAPT Entertainment, Inc/M-ZET Production.Making it an even formidable MMFF entry is the addition of phenomenal actress Maine Mendoza. Bossing Vic starred in top grossers “My Little Bossings”, “My Bebe Love” (also with Maine and the other half of Aldub Alden Richards) and “Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote” and the other movies in the “Enteng Kabisote” series.

The best pairing, however, in terms of previous MMFF earnings, is that of Coco Martin and Ai-Ai delas Alas for the movie “3pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon”, also starring Jennylyn Mercado, under CCM Productions. 

Coco starred in top grossers “Beauty and Bestie”, “Ang Panday”, and “Feng Shui 2”.

Ai-ai, on the other hand, had huge MMFF successes in “Sisterakas” (also with Vice), “My Bebe Love”, “Enteng ng Ina Mo”, and “Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat”.

Jennylyn, of course, starred in the movie “English Only, Please”, which also did well in 2014.

Judy Ann Santos, meanwhile, is pairing with Allen Dizon for the entry “Mindanao” under Centerstage. Judy Ann’s MMFF top grosser includes “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” and “Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo”.

The other entries to the 2019 MMFF are: 

  • Write About Love, starring Rocco Nacino and Yeng Constantino, Joem Bascon and Miles Ocampounder TBA Studios
  • Culion, starring Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Meryll Soriano under iOptions Ventures Corp
  • Miracle in Cell #7, starring Aga Muhlach and Bela Padilla under Viva Communications, Inc.
  • Sunod, starring Carmina Villaroel, Mylene Dizon, Susan Africa, and Kate Alejandrino under TEN17P.
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