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By AURA E-MAGAZINE, Mar 11 2017 12:47AM

Teen housemate’s winning moment and other highlights of the ‘Big Night’ will be available until April via TFC online (TFC.tv) in key countries worldwide.


Teen housemate Maymay Entrata emerged as the Lucky Big Winner of “Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7” and made “PBB” history as the first Big Winner in the longest season of the hit ABS-CBN reality show, beating co-housemates from celebrity, teen, and adult editions in the ‘Big Night’ that aired live via

The Filipino Channel (TFC) in the Middle East and Asia Pacific and streamed simulcast its ABS-CBN airing on TFC.tv in key countries worldwide.

The “Ms. Wacky-Go-Lucky of CDO” garnered a total of 42.71% of votes and was welcomed formally by her family, friends, and fans to the outside world in the jam packed Big Night held last March 5 at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna (Luzon, Philippines).


In an emotional speech, Entrata thanked all her fans for helping her reach her dream, and encouraged everyone to continue reaching for their own dreams.


“Don’t be afraid to dream. Don’t ever forget where you came from and the people who helped you in your journey. If your dreams are already within reach and you stumble along the way, you just have to get back on your feet and rise from it. Remember why you started and why you made it that far to reaching your dream,” she said.


“Don’t be afraid to be true to yourself and to others because it is the key to your dreams and success in life,” Entrata added.

As the Lucky Big Winner, Entrata won Php 1 million, a house and lot, and an Asian tour package for two from clothing company.


On the other hand, fellow Big 4 housemates Kisses Delavin finished as the second Lucky Big Placer with 31.27% of votes and took home Php 500,000; Yong Muhajil as 3rd Big Placer with 21. 52% of votes and won Php 300,000; and Edward Barber as the fourth Lucky Big Placer with 4.49% of votes and got Php 200,000.


Meantime, on March 4, the night before the worldwide Twitter trending Big Night the 5th, 6th, and 7th Lucky Big Placer awards were already given to Tanner Mata, 2-in-1 “Hashtags” housemates Mccoy De Leon and Nikko Natividad, and Cora Waddell, respectively. Each of them received Php 100,000.

The “Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7” Big Night was also graced by PBB alumni that include Big Winners Kim Chiu, Jimboy Martin, Daniel Matsunaga, and Miho Nishida as well as by ex-housemates from past editions Tommy Esguerra, Joshua Garcia, Loisa Andalio, Zeus Collins, Ylona Garcia, Bailey May, Dawn Chang, Yassi Pressman and other former “PBB Lucky Season 7” housemates.


For the past 11 years, “Pinoy Big Brother” has remained one of the most watched programs in the country, and a consistent top trending topic in social media.


In fact, the Big Night ruled national TV ratings and won their respective timeslots. According to the data from Kantar Media / TNS, a local audience viewership measurement company, the show scored 19.9% against rival’s 10% for March 4, and hit 20.6% against rival’s 18.8% for March 5. Its final week is also in the Top 20 most watched programs on TFC online (TFC.tv)


For eleven years now, “Pinoy Big Brother” has mirrored the hopes, plight, and aspirations of Filipinos through its diverse mix of housemates. The tasks and challenges that Big Brother formulates for the housemates aim to bring out the best in them, test their strengths, and foster camaraderie as they undergo a transformative journey inside the house.


Catch the “Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7” two-part finale via TFC online (TFC.tv), available until April 5, 2017 in key countries worldwide.


For more updates about the show, visit TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.


By AURA E-MAGAZINE, Jan 29 2017 10:18PM

Awra Briguela is first weekly winner; Elha Nympha impressed as Sharon Cuneta; and Xia Vigor’s impersonation of Taylor Swift trended worldwide

Filipinos in and outside the Philippines continue to tune in to “Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids,” as the program’s cute performers impersonate more and more local and international music icons.

Based on data from Kantar Media / TNS, a local television viewership measurement company, the program led the list of the most watched programs in the country on the weekend when it premiered (January 7 and 8). “Your Face Sounds Familiar’s” first episode on Saturday recorded a Philippine TV rating of 31.4%, while it drew more viewers on Sunday with 33.2%. To date, it continues to rule the Saturday and Sunday Philippine evenings at 35.4 and 37% respectively.


Breakout Child Star Awra Briguela was named the edition’s first weekly winner, winning 24 points, for his spot-on impersonation of Dionisia Pacquiao. He impressed not only the jurors Sharon Cuneta, Gary Valenciano, and Ogie Alcasid, but also the online world. The video of his performance has now reached over 5,578,726 million views to date and was marked by YouTube as “#1 on Trending” in the list of most-talked about videos in the Philippines at launch.

Following him in the ranking were Dance Sweetheart AC Bonifacio who impressed as Britney Spears (19 points), Big Shot Belter Elha Nympha as Beyonce (18 points), and Talented Cutie Sam Shoaf as Bruno Mars (17 points). Getting 12 points each were Bibong Child Wonder Alonzo Muhlach as Harry Styles of One Direction, Musikerong Charmer Justin Alva as Michael Jackson, Young Diva ng Masa Lyca Gairanod as Katy Perry, and Daytime Princess Xia Vigor as Selena Gomez.

During the second week, the kid performers faced another set of challenges: Briguela as Daniel Padilla, Bonifacio as Sandara Park, Nympha as Sharon Cuneta, Shoaf as Alicia Keys, Muhlach as Rico J. Puno, Alva as Adam Levine, Gairanod as Lady Gaga, and Vigor as Taylor Swift.


While Nympha won for her seamless portrayal of the Megastar, Vigor‘s impersonation made waves across the globe and has gotten the attention of various foreign news outlets, including Huffington Post, and the online sites of TIME and Billboard magazines.

People magazine called the impersonation “spot on,” while British tabloid The Daily Mail described her performance as “extraordinary” and “pitch-perfect.” Teen Vogue also noted Vigor’s “incredible display of showmanship,” while MTV said Taylor herself would be proud of Vigor’s performance of her hit “Your Belong With Me.” The performance was also featured in sites such as Mashable, Refinery 29, Cosmopolitan, JustJared, and caught the attention of celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.


Vigor’s video has so far garnered 8,490,590 million videos, and became top trending video at YouTube Philippines.


Last week, she scored another win as she portrayed Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses. The other kid performers also impressed with Gairanod as Jessa Zaragoza, Alva as Francis Magalona, Muhlach as Justin Bieber, Shoaf as Elvis Presley, Nympha as Meghan Trainor, Bonifacio as Jessie J, and Briguela as Rihanna.


Briguela, Nympha and Vigor all won Php 50,000 each and an additional Php 50,000 were given to their chosen charities Harvesters’ Foundation Inc., Mary Child Foundation at Lingap Pangakabataan Inc.


Others have a chance to improve their rankings because no one will be eliminated and their scores will be tallied each week.


See how these eight cute child stars transform weekly in “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” hosted by Billy Crawford. Catch them via TFC Video on Demand (VOD), cable, satellite and online (TFC.tv) in key countries worldwide. Catch-up episodes are also available via TFC IPTV and TFC online (TFC.tv) also in key countries worldwide.


For more updates about the show, visit facebook.com/KapamilyaTFC. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.


By AURA E-MAGAZINE, Jan 19 2017 07:52PM

How will the story of Nadine Lustre and James Reid’s characters Iris and Basti end? Will the love that was promised to last forever come to an unexpected end?


This is the question that the fans of the ABS-CBN series “Till I Met You,” popularly known as #TIMYllennials, are dying to know as the series, which stars the celebrated love team of Nadine Lustre and James Reid, comes to an end, as will be seen live via streaming on TFC.tv on January 20 (9:10 Manila time).


The marriage of Iris (Lustre) and Basti (Reid) starts falling apart during this last week of “Til I Met You” as Iris continues to be convinced that Basti is cheating on her. Iris asks for space after having watched a video of him kissing her mentor Madison (Loren Burgos). Little does she know that Basti is a victim of Madison’s lies and his stepmother Val’s (Angel Aquino) frame up. Val is hoping that separating Iris and Basti will give him and his dad Nestor (Zoren Legaspi) reason to return to Greece.

In spite of Val and Madison’s lies, Basti remains steadfast in pursuing Iris to regain her trust.


Since the series started airing on television, the love story of Iris and Basti has captured viewers’ hearts in the Philippines via ABS-CBN Channel 2 and outside the homeland via TFC. The program continues to make its mark as one of the Top 5 most viewed shows on TFC.tv and TFC IPTV since its launch in August 2015. The show has realistically portrayed the lives of young married couples and has become an eye-opener on television for same-sex relationships via the characters of Ali (JC Santos) and Stephen’s (Enzo Pineda).


Adding to its unique story are the unforgettable scenes shot in the breathtaking and historical tourist spots in Greece.


Geared towards the millennials, the series has been a constant trending topic online and has garnered millions of posts on Twitter.


Meantime, the show’s leading lady, Nadine, was recently hailed as the Most Beautiful Woman in the Philippines 2016 by the entertainment site Starmometer.com. Nadine garnered a total of 9 million votes from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and online ballots on the site.


Directed by Antoinette Jadaone and Andoy Ranay, “Till I Met You” also stars Carmina Villaroel, Pokwang, Kim Molina, and Robert Seña.


What kind of fate await Iris and Basti? Will Val and Madison carry on with their plans? Will love still prevail in the hearts of the couple?



Don’t miss the scenes showing that real love wins in “Till I Met You,” via TFC’s different platforms in key countries worldwide. The final episode of the show will also be streamed live in key countries worldwide via TFC.tv on January 20, 9:10 p.m. (Manila Time). Filipinos outside the homeland can also relive the most memorable moments of “Till I Met You” via TFC.tv and TFC IPTV.



For more updates about the show, visit TFC’s Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas, follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram.



By AURA E-MAGAZINE, Jan 19 2017 07:40PM

Apart from the birthday celebrations set for the Philippines’ Pambansang Bae Alden Richards, his ever-loyal fans collectively known as the Aldenatics surprised him with a lavish party last January 15 at the Solaire Resort Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.


Alden, who always makes time for his supporters, returned to Manila last Sunday after attending the Sinulog Festival in Cebu – just in time for his birthday bash.


Among the celebrities who attended the big event was Alden’s on-screen partner Maine Mendoza who was a scene stealer with her simple but sophisticated black dress.



The well-loved Kapuso actor, who turned 25 last January 2, celebrated his natal day with a special performance during Eat Bulaga’s first live show for 2017. A mass with his friends and colleagues was later held at Concha’s Garden Café, his newly-opened restaurant in Quezon City.


Alden’s fans abroad will also have the chance to give him their belated birthday greetings as he joins the Sikat Ka, Kapuso! show in California set to happen on January 22. The event is organized by GMA's flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV in association with Polaris Media & Marketing.


Sikat Ka, Kapuso! will be held at Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California with the show starting at 6 PM. For tickets, please visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000. For more information, dial (424) 382-4804. (30)


By AURA E-MAGAZINE, Oct 11 2016 09:59PM

Filipino pride El Gamma Penumbra, 4th Impact, XB Gensan, and Arnel Pineda highlight start of the most-watched variety-game show’s month-long anniversary celebration


Get ready for a whole month full of surprises as the most widely watched Filipino variety-game show in and outside the Philippines, “It’s Showtime,” marks its seventh anniversary this October.


“It’s Showtime” kicked off its celebration with the hosts’ performance together with the show’s homegrown talents who have become sources of Filipino pride because of their achievements in other parts of the world: shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra; girl group 4thImpact; dance group XB Gensan; and Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda, to give viewers a taste of what they should anticipate from the month-long celebration.


On the first week, the nation’s most talented singers clashed in the highly anticipated Quarter 3 Semi-Finals of “Tawag ng Tanghalan.”


Representing Metro Manila were Balla-dearest son of Baclaran Rufino Robles, Sis-pectacular Songtress of Makati Jennie Gabriel, and Virtual Effects Artistahin of Quezon City Christopher Rodrigueza.


Luzon semifinalists likewise fought for their place in the finals: The Super-Lolovable Singer of Rizal, Antonio Sabalza and the Unstoppable sa Galing of Bulacan Eumee Capile. The Bukid Boy Wonder of Negros Occidental, Noven Belleza, was the sole representative from Visayas.


Another highlight to look out for in the second week of the anniversary month are the “It’s Showtime” champions who will once again impress the madlang people. Showcasing their talent and charm are the grand winners from "Magpasikat", “Kalokalike,” “That’s My Tomboy,” “I Am PoGay,” “Funny One,” “Mini Me,” “Stars on 45,” and other competitions in the past seven years.

Showcasing their talent and charm are the grand winners from “Magpasikat”, “Kalokalike,” “That’s My Tomboy,” “I Am PoGay,” “Funny One,” “Mini Me,” “Stars on 45,” and other competitions in the past seven years.


Not to be outdone are the hosts of the program who will pull out all the stops in the third week of October to entertain viewers in their annual contest “Magpasikat Week.”


Watch out for the spectacular performances of Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Vhong Navarro, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Amy Perez, Joey Marquez, Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz, Ryan Bang, Jhong Hilario, and Kuya Kim Atienza, together with the Hashtags and Girltrends, as they pour their heart and skills into what they call, “the best performance of their lives.”


Meantime, more surprises are in store for the solid Showtimers in the last week of October.


Don’t miss the month-long celebration of “It’s Showtime” Mondays to Fridays via TFC. Catch the previous episodes via TFC Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and IPTV. For more updates on the show and to connect with fellow global Kapamilyas visit the Facebook page applicable in your country or follow @KapamilyaTFC in Instagram and Twitter (Photo of El Gamma Penumbra courtesy of abs-cbn.com and 4th Impact courtesy of the group’s facebook page).


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