Thursday, February 1, 2018


2017 was a big year for Pinoy TV and viewers were glued to their TV screens all year out. Here are my Top choices for best guilty TV pleasures in 2017.

1. The Greatest Love
For me this is possibly the greatest TV series of 2017. The story of family and conflicts within the household is focused in this series. With a spectacular performance by Sylvia Sanchez as the mother who yearns to have hear family back together before the effect of her sickness wipes out her memory, we certainly have shed a tear of two during its run at the afternoon block. The main cast was all noteworthy with Dimples Romana, Andi Eigenmann, Arron Villaflor, Nonie Buencamino, Matt Evans and Joshua Garcia all doing superb performances. The Greatest Love was definitely a winner and will always be a part of our hearts.

2. La Luna Sangre
With Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla topbilling this series, La Luna Sangre was destined for greatness. The third installment to the "Lobo' trilogy, it gives us one of the best written series of 2017. With a huge ensemble cast that delivers great fight scenes as much as wonderful dialogues, this series brings us to the land of the vampires and the werewolves and how the struggle for co-existence provides great conflict. This also marked the reunion of Angel Locsin and Richard Gutierrez in the small screen.

3. Encantadia
Encantadia's second coming to the Kapuso network may have not have the former casts that made the original such TV classics but the new ones still managed to pull in audiences. Still touted as one of the better fantaseryes in Philippine TV, Encantadia lets us be immersed into their world of beauty and wonder and then jolting us with the conflicts and troubles. The never-ending battle between good and evil and how the innermost goodness triumphs makes this series one of the gems of this generation.

4. Wildflower
Maja Salvador was simply amazing. And just like her namesake Ivy Aguas, this show seems indestructible. Our early evenings definitely changed with Wildflower. A gripping storyline that keeps us at the edge of our seats, this series showcased a great ensemble cast that includes veterans Aiko Melendez, Tirso Cruz III, Sunshine Cruz and hottest rising stars Joseph Marco, RK Bagatsing, Vin Abrenica and Roxanne Barcelo. The endless struggle to seek for justice is what keeps us hooked to this show and each encounter with Lily and the Ardientes are definitely must-watch. Good job!

5. Ang Probinsyano
Perhaps one of the better successes in Philippine TV for 2017, Ang Probinsyano provides audiences a daily viewing habit - something they can't seem to get over with. This Coco Martin starrer proves to be both a critical and ratings success. What makes this show more memorable is how it stars some of the rising stars of this age and also the veterans of the action industry that are missed through the years. With a story that is gripping and relatable, Ang Probinsyano is truly a hit with the viewers in 2017 and more of it are still up in 2018.

6. Ika-6 Na Utos
Revenge is a normal theme in Pinoy TV drama and this Kapuso series is of no exception. However what makes this one standout is the great performances by its actors - Sunshine Dizon, Gabby Concepcion and Ryza Cenon. The story tackles infidelity, adultery, covetousness, illegitimacy, lies, betrayal, selfishnes, revenge and successfully weaves this and more into a well crafted piece. The fight scenes might seem catty or a bit over the top bordering funny, still each scene was memorable and engages audiences to stay glued to their TV screens.

7. The Good Son
Just relatively new, The Good Son is one gripping drama that spells intrigue and family conflict written seamlessly and effortlessly portrayed on screen. With a stellar cast of veterans (Eula Valdez, Mylene Dizon, John Estrada) combined with the young and up-coming actors of this generation (Joshua Garcia, Jerome Ponce, McCoy De Leon and Nash Aguas), this drama is definitely one of the better series in the Kapamilya network in years.

8. It's Showtime
It was a daunting task for It's Showtime to match the success of the legend that is Eat Bulaga. But this Kapamilya show has slowly managed to make its own mark at the noontime block. With the comedic wits of Vice Ganda combined with an equally funny co-hosts in Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Billy Crawford to name a few, they have made our noontime a very happy experience indeed. With segments like Tawag ng Tanghalan, Miss Q&A and Funny One, they have indeed reinvented the way noontime viewing should be.

9. Gandang Gabi Vice
2011 saw this breakthrough show make its debut in ABS-CBN and ever since this has become a part of everyone's Sunday viewing pleasures. The wit of Vice is shown as he jolts from one joke to another and one punchline to the next one. With guests ranging from great actors, singers and even politicians, GGV  has managed to tickle our funny bones and end our weekend on a happy note.

10. Magandang Buhay
Who would have thought that Magandang Buhay would be a hit? Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros and Jolina Magdangal successfully joined forces and made our morning much brighter. The reel and real-life friends shares all life's wonders from friendships, travels, food and a whole lot more. Magandang Buhay is simple and pure in its intentions - that is making our every day a great day.

11. Maalaala Mo Kaya
MMK celebrated its 26th year in TV and there simply is no stopping this drama series. Charo Santos-Concio continues to narrate great stories of life, love and everything in between. With big stars lending their acting chops all throughout the year, MMK continues to win the ratings war and is still a part of people's regular TV habits.

12. My Dear Heart
This tearjerker series is one of most heart-felt shows in 2017. We are introduced to one of hottest new finds of ABS-CBN and that comes at the face of kid star Nayomi "Heart" Ramos. In 2017, I am sure that one or more times you have uttered the heartwarming "I Heart You" and I can't blame you for that. Coney Reyes again proves that she is one of showbiz' gems.

13. i-Witness
The best documentary in the Philippines remains to be one of the best things to happen in the local TV scene. Been in the TV scene from 1999, this docu-series continues to provide interesting stories to every Filipino. Tackling mostly political issues of the country, the show has remained focused in giving out info that is true and without any bias.

14. Eat Bulaga
The longest running noontime show in the country, Eat Bulaga continues to bring in viewers from all ages. The tried and tested formula of fun makes them one worthy watch every noontime. What makes them really click is the ability to connect with the masses and able to make themselves silly just to make people laugh.

15. Impostora
This Kris Bernal starrer is one of the few gems on GMA's afternoon block. While the plot seems familiar with a dual role being the main focal point, the series somehow made people tune in with dialogues that are oftentimes subjects of memes.

Here are the rest of 2017's best TV shows.

Saturday, January 27, 2018


This week sees a new number one as Camila Cabello's Havana vaults into the top spot. Last week's No. 1 Mic Drop falls to No. 3 for BTS. Highest debut goes to Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future as they collaborate to give "End Game". Here are the rest of the Top 30 songs for this week.


Male Pinoy music artists have also done well in 2017 with a lot of fresh new faces making waves and gaining a lot of following. These are the guys that ruled the Pinoy music world in 2017.

Dahil Sa 'Yo was released in 2016 but began gaining more traction at the charts and radio stations in 2017. This solidified his status as one of the best new singers in the industry. He also was part of the Himig Handog song "Ekstensyon" and lend her voice to the Asian version of the song "Remember Me" from the animated gem "Coco". 2017 saw him go out the shadows of his dad Piolo and made a name of his own.

Daryl Ong may have not won his edition of The Voice but he has become a household name in R&B in the country. He is one of the most sought after guys in the music industry and his "Stay" keeps on playing to our ears touching our hearts so dearly.

Darren Espanto is one of the few vocalists with a wide vocal range. He re-released his Be With Me album with a Deluxe Edition in 2017 and collaborated with Jed Madella in the song "I'll Be There". Global social media has been so welcoming with Darren as well becoming one of the most frequently viewed singers in the net.

James seemingly has it all - handsome, a great actor, a good dancer and also a good singer. He first got our attention with Pinoy Big Brother and has appeared in hit shows and movies through the years after that. In 2017, he released his 3rd studio album "Palm Dreams" which spawned 3 hits in the past year - "Cool Down", "Turning Up" and "The Life".

Michael released his album in 2016 but it continued its success in 2017 much so with his song "Hanggang Kailan". Michael won the MOR Pinoy Music Awards as Male Artist of the Year. Michael occasionally dabs into acting in TV and guest appeareances in several TV shows as well. 2017 was great and we can't wait to see more of him in 2018.

Ever since Jason Dy won the 2nd season of The Voice Philippines, he has become successful in the music front. Being a regular of ASAP and doing several shows here and abroad, his star started to shine even brighter in 2017. Jason Dy (Deluxe) continued its impressive run from 2016 and gave songs like Pano Na Lang and Nothing Like Pag-Ibig.

Daniel is known more for his acting but he also does singing from time to time. The other half of the Kathniel power love team, he is one of the hottest young stars of his generation. With 2 films in 2017 - The Revengers Squad and the rom-com Can't Help Falling In Love plus a hit TV series La Luna Sangre, he still finds time with music. DJ Greatest Hits was a smash hit for Daniel.

Christian Bautista released a brand new album in 2017 "Kapit" which delivered us great songs like the title track "Kapit". The album also produced great songs like Musika. This was Christian's 7th studio album. And although he is not as visible from his previous days with Kapamilya, he still maintains a great music career and a TV career with GMA network.

Erik Santos was in the music industry since 2003 when he won Star In A Million. He continues to be one of the best singers of ABS-CBN and is a regular judge of Tawag ng Tanghalan. He does several shows in 2017 and goes on guestings on several concerts like the one from Angeline Quinto.

Aside from his great music, we all know TJ because of his relationship with KZ Tandingan. TJ is one of the freshest finds in Pinoy's music landscape. He gave us hits like Dating Tayo and Tulad Mo. With the past 2 years being great for TJ, we are all looking forward for more in 2018.

The following guys also did well in the past year:
11. Sam Mangubat 12. Mark Carpio 13. Bamboo
14. Ogie Alcasid 15. Jed Madella 16. Kay Cal
17. Sam Concepcion 18. Martin Nievera 19. Gary Valenciano
20. Alden Richards 21. Piolo Pascual 22. Markki Stroem
23. Khalil Ramos 24. JayR 25. Elmo Magalona

Friday, January 26, 2018


Filipina singers are regarded as one of the best singers in the world and this is given more proof with 2017 being one of the bigger years for Filipinas here and abroad. Here are my Top Pinoy Female Artists of 2017.

Moira first burst into the scene as a contestant of The Voice Philippines where she was eliminated in the battle rounds. But she enjoyed much success at the tail end of 2016 and all through out 2017. Her eponymous theme to "Camp Sawi", Malaya is an instant hit among listeners and had her a cult following. She followed it up with hits one after the other with Sundo, Torete and Titibo-Tibo.

Her big move to Kapamilya was one of the better decisions of her career. With this she instantly become a household name and was frequently providing voices for teleserye theme songs most notably Pusong Ligaw. She made it big as well with her song "Maghihintay Ako" which was a sure-fire hit with everyone hopeless romantic Pinoy.

KZ is an artist of exceptional talent and she did not shy away from any chance of reinventing herself and her music. Her album Soul Supremacy was a hit in 2017 together her cover of "Two Less Lonely People in the World" which became a hit and was used in the film "Kita Kita:.

Sarah G. is the ultimate Pop Star of Philippine Music. After a big 2016 with her "The Great Unknown" album she continued it in 2017 with hits like Kaibigan Mo. She also returned to The Voice Philippines as one of the coaches and later that year starred with John Lloyd Cruz for their 4th movie together with Finally Found Someone.

One of social media and streaming apps most beloved artist in 2017 is Morissette. She was part of several tours and shows and frequently the buzz of social media with her great Youtube performances. She had one hit song in the past year "Hinahanap Pa Rin".

Poprock royalty Yeng Constantino is simply one of the best in the music industry. Yeng boasts of great talent in both singing and songwriting. She is a frequent judge of Tawag ng Tanghalan and did a collaboration with Sarah Geronimo in 2017 entitled Kaibigan Mo.

Her R3.0 concert was a major success which further solidifies her status as one of the best in the music industry. Regine is 30 years in the industry and there is nothing stopping her. In December 2007, Velasquez was honored with a star on the Philippine Walk of Fame.

When taking about R&B, you are sure not to forget Kyla. Her soothing voice makes her one of the better sounding artists of her generation. She is busy with shows and TV appearances in It's Showtime serving as a regular judge in the Tawag ng Tanghalan segment.

Angeline released her 6th studio album @loveangelinequinto in 2017. Being one of the regular judges in I Can See Your Voice and Tawag ng Tanghalan, Angeline continues to her busy slate in 2017. She won Female Concert Performer of the Year (Royals) at the 2017 Box Office Entertainment Awards.

One of the most viewed performances at the Wish 107.5 bus is that of singer Katrina Velarde. She belted out with ease the Michael Bolton hit "Go The Distance" and everyone went notice. Well known for her powerful chops, Katrina is bound for more success in the coming year.

Here are the other ladies that ruled the local music scene in 2017.
11. Julie San Jose 12. Lani Misalucha 13. Juris
14. Zia Quizon 15. Lea Salonga 16. Sitti
17. Kaye Brosas 18. Jake Zyrus 19. Nina
20. Toni Gonzaga 21. Yumi 22. Jessa Zaragosa
23. Marion Aunor 24. Donnalyn Bartolome 25. Aiza Seguerra


2017 also was a big year for women in sports. Tennis in particular had a big year as 5 out of Top 10 in his list are all tennis superstars. Here are the Top 10 ladies of 2017 in the world of sports.

Serena Williams is a legend and she is not yet done with her tennis career. Early 2017 saw Serena win her 23rd Grand Slam at the Australian Open making her 2nd on the list behind Margaret Court who is with 24. She also has 14 Grand Slam Women's Doubles and 2 Mixed Doubles titles. She took her time off the game and on September 1, 2017, Williams gave birth to a girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian.

Considered to be a pioneer for women in motorsports by the media, Patrick's achievements allowed her to break the gender barrier in a industry that is predominately male, and has been influential to many girls who have participated in auto racing. Danica is still known for her victory at the 2008 Indy Japan 300. Despite not winning any titles at NASCAR she made the race much more interesting and finishing the tour at 28th in 2017.

American volleyball star Logan Tom is one of the more prominent figures in the sport. She is the best and most recognized player in the USA team despite not able to lift a gold medal at the Olympics and Worlds. The 2 silver medals at the Olympics and 1 silver at the World still prove a very great achievement as she continues to lead US into tournaments.

Simona Halep from Romania She became the seventh player to reach the No. 1 ranking without having won a Grand Slam Tournament. Her career was highlighted by a finals appearance at the French Open where she was defeated by Jelena Ostapenko. Halep is one if the stars to watch for this coming 2018.

This MMA superstar is perhaps the most dominant and talked about fighter as of late. Her personal triumphs together with some of her life issues in the past has kept her a regular on news and buss headlines. In 2017, Rousey is ranked the #4 female bantamweight fighter in the world according to the UFC.

Brazil has always been one of volleyball's powerhouses and in recent years one player stand out from their team - Natalia Pereira. One of the power hitters in the game, Natalia has quite an impressive resume to boot with 2012 Olympics gold as her best achievement. In 2017, she won the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix gold medal and the Most Valuable Player and Best Outside Spiker individual awards.

Venus Williams may be aged 37 years old but nothing is stopping her. She made a big leap back at the rankings finishing 2017 at No. 5 overall. Venus was a 2-time Grand Slam finalist in 2017 finishing runner-up at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon. She topped the money list in 2017 for women's tennis.

Golf superstar Michelle Wei may not be as highly ranked as her other opponents but she remains to be one of the most talked about ladies in the sport. At age 10, she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA Amateur Championships. She had her best in 2017 as she tied for 3rd at the Women's British Open.

Ending 2017 at ranked No. 3 in the world, she finished a season of comebacks with a victory at the WTA Finals. She made big leaps after a lackluster 2016 although up until now she still holds the distinction of one of the few ladies to be No. 1 in tennis without having won a Grand Slam. Here's hoping she can change it this 2018.

15 months after her suspension from the sport, Maria Sharapova returns to the tour with a lot of noise. While some people loved to see her comeback, some were more critical of accepting her anew. And the issues with some tournaments granting her widlcards, she was again headlining the sports news all for the wrong reasons. But she has proven her worth once more winning her first title in a while at Tianjin Open. She finished the year at No. 60.

Here are the rest of wonderful ladies that did well in the past year:
11. Tandara Caixeta 12. Zhu Ting 13. Shiela Castro
14. Lexi Thompson 15. Natalis Gulbis 16. Lolo Jones
17. Blair O'Neal 18. Alex Morgan 19. Skylar Diggins
20. Katerina Gamova 21. Hope Solo 22. Anastasia Ashley
23. Ashlyn Harris 24. Whitney Miller 25. Jessica Ennis


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