Sunday, March 18, 2018


Binibining Pilipinas 2018 is later today and here are my top bets on who among the 40 candidates will do well come pageant night. Each one of them are good but I have made my choices based on everything I have seen so far.

Miss Universe - Catriona Gray
Ever since the get go she is my favorite. This is her pageant to lose. She is one of the few who exudes confidence and she is really beautiful. Armed with a great catwalk and over-all presence she can sweep all aside. Add the towering height as an advantage, Catriona is also well known for her wits and great advocacy.

Miss International - Vicky Marie Rushton
One of the more consistent of this batch, Vicky is both beautiful and sexy. Despite her lacking the feistiness as the other candidates, it could also work on her favor. She is fitted to the International Crown and could possibly grab back the crown to our country.

Miss Grand International - Karen Gallman
She is my bet for the Miss International but with her age problem that could make her disqualified for the pageant, I put her in one of the pageants we have not yet won. This is a great chance for her and the Philippines and with a stunning face and a great body she can romp over competition.

Miss Intercontinental - Michelle Gumabao
Backed with a great story she could grab one of the top plums this year if not with one contestant which I see is doing better than her. Pretty and packed with a great body, she has surprised everyone as well on good she handles herself with interviews letting people see who she really is which could really do wonders with her this pageant night.

Miss Supranational - Muriel Orais
Muriel was one of the first ladies that caught my attention during the screenings. She is one that can make the front-runners' lives difficult. With a great charisma and a wonderful personality to boot, she is one that gets noticed easily. She has to work her consistency and she can go far. She is built on the mold of the Supranational pageant - simple, beautiful and can draw audiences.

Miss Globe - Sigrid Grace Flores
She is one of the dark horses for some pageant analyst lists. But for me she deserve a crown. She did pretty well to the build up before pageant night and with her infectious smile adding to her beautiful face, she can win over hearts of people. Although Miss Globe does not have Q&A, her great communication skills pre-pageant times can favor her.

These two runner-ups can sneak into one of the titles but for me I think they will settle for runner-up positions. They have great performances along the way but does not create much buzz among fans and is somehow lacking with charisma and charm. If they perform exceptionally well on pageant night, I would not be surprised if they and a crown.
First Runner-Up: Maria Andrea Abesamis
Second Runner-Up: Wynonah Buot

Top 16
Sandra Lemonon
Kayesha Chua
Agatha Romero
Juliana Kapuendl
Ana Patricia Asturias
Samantha Bernardo
Jehza Huelar
Ena Velasco

Friday, February 2, 2018


2017 is a year of great TV time as a lot of wonderful series kept us glued in the past year. For the year that has gone by, here are my Top 50 shows.

1. Stranger Things
Netflix has certainly changed the landscape of TV viewing. With Stranger Things they certainly hit the jackpot. You are drawn to mysteries behind Eleven and everything that surrounds her. The series was a great a mix of investigative drama alongside supernatural elements making it different with combining childlike sensibilities into the fray. Millie Bobby Brown instantly came into fame with her portrayal as Eleven. Truly a masterpiece of heightened proportions, Stanger Things make us believe and question at the same time.

2. Game of Thrones
On its 7th season, Game of Thrones continues its great run of success. The HBO fantasy drama may have an abbreviated season with only 7 episodes but it was their highest rated season to date. I was drawn to each character from the good ones like Jon Snow, Daenerys and Tyrion and to the evil ones more particularly Cersei and the Night Walkers. Season 8 may be far off as it will start in 2019 but 2017's season was probably the best. Great action sequences and visuals and full emotions on every moment.

3. Riverdale
If you loved Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead, then that may be the reasons you tuned in this series. But the show departed from the funny and bubblegum theme of school and friends instead translated it into a intriguing dark drama that involves mystery, relationships and even murder. You will certainly get hooked with every episode. You either hate the characters or super love them.  

4. Big Little Lies
Complete of an ensemble cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailen Woodley, this HBO drama had tons of people buzzing around it. And they did not disappoint as the series was a wonderfully conceptualized gem as we follow the three ladies with the drama and conflicts of being dragged into a murder investigation. Lies, deception and secrets all over the place, Big Little Lies is one of the best new shows of 2017.

5. Legion
For me arguably the best Marvel TV series to date, Legion is an offshoot of the X-men Universe. The story focuses on Haller, mutant son of Charles Xavier, played by Dan Stevens who is a mutant diagnosed with schizophrenia at a very young age. Legion is a success as it is masterfully superior and brilliantly daring while not conforming to traditional superhero conceits and plots.

6. Sense 8
This is definitely one of the best shows of 2017. The series focuses on eight strangers from different parts of the world who suddenly become "sensates"; human beings who are mentally and emotionally linked. Each scene was gripping and intriguing and you are easily drawn to each of the characters. With a multinational cast, it quickly became a hit to many. But while 2017 saw its last season, we are still anxiously hoping there could be more in the future.

7. 13 Reasons Why
While many people see this series as something that objectifies suicide, I still love the idea of narration, flashbacks and reimaginings. 13 Reasons Why managed to put a question mark on all faces without anyone knowing who to blame and up to what extent. With a stellar cast of relatively new faces, it has successfully translated the book into a worthwhile TV experience. Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford became Hollywood sensations in just a blink of an eye.

8. Black Mirror
If you're looking for a great science fiction then look no more. Black Mirror is different in the way it examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of advancements and technologies. Already on its 4th season (2nd with Netflix), we expect to dive in more the world of science with all its peculiarities and complexities.

9. Scandal
Who would not know "Olivia Pope"? This lady was a picture of fierceness and feist and was spectacularly portrayed by actress Kerry Washington. This is not your normal political thriller as it comes with everything you never expect. You are drawn to each of the characters and how each one of them are intertwined in this drama. Scandal will surely be missed as they had their 7th and final season last 2017.

10. Will & Grace
Welcome back! During its initial 8 seasons Will & Grace During was one of the most successful television series with gay principal characters. And with their return this 2017 a lot of fans welcomed them with both arms. Eric McCromack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes returns as the quarter who will surely tickle your funny bones.

11. A Handmaid's Tale
One of the critically acclaimed series of 2017 is this Hulu standout. Based on the novel with same name we are welcomed to dystopic world - one after a Second American Civil War. In here the women called "Handmaids" are forced to be sex slaves. Elizabeth Moss as the lead star of this series was so convincing and her every line and emotion was deeply felt.

12. Twin Peaks: The Return
16 long years was the wait but it the reboot finally came. Twin Peaks; The Return continues from where the old series left. Kyle Maclachlan reprises the main role together with majority of the previous casts. The mystery, horror and drama gets amplified and we can't argue enough that it was worth the long wait.

13. The Leftovers
The Leftovers finally wrapped up after 3 intriguing seasons. This HBO drama lets us into a series of questions as we unravel mystery after the other. Be mind boggled as you will certainly raise your doubts on every scene.

14. Grey's Anatomy
14 Seasons strong and people still find interest with this well loved medical drama. While a string of old cast members have all said goodbyes, the series still banks on the lead of Meredith Grey played by Ellen Pompeo. Both gripping and emotional, we are treated to a rollercoaster of emotions that touches the deepest of one's heart.

15. Marvel's Runaways
Marvel has consistently come up with one great show after the other and Runaways was of no exception. The series focuses on six teenagers from different backgrounds who unite against a common enemy — their criminal parents. In a show of intrigue and conflicts one is expected to be at the edge of their seats every viewing time.

Here are the rest of the wonderful TV viewing habits for 2017.

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


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