Europe's Biggest Star Gathering at London Barrio Fiesta 2014 presented by TFC and Philippine Centre

The biggest gathering of Kapamilya stars in Europe happened last July 19 and 20 at the Apps Court Farm near Hampton Court Palace in London, United Kingdom dubbed as "2014 Barrio Fiesta sa London" as a grand celebration of The Filipino Channel's (TFC) 20th anniversary and the Philippine's Centre's 30th.

Through the years, Barrio Fiesta sa London has been the most anticipated event by our fellow Filipinos. With the goal to be an event to elevate Filipino's culture and bringing our kababayan's hearts closer to home, TFC and Philippine Centre's partnership has been a consistent success.
Present in the said big event was ABS-CBN Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer Charo Santos – Concio. She was joined by other ABS-CBN executives including Star Cinema Managing Director Malou Santos and ABS-CBN Regional News Bureau Chief Danny Buenafe.
The ensemble of Kapamilya stars was led by TFC Ambassador Mr. Gary Valenciano who generously gave his performances with "pure energy" singing his hit songs.
Pokwang also perfomed and gave the crowd a good laugh while role playing as Darna and Supergirl.
The Teen King and Queen Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla gave an overdose of kilig as they graced the stage. Kathryn sang Jessie J's "Pricetag" and Daniel sang Rey Valera's hit song "Ayos Lang" - then they sang a duet of "Till I Met You" (theme song of their massive hit movie She's Dating The Gangster) which draws screams from the kilig-filled crowd!
Jessy Mendiola, relived her inner Maria Mercedes is an sizzling sing and dance number! Getting Ohh-la-la from the audience!
The dashing hunk Sam Milby received shrieks as he serenaded our Kapamilyas in his acoustic number and band medley.
Charming the crowd with a boy band medley, heartthrob Enchong Dee gave an all out performance complete with costume changes.

On the 2nd day of the Barrio Fiesta sa London, Gary V was joined by Pokwang, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo for a second round.
Shaina Magdayao and Rayver Cruz teamed-up for an explosive supah-dance number of "Hangover" by PSY and Snoopdog. Shaina also sang "Stay The Night" by Zedd feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore and "Take Me Home" by Cash Cash.
Mirabella lead stars Enrique Gil and Julia Barretto also graced the big event. Enrique danced his way to the crowd's hearts to the tune of "Timber" by Pitbull and Kesha. Julia, on the other hand, sang a Jamie Rivera hit entitled I've Fallen For You.

The grand Pinoy event was indeed not just for fun but also for a great cause, the Philippine Centre turned over a donation of GBP3,000 for ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya, a program dedicated to relief operations during calamities and rehabilitation projects.

Every year, TFC and Philippine Centre bring Filipinos in UK and nearby countries together and become purveyors of the best of the Filipino, all in the spirit of community and in honor of the ‘Galing ng Filipino.’

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Once A Princess is not your ordinary fairy tale!

This August 6, 2014.. my long wait will be over.. Once A Princess will finally hit the theaters! Top-billed by the lovely and impeccable premiere actress Ms. Erich Gonzales together with two equally exquisite actors Enchong Dee and JC De Vera. Under the helm of the one and only Laurice Guillen; Skylight Films and Regal Films teamed-up to give a different flavor of mature melodrama to the movie audience inspired by the best selling book from Precious Heart Romances written by Angel Bautista.
My anticipation for this film started early this year from their story conference, this is because of my love for Erich and Enchong's love team.. and I was expecting the movie around the first quarter of 2014. Knowing that I was working on my papers to move (and work) to Dubai last February, I actually delayed it hoping to stay for a while until I can watch the film in cinemas.. However, it didn't go as I planned... the film was not released until it was time for me to fly off the homeland last April due to some film-making reasons that I understand.. But now, finally.. my heart is at ease... knowing that the film will be out this August 6!
My anticipation intensified upon learning that JC De Vera, being one of the most in-demand actors today, is part of this movie! JC plays the role of Damian, the husband. Damian symbolized how love can turn dark and bitter for most of us. Will love be the foundation or destruction of his marriage?

As soon as JC De Vera transferred to ABS-CBN and became a Kapamliya, I had a thought that he will be a good pair for Erich. Just a thought, that maybe they can have a teleserye together or something.. So, I am overjoyed when I found out that he will be part of this movie! Don't get me wrong, as I said, I love the Enchong-Erich tandem and this is still their come back movie after all, but JC is just the perfect third wheel! Nuff said!
The versatile actor is now ready to wow us even more in his most mature role yet. Enchong Dee breathes life to the character of Leonard Jamieson. A geeky school boy nerd who transformed into a fine bachelor you can't help but admire. Despite his success, he still feels empty inside. Erin was his one great love, his North star... and she was the one-that-got-away. As he cross paths with Erin again, did their time apart put out the fire for his love? Or will it ignite and burn brighter the second time around?

Enchong Dee has always been one of the closest actors to my heart. I swear, you can never resist his charm! But more to that, this man is one of the people I look up to because of his awesomeness. He may seem to be playful and sometimes child-ish, but he also has a deep, warm and sensible side of him. I am excited that his depth, warmth and sensibility will now be showcased on the big screen. Enchong knows that I was waiting for this movie before going to Dubai, unfortunately, all I can do for now is support the film's promotions even if I'm miles away and patiently wait and hope that the movie can also be screened here.
The Queen of Hearts (as EnRich Fans calls her) will show us that she was once a princess who can win our hearts as easy as 1, 2, 3... Ms. Erich Gonzales proves that her striking acting prowess and her royal beauty can effectively transcend in a mature melodramatic story that tackles infidelity. Far off from her "sweetheart" personality. Erich takes the role of Erin Almeda, a princess-like lady who once had it all, but life left her with no choice but to face the reality that pain is inevitable especially in love. Once A Princess is NOT your ordinary fairy tale. Erin, flawed as she is, will let us understand that even a princess is still a person, who can make mistakes and learn from them.

As I have said over and over, Ms. Erich will always and forever be my favorite actress. I am ecstatic that she's back on the big screen. Watching a movie once is enough, but an Erich Gonzales film is an exception.. She's the only one who can make me watch a movie for more than 5 times in cinemas! I am grateful to Sir Enrico, Skylight Films and to everyone behind this movie for giving the spotlight to Erich again.. She is worthy of a royal treatment. The PRINCESS deserves her crown.

To Ms.Erich, I am really really really happy for you! Oh well, I am a little bit sad that I can't be there to watch the film on the first showing day, or show up for the block screenings, or be with presscons/blogcons for the movie promo, but surely I will still support you in every way I can. You know how I totally believe in you and in your craft. I'm sure that the entire Team Erich is also happy for all of your success, and we are looking forward for more to come! Congratulations, your Highness! :)

Let me share the trailer for ONCE A PRINCESS:
The trailer itself made me feel that this movie is worth the wait... Direk Laurice captured the perfect emotions for the trailer to tease the anticipating crowd. The movie theme song Muli by Ms. Lani Misalucha is superb! The three characters: Leonard, Erin and Damian had their own breakdown scenes in the trailer that can easily break a heart too. Of course, the kilig factor is evident. All leading to the fact that this is a must-see film!
Please do support Erich, Enchong and JC.. Watch Once A Princess, showing in cinemas this August 6, 2014! 

If you are not my friend, I am asking you nicely to please watch this movie as it will make one person really happy... (me)
* If you are my friend, you are required to watch this movie or else, I will "unfriend" you... HAHAHA! 

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Enrique Gil and Sam Concepcion - The Dubai Showdown this August 8, 2014!

Two of the hottest and most in-demand performers of this generation will have a face-off on stage for an ultimate clash of talent in singing and dancing for our Kapamilyas here in Dubai, UAE. Dubbed as The Dubai Showdown, a one night only show featuring "The King Of The Gil" Enrique Gil and "Mr. No Limitations" Sam Concepcion this August 8, 2014 at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium.

Enrique Gil and Sam Concepcion had recently concluded the successful TV series entitled Mirabella where they starred with the fast rising teen star, Julia Barretto. Both can still be seen regularly in ASAP 19, the Sunday musical variety show of ABS-CBN. These two are also recording artists, so make sure to grab a copy of their album if you haven't yet!
Obviously, both Enrique and Sam has amazing dancing skills, notable singing prowess and undeniable charm, no wonder why girls scream out on top of their lungs whenever they perform on stage! This time, they will team-up to wow the Dubai Crowd!

Watch Quen and Sam's video invite for The Dubai Showdown:
So again, join Enrique Gil and Sam Concepcion for The Dubai Showdown this August 8, 2014 - 8pm at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Oud Metha, Dubai... For tickets you can call 052 8730015 or 050 9645922. Ticket prices: DIAMOND - AED195 (includes exclusive meet and greet) / GOLD - AED145 / SILVER - AED95

This event is presented by ICON Productions and Event Management Company
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Hawak Kamay: An Inspiring Primetime Bida series!

Premiere actors Piolo Pascual, Nikki Gil and Iza Calzado merged with young promising child stars Xyriel Manabat, Zaijan Jaranilla, Andrea Brillantes, and introducing PromilGrand i-Shiner, Yesha Camile to inspire Filipino families with this highly-anticipated Primetime Bida series entitled Hawak Kamay.
The story is about Gin, a failed musician-slash-drunkard (played by Piolo Pascual) who ended up being the guardian of three orphans adopted by his sister who passed away. As he encounters trials together with the kids, Gin will eventually discover valued things in life and he will realize what a family is all about. Despite his own life failures, will he be successful as a father figure to the kids?
We have already seen Papa P... i mean... uhm.. Piolo Pascual on screen together with Ms. Iza Calzado on the massive hit film, Starting Over Again, now they are reunited in the aim to dominate Primetime TV. On the other hand, after being an antagonist in the Pinoy adaptation of Maria Mercedes as Misty, Nikki Gil will now show us her other side as an actress in Hawak Kamay.
Don’t  miss the premiere of the much-awaited drama series, “Hawak Kamay,” starting Monday, July 21 on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida and on TFC worldwide (Tuesday, July 22 in Australia [AEST], New Zealand [NZST], and Guam).  Catch the premiere via TFC’s online service, TFC.tv and via its video-on-demand service in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Europe and Australia.

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This Week on MMK: Erich Gonzales As A Visually Impaired Beauty Queen

The longest-running drama anthology in Asia, Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) will continue to touch our hearts with yet another inspiring story of a visually impaired model / beauty queen top billed by one of our country's premiere actress, Ms. Erich Gonzales!
Erich portrays the role of Jessa, who lost her eyesight at 18 and inherited glaucoma from her mother. Her life story is worthy to be shared, as she serves as an inspiration to others especially when she was crowned as Ms. Philippines on Vision 2013. This MMK episode aims to show her heartening success in life despite lacking the sense of sight.
Joining Erich on this MMK episode are Irma Adlawan, William Lorenzo, Nikki Bagaporo, Abby Bautista, Bianca Bentulan, Ogie Escanilla, Louise Bernardo, Joe Gruta, Amy Robles, Dionne Monsanto, Nina Ricci Alagao, and Koreen Medina. The episode is directed by Direk Nuel Naval and written by Joan Habana.

Please watch Erich G's uplifting MMK portrayal this Saturday (July 12, 2014) - 8pm right after Home Sweetie Home only on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to MMK.abs-cbn.com, follow @MMKOfficial on Twitter, and “like” Facebook.com/MMKOfficial.
I am too excited because I'm certain that Ms. Erich gave the emotions demanded by this episode and she, without a doubt, portrayed the role exceptionally. Fitting the role of a "beauty queen" - Erich's beauty is inside and out; Erich is the Queen of Hearts.

Ms. Erich Gonzales will also dominate the big screen soon with Once A Princess. A comeback movie team-up with Enchong Dee from Star Cinema and Skylight Films directed by Laurice Guillen. The EnRich loveteam is set to make us fall in love all over again soon in cinemas, so watch out for it too! :)

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TFC: Prince of Pop Erik Santos in Norway this July 12, 2014!

To our Kababayans in Norway... our Prince of Pop, Erik Santos, is ready to serenade all of you this July 12, 2014. The show is entitled as Barrio Fiesta Norway 2014 at Ekeberg Idrettshall, Ekebergveien 101, 117 Oslo. This special event is presented by TFC Fiesta Caravan together with Miles Production and Entertainment AS.

The TFC Fiesta Caravan is an annual treat for every Kapamilyas in Europe, bringing their hearts closer to the Philippines even if they are miles away from home. For more info, visit TFC's Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/KapamilyaTFC, follow them on Twitter @KapamilyaTFC and on Instagram: instagram.com/KapamilyaTFC

So to our Kapamilyas in Oslo, Norway.. do not miss the chance to experience the world-class singing talent of Erik Santos.

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Updated Status: Lovi Poe "In A Relationship" With Rocco Nacino

Kapuso actress Lovi Poe was trapped to answer the undying question if she is in a romantic relationship with actor and previous ka-love team, Rocco Nacino in an interview with Manay Lolit Solis in GMA's showbiz talk show Startalk last Saturday (July 5).

“I’m gonna say it…Yes!”, Lovi then admitted after stating that she was put on the spot. She was laughing after her admission stating that their relationship is all over her Instagram account anyway. Lovi's close friend, Heart Evangelista, who is  also one of Startalk's hosts, was caught on cam saying that she's proud of Lovi.

Lovi said that revealing their relationship on TV is something new to her but she was positive about her decision to open-up about it, “I think it will be much better, at least mas open. I don’t have to hide anything from everybody. I’m happy, we’re very happy!”
With Lovi being one of our country's "It" girl, I'm sure a lot of guys are now envious of Rocco Nacino. Haha! But I'm extremely happy for them. They look so good together, and I'm sure, now that they're more open about it, we will always have our dose of kilig from them. Go and follow Rocco and Lovi on their Instagram accounts: @nacinorocco and @lovi_poe to see more of their sweet photos together, especially from their Europe trip.

Lovi Poe can be regularly seen on TV via GMA Telebabad's Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real starring alongside Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and Diamond Star Maricel Soriano. Also watch both Rocco and Lovi in GMA's musical variety show, Sunday All Stars every Sunday.

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M.O.R. Pinoy Music Awards 2014 To Honor OPM Stars!

An event to honor OPM's greatest stars will be held this July 11, 2014 at Mall Of Asia Arena for M.O.R Pinoy Music Awards 2014. The country's leading radio station MOR 101.9 For Life! aims to appreciate our finest performers and musicians by handing out awards for various categories like: Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, and Male Artist of the Year. It will be a night to celebrate OPM.

The awardees are gathered from texters votes, MORPMA awards committee, and  a special panel of judges consist of Ms. Lani Misalucha, Mr. Christian Bautista and Mr. Noel Cabangon. The MORPMA will also be a grand first anniversary celebration of  MOR 101.9 For Life! after it was relaunched July 8 last year.

MORPMA will be graced by the biggest names in OPM like Parokya ni Edgar, Bugoy Drilon, Christian Bautista, Darryl Shy, Edward Benosa, Eurika, Jireh Lim, Kathryn Bernardo, Klarisse de Guzman, KZ Tandingan, Liezel Garcia, Noel Cabangon, Sam Concepcion and the MOR ambassadors Daniel Padilla and Vice Ganda.

The best part? Admission is FREE, so join the MOR Pinoy Music Awards this July 11 (Friday) at MOA Arena and always tune in to our favorite FM radio station MOR 101.9 For Life! You can also check out their website: www. MOR1019.com and like their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mor1019 and follow @MOR1019 on Twitter for more information.

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