PHOTO RELEASE: ABS-CBN Awards Shenzhen Police for Exemplary Police Work In the Raid and Arrest of Filstream Owners

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ABS-CBN Awards Shenzhen Police for Exemplary Police Work In the Raid and Arrest of Filstream Owners 

ABS-CBN’s Head of Global Anti-Piracy, Elisha Lawrence, awarded the Xixiang Police Station of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau (PSB) for their heroic police work in raiding and arresting Alan Zhou, Roland Lu, Long Zhao and Yunmin Chen, four major players in the global piracy operation of the pirate streaming box Filstream.  Police Officers Cui Yang and Yinbo Lin received awards in the presence of their superior, Deputy Chief Police Officer Zuo Yang.  Also present was Yunze Lian, Senior Partner and Head of Patent and Trademark Group of the Hylands Law Firm, who represented ABS-CBN and worked together with Ms. Lawrence and the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau to execute the investigation and raid.  According to Lawrence: “It was important to ABS-CBN to recognize the excellent work by the Xixiang Police Station of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau.  Without them, the piracy operations of Filstream would have continued to thrive to the detriment of the hardworking people of ABS-CBN who produce the copyrighted content that Filstream illegally streamed.  I was extremely impressed by the Shenzhen PSB’s dedication, professionalism and commitment to law enforcement.  ABS-CBN is truly grateful.”




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Filipino Film “My Ex and Why’s” Hits US$5M In Simultaneous Worldwide Release

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Filipino Film “My Ex and Why’s” Hits US$5M In Simultaneous Worldwide Release 

TFC@theMovies scores with its international release of the English-subtitled Filipino film, “My Ex and Whys”. 

DALY CITY, CA, February 24, 2017 – A romantic comedy-drama film from the Philippines that opened in theaters internationally just a week ago is illustrating solid signs of a highly welcoming global landscape for Filipino films and also encouraging possibilities for a simultaneous worldwide release.

TFC@theMovies released “My Ex and Whys” internationally around the same time said film was released in the Philippines.  The combined box office take on its first week is now at USD 5 million — USD 4 million in the Philippines and USD 1 million from screenings in the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific, U.S. and Canada.  The film will also screen in Hong Kong on March 5.

TFC@theMovies’ “My Ex and Whys” stars the popular Filipino youth loveteam of Enrique Gil and Filipino American Liza Soberano, a San Francisco Bay Area native. It is directed by the award-winning Cathy Garcia-Molina.

“My Ex and Whys” is on its way to either equaling or surpassing the performance of three of the top-grossing Filipino films released by TFC@theMovies in 2016: “Barcelona” at USD 1.6 million; “Everything About Her” at USD 1.5 million and “Unmarried Wife” at USD 1.2 million.

The film’s commercial run is already extended in U.S. and Canada. The film is distributed by ABS-CBN International in North America.  For more information, visit visit and



COMMUNITY NEWS: Special Extended Hours for Valentine’s Day Weddings Available from San Mateo County Clerk

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Note: Daly City is the largest city in San Mateo County.

Special Extended Hours for Valentine’s Day Weddings
Available from San Mateo County Clerk

Redwood City, CA, February 13, 2017 – With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the San Mateo County Clerk’s Office has extended its hours on Tuesday, February 14th, to perform civil ceremonies for couples wanting to marry on this special day.  From 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Clerk’s Office will perform a ceremony every half hour. 

“Valentine’s Day is the most popular wedding day of the year,” reports Mark Church, San Mateo County’s elected Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer.  “It is a very special day and we will be extending our office hours to accommodate the increased demand for wedding ceremonies,” stated Church.

The Clerk’s daily average of weddings is four per day, and that number can double on Valentine’s Day.  Last year, ten weddings were performed on Valentine’s Day and sixteen weddings have already been scheduled for this year’s celebrations. 

San Mateo County offers a 25 minute civil wedding ceremony which provides unique amenities not normally found in a standard rented location.  For an additional fee of $50, the County Clerk’s Office provides a webcast service, so that the ceremony can be seen electronically by invited loved ones viewing from anywhere in the world.  Online guests will receive an e-mail invitation with instructions for a live viewing of the ceremony.  The fee for the webcast includes a DVD of the wedding ceremony.  A long stem red rose will also be presented to all couples who wed on Valentine’s Day. 

Ceremony reservations are required in advance.  Wedding ceremonies are usually performed by volunteer wedding commissioners duly authorized by the County Clerk.  Most of the volunteers do it as a labor of love.  Couples can make prior arrangements with the County Clerk for the ceremony to be performed by a person of their choice — a friend, family member, or colleague — who must be deputized by the County Clerk.  The chapel is located in Redwood City’s County Center, on the first floor of the 555 Building.  The County chapel can accommodate up to 25 people. 

Hopeful couples are reminded that a wedding cannot be performed without a marriage license.  The license application may be completed in the Clerk’s office or be submitted online (in-office public terminals are available).  The couple must appear in person in front of the county clerk, and provide proof of identification.  The application process takes about 30 minutes and costs $79, plus $15 for a certified copy. 

To schedule your special Valentine’s Day ceremony, please visit the County Clerk’s website at  




PRESS RELEASE: The Hollywood Reporter Announces Second Season of “Mom vs Matchmaker” Reality Series on Myx TV; Myx TV to Air Valentine’s Day Marathon with episodes of “Mom vs Matchmaker”, “Bagged” and 6 Asian romance movies

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Matchmaking professional Carmelia Ray pits her skills versus mothers of millennials in the second season of “Mom vs Matchmaker” only on Myx TV. (The Hollywood Reporter)

The Hollywood Reporter Announces Second Season of “Mom vs Matchmaker” Reality Series on Myx TV

Myx TV to also air Valentine’s Day Marathon with episodes of “Mom vs Matchmaker”, “Bagged” and 6 Asian romance movies

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 13, 2017The Hollywood Reporter – the definitive interpretive voice of the mainstream entertainment industry – announced today the returning season of Mom vs Matchmaker, set to premiere on March 14 only on Myx TV, a network targeting Asian American viewers.

Mom vs Matchmaker is a reality series focused on finding the perfect match for millennials.  Matchmaking professional Carmelia Ray challenges the mothers of the contestants in finding a suitable date for their kid. Each will set up a date in the hopes that their pick will be chosen. The singles find out at the end of the episode who prepared which date.

In the article written by Kara Haar, it was revealed that “On the season two premiere, music producer Justin is ready for love. He prefers a creative, big-eyed girl with a ‘booty.’ His mother claims he wants someone who resembles her. In the episode, his mother tries to find a nice girl who loves cooking, while Ray also looks for his perfect match.”

In the premiere of the 2nd season of “Mom vs Matchmaker” on Myx TV, matchmaking professional Carmelia Ray (left) with love-seeking music producer Justin, and Mary, Justin’s mother (right),

propose different approaches to winning the perfect match for Justin. (Screen grabs from Myx TV)

Mom vs. Matchmaker is produced by Daniel Oron and Natasha Ryan for Go Button Media and Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos for said network.

To celebrate the upcoming premiere of Mom vs. Matchmaker season two, Myx TV is hosting a Valentine’s Day marathon. Beginning on Tuesday, Myx TV will air episodes of several series focused on love. The schedule includes Season 1 of Mom vs. Matchmaker, six episodes of Bagged and six Asian romance movies including Rise Up, First Kiss, Love, Forever Love, 100 Days and My Valentine.

Mom vs. Matchmaker premieres Tuesday, March 14, at 8 p.m. on Myx TV. The episodes can be watched the following day on



PRESS RELEASE: ABS-CBN’s Anti-Piracy Head Elisha Lawrence to Speak at Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Executive Roundtable in San Francisco on March 9

Anti-Piracy 1ABS-CBN’s Anti-Piracy Head Elisha Lawrence to Speak
at Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Executive Roundtable
in San Francisco on March 9

DALY CITY, CA (January 30, 2017) – Consero, which brings senior executives together to build relationships and gain insights through uniquely intimate networking and learning opportunities by way of conferences, announced recently that it is holding its “Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Executive Roundtable” on March 9, 2017 at the historic five-star Fairmont San Francisco atop Nob Hill.

Among the Faculty Members of said conference is Elisha Lawrence, ABS-CBN International Assistant Vice President for Global Anti-Piracy & Content Security.

Lawrence will be part of the roundtable on “Optimizing The Structure Of Your Team: What Does Success Look Like”?  The talk will attempt to address the following:

  • Where does Brand Protection sit within your organization?
  • How do you emulate culture held in a corporate office to those in disparate locations? How do you maintain consistency?
  • How are you working cross-functionally with other departments to increase awareness and compliance to reduce risk of brand abuse proactively?
  • How are you making a business case for budget and buy-in with your senior leadership? What metrics do you find most useful to demonstrate ROI?

Joining Lawrence at the roundtable are Andrew Love, Head of Brand Security, Global Investigations & Legal Enforcement of Specialized Bicycle Components, and Q VanBenschoten, Vice President of Compliance & Risk of Intertek.

ABS-CBN produces hundreds of daily television shows, news shows and films for its numerous television stations and for international distribution to the Filipino community living in over 100 countries. Lawrence has over 25 years of experience as in-house Intellectual Property counsel creating and implementing anti-piracy/anti-counterfeiting strategies to mitigate risk and significantly increase sales in the US and globally for leading Fortune 500 organizations such as Levi Strauss, Twentieth Century Fox and Adobe Systems. She also has experience prosecuting criminal cases as a District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and a law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA.

Anti-Piracy 2Other topics of the conference are:

  • Heading Off Brand Abuse Before, During & After A Trademark Infringement
  • China in Macro: Challenges & Successes
  • All Along The Watchtower: Protecting Your Global Supply Chains
  • Protecting Your Brand Against New & Evolving Threats

Aside from ABS-CBN International, participants of the executive roundtable include representatives from the following companies: Fitbit, Inc., eBay Inc., Tiffany & Co., Western Digital, Procter & Gamble, Fossil Group, Inc., Specialized Bicycle Components, Adobe, Vans, VF Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Google Inc., Speck Products, Element Case, Silicon Valley Bank, AMD, SunPower Corporation, Levi Strauiss & Co., adidas Group, GoPro Inc., UL LLC, lululemon athletica, Qualcomm, and The HD Lee Company.

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PRESS RELEASE: TFC@theMovies Brings Hit Comedy “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough” to the U.S.; Eugene Domingo, Jericho Rosales, Kean Cipriano and the rest of the gang to bring big laughs to theaters starting January 27

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TFC@theMovies Brings Hit Comedy “Ang Babae Sa Septic
Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough” to the U.S.

Eugene Domingo, Jericho Rosales, Kean Cipriano and the rest of the gang
to bring big laughs to theaters starting January 27

DALY CITY, CA, January 25, 2017 – Before the Filipino indie blockbuster hit, “That Thing Called Tadhana” (That Thing Called Fate), became the highest grossing Filipino independent film of all time in 2015, there was this film described by Richard Kuipers of Variety as “a lively laffer about cynical filmmakers planning a ‘poverty porn’ drama solely for the purpose of scoring free travel to international film festivals”. This claimed the highest grossing Filipino indie film crown in 2011.  In fact, it became the official entry of the Philippines in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards.

The movie, “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank” (The Woman in the Septic Tank), starred JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano and Cai Cortez as three film school graduates who, thirsty for fame, are dead-set on making the ultimate Filipino misery movie for the sole purpose of winning international recognition and awards and all the perks that go with these.  Their muse is actress Eugene Domingo (who plays an exaggerated version of herself).  The satire, directed by Marlon Rivera from the screenplay of Chris Martinez, was a critical and commercial success.

The good news is that this hilarious filmmaking team is back for the sequel called, “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverisNotEnough”.  After lampooning the independent filmmakers in the first film, the funny sequel satirizes the mainstream film industry.  The film will be shown in U.S. theaters starting this Friday, January 27.

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2Eugene Domingo and Jericho Rosales play histrionic versions of themselves in “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough

(Screengrab YouTube/Quantum Films)

This time, Eugene Domingo (who again plays an over-the-top version of herself), is ready for a comeback after a long sabbatical from moviemaking.  Rainier (Kean Cipriano), who was Eugene’s ambitious director in the first film, is now an award-winning director.  He and his formerly quiet-assistant-turned-excessively-glib producer Jocelyn (Cai Cortez) propose to Eugene a love story – a heartbreaking anatomy of a crumbling marriage – inspired by Rainier’s own marital situation.  Eugene is thrilled and has her eyes set on Jericho Rosales (a fictionalized version of the actor played by Jericho Rosales himself) as her leading man in the movie.

But the misadventures begin to trickle in when fickle-minded Eugene starts making suggestions and recommendations that morph Rainier’s script into absurdity, countering his artistic and personal intentions for the movie.

As movie critic Oggs Cruz said, “Domingo… wholeheartedly commits to Chris Martinez’s cleverly designed script that spells out his stark observations on how commercial romantic movies are so formulaic that even the performances in those films can be categorized.”

Cruz added: “If there is one thing that most viewers will remember from Marlon Rivera’s Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough, it is that scene where Eugene Domingo, covered only by a towel, tells her 3-person audience the 3 ways to act heartbroken.”

“This movie is a worthy follow-up to the classic first film,” said John-D Lazatin, ABS-CBN global head of theatricals.  “The script is smart, the acting is precise and the direction is even.  It’s a clever comedy: people will die laughing because they will see the truth in all humor.  We’re proud to have brought this film to the international moviegoing public.”

Completing the cast are Joel Torre, Khalil Ramos, Iñigo Pascual, Agot Isidro, Hannah Ledesma, Gui Adorno and director Joyce E. Bernal. For a complete list of theaters where “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverisNotEnough” is shown, visit