PRESS RELEASE: On its 5th year, Filipino loveteam LizQuen continues to soar

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On its 5th year, Filipino loveteam LizQuen continues to soar

HAPPY 5th! ABS-CBN TFC love team Lizquen’s (Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano) celebrate their perfect moments on their 5th anniversary as an onscreen, and now officially off-screen, couple. (Samsung Philippines Facebook)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, July 23, 2018 – The year 2018 has been marked with key milestones both in the professional and personal lives of ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC) stars Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano, known globally together as the loveteam, LizQuen.

 

Last January, the pair went on a holiday to Europe, visiting London, Paris and Madrid, among other major cities.  Enrique has introduced Liza to his family in Spain who welcomed her with open arms.

In March, not only did the pair celebrate their 5th anniversary as an on-screen couple; they also officially confirmed what millions of LizQuen fans already fantasized: that they are “exclusively” dating in real life.  This was met with loud cheers and applause at the press conference that month for their ABS-CBN fantaserye, “Bagani”.

And speaking of “Bagani”, LizQuen continues to ride high as a loveteam with this daily series which has registered consistently high ratings.  The July 19 national ratings from Kantar Media Philippines showed “Bagani” ranking third with ratings of 27.6% — only ABS-CBN’s phenomenal “FPJ’s Ang Probinsiyano” and flagship news program, “TV Patrol”, ranked higher.

This even though “Bagani” is not in the comfort zone genre of LizQuen which is the rom-com.  “Bagani” is a stunt-laced, action-packed fantasy drama inspired by Filipino pre-colonial mythology.  It has warriors, hunters and tribes in a war between the defenders of the land called Sansinukob under the benevolent god Apo and the monsters that the evil god Sarimaw has unleashed to conquer the land and its people.  It is a visual delight with the swordfights, intrigues, sacrifice, manipulation, and yes, romance between the LizQuen’s characters, Lakas (which means “strength” in Filipino) and Ganda (which means “beauty”).

From their beginnings in the now classic rom-com series, “Forevermore”, to their huge international box-office hit, “My Ex and Whys”, to their current hit, “Bagani”, the journey of LizQuen has been one memorable and beautiful moment after another.

Cheers and here’s to more years with this beloved international Filipino loveteam!

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach Conquers Rom-Com Moviedom in “My Perfect You”

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Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach Conquers Rom-Com Moviedom
in “My Perfect You”

“My Perfect You,” the latest and hottest romantic comedy from the Philippines, is a must-see.

DALY CITY, Calif. (March 22, 2018) Pia Wurtzbach, one of the most beautiful faces in the world crowned Miss Universe 2015, teams up with versatile lead actor, Filipino-American Gerald Anderson, in a romantic comedy with a twist – “My Perfect You.”

The Star Cinema film is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, dubbed as the “blockbuster director” because of her track record for directing top-grossing films in the Philippines.

“My Perfect You” is the story of Burn (Anderson), a man who experiences a series of failures and disappointments in life and decides to get away from it all. As he escapes, he meets the perky and spirited Abi (Wurtzbach), a resort-owner trying to revive her business. Abi’s perennial optimism initially annoys the down-and-out Burn, until he realizes that he enjoys the time spent with her.

Audiences will see how the seeming lightness of the rom-com genre is effectively used as a channel to convey a deeper message of how one can handle life’s challenges, no matter how mentally or emotionally crippling they can be.

Burn’s blue funk contradicts with Abi’s rose-colored glasses, yet, there is superb chemistry between the two lead actors. The backdrop of the lush and breathtaking views of Masinloc, Zambales adds to the charm of “My Perfect You.” The small town with first-class natural wonders is known for its rivers, mangroves, and waterfalls, among others. See if the perfect setting would make for a perfect ending for Burn and Abi.

Go on a perfect getaway with Gerald Anderson and Pia Wurtzbach in an imperfectly beautiful love story.

Filipino-American actor Gerald Anderson (left) is the bummed out Burn, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach (right) plays the cheerful Abi in the charming romantic-comedy “My Perfect You,” showing in theaters across the U.S. and Canada starting March 23.

“My Perfect You” is showing in theaters across the U.S. and Canada starting March 23. Click here for more information and to find a theater near you, or visit TFC US  or TFC Canada on Facebook or mytfc.com/mpy. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and @KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

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Media Contact:
Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion
ABS-CBN International – TFC
2001 Juniperro Serra Blvd, Ste. 200
Daly City, CA 94014
pia_lopezbanos@abs-cbn.com
1-650-241-5607

 

PRESS STATEMENT ON “BAGANI”

KANE ERROL CHOA, Head of Corporate Communications
Mobile: +639371482159, +639189095263      Email: kane_choa@abs-cbn.com
AARON DOMINGO, Media Relations Manager
Mobile: +639373731400, +639178083885      Email: aaron_domingo@abs-cbn.com
JAN ENRIQUEZ, PR Manager
Mobile: +639373731403, +639176271468      Email: JAEnriquez@abs-cbn.com 


PRESS STATEMENT


05 MARCH 2018
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PRESS STATEMENT ON “BAGANI”

The concept of ABS-CBN’s new fantaserye “Bagani” is to feature warriors, protectors, and heroes who espouse Filipino values and beliefs.

The production team did intensive research to determine a distinctly Filipino term that embodies a champion who fights for the common good of his tribe or family—somebody who is brave, honorable, self-sacrificing, and good-hearted.  In the end, the team recognized that the term and concept of a “Bagani” best solidifies the traits that the program wants to highlight.

With all due respect, the use of “Bagani” is not in any way intended to malign or to disrespect beliefs of the Indigenous Peoples’ communities, but instead hopes to propagate the values, morals, and ethics that are inherent in a ‘Bagani’—a Filipino warrior, protector, and hero.

To be clear, the “Bagani” fantaserye does not purport itself to be a historical account of Philippine history or culture.  The program has always maintained that it has created an alternative fictional universe with elements of Filipino mythology and folklore that simply serves as an avenue to creatively deliver and highlight Filipino values, beliefs, and heroism. (ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, Manila, Philippines)

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NERISSA M. FERNANDEZ
Head, Global Corporate Affairs & PR
ABS-CBN International
2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Ste 200
Daly City, CA 94014
nfernandez@abs-cbni.com
MOBILE: 650.455.8616

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TFC Dealers’ Summit Fuels Knowledge and Kindles Passion for Genuine Service


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TFC Dealers’ Summit Fuels Knowledge and Kindles Passion for Genuine Service

The team. (L-R) CA-Central & West Territory Account Sales Head (TASH) Clarence Sanicas; CA-East TASH Mario Marasigan; North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano; North America Customer Operations Head Agnes Jamias; North America Marketing Head Pam Castillo; North America Dealer Management & Recruitment Manager Malou Garcia; Marketing Specialist Haphi Llaneza; U.S. Sales Coordinator Kimberly Dado; CA Sales Coordinator Evelyn Cruz; US-Central TASH Joy Espinosa; North America Business Unit Head for Operations Kerwin Du; US-Southwest TASH Ariel Angeles; and US-East TASH Ryan Eduardo.

LAS VEGAS, February 8, 2018 TFC recently held its Dealers’ Summit and Awards Night at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. It was the first ever conference to be participated in by key dealers and agents across the three lines of businesses from all over North America: (1) TFC IPTV – a video-on-demand service; (2) myREMIT – a phone, online and brick-and-mortar remittance company; and (3) StarKargo – a door-to-door shipment service.

Over 70 participants, that included high-performing dealers and agents and TFC Sales and Marketing team members, attended two days of plenary sessions and workshops. The group did in-depth analyses and discussions about today’s overseas Filipino customers: what are their needs and how TFC’s products and services can best meet those (needs).  Plans for the year were also discussed by the different businesses.

TFC dealers and agents participated in plenary sessions during the Dealers’ Summit at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Haphi Llaneza)

Games were part of the team building sessions. Shown here is the winning team for the Highest Poker Combination game, showing their Royal Flush (Spades). (L-R)  StarKargo Agent Bing Velasco, Ellen Tiamzon, Laurelia Yago, Jun Pacifico, and Service Awardee Larry Tiamzon (Photo courtesy of Haphi Llaneza)

TFC dealers and agents did various activities during the workshops and planning sessions at the TFC Dealers’ Summit. (Photo courtesy of Haphi Llaneza)

(L-R) Production Engineering Head Jonas De Leon; “Adobo Nation” Producer & Host Ginger Conejero; Head Writer Mouse Munoz; North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano; CA-Central & West Territory Account Sales Head Clarence Sanicas; CA Sales Coordinator Evelyn Cruz; US-East TASH Ryan Eduardo; Martin Nievera; CA-East TASH Mario Marasigan; North America Dealer Management & Recruitment Manager Malou Garcia; US-Northwest TASH John Caridad; Marketing Specialist Haphi Llaneza; and  US-Southwest TASH Ariel Angeles.

North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano with Concert King Martin Nievera.

ABS-CBN Global COO Olivia de Jesus underlines the importance and the value of the contributions of the dealers and agents to TFC. De Jesus declared that “As our frontliners, we are counting on you to solidify our relationship with our subscribers. You know their pulse, what they want, and that is very helpful information for us who create the content.”

Country Manager for Canada Jun Del Rosario echoed the sentiment when he said, “Dealers have always been a very important part of the growth of TFC and ABS-CBN, and we look forward to continuing to be your partner as we move ahead and explore new opportunities.”

The summit was capped with dinner and the TFC BIDA Awards Night, recognizing the dealers and agents who performed well in 2016-2017.  Under the TFC BIDA (Best and Inspired Dealer Achievement) Awards which was launched in 2016, the best performing dealers and agents of TFC IPTV, StarKargo and myREMIT receive trophies and prizes for delivering exceptional results in these lines of businesses. Below is the list of the current “heroes” of TFC, which is the literal English translation of the Filipino word “Bida.”

TFC-IPTV

Dealers of the Year (North America)

1st Place      Ronald Lim

2nd Place      Leona Sala

3rd Place       Aleli Cabunoc and Jun Pacifico

Top Sales Achievers        

Aurora Cajucom (Canada)

Leona Sala (U.S.)

Ronald Lim (Premium Package Sales)

StarKargo

Agents of the Year (North America)

Rafael Carlos & Peter Carlos

Bing Velasco

Ed Diolazo

Top Sales Achievers

Rafael Carlos & Peter Carlos (Northern California)

Jevy Gonzales (Southern California)

TFC myREMIT

Agents of the Year

Joyce Minimart (Canada)

Express Remit (U.S.)

Top Sales Achievers

West Alexander Technologies (Canada)

JVM Enterprises (U.S.)

Larry Tiamzon was presented the Service Award for his more than 20 years of service.

Ronald Lim (2nd from right) is awarded Dealer of the Year and Top Sales Achiever for Premium Sales Packages by North America Dealer Management & Recruitment Manager Malou Garcia (left), Global & North America Budget Manager Edgar Carbonell (2nd from left), and North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano (right).

Bing Velasco (2nd from left), brothers Ato & Peter Carlos (4th & 5th from left) and Ed Diolazo (not in photo) were awarded StarKargo Agents of the Year. Joining them are North America Customer Operations Head Agnes Jamias (left); (Cargo & Warehouse Operations Manager Noel Kenery (3rd from left); North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano (2nd from right); and Product Operations Head Kerwin Du.

West Alexander Technologies represented by Ronald Opina (center) won TFC myREMIT Top Sales Achiever (Canada). Shown in photo are North America Marketing Head Pam Castillo (left) and North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano (right).

North America Dealer Management & Recruitment Manager Malou Garcia (3rd from right) and CA Sales Coordinator Evelyn Cruz (3rd from left) are joined by TFC dealers and agents (L-R) Luming Pestanas, Leona Sala, Bambi Leda, Ellen Tiamzon, and Aleli Cabunoc.

Larry Tiamzon (2nd from left) receives the Service Award for his more than 20 years of service as a TFC Dealer. He is flanked by North America Dealer Management & Recruitment Manager Malou Garcia (left), North America Marketing Head Pam Castillo (2nd from right), and North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano (right).

TFC dealers and agents are the vanguards of the businesses of TFC. According to Ray Olano, North American Sales and Distribution Head, “Our TFC dealers and agents are the frontliners of TFC, hence are critical in fulfilling ABS-CBN’s mission of serving the overseas Filipino.

When asked, what fulfills them as TFC dealers, Leona Sala, Top Sales Achiever for the U.S., shared that “It is the moment after I have set up the customer’s box and as soon as you turn it on, seeing the light in their eyes, the laughter, and the occasional jumping up and down and the hugs.”

Another dealer, Bing Lim, recalled that when she “installed the set-top box in the home of a 75-year old couple who had not been home in over 20 years, the first time they heard Noli De Castro (a popular Filipino newscaster) say ‘Magandang Gabi, Bayan,’ they actually had tears in their eyes.”

Olano recognizes how the dealers and agents serve as the link between overseas Filipinos and the motherland. He adds that “It is through them that we are able to connect our kapamilyas here in North America, back to our home country – either by providing news and entertainment through TFC, or remittance service through myREMIT, or balikbayan box service through StarKargo.

Over 70 participants, including TFC dealers and agents and TFC Sales and Marketing team members attended the two-day TFC Dealers’ Summit at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

According to Olano,“We need to properly equip and motivate our dealers and agents. The summit meeting equips their mind with knowledge, and the BIDA program fuels their heart with passion.”

In his inspirational speech, Executive Adviser Raffy Lopez expressed his gratitude to the team calling them “our beloved heroes in the field, the faces of TFC to our customers through the years.” Lopez paraphrased a 19th century poet and said, “We went to where there was no path, and left a trail. Mabuhay to all of you and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your service.”

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Media Contact:
Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion
ABS-CBN International – TFC
2001 Juniperro Serra Blvd, Ste. 200
Daly City, CA 94014
pia_lopezbanos@abs-cbn.com
1-650-241-5607

 

NEWS RELEASE: Netflix Picks Up Myx TV’s “Eat Your Words”

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Netflix Picks Up Myx TV’s “Eat Your Words”

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 31, 2018 Myx TV, the leading English-language Asian American entertainment network, scored a milestone this January.  Netflix has ordered two seasons of the show, “Eat Your Words”, Myx TV’s food competition show that challenges participants to recreate dishes that they didn’t enjoy at a given restaurant.

“We’re very proud of this accomplishment,” said Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos.  “Myx TV has been producing reality shows of late that are out of the box and out of the ordinary.  We offer a different palette of storytelling, perspective and experience that appeal across the board and I’m glad that Netflix saw something new and special in one of our works.”

“Eat Your Words” turns the table on internet food critics. Host Kara Birkenstock was quoted by Variety: “In the age of social media, anyone who goes to a restaurant thinks they’re food expert, and they’re happy to broadcast their picky opinion over the internet.”

The show then challenges the critics to cook the dish they negatively rated and be subjected to the evaluation of a panel of judges. If they score high, they get a gift certificate to the participating restaurant; if they score low, they have to apologize to the restaurant they critiqued and, well, “eat their words”.

“Eat Your Words” is the first TV series to be picked up by Netflix from Myx TV, a network owned and operated by ABS-CBN International, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation which is the largest Filipino media and entertainment network in the world. It is also the first show picked up by Netflix from any ABS-CBN company.

You can watch “Eat Your Words” on Netflix at https://www.netflix.com/title/80207838.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

NERISSA M. FERNANDEZ
Head, Global Corporate Affairs & PR
ABS-CBN International
2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Ste 200
Daly City, CA 94014
nfernandez@abs-cbni.com
MOBILE: 650.455.8616