Tuesday, September 27, 2016

EMMY AWARDS 2016: Jodi Sta. Maria nominated for Best Actress for "Pangako Sa Yo/The Promise/La Promesa" and "Bridges of Love/Puentes de Amor" nominated for Best Telenovela

Not only are Pinoy teleseryes getting high ratings from its mostly primetime slots in many countries in many continents, they are getting the critical accolades too.

Jodi Sta. Maria was nominated for Best Actress for her role in the teleserye Pangako Sa Yo/The Promise/La Promesa. She will be vying against  UK.'s Judi Dench ("Roald Dahl's Esio Trot"), Brazil's Grazi Massafera ("Verdades Secretas") and Germany's Christiane Paul ("Unterm Radar").

Meanwhile, the teleserye Bridges of Love/Puentes de Amor (the first teleserye shown in Latin America) was nominated for Best Telenovela, vying against entries from Brazil: A Regras de Jogo by Globo TV and Verdades Seceras, also by Globo TV, and from Canada, 30 Vles by Ici Radio-Canada.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

"BARCELONA A Love Untold": Trailer with Vietnamese Subtitles

The latest film of the Kathniel loveteam composed of Kathryn Bernardo & Daniel Padilla is a certified blockbuster hit, reportedly earning PHP 130 million in its first 5 days. It has already started its international run in many countries, though there are still no reports that the film will be shown in Vietnam. Last year, Kathniel won the Foreign Stars of the Year Award in Vietnam, and their Vietnamese fans are actually very active in the social media. In fact, proof of their eagerness, these Kathniel fans have already subtitled all on their own the trailer of the movie.

Friday, September 23, 2016

LizQuen's FOREVERMORE now showing in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon & Kenya... Meanwhile, Liza releases the lyric video of latest single "Spark"

Forevermore was the first teleserye of the LizQuen loveteam composed of Enrique Gil & Liza Soberano and it easily became an international hit when it was first shown outside the country in Kazakhstan in 2015. After taking that country by storm, it started spreading its wings into the other continents. It is currently being shown in Nigeria, Ghana & Cameroon at My TV Africa & primetime at the Kenyan KTN TV (just as the teleserye of the other big Pinoy loveteam, KathNiel's Pangako Sa Yo, is also being shown in those places so it's a veritable fest of Pinoy young loveteams in West & East Africa these days).

Meanwhile, the second LizQuen hit 2016 teleserye, Dolce Amore, has started its international run at Kazakhstan & will soon hit Cambodia, Vietnam & Africa.

Meanwhile, Ms. Soberano found the time to record her latest single.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

PANGAKO SA YO/THE PROMISE/LA PROMESA now showing in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania & Peru

The 2016 teleserye Pangako Sa Yo/ The Promise/ La Promesa is currently being shown in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania @ Startimes Novela E1 & opens tomorrow, Thursday, in Peru in South America.

 It has already been shown in Kazakhstan, even when it hasn't completed its first-run showing in Manila early this year, where the Kathniel loveteam was voted in an online poll as the best-loved teleserial couple in that country.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Arci Muñoz' TELESERYE: "Magpahanggang Wakas" Starring ARCI MUÑOZ & JERICHO ROSALES

Arci Muñoz is the most clicked personality in our blog. She has come a long way from the sexy calendar girl we initially featured in the blog. Tomorrow her new primetime teleserye will begin.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Meanwhile in Peru... LA PROMESA Finally Showing September 22 @ 5:30 PM, Peruvian Time, Panamericana TV

The Kathniel movie Barcelona A Love Untold has just took the Philippine box-office by storm, but here comes the news that the last teleserye of the loveteam has finally been dubbed into Spanish and that La Promesa will finally be showing on Peruvian TV next week. Same timeslot as the trailblazing Puentes de Amor, the first Pinoy teleserye to be shown in Latin America.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Who's Afraid of the Typhoon? Come Hell or High Water, KATHNIEL's "BARCELONA A Love Untold" Is a Hit, Naturally!

The weather yesterday was raging, but apparently, weather wasn't enough reason to break the will of a determined fan. The country's top young loveteam just proved it is still the country's top loveteam at the box office.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

TELESERYE, DRAMA, TELENOVELA: Like Japan, Mexico is a Big Foreign Investor in the Philippines but it doesn't require us to buy its telenovelas...

It was a comedy of errors of sorts these past few days. I came out of the hospital recovered from another illness, only to catch the nastiest Upper Respiratory Tract Infection I've ever had at home with the start of the ber months, complete with high-grade fever & incessant coughing. But in the end, I didn't expect the post announcing my sick leave would attract comments.

The most hilarious was the part where somebody wrote about "the villains getting away " while I was on sick leave. While it was really interesting to write about the shenanigans of the villains when they occured, the truth is I don't really think about them especially now that I've discovered their whole game is just propaganda fiction. I never really took them seriously even before & it was only when I discovered the sabotage on Jadine in 2014 (see Scandals at the sidebar) that I even bothered to check them up. And instead of being impressed, I discovered instead their lack of popularity almost everywhere except in some areas of Mongoloid East Asia. Simply, they are nowhere as popular as their propaganda drivel. The truth is I had great laughs because it was a con game that was very expensive & extensive but after a decade, it is obvious they are not really getting popular, they are fast receding almost everywhere including in the Philippines. They can always invest in more propaganda. If you noticed, there are suddenly minor celebrities, newspaper write-ups & even bloggers suddenly busy working for them, signs they are actively stemming the fatal tide (not to mention the release of films, low-rating teleseryes & even a filmed concert of unknowns, designed to pretend whatever popularity. Perception management, that is). But they have been doing those for the last decade and they have not really prevented their slide from consciousness. Mercenary Pinoys are part of the territory, but in the end, one really can't fight one's natural looks. When people see the sleight-of-hand, the magic is gone.

The big nagging question, of course, is how did they have the gall to sabotage Pinoys who are clearly overshadowing  them in that most important requisite for a star- looks? (See Tales of SABOTAGE at the sidebar)

Part of the recent efforts to stem the tide of irreversible oblivion was something  I thought  was very curious: in a certain local business show that I watched, there was suddenly a disclaimer that the South Koreans are big investors in the country and that they send many tourists to the country. There were other guest foreign businessmen of different nationalities who invested in the Philippines but why was the South Koreans singled out for a disclaimer? Considering the wide inroads of South Korean propaganda in the country, this was not an innocent disclaimer. Were we expected to just grin and bear it just because they have investments? Why, how big are those investments anyway?

Why do the Japanese with far bigger investments don't find the need to sabotage us? I love the films of Takashi Miike but Japanese series are not slammed down our throats. The Mexicans, who have poured the largest foreign direct investment in the last three years, don't require us to buy their telenovelas, the true competition of teleserye worldwide?

Let me do my disclaimers too. All my writeups about the scandals were done (written & uploaded from) on a Korean-made smartphone but  whose screen cracked just today when I dropped it. I wrote this post on the cracked screen. All my articles will soon be done on a different un-Korean brand the new model of which will arrive in the Philippine market soon. One of my three Kazakh friends who I befriended on a trip to Kazakhstan was a Korean ethnic (there are 100,000 Kazakh Koreans, Koreans thrown by the Soviets into Kazakhstan) but he identified more with Russians, and  speak Russian like a native. Sergei himself researched and gave me an honest overview of the Central Asian Asiatic film scene devoid of the nationalistic undertones among Asiatics, like a true Russian intellectual would. He is one of the three who gives me the regular heads-up of the Central Asian scene (the other two are a native Kazakh & a blonde Kazakh Russian).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL 2016: Ma Rosa/ Ang Babaeng Humayo

The country's top two Indie directors, Lav Diaz & Brillante Mendoza, represent the Philippines in the Toronto Film Festival 2016.

Ma Rosa already made history at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival with the Best Actress win of Jaclyn Jose.

Ang Babaeng Humayo just recently won the Best Film at the just-concluded Venice Film Festival 2016.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

LION D'ORO, BEST FILM @ VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2016: "Ang Babaeng Humayo" Directed by LAV DIAZ

This is good news. It just came at the right time when I got confirmation I can now end my sick leave, I am well.

The Philippines is well. This is just one more proof its entertainment industry is one of its worldwide strengths. It should be nurtured, it will go a long way in dissipating the lingering inferiority complex of a population still in uneven development.

As far as showbiz is concerned, we are one of the region's stalwarts...

Friday, September 9, 2016

A MAJOR WORLD SOAP PRODUCER: List of Pinoy Teleseryes Being Shown in Africa

Pinoy teleseryes & Latin American telenovelas have had a tight competition over the African soap market since the 2000 version of Pangako Sa Yo took the continent by storm more than a decade ago. Pinoy teleseryes never looked back and have become primetime staples in the continent's major markets like Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, etc. The competition has grown tighter through the years, made livelier by the resurgence of Indian & Turkish telenovelas, but it was good the Pinoys have already developed a lasting connection to its African audience and continue to be appreciated by them, like in many parts of the world. The challenge is for Pinoy producers to up the ante and be up to the task of being one of the major international forces in world telenovelas.

Here is a list of the teleseryes being shown in Africa, as culled from a Facebook group of African fans of Teleseryes.

1. Be Careful With My Heart- Nigeria, Ghana & Cameroon @ My TV Africa

2. Forevermore- Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon @ My TV Africa; Kenya @ KTN

3. Tomorrow Belongs To Me/ Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon- Tanzania @ Star TV

4. Doble Kara/ Identical Twins- Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania @ Startimes Novela E1

5. Pangako Sa Yo/ The Promise/ Assurance- Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania @ Startimes Novela E1


Actually, I was not aware of this particular 2015 list.  Nobody bothered to take it seriously because it was so ridiculous. It was a day when the meaning of Beauty became synonymous with Comedy. Pity, nobody lingered to savor the joke. More out of revulsion? I only got to know it yesterday. The undermining of resurgent Pinoy teen stars are still ongoing like I described in the Scandals series though it evolved into subtler undermining tricks after it was first exposed in this blog: in a forum where some Pinay teen actresses were being lauded, this list was suddenly uploaded, clearly intended to undermine. As expected, the list turned into a laughingstock instead. Apparently, the list is still constantly recycled in the propaganda network of the villains: they most likely treated it as a propaganda coup, though it was practically useless because only a few bother with them anymore anyway. They don't have to admit it but they have simply become washed-up years ago. The only noise remaining comes from their propaganda outlets. For a special purpose?

The list of supposedly "most beautiful people" were dominated by ordinary-looking South Koreans so that promptly destroyed its credibility. There was no hassle because there were no subscribers or readers who would withdraw their membership for pure revulsion (For one, when I use lists in this blog,  I use only accountable ones from magazines or subscription websites where ridiculous lists can mean withdrawal of  subscriptions or membership altogether). It was a website like any website, but apparently it was handy for psy-op operations like this one. Needless to say, it failed to deliver .

I decided to write about this now because it appears the villains have upped the level of  their delusion. Inadvertently, the new developments suggested a bigger conspiracy which would need updating our understanding of this issue. The hallmarks of a tired playbook were there: say some truths but speak more lies that could be confused with the truths. Show some really beautiful faces and insert simple faces that must be confused as beautiful too. The gimmick has become hackneyed: the list was simply ignored (though even true beauties Kathryn Bernardo & Liza Soberano were used as supporting cast to give credibility to the charade).

In the usual conversations about beauty among friends where beautiful people is the favorite topic, Koreans still don't figure at all though their propaganda machine is rampant here. The list was actually hilarious: the houseboy-looking rocker was supposedly one among the "Top 10 most handsome in the world" though I couldn't find any among my female & gay friends who doesn't think he's ugly. Gigantic leap indeed from being ugly to the Top 10 Most Handsome in the world, that's hard to beat! The "most beautiful girl of the world" was just as ridiculous: she was not ugly but definitely looked out of place among the really beautiful ones in the list (and none among them were her countrywomen).
 The problem is that the more credible lists might be degraded by ridiculous lists such as this. Of course, we know this pseudo-affirmative gimmick has been done so many times before by pretentious campaigns that people are now jaded. Many, like me, laughed when they actually saw it. So did all my friends.

My college professor friend thinks the South Koreans are being used. The question is for what purpose?  I first thought that this was a simple pro-Mongoloid campaign but my  friend had a different take: This looks like a pro-Mongoloid campaign on the outside but the fact that the promotions done were lopsidedly in favor of the South Koreans over the Chinese & Japanese (who incidentally have far bigger markets & relatively more interesting culture & people) revealed  another story. Throwing some crumbs to the Chinese & Japanese  was just done to recruit them to a Mongoloid campaign which actually has its ultimate aim in their own denigration, especially to the Chinese, the main target. For example, China & Japan were given 4 slots each in this Top 100 list but 8 were given to the South Koreans. More critically,  they were made irrelevant in the international  promotion infrastructures given to the Koreans. For one, the Koreans were even allowed to use the illegal pirate sites for promotions  and we know who actually control these sites. The Korean promotion is to give them a headstart as the trendy & beautiful Mongoloid face of Asia, undercutting the ascendancy of the soft power potential of the resurgent Chinese, the feared cutural hegemon of the near future. An unorthodox  geopolitico-cultural war?

What do I think? Frankly, I couldn't care less. People have long seen through these tired social engineering  gimmicks. My only concern is that now that their perennially unrequited desire to be the most beautiful Asian is undercut by the popularity of the Cute Pinoys who became resurgent despite the lack of a propaganda machine, what will that make of the Cute Pinoys? More sabotage?

AKO AY NANDIDIRI: When Having Sex Means Puking At Each Other, When Marrying Means Swallowing One's Vomit

Most of the contributors to this blog are gay and they are all well-educated, two of them are medical doctors and one is a free-thinking college professor. I sought their help when I decided to get serious with this blog. I don't have much time to read about Pinoy showbiz news nor watch teleseryes but I have these showbiz addict gay friends who now always give me the heads up on showbiz happenings. It was actually my gay assistant who informed me about the Pacquiao alleged gay slur drama. Four of the gay contributors were present in the coffee house when we discussed this and our discussion really opened my eyes. There's another side to this issue & I thought why shouldn't I be the champion of this side through this blog.

Most gays don't join this fake bandwagon sorrounding Gay Marriage. For one, this issue makes the typical Pinoy gay puke. Straight guys here are cheap & a self-respecting gay won't be caught sucking another gay man. As one said,"Lalaki ang hanap nila, di pekeng lalaki!* In fact one bravely commented:"I am gay but I am a proud homophobic. I puke merely thinking of having sex with another gay man".

Now why would a self-respecting gay marry somebody who makes him puke when having sex with? How can love grow when they vomit at each other?

In effect, Gay Marriage is a campaign to politically blackmail gays to swallow their vomit & have sex though their whole being is telling them to puke. Just so they belong? How foolish.

Just like the fact that Blacks are still the poorest after all the Black minority rights campaign, it turned out Gay Mariage doesn't matter in the end because so few gays ultimately marry  in those countries which adapted it. Somebody chose to forget most gays actually would rather puke than have sex with each other.

I took this info from Theworldofstraightmen.blogspot.com:
Let's look at Holland, the first country which adapted Gay Marriage in 2001:

As you can see, the biggest number was in the first year (the suckers were probably excited by all the political pang-uuto in the first year) but the interest gradually fell with each year, dropping very low indeed. If there would have been a clamor for Gay Marriage there, it should have been increasing, but the small numbers just kept declining proving this was merely a useless political stunt. Somebody just wanted to manipulate gays for a political aim (I'll discuss this in Part 2). With this paltry result, why bother with all these noisy political noise especially in a country like the Philippines where gays have refined taste and having sex with another gay man makes them vomit? Reminds me of all the big headlines about  the fight for Black minority rights from the 60's but circa 2015 the US Blacks were still burning Ferguson & Baltimore because they would turn out to be still the poorest.

The clamor for Gay Marriage is fake because most gays are revolted by the thought of having sex with a gay man, how much more wed one? Of course, there would still be a few with strong stomachs who can fool themselves to swallow their vomit and say it is love but should we even have to change our way of life centered on an important institution like family just to kowtow to every marginal deviant? Should we disallow beauty pageants just because it would discomfort the majority ugly? Should we shoot the paltry rich just because they offend the majority poor?

Even the  poster figure in the local LGBT scene, a comedian named Vice Ganda turned out to be a connoisseur of straight basketball players. If he is sincere in fighting for gays, why shouldn't he be a true gay model, why doesn't he flaunt a parlorista lover instead? Is money involved in these kinds of campaign? The LGBT groups here, who financed them before they hoodwinked the hooked members to contribute the token funds (the main fund comes from the dark sponsors?)?

Really curious...

It gets curioser in Part 2

SCANDAL!!! PART 6: I Can Not Be Corrupted, Sorry! It Won't Be Fun Anymore so No Way

About 5 days ago (August 6, 2015), the figurehead of the propaganda front masquerading as fan club of Pinoy artists in the Post-Soviet space contacted me in my VK account and offered me to relieve him in his post. That in effect, I can become the new administrator AKA figurehead of their propaganda front whose lies I just began to document and expose (so far I exposed one in my blog & another one in my VK account). He admitted that at least 95% of what they were publishing were true (only 5% were lies?) but he claimed it was his companions who did those without his knowledge. I'm not judging him if what he's saying was true, he might have been actually used because it's de rigueur that propaganda fronts use innocent figureheads to pretend plausible deniability. Needless to say, I rejected him outright. Not out of any emotional reasons, but more on practical considerations. The propaganda front was established there for a particular reason and they are not to stop now. But the fact they were found out, documented and exposed has already produced the effect I was expecting: they have to make it appear they are not what they actually are and make good 100% in what they are doing. The Pinoy artists will only benefit for the meantime. In fact, I've toned down my VK account, limiting myself only to publicity of the Pinoy artists with films being shown in Kazakhstan and let them feature more Pinoy stars. I only do this for fun, but that's their career.

Above is part of the message of the Admin of the Fake Pinoy Group (We use direct Google translation  in order that I won't be accused of putting my own interpretation): "I have noticed that you are keen on Filipino culture, you do not want to become a manager in the group? Will no longer be propaganda, and I will give all the control to you. I have very little free time"

 But of course, the 5% lies are what that front is about. It's just a matter of time, every animal has its own DNA which it has to act upon... but even then, we've been tipped off beforehand, we will be there waiting.

 Now, if they indeed had seen the light and reinvent their genes, so much the better. Anyway, their work is really puny in the scheme of things. The Pinoy artists have already made inroads that even the villains haven't achieved in that area, and Pinoys won't need them as much as they needed to piggyback on the Pinoys in the limelight. As we have shown, this front is used by the villains to capture the Pinoy fans as ready captive for South Korean propaganda (Scandal 4 & 5).

 With this latest turn of events, we saw how they really operate, but which I expected because that's the textbook procedures in counterpropaganda: coup d'etat at the top. Reminiscent of the move to turn in the stars who were the original target of the initial sabotage, or the blatant influence on admins of some local fan clubs.

 Frankly, I don't find the South Koreans as threats. They have very obvious deficiencies which are fatal roadblocks to their big ambition (Plastic Surgery has its limits, for one). It's actually funny that they were caught doing what they were not supposed to be doing (just like the politician being caught dipping his fingers to the pie: if he was not caught, nobody would have been the wiser). But these are mere hiccups if they want to set things right.

 As I mentioned, I made a deliberate decision to limit myself in my VK account on the stars with films shown in Kazakhstan (or any place in the world where they are hot, for that matter). That is now beginning to be felt on my blog. This blogging is supposed to be fun, and I find it more fun monitoring the inroads of the Pinoy stars in their international forays. So far, I find only few of our local stars as interesting and it would be more fun zeroing in on only those who are interesting.

 As to the question of James Reid, have I really turned my back after the Houseboy-looking Rocker incident? My change in tactic was just a coincidence. In the beginning, I fed mostly Jadine articles because I was always thinking of my South American readers, my initial international readers. Moreover, ever since I stoked a diversionary intrigue to deflect the blowback of the Para Sa Hopeless Romantic flop on the Jadine love team, readers have looked to this blog as a Jadine fanatic. Wrong, it was just that I saw some bad moves, and it was like instinctively saving a baby from being run over by a speeding car. But the fact that I was mostly featuring the team limited my audience. When I started featuring Lizquen, the deluge of the readers made me really think but I played it slow so as not to offend. Then I got my perfect alibi: the Houseboy-looking Rocker incident was a perfect time to shift gears. I actually received unsolicited emails which said they understood. Whatever they understood, I am not sure. If ever On The Wings Of Love is shown in Kazakhstan or anywhere else, I'll be promoting them again. The Houseboy-looking Rocker Incident didn't mean a thing: James Reid will still have his handsome face so that means the villain still lost. They sabotaged him because fans loved his handsome face in the first place.

SCANDAL!!! Part 7: Getting Close To The Nitty-Gritty: SO... WHY DID THEY DO WHAT THEY HAD TO DO?

Upon the prodding (teasing, actually) of a Spanish friend, this blog started as a minor cheerleading squad for the Pinoy teen stars who were supposedly just starting to be noticed then but actually already eclipsing the usual fare in the supposedly-pirate Asiatic film websites (we now know these are just masquerading as pirate sites, they are actually propaganda sites). It was fun reading young fans complain they were "tired of watching" the old usual faces and that the Pinoy teen stars were a "relief". Little did we know that we would witness the blatant sabotage done on the Pinoy teen stars and their films. Diary ng Panget immediately became a hit when it came out on October 2014 and all the pirated Pinoy films received a boost, but it was the teen stars that really led the attack, with She's Dating the Gangster sustaining the Pinoy teen upsurge well into 2015. By February 2015, the requests for the second film of the Jadine loveteam, Talk Back And You're Dead, were started to be deleted in a Spanish site, Cineasiaenlinea. The requests for the film continued in the Comments section for Diary Ng Panget however... until all of a sudden, all the Comments, including the glowing reviews of the latter film, were summarily deleted in the end of February (Read SCANDAL!!! PART 2). The sabotage was not limited to the aforementioned website but in other big Spanish-speaking pirate sites (We would soon discover it's not limited in the Spanish blogosphere, either). Signs of desperation, from any measure.