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PEP visits Startalk to promote The PEP List 2013 Awards Night

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin at 9:16 am on Monday, May 19, 2014

Philippine Entertainment Portal ( editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon and associate editor Erwin Santiago visited the set of GMA Network’s Sunday showbiz talk show, Startalk, yesterday, May 18.


Jo-Ann and Erwin were there to promote The PEP List 2013 Awards Night, which will be held tomorrow, May 20, at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort & Casino in Parañaque City.


Hosts Ricky Lo and Heart Evangelista interviewed the PEP editors live and asked about the details of The PEP List 2013, such as the categories and when it will be held.



At the dressing room of Studio 6, Jo-Ann and Erwin also had the opportunity to chat with some of the celebrity guest stars that afternoon, like Dingdong Dantes, Camille Prats, Rafael Rosell, and Willie Revillame.



Dingdong was there to promote his upcoming primetime series Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real; Camille and Rafael promoted their afternoon soap The Borrowed Wife; and Willie surprised host Lolit Solis who was celebrating her birthday on the show.


After the show, some of the hosts obliged for a photo op with the PEP editors.


PEP editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon takes leave of absence

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin at 1:45 pm on Monday, January 6, 2014

Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon, editor-in-chief of Philippine Entertainment Portal, is taking a leave of absence. She will be away from PEP from January to June 2014, to focus on her other duties as Summit Media’s Group Editorial Director. Currently, Summit has 24 titles and eight websites.

“Unstoppable” like Katniss Everdeen

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin at 10:38 pm on Sunday, November 24, 2013

I had the chance to attend the Pharmaton Unstoppable Cinemaxclusive event last Friday, November 23.

I was told it was simply a special screening for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but to my surprise, it had perks like a four-course dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., where cocktail drinks were also served after the event.

More than a hundred showed up—several families, couples, and officemates.

Jose Nicanor III, managing director of BrandworX Inc, which was in charge of the event, said they were on to the second leg.

There was no purchase requirement. Just answer a question about being an unstoppable character or actor or join the digital raffle via Pharmaton’s Facebook page. The promos chose a total of 85 winners, who were entitled to bring two of their friends.

It was a success.

Nicanor underlined that the intent was simply to tell how people can be unstoppable despite the daily pressures we all experience at work and even inside our homes; that if we have a lot of energy, a lot of things can still be done even after office hours.

The rationale made quite a lot of sense to me.

Most people (myself included) allot more time at work, forgetting the wonders of spending a few hours with friends or enjoying little things.

I capped the night thinking it was a good decision to pause.

A few minutes with Nicanor led me to some insights.

And a few hours with Katniss Everdeen made me realize two things:

(1) Not even a President Snow can put her down and stop her from doing what she must do

(2) I should be grateful for everything that I have because others have so little or none at all.

I slept at 5:00 a.m. because there was no other time for me to check two pending PEP items. I woke up three hours later, not feeling tired at all for the reunion and event I had to go to that day.

Karen A. Pagsolingan

Five reasons why you should Run for Pasig on October 6

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin at 12:17 am on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

This was my third time to hear Regina Lopez talk about the esteros.

The first was at a press conference in 2010 where she presented her plan to rehabilitate the Ilog Pasig.

The photos show the sorry state of the esteros before the clean-up…

The stretch of Estero de Paco from Trece de Agosto to Apacible.

The estero behind Paco Market leading to Trece de Agosto.

And this was Estero de Paco’s headwater.

A formidable task for the lady boss of ABS-CBN Foundation, but she was relentless.

“I even approached the top executives of GMA-7,” Gina Lopez told (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a previous interview.

My  second encounter with her was in 2011 at the Summit Media office.

She spent an hour talking up the river warriors, who have been helping her in cleaning up the Manila esteros.

The third time was yesterday, September 24, Torre Venezia Suites when Gina showed the accomplishments of her advocacy to date.

What used to look like this…

Estero de Paco, from Apacible to Trece de Agosto section

… is now  this!

To see how the other areas were transformed, VIEW PHOTOS OF ESTERO DE PACO: BEFORE AND AFTER!

She’s unstoppable. Now Gina Lopez is off to cleaning and beautifying the creeks on Pasong Tamo and Culiat in Tandang Sora, Quezon City as well as the whole stretch of river on Guadalupe.

That’s just one (actually, the main) reason why you should be at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on October 6 and run for Pasig River.


Reason #1. You run, you do something for the 16 esteros in Manila and Quezon City.

At press time, 50,000 people have already registered.

Gina exclaimed, “We need more runners!”


Reason #2. Run for only 300 pesos (student rate is 150 pesos).

To register, visit Run for Pasig River booths in SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, and Chris Sports Outlets.

Or, click this link for more details.


Reason #3. Run with celebrities, the likes of Anne Curtis and her boyfriend Erwann Heussaff, Kim Atienza, Karylle, and Kim Chiu.

In Cebu: Paulo Avelino and Jason Abalos

In Davao: Maja Salvador, Arron Villaflor, and Bryan Termulo

In Los Angeles: Joem Basco, Bangs Garcia, Paul Jake Castillo, and Jake Cuenca


Reason #4. Run… just for fun.

The organizers underlined, “For the Manila leg, we have 5K and 3K only. There’s no competition.”

On the same day, there will be eco-runs in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, and Los Angeles!

Don’t forget to bring water bottles.


Reason #5. Run for “One Philippines.”

Gina said she has five success indicators for her project:

1. Environment- “clean water, clean air”

2. Economy

Paco Market before the clean-up drive…

…and after cleaning the estero…

3. Peace and Order- “There’s 40 percent reduction in crima rate.”

4. Health- “85 percent of the families said they saved 819 pesos a month…”

5. GNH- Gross National Happiness

“Money doesn’t give you happiness,” Gina Lopez stressed, citing Bhutan as an example.

“It’s a happy country. When my brother visited, he said the King was biking into the market,” she intoned, adding, “And he said there was a lot of marijuana… for the pigs.”

Laughing, she remarked, “Bhutan probably has the best lechon. Pigs die so high and happy, and they go to heaven!”

But she turned serious when the topic shifted back to the run, “Think of it as helping the Philippines. This is a run for the future!”

- Karen Pagsolingan

Photos: Faizza Tanggol of ABS-CBN Foundation

Do More Awards challenge ordinary citizens to becomer “more”

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin at 10:50 am on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

As part of its newest advocacy, Rexona launched the Do More Awards that aims to recognize Filipino achievers who have made significant contribution in their respective communities or fields of career.

Gina Lorenzana, head for personal care at Unilever, shared the importance of th brand’s latest initiative.

“We’d like to make sure that everybody around us actually is inspired to do more. And we can only do that if we show that there are indeed role models who embody the ‘do more’ philosophy,” said Gina during a press con at Las Flores Restaurant in One Mckinley Place, Bonifacio Global City, last September 3.

The categories included the following: the challenger, the artist, the innovator, the luminary, the social entrepreneur, the civic hero, the digital trailblazer, and the global Pinoy.

Among the eight judges, who will be choosing the finalists: Phil Younghusband (Azkals striker), Bianca Gonzalez (TV host), Senator Bam Aquino, Apples Aberin (model and PR Head of Unilever), Jim Ayala (social entrepreneur), Carlos Celdran (tourism consultant), Illac Diaz (sustainability advocate) and Marites Vitug (investigative journalist).

Of the eight categories, what’s striking was the digital trailblazer, as it pertains to “doers” or change agents who made use of social media to bring about greater good.

One recent example would be the Million People March, which proved that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts could lead to a show of solidarity against blatant corruption in the government.

If doing more means taking action as simple as tweeting positive thoughts that will inspire other people, then a hectic work schedule is no excuse to make a positive impact in the society.

Here are two things  we must remember to do more:

1. Start with yourself.

You don’t have to be Mother Teresa or Gandhi in order to influence positive changes around you.

For instance, you get caught by a police officer for committing a traffic violation.

Do you bribe your way out of the situation just for the sake of convenience? Of course not.

Be responsible for your actions and do not tolerate wrongful acts. By not engaging in bribery, you also help put a stop to small-scale corruption.

2. Serve others.

It’s so easy to get caught up with our day-to-day activities. Our time is so limited we either allot it for work or time off with family and friends.

Why not try to get out of your comfort zone once in a while?

Your community needs you. Join a group or participate in activities that promote common good. You can be part of a  church youth ministry, a sports club, or a group of community leaders that look after the welfare of your neighborhood.

You’d be amazed at how much you can do with the available resources around you.

Itchyworms publicist Chuck Gomez corrects “misinformation” about band’s bassist Kelvin Yu and Arci Muñoz

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin at 6:24 pm on Friday, September 6, 2013

“Nagkabalikan na ba kayo?”

Ito raw ang naging tanong ng mga kaibigan ni Kelvin Yu, bassist ng Itchyworms, dahil sa nabasa nilang article tungkol kay Arci Muñoz.

Kahapon, September 5, inilathala ng (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang interview ni Glenn Regondola sa TV5 actress, na nagsabing “smooth sailing” ang relationship nito sa isang miyembro ng banda.

Ayon kay Glenn, hindi nagbanggit si Arci ng pangalan.

“I-research niyo na lang sa net,” ang sabi raw ng dalaga.

At noong hinanap ni Glen sa Google ang nasabing information, heto ang nakita niya sa Wikipedia: “Muñoz is currently in a long term relationship with Kelvin Yu, bassist of Itchyworms.”

Yun pala, nag-break na ang dalawa early this year, at ang boyfriend ngayon ni Arsi ay si Mr. Bones Frankensteins ng Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus.

Mismong ang publicist ng Itchyworms na si Chuck Gomez ang tumawag sa PEP para i-correct ang information.

Narito ang statement na ipinadala niya:

“Hello and good day to you!

“I just want to clarify the misinformation that was published on yesterday, September 5, 2013 about Arci Munoz which was reported by Glenn Regondola.

“In the story, it was written that The Itchyworms’ bassist Kelvin Yu is the current boyfriend of Arci Munoz. This is not true, as Arci and Kelvin have ended their relationship for almost six months now.

“Also, The Itchyworms is not an underground band as they have numerous endorsements as well as concerts that are staged in major entertainment venues not only in the Philippines but around the world as well.

“The front man of the band, Jugs Jugueta is one of the main and pioneering hosts of ABS-CBN’s top-rating noontime variety show It’s Showtime.

“I cannot disclose the reason behind Arci’s and Kelvin’s breakup as my client, Kelvin, as the gentleman that he is, advised me not to.

“However, Kelvin, The Itchyworms, and I are one in wishing Arci the best of luck in both her career and personal life.

“Thanks so much and more power to”

Nais din naming pasalamatan si Chuck, gayundin ang PEPsters na sina igby at thugsandtiaras, dahil naging maagap sila sa pagtawag ng aming pansin.

Rest assured na hindi binabalewala ang mga ganitong pagpuna. 

At dahil din sa mga pagkakataong ito, mas lalo kaming nagiging masigasig sa paghahatid ng balitang tama at totoo.

Karen Pagsolingan

Million People March: a good start

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin at 10:20 pm on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I believe that the Million People March that took place at the open field of Quirino Grandstand in Luneta last August 26, 2013, is a resounding success.

What better way to celebrate Araw ng mga Bayani than to stage a protest calling for the abolition of PDAF (Priority Assistance Development Fund) or pork barrel, which is said to be the source of corruption?

Nakakalungkot na ang pork-barrel funds na ito na nanggaling mismo sa ibinabayad na buwis ng mamamayan ay kinukurakot lamang ng mga taong inihalal mismo ng mga taxpayers.

Dapat sana ay ginagamit ang pondong ito para sa ikabubuti ng kalagayan ng ating bansa.

This is serious matter.

What is at stake here: the hard-earned money of Pinoys that goes to the pockets of opportunists, who have sworn to be of public service. Such irony!

Now what makes the Million People March really amazing is that it was organized through social media.

Ang simpleng panawagan para sa pagpoprotesta laban sa pork-barrel scam ay kumalat nang kumalat via social networking sites at naipaalam sa mga taong may pare-parehong sentimiyento hinggil sa kontrobersyal na isyu.

During the rally, it was so nice to see “people who care” from all walks of life: mga senior citizens, estudyante, mga madre at mga pari, mayayaman, mahihirap.

Iba-iba man ang kanilang pinanggalingan, nagkaisa ang lahat sa araw na iyon dahil sa iisang adhikain.

Bago pa man pumatak ang ika-8:00 ng umaga, marami ang maagang gumising para nagtipun-tipon sa venue.

Maputik at madulas ang buong field dahil katatapos lang ng bagyong Maring.

Nagbabadya rin nung araw na iyon ang pagbuhos ng ulan, pero tuloy ang pagdagsa ng mga tao.

Tila nakiayon naman ang panahon dahil hindi bumuhos ang ulan.

Tila nakisama ang panahon dahil parang alam nitong para sa kabutihan ng nakararami ang nasabing pagtitipon-tipon ng mga tao sa Quirino Grandstand.

May mga artistang dumalo upang makiisa sa protesta, may full coverage ang TV networks, radio news stations, at iba pang taga-media.

Daan-daang libo ang nakiisa at sa kabuuan ay naging mapayapa ito.

Marami rin ang namangha dahil sa pagkatapos ng kaganapan ay naiwang malinis ang venue.

Dinala ng mga dumalo ang sari-sarili nilang basura, patunay na may malasakit sila hindi lang sa bayan kundi pati na rin sa kalikasan.

Maraming sinisimbolo ng Million People March.

Simbolo ito ng pagkakaisa para sa malinis at tapat na pamamalakad ng pamahalaan.

Simbolo ito ng pagkakaisa dahil iba-iba man ang pinanggalingan ng mga dumalo, nagkakaisa sila sa iisang panawagan: ang tapusin ang korapsyon sa pamahalaan.

Pagpapahayag nito na marami pa rin ang may malasakit para sa bayan.

Malayo pa ang itatakbo ng isyu na may kinalaman sa PDAF.

Nakakalungkot dahil ang suliranin tungkol sa pork barrel ay hindi kasing-simple ng paglilinis ng basura na dulot ng mga nag-rally sa Quirino Grandstand. Malayo pa talaga ang itatakbo nito, at marami pang pagdadaanan.

Pero sa ipinakita ng mga Pilipinong nagmartsa sa Million People March, magandang simula ito.  

VIEW PHOTOS of Million People March

- Ava May Robles

Catch PEP on Minute To Win It tomorrow, August 13!

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin at 2:50 pm on Monday, August 12, 2013

Two weeks ago, I received a text from my managing editor, Ms. Karen Pagsolingan, asking if I want to play in Minute To Win It.

I was really surprised. Hindi naman ako athletic o mahilig sa games! E, kaso ako daw ang napili to play.

I found out later on na si MJ Felipe pala ang salarin.

MJ, who reports for The Buzz and Showbiz Inside Report, currently heads the ad prom team for some of ABS-CBN’s shows at siya ang nag-suggest sa Minute To Win It na isali ako sa game, along with our PEP contributor Glen Sibonga.

Naloka lang ako dahil of all the members of the press, of all the members of the PEP Squad, ako talaga ang naisip ni MJ.

(With the guwapong-guwapo Luis Manzano. He makes all the tension and pressure all worth while.)

But I didn’t bother to ask anymore kung bakit nga ba kami ni Kuya Glen ang napili. Once I stepped inside ABS-CBN’s Studio 4, where the show is taped, pinangunahan na agad ako ng excitement.

I’ve been a fan of Minute To Win It U.S. version even before the show was franchised locally. Nagbibiruan pa nga kami ng husband ko kapag nanonood, kung sino ang mas magaling sa amin kung sakaling laruin naming ang mga games.

Now I can proudly say I’m better than him… at least in some of the challenges! (Chos!)

(First game was the beer-pong-inspired “Cuppaccino.” Did we win it? Abangan!)

One thing I learned from my experience on the show: Hindi ito madali.

Kahit anong galing mo sa practice, there is simply no way to tell kung ano ang magiging outcome ng laro mo.

Akala natin sa TV ang simple lang, but once you’re inside the 60-minute circle, iba na.

Totoo pala talaga iyong sinasabi ng ibang contestants na naghahalu-halo sa loob mo ang kaba, excitement, enjoyment, desire to win, at kung anu-ano pa kapag nasa laro ka na.

And the conditions—the cheering crowd, dancing lights—make it even harder for you to concentrate.

(All smiles, pero deep inside sabaw na sabaw na ang utak sa sobrang kaba!)

Nonetheless, I enjoyed every minute of the game.

Para akong bumalik sa pagkabata.

Playing reminded me of my semi-athletic and playful 8-year-old self—iyong batang umuuwing madungis at may galos sa binti, pero may malaking ngiti sa labi at punung-puno ng saya ang puso pagkatapos maglaro sa kalsada.

I’d do it all over again, if given the chance.

But for now, I’ll just enjoy reminiscing my experience as I finally get to watch our episode on TV.

(Me, Kuya Glen, Luis, DJ Eva Ronda, and DJ Popoy. Sino ang magwawagi sa Head To Head Challenge?)

Minute To Win It: Head To Head Challenge featuring PEP writers Demai Granali and Glen Sibonga versus radio DJs Eva Ronda and Popoy will air tomorrow, August 13, 11:00AM on ABS-CBN.

Sabay-sabay po nating panoorin, PEPsters!

Perci Intalan says he doesn’t want to “make a big deal” out of rumored resignation

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin at 3:07 pm on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

For about a year now, Perci (not Percy) Intalan has been the subject of rumors claiming two things:

1) He’s resigning from TV5;

2) The former lady boss of GMA-7’s entertainment TV Wilma Galvante will be taking his place.

A few times, the story would have embellishments.

The latest text message from an anonymous number said Perci used the “F” word in one of his conversations with Wilma.

One rumor went as far as saying, “Perci [allegedly] asked management to choose between him or Wilma, then, he walked out.”

Always the mild-mannered and almost-soft-spoken guy, this writer has never seen the young executive in a foul mood or unapproachable stance.

At the story conference of Madam Chairman, I asked for five minutes.

“Gusto mong kumain muna?”  he asked.

I replied, “Ngayon na, baka umalis ka, e.”

He laughed.

My first question: Are you resigning? Have you resigned?

In a calm tone, he answered, “I don’t want to make a big deal out of it, ang tagal pa, e. At talagang magha-hand over kami.”

But out of respect for his big bosses, TV5 Chairman Manny Pangilinan and TV5 President Noel Lorenzana, he decided to drop the topic.

What’s certain is that there will be a “restructure” and that he and Wilma, “we’ll be working together.”

Another executive who asked, “huwag na ilagay  name ko,” confirmed that Perci will be handling his post until December.

“After that, he’ll still be working for MVP. I’m sure the network will be making the official announcements soon, so let’s just wait.”

The source added that the changes will be implemented to avoid “overlapping” of duties.

“Kung dala-dalawa nga naman, hindi maiiiwasan ang tension… In the meantime, let Perci do his job.”


TEXT MESSAGE FROM ANONYMOUS SENDER. Last Monday, July 15, three members of the PEPsquad (Erwin Santiago, Jocelyn Dimaculangan, including this writer) received a feed.

In addition to Perci’s resignation and Wilma’s entry, it alleged that the latter would be “getting GMA staff,” and that GMA “hired 5 ABS executives.”

The lady executive has not replied to our query yesterday, July 17.

Also in the same text message, “100 TV5 staff jobless,” and three big stars of GMA-7 will be transferring to TV5 “courtesy of WVG [Wilma].”

Clues? According to the text message, two of them are singers and one is called “the queen.”

The feed also mentioned that an actor reportedly sent feelers to the Kapamilya network, but the latter “declined.”

The last item was about Lilybeth Rasonable, head of GMA-7’s entertainment TV, who allegedly threatened to resign if she doesn’t get promoted.

A GMA-7 executive told PEP, “Parang hindi naman ganun si Ma’am Lilybeth.”

Besides, “Parang wala rin akong narinig na ganun.”

Separately, Peachy Guioguio of TV5 encouraged these nameless senders to show themselves.

“If what you know is true, why are you doing it in anonymity?”

Karen A. Pagsolingan

Happy 1st birthday, PEPtalk!

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin at 6:55 pm on Thursday, June 6, 2013

The idea of having a web show for PEP first came about in 2009.

At that time, however, the website was just three years old. Hence, one of the bosses advised me, “Focus on the scoops first.”

In 2012, I started feeling more confident about it.

I remember telling our editor-in-chief, Jo-Ann Maglipon, “Madam, puwede na bang gawin ngayong year yung web show?”

She said, “Is the group ready? You know it’s quite hard to invite celebrities.”

And she was not bluffing.

For our first episode, we got these comments from a former executive of a talk show: “Ang taas naman ng head room. Ang likot ng camera. Ang puti ng ilaw. Hindi pulido ang audio.”

For our first guest, we waited for two months before Popoy Caritativo could give us a slot in the schedule of his former talent, Marian Rivera.

John Lloyd Cruz was supposed to be the second guest.

I remember rehearsing our questions at the house of Madam sometime in July 2012. But the interview happened in April 2013. (Thanks, by the way, to Star Cinema and Mico Del Rosario!)

But the birth pains were inevitable.

And looking back, given all the fun we had and the friendships formed on the set, each episode was worth all the effort.

From time to time, I’d consult Thess Gubi of Star Magic, “Sinong hot ngayon sa Dos? Puwede ba si star na maging guest?”

Those queries resulted to Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, Zaijian Jaranilla and Xyriel Manabat, Jessy Mendiola and Matteo Guidicelli, Yeng Constantino and Marcelito Pomoy, and the Star Magic Batch 2013 talents coming to our small studio in Mandaluyong City.

We were intially turned down by Derek Ramsay. But after exchanging text messages with Peachy Guiguio, head of TV5’s public relations, and her team, we got what we wished for: Kidlat in the house!

We’d also like to thank Angel (Javier) and her angels in GMA-7’s corporate communications department for helping us coordinate with the following Kapuso: Aljur Abrenica, Ryza Cenon, Steven Silva, and Carl Guevara (special thanks to GMA Artists Center, Perry Lansigan, and Rose Garcia); Elmo Magalona and Julie Anne San Jose;  Kim Rodriguez, Lexi Fernandez, Kristoffer Martin, and Enzo Pineda.

And even if we’re young in the field of producing a show and hosting it, we’re just very lucky because the likes of Regine Velasquez, Judy Ann Santos, Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes, John Lloyd Cruz, Derek Ramsay, including Sarah Jessica Parker became part of our first year.

The idea started with, “web show lang,” which has now evolved into PEPtalk.

It’s most of the time fun, sometimes controversial, very candid, quite pensive, and as some guest stars put it, “It brings out the human side of me…”

On its year one today, June 6, The PEP Squad does a bit of reminiscing:

View “Memorable moments on the set of PEPtalk!”

Watch “Fun Moments on the set of PEPtalk’s year one!”

- Karen A. Pagsolingan

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