Return of the Soap Opera Queen: Judy Ann Santos’ Highly Anticipated Comeback Ignites Excitement

Award-winning actress Judy Ann Santos continues to solidify her status as one of ABS-CBN’s ultimate stars as she excites Kapamilyas with her upcoming projects, including the drama series “The Bagman.”

 

Five years since her last teleserye, it’s all systems go for Judy Ann as she dons the president’s hat for her role in the eight-part action drama “The Bagman,” which she is currently shooting with fellow co-stars John Arcilla and Arjo Atayde. Recently, Judy Ann expressed her gratitude to the “Bagman” team who surprised her on set with a mini birthday celebration. 

 

With over three decades as a Kapamilya, Judy Ann’s acting comeback is one of the most highly anticipated offerings this year. While fans eagerly await another exceptional performance from the Kapamilya star, Judy Ann thrilled fans recently when she hosted a reunion on Judy Ann’s Kitchen on YouTube with her “Gimik” co-stars Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Mylene Dizon, and Dominic Ochoa.

 

Over the years, Judy Ann has proven time and again to audiences that she can give life to various characters in shows and movies that have now become instant classics. She has starred in hit ABS-CBN shows such as “Mara Clara,” “Esperanza,” and “Gimik,” and Star Cinema films “Isusumbong Kita Sa Tatay Ko,” “‘Till There Was You,” and “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo.”

 

Judy Ann’s breakthrough role was in the 1992 TV series “Mara Clara” where she starred alongside Gladys Reyes. Since then, she has won numerous awards including Best Actress at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival. Her last teleserye was the 2019 primetime series “Starla” and she was also the host of the heartwarming 2021 docu-drama “Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan.”

Julie Anne San Jose: Forever Proud to be a GMA Star

The blessings just keep on coming for Asia’s Limitless Star Julie Anne San Jose, who renewed her exclusive contract with GMA Network on Tuesday, March 12. 
 
The event was attended by no less than GMA Network Chairman Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, President and Chief Executive Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong, Senior Vice President for Programming, Talent Management, Worldwide, and Support Group, and President of GMA Films Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes, Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, and Sparkle GMA Artist Center’s Vice President Joy Marcelo.
 
Also present were GMA Network’s Senior Vice President for Integrated News, Regional TV, and Synergy Oliver B. Amoroso, Vice President for Business Development Department III Gigi Santiago-Lara, Vice President for Business Development Department II Janine Piad-Nacar, Assistant Vice President for Business Development Department II Enri T. Calaycay, and Assistant Vice President for Corporate Communications Jojo Aquio.
 
Julie Anne expressed her gratitude for the trust and support that GMA Network has given her, “GMA Network, thank you so much for believing in me, my talents, and my capabilities. I also want to thank Sparkle, thank you so much po. Sa GMA Entertainment Group, thank you for allowing me to grow and to all the people I’ve worked with, GMA Synergy even GMA News, and sa GMA Pictures din po.”
 
“Kaya nga tinawag na Kapuso kasi dito, mafe-feel mo yung love ng mga tao na nakasuporta sayo, at tumutulong sayo na mag-improve sa craft mo. Dito ko nakita at naramdaman yun, with GMA. That’s why I’m forever proud to be a Kapuso.”  the Limitless Star added.
 
Meanwhile, Atty. Gozon acknowledged Julie Anne’s incredible talents as an artist, “Kaya tinawag na Limitless Star si Julie Anne, hindi lamang sa kanta, sa hosting, sa drama, in short walang limit ang kanyang kakayahan and I’m really proud na siya ay homegrown.”
 
Duavit, on the other hand, recalled Julie Anne’s remarkable journey as a Kapuso, ”Looking back 18 years, I immediately recall how you evolved, how you’ve changed, and somehow blossomed. Your versatility is unique, and your achievements up to this point are very commendable and outstanding. At hindi ako nagkakamali, sigurado sa hinaharap, madadagdagan pa ‘yan. So, stay the course stay the person you are.
 
Yalong was grateful as Julie Anne continues to stay with GMA, “I would like to extend my thank you to Julie Anne for again trusting GMA Network and Sparkle to continue to manage your career. I’ve seen how Julie Anne grew from a kid to a singer and an actress. No doubt and I think no one can contest that she is also the premiere singing talent of GMA Network.”
 
Atty. Gozon-Valdes, in turn, recognized Julie Anne’s growth and dedication to her craft. “We’ve seen you blossom and grow into the person you are now and talagang limitless ka. Not only with your talent but with who you are, and we can’t wait to see what else you can achieve.”
 
Rasonable added that the Entertainment Group is ready to provide Julie Anne the platform to continue showing her many talents, “Asahan mo na palaging ang Entertainment Group ay gagawa ng mga proyekto, ng mga palabas na susuporta sa iyo. Makikipag- collaborate with different groups here in the network para lalong mapalago ang iyong career. Maraming, maraming salamat and we love you.” 
 
Finally, Marcelo expressed her delight over Julie Anne’s contract renewal, Today marks your eighteenth year with us. Your Sparkle family will always be here. Unlimited din ang pagmamahal namin sayo. I think your future is limitless. Congratulations, we love you.
 
Julie Anne appeared in numerous Kapuso shows, such as the highly-rated historical-fantasy drama “Maria Clara at Ibarra” and GMA Public Affairs’ first-ever film offering, “The Cheating Game.” 

Groundbreaking Film Explores Julian Assange’s Journey: ‘The Trust Fall’ Hits Theaters

In a groundbreaking development, the highly anticipated Australian documentary, “The Trust Fall: Julian Assange,” has secured screenings at the country’s three major cinema chains: Event Cinemas, Hoyts, and Village Cinemas. Starting today, March 6, 2024, audiences can experience this compelling film at these premier venues. Notably, the documentary is currently captivating audiences in numerous cinemas across Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Directed by Australian filmmaker Kym Staton, this critically acclaimed production marks his debut as a director and is garnering widespread recognition for its examination of the situation, treatment, and broader implications surrounding Julian Assange—the most renowned political prisoner of our time. The film includes an exclusive, never-before-seen interview with a victim of the infamous Collateral Murder incident.

Despite being hailed as the most decorated journalist of the modern era, Assange has endured nearly five years of solitary confinement at England’s Belmarsh Prison. His imprisonment stems from his exposure of U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The documentary illuminates his journey and the impending decision from the U.K. High Court Judges regarding his potential extradition to the U.S. Facing charges under the U.S. Espionage Act, Assange confronts the daunting prospect of a 175-year prison sentence.

Already garnering acclaim in the film industry, “The Trust Fall: Julian Assange” has received several awards, including Best Emerging Director at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Best First-Time Director at the Cine Paris Film Festival, and an official selection at the Warsaw Film Festival. This cinematic masterpiece promises to be a thought-provoking and award-winning exploration of one of the most significant figures in contemporary journalism.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Carly Lincoln of NIXCO.

A Night of Suspense: YOU’LL NEVER FIND ME Trailer Reveals a Twisted Tale of Secrets and Paranoia

The long-awaited psychological thriller, YOU’LL NEVER FIND ME, has lifted the veil on its trailer and poster, heightening anticipation for its national release on March 14, 2024. Following a triumphant world premiere as the sole Australian film featured at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival, this sharp and twisted narrative secured the esteemed title of Best Feature Film at SXSW Sydney 2023. Additionally, it garnered acclaim at both the Melbourne International Film Festival and Adelaide Film Festival.

Helmed by the talented filmmaking duo from Adelaide, Josiah Allen and Indianna Bell, YOU’LL NEVER FIND ME marks their compelling feature directorial debut. Starring Brendan Rock and Jordan Cowan, the film weaves a horror/thriller that brings a ‘nightmare come to life,’ exploring power dynamics, paranoia, and psychological twists.

Synopsis: In the aftermath of a violent thunderstorm, Patrick, an enigmatic and isolated resident in a mobile home at the rear of a secluded caravan park, encounters a mysterious young woman seeking refuge from the weather. As the night unfolds, and the young woman unravels the secrets surrounding Patrick, leaving becomes increasingly challenging. Doubts about Patrick’s intentions arise, questioning not only his motives but also his grip on reality.

Umbrella Entertainment is poised to distribute the film in Australia and New Zealand, with the release date set for March 14, 2024.

Experience the suspense with the trailer below:

Four Big Awards for GMA Network at the 20th Philippine Quill Awards

Leading media company GMA Network begins the year with four big wins at the 20th Philippine Quill Awards. Projects encouraging compassion for the environment and appreciation for Philippine culture and tradition prove once more that the Network provides more than world-class entertainment to audiences while ensuring these are accessible across multiple platforms.

Three projects of the Network won under the Communication Skills Division. First is “Sinking Cities,” which is part of the Climate Change Special Reports series of “24 Oras.” The feature delved into the critical issue of places beginning to sink due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Next is “The Importance of Sierra Madre,” from late-night newscast “Saksi,” which highlighted the vital role the mountain range plays in protecting places from powerful typhoons.

These special features secured Excellence Awards for GMA Integrated News under Category 22 Audio/Visual.

Further, original Spotify podcast “Sounds and Stories of the Philippines” produced by GMA Integrated News and GMA Public Affairs, received an Excellence Award under Category 21: Digital Communication/Communication for the Web. The podcast is aimed at showcasing the best in Philippine culture and designed to be accessed and appreciated by a wider audience. It is also another step undertaken by the Network in distributing quality content available on online platforms. “Sounds and Stories of the Philippines” is told by veteran voiceover artist Shirley Escalante through ASMR.

“On behalf of 24 Oras, Saksi, Online, and the entire GMA Integrated News, a big thank you to the 20th Philippine Quill Awards for recognizing our work. These awards fuel our commitment to delivering impactful news and storytelling, inspiring us to keep striving for excellence,” says Oliver Victor B. Amoroso, GMA Network’s Senior Vice President and Head of GMA Integrated News, Regional TV, and Synergy.

Rounding up GMA Network’s recognitions is the Merit Award received by the Kapuso ng Kalikasan (KnK) project under the Communication Management Division, Category 15: Corporate Social Responsibility.

KnK is the Network’s flagship program and green strategy. GMA Network, through this platform, influences stakeholders in a national effort to mitigate the impact of climate change. KnK spearheads strategic collaborations with industry leaders to integrate environmental consciousness into institutional programs. By making full use of the Network’s wide reach and commitment to delivering trusted information, KnK utilizes diverse genres in disseminating compelling content designed to foster awareness in environmental protection and conservation.

“This award reminds us at GMA Network of our role in upholding effective business communication,” says Angel Javier-Cruz, GMA Network Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications, regarding KnK’s recognition. “While we want to keep our audiences entertained, we also have the responsibility of educating them on matters about the environment and climate change. Our Kapuso ng Kalikasan project embodies our commitment to promoting environmental awareness, while also taking on the challenge of creating interesting and informative content that encourages our audience to take part.”

The Philippine Quill Awards is an annual event that honors professional communication practitioners and student communicators that exemplify global standards of excellent, effective, and purposeful business communication. It was launched in 2004 by the Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

New Heights of Harmony: Ben&Ben Collaborates with Belle Mariano in Duet Version of ‘Autumn’ for ABS-CBN Series!

Nine-piece Filipino band Ben&Ben introduces a duet version of their single “Autumn” with new gen phenomenal actress Belle Mariano as part of the official soundtrack of ABS-CBN’s hit primetime series “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

“Autumn” tackles the distance between two people who are grappling to make their relationship work. It was composed by Ben&Ben’s Paolo Benjamin and Miguel Benjamin who also produced the song collaboration alongside ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo and Jean Paul Verona. Previously, The band released its original version last November.

Recently, Belle released her second album “Somber” which included several hit singles such as “Bugambilya” and “Somber and Solemn.” The album claimed the top spot of iTunes Philippines album chart upon its release while its tracks charted in the top 30 of singles chart.

Aside from her music, she also became prominent as a talented actress following her successful series “He’s Into Her” and romcom flicks “Love Is Color Blind” and “An Inconvenient Love.” Currently, she stars in “Can’t Buy Me Love” along with on-screen partner Donny Pangilinan.

Meanwhile, Ben&Ben is an award-winning folk-pop band from Manila, Philippines. The band has endeared itself to many with their heartfelt lyrics, unique musicality, and their electric vibe onstage. They dedicate themselves to bringing richness to the music they create through songs of hope, love, and positivity.

Together, they have amassed more than two billion streams on Spotify alone, charting on Spotify Philippines Top 50 with 10 songs simultaneously ranking and also currently holding the record for most #1s on the platform for OPM, and the most streamed OPM artist overall.

Check out Ben&Ben and Belle’s duet version of “Autumn” available on various streaming platforms. For more details, follow Star Pop on FacebookX (Twitter)Instagram, and TikTok.

Sir Stamford Circular Quay Hosts StarCentral Media Group’s Grand Year-End Celebration

StarCentral Media Group is gearing up for an extraordinary end-of-year event at the prestigious Sir Stamford Circular Quay on December 17th, starting from 11 am. This event will joyously signify the culmination of a vibrant year, celebrating the Christmas spirit and a year of achievements. It aims to bring together sponsors, collaborators, friends, and industry partners for a grand celebration.

In a thrilling collaboration with MS Entertainment Network, Flagcom, and APCO, this highly-anticipated event promises an evening of elegance and splendor. The gathering is set to feature various special events, including the much-anticipated StarCentral Magazine’s People of the Year Awards and the captivating Kings and Queens fashion exhibition.

Notably, this opulent affair will unfold at the esteemed Sir Stamford Circular Quay, located at 3 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, providing a luxurious backdrop for this glamorous occasion.

Esteemed sponsors, including Cubecorp, PW Mortgage Partners, and Parramatta Community College, have played a significant role in making this event a reality.

Adding to the event’s allure, GEM Models and TV6 Network will make special appearances, promising an evening brimming with talent and excitement.

This event is the perfect occasion for networking, merriment, and a celebration of the achievements and collaborations of the past year. StarCentral Media Group cordially invites everyone to join in this prestigious gathering, set to be a truly memorable and grand finale to an eventful year.

For more information or to participate in the Kings and Queens fashion exhibition, kindly get in touch with us at your earliest convenience.

Let’s mark the end of this fantastic year with an evening of opulence and celebration at the Sir Stamford Circular Quay.

For further inquiries, please contact Krissy at krissy@starcentralmag.com.

Stargazer’s ONE CHRISTMAS PARTY 2023: Glam, Crowns, & 90’s Dance Bash!

Stargazer Production warmly invites you to an enchanting evening of glamour and festivity – the ONE CHRISTMAS PARTY 2023. Join them on December 3rd from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the exquisite Orion Function Centre, situated at 155 Beamish Street, Campsie, NSW, Australia.

Here’s what you can look forward to at this spectacular event:

Meet the Miss Earth Australia Family: Get an exclusive opportunity to connect with the captivating queens and candidates participating in the Miss Earth Australia 2024 pageant, all proudly represented by Stargazer Production.

Crowning of Miss ECO Australia 2023: Witness the crowning of the esteemed Miss ECO Australia 2023, a moment of grace and beauty that promises to captivate.

Meet Stargazer Production Queens: Mingle with the dazzling queens of Stargazer Production, adding an extra layer of elegance to the festive atmosphere.

Following the Christmas Party, the celebration continues with the highly-anticipated:

UMD Dance Concert – Bring Back the 90’s: Date: December 3, 2023 Time: 7:00 PM Location: Orion Function Centre, Beamish Street, Campsie NSW, Australia

An Unforgettable Journey to the 90s: Immerse yourself in the nostalgia of the 90s with the Universal Motion Dancers’ (UMD) 90’s Dance Concert. Relive the iconic dance moves, neon colors, baggy pants, and catchy tunes that defined the era.

Groove to the Beats with UMD: Let Wowie De Guzman, Jim and James Salas, and Gerry Oliva mesmerize you with their energetic performances, taking you on a journey through their greatest hits of the 90s.

Dance the night away and relish the memories of a bygone era!

Event Details: Date: December 3, 2023 Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (One Christmas Party), 7:00 PM onwards (UMD Dance Concert) Location: Orion Function Centre, 155 Beamish Street, Campsie, NSW, Australia

Don’t miss this extraordinary celebration that seamlessly combines glamour, pageantry, and the infectious energy of the 90s. Join us for a night that promises to be filled with joy, beauty, and an unforgettable trip down memory lane.

Maxim Hot 100 Halloween Party: Café del Mar Sydney Lights Up with Star-Studded Glamour

Photo Credit: George Azmy

Regarded as one of the highly-anticipated events of the year, the Maxim Hot 100 Halloween extravaganza graced the evening at Cafe del Mar Sydney on the 27th of October, drawing the spotlight and allure under the guidance of Maxim Magazine’s CEO, Michael Downs. The festive soirée commenced with an elegant and mysterious entrance as the guests strolled down the enchanting red carpet, setting the stage for a glamorous night. The clock striking 6:30 PM marked the beginning of an array of arrivals, boasting a vibrant mix of reality stars, chic influencers, and stunning personalities, each flaunting an assortment of captivating, daring, and even haunting Halloween-themed outfits.

The night’s spirited celebration was hardly deterred by the occasional light rainfall, proving the unwavering enthusiasm and the true spirit of the gathering. Despite the weather, the guests’ vibrant energy lit up the ambiance, setting the scene for a memorable evening.

Adding to the charm, an assortment of refreshing beverages and delightful treats were made available, courtesy of Offshore Vodka, Andrew Peace Wines, Bigshot Drinks, and Bianco Pantry. This sensational affair showcased a perfect blend of glamour, entertainment, and refined tastes, making it an unforgettable highlight on the social calendar. All under the distinguished guidance of CEO Michael Downs, the Maxim Hot 100 Halloween party at Cafe del Mar Sydney carved a memorable space, blending high-class fashion and thrilling celebrations into one unforgettable night.

BINI Takes Center Stage with Their Exciting Comeback Single ‘Karera’

Members of the female pop group BINI kickstart their new era with the release of their comeback single “Karera” which dropped on music streaming platforms last month.

The upbeat track highlights the importance of enjoying the moments of life as everyone has their own time and phase. FlipMusic’s Gianina Camille “Nica” Del Rosario, Julius James “Jumbo” De Belen, and Jose Miguel Cortes composed the song while BINI members Colet, Mikha, and Stacey wrote its rap parts.

“Karera” also serves as a preview of BINI’s upcoming EP which will be released this November. Catch their comeback performance on “It’s Showtime” (Sept. 23), Watsons Playlist Concert (Sept. 24), 101.1 Yes FM and 96.3 Easy Rock (Sept. 26), MOR Good Time To (Sept. 27), and Wish Bus (Sept. 28).

Dubbed as the Nation’s Girl Group, BINI has captivated the hearts of listeners with their empowering messages that transcend through their music. Last year, they released their sophomore album “Feel Good” which has earned more than five million streams on Spotify and also topped the iTunes albums chart Philippines. Their single “I Feel Good” was also nominated in Brazil’s BreakTudo Awards for Music by International Music Artist.

Check out BINI’s newest single “Karera” available on various music streaming platforms this Friday. Get regular updates by following BINI_ph on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and TikTok, and subscribing to their official YouTube channel, BINI Official.