January 22, 2018

LG’s Immersive OLED Technology is Now Available on Mobile with the V30+

You’ve seen the incredible colors and contrast of LG’s best-in-class OLED technology on its flagship TV lineup. Now, with more and more content consumption being done on mobile devices, and the rise of display standards like HDR on smartphones, LG has brought its OLED panels to mobile with the LG V30+. 

The centerpiece of the LG V30+ is a massive 6.0-inch OLED FullVision with an elegant bezel-less design. It features all the deep blacks and vivid colors for which LG’s OLED panels are well known, as well as a crisp 2880 x 1440 resolution that showcases eye-popping detail in any content. The display also supports the HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards, which allow it to show a wider range of brightness and contrast levels and color depth than ever before in supported high dynamic range content.

A good display needs good content, and with the LG V30+’s high-end camera system, you can capture your own moments in incredible detail. The dual camera features a huge f/1.6 aperture to let in more light than other smartphone cameras. It also has both standard-angle and wide-angle cameras that allow you capture a greater field of view as you see fit. And with LG’s Cine Video mode, mobile videography takes on a whole new level of cinematic detail – a perfect companion for the OLED display.

Aside from its best-in-class display, the LG V30+ also features all the hallmarks of a modern flagship smartphone, including the top-tier Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of onboard storage, and IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. It also comes with a plethora of secure unlock options, including Face Recognition, Voice Recognition, Fingerprint Sensor, and Knock Code.

With the launch of the LG V30+, LG’s world-class OLED technology levels up your viewing experience right in the palm of your hand.

ONE Championship “Kings of Courage” and “Galaxy Battles” headline massive sports weekend on ABS-CBN S+A

It’s going to be another slammin’ and bangin’ weekend for Kapamilya sports fans as ABS-CBN S+A delivers the biggest sporting events from local and international basketball to mixed martial arts, European club football, and eSports.
Alab Pilipinas goes for another streak

Firing off all the intense action on Saturday (January 20) will be the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) match between the CSL Knights Indonesia and Tanduay-Alab Pilipinas, airing LIVE from the GOT Kertajaya Surabaya in Indonesia on S+A and S+A HD starting at 8 pm. Fans can expect ABL reigning MVP Bobby Ray Parks and world import Justin Brownlee to lead Alab Pilipinas in getting another winning streak going after their huge win against one of the league’s best scoring teams, Thailand’s Mono Vampire basketball club last Sunday (January 14). Alab’s 114-87 beating of the 2015 Thailand Basketball League champion and current number two team in the ABL, surely sent a warning to the other teams in the ABL on what coach Jimmy Alapag’s boys can do to their opponents.
Catalan aims for 1st Pinoy win in ONE Championship for 2018

After the hardcourt action, we head into the cage as ONE Championship’s latest fight card, dubbed “Kings of Courage,” goes LIVE from the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia this Saturday (January 20) at 10 pm. On the line for the card’s main event will be the inaugural Women’s Strawweight World Championship which will be contested by Singapore’s unbeaten Tiffany “No Chill” Teo (7-0, 2 KOs) and China’s Jingnan “The Panda” Xiong (10-1, 7KOs). Meanwhile, Filipino Rene Catalan (3-2) looks to open the year on a winning note for the Pinoy fighters when he goes up against Chinese fighter Xuen Peng (1-1) in the undercard.

EPL and La Liga fever continues

On the other hand, things will heat up in England on Sunday (January 21) as Manchester City and Manchester United take on different foes to improve their respective standings in the EPL table. The Sky Blues will take the field first in Etihad Stadium against a visiting Newcastle side, as they try to further their lead which stands at 12 points clear of the Red Devils, LIVE on S+A at 1:25 am. Meanwhile, Man U’s match against Burnley will be telecast right after the Man City-Newcastle tiff at 3:30 am.

In “La Liga,” also catch Cristiano Ronaldo as he tries to lead Real Madrid back to its winning ways against Deportivo also on Sunday (January 21) at 11:10 pm LIVE on S+A.

Battle of NBA powerhouse teams

From world-class football, fans can shift to elite basketball action with the Golden State Warriors facing off once more with the Houston Rockets in what can be a preview of the Western Conference Playoffs this Sunday (January 21), with the game airing LIVE at 9:30 am on S+A and S+A HD. The last time the two teams went at each other, the Warriors’ swiss-army knife star Draymond Green dropped a triple-double in a 124-114 victory. Replays of the game will be aired at 12 nn.

eSports arrives on free TV

Last but not the least, is the groundbreaking LIVE airing of the “Galaxy Battles: Emerging Worlds” DoTA 2 tournament finals later in the afternoon at 3 pm LIVE from the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. The eSports spectacle has the entire gaming community of the Philippines waiting in bated breath to see popular international DoTA 2 teams like OG and our very own TNC squad in a battle of tactics, brains, and concentration in the virtual battleground. Shoutcasters like Nico “Kuyanic” Nazario, Jaz “Heneral Tuna” Comoda, and Bianca “Biancake” Yao, who are regularly seen on WomboXcombo, will be on deck in the event that is the fruit of ABS-CBN Integrated Sports’ and gaming talent agency Tier One’s partnership to bring eSports to free TV.

Don’t miss LIVE top-notch sporting action featuring “ONE Championship: Kings of Courage,” “Galaxy Battles: Emerging Worlds” DoTA 2 tournament, English Premier League, La Liga, the ASEAN Basketball League, and the National Basketball Association on S+A starting on Saturday (January 20). For more information and stories, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter.

The Greatest Showman Soundtrack Roars On

“The Greatest Showman – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (available now via Atlantic Records) is spending a second week at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, becoming the first soundtrack to spend multiple weeks on top of the chart since Atlantic’s Suicide Squad : The Album in 2016. 

The album reached #1 on iTunes in 68 countries, with 9 songs charting on the Spotify Top 200 Global chart and tracks added to both Today’s Top Hits on Spotify (“Rewrite The Stars” and “This Is Me”) and Today’s Hits on Apple Music (“This Is Me”). Last week the album did over 37 million streams in the US alone, while internationally hitting #1 on the official UK, Italian and Australian album charts.

The release recently saw a triumphant win at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, with “This Is Me” (performed by Keala Settle, lyric video: http://Atlanti.cr/thisismelyricvideo) taking home the award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture. The 20th Century Fox musical film, in theaters now, received three total Golden Globe nominations, also including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Hugh Jackman).Raking in early Oscar-buzz, the Los Angeles Times declared “This Is Me” to be “a virtual lock for an original song nomination at the Academy Awards.”

The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. 

The Greatest Showman is directed by exciting new filmmaker Michael Gracey, with songs co-produced and written by Tony and Academy Award winning and GRAMMY®-nominated duo Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen), co-produced by GRAMMY®-nominee Greg Wells (Twenty One Pilots, Adele, Katy Perry) and executive produced by Tony and GRAMMY® Award winner Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen). The film stars Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman alongside Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron, and Rebecca Ferguson.

“The Greatest Showman – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” has been overseen at Atlantic Records by GRAMMY® Award winning (five time nominee) Atlantic Records West Coast President Kevin Weaver (“Furious 7,” “Suicide Squad,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “The Fate of the Furious”) and GRAMMY®-nominated Atlantic Records President, A&RPete Ganbarg (“Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast Recording,” “Dear Evan Hansen – Original Broadway Cast Recording,”Twenty One Pilots).

For more information on The Greatest Showman, please visit www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-greatest-showman

January 21, 2018

More magical celebrations each year at SM Supermalls

If there’s one thing we noticed in the recent holiday celebration, it’s that Filipinos have started going out of their homes to celebrate the holidays.

And for many, the most enjoyable, convenient and truly magical destination is SM Supermalls, a one-stop shop and wonderland, a place where they can do exciting activities and celebrate with family and friends.

For more than three decades now, SM Supermalls has launched amazing themes that make every Christmas celebration more magical and even more impressive than the last. Some of the most stunning displays include the Looney Toons Snow Village in 2014, the Christmas 3D Art Museum in 2015, and Igloo Fun Park in 2016.

This year, SM Supermalls presented a special theme in malls nationwide, its biggest and grandest yet with magical Pixar- and Disney-themed holiday displays, complete with gigantic tree centerpieces for Instagram-worthy selfies and groupfies.

These breathtaking displays utilize advanced technology, such as SM Aura Premier’s enchanting Christmas under the sea experience with SM’s first-ever digital underwater adventure, featuring larger-than-life sea creatures.

SM Supermalls also featured annual pyromusical shows, illumination festivals, and grand Christmas parades, always making sure to top the festivities from the year before.

The retail giant also offers multi-sensory experiences wherein you can feast your eyes on amazing displays and feel the holiday excitement while you shop. 

Celine Dion Live in Manila 2018


World-renowned singer Celine Dion has announced she will head overseas this summer with her highly anticipated LIVE 2018 Tour to perform in seven cities across the Asia-Pacific region. Scheduled to kick-off 26 June in Tokyo, the CELINE DION LIVE 2018 Tour will see Celine return to cities she hasn’t performed in for ten years, including Tokyo and Macao, and cities she will perform in for the first time ever, including Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Manila and Bangkok.

Tickets for CELINE DION LIVE 2018 in Manila will go on sale to the public beginning 18 January at 10 a.m. Members of TeamCeline will have access to purchase tickets before the public through an advance pre-sale from 16 January to 17 January. The tour is produced by AEG Presents and co-produced by Ovation Productions in Manila.

Tickets for CELINE DION LIVE 2018 Tour in Manila will go on-sale to the public beginning 18 January.

For tickets and information visit celinedion.com and smtickets.com.

CELINE DION LIVE 2018 Tour Dates:

26 June Tokyo Tokyo Dome
29 June Macao Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao
3 July Singapore Marina Bay Sands Grand Ballroom
4 July Singapore Marina Bay Sands Grand Ballroom
7 July Jakarta Sentul International Convention Center
11 July Taipei Taipei Arena
13 July Taipei Taipei Arena
19 July Manila Mall of Asia Arena
23 July Bangkok Impact Arena

One of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history, Celine Dion has sold almost 250 million albums during her over 30-year career. She has earned five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards and seven American Music Awards.  In 2004, Celine  received the Diamond award at the World Music Awards recognizing her status as the best-selling female artist of all time. In 2016, the Billboard Music Awards presented her with the lifetime achievement Icon Award.   Celine continues to break records with her ongoing Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace which has played over 1,000 shows to more than four million fans. 

AEG Presents is one of the largest live music companies in the world.  The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music events and world-renowned festivals.  AEG Presents promotes more than 8,000 shows annually worldwide.  For more information, visit aegpresents.com. 

Ovation Productions is a pioneer concert promotions company in the Philippines operating since the 1970s headed by veteran promoter Renen de Guia. It directly buys, promotes, and handles all production of its concerts ‘in-house’. The company has expanded the concert market for international artists by breaking into and developing provincial cities in the Philippines aside from Metro Manila. For more information, visit ovationproductionsmanila.com.


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