The actor-turned-politician spent the Holy Week and Easter in detention. It has been four years since he surrendered to Sandiganbayan and eventually detained at the PNP custodial center at Camp Crame along with fellow actor and member of the Senate Jinggoy Estrada (who has been allowed to post bail for temporary freedom).
His fans in show business have been wondering whether the actor/senator would be, like Jinggoy, be allowed to post bail (at least) while he is being tried for his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam filed against him and the other senators, Juan Ponce Enrile and Estrada.
“I do not deserve to be incarcerated,” he said when we visited him one time at his detention.
“Gayunpaman, buo ang tiwala ko sa sistema kaya’t mula’t sapul ay sumailalim na ako rito (Even then I trust the system that’s the reason I surrendered.)”
“As I promised, I continue to face the lies and intrigues thrown at me by my detractors,” he continued.” This has never weakened my resolve to fight for the truth and what is right. I am steadfast in my commitment to our kababayans. I still believe in justice and I trust that the truth will prevail and that I will be vindicated.”
His fans began to express their sentiments since late last year when Coco Martin’s movie Ang Panday started getting media buzz. It will be recalled that Revilla starred in not one but two Ang Panday films. One was released in 2009 and the other in 2011. In fact, if he were not in detention, he could have shot a third Ang Panday.
He, however, said that once he is allowed to leave his detention cell, he’d star in another movie, not another Ang Panday as its franchise has been acquired by another film company. But, yes, that his promise to his fans.
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Netflix, the world’s leading Internet entertainment company, known for huge hits like The Crown, House Of Cards, Stranger Things, and Black Mirror, has acquired AMO, a TV5-produced show set against the backdrop of the Duterte government’s controversial drug war.
It is the first-ever TV series from the Philippines to be on Netflix.
AMO started streaming worldwide on April 9.
Directed by Cannes Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza, AMO tells the story of Joseph, a high school student who starts out as a small-time “shabu” peddler. His involvement in the drug trade eventually gets him entangled in the violent and dangerous circle of drug lords, crooked cops, and corrupt government officials.
“AMO is a bold and suspenseful show that has the potential of capturing thrill-seeking audiences worldwide,” said Robert Roy, VP of Content Acquisition at Netflix. “We’re always seeking to work with passionate, talented storytellers like Mr. Mendoza, to bring premium content to the more than 117 million Netflix members around the world.”
TV5 President & CEO, Chot Reyes, says, “We at TV5 are excited to finally be able to share AMO with everyone. Brillante has done a beautiful job in bringing paper to life, and the show’s acquisition provides an additional platform to help share the first-ever Filipino series on Netflix to a worldwide audience.”
Starring in the series is Vince Rillon, an upcoming indie film actor from the movies Captive, Fallback, and Bagahe. He is supported by Derek Ramsay.
“TV5’s partnership with Netflix shows that the network is capable of producing high quality programs that can be showcased to a wider audience worldwide,” TV5 First Vice President – Head of Content & Programming Mellanie Yazon-Tolentino said.
AMO is the first-ever 12 episode miniseries from the Philippines to be streamed on Netflix.
Tolentino said the company is looking at the possibility of producing more entertainment, news and sports content to boost its revenue.
“Depending on how AMO will be received by the worldwide audience, TV5 is open to the idea of producing more entertainment content on top of its high rating sports content,” she added.
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Thanks to the overwhelming response from netizens, AXN has proven that crowdsourcing has become an effective tool in obtaining their share of adventures in its weekly 30-minute travel show, Adventure Your Way.
For the last six episodes, the audiences have been treated to fun activities, as Atom Araullo took on his #AdventureGoals and embarked on the most exciting adventures on land, at sea, and in the air around the Philippines. From skydiving in Bantayan, Cebu to canyoneering in the waterfalls of Sagada, from flying a plane in Camiguin to diving with manta rays in Masbate, and from surviving a night in the jungle in Subic to rock climbing in Rizal, Atom immersed himself in every adventure and gamely experienced the bucket lists of would-be adventurers.
AXN fans are encouraged to send more suggestions on Adventure Your Way’s social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #AdventureGoals, where they can also help Atom decide which road to take by watching out for his #TakeMeAnywhere posts.
Adventure Your Way airs every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on AXN.
Watch it on AXN HD on SKYCable Channel 247 for clearer images and crisper sound.
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Help your kids continue learning even when school is out for the summer, with Knowledge Channel’s shows that are a perfect mix of entertainment and education. Available on ABS-CBN TVplus, Knowledge Channel is easily accessible to kids of different levels, with topics that cover math, science, English, Filipino, social studies, values education, and even early childhood education.
1. Agricoolture (Monday to Wednesday, 11:20 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.)
Teach your children to value the country’s lush tropical climate and the wonders of our agricultural sector in time for your yearly summer trip to the beach or province. The show educates children on crop, livestock and poultry, and fish farming, while featuring the business potential of each sector. It also tackles economy and science in a way that children can understand and appreciate the concepts.
2. MathDali (Monday to Friday at 10:20 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.)
Trying to think up ways you can entertain the kids? Join them in a MathDali viewing session daily. The show helps make learning fun and easy by tackling common core topics in math in a light, entertaining way. The topics that the show covers are math concepts that kids can use later, more advanced math lessons.
3. Pamana (Monday to Wednesday at 9:20 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
If the family is planning a trip, this show might be a good learning companion for the kids. It’s a fun way to learn about history and geography as it follows lead character Nico while he learns about the country’s different regions and provinces, as well as each location’s unique culture and history. Watch the episodes on the specific destinations to give your kids a better appreciation of the places they’ll be seeing.
4. Wow (Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.)
Help your kids cultivate a love for local culture, as kids get to see what each region in our country has to offer. Kids will learn a wealth of knowledge about the different histories, cultures and industries unique to the country’s different regions.
5. Solved (Monday to Friday at 11:00 a.m. and 3:40 p.m.)
Children can learn math while learning practical life skills in “Solved,” an intermediate math program that illustrates math concepts in real life situations. Save on the extra math tutorials and join them in these interactive videos, which you can also help explain to them if needed.
6. Kasaysayan TV (Monday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:40 p.m.)
It tackles different aspects of Philippine history in a digestible way while teaching values education. Children will easily digest information in the storytelling style of tackling moments in our country’s history.
7. Alikabuk (Thursday and Friday at 9:20 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
It encourages the new generation of Filipino schoolchildren to understand, study, and appreciate Philippine Literature, by introducing classics by using day to day settings and educating them on nuances on proper intonation and pronunciation.
Watch these shows and more on Knowledge Channel, available on ABS-CBN TVplus.